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Santa Barbara Congresswoman Co-Authors Legislation To Ban Chemical Used In Some Food Packaging

Thu, July 10, 2014

A Santa Barbara based congresswoman has co-authored legislation intended to ban the use of a plastics, and food packaging material which some research has linked to major health problems like cancer. HR 5033 calls for the removal of a chemical known as BPA from plastics, and resins.  BPA is used in a number of commonly Read the Rest…


Memorial Service Held For Arcadia Firefighter Who Died During Ventura County Camping Trip

Wed, July 9, 2014

A memorial service was held today for an Arcadia firefighter who died during a back country camping trip in Ventura County. Hundreds of family members, friends, and public safety workers from throughout the state gathered for the service held for Mike Herdman at Arcadia High School. Herdman disappeared June 13th, on a camping trip in Read the Rest…


No One Injured As Plane Landing Gear Collapses At Central Coast Airport

Wed, July 9, 2014

There were a few scary moments at a Central Coast airport this afternoon, but in the end no one was injured. The landing gear collapsed on a single engine plane just after 3 p.m. at Santa Ynez Airport.  Santa Barbara County firefighters were called to the scene, but no injuries were reported. It’s unclear as Read the Rest…


Mysterious Death Of Woman In Ventura County Still Unsolved

Wed, July 9, 2014

There’s still no conclusion as to the cause of the mysterious death of an elderly woman in Ventura County. Police were called to the 1700 Block of Fitzgerald Road in Simi Valley Monday afternoon by a report a woman had died. Detectives were called in because of what police called a cluttered environment which they Read the Rest…


Ventura County DA’s Office Rules Fatal Shooting Of Bystander By Police In Gun Battle Tragic, But Not Criminal Act

Wed, July 9, 2014

A new Ventura County District Attorney’s Office report says the 2012 fatal shooting of a bystander during a shootout with armed gunman in Oxnard was tragic, but accidental, and didn’t constitute a criminal act by police. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has more on the report. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Limon Shooting Report


Police Investigating Death Of Man Found With Stab Wounds In Port Hueneme Apartment

Wed, July 9, 2014

Ventura County authorities haven’t released the name yet of a man who was found with multiple stab wounds, and later died. The man was discovered yesterday morning in an apartment on the 100 block of Scott Street in Port Hueneme. Police received 911 calls, leading to the discovery of the injured man. An autopsy is Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Arrested After Four Hour Long Standoff

Wed, July 9, 2014

A Central Coast man who was a suspect in a carjacking is in custody, following a four hour long standoff. It started at around 1:30 this morning, when a vehicle believed to have been carjacked in Santa Maria was spotted by law enforcement officers, leading to a chase which ended in Nipomo. San Luis Obispo Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Fair Offically Starts 2014 Run

Wed, July 9, 2014

The 123rd edition of the Santa Barbara County Fair is now open. The five day long fair opened this morning at the Santa Maria Fairpark. The fair features traditional elements, plus a number of new elements like a NASCAR simulator you can take for a test drive, and an exhibition highlighting Egyptian history. R & Read the Rest…


Abandoned Panga Boat Presumably Used For Smuggling Found On Central Coast Beach

Wed, July 9, 2014

An abandoned panga boat presumably used for smuggling has been found abandoned on a Central Coast beach. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies found the 30-35 foot long boat on San Simeon State Beach at around 2:30 this morning. There were no signs of people, or drugs found with the boat, which was equipped with Read the Rest…


Hundreds Rally To Show Support For Undocumented Teens Temporarily Housed In Ventura County

Wed, July 9, 2014

It’s turned into a hot button issue around the country. The stream of undocumented children coming into the U.S. by themselves has become a humanitarian crisis. Yesterday, hundreds of people rallied outside of Naval Base Ventura County to show support for the hundreds of teens temporarily housed at the facility. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Ag Production Increases 10%

Wed, July 9, 2014

The agricultural industry is booming in Santa Barbara County. That’s according to the just released annual agricultural report for the county, which shows the industry had a production value of $1.4 billion dollars in 2013, up 10% from the year before. Strawberries remained the county’s top crop.  Wine grapes moved up from third place to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Accepts Grant For Addition To Jail Complex Already Under Construction

Tue, July 8, 2014

Santa Barbara County Supervisors today voted to accept a nearly $39 million dollar state grant to allow an expansion of a new county jail complex which is already under construction. The Northern Branch Jail being built in Santa Maria will have 376 beds, to help deal the county’s chronic jail overcrowding problem. A state grant Read the Rest…


Ventura County University Pledges To Boost Study Abroad Programs

Tue, July 8, 2014

A Ventura County university has joined the list of those pledging to significantly increase the number of students it sends abroad to study. California Lutheran University committed to be a part of the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative. CLU officials say they will boost their overseas enrollment by 50% by 2020. More Read the Rest…


Hundreds Rally Outside Of Ventura County Military Base To Support Undocumented Teen Immigrants Housed At Facility

Tue, July 8, 2014

The issue of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. illegally prompted a big rally in Ventura County today, but unlike some of the others around the country, this one was in support of the kids. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand outside of the gates of Naval Base Ventura County this afternoon, where nearly 560 teens Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Fair Set To Open

Tue, July 8, 2014

Final preparations are underway today for the Santa Barbara County Fair, which opens its five day run tomorrow. The 123rd annual fair will include performances by Morris Day tomorrow night, Wynonna on Thursday night, classic rock band Kansas Friday night, and country star Rodney Atkins Saturday night. The fair will of course feature its traditional Read the Rest…


Gas Leak Prompts Evacuations In Central Coast Neighborhood

Tue, July 8, 2014

A Central Coast neighborhood is back to normal right now, but residents got an early wakeup call this morning. A gas leak forced the temporary evacuation of about 150 people. It happened just after 2 a.m., on the 1500 block of North McClellan Street in Santa Maria. No one was hurt. The Santa Maria Fire Read the Rest…


Efforts to Deal With Unwanted Pharmaceutical Drugs Getting Big Response In Ventura County

Tue, July 8, 2014

Efforts to deal with unwanted, or expired pharmaceutical drugs in Ventura County are getting a big response. The County Sheriff’s Department says more than 2800 pounds of drugs have been dropped off during the first six months of the year in disposal bins at six stations.  With the pharmaceutical drug abuse problem growing in recent Read the Rest…


Death Of Elderly Woman In Ventura County Under Investigation

Tue, July 8, 2014

Simi Valley Police detectives are investigating the death of an elderly woman who died under mysterious circumstances. Police were called to the 1700 Block of Fitzgerald Road around 12:30 yesterday afternoon by a report a woman had died. An autopsy is pending, but detectives were called in because of what police called a cluttered environment Read the Rest…


Ventura Hires New City Attorney

Tue, July 8, 2014

A South Coast community has a new City Attorney. The Ventura City Council last night gave final approval to the hiring of Gregory Diaz as Ventura’s top legal advisor. Diaz has been City Attorney for Merced since 2001, and before that, worked as a contract city attorney for various communities for a decade. He fills Read the Rest…


Lawmakers Pushing Proposals To Keep Guns Away From Those With Mental Health Issues In Wake Of Isla Vista Rampage

Tue, July 8, 2014

It’s been less than two months since Isla Vista was hit by a rampage which left six UC Santa Barbara students dead, and 13 other people injured. But, with the event slipping from the headlines, some lawmakers want to make sure proposed laws intended to prevent a repeat of the deadly day don’t fade away Read the Rest…


National Weather Service Issues Warning About Surf, Rip Currents On South Coast

Tue, July 8, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a warning about dangerous surf, and rip currents on some South Coast beaches. Forecasters say a south swell is bringing the conditions to area beaches through this evening. The Weather Service also reports there could be waves up to eight feet high at times on south facing beaches, especially Read the Rest…


Montecito Back To Normal After End To Standoff Which Forced Evacuations, Disrupted Morning Commute

Mon, July 7, 2014

Things are back to normal in Montecito now, but it was a long morning for residents of one neighborhood, and thousands of commuters as a man who threatened to blow his home up disrupted the area. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Montecito Standoff


Police Say 17 Year Old Cold Case Murder Of Ventura Teen Solved

Mon, July 7, 2014

Ventura Police say forensic evidence has led to an arrested in what was a 17 year old cold case murder. In June of 1997, 16 year old Jake Bush and his mother had arrived at their Ventura home after running errands, when they discovered it had been burglarized.  The teen’s mother called police, and Bush Read the Rest…


Section Of 101 Freeway To Be Completely Shut Down Near Ventura-Los Angeles County Line Overnight

Mon, July 7, 2014

If you’re planning some late night travel into the Los Angeles area from Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, there’s a major freeway closure which may affect you. The southbound 101 freeway will be completely closed from midnight tonight, to 5 a.m. tomorrow at Lindero Canyon Road, in Westlake Village. The closure is necessary to allow Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Injured In Run-In With Driver

Mon, July 7, 2014

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering from minor injuries, after a man in a truck knocked the officer onto the hood of his patrol car. It happened Friday night, on the 600 block of Manzanita Drive in Fillmore.  Neighborhood residents say a man was driving a red pickup up and down the street, challenging Read the Rest…


Authorities Trying To Unravel Possible Bomb Threat In Montecito

Mon, July 7, 2014

Authorities are still trying to unravel what led to an incident in Montecito in which a man claimed to have a bomb at a home. It started just after 3 a.m., on the 1300 block of Virginia Road, which is near Olive Mill Road. The incident led to the closure of some freeway offramps, and Read the Rest…


Classic Hollywood Silent Films To Be Centerpiece Of Free Film Series In Santa Barbara County

Mon, July 7, 2014

Some of Hollywood’s comedy classics are the centerpiece of a summer long film festival which starts this week on the South Coast. The film series “Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd; Comedy Classics of the Silent Era” begins this Wednesday night, and runs through August 22nd. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the free films series will feature screenings at Read the Rest…


$10,000 Reward Being Offered In Connection With UC Santa Barbara Fire

Mon, July 7, 2014

A $10,000 reward is now being offered for the arrest, and conviction of whoever was responsible for a fire which gutted a UC Santa Barbara housing complex under construction. The blaze was discovered at around 3:30 a.m. last Friday, off of Storke Road and Whittier Drive.  The first Santa Barbara County firefighters on scene reported Read the Rest…


Resurfacing Work Will Means Closure Of Some Highway 101 Lanes On The Central Coast This Week

Mon, July 7, 2014

A project to improve the surface of a section of Highway 101 on the Central Coast is going to mean some lane closures during the overnight hours through this Friday. A contractor is going to do pavement preservation work on parts of the 101 in the Santa Maria area. Some lanes will be closed from Read the Rest…


Central Coast Boy To Take Part In Major League Baseball All Star Game Festivities

Mon, July 7, 2014

A Central Coast boy is going to have an unforgettable experience at this year’s Major League Baseball All Star Game. Carmelo Hernandez of Santa Maria is one of 24 national finalists who will take part in MLB’s Pitch, Hit, and Run competition in Minneapolis.  The 12 year old will represent the Los Angeles Dodgers at Read the Rest…


Massive Fire Destroys Housing Complex Under Construction In Goleta

Fri, July 4, 2014

Santa Barbara County fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a massive three alarm fire early Friday morning which destroyed a housing complex under construction in Goleta, on UC Santa Barbara property. The blaze was discovered at about 3:30 a.m., at Storke Road and Whittier Drive in Goleta.  The first firefighters on the Read the Rest…


Major Ventura County Water Supplier Calling For Stepped Up Conservation In Face Of Drought

Thu, July 3, 2014

A supplier which serves two thirds of Ventura County’s water users has declared a Stage Three Water shortage, and is calling for customers to cut consumption by a minimum of 20% The Calleguas Municipal Water District Board of Director passed a resolution last night calling for people to step up conservation efforts. Calleguas supplies water Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Set To Consider Nearly $39 Million Dollar State Grant For Major Addition To New Jail Project

Thu, July 3, 2014

Santa Barbara County Supervisors are expected to vote next week on accepting a nearly $39 million dollar state grant to allow an expansion of the new county jail which is already under construction. The Northern Branch Jail being built in Santa Maria will have 376 beds, to help deal the county’s chronic jail overcrowding problem. Read the Rest…


Voters In Central Coast City To Decide Development Issue In November

Thu, July 3, 2014

Voters in one Central Coast city are going to get the chance to weigh in on a controversy over development. The Pismo Beach City Council moved to put a proposal calling for growth restrictions in Price Canyon before voters. There have been proposals for large scale developments in the agricultural area, which is east of Read the Rest…


Train Excursion Business In Ventura County Evicted From Rail Line

Thu, July 3, 2014

This could be the last weekend to take a ride on a historic railway in Ventura County, which has been embroiled in a legal battle. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a judge evicted Fillmore & Western Railway from a government owned rail line. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Rail Dispute


Southern California Edison Grant To Help Low Income Students At Cal State Channel Islands

Thu, July 3, 2014

Southern California Edison has made a grant to an institute at Cal State Channel Islands, with the intent of helping low income, and underrepresented students. The $50,000 grant will go to the Henry Lacayo Institute for Workforce, & Community Studies.  Edison International, which is the parent of Southern California Edison, helped launch the Lacayo Institute Read the Rest…


Emergency Fundraising Campaign For Ventura County Theater Group Hits Key Milestone

Thu, July 3, 2014

A two decade old theater group on the South Coast has reached the $100,000 dollar market in an emergency fundraising campaign which it says is critical for it to stay in business. Cabrillo Music Theater officials say they need to raise $250,000 by August 1st, or they will have to cancel their upcoming season. The Read the Rest…


Driver’s Education Class On South Coast Targets Seniors, To Try To Improve Highway Safety

Thu, July 3, 2014

The percentage of the population that’s over 65 is expected to double from the year 2000, to 2030. That means more older drivers will be behind the wheel. While we might like to think older translates into more cautious, the statistics show there’s a sharp increase in the number of fatal accidents for those 75, Read the Rest…


Whale Carcass Creates Smelly Situation For Central Coast Beach

Wed, July 2, 2014

A scenic state beach on the Central Coast has a massive, smelly problem on its hands. The carcass of an approximately 35 foot long humpback whale washed up on Montana De Oro State Beach, which is about six miles southwest of Morro Bay. Researchers say the whale was so decomposed, they couldn’t determine a cause Read the Rest…


Group Appeals Ventura County Decision To Allow Two New Oil Wells In County

Wed, July 2, 2014

An environmental group says it will fight a decision by Ventura County planners to issue permits for two new oil wells in the county. After an environmental review, and hearing, Ventura County planners approved the wells proposed for an abandoned oil field outside of Piru. But, the group Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas says Read the Rest…


Central Coast City To Put Proposal To Extend Sales Tax On November Ballot

Wed, July 2, 2014

A Central Coast city is moving ahead with efforts to extend its half-cent sales tax, which is set to expire next year. The Pismo Beach City Council last night agreed to put a measure on the November ballot calling for a 12 year extension of the tax. City officials say the estimated $1.3 million dollars Read the Rest…


Ventura Fire Turns Deadly; Cause Now Being Called Arson

Wed, July 2, 2014

A 93 year old man has died in the aftermath of a fire at his Ventura home, and investigators are now saying the blaze was intentionally set, and they considered the death to be a homicide. The fire occurred just after 11 p.m. Sunday at a house on the 900 block of Burlington Avenue in Read the Rest…


Satellite Successfully Launched From Santa Barbara County

Wed, July 2, 2014

A satellite which is expected to provide researchers with new information to help assess the state of the earth’s climate is now in orbit, after being successfully launched from the Central Coast this morning. A Delta II rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base just before three this morning, carrying NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors To Take On Controversy Over Special Events Facility

Wed, July 2, 2014

A controversy involving a special event facility, and some of its neighbors in Ventura County over noise is going to be settled by county supervisors. Last month the Ventura County Planning Commission decided not to renew the permit for the Tropical Paradise event venue in the Santa Rosa Valley. The facility’s owner had sought a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Company Developing Technology Which Could Help Make Manned Space Flight To Mars Possible

Wed, July 2, 2014

It’s a project in Santa Barbara County which is literally reaching for the stars. More than three dozen engineers have been quietly working for the last few years on technology which may help make a manned mission to Mars possible. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a veil of secrecy surrounding the project was lifted yesterday, as Read the Rest…


Head Of NASA Visits Santa Barbara County, Talks About Timeline For Manned Mission To Mars

Tue, July 1, 2014

America’s manned space program has been low key for the last few years, but during a visit to Santa Barbara County today, the head of NASA talked about efforts to get astronauts to Mars in the next 20 years. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Goleta. Click on link to listen to/download story:  NASA Read the Rest…


Legislation By State Senator From Santa Barbara County To Expand Family Leave Takes Effect Today

Tue, July 1, 2014

A new law authored authored by a state senator from Santa Barbara County which expands paid family leave took effect today. The legislation adds to the list of workers eligible for assistance under California’s Paid Family Leave program.  Workers who are caring for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and in-laws are now eligible for assistance Read the Rest…


Task Force Arrests 20 After Stores Found Illegally Selling Prescription Drugs in Ventura County

Tue, July 1, 2014

A five month long investigation into the illegal sale of prescription drugs at some stores in Ventura County led to the discovery of an operation stretching south to Mexico, and resulted in 20 arrests. In February of this year, the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit received a tip prescription drugs like antibiotics, and pain Read the Rest…


Cause Of Death Determined For Firefighter Who Disappeared On Ventura County Camping Trip

Tue, July 1, 2014

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office released the cause of death of a Southern California firefighter who died in Ventura County’s backcountry, prompting a massive, nearly two week long search. The coroner’s office says Mike Herdman died from blunt force trauma, and ruled the death an accident. It’s believed he fell down a rugged cliff Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Bank Robbery Occurs In Same Ventura Building Where FBI Office Is Located

Tue, July 1, 2014

Authorities say a bank robber on the South Coast apparently picked the wrong branch to hit, choosing one with an FBI office in the same building. A man walked into the Chase bank branch on the 2000 block of South Victoria Avenue in Ventura just after 3 p.m. yesterday, giving a teller a bag, and Read the Rest…


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