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Ventura County Dentist Arrested On Arson Charges

Sat, January 31, 2015

A Ventura County dentist is facing arson charges, in what detectives say may have been a financially motivated series of attacks on some medical offices. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives, and County Fire Department arson investigators have been investigating a series of incidents they say date back to last June.  They say they involve some Read the Rest…


NASA Satellite Successfully Launched From Central Coast

Sat, January 31, 2015

It took three tries, but an unmanned environmental space lab was successfully launched from the Central Coast. A Delta II rocket lifted the satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:22 Saturday morning. On Thursday, high wind postponed a scheduled launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base of a rocket carrying the cutting edge Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Assault on Jogger In Ventura County

Fri, January 30, 2015

A man has been arrested for the assault of a female jogger in a Ventura park. A woman running through Grant Park last Sunday afternoon was struck, and grabbed by a man before she was able to break away, and escape.  Based on the victim’s description, detectives say they identified a 20 year old Ventura Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Jewelry Store Store Target Of Daring Daylight Robbery; Thieves Smash Display Cases, Steal Items

Fri, January 30, 2015

Law enforcement officers on the South Coast are looking for at least three thieves who committed a daring daytime robbery at a high end jewelry store in Santa Barbara, using hammers to smash display cases and steal items. It happened at just after 10 this morning, at Churchill Jewelers, on the 1000 block of State Read the Rest…


Founder Of Tibetan Aid Group Among Keynote Speakers At Conference In Ventura County

Fri, January 30, 2015

Ventura County is going to be the scene of a conference this weekend with a lofty goal: Making the word a better place. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports one of the keynote speakers at a regional meeting of Rotary Clubs is a refugee from Tibet who created a foundation to help people in need in his Read the Rest…


Yet Another Delay For Rocket Launch From Central Coast; Now Set For Saturday Morning

Fri, January 30, 2015

NASA researchers, and a launch team are hoping the third time is the charm for a planned rocket launch from the Central Coast, with a payload of an unmanned environmental space lab. On Thursday, high wind postponed a scheduled launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base of a rocket carrying a cutting edge system for environmental Read the Rest…


Fatal Shooting By CHP In Ventura County Ruled Justified

Fri, January 30, 2015

An investigation by Ventura County prosecutors concludes that the fatal shooting of a man who led CHP officers on a chase, and then threated to kill them was justified. On January 5, 2013 Theodore Keiper sped by some officers on the Pacific Coast Highway between Ventura, and Carpinteria. Officers say he was doing more than Read the Rest…


New Push Involving Ventura County, Hospital ER’s Underway To Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Fri, January 30, 2015

Cocaine and heroin are serious drug problems, but something that might be in your medicine cabinet right now is twice as deadly as those two drugs combined. Prescription pain killer abuse is the fastest growing type of drug abuse in America. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Ventura County, and its eight hospitals are joining forces in Read the Rest…


Channel Islands National Park Salutes Army Of Volunteers Who Help Visitors Experience Park

Fri, January 30, 2015

They do incredible work to help people learn about the islands off our coastline. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the National Park Service is saluting Channel Islands National Park volunteers this week. Click on link to listen to/download story:  CHNP Volunteers


Ventura Residents Concerned About Homelessness, Economy, But Rank City As Great Place To Live

Thu, January 29, 2015

Residents of one South Coast city say they are generally happy with the way it’s being run, but are concerned about homelessness, the community’s economy, and the drought. The City of Ventura has just released the results of a survey it commissioned. Drug abuse, and pollution ranked as higher concerns among residents than gang activity. Read the Rest…


Trial Date Set In Lawsuit Against City Of Santa Barbara Over How City Council Members Are Elected

Thu, January 29, 2015

An April trial date has been sent in a lawsuit which is trying to force the City of Santa Barbara to move from at-large, to district elections for city council members. The suit filed by a Santa Barbara attorney on behalf of five defendants alleges the current system violates the state’s Voters Rights Act, and Read the Rest…


Tests For Possible First Measles Case In Santa Barbara County Turn Out Negative

Thu, January 29, 2015

Tests are now showing that what was thought to be the first case of measles in Santa Barbara County are negative. Santa Barbara County Public Health officials are saying that lab results for a possible case discovered in the county this week turned out negative for the disease. But, they caution that the virus may Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies Say They Arrest Two Men Using Taxi To Make Drug Deal

Thu, January 29, 2015

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say they arrested two men who were using the “Uber” taxi service to drive them to a drug deal. Deputies pulled over a vehicle on Westland Boulevard, near Avenida De Los Arboles in Thousand Oaks just before noon yesterday for a traffic violation. The officers soon noticed that the two men Read the Rest…


Central Coast Satellite Launch Postponed Due To Weather Concerns Rescheduled To Friday Morning

Thu, January 29, 2015

High wind postponed this morning’s scheduled launch from the Central Coast of a rocket carrying a cutting edge satellite for environmental research, but conditions are looking good for liftoff tomorrow. The Delta Two rocket carrying the Soil Moisture Active Passive system was originally planned for 6:20 this morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Strong upper Read the Rest…


Campaign Raises Nearly $15 Million Dollars To Renovate, Expand Botanic Garden On South Coast

Thu, January 29, 2015

A drive to renovate, and expand a botanic garden on the South Coast has topped its goal, raising nearly $15 million dollars. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s drive is funding the construction of  a new administration, research, and exhibition facility.  A $2.5 million dollar gift from Mrs. John Pritzlaff is helping to build the complex, Read the Rest…


Event In Ventura County Focusing Attention On Critical Work Of Caregivers

Thu, January 29, 2015

It can be a difficult, sometimes thankless job which can be thrust upon you with little or no warning. With America’s population aging, more and more people are suddenly finding themselves serving as caregivers. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a non-profit Ventura County group which helps caregivers is planning to honor their hard work. Click on Read the Rest…


Woman Admits Using Unknowing Victim’s Oxnard Home As Bail Collateral In Criminal Case

Thu, January 29, 2015

Ventura County prosecutors say a woman pled guilty to charges stemming from a scheme in which she, and two accomplices used the Oxnard home of an unwitting victim as bail collateral in a criminal case. Prosecutors say Hayser Scarlett Lopez recruited two other Kern County residents to help with the plan.  They say one of Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Agrees To Severance Payment For Former City Manager

Wed, January 28, 2015

A Central Coast city has agreed to pay its former City Manager more than $70,000 in order to head off a potential legal battle. Steve Adams was City Manager for Arroyo Grande for 14 years. Last summer, he was involved in a controversy after he, and another city executive were found in City Hall late Read the Rest…


First Suspected Measles Case From Recent Outbreak Reported In Santa Barbara County

Wed, January 28, 2015

As a measles outbreak continues to grow in California, and the western U.S., Santa Barbara County is reporting its first suspected case. County health officials aren’t saying whether it occurred in the county on the Central, or South Coast, but do say it involves a child. There are eight confirmed cases in Ventura County. Many Read the Rest…


Foul Play Not Suspected in Death Of Man Found On Empty Lot In Ventura

Wed, January 28, 2015

The mystery continues over the death of a man whose body was found in a vacant lot in Ventura, but police are now saying there are no signs of foul play. A passerby spotted the body of a 45 year old Ventura man on the 4200 block of Transport Street Tuesday afternoon. An autopsy was Read the Rest…


Meningitis Case Reported at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Wed, January 28, 2015

A case of bacterial meningitis has been reported at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, involving a university employee. Cal Poly officials say the worker is being treated, and there are no signs of additional cases on campus. The university and San Luis Obispo County Public Health Services are working to identify people who might have Read the Rest…


Section Of 101 Freeway In Ventura County To Undergo Full Closure For Maintenance This Week

Wed, January 28, 2015

A heavily used section of the 101 Freeway in Ventura County is going to be closed during the overnight hours starting tomorrow for maintenance. Caltrans is going to shut down all of the freeway’s southbound lanes at Central Avenue, between Oxnard and Camarillo from 10 p.m. tomorrow, to 4 a.m. Friday.  The shutdown will allow Read the Rest…


“Citizen Kane” To Be Show At Hearst Castle For First Time Ever

Wed, January 28, 2015

A Central Coast film festival has announced plans to screen the once controversial film “Citizen Kane” at the castle built by the man who once banned any mention of it in his newspapers. The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival will show the movie for the first time it’s ever been screened at Hearst Castle Read the Rest…


Boat Destroyed In Blaze At Santa Barbara Harbor

Wed, January 28, 2015

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire which destroyed a boat at Santa Barbara harbor. The blaze was discovered at around 9:30 last night, in a catamaran docked at Marina Two. Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol officers, and Santa Barbara City firefighters arrived to find huge flames rising from the unoccupied boat. Firefighters Read the Rest…


Cousteau Family Set To Receive Santa Barbara International Film Festival Attenborough Award Wednesday Night

Wed, January 28, 2015

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is in its first full day today, with a major tribute set for tonight. The festival will present its Attenborough Award to the Cousteau family for  its dedication to making films about the mysteries of the ocean. Jean-Michel Cousteau, his son Fabien, and his daughter Celine are set to Read the Rest…


Caltrans Says Closure Of Section Of PCH In Ventura County Could Last Another Month

Wed, January 28, 2015

There’s more bad news for people who normally use the Pacific Coast Highway to travel between Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. Officials say an already six week long closure due to storm damage could now last an additional month. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  PCH Closure Extended


Former Conejo Valley Political Leader Dies

Wed, January 28, 2015

A longtime community leader on the South Coast has died. Eloise Zeanah served two terms on the Thousand Oaks City Council in the 1990’s, and was the city’s mayor. Zeanah was originally from Alabama. In the 1970’s, while her husband was in the military, she worked in Washington, D.C. for various federal agencies. When he Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Choose New City Administrator

Wed, January 28, 2015

A man who already had 17 years experience with a South Coast city is now its new top non-elected official. The Santa Barbara City Council appointed Paul Casey as City Administrator. Casey has serving as Acting City Administrator since the retirement of Jim Armstrong last September. Before that, he served as Assistant City Administrator for Read the Rest…


Body Of Man Found In Empty Lot In Ventura

Wed, January 28, 2015

Ventura Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found in a vacant lot. A passerby discovered the body of the 45 year old man in a lot on the 4200 block of Transport Street around 3 p.m. yesterday.  Investigators say there was no obvious sign of death, or indications at Read the Rest…


Federal Plan Calls for Continuation Of New Offshore Oil, and Gas Lease Ban For Central, South Coasts

Tue, January 27, 2015

The Department of the Interior’s new draft five year plan for new oil, and gas leases is once again proposing to ban additional ones off the Central, and South Coasts. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Oil And Gas Leases


New Oil Drilling Proposal On South Coast To Be Focus of In Depth Study

Tue, January 27, 2015

The latest proposal to drill new oil wells in a South Coast City is going to be the focus of an extensive environmental study. The Carpinteria City Council has decided it will spend close to a half million dollars to have environmental consultants do a study of Venoco’s proposal to drill 22 wells from a Read the Rest…


Burglar Targeting South Coast Laundromats

Tue, January 27, 2015

A man going to some self-serve laundromats on the South Coast isn’t going to clean his clothes.  He’s been cleaning out the money from washing machines, and dryers. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say security video has shown the same man striking twice at laundries in the Ojai Valley, and once in Camarillo during the last Read the Rest…


South Coast City Giving Residents, Businesses Free Devices to Shut Off Automatic Sprinklers When It Rains

Tue, January 27, 2015

Many people have their landscaping on a timer system. When it rains during a drought, you’re supposed to turn your automatic system off…but, do you remember to do it? One South Coast city is passing out devices to make sure you don’t have to remember. The City of Santa Barbara is giving away rain shutoff Read the Rest…


Gang Crackdown Launched On Central Coast After Attack Last Week

Tue, January 27, 2015

A crackdown targeted some Central Coast gang members today, in response to the beating of a man who confronted some people who poured beer on his car. Nine people were detained following a pair of raids by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputies at some homes in Nipomo. The crackdown stems from an incident last Read the Rest…


Ventura County Clerk’s Office To Open On A Saturday To Acommodate People Wanting To Marry On Valentine’s Day

Tue, January 27, 2015

Ventura County is going to help Cupid this Valentine’s Day. The County Clerk’s Office announced that it will open on Saturday, February 14th to issue marriage licenses, and perform ceremonies. Clerk-Record Mark Lunn says his office will be open from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. February 14th is traditionally the busiest day Read the Rest…


Crackdown In Ventura County Targets Drivers With Suspended Licenses

Tue, January 27, 2015

Getting a driver license suspended apparently isn’t enough to stop some people on the South Coast from getting behind the wheel. An Oxnard Police Department sting operation outside of the Ventura County Courthouse in Ventura yesterday resulted in the arrests of three people, who tried to drive away minutes after losing their driving privileges. In Read the Rest…


New Efforts To Make Dogs More Adoptable Helping Ventura County Animal Shelters With No-Kill Status

Tue, January 27, 2015

Ventura County’s efforts to help homeless dogs and cats hit a milestone, with the county’s shelters reaching a long sought no-kill status in 2014. Some new programs have helped by making the animals more adoptable. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a number of efforts are aimed at helping dogs. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Stealing Gas Company Truck, Leading Simi Valley Police On Chase

Tue, January 27, 2015

A transient is behind bars this morning after Simi Valley Police say he carjacked a Southern California Gas Company truck, and led officer on a chase before crashing. Police say the gas company employee was working outside of the truck on School Street in Simi Valley just before noon yesterday when Anthony Ramirez walked up, Read the Rest…


Longtime Ventura County Professor Who Also Co-Invented GPS Tracking Device Used On Criminal Offenders Dies

Mon, January 26, 2015

A popular university professor in Ventura County for more than three decades who was also co-inventor of the GPS system used to monitor criminal offenders has died. Kirkland Gable taught psychology at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks from 1975, until 2004. Gable was known for using his sense of humor to keep students attention Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival Kicks Off 12 Day Run Tuesday Night

Mon, January 26, 2015

Hollywood is coming to the South Coast, with the 30th Anniversary edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival set to kick off its 12 day run. The festival will open tomorrow night at the Arlington Theater, with the U.S. premiere of “Desert Dancer.” It’s a drama about some young people in Iran who watch Read the Rest…


KCLU Wins Five Golden Mike Awards, Including “Best Newscast” In Class

Mon, January 26, 2015

KCLU won five “Golden Mike” awards for excellence in broadcast journalism at the 65th Annual Golden Mikes Awards show in Universal City January 24rd. KCLU’s Jim Rondeau won “Best Newscast” honors for “KCLU’s 7 a.m. News With Jim Rondeau.”  The Golden Mike was for “Best Newscast Under 15 Minutes” in the small stations (Division B) Read the Rest…


Light To Moderate Rain In Forecast For Monday Night, Early Tuesday On South Coast

Mon, January 26, 2015

A storm system is bringing light to moderate rain to the South Coast. Instead of the traditional north to south movement of a storm we see this time of year, a system to the southwest of Los Angeles is kicking moisture north onto the coast.   There’s rain in the forecast for tonight, and into early Read the Rest…


Storm System Brings Slight Chance Of Showers To Central Coast

Mon, January 26, 2015

A storm system is bringing a lot of cloud cover to our area, but not much in the way of rainfall is expected for the Central Coast. Instead of the traditional north to south movement of a storm we see this time of year, a system to the southwest of Los Angeles is kicking moisture Read the Rest…


Scientist Who Says We Are Making Huge Progress In Tapping Into Mysteries Of The Brain To Speak On South Coast

Mon, January 26, 2015

Imagine restoring lost memories to someone with Alzheimer’s disease, or recording what we dream. Scientist and best-selling author Michio Kaku says those days are approaching. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the researcher, who’s speaking at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater Wednesday night. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Michio Kaku Michio Kaku will speak at Read the Rest…


Channel Islands National Park Looking At Proposal To Eradicate Non-Native Ants On Santa Cruz Island

Mon, January 26, 2015

Having ants is a common problem, and your solution might be ant traps, or big spray. But, the National Park Service is trying to figure out how to cope with an ant invasion on a 22 mile long, 60,000 plus acre island off our coastline. Non-native Argentine ants have been on Santa Cruz Island for Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Follow Pursuit In Los Angeles, Ventura Counties

Mon, January 26, 2015

Two Santa Barbara men are behind bars following a wild two county chase which ended up in Ventura County. It started just after 1 a.m. yesterday, when Los Angeles Police started chasing an SUV following a non-injury hit and run crash.  The SUV headed north on Highway 101, with Ventura Police taking over the pursuit Read the Rest…


Police Looking For Sexual Predator In Ventura

Mon, January 26, 2015

Police are looking for a man who sexually battered a jogger in a Ventura County park. A woman was jogging in Ventura’s Grant Park just after 3 p.m. yesterday when she was hit, and then grabbed by a man who was sitting on a bench. The woman told police she tried to kick the man, Read the Rest…


Cause Of Fire At Santa Barbara Supermarket Under Investigation

Sun, January 25, 2015

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a weekend blaze at a South Coast supermarket. Santa Barbara firefighters were called to the 100 block of West Cabrillo Boulevard around 6:30 Saturday morning, after smoke was seen pouring from behind a Ralph’s supermarket. Firefighters arrived to find store employees trying to put out a Read the Rest…


Funding Approved To Realign Section Of Highway 1 Threatened By Erosion On Central Coast

Fri, January 23, 2015

The State Transportation Commission has awarded more than $174 million dollars for 85 construction projects to improve transportation infrastructure, including a major project on the Central Coast. The Commission allocated $20 million dollars to realign a nearly three mile section of Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County. The money will allow part of the Read the Rest…


Latest Unemployment Numbers Remains Steady in Santa Barbara County; Drop In San Luis Obispo County

Fri, January 23, 2015

The latest unemployment figures are mixed for Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. In Santa Barbara County, the November and December unemployment rates remained unchanged, at 5.7%. In San Luis Obispo County, it dropped from 5.5% in November, to 5% in December. Statewide, unemployment dipped from 7.2% in November to an even 7% in Read the Rest…


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