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Santa Barbara County Supervisors Fail To Stand On Controversial Immunization Legislation

Tue, March 24, 2015

Santa Barbara County looked at taking a stand on toughening immunization requirements for children, but ended up deadlocked, and doing nothing more than talking about the controversial issue. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Immunization Controversy


New Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report Gives High Marks To Efforts To Combat Truancy

Tue, March 24, 2015

A new Grand Jury report says a school truancy program established by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office is having a significant impact on the problem. The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury reviewed efforts to handle truancy in the county’s elementary schools. The report says what’s known as the “CLASS” program is improving attendance Read the Rest…


Woman Dies After Being Struck By Two Vehicles On Ventura County Highway

Tue, March 24, 2015

There are a lot of unanswered questions today about the death of a woman who was struck, and killed while apparently walking on a Ventura County highway. The CHP says it happened just after 8 last night, on Highway 118 near Walnut Avenue in Somis. A man driving a van east on the highway hit Read the Rest…


Police Say They Arrest Burglars Posing As Construction Workers

Tue, March 24, 2015

Police say some burglars apparently posing as construction workers have been arrested in Oxnard, thanks to some alert neighborhood residents. Someone called 911 yesterday afternoon after seeing a man wearing an orange construction vest loitering in an alley on the 200 block of South G Street. Officers arriving on the scene found Edmundo Velasco, and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Getting New Deputy Fire Chief

Tue, March 24, 2015

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is getting a new second in command. Rob Heckman has been appointed Deputy Fire Chief.  He’s currently a Division Chief with the department, and has been with the County’s Fire Department for 18 years.  Before moving to Santa Barbara County as a firefighter, Heckman was a commando in Great Read the Rest…


Caravan Calling Attention To Missing College Students In Mexico Stopping In Ventura County

Tue, March 24, 2015

A caravan of parents and supporters visiting the United States in an effort to shine light on the disappearance of 43 college students in Mexico is coming to Ventura County. What’s called “Caravana 43” is scheduled to stop at Oxnard’s Plaza Park at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. Six months ago, the students disappeared from a college Read the Rest…


Tsunami Warning Test Planned For Wednesday Morning

Tue, March 24, 2015

California’s tsunami warning system is going to be tested this week. The State Office of Emergency Services, and the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration are planning to do a test of the warning system around 10:15 tomorrow morning. National Weather Service offices in Oxnard, Monterey, and San Diego will use their weather radio systems to Read the Rest…


Famed Rock And Roll Singer In Traffic Accident In Santa Ynez Valley

Tue, March 24, 2015

A legendary rock and roll singer has been involved in a traffic accident which seriously injured a man in the Santa Ynez Valley. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  David Crosby Accident


$100 Million Dollar Carpool Lane Project On 101 At Ventura/Santa Barbara County Line Complete

Tue, March 24, 2015

After a decade of planning and construction, a project to ease congestion on a key part of the 101 Freeway on the South Coast is finally complete. Community leaders gathered yesterday to celebrate the wrapup of a $100 million dollar plus project to build Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties first carpool lanes. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Three Men Arrested With Nearly Three Tons Of Marijuana In Channel Islands

Mon, March 23, 2015

Three men are facing smuggling charges after the Coast Guard intercepted a boat loaded with nearly three tons of marijuana in the Channel Islands. Someone on San Miguel Island spotted a panga boat early Sunday morning, and called law enforcement officers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials launched a Marine Blackhawk helicopter, which spotted the Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For String Of Washington State Bank Robberies Confesses To Two In Santa Barbara

Mon, March 23, 2015

A man arrested for a string of bank robberies in Washington State has confessed to a pair of bank robberies in Santa Barbara County, including one nearly a decade ago. William Mitchell was arrested last November in Grants Pass, Oregon on bank robbery charges. Earlier this month, Santa Barbara Police detectives were notified that Mitchell’s Read the Rest…


Rash Of Organized Air Conditioner Thefts Hits Churches, Businesses In Simi Valley

Mon, March 23, 2015

A ring of organized thieves has been stealing air conditioning units from churches, and businesses in Ventura County. Simi Valley Police say nine locations have been hit in the city since the beginning of the year.  Detectives say the burglars appear to be well organized, because the air conditioning units are so large it would Read the Rest…


Concern About Possible Ebola Case In Santa Barbara Turns Out To Be False Call

Mon, March 23, 2015

Concern that a woman in Santa Barbara County might have Ebola after a recent visit to the region where the disease has hit turned out to be a false call. After the traveler was found to have some signs of illness, Santa Barbara County Health officials had her moved yesterday to a Los Angeles hospital Read the Rest…


Air Force Successfully Test Launches Missile From Central Coast

Mon, March 23, 2015

U.S. Air Force officials say an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully test launched from the Central Coast early this morning. A Minuteman III missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:36 a.m.  The launch team included members of an Air Force unit based in Wyoming.  It was part of an ongoing effort Read the Rest…


Shortage Of Farmworker Housing In Ventura County Focus Of Community Summit

Mon, March 23, 2015

The high cost of housing has been a longtime issue in Ventura and Santa Barbara.  It’s even more of a problem for field workers with low paying jobs. Agricultural and community leaders came together in Camarillo for a summit looking at the situation KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Fresh And Easy Store Chain Says Five Ventura County Locations Are Among Those Set For Shutdown

Mon, March 23, 2015

A supermarket chain is closing about 50 of its stores in California, including five in Ventura County. Fresh and Easy has faced financial issues almost since the first stores opened several year ago. The company says it’s shutting down some locations which aren’t living up to financial expectations. The list of Fresh and Easy locations Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County to Look At Controversy Over Immunizations

Mon, March 23, 2015

Santa Barbara County is jumping into the fray over the requirements for immunization for children. County Supervisors are being asked to take a stand on SB 277, a proposed new state law eliminating the personal belief exemption which allows parents who don’t want their kids have shots to bypass them. State health officials say a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Health Officials Deal With Possible Ebola Case

Sun, March 22, 2015

A person in Santa Barbara County who had possibly been exposed to Ebola has been moved to a hospital in the Los Angeles area, after showing some symptoms of illness. Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say they’ve been monitoring a person who visited the region affected by Ebola, and has had some symptoms. In Read the Rest…


One Dead, One Injured In Two Related Traffic Accidents In Ventura County

Sun, March 22, 2015

The driver of a car is dead after he lost control of his car and hit a tree in Ventura County, with debris from the crash then triggering a second accident. It happened just after 6 p.m. Saturday, on westbound Tierra Rejada Road near Walnut Creek Road, in Moorpark. A car veered into the center Read the Rest…


Man Involved In Barricade Situation On Central Coast Which Shut Down Highway 101 Armed With Arsenal

Sat, March 21, 2015

A man who barricaded himself in a home on the Central Coast, causing the shutdown of a section of Highway 101 had a huge arsenal with him. What started as a domestic disturbance call in Los Alamos Friday afternoon escalated into a barricade situation, when Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies tried to contact Ronald Carrari, Read the Rest…


Mail Thefts On Rise In Parts Of Ventura County

Sat, March 21, 2015

Authorities say there’s been a spike in mail thefts in parts of Ventura County, and are warning people to be careful with how they handle their mail. 18 mail thefts have been reported in the Camarillo area since January.  Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives are warning people to be alert for thefts.  They say you should Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Barricade Situation Which Shut Down Highway 101 On Central Coast Identified

Sat, March 21, 2015

Authorities have identified a man involved in a barricade situation on the Central Coast which led to the closure of Highway 101 in northern Santa Barbara County for more than two hours. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say there were reports of a domestic disturbance in the Los Alamos area just before 11 Friday Read the Rest…


Section Of Highway 101 In Santa Barbara County Closed Due To Standoff Reopens

Fri, March 20, 2015

A section of Highway 101 closed on the Central Coast for the last few hours because of a barricaded, and possibly armed person in a home near the highway has just reopened. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say there were reports of a domestic disturbance in the Los Alamos area just before 11 this Read the Rest…


101 Closed On Central Coast Due To Standoff At Home Near Highway

Fri, March 20, 2015

A section of Highway 101 has been closed on the Central Coast for the last few hours because of a barricaded, and possibly armed person in a home near the highway. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say there were reports of a domestic disturbance in the Los Alamos area just before 11 this morning. Read the Rest…


Highway 101 Closed On Central Coast; Big Delays For Motorists

Fri, March 20, 2015

A section of Highway 101 has been closed on the Central Coast since around 3:15 because of law enforcement activity. The 101 was shut down in northern Santa Barbara County, in the Los Alamos area, with Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s department dealing with a barricaded, and possibly armed person in a home. Traffic is being Read the Rest…


Unemployment Drops Dramatically In Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, March 20, 2015

Unemployment has taken a sharp drop on the Central and South Coasts, according to the latest jobless figures. Ventura County dipped from a 6.4% unemployment rate in January, to 5.8% in February. Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties also posted dramatic drops. In Santa Barbara County, the month to month rate went from 6.5% Read the Rest…


Registered Sex Offender Arrested On New Child Pornography Charge In Ventura County

Fri, March 20, 2015

A convicted sex offender in Ventura County has been arrested on a new child pornography charge. Oxnard Police, working with the Southern California High Tech Task Force say they arrested David Smith of Port Hueneme following a three month long investigation.  Detectives say the 30 year old man was arrested for the possession, and distribution Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To Life In Prison, Without Possibility Of Parole For Murder 35 Years Ago In Ventura County

Fri, March 20, 2015

An Alabama man will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole for a 1980 rape, and murder of a teenage girl in Ventura County. Thomas Young was sentenced today for the brutal assault and slaying of Stacy Knappenberger at the family’s Oxnard apartment. The crime went unsolved for decades. Read the Rest…


Detectives Say They Arrested Ventura Man For Dealing Heroin While Pushing Three Month Old Son In Stroller

Fri, March 20, 2015

A Ventura man is facing multiple charges after detectives say the caught him in the act of dealing heroin while pushing his three month old in a stroller. The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceuticals Crime Unit received information that Gabriel Flores was dealing heroin, in some cases within 50 feet of Ventura’s De Anza Middle School.  Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed On Old PCH In Ventura County

Fri, March 20, 2015

A man was struck, and killed by a pickup truck while walking on a section of the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County, and authorities are trying to figure out why he was on the roadway. The man was on a section of the Old Pacific Coast Highway at Hobson Beach at around 8 last Read the Rest…


Man Convicted Of 2011 Slaying In Ventura County

Fri, March 20, 2015

A Ventura County man has been found guilty of first degree murder for a 2011 killing in Camarillo. Rogelio Reyes was convicted of shooting to death George Huizar of Oxnard. Prosecutors say the killing was part of a robbery. Reyes faces a 50 years to life sentence when he returns to court next month. It Read the Rest…


World Famous Choreographer With Roots In Santa Barbara To Receive Local Honors Today

Fri, March 20, 2015

He’s considered to be one of the world’s leading choreographers, and his dance company performs regularly around the world. But, most people don’t know that Alonzo King’s dance roots are in Santa Barbara. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to King, who is one of five Santa Barbara High School graduates receiving lifetime achievement honors today. Click Read the Rest…


Three Arrested In Connection With Potentially Dangerous Drug Lab In Ventura County

Fri, March 20, 2015

Three people have been arrested in connection with what investigators call a dangerous drug making operation in eastern Ventura County. Detectives with the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit say they learned that someone was selling concentrated cannabis from a Newbury Park neighborhood. They got a search warrant for a home on the 700 block Read the Rest…


Preliminary Report On Metrolink Crash In Ventura County Says Truck Which Caused Collision Was Stuck On Tracks

Thu, March 19, 2015

A preliminary federal report on last month’s Metrolink commuter train crash in Ventura County which left one person dead, and 27 injured answers one of the key questions about the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board found that a truck accidentally driven onto the tracks at the intersection of Rose Avenue, and Fifth Street early Read the Rest…


Documentary About Israel’s First Ragtag Air Force To Kick Off Ventura County Jewish Film Festival

Thu, March 19, 2015

Films from around the world will be features at the 12th annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival, which opens this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with one of the filmmakers who will be on hand for the screening of his documentary about part of Israel’s fight for independence. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


Man Convicted Of 1988 Murder In Santa Barbara Gets 20 Year Sentence

Thu, March 19, 2015

A man convicted of a 1988 murder in Santa Barbara has received a 20 year prison sentence in Mexico. In September of 1988, Pedro Alonzo Bravo shot to death Bernardo Santos Sierra outside of Bravo’s home, on the 1300 block of Punta Gorda Street in Santa Barbara. Bravo then fled to Mexico.  Santa Barbara Police, Read the Rest…


Police Response To Possible Drug Overdose In Ventura County Leaves Two Officers Injured

Thu, March 19, 2015

Two Oxnard Police officers are recovering from minor injuries after they responded to a possible drug overdose, and were attacked by the man they had intended to help. Police received a 911 call around 9 last night about a family member overdosing on an unknown drug.  Officers say after arriving at a home on the Read the Rest…


Long Talked About Plans For Commuter Rail Service On South Coast Get Boost

Thu, March 19, 2015

Some long talked about plans to offer commuter rail service between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties may be a step closer to reality. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download stoy:  Commuter Rail Proposal


New Ventura County Grand Jury Report Looks At Elections Process; Gives High Marks Overall

Thu, March 19, 2015

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report which looked at last November’s election says the process went well overall, but is suggesting changes to deal with some minor issues. The report says the Elections Division should end the practice of sometimes placing multiple precincts in the same building.  The Grand Jury says it can be Read the Rest…


Ventura County Neighborhood Wins Battle With County Over Height Of Clinic

Thu, March 19, 2015

A Ventura neighborhood upset with the height of a medical clinic has won a long legal battle with Ventura County over the building. A lower court had ruled that a new Ventura County Medical Center building was built without going through the proper public noticing, or environmental review process. The State Supreme Court refused to Read the Rest…


Unique Zoo In Ventura County Opening Doors To Public For Weekend Events

Thu, March 19, 2015

Ventura County is home to a little known zoo which has a one of a kind college training program. America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College mixes academic work and hands on training, with animals ranging from exotic birds to lions. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the facility is opening its doors to the public for a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Jail Inmate Dies Following Apparent Suicide Attempt

Thu, March 19, 2015

A Santa Barbara County died three days after apparently trying to kill himself in a Ventura County Jail facility. Deputies making regular cell checks on March 12th say they found Hans Goodlein hanging in his cell at the county’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility.  Jail medical personnel, and paramedics started CPR, and were able to get a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Opening Temporary Satellite Property Tax Office In Conejo Valley

Wed, March 18, 2015

Paying property tax may not be the most pleasant thing to do, but it will at least become a bit more convenient for people trying to do it person in parts of Ventura County. The Ventura County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office is opening a new, temporary satellite office in eastern Ventura County. It will be open Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death On Central Coast Now Being Identified

Wed, March 18, 2015

A man shot to death on the Central Coast earlier this month is now being identified. Alejandro Diaz Alvarez was fatally wounded in the parking lot of a Santa Maria apartment complex early Monday morning. Monday night, Santa Maria Police arrested Wilfredo Rodriguez Chicas for the killing of the 39 year old man. Detectives aren’t Read the Rest…


Become A KCLU Member, Or Renew, And Get Our Hi-Tech KCLU Water Bottle

Wed, March 18, 2015

We want to say “thank you” with this fun and practical 24-ounce KCLU water bottle! It features an autoseal lid and has a built-in compartment for keys, an ID and more when you’re on the go.  Proudly show your support for KCLU by asking for this bottle when you make your credit card pledge of Read the Rest…


KCLU Sustaining Members Now Get Sporty New Tumbler

Wed, March 18, 2015

Become a KCLU Sustaining Member (our auto renewal program) and receive this hip acrylic tumbler! We will mail you a simple form and when you return it, we’ll send you this special thank you gift.  You’ll be the cool kid on the block as you sport your KCLU Sustaining Member tumbler.


School Board Rejects Effort To Force High School Newspaper In Ventgura County To Run Response To Article On Teen Sex

Wed, March 18, 2015

A Ventura County school board narrowly rejected a call to try to force a high school newspaper to publish a commentary by a parent in response to a controversial story about teenage sex. The front page story by the Newbury Park High School newspaper, the Panther Prowler, upset some parents who felt it was inappropriate. Read the Rest…


Registered Sex Offender Arrested Following New Incident, Chase In Ventura County

Wed, March 18, 2015

A registered sex offender is facing new charges after police say he exposed himself to some preschool children in Simi Valley, and then led responding officers on a chase. It started at around 4:30 yesterday afternoon, when someone called police reporting a flasher on the 2700 block of Avenida Simi.  The witness was able to Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After More Than 10 Hour Long Standoff In Ventura

Wed, March 18, 2015

A man was arrested on a domestic abuse charge following a more than ten hour long standoff at a Ventura home. Ventura Police were called just after 2:30 p.m. yesterday over reports of a fight between a man, and his estranged wife at a home on 10400 block of Darling Road.  Officers learned that the Read the Rest…


Man Called Dangerous Sexual Predator Arrested On Central Coast

Wed, March 18, 2015

Authorities say a manhunt for a convicted sexual offender on the Central Coast who cut off his GPS tracking device is over, after he was arrested. San Luis Obispo Police say they received word from state parole agents early yesterday morning that Avril King had removed his ankle bracelet.  The discarded device was found in Read the Rest…


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