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Luxury Electric Car Maker To Open Dealership On South Coast

Mon, December 29, 2014

A luxury electric car maker is mpreparing to open its first dealership on the South Coast. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Tesla


Man Recovering From Shark Attack Off Central Coast Beach

Mon, December 29, 2014

A man is recovering after being attacked by a shark while surfing on the Central Coast. It happened at around 11 a.m. Sunday, off of Montana de Oro State park, in the Morro Bay area.  The victim was surfing with a friend when the shark came up beneath him, briefly pulling him below the surface. Read the Rest…


Police Investigating Dognapping In Ventura

Mon, December 29, 2014

Police are trying to figure out who was behind a mysterious dog-napping in Ventura in which a man demanded a reward. The small boxer was tied up outside of a store on the 2200 block of East Thompson Boulevard last Friday, when a young woman in her 20′s unclipped the dog from its leash, picked Read the Rest…


Three Men Arrested After Drive By Shooting, Vehicle Crash In Ventura County

Mon, December 29, 2014

Three men are in the Ventura County Jail this morning following a drive by shooting in Fillmore. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives say just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday, a Fillmore teen and his brother were walking in the area of Fourth, and B Streets when they were confronted by a group of men in a Read the Rest…


South Coast Pier Damaged By Storms, Coastal Erosion Last Spring Set To Reopen

Sun, December 28, 2014

A South Coast pier heavily damaged by storms, and coastal erosion last spring is now set to reopen in a few days. The Port Hueneme Pier was closed last April, when a combination of storms, high tides, and coastal erosion destroyed 12 of its pilings, and caused other damage. A contractor has been working for Read the Rest…


Law Enforcement Officers From Ventura County Among Those In NYC For Memorial For Slain Officer

Sat, December 27, 2014

Four law enforcement officers from Ventura County are among those from around the country who traveled to New York for Saturday’s funeral for a slain New York City police officer. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Captain Don Aguilar, and Sergeant Peter Frank went to New York representing the department.  Two Simi Valley Police officers also flew Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Serial Rapist Gets 19 Year Jail Sentence

Thu, December 25, 2014

A serial rapist in Santa Barbara has been sentenced to 19 years behind bars after being convicted of raping two women. Prosecutors say Jerry Bonhomme targeted women who had been drinking at parties, or bars, taking them back to his home before sexually assaulting them.  He had originally been charged with raping four women, some Read the Rest…


Metrolink Train Hits Vehicle In Ventura County, But No One Hurt

Wed, December 24, 2014

A commuter train plowed into a vehicle which stalled on some railroad tracks in Ventura County this morning, but fortunately, no one was hurt. It happened at around 5:15 a.m., on Los Angeles Avenue near Ralston Street.  The accident involving a Metrolink train temporarily shut down both Los Angeles Avenue, and the rail line. The Read the Rest…


Seven Arrested On Charges Of Recruiting Gang Members In Ventura County

Wed, December 24, 2014

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department gang officers say they’ve arrested seven people for recruiting juvenile gang members in the Fillmore area, and say they have video to support the arrests. Investigators using a search warrant seized two videos of gang members doing what’s know as a “jump in,” which is when a new member is initiated Read the Rest…


Well Known South Coast Businessman Talks About His Role In Key World War Two Battle 70 Years Ago

Wed, December 24, 2014

This is the time of year when we think about themes like peace on earth, and goodwill towards others. But, 70 years ago this week, the U.S. was locked in one of the biggest battles of World War Two, and a Santa Barbara man was in the thick of the action. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks Read the Rest…


South Coast College Looks To Central Coast For New President

Tue, December 23, 2014

A South Coast community college conducted a nationwide search for a new campus president, but found their choice just a few hours drive away, on the Central Coast. Luis Pablo Sanchez has been selected at Moorpark College’s new President, pending confirmation by Ventura County Community College District trustees.  Sanchez  is an attorney, and published author Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Gets Six Year Jail Sentence For Supplying Heroin Which Prosecutors Say Led To Man’s Overdose Death

Tue, December 23, 2014

A Ventura County man convicted of giving heroin to someone who died from an overdose has been sentenced to six years in prison. Prosecutors say in February, Matthew Slough supplied the heroin to a 32 year old man who died in Ventura hours after receiving it. Detectives say they were able to determine Slough provided Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Commander Named New Chief Of Mammoth Lakes Police Department

Tue, December 23, 2014

One of Ventura County’s best known law enforcement officers is leaving the area after more than three decades on the job, to become police chief in a mountain resort community. Ventura Police Department Commander Al Davis will leave his post on December 26th, and next week will start work as chief of the Mammoth Lakes Read the Rest…


Event To Build Christmas Trees With Canned Food Raises 190,000 Cans OF Food To Feed Ventura County’s Hungry

Tue, December 23, 2014

The results are in for a massive food drive on the South Coast, which raised more than 190,000 pounds of canned goods to help those in need. FOOD Share’s third annual CAN-tree event collected the food. Community groups ranging from Ventura County employees, to Farmer’s Insurance workers built Christmas trees out of food cans in Read the Rest…


Rare Cobra Found In Ventura County Goes On Display At San Diego Zoo

Tue, December 23, 2014

A rare, and dangerous cobra which made headlines a few months ago when it was discovered slithering around a Ventura County neighborhood is back in the news today, going on display for the first time at its new home, the San Diego Zoo. The cobra made national news when it was spotted in a Thousand Read the Rest…


14 South Coast Supermarkets Changing Hands As Part Of Supermarket Mega-Merger

Tue, December 23, 2014

The $9.4 billion dollar merger of Albertson’s, and Safeway is having a huge impact on the South Coast, as 14 local supermarkets will be spun off to another company as part of a deal to get federal approval. Bellingham, Washington based Haggen Food & Pharmacy is buying 146 Albertson’s, Safeway, and Vons stores.  On the Read the Rest…


Seven Central Coast Supermarkets Changing Hands As Part Of Larger Mega-Merger

Tue, December 23, 2014

The $9.4 billion dollar merger of Albertson’s, and Safeway is having a huge impact on the Central Coast, as seven local supermarkets will be spun off to another company as part of a deal to get federal approval. Bellingham, Washington based Haggen Food & Pharmacy is buying 146 Albertson’s, Safeway, and Vons stores.  On the Read the Rest…


Ventura Scene Of Street Fight Involving Crowd With Bats, Chains

Tue, December 23, 2014

Police are still trying to sort out what led to a wild street fight in Ventura, with a group of people battling each other with bats, and chains. Officers were called to the 1200 block of Acadia Place at around six last night, by reports of a large group of people fighting.  People calling 911 Read the Rest…


Detectives Say Ventura County Woman Suspected Of Being Serial Burglar

Tue, December 23, 2014

A Ventura County woman is behind bars this morning, suspected of being a serial burglar. On Sunday morning, Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2600 block of Hillcrest Drive in Thousand  Oaks by reports of a woman running through the backyard of a home.  The woman was gone when officers reached the scene, Read the Rest…


New Study Shows Oil Platforms Create Popular Artificial Reefs For Fish

Tue, December 23, 2014

The oil platforms off our coastline are controversial among humans, but they are quite popular with fish. A new study led by a UC Santa Barbara marine biologist says the platforms provide some of the world’s most productive fish habitats. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Oil Platform Fish Habitat


Ventura County Sheriff Makes Major Promotion, Creating Second In Command

Mon, December 22, 2014

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean has announced he’s going to fill an Undersheriff position in the department which has been vacant for four years, by promoting one of his two Assistant Sheriffs. Dean says Gary Pentis will move into his new role in February. The sheriff told KCLU News that with all of the activity Read the Rest…


Los Padres National Forest To Be Represented In 2015 Rose Parade

Mon, December 22, 2014

The Los Padres National Forest is going to receive some international attention on New Year’s Day, when a contingent of people from our region will be a part of the U.S. Forest Service entry in the 2015 Rose Parade. Five Los Padres employees, as well as the forest’s Volunteer of the Year, Mike Heard, will Read the Rest…


Reagan Foundation Co-Sponsoring Nationwide High School Debate Competition, With $50,000 In Prize Money

Mon, December 22, 2014

A Ventura County based foundation is sponsoring a series of debates for high school students under the banner of the late president Ronald Reagan with the winners sharing $50,000 in scholarships. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is partnering with the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues to hold the Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series.  Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Prosecutor Stepping Down After More Than Three Decades On The Job

Mon, December 22, 2014

One of the South Coast’s best known prosecutors is retiring, after more than three decades on the job. Hillary Dozer is stepping down from the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.  Dozer prosecuted many of the county’s highest profile felony cases over the decades. He was appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney in 2010, and Chief Read the Rest…


President Obama Signs Legislation By Santa Barbara Congresswoman To Improve Healthcare For Military Families With Newborns

Mon, December 22, 2014

President Obama signed into law legislation from a Santa Barbara congresswoman to provide better healthcare for new mothers, and newborns in military families. HR 4435 will make breastfeeding supplies, services, and counseling available to military family members covered under an existing federal health insurance program.  The Federal Affordable Care Act already made the services a Read the Rest…


Kids Looking For Santa Getting Boost From “Accidental Santa” Hotline In Santa Barbara

Mon, December 22, 2014

It started as a misdialed telephone call which ended up in Santa Barbara, but was soon followed by a second, a third, and then a flood of calls. But, the man who accidentally received the calls from kids looking for Santa Claus embraced the situation, and now it’s become a tradition. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Ramming Police Car In Ventura County With Vehicle During Pursuit

Mon, December 22, 2014

A man is behind bars in Ventura County after ramming a police car during a pursuit. It started just before eight last night, near the intersection of Los Angeles Avenue and Stearns Street, in Simi Valley. Someone called 911 after seeing a vehicle in the area being driven by a possibly intoxicated driver.  The vehicle Read the Rest…


New Navy Drone Unit To Be Based In Ventura County

Mon, December 22, 2014

A new U.S. Navy unmanned aircraft unit is going to be based in Ventura County. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village announced that a 20 member team which will work on carrier based drone aircraft will be based at Point Mugu. The Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike Fleet Integration Team will be Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputy Wounded In Training Accident

Mon, December 22, 2014

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering from a gunshot would suffered during a training exercise. It happened at about 2:30 Saturday afternoon, on the 7400 block of Hollister Avenue in Goleta. A male deputy involved in the exercise was wounded in the arm. Details of how the accident occurred haven’t been released.  The Read the Rest…


KCLU Says Goodbye To The Heart Of The Station’s Sound

Fri, December 19, 2014

KCLU is saying goodbye to the man who’s been the heart of what you hear on the station every day, and helped wake you up weekday mornings on the station for the last 13 years. Program Director, and Morning Edition Anchor Jim Rondeau is leaving to become the General Manager of a public radio station Read the Rest…


State Senator From Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Reappointed As Chair Of Key Sacramento Post

Fri, December 19, 2014

A Santa Barbara based State Senator is keeping a key post in Sacramento during its new session. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson will continue as head of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  New Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon reappointed Jackson to the post, which she was first named to last January. The committee deals with Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, December 19, 2014

The latest employment numbers have taken a hit in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. In Ventura County, the jobless rate went from 6.3% in October, to 6.5% in November. In Santa Barbara County, unemployment went from 5.4% of October, to 5.7% in November. The statewide outlook is a bit brighter, with unemployment dropping from 7.3% Read the Rest…


Latest Figures Show Increase In Unemployment Rate in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, December 19, 2014

The Grinch showed up on the Central Coast today in the form of the latest unemployment figures. The jobless rate climbed in both Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties in November. In Santa Barbara County, unemployment went from 5.4% of October, to 5.7% in November.  And, in San Luis Obispo County, the percentage of Read the Rest…


Disappearance Of Ventura County Man Remains A Mystery

Fri, December 19, 2014

It’s been nearly a month since an elderly Ventura County man disappeared, and the mystery as to what happened to him remains unsolved. Augustine Macias of Simi Valley was last seen November 20th, when he went for his usual morning walk. Macias was last seen walking westbound on Los Angeles Avenue that same day. Family Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara, National Groups Join Forces To Sue Federal Government Over Stormwater Runoff

Fri, December 19, 2014

A Santa Barbara and a national environmental group have joined forces to sue the federal government over stormwater runoff, claiming that it failed to comply with a court order to strengthen protections against the problem. The Environmental Defense Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.  The legal Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Researcher Says Unique Fish Which Changes Sex During Its Lifetime Making Comeback Off South Coast

Fri, December 19, 2014

A remarkable type of fish found off the South Coast is making a comeback, after its adult population took an alarming dip. The California Sheephead is unique in two ways:  Not only does it play a key role in maintaining kelp ecosystems off our coast, it’s one of the fish off the West Coast which Read the Rest…


Sting Operation Focused On Underage Alcohol Sales Leads To Four Arrests In Ventura County

Thu, December 18, 2014

A sting operation targeting sales of alcohol to minors led to four arrests in Ventura County. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, along with the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control used underage decoys to try to buy alcohol at 13 businesses in Western Ventura County. The minors were turned away at nine locations, but employees Read the Rest…


Man Charged With Brutal Faria Beach Murders In Ventura County Pleads Guilty In Deal To Avoid Death Penalty

Thu, December 18, 2014

The man accused of brutally murdering a Ventura County couple, and their unborn child changed his plea from not guilty to guilty, in exchange for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table. Joshua Packer stabbed to death Brock, and Davina Husted in their Faria Beach home.  Prosecutors say the attacks were part of a Read the Rest…


Actions Mixed On Controversial Proposal To Reactivate Shuttered Oil Well On South Coast

Thu, December 18, 2014

The State Lands Commission has cleared the way for resumption of oil production from a controversial facility on the South Coast, but the decision may be moot with Goleta moving to shut down a key oil processing facility. Venoco is hoping to restart a well which has been shut down for two decades.  The well Read the Rest…


President Obama Signs Legislation Naming Central Coast Post Office After Slain Correctional Officer

Thu, December 18, 2014

The President has signed into law legislation which will name a Central Coast post office after a federal corrections officer who died in the line of duty. HR 5562, by Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara, names the post office building on the 800 block of West Ocean Avenue in Lompoc after Federal Corrections Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Symphony Getting New Executive Director

Thu, December 18, 2014

One of the South Coast’s oldest performing arts organizations is getting a new executive director. David Pratt will take over as head of the Santa Barbara Symphony in March.  Pratt has most recently been Executive Director of the Savannah, Georgia Philharmonic.  The native of Australia was also an executive with the Sydney Symphony. David Grossman Read the Rest…


Southern California Edison Reaches Settlement With Ventura County Over Issues With Paperwork On Hazardous Materials

Thu, December 18, 2014

Southern California Edison has agreed to pay nearly $150,000 in fines and restitution costs to resolve charges that it violated environmental regulations related to the placement of some equipment in Ventura County. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office says SCE violated environmental protection laws by failing to file proper paperwork on the its electrical transformer Read the Rest…


Federal Agency Studied Potential For Mudslides In Camarillo Springs, But Preventative Work Wasn’t Funded

Thu, December 18, 2014

A Ventura County community hit hard by mud, and rockslides got a break yesterday, when heavy rain passing through the region missed it. An effort is underway in Camarillo Springs to try to protect the hundreds of homes there against slides from future storms. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from the hard hit community, Read the Rest…


Investigators Say Three Men Arrested in Ventura County Responsible For More Than 100 Vehicle Related Crimes

Thu, December 18, 2014

Three men are facing vehicle theft, and vehicle burglary charges in Ventura County, and detectives think they may be responsible for more than a hundred of the crimes. Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators have been looking into a string of vehicle related crimes since August, suspecting they were the efforts of an organized crime ring. They Read the Rest…


Camarillo Springs Area Hit By Mudslides Escapes Impacts Of Latest Storm

Wed, December 17, 2014

There was a collective sigh of relief in Ventura County overnight, as what was expected to be the most powerful in a series of storms mostly missed a community which has been hard hit by mud, and rockslides. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Camarillo Springs:  Camarillo Springs


Central Coast Getting Another Storm Wednesday Night Into Thursday Morning

Wed, December 17, 2014

A weak storm system is bringing fresh rainfall to the Central Coast tonight. The showers are expected to spread over northern Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County this evening, and overnight.  But, rainfall amounts are expected to be light. The Central Coast ended up getting the strongest rainfall from the previous storm yesterday, Read the Rest…


Oxnard Hit By Third Murder In Three Days

Wed, December 17, 2014

Oxnard is reeling from its third murder in three days. Police were called to the 1200 block of Felicia Court just after 8 last night by reports of a shooting. They arrived to find a 28 year old Oxnard man lying on a lawn, with a gunshot wound.  Paramedics tried to help David Lara, but Read the Rest…


Big Progress Reported In Cleanup At Ventura County Industrial Site Where Chemical Explosion, Fires Occurred In November

Wed, December 17, 2014

There’s good news about cleanup efforts at a wastewater processing facility in Ventura County which was the site of an explosion, and fires which sent more than 50 people to the hospital. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Cleanup Update


Man Wounded In Double Shooting In Ventura County Dies

Wed, December 17, 2014

A man wounded in a double shooting in Ventura County has died. The 35 year old man, along with a 35 year old woman were shot early yesterday morning in Oxnard.  Police say a group of people was talking on the 700 block of South Oxnard Boulevard when they were approached by a man who Read the Rest…


New Affordable Housing Complex Helps Get Longtime Homeless In Isla Vista Off Streets

Wed, December 17, 2014

It looks like a bright new student housing complex near UC Santa Barbara. But, the U shaped, three story building in Isla Vista is affordable housing which will get more than three dozen homeless people off the streets. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from IV. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Pescadero Lofts


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