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Some Santa Barbara County Voters Being Asked To Approve Bond Measure For Community College District

Tue, August 26, 2014

Some Santa Barbara County voters are being asked to step up and support a bond measure which would fund some badly needed renovations, and projects for Santa Barbara City College. It would raise $288 million dollars for projects, and would be paid back through a property tax assessment of just over $16 dollars a year Read the Rest…


UCSB Researcher Highlights High Water Usage In Some Of The Foods We Eat

Tue, August 26, 2014

We’re being bombarded with messages to save water because of the drought. Hopefully, you’ve been doing what you can to conserve.  But, are you doing it when you go grocery shopping? A UC Santa Barbara researcher says a simple decision to serve rice, instead of mashed potatoes can mean a difference in hundreds of gallons Read the Rest…


Man Fatally Injured In San Marcos Pass Traffic Accident Identified

Mon, August 25, 2014

An 82 year old man has been identified as the victim of a fatal traffic accident in which a car few over the side of San Marcos Pass, but couldn’t be found until the next day. Donald Newsam of Santa Barbara was headed eastbound on Highway 154 at about 11:45 Saturday night. He was rounding Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Ag Commissioner’s Office Investigating Use Of Chemical To Kill Birds At Santa Barbara Resort

Mon, August 25, 2014

The Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner’s office is investigating a pest control company for its use of a chemical intended to poison birds at a Santa Barbara resort. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Bird Poison


Associated Press Reporting Nuclear Expert Calling For Temporary Diablo Canyon Plant Shutdown

Mon, August 25, 2014

The Associated Press reports one of the federal government’s top nuclear experts believes that the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant should be taken offline until the facility’s ability to stand up to earthquakes can be thoroughly assessed. The AP obtained a confidential report it says came from Michael Peck, who was a lead inspector at Read the Rest…


Report Of Fight In Central Coast Apartment Turns Into Murder Investigation

Mon, August 25, 2014

It started as a 911 call over a fight reported in an apartment on the Central Coast, but it turned into a murder investigation. Santa Maria police are still trying to figure out what exactly what happened at a home on the 1000 block of West Street Saturday night. When officers arrived at the home Read the Rest…


Autopsy Shows Murder Victim On Central Coast Was Shot To Death

Mon, August 25, 2014

An autopsy shows that a Central Coast man found dead in an agricultural area of northern Santa Barbara County had been shot to death. The body of Javier Alcantar Limon was found last Tuesday morning near the entrance to Guadalupe Beach, just west of the City of Guadalupe.   His body was just off the roadway Read the Rest…


Man Suffers Minor Injuries In Ventura Fire

Mon, August 25, 2014

A man suffered minor injuries in a condominium fire in Ventura today. It happened just before 9:30 this morning, on the 2300 block of Mohican Lane.  Ventura firefighters called to the scene found smoke coming from an upstairs condo, and a man inside trying to put out the fire. They removed the man from the Read the Rest…


Former Vice Presidential, Potential Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan To Speak In Ventura County

Mon, August 25, 2014

A former vice presidential candidate who’s being mentioned as a possible front runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is going to speak in Ventura County this week. Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will speak at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley Thursday night. He’ll also sign copies of his new book “The Read the Rest…


Popular Ventura County Park Scene Of Stabbing

Mon, August 25, 2014

A popular Ventura County park was the scene of a weekend stabbing. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Ojai’s Libby Park just after 2 a.m. Saturday by reports of a stabbing.  They found 38 year old Tavia Johnson with multiple stab wounds.  The 38 year old Ojai woman was taken to a hospital for Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Into Law Bill From Santa Barbara State Senator Intended To Insure Equal Opportunity For Girls In Public School Sports

Mon, August 25, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill by a state senator from Santa Barbara which tries to insure girls are getting equal opportunities in public school sports. SB 1349 by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara will require schools to put statistics on the number of boys, and girls who participate in competitive Read the Rest…


Potentially Dangerous High Surf In Forecast For Ventura, Southern Santa Barbara Counties

Mon, August 25, 2014

The South Coast could be hit by some dangerous surf conditions this week, with what the National Weather Service is calling some of the highest surf in years. Hurricane Marie, in the eastern Pacific, is expected to send sets of waves from 10 to 15 feet high onto beaches in our region.  The high surf Read the Rest…


Ventura County Artist, Expert On Art Crimes Dies

Mon, August 25, 2014

A Ventura County artist who was also an internationally known expert on art crimes has died. Len Poteshman was a painter, and sculptor whose work was widely shown throughout Southern California, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As a young man, he studied music, but after he was injured while serving in the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Woman Who Underwent Double Lung Transplant Climbing Tallest Mountain In North America

Mon, August 25, 2014

A Santa Barbara woman who’s been through an incredible health ordeal is celebrating her recovery in a big way. We first told you about Courtney Ferriera’s story in 2011.  After being diagnosed with a rare, and fatal lung disease, her only hope for survival was a double lung transplant. She underwent the procedure, and is Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Gets $8.6 Million Dollars From State For Transportation Projects Aimed At Bicyclists, Pedestrians

Sun, August 24, 2014

The City of Santa Barbara has received more than $8 million dollars in funding from the state for some transportation projects aimed at bicyclists, and pedestrians. The $8.6 million dollars in Active Transportation Program funding from the California Transportation Commission is designated for four projects in the city.  The work includes replacing the Montecito Street Read the Rest…


Community Workshop Set For Saturday In Ventura County For Parents On Coping With Children’s Bullying

Sat, August 23, 2014

Bullying is a major issue for kids, and has taken a new twist in recent years thanks to social media. Today, Oxnard Police are holding a free workshop for parents, and teachers on this issue. It’s called “What Parents Can Do About Bullying.” The free workshop will take place from 3-4 p.m. today, at Oxnard’s Read the Rest…


Work To Improve Safety On Section Of 101 Freeway In Santa Barbara County Now Complete

Sat, August 23, 2014

A project to make a section of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County a bit safer is now complete. The $900,000 project on the 101 from the Cathedral Oaks Road overcrossing, to the Dos Pueblos Creek undercrossing in the Goleta area included construction of a median barrier, and rumble strips. The mile long project is Read the Rest…


Northbound Highway 101 Closed For About Two Hours In Gaviota Area By Traffic Accident

Fri, August 22, 2014

A traffic accident blocked northbound Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County, in the Gaviota area for about two hours Friday The accident happened at around 4:15, near the El Capitan offramp.  Details still haven’t been released about exactly what happened, but an RV ended up on its side. The freeway was reopened at around 6:30 Read the Rest…


Controversial Legislation By State Senator From Santa Barbara Intended To Protect Franchisees Now On Governor’s Desk

Fri, August 22, 2014

A controversial bill by a state senator from Santa Barbara intended to give small business franchisees new leverage in their dealings with the corporations they are affiliated with has been passed by the state legislature. Senate Bill 610 was authored by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara. Proponents say it will give greater protections Read the Rest…


New Outreach Effort Tries To Get Unwanted Prescription Drugs Out Of Homes In Ventura County Community

Fri, August 22, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is trying a new approach in one community to try to get expired, and unwanted prescription drugs out of homes, and potentially off the streets. The Sheriff’s Department took its prescription drug collection program into a Fillmore mobile home park, to try to make it ease for people to dispose Read the Rest…


Central Coast Fairgrounds Getting New CEO

Fri, August 22, 2014

The Central Coast facility that’s home to the Santa Barbara County Fair is getting a new leader. Richard Persons has been selected as the new CEO of the Santa Maria Fairpark, and will take over the post in October. Persons is currently CEO of the Lake County Fairgrounds, in the Northern California community of Lakeport. Read the Rest…


Undercover Sting Operation Targets Unlicensed Contractors in Ventura County; 10 Arrested

Fri, August 22, 2014

An undercover sting operation targeted unlicensed contractors in eastern Ventura County, leading to ten arrests. The State Contractors Licensing Board, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department used a house in Newbury Park to seek bids on project ranging from tree trimming, to kitchen cabinet replacement.   If a project costs more than $500, contractors are Read the Rest…


Search Underway In Santa Barbara County For Man With Dangerous, Contagious Strain Of Tuberculosis

Fri, August 22, 2014

A man in Santa Barbara County is being called a one person public health emergency, because he’s contagious with a serious, and potentially fatal disease, and his whereabouts are unknown. A search is underway for Agustin Zeferino, who has drug resistant tuberculosis. Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say he is aware of his condition, Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Threatens Communication Facilities In Ventura County Before Being Stopped

Fri, August 22, 2014

A small, but fast moving brush fire caused a scare in Ventura County, threatening some communications towers before it was stopped. The blaze started just before 1:30 yesterday afternoon on a steep hillside in Ventura’s Grant Park. Nearly three dozen Ventura firefighters, aided by a helicopter, were able to corral the fire in about a Read the Rest…


Gifted Musician Who’s Focus Of Documentary To Perform In Ventura County This Weekend

Fri, August 22, 2014

She started playing the piano at the age of two. Now, many people are calling this young Ventura County woman a musical prodigy. What makes Rachel Flowers story even more amazing is the fact she lives with something most people consider a disability. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that this weekend, the public will get its Read the Rest…


Final Countdown Underway For Air Show In Ventura County This Weekend

Thu, August 21, 2014

The final countdown is on for a major air show on the South Coast this weekend. The “Wings over Camarillo” Air Show takes place Saturday, and Sunday at Camarillo Airport. There will be aerobatic performances, fly-bys by historic aircraft, ground displays, and even a car show. The air show runs from noon to 4:30 p.m. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Says International Crime Ring Breached; Seven Arrested

Thu, August 21, 2014

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives working with other agencies have broken up what they’re calling an international organized crime ring. Seven people have been arrested. Officials say in addition to the arrests of what they call some high ranking members of a nationwide organized crime group, they seized drugs, guns, and cash. They say it was Read the Rest…


Van Driven By 13 Year Old Leads Police On Chase In Central Coast Before Crashing Into Store

Thu, August 21, 2014

A Central Coast teenager has a lot of explaining to do, after leading police on a wild chase in a possibly stolen van which ended when he crashed into a crafts store in a shopping center. It started at around 9:30 last night, when a Santa Maria Police officer reported seeing a van being driven Read the Rest…


South Coast Law Enforcement Team Headed To Europe To Run In Marathon, Raise Money For Charity

Thu, August 21, 2014

Some South Coast law enforcement officers are headed halfway around the world on a unique mission. No, they’re not tracking down leads in a case. They’re running down dollars for children’s charities, by taking part in a marathon. A half dozen current, and retired members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department are flying to Ireland Read the Rest…


Man Dies In Ventura County Tractor Accident

Thu, August 21, 2014

A Ventura County man died hours after he was hurt when he apparently lost control of the tractor he was driving in an agricultural field, and it fell into a drainage canal. The accident happened at around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, near Central Avenue in Camarillo. The tractor fell about 15 feet into the concrete channel. Read the Rest…


SLO Film Festival Annouces Special Fall “Coming Of Age” Classics Film Series

Thu, August 21, 2014

A Central Coast Film festival is kicking off the celebration of its 21st anniversary next year early, with a series of special screenings this fall. The San Luis Obispo Film Festival is showing three coming of age films in a special series. On September 20th, the festival will screen the cult film “The Goonies.” Actor Read the Rest…


Gang Member Arrested Following Vandalism Of Central Coast Farm

Thu, August 21, 2014

A gang member on probation in Santa Barbara County has been arrested in San Luis Obispo County, after a vandalism incident which left thousands of dollars in damage. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2200 block of Bonita School Road just after 7 a.m. yesterday, by reports of vandalism to a truck, trailer, and portable Read the Rest…


New Carpool Lot Opened In Ventura County

Thu, August 21, 2014

There’s a new Park & Ride lot open in Ventura County which is intended to make it easier for people to car pool. The City of Oxnard opened the lot on the 2600 block of East Ventura Boulevard, which is adjacent to the 101 Freeway’s Rice Avenue/Santa Clara Avenue interchange. Parking is free at the Read the Rest…


South Coast Hospital Using Robots To Try To Sanitize Rooms, And Prevent Dangers Hospital Acquired Infections

Thu, August 21, 2014

Hospitals are supposed to be the ultimate backstop for us to receive health care if we are seriously ill, or injured. But, despite the best efforts to keep harmful bacteria and other pathogens at bay, the Centers for Disease Control reports as many as 75,000 people a year die in the U.S. from hospital acquired Read the Rest…


Summer DUI Crackdown Underway On Central Coast; 21 Arrests During First Three Days Of Effort

Wed, August 20, 2014

An effort on the Central Coast to crack down on DUI driving during the final weeks of the summer holiday season is off to a big start. 21 arrests have been reported since the Avoid the 14 campaign kicked off August 15th in San Luis Obispo County.  The project is a coalition of law enforcement Read the Rest…


Fire Leaves Man Dead In Ventura County

Wed, August 20, 2014

Ventura County Fire Department investigators are trying to determine the cause of an early morning blaze in Oak View which left a man dead. Firefighters were called to the Lake Casitas Mobile Home Park, on Burnham Road, just after 2 a.m. They received word en route that a man might be trapped in the mobile Read the Rest…


Navy Says It Will Sit Out Fight Between City Of Port Hueneme, and Port Of Hueneme Over Proposed Tax

Wed, August 20, 2014

The Navy has decided to sit out a fight between the City of Port Hueneme, and the Port of Hueneme over a proposal for a new tax which would impact the port’s users. The Navy issued a statement saying it takes to position on local political matters. Measure M would add a tax to the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Move To Oppose New Oil Drilling In State Waters Off Coastline

Wed, August 20, 2014

Santa Barbara County has taken a stand on a controversial proposal to ban new oil drilling in the only section of state waters off the county’s coastline where it could still occur. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it was a close vote by County Supervisors on an issue which pits environmental concerns against potential economic benefits. Read the Rest…


Sounds Of Explosions, Gunfire Will Come From Central Coast High School Campus As Part Of Training To Deal with Gunman

Wed, August 20, 2014

It will sound like there’s a major crisis at a Central Coast high school later today, with the sounds of gunfire, and explosions coming from the campus.  But, all the police activity, and noise at San Luis Obispo High School will be a drill. The San Luis Obispo Police, and Fire Departments are working with Read the Rest…


Murder Victim On Central Coast Now Being Identified

Wed, August 20, 2014

A murder victim whose body was found off of a street in an agricultural area of northern Santa Barbara County is now being identified. The body of Javier Alcantar Limon of Santa Maria was spotted by some farm workers just before seven a.m. yesterday, near the 6900 block of Main Street.  The area is west Read the Rest…


MMA Fighter Sought In Manhunt, And Arrested in Ventura County Waives Extradition To Las Vegas

Wed, August 20, 2014

An internationally known mixed martial arts fighter who was arrested in Ventura County following a nationwide search has waved extradition to Nevada. Jonathan Koppenhaver, who is known is the MMA world as “The War Machine,” is wanted in Las Vegas for an August 8th incident in which police say he beat his girlfriend, and a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Test New Early Warning System For Brush Fires

Tue, August 19, 2014

Santa Barbara County is going to get the chance to test a new high tech sensor system which may allow firefighters to get an early jump on brush fires. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports an Australian company which developed the technology is donating $40,000 worth of equipment for a pilot project in Mission Canyon. Click on Read the Rest…


Death In Northern Santa Barbara County Now Being Called Homicide

Tue, August 19, 2014

Authorities say the death of a man whose body was found in an agricultural area west of Guadalupe, in northern Santa Barbara County is a homicide. The body was spotted by some ag workers just before seven this morning near the 6900 block of Main Street, at the entrance to Guadalupe Beach.  The man has Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Narrowly Vote To Support Proposal To Permanently Ban New Oil, Gas Drilling Off North County

Tue, August 19, 2014

Santa Barbara County Supervisor jumped into the fray over whether new oil, and gas development should be banned in some state waters off the county’s coastline. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports supervisors narrowly approved supporting legislation in Sacramento which would close what’s being called a loophole which would allow new drilling. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Head Of Agency Which Serves As HMO For Ventura County’s Medi-Cal Recipients Leaving Post

Tue, August 19, 2014

The head of a health care system which provides Medi-Cal services to 160,000 people in Ventura County has announced his resignation to take advantage of another job opportunity. Michael Engelhard has been CEO of the Gold Coast Health Plan Since September of 2012. He’s credited with helping to get the public agency on firm financial Read the Rest…


Body Found In Northern Santa Barbara County; Death Being Called Suspicious

Tue, August 19, 2014

Authorities say the body of a man has been found in an agricultural area of northern Santa Barbara County, near Guadalupe. The body was spotted by some ag workers just before seven this morning off of Main Street, at the entrance to Guadalupe Beach.  The man has been identified, but his name isn’t being released Read the Rest…


Legislation By State Senator From Santa Barbara To Ban Forced Sterilizations In Prisons On Governor’s Desk

Tue, August 19, 2014

A bill authored by a state senator from Santa Barbara which would ban forced, or coerced sterilizations in California prisons has been passed by the legislature, and is now on the governor’s desk for his action. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara authored Senate Bill 1135 after there were media reports of forced sterilizations Read the Rest…


Artists Turning Utility Boxes Into Murals In Unque Community Art Project

Tue, August 19, 2014

Some South Coast artists are literally taking their work to the streets. Four artists have been commissioned to create some very public works, by turning some utility boxes on Ventura’s city streets into murals. It’s the latest effort in the city’s cutting edge public art programs. KCLU’s Lance Orozco caught up with one of the Read the Rest…


State Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty For Ventura County Man Convicted Of Raping, Murdering Woman

Mon, August 18, 2014

The State Supreme Court has rejected the appeals of a man sentenced to death for raping, and brutally murdering a woman in Ventura County. Justin Merriman was convicted of sexually assaulting Katrina Montgomery, beating her with a wrench, and then stabbing her to death in November of 1992. Death penalty cases are automatically appealed to Read the Rest…


Controversy Over Legislation To Ban New Oil, Gas Drilling In State Waters Off Central Coast Heating Up

Mon, August 18, 2014

The State Assembly could vote later this week on legislation intended to plug a loophole which would allow new oil, and gas leases in state waters off the northern Santa Barbara County coastline. SB 1096, by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, would in effect ban new leases in the Tranquillon Ridge area, off Read the Rest…


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