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Police Say Santa Barbara Man Had $250,000 Worth Of Stolen Antiques, Collectables

Fri, March 28, 2014

A Santa Barbara man has been arrested after police say he was in possession of a quarter of a million dollars worth of antiques, and collectibles stolen from an elderly antique store owner. Santa Barbara Police detectives say that over the last three to four months, Pablo Sela received the items from an antique store Read the Rest…


Feature Film About Cesar Chavez To Get Special Screenings In Ventura County

Fri, March 28, 2014

A new feature film about the story of farm labor leader, and civil rights worker Cesar Chavez is getting some VIP screening in Ventura county, which was of course apart of the farm workers rights movement. There will be a march from the United Farm Workers offices in Oxnard tonight to the Plaza Cinemas, in Read the Rest…


Section Of Ventura County Highway Closed By Rock Slides Reopens

Fri, March 28, 2014

A section of a Ventura County highway which has been closed for the last few weeks by rock slides has reopened. Highway 33 was shut down north of Ojai, after a storm led to some slides which blocked parts of the highway in the Sespe Gorge area.  It was shut down March 1st.  Crews cleaned Read the Rest…


Grass Roots Recycling Program Takes Hold In South Coast Elementary Schools

Fri, March 28, 2014

What started as a project involving students to see how much, and what kinds of wastes were being created at some South Coast elementary schools has turned into a full fledged recycling program. KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports the program is less than two years old, but is already diverting tons of waste from dumps, as Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies Find, Rescue Rock Climber Injured In Fall

Fri, March 28, 2014

Some alert Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies who noticed an unattended vehicle parked in a park at night started to search for the owner, and found he had been seriously injured from a fall while rock climbing. Bill Coleman told deputies he had gone for a nighttime rock climbing hike in Santa Susana Wednesday night.  The Read the Rest…


Santa Maria City Council Approves Controversial Immigration, Customs Enforcement Facility On 3-2 Vote

Fri, March 28, 2014

The Santa Maria City Council narrowly approved a controversial new Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in the city, following a marathon meeting attended by more than a thousand people. The Santa Maria City Council heard eight hours of testimony before finally voting after 11 last night to give the go ahead to a 12,700 square foot Read the Rest…


Congresswoman From Tri-Counties Wants To Take On What She Calls Deceptive Advertising

Fri, March 28, 2014

A congresswoman from the Tri-Counties has co-authored a bill which would try to take on the use of physically altered images of people in advertising. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara is co-author of what’s being called the Truth in Advertising Act.  The bipartisan legislation would direct the Federal Trade Commission to study the Read the Rest…


More Than 70 Officers Respond To Shooting At Westlake Village Hotel; No One Hurt

Thu, March 27, 2014

A shooting at an upscale Ventura County hotel drew a huge response from law enforcement agencies this morning…but fortunately, no one was hurt. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Westlake Village Shooting


Helicopter Being Use To Remove Body Found In Remote Area Of Los Padres National Forest In Ventura County

Thu, March 27, 2014

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body in the Los Padres National Forest, in Ventura County. Hikers spotted the body in the Devil’s Punchbowl area of Santa Paula Canyon around 7:30 last night, but Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives weren’t able to get into the area until today. It’s a very remote area. There’s Read the Rest…


Bicyclist Injured In Central Coast Accident Dies

Thu, March 27, 2014

A bicyclist seriously injured in an accident on the Central Coast has died. Nora Toni was riding through Pismo Beach March 18th when she fell off her bike on the 300 block of Five Cities Drive.  The 69 year old Arroyo Grande woman wasn’t wearing a helmet, and suffered head injuries.  She was taken to Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara County CEO One Of Two Finalists For Oxnard City Manager’s Job

Thu, March 27, 2014

She was once Santa Barbara County’s CEO. Now, she’s one of two finalists for the Oxnard City Manager’s post. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:   Oxnard City Manager Finalists


Homeless Man Arrested In Santa Barbara Following Allegations Of Sexual Assault On Teen

Thu, March 27, 2014

A homeless man has been identified, and arrested for a sexual assault with the help of KCLU, and KEYT Television reporter John Palminteri. Santa Barbara Police say that on March 19th, a 15 year old girl had gone with a group of people to a party on Santa Barbara’s Westside.  She became intoxicated, and investigators Read the Rest…


Investigation Continues Into Early Morning Shooting At Ventura County Hotel

Thu, March 27, 2014

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine what led to an early morning shooting at a Ventura County hotel. Deputies received multiple reports of shots fired inside the Hyatt Westlake Village at about 2:30 this morning.  Dozens of law enforcement officers went to the scene, but found no victim, or shooter.  Detectives are hoping Read the Rest…


Caltrans Says It Will Make New Effort To Fix Problem Plagued Underpass In Santa Barbara

Thu, March 27, 2014

Caltrans says it will make a new effort to fix problems with a problem plagued underpass in in Santa Barbara. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Caltrans Underpass


50th Anniversary of Largest Recorded Earthquake In North America Centerpiece Of Local Tsunami Preparedness Efforts

Thu, March 27, 2014

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the largest recorded earthquake to hit North America, a magnitude 9.2 quake which caused heavy damage throughout Alaska, and sent a tsunami to the West Coast. The National Weather Service is using the anniversary to call attention to Tsunami Preparedness Week in California. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to California’s Read the Rest…


Central Coast Police Department Honored With Third Accreditation For Excellence

Thu, March 27, 2014

A Central Coast police department has some good news to celebrate this morning. The Pismo Beach Police Department has just received its third national accreditation. The certification by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies is awarded to agencies after a review of nearly 500 guidelines, from the handling of evidence to recruiting, and Read the Rest…


Hearing Set For Today On Controversial New Immigration And Customs Enforcement Facility Planned For Santa Maria

Thu, March 27, 2014

The controversy over whether a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility should be built in Santa Maria is the focus of a special meeting today. The Santa Maria City Council will have the final say over whether the 12,700 square foot office complex should be built on the 700 block of West Century Street. The Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Now Saying Dog Shot By Sheriff’s Deputy Survived

Wed, March 26, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department now says a dog which was shot after attacking a deputy in Fillmore survived. Department officials initially said the dog died as a result of the wounds int suffered following the Tuesday morning incident in Fillmore.  A deputy reported that while investigating some graffiti under the A Street bridge, he Read the Rest…


U.S Border Patrol Agents Say They Arrest Central Coast Gang Member Trying To Sneak Across U.S. Border

Wed, March 26, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol agents say they’ve arrested a dangerous Central Coast gang member as he was trying to sneak into the U.S. from Mexico. Agents say they took Luis Miguel Maya-Barriga into dustody at around 10 last night, near the Calexico Port of Entry.  They say the 32 year old Mexican national is a part Read the Rest…


Spike Strips Used To End Pursuit In Santa Barbara County

Wed, March 26, 2014

The CHP used spike strips to end a wild chase on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County. It started just after 4 p.m. yesterday, on the northbound 101 near Gaviota State Beach, when the CHP received reports of a vehicle being driven erratically.  The car then turned around, and started heading southbound.  A CHP car Read the Rest…


South Coast Business Involved In Drug Bust

Wed, March 26, 2014

A well know Carpinteria business was part of a drug bust. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Carpinteria Drug Bust


Memorial Event Planned For Simi Valley Teen Who Died Trying To Rescue Parents From River

Wed, March 26, 2014

A memorial will take place tonight for a Ventura County high school student who died trying to rescue his parents from a river in Yosemite National Park. Walter Gonzales was on a family camping trip Sunday when his mother fell into the Merced River, and his father was sucked into an eddy trying to save Read the Rest…


California Conservation Corps Providing Job Skills For Young Adults, And Needed Help With Local Conservation Projects

Wed, March 26, 2014

You’ve seen them helping to fight brush fires, or working at the side of a freeway, but most people don’t know who they are, or exactly what they do. The California Conservation Corps like a state version of the Peace Corps, and works on a number of projects in our region. KCLU’s Lance Orozco caught Read the Rest…


Telephone Company Drops Controversial Proposal For Cell Phone Tower In City Of Ojai, Pursues Alternative Site

Wed, March 26, 2014

A telephone company has withdrawn a controversial proposal to build a new cell phone tower in Ojai. AT & T announced its dropping plans for the proposed 65 foot facility on the 1200 block of Grand Avenue. The proposal created a firestorm of controversy, with residents upset about the idea of the tower in the Read the Rest…


State Assemblyman To Hold Community Forum To Try To Prepare Community To Fight Possible Efforts To Close Naval Base Ventura County

Wed, March 26, 2014

A state assemblyman in Ventura County says Naval Base Ventura County could once again be a target for closure, or consolidation, so he’s sponsoring a community forum to look at the concern. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo is holding the event April 25th at Cal State Channel Islands, and has lined up the Chairman Read the Rest…


Solar Energy Company In Santa Barbara County Gets Two Federal Grants

Tue, March 25, 2014

A Santa Barbara County based energy company seeking to advance solar cell technology has received $1.75 million dollars in federal research, and development grants. NEXT Energy Technologies in Goleta received $1 million dollars from the Department of Energy, from a fund for small businesses working on innovative clean energy projects.  NEXT also received $750,000 from Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Attacked By Dogs; Shoots, And Kills One

Tue, March 25, 2014

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol was attacked by two dogs today, forcing him to shoot, and kill one of them. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Deputy Attacked By Dogs


Legal Battle Continues Between City Of Ventura, Water District

Tue, March 25, 2014

The City of Ventura has filed a new lawsuit in what’s been an ongoing battle over water rates charged by the United Water Conservation District. The city challenged United rate’s structure, contending municipal customers were paying an unfair share of costs compared to agricultural customers.  The City claimed in its first two lawsuits that United Read the Rest…


Three Storm Systems Headed Towards Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Tue, March 25, 2014

The first in a series of what could be three storm systems in less than a week has arrived on the South Coast, but we may not get much rain from it. Rainfall amounts for Southern Santa Barbara County, and Ventura County are expected to be less than a tenth of an inch, with the Read the Rest…


First In Series of Three Storm Systems Arrives On Central Coast

Tue, March 25, 2014

The first in a series of what could be three storm systems has arrived on the Central Coast, but forecasters say we might not see a lot of rain from this one. Between a tenth, and a third of an inch of rain could fall in Northern Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County Read the Rest…


Isla Vista Resident Recovering From Injuries Suffered During Attack By Machete Wielding Burglar

Tue, March 25, 2014

An Isla Vista resident is recovering after being injured by a machete wielding burglar. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  IV Attack


Founder Of Group Which Helps Women, Girls In Developing Countries Visits Local Chapters In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Tue, March 25, 2014

A little known non-profit group with ten chapters locally is helping girls, and women in developing countries. “Dining For Women” chapters hold a monthly pot luck, with participants donating money they would have spent on dinner out to grass roots programs overseas. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the group’s founder, who’s visiting our area this Read the Rest…


Warrning Issues After Counterfeit $100 Bills Turn Up In Ventura County

Mon, March 24, 2014

Beware of someone flashing big bills. That’s the warning going out from authorities in eastern Ventura County, where a number of counterfeit $100 dollar bills have turned up in the last few days.  Several merchants in the Simi Valley area took in phony bills during the last few days, and did even realize the bad Read the Rest…


California Transportation Commission Staff Recommending Efforts To Widen Highway 46 In San Luis Obispo County Be Continued

Mon, March 24, 2014

State transportation planners are recommending that efforts to continue to widen a major Central Coast highway be funded. The California Transportation Commission’s staff says the commission should allocated $88 million dollars to widen five miles of Highway 46, from the Shandon Roadside rest area, to the Jack Ranch Café. With 46 miles of widening work Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Look At Touchy Issue Of Homes, Other Properties Encroaching On Public Road Right Of Way

Mon, March 24, 2014

Ventura County is looking at how it might tackle a touchy issue involving potentially thousands of homes, and other properties in the county which are encroaching on public roads. A study shows that in one area alone, Silver Strand, there are more than 600 properties where things like fences, landscaping, and mailboxes extend onto what Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara High School Student Dies As A Result Of Incident In School’s Pool

Mon, March 24, 2014

Authorities are investigating the death of a young man in Santa Barbara High School’s pool. The high school’s swim team was practicing this morning when a former student joined them in the pool, for a workout. When he didn’t come up to the surface, lifeguards pulled him from the pool, and began CPR. He was Read the Rest…


Controlled Burn Expected To Throw Up Plume Of Smoke Over Ventura County

Mon, March 24, 2014

A controlled burn planned for Ventura County is expected to throw up a huge plume of smoke on Tuesday. The project to reduce the brush fire danger in Barlow Canyon, outside of Ventura calls for burning about 300 acres of brush.  The burn is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. tomorrow.  Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Say They Arrest Drug Dealer Who Targeted High School Students

Mon, March 24, 2014

Detectives say they’ve arrested a drug dealer who admitted making 30 to 40 deals a day in the Santa Barbara area, and had some high school students as regular clients. Santa Barbara police say Jeffrey Nicholas Carpenter was a marijuana dealer who used text messages to arrange deals.  Investigators say the 28 year old man Read the Rest…


Robotics Team From High School in Santa Barbara County Headed To World Competition

Mon, March 24, 2014

A robotics team from a Santa Barbara county high school has earned a spot in a world competition. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Dos Pueblos Robotics


State Transportation Commission Allocates More Than $11 Million Dollars For Highway Projects On Central Coast

Mon, March 24, 2014

The State Transportation Commission approved more than $330 million dollars in new transportation projects, including more than $11 million dollars for projects in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. The new allocations include $7 million dollars to improve a 10 mile stretch of pavement on Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County, near the Read the Rest…


Local Flower Growers Concerned About Impacts Of Imported Flowers On Industry

Mon, March 24, 2014

Santa Barbara County agricultural officials say the cut flower crop in the county generates more than $100 million dollars a year in revenue. But, in recent years the flower industry locally, and nationally, has been hard hit by imported flowers, which have lower production costs. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports local growers are trying to raise Read the Rest…


Two Year Old Boy Struck, Killed In Central Coast Accident

Mon, March 24, 2014

Tragedy struck on the Central Coast over the weekend, when a two year old boy died after being hit by a car being backed out of a driveway. It happened just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday, on the 200 block of West Bunny Street in Santa Maria.  A woman was backing up when she accidently hit Read the Rest…


Man Arrested Following Takeover Bank Robbery In Ventura County

Sat, March 22, 2014

Five people are safe, after locking themselves in a safe during a bank robbery in Ventura County. It happened just before six p.m. Friday, on the 5800 block of East Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley.  A man wearing a ski mask, and carrying a plastic bag with what appeared to be a gun entered Read the Rest…


Central Coast Elementary School Targeted by Threat; Juvenile Taken Into Custody Because Of Incident

Sat, March 22, 2014

A Central Coast elementary school was targeted by a threat yesterday, but San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department investigators quickly determined there was no danger to students, or staff members. Staff members at Creston Elementary School arrived at work at around 8 yesterdaymorning to find a threat left on the school’s answering machine. Investigators determined Read the Rest…


Cal Poly’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Run Ended By Wichita State

Fri, March 21, 2014

Wichita State kept its undefeated season intact, winning its 35th straight game by crushing Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the NCAA Tournament Friday night. Wichita dominated the Mustangs from the started of the nationally televised game on CBS, winning 64-37. It was still the most impressive season in the history of Cal Poly men’s Read the Rest…


Unemployment Drops in Santa Barbara County; Remains Unchanged In San Luis Obispo County

Fri, March 21, 2014

The latest unemployment figures show mixed results on the Central Coast, but a drop statewide. There was also a drop in Santa Barbara County’s unemployment numbers, from 7.3% in January, to 7.1% in February. San Luis Obispo County’s jobless rate remained unchanged from month to month, at 6.2% California’s jobless rate went from 8.1% in Read the Rest…


Lady Gaga Video Shot On Central Coast To Debut This Weekend; Gets Preview On “Today” Show

Fri, March 21, 2014

A music video shot on the Central Coast at Hearst Castle starring Lady Gaga is set to debut this weekend, and is getting some splashy attention: Lady Gaga showed a sneak preview of the video for her new single G.U.Y this morning on NBC’s “Today” show. Gaga received rare permission to shoot at the state Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County DA Files Charges Against UCSB Professor Over Altercation With Protestors

Fri, March 21, 2014

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office filed three misdemeanor charges against a UCSB assistant professor, following an altercation with some anti-abortion protestors. It happened March 4th on campus, and involved Department of Feminist Studies Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young. Prosecutors allege she took a protestor’s sign, and destroyed it.


Vice President Joe Biden Arrives in Santa Barbara For Fundraiser

Fri, March 21, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden is in Santa Barbara for a political fundraiser. He arrived at Santa Barbara Airport at around 2:30, and is in the area for a Democratic party event in Montecito tonight.  There are no announced public visits during what’s expected to be around a 24 hour stay in the area. The Secret Read the Rest…


Unemployment Dips In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, March 21, 2014

The latest unemployment figures show a dip statewide, and here in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties as well. California’s jobless rate went from 8.1% in January, to an even 8% in February. In Ventura County, the unemployment rate dipped from 7.6% to 7.3% from month to month. There was also a drop in Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


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