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Ventura County Judges Orders Pension Reform Proposal Removed From Ballot; Says It Conflicts With State Law

Mon, August 4, 2014

Ventura County voters may not be the ones who ultimately decide the fate of a controversial pension reform initiative which was supposed to be on the November ballot. Yesterday, a judge ruled that the proposal conflicted with state law, and ordered it removed. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand for a hearing on the issue, Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Officer Struck By Truck During Rampage; Driver Shot, Critically Injured

Mon, August 4, 2014

A man is in critical condition after being shot by Ventura Police, after officers say he went on a rampage with his pickup truck near the Ventura County Fair, striking a police officer, and several vehicles. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Pickup Truck Rampage


Central Coast Community Center Reopens After Being Rebuilt In Wake Of Fire

Mon, August 4, 2014

A more than six decade old building on the Central Coast which has served as one of the central meeting places for a community reopened after the weekend, nearly a year after being hit by fire. The Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall held an open house yesterday to celebrate its reconstruction. An accidental fire last Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Researchers Spearhead Federally Funded Project To Improve Smart Phone Security

Mon, August 4, 2014

If you’re a smartphone user, you probably have some of the apps which allow you to do everything from track stocks, to instant message people, and even to listen to KCLU. But, phone apps are also the latest way hackers are sealing personal information. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to a UC Santa Barbara researcher who’s Read the Rest…


Court Hearing Set For Today On Controversial Pension Reform Proposal In Ventura County

Mon, August 4, 2014

A hearing is scheduled to take place today on a legal challenge to a controversial proposed Ventura County employee pension reform initiative. The proposal calls for switching newly hired county employees from a pension plan, to a 401k style system. Backers contend over time, it will save the county hundreds of millions of dollars.  But, Read the Rest…


Driver Of Truck Shot After Officer Struck By Vehicle Near Ventura County Fairgrounds

Sun, August 3, 2014

A man is in critical condition after being shot by Ventura Police, after officers say he went on a rampage with his pickup truck near the Ventura County Fair, striking a police officer, and several vehicles. Just before 4 p.m. , Ventura Police received a call from Ventura County Fair security about a speeding truck Read the Rest…


Toxicology Report Shows Drugs, Alcohol In System Of Firefighter Who Died During Ventura County Camping Trip

Fri, August 1, 2014

A firefighter who died in Ventura County’s back country from a fall during a camping trip had drugs, and alcohol in his system, according to a toxicology report. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office report indicates Mike Herdman had alcohol and ecstasy in his system when he died, but it indicates blunt force trauma from Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Celebration Bringing Party Into Your Your Home

Fri, August 1, 2014

Santa Barbara’s 90th annual Old Spanish Days Celebration is now moving into its home stretch. There’s a unique new way to enjoy some of the Fiesta entertainment, without leaving your own home. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Fiesta TV


Central Coast Drive-In Theater Ranked One Of Ten Best In Nation

Fri, August 1, 2014

The world’s largest travel website says a Central Coast drive-in is one of the ten best in the nation. Trip Advisor ranks the Sunset Drive-In Theater in San Luis Obispo tenth on its Top-10 list. The more than 60 year old theater just of Highway 101 in San Luis is the only one of the Read the Rest…


Man Killed in Central Coast Fire Identified

Fri, August 1, 2014

A man killed in a mobile home fire on the Central Coast has been identified. Douglas Garbers was trapped in his mobile home by the early morning blaze on the 800 block of North O Street. The unit was filled with smoke, and flames when Lompoc firefighters reached the scene at about 2 a.m. yesterday. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Minister Arrested In Immigration Protest Outside Of White House

Fri, August 1, 2014

A Ventura County minister did much more than speak out in favor of immigration reform efforts this week. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports she was part of more than 100 religious leaders arrested in a symbolic protest outside of the White House. Click on link to listen to/download story:  DC Protest


Financially Troubled Ventura County Theater Group Raises Enough Money To Keep The Lights On

Fri, August 1, 2014

A financially troubled theater company in Ventura County didn’t meet its August 1st fundraising goal, but it did well enough that it won’t fold, and will move ahead with a new season. Cabrillo Music Theater was trying to raise $250,000 in an emergency fundraising effort. Cabrillo officials said if they didn’t raise at least $200,000 Read the Rest…


New Public Safety Training Center On Central Coast To Open To Public This Weekend

Fri, August 1, 2014

A new public safety training facility on the Central Coast is going to open its doors to the public for the first time this weekend. The Public Safety Training Complex is at Allen Hancock College’s Lompoc Valley Center. The $38 million dollar complex includes a six story fire training tower, a rescue training area, a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based International Relief Agency Planning Expanded Headquarters

Fri, August 1, 2014

A Santa Barbara county based international relief group is planning to expand its headquarters, with a new complex next to Santa Barbara Airport. KCLU’s John Palminteri says Direct Relief International is hoping to finalize a deal with the City of Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download story:  DRI


Death Of Whale Which Floated Into South Coast Harbor Believed To Be From Ship Strike

Fri, August 1, 2014

Researchers say the carcass of a whale which washed into a South Coast harbor this week appears to be that of another whale strike victim. If the findings are ultimately confirmed, it will be the latest in the string of troubling collisions off the West Coast, and along the Ventura and Santa Barbara County coastlines. Read the Rest…


Little Big Town Headlines Ventura County Fair Tonight; Historical Parade Big Event On Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Schedule

Fri, August 1, 2014

This is the first weekend of the Ventura County Fair, and there’s some big entertainment in the lineup. County music’s Little Big Town will be the headliners tonight, and the Spinners will take the stage tomorrow night. Meanwhile, Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days is gearing up for its biggest single event today.  Lots of people Read the Rest…


Oxnard Latest Community To Impose Water Use Restrictions To Help Cope With Drought

Fri, August 1, 2014

Another South Coast City has stepped up its mandatory water conservation efforts as a result of the drought. The City of Oxnard declared a State Two water shortage this week. Some of the new rules mean the use of running water to clean buildings, driveways, parking lots and sidewalks is banned. Landscaping watering has to Read the Rest…


Plans For Long Awaited Santa Barbara County Resort May Be Back On Track

Thu, July 31, 2014

Plans for a South Coast resort which have been on hold for more than a decade may finally be back on track. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that the developer who already has the approvals to build a new Miramar Resort in Montecito is ready to finally move forward with the project. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Military Hero, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Honoree Dies

Thu, July 31, 2014

A well known Ventura County volunteer who was a military hero has died. Clyde East flew more than 330 combat missions as a pilot. East shot down the first German aircraft to try to attack Allied forces invading France on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. He flew 130 combat missions during the Korean War. During the Read the Rest…


Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch In Santa Barbara County May Be Going On Market

Thu, July 31, 2014

The Santa Barbara County ranch which was pop star Michael Jackson’s home for years may be going on the market soon. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Neverland Ranch


Temporary Facility In Ventura County For Undocumented, Unaccompanied Children Now Tops 1500 Kids Served

Thu, July 31, 2014

A temporary shelter for some of the undocumented, unaccompanied children who came into the U.S. illegally at Naval Base Ventura County has now handled more than 1500 children since opening in June. Federal Health and Human Services officials say there are currently just over 200 children using what was a vacant temporary housing facility on Read the Rest…


Controversial Plans To Expand Central Coast Hotel, Casino Focus Of Open House

Thu, July 31, 2014

Controversial plans for a major expansion of a hotel, and casino on the Central Coast are the focus of an open house tonight. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is holding an event on its planned expansion of the Chumash Casino Resort, in the Santa Ynez Valley.  The tribe wants to add 215 hotel Read the Rest…


Proposed New Hotel On South Coast Gets Key Approval

Thu, July 31, 2014

Plans for a major new hotel on the South Coast have received a key approval. The Goleta Planning Commission this week narrowly okayed efforts to build a 118 room hotel on Hollister Avenue. The proposed Marrott Residence Inn would be on the 6300 block of Hollister Avenue, near Santa Barbara Airport. Some opponents say they’re Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Sued Over Current Municipal Election Process

Thu, July 31, 2014

Thde City of Santa Barbara is being sued by a group of residents, in an effort to change how City Council members are being elected. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports it’s an effort to force the city to move from at large to district council elections, to try to improve minority representation. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Actress Jessica Lange To Be Honored At Santa Barbara International Film Festival Event This Fall

Thu, July 31, 2014

Two time Academy Award Winner Jessica Lange is going to be honored at a special Santa Barbara International Film Festival event this fall. Lange will receive the festival’s Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film at a black tie event in November. She’s starred in more than 30 movies, including Tootsie, and Blue Sky. Lange Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County’s Old Spanish Days Celebration Now In Full Swing

Thu, July 31, 2014

The largest annual celebration in Santa Barbara County is now in full swing. Old Spanish Days is a historical commemoration, and party all wrapped up in one, with some three dozen events taking place between now and Sunday in Southern Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco takes us to one of the Fiesta venues, in Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Newest Community To Annouce Plans To Serve As Host Town For 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Thu, July 31, 2014

Santa Barbara has joined Santa Maria, and Thousand Oaks in announcing it will serve as a host town for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. They will host athletes for the Los Angeles based games next July with community tours, picnics, and other celebrations.  Westmont College will host, and house 100 of the visiting athletes. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Fair, Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Both Kick Off Wednesday

Wed, July 30, 2014

Two major events are underway on the South Coast. The Ventura County Fair today kicked off its 10 day run, which will feature traditional fair events and activities, plus some big name entertainment, like The Beach Boys, and the band Barenaked Ladies. And, In Santa Barbara County, the 90th annual Old Spanish Days Celebration started Read the Rest…


Whale Carcass Floats Into Naval Base Ventura County; Biologists Trying To Determine Cause Of Death

Wed, July 30, 2014

Marine biologists are trying to determine the cause of death of a 40 foot whale which floated into the port at Naval Base Ventura County. The whale was discovered last night, and was secured to a wharf in the port so it could be examined by researchers to try to determine the cause of death. Read the Rest…


Central Coast Community College District Will Ask Voters To Approve Bond Measure For Needed Campus Improvements

Wed, July 30, 2014

A community college on the Central Coast will ask voters for help this November in raising millions for campus improvements. Cuesta College trustees decided this week to put a $275 million dollar bond measure on the ballot. If voters in the college district approve the plan, it would allow upgrades to existing buildings, the addition Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Airport Gets Federal Grant For Runway Improvements

Wed, July 30, 2014

Santa Barbara County’s busiest commercial airport received a $2.6 million dollar grant to improve its runways, and runway safety. The Federal Aviation Administration awarded the funding to Santa Barbara Airport for runway rehabilitation work, as well as runway lighting improvements. The Airport handles more than 40 commercial airline flights each weekday.


Ventura County Reaches New Five Year Agreement With County CEO

Wed, July 30, 2014

Ventura County’s top non-elected official has received a raise, and a new five year contract. County Supervisors yesterday approved a new agreement with County CEO Michael Powers, which takes effect next week. Supervisors recently reviewed the CEO’s job performance, and gave him high marks for his work since he took over the post in 2011. Read the Rest…


Wanted Man Arrested After SWAT Team Incident In Ventura

Wed, July 30, 2014

A Ventura motel became the scene of a SWAT team incident today, when police learned a wanted man was in a room at the Harbor Avenue complex. Ventura Police say they received word this morning an ex-convict from Santa Paula now wanted for domestic abuse was in the motel, on the 2100 block of Harbor Read the Rest…


Ventura County Employee Pension Reform Controversy Intensifies With Delivery Of County Commissioned Study

Wed, July 30, 2014

The controversy over a proposal to try to reduce the debt from Ventura County’s employee pension system by shifting new workers to a 401k style plan continues to grow. If it survives a court challenge, the plan is supposed to go before Ventura County voters in November. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the latest battleground in Read the Rest…


Retired Police Officer In Ventura County Gets 83 Years To Life Sentence For Child Molestation

Wed, July 30, 2014

A retired police officer in Ventura County has received an 83 years to life sentence for molesting two children. Michael Williamson had been convicted of eight counts ranging from committing a lewd act on a child, to sexually assaulting a child. Prosecutors say Williamson molested one of his victims during an eight year period during Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Celebration, Ventura County Fair Both Kick Off 2014 Runs Today

Wed, July 30, 2014

If you’ve been thinking about taking a few days off to relax, and have some fun, this is the week to do it, with two major celebrations kicking off on the South Coast. Old Spanish Days officially kicks off at 8 tonight in Santa Barbara, with La Fiesta Pequena, on the steps of the Santa Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Grappling With How To Implement Measure Restricting Petroleum Operations If It Passes In November

Tue, July 29, 2014

Santa Barbara County is trying to figure out how to implement an measure which would limit controversial high intensity petroleum removal operations if voters approve it in November. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it was the focus of a special County Board of Supervisors meeting today. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Measure P Update


Fire Hits South Coast Market

Tue, July 29, 2014

A small electrical fire caused a brief scare in a South Coast market. A blaze broke out in a refrigeration unit at a Trader Joe’s store on the 5700 block of Calle Real, in Goleta at around 10 this morning. The store was evacuated, and employees attacked the fire with extinguishers, helping to control it Read the Rest…


Amgen Announces Major Layoffs, Downsizing Of Corporate Headquarters In Ventura County

Tue, July 29, 2014

Ventura County based biotech giant Amgen today announced a major restructuring plan which will include laying off 12 to 15 percent of its staff, and downsizing its headquarters in Thousand Oaks. The plan calls for cutting between 2400, and 2900 jobs beginning later this year, and continuing through 2015.  There’s no word on how many Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Researchers Receive Nearly $500,000 Grant For Computer Security Research

Tue, July 29, 2014

UC Santa Barbara researchers have received a nearly $500,000 grant for computer security research. The grant from the National Science Foundation will be used for efforts to develop new ways to find, and neutralize software bugs.  The work focuses on code which manipulates, and updates data in modern software systems.


Special Olympics World Games Coming To California, With Santa Maria, Thousand Oaks Among Host Towns

Tue, July 29, 2014

Some communities in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are among those taking part in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, agreeing to act as host towns for some of the athletes. Santa Maria and Thousand Oaks are among the cities which will serve as hosts for the Los Angeles based games next July, with more Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Fire Department Gets Special Team Back To Beef Up Brush Fire Protection

Tue, July 29, 2014

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has beefed up its brush fire protection, with the restoration of a special team which had been cut due to a lack of funding. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SB County Fire Team


Public Asked To Help With Census Of Once Rare Fish Off Santa Barbara, Ventura County Coastlines This Week

Tue, July 29, 2014

If you’re adventurous, and interested in science, your chance to become a scientific researcher is arriving this week.  Volunteers are needed by researchers to take part in a cutting edge census effort. There is one catch.  If you take part, you’re going to get wet. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it’s an effort to get a Read the Rest…


Ventura Water Conservation Not Meeting Goals; Community Meeting Set For Wednesday Night

Tue, July 29, 2014

A water agency which serves more than 110,000 people on the South Coast is holding a community meeting this week to talk about what steps may been needed to increase conservation in face of the drought. Ventura Water is the City of Ventura’s water agency. Officials say despite a call to cut usage by 10%, Read the Rest…


Defense Team For Accused Triple Murderer Tries New Push To Get Death Penalty Off Table

Mon, July 28, 2014

The defense team for a man accused of killing a Ventura County couple, and their unborn child is hoping a judge will grant a motion to accept a guilty plea in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table. Attorneys for Joshua Packer cited a federal court ruling earlier this month which said California’s Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara City College Student Identified As Victim Of Fatal Lighting Strike Off Southern California Beach

Mon, July 28, 2014

A former Santa Barbara County resident has been identified as the man who died from a freak lighting strike in the ocean off of Venice Beach. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Deadly Lighting Strike


Man Killed In CHP Pursuit On Central Coast Identified

Mon, July 28, 2014

The CHP is now identifying a man killed in a pursuit, and crash on the Central Coast over the weekend. The chase started just before 3 a.m. Saturday, when a CHP officer noticed a car weaving on the northbound 101 near Orcutt. The driver of the car refused to stop for the CHP unit, and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Theater Company Potentially Facing Shutdown Approaching Key Fundraising Deadline Friday

Mon, July 28, 2014

It’s down to the wire for a financially troubled Ventura County theater company, which says it needs to raise $250,000 by this Friday to stay in business. Cabrillo Music Theater has $153,000 in pledges in hand. The Conrad Hilton Foundation has offered a $30,000 matching grant, if another $30,000 is donated. And, Music Theater officials Read the Rest…


Ventura County Food Bank Gets Grant To Help Develop Ways To Make Clients More Self Sufficent

Mon, July 28, 2014

A Ventura County based food bank received a grant to develop efforts to do more than just feed those in need, but to try to help them become more self sufficient. FOOD Share received $500,000 from the Esper A. Peterson Foundation for the project.  The Oxnard based non-profit will be working with the national hunger Read the Rest…


Traffic Accident Leaves One Dead, Closes Major Santa Barbara County Highway For Hours

Mon, July 28, 2014

One man is dead following a head on traffic accident which closed the main east-west route between Santa Barbara, and Kern Counties for hours this morning. It happened just after three this morning on Highway 166, just west of Cuyama. The CHP says the driver of an eastbound pickup truck drifted across the highway’s center Read the Rest…


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