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Santa Barbara County Could See Potentially Dangerous Wind Conditions Tonight, And Overnight

Thu, June 26, 2014

We could some dangerous wind conditions in parts of Santa Barbara County tonight, and overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Highway 1, and Highway 101 near Gaviota, as well as for Highway 154 over San Marcos Pass. The advisory also includes the Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria areas. Wind gusts Read the Rest…


Gusty Wind Conditions Could Create Hazardous Driving In Parts Of Santa Barbara County

Thu, June 26, 2014

We could some dangerous wind conditions on parts of the Central Coast tonight, and overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Highway 1, and Highway 101 near Gaviota, as well as for Highway 154 over San Marcos Pass. Wind gusts up to 35 miles an hour are expected from around 6 Read the Rest…


Panga Boat Discovered on Central Coast

Thu, June 26, 2014

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a panga boat today on a remote area of the Central Coast. No one was found with the boat, which was on a beach in San Luis Obispo County miles, several miles northwest of San Simeon. It’s the type which has typically been used to smuggle drugs, and people Read the Rest…


Minister Who Garnered National Attention After Winning Battle Over Performing Gay Marriage Ceremony To Head Isla Vista Congregation

Thu, June 26, 2014

A minister who just won a major gay rights battle is coming to Santa Barbara County, to head a ministry in Isla Vista. Pastor Frank Schaefer was defrocked from the United Methodist Church because he performed the gay marriage ceremony for his son, but won his appeal, and was reinstated this week. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


National Forum on U.S. Defense To Return To Ventura County; John McCain, Robert Gates Among Scheduled Participants

Thu, June 26, 2014

Officials with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation say that a national forum on U.S. defense which took place in Ventura County last year was such a success that another one is going to be held this year. The Reagan National Defense Forum will take place November 15th, at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.  It Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Trying To Sell Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Fireworks In Ventura County

Wed, June 25, 2014

Police say they’ve arrested a man who was trying to sell thousands of dollars worth of dangerous fireworks in Ventura County, including rockets and mortars. Oxnard Police say they received information that illegal fireworks were being sold from a business on the 1100 block of Industrial Avenue.  Detectives searching the business say they found 25 Read the Rest…


Proposed Santa Barbara County Restrictions On Oil, Gas Drilling Called Measure P

Wed, June 25, 2014

A controversial  initiative to ban fracking, and other high intensity petroleum operations in Santa Barbara County now has an official ballot designation. The initiative will appear on the November ballot as Measure P. Members of a group called Santa Barbara County Water Guardians raised the signatures need to qualify the proposal for the ballot.  Earlier Read the Rest…


Fifth Anniversary of Pop Star Michael Jackson’s Death Remembered By Fans At Santa Barbara County Ranch

Wed, June 25, 2014

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the death of pop star Michael Jackson. Fans have been flocking to his grave site in Glendale, but some also traveled to the gates of “Neverland,” his famous ranch in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  MJ Anniversary


School District Decides To Permanently Close Elementary School In Ventura County

Wed, June 25, 2014

An elementary school in Ventura County closed on an emergency basis earlier this year because of safety issues is being closed permanently. The Simi Valley School Board made a final decision last night to shutter Simi Elementary School. A number of major safety concerns were identified at the school earlier this year, so the campus Read the Rest…


State Board Of Equalization Gives High Marks To Santa Barbara County Assessor’s Office

Wed, June 25, 2014

A new State Board of Equalization report says the Santa Barbara County Assessor’s Office is doing a good job of dealing with properties in the county, especially in the face of budget cuts. The board released the results of a study it does on every county assessor’s office every five years. The 64 page study Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History Closed Due To Power Outage

Wed, June 25, 2014

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is closed today, as the result of a traffic accident which knocked out power to the facility. A car smashed into a power pole at around 11:30 last night.  No one was seriously injured. Southern California Edison crews have been on scene all day replacing the pole.  The Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival To Host Five Day Long French Film Festival

Wed, June 25, 2014

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is traditionally a winter event, but this year, it’s adding a new chapter. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the festival is offering a new summer event, a French Film Festival. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SBIFF French Festival


Ventura County Congresswoman Introduces Legislation To Beef Up VA Investigations

Wed, June 25, 2014

A Ventura County congresswoman introduced legislation to beef up resources for the office which investigates allegations of negligence, or wrongdoing by the Veterans Administration. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village introduced what’s called the VA Investigation and Accountability Act. It would provide an additional $12 million dollars to the Office of the Inspector General Read the Rest…


Leading Constitutional Expert, Co-Author Of Book On Roberts Led Supreme Court To Speak In Santa Barbara

Wed, June 25, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court, under Chief Justice John Roberts, has made some momentous decisions over the last few years, dealing with issues ranging from gay rights to gun control. A Harvard Law School professor who’s considered to be America’s leading constitutional scholar, and has written a new book about the Roberts Court, is speaking in Read the Rest…


Former Camp Director In Santa Barbara County Arrested On Molestation Charge

Tue, June 24, 2014

A former camp director in Santa Barbara County has been arrested on charges that he molested one of the campers in 2005. Ronald Williams was arrested on Honolulu, Hawaii, where he now lives on a charge of molesting a minor.  Investigators say the now 35 year old man had been director of the San Marcos Read the Rest…


More Than 400 Teens In U.S. Illegally Now Housed At Ventura County Military Base

Tue, June 24, 2014

More than 400 teenagers are currently being temporarily housed at Naval base Ventura County, as part of a national effort to deal with a flood of children caught entering the U.S. by themselves. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Undocumented Teens


Autopsy Shows San Luis Obispo County Jail Inmate Died From Heroin Overdose

Tue, June 24, 2014

An autopsy shows a heroin overdose was  the cause of death for a San Luis Obispo County jail inmate. Timothy Richard Janowicz was found unresponsive in his jail cell on May 30th, and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The autopsy results show that in addition to the heroin overdose, the 29 year old man Read the Rest…


Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing At Santa Barbara Airport

Tue, June 24, 2014

Two people have quite a story to tell, after they had to make an emergency landing in a light plane at Santa Barbara Airport. The pilot of the plane landing at the airport told the control tower that his throttle control was stuck. The plane ran off the end of the runway. The pilot, and Read the Rest…


Question Of Whether Elementary School In Ventura County Should Be Permanently Closed Could Finally Be Decided Tonight

Tue, June 24, 2014

A school district in Ventura County is expected to make a decision tonight over whether it will permanently close one of its campuses. The Simi Valley School District is set to look at the fate of Simi Elementary School. After a safety inspection in January, a number of serious safety concerns were noted, resulting in Read the Rest…


Water Bill Hike Set To Take Effect For Some South Coast Residents

Tue, June 24, 2014

Water bills are going to go up next month for some South Coast residents, and they may be in for an unpleasant surprise. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports even though they’ll first see the hikes on their July bills, the billing is for this month, so people who aren’t conserving could have a bigger bill than Read the Rest…


Fight At Party In Ventura County Sends Four To Hospital, Including Two With Stab Wounds

Tue, June 24, 2014

Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened at a weekend party in Ventura County which ended up out of control, four people to the hospital, including two with stab wounds. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 800 block of Woodgrove Road in Fillmore just before midnight Saturday by reports of a Read the Rest…


New Grand Jury Report Says Ventura County Detention Facilities Are Coping Well With Realignment

Tue, June 24, 2014

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says that the county’s detention system has overall done a good job of dealing with the state’s shift of many low level offenders to local jurisdiction. The Grand Jury says they didn’t find any major problems at the county’s jails, or the nine holding facilities in the county. Read the Rest…


Former POW in Vietnam Who Spent Close To Six Years In Captivity Speaks In Conejo Valley

Tue, June 24, 2014

A Westlake Village man is perhaps one of the most positive people you’ll ever meet, perhaps because he’s endured the unendurable. Charlie Plumb was a 24 year old U.S. Navy pilot when he was shot down during the Vietnam War.  He spent nearly six years as a POW, undergoing torture and a starvation diet. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


South Coast Theater Company Annouces New Season, Including U.S. Premiere Of New Comedy

Mon, June 23, 2014

A Santa Barbara County theater company has announced the details of its 35th season, which include the U.S. premiere of a new comedy. Ensemble Theater Company will offer a five production season beginning in October, kicking off with a local production of the Tony Award winning play “Amadeus.”  The season will also include first performance Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County University Gets Million Dollar Grant To Research, Improve Smart Phone Data Security

Mon, June 23, 2014

Could criminals exploit smart phones to access your personal information? A Central Coast congresswoman announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded more than a million dollars to UC Santa Barbara researchers to try to tackle that issue. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara says the money will be used by the UCSB Computer Read the Rest…


No Impacts From 8.0 Alaskan Earthquake Predicted For California Coast

Mon, June 23, 2014

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake which hit Alaska this afternoon led to some tsunami warnings there, but that there are no concerns for the West Coast of the U.S. The National Tsunami Warning Center says Washington State, Oregon, and California aren’t impacted by the aftermath of the massive quake. Some people were evacuated along the Alaskan Read the Rest…


Two Arrested On Burglary Charges Following Break-In At Ventura Non-Profit

Mon, June 23, 2014

Two people are facing burglary, and conspiracy charges after police say they broke into a Ventura non-profit which helps people in need. Ventura Police received a 911 call around 10:30 last night about a possible burglary underway at the offices of Project Understanding, at Vince Street and Ventura Avenue in Ventura. Officers spotted two people Read the Rest…


Famed Aviator Once Based In Ventura County Dies

Mon, June 23, 2014

A famed aviator who once lived in Montecito, and operated an aircraft business in Ventura County has died. Mira Slovak fled his native Czechoslovakia in 1953.  He hated communism, so he and some of friends hijacked an airliner, and evaded Soviet military fighters to land safely in West Germany. Slovak became an aerobatic pilot, and Read the Rest…


Search Efforts Scaled Back For Missing Firefighter In Ventura County Back Country

Mon, June 23, 2014

A seven day, 50 square miles search in the rugged wilderness north of Fillmore has failed to turn up any new signs of a firefighter who disappeared June 13th, while on a camping trip. Now, search efforts to find Michael Herdman are being scaled back today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the search area near Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Neighborhood Among Those Organizing To Deal With Major Disasters Like Brush Fires

Mon, June 23, 2014

A Santa Barbara neighborhood is among those organizing to deal with major disasters like brush fires. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story.  Santa Barbara Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness


Coast Guard Rescues Rowers Off Central Coast

Mon, June 23, 2014

It was a busy weekend for the Coast Guard off the Central Coast, with two separate rescue operations involving rowers in a California to Hawaii race. On Saturday, a team of four rowers called for help as their craft started taking on water about 75 miles west of San Luis Obispo.  All four rowers were Read the Rest…


Search Scaled Back For Firefighter Who Disappeared On Camping Trip In Ventura County

Mon, June 23, 2014

The search for a firefighter who disappeared on a camping trip in Ventura County back country is being scaled back today, after no new signs have been found that the 36 year old man may be alive. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the search area near Fillmore, where the only good news is that the Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Athletics Get $1 Million Gift Commitment

Sun, June 22, 2014

A company which operates a number of residence halls, and apartments at UC Santa Barbara is going to be buying a lot of baseballs, volleyballs, and other sports gear for UCSB, with a million dollar gift commitment to the university’s athletics program. Tropicana Student Living will make its donations over a several year period.  The Read the Rest…


Test Launch Of Interceptor Missile From Central Coast Being Called A Success

Sun, June 22, 2014

A weekend test of a troubled U.S. military missile defense system was apparently a success, after one of the interceptors launched from Santa Barbara County destroyed a target missile. The missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base just before noon today destroyed a mock enemy missile launched from the Marshall Islands. The Los Angeles Times Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks Makes Top-10 List Of Snobbiest Places In Nation To Live

Sat, June 21, 2014

When you think of snobby places to live, you probably think of places like the Hamptons. But, a new list says six of the top ten snobbiest mid-sized cities in the country are in California, and one is in Ventura County. The real estate company Movato says Thousand Oaks is the second snobbiest place in Read the Rest…


Test Of Troubled Missile Defense System Set For This Weekend On Central Coast

Fri, June 20, 2014

The stakes are high for a military missile test launch planned for the Central Coast this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:   Missile Test


New Legislation Proposed To Ban Oil Drilling On State Controlled Portion Of Ridge Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Fri, June 20, 2014

A State Senator from Santa Barbara County has introduced legislation to try to ban offshore oil drilling in an area off the Santa Barbara County coastline which is currently without state protection. In 1994, the state approved protection for some state controlled areas off the coastline, but an area known as Tranquillon Ridge wasn’t included. Read the Rest…


Search Continues For Missing Camper Who Disappeared June 13th In Ventura County Back Country

Fri, June 20, 2014

Drones are now being used in efforts to find a firefighter who disappeared during a backcountry camping trip in Ventura County a week ago today. Mike Herdman was last seen as he tried to catch his dog which was running from a campsite about ten miles north of Fillmore. A fellow camper hiked out of Read the Rest…


Central Coast Felon Arrested On Weapons, Drug Charges

Fri, June 20, 2014

A felon on the Central Coast is facing a barrage of new charges, after a long investigation by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives led to the seizure of drugs, and ammunition from his Santa Maria home. Investigators got a search warrant, and served it at the home of Jorge Adan Ruiz Macedo, on the 2300 Read the Rest…


Jobless Rate Down In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, June 20, 2014

Unemployment is continuing to drop in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. According to just released figures today, Ventura County unemployment went from 6.2% in April, to 5.9% in May. Santa Barbara County’s jobless rate dropped from  5.4% in April, to 5% in May. Statewide figures also showed a slight dip in the jobless rate. California’s Read the Rest…


Unemployment Dips To Lowest Leves In Years On Central Coast

Fri, June 20, 2014

The latest unemployment figures for the Central Coast are among the lowest in years. Santa Barbara County’s jobless rate went 5.4% in April, to 5% in May. In San Luis Obispo County, unemployment also dropped month to month, going from 5.2% in April, to 5% in May. Statewide figures also showed a slight dip in Read the Rest…


State Assemblyman From Ventura County Gets Military Promotion Today

Fri, June 20, 2014

A state assemblyman from Ventura County who’s also a Navy reservist received a military promotion today. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo was promoted to Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve today, in a ceremony at Naval Base Ventura County.   He’s served two tours in Afghanistan, including a one year tour during his first Read the Rest…


Vans Warped Tour Bringing Some 90 Acts To Ventura County This Weekend

Fri, June 20, 2014

The largest alternative rock, electronic, and hip-hop music tour in America comes to the South Coast this weekend. About 90 bands will perform when the Vans Warped Tour comes to the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Sunday. It’s the 15th year the tour is coming to Ventura. It’s helped launched major names like Katy Perry, and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Introduces New Legislation To Protect Domestic Violence, Stalking Victims Against Guns

Fri, June 20, 2014

A Santa Barbara congresswoman has introduced legislation to try to protect domestic violence, and stalking victims from firearms. The bill by Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara would extend a ban on firearms purchases from partners convicted of domestic abuse to include former, and current dating partners. It would also restrict the purchase, or Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Calls For More Oversight For Hillside Grading In Ventura

Fri, June 20, 2014

An incident in which some unpermitted grading damaged a Ventura hillside prompted a Ventura County Grand Jury report, which says more oversight is needed for grading projects in the area’s scenic hillsides areas. The report says that the City of Ventura needs to set up a system so problems can be reported on weekends, noting Read the Rest…


Ventura County Public Health Department First In State To Get Accreditation

Fri, June 20, 2014

The Ventura County Public Health Department is celebrating a big honor this week. It’s the first public health department in the State of California to receive national accreditation.  The Public Health Accreditation Board just notified the county that it had received a five year certification. The process sets standards to measure the quality of governmental Read the Rest…


Final Preparations Underway For Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade; 100,000 Spectators Expected

Fri, June 20, 2014

Part art, part performance, and all fun, Santa Barbara’s annual salute to the start of summer will take place this weekend. An estimated 100,000 people are expected for the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice parade. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from a downtown Santa Barbara workshop, where many of the parade’s participants will be busy Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Arrested, Accused Of Repeatedly Molesting Young Relative

Fri, June 20, 2014

A Santa Barbara man has been arrested on a child molestation charge, after a young relative showed up at a local youth shelter, in an effort to run away from home. The shelter was obligated by law to notify police.  Officer say the child told them that they had been physically, and sexually abused on Read the Rest…


Ventura County Moves To Shut Down Special Events Venue At Odds With Neighbors Over Noise

Thu, June 19, 2014

A fight over how loud is too loud has led to a decision by the Ventura County Planning Commission to move to shut down a wedding, and special events venue in the Santa Rosa Valley. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Events Center Decision


Actor Barry Bostwick Among Headliners For “Camelot In Concert” Performance In Santa Barbara

Thu, June 19, 2014

The music from the famed musical “Camelot” is going to be brought to life this weekend in Santa Barbara, as an all-star cast accompanied by the Santa Barbara Symphony will perform at the Granada Theater. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with one of the stars of the show, Barry Bostwick. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


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