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Body Found In Channel Islands Identified, But Mystery Now Grows

Sat, April 18, 2015

Some information just released about a body found in the Channel Islands last summer has provided some new information, but also opened a wider mystery. The State Department of Justice says the body of a man found last August on San Miguel Island is that of Richard Martin Smith, a Sacramento County man who disappeared Read the Rest…


New State Of The Art Groundwater Desalination Facility In Ventura County Unveiled

Fri, April 17, 2015

A water district in Ventura County today unveiled a new state of the art groundwater desalination water plant. The Round Mountain Water Treatment Plan in Camarillo uses what’s known as a reverse osmosis treatment to take brackish groundwater that’s too salty to drink, and then filters it to make it usable. It has the capacity Read the Rest…


Search For Wanted Man Leads To Barricade Situation On South Coast

Fri, April 17, 2015

Efforts to find a man wanted for a number of armed robberies in Ventura County led to a more than two hour long standoff involving a SWAT team. Oxnard Police had information that Douglas Lovings might be at a home on the 400 block of North G Street.  When detectives arrived at the home around Read the Rest…


New Cutting Edge Water Recycling Plant On South Coast Can Produce More Than Six Million Gallons Of Water A Day

Fri, April 17, 2015

It’s a water conservation idea that’s been in the works for more than two decades in one of the South Coast’s largest cities. Now, with the drought, the project’s completion couldn’t come at a better time. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Oxnard has just put into operation a groundbreaking facility which will recycle more than six Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County High School Student Arrested After Teacher, Administory Receive Threatening E-Mails

Fri, April 17, 2015

A Santa Barbara County high school student is facing charges of making criminal threats after a teacher and an administrator received threatening e-mails. It happened yesterday, in Goleta.  A series of threatening e-mails were received by a Dos Pueblos High School administrator, as well as by a teacher. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department School Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighters Battle Blaze In Apartment Complex

Fri, April 17, 2015

Firefighters were able to quickly stop a blaze which threatened a Ventura apartment complex. The blaze was discovered at about 12:30 yesterday, at an eight unit apartment complex on the 1000 block of Britten Lane.  Firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from a first floor apartment. They quickly knocked down the blaze in the apartment’s Read the Rest…


Camarillo Airport Gets Major Federal Grant For Pavement Improvement

Thu, April 16, 2015

A South Coast airport is getting a major federal grant to repair its aircraft parking, and taxi areas. The Federal Aviation Administration is giving Camarillo Airport $310,000 to rehabilitate 20,000 square yards of hangar apron pavement.  The money will allow the replacement of pavement in some key areas of the airport.


Burglary Suspect Arrested After Brief Standoff in Ventura County

Thu, April 16, 2015

Police say a would be burglary suspect was arrested after a brief standoff in a home in Ventura County. Someone saw a suspicious man on the 100 block of South Santa Rosa Street in Ventura around 6:30 last night.  They called 911 after they saw him go into the back door of a home. Police Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Introduces Legislation To Help Military Medics Get Civilian Certification

Thu, April 16, 2015

A Santa Barbara congresswoman has re-introduced legislation to try to make it easier for veterans with military medical training to transition to civilian jobs as Emergency Medical Technicians, or EMT’s. Currently, many former military medics have to repeat classes they took in the service as they seek certification as a civilian EMT. HR 1818 by Read the Rest…


Lottery Held To Decide Which Families Will Get To Live At New Affordable Housing Complex On South Coast

Thu, April 16, 2015

It was a lottery in Santa Barbara County that didn’t come with a million dollar check.  But, many of the winners are probably feeling just as lucky today. People’s Self-Help Housing held a lottery today for a chance to live in a brand new affordable housing complex it’s building in Carpinteria. More than 300 low Read the Rest…


Music Of Dynamic American Musician Gives Twist To Production Of Classic Play In Santa Barbara

Thu, April 16, 2015

The work of one of America’s most dynamic musicians is behind a new Santa Barbara production of an acclaimed play.  It’s a classic German story about a former soldier driven to madness. But, this version of it is a musical. KCLU’s Lance Orozco gives us a sneak preview of the Ensemble Theater Company production. Click Read the Rest…


Autopsy Planned For Ventura County Jail Inmate Who Died In Custody

Thu, April 16, 2015

An autopsy is pending for a Ventura County Jail inmate who was discovered unconscious in his cell. Deputies at the Pre-Trial Detention facility in Ventura checking on Sergio Ramous noticed that he wasn’t breathing at about six Wednesday morning.  Deputies and jail medical staff started CPR efforts, but the 60 year old Oxnard man was Read the Rest…


Coalition To Fight Homelessness In Santa Barbara County Gets New Executive Director

Thu, April 16, 2015

A coalition to fight homelessness in Santa Barbara County has hired a new Executive Director. Chuck Flacks is the new Executive Director of the Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness. Flacks is coming to Santa Barbara County from the Bay Area, where he headed a non-profit agency called JVS, which helped people develop skills, and find Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Damaging Vehicles At Police Station In Ventura County

Thu, April 16, 2015

Most of us get a little upset when we get a traffic ticket, but Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say one man took it way too far, attacking vehicles at a police station. Deputies say they cited Daniel Diaz for some traffic violations just after 12 a.m. Tuesday in the Ojai area. About a half hour Read the Rest…


Country Music Superstar, Internationally Know Rapper Latest Additions To Mid-State Fair Lineup

Wed, April 15, 2015

A country music superstar, and one of the biggest names in rap music are the latest additions to the lineup for the 2015 Mid-State Fair. Keith Urban will perform in the Main Grandstand Area at the Paso Robles Event Center July 29th.  And Armando Perez, better known to rap music fans as “Pitbull”, will perform Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Connection With String Of Air Conditioner Thefts From Churches, Businesses In Ventura County

Wed, April 15, 2015

A Ventura County man has been arrested in connection with an unusual string of burglaries targeting churches, and businesses. For the last four months, someone has been stealing air conditioning units from buildings in the Simi Valley area. There have been more than a half dozen of the nighttime burglaries, with the thefts totaling nearly Read the Rest…


South Coast Water District Going To Offer Cash For Farmers Who Take Land Out Of Production

Wed, April 15, 2015

You’ve heard of water districts offering deals to customers who take out lawns, and other landscaping to conserve water.  Now, a South Coast water district is going to offer cash to agricultural customers who agree to take permanent crop acreage out of production. Goleta Water District directors approved a program which will offer participating growers Read the Rest…


Ventura County Moving Ahead With Efforts To Reform Campaign Finance Ordinance Enforcement

Wed, April 15, 2015

Ventura County is moving ahead with a plan to reform the way the county’s campaign finance ordinance is enforced. County supervisors approved a plan to try to streamline the investigation and enforcement process.  Instead of using a three person commission, and private attorneys to investigate cases, the county would have a compliance officer look into Read the Rest…


Ventura County Coach Accused Of Improper Relationship With Teen

Wed, April 15, 2015

A Ventura County coach has been arrested after detectives say he had a sexual relationship with a teenager. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigators say Kiley Bedwell of Thousand Oaks was arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a minor. Detectives say the acts occurred in 2011 and 2012, when the victim was between the ages Read the Rest…


National Park Service Report Rejects New National Park For Ventura/Los Angeles Counties, But Calls For National Recreation Area Expansion

Wed, April 15, 2015

A just released study rejects a proposal to create a new National Park in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. However, the report does call for preserving more than 170,000 additional acres of land. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click to listen to/download story:  Rim Of The Valley Report National Park Service Rim Of The Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Approve (Again!) Plans For New Miramar Resort

Tue, April 14, 2015

After more than a decade of talk, plus political and financial haggling, work could finally be getting underway on a new resort in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Santa Barbara County Supervisors approved a scaled down version of a new Miramar Resort in Montecito. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Miramar Approval


West Nile Virus Surfaces In Santa Barbara County

Tue, April 14, 2015

Santa Barbara County is reporting its earliest ever in the year discovery of West Nile Virus in the county. County Public Health officials say the disease was found in mosquitoes at Lake Los Carneros, in Goleta.  They say it’s the first find in a mosquito pool since 2006. Most people who get the virus from Read the Rest…


New Twist In Efforts To Prosecute Ventura County Woman Accused Of Killing Husband, Who Was Olympic Medalist

Tue, April 14, 2015

A Ventura County woman accused of shooting to death her husband, who was a Olympic medalist, entered a not guilty plea for a second time to a murder charge. Jane Laut appeared in court today to face charges that she shot to death Dave Laut at their Oxnard home in 2009. The 57 year old Read the Rest…


Sinkhole Continues To Cause Traffic Problems On Ventura County Highway

Tue, April 14, 2015

Work to repair a sinkhole continues to keep a lane of a Ventura County highway closed. The hole is on eastbound Highway 118, near Telephone Road in Saticoy. The hole is about five feet deep, and is several feet long. A problem with a drainage pipe is blamed for the problem, which was first discovered Read the Rest…


Ventura County Working On Efforts To Update General Plan

Tue, April 14, 2015

It serves as the master blueprint to help manage growth in Ventura County. The Ventura County Planning Department is now in the process of updating Ventura County’s General Plan, and is looking for public questions, and comments on the document. The state mandated plan establishes goals, policies, and programs to manage land uses. It was Read the Rest…


Prominent Central Coast Man Accused Of Molesting Two Young Girls At Birthday Party

Tue, April 14, 2015

A prominent Central Coast man is accused of molesting two young girls during a birthday party at his home. 63 year old Lawrence Lucien Jones was arrested on multiple charges, including kidnapping and child molestation.  He is a well known real estate agent in the Five Cities area, who was involved with a number of Read the Rest…


Chairman Of The National Endowment For The Humanities Talks About State Of The Agency To KCLU News

Tue, April 14, 2015

One of America’s leading boosters of the humanities is going to speak on the South Coast this week. The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities is the guest of honor at a Santa Barbara event honoring support for local education programs. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to the head of the NEA. Click on Read the Rest…


Ventura County Jail Inmate Accused of Assaulting Deputy

Tue, April 14, 2015

A Ventura County woman in jail on drug charges is now in more trouble, after Sheriff’s deputies say she assaulted an officer. Jail officials say Keisha Arceneaux was getting a pat down search by a female deputy in preparation for being taken to a court hearing, when she started hitting the officer. The Oxnard woman Read the Rest…


Ojai Music Festival Announces Big Names As Music Directors For 2016-2018

Tue, April 14, 2015

A Ventura County based music festival has announced three world class artists as its musical directors for the next three years. The Ojai Music Festival will have Peter Sellars curating its 70th anniversary festival in 2016.  Sellars is known for his new interpretations of classic works. In 2017, Vijay Iyer will be the Ojai Festival’s Read the Rest…


Potentially Dangerous Wind Conditions In Forecast For South Coast

Tue, April 14, 2015

We could see some dangerous wind conditions in Southern Santa Barbara County, and Ventura County. Strong sundowner winds are predicted for Santa Barbara’s foothills beginning around 6 tonight. Areas like Montecito could have gusts topping 50 miles an hour. National Weather Service forecasters say the brush fire danger will be limited, because temperatures are expected Read the Rest…


State Assemblyman On South Coast Announces Bid For South Coast County Supervisor

Mon, April 13, 2015

Last week’s announcement that Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara is going to retire at the end of her current term has created a chain reaction of political maneuvering. After Capps announcement, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal announced that he’ll be seeking the Democratic nomination for the 24th District Congressional seat. Now, State Read the Rest…


KCLU Presents NPR’s Ask Me Another with Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner

Mon, April 13, 2015

KCLU Presents NPR’s Ask Me Another with Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner – Live at the Lobero Theatre on May 2 Join us for a night of music, comedy and trivia with host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton. Tickets on sale now at lobero.com and amatickets.org. KCLU is bringing Ask Me Another, NPR’s Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighter Seriously Injured In Weekend Accident Now Being Identified

Mon, April 13, 2015

A veteran Ventura firefighter has been identified as the victim of a serious fall while fighting a brush fire over the weekend. Myles Smith was seriously injured Sunday afternoon while battling a blaze off of Highway 33 in Ventura, in the Ventura River bottom area. The fire captain fell about ten feet down a steep Read the Rest…


Ventura County University Names New Executive For Student Affairs

Mon, April 13, 2015

A familiar face on a Ventura County college campus is the university’s new Vice President of Student Affairs, and Dean of Students. Melinda Roper was promoted from Director of Student Life at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. The Ventura County native has been with CLU since 2008, after a 13 year stint at Duke Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Could Give Final Approval To Long Discussed South Coast Resort

Mon, April 13, 2015

A long talked about new resort on the South Coast could receive the final key go ahead it needs to move forward. Santa Barbara County Supervisors tomorrow are set to look at the latest proposal for construction of the 170 room Miramar Resort in Montecito. The Montecito Planning Commission approved the project in January, but Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Set To Look At Proposed Changes In Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance

Mon, April 13, 2015

Two Ventura County Supervisors are proposing changes in the way the county’s Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance is implemented. County Supervisors Steve Bennett and Kathy Long say they have a plan to streamline the process and reduce costs to make it easier for candidates, the public, and those who file complaints. The current process for dealing Read the Rest…


Ventura Fire Captain Seriously Injured In Fall While Fighting Brush Fire Off Of Highway 33

Mon, April 13, 2015

A Ventura Fire Department captain is recovering after being seriously injured in a fall while battling a brush fire. Ventura freighters were called to battle a blaze in the Ventura River bottom near Highway 33 around 2:45 yesterday afternoon.  As firefighters were trying to get a handle on the fire, the captain fell about 10 Read the Rest…


Highway 101 Emergency Work To Mean Some Lane, Ramps Closures On South Coast This Week

Mon, April 13, 2015

Some Highway 101 lanes, onramps and offramps on the South Coast are going to be closed during the overnight hours this week, for some roadway replacement. The emergency work to replace some concrete slabs will take place in the Montecito area between Olive Mill, and San Ysidro Roads beginning tonight. The work will take place Read the Rest…


Ventura County Teen Arrested After Confrontation With Police; Officers Say He Charged Them With Knife

Mon, April 13, 2015

A Ventura County teenager is facing multiple charges, after police responding to a domestic disturbance call say he charged at them with a knife, and had to be stopped with a taser. It happened at around 8:30 Saturday night, on the 800 block of East Santa Clara Street in Port Hueneme.  Port Hueneme police officers Read the Rest…


New Report Says High Housing Prices May Start To Chase Out Southern Santa Barbara County Workforce Which Is Key To Region’s Economic Future

Mon, April 13, 2015

With KCLU News, I’m Willa Sandmeyer. A new report on the affordable housing crisis in Southern Santa Barbara County says not only is the situation getting worse, it may be chasing away the employees who would make up the bulk of the region’s future workforce. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Driver Which Hit Police Car In Ventura County Sought

Fri, April 10, 2015

Law enforcement officers in Ventura County are on the lookout for the driver of a car who first led police on a chase, and then intentionally hit  a police car. It started at around 10 this morning. when an Oxnard Police officer on patrol spotted a stolen car being driven in the area of Cooper Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Says Central Coast City Is A Financial Mess, And City Government Should Be Dissolved

Fri, April 10, 2015

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says despite the passage of some emergency new tax measures by voters, it isn’t enough to save a financially troubled Central Coast city. A blistering new 13 page report says Guadalupe has been improperly taking money from its special funds for years to pay for basic services Read the Rest…


Driver Arrested Following Fatal Car Crash In Ventura County

Fri, April 10, 2015

One man is dead, and a second is behind bars after a car exploded in flames after going off a highway, and smashing into a tree in Ventura County. It happened at around 11:30 last night on Highway 33 in Ventura. A car being driven southbound onto the Casitas Vista onramp went off of the Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara County Supervisors Facing Penalties Over Lapses In Handing Of Campaign Contributions

Fri, April 10, 2015

One Santa Barbara County supervisor has been fined, and a second is facing a proposed fine over issues with the handling of some campaign contributions. The California Fair Political Practices Commission fined County Supervisor Doreen Farr $2500 for failing to timely report some contribution of more than $500 during her 2012 re-election campaign. At its Read the Rest…


Little Known Raptor Rehabilitation Center On South Coast Helping Hundreds Of Birds Annually

Fri, April 10, 2015

A little known animal rehabilitation center on the South Coast is helping to save the lives of hundreds of sick, and injured birds annually. While the Ojai Raptor Center is normally closed to the public, this weekend it’s opening its doors to the public to give people a look at what they do to help Read the Rest…


Oxnard Hires New Assistant City Manager

Fri, April 10, 2015

Ventura County’s largest city has hired a new Assistant City Manager. Oxnard has hired Maria Hurtado for the post.  Hurtado is currently the Assistant City Manager for the Northern California City of Tracy.  Before that, she was a department head in the cities of Watsonville, and San Jose. Hurtado is set to start her new Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Jail Inmate Who Died In Custody Identified

Fri, April 10, 2015

The name of a Santa Barbara County jail inmate who died while in custody has now been released. 59 year old Matthew Wilbur of Santa Barbara was discovered unconscious in his cell around 9:30 yesterday morning.  Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. An autopsy has been conducted, but the results won’t be available until lab Read the Rest…


Hydroelectric Power Plant In Santa Barbara County Going Back Online After 17 Year Shutdown

Thu, April 9, 2015

A hydroelectric power plant in Santa Barbara County is going back into operation for the first time in more than a decade and a half. The City of Santa Barbara today recommissioned its Gibraltar Conduit Hydroelectric Power Plant.  The plant first went online in 1985, but it was shut down in 1998, after operational costs Read the Rest…


Officials Rally In Ventura County To Call For Support For Long Term Federal Funding Plan For Transportation

Thu, April 9, 2015

Some local, and national leaders rallied in Ventura County today to call for long term federal funding for transportation projects. The current long term legislation expires at the end of May. Local leaders say it’s impossible to develop needed new major projects like freeway improvements without the assurance of funding for long range projects. Officials Read the Rest…


South Coast School District Finds New Superintendent In Its Backyard

Thu, April 9, 2015

A South Coast school district didn’t have to go far to find a new superintendent. The Ventura School District picked Michael Babb, the current superintendent of the Mesa Union School District, as its new leader.  He’s also been a school principal in the Ventura School District, and has worked for the Ventura County Office of Read the Rest…


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