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Drinking Water May Have Different Taste, Smell In Coming Weeks In Parts Of Ventura County

Tue, September 2, 2014

Some Ventura County residents may notice their drinking water has a different, and sometimes objectionable taste, and smell for the next few weeks. Warm weather, and low lake levels in Casitas Lake are causing a churning action affecting the water’s aesthetics.  But, Casitas Municipal Water District officials say the water is perfectly safe, and surpasses Read the Rest…


Two Local Legislators Say Emergency Drought Funding Is On The Way For Lake Cachuma

Tue, September 2, 2014

Some local legislators say emergency drought funding is on the way to help Lake Cachuma. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, and Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Carpinteria say in a joint statement that they expect a funding announcement for Cachuma to be made in the next few weeks.  The lake is a Read the Rest…


Forum On Living In Brush Fire Danger Territory Set For Wednesday Night In Santa Barbara

Tue, September 2, 2014

Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are brush fire country, with a long history of destructive, and even deadly blazes. The Painted Cave, Tea, and Jesusita brush fires destroyed more than a thousand homes alone during the past 25 years. But, how much do you know about wildfires?  If you live in what’s known as the Read the Rest…


Beefed Up Security Set For Isla Vista During New School Year

Tue, September 2, 2014

UCSB, and Santa Barbara City College students who will be living in Isla Vista during the new school year are going to find a beefed up law enforcement presence. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports in the wake of a riot, and then later a violent rampage which left six victims dead, and 13 wounded, law enforcement Read the Rest…


Documentary About Comedian Rip Taylor To Premiere At Santa Barbara Comedy Festival Tonight

Tue, September 2, 2014

He’s helped generations of people laugh. Comedian Rip Taylor’s zany brand of humor dates back to the early 1960’s, and he’s still entertaining audiences today.  He’s worked with everyone from Johnny Carson and Don Rickles, to Sammy Davis Junior. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to Taylor, who is the subject of a documentary premiering in Santa Read the Rest…


Man Captured Not Once, But Twice For Hit And Run In Ventura County

Tue, September 2, 2014

A hit and run incident in Ventura County over the holiday weekend led to the suspect in the incident being captured not once, but twice. It started just after 8 p.m. Saturday, near Madera Road, and Royal Avenue in Simi Valley.  Officers were called to the scene by reports of a non-injury hit and run Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County May Lift Freeze Limiting Hiring Of New Employees

Tue, September 2, 2014

Santa Barbara County may lift its more than three year old hiring freeze on new employees. In October 2010, in the face of a projected $60 million dollar budget shortfall, and tens of millions more in unplanned pension costs, county supervisors voted to implement the freeze. New employees were still hired, but all hires had Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Vandalism Of Sheriff’s Station On Central Coast

Mon, September 1, 2014

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies say they didn’t have to go far to find a vandal on the Central Coast.  Officers say he was on the roof of one of their stations, vandalizing equipment and ventilation gear. The incident started just after 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Sheriff’s North Patrol Station, on the 300 Read the Rest…


Hand Grenade Safely Disposed Of On Central Coast

Mon, September 1, 2014

There was a bit of drama on the Central Coast today, when someone called authorities with word they had found an old hand grenade. The device was apparently found in a storage locker in Nipomo, but it was unclear whether it was a real device. The person notified Santa Maria Police, and took the device Read the Rest…


Sting Operation Tries To Raise Awareness About Adults Purchasing Alcohol For Minors In Conejo Valley

Mon, September 1, 2014

A sting operation to raise awareness about the danger behind adults illegally buying alcohol for minors showed that a lot of people in the Conejo Valley apparently get the message. Two minors were used as decoys in yesterday’s effort by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Nearly three dozen people were targeted by the operation, but Read the Rest…


Red Flag For High Fire Danger In Parts Of Santa Barbara County

Sat, August 30, 2014

A Red Flag warning for high fire danger was in effect Saturday afternoon, and into early Sunday morning in southern Santa Barbara County, and the Santa Ynez Mountain range. Daytime temperatures in the region were 10 to 15 degrees above normal, and some sundowner winds are also possible.  Humidity dropped down to around  15% during Read the Rest…


Death At Conejo Valley Home Doesn’t Appear To Be Homicide

Sat, August 30, 2014

Authorities say the discovery of a body outside of a Conejo Valley home Friday doesn’t appear to be a homicide. Firefighters were called to the 3000 block of Foothill Road in Thousand Oaks at around 1:30 Friday afternoon, by reports of a house fire. They discovered the house there wasn’t on fire, but thatthere was Read the Rest…


Bill By Legislator From Ventura County Intended To Keep Film, TV Production In State On Governor’s Desk

Sat, August 30, 2014

A bill intended to help stop runaway movie, and television production in California which was co-authored by a Ventura County legislator is now on the governor’s desk, waiting for his action. AB 1839, co-authored by Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo,  would improve, and expand a tax credit program which provides an incentive for production Read the Rest…


State Legislature Approves Bills By Conejo Valley Legislator To Improve Efforts To Conserve Water

Sat, August 30, 2014

The State Legislature has now approved two bills authored by a Conejo Valley legislator which would improve efforts to conserve water. SB 985 by Democratic State Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills would call for public facilities like parks and schools to identify ways to capture, and reuse storm water runoff. And, Pavley’s SB 1036 Read the Rest…


Public Health Care Facility On Central Coast Gets Federal Grant Of Close To $230,000

Fri, August 29, 2014

A public health care facility on the Central Coast has received nearly $230,000 in federal funding to improve, and expand its facilities. The grant for Santa Barbara County’s Lompoc Health Care Center will allow the addition of more exam rooms, a central case management area for staff, and a patient resource center. The funding comes Read the Rest…


Body Found At Scene Of Fire In Conejo Valley

Fri, August 29, 2014

Ventura County firefighters sent to a home in the Conejo Valley for what was believed to be a house fire instead found a body. Firefighters were called to the 3000 block of Foothill Road in Thousand Oaks at around 1:30.  They discovered the house there wasn’t on fire, but there was a small blaze behind Read the Rest…


Heavy Traffic Expected For California Coast During Labor Day Weekend

Fri, August 29, 2014

This could be a rough evening on our highways, as experts say more Southern Californians will be traveling Labor Day weekend than we’ve seen since 2008, and many are headed in our direction. Nearly two million people are expected to hit the road. The Automobile Club of Southern California says San Diego, San Francisco, and Read the Rest…


Central Coast Pier Completely Reopened After Closure Because Of Big Surf Cocerns

Fri, August 29, 2014

A Central Coast pier partially closed out of concern for big waves from Hurricane Marie has reopened, just in time for Labor Day Weekend. A section of the Avila Beach Pier was closed as a precaution yesterday, but reopened today. No damage was reported to the structure. The pier was damaged by a storm back Read the Rest…


Fomer Ventura County Sheriff Loses Bid To Increase Pension

Fri, August 29, 2014

A judge has denied an effort by a retired Ventura County Sheriff to get a $75,000 addition to his annual pension. In a six page ruling, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Teri Cody denied a request by Bob Brooks for a Writ of Mandate to force the additional payment. Brooks was with the Sheriff’s Department Read the Rest…


Man Arrested In Collision On 101 Freeway in Ventura County Which Injured Five People, Including Two Sheriff’s Deputies

Fri, August 29, 2014

A man has been arrested in connection with a traffic collision this week which injured five people, including two Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies. A patrol car carrying two deputies, and two inmates was rear ended by another vehicle just before 6 p.m. Wednesday on the northbound 101, at Pleasant Valley Road in Camarillo. The CHP Read the Rest…


Bill By Conejo Valley Legislator To Help First Responders Deal With Drug Overdoses Passed By State Legislature

Fri, August 29, 2014

A proposal by a Conejo Valley legislator to help first responders deal with drug overdoses has been passed by the state legislature, and is now on the governor’s desk for his action. SB 1438 by Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills would allow firefighters, police, and other first responders to carry naloxone, a treatment Read the Rest…


KCLU Interview With Legendary Beatles Producer, Arranger On 50th Anniversary Of First American Tour

Fri, August 29, 2014

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first tour of America, including their first appearance at the Hollywood Bowl. We of course know the names of the four Beatles, but there was a fifth man involved with the group who’s now largely forgotten. Sir George Martin arranged the music on some of their Read the Rest…


High Surf Expected To Subside Today; Sycamore Cove Lifeguard Station Destroyed, Port Hueneme Pier Damaged

Fri, August 29, 2014

High surf conditions are continuing to impact Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, but forecasters say they expect conditions to return to normal this evening. The waves generated by Hurricane Marie damaged some of the pilings for the Port Hueneme pier, but no major problems are being reported at Hueneme Beach. Some coastal campgrounds in Ventura Read the Rest…


Four Ventura High School Students Cited For Incident With Teammate; Suspended From School

Fri, August 29, 2014

Four Ventura High School football players are facing false imprisonment, and conspiracy charges, and have been suspended from school after police say they held a teammate against his will in the school’s locker room. Ventura Police say it happened at around 4:30 p.m. on August 15th.  Police say that the four players handcuffed the 17 Read the Rest…


Warning Issued About Agricultural Burglaries In Ventura County

Fri, August 29, 2014

There’s a warning this morning about a rash of burglaries targeting ranches in western Ventura County. A ranch is Somis has been hit several times in the past two weeks, with items ranging from a chain saw, to a flat bed truck stolen.  The truck was found this week at the scene of a second Read the Rest…


Brush Fire On Central Coast Now Fully Contained

Thu, August 28, 2014

A brush fire which charred about 20 acres of land in Santa Barbara County is now fully contained. The fire broke out around 4 p.m. yesterday, in the Harris Grade area, northeast of Lompoc. Dozens of Santa Barbara County firefighters, aided by 10 aircraft and other agencies were able to stop the spread of the Read the Rest…


Pismo Preserve Project Escrow Expected To Close Next Month, Permamently Protecting Scenic Ranchland

Thu, August 28, 2014

Organizers of an effort to buy, and preserve a 900 acre ranch in the hills above Pismo Beach for public use say escrow will close on the deal next month. The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County spearheaded the campaign to raise the nearly $12 million dollars to buy the property. The deadline was Read the Rest…


New Fracking Related Controversy In Santa Barbara County

Thu, August 28, 2014

There’s a new controversy over the issue of oil, and gas fracking in Santa Barbara County. The City of Santa Maria is responding to an online petition which alleges that the city has given permission for fracking, and other high intensity oil drilling methods in parks, and open space areas. City officials say while the Read the Rest…


One Dead, Traffic Tied Up For Hours Following Head-On Crash On 101 Freeway In Carpinteria

Thu, August 28, 2014

A teenager is dead, after a wrong way head on accident on the 101 Freeway in Carpinteria. The CHP says Daniel James Perez took the Highway 150 onramp onto the northbound 101 just before 11 last night, but for some reason started driving southbound. The Santa Barbara teenager hit a tractor trailer rig, and the Read the Rest…


Community Television System On South Coast Getting New Executive Director

Thu, August 28, 2014

One non-profit’s loss is another’s gain in Ventura County, as the head of a Boys & Girls Club is moving across town to run a community cable television broadcasting organization. Patrick Davidson will step down as head of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, to take over as Executive Director of Community Access Read the Rest…


High Surf Causes Damage Resulting In One Of The Channel Islands Being Closed To Public

Thu, August 28, 2014

High surf from Hurricane Marine has caused some damage to some of the visitor facilities on one of the Channel Islands, resulting in the island’s closure to the public. National Park Service officials say some pilings were damaged on Santa Barbara Island’s landing dock, and the dock’s landing ladder was washed away by the waves. Read the Rest…


Two Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies Aming Those Injured In Traffic Accident On 101 Freeway

Thu, August 28, 2014

Two Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were among the five people hurt in a traffic accident on the 101 Freeway in Camarillo. It happened just before 6 last night, on the northbound 101 near Pleasant Valley Road. Two deputies in a patrol car, and two inmates being transported in the unit were injured, as was the Read the Rest…


High Surf Creates Concern At Hueneme Beach; Emergency Rock Reventment Project Completed

Thu, August 28, 2014

High surf continues to hit South Coast beaches, with some of the biggest waves in the region in years. In Ventura County, the surf has people especially worried in one city, which has already been trying to cope with serious coastal erosion problems. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Port Hueneme. Click on link Read the Rest…


Bill By State Assemblyman From Ventura County To Limit Drone Use On Governor’s Desk

Thu, August 28, 2014

Legislation by a state assemblyman from Ventura County to try to protect the public from unwarranted observation from drones has been passed by the State Legislature, and is now on the Governor’s desk for his consideration. AB 1327 was authored by Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo. It requires law enforcement agencies to get warrants Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Firefighters Stop Spread Of Brush Fire Outside Of Lompoc

Thu, August 28, 2014

Santa Barbara County firefighters this morning are mopping up at the scene of a brush fire which caused a big scare. The fire was discovered just after 4 p.m. near the Harris Grade summit, northeast of Lompoc.  It put up a massive cloud of smoke visible for miles.  Firefighters aided by eight air tankers, and Read the Rest…


Social Media Leads To Arrest Of Woman In Ventura For Theft Of Purse From Eight Year Old Girl

Thu, August 28, 2014

Ventura Police say social media helped catch a woman who stole a purse full of coins from an eight year old girl. Investigators say a surveillance camera captured the July 23rd crime, which occurred at a laundromat on the 9300 block of Telephone Road. The girl put down the coin purse on a bench, and Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Gets Jail Sentence For Stealing Catch From Fishermen

Thu, August 28, 2014

A Central Coast man entered a no contest plea to four felony grand theft charges, stemming from allegations he stole other fishermen’s crabs from holding tanks at Santa Barbara Harbor, and sold them at fish markets. John Anthony Wilson’s plead deal calls form him to serve 180 days in the Santa Barbara County jail, and Read the Rest…


Firefighters Stop Spread Of Brush Fire On Central Coast

Wed, August 27, 2014

Santa Barbara County firefighters, as well as firefighters from other agencies are getting the upper hand in a brush fire northeast of Lompoc. The fire broke out just after 4 p.m., sending up a huge plume of smoke visible for miles. No structures are reported to be in danger from the fire in the Harris Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Burning In Northern Santa Barbara County; No Structures Threatened

Wed, August 27, 2014

Santa Barbara County firefighters, as well as firefighters from other agencies are battling a five to ten acre brush fire burning in the Harris Grade area, northeast of Lompoc. The fire broke out just after 4 p.m., sending up a huge plume of smoke visible for miles. No structures are reported to be in danger. Read the Rest…


Effort To Ban New Oil Drilling Off Section Of Santa Barbara County Coastline Fails

Wed, August 27, 2014

An effort by a state senator from Santa Barbara County to close the door on new oil drilling in state waters off the county’s coastline failed. SB 1096 by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara would ban oil exploration in the Tranquillon Ridge area, off of Vandenberg Air Force Base. There’s an existing Read the Rest…


Proposed Law To Allow Temporary Gun Ban For At-Risk People Passed By State Senate; Effort Inspired By Isla Vista Rampage

Wed, August 27, 2014

Some of the parents of the Isla Vista mass murder victims in May were in Sacramento today, to call for passage of a proposal to toughen gun laws. They spoke in favor of AB 1014, which would make it easier for a family member, or the law enforcement community to get a court order temporarily Read the Rest…


South Coast Coastline Holding Up Well Against Monster Waves Linked To Pacific Hurricane

Wed, August 27, 2014

Huge waves have been hitting the Ventura, and Santa Barbara County coastlines due to an eastern Pacific hurricane, but it’s been so far, so good as far as damage in our region. The high surf is due to Hurricane Marie, which is creating 15 foot high waves on some south facing beaches. Some of the Read the Rest…


Completion Of $80 Million Dollar Freeway Interchange Project In Ventura County Celebrated

Wed, August 27, 2014

It’s been in use, and part of the Ventura County landscape for nearly two years, but today community leaders and officials officially celebrated the opening of a nearly $80 million dollar freeway interchange project. The 101 Freeway Rice Avenue-Santa Clara Avenue interchange included rebuilding a bridge, adding lanes, and constructing new on and offramps. The Read the Rest…


Former High School Administrator In Ventura County Pleads Guilty To Misconduct Charges

Wed, August 27, 2014

A former administrator at a Ventura County high school could spend up to a year in jail, after entering guilty pleas to a pair of  misconduct charges involving a student, and a school employee. Prosecutors say Felix Gallegos had been facing four charges, but entered guilty pleas to a misdemeanor count of child annoyance, and Read the Rest…


Legislation By State Senator From Santa Barbara To Allow Teens To Pre-Register To Vote Now On Governor’s Desk

Wed, August 27, 2014

Legislation by a state senator from Santa Barbara intended to make it easier for young people to vote for the first time is now on the governor’s desk. SB 113 by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara would allow teens as young as 16 to pre-register to vote. It was passed by the Read the Rest…


South Coast Community College Gets Half Million Dollar Grant To Help Hispanic Students

Wed, August 27, 2014

A South Coast community college is getting a half million dollar federal grant to help Hispanic students. Santa Barbara City College is getting $511,000 from the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.  The money will be used to help Hispanic students get associate degrees, and/or student transfers to four year institutions.


Community College On Central Coast Gets Grant To Help Hispanic Students

Wed, August 27, 2014

A community college on the Central Coast is getting nearly half a million dollars in federal funding to expand opportunities for Hispanic students. Allan Hancock College, in Santa Maria will get $469,000 through the Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions program. The grant money will be used for the creation of an online program to help students Read the Rest…


Diabetes Research Institute On South Coast Celebrates 70th Anniversary With Name Change

Wed, August 27, 2014

A research, and treatment facility on the South Coast which specializes in diabetes is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a name change. But, it’s a change which won’t confuse most people. The Sansum Diabetes Research Institute in Santa Barbara is now the William Sansum Diabetes Center. Center officials say the change is intended to celebrate Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Into Law Legislation Which Will Help Fund Oxnard Harbor District’s Expansion Projects

Wed, August 27, 2014

The Governor has signed into law legislation which will expand the Port of Hueneme’s ability to borrow money for port improvement projects to help keep it competitive with other ports. The bill will allow the Oxnard Harbor District to increase its borrowing authority from one million dollars, to $10 million dollars.  Among the ideas being Read the Rest…


Report Of Crime Which Caused Fear In Ventura County Community Now Retracted

Wed, August 27, 2014

It was a crime report which created fear in an eastern Ventura County community. A woman who returned to her home on the 4700 block of Elderberry Road, in Moorpark April 16th told Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives she interrupted a burglary in progress, and was sexually assaulted. As investigators continued to look into the case Read the Rest…


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