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House Fire Seriously Injures Central Coast Man

Wed, October 29, 2014

Fire investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of a house fire which left a Central Coast man seriously injured. The fire was discovered just after 7 last night, at a home on the 2400 block of North Bentley Avenue in Santa Maria. It’s believed the fire started in the home’s garage, and spread into Read the Rest…


Jet Fighter Pilot Killed In Plane Crash In Ventura County

Wed, October 29, 2014

A plane crash in Ventura County near Naval Base Ventura County has left the pilot dead. The plane went down shortly after 5 p.m. near Point Mugu. The wreckage is just off of the Pacific Coast Highway, in agricultural fields near the base. There’s virtually nothing left of the aircraft, which was apparently landing at Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Woman Dead, Boyfriend In Custody Folowing What Police Say Was Domestic Violence Incident

Wed, October 29, 2014

A Santa Barbara woman is dead, and her boyfriend is behind bars on a murder charge, following what police say was a domestic violence incident. Police responding to a 911 call at an apartment on the 500 block of West Olivos Street just after 1:30 this morning found the body of a 39 year old Read the Rest…


Military Plane Crash In Ventura County

Wed, October 29, 2014

Emergency crews are on the scene of a military plane crash in Ventura County. The plane went down shortly after 5 p.m. near Point Mugu. The wreckage is reported to just off of the Pacific Coast Highway, near the base. It’s unclear as to whether there were one or two people in the aircraft, and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Breast Implant Maker Goes Public With Stock

Wed, October 29, 2014

A Santa Barbara County based breast implant maker officially became a publicly traded company today. Sientra began trading on the NASDAQ stock market this morning, and had a solid opening day, finishing at $16.75 a share. Sientra officials celebrated in New York this morning, by ringing the NASDAQ opening bell. The Santa Barbara company makes Read the Rest…


Scam By People Claiming To Represent IRS Continues To Target Ventura County Residents

Wed, October 29, 2014

A phone scam by people claiming to be from the IRS, and demanding money from people continues to target people in Ventura County. Ventura Police say they are still hearing from people who get the calls, often from numbers which show up with Washington, D.C. caller ID numbers. Detectives say the callers are often hostile, Read the Rest…


Goleta Hires New Public Works Director

Wed, October 29, 2014

The City of Goleta has hired a familiar face as its Public Works Director. Rosmarie Gaglione was selected from a field of 30 applicants to take over the post. Gaglione already knows her way around the job.  The environmental, and civil engineer has been with the city since 2007, and has served as interim Public Read the Rest…


Santa Ynez Valley School District Asking Voters To Approve Bond Measure For Campus Improvements

Wed, October 29, 2014

A Central Coast school district is hoping voters will step up to help it improve its three aging campuses. The College School District, in the Santa Ynez Valley, is asking voters to pass Measure Y, a $12 million dollar bond measure.  If appoved, it would allow needed infrastructure improvements at College School, Santa Ynez School, Read the Rest…


Former President Bill Clinton Headlines Rally In Ventura County

Wed, October 29, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton headlined a get out the vote event today in Ventura County. More than 1,000 people were on hand for the event at Oxnard College. Clinton made the appearance on behalf of Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village, who is locked in a tough 26th District re-election duel with Republican challenger Read the Rest…


Owners Of Shopping Complex In Ventura County To Hold Community Meeting On Redevelopment Plans

Wed, October 29, 2014

Owners of a shopping complex in Ventura County are holding a community meeting this week to talk about plans to revitalize the center. The Simi Valley Town Center opened in 2005, but the complex off of the 118 Freeway didn’t perform as well as hoped, and lost a number of its tenants. In 2010, Alberta Read the Rest…


Ventura County Approves Some Sidewalk Repairs, But Won’t Provide Blanket Coverage

Wed, October 29, 2014

Ventura County continues to wrangle with the issue of who should pay for sidewalk repairs. County Supervisors yesterday rejected a proposal to provide blanket coverage, with concern about assuming ongoing costs. But, the board narrowly approved a plan by County Supervisor Linda Parks for the county to do minor repairs. A county ordinance makes landowners Read the Rest…


Shock Sets In Over Death Of Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy In Hit And Run Crash

Wed, October 29, 2014

Family, friends, and the entire public safety community in Ventura County are reeling from the death of a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy, who was the victim of a hit and run driver. Those who knew Gene Kostiuchenko say his dedication to public service was remarkable, especially since he wasn’t born in the U.S., and had Read the Rest…


Ventura County Moves To Ban New Water Wells In Parts Of County Because Of Concern About Shrinking Groundwater Supplies

Tue, October 28, 2014

Ventura County has adopted an urgency ordinance banning new water wells in some areas of the county, because of concerns about groundwater shortages. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the move came despite strong opposition during a three hour long public hearing. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Water Well Ban


Man Arrested For Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy’s Death Now Being Identified

Tue, October 28, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a man they say struck, and killed a Ventura Sheriff’s deputy in what they say was a DUI fueled hit and run crash. Kevin Hogrefe of Camarillo is facing multiple charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter for the early morning crash which killed deputy Gene Kostiuchenko. The deputy was struck, and killed Read the Rest…


Trio Of People Arrested In Connection With What’s Being Called Kidnapping, Torture, And Murder On Central Coast

Tue, October 28, 2014

Three people are now in custody for the August killing of a man on the Central Coast, in which investigators say the victim was kidnapped, and tortured before being murdered. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives made the arrests in connection with the shooting death of Javier Alcantar Limon, whose body was found August 19th near Read the Rest…


UCSB Researcher Gets Federal Grant To Develop New Apporach For Fighting Often Deadly Medical Condition

Tue, October 28, 2014

A UC Santa Barbara researcher has received a federal grant to try to come up with improved ways of combating the most common cause of death in American hospitals. Sepsis kills nearly a third of the people who develop the severe infection, and can cause serious, and sometime permanent consequences for those who survive it. Read the Rest…


Name Of Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed By Hit And Run Driver Released

Tue, October 28, 2014

A Ventura Sheriff’s deputy struck, and killed by a hit and run driver is now being identified. Gene Kostiuchenko was struck, and killed at about 1:15 this morning, near the intersection of the 101 Freeway, and Lewis Road in Camarillo.  The deputy had conducted a traffic stop on one vehicle, and had walked back to Read the Rest…


Church High Court Rules Isla Vista Minister Who Performed Gay Son’s Wedding Can Keep Job

Tue, October 28, 2014

The high court for a church has upheld a decision allowing an Isla Vista minister who presided over his gay son’s wedding to keep his job. The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council released its ruling this week.  Reverend Frank Schaefer performed the ceremony in 2007, while he was minister of a congregation in Pennsylvania.  Following Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Struck, Killed By Hit And Run Driver; Driver Later Arrested

Tue, October 28, 2014

A traffic stop by a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy ended in tragedy this morning, when the deputy was struck, and killed by a hit and run driver. It happened at about 1:15 a.m., near the intersection of the 101 Freeway, and Lewis Road in Camarillo.  The deputy had conducted the traffic stop on one vehicle Read the Rest…


Candidates In Hotly Contested 44th State Assembly District Race In Ventura County Talk About Issues, Goals

Tue, October 28, 2014

It’s one of the most hotly contested races in the state, with outside money pouring into Ventura County for both candidates. Democrat Jacqui Irwin, and Republican Rob McCoy are facing each other for the 44th District State Assembly seat. As our 2014 election coverage continues, KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the candidates. Click on link Read the Rest…


State Contractors License Board Conducts Sting Operation In Ventura County; 10 Arrested

Tue, October 28, 2014

Ten people were arrested in Ventura County during a sting operation targeting unlicensed contractors. The State Contractors Licensing Board conducted the two day operation in Simi Valley.  The agency’s fraud team used craigslist, and other means to advertise for bids on work which included painting, concrete work, and a bathroom remodel.  All 10 arrested were Read the Rest…


New Affordable Housing Project Planned For Central Coast Gets Big Financial Boost

Tue, October 28, 2014

An affordable housing project planned for the Central Coast is getting a big financial boost. Peoples’ Self Help Housing received a commitment for three million dollars in low interest financing from the federal government for the Los Adobes de Maria III apartments in Santa Maria.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture award the money to the Read the Rest…


Two Men Arrested For String Of Vehicle Break-ins In Ventura County

Mon, October 27, 2014

Two men have been arrested for a string of vehicle burglaries in Ventura County. Police say they received a call around 4 a.m. today that two men were breaking into parked vehicles in North Oxnard.  Officers found Isaiah Gomez, and Elias Medina of Oxnard hiding in some bushes.  The officers say the men had backpacks Read the Rest…


South Coast Pier Damaged By High Surf To Remain Closed Through End Of Year

Mon, October 27, 2014

A South Coast pier impacted by coastal erosion, and damaged by waves from recent high surf is going to remain closed through the end of the year. Officials with the City of Port Hueneme say the Hueneme Fishing Pier lost several structural piles. At the same time, while work is underway to replenish sand on Read the Rest…


One Man Arrested, Second Sought For Armed Carjacking On South Coast

Mon, October 27, 2014

One man has been arrested, and a second is still being sought in connection with a carjacking in Ventura County. Oxnard Police say a man armed with a gun confronted the driver of a car on the 400 block of West Pleasant Valley Road just before nine last night.  The victim gave the gunman the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Stepping Up DUI Probation Monitoring

Mon, October 27, 2014

Santa Barbara County is stepping up efforts to keep an eye on what are considered to be high risk DUI offenders who are out of jail on probation. The County Probation Department is using a nearly $130,000 state grant to beef up monitoring of what it calls the worst of the worst offenders. These are Read the Rest…


Workshop Set For Today For Update On Goleta Civic Center Feasibility Study

Mon, October 27, 2014

Could the Goleta Valley Community Center be the heart of a new Civic Center complex? The City of Goleta has been looking at the idea of building a new City Hall on the seven acre site. The City is currently spending more than $400,000 a year to rent office space at 130 Cremona Drive.  Many Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Consider Moratorium On New Water Wells In Parts Of County

Mon, October 27, 2014

Ventura County leaders are set to look at a proposal this week to ban new water wells in four areas of the county, because of concerns about groundwater shortages. Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett is proposing an urgency ordinance in some areas which he says don’t currently have effective groundwater management plans.  Bennett says the Read the Rest…


Candidates In Closely Watched 26th District Congressional Race Talk About Their Goals

Mon, October 27, 2014

All this week, KCLU will be bringing you special reports on the issues, and races which will be decided in the November 4th General Election. This morning, KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the two candidates in one of the region’s hottest congressional races, for the 26th District seat, in Ventura County. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Longtime Community Activist in Ventura County Dies

Mon, October 27, 2014

A memorial service will be held tomorrow for a longtime community activist in Ventura County. Florence Young was an advocate for the community of El Rio for a half century.  She helped found the El Rio Municipal Advisory Council, and fought to get a sewer system for residents. The 91 year old woman passed away Read the Rest…


Work Set To Officially Start On Juvenile Hall Expansion On Central Coast

Mon, October 27, 2014

Work is scheduled to officially get underway this week on a 23,000 square foot, $20 million dollar expansion of a juvenile hall facility on the Central Coast. The San Luis Obispo County Probation Department is expanding its complex on Highway 1, and Kansas Avenue in San Luis Obispo. The addition includes 20 new sleeping rooms, Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighters Rescue Two Swimmers Caught In Rip Currents; Five Rescued In Total This Week

Fri, October 24, 2014

For the second time this week, Ventura firefighters have stepped up to rescue swimmers caught in rip currents off the coast. Some paramedics who were in the Marina Beach Park area yesterday around 3 afternoon noticed a man in trouble offshore. One of the crew members swam out about 200 yards to reach the 55 Read the Rest…


Shortage Of Foster Care Families In Ventura County Key Topic At Weekend Conference

Fri, October 24, 2014

A growing crisis in the number of available foster care families in Ventura County is the focus of a community conference this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Foster Family Shortage


Plans Set For Memorial Service For College Student From Ventura County Who Died From Meningitis

Thu, October 23, 2014

Plans have been set for a memorial service for a college student from Ventura County who died from bacterial meningitis. Sara Stelzer of Moorpark was a freshman attending San Diego State when she contracted the dangerous disease.  She died less than a week later. Word of the illness surfacing led to hundreds of students being Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Shot, Critically Injured In Robbery Attempt Outside Of His Home

Thu, October 23, 2014

A man who was standing outside of his Oxnard house, and talking on a phone is in critical condition at a hospital after being shot by robbers. It happened at about 9:45 last night, near the intersection of Charles Street, and Campbell Way. Police say the victim was talking on his phone when he was Read the Rest…


Controversial Plan To Expand Chumash Reservation Holdings In Santa Ynez Valley Advances

Thu, October 23, 2014

Controversial efforts by the Chumash tribe to convert more than 1400 hundred acres of land it owns in the Santa Ynez Valley into added reservation land are continuing to advance. The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs ruled there are no significant environmental impacts from the proposal, which involves a chunk of what is now agricultural Read the Rest…


Central Coast Pier Reopens After High Surf Subsides

Thu, October 23, 2014

A Central Coast pier is open to the public again, after it was closed over safety concerns due to high surf. The Avila Pier was closed midday Tuesday, with 10 to 12 foot waves in the forecast. The National Weather Service’s High Surf Advisory expired midday yesterday, leading to the pier’s reopening. No damage was Read the Rest…


Three Teens Rescued From Rip Currents Off Of Ventura

Thu, October 23, 2014

Three teenage girls are shaken, but okay after an ordeal off the coast of Ventura. The 12 year old girls were swimming in the ocean off of Greenock Lane about 5:30 last night when they got caught in a rip current.  A City of Ventura Fire Department engine crew happened to be in the area, Read the Rest…


New Auto Exhibition In Ventura County Featuring Everything From Batmobile, To Popemobile

Thu, October 23, 2014

From a Pantera owned by Elvis Presley, to Pope John Paul II’s Popemobile, some iconic cars from history are the stars of the show at a new exhibition in Ventura County. More than three dozen cars from the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles are going to be featured at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Read the Rest…


University Opens Expanded Counseling Center In Ventura County

Thu, October 23, 2014

A university which provides thousands of counseling sessions a year to the public in Ventura County is going to celebrate the opening of a new, expanded facility tonight, which will allow even more services. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  CLU Clinic


Ventura Man Accused Of Lewd Acts Against Children; Detectives Say There Are Multiple Victims

Wed, October 22, 2014

A Ventura County man is facing lewd conduct, and child molestation charges, after detectives say they linked him to more than a half dozen incidents dating back over years. Ventura Police say a month ago, they received a complaint about a resident in a mobile home park on the 300 block of Rogers Street committing Read the Rest…


Sewer Line Blockage Creates Spill In Ventura County

Wed, October 22, 2014

A blocked sewage line is being blamed for a major spill in Ventura County. An estimated 68,000 gallons of sewage spilled in Moorpark, near East Vistapark Drive, and North Isla Royale Drive. It apparently started last week, but wasn’t reported to county officials until this Monday. About a third of the sewage went into a Read the Rest…


West Nile Virus Found In Bird In Santa Barbara County

Wed, October 22, 2014

West Nile Virus has surfaced in Santa Barbara County. Monitoring efforts detected the virus in a bird in the Santa Ynez Valley. There have been no human cases reported in the county in the last year. Most people exposed to it from an infected mosquito don’t have any health impacts, but for some people, like Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Warn Of Phone Scam Targeting Power Customers

Wed, October 22, 2014

Police are alerting South Coast residents about a new scam targeting power customers. Santa Barbara Police say scammers are targeting some Southern Califonia Edison customers with phone calls, saying their bills are past due, and demanding payment with prepaid debit cards. Police say Edison doesn’t demand payment, or threaten disconnection of service in this manner. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Health Facilities Now Screening For Ebola

Wed, October 22, 2014

Ventura County Public Health officials say they are taking precautions at county health facilities to protect against ebola, and other infectious disease. The Ventura County Medical Center has closed one of its entrances, so people entering the complex can more easily be screened. County health officials say they will also start screening procedures for ebola, Read the Rest…


Santa Paula Brushfire Composite

Wed, October 22, 2014

A fast moving brush fire in Ventura County on May 14th, 2014 shut down a major highway, and initiually caused concern about some structures in the area. KCLU was on the air within ten minutes of the start of the fire, and provided life, on-scene coverage for more than two hours, until the situation eased. Read the Rest…


South Coast Ballet Company Celebrates 20th Anniversary With World Premiere Of New Production Based On Classic Story

Wed, October 22, 2014

A ballet company on the South Coast is kicking off its 20th anniversary with a splash this weekend, with the world premiere of a new version of a classic story. Scheherazade is the story of a mythical Persian queen. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from Santa Barbara, where the State Street Ballet is putting Read the Rest…


Secretary Of Defense Joins Lineup For Forum On Defense In Ventura County

Wed, October 22, 2014

The Secretary of Defense is the latest official to join the lineup for a national defense forum taking place in Ventura County next month. Chuck Hagel will deliver the closing remarks at the Reagan National Defense Forum, which will take place November 15th at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. A series of Read the Rest…


Goleta Hires Familiar Face As New City Manager

Tue, October 21, 2014

A nationwide search for a new city manager in Goleta led back to someone already working for the city. Following a search involving more than 70 candidates, the Goleta City Council today appointed Michelle Greene to the post.  She had been serving as interim City Manager, and had worked for Goleta in various capacities for Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Community’s Anti-Drought Campaign Includes Convincing Residents Brown Lawns Are Cool

Tue, October 21, 2014

One Santa Barbara County community is trying to help beat the drought by convincing residents it’s cool to have a brown lawn. The City of Santa Barbara had new signs made up that say “Gold is the New Green,” and is distributing them for free. City water officials say with half of household water use Read the Rest…


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