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Controversy Hits Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office; Two Suspended

Wed, June 24, 2015

Ventura County’s Medical Examiner’s Office has been hit by controversy. The Ventura County Health Care Agency placed County Medical Examiner Jon Smith, as well as a second unnamed staff member on paid administrative leave as a result of two investigations. While details of the focus of the investigations haven’t been released, they are focusing on Read the Rest…


Legislation By State Senator From Conejo Valley Provide New Incentive To Buy Low Emission, Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Wed, June 24, 2015

Legislation by a State Senator from the Conejo Valley may give you a new incentive to get a low emission, plug-in hybred vehicle if you don’t already have one. AB 95 will expand the number of low polluting vehicles eligible to use carpool, or HOV lanes even if the driver is the only one inside.  Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Attorney Files Class Action Lawsuit Over Refugio Oil Spill

Wed, June 24, 2015

A Santa Barbara attorney has filed a class action lawsuit against the pipeline’s owner on behalf of more than 3,000 property owners from Point Conception, to the Mexican border. Barry Cappello’s suit claims the Plains All-American Pipeline should have been equipped with an automatic emergency shutoff system as sought by Santa Barbara County planners. Plains Read the Rest…


Officials Say Cleanup Of Santa Barbara County Oil Spill More Than 90% Complete But Final Part Will Be Tough

Wed, June 24, 2015

Officials overseeing cleanup of the massive May 19th Santa Barbara County oil spill say there’s been major progress, with more than 90% of the work now complete. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update, from Goleta. Click on link to listen to/dowload story:  Refugio Update


Ventura Police Continue Investigation Of Shooting Which Left Nine Year Old Girl, 17 Year Old Boy Wounded

Wed, June 24, 2015

Police are looking for a gunman who fired a salvo of shots in a Ventura neighborhood, leaving two people including a young girl injured. It happened just after 4 p.m. yesterday on the 400 block of West Ramona Street. Detectives say a man got out of a car and fired shots which grazed a nine Read the Rest…


Three Day Old Brushfire In Ventura County Now Fully Contained

Wed, June 24, 2015

A brush fire which at one point threatened some homes in Ventura County is now fully contained. The 164 acre blaze started Monday afternoon, just east of Santa Paula. Firefighters aided by aircraft were able to stop the spread of the blaze in the Santa Clara riverbed area before it could reach homes. No structures Read the Rest…


Ventura County Firefighters Dealing With Small Blaze On Rincon

Wed, June 24, 2015

Ventura County firefighters are dealing with a small brush fire on the Rincon, near Faria Beach.  The approximately one acre blaze first start at around 1 p.m., between the Old Coast Highway, and southbound lanes of the 101.  The fire appeared to cut off by the freeway, but smoke poured across the traffic lanes. There’s Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Approves New $292 Million Dollar Budget

Wed, June 24, 2015

After more than a half dozen hearings, the City of Santa Barbara gave final approval to a $292 million dollar budget with very little fuss. It includes $124 million dollars in general fund spending. The budget tries to hold the line on spending, but does include three additional firefighter’s positions. As approved, the budget is Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Debating Future Of Century Old House In City Park

Wed, June 24, 2015

It’s one of the oldest houses on the South Coast, and is part of an iconic park. But, after falling into disrepair decades ago, proposals to renovate it are now in the millions of dollars. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports after multiple efforts to put together a plan to save it, the lack of funding prompted Read the Rest…


Brushfire Near Santa Paula 80% Contained; Second Blaze Near Moorpark Quickly Extinguished

Wed, June 24, 2015

Firefighters say a brush fire east of Santa Paula is now 80% contained this morning. The 164 acre blaze started Monday afternoon, and burned just over 160 acres of brush in the Santa Clara riverbed.  While some homes were initially threatened, none were damaged. Crews are hoping to finish mopup of the blaze today. Meanwhile, Read the Rest…


CHP Officer Injured In Facedown With Runaway Bull In Santa Barbara County

Wed, June 24, 2015

A CHP officer is recovering from injuries he suffered after being struck by a runaway bull in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to liste to/download story:  Runaway Bull


Two Wounded In Shooting In Ventura County

Tue, June 23, 2015

A nine year old girl was grazed by a bullet, and a man suffered a non-life threatening wound following a pair of shootings this afternoon in Ventura. The first shooting happened just before 4 p.m., on the 400 block of West Ramona Street.  That’s where the girl was grazed in the leg by a bullet. Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Ventura County Now 80% Contained

Tue, June 23, 2015

Firefighters are continuing to work to fully contain a brush fire which threatened dozens of homes in Ventura County, and prompted some evacuations. The 164 acre blaze east of Santa Paula is now 80% contained.  Firefighters say there’s decreased wind today, which is helping their efforts to control the fire which is burning along the Read the Rest…


Burn Ban Issued For Ventura County

Tue, June 23, 2015

The increased fire activity in the region coupled with the extremely dry weather has prompted Ventura County to issue a burn ban. The Ventura County Fire Department and Cal Fire have implemented the suspension effective immediately. The only exception is agricultural burns in county controlled areas when they pose no threat to wildland areas, and Read the Rest…


Former Ventura County Jail Inmate Accused Of False Claim Of Being Tased

Tue, June 23, 2015

A former Ventura County Jail inmate is facing new charges, after prosecutors say he falsely filed a claim against the county saying he had ben tased while in custody. Ryan West sought $900,000 in damages after saying he was unlawfully tased while behind bars in 2014. Detectives investigating the case say the alleged incident never Read the Rest…


1800 Acre Fire On Central Coast Now 90% Contained

Tue, June 23, 2015

An 1800 acre brush fire on the Central Coast which destroyed two homes, and four mobile homes is now 90% contained. The Park Hill Fire has been burning since Saturday afternoon in northern San Luis Obispo County, about 10 miles east of Santa Margarita. Firefighters are mopping up hot spots today, and that effort is Read the Rest…


CHP Says 15 Year Old Was Driving Car Which Crashed Into Big Rig In Ventura County, Killing Two

Tue, June 23, 2015

The CHP is now saying that the driver of a car which crashed into a parked big rig in Ventura County, killing him and a teenage girl, was only 15 years old. The car was headed northbound on Highway 101 just before 1:30 yesterday morning when it veered from the fast lane across the number Read the Rest…


Brushfire Chars More Than 160 Acres Of Land In Santa Paula Area; Now 50% Contained

Tue, June 23, 2015

Firefighters are hoping to fully contain a brush fire today which threatened dozens of homes in Ventura County, and prompted some evacuations. The 164 acre blaze is now 50% contained, and firefighters hope to continue to make progress towards full containment throughout the day today.  Homes are no longer threatened by the fire.  Exactly what Read the Rest…


Pipeline Rupture Causes Big Water Spill In Oxnard

Tue, June 23, 2015

Efforts to test a pipeline which ships water from a Santa Paula recycling facility to Oxnard’s wastewater plant ended with a huge water spill when the line leaked. An estimated 280,000 gallons of water spilled along Wooley Avenue yesterday. The spill was treated stormwater, so it was not believed to have posed any type of Read the Rest…


Stolen Taxi Taken For Wild Ride On South Coast

Tue, June 23, 2015

A stolen taxi was taken for a wild ride on the South Coast. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Stolen Taxi


Work Underway to Add Passing Lanes To Section Of Busy Central Coast Highway

Tue, June 23, 2015

Work is underway to add some passing lanes to a busy Central Coast highway. Passing lanes are being added to a section of Highway 246 just outside of Lompoc. The nearly $15 million dollar project will add passing lanes in both directions of the highway from Cebada Canyon Road, to Hapgood Road East. Work is Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Gets New Deputy City Manager

Tue, June 23, 2015

A Central Coast city is getting a new Deputy City Manager. Jason Stillwell will be one of Santa Maria’s two Deputy City Managers, and will oversee administrative related activities. Stillwell is a familiar face to local government in the region.  He most recently worked for the City of San Luis Obispo, and has also served Read the Rest…


Plane Which Crashed in Ventura County, Killing Pilot Owned By Academy Award Winning Movie Composer

Mon, June 22, 2015

A plane which crashed in Ventura County, killing its pilot, was owned by Academy Award winning composer James Horner. Horner’s representatives have confirmed the plane was his, but aren’t saying whether he was flying it at the time. The Ventura County coroner’s office hasn’t identified the body found in the plane’s wreckage yet. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Ventura County Brushfire At 140 Acres, 20% Contained; No Homes Destroyed Or Damaged

Mon, June 22, 2015

A brushfire in Ventura County burned more than 140 acres of land, and threatened some homes. The fire is in the Santa Clara riverbed area, east of Santa Paula Airport.  Some voluntary evacuations were called for, and the American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Santa Paula Senior Center on West Main Street. Read the Rest…


Fast Moving Brushfire In Ventura County Grows To Nearly 100 Acres, Threatens Homes

Mon, June 22, 2015

A brushfire burning in Ventura County has been growing rapidly, and has been threatening some homes. The fire is burning in the Santa Clara riverbed area, just northeast of Santa Paula, and is now about 100 acres in size. Ventura County firefighters aided by aircraft are battling the blaze.  Smoke is visible throughout much of Read the Rest…


Tarball Found On Manhattan Beach Linked To Santa Barbara County Oil Spill

Mon, June 22, 2015

A tarball found on a Los Angeles area beach has been linked to last month’s oil spill at Refugio State Beach. The State Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that a tarball recovered on Manhattan Beach May 27th matched the oil composition from the May 19th Refugio spill. A surge in tarballs was noted on Read the Rest…


One Confirmed Dead In Plane Crash In Ventura County

Mon, June 22, 2015

A plane has crashed in rural northeastern Ventura County, near the Santa Barbara-Ventura County line, killing one person. The plane went down off of Highway 33, near the tiny community of Ventucopa around 9:30 this morning. The crash triggered a one acre brush fire which was quickly controlled. The plane was destroyed on impact.  Officials Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Ventura County

Mon, June 22, 2015

Police are looking for a gunman responsible for a murder in Ventura County. A young man was found shot to death last night in Port Hueneme. Police were called to the 800 block of Myrna Drive at just before 9 last night, by reports of gunfire. They found a young man with multiple gunshot wounds.  Read the Rest…


Brush Fire On Central Coast Now 60% Contained; Firefighters Say They’ve Stopped Blaze’s Growth

Mon, June 22, 2015

An army of more than 700 firefighters is continuing to make progress in fighting an 1800 acre blaze on the Central Coast, with the fire now 60% contained. The blaze burning east of Santa Margarita has destroyed two homes and a half dozen outbuildings. The fire started Saturday afternoon, and prompted evacuation orders for about Read the Rest…


Two Central Coast High School Students Dead Following Crash On Highway 101 Near Ventura

Mon, June 22, 2015

Two Central Coast high school students are dead following a traffic accident on northbound Highway 101, just outside of Ventura. The CHP reports that a northbound vehicle slammed into a big rig which was parked on the shoulder at around 1:30 this morning. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, while two others were Read the Rest…


Popular Central Coast Pier Closed Indefinitely Because Of Structural Concerns

Mon, June 22, 2015

A popular Central Coast pier has been closed while engineers check it for structure safety. The Port San Luis Harbor District has closed the Avila Beach pier for inspection.  The concern came up because of large crowds which have been flocking to the pier to get a glimpse of humpback whales which have been flocking Read the Rest…


Fatal Plane Crash In Ventura County; Unclear Still As To How Many Were On Board Plane

Mon, June 22, 2015

A plane has crashed in rural northeastern Ventura County, near the Santa Barbara-Ventura County line. The plane went down off of Highway 33, near the tiny community of Ventucopa. There were no survivors, but it’s still unclear as to how many people might have been on board. First reports of the crash came in at Read the Rest…


Plane Crashes In Rural Area Of Santa Barbara County

Mon, June 22, 2015

A plane has crashed in rural northeastern Santa Barbara County, near the Santa Barbara-Ventura County line. The plane went down off of Highway 33, near the tiny community of Ventucopa. First reports of the crash came in at around 9:30 this morning. There’s no word on how many people might have been on board the Read the Rest…


Goleta Man Identified As Victim Of Fatal Traffic Accident

Mon, June 22, 2015

A Santa Barbara County man is being identified as the victim of a fatal traffic accident in Goleta over the weekend. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department investigators say Michael Moore of Goleta was headed westbound on Hollister Avenue just before midnight Saturday, when he failed to make a curve in the road.  The 26 year Read the Rest…


Issues Facing Middle Class, Recent College Grads In Region Focus Of Community Forum

Mon, June 22, 2015

High housing prices have hit Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties hard in recent years, and made it difficult for many low, and even middle income families to live in the region. A forum in Ventura County looked at what it called the vanishing middle class, as well as the jobs and housing issue facing the Read the Rest…


Teen Arrested Follow Car Chase In Ventura County

Mon, June 22, 2015

A teenager is facing multiple charges following a wild weekend car chase in Ventura County. A Simi Valley police officer tried to pull over a car near Cochran Street, and Tracy Avenue at around 1:30 yesterday morning, but the driver refused to stop.  Officers say the driver began running stop lights, and drove with its Read the Rest…


Community Forum On Veterans Care Set For Today In Ventura County

Mon, June 22, 2015

Veterans who can’t get the care they need through the Veterans Administration on the South Coast may be able to get it through other providers. Today, Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village is sponsoring a community forum to help let veterans, as well as other involved with veterans care know about the options. Officials Read the Rest…


1800 Acre Blaze On Central Coast Now 50% Contained

Sun, June 21, 2015

A brush fire in northern San Luis Obispo County has blackened about 1800 acres of brush, and destroyed two homes. The fire is now about 50% contained.  It’s burning in the hills east of Santa Margarita. More than700 firefighters, aided by air tankers and helicopters are battling the blaze, which was discovered just after 2 Read the Rest…


Broadcasting Pioneer Dies In Ventura County

Sun, June 21, 2015

A broadcasting pioneer who help fuel the growth of Spanish language television in America has died in Ventura County.  Danny Villanueva passed away from complications of a stroke. Villanueva grew up in California, and played football at the University of New Mexico.  He was a star pro football kicker with the Los Angeles Rams, and Read the Rest…


Several People Hurt When Pickup Crashes Into Pizza Parlor In Oxnard

Sat, June 20, 2015

Several people suffered minor injuries when a pickup truck crashed into a pizza parlor in Oxnard. It happened about 4:30 p.m. Friday. Oxnard Police say a pickup on Oxnard Boulevard went out of control, and crashed  into the banquet room of a pizza parlor on the 100 block of East Gonzales Road.  Several people in Read the Rest…


Firefighters Have Upper Hand On Santa Barbara County Brush Fire

Fri, June 19, 2015

Santa Barbara County firefighters say a brush fire in the northern part of the county is now 90% contained, with mopup operations underway. The fire was discovered at around noon in the hills just south of Orcutt. About 20 acres of brush burned on a rugged hillside. No homes were in danger, but the fire Read the Rest…


Abandoned Trailer Leaking Apparently Stolen Diesel Fuel Found On Central Coast

Fri, June 19, 2015

Authorities are trying to figure out who apparently stole hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel, and then abandoned the barrels in Santa Barbara County when they discovered at least one barrel was leaking. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say a trailer with barrels holding more than 400 gallons of fuel was found off of Kendale Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Burns About 20 Acres On Central Coast; 10 Acre Blaze Burning Near Ventura County Line

Fri, June 19, 2015

Santa Barbara County firefighters are starting to get the upper hand on a brush fire on the central Coast. The fire was discovered at around noon, near Oakhill Drive, just west of Highway 101 in the Orcutt area. About 20 acres of brush has burned on a rugged hillside. No homes were in danger, but Read the Rest…


One State Park Set To Reopen, Second Reopening Postponed Again In Wake Of Santa Barbara County Oil Spill

Fri, June 19, 2015

Cleanup efforts are continuing on the Gaviota coastline, as we’ve passed the month mark since an oil pipeline ruptured near Refugio State Beach, spilling an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil into the ocean. Headed into the weekend, nearly 850 people are still involved in shoreline cleanup efforts. The Refugio State Beach closure has been extended Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up In Ventura County; Unchanged In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, June 19, 2015

The latest unemployment figures for the Tri-Counties show a mixed picture. The jobless rate is up slightly in Ventura County, while it held steady in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.  In Ventura County, the percentage of those out of work went from 5% in April, to 5.2% in May.  In Santa Barbara County, Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Burning In Northern Santa Barbara County

Fri, June 19, 2015

Santa Barbara County firefighters are battling a brush fire in the northern part of the county. The fire was discovered at around noon, near Oakhill Drive, just west of Highway 101 in the Orcutt area. About ten acres of brush has burned.  There are no reports of any homes in immediate danger.  Smoke from the Read the Rest…


Supermarket Chain To Celebrate 100th New Store With Event In Carpinteria

Fri, June 19, 2015

A supermarket chain which has opened dozens of stores in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties in the last few months is going to celebrate a milestone in the effort this weekend, with an event in Carpinteria. Your supermarket may be one of those which now has a new name and a different Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Gearing Up For Solstice Celebration; As Many As 100,000 Expected For Parade

Fri, June 19, 2015

Take one part Mardi Gras, one part Disneyland Parade.  Mix in some artists, and creative community residents. The end result is Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Parade, a wild collection of floats and costumes which kicks of summer in a truly imaginative way. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from downtown Santa Barbara, where an army of volunteers Read the Rest…


Oil Company Has to Temporarily Shut Down Offshore Production In Wake Of Santa Barbara County Oil Pipeline Break

Fri, June 19, 2015

An oil company has had to shut down oil pumping from three offshore oil platforms in the wake of the May 19th oil pipeline break near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports ExxonMobile has filled up all of its storage tanks, and until the pipeline is repaired, has no way Read the Rest…


Medical Clinic Employee In Santa Barbara County Tests Positive For Tuberculosis; Some Clinic Patients Asked To Get Precautionary Testing

Thu, June 18, 2015

The diagnosis of an employee at Sansum Medical Clinic in Santa Barbara with tuberculosis has prompted the medical facility to send letters to hundreds of patients, suggesting they get precautionary TB tests. The letters were sent to just over 600 Sansum patients who visited the Internal Medicine Department between mid-February, and May 21st of this Read the Rest…


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