Last week was notable for the official arrival of a new President, but one Ventura County family also welcomed a new arrival of their own.

Genessee Semler – whose pregnancy journey we have been following on KCLU – gave birth to her 'pandemic baby.'

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Do you have a gun that you inherited or just no longer want or need?

Ventura County Sheriff’s office is hosting a firearm turn-in this week.

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Some of us across the region suffered power outages last week during strong gusty winds, when SoCal Edison turned off power to reduce the risk of fires.

A Simi Valley official says that more must be done to stop the recurring shutdowns. 


The pandemic has disrupted many aspects of life on the Central and South Coasts.

For High School students, it’s led to the cancellation and postponement of traditional sports like football and basketball and there’s now more cuts but officials are hoping to still get some games in for the kids.

Photo by Blake Bronstad, Courtesy of Go Goleta and Visit Santa Barbara

Times may be difficult for the travel industry, but one airline is transforming travel from Santa Barbara.

Southwest Airlines is launching five new flights from the airport. 

Teen Latinas have some of the highest rates of suicide amongst their peers.

So Oxnard Performing Arts Center has put together a virtual event aimed to tackle mental health challenges in the Latinx community. 

The White House

When Kamala Harris made history today as the first female Vice President, so too did her husband. 

Doug Emhoff became the first Second Gentleman of the United States, and he was educated right here on the South Coast. 


The manager of a South Coast DIY store who was attacked by a customer over mask regulations, has appealed for kindness.

Michelle Borowski says she  was bitten and nearly run down by a car during the assault. 

A classic wooden flag pole at Santa Barbara Junior High has been cut down by the school district, after vandals attempted to cut it down themselves with a hacksaw.

KCLU General Manager Mary Olson says Joe Paulucci was a true community leader. They were Rotarians together, and Paulucci was involved in a number of community projects, ranging from the club’s annual street fair to raising money for worthwhile causes.

One of his biggest efforts was for KCLU. He and his wife Pat kicked off the campaign to build a new station building. You hear the Paulucci name during the hourly station identification, because the studios are named after the couple.

The first attempt failed last May, so hopes are high for a unique space mission scheduled to take to the skies on Sunday.

Virgin Orbit is a modified Boeing 747-400 jet, which will carry a rocket to nearly seven miles high, before being launched into space.

Channel Islands Choral Association

A Ventura County choral organization has found a way to audition singers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Channel Islands Choral Association has opened up auditions over Zoom. 

Henry Stern

A State Senator who represents parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, has introduced plans for legislation to help the state detect and combat domestic terrorism. 

Democratic Representative Henry Stern of Malibu announced the plans less than week after a mob assault on the United States Capitol which left one police officer dead.

Ventura County is preparing to launch a major new COVID-19 relief effort aimed at helping small businesses, and non-profits in the county.  County Supervisors have given preliminary approval to creation of a new $20 million dollar assistance fund.  


The coronavirus pandemic has led to a decline in pregnancies, with surveys showing a substantial decline in predicted births this year and folks delaying their family plans. 

KCLU met up with a Ventura County mom-to-be to talk about what it’s like to plan for a family during a health crisis.