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Academy Award Winning Actor George Kennedy, Onetime Ventura County Resident Dies

Mon, February 29, 2016

An Academy Award winning actor who was a longtime Ventura County resident has died. George Kennedy starred in more than 200 movies, and television shows.  In 1967, he won a “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar for his role in “Cool Hand Luke.” But, Kennedy was perhaps best known for his role as the can-do aircraft mechanic Read the Rest…


Rare Artifacts From Vatican Featured In Exhibition Opening In Ventura County This Week

Mon, February 29, 2016

Some centuries old priceless artifacts from the religious and art worlds are going to go on display this week in Ventura County, in a one of a kind exhibition. “Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith And Art,” features some of the treasures from the Vatican’s massive collection. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Simi Valley, where Read the Rest…


Former UCSB Vice Chancellor Takes Over Of Head Of National Laboratory In Bay Area

Mon, February 29, 2016

A UC Santa Barbara Vice Chancellor is starting his new job as head of a prestigious research facility in the Bay Area this week. Michael Witherell takes over as Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory tomorrow. Witherell was UCSB’s Vice Chancellor for Research for more than a decade.  The physicist help increase UCSB research Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Harbor Back In Business After Dredge Partially Clears Harbor Entrance

Mon, February 29, 2016

A South Coast harbor which had its entrance clogged by sand, and was shut down over the weekend is back in business today. A dredge cleared enough of the buildup at Santa Barbara Harbor for it to reopen this morning.  The passageway is still limited, but will be widened as the dredge continues to operate Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Set To Again Look At Controversy Over Proposed New Fire Station

Mon, February 29, 2016

A Central Coast city is set to once again look at what have become controversial plans to build a new fire station. The City of Lompoc is considering construction of a 23,000 square foot complex in the northwest part of the city, at Aviation Drive and North O Street. City Council members agree a new Read the Rest…


More Than 40 Motorists Cited For Failing To Yield To Pedestrian In Simi Valley Sting Operation

Mon, February 29, 2016

She was a police decoy in Ventura County who couldn’t have been more obvious.  She was wearing a bright “Wonder Woman” T-Shirt, and carrying a bright “Wonder Woman” purse. But, more than 40 drivers were cited during a two hour period Saturday because they failed to yield to her in a Simi Valley crosswalk. The Read the Rest…


Campaign To Cut Down On Bike Accidents In Isla Vista To Hand Out Free Lights

Mon, February 29, 2016

There’s concern about frequent bicycle accidents at and around UC Santa Barbara. As KCLU’s Debra Greene reports, law enforcement, university officials and students are joining forces this week to help prevent them. Click on link to listen to/download story:  IV Bike Lights


Dredging Operation Could Reopen Santa Barbara Harbor Today

Mon, February 29, 2016

Santa Barbara Harbor officials are hoping to reopen the entrance to the harbor today (Monday) after it was closed for the last few days by a buildup of sand. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Harbor Closure Update


Two Men Injured In What Police Call Fight Between Rival Gang Members In Ventura County Park

Sun, February 28, 2016

Two men were seriously injured in what police are calling a fight between rival gang members in a Ventura County park. It happened just before noon yesterday in Ranch Simi Community Park, in Simi Valley.  Police say four men in one gang attacked two other men near the park’s tennis courts.  One of the two Read the Rest…


One Rescued, One Missing After Fishing Boat Sinks In Santa Barbara Channel

Sat, February 27, 2016

The search is continuing for a person reported missing after a commercial fishing boat sank in the Santa Barbara Channel. The boat went down around 4 p.m. Friday, about 17 miles southeast of Santa Barbara.  A passing boat rescued one person, but a second is still unaccounted for, and is the focus of a search.  Read the Rest…


Four Arrested In Prostitution Sweep In Ventura County

Fri, February 26, 2016

Detectives say they arrested four women in Ventura County who were using the internet to solicit customers for prostitution. Investigators from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office say they were trying to identify potential local cases of human trafficking. They made contact with the women and obtained search warrants Read the Rest…


Fire Inspection Fraud Ring Hitting Businesses In Santa Barbara County

Fri, February 26, 2016

A fraud ring has been targeting businesses in Santa Barbara County, pushing them to pay for fraudulent fire inspection services. Officials with six fire departments in the county joined forces to issue a warning about the scam.  They say people have been showing up at businesses using high pressure sales tactics, and in some cases Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Introduces Bill To Expand In-School Health Care For Unserved Children

Fri, February 26, 2016

A Santa Barbara based congresswoman introduced a bill intended to improve health care services for public school students. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps is the author of what’s being called “The Hallways To Health ACT.” It would give school based health centers expanded access to community health workers, and calls for the school centers to be Read the Rest…


Sand Buildup Causing Problems At South Coast Harbor

Fri, February 26, 2016

A sand buildup at one South Coast harbor, Ventura Harbor, was cleared enough last week to allow traffic through its entrance, but now a similar issue is causing problems for another local harbor. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Harbor Sand


Debate Continues Over Controversial Expansion Of Central Coast Oil Refinery To Allow Oil Train Shipments

Fri, February 26, 2016

The emotional debate continues over an oil company’s proposal to ship oil to a Central Coast oil refinery by train. Supporters say it’s a well planned project, but opponents contend there are major safety and environmental concerns. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it will be at least another two weeks still before there’s a decision on Read the Rest…


Missile Successfully Test Launched From Central Coast Thursday Night

Fri, February 26, 2016

If you were out late last night, you might have gotten a glimpse of the latest missile launch from the Central Coast. An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully test launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:01 p.m.  The missile successfully flew 4200 miles to a test range in the Western Pacific, Read the Rest…


Congressional Committee Gives Approval To New VA Facility In Ventura County

Fri, February 26, 2016

A key congressional committee is supporting efforts by a Ventura County congresswoman to establish a consolidated outpatient facility for veterans in the county. The House Veterans Affairs Committee yesterday okayed $6.2 million dollars for the VA facility.  Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley has been championing the effort.  A specific site hasn’t been proposed for the 47,000 Read the Rest…


Duran Duran, Fergie, Fall Out Boys, Tim McGraw Among First Headliners Announced For Mid-State Fair on Central Coast

Thu, February 25, 2016

We may be months away from summer, but tickets are set to go on sale tomorrow for one of the biggest acts set to perform at the 2016 Mid-State Fair. Ticket sales will start at 10 a.m. tomorrow for Fergie, who will perform July 22nd in Paso Robles. Three other major acts have been confirmed Read the Rest…


Trio Arrested In Ventura County For Three County Crime Spree

Thu, February 25, 2016

Three Ventura County residents are behind bars for what detectives are calling a month long vehicle burglary spree which spanned three counties. Investigators say David Williams and Jennifer Willard of Ventura, and Korey Cook of Oxnard are responsible for a string of thefts from parked vehicles outside of gyms, and near trails.  They say the Read the Rest…


Actor Rob Lowe Wins Half Million Dollar Tax Appeal Over Sale Of Santa Barbara County House

Thu, February 25, 2016

Actor Robe Lowe will get an estimated half million dollar tax savings after winning an appeal over the sale of his home in Santa Barbara County. Lowe and his wife, Sheryl Berkoff, had sought to reduce their taxable capital gains on the $25 million dollar sale of their Montecito home.  They asked for relief for Read the Rest…


Body Discovered In Water At South Coast Harbor

Thu, February 25, 2016

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body in the water at a South Coast harbor. Some people noticed the body of a man in Santa Barbara Harbor near a dock at around 7 a.m. and pulled it onto the dock. An autopsy is pending, but officials say there are no apparent signs that foul Read the Rest…


Central Coast Biologist Gets Fellowship For Ocean Conservation Research

Thu, February 25, 2016

A Central Coast university biologist has received a $150,000 fellowship for her ocean conservation research efforts in the Western Indian Ocean. Jennifer O’Leary is a biologist at Cal Poly’s Center for Coastal Marine Sciences.  She received a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, which will help her continue her research for the next three years.  O’Leary Read the Rest…


State Senator From Tri-Counties Introduces Bill To Help Disable Veterans With New Jobs In Public Education

Thu, February 25, 2016

A state senator representing the Central and South Coast has introduced a bill to help disabled veterans with jobs in public schools. SB 1180 would give disabled veterans transitioning to jobs in public education extra sick leave time for medical, and VA appointments during their first year on the job. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson Read the Rest…


Former Ventura County Superior Court Judges To Be Honored With Portraits Added To Courthouse Gallery

Thu, February 25, 2016

Three South Coast judges are going to be honored with their portraits being added to a gallery of past judicial officers. Portraits of former Ventura County Superior Court judges Robert Bradley, Charles Campbell, and Bruce Clark will be added to the collection in Courtroom 22 at the Ventura County Courthouse. The gallery already has portraits Read the Rest…


Archaeologist Sheds Light On Mysterious Woman Who Lived Alone On San Nicholas Island For Nearly Two Decades

Thu, February 25, 2016

An archaeologist who’s spent years researching the story of a woman who lived by herself on one of the Channel Islands for nearly two decades is speaking about his findings at a special event this weekend. The woman’s mysterious life has inspired stories, movies, and a best selling novel still used in schools. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Wild Car Chase On Stretch Of Central, South Coasts Ends With Man Being Rescued From Cliff

Thu, February 25, 2016

A wild chase on the Central and South Coasts which included everything from a plane, and a helicopter ended when the man being pursued had to be rescued from a cliff. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on lin to listen to/download story:  Central, South Coast Chase


Woman Struck, Killed By Passenger Train In Ventura County

Thu, February 25, 2016

Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was struck, and killed by a passenger train in eastern Ventura County last night. It happened just after 7 p.m. near Los Angeles Avenue, and Sycamore Drive.  A westbound Metrolink train hit the woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  The woman’s name hasn’t been Read the Rest…


Second Missile Launch In Less Than A Week Planned For Central Coast

Wed, February 24, 2016

The second missile launch in less than a week is set for the Central Coast. The Air Force announced plans to launch an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base sometime between 11 p.m. Thursday, and 5 a.m. Friday.  It’s part of an ongoing series of tests to assess equipment and Read the Rest…


Historic Trust In Santa Barbara County Has New Executive Director

Wed, February 24, 2016

A non-profit group which has worked to protect, preserve, and restore historic sites in Santa Barbara County for more than a half-century has a new Executive Director. Anne Peterson is the new head of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.  Peterson has worked for the Trust for 16 years, and was most recently Associate Read the Rest…


Hearing Set To Continue On Oil Refinery Controversy On Central Coast

Wed, February 24, 2016

A hearing on a controversial proposal to expand a Central Coast oil refinery is set to continue tomorrow morning. After hearing from around 200 people during two days of hearings earlier this month, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission will hear more testimony on the Phillips 66 proposal for its refinery in Nipomo. The Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced In Santa Barbara To More Than Three Decades Behind Bars For Attack On Two Women

Wed, February 24, 2016

A 35 year old man was sentenced in Santa Barbara to more than three decades behind bars for sexual assaults on two women. Daniel Rico Fabian entered no contest pleas to charges stemming from one attack in Santa Barbara, and a second in San Pedro last year. Because Fabian had a prior conviction for burglary, Read the Rest…


South Coast City Reports Slowing In Hike Of Crime Rate

Wed, February 24, 2016

Just released statistics show crime is continuing to rise in one South Coast city, but say there’s also a hopeful sign. Oxnard had a four percent hike in serious crimes in 2015.  That’s the lowest rate of increase in four years. There were 12 homicides reported in 2015, one more than than 2014 in the Read the Rest…


South Coast City Holds Open House On Planning Issues

Wed, February 24, 2016

Residents of a South Coast city are going to get a say this weekend in the development of a blueprint for future growth. The City of Goleta is holding an open house on its new draft zoning ordinance.  The proposed ordinance would help establish what types of uses are allowed for land in the city.  Read the Rest…


Los Angeles Rams Officially Set To Come To Ventura County For Spring Practices

Wed, February 24, 2016

It’s official.  The Los Angeles Rams are going to hold their spring practices in Oxnard. The Oxnard City Council last night approved a contract with the team which will allow the Rams to use the River Ridge facilities from April 18th through June 17th.  The Rams will be using the same training facilities the Dallas Read the Rest…


Tiny South Coast Community Getting Community Center, First Park

Wed, February 24, 2016

It’s a tiny, and poor South Coast community so small it doesn’t have restaurants or gas stations.  Unfortunately, for the hundreds of kids who live there, it also doesn’t even have a park. But, thanks to a campaign involving everyone from community residents, to government leaders it’s soon going to have its own community center, Read the Rest…


Mistrial Declared In Trial Of 90 Year Old Santa Barbara County Woman Accused Of Killing Daughter, Who Had ALS

Wed, February 24, 2016

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a 90 year old Santa Barbara County woman who was accused of planning the death of her daughter, who had ALS. Santa Barbara County prosecutors filed murder charges against Marjorie Good in conjuction with the March, 2013 death of her daughter Heidi. Prosecutors say the Solvang Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Following Car, Foot Chase On South Coast

Tue, February 23, 2016

Two people are facing a variety of criminal charges following an early morning car, and foot chase in a South Coast community involving a Sheriff’s Department helicopter, and K-9 dogs. A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy noticed two people sitting in a car parked outside of a convenience store on the 1100 block of Casitas Read the Rest…


South Coast City Approves Plan To Host College In Municipal Buildings

Tue, February 23, 2016

A South Coast city approved a unique proposal to host a college in part of its city hall complex. The Ventura City Council last night approved a deal for Brooks Institute to lease more than 20,000 square feet of space in the City Hall North complex, as well as some space in the Eric Stanley Read the Rest…


South Coast Port Signs $8 Million Dollar Deal To Deepen Waterway; Work Expected To Boost Cargo Coming Through Facility

Tue, February 23, 2016

A deal to deepen a local harbor could mean hundreds of thousands of tons of additional cargo passing through the facility. The Port of Hueneme has signed a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deepen the port’s navigational area from 35 to 40 feet. The enhancement will mean ships will be able Read the Rest…


Girl Helps Sheriff’s Deputies Find Man Accused Of Committing Lewd Act In Goleta

Tue, February 23, 2016

A ten your old girl is being credited with helping to arrest a man Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say was committing a lewd act. The girl was walking to school just before eight this morning when she saw a man in a parked car near Berkley Road, and Cambridge Drive in Goleta taking part Read the Rest…


South Coast City Looking At New Bicycle Master Plan; Some Elements Generating Controversy

Tue, February 23, 2016

A South Coast city is looking at an ambitious, and somewhat controversial new bicycle master plan. Santa Barbara’s proposal includes $50 million dollars in projects, including the addition of three new bike and pedestrian crossings across the 101 Freeway in the city. Other elements of the project include removing parking to add bike lanes on Read the Rest…


One of Two Drivers In Fatal Ventura Hit And Run Crash Now Identified

Tue, February 23, 2016

Ventura Police say they’ve identified one of the two drivers involved in a fatal hit and run crash which left a 14 year old boy dead, and also have more information about the accident. The boy was struck and killed just after 12 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Saticoy Avenue and Telegraph Road.  Police Read the Rest…


Hundreds Of South Coast Teens Take Part In Anti-Smoking Event; Special Emphasis On E-Cigarettes

Tue, February 23, 2016

We know smoking is bad for us, and the fact is fewer people are smoking. Yet, the latest statistics show 11% of high school students in California say they’ve used tobacco products in the last 30 days. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from Camarillo, where a two day conference is underway in an effort Read the Rest…


Bomb Threat Shuts Down Central Coast School

Mon, February 22, 2016

Authorities took a bomb threat at a Central Coast school seriously enough that it was evacuated today. Someone called Templeton High School just before noon, making a threat against the school. Officials decided to take the precaution of evacuating the campus.  Students were released to their parents beginning at around 1:30 p.m. The San Luis Read the Rest…


Vehicular Manslaughter Charge Filed In Connection With Fatal Metrolink Crash In Ventura County

Mon, February 22, 2016

Ventura County prosecutors say they have filed a vehicular manslaughter charge against the driver of a pickup truck which became stuck on railroad tracks in Oxnard, causing a fatal train collision. The crash occurred February 24th, 2015 at Rice Avenue and Fifth Street.  Investigators say Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez turned short of the intersection, and drove Read the Rest…


Ventura County Looking At Proposed $5.2 Million Dollar Contract To Run New Mental Health Facility

Mon, February 22, 2016

Ventura County currently has to send some people who have serious mental health issues out of the county, because it doesn’t have a facility capable of safely handing patients who need to be in a locked center. The County is currently in the process of building a 16 bed center called Horizon View next to Read the Rest…


South Coast City Could Host College In Its City Hall Complex

Mon, February 22, 2016

A South Coast community’s City Hall complex could soon also become home to a college. The Ventura City Council tonight is set to consider a proposal to lease more than 20,000 square feet of mostly empty space in its City Hall North complex to Brooks Institute. Brooks currently has a facility just outside of the Read the Rest…


South Court Court System Cracking Down On Juror No-Shows

Mon, February 22, 2016

Getting people to show up for jury duty is a problem around the state and here on the South and Central Coasts.  KCLU’s Debra Greene reports a local court system is cracking down on no-shows. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Jury Duty Crackdown


Concern Growing On Central, South Coast About Potentially Dangerous Zika Virus

Mon, February 22, 2016

It’s a global health problem that has officials worried here at home, on the Central and South Coasts as well. Experts say we still are trying to unravel the secrets surrounding Zika virus, which can be devastating for the fetuses of pregnant women. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a local health official about the latest Read the Rest…


State Senator From Conejo Valley Pushing For Aliso Canyon Moratorium

Mon, February 22, 2016

A State Senator from the Conejo Valley is pushing her efforts today to get a moratorium on the operation of gas wells in the Porter Ranch area until their safety can be verified by experts. State Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills co-authored SB 380, which was approved by the State Senate, and is set Read the Rest…


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