Officials Say Family Disaster, Evacuation Plans On Central, South Coasts Should Include Pets

Fires, and floods have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes on the Central and South Coasts during the last year. In the wake of the Thomas Fire, and Southern Santa Barbara County flooding, public safety officials have been working hard to improve people’s preparedness. And, because we live in earthquake country, it’s an issue we all need to consider. But, what about the four legged members of our families?

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A polluting oil well in the near-shore waters off Summerland beach will now be capped to prevent any further leaking.

The Becker well dates back decades, when onshore and offshore drilling took place in the area.

The well was never sealed off properly.

Efforts to establish commuter rail service between Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have taken a big step forward.

The agency which oversees rail service on the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo corridor approved new peak rail service. It’s considered a key approval for the plan.

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Efforts to launch a rocket carrying some satellites from the Central Coast are now zero for three, but the launch team is hoping a fourth planned effort will be successful.

Wednesday morning’s effort was postponed due to strong upper level winds.

The South Coast was the scene of an unusual car chase which ended when the man apparently poisoned himself.

The LAPD notified the CHP at around 7:30 Wednesday morning that a wanted rape suspect might be driving in Ventura County.   Moments later, an officer spotted the suspect’s SUV headed northbound on Highway 101 in Oxnard.

A fire has forced the closure of a restaurant in the Santa Ynez Valley.

AJ Spurs is a large, well-known eatery established in 1989.

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon around 4 p.m.

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South Coast Sociologist, Author Says Environmental Justice Movement Often Misunderstood

It’s a term you’ve heard a lot recently in the news on the Central and South Coasts. People have been fighting for “Environmental Justice.” The label has been used extensively in the battle in Oxnard as many members of the community have rallied to fight a proposal to build a fourth power plant in the city. A U-C Santa Barbara sociologist who's written a new book on the subject says while the issue isn’t a new one, the label for it is relatively recent.

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KCLU Honored At The Golden Mike Awards

We're once again the big Golden Mikes Award winner on the Central and South Coasts, with five awards for news excellence by the Radio Television News Association of Southern California.

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"Valentine's Day was a day of love, passion and friendships as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School celebrated February 14, 2018 ..."

That's how the student journalists writing for the Eagle Eye, the newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, started their story about one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history.

That first line flowed quickly for senior Christy Ma, but the rest of the article took days to write as she relived the events.

A couple of weeks ago the biggest labor union in Germany negotiated a big new deal with hundreds of German companies. Workers didn't just get a raise, they also won the option of working just 28 hours a week for up to two years without losing ground in their careers.

We talked to Simon Kuper of the Financial Times about the increasing need for companies to consider flexible working arrangements, as employees work longer and our lives become more complicated.

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