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Archives for June 2011

Ventura County Firefighters Control Blaze In The Conejo Valley

Thu, June 30, 2011

Ventura County firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a brushfire which caused a scare in the Conejo Valley, blackening more than three acres of land, and sending huge plumes of smoke into the air. The fire broke out just after 6 p.m. Thursday, near Camino Dos Rios in Lynn Ranch.  Firefighters were able Read the Rest…


Firefighters Busy With Four Brushfires In Santa Barbara County

Thu, June 30, 2011

Santa Barbara County firefighters had their hands full Thursday afternoon, with four brushfires in the northern part of the county, which all broke out during the lunch hour. The largest blaze was in the Alisos Canyon Road area, near Los Alamos.  The 120 acre blaze had threatened some structures in the area.  Air tankers, and Read the Rest…


California Has New Budget

Thu, June 30, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown Thursday afternoon signed a 86 billion dollar budget which includes major cuts in a number of programs, and services, but no new taxes.  The plan slices into higher education, mental health programs, and calls for the closure of 70 state parks.  It also relies heavily on billions of dollars in projected Read the Rest…


Budget Bills Impact On Line Merchants, Redevelopment Agencies

Thu, June 30, 2011

Bit by bit, California’s new spending plan is becoming law. Governor Jerry Brown signed several pieces of the budget package Wednesday–including two redevelopment bills that sparked intense lobbying. Now, cities and redevelopment agencies are vowing to sue. The governor also signed a piece of the budget package that requires online retailers like Amazon and Overstock Read the Rest…


Lawmakers Weigh Budget Impact of Prop. 25

Thu, June 30, 2011

Thursday is payday for state lawmakers. But this month’s check will be smaller. That’s because the State Controller docked their pay for nearly two weeks. For most lawmakers, this paycheck will be almost five-thousand bucks lighter than usual. “I’m a working class, single adoptive parent. Took a pay cut quite frankly to come serve my Read the Rest…


Deal Means Increased Trash Footprint For Marborg

Thu, June 30, 2011

There’s a winner in the battle for a lucrative trash contract in Santa Barbara County.  Allied Waste is being sold to Marborg. John Palminteri reports.


California Has A Budget Plan, But It Draws Mixed Reactions Even From Proponents

Thu, June 30, 2011

California’s new 86 billion dollar budget plan seems to have left no one happy, but it’s a plan which allows the state to meet the July first budget deadline.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at the process which led up to this budget, and gets reaction from a political observer, as well as some of those Read the Rest…


Murder Suspected Wanted By San Diego Police Shot During Standoff In Ventura

Wed, June 29, 2011

A man wanted by authorities in San Diego County for murder was shot as he tried to flee a home in Ventura County.  National City police received information that 29-year-old Jesus Farias was at a home on the 200 block of Pomo Street, in Ventura. Officers from both agencies, and a SWAT team surrounded the Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To 66 Years in Prison For Series Of Robberies Commits Suicide In Ventura County Jail Facility

Wed, June 29, 2011

A Ventura County man sentenced to more than six decades in prison for a string of robberies was founded dead in his county jail cell early Wednesday morning, with authorities saying he apparently hung himself. Peter Zepeda  was found guilty of nine counts of robbery, and last week was sentenced to 66 years in state Read the Rest…


KCLU’s Jim Rondeau Honored By L.A. Press Club With “Best Anchor” Award

Wed, June 29, 2011

KCLU’s Jim Rondeau was honored as Southern California “Best Radio Anchor”  in 2010 by the Los Angeles Press Club at its 53rd Annual Journalism Awards ceremonies.  Rondeau beat out competititors from Los Angeles commercial and non-commercial stations to receive the award in an event at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel.  It’s the fourth L.A. Press Read the Rest…


Proposed Federal Funding Cuts Could Hit Local Programs Which Help Feed The Hungry

Wed, June 29, 2011

There’s concern in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties about some proposed federal funding cuts which could affect programs which help feed the hungry.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Oxnard. Clinck on link to listen to/download story:  Hunger Program Funding


Seismic Safety Among Santa Barbara Police Station Concerns

Wed, June 29, 2011

The aging Santa Barbara Police station has a long list of problems, including the inability to withstand a major earthquake. John Palminteri reports.


Breast Density Notification Bill Advances

Wed, June 29, 2011

A bill that would require California women to be told about the density of their breast tissue when they get mammogram results is moving through the Capitol. The bill’s author is Democratic State Senator Joe Simitian. He says mammograms aren’t good at detecting cancer through dense breast tissue. He says women who get “all clear” Read the Rest…


Governor Brown Vetoes “Card Check”

Wed, June 29, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would make it easier for farm workers to unionize. It’s a move that’s drawing anger from Latinos and farm worker union members who supported Brown’s campaign. Arturo Rodriguez is president of the United Farm Workers union. He says Brown made the wrong decision. “The governor chose Read the Rest…


Lawmakers Adopt New Budget Plan

Wed, June 29, 2011

California lawmakers have passed a budget that eliminates the state’s ten billion dollar deficit just in time for the new fiscal year which starts Friday. Democrats pushed the plan through without Republican support. Thanks to a new law recently approved by voters, this year marks the first time Democrats can pass a spending plan without Read the Rest…


Ventura County Approves Hike In Minimum Wage For Employees, Contract Workers

Wed, June 29, 2011

Ventura County Supervisors have voted to increase the minimum hourly salary rate for staff members, and contract workers as a part of its “living wage” policy. Starting in July, the minimum rate will go from $9.50 to $10.00 per hour for those getting benefits, and from $11.50 to $12.00 an hour for those without benefits. The “living Read the Rest…


Carpinteria Finalizes Budget Which Includes Cuts To Law Enforcement, Other Services

Tue, June 28, 2011

The City of Carpinteria has approved an 11 million dollar budget, which is down almost 13 percent from the year before, and includes cuts to law enforcement, maintenance, and hours of operation at some municipal facilities. The 2011-2012 fiscal year budget cuts three positions from the city’s contract with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s department, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Missing In Kern County River

Tue, June 28, 2011

A Thousand Oaks man on a camping trip in Kern County is missing, after being swept away by the Kern River.  Daniel Kilgore was camping at the Sandy Flat Campground. near Lake Isabella Sunday morning when he ended up in the river.  Some people at the camp tried to rescue him, but he was quickly Read the Rest…


Democrats Reach Budget Agreement

Tue, June 28, 2011

The legislature is expected to begin voting Tuesday on a Democratic budget. This time Governor Brown has signed off on the plan. This version relies on several billion dollars in rosier revenue projections. It also calls for new cuts to U-C and C-S-U, as well as a 12 dollar vehicle registration fee increase and new Read the Rest…


Historic Movie Theater In Carpinteria Getting New Chance

Tue, June 28, 2011

A more than 80 year old movie theater on the South Coast which closed last year is getting a new chance, thanks to a non-profit group which reopened it as a movie theater and performing arts center.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Carpinteria’s Plaza Playhouse Theater. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Carpinteria Plaza Read the Rest…


Florida Man Accused Of Ventura County Ponzi Scheme Taking More Than $1.75 Million

Mon, June 27, 2011

A former Ventura County resident was arrested in Miami, Florida and brought back to California to faces charges he operated a Ponzi scheme with members of his church in Simi Valley, with prosecutors saying he took more than $1.75 million dollars from investors. The Ventura County District Attorney’s office says that from 2004 to 2007, Read the Rest…


Vote On Controversial Dumpsite Expansion Proposal in Ventura County Expected To Be Postponed Again

Mon, June 27, 2011

Ventura County Supervisors are again expected to postpone a final vote on Tuesday (6/28) on a proposal by Waste Management to expand its Simi Valley dumpsite.  The company wants to take the site from around 700, to just over 880 acres.  The Ventura County Planning Commission is recommending approval of a slightly scaled down version Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Mother, Daughter

Mon, June 27, 2011

A Thousand Oaks man could go to jail for more than two decades after pleading guilty to charges a committed a lewd act on a 12-year-old girl, and then later attacked the girl’s mother with a crowbar. Ventura County prosecutors say 47-year-old Michael Lee Brunton committed the act on the girl.  They say that when Read the Rest…


Test Developed In Santa Barbara County Could Help Identify Struggling Students Early

Mon, June 27, 2011

A test developed by Santa Barbara County educators, and researchers could provide an important new tool in providing early intervention for students.  The test is given to students as they begin kindergarten, to help assess things like physical and health readiness, and social-emotional and cognitive readiness so at-risk students can be identified before they are Read the Rest…


Fire In Ventura County Mall Injures Two, And Temporarily Closes Stores

Mon, June 27, 2011

A fire in a clothing store at a Ventura County mall caused minor injuries to two employees, and led to the closure of five stores for the day. Smoke was discoved during the noon hour on Saturday in the backroom area of Cache, which is a woman’s clothing store at The Oaks, in Thousand Oaks.  Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Grand Jury Calls For Better Information, Controls On Government Employee Benefits

Sat, June 25, 2011

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says more than 50 public agencies in the county don’t have clear information on their long term pension obligations, because the pension pool doesn’t break out key information.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Grand Jury is calling for changes so agencies can better understand their obligations, and Read the Rest…


“Colombo” Star Peter Falk Dies: A Look At His Career

Fri, June 24, 2011

Actor Peter Falk passed away on Friday at his Beverly Hills Home.  The five time Emmy award winner was best known for his role as television’s absent minded detective Colombo, but he also received two Academy Award nominations for “Murder, Inc.” and “Pocketful Of Miracles”.  Falk had been battling Alzheimer’s disease.  He was 83. In Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Gears Up For Summer Solstice Parade, Festival

Fri, June 24, 2011

It’s part Mardi Gras, part performance art, and part wild artistry.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at preparations for Santa Barbara’s 2011 Summer Solstice Parade, which will feature a thousand parade participants, and as many as 100,000 spectators on June 25th. Click on links to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Solstice Celebration


Anniversary Of Michael Jackson’s Death Draws Aerial Sightseers To Santa Barbara County

Fri, June 24, 2011

June 25th marks the second anniversary of the death of pop music legend Michael Jackson.  A Santa Barbara based helicopter company has been taking tours of people wanting to commemorate Jackson on flights over the late music star’s former Santa Ynez Valley ranch.  Channel Islands Helicopters $175 per person flights are called “Flight Over Neverland”, Read the Rest…


Air Pollution Regulations For Ships Widened Off Coast To Stop Vessels From Skirting Rules

Fri, June 24, 2011

The California Air Resources Board has extended the region off the Southern California Coastline where ships have to meet air quality regulations, to try to stop vessels which are skirting the tougher rules by avoiding main shipping lanes. In 2009, the state passed the world’s toughest air pollution regulations in the world on ships.  It Read the Rest…


Cold Case Update: Search For Missing Girl Continues

Fri, June 24, 2011

After three days of digging, there’s still no evidence of a missing seven year old girl at a freeway construction site near Goleta. But, an unusual discovery was made. John Palminteri reports.


Crackdown on Intoxicated Boating Planned

Fri, June 24, 2011

If your weekend plans include boating, you may see more marine law enforcement officers on duty. It’s part of a three-day campaign which starts Friday, cracking down on B-U-Is: boaters-under-the-influence. “Operation Dry Water” is a nationwide campaign. Gloria Sandoval is with the California Department of Boating and Waterways. She says statewide there were 570 boating Read the Rest…


Same-Sex Parenting Declines in California

Fri, June 24, 2011

A new study shows the total number of California same sex couples raising children is declining, but a greater percentage of those children are adopted. Gay rights advocates are applauding the UCLA Williams Institute study because it gives a numerical face to the gay community. But, the number of gay couples raising children has dropped Read the Rest…


State Budget Talks Hit A Snag

Fri, June 24, 2011

It looks like the chances of a state budget deal have taken a turn for the worse. When the entire Senate Republican caucus holds a news conference in front of the Democratic governor’s office, that’s not usually a sign of progress. Several lawmakers took to the podium to make the same point – that contrary Read the Rest…


Runaway Dump Truck Barrels Into Day Care Center In Newbury Park

Fri, June 24, 2011

A dump truck which apparently lost its brakes plowed into a Newbury Park home converted into a day care center, but fortunately, the accident occured before kids were set to arrive for the day. It happened just before 8 a.m.Thursday, on the 2600 block of Kelly Road.  The truck apparently came down a hill, and Read the Rest…


Arrests Made In Connection With Thefts From Hikers

Fri, June 24, 2011

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say they’ve made two unrelated arrests in connection with a string of burglaries targeting the vehicles of people using hiking trails in the Conejo Valley. On Tuesday night, someone saw some suspicious teens in the vicinity of a vehicle which had been burglarized in Warwick Avenue. Deputies caught a 14 year Read the Rest…


New National, State Economic Forecasts By Ventura County Center Predicts Slow Growth

Thu, June 23, 2011

California’s economic recovery will continue to lag behind the nation’s, according to a new forecast from a Ventura County based economic research center.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story: CLU Center For Economic Research And Forecasting


Hundreds Line Up For Opening Of Trendy Clothing Store In Santa Barbara

Thu, June 23, 2011

More than 500 people lined up in downtown Santa Barbara Thursday morning to be among the first to visit a new clothing store known for its fashionable, yet low priced offerings.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand for the opening of the city’s first H & M store. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


Massive Parole, Probation Sweep Hits More Than 100 Ventura County Homes

Thu, June 23, 2011

Ten people were arrested during a large scale parole, and probation sweep in Ventura County, which targeted more than 100 homes. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies hit more than 100 locations in the Ojai area Tuesday night.  The arrests range from being under the influence of a controlled substance, to possession of drug paraphernalia


Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Spearheads Effort To Buy, Preserve Stretch Of Ventura River

Thu, June 23, 2011

A section of the Ventura River that’s critical habitat for endangered steelhead, and other species is being preserved forever, thanks to a local land conservancy, and some state agencies.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on links to listen to/download story: Ojai Valley Land Conservancy


Santa Barbara Sewing Store Closing

Thu, June 23, 2011

After more than three decades, a long time Santa Barbara business is fading away.  Customers say it’s the last of its kind in the area. John Palminteri reports.


PPIC Poll: Digital Divide Closing

Thu, June 23, 2011

A new study says they may not own as many computers as the rest of the population, but more and more Latinos in California are finding a way to get online. Latinos are twice as likely to use their phones to regularly connect compared to whites according to a new Public Policy Institute of California Read the Rest…


Dissolution Of Vernon Proposed

Thu, June 23, 2011

The first of two bills intended to dissolve the Southern California city of Vernon has been approved by a Senate committee. The measures are being pushed by Democratic State Assembly Speaker John Perez. He says the city of 96 residents has no Democratic government. He notes that over a 20 year period there were no Read the Rest…


California Dream Act Moves Forward

Thu, June 23, 2011

Some of California’s undocumented college students would be eligible for Cal Grants under legislation making its way through the Capitol.  The bill would allow undocumented students who qualify for in-state tuition to apply for Cal Grants and other state aid. It’s already passed the Assembly and has now been approved by a Senate committee. Maria Read the Rest…


Grand Jury Rejects Some, But Raises Concerns About Other Santa Paula City Council Actions

Thu, June 23, 2011

The Ventura County Grand Jury rejected charges that campaign contributions improperly influenced members of one community’s city council, but says the council did a poor job of justifying a major decision. The Grand Jury looked at the Santa Paula City Council following allegations of violations of multiple laws. The reports says jurors didn’t find evidence Read the Rest…


Heiress Who Owned Santa Barbara Estate Leaves Most Of $400 Million Fortune To Arts

Wed, June 22, 2011

A Montana copper mining heiress who owned a legendary Santa Barbara estate has left most of her $400 million dollar fortune to the arts.  The Associated Press reports obtained a copy of Huguette Clark’s will. She died last month, in New York City at the age of 104.  Clark owned what’s know as the Clark Read the Rest…


Agoura Hills Gets New Building For Recreation Center

Wed, June 22, 2011

The City of Agoura Hills bought a vacant 15,000 square foot building near its City Hall and Library complex to house the community’s recreation center.  The city paid $4.4 million dollars for the building, which once was home a temple and day school.  The city currently has a recreation center on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, but Read the Rest…


Field Poll: Support For Nuclear Power Drops

Wed, June 22, 2011

A new Field Poll is out … and it shows that Californians are a lot more skeptical about nuclear power in California in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. The results are probably not surprising. The Field Poll has been tracking attitudes about nuclear energy in California for 30 years. Support took a dip following Read the Rest…


Ventura County Gives Final Approval To Supervisorial Redistricting Plan

Wed, June 22, 2011

It started off with controversy, but ended with a plan which seemed to leave most people satisfied.  Ventura County Supervisors unanimously approved a supervisorial redistricting plan which tries to reflect the impacts of population changes in the county during the last decade.  The plan puts parts of the county’s largest city, Oxnard, into three districts, Read the Rest…


B-B Gun Bill Stalls in Assembly

Wed, June 22, 2011

B-B guns often look the same as real guns. But a bill that stalled in an Assembly committee Tuesday would require them to look completely different. Anyone want a bright pink B-B gun? How ’bout bright green, orange or red? That’s what you’d find at your local toy store if S-B 798 becomes law. It’s Read the Rest…


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