Archives for June 2011

Differing Reactions To Lawmaker Pay Freeze

Wed, June 22, 2011

There’s a lot of consternation at the California State Capitol over the Controller’s decision to withhold lawmakers’ pay. Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield says Controller John Chiang’s move sets a dangerous precedent when it comes to the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches. “It really sets up a constitutional crisis in many ways,” Read the Rest…


New City Budgets In Santa Barbara and Goleta

Wed, June 22, 2011

Santa Barbara and Goleta have approved new budgets, with one adding law enforcement officers and another cutting staff. John Palminteri reports.


Royalty Set To Come To Santa Barbara, And You Can Be On Hand…For A Price

Wed, June 22, 2011

You can attend a charity polo match with Prince William, and Kate Middleton in Santa Barbara, if you’re ready to open your wallet wide.  Tickets are now on sale for the July 9th charity event at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club.For $400, you can get reserved bleacher seating, and a picnic lunch.  For Read the Rest…


Search Continues For Santa Barbara Girl Who Disappeared In 1961

Tue, June 21, 2011

Authorities started digging on Tuesday for the remains of a Santa Barbara girl who disappeared nearly a half century ago.  Ramona Price was last seen leaving her home near Modoc Road in September of 1961.  Evidence uncovered during the last few years is now pointing towards the involvement of a construction worker, who later confessed Read the Rest…


Controller Says No Pay For State Lawmakers

Tue, June 21, 2011

California’s Controller has decided to withhold state lawmakers’ pay as of June 16th. He says the budget passed last week by majority Democrats doesn’t pencil out. Controller John Chiang says it came down to basic addition and subtraction. “We did the math and the budget does not balance on paper,” he said. Under proposition 25, Read the Rest…


Southern California Man Arrested For Mortgage Fraud in Ventura County

Tue, June 21, 2011

Prosecutors say a Bellflower man promised to help a number of  Ventura County homeowners having mortgage problems, but instead collected thousands in upfront fees, and did nothing to help his victims. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Real Estate Fraud Unit says Lino Hernandez operated a home foreclosure rescue program called “Terra Bella Management”, which Read the Rest…


Residents Help Redistrict Santa Barbara County

Tue, June 21, 2011

With some help from the public, Santa Barbara County has several choices for new political districts to elect the Board Of Supervisors. John Palminteri reports.


Withholding Lawmaker Pay Raises Legal Questions

Tue, June 21, 2011

California’s State Senate leader is raising some legal questions about the possibility of lawmakers’ pay being docked. Controller John Chiang is expected to decide this week whether lawmakers should continue getting paychecks. A new voter-approved law says legislators forfeit their pay for every day after June 15th that they haven’t passed a budget. Lawmakers did Read the Rest…


Burglars Target Ventura County Auto Dealership

Tue, June 21, 2011

Burglars targeted a half dozen sports utility vehicles on the sales lot of a Simi Valley auto dealership, stealing navigation systems and third row seats. The thieves hit sometime late Sunday or early Monday at William L. Morris Chevrolet, which is on the 1000 block of Cochran Street.  Authorities are trying to determine the exact Read the Rest…


Jury Selection Underway In Trial Of Oxnard Teen Accused Of Killing Classmate At School

Tue, June 21, 2011

Jury selection is underway in the trial of an Oxnard teen accused of shooting to death a classmate in what prosecutors call a hate crime. Brandon McInerney is charged with the February, 2008 slaying of Larry King at E.O. Green Middle School, in Oxnard.  Prosecutors charged the now 17-year-old teen accused of killing his classmate Read the Rest…


Emergency Closure In Effect For Section Of Highway 33 In Ventura County

Tue, June 21, 2011

Caltrans has announced it’s made an emergency closure of a section of Highway 33 in Ventura County, to fix some sections heavily damaged by winter and spring storms. One lane of the highway five miles north of Lockwood Valley will be shut down all week.  Traffic will be able to get through, but there could be Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Force Expands

Mon, June 20, 2011

After recent questions about the shortage of patrol units on the streets, the Santa Barbara Police Department will be growing, with the addition of five new officers. John Palminteri reports.


Farm Workers Union Stages Hunger Strikes

Mon, June 20, 2011

The United Farm Workers Union is hoping a series of one-day hunger strikes will persuade California Governor Jerry Brown to sign a union check card bill that is on his desk. U-F-W President Arturo Rodriguez says the legislation makes it easier for workers to be unionized by doing away with the secret ballot. “Farm workers Read the Rest…


New S.B. Airport Terminal Debuts

Mon, June 20, 2011

Hundreds of people were among the first to get an inside view of the new Santa Barbara airport terminal on Sunday. John Palminteri reports.


Controller Weighs Lawmaker Pay

Mon, June 20, 2011

California’s State Controller is expected to decide this week whether state lawmakers should continue to get paid. The budget they recently passed was vetoed by the governor. This is the first test of proposition 25. The initiative approved by voters last year said if lawmakers didn’t pass a balanced budget by the June 15th deadline, Read the Rest…


Grand Jury Says Truancy Up Substantially in Santa Barbara County After Program Cuts

Mon, June 20, 2011

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says the 2008 elimination of a an anti-truancy program due to budget cuts has led to a major spike in the problem, and is outlining a plan to tackle the issue. The report says truancy increased 48 percent in 2009-10, and that the program run by the Read the Rest…


Police Searching For Gunman Who Fires Shots At Busy Simi Vallley Restaurant

Sun, June 19, 2011

Authorities are looking for a man who fired shots outside of a Simi Valley restaurant after he was kicked out of it. Simi Valley police say a man was ejected from the  “Kis-Kiss” Cafe on the 3200 block of Los Angeles Avenue just after 11 Saturday night.  Investigators says after he was forced to leave, the Read the Rest…


Federal, State Agencies Sue Oil Company For Santa Barbara County Spills

Sat, June 18, 2011

The EPA, the State Department Of Fish And Game, and the State Regional Water Quality Control Board are going to court against Greka Oil & Gas over a series of onshore oil, and wastewater spills in Northern Santa Barbara County.  The suit cites violations of water quality guidelines, and alleges a lack of planning at 12 facilities to cope with Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Connection With What Ventura County Authorities Call Bank Card Reader Theft Scheme

Fri, June 17, 2011

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies have made an arrest in connection with what the call a ring stealing ATM card readers from throughout Southern California. Deputies responded to the theft of a card reader from a Chase Bank on the 3900 block of East Thousand Oaks Boulevard.  Because of the theft, they stepped up patrols around other banks, Read the Rest…


Phony Water Workers Sought In Santa Barbara Robbery

Fri, June 17, 2011

Santa Barbara police investigating the robbery of a local resident are looking for two men who reportedly posed as water department employees. John Palminteri reports.


Attorney General Touts Firearms Sweeps

Fri, June 17, 2011

12 Convicted felons, the mentally ill, and those with warrants out for their arrest… those were all people who had guns taken from them in a statewide sweep.    The Attorney General’s office is using the sweep to bolster her plea for more funding. There were 1200 pistols, hunting rifles, shotguns, and assault rifles taken Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Unveils New Airport Terminal

Fri, June 17, 2011

Local residents will get their first look inside Santa Barbara’s new airport terminal Friday night. John Palminteri reports.


Budget Veto Leaves Fiscal Situation Unresolved

Fri, June 17, 2011

Well, that was fast. Less than 24 hours after Democratic state lawmakers passed a budget, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed it. Governor Brown says the plan approved by the Democratic majority was legally questionable and didn’t meet the needs of the state. He acknowledges the veto was highly unusual. “For the first time in history, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Fires Shots At City Over Police Gun Range

Fri, June 17, 2011

Ventura County, and the City of Santa Paula are at odds over a temporary gun range set up on private property for the Santa Paula Police Department.  The city approved the use of a piece of private property in the county’s jurisdiction last year for the range, but a Ventura County Grand Jury report says Read the Rest…


Theater Production By University Professor Brings Home Ventura County Veterans Experiences

Fri, June 17, 2011

.A California Lutheran University professor who’s also a Vietnam veteran is trying to help get other veterans cope with their wartime experiences, and help the public understand them through a new theater production opening June 18th.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to story: VENTURA COUNTY VETERANS STORIES


Take A Video Tour Of KCLU

Thu, June 16, 2011

After years of planning, the KCLU Broadcast Center is finally standing! We appreciate the support of everyone who made KCLU’s new home possible.  Now, we’re ready to install state-of-the-art equipment so that KCLU can provide quality programming for our community in the years to come. Your support of the KCLU Equipment Fund will make the Read the Rest…


Grand Jury Calls For Closer Look At Ventura County’s Controversial Proposition 36 Drug Rehabilitation Efforts

Thu, June 16, 2011

Ventura County’s Grand Jury is calling for the county to take a closer look at how its controversial drug rehabilitation efforts prompted by the state’s Propostion 36 are managed. The decade old measure helped set up substance abuse treatment programs for offenders who might otherwise go to jail. But, there’s controversy locally, and statewide about Read the Rest…


National Guard Units Based In Ventura County Helping In Arizona Firefight

Thu, June 16, 2011

Two National Guard planes based at from Naval Base Ventura County, along with 35 crew members have been deployed to Arizona to help with efforts to control the largest wildfire in that state’s history.  The planes are from the Channel Islands Air National Guard Base at Point Mugu. The C-130 transports have been outfitted with Read the Rest…


Governor Brown Vetos Proposed New State Budget

Thu, June 16, 2011

Governor Brown says he will not sign a proposed budget passed bv the state legislature.  He calls the plan unbalanced, and says it would continue deficits for years to come, while adding billions in new debt.  Brown says it also contains some legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing, and unrealistic savings.  Brown resumed his calls for Read the Rest…


New Evidence May Lead To Break In Half Century Old Disappearance Of Girl In Santa Barbara County

Thu, June 16, 2011

New evidence is shedding more information on the 1961 disappearance of a Santa Barbara girl.  Detectives now think the girl was abducted, and murdered by a serial killer, and buried during a freeway construction project west of Goleta.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports on the search that’s been launched for the girl’s remains, as police hope Read the Rest…


S.B. County Jail Shutdown Could Be Averted

Thu, June 16, 2011

The closure of a northern Santa Barbara County jail facility could be averted with a new budget plan from the Sheriff. John Palminteri reports.


New Arrest Made In 2009 Slaying Of Teen In Oxnard

Thu, June 16, 2011

Oxnard police say they’ve made a third arrest for the June, 2009 murder of a teenage boy.  Joseph Jacquez was shot to death as he was walking in the area of Roosevelt, and First Streets in what investigators say was retaliation for an attack the night before on a gang member, and his girlfriend in Read the Rest…


California Foreclosure Rate Declines

Thu, June 16, 2011

California’s home foreclosure rate shrunk last month. Research firm RealtyTrac says the number of homes receiving a foreclosure filing in May fell 7-percent from the previous month and 30-percent from a year-ago. In fact, California has seen 18-straight-months of year-over-year declines. Daren Blomquist, with RealtyTrac, says while much of the nationwide drop in foreclosures can Read the Rest…


State Budget Passes, Fight Not Over

Thu, June 16, 2011

It’s happened only twice in a quarter century: California lawmakers passed an on-time budget Wednesday. But, that doesn’t mean the fight over state finances is finished. It’s an unusual budget. Not only is it on-time, but it was debated during the day, rather than the dead-of-night. And it was passed by a majority vote. That’s Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Officer Arrested On Fraud Charge

Thu, June 16, 2011

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office says it’s arrested an Oxnard police officer on a workers compensation fraud charge.  Prosecutors say that Edward Idukas claimed he injured his back in December of 2009 while at his worker locker, and was placed on temporary disabled status.  They say he received disability pay for several months.  But, Read the Rest…


State Budget Beats Deadline, Future Uncertain

Wed, June 15, 2011

For the second time in 25 years, the California legislature has passed a budget before the constitutional deadline. The spending plan approved Wednesday didn’t satisfy either political party. The budget was crafted by Democrats as an alternative to Governor Jerry Brown’s plan. Brown’s proposal would have extended tax increases and required Republican votes. With no Read the Rest…


One Dead As A Result Of Nine Vehicle Crash On 101 Freeway In Ventura County

Wed, June 15, 2011

A section of the northbound 101 freeway in the Camarillo area was closed for more than six hours, following a fatal traffic accident involving nine vehicles.  It happened just after 12 a.m. Wednesday near Camarillo Springs Road, in a construction zone.  The CHP says two of the three lanes were closed due to construction, and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Suggests County Go To Vote By Mail Only Elections

Wed, June 15, 2011

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report suggests the county could improve the accuracy of vote counting, and save money if it switched to an entirely vote by mail process.  The Grand Jury looked at the overall voting process, with an emphasis on the benefits, and pitfalls of voting by mail.  The report notes that Read the Rest…


Royal Couple To Visit Santa Barbara County

Wed, June 15, 2011

What may be the world’s most famous couple is going to visit Santa Barbara County in July, as part of a U.S. tour. Prince William and Kate Middleton, who are now officially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will take part in a charity event at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club July 9th. Read the Rest…


Arrests Made In Connection With Series Of Armed Robberies In Ventura County

Wed, June 15, 2011

Two men are behind bars in connection with a series of armed robberies in the Western Ventura area this month.  Ventura Police say they arrested  21 year old George Marin, and 18 year old Robert Flores at their Ventura homes.  No one was hurt during the two robberies, and an an attempted robbery which occured Read the Rest…


Mixed Poll Results As Budget Deadline Looms

Wed, June 15, 2011

It could be a long day – and a long night – for California lawmakers. They face a constitutional deadline of midnight Wednesday to pass a budget … or else they won’t get paid. Republicans are holding firm against extending several tax increases. So Democrats plan to use their new majority-vote budget power to pass Read the Rest…


Teenage Cancer Survivor Gets Dream Wish To Visit UCSB Marine Science Program

Wed, June 15, 2011

A teenage cancer survivor from Louisiana is getting a taste of her dream to become a marine biologist, through a trip to Santa Barbara.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on links to listen/download story: Cancer Survivor Dream Trip


Gang Task Force Arrests 10 In Ventura County

Wed, June 15, 2011

A gang task force in Ventura County has made ten arrests in connection with a series of shootings, and what’s being called a hate crime attack.  Sheriff’s deputies say they discovered a series of unreported shootings in March in the Saticoy area.  Then, later in March, they broke up a fight at Solimar Beach, and Read the Rest…


Authorities Hoping To Solve Unsolved Half Century Old Cold Case Murder In Santa Barbara County

Wed, June 15, 2011

It’s been 50 years since 7 year old Ramona Price disappeared while walking to school in Santa Barbara.  Police conducted a massive investigation at the time, in 1961, but never solved the case.  Now, 50 years later, investigators are hoping to finally bring closure to the disappearance.  Investigators say they received evidence about four years ago Read the Rest…


Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Upheld

Tue, June 14, 2011

A federal judge in San Francisco has upheld last year’s ruling that struck down Proposition 8 – California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Prop 8 supporters wanted the ruling thrown out because the judge who issued it hadn’t disclosed that he’s gay and in a long-term relationship with another man. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Read the Rest…


“Whispering Bandit” May Be Responsible For Multiple Bank Robberies, Robbery Attempts In Ventura County

Tue, June 14, 2011

Authorities say a man they have dubbed the “Whispering Bandit” may be responsible for multiple bank robberies, and robbery attempts in Ventura County. A man tried, but failed to rob a Wells Fargo Bank Branch in Ventura Tuesday morning, and a short time later a suspect matching the same general description robbed a Citibank branch Read the Rest…


Parking Issue Continues To Generate Controversy In Ventura

Tue, June 14, 2011

The Ventura City Council wants to once again look at the controversial issue of parking meters in downtown Ventura, even though opponents have already gathered the necessary signatures to put the question on the ballot for voters. The City Council wants staff to review the issue, and present the findings to the council. The Council Read the Rest…


Ventura Minister Write Book About Open Wounds From Loss Of Loved Ones In Vietnam War

Tue, June 14, 2011

Losing a loved one in war can be an open wound for many people, even decades after it happened.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a Ventura County woman, who’s also a minster, who’s trying to help others cope through a book she’s written about her own experience. Click on link to listen to story:Vietnam Book


Wednesday Budget Deadline Looms

Tue, June 14, 2011

With a Wednesday deadline bearing down on lawmakers, California’s budget dance is taking on new twists and turns. Democrats are pledging to have a budget on time, the Governor’s increasing the pressure and Republicans are revealing more about where they stand. Standing before a crowd that included business, education and law enforcement leaders, Governor Jerry Read the Rest…


Business Permit Inspections Planned

Tue, June 14, 2011

Thousands of retailers throughout California may soon be getting surprise visits from state officials asking to see up-to-date business permits. The California State Board of Equalization is sending agents out to verify that businesses are properly registered. Anita Gore with the B-O-E says more than 3-and-a-half-percent of businesses operating in California don’t have the appropriate Read the Rest…


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