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Archives for June 2011

Prop. 8 Supporters Challenge Judge

Tue, June 14, 2011

A federal court in San Francisco Monday heard a motion to vacate last year’s ruling that struck down California’s Proposition 8. Supporters of the voter-approved ban on gay-marriage say the judge who declared the California law unconstitutional should have recused himself from the case because of his long-term relationship with another man. A few months Read the Rest…


Latest Test Resuts Show More Pollution Problems At Toxic Waste Site In Ventura County

Tue, June 14, 2011

The latest soil, sediment, and water testing in the area around a toxic waste site in Ventura County confirms pollution levels which pose a risk to wildlife in an adjacent nature preserve. The Environmental Protection Agency has completed the third in its series of reports as part of its efforts to assess the threat from Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Calls For School Bus Safety Survey

Mon, June 13, 2011

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says no one agency is compiling information, and statistics on school bus safety in the county, and is calling on the County Office of Education to take on the task.  The report says no one is even sure exactly how many kids in the county’s 21 school districts Read the Rest…


Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required Beginning July

Mon, June 13, 2011

All California homeowners will be required to install carbon monoxide detectors starting in July. The law applies to all single family homes. Daniel Berlant with CalFire says a carbon monoxide detector should be installed on every floor and outside sleeping areas. He says it’s a small investment that can save lives. “In this case, you Read the Rest…


Brown Takes Budget Battle to YouTube

Mon, June 13, 2011

California lawmakers are running out of time to reach a budget deal before Wednesday’s constitutional deadline. And Governor Jerry Brown says there will be a budget vote Wednesday – one way or another. In a clip posted on YouTube Sunday night, Brown said, “we have a plan, and it’s a very good plan. And it’ll Read the Rest…


Bald Eagle Chick Hatches on Anacapa Island For First Time In More Than 60 Years

Mon, June 13, 2011

The National Park Service says for the first time in more than six decades, a bald eagle chick has hatched on Anacapa Island.  Bald eagles nearly became extinct in the region in the 1970′s and 80′s, after chemical pollution affected their ability to breed.  With the birds on the brink of extinction, the remaining bald Read the Rest…


Budget Debate Underway In Sacramento

Sat, June 11, 2011

The second round of the California budget debate is now under way. Democrats in the State Senate approved several budget bills Friday by majority vote. But they couldn’t pick up the two Republican votes necessary to extend several tax increases for a year while voters decide whether to keep them beyond that. Republican Tony Strickland Read the Rest…


Panel Approves Proposed Redistricting Maps

Fri, June 10, 2011

The California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission voted 14-0 Friday to approve it’s first draft maps for Congressional, State Assembly, State Senate and Board of Equalization Districts.  The commission was created by voters with the passage of Proposition 11 in 2008. In a statement, commissioners said, “the Commission prepared these draft maps without regard to current districts, Read the Rest…


Nearly 34,000 Tax Exemptions Revoked

Fri, June 10, 2011

The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of nearly 34-thousand California based religious and charitable groups. The list also includes social welfare organizations. I-R-S officials say the groups failed to file annual reports over the past three-years. Jesse Weller with the Internal Revenue Service in Oakland explained, “most of the organizations, we believe Read the Rest…


Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested After Crash

Fri, June 10, 2011

A Santa Barbara bank robbery and freeway chase ended with the arrest of a suspect after a violent crash. John Palminteri reports.


Prop. 11 Redistricting Maps Due Friday

Fri, June 10, 2011

California is about to find out what legislative and congressional districts look like when they’re drawn by citizens, not politicians. Draft redistricting maps are due out Friday. It’s never happened before in California. But thanks to Proposition 11 – approved by voters in 2008 – an independent citizens’ commission is overseeing the state’s redistricting process Read the Rest…


California Senate Begins Budget Debate

Fri, June 10, 2011

The great California budget debate begins Friday – even though there’s no sign of a deal just yet. Democrats and a handful of Republicans are close on the basics: a special election for Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed tax extensions in exchange for Republican priorities like a spending cap and pension changes. But the two sides Read the Rest…


DUI Summit Calls For New Approaches To Fighting The Problem In Ventura County

Fri, June 10, 2011

Law enforcment officers say their efforts are making a big dent in the county’s DUI problem, but that it isn’t enough.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from a DUI summit in Ventura, where hundreds of people gathered to try to come up with new ways to tackle the problem before someone gets behind the wheel. Click Read the Rest…


Two Injured By Suspected Drug Lab Blasts At Ventura County Home

Thu, June 9, 2011

Two men were injured by a series of explosions, and fire at a Moorpark home early Thursday morning, and authorities say a suspected illegal drug lab was the cause.  It happened just before 1:30 in the morning, in the garage of a home on the 4200 block of East Cedar Pine Lane.  Neighbors reported multiple Read the Rest…


Investigation Into Drug Ring In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Leads To 14 Arrests

Thu, June 9, 2011

What started as an investigation of drug sales in Oxnard six months ago led to the breakup of a drug operation with connections from Santa Barbara, to San Bernardino counties.  Officials with the Santa Barbara Regional Narcotic Enforcement Team say undercover work revealed a network which bought several pounds a week of cocaine, and methamphetamine Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For String Of Conejo Valley Restaurant Robberies

Thu, June 9, 2011

Authorities say they’ve arrested a man belived to be responsible for a series of brazen fast food restaurant robberies in the Conejo Valley.  The robber would order food, and then when the restaurant employee would open the cash register, the thief would reach around and grab some cash, and flee. Employees would sometimes even try Read the Rest…


Former Conejo Valley Bookstore Caps Half Century Long History With Arts, Music Festival

Thu, June 9, 2011

It’s been a Conejo Valley bowling alley, a popular nightclub, and the site of a huge bookstore.  Now, the half century old, 40,000 square foot  “Borders” bookstore building is going to become a medical complex, but not before it hosts a two month long arts, and music festival.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports on what’s known Read the Rest…


New S.B. Schools Chief Named

Thu, June 9, 2011

A former Principal has been named the new Superintendent of Santa Barbara schools. John Palminteri reports.


Tax Delinquents Targeted

Thu, June 9, 2011

A California Assemblyman is pushing a bill to crack down on the state’s most delinquent taxpayers. Fresno Democrat Henry Perea says his measure would allow the state to suspend a delinquent taxpayer’s driver’s license and any professional business license they might have. It would also let California’s Franchise Tax Board work with other states and Read the Rest…


Negotiations Continue Over Budget Framework

Thu, June 9, 2011

Democrats would get their chance to ask voters to extend tax increases. Republicans would achieve some policy goals they’ve wanted for years. But neither side will get anything unless two major sticking points are resolved in California budget talks. Here’s what Governor Jerry Brown and a handful of Senate and Assembly Republicans have basically agreed Read the Rest…


Robbers Targetting Oxnard Restaurants

Thu, June 9, 2011

Oxnard police say an early morning robbery of a North Vineyard Avenue restaurant on Wednesday morning marks the fifth restaurant robbery in the area in the last three months.  No one was hurt in the 3:30 a.m. robbery of Du-par’s Restaurant, on the 2000 block of North Vineyard Avenue.  It’s the second time the Du-Par’s Read the Rest…


Identity Theft Ring Busted In Ventura County

Thu, June 9, 2011

An investigation into some suspicious activity at a Newbury Park motel led to the discovery of what authorities say was an identity theft, and large scale fradulent check operation. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives, and the U.S. Secret Service took part in a joint operation which led to the seizure of counterfeit government documents, supplies Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long Announces Re-Election Bid

Wed, June 8, 2011

Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long says she’ll seek a fifth term in office.  The current Third District Supervisor says with the challenges the county is facing because of funding cuts, her experience can help keep the County financially healthy.  Long has been endorsed by County Sheriff Geoff Dean, and the Ventura County Professional Firefighter’s Association.  Read the Rest…


Voters To Decide Fate Of Controversial Parking Meters In Downtown Ventura

Wed, June 8, 2011

Ventura officials say opponents of new parking meters installed in downtown Ventura during the last year have submitted enough valid signatures to put the issue before the city’s voters.  The petitioners need just over 6300 valid signatures to get the measure to the ballot, but the city clerk’s office says more than eight thousand of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Agency Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community To Fold

Wed, June 8, 2011

Ventura County’s most prominent organization serving the LGBT community is going to fold at the end of June, because of funding issues.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has details on what appears to be the end of the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. Click on link to listen to story: Rainbow Alliance Closure


S.B. County Fire Funding Unresolved

Wed, June 8, 2011

With the budget still up in the air, a donation to fund a firefighting helicopter for Santa Barbara County is also on hold. John Palminteri reports.


Open Carry Handgun Ban Proposed

Wed, June 8, 2011

A bill that would ban Californians from carrying unloaded handguns in public has passed a Senate committee. It’s authored by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, who says the state’s “open carry” policy puts the public in danger. “This loophole should be closed,” said Portantino. “Frankly, you do not need a weapon to buy a cheeseburger or a Read the Rest…


Blue Shield Caps Profits

Wed, June 8, 2011

Blue Shield health insurance holders in California will see a one-time credit of up to 30% in their premium bill this October. It’s part of the pledge the company made Tuesday to cap its net income to two percent of revenue – indefinitely. Paul Markovich of Blue Shield of California says he hopes it’s a Read the Rest…


State Submits Court-Ordered Prison Plan

Wed, June 8, 2011

California’s plan to reduce prison overcrowding is now in the hands of a panel of federal judges. The state submitted its plan Tuesday after the U-S Supreme Court ordered the prison population to be reduced by tens of thousands within two years. The cornerstone of the plan is Governor Brown’s realignment proposal, which would send Read the Rest…


Detectives Say Ventura Burglary Ring Responsible For As Many As 500 Burglaries

Tue, June 7, 2011

Ventura Police say they’ve arrested five men, and a teenager in connection with a burglary ring which they think may be responsible for 300, to 500 burglaries over the last three years. Detectives say the burglars would work in teams, hitting homes during the daytime.  They would knock on the front door, and if someone Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputy Injured In Traffic Accident

Tue, June 7, 2011

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering from minor injuries following a traffic accident in Santa Barbara.  The CHP says Deputy Anthony Kouremetis was southbound on the 101 Freeway near La Cumbre Road just after ten Monday night, when he lost control of his patrol car, traveled up an embankment, and hit a car Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisor Kicks Off Re-Election Bid

Tue, June 7, 2011

Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza has kicked off his re-election bid for 2012.  The Fifth District Supervisor is the first person to announce  candidacy for the seat.  At a Ventura County Government Center news conference, Zaragoza was endorsed by County Sheriff Geoff Dean, as well as by deputy sheriff’s, and firefighters unions.  Last week, First Read the Rest…


Red Cross Volunteers From Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Among Those helping In Tornado, Flood Disaster Zone

Tue, June 7, 2011

More than two dozen Red Cross volunteers from Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are among the those trying to provide relief to Midwest, and Southern communities hit by tornadoes, and flooding from spring storms in recent weeks.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to story:  Local Red Cross Volunteers Help Read the Rest…


No Supreme Court Review of State Tuition Policy

Tue, June 7, 2011

The US Supreme Court Monday refused to hear a challenge to California’s in-state tuition policy. That policy allows undocumented high school graduates to pay the same rate as California students at public colleges and universities. Opponents to California’s tuition policy contended that it violates a provision of federal immigration law. That law bars states from Read the Rest…


Review Finds Nursing Home Care Weak

Tue, June 7, 2011

A federal agency has released a state health care quality review that finds California weak in nursing home care. The data show more than 8 percent of California’s long-term nursing home residents were physically restrained in 2008. More than a quarter of short-stay nursing home patients in the state had pressure sores. California ranked lowest Read the Rest…


Opposing Factions Attempt To Influence Budget Deal

Tue, June 7, 2011

As state budget negotiations move towards a potential deal, outside groups are increasing their pressure on lawmakers they see as swing votes. Reporter Ben Adler was at the scene of dueling rallies in Modesto outside the office of a moderate Republican state senator. On one side of the street, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association and Read the Rest…


Environmental Groups Pursue Legal Action To Try To Limit Ship Speeds Off California, To Protect Whales

Mon, June 6, 2011

A coalition of environmental groups filed a legal petition to try to lower ship speeds in California’s coastal sanctuaries, to try to prevent strikes against whales.  The Santa Barbara County based Environmental Defense Center, along with three other groups took the the action Monday (6/6).  The petition seeks to establish a ten knot speed limit Read the Rest…


Massive Industrial Fire In Santa Barbara

Mon, June 6, 2011

A large industrial fire gutted a building in central Santa Barbara Monday morning, taking firefighters about an hour to contain.  The fire was first discovered at Vasari Plaster and Stucco, on the 1oo block of Santa Barbara Street, at around around 10:30 a.m.  The flames were so intense, firefighters couldn’t enter the building, and focused Read the Rest…


Local Researchers Look Into Factors in Extraversion Versus Introversion

Mon, June 6, 2011

What makes you an extravert, versus an introvert?  Is it genetics, environment, or a combination?  A U. C. Santa Barbara researcher is part of a team which has been looking at the issue, noting that things like attractiveness, and physical strength play into this area.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. UCSB Extraversion Research


Funding Unresolved As High Fire Season Begins

Mon, June 6, 2011

As fire season officially starts in Santa Barbara County, questions remain about funding for firefighting helicopters. John Palminteri reports.


KCLU Coverage Scores 2011 APTRA Awards

Mon, June 6, 2011

KCLU was the winner of three Mark Twain Awards at the 2011 APTRA Awards ceremony, held Saturday, June 4 at Disneyland Resort. The awards, in the Class 2 Radio division, included recognition for News Director Lance Orozco’s coverage of Spot News, for the story “The Deadly Drive” and Best Sports Reporting for his feature on Read the Rest…


Assembly Approves Welfare Restrictions

Mon, June 6, 2011

The California Assembly has approved legislation intended to prevent welfare recipients from using their benefit debit cards at casinos or strip clubs. This bill would prevent the cards from being used at ATM’s located in such establishments. Democratic Assemblyman Henry Perea says it would help prevent abuse: “Roughly 76 percent of all CALworks recipients are Read the Rest…


Prison Plan Due This Week

Mon, June 6, 2011

Tuesday, California officials file a plan with a federal court on how they’ll reduce the state’s prison population by as many as 32-thousand inmates. A panel of federal district judges ordered the state to make the cuts within two years. They say severe crowding in state prisons causes deadly lapses in prisoners’ medical and mental Read the Rest…


Lawmakers Brace For Budget Vote, Redistricting

Mon, June 6, 2011

Last week, California lawmakers took hundreds of votes ahead of a key bill deadline. This week, they face one major vote – a budget vote, expected on Wednesday. But lawmakers may be more interested in redistricting maps due out Friday. Barring a handshake deal, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg insists he’ll put the budget up for Read the Rest…


Fire Causes Scare at Ventura Senior Housing Complex

Mon, June 6, 2011

Fire investigators say a cigarette started a blaze in a third story unit of a Ventura senior housing complex, forcing a number of evacations.  The blaze was discovered just after eight a.m. Sunday at the Ventura Inn, on the 400 block of East Main Street.  The third floor of the five story complex was evacauted,  Read the Rest…


Authorites investigate death of man on Ventura County rail line

Mon, June 6, 2011

Aurhorities are investigating the death of a man who was struck, and killed by a freight rain in Ventura County.  The man was hit just before two a.m. Sunday, near Sanjon Road.  The crew of the southbound train saw the man lying on the tracks, sounded a horn and tried to stop, but the man didn’t get Read the Rest…


Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Commemorates Anniversary Of Husband’s Death

Sun, June 5, 2011

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley Sunday, to remember her late husband on the seventh anniversary of his death.  She placed flowers on his grave in a private commemoration.  This year marks the centennial of Reagan’s birth.


High Brushfire Season Comes To Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, June 3, 2011

Ventura County’s high fire season opened 6/2/11, and Santa Barbara County is set to make the same declaration on 6/6/11.  Ventura County fire officials say state, and local budget cuts will affect the amount of outside resources to help with a major brushfire in the county, and around the state.  And…KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that Read the Rest…


Man Dies After Apartment Fight

Fri, June 3, 2011

A man has died at Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital, after police responded to a fight at a Chapala Street apartment. John Palminteri reports.


Controller Threatens Lawmaker Paychecks

Fri, June 3, 2011

No balanced budget, no paycheck. That’s the message from State Controller John Chiang to California lawmakers. The Controller says he’ll permanently withhold legislators’ salaries and per diem starting June 16th if they haven’t approved a balanced budget by then. Things are different this year because of voter-approved proposition 25, which says lawmakers permanently forfeit their Read the Rest…


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