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Archives for July 2011

DA’s Office Declines To File Charges Against Ventura City Councilman

Sun, July 31, 2011

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office declined to file battery charges against a Ventura City Councilman accused of shouting obscenities at a man, and then pushing him and his wife. There was a dispute over the replacement of some flags on the Ventura Pier over the Fourth of July weekend.  It led to an altercation Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Killed While Trying To Run Across 101 Freeway

Sun, July 31, 2011

Authorities are now identifying a man killed when he was hit by a vehicle while trying to run across the 101 Freeway in Ventura County. Frank Sedillo was killed as he was trying to cross the 101 at Victoria Avenue around 11 p.m. Friday night.  The driver of the vehicle was uninjured.  Investigators are trying Read the Rest…


Final California Redistricting Plan Contains Major Proposed Changes For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, July 29, 2011

California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission has released its final plan for revising Congressional, State Assembly, and State Senate seats as a result of the 2010 Census, and it contains some major proposed changes for Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco gives us a look at potential impacts of the proposal, which is expected to Read the Rest…


Ceremony Set In Ventura County To Honor Korean War Dead

Fri, July 29, 2011

An anniversary ceremony is taking place in Ventura County this weekend (7/30) to honor Americans who died in the Korean War, as well as Korean War veterans who’ve died since then. KCLU’s John North has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Korean War Memorial In Santa Paula


Santa Barbara Brings New Business Downtown

Fri, July 29, 2011

With the opening of several businesses, there will be about 200 new jobs in downtown Santa Barbara in the next few months. John Palminteri reports.


Debt Debate Could Impact State Benefits

Fri, July 29, 2011

If U.S. lawmakers don’t raise the debt ceiling, it’s possible that California’s unemployment checks would stop going out. California relies heavily on federal money when it comes to unemployment. The U.S. government pays for a series of extensions to benefits. Loree Levy with the State Employment Development Department says it’s unclear whether the extension would Read the Rest…


Local Researchers Say Study Shows People Lean Towards Generosity, Even When It Appears They Might Not Directly Benefit

Fri, July 29, 2011

Some U.C. Santa Barbara researchers say by nature, humans tend to be generous in situations even when there’s no immediate prospects of personal gain.  They say the findings go against what biologists, and economists say make sense.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:   UCSB Generosity Research


Arrest Made In Connection With Metal Thefts From Oil Facility In Ventura County

Fri, July 29, 2011

A Ventura County man has been arrested on charges he stole thousands of dollars of metal  from an oil company facility in Santa Paula. Workers at a Vintage Oil Field facility on the 17-hundred block of South Mountain Road noticed a large amount of metal missing from the site Thursday. Investigators say they found evidence Read the Rest…


Envionmental Groups Sue City Of Oxnard Over Housing Development Plans

Fri, July 29, 2011

A trio of environmental groups filed suit against the City Of Oxnard, seeking to block a major new housing development near a prime wetlands area. The Environmental Defense Center, the Environmental Coalition, and the local chapter of the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the City of Oxnard over its approval of the 1500 unit “South Read the Rest…


Major Renovation At Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital

Thu, July 28, 2011

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital is getting a new look. John Palminteri reports.


Traffic School Loophole Closed

Thu, July 28, 2011

A state law that took effect this month is intended to crack down on Californians who are abusing the traffic school system. State law allows a driver to attend traffic school for certain violations once every 18 months in order to avoid points on his or her record. But in the past, once that citation Read the Rest…


PPIC Poll: State Support For Nuclear Energy Drops

Thu, July 28, 2011

A new poll indicates less support for nuclear energy – and more support for offshore oil drilling. According to the P-P-I-C poll, support for new nuclear power plants in California has dropped in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis. 65 percent of adults oppose building new plants, while 30 percent are in favor. That’s Read the Rest…


White Sea Bass Population Growing Off Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Thanks To Volunteer Efforts

Thu, July 28, 2011

A little known program is helping to replenish a once troubled species of fish off our coastline, by raising, and releasing thousands of the fish annually.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports on a volunteer effort to help the White Sea Bass population. Click on links to listen to/download story:  White Sea Bass Restoration Program


New SUV’s at Ventura County Auto Dealership Burglarized

Thu, July 28, 2011

Burglars struck a Ventura County auto dealership this week, stealing GPS units and third row seats from seven vehicles. Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies say the burglars hit the William L. Morris Chevrolet dealership in Fillmore late Sunday night, or early Monday morning, targeting new SUV’s.  The stolen items were taken because they have high resale Read the Rest…


Body Found In Mission Creek

Wed, July 27, 2011

Santa Barbara police are investigating the discovery of a body in Mission Creek Tuesday night. John Palminteri reports.


Treasurer Takes Early “Bridge Loan” For State

Wed, July 27, 2011

California’s state Treasurer is borrowing money from Wall Street about a month early, amid concerns about the debt ceiling gridlock in Washington. Bill Lockyer says the state took out a nearly five-and-a-half billion dollar bridge loan Tuesday. Treasurer Lockyer says he’d ordinarily head to the stock market in late August, but this year he thought Read the Rest…


Liu Nominated To California Supreme Court

Wed, July 27, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown has made the first California Supreme Court nomination of his third term. Brown has nominated Goodwin Liu, a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley to the state’s high court. The 40-year old was nominated previously by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. However, Liu Read the Rest…


Qualified Purchaser Program Reviewed

Wed, July 27, 2011

An obscure sales and use tax program designed to boost state revenues is drawing fire from California conservatives and small businesses. The program is up for review at the Board of Equalization Wednesday. It’s a piece of the 2009 state budget package called the “Qualified Purchaser” program. It’s designed to increase revenues by collecting California Read the Rest…


Ventura County Cancer Survivor Fights Back By Creating Support Group

Wed, July 27, 2011

A young Ventura County woman who suddenly found herself facing leukemia has used her experience as the basis for a non-profit group which is helping others dealing with cancer.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  UCAAN.org


Missile Launched From Santa Barbara County Destroyed After Flight Problems

Wed, July 27, 2011

The Air Force says it destroyed a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force base early Wednesday morning, because of what they are calling a “flight anomaly”.  The missile was destroyed at 3:06 a.m., just minutes after takeoff northeast of the island of Roi-Namur in the Marshall Islands.  Air Force officials say Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara County Employee Arrested For Embezzlement

Tue, July 26, 2011

A former Santa Barbara County employee whom authorities say embezzled thousands for the county has been arrested after more than three years on the run. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detectives say Kathleen Abbe Gentile was arrested in San Diego over the weekend, as she tried to board a flight to Texas.  Investigators say in 2007, Read the Rest…


Proposal For Closing Post Offices Includes One On South Coast

Tue, July 26, 2011

The U.S. Postal Serives has announced it’s considering closing about 3700 of its 32,000 retail locations around the country, including one in Santa Barbara County, as part of its efforts to get operations out of the red. The list of possible closures released by the Postal Services include the Victoria Court Post Office, in downtown Read the Rest…


Hundreds Attend Memorial Service For Simi Valley Police Officer

Tue, July 26, 2011

Family, friends, and law enforcement officers from around the state were on hand in Simi Valley Tuesday for a memorial service for Simi Valley Police Officer Nicole Anderson.  She, and her boyfriend, Anaheim Police Officer Bryan Hayes, died in a July 17th plane crash in Arizona.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Simi Valley. Read the Rest…


Embattled School District in Ventura County Picks Interim Superintendent

Tue, July 26, 2011

The former head of Camarillo’s school district has agreed to temporarily head a small Ventura County district that’s been wracked by controversy. Howard Hamilton will serve as interim superintendent for the Rio School District, which recently dumped its third superintendent in a row. Hamilton retired from his position as superintendent of the Pleasant Valley School Read the Rest…


Eye Care Specialists In Santa Barbara County To Expand Free Program To Help Those In Need Locally

Tue, July 26, 2011

Some local vision experts who travel around the world to help people in need announced plans for expanded efforts locally, especially targeting those with diabetes, who could potentially go blind.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports SEE International is working with the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. Click on link Read the Rest…


Brown Approves Private Scholarships For Undocumented Students

Tue, July 26, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a measure that will allow students who are undocumented immigrants to apply for scholarships funded by private donations.  It’s the first half of a two-bill package known as the DREAM Act. Democratic Assemblyman Gil Cedillo pushed the DREAM Act through the legislature before, but former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed Read the Rest…


Marijuana Legalization May Be Back On The Ballot

Tue, July 26, 2011

Backers of an initiative to legalize marijuana in California can now begin gathering signatures for another crack at voter approval. The initiative would legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use for Californians 21 and older. It would also allow pot to be taxed. It’s similar to proposition 19 – which voters rejected last year. Supporters Read the Rest…


Governor Works His Way Through Stack Of Legislation

Tue, July 26, 2011

From whooping cough to scholarships for undocumented immigrants, California Governor Jerry Brown has acted on nearly three-dozen bills. Among the 33 bills Brown signed is one that gives schools and parents an extra month to comply with a new whooping cough vaccine mandate. A state law that kicked in at the start of the month Read the Rest…


High School District On South Coast Selects New Superintendent

Tue, July 26, 2011

The Oxnard Unified High School District has selected a new superintendent. District trustees announced that they’ve hired Burbank Unifed School District Assistant Superintendent Gabe Soumakian for their top spot.  He was one of three finalists for the post, and his background includes 16 years as a teacher before working as a school administrator. Superintendent Bob Read the Rest…


Autopsy Scheduled For Ventura County Jail Inmate Found Dead At East County Jail

Tue, July 26, 2011

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office is going to perform at autopsy on a 26 year old San Fernando Valley man who died while in custody at the Ventura County Jail facility in Thousand Oaks. Demario Beachum was booked into Ventura County’s East Valley Jail around 1 a.m. Monday, on DUI charges.  Deputies kept an Read the Rest…


Three Construction Workers Injured When Vehicle Runs Off Road in Ventura, And Hits Them

Mon, July 25, 2011

Ventura Police say three construction workers were hurt, one seriously, when a car drifted off a street, and hit them. Police say it happened just before 10 a.m. Monday, near Wells, and Foothill Roads.  Investigators say a car driven by a 71-year-old Ventura man went off the road, and hit the three men who were Read the Rest…


Foundation Awards More than $700,000 in Healthcare, Senior Services Grants In Santa Barbara County

Mon, July 25, 2011

The St. Francis Foundation of Santa Barbara awarded some $709,000 in grants to 15 organizations, and programs providing health care, and other social service programs in Santa Barbara County. The programs funded range from nursing outreach efforts, to scholarships for new nurses in training at Santa Barbara City College.  The foundation awarded nearly $1.2 million Read the Rest…


Before Disneyland, Before Magic Mountain, Southern California Had Ventura County Based Theme Park

Mon, July 25, 2011

It’s a nearly forgotten part of Ventura County history, but for decades, Thousand Oaks was home to “Jungleland”, a park featuring some two thousand exotic animals, from lions to elephants.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to a local historian who’s written a new book about the park. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Jungleland


Autopsy Pending For Inmate Found Dead In Santa Barbara County Jail

Mon, July 25, 2011

An autopsy is pending on an inmate found dead in his cell, at the main Santa Barbara County Jail. in Goleta. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say deputies noticed something was wrong with Juan Rodriguez Zepeda just after 3:30 Friday afternoon.  Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.  Jail officials say it appears there was Read the Rest…


Firefighters Control 30 Acre Brushfire Near Ventura-Los Angeles County Border

Sun, July 24, 2011

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a 30 acre brushfire  in a remote part of eastern Ventura County, near Tapo Canyon Road.  The fire was discovered just after 6 a.m. Sunday.  No homes were threatened, but because it was such an isolated area between Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, firefighters had a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Reporting First Human Case Of West Nile Virus In The State In 2011

Fri, July 22, 2011

Santa Barbara County is confirming the first human case of  West Nile Virus in California in 2011. County Health Department officials aren’t releasing any details about the case, other than to say it was someone who lived in the middle of the county, and that they didn’t die.  The case was confirmed as West Nile Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up In June For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, July 22, 2011

Unemployment climbed in both Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in June.  Ventura County’s rate went from 9.5% in May, to 10.3% last month.  Santa Barbara County’s unemployment rate also increased, rising from 8.1% to 8.9%.  California’s statewide unemployment rate also showed a slight month to month increase, from 11.7% to 11.8%


Grants Support Monitoring Program For New Marine Protected Areas Off Santa Barbara, Ventura County Coastlines

Fri, July 22, 2011

A four million dollar grant is going to help fund the monitoring of newly created marine protected areas along the Southern California coastline, including parts of Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. The California Ocean Protection Council is supporting four monitoring projects, including three based at U. C. Santa Barbara.  Researchers at UCSB’s Marine Science Institute Read the Rest…


Last “Borders” Bookstore On South Coast Now Set To Close

Fri, July 22, 2011

The Borders bookstore chain has announced its liquidation plans, after a final effort to save the chain was rejected by creditors last week. 399 stores will be sold, with more than 10,000 people losing their jobs. Borders once had five stores in the region, with outlets in Goleta, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, and Simi Read the Rest…


Poll: Californians Favor Early Release Over New Prisons

Fri, July 22, 2011

A new poll shows Californians favor letting some inmates out of prison early over paying for new prisons.  The findings also boost Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to shift more responsibility from the state to counties. The USC Dornsife/LA Times survey asked 1500 voters about several options for complying with a court order to reduce prison Read the Rest…


LGBT History Law Challenged

Fri, July 22, 2011

There’s an effort to overturn a new law that requires California schools to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law about a week ago. It requires social science instruction to include the historical contributions of those in the LGBT community. A coalition Read the Rest…


Goleta Residents React To Proposed Zoning Changes

Fri, July 22, 2011

A proposed new housing development in the Goleta foothills brought local residents out for a community meeting Thursday. John Palminteri reports.


State Controller Talks About California’s Budget Crisis During Santa Barbara, Ventura County Trip

Fri, July 22, 2011

California’s budget crisis has faded from the headlines, but the state’s top financial offiical says the situation is still years from being fully resolved.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talked with State Controller John Chiang, as he stopped at a Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce event as part of a local visit to Santa Barbara, and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Animal Rescue Group Wins $25,000 Prize

Thu, July 21, 2011

A Ventura County based animal rescue group which specializes in helping abandoned greyhounds has received a $25,000 grant of pet food, and supplies from a pet store company. The Homestretch Greyhound Rescue And Adoption is getting the gift from Chicago-based Kriser’s.  The local group won the supplies as a result of a contest called “Christmas Read the Rest…


Ventura Reporting Rash Of Auto Burglaries

Thu, July 21, 2011

Ventura Police say the city has had a nearly 200% increase in auto break-ins, and thefts during the last week, with 35 separate incidents.  Police think there may be an organized operation hitting neighborhoods. Investigators say in about half the cases, the thieves stole things like laptops and cell phones from unlocked vehicles, and in Read the Rest…


Local Leaders Advocate For Redevelopment Funds

Thu, July 21, 2011

Many local leaders are banding together to oppose State efforts to dismantle redevelopment agencies. John Palminteri reports.


Traffic Deaths Decline in California

Thu, July 21, 2011

For the fifth straight year, fewer people died in traffic accidents California. A 12 percent drop in 2010 puts the number of deaths at the lowest level since 1944. Don’t ask the California Office of Traffic Safety to name the exact cause of the drop in traffic deaths. O-T-S Spokesman Chris Cochran can reel off Read the Rest…


Fire Protection Fee May Face Referendum

Thu, July 21, 2011

A Republican state Senator wants to ask voters to overturn a new fire protection fee in California. Republican Ted Gaines has begun the process of putting a fee referendum on the June 2012 ballot. The 150 dollar fee was part of the recent state budget. It applies to rural homeowners who get service from Cal Read the Rest…


Program Helps Reduce Costs, Cut Through Red Tape For Home Solar Systems In Southern Santa Barbara County

Thu, July 21, 2011

A pilot program called “Solarize Santa Barbara” is helping people in southern Santa Barbara County get solar systems with pre-negotiated rates through vendors, as well as expedited permitting.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Santa Barbara on the Community Environmental Council’s “Solarize Santa Barbara” Program. (The program is having its last community informational meeting on Thursday Read the Rest…


36 Million Dollars In Marijuana Plants Seized In Santa Barbara County

Wed, July 20, 2011

There’s been a series of big marijuana busts in Santa Barbara,with an estimated $36 million dollars in marijuana seized. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is reporting a pair of big marijuana garden raids this week in the Los Padres National Forest. More than 9600 plants were seized in the San Antonio Creek area, and Read the Rest…


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