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Archives for July 2011

Oxnard Pushes Back Vote On New General Plan Until September

Wed, July 20, 2011

The City of Oxnard postponed action on a new general plan, which would serve as a blueprint for growth in the city for the next two decades. The City Council had been expected to make a final decision on what’s known as the 2030 General Plan Tuesday night. The vote was put off because of Read the Rest…


Four People Arrested For Vandalism Spree Involving 16 Vehicles In Carpinteria

Wed, July 20, 2011

Two adults, and two teens have been arrested for a vandalism spree in Carpinteria which left 16 vehicles damaged. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say vandals targeted vehicles parked in a lot near the Venoco Pier in Carpinteria late Monday night.  Rocks, full beer cans, and a chain were used to break windshields, smash hoods, Read the Rest…


Local University To Open Center To Boost Computer Skills Of Middle School, High School, and College Science Students

Wed, July 20, 2011

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks announced that it’s received a $250,000 grant to open a new center to boost the computer skills of teens, and young adults studying science. The Hugh and Hazel Darling Center For Applied Scientific Computing will help CLU students majoring in bioengineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, math, and physics.  The Read the Rest…


New National Seabee Museum Set To Open In Ventura County

Wed, July 20, 2011

After years of planning, and fundraising, a new National Seabee Museum is set to open at Naval Base Ventura County-Port Hueneme on July 22nd.   KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Port Hueneme. Click on link to listen to/download story:  National Seabee Museum


Fire Damages Half Dozen Boats At Ventura Boatyard

Wed, July 20, 2011

Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a Tuesday night fire which damaged a half dozen boats at a Ventura boatyard. The blaze was discovered at around 8 p.m. at Pacific Marine Repair & Boatyard, on the 2800 block of Palma Drive.  Flames were visible throughout the area. Firefighters had to use bolt cutters Read the Rest…


Suspected Gang Members Apprehended Following Crash

Wed, July 20, 2011

Four suspects are behind bars after crashing a stolen car on a mountain road in Santa Barbara Tuesday. John Palminteri reports.


Referendum Likely on “Amazon Tax”

Wed, July 20, 2011

There’s a battle brewing between online and brick-and-mortar retailers over a piece of the new state budget that requires companies like Amazon to collect sales tax on purchases within California.  Amazon is gathering signatures for a ballot measure that would overturn the law. This is all about “nexus,” a business’s physical presence in a state. Read the Rest…


Default Notices Decline in California

Wed, July 20, 2011

A new survey says fewer California homeowners are receiving notices of default compared to last year.  A notice of default is the first step in the foreclosure process. Andrew Lepage is an analyst with Data Quick. He says in the second quarter of this year, more than 56 thousand home owners received notices. That was Read the Rest…


Presidential Leadership Program Seeks To Develop Corporate, Community Leadership In Ventura County

Tue, July 19, 2011

A leadership program originally developed by an insurance group for its employees is now jointly being offered to the community by the group, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Simi Valley: Click on link to listen to/download story:  Presidential Leadership Program


Santa Barbara High School Student One Of 22 Honored Nationwide With New Reagan Foundation/GE Scholarships

Tue, July 19, 2011

A high school student from Santa Barbara County is one of 22 being honored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and GE with their new GE Reagan Foundation Scholarships. Nikoll Rodriguez of Santa Barbara was one of those selected from more than 5000 applications nationwide for one of the scholarships, which is up to $10,000 Read the Rest…


New Health Plan Serving 100,000 Ventura County Residents Celebrates Startup

Tue, July 19, 2011

The new public health care system providing services for more than 100,000 Ventura County residents who get Medi-Cal today officially celebrated its startup.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Oxnard. Click on link to listen to/download story:   Gold Coast Health Plan Celebrates Startup


Marijuana Plant Plots Found in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Tue, July 19, 2011

The National Park Service says someone has been doing a lot more than hiking in a section of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, where more than 3500 marijuana plants, with a value of about $10.5 million dollars were seized. The plants were found in the Zuma/Trancas Canyon areas, along with a sophisticated growing Read the Rest…


Ventura County Agricultural Industry Shows Big Increase In Crop Value

Tue, July 19, 2011

The just released 2010 Ventura County Crop Report shows it was a banner year for the county’s agricultural industry, with a 14.5% increase in value from 2009, to 2010.  The report says the total value of crops hit $1.859 billion dollars in 2010. Strawberries remained the county’s top crop, with a value of $542 million Read the Rest…


Aerial Survey Of Santa Barbara Channel Underway As Researchers Investigate Whale Strikes By Cargo Ships

Tue, July 19, 2011

Researchers are tracking the movements of blue whales in the Santa Barbara Channel. to try to come up with strategies to keep them from being hit by passing cargo ships.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco takes us along on an aerial survey flight over the Channel with the NOAA research team. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Redevelopment Backers Sue State

Tue, July 19, 2011

The bitter battle over the future of California’s redevelopment agencies is now moving to court. A lawsuit filed Monday seeks to overturn the part of the new state budget that abolishes redevelopment. The budget gives redevelopment agencies a stiff one-two punch. It eliminates them … then sets up an alternate program for agencies that agree Read the Rest…


UC & CSU Executive Pay Questioned

Tue, July 19, 2011

There’s a new push by several state lawmakers to restrict the ability of California’s higher education systems to increase executive pay. Last week the California State University Trustees locked in a salary for a new campus President that’s 100-thousand dollars higher than his predecessor’s was. Then they raised tuition by 12 percent. The move has Read the Rest…


Special Report: Double Fault At Diablo Canyon

Tue, July 19, 2011

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is asking the federal government to extend the utility’s license to operate the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant until 2045. But the process is being complicated by new questions about the seismic safety at Diablo Canyon after Japan’s experience with the Fukushima earthquake. In collaboration with the Center For Investigative Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Officer Killed In Plane Crash

Mon, July 18, 2011

A Simi Valley Police Officer was one of two people identified as the victims of an Arizona plane crash.  Officer Nicole Anderson, along with Anaheim Police officer Brian Hayes died in the Sunday morning crash in Winslow, Arizona.  Winslow Police say Hayes was the pilot, and Anderson a passenger in a single engine plane which Read the Rest…


Police Detective Testifies About White Supremacy In McInerney Trial

Mon, July 18, 2011

A Simi Valley Police detective took the stand as a prosecution witness to talk about white supremacy in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate. Detective Dan Swanson told jurors in the Brandon McInerney trial about the history of the white supremancy movement, warning them first that much Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigate Fatal Train Accident In Ventura

Mon, July 18, 2011

Ventura Police are looking into the death of a 50-year-old man, who was struck and killed by a northbound Amtrak passenger train near the Ventura County Fairgrounds. It happened around 12:30 p.m. Monday, between the fairgrounds station and California Street. Police say the engineer told them the man appeared to be lying on the tracks, Read the Rest…


Delta Canal Research Tied-Up in Court

Mon, July 18, 2011

The research phase of a proposal to divert water from the Sacramento River through the Delta might cost a little more and take a little longer than the Department of Water Resources had planned. DWR has been granted access to 150 Delta-area properties to conduct the research. The property owners want to be compensated for Read the Rest…


Casey Anthony Case Inspires California Legislation

Mon, July 18, 2011

The murder acquittal of Caylee Anthony’s mom Casey has led to not just one new bill in the California legislature – but two. They share the same basic goal: to get parents to report missing or dead children immediately. Two Assembly members are touting bills called “Caylee’s Law” after the two-year-old Florida girl whose disappearance Read the Rest…


Whooping Cough Awareness Campaign Underway

Mon, July 18, 2011

The California Department of Public Health is launching a public awareness campaign Monday about the new state law requiring children to get whooping cough booster shots. State officials say they don’t want the health system to get slammed giving the pertussis booster vaccine right before school starts. Dr. Ron Chapman is Director of the Department. Read the Rest…


Local Librarian Also Expert On Lunar Flags

Mon, July 18, 2011

What started as a hobby has become much more for a U.C. Santa Barbara librarian, who’s also an expert on U.S. flags on the moon.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Lunar Flags Link to lunar photos: http://www.google.com/search?q=photos+flag+on+moon&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=829&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=vF4kTv7FJY3SsAPGxpBF&ved=0CCwQsAQ


Ventura Man Arrested On Charge Of Impersonating A Police Officer

Sun, July 17, 2011

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Ventura man they say impersonated a police officer, not only stopping a vehicle, but taking some credit cards during a supposed search. Investigators say it happened June 25th, in Thousand Oaks.  The victim told detectives that he was stopped by a pickup which had a light bar like Read the Rest…


Federal Agency Rejects Extradition Request for Santa Barbara Couple

Sat, July 16, 2011

The Justice Department rejected a request from the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office to extradite Randi and Evi Quaid from canada, to the United States.  The Quaids are wanted in Santa Barbara on vandalism charges in connection with allegations they moved into a Montecito home they no longer owned.  Last year, the couple went Read the Rest…


Brushfire In Eastern Ventura County Now Out

Fri, July 15, 2011

A brushfire east of Moorpark is now out, after causing a big scare Friday afternoon.  The blaze was first reported around noon July 15th, near the 118 Freeway, and Collins Drive.  The fire burned in the foothills on the north side of the freeway, in an undeveloped area.  It caused heavy congestion on the westbound 118 from Simi Read the Rest…


Shooting Of Santa Paula Man By Police Officer Deemed Justified By Investigation

Fri, July 15, 2011

An investigation by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office has concluded that the shooting of a Santa Paula man police say was armed with sewing shears was justified. Last October 6th, two Santa Paula Police officers were called to a home on the 400 block of North 10th Street.  A woman said her late husband’s Read the Rest…


Tribute Set for Saturday For Ojai Community Leader Who Oversaw Reconstruction of Libbey Bowi

Fri, July 15, 2011

Ojai’s newly revamped Libbey Bowl will be the scene of a tribute event on Saturday (7/14) for the man who oversaw its reconstruction, but died as it was set to host its first major festival after reopening.  Architect David Bury died June 9th, from prostate cancer.  Bury lived long enough to to see the finish Read the Rest…


Governor Appeals FEMA Rejection Of Federal Disaster Declaration For California Counties

Fri, July 15, 2011

The Governor is appealing a decision by FEMA to deny the state’s request for a federal disaster declaration for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, as well as 18 other California counties impacted by last March’s big storms. The Governor set a letter to the President this week saying that FEMA used the wrong criteria in Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Train Station Arrest

Fri, July 15, 2011

Santa Barbara police swarmed the train station Thursday to arrest a man wanted for possible child abduction in another state. John Palminteri reports.


LGBT History Instruction Approved

Fri, July 15, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown has signed contentious legislation that requires California schools to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The new law will affect social science textbooks statewide as well as the curriculum at individual schools. Democratic Senator Mark Leno, who is openly gay, wrote the bill. “It’s very exciting Read the Rest…


UC Board Approves Tuition Increase

Fri, July 15, 2011

The C-S-U system did it earlier this week. Now, it’s U-C’s turn to raise student tuition to offset increased state budget cuts. Thursday’s Board of Regents vote raised tuition nearly 10 percent starting this fall. The latest increase has been expected ever since the possibility of tax extensions disappeared along with a potential budget deal. Read the Rest…


More Time Requested for Whooping Cough Immunizations

Fri, July 15, 2011

California lawmakers rushed a bill to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk Thursday that would give schools and parents more time to comply with a new vaccine requirement. It deals with a new state law that took effect at the beginning of this month. That law makes it mandatory for all seventh through twelfth graders to be Read the Rest…


Largest Marijuana Bust In Ventura County History Tops 200 Million Dollars09

Thu, July 14, 2011

It’s being called the largest marijuana bust in Ventura County history.  More than 68,000 marijuana plants have been seized from the north slope of Pine Mountain, north of Ojai.  A half dozen agencies were involved in the raids on a series of marijuana patches which have an estimated street value of 205 million dollars.  No Read the Rest…


Judge Finds Fund To Compenstate Victims Of Deadly Metrolink Accident Inadequate

Thu, July 14, 2011

A Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge assigned to make damage allocations for the September, 2008 crash of a Ventura County bound Metrolink train found that the fund to compensate the families of those who died, as well as those who were injured was $64 million dollars short of what he thinks they should receive. Read the Rest…


New Fight Prompt Extension Of Lockdown At Main Santa Barbara County Jail

Thu, July 14, 2011

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department has extended a lockdown of prisoners at the main county jail, after new violence was reported at the Goleta complex, in what is being called the sixth incident in ten days. On Monday (July 11th), a fight involving 15 inmates resulted in two of them being seriously injured enough Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Appears Close to Finalizing Redistricting Plan

Thu, July 14, 2011

After months of community outreach events, Santa Barbara County appears to be close to finalzing a supervisorial redistricting plan which is intended to reflect the results of the county’s 6.1% growth over the last decade.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Redistricting


Santa Barbara Kayakers Reel In Shark

Thu, July 14, 2011

Two Santa Barbara fishermen are getting national attention after hooking a shark–then getting dunked while hanging on to the shark’s tail. John Palminteri reports.


Parents Advocate For Behavioral Therapy Coverage

Thu, July 14, 2011

Parents of kids with autism are criticizing what they call California’s fractured health regulation system. They say it results in inconsistent coverage of essential treatments for their children. They attended a Senate committee hearing Wednesday at the State Capitol. Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog was with them. He says plans regulated under the Insurance Commissioner Read the Rest…


Brown Low-Key Following Budget Battle

Thu, July 14, 2011

He was all over the papers and airwaves earlier this year, but California Governor Jerry Brown has largely stayed out of the public eye the last two weeks. Perhaps it was his movie star background, but former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was always front and center. And during his first stint at the Capitol in the Read the Rest…


Adult Smoking Declines In California

Thu, July 14, 2011

Adult smoking rates in California have hit a new low. The state’s Department of Public Health says last year 11-point-nine percent of California’s adults smoked. That’s down from 13-point-one percent the year before. The figure makes California one of only two states to reach a federal goal of reducing the rate to 12 percent or Read the Rest…


Treasurer: Mid-Year Cuts A Possibility

Thu, July 14, 2011

California’s Treasurer says he thinks mid-year budget cuts are a possibility. Bill Lockyer says he’s more skeptical than some about the extra four billion dollars in revenue state lawmakers are counting on to balance the budget. If that money doesn’t materialize, lawmakers have built in so-called “trigger cuts:” “I won’t be surprised if the trigger Read the Rest…


Additional Tuition Hike Planned for U.C. System

Thu, July 14, 2011

University of California students are bracing for a second tuition increase this fall. Thursday’s nearly 10 percent hike would offset additional cuts in state funding to the U-C system. The vote comes in the same week California State University trustees approved a 12 percent tuition bump. The University of California’s Board of Regents is expected Read the Rest…


Truck Driver in Deadly Crash Pleads No Contest

Wed, July 13, 2011

A truck driver who lost control of his rig and slammed into a home, killing a Santa Barbara family of three last August, pleaded no contest to three counts of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. John Palminteri reports.


Online Poker Legalization Debated

Wed, July 13, 2011

State lawmakers are debating the controversial question of legalizing online poker in California. Two competing bills were discussed at a legislative hearing Tuesday. Both would legalize and regulate online gaming and give California a cut of the profits. However, the two vary on the details. Democratic Senator Lou Correa wrote one of the measures. He Read the Rest…


C.S.U. System Hikes Tuition, Again

Wed, July 13, 2011

California State University tuition is going up yet again. The Board of Trustees approved the increase Tuesday just minutes before signing off on a compensation package that drew a rebuke from Governor Jerry Brown. Student trustee Steven Dixon blamed state lawmakers for not giving voters a chance to raise revenues and avoid the latest tuition Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Closes In On Supervisorial Redistricting Plan

Wed, July 13, 2011

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have given conceptual approval to a supervisorial redistricting plan which would make mostly minor changes in districts to reflect the population changes shown in the 2010 census.  It would expand District One by about 5,000 people, and reduce District Five by about 15,000 to reflect growth.  Lompoc would be split, and Read the Rest…


Ventura Voters May Get Chance To Settle Parking Meter Controversy, If Initiative Passes Legal Muster

Wed, July 13, 2011

The controversy over whether there should be parking meters in Downtown Ventura could now end up on the ballot…in court…or possibly, in both places.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Parking Meter Controversy


Former Tennis Coach Violates Probation

Tue, July 12, 2011

A former Santa Barbara High tennis coach, convicted of having sex with a minor, has been sentenced to prison for violating probation. John Palminteri reports.


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