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Archives for August 2011

Biologists Say Sea Lions Responsible For Rash Of Pelican Deaths On Central Coast

Wed, August 31, 2011

The State Department of Fish And Game says it’s determined that sea lions are behind a rash of dead, and injured pelicans found along the San Luis Obispo County coastline. A number of California Brown pelicans have been found with puncture wound injuries, including some fatal ones.  Biologists say a glut of bait fish in Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Henry Thoreau Project Gets Financial Boost

Wed, August 31, 2011

A Santa Barbara County based national project to produce a comprehensive set of works of famed American social philosopher Henry Thoreau has received a big financial boost. The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $245,000 grant to the U.C. Santa Barbara based Thoreau Edition. The project has been based at several U.S. universities Read the Rest…


Media Center In Ventura County Dedicated To Late Firefighter

Wed, August 31, 2011

Joe Luna was a familiar name to most Ventura County resident, because for many years,  he was the voice of the Ventura County Fire Department, as its public information officer.  He appeared many times on KCLU, talking about everything from breaking fire news, to public safety issues.  Luna died from cancer in 2007, less than Read the Rest…


Local Congresswoman, Sheriffs Express Concern About Federal Funding Cuts On Public Safety

Wed, August 31, 2011

Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps, along with the Sheriffs of Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties are concerned about federal funding cuts which could affect their ability to deal with people in the country illegally who commit crimes.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Funding For Undocumented Criminals


Is It A Treasure…Or Junk? Art Appraisers Take Part In Public Event At Museum Of Ventura County

Wed, August 31, 2011

Is that old drawing you inherited from Grandma, and Grandpa a priceless artwork?  Or, is it a pretty, but worthless piece?  KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand for Ventura County’s own version of the television show “Antiques Roadshow”, sponsored by a local museum. Click on link to listen to/download story: Appraisal Day


Popular State Beach In Ventura County Threatened With Closure Gets At Least A Temporary Reprieve

Wed, August 31, 2011

Efforts to raise money to save a popular state beach in Ventura County from closure have gained enough traction that a planned September 6th shutdown has been postponed.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: McGrath Update


Body Discovered At Santa Barbara County Beach Identified

Tue, August 30, 2011

A body found in the surf near U.C. Santa Barbara has been positively identified. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroners Bureau says the body is that of 22-year-old Mark Andrew Romasanta. The Santa Barbara man was reported missing by his family Sunday night (8/28).  He was last seen alive in Isla Vista at around 2:30 Read the Rest…


Community Project By Hundreds Of College Students In Ventura County Cleans Up Tons Of Trash

Tue, August 30, 2011

A community cleanup project by freshman students at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks has cleaned up tons of garbage from a scenic riverbed area, as well as painted over graffiti on bridges.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Ventura. Click on link to listen to/download story: CLU Cleanup


Man Arrested In Attack On Ventura Policeman

Tue, August 30, 2011

A 37-year-old Ventura man is behind bars after police say he punched an officer in the face, and then smashed his bicycle into a patrol car. It happened around two a.m. Thursday (8/30).  Officers responding to calls of suspicious activity on the 500 block of Rancho Street in Ventura saw Jose Pasqual Hernandez leaving the Read the Rest…


Jury Deliberations Resume In Trial Of Ventura County Teen Accused Of Killing Classmate

Tue, August 30, 2011

Today (8/30) could be the first full day of jury deliberations in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of killing a classmate, in what prosecutors call a hate crime.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update in the Brandon McInerney trial. Click on link to listen to/download story: McInerney Trial Update


Some Charities Accidentally Breaking Law With Raffles

Tue, August 30, 2011

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office says some charities are breaking the laws by not meeting legal requirements for raffles, which include registering with the State Attorney General’s Office, and setting it up so 90% of the proceeds go to the charity.   So-called 50-50 raffles, where the money is split between the charity and the Read the Rest…


Jury Dismissed For Day In Trial Of Ventura County Teenager Accused Of Killing Classmate In Hate Crime

Mon, August 29, 2011

There’s no verdict yet in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of killing a classmate in what prosecutors call a hate crime. Jurors deliberated for about two hours today in the trial of Brandon McInerney, who accused of first degree murder, with a hate crime allegation for the Feburary, 2008 slaying of Larry Read the Rest…


New Commuter Bus Service Offered Between Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Mon, August 29, 2011

A new commuter bus services starting Monday (8/29) is trying to provide workers who live in Ventura County, and work in Santa Barbara County with a low cost, practical way of getting to work.  KCLU’s Dave Meyer reports the service is being offered for free for the first three days, to try to get people Read the Rest…


Deliberations Resume In Trial Of Ventura County Teenager Accused Of Killing Classmate In Hate Crime

Mon, August 29, 2011

Jury deliberations resumed today (Monday 8/29) in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of killing a classmate in what prosecutors call a hate crime.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the jury got the case on Friday (8/26), so this is the first full day of deliberations. Click on link to listen to/download story: McInerney Read the Rest…


Stranded Hikers Rescued In Santa Barbara County

Mon, August 29, 2011

Two stranded hikers had to be rescued from Santa Barbara County’s backcountry.  KCLU’s John Palminteri reports from Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Rescue


NFL’s New Orleans Saints Wrap Up Week Long Training Camp In Ventura County

Mon, August 29, 2011

Pro football fans got a huge treat for the last week in Ventura County, as the New Orleans Saints unexpectedly held a week-long training camp in Oxnard.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the camp, in Oxnard. Click on link to listen to/download story: New Orleans Saints Camp In Oxnard (The Saints capped their California visit Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Non-Profit Helped Health Care Agencies In South Prepare For Hurricane Irene

Sun, August 28, 2011

A Santa Barbara County based relief agency helped prepare some health care agencies in the southern U.S. prepare for Hurricane Irene.  Direct Relief International says its 17 hurricane preparation packs to the region.  The packages contained enought medicine, and emergency medical supplies to help 100 people for three to five days.  The kits went to Read the Rest…


10 People In Custody After Boat From Mexico Discovered On Beach Near Ventura-Los Angeles County Line

Sat, August 27, 2011

Authorities have ten people in custody after a 25-foot long boat was discovered on the beach at Leo Carillo State Park, near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line, which was presumably used to smuggle people from Mexico into the United States. The boat was discovered Friday morning (8/26).  About four hours later, park rangers arrested ten Read the Rest…


Jury Deliberations Underway In Trial Of Ventura County Teenager Accused Of Killing Classmate In Hate Crime

Fri, August 26, 2011

Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate, in what prosecutors are calling a hate crime. Two days of closing arguments by the prosecution, and defense wrapped up just before noon Friday (8/26) in the trial of Brandon McInerney.  Deliberations began after lunch, and Read the Rest…


Ventura Issues Community Crime Alert Following Rash Of Vehicle Break-ins, Burglaries

Fri, August 26, 2011

Ventura Police say they’re seeking the public’s help, following a rash of vehicle burglaries, and thefts in the city. Investigators say the number of the crimes is up by more than 50-percent in the last week, with items ranging from laptops to cell phones being stolen.  There were 37 incidents alone during the week of Read the Rest…


School District In Ventura County Gets New Superintendent

Fri, August 26, 2011

The Oxnard school district finalized a contract with a new superintendent. Jeff Chancer will become the district’s first permanent superintendent in a year and a half, officially starting work next week.  Chancer is a familiar face in Ventura County’s educational community.  He had been an assistant superintendent in the Ventura School District. In February of Read the Rest…


Celebrity Wedding Prompting Investigation in Santa Barbara County

Fri, August 26, 2011

A celebrity wedding which brought stars, but also traffic, street closures, and television news helicopters to Montecito is now triggering an investigation. Santa Barbara County planning officials say they will look at possible violations as a result of Kim Kardashian’s wedding to basketball star Chris Humphries last Saturday (8/20) at a Montecito estate.  Officials say Read the Rest…


Prosecution, Defense Take Aim At Each Other In Closing Arguments For Trial Of Ventura County Teen Accused Of Killing Classmate In Hate Crime

Fri, August 26, 2011

The case of a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate in what prosecutors call a hate crime could go to the jury today (8/26).  Closing arguments drew some sharp blasts from both the prosecution, and defense in the trial of Brandon McInerney.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the Los Angeles County Read the Rest…


Some Santa Barbara County Residents Concerned About Growth Plan By Indian Tribe

Fri, August 26, 2011

Plas for new development by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians have some Santa Ynez Valley residents concerned, because they fear a proposed new housing development may also include a new casino.  KCLU’s John Palminteri reports a community meeting is being held to discuss the proposal tonight (8/26). Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Closing Arguments Nearing End in Trial Of Ventura County Teen Accused Of Shooting To Death Classmate

Thu, August 25, 2011

The prosecution contends that a first degree murder conviction is justified in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of fatally shooting a classmate, while a defense attorney says manslaughter is the reasonable verdict. Closing arguments are underway in the trial of Brandon McInerney, who’s accused of the February, 2008 killing of Larry King, at E.O. Green Junior Read the Rest…


Candidate Lineup Announced For GOP Presidential Debate Set For Simi Valley

Thu, August 25, 2011

The lineup has been set for a Republican Party presidential debate set to take place in Ventura County next month. Eight candidates have agreed to take part in the September 7th event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley. The lineup includes Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Read the Rest…


Closing Arguments Underway In Trial Of Ventura County Teen Accused of Killing Classmate In Hate Crime

Thu, August 25, 2011

The prosecution has finished its closing arguments, and the defense is now up in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate, in what’s been called a hate crime.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the Los Angeles County Courthouse, in Chatsworth: Click on link to listen to/download story: McInerney Read the Rest…


Gang Task Force Director In Santa Barbara County Abruptly Resigns

Thu, August 25, 2011

An effort to try to tackle what is seen as a growing gang problem in Southern Santa Barbara County has been hit by an unexpected setback, with the resignation of the campaign’s director.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Gang Task Force Head Resigns


Campaign Underway To Help Thoses In Need In Santa Barbara County With Personal Care Kits

Thu, August 25, 2011

An army of volunteers is helping to create personal care packages for thousands of people in need in Santa Barbara County.  KCLU’s Dave Meyer reports the 3,000 kits include basic toiletries, and hygene items. Click on link to listen to/download story: DRI Care Kits


Scientists, Engineers From Around World In Santa Barbara County To Exchange Latest Data On Earthquakes

Thu, August 25, 2011

Many of the world’s leading experts on earthquakes are in Santa Barbara County, for an international conference allowing researchers to talk about groundbreaking new data gleaned from major quakes in Japan, and New Zealand.  They are focusing on soil and surface geology, and how it reacts to ground motion.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with some Read the Rest…


Closing Arguments At Hand In Trial Of Ventura County Teen Accused Of Killing Classmate In Hate Crime

Wed, August 24, 2011

Jurors in the trial of a Ventura county teenager accused of killing a classmate in what prosecutors are calling a hate crime received jury instructions this afternoon, and are now expected to hear closing arguments in the case tomorrow morning. Brandon McInerney has been on trial since early July for the February, 2008 slaying of Read the Rest…


101 Freeway Facing Complete Shutdown In Ventura County Some Overnights Next Week For Construction

Wed, August 24, 2011

Los Angeles had “Carmageddon”…all the hype about the closure of a section of the 405 Freeway for a weekend, due to freeway upgrades.  It didn’t amount to much, as people made alternate travel plans. Now, Ventura County is going to have its own major freeway shutdown for repairs, and construction crews are hoping it goes Read the Rest…


Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Stumbles, Almost Falls During Appearance In Simi Valley

Wed, August 24, 2011

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan had a close call Tuesday night  (8/23) at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, when she stumbled, and almost fell during an appearance at a public lecture. The 90 year old former First Lady was walking into an auditorium on the arm of Florida Senator Mario Rubio, when Read the Rest…


UCSB Marine Biologist Turns His Love Of Fish Into Coffee Table Book

Wed, August 24, 2011

A U.C. Santa Barbara marine biologist is hoping some of his most interesting fish tales will be a hit as a book.  It’s a more than 650 page encyclopedia which looks at not just the types of fish off our coast, but fish history, folklore, and even fishing poetry.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Read the Rest…


Undercover Operation Leads To Breakup Of Heroin Sales in Eastern Ventura County

Wed, August 24, 2011

An undercover operation has led to nine arrests related to heroin sales in eastern Ventura County. KCLU’s Dave Meyer has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Heroin Arrests


Final Arguments Set To Take Place in Trial Of Ventura County Teen Accused Of Killing Classmate

Tue, August 23, 2011

Final arguments could take place Wednesday afternoon (8/24) in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate, in what prosecutors call a hate crime. The defense team for Brandon McInerney wrapped up Monday (8/22), and prosecutors finished their rebuttal Tuesday (8/23) in the trial of the 17 year old who’s accused of the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based University Expands Los Angeles County Campus

Tue, August 23, 2011

A Ventura County based university is preparing to open an expanded new campus in the San Fernando Valley. California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is putting the finishing touches on a more than 13-thousand square foot facility in Woodland Hills. Some 150 students are set to attend classes at the DeSoto Avenue facility, which will Read the Rest…


Historic Citrus Labels Now Focus Of Art Exhibition In Ventura County

Tue, August 23, 2011

They were once labels on wooden crates of citrus from California, with names like “California Dream.” While the use of the labels ended more than a half century ago, some of the distinctive branding efforts are now being recognized for the artistic merits.  It’s the focus of an art show in Santa Paula, at the Read the Rest…


Major Supermarket Expansion Finally Approved In Carpinteria

Tue, August 23, 2011

A once controversial proposal to turn an existing supermarket in Carpinteria into a superstore has received final approval.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Albertson’s Expansion Approved


Effort To Take Parking Meter Controversy In Ventura To Voters Rejected By Judge

Tue, August 23, 2011

A Ventura County Superior Court Judge ruled that a group trying to use the ballot box to get controversial parking meters removed from downtown Ventura used the wrong process, and that the issue shouldn’t go on the ballot.  KCLU’s Dave Meyer has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Parking Meters Dispute


New Top Air Pollution Control Offical Named In Santa Barbara County

Mon, August 22, 2011

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District has named an environmental  consultant as its new District Director. Louis David Van Mullem, Junior will serve as Director, and Air Pollution Control Officer.  Van Mullem had worked for AECOM, an international environmental consulting firm based in Santa Maria.  He had also served as a member of Read the Rest…


Trial Of Ventura County Teen Accused Of Killing Classmate Nearing Its End

Mon, August 22, 2011

The trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate in what prosecutors are calling a hate crime is nearing its end, with the defense team for Brandon McInerney resting its case today (8/22). McInerney is accused of the February, 2008 killing of Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School, Read the Rest…


Efforts To Save State Beach In Ventura County From Closure Facing Deadline

Mon, August 22, 2011

The clock is ticking for boosters of a popular state beach in Ventura County, who are racing a September 6th deadline to get commitments for enough money to make critical repairs to its facilities to keep it open to the public.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the latest on efforts to keep McGrath State Beach from Read the Rest…


NFL’s New Orleans Saints In Ventura County For Training Camp

Mon, August 22, 2011

Some of pro football’s biggest names are in Ventura County this week, for a summer training camp.  KCLU’s Dave Meyer reports the World Champion New Orleans Saints are working out in Oxnard this week, as they prepare for the 2011 season. Click on link to listen to/download story: Saints In Ventura County


Drugstore Chain Settles Lawsuit Over Overcharging, Misleading Advertising Allegations

Sun, August 21, 2011

CVS Pharmacy will pay more than two million dollars to settle a lawsuit over allegations it overcharged customers, and was involved in misleading advertising. In a settlment with prosecutors in Ventura, Riverside, and Los Angeles Counties, the drugstore agreed to settle the charges without admitting wrongdoing.  A lawsuit alleged the company had been charging customers Read the Rest…


Ventura Fire Department Receives Grant Which May Allow Reopening Of Closed Fire Station

Sun, August 21, 2011

The Ventura Fire Department has received a $2.3 million dollar federal grant which may allow it to open a fire station closed due to budget cuts. The Staffing For Adequate Emergency Fire And Emergency Response grant is from FEMA.  Fire Department officials if the Ventura City Council gives its approval the money would allow it Read the Rest…


High Fire Danger Prompts Tougher Fire Restrictions In Los Padres National Forest

Sat, August 20, 2011

The Los Padres National Forest has imposed tougher restrictions on forest visitors effective immediately, to try to reduce the danger of an accidental brushfire, or forest fire. No open fires, campfires, or charcoal fires are allowed outside of developed, and designated campgrounds, even for people with California campfire permits.  Smoking is banned except for in Read the Rest…


Drive Raises School Supplies For More Than 600 Families In Ventura County

Sat, August 20, 2011

A campaign to raise school supplies for children in need in Ventura County gathered enough items to help more than 600 families with backpacks full of items. The United Way of Ventura County spearheaded a month long campaign called “Stuff The Bus”. More than two dozen businesses, and libraries provided drop-off location for donated items, Read the Rest…


Dead Dolphins, Sea Lions Found On Ventura County Beach

Sat, August 20, 2011

Marine biology experts say that a natural toxin is responsible for the deaths of more than a half dozen dolphins, and sea lions which washed up on Oxnard beaches. A naturally occuring toxin called domoic acid enters the food chain through plankton, which end up in small fish.  If dolphins or sea lions eat enough of Read the Rest…


Judge Rejects Call For Mistrial By Legal Team For Ventura County Teenager Accused Of Killing Classmate

Fri, August 19, 2011

Lawyers representing a Ventura County teenager accused of killing a classmate sought a mistrial Friday, after learning that the police officer who arrested the teen is on paid administrative leave, and unavailable to testify. Brandon McInerney’s defense team said that prosecutors should have known the officer was unavailable to testify, and told the court, because Read the Rest…


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