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Archives for August 2011

Unemployment Rate Up in Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, August 19, 2011

There’s some discouraging unemployment news for Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, as well as for the state, with increases in the percentages of people out of work. In Ventura County, the jobless rate went from 10.3% in June, to 10.7% in July.  In Santa Barbara County, unemployment rose from 8.9% in June, to 9.1% July. State Read the Rest…


World War Two Fighter Pilots Group In Ventura County For What Could Be Their Final Convention

Fri, August 19, 2011

They were young U.S. pilots who crossed the skies above Nazi controlled Europe, taking on enemy planes in the sky, and tanks, and troops on the ground.  While most of the members of the 474th Fighter Group survived the war, most of them have died from old age, with the few survivors in their 90′s.  Read the Rest…


Two Men Arrested For String Of Tri-Counties Burglaries

Fri, August 19, 2011

Two men have been arrested for a string of burglaries stretching from Ventura County, to San Luis Obispo County.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story:  Drug Store Burglaries


Hundreds Of Ventura County Jobs Being Affected By Tool Company Moves

Fri, August 19, 2011

A tool company’s plans to close four distribution facilities in Oxnard, and shift operations to one giant facility in the Moreno Valley is going to impact more than 300 jobs. Harbor Freight Tools is going to consolidate its operations at a nearly 800,000 square foot facility.  Company officials say employees who are willing to move will be Read the Rest…


Oxnard Loses Legal Fight To Try To Block Construction Of New Power Plant In City

Fri, August 19, 2011

An appeals court ruled against the City of Oxnard in its efforts to block construction of a new power plant in the city.  KCLU’s Dave Meyer has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story:  Oxnard Power Plant Court Fight


More Than 110 Aircraft, 40,000 People Expected For “Wings Over Camarillo” Airshow

Thu, August 18, 2011

Organizaers say they expect to have an aerial armada of aircraft on hand for this weekend’s (8/20 & 8/21) “Wings Over Camarillo” Airshow at Camarillo Airport.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports as many as 40,000 people are expected for this year’s airshow. Click on link to listen to/download story:  “Wings Over Camarillo” Airshow


Jennifer Lopez, Jay-Z, Other Pop Stars Reported To Be On Guest List For Celebrity Wedding In Montecito

Thu, August 18, 2011

Paparazzi from around the world are descending on Santa Barbara County, for this weekend’s wedding of a reality television celebrity, and an NBA basketball star.  KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports from Montecito, where residents are bracing for an expected invasion of limos and television news helicopters on Saturday (8/20). Click on link to listen to/download story: Read the Rest…


Missing Santa Barbara County Man Is Safe

Thu, August 18, 2011

A 64 year old Carpinteria man who disappeared August 4th has been found in Los Angeles, and is reported to be okay. Doug Fischer disappeared from the Carpinteria area two weeks ago.  Authorities were concerned, because they say while he suffers from mild dementia, he was reliable, and would never go without his prescribed medication. Read the Rest…


Proposed Federal Funding Cuts Could Disrupt 101 Freeway Expansion Plans In Santa Barbara County

Thu, August 18, 2011

A proposal for major federal funding cuts in transportation projects could threaten a project to widen one of the most congested sections of freeway in Santa Barbara County, as well as other local transportation projects.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that a local congresswoman, and some community leaders are trying to rally opposition to the budget Read the Rest…


City Of Ventura Reaches Settlement Over Wastewater Dispute

Thu, August 18, 2011

The City Of Ventura, and two environmental groups have reached a settlement over concerns about treated wastewater flowing into the Santa Clara River, and the ocean.  KCLU’s Dave Meyer has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura Wastewater Settlement


New Santa Barbara Airport Terminal Opens For Service

Thu, August 18, 2011

Santa Barbara’s long awaited new airport terminal is now open.  KCLU’s John Palminteri was on hand as the very first passengers walked into the new complex. Click on link to listen to/download story:   Santa Barbara Airport Terminal Opens


Deer, Elk To Be Eliminated From Santa Rosa Island

Thu, August 18, 2011

The National Park Service has announced plans for the final removal of deer, and elk from Santa Rosa Island, as part of continuing efforts to remove non-native animals from the Channel Islands. The former island owners will manage the last deer, and elk hunt on the island from August 28th to October 11th.  Over the Read the Rest…


Route Changes, Fare Increases For Transit System In Ventura County Set To Take Place August 21st

Wed, August 17, 2011

A number of service changes, as well as the second phase of a rate increase are set to take place for a transit system in Ventura County this coming weekend. Gold Coast Transit will add a new route from Nyland Acreas to St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Riverpark, and the Esplanade.  New service will also be Read the Rest…


Congressional Medal Of Honor Winner Talks About Service To Country During Ventura County Visit

Wed, August 17, 2011

He was a young soldier, just trying to serve his country in Vietnam.  But, he held off an attack by dozens of North Vietnamese soldiers, saving some wounded Marines facing death.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Congressional Medal Of Honor Winner Richard Pittman, who spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley. Click Read the Rest…


Controversy Over Plans To Revamp Santa Barbara Plaza

Wed, August 17, 2011

There’s controversy over a plan to remodel a historic plaza on the South Coast.  KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the City Of Santa Barbara is looking at a proposed two million dollar plus project to revamp De La Guerra Plaza. Click on link to listen to/download story: Proposed De La Guerra Plaza Revamp


Port Hueneme Man Sentenced To Death For Brutal Sexual Assault, Murder Of Elderly Woman

Wed, August 17, 2011

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to death for the brutal rape, and murder of an elderly Port Hueneme woman.  Ricardo Villa was convicted of first degree murder, and other related charges for the June, 1993 slaying of 87 year old Beatrice Bellis. The Port Hueneme woman was sexually assaulted, and then stabbed more Read the Rest…


Woman From Ventura County Killed By Lightning

Tue, August 16, 2011

Funeral services have been set for this Saturday in Westlake Village  for a woman who grew up in Ventura County, who died when she was hit by lighting while vacationing in Costa Rica. Jennifer King died August 11th, when she and some friends were riding some off road vehicles, and were caught in a severe Read the Rest…


Daughter, Father Arrested In Connection With Fatal Hit And Run Death

Tue, August 16, 2011

A Ventura County woman has been arrested for the April hit and run death of a San Fernando Valley high school student. German Alex Romero was killed April 20th, as he was riding his bike on DeSoto Avenue, in Chatsworth.  The 17-year-old boy was a star soccer player, and popular student at Chatsworth High School. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Part Of National Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Being Dedicated in Washington, D.C.

Tue, August 16, 2011

Some Ventura County community leaders who headed a local campaign to raise money for a national Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Memorial in Washington, D.C. are getting ready to take part in dedication events later this month.  A local drive raised more than $100,000 for the $120 million dollar project.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the Read the Rest…


Autopsy Inconclusive In Death Of Man Who Died In Custody in Santa Barbara County

Tue, August 16, 2011

An autopsy failed to show the cause of death of a Santa Barbara County man who died in custoday, after being arrested following an altercation with Santa Barbara Police.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Inmate Death Investigation


Teenage Girl Attacked On Ventura County Fair Shuttle Bus

Tue, August 16, 2011

Ventura Police say they’ve arrested a 17-year-old gang member who attacked, and seriously injured a teenage girl on a Ventura County Fair shuttle bus.  KCLU’s Dave Meyer has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story: Shuttle Bus Attack


State Redistricting Plan Approved

Tue, August 16, 2011

California’s first-ever Citizens Redistricting Commission has ratified a new set of district maps, but the maps are already being challenged.  KCLU’s Marianne Russ reports from the station’s Sacramento Bureau. Click on link to listen to/download story: Redistricting Decision


Health Officials, Restaurants and Bars Team Up In Ventura To Reward Designated Drivers

Mon, August 15, 2011

Ventura County’s Behavioral Health Department, and some local bars and restaurants are teaming up to try to get more people to use designated drivers.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Designated Drivers Program


Ventura County Man Pleads Guilty To Role In Two Drug Deaths

Mon, August 15, 2011

A Ventura County man has pled guilty to charges he supplied heroin, and cocaine which led to two deaths, as well as two overdoses in the county A Simi Valley man could spend more than two decades in prison after admitting he gave fatal amounts of heroin, and cocaine to two men, in one case Read the Rest…


Conference in Santa Barbara County Tries To Link Clean, Socially Responsible Businesses With Investors

Mon, August 15, 2011

Some people believe business is more than just about making money.  Hundreds of investors, and people with socially or environmentally oriented business models met in Santa Barbara County, to look at ways of turning some of the concepts into reality, or to finding funding to expand them.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on Read the Rest…


Transit System Service In Ventura County Returns To Normal

Sat, August 13, 2011

Gold Coast Transit has resumed normal operations, with enough drivers reporting to work that the system serving Western Ventura County was able to field busses on all scheduled routes on Friday (8/12). The bus system was hit by large numbers of drivers calling in sick from August 8th-11th.  Union members denied it was an organized Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City College Has New Acting Superintendent/President

Fri, August 12, 2011

A new Acting Superintendent/President has been named for Santa Barbara City College, to replace a leader who had been hit by controversy. Dr. Jack Friedlander will serve in the post through June 30th of next year, while a search for a new Superintendent/President is conducted.  Friedlander has been with the college for 25 years. He Read the Rest…


Ventura County Teens Arrested For Bomb Threats Made To Las Vegas Casinos

Fri, August 12, 2011

Two Ventura County teenagers have been arrested on attempted extortion, and bomb threat charges after some Las Vegas hotels, and casinos received bomb threats, and demands for money.  A joint Las Vegas Police-Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigation led detectives to Simi Valley, where they arrested an 18 year old, and a 16 year old, and Read the Rest…


14 Hurt In Traffic Accident Involving Bus, Two Other Vehicles In Ventura

Fri, August 12, 2011

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to a three vehicle traffic accident involving a bus in Ventura, which left 14 people injured. It happened around 10:45 Friday morning, near Loma Vista Road and Brent Streets.  A Gold Coast Transit bus, a van, and an SUV were all involved in the crash.  10 people Read the Rest…


Money Allocated For Highway 101 Expansion Around Ventura-Santa Barbara County Line

Fri, August 12, 2011

The California Transportation Commission has allocated $131 million dollars for the expansion of an often congested section of Highway 101 between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, in the La Conchita area. The project calls for expanding each side of the freeway from two, to three lanes from the Mobil Pier to the Ventura-Santa Barbara County Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Charity Which Helps Feed Those In Need Facing Serious Food Shortage

Fri, August 12, 2011

A Santa Barbara based non-profit agency which feeds thousands of people in need annually is in need itself, with many of its shelves empty.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Unity Shoppe is asking for the public’s help for donations to meet what it says is an unprecedented demand for assistance. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Transit System Hit By Barrage Of Driver Absences Resolves To Solve Labor Dispute

Fri, August 12, 2011

The Gold Coast Transit System’s Board of Directors has told its legal counsel to make contact with union members, to try to settle a labor dispute that’s disrupted service. The transit service serving Western Ventura County has been forced to cancel service on a number of routes all week long, because of a shortage of bus drivers.  Read the Rest…


Navy Seal From Santa Barbara Among 30 American Killed In Afghanistan Special Operations Mission

Thu, August 11, 2011

The Department of Defense says that a Navy Seal from Santa Barbara is among the 30 U.S. service members killed in the crash of a military helicopter which took fire from Taliban insurgents on August 6th. Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Operator Master Chief Petty Officer Louis Langlais died in the Chinook helicopter crash.  The Read the Rest…


Federal Agency Orders Local Newspaper To Rehire Reporters Fired In Labor Dispute

Thu, August 11, 2011

There’s a major new development in a long running labor controversy involving a local newspaper. The National Labor Relations Board has ordered the Santa Barbara News Press to rehire eight reporters it fired. The NLRB rejected arguments by the newspaper that it fired the reporters because they were trying to gain editorial control of the Read the Rest…


Experts Try To Determine Why Experimental High Speed Aircraft Launched From Santa Barbara County Went Out Of Control

Thu, August 11, 2011

The second launch of an experimental aircraft from Vandenberg Air Force base designed to fly at 13,000 miles an hour has ended in failure, with the craft crashing into the Pacific Ocean. The Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle two was launched on a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:45 Thursday morning.  Air Force officials Read the Rest…


Play Premiering in Ventura County Looks At Milestones In A Woman’s Life Through Her Bras

Thu, August 11, 2011

A stage comedy which looks at the milestones in a woman’s life through the bras she’s worn in making its Southern California debut in Thousand Oaks.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco gives us a look at the production of “Cups”. Click on link to listen to/download story: “Cups”


Search Underway For Missing Carpinteria Man

Wed, August 10, 2011

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a 64-year-old Carpinteria man who disappeared on August 4th. Doug Fisher was last seen last Thursday sitting on a bus stop bench outside of Tyler’s Donuts, on Carpinteria Avenue in Carpinteria.  Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies say Fisher suffers from mild dementia, but is reliable, and Read the Rest…


Youth Authority Escapees From Ventura County Captured

Wed, August 10, 2011

Two California Youth Authority inmates from Ventura County who escaped while on a work detail in the Studio City area have been recaptured. Pablo Ontaneda and Christopher Ochoa walked away from a brush clearing work detail near the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, and Mullholland Drive around 2:30 last Friday.  They were captured at a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History Receives Major Gift

Wed, August 10, 2011

A local natural history museum has received a huge gift. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is getting a million dollars from Keith Coulter, and the B. Paul Moser Trust.  Most of the money is intended to help with the costs of the museum’s master growth plan, with $100,000 going to its astronomy programs.


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Give Final Approval to Supervisorial Redistricting Plan

Wed, August 10, 2011

Santa Barbara County has given final approval to a supervisorial redistricting plan which avoided a controversial proposal to split Lompoc into two districts, but does shift Guadalupe, and Cuyama into different districts.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has details on the final vote, which was approved on a 3-2 vote. Click on link to listen to/download story: Read the Rest…


State Superintendent Recommends School Reforms

Wed, August 10, 2011

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says the law mandating California’s education funding formula needs a rewrite. “Prop 98 is broken in some respects,” said Torlakson. “It was set out with voter approval to be a floor, not a ceiling, but it’s become a ceiling. So I want to look at ways we might Read the Rest…


State Revenue Below Budget Projections

Wed, August 10, 2011

There’s more bad financial news for California: the state’s July revenues came in 10 percent below projections in the new state budget. The new state budget relies on four billion dollars in extra revenue – and lays out specific areas for “trigger cuts” if that projection falls short. The State Controller’s office says so far, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs Accept Contract Concessions

Wed, August 10, 2011

Wage and benefit concessions by the Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff’s Association are intended to save jobs and bolster public safety. John Palminteri reports.


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Approve Controversial Redistricting Plan

Tue, August 9, 2011

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have given final approval to a supervisorial redistricting plan which keeps Lompoc from being split, as proposed in early drafts, but moves Guadalupe and Cuyama to other districts. The plan calls for shifting Guadalupe from the Fourth, to Third District, which upset many Guadalupe leaders.  They argued Guadalupe has little in Read the Rest…


NFL’s New Orleans Saints Coming To Ventura County For Training Camp

Tue, August 9, 2011

Los Angeles may not have a pro football team, but Ventura County will be getting one for a week this summer.  The New Orleans Saints are planning to come to Oxnard for a week long training camp, as they prepare for an exhibition game in Oakland.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Authorities Looking For Sexual Predator In Goleta Area

Tue, August 9, 2011

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detectives are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman in her Goleta apartment, and may be responsible for a string of other incidents in the same area. Investigators say that just after 3 a.m. Saturday, a man broke into an apartment complex on the 100 block of Sumida Gardens Read the Rest…


Concern High In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Over Stock Market Plunge

Tue, August 9, 2011

As global financial experts continue to try to assess what’s happening with the U.S. markets, the huge drops have also been a big concern here in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at the crisis from the local level. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Stock Market Concerns


Man Dies In Old Spanish Days Accident

Tue, August 9, 2011

A Thousand Oaks man died while taking down equipment used in Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days. John Palminteri reports.


Governor Signs Popular Vote Bill

Tue, August 9, 2011

California could eventually award its presidential Electoral votes to the candidate that wins the national popular vote. That’s one of several election-related bills Governor Jerry Brown signed Monday. Right now, nearly every state awards its Electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins that particular state. California’s 55 Electoral votes nearly always go to a Democrat Read the Rest…


Lockyer: U.S. Downgrade Shouldn’t Affect State Credit

Tue, August 9, 2011

The federal government credit downgrade and Wall Street selloff are raising questions about their impact on California. But , a credit rating change might not be the state’s biggest concern. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer doesn’t think California’s credit rating is in danger. His spokesman, Joe DeAnda, said, “getting a budget deal on-time, a balanced budget, Read the Rest…


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