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Archives for August 2011

U.C. Santa Barbara Receving More Than $2.2 Million Dollars For Nuclear Research

Tue, August 9, 2011

U.C. Santa Barbara is going to get $2.2 million dollars in federal funding for developing cutting edge nuclear energy technologies, as part of more than five million dollars being awarded to U.C. schools statewide. The U.S. Department of Energy grants include a million dollars for UCSB for a research program aimed at developing ways of Read the Rest…


Orange County Man Arrested For Murder Of Uncle Whose Body Was Found In Santa Barbara County

Mon, August 8, 2011

Police in the Orange County community of La Palma have arrested a 23-year-old man they say murdered his uncle, and dumped the body in Santa Barbara County. The body of 58-year-old Douglas Galvin was found on July 31st off of East Camino Cielo Road, in the vicinity of Painted Cave Road, by a passerby.  The Read the Rest…


Transit System In Ventura County Cuts Service Because Of Driver Shortage

Mon, August 8, 2011

A transit system serving parts of Ventura County says it’s had to cut back on service, because of a combination of driver vacations, and a sickout over a labor dispute.  But, KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports workers deny there’s an organized labor action underway. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Gold Coast Service Disruption


Police Looking For Those Behind Drive-By Attack On Teen In Ventura

Mon, August 8, 2011

A teenager is recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered after being attacked in a Ventura drive-by shooting. Police say the 15-year-old boy had just been dropped off on the 6300 block of Nightingale Street by his girlfriend’s mother, and was walking home around 9:45 p.m. Sunday when a vehicle pulled up, and a volley of Read the Rest…


Community Memorial Service Planned For UCSB Black Studies Scholar

Mon, August 8, 2011

UC Santa Barbara will be the scene of a memorial service Tuesday (8/9) for Black Studies scholar, and UCSB Professor Clyde Woods. Woods was Acting Director of the Center for Black Studies Research at UCSB. He was involved in rebuilding efforts for New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and studied race and politics Read the Rest…


Owl Survives Collision With Semi

Mon, August 8, 2011

A rare encounter with a bird brought a large truck to the side of the road in Santa Barbara County, where an unusual rescue was made. John Palminteri reports.


Search Continues For Youth Authority Escapees From Ventura County

Mon, August 8, 2011

Los Angeles law enforcement officers are looking for a pair of California Youth Authority inmates from Ventura County who escaped while on a work detail in the San Fernando Valley. Pablo Ontaneda and Christopher Ochoa disappeared while working to clear brush near Mullholland Drive, and Laura Canyon Boulevard around 2:30 Friday afternoon.  They had been Read the Rest…


New Businesses Boost Employment In Downtown Santa Barbara

Fri, August 5, 2011

Downtown Santa Barbara is feeling some renewed energy, with the opening of a new discount clothing store and a large restaurant. John Palminteri reports.


Boxer Wants Review Of Airline Practices

Fri, August 5, 2011

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer says she will ask for a review of the behavior of the airlines during the FAA funding stoppage. Many airlines continued to charge full fares, even though the shutdown of the FAA meant there was no federal tax on tickets. Shortly after the California Democrat discovered a deal had been made Read the Rest…


State’s Unemployment Insurance Fund In The Red

Fri, August 5, 2011

California’s unemployment fund is billions of dollars in the red. The state relies on a federal loan to keep paying benefits. But soon, it’ll owe hundreds of millions of dollars in interest. Officials are calling for big changes to the system. Loree Levy with the Employment Development Department says the fund has been insolvent for Read the Rest…


Ventura County Fair Features Unusual Foods Like Chocolate Covered Bacon, Deep-Fried Kool Aid

Fri, August 5, 2011

The Ventura County Fair is in full swing, and besides the rides, exhibits, and shows, it features a wild assortment of food.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco gives us a taste of the unusual treats, which include chocolate covered bacon, and mac and cheese cupcakes. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura Fair Exotic Foods


Equipment Malfunction Blaimed For Fire At High School In Ventura County

Fri, August 5, 2011

Problems with a heating unit are being blamed for starting a fire which damaged a high school cafeteria in Ventura. The blaze was discovered just before 8 a.m. Thursday, at Buena High School.  Ventura firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the building, and flames in a room adjacent to the main cafeteria.  Firefighters were Read the Rest…


Road Improvements on Santa Barbara Mesa

Thu, August 4, 2011

In response to resident requests for safety improvements, a paving and striping project has been completed in the Santa Barbara Mesa area. John Palminteri reports.


State Responds to Salmonella Outbreak

Thu, August 4, 2011

Six cases of salmonella infection have been reported in the state of California since March. They’re part of a national outbreak of food borne illness possibly linked to turkey meat. State officials are supporting a federal investigation into the outbreak. Twenty-six states have been affected so far. One Californian has died from the bacteria. Dr. Read the Rest…


PPIC Poll Profiles Uninsured Californians

Thu, August 4, 2011

There’s a new profile of uninsured Californians who may be eligible for Medi-Cal in a few years. It shows they may be healthier than those currently in the program. The study by the Public Policy Institute of California looks at the uninsured poor who are likely to be eligible for Medi-Cal in 2014 under the Read the Rest…


Widespread Computer Hacking Uncovered

Thu, August 4, 2011

A new report by the computer security company McAfee says it has found proof that dozens of high-profile computer networks have been hacked since 2006. Toralv Dirro was one of the researchers who went through massive amounts of data collected on a server that logged the attacks. He says whoever was behind the attacks used Read the Rest…


State Officials Think They’ve Identified Source Of Oil Seepage Off Summerland

Thu, August 4, 2011

State Lands Commission officials say they’ve identified the source of a small, periodic oil leak off the coast of Summerland, and have developed a plan to deal with it, depending on funding.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports experts think one of a series of old, abandoned oil wells is the source. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Ventura County Fair Kicks Off 12 Day Run

Wed, August 3, 2011

There were long lines at the front gate as the 2011 Ventura County Fair officially opened Wednesday morning.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco was there, and reports from the fairgrounds. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Fair Opens


One Person Killed, Two Injured When Vehicle Hits Wall In Goleta

Wed, August 3, 2011

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies are trying to figure out why the driver of an SUV apparently lost control of the vehicle on a Goleta street, fatally injuring one person, and injuring two others when it slammed into a wall. It happened just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, on the 8000 block of Hollister Avenue. Investigators Read the Rest…


iViva La Fiesta!

Wed, August 3, 2011

The region’s largest community celebration, Old Spanish Days, officially kicks off in Santa Barbara Wednesday. John Palminteri reports.


California Weighs Impacts of Debt Ceiling Cuts

Wed, August 3, 2011

Congress has raised the federal debt ceiling – and maybe lowered the boom on some state programs in California. The debt ceiling compromise bill cuts more than 2-trillion dollars in federal spending. Some of that’s expected to come out of funding for states for everything from healthcare to high speed rail. Nobody knows what the Read the Rest…


Parole Changes Recommended Following Dugard Case

Wed, August 3, 2011

The Jaycee Lee Dugard case has inspired one state lawmaker to try to change the way some prisoners are paroled. 11-year old Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped, raped and held prisoner by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido for 18 years. Despite 60 visits to the home by parole agents, the girl wasn’t discovered. A new Read the Rest…


Firewords Among Santa Barbara County Supervisors Over Efforts To Develop New Supervisorial Districts

Wed, August 3, 2011

Efforts to finalize Santa Barbara County’s supervisorial districts took an unexpected twist, with the Board of Supervisors deciding to drop an earlier plan, and pursue a new one.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the move capped an angry confrontation among board members over the process. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SB Supervisorial Redistricting Update


Authorities Investigating Body Found On San Marcos Pass

Wed, August 3, 2011

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a person whose body was found on San Marcos Pass. A passerby spotted the body around 1:30 Sunday, off of East Camino Cielo Road, in the Painted Cave area.  Department officials are calling the death suspicious, but aren’t releasing any details, including the gender Read the Rest…


Ventura County Fair Kicks Off 12 Day Run Wednesday

Tue, August 2, 2011

The 2011 Ventura County Fair kicks off its 12 day run on Wednesday, August 3rd, with a mix of traditional fair events like rides, and agricultural competition, and some big name entertainment acts.  The lineup includes “The Beach Boys” on August 9th, “REO Speedwagon” on August 10th, and Trace Adkins on August 12th.  The fair Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Permanently Banned From Tax Return Preparation Business

Tue, August 2, 2011

A federal court permanently banned a Ventura County man from the tax preparation business, as part of a plea deal involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in false, and inflated tax deductions. Federal prosecutors say Benjamin Aparicio of Fillmore improperly prepared dozens, if not many more false, or misleading returns.  Aparicio operated a business known Read the Rest…


Ventura County Health Officials Worried About Impacts Of State Funding Cuts For HIV/AIDS Program

Tue, August 2, 2011

Ventura County’s HIV and AIDS program has been hard hit by state funding cuts, at the same time we’re seeing a rise in cases.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  HIV/AIDS Program Funding Cuts


Jesusita Fire Victims Sue Toolmaker

Tue, August 2, 2011

A large group of homeowners, who suffered losses in the 2009 Jesusita Fire, have filed a lawsuit against the maker of a weed clearing tool. John Palminteri reports.


New Bills Get Governor’s Signature

Tue, August 2, 2011

From caffeinated beer to jailhouse informants, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a number of new bills into law. Governor Brown signed legislation that bans the import, production and sale of caffeinated beer beverages in California. They’re sold under brand names like Four Loko. Supporters of the ban say the caffeine masks the alcohol content. Read the Rest…


State Stimulus Money Still Unspent

Tue, August 2, 2011

California could end up leaving millions in federal stimulus dollars on the table if a couple of state agencies don’t use them up quickly. One state lawmaker is especially concerned about the issue with the debt ceiling debate in Congress. Senator Alex Padilla held a recent legislative hearing on the unspent funds. The Democrat says Read the Rest…


CHP Campaign Targets Heat Stroke

Tue, August 2, 2011

So far this year, 21 children in the United States have died from heat stroke after being left alone in a car. The California Highway Patrol is trying to raise awareness of the problem. This month, CHP officers like Jeanie Hoatson are tying purple ribbons on the antennas of their patrol cars. The ribbons are Read the Rest…


Congressional Representatives For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Chime In On Debt Ceiling Vote

Mon, August 1, 2011

Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties two members of Congress both voted for the budget control act, but say they have major misgivings for much different reasons. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara says she voted for the plan to avoid default, and insure America continues to pay its bills.  But, she says it’s not Read the Rest…


Ventura County Getting Major Grant For New Pediatric Intensive Care Uni

Mon, August 1, 2011

A local foundation has made a $500,000 gift towards establishment of Ventura County’s first Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.   The Harriet Samuelsson Foundation pledged the money towards the PICU planned for the Ventura County Medical Center.  PICU’s are similar to traditional intensive care units, but have special facilities, equipment, and staffing to help critically ill, or Read the Rest…


Autopsy Set For Ventura County Man’s Body Found in San Luis Obispo County Lake

Mon, August 1, 2011

An autopsy is planned for the body of a Ventura County man who disappeared while hiking along Lake Nacimiento on Saturday, and was found floating in the lake on Sunday. Leandrew McGee of Oxnard was hiking with a group of people on a trail in a wooded area near the lake around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Read the Rest…


“Stand Down” Event Helps Homeless Veterans in Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Mon, August 1, 2011

An event in Ventura County helped nearly 150 homeless veterans from throughout the region with social services, as well as items like food, clothing, and shows.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the 19th annual “Ventura County Stand Down” in Ventura. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Stand Down


Investigators Looking Into Death Of Man Hit By Multiple Vehicles On Oxnard Street

Mon, August 1, 2011

Police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man who was struck, and killed on a busy Oxnard street. It happened just before 11 p.m. Friday, on the 4600 hundred block of South Rose Avenue.  Eyewitness told police say the man was apparently lying on the street when he was hit by multiple vehicles.  The Read the Rest…


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