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Archives for September 2011

Ventura County University Set For First Ever Home Night Football Game

Fri, September 30, 2011

A South Coast University is preparing for the first nighttime home football game in the team’s nearly 50 year history.  California Lutheran University’s Kingsmen will host University of Redlands in the first game in CLU’s new William Rolland Stadium Saturday night (10/1). The game is a big one for another reason, with both teams ranked Read the Rest…


Oxnard College Gets Federal Grant To Help Hispanic, Other Underrepresented Students

Fri, September 30, 2011

Oxnard College has received a $6 million dollar federal grant to help Hispanic, and other underrepresented students earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The U.S. Department of Education funding is spread out over five years, and is intended to help students who will go on to Cal State Channel Islands, and U.C. Santa Read the Rest…


DMV Office In Ventura County Set To Reopen After Five Month Closure

Fri, September 30, 2011

One of the busiest DMV offices on the South Coast will reopen on Monday (10/3), after being closed for more than five months for a remodeling project. The Thousand Oaks DMV office closed in April, for its first major overhaul in more than three decades of operation.  Customers had to use other offices in the Read the Rest…


KCLU Membership Drive: Volunteer Today!

Fri, September 30, 2011

Answer phones!  Meet new people!  See behind-the-scenes! KCLU volunteers make the station run.  We’d love to have you as part of KCLU’s Fall Membership Drive Team.  Sign up on line for a shift in the phone center. Thanks for your support.  We look forward to meeting you!


Ventura County To Host What’s Being Called The County’s First World Music Festival

Fri, September 30, 2011

One of Africa’s most famous musicians, a refugee from Uganda, is headlining what’s being called Ventura County’s first ever world music festival.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to the musician who’s trying to spread the idea of peace through music, starting with kids. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ojai Music Festival


Navy Announces Plans To Decommission Seabee Battalion Based In Ventura County

Fri, September 30, 2011

As part of a cost cutting move by the Defense Department, the U.S. Navy has announced plans to decommission two of its Seabee battalions, including one based in Ventura County. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40 will be decommissioned next summer, after completing a deployment in the Pacific. The unit’s more than 580 members will be Read the Rest…


Ventura County Gets Federal Grant To Combat Smoking, Obesity And Other Lifestyle Health Issues

Fri, September 30, 2011

Ventura County’s health department is getting a big federal grant to help in efforts to promote healthy lifestyles. The $480,000 Federal Centers For Disease Control and Prevention grant will be used for efforts in the county to decrease tobacco use, combat obesity, and offer other preventative services. It’s part of a nationwide, $103 milllion dollar Read the Rest…


Emotional Tribute To Americans Who Died In Vietnam War Visits Santa Barbara

Thu, September 29, 2011

An emotional tribute to the more than 58,000 Americans who died in the Vietnam War has arrived on the South Coast.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial is now on display at Santa Barbara’s Chase Palm Park. Click on link to listen to/download stories:  Vietnam Wall 9/29 Story Read the Rest…


School District In Santa Barbara County Gets Federal Grant To Improve Student Counseling Services

Thu, September 29, 2011

A local school district is getting a big federal grant to try to help ease emotional, and behavioral problems among students. The Santa Barbara Elementary School District is getting a three year, $1.2 million dollar counseling grant from the U-S.Department of Education.  The money is intended to help expand services at five elementary schools with Read the Rest…


Man Pulled From Ocean At Ventura County Beach Dies

Thu, September 29, 2011

Authorities are now identifying a man pulled out of the surf yesterday (9/28) at a Ventura County beach, who later died. Robert Curtis was apparently body surfing at Oxnard’s Silver Strand beach when beachgoers saw him floating in the ocean, and pulled him onshore.  Bystanders started CPR on the 55 year old Ventura man, but Read the Rest…


Businessman Who’s Given Millions Of Pairs Of Shoes To Needy Kids Around The World To Speak In Santa Barbara

Thu, September 29, 2011

He started a shoe company which has not only sold a lot of shoes, it’s used some of the profits to buy two million needy children around the world new pairs of shoes.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Blake Mycoskie, the founder of “Toms” shoes. who’s going to speak in Santa Barbara this coming Saturday Read the Rest…


Oxnard City Council Calls Special Meeting To Evaluate Performance Of City Manager, City Attorney

Thu, September 29, 2011

The Oxnard City Council has announced plans for a special City Council meeting today, with closed sessions to evaluate the performance of the City Manager, and City Attorney. It’s been a difficult time for the city. In August of last year, Ventura County District Attorney’s Office investigators served the first in a series of search Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Bank Gets Federal Boost To Help Small Businesses

Thu, September 29, 2011

A Santa Barbara based bank is among 30 small community banks around the state to get funding intended to help make more small business loans available. The Bank of Santa Barbara will get $1.9 million dollars from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Small Business Lending Fund. The $275 million dollar fund provides capital to Read the Rest…


Agoura Hills Man Headed To Prison For Stealing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars From Elderly Victims, Banks

Wed, September 28, 2011

A former Agoura Hills resident has been sentenced to 28 months in prison, after pleading guilty to grand theft, and money laundering charges in connection with the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from mostly elderly victims, and some banks. Ventura County District Attorney’s Office prosecutors say in late 2008, Daniel Lewis Kupper turned Read the Rest…


Brazen Burglars Steal Thousands Of Dollars In Computers, I-Pads From Simi Valley Store

Wed, September 28, 2011

Authorities are looking for some brazen burglars, who broke out the front window of an Apple Store in a Simi Valley shopping center, and stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. It happened at about four this morning, at the Simi Valley Town Center.  An alarm alerted police to the break in,  and they arrived Read the Rest…


Nationwide Immigration Sweep Includes 35 arrests in Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, September 28, 2011

A nationwide sweep of undocumented people in the United States, with a focus on those with criminal records has led to 35 arrests in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. 26 of the arrests were in Ventura County, and nine in Santa Barbara County. The sweep was conducted by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers, in Read the Rest…


Governor Streamlines Environmental Reviews

Wed, September 28, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown says California is over-regulated. He signed two bills Tuesday that will streamline the state’s lengthy environmental review process for certain projects. “We’re gonna remove some regulations, we’re gonna speed things up and we’re gonna protect the environment,” Brown said. “But we’re also gonna do it in a practical way, because there are Read the Rest…


UCSB Students Protest Textbook Prices

Wed, September 28, 2011

Students at U.C. Santa Barbara staged a book “rebellion” yesterday, to protest the cost of textbooks. John Palminteri reports.


Ventura County Gears Up To Take Over Management Of Convicts Being Diverted From State Prisons, To The County

Wed, September 28, 2011

Starting this week, people convicted of many non-violent, non-sexual crimes in California which would have once landed them in state prison will instead be headed to county jails.  It’s part of the state’s realignment efforts to deal with jail overcrowding.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Ventura County Supervisors  adopted a plan to handle the influx of Read the Rest…


CLU Economic Forecast Paints Grim Picture For California, Nation

Wed, September 28, 2011

The latest economic forecast by economists at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks paints a bleak picture of what California, and the nation can expect for the rest of the year. California Lutheran University Center For Economic Research, and Forecasting Executive Director Bill Watkins says overcrowded freeways, water shortages, and slipping higher education systems are Read the Rest…


Simi Valley School Put On Lockdown As Man Wanted By Police Hides In Neighborhood

Wed, September 28, 2011

A Simi Valley school was temporarily locked down, as police searched for a man wanted on four felony warrants. It happened at around 9 a.m. yesterday (9/27) near Madrone and Angela Streets, in Simi Valley.  Police say they received information that Charles Shelton was in the neighborhood, and that he might flee when they arrived. Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County Injures Man

Tue, September 27, 2011

A 27-year-old man was taken to the hospital with serious burns, as the result of a brush fire in Santa Barbara County. The blaze happened at around 11:30 this morning, on the 9200 block of Alisos Canyon Road, near Los Alamos. Firefighters aided by a helicopter were able to put out the six acre blaze Read the Rest…


Oil Field Work Killed In Industrial Accident

Tue, September 27, 2011

A Kern County man is being identified as the victim of a fatal accident in a Ventura County oil field. Oscar Zamudio of Bakersfield was working in a field outside of Ventura, near Manuel Canyon Road around 5 last night (9/26) when the accident occurred. A team was working on an oil rig when a Read the Rest…


Emergency Preparedness Focus Of Weekend Event In Ventura County

Tue, September 27, 2011

An event in Ventura County this weekend is intended to help families improve their disaster preparedness. The Ventura County Fire Department, the Red Cross, Farmers Insurance and Home Depot are teaming up to host a disaster preparedness fair. There will be information on how to prepare your family, and your home for major emergencies, as Read the Rest…


Work Underway To Restore Wetlands On Santa Cruz Island

Tue, September 27, 2011

After more than five years of planning, a project is underway in the Channel Islands to restore an island wetlands which was filled in with dirt, and rock, and planted with non-native species.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it’s part of a series of efforts on the islands to restore them to their native state. Click Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara County Women Start School In Haiti

Tue, September 27, 2011

Two ambitious college graduates on the South Coast not only founded a local non-profit to open a school for children in Haiti, they’ve opened a chain of thrift shops to support it.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to the women, who are going to Haiti this week to open the school that’s the result of three Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Investigation Leads To Arrest Of Man Called LSD, Illegal Mushroom Dealer

Mon, September 26, 2011

Simi Valley Police say a four month long investigation has led to the arrest of an Oregon man who was an LSD, and illegal mushroom dealer in Southern California. Detectives say they first ran across Alfredo Iniguez of Eugene, Oregon in May, and launched a joint investigation with Eugene Police.  Investigators say the 29 year Read the Rest…


Two South Coast Researchers To Be Honored By White House

Mon, September 26, 2011

President Obama has named two U.C. Santa Barbara faculty members as winners of Presidential Early Career Awards For Scientists and Engineers. Assistant Physics Professor Benjamin Mazin, and Assistant Mechanical Engineering Professor Sumita Pennathur are being recognized for their accomplishments at early stages of their careers. The two are among the just over 90 scientists, and Read the Rest…


Workshop Aims At Preventing Ship-Whale Strikes In Santa Barbara Channel

Mon, September 26, 2011

A workshop in Santa Barbara County  is bringing together some leading environmental, and maritime regulators to try to come up with ways to reduce the danger of ship-whale collisions in the Santa Barbara Channel. More than a half-dozen speakers on the subject will be involved in a panel at 1:30 p.m. on September 28th, at Read the Rest…


Governor Considers Maternity Care Mandates

Mon, September 26, 2011

All health insurance regulated by California would have to cover maternity care if Governor Jerry Brown signs two bills into law. Millions of Californians are in health plans that are already required to cover maternity. But people in plans and policies regulated by the Department of Insurance may have trouble getting the services. The percentage Read the Rest…


Local Governments Reconsider Police Cutbacks

Mon, September 26, 2011

The stronger economic trends of some local cities could lead to increased law enforcement staffing, reversing cuts made earlier in the year. John Palminteri reports.


Tsunami Warning Plan Update Up For Approval In Ventura County

Mon, September 26, 2011

Ventura County officials are set to consider an updated tsunami evacuation plan for the county 9/27.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at the plan, which includes elements like warning signs for local beaches, and marked escape routes. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Tsunami Preparedness Plan Update


Hearings Set For Ventura, Santa Barbara On Failed Sea Otter Relocation Plan

Sun, September 25, 2011

The first of two local public hearings on a proposal to officially end a failed program to try to help endangered sea otters is set to take place this week. It was an ambitious idea.  In 1987, endangered Southern Sea otters were relocated to San Nicolas Island, in an effort to try to get them Read the Rest…


Los Padres National Forest Geared Up For Possibility Of Lightning Caused Brush, And Forest Fires This Weekend

Fri, September 23, 2011

The Los Padres National Forest has geared up for the threat of lightning caused brush and forest fires  this weekend (9/23-26) by adding extra firefighters to the region. With thunderstorms in the forecast for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, the U.S. Forest Service says it’s sent an additional fire crew to each of the national Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s Court System Implementing Layoffs, Furloughs To Try To Cope With Budget Cuts

Fri, September 23, 2011

Ventura County’s court system announced layoffs, partial closure days, and mandatory unpaid furloughs for employees to try to make up for state funding cuts.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Court Cuts


Santa Barbara County Poverty On-The-Rise

Fri, September 23, 2011

According to the latest U.S. Census information, there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of residents living below the poverty line in Santa Barbara County. John Palminteri reports.


Governor Signs Renewable Energy Measures

Fri, September 23, 2011

Three bills that deal with renewable energy projects have picked up the signature of California Governor Jerry Brown. The Governor signed the measures Thursday at a Fresno County elementary school. One of the bills will let schools like Marshall Elementary in the city of Fowler build new solar panels. It’s part of a program called Read the Rest…


Poll: Support Solid For Prop. 13

Fri, September 23, 2011

A new poll shows Californians still strongly support the landmark—and controversial–property tax measure, Proposition 13. It was more than thirty years ago that voters approved Prop. 13, the measure which reduced local property taxes and limited the amount they could be increased annually. The Field Poll says 63-percent of voters say if it were on Read the Rest…


Real Life “Gidget” To Appear At Santa Barbara Screening Of Documentary About Her Life

Fri, September 23, 2011

Gidget was a fictional character who became a symbol of California’s beach, and surf culture.  But, most people don’t know she was based on a real teen.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the original Gidget, as well as with a filmmaker who’s created a documentary about her.  They’re both appearing at a Saturday afternoon (9/24) Read the Rest…


Gas Pipeline Break Causes Scare In Ventura County

Thu, September 22, 2011

A gas line break led to the precautionary lockdown of a Ventura County elementary school, and the evacuation of some homes. A construction crew accidentally cut into a pipeline on the 1100 block of Saticoy Street in Piru during the lunch hour today (9/22).  Some homes were evacuated, and students were kept inside at nearby Read the Rest…


Sentencing Postponed For Ventura County Man Accused Of Plotting Brutal Murder Of Estranged Wife

Thu, September 22, 2011

A judge postponed sentencing for a Ventura County man convicted of first degree murder in the brutal slaying of his estranged wife, in a murder for hire scheme.  James Fayed is potentially facing the death penalty, after the same jury which found him guilty of masterminding the July, 2008 slaying of Pamela Fayed recommended he Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Officer Injured During Struggle To Arrest Stolen Car Suspect

Thu, September 22, 2011

A Ventura Police Officer was injured when officers tried to arrest an auto theft suspect, and he fought with them. It happened just after 8 p.m. Thursday night (9/21), in a supermarket parking lot on the 7800 block of Telegraph Road.  Police were called by someone who thought they saw a man casing vehicles  in Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Reagan Foundation Organizes Event Taking Place At Nearly 5,000 U.S. Football Games

Thu, September 22, 2011

The Ventura County based Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is sponsoring a centennial event to celebrate the late president’s birth which will be a part of nearly five thousand football games, from coast to coast this weekend. Commemorative coins bearing Ronald Reagan’s image will be used for the coin toss before games at the high school, Read the Rest…


Third Jury Selection Underway In 2009 Santa Barbara Murder

Thu, September 22, 2011

A Santa Barbara County murder trial has an unusual twist.  Jury selection will take place in the North county for a trial in the South. John Palminteri reports.


Governor Defends Corrections “Realignment” Funding

Thu, September 22, 2011

Starting next month, California counties will take responsibility for low-level criminals under a program called realignment. But they’re nervous about the lack of guaranteed state funding. Governor Jerry Brown is vowing the money will be there. The governor hopes his “realignment” plan will save the state money by shifting responsibility for non-violent offenders from the Read the Rest…


PPIC Poll: Concern About State’s Economy

Thu, September 22, 2011

A new poll shows Californians’ growing concerns about the state of the economy. The new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows just about everybody thinks the state is in a recession—-but opinions differ about the degree.  50% say they think California is in a serious recession. About a third say it’s moderate, Read the Rest…


Economic Woes Adding To Existing Affordable Housing Crisis In Ventura County

Thu, September 22, 2011

The affordable housing crisis in Ventura County has a new wrinkle to it, with the economic slump increasing demand on the already limited supply of subsidized housing units.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Affordable Housing


Restaurant Controversy In Thousand Oaks Headed To Planning Commission

Wed, September 21, 2011

A decision by The City of Thousand Oaks to allow a new “Hooters” restaurant to open is being appealed. A Thousand Oaks resident filed an appeal of last week’s administrative decision allowing the opening the restaurant on the 400 block of North Moorpark Drive, in the Janss Marketplace.  The city approved the plans because the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Reluctantly Approves Plan For County Takeover Of Management Of Some Convicts

Wed, September 21, 2011

Santa Barbara County has reluctantly approved a plan to deal with hundreds of California prison inmates who would in the past go to state prisons, but will now be the county’s responsibility, as part of the state’s efforts to deal with massive prison overcrowding.  Instead of going to state prison, non-violent, non-sex offenders convicted in Read the Rest…


Goleta Rejects Bishop Ranch Development

Wed, September 21, 2011

After a lengthy meeting and hundreds of public comments, in person and by mail, the Goleta City Council has not supported efforts to open a large area to new housing. John Palminteri reports.


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