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Archives for September 2011

Cities, Business Groups Speak Out On Big Box Bill

Wed, September 21, 2011

California city officials and business groups are urging Governor Jerry Brown to reject a bill on his desk they say unfairly targets so-called “big box” stores like Wal-Mart. The bill would require retailers like Wal-Mart, to pay for an economic impact report before they can move ahead with a new store. Chris McKenzie is the Read the Rest…


Poll: On Line Sales Tax, Ballot Measures Evaluated

Wed, September 21, 2011

The latest Field Poll brings some interesting news about two contentious bills on California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. The question of whether California should require out-of-state online retailers like Amazon.com to collect sales tax came down to the final hours of this year’s legislative session. That’s when Democratic and Republican leaders and Amazon struck a Read the Rest…


National Park Service Acquires Another Key Piece Of Land For Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Trail

Wed, September 21, 2011

The National Park Service says it’s acquired one of the final three chunks of land it needs to finish a 65 mile long trail in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The Park Service says it bought five acres of land near the Etz Meloy Motorway from a private landowner for just over $62,000.  Read the Rest…


Former Vice President Dick Cheney Talks About Career, Controversies During Visit To Ventura County

Tue, September 20, 2011

During a visit to Ventura County, former Vice President Dick Cheney defended post 9/11 Bush Administration policies  to use waterboarding, and other controversial interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists. Cheney told a full house at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Tuesday night (9/20), in Simi Valley that he felt that the use of what’s been called “enhanced Read the Rest…


Ventura County Football Player Recovering Following Brain Surgery After Concussion In Game

Tue, September 20, 2011

A high school football player from Ventura County remains in stable condition at a San Luis Obispo County hospital today (9/20), after a game injury led to emergency brain surgery. Oxnard High School safety Adrian Padilla suffered a serious concussion in last Friday night’s 28-7 loss to San Luis Obispo High School. He walked off Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Folding Department Into Another To Save Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars

Tue, September 20, 2011

Financially strapped Santa Barbara County is hoping to save more than $400,000 a year by eliminating its Human Resources Department as a stand-alone department. County Supervisors approved a plan to fold management of the department into the County’s Executive office. Money would be saved by not filling the currently vacant Human Resource’s Director’s post, as Read the Rest…


Efforts To Save Popular South Coast Beach From Erosion Advancing

Tue, September 20, 2011

Efforts to come up with long term plans to deal with erosion at a popular South Coast beach are advancing. It’s the latest attempt to come up with a way to save Goleta Beach County Park.  What’s being called the “Goleta Beach 2.0” Plan” calls for moving part of the park back from the beach, Read the Rest…


Local Officials Focus On Disaster Preparedness

Tue, September 20, 2011

Congresswoman Lois Capps met with many local leaders to discuss emergency response preparations this week. John Palminteri reports.


Poll: Governor’s Approval 49%, Legislature 20%

Tue, September 20, 2011

About half of California voters are pleased with Governor Jerry Brown’s job performance, but they’re not so thrilled with one way state lawmakers balanced the budget. That’s the finding of a new Field Poll. According to the latest survey, 49 percent of California voters approve of Brown’s performance. That’s up just a few points from Read the Rest…


Expired Baby Food Ban On Governor’s Desk

Tue, September 20, 2011

Legislation that would ban the selling of expired baby food, infant formula and over-the-counter medication is now in the hands of California Governor Jerry Brown. The bill’s supporters are calling on the governor to sign it. Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan didn’t just bring cans of expired baby food to his news conference. He brought a Read the Rest…


Judge Orders Prop. 8 Trial Video Released

Tue, September 20, 2011

A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered the release of a video recording of last year’s trial striking down Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage. Attorneys representing two gay couples who challenged Prop 8 in court argued the video of the trial is part of the judicial record – and that the public Read the Rest…


Recession Squeezes California Grape Supply

Tue, September 20, 2011

A new report says the recession is putting the squeeze on California’s wine grape supply. Robert Smiley with the UC Davis School of Management surveyed the heads of 29 leading wine operations. He says the C-E-Os foresee a grape shortage. “That is because people have not planted in the last five years given the difficulties Read the Rest…


Lives Of Those Who Died At California’s Mental Institutions, Including Camarillo State Hospital, Commemorated

Mon, September 19, 2011

People who died at mental institutions around the state, including one in Ventura County were remembered at a special memorial service Monday night (9/19). Organizers of the California Memorial Project’s Rememberance Day say of the thousands of people who died in state institutions over the decades, many were buried in unmarked graves. The ninth annual Read the Rest…


Man Killed In Ventura County Trench Collapse Identified

Mon, September 19, 2011

A San Fernando Valley man has been identified as the victim of a fatal trench collapse in Ventura County. Antonio Mejia was working at a home on the 44000 block of the Pacific Coast Highway, near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line Sunday afternoon (9/18) when the trench apparently collapsed on the contractor. An autopsy is Read the Rest…


Traffic Accident Kills Four In Ventura County

Mon, September 19, 2011

Four people are dead as the result of a auto crash which occurred this morning (9/19) on a Ventura County road. The crash happened at around six a.m., on Las Posas Road in the Camarillo area.  A car made what Ventura County Sheriff’s epartment investigators are calling an unsafe effort to pass a vehicle. The Read the Rest…


Governor Vetoes Automatic Spending Cuts

Mon, September 19, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown promised lawmakers he’d veto a lot of bills and is starting to deliver. He’s vetoed a measure that involved automatic spending cuts – and signed two others that bring in revenue. When lawmakers passed the state budget this year, it included a set of so-called “trigger cuts.” They’re reductions that will kick Read the Rest…


Consolidated Shipping Proposed For Local Flower Growers

Mon, September 19, 2011

Local flower growers are hoping to reduce transportation costs, in an effort to be more competitive with international suppliers. John Palminteri reports.


California Jobless Rate Rises

Fri, September 16, 2011

Figures released Friday by the California Employment Development Department show California with the 2nd highest unemployment rate in the nation, behind Nevada.  The state’s jobless rate rose from 12% in July to 12.1% in August.  Construction took the biggest hit, losing 7,200 jobs. Over the past year, California has gained 171,300 jobs, the 2nd highest rate of growth, Read the Rest…


U.C. Regents Consider Tuition Hike Plan

Fri, September 16, 2011

Tuition at the University of California could rise by as much as 16 percent a year for the next 4 years. That’s the plan on the UC Regents’ table. It generated heated debate at their meeting in San Francisco Thursday as the regents tryto figure out how to plug a 2-and-half-billion dollar hole. The amount Read the Rest…


Chumash Tribe Details “Camp 4″ Project

Fri, September 16, 2011

A community meeting is scheduled for Friday night to discuss plans for a proposed development on land the Chumash tribe purchased from actor Fess Parker, near San Marcos Pass, east of Highway 246.  The site is known as “Camp 4″. Tribe officials say their plan calls for housing and open space.  Opponents of the project Read the Rest…


Carpinteria Bear Not Stuck, Just Relaxing

Fri, September 16, 2011

A California Black Bear that some residents thought was stuck in a drain pipe, brought out the Department of Fish and Game Thursday. John Palminteri reports.


Santa Barbara Police Chief Stays Put

Thu, September 15, 2011

Santa Barbara’s Police Chief, Cam Sanchez, is staying with the department.  He had been recruited to apply for the top job in San Bernardino, where he was one of two finalists. Wednesday night, the San Bernardino City Council officially offered the position to Rob Handy, a Commander with the Phoenix Police Department.  Handy has accepted. Sanchez Read the Rest…


SAT Scores Down, Participation Up In California

Thu, September 15, 2011

More California students are taking the S-A-T… but scores are down. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says 53 percent of California seniors took the test, which colleges use to evaluate applicants. That’s up four percent from last year. Among public school students, writing scores were down five points. Both math and critical reading scores Read the Rest…


Poll: Romney Leads Republican Field In California

Thu, September 15, 2011

One Republican Presidential candidate has a solid lead in California according to a statewide Field Poll. California Republican voters prefer former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney – who has a home in the San Diego area – for President. The survey finds 28 percent of registered Republicans choose Romney. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who’s done well Read the Rest…


Full Time Operation Urged For Air Firefighting Base

Thu, September 15, 2011

Local firefighters and civic leaders want the Santa Maria air tanker base to operate full time to bolster response capabilities. John Palminteri reports.


Groundbreaking Wednesday For New Ventura Hospital

Wed, September 14, 2011

A groundbreaking ceremony is being held to begin construction of a new, six story, Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. The facility will be located adjacent to the existing hospital and will feature two wings and more than 325,000 square feet of medical and administrative space.  Plans call for an expansion of emergency medical services, a Read the Rest…


Governor Links Jobs And Renewable Energy

Wed, September 14, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown says Pacific Rim leaders can fight unemployment by focusing on climate change. The Governor spoke to political and business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference – or APEC – in San Francisco Tuesday. He said the two challenges go hand-in-hand: “It’s time for a war on unemployment; find the jobs Read the Rest…


Poll: Presidential Approval Drops In California

Wed, September 14, 2011

A new poll shows that for the first time since he took office, President Obama’s approval rating has fallen below 50 percent in California. The new Field Poll finds that fewer than half of California voters – 46 percent – approve of President Obama’s performance. Just three months ago it was 54 percent. According to Read the Rest…


California Uninsured Rate Ranks In Top 10

Wed, September 14, 2011

New numbers from the 2010 census show California is among the most uninsured states in the nation. The data show California has been creeping towards a 20 percent uninsured rate over the past few years. That places the state among the top ten most uninsured in the nation. Anthony Wright with the group Health Access Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Realigns Homeless Services

Wed, September 14, 2011

Several homeless services in Santa Barbara will be unified in an effort to improve results. John Palminteri reports.


Firefighters Injured In Lightning Strike

Tue, September 13, 2011

***UPDATED 9/14/11, 6:44 am THREE U.S. FOREST SERVICE FIREFIGHTERS WERE HOSPITALIZED AFTER LIGHTNING TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THEIR BASE TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN THE LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST. THE THREE WERE ON DUTY IN THE MOUNT PINOS AREA AROUND 3:30 AS A STORM PASSED THROUGH.  A SPOKESMAN SAYS THE BOLT HIT THE GROUND AND, LUCKILY, DID NOT Read the Rest…


Students Urge Governor To Sign DREAM Act

Tue, September 13, 2011

University of California students – including many undocumented immigrants – are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to sign a bill supporters call the DREAM Act. It would make college students who are undocumented immigrants eligible for state financial aid. Ernesto Zumaya was among the undocumented students at a news conference at the Capitol Monday. He’s Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Chief Explores Options in San Bernardino

Tue, September 13, 2011

Santa Barbara’s Police Chief, Cam Sanchez, is scheduled to meet with San Bernardino city leaders this week to discuss heading the police department there. John Palminteri reports.


Old Spanish Days Icon Dies

Tue, September 13, 2011

Hattie Faezelle, one of the most famous personalities in Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days history, died Sunday at the age of 100. Faezelle was Grand Marshall of the “Fiesta” parade this year.  She had appeared in every parade since the event began in 1924.  She was also an honored member of several equestrian clubs.


Picasso, Braque Artistic Collaboration Focus Of Groundbreaking Exhibition Opening in Santa Barbara

Mon, September 12, 2011

An exhibition of works by two 20th century masters who event a new artistic style opens in Santa Barbara this week.  “Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experience 1910-1912″ features paintings, and drawings culled from museums, and collections around the world. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from the Santa Barbara Museum Of Art. Click on Read the Rest…


Controverisal Proposal For New “Hooters” Restaurant In Conejo Valley Focus Of Public Hearing

Mon, September 12, 2011

A restaurant chain famous for its hot wings, but controversial to some because of its name, and image, is hoping a hearing this week will clear the way for its first South Coast location.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Hooters Controversy


CBS Star To Headline Event In Ventura County To Fight Autism

Mon, September 12, 2011

Actor Joe Mantegna is hosting a celebrity golf tournament in Westlake Village today (9/12) to raise money to help families with autistic children.  KCLU’s Dave Meyer has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story: Autism Fundraiser


Ventura County Man Arrested On Fireworks Possession Charges

Sat, September 10, 2011

A Ventura County man has been arrested after authorities say they discovered a large quanity of illegal fireworks at his home. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says it received a tip Francisco Herrera had the fireworks. They say they also discovered the 26 year old man had a pending arrest warrant in his name. During a Read the Rest…


San Bernardino County Man Accused Of Foreclosure Fraud Which Cost Oxnard Woman Her Home

Fri, September 9, 2011

Ventura County prosecutors say a San Bernardino County man has been arrested on grand theft, and burglary charges because they say he offered to save an Oxnard woman’s home from foreclosure, but instead stole the money. Juan Alvarado Cervantes of Fontana was arrested by Fontana Police, at the direction of the Ventura County District Attorney’s Read the Rest…


Moorpark Takes Controversy Over Lighting for Golf Driving Range To Ventura County Supervisors

Fri, September 9, 2011

Ventura County Supervisors are now being asked to weigh in on a controversy over lighting for a golf driving range in the Tierra Rejada Valley, between Moorpark and Simi Valley. Owners of the Tom Barber Golf Center had gone to the Ventura County Planning Commission, seeking a 20 year extension on an operating permit set Read the Rest…


Grant Will Help Complete Documentation Of Massive Research Collection In Santa Barbara County

Fri, September 9, 2011

An $80,000 federal grant is going to help U.C. Santa Barbara’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration complete the curation, docymentation, and database processing of its unique, nearly 25,000 specimen collection. The two year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will allow the USCB center to hire a curatorial assistant, and Read the Rest…


Community Rallies For Cleanup Of Blighted Area In Santa Barbara

Fri, September 9, 2011

A community cleanup project is set to take place this weekend (9/10) on Santa Barbara’s Eastside, as a part of ongoing efforts to battle crime, and blight.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Eastside Cleanup


“Pods” Used By People In The Process Of Moving Find New Homes As Mobile Arts Galleries In Ventura County

Fri, September 9, 2011

Some giant boxes normally used for moving are finding a new life, as mobile art galleries, and art works.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with some of those involved with this creative new use for moving “pods”, which will be highlighted during a Ventura art fair highlighting painting 9/9-9/11. Click on link to listen to/download story: Read the Rest…


Thousands Of Marijuana Plants Discovered, Removed From Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Thu, September 8, 2011

The National Park Service says nearly 4,000 marijuana plants have been removed from park service land, in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area. The plants were off of Kanan Dume Road, north of Malibu. Park Service officials say it was a sophisticated operation, and they think it was the work of a Mexican drug Read the Rest…


National Weather Service Warns Of Potential For Sundowner Winds, High Fire Danger In Santa Barbara County

Thu, September 8, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Santa Barbara’s mountains, and front country areas for Thursday night (8/8), with the potential for sundowner winds. Sundowners are similar to Southern California’s Santa Ana winds, but a unique event which usually occurs several times a year in the Santa Barbara area.  The Santa Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Possible Arsonist In Santa Barbara County

Thu, September 8, 2011

Authorities think someone intentionally set a fire in the Carpinteria area Wednesday (9/7) night.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Carpinteria Fire


National Search Dog Training Facility In Ventura County To Open Gates For First Time On 9/11 Anniversary

Thu, September 8, 2011

A Ventura County woman who’s part of a search dog team deployed to Ground Zero in the wake of the 9/11 disaster is now heading an organization which trains search dogs.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the organization is planning ceremonies on 9/11 for what will be its new national training facility, near Santa Paula. Click Read the Rest…


Actor Michael Douglas To Be Honored By Santa Barbara International Film Festival With Award Named After His Father

Thu, September 8, 2011

It’s going to be all in the family for this year’s presentation of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film.   The 2011 award is going to go to Michael Douglas, the son of the legendary actor. Michael has won two Academy Awards, the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, and Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Into Law Legislation Guaranteeing Money For Santa Barbara School Districts Merger

Wed, September 7, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation which will allow  a merged Santa Barbara Elementary, and High School District to continue to collect existing, and future parcel taxes. The merged district needed special legislation to legally insure the flow of funding to continue.  AB 504, authored by Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara, cleared Read the Rest…


Small Business Development Center Says It’s Getting Big Results In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, September 7, 2011

A small business development center on the South Coast says it’s getting some big results, leading to the creation of nearly 200 new jobs.  KCLU’s Dave Meyer has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  EDC-VC Results


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