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Archives for September 2011

Goleta Conference Facility Gains Support

Wed, September 7, 2011

A new hotel and conference center proposed for Goleta is getting support from city officials. John Palminteri reports.


Online Tax Bill Stalls

Wed, September 7, 2011

California Democrats are trying to avoid a fight at the ballot box with online retailers over the collection of sales tax.   But, the effort has stalled. As part of the state budget, lawmakers passed legislation requiring online retailers to collect sales tax from California customers. Amazon.com has spent millions of dollars on an effort Read the Rest…


Shark Fin Ban Goes to Governor

Wed, September 7, 2011

The hot topic of whether to ban the sale or possession of shark fins in California is now a question for Governor Jerry Brown. This issue is splitting the Asian-American community, where shark fin soup is a tradition. The bill’s author is Asian, but so is one of its leading critics, Democratic Senator Leland Yee, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Advances Controversial Efforts To Cut Air Pollution

Wed, September 7, 2011

Santa Barbara County Supervisors approved plans to take a study, and use it to develop a plan to try to meet, or exceed state guidelines in cutting air pollution.  The issue is controversial, because some people question efforts which might put new restrictions, or regulations on agriculture or business at a time when the economy Read the Rest…


Authorities Check Up On Sex Offenders In Ventura County

Wed, September 7, 2011

A checkup sweep on dozens of sex offenders in Ventura County led to the discovery of seven unaccounted for parolees, and two arrests. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department conducted 51 compliance checks.  Investigators will follow up to see if they can locate the seven offenders who wern’t at home when the spot inspections were made.  Read the Rest…


200 Arrested In Santa Barbara County In Anti-DUI Campaign

Tue, September 6, 2011

An 18 day campaign to target driving under the influence in Santa Barbara County led to an even 200 arrests, up slightly from the same period in 2010. The “Avoid The 12″ Campaign involved 12 different law enforcement agencies in Santa Barbara County, ranging from the C-H-P, to Santa  Barbara Police.  The number of arrests Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Nix Proposed Historic Designations For Beach Structures

Tue, September 6, 2011

Santa Barbara County Supervisors rejected a proposal to give a 1930’s era beach cabana, and a funicular at a Hope Ranch beach historic protections, which would clear the way for their renovation. Owners of Marsupial Properties had asked the county’s Historic Landmarks Advisory Commission to approve the designation for the structures on the 1500 block of Roble Read the Rest…


Major Santa Barbara County Highway Reopens After Vehicle Accident, Brushfire

Tue, September 6, 2011

Highway 154 is now reopened in Santa Barbara County after being closed for more than three hours by a multi-vehicle traffic accident on San Marcos Pass, which also started a small brush fire which threatened to spread into rugged, nearby terrain. A plume of smoke was visible in Southern Santa Barbara County as a result Read the Rest…


Street Sweeping Tickets On Labor Day Generate Controversy In Santa Barbara

Tue, September 6, 2011

The City Of Santa Barbara has suspended hundreds of tickets given out to people parked in street sweeping zones on Labor Day, because people thought the parking restrictions wouldn’t apply on a holiday. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SB Street Sweeping Controversy


Local Artists Substitute I-Pads And Apps For Canvas, Paints, And Brushes To Create Paintings

Tue, September 6, 2011

A new exhibition at Ventura County’s Carnegie Art Museum features some old school artists who’ve gone high tech by substituting I-Pads for traditional paints, brushes, and other traditional painting tools.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Oxnard. Click on link to listen to/download story:   I-Pod Art


Final Preparations Are Underway For Debate in Ventura County Among GOP Presidential Hopefuls

Mon, September 5, 2011

Final preparations are underway for Wednesday night’s planned debate among eight GOP presidential hopefuls in Ventura County.  The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is  hosting the event, which is co-sponsored by NBC News and the “Politico” website, with NBC News anchor Brian Williams set to moderate the 5 p.m. debate. Texas Governor Rick Perry says he Read the Rest…


Brushfire In Remote Area Of Santa Barbara County Fully Contained

Mon, September 5, 2011

A brushfire in a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County is now 100% contained.  The nearly 700 acre Figueroa blaze is burning in some rugged canyon areas north of the Sisquoc River area, near Tunnel Ranch. The fire was first discovered around 1 p.m. on Saturday (9/3).  More than 325 firefighters, along with Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Could Finalize Historic Status For Hope Ranch Beach Cabana, Funicular

Mon, September 5, 2011

Santa Barbara County Supervisors are expected to make a decision this week on a proposal to give a beach cabana, and a funicular at a Hope Ranch beach historic protections, which would clear the way for their renovation. Owners of Marsupial Properties had asked the county’s Historic Landmarks Advisory Commission to approve the designation for the structures on the 1500 Read the Rest…


Brushfire In Los Padres National Forest Now 70% Contained

Mon, September 5, 2011

Authorities say a brushfire burning in a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County is now 70% contained.  The 700 acre Figueroa blaze is burning in some rugged canyon areas north of the Sisquoc River area, near Tunnel Ranch. The fire was first discovered around 1 p.m. on Saturday (9/3).  More than 325 Read the Rest…


University In Ventura County Receives NASA Grant To Help Teach Climate Science In High Schools

Sat, September 3, 2011

A nearly $600,000 NASA grant is going to help some Ventura County high school students learn about climate change. Cal State Channel Islands is one of 14 institutions nationwide to receive a NASA Minority University Research Grant.  The grant targets schools with a high population of Hispanic students, who are underrepresented in fields like science, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Solar Panel Maker Announces Layoffs

Fri, September 2, 2011

A Camarillo based solar panel maker announced it will shift its manufacturing operations from Ventura County to Oregon, and lay off more than half of its 300 workers. SolarWorld Industries America will keep its marketing and sales operations in Ventura County, but more than 180 employees have been told they will lose their jobs.  The layoffs Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Say They Will Retry Ventura County Teenager Accused Of Killing Gay Classmate

Fri, September 2, 2011

The Ventura County District Attorney’s office says it will retry a Ventura County teenager accused of killing a gay classmate, in what they called a hate crime. Yesterday, a mistrial was declared in the trial of 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, who was charged with first degree murder, and a hate crime charge in the February, 2008 Read the Rest…


Study: State’s Rural Roads Getting Worse

Fri, September 2, 2011

If driving on California’s narrow, two-lane back roads has you a little shaky, a national transportation group says you should be. The Road Information Program or TRIP says California has the fifth highest rural traffic fatality rate in the nation. The group released numbers today Thursday showing 38-percent of all traffic deaths in California occurred Read the Rest…


Lawmakers Consider End-Of-Session Legislation

Fri, September 2, 2011

California lawmakers considered a host of noteworthy issues Thursday, including online voter registration and red light cameras. The state Assembly approved legislation that would allow Californians to register to vote online. County elections officials would use a voter’s signature from the Department of Motor Vehicles to verify the registration. That bill must go back to Read the Rest…


Democrats And Business Groups Agree To Regulatory Changes

Fri, September 2, 2011

Some strange bedfellows gathered at the State Capitol Thursday to announce changes to California’s sprawling regulatory system. Here’s a list of power brokers you don’t normally see together: Senate President Darrell Steinberg, Jack Stewart with the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, Assembly Speaker John Perez and California Chamber of Commerce C-E-O Allan Zaremberg. It didn’t Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Who Founded Search Dog Foundation Honored By CNN

Fri, September 2, 2011

A Ventura County woman is receiving international recognition, after being selected as one of 24 “CNN Heroes” for 2011.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with National Disaster Search Dog Foundation founder Wilma Melville. Click on link to listen to/download story: Wilma Melville


Reaction Coming In To Mistrial In Case Of Ventura County Teen Accused Of Killing Gay Classmate

Fri, September 2, 2011

There’s no word yet on whether a Ventura County teenager accused of killing a gay classmate will face a new trial, or may get a new chance at a plea deal.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has more on the mistrial in the case of Brandon McInerney. Click on link to listen to/download story: McInerney Mistrial


Carpinteria Industrial Fire Stopped Before It Spreads To Neighboring Buildings

Fri, September 2, 2011

Carpinteria and Ventura county firefighters were able to know down a blaze in an industrial complex before it could spread out of control.  KCLU’S John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Carpinteria Fire


EPA Looking At Possible Recycling Of Materials From Ventura County Toxic Waste Site

Fri, September 2, 2011

The latest in a series of reports trying to evaluate toxic waste problems at a former metal recycling facility in Oxnard is suggesting that some of the mountains of waste materials could be recycled, and used in cement. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the EPA’s efforts to develop a cleanup plan for the Read the Rest…


Mistrial Declared In Case Of Ventura County Teenager Accused Of Killing Gay Classmate

Thu, September 1, 2011

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate, in what prosecutors called a hate crime because the victim was gay. After five days of deliberations, jurors told the judge in the trial of Brandon McInerney they were deadlocked.  The 17-year-old was accused of Read the Rest…


Bank Of America Plans To Sell, Or Close Arm Of Mortgage Business Could Cost Hundreds Of Conejo Valley Jobs

Thu, September 1, 2011

Efforts by Bank Of America to close, or sell an arm of its mortgage lending business could impact hundreds of jobs in the Conejo Valley. The bank is looking at doing something with its correspondent lending arm, which could range from selling, to closing it.  The arm employs hundreds of workers in Thousand Oaks and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Teen Who Sailed Around World To Join Cast Of “Amazing Race” Television Show

Thu, September 1, 2011

Producers of the hit CBS Television reality show “The Amazing Race” say the cast of the latest edition of the show includes  a Thousand Oaks man who was the youngest person to sail solo around the world. Zac Sunderland was just 17 when he made his 13 month long global trek.  For the TV show, Read the Rest…


Controversial Hydraulic Fracturing Process Used To Extract Oil, Gas From Ground Focus Of Panel Discussion In Santa Barbara

Thu, September 1, 2011

A controversial technique used to extract oil, and gas from underground is the focus of a panel discussion sponsored by a local congresswoman in Santa Barbara tonight (9/1). The forum is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History. KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at the debate over hydraulic fracturing. Click Read the Rest…


Senate Supports Non-Profit Operation Of State Parks

Thu, September 1, 2011

Legislation intended to keep more California state parks open is a step closer to becoming law. The State Senate approved the bill Wednesday. It allows the state to partner with non-profit organizations to keep parks running. California is set to close 70 state parks over the next year due to budget cuts. Democratic Assemblyman Jared Read the Rest…


Dream Act Part 2 Advances

Thu, September 1, 2011

College students who are in the country illegally would be eligible for state financial aid under legislation that has passed the state Senate. The bill is the second in a two-part package known as the California Dream Act. The measure allows some undocumented college students to compete for state financial aid. That includes assistance offered Read the Rest…


Health Insurance Regulation Bill Stalls

Thu, September 1, 2011

A controversial push to give California’s Insurance Commissioner the power to regulate health insurance rate increases is dead at the Capitol–for now. The measure’s author says it doesn’t have enough votes to pass the State Senate. The bill’s demise brought frustration to its supporters, including consumer groups and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. But Patrick Johnston Read the Rest…


Power Back On At Santa Barbara Waterfront After Massive Outage

Thu, September 1, 2011

A power outage which knocked out service to Santa Barbara’s Harbor area is over, but some businesses were hit for as long as 17 hours, causing major problems.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Harbor Power Outage


Hundreds Of Pounds Of Marijuana Found On Ventura County Beach

Thu, September 1, 2011

Authorities recovered about 250 pounds of marijuana from a beach in the Pt. Mugu State park area in Ventura County, as well as a boat as the result of what they think was an attempted smuggling operation. Ventura and Los Angeles Counties authorities were called to the area around 7:45 this morning in what was Read the Rest…


Mountain Lion Being Tracked As Part Of Research Study Struck And Killed On San Fernando Valley Freeway

Thu, September 1, 2011

A mountain lion that was part of a National Park Service Study in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties was struck, and killed as it was trying to cross the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass, near the Getty Center. The 15 month old, nearly 100 pound cat was known to researchers as P-18, and had Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Say Ventura County Based Real Estate Fraud Operation Steals More Than $3 Million

Thu, September 1, 2011

Three people have been arrested, after authorities in Ventura County say they stole more than $3 million dollars from real estate investors, using radio shows to attract their victims. Kenneth Powell of Bakersfield, Katie Bess Rose Of Woodland Hills, and Paul Lascola of Thousand Oaks were arrested on charges ranging from land fraud, to misappropriation Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Prosecutors Say College Trustees Didn’t Violate Open Meeting Laws

Thu, September 1, 2011

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office says the Santa Barbara City College   Board of Trustees didn’t violate open meeting laws in June, as had been alleged in a complaint which prompted an investigation. At that meeting, the board discussed the employment of Superintendent/President Andreea Serban behind closed doors, but didn’t make an announcement about Read the Rest…


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