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Archives for October 2011

Thousand Oaks High School Shaken By Death Of Member Of Football Team

Mon, October 31, 2011

It was a difficult day for students at a Ventura County high school, as they learned that a member of the high school’s football team died over the weekend. Griffen Kramer was found dead Sunday morning (10/30) at the home of a friend in Agoura Hills, where he’d stayed overnight. The 18-year-old was one of Read the Rest…


Celebrity Wedding Which Upset Neighbors In Santa Barbara County Ends In Divorces Less Than Three Months Later

Mon, October 31, 2011

It was a celebrity wedding in Montecito which made many neighbors mad, because of traffic, noise, and media helicopters flying over the community. Now, less than three months after the high-profile ceremony which was turned into a television special, the marriage of Kim Kardashian and NBA basketball player Kris Humphries is apparently on the rocks. Read the Rest…


Man Charged With DUI After His Vehicle Is Involved in Four Separate Traffic Accidents In Oxnard

Mon, October 31, 2011

An Oxnard man police say was driving with a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit is facing multiple charges, after he was involved in four separate traffic accidents in a ten minute period. It happened just before 5 p.m. yesterday, near Rose Avenue and Gonzales Road. Police called to the scene found Read the Rest…


State Courts Looking At Using Grants To Streamline Data Management

Mon, October 31, 2011

The State Judicial Council is looking at potentially using grant money from a foundation to streamline outdated data management systems in California’s courts, with Ventura County set to be one of first to implement the technology. The Council has signed a deal with the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation to see if they can jointly deploy Read the Rest…


Ventura County Group Plays Matchmaker Between Seniors Citizens, Volunteers

Mon, October 31, 2011

A little known Ventura County group plays matchmaker between senior citizens, and volunteers.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Ventura. Link to “Caregivers” website:  www.vccaregivers.org Click on link to listen to/download story: Caregivers


Three Ventura County Residents Arrested For Burglaries In Santa Barbara County

Sun, October 30, 2011

Authorities say they have broken up a Ventura County gang that’s been burglarizing homes in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara Police say they received information that a man named Daniel Itza was behind some of the burglaries, and that he might be in Ventura County.  When they talked to Ventura County Sheriff’s Gang Unit memberrs, they Read the Rest…


Brazen Armed Robber Uses Hammer To Smash Display Cases In Oxnard Jewelry Store

Fri, October 28, 2011

Oxnard Police are investigating a brazen daylight armed robbery of a jewelry store in which a man used a gun to keep employees at bay, while he used a hammer to break open display cases, and steal a number of items. It happened just before 1:30 this afternoon, at Daniel’s Jewelers, on the 2000 block Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Add Civilians To Staff To Put Extra Feet On Streets

Fri, October 28, 2011

The City Of Santa Barbara is getting some extra feet on the streets, civilians who can serve as extra eyes for officers, and help deal with minor problems.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SBPD Help


South Coast Dancers Set To Be Among 20,000 Performing “Thriller” In Global Event On Saturday

Fri, October 28, 2011

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is going to take on a ghoulish air tomorrow (10/29), as it’s invaded by an army of dancers taking part in a global “Thriller” dance event. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story: Thriller


Fundraiser Set To Help With Efforts To Try To Save Popular State Beach In Ventura County From Closure

Fri, October 28, 2011

An oyster, clam, and champagne event in Ventura today (10/28) is the latest effort to try to help save a popular state beach threatened with closure. The fundraiser at the Jolly Oyster restaurant, at San Buenaventura State Beach, is part of efforts to save McGrath State Beach from shutdown. State parks officials had planned to Read the Rest…


Prescription Drug Takeback Day Set For Saturday In Oxnard, Ventura And Other Locations In County

Fri, October 28, 2011

You may have a danger lurking in your medicine cabinet, a shelf, or a drawer. Every year, thousands of people become sick, or even die from the diversion, misuse, or abuse of prescription drugs This weekend, Oxnard and Ventura Police, along with Ventura County Sheriff’s Department are trying to help solve that problem. They’re taking Read the Rest…


New Football Stadium At California Lutheran University, In Ventura County Is Also Art Gallery

Fri, October 28, 2011

A Ventura County University has replaced its half century old football stadium, but not only is it a sports facility, it’s an art gallery. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports California Lutheran University’s new William Rolland Stadium is set to be dedicated Saturday 10/29. Click on link to listen to/download story: New CLU Stadium


Auditor’s Report Matches Sex Offender Addresses With Foster Homes

Fri, October 28, 2011

A thousand foster homes in California may share an address with a sex offender, according to a new report from the California State Auditor.  But, the Department of Social Services is disputing that claim. State Auditor Elaine Howell’s office compared the Department of Justice’s sex offender registry with the addresses of children in the state Read the Rest…


Governor Brown Proposes Pension Reforms

Fri, October 28, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown is proposing a sweeping overhaul of the state’s crumbling pension system.  The plan includes a sharp increase in the retirement age and a hybrid 401k-style system. Brown’s proposal would eliminate abuses like pension spiking and double-dipping. It would require equal retirement contributions from employees and employers. It would make future non-public Read the Rest…


Isla Vista Prepares For Halloween Weekend

Fri, October 28, 2011

Thousands are expected in Isla Vista this weekend for the annual Halloween street party.  But, law enforcement will be there in big numbers, as well. John Palminteri reports.


Life Of Late Religious Leader In Ventura County To Be Celebrated

Thu, October 27, 2011

A Ventura County minister who was a force in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and was a gay rights advocate will be honored at a special ceremony tomorrow (10/28), nine months after his death. The Reverend Paul Egertson will be celebrated at California Lutheran University’s annual Founders Day Convocation tomorrow morning. The 75 year Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Mayor Calls For Police Chief To Be Regular Part Of City Council Meetings

Thu, October 27, 2011

With the Santa Barbara Police department under fire for his handling of two DUI arrests, the city’s mayor is calling for the police chief to become a regular agenda item at City Council meetings. Mayor Helene Schneider says she thinks Police Chief Cam Sanchez should be on the agenda twice a month, to keep the Read the Rest…


Fuel Spill Contained Before It Can Reach Ocean In Ventura

Thu, October 27, 2011

An effort to steal some diesel fuel led to a hazardous materials call for Ventura firefighters this morning (10/27). It happened on the 300 block of Sanjon Road, near Thompson Boulevard.  Sometime just before 6 a.m. today, someone noticed a siphon hose hanging from a truck. An estimated two dozen gallons of fuel had spilled, Read the Rest…


Show In Ventura County Brings “Rat Pack” Back To Life On Stage

Thu, October 27, 2011

A musical stage show currently visiting Ventura County (through 10/30) has brought back to life one of show businesses most famous ensembles, the “Rat Pack”.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it’s the creation of the son of a longtime Hollywood star. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Sammy Hackett’s Rat Pack


Santa Barbara Works To Improve Tsunami Preparedness

Thu, October 27, 2011

The City Of Santa Barbara is stepping up to try to improve tsunami preparedness measures in the community.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Tsunami Preparedness


Federal Prosecutors Say Three Oxnard Gang Members Arrested In Connection With Drug Dealing, Others Sought

Wed, October 26, 2011

Federal prosecutors say three members of Oxnard’s “Colonia Chiques” street gang have been arrested on drug dealing, and weapons charges, and three others are being sought as the result of an undercover operation in Camarillo. Authorities say they arrested Diana Sophia Zamora of Camarillo, Edgar Rafael Aguilar of Oxnard, and Roger Gonzales Armendariz of  Oxnard. Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks Approves Plan To Try To Improve Major Business District

Wed, October 26, 2011

A Ventura County community has approved a redevelopment plant to try to improve one of its main business districts. The Thousand Oaks City Council approved a specific plan which will serve as a blueprint for future growth on a three mile stretch of Thousand Oaks Boulevard. The plan will allow retail, office, and residential uses Read the Rest…


Controversy Continues Over Claims Of Excessive Force by Santa Barbara Police In DUI Arrest

Wed, October 26, 2011

Santa Barbara’s Police Chief says the controversial arrest of a man on D-U-I charges in which police struck him multiple times was handled properly, considering the circumstances, but the man’s attorney is calling for the release of the videotape of the incident. Tony DeNunzio was stopped by a Santa Barbara police officer last Friday night Read the Rest…


Oxnard Drops Three Year Battle Over New Power Plant Planned For The City

Wed, October 26, 2011

After losing two rounds in court, the City of Oxnard dropped its battle to try to prevent a new power plant from being built in the city, and reached a settlement with Southern California Edison.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Oxnard Power Plant Settlement


Ventura Police Investigating Bomb Left On Driveway In Neighborhood

Wed, October 26, 2011

Ventura Police say a woman is lucky to be unhurt, after she started to disassemble a homemade explosive device she found on her driveway.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura Bomb


Judge Denies Attempt To Remove Himself From Retrial Of Ventura County Teen Accused Of Killing Classmate

Wed, October 26, 2011

The judge who presided over the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate has denied yet another defense effort to take himself off the case.  The defense team for Brandon McInerney sought to have Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell removed from the case, claiming that he was Read the Rest…


City Of Oxnard, Power Company Reach Settlement In Battle Over New Power Plant

Tue, October 25, 2011

The City Of Oxnard, and Southern California Edison reached a settlement in their long battle over the utility’s efforts to build an additional power plant in the city, a small facility known as a “peaker plant”. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that the city has decided that more legal challenges would be a waste of money, Read the Rest…


Shuttered Fire Station in Ventura To Reopen

Tue, October 25, 2011

The City Of Ventura is going to reopen a fire station it closed last year due to budget cuts. A $2.3 million dollar federal grant is going to pay for the bulk of the cost of reopening the East Ventura station for the next three years. The remainder is going to be made up through Read the Rest…


Plans Released For Continued Efforts To Deal With Toxics In Ocean Off Southern California

Tue, October 25, 2011

For nearly three decades, a Southern California plant dumped toxic wastes in the ocean.  Even though the dumping ended in the 1970′s, the impacts are still being felt off Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco says restoration efforts are the focus of a community meeting Wednesday night (10/26) at the Channel Islands National Read the Rest…


Simi Valley To Review Controversial Review Of Legal Status Of Workers Used By City Contractors

Tue, October 25, 2011

A Ventura County community is again going to look at the controversy over whether the legal status of workers employed by city contractors should be verified. The City of Simi Valley is the only city in the Ventura County-Santa Barbara region requiring contractor to use the E-verify system. It’s a free process which allows employers Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Investigating Handling Of Arrest Of Suspected DUI Driver

Mon, October 24, 2011

Santa Barbara Police are saying they are investigating the handling of a DUI arrest Friday night, which led to a violent confrontation between the suspect and police which was witnessed by a number of stunned onlookers. It happened just before 10 p.m. Friday.  An officer saw a pickup truck leave Hendry’s Beach, and says the Read the Rest…


Community Meeting Set For Controversy About Water In Ojai

Mon, October 24, 2011

A big crowd is expected for a community meeting in the Ojai Valley tonight (10/25), looking at the issue of water prices. Some residents upset with the Golden State Water Company have been seeking government intervention, and have asked the Casitas Municipal Water District to consider taking over water services thru eminent domain. Company officials Read the Rest…


High School In Ventura County Gets $100,000 Fitness Center By Winning Competition

Mon, October 24, 2011

A Ventura County high school has a brand new, $100,000 fitness center after winning a statewide challenge. Nationally known fitness guru Jake “Body By Jake” Steinfeld was on hand to help open the new center at Oxnard’s Hueneme High School today, as the school was rewarded for its participation in a statewide fitness program. The Read the Rest…


Japanese-American Internment Camps In U.S. During World War Two To Be Focus Of Conejo Valley Event

Mon, October 24, 2011

It’s considered to be a blotch on American history.  At the beginning of the nation’s involvement in World War II, more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans were rounded up by the U.S. Government, and sent to internment camps as a result of anti-Japanese war hysteria.  Some Ventura County residents among those sent to the camps will talk Read the Rest…


Work At Santa Barbara Airport Could Cause Traffic Issues

Mon, October 24, 2011

Santa Barbara Airport is kicking off its last phase of its Airport Terminal Project today, with the additional of improvements for the loop roadway to, and from the new complex. There will be on and off lane closures for the next three weeks. Airport officials are urging people to park in the Long Term parking Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City College Leader Hit By Controversy Takes Job In Orange County

Sun, October 23, 2011

The former head of the Santa Barbara Community College District has accepted a position with an Orange County college district. Andreea Serban is the Coast Community College District’s interim Vice Chancellor of Educational Services, and Technology. She’s had the title of President and Superintendent of Santa Barbara City College for about three years.  Then, earlier Read the Rest…


Son Arrested For Murder Of His Mother In Oxnard

Sat, October 22, 2011

An Oxnard man has been arrested for the murder of his mother earlier this month.  The body of Sheryl Tye was found by Oxnard Police in her North Ventura Road apartment October 9th. Family members had called police because they say they were worried, after not having contact with the 55-year-old woman for several days. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Proposes Teaching All Schoolchildren CPR

Fri, October 21, 2011

A South Coast congresswoman introduced legislation to provide funding to help teach all schoolchildren in the country CPR, as well as how to operate defibrillators. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara authored what’s called the “Teaching Children To Save Lives Act”. Capps says cardiac arrest kills 300,000 people annually, but that many could be Read the Rest…


Would-Be Thieves Try To Use Ventura County Sheriff’s Office As Part Of Scam

Fri, October 21, 2011

A couple learned the hard way about a scam in Ventura County, as some would be thieves tried to cover their crime by posing as Ventura County’s top cop to try to make their plan look legitimate. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Scam Attempt


Unemployment Dips In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, October 21, 2011

There’s some good news about the unemployment situation in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, as well as statewide.  Just released September statistics show drops in the jobless rate. In Ventura County, the number of people out of work went from 10.5 in August, to 10.1 percent in September. In Santa Barbara County, unemployment dropped from Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Officials Try To Sort Out Problems With Ballots In Mail-In City Council Election

Fri, October 21, 2011

City of Santa Barbara officials are trying to figure out why some people haven’t received their ballots yet for a mail-in City Council election, even though they went out in the post days ago.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Ballot Problems


Ventura County Organizations Getting Grants From Social Justice Fund

Fri, October 21, 2011

The Social Justice Fund For Ventura County has announced it will award $55,000 to eight local organizations focused on improving equality in the community. The money will help with issues like bullying, the environment, youth violence, and transit.  The organizations receiving funding include groups like the Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation, the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Says Marijuana Eradication Season Netted 60,000 Plants

Thu, October 20, 2011

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department says it’s closing the books on a huge marijuana eradication season, with the total plants seized having a street value of 120 million dollars. The majority of the nearly 60,000 plants confiscated in 17 raids came from the Los Padres National Forest. No arrests have been made in connection Read the Rest…


“Annie” Production In Ventura County Features Touring Canine

Thu, October 20, 2011

Everyone knows the story of a lovable, red-headed orphan named “Annie”.  The Cabrillo Music Theater’s production of the musical comedy now running in Ventura County stars showbiz veteran Sally Struthers, and one of her co-stars is a real-life orphan, a four legged actor who’s found a happy home.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Man Found Dead In Wreckage Of Vehicle

Thu, October 20, 2011

Authorities say an 83-year-old man found dead in the wreckage of his car in the Simi Valley area suffered fatal chest injuries. The wreckage of John Varble’s vehicle was found at around 2:30 a.m. yesterday (10/19), on the 11-hundred block of Peppertree Lane.  The Simi Valley man crashed just before midnight Tuesday. Investigators think Varble Read the Rest…


Ventura County Approves Settlement To Recover Costs From 2008 Brushfire

Thu, October 20, 2011

Ventura County has approved  a $240,000 settlement from a utility company to cover county firefighting costs in battling a 2008 brushfire caused by downed power lines. Ventura County Supervisors okayed the settlement offer from the Southern California Gas Company in conjunction with the “Sesnon” fire. The blaze destroyed some 80 structures in Los Angeles County, Read the Rest…


Reward Increased For Arrest, Conviction Of Poacher Who Killed Mountain Lion In Ventura County

Thu, October 20, 2011

New contributions have increased a reward being offered for the arrest, and conviction of the killer of a mountain lion in Ventura County to more than $11,000. The dead mountain lion was found on September 11th on the western edge of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area, not far from Camarillo. Authorities didn’t disclose Read the Rest…


Mission Continues To See If Tanker Torpedoed Off California Coast In World War Two May Be Leaking Oil

Wed, October 19, 2011

Efforts to see if oil may be leaking from a tanker sunk by a Japanese submarine in the opening days of World War Two off the Central Coast are continuing this week. An unmanned sub is being used to explore the wreckage of the S-S Montebello, which was sunk on December 23rd, 1941 shortly after Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Jail Facility Once Set To Close Now Expanding Hours

Wed, October 19, 2011

One of Santa Barbara County’s jails which was supposed to be close this summer due to funding cuts is not only still open, it’s expanding its hours. The County Sheriff’s Department had planned to close the Santa Maria Jail in July, because of the budget issues. But, funds the department saved during the last fiscal Read the Rest…


Biotech Giant Announces More Than 200 Layoffs In Ventura County

Wed, October 19, 2011

A Ventura County based international biotechnology giant announced it will lay off 380 people, including some 226 locally as part of a major restructuring of its research, and development efforts. Amgen officials say they are trying to better focus their development efforts, putting more resources into projects which appear to have the best chance of Read the Rest…


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