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Archives for October 2011

Goleta To Act On Streetside R.V. Storage

Wed, October 19, 2011

The City of Goleta is considering a proposed crackdown on R.V. owners who store their vehicles on city streets. John Palminteri reports.


Man Struck, Killed By Freight Train In Ventura County

Wed, October 19, 2011

Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was struck, and killed by a freight train in Ventura early Wednesday morning (10/19). Ventura Police say the man was walking on the tracks near Harbor Boulevard around 1:30 this morning. The engineer of a northbound Union Pacific freight train sounded the train’s horn, and hit Read the Rest…


Orphaned Coyotes Returned To Wild In Santa Barbara County After Being Helped By Animal Rescue Group

Wed, October 19, 2011

Two coyote pups were released back into the wild in Santa Barbara County, after an animal rescue group saved them following the death of their mother. The pups mother was struck, and killed by a vehicle on Highway 154, in the Santa Ynez Valley in June.  People saw the eight to ten week old pups Read the Rest…


Veteran Local Legislator Announces Plans To Seek State Senate Seat

Tue, October 18, 2011

A veteran legislator on the South Coast has announced her intention to run for what will be a newly configured 19th District State Senate seat. Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson served three terms as the region’s 35th District Assemblywoman, before barely losing a close race in 2008 for the 19th District Senate seat to Republican Tony Strickland. Read the Rest…


Former Irish President, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner To Speak On South Coast

Tue, October 18, 2011

She was Ireland’s first female president, and served for five years as the UN’s top human rights official.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Mary Robinson, who’s coming to Santa Barbara County on Friday (10/21) to speak about the state of human rights efforts. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Mary Robinson


Officials Confirm Death Of Ventura Police Officer While On Patrol A Suicide

Tue, October 18, 2011

Authorities confirm that a Ventura Police officer found shot to death early Sunday morning (10/16) while on patrol committed suicide. The 27-year-old man was on patrol around 1:30 a.m. when dispatchers lost contact with him. Other officers started a search, and found his body on the 14-hundred block of Dowell Drive about two hours later. Read the Rest…


Longtime Arts Leader Who Headed Music Academy Of The West, In Montecito Dies

Mon, October 17, 2011

A man who was the first president of the Music Academy Of The West in Montecito has died. Dr. Robert William Holmes was the first person to hold the title of President of the Music Academy, and was there from  from 1988, to 1993.  He helped increase the Academy’s endowment from $2, to $9 million Read the Rest…


Ventura County Closes Books On Marijuana Eradication Season With Biggest Bust In County History

Mon, October 17, 2011

Ventura County’s marijuana eradication season has ended with the biggest raid in the county’s history, netting a record 68,000 plants. More than 40 officers from different agencies took part in the harvest in the Pine Mountain area, which is in the Los Padres National Forest, north of Ojai. Over the course of the season, law Read the Rest…


Transit District In Ventura County Gets Big Grant For New Facilities

Mon, October 17, 2011

The Oxnard-based Gold Coast Transit District received a $15 million dollar grant to build a new administration, operations, and maintenance facility. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara announced the U.S Department of Transportation grant.  The money will be used for a new maintenance garage, an operations center, an administration building, plus employee locker rooms Read the Rest…


Controversy Apparently Resolved Over Plans To Excavate “Ten Commandments” Movie Set Buried Under Sand Dunes In Santa Barbara County

Mon, October 17, 2011

A controversy that’s sprung up over plans to recover, remove, and restore a historic 1920′s movie set in Santa Barbara County has been resolved.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it involves the silent film classic “The Ten Commandments”. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ten Commandments Set


Ventura County Supervisors Take Meeting On The Road

Mon, October 17, 2011

Ventura County Supervisors are taking their show on the road this week, moving the regular weekly meeting to the eastern part of the county. The supervisors traditionally hold their public meetings in their chambers at the Ventura County Government Center, in Ventura but they periodically hold the meetings in different areas of the county, to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Based Environmental Group Using Video To Try To Track Water Pollution

Mon, October 17, 2011

A local environmental group is going high tech in its efforts to try to document water pollution.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story: Environmental Camera


Race Car Driver Who Died In Accident Honored At Reagan Libray, In Simi Valley

Mon, October 17, 2011

The Ronald Reagan Presidential library in Simi Valley has set up a memorial wreath on a race car on display at the library, which is one of the cars driven by an Indy driver killed in a massive racing accident in Las Vegas yesterday. Dan Wheldon died from injuries suffered in a massive 15 car Read the Rest…


Solar Lamps Created By Santa Barbara Group Being Distributed Around World

Mon, October 17, 2011

A Santa Barbara County based effort to help thousands of needy children around the world is booming.  “Unite To Light” invented a low cost solar reading lamp, to help families living in homes without electricity.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports tens of thousands of the lamps are now being distributed around the world. Click on link Read the Rest…


“Occupy” Demonstrations Spread In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Sun, October 16, 2011

The “Occupy” demonstrations targeting issues like big business, and the government which have been occuring around the world continued to spread locally as well in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. Hundreds of people were on hand for separate demonstrations in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard, and Thousand Oaks over the weekend.  In Santa Barbara, hundreds of Read the Rest…


Man Rescued After Being Trapped Between Fishing Boat, Dock In Ventura Harbor

Sat, October 15, 2011

A man suffered serious injuries when he ended up in the ocean at Ventura Harbor, and was trapped between a large fishing boat, and a dock. It happened just after 11:30 Friday night.  Bystanders spotted the man, and unsuccessfully tried to rescue him. Ventura firefighters, and Harbor Patrol officers reached him, lowered him to a Read the Rest…


Two Men Arrested In Connection With Forged Check Scheme In Ventura County

Sat, October 15, 2011

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Detectives have arrested two men, in connection with what they call a forged traveler’s check operation in Southern California. Detectives say Jullius Williams, and Kenneth Blanton targeted TJ Maxx stores throughout the region, including the one in Moorpark.  The investigators say the two men would buy a low priced item, with Read the Rest…


Health Care Advocates Applaud “Telehealth”

Fri, October 14, 2011

California health leaders and lawmakers said a bill recently signed into law will launch the state into a new phase of high tech health care. California doctors can already connect to patients remotely through video conferencing, email or phone calls. But sponsors of the Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011 say the new law will remove Read the Rest…


Officials Discuss Coastal Traffic Solutions

Fri, October 14, 2011

State transportation leaders are looking at solutions to local traffic problems and funding issues.  Those were among the issues discussed at a community meeting this week. John Palminteri reports.


State Community Colleges Chancellor Says Funding Cuts Forcing Education “Rationing”

Fri, October 14, 2011

The Chancellor of the state’s community college system says funding cuts are now forcing the campuses to ration education, because resources no longer allow them to offer classes to every student who wants them.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Dr. Jack Scott, as the official spoke to a group of educators at California Lutheran University, Read the Rest…


Study Looking At Possible National Historic Park, Or Other Commemoration For Cesar Chavez Advances

Fri, October 14, 2011

Should civil rights leader Cesar Chavez be honored with a historic park, or other designations to commemorate his role in history?  The National Park Service has come up with a draft report with some possible places for inclusion.  Chavez was an iconic figure in modern American history, as he fought for farmerworkers rights, and civil Read the Rest…


Work Set To Start On Once Controversial Boating Center In Ventura Cou

Fri, October 14, 2011

More than a decade after first being proposed, and after years of controversy, work is officially getting underway today on a boating instruction, and safety center at Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor. The six million dollar Channel Islands Boating Center will be located on the west side of the harbor. The project created controversy because of Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Looking For Suspects In Killing

Thu, October 13, 2011

Oxnard police are investigating their second murder in less than a week in the city. 19-year-old Sergio Arroyo was shot and stabbed just before 9 Wednesday, on the 45-hundred block of Terrace Avenue. The Oxnard man died at a hospital Thursday morning. Arroyo was outside, in the neighborhood at the time of the shooting. There’s Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Parking Officer Seriously Injured In Traffic Accident

Thu, October 13, 2011

A Santa Barbara parking enforcement officer is in the hospital with serious injuries, after an RV hit her small cart, and pinned it between the RV, and a delivery truck. It happened just before one this afternoon (10/13), in downtown Santa Barbara near the intersection of State, and Canon Perdido streets. Police say the RV Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Sentenced To 28 Years In Prison For Shooting In Restaurant

Thu, October 13, 2011

A man convicted of shooting a teen at an Oxnard fast food restaurant in what prosecutors called a gang related shooting has been sentenced to 28 years in prison. Alexander Talili of Oxnard pled guilty to three charges in connection with the September, 2007 shooting at a McDonald’s restaurant on the 400 block of South Read the Rest…


UCSB Gets Millions For New Material Research Institute

Thu, October 13, 2011

One of the world’s largest chemical companies is giving a local university up to 15 million dollars, to establish an institute to try to develop new materials. The Dow Chemical Company is awarding the money to U.C. Santa Barbara’s Materials Research Laboratory, which will house the new institute. The money will be used for research Read the Rest…


California On Line Tax Battle Moves To Washington, D.C.

Thu, October 13, 2011

California brick-and-mortar retailers are taking their battle against online retailers like Amazon-dot-com from Sacramento to Washington, DC. They’re working with members of Congress from both parties on a bill introduced Wednesday in the House. Online giant Amazon has resisted collecting sales tax on out-of-state purchases for years. But last month, it agreed to a compromise Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Traffic Fatality Investigated

Thu, October 13, 2011

A Santa Barbara street was closed last night for an accident recreation as authorities search for answers to the tragedy. John Palminteri reports.


Global Leaders Meet In Ventura County To Talk About Nuclear Disarmament

Thu, October 13, 2011

Former generals, retired ambassadors, and business leaders from around the world gathered in Ventura County this week, for a conference seeking to build new support for global nuclear disarmament.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Global Zero Summit


Two Men Seriously Injured While Trying To Fight Fire In Ventura

Thu, October 13, 2011

Two men suffered serious injuries while fighting a fire at a Ventura duplex. It happened at about 6:30 last night, on the 9500 block of El Cajon Street.  Ventura firefighters arrived to find two men fighting a fire which was burning landscaping, and the front of the duplex.  The men had hooked up a hose Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Hires Director To Head New County Agency

Thu, October 13, 2011

Santa Barbara County has hired its first Community Services Director, to serve as the head of an agency made up of the merger of some county departments, and agencies. Santa Barbara County Supervisors hired Herman Parker as the head of the county’s new Community Services Department. Parker has worked for the City of Temecula since Read the Rest…


“World Arthritis Day” Hits Home On South Coast

Wed, October 12, 2011

Today (10/12) is “World Arthritis Day”, a day intended to bring attention to the family of more than 100 diseases, or conditions affecting some 50 million Americans, including thousands in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.   KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that while many people think of  it in terms of adults, it also affects an Read the Rest…


South Coast Fire District Gets Federal Grant For New Equipment

Wed, October 12, 2011

The Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District is getting a nearly $100,000 grant to buy new safety gear for firefighters.  The district is getting the grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance To Firefighters Program. The money will be use to buy wildland firefighting gear, specialized protective gear, and barriers to help traumatic injury victims.


Simi Valley Police Chief Announces Retirement Plans

Wed, October 12, 2011

The police chief for one of Ventura County’s largest cities has announced plans to retire. Simi Valley Police Chief Mike Lewis will step down in December, after five years on the job. Lewis has spent his entire law enforcement career in Ventura County, working for  the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department for three decades before being Read the Rest…


Undersea Survey Underway To Assess Danger Of Oil Leak From Tanker Sunk Off Central Coast During World War II

Wed, October 12, 2011

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie.  Researchers are using a special sub to explore the nearly 70 year old wreckage of a ship torpedoed, and sunk off the Central Coast during World War II, to see if could potentially spill millions of gallions of oil, and create an environmental disaster.  KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Organ Donation Advocates Mark Milestone

Wed, October 12, 2011

Supporters of organ and tissue donation in California are celebrating a national milestone and have set a new goal. “Donate Life America” says there are now 100-million registered organ, eye and tissue donors in the United States. California has the most registered donors, with just over 8.6 million. Kyla Aquino is a two-time kidney recipient Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Missing Goleta Bicyclist

Wed, October 12, 2011

A local company is offering a reward for information about a missing bicyclist with links to Goleta. John Palminteri reports.


Bills On The Bubble: Health Care Rate Regulation

Wed, October 12, 2011

Over the next couple of months, we’ll look at some significant bills that didn’t make it through the California legislature this year but could be back next year.  Today we highlight a measure that would give the state’s insurance commissioner the power to regulate health insurance rate increases. Democratic Assemblyman Mike Feuer pushed AB 52 Read the Rest…


Oxnard Murder Victim Attacked With Sharp Object

Wed, October 12, 2011

Authorities say an autopsy shows an Oxnard woman who was murdered had been attacked with a sharp object.   The body of 55-year-old Sheryl Tye was found in her Oxnard apartment Sunday night. Family members had called police after not hearing from the woman, and becoming concerned.  Officers found her body in her apartment on the 2000 Read the Rest…


Voting Open In Santa Barbara City Council Vote By Mail Election

Tue, October 11, 2011

It may not feel like Election Day, but voters in the City of Santa Barbara can now cast their ballots for this November’s City Council election. Ten candidates are in the running for three Santa Barbara City Council seats which are up for grabs. Incumbents Dale Francisco and Michael Kathleen Self are seeking re-election, and Read the Rest…


Crew Rescued After Fishing Boat Runs Aground In Ventura

Tue, October 11, 2011

Two commercial  fishermen are safe, after being rescued following their boat running around near Ventura Harbor’s south jetty. It happened just after 9:30 Monday night (10/10).  Rescue teams from five agencies, led by the Ventura Fire Department arrived to find the boat grounded just past the surf line.  Rescue swimmers were deployed, and found there Read the Rest…


Authorities Release Name Of Oxnard Murder Victim

Tue, October 11, 2011

Authorities are now identifying 55-year-old Sheryl Tye of Oxnard as the victim of a murder discovered by police Sunday night. Family members had called police after not hearing from the woman, and becoming concerned.  Officers found her body in her apartment on the 2000 block of North Ventura Road, in Oxnard around 10:30 Sunday night.  Read the Rest…


South Coast Community Set To Pursue Disposable Shopping Bag Ban

Tue, October 11, 2011

The City of Carpinteria is looking at imposing a total ban on disposable shopping bags, as part of an effort to be more environmentally friendly.   KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Carpinteria Bag Ban Proposal


Local Non-Profit Receives National Recognition, $100,000 Prize For Technological Innovation

Tue, October 11, 2011

A local non-profit agency which provides medical supplies, and equipment for people in need around the world has received a $100,000 prize for its use of technology to improve its efficiency.  KCLU’s Dave Meyer has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: DRI Award


“Occupy” Protest Movement Takes Root In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Tue, October 11, 2011

It started as Wall Street protests against big business, and big government, and spread throughout the country.  Now, what’s known as the “Occupy” movement has been up and running in Santa Barbara for a few weeks, and is developing in Ventura.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks the movement in Ventura County, and talks to a political Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Say Woman Found Dead In Apartment A Homicide Victim

Mon, October 10, 2011

Oxnard Police are calling the death of a 55-year-old woman whose body was found in her Ventura Road apartment a homicide. Police were called to the apartment on the 2000 block of North Ventura Road around 10:30 Sunday night (10/9) by concerned family members, who say they hadn’t heard from the woman recently.   Officers Read the Rest…


$5,000 Reward Now Being Offered For Arrest, Conviction Of Mountain Lion Poacher

Mon, October 10, 2011

A five thousand dollar reward is now being offfered for the arrest, and conviction of a poacher who killed a mountain lion which was part of a research study in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Mountain Lion Reward


Man Who Died In Ventura County Mobile Home Fire Identified

Mon, October 10, 2011

A 70 year old man who died following a mobile home fire in Ventura County is now being identified. Thomas Real suffered massive burns, and from smoke inhalation from the Friday afternoon fire, on the 8900 block of Nye Road in Casitas Springs.  Ventura County firefighters arrived to find the home burning, and a badly burned Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Dies, Driver Arrested As A Result Of Traffic Accident

Mon, October 10, 2011

A Ventura County man is dead, and the driver of the car he was riding in has been arrested on a vehicular manslaughter charge. Ventura Police say a car being driven by Nicholas Gaeta of Santa Paula was eastbound on Thompson Boulevard, near Catalina Street just after 11:30 Saturday night when he slammed into a Read the Rest…


California Marks 100 Years Of Women’s Suffrage, Direct Democracy

Mon, October 10, 2011

Monday marks one hundred years to the day since California approved women’s suffrage. On October 10th, 1911, California narrowly gave women the right to vote. In fact, many Bay Area counties, including San Francisco, opposed the measure. Sacramento State Government Professor Kim Nalder says that’s because the women’s suffrage movement was closely tied to prohibition. Read the Rest…


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