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Archives for October 2011

Online Video Instructional Library Getting Millions Of Users

Mon, October 10, 2011

What started as one man’s effort to help some family members, and friends learn algebra and math has turned into a free, online instructional library with thousands of videos. and millions of users.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has a report on the man behind the phenomenon, who’s speaking in Santa Barbara County tonight (10/10). Link to Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Arrested After Police Say He Assaulted Son With Sword

Mon, October 10, 2011

A Ventura man is facing assault with a deadly weapon charges after police say he got into a confrontation with his 18-year-old son, and then assaulted him with a sword. Ventura Police were called to the 2500 block of Zuni Court around 12:30 Sunday (10/9), by reports of a domestic disturbance.  Police say Antonio Gutierrez confronted Read the Rest…


“Occupy Santa Barbara” Demonstrators Continue Protests

Sun, October 9, 2011

Hundreds of marchers upset with Wall Street, and the government continued their protests in Santa Barbara over the weekend.  On Saturday, protestors targetted some banks on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara, chanting and carrying signs. The “Occupy Santa Barbara” protest was peaceful, but the crowd was so large it disrupted traffic in the downtown area.  Read the Rest…


Local Democrats Issue Statement About “Occupy Santa Barbara” Protests

Sun, October 9, 2011

The Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County has issued a statement about the Occupy Wall Street, and Occupy Santa Barbara demonstrations, saying they welcome and encourage what they call a “grass roots awakening”. The local organization says it’s time the corporate dominance which it says is embraced by leaders of both major political parties be Read the Rest…


“Pianist To The Presidents”, Frequent Performer In Simi Valley Dies

Sun, October 9, 2011

One of America’s best known pianists, who performed at the White House for nine different administrations over the decades has died. Roger Williams was known as the “Pianist To The Presidents”.  He died Saturday (10/8) at his Los Angeles home, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Williams hit the Billboard Top 20 charts with his Read the Rest…


Man Dies As A Result Of Mobile Home Fire In Ventura County

Sat, October 8, 2011

A 70 year old man has died as the resulted of a mobile home fire in the Ventura County community of Casitas Springs, which also left a woman seriously injured. The fire was reported just after 1 p.m. Friday (10/8), on the 8900 block of Nye Road. Ventura County firefighters arrived to find a badly burned woman Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Reports Outbreak Of Serious Canine Virus

Sat, October 8, 2011

Santa Barbara County Animal Services officials report an outbreak of a virus which can make dogs seriously ill, or even kill them. At least 15 dogs have been diagnosed with Parvovirus.  It’s a virus which attacks the lining of a dog’s digestive system, and can make it impossible for it to absorb nutrients, leading to Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara Nursing Home Employees Arrested On Abuse Charges

Sat, October 8, 2011

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office says it’s filed criminal abuse charges against two nursing assistants for unrelated incidents at a Santa Barbara nursing home. Prosecutors say Brian Michael Watt of Ventura, and Hugo Batalla Rendon of Santa Barbara were arrested in connection with separate incidents at the Central Coast Nursing Center, in Santa Read the Rest…


Mobile Home Fire Seriously Burns Two People In Ventura County

Fri, October 7, 2011

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what led to a mobile home fire in the Ventura County community of Casitas Springs, which left two people seriously injured. The fire was reported just after 1 p.m. Friday (10/8), on the 8900 block of Nye Road. Ventura County firefighters arrived to find one badly burned woman Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Calls For Santa Barbara Police To Install Video Cameras In Patrol Cars

Fri, October 7, 2011

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report is calling on the Santa Barbara Police Department to install video cameras in its patrol vehicles.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SB County Grand Jury Report


Noted Ventura County Artist Creates Grants To Help Struggling Artists

Fri, October 7, 2011

A noted Ventura painter, and retired art teacher has created a grant program to help struggling professional artists in Ventura County. Gerd Koch worked with the Ventura County Arts Council to create the program to help two artists annually in the county by offering $3,000 grants. Koch and his companion, Carole Milton sold some of Read the Rest…


Ballet About Van Gogh in Santa Barbaba Unusual Multi-Media Mix

Fri, October 7, 2011

Some of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings are being brought to life on stage this weekend in Santa Barbara, in a multi-media presentation which mixes art, acting, and ballet.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at the State Street Ballet production of “Starry Night”. (October 9th at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater) Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


Sanctions Increased For Prison Cell Phone Smuggling

Fri, October 7, 2011

Smuggling cell phones into California prisons will now result in fines and extra prison time under a bill signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown. Democratic State Senator Alex Padilla says cracking down on cell phone use in prisons will help prevent crime. “Cell phones are being used by inmates to facilitate drug trafficking, coordinate street Read the Rest…


Regulatory Changes Get Governor’s Signature

Fri, October 7, 2011

Among the three-dozen bills signed Thursday by California Governor Jerry Brown is a measure that tweaks the state’s regulatory system. The law stems from a deal between Democratic legislative leaders and business groups like the California Chamber of Commerce. It will require state agencies to review major regulations more thoroughly … conduct rigorous economic impact Read the Rest…


Governor Approves Maternity Coverage Bills

Fri, October 7, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown signed four bills into law Thursday which will support health care for pregnant women and mothers. Two new laws will close a gap in health coverage for maternity in California. All state-regulated plans and policies will need to include pregnancy services starting July 2012. Also starting next year, a law will ensure Read the Rest…


Carpinteria’s Avocado Festival Gets Underway

Fri, October 7, 2011

From its beginnings as a quaint Carpinteria celebration, the California Avocado Festival has grown into a major regional festival. John Palminteri reports.


Ventura Teen Who Disappeared In 2007 Returned Home Safely

Thu, October 6, 2011

A high school student who disappeared from Ventura in December of 2007 is back home, after returning from Mexico with the man authorities allege abducted her. Chioma Gray was 15 when she disappeared.  Witnesses saw her get into a stolen car outside of Buena High School which was driven by then 20 year old Andrew Read the Rest…


Moorpark Gives Preliminary Approval To New Television, Movie Studio Complex

Thu, October 6, 2011

The Moorpark City Council unanimously gave preliminary approval to plans last night (10/5) for a nearly 560,000 acre television, and movie studio lot on the west side of the city.  Trilliad Development wants to build 12 sound stages, as well as support facilities on 44 acres of land north of Los Angeles Avenue, near Gabbert Read the Rest…


Attorney In Ventura County Could Face Fire Years In Prison Following No Contest Plea

Thu, October 6, 2011

A Simi Valley attorney could potentially face up to five years in state prison, after pleading no contest to dozens of charges related to embezzlement allegations. Russell Takasugi entered the no contest plea to 34 counts stemming from allegations he embezzled more than a half million dollars from the estate of a client.  Prosecutors had Read the Rest…


Experts Say Unusual Early October Storm Not Indicator Of Strength Of Rainfall Season

Thu, October 6, 2011

Was this week’s rainfall the result of a rogue, unusual early October storm?  Or, is it a sign we’re headed for another wetter than average rainy season?  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to some experts about what we know about what may be on tap. Click on link to listen to/download story:  La Nina?


Governor Considers Contentious Bills

Thu, October 6, 2011

With just four days to go before Sunday’s sign-or-veto deadline, California Governor Jerry Brown still has several controversial bills awaiting action on his desk. The bill that might be attracting the most suspense would require all future ballot measures to go before voters in general elections, not primaries. That would likely give Democrats a more Read the Rest…


Backers Halt Effort To Roll Back Rural Fire Fee

Thu, October 6, 2011

California voters won’t get the chance to overturn a new fire protection fee on rural property owners that’s part of this year’s state budget.  Referendum backers couldn’t meet Thursday’s deadline to turn in more than 500-thousand signatures. Republican state Senator Ted Gaines has led the effort to overturn the annual fee. But he told the Read the Rest…


Undercover Operation Exposes Youth Cigarette Sales

Thu, October 6, 2011

Agents using undercover customers have revealed a high rate of tobacco sales to underage purchasers in some Santa Barbara County communities. John Palminteri reports.


Robber Breaks Car Window, Steals Purse Prom 80 Year Old Ventura Woman

Thu, October 6, 2011

Police are looking for a brazen robber who broke the passenger window of a car arriving at a Ventura home, and stole the purse of an 80 year old woman. It happened just before noon Wednesday (10/5), on the 900 block of Montgomery Avenue. After the man broke the window, the woman tried to hang Read the Rest…


KCLU Special Report–Bullying: Kids In Crisis

Wed, October 5, 2011

National attention is being focused on the topic of bullying this week, with the release of the documentary film, Bully. Last Fall, KCLU Special Projects Reporter John North spoke with local parents, educators and students about the problem of bullying and its, sometimes, tragic consequences. Bullying:  Kids In Crisis originally aired October 6th, 2011. The Read the Rest…


Storm System Leaving Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, October 5, 2011

A storm system which dumped up to around an inch and a half of rain in parts of Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties and slowed the morning commute is clearing the region. No serious flooding, or major road closure were reported as a result of the storm. The system dumped about an inch of rain Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Drop Hate Crime Allegation In Retrial Of Ventura County Teen Accused Of Killing Classmate

Wed, October 5, 2011

Prosecutors say they are going to retry a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting a classmate to death as an adult, but that they aren’t going to pursue hate crime allegations. Brandon McInerney is accused of the February, 2008 shooting death of Larry King at Oxnard’s E.O. Green Junior High School. Ventura County prosecutors called Read the Rest…


Ventura, Santa Barbara County Arts Groups Get More Than Two Million Dollars In Grants

Wed, October 5, 2011

Seven local arts groups in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are receiving major grants from a statewide foundation. The James Irvine Foundation is presenting the groups with more than two million dollars in support.  Recipients in Ventura County include the Museum Of Ventura County, the Rubicon Theater, and the Ojai Music Festival.  In Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Mountain Lion Killed By Poachers Impacts Ongoing Research In Santa Monica Mountains

Wed, October 5, 2011

Biologists are stunned by the recent deaths of two mountain lions in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties they’ve been studying for years, including one killed by poachers.   KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports they were key parts of research on mountain lions living in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Ventura Schools Get Federal Grant To Try To Improve Health Of Students

Wed, October 5, 2011

Some South Coast schools are receiving close to a million dollars to improve health, and wellness among students. The Ventura School District is getting just over $980,000 over three years from the U.S. Department of Education. The money is for a healthy eating, and active living program called “Project Heal”, to expand and improve physical Read the Rest…


Storm Could Drop Two Inches Of Rain In Parts Of Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Wed, October 5, 2011

A cold front moving through the region could mean more locally heavy rainfall at times in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.  Totals could top an inch in some coastal areas, and two inches in local mountains.  Rainfall amounts have approached an inch and a half of rain so far in some local mountain areas.  As Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Now Leaning Towards Ban On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Wed, October 5, 2011

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have decided to pursue a permanent ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The County’s Planning Commission, as well as the Montecito Planning Commission had been looking at the issue, and recommended a series of restrictions to allow dispensaries if they’re located away from schools, parks, and residential areas. That effort had intended Read the Rest…


Two People In Hospital Following Accident Which Snarled Morning Commute On 101 Freeway In Santa Barbara

Tue, October 4, 2011

A crash on the southbound 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara which left one vehicle on top of another sent both drivers to the hospital with serious injuries, and snarled traffic for hours this morning The CHP says at around 6:45 a.m., a southbound pickup truck veered into the lane of a southbound car near La Read the Rest…


Fall Storm Could Bring Heavy Rain To Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Tue, October 4, 2011

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties could get heavy rainfall at times overnight Tuesday, into Wednesday as the result of a new storm system moving into the region. The system is expected to arrive around midnight Tuesday.  Rainfall amounts are predicted to be in the half inch range along the coast, and from one to two Read the Rest…


Two Arrested In Raids On Gangs At Seven Ventura County Locations

Tue, October 4, 2011

Law enforcment officers from multiple agencies raided seven locations in the Oxnard, and Port Hueneme areas early Tuesday morning (10/4) as part of an ongoing gang investigation, making two arrests in the process. The Oxnard Police Department’s Violent Crimes unit spearheaded the raids, with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Ventura Police, and Port Hueneme Police Read the Rest…


Ventura County Health Plan Reaches Out To Agricultural Workers

Tue, October 4, 2011

Ventura County’s new managed health care plan for Medi-Cal beneficiaries created what it’s calling the first of its kind initiative to help seasonal farm workers maintain services as they follow work to Northern California.  KCLU’s Dave Meyer has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Gold Coast Heath Ag Workers Program


Governor Acts On Redevelopment, Crime Victim Bills

Tue, October 4, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown has rejected a bill that would give redevelopment agencies more flexibility in dealing with changes in this year’s budget. In his veto message, Brown wrote that he’s waiting for the state Supreme Court to rule on whether the budget’s redevelopment changes are constitutional. Brown also signed a measure that requires a Read the Rest…


De La Guerra Plaza Protest Targets Economy, Corporate Greed

Tue, October 4, 2011

Groups around the country have been sounding off with anger about Wall Street, real estate prices, employment and government’s response to the problems.  One such rally was held Monday in Santa Barbara. John Palminteri reports.


Group Keeping Tradition Of “Singing Cowboys” Alive To Perform on South Coast

Tue, October 4, 2011

For more than three decades, a music and comedy group has toured America, and recorded albums, trying to keep the almost forgotten tradition of the singing cowboy alive.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with members of “Riders In The Sky”, the group which is performing on the South Coast this coming weekend. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Layoffs Hit Ventura County Based Semiconductor Maker

Tue, October 4, 2011

A Camarillo based chipmaker is closing one of its local facilities, and laying off more than 40 employees company-wide. Vitesse Semiconductor said in regulatory filings that the moves were in response to decreased demand.  The company has ended a lease on a building on the 4000 block of Calle Carga, in Camarillo, and spread the Read the Rest…


Conference In Ventura County To Look At Role Of Faith, Action In Social Change

Tue, October 4, 2011

How can faith help open the door to social change?  That’s the focus of a conference featuring some nationally known experts on faith, action, and social change taking place this week in Ventura County, at California Lutheran University. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  CLU Conference


Major Freeway Offramp Closure Planned For 101 Freeway In Ventura County

Mon, October 3, 2011

Caltrans has announced that it will close a major freeway offramp in Ventura Couny this coming weekend (October 8/9) for the weekend for repaving. The northbound 101 Freeway Sanjon/Vista Del Mar offramp will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, until 11:59 Sunday night.  Detour signs will be posted on the freeway to help people get Read the Rest…


Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Blast Survivor To Be Honored in Santa Barbara For Role In Anti-Nuclear Activism

Mon, October 3, 2011

A peace group based in Santa Barbara is going to honor a survivor of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War Two. The now 79 year old woman became an internationally known nuclear disarmament activist.   KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the woman, who’s going to be honored by the Santa Read the Rest…


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