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Archives for November 2011

Red Flag, Wind Warnings For Ventura/Los Angeles Counties

Wed, November 30, 2011

It may be the tail end of November, but the brushfire danger could be high in parts of Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties for the next few days. The National Weather Service issued some high wind advisories and warnings for the region, with sustained wind from 30 to 50 miles an hour possible, and gusts Read the Rest…


Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson Remembered At Ventura County Event

Wed, November 30, 2011

Baseball fans from throughout Ventura County gathered last night at a Thousand Oaks Sports complex not for a game, but for an event to remember a huge figure in Major League Baseball. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story from California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks, which hosted the event, which was also a charity fundraiser. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Company Playing Key Role In Mars Exploration Mission

Wed, November 30, 2011

A rocket launched last weekend in what’s being called the most ambitious Mars exploration mission yet is carrying key rocket, and rover parts made by a company in Goleta.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Mars Mission


Arrest Made For Fatal Stabbing in Camarillo Monday

Wed, November 30, 2011

Authorities arrested a teenager they say is a known gang member for the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old man in Camarillo Monday. Juan Valadez was found behind some buildings on the 300 block of Arneill Road just before four p.m. Monday.  The Camarillo man was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses saw several young men Read the Rest…


CHP Arrests Man For Throwing Rocks At Vehicles On 101 Freeway, And Trying To Assault Officer

Wed, November 30, 2011

The CHP is investigating a bizarre incident in which they say a man on an isolated stretch of the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara County was throwing rocks at passing vehicles, and then tried to assault investigating officers. It happened around 3 a.m. yesterday (11/29), on the northbound 101 at El Capitan State Beach.  CHP Read the Rest…


$250,000 Federal Grant Expected To Help Save Popular State Beach In Ventura County From Closure

Tue, November 29, 2011

The U.S. Department of the Interior is stepping up with a $250,000 thousand dollar grant to help save a popular state beach in Ventura County from closure, which could put a campaign close to raising the money need to keep it open. This fall, the state was planning to close McGrath State Beach, because the Read the Rest…


Memorial Services Set For Ventura County Boy Struck, Killed While Bicycling

Tue, November 29, 2011

A memorial service has been set for Thursday for a six year old boy who was struck, and killed by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle on Thanksgiving Day in Oxnard. Police say Anthony Martinez Junior was riding on the 1300 block of Olive Street when he went into the roadway, and was hit.  Read the Rest…


UCSB Protest Adds To Demonstrations Around State With Concern Over Confrontations At U.C. Campuses

Tue, November 29, 2011

Demonstrators at U.C. Santa Barbara rallied Monday (11/28) to show concerns over conflicts between student protests, and police at other U.C. campuses, as well as unhappiness over potential new tuition and fee hikes.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  UCSB Protest


Ventura County DA’s Office Says Fatal Shooting By Ventura Police Officer Justified

Tue, November 29, 2011

A report just released by Ventura County District Attorney’s Office investigators says the May, 2011 shooting death of a Ventura man by a police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call was justified. Lucky Lopez had called Ventura Police, saying that her husband, Mario Lopez, was assaulting her, and that there were also other people Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Looks At Limiting Access In Popular Park Due To New Landslide Threat

Tue, November 29, 2011

The City of Santa Barbara is hoping to finalize plans this week for some key safety improvements to a popular park, including permanently closing a scenic viewpoint. The City is hoping to deal with issues stemming from a 2008 landslide in Shoreline Park, as well as concerns about MacGillvray Point. A plan developed by the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Gets $3.6 Million Dollars In Grants For Water Projects

Mon, November 28, 2011

Santa Barbara County has received some major state grants for water projects in the county. The State Department of Water Resources has awarded the county $3.6 million dollars. $3.1 million dollars will be used to help implement seven different water supply, water conservation, flood control, and ecosystem restoration projects from Goleta to Santa Maria. Another Read the Rest…


Memory Of Baseball Legend Sparky Anderson To Be Celebrated in Ventura County Tuesday Night

Mon, November 28, 2011

Some professional baseball stars are coming together this week in Ventura County, to honor a legendary manager who lived in the region for years. The late Sparky Anderson will be celebrated in a tribute tomorrow night at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. Anderson was the first manager to win a World Series Championship in Read the Rest…


Oxnard Woman Held In Ventura County Jail On Charge Of Fatally Injuring Her Baby Boy

Mon, November 28, 2011

A 21 year old Oxnard woman is behind bars in Ventura County, accused of causing injuries to her 11 month old baby which led to his death. The infant was taken to the Ventura County Medical Center last Wednesday night (11/23), with a head injury. The baby underwent emergency surgery, and was then airlifted to Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Inventor Of More Than 600 Toys During Seven Decade Long Career

Mon, November 28, 2011

There’s a Ventura County man who may have created one of your favorite toys as a child, or one of your kids favorites now.  Over the decades, Eddy Goldfarb has created more than 600 toys.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the inventive Thousand Oaks man. Click on link to listen to/download story: Eddy Goldfarb


Hunters Safe After Helicopter Rescue In Los Padres National Forest

Mon, November 28, 2011

Two hunters have quite a story to tell this morning, after becoming stranded at night on a cliff in a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest, and being rescued by helicopter. It happened Saturday night, in the vicinity of the Hard Luck Campground, near Piru Creek in the Lockwood Valley area.  The hunters Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Based Theater Company Gets Million Dollar Grant Towards New Theater

Mon, November 28, 2011

A Santa Barbara based theater company has received a major gift towards its efforts to build a new home. Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theater Company has received a million dollar gift towards its project to remodel the Victoria Street Theater, which will be its new home. Ensemble has operated out of the Alhecama Theater for decades, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Based Medical Relief Agency Announces New Donations For Tornado Ravaged Missouri, Illinois Medical Facilities

Thu, November 24, 2011

A Santa Barbara County based relief agency is sending additional aid to areas of Missouri, and Illinois hit hard by tornadoes, and storms earlier this year. Direct Relief International will provide five clinics and medical centers with more than $250,000 in grants to help them continue to provide help to low-income area residents, and to Read the Rest…


Local Congessman Spearheads Food, Toy Drive For Families Of Deployed Troops

Thu, November 24, 2011

A local congressman and his wife are spearheading their annual drive to bring food, and toys during the holidays to Ventura County military families who have family members deployed around the world. Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly of Simi Valley, and his wife Janice have conducted the campaign for nearly a decade.  Starting this weekend, hundreds Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Tree Trimmer Rescued After Suffering Severe Burns From Power Line

Wed, November 23, 2011

A tree trimmer in Santa Barbara suffered severe burns this afternoon, when he apparently came in contact with some live power lines, and had to be rescued from a tree. It happened just before 1:30 this afternoon (11/23), on East Valerio Street. Santa Barbara firefighters called to the scene found the man hanging upside down Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Connection With Strangulation Of Woman Found Dead Off Ventura County Coastline

Wed, November 23, 2011

A woman has been arrested for the strangulation of another woman in Ventura County. The body of Sarah Overholser was found floating in the Pacific Ocean off of Sycamore Cove November 7th. This week, authorities confirmed the suspicious death was a homicide, and that the 32 year old homeless woman had been strangled. Wednesday afternoon, Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Investigating Mysterious Death Of Woman

Wed, November 23, 2011

Police detectives are now calling the death of an Orange County woman who was found unconscious in her car in the parking lot of an Oxnard fast food restaurant suspicious.  Jung Baek was found around noon on Sunday, in a vehicle in the parking lot of a McDonald’s on the 17-hundred block of Pacific Avenue. Read the Rest…


Community Stunned By Death Of Popular Oxnard High School Basketball Coach

Wed, November 23, 2011

Students, and faculty members at Oxnard’s Channel Islands High School are stunned over news that the school’s popular girls basketball coach has died.  School officials say that Pat Bell suffered a fatal heart attack Monday night. Bell was a Channel Islands High graduate, and had been a coach at the high school since 1992.  He Read the Rest…


“Blue Man Group” performs in Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Wed, November 23, 2011

They’re a trio of colorful characters with a good sense of humor and very, very blue heads.  The “Blue Man Group”  national touring company is appearing in Santa Barbara, and Thousand Oaks during the next two weeks.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Blue Man Group


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Vehicles Vandalized

Wed, November 23, 2011

Some Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department deputies didn’t have to go far to find the victims of vandalism, becuse they were the targets of the attack. Three vehicles parked last weekend at the Santa Barbara County Superior Court Complex, in Santa Maria were targeted.  An off duty deputy discovered the vandalism on Saturday, which included Read the Rest…


Airport Officials Warn Travellers To Allow Extra Time For Thanksgiving Weekend Trips

Wed, November 23, 2011

Ventura and Santa Barbara County travelers planning to fly this Thanksgiving holiday weekend are being warned to allow lots of extra time to catch your flights. Santa Barbara Airport officials say if you’re travelling on the two busiest travel days, today and Sunday, you should arrive two hours prior to your takeoff time to find Read the Rest…


Two Women Indicted In Connection With Santa Barbara County Murder

Wed, November 23, 2011

A Santa Barbara County Grand Jury has indicted two women for last spring’s murder of a man in Isla Vista, leading to their arrests. Vincent Velasquez was stabbed to death during a violent confrontation on the 66 hundred block of Abrego Road early on the morning of May 15th. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Firefighters Say High Brushfire Danger Season Ending

Tue, November 22, 2011

Santa Barbara County firefighters say in the wake of recent rainfall, the high brushfire danger season is ending this week. As of 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, the County Fire Department will move from high fire season preparedness, to low season preparedness.  It means changes in staffing levels for the department.  During the peak season, the Read the Rest…


Pickup Truck Crashes Into Ventura Bookstore, Injuring One

Tue, November 22, 2011

A woman suffered minor injuries when the driver of a pickup truck who was backing out of a parking space kept going, and crashed into a Ventura bookstore. It happened just after 11 this morning (11/22), on the 400 block of East Main Street. No one in the bookstore was hurt. A woman who was Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Community Gets New Fire Chief

Tue, November 22, 2011

A new fire chief has been named in Montecito, to replace its current top firefighter, who is retiring next year.   KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Montecito Fire Chief


Death Of Woman Whose Body Was Found In Ocean Off Ventura County Coastline Called A Homicide

Tue, November 22, 2011

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives are calling the death of a woman whose body was found floating in the ocean off the coast a homicide. A helicopter pilot spotted the body of 32-year-old Sarah Overholser about 200 years off of Sycamore Cove on November 7th.  Investigators say she lived in the county, but was homeless. Read the Rest…


Crackdown On Unlicensed Taxi Drivers In The Conejo Valley

Tue, November 22, 2011

A crackdown on unlicensed taxi drivers has led to four arrests in the Conejo Valley. Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say unlicensed taxis have been an ongoing issue in the community. There are concerns about issues like the driving record of the cabbies, the safety of the vehicles, and the potential for fraud with illegal taxis Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Battling Rare Neurological Disorder Creates Foundation To Raise Awarness About The Issue

Tue, November 22, 2011

A Santa Barbara man’s fight with an extremely rare neurological disorder has prompted him to start a non-profit foundation, to try to educate the medical community, and the public about Chiari malformation. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Link to International Chiari Association:  www.ChiariAssociation.org Click on link to listen to/download story: Chiari Association


Authorities Release Name Of Man Shot By Port Hueneme Police In Confrontation

Mon, November 21, 2011

Authorities now say a man they call a documented gang member was the person who tried to run down a Port Hueneme police officer, and was shot by the officer in self defense. It happened at around 10 p.m. Saturday.  The officer was on routine patrol, and  tried to stop a vehicle he suspected was Read the Rest…


Plea Deal Reached In Case Of Ventura County Teenager Accused Of Killing Classmate In Hate Crime

Mon, November 21, 2011

A Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate in 2008, in what was originally called a hate crime because of the victim’s sexual orientation has now agreed to a plea deal which means he will no longer face a potential life sentence.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it’s a move which will avoid Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s Fire Chief Announces Run For Board Of Supervisors

Mon, November 21, 2011

Ventura County’s top firefighter is hoping to take on a new challenge next year, and has announced he’ll run for the County Board of Supervisors.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the Ventura County Government Center, where Bob Roper held a news conference to outline his plans to seek the First District Supervisorial seat. Click on Read the Rest…


Ventura County Courtroom Opens Doors To Showcase Adoption Process

Mon, November 21, 2011

With more than 22,000 new children ending up in foster care in California annually, it’s a constant struggle to find temporary, and permanent homes for these kids removed because of unsafe living conditions.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand in El Rio, as a Ventura County courtroom opened its doors to the public, and the Read the Rest…


Montecito Investment Pioneer, Philanthropist Dies

Sun, November 20, 2011

A Montecito man who was a pioneer in the money management field, and was well known for his charitable work has died.   Jon Lovelace ran the Capital Group Companies, one of the world’s largest money management businesses. Lovelace was also well known for work in the arts, health, science, and education worlds, among many things chairing Read the Rest…


Man Shot In Officer Involved Shooting In Ventura County

Sun, November 20, 2011

An unidentified man is said to have been seriously wounded by a Port Hueneme Police officer, after the man reportedly tried to run down the officer with a vehicle. It happened at around 10 p.m. Saturday night (11/18), in Oxnard.  A  Port Hueneme Police officer was trying to stop a suspected stolen vehicle, and it Read the Rest…


Police Looking For Vandals Who Hit High School, Homes In Ventura

Sun, November 20, 2011

Police are looking for vandals caused thousands of dollars in damage to a high school, and at some nearby homes in Ventura. Someone spray painted walls, windows, and other parts of the Buena High School campus late Friday, or early Saturday morning. The vandals also hit mailboxes, and vehicles at eight nearby homes, on the 5600 Read the Rest…


Program Gives More Than 1500 Ventura County Elementary School Students A Taste Of Ballet

Fri, November 18, 2011

Thousands of Ventura County elementary school students got a taste of ballet today, many for the very first time.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Oxnard. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Ballet


Vision Care Professionals In Santa Barbara To Provide Free Surgeries For Those In Need

Fri, November 18, 2011

More thantwo dozen vision care related professionals in Santa Barbara County are teaming up this weekend, to provide some sight restoring surgeries for low income, or fixed income people without health insurance. The nearly two dozen surgeries for things like cataracts will be performed as a part of the non profit group SEE International’s Santa Read the Rest…


Investigators Trying To Determine Cause of Santa Barbara Fire Which Killed One, and Injured One

Fri, November 18, 2011

Santa Barbara fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire which left one person dead, and a second seriously injured. The fire was reported at about 8 last night (11/17), on Quarantina Street, near Carpinteria Street. The blaze was in a fenced storage area. Arriving firefighters, and police found a man Read the Rest…


New Unemployment Figures Show Mixed Picture For Region

Fri, November 18, 2011

The latest unemployment figures for the South Coast show unemployment taking a substantial drop in Ventura County, and a slight rise in Santa Barbara County. Ventura County dropped from a 10.1 percent unemployment rate in September, to 9.8 percent in October.  Santa Barbara County rose just slightly, from 8.5 percent in September, to 8.6 percent Read the Rest…


One Killed In Santa Barbara Fire

Fri, November 18, 2011

A fire in an industrial area of Santa Barbara has left one person dead.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Fatal Santa Barbara Story


New State Budget Crisis Threatens Education, Social Service Programs

Fri, November 18, 2011

A new state budget crisis could trigger yet more cuts to education, and social service programs.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco gives us a look at local reaction, and some possible impacts. Click on link to listen to/download story:  State Budget Update


Arrests Made In Connection With Death Of Thousand Oaks High School Football Player

Fri, November 18, 2011

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says it’s arrested five people on drug related charges, as a part of its investigation into the death of a quarterback at Thousand Oaks High School last month. Griffen Kramer was found dead at an Agoura Hills home October 30th. An autopsy failed to show a clear cut cause Read the Rest…


Three Arrested On Charges Of Smuggling Drugs Into The Santa Barbara County Jail

Thu, November 17, 2011

Investigators say they’ve arrested three people for moving illegal drugs into probably the last place you want to take them…the Santa Barbara County Jail. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department says it discovered that a man in jail on weapons violations had heroin, marijuana, and prescription pills in his possession behind bars in the main Read the Rest…


Death Sentence Set For Ventura County Businessman Convicted of Ordering Murder Of His Wife

Thu, November 17, 2011

A Los Angeles judge has sentenced a Ventura County businessman to death for ordering the brutal murder of his estranged wife. James Fayed was convicted of first degree murder for the July 2008 stabbing death of Pamela Fayed in a Century City parking structure. The two had been business partners in their lucrative gold trading Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Appoints New Waterfront Director

Thu, November 17, 2011

The City of Santa Barbara has appointed a new department head for the agency which oversees Santa Barbara Harbor, Stearns Wharf, its other oceanfront facilities, and the City’s Harbor Patrol. Scott Riedman is Santa Barbara’s new Waterfront Director, replacing the department’s longtime director, John Bridley, who retired July 1st.  Riedman was selected from a field Read the Rest…


Calls For Action To Improve Pedestrian Safety On Santa Barbara’s Eastside Continue

Thu, November 17, 2011

Concerns over speeding traffic on a busy South Coast street where a teenager was recently struck, and killed remain high. More than 100 residents of Santa Barbara’s Eastside turned out for a meeting with Santa Barbara City, and police officials last night. Many called for changes to try to slow traffic on Milpas Street, including Read the Rest…


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