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Archives for November 2011

Efforts To Preserve Southern California Steelhead May Include Fishing Restrictions

Thu, November 17, 2011

Efforts to save the decimated Southern California Steelhead population in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties in our region have generated some controversy, because of proposals to limit, or ban fishing on some of the region’s waterways.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the State Fish And Game Commission, meeting in Santa Barbara, looked at the issue, and Read the Rest…


81 Year Old Driver Convicted, Sentenced For Accident Which Killed One, And Injured Two In Ventura County

Thu, November 17, 2011

An 81-year-old woman has been found guilty of misdemeanor voluntary manslaughter in connection with a traffic accident which killed a Santa Paula grandmother, and seriously injured two grandchildren. Lois Guynn was convicted of the August, 2009 accident on Harvard Street in Santa Paula. 65-year-old Emily Ortega was crossing the street with her grandchildren when Guynn Read the Rest…


Barbara Streisand, Dan Aykroyd Headline Fundraiser In Santa Barbara County

Thu, November 17, 2011

It’s the hottest ticket of the year on the South Coast.  A sold out Santa Barbara County fundraiser for the adult version of the “Make A Wish” Foundation is being headlined by Barbara Streisand, with celebrities like Cindy Crawford and Brad Garrett set to attend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story: Click on link to Read the Rest…


Camarillo Preschool Volunteer Accused of Embezzlement

Thu, November 17, 2011

A volunteer with a preschool program in Ventura County has been arrested on a grand theft charge, after Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say she embezzled around $50,000. Investigators say Kathryn Rachel Gonzales was a volunteer treasurer for the Pleasant Valley Cooperative Preschool in Camarillo from June of 2007, to June of 2011. They say she Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisor Announces Run For Congress

Wed, November 16, 2011

A longtime city, and county official in Ventura County has announced that he’s running for a new Congressional seat that’s the result of this year’s redistricting process. Steve Bennett announced he’ll seek the Democratic Party nomination for the 26th District, which includes almost all of Ventura County, except for Simi Valley. He’s been a County Read the Rest…


“Target” Store Finally Coming To Southern Santa Barbara County?

Wed, November 16, 2011

Southern Santa Barbara County may finally be on target to get a “Target” department store. The chain has been trying to open a store in the are for years. A proposal to build one near Santa Barbara Airport was denied a few years ago, with traffic concerns the biggest issue. Now, the chain is working Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Seek State Funding For Levee Repairs

Wed, November 16, 2011

Ventura County is going to try to get some state bond money to repair some deficent levees. County Supervisors will seek $21 million dollars in funding for up to eight levee projects. If the county gets the money, not only will it improve the safety for owners of more than five thousand parcels of land Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Arson Attack On Isla Vista Police Station

Wed, November 16, 2011

Someone threw two “Molotov Cocktails” at the Isla Vista Foot Patrol’s headquarters in Isla Vista, damaging the outside of the building, and a patrol car. The attack occured around 7:45 last night (11/15).  A witness reported seeing a person in dressed in black may the attack, and then run away on foot.  One of the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Rejects Participation In Regional Plastic Bag Ban Effort

Wed, November 16, 2011

A proposal to look at banning single use plastic bags in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties because of the environmental problems they cause generated controversy yesterday.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Santa Barbara County Supervisors narrowly rejected providing financial support for a regional environmental impact report which would be needed for a proposal regional ban. Click Read the Rest…


Suspect in Ventura County Shootout Released From Hospital, And Booked Into Jail

Wed, November 16, 2011

A man involved in a domestic dispute call which led to a wild chase, and shootout with law enforcement officers in Ventura County has recovered enough from his gunshot wounds that he’s been released from a hospital, and booked into the county jail. Augustin Medina of Oxnard was the focus of the October 24th incident, Read the Rest…


Agency Feeding The Hungry In Ventura County Launching Holiday Drive To Try To Meet Record Demand

Wed, November 16, 2011

An agency which helps feed 75,000 people a month in need in Ventura County is kicking off a massive holiday campaign today, to try to meet what its says is the largest demand in its history. Click on link to listen to/download story: Foodshare Tackle Hunger Campaign


Blaze Which Destroys Ventura Apartment Called Arson

Tue, November 15, 2011

Ventura Fire Department investigators are looking into what they say was an intentionally set fire which gutted a small detached apartment unit in the midtown area of the city. The fire was discovered just before 1:30 p.m. today (11/15), on the 200 block of Hemlock Street.  Firefighters say the unit was fully engulfed when they Read the Rest…


Companies Agree To Multi-Million Dollar Settlement For Costs Of Controlling Santa Barbara County’s Largest Wildfire

Tue, November 15, 2011

Four companies have paid a total of $17 million dollars in a settlement with the state, and federal governments for costs of fighting the largest brushfire in Santa Barbara County history. Investigators say the Zaca Fire started on July 4th, 2007 when employees of the La Laguna Ranch, in the Santa Ynez Valley were using Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Reject Proposal For Study To Assess Poverty In The County

Tue, November 15, 2011

Santa Barbara County Supervisors rejected a proposal to spend $30,000 to do a study to assess the extent of poverty in the county, to try to better use its limited resources. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Poverty Study


Surveillance Video Showing Burglar Has Limp Leads To Arrest In Ventura County

Tue, November 15, 2011

A surveillance video which showed a burglar in Simi Valley had a limp led to an arrest by alert police. On Saturday morning, officers were called to a cell phone store on the 1900 block of Hubbard Street, where someone had broken a window, and stolen a backpack full of merchandise. Officers reviewing the surveillance Read the Rest…


Giant Community Clinic In Santa Barbara Seeks To Help Homeless

Tue, November 15, 2011

A massive community medical clinic is providing free medical care, and social services to more than 500 homeless people in southern Santa Barbara County this week.  The effort is especially trying to target those most at risk going into winter, to try to insure they get help to survive the elements.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has Read the Rest…


Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Could Become Summer Fixture In Ventura County

Tue, November 15, 2011

Are you ready for some football? The City of Oxnard apparently is, with the city looking at a long term contract to host Dallas Cowboys summer training camps for the next three years, with an option for another three.  The Cowboys trained in Oxnard a half dozen summers over the last decade.  The Cowboys passed Read the Rest…


Final Resuts In For Westlake Village City Council Race

Tue, November 15, 2011

It’s been a week since Election Day, but the just released final count in one local City Council race shows an incumbent will keep her seat. Philipa Klessig had a 39 vote lead over Chris Mann the day after the election, with just under 150 provisional, and vote by mail Westlake Village City Council ballots Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council To Discuss Future of Libraries

Mon, November 14, 2011

The Ventura City Council is set to look at some recommendations tonight (11/14) regarding the future of its library system. The city’s libraries have been a hot button issue in the community since 2009, when budget issues prompted the Ventura County Library system to shut down one of its three facilities, the H.P. Wright Library. Read the Rest…


Los Padres National Forest Ends Fire Season November 15th

Mon, November 14, 2011

National Forest Service officials say there’s been enough rain to officially declare an end to the brush, and forest fire season in the Los Padres National Forest. The end of the season tomorrow (11/15) means that campfires, and charcoal barbeques can be used again in all areas of the forest. A permit is still required Read the Rest…


Ventura County Educated Journalist Returns to County To Talk About Experiences In Mideast

Mon, November 14, 2011

He’s a college graduate from Ventura County who’s been one of the leading broadcast executives in the Middle East for the last two decades.  Steve Hall recently returned to Ventura County to talk at his alma mater, California Lutheran University, about some of his experiences, and observations.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on Read the Rest…


Little Known Santa Barbara Program Helps Unemployed Prepare For Job Interviews

Mon, November 14, 2011

A little known program in Santa Barbara County is helping hundreds of unemployed people a year put their best foot forward for job interviews.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Job Smart


Authorities Investigating Death Of Woman Struck, Killed On Freeway In Ventura County

Mon, November 14, 2011

Authorities are trying to figure out what a woman was doing on the 101 Freeway between Ventura, and Santa Barbara when she was struck, and killed early Sunday morning. The CHP says Yvette Hernandez of Oxnard was hit just before 3:30 a.m. yesterday, as she tried to cross the southbound 101 near La Conchita. The Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Will Consider Step To Support Ban On Single Use Plastic Bags

Mon, November 14, 2011

Santa Barbara County is set to consider lining up behind a regional effort to ban single use plastic bags.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Beacon EIR Proposal


Simi Valley Police, Ventura County Firefighters To Battle In Charity Football Game

Sat, November 12, 2011

Public safety officers from two agencies in Ventura County are set to battle it out on the football field this weekend, in an event to raise money for the local chapter of the Make -A-Wish Foundation. Simi Vallley Police, and Ventura County firefighters are set to face off at noon on Sunday, at Simi Valley Read the Rest…


Bank Of America Announces Nearly 200 New Job Cuts In The Conejo Valley

Fri, November 11, 2011

Bank of America has announced it will cut close to 200 more jobs in the Conejo Valley area in the next few weeks. It’s part of the company’s shutdown of an arm of its mortgage business. About 50 position in the Agoura Hills area will be cut next week, and some 140 workers in the Read the Rest…


Korea: The Forgotten War

Fri, November 11, 2011

Veteran’s Day is a time for the nation to honor the men and women who have served and sacrificed to protect our freedom.  Some of those fallen heroes died in a war often lost to memory. It took place on the first battlefield of the cold war and, during three years, cost the lives of Read the Rest…


Storm System Moving Into Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Fri, November 11, 2011

A storm system centered off the California coastline is moving onshore, bringing locally heavy rain at times to Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Rainfall amounts could range from a half inch, to an inch, with the heaviest rainfall coming to coastal areas overnight. Showers, and thunderstorms are possible until tomorrow afternoon (11/12).


Poetry Reading To Commemorate Anniversary Of Brushfire Which Destroyed 210 Santa Barbara County Homes

Fri, November 11, 2011

This Sunday marks the third anniversary of the Tea Brushfire, which destroyed 210 homes in Santa Barbara County.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the anniversary is going to be commemorated with a poetry reading event. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Tea Fire Poetry Reading


One Firefighter Injured In Blaze Which Heavily Damages Conejo Valley Home

Fri, November 11, 2011

A Ventura County firefighter suffered minor injuries battling an early morning fire, which heavily damaged a two story home in Thousand Oaks. The blaze was reported just after two a.m., on the 1600 block of York Place.  The two adults, and two children in the home were able to escape safely.  But, the fire caused Read the Rest…


Marine Debris From Japanese Tsunami Could Hit Hawaii, West Coast

Fri, November 11, 2011

Researchers say tons of debris from last March’s deadly Japanese tsunami could be headed towards Hawaii, the West Coast, and possibly our beaches in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, thanks to ocean currents. KCLU’S Lance Orozco talks with officials with two federal agencies try to assess the potential problem, and possible hazards. Link to EPA Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Say They’ve Broken Up Counterfeiting Operation

Fri, November 11, 2011

A Woodland Hills man was arrested after Simi Valley Police say he passed counterfeit bills at several businesses throughout Southern California. Detectives say they identified Rhett Trujillo as a suspect in August, when he used counterfeit $100 bills multiple times in Simi Valley.  They started tracking the 35 year old man, noting that he stayed Read the Rest…


U.S. Navy Destroyer Visting Santa Barbara

Fri, November 11, 2011

A guided missile destroyer is visiting Santa Barbara over the Veterans Day weekend. The 500 foot long U.S.S. Milius is visiting as the guest of the Santa Barbara Navy League. The ship’s more than 270 crew members will spend time visiting the city, and some of them will take part in a Saturday afternoon basketball Read the Rest…


Authorities Make Seven Arrests In Connection With Ventura County Marijuana Raid

Thu, November 10, 2011

The Ventura County Sheriff’s department says a reconnaissance flight in the northeastern part of the county lead to a marijuana raid, and seven arrests. Detectives spotted marijuana growing in the Alamo Mountain area, near Pyramid Lake.  A team sent into the area discovered more than 100 pounds of marijuana drying on tarps, irrigation system, and Read the Rest…


Man Struck And Killed On Ventura County Highway Identified

Thu, November 10, 2011

Authorities are now identifying a 73-year-old man who was struck, and killed earlier this week on a Ventura County highway. Savino Reveles died in the Morning morning accident on Highway 34, near Wood Road.  Reveles was walking on the road at about 3 a.m. when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. Investigators aren’t Read the Rest…


British Globe Theater Company Visiting Santa Barbara County

Thu, November 10, 2011

One of the world’s most famous Shakespeare theater companies is on the South Coast, for a series of performances, and community workshops.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from U.C. Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Globe Theater Company


Work Underway On New 38,000 Square Foot Livestock Center At Ventura County Fairgrounds

Thu, November 10, 2011

Construction officially got underway today on a major new livestock center at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The new Judge William P. Clark Livestock Center will replace a  75 year old facility.  The new center will be more flexible than current facilities, allowing for different kinds of animal shows during the year. The goal is to Read the Rest…


Musical Headed To Santa Barbara Combines Work Of Singing, Choreography Legends

Thu, November 10, 2011

The music of frank Sinatra. and the choreography of Twila Tharp come together in a musical headed to Santa Barbara.  “Come Fly Away” features more than two dozen of Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits, accompanied by a live orchestra, and more than a dozen dancers.  The production is headed to Santa Barbara for a November 14th Read the Rest…


Ventura County University Offers Classes For First Time On Central Coast

Thu, November 10, 2011

A Ventura County based university is offering classes for the first time on the Central Coast. California Lutheran University is launching a new masters degree program in educational leadership in northern Santa Barbara County. CLU’s Graduate School of Education will offer classes at the new Central Coast Learning Center, in the administrative offices for the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisor Trying To Cuts Perks For Part Time Public Officials Across The State

Thu, November 10, 2011

A Ventura County Supervisor is trying to take away what he sees as costly perks for part time government officials, like city council members. County Supervisor Peter Foy filed paperwork in Sacramento for a statewide initiative which would ban health benefits, pensions, or other benefits for part time officials like council members, school board members, Read the Rest…


Man Convicted Of Killing Ex-Girlfriend In Ventura County

Thu, November 10, 2011

A 29-year-old Ventura County man has been convicted of first degree murder for killing his girlfriend. Valerie Ankerstrom was killed when she went to visit Jonathan Aaron of Port Huenerme, to end their year long relationship.  He stabbed the woman to death. Aaron faces a 29 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced next Read the Rest…


Two Found Dead In Ventura County Home In Possible Murder-Suicide

Thu, November 10, 2011

Authorities say the shooting deaths of two men in Santa Paula appear to be the result of a murder-suicide. Harry and Tom Halpin were found shot to death in a home on the 1100 block of Fern Oaks Drive just before 8 a.m. yesterday.  A relative reported finding the bodies of the two men, who Read the Rest…


Lineup Announced For 66th Annual Ojai Music Festival

Wed, November 9, 2011

The international known Ojai Music Festival has announced its 2012 lineup, which includes one of the world’s most famous pianists. Leif Ove Andsnes will perform, and serve as the festival’s Artistic Director.  The Norwegian performer will also be joined by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, as well as more than a half-dozen other artists. The 66th Read the Rest…


Goleta Neighborhood Scene Of SWAT Team Incident

Wed, November 9, 2011

A Santa Barbara County man is facing more than a half dozen charges following a standoff with a “SWAT” team which led to the evacuation of part of a Goleta neighborhood. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies received a domestic disturbance call, and reports of gunshots near Magna Vista, and Baxter Streets in the Goleta area Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Still Undecided On Whether To Leave Ventura County Library System

Wed, November 9, 2011

The City of Simi Valley is still undecided on whether it will follow Camarillo in pulling out of the Ventura County Library System. Simi Valley is considering running its library on its own with a private contractor, or withdrawing and contracting with the county, as possibilities to save money.  Camarillo hired a private company to Read the Rest…


New Face Apparently Joining Santa Barbara City Council In Close Race

Wed, November 9, 2011

Two Santa Barbara City Council members apparently kept their seats in a closely contested race in Tuesday’s municipal election, but a third appears to be out, according to the unofficial results. Council members Dale Francisco and Randy Rowse were among the top vote getters in the packed 10 person field, but incumbent Michael Self apparently Read the Rest…


Incumbents Fare Well in Ventura, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills Municipal Elections

Wed, November 9, 2011

They weren’t always necessarily the top vote getters, but incumbent city council candidates all won reelection in Ventura, Westlake Village, and Agoura Hills municipal elections yesterday. In Ventura, incumbent Ventura City Council members Carl Morehouse, and Christy Weir both won reelection in Tuesday’s election.  But, the top vote getter was Cheryl Heitman, whose’s best known Read the Rest…


Local Ballot Measures Go Down To Defeat in November 8th Election

Wed, November 9, 2011

Voters rejected ballot measures in Tuesday’s election intended to help local government, and schools. Fillmore voters rejected Measure I, a proposed three-quarters of a cent sales tax intended to help the financially struggling city.  The measure was rejected by a 63 to 37% margin.  Measure I would have raised about a half million dolllars for Read the Rest…


Ventura Women Sentenced To Prison For Roles In Stealing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars From Apartment Complex Owners

Wed, November 9, 2011

Two Ventura women have received long prison sentences, after they were both convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an apartment complex they managed. Melissa Lopez, and Cheryl Figueroa managed the 150 unit Ventura Village Green complex. Ventura Police detectives say the pair would offer some tenants rent discounts if they paid in Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Look At Controversial Crude Oil Production Tax Proposal

Wed, November 9, 2011

Would voters support a new tax on oil producers, to help balance a county government’s budget?  It’s turned into a controversial subject in Santa Barbara County, even before a decision has been made on whether to try to take the idea to voters.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


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