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Archives for November 2011

Death Of Woman Whose Body Was Found Floating Off Ventura County Coastline Still Under Investigation

Tue, November 8, 2011

Authorities have identified a woman whose body was found floating off the Ventura County coastline, but the circumstances surrounding the death remain unclear. A helicopter pilot spotted what appeared to be a body floating off of Sycamore Cove just before one p.m. yesterday (11/7). A water rescue team recovered the body of 32-year-old Sarah Overholser Read the Rest…


Air Tanker Base In Santa Barbara County To Be Staffed Throughtout Next Year’s Prime Fire Season

Tue, November 8, 2011

A air tanker facility in Santa Barbara County which had been staffed on demand in the past will be fully staff during the peak brush and forest fire season next year. The U.S. Forest Service had reduced staffing at the Santa Maria Airport facility to save money.  When there was a fire, it would staff Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Taking New Look At Regulating Controversial Oil, Gas Recovery Process

Tue, November 8, 2011

A controversial technique to free oil trapped underground is getting a close up review by Santa Barbara County, which is looking at regulating the process. Santa Barbara County Supervisors have directed the county’s Planning Commission to look at developing a permitting process for hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing is a process where water, and sometimes other Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Fatal Accident Involving Man On Ventura County Highway

Tue, November 8, 2011

The CHP is trying to figure out why a 73-year-old man was walking on a highway between Oxnard and Camarillo early yesterday morning, leading to him being struck and killed by a vehicle. It happened just after 3 a.m. yesterday, on Highway 34 near its intersection with Wood Road.  The CHP says a man driving Read the Rest…


Election Day Arrives On South Coast, With Some Local Races And Issues

Tue, November 8, 2011

It’s Election Day on the South Coast, with City Council races in some communities, as well as some special tax measures in others. Santa Barbara, Ventura, Westlake Village, and Agoura Hills have City Council races being decided today (11/8).  In Fillmore, voters will decide whether to bolster the city’s governmenr by passing a three-quarters of Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Readies For Tuesday Election

Mon, November 7, 2011

A day away from the vote-by-mail election in Santa Barbara on Tuesday, the City Clerk’s office is hoping for a big haul in the mail box. John Palminteri reports.


Redevelopment Agency Battle Reaches Supreme Court

Mon, November 7, 2011

The one-point-seven billion dollar fight over whether the state of California can abolish local redevelopment agencies moves to the State Supreme Court this week. As part of this year’s budget package, Governor Jerry Brown pushed lawmakers to eliminate redevelopment agencies and set up an alternate program for agencies that contribute money to the state. Redevelopment Read the Rest…


Man Whose Career Spanned Espionage, To Hollywood Movies To Speak In Ventura County

Mon, November 7, 2011

He was a World War Two intelligence officer, a television director who work with greats like Jack Benny, and Ed Sullivan, and a sci-fi film screenwriter, and director who created a number of cult classics  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Ib Melchiuor, who’s speaking at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks November 13th as part Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors To Consider Adding Crude Oil Tax

Mon, November 7, 2011

Santa Barbara County is looking at putting a crude oil production tax on the ballot, to try to raise up to an estimated three plus million dollars annually for the cash strapped county. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Proposed Santa Barbara County Crude Oil Tax


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Doing Surveys To Study Crime Concerns In One Community

Mon, November 7, 2011

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is going door to door to finding about community crime concerns in one community. Last Friday, the department did a survey of businesses in Saticoy.  This coming Saturday, they’ll go door to door to survey Saticoy residents.  It’s part of a community oriented policing program known as “COPS”.  The idea Read the Rest…


Authorities Trying To Unravel Mystery Behind Methamphetamine Lab

Fri, November 4, 2011

An anti-drug task force in Ventura County found a clandestine methamphetamine lab in Oxnard, forcing the temporary evacuation of a neighborhood. The Ventura County Combined Agencies Team discovered the lab on the 1200 block of Isleton Place.  Authorities say they called in the Oxnard Fire Department to assist, as the hazardous materials were removed.  Meth Read the Rest…


Town Hall Meeting In Ventura County To Focus On Social Justice Issues Affecting The African-American Community

Fri, November 4, 2011

Some members of Ventura County’s African American community say they’ve become almost invisible in the county, and are                 underrepresented when it comes to social justice issues. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the concern is prompting a town hall meeting this weekend. Click on link to listen to/download story:  African-American Town Hall Meeting


“New Noise” Music Conference Brings Cutting Edge Artists, Music Industry Leaders To Santa Barbara

Fri, November 4, 2011

From cutting edge performers, to music industry leaders, some of the top talent in the field is in Santa Barbara, for the New Noise Santa Barbara Music Conference And Festival.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with some of the three year old event’s founders. Click on link to see complete New Noise schedule:  www.newnoisesb.org Click on Read the Rest…


Countywide Program To Fight DUI Problem In Santa Barbara County Gets Funding For Additional Year

Fri, November 4, 2011

Santa Barbara County’s multi-jurisdictional program to fight driving under the influence has received funding to continue for another year. The County’s “Avoid The 12″ campaign is getting a $153,000, one year grant for 2012 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office Of Traffic Safety. The campaign includes educational efforts, and cooperation Read the Rest…


Lawsuit Over Water Quality Concerns In Ventura County Settled

Thu, November 3, 2011

A trash collection company, and an environmental group have announced they’ve reached a settlement in a dispute over some water quality concerns in Ventura County. The Wishtoyo Foundation had filed suit against E.J. Harrison & Sons over concerns that stormwater discharges from the company’s Saticoy facility would end up in the Santa Clara River, and Read the Rest…


Amgen Cycling Tour To Bypass Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties in 2012

Thu, November 3, 2011

America’s largest professional bicycling event will bypass Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties when it takes place in 2012. The Amgen Tour Of California has announced its 13 host cities for the May, 2012 event, and they don’t include any stops, or legs through our region.  Last year, the tour did individual time trials in the Read the Rest…


Popular Hiking Trail In Santa Barbara County Reopens After Damage Repaired

Thu, November 3, 2011

One of Santa Barbara County’s most popular hiking trails reopened today (11/3), after a collapse forced its closure for safety reasons. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Jesusita Trail Reopens


Services Set For Thousand Oaks High School Football Player Who Died Last Weekend

Thu, November 3, 2011

Funeral plans have been announced for a Conejo Valley football player who died last weekend. Griffen Kramer will be remembered in a 10 a.m. Saturday service at Calvary Community Church, in Westlake Village. The 18-year-old died over the weekend, while staying at a friend’s home in Agoura Hills.  Efforts to wake him up Sunday morning Read the Rest…


Hundreds of Secret Documents From Cold War Era Released at CIA Symposium At Reagan Library In Simi Valley

Thu, November 3, 2011

Hundreds of CIA documents used by Ronald Reagan to help him assess, and deal with the Soviet Union during the Cold War have been made public at the Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the release was noted with a symposium in Simi Valley yesterday, which included some current and past Read the Rest…


U.S. Coast Guard Releases Proposal To Try To Reduce Chances Of Ships Striking Whales In Santa Barbara Channel

Thu, November 3, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard is getting some good initial reviews from an environmental group, and a local congresswoman for a plan to modify Santa Barbara Channel shipping lanes to help reduce the chances of ships striking whales. The changes include narrowing the shipping lanes to avoid the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Other parts of Read the Rest…


Firefighters Catch Wind Whipped Fire In Ventura Before It Spreads

Thu, November 3, 2011

A fire started when a palm tree whipped by high winds hit a power line spread throughout two blocks of Ventura, but was contained before it could explode out of control. The blaze started at around 2 p.m. yesterday, on the 100 block of Ann Street.  As firefighters starting fighting the fire which had spread Read the Rest…


Cal State Channel Islands Cancels Wednesday Night Classes Due To Power Outage

Wed, November 2, 2011

Cal State Channel Islands announced that as of 4:30 p.m.  on Wednesday (11/2), it cancelled the remainder of its classes for the day due to power problems.  Southern California Edison shut down power to the entire campus to fix some wind-damaged power poles. There’s no word yet on the status of classes for Thursday morning.


Volunteers Help Clean Up Tons Of Garbage After Halloween Celebration In Isla Vista

Wed, November 2, 2011

The massive crowds which flocked to Isla Vista over the Halloween weekend for the community’s annual unsanctioned, unsponsored parties are gone, and so are most of the tons of garbage they left behind. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports an army of volunteers with Isla Vista’s “Adopt A Block” program stepped up to help with cleanup. Click Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Enacts Total Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries

Wed, November 2, 2011

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have decided to make a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries a permanent ban. The board went further than the County Planning Commission, and the Montecito Planning Commission, which had developed a proposed ordinance allowing a limited number of dispensaries. Supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of the total ban. The City Of Read the Rest…


Suspect Arrested In 27 Year Old Santa Barbara Murder

Wed, November 2, 2011

Santa Barbara Police say that some 27 years after a man was stabbed to death, the man believed to be responsible for the killing is finally behind bars. In May of 1984, Antonio Pineda and Miguel Godoy Morales were involved in a barroom brawl.  A short time later, Pineda was stabbed to death on the Read the Rest…


Infestation Of Potentially Destructive Insect Found In Santa Barbara County

Wed, November 2, 2011

Agricultural officials are preparing a quarantine for an area in Santa Barbara County, following the discovery of an infestation of a potentially destructive insect pest.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports on the impacts of the discovery of a cluster of Light Brown Apple Moths in the Goleta area. Click on link to listen to/download story: Light Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Expand Use Of Electronic Monitoring For Convicts Released Into The Community

Wed, November 2, 2011

Ventura County will use electronic monitoring devices to help it deal with the influx of convicts it will be responsible for in connection with a new state law. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean received approval from County Supervisors this week to expand the program from the handful now in use, to perhaps more than 100. Read the Rest…


Autopsy On Thousand Oaks High School Football Player Who Died Over The Weekend Inconclusive

Wed, November 2, 2011

An autopsy has failed to show a clear cut cause of death for a Thousand Oaks High School football player. Griffen Kramer was found dead Sunday morning in bed at the home of a friend in Agoura Hills.  The 18-year-old had spent the night at the home, and efforts to wake him up, or revive him Read the Rest…


228 Arrested, 230 Cited In Isla Vista Over Three Day Halloween Weekend Period

Wed, November 2, 2011

Final numbers coming in for the three day Halloween weekend period show that some 288 people were arrested in Isla Vista, as partygoers from throughout the Western United States descended on the community for a massive series of unsponsored, unsactioned parties. There were also 230 citations, and 80 calls for medical attention, with 50 of those Read the Rest…


Man Pleads Guilty To Swindling Simi Valley Churchgoers Out Of More Than A Million Dollars

Tue, November 1, 2011

A man Ventura County prosecutors say swindled some fellow Simi Valley church congregants out of more than a million dollars has pled guilty to 10 counts of securities fraud. Fidel Bermudez also admitted to a white collar crime enhancement in connection with a Ponzi scheme he ran from 2004, to 2007.  The Thousand Oaks man Read the Rest…


Hundreds Arrested, Cited During Isla Vista Halloween Celebrations

Tue, November 1, 2011

Hundreds of people were arrested, or cited during what’s become one of the largest unsponsored, unsanctioned Halloween events in the Western United States, in Isla Vista.  KCLU’s John Palminteri says despite the arrests, and citations, there were no major problems. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Isla Vista Halloween


Rabid Cat Bites Person In Santa Barbara County, Prompts Warning For Community

Tue, November 1, 2011

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials have put out a warning about rabies in Santa Barbara, after a person was bitten by an infected cat. The sick cat was found on the 400 block of Las Palmas Drive on October 23rd.  The cat bit a person who tried to help it, and the animal later Read the Rest…


Water Rates Trigger Controversy In Ojai Valley

Tue, November 1, 2011

Some people in one Ventura County community have reached the boiling point when it comes to what they’re paying for water.  Residents in parts of Ojai say their bills are two, to three times higher than those just a few miles away.  The water company serving the community says the rates are justified, but some Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighters Contain Blaze Before It Spreads To Home

Tue, November 1, 2011

Ventura firefighters quickly contained a blaze in Ventura Tuesday morning (11/1) which destroyed a garage, and threatened other nearby structures. The fire was discovered just after 7 a.m. on the 500 block of Evergreen Drive.  Ventura firefighters made sure neighboring buildings were evacuated, and knocked down the inferno in about 20 minutes. No one was Read the Rest…


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