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Archives for December 2011

Unemployment Dips In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties In November

Fri, December 16, 2011

Just released figures show substantial unemployment drops in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties in November. Unemployment dropped from 9.8 percent in October, to 9.5 percent in November in Ventura County.  In Santa Barbara County, unemployment dipped from 8.6, to 8.2 percent. The state also showed some improvement, with unemployment dropping from 11.7 to 10.9 percent Read the Rest…


State Grant Revives Cancelled Farm, Ag Crimfighting Program In Santa Barbara County

Fri, December 16, 2011

Santa Barbara County received a grant which will allow it to revive a program to fight crimes against farms, and ranches which was cut early their year due to funding problems. The Sheriff’s Department eliminated a rural crimes deputy position over the summer, because of state budget cutbacks. The state has now reinstated the funding, Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Attorney Faces New Embezzlement Charges In Connection With Deceased Client

Fri, December 16, 2011

An attorney in Ventura County who pled no contest to charges he stole more than a half million dollars from the estate of a client is facing similar new charges today, and is now behind bars without the possibility of bail. Russell Takasugi was charged with five new counts in connection with his handling of Read the Rest…


Actor Christopher Plummer To Be Honored At 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Fri, December 16, 2011

An Academy Award nominated actor whose career include classic movies like The Sound Of Music, A Beautiful Mind, and Battle of Britain is the latest addition to the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival lineup. Christopher Plummer will be honored with the festival’s “Modern Master Award” on January 28th. Plummer’s career spans some six decades. Read the Rest…


Three Men Arrested For Agricultural Thefts In Ventura County

Fri, December 16, 2011

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives think they’ve solved a series of ranch thefts, with the arrest of three Oxnard men. A series of thefts involving steel poles, and stakes used to build cold weather shelters for raspberries occured in the Camarillo area, with the value of the item estimated at more than $100,000.  A Sheriff’s Department Read the Rest…


Police Arrest Woman In Santa Barbara For Possession Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Phony Money Orders

Fri, December 16, 2011

A joint U.S. Secret Service-Santa Barbara Police investigation led to the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fraudulent money orders. The Secret Service received information that phony money orders were being shipped from Nigeria, to Santa Barbara. U.S. Customs seized one box, and the Secret Service seized another headed to a Santa Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Researchers Part Of Global Team Studying Supernova

Fri, December 16, 2011

Scientists around the world are studying the result of a spectacular supernova which was discovered over the summer.  The thermonuclear blast was one of the closest to the Earth in decades, and is giving scientists a treasure trove of data.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a researcher who’s both with with the Las Cumbres Observatory Read the Rest…


Accused Multiple Murderer In Ventura County Sentenced For Three Other Lesser Charges

Fri, December 16, 2011

A man accused of the brutal stabbing deaths of a Ventura County couple, and their unborn child during an attempted robbery has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for three other crimes. Joshua Packer is awaiting trial for the May, 2009 killings of Brock and Davina Husted, as well as their unborn child Read the Rest…


New Official Named To Oversee Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Thu, December 15, 2011

A Ventura County community has announced the hiring of a new cultural affairs director, an important post in the city because it includes managing one of the region’s largest performing arts facilities. Barry McComb will take over as the Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Director in February, which include managing the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Read the Rest…


Milestone Reached In Major Freeway Interchange Project In Ventura County

Thu, December 15, 2011

A milestone has been reached in a major freeway interchange project in Ventura County. A new bridge over the 101 Freeway at Rice, and Santa Clara Avenues in Oxnard is now open. It’s part of a much larger project which won’t be fully completed until next summer, but the partial bridge opening, along with a Read the Rest…


Man Convicted In Investment Scam In Ventura County

Thu, December 15, 2011

A man accused of bilking fellow churchgoers in Ventura County out of more than a million dollars has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Prosecutors say from 2004, to 2007, Fidel Bermudez solicited investments from fellow congregants at the Church of God in Simi Valley. But, they say it was a Ponzi scheme, and Read the Rest…


Big Management Chances At Biotech Giant Amgen

Thu, December 15, 2011

Biotech giant Amgen has announced the retirement of two of its top executives, including the Ventura County based company’s CEO. Kevin Sharer will step down at the end of next year, wrapping up two decades with the company. Current Chief Operation Officer Robert Bradway will take over the post next spring, with Sharer remaining chairman Read the Rest…


New Group Formed To Help LGBT Teens, Young Adults In Ventura County

Thu, December 15, 2011

Budget cuts forced the closure this year of the primary agency providing services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities in Ventura County.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports volunteers are now trying to fill one of the major gaps created by the shutdown,a service which helps LGBT teens, and young adults. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Department Supports Adding Video Cameras To Patrol Cars

Thu, December 15, 2011

The Santa Barbara Police Department says it’s ready to move ahead with a grand jury recommendation for the installation of video cameras in all of its patrol cars, if it can find funding for the project. The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury called for the department to add the cameras to provide important documentation of Read the Rest…


New Economic Forecast From Ventura County University Paints Grim State Picture

Thu, December 15, 2011

The latest predictions from a Ventura County university’s economic forecast center are for weak, but positive improvement with the national economic, with a much poorer outlook for California. The Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University has issued it’s latest state, and national forecasts. CLU economists say California’s economy will continue to Read the Rest…


Victim Of Fatal 101 Freeway Accident In Ventura County Identified

Thu, December 15, 2011

A Camarillo man has been identified as the victim of a fatal traffic accident on the 101 Freeway which occurred in front of dozen of drivers just before the lunch hour yesterday. The CHP says an SUV headed southbound on the 101 near Pleasant Valley Road was clipped by a sports car, causing both vehicles Read the Rest…


Community Memorial Service Set For Stage, Film, Television Actress From Ventura County

Thu, December 15, 2011

A public memorial service will held this weekend for a stage, movie, and television actress in Ventura County who became ill during a charity performance, and died two weeks later. Marilyn Davis appeared in Broadway musicals, and on television shows like “ER”, “7th Heaven”, and “Frasier”. Davis recently appeared on the Fox television sitcom “Raising Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Seizes Hundreds Of Animals, Including More Than 400 Birds From Ranch

Thu, December 15, 2011

Santa Barbara County is now in possession of an entire ranch full of animals, seized in a raid over the weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that the County’s Animal Control Services Department suddenly found itself trying to catalogue, move and house more than 400 animals from a ranch owned by Sandy Coupal. Click on link Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Upgrade Emergency Notification System

Wed, December 14, 2011

Ventura County, and some of its cities are upgrading their ability to keep residents up to date during a major emergency, like a brushfire. The County is replacing its reverse 9-1-1 system which can deliver mass messages rapidly to one which not only has a larger capacity, but one which is multi-media, and can also Read the Rest…


One Person Killed In Ventura County Traffic Accident Which Jams 101 Freeway

Wed, December 14, 2011

A fatal traffic accident on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County made a mess out of traffic for hours today.  A car, and a SUV collided on the southbound side of the freeway near Pleasant Valley Road just before noon. Both vehicles ended up off the freeway, in an adjacent strawberry field.  The driver of Read the Rest…


Off Duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Driver Of SUV Which Crashed Into Fillmore Starbucks, Killing One

Wed, December 14, 2011

An off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy has been identified as the driver of an SUV which veered out of control in Fillmore, and smashed into a coffee shop, killing one person, and injuring two others. It happened around 7 last night. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials say that Michael Cedarland was westbound on Highway Read the Rest…


Ventura County College Students Learn About Business, Music, And Museum Management Through Class At LA’s Grammy Museum

Wed, December 14, 2011

A Ventura County university is offering a one of a kind class which combines business, music, and museum management, with the classroom the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  CSUCI Grammy Class


Army Sergeant From Santa Barbara County Killed In Afghanistan

Wed, December 14, 2011

An Army soldier from Santa Barbara County has been killed in Afghanistan. Sergeant Christopher Muniz died on Sunday, as the result of an improvised explosive device blast in the Kunar province.  He was a member of the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, based in Hawaii.  The 24 year old man’s hometown was the northeastern Santa Barbara County community Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Decides To Withdraw From Ventura County Library System

Tue, December 13, 2011

The City of Simi Valley is the latest city in Ventura County to decide to withdraw from the county’s library system. The Simi Valley City Council decided to take the action last night, despite opposition from a number of residents concerned about how the move might affect the quality of services. Simi Valley, like other Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Community College District Looks At Change The Way Trustees Are Elected

Tue, December 13, 2011

A community college district on the South Coast is looking at shaking up the way its Board of Trustees is elected. The Santa Barbara Community College District currently has seven trustees who are elected at large. The proposal trustees are set to vote on this week calls for the district to be divided up into Read the Rest…


Carpinteria City Councilman Arrested On DUI Charge Says He Won’t Step Down

Tue, December 13, 2011

A Carpinteria City Councilman facing a DUI charge says he will complete his current term in office, and not resign.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Carpinteria City Council Controversy


Retired Supreme Court Justice Talks To Teens In Ventura County About Civics

Tue, December 13, 2011

She was a groundbreaker as the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Now, Sandra Day O’Connor is trying to break different kind of ground, by helping to teach people, especially teenagers, about how our government works.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand as she spoke to hundreds of teens at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival To Honor Martin Scorsese

Tue, December 13, 2011

Academy Award winning director, writer, and producer Martin Scorsese is going to be honored by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The Festival will present the acclaimed filmmaker with its “American Riviera Award”. The Hollywood icon directed classics like Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Casino, and The Departed, and this year had the animated movie Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Looking At Proposal To Charge Fees For Special Event Permits

Tue, December 13, 2011

Santa Barbara County is looking at charging a fee for special events on public right of way which require special permits. Currently, the County doesn’t charge for permits which require review like festivals, parades, marathons, farmers markets, and car shows. Some of the events can take extensive staff time to review. The Public Works Department Read the Rest…


“Occupy” Protest At Ventura County Port Peaceful

Mon, December 12, 2011

A demonstration at the Port of Hueneme, in Ventura County in conjunction with other “Occupy” protests up and down the West Coast today was peaceful, with just one arrest of a person police say was trying to block traffic.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Port Hueneme. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Port of Read the Rest…


More Rain On The Way For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Mon, December 12, 2011

A cold storm system could bring much more rainfall, and even some snowfall to Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties before leaving the region tomorrow. Rainfall amounts so far have ranged from about a quarter of an inch, to more than an inch in the region. Thousand Oaks is reporting about a half inch of rain, Read the Rest…


Cost Cutting Moves Mean Many Santa Barbara County Offices To Close During Holiday Period

Mon, December 12, 2011

Cost cutting move by financially pressed Santa Barbara County mean that most county offices, except those providing essential services, will be closed from Christmas through New Year’s. Most Santa Barbara County offices will be closed from Friday, December 23rd until Tuesday, January 3rd. The Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department, Public Health, Social Services, Mental Health, Emergency Read the Rest…


“Occupy” Movement Targets West Coast Ports, Including Port of Hueneme In Ventura County

Mon, December 12, 2011

The “Occupy” movement which has targeted business, and government institutions around the world with calls for change focused on West Coast ports today, from Anchorage to San Diego.  The demonstrations included a peaceful protest at the Port of Hueneme, in Ventura County.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco had a report from the scene Monday morning (12/12). Click Read the Rest…


New Affordable Housing Development Opens In Ventura County

Mon, December 12, 2011

A new affordable housing complex in Ventura County which was sidetracked for years over controversy about its location, and size is finally complete, and open.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Santa Paula. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Rodney Fernandez Gardens Housing Development


Simi Valley Could Be Latest City To Leave Library System

Mon, December 12, 2011

The City of Simi Valley is expected to again take up the issue tonight of whether it should leave the Ventura County Library System, and take over responsibility for managing its library. Simi Valley, like some of the other cities in the county has been evaluating whether it’s getting the best value for what’s being Read the Rest…


Fire Forces Evacuation Of Santa Barbara Apartment Complex

Mon, December 12, 2011

It was a scary wake-up call for about a dozen people in Santa Barbara, as an early morning apartment fire forced their evacuation from their apartment complex. It happened at around 5:30 Sunday morning, on the 800 block of Cliff Drive.  Santa Barbara firefighters called to the scene found flames, and smoke coming from a Read the Rest…


Police Now Say Death In Oxnard First Reported As Suspicious Actually The Result Of Natural Causes

Mon, December 12, 2011

Oxnard Police say what first appeared to be the suspicious death of a man whose body was found in the alley of a street in the city was apparently the result of natural causes. The body was found around 9:30 a.m. Friday, on the 100 block of North Oxnard Boulevard, in Oxnard. Police say it now Read the Rest…


UCSB Student Visits White House Today To Accept Award For Science Mentoring Efforts

Mon, December 12, 2011

A U.C. Santa Barbara student is at the White House this morning, accepting a presidential award on behalf of a California institute dedicated to helping expose urban youth to science.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  UCSB Student Visits White House


Small Fire Displaces More Than Two Dozen People From Oxnard Apartment Complex

Fri, December 9, 2011

Residents of an Oxnard apartment complex had a rough night last night, after being displaced by a minor fire which damaged their building. The blaze was discovered just after 8:30 p.m., in a complex on the 200 block of Orchard Place.  A short on an electrical panel caused the small fire, which was quickly put Read the Rest…


Former CBS Anchor Katie Couric Talks About Controversy, Future Plans For Her Career During Ventura County Appearance

Fri, December 9, 2011

She became a household name in America thanks to her work on NBC’s “Today” show.  But, Katie Couric’s move to become the first female nightly newscast anchors on one of the original television networks generated controversy.  Couric talked about that controversy, her career, her new book, and what’s next in her life during an appearance at Read the Rest…


Hospital In Ventura County One of 14 Fined Statewide Over Medical Procedure Mistakes

Fri, December 9, 2011

The State Department of Public Health says the Ventura County Medical Center is one of 14 facilities statewide which have been fined over serious problems with medical procedures. State officials say the $50,000 fine stems from a 2009 surgery in which a surgical towel was left inside a patient’s abdomen following an operation, causing illness, Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Make Arrest In Los Angeles For Local Murder Case

Fri, December 9, 2011

Oxnard police detective say they’ve made an arrest in connection with the murder of a man in the city last month. John Henry’s body was found in a sand dune area near Fifth Street, and Harbor Boulevard November 26th.  The 52-year-old man had been fatally stabbed. Detectives identified another Oxnard man, 49 year old Dominc Read the Rest…


Championship Football Game In Ventura County To Be Televised Nationally

Fri, December 9, 2011

A high school football game in Ventura County tonight (12/9) could get a bigger audience than some of this month’s college football bowl games. The sectional playoff game in Thousand Oaks between Oaks Christian, and Westlake High Schools is being nationally televised by Fox Sports.  The two teams are considered to be among the best Read the Rest…


Detectives Break Up Burglary Ring in Conejo Valley Area, Arrest Seven

Fri, December 9, 2011

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve broken up a burglary ring in the Conejo Valley which was targeting businesses, and vehicles. Investigators started to notice similarities between a number of burglaries which began about a month ago.  They say they found evidence linking eight people, including four teenage girls, and three teenage boys to the Read the Rest…


“Santa To The Sea” Charity Race In Ventura County Expected To Draw 3,000 Runners

Fri, December 9, 2011

One of the wildest looking marathons on the South Coast is set to take place this weekend, with runners dressed as Santa, elves, and other characters taking part. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Link to race website:  www.santatothesea.com Click on link to listen to/download story:


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Employee Arrested On Drug Charges While On The Job

Fri, December 9, 2011

A man arrested on multiple drug charges in Santa Barbara County didn’t have to be taken far to be booked, because the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department civilian employee was taken into custody on the job at the department’s headquarters. Olaf Wierda is a computer systems technician for the Sheriff’s Department.  He was arrested yesterday afternoon after Read the Rest…


Man Critically Injured In Metrolink Train Accident in Oxnard

Fri, December 9, 2011

A man was critically injured when he was hit by a northbound Metrolink train in the Oxnard area. It happened just before 7 p.m. last night, near the intersection of Glenwood Drive and Oxnard Boulevard.  Oxnard Police say the man was pushing a wheelchair next to the train tracks when he was hit.  It was Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Footware Company Breaks Ground For New Facility

Thu, December 8, 2011

A Santa Barbara County based footwear company has broken ground on a huge new headquarters complex.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Deckers Groundbreaking


Soldier From Ventura County Killed In Afghanistan

Thu, December 8, 2011

A decorated Army sergeant from Ventura County is now being identified as one of three soldiers killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan last weekend. Sergeant First Class Clark Corley was fatally injured in last Saturday’s attack in the Wardak province of Afghanistan. The 35 year old man from Oxnard was attached to the Read the Rest…


83 Year Old Ventura County Woman Struck, Killed By Vehicle Backing Out Of Driveway

Thu, December 8, 2011

An 83 year old Ventura County woman is dead, after being accidently struck, and killed by a car backing out of a driveway. The accident happened just before 2 p.m. yesterday, on the 1000 block of Calle Alemendro in Thousand Oaks. When Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, and firefighters reached the scene, they found Ella May Read the Rest…


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