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Archives for January 2012

Race For New Assembly Seat In Ventura County Starting To Take Shape

Fri, January 20, 2012

The race for a new state assembly district in Ventura County is starting to take shape, with word that a U.C. Santa Barbara administrator will challenge an incumbent currently serving much of the same area.. Tom Mullens of Thousand Oaks says he will seek the 44th Assembly District seat, which includes Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Read the Rest…


Weekend Summit Set To Talk About Future Of Santa Barbara Neighborhood

Fri, January 20, 2012

A summit is taking place this weekend to bring together residents, and leaders of one Santa Barbara neighborhood to look at its future. The Westside Action Summit will look at issues like improving relations with police, tackling gang issues, renovating a park, and building a community pool. Santa Barbara’s mayor and police chief, as well Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Mayor Concerned About Potential For Influx Of Porn Shoots

Fri, January 20, 2012

The mayor of one Ventura County community says he’s wants to put out a “no vacancy” sign for porn shoots in the city. Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber is concerned that a new Los Angeles ordinance requiring adult film actors to wear condoms will prompt companies to move out of the San Fernando Valley, and Read the Rest…


Mixed Unemployment Numbers For South Coast

Fri, January 20, 2012

Just released monthly unemployment figures show a big hike in Santa Barbara County, and a small dip in Ventura County. Santa Barbara County went up a half percent, from 8.2 percent in November of last year, to 8.7 percent in December.  Ventura County improved slightly, with 9.5 percent unemployment reported in November of last year Read the Rest…


Popular Santa Barbara County Concert Venue Using Portions Of Ticket Sales For Arts

Fri, January 20, 2012

Times are tough for many non-profit groups in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties, and arts organizations are no exception.  In Santa Barbara County, though, there’s a new ray of sunshine.  The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation is now giving a percentage of ticket sales to the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, to help fund programs. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Former Correctional Officer In Santa Barbara County Pleads Guilty To Sexual Relatiosnhip With Inmate

Fri, January 20, 2012

A former federal corrections officer in Santa Barbara County could face up to 15 years in prison, after pleading guilty to having a sexual relationship with an inmate. Renee Noelle Gutierrez pled guilty in federal court to a charge of sexual abuse of a ward. Prosecutors say it occurred in April of 2010, when the Read the Rest…


Authorities Continue To Investigate Mysterious Death In Ventura County

Fri, January 20, 2012

Authorities are trying to identify the body of a man found west of Ventura. The partially decomposed body was discovered Wednesday night off the 101 Freeway, near the Ventura River bottom area. It’s an area which is frequented by transients.  Officials say there’s no obvious sign of the cause of death, and it could have Read the Rest…


Ruptured Ventura Gas Line Ignites

Thu, January 19, 2012

Construction crews working on the City of Ventura’s water system accidentally ruptured a gas line this afternoon, which later ignited, causing a fire. It happened at around 1:15, on the 1500 block of Morse Avenue.  A crew ruptured a two inch gas service line.  Ventura firefighters were called to the scene as a precaution, and Read the Rest…


Woman Killed In Head-On Traffic Accident In The Santa Paula Area Identified

Thu, January 19, 2012

A Ventura County woman is being identified as the victim of a fatal head-on traffic accident in the Santa Paula area. Melissa Ortiz died yesterday afternoon, when she apparently lost control of the car she was driving on Foothill Road, near Aliso Canyon Road and ran into a dump truck. The truck driver tried to Read the Rest…


Governor Says California Making Progress, But Tax Hikes And More Budget Cuts Needed To Balance Budget

Thu, January 19, 2012

The governor says California has made huge strides in fixing its budget woes, but that more cuts, and tax hikes are needed to get the state on solid financial footing again. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Governor Brown State Of The State


Freeway Offramp In Ventura Reopened After Water Line Break Repaired

Thu, January 19, 2012

A major 101 Freeway offramp in Ventura is open this morning, after being closed yesterday afternoon, and evening due to a water line break which caused some street flooding. Just before 2 p.m. yesterday, water started gurgling up through the cement cracks around the intersection of Main, and Donlon Streets. The leak was in front Read the Rest…


Alcohol Now Called Key Factor In Fatal Ventura County Traffic Accident

Thu, January 19, 2012

Ventura Police now say that toxicology results show that a young woman killed in a December 30th traffic accident was driving under the influence at the time. Julia Rivas of Ventura was driving east on Ventura Boulevard when she veered into oncoming traffic near San Pedro Street, and hit a pickup truck. The 19 year Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sentenced To State Prison For Molesting Girl

Thu, January 19, 2012

A Thousand Oaks man has been sentenced to eight years in prison, after pleading guilty to molesting a five year old girl.  Prosecutors say Marcos Montoya committed lewd acts on a little girl that his girlfriend was babysitting during 2009, and 2010. He pled guilty to three counts of abuse.  In addition to the prison Read the Rest…


Water Leak Forces 101 Freeway Offramp Closure In Ventura

Wed, January 18, 2012

A major 101 Freeway offramp has been closed in Ventura due to a water line break which caused some street flooding. Just before 2 p.m. today, water started gurgling up through the cement cracks around the intersection of Main, and Donlon Streets. The leak was in front of Ventura Fire Station Number Five, so as Read the Rest…


Governor Says California Is Making Progress, But Tax Hikes And Additional Budget Cuts Still Needed To Close Budget Gap

Wed, January 18, 2012

In his “State Of The State” address today, California Governor Jerry Brown says it will take a combination of additional budget cuts, and some new temporary taxes to keep efforts on track to balance the state budget. In a speech heard live on KCLU, Brown talked about an ambitious priority list for state government in Read the Rest…


Two Ex-Convicts Arrested In Ventura After Sawed-Off Shotgun Found In Vehicle

Wed, January 18, 2012

Two ex-convicts from Oxnard were arrested after a sawed off shotgun was found in their vehicle during a routine traffic stop. It happened at around 1:15 this morning, on the southbound 101 Freeway at Johnson Drive. As a Ventura police car pulled over the vehicle, one man fled on foot, and three others remained in Read the Rest…


Investigators Trying To Determine Cause of Massive Agoura Hills Commercial Fire

Wed, January 18, 2012

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a massive fire which swept through a commercial complex in Agoura Hills, causing an estimated $1.25 million dollars in damage. The fire was discovered at around 9:30 p.m. in the complex, which is on the 5300 block of Derry Avenue.  Four of the 19 units were Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Looks At Steps To Improve Escape Routes From Foothills During Brushfires

Wed, January 18, 2012

A scenic trail in Santa Barbara County’s foothills has become a popular spot for hikers.  But, that popularity is creating concern among area residents that a glut of cars could clog the only access road out of the area during a fast moving brushfire.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the county is hoping it’s come up Read the Rest…


90 Year Old Conejo Valley Woman Identified As Victim Of Fatal Traffic Accident

Tue, January 17, 2012

Authorities are now saying a 90 year old Ventura County woman was the victim of a fatal traffic accident in the Conejo Valley. Floriene Hamel of Newbury Park died as a result of injuries she suffered in a traffic accident around 1:30 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of Lynn, and Ventu Park Roads. The woman Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County/Denver Based Oil Company May Go Private

Tue, January 17, 2012

The CEO of a Santa Barbara County, and Denver based oil company is trying to taking it private. Venoco’s Board of Directors says it accepted an offer of $12.50 a share from CEO Tim Marquez for the business. Marquez already owns just over 50% of Venoco, and board members say the sale is in the Read the Rest…


EPA Says Ventura County Contractor Will Pay Fine, And For Restoration Work For Damage Caused To Ventura County Creek

Tue, January 17, 2012

The EPA says a contractor will spend at least $500,000 to restore damage caused by illegal dumping in Calleguas Creek, in Ventura County. The federal agency says that in 2005, and 2006, T.A. Staben Incorporated filled about five acres of the creek without the necessary permits.  An EPA spokesman says the contractor also ignored warnings Read the Rest…


Private School In Santa Barbara County Raises $65 Million In Centennial Campaign

Tue, January 17, 2012

A private school in Santa Barbara County which celebrated its 100th anniversary says it’s raised $65 million dollars during its just completed centennial campaign. Cate School says the money has helped fund new, and renovated facilities, as well as improving its endowment. The school has about 265 high school level students, including about 220 who Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community College District Could Make Some Decisions On Program Cuts Tonight

Tue, January 17, 2012

After months of discussion, and some controversy, the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees could move tonight to make some major program cuts at its three campuses. Facing a projected six million dollar budget shortfall in the next fiscal year, trustees are looking at cuts ranging from sports, to computer science, to television Read the Rest…


Strickland Latest To Join Race For Ventura County Congressional Seat

Tue, January 17, 2012

The race for a new congressional seat in Ventura County is expected to get even more interesting today, with a current State Senator the latest to announce his candidacy for the post. Republican State Senator Tony Strickland of Camarillo has called a news conference for later this morning to announce he’ll seek the 26th District Read the Rest…


Fire Forces Evacuation Of Thousand Oaks Condominium Complex

Mon, January 16, 2012

More than a dozen people have been forced out of their Thousand Oaks condominium complex, as the result of a fire which heavily damaged one unit, and caused varying amounts of damage to three others. The blaze was discovered at around 12:30 Monday afternoon, in the four unit complex on the 600 block of Avenida Read the Rest…


Senate Leader Looks At Revamping Redevelopment

Fri, January 13, 2012

The Democratic leader of the State Senate says he’s considering ways to save local redevelopment efforts in California. A recent State Supreme court decision upheld legislation to eliminate redevelopment agencies. They’re facing a deadline next month to shut down their programs. In a meeting with reporters Thursday, state Senator Darrell Steinberg says he’d like to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Fire Exercise Clears The Way For Development

Fri, January 13, 2012

A downtown Santa Barbara apartment bulding fire Thursday served as a training opportunity for firefighters, and also set the stage for 54 new housing units. John Palminteri reports.


Brown Supports High Speed Rail As Leaders Exit

Fri, January 13, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown is reiterating his support for California’s ambitious high-speed rail project after another tumultuous week. “Don’t join the defeatist crowd,” said Brown. The High-Speed Rail Authority’s chief executive officer and board chairman announced this week that they’re stepping down. And a group of Republican lawmakers has introduced a bill they call the “Lemon Read the Rest…


La Conchita Marks Grim Landslide Anniversary

Thu, January 12, 2012

Seven years ago this week, a rain soaked hillside gave way, sweeping into the coastal community of La Conchita.  Ten people died, more than a dozen were injured and many lives were changed forever. KCLU’s Lance Orozco spoke with a survivor who spent four hours buried under a mountain of soil before being miraculously rescued. Read the Rest…


Legislative Analyst, Governor Differ On Revenue Estimates

Thu, January 12, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget proposal is getting a generally strong review from California’s non-partisan fiscal watchdog – but his revenue projections are not. Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor says Brown’s spending plan would at long last close California’s festering budget deficit. “The governor – whether you have the revenues that are approved by the people Read the Rest…


Year-End Numbers: California Foreclosures Drop

Thu, January 12, 2012

New numbers out Thursday show home foreclosure filings fell in California last year. Research firm RealtyTrac says 428-thousand California properties got a foreclosure notice during 2011. RealtyTrac’s Daren Blomquist says the number is, “down 22% from 2010 and it’s down actually 32% from 2009 when we saw the peak foreclosure activity in California.” The firm attributes the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Investigate Department Embezzlement

Thu, January 12, 2012

A former business supervisor at the Santa Barbara Police Department has been accused of stealing $200,000 from the department.  John Palminteri reports.


Santa Barbara Foundation Announces $15 Million In Grants For 2011

Tue, January 10, 2012

One of the largest foundations on the South Coast says it had a banner year in 2011, giving out $15 million dollars in grants to more than1700 nonprofits. The Santa Barbara Foundation says it capped the year with $2.8 million dollars in discretionary grants to 58 organizations. Foundation officials say in the face of continuing Read the Rest…


Business Group Posts Reward For Arrest, Conviction Of Attackers In Santa Barbara Hate Crime

Tue, January 10, 2012

A Santa Barbara business group is offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest, and conviction of three men responsible for a New Year’s morning hate crime in the city which sent a man to the hospital with a broken jaw, and head injuries. The Gay & Lesbian Business Association of Santa Barbara is posting the Read the Rest…


Ventura College Community College District Continues To Weigh Program, Class Cuts

Tue, January 10, 2012

 The Ventura County Community College District’s Board of Trustees is set to review proposed cuts to a number of programs when it meets tonight. The District is trying to cope with a potential six million dollar budget shortfall, which could end up being millions more if a proposed tax hike by the governor fails to Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Get First Inpatient Hospice Facility

Tue, January 10, 2012

After years of planning, and fundraising, Ventura County’s first facility dedicated to providing impatient hospice services to those in need is almost set to open.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: House Of Hope Click on link for more about “Our Community House Of Hope”:  http://www.ourhouseofhope.org/


Man Arrested Following Police Pursuit In Ventura County

Mon, January 9, 2012

A Ventura man is facing multiple charges after he led police on a chase through part of the city. An officer on patrol around 11:30 Sunday night noticed a vehicle near Las Cruces Street, and and Albany Avenue which matched one wanted for a brandishing of a weapons charge earlier in the evening.  He also Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sentenced To Nearly 22 Years In Prison For Providing Heroin Which Led To Two Fatal Overdoses

Mon, January 9, 2012

A federal court judge has sentenced a Simi Valley man to nearly 22 years in prison for providing heroin which led to two death, and two near fatal overdoses. David Ryan Tejara received a 262 month federal prison sentence.  Prosecutors say the 23 year old man admitted supplying heroin to a Thousand Oaks man who Read the Rest…


Second Ventura County Supervisor Announces Run For Congressional Seat

Mon, January 9, 2012

A second Ventura County Supervisor has announced plans to run for a new congressional seat. Linda Parks says she’ll seek the 26th District Congressional post, which covers most of Ventura County.  Parks is a Republican, but she says she’s not running as a Republican candidate. It’s expected State Senator Tony Strickland will seek the Republican Read the Rest…


$50,000 In Scholarships Being Offered To Graduating Ventura County High School Seniors

Mon, January 9, 2012

A foundation in Ventura County is offering $50,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors who’ve demonstrated their leadership, and strong character. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars program is now in its 13th year. The scholarships range from $2500 to $7000, and are intended to help students with things like tuition, books, and room Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara School District To Look At Extending Parcel Tax

Mon, January 9, 2012

The Santa Barbara School District is looking at whether it will ask voters to continue a parcel tax with many officials say has been important to keeping the already financially stretched district from facing bigger financial issues.   KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SB Schools Tax Issue


Santa Barbara County Based Research Team Issues Warning About Invasive Plants

Mon, January 9, 2012

A Santa Barbara County based research team warns importing new kinds of plants to the U.S. which could better cope with heat, and drought brought on by global warming could have unintended consequences for native species.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Invasive Plant Species


Longtime Ventura, Santa Barbara County Congressman To Retire

Sat, January 7, 2012

Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly of Simi Valley has announced that after a quarter of a century in office, he’s going to retire at the end of his current term. Gallegly won his first congressional term in office in 1986.  He’s currently Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee Read the Rest…


Nearly 130 Marijuana Plants Seized from Oxnard Home

Sat, January 7, 2012

A two month long investigation into marijuana cultivation has led to the seizure of nearly 130 plant in an Oxnard house, and the arrest of one man. Oxnard Police detectives say they also discovered ten pounds of dried marijuana, and evidence of a potentially explosive lab to extract THC from the marijuana.  31 year old Read the Rest…


Local Boys, Girls Clubs Get Big Federal Grant To Try To Help Juvenile Offenders From Repeating

Fri, January 6, 2012

A non-profit youth group in Ventura County has received a major grant to try to help kids who get in trouble with the law from being repeat offenders. The Boys And Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme are getting $600,000 from the federal Department of Justice to create a reentry aftercare mentoring program. The Read the Rest…


Failure Of Celebrity Couple To Appear In Santa Barbara Court Costly For Bail Bond Company

Fri, January 6, 2012

A Santa Barbara bail bond company has apparently lost a very expressive bet over whether a celebrity couple would show up in a local court, to face charges. A judge today ruled the company will have to forfeit the million dollars it posted to guarantee that actor Randy Quaid, and his wife Evi would show Read the Rest…


Correction To Update On Story About Santa Barbara Doctor, Stepson Arrested On Drug Charges

Fri, January 6, 2012

There is a correction to an update you may have heard 1/6 on KCLU about a Santa Barbara doctor, and his stepson on drug charges. In the update, we said that the doctor, Julio Gabriel Diaz of Goleta, worked at the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinic on Milpas Street in Santa Barbara.  That is incorrect.  He Read the Rest…


State Assembly Member Currently Deployed Overseas In Military Looking At Run For New Assembly Seat

Fri, January 6, 2012

The wife of a state assemblyman from Ventura County who’s a Navy reservist currently deployed in Afghanistan has taken out papers on his behalf for a new Assembly run. Jeff Gorell was elected in November of 2010 to represent the 37th District, but was deployed to Afghanistan last March.  He’s expected to return home this Read the Rest…


Sentencing Postponed For Ventura County Attorney Who Pled No Contest To Embezzling From Estate

Fri, January 6, 2012

Sentencing of a Ventura County attorney who pled no contest to charges he embezzled money from the estate of a man he represented has been postponed at his request. Simi Valley attorney Russell Takasugi was supposed to be sentenced yesterday, but he wanted more time to review new charges filed against him, alleging he embezzled Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces 2012 Lineup

Fri, January 6, 2012

The final countdown is on for the Santa Barbara International Film Festiva, which begins its 27th edition on January 26th.  It will feature nearly 200 films, 16 world premieres, and honors for film legends Christopher Plummer, and Martin Scorsese.   KCLU’s Lance Orozco has a look at this year’s event. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


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