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Archives for February 2012

New Wrinkle In Ventura County Congressional Race, With State Assemblywoman Jumping Into Fray

Mon, February 20, 2012

The twists and turns continue in the race for Ventura County’s new 26th Congressional District, with a state assemblywoman announcing she’s the latest to run for the seat. Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley of Santa Monica says she’ll seek the post.  Brownley currently represents the 41st Assembly District, which includes parts of Los Angeles, and Ventura Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Police Looking For Vehicle Vandals

Mon, February 20, 2012

Ventura Police say they are looking for vandals responsible for damaging some 18 vehicles parked on streets in different parts of the city. Police say the vehicles suffered varying degrees of damage by someone throwing rocks at them, in most cases smashing out windows.  The incidents occured on more than a half dozen streets sometime Read the Rest…


Fire Investigators Trying To Determine Cause Of Blaze At Ventura Restaurant

Sat, February 18, 2012

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a Saturday afternoon fire which heavily damaged a Ventura restaurant. The fire was discovered shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, at Cafe Noveau, on the 1400 block of Thompson Boulevard.  No one was hurt, but the fire caused major damage to the restaurant, and its contents.


Oxnard Man Convicted Of Fatal Stabbing At Restaurant

Sat, February 18, 2012

An Oxnard man has been convicted of second degree murder in the fatal stabbing of another man outside of a restaurant. Salavador Tena attacked Candido Monge in Febuary of 2010 in the parking lot of a restaurant on the 300 block of Cooper Road, and fled the scene.  He was arrested the next day.  Monge Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Man Who Attacked 89 Year Old Santa Barbara County Woman

Sat, February 18, 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for a man who shoved, and knocked down an 89 year old woman in her home, in a home invasion robbery attempt. It happened just after 9 a.m. Thursday, on Lassen Drive in Santa Barbara.  The woman went to answer her doorbell, and when she opened her front Read the Rest…


Elderly Man Who Disappeared from Santa Barbara County Found Safe In Bay Area

Fri, February 17, 2012

A 75 year old Santa Barbara County man who disappeared on Monday has been found safe and sound, in the Bay Area. James Purcell of Isla Vista was last seen on Monday morning, when someone took him from his senior living facility, to Cottage Hospital for a doctor’s appointment.  When the driver returned to pick Read the Rest…


Internationally Known Burn Expert Helps Injured Puppies In The Conejo Valley

Fri, February 17, 2012

An internationally known burn specialist is volunteering his expertise to help two badly burned puppies being treated at a Conejo Valley veterinary clinic. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Injured Puppies


Ventura County Man Arrested After Seizure Of Four Pounds Of Heroin

Fri, February 17, 2012

A Ventura County man man is facing charges after investigators say they seized four pounds of heroin from his vehicle, and his home. The Ventura County Combined Agencies Team arrested Jose Luis Heredia of Oxnard for possession of heroin.  Detectives using a K-9 say they found a half pound of heroin in the 46 year Read the Rest…


Internationally Know Latin Jazz Orchestra Set To Play In Ventura

Fri, February 17, 2012

One of the world’s most famous Latin Jazz orchestras is headed to Ventura County, to kick off the Ventura Music Festival’s 2012 season.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s founder and leader, internationally known jazz artist Oscar Hernandez. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Spanish Harlem Orchestra


House Passes Legislation Which Would Allow New Oil, Gas Drilling Off Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, February 17, 2012

The House Of Representatives passed legislation which would allow new oil, and gas drilling off the coasts of Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The bill is part of a five year transportation, and energy package. The plan would allow new drilling off of existing oil platforms, and the oil and gas would have to be Read the Rest…


Light Plane From Santa Barbara County Forced To Land By Jet Fighters After Flying Near President’s Helicopter

Fri, February 17, 2012

A light plane from Santa Barbara County was forced to land by military fighters, after the plane flew through restricted airspace near the President’s helicopter near Los Angeles International Airport around noon yesterday. Air traffic controllers say the plane out of Santa Maria didn’t  respond to repeated radio warnings that it was in a restricted zone.  As the Read the Rest…


Couple Whose Story Inspired Hit Movie “The Vow” To Visit Ventura County

Fri, February 17, 2012

A couple who’s incredible true story of love is the subject of the number one movie at the nation’s box office this week, “The Vow”, is appearing in Ventura County this weekend for a series of charity events. Kim and Krickett Carpenter wrote a book about their incredible journey. The married couple got into a Read the Rest…


Fatal Crash On Road Between Malibu And Agoura Hills Sparks Brush Fire

Thu, February 16, 2012

A vehicle plunged off of a road between Malibu and Agoura Hills today, killing its driver, and sparking a brush fire. It happened around noon, on Kanan Dume Road, in Malibu.  The vehicle plunged more than 100 feet off the road. About 100 Los Angeles County firefighters contained the blaze in about two hours.  It Read the Rest…


Latest Statistics Show Crime Down Substantially In Simi Valley

Thu, February 16, 2012

Just released statistics show a major drop in violent, and property crimes in Simi Valley last year. In the area of violent crimes, the city has an 11.5 percent decrease in 2011. In property crimes, like burglary and auto theft, the numbers are down by just over 22 percent, with the only major increase a Read the Rest…


Details Surrounding Controversial Dismissal Of SBCC College President Emerge

Thu, February 16, 2012

Details surrounding the controversial dismissal of the president of Santa Barbara City College are starting to emerge. The website “Noozhawk” obtained a copy of a letter from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to the college district. which charged that the district’s board bungled the affair, violating its own policies, and possibly state Read the Rest…


Local Economists Talk About Eurozone Crisis, And Potential Impacts On U.S.

Thu, February 16, 2012

Europe is in crisis over national debt issues, but a panel of local economic experts feels the European Union will survive.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the trio, who took part in a forum at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Eurozone Crisis


Ventura County University Economist Honored By Wall Street Journal

Thu, February 16, 2012

The Wall Street Journal has named an economist from a Ventura County University as one of the most accurate in the nation. Cal State Channel Islands professor Sung Won Sohn was ranked third in the country for his accuracy in predicting 2011’s economic indicators. Sohn has been ranked in the top five twice before by Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County City Using The Web To Try To Increase Sense Of Community

Thu, February 16, 2012

Goleta is using the internet to try to help build a sense of community in the city.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has more on this unique effort. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Goleta Web Program


Thieves Stealing Catalytic Converters From Santa Barbara Vehicles

Thu, February 16, 2012

Some blatant thieves have been stealing catalytic converters from vehicles in Santa Barbara. Police say the thieves will park their vehicle in the street, slide under a parked vehicle, and cut off the air pollution control devices. The converters are valuable, because they contain some expensive metals, which can be removed for sale. Police believe criminals Read the Rest…


Ventura County Chooses New Chief Medical Examiner

Thu, February 16, 2012

Ventura County has selected a replacement for the county’s long time chief medical examiner, who’s preparing to retire after nearly two decades of heading the office. Assistant Chief Medical Examiner Jon Smith will take over for Dr. Ronald O’Halloran, who’s set to retire this summer.  Smith joined the office last summer, after serving as San Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Dies In Traffic Accident On Highway 126

Wed, February 15, 2012

A Ventura county man is dead, after the pickup truck he was driving veered off of Highway 126 in Ventura, and crashed. The CHP says David Bartlett was driving on the highway at around 10 this morning when he went off the roadway near Victoria Avenue, and hit a tree, and then rolled through a Read the Rest…


Four Arrested Following Auto Theft, String Of Auto Burglaries In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Wed, February 15, 2012

Four Ventura County residents are facing a series of charges in connection with a string of auto burglaries, and thefts in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. There were at least 10 auto burglaries in the Carpinteria area in the last week. Yesterday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies found a car believed to be associated with Read the Rest…


Law Enforcement Costs Going Up For Five Ventura County Cities

Wed, February 15, 2012

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has increased what it charges five cities to provide them with law enforcement services. Ventura County Supervisors approved the Sheriff’s Department contracts with the cities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, and Thousand Oaks.   A 4.5 percent hike is intended to cover increased costs.  The five contracts for the current Read the Rest…


Proposal To Put Tax On Santa Barbara County Oil Fails To Get Support For Ballot Measure

Wed, February 15, 2012

Santa Barbara County Supervisors couldn’t agree on whether they should put a proposal for a crude oil tax in the county before voters. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports it stirred up controversy among the board members, who didn’t move the proposal forward. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Oil Production Tax Proposal


Report Says Santa Barbara County Fire Department Facing Financial Crisis

Wed, February 15, 2012

A new report shows Santa Barbara County is facing a major crisis in funding for its fire department, one officials say could lead to cuts in services if left unchecked.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Fire Department Funding


Expected Candidate For New State Senate Seat In Ventura, Los Angeles Counties Says He Won’t Run

Wed, February 15, 2012

A man considered to be a strong contender for a new State Senate seat in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties has decided not to run for it. Republican Assemblyman Cameron Smyth of Santa Clarita had been expected by many to seek the 27th District State Senate Seat. It includes parts of western Los Angeles County, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara School District To Use Drug Sniffing Dogs On High School Campuses

Wed, February 15, 2012

The Santa Barbara School District is going to star using drug sniffing dog for random drug searches on its high school campuses. The district’s school board decided last night to develop a contract with a company which provides the service. The dogs are trained to detect cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs, as well as alcoholic Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Issue Warning About Rash Of Burglaries

Wed, February 15, 2012

Oxnard Police are warning residents about a rash of home burglaries which have occurred in the last few months. Detectives say they’ve been centered in a half dozen neighborhoods, including Rio Lindo, Riverpark, Channel Islands, and Cypress Point. Most of the burglaries have been occurring between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., with the burglars getting Read the Rest…


Local University To Honor Civil Rights Leader, Model/Businesswoman With Honorary Degrees

Wed, February 15, 2012

A Ventura University has announced plans to honor a diverse pair of people at its commencement ceremonies this year, ranging from a civil rights leader, to a supermodel turned businesswoman. Cal State Channel Islands will award an honorary degree to Hank Lacayo, who was a top official with the United Auto Workers, but march for Read the Rest…


Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Opens In Ventura County

Tue, February 14, 2012

Ventura County now has its first Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, which opened its doors for patients for the first time today. The PICU is located in the Ventura County Medical Center.  PICU’s work like traditional intensive care units, but have specialized personnel, and equipment geared to help seriously injured, or ill children. The Medical Center’s Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Charged With Stealing Money From Estate Of Friend

Tue, February 14, 2012

A Ventura County man is facing nine felony charges, after prosecutors say he stole more than a quarter of a million dollars from the estate of a friend. Investigators say Francis Copeland had named his friend, Geoffrey Charles Sjostrom of Simi Valley, to administer his trust, and will.  But, prosecutors say after Copeland died in Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Narrowly Approve Retaining Sacramento Lobbyists

Tue, February 14, 2012

The question of whether financially pressed Santa Barbara County needs to spend money for a lobbyist in Sacramento was a hot one for County Supervisors today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports County Supervisors were split on the issue today (2/14), but approved retaining its contract with the firm Governmental Advocates. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Carpinteria City Council Votes To Censure Fellow Council Member, Sets Stage For Possible Recall

Tue, February 14, 2012

The Carpinteria City Council censured Council Member Joe Armendariz last night (2/13), as a result of his DUI arrest in December.  KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the council actions set the stage for a potential recall, although it’s unclear as to whether the community will take it that far with his term set to end this Read the Rest…


Television Comedy Legend To Headline Benefit In Conejo Valley

Tue, February 14, 2012

A comic who co-starred in “McHale’s Navy” and “The Carol Burnett Show, and  won a Golden Globe, six Emmys, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame is headed to the Conejo Valley this week, to headline a benefit event.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Tim Conway. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Camarillo Man Sentenced For Possession Of Child Pornography

Tue, February 14, 2012

A 64 year old Ventura County man has been sentenced to eight months in jail, after he pled guilty to possession of child pornography. Prosecutors say Daniel Dale Givens of Camarillo had more than one thousand images of child pornography on his home computer, and was trying to buy more. FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Looking For Man Responsible For Multiple Indecent Exposure Incidents Involving Children

Tue, February 14, 2012

Ventura Police say they’re looking for a man possible responsible for as many as three indecent exposure incidents involving children since the first of the year. Investigators say a man parked in a pickup truck flashed two young girls Monday afternoon as they were walking near South Ashwood Avenue, and Maple Street.  The girls called Read the Rest…


Former Executive With Santa Barbara County Food Company Sentenced To Prison For Embezzlement

Tue, February 14, 2012

A woman has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to fraud in connection with the theft of more than a million dollars from a Santa Barbara County based food company. Federal prosecutors say while Lisa Sackie was Vice President, and Controller of Santa Barbara Bay Foods, she misdirected payments from the Read the Rest…


Carpinteria City Councilman Under Fire For DUI Arrest Says He Won’t Take Part In Meeting Where His Possible Censure Will Be Discussed

Mon, February 13, 2012

A Carpinteria City Councilman who’s been under fire since a DUI arrest last year says he won’t attend a council meeting tonight, where council members are set to consider censuring him. In a statement released this afternoon, Joe Armendariz says he’s thinking his colleagues should make whatever decision they will make without his participation. The Read the Rest…


Abel Maldonado Officially Announces Run For New Central, South Coast Congressional Seat

Mon, February 13, 2012

A former Lieutenant Governor, and State Senator from Santa Barbara County officially announced his intention to run for a new congressional seat in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Republican Abel Maldonado will take on Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara for the 24th District seat. His political career started as a Santa Read the Rest…


Fire Destroys Four Vehicles In Oxnard

Mon, February 13, 2012

Oxnard Fire investigators are looking into what they say appears to be a suspicious fire which destroyed four vehicles in the city this morning. Firefighters were called to the 100 block of Clark Court at around one a.m. They found the four vehicles on fire. They were able to keep the flames from spreading to Read the Rest…


Federal Ban Set To Take Effect To Prevent Sewage Dumping By Large Ships Off California Coastline

Mon, February 13, 2012

Thousands of large ships travel along California’s coastline annually.  But, they only face limited restrictions on where they can dump sewage.  A new federal ban intended to protect the entire stretch of the state’s coastline is set to take effect next month.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Looking At Restrictions Intended On Keeping Residential Development Away From 101 Freeway

Mon, February 13, 2012

The Santa Barbara City Council is looking at ways to keep new residential development away from the 101 Freeway, because of concerns about incompatibility. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Residential Development Concerns


Simi Valley City Council To Consider Ordinance Intended To Discourage Adult Film Production

Mon, February 13, 2012

A city in Ventura County is expected to give preliminary approval tonight to an ordinance aimed at discouraging adult film production in the city. The Simi Valley City Council is set to consider an ordinance similar to that of the city of Los Angeles, which requires the use of condoms as a safety measure during Read the Rest…


Stunning Announcement In Ventura County Congressional Race

Mon, February 13, 2012

One of the best known candidates in the race for a new Congressional seat in Ventura County stunned political observers from withdrawing from the race. Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett announced at the Democratic Party Convention in San Diego that he’s withdrawing from the 26th District Congressional race.  Bennett said that with four Democrats in the Read the Rest…


Water System Maintenance Could Temporarily Affect Taste, Odor Of Water Supply in Much Of Ventura county

Mon, February 13, 2012

Tap water could taste, and smell a bit different for more than 600,000 people in Ventura County for the next few weeks. The Callegus Municipal Water District gets most of its water through a feeder pipeline coming from the West San Fernando Valley. But, the pipe will be shut down starting today for the next Read the Rest…


Ventura County Gets More than $400,000 From Court Settlement To Help Fight Mortgage/Foreclosure Fraud

Sun, February 12, 2012

Ventura County is getting a big check from the state as part of a court judgement in a mortgage fraud case, which will give the County more than $400,000 to beef up efforts to fight mortgage, and foreclosure fraud. The money comes from the state’s legal battle with Countrywide Financial.  The county District Attorney’s office will Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For What Detectives Call Gang Related Double Murders in North Hollywood

Sat, February 11, 2012

A Ventura County man is now behind bars in connection with a double murder in the San Fernando Valley. Greg Edmond of Simi Valley is one of two people arrested this week for the fatal shootings of two men last August at North Hollywood party. Los Angeles Police detectives believe the slayings of Deon Bastian Read the Rest…


Search Committee Created To Help Find SBCC President/Superintendent

Fri, February 10, 2012

The Santa Barbara City College Board Of Trustees approved creation of a 16 person committee to find a new President/Superintendent for the college. The college district put Andreea Serban.on paid administrative leave last summer, and Jack Friedlander has been serving as acting President/Superintendent. The exact cause of her suspension from the job was never made Read the Rest…


South Coast City Celebrating 10th Anniversary This Weekend

Fri, February 10, 2012

Somebody is busy baking a lot of cake this weekend on the South Coast, for a birthday celebration for more than 30,000 people. The City of Goleta is Celebrating its 10th anniversary.  On Sunday, the city is sponsoring a birthday party at the Goleta Valley Community Center.  The free event will feature music, historical displays, Read the Rest…


Transit System In Ventura County Modifies Schedule To Try To Improve Service

Fri, February 10, 2012

The largest public transit system in Ventura County is making to changes in its routes, and schedules this weekend, to try to improve service. Gold Coast Transit will add a new route which connects three popular Oxnard locations, the Esplanade Shopping Center, St. John’s Regional Medical Center, and Oxnard College. Services will also be beefed Read the Rest…


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