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Archives for February 2012

Longtime Community Leader In Conejo Valley Retiring After Nearly 50 Years Of Service

Fri, February 10, 2012

A man who’s served the Conejo Valley for nearly half a century as everything from a law enforcement officer, to a Thousand Oaks City Councilman has announced his retirement. In a letter to the City, Councilman Dennis Gillette says he’ll step down from his council post March 1st, after more than 13 years on the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Museum Of Art Opening New Exhibition As Part Of Regional “Pacific Standard Time” Art Collaborative

Fri, February 10, 2012

A new Santa Barbara art exhibition is part of an unprecedented regional project involving some 60 Southern California institutions.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Santa Barbara Museum Of Art exhibition, called “Pasadena To Santa Barbara,” is a part of “Pacific Standard Time,” an effort which tries to tell the story of the Los Angeles contemporary Read the Rest…


New Grand Jury Report Says School District In Santa Barbara County Violated Open Meeting Law

Thu, February 9, 2012

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report says a school district violated the state’s open meeting law on multiple occasions. The report says the Cuyama Joint Unified School District’s school board violated the Brown Act because confidential information discussed during board’s closed door sessions was disclosed. The Grand Jury says it found that some Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Symphony Opens Door To Classical Music For Thousands Of Elementary School Students

Thu, February 9, 2012

Thousands of Santa Barbara County schoolchildren are learning about classical music by experiencing it firsthand, many for the first time in their lives. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Santa Barbara Symphony is sponsoring two days of special concerts for fourth through sixth grade students from 36 Santa Barbara County elementary schools. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Ventura County Finally Finds New Administrator To Oversee Pension Fund Operations

Thu, February 9, 2012

Ventura County finally is getting a new administrator to oversee its more than three billion dollar employee pension fund, ending a long search to fill the post. Donald Kendig will take over the top slot with Ventura County’s Board of Retirement in March. He’s currently the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District’s Business Manager. Read the Rest…


New Gospel Choir Group Bringing Music To Ventura County

Thu, February 9, 2012

Gospel music is a part of America’s heritage, dating back centuries.  It’s even left churches, and can be found in community centers, and even nightclubs.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco gives us a taste of a brand new gospel group in Ventura County, at California Lutheran University, which is performing its very first public concert this weekend Read the Rest…


Burglary Suspect Posing As Salesman In Goleta Area Arrested

Thu, February 9, 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say numerous tips received from the public helped them catch a man pretending to be a door to door salesman, who was actually burglarizing homes. Investigators issued an alert this week, saying a man pretending to sell magazines was using that as a way to case homes, and get into Read the Rest…


City Of Thousand Oaks Goes To Neighboring City To Find New City Attorney

Thu, February 9, 2012

The City Of Thousand Oaks has turned to a neighboring city to find its next City Attorney. Tracy Noonan will take over the City Attorney’s post in March.  She’s currently Simi Valley’s City Attorney.  But, this is a homecoming for Noonan, because she was an Assistant City Attorney for Thousand Oaks from 2005, to 2009.  Read the Rest…


Six Million Dollars Allocated By Army Corps Of Engineers To Complete Santa Barbara County Levee Project

Wed, February 8, 2012

The Army Corps of Engineers has allocated more than six million dollars to complete the reconstruction of a levee protecting a city in Santa Barbara County. More than 47 million dollars has been spent over the last four years for engineering, and construction on the Santa Maria River Levee, which protects the City of Santa Read the Rest…


Oxnard City Council Appoints Interim City Manager

Wed, February 8, 2012

The Oxnard City Council moved to appoint its Assistant City Manager as Interim City Manager, in the wake of the Council’s suspension of its top non-elected official. Karen Burnham was unanimously appointed to the post last night (2/7). The move comes after the Council last week decided to put longtime City Manager Ed Sotelo on Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Moving To Consolidate Public Safety Air Operations

Wed, February 8, 2012

Helicopters are an important, but expensive part of public safety operations on the South Coast.  For years, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, and Fire Department maintained their own units, but with money tight, they at the direction of County Supervisors are taking the controversial step of being merged. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Read the Rest…


Problem With Rail Car Parked In Ventura Causes Scare

Wed, February 8, 2012

A noise coming from a parked railroad tanker car caused a scare in Ventura Tuesday afternoon. Someone noticed a hissing sound coming from the car, which was parked on a siding near the 2000 block of Channel Drive just before 3 p.m. yesterday.  The Ventura County Fire Department, and Police department closed access to the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara’s Mayor Introduces Funding Proposals

Wed, February 8, 2012

Santa Barbara’s Mayor wants to go to the ballot box to ask the city’s voters to support to measures to raise money locally for specific programs, and to limit employee pension spending. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SB Mayor’s Funding Proposals


Ventura County University Presenting Stage Production At Regional Theater Festival

Wed, February 8, 2012

California Lutheran University’s Theater Arts Department is presenting one of its productions at a prestigious regional theater festival today. CLU’s production of the Tennessee Williams classic “Suddenly Last Summer” is being staged at the Region 8 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival at Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah. It’s one of only 10 productions from Read the Rest…


Authorities Issue Warnings About Two Different Rashes Of Burglaries On South Coast

Wed, February 8, 2012

Authorities in two different South Coast communities have issued warnings about some strings of burglaries, and are asking residents to be alert for suspicious activity. In Oxnard, police say they are investigating at least four daytime burglaries which occured in the Rio Linda area in the last week.  The burglar stole cash, electronics, and jewelry.  Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Woman Arrested On Charge Of Sexual Relationship With Teenage Boy

Tue, February 7, 2012

A Santa Barbara County woman has been arrested, after detectives say she had a sexual relationship with a teenage boy. Investigators say Lisa Ann Rowell of Goleta was in her late 30’s when she had the relationship with the then 17 year old boy, in 2008. The teen, who is now an adult, recently told Read the Rest…


Local Reaction Coming In To Federal Court Ruling Overturning Proposition 8

Tue, February 7, 2012

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals today ruled that California’s voter approved ban on same sex marriages is unconstitutional.  Proposition 8′s supporters say they will appeal, and take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Opponents, though are celebrating what they see as a key win in the battle. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has reaction Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Give Preliminary Approval To Oil Pipeline On Gaviota Coast

Tue, February 7, 2012

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have given preliminary approval for  use of a new oil pipeline in the Gaviota area which will end the need for the use of barges to move oil from the region. Currently, oil from offshore Platform Holly is shipped to Venoco’s Ellwood Marine Terminal, where it’s then loaded onto barges at Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community College District Facing Probation

Tue, February 7, 2012

The Ventura County Community College District is facing probation at its three campuses from the commission which oversees accreditation for colleges, not because of problems with educational programs, but because of concern over the way the district is governed. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges notified the district in a letter, saying that its Read the Rest…


Ventura City Councilman Latest To Jump Into Supervisorial Race

Tue, February 7, 2012

A Ventura City Councilman is the latest to jump into the race for what will be a wide open Ventura County Supervisorial seat. Neal Andrews says he’ll run for the First District post. Andrews has been on the council since 2001.  He’ll face fellow council member Christy Weir, as well as Ventura County Fire Chief Read the Rest…


Solar Car Visits South Coast As Part Of Effort To Set World Record For Crossing Globe

Tue, February 7, 2012

It can carry two people, and hit 70 miles an hour, which isn’t unusual for a car.  But, what makes it different is that this vehicle is completely powered by the sun.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this unique car visited the South Coast, as part of a global tour designed to set a world record. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Gets Five Year Sentence For Tax Fraud

Tue, February 7, 2012

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to five years in jail, and ordered to pay more than $280,000 in restitution for tax evasion. Prosecutors say William Nurick of Camarillo used different entities to conceal his control over bank accounts, vehicles, and property, related to money he received from an investment fund.  They say he Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Look At Merging Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department Air Operations

Tue, February 7, 2012

A new report is recommending that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, and County Fire Department merge their air operations. The Sheriff’s Department has four helicopters, and an airplane, while the Fire Department has two helicopters. A County Board of Supervisors subcommittee reviewed the air operations, and concluded merging the now separate agencies would save Read the Rest…


Water Hike Proposed For City Of Thousand Oaks Customers

Tue, February 7, 2012

Water could soon become more expensive in one Ventura County community. The City Of Thousand Oaks is looking at a proposal to increase basic rates by just over ten percent. City officials say the hike would pay for increased water costs, and help finance projected future infrastructure improvements which will be needed. The City Council Read the Rest…


Six People Displaced By Fire In Ventura County

Tue, February 7, 2012

Six people have been displaced by a fire in Ventura County. The blaze was discovered just after eight yesterday morning in an apartment near North Ventura Road, and East Port Hueneme Road in Port Hueneme. The second floor of the building, which housed apartments and businesses was heavily damaged, but firefighters were able to control Read the Rest…


Hundreds On Hand At Ronald Reagan Presidential Library To Celebrate The Late President’s 101st Birthday

Mon, February 6, 2012

Hundreds of people were on hand today at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley, to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the late President’s birth.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports music, speeches, and wreath layings at the President’s memorial were all a part of day’s events. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Reagan 101st Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Vehicle Which Injured Three Girls In Weekend Hit And Run Accident In Oxnard

Mon, February 6, 2012

The CHP is looking for a driver responsible for a weekend hit and run accident in Ventura County which sent three girls to the hospital with serious injuries. A mother was walking with her two daughters, and a friend of of the girls on Victoria Avenue near Santa Monica Avenue in the bike lane just Read the Rest…


More Than 100 Ventura County Workers Losing Jobs Due To Store Closings

Mon, February 6, 2012

Plans to close two clothing  stores in Ventura County will cost more than 100 workers their job. Abercrombie and Fitch has announced plans to close its Abercrombie store, and his Hollister Company store at Simi Valley Town Center by the end of March.  70 workers at the Abercrombie store, and 37 at the Hollister store Read the Rest…


Six Arrested In Conejo Valley Drug Sweep

Mon, February 6, 2012

Six people have been arrested in Ventura County as the result of an illegal drug sales investigation. Four Conjeo Valley residents, along with a Long Beach man, and a San Diego man were arrested in Thousand Oaks in connection with heroin, and cocaine sales. The arrests followed a two week long investigation by the Thousand Read the Rest…


Programs Help Underrepresented Santa Barbara County Students Have Better Chance At Graduation, College

Mon, February 6, 2012

Four days a week, when school is out for the day at Santa Barbara Junior High School, class then begins for a special group of students.  These students stay after school not because they have to, but because they want to, so they can get ahead in their educations.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has more about Read the Rest…


Oxnard Men Arrested With Thousands In Missing Cal State Channel Islands Equipment

Mon, February 6, 2012

Three Oxnard men are facing possession of stolen property, and conspiracy charges, after they were caught with more than $10,000 worth of items reported missing from Cal State Channel Islands. Oxnard Police were called to the area of A Street and Palm Drive around one p.m. Saturday, by reports three men were trying to sell Read the Rest…


Key Crime Statistics Up In City Of Ventura

Mon, February 6, 2012

The latest crime statistics for the City of Ventura show increases in violent, and gang related crimes. Violent crime was up 24% in Ventura last year, and 59% for gang related crimes.  And, auto thefts in Ventura were up 28% in 2011. However, there is some good news.  The police department’s record for solving violent Read the Rest…


Two Arrested For Placing Skimmer Device, Video Camera Targeting Customers At Ventura County Bank

Mon, February 6, 2012

Two San Fernando Valley men are behind bars, after Ventura County Sheriff’s Detectives, and the U.S. Secret Service say the men were responsible for placing a skimmer device at a Thousand Oaks bank to steal ATM information from bank customers. The skimmer captured information as customers used their cards to get access to ATM kiosks at Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Filmmaker Dies In Australian Helicopter Crash

Sat, February 4, 2012

A Santa Barbara filmmaker known around the world for his work on nature documentaries has died in an Australian helicopter accident. Mike deGruy and another man died in the crash of a helicopter taking off from an airfield near Jervis Bay, in New South Wales Saturday afternoon.  Officials there say they were working on a documentary. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy, Two People Injured In Scuffle

Sat, February 4, 2012

A Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy, and two people were injured after the deputy says a car tried to run him over following a traffic stop, and he fired at the vehicle. It happened just after 11 Friday night, in Camarillo.  A deputy tried to get a vehicle to stop for an undisclosed reason.  The vehicle Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To 21 Years Behind Bars For Fatal Shooting In Westlake Village

Sat, February 4, 2012

A man convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of a college art instructor in Westlake Village party has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison. A jury convicted Steven Honma of voluntary manslaughter, and use of a firearm for the March, 2010 death of Norman Schureman. The 50 year old victim was Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Now Offering Disposible Plastic Bag Recycling

Fri, February 3, 2012

Santa Barbara County residents can now recycle their single use plastic store bags, as well as some other clean plastic bags, like bread bags. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santsa Barbara County Bag Recycling


Superbowl Sunday Means Super DUI Crackdown In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, February 3, 2012

Law enforcement agencies in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties say they’re planning to deploy extra DUI patrols for Super Bowl Sunday. Oxnard and Santa Barbara are among the communities promising beefed up patrols.  In Ventura County, the “Avoid The 14″ Campaign of agencies is taking part in the NFL’s “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival Moves Into Final Weeekend

Fri, February 3, 2012

The 27th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival is moving into its final weekend.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has a look. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara FF Wrap


Santa Barbara County Based Agency Expands Global Efforts To Provide Safe Drinking Water For All

Fri, February 3, 2012

An international agency based in Carpinteria is expanding its global efforts to find cost effective, efficent ways to supply safe drinking water to people who currently don’t have it.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: SWI Cambodia Project Link to SWI website:  http://www.safewaterintl.org/


60 Citations Issued In Santa Barbara In Crackdown On Drivers Not Yielding To Pedestrians

Fri, February 3, 2012

A crackdown on drivers failing to follow traffic laws related to pedestrians in Santa Barbara led to 60 citations. The Santa Barbara Police Department set up three sting operations in the city yesterday, at De La Vina and Los Olivos Streets, Milpas and Ortega Streets, and Coast Village Road and Butterfly Lane.  The intersections were Read the Rest…


Significant Crime Drops Reported for Oxnard

Fri, February 3, 2012

Just released crime statistics for the City of Oxnard show significant drops in violent, and property crimes in 2011. The stats show that violent crime dropped 10% last year.  The number of homicides remained at eight in 2011, the same number as 2010, but violent crimes were down in other categories.  Property crimes were down around 13%, Read the Rest…


Super Sunday For Seabees Returning Home To Ventura County From Afghanistan

Fri, February 3, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday is going to be a super day for more than 100 Ventura County based Navy Seabees for another reason: They’re returning home from Afghanistan, after a six month deployment. The Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalon Five were involved with military and humanitarian projects.  They’re expected to arrive at Naval Base Ventura Read the Rest…


Cast, Filmmakers Of Documentary About Beauty And Aging Talk About Subject At Santa Barbara School

Thu, February 2, 2012

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is moving into its final weekend, but there are still dozens of screening, and events left. Today, some of the filmmakers, and subjects of the documentary they made about beauty and age, called “Pretty Old”,  took a bit of the festival to a Santa Barbara school campus. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Oxnard School District May Seek Voter Approval Of Bond Measure To Add Classroom Space

Thu, February 2, 2012

Oxnard voters may be asked to go to the ballot box to support a bond measure for new school construction. The Oxnard School Board directed its staff this week to develop language for a proposed ballot measure this November.  With continued growth in students in the district projected for the next few years, officials say Read the Rest…


Oxnard Names Acting City Manager

Thu, February 2, 2012

The City Of Oxnard’s Assistant City Manager is now serving as the city’s Acting City Manager.  Karen Burnham took over after the Oxnard City Council placed City Manager Ed Sotelo on a leave of absence with pay Tuesday night.  The Council took the action following a series of closed door review sessions during the last Read the Rest…


Abandoned Panga Boat Found In Ocean Off Montecito

Thu, February 2, 2012

A panga boat which authorities say may have been carrying as many as 20 people has been discovered in the ocean off of Montecito. The empty, 30 foot long boat was discovered about 200 yards off the coast of Montecito just after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning (02/01).  Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol officers, and U.S. Coast Read the Rest…


Elementary School Students Lobby For Plastic Bag Ban In Santa Barbara

Thu, February 2, 2012

They’re not old enough to vote, or even drive.  But, some elementary school students have organized their own effort to try to get the use of single use plastic bags banned in the City of Santa Barbara.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Santa Barbara’s Washington Elementary School. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Vandals Hit Three Santa Barbara Businesses In Possible “Occupy” Movement Related Incidents

Wed, February 1, 2012

Santa Barbara Police are investigating a trio of vandalism incidents in Santa Barbara’s Mesa area which might have ties to the “Occupy” movement, involving two banks, and a coffee shop. Just before two this morning, vandals broke windows, and damaged ATM machines at a Santa Barbara Bank And Trust Branch on the 1900 block of Read the Rest…


Three Arrested On Sex Charges In Undercover Operations at Simi Valley Massage Parlors

Wed, February 1, 2012

A undercover operation targeting some Simi Vally massage parlors has led to three arrests on sex charges. Undercover officers visiting three spas in the city during a week long period say they were solicited for specific sex acts by the workers who were arrested.  The three  women were cited for solicitation for prostitution.  Simi Valley Read the Rest…


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