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Archives for March 2012

Woman Dead In What Authorities Think Was Domestic Violence Incident In Ventura County

Sat, March 31, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives are trying to figure out what led to an incident at a Fillmore home which left a woman dead, and a man seriously injured. Deputies were called to a home on the 1100 block of Los Serenos Drive around 3 p.m. Friday. They found a woman in her 40’s who had Read the Rest…


State Transportation Commission Funds Some Projects On South Coast

Sat, March 31, 2012

The State Transportation Commission approved funding for three major projects impacting Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The biggest grant is for a million dollars, for maintenance for the Pacific Surfliner/Amtrak rail line between San Diego, and San Luis Obispo. The Commission approved $200,000 for the Franklin Trail project in Santa Barbara County. The money would Read the Rest…


Rumor Of Shooting Threat Creats Concern At High School Campus In Ventura County

Fri, March 30, 2012

Threats of a high school campus shooting being spread through social media prompted police in one Ventura County community to beef up security. Simi Valley High School officials notified police after hearing about the rumor appearing in text messages today. Police say the rumor was traced backed to a statement on a website. No problems Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Say They Arrest Three, Seize Nearly $300,000 Worth Of Heroin In Breakup Of Drug Ring

Fri, March 30, 2012

A six month long investigation led to the breakup of what authorities call a multi-million dollar drug ring selling heroin in Simi Valley, and the San Fernando Valley. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Simi Valley. Click on link to listen to/download story: Simi Valley Drug Ring Arrests


New Dance Work Developed In Santa Barbara By New York Theater Company To World Premiere This Weekend

Fri, March 30, 2012

A nationally known New York based dance company has been in Santa Barbara for the last month, developing a new modern dance production which world premieres this weekend. It mixes dance, original music, and even the creation of a sculpture on stage during the performance. The Brian Brooks Moving Company developed the new work through Read the Rest…


UCSB Researcher Not Surprised By New Study Showing Higher Autism Rate Than Previously Thought

Fri, March 30, 2012

A new federal study is showing that the rate of autism among America’s children may be much higher that estimated, with the latest figures going from one in 110, to one in 88. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a U-C Santa Barbara researcher who’s one of the world’s leading experts on autism treatment: Click on Read the Rest…


South Coast State Assemblyman Returns Home from Military Deployment In Afghanistan

Fri, March 30, 2012

A South Coast assemblyman representing much of Ventura County is back home, after spending the last year on active military duty in Afganistan. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorrell of Moorpark was elected to the 37th Assembly District in 2010, but the Navy reservist was deployed in March of last year. His staff handled his office while Read the Rest…


Autopsy Helps Solve Mystery Behind Death Of Man In Ventura County

Fri, March 30, 2012

An 85 year old Ventura County man found dead in the wreckage of a car didn’t die as a result of its crash. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office is saying that a heart attack led to the Wednesday night accident on the 1200 block of San Como Lane, in Camarillo Springs. C.W. Libby of Read the Rest…


Memorial For Santa Barbara County Firefighters Who Died In The Line Of Duty To Be Dedicated This Weekend

Thu, March 29, 2012

A memorial honoring the eight Santa Barbara County firefighters who’ve died in the line of duty since the department was created in 1926 is being dedicated this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara firefighter’s Memorial


Electronics Retailer With Four Big Box Stores On South Coast Announces Major Cuts

Thu, March 29, 2012

In the wake of a more than $1.2 billion dollar loss last year, electronics giant “Best Buy” says it will close 50 of its more than 1100 big box retail stores, and lay off hundreds of workers. The company has four of its big stores in the region, including one in Southern Santa Barbara County, Read the Rest…


Well Known Community Leader, Former Santa Barbara City Coucilman Dies

Thu, March 29, 2012

Former Santa Barbara City Councilman, and community leader Babatunde Folayemi has died. Family friends say the 71 year old man passed away at his home yesterday. The exact cause of death is unknown, but friends believe he suffered a massive heart attack. He was an artist, and was deeply involved in the city’s non-profit community, Read the Rest…


Major Ventura County Intersection To Be Shut Down For Next Few Days

Thu, March 29, 2012

One of Ventura County’s busiest intersections is going to be closed starting this weekend, until early next week for a major construction project. The Rose Avenue-Fifth Street intersection in Oxnard will be shut down starting at around 9 tomorrow night, until 9 Tuesday night for railroad track maintenance. The Oxnard Public Works Department will set Read the Rest…


Ventura College Receives Big Donation From Retired Educator

Thu, March 29, 2012

A retired college professor has given Ventura College one of the largest gifts in its history. Stan Weisel donated $300,000 to the community college, to fund a number of scholarships for students who’ve faces major hardships in making it to college. Plans call for the money to be used to fund more than a half Read the Rest…


New Economic Forecast Paints Weak Outlook For Ventura County

Thu, March 29, 2012

A new Ventura County economic forecast released today says the economic slump is far from over for the county. California Lutheran University’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting says the county’s forecast is actually worse than the one a year ago, calling for only 0.7 of a percent growth this year, compared to 1.3 percent Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Butcher Arrested For Drug Dealing Out Of Market

Wed, March 28, 2012

A Santa Barbara butcher has been arrested on charges he was dealing drug out of the market where he worked. Detectives say they received information that Isidro Diaz Vasquez had been selling cocaine, and methamphetamine out of the Chapala Market, which is on the 600 block of North Milpas Street. Following an investigation, investigators arrested Read the Rest…


New Exhibition Highlighting History Of U.S. Secret Service Opens In Ventura County

Wed, March 28, 2012

A new exhibition looking at the famous, yet mysterious federal law enforcement agency which is responsible for everything from protecting the President, to tracking down counterfeit money has opened at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Secret Service Exhibition


Environmental Group, City Of Santa Barbara Reach Settlement Over Sewage Issues

Wed, March 28, 2012

The settlement of a lawsuit between an environmental group, and the City of Santa Barbara is calling for a $26 million dollar upgrade of the city’s aging sewer system, which has had problems with leaks, and spills. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: City of Santa Barbara/Channelkeeper Settlement


Authorities Identify Man Struck And Killed By Metrolink Train In Ventura County

Wed, March 28, 2012

Authorities are identifying a man struck, and killed by a Metrolink train in Ventura County. It happened just before eight Monday night, on the 600 block of Cochran Street in Simi Valley. Police say Donald Swanson was walking near the railroad tracks with another person when he was hit by the westbound train. The 42 Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Select New County Fire Chief

Wed, March 28, 2012

Ventura County is getting a new fire chief, and it’s someone who’s already a familiar face in the county. Ventura County Supervisors selected Deputy Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen to replace Bob Roper, who is retiring this week. Lorenzen has been a firefighter for two decades, and has been Deputy Chief since 2010. He’ll take over Read the Rest…


South Coast Agencies Get More Than $500,000 To Help Get Local Homeless Veterans Into Housing

Wed, March 28, 2012

Two South Coast housing agencies have received more than a half million dollars to help homeless veterans in the region. The U.S. Department of Housing, and Urban Development awarded $270,000 to the City of Ventura’s Housing Authority, and $250,000 to the City of Santa Barbara’s Housing Authority. The money is part of a federal program Read the Rest…


Dog Which Bit Oxnard Boy In Face Captured

Tue, March 27, 2012

A pit bull dog which bit a two year old boy in the face in Oxnard has been captured, which will save the youngster from having to undergo painful rabies shots. The attack happened just after 1:30 Sunday afternoon, at a home on the 1200 block of South J Street. Police say the boy was Read the Rest…


Carpinteria Sued Over Ordinance To Ban Single Use Plastic Bags

Tue, March 27, 2012

The City of Carpinteria is one of the leaders on the South Coast in efforts to ban single use plastic bags, but its ordinance is the subject of a lawsuit by a group representing the bag industry. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the suit focuses on the inclusion of restaurants in the ordinance, which is set Read the Rest…


Ventura County Authorities Looking For Missing Homeless Man

Tue, March 27, 2012

Authorities are worried that a homeless man who lived in the Ventura River bed area may be the victim of foul play. The last confirmed sighting of Jerry Dean Bohannon was January 13th. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve learned the 49 year old man was the victim of a violent assault during the third Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed By Metrolink Train In Ventura County

Tue, March 27, 2012

A man has been struck, and killed by a Metrolink train in Ventura County. It happened just before eight last night, on the 600 block of Cochran Street in Simi Valley. Police say the man was walking near the railroad tracks with another person when he was hit by the westbound train. The second person Read the Rest…


Coast Guard Rescues 14 From What They Say Was Stranded Smuggling Boat Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Mon, March 26, 2012

The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security now has 14 people in custody, who were rescued from a boat which apparently had engine failure off the Santa Barbara County coastline. A cargo ship spotted the stranded boat yesterday morning, near Point Conception. A Coast Guard cutter rescued the people, which included children, and took them to Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks High School Wins Third State Mock Trial Title In Five Years

Mon, March 26, 2012

For the third time in five years, a high school in Ventura County has won the state mock trial championships. La Reina High School clinched the title yesterday in Sacramento. The team from the Thousand Oaks Catholic School faced off against another South Coast high school, Goleta’s Dos Pueblos High School, to with the championships. Read the Rest…


Boy Bitten By Pit Bull In Oxnard Will Have To Undergo Painful Rabies Shots If Dog Isn’t Found

Mon, March 26, 2012

The search for a pit bull dog which bit a two year old boy in the face in Oxnard has taken on extra urgency, because if the dog isn’t found, the youngster will have to undergo painful rabies shots. It happened just after 1:30 yesterday afternoon, at a home on the 1200 block of South Read the Rest…


Future Of South Coast Airport Focus Of Series Of Community Meetings

Mon, March 26, 2012

The future of a regional airport on the South Coast is the focus of a community open house this week. The Santa Barbara Airport will hold the first in a series of workshops Wednesday night, at the airport. Airport staff members, along with aviation consultants will be on hand to talk about development of an Read the Rest…


Coast Guard Auxiliary Set To Launch Parachute Flare Off Santa Barbara County Coast For Drill

Mon, March 26, 2012

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is planning to hold a drill off of the Santa Barbara coastline Monday afternoon (3/26) which might catch the attention of people, because it involves an airborne flare. As part of a training drill, the parachute flare will be shot in the sky above Leadbetter Beach. It could be visible for Read the Rest…


Boy Seriously Injured In Dog Attack In Oxnard

Mon, March 26, 2012

A two year old boy suffered major injuries, when he was bitten in the face by a pit bull dog in Oxnard. It happened just after 1:30 yesterday afternoon, at a home on the 1200 block of South J Street.  Police say the boy was a visitor at the home, and was holding some food Read the Rest…


Spring Storm Drenches South Coast

Mon, March 26, 2012

A weekend spring storm dumped more than three inches of rain on parts of the South Coast, and snow in some of our local mountains. In Ventura County, Fillmore had 1.8 inches of rain, Oxnard 1.6  inches, and Thousand Oaks 1.5 inches. In Santa Barbara County, San Marcos Pass had 2.1 inches, while Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Report Looks At Vehicle Impound Fees

Mon, March 26, 2012

A Ventura County Grand Jury report asserts that the City of Thousand Oaks may be charging an unreasonable vehicle impound fee. In the wake of controversy over impound fees in other communities, the Grand Jury decided to examine the subject in Ventura County.   The report says there is a wide disparity of administrative fees charged Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Agency Which Provides Alcohol, Drug, And Mental Health Services In Financial Trouble

Thu, March 22, 2012

The Santa Barbara County agency which helps many people deal with issues ranging from alcohol, and drug abuse to mental health problems is facing its own major crisis. The County’s Department of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services currently has a more than six million dollar budget shortfall. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Community To Look At Increasing Bed Tax

Thu, March 22, 2012

A South Coast city has hired a consulting firm to do research on whether voters might support an increase in the community’s bed tax,a move which could potentially raise close to a million dollars a year. The Goleta City Council is looking at whether it should ask voters to approve increasing the city’s transient occupancy Read the Rest…


Groups Appeal Decision To Allow Seismic Testing For Oil, Gas In Remote Area Of Santa Barbara County

Thu, March 22, 2012

A coalition of environmental groups is appealing Santa Barbara County’s decision to allow seismic surveying for oil, and gas supplies in the northeastern part of the county. E and B Natural Resources is planning to bury, and detonate dynamite on 23 square miles of agland in the Cuyama Valley. The geophysical data would then charted, Read the Rest…


Water District Serving Westlake Village, Agoura Hills Looks At System Upgrade

Thu, March 22, 2012

A local water district is holding a special workshop in Westlake Village this weekend, to outline plans for some major improvements to its system, including construction of a new five million gallon water tank. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District is trying to increase its storage capacity, so it won’t have to buy extra Metropolitan Read the Rest…


State Supreme Court Rejects Claim Of Grand Jury Bias In Ventura County Triple Murder Case

Wed, March 21, 2012

The State Supreme Court rejected claims by an attorney for an accused triple murderer in Ventura County that there was bias in the grand jury which indicted the man. The attorney for Joshua Graham Packer contended that the presence of a Ventura County County Sheriff’s Department employee on the grand jury tainted the grand jury.  Read the Rest…


Settlement Reached In Longtime Lawsuit Alleging Violation Of Privacy By Charter Plane Carrying Michael Jackson

Wed, March 21, 2012

A multi-million dollar settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over claims that the rights of pop star Michael Jackson, and his attorney were violated because they were secretly videotaped during a plane flight.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Privacy Lawsuit Settlement


Santa Barbara County Leaders Upset County Is Being Stuck With Potentially Large Prescription Drug Bill For Jail Inmate

Wed, March 21, 2012

Santa Barbara County leaders are upset that they are getting stuck with a huge ongoing prescription medicine bill for a county jail inmate with a life threatening disease.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports County Supervisors approved a deal which will save some money, but it could still cost more than a half million dollars a year. Read the Rest…


New Online Directory Aimed At Increasing Film, Television Production In Ventura County

Wed, March 21, 2012

A new online directory has been launched to try to encourage commercial, film, and television production in Ventura County. The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County has created a web database called “Ventura County Film 411”.  It’s a searchable database with more than 350 categories to allow film production companies to easy find the resources they need to Read the Rest…


South Coast Officials Say There’s No Tsunami Threat in Region From Quake In Mexico

Tue, March 20, 2012

Emergency services officials on the South Coast closely watched the aftermath of this morning’s strong earthquake in Mexico, which damaged hundreds of homes in that nation. Local officials say they were concerned about the potential for tsunami activity, but that seismologists say that it didn’t turn out to be a threat for Hawaii, or the Read the Rest…


Two People Escape Uninjured from Plane Crash In Santa Barbara County

Tue, March 20, 2012

Two people were shaken, but unhurt when the light plane they were in made a crash landing in Santa Barbara County. The single engine experimental plane was flying southwest of Santa Maria Airport around 3:30 this afternoon, when it lost power.  The pilot crash landed in an open field on the 1700 block of Sinton Read the Rest…


Troubled Ventura County School District Pursues Search For New Superintendent

Tue, March 20, 2012

Efforts to find a new superintendent for a troubled Ventura County school district are moving ahead this week. The Rio School District is searching for a new superintendent, after dismissing the last three in a row for different reasons. The school district’s Board of Education hired the Ventura County Office of Education to help with Read the Rest…


Residents Of South Coast Neighborhood Want Changes To Major Street In Wake Of Fatal Accident

Tue, March 20, 2012

Residents of one South Coast community are trying to pressure leaders to make traffic safety improvements to a major street, in the wake of a fatal accident.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update, from Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Milpas Traffic


New Affordable Housing Complexes For Farmworkers, Disabled Opening In Ventura County

Tue, March 20, 2012

A new affordable housing complex for farmworkers in Ventura County has opened for its first residents, and another for people with special needs will open in the county soon. The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation’s “Camino Gonzales” complex is 18 one, two and three bedroom apartments on a one acre lot on the 400 block of Read the Rest…


Ventura Journalist Writing Book About Almost Forgotten War Correspondent

Tue, March 20, 2012

A journalist from Ventura County has taken on an ambitious project. He’s trying to tell the true story of a young war correspondent, who had incredible adventures, and even romance, but whose career was cut short by tragedy. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the journalist is hoping to raise funding needed to support the project, which Read the Rest…


House Fire Leaves One Person Dead In Oxnard

Mon, March 19, 2012

One man is dead, following an early morning house fire in Oxnard. Firefighters were called to the 1500 block of East First Street just after 2:30 this morning. Four people had already fled the single family home, but a fifth person, an 85 year old man, was trapped inside. Oxnard firefighters were able to knock Read the Rest…


Role Of Unions In Modern Society Focus Of Community Forum In Santa Barbara

Mon, March 19, 2012

The role of unions in modern society is the focus of a community forum tonight in Santa Barbara. The event is called “Unions: Advocates For Growth…Or, Drags On The Economy”.  The panelists include the Director of the Center for the Study Of Work, Labor & Democracy, the President of the California Center For Public Policy, Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Arrested For Multiple Grocery Store Robberies

Mon, March 19, 2012

Police say they’ve arrested a man who robbed two grocery stores within minutes of each other in Ventura. It started around 7 last night, when a man armed with a knife robbed a clerk at Sam’s Central Market, on the 500 block of North Ventura Avenue.  The clerk was unhurt, and the robber fled on Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Fatally Wounded Man Found On Ventura Street

Mon, March 19, 2012

Police are now identifying a man who was found with fatal wounds on a Ventura street. Officers were called to the 100 block of West Ramona Street at around 10 last night, after residents heard gunshots being fired. They found Lazaro Ramirez, who had multiple gunshot wounds.  Emergency workers were unable to save the 47 Read the Rest…


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