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Archives for March 2012

New Report Outlines Extent Of Water Pollution Problems At Toxic Waste Dump In Ventura County

Mon, March 19, 2012

A just released report outlines water pollution issues at a toxic waste dump in Ventura County, saying there are problems, but that the water supply used by the community appears to be safe.  The new Environmental Protection Agency Report is the fifth in a series of studies looking at the soil, sediment, and water surrounding Read the Rest…


Terrorism Exercise At Naval Base Ventura County Could Disrupt Traffic

Mon, March 19, 2012

An all week long anti-terrorism training exercise at Naval Base Ventura County could impact traffic around the base.  “Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2012” started yesterday, and runs through this coming Saturday.  There are some gate closures at both the Point Mugu, and Port Hueneme locations.  Everyone in every vehicle entering the two base locations will Read the Rest…


Single Santa Barbara County Jail Inmate Could Use Jail’s Entire Prescription Drug Budget For Year

Mon, March 19, 2012

A Santa Barbara County jail inmate with a life threatening medical condition could use up the county jail system’s entire annual prescription medication budget. Authorities aren’t releasing specific details about the case, other than to say that the person was arrested on felony charges earlier this year, and is likely to be behind bars for Read the Rest…


Two Arrested In Ventura County As Part Of Statewide Crackdown On Sales Of Alcohol To Minors

Mon, March 19, 2012

Two people were arrested in Ventura County as part of the largest statewide operation of its type to crack down on people buying alcohol for minors. More than 90 law enforcement agencies, including the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department took part in “Operation Shoulder Tap”. Agencies used underage decoys to approach people outside of convenience, and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Hospice Facility Holding Open House This Weekend One Of Only Two In State

Sat, March 17, 2012

Click on link to listen to/download story: House Of Hope Open House


Parent Of Carpinteria Company Announces Plans To Sell Local Unit

Sat, March 17, 2012

The parent company of a Santa Barbara County based wind power technology business  says it’s putting the Carpinteria firm on the market. United Technologies says it’s planning to sell Clipper Windpower, and some of its other small companies to raise cash for the purchase of an aerospace firm. Clipper Windpower makes wind turbines for power Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Officer Gets Big Welcome After Returning Home From Fourth Tour In A Combat Zone

Sat, March 17, 2012

Family members, friends, co-workers, and community leaders were on hand to give a big welcome to a Santa Barbara police officer returning home from his fourth tour of duty overseas in combat zones. In addition to being a Santa Barbara police officer, Matt Tonello is a Marine reservist.  He served three tours in Iraq. Friday Read the Rest…


Four Hour Armed Standoff In Ventura Ends With Peaceful Arrest Of Suspect In Two Murders

Fri, March 16, 2012

Ventura Police say an armed, and dangerous suspect in two murders has been arrested following a four hour standoff at a condominium complex. Police received information this morning from authorities in Hanford that Jason Reyes might be at the condo, which is on the 1300 block of Saratoga Avenue. As a precaution, they called out Read the Rest…


Ventura County Teen Arrested After Police Say He Threatened To Go On Shooting Rampage At Local High School

Fri, March 16, 2012

A Ventura County High School student has been arrested on a charge of making a terrorist threat, after police say he threatened to go on a shooting rampage at a local high school. Simi Valley Police say they received information yesterday that the Simi Valley High School student had made death threats towards several students, Read the Rest…


Storm System Could Drop 1-3 Inches Of Rain In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Fri, March 16, 2012

A winter storm that’s been in the forecast for days is finally expected to arrive in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties this weekend. A cold front arriving on the Central Coast around midnight could bring three quarter of an inch, to an inch of rain to coastal and inland communities, with up the three inches Read the Rest…


High School Students In Santa Barbara Push For Safety Improvements At Intersection Where Fatal Accident Occured

Fri, March 16, 2012

High school students have gathered hundreds of signatures to try to get the City of Santa Barbara to make safety improvements at an intersection where one of their classmates was killed.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on lik to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara High School Traffic Safety Petitions


Popular Canyon In Santa Barbara County Purchased By Land Trust For Permanent Preservation

Fri, March 16, 2012

A popular Santa Barbara County canyon in the mountains above Montecito which was ripe for development has been preserved forever.  The Land Trust For Santa Barbara County closed escrow this week on the more than 400 acres of property in a $7.6 million dollar deal to buy Hot Springs Canyon.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has details Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Public Safety Agencies To Step Up St. Patrick’s Day DUI Patrols

Fri, March 16, 2012

A coalition of 12 public safety agencies in Santa Barbara County is planning stepped up DUI enforcement this weekend, because of St. Patrick’s Day.  The “Avoid The 12” campaign will have extra officers on patrol specifically looking for DUI drivers.                                                                                                 The campaign will especially focus on drinking driver hotspots, like Downtown Santa Barbara Saturday night, Read the Rest…


Layoff Notices Sent Out To Some Ventura County Community College District Employees

Fri, March 16, 2012

It’s a tough week for some Ventura County Community College District employees. About 100 have been notified that they may be laid off, because of the district’s continuing financial problems.  Legally, they had to be notified by March 15th that they potentially may not have a job in the next fiscal year. The notices went Read the Rest…


Health Care Agency In Ventura County Hit By Controversy Appoints Interim CEO

Fri, March 16, 2012

An health care agency in Ventura County hit by controversy has appointed an interim CEO, to take over for one who unexpectedly resigned.  Dr. Charles Cho has been appointed to manage the Gold Coast Health Plan. Cho has been serving as the plan’s Chief Medical Officer. He takes over for Earl Greenia, who resigned without Read the Rest…


Benefit Set For Family Of Simi Valley Man Killed In Off Road Accident

Thu, March 15, 2012

Off road vehicles enthusiasts from Ventura County, and the San Fernando Valley are coming together to hold a benefit for the family of a Simi Valley man who died in an accident earlier this month. Jim Kuns was killed in a March 4th off road vehicle accident in the Salton Sea area, and his wife, Read the Rest…


40 Middle, High Schools Take Park In Music Festival In Ventura County

Thu, March 15, 2012

Music has been echoing throughout the Conejo Valley, as more than a thousand middle, and high school students from throughout Southern California have converged on Thousand Oaks for a music competition. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Middle/High School Band/Orchestra Music Festival


Local School District Getting New Superintendent

Thu, March 15, 2012

A local school district didn’t have to go far to find its new superintendent. The Las Virgenes School Board promoted Deputy Superintendent Dan Stepenosky.  He’ll take over for Donald Zimring, who’s retiring this summer after spending his entire career with the district.  Stepenosky is a former teacher who’s been with the district since 2006, first Read the Rest…


Woman Gets Nine Year Sentence For Fatal Hit And Run Accident Involving Bicyclist In Agoura Hills

Thu, March 15, 2012

A San Fernando Valley woman has been sentenced to nine years in prison for the hit and run death of a bicyclist in Agoura Hills. Prosecutors say Stephanie Segal’s blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when she was arrested following the October, 2010 accident. James Laing was riding on Agoura Read the Rest…


Some Santa Barbara Businesses Want Power Company To Ante Up To Cover Losses Due To Outage

Thu, March 15, 2012

Some Santa Barbara businesses are seeking compensation for losses they say they suffered from a power outage a few weeks ago.   KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Power Outage Claims


State Funding Cuts May Prompt Closure Of One Of Ventura County’s Courthouses

Thu, March 15, 2012

State funding cuts may lead to the shutdown of one of Ventura County’s courthouses, the East Valley Courthouse in Simi Valley.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Courthouse Funding


Stepped Up DUI Enforcement Planned For St. Patrick’s Day In Some South Coast Communities

Wed, March 14, 2012

Police in two Ventura County communities have announced stepped up DUI enforcement efforts for St. Patrick’s Day. Oxnard and Ventura police say they’ll have extra officers on patrol Saturday night, and Sunday morning looking for DUI drivers. It could be a busier than usual St. Patrick’s Day, because it falls on a weekend, which means Read the Rest…


Ventura County Drops Controversial Effort To Develop Labor Agreement For New Hospital Construction Project

Wed, March 14, 2012

Ventura County has dropped a controversial effort to reach a labor agreement which would encourage local hiring for construction of a $250 million dollar new wing for the Ventura County Medical Center, because of the many complications surrounding different unions, companies, and labor groups involved in the effort. County Supervisors had set a March 13th Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Could Spend The Rest Of His Life Behind Bars For 2003 Killing Of Teenager

Wed, March 14, 2012

A Ventura County man could spend the rest of his life behind bars, without the possibility of parole after being convicted of shooting to death a teenager at a party. Joe Fidel Flores went to a large party near Santa Paula on October 11th, 2003, with some fellow gang members. A fight broke out, and Read the Rest…


Search Ended For Man Believed To Be Fourth Victim Of Weekend Boating Accident In Channel Islands

Tue, March 13, 2012

The search has been called off for a fourth man believed to have drowned in a weekend boating accident in the Channel Islands. The men had gone out to Santa Cruz Island on a day trip Saturday, but their boat capsized north of the island. After the men failed to return home Saturday, a search Read the Rest…


Man Recovering After Being Stranded By Motorcycle Accident In Ventura County Mountains

Tue, March 13, 2012

A man is recovering from an incredible ordeal, in which he was stranded down an embankment in the Ventura County mountains for 17 hours, after crashing his motorcycle. The accident happened Sunday afternoon, off of Highway 33, near Lockwood Valley, in northeastern Ventura County. Neil Reynolds had been riding with friends, but parted with them, Read the Rest…


Victim Of Crash Which Killed One, and Injured Six in Oxnard Identified

Tue, March 13, 2012

Authorities have identified a woman killed in a three vehicle Oxnard traffic accident which also left six others injured. It happened just before noon yesterday, on Victoria Avenue, south of Gonzales Road. Oxnard Police say a southbound car driven by Jill McDonald went out of control through the center median, and struck two northbound vehicles Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Based Bank Chain Changing Hands In $1.5 Billion Dollar Deal

Tue, March 13, 2012

The parent company of Union Bank is buying Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, in a $1.5 billion dollar deal.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has details on the purchase, and reaction from local business leaders. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Band & Trust Sale


Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report Says End Of Redevelopment Agencies In State Leaves $300 Million In Debt In County

Tue, March 13, 2012

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury reports says a new law which dissolves redevelopment agencies in the state means that several local jurisdictions now are getting the bills to pay back nearly 300 million dollars in bonds, loans, and other obligations. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


One Dead, Six Hurt In Oxnard Traffic Accident

Tue, March 13, 2012

One person is dead, and six injured following a traffic accident in Oxnard. It happened just before noon yesterday, on Victoria Avenue south of Gonzales Road. Oxnard Police say a southbound car went out of control through the center median, and struck two northbound vehicles head-on.  The driver of the out of control vehicle was Read the Rest…


New Report On Homeless Deaths In Santa Barbara County Says Nearly Half Are Connected To Drugs And/Or Alcohol

Tue, March 13, 2012

A new report says that nearly half of the homeless deaths in Santa Barbara County over a two year period were related to alcohol, and drug abuse. The County’s Homeless Death Review Team report is being presented to Santa Barbara County Supervisors today. The report says that there were 79 homeless deaths in the county Read the Rest…


Five People Arrested On Charges Of Being Involved With Ring Smuggling Drugs Into Santa Barbara County Jail

Mon, March 12, 2012

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department says it’s broken up a ring which was using mail to smuggle illegal drugs into the county jail. Detectives first became aware of the operation when someone noticed mail laced with methamphetamine being sent to an inmate at the main jail.  Investigators determined the inmate’s girlfriend was involved.  After Read the Rest…


Four Rescued In Second Boating Accident Off Of Santa Cruz Island In 72 Hours

Mon, March 12, 2012

There’s been a second boating accident in the Channel Islands in less that 72 hours, but this one has a much happier ending than one over the weekend which left three men dead, and a fourth missing. A Coast Guard helicopter was just south of Santa Cruz Island around one this afternoon when the crew Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Three Ventura County Men Killed In Apparent Boating Accident In Channel Islands

Mon, March 12, 2012

Authorities are now identifying three victims of a boating accident in the Channel Islands, while the search for the body of the fourth person continues this afternoon. A boat on a day outing out of Channel Islands Harbor, to Santa Cruz Island Saturday failed to return.  A search on Sunday found the overturned boat. The Read the Rest…


Investigators Trying To Determine Cause Of Brushfires Off Of 118 Freeway, Near Simi Valley

Mon, March 12, 2012

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a pair of brushfires which disrupted traffic at times on a freeway near the Ventura/Los Angeles County line. The fires broke out just before 9 a.m. today, just north of the 118 freeway, near Rocky Peak Road. One of the fires was quickly contained at around a quarter Read the Rest…


Two Brushfires Near Ventura/Santa Barbara County Line Contained

Mon, March 12, 2012

Ventura County, and Los Angeles City and County firefighters have contained a pair of brushfires off the the 118 Freeway, near Rocky Peak Road, in the Ventura/Los Angeles County line area. The fires broke out just before 9 a.m.  One of the fires was contained at around a quarter of an acre, while the other Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Bank & Trust Changing Hands, In $1.5 Billion Dollar Deal

Mon, March 12, 2012

A Bay Area bank holding company has reached a deal to buy Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. UnionBanCal is paying $46 a share to acquire Pacific Capitol Bancorp, the parent of the Santa Barbara based local bank chain, which puts the value of the transaction at around $1.5 billion dollars. UnionBanCal is the parent of Read the Rest…


Race Set For Ventura County Supervisorial Seats

Mon, March 12, 2012

Two Ventura County supervisors are running unopposed for re-election, but a third seat has turned into a crowded field, with four candidates, including the incumbent in the race. With the filing deadline passing at 5 p.m. Friday, Second District Supervisor Kathy Long, and Fifth District Supervisor John Zaragoza are unopposed the in efforts to win Read the Rest…


Theater Company Bringing Shakespeare’s Work to Life In Ventura County Schools

Mon, March 12, 2012

A Ventura County theater company is trying to get kids excited about literature, by taking some of Shakespeare’s works into their classrooms.  It’s a 14 year old program by the California Lutheran University based Kingsmen Shakespeare Company.   KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Westlake Village. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Kingsmen Schools Read the Rest…


Ventura County, Los Angeles Firefighters On Scene Of Small Brush Fires

Mon, March 12, 2012

Ventura County, and Los Angeles City and County firefighters are on the scene of a pair of small fires off the the 118 Freeway, near Rocky Peak Road, near the Ventura/Los Angeles County line. The fires broke out just before 9 a.m.  One of the fires was contained at around a quarter of an acre, Read the Rest…


Coast Guard Says Boating Accident Claims Three Lives, With Fourth Missing In Channel Islands

Mon, March 12, 2012

The bodies of three people have been recovered, and the search is continuing this morning for a fourth following a weekend boating accident in the Channel Islands.  The boat with four people on board left Channel Islands Harbor Saturday morning, for a day trip to the Channel Islands. When the boat didn’t return, worried family Read the Rest…


Ventura Teen Arrested Teen Police Say Was Involved In Naked Burglary Spree

Mon, March 12, 2012

A Ventura teeanger is facing multiple charges after police say he tried to break in to several cars while he was nude, and then resisted arrested. It happened around 2:30 Saturday morning, on the 3100 block of Entrada Drive in Ventura.  A man called police after he heard a car alarm, and saw a nude Read the Rest…


Authorities Trying To Pinpoint Cause Of Deadly Weekend Tanker Crash Which Closed 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara County

Sun, March 11, 2012

Authorities are trying to figure out what caused a tanker truck driver to lose control of his vehicle early Saturday morning on the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara County, causing a crash which killed him, and closed the freeway for hours. It happened at about 3:45 a.m. Saturday, on the northbound 101 between Highway 154, and Read the Rest…


South Coast Museum Gets $5.5 Million Dollar Gift

Sat, March 10, 2012

A South Coast museum has received a major, $5.5 million dollar gift. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art received the donation from the newly formed Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation.  The money will be used to endow the Museum Director’s position.  The idea is that the funding will help hire, and retain world class museum Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Relief Group Highlights Efforts In Helping Japan Cope With Last Year’s Earthquake, Tsunami

Sat, March 10, 2012

Coming up on the one year anniversary of Japan’s devastating earthquake, and tsunami this weekend, a Santa Barbara County based non-profit agency says it’s made nearly four million dollars in contributions to relief efforts. Direct Relief International says it worked with nine Japanese non-governmental organizations to distribute funding for more than 250 projects. The relief Read the Rest…


Emergency Preparedness Expo To Highlight Available Resources For Individuals, Families In Ventura County

Fri, March 9, 2012

More than a dozen government, and non profit agencies are coming together in the Conejo Valley tomorrow (Saturday), for a Community Emergency Preparedness Expo. The free event in Newbury Park features teams from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and Fire Department, the Civil Air Patrol, the Thousand Oaks Community Emergency Response Team, and other groups.  Read the Rest…


Latest Unemployment Figures Up For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, March 9, 2012

Just released unemployment figures for January are showing a spike in unemployment in the region. Unemployment in Ventura County went from 9.4 percent in December, to 9.7 percent in January.  In Santa Barbara County, unemployment increased from 8.5 percent in December to an even 9 percent in January. Statewide, unemployment dropped between the two months, Read the Rest…


Internationally Known Environmental Researcher Raises Questions About Climate Change

Fri, March 9, 2012

An internationally known environmental researcher based at U.C. Santa Barbara for decades says while we’re experiencing global warming, Mother Nature may be at least part of the cause.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with author, and scientist Dr. Daniel Botkin. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Dr. Daniel Botkin


Head Of New Ventura County Health Care Agency Quits

Fri, March 9, 2012

The CEO of Ventura County’s new health care agency, which administers Medi-Cal serves to more than 100,000 people, has quit. Earl Greenia was the start up head of the Gold Coast Health Plan, which went online last summer.  There no word on what led to the resignation.  There have been some issues about finances, and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Sentenced To Jail For Fatal Hit And Run Accident

Fri, March 9, 2012

A Ventura County woman has been sentenced to more than two years in jail for a fatal hit and run traffic accident last year in the San Fernando Valley. Prosecutors say Dominique Rush of Oxnard was driving a car which struck, and killed German Alex Romero last April, as he was riding his bicycle on Read the Rest…


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