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Archives for April 2012

Two Arrested Following Wild Crime Spree In Santa Barbara

Mon, April 30, 2012

Two men are in jail following a crime spree on Santa Barbara’s Eastside, which included a carjacking, shots being fired, and the stabbing of one of the suspects. It started just before 11 last night, at the intersection of Punta Gorda, and Canada Streets. Police responding to a call of a traffic accident found an Read the Rest…


Work Officially Underway On 101 Carpool Lanes Project In Ventura/Santa Barbara Counties

Mon, April 30, 2012

Work is officially underway tonight on a major freeway widening project, to try to eliminate some of the heaviest freeway congestion between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Carpinteria, where a groundbreaking ceremony took place for a 100 million dollar plus project to add 12 miles of carpool lanes to the Read the Rest…


Military Confirms Death Of Former Ventura County Resident In Afghanistan

Mon, April 30, 2012

The Defense Department has confirmed that a member of the Green Beret who grew up in Ventura County, and graduated from high school in Simi Valley has been killed in Afghanistan. Andrew Britton-Mihalo died on April 25th at an Army base in Kandahar. Officials aren’t releasing details about how the 25 year old died, but Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Arrest Two In Connection With What Detectives Call “Significant” Heroin Dealing Operation

Mon, April 30, 2012

Simi Valley Police say that a three month long investigation has led to the breakup of a ring which they say was supplying a significant amount of heroin in the city. Detectives served search warrants at two Simi Valley locations, and arrested 27 year old Kelly Diaz, and 20 year old Oscar Ramirez. Investigators say Read the Rest…


Expert On U.S./Pakistani Relations To Speak On South Coast

Mon, April 30, 2012

U.S., and U.N. forces are preparing to hand over military control of Afghanistan to it young government, and reborn army. A key factor in Afghanistan’s future is neighboring Pakistan. But, that nation is having serious problems of its own, with economic, political, and military instability. Pakistan’s leading journalist is visiting the South Coast today, for Read the Rest…


Ventura Comes Up With Budget Plan Which Bridges Projected Shortfall, While Adding Police Officers

Mon, April 30, 2012

A South Coast city has come up with a budget plan which will allow it to close what was a projected budget shortfall, and still beef up its police department. The City of Ventura’s proposed new budget calls for using $1.1 million dollars in budget cuts, and $1.6 million dollars in revenue increases, or one Read the Rest…


America’s Oldest Symphony To Do First Performance In Santa Barbara In More Than A Half Century

Mon, April 30, 2012

For the first time in more than a half century, America’s oldest symphony orchestra is going to perform on the South Coast. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: CAMA/New York Symphony


Community Meeting Set On Proposal For Outdoor Concert Series in Ventura

Mon, April 30, 2012

A community meeting is taking place tonight, so supporters of a plan to hold a series of outdoor summer concerts in Ventura can explain the idea. Boosters of a proposed Ventura Botanical Gardens are proposing to hold a series of up to a dozen concerts this summer, and fall in a giant tent which would Read the Rest…


San Fernando Valley Man Arrested For Kidnapping, Auto Theft In Simi Valley

Sat, April 28, 2012

Police say they’ve arrested a San Fernando Valley man they say stole an SUV in Simi Valley, and then carjacked a second vehicle. It started just before eight Friday morning, when an SUV was stolen from the 700 block of Talbert Avenue. The stolen vehicle was driven onto the eastbound 118 Freeway, but then abandoned Read the Rest…


Fire Guts Mobile Home, Sends One Person To Hospital In Ventura

Fri, April 27, 2012

One person ended up in the hospital for smoke inhalation, after a fire destroyed a mobile home in Ventura this afternoon. The fire occurred just after 3 p.m., at the Imperial Mobile Home Park, off of Telephone Road in Ventura. Ventura firefighters arrived to find a mobile home fully enveloped in flames. They knocked down Read the Rest…


One Day Dental Clinic To Offer Free Basic Care To Low Income South Coast Residents

Fri, April 27, 2012

A South Coast clinic is gearing up to provide free dental care to low income residents this weekend. The Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, and the Santa Barbara Ventura County Dental Care Foundation will perform basic procedures such as examinations, cleanings, and extractions tomorrow (4/28). The clinic will operate on a first come, first served basis Read the Rest…


Fire Guts Duplex In Summerland

Fri, April 27, 2012

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused a blaze which ripped through a duplex in the Summerland area. The fire was reported just after 5 last night, on the 2300 block of Golden Gate Avenue. Firefighters from the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Department arrived to find the duplex fully engulfed in flames. They quickly knocked Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City College Hires New Superintendent/President

Fri, April 27, 2012

Santa Barbara City College is hoping to put the controversy it faced over the firing of its top official last year behind it, with the hiring a new Superintendent/President. The Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees last night selected Dr. Lori Gaskin for the post, after narrowing a field of dozens of applicants to Read the Rest…


Ventura County University Hosts Honeybee Celebration

Fri, April 27, 2012

There’s a buzz in Ventura County about an event this weekend celebrating some of nature’s most important insects. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Save The Bees Event


Late Season Storm Drops Up To An Inch And A Half Of Rain Along Parts Of South Coast

Thu, April 26, 2012

The late season storm which hit us during the last 24 hours is now heading east, leading a chance of scattered showers in its wake tonight. While there was some locally heavy rainfall at times, rainfall totals in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties were light, from just over a tenth of an inch, to around Read the Rest…


National Park Service To Hold Public Science Fair In Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Thu, April 26, 2012

Some of Southern California’s natural wonders are going to be the focus of a science fair tomorrow night, and Saturday in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: NPS Science Fair


Santa Barbara Police Arrest 70 Year Old Man For Hit And Run Accident

Thu, April 26, 2012

A 70 year old man has been arrested in connection with a hit and run traffic accident in Santa Barbara which left a woman seriously injured. Around 10 a.m. April 17th, a 41 year old woman crossing State Street, at Calle Palo Colorado was struck by a pickup truck, which fled the scene. Witnesses were Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Fugitive Back Behind Bars After 14 Years On The Run

Thu, April 26, 2012

A man arrested in Santa Barbara County more than a decade ago on rape charges, but who fled after being released on bail is finally back behind bars. In 1998, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Ramon Gonzales Ceja for rape, burglary, and domestic violence for an incident in Carpinteria. After posting bail, he fled Read the Rest…


Vandals Destroy Computers, Smear Paint In Classrooms At Two Ventura County Schools

Thu, April 26, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s Detectives are trying to figure out what led a rampage by vandals through two Camarillo elementary schools, which left tens of thousands of dollars in damage. During the early morning hours of April 11th, vandals hit Los Primeros School, on the 1500 block of Kendall Avenue. Then, on April 18th, they struck Read the Rest…


Loan Fund For Construction Of Affordable Housing In Ventura County Gets Multi-Million Dollar Boost

Thu, April 26, 2012

A fund on the South Coast designed to help make additional affordable housing available has received a multi-million dollar financial boost. The Ventura County Housing Trust Fund received a two million dollar grant from the State Department of Housing, & Community Development. Thanks to that money, and contributions from Ventura County, plus some local cities, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Biotech Giant Buys Turkish Pharmaceutical Company

Wed, April 25, 2012

A Ventura County biotech giant has announced the purchase of a Turkish pharmaceutical company. Thousand Oaks based Amgen bought Mustafa Nevza Pharmaceuticals. Both companies have already approved the $700 million dollar deal. The Turkish company has about $200 million dollars in drug sales annually. The deal is expected to greatly enhance Amgen’s presence in the Read the Rest…


After School Day Care, Camp Counselor In Ventura County Arrested On Child Molestation Charge

Wed, April 25, 2012

Police detectives say they’ve arrested a Ventura County man who worked as a counselor for an afterschool, and camp program on a child molestation charge. Ventura Police say Matthew Winton of Oxnard molested a seven year old girl under his supervision. Winton worked as a counselor for Pacific Camps, which offers both after school day Read the Rest…


City of Simi Valley Makes Decision On Interim City Manager

Wed, April 25, 2012

A Ventura County community will use a current executive on its staff to temporarily fill the opening which will be created by the retirement of its longtime City Manager this summer. The Simi Valley City Council decided Assistant City Manager Laura Behjan will become Interim City Manager in July, when Mike Sedell leaves the post. Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Person Who Mutilated Dead Mountain Lion In Santa Barbara County

Wed, April 25, 2012

Authorities are trying to find the person responsible for mutilating a dead mountain lion which had been apparently struck, and killed by a vehicle in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Mountain Lion Death


Meetings Taking Place On South Coast This Week To Detail Proposal For 101 Freeway Expansion

Wed, April 25, 2012

A public forum is set to take place tonight on the proposed environmental impact report for the planned addition of carpool lanes to an 11 mile stretch of the 101 Freeway, in Santa Barbara County. Hundreds of people were on hand last night for a similar meeting in Montecito. One of the main concerns expressed Read the Rest…


Health Care Workers Picket Outside Of Two Hospitals In Ventura County

Wed, April 25, 2012

There was an unusual sight outside of two Ventura County hospitals yesterday. It was dozens of picketers. Contracts are set to run out next week between some workers, and the parent company for St. John’s Regional Center in Oxnard, and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo. Teams of picketers were outside of the hospitals Read the Rest…


Local City, School District For Unique Joint Recycling Effort

Wed, April 25, 2012

A Ventura County community, and its school district are teaming up to launch an ambitious recycling program intended to help schools become more environmentally friendly, and to also raise money for school related projects. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Thousand oaks/Conejo Schools Recycling Program


Community Forum Set For Tonight In Conejo Valley On Growing Heroin, Opiate Abuse Problem

Wed, April 25, 2012

The Conejo Valley has seen a nearly 200% increase in opiate based overdoses in the last three years, and the trend is continuing this year. The number of opiate related overdoses in the Conejo Valley alone soared from 77 in 2009, to 217 in 2011. Heroin, and prescription drug abuse are rising in many parts Read the Rest…


Two Oxnard City Council Members Announce Plans To Run For Mayor In Wake Of City Scandal

Tue, April 24, 2012

After the Ventura County District Attorney’s office finally released a long await report into mismanagement of the City of Oxnard, it’s apparently spiking interest among people seeking the city’s top elected post. Current Oxnard Mayor Tom Holden hasn’t announced yet whether he will seek re-election this November. Two current City Council members say they’re in Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council To Decide Controversy Over Library Paint Job

Tue, April 24, 2012

It’s been the focus of more than two years of study, but the question of what colors a half century old library complex in Ventura County should be painted still hasn’t been settled. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that after two committees clashed on the issue, the Ventura City Council has decided it will make the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City College Trustees Decide Not To Cut Summer Programs

Tue, April 24, 2012

Santa Barbara City College trustees have scrapped plans to cut summer programs to try to cope with a major budget gap, and are now looking elsewhere to try to fill the projected multi-million dollar financial shortfall. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara City College Budget Crisis


Efforts To Protect Vice President During Visit To Santa Barbara Nabs Vandals

Tue, April 24, 2012

A Santa Barbara Police officer watching a freeway overpass during the Vice President’s visit to Santa Barbara last week had some unexpected dividends, when he spotted a team of vandals in action. On Thursday might, the officer had the job of guarding the Juniper Street Footbridge, which crosses the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara, to Read the Rest…


“Five Wishes” Campaign In Santa Barbara County For Advance Care Directives Celebrates Anniversary

Tue, April 24, 2012

A big push is underway to try to get people in the region to have a legal directive, so family members, and medical personnel will know what to do if they become seriously injured, or ill. A Santa Barbara group called the Alliance for Living, and Dying Well has been trying to get everyone to Read the Rest…


Co-Founder, First CEO of Ventura County Based Biotech Giant Dies

Tue, April 24, 2012

The co-founder, and first CEO of biotech giant Amgen has died. George Rathman was a chemist, and pharmaceutical executive when he helped start the company in 1980. He guided the Thousand Oaks based company through its early years, lining up critical funding for its growth, including its first public stock offering. The company was on Read the Rest…


Citizens Group Expresses Support For Suspended Santa Paula Police Chief

Mon, April 23, 2012

A citizens group has joined Santa Paula Police officers in showing support for the city’s police chief, who was put on paid administrative leave last week. An organization calling itself Citizens Supporting Chief Steve MaKinnon is asking for a special City Council meeting, saying it’s troubled, and puzzled that he was put on paid administrative Read the Rest…


Controversy Erupts Over Plans To Paint Ventura Library

Mon, April 23, 2012

There’s controversy in Ventura County over the proposed painting scheme for a more than half century old library. Ventura’s Library Advisory Commission went through a two year process to try to come up with a color scheme to paint the E.P. Foster Library, which was built in 1959. The Commission thinks the building should be Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Actor Among Those Arrested In Washington, D.C. Over Medicaid Cut Proposals

Mon, April 23, 2012

A Santa Barbara County actor was one of about 100 people arrested today in a Washington, D.C. protest over the latest proposals to cut Medicaid. Actor Noah Wylie was one of the people who refused orders to disperse during a protest in the rotunda of the Canon House Office Building. The demonstration against Congress was Read the Rest…


Community In Shock Over Death Of Museum Director In Santa Barbara

Mon, April 23, 2012

There’s shock, and sadness over the death of a community leader who headed an important Santa Barbara museum. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Museum Official Passing


Santa Barbara City Council To Get Update On Controversy Over Noise From Hospital Helipad

Mon, April 23, 2012

The Santa Barbara City Council is set to get an update tomorrow on a new hospital helipad in the city which is helping to save lives, but isn’t making some of its neighbors very happy. As part of a massive rebuilding project, Cottage Hospital added a helipad, which allows critically injured, or ill people to Read the Rest…


Researchers Meet in Santa Barbara County To Talk About Progess In Battling Alzheimer’s Disease

Mon, April 23, 2012

Some call it America’s growing epidemic. The statistics support that idea. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and in the next decade, that number is projected to grow by nearly a third. There is no treatment, and no cure for this devastating disease. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand at a Read the Rest…


Preventing Bullying, Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Students Focus Of Symposium in Ventura County For Educators

Mon, April 23, 2012

Preventing bullying, and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and students who are questioning their sexual orientation was the focus of an event for hundreds of Southern California educators taking place in Thousand Oaks. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: LGBT Symposium (CLU is the parent of KCLU Read the Rest…


Oxnard Official Says City Has Already Moved To Deal With Many Concerns Outlined By Probe

Mon, April 23, 2012

In the wake of a nearly two year long investigation into the management of the City of Oxnard, the city has saying it’s already moved to address many of the concerns identified by prosecutors. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update: Click on link to listen to/download story: Oxnard Investigation Response


Oxnard Teacher Fired Over Past Role In Adult Film Planning To Appeal Decision

Mon, April 23, 2012

An attorney for a Ventura county schoolteacher fired because she was in an adult film says she’s going to fight the decision. The Oxnard School District at first suspended with pay, and then last week fired Stacie Halas after officials say a video of her in an adult film surfaced on the internet. The Oxnard Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigate Brazen Home Invasion Robbery In Santa Barbara County

Sun, April 22, 2012

Five men from Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties are facing criminal charges, after Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say they robbed some Isla Vista residents, pistol whipping two of the victims in the process. It happened just before two p.m. on Saturday. Deputies say three of the men armed with a phony gun, and knives Read the Rest…


Recycling Drive Sparked By Ventura County Girl Has Gathered Nearly 50,000 Cans And Bottles

Fri, April 20, 2012

A Ventura County girl with a rare brain disorder who’s trying to get people to recycle 100,000 cans, and bottles by Earth Day says she’s about halfway to her goal. 11 year old Avery Sax of Moorpark is living with a rare brain disorder which has sent her to the hospital multiple times. Sax started Read the Rest…


Plane Carrying Vice President Grounded After Hit By Birds While Landing In Santa Barbara

Fri, April 20, 2012

(Updated at 2:30, 4:30 p.m.) Air Force Two, which was carrying the Vice President to Santa Barbara for a fundraiser was hit by a bird as it was landing in Santa Barbara last night. No one was hurt, and officials say no one was in danger. Vice President Joe Biden attended his private fundraiser as Read the Rest…


Unemployment Rate Stays Steady In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, April 20, 2012

The unemployment rate for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties held steady for the last two months, according to the latest figures just released today. Ventura County posted a 9.6 percent unemployment rate for both February, and March. Santa Barbara County also showed no major change, with an 8.9 percent month to month unemployment rate for Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Continues Talks With Caltrans Over Proposed Local Takeover Of State Highway

Fri, April 20, 2012

It’s a nearly five mile long state highway which runs through a South Coast city, but who should manage it has been a longtime issue. Tomorrow night, the Santa Barbara City Council will look at the latest developments in efforts to have the city take over control of State Route 255, which runs from the Read the Rest…


Vice President Visits Santa Barbara County

Fri, April 20, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden was the South Coast this morning, for a Democratic Party fundraiser. The event was closed to the public and media, so details aren’t being released. It’s a quick trip to the region for the Vice President, who spoke in Arizona yesterday and then flew to Santa Barbara where he spent the Read the Rest…


UCSB Researchers Discover Dangerous New Form of Salmonella

Fri, April 20, 2012

Food tainted by salmonella has been a safety concern across the country during the last few years. There were more than a dozen salmonella outbreaks of different types in the U.S. alone this year. Now, researchers at UC Santa Barbara say they’ve discovered a super bug version of salmonella, which is up to 100 times Read the Rest…


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