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Archives for April 2012

New Multi-Million Dollar Taxiway Set To Open At Airport In Ventura County Today

Fri, April 20, 2012

A new taxiway at a South Coast airport which is expected to improve safety, and allow for increased traffic is going to officially open this afternoon. Camarillo Airport has a new parallel taxiway which is the full length of the airport’s existing taxiway. The $4.3 million dollar project was 95% funded the federal government. Up Read the Rest…


State Fair Political Practices Commission To Follow Up On Ventura County DA’s Investigation Of City Of Oxnard

Fri, April 20, 2012

Ventura County prosecutors say they couldn’t find enough evidence to prosecute some Oxnard city officials for mismanagement, and misuse of city funds, but the State Fair Political Practices Commission says it will pursue one aspect of the D-A’s investigation. Prosecutors seized boxes of records and files in the summer of 2010, amid allegations of gift Read the Rest…


Nearly 40,000 People Expected For Largest Earth Day Event On South Coast

Fri, April 20, 2012

What’s being called one of the largest Earth Day celebrations on the West Coast is set to take place in Santa Barbara this coming weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: SB Earth Day Event


Santa Paula Police Officers Back Embattled Police Chief

Thu, April 19, 2012

The association representing police officers in one Ventura County community has issued a statement of support for its police chief, who was put on paid administrative leave earlier this week. The Santa Paula Police Officers Association issued a statement of support for Chief Steve MacKinnon, who was put on paid administrative leave by City Manager Read the Rest…


Section of Normally Busy South Coast Road Closed After Accident Knocks Down Power Lines

Thu, April 19, 2012

Southern California Edison crews have been working since early this afternoon to try to replace a major power circuit in downtown Oxnard, which was disrupted by a traffic accident. A 17-year-old driver lost control of a car on the 1000 block of Oxnard Boulevard just before one this afternoon. The car slammed into a pole Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Killed In Pickup Truck Crash Which Closed Major Santa Barbara County Highway For Hours

Thu, April 19, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a man killed in a traffic accident which closed Highway 154 for nearly six hours between Santa Barbara, and the Santa Ynez Valley. The CHP says the driver of a pickup truck failed to negotiate a curve in the Windy Gap area just after 2:30 yesterday morning, and struck a berm. Read the Rest…


Man Killed, Infant Seriously Injured When Amtrak Train Hits Car In Santa Barbara County

Thu, April 19, 2012

One man was killed, and an infant seriously injured after the car they were in was hit by an Amtrak passenger train in Santa Barbara County. It happened just after 4 p.m. yesterday, on a dirt road just off of Highway 1, near the Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo County line outside of Guadalupe. The CHP Read the Rest…


Oxnard School District Fires Teacher Belived To Have Participated In Adult Video

Thu, April 19, 2012

The Oxnard School Board voted to fire a middle school teacher district officials believe appeared in an adult video. The school board moved last night to dismiss Stacie Halas, who taught science at Haydock Intermediate School. The board discussed the matter in closed session, before announcing its unanimous decision. District officials say the teacher didn’t Read the Rest…


Cyberbullying Expert Helps Show Local Educators, Law Enforcement Officers How To Deal With The Problem

Thu, April 19, 2012

Modern technology is giving teens new ways to learn, and communicate. But, it’s also taking the age old problem of bullying, and moving it online. A nationally known expert on cyberbullying was on the South Coast yesterday, to conduct a workshop for hundreds of educators, and law enforcement officers on how to better cope with Read the Rest…


Simi Valley School Placed On Lockdown After Gun Reported On Campus

Thu, April 19, 2012

It’s a normal school day today for a Simi Valley middle school, but it was anything but a typical day yesterday, after the campus was put on a lockdown for 2 1/2 hours. It started at around 2:45 yesterday afternoon at Sinaloa Middle School, when staff members called police after receiving word that a student Read the Rest…


Sea Lion Fatally Injured In Apparent Attack By Great White Shark Off Santa Barbara Coastline

Thu, April 19, 2012

Marine biologists think a Great White Shark is responsible for an attack which fatally injured a sea lion off the Santa Barbara coastline. The injured sea lion was spotted near Stearns Wharf Wednesday morning, and Harbor Patrol officer brought it to shore with a net. It was too badly injured to survive. Experts say the Read the Rest…


Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Finds Problems With Oxnard’s Financial Management, But Won’t File Criminal Charges

Wed, April 18, 2012

A long awaited report by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office on the City of Oxnard’s management has blasted it for wasteful, and at times inappropriate public spending, and accounting of public funds. But, prosecutors are stopping short of filing criminal charges. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:


Man Arrested for Two Northern California Murders Faces Additional Charges In Ventura County

Wed, April 18, 2012

A man arrested in Ventura last month for two Northern California murders is now facing new charges in connection with a Ventura County incident, in which prosecutors say he held a family at gunpoint, in an effort to get $10,000 from them. Jason Reyes was arrested in Ventura March 16th, following a standoff with a Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Receives More Than 54,000 Applications From Prospective Freshmen For Fall, 2012

Wed, April 18, 2012

UC Santa Barbara says it has the largest pool of applicants to attend school as freshmen there in its history. More than 54,000 students applied to be a part of the 2012 fall class. UCSB offered spots to just under half of the applicants, about 23,000 students, with the freshman class expected to end up Read the Rest…


Racy Photo Stirs Investigation At Local High School

Wed, April 18, 2012

Is it real, or is it fake? A photo of a nude woman that looks like a staff member at Agoura High School has gone viral through social media. The staff member told school district officials that the photo wasn’t real, and was doctored. The school district says it’s investigating. The picture was spread through Read the Rest…


Investigators Say Woman Smoking While Using Oxygen Tank Sparked Goleta Apartment Complex Fire

Wed, April 18, 2012

Santa Barbara County fire investigators say a woman smoking while using an oxygen tank sparked a fire which left her seriously injured, and several people temporarily homeless. The fire happened just before nine yesterday, at a complex on the 7600 block of Cathedral Oaks Road, in Goleta. County firefighters arrived to find smoke and fire Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Continues To Wrangle With Costs, Problems Related To Mental Health Issues With Jail Inmates

Wed, April 18, 2012

Santa Barbara County’s jail system has by default become one of the largest mental health service providers in the region. It’s put a huge financial strain on the jail system, adding millions of dollars in costs for everything from medication, to treatment. County Supervisors received a pair of reports yesterday, showing that there is some Read the Rest…


Two Arrested For Stabbing, Shooting Of Ventura Man

Wed, April 18, 2012

Police say they’ve arrested two people they believe stabbed, and shot a Ventura man in what’s being called a gang related incident. The attack occurred just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, near Ventura and McFarlane Avenues in Ventura. Ventura Police officers patrolling the area arrived less than two minutes after the attack was reported to 911, Read the Rest…


Highway 154 In Santa Barbara County Reopened After Nearly Six Hour Closure Due To Fatal Accident

Wed, April 18, 2012

Highway 154 was closed for nearly six hours between Santa Barbara, and the Santa Ynez Valley as the result of a traffic accident which left one person dead, and a second critically injured. The CHP says the driver of a pickup truck failed to negotiate a curve in the Windy Gap area just after 2:30 Read the Rest…


Three Arrested For String Of Conejo Valley Burglaries

Wed, April 18, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve arrested a trio of people for a string of burglaries in the Conejo Valley. Investigators say they noticed a pattern of electronics, and jewelry thefts from homes in Thousand Oaks, and Newbury Park during the last few months. They narrowed their search down to three suspects, and after serving Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Says Its Budget Outlook Is Brighter Than Originally Projected

Tue, April 17, 2012

Santa Barbara officials say strong sales tax, and transient occupancy tax revenues have helped reduce what was originally projected as a $2.7 million dollar budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year to less than a million dollars. In a proposed $252 million dollar budget released today, officials say they think they can close the gap Read the Rest…


Santa Paula Puts Police Chief On Paid Administrative Leave

Tue, April 17, 2012

A Ventura County community has put its police chief on paid administrative leave, and city officials aren’t saying why. Santa Paula City Manager Jaime Fontes put Police Chief Steve MacKinnon on paid administrative leave today. Because it’s a personnel matter, city officials aren’t commenting on the action. MacKinnon has been the city’s police chief since Read the Rest…


One Person Injured, Eight Displaced By Santa Barbara County Apartment Complex Fire

Tue, April 17, 2012

A fire at a Goleta apartment complex left one person injured, and eight homeless. The fire was first reported just before nine this morning, at a complex on the 7600 block of Cathedral Oaks Road. Santa Barbara County firefighters arrived to find smoke in fire coming from a ground floor unit, and burning into a Read the Rest…


Ventura County College Graduate Talks About Unexpected Move From Educator To Nationally Known Political Activist

Tue, April 17, 2012

She thought she was going to make a career out of teaching English, and literature. But, her life took an unexpected turn, and this college graduate from Ventura County ended up becoming one of the leaders of a nationwide campaign which led to a freeze on U.S. nuclear weapons testing. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Read the Rest…


Woman Sentenced To Jail For Traffic Accident Which Caused Death Of Well Known Santa Barbara County Businessman

Tue, April 17, 2012

A woman has been sentenced to 300 days in jail after pleading no contest to a vehicular manslaughter charge for a traffic accident last year which caused the death of a prominent Santa Barbara County businessman. Prosecutors say Elvia Tello crossed double yellow lines on a curve on West Betteravia Road near Guadalupe while trying Read the Rest…


Two People Who Died In Apparent Santa Barbara County Murder-Suicide Identified

Mon, April 16, 2012

Authorities are now identifying the two people who died in what they’re calling a murder-suicide in Santa Barbara County, which left a third person injured. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say Luis Avila DeDios, and Heidi Nicole Hubrecht died in last Friday morning’s incident. Detectives say DeDios had been dating Hubrecht, but that Read the Rest…


Retired Professor Donates Million Dollars To South Coast University For Endowed Chair

Mon, April 16, 2012

A retired U.C. Santa Barbara economics professor and his wife have made a million dollar gift to the university, to honor a longtime friend, and fellow member of the department who died in 2008. Walter and Thelma Mead are creating the new Alex Alexander Chair in Economics. The money will create an endowed chair, to Read the Rest…


90 Year Old Woman Dies After Authorities Say She Was Struck By Vehicle In Ventura County

Mon, April 16, 2012

A 90 year old woman is dead, after authoritie say she was struck and killed by a vehicle in Ventura County. The accident happened just after 7 a.m. yesterday, at North Rand, and Duke Streets in Moorpark. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say Choko Jauss of Moorpark was hit, and fatally injured as she was walking Read the Rest…


Four Arrested In Connection With Stabbings At Santa Barbara Party

Mon, April 16, 2012

Four people are behind bars, following a fight, and stabbings at a Santa Barbara party which left one man critically injured, and a second with minor injuries. It happened just before midnight Friday, on the 1000 block of Del Mar Avenue. Witnesses say the two victims were involved in an argument with several suspects that Read the Rest…


City Of Ventura To Hold Meeting To Explain Proposed Water, Wastewater Rate Increases

Mon, April 16, 2012

A South Coast community is considering major changes in its water, and wastewater rates. A proposal to realign the City of Ventura’s rate structure would mean a $4.50 a month increase for the average single family home for the first year, and then an additional hike of $3.00 the second year. Wastewater bills on average Read the Rest…


Jazz Legend Charles Lloyd Set To Perform in Santa Barbara County

Mon, April 16, 2012

Santa Barbara County is home to a living jazz and blues legend, who’s worked with everyone from B.B. King to the Grateful Dead. Charles Lloyd has been busy on a national tour, and just last week, was honored in his hometown of Memphis with the key to the city, and a spot on the city’s Read the Rest…


Longtime State Legislator Representing Ventura County Dies

Mon, April 16, 2012

A longtime legislator who represented Ventura County in Sacramento for two decades has died. Cathie Wright died on Saturday, following a long illness. Wright served from 1980, to 2000 in the State Legislature, serving eastern Ventura County. She served 12 years in the Assembly, and eight years as a State Senator. In 1994, the Republican Read the Rest…


Police Looking For Suspects In Stabbings Of Two Men At Santa Barbara Party

Mon, April 16, 2012

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to stabbings at a Santa Barbara party which left one man critically injured, and a second with minor injuries after a brawl involving several people. It happened just before midnight Friday, on the 1000 block of Del Mar Avenue. Witnesses say the two men were involved in Read the Rest…


Moorpark College Team Wins National Speech Competition

Mon, April 16, 2012

Moorpark College has a lot to celebrate this morning. The Moorpark College Speech Team won its 10th national title over the weekend. The Moorpark team last won the Nationals in 2008. The team was also first in overall debates sweepstakes, and individual events sweepstakes. Moorpark’s 14 team members won 7 gold, 5 silver, and 11 Read the Rest…


Storm Dumps More Than Two Inches Of Rain On Parts of Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, April 13, 2012

A strong storm has dumped more than two inches of rain on parts of Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The storm included thunderstorms in parts of the region, and locally heavy rainfall at times. In Ventura County, rainfall amounts ranged from around a half inch, to more than two inches in some mountain areas. Oxnard Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Identify Man Shot By A Homeowner As They Say He Tried To Break Into Home

Fri, April 13, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a man who was shot by a Santa Barbara homeowner as police say he was trying to break into a house. The incident started just after four a.m Wednesday morning, when a woman heard, and then saw a man outside of her home on the 900 block of West Pedregosa Street, Read the Rest…


101 Freeway Widening Project Near Ventura-Santa Barbara County Line Will Mean Lane Closures, And Potential Traffic Congestion

Fri, April 13, 2012

Work is set to get underway starting on Sunday night on a section of the 101 Freeway on the South Coast where carpool lanes will be built, and it could have a big impact on morning commuters. Crews will be working on both the northbound, and southbound 101 between Mobil Pier Road, to Casitas Pass Read the Rest…


South Coast University Students Aid In Japan’s Disaster Relief Efforts

Fri, April 13, 2012

Some university students on the South Coast passed on traditional spring break activities, to help earthquake, and tsunami torn Japan. A team from Cal State Channel Islands has returned home, after spending ten days helping to repair, and restock a damaged aquaculture facility. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Ventura County Receives “Tsunami Ready” Designation From National Weather Service

Fri, April 13, 2012

Ventura County has stepped up to prepare the county for the potential of a tsunami. This week, the National Weather Service certified the county as being “Tsunami Ready”. The designation is recognition of the county’s efforts ranging from public education, to the placement of warning signs which would be considered high risk in the event Read the Rest…


Conejo Valley Schoolteacher Spends Two Weeks At Sea On Marine Research Ship

Fri, April 13, 2012

A Conejo Valley elementary school teacher is back on the on the job, after an incredible two week long hands-on learning experience on board a research ship in the South Pacific. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: NOAA Teacher At Sea Program


Ventura County Man Receives 47 Years To Life Sentence For Repeated Sexual Abuse Of Young Girl

Fri, April 13, 2012

A Ventura County man convicted of repeatedly raping the daughter of his girlfriend over a four year period has received a 47 years, to life sentence. Filemon Suarez of Port Hueneme was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14, and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child Read the Rest…


Supermarket Chain Founded On Central Coast To Close Stores In Region

Fri, April 13, 2012

A local supermarket chain founded on the Central Coast decades ago is closing its four markets in the region. Scolari’s says it will close its four locations in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, including its market in Santa Barbara. The company is going to concentrate its efforts on its 14 stores in Nevada. Read the Rest…


Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest Set For This Weekend

Thu, April 12, 2012

One of the first in a series of Earth Day events on the South Coast this month is set to take place this weekend, with a big celebration on Saturday. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura Earth Day


Latest Storm Could Drop Up To Two Inches Of Rain On Parts Of South Coast

Thu, April 12, 2012

The second in a series of storms to hit Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties is arriving, and it could mean up to two inches of rain in the region. Rainfall amount are expected to range from three-quarters of an inch, to an inch and a half on the coast, and inland. The local mountains could Read the Rest…


Ojai Gives Final Approval To Ordinance Restricting Single Use Plastic Bags

Thu, April 12, 2012

Ojai has given final approval to an ordinance banning single use plastic bags at stores in the city. The Ojai City Council this week gave final approval to the ordinance, which also includes a ten cent per bag charge for customers who want paper bags. The fee will go to the stores, to cover the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Receives Jail Sentence For Stalking

Thu, April 12, 2012

A Ventura County man has received a six month jail sentence, after entering a guilty plea to a charge of stalking a woman Prosecutors say David Jules Furth had been friends with the victim, but that he began threatening her in person, and through text messages. They say in one case, he went to her Read the Rest…


KCLU Documentary: Medical Marijuana and the Cannabis Controversy

Thu, April 12, 2012

In 1996,California became the first state in the nation to approve the use of medical marijuana. Today, the estimated number of medical marijuana patients in the state has grown to upwards of one million. In the hour-long documentary Medical Marijuana and the Cannabis Controversy, KCLU Special Projects Reporter John North, speaks with doctors, researchers and patients–including Read the Rest…


Internationally Known Psychologist Speaks About His Research During South Coast Visit

Thu, April 12, 2012

One of the world’s leading living psychologists visited the South Coast yesterday, to speak about his six decades of research. Dr. Albert Bandura is best known for his studies showing that people learn by modeling the behaviors they observe. He’s working with people around the world to use his research to create positive messages in Read the Rest…


Tri-Counties Agencies Get $250,000 In Grants For Electric Car Programs

Thu, April 12, 2012

The Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control Districts have jointly received a $250,000 grant to develop an electric car charging network along the 101 Freeway on the Central and South Coasts. The U.S. Department of Energy, and the California Energy Commission is funding the effort. The money will be used Read the Rest…


Panel Event In Conejo Valley To Look At Costs Of Retirement

Thu, April 12, 2012

Experts say many of us aren’t prepared financially for retirement, especially because we’re living longer than ever. The costs of things like housing, and medical care are overwhelming many families. Tonight, the subject will be the focus of a free community forum in the Conejo Valley. It’s called “I Can’t Get Old…I Can’t Afford It”. Read the Rest…


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