Archives for May 2012

Longtime Head Of Santa Barbara Region Chamber Of Commerce To Retire

Tue, May 22, 2012

He’s been the face of the business community in Southern Santa Barbara County for more than two decades. Steve Cushman, the President of the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce, has announced he’s going to retire. Cushman was a former professional baseball player, and City of Sand Diego sports official who became president of Santa Read the Rest…


Fire Hits Oxnard Condominium Complex, Damaging Numerous Units

Tue, May 22, 2012

Two people suffered minor injuries in a massive Oxnard condominium complex fire which left about a third of its 60 units uninhabitable. The fire was reported just after 11 last night in a complex on the 3100 block of Peninsula Road, near Channel Island Harbor. Firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from the four story Read the Rest…


Local Program to Help High Schoolers Get Into College Gets Big Federal Grant

Tue, May 22, 2012

A program operated by a Ventura County university which helps high school students from low income families improve their academic skills, and improve their chances of getting into college received a major federal grant to continue, and expand. California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks, has been awarded a $3 million dollar, five year grant for Read the Rest…


Ojai Valley Buzzing About Two Earthquakes

Tue, May 22, 2012

Some Ojai valley residents are still talking about a pair of early morning earthquakes this week which jolted some people awake. The first happened at 2:07 a.m. Monday, and was a magnitude 2.8 quake, centered around three miles north of Ojai. The second was a 2.6, which occurred at 2:25 a.m, and was located about Read the Rest…


Goleta Planning Director Headed To Stockton

Tue, May 22, 2012

Goleta’s Director of Planning, and Environmental Services is headed to Northern California, for a job with the City of Stockton. Steve Chase will become Stockton’s Community Development Director. During his six years with the city, Chase helped Goleta complete its first General Plan since becoming incorporated as a city, and worked on a number of Read the Rest…


Play Opening In Ventura County Looks At Race, Labor Issues

Tue, May 22, 2012

The latest production by a South Coast theater company features a work by America’s leading African American playwright, and stars a Tony Award winning actress. “Gem Of The Ocean” is a fictional story which takes a look at the often difficult African American experience in the 20th century. It takes on issues like race, and Read the Rest…


More 101 Freeway Lane Closures Taking Place in Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties As Part of Carpool Lanes Construction Project

Tue, May 22, 2012

More freeway lane closures are in effect this week on a key section of the 101 Freeway in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, as work continues to add carpool lanes to a section of the freeway. One lane will be closed in each direction from the Mobil Oil Pier in Ventura County, to Casitas Pass Read the Rest…


Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Region Makes Top Ten List In Nation For Highest Paid Manufacturing Jobs

Tue, May 22, 2012

Some Ventura County community have made a top ten list which might surprise you: Cities where manufacturing jobs pay the most. The Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura region has been named fifth in the country on a list by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program of top salaries for manufacturing. The study says the average manufacturing wage in the Read the Rest…


Registered Sex Offender Who Authorities Say Removed Tracking Device Arrested In Santa Barbara County

Mon, May 21, 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say they’ve caught a registered sex offender they believe removed his electronic monitoring device last week. State Parole officials say that last Wednesday, Albert Lee Allen’s tracking device was found near the Highway 101-Highway 246 interchange in Buellton. Authorities issued a statewide warning. Friday afternoon, an off-duty deputy recognized the Read the Rest…


Body Of Newborn Found In Ventura County Strawberry Field

Mon, May 21, 2012

Authorities are investigating the death of a newborn baby, whose body was found in a strawberry field outside of Oxnard. The body was discovered by a worker at the edge of a field off of Central Avenue at around 9:30 this morning. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives aren’t saying anything about the cause of death, or Read the Rest…


Little Known Community On South Coast Fights Back Against Bullying

Mon, May 21, 2012

The South Coast is a melting pot of cultures. There’s one little known community here of more than 20,000 people who come from an isolated part of Mexico, so remote, that they have their own languages, and don’t even speak Spanish. The are Oaxacans, from southwestern Mexico. Members of the community say they don’t get Read the Rest…


Carpinteria Man Arrested On Multiple Stalking Charges

Mon, May 21, 2012

A Carpinteria man is facing new charges after Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say they found him near an ex-girlfriend’s home, in violation of an court order. Deputies say they took three separate reports last week of a subject harassing his ex-girlfriend, who lives in Carpinteria. On Saturday, they arrested Evan James Connor for annoying Read the Rest…


Man Arrested In Ventura County On Charges He Used Skimmers To Steal And Use Debit, Credit Card Information

Mon, May 21, 2012

A North Hollywood man is behind bars in Ventura County on charges he put credit card skimming devices inside some gas pumps, and used the information to fraudulently create credit cards, and make purchases throughout Southern California. Simi Valley Police say they arrested Alvaro Molina today after a several month long investigation by detectives. The Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Investigating Two Weekend School Burglaries, Vandalisms

Mon, May 21, 2012

Ventura Police are investigating a pair of weekend school break-ins, which included vandalism, and the theft of a computer. Investigators say between sometime Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning someone broke into Will Robers School, which is on the 300 block of Howard Street. The burglars smashed out a classroom windw, and then ransacked the room, Read the Rest…


Investigation Continues Into Fatal Plane Crash In Ventura County

Mon, May 21, 2012

FAA, and National Transportation Safety investigators spent much of the weekend investigating Friday’s crash of a vintage military aircraft in Ventura County, which killed the plane’s pilot. It happened at around 12:15 Friday afternoon, between Camarillo and Pt. Mugu, as the plane was headed towards Naval Base Ventura County. Authorities say Thomas Bennett, who was Read the Rest…


State Officials To Hold Workshop In Ventura On Proposed Regulation Of Controversial Oil, Gas Extraction Process

Mon, May 21, 2012

State officials are holding a workshop in Ventura May 30th, to get public comments on their efforts to try to regulate the controversial underground oil, and gas extraction process known as “fracking”. The procedure involves the use of water, or other liquids being pumped underground at high pressure to extract trapped oil, and gas reserves. Read the Rest…


Rail Services Disrupted In Ventura County By Apparent Suicide

Sat, May 19, 2012

Simi Valley police say a man apparently killed himself Saturday morning by jumping in from of a westbound Metrolink train. Witnesses told police that the man intentionally put himself in front of the oncoming train near First Street, in Simi Valley just before noon. The 61 year old Simi Valley man was pronounced dead at Read the Rest…


Former Thousand Oaks Mayor, City Councilman Loses Battle with Cancer

Fri, May 18, 2012

Less than a week after he resigned from office because of health issues, a well known community leader in the Conejo Valley has died. Former Thousand Oaks Mayor, and City Councilman Tom Glancy lost his battle with cancer. Glancy was a Captain in the Navy for three decades, retiring to Thousand Oaks, where he opened Read the Rest…


Vintage Military Plane Crashes In Ventura County, Pilot Killed

Fri, May 18, 2012

The pilot of a vintage military aircraft is dead, after the plane he was flying crash landed in a field in Ventura County It happened at around 12:15 this afternoon, between Camarillo and Pt. Mugu, as the plane was headed towards Naval Base Ventura County. The plane was a British Hawker Hunter jet, owned by Read the Rest…


Major Unemployment Drops Reported In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, May 18, 2012

Unemployment has made some major month to month drops in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, as well as statewide. In Ventura County, the number of people out of work went from 9.6% in March, to 8.7% in April. The reduction was even more dramatic in Santa Barbara County. Unemployment dropped from 8.9% in March, to Read the Rest…


Father, Son Both Plead No Contest To Cheating Clients At Santa Barbara Car Dealership

Fri, May 18, 2012

A father and son team which operated a Santa Barbara auto dealership are headed to prison, after entering no contest pleas to grand theft, and tax evasion charges. 72 year old Chester Lee Taylor, and his son, Chester Adam Taylor, ran Montecito Motors in Santa Barbara. Prosecutors say they cheated clients out of more than Read the Rest…


Non-Profit Agency That Helped Thousands Buy Homes On South Coast To Host Weekend Home Buying Fair

Fri, May 18, 2012

Home ownership is a dream many South Coast residents have put on the back burner for the last few years, due to the economic slump, and tighter requirements on credit, and down payments. But, a non-profit organization funded by dozens of the region’s employers has helped thousands of employees get into home ownership locally, at Read the Rest…


Four Arrested In Ventura County For Forgery, Identity Theft

Fri, May 18, 2012

Alert hotel staff members at a Camarillo motel discovered what they believed to be evidence of a counterfeiting, and identity theft operation, leading to four arrests. The evidence was discovered at a motel on the 900 block of West Ventura Boulevard around noon on Wednesday. The motel’s staff notified Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, leading to Read the Rest…


Dozen Ventura County High School Seniors Share $50,000 in Scholarships From Reagan Foundation

Fri, May 18, 2012

A dozen high school seniors in Ventura County are sharing $50,000 in scholarships presented to them by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in Simi Valley this week. The Foundation gives out the scholarships annually to students it believes show leadership qualities, and strong character in high school. The 12 students were from nine public, and Read the Rest…


California Strawberry Festival Set For This Weekend In Oxnard

Fri, May 18, 2012

Oxnard is gearing up for a weekend of all things strawberry. The California Strawberry Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday, in a newly renovated part of Oxnard’s College Park. More than 60,000 people are expected to attend the two day event, which includes entertainment, hundreds of arts and crafts booths, and more than 40 Read the Rest…


Former Television News Anchor, News Director On South Coast Joins Congressional Staff

Fri, May 18, 2012

A woman familiar to thousands of Spanish language television viewers on the South Coast has joined the staff of a local congresswoman. Univision Santa Barbara anchor, and News Director Blanca Figueroa has been appointed as a District Representative by Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara. Figueroa was with KPMR television since 2003. In her Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Fast Food Giant Announces Plans For Public Stock Offering

Fri, May 18, 2012

A Santa Barbara County based fast food giant that became a privately owned company less than two years ago is once again going public. Carpinteria based CKE Restaurants says it’s filed paperwork to do a $100 million dollar public stock offering. CKE is owned by Apollo Management. CKE is the parent of the Carl’s Junior, Read the Rest…


Six Arrested In Santa Barbara County Drug Sweep

Thu, May 17, 2012

An illegal drug sales investigation in Santa Barbara County led to six arrests, including one man who didn’t want to surrender, and held off authorities in a brief standoff. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives, and Santa Maria Police arrested four men, and two women in the Santa Maria and Orcutt areas. One man, Danny Chambers, Read the Rest…


MTD To Buy Large, Two Section Buses To Try To Relieve Overcrowding On Some Routes

Thu, May 17, 2012

Santa Barbara County’s Metropolitan Transit District is buying three of what will be the largest buses in use on the South Coast, to help meet the sometimes overwhelming demand on some routes. The MTD recently tested the 62 foot long, two part “articulated” buses on some of its routes. The buses can carry 112 passengers. Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s Head of Animal Control Services Resigns

Thu, May 17, 2012

The head of Ventura County’s Animal Control Services has resigned. Monica Nolan stepped down this week after three years of heading the agency, citing personal issues. During her tenure, Nolan worked to expand the use of volunteers, and expanded adoption efforts. While the shelter hasn’t been unable to reach an ideal goal no-kill policy for Read the Rest…


University Housing Facility On South Coast Gets Rare Double “LEED” Certification

Thu, May 17, 2012

A University housing facility on the South Coast received double certification for its environmental friendliness, making the largest in the nation to receive two LEED designations. UC Santa Barbara’s San Clemente Village Apartments complex was awarded the recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 385,000 square foot complex opened in 2009, and incorporates some Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Thieves Stealing Historic Bells From California’s Highways

Thu, May 17, 2012

Authorities are looking for thieves who have been stealing some of the state’s historic El Camino Real bells, which commemorate the state’s early history. The thefts include four bells taken recently in Ventura County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: El Camino Real Bells Stolen


Conejo Valley Putting Hundreds Of Thousands Of Ladybugs To Work

Thu, May 17, 2012

One Ventura County is using nature to battle an insect problem which is affecting the community’s ash trees. The City of Thousand Oaks released hundreds of thousands of ladybugs yesterday at Triunfo Community Park The hope is that the more than 700,000 ladybugs will deal with the white fly, and aphid problem in the area. Read the Rest…


Ceremony Set For Today To Honor Fallen Public Safety Officers In Ventura County

Thu, May 17, 2012

A ceremony will take place in Ventura County later this morning to honor 32 public safety officers from various public agencies in the county who died over the years in the line of duty. The 10 a.m. event will take place at the Ventura County Peace Officer Memorial, which was erected in 1998 at the Read the Rest…


Horse Rescued After Swimming Into Santa Barbara Channel

Thu, May 17, 2012

An Arabian horse is recovering from a traumatic adventure, after it became spooked during a photo shoot on the beach between Summerland and Carpinteria, and swam out to sea. It was rescued more than two miles offshore, and led back to land. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the amazing story. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Nutrition Program For Low Income Women, Children In Ventura County Being Cut Due To Decreased Participation

Wed, May 16, 2012

A federally funding healthy eating program for low income women, and children in Ventura County is being impacted by decreased participation. The Women, Infants and Children Program, better known as WIC, will close one of its nine site in Ventura County, with people now using the Camarillo location being redirected to Oxnard. Eight positions are Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Trying To Unite Efforts In The County To Fight Homelessness

Wed, May 16, 2012

A number of government, non-profit, and religious organizations are trying to tackle the problem of homelessness on the South Coast. In Santa Barbara County, there’s an effort underway to try to make sure all of those involved in the effort are working together as effciently as possible. A county supervisor has proposed creation of a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Identified As Victim Of Fatal San Fernando Valley Accident

Wed, May 16, 2012

LAPD officers are identifying a Ventura County woman as the person who was fatally injured in a San Fernando Valley traffic accident this week. Brandi Todd of Moorpark was headed north on DeSoto Avenue, near the 118 Freeway in Chatsworth Monday morning when she lost control of her vehicle, slammed into the back of a Read the Rest…


People Driving With Suspended Or Revoked Licenses Targeted By Ventura Police

Wed, May 16, 2012

Ventura Police say a number of people arrested on DUI charges in the city have been driving with suspended or revoked licenses, so they decided to try to target them with a special enforcement sweep. After looking at conviction and arrest data, police set up stakeouts outside of 17 individuals homes. Police say they focused Read the Rest…


Law Enforcement Administrative Services To Be Cut In South Coast Community

Wed, May 16, 2012

For the first time in decades, one South Coast community will no longer have its own police or sheriff’s department station, and people will have to go to another community to get police reports. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports how the cutbacks by the Carpinteria City Council will affect the community. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Calling For Tougher Local Response To Graffiti Vandalism

Wed, May 16, 2012

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report is calling for tougher efforts locally to crack down on graffiti vandalism. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Grand Jury-Graffiti Vandalism


Man Arrested For Flashing Incident On High School Campus In Santa Barbara County

Wed, May 16, 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say they’ve arrested a 20 year old man, after they say he walked onto a high school campus in Goleta, and flashed some female students. Investigators say it happened around 11 yesterday morning, at Dos Pueblos High School. The students say that a man on the football field exposed himself. Read the Rest…


Car Smashes Into Front Of Police Substation In Oxnard

Tue, May 15, 2012

One person suffered minor injuries when he apparently lost control of his vehicle, and hit the outside of a storefront police station in Oxnard. It happened just before one p.m. Tuesday, on the 2600 block of Saviers Road. The vehicle jumped up over a sidewalk, and hit a beam between the storefront Oxnard Police station, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Taking Segways For A Test Spin

Tue, May 15, 2012

The Santa Barbara Police Department is testing out some patrol vehicles which won’t set any speed records, and might even lead to a laugh or two, but will allow them to cover a lot more ground. The Department is doing a seven week test program with Segways, the two wheeled vehicles which look like a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Moves Ahead With Efforts To Develop Plans To Cope With Erosion At Popular South Coast Beach

Tue, May 15, 2012

After years of discussion, Santa Barbara County is moving ahead with efforts to develop a plan to try to cope with erosion at one of the South Coast’s most popular oceanfront parks, through restoring the coastline. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the new Goleta Beach Park plan includes removing artificial rock barriers, and moving the park Read the Rest…


Hooters Restaurant Opens Doors In Conejo Valley

Tue, May 15, 2012

A restaurant which generated some controversy even before it opened its doors to the public for the first time in the Conejo Valley is now officially in business. Hooters has opened its first location on the South Coast in Thousand Oaks. After the chain announced it was going to move into a vacant restaurant space Read the Rest…


Local, State Avocado Industry Concerned About Potentially Destructive Pest Discovered In California

Tue, May 15, 2012

California is America’s avocado basket, producing more than 90 percent of U.S. grown avocados. And, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties produce the majority of the state’s crop. But, there’s concern among many local growers about a potential new threat to avocados. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that for the first time, a tiny insect carrying a Read the Rest…


Eight Arrested In Gang Sweep In Ventura County

Tue, May 15, 2012

The Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit has made a big gang sweep, serving warrants on eight locations in the Conejo Valley, and Simi Valley, and making eight arrests. The arrests include charges of participation in criminal street gang activity, weapons possession, and drug counts. The six adults, and two juveniles taken into custody Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisor Pushing For Restructuring To Improve Services For Homeless

Mon, May 14, 2012

A Santa Barbara County supervisor is pushing a plan to try to unite the county’s efforts to battle homelessness. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Homeless Proposal


Former USC, NFL Football Player Who Was Focus Of Search In Ventura County Found Safe

Mon, May 14, 2012

A former USC, and NFL football star who disappeared while hiking in Ventura County yesterday is apparently okay. Erik Affholter was dropped off near the Metrolink Station on the 5000 block of Los Angeles Avenue, in Simi Valley around 10 yesterday morning, to go for a hike. When he failed to return, his girlfriend called Read the Rest…


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