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Archives for May 2012

Thousand Oaks City Councilman Facing Major Health Issues Resigns From Office

Mon, May 14, 2012

A longtime Conejo Valley civic leader announced that he’s resigning from the Thousand Oaks City Council immediately, because of health issues. Thomas Glancy has been a councilman since 2005, and before than served six years on the city’s planning commission. He was the city’s mayor in 2009. The retired Navy captain has lived in Thousand Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Former USC, Green Bay Packers Football Player Who Disappeared While Hiking in Simi Valley

Mon, May 14, 2012

A search is underway for a former USC, and NFL football star who disappeared while hiking in Ventura County yesterday. 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 Read the Rest…


Arts Group Announces Plans To Bring Lang Lang, Philharmonic Orchestra Of London, Los Angeles Philharmonic To Santa Barbara

Mon, May 14, 2012

One of the South Coast’s oldest performing arts organizations has announced its 94th concert season will include visits by internationally known pianist Lang Lang, the Philharmonic Orchestra of London, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Community Arts Music Association has planned six major concerts at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater, as well as a masterworks series Read the Rest…


101 Freeway In Ventura County To Face Series Of Overnight Closures For Construction For The Next Week

Mon, May 14, 2012

It’s going to be a detour-filled week for people who use the 101 Freeway during the overnight hours in Ventura County. The northbound 101 Freeway will be closed between Camarillo and Oxnard from just before midnight tonight, to around 5 tomorrow morning as part of a new freeway interchange project. Traffic will be routed around Read the Rest…


Woman Dies, Three Injured Following Traffic Accident In Ventura County

Mon, May 14, 2012

A Moorpark woman is being identified as the woman who died as the result of a traffic accident which also left three people injured. A motorcycle, and a car collided near the intersection of Hillcrest, and Almon Drives in Thousand Oaks around noon on Sunday. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say the car was pulling out Read the Rest…


Local Research Project Looks At Impacts Of Earthquakes, Tsunamis On Beach Habitats

Mon, May 14, 2012

A research project involving a team from UC Santa Barbara was trying to look at how man-made sea walls impact the ecology of beaches. But, when one of the largest ever recorder earthquakes, and a tsunami hit in the middle of their project, they had the unprecedented opportunity to see how nature can quickly reclaim Read the Rest…


Search For Missing Film Executive Last Seen In Oak Park Area Continues

Mon, May 14, 2012

Some movie theaters are joining in the efforts to find a film executive last seen May first, at the home of a friend in the Oak Park area. Gavin Smith was last seen driving away from the home sometime after 9 that night, and hasn’t been seen since. Smith is a 20th Century Fox executive Read the Rest…


UCSB Gets $50 Million Dollar Gift, Largest In University’s History

Sat, May 12, 2012

UC Santa Barbara has received the largest gift in the University’s history, a $50 million dollar donation from the chairman of a high tech company, and his wife to further UCSB’s energy efficiency research. The contribution from Oracle Chairman Jeff Henley, and his wife Judy was formally announced at a Saturday night event at UCSB. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested for Assault On A Peace Officer Following Incident At Mall

Sat, May 12, 2012

A Ventura County man is facing multiple felony counts, after police say he was threatening children on a busy Oxnard street, and then assaulted an officer responding to the scene. It happened at about 1:30 Saturday afternoon, on the 2400 block of Saviers Road. Oxnard Police were called to the area by reports of a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Arrested For Large Marijuana Growing Operation In Warehouse

Fri, May 11, 2012

A Santa Barbara County man is facing multiple charges, after Sheriff’s narcotics detectives found a large marijuana growing operation in a Santa Maria warehouse. The investigators say Jesse Adam Delacruz was growing hundreds of the plants in a warehouse he had leased on the 500 block of West Betteravia Road. They seized more than 800 Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Woman Sentenced To 27 Years To Life In Prison For Killing Former Boyfriend’s Wife

Fri, May 11, 2012

She was once an LAPD detective. But now, a Simi Valley woman has been sentenced to 27 years to life in prison, for the murder of her ex-boyfriend’s wife. Stephanie Lazarus was convicted of first degree murder in the 1986 killing of Sherri Rasmussen, who was beaten, and shot to death in a San Fernando Read the Rest…


University Campus In Ventura County Gets New Entrance

Fri, May 11, 2012

A multi-million dollar project to replace a windy, two lane road with a modern four lane gateway to Cal State Channel Islands, in Camarillo was celebrated with a dedication ceremony this morning. The new entrance road has two lanes in each direction, as well as bike paths. It’s part of a series of projects intended Read the Rest…


State Board Of Education Approves Putting Santa Paula Schools Merger Proposal Before Voters

Fri, May 11, 2012

Can merging two local school districts create one which is more effcient, and more cost effective? Voters in one Ventura County community are going to get the chance to try to answer that question. The State Board of Education yesterday approved putting a proposal to merge the Santa Paula Elementary, and High School Districts on Read the Rest…


Report Released In Santa Barbara County Today Outlines Prospects for Employers, Employees

Fri, May 11, 2012

A new Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board Report released today outlines prospects for job growth, and looks at the situation in the region. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County WIB


Proposal From Local Legislator To Allow Military Members Stationed Overseas To Vote By E-Mail Advances

Fri, May 11, 2012

Legislation authored by a Ventura County state assemblyman which is designed to make it easer for Californians in the military to vote while they are stationed overseas has been approved by a key assembly committee. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo is backing AB 1929, which would allow the Secretary of State to allow e-mail Read the Rest…


Naval Base Ventura County Under Consideration As Site For Navy Drone Program

Fri, May 11, 2012

Ventura County could end up being a home for the Navy’s remotely controlled eyes in the sky. The House Armed Services Committee voted to base a Navy drone program at Naval Base Ventura County, choosing it over some inland military facilities in California and Arizona. The proposal to base the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance craft Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking At Discovery Of Decomposed Body In Remote Area Of UCSB Campus

Thu, May 10, 2012

UC Santa Barbara Police, and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the discovery of a badly decomposed body in a rugged area of the campus north of Isla Vista by a maintenance man this (5/10) morning. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: UCSB Read the Rest…


UCSB Police, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detectives Investigating Remains Of Body Found On Campus

Thu, May 10, 2012

UC Santa Barbara Police, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the discovery of what they say appear to be badly decomposed human remains at UCSB. The remains were found in a marshy area between the Santa Catalina Residence Hall, and the Santa Ynez Apartments. The area is off the main campus, and just Read the Rest…


Letter Carriers Prepare For “Stamp Out Hunger” Campaign In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties This Saturday

Thu, May 10, 2012

Letter carriers in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties will be picking up a lot more than mail from homes on the South Coast this weekend. They’ll be picking up bags of food people leave at mail boxes, to help feed the hungry. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks Lowers Vehicle Impound Fee, In Wake Of Grand Jury Report

Thu, May 10, 2012

Fees for vehicle impounding in the City of Thousand Oaks have been reduced, after a Grand Jury report said that a part of what had been charged to help pay for an educational program was improper. The City had the highest impound fee in the County, at $300, with $80 of the fee going to Read the Rest…


Westmont College Reeling From News Of Death Of Popular Young Professor

Thu, May 10, 2012

A South Coast college is reeling from news of the death of a popular young professor. Westmont College’s Alex Moore passed away yesterday from complications following surgery. The 31 year old was an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology. He has been at Westmont on and office since 2004. Moore met his wife Kirsten, who is the Read the Rest…


Book Reveals Little Known Role of Past Presidents In Helping Sitting U.S. Presidents

Thu, May 10, 2012

The Presidency is the ultimate pinnacle in American politics. But, a new book says most modern day presidents set aside politics after leaving office, to help sitting presidents, even when they are from different political parties. The authors of “The President’s Club” were in Ventura County this week, to speak about this little known part Read the Rest…


Man Who Calls Himself First Openly Gay Republican Presidential Candidate Stops in Santa Barbara

Thu, May 10, 2012

The Republican Presidential nomination appears to be locked up, but a man who says he’s the party’s first openly gay presidential candidate is still on the campaign trail, and has stopped in Santa Barbara. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Republican Presidential Contender


Oxnard Remembers Fallen Police Officers

Thu, May 10, 2012

It was a somber ceremony in Oxnard. Oxnard Police officers, community leaders, and family members gathered in Oxnard yesterday to remember seven members of the department who died over the years in the line of duty. The Police Department has been holding the ceremonies for more than a decade, to let the families, and the Read the Rest…


EPA Official Gets Close-Up Look At Major Toxic Waste Site In Ventura County

Thu, May 10, 2012

A top EPA official got a close-up look at one of the region’s biggest toxic waste sites. James Woolford toured the former Halaco metal recycling facility in Oxnard yesterday. Woolford is Director of the EPA’s Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation. He toured the facility with some top Oxnard officials. The site has been Read the Rest…


State Board Of Education To Look At Merger Proposal For Two Ventura County School Districts

Thu, May 10, 2012

The State Board of Education is scheduled to look at a proposal today to clear the way for an election over unification of an elementary, and a high school district in Ventura County. The plan calls for merging the Santa Paula Elementary, and High School Districts. A community group has been pushing the idea, which Read the Rest…


Conejo Valley Based Bank Rejects Buyout Offer

Wed, May 9, 2012

A Conejo Valley based bank has rejected an unsolicited buyout offer. First California Financial Group says it rejected a proposed deal from PacWest Bancorp. Westlake Village based First California has been facing pressure from some shareholders to sell itself. In rejecting the offer, First California officials said they didn’t have enough details about the offer Read the Rest…


“Flying Museums” Visit Ventura County As Part Of National Tour

Wed, May 9, 2012

They’re ghosts from America’s past, a trio of military planes which helped the U.S. and Allied forces win World War Two. The B-24, and B-17 bombers, and P-51 fighter visited Ventura County this week as part of a nationwide tour intended to increase awareness about an increasingly forgotten part of our history. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Two Spills in Ventura County Keep Hazardous Materials Teams Busy

Wed, May 9, 2012

It was a long day for hazardous material teams in Ventura County yesterday, as they had to deal with two unrelated spills along the same road outside of Santa Paula. The first accident happened just before eight yesterday morning, on South Mountain Road near Willard Canyon. Ventura County Fire officials say the driver of a Read the Rest…


Rock From Moon On Display In Ventura County As Part Of NASA Exhibition

Wed, May 9, 2012

It looks like a nondescript piece of rock. But, it came from the moon, and you can not only see it, but touch it today in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Simi Valley. Click on link to listen to/download story: NASA Exhibition In Ventura County


Work On 101 Carpool Lanes Prompting Some Lane Closures

Wed, May 9, 2012

The project to add carpool lanes to the 101 Freeway in sections of Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties is causing some major impacts on traffic this week. During the overnight hours, the 101 Freeway is being reduced from two lanes, to one lane of traffic between the Mobil Oil Pier, to near Casitas Pass Road. Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council Settles Debate Over Paint Scheme For Library

Tue, May 8, 2012

After a colorful discussion, the Ventura City Council settled a debate over what color a more than half century old library should be painted. Two different committees had different views on what colors the E. P. Foster Library should be painted. After lengthy study, the Library Advisory Commission suggested a beige base, with green trim Read the Rest…


Largest Ever Exhibition From Disney Archives To Open In Ventura County This Summer

Tue, May 8, 2012

The Magic of Disney is coming to Ventura County, with the largest ever exhibition of artifacts from the Disney archives going on display this summer at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Disney Exhibition Coming To Ventura County


Two Hazardous Materials Spills Reported Outside Of Santa Paula

Tue, May 8, 2012

Hazardous material teams are dealing with a pair of spills which randomly occurred off the same road in Ventura County today, outside of Santa Paula. The first accident happened just before 8 this morning, on South Mountain Road near Willard Canyon. Ventura County Fire officials say the driver of a tanker truck apparently lost control Read the Rest…


Leading Oceanographer Says El Nino, Or La Nina Unlikely For South Coast: Predicting What He Calls “La Nada”

Tue, May 8, 2012

With just a few weeks left in the rainfall season for Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, it looks like the region is going to only end up with about two thirds of its average annual rainfall. Climatologists say what’s coming next may be difficult to predict. One leading oceanographer says instead of the wetter than Read the Rest…


Ventura County Clinics Get Federal Grant To Help Improve Facilities

Tue, May 8, 2012

The federal government has awarded the non-profit Clinicas Del Camino Real in Ventura County close to $3.2 million dollars to renovate, and improve its facilities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the money to the Clinicas as part of $122 million dollars being distributed nationwide as a part of the government’s Affordable Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Gets 16 Years To Life In Prison For Fatal Stabbing

Tue, May 8, 2012

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to 16 years to life in prison, after the man he fatally wounded identified him as his attacker before he died. Oxnard Police say in February of 2010, Salvador Tena stabbed Candido Monge in the parking lot of a restaurant on the 300 block of Cooper Road. The Read the Rest…


Additional Charges Filed Against Ventura Man In Triple Murder Case

Mon, May 7, 2012

The man accused of brutally murdering a Ventura County couple, and the couple’s unborn child in the family’s beachfront home is now facing additional charges. A second Ventura County Grand Jury added a sexual assault charge, and two other counts to those already filed against Joshua Graham Packer. The 22 year old Ventura man is Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Officer Among Two Injured In Traffic Accident

Mon, May 7, 2012

Two people, including a police officer, are recovering from minor injuries following a traffic accident this morning in Simi Valley. It happened just after eight this morning, in front of Royal High School. CHP officers say a Simi Valley Police patrol car was being driven on the 1400 block of Royal Avenue when a woman Read the Rest…


Debate Set For Tonight For Ventura County’s 26th District Congressional Seat

Mon, May 7, 2012

A debate involving a congressional seat in Ventura County which political observers say could be one of the most interesting races in the region this year is set to take place tonight (5/7). There are six candidates seeking the 26th District Congressional Seat. They include Republican State Senator Tony Strickland of Moorpark; Ventura County Supervisor Read the Rest…


Los Padres National Forest Reopens Two Popular Roads Closed By Winter Storms

Mon, May 7, 2012

The Los Padres National Forest has reopened two popular roads in the Ojai Ranger District which had been closed due to winter weather. The Reyes Peak Road, and the Nordhoff Ridge/Chief Peak Roads have been reopened. Forest Service officials are urging people to be cautious in using the roads, because there are crews working on Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Accused Of Trying To Shoot Police Officer

Mon, May 7, 2012

An Oxnard man is behind bars in Ventura County this morning, accused of trying to kill a police officer, as well as armed robbery. Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say that just before nine Saturday night, Jose Luis Ortiz robbed a business on the 2900 hundred block of Vineyard Avenue, in Oxnard. An Oxnard police officer Read the Rest…


Man FBI Calls Serial Bank Robber Arrested In Connection With Oxnard Incident

Mon, May 7, 2012

The FBI, working with other law enforcement agencies say they’ve arrested an Inland Empire man for a string of bank robberies, including one in Ventura County. Michael Franks was taken into custody at his Riverside home on Friday. Investigators think he is a man they dubbed the “Snowboarder Bandit”, who was called that of the Read the Rest…


Mother of Six To Get Doctorate From Same Ventura County University Where Daughter Is Graduating This Weekend

Mon, May 7, 2012

Her parents never graduated from high school, and she became pregnant before she had a chance to graduate. A story which could have had a sad ending for a Ventura County woman will have a very happy one this week. Tammy Rivera-Tubbs will not only receive her doctorate in education, but receive it the same Read the Rest…


Man Wounded, Suspected Arrested Following Shooting Near Ventura Pier

Sun, May 6, 2012

One man has been arrested, and two are still being sought following a shooting early this morning near the Ventura Pier. Ventura Police say the victim, and a friend were walking in the area at around 2:30 this morning when they were approached by a trio of people, demanding money. When he refused to comply, Read the Rest…


DUI Task Force In Ventura County Stops Nearly 200 Vehicles, Arrests 15 Drivers Over Cinco De Mayo Weekend

Sun, May 6, 2012

A multi agency DUI task force stopped nearly 200 vehicles, and arrested 15 people on DUI charges over the Cinco de Mayo weekend in Ventura County. The “Avoid the 14″ task force focused its efforts on the City of Oxnard, with Ventura, Port Hueneme, and CHP officers, plus Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies providing extra support Read the Rest…


Port Of Hueneme Announces Events To Kick Off 75th Anniversary Celebration

Fri, May 4, 2012

The South Coast’s only deepwater port kicked off its 75th anniversary celebration this afternoon. In 1937, voters decided to create the Oxnard Harbor District, leading to a bond issue which made the project possible. The Port of Hueneme has grown into a major West Coast facility, handing everything from bananas to high performance cars. This Read the Rest…


Federal Reserve Bank Executives Talk In Santa Barbara About State Of The Economy

Fri, May 4, 2012

What’s next for America’s economy? That was a big topic of discussion in Santa Barbara yesterday (5/3), as UC Santa Barbara’s Economic Forecast Project presented its 31st Annual UCSB Economic Summit. Among the speakers were the presidents of three U.S. Federal Reserve Banks, who shared their views about the state of the nation’s economic recovery. Read the Rest…


Soldier From Ventura County Killed In Afghanistan Will Be Buried At Arlington National Cemetery

Fri, May 4, 2012

A member of the Green Beret from Ventura County who died in Afghanistan last month will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Staff Sergeant Andrew Britton-Mihalo, along with a translator were shot to death, and three others were wounded by an Afghan soldier on an Army base in Kandahar April 25th. Others opened fire, and Read the Rest…


State Senator Pushing For Efforts To Protect Naval Base Ventura County, California Bases From Closures

Fri, May 4, 2012

A State Senator from Ventura County is pushing for steps to try to protect Naval Base Ventura County, and other military facilities in the state from the federal budget ax. Republican Senator Tony Strickland of Moorpark asked the governor to authorize the creation of an unpaid, volunteer task force to try to help build the Read the Rest…


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