Archives for June 2012

Thousand Oaks Initiative Has Enough Verified Signatures To Qualify For Ballot

Sat, June 30, 2012

A proposal to require that the City of Thousand Oaks to fill city council vacancies by special elections in most cases has received enough verified signatures to qualify for the ballot. What’s known as the Thousand Oaks Right To Vote Initiative had around a thousand more verified signatures than it needed to qualify. The measure Read the Rest…


Vandals Hit More Than A Dozen Ventura County Businesses

Fri, June 29, 2012

Vandals caused damage at more than a dozen businesses in the Ventura area between midnight, and ten this morning. Police believe two teenagers were involved in the damage spree, which targeted businesses on Victoria Avenue, and East Thompson Boulevard. Investigators say the vandals put glue into the door lock mechanisms of at least 14 businesses. Read the Rest…


Ventura School District Hoping Voters Will Support Parcel Tax, To Help Sagging Budget

Fri, June 29, 2012

Voters in a Ventura County school district are going to be asked to step up to help some financially struggling schools, with a new parcel tax. Ventura School District trustees have approved putting a ballot measure on the November ballot for a $59 dollar a year parcel tax. District officials say if approved, it would Read the Rest…


Series Of Small Spot Fires Next To 101 Freeway In Ventura County Tied To Problem With Passing Vehicle

Fri, June 29, 2012

A faulty catalytic converter on a passing vehicle is now being blamed for a series of small brush fires along the 101 Freeway in the Goleta area. The series of small spot fires occurred around 2:30 yesterday afternoon on the northbound 101 from Patterson to Fairview Avenues, with the largest of the fires briefly threatening Read the Rest…


Largest Ever Exhibition From Disney Archives Set To Open In Ventura County

Fri, June 29, 2012

From the very first ticket to Disneyland, to some of the original characters from the Haunted Mansion, the largest every exhibition from the Walt Disney Company’s archives is set to open in Ventura County. More than 500 items are a part of “Treasures Of The Walt Disney Archives,” a new exhibition opening to the public Read the Rest…


Construction Underway On New State Of The Art Theater Facility In Santa Barbara

Fri, June 29, 2012

Work is underway on a ten million dollar project to build a new home for a Santa Barbara County based theater company. The Ensemble Theater Company is remodeling the Victoria Theater into a state of the art, 300 seat performing arts facility. The theater company says it’s raised more than $8.5 million of the $10.5 Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Struck, Killed While Trying To Cross Street

Fri, June 29, 2012

A man is dead, after police say he was struck, and killed while trying to cross a busy Ventura street. Christopher Spilberg was walking with his son along Harbor Boulevard, south of Olivas Park Drive just before 9 Wednesday night. Police say he tried to cross the street, and was hit by a car. The Read the Rest…


Goleta Hospital Gets Two Million Dollar Gift For Rebuilding Project

Fri, June 29, 2012

A Santa Barbara County hospital has received a two million dollar gift towards its rebuilding efforts. The Santa Barbara based Cavalletto Charities today announced its contribution towards a new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. Cottage Health System is replacing the existing hospital, with a larger, state of the art facility which is also able to meet Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Parolee Shot To Death By Law Enforcment Officers In Santa Barbara County

Fri, June 29, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a parolee who was shot to death by law enforcement officers in Santa Barbara County in a confrontation. It happened at around 8:15 yesterday morning, near Bunny Avenue, and Lincoln Street in Santa Maria. Jose Luis Ortega, and two other people were in a car which was being followed by Santa Read the Rest…


South Coast Congressional Leaders Sound Off On U.S. Supreme Court Ruling On Health Care

Thu, June 28, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court decision today on the president’s health care plan drew strong reactions from the South Coast’s two primary congressional representatives. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara says she’s pleased the constitutionality of the plan was upheld, and that she is hoping that efforts can now focus on expanding healthcare coverage. She Read the Rest…


Parolee Shot To Death In Confrontation With Law Enforcement Officers In Santa Barbara County

Thu, June 28, 2012

A parolee who was in a vehicle being follow by law enforcement officers in Santa Barbara County was shot to death when the vehicle suddenly stopped, and the man ran out of the car with a gun. It happened at around 8:15 this morning, near Bunny Avenue, and Lincoln Street in Santa Maria. The parolee, Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s McGrath State Beach Set To Reopen This Weekend, After Surviving Permanent Closure Threat

Thu, June 28, 2012

It’s one of the South Coast’s most popular state parks, with hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. But last year, McGrath State Beach, in Oxnard, was facing the possibility of permanent closure. An aging sewer line serving the park was no longer usable, because of the threat of leakage. The state didn’t have the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Commuter Bus Service Saved from Shutdown for At Least A Month

Thu, June 28, 2012

A commuter bus line which providers intercity service in Ventura County, and connects riders with the San Fernando Valley, and Santa Barbara has received a reprieve from shutdown this week. The VISTA bus service has been in jeopardy because the company which has the contract to provide it has declared bankruptcy. Coach America notified the Read the Rest…


Victim Of Fatal Shooting In Ventura County Park Identified As Ventura Teenager

Thu, June 28, 2012

A 14 year old boy has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting in a Ventura County park. The Ventura County Sheriff’s department received reports of shots fired in the area of Saticoy Park, in Saticoy just after 11 last night. They arrived to find Joshura Burciaga on the ground, with multiple gunshot Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Accused Of Embezzling From Youth Football League

Thu, June 28, 2012

A Ventura County woman is facing embezzlement charges, after County Sheriff’s detectives say she took, and used for personal purposes more than $35,000 from a youth football league over a two year period. Investigators say that in 2010, the Ojai Eagles Youth Football organization was notified by the State of California that its non-profit status Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Call Special Meeting To Consider Plan To Raise Hotel Bed Tax

Thu, June 28, 2012

Santa Barbara County supervisors are going to have a special meeting next week to consider putting a proposal on the November ballot to raise the transient occupancy tax in the unincorporated areas of the county. The board is looking at raising the tax from ten, to twelve percent. The change wouldn’t affect local residents, but Read the Rest…


Demonstrators Call For Transportation Officials To Find Way To Keep Threatened Commuter Bus Service Rolling

Thu, June 28, 2012

Dozens of people took to the streets of Ventura last night, calling for officials to keep a intercity commuter bus service serving the county from shutting down this weekend. The contractor providing VISTA bus service between some Ventura County communities, as well as between the county and the San Fernando Valley, and Santa Barbara is Read the Rest…


South Coast Congressman Lashes Out At Forest Service Over Grounded Air Tankers

Thu, June 28, 2012

A South Coast congressman is lashing out at the U.S. Forest Service, accusing the agency of delaying action to put military air tankers into service fighting some of the massive brushfires burning in the Western U.S. Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly of Simi Valley issued a toughly worded statement saying that the enemy is not the Read the Rest…


Former Pro Baseball Star From Ventura County Enters Plea Deal On Latest Criminal Charges

Wed, June 27, 2012

Former pro baseball star, and longtime Ventura County resident Lenny Dykstra has reached a plea deal in federal court over bankruptcy fraud, and embezzlement charges. Prosecutors say that after filing for bankruptcy, Dykstra had sold, hidden, or otherwise disposed of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of items without the permission of a bankruptcy trustee. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Pushes Ahead With Controversial Hotel Incentives Plans

Wed, June 27, 2012

Santa Barbara County is hoping that providing a financial incentive for developers to build new hotels, and improve existing ones will also help fill the county’s seriously depleted coffers. In what’s being called a nationally unique program, developers will temporarily get to keep some of the new hotel bed tax revenue from these projects, while Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Schools To Try Again For Parcel Tax Extension, After Voters Reject First Effort This Month

Wed, June 27, 2012

The Santa Barbara School Board has decided again to try to get voter support for a parcel tax extension. The move last night comes in the wake of the failure of efforts during the June primary earlier this month. More than 60% of those who voted favored the dual proposals June 5th, which would have Read the Rest…


Effort To Keep Ventura County Courthouse In Simi Valley From Closing Picking Up Support

Wed, June 27, 2012

A plan to try to keep one of Ventura County’s two courthouses from closing appears to be picking up steam. Ventura County Supervisors have pledged $50,000 a year for the next two years to help keep the Simi Valley courthouse open. County Supervisor Peter Foy is leading an effort to get pledges from the county, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Approves Plan To Try To Centralize Coordination Of Programs, Services For Homeless

Wed, June 27, 2012

Santa Barbara County has given its support to a plan to try to centralize coordination of homeless services in the county, to try to improve the use of limited resources. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Supervisors Support Homeless Coalition Effort


Santa Barbara Zoo Loses One Of Its Longtime Residents

Wed, June 27, 2012

A giraffe which was one of the most familar, and popular residents of the Santa Barbara Zoo had to be euthanized, because of her serious health problems. Sulima lived in Santa Barbara for 20 of her 21 years. She was a Baringo giraffe, and a companion to Gemina, the zoo’s famous crooked necked giraffe which Read the Rest…


Body Of Missing Diver Found In Channel Islands

Wed, June 27, 2012

The body of a Santa Barbara man who disappeared while on a sea urchin diving trip in the Channel Islands has been recovered. Andres Martinez was diving with two other men off of Santa Cruz Island Monday morning when he went missing. The divers say they were in an area about 300 years off the Read the Rest…


Port Of Hueneme Gets Grant To Reduce Pollution From Docked Ships

Tue, June 26, 2012

The Port of Hueneme has received a major grant to help deal with pollution coming from docked ships. The $250,000 grant from the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District will allow the installation of dockside electrical plug-in system for ships, so vessels will no longer have to idle their diesel engines to provide onboard power. Read the Rest…


Tarballs Found On Santa Barbara County Beach; Officials Think Natural Seep Responsible

Tue, June 26, 2012

Cleanup crews were busy today cleaning up some tarballs from a beach just south of Santa Barbara, but officials say they don’t think the problem was man-made. The tarballs were discovered at around 10 a.m. Monday at Butterfly Beach. U.S. Coast Guard, and State Fish and Game spill prevention experts say the tarballs are consistent Read the Rest…


Ventura County Certifies June 5th Primary Election Results

Tue, June 26, 2012

Ventura County has certified the results of the June 5th primary, with officials noting that the official voter turnout was 32.9% Clerk/Recorder Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn notes that just over 133,000 ballots were cast in the election, including almost 81,000 by mail, and close to 53,000 ballots completed at 361 polling places.


Diver Missing In Channel Islands

Tue, June 26, 2012

A Santa Barbara man is missing, after disappearing while on a sea urchin diving trip in the Channel Islands. Andres Martinez was diving with two other men off of Santa Cruz Island yesterday morning when he went missing. The divers say they were in an area about 300 years off the island, diving in water Read the Rest…


Getting Assistance To Underserved Latino Cancer Patients Focus Of Ventura County Conference

Tue, June 26, 2012

Cancer can be a burden for anyone to deal with, but it can often pose an especially difficult problem in the non-English speaking Latino community. People often don’t have insurance for basic checkups like mammograms, or prostate exams, and as a consequence, they are often diagnosed much later into the disease. More than two dozen Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Computer Repair Business Powers Down For Final Time

Tue, June 26, 2012

A Santa Barbara County based computer repair company which once served much of Southern California has gone out of business, costing dozens of workers their jobs. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Computer Repair Business Closes


KCLU’s Jim Rondeau, John North Honored By The Los Angeles Press Club

Mon, June 25, 2012

For the second year in a row, the Los Angeles Press Club has honored KCLU “Morning Edition” host Jim Rondeau as Southern California’s best radio news anchor. Rondeau, who is also KCLU’s program’s director, was honored at the organization’s 54th annual awards show Sunday night, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, beating out competition Read the Rest…


Homelessness Management Big Issue For Ventura, Santa Barbara County Supervisors

Mon, June 25, 2012

Homelessness continues to be a major problem in both Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. Tomorrow, county supervisors in both counties are going to be looking at proposals to try to improve the efficiency of assistance programs. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story: Homelessness Management Issues


Authorities Identify Motorcyclist Killed In Ventura County Accident

Mon, June 25, 2012

Authorities are trying to figure out why a motorcyclist lost control of his bike and crashed in Ventura County, fatally injuring him. Anthony Amaralo was southbound on Kuehner Drive, in Simi Valley just after three yesterday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle, hit a curb, and was thrown into a fire hydrant. The Read the Rest…


Simi Valley To Get New Police Chief

Mon, June 25, 2012

A Simi Valley resident who’s a member of the Beverly Hills Police Department is no longer going to have to commute to work. Mitch McCann has been appointed as Simi Valley Police Chief, effective July 16th. McCann has been with the Beverly Hills department for 24 years, and is currently that agency’s Field Services Division Read the Rest…


Man Arrested Following Wild Chase In Ventura

Mon, June 25, 2012

A Ventura man is facing multiple criminal charges, after police say he led them on a wild chase through city streets, and on the 101 Freeway. It started just before eight last night, near Olive Street, and Simpson Avenue in Ventura. An officer saw a vehicle run a stop sign, and when the officer tried Read the Rest…


Michael Jackson Fans Visit Late Music Legend’s Former Ranch In Santa Barbara County To Commemorate Anniversary of Death

Mon, June 25, 2012

Fans flocked to the site of what was known as the “Neverland” ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley over the last few days, to commemorate the third anniversary of the music icon’s death. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Michael Jackson Anniversary


Los Padres National Forest Gets New Santa Barbara District Ranger

Mon, June 25, 2012

A 40 year veteran of the U.S. Forest Services has been selected as the new Santa Barbara District Ranger for the Los Padres National Forest. John Smith has worked as a firefighter, and law enforcement officer with the Forest Service. He’s currently a District Ranger in North Carolina, but will take over his new post Read the Rest…


Ventura County Fire Department Using New Technology To Help Commanders, Public Track Big Brushfires

Mon, June 25, 2012

Ventura County firefighters are using some cutting edge technology this brushfire season which not only allows them to map, and track the perimeter, and movement of a blaze in close to real time, but to share it with the public. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Read the Rest…


Brushfire Near Ventura-Los Angeles County Line 60% Contained

Sun, June 24, 2012

Firefighters say some 700 acres of land has been blackened in a popular off road vehicle recreational area by a brushfire in eastern Ventura County, near the Ventura/Los Angeles County line. The fire was discovered just after noon Saturday, in the Hungry Valley area. Some campers had to be evacuated, but no one was hurt. Read the Rest…


Brushfire Near Ventura-Los Angeles County Line Up To 1500 Acres Burned

Sun, June 24, 2012

Firefighters now say some 1500 acres of land has been blackened, and some campers evacuated in a popular off road vehicle recreational area iby a brushfire in eastern Ventura County, near the Ventura/Los Angeles County line. The fire was discovered just after noon Saturday, in the Hungry Valley area. No structures have been reported damaged. Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Death Of Man In Custody In Oxnard

Sun, June 24, 2012

Authorities are investigating why a man behaving erratically became unconscious after he was restrained by Oxnard Police, and died a short time later. Officers were called to the 1200 block of South L Street at around 10:45 Saturday night, by reports of someone overdosing on drugs. The officers tried to calm the man, so he Read the Rest…


Brushfire Burns More Than 400 Acres Of Land Along Ventura/Los Angeles County Line

Sat, June 23, 2012

More than 400 acres of land has been blackened, and some campers evacuated in a remote off road vehicle recreational area in eastern Ventura County, near the Ventura/Los Angeles County line. The fire was discovered just after noon Saturday, in the Hungry Valley area. No structures have been reported damaged. There’s no word on what Read the Rest…


Four Arrested During Undercover Sting Operation Targeting Simi Valley Massage Parlors

Sat, June 23, 2012

An undercover operation targeting massage parlors in Simi Valley has resulted in four arrests on prostitution charges. Undercover officers investigated four businesses which they say implied they offered sexual acts in internet advertising. Detectives say they will continue to investigate the businesses, and could also go after people who go to the parlors seeking illicit Read the Rest…


Small Oil Spill Reported From Oil Platform Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Fri, June 22, 2012

A problem on an oil platform off the Santa Barbara County coastline led to a small oil spill today, off of Carpinteria, The U.S. Coast Guard says the spill happened at Platform Houchin, sometime around six this morning. Coast Guard officials say an automatic system detected a leak related to a storage tank, and immediately Read the Rest…


New Study Says Sea Level Along California Rising At Higher Than Global Average

Fri, June 22, 2012

A new report released by the National Research Council today says that California’s sea level is projected to rise at a higher rate than the global average. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has details on the study, which was released in Washington, D.C. this afternoon. Click on link to listen to/download story: Sea Level Rise Study


Transportation Officials Come Up With Plan To Try To Save Commuter Bus Service In Jeopardy

Fri, June 22, 2012

Transportation officials in Ventura County are scrambling to try to save a commuter bus service potentially facing shutdown, but think they’ve come up with a plan to keep the service operating. The future of the VISTA bus service is up in the air, after the contractor operating the busses, Coach America, notified the Ventura County Read the Rest…


Series Of Arson Fires in Oxnard Under Investigation

Fri, June 22, 2012

Oxnard Fire investigators are looking into a series of arson fire at a park, and some schools in Oxnard, which targeted vending machines. The first fire was reported in Via Marina Park just before six a.m. yesterday. Then, a few minutes later, three small fires occurred at Hueneme High School. All of the fires were Read the Rest…


100,000 Spectators Expected For Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade This Weekend

Fri, June 22, 2012

It’s part Mardi Gras parade, part Disney parade, and part performance art. Santa Barbara’s annual artistic salute to the start of summer, its Solstice Parade, is set to take place Saturday. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the Solstice Workshop, where people turn their wild ideas into some of the creations which make the parade so Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Based Foundation Makes Nearly $600,000 In Grants To Non-Profit Groups

Fri, June 22, 2012

A Santa Barbara based foundation has announced nearly $600,000 in grants to 17 non-profit groups in the region. The Hutton Parker Foundation provided help to nine health and human service agencies, and six arts and culture oriented groups, with grants ranging from $15,000 to $50,000. Among those receiving assistance were the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Read the Rest…


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