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Archives for June 2012

Ventura County Grand Jury Report Lauds Law Enforcement Agencies For Crisis Intervention Training

Thu, June 14, 2012

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report is commending the way law enforcement agencies in the County have embraced Crisis Intervention Team training for officers, which they say has helped defuse many potentially deadly situations. The training helps officers deal with mentally ill, or temporarily unbalanced people they encounter in emergency calls. The 28 page Read the Rest…


Coastal Security Focus Of Ventura County Drill Involving 30 Public Safety Agencies

Wed, June 13, 2012

Coastal security, from drug smuggling to potential terrorist threats is the focus of three days of exercises involving agencies from the Coast Guard, and FBI to the Oxnard Harbor District. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Port Hueneme. Click on link to listen to/download story: Coastal Trident 2012


Ventura County Woman Found Dead Near Yosemite National Park

Wed, June 13, 2012

A Ventura County woman is dead, after her car plunged over a cliff on a steep mountain highway near Yosemite National Park. Robin Singer had been reported missing yesterday, and a search was started. Searchers found the wreckage of a vehicle, and the body of the 20 year old Simi Valley woman yesterday off of Read the Rest…


Ventura County, Eastern Ventura County Cities Being Asked To Help Keep Courthouse Open

Wed, June 13, 2012

A new plan has been proposed to try to keep one of Ventura County’s two courthouses from falling to the budget ax. The County’s court system was planning to virtually shut down the East Valley Courthouse, in Simi Valley at the end of this month, due to state funding cuts. Family law cases will be Read the Rest…


Changes In Works For Ventura County’s Animal Services Department

Wed, June 13, 2012

Ventura County Supervisors have approved a plan to merge management of the County’s Animal Services Department into the County’s Health Department. The merger is intended to give Animal Services access to more support for things like media relations, and grant writing. During the discussion, county supervisors expressed the desire to move the county shelter towards Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Pursue Plan For New Mental Health Facility

Wed, June 13, 2012

Ventura County is going to pursue plans to build a facility to house severely mentally ill county residents. County supervisors conceptually approved plans to build a 15 bed locked facility on county property at Camarillo Airport. The county doesn’t currently have a facility of this type, and has to send people to other areas. County Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Could Get 12 Year Plus Sentence For Burglary Convictions

Wed, June 13, 2012

A Ventura County man who was a serial burglar has been convicted of four counts of first degree burglary, and could face more than a dozen years behind bars. Olman Romero Cruz was convicted of a series of four burglaries in Moorpark this past January. Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say they recovered a number of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Geared Up For High Brushfire Danger Season

Wed, June 13, 2012

The potential for brush fires exists year around in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. But, during the summer, and fall, the danger is even higher. With rainfall 40 to 60% of average for much of the region this rainfall season, plus hot, and windy conditions, some firefighters say we could be in for a rough Read the Rest…


Big Marijuana Seizure On Ventura County Coastline: 20 Arrested

Tue, June 12, 2012

20 people were arrested after authorities say they were caught in Ventura County trying to smuggle thousands of pounds of marijuana into the United States. Federal authorities detected a boat headed up the coast from Mexico overnight, and called on the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department for help. The boat landed near the Pacific Coast Highway, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Says Animal Services Depatment Is Generally Doing A Good Job, Despite Criticism

Tue, June 12, 2012

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says the County’s Animal Services department is doing a good job, despite ongoing criticism from some animal rights advocates. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Grand Jury/Animal Services


Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report Calls For Public Access To Audio/Video Recordings In Law Enforcement Vehicles

Tue, June 12, 2012

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report is calling on law enforcement agencies in the county to have officers inform people they stop that their patrol vehicles are equipped with audio, and video recording devices, and that if people are considering filing a complaint, they have access to the recordings. The report says access Read the Rest…


Refurbished Santa Barbara County Courthouse Clock, Clock Gallery Unveiled

Tue, June 12, 2012

A clock which has been literally ticking for generations on the South Coast is being rededicated, after a major makeover. And, for the first time it’s actually controlling the bells ringing from the Santa Barbara County Courthouse every quarter of an hour. The Courthouse Legacy Foundation, and the Ventura/Santa Barbara County chapter of the National Read the Rest…


KCLU Bullying Documentary Receives Honors

Tue, June 12, 2012

Friday, June 8, The California Teachers Association presented KCLU Special Projects Reporter, John North, with a John Swett Award for Media Excellence for the documentary special ”Bullying: Kids in Crisis”. The competition was open to all publications, websites and television and radio stations in the state and other recipients announced included the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle Read the Rest…


KCLU News Coverage Recognized By APTRA

Tue, June 12, 2012

KCLU is the winner of three awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association for its news coverage. Special Projects Producer John North’s documentary “Bullying: Kids In Crisis” was honored for Best Special Program during the 65th Annual APTRA Mark Twain Awards held June 2 at the Pasadena Convention Center. News Director Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Boat Stranded Off Ventura County Coastline Loaded With Bales Of Marijuana

Tue, June 12, 2012

The Coast Guard was called to help rescue a stranded boat off the Ventura County coastline, but ended up arresting two men, and seizing more than 75 bales of marijuana in the process. Two men called for help after their boat’s engine stopped about three miles off of Channel Islands Harbor early yesterday morning, at Read the Rest…


Oxnard Fire Department Wins Contest To Get Grant To Try To Reduce Drownings

Tue, June 12, 2012

Some beach, or pool users in Ventura County may soon be able to thank Facebook users for saving their life, or a life of a loved one from drowning. The Oxnard Fire Department is one of the winners of a State Farm Insurance online contest which offered cash prizes for the community problem solving initiatives Read the Rest…


Public Safety Agencies Join Forces For Coastal Protection Exercise

Tue, June 12, 2012

Securing our coastline is the focus of a drill involving more than 30 public safety agencies on the South Coast this week. What’s known as “Coastal Trident 2012” is set to take place today through Thursday off the Ventura County coastline. The drills will focus on improving the abilities of agencies to work together to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Authorities Investigating Discovery Of Body In Ocean Off Coastline

Tue, June 12, 2012

Santa Barbara County authorities are investigating the discovery of the body of a man in the ocean off the Gaviota coastline. The body was spotted by a beachgoer just before nine last Saturday morning near what’s known as “Poison Oak Point.” It was recovered by teams from the County Sheriff’s Department, and the County’s Search Read the Rest…


Registered Sex Offender Accused Ok Kidnapping, Raping Santa Barbara Woman

Mon, June 11, 2012

A registered sex offender is back behind bars in Santa Barbara, after police say he violated a restraining order, and kidnapped, and raped a 22-year-old woman he knew. Santa Barbara Police detectives say Jorge Luis Diaz abducted the victim last Wednesday as she was headed to work, and drove both of them to Los Angeles, Read the Rest…


Authorities Trying to Determine Cause Of Housing Complex Fire Which Injures Two

Mon, June 11, 2012

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire which injured two people in a small Ventura housing complex. The fire was discovered just after two a.m. Monday, in a four unit building on the 300 block of East Lewis Street in Ventura. Arriving firefighters were worried someone might be trapped in one Read the Rest…


Search Continues For Film Executive Last Seen In Ventura County A Month Ago

Mon, June 11, 2012

There’s a new twist in the search for a film executive who disappeared after visiting a friend in Ventura County more than a month ago. Gavin Smith was last seen in Oak Park on May 1st. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide investigators, along with a SWAT team searched a home in West Hills. No arrests Read the Rest…


Ventura County Public Health Department To Hold Public Meeting About TB Case Found On Oxnard School Campus

Mon, June 11, 2012

The Ventura County Public Health Department is holding a meeting with parents, and staff members at an Oxnard school tonight (6/11), to answer questions about the discovery of a student on the campus with potentially contagious tuberculosis. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Freement School TB Concerns


Chino Man Arrested After Investigators Say He Bought Multiple New Vehicles On South Coast With Bad Checks

Mon, June 11, 2012

Authorities say he claimed to be a multi-millionaire dying of cancer, but that he was really a con artist who bought two new vehicles in Ventura, and Santa Barbara with bad checks, and was in the process of trying to buy more. The Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force arrested Ryan Anthony Barba of Chino Read the Rest…


CHP Trying To Unravel Mystery Behind Traffic Accident Which Left One Santa Barbara Woman Dead, Second Seriously Injured

Mon, June 11, 2012

The CHP is expected to release more information today on the arrest of a man in connection with Summerland traffic accident which left one woman dead, and a second seriously injured. On Wednesday morning, the two young women were driven to Cottage Hospital with serious injuries, after what at first was reported to be a Read the Rest…


Ocean Acidification Focus Of New Education Program By Environmental Groups On South Coast

Mon, June 11, 2012

We’ve heard a lot about the impacts of fossil fuels on our atmosphere. But, what doesn’t get as much attention is the effects of carbon dioxide on our oceans. Researchers say we’re seeing an ongoing decrease in the PH of the earth’s oceans, because an estimated quarter of the CO-2 in the atmosphere is going Read the Rest…


Six UCSB Graduates Share $46,000 In Surprise Cash Awards For Academic Achievement

Sat, June 9, 2012

Six U-C Santa Barbara seniors have something big to celebrate besides their graduation. The women will receive cash prizes for their academic accomplishments. The half dozen students are sharing more than $46,000 from the long disbanded Santa Barbara City Club. The club was established in the 1920’s, but shut down in the 1970’s. At the Read the Rest…


New Visitors Center for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area To Be Dedicated Saturday

Fri, June 8, 2012

After decades of talk, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is getting a new visitors center this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Monica Mountains Visitors Center


Santa Paula City Manager Fires Police Chief

Fri, June 8, 2012

The City of Santa Paula is embroiled in controversy, as its city manager has fired its police chief. City Manager Jaime Fontes notified Chief Steve MacKinnon of the decision through a letter. The City Manager’s office hasn’t released details of the firing, but in the past alleged that the chief had inappropriately travelled to Arizona Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Convicted Of Shooting To Death Neighbor

Fri, June 8, 2012

An Oxnard man has been convicted of first degree murder, after prosecutors say he chased down a neighbor following an argument, and shot him three times in the back. Alex Compian, Junior could face up to a 50 years to life sentence when he’s sentenced July 31st for the Christmas Eve, 2009 slaying of Mario Read the Rest…


One Dead, One Seriously Injured Following Conejo Valley Traffic Accident

Fri, June 8, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a Conejo Valley man who died as the result of a traffic accident which occurred near Thousand Oaks High School, where commencement ceremonies had been occurring. Luis Gonzales of Thousand Oaks was driving a pickup truck on the 2300 block of Moorpark Road around 7:30 last night when he hit another Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Accused Of Raping Lost Teenager He Offered To Help

Fri, June 8, 2012

A Santa Barbara man is facing multiple sexual assault charges, after they say he raped a lost Goleta teenager he met on a bus. Police say the 14 year old girl was kicked out of her home after an argument with her parents, and was headed towards a friend’s home in Santa Barbara. She was Read the Rest…


School District In Ventura County Gets New Superintendent

Fri, June 8, 2012

A man who’s already a familiar face in Ventura County’s educational community has been named the new head of the controversy plagued Rio School District. John Puglisi will take over as Rio’s superintendent July first. He’s moving from the single school Mesa School District. A large crowd was on hand as the decision was announced Read the Rest…


Female Teacher In Oxnard Arrested On Allegations Of Improper Conduct With Male Student

Fri, June 8, 2012

A female substitute teacher in the Oxnard High School district is facing criminal charges, after police say she was sharing explicit text messages, and photos with a 17 year old male student. Oxnard Police say they arrested Vanessa Tsakiros for “sexting” with a Pacifica High School Student. The 24 year old Camarillo woman is accused Read the Rest…


Groups Holding Community Picnic Saturday To Unveil Ventura River Parkway Proposal

Fri, June 8, 2012

A coalition of groups is holding a free picnic in Ventura this weekend, to give the public its first look at a plan to clean up, and turn a section of the waterway into natural parkland, trails, and protected open space. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura Read the Rest…


Internationally Known Scandinavian Musician Who Lives In Ventura County To Do Rare Local Performance This Weekend

Fri, June 8, 2012

She’s a singer, and songwriter who’s a household name in her native Scandinavia, and performs all over Europe, and the United States. But, while she doesn’t take the stage here often, Solvei actually lives in Ventura County. Her music leans towards jazz, and world music, but her compositions also include forms like trance. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Authorities Now Identifying Woman Who Died Following Hit And Run Accident In Santa Barbara County

Fri, June 8, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a 26 year old Santa Barbara woman who was fatally injured in a hit and run accident in the Summerland area, which also left a second woman seriously injured. The CHP is still trying to figure out what happened, but investigators say the two were apparently trying to cross East Valley Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accidently Wounded When Rifle Being Repaired Goes Off

Fri, June 8, 2012

A Ventura County man learned a painful lesson is safe gun handling, when he was accidently wounded when the weapon went off while it was being fixed. Ventura Police say a 32 year old Ojai man had taken his rifle to a friend’s home in Ventura for repair last night. As the Ventura man was Read the Rest…


New Ventura County Grand Jury Report Says Schools In County Generally Well Prepared For Earthquakes

Thu, June 7, 2012

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says nearly all of the County’s 21 school districts, and 211 schools are prepared for earthquakes, but that a handful need to do more to be ready. The Grand Jury says it found that all but the Santa Paula Elementary, and Rio Elementary School district were doing required Read the Rest…


81 Year Old Bicyclist Dies After Being Hit By Tractor-Trailer Rig In Fillmore

Thu, June 7, 2012

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says an 81 year old Fillmore bicyclist has died, after he was hit by a tractor-trailer rig. The accident happened just before 8:30 yesterday morning, at the intersection of Ventura, and C Streets in Fillmore. Guadalupe Cruz died at a hospital several hours after the accident. Investigators say the big Read the Rest…


One Dead, One Seriously Injured Following Hit And Run Accident In Santa Barbara County

Thu, June 7, 2012

A 26 year old Santa Barbara woman was fatally injured, and a second woman seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle in the Summerland area. The CHP is still trying to figure out what happened, but investigators say the two were apparently trying to cross East Valley Road, at Sheffield Drive when they Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara School District To Weigh Options After Parcel Tax Extension Proposal Fails On June Ballot

Thu, June 7, 2012

The Santa Barbara School District is looking at options from new layoffs, to possibly asking for voter help again in the wake of a failed parcel tax extension proposal on the June 5th ballot. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Schools Parcel Tax Failure Followup


Bear Makes Unexpected Visit To Ventura County Campground

Thu, June 7, 2012

A bear which paid an unexpected visit to a Ventura County campground turned out to be quite the troublemaker. The bear walked into a campground in Steckel Park, just outside of Santa Paula at around 6:30 last night. As Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies reached the scene, it climbed up a tree. State Fish and Game Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Say Murder Suspect Had Fatal Heart Attack While Fleeing Crime Scene

Thu, June 7, 2012

Detectives say a man who was once dated a Simi Valley woman returned to the city last week and murdered her, and then had a fatal heart attack while fleeing the crime scene. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Somple Murder Investigation


66th Annual Ojai Music Festival Kicks Off Today With Big Schedule, World Famous Artists

Thu, June 7, 2012

The eyes, and ears of the classical music world are on Ventura County this week, as some of the world’s leading composers, and artists are on the South Coast for the 66th annual Ojai Music festival. This year’s festival features concerts, lectures, and even a mini film festival. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from Read the Rest…


Man Who Killed Ventura County Teen At Birthday Party Sentenced To Life In Prison Without The Possibility Of Parole

Wed, June 6, 2012

A Ventura County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars, after being sentenced today for shooting to death a teenager at a birthday party near Santa Paula. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Flores Sentencing


Voter Turnout For California Primary Only 24% Statewide; Slightly Better On South Coast

Wed, June 6, 2012

Voter turnout in the state was low, especially for what was billed as a unique open primary election in California. Statewide, out of 17 million registered voters, only four million actually cast ballots, for a 24% turnout. On the South Coast, the turnout was slightly better. In Ventura County, 102,000 people cast ballots, for a Read the Rest…


New Chancellor Picked For Ventura County Community College District

Wed, June 6, 2012

The President of Los Angeles City College has been picked as the new chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District. Jamillah Moore was selected from a field of 35 applicants for the post by district trustees last night. Moore, and the district still have to work out a contract agreement before the deal becomes Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Picks New City Attorney

Wed, June 6, 2012

A Ventura County community looked to its own staff to fill its opening for City Attorney. Majorie Baxter was appointed interim Simi Valley City Attorney in March, to fill in for Tracy Noonan, who moved across the county to become City Attorney for Thousand Oaks. This week, the Simi Valley City Council announced that it’s Read the Rest…


Wrapup Of Ventura/Santa Barbara County Primary Results

Wed, June 6, 2012

The field has been narrowed down in a nationally watched congressional race in Ventura County, and a hotly contested local State Senate race for a district covering parts of Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has a wrapup of those, and other local races, and measures decided in the June 5th primary election. Read the Rest…


California Voters Say Yes To New Term Limits, No To New Tax On Cigarettes To Fund Cancer Research

Wed, June 6, 2012

California voters overwhelming approved new term limits for state legislators, okaying Proposition 28 by a 61% to 39% margin. It cuts the maximum time someone can serve in the State legislature from 14, to 12 years, but also removes limits on the amount of time someone can serve in either chamber of the house. Meanwhile, Read the Rest…


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