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Archives for June 2012

Republican Mike Stoker, Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson To Face Off In November For 19th District State Senate Seat

Wed, June 6, 2012

A political veteran has emerged from a heated war of words to win a spot on the November ballot in the 19th State Senate District race. Former Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson defeated Ventura County firefighter, and Oxnard Harbor Commissioner Jason Hodge for a spot on the fall ballot. Jackson had 41% of the vote, to Hodge’s Read the Rest…


Strickland, Brownley Set To Face Off In 26th Congressional District: Capps, Maldonado Up Against Each Other In 24th This Fall

Wed, June 6, 2012

Yesterday’s primary set the stage for a number of congressional races this fall in our region. For the new 26th District Congressional seat, in Ventura County, current Republican State Senator Tony Strickland will face Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley. Brownley edged out Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, who ran as an independent, to run against Strickland Read the Rest…


Das Williams Wins Re-Election In 37th Assembly District; Jeff Gorrell Top Vote Getter In November Runoff For 44th District

Wed, June 6, 2012

Voters picked one outright winner, and set the stage for some November runoffs in State Assembly races in our region. In the 37th Assembly District, which includes parts of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties, Democratic incumbent Das Williams defeated Republican challenger Rob Walter by a 56% to 44% margin, for an outright Read the Rest…


Voters Reject Special Parcel Tax Proposals For Schoools, Bridge Plan In Santa Barbara County

Wed, June 6, 2012

Voters rejected some proposed new parcel taxes to help schools in Santa Barbara County, to replace some set to expire. Measures W, and X would have charged a combined $108 dollars a year to help Santa Barbara’s elementary, and secondary schools. The measures had a strong showing, but not quite strong enough, needing two-thirds support Read the Rest…


November Runoffs Set For Some County Supervisorial Seats In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, June 6, 2012

Yesterday’s primary election set the stage for some county supervisorial runoffs in November in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. In Ventura County’s First District, incumbent Steve Bennett had a strong showing, but not strong enough to win the race outright. Bennett had 44% of the vote, and former Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper was Read the Rest…


Social Change Fund To Distribute More Than $190,000 In Santa Barbara County Tonight

Wed, June 6, 2012

A non-profit group which funds social programs in Santa Barbara County is going to announce more than $190,000 in grants to some 20 organizations tonight. The Fund for Santa Barbara County is giving money to groups ranging from the Association of Mexican American Educators, to the Pacific Pride Foundation’s Safe Schools Project. The foundation helps Read the Rest…


Oil Company With Operations On South Coast Apparently Headed To Private Ownership

Wed, June 6, 2012

A Denver based oil company which operates three platforms off the Central Coast, as well as an onshore oil field in Ventura County is apparently going to become privately owned. Venoco has approved a nearly 400 million dollar buyout offer from the company’s founder, and CEO, Tim Marquez. Marquez already owns 51% of the firm, Read the Rest…


Felon Arrested In Santa Barbara With Gun, Hundreds of Rounds Of Ammunition

Tue, June 5, 2012

A vehicle stopped in Santa Barbara because it didn’t have its lights on at night led to what Santa Barbara police are calling a disturbing find. A patrol car noticed the vehicle at around 9:30 Sunday night, near the intersection of Calle Real, and Highway 154. Officers say the driver, Joseph Albert Robertson, was a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Has New Criticism Over Operation of College District

Tue, June 5, 2012

The Ventura County Grand Jury is firing a new salvo at the management of the County’s community college district, saying that there are major inconsistencies in the way similar classes at different campuses are billed to students, and even differences in the credits for them. It also says there are issues with differences in placement Read the Rest…


Oxnard City Council To Look At Controversial Proposal To Expand Housing Development

Tue, June 5, 2012

The City of Oxnard is set to look at a plan tonight which would clear the way for adding more than 200 apartments to a major housing development. The City Council is looking at a proposal to modify the master plan for the Riverpark Development, which calls for just over 2800 homes on a 700 Read the Rest…


Experts Make House Call To Fix Dental Problems With Santa Barbara Pachyderm

Tue, June 5, 2012

It’s not often you hear about a dentist making a house call. But, then again, it’s not often you hear about a patient who weighs twice as much as the average car. A whole team of specialists descended on the Santa Barbara Zoo, to help one of its oldest, and largest residents yesterday with a Read the Rest…


Man Called Suspect In As Many As 20 Sexual Assault On Children In Ventura County Stores

Tue, June 5, 2012

A man arrested as a suspect in the sexual assault of a boy which was caught on tape in an Oxnard department store is now being called as suspect in as many as 20 such incidents. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: Oxnard Store Assaults


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Discovers Marijuana Plantation With 88 Million Dollars Worth Of Plants

Tue, June 5, 2012

A pair of marijuana groves, with an estimated 88 million dollars worth of plants, were discovered in the Los Padres National Forest, in a remote area north of Ojai. A Ventura County Sheriff’s Department helicopter spotted two plots containing 22,000 plants, in an area so isolated there were no roads nearby. Narcotics detectives discovered an Read the Rest…


Decision On New College District Chancellor In Ventura County Could Come Tonight

Tue, June 5, 2012

The Ventura County Community College District could choose a new chancellor tonight. A nationwide search to replace James Meznek, who’s retiring later this month, led to a field of 35 applicants. Tonight, trustees are set to consider the two finalists. One is Dr. Jamillah Moore, who’s currently President of Los Angeles City College, and the Read the Rest…


Election Day To Settle Some Issues, Decide Races Or Narrow Fields In Others

Tue, June 5, 2012

It’s Election Day in California, and voters will be settling a number of issues, and deciding, or narrowing the field in a number of races in the state’s new open primary. Locally, one of the big races is the 19th State Senate District race, with Democrats Jason Hodge, and Hanath-Beth Jackson, and Republican Mike Stoker Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Sexual Assault Of Boy In Oxnard Store Now Suspect In 20 Such Attacks

Mon, June 4, 2012

A man Oxnard Police arrested as a suspect in the sexual assault of a boy which was caught on tape in a department store is now being called as suspect in as many as 20 such incidents. On May 25th, a boy in the Wal-Mart store on the 2000 block of North Rose Avenue in Read the Rest…


Longtime Santa Barbara County Leader Naomi Schwartz Dies

Mon, June 4, 2012

A longtime Santa Barbara County government, and environmental leader who served three terms on the county’s Board of Supervisors has died. Naomi Schwartz passed away yesterday at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, following complications from stomach surgery. Schwartz served as a supervisor from November of 1992, until January of 2005. She was involved with a Read the Rest…


Four Arrested After Vandalism Spree Causes Thousands In Damage To Fillmore High School

Mon, June 4, 2012

It was supposed to be a senior prank, but school officials say it went way too far. Four young men in Ventura County are facing vandalism charges, after investigators say they linked them to thousands of dollars in damage to Fillmore High School. The vandalism spree occurred on several areas of the campus, and involved Read the Rest…


Ventura County Set To Unveil Proposed 1.72 Billion Dollar Budget

Mon, June 4, 2012

Ventura County Supervisors will officially receive a proposed 1.72 billion dollar budget tomorrow, which tries to hold the line on programs, and services. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story: Ventura County Budget Proposal


Authorities Looking For Clues To What Prompted Fatal Oxnard Shooting

Mon, June 4, 2012

Detectives are trying to figure out what led to the fatal shooting of an Oxnard man. Just after 10 last night, Oxnard Police received a 911 call of a possible shooting victim in an alley at Samuel Avenue, and la Canada Avenue. The arrived to find a 26 year old man with a serious gunshot Read the Rest…


Work Starting On Controversial Lagoon Restoration Project In Malibu

Mon, June 4, 2012

Work is starting on a controversial project to try to restore a scenic coastal lagoon disrupted by human impacts over the decades. It’s a radical plan which calls for removing some endangered species, and then bulldozing about 12 acres of wetlands, so they can be re-created to create natural tidal flows. A decade of planning Read the Rest…


Drew Barrymore Wedding Brings Cameron Diaz, Jimmy Fallon, Other Celebrities To Montectio

Mon, June 4, 2012

Actress Drew Barrymore got married for the third time in a small, but star studded wedding in Montecito over the weekend, which included guests like Cameron Diaz, and Jimmy Fallon. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Drew Barrymore Wedding


Westlake Village Actress Known for “Desperate Housewifes,” “West Wing” Loses Battle With Lung Cancer

Mon, June 4, 2012

A Westlake Village actress who played a Wisteria Lane resident in the hit television show “Desperate Housewives” has died from lung cancer, just weeks after her character passed away from the illness in the television series. Kathryn Joosten died at her Westlake Village home Saturday. Joosten was a nurse for many years, but in her Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Say Murder In City Not Random Act

Mon, June 4, 2012

Simi Valley Police are now saying that the death of a woman whose body was found in her home in the city was not a random act of violence. The body of Janice Somple was found by an acquaintance in her home on the 1500 block of Carmen Drive at around 8 Thursday night. The Read the Rest…


Ventura County Men Arrested Following Rash Of Auto Burglaries

Sun, June 3, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff deputies say they think they’ve solved a rash of auto burglaries in eastern Ventura County, with the help of an alert citizen. Someone saw two suspicious looking men loading items into a vehicle on the 700 block of Lynnmere Drive, in Thousand Oaks. They called deputies, who say Kyle Alan Frazee, and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies Looking For Sexual Predator Posing As Security Officer

Sat, June 2, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say a man posing as a shopping center security officer has molested two women at a Carmarillo shopping center in the last week. Detectives say in two instances, a man at the Carmen Plaza Shopping Center molested women as they left stores, grabbing their buttocks. In one case, he followed his Read the Rest…


Section Of 101 Freeway In Ventura County To Be Completely Closed Due To Overnight Work

Sat, June 2, 2012

A section of the 101 Freeway in Ventura County is going to be completely closed late Monday night, and early Tuesday morning as some of the final work is being done on a multi-million dollar freeway interchange. The freeway will be closed at about 11:45 p.m. Monday at the Rice Avenue interchange in Oxnard. Southbound Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sent To Jail After Prosecutors Say He Had More Than 10,000 Child Pornography Images

Fri, June 1, 2012

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to 10 months in jail, after prosecutors say he had more than 10,000 child pornography images, and movies at his Thousand Oaks home. The Ventura County District Attorney’s office says David Austin George pled guilty to one felony count of possession of child pornography. Investigators say in addition Read the Rest…


New Santa Barbara-Portland Airline Service Set To Start Next Week

Fri, June 1, 2012

The South Coast is getting some new, seasonal round trip nonstop airline service to Oregon. Starting on Monday, Alaska Airlines will begin offering seasonal daily service from Santa Barbara to Portland. Alaska will have a flight which leaves Portland at 9:15 daily, arriving in Santa Barbara at 11:20. The plane will then turn around, and Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Committing Lewd Acts With Santa Barbara Teenager

Fri, June 1, 2012

A Mammoth Lakes man was sentenced to five years in state prison today, after he pled guilty to five felony counts of sexual involvement with a Santa Barbara teenager. Prosecutors say 48 year old Joseph Walker was involved with the girl over a two year period. Another Mammoth Lakes man also arrested for involvement with Read the Rest…


Murder of Retired Schoolteacher Stuns Ventura County Neighborhood

Fri, June 1, 2012

There’s shock, and disbelief in a Ventura County neighborhood, after a retired schoolteacher was found dead in her home, apparently stabbed to death. Simi Valley police were called to a home on the 1500 block of Carmen Drive around 8 last night. A friend had discovered the body of Janice Somple in her home, and Read the Rest…


Voters Seeing Big Changes On California’s June 5th Ballot With Open Primary

Fri, June 1, 2012

California’s June primary election is going to be a very different experience for the state’s voters. Partisan races will no longer be separated by party, so you can vote for any candidate, regardless of your party. And, the top two vote getters, regardless of their parties, will go on to the November general election. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Police In Thousand Oaks Launch Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Effort In Wake Of Major Accident

Fri, June 1, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a major pedestrian safety enforcment operation in Thousand Oaks, in the same place where a woman, and three chuldren were hit while crossing the street in a crosswalk last week. The Traffic Bureau had some of its employees dressed in civilian clothes walk back and forth in a crosswalk at Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Death of Woman In Santa Barbara County

Fri, June 1, 2012

A man is behind bars this morning, for what Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say appears to be a murder in a home outside of Lompoc. Deputies were called to the 1700 block of Calle Lindero in Mission Hills just before 10 Wednesday night, by a report of someone calling 911, and then hanging up. Read the Rest…


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