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Archives for July 2012

Ventura County Woman Killed, Husband Seriously Injured In Arizona Plane Crash

Wed, July 11, 2012

A Ventura County woman is dead, and her husband seriously injured following the crash of a small plane is Arizona. The plane had landed in Winslow, Arizona at around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon. Navajo County Sheriff’s Deputies say the plane had landed for fuel, and the pilot had also had asked about the availability of a Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Stops Armed Intruder

Wed, July 11, 2012

Police say a would be home invasion robber got a lot more than she bargained for in Ventura, when a would be victim fought back, and helped capture her. Detectives say a disguised woman armed with a gun entered the unlocked front door of a home on Mission Plaza Drive, just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. Read the Rest…


Emergency Repairs Underway On Damaged Section Of 101 Freeway In Santa Barbara County

Wed, July 11, 2012

Emergency work is underway on a damaged section of the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara County which engineers say could potentially collapse. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Emergency Freeway Repairs


Plans By Chumash To Expand Federally Supervised Lands In Santa Barbara County Draws Hundreds To Meeting

Wed, July 11, 2012

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have decided not to appeal a federal decision allowing the Chumash tribe to expand its federal administered land holdings in the Santa Ynez Valley. The tribe says it wants to build a Chumash museum on 6.9 acres of land it owns near its casino. It’s applied to the federal government to Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Oxnard Man Killed In Shootings Which Also Left Second Man Seriously Injured

Wed, July 11, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a man who died in the wake of what Oxnard police are calling a pair of gang related shootings. The attacks happened Monday night, just before 9 p.m. on the 1800 block of O’Neill Place, and the 2500 block of Greenbrook Drive. The two locations are only a few hundred feet Read the Rest…


Legislation Introduced By Local Congresswoman To Ban Rental Cars From Leasing Vehicles Facing Recalls

Wed, July 11, 2012

A South Coast congresswoman is co-author of a bill which attempts to tighten up on rental car safety, legislation prompted by the death of two Ojai sisters. Raechel and Jacquie Houck were driving a rental car in 2004 which had been the subject of a recall notice, but the company didn’t pull the car off Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks City Council Approves “Right To Vote” Proposal As New Ordinance

Wed, July 11, 2012

Thousand Oaks voters will be now be able to fill most unexpected City Council vacancies at the ballot box. Some residents upset that the City Council filled two past vacancies by appointment, instead of through special elections gathered enough valid signatures to put what they called the “right to vote” initiative on the November ballot. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Vote On Controversial Chumash Tribal Expansion Plans

Tue, July 10, 2012

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have decided not to appeal a decision allowing the Chumash tribe to expand its federally administered land holdings in the Santa Ynez Valley. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports hundreds of people were on hand in Santa Maria for the debate over the issue: Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


One Dead, One Seriously Injured In Oxnard Shootings

Tue, July 10, 2012

One person is dead, and a second seriously injured in the wake of what Oxnard police are calling gang related shootings. They happened last night, just before 9 p.m. on the 1800 block of O’Neill Place, and the 2500 block of Greenbrook Drive. The two locations are only a few hundred feet away from each Read the Rest…


State Hydraulic Fracturing Workshop Looking At Possible Regulations Set For Santa Barbara County

Tue, July 10, 2012

The state is holding the latest in a series of workshops aimed at looking at, and possibly regulating the controversial oil, and gas production process known as hydraulic fracturing in Santa Barbara County this week. The State Department of Conservation is looking at what’s commonly known as “fracking,” and gathering information to develop regulations. The Read the Rest…


Study Shows Pilot Program To Create Freeway Crossing Corridor For Wildlife Working In Ventura County

Tue, July 10, 2012

It’s a freeway used by thousands of people on the South Coast every day. The 23 Freeway in Ventura County also had the dubious reputation of being one of the deadliest for wildlife in the area, because it slices through some of their prime habitat. Now, a study involving Caltrans, and the National Park Service Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Into Law Intended To Save Millions For Ventura Harbor Dredging Projects

Tue, July 10, 2012

The governor signed into law legislation which could potentially save Ventura Harbor millions of dollars over the years, by linking its harbor dredging work to federal dredging off the county’s coastline. AB 482 was authored by Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara. It allows the harbor district to bypass the traditional legally mandated bidding Read the Rest…


Sizzling Temperatures In Forecast For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Today

Tue, July 10, 2012

High pressure over the West is translating into a forecast for some of the hottest temperatures of the year today for Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. Along the coast, fog could keep temperatures in the 70’s to low 80’s, with a 72 for Ventura, and an 82 for Santa Barbara. Inland, though, it will sizzle Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Airport To Hold Workshop On New Master Plan Under Developmenmt

Mon, July 9, 2012

The South Coast’s largest public airport recently opened a new terminal, and other facility improvements, but is also looking towards other future projects. Santa Barbara Airport is holding the second of four workshops this week on the development of a new airport master plan. The plan is intended to provide a blueprint for future growth. Read the Rest…


More Than 80 People Removed From Gang Injunction List In Oxnard

Mon, July 9, 2012

The Oxnard Police Department, and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office moved to remove 81 people from Oxnard’s gang injunction list. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Gang Injunction


UCSB Researcher Involved With International Particle Research Study Talks About Major Discovery

Mon, July 9, 2012

Researchers around the world are still celebrating the discovery of a particle which many have called the missing cornerstone of physics. Five UC Santa Barbara researchers, and a number of UCSB graduate, and undergraduate students are among those involved in the international Higgs Boson research project. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with one of the local Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks City Council Set To Look At “Right To Vote” Initiative

Mon, July 9, 2012

Should voters almost always have the right to fill an unexpected vacancy on a city council? That’s the question facing the Thousand Oaks City Council. A proposed ballot measure which has enough verified signatures to go to the ballot is now before the council. Tomorrow night, the council is expected to decide whether to put Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Crash Which Killed One, Injuried One In Ventura County

Mon, July 9, 2012

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to a traffic accident which left one man dead, and a second injured in Ventura County. Antonio DeJesus Ambriz died at the scene of the Saturday night traffic accident on the Pacific Coast Highway, near Naval Base Ventura County. The 21 year old Oxnard man apparently lost Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department Air Operations Merged

Mon, July 9, 2012

Santa Barbara County’s Sheriff’s Department, and County Fire Department have officially merged their air operations. The two agencies combined their services at the direction of County Supervisors as of July 1st, in an effort to try to improve efficiency, while saving money. The agencies are now jointly operating their five helicopters, and one light plane. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Set To Look At Land Use Controversy Involving Chumash Tribe

Mon, July 9, 2012

Santa Barbara County officials this week are going to look at whether they will protest a federal decision to expand the Chumash tribe’s federally managed property holdings in the Santa Ynez Valley. Last month, the Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a letter granting the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians request for a 6.9 acre Read the Rest…


Earthquake Hits Off Ventura County Coastline

Sat, July 7, 2012

A small earthquake rattled the Ventura County coastline this afternoon. The magnitude 3.4 quake occured just after 3 p.m., and was centered in the ocean about 25 miles southwest of Oxnard. No injuries, or damage was reported.


Girl Airlifted To Safety After Falling Down Rock Face In Santa Barbara County

Sat, July 7, 2012

A nine year old girl is recovering from a fractured arm, and other injuries after she tumbled down about 20 feet across the face of a rock in Santa Barbara County’s Cold Springs Canyon. The girl was hiking with her mother at about five Thursday night when she slipped, and fell. Her mother used a Read the Rest…


Transportation Planners Hoping They Have Solution For Threatened South Coast Commuter Bus Service

Sat, July 7, 2012

Transportation planners in Ventura County hope they’ve come up with a solution to an unexpected crisis which has threatened some popular commuter bus service in the region. The Ventura County Transportation Commission had a contract with Coach America to provide “VISTA” bus service connecting some Ventura County communities, as well as the county with Los Read the Rest…


San Fernando Valley Man Killed In Ventura County Accident

Fri, July 6, 2012

A San Fernando Valley man has been identified as the victim of a fatal traffic accident in the Newbury Park area Sergio Martinez died just after eight last night, when his car slammed into a utility pole on the 500 block of West Potrero Road. The CHP says it appears the 24 year old Northridge Read the Rest…


Search For Driver Of Stolen Car Leads To Three Arrests In Ventura

Fri, July 6, 2012

Ventura Police trying to track down the driver of a stolen vehicle after a short pursuit ended up with a lot more than they were looking for, when the suspect led them to a wanted man. Just after one this morning, a Ventura Police officer on patrol noticed a vehicle reported stolen being driven on Read the Rest…


Man Killed In What Authorities Are Calling DUI Crash In Ventura County Identified

Fri, July 6, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a man killed in what authorities are calling a DUI crash in Ventura County, an accident which led to the arrest of the vehicle’s driver. Carlos Cordero died in the Wednesday night crash in Piru Canyon Road, near Piru Wednesday night. The CHP says Glenda Navarro was driving on the road Read the Rest…


Plane Which Crashed In Ventura County Killing Two Equipped With Emergency Parachute, But It Wasn’t Deployed

Fri, July 6, 2012

A plane which crashed in Ventura County, killing two men, was equipped with an emergency parachute, but the safety system was apparently never deployed. The ultralight aircraft went down in an orchard about three miles east of Piru yesterday afternoon. The pilot made it to a small clearing, but it hit so hard the aircraft Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County, Federal Officials Meet About Smuggling Problems

Fri, July 6, 2012

A spike in the use of boats to smuggle drugs, and people into the United State from Mexico along the South Coast was the focus of a meeting between Santa Barbara County, and federal officials. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Ponga Boat Concerns


Plight Of Young Undocumented Immigrants In The U.S. Focus Of Conejo Valley Forum

Fri, July 6, 2012

Immigration reform is one of the major issues in this year’s presidential election, and it’s become an even bigger topic after President Obama recently moved to ease deportation policies towards some of the nation’s younger undocumented immigrants. It will be a big subject in the Conejo Valley tonight, at a community forum which includes a Read the Rest…


Woman Facing Charges From What CHP Is Calling Fatal DUI Crash In Ventura County

Fri, July 6, 2012

A San Fernando Valley woman is facing DUI, and vehicular manslaughter charges following a fatal traffic accident in Ventura County. The CHP says Glenda Navarro was driving on Piru Canyon Road, near Piru just after 5:30 Wednesday night when she failed to make a turn, and her car plunged more than 100 feet down an Read the Rest…


Largest Ever Exhibition Of Items From Disney Archives Officially Opens In Ventura County

Thu, July 5, 2012

The largest ever collection of Disney memorabilia to be shown to the public officially opened today in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports hundreds of people were on hand for the ceremonies at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley. Click on link to listen to/download story: Disney Exhibition Opens


Two Killed In Plane Crash In Ventura County

Thu, July 5, 2012

Two people are dead, following a light plane crash in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the crash happened at about 1:30 this afternoon, in the Piru area. Click on link to listen to/download story: Piru Plane Crash


Longtime Judge In Ventura County Dies

Thu, July 5, 2012

A longtime judge in Ventura County has died. Edwin Beach was an attorney who became a Ventura County Superior Court Judge in 1968. The Santa Paula resident was appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal in 1973, serving on the bench there until his retirement in 1987. Beach was involved with numerous community groups Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Say The Third Time Not The Charm For Rooftop Burglar

Thu, July 5, 2012

Oxnard Police say they’ve caught a rooftop burglar who got away with using the same break-in scheme twice, but struck out on his third try. Investigators say the burglar cut holes into the roofs of businesses, and then dropped inside to loot their cash registers. They say he successfully used this technique to rob some Read the Rest…


Fireworks Blamed For Fire Which Caused Scare In Ventura

Thu, July 5, 2012

Firefighters say fireworks were the cause of a brushfire which caused a scare in a Ventura neighborhood last night. The blaze was reported just after 10 p.m., near the intersection of Harmon Drive, and Antelope Avenue. The fire was in a rugged barranca, behind a home. The Ventura Fire Department scrambled more than 30 firefighters Read the Rest…


Goleta Sanitary District To Hold Special Meeting On Controversial Rate Proposal

Thu, July 5, 2012

Plans to change commercial sewage disposal rates in Goleta have created controversy. The Goleta Sanitary District will hold a special meeting on Monday night to look at the issue. The District is trying to equalize a big disparity in the current rate structure for offices. However, some building owners are objecting to the plan, which Read the Rest…


Citizens Group Outlines Traffic Dangers For Pedestrians, Bicyclists In Historic Santa Barbara District, And Calls For Action To Fix Problems

Thu, July 5, 2012

A citizens group in Santa Barbara County says there are serious traffic safety dangers in one of the region’s main historic districts, and is calling for action to fix the problems. The group, called Concerned Citizens for Safe Passage, just released a report outlining some of the concerns for pedestrians, and bicyclists on a heavily Read the Rest…


Eight Year Old Boy Drowns In Los Padres National Forest Recreation Area

Thu, July 5, 2012

An eight year old boy is dead, drowning in a swimming area in the Los Padres National Forest, in Santa Barbara County. The boy was in the Santa Ynez River, off of Paradise Road in the Live Oak Day Use Area when he was reported missing at about one p.m. yesterday. Civilians, and Los Padres Read the Rest…


Ventura Scene Of Pursuit, Crash Involving Stolen Vehicle

Wed, July 4, 2012

A man is facing multiple charges following a pursuit, and crash involving a stolen vehicle in Ventura. A Ventura Police officer on patrol noticed the stolen vehicle pn Victoria Avenue, near the 126 overpass just before one p.m. today. The officer tried to stop the vehicle, but it sped away. The chase continue for several Read the Rest…


Early Morning Blaze In Ventura Neighborhood Stopped Before It Can Spread

Wed, July 4, 2012

Ventura firefighters were able to quickly knock down a house fire which heavily damaged one home, and threatened some neighboring houses. The fire was discovered at around 12:30 a.m. today on the 300 block of Plumas Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find flames, and heavy smoke coming from the vacant home. While the fire threatened nearby Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Zoo Gets Island Fox From San Clemente Island

Wed, July 4, 2012

The Santa Barbara Zoo has an unusual new resident. A tiny Island Fox, discovered abandoned on San Clemente Island, has been donated to the zoo. The Navy, which controls the island, tried to reunite the pup with its parents, but after they failed to return, it was kept in captivity so it would survive. The Read the Rest…


New Fire Restrictions Take Effect In Los Padres National Forest

Wed, July 4, 2012

The Los Padres National Forest has imposed a number of fire restrictions effective immediately, because of the hot, dry weather we’ve been having, and the increased potential for brush fires. No open fires, campfires, are charcoal fires are allowed outside of Forest Service designated recreation, or campfire sites, even with a campfire permit. Smoking is Read the Rest…


Proposal To Raise Bed Tax In Santa Barbara County Fails To Get Support From County Supervisors To Make November Ballot

Wed, July 4, 2012

A proposal to ask voters to increase the bed tax in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County won’t be on the November ballot, after the idea failed to get the needed support from County Supervisors Tuesday afternoon to pass. The County currently has a 10% transient occupancy tax on hotel and motel guests visiting Read the Rest…


Three Plead Guilty To Federal Charges From Ventura County Based Scheme Which Led To $27 Million Dollar Loss

Tue, July 3, 2012

Three people pled guilty today to charges stemming from a $41 million dollar Ponzi scheme based in Ventura County. Prosecutors say the men used locally based companies called Unlimited Cash, Incorporated, and Douglas Network Enterprises to attract investors. The companies claimed investors would make money through ATM’s placed in strategic locations, as well as through Read the Rest…


Burglary Suspect Shot To Death In Confrontation With Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies Identified

Tue, July 3, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a burglary suspect shot to death in a confrontation with Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies. Matthew Lyle Berg died after ramming his vehicle into a patrol car, and being shot by a deputy. It started just after 12:30 yesterday afternoon, when a woman reported someone had broken into her home on Read the Rest…


Efforts To Protect Train Trestle In Ventura County From Graffiti Apparently Working

Tue, July 3, 2012

Efforts to protect a highly visible train trestle crossing the 101 Freeway in Ventura County from graffiti are apparently having some success. The City of Ventura, Union Pacific, and Caltrans worked out a deal to repaint, and better protect the often targeted bridge near California Street, and Harbor Boulevard in downtown Ventura. In addition to Read the Rest…


Community Group Has Complaints Over Homeless Shelter In Santa Barbara

Tue, July 3, 2012

A community group is unhappy with a homeless shelter in Santa Barbara, saying it’s creating a number of problems on the city’s Eastside. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Homeless Controversy


Public Safety Agencies Issue Warnings About Consumer Fireworks

Tue, July 3, 2012

For many people, the Forth of July means bar-b-ques, trips to the beach, and of course fireworks. But, on the South Coast, there’s only one community where you can legally buy, and use fireworks. Public safety agencies are putting out the word that the use of, or even possession of fireworks can get you can Read the Rest…


Autopsy Shows Simi Valley Grandmother Died from Multiple Traumatic Injuries

Tue, July 3, 2012

An autopsy shows that a 75 year old Ventura County woman murdered in her Simi Valley apartment died from multiple traumatic injuries, including stab wounds. Isabel Hernandez was founded dead in her Patricia Avenue apartment Sunday afternoon by Simi Valley police, who had been called by worried relatives who had been unable to reach her. Read the Rest…


Burglary Suspect Shot To Death After Ramming Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Patrol Car

Tue, July 3, 2012

A man who was a suspect in a Santa Barbara County home burglary was shot to death when he tried to flee, and then rammed his car into a County Sheriff’s Department patrol car. It started just after 12:30 yesterday afternoon, when a woman reported someone had broken into her home on the 2900 block Read the Rest…


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