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Archives for August 2012

Sizzling Heat In Forecast For South Coast Through Friday

Wed, August 8, 2012

If you thought yesterday was hot, wait until you check out the weather forecast for today. The National Weather Service has an excessive heat watch in effect for much of inland Ventura County from noon today, throu Friday. For communities like Ojai, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and Simi Valley, temperatures could register between 105 Read the Rest…


Ventura County Veterinarian Receives National Honors

Wed, August 8, 2012

A Ventura County veterinarian has received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s highest honor. The association presented its 2012 AVMA Award to Dr. James Peddie of Ventura, at the organization’s national convention in San Diego. The award is presented for tireless efforts to improve the lives of animals, and people. Dr. Peddie is a Cornell University Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Gets Federal Grant For Affordable Housing

Wed, August 8, 2012

A fund in Santa Barbara County to help create affordable housing has received a $600,000 federal grant. The Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County was awarded the money by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund. The money will be used in efforts to create new, and preserve old affordable housing projects.


Fire Hits Ventura Community Center

Wed, August 8, 2012

A fire blamed on a overheated electrical sign caused a scare at a Ventura community center. The blaze was discovered in a debris pile next to a kiln at the Ventura West Community Center just after nine yesterday morning. The fire on the 400 block of West Harrison was quickly contained. No one was hurt.


Some Of America’s Leading Playwrights Headed To Ventura For Festival

Tue, August 7, 2012

Some of America’s best known living playwrights are in Ventura County this week, for a five day long festival which gives them a chance to collaborate on new works. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ojai New Works Festival


Voluntary Recalls Continue For Problems Related To Onion Plant In Ventura County

Tue, August 7, 2012

Part of a Oxnard onion processing facility remains closed after the company issued voluntary recalls as the result of the discovery of possible bacterial contamination in some of its shipments. Gill Onions first issued a recall in mid-July, and then expanded it because of concern over discovery of tiny amounts of the Listeria bacterium. No Read the Rest…


New Effort Underway Statewide, Locally To Deal With Concussions In High School Sports

Tue, August 7, 2012

A new state law means high school athletes who suffer possible concussions will have to undergo examinations by licensed medical personnel before they will be allowed to resume play. It will mean a big cultural change for many, because of traditional attitudes that you should shake off a blow, and stay in the game. In Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Accused In Homeless Stabbings Ordered To Undergo Competency Hearing

Tue, August 7, 2012

A Santa Barbara man accused of stabbing three homeless people in Southern California will undergo a mental competency hearing. A judge scheduled in August 20th hearing to see if Courtney Anthony Robinson is fit to go on trial. He’s accused of three separate attacks in the Los Angeles area early this summer, during which prosecutors Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Officer Involved Shooting In Santa Barbara County Identified

Mon, August 6, 2012

A man involved in a pursuit, and a confrontation in Santa Barbara County which led to his death in an officer involved shooting is now being identified. It happened last Thursday night, in Santa Maria. Santa Maria Police received multiple calls of someone brandishing a gun at motorists. Officer spotted the car near Mill, and Read the Rest…


Businessman, Philanthropist Who Was Big Supporter Of Higher Education In Ventura County Dies

Mon, August 6, 2012

One of Ventura County’s best known businessmen, and philanthropists who donated millions to higher education in the region has died. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Jack Gilbert


Ventura County Man Found Guilty Of Shooting To Death Convenience Store Clerk During Robbery Attempt

Mon, August 6, 2012

A Ventura County man has been convicted of shooting to death a convenience store clerk during a robbery attempt. Prosecutors say in the early morning hours of December 26th, 2008 Gregorio Aguilar entered a Circle K store in Ventura, and demanded money from a clerk. The clerk, Sean Odle, called 911, but the now 22 Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council Set To Look At Proposal For New Park

Mon, August 6, 2012

Plans for a long sought park in a Ventura County neighborhood could get a big boost tonight. The Ventura City Council is set to look at a proposal to commit money to buy a more than two acre chunk of land at Kellogg Street, and Ventura Avenue. The property is on the market for $1.1 Read the Rest…


Small Brushfire In Los Padres National Forest Contained

Mon, August 6, 2012

A fire believed to have been sparked by lightning has blackened 25 acres of land in the Los Padres National Forest. The fire was reported just after 11:30 Sunday morning north of Lake Piru. No structures were reported to be in danger, although some campgrounds in the area were evacuated. The fire has now been Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Woman Talks About Living With Alzheimer’s Disease

Mon, August 6, 2012

It’s a devastating illness which an estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with today. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, and only limited treatment which can sometimes slow its impacts in the disease’s early stages. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story of a Santa Barbara woman who’s been diagnosed with the disease, and has Read the Rest…


Autopsy Planned For Female Inmate Found Dead In A Ventura County Jail Facility

Mon, August 6, 2012

An autopsy is planned to try to determine the cause of death of a female inmate found dead in a Ventura County Jail facility. Deputies doing bed checks late Saturday night noticed that a woman in the Pre-Trial Detention facility in Ventura appeared not to be breathing. They started emergency aid, and called paramedics, but Read the Rest…


Pioneer In Firefighting Helicopter Gear From Ventura County Dies

Sun, August 5, 2012

A Ventura County man who helped create special water dropping tanks used by helicopters around the world to fight fires has died. William Mensing passed away at his Santa Paula home after a brief illness. In the 1960′s, Mensing operated a sheet metal business in the San Fernando Valley which made new parts for damaged Read the Rest…


Vandals Go On Rampage In Ventura, Damage More Than Two Dozen Vehicles

Sun, August 5, 2012

A vandalism spree in Ventura County has left more than two dozen vehicles damaged. Ventura Police say that sometime between 11 p.m. Friday, and 5 a.m. Saturday someone went on a rampage in some neighborhoods, slashing the tires of more than 25 vehicles. Among the areas where the vandalism happened were between Telegraph Road, and Read the Rest…


Twins From Ventura County Bring Home Olympic Gold

Sat, August 4, 2012

Ventura County’s Bryan twins are bringing home Olympic gold from London, as the two won the men’s doubles tennis championship at Wimbledon. Bob and Mike Bryan defeated a French doubles team to win the first ever Olympic medals for the 34 year old identical twins from Camarillo. The Bryans have now won every major men’s Read the Rest…


Embattled Police Chief In Santa Barbara County Retires

Sat, August 4, 2012

An embattled police chief in Santa Barbara County has retired, two days after he was placed on paid administrative leave by the city. Santa Maria Police Chief Danny Macagni stepped down after nine years as chief. In a short statement, city officials thanked him for his years of service to the city. They didn’t explain Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For Domestic Battery, Criminal Threats After Standoff With Sheriff’s Deputies

Sat, August 4, 2012

It was a tense day yesterday in the Casitas Springs area of Ventura County after a domestic violence call led to a standoff between County Sheriff’s deputies an armed man, who eventually surrendered. Deputies were called to the 3300 block of Casitas Springs Road just before 10 yesterday morning. The suspect in the incident had Read the Rest…


Tax Issues Hit Both Major Candidates In 24th District Congressional Race

Fri, August 3, 2012

The payment of income taxes are a big issue this week in the 24th District congressional race in the Tri-Counties. Democratic incumbent Lois Capps, and Republican challenger Abel Maldonado have both been firing shots at each other over income tax issues. Maldonado has been criticized for some time about income taxes. The IRS says he Read the Rest…


Rocket Launch From Vandenberg Air Force Base Postponed For Third Time

Fri, August 3, 2012

The launch of a rocket carrying a classified payload of satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force bases has been postponed for a third time, now until at least the middle of this month. The Atlas Five rocket was originally supposed to lift off from Santa Barbara County early Thursday, but the launch was first Read the Rest…


Second Pursuit, And Fatal Officer Involved Shooting In Less Than A Week In Santa Barbara County

Fri, August 3, 2012

A pursuit, and a confrontation with an armed man has led to the second fatal officer involved shooting in Santa Barbara County in less than a week. The latest incident began just after six last night, in Santa Maria. Santa Maria Police received multiple calls of someone brandishing a gun at motorists. Officer spotted the Read the Rest…


United Way Summer Program In Santa Barbara County Mixes Fun, Education For At Risk Students

Fri, August 3, 2012

A little know summer program in Santa Barbara County has helped helping thousands of kids improve their reading, writing, and other skills. The grass roots local program created by the United Way of Santa Barbara County targets students from low income families, and has a solid track record of increasing their academic achievement. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Defense Request For Delay Granted In Ventura County Triple Murder Trial

Fri, August 3, 2012

Additional charges filed against a man accused of brutally killing a Ventura County couple, and their unborn child prompted a judge to grant a defense motion to delay the start of the trial. Joshua Packer was supposed to go on trial next week for the May, 2009 slayings of Brock and Davina Husted, as well Read the Rest…


Counterfeit Money Turning Up In Santa Barbara, Including Non-Profit Booths At Fiesta Celebration

Fri, August 3, 2012

Authorities are discovering a rash of counterfeit money turning up in Santa Barbara this week, including phony bills showing up at booths run by non-prfit groups as a part of the community’s Old Spanish Days celebration. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Counterfeit Money In Santa Barbara


Biologists Excited About Rare Birth Of Mountain Lion Cubs In Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Fri, August 3, 2012

Biologists are excited about the birth of some mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, adding to the species small population in the region. However, KCLU’s Willa Sandmeyer reports there’s also concern about the family tree for the cubs. Click on link to listen to/download story: Mountain Lion Cubs Born In Santa Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Suspends Some Parking Restrictions To Accomondate 100,000 People Expected For Fiesta Historical Parade Today

Fri, August 3, 2012

Here’s something you don’t hear police say often: They won’t be enforcing some of their parking limits today. The City of Santa Barbara is suspending the usual 75, and 90 minute time limits for curbside parking to accommodate the 100,000 spectators expected for the Old Spanish Days historical parade, which begin at noon. The normal Read the Rest…


Dealth Penalty Upheld For Ventura County Man In Brutal 1995 Killing

Thu, August 2, 2012

The State Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for a Ventura County man convicted of brutally murdering his neighbor in 1995, what he claimed was part of a burglary to get money to buy his kids Christmas presents. Kenneth McKinzie of Oxnard attacked 73 year Ruth Avril, and put her in the trunk of his Read the Rest…


Rocket Launch From Vandenberg Air Force Base Postponed 48 Hours, To Saturday Morning

Thu, August 2, 2012

The launch of a rocket carrying a classified payload of satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force bases has been postponed for 48 hours. The Atlas Five rocket was originally supposed to lift off from Santa Barbara County early this morning, but the launch was first postponed to Friday, and then to early Saturday morning. Read the Rest…


Cleanup Efforts Continuing For Mysterious Spill Near Ventura Harbor

Thu, August 2, 2012

Crews are continuing their efforts to clean up a mysterious chemical spill in a barranca near Ventura Harbor, which led to a petroleum like sheen on the water in the Ventura Keys area. The spill was first noticed just after eight yesterday morning. Nearly three dozen emergency personnel from 10 agencies responded to the scene. Read the Rest…


Police Chief In Largest Santa Barbara County City Taken Off Job

Thu, August 2, 2012

Officials in Santa Barbara County’s largest city have put the community’s police chief on paid administrative leave. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Maria Police Chief Controversy


Progress Reported In Efforts To Control Growing Threat To Local And State Citrus Crops

Thu, August 2, 2012

There’s both new hope, and new concern in California about efforts to control a potentially destructive insect which can carry a incurable bacteria which can kill citrus trees. It’s a big issue for farmers across the state, as well as for growers behind the South Coast’s $200 million dollar plus citrus industry. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Old Spanish Days Celebration Underway In Santa Barbara County

Thu, August 2, 2012

The largest community celebration on the South Coast is in full swing. Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days, simply known by most people as “Fiesta”, is underway. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from one of the hubs of activities, in downtown Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download story: Old Spanish Days-De la Guerra Plaza


Fourth Small Brushfire In Less Than A Week Occurs In Ventura Riverbed Area

Wed, August 1, 2012

Ventura firefighters dealt with their fourth brushfire in less than a week near the 101 Freeway-Highway 33 interchange today. The small fire put up a lot of smoke at around 1 p.m., but was quickly contained at less than an acre. It’s the fourth small brushfire in the area since Sunday. Fire investigators aren’t saying Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Say They’ve Recovered $24 Million From A Fradulent Business Operated By Convicted Ventura County Killer

Wed, August 1, 2012

U.S., and Australian officials say they’ve recovered more than $24 million dollars they say was stolen through a website operated by a Ventura County man who’s currently on death row. Judges in both nations issued orders allowing the governments to seize money from accounts related to a business known as “e-bullion.com”. Prosecutors say James Fayed’s Read the Rest…


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

Wed, August 1, 2012

A man shot to death following a standoff, a slow speed chase, and ultimately a confrontation which law enforcement officers in Santa Barbara County is now being identified. Jose Naveja of Sebring, Florida died in the Monday night incident. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 call were told by a woman she Read the Rest…


Radio Show Hosts In Ventura County Receive Long State Prison Sentences For Investment Scam

Wed, August 1, 2012

The hosts of some financial investment radio shows in Ventura County received long prison sentences, after both entered guilty pleas to a series of fraud, and embezzlement charges. Kenneth Powell of Thousand Oaks, and Katie Rose of Woodland Hills hosted paid informercial programs called “Ken & Katie,” “Academy of Real Estate,” and “Money Intelligence.” Prosecutors Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Support Ventura River Parkway Concept

Wed, August 1, 2012

A proposal to create a parkway along the 16 mile long Ventura River is picking up steam. Ventura County Supervisors have given conceptual approval to the effort. The plan calls for adding hiking trails, bike paths, and other recreational facilities along the river, while removing problems like homeless camps. It’s a plan which could take Read the Rest…


Tape of 911 Call Released in Connection With Controversial Death In Oxnard

Wed, August 1, 2012

Oxnard police have released the tape of the 911 call in the controversial death of a man in custody. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ramirez 911 Tape


Ventura County Fair Opens 12 Day Run Today

Wed, August 1, 2012

It’s fair time in Ventura County! The Ventura County Fair opens its 12 day run this morning. The gates open at 11 a.m., and today is dollar day…admission is a dollar until 3 p.m. This year’s fair lineup includes performances by rock groups Creed, and Cobra Starship, classic rock stars Joan Jett, and Bret Michaels, Read the Rest…


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