UCSB Moves To Penalize Men’s Soccer Team After Player Shoves Referee Following Close Loss
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 1:20pm
UC Santa Barbara’s Athletics Department has moved to impose penalties against its men’s soccer team, in the wake of an incident where a player shoved a referee following a close loss over the weekend.
Athletic Director Mark Massari announced that the team would forfeit any opportunity for postseason play this year, ending its streak of 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
UCSB also says the player involved in the incident has been dropped from the team for its two remaining regular season matches, and that Head Coach Tim Vom Steeg has been suspended for one game.
Big West Conference officials say they support what they called a proactive move by UCSB.
Part Of Controversial Simi Valley Halloween Ordinance Suspended By Judge
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 10:21am
Part of an ordinance intended to keep convicted sex offenders in Simi Valley from having contact with children trick-or-treating has been blocked by a federal court judge.
The Simi Valley City Council passed an ordinance which banned offenders from decorating the outside of the homes with Halloween decorations, and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. It required offenders to turn off their outdoor lights from 5 p.m. to midnight on Halloween, and to post signs saying there is no candy, or treats at the home.
A Santa Monica attorney field suit on behalf of some sex offenders who lived in the city, claiming the ordinance was unconstitutional.
Yesterday, a judge temporarily struck down the requirement that offenders put signs on their houses, but upheld the other aspects of the ordinance.
The order is a temporary one, pending a full hearing, but opponents had sought action with Halloween coming just weeks after the new ordinance was passed.
Ventura Police Identify Suspect Sought For Three Bank Robberies
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 9:59am
A man Ventura Police call an armed and dangerous bank robber has now been identified.
Detectives say Daniel Lopez, Junior is responsible for at least three bank robberies in Ventura since August. They say he robbed a U.S. Bank on Victoria Avenue on August first, a Chase bank on Victoria Avenue on August 23rd, and a RaboBank on Mills Avenue September 28th.
While he used a disguise, investigators say they’ve linked the 50 year old man to the robberies. They say he may also be responsible for several other crimes in the city. They say Lopez has been known to stay in motels in the Ventura, Oxnard, and Santa Barbara areas, and are asking for the public’s help in finding him.
Ventura, Santa Barbara County Students In NY For World Mock Trial Championships Stranded By Hurricane
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 9:59am
They had to travel all the way to the East Coast to settle the competition, but two South Coast high school teams faced off yesterday for the world mock trial championships.
Now, they’re stuck there because of Hurricane Sandy.
Many of the three dozen high school teams from around the globe in New York for the Empire City Mock Trial Invitational Tournament are stranded at the Brooklyn hotel used has home base for the event, including teams from Thousand Oaks, and Goleta.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports they’re safe, but it may be days before they can get a flight home.
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Ventura Hires New Head Of Visitors And Convention Bureau
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 9:50am
A former executive with the Arizona State Fair is the new head of Ventura’s Visitors and Convention Bureau.
Marlyss Auster is the new Executive Director of the agency, which tries to attract tourists, and conventions to the Ventura area. She was Assistant Executive Director of the Arizona State Fair. Before that, she managed convention sales with the Hyatt, and Renaissance hotel chains. Auster started her career in the hospitality field at a Ventura hotel.
She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of longtime bureau Executive Director Jim Luttjohann last summer.
Santa Barbara County Based Relief Agency Has Pre-Positioned Hurricane Relief Kits At Some East Coast Medical Clinics
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:39am
A Santa Barbara County based relief agency helped parts of the East Coast prepare for Hurricane Sandy long before it ever reached the region.
For the last few years, Direct Relief International has been pre-positioning hurricane relief kits at medical clinics, filled with supplies and equipment. DRI President, and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Tighe says that so far, they haven’t received requests for additional supplies.
But, he says manufacturers have offered to help, and FedEx says it’s ready to ship supplies to hard hit areas at no cost. DRI is a non-profit agency which ships medical equipment, and supplies to disaster zones, and people in need around the world.
Water Quality In Ventura’s Santa Clara River Estuary Focus Of Wednesday Workshop
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:14am
Water quality in the Santa Clara River estuary in Ventura has been a concern for years, with the city agreeing last year to further clean discharge from its waste treatment facility in the area.
On Wednesday morning, a workshop will look at the current status of water quality in the area, and collect ideas from people interested in the future of the Estuary.
The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday in Ventura City Hall’s Community Meeting Room.
Nearly 200 Arrested, Close To 250 Cited During Isla Vista Halloween Parties
Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 5:00pm
Nearly 200 people were arrested, and close to 250 cited during a weekend long series of Halloween parties in Isla Vista.
Tens of thousands of people showed up for the unsanctioned, unsponsored parties next to U.C. Santa Barbara Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Most of the arrests, and citations were alcohol related.
71 people required some type of emergency medical treatment, with both Santa Barbara County, and Ventura County Search and Rescue teams responding to provide emergency aid in streets which were so crowded vehicles couldn’t be used to retrieve people. One person was seriously injured when he fell off a roof.
The bill for Santa Barbara County extra public safety officers is expected to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but there’s no total yet.
Two South Coast Teams Face Off For World Mock Trial Championships In Brooklyn; But, Are Now Stranded There By Hurricane Sandy
Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 3:51pm
They had to travel all the way to the East Coast to settle the competition, but two South Coast teams faced off today for the world mock trial championships. Now, they’re stuck there because of Hurricane Sandy.
A squad from La Reina High School, in Thousand Oaks narrowly defeated the squad from Goleta’s Dos Pueblos High School, to win the 2012 Empire City Mock Trial Invitational Tournament.
It’s the second year in a row the Catholic school in Thousand Oaks won the national title.
Because of Hurricane Sandy, the championships were moved from the Brooklyn Courthouse, to a ballroom at the Brooklyn Marriott.
The two teams are staying at the hotel until the storm passes.
Warming Fire Blamed For Starting Early Morning Brushfire In Ventura
Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 12:34pm
Ventura firefighters say a warming fire used by the homeless started an early morning brush fire in the city’s Santa Clara Rivver bottom area.
The fire was discovered just after two this morning. Because of the remote area, the fire was difficult to fight, because crews had to lay long sections of hose line to reach the scene. Some three dozen firefighters were able to contain the fire to around a half acre of brush.
No one was hurt, and no structures were damaged. Ventura Fire, and police investigators are trying to determine was was responsible for the fire which triggered the blaze.