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Archives for October 2012

Chumash Seek Toxic Waste Site Near Simi Valley, To Try To Preserve Native American Artifacts On The Site

Tue, October 16, 2012

The Chumash tribe wants to take over part of a toxic waste site near Simi Valley, because it’s also the site of some historic Native American artifacts. The tribe is seeking to take over some land owned by NASA at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, near Simi Valley. The former facility was used for nuclear Read the Rest…


Virus Leads To Hundreds Of Absences From Ventura County School

Tue, October 16, 2012

More than 150 students have called in sick to a Ventura County middle school, after an outbreak of a flu-like illness. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Norovirus


Oxnard Police Say One Of The Men Shot To Death During Gunfight Was Innocent Jogger

Tue, October 16, 2012

Oxnard Police are now saying that one of the two men shot to death during a weekend confrontation was a jogger who just happened to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Alfonso Limon was out running with his brother when a car involved in a pursuit stopped on the 100 block of Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Arrested After His Dog Bites Police Officer

Tue, October 16, 2012

A man being investigated for DUI in Santa Barbara was arrested after his dog bit a police officer. Officers were responding to a call of someone passed out in a car just after 5 p.m. Sunday near Lincoln Road, and Hope Avenue. A neighbor, and an off duty Santa Barbara Police officer had observed the Read the Rest…


New Institute On South Coast Seeks To Make Items Like Plastic Pipes, And Backpacks From Sustainable Materials

Mon, October 15, 2012

A new institute at a South Coast University is going to look at ways to create commonly used items like plastic pipes, and backpacks out of sustainable materials, rather than chemicals made from oil. The Center for the Sustainable use Of Renewable Feedstocks will be based at UC Santa Barbara. CenSURF received $1.75 million dollars Read the Rest…


Two Men Shot To Death In Confrontation With Oxnard Police Identified

Mon, October 15, 2012

Two men who died in a confrontation with Oxnard police are now being identified. Alfonso Limon, and Jose Zepeda died in the hail of gunfire following a two part car chase on Saturday night. Officers tried to pull over a vehicle for what they say was a possible traffic violation. They say the driver refused Read the Rest…


Virus Sickens Dozens Of Students At Ventura County Middle School

Mon, October 15, 2012

A virus has sickened at least dozens of students at a Ventura County middle school. More than 80 students called in sick last Thursday, 150 on Friday, and 90 plus students today at Oak Park’s Medea Creek Middle School. Ventura County Public Health officials say it’s unclear how many of the students were actually sick, Read the Rest…


Voter Registration Deadline Approaching For November 6th Election

Mon, October 15, 2012

The deadline to register to vote in the November 6th presidential election is now just one week away for Ventura, and Santa Barbara County residents. The deadline is October 22nd. If you’re using a paper form, elections officials in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties must have the paperwork in hand before 5 p.m. next Monday, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Event Helps Homeless Veterans

Mon, October 15, 2012

A Santa Barbara County event helped provide some needed social services for homeless veterans. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Homeless Vets Event


Social Justice Fund In Ventura County Awards Nearly $60,000 In Grants

Mon, October 15, 2012

A group involved with social justice issues in Ventura County has provided nearly $60,000 in grants for various local non-profit groups. The Social Justice Fund For Ventura County is spitting up funds among six groups, ranging from the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley, to the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation. The fund says Read the Rest…


Two Men Shot And Killed, Third Wounded In Confrontation With Oxnard Police

Sun, October 14, 2012

Oxnard Police say two men are dead, and a third wounded following a pursuit, and confrontation with officers Saturday night. It started just after 10 p.m. Saturday, when officers tried to pull over a vehicle for what they say was a possible traffic violation. They say the driver initially refused to stop, but then pulled Read the Rest…


Developer in Santa Barbara/Los Angeles Counties Drops Plans To Run For Mayor Of Los Angeles

Sat, October 13, 2012

The man who wants to build a high end resort in Santa Barbara County, but has put his plans on hold due to the economy has dropped plans to run for mayor of Los Angeles. Billionaire Rick Caruso had been hinting in recent weeks he’d seek the post being vacated by Antonio Villaraigosa, but he Read the Rest…


Woman Convicted Of 15 Real Estate Fraud Charges In Santa Barbara County

Sat, October 13, 2012

A woman who offered to provide loan modification services in Santa Barbara County has been convicted of 15 felony real estate fraud charges, after prosecutors say she embezzled clients money. Prosecutors say Jessica Lynn Orca pled no contest to 12 counts of grand theft, and three felony counts of engaging in prohibited practices of a Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s East Valley Courthouse To Remain Open On Limited Basis

Sat, October 13, 2012

Ventura County Courts officials say that thanks to the support of the county, and some of its cities they will be able to keep a courthouse slated for closure due to state funding cuts open two days a week for the next year. Courts officials had originally planned to close the East Valley Courthouse, in Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Arrest Convicted Drug Dealer On New Drug, Weapons Charges

Sat, October 13, 2012

Simi Valley Police say a man on parole for drug offenses has been re-arrested after he was found to have a pond of methamphetamine in his possession, as well as a loaded handgun, and thousands of dollars in cash. Joseph Romagnano had received early release under the state’s program to release non-violent offenders from state Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Oxnard Murder Year To The Day After The Killing

Fri, October 12, 2012

A Santa Barbara County man is behind bars for the October, 2011 stabbing death of a Ventura County man. It was October 12th, 2011 when Oxnard Police were called to the 4500 block of Terrace Avenue by reports of shots being fired. Officers found Sergio Arroyo of Oxnard on the ground. The 19 year old Read the Rest…


Fire Damages Boat Off Ventura County Coastline

Fri, October 12, 2012

An electrical malfunction is being blamed for a fire on a boat off the coast of Ventura today. The fire occurred just after 9:30 this morning, off of the 2900 Block of Seaview Avenue, in the Ventura Keys. By the time firefighters reached the scene, the fire was already out. No one was hurt.


Holocaust Survivor Who Educated Thousands Of Ventura County Schoolchildren About What Occured Dies

Fri, October 12, 2012

A Holocaust survivor who shared his incredible story of survival with thousands of schoolchildren in Ventura County over the years has died. Charles Pierce passed away this week, from natural causes. The 91 year old Camarillo man survived stays in multiple Nazi Germany concentration camps before being liberated by Allied forces. Link to KCLU story Read the Rest…


Two Arrested For Slaying Of Teen In Ventura County Park

Fri, October 12, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve arrested two teenagers for last summer’s murder of a 14 year old boy in a park. Joshua Burciaga was shot to death in Saticoy Park late in the evening of June 27th. Deputies responding to reports of shots being fired found the fatally wounded boy lying in the grass Read the Rest…


Ventura Couple Killed In Traffic Accident Identified

Fri, October 12, 2012

Authorities have finally released the names of a Ventura husband and wife killed in a traffic accident last weekend. Henry and Laura Stewart died in a three vehicle accident early on the morning of October 6th, and the intersection of Victoria Avenue, and Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. Traffic officers shut down the intersection last Read the Rest…


Police In One Ventura County Community Crack Down On Unattended, Running Vehicles; Dozens Cited

Fri, October 12, 2012

An effort to crack down on vehicle thefts in one Ventura County community has led to some stunning results. During the last two months, nearly 100 vehicles were reported stolen in the City of Oxnard. Police say many of the thefts were due to vehicles left unlocked, or in a number of cases, with the Read the Rest…


San Diego Man Arrested On Child Annoyance Charges In Ventura County

Fri, October 12, 2012

A San Diego man was arrested on child annoyance charges, after several people say they saw him trying to lure children into his car in a park in Ventura County. It happened yesterday afternoon, at Poindexter Park, in Moorpark. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Sergio Rivas first tried to lure adult women into his car, Read the Rest…


Supermarket Chain Adds Braille To Grocery Aisles Thanks To Effort Of Ventura County Boy

Fri, October 12, 2012

An eight year old Ventura County boy who has been blind from birth was frustrated he couldn’t find things in supermarkets where his family shopped. But, Joshua Goldenberg did something about it. Now, thanks to the efforts of the Simi Valley boy, his parents, and a supermarket chain, there are supermarkets in Ventura, and Santa Read the Rest…


Ventura County Schools Top State Numbers In Target Academic Performance Numbers

Fri, October 12, 2012

Ventura County schools did better than the statewide average when it comes to the latest round of target academic performance. 53% of California’s schools were at or above the goal of the Academic Performance Index number of 800, which is up 4% from last year. 56% of Ventura County schools topped the target API score. Read the Rest…


Wild Weather Today For Parts Of Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, October 11, 2012

An upper level low pressure system brought some wild weather to parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties today, with rain, and even some hail. Thunderstorms created some locally heavy rainfall this afternoon in eastern Simi Valley. A flash flood warning was issued for the eastern part of Ventura County, but it expired at 4 Read the Rest…


Surge Of Potentially Destructive Insect Pest In Ventura County Causing Concern

Thu, October 11, 2012

There’s been an alarming surge of an insect pest in Ventura County which is threatening the region’s, and the state’s citrus industry. Asian Citrus Psyllids have been found in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Santa Paula…with as many found in a month as have been discovered locally in the last year and a half. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Head Of Santa Barbara County Agency Which Helps People Cope With Substance Abuse, Mental Heath Issues To Leave

Thu, October 11, 2012

The head of a financially struggling Santa Barbara County agency which helps people deal with substance abuse, and mental health issues has announced she will step down next month. Ann Detrick has been head of the Santa Barbara County Department of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services for nearly five years. The agency has been Read the Rest…


Fatal Shooting Of Man By Police In Santa Barbara County Ruled to Be Justified

Thu, October 11, 2012

A just completed investigation by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office says police were justified in fatally shooting a Lompoc man who wounded two women, and was threatening officers. Lompoc Police were called to a home on the 200 block of South I Street on June 4th, by a report of shots fired. They Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Say Elementary School Employees Arrested For Sexually Abusing Child

Thu, October 11, 2012

Oxnard Police say they’ve arrested an office manager at an elementary school for sexually abusing a child. Police say Gustavo Moya Canizales works at Harrington Elementary School, in Oxnard. Investigators say the 29 year old man was involved in numerous, ongoing acts with a child between the ages of 12, and 16. They say the Read the Rest…


Ventura Intersection To Be Closed For Hours So Traffic Officers Can Try To Reconstruct Double Fatal Accident

Thu, October 11, 2012

Ventura Police are going to close a normally busy intersection tonight, as they try to figure out what led to a traffic accident which killed two people. The accident happened early Saturday morning, at the intersection of Victoria Avenue, and Olivas Park Drive. A car and a van collided, and then a third vehicle plowed Read the Rest…


Gang Sweep Hits 19 Locations, Leads To Seven Arrests In Santa Barbara

Wed, October 10, 2012

A gang sweep by five teams of officers, and detectives hit 19 different locations, and led to seven arrests in Santa Barbara. Police say the arrests ranged from robbery, and drug possession, to parole violations. At one of the locations, on the 1200 block of Punta Gorda Street, they used an armored vehicle because of Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Beef Up Jail Staffing To Cope With Influx Of Prisoners

Wed, October 10, 2012

Ventura County Supervisors have authorized the hiring of additional jail personnel to help deal with a major increase in inmates. The Sheriff’s Department has been given approval to hire 17 additional correctional officers to help the county cope with about 250 extra inmates. The new inmates are the result of a move made by the Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Bizarre Rescue In Ventura Harbor

Wed, October 10, 2012

Authorities are trying to figure out the circumstances behind a bizarre rescue in Ventura Harbor, in which a man in the water called for help, but then hid from rescuers. It started just after two this morning, when Ventura firefighters, the Harbor Patrol, Ventura Police and other agencies received reports of a man in the Read the Rest…


One Killed, One Injured In Ventura Motorcycle Accident

Wed, October 10, 2012

One person is dead, and a second recovering from injuries following a motorcycle crash in Ventura County. The motorcycle was headed southbound on Seaward Avenue, in Ventura around 4:30 yesterday when it was rounding a slight curve in the road, and hit a curb. Both people on board the bike were thrown off of it. Read the Rest…


Community Activisits In Ventura County Call For Tougher Regulations For Pesticides

Wed, October 10, 2012

A new report looking at a number of studies related to childhood health issues is pointing a big finger at pesticides. The research backed by an anti-pesticide group tries to show new links between chemical use and issues like childhood cancer, ADD, and even obesity. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Santa Paula, where a coalition Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Drop Controversial Proposal For Beach Parking Fees

Wed, October 10, 2012

Facing widespread public opposition, financially squeezed Santa Barbara County has dropped a proposal to start charging parking fees at seven county beaches. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Santa Barbara County Parking Fee Proposal


Two Men Arrested For Thefts At Ventura County Golf Courses

Wed, October 10, 2012

You can call this the case of the missing putter. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two men following a string of golfing equipment thefts at three golf courses in Camarillo, and Oxnard. Thieves were stealing unattended golf bags outside of clubhouses. One of the victims saw a “for sale” posting for some of his Read the Rest…


Port Hueneme City Manager Ousted By City Council

Tue, October 9, 2012

The city manager for a Ventura County community has resigned, after the city council decided it wanted to make a change. Dave Norman has stepped down as Port Hueneme’s City Manager, after nearly six years on the job. Norman has been the focus of a number of closed door performance reviews by the Port Hueneme Read the Rest…


Former Republican Presidential Candidate Lectures In Ventura County, Talks About Conflict Between Business, Government

Tue, October 9, 2012

He’s been a serious presidential contender twice, and runs one of the most influential media companies in the world. Steve Forbes has now co-authored a new book, in which he contends our government is portrayed as the “good guys” looking out for us, while corporate America is being improperly vilified. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on Read the Rest…


Marijuana Grove Discovered Near Ventura County College Campus

Tue, October 9, 2012

A marijuana grove with an estimated three million dollars worth of plants has been discovered near a college campus in Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives received a tip about the massive garden, which was on private land northeast of Moorpark College. The owners of the property were unaware of the plants, which were in Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Arrested In Connection With Fire

Tue, October 9, 2012

A Ventura man has been arrested for starting a fire in an area that’s been hit by a series of blazes recently. Ventura firefighters, and police were called to the area of the Ventura River bottom, and the 101 overcrossing just before seven this morning by reports of smoke. Firefighters didn’t find a fire burning, Read the Rest…


Biotech Company Honors Local Non-Profits With Grants

Tue, October 9, 2012

A local biotech giant is helping some local non-profit groups with grants, as they honor some of the volunteers from the organizations. Amgen is presenting a grant to Ventura County Animal Services, in honor of Leigh Busse; The Westminster Free Clinic, for Dr. John Sullivan; the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, for Dr. Javier Waksman; Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Set To Act On Controversial Beach Parking Fee Proposal

Mon, October 8, 2012

Should beachgoers help out financially strapped Santa Barbara County? That’s a big issue Santa Barbara County Supervisors will face tomorrow. They’re set to look at whether the county should start charging parking fees at seven county beaches, to raise revenue for county parks. The County Park Commission held a series of workshops on the issues, Read the Rest…


Surfers Making Unique Trip Off Coast From Santa Barbara To Mexico To Raise Awareness About Ocean Pollution

Mon, October 8, 2012

Two surfers are on a unique journey from Santa Barbara to Ensenada, Mexico to focus attention on ocean pollution. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Environmental Surfers


Group Of Teens Robbed At Gunpoint On Ventura School Campus

Mon, October 8, 2012

Police say two teenagers armed with a gun robbed a group of teens on a Ventura school campus. Three teenage boys, and a teenage girl were on the Lincoln Elementary School campus at around 1:15 Saturday morning, when they were approached by two other teens. The two robbers produced a gun, and took cell phones, Read the Rest…


Ceiling Fan Failure Blaimed For Ventura Fire Which Injured Three

Mon, October 8, 2012

Ventura Fire investigators say the mechanical failure of a bathroom ceiling fan is responsible for a mobile home fire which left three people injured. The fire happened just before 6 a.m. Saturday, on the 11000 block of Darling Road, in Ventura. Ventura firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke, and fire in the home, but firefighters Read the Rest…


Two Killed, Three Injured In Ventura Traffic Accident

Mon, October 8, 2012

Two people are dead, and three injured following a three vehicle traffic accident in Ventura. Just after 12:30 Saturday morning, a car and a mini-van collided at the intersection of Victoria Avenue, and Olivas Park Drive. A third vehicle then plowed into the wreckage. Both people inside the van died at the scene. Neither of Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies Say Armed Man Shot During Confrontation

Mon, October 8, 2012

A Goleta man is reported to be in stable condition, after he was shot in a confrontation with Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies. Deputies were called to the 4700 block of Andrita Street around 3 a.m. Saturday, by reports of shots being fired in the neighborhood. They say they arrived to find Gerardo Martinez standing Read the Rest…


Teenager Arrested For String Of Arson Fires In Eastern Ventura County

Sat, October 6, 2012

A teenager has been arrested, and charged with arson following a string of arson fires near a trailhead in eastern Ventura County. Four fires were set near a trailhead at Moorpark Road, and Greenmeadow Avenue last week. There was a blaze on Tuesday there which was quickly put out, then two on Thursday which burned Read the Rest…


Hundreds Set For Walk In Santa Barbara County To Battle HIV/AIDS

Fri, October 5, 2012

HIV and AIDS are problems which have faded from the headlines…but hundreds of people are living with right now in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a major event to fight the disease is set to take place this weekend. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County AIDSWalk Link Read the Rest…


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