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Archives for November 2012

With Voters Approving Merger Of Two Ventura County School Districts, Plans Now Underway For Transition

Mon, November 19, 2012

For the first time since the 1980’s, two Ventura County school districts are going to merge. On November 6th, voters in Santa Paula approved “Measure M’, to combine the Santa Paula Elementary School District, and the Santa Paula Union High School District. It’s not a quick, simple process though. In fact, while the school boards Read the Rest…


Head Of Non-Profit Clinic Group On South Coast To Retire

Mon, November 19, 2012

The head of a non-profit clinic group on the South Coast has announced she’s going to retire. Cynder Sinclair is stepping down as Chief Executive of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. Sinclair has been CEO for nearly five years. Staff members, and members of the organization’s board of directors will manage the clinics while a Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara Police Officer Sentenced For Refugio Beach Incident

Sat, November 17, 2012

A former Santa Barbara police office received a ten day jail sentence following his conviction of destroying evidence, and resisting arrest following an incident where he was originally accused of lewd conduct. Brain Sawicki had been accused of lewd conduct at Refugio State Beach, and prosecutors say when he a state park ranger tried to Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s Top Schools Official Says Voter Support For Proposition 30, Local Measures Gives Schools Financial Breathing Room

Sat, November 17, 2012

Ventura County’s top educator says the problems are by no means over, but the passage of Proposition 30 is giving local schools some financial breathing room. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Schools Superintendent On Tax, Bond Measures


Ventura County Man Accused Of Fatally Burning Family’s Dog Enters Not Guilty Plea

Fri, November 16, 2012

A man accused of dumping lighter fluid on his family’s dog, and fatally burning it entered a not guilty plea in court this afternoon. Andrew Delgado continues to remain free on bail, but has been ordered to stay at least 10 feet away from all animals. The shocking crime October 27th led to widespread community Read the Rest…


Latest Unemployment Figures Mixed For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, November 16, 2012

The latest unemployment numbers are showing a dip statewide, but results are mixed here on the South Coast. In Ventura County, unemployment went from 8.8% in September, to 8.6% in October. Santa Barbara County showed a slight increase, with the jobless rate climbing from 7.1% in September, to 7.3% in October. The statewide month to Read the Rest…


Questions Remain About Missing Santa Barbara Teacher After He Is Found Safe

Fri, November 16, 2012

There are many unanswered questions about the discovery of a Santa Barbara teacher who disappeared weeks ago, but was discovered safe. KCLU’s John Palminteri says officials aren’t saying what happened, or whether he will be returning to the classroom. Click on link to listen to/download story: Missing Santa Barbara Teacher


Santa Barbara County Church Vandalized; Woman Arrested

Fri, November 16, 2012

A woman is accused of burglarizing, and setting on fire a church in Santa Barbara County. A fire alarm alerted authorities to a problem early Thursday morning, at St. John Newman Catholic Church in Santa Maria. Police arriving at the scene with firefighters just after 3 a.m. yesterday say they found Amanda Ruiz playing a Read the Rest…


Investigators Now Saying Skull, Jawbone Found In Oxnard Dumpster

Fri, November 16, 2012

Ventura County authorities are investigating the discovery of some human body parts in an Oxnard trash bin, including a skull and jawbone. Someone looking for recyclables noticed what appeared to be parts in a dumpster near the intersection of 4th, and D Streets just after 9:30 yesterday morning. Oxnard Police say they don’t know how Read the Rest…


New State Fire Protection Fees Impacting Thousands Of Santa Barbara, Ventura County Homeowners

Fri, November 16, 2012

Thousands of Santa Barbara and Ventura County residents are getting what may be an unpleasant surprise in the mail…an unexpected bill for fire protection services. A new state fee for homeowners in rural areas means people are getting bills of up to $150 dollars per habitable structure. The bills have already been arriving in Santa Read the Rest…


Ojai Music Festival To Be Led By Choreographer For Very First Time

Fri, November 16, 2012

An internationally know music festival based in Ventura County is going to have a dancer, and choreographer as its Music Director for the first time in its nearly seven decade long history. The 67th annual Ojai Music Festival will be guided by Mark Morris. Morris has his world famous dance company, and among other things Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Investigating Discovery of Body Parts In Trash Dumpster

Thu, November 15, 2012

Ventura County authorities are investigating the discovery of human body parts in an Oxnard trash bin. Someone noticed what appeared to be parts in a dumpster near the intersection of 4th, and D Streets just after 9:30 this morning. Oxnard Police say they don’t know how the parts go there, or who they belonged to, Read the Rest…


First Employee Of Ventura County University Dies

Thu, November 15, 2012

She worked for California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks even before it had a campus, or students. Ethyl Beyer was the very first employee of CLU, when the decision was made to create it more than a half century ago. The Camarillo woman died this week, at the age of 104. Beyer went to business Read the Rest…


With Rain In Region, Shelters Opening For Homeless In Santa Barbara County

Thu, November 15, 2012

Wet, and cold weather is prompting the opening of some shelters for the homeless in Santa Barbara County. The First United Methodist Church in Santa Barbara will be open to serve people with nowhere else to go overnight Friday. On Saturday night, the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara will pick up shelter duties. Efforts Read the Rest…


Ventura Schools Get Grant To Expand Efforts To Use Locally Grown Foods

Thu, November 15, 2012

The Ventura School District has received a more than $90,000 dollar federal grant to expand efforts to use locally grown foods in schools. The Farm To School program is intended to help schools purchase food from local growers, to try to insure better produce for students, and at the same time help local growers. The Read the Rest…


Election Day Not Quite Over In Santa Barbara County

Thu, November 15, 2012

It’s not over until it’s over when it comes to elections. It took more than a week after the November 6th election to settle one race in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Updated Santa Barbara County Election Results


Founder Of Popular Natural Foods Store Based In Ventura County Dies

Thu, November 15, 2012

The founder of a popular natural food store chain based in Ventura County has died. Hilmar Lassen grew up in his native Denmark, but brought his family to the United states in the late 1940′s. He founded Lassen’s Natural Foods, and Vitamins, which now has 11 markets. He, and his wife Oda had seven children, Read the Rest…


Food Banks On South Coast Reach Out For Help, With Record Demand For Assistance

Thu, November 15, 2012

Ventura and Santa Barbara County food banks are seeing record demand for help, as we move into the holidays, which is the time when they traditionally get the most support from the community. This is National Hunger Awareness, and Action Week, and in Ventura County, the region’s largest food banks teamed up with a school Read the Rest…


Big Marijuana Bust Reported In Channel Islands

Wed, November 14, 2012

A big marijuana bust is being reported by law enforcement officials in the Channel Islands. Federal officials began tracking a suspicious vessel as it headed north from Mexico, along the California coastline. The boat ran out of fuel near San Miguel Island. Coast Guard officials say they arrested three men, and seized close to three Read the Rest…


Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Successfuly Test Launched From Santa Barbara County

Wed, November 14, 2012

People who were up early this morning may have caught a glimpse of a missile test launch from Santa Barbara County. The Air Force launched a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, at 3:07 a.m. The Air Force says the missile successfully reached its destination at a test range in the Read the Rest…


Water, Sewer Rate Changes Mean Hikes For Some Las Virgenes Customers

Wed, November 14, 2012

A new water, and sewage rate structure has been approved for the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, which could mean increases for many customers. The District’s board of directors says in the wake of increases from its sole water supplier, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, as well as electrical, gas, and chemical hikes, Read the Rest…


Homelessness To Be Focus Of Town Hall Meeting In Santa Barbara

Wed, November 14, 2012

A town hall meeting in Santa Barbara this week is going to look at what’s been an ongoing issue in Santa Barbara County, the problem of homelessness. It’s estimated that more than 4,000 people are homeless in the county, and that the community is spending tens of millions of dollars annual to deal it, ranging Read the Rest…


Ventura County Tries New Approach To Clearing Out Homeless Camps In Ventura River Area

Wed, November 14, 2012

Ventura County officials say an innovative approach to dealing with homeless campsites along a section of the Ventura River may be showing success, when past efforts failed to have long term impacts. Pollution, safety issues, and even brush fires caused by the campers have been an ongoing problem in the area west of Ventura. In Read the Rest…


Former Seminary Complex In Santa Barbara Designated As Historic Landmark

Wed, November 14, 2012

A school which was once a seminary in Santa Barbara has been designated by the city as a historic landmark. The Santa Barbara City Council approved the city landmark designation for the Garden Street Academy, a private school on the 2300 block of Garden Street in Santa Barbara. The facility has gone through millions in Read the Rest…


Ventura County Takes Stand Against Chumash Proposal To Buy Part Of Toxic Waste Site Near Simi Valley

Wed, November 14, 2012

Ventura County is taking a stand against a proposal by an Indian tribe to take ownership of part of a toxic waste site, which contains some Native American artifacts. Ventura County Supervisors agreed to send a letter to federal officials opposing the proposal by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to buy part of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies Find Men With 12 Pounds Of Marijuana In Fillmore

Tue, November 13, 2012

A report of a suspicious vehicle with two men inside in Fillmore turned out to be more than just suspicious, when Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say they found 12 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. Deputies were called to the 700 block of Island View Street at around 7:30 this morning. They say the discovered Read the Rest…


Ventura County Jail Facility Going Green

Tue, November 13, 2012

Ventura County is going green at one of its main jail facilities. Ventura County Supervisors today approved a $3.5 million dollar contract to build a solar power system for its Todd Road Jail facility, near Santa Paula. The solar system will supply about 40% of the electricity needed to run the 800 plus inmate facility Read the Rest…


Foundation Being Created To Help Financially Struggling Ventura County Libraries

Tue, November 13, 2012

Ventura County’s libraries have been hit hard by budget cuts during the last few years. Now, library boosters are trying to do something bigger than used book sales to help. They’re creating a support foundation. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Library Foundation


Health Plan Serving 100,000 Ventura County Residents Gets New Chief Financial Officer

Tue, November 13, 2012

The agency which provides Medi-Cal services to some 100,000 Ventura County residents has a new chief financial officer. Michelle Raleigh has joined the Gold Coast Health Plan as the organization’s CFO. Raleigh has more than two decades experience as a health care executive. She was a senior executive with Deloitte Consulting before joining the agency Read the Rest…


UCSB Researcher Explores Use Of Comic Books By U.S. Government As Propaganda Tools

Tue, November 13, 2012

We think of comic books as something you read as kids. But, a UC Santa Barbara researcher says the government used comics as propaganda tools among Americans during World War Two, and then to try to spread democracy to people around the world during the Cold War. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has more on this little Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors To Look At Chumash Request To Buy Part Of Toxic Waste Site Near Simi Valley

Tue, November 13, 2012

Ventura County officials may consider taking a stand today against a proposal by an Indian tribe to take ownership of part of a toxic waste site, which the tribe says contains some Native American artifacts. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Chumash Land Purchase Controversy


Small Fire Causes Big Scare Near Ventura

Mon, November 12, 2012

Fire investigators say activity by the homeless was responsible for a small brush fire which caused a big scare in Ventura overnight. Firefighters were called to the 300 block of Chrisman Avenue just before midnight Sunday, by a blaze burning in brush behind some homes. They were able to knock down the blaze before it Read the Rest…


Moorpark To Get New Police Chief

Mon, November 12, 2012

The City of Moorpark is going to be getting a new Police Chief. Captain Steve Wade will take over as the city’s top cop in January. Wade has been with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department for more than three decades, and currently heads the Investigations Bureau, and the Special Enforcement Unit in Thousand Oaks. The Read the Rest…


Ventura County Adds Its First New Fire Station In A Decade

Mon, November 12, 2012

Ventura County has added its first new fire station in more than a decade. The Ventura County Fire Department is officially opening its new Fire Station 47 in Simi Valley tonight. The 7,000 square foot complex is located on the 2900 block of Erringer Road, in what’s known as the “Big Sky” development. The state Read the Rest…


18 Vehicles Vandalized In Santa Barbara In Early Morning Incident

Mon, November 12, 2012

At least 18 vehicles have been vandalized in an overnight crime wave on Santa Barbara’s Westside. Santa Barbara Police say vandals hit vehicles parked on Western Avenue, San Andres Street, and West Micheltorena Street early Sunday morning. The attackers slashed the tires on vehicles, in some cases destroying multiple tires on the same vehicles. Some Read the Rest…


California Political Analyst Says State’s Budget Gridlock Might Not Be Over, Despite Democratic Supermajority In Sacramento

Mon, November 12, 2012

With the November election history, political analysts are busy trying to figure out what the results mean to the political landscape. In California, while votes are still being counted in some close races for state seats, it appears Democrats have a supermajority in the state legislature. But, one longtime political observer says don’t hold your Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Arrested Following Vehicle Chase Through Streets Of City

Mon, November 12, 2012

An effort to stop a man for a traffic violation led to a car chase, and then a foot chase before the driver was finally arrested with the help of a police K-9 in Oxnard. It started just after 12:30 Saturday morning, near Hemlock, and Ukiah Streets. The officer tried to pull the vehicle over, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Developing Guidelines For Cell Phone Facilities

Mon, November 12, 2012

Ventura County planning officials are proposing to set up standards for cell phone facilities, to help with the handling of what could be a flood in new applications. With many cell phone companies adding facilities to handle the latest generation of wireless service, which is 4G in many cases, county planners are anticipating a spike Read the Rest…


Identity Of Man’s Body Found On Isla Vista Beach Confirmed

Sat, November 10, 2012

Authorities haved identifed the body of a young man found Friday morning on a Santa Barbara County beach. The body of David Propp was discovered just before 9 a.m. near the 6500 block of Del Play Road, in Isla Vista. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s say the 21 year old man had injuries consistent with a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Filmmaker’s Documentary About Sci-Fi Writer Ray Bradbury To Debut This Weekend

Sat, November 10, 2012

A documentary by a local filmmaker about one of America’s favorite sci-fi writers is set to make its debut in Ventura this weekend. “Live Forever-The Ray Bradbury Odyssey” is being screened Sunday at a sold out Ventura Film Society Event. The author, who died this past summer, wrote classics like “Farenheit 451”, as well as Read the Rest…


Westlake Village Company Which Puts Wi-Fi On Airliners Sold

Sat, November 10, 2012

A Westlake Village Company which has been creating, and installing wi-fi systems on jetliners is changing hands. Global Eagle Acquisition Corporation bought the company called Row 44 in a $430 million deal. The new owner plans to combine operations with another company, Advanced Inflight Alliance AG, which has deals with a number of airlines to Read the Rest…


Unidentified Body Found At Isla Vista Beach

Fri, November 9, 2012

Authorities are trying to identify the body of a young man found this morning on a Santa Barbara County beach. The body was discovered just before 9 a.m. near the 6500 block of Del Play Road, in Isla Vista. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say the man was in his 20’s, and could have been Read the Rest…


High School Student In Ventura County Arrested With Loaded Gun In Pocket

Fri, November 9, 2012

A 15 year old girl has been arrested after authorities say they found her with a loaded gun in her pocket at Fillmore High School. A school resource officer received a tip that the girl had a weapon in her possession yesterday. The officer tracked the girl down in class, and after finding she had Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Say Developmentally Disabled Missing Man Is Safe

Fri, November 9, 2012

Authorities say a developmentally disabled Simi Valley man who disappeared Thursday evening is safe. Michael Harris was last seen around 5 p.m. yesterday, walking along Tapo Canyon Road, near Avenida Simi. The 55 year old man was found early this morning, and returned to his home.


Ventura County Sheriff’s Detectives Say 18 Year Old Man Admits Burning To Death Family’s Dog

Fri, November 9, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say an 18 year old man has admitted he was responsible for the horrifying death of his family’s dog, which had been doused with lighter fluid, and lit on fire. The shocking crime October 27th led to widespread community outrage. Ventura County firefighters called to a ravine near the 1000 block Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Seeking Independent Review Of Two Officer Involved Fatal Incidents

Fri, November 9, 2012

Oxnard Police say they are seeking the services of an independent, civilian review group to look into two officer involved incidents, during which people died. Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams contacted the Office of Independent Review to look into the June 23rd death of Robert Ramirez, and the October 13th shooting death of Alfonso Limon. Read the Rest…


World Class Automotive Museum in Ventura County Hosts New Exhibition Of Revolutionary 20th Century Designer’s Work

Fri, November 9, 2012

It’s a world class museum, featuring some of the rarest European cars in the world. But, it’s not in Paris, London, New York, or Los Angeles. It’s in Ventura County. The two year old Mullin Automotive Museum includes a number of unique vehicles. This weekend, a new exhibition featuring the works of one of France’s Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Missing Simi Valley Man

Fri, November 9, 2012

Authorities are looking for a developmentally disabled Simi Valley man who disappeared Thursday evening. Michael Harris was last seen around 5 p.m. yesterday, walking along Tapo Canyon Road, near Avenida Simi. The 55 year old African American man was wearing a grey sweatshirt, and tan pants, and is missing four fingers on his left hand. Read the Rest…


New Economic Forecast Says Ventura County Picture To Remain Weak, And County On Cusp Of Major Change

Fri, November 9, 2012

A new economic forecast says that Ventura County could see some slight growth, but is also on the cusp of major changes. The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research, and forecasting is presenting its 2013 Ventura County Forecast today. In the report, forecasters say the county’s gross domestic product output will continue to remain Read the Rest…


Delays Hit New Movie, Television Studio Complex Planned For Ventura County

Thu, November 8, 2012

Plans for a new television, and movie studio complex in Ventura County are being pushed back, with officials citing unresolved water, and flood control issues related to the project. The Moorpark City Council agreed to grant a one year extension to the project approval for what’s being called Moorpark West Studios. Triliad Development is planning Read the Rest…


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