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Archives for November 2012

Tow Truck Driver, Parked Fire Truck At Accident Scene In Santa Barbara County Hit By Passing Big Rig

Thu, November 8, 2012

A Santa Barbara County tow truck driver is recovering from a dangerous incident, in which he, and a fire truck at the scene of a traffic accident were hit by a passing big rig’s trailer. It happened just before 9:30 Thursday morning, on the southbound 101 Freeway near the Gaviota rest stop. Richard Reeder was Read the Rest…


Brushfire Which Prompted Evacuations In Montecito This Week Now Being Called Human Caused

Thu, November 8, 2012

Fire investigators are now confirming that a brushfire in Santa Barbara County’s foothills above Montecito this week was manmade. Santa Barbara County Fire Department Captain David Sadecki says the Cold Fire was directly related to human activity. But, officials aren’t saying whether they think the blaze was accidental, or intentionally set. The fire started just Read the Rest…


Police Say They Arrest Oxnard Man After He Punches Officer In Face

Thu, November 8, 2012

A Ventura County man released from state prison under California’s program to reduce prison overcrowding has been re-arrested, after Oxnard Police say he stole items from an electronics store, and then punched an officer trying to arrest him in the face. It happened just after 4 p.m. yesterday, in Oxnard. Police say Juan Acosta stole Read the Rest…


Vehicles Ransacked In Ventura Neighborhood

Thu, November 8, 2012

Ventura Police are trying to figure out who may have ransacked vehicles on at least four streets in a Ventura neighborhood. Vehicles were broken into on Heidelberg Avenue, Georgetown Avenue, Fairfax Avenue, and Radcliffe Street, and a number of items stolen overnight last night. A person returning home early this morning noticed a neighbor’s vehicle Read the Rest…


Sexual Abuse Survivor In Ventura County Tells His Story In Effort To Help Others

Thu, November 8, 2012

It’s something you hear about on NPR, or read about in the newspaper. But, sexual abuse doesn’t just happen somewhere else. It occurs in the communities where we live, here in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. A Ventura County man lived with sexual abuse for nearly two decades before he dealt with it. Now, he’s Read the Rest…


Federal Prosecutors Accuse Ventura County Insurance Broker Of Bilking Money From Tom Hanks, Other Clients

Thu, November 8, 2012

Federal authorities arrested a Ventura County insurance broker, after they say he bilked Tom Hanks, Andy Sommers, with the band “The Police,” and other high end clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Insurance Investigation


Ventura County Based Seabees Deployed To Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Thu, November 8, 2012

A detachment of Ventura County based Seabees has been deployed in New York, and New Jersey to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. 110 members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five, from Naval Base Ventura County, who had been preparing for a deployment in the Pacific were instead sent east. They will initially help with Read the Rest…


Cal State Channel Islands Officials Say Passage Of Proposition 30 Will Have Immediate Positive Impacts On CSU System, Students

Wed, November 7, 2012

The passage of Proposition 30 is less than 24 hours old, but it’s apparently already having a big impact on the Cal State University system, and Cal State Channel Islands. CSUCI officials say passage of the state tax measure means the university system won’t be hit with a $250 million dollar mid year funding cut. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Men Arrested After Police Say They Used Scheme To Steal Expensive Clothing From Department Stores

Wed, November 7, 2012

You’ve heard the expression of shopping till you drop. Well, Ventura Police say they’ve arrested two men who shopped until they got caught. Investigators say the two Oxnard men targeted Macy stores, taking expensive clothing items, and putting the items into bags before fleeing. Security team members at the Macy’s in Pacific View Mall in Read the Rest…


Voter Turnout in 60% Range On South Coast; Both Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Pick Obama

Wed, November 7, 2012

Voter turnout in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties was higher yesterday than in the June primary, but below the 2008 Presidential election levels. In Ventura County, 257,000 of 427,000 registered voters cast ballots, for a 60% turnout. In Santa Barbara County, 124,000 of 204,000 voters actually voted, for a 61% turnout. Statewide, 9.5 of 18.2 Read the Rest…


Big Changes As The Result Of Some Some Local Municipal Elections

Wed, November 7, 2012

There were numerous municipal posts decided locally in yesterday’s election, with some of the biggest changes in Oxnard. The city has been hit by controversy for the last few years, first by a criminal investigation by the Ventura County District’s Attorney’s office over its handling of contracts, and personal gifts, and then the ouster of Read the Rest…


Ventura, Santa Barbara Voters Decide Key Local Races, Measures

Wed, November 7, 2012

Ventura and Santa Barbara voters decided key local congressional, State Senate, and State Assembly races, as well as a number of local measures, and municipal issues. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has a wrapup of the region’s key races, and issues. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura/Santa Barbara County Election Wrap


Voters In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Show Support Locally For Schools

Wed, November 7, 2012

Voters not only passed Proposition 30 in California to try to bolster education, in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties they also approved a number of parcel taxes, and bond measures to help schools. Ventura School District voters okayed Measure Q, a $59 a year parcel tax to help education programs, and to keep class sizes Read the Rest…


Hannah-Beth Jackson Wins 19th District State Senate Seat; Fran Pavley Retains 27th District Seat

Wed, November 7, 2012

A wide open State Senate seat on the South Coast which drew two political veterans didn’t turn out to be a close race. Former Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson defeated former Santa Barbara County Supervisor Mike Stoker for the 19th District State Senate seat. Jackson, who’s a Democrat, beat Stoker, who’s a Republican, by a 55% to Read the Rest…


Brownley Defeats Strickland In 26th District Congressional Race; Capps Easily Keeps Seat in 24th District

Wed, November 7, 2012

In a battle of two local state legislators hoping to step up to Congress, Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley defeated Republican State Senator Tony Strickland for Ventura County’s new 26th District Congressional seat. Brownley beat Strickland by a 52% to 48% margin. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps easily won re-election in the 24th District, which includes parts Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks, Buellton Voters Approve City Council Term Limits; Goleta Voters Support Protections For Agland

Wed, November 7, 2012

Voters faced a variety of questions in the form of measures in Ventura, and Santa Barbara County communities. In Thousand Oaks and Buellton, voters were asked whether City Council members should face term limits. Thousand Oaks voters approved Measure L, which limits a council member to three consecutive four year terms, by a 78% margin. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett Retains Seat; Longtime Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joni Gray Apparently Out

Wed, November 7, 2012

In a race which pitted two well known Ventura County residents against each other for a supervisorial seat, incumbent First District Supervisor Steve Bennett defeated longtime Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper. Bennett won by a 53% to 47% margin. And, in an extremely close race, long time Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joni Gray appears Read the Rest…


Woman Convicted Of Massive Mortgage Fraud In Ventura County

Wed, November 7, 2012

A Los Angeles County woman has been convicted of 14 felony counts, after Ventura County prosecutors say she stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from people who thought she was helping them with their mortgages. Laura Carlson ran a business called Global Team Consulting. The firm targeted Spanish speaking customers who were less familiar with Read the Rest…


Woman Killed On 101 Freeway In Downtown Santa Barbara Identified

Wed, November 7, 2012

A young woman who died after she was struck by multiple vehicles on the 101 Freeway in downtown Santa Barbara is now being identified. The CHP says Hanna Stromberg was on the freeway with her dog at about 11 p.m. Saturday night near the Milpas Street offramp when they were struck. Investigators say it appears Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Which Caused Scare In Santa Barbara County Foothills Now Fully Contained

Wed, November 7, 2012

Firefighters have fully contained a brush fire which caused a big scare Tuesday afternoon in the foothills above Montecito. The fire was discovered just after noon near the top of Cold Springs Trail. The Montecito Fire Department ordered evacuations in some neighborhoods east of Cold Springs, and west of Park Lane, but just after 2:30, Read the Rest…


Firefighters Have Upper Hand On Brush Fire Which Caused Scare In Montecito

Tue, November 6, 2012

Firefighters are working to mop up a brush fire which caused a big scare this afternoon in the foothills above Montecito. The fire was discovered just after 12 noon near the top of Cold Springs Trail. The Montecito Fire Department ordered evacuations in some neighborhoods east of Cold Springs, and west of Park Lane, but Read the Rest…


Man Arrested, Eight Of Nine Stolen Artifacts From San Buenaventura Mission Recovered

Tue, November 6, 2012

Authorities say they’ve solved the mystery behind the theft of some rare relics from Ventura’s historic San Buenaventura Mission, arresting a suspect, and recovering most of the stolen items. Someone stole nine relics from the mission’s rarely used Baptism Room October 12. The theft wasn’t noticed until this past weekend. Ventura Police reviewing security cameras Read the Rest…


Evacuations Cancelled For Montecito Brush Fire; Firefighters Hope To Have It Knocked Down By Early Evening

Tue, November 6, 2012

Firefighters are working to mop up a brush fire which caused a big scare this afternoon in the foothills above Montecito. The fire was discovered just after 12 noon near the top of Cold Springs Trail. The Montecito Fire Department ordered evacuations in some neighborhoods east of Cold Springs, and west of Park Lane, but Read the Rest…


Firefighters Now Downsizing Estimates Of Size Of Brushfire In Montecito Foothills

Tue, November 6, 2012

Firefighters are now downsizing their estimates of the size of a brush fire burning in the foothills above Montecito. The fire was spotted around 12:15 this afternoon, near the top of Cold Springs Trail. The blaze was initially reported to be about five acres, but it’s now being called about two areas. There’s little wind Read the Rest…


Evacuations Outlined For Brushfire In Foothills Above Montecito

Tue, November 6, 2012

A brush fire is burning in the foothills above Montecito, prompting some evacuations. The fire was spotted around 12:15 this afternoon, near the top of Cold Springs Trail. The blaze is reported to be about five acres, but there is little wind, so it’s spreading slowly. The Montecito Fire Protection District says mandatory evacuations have Read the Rest…


Brushfire Burning In Montecito Foothills: Some Evacuations Ordered

Tue, November 6, 2012

A brush fire is burning in the foothills above Montecito, prompting some evacuations The fire was spotted around 12:15 this afternoon, near the top of Cold Springs Trail. The blaze is reported to be about five acres, but there is little wind, so it’s spreading slowly.


Election Day Means Numerous Local Races, Issues To Be Decided

Tue, November 6, 2012

It’s of course Election Day, and in addition to the presidential race, voters are deciding a number of state, regional, and local races and issues. There are two big congressional races being settled in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, with Republican Tony Strickland, and Democrat Julia Brownley facing off for the 26th District seat, in Read the Rest…


Details May Be Released Today About Theft From Ventura Mission

Tue, November 6, 2012

We may learn more today about a shocking theft of some artifacts from a historic Ventura church. Ventura Police, as well as representatives of the San Buenaventura Mission are going to hold a news conference about the theft of some artifacts several weeks ago. A man took the items from a locked baptistery, and a Read the Rest…


Principal At Ventura County School Suspended Following Off Duty Altercation

Tue, November 6, 2012

A retired school administrator is serving as interim principal of a Ventura County school starting today, after the regular principal was placed on paid leave after his arrest following an off duty altercation. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators say they arrested Gilbert Yoon, after he threatened another motorist during an argument at a gas station Read the Rest…


Preliminary Study On Possible New National Park For Ventura, Los Angeles Counties Released

Tue, November 6, 2012

There’s a lot of development, but also a lot of open space in eastern Ventura County, and western Los Angeles County. A study is underway to see if some of the space can be used as part of a new national park. After two years of work, some preliminary findings, and alternative concepts have been Read the Rest…


Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties To Decide Local School Related Measures On Ballot

Mon, November 5, 2012

Tomorrow’s election of course is going to settle the big debate over who will spend the next four years as our president, a number of congressional, and state races, as well as ballot propositions. Locally, though, voters in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties will also be deciding a number of measures looking at issues from Read the Rest…


Ojai Music Festival Chooses New Executive Director

Mon, November 5, 2012

A more than six decade old music festival in Ventura County has named a new Executive Director. Ab Sengupta will take over as the new head of the Ojai Music Festival later this month. Sengupta was CEO, and Artistic Director for Fontana Chamber Arts in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During his tenure there, he eliminated hundreds of Read the Rest…


Candle Blamed For Early Morning Fire At Ventura Duplex

Mon, November 5, 2012

A burning candle is being blamed for an early morning fire today which heavily damaged a Ventura duplex. The fire was discovered just before two this morning, on the 200 block of Vince Street. Fire investigators say the candle caught some window dressings on fire, with the blaze then stretching to the unit. To make Read the Rest…


Authorities Trying To Figure Out Why Woman, Dog Struck By Multiple Vehicles Were On 101 Freeway In Santa Barbara

Mon, November 5, 2012

Authorities are trying to figure out why a woman and her dog were on the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara, where they were struck, and killed by multiple vehicles. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: 101 Freeway Accident


Section Of 101 Freeway In Ventura County To Be Closed Overnights For Bridge Construction Project

Mon, November 5, 2012

A section of the 101 Freeway in Ventura County is going to be completely closed overnight tonight, and for the next few nights due to a bridge widening project. The closure will take place from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. all week long as part of a project to widen the Wendy Drive overcrossing, in Read the Rest…


Relics Stolen From Historic South Coast Mission

Mon, November 5, 2012

It’s a theft that’s left a Ventura church’s congregation shocked. Someone stole some several small relics from the San Buenaventura Mission. It happened several weeks ago, when a man took the items from a locked baptistery. A surveillance camera caught a suspect on tape. Ventura Police say they recognized the man as someone already in Read the Rest…


New Film Festival To Celebrate Conejo Valley’s Role In Cinematic Classics Like “Wuthering Heights,” “Spartacus”

Mon, November 5, 2012

It’s an almost forgotten part of our region’s history. Some of Hollywood’s legendary actors, like Lawrence Olivier, and Kirk Douglas made parts of some of their most famous movies in the Conejo Valley. Parts of “Spartacus,” “Wuthering Heights,” and two classic versions of “Robin Hood” were shot in what was then sparsely populated eastern Ventura Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Enters Guilty Plea To Fatal Hit And Run Accident Involving Bicyclist

Fri, November 2, 2012

A Ventura County man on trial for hitting, and killing a bicyclist with his SUV decided to instead enter a guilty plea to second degree murder, and DUI charges. Prosecutors say Satnam Singh was driving on Telegraph Road in May of last year when he was involved in a series of accidents. He first hit Read the Rest…


Federal Officials Say They Are Set To Investigate Any Charges Of Election Fraud, Or Voting Rights Abuses In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, November 2, 2012

The U-S Attorney’s Office which serves Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties says it’s geared up to handle any complaints of election fraud, or voting rights abuses related to next Tuesday’s general election. Assistant United States Attorney Dennis Mitchell is serving as the District’s Election Officer. His office in Los Angeles will handle any complaints coming Read the Rest…


Man Killed In Ventura County Farming Accident

Fri, November 2, 2012

Ventura County authorities are trying to figure out exactly what led to the death of a man whose shirt became caught in a tractor equipped with a digging device. The accident happened at around 8 this morning in the Santa Paula area, in a field off of Highway 126 near Peck Road. The tractor was Read the Rest…


High School Teams From South Coast Stranded By Hurricane Sandy Finally Wrapping Up Their Adventures

Fri, November 2, 2012

It’s been quite a week for two high school mock trial teams from the South Coast, who battled it out for the World Championships, but then got stuck in New York because of Hurricane Sandy. The teams from La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, and Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta were both supposed Read the Rest…


Two Political Veterans Facing Off For 19th District State Senate Seat On South Coast

Fri, November 2, 2012

The final countdown is on for next Tuesday’s election, and one of the big races which will be settled locally is for a wide open State Senate seat, representing all of Santa Barbara County, and most of Ventura County. Two political veterans who’ve been on the local, and Sacramento scene for years are facing off Read the Rest…


Fate Of Oxnard Teacher Fired Because Of Past Work In Adult Film Industry Now In Hands Of Commission

Fri, November 2, 2012

The question of whether an Oxnard middle school science teacher fired because her past work in the adult movie industry had surfaced should get her job back is now in the hands of a three person commission. The Commission on Professional Competence completed a several day long hearing on an appeal by Stacie Halas of Read the Rest…


Surge In Discovery Of Potentially Destructive Insects In Ventura County

Thu, November 1, 2012

There have been yet more finds of a potentially destructive insect pest in Ventura County which is threatening the county’s, and the state’s citrus industry. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: Asian Citrus Psyllid Update


Alcohol Blamed In Ventura Motorcycle Crash Which Killed One, Injured One

Thu, November 1, 2012

Ventura Police investigators now say alcohol led to a fatal motorcycle crash which killed the driver, and injured the passenger. Jacob Karluk was southbound on Seward Avenue, near Alessandro Drive October 9th when he lost control of the motorcycle, and hit a guardrail. The 23 year old Ventura man was pronounced dead at the scene. Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Driver In Double Fatal Auto Crash In Ventura Had Alcohol Level Three Times Over The Legal Limit

Thu, November 1, 2012

Authorities now say that the driver of a minivan involved in a three vehicle collision in Ventura which killed two, and injured two others had three times the legal alcohol limit in her system at the time of the crash. Laura Stewart and her husband, Henry were both killed in the October 6th crash at Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Arts Community Hoping To Get Part Of $300 Million Dollar Estate From Mysterious Heiress

Thu, November 1, 2012

The South Coast is home to an oceanfront mansion with unparalleled views. But, the Santa Barbara mansion went unused by its owner for more than a half century. It’s the estate of the mysterious multi-millionaire Huguette Clark, who died last year at the age of 105. She left two wills, and there’s a huge battle Read the Rest…


Parvovirus Outbreak Poses Risk To Dogs In Sanata Barbara County

Thu, November 1, 2012

Animal control officials in Santa Barbara County say there’s been an outbreak of a virus which can make dogs seriously ill, or even kill them. There have been 10 confirmed cases of parvovirus in Northern Santa Barbara County. It’s a virus which attacks the lining of the digestive system of dogs, and the result is Read the Rest…


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