Governing Board For New School District In Ventura County Sets First Meeting
Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 12:49am
The first meeting has been set for the new governing board for Ventura County’s newest school district.
Earlier this month, voters approved merging Santa Paula’s elementary, and high school districts.
The newly elected governing board will meet for the first time on December 5th, at the Santa Paula Community Center
The board is expected to act on some basic issues, like setting a schedule of meetings. Ultimately, though, it will have to deal with some bigger questions, like selecting a new superintendent, and deciding on a name for the new district. The two current districts will run independently until the end of the current school year, when they will be merged, and the new governing board will officially take control.
Santa Barbara County Community Settles Lawsuit Over Alleged Series Of Rapes By Police Officer
Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 4:06pm
Santa Maria officials say they’ve settled a lawsuit involving allegations that a teenage police Explorer Scout was raped multiple times by a city police officer.
They say they reached a $185,000 settlement with the girl’s family.
The 17 year old girl told investigators that Officer Albert Covarrubias Junior threatened to kill her boyfriend if she didn’t have sex with him. An investigation led to an attempt to arrest the officer at a DUI checkpoint last January, and department officials say Covarubias was shot to death after he opened fire first.
The handling of the attempted arrest was controversial, but department officials said they had to act because officer was aware he was under investigation, and that witnesses, and the public were potentially at risk. The department’s chief received a non-confindence vote from officers, and he retired last summer.
One Person Dead, Second Injured Following Fall Off Balcony In Isla Vista
Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 3:14pm
One person is dead, and a second was injured after they fell off a balcony in Isla Vista early Thanksgiving morning.
It happened at around 1 a.m. Thursday, at an apartment complex on the 6500 block of Cordoba Road. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say 22 year old Melissa Portillo fell off the balcony, and was fatally injured. A second student who also fell suffered head and back injuries, but they wern’t life threatening.
The falls are believed to have been accidental, but it’s unclear exactly why the two ended up over a second story railing.
Man Killed In Ventura County Paraglider Crash Identified
Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2012 1:25pm
Authorities are identifying a man killed in fatal paraglider crash in Ventura County.
Brent Butzke of Malibu was flying near Powell Road, in the Piru area Tuesday afternoon when he had some type of problem, and crashed.
Some farmworkers witnessed the accident, and called 911 for help.
However, the 27 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators aren’t sure yet what caused the accident.
Man Arrested On Charges That Molestation Occured At Ventura Day Care Facility
Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2012 1:17pm
A Ventura man has been accused of sexually abusing a 5 year old girl while she was attending a Ventura day care facility.
Ventura Police say they arrested 18 year old Cooper Potter. Investigators belive their were multiple incidents involving Potter, and the child.
Detectives say Potter had access to the girl because she attended a day care facility owned by the suspect’s family. They say they are trying to determine if their are more potential victims.
Authorities Trying To Determine Cause of Fatal Paraglider Crash In Ventura County
Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 1:32am
Authorities are trying to determine what led to a fatal paraglider crash in Ventura County.
It happened just before 3 p.m. yesterday, near Powell Road, in the Piru area.
Some farmworkers witnessed the crash, and called 911 for help.
However, the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the 27 year old Malibu man hasn’t been released yet.
Ventura County Reaches Settlement With Utility Company Over Firefighting Costs
Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:52am
Some fire agencies will share $350,000 from a utility company, as a settlement in lawsuits filed to try to recover some of the costs from an October, 2009 brushfire in Thousand Oaks.
Fire investigators say an overheated part from a power pole fell into some brush, and triggered the blaze.
The County had originally sought more than $400,000, but County Supervisors yesterday agreed to the settlement with Southern California Edison.
The County will share the money with other agencies which helped with the firefighting effort.
No homes, or other structures were damaged by the fire.
Ventura College President Announces Retirement Plans
Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:42am
The woman who’s headed a South Coast community college for eight years has announced she plans to retire.
Robin Calote says she’ll step down as President of Ventura College at the end of the current school year.
Calote has guided the college through some rough times, as community colleges statewide, and locally have been hard hit by state budget cuts.
There’s no word yet on the district’s plans to choose a successor.
Ventura County Supervisors Give Approval To Controversial Paintball Park Project
Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:31am
A fight over a recreational facility proposed for eastern Ventura County has finally been decided.
A 21 acre paintball park is planned on a chunk of vacant land which was once an egg plant north of Moorpark.
But, neighbors and farmers in the rural part of the county objected, citing environmental concerns ranging from dust, and possible water pollution, to traffic.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the issue ended up in the laps of Ventura County Supervisors for a final decision.
Click on link to listen to/download story: Paintball Controversy
Man Killed In Ventura County Paraglider Accident
Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 5:27pm
One person is dead, following the crash of what appeared to have been a motorized paraglider in Ventura County.
It happened just after 2 this afternoon, near Powell Road, in the Piru area.
Some farmworkers witnessed the crash, and called 911 for help.
However, the pilot, who was a man in who appeared to be in his 20’s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the man hasn’t been released yet.