Archives for December 2012

Community Memorial Service Held For Ventura County Homeless Who Died This Year

Mon, December 17, 2012

It was a memorial service for some people who died this year in Ventura County, but were virtually forgotten. A community memorial service was held in Ventura’s Plaza Park yesterday afternoon for the 14 homeless people who died in the county in the last year. The event was intended to be a memorial service for Read the Rest…


Blast, Fire Damage Two Oxnard Apartments

Mon, December 17, 2012

A gas leak is being blamed for an explosion which damaged two units of an Oxnard apartment complex. The blast occurred just after 3 p.m. yesterday, in a two story complex on the 1100 block of North H Street. Oxnard firefighters say a buildup of gas in the walls from the small leak led to Read the Rest…


UCSB Researcher Counters End Of World Beliefs Based On Maya Calendar

Mon, December 17, 2012

There’s a dire prophesy which, if you believe some people, is supposed to come true this week. They say the Maya calendar comes to an end this Friday, December 21st, and contend with the end of it comes the end of the world. However, experts say not only is the prediction false…so is the idea Read the Rest…


Field Narrowed For New Santa Barbara Fire Chief Post

Sat, December 15, 2012

The City of Santa Barbara narrowed its search for a new fire chief to six finalists. Two panels interviewed candidates seeking to replace Chief Andy DiMizio, who officially retired on Friday after nearly four decades of service. Pat McElroy is serving as interim chief, and is one of the finalists. Santa Barbara City Administrator Jim Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara School District Sends Out Letter About School Safety In Wake Of Connecticut Shootings

Sat, December 15, 2012

In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Connecticut, the Santa Barbara School District is sending out a letter about school safety to all parents about the district’s school safety procedures. In the letter from Superintendent Dave Cash, the district says it requires all campus visitors, including parents, vendors, and even the media to Read the Rest…


Camarillo Community Leader Dies

Fri, December 14, 2012

There’s shock in one Ventura County community over the unexpected death of a community leader. Michael Lavenant died this week, suffering a heart attack after a workout. The 42 year old man was a past Chairman of the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, and Managing Partner of the Camarillo based law firm of Landegger, Barron, Lavenant, Read the Rest…


Woman Killed When Car Plunges Into Ravine In Simi Valley Area

Fri, December 14, 2012

Authorities haven’t released the name yet of a woman killed when a car plunged off a road in Ventura County and into a ravine, where it exploded into flames. The accident happened at around 9:15 last night, on the 2400 block of Lost Canyons Drive. Simi Valley Police believe the driver lost control of the Read the Rest…


Car Chase In Santa Barbara County Hits 110 Miles An Hour

Fri, December 14, 2012

Two people are behind bars after a wild car chase through the Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria areas, which hit 110 miles an hour at times. It started just before 9 last night, at the 101 Freeway/Los Carneros offramp in Goleta. A car pulled up next to a CHP patrol unit on the offramp. When Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Arrested For Shooting Video, Photos Up The Skirts Of Women

Fri, December 14, 2012

A Santa Barbara man has been arrested by police after they say he had hundreds of video files he shot up the skirts of women. In September, someone saw a man in a Santa Barbara restaurant on the 1200 block of State Street using a small camera to take photos up a female pedestrian’s skirt, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Businessman Arrested On Child Molestation Chares

Fri, December 14, 2012

A Ventura County businessman has been arrested on charges he sexually abused teenage boys over more than a more than decade long period. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Gary Alan Haw sexually assaulted teenage boys that he befriended between the years 2000, and this year. The 49 year old Agoura Hills man is part owner Read the Rest…


Environmental Groups To Appeal Court Decision Which Set Stage For Coastal Development In Santa Barbara County

Fri, December 14, 2012

A coalition of environmental groups is appealing a court ruling which rejected part of their efforts to block a new development on the Gaviota coast, in Santa Barbara County. In July, a judge upheld Santa Barbara County’s approval of a 71 home development for one portion of the development. The original plans called for development Read the Rest…


Court Upholds Release Of Boy Scout Records In Santa Barbara County

Fri, December 14, 2012

A court has upheld an order for the Boy Scouts to release records in connection with alleged molestation incidents in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: Boy Scout Ruling


Santa Barbara County Based Research Company Gets Research Grant For Work On Hybrid, All Electric Aviation Motors

Fri, December 14, 2012

A Santa Barbara County based technology company has received a federal grant for its research on developing hybrid electric, and full electric propulsion systems for manned, and unmanned aircraft. Launchpoint Technologies is getting a $150,000 National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant. Company officials say they want to try to bring the same kind Read the Rest…


Five Arrested On Hate Crime Charges In Ventura County

Fri, December 14, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve arrested five people they say were responsible for a pair of hate crime incidents at campgrounds, including one attack with baseball bats which left a victim with a broken arm. Investigators say both incidents happened September 7th. The first attack was at the Middle Lions Campground, off of Highway Read the Rest…


Actress Amy Adams To Be Honored By Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Fri, December 14, 2012

Three time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams will be honored during the 2013 edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Adams will be presented with the festival’s Cinema Vanguard Award January 31st, which is presented to artists who take risks by participating in unconventional projects. Adams starred in the acclaimed movies “Junebug,” “Julie and Read the Rest…


Crackdown On Underage Liquor Sales In Ventura Leads To Citations

Fri, December 14, 2012

Continuing efforts to crack down on the sales of alcohol to minors in one South Coast community has led to some citations. The Ventura Police Department conducted an undercover operation this week, using minors as decoys to try to buy alcohol. 10 businesses were targeted, and three of them sold liquor to the minors. The Read the Rest…


Military Planes To be Using Two Civilian Airports In Ventura County Temporarily

Fri, December 14, 2012

Two public airports in Ventura County could see some unusually heavy air traffic starting today, through the end of the year. Naval Base Ventura County is repaving its main runway starting this weekend. As a result, a number of military related aircraft will be using Camarillo, and Oxnard Airports for the next few weeks. Planes Read the Rest…


New Musical Being Staged In Ventura County By Award Winning Team Brings New Twist To “A Christmas Carol”

Fri, December 14, 2012

South Coast theater fans are getting the first look at a new holiday musical being developed by an award winning team involved with some acclaimed Broadway hits. “Little Miss Scrooge” is a modern day version of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”. But, not only does it switch the gender of the main character, Read the Rest…


Hip-Hop Legend Who Lives In Ventura County To Be Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Thu, December 13, 2012

A Ventura County rapper who founded the group “Public Enemy” will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next year. Chuck D has been on the music scene for nearly thee decades. This year marks the 25th anniversary of “Public Enemy’s” first album. The Ventura resident, and the group will be inducted Read the Rest…


High School Teacher In Carpinteria Arrested On Molestation Charges

Thu, December 13, 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say they’ve arrested a Carpinteria high school teacher on molestation charges. Michael George Carey was taken into custody yesterday afternoon at Rincon High School, the continuation school in Carpinteria where he teaches. Sheriff’s Department officials say the 41 year old Carpinteria resident was arrested for felony child battery, and Read the Rest…


DA Rules Two Fatal Shootings By Law Enforcement In Santa Barbara County Justified

Thu, December 13, 2012

The Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office has completed its investigation into two different law enforcement related fatal shootings, and has ruled both were justified. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Shooting Investigations


New Economic Report By Ventura County Forecasters Says Personal Debt Is Rising, While Wealth Is Dropping

Thu, December 13, 2012

A new economic report by a Ventura County based forecast center says that the wealth of the average American has dropped by about 20 percent since the start of the recession. The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting says per capita wealth has dropped from about $250,000, to $200,000. At the same Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Given Collection Of Paintings By Noted Artist

Thu, December 13, 2012

A couple has given Santa Barbara County an early Christmas present, in the form of a valuable collection of paintings. Anne and Walon Green donated 10 paintings by artist Channing Peake to the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. The works are valued at nearly $150,000. Peake was a noted artist who painted scenes from Santa Read the Rest…


EPA Releases Preliminary Results Of Radiation Study At Former Nuclear Testing, Rocket Lab Near Simi Valley

Thu, December 13, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency has released preliminary findings of its study of radiation contamination in the soil, and groundwater at a former nuclear testing, and rocket lab site near Simi Valley. The EPA has spent the last two years collecting, and analyzing thousands of samples taken in, and around the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Gets 15 Years To Life Sentence for DUI Death

Wed, December 12, 2012

A Ventura man prosecutors say was driving with an alcohol level more than four times over the legal limit has been sentenced to 15 years, to life in prison for striking, and killing a bicyclist. Satnam Singh entered guilty pleas last month to second degree murder, causing serious bodily injury, and driving under the influence Read the Rest…


Storm Bringing Light Rainfall, Possible Snowfall In Mountains For Santa Barbara And Ventura Counties

Wed, December 12, 2012

The first in a series of winter storms has arrived on the South Coast, dropping light rainfall throughout the region. So far, rainfall amounts in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties have been less than a tenth of an inch, but heavier rainfall is expected overnight The snow level could drop to 5000 feet overnight, with Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Study Controversial Means Of Extracting Gas, Oil From Ground

Wed, December 12, 2012

Ventura County is going to look at a controversial practice used to extract gas, and oil from the ground. Ventura County Supervisors approved a study of hydraulic fracking. Some people are concerned that the process, which involved the high pressure injection of fluids into the ground to open the way to gas and oil deposits Read the Rest…


EPA Set To Release Preliminary Results Of Radiological Testing From Santa Susana Field Lab

Wed, December 12, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency tonight is releasing preliminary findings of its radiological investigation of a former nuclear testing, and rocket lab site near Simi Valley. The EPA collected more than 3700 soil and sediment samples, and 200 plus water samples as part of the study of radioactive contamination at the Santa Susana Field Lab. The Read the Rest…


City Of Ventura Settles Civil Rights Lawsuit For $285,000

Wed, December 12, 2012

The City of Ventura has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a man who says he was injured by police when they were searching for stolen electronics. The city agreed to pay $285,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Denny Fields. On Christmas Day of last year, police say a GPS on a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Arrested On Charges He Pulled Down American Flag From Courthouse, and Burned It

Wed, December 12, 2012

A 25 year old man is facing an arson charge, after police say say he took down down a courthouse flag, and burned it. Witnesses say they say they saw Gary Working take down a flag flying outside of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, on the 1400 block of State Street Monday night. Police say he Read the Rest…


One Millionth Honda Built In U.S. For Export Passes Through Port Of Hueneme

Wed, December 12, 2012

It’s a big week for the Port of Hueneme. The Ventura County facility is a big import, and export hub for vehicles. Last night, the one millionth Honda built in the U.S. for export passed through the port, for shipment to South Korea. Honda officials from around the country were in Ventura County for a Read the Rest…


Port Hueneme Police Chief Resigns

Wed, December 12, 2012

Port Hueneme’s Police Chief has resigned, weeks after the City placed her on paid administrative leave. In a settlement agreement, Kathleen Sheehan stepped down on December 4th, and reached a deal to receive $75,000 to settle her contract, as well as $15,000 compensation for leave, and the payment of benefits like health care through next Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Taking Stand Against State Fire Prevention Fee

Wed, December 12, 2012

A new statewide fee for hundreds of thousands of homeowners for brushfire prevention efforts is generating a lot of controversy. It affects more than 800,000 homeowners statewide, and tens of thousands in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The Ventura County Fire Department is on the record as opposing the fee. Now, Santa Barbara County is Read the Rest…


UCSB Physicist Receives International Honors For String Theory Research

Wed, December 12, 2012

A UC Santa Barbara physicist noted for groundbreaking research in the area of string theory is receiving one of the most prestigious international honors in physics. Dr. Joseph Polchinski is one of three winners of the 2013 Physics Frontier Prize from the Milner Foundation. The UCSB researcher is noted for his work in discovery of Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council Approves Controversial Affordable Housing Project

Tue, December 11, 2012

A controversial proposal for an affordable housing complex in Ventura has received final approval. The Ventura City Council gave the go-ahead to plans by the non-profit Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation to build a 50 unit complex at Wells Road, and Darling Road. Some area residents objected to the project, citing concerns about issues like parking, Read the Rest…


Founder of Popular News Website In Santa Barbara County Dies

Tue, December 11, 2012

The founder of a popular website in Santa Barbara County which aggregates news from media outlets and the public, as well as provides a forum for the community to talk about events has died. Edhat founder Peter Sklar had been battling brain cancer. Sklar was a software designer who developed the free website which compiles Read the Rest…


Congressional Group Asks Federal Homeland Security For Update On Efforts To Combat Smuggling Off Coast

Tue, December 11, 2012

A half dozen members of Congress from California are asking federal officials for information on what’s being done to fight increased smuggling operations along the Southern California coastline, including Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara is one of those asking the Department of Homeland Security for more information on Read the Rest…


Oxnard City Council Set To Look At Ways To Fill Vacant Council Post

Tue, December 11, 2012

Ventura County’s largest city has to figure out how it will fill a City Council vacancy. The Oxnard City Council tonight is scheduled to discuss how the post should be filled. The vacancy was created by the election of Councilman Tim Flynn as Mayor last month. There are two years left on his four year Read the Rest…


Refurbished Law Enforcement, Fire Department Helicopter Now Active In Santa Barbara County

Tue, December 11, 2012

A project to refurbish a former military for use by Santa Barbara County’s public safety agencies is now complete, with the chopper now operational, and a part of the county’s aerial fleet. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Helicopter


Arrest Made For 2011 Shooting Death In Oxnard

Tue, December 11, 2012

Detectives think they’ve solved the December, 2011 fatal shooting of a man who was riding in a car in Oxnard. Gabriel Madrigal was a passenger in a car near Hobson Way, and Ninth Street last December 30th when he was hit in the head by a gunshot. The 29 year old man died in a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Gets 75 Years To Life Sentence For Fatal Drug Related Shooting

Tue, December 11, 2012

A Ventura County man will in effect spend the rest of his life behind bars, after receiving a 75 years to life sentence for the killing of one man, and the attempted murder of a second. Prosecutors say Brian Starks planned the robbery of two men who wanted to buy a large quantity of cocaine. Read the Rest…


Woman Rescued From Smoke Filled Home In Ventura

Tue, December 11, 2012

A woman is recovering from smoke inhalation, after she was found on the floor of a burning home in Ventura. Firefighters were called to the 6000 block of Sparrow Street just before 1 p.m. yesterday. With smoke pouring from the home when they arrived, Ventura firefighters forced their way inside, and found an adult woman Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Helps Create Project Which Has Planted More Than 50 Million Trees In Nations Hit by Deforestation

Tue, December 11, 2012

A grass roots effort which started with the help of a Santa Barbara County man is trying to tackle both poverty, and deforestation in some third world nations. The Eden Projects has planted dozens of millions of trees, employing some of the poorest people in the world at the same time. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Biotech Giant Buys Genetics Company

Mon, December 10, 2012

A Ventura County based biotech giant has purchased a cutting edge genetics research company. Amgen bought deCODE Genetics for $415 million dollars. decode is a 16 year old compnay based in Iceland which has been involved in the discovery of genetic risk factors for numerous diseases. The move is expected to increase the Thousand Oaks Read the Rest…


Suspected Auto Thief Arrested After Car Chase, Search Of Ventura Neighborhood

Mon, December 10, 2012

A man suspected of stealing a car is behind bars, after an early morning chase, and a search which created some scary wake up calls for a Ventura neighborhood. At around 12:30 a.m., officers on patrol spotted a stolen vehicle being driven on the 100 block of Winford Avenue. As they tried to pull the Read the Rest…


Pop Music Star Buy House In Ventura County

Mon, December 10, 2012

One of America’s best known pop music stars, who’s also become a judge on one of television’s most popular singing competition shows, has purchased a home in Ventura County. Britney Spears bought a 8400 square foot, five bedroom home in Thousand Oaks. The Lake Sherwood area home was previously owned by former pro hockey player Read the Rest…


Unusual Art Museum In Conejo Valley To Host Lecture, Concert

Mon, December 10, 2012

It’s about the most unusual place you can think of for an art museum. A museum built under a football stadium in Ventura County is currently hosting its third exhibition since opening a little over a year ago. KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at the latest show in the Conejo Valley gallery, which is being highlighted Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies Say They Arrest Teen Responsible for More Than Four Dozen Vandalism Incidents

Mon, December 10, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies say they’ve arrested a teen who’s admitted to being responsible for more than four dozen graffiti vandalism incidents in the Conejo Valley. There have been about 50 incidents in Thousand Oaks during the last several months by someone using the moniker of “Doozer”. Investigators say they traced the graffiti to a Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Missing Man Last Seen In Simi Valley

Mon, December 10, 2012

A search is underway for an elderly man who was last seen at his daughter’s Ventura County home over the weekend. Edgardo Pascual of Los Angeles visited his daughter in Simi Valley on Saturday, and left to go home around 7 Saturday night. He hasn’t been seen since. Simi Valley Police say he’s a 73 Read the Rest…


Some Local Fire Agencies Transitioning To Lower Brush Fire Preparedness Level

Mon, December 10, 2012

Two local agencies say they are easing off fire restrictions, as a result of recent rainfall. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says it’s moving from a high fire season preparedness level, to a lower level today, as a result of current and projected rainfall levels. Controlled burns will be allowed with necessary permits. The Read the Rest…


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