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Archives for December 2012

Program In Santa Barbara County Offering Free Glasses To Children In Need

Mon, December 10, 2012

Hundreds of Santa Barbara County kids in need are going to get early Christmas presents this weekend, when they receive free eye checkups, and glasses through an event in Santa Barbara. It’s one of a series of efforts by some local doctors, educators, some non-profit groups, and a local eyeglass company to help children. The Read the Rest…


Off-Duty CHP Officer Credited With Breaking Up Catalytic Converter Theft Ring In Santa Barbara County

Sun, December 9, 2012

An alert off-duty CHP officer in Santa Barbara County is being crediting with helping to break up a car parts theft ring. Just before 3 a.m. Saturday, the officer noticed a suspicious vehicle with men inside parked in his North Santa Barbara neighborhood. The officer called the CHP to send some patrol units to the Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Serial Flasher In Conejo Valley

Sun, December 9, 2012

Authorities are looking for a man they believe is a serial flasher responsible for multiple incidents in the Conejo Valley. Ventura County Sheriff’s Detectives say a man dressed in women’s clothing flashed children three separate times in August, November, and December in different Thousand Oaks neighborhoods. They believe the same man was responsible for all Read the Rest…


More Than 2,000 Runners Expected For Holiday Themed Half Marathon In Ventura County

Fri, December 7, 2012

Don’t be surprised if you see Santa, or some elves running through Ventura County this weekend. The Fifth Annual “Santa To The Sea” half marathon is set to take place on Sunday. The 13.1 mile race starts at the giant Santa head that’s become a landmark off of the 101 Freeway in El Rio, and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Out On Bail After Being Arrested For Identity Theft Arrested Fot It Again

Fri, December 7, 2012

Authorities say they’ve broken up an identity theft operation in Ventura County run by a woman who was recently arrested for the same thing in Santa Barbara County. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they found stolen mail, stolen credit cards, and other stolen items at a home on the 200 block of 11th Street in Read the Rest…


101 Freeway Crash Sends Seven To Hospital In Ventura

Fri, December 7, 2012

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to an accident on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County which sent seven people to the hospital. It happened just before 10 last night, on the northbound 101 at Telephone Road. The two vehicle crash involved a van, which ended up smashing into the freeway’s guard rails. Read the Rest…


Engineer Who Pioneered Live Television Helicopter Coverage Dies In Ventura County

Fri, December 7, 2012

An Emmy-winning engineer who pioneered the use of helicopters for live television news coverage has died in Ventura County. John Silva was chief engineer at KTLA in 1958 when he outfitted a rented helicopter with a camera, and gear to allow live television broadcasts. It was a huge technical challenge, because he, and other engineers Read the Rest…


Man Armed With Rifle Robs Ventura County Casino

Fri, December 7, 2012

A man armed with a rifle robbed Ventura County’s only casino at gunpoint. The gun toting masked man entered the Players Club Casino in Ventura, which is on the 6500 block of Auto Center Drive, just after 3:30 this morning. He ordered all of the employees, and customers in the club onto the floor, and Read the Rest…


Annual Nativity Scene Show Which Raises Money To Help Ventura County Homeless Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Fri, December 7, 2012

A grass roots program which started as an effort to help the homeless in Ventura County is celebrating its 20th anniversary. “No Room At The Inn” is an annual show featuring hundreds of nativity scenes, many handmade from things like glass, wood, and even coal. The event spearheaded by a group of about 50 volunteers Read the Rest…


Plan To Provide HMO for Some Ventura County Medi-Cal Recipients Put On Hold By State

Fri, December 7, 2012

A deal to provide HMO services for thousands of Ventura County residents is now on hold. A state agency ordered Gold Coast Health Plan, which serves the county’s 100,000 Medi-Cal recipients, to first finish getting its financial house in order. Gold Coast has been negotiating with a new HMO, called AmericasHealth Plan, to manage care Read the Rest…


Work Underway To Remove Dilapidated Remains Of Resort In Montecito

Fri, December 7, 2012

Work is finally underway to remove the dilapidated remains of what was once one of Santa Barbara County’s most popular resorts. Bulldozers are tearing down what was the Miramar Resort in Montecito. The property has been in limbo for more than a decade, when it was sold to a hotel developer who wanted to refurbish, Read the Rest…


Name Chosen For New Ventura School District At First Meeting Of New School Board

Thu, December 6, 2012

Ventura County’s newest school district officially has a name, but it’s no big surprise. Members of the new school board which will run the merged Santa Paula Elementary, and Santa Paula Union High School Districts met for the first time last night. After being sworn into office, one of their decisions was to name the Read the Rest…


Project To Upgrade School Crosswalk Safety In The Conejo Valley To Begin Next Week

Thu, December 6, 2012

Work is set to begin on a series of lighted crosswalks intended to improve student safety near some schools in the Conejo Valley. Six enhanced crosswalk systems will be installed during the next year. The systems include in-pavement lights, and flashing beacons to alert drivers when students are crossing. The first of the six systems Read the Rest…


Supermarket Chain With 12 Locations In Ventura County Says It May Sell Some, Or All of Its 200 Stores

Thu, December 6, 2012

A supermarket chain which has a dozen stores in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties says it may sell some, or all of its outlets. British supermarket giant Tesco announced that it may step away from its “Fresh and Easy” chain, citing higher than expected costs, and lower revenue than expected. The five year old chain Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sentenced To Prison For Attack On Sheriff’s Deputy

Thu, December 6, 2012

A man who prosecutors say attacked his mother, and then tried to kill a Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy who was responding to the emergency call has been sentenced to 23 years, to life in prison. John Atkinson was convicted of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and five other charges in connection with the Read the Rest…


Stomach Flu Outbreak Hits Santa Barbara County School

Thu, December 6, 2012

An outbreak of the stomach flu has hit a Santa Barbara County School hard. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story: Stomach Flu Outbreak


Unique Project To Deal With Erosion At Popular South Coast Beach At Halfway Point

Thu, December 6, 2012

The ocean has been trying to reclaim a bike path, and other facilities at a popular South Coast beach. Officials looked at using a seawall to protect the beach, but that approach can create new environmental problems, and is being restricted by the State Coastal Commission. So, a unique project that’s been underway for about Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Man Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Possibility Of Parole For Stabbing To Death Boy, Injuring Two Others

Wed, December 5, 2012

A man who stabbed to death a Ventura County boy, and seriously injured the boy’s mother, and a neighbor will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Calvin Sharp was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole today for the August, 2007 attacks in Newbury Park. Sev’n Molina was stabbed to Read the Rest…


Voices Of Disney Parks Visit Ventura County To Help Celebrate Walt Disney’s Birthday

Wed, December 5, 2012

Today marks the 111th birthday of Walt Disney. It was celebrated in Ventura County with a special appearance by some of the voices behind Disney’s Southern California theme parks. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Disney Voices


Ventura County Man Enters Guilty Plea To Killing Girlfriend

Wed, December 5, 2012

A Ventura County man is facing 16 years, to life in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and other charges in connection with the killing of his girlfriend. Jose Escobar Monterrozo killed Claudia Minjivar in January at the couple’s home in Simi Valley. Prosecutors say the 36 year old man beat her with a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City Council Approves Installing Video Cameras In Police Patrol Vehicles

Wed, December 5, 2012

The City of Santa Barbara is moving ahead with plans to equip all of its police patrol units with video camera systems. The Santa Barbara city Council approved spending just over $230,000 to install the system in 27 patrol vehicles. The systems will include front, and rear facing cameras. A Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Read the Rest…


Shuttered Ventura Movie Theater Complex To Become Home For Church

Wed, December 5, 2012

It’s not going to be the latest blockbuster, but the sounds of church services which are going to sound throughout a vacant Ventura County theater complex. Mission Church says it’s reached an agreement with Century Theaters owner Cinemark to lease the Century 16 complex in Ventura. The theater facility just off the 101 Freeway at Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Gets Interim Fire Chief

Wed, December 5, 2012

A more than three decades long veteran of the Santa Barbara Fire Department is going to become the city’s interim Fire Chief later this month. Pat McElroy will serve as Santa Barbara’s top firefighter until a permanent chief is selected early next year. McElroy has been with the department for 32 years, and is currently Read the Rest…


Fire Historian Says Historic Fires Demonstrate Threat Of Major December Brushfires

Wed, December 5, 2012

This week marks the little known anniversary of a devastating fire which wiped out the core of a Ventura County community. The December, 1903 fire destroyed most of Santa Paula’s downtown business district. It was fueled by Santa Ana winds, which pushed the flames from building to building. A Ventura County Fire department official says Read the Rest…


Meeting Location Changed For First Meeting Of New School Board In Ventura County

Wed, December 5, 2012

In anticipation of a large crowd tonight, the location of the first meeting for the new governing board for Ventura County’s newest school district has been moved. Last month, voters approved merging Santa Paula’s elementary, and high school districts. The newly elected governing board will meet for the first time at 7 tonight, at the Read the Rest…


10 Injured In Santa Barbara County Traffic Accident

Tue, December 4, 2012

Ten people were hurt, with two seriously injured in a four vehicle traffic accident in Santa Barbara County. It happened just before Tuesday morning, on Highway 246 at Tularosa Road, between Buellton and Lompoc. The cause of the accident is under investigation, but there was heavy fog in the area at the time.


Santa Barbara School District To Extend School Year, In Wake Of Proposition 30′s Passage

Tue, December 4, 2012

Students in the Santa Barbara School District are going to get part of academic year they lost to budget cuts back, thanks to the passage of Proposition 30. School district officials have reached an agreement with teachers, and staff to restore five furlough days as paid work days. They say thanks to the funding, this Read the Rest…


Judge Rejects Efforts To Block Oxnard Condominium Complex Over Environmental Concerns

Tue, December 4, 2012

A Ventura County judge rejected an effort to block a proposed new condominium complex in Oxnard over environmental concerns. A group challenged the city’s approval of a five building, 70 unit complex at the corner of Harbor Boulevard, and Wooley Road. Opponents contended that issues like density, noise, and aesthetics had not been properly considered Read the Rest…


State Commission Levels New Fines For Ethics Breaches Against Some Oxnard Officials

Tue, December 4, 2012

The fines keep coming in connection with ethics breaches by some city officials in Ventura County. The Fair Political Practices Commission has made public fines against five more present, and past Oxnard city officials, bringing the total to ten in the wake of an investigation by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office. The fines are Read the Rest…


Man Convicted In Ventura County Murder Scheme Found Dead In Jail Cell

Tue, December 4, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials say a man convicted in a murder for hire scheme this month killed himself in jail. Barry Carlisi was found hanging in his cell at the Todd Road Jail facility Monday afternoon, and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The 57 year old Bell Canyon man was convicted November 16th Read the Rest…


Layoffs Announced At Two South Coast Hospitals

Tue, December 4, 2012

The owner of two South Coast medical facilities announced plans to lay off 50 employees. The affected employees at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo received notices they will lose their jobs as of the end of January. Hospital officials say the move is part of Read the Rest…


New Oxnard Mayor, City Council Members Take Office Tonight

Tue, December 4, 2012

Ventura County’s largest city will get its first new mayor since 2004 tonight. Tim Flynn will be sworn in as Oxnard’s new mayor, at a special City Council meeting taking place at the city’s downtown library complex. The event will also honor outgoing Mayor Tom Holden, who decided not to run for a fifth term, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Beach Closed By Sewage Spill

Tue, December 4, 2012

A Santa barbara beach has been closed by a sewage spill. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Sewage Spill


Two Men Face Charges After Their Boat Hits Coast Guard Craft In Channel Islands, Killing Officer

Tue, December 4, 2012

Two men accused of running down a U.S. Coast Guard officer with a boat in the Channel Islands have now been charged with his death. A criminal complaint filed the United States District Court in Los Angeles yesterday is releasing many previously unknown details of the deadly incident which occurred over the weekend. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


South Coast Assemblyman Proposes Plan To Equip Service Station With Generations, To Keep Fuel Flowing After Major Disasters

Tue, December 4, 2012

A South Coast assemblyman introduced legislation to try to insure that we aren’t stranded by closed gas stations in the wake of a major disaster, like some victims of Hurricane Sandy were on the East Coast. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Service Station Disaster Preparedness


Ventura County Officials To Consider $15 Million Dollar Overhaul Of Accounting System

Tue, December 4, 2012

Ventura County officials are set to consider approval of a nearly $15 million dollar project to improve documentation, and monitoring of its finances. County Supervisors today will look at a project to modernize the county’s financial management system. In 1997, the county first moved to integrate which was once 18 separate financial management systems used Read the Rest…


Two Men Charged In Federal Court With Death Of Coast Guard Officer Off Ventura County Coastline

Mon, December 3, 2012

Two men have been charged in federal court with the killing of a U.S. Coast Guard officer who was trying to intercept their boat off the Ventura County coastline. Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III was fatally injured early yesterday morning when the small boat he was in was rammed by a suspected smuggler’s boat Read the Rest…


Governor Appoints Ventura County Prosecutor To Vacant Superior Court Judge Seat

Mon, December 3, 2012

The governor has appointed a Ventura County prosecutor to a vacant Superior Court Judge’s post. Gilbert Romero will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Edward Brodie last year. Romero was born, and raised in Oxnard. The 40 year old man graduated from Cal State Northridge, and the UC Hastings College of Law, Read the Rest…


Crackdown On Unlicensed Contractors In Camarillo Leads To 12 Arrests

Mon, December 3, 2012

A crackdown on unlicensed contractors in one Ventura County community led to 12 arrests. Agents from the State Contractors State License Board, and Ventura County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Detail set up a two day long sting operation at a Camarillo business, posing as potential customers. 12 of the 17 contractors who arrived to provide Read the Rest…


Three Arrested For Vandalism Spree In Ventura

Mon, December 3, 2012

Three Ventura men are facing vandalism charges, after police say they went on a rampage early this morning, damaging vehicles, and home holiday decorations with rocks. Police were called to the east end of Ventura about a possible prowler around 1:30 this morning, and one of the patrol units arriving in the area spotted a Read the Rest…


Nationally Known Architect Dies In Santa Barbara

Mon, December 3, 2012

A Santa Barbara architect known for both his award winning work, and involvement in community projects has died. Barry Berkus died as the result of an undisclosed illness. Berkus founded, and was president of Berkus Design Studio, and B3 Architects. He, and his team took on projects ranging from single family homes, to businesses, to Read the Rest…


Coast Guard Crew Member Killed While Trying To Intercept Suspected Drug Smugglers Off Ventura County Coastline

Mon, December 3, 2012

Two men are in custody, following a collision between two boats off the Ventura County coastline which left a Coast Guard crewman dead. The Coast Guard tried to intercept a suspected smuggling craft early yesterday morning, near Santa Cruz Island. The Coast Guard cutter Halibut deployed a small boat to investigate a panga boat. Officials Read the Rest…


Ventura County Attorney Arrested in Orange County Sting Operation

Mon, December 3, 2012

A Ventura County attorney was arrested in Orange County, in what authorities there say was a sting operation to try to catch a sexual predator. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department says a special task force was investigating a case in which a teenage girl was communicating with several men. Investigators say they took over communications Read the Rest…


Graeme McDowell Wins World Challenge Golf Tournament In Ventura County

Mon, December 3, 2012

Irish golfer Graeme McDowell won the Tiger Woods hosted World Challenge Golf Tournament in Ventura County for the second time in three years. McDowell finished the tournament at the Sherwood Country Club at 17 under 271, for a three shot win over second place Keegan Bradley. Bo Van Pelt was third, followed by Tiger Woods. Read the Rest…


New Affordable Housing Project Officially Opens On South Coast

Sat, December 1, 2012

A new affordable housing project designed to help Ventura County’s low income residents officially opened over the weekend. Azahar Place is a 60 unit apartment complex on the 11000 Mimosa Street in Ventura. The non-profit Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation built the development, which is intended to serve low income families, some of which are designated Read the Rest…


Man Found Dead In Simi Valley Supermarket Restroom

Sat, December 1, 2012

Authorities are investigating the death of a man in the restroom of a Simi Valley supermarket. It happened Saturday afternoon, at a Ralph’s supermarket on the 2700 block of Los Angeles Avenue. Store employees say they saw Lucas Hennessy go into a restroom at around 4 p.m. Someone later noticed that the door was locked, Read the Rest…


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