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Archives for January 2013

Retired Cardinal Roger Mahoney Stripped Of Church Duties; Santa Barbara Bishop Thomas Curry Resigns In Wake Of Priest Abuse Document Revelations

Thu, January 31, 2013

There are huge new developments in the wake of the Catholic Church priest abuse scandal in Southern California, with word that retired Cardinal Rodger Mahony has been stripped of his church duties, and that his former assistant, now Santa Barbara Bishop Thomas Curry has resigned. The actions were announced in a written statement by Los Read the Rest…


Mother, Pregnant Daughter Identified As Victims Of Apparent Double Murder-Suicide In Oxnard

Thu, January 31, 2013

A mother, and her pregnant daughter are being identified as the victims of a fatal double shooting in Oxnard, which later ended with the man police say was the suspected gunman killing himself. Lucila Davalos, and her 22 year old daughter Adriana Davalos were shot to death yesterday afternoon at a home on the 1200 Read the Rest…


Man Arrested in Connection With Multiple Indecent Exposure Incidents In Ventura County

Thu, January 31, 2013

A man has been arrested in connection with multiple indecent exposure incidents in Ventura County. Simi Valley Police say since last November, they’ve received reports of a man in a red pickup truck pulling up to females on city streets, and then committing a lewd act before leaving the area. On Tuesday, officers received a Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Armed Man Shot To Death In Confrontation With Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies

Thu, January 31, 2013

Authorities are releasing more details, including the identity of an armed man shot to death in a confrontation with Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies in Fillmore. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on lin to listen to/download story: Fillmore Shooting Update


Woman Arrested While Trying To Enter Courthouse in Santa Barbara County with Gun

Thu, January 31, 2013

A woman was arrested after she tried to enter a courthouse in Santa Barbara County with a gun. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Courthouse Gun


Ventura County Woman Sentenced To Prison For Stealing From Non-Profit Agency

Thu, January 31, 2013

A Ventura woman has been sentenced to six year prison for embezzling more than $800,000 for a local non-profit agency. Prosecutors say Ronda Ann Garcia stole money during a six year period from Khepera House, which is a substance abuse recovery agency in Ventura. They say while working as the organization’s office manager, she wrote Read the Rest…


UCSB Researchers May Have New Insight Into The Causes Of Arthritis

Thu, January 31, 2013

Some UC Santa Barbara researchers may have figured out some missed clues as to the causes of arthritis. They say their findings may change the way we look at the friction in joints which has commonly been blamed for causing pain, and damage. Their just published study also shows they may have found a less Read the Rest…


Man Dies After Confrontation With Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies

Thu, January 31, 2013

A man is dead, after Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies say he fired a gun at them in Fillmore. It happened just after 5 p.m. yesterday, on the 700 block of Blaine Avenue. Deputies were called to the area after receiving reports that someone had a gun at an elementary school, and information from witnesses led Read the Rest…


Academy Award Nominated Actress Amy Adams Set To Be Latest Honoree At Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Thu, January 31, 2013

The big Hollywood names continue to head to Santa Barbara this week, for the 28th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Academy Award nominated actress Amy Adams will receive the festival’s “Cinema Vanguard” award at the Arlington Theater tonight. Adams received her fourth Oscar nomination for her role in the critically acclaimed movie “The Master.” Read the Rest…


South Coast Assemblyman Introduces Bill To Try to Stop Pay Double Dipping By State Employees

Thu, January 31, 2013

An assemblyman who represents Ventura County introduced legislation to try to stop what he says is double dipping by some workers holding both full time state jobs, and part time state positions. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: AB 208 State Employee Legislation


Three Dead Following Pair Of Shootings In Oxnard

Wed, January 30, 2013

Three people are dead, following a pair of what police believe are related shootings in Oxnard. Officers were called to an apartment complex on the 200 block of Hull Place at around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, by reports of a shooting. They found the bodies of two women, who had been shot to death. Then, about Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Responding To Call Of Man With Gun Shoots, Wounds Man

Wed, January 30, 2013

A Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy responding to a call of a man with a gun in Fillmore shot, and wounded a 33 year old man. It happened just after 5 p.m., on the 700 block of Blaine Avenue. The deputy was unhurt. There’s no word yet on the condition of the wounded man, or the Read the Rest…


State Approves Controversial Proposal For Expanded Alcohol Sales At Santa Barbara County Casino

Wed, January 30, 2013

The state has approved a controversial permit for an Indian tribe to expand its alcohol beverage sales at its Santa Barbara County casino. The Department Of Alcohol And Beverage Control okayed the permit change for one of the two permits held by the Chumash Casino, in the Santa Ynez Valley. Up until now, alcohol sales Read the Rest…


School Burglaries Continue In Santa Barbara Area

Wed, January 30, 2013

Authorities are trying to solve some school break-ins in the Santa Barbara, during which thousands of dollars worth nof computers were stolen. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Area School Burglaries


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Employee Honored By State Group For Efforts To Help Homeless Inmates

Wed, January 30, 2013

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department employee has been honored by a mental health organization for going above the call of duty to help homeless inmates being released find assistance. Tona Wakefield is a jail discharge planner with the county, who helps inmates being released find housing, and works to connect them with mental health, Read the Rest…


Truck Carrying Pesticides Crashes Into Ventura Home

Wed, January 30, 2013

Some people in a Ventura home got a rude wake-up call this morning, when an out of control truck crashed into their home. It happened just before 2 a.m., on the 7400 block of Coolidge Street. The truck was carrying pesticides, but fortunately, none of the containers leaked or ruptured. No one was seriously injured. Read the Rest…


South Coast Immigration Reform Advocates Worry About Possible Hangups In Action

Wed, January 30, 2013

As you’ve being hearing on NPR, the President says he’s moving ahead with efforts to make immigration reform a reality, telling Cngress that if it doesn’t come up with a plan, he will. The issue is being closely watched in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, which have between them an estimated 110,000 thousand undocumented residents. Read the Rest…


Quentin Tarantino To Be Honored By Santa Barbara International Film Festival Tonight

Wed, January 30, 2013

He’s created some of Hollywood’s most unusual films in the last two decades. Tonight, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Quentin Tarantino with its “American Riviera Award.” His movies include the current hit “Django Unchained,” as well as “Inglorious Basterds,” the “Kill Bill” movies, and “Pulp Fiction.” There are also more than 30 Read the Rest…


Water District In Ventura County Opens Door To Purchase, Or Takeover Attempt Of Water Company

Wed, January 30, 2013

A water district in Ventura County has taken a key step towards the potential purchase, or attempted takeover of a water company serving parts of the Ojai area. The Casitas Municipal Water District last night reviewed a consultant’s report on what would be involved in trying to take over facilities owned by the Golden State Read the Rest…


Volunteers Conduct Census Of Homeless in Ventura County

Wed, January 30, 2013

It was a census day of sorts in Ventura County. Some 300 volunteers hit the streets of the county yesterday, to try to count the county’s homeless. The statistics are important because the federal government uses the number to determine the county’s eligibility for funding to help deal with the problem. Last year’s survey counted Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Formalizes Hiring Of New Fire Chief

Tue, January 29, 2013

The Santa Barbara City Council today formalized the hiring of a new Fire Chief. Pat McElroy had been appointed to the spot by City Administrator Jim Armstrong, and today the council voted to unanimously to support the action. McElroy has been with the department for more than three decades, and was already been serving as Read the Rest…


Ruptured Gas Line Forces Evacations In Camarillo

Tue, January 29, 2013

A construction crew accidentally cut into a gas pipeline in an industrial area of Camarillo this afternoon, leading to the evacuation of some nearby buildings. The accident happened at about 2:45 p.m., on the 3200 block of Mission Oaks Boulevard. An adjacent industrial building, and a warehouse were evacuated as a precaution. Ventura County firefighters Read the Rest…


Efforts Ramp Up To Get New Courthouse In Santa Barbara

Tue, January 29, 2013

Efforts to get funding for a new courthouse facility in Santa Barbara have been stepped up, with the improving state funding situation seen as a possible opening to get the long discussed project built. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update: Santa Barbara Courthouse Project


Controversy Over Water In Part Of Ventura County Could Boil Over Tonight

Tue, January 29, 2013

The controversy over water rates in one Ventura County community could overflow tonight. Some Ojai area residents are upset with their water bills, saying they’re paying much more than neighboring government run system customers. They’re pushing for a government takeover of the water system. Officials with the company contend their rates are competitive, when you Read the Rest…


Virtuosos Award Presentations To Highlight Day Six Of The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Tue, January 29, 2013

The 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival has hit the halfway mark, with more than 30 screenings set to take place today. One of the big events set to take place today is the presentation of the festival’s Virtuosos Award, which celebrates the work of a half dozen up and coming actors. Among the honorees Read the Rest…


Traffic Concerns On Santa Barbara’s Eastside Focus Of Community Meeting

Mon, January 28, 2013

Pedestrian and traffic safety have been big concerns in a part of one South Coast community for the last two years, in the wake of an accident which killed a teenager. Now, the issues are going to be the focus of a community meeting. The City of Santa Barbara’s Transportation Division is holding a public Read the Rest…


Six Arrested For More Than Three Dozen Vehicle Burglaries In Ventura County

Mon, January 28, 2013

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say they’ve arrested six people for a string of more than three dozen vehicle burglaries which occurred in the last week. Deputies were called to the area of Lexington Court in Camarillo around 3:30 Sunday morning, by reports of people shining flashlights into parked vehicles. They arrested one adult, and four Read the Rest…


More Problems For Celebrity Couple Wanted In Santa Barbara County

Mon, January 28, 2013

An actor who fled to Canada with his wife after being wanted by authorities in Santa Barbara County is facing more problems, after his application for Canadian citizenship was denied. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Quaid Update


Ventura County Museum Exhibition Highlights When Gardens Went To War

Mon, January 28, 2013

We don’t give it a thought if we need to buy some food staples like eggs, or sugar. But, during World War II, there was mandatory rationing to try to insure we had the resources necessary to support the war effort. A new museum exhibition in Ventura County called “When Gardening Was Patriotic” looks at Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Fatal Hit And Run Crash In Santa Barbara

Mon, January 28, 2013

A 78 year old man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run accident in Santa Barbara earlier this month. CHP investigators say they took Lau Van Huynh of Murrieta into custody Saturday for the January 15th incident on the 101 Freeway, in downtown Santa Barbara. Witnesses told the CHP they saw Read the Rest…


Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Affleck Honored By Santa Barbara International Film Festival Over Weekend (Photos)

Sat, January 26, 2013

The stars were out in Santa Barbara for the first weekend of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, with tributes to Ben Affleck and Daniel Day-Lewis highlighting the events.


Ventura County Woman Arrested On Charges She Used Identity Of Her Deceased Grandmother

Fri, January 25, 2013

A Ventura County woman has been arrested on burglary, and identity theft charges after Simi Valley Police say she was improperly using the bank account of her recently deceased grandmother. Detectives say they began an investigation in October into the possible fraudulent use of the dead woman’s debit card, which had been used to withdraw Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Serial Flasher In Ventura County

Fri, January 25, 2013

Police are looking for a serial flasher in Ventura County. Oxnard police say there have been multiple incidents involving the same man. The most recent case occurred around 7:30 Wednesday night, when a man exposed himself to a passing woman near J, and Santa Clara Streets. Investigators say they are concerned because man has also Read the Rest…


Reagan Library To Name Gallery After Longtime Ventura County Congressman

Fri, January 25, 2013

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is going to name one of its galleries after a recently retired Ventura County congressman who was a key part of the establishment of the facility. Library officials say its “Peace Through Strength” gallery will be named after Congressman Elton Gallegly. Gallegly left office last year, after serving 26 years Read the Rest…


New Fire Chief Selected For Santa Barbara

Fri, January 25, 2013

Santa Barbara had more than 30 applicants from people seeking to become the city’s next fire chief, but in the end, the city picked the person who was already doing the job on an interim basis. Pat McElroy was appointed chief by City Administrator Jim Armstrong, pending final approval by the City Council. McElroy has Read the Rest…


Local Political Expert Weighs In On Governor’s “State Of State” Speech, Budget Proposal

Fri, January 25, 2013

For the first time in years, California may be in a position where it can approve a new budget without a major crisis, or massive new cuts. In his “State Of The State” address yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown said the state is in the black, and on the comeback path. He’s proposed a new budget Read the Rest…


Ben Affleck, Daniel Day-Lewis Among Honorees At Santa Barbara International Film Festival This Weekend

Fri, January 25, 2013

This is the first weekend of the 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and some big events are on the schedule. In addition to a full day of screenings, the festival is set to honor Ben Affleck tonight, with its “Modern Master Award” in an event at the Arlington Theater. This weekend, one of the Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Spearhead Investigation Into Man They Say Was Behind Multi-Million Dollar Check Fraud Operation

Thu, January 24, 2013

Simi Vallery Police say they’ve caught a man who may have created as many as eight million dollars worth of fraudulent American Express Travelers Cheques. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Travelers Cheques Fraud Operation


Leonardo DiCaprio To Miss Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Thu, January 24, 2013

As the 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicks off tonight, there’s word of a big change in the event’s lineup. Due to what the festival is calling a scheduling conflict, Leonardo DiCaprio won’t be on hand February 1st to accept its “Riviera Award.” The festival will now give the award to director/screenwriter/actor Quentin Tarantino. Read the Rest…


Dunkin’ Donuts Expanding To California, Including To Ventura County

Thu, January 24, 2013

A donuts and coffee chain which is hugely popular on the East Coast is coming to Southern California, including Ventura County. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced plans to open 150 stores in six Southern California counties. The company says it could eventually have as many as a thousand of the shops open statewide. It’s not the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival Kicks Off 11 Day Run Today

Thu, January 24, 2013

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicks off its 11 day run today, with hundreds of events, iclduing tributes to stars like Daniel Day Lewis, and Amy Adams. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: SBIFF Opens


Authorities Seize Firearms, Drugs And Arrest Four Following Investigation In Ventura County

Thu, January 24, 2013

An investigation into reports of illegal sales of guns in Ventura County led to four arrests in Fillmore. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives began investigating the reports earlier this month, and say they gathered enough information to get two search warrants. They raided homes on the 1300 block of Blue Jay, and the 700 block of Read the Rest…


Fire Investigators Looking For Potential Witnesses To Santa Barbara Blazes

Thu, January 24, 2013

Fire investigators are looking for potential witnesses to the two fires which occurred on Santa Barbara’s Television Hill this week, which they now believe were deliberately set. The first blaze occurred at around 5:45 Monday night, off of Loma Alta Drive, and the second one occurred a few blocks away around 8:30 Tuesday night. The Read the Rest…


Developer Says Resort Project In Santa Barbara County Stalled Over Legal Issue With County

Thu, January 24, 2013

There’s yet another delay in the more than decade old effort to build a new luxury hotel on the site of a historic Santa Barbara County resort. The developer behind the project, and a top county official say talks over a key tax incentive program are stalled. However, they say they are hopeful it can Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Gets 49 Years To Life Sentence For Sexually Abusing Relatives

Thu, January 24, 2013

A Ventura County man received a 49 years, to life sentence after being convicted of repeatedly sexually abusing three of his relatives. Prosecutors say Oscar Cervantes of Fillmore committed the crimes over a five year period, when the victims were between five, and 15 years old. His father, and a brother had already been convicted, Read the Rest…


Secretary of State Confirmation Audio

Wed, January 23, 2013

Thursday, January 24, at 7 am PT, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold hearings on the nomination of Senator John Kerry to Secretary of State.  Gavel to gavel audio of the proceedings is available here.


Simi Valley Motel Fire Seriously Injures Woman

Wed, January 23, 2013

A woman has been seriously injured by a fire in a Ventura County motel room. The blaze was discovered just after 10 this morning, at a Best Western Inn on the 1700 block of Madera Road, in Simi Valley. The Ventura County Fire Department’s Captain Mike Lindberry says the woman had burns over about 50% Read the Rest…


Fire Tears Through Pallet Storage Area In Ventura County, Burns Out Of Control For Hours

Wed, January 23, 2013

It took dozens of Ventura County firefighters to control, and put out a massive fire in a pallet storage facility. Firefighters were called to the Camarillo are by reports of a structure fire at around 2:30 this morning. They found pallets on fire at a storage facility at Santa Clara Avenue, and Central Avenue. Strong Read the Rest…


Pickup Truck Crash Kills Ventura County Woman

Wed, January 23, 2013

A Ventura County woman was killed, and her daughter injured when the woman apparently lost control of the pickup truck she was driving, and hit a tree. Eydie Brewer was westbound on Newbury Road in Thousand Oaks around 5:30 a.m. yesterday, when the vehicle went off the road, and crashed into the tree. The 55 Read the Rest…


Social Justice, Religious, Labor Groups In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Rally For Immigration Reform

Wed, January 23, 2013

Some religious, social justice, and labor advocates in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties have joined forces to push for immigration reform. Leaders say with the re-election of President Obama, and what they feel is growing support among Republicans, the time to act is now. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Ventura, where members of a task Read the Rest…


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