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Archives for February 2013

Family Files Claim Saying Ventura Police Officer Sexually Assaulted Teen Before His Suicide

Wed, February 20, 2013

Ventura Police say an attorney filed a claim against the city of Ventura, alleging that an officer who killed himself had sexually assaulted a young girl over a five month period in 2011. Officer Ricky Payne killed himself in October of 2011. At the time, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department completed an independent investigation which Read the Rest…


Man Fatally Wounded In Santa Barbara

Wed, February 20, 2013

Authorities haven’t released the name yet of a man shot to death near a South Coast high school campus. Santa Barbara Police were called to the 1000 block of Olive Street just after 7 last night, by reports of shots being fired. The location is near Santa Barbara High School They found a 21 year Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighters Mourning Death Of Longtime Department Member

Wed, February 20, 2013

The Ventura Fire Department is in mourning over the death of a longtime firefighter, with fire officials saying his death was job related. John Duff spent nearly 30 years as a firefighter with the city, retiring in 2010 as a result of what Fire Chief Don McPherson called job related cancer. He received numerous commendations Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Gets New Police Chief

Wed, February 20, 2013

A Ventura County community whose police chief resigned a few months ago has hired a new chief. The Port Hueneme City Council accepted a recommendation from the interim city manager to promote Lt. Robert Gager to chief. Gager has been with the department since 1999, holding a number of posts including sergeant, and lieutenant. He Read the Rest…


KCLU Overall Excellence Award Entry-Edward R. Murrow Awards

Wed, February 20, 2013

KCLU RTDNA OVERALL EXCELLENCE ENTRY KCLU Overall Excellence Entry 1.Malibu Lagoon Controversy (Hard News Story) TRT: 5:55 6/8/12 2.”The Long Goodby” (Feature Story) TRT: 6:00 8/6/12 3.KCLU News at 8 a.m. (Newscast) TRT: 4:00 9/13/12


KCLU Arts And Entertainment-Best Series Entry For RTDNA

Wed, February 20, 2013

KCLU Arts And Entertainment KCLU Arts And Entertainment Comp Reel Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:42am KCLU Arts And Entertainment (3 Segments) TRT: 18:00 1.Disney Museum Exhibition 2.”Little Miss Scrooge” 3.Tiempo Libre


Santa Barbara County Gets Nearly $1.4 Million Dollars In Fees From Developer To Build New Visitor Facilities

Wed, February 20, 2013

Construction has yet to start, but a major new resort planned for the South Coast could have some benefits for visitors to the region long before it ever opens its doors to the public for the first time. As part of approval for plans for Montecito’s new Miramar Resort, the California Coastal Commission made the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Debate Merits Of Community Workshop For Proposed Oil Project

Wed, February 20, 2013

Plans to expand oil drilling on an inland Santa Barbara County site, in a remote area southeast of Los Alamos, are creating some controversy. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Supervisors Oil Meeting Debate


UCSB Team Shut Down Following Hazing Allegations

Tue, February 19, 2013

UC Santa Barbara’s student newspaper is reporting that the UCSB Waterski and Wakeboard Team has been suspended, over hazing allegations. The Daily Nexus is reporting an October, 2011 incident in which a student was injured sparked the suspension. Past team members told the newspaper that there was drinking involved that weekend, which was a violation Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Sentenced To 158 Years In Prison For Child Molestation

Tue, February 19, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man received a 158 year prison sentence for child molestation, after prosecutors say he victimized members of his own family for years. Jose Raya-Hernandez of Santa Barbara was convicted of nine counts involving crimes against three members of his family in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Investigators say Raya-Hernandez molested his Read the Rest…


KCLU Newscast 8 am, 9/13/12

Tue, February 19, 2013

KCLU Newscast 8:06 am, 9/13/2012 TRAFFIC UPDATE—Animal hazard in Santa Barbara. OXNARD POLICE CUSTODY DEATH—Chief responds to public protests. JOB LOSSES IN CARPINTERIA–John Palminteri reports manufacturer closing. STATE PENSION ROLLBACK—Governor Brown announces changes. AMAZON TAX—On line sales tax goes in to effect. SEABEE SQUADRON DECOMISSIONED—Port Hueneme ceremony.


Local Assemblyman Introduces Bill To Give Students More Clout In Community College Districts

Tue, February 19, 2013

A state assemblyman from Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties has introduced legislation to try to give students more clout in California’s community college districts. Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara introduced AB 447, which would expand the roles of students who are members of district boards of trustees. Under his proposal, the student trustees Read the Rest…


Bird Rescue Center Reports Influx Of Injured Birds From Santa Barbara Channel

Tue, February 19, 2013

A Southern California bird rescue center says it’s recently seen an influx of birds covered with oil, many from the Santa Barbara Channel. But, KCLU’s John Palminteri reports it’s believed the oil is from natural sources. Click on link to listen to/download story: Oily Birds


Longtime Santa Barbara Congresswoman Gets Early Opponent In 2014 Election

Tue, February 19, 2013

It’s only been weeks since she took the oath of office for a new term, but a congresswoman representing the South Coast already has her first declared challenger in 2014. Businessman Paul Coyne of Santa Maria says he’ll challenge Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara for the 24th District seat. Coyne is a bank Read the Rest…


Researchers In Tri-Counties Propose System to Protect Earth Against Incoming Asteroids

Tue, February 19, 2013

Scientists around the world are calling last week’s spectacular explosion of a meteorite over Russia a wakeup call. Experts say it illustrates the need for the world to have a better way to detect objects like it. But, some researchers in the Tri-Counties say just as importantly, we need to develop something to destroy, or Read the Rest…


Two Arrested After String Of Burglaries In Conejo Valley

Mon, February 18, 2013

Two Ventura County men are behind bars this morning following a string of burglaries in the Conejo Valley. Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a home on the 700 block of Capitan Street at around 5 a.m. yesterday, by reports of a burglary in progress. They arrested Arturo Fuentes of Oxnard a few blocks Read the Rest…


Bicyclist Struck, Killed In Ventura County

Mon, February 18, 2013

A bicyclist riding at night without a light, or helmet was stuck and killed by a pickup truck in Ventura County. It happened just after 6:30 Sunday night, on Telegraph Road in Piru. The CHP says the bicyclist was hit from behind as he was headed east. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His Read the Rest…


Free Clinic Serving Eastern Ventura County Gets Major Grant

Mon, February 18, 2013

A non-profit health care organization in eastern Ventura County which serves more than 5,000 people a year has received a big grant from a Los Angeles based foundation. The Conejo Free Clinic is getting $50,000 from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. The grant will fund lab tests, immunizations, imaging, and other essential health care services Read the Rest…


State Senator For Part Of Ventura County Introduces Bill To Improve Voting Participation By College Students

Mon, February 18, 2013

A State Senator who represents part of Ventura County introduced a bill to try to make it easier for college students to vote, by making polling places more easily accessible. Democratic State Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills wants to designate state college campuses as their own precincts. Current law gives local elections officials discretion Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Suspicious Fires In Santa Barbara County

Mon, February 18, 2013

Authorities are investigating what they say are a string of suspicious fires in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Suspicious Fires


Joint Memorial Service Planned For Ventura County Couple Authorities Say Were First Victims In Killing Spree By Former LAPD Officer

Mon, February 18, 2013

A couple from Ventura County believed to be the first murder victims of former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner will be remembered at a joint memorial service in Orange County this coming weekend. Concordia University in Irvine will host the event to remember Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence. Investigators say the couple was killed by Dorner Read the Rest…


Police Say Ventura County Man Arrested For Attempted Kidnapping Of Girl

Sun, February 17, 2013

Ventura Police say they’ve arrested a man who first tried to lure a six year old girl away from a playground area at a mall, and then tried to take her. It happened at the Pacific View Mall in Ventura at around 4:30 Saturday. Investigators say Anthony Parish of Oxnard at first tried to get Read the Rest…


Preliminary Homeless Census Numbers In Santa Barbara County Show Drop

Fri, February 15, 2013

Preliminary numbers of the homeless in Santa Barbara County from a census conducted by an army of volunteers last month show a drop in the total of those on the streets. The numbers show just over 1460 people on the streets of the county, down from more than 1570 two years ago. The largest number Read the Rest…


State Assemblyman Trying To Fix Issue Over Honorary Naming Of Highway In Ventura County

Fri, February 15, 2013

What started as a well intentioned effort in Ventura to honor the Seabees has turned into a minor embarrassment for the state assemblyman making the proposal, but he’s hoping to fix it this weekend. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorrell of Camarillo had at the request of some Seabees proposed naming a section of Highway 1 near Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Convicted Of Stealing Historic Relics From Ventura Mission

Fri, February 15, 2013

A Ventura man has been convicted of stealing nine historic relics from the San Buevaventura Mission. Police say Edward Burgess broke into the mission last October, and stole the items from a rectory. They included some items which included the actual chips of bones of saints. An attorney for the 26 year old man conceded Read the Rest…


Ventura County Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Treats More Than 200 Children By First Anniversary

Fri, February 15, 2013

It was a touching celebration on Valentine’s Day, with heartwarming stories about children being helped by one of Ventura County’s newest medical facilities. The Ventura County Medical Center’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit celebrated its first anniversary this week…and, in a year, it’s helped more than 200 kids. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand at the Read the Rest…


Disabled Ventura County Man Presented With Custom Built Bicycle To Use In Veterans Charity Race

Fri, February 15, 2013

A healthcare company has given a one of a kind, custom built bicycle to a disabled Ventura County man, so he can take part in a statewide ride benefiting injured veterans. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ride2recovery Bike Presentation


Executive Director Named For New Lifelong Learning Center In Santa Barbara County

Fri, February 15, 2013

An executive director has been named for a new Lifelong Learning Center in Santa Barbara County. Andrew Harper will head Santa Barbara City College’s new center. The center will offer not for credit, fee based courses and seminars beginning this fall. The program is being created by the college district to replace popular adult education Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Mentally Ill Northern California Man Who May Be In Santa Barbara County

Thu, February 14, 2013

Authorities are looking for a Northern California man with mental health issues who may be in Santa Barbara County. Sonoma County officials say Jason Lewis Kyles disappeared February 2nd. They say he had been to the Santa Barbara area recently, and after having a psychotic break, may have returned to Santa Barbara. He’s described as Read the Rest…


New NASA Audit Questioning Agency’s Plans To Clean Up Former Rocket Testing, Nuclear Lab Site Near Simi Valley

Thu, February 14, 2013

An audit is raising questions about NASA’s plans to clean up toxic wastes from property it owns at a former rocket testing, and nuclear lab site near Simi Valley, saying what’s proposed may be unnecessarily costly. The space agency has estimated it would cost about $200 million dollars to deal with the problems identified at Read the Rest…


Pro Football Player Banned From Isla Vista By Judge

Thu, February 14, 2013

A judge has banned a pro football player from visiting Isla Vista, as part of a sentence involving a violent incident in the community. KCLU’s john Palminteri has the story: IV Football Player Ban


Demonstrators Take Part In Ventura, Santa Barbara County Events As Part Of V-Day, Protests Against Violence Aimed At Women, and Girls

Thu, February 14, 2013

Today of course is Valentine’s Day. Some people are commemorating it with more than flowers, or chocolates. They’re taking part in a global series of events intended to help end violence against women, and girls. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. Click on link to listen to/download story: Cal Lutheran Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Colleges Taken Off Probation

Thu, February 14, 2013

Ventura County’s three community colleges have received some big news. Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura Colleges have all been taken off probation. The three campuses were penalized a year ago by the Accrediting Commission For Community And Junior Colleges, after the commission found that a trustee had improperly interfered in college operations, and that the Board Read the Rest…


Rash Of Burglaries Reported In Ventura County Community

Thu, February 14, 2013

A rash of residential burglaries is being reported in one Ventura County community. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says there have been a number of daytime, and evening thefts in Thousand Oaks, in the area of Erbes Road. Detectives say in most cases, the burglars are just be walking into homes through unlocked doors. The Read the Rest…


Ventura County Choral Group To Perform At New York’s Legendary Carnegie Hall

Thu, February 14, 2013

This morning, more than 65 singers from Ventura County are headed to New York City for the experience of a lifetime. They’re going to be part of a concert featuring performers from around the world at Carnegie Hall. They are members of the Gold Coast Concert Chorus, a community group celebrating its 25th anniversary this Read the Rest…


One Killed, One Injured In Head On Traffic Accident In Oxnard

Wed, February 13, 2013

A Ventura County woman is dead, and a second person escaped with minor injuries from a head on traffic accident in Oxnard. It happened just before 4 p.m. yesterday, when car headed southbound on Victoria Avenue collided with a northbound vehicle which was trying to turn onto Wooley Road. The driver of the car of Read the Rest…


Huge Turnout At Funeral For Riverside Police Officer Authorities Say Was Slain By The Same Ex LAPD Officer Who Killed Former Ventura County Couple

Wed, February 13, 2013

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout Southern California were on hand today for the funeral today for Riverside Police officer Michael Crain, one of the four people authorities say was murdered by former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner. The emotional ceremony included tributes by fellow officers, friends, and Crain’s widow. Meanwhile, authorities have been working Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Approve Hiring Of Dozens Of New Employees For Healthcare Services

Wed, February 13, 2013

Ventura County Supervisors approved the hiring of 61 new employees to handle a boom in demand for healthcare services. The county’s Human Services Agency is reporting that since 2008, they’ve had a 14% increase in demand for Medi-Cal related services. They say the federal health care reform act is going to increase the demand for Read the Rest…


Novelist, Founder Of Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference Dies

Wed, February 13, 2013

A novelist, and adventurer who traveled the world, and eventually settled in Santa Barbara where he founded a well known writer’s conference has died. Barnaby Conrad was involved in literary projects on the South Coast for decades, and 40 years ago, founded the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference. Over the years, the conference has attracted some Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Library To Be Run By Private Operator

Wed, February 13, 2013

The City of Simi Valley has decided to hire a private company to run its library, instead of using the Ventura County Library system to manage it. The Simi Valley City Council approved the concept of having Library System and Services run its library. City officials say the move could save a half million dollars Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Works To Preserve Almost Forgotten World War Two Story Of Heroism By Four Chaplains

Wed, February 13, 2013

It was one of America’s worst wartime disasters. 70 years ago this month, a U.S. troop ship was torpedoed by a German submarine. More than 600 men died. But, as the ship sank, four chaplains from different faiths came together in an incredible act of heroism, staying on board to hand out life jackets, and Read the Rest…


South Coast Assemblyman Pushing For Tougher Pesticide Enforcement

Wed, February 13, 2013

A state assemblyman from the South Coast has proposed legislation to try to force a state agency to enforce more stringent rules for the use of agricultural pesticides. Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara introduced AB 304, which would create a mandatory timeline for the Department of Pesticide Regulation to adopt mitigation measures for Read the Rest…


Ventura County Tow Truck Driver Struck, And Killed By What Authorities Say Was DUI Driver

Wed, February 13, 2013

A Ventura County tow truck driver his dead, after he was struck, and killed by what authorities say was a DUI driver. Ronald Carver of Newbury Park was on the southbound side of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu when he was struck at around 9 Monday night. The car which hit him didn’t stop, Read the Rest…


City Of Oxnard Selects New Fire Chief

Wed, February 13, 2013

The City of Oxnard has hired a new Fire Chief, choosing a top firefighter from the Bay Area to fill the vacancy. James Williams II will take over the post early next month. He’s currently a Deputy Chief with the Oakland Fire Department, and has more than 25 years experience in the public safety field. Read the Rest…


Amgen Tour Of California Announces Details Of 2013 Competition, Including Course Routes In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Tue, February 12, 2013

Details have been announced for the nation’s largest professional bike race, which will once again visit the South Coast after bypassing the region last year. The 2013 Amgen Tour Of California will take place in eight stages, from May 12th through 19th, and span 750 miles of the state. On May 15th, the race will Read the Rest…


Three People Suffer Stab Wounds from Confrontation In Oxnard

Tue, February 12, 2013

Oxnard police are trying to sort out what led to three people being stabbed this morning. Officers were called to the 2800 block of South Ventura Road just after 8 a.m., by reports of three people confronting someone. They say there was a fight, and three people received stab wounds. There’s no word on the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Community Sets Stage For 101 Freeway Widening

Tue, February 12, 2013

A Santa Barbara County community has taken a key step to set the stage for widening of a section of the often packed 101 Freeway. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Carpinteria Freeway Widening Project


Satellite Launched From Santa Barbara County Will Provide Global Environmental Data

Tue, February 12, 2013

A spectacular rocket launch visible from much of Santa Barbara County put a satellite into orbit which will help with environmental research around the world. The Landsat 8 craft launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base is equipped with the latest technology in earth imaging, to allow scientists to examine everything from deforestation to the impacts Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Store Closed For Hours Due To Hazardous Materials Leak

Tue, February 12, 2013

A big box store in Santa Barbara County is back in business today, but it was shut down for hours yesterday by a hazardous materials leak. Reports of a chemical leak prompted employees to evacuate a Costco store on the 7000 block of Marketplace Drive in Goleta just before 4 p.m. yesterday. Employees thought it Read the Rest…


State Senator Representing Part Of Ventura County Appointed To State Parks Commission

Tue, February 12, 2013

A State Senator who represents parts of Ventura County has become the first sitting member of the Senate to serve on the State Parks Commission. Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills will serve as an ex officio member of the panel, which means she’s a member, but without voting rights. Her post, and a Read the Rest…


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