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Archives for February 2013

Ventura City Council Picks New City Manager

Tue, February 12, 2013

The City of Ventura has hired a new City Manager, and the person the City Council has selected is already a familiar face to local government in Ventura County. Mark Watkins is expected to start his new job with the city in mid-March. Watkins is currently the Assistant City Manager for the City of Thousand Read the Rest…


UCSB Researcher Gets Oscar Over Weekend For Technical Achievement

Mon, February 11, 2013

A U.C. Santa Barbara faculty member has something on his bookshelf besides books today. He has an Academy Award. Theodore Kim received an Oscar for technical achievement over the weekend, at the Academy’s Scientific & Technical Awards Ceremony in Beverly Hills. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UCSB, who helped developed the Read the Rest…


Murder Charges Filed Against Former LAPD Officer Sought For Three Murders

Mon, February 11, 2013

Riverside County prosecutors have now filed murder, and attempted murder charges against Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer sought for the murders of three people, and wounding of two others in Southern California last week. The charges were filed as the result of an attack on two Riverside Police officers which killed one, and seriously Read the Rest…


Driver Of Big Rig Killed In Accident On Santa Ynez Valley Ranch

Mon, February 11, 2013

The driver of a big rig truck is dead, after the truck he was driving went out of control, and crashed in the Santa Ynez Valley. The accident happened just after 11:30 this morning, on an access road off of Highway 154 near Bradbury Dam. Santa Barbara County Fire Department officials say the truck was Read the Rest…


Satellite Successfully Launched Into Orbit From Vandenberg Air Force Base

Mon, February 11, 2013

A satellite which will increase the ability of researchers to monitor vital aspects of the Earth’s surface, like the status of natural resources like forests was successfully launched from Santa Barbara County this morning. An Atlas Five rocket lifted the Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base just after 10 Read the Rest…


KCLU Digital Drive-Final Hours!

Mon, February 11, 2013

To take a ‘byte’ out of the rising costs of providing news, programming and digital services, KCLU is conducting a special on line-only membership drive. Contribute before noon today to be eligible for our Grand Prize drawing for an Apple iPad Mini. By holding this drive exclusively on line, we’re minimizing interruptions and saving resources Read the Rest…


Ventura County Officials Seeking More Than 60 Additional Workers To Help With Boom In Demand For Health Care

Mon, February 11, 2013

A boom in demand for health care services in Ventura County is prompting county officials to seek the hiring of more than 60 new employees to help with administrative 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 Read the Rest…


Satellite Launch From VAFB Set For Monday Morning

Mon, February 11, 2013

After years of planning, an unmanned U.S. Earth observatory is ready for launch this morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base. KCLU’s Brian Webb has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Vandenberg Launch


Million Dollar Reward Offered For Information Leading To Arrest Of Former LAPD Officer Ssupected Of Killing 3, Wounding 2

Mon, February 11, 2013

A million dollar reward is now being offered to try to find Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer accused of killing three people, and wounding two others in Southern California last week. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the award, even as the LAPD declared a tactical alert in the city. With officers still search Read the Rest…


KCLU Digital Drive-Contribute Today!

Sat, February 9, 2013

To take a ‘byte’ out of the rising costs of providing news, programming and digital services, KCLU is conducting a special on line-only membership drive. Contribute today to help KCLU meet its goal of $50,000.  When we do, we’ll receive a bonus gift of $10,000, thanks to some special friends of KCLU. Each day’s contributors are Read the Rest…


Produce Company To Lay Off More Than 670 Employees In Ventura County

Fri, February 8, 2013

An international produce company notified Ventura County officials that it’s going to shut down farm operation, and its packing facility in Somis, and lay off more than 670 people. Gargiulo, Incorporated says it will shut down its facility on the 2000 block of Somis Road as of April 1st. In a letter to the County Read the Rest…


Search Continues in San Bernardino County Mountains For Former LAPD Officer Suspected In Three Murders, Including Ventura County Couple

Fri, February 8, 2013

The search for a former LAPD officer blamed for killing three people, including a former Ventura County couple is focused on an eight square mile of rugged mountains near Big Bear. Authorities think Christopher Jordan Dorner shot to death Keith Lawrence and Monica Quan at their Irvine apartment complex Sunday night. They think Dorner killed Read the Rest…


Number Of Flu Cases Up In Ventura County, Possibly At Highest Point In Season

Fri, February 8, 2013

Health officials say we’re seeing a spike in flu cases in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Flu Update


Simi Valley Gets Recommendation To Switch Library Services To Private Provider

Fri, February 8, 2013

Simi Valley could be the latest city to stop using the services of the Ventura County Library System. A staff report is recommending the city negotiate an agreement with a company to take over operations of the Simi Valley Public Library. The city received three proposals to handle the services, including one from the County Read the Rest…


Search Continues For Man Suspected of Killing 3, Wounding 2 in Southern California

Fri, February 8, 2013

The search is continuing this morning near Big Bear for a former LAPD officer wanted for the killings of a couple which once lived in Ventura County, as well as other attacks which left one police officer dead, and two wounded. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: Guman Read the Rest…


New Lights, Stepped Up Enforcement In Place To Try To Improve Pedestrian Safety In Part Of Santa Barbara

Fri, February 8, 2013

The installation of new stoplights, along with enforcement efforts by police are intended to try to help improve pedestrian safety in a section of Santa Barbara where it’s been a big issue. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Pedestrian Safety


Film Series At UC Santa Barbara Screens Classic Movies, Looks At Film Preservation Issues

Fri, February 8, 2013

Movies are a part of America’s cultural heritage. But, some of the earliest, and rarest ones are gone, because little effort was made for decades to preserve them. A film series on the South Coast is looking at the art, and philosophy of film preservation. It can be a controversial topic, because of sometimes differing Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Employee Arrested On Burglary Charge

Fri, February 8, 2013

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say they’ve arrested one of their civilian employees on a burglary charge. On January 4th, the department received a complaint that Mary Methmann was responsible for theft, for taking $50.00 while working at her position in the custody records department at the main jail facility. On January 29th, officials Read the Rest…


Search Continues For Former LAPD Officer Accused Of Killing 3, Including Couple From Ventura County

Thu, February 7, 2013

What’s being called one of the largest manhunts in Southern California history continues for a former LAPD officer wanted for the killings of a couple which once lived in Ventura County, as well as other attacks which left one police officer dead, and two wounded. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the latest. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Man Wanted For Murders Of Couple From Ventura County, Killing Of Riverside Police Officer Once Attended College In Thousand Oaks

Thu, February 7, 2013

What’s being called one of the largest manhunts in Southern California history is underway for a former LAPD officer wanted for the killings of a couple which once lived in Ventura County, as well as other attacks which left one police officer dead, and two wounded. Authorities think Christopher Jordan Dorner shot to death Keith Read the Rest…


State Senator Wants To Ban Certain Types Of Shotguns

Thu, February 7, 2013

A state senator representing the South Coast says she’s going to introduce legislation to ban certain types of shotguns. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara says she wants to see a ban on shotguns with revolving cylinders. Jackson says the shotguns with rifled barrels, and revolving cylinders are relatively new, but have the ability Read the Rest…


Statewide Manhunt Underway For Former LAPD Officer Blamed For Killing Spree, Including Former Ventura County Couple

Thu, February 7, 2013

A former Los Angeles Police officer wanted for the killings of a couple which once lived in Ventura County is now being sought in a massive statewide manhunt for two other ambush attacks. Authorities think Christopher Jordan Dorner shot to death Keith Lawrence and Monica Quan at their Irvine apartment complex Sunday night. Lawrence is Read the Rest…


New Santa Barbara Restaurant Opens With Big Crowds, And Controversy

Thu, February 7, 2013

A new Santa Barbara restaurant has opened with a big crowd on hand, because of some giveaways, but also some controversy, because of the political views of one of the chain’s executives. The restaurant is locally owned, but demonstrators still targeted it because of its link to the company. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Read the Rest…


Lack Of Dental Care For Thousands of Ventura County Children Focus Of Community Summit

Thu, February 7, 2013

Dental care seems like a basic thing that everyone should have in an area like the South Coast. But, tens of thousands of kids in Ventura County not only don’t see the dentist regularly, some of them have never been to a dentist. This week, health care officials, dental experts, educators, and members of some Read the Rest…


Violent Crime Down, Property Crime Up In Oxnard In 2012

Thu, February 7, 2013

Crime statistics for the largest city in Ventura County follow the same trend we’ve seen in many neighboring communities, with violent crime down overall, and property crimes up in 2012. T he City of Oxnard saw the number of violent crimes drop from 619 in 2011 to 603 last year. There were nine murders in Read the Rest…


Ventura Sheriff’s Department Runners In New Zealand For Marathon

Thu, February 7, 2013

A team of law enforcement officers from Ventura County is halfway around the world this morning, preparing to run in a marathon in its sixth continent. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the team has raised more than $200,000 for those in need through its global efforts. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Sheriff’s Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested After Investigators Say They Found Him Dealing Drugs from Home

Thu, February 7, 2013

A Ventura County man is facing a drug dealing charge, after detectives say an undercover investigation showed he was selling marijuana out of his Moorpark home. Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say they received information two months ago that Alexander Marvin was selling illegal drugs, possibly to high school students. Detectives say they conducted several surveillance Read the Rest…


Memorial Service Planned For Oxnard Murder Victims

Wed, February 6, 2013

A memorial service has been planned for Friday for a pregnant Oxnard woman, and her mother who were killed last week in what police say was a murder/suicide. Adriana Davalos and her mother, Lucila were shot to death last Wednesday afternoon. Investigators think a former boyfriend, Guido Morales Beteta, killed the women before taking his Read the Rest…


Ronald Reagan’s Birthday Celebrated At Reagan Library In Simi Valley With Speech By Rudi Giuliani

Wed, February 6, 2013

Today marks the 102nd anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s birth. More than a thousand people were on hand for a birthday celebration for the late president at the Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was there, and has the story:


Blatant Robber Steals Money From Sports Event At High School In Ventura County

Wed, February 6, 2013

Police are looking for a brazen robber who stole the receipts from entry fees at a soccer match at a Ventura County high school campus. Simi Valley police say a man wearing a ski mask grabbed the cash box during an event at Royal High School just after 5:30 last night. An attendant tried to Read the Rest…


Blast Injures Montecito Restaurant Employee

Wed, February 6, 2013

An explosion in a Montecito restaurant sent an employee to the hospital with burns. A worker was trying to light a pilot light in an oven just before 10 this morning when the explosion occurred at Giovanni’s Pizza, on the 1100 block of Coast Village Road. The blast tossed the man backwards, and he suffered Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Signs New Waste Disposal Contract

Wed, February 6, 2013

Residents of one South Coast community now know who will be picking up their garbage for the next decade. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the Santa Barbara City Council has signed a new waste disposal contract. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Waste Disposal Contract


Jury Convicts Man Of Killing His Mother, Who Was Santa Barbara County Teacher

Wed, February 6, 2013

A man with a history of mental illness who shot to death his mother has been convicted of second degree murder for the killing of the Santa Barbara County schoolteacher. A San Luis Obispo County jury declined to find Christopher Shumney guilty of first degree murder, but convicted him of the lesser charge for the Read the Rest…


Authorities Worry About Surge In Designer Drugs As They Break Up Operation In Ventura County

Wed, February 6, 2013

Investigators arrested three men they say are behind an interstate drug ring which involves the sales of what they call a dangerous new designer drug in Ventura County. They say they’ve broken up an operation which packages what are known as “bath salts” to make them especially appealing to teens, and young adults. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Ventura County Jail To Allow E-Mails To Inmates

Wed, February 6, 2013

The Ventura County Jail is going to allow inmates to receive e-mails, but it won’t be free. The County Sheriff’s Department announced a program which will allow inmates to receive up to five e-mails a day, per sender. The inmate won’t be able to receive the messages online, but can send them to an address Read the Rest…


Just Released Statistics Show Crime Increase In City Of Ventura For 2012

Wed, February 6, 2013

Violent crime was down, but property crimes were up last year in one South Coast community. Just released 2012 crime statistics for the City of Ventura show a 5% decrease in violent crimes. There was a 17% spike in property crimes, including a 45% increase in auto thefts, and a 21% increase in residential burglaries. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Approves Deal With Land Trust To Create New Neighborhood Park

Wed, February 6, 2013

A Ventura County community is getting a long sought new park. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on a story we’ve been following for months. Click on link to listen to/download story: 020613.VENTURA PARK


Authorities Say They Crack Designer Drug Operation In Ventura County With Links To Utah

Tue, February 5, 2013

Three men have been arrested in connection with a designer drug case in Ventura County which investigators say may be the first prosecution of its kind in the state. KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports authorities announced the results as part of an effort to create awareness about what they say is a growing concern. Click on Read the Rest…


Two Teens Who Attended School In Santa Barbara County Victims Of Murder-Suicide

Tue, February 5, 2013

There’s shock in Santa Barbara County over word that two teenagers who attended school in the area before moving to Northern California are the victims of a murder-suicide. Calavaras County authorities say Phillip Marshall shot to death his 17 year old son Alex, and 14 year old daughter Macaila in their beds, killed the family Read the Rest…


Recording For The Blind Organization Shuts Down Longtime Studio Facility In Santa Barbara County

Tue, February 5, 2013

Money woes have prompted a non-profit group which creates books on tape to shut down its Santa Barbara County studios. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Books On Tape Facility Closes


Man Re-Arrested After Escaping While Being Escorted into Ventura County Jail

Tue, February 5, 2013

A man arrested on a domestic violence charge is facing additional charges, after police say he briefly escaped while he was being escorted into the Ventura County Jail. Ventura Police had arrested Luis Bramblia, and were walking him into the main jail complex when he was able to run away, fleeing into a nearby neighborhood. Read the Rest…


Efforts To Help Homeless In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Focus Of Reviews Today

Tue, February 5, 2013

On any given day, experts say there are more than 630,000 homeless people on the streets of our nation. On the South Coast, estimates of the daily count are in the 3,000 person range. We’ll actually soon have a more precise number, with homeless counts occurring two weeks ago in both Ventura, and Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Annual Film Series In Ventura Kicks Off Today

Tue, February 5, 2013

A film series which features everything from documentaries, to feature films kicks off its fifth season in Ventura County tonight. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura Film Society 2013 Season


Governor Of Texas Plans Visit To Ventura County To Try To Lure Business To Move

Tue, February 5, 2013

The governor of Texas is planning to visit one of Ventura County’s largest employers, to try to get its owners to move their operations to the Lone Star state. Texas Governor Rick Perry has scheduled a visit next week to Oxnard-based Haas Automation. The company has about 1500 employees, and was considering expansion. But, it Read the Rest…


Orange County Couple Found Dead In Car Has Ties To Ventura County

Mon, February 4, 2013

Ventura County’s sports community is in shock, after word that a couple with ties to some local athletic programs was found shot to death in Orange County. The bodies of Keith Lawrence and Monica Quan were found in a car parked in the parking structure of their Irvine condominium complex Sunday night. Lawrence was a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community May Get Long Sought Park, Thanks To National Non-Profit Group

Mon, February 4, 2013

A national non-profit group may clear the way for a long-sought park in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Westside Park Proposal


Ventura County Supervisors To Consider Bond Proposal For New Hospital Wing

Mon, February 4, 2013

Ventura County is set to make a key decision this week on what will be the largest single county construction project in history. County Supervisors tomorrow are expected to approve the issuance of more than $300 million dollars in bonds to rebuild a major portion of the Ventura County Medial Center. The project will bring Read the Rest…


CHP Says Motorcyclist Traveling At Close To 100 Miles An Hour Killed In Ventura Crash

Mon, February 4, 2013

The CHP says a Ventura motorcyclist was traveling at speeds close to 100 miles an hour when he lost control of his bike, and crashed, leading to his death. Pedro Fernandez was southbound on Highway 33 just before 10 yesterday morning near Main Street when he veered off the road, and hit a sign. The Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Department Adding Video Cameras To Patrol Cars

Mon, February 4, 2013

After years of discussion, and a Grand Jury report, the Santa Barbara Police Department is installing video cameras in all of its patrol vehicles. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update on the story: Santa Barbara Police Video Cameras


Dealing with End Of Life Issues Focus Of Free Movie Screening, Community Forum In Ventura County

Mon, February 4, 2013

It can be one of the most difficult situations you’ll face in your life. A loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Experts say that most people are poorly prepared to deal with end of life issues, because it’s a topic that’s difficult to talk about, so we often don’t do it. This week, Read the Rest…


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