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Archives for March 2013

Investigation: Caltrans Workers Falsified Testing

Fri, March 29, 2013

A state investigation has found that workers at the California Department of Transportation falsified testing data on bridges and other projects.  The state auditor’s office investigation stems from a 2009 whistleblower complaint. Two Caltrans technicians charged with doing foundation testing for construction projects claimed more than 260 hours of overtime they didn’t work. One of Read the Rest…


Local City Considers Porn Production Rules

Fri, March 29, 2013

The adult film industry may be wanting to expand to Ventura County. Camarillo officials say the city has received several inquiries, recently, from adult film producers asking for permits to film.  Some want to know if Camarillo has the same safe-sex production requirements adopted by Los Angeles and Simi Valley. According to a report given Read the Rest…


Bay Delta Conservation Plan Released

Thu, March 28, 2013

New chapters in the 50-year plan to provide water to Californians while protecting fish and wildlife in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta were released Wednesday. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan chapters describe the anticipated effects on protected species, including endangered Delta smelt and Chinook salmon. Fish and wildlife scientists expect conditions to improve for Delta Smelt Read the Rest…


Multi-Agency Distracted Driving Effort Planned

Thu, March 28, 2013

Distracted drivers killed more than 33,000 people last year in the U.S.  387,000 were injured. Next week, a coalition of South Coast law enforcement will take aim at the problem with stepped-up enforcement.  CHP, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and City of Santa Barbara officers will be targeting motorists who text or dial mobile phones Read the Rest…


No Suspect Found In State Street Stakeout

Thu, March 28, 2013

After a nearly 5 hour stakeout, Santa Barbara police did not find anyone inside a State Street gun store that was surrounded by SWAT officers. The department responded to an alarm call at Far West Gun and Supply on the 2000 block of State street at approximately 5:30 am Thursday.  Officers believed there was the Read the Rest…


Project At South Coast University Cataloging, Putting Thousands Of Forgotten, And Obscure Pieces Of Music Online

Mon, March 25, 2013

It’s a little known project based on the South Coast, but it’s bringing tens of thousands of obscure, and forgotten pieces of music back to the public. A team of researchers at UC Santa Barbara is researching, cataloging, and putting recordings from around the world online. A new grant is allowing the project to add Read the Rest…


Two Los Angeles Residents Arrested For Brutal Home Invasion Robbery In Ventura County

Sat, March 23, 2013

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department gang unit has arrested two Los Angeles residents it says are responsible for a brutal home invasion robbery near Santa Paula. On March 4th, someone broke into a home on Sulphur Mountain Road, beating up a resident so severely he spent several days in a hospital intensive care unit. The Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Arrest Man They Say Was Brandishing Sword On Street

Sat, March 23, 2013

An Oxnard man is facing weapons charges, after police say he was standing out on a city street, swinging swords in a threatening manner. Officers were called the the area of Channel Islands Boulevard, and K Street areound 1:15 Friday afternoon by reports of a man swinging swords, and threatening a passing woman with them. Read the Rest…


The Moth Mainstage

Fri, March 22, 2013

KCLU is giving away a pair of tickets to see The Moth Mainstage at UCSB’s Campbell Hall, April 4th.  To enter, just “like” our Moth Mainstage post on facebook at /kcluradio by 10 am Wednesday, March 27.  See official rules. Hear The Moth Radio Hour Saturdays at 3:00 pm on KCLU.


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Fri, March 22, 2013

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Social Justice Groups In Ventura County To Hold Workshop On Using Technology To Improve Collaboration

Fri, March 22, 2013

A number of groups in Ventura County are working for social justice, but they’re not always working together. Tomorrow, groups are gathering in Camarillo for a conference to look at how they can improve coordination of their efforts, using technology. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Social Justice Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up in Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, March 22, 2013

The latest unemployment figures show an increase in the jobless rate on the South Coast. Ventura County unemployment went from 8.6% in December, to 9% in January. Santa Barbara County’s jobless rate also increased, from 7.7% in December, to 8.4% in January. The statewide unemployment figure remained unchanged from December to January, at 9.8%.


Reserve Police Officer Enters Guilty Plea To Vehicular Manslaughter Charge For Fatal Ventura County Accident

Fri, March 22, 2013

A reserve police officer has entered a guilty plea to a vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated charge for a crash last year which killed an off-duty Santa Paula Police officer. Christopher Blankenship was driving on South Mountain Road outside of Santa Paula last July when he apparently lost control of the vehicle. Kimberley Hemminger of Oxnard Read the Rest…


Authorities Issue Warning About Scam Involving Electrial Service In Ventura County

Fri, March 22, 2013

Authorities are warning Ventura County residents about a scam involving electrical service. Someone has called at least two people in the Camarillo area, and told them that somebody had tapped into their electrical system, and that they were liable for the extra energy usage. They then told the victims to go get money orders to Read the Rest…


Orange County Leaning Towards Hiring Santa Barbara County CEO

Fri, March 22, 2013

Orange County wants to hire Santa Barbara County’s CEO, but can’t agree on what she should be paid. Orange County Supervisors indicated this week that they favored appointing Chandra Wallar with a two year contract, but the discussion stalled when it came to determining, and approving a salary. The situation could remain up in the Read the Rest…


Major South Coast Museum Celebrating 100th Anniversary

Fri, March 22, 2013

A museum which helps tell the historical, and cultural history of Ventura County has reached a major milestone. The Museum of Ventura County is celebrating its 100th anniversary, kicking off things with a community party this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at the museum’s history, as well as at some of the special events planned Read the Rest…


11 Arrested As A Result Of Attack On Teenage Girl In Ventura County

Thu, March 21, 2013

11 people were arrested in Ventura County today, after a teenage girl was lured to a home, and beaten as apparent payback for the breakup of a relationship. Ventura County Sheriff’s Detectives say the 16 year old girl went to a home on the 700 block of St. Charles Drive in Thousand Oaks March 10th, Read the Rest…


Man Gets Probation For Theft Of Artifacts From San Buenaventura Mission

Thu, March 21, 2013

A man convicted of stealing relics from the San Buenaventura Mission has been sentenced to three years probation, plus mandatory participation in a drug treatment program. Ventura Police say Edward Burgess stole nine artifacts from the mission last September. Because the items were taken from the rectory, which is considered to be a part of Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Carrying Loaded Gun In Ventura Parking Lot

Thu, March 21, 2013

Ventura Police are trying to figure out why a man was walking around the parking lot of an office complex with a loaded gun. Officers were called to the 5700 block of Ralston Street just after 11:30 this morning, by someone who reported seeing a man with a pistol in his hand in the parking Read the Rest…


Telephone Land Lines Out In Ventura County Community

Thu, March 21, 2013

A Ventura County community is having big telephone problems today. A key landline for Piru was accidentally cut this afternoon, disrupting service. Crews are working on the problem, and hope to have service restored sometime this evening. Cell phone service is unaffected, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is urging people needing to make emergency Read the Rest…


Superintendent Of Oxnard School District To Retire At End Of School Year

Thu, March 21, 2013

The head of the Oxnard School District has announced his retirement. In a letter to district employees today, Jeff Chancer says he’ll step down at the end of this school year. Chancer has been a school administrator in Ventura County for three decades, working for different school districts in the region. He brought some stability Read the Rest…


Boeing Showcases Efforts To Deal With Potentially Toxic Stormwater Runoff From Former Rocket Testing, Nuclear Research Lab Near Simi Valley

Thu, March 21, 2013

It was the site of rocket engine testing, and nuclear experiments for decades. But, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, in the mountains above Simi Valley near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line is now a toxic waste site. Long range planning to clean up the shuttered 2800 acre facility is continuing. But, one of the efforts Read the Rest…


Thieves Targeting Vehicles Of Farm Workers, Ranchers In Ventura County

Thu, March 21, 2013

Thieves have been targeting the vehicles of some people working in agricultural fields in Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives say since the first of the year, people have been breaking into vehicles parked near fields in the Oxnard, and Somis areas, and stealing everything from wallets, and purses to cell phones. They’ve even Read the Rest…


Proposed Legislation By State Senator From South Coast Tries To Tackle Childhood Obesity

Thu, March 21, 2013

A state senator serving Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties has introduced a bill to try to insure kids in child care, and after school programs are eating health foods, and exercising. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara introduced SB 464, which requires the serving of fruits and vegetables, bans fried foods, and restricts beverages Read the Rest…


Volunteers Take Part In Environmental Cleanup In Ventura County

Thu, March 21, 2013

This is a big day for employees of some Ventura County businesses oriented towards outdoor activities, as they come together to improve part of the County’s environment. A group known as the Conservation Alliance is spearheading a project today to remove non-native Arundo along the Ventura River, and plant Arroyo Willow. Some employees of alliance Read the Rest…


Man Found Dead In Truck In Santa Barbara County Identified

Wed, March 20, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a man found dead in the back of a rental truck in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say the victim of an apparent murder is 28 year old Anthony Ibarra, of Santa Maria. Santa Maria Police began investigating reports of an assault, and a possible murder at a Read the Rest…


One Of Ventura County’s Top Elected Officials Unexpectedly Announces Resignation

Wed, March 20, 2013

A top Ventura County official is unexpectedly stepping down from office. Ventura County Auditor-Controller Christine Cohen says she’ll leave her post next month, citing undisclosed personal reasons. Cohen’s current term runs until early 2015. There’s no word yet on how the post will be filled. The County could hold a special election, or appoint someone Read the Rest…


New Survey Puts Overall Health In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties In Top 20 For State

Wed, March 20, 2013

A new survey ranks Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties in the top 20 counties in the state as far as overall health in the state. Santa Barbara County is 14th overall, and Ventura County 15th in the new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-University of Wisconsin study. The rankings look at health factors, and health outcomes, and Read the Rest…


Three People Arrested After Body Found In Back Of Rental Truck In Santa Barbara County

Wed, March 20, 2013

Three Santa Barbara County residents are facing conspiracy to commit murder charges, after a rental truck was found with a body inside. Santa Maria Police began investigating reports of an assault, and a possible murder at a home in the city on Monday. Yesterday, they discovered a rental truck parked about six miles away, in Read the Rest…


Colorectal Cancer Focus of Community Event In Ventura County Tonight

Wed, March 20, 2013

It’s one of the most common kinds of cancer…yet, most of the people who could be potentially be affected by it aren’t getting tested for it. KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports that a free lecture tonight in Ventura is going to provide information on colorectal cancer: Click on link to listen to/download story: Colorectal Cancer Talk


Santa Barbara County Looking At Cutting The Equivalent Of More Than 50 Full Time Positions To Balance Next Budget

Wed, March 20, 2013

Santa Barbara County is going to be facing some difficult decisions in the next few months. Firefighters, Sheriff’s deputies, and health care jobs could be among those on the chopping block as the county tries to cover a projected ten million dollar plus budget shortfall for next fiscal year. County officials say services will definitely Read the Rest…


One Injured After Vehicle Slams Into Two Story Ventura Building

Wed, March 20, 2013

One person was hurt when a vehicle slammed into a commercial and residential building in Ventura, leaving parts of the structure unsafe for use. The vehicle crashed into the building on the 1100 block of Seaward Avenue at around 9:15 last night. By the time police and firefighters reached the scene, the vehicle and its Read the Rest…


Simi Valley City Council Makes Choice For New City Manager

Wed, March 20, 2013

A Ventura County community has narrowed its search for a City Manager down to one person. The Simi Valley City Council says it want to hire Eric Levitt, who’s currently the City Manager for Janesville, Wisconsin. The 45 year old man had more than a decade of experience as a City manager between Janesville, and Read the Rest…


Two Local High School Mock Trial Teams Which Competed For World Title Last Fall Facing Off Today

Tue, March 19, 2013

The last time they met, they were both stranded in New York, by Hurricane Sandy. Today, the Mock Trial teams from World Champion La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, and runner up Dos Pueblos High School is Goleta are facing off in an event that’s a tune-up for the state championships later this week. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City College Wins $400,000 As It Shares National Prize For Excellence

Tue, March 19, 2013

Santa Barbara City College is one of two national winners of a prize for community college excellence, and will receive $400,000. The local college is sharing the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence with Walla Walla Community College, in Washington state. The Aspen Prize is awarded annually to community colleges which show excellence in Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff Says He’s Reviewing, But Hasn’t Taken Position Yet On Tougher Gun Control Proposals

Tue, March 19, 2013

Ventura County’s Sheriff says he’s looking at, but hasn’t taken a position yet on several proposed new state, and federal gun control measures. In a statement, Sheriff Geoff Dean says the Connecticut school shootings last year created new debate about the longtime issue. The Sheriff says he’s received many inquiries about his stance on the Read the Rest…


Movie Executive Dies In Ventura County

Tue, March 19, 2013

A movie executive who worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest names for decades has died in Ventura County. Robert Relyea passed away from natural causes at a Thousand Oaks hospital. He started as a production crew member in the mid-1950’s, but was soon working as an assistant director on films like “Jailhouse Rock” and “The Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Luxury Hotel Reopen After Long Renovation Project

Tue, March 19, 2013

A high end Santa Barbara hotel in the foothills above the city has reopened after a long renovation project. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: El Encanto Reopens


Arrest Made In Vandalism Which Closed Ventura County Elementary School Over Safety Concerns

Tue, March 19, 2013

A 23 year old man has been arrested for painting threatening graffiti at a Simi Valley elementary school that authorities took so seriously they closed the school yesterday. Simi Valley Police say they took 23 year old Steven Lazarus into custody for the incident at Justin Elementary School. Investigators say the graffiti which appeared over Read the Rest…


Ventura County Economist Pessimistic About State Housing Rebound

Tue, March 19, 2013

A new forecast from a Ventura County economist being presented in Sacramento today says that signs of a state housing recovery may be premature. Dr. Bill Watkins, with the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, is releasing the Center’s first quarter California and U.S. report today. He says the year to year Read the Rest…


Rare World War Two Era Bomber Visits South Coast For Public Tours

Tue, March 19, 2013

History literally flew through the skies of the South Coast yesterday. A formation of rare World War Two vintage military aircraft flew from Palm Springs, to Camarillo for a special exhibition today and tomorrow. The star of the show is a massive B-29 bomber…the only one of its type out of more than 4,000 built Read the Rest…


Status Of Ventura County School Closed Early Today Due To Threatening Graffiti Still Unclear For Tomorrow

Mon, March 18, 2013

Simi Valley School District officials say they haven’t made a decision yet over whether to reopen an elementary school campus tomorrow which was closed part of the day today because of threatening graffiti. The graffiti was found just before seven this morning, at Justin Elementary School in Simi Valley. Simi Valley Police say because of Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Accused Of Slashing Throat Of Woman At Family Dinner

Mon, March 18, 2013

A Santa Barbara man is behind bars tonight, after police say without warning at a family dinner he slashed the throat of one of the guests. The family was eating dinner just after 8:30 Saturday night at a home on the 1200 block of Crestline Drive, in Santa Barbara. Police say Sam Wellington Maphis stood Read the Rest…


Academy Award Nominated Actor, Local Congresswoman Team Up For Santa Barbara Event Focusing On Hunger

Mon, March 18, 2013

An Academy Award winning actor who lives on the South Coast, and a local congresswoman are teaming up to shine a spotlight on America’s hunger crisis. This coming weekend, Jeff Bridges and Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara will co-host the screening of a new documentary “A Place At The Table” on the hunger Read the Rest…


Both Ventura Police Officers Injured In Confrontation Which Led To Death Of Suspect Now Out Of Hospital

Mon, March 18, 2013

The second of two Ventura Police officers hit by a pickup truck in a confrontation which led to its driver being shot to death by officers has been released from the hospital, and is now at home. Nicole Gallion and Kendra Williams were both hurt in last Thursday night’s disturbance at a Ventura motel. Officers Read the Rest…


Threatening Graffiti Prompts Closure Of Simi Valley Elementary School Early

Mon, March 18, 2013

Threatening graffiti found on a Ventura County school campus this morning prompted school officials to close the school early. The graffiti was found just before seven this morning, at Justin Elementary School in Simi Valley. Simi Valley Police say because of the nature of the vandalism, school officials decided to close the campus at noon. Read the Rest…


Part Of Ventura County Family’s Heritage On Display At Smithsonian Institution

Mon, March 18, 2013

Click on link to listen to/download story: Smithsonian Exhibition


Man Shot To Death In Encounter With Ventura Police Identified

Mon, March 18, 2013

A man shot to death by Ventura Police during a confrontation in which he hit two officers with a pickup truck is now being identified. Ventura Police investigators say Clifford Park of Vancouver, Washington, was being evicted at a motel on the 2100 block of East Harbor Boulevard Thursday night when he broke away from Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested Following Wave Of Graffiti Vandalism

Mon, March 18, 2013

One man was arrested, and more arrests could be pending in connection with a wave of graffiti vandalism in Ventura County. There were more than a half dozen vandalism incidents in Moorpark during the last two months, including one which damages a middle school. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say many of the incidents included the Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Members Of San Luis Obispo Motorcycle Gang Arrested In Santa Barbara County

Mon, March 18, 2013

Authorities say what started as a routine traffic stop led to the arrest of five members of a motorcycle gang in Santa Barbara County. The motorcyclists approached the 101 Freeway-Highway 154 interchange around eight Friday night, when a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy says two of them ran a red light. The group was stopped, Read the Rest…


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