Superintendent Of Oxnard School District To Retire At End Of School Year
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:08pm
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 to the district when he was appointed as Superintendent in 2011. Chancer has had to deal with some difficult issues, ranging from impacts of state funding cuts, to the firing of one of the district’s teachers as a result of her past involvement in the adult film industry.
Before he was selected for the post, the district had gone through three superintendents in two years.
In the letter, he says he’s notified the district’s Board of Trustees about decision, but trustees haven’t had a chance to formally talk yet about plans for a successor.
Boeing Showcases Efforts To Deal With Potentially Toxic Stormwater Runoff From Former Rocket Testing, Nuclear Research Lab Near Simi Valley
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:20am
One of Dozens Of Stormwater Runoff Filteration Systems At The Santa Susana Field Laboratory
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 underway to deal with immediate problems is a series of cutting edge projects to try to prevent storm water from carrying toxic, and radioactive materials off the site.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from the lab.
Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Susana Groundwater
Thieves Targeting Vehicles Of Farm Workers, Ranchers In Ventura County
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:53am
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 stolen some of the vehicles. At keast a half dozen incidents have been reported.
In many cases, the thieves broke into the cars and pickup trucks, although in some instances, the owners made it easy by not locking the vehicles, and leaving keys inside.
Proposed Legislation By State Senator From South Coast Tries To Tackle Childhood Obesity
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:18am
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 with added sugars for children in early childhood education programs.
The legislation would also ban television, or computer screen time for preschoolers under two years old.
For after school programs, if it’s a full day program, children would be required to take part in at least an hour of physical activity. TV and computer time would be limited to an hour a day.
Jackson says the legislation is intended to try to take on the growing problem of childhood obesity.
Volunteers Take Part In Environmental Cleanup In Ventura County
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:15am
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 members Deckers Outdoor, Horny Toad, Patagonia, REI, and
Vapur are working with the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy in today’s effort. It’s one in a series of conservation efforts being planned this year by the Alliance.
Man Found Dead In Truck In Santa Barbara County Identified
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:40pm
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 home in the city on Monday.
Yesterday, they discovered a rental truck parked about six miles away, in the Orcutt area with the body of a man in the cargo area. Investigators say the body is connected with the Monday incident.
Police say they arrested Ramon Martinez, Carmen Cardenas, and Pedro Torres in connection with the killing. Authorities aren’t talking about a possible motive.
One Of Ventura County’s Top Elected Officials Unexpectedly Announces Resignation
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:32pm
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 to the post until the next regular election.
Cohen is in her third term as the County’s Auditor-Controller. She’s been with the county for more than three decades.
New Survey Puts Overall Health In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties In Top 20 For State
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 11:59am
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 take into consideration things like health behaviors, clinical care, and social and economic status.
Marin County was ranked first in the state by the study, while tiny Lake County, in Northern California was ranked last.
Three People Arrested After Body Found In Back Of Rental Truck In Santa Barbara County
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:23am
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 the Orcutt area with the body of a man in the cargo area. Investigators say the body is connected with the Monday incident.
Police say they arrested Ramon Martinez, Carmen Cardenas, and Pedro Torres in connection with the killing. Authorities haven’t identified the victim yet.
Colorectal Cancer Focus of Community Event In Ventura County Tonight
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:55am
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