Santa Barbara County Looking At Cutting The Equivalent Of More Than 50 Full Time Positions To Balance Next Budget
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:30am
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 have to be reduced, but the question is which ones.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Santa Barbara County Supervisors are just starting to wrangle with the possibility of cutting the equivalent of more than 50 full time positions.
Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Budget Crisis
One Injured After Vehicle Slams Into Two Story Ventura Building
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:11am
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 occupants had fled the scene. A fire marshal determined a first floor restaurant was unusable, and that only limited access was safe for a second floor housing unit.
Firefighters then discovered a man had been injured in the accident, but had walked to a business down the street. After being treated at the scene, he was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
Simi Valley City Council Makes Choice For New City Manager
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:08am
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 Sedona, Arizona. City officials say they’re still conducting a background check, and after that, a proposed contract needs to be finalized. That could happen in early April.
If Levitt is hired, he’ll fill the vacancy created by the retirement of longtime City Manager Mike Sedell last summer.
Two Local High School Mock Trial Teams Which Competed For World Title Last Fall Facing Off Today
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 2:23pm
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.
State Court of Appeal Justice Steven Perrin is presiding over the arguments, which are taking place in the Court of Appeal courtroom in Ventura.
Last fall, La Reina beat Dos Pueblos for the championship in New York, both teams ended up stranded for a few days at their hotel after the competition because of Hurricane Sandy.
Santa Barbara City College Wins $400,000 As It Shares National Prize For Excellence
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 1:56pm
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 areas like student degree completion, success of graduates in getting jobs, helping to improve the success rate of low income, and minority students, and improving the rate of student learning. The prize is funded by a coalition of foundations, with the winners chosen by a panel of national leaders.
The $400,000 each of the community colleges received is intended to support their programs. In selecting Santa Barbara City College, the panel noted that its graduation, and transfer rate to four year colleges is more than 20% higher than the national average.
Ventura County Sheriff Says He’s Reviewing, But Hasn’t Taken Position Yet On Tougher Gun Control Proposals
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10:33am
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 issue.
Dean says he’s a supporter of the Constitution, and the Second Amendment, which is the right to bear arms. He points out that California already has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country.
But, the sheriff says he’s been talking to various elected officials about proposed new gun control measures at the state, and federal levels, and hasn’t taken a position on them yet.
Movie Executive Dies In Ventura County
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 9:52am
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 Magnificent Seven”.
Relyea became an independent producer, before joining Paramount as a production executive.
He went on to become the vice president, and then president of production for MGM/UA.
During his tenure there, the studio produced hits like the James Bond movie “Die Another Day”, and the comedy “Get Shorty.”
Robert Relyea was 82 years old.
Santa Barbara Luxury Hotel Reopen After Long Renovation Project
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 8:17am
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.
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Arrest Made In Vandalism Which Closed Ventura County Elementary School Over Safety Concerns
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 7:58am
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 the weekend included swastikas, and threatening language.
They believe he acted alone, and wasn’t in a position to carry out the threats.
As a result of concern over the threats, the school was closed at noon yesterday, and students were sent home early. The school is open as usual today.
Ventura County Economist Pessimistic About State Housing Rebound
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:28am
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 housing price increases we’re seeing this year are similar to what happened in 2010, when the numbers then slipped. Watkins thinks interest rates will also rise in the next two to three years, cooling the recent spurt in home sales.
However, he does note that they predicted a housing recovery was unlikely until home ownership percentages fall to around 65%, and that the figure is now approaching that range.
Watkins is presenting his report at the California Taxpayers Association annual meeting in the state capitol today.