Archives for April 2013

Cockfighting Ring Broken Up In Ventura County

Mon, April 22, 2013

Authorities are looking for the organizers of a cockfighting operation in Ventura County which was broken up in a weekend raid. Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies receive a tip that cockfighting was taking place in a rental stable on the 1700 block of South Lewis Road, in the Camarillo area just after 8 a.m. yesterday. As Read the Rest…


Five Cited In Sweep Targeting Stores Selling Alcohol To Minors In Eastern Ventura County

Sat, April 20, 2013

A sweep to crack down on illegal alcohol sales to minors in Eastern Ventura County targeted nearly 60 businesses, and led to five arrests. The Simi Valley Police Department used underage decoys to try to buy liquor from 59 businesses in the city. Five clerks were arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor. Police say Read the Rest…


Car Chase Starts In San Fernando Valley, Ends With Arrest Of Man In San Fernando Valley

Fri, April 19, 2013

A half hour long car chase which started in the San Fernando Valley ended in the Conejo Valley, when the driver of the vehicle lost control, and was then hit by a CHP unit. It started just after 8 this morning, when an officer tried to pull over the driver of the car for reckless Read the Rest…


Ventura County Ethics Commission Dismisses Complaints Against County Clerk; Clerk Says Supervisor Who Made Charges Should Apologize

Fri, April 19, 2013

The Ventura County Ethics Commission dismissed the final of five complaints filed by a County Supervisor running for re-election against the County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar of Voters. Steve Bennett asserted that Mark Lunn failed last year to properly administer the county’s campaign reform ordinance. Bennett had been involved in a race to try to retain his First Read the Rest…


David Sedaris Facebook Giveaway

Fri, April 19, 2013

Popular author and This American Life contributor, David Sedaris, will be appearing at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre, April 30th at 8 pm. “Like” our David Sedaris post on Facebook to enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. We’ll draw a winner Wednesday, April 24th at 10 am and notify Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Issues Warning About Scams Related To Marathon Bombing Related Relief Efforts

Fri, April 19, 2013

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warning about internet scams related to the Boston Marathon bombing. Department officials say in the hours following the bombing, hundreds of domain names were registered. Officials say they’ve already heard of multiple fake charities being created. The department is suggesting people give to charities they know, and Read the Rest…


Unemployment Numbers For State, South Coast Lowest In Years

Fri, April 19, 2013

Just released statistics show some of the lowest unemployment numbers for the state, and South Coast in years. California’s unemployment figure dropped from 9.6% in February, to 9.4% in March, which is the lowest number in four years. There were also major dips in the numbers for our region. Ventura County went from 8.2% in Read the Rest…


Festival Set To Celebrate Conejo Valley’s Scandinavian Heritage

Fri, April 19, 2013

A festival celebrating part of Ventura County’s Scandinavian heritage is set to take place this weekend. Music, food, and games highlighting Scandinavia will be featured at the two-day long event, which takes place at California Lutheran University Saturday and Sunday. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, and 10 to 4;30 Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Gearing Up For One Of Its Largest Ever Earth Day Events

Fri, April 19, 2013

The 1969 Santa Barbara Channel oil spill made Santa Barbara ground zero for the environmental movement, and the home to one of the very first Earth Day festivals. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that more than four decades later, the community is hosting one of its biggest Earth Day events ever. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Rare Painting Dating Back To The 1920′s in Santa Barbara Moved For Public Display

Fri, April 19, 2013

A rare painting which is more than 90 years old originally displayed in a bank has been moved back to one for display. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Painting


Fire Destroys One Mobile Home, Damages Second In Oxnard

Fri, April 19, 2013

An electrical problem is being blamed for starting a fire which destroyed one mobile home, damaged a second, and injured one person in Oxnard. It happened around 11:30 yesterday morning, at a mobile home park on the 2100 block of Robin Avenue. Oxnard firefighters say when they arrived at the scene, flames and smoke were Read the Rest…


Cal State Channel Islands Chancellor Talks About Funding, Growth During Visit To Ventura County

Fri, April 19, 2013

What’s been a bleak financial situation for the California State University system is finally starting to look a little brighter, with the passage of Proposition 30, and the Governor proposing funding increase. The new Chancellor of the CSU system visited Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo for the first time yesterday. Timothy White says he’s Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Takes Aim At County’s Schools

Fri, April 19, 2013

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report is taking sharp aim at the County’s schools, saying taxpayers are paying to teach the same students the same things twice, or more because they need remedial college classes in basics like English, and math. The just released report says while there is a 72% graduation rate in Read the Rest…


Body Of Missing Santa Barbara County Military Officer Found

Fri, April 19, 2013

The body of a Santa Barbara County based military officer who disappeared during an off-duty diving trip has been recovered. Major Jeffery Vincent was last seen April 7th, while he was scuba diving near Key Biscayne, Florida. A search failed to turn up any sign of the 39 year old Air Force reservist, who was Read the Rest…


Baby Giraffe Born At Santa Barbara Zoo

Thu, April 18, 2013

The Santa Barbara Zoo has a new resident today. It’s a baby Masai giraffe. Five year old Audrey gave birth to the male giraffe today, and both the mother, and its baby are reported to be doing well. The Zoo’s other female giraffe, Betty Lou, is also expecting. The baby giraffes are part of a Read the Rest…


New Grand Jury Report Calls On Thousand Oaks To Do More To Protect Its Namesake Trees

Thu, April 18, 2013

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says Thousand Oaks need to do more to protect its namesake trees. The city requires private property owners to replace each oak tree which is removed with two, but the report says that the city fails to present a documented process or policy for itself. The report that Read the Rest…


Six Arrested In Sweep For Fugitives At Homeless Camps In Ventura

Thu, April 18, 2013

Six men were arrested in a sweep of the Santa Clara River area in Ventura, as authorities looked for some potentially armed, and dangerous fugitives in the river bottom area. Some 30 Ventura Police officers took part in the Wednesday morning sweep of some camps along the river near Harbor Boulevard. Four men were arrested Read the Rest…


Autopsy Shows Ventura County Jail Inmate Died from Natural Causes

Thu, April 18, 2013

An autopsy shows that a Ventura County jail inmate who became seriously ill died from natural causes. Department officials say Pamela Bucciarelle became ill early Wednesday morning, while in her cell at the county’s Todd Road jail facility. The 56 year old woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead about three Read the Rest…


Controversy Hits Efforts To Build New Fire Station In Montecito

Thu, April 18, 2013

Plans for a new fire station in Montecito have hit a setback. KCLU’s John Palminteri explains: Montecito Fire Station


Settlements Continue In Connection With Mortgage Scandal Surrounding Former Major Employer In Ventura County

Thu, April 18, 2013

It was once one of Ventura County’s largest employers, and was America’s largest mortgage company. But, sinking under bad mortgages, and shaky mortgage based securities, Countrywide Financial Corporation sold itself to Bank of America in 2008. Yesterday, B of A announced a record $500 million dollar settlement with investors as part of billions it’s spent Read the Rest…


Arson Fire Under Investigation At Ventura Park

Thu, April 18, 2013

Someone intentionally set a fire at a Ventura skate park, using incendiary devices. Ventura Police, and firefighters were called to the 400 block of Chapel Drive at around 8:15 last night, by reports of a fire. The fire was contained within the concrete skate park, and firefighters were quickly able to knock down the flames. Read the Rest…


Chamber of Commerce On South Coast Getting New President/CEO

Thu, April 18, 2013

A Chamber of Commerce on the South Coast is getting a new leader. Ken Oplinger will take over as President, and CEO of the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce in June. He’s currently the President, and CEO of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Bellingham, Washington. Oplinger has headed that Chamber of Read the Rest…


Meeting Set For Tonight To Update Community On Efforts To Clean Up Toxic Wastes At Former Rocket Testing, Nuclear Lab Near Simi Valley

Wed, April 17, 2013

Efforts to clean up toxic wastes at a former rocket testing, and nuclear lab site near Simi Valley are the focus of a community meeting tonight. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Field Lab Update


Owner Of Supermarket Chain With 12 Stores In Ventura, Santa Barbara County Annouces Plans To Sell It

Wed, April 17, 2013

The owner of a mini-supermarket chain with a dozen locations in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties says it’s dropping the venture. British supermarket giant Tesco, which tried to gain a foothold in the United States with its “Fresh and Easy” chain, says it’s pulling out of America. Officials with Tesco say they will try to Read the Rest…


Man Arrested Following Pursuit In Los Angeles, Ventura Counties

Wed, April 17, 2013

A man police say was driving erratically on the Pacific Coast Highway, and swerving in front of oncoming traffic was arrested following a half hour long chase in Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties. It started just after 1 p.m. yesterday, in Malibu. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies say an SUV being driven by James Allen Read the Rest…


Four Santa Barbarans Being Honored For Heroism

Wed, April 17, 2013

Four Santa Barbarans who did things ranging from stopping a sexual assault, to helping a woman who was choking to death are being honored for their heroism. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Heroes


Santa Barbara County Struggling With Funding Operating Costs For Planned New Jail

Wed, April 17, 2013

Santa Barbara County is going to get a badly needed, nearly $100 million dollar new jail complex for a fraction of its actual cost, because the state is picking up most of the tab. But, the already financial struggling county is now trying to figure out how it will pay for the additional costs of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisor Proposes Ordinance Requiring Condom Use During Adult Film Production

Tue, April 16, 2013

A Ventura County supervisor is calling for a new ordinance to try to discourage adult film production in the county. County Supervisor Linda Parks is proposing that the county follow in the footsteps of the City of Simi Valley, which passed an ordinance requiring condom use during adult film shoots. The City of Los Angeles Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Adopt Resolution Calling For Federal Immigration Reform

Tue, April 16, 2013

As Congress prepares to tackle the issue, Santa Barbara County is taking a stand in favor of immigration reform. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Immigration Reform


Convicted Serial Rapist In Ventura County Gets Sentence Reduced From 124, To 50 Years

Tue, April 16, 2013

A heir to the Max Factor fortune who was convicted of being a serial rapist in Ventura County, and was sentenced to 124 years in prison received a reduced sentence today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Andrew Luster Resentencing


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Issues Update On Conditional Release Of Sexually Violent Predator

Tue, April 16, 2013

A man labeled as a sexual violent predator by authorities who has been conditionally released in Santa Barbara County has registered with the Sheriff’s Department, and is now living in the county. Tibor Karsai has been behind bars for three decades for a series of sexual assaults. He was first convicted in Santa Barbara County Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking for Brazen Thief In Ventura County

Tue, April 16, 2013

Authorities are trying to track down a brazen thief who forcibly opened a mail box in front of a post office in Ventura County, and stole its contents. Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say it happened sometime Thursday night, or early Friday morning outside of the Moorpark Post Office, on the 100 block of West High Read the Rest…


Man Labeled As Sexually Violent Predator Released In Santa Barbara County

Tue, April 16, 2013

Santa Barbara County lost its fight to keep a man labeled as a sexually violent predator from being released in the county. Tibor Karsai was released from a state mental hospital, and is now in Santa Barbara County. Because there was no place to properly house the offender, he’s going to be living in an Read the Rest…


Elderly Woman Killed In Ventura County Mobile Home Fire Identified

Tue, April 16, 2013

A 74 year old woman is being identified this morning as the victim of a deadly mobile home fire in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Newbury Park Fire


Ventura County Economist Tells California Leaders State Needs To Keep Taxes Competitive, Open Doors To Immigrants To Revitalize State

Tue, April 16, 2013

An economist from Ventura County told state leaders that keeping taxes competitive, and federal passage of immigration reform are two key steps critical to revitalizing California. Dr. Bill Watkins spoke at a session of the California State Senate yesterday, saying the state doesn’t have to beat Texas, and other states when it comes to business Read the Rest…


San Buenaventura Mission Get Replacement For Stolen Relic From Philadelphia Church

Mon, April 15, 2013

One of nine relics stolen last year from the San Buenaventura Mission was never recovered, but a priest from a Philadelphia church who visited the Ventura Mission, and heard the story of the loss has come to the rescue. The Reverend Gregory Cozzubbo heard about the thefts while visiting the mission, and arranged for it Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Main Jail Almost Back To Normal After Weekend Disturbance

Mon, April 15, 2013

The Santa Barbara County Main Jail is almost back to normal today, after it was rocked by a major disturbance. It started just before 4 p.m. yesterday, when a large trash can filled by inmates with combustible materials like bedding, clothing, and paper materials was set on fire. Jail staff put out the fire, but Read the Rest…


Some South Coast Runners Among Those In Boston For Marathon When Blasts Occured

Mon, April 15, 2013

Dozens of people from Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are among those who were on hand today for the Boston Marathon, where today’s deadly attack occurred. About 50 people from the South Coast were registered to run in this year’s race. There’s no word on if anyone from our area was hurt. At least two Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Cause Of Fatal Fire in Ventura County May Never Be Determined

Mon, April 15, 2013

Ventura County fire investigators say we may never know the cause of a blaze which killed an elderly woman in Newbury Park. Firefighters were called to a mobile home park on the 200 block of Monte Vista just after one a.m. Saturday. They arrived to find flames, and smoke pouring out of the windows of Read the Rest…


Two Men Arrested After Motorcycle Was Stolen From Ventura County Dealership

Mon, April 15, 2013

Two men are facing a range of charges after Simi Valley police say an alert citizen saw them pushing a motorcycle stolen from a motorcycle dealership down a street early this morning. Officers responding to a 911 call found Adam Stogden and Justin Engh with the motorcycle on the 1800 block of Marcella Street just Read the Rest…


Santa Paula City Council Set To Discuss Lawsuit Filed Against City By Former Police Chief

Mon, April 15, 2013

Leaders in one Ventura County community are set to meet tonight in closed session to discuss a lawsuit they’re facing from their fired police chief. The City of Santa Paula terminated Steve McKinnon last year. City officials asserted McKinnon improperly used a city car for personal trips. But, McKinnon says he was told use of Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Jail On Lockdown Following Major Disturbance

Mon, April 15, 2013

The Santa Barbara County Main Jail is on lockdown this morning, following a major disturbance. It started just before 4 p.m. yesterday, when smoke alarms went off in a housing area of the jail complex. A large trash can had been filled by inmates with combustible materials like bedding, clothing, and paper materials, and set Read the Rest…


Nationally Known Media Psychologist From Ventura County Says We Need To Embrace Social Media For Education

Mon, April 15, 2013

The way we communicate has been changing rapidly, thanks to social media. Experts say there are both positive, and negative aspects to the way we are using things like the internet, and texting. A nationally known Ventura County psychologist says we should be embracing this technology as a teaching tool. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Supermarket Store Manager Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement Charges

Fri, April 12, 2013

Prosecutors say a Santa Barbara County supermarket manager man entered guilty pleas to charges that he embezzled more than $65,000 over a two year period. The prosecutors say Samuel Rivera stole money from Santa Cruz Market by voiding transactions. They say he voided approximately 800 transactions between September of 2010, and September of 2012, and Read the Rest…


Shock Over Death Of Comedy Legend In Santa Barbara County

Fri, April 12, 2013

Fans of comedy everywhere are mourning the loss of legendary comedian Jonathan Winters, who died at his Santa Barbara County home. He passed away yesterday, from natural causes at his Montecito home. A former marine, and World War Two veteran, he started his show biz career as a radio DJ, which led to a morning Read the Rest…


State Trails Day Bringing Out Volunteers For Trail Maintenance Projects On South Coast

Fri, April 12, 2013

Tomorrow is State Trails Day….and hundreds of people in the region are expected take part in volunteer projects to improve local trails. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports one of the biggest efforts is set to take place in Santa Barbara’s foothills. Click on link to listen to/download story: Trails Day


Santa Barbara County May Weigh In On National Immigration Debate

Fri, April 12, 2013

Santa Barbara County could be wading into the debate over immigration reform. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports two supervisors want the county to adopt a resolution which calls for a plan which includes offering a path to citizenship, while also beefing up border security. Click on link to listen to/download story: Immigration Debate


Man Killed In Ventua County Industrial Accident Identified

Fri, April 12, 2013

A Kern County man is now being identified as the victim of a fatal industrial accident in Ventura County. Clinton Morgan of Bakersfield died when a giant steel form used to make concrete slipped, and fell while it was being moved by a crane. The accident happened just after 4 p.m. Wednesday, on the 200 Read the Rest…


Legendary Comedian, Actor Jonathan Winters Dies In Montecito

Fri, April 12, 2013

Legendary comedian Jonathan Winters has died in Santa Barbara County. He passed away yesterday, from natural causes at his Montecito home. Winters grew up in Ohio, served in the Marines during World War II, and became a comedian almost by accident. He was going to cartooning school after the war when he lost his watch. Read the Rest…


New Fence Added To Cliff Area In Isla Vista To Try To Prevent Accidents

Fri, April 12, 2013

The community of Isla Vista includes some scenic, but potentially dangerous cliffs above the ocean. There have been a number of serious, and even fatal accidents involving mostly young adults who have often been drinking falling over the cliff. Now, It’s hoped a new fence will help prevent some of those accidents. KCLU’s John Palminteri Read the Rest…


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