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Archives for April 2013

South Coast Museum Names New Executive Director

Fri, April 12, 2013

A South Coast museum has a new Executive Director. Myron Freedman is the new head of the Museum of Ventura County. He comes to Ventura County from the Bay Area, where he was head of the Hayward Area Historical Society. Freedman also worked at the Chicago History Museum, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. He Read the Rest…


Lyme Disease Discovered In Ticks Along Popular Santa Monica Mountains Hiking Trail

Fri, April 12, 2013

Authorities say some ticks have tested positive for Lyme disease at a popular hiking area in the region. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area officials say the ticks were discovered along the Coyote Trail, at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. Three separate pools of western black legged ticks carrying the bacteria were found along Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Decide Not To Retry High Profile DUI Case In Santa Barbara County

Thu, April 11, 2013

Prosecutors decided not to retry a DUI case in Santa Barbara County man involving a man who had a controversial confrontation with police. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office says it won’t seek a second trial for Tony Denunzio. The first trial ended in a mistrial. Prosecutors say they decided to drop the case Read the Rest…


Federal Prosecutors Charge Agoura Hills Man With Insider Trading

Thu, April 11, 2013

An Agoura Hills man who was a former senior partner with a major accounting firm has been charged by federal prosecutors with a securities fraud scheme, but his attorney says the man is admitting his involvement. Officials with the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles, and the FBI say Scott London provided confidential information Read the Rest…


New Call In Ventura County To Ban Single Use Plastic Bags

Thu, April 11, 2013

Citing pollution problems along the California coastline, officials with a South Coast harbor are calling for a statewide ban on single use plastic bags. The Port Hueneme Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a resolution calling for local, county, and state agencies to step up to ban the bags. Carpinteria and Ojai are among the handful Read the Rest…


Weekend Festival In Ventura County To Celebrate Words

Thu, April 11, 2013

A day long festival in Ventura County this weekend is paying tribute to words…in written, spoken, and even sung forms. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Festival of Words


Santa Barbara County Superintendent Of Schools To Receive State Honors

Thu, April 11, 2013

Santa Barbara County’s top schools official is receiving major honors for his three decades of service. Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone is being honored by the Association of California School Administrators. Cirone is the longest serving superintendent of schools in the state, first being elected to office in 1982. He’s been involved Read the Rest…


State Coastal Commission Set To Look At Removal Of Unpermitted Special Events Site At Santa Barbara County Resort

Thu, April 11, 2013

The State Coastal Commission is set to look at a proposed agreement today calling for a Santa Barbara County resort to remove an unpermitted blufftop wedding and special event site, and restore the land. Commission officials say the former owners of the Bacara Resort, in the Goleta area removed trees, and costal sage brush without Read the Rest…


Missing Air Force Major Based In Santa Barbara County Now Presumed Dead

Thu, April 11, 2013

The search has been called off for an Air Force major based in Santa Barbara County who disappeared while scuba diving while he was off duty. Jeffery Vincent was last seen on Sunday in the ocean near Key Biscayne, Florida. After a more than two day search by various public safety agencies, the effort was Read the Rest…


Federal Budget Cuts Lead To Cancellation Of Pt. Mugu Airshow

Thu, April 11, 2013

It’s official. Federal budget cuts forced the cancellation of the South Coast’s largest airshow. KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports the 2013 Pt. Mugu Airshow, which had been scheduled for this coming September, won’t take place this year. Click on link to listen to/download story: Pt. Mugu Airshow Cancelled


One Dead, One Injured Following Industrial Accident In Simi Valley

Wed, April 10, 2013

One worker is dead, and a second seriously injured following an accident at a concrete business in Ventura County. It happened just after four p.m. yesterday, on the 200 block of West Los Angeles Avenue, in Simi Valley. A more than two ton form used to make concrete blocks fell as it was being moved Read the Rest…


Ventura County Brushfire Completely Extinguished

Wed, April 10, 2013

Ventura County firefighters say a brushfire which damaged two homes, and caused a big scare for dozens of other homeowners in the Fillmore area has been completely extinguished. The nearly 150 acre Goodenough blaze which started just after 4 p.m. Monday was declared out at noon today. Investigators initially said the fire started at a Read the Rest…


Law Enforcement Officers Use Taser Shots, Beanbag Gun Blasts To Capture Man With Knife On 101 Freeway

Wed, April 10, 2013

Law enforcement officers had to fire a taser more than six times, and use multiple shots from a beanbag gun to arrest a man armed with a knife on the 101 Freeway in Goleta. There’s no word on what Harley Brian Kelley was on the freeway just after 1:30 p.m., but it closed the freeway Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Rejects Proposal To Pursue Sales Tax Measure

Wed, April 10, 2013

The concept of creating a half cent sales tax to help pay for a new police station, and other infrastructure needs is now completely off the table in the City of Santa Barbara. The City Council has rejected a proposal for a poll to see if voters would support a tax hike at the ballot Read the Rest…


101 Freeway In Goleta Briefly Closed By Man Armed With Knife

Wed, April 10, 2013

The 101 Freeway was briefly closed in the Goleta area this afternoon, after law enforcement officers chased down, and arrested a man armed with a knife. There’s no word on what the man was doing on the freeway just after 1:30 p.m., but it closed the freeway in both directions near Los Carneros Road. The Read the Rest…


Charges Won’t Be Filed In Incident Which Left Child Burned In Santa Barbara

Wed, April 10, 2013

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say they won’t file criminal charges against a mother whose three year old was seriously injured when the little girl was left alone in a van which caught on fire. Susie Figueroa suffered burns on her hands, face, and feet in the February fire. Viviana Wink had left the little girl Read the Rest…


One Man Dies, Second Arrested Following Head-On Traffic Accident In Conejo Valley

Wed, April 10, 2013

A Ventura County man is dead, and three other people hurt in what authorities say was a head-on traffic accident caused by a DUI driver. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say a car being driven northbound on Reino Road, near Borchard Road in Newbury Park yesterday morning crossed over into the southbound lanes, and hit an Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Decide Not To Renew Contract For CEO

Wed, April 10, 2013

Santa Barbara County’s CEO was recently a top candidate for a similar job in Orange County, which she ultimately didn’t get. Now, she’s apparently going to be looking for a job, with Santa Barbara County supervisors opting not to renew her contract. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Santa Barbara County CEO


Santa Barbara Police Say They Solve Quarter Of A Century Old Cold Case Murder

Wed, April 10, 2013

Santa Barbara Police say they’ve solved a quarter of a century old cold case murder. On September 30th, 1988 Bernardo Santos Sierra was shot to death on the 1300 block of Punta Gorda Street, in Santa Barbara. Alonso Bravo, who lived at the home where the shooting occurred, was considered to be the prime suspect Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Rejects Free Coastal Access In Gaviota Because Of Threats Of Legal Action By Nearby Homeowners

Wed, April 10, 2013

It’s a beautiful section of coastline in Santa Barbara County, and, thanks to a more than three decade old agreement, the county could have a prime piece of it for free forever for public coastal access. But, KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that County Supervisors turned down the coastal beach access in Hollister Ranch, because of Read the Rest…


Controversial Restaurant Seeking Hard Liquor License In Ventura County

Wed, April 10, 2013

A restaurant which was the focus of some controversy before it opened in Ventura County is back in the spotlight again today. Plans to open a “Hooters” restaurant in the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks upset some people, because they feel that the chain objectifies women. However, because the business was moving into an existing Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Beach Closed To Try To Protect Bird’s Breeding Habitat

Wed, April 10, 2013

A popular Santa Barbara County beach is being closed because of people trespassing into areas restricted this time of year to protect the breeding grounds of a rare species of bird. The Air Force is closing Surf Beach, on Vandenberg Air Force Base from April 10th through May 1st to try to protect Western Snowy Read the Rest…


Status Of Pt. Mugu Airshow Up In Air After Headliner Act Cancels Rest Of Season Due To Federal Budget Cuts

Tue, April 9, 2013

There are major new questions as to whether a popular airshow at Naval Base Ventura County will take place as planned this coming September, with federal budget cuts putting its fate up in the air. As KCLU News first reported in March, as a result of sequestration the season of this year’s planned headliner, the Read the Rest…


Preliminary Findings Released In Mysterious Death Of College Student In Isla Vista

Tue, April 9, 2013

Preliminary autopsy results show that the cause of the death of a college student in Santa Barbara County is consistent with her falling over a cliff. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: IV Death Update


Ventura County Brushfire Now Fully Contained

Tue, April 9, 2013

Ventura County firefighters fully contained a brush fire which damaged two homes in the Fillmore area. The blaze threatened dozens of homes after starting in the Goodenough Road area just after 4 p.m. yesterday, and led to some evacuations. But, firefighters were able to keep the blaze from damaging additional homes. It was 80% contained Read the Rest…


Full Containment Said To Be Close For Ventura County Brushfire

Tue, April 9, 2013

Ventura County firefighters are hoping to have a brush fire which heavily damaged two homes in the Fillmore area fully contained in the next hour. It’s currently 80% contained. The blaze threatened dozens of homes after starting in the Goodenough Road area just after 4 p.m. yesterday, and led to some evacuations. But, firefighters were Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Finalizes Deal For New City Manager

Tue, April 9, 2013

A Ventura County community officially has a new City Manager. The Simi Valley City Council last night voted to finalize a contract with Eric Levitt to take over the $200,000 a year post. Levitt is currently the City Manager of Janesville, Wisconsin. He’ll fill the vacancy created by the retirement of longtime Simi Valley City Read the Rest…


Firefighters Making Major Progress Towards Controlling Brushfire In Ventura County

Tue, April 9, 2013

Firefighters are hoping that a big break in the weather will give them the chance today to fully contain a brushfire which gutted at least one home, and heavily damaged a second in the Fillmore area. The 170 acre blaze is now 80% contained, and the number of firefighters is being reduced from a peak Read the Rest…


Ventura County Brushfire Now 80% Contained; All Evacuation Orders Lifted

Tue, April 9, 2013

Firefighters now have the upper hand on a brushfire which gutted at least one home, and heavily damaged a second in the Fillmore area. The 170 acre blaze is now 80% contained, and the number of firefighters is being downsized from a peak of around 400 last night. Firefighters say they believe the blaze started Read the Rest…


Evacuation Orders Lifted In Fillmore, But No Word Yet On Containment Of Brushfire

Tue, April 9, 2013

All evacuation orders have now been lifted in Fillmore, where firefighters are continuing to battle a 170 acre brush fire which gutted at least one home, and heavily damaged a second. The blaze started at around 4:45 yesterday afternoon, on the 1400 block of Goodenough Road, just north of the City of Fillmore. Firefighters say Read the Rest…


New Santa Barbara Poet Laureate To Be Installed Today

Tue, April 9, 2013

Santa Barbara is going to officially install its fifth Poet Laureate today. The Santa Barbara City Council selected Chryss Yost for the post. Yost has been nationally recognized for her poetry efforts, and been active in Santa Barbara’s literary community for 15 years. Her works have been published in a number of journals, and magazines. Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Missing Air Force Major From Santa Barbara County Who Disappeared In Florida

Tue, April 9, 2013

An airman based in Santa Barbara County is missing, after disappearing while scuba diving in Florida. Major Jeffery Vincent was on leave while he was diving near Key Biscayne, Florida Sunday when he disappeared. The U.S. Coast Guard, the Miami-Dade Police Department, and Florida Fish and Conservation Commission officers have been searching for the missing Read the Rest…


Ventura County Brushfire Now Up To 170 Acres Burned

Mon, April 8, 2013

Firefighters are now saying a brush fire outside of Fillmore which has gutted at least one home, and heavily damaged a second has grown from early estimates of 50 acres to about 170 acres. The blaze started at around 4:45 Monday afternoon, on the 1400 block of Goodenough Road, just north of the City of Read the Rest…


Firefighters Not Ready Yet To Project Containment Of Brushfire Burning In Ventura County

Mon, April 8, 2013

Firefighters aren’t saying yet when they think we’ll see containment of a brush fire outside of Fillmore which has gutted at least one home, and heavily damaged a second. The blaze started at around 4:45 Monday afternoon, on the 1400 block of Goodenough Road, just north of the City of Fillmore. Firefighters say what they Read the Rest…


Proposed New Protections For Los Padres National Forest Focus Of Community Meeting

Mon, April 8, 2013

Plans to provide additional protection for parts of the Los Padres National Forest are the focus of a public hearing this week in Santa Barbara County. Wednesday afternoon’s event at the Southern California Edison office in Goleta look at the environmental report for the latest land management plant for four national forests in Southern California, Read the Rest…


One Home Believed Destroyed, Second Heavily Damaged By Blaze In Ventura County

Mon, April 8, 2013

A brush fire outside of Fillmore has gutted at least one home, heavily damaged a second, and continues to pose a threat to others in the area. The blaze started at around 4:45, on the 1400 block of Goodenough Road. It’s just north of the City of Fillmore. Firefighters say what they believe started as Read the Rest…


Fire Burns At Least One Home In Ventura Counrty

Mon, April 8, 2013

A brush fire outside of Fillmore has gutted at least one home, and is threatening others. The blaze started at around 4:45, on the 1400 block of Goodenough Road. Firefighters say what apparently started as a structure fire spread to brush, and some vehicles. More than 40 Ventura County Fire Department units are now on Read the Rest…


23 Arrested, More Than 70 Cited Following Massive Weekend Parties In Isla Vista

Mon, April 8, 2013

Santa Barbara County successfully blocked a giant unplanned, unscheduled spring break beach party on Isla Vista’s beaches over the weekend, but they didn’t stop the party from taking place. An estimated 15 to 18 thousand people showed up in Isla Vista for what has been dubbed Deltopia. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies say they made Read the Rest…


Fire Burning Outside Of Fillmore

Mon, April 8, 2013

Ventura County firefighters are on the scene of a building fire that’s apparently tuned into a brush fire outside of Fillmore. The blaze was reported at about 4:45, on the 1400 block of Goodenough Road. Firefighters say what apparently started as a structure fire spread to brush, and now possibly a second structure. More than Read the Rest…


Wind Big Concern On The South Coast

Mon, April 8, 2013

The wind is causing some major weather concerns on the South Coast at this hour. A high wind warning is in effect for the Santa Barbara area, with gusts up to 60 miles an hour possible. In Ventura County, there’s a wind advisory in effect, with wind in the 20 to 30 mile an hour Read the Rest…


Death Of Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Commemorated At Reagan Library In Ventura County

Mon, April 8, 2013

The death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is being remembered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley. The Library has set up a photo display showcasing the friendship of Thatcher, and Reagan. It’s also put out a condolence book. The Prime Minister and the late President were close friends, who worked Read the Rest…


Balcony Collapse During Party In Isla Vista Investigated

Mon, April 8, 2013

Authorities are trying to figure out why a balcony collapsed during a part in Isla Vista over the weekend, leaving several people injured. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Isla Vista Balcony Collapse


Woman Arrested After Pursuit, Capture By K-9 In Ventura

Mon, April 8, 2013

A Ventura woman is facing multiple charges after police say she led them on a vehicle chase around the city. It happened just after 4 p.m. yesterday. An officer on patrol near Pierpoint Boulevard, and Seaward Avenue tried to pull over a car for an equipment violation. A male passenger got out of the car, Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Could Finalize Hiring Of New City Manager Tonight

Mon, April 8, 2013

A Ventura County community could finalize the hiring of a new City Manager tonight. The Simi Valley City Council is scheduled to act on a contract proposal to hire Eric Levitt as its new top non-elected city official. Levitt is currently the City Manager of Janesville, Wisconsin. He signed a contract calling for a $200,000 Read the Rest…


Biologists Baffled By Record Sea Lion Pup Strandings Along Santa Barbara, Ventura County Coastlines

Mon, April 8, 2013

It’s a situation which has marine biologists baffled, and worried. Since the first of the year, there have been a record number of sea lion pup strandings along the Southern California, with many of them critically ill. More than a thousand of them have been rescued. The concern is especially acute in our region, because Read the Rest…


New Fund Will Help Veterans In Ventura County

Mon, April 8, 2013

A new fund in Ventura County is planning to soon make its first round of grants to local groups helping veterans. The Ventura County Community Foundation’s Veterans Fund will have $75,000 available for projects which support basic needs services, employment training, and mental health services. Foundation officials say in awarding the grants, they will give Read the Rest…


Former Goverment Official In Santa Barbara County Pleads Guilty To Misappropriation Of Public Funds

Mon, April 8, 2013

The former head of a mosquito control agency on the South Coast is facing 60 days in jail, three years probation, and $10,000 in restitution after entering a guilty plea to a charge of misappropriation of public funds. Brian Passaro was General Manager of the Mosquito and Vector Management District of Santa Barbara County from Read the Rest…


Body Of Young Woman Found On Santa Barbara County Beach Identified As Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Student

Sun, April 7, 2013

A body found on a Santa Barbara County beach over the weekend is being identifed as that of a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student. The body of a young woman was discovered just after 8 a.m. Saturday by a jogger near Campus Point, in the UC Santa Barbara area. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Read the Rest…


Authorities Now Say Body Found On Santa Barbara County Beach That of Woman

Sat, April 6, 2013

Authorities are now saying a body found on a Santa Barbara County beach Saturday morning is that of a college aged female. The body was discovered at just after 8 a.m. by a jogger near Campus Point, in the UC Santa Barbara area. The jogger noticed the body in the surf, near the water line, Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Discovery Of Body At Santa Barbara County Beach

Sat, April 6, 2013

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body Saturday morning at a Santa Barbara County beach. The body was found in the Campus Point area. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies, and UC Santa Barbara Police are investigating the discovery. There no word on the identity of the person, or the circumstances surrounding the death.


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