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Archives for May 2013

Two Men Arrested For String Of Residential Burglaries In Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Sat, May 25, 2013

Two men suspected of being serial burglars in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties are in custody after detectives say they were caught in the middle of a home invasion robbery. Gurgen Martirosyan of Arleta, and Vigen Manukyan of Glendale are suspected of at least four residential burglaries in the Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, and Agoura Hills Read the Rest…


Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Rank High In New Report Card For Beach Cleanliness

Fri, May 24, 2013

Just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend, Heal The Bay’s Annual Beach Report Card is out, and is giving Ventura, and Santa Barbara County beaches their highest marks in years for water cleanliness. The report says Ventura County’s beaches received an A rating for cleanliness year round, the best it’s done in five years. Read the Rest…


Reagan Library In Ventura County Using Goat Power To Try To Reduce Brush Fire Danger

Fri, May 24, 2013

We’re in high fire danger season here in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and that means property owners in areas where there’s brush need to clear growth around buildings. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that a museum in Ventura County is turning to a natural approach to make the hills around it fire safe. Click on Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced For Threatening Shooting At University In Ventura County

Fri, May 24, 2013

A man authorities say admitted to sending in e-mail threatening to commit a shooting at a university in Ventura County has been sentenced. Ventura County prosecutors say Thomas Pecel agreed to a plea deal in which he will do three years on probation, and undergo mandatory mental health counseling. He’s also been ordered not to Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Foundation Announces More Than One Million Dollars In Grants For 2013

Fri, May 24, 2013

A Ventura County based foundation announced that its grants so far in 2013 have topped the million dollar mark. The Gene Haas Foundation says it’s given the money to more than two dozen non-profits in the county, including the American Cancer Society, three local Boys and Girls Clubs, the El Centrito Family Learning Center, and Read the Rest…


South Coast High School Get Unusual Donation, One Intended To Promote Nutrition

Fri, May 24, 2013

A South Coast high school has received a very unusual gift, one intended to promote good nutrition. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Dos Pueblos Greenhouse


Law Enforcment Officers Say They Will Step Up DUI, Traffic Safety Efforts In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties During Memorial Day Weekend

Fri, May 24, 2013

Law enforcement officers say they are stepping up DUI, and traffic safety efforts in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties for the Memorial Day weekend. Agencies in both counties say they will have additional resources devoted to DUI efforts over the three day weekend. The Ventura area office of the CHP says it’s also kicking off Read the Rest…


Purchase Of South Coast Golf Course For Return To Wetlands, Open Space Celebrated

Fri, May 24, 2013

It’s been a golf course on the South Coast for some four decades. But now, after years of effort, the clock is being turned backwards, and the land is going to be returned to its original state as open space, and wetlands. Yesterday, many of those involved in the effort to buy the Ocean Meadows Read the Rest…


State Announces Health Care Plans Approved Under New Affordable Care Act Umbrella

Thu, May 23, 2013

Ventura County’s Health Care Plan is one of the approved plans being offered in the state, as California moves to implement National Affordable Care Act efforts. Covered California today announced 13 health insurance plans, including the Ventura County plan, will be offered under its umbrella when the federally mandated health insurance effort goes online October Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Accused Of Molesting Five Year Olds He Was Babysitting

Thu, May 23, 2013

A Santa Barbara man is facing multiple child molestation charges, after police say he sexually assaulted two five years old he was babysitting. Carlos Xitumul-Pineda was a family friend who had been taking periodically taking care of the kids. On Tuesday, when their mother returned to the family’s Westside home, she found the home’s door Read the Rest…


Seven Arrested On Drug Charges As The Result Of Joint Santa Barbara County-San Luis Obispo County Law Enforcement Raids

Thu, May 23, 2013

Seven people are facing drug dealing charges following a joint Santa Barbara County-San Luis Obispo County investigation. Officers from the San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara County Sherrif’s Departments raided nine seperate locations in the Santa Maria, San Miguel, Paso Robles and Atascadero areas yesterday. Investigators say they seized a large amount of methamphetamine, and Read the Rest…


Some South Coast Community Clinics Facing Financial Crisis

Thu, May 23, 2013

Some community clinics on the South Coast which have helped hundreds of thousands of people over the decades now need help themselves. The Santa Barbara Community Clinics are facing a major financial crisis, and unless they make major operational changes, and get an infusion of cash from the community, they will have to close. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Authorities Issue Warning About Ventura Beach After Four Swimmers Caught In Rip Tide

Thu, May 23, 2013

Authorities have issued a warning about a Ventura Beach, after four people were caught in a rip tide. Just before 11 a.m. yesterday, four swimmers between the ages of eight, and 18 were in the ocean near Marina Park when they were swept out of control. Some large waves pushed them into a shallow area, Read the Rest…


Massive Fire On Farm Near Oxnard Visible For Miles

Wed, May 22, 2013

A fire ripped through a mountain of pallets, and a massive greenhouse in Ventura County this afternoon, in a fire which was visible for miles. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Oxnard Farm Fire


Ventura County Community Moving Quickly To Fill City Council Vacancy

Wed, May 22, 2013

A Ventura County community is moving quickly to fill its second City Council vacancy in less than two months. The Fillmore City Council is trying to fill an opening created by the unexpected resignation of Brian Sipes. He stepped down May 15th, saying that he needed to devote more time to his career. The Council Read the Rest…


Man Who Fired Shot In Ventura County Home Arrested After Eight Hour Standoff

Wed, May 22, 2013

A Ventura County man armed with a gun surrendered to police after an eight hour standoff. It started just after 10:30 last night, on the 5900 block of Fasley Avenue in Simi Valley, with a report of shots being fired. Simi Valley Police officers say they found that a man had fired shots at his Read the Rest…


FBI Agent Who Died In Training Accident Originally From Ventura County

Wed, May 22, 2013

An FBI agent who was originally from Ventura County has been identified as one of two agents who died in a training accident. Stephen Shaw and Christopher Lorek died last Friday, as they were trying to drop from a helicopter to a ship off the coast of Virginia. The FBI says the helicopter had some Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Pursue Efforts To Gather Information About Oil And Gas Fracking Operations In County

Wed, May 22, 2013

Ventura County Supervisors have decided to pursue efforts to require oil and gas companies seeking drilling permits to provide information about planned hydraulic fracturing operations. The process, which involves the high pressure injection of fluids underground to try to get to trapped oil and gas pockets, has been controversial because of concerns about potential toxic Read the Rest…


Federal Health Care Reform Focus Of Community Meeting Set For Santa Barbara County

Wed, May 22, 2013

Federal health care reform has been the focus of nationwide debate for the last few years, but many people don’t know how it might affect them. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, County Supervisor Janet Wolf, and CenCal Health, which oversees the administration of Med-Cal services in the county, are holding an educational forum Read the Rest…


Ventura County Pledges Funding For New Boys And Girls Club

Wed, May 22, 2013

Ventura County is stepping up to try to help build a new Boys and Girls Club facility in a part of the county which has few activities for kids, by offering a $150,000 matching grant. Hundreds of kids have gone through the program which operated out of an old mobile home in Saticoy. But, County Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Step Up Efforts To Track Fracking In County

Tue, May 21, 2013

Ventura County is pursuing a proposal to try to better track the controversial oil, and gas extraction process known as fracking in the county. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Fracking Debate


State Assemblyman From Ventura County Calling On Feds To Expedite Immigration For At Risk Afghan Nationals

Tue, May 21, 2013

A state assemblyman from Ventura County who served in Afghanistan is calling for the federal government to expedite stalled immigration applications for Afgan nationals. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorrell of Camarillo says with the drawdown of coalition forces in Afganistan, insurgents are deliberately targeting Afghan nationals who worked with U.S. forces. Gorrell says dedicated Afghans who Read the Rest…


Food Bank Serving Ventura County Gets Grant From Financial Firm

Tue, May 21, 2013

Ventura County’s food bank received a major grant for a program which helps feed families in need. Food Share is receiving $50,000 from Morgan Stanley, for the Oxnard based non-profit’s School Pantry Program. The program tries to insure that low income families have healthy, nutritious food for preparation at home. The funding is part of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sentenced To Jail For Fatal Traffic Accident

Tue, May 21, 2013

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to four months in jail for causing a head on traffic accident which killed an Oxnard woman. Fernando Ferrer was driving on Vineyard Avenue near El Rio last August 25th when he apparently fell asleep, and crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic. The Fillmore man smashed Read the Rest…


Leaders in One Santa Barbara County Community Upset With Proposed Fire Station Staffing Cuts

Tue, May 21, 2013

Officials in one Santa Barbara County community are upset with a proposal to reducing staffing at a fire station, as the County Fire Department tries to balance its budget. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Goleta Fire Station Staffing


Endangered Foxes In Channel Islands Making Comeback From Near Extinction

Tue, May 21, 2013

The Channel Islands are home to a rare kind of fox, which only lives on the islands. Thanks to some man made problems, the Island Fox population was decimated in the late 1990′s, and early 2000′s, with some of the subspecies on various islands pushed close to extinction. But, a plan to save the Island Read the Rest…


Dogs From South Coast Aid In Search For Tornado Victims In Oklahoma

Tue, May 21, 2013

Two dogs recruited from animal shelters on the South Coast are among the search dogs being used to look for survivors of the huge tornado which hit the Moore, Oklahoma area yesterday. Oklahoma City firefighter Chet Clark is working with his search dog Elvis. The Ventura County based National Disaster Search Dog Foundation found Elvis Read the Rest…


Two Conejo Valley Teens End Up In Hospital After Eating Marijuana Laced Treats

Tue, May 21, 2013

They looked like rice crispy treats, but they were laced with marijuana, and sent two Conejo Valley teenagers to the hospital with drug overdoses. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they traced the marijuana laced treats to a 17 year old Thousand Oaks boy. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, sales of a Read the Rest…


Three Ventura County Residents Sentenced To Federal Prison For Scam Which Led To More Than $27 Million In Losses

Mon, May 20, 2013

Three Ventura County residents are going to federal prison, after being sentenced in a nationwide investment scam that ended up in more than $27 million dollars in losses. Prosecutors say brothers Alan and Wayne Flesher, along with Nancy Khalial told people their money would be used for a business which would put video screens displaying Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Say DNA Leads To Arrest In Rape Of College Student

Mon, May 20, 2013

Santa Barbara Police say DNA linked a man to the July, 2012 rape of a college student who was so intoxicated she was unable to resist. The 21 year old UCSB student had gone to a Santa Barbara nightclub, but was kicked out because of her intoxication. Friends arraigned for someone to get her, but Read the Rest…


Two Ventura County Supervisors Calling On County To Get More Information From Oil, and Gas Companies On Fracking

Mon, May 20, 2013

Two Ventura County supervisors are calling on the county to take steps to better track the controversial oil, and gas extraction process known as fracking. Steve Bennett and Linda Parks will ask fellow supervisors tomorrow to purse efforts to give the county a better handle on the issue. The county hasn’t been asking if fracking Read the Rest…


American Van Garderen Wins Amgen Tour Of California

Mon, May 20, 2013

American Tejay Van Garderen was the big winner in the Amgen Tour Of California cycling race. Van Garderen, with the BMC Racing team, had big performances on Friday and Saturday to set the stage for his overall victory following the last stage of the race in Santa Rosa yesterday. The eighth annual race drew big Read the Rest…


South Coast Congresswoman Introduces Legislation To Help Public Health Agencies Deal With Climate Change

Mon, May 20, 2013

A Sourh Coast congresswoman is co-authoring legislation intended to help public health agencies research, and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara is one of the sponsors of the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act. If passed, it would direct the Secretary of Human Health and Human Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Based Program Uses Rock Music To Help Teens Cope With Issues

Mon, May 20, 2013

They are teens facing the impacts of issues ranging from sexual abuse, to bullying. An after school program in Santa Barbara County is using rock music as a platform to build the confidence, and character they need to face their problems. “Sing It Out” is a ten week long program which uses a team of Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Alert Community To Van Taking Photos In Neighborhoods For City Project

Sat, May 18, 2013

Normally, a van with a camera mounted on its roof moving slowly through some Ventura County neighborhoods would be a reason to call 911. But, Simi Valley Police say this van is actually on a sanctioned city project. The City of Simi Valley contracted with the Trans Map Corporation for the company to do an Read the Rest…


Three Accused Of Using Counterfeit Credit Cards, Stealing Thousands From Ventura County Department Stores

Sat, May 18, 2013

Detectives say they’ve arrested three people they believed used counterfeit credit cards to steal more than $100,000 in merchandise from “Target” department stores throughout Southern California, including some in Ventura County. The Simi Valley Police investigators say a four month long investigation in cooperation with the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Service, Immigrations and Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Connection With Shootings Of Two In Oxnard

Fri, May 17, 2013

An arrest has been made in connection with the shootings of a man, and woman in Oxnard last month. On April 22nd, a group of men confronted a man, and woman walking on the 600 block of Devonshire Drive. After some words were exchanged, the 18 year old Oxnard woman, and the 19 year old Read the Rest…


New President Selected For Ventura College

Fri, May 17, 2013

A vice presdent at a community college in Arizona has been chosen as the new head of Ventura College. Dr. Greg Gillespie is expected to start in Ventura next month. He’s currently the Vice President for Instruction, and Student Services at Yavapai College, in Prescott, Arizona. He has nearly two decades of experience in community Read the Rest…


Ventura, Santa Barbara County Unemployment Drops To Lowest Levels In Years

Fri, May 17, 2013

Ventura, and Santa Barbara County unemployment dropped to the lowest levels in years, with the latest monthly figures dipping below the 7% rate. In Ventura County, the number dropped from 7.8% in March, to 6.9% in April. And, in Santa Barbara County, the unemployment percentage dropped from 7.2% in March, to an even 6% for Read the Rest…


Incident With Teen Being Injured By Knife At Oxnard School Under Investigation

Fri, May 17, 2013

Oxnard Police say they’re investigating an incident in which they say a teenager was accidentally cut with a knife while trying to escape pursuers on an elementary school campus. It happened just after 8 this morning, at Haycox Elementary School. Police say a 16 year old boy was being chased by six people when he Read the Rest…


Project Underway To Create Botanical Gardens In Ventura County

Fri, May 17, 2013

A Ventura County park which features a popular hiking trail, and spectacular coastal views is planned to be the home of new botanical gardens. Boosters of the Ventura Botanical Gardens Project in Ventura’s Grant Park envision areas featuring the plants of five Mediterranean climate zones. This weekend, the non-profit group will showcase its efforts, and Read the Rest…


Entire Student Body At Santa Barbara Elementary School Holding Classes With The Big Kids At Local University

Fri, May 17, 2013

Students at one South Coast elementary school are sitting in the big kids chairs today, as the student body is holding classes at a local university. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Harding School-UCSB Partnership


Deadline Approaching For Voter Registration For Special Election In Ventura County

Thu, May 16, 2013

Voters in one Ventura County community have just a few days left to register for a special election. Monday is the deadline for Oxnard residents to sign up to vote in a June 4th special election to fill a City Council vacancy. Voters will decide who should complete the remainder of Tim Flynn’s term. Flynn Read the Rest…


Three School Campuses Placed On Lockdown Following Bank Robbery In Simi Valley

Thu, May 16, 2013

A public high school, and two private schools in Simi Valley were placed on lockdown for nearly two hours this morning, following a bank robbery near the campuses. An armed man robbed a Chase bank on the 5100 block of Los Angeles Avenue around 10 a.m. No one was hurt. The robber escaped with an Read the Rest…


Changing Faces On Fillmore City Council

Thu, May 16, 2013

One City Council in Ventura County is undergoing a lot of changes. The Fillmore City Council filled one vacancy this week, but then had another surface. On Tuesday, the council appointed Diane McCall to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Eduardo Gonzales, who stepped down because of health issues. McCall is a property Read the Rest…


Nation’s Largest Cycling Event Races Into Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, May 16, 2013

The nation’s largest cycling race is on the South Coast this morning. The Amgen Tour of California features more than 120 of the world’s top cyclists, in an eight stage event which crosses the state. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand as the race passed through Santa Paula, and arrived in Santa Barbara yesterday. Click Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Calls For County’s Schools To Take New Look At Safety

Thu, May 16, 2013

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report asserts that while personnel at all 21 school districts in the county have undergone training for school security, and threat assessments, not all school are following through with key parts of the recommendations. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has details on the report’s findings. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Nation’s Largest Cycling Race Hits Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, May 15, 2013

The nation’s largest cycling race arrived in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties Wednesday afternoon, as the Amgen Tour Of California’s Stage Four took riders from Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand for the finish at Santa Barbara’s East Beach, a climax to the day which attracted thousands of spectators. Click Read the Rest…


Broadway Musical Show Series Announced For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, May 15, 2013

A theater organization which brings touring versions of Broadway musicals to Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties has announced a new season which includes Broadway hits like “The Addams Family,” and classics like “West Side Story.” Theater League says for it’s 2013-2014 season, it will bring “Million Dollar Quartet,” “The Addams Family,” and “West Side Story” Read the Rest…


New Ventura Grand Jury Report Calls For Construction Of Connector Between Highway 126, 101 Freeway

Wed, May 15, 2013

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says a connector should be added from a busy highway, to the 101 Freeway to alleviate heavy traffic on one of Ventura’s busiest streets. The report looks at the massive traffic issues on Victoria Avenue. The report notes that when the freeway system was being planned a connector Read the Rest…


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