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Archives for May 2013

Environmental Group Announces Settlement With Oil Company Over Storm Water Pollution Concerns In Ventura County

Wed, May 15, 2013

An environmental group says it’s reached a deal with an oil company which will decrease polluted storm water runoff from an oil, and gas field in Ventura County ending up on some popular beaches. The Environmental Defense Center says the settlement with Vintage Production California should reduce runoff from the 4200 acre Rincon Grubb oil Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Decides To Continue To Pursue Controversial Gang Injunction

Wed, May 15, 2013

The Santa Barbara City Council decided to continue to pursue a controversial injunction sought by police, and prosecutors to allow the public safety officials to try to crack down on gangs. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports residents upset with the effort showed up in force for a public hearing on the issue. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Oxnard To Honor Fallen Police Officers Today

Wed, May 15, 2013

Oxnard today is honoring the seven police officers who died in the line of duty during the city’s history. The Oxnard Police Department is marking National Law Enforcement Memorial Week with a ceremony in front of the city’s Public Safety Building this morning. The 10:30 a.m. event includes a 21 gun salute, and a performance Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Looks At Financial Reporting Tied To Municipal Employee Pensions, Health Care

Wed, May 15, 2013

A new Grand Jury report says that while the 10 cities in Ventura County are struggling with rising employee pension and health care costs, they are doing a good job of tracking the problem. The Grand Jury looked at how the cities are meeting guidelines established by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, which is a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Takes Key Steps Towards Construction Of New Jail Complex

Wed, May 15, 2013

Santa Barbara County is continuing to move ahead with its badly needed new jail complex. County Supervisors yesterday approved more than eight million dollars in spending to hire some key contractors for the project, including an architect, engineers, and a construction manager. The 376 bed facility in Santa Maria is expected to end decades of Read the Rest…


Food Truck Operators In Ventura County Could Get A Wake Up Call Today

Tue, May 14, 2013

Food truck operators in Ventura County could get a wake-up call today, as County Supervisors will look at a proposal to set the stage for tougher regulations. County Environmental Health officials say many of the older trucks operating in the county don’t meet state code requirements. They don’t have hot and cold running water, or Read the Rest…


National Park Service Reopening Some Trails Closed By Springs Fire In Ventura County

Tue, May 14, 2013

The National Park Service is reopening some trails in Ventura County closed by the gigantic Springs Brush Fire. The 24,000 acre blaze closed some popular trails. The Park Service is reopening Rancho Sierra Vista, in Newbury Park today, but some trails will remain off limits. Because of trail damage, visitors won’t be able to travel Read the Rest…


High Pressure Could Bring Record Temperatures To South Coast

Mon, May 13, 2013

Strong high pressure means the South Coast could have record high temperatures today, and the potential for dangerous sundowner winds in the Santa Barbara area this evening. A shallow marine layer is expected to mean temperatures will stay a bit cooler along the coast. However, firefighters are geared up for a potentially high fire danger Read the Rest…


Amgen Tour Of California Underway; Headed To South Coast

Mon, May 13, 2013

America’s largest cycling competition kicked off over the weekend, and is headed to the South Coast. The eight stage Amgen Tour Of California kicked off in Escondido yesterday, and will end in Santa Rosa next Sunday. The race will head from Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara on Wednesday. The course will take riders through Santa Read the Rest…


Missing Ventura County Teen Found Safe

Mon, May 13, 2013

A missing Ventura County teenager has been found safe, more than a week after she disappeared. Samantha Torres disappeared May 4th, after leaving a relative’s home on the 2400 block of Alvarado Street, in Oxnard. Police asked for the public’s help in finding the missing 13 year old. On Saturday night, someone spotted the girl Read the Rest…


March For Innocence Project To Pass Through Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Mon, May 13, 2013

A march supporting efforts to free people which some believe were wrongly convicted is passing through Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The California Innocence Project is sponsoring a march from San Diego, to Sacramento. The walk is in Ventura today, in Carpinteria tomorrow, and moves from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara on Wednesday. There will be Read the Rest…


Five Arrested In Connection With Drug Activity Near Santa Barbara Elementary School

Sat, May 11, 2013

Police say as the result of a three week long investigation of reported drug activity near a Santa Barbara elementary school, five people have been arrested. Detectives received a citizens complaint of drug dealing at a home on the 1100 block of East Mason Street, which is just across the street from Franklin Elementary School. Read the Rest…


Activist Artist Donates Part Of Her Archives To UCSB

Sat, May 11, 2013

A well known artist who uses her work to explore social justice has donated part of her archives to UC Santa Barbara. Favianna Rodrigez is known for her posters, and digital art which take on major social issues. The Oakland based artist, and activist donated more than 30 prints to UCSB’s Library, where they will Read the Rest…


Teen Arrested After Simulated Explosive Devices Found In Vehicle In Goleta

Sat, May 11, 2013

A Washington State teenager with ties to Santa Barbara County is facing multiple charges, after authorities say they found him with some potentially dangerous simulated explosive devices. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department received a call Friday morning from police in Clyde Hill, Washington that the teen had taken a family car without permission, and Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Missing Girl In Ventura County

Fri, May 10, 2013

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in trying to find a 13 year old Ventura County girl who disappeared almost a week ago. Samantha Torres was last seen on May 4th, leaving a relative’s home on the 2400 block of Alvarado Street, in Oxnard. The 13 year old is an 8th grader at Rio Read the Rest…


Wanted Felon Arrested With Assault Rifle In Santa Barbara

Fri, May 10, 2013

A convicted felon wanted for forgery, but armed with a loaded assault rifle was arrested after an alert Santa Barbara Police officer saw him driving down a city street. An officer spotted Sergio Ivan Soto driving down the 300 block of West Pueblo Street. When officers pulled him over, he at first denied his identity, Read the Rest…


Ultralight Aircraft Crashes In Camarillo Area

Fri, May 10, 2013

The pilot of an ultralight plane escaped injury when it crashed between Camarillo and Oxnard Thursday night. It went down at around 7:30, in a field near Fifth Street, and Pleasant Valley Road. The aircraft was badly damaged. There’s no word on what led to the accident.


Paraglider Pilot On Trip With Santa Barbara School Seriously Injured In Accident

Fri, May 10, 2013

A paraglider pilot on a trip with a Santa Barbara flying school was seriously injured in a Northern California accident. The Napa County Sheriff’s Department reports that William Straw had been towed by a boat over Lake Berryessa, and was released when he crashed from about 500 feet. The tow boat rescued him from the Read the Rest…


Firefighters Get Upper Hand On Brush Fire Near Fillmore

Thu, May 9, 2013

Ventura County firefighters say they expect to have full control of a brushfire near Fillmore by around midnight tonight. The blaze was discovered just before 7 p.m., on the 1100 block of East Guiberson Road. More than two dozen units were dispatched to the scene. The fire grew to around ten acres. No homes have Read the Rest…


Ventura Hoping To Enlist Home, Business Video Cameras For Crime Fighting Efforts

Thu, May 9, 2013

The Ventura Police Department is hoping to enlist home, and business video surveillance systems in its crime fighting efforts. The department is creating a voluntary registry, called the Video Camera Community Registry. Officials say when a crime occurs in an area, they can quickly check the list to see if they might have potential video Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Series Of Electronics Burglaries At Santa Barbara Area Schools

Thu, May 9, 2013

A Riverside County man is behind bars, after Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they linked him to a series of burglaries of electronics from Santa Barbara area schools. Detectives say Andre Clayton of Hemet was tracked down, and arrested in that city with the help of Hemet Police. The investigators say the 26 year Read the Rest…


Popular State Park In Ventura County Hard Hit By Springs Fire

Thu, May 9, 2013

The massive Springs Brush Fire hit a popular state park in Ventura County hard, closing campgrounds and trails. The fire scorched about 12,000 acres of Point Mugu State Park, leaving only about 2,000 acres untouched. The Sycamore Cove and Thornhill Broom Beach campgrounds are closed, with no word on when they will reopen. The service Read the Rest…


Some Southern California Edison Customers In Ventura County Targeted By Scam

Thu, May 9, 2013

Some Southern California Edison customers have been the targets of a scam in Ventura County. The scammers have been calling customers, telling them that their payments are past due, and that their service will be disconnected unless they make an immediate payment with a prepaid cash card. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigators say SCE never Read the Rest…


Firefighters Take Part In Rally In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties To Help Burn Victims

Thu, May 9, 2013

Some teams of firefighters will be doing something quite different from their traditional duties in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties today. They’ll be taking part in an event to raise money to help burn survivors. The 17th annual Quest For Burn Survivors Rally will head from Santa Maria to Ventura, with the stops at fire Read the Rest…


Firefighters Inching Towards Final Containment Of Springs Brushfire

Thu, May 9, 2013

Firefighters are hoping this will be the day they can declare in Springs Brush Fire fully contained. The fire was 96% contained as of last night. Officials have a more precise assessment of the land burned, saying it was 24,251 acres. They also have more specific information on damage to structures, with 10 outbuildings reported Read the Rest…


Organization Which Helps Feed Hungry In Ventura County Gets New Truck

Wed, May 8, 2013

An organization which helps feed Ventura County’s hungry received a new hybrid truck from a local foundation. The Gene Haas Foundation presented Food Share with the $50,000 vehicle today. The truck will be used to pick up, and deliver donations throughout the region. The foundation has awarded neatly six million dollar in grants to local Read the Rest…


Springs Fire Now 95% Contained; Full Containment Now Projected For Tomorrow

Wed, May 8, 2013

Firefighters say they are getting closer, but that mop-up work is taking longer than projected, and full containment of the Springs Brush Fire now won’t come until tomorrow. The containment figure is at 95% this morning. The fire command is demobilizing additional crews, with the total now still involved at just over 400. 15 homes Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Detectives Say He Threatened Shootings At Ventura County College Campus

Wed, May 8, 2013

A man is facing a charge of making a criminal threat, after Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives say he sent a threatening e-mail to a local university. Investigators say a California Lutheran University employee received an e-mail May 1st, threatening a shooting at the Thousand Oaks campus. It was reported to the Sheriff’s Department, and Read the Rest…


Springs Fire Now 85% Contained; Full Containment Expected Tuesday

Tue, May 7, 2013

Firefighters think they are close to declaring the 28,000 acre Springs Brush Fire fully contained, and believe it will happen later today. The fire is at 85% containment this morning, with firefighters focusing on finding missed hot spots. The weather since Saturday has cooperated, with some rain, little wind, and higher humidity. Because of the Read the Rest…


Westlake Village Man Charged In Connection With Insider Trading Scandal

Tue, May 7, 2013

A Westlake Village man has been charged by federal prosecutors in connection with a major scandal involving a major accounting firm, and has agreed to a plea deal Prosecutors say Bryan Shaw made more than a million dollars in profit from insider trading information he received from a friend of his with Wall Street powerhouse Read the Rest…


Play Written, Produced In Santa Barbara Tries To Tackle Death, Dying

Tue, May 7, 2013

It sounds like an unlikely subject for an uplifting play. But, the end of life is the focus of a locally written, and produced production being staged in Santa Barbara this week. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Unfinished Business “Unfinished Business” runs May 9th-12th at Santa Barbara’s Read the Rest…


Solar System Going To Help Provide Power for Water, Wastewater Systems Covering Parts Of Ventura/Los Angeles Counties

Mon, May 6, 2013

Some water, and wasterwater systems serving parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties are adding solar power to be more environmentally friendly, and save money. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, and the Triunfo Sanitation District have signed a deal with a solar power company to buy power from an array of solar panels which Read the Rest…


Firefighters Now Looking At Tuesday For Full Containment Of Springs Brushfire

Mon, May 6, 2013

Firefighters now say they hope to have the massive Springs Brush fire in Ventura County fully contained on Tuesday. The fire is now 80% contained. A mild storm system which moved into the region over the weekend helped lower temperatures, and raise the humidity, even though rainfall amounts were light. Cal State Channel Islands reopened Read the Rest…


Firefighters Hope To Fully Contain Massive Springs Brush Fire Today

Mon, May 6, 2013

Firefighters are hoping to fully contain the massive Springs Brush fire today, which has burned 28,000 acres of brush in Ventura County. The fire is now 75% contained. A mild storm system which moved into the region yesterday helped lower temperatures, and raise the humidity, even though rainfall amounts were light. Cal State Channel Islands Read the Rest…


Fire Investigators Say They Can’t Find Definitive Cause Of Springs Fire

Mon, May 6, 2013

While firefighters have been focused for the last few days on protecting homes, and businesses threatened by the 28,000 acre Springs brush fire, a team of investigators has been focused on trying to determine the blaze’s origin. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports they now concede we may never have a definitive answer to that question. Click Read the Rest…


Hundreds March In Conejo Valley Walk To Focus Attention On Genocide Problem

Mon, May 6, 2013

Hundreds of people took to the streets of the Conejo Valley to take a stand against genocide. More than a dozen teams from different religious, and secular organizations took part in a walk with a message yesterday. Michael Lysobey, one of the organizers of the Conejo Valley Walk to End Genocide, says one of the Read the Rest…


Springs Brush Fire Now 75% Contained; Full Containment Still Projected for Monday

Sun, May 5, 2013

Firefighters continue to make big progress towards containing the Springs brush fire, which has burned 28,000 acres of brush in Ventura County. The fire is now 75% contained, with full containment still projected for tomorrow. A heavy marine layer, cooler temperatures, and little wind aided the 1800 firefighters working to fully knock down the blaze. Read the Rest…


Firefighters Say We Will Probably Never Know Exact Cause Of Massive Springs Brushfire

Sun, May 5, 2013

Fire investigators say we will probably never know the exact cause of the massive Springs brush fire, which blackened 28,000 acres of land, and damaged 15 homes. Ventura County Fire Department Captain Mike Lindbery says investigators pinpointed the area off of the southbound 101 Freeway near Camarillo Springs where the blaze started Thursday morning, but Read the Rest…


Springs Fire Now 60% Contained; Weather Providing Boost For Firefighters Today

Sun, May 5, 2013

Firefighters say the the massive 28,000 acre Springs Brush Fire is now 60% contained, An onshore flow, with clouds, and even a chance of showers later today has eased the high temperatures, and low humidity which help spread the fire out of control last week. At its peak, more than 2100 firefighters were fighting the Read the Rest…


Gigantic Springs Brushfire Now More than 50% Contained

Sun, May 5, 2013

Firefighters say they’ve passed the halfway point in containing the massive 28,000 acre Springs Brushfire. Fire crews are taking advantage of cooler temperatures, and a drop in wind to do mop up work, and look for back country hot spots. The fire is now considered to be 56% contained. At its peak, more than 2100 Read the Rest…


Man, Woman Found Dead In Vehicle In Oxnard

Sun, May 5, 2013

Authorities are investigating the deaths of a man, and woman whose bodies were found in a vehicle in Oxnard. Officers were called to the 600 block of South “D” street around 7:30 Saturday morning. They found a man in his late 30′s, and a woman in her 50′s with gunshot wounds. They were both pronounced Read the Rest…


Firefighters Continue To Make Major Progress With Springs Fire In Ventura County

Sat, May 4, 2013

Firefighters say they are making major progress today towards controlling a monster brush fire which has threatened thousands of homes in Ventura County. The 28,000 acre fire is now 30% contained. Officials say they don’t think the fire’s acreage will grow much past this point. Weather forecasters say an increased onshore flow means temperatures about Read the Rest…


Firefighters Optimistic About Efforts To Contain Springs Brushfire

Sat, May 4, 2013

Firefighters say they’re optimistic about efforts to contain the Springs Brushfire, and say they are making solid progress today. The 28,000 acre fire is now 30% contained. Officials say they don’t think the fire’s acreage will grow much past this point. Weather forecasters say an increased onshore flow means temperatures about ten degrees cooler today Read the Rest…


Springs Fire Now 30% Contained; More Than 1800 Firefighters Battling Blaze

Sat, May 4, 2013

The massive 28,000 acre Springs Brushfire is now 30% contained, and firefighters are hoping for full containment on Monday. Weather forecasters say an increased onshore flow will mean temperatures about ten degrees cooler today than yesterday, with decreased wind, and higher humidity. They’re taking advantage of the improved firefiighting weather to do mop up work, Read the Rest…


Cooler Weather Could Aid Efforts To Control Springs Brushfire in Ventura County; Containment Up To 30%

Sat, May 4, 2013

The weather could give firefighters trying to control the massive 28,000 Springs Brush fire in Ventura County a big break today. Weather forecasters say an increased onshore flow will mean temperatures about ten degrees cooler today than yesterday, with decreased wind, and higher humidity. The fire is now 30% contained, and firefighters are hoping to Read the Rest…


Firefighters Conduct Controlled Burns To Try To Reduce Unburned Vegetation In Springs Fire Zone

Sat, May 4, 2013

Firefighters intentionally set some blazes in the Conejo Valley last night, is part of an effort to reduce the fuel available for the Springs Fire. Fires were started on a ridge between Ventu Park Road, and Hidden Valley, to try to reduce the amount of unburned fuel. No evacuations were necessary. Firefighters used the same Read the Rest…


Conejo Valley Days Celebration To Continue Despite Impacts Of Brushfire

Sat, May 4, 2013

Organizers of the Conejo Valley’s largest annual community celebration say it will continue as planned for the rest of the weekend, despite the smoke from the Springs Fire. Conejo Valley Days is underway at Conejo Creek Park South. The celebration started as planned on Thursday, despite the fire. On the event’s website, organizers say the Read the Rest…


Springs Brush Fire Now Estimated To Be 28,000 Acres; 20% Contained

Fri, May 3, 2013

The Springs Brush fire continued to grown in size in Ventura County Friday, jumping from an estimated 8,000 acres burned on Thursday to more than 28,000 by Friday evening. After a day with numerous flareups, the more than 900 firefighters from throughout California battling the blaze were able to get it 20% contained. Despite the Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Officer Injured In Traffic Accident

Fri, May 3, 2013

An Oxnard Police sergeant is recovering from injures he suffered when his patrol car was hit by another vehicle while he was on an emergency call. Sergeant Jack Kujawa was traveling westbound on Wooley Road just after 9 Thursday night, when he entered the intersection of Wooley and C Street. He slowed down, and had Read the Rest…


Seizure of Ponga Boat Leads To Arrest In Santa Barbara County

Fri, May 3, 2013

Authorities have made a rare arrest in conjection with the seizure of a ponga boat, and illegal drugs in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ponga Boat Arrest


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