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Archives for June 2013

Longtime Oxnard Activist Wins Special Election For City Council Post

Wed, June 5, 2013

A man long known for his involvement with City of Oxnard issues emerged from a field of 13 candidates to win a special election for a vacant city council post. Bert Perello will complete the remainder of the term left open by Councilman Tim Flynn’s election as Oxnard’s Mayor last November. While results aren’t complete Read the Rest…


Special Olympics Torch Run Passing Through Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Wed, June 5, 2013

A torch run that’s part of the kickoff for the Special Olympics is passing through Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties today and tomorrow, with the help of hundreds of local law enforcement officers. The torch is scheduled to arrive in the UC Santa Barbara area around noon today, and pass through Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Approves Plan To Hire 77 Workers To Help Swamped Social Services Agency

Wed, June 5, 2013

A social services agency responsible for helping more than 100,000 people in our region is facing some big problems itself. Santa Barbara County’s Department of Social Services is literally being overwhelmed, with its caseload climbing more than 50% in the last six years, without the help to match it. The financially squeezed county doesn’t have Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Beach Closed For Summer Due To Damage To Bird Breeding Habitat

Wed, June 5, 2013

A popular Santa Barbara county beach is going to be closed for the summer, because of repeated violations by visitors of a restricted zone intended to protect the breeding grounds of endangered birds. The Air Force announced it will close Surf Beach, at Vandenberg Air Force Base starting tomorrow, with the closure remaining in effect Read the Rest…


CPR Training Offered By Emergency Workers At Shopping Centers In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, June 5, 2013

More than a dozen shopping centers in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties became impromptu centers for CPR training. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Oxnard. Click on link to listen to/download story: CPR Training


Ventura County College Student Dies During Scientific Field Trip

Tue, June 4, 2013

Preliminary autopsy results failed to indicate the cause of death of a Ventura County college student who died during a scientific field trip. Officials with California Lutheran University say Garo Aghazarian was looking for lizards on the hills just north of CLU’s campus May 29th. He was by himself when he apparently collapsed. The Thousand Read the Rest…


Apparent Domestic Dispute Leaves One Dead, Two Wounded In Ventura County

Tue, June 4, 2013

One person is dead, and two wounded following what Simi Valley Police say they believe was a domestic dispute. Officers were called to the 2700 block of Machado Street at about 7 this morning, by reports of gunfire. They arrived to find one person dead, and two others wounded. Simi Valley Police say they think Read the Rest…


CHP Officer In Ventura County Injured When Big Rig Smashes Into Patrol Car

Tue, June 4, 2013

Authorities say a CHP officer was injured when a big rig hit his parked patrol car on the shoulder of the 101 Freeway in Ventura. It happened just before 2 this afternoon, on the northbound 101 near the Victoria Avenue offramp. CHP officers tell KCLU News that the officer had pulled his unit over to Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Critical Of Senior Citizen Transportation Efforts

Tue, June 4, 2013

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says agencies are doing a poor job of providing county wide transportation services for senior citizens in the county. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Grand Jury Senior Transportation


Conejo Valley Woman Identified As Victim Of Fatal Traffic Accident

Tue, June 4, 2013

Authorities are now identifying an 86 year old Ventura County woman killed in a traffic accident. Martha York of Newbury Park died when the car she was driving was hit by a pickup truck, as she was trying to turn from East Kelly Road, onto Lynn Road in Thousand Oaks. The driver of the truck Read the Rest…


One Dead, Two Wounded Following Shootings In Ventura County

Tue, June 4, 2013

One person is dead, and two wounded following what Simi Valley Police say they believe was a domestic dispute. Officers were called to the 2700 block of Machado Street at about 7 this morning, by reports of gunfire. They arrived to find one person dead, and two others wounded. Police say they believe the person Read the Rest…


Voters Deciding City Council Race In One Ventura County Community Today

Tue, June 4, 2013

It’s Election Day in one Ventura County community, with voters choosing from a sea of candidates to fill a City Council vacancy. 13 candidates are seeing to fill the Oxnard City Council opening created by the election of Councilman Tim Flynn as Mayor last November. The winner will serve the remainder of Flynn’s council term, Read the Rest…


Former City Of Santa Barbara Worker Enters No Contest To Embezzlement

Tue, June 4, 2013

A now former City of Santa Barbara employees could face up to 16 years behind bars, after pleading no contest to embezzlement. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Embezzlement


Work Starts On Six Million Dollar Plus Project To Renovate Historic South Coast Theater

Tue, June 4, 2013

The South Coast is home to a theater which is one of oldest in the state, and is both a local, and state historical landmark. Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theater has hosted everyone from actors like Bela Lugosi, Tyrone Power, to musical greats like Vladimir Horowitz, Dave Brubeck and Charles Lloyd. But…this week the legendary stage Read the Rest…


More Than $170,000 In Grants Being Awards By Social Services Organization In Santa Barbara County

Tue, June 4, 2013

An organization working to support social, economic, environmental, and political change in Santa Barbara County is announcing more than $170,000 in grants today. The Fund For Santa Barbara is awarding the money to 17 different organizations, ranging from a group helping formerly incarcerated people attend college to a children’s creative writing program. Since 1980, the Read the Rest…


Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Issue Warnings About Berries Sold In Stores

Mon, June 3, 2013

Ventura and Santa Barbara County health officials have issued warnings about some potentially dangerous berries sold by Costco. Health Department officials in both counties say Oregon-based Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend Frozen Berries have been linked to 30 cases of Hepatitis A in five states. There are no known deaths. No cases have been reported Read the Rest…


Sinkhole Which Disrupted Traffic On Ventura County Highway Repaired; Roadway Now Completely Reopened

Mon, June 3, 2013

Authorities say they’ve repaired a sinkhole which closed part of a normally busy Ventura County highway for three days. The growth in what first appeared to be a pothole on the eastbound side of Highway 126 near “A” Street in Fillmore forced the highway’s closure last Thursday. Traffic had to be routed around the hole Read the Rest…


Some Areas Closed By White Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County Reopened

Mon, June 3, 2013

Some areas of the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County closed by the White Brush Fire last week have been reopened. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: White Fire Aftermath


Longtime Top State Schools Official Tells Local Education Leaders Funding Situation Is Stabilizing

Mon, June 3, 2013

One of the biggest statewide issues California voters faced last November was whether to pass Proposition 98, which promised to stabilize education fund. Voters stepped up, and approved it. But, educators at the local level here, in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties are still trying to figure out exactly what it means, especially as they Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Getting Proposed $1.81 Billion Dollar Budget

Mon, June 3, 2013

Ventura County Supervisors this week will receive a proposed $1.81 billion dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year. County officials say despite tough financial times, the county will be able to maintain the current level of services without cuts, plus meet the additional demands on the county due to prison inmate realignment, and the federal Read the Rest…


Man Wanted For Two Ventura County Bank Robberies Arrested In Los Angeles County

Mon, June 3, 2013

A man wanted for a pair of bank robberies in Ventura County this spring has been arrested, following a bank robbery in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies say they arrested DeMarie Mackey May 26th, following the robbery of a Santa Clarita bank, and a car chase. No one was hurt in the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Looking At Adding 70 Plus Social Services Workers

Sun, June 2, 2013

Santa Barbara County is looking at adding 77 positions to its Department of Social Services, to meet a more than 50% growth in the need for assistance during the last six years. Social Services officials say while the demand for help is up 54% from the 2006/2007 fiscal year, the number of employees to try Read the Rest…


Caltrans Fills Mysterious Sinkhole On Busy Ventura County Highway, But Engineers Still Uncertain Of Cause

Sat, June 1, 2013

Authorities still aren’t sure what led to a massive sinkhole which forced the closure of a section of a heavily used Ventura County highway. What started as a three foot pothole on Highway 126 at Central Avenue in Fillmore grew to the point it forced the closure of eastbound lanes on Thursday. Caltrans crews excavated Read the Rest…


Man Run Over By His Own Car, And Killed In Ventura Identified

Sat, June 1, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a man who died after his unattended vehicle apparently started moving, and rolled over him. Thomas Pacheco was killed just after 5 a.m. Friday, on Aurora Drive in Ventura. Ventura Police are still investigating what happened, but say the car was apparently running, and rolled over the 85 year old man Read the Rest…


Popular Whale Watching Boat On South Coast Back In Action After $600,000 In Repairs

Sat, June 1, 2013

A popular whale watching boat is back in action today, after undergoing $600.000 in repairs following a major fire. The Condor Express took out its first group today, after a rededication ceremony on Friday. The craft was docked March 9th when an electrical fire ignited, heavily damaging the craft. No one wes hurt. During the Read the Rest…


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