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Federal, Local Investigators Arrest Eight In Mortgage Fraud Scheme In Ventura County

Wed, July 31, 2013

Eight people have been arrested as the result of a mortgage fraud scheme in Ventura County which prosecutors say bilked millions from lending institutions. The Ventura County District Attorney’s office started the investigation, which eventually grew to include the FBI, the Secret Service, federal prosecutors, and other agencies. The prosecutors say Jose Garcia of Camarillo Read the Rest…


Two Sentenced For Beating Death Of Santa Barbara Man

Wed, July 31, 2013

Two men received long prison sentences for fatally beating a man walking home from work on Santa Barbara’s Eastside. Michael Cardenas and Ismael Parra were convicted of second degree murder, battery, and street terrorism for the October, 2010 killing of George Ied. Parra received a 15 years to life sentence. Cardenas received the same 15 Read the Rest…


Fishing Groups File Lawsuit To Try To Restrict Spread Of Sea Otters Off Santa Barbara, Ventura County Coastlines

Wed, July 31, 2013

There’s a new twist in a decades old battle involving endangered sea otters off the Santa Barbara and Ventura County coastlines. Some fishing groups are suing a federal agency, in an effort to get the government to try to limit the migration of otters into prime fishing areas off our coast. A local environmental organization Read the Rest…


Old Spanish Days Celebration Gets Underway In Santa Barbara County

Wed, July 31, 2013

The largest community celebration on the South Coast officially kicks off its five day run tonight, as Santa Barbara celebrates its heritage: Old Spanish Days officially starts at 8 tonight, with “La Fiesta Pequena” at the Santa Barbara Mission. It’s a free show on the steps of the mission filled with music, and dance. Between Read the Rest…


Ventura County Has Record $1.9 Billion Dollar Crop Total In 2012

Wed, July 31, 2013

2012 was a record year for agriculture in Ventura County, with strawberries remaining the county’s top crop. Strawberries made up more than a third of the county’s $1.9 billion dollar crop total, with a value of just over $690 million dollars. Lemons and raspberries came in second and third. Making the top ten crop list Read the Rest…


Authorities Ask For Help In Finding Missing Ventura County Man

Wed, July 31, 2013

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a Ventura County man who’s been missing since April. Alonso Galindo was last seen April 21st. The 24 year old Simi Valley man was reported to be despondent when last seen by his family. Police say Galindo left home without his cell phone, identification, and other Read the Rest…


Opening Day For Ventura County Fair

Wed, July 31, 2013

It’s fair time in Ventura County. The 2013 Ventura County Fair kicks off its 12 day run today.  The fair opens at 11 a.m., and today is dollar day, with admission a buck up until 3 p.m. Motor sports will kicks off the first two nights of main grandstand entertainment, with motorcycles and quads tonight, Read the Rest…


Major South Coast Landlord Agrees To Settlement Over Building Code Violations

Tue, July 30, 2013

The City of Santa Barbara says it’s reached a settlement with a major landlord in the community over a number of building code violations. City officials say under the deal, a court appointed representative will oversee the operation, and maintenance of the approximately 100 residential and commercial properties owned by Dario Pini. Pini will also Read the Rest…


New Autism Treatment Center Opening In Ventura County

Tue, July 30, 2013

The latest statistics show that one in 88 children in American has a form of autism. While awareness about autism disorders has grown, the availability of scientifically based treatment is limited in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a new autism center is opening this week in the Conejo Valley. Click on Read the Rest…


Human Remains Found In Santa Ynez Valley Positively Identified As That Of Missing Man

Tue, July 30, 2013

Human remains found in the wreckage of a vehicle in the Santa Ynez Valley have been positively identified as that of a Santa Barbara man who disappeared in March of 2012. A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department helicopter crew noticed the vehicle in the bottom of a brush recovered ravine off of Highway 154, and Read the Rest…


Ventura, Santa Barbara County Schools Eligible For $7.8 Million Dollars In Funding For Energy Efficiency Projects

Tue, July 30, 2013

Ventura and Santa Barbara County schools are in the running for $7.8 million dollars in funding for energy efficiency projects. The funding comes from last year’s passage of Proposition 39.  The money can be used for projects like improve lighting, heating, and cooling, and will be allocated to school districts based on attendance, and need.  Read the Rest…


UCSB Researcher Says Endangered Species Act Protecting Plants And Animals, But Falling Short Of Helping Them Fully Recover

Tue, July 30, 2013

The Endangered Species Act is supposed to help protect plants, and animals on the brink of extinction. During it’s now four decade long history, it’s had a remarkable history of helping to keep some rare parts of nature from disappearing. But, a UC Santa Barbara researcher says we’re not going far enough, in that while Read the Rest…


Motorcyclist Fatally Injured In Ventura County Pursuit Identified

Mon, July 29, 2013

Authorities have identified a motorcyclist who crashed, and died as the result of a pursuit in Ventura County. CHP officers say they tried to stop Larry Wright for speeding Saturday night, on the southbound 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks. Officers say the Simi Valley man got off the freeway at Lynn Road, but then sped Read the Rest…


Police Say DUI Driver Responsible for Multi-Vehicle Collision In Ventura

Mon, July 29, 2013

Police are now saying a man driving under the influence, and trying to avoid a State Parks officer caused a multi-vehicle collision in Ventura which left several people with minor injuries. The officer tried to stop Raymond Escudero Friday night for driving erratically on Harbor Boulevard in Ventura.  Police say the 33 year old man Read the Rest…


Man Who Rode Motorcycle Inside Santa Barbara Skate Park Arrested

Mon, July 29, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man is facing multiple charges after police say he rode a motorcycle inside of a skateboard park, endangering riders and pedestrians. Police say John Rios rode an unlicensed off road motorcycle inside of Skater’s Point Skate Park, at Chase Pal park, in close proximity to other people.  When Rios was done, Read the Rest…


Death Of Former Oxnard City Attorney Leaves Community Stunned

Mon, July 29, 2013

There’s shock, and sadness over the death of a well know South Coast leader. Former Oxnard City Attorney Alan Holmberg passed away over the weekend, as the result of an undisclosed illness. He worked for more than 25 years for the City of Oxnard, retiring just two weeks before his death. Holmberg provided contract services Read the Rest…


Work Set To Begin On Major Santa Maria Intersection

Mon, July 29, 2013

New work is set to begin this week on a section of a major Central Coast highway. Starting on Thursday, crews will be working on the intersection of Broadway, and Union Valley Parkway in Santa Maria.  Broadway is also State Route 135. The crews will be taking out the street lights at the major intersection, Read the Rest…


Cyclists From San Luis Obispo County Kick Off Nationwide Ride To Help, Honor Disabled Veterans

Mon, July 29, 2013

Some bicyclists from San Luis Obispo County today kicked off a nationwide trek intended to raise money, and awareness about veterans who are disabled. The four men from Atascadero say the 3700 mile ride will take just over 70 days. The team includes a retired marine lieutenant who’s riding in honor of some of his Read the Rest…


Well Known Santa Barbara County Dentist Dies In Traffic Accident

Mon, July 29, 2013

A well known Santa Barbara County dentist has died in a traffic accident. John Mosby died July 19th, following a traffic accident near his ranch in the Klamath Falls, Oregon area. The 84 year old man had a dental practice in Lompoc for decades, but had been living in the Summerland area. Oregon State Police Read the Rest…


Weekend Long Event In Ventura County Provides Support, Services For Military Veterans In Need

Mon, July 29, 2013

They served their country in uniform, volunteering, or answering Amerca’s call for help. Now, some of them need help themselves. Thousands of veterans are among the chronically homeless on our streets, dealing with problems like substance abuse, and mental health issues. Over the weekend, more than a hundred veterans from Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center Receives Huge Bequest

Fri, July 26, 2013

A South Coast  organization which helps the survivors of sexual violence has been given a huge bequest to help continue its work. The Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center received $250,000 from the estate of Susan Trescher, a longtime member of the Santa Barbara legal, and business communities who died in 2012. She was a leader Read the Rest…


Details Of Special Election Over Water Controversy In Ventura County Announced

Fri, July 26, 2013

Details of a special election over a water controversy in Ventura County have just been announced, Ojai area customers of the Golden State Water Company will decide whether they’re willing to tax themselves to pay for efforts to try to buy the system, and have it run under the umbrella of the Casitas Municipal Water Read the Rest…


Parents Of Troubled Actress Appear In Ventura County Court To Seek Conservatorship

Fri, July 26, 2013

The parents of a troubled actress were in court in Ventura County today, as part of an effort to seek conservatorship of their daughter. Amanda Bynes was taken to a psychiatric facility in Ventura County Monday night for an involuntary hold, after authorities say she set a fire in the driveway of a Thousand Oaks Read the Rest…


Huey Lewis & The News Headline Entertainment For Final Weekend Of The Mid-State Fair

Fri, July 26, 2013

Huey Lewis & The News headline the entertainment lineup for the final weekend of the Mid-State Fair, in Paso Robles. The band had an incredible 13 top ten singles, from “The Power of Love” to “If This Is It.” The classic rockers will take the stage at 7 tonight. This weekend, the fair will wrap Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Killed In Accident At Glacier National Park

Fri, July 26, 2013

A Ventura County man who worked at Glacier National Park is dead, after falling down a mountain while hiking with a group of fellow employees. Park officials say Matthew Needham was climbing a rocky mountain when he fell about 60 feet.  Park Rangers had to use a helicopter to reach, and recover the body of Read the Rest…


Former Central Coast High School Student Gets Jail Sentence For Raping Classmate

Fri, July 26, 2013

A former private high school student in Santa Barbara County will spend a year behind bars, after being convicted of repeatedly raping a classmate. Prosecutors say Shane Villalpando was a student at Santa Maria’s St. Joseph High School in 2012 when he raped a 14 year old girl multiple times. They say the now 19 Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Theaters, Parking Structure Ownership In Question Due To State Ruling

Fri, July 26, 2013

It’s been a a showcase entertainment venue in Ventura County for nearly 20 years, and it’s also home to a community’s city council meetings. But, because of a change in law, the state is telling the City of Thousand Oaks it may have to dispose of the two theaters, and the parking structure which are Read the Rest…


One Injured In Ventura Structure Fire

Fri, July 26, 2013

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a duplex fire which left one person injured in Ventura. It happened just before 8 last night, on the 8000 block of Henderson Road.  Ventura firefighters called to the scene found flames coming out of the wall of the structure. They were able to knock down the Read the Rest…


Teen Struck, Injured By Amtrak Train In Ventura County

Fri, July 26, 2013

Authorities are investigating the injury of a teenage boy who was hit by an Amtrak train in Ventura County. The train was headed northbound at around 12:30 p.m. yesterday, when it hit the 15 year old boy near Spring Street in Moorpark. He was apparently walking along the train tracks, and was seriously injured when Read the Rest…


Wanted Fugitive Arrested In Santa Barbara County

Fri, July 26, 2013

A fugitive believed to be armed, and dangerous has been arrested in Santa Barbara County. County Sheriff’s deputies say Arturo Renteria is a documented gang member who disappeared while on parole.  Authorities received information that the 33 year old Santa Maria man was at a mobile home park in Buellton . Deputies aided by a Read the Rest…


Woman Gets 11 Year Sentence For Slaying Of Transient In Ventura County

Thu, July 25, 2013

A woman who took part in the killing of a transient in Ventura County has been sentenced to 11 year in prison. Kristina Canell admitted helping her boyfriend, James Wilkerson, strangle Sarah Overholser in November of 2011.   She pled guilty to manslaughter as part of a deal with prosecutors, in which she testified against Wilkerson. Read the Rest…


Marijuana Raids In Santa Barbara County Lead To The Seizure Of 28,000 Plants, With Street Value Of $85 Million Dollars

Thu, July 25, 2013

A series of raids have resulted in the seizure of more than 28,000 marijuana plants in Santa Barbara County, with an estimated street value of 85 million dollars. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officers working with five other agencies uncovered ten marijuana operations in the Cuyama, and Figueroa Mountain areas. Six of the growing operations Read the Rest…


Trustees Zeroing In On Name For New High School In Ventura County

Wed, July 24, 2013

Officials are zeroing in on a name for a new high school planned in Ventura County. Oxnard High School District trustees have narrowed down the list of possibilities to three for a new campus in Camarillo, which is planned for opening in 2015 in an area just north of the Camarillo Library. The possibilities include Read the Rest…


Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Central Coast Grower Over Working Conditions For Hundreds Of Farmworkers

Wed, July 24, 2013

A class action lawsuit claims that a high tech organic farm on the Central Coast is mistreating its workers, by not giving them proper breaks, and not paying them for all the hours they work. The non-profit investigative journalism project “Mission & State” is reporting that the lawsuit was filed on behalf of as many Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Approves Eastside Bicycle And Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Wed, July 24, 2013

Santa Barbara is moving ahead with efforts to try to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety on its Eastside, a move in part spurred by the 2011 death of a teenager who was struck, and killed while trying to cross a street. The Santa Barbara City Council approved a plan which calls for steps ranging from Read the Rest…


Environmental Group Calls For Los Padres National Forest, Other Key Areas To Be Protected From Oil And Gas Drilling

Wed, July 24, 2013

A new report from a national environmental group says the Los Padres National Forest is one of 11 areas nationwide which is too important to allow new oil, and gas drilling. The Washington, D.C. based group called “The Wilderness Society” named the national forest seventh on its list of 12 areas it calls “Too Wild Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Court Officials Trying To Figure Out Where To Hold Murder Trial In Case With 11 Defendants

Wed, July 24, 2013

Court officials in Santa Barbara County are scrambling to try to figure out how to handle a murder trail with 11 defendants. Because of the large number of people accused in the torture, and murder of Anthony Iberra, traditional courtrooms at the Santa Maria Courthouse can’t properly accommodate all of the defendants at the same Read the Rest…


Reward Offered To Try To Solve Five Cities Killing

Wed, July 24, 2013

A reward is now being offered in an attempt to solve a murder earlier this summer in the Five Cities area. Joseph Padilla was stabbed to death in front of a home on the 1300 block of 19th Street in Oceano June 21st. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives aren’t talking about what they think Read the Rest…


City Of Ventura Gets Major Judgement In Legal Battle Over Water Charges

Tue, July 23, 2013

A judge has ordered a water district to pay the City of Ventura around a million dollars to settle a dispute over water pumping extraction charges. The City filed two lawsuits against the United Water Conservation District, claiming that it was overcharging municipal and industrial customers, compared to agricultural users. The city challenged the water Read the Rest…


Actress Amanda Bynes Held In Ventura County For Psychiatric Review Following Bizarre Incident

Tue, July 23, 2013

An actress who grew up in Ventura County is in a hospital for psychiatric review, after being taken into custody following an incident in Thousand Oaks. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, and firefighters were called to a home on the 200 block of Avenida de los Arboles just before nine last night. Someone had set a Read the Rest…


Fire Damages Conejo Valley Industrial Building

Tue, July 23, 2013

An electrical fire is being blamed for starting a blaze which set smoke pouring from a three story industrial complex in the Conejo Valley. The fire was first spotted at around 5:15 this morning, on the 4000 block of East Thousand Oaks Boulevard, in Thousand Oaks. Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the building’s Read the Rest…


Community Groups Join Forces To Renovate Ventura County Veterans Memorial

Tue, July 23, 2013

Some community groups, business, and unions are joining forces to renovate, and expand Ventura County’s veterans memorial. A coalition including Veterans of Foreign Wars groups, the IBEW union, and some local construction businesses are donating $35,000 worth of materials, like five new flagpoles, as well as labor for the project at the Ventura County Government Read the Rest…


Port Of Hueneme Starts Work On Project To Reduce Air Pollution From Docked Ships

Tue, July 23, 2013

A new project is going to mean a huge reduction in air pollution coming from a South Coast port. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Port Of Hueneme Shore Power Project For Ships


Thousand Oaks Picks New Assistant City Manager

Tue, July 23, 2013

A man who’s been serving as the acting Chief Operating Officer for the City of Thousand Oaks has been appointed Assistant City Manager. Andrew Powers fills the opening created by the departure of Mark Watkins, who left the Assistant City Manager post to become the City Manager of Ventura.  Powers has been with the City Read the Rest…


High Fire Danger Prompts Increase In Restrictions On Los Padres National Forest

Tue, July 23, 2013

Dry vegetation, and high fire danger conditions have prompted the Los Padres National Forest to increase fire restrictions. Starting today, wood and charcoal fires are banned in all areas of the national forest, including designated campfire areas.  People with California Campfire permits can use gas, petroleum, or liquid fuel lanterns or stoves at campfire use Read the Rest…


Rascal Flatts Headlines Mid-State Fair Entertainment Tonight

Tue, July 23, 2013

The Mid-State Fair is going to be feeing very country tonight. Rascal Flatts, and The Band Perry are the main grandstand headliners tonight, at 7:30 at the Paso Robles Event Center. Meanwhile, a singer known for his Frank Sinatra like style of singing standards will also be taking the stage tonight on another part of Read the Rest…


Palmdale Man Accused Of Molesting Two Young Girls In Simi Valley

Tue, July 23, 2013

A Los Angeles County man is behind bars, accused of molesting two young girls in Ventura County. Simi Valley Police say Isreal Barajas of Palmdale know their girls through an adult male friend. Detectives say they started investigating the molestation allegations about a month ago, leading to the 29 year old man’s arrest. They say Read the Rest…


Rare Plant Which Blooms Every 7-10 Years Set To Flower On South Coast

Tue, July 23, 2013

It’s one of the rarest, and most unusual plants in the world, and one of them is set to bloom on the South Coast. It’s scientific name is the “Titan Arum”, but it’s better known the public as the “corpse flower”. When it flowers every seven to ten years on average, in emits a terrible Read the Rest…


Survey Ranks Santa Barbara In Top Five In Nation For Green Vehicle Use

Mon, July 22, 2013

A South Coast community is apparently one of the greenest in the country when it comes to the vehicles which are being driven. Forbes Magazine ranks Santa Barbara fourth in the nation for the percentage of hybrid, and electric cars licensed in the city. The magazine says more than 7.8% of Santa Barbara’s vehicles are Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo County Showcases New Sheriff’s Department Dispatch System

Mon, July 22, 2013

San Luis Obispo County officials are showcasing the county’s new state of the art Sheriff’s Department dispatch system, which they say will improve communications during a crisis. The county replaced a nearly decade an a half old system that’s so outdated it’s not being made anymore. The new system paid for by savings in the Read the Rest…


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