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Archives for July 2013

Landcaping, Irrigation Work Could Affect 101 Freeway Traffic In Part Of Santa Barbara County

Mon, July 22, 2013

A project to improve the landscaping, and irrigation system for a section of the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara County will mean shoulder, and lane closures plus possibly some slight delays for motorists. Crews are working on the 101 in both directions between Garden Street, and the Mission Creek Bridge from 9 tonight, until 6:30 Read the Rest…


Study Planned To Try To Determine Cause Of Recurring Sinkhole At South Coast Reservoir

Mon, July 22, 2013

It’s a big mystery at a South Coast reservoir. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports over the last 10 years, a sinkhole has appeared near the City of Santa Barbara’s main water storage facility, and officials don’t know what’s causing it. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Mystery Sinkhole


Popular Central Coast Airshow Cancelled Over Financial Issues

Mon, July 22, 2013

A popular Central Coast air show which normally takes place in August has been cancelled, over financial issues. Organizers of the “Thunder Over The Valley” show at Santa Maria Airport say federal budget cuts due to sequestration meant many of the military aircraft which help attract spectators would be unavailable. In a letter to the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Patrol Car Hit By Vehicle

Mon, July 22, 2013

A Ventura County Sheriff’s Department patrol car at the scene of a traffic accident in the Moorpark area became the object of a second crash at the same place, but fortunately, no one was seriously injured. The patrol car was called to the intersection of Tierra Rejada, and Southhampton Roads just after 8 Saturday night Read the Rest…


Appearance Of Measles In Ventura County Triggers Concern

Mon, July 22, 2013

There’s concern in Ventura County about the recent appearance of measles locally. County health officials say while only one confirmed, and one possible case have been detected, they are worried because the virus is extremely contagious. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports officials are warning people to be alert for the illness, and to make sure that Read the Rest…


Illegal Bonfire Blamed For Causing Brushfire Scare In Santa Barbara County

Mon, July 22, 2013

An illegal beach bonfire is being blamed for starting a brush fire which caused a scare in Santa Barbara County. The blaze broke out at around 9 p.m. Saturday, near Lookout Park in Summerland. Firefighters from the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Department were aided by Montecito, and Santa Barbara firefighters, knocking the blaze down before it could threaten Read the Rest…


Police Say DUI Driver Smashes Into Park Vehicle, Two Homes In Simi Valley

Mon, July 22, 2013

A Ventura County neighborhood got an unusual wakeup call over the weekend, when a man police say was driving under the influence smashed into a vehicle, and two homes. It happened at around 3 a.m. Saturday, on the 2100 block of Callahan Avenue in Simi Valley. Simi Valley Police say a vehicle driven by Keelan Read the Rest…


Man Survives Attack In Oxnard By Two Men With Tire Iron

Mon, July 22, 2013

A man is reported to be in stable condition today, after surviving a brutal attack in Oxnard by two men with a tire iron. It happened at around 10:30 Saturday night, on the southwest corner of Oxnard Boulevard and Seventh Street.  Police responding to a 911 call found the victim lying face down, with numerous Read the Rest…


Singer/Songwriter John Mayer Headlines Mid-State Fair Tonight

Mon, July 22, 2013

The California Mid-State Fair moves into its second week today. Singer/Songwriter John Mayer is the headliner tonight at the Paso Robles Event Center.  The fair’s big name entertainment continues tomorrow night, with Rascal Flatts, and The Band Perry, and Wednesday night Van Halen will take the stage.


Five Year Old Attacked By Dog In Ventura

Fri, July 19, 2013

A five year old girl is recovering from puncture wounds, and bruises she received after she was attacked by a dog in Ventura. Police say the little girl and a parent were walking into a coffee shop on the 600 block of East Main Street just before 7:30 last night, when a dog on a Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, July 19, 2013

Unemployment has taken a jump on the Central and South Coasts in the latest month to month figures. In Santa Barbara County, the numbers went from 5.6% in May, to 6.3% in June. In San Luis Obispo County, the rate climbed from 5.7% in May, to 6.4% last month. The numbers are looking better statewide, Read the Rest…


Authorities Say 55,000 Marijuana Plants Seized In Ventura County; Street Value Of $165 Million Dollars

Fri, July 19, 2013

A three month long investigation into marijuana growing operations in Ventura County led to the seizure of 55,000 plants, with a street value of $165 million dollars. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department airborne deputies, and narcotics detectives located multiple marijuana gardens north of the City of Ojai, in the Pine Mountain area.  Detectives set up stakeouts, Read the Rest…


Interim CEO Named For Financially Struggling Community Clinics On South Coast

Fri, July 19, 2013

Some financial struggling community clinics on the South Coast named a new interim CEO. Trula Breuninger will head the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Breuninger has run community health clinics in both Southern, and Northern California. The three health clinics, and one dental clinic serve more than 17,000 a year. In May, clinic officials said they Read the Rest…


Controversial Plans For New South Coast Fire Station On Hold

Fri, July 19, 2013

Controversial plans for a new fire station on the South Coast are now on hold. The Montecito Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors took its proposal for a new facility near the 2500 block of East Valley Road off the table. The District certified the environmental impact report for the project, but some nearby property Read the Rest…


Mid-State Fair Moves Into First Weekend With Adam Lambert, Matchbox Twenty Performing

Fri, July 19, 2013

The Mid-State Fair will be rocking as it moves into its first weekend. The fair features American Idol star Adam Lambert tonight. On Sunday night, the bands Matchbox Twenty, and the Goo Goo Dolls will bring their tour to the Paso Robles Event Center. Tomorrow, the fair schedule includes a number of traditional activities, including Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Woman Shot To Death In Ventura County Earlier This Week

Fri, July 19, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a woman shot to death in Ventura County, as they continue to look for a suspect in the killing they say is armed, and dangerous. Angela Bryant died Wednesday night, after being shot in a home on the 600 block of Ojai Road in Santa Paula. Detectives think she was in Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, July 19, 2013

Unemployment has taken a jump on the Central and South Coasts in the latest month to month figures. In Santa Barbara County, the numbers went from 5.6% in May, to 6.3% in June. In Ventura County, the rate climbed from 6.7% in May to 7.4% last month. The numbers are looking better statewide, with the Read the Rest…


Vandenberg Air Force Base To Look At Allowing New Oil And Gas Drilling

Fri, July 19, 2013

Could new oil, and gas drilling be coming off the Central Coast? The U.S. Air Force says it’s in the preliminary stages of looking at the idea of new drilling to reach deposits off the coast of Vandenberg Air Force. There are currently five drilling operations on base property. The proposal isn’t calling for new Read the Rest…


Man Called Armed And Dangerous Wanted For Murder In Santa Paula, Shooting In Oxnard

Fri, July 19, 2013

A man described by police as armed, and dangerous is wanted for a murder in Santa Paula, and a shooting in Oxnard. Andres Rodriguez of Oxnard is being called a suspect in the slaying of a 33 year old woman in Santa Paula.  Investigators think he knew the victim, but they aren’t saying what they Read the Rest…


Some Burglars In Ventura County Using Stolen Garage Remotes To Get Access To Homes

Fri, July 19, 2013

Some burglars in Ventura County are using using their victims own technology to get access to their homes. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says there’s been a rash of burglaries involving stolen garage remotes.  Detectives say the burglars are taking the remotes which are often in plain sight, like on visors, and then accessing homes. Read the Rest…


Tech Summer Camp In Ventura County Helping Kids Learn Computer Skills From Programming, To Designing Websites

Fri, July 19, 2013

If you went to camp as a kid, you probably remember activities like hiking, volleyball, and campfires. But, interest among kids in technology has led to some very different types of camps, which embrace computer skills. A tech camp underway in Ventura County is helping kids learn how to do everything from customizing popular video Read the Rest…


Herd Of Pigs Blamed For Traffic Accident Which Injured Three In Santa Barbara County

Fri, July 19, 2013

A herd of pigs is being blamed for causing a traffic accident on Highway 1 in northern Santa Barbara County which sent two people to the hospital, and temporarily closed the highway. It happened just before 6 a.m. yesterday, about three miles northwest of the Highway 1-Highway 101 interchange.  A driver was headed southbound on Read the Rest…


Three Ventura County Men Accused Of Illegally Selling Prescription Drugs

Thu, July 18, 2013

A task force trying to crack down on the illegal sale of pharmaceutical drugs in Ventura County says it’s arrested three men for selling Oxycodone. The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit says a two week investigation led to the arrest of three Simi Valley men for selling the drug. Investigators say they arrested William Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Gets 17 Years To Life Sentence For Murdering Caretaker

Thu, July 18, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man has been sentenced to 17 years, to life in prison for murdering a caretaker for his great grandmother. Philip Johnson entered a guilty plea to a second degree murder charge for the May, 2012 slaying of Asta Elliott. Johnson shared a room in the Mission Hills area, just outside of Read the Rest…


New Police Chiefs Appointed On South Coast

Thu, July 18, 2013

There are some new commanders for some law enforcement agencies on the South Coast, due to some internal juggling by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department has named Lt. Brad McVay as the new Carpinteria Police Chief.  He’s also responsible for all unincorporated parts of the county south of the City of Read the Rest…


New Police Chiefs Appointed On Central Coast

Thu, July 18, 2013

There are some new police chiefs today on the Central Coast, as the result of some changes by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. Lieutenant Shawn O’Grady is the new Chief of Police for the Cities of Buellton, Solvang, and unincorporated areas of Lompoc. And. Lieutenant Ray Vuillemainroy has moved from heading the Isla Vista Read the Rest…


Trace Adkins Headlines Entertainment At The Mid-State Fair In Paso Robles Tonight

Thu, July 18, 2013

Day two of the Mid-State Fair now underway in Paso Robles is going to be highlighted by one of the biggest names in country music. Trace Adkins will be the headliner in the main grandstand show at the Paso Robles Event Center tonight. The Central Coast Wine Competition is also underway. This year’s edition features Read the Rest…


Longtime National Parks Official In Ventura County Now Heading Two Parks In Central California

Thu, July 18, 2013

A longtime National Parks official in Ventura County has been appointed as the new superintendent of two Central California national parks. Woody Smeck is the new Superintendent of Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. Smeck was Superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for more than a decade. Last year, he left Ventura to become Read the Rest…


Woman Shot To Death In Santa Paula Last Night

Thu, July 18, 2013

Investigators are trying to determine what led to the shooting death of a woman in Santa Paula. Santa Paula Police were called to a home on the 600 block of Ojai Road just after 11 last night. They found a woman with a gunshot wound.  She died at a hospital a short time later. No Read the Rest…


Man Authorities Say Cut Off Electronic Tracking Device Now Behind Bars In Santa Barbara County

Thu, July 18, 2013

A Santa Barbara man on probation who authorities say cut off his electronic monitoring device, and disappeared is back behind bars. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say Manuel Brian Aceves removed his tracking device about two weeks ago. Just before noon yesterday, authorities received a tip today that the 40 year old man was Read the Rest…


Friendship Between Santa Barbara County Artist Channing Peake, Pablo Picasso Focus Of New Museum Exhibition

Thu, July 18, 2013

A man who was one of Santa Barbara County’s most famous artists had an unlikely, and little known friendship with the iconic Pablo Picasso. An exhibition which opened this week at UC Santa Barbara not only highlights that unique relationship, it also features a number of rare Picassos. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story behind Read the Rest…


Firefighters Have Upper Hand On Small Brush Fire In Santa Ynez Valley

Wed, July 17, 2013

Santa Barbara County firefighters have the upper hand on a small brush fire in the Santa Ynez Valley. The fire was reported at around 4:30, near the Santa Ynez Airport. Firefighters on the ground, and in the air quickly contained the small blaze. No structures have been reported damaged. There’s no word on its cause.


Shark Sighting Prompts Placement Of Warning Signs On Central Coast Beach

Wed, July 17, 2013

A shark sighting off a Central Coast beach has prompted officials to put up warning signs. A surfer reported seeing a great white shark at Guadalupe Dunes beach Tuesday morning. The beach isn’t closed, but the signs warns people that they go into the ocean at their own risk. The warning signs will remain in Read the Rest…


Mid State Fair Opens 12 Day Run Today In Paso Robles

Wed, July 17, 2013

The Santa Barbara County Fair kicked off fair season on the Central Coast last week…but now, it’s San Luis Obispo County’s turn. The 2013 California Mid-State Fair opened its 12 day run in Paso Robles. The fair started with one of its traditions…a cattle drive through the city which ended at the Paso Robles Events Read the Rest…


CHP Says DUI Driver Responsible For Five Vehicle Accident Which Closed 101 Freeway In Santa Barbara

Wed, July 17, 2013

The CHP says a DUI driver who crashed on the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara caused a chain reaction of accidents, involving five vehicles. Investigators say it started at around 4:30 a.m., when a car being driven northbound on the 101 at El Sueno Road crashed into the right shoulder guardrail, spinning into the center Read the Rest…


Former Ventura City Manager Moves Up With Post Helping To Run City Of Los Angeles

Wed, July 17, 2013

Ventura’s former City Manager is now going to help run the City of Los Angeles. New Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has hired Rick Cole to be Deputy Mayor for Budget, and Innovation. Cole was the former Mayor of Pasadena, and City Manager of Azuza before serving eight years as Ventura’s City Manager.  He helped Read the Rest…


Ventura Gets Grant To Finish Purchase Of Property For New Park

Wed, July 17, 2013

The City of Ventura has received a state grant which will help it pay off the final bill for the purchase of land for a new Westside park. The California Department of Parks and Recreation Land and Water Conservation Fund awarded the city $350,000 towards the purchase of the property at Kellogg Street, and North Read the Rest…


Mid-State Fair Set To Open In Paso Robles, With Traditional Cattle Drive Today

Wed, July 17, 2013

The 2013 Mid-State Fair features such of the biggest names in modern entertainment, like Matchbox Twenty, and the Goo Goo Dolls, but when it opens today, it will feature an old tradition. The Fair will have its annual cattle drive through the streets of Paso Robles. There will be about 50 head of cattle for Read the Rest…


Community Meeting Planned To Update Fillmore Residents On Toxic Waste Site Cleanup

Wed, July 17, 2013

Soil and air quality at a toxic waste site in Ventura County will be among the subjects discussed at a community meeting. Thursday’s event is intended to update Fillmore residents on the status of the Pacific Coast Pipeline site. The property is the former site of a oil refinery, and has been on the EPA’s Read the Rest…


South Coast Researcher Part Of Team Which Discovers Previously Unknown Species Of Clam Living Off Region’s Coastline

Wed, July 17, 2013

A South Coast researcher has completed a more than two decade long quest, leading to the discovery of what he calls a small, alien like animal living in the ocean. Paul Valentich-Scott is part of a team of three researchers which has identified an unusual species of clam that lives right off our coastline. The Read the Rest…


Vintage Pickup Truck Owned By Legendary Actor Steve McQueen When He Lived In Ventura County Up For Auction

Tue, July 16, 2013

A vintage pickup truck that legendary actor, and Ventura County resident  Steve McQueen used for his behind the wheel before he died from cancer is going to be auctioned this month. McQueen drove the 1952 Chevy pickup truck from his Santa Paula ranch to the airport accompanied by the Reverend Billy Graham.  During the November, Read the Rest…


Man Attacked With Hammer, Bitten By Dog In Ventura; Two Arrested

Tue, July 16, 2013

A man was taken to the hospital in Ventura, after he was attacked with a hammer, and bitten by a dog. It happened at about 10 this morning, on the 4200 block of East Main Street in Ventura. Police say two homeless men, and a woman were involved in an argument, with the man and Read the Rest…


Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant’s Unit Two Back Online

Tue, July 16, 2013

The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant now has both reactors up and running, after one of them was shut down nearly a week ago. The plant’s Unit Two was taken offline after a problem developed with the electrical system which moves power from the plant, to the power grid. A team at the plant determined Read the Rest…


Ventura County Pursuing Plan To Expand Jail

Tue, July 16, 2013

Ventura County is going to pursue a state grant to expand one of its jails. The Sheriff’s Department is hoping to build a $35 million dollar, 64 bed addition to its facility on Todd Road, outside of Ventura. The addition is intended to provide needed room for chronically, or mentally ill inmates. When the Todd Read the Rest…


Head Of Ojai Music Festival Unexpectedly Resigns

Tue, July 16, 2013

After less than a year on the job, the head of the Ojai Musical Festival has resigned. In an e-mail to donors, festival officials say that Ab Sengupta stepped down because of a family illness.  Sengupta joined the world famous festival last fall, coming from a post as artistic director, and CEO of Fontana Chamber Read the Rest…


Unique New Program Trying To Help Thousands Of Caregivers In Ventura County

Tue, July 16, 2013

You might be doing it already. Or, you might suddenly find yourself thrust into the position where you have to do it for a loved one, or friend. An estimated 44 million Americans are caregivers, whether it’s helping to care for an elderly parent, or a friend. But, many people don’t realize the toll caregiving Read the Rest…


Firefighters Get Upper Hand On Brush Fire At State Park On Central Coast

Mon, July 15, 2013

Firefighters now have the upper hand on a brush fire burning near Highway One, at Pismo State Beach. The fire burned about four acres of brush, and bushes near the campground area, and Pier Avenue. No structures were damaged, but the fire has put up heavy smoke near the popular recreational area adjacent to Oceano, Read the Rest…


Firefighters Battling Small Brush Fire In State Park Area On Central Coast

Mon, July 15, 2013

Firefighters are on the scene of a brush fire burning near Highway One, at Pismo State Beach. The fire has burned about four acres of brush, and bushes near the campground area, and Pier Avenue. No structures have been reported damaged, but the fire has put up heavy smoke near the popular recreational area adjacent Read the Rest…


Authorities Release Name Of Man Shot To Death In Confrontation With Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies

Mon, July 15, 2013

Authorities have now released the name of a man shot to death in a confrontation with Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, but investigators say they are still trying to figure out why the man led them on a chase, and then pulled a gun on officers. It happened just after 5:30 p.m. Friday night.  Deputies were Read the Rest…


Investigative Journalism Project In Santa Barbara Looks At Long Local History Of Clergy Abuse

Mon, July 15, 2013

It’s a dark part of Santa Barbara’s legacy you won’t find on any Chamber of Commerce website. For decades, boys at what was St. Anthony’s Seminary, as well as the nearby Santa Barbara Mission were molested by members of the clergy. The friars eventually settled with 25 of the local plaintiffs, but the actual number Read the Rest…


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