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Archives for July 2013

Brake Part From Passing Vehicle Blamed For Fire On Cuesta Grade

Mon, July 15, 2013

Fire investigators now say a piece of a vehicle’s brake triggered a brush fire which caused a scare in San Luis Obispo County yesterday. The blaze started just after 11 a.m. yesterday at the base of Cuesta Grade, outside of San Luis Obispo.  It disrupted traffic on Highway 101, as firefighters using helicopters, and air Read the Rest…


Man Could Get 135 Years To Life Sentence For Molestation Convictions In Santa Barbara

Mon, July 15, 2013

A man policy say admitted molesting children in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties for what he called payback for his molestation as a child has been convicted of nine felony counts, and could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Jose Vazquez Prestegui is facing 135 years, to life behind bars when he’s sentenced Read the Rest…


Ornard Spices Company Issues Voluntary Recall For Oregano In Conjunction With FDA

Mon, July 15, 2013

An Oxnard spices company issued a voluntary recall for some of its oregano, because of concern about possible salmonella contamination. Olde Thompson Incorporated is recalling more than a thousand cases of its Earth’s Pride Organics: Organic Oregano, which is sold in 2.2 ounce glass jars.  In a press lease from the Federal Food and Drug Read the Rest…


Four Stabbed In Gang Fight In Santa Barbara

Mon, July 15, 2013

Santa Barbara Police detectives are trying to unravel what led to a massive fight over the weekend, leaving four people with stab wounds. It happened just after 3 a.m. Saturday, on the 200 block of Cottage Grove.  Police called to the scene by reports of a disturbance found two young men, and two young women Read the Rest…


Firefighters Contain Brush Fire In San Luis Obispo County

Mon, July 15, 2013

Firefighters were able to keep a highly visible brush fire in San Luis Obispo County from spreading, limiting it to ten acres. The fire was first reported just after 11 a.m. yesterday, outside of San Luis Obispo, at the base of Cuesta Grade.  Firefighters were able to contain it in about four hours, with the Read the Rest…


Dog Continues To Recover At Ventura County Animal Hospital, After Surviving Ordeal

Mon, July 15, 2013

A dog is continuing to recover at a Ventura County animal hospital, after surviving a terrible ordeal. Doctors think someone strapped firecrackers on the Staffordshire Terrier around the Fourth Of July, and blew them up, severely burning the dog. Now, a rescue group, a local veterinarian, and a human burn specialist have teamed up to Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death in Confrontation With Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies

Mon, July 15, 2013

Authorities are say they are trying to determine why a man first led Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase, and then pulled out a gun, prompting officers to shoot him being shot to death. It happened just after 5:30 p.m. Friday night.  Deputies were called to the Sulphur Mountain Road area, near Oak View, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Fair Features Classic Rock Bands 38 Special, Creedence Clearwater Revisited This Weekend

Fri, July 12, 2013

The Santa Barbara County Fair is moving into high gear tonight, as we move into the weekend. The band “38 Special” will be the headliner in the grandstands at the Santa Maria Fairpark, while “Creedence Clearwater Revisited” will star tomorrow night. A fair tradition, the Junior Livestock Auction, will begin at 8 tomorrow morning, while Read the Rest…


More Than 7,000 Marijuana Plants Seized In Santa Barbara County Mountains

Fri, July 12, 2013

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department helicopter on patrol spotted a massive marijuana growing operation in the mountains above Montecito, leading to the seizure of more than 7,000 plants. In two raids this week, narcotics detectives eradicated two plots in the Romero Canyon area.  During the second raid, which was early this morning, deputies detected Read the Rest…


South Coast Counseling Center Gets Federal Funding To Help Homeless Veterans

Fri, July 12, 2013

A counseling center on the South Coast has received a more than $350,000 federal grant to help homeless veterans. New Beginnings Counseling Center in Santa Barbara is getting the funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The money will be used for efforts ranging from crisis intervention, to housing and job training.


Police Issue About Man Posing As Water Department Employee In Santa Barbara To Gain Access To Homes

Fri, July 12, 2013

A man possibly staking out home for burglaries may be posing a municipal employee in one South Coast community. Santa Barbara Police say a man claiming to be a City of Santa Barbara Water Department employee has been targeting homes of elderly, mostly Spanish speaking residents, telling people he needed to check their water quality, and asking Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Multiple Burglary Attempts In Santa Maria

Fri, July 12, 2013

A man is behind bars after police say he tried to commit a string of burglaries in Santa Maria early this morning. Santa Maria Police say it started at around 5 this morning, when a man tried to get into the window of a bedroom in a home on the 200 block of South Oakley Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy, Suspect Injured In Chase, Arrest

Fri, July 12, 2013

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy suffered minor injuries, as did a suspect following a carjacking, and chase, which led to an arrest. It started just after 5:30 last night, in Newbury Park.  Deputies were called to a home on the 500 block of Canyon Vista Drive.  A woman said when she arrived home from work, Read the Rest…


South Coast Community Clinics Get Last Minute Financial Bailout Which Will Keep Doors Open

Fri, July 12, 2013

Some South Coast community clinics in financial crisis, and threatened with closure this month have received a big vote of community support. More than a dozen foundations, as well as some individuals have stepped up with $600,000 in pledges to keep open the doors of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, while a new financial plan Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Eludes Officers In Pursuit, But Arrested After He Crashes

Fri, July 12, 2013

A Ventura County man officers tried to pull over for a traffic violation, but then managed to escape was caught when he lost control of the vehicle, and crashed. Oxnard Police say they tried to pull over the vehicle near Hobson Way, and 9th Street around 4:30 yesterday afternoon, but the vehicle sped away.  Officers Read the Rest…


Ventura County Animal Shelters Swamped With Stray Dogs In Wake Of Fourth Of July

Fri, July 12, 2013

Ventura County’s animal shelters are swamped, filed to capacity because of dogs which were frightened by Fourth of July fireworks, and escaped from their homes, and yards. KCLU”S Lance Orozco says the situation is complicated by the fact many of the dogs didn’t have dog tags, or microchips to identify them. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Accreditation Warning For Santa Barbara City College Removed

Fri, July 12, 2013

Santa Barbara City College has received word that a warning about its accreditation due to governance related issues has been removed. The college received the warning in 2012 from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The concern was over the college’s Board of Trustees, with the Commission finding trustees violated their rules, and Read the Rest…


Plans Announced For Memorial Service For Santa Barbara County Firefighter Who Died In Arizona Brush Fire Disaster

Fri, July 12, 2013

Details have been announced about the local memorial service for a Santa Barbara County man who was one of the 19 firefighters who died in an Arizona brush fire last month. Sean Misner was a member of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew which died June 30th, while battling the Yarnell Hill fire, near Yarnell, Arizona. Read the Rest…


Major Santa Ynez Valley Highway To Get Makeover

Thu, July 11, 2013

One of the Santa Ynez Valley’s main highways is getting a makeover, and it could mean some minor traffic delays. Highway 246 is being repaved from the Highway 246/154 intersection, to Entrance Road, which is just east of Solvang. The work will take place overnights, with work starting Sunday night, and extending through all of Read the Rest…


New Shuttle Service Intended To Connect Thousand Oaks With Metrolink Trains

Thu, July 11, 2013

A new shuttle service is going to connect Metrolink riders to Thousand Oaks. Starting July 15th, shuttles will connect the Metrolink station in Moorpark with three different stops in Thousand Oaks.  Service will be available from the station to the Thousand Oaks Transportation Center, the Oaks Mall Bus Stop, and California Lutheran University.  The service Read the Rest…


Crash Claims Life Of Santa Barbara County Woman

Thu, July 11, 2013

CHP investigators believe alcohol was a factor in a fatal traffic accident southeast of Lompoc, which took the life of a young woman. A vehicle was found overturned off of Highway One, on Santa Rosa Road early this morning. Investigators think the female driver lost control of the VW bug, and drifted onto the right Read the Rest…


National Park Service Volunteer Dies In Channel Islands Accident

Thu, July 11, 2013

A National Park Service volunteer died in the Channel Islands, after falling while boarding a boat at a dock. Joe Wysocki was on the landing dock ladder at Anacapa Island Wednesday afternoon trying to bard the Park Service vessel Ocean Ranger when he slipped, hitting his head as he fell into the water.  Park staff, Read the Rest…


Lakers Superstar Kobe Bryant Talks About Future Of Team During Kids Basketball Camp At UC Santa Barbara

Thu, July 11, 2013

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant is in Santa Barbara, for a kids basketball camp at UC Santa Barbara, and talked about his vision for the future of the Lakers. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Kobe Bryant At UCSB


Authorities Identify Man Killed Driving Truck Which Plunged Off Pismo Beach Cliff

Thu, July 11, 2013

Authorities have now identified a man who was driving a truck which plunged off a cliff on the Central Coast, killing him. Sean Ramirez of Los Osos died in the Monday night accident in Pismo Beach.  His pickup truck plunged over a cliff near a motel, and emergency personnel had to use jet skis to Read the Rest…


Some Water Customers In Ventura County Being Advised To Boil Drinking Water Following Pipe Break

Thu, July 11, 2013

Hundreds of water customers in the Ojai area are still being advised to boil their water, in the wake of a water main break. The break was discovered Monday night, and was repaired by early morning yesterday.  But, Golden State Water Company officials are urging their water customers north of Grand Avenue to boil tap Read the Rest…


Historic Santa Barbara County Lighthouse Lens Now On Display In Maritime Museum After Restoration Effort

Thu, July 11, 2013

It helped guide ships along a dangerous section of Santa Barbara County’s Coastline for a century and a half. Now, this part of local history is in a local maritime museum. The U.S. Coast Guard has loaned the massive lighthouse lens from the Pt. Conception lighthouse to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. KCLU’S Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks Rejects Proposed Indoor Marketplace

Wed, July 10, 2013

A proposal for a massive indoor marketplace in a Ventura County community has been narrowly rejected, after some officials felt it would be incompatible with the area. On a 3-2 vote, the Thousand Oaks City Council rejected granting a permit to create an indoor swap meet in a vacant Newbury Park industrial building. Plans called Read the Rest…


Los Angeles Dodgers Offer Discounted Tickets To Simi Valley Residents In Wake Of Fireworks Accident

Wed, July 10, 2013

The Los Angeles Dodgers are offering discounted tickets to Simi Valley residents for a game this Friday, to give many of them them a chance to see the fireworks show that didn’t experience in the wake of the July 4th accident in Rancho Santa Susana Park. The Dodgers are offering discounts of $3.00, to $30.00 Read the Rest…


Woman Killed In Santa Barbara County Traffic Accident Identified

Wed, July 10, 2013

An Orange County woman is now being identified as the person who died in a head-on collision on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County. It happened just after 10 a.m. yesterday, on the 101 near Dos Pueblos Canyon A northbound flatbed truck towing a trailer crossed through the center divider, and hit a southbound vehicle. Read the Rest…


2013 Santa Barbara County Fair Underway In Santa Maria

Wed, July 10, 2013

The popcorn is popping, the rides are in action, and the crowds are streaming through the gates for the first day of the 2013 Santa Barbara County Fair. The fair kicked off its five day run at 11 this morning. The band “War” is the headliner on the main state at the Santa Maria Fairpark Read the Rest…


Reactor At Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Unexpectedly Shut Down

Wed, July 10, 2013

The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant unexpectedly shut down one of its reactors today. PG & E officials say the plant’s Unit Two was taken offline because of a problem in getting power from the facility to the electrical grid.  Engineers are studying the problem to try to determine what happened. No problems have been Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Defends Jail Food

Wed, July 10, 2013

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is defending itself against criticism from some inmates, and their families about the quality of jail food. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Jail Food


State Fire Marshal’s Office Takes Over Investigation Of Simi Valley Fireworks Show Accident

Wed, July 10, 2013

The State Fire Marshal’s office is taking over the investigation a fireworks show mishap in Ventura County on the Fourth of July, which left more than three dozen people injured. State fire experts have more expertise with fireworks.  The move is also intended to remove any appearance of a conflict of interest, because the county Read the Rest…


Airline Offering New All First Class Service Out Of Santa Barbara

Wed, July 10, 2013

An airline which is offering a one price, all you can fly service between Southern, and Northern California is beginning flights to Santa Barbara today. Surf Air offers flights connecting Burbank, Santa Barbara, and San Carlos. Plans call for four flights a day out of Santa Barbara, with two flights to Burbank, and two to Read the Rest…


Historic South Coast Government Building Celebrating Centennial

Wed, July 10, 2013

The South Coast is home to a majestic looking building, with massive pillars and marble construction which make it look like it belongs in Washington, D.C. Ventura City Hall is celebrating its centennial this month, with a number of community events. It’s an amazing history which included its origins as the Ventura County Courthouse, part Read the Rest…


2013 Santa Barbara County Fair Opens In Santa Maria Today

Wed, July 10, 2013

It’s fair time in Santa Barbara County. The Santa Barbara County Fair kicks off its five day run in Santa Maria today. The theme of the 122nd annual fair is “Memories, Music, and Magic.” Main stage concerts for the fair include the band “War” tonight, Clay Walker tomorrow, 38 Special on Friday and Creedence Clearwater Read the Rest…


Restoration Work Completed On Oceanfront Sculpture On South Coast

Wed, July 10, 2013

An oceanfront sculpture in Santa Barbara is looking like new, after a major restoration project. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the piece was created by an iconic artist, known for creations like Arco’s famous logo. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Chromatic Gate Restoration


Local Congresswoman Introduces Legislation To Try To Save School Based Health Care Program

Tue, July 9, 2013

A local congresswoman has authored legislation to try to save school based health centers from the budget ax. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara introduced the School Based Health Centers Act. The legislation is designed to authorize funding past 2014 for the two thousand school based health centers which provide basic care for two Read the Rest…


Firefighters Get Upper Hand On Brushfire Between Atascadero And Templeton

Tue, July 9, 2013

Firefighters now have the upper hand on a brush fire in northern San Luis Obispo County. The blaze was reported just after 2 p.m., off of Templeton Road, between the Templeton and Atascadero areas. It’s burned just over 10 acres of brush, but firefighters are mopping up the fire. There are some homes in area, Read the Rest…


One Dead, Two Injured Following Crash On 101 Freeway In Santa Barbara County

Tue, July 9, 2013

One person is dead, and two injured following a head-on collision which closed southbound Highway 101 for more than an hour in Santa Barbara County. It happened just after 10 a.m. today, on the 101 near Dos Pueblos Canyon A northbound flatbed truck towing a trailer crossed through the center divider, and hit a southbound Read the Rest…


Man Fatally Injured By Vehicle Near Oxnard Identified

Tue, July 9, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a man who was struck, and killed while walking on a road outside of Oxnard. CHP officers say Trevor Ray Nelson was walking in the northbound lane of Harbor Boulevard near Gonzales Road at around nine Monday night when he was struck by a northbound car.  The 23 year old Oxnard Read the Rest…


Firefighters Battling Brush Fire In Northern San Luis Obispo County

Tue, July 9, 2013

Firefighters are battling a ten acre brush fire in northern San Luis Obispo County. The blaze was reported just after 2 p.m., off of Templeton Road, between the Templeton and Atascadero areas. There are some homes in the sparsely populated area, but none have been reported damaged. There’s no word yet on the cause of Read the Rest…


Water, Wastewater Service Charges Go Up In Ventura To Cover Increased Costs

Tue, July 9, 2013

It’s now costing residents, and business owners in one Ventura County community more for water, and wastewater treatment. The second phase of a two step increase in rates approved by the Ventura City Council last year took effect in Ventura July first. The average residential hike for water, and wastewater services will be around $5.00 Read the Rest…


Permit For Homeless To Park RV Overnights At Goleta Church Upheld

Tue, July 9, 2013

A Goleta church will continue to provide a place for the homeless to park their vehicles, and sleep overnight, despite the opposition of some nearby residents. The Goleta Planning Commission last night heard an appeal of the Cambridge Drive Community Church permit. The permit allows one RV to use the church’s parking lot from 7 Read the Rest…


Volcanic Eruption Causes Cancellation Of Soccer Match In Ventura County

Tue, July 9, 2013

You’ve heard of sporting events being delayed by rain, but nature has thrown a real loop to a soccer match originally scheduled for tonight in Ventura County. The Premiere Development League team Ventura County Fusion was supposed to host Mexican Soccer champion team FC Puebla tonight. But, the eruption of a volcano east of Mexico Read the Rest…


Emergency Work Underway To Try To Stem Erosion At South Coast Beach

Tue, July 9, 2013

Part of a South Coast beach has literally washed away, and the ocean is now threatening a sidewalk, and a heavily used street. Emergency work is now underway to protect the threatened infrastructure in Port Hueneme. Huge boulders are being used to try to protect the threatened sidewalk and roadway, at the same time city Read the Rest…


Some Firefighters From Santa Barbara County In Arizona For Memorial For 19 Fallen Firefighters

Tue, July 9, 2013

A number of firefighters from Santa Barbara County are in Arizona this morning, for memorial services for the 19 firefighters who died battling a brush fire June 30th. Some Santa Barbara County, and Montecito firefighters are among the thousands of emergency services personnel in Prescott, Arizona for the ceremonies. The firefighters who died include Sean Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks City Council To Tackle Controversial Issue Of Indoor Marketplace

Tue, July 9, 2013

Should a Ventura County community allow a huge empty building to be converted into a permanent indoor marketplace? The Thousand Oaks City Council is set to tackle the controversial issue tonight. A proposal calls for creating an 84,000 square foot marketplace on Corporate Center Drive, which could host more than 180 vendors. Some opponents contend Read the Rest…


11 Ventura Businesses Damaged By Flooding

Mon, July 8, 2013

A broken sprinkler head is being blamed for flooding a commercial business complex in Ventura, damaging 11 businesses. Ventura firefighters were called to the 4500 block of Telephone Road just after six this morning, by reports of a ceiling collapse.  They arrived to find water pouring from the doors of the two story structure. Investigators Read the Rest…


78 Arrested On DUI Charges In Ventura County Over Holiday Weekend

Mon, July 8, 2013

Final figures released for a big anti DUI campaign in Ventura County over the long Fourth Of July holiday weekend show there were 78 arrests. A coalition of 14 law enforcement agencies in the county put extra patrols on the street for the holiday period from Wednesday morning, to midnight last night. Officials say they Read the Rest…


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