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Archives for August 2013

State Senate Sets Stage For More Transportation Funding For Small Cities In Ventura County

Fri, August 30, 2013

The State Senate has approved a bill which if eventually signed by the governor will make small cities in Ventura County eligible for more transportation funding. State Senate Bill 203, authored by Democratic State Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills, would give smaller cities in the county more flexibility in spending transportation funding. The cities Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Killed, Two Injured In Traffic Accident

Fri, August 30, 2013

A Ventura County man is dead, and two other people injured following a head on traffic accident in the Santa Clara River Valley area. The driver of a pickup truck headed southbound on Old Telegraph Road, between Santa Paula and Fillmore lost control, and the vehicle crossed over the center line, and hit a northbound Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For String Of Burglaries In Three Counties

Fri, August 30, 2013

A Ventura County man has been arrested for a string of burglaries authorities say stretched across three counties. Sean Torbert was arrested for home, and commercial burglaries in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara Counties.  Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives started investigating the 27 year old man about a month ago, following a series of burglaries Read the Rest…


Two Ventura Police Officers Injured Trying To Arrest Vehicle Burglary Suspect

Fri, August 30, 2013

A man recently released from prison has been arrested after Ventura Police say he hit an officer in the face. Police were called to the area of Whippoorwill Street and Peacock Avenue in Ventura Avenue at around 11:30 Wednesday morning, by reports of a man breaking into vehicles. Officers arriving on the scene say they Read the Rest…


Spike Recorded In Burglaries At Some Storage Facilities On South Coast

Fri, August 30, 2013

A South Coast community is issuing a community crime alert about a sharp spike in storage locker burglaries. Ventura Police say the number of the storage facility crimes has gone up 181% during the first eight months of the year. The number of incident from January 1st, to August 15th of this year went from Read the Rest…


$12 Million Dollars In Marijuana Plants Seized In Santa Barbara County

Fri, August 30, 2013

A marijuana growing operation with some 4,000 plants has been discovered in central Santa Barbara County. A rancher discovered the plants on his property between Buellton, and Lompoc, and reported them to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.  Department detectives, aided by the California National Guard eradicated the plants, which had a street value of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For Burglary Spree

Thu, August 29, 2013

A Ventura County man has been arrested for a string of burglaries authorities say stretched across three counties. Sean Torbert was arrested for home, and commercial burglaries in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara Counties.  Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives started investigating the 27 year old man about a month ago, following a series of burglaries Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo County Man Arrested With Hundreds Of Illegal Stimulant Tablets

Thu, August 29, 2013

A San Luis Obispo County man already on probation for the illegal transporation of drugs is facing major new charges, after County Sheriff’s deputies say they caught him with hundreds of stimulant tablets, as well as other drugs. Detectives arrested Anthony Wong at a room he rents on the 1500 block of West Newport Street Read the Rest…


Acid Spill Prompts Lockdown At High School In Ventura County

Thu, August 29, 2013

A high school in Ventura County was placed on lockdown today, after a traffic accident spilled hundreds of gallons of dangerous acid near the campus. A truck lost its load of hydrochloric acid, just before noon today on the 500 block of First Street in Fillmore.  An estimated 200 gallons of the chemical spilled. Fillmore Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Following Barrage Of Gunfire In Ventura County

Thu, August 29, 2013

Two Ventura County residents have been arrested for an incident earlier this month in which a salvo of gunfire was fired following a fight in a bar. The shooting happened August 17th, on the 2100 block of Pickwick Drive in Camarillo.  Witnesses say following a fight in a bar, Mario Govena pulled out a gun, Read the Rest…


Man Could Face Dealth Penalty After Being Convicted Of Killing Oxnard Businessman

Wed, August 28, 2013

A man has been found guilty of planning, and committing the murder of an Oxnard businessman. Jeffrey Aguilar could face the death penalty after a Ventura County Superior Court jury found the 27 year old man guilty of first degree murder, and robbery for the August, 2008 killing of Gurmohinder Singh. The businessman was shot, Read the Rest…


Authorities Idenify Body Of Woman Found Off Of South Coast

Wed, August 28, 2013

A body found in the ocean off of the South Coast has been identified as that of a young Orange County woman. Someone spotted the body of 20 year old Kayla Hallee of Mission Viejo in the ocean about 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, at Tajiguas Beach Tuesday afternoon.  The Coast Guard recovered the Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Take Steps To Deal With Groundwater Crisis

Wed, August 28, 2013

San Luis Obispo County Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance to try to cope with a groundwater crisis in the northern part of the county. Following a marathon meeting yesterday, supervisors approved a 45 day freeze on new development, or the planting of crops which need irrigation in the Paso Robles groundwater basin unless the water Read the Rest…


Northern California Seminary Merging With South Coast University

Wed, August 28, 2013

It’s a growing trend around the country. As support from shrinking congregations impacts churches, funding for seminaries to educate the next generation of religious leaders is dropping. A Northern California based Lutheran seminary facing that problem is coping with the situation by merging into a Ventura County based university. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the deal Read the Rest…


Disgruntled Customers Of Water Company In Ojai Overwhelmingly Support Bond Measure To Pursue Takeover

Wed, August 28, 2013

Voters upset with a water company which serves the Ojai area overwhelming approved supporting a bond measure to try to buy, or take over the water system. Measure V passed with a whopping 87% yes vote in a special election Tuesday.  It needed a two thirds yes vote to pass. Some Ojai residents feel the Read the Rest…


Ojai Voters Set To Decide Whether To Pursue Effort To Take Over Water System

Tue, August 27, 2013

It’s Election Day today in one South Coast Community, with voters set to make a key decision over a water controversy. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ojai Water Election


Rocket Launch With Secret Payload Set For Central Coast Tomorrow

Tue, August 27, 2013

If the weather cooperates, a rocket carrying a top secret military payload will lift off from the Central Coast tomorrow. A Delta Four rocket is set to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base just before 11 tomorrow morning. The payload is reported to be a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. The launch team Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City College Issues Warning About Possible Sexual Predator

Tue, August 27, 2013

A South Coast college campus is on alert, after reports of a sexual assault on campus. Santa Barbara City College officials have posted warning fliers around campus, in the wake of an attack which campus security officials occurred Sunday afternoon. The flyer says the student was approached from behind, knocked down, and sexually assaulted. Campus Read the Rest…


Controversy Over Simi Valley City Attorney Still Unsettled

Tue, August 27, 2013

The Simi Valley City Council continues to debate what it should do about a controversy surrounding its City Attorney. The Council talked the situation with Majorie Baxter during a closed session last night, but didn’t take any formal action.  Baxter has faced investigations over complaints to the city’s human resources department, as well as questioning Read the Rest…


Ventura County Board Of Education Rejects Request By Charter School For Land Use Exemption To Open Campus In Conejo Valley

Tue, August 27, 2013

The Ventura County Board of Education denied an attempt by a charter school to get a special exemption from zoning, and other municipal land use regulations to open a new campus in an industrial area of the Conejo Valley. The Albert Einstein Academy had planned to open in an industrial building on Corporate Center Drive, Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Looking At Water Crisis In North County Today

Tue, August 27, 2013

San Luis Obispo County Supervisors today are wrangling with a water crisis in the northern part of the county. Supervisors have been looking at the possibility of an emergency ordinance to limit water usage east of Paso Robles, where the water table has been heavily depleted. Today, the board ordered staff to start developing the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisor Asking Voters To Force County To Deal With Underfunded Road, Infrastructure Maintenance

Tue, August 27, 2013

It’s a problem facing cities, and counties around the state.  With budget tights for the last few years, many of them have been deferring maintenance on key infrastructure, especially roads. In Santa Barbara County, the estimated price tag just to bring the county’s infrastructure up to snuff is estimated to be more than $300 million Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Discovery Of Panga Boat On Ventura County Beach

Tue, August 27, 2013

Authorities are trying to unravel the story behind the discovery of a panga boat found on a Ventura County beach. The boat was spotted just after six this morning near Mugu Rock. Six people were taken into custody, and are being questioned by federal agents. There were no signs of drug smuggling. The panga boats Read the Rest…


Final Preparations For Labor Day Weekend Reopening Of McGrath State Beach Campgrounds

Tue, August 27, 2013

After being closed all summer due to flooding, part of a popular campground at a state beach on the South Coast is being opened for Labor Day weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports final preparations are underway for the temporary reopening of some facilities at McGrath State Beach. Click on link to listen to/download story:  McGrath Read the Rest…


Suspect Arrested For String Of Central Coast Bank Robberies Identified

Tue, August 27, 2013

A woman authorities think is a suspect in a string of Central Coast bank robberies is now being identified. Christina Padilla of Watsonville was arrested following a bank robbery attempt in San Luis Obispo County last Friday. Padilla was taken into custody following the failed robbery in San Luis Obispo, and a car chase which Read the Rest…


Widow Of Santa Barbara County Firefighter Who Died In Arizona Gives Birth To Baby Boy

Mon, August 26, 2013

The widow of a Santa Barbara County firefighter who was among the 19 hotshots killed in a huge Arizona blaze in June has given birth to a son. Sean Jackson Herbert Misner weighed six pounds, 15 ounces, and both he and his mother, Amanda are reported to be doing well. Sean Misner was a member Read the Rest…


New Bus System for Agoura Hills, Oak Park Celebrates Start Of Service

Mon, August 26, 2013

The region’s newest bus system has been in operation for three weeks now, but today, it officially celebrated its start of service. The Kanan Shuttle Service serves the Oak Park, and Agoura Hills area, with 14 stops. The new system operates from 6:30 a.m., to 6:30 p.m. weekdays, and is free for at least the Read the Rest…


Conejo School District Investigating Scuffle With Westlake High School Players Which Led To Two Arrests During Hawaii Trip

Mon, August 26, 2013

Conejo School District officials are now trying to determine what punishment, if any should face some Westlake High School football players involved in a scuffle while on a trip to Hawaii which led to two arrests. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the latest on the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Westlake High School Read the Rest…


Future Of Central Coast Park Focus Of Community Meetings

Mon, August 26, 2013

The future of a major Central Coast park is the focus of a series of public meetings starting this week, and continuing into October. The City of Santa Maria is getting public comment on an Open Space Management Plan for Los Flores Ranch Park. The 1700 acre plus park south of Santa Maria was an Read the Rest…


Police Looking For Leads In Ventura County Killing

Mon, August 26, 2013

Police are trying to figure out what led to the shooting death of a Ventura County man, who was murdered while he was sitting in the front yard of a home. Santa Paula Police were called to the intersection of East Main, and 11th Streets at around 8 Friday night be reports of a shooting. Read the Rest…


Questions Surround Plans By New Charter School To Open In Conejo Valley

Mon, August 26, 2013

More than 200 students are planning to attend a charter school set to open in the Conejo Valley next week. But, there’s a big problem facing the Albert Einstein Academy. Thousand Oaks officials say the school doesn’t have the necessary permits, and inspections to open as planned in an industrial park. The school is hoping Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Set To Consider Clearing Way For Major New Housing Development On Central Coast

Mon, August 26, 2013

Santa Barbara County Supervisors are set to consider a general plan amendment which would set the stage for a major new housing development on the Central Coast. Developers want to build 69 new homes, and a three acre park on nearly 80 acres of land in Orcutt. The proposed Bradley Village project is east of Read the Rest…


Simi Valley City Council To Resume Review Of Controversy Surrounding City Attorney

Mon, August 26, 2013

The Simi Valley City Council is scheduled to again meet in closed session to talk about the performance of their city attorney. Majorie Baxter has been under fire following some investigations of complaints by the city’s human resources departments, as well as for how her office handled a specific insurance settlement. The council discussed the Read the Rest…


Crisis Counselors On Hand At Simi Valley School Rocked By Killing Of Staff Member

Mon, August 26, 2013

Crisis counselors are on hand at a Ventura County High School this morning, to help faculty, staff, and students cope with the death of a school office worker investigators believe was shot to death by her son. There’s shock at Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley over the death of Sally Carnan. Just before 5 p.m. Read the Rest…


Honolulu Television Station Reports Three Conejo Valley High School Football Players Arrested In Hawaii

Mon, August 26, 2013

A Honolulu television stations is reporting that thee Conejo Valley high school students were arrested in Hawaii, where the school’s varsity, and freshman teams were on Oahu for games. KITV says three Westlake High School student were arrested on assault charges.  The TV station reports they were told by some parents that some of the Read the Rest…


Soldier From Central Coast Dies In Afghanistan

Mon, August 26, 2013

A Central Coast man died during combat operations in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says Army Specialist Clifford Alvarez of Santa Maria was one of two American killed by an improvised explosive device last Thursday. The 23 year old man was assigned to the Second Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, based at White Sands Missile Read the Rest…


Port Of Hueneme Gets Major Federal Grant For Security Improvements

Mon, August 26, 2013

The Port of Hueneme is getting more than $900,000 to improve its security. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded the port a grant to take additional steps to protect the port’s infrastructure from terrorism, as well as other measures to improve security. Port officials say that because the facility is shared with the military, Read the Rest…


Murder Suspect Firing Shots In Simi Valley Neighborhood Fatally Wounded By Police

Sun, August 25, 2013

Detectives say they’re trying to figure out why a man murdered his mother, and then went on a shooting rampage in a Simi Valley neighborhood, before being shot and killed by police. Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, a man told Simi Valley police his brother had called him, and confessed to shooting their mother.  When Read the Rest…


Mystery Powder Causes Scare At School District Offices In Moorpark

Sat, August 24, 2013

An envelope sent to the offices of a school district in Ventura County caused a big scare. Authorities were called to the Moorpark School District offices just before 3 p.m. Friday, when staff members realized an envelope contained some type of a powdery substance. A hazardous materials team was called to the offices, on the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Double Stabbing Suspect Arrested

Sat, August 24, 2013

A man sought for the stabbing of two people in Santa Barbara County has been arrested, after he literally returned to the scene of the crime. Gabriel Nicholas Rivera was arrested at about 1:30 p.m. Friday, after Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies received a tip that he had returned to the 1500 block of Highway Read the Rest…


Parts Of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara Counties Rocked By Earthquake

Fri, August 23, 2013

An earthquake rocked parts of Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties Friday night. The magnitude 4.2 quake hit at 6:18 p.m.  it was centered off the coast of Vandenberg Air Force base, 38  miles southwest of Santa Maria. There were no reports of injury, or damage.


Authorities Think They May Have Caught Serial Bank Robber On Central Coast

Fri, August 23, 2013

Investigators are trying to determine if a woman arrested in the wake of a bank robbery attempt in San Luis Obispo is the serial bank robber who’s struck a half dozen times around the state. A woman walked into the Golden 1 Credit union in San Luis Obispo around 5 p.m. Friday.  A teller who Read the Rest…


Alert Issued By Secret Service For Counterfeit $100 Bills In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Fri, August 23, 2013

The Secret Service has issued a warning for merchants on the Central Coast to be on the lookout for counterfeit $100 bills. The agency has distributed fliers to local law enforcement agencies, and business, asking people to be alert for the phony bills. A number of the bills have turned up in the area during Read the Rest…


More Than Three Dozen Santa Barbara County Artists Open Doors To Public For Weekend Event

Fri, August 23, 2013

This weekend is an art lover’s dream in Santa Barbara County, with more than three dozen artists opening their studios to the public, as part of a self guided tour. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Studio Tour


Oxnard Police Say Part Of Spike In Crime In City Due To Early Prisoner Release

Fri, August 23, 2013

Oxnard Police officials say a spike in the city’s crime during the first six months of 2013 is linked to a law which is trying to reduce state prison overcrowding by releasing some offenders early. The latest FBI crime stats for Oxnard showed a hike in the number of murders, robberies, assaults, and other crimes Read the Rest…


Two Arrested After Standoff In Ventura; Wanted Parolee Still Being Sought

Fri, August 23, 2013

The search for a wanted parolee led to a tense standoff at a Ventura apartment complex. Ventura police say they learned Omar Ruiz might be an apartment on the 6600 block of Telephone Road last night. Officers surrounded the apartment at around 7:30 p.m., and ordered the occupants to come out. They say that because Read the Rest…


Housing Proposed Near Downtown Santa Barbara Landmark

Fri, August 23, 2013

A new housing development is being proposed behind a theater that’s been a part of downtown Santa Barbara’s landscape for more than 70 years. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Arlington Development


With 50th Anniversary Of March On Washington Approaching, Santa Barbara Woman Talks About Being Part Of Historic Event

Fri, August 23, 2013

People from all over the country are heading to Washington, D.C., for the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington, which was one of the key events in the civil right movement. The anniversary brings out strong emotions for a Santa Barbara woman. Judith Meisel survived the Holocaust. When she moved to America, and saw Read the Rest…


Woman Arrested In Ventura County For Trying To Sell Drug Patches; Kids Placed In Protective Custody

Fri, August 23, 2013

A San Bernardino County woman has been arrested, and her two children placed in child protective custody after drug task force investigators say she tried to sell drug patches she received with her Medi-Cal benefits in Ventura County. The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit arrested Adella Carrillo in Simi Valley Wednesday night. Task force Read the Rest…


McGrath State Beach To Partically Reopen Campgrounds Closed All Summer Due To Flooding

Thu, August 22, 2013

A popular state beach campground on the South Coast closed all summer because of flooding is going to partially reopen for Labor Day Weekend. McGrath State Beach’s more than 170 campsites have been out of action during their busiest time of year. The campground area normally floods every year, but then storms will break down Read the Rest…


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