Man Could Face Dealth Penalty After Being Convicted Of Killing Oxnard Businessman
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:14pm
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, and robbed as he left the bank after withdrawing a large sum of money.
Five others are in various stages of prosecution for the killing.
One of them, Maria Bucio, who is Aguilar’s aunt, is serving a 25 years to life sentence after being convicted of first degree murder for masterminding the plan.
Authorities Idenify Body Of Woman Found Off Of South Coast
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 7:50pm
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 body.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department says the cause of death is still being determined. Detectives say it’s still unclear as to what the woman was doing in the area, and whether she was connected to a kayak found in the ocean about a mile away from where her body was recovered.
San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Take Steps To Deal With Groundwater Crisis
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:57am
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 use is offset on a one to one ratio.
The freeze can be extended if deemed necessary.
Supervisors also directed staff to expedite new well drilling, and told them to set the stage for formation of a groundwater management district.
Northern California Seminary Merging With South Coast University
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:56am
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 with give the Bay Area based seminary more resources, and the private Ventura County university more prestige, and a new campus.
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Disgruntled Customers Of Water Company In Ojai Overwhelmingly Support Bond Measure To Pursue Takeover
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:13am
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 Golden State Water Company is charging too much for service. They went to the Casitas Municipal Water District, asking officials to look at buying out, or using eminent domain to take over the system. District officials agreed to pursue the proposal, if the residents agreed to foot the cost of the effort, so the district or its customers wouldn’t end up picking up the tab.
With the bond measure passing, it sets the stage of the district to pursue providing water service for the community, by guaranteeing up to $60 million dollars in funding.
Golden State officials contend their water rates are fair, and say that because they are a business, they can’t offer subsidized rates like some municipal water districts which include tax funding. The officials have told KCLU News they aren’t interested in selling the system, and will fight efforts to take it.
Ojai Voters Set To Decide Whether To Pursue Effort To Take Over Water System
Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 5:12pm
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.
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Rocket Launch With Secret Payload Set For Central Coast Tomorrow
Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 5:08pm
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 is concerned about the potential for cloud cover which could force a delay in the launch.
The forecast calls for a 30% chance of clouds.
Jalama Beach will be closed to the public starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, as a precaution during the launch window.
The beach closure is set for 8 a.m. until noon.
Santa Barbara City College Issues Warning About Possible Sexual Predator
Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:56pm
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 Security officers are looking for possible witnesses, and are calling for people on campus to walk in pairs, and to keep cell phones handy to help insure their safety.
Controversy Over Simi Valley City Attorney Still Unsettled
Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:43pm
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 over the handling of a court case settlement.
It’s the second council meeting in less than a week addressing the concerns.
Baxter has been City Attorney since last year, and has been with the city for more than three decades.
Ventura County Board Of Education Rejects Request By Charter School For Land Use Exemption To Open Campus In Conejo Valley
Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:37pm
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, in Thousand Oaks September 3rd.
But, City of Thousand Oaks officials say the academy never filed for the necessary building and safety permits to open the facility.
Academy officials told KCLU News that the county board had the power to override the city, but the board ruled that the school needed to go through the traditional planning process to insure issues like building safety, traffic, and parking are addressed.
More than 200 students had been planning to attend the new campus, so many families are now scrambling to make other plans for the start of the new school year.