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Archives for August 2013

Obesity Crisis Focus Of Tri-Counties Conference; Special Focus On Growing Childhood Problem

Thu, August 15, 2013

Obesity has been skyrocketing out of control in America, with kids especially hard hit.  It’s doubled among children, and tripled among adolescents in the last 30 years. Yesterday, more than 200 people on the front lines against the fight against the problem in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties gathered for a forum Read the Rest…


State Coastal Commission Being Asked To Investigation Allegations Of Fracking In Santa Barbara Channel

Wed, August 14, 2013

The State Coastal Commission is being asked to investigate allegations of offshore fracking involving at least a dozen wells in the Santa Barbara Channel. The Environmental Defense Center, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Surfrider Foundation are calling for the Commission to look into the situation. Officials with the environmental groups say the process Read the Rest…


Water Main Breaks Continue To Cause Problems At Major Ventura County Intersection

Wed, August 14, 2013

Efforts to fix a water main break which snarled traffic at a major eastern Ventura County intersection hit a setback today, when a second break occurred. The problem hit just before six last night, at the intersection of Madera, and Tierra Rejada Roads in Simi Valley. The break caused the roadway to sink, and created Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Found Dead In Central Coast Motel Room

Wed, August 14, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a man found dead in a Central Coast motel room under what authorities are calling suspicious circumstances. Christopher Stibley was pronounced dead when authorities were called to a room on the 300 block of Fourth Street in Pismo Beach last Thursday. Autopsy results are inconclusive, but police say it appears the Read the Rest…


Four Ventura County Teens Arrested After Crime Spree Involving Stolen SUV, Chase

Wed, August 14, 2013

Four Ventura County teens are behind bars, after a crime spree involving a stolen SUV, a robbery, and a chase which ended with a traffic accident. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say four teens in a SUV stolen from Oxnard drove to Thousand Oaks last night. Deputies say the juveniles robbed two teens on the 1700 Read the Rest…


Second Arrest Made In Connection With Murder Of Ventura Man In Santa Barbara

Wed, August 14, 2013

A second arrest has been made this week in connection with the murder of a Ventura man in Santa Barbara. Kelly Mitchell Hunt was shot to death February 13th on the 1000 block of Olive Street. Joseph Michael Castro was taken into custody early yesterday morning at a home on the 700 block of Cook Read the Rest…


New Saturday Bus Service Starts In Conejo Valley This Weekend

Wed, August 14, 2013

New Saturday bus service begins in the Conejo Valley this weekend, and for the first few weeks, it’s going to be free. Thousand Oaks Transit announced that thanks to a $600,000 federal grant, it will offer the Saturday service on all four of its routes.  The new service will be available from 8 a.m. until Read the Rest…


Progress Made Towards Reopening State Beach Campground On South Coast Closed Due To Flooding

Wed, August 14, 2013

We’re moving into the final few weeks of summer vacation, and despite the efforts of some local, and state officials, it looks like a popular South Coast campground which was flooded won’t be open for the peak season. But, efforts to drain the water from McGrath State Beach, in Ventura County are almost complete, and Read the Rest…


Dallas Cowboys Moving Team Headquarters In Texas; Impacts On Summer Training Camps In Oxnard Unclear

Wed, August 14, 2013

The Dallas Cowboys are in Ventura County this month for their summer training camp, but key team officials returned to Texas to announce yesterday that the NFL team is moving its longtime home base for its headquarters. The team signed a deal to move its headquarters from Irving, Texas to another suburb, the City of Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Murder Of Ventura Man In Santa Barbara

Wed, August 14, 2013

Police say a known gang member has been arrested for the shooting death of a Ventura man in Santa Barbara. Kelly Mitchell Hunt was shot to death February 13th on the 1000 block of Olive Street. Santa Barbara Police Department, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department SWAT teams arrested Joseph Michael Castro early yesterday morning Read the Rest…


Motorists Urged To Avoid Scene Of Major Water Main Break In Simi Valley

Wed, August 14, 2013

Motorists are being urged this morning to avoid the scene of a major water main break in eastern Ventura County, which snarled traffic and caused power outages. The problem was reported last night at Madera Road, and Tierra Rejada Road in Simi Valley.  It disrupted traffic in the area, and was blamed for knocking out Read the Rest…


Power Outage Hitting Western Simi Valley

Tue, August 13, 2013

Simi Valley Police say a significant power outage has hit the west side of the city, affecting homes, businesses, and traffic lights. Police are warning people to be careful at intersections, with a number of lights knocked out of service. The outage was first reported by city officials at 5:45.  They say public works employees Read the Rest…


Two People Wanted For Arizona Murder Linked By Authorities To Camarillo Store Takeover Robbery

Tue, August 13, 2013

Two people arrested in connection with an Arizona murder investigation are also being charged with the takeover robbery of a Ventura County cell phone store. On July 12th, a man and a woman entered a cell phone store on the 300 block of Arneill Road in Camarillo, and at knife point bound a female employee Read the Rest…


Fire Damages Central Coast Hotel

Tue, August 13, 2013

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which damaged a well known Central Coast hotel. A fire was discovered at around 8 last night in the laundry room at the Santa Maria Inn. The blaze triggered an automatic sprinkler, and between that, and hotel staff, the fire knocked down by the Read the Rest…


Agricultural Giant Announces $60,000 In Grants To Non-Profits In Ventura County

Tue, August 13, 2013

A foundation connected with a global agricultural giant has announced $60,000 in grants to non-profit agencies in Ventura County. The Monsanto Fund has given $20,000 to FOOD Share, Ventura County’s food bank, as well as $20,000 to the Museum of Ventura County, for its children’s agricultural programs. The fund announced $10,000 grants for the Red Read the Rest…


Port Of Hueneme Hoping To Upgrade Rail Shipping To And From Port

Tue, August 13, 2013

It’s a little known fact, but the Port of Hueneme owns its own rail line, which can help get goods to and from the facility without having to use big rigs. Port officials yesterday celebrated a new contractor taking over the rail line, which they say they hope will lead to increased usage. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Exhibition On Lincoln In Ventura County Tops 100,000 Visitors

Tue, August 13, 2013

An exhibition in Ventura County featuring some of the historic artifacts from the life of Abraham Lincoln has attracted more than 100,000 visitors, making it one of the most viewed exhibits in the history of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Lincoln: The Exhibition opened in Simi Valley June 1st.  It features items like one of Read the Rest…


Music Executive Who Helped Make “Saturday Night Fever” Album Hit Dies In Ventura County

Tue, August 13, 2013

A music executive who helped make the soundtracks for the movies “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease” huge hits has died in Ventura County. Al Coury passed away from complications of a stroke. Coury worked at Capitol Records for 17 years, before become President of the RSO record label, which released the two smash albums.  In Read the Rest…


New Center Offering Hundreds Of Lifelong Learning Classes Opening On South Coast This Month

Tue, August 13, 2013

The funding crisis that’s hit community colleges throughout the state almost meant the end of hundreds of adult education programs in one local district. They are popular classes from art, to politics people take not because they want college credit, but because they are interesting, or fun. Santa Barbara City College Trustees are giving the Read the Rest…


Westlake Village Based Food Giant Dole Announcs Deal To Go Private

Mon, August 12, 2013

A locally based company which is the world’s largest supply of fresh fruit, and vegetables has announced to will go private, through a purchase by its CEO. Westlake Village based Dole Foods has accepted a $1.21 billion dollar buyout from CEO David Murdoch.  Shareholders will receive $13.50 a share, which was up substantially from Murdoch’s Read the Rest…


Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Issues Condolences Over Death Of Former Presidential Advisor In San Luis Obispo County

Mon, August 12, 2013

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan has issued condolences over the death of a San Luis Obispo County man who was one of President Reagan’s most trusted advisors. William Clark died over the weekend at his ranch near Paso Robles, following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Clark grew up in Ventura County, where his father Read the Rest…


Man Assaulted While Trying To Stop Thief Removing Name Lettering From Ventura Apartment Complex

Mon, August 12, 2013

A Ventura man is recovering from injuries he suffered after he was attacked while trying to stop someone from removing the metal lettering from the exterior of an apartment complex. The man noticed someone trying to remove the letters just before 2 a.m. Saturday, off of Portola Road. When he tried to stop the thief, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Clerk/Recorder’s Office Opening Satellite Office In Conejo Valley

Mon, August 12, 2013

Eastern Ventura County residents will soon no longer have to go to Ventura to get a marriage license, get a copy of a birth, or death certificate, or record property documents. County Clerk/Recorder Mark Lunn says they are opening a new satellite office in Thousand Oaks.  The new office will be open from 9 a.m. Read the Rest…


Most Santa Maria Municipal Operations To Be Closed Friday As Part Of Cost Savings Effort

Mon, August 12, 2013

Budget issues mean that Santa Maria’s City Hall, and Library will be closed this Friday. The city adopted a budget plan which calls for all non emergency services offices to be shut down on ten normal workdays between March, and December. Non-sworn employees are taking ten mandatory furlough days as a part of the effort Read the Rest…


Woman Arrested For Scalping Ride Tickets At Ventura County Fair

Mon, August 12, 2013

A woman is facing a theft charge after Ventura Police say she was caught selling envelopes of ride tickets at the Ventura County Fair. Fair personnel told officers they saw Sanjuana Saucedo passing an envelope with ride tickets to someone for cash at the fair’s midway just after five last night.  When the fair staff Read the Rest…


Pollution Impacts Some South Coast Beaches

Mon, August 12, 2013

You can go to the beach, but officials are recommending you stay out of the water at parts of some some popular South Coast beaches. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the beaches have some pollution problems. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Beach Closures


UCSB Researcher Say Overthinking Can Actually Reduce Human Performance

Mon, August 12, 2013

What makes a professional athlete choke at a critical moment in a game? It may be a simple as overthinking something which is should be quite routine. A UC Santa Barbara researcher has published the results of a new study which shows that our performance may actually go down because we overthink things. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Wolf Disappears From Rescue Program In San Luis Obispo County

Mon, August 12, 2013

A search is underway for a wolf which escaped from a wolf rescue group in San Luis Obispo County. The wolf was being trained by a member of the WHAR-Wolf Rescue group in Paso Robles Sunday morning near 33rd, and Spring Streets when something scared the dog, and it fled. Officials with the group say Read the Rest…


Former Secretary Of The Interior, Reagan Aide Dies In San Luis Obispo County

Mon, August 12, 2013

A San Luis Obispo County man who was one of President Reagan’s most trusted advisors has died. William Clark died over the weekend at his ranch near Paso Robles, following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Clark grew up in Ventura County, where his father served as Oxnard’s Police Chief. He became an attorney, volunteering Read the Rest…


Oxnard Pursuit Ends After Truck Smashes Into Car, Home

Mon, August 12, 2013

What Oxnard Police thought was going to be a routine traffic stop turned into a pursuit, ending when the vehicle trying to flee smashed into a car, and a home. It happened at around 10:30 yesterday morning, in Oxnard.  An officer tried to stop a pickup on Ninth Street for a traffic violation, but the Read the Rest…


List Of Schools Where Students Posted On Social Media While Taking Major Test Includes Local Campuses

Mon, August 12, 2013

The California Department of Education is investigating some students using social media while taking a key statewide test, including some instances in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. Department officials say hundreds of students at 242 schools posted while taking the STAR test.  However, students from just 19 of the schools actually posted Read the Rest…


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Two Arrested For Mail Theft, Burglary In Santa Barbara And San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, August 9, 2013

A San Luis Obispo County couple has been arrested in Santa Barbara County for a burglary, and theft spree which spanned both counties. Zacary Hamiln and Amy Northcote of Arroyo Grande were stopped yesterday morning for a traffic violation as they were driving on the 5500 block of Carpinteria Avenue, in Carpinteria. The Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Conejo Valley Apartment Complex Fire Critically Injures One, Leaves Six Homeless

Fri, August 9, 2013

A fire at a Conjeo Valley apartment complex critically injured one person, and left six people temporarily homeless. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Thousand Oaks Apartment Complex Fire


10,000 Marijuana Plants Seized In Two San Luis Obispo County Raids

Fri, August 9, 2013

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department has made two major marijuana raids in the last week, seizing more than 10,000 plants. More than 7,000 plants were discovered, and removed from some publically owned land west of Paso Robles, in the Cypress Mountain Road area. And, some 3,000 plants were seized from a growing operation Read the Rest…


Ventura County Judge Grants Conservatorship To Mother Of Troubled Actress

Fri, August 9, 2013

A Ventura County judge has given the mother of a troubled actress who grew up in the Conejo Valley temporary conservatorship. The judge took the action today following a hearing over the status of Amanda Bynes. The 27 year old woman has been held in a psychiatric facility for the last two weeks, after she Read the Rest…


Two Marijuana Raids In Santa Barbara County Lead To The Seizure Of More Than 5,000 Plants

Fri, August 9, 2013

More than 5,000 marijuana plants have been seized in a pair of raids in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Marijuana Raids


Former Youth Pastor In Santa Barbara County Enters Guilty Plea To Having Sex With Teens

Fri, August 9, 2013

A former youth pastor in Santa Barbara County entered guilty pleas to charges he had sex with two teenage girls. Santa Barbara County prosecutors say Louis Joseph Bristol was involved with a 14, and 16 year old girl while serving as a youth pastor at Carpinteria Community Church.  They say the 28 year old man Read the Rest…


Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Trying To Deal With Massive Invasive Plant Species Problem

Fri, August 9, 2013

A massive National Recreation Area which covers 150,000 acres of land in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties is being hit hard by invasive plant species. Some 4,000 problem areas created by non-native plants have been identified in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The National Park Service has tried to deal with some of Read the Rest…


Man Kills Himself Following Road Rage Incident In Arroyo Grande

Thu, August 8, 2013

A man San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies say was involved in a road rage incident in which shots were fired apparently killed himself. It happened at about 9 last night, in Arroyo Grande. Department officials say the driver of a car on Lopez Drive was turning onto Appy Way when a pickup truck tried Read the Rest…


Plumber Accused Of Scamming Elderly Santa Barbara County Residents

Thu, August 8, 2013

A plumber is accused of scamming elderly Santa Barbara County residents, overcharging some customers, and not finishing the work for others. Albert Solano of Oxnard was arrested following a joint local and state investigation. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s department officials say they found multiple cases where the 46 year old man didn’t give an estimate, Read the Rest…


State Transportation Commission Approves Funding For Two Santa Barbara County Projects

Thu, August 8, 2013

The State Transportation Commission has approved $487 million dollars for 82 construction projects statewide, including two in Santa Barbara County. The project funding includes $17 million dollars to replaces bridges, and concrete culverts around the 101 Freeway-Fairview Avenue interchange in Goleta, to try to reduce roadway flooding in the area. Also funded is a million Read the Rest…


Wanted Parolee Arrested In Northern Santa Barbara County

Thu, August 8, 2013

A wanted parolee has been arrested by a gang enforcement unit in northern Santa Barbara County. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department team pulled over Ernest Gil as he was driving near the intersection of North Thornburg Street, and Mill Street in Santa Maria just after 7 yesterday morning. Gil was wanted on warrants for Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Being Held For One Murder Now Charged With Second

Thu, August 8, 2013

An Oxnard man already in custody for one gang related killing has been re-arrested for a second slaying. Oxnard Police believe Jorge Cervantes was one of four men involved with the January, 2009 killing of Alfredo Vargas.  The 19 year old man was arrested last April for that slaying. Now, Cervantes  has been indicted, and Read the Rest…


Vandals Targeting Immigration Efforts Hit Building At UC Santa Barbara

Thu, August 8, 2013

Vandals have hit a building at UC Santa Barbara with anti-immigration messages. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  UCSB Vandalism


Hundreds of Backpacks Filled With School Supplies En Route To Ventura County Students In Need

Thu, August 8, 2013

Hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies are on their way to school children in need in Ventura County, thanks to a community campaign. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Stuff The Bus Campaign


Ventura Police Investigating Discovery Of Murder Victim’s Body In Freezer At Storage Facility

Thu, August 8, 2013

A storage facility in Ventura is the scene of a gruesome find. Ventura Police say a tip led them to the Market Street facility, where they found the body of a missing man they think was murdered two years ago, and stored in a freezer. Now, investigators are calling the 58 year old man’s girlfriend, Read the Rest…


Park Damaged By Brush Fire Last May in Ventura County Reopens

Wed, August 7, 2013

A park damaged by the destructive Springs brush fire in Ventura County earlier this year has reopened. Cal State Channel Islands is allowing people to once again use hiking trails in University Park. Officials are warning people to stay on established trails. The fire in May damaged more than two thirds of the 360 acre Read the Rest…


Approval Of Controversial Department Store For Central Coast Could Mean 80 New Jobs

Wed, August 7, 2013

Final approval of controversial plans to open a new department store on the Central Coast could mean as many as 80 new jobs. The Santa Maria City Council last night approved a proposal to build a new Fallas Department store at the sight of a closed Mervyn’s in Santa Maria. The proposal had been controversial, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Health Care Plan Opts Out Of Covered California

Wed, August 7, 2013

Ventura County’s health care plan has opted out of plans to offer coverage under the statewide California Covered program in 2014. County Health Care Agency officials say after analyzing enrollment projections, start up costs, and other factors, they backed off their original plans, and decided to wait until 2015. The Ventura County Health Care Plan Read the Rest…


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