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Archives for September 2013

Former South Coast Movie Theater Manager Enters No Contest Plea To Embezzlement

Mon, September 30, 2013

The former manager of a South Coast movie theater entered a no contest plea to a charge he embezzled thousands of dollars. Santa Barbara County prosecutors say John Stewart Mathieson admitted stealing more than $5,000 from Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Five Theater.  Santa Barbara Police detectives say the 35 year old Santa Barbara man destroyed paperwork, Read the Rest…


Groundbreaking Set For $76 Million Dollar UCSB Library Renovation, Expansion

Mon, September 30, 2013

Preliminary work is already underway, but groundbreaking ceremonies are set to take place tomorrow morning for a project to renovate, and expand a major South Coast library. UC Santa Barbara’s Library will get its first overall makeover in more than three decades. More than 90,000 square feet of library space will be renovated, and 60,000 Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Adds New Custody Deputies

Mon, September 30, 2013

Santa Barbara County today added the most custody deputies to its Sheriff’s Department in one day than it ever has before in its history. The Department swore in 17 new custody deputies, chosen out of a field of some 500 applicants. After passing comprehensive background checks, and training, they’ll next go through a ten week Read the Rest…


New Air Quality Watch Issued For Part Of Central Coast

Mon, September 30, 2013

An air quality watch has been issued for a part of the Central Coast, which means some people should temporarily be avoiding outdoor activities. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued the watch for the Santa Maria area for now, through Wednesday. Levels of particles Read the Rest…


Fire Damages Central Coast Church

Mon, September 30, 2013

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which heavily damaged a Central Coast church. It happened just after 1:30 this morning, on the 1500 block of Ocean Way in Lompoc. Lompoc firefighters arrived to find flames, and smoke coming from Iglesia Pueblo de Dios.  No one was at the church at Read the Rest…


Authorities Still Trying To Sort Out Motive For Weekend Killing In Ventura County

Mon, September 30, 2013

Authorities are still trying to sort out a motive, and find the weapon used in the weekend murder of a woman in a park in Ventura County. Ashley Calanche was shot to death at around one p.m. Saturday, in Santa Paula’s Mill Park. The 21 year old Santa Paula woman was pronounced dead at the Read the Rest…


Former Ventura County Social Services Worker Accused Of Embezzling More Than $240,000

Mon, September 30, 2013

A former Ventura County social services worker has been charged with stealing more than $240,000 in food stamp cards, and cash benefits. Ventura County prosecutors say Ana Maria Castro worked for the county’s Human Services Agency for a decade, before resigning last December.  She managed welfare cases, which gave her access to food stamps, and Read the Rest…


Crop Dusting Helicopter Clips Power Lines, Crash Lands On Central Coast

Mon, September 30, 2013

There were some scary moments in Santa Barbara County, when a helicopter being used for crop dusting clipped some power lines, and had to make an emergency landing. It happened at around 8:30 yesterday morning, outside of Santa Maria.  The accident happened near West Main Street, and Bonita School Road. The helicopter made an emergency Read the Rest…


Panga Boat, More Than 3,000 Pounds Of Marijauna Seized In Santa Barbara County

Mon, September 30, 2013

Four people are in custody, and more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana has been seized in connection with a panga boat which authorities seized on a Santa Barbara County beach. The boat was found at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday, at Tajiguas Beach.  Authorities found five people.  Three were arrested on drug charges, and a fourth Read the Rest…


Plane Makes Emergency Landing On 101 Freeway

Mon, September 30, 2013

A section of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County doubled as an airport runway over the weekend. A light plane being flown from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara by a student pilot apparently ran out of gas, and touched down on the southbound 101 near Gaviota. No one was injured in the 4:30 p.m. Friday Read the Rest…


Commercial Rocket Successfully Launched From Central Coast

Mon, September 30, 2013

A more than 200 foot long commercial rocket roared into space from the Central Coast, successfully putting a small payload into orbit. The commercial space company SpaceX made its first launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base yesterday morning, with its Falcon 9 rocket lifting a small Canadian satellite into space. Space X had already successful Read the Rest…


String Of Suspicious Fires In Ventura Under Investigation

Mon, September 30, 2013

Authorities are investigating a string of suspicious fires in Ventura. At least eight suspicious fires were reported over the weekend. Between 12:30, and 4 a.m. Saturday, there were four small fires which appeared to be arson in the city.  There was a small brush fire at Santa Clara, at Oak Street; a vehicle fire on Read the Rest…


Actor, Author Alan Alda To Speak On South Coast

Mon, September 30, 2013

He’s starred in everything from the television show “The West Wing,” to PBS series about science. But, actor, director, and author Alan Alda is best known for the iconic character Hawkeye Pierce, from the series “M*A*S*H*. A decade ago, he almost died during a trip to the Andes, and that prompted two thoughtful, and sometimes Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Emergency Legislation To Help Deal With Coastal Erosion In Port Hueneme

Sat, September 28, 2013

Governor Jerry Brown today signed two emergency pieces of legislation which could potentially supply up to two million dollars for emergency erosion control work in Port Hueneme. The governor signed SB 436, authored by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, and AB 606, authored by Democratic Senator Das Williams of Santa Barbara.  Working with Read the Rest…


Former Ventura County Teacher Gets Six Year Sentence For Having Sex With Student

Fri, September 27, 2013

A former elementary school teacher in Ventura County who admitted having sex with a student has been sentenced to six years in prison. Malia Brooks was sentenced today after entering guilty pleas to three counts of committing a lewd act with a minor under 14, with enhancements. The 32 year old woman had been a Read the Rest…


Federal Grant Could Open Door For New Airline Service To Ventura County

Fri, September 27, 2013

A federal grant announced today may set the stage for the return of commercial airline service to Ventura County. The U.S. Department of Transportation will give $500,000 to Ventura County, and specifically Oxnard Airport for new service. The Small Community Air Service Development grant can be used to make revenue guarantees, and to help with Read the Rest…


Port Of Hueneme Hosting Banana Festival This Weekend

Fri, September 27, 2013

Ventura County is going bananas this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco explains. Click on Link to listen to/download story:  Port Hueneme Banana Festival


Private Company Set To Launch Satellite Into Orbit From Central Coast

Fri, September 27, 2013

After some delays, a private rocket company has rescheduled its first ever launch from the Central Coast for this coming weekend. Space-X is planning to launch is Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force base at 9 a.m. Sunday. The company has launched five of the rockets from Cape Canaveral in Florida, but this marks Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Again Set To Look At Groundwater Controversy

Fri, September 27, 2013

San Luis Obispo County Supervisors are again set to look at major groundwater shortage concerns in the northern part of the county, with an emergency ordinance set to expire early next month. County Supervisors have placed the issue in the Paso Robles area on the agenda for their meeting next Tuesday. The controversial emergency ordinance Read the Rest…


Forum To Look At Ways To Make South Coast Community More Tree Friendly Set For This Weekend

Fri, September 27, 2013

A forum looking at how to make one South Coast community more tree friendly is set for this weekend. The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department will hold a community workshop tomorrow on its Urban Forest Plan, which is intended to provide long range guidelines for management policies for trees.  It will look Read the Rest…


Murder Victim In Ventura County Identified

Fri, September 27, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a man stabbed to death in Ventura County. Oxnard Police received a report of a stabbing on the 2400 block of Alverado Street at around 11:15 Wednesday night. Officers found a 24 year old man with serious stab wounds. Emergency responders were unable to save the man, identified as Alfonso Mina-Sanchez Read the Rest…


New High School Planned For Ventura County Gets Name

Fri, September 27, 2013

Construction hasn’t even started yet, but one important thing was completed this week for a new high school planned for Ventura County. The Oxnard High School District’s Board of Trustees decided the new campus near Camarillo will be named Rancho Campana High School.  Some key approvals are still needed for the project, including one which Read the Rest…


South Coast Business Helping Flooding Victims in Mexico

Fri, September 27, 2013

A South Coast business is helping flooding victims in Mexico. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Mexico Relief


Public Safety, Non-Profit Leaders Meet To Look At How To Help Offenders Successfully Reenter Society In Ventura County

Fri, September 27, 2013

As part of an effort to ease California’s prison overcrowding, some inmates who would have previously gone to state prison are going to county jails, and other inmates who served their time behind bars are getting probation, instead of parole supervision. It’s moved a lot of responsibility to the local level, on jurisdictions like Ventura, Read the Rest…


More Than $2 Million In Federal Grants Awarded To Help With Affordable Housing In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, September 27, 2013

Efforts to create more affordable housing in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties are getting a big boost, thanks to the federal government. The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund is making nearly two million dollars in grants in the region. The Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County, the San Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Into Law Mobile Home Legislation Authored By Santa Barbara County State Senator

Thu, September 26, 2013

The governor has signed into law legislation authored by a State Senator from Santa Barbara County intended to give mobile home residents more of a say when their parks are subdivided. SB 510 gives local government the ability to veto the conversion of mobile home parks into ones which are subdivided, with park owners selling Read the Rest…


Prosecutors File New Charges Against Ventura County Woman Accused Of Stealing More Than $220,000 From Elderly Man

Thu, September 26, 2013

Ventura County prosecutors say they have filed income tax evasion, and filing a false return charges against a woman already accused of stealing more than $220,000 from a elderly man, resulting in the loss of 14 of his rental properties to foreclosure. Investigators say the 70 year old victim had entrusted Julietta Quinones of Port Read the Rest…


Once Controversial Department Store Officially Opens Doors On Central Coast

Thu, September 26, 2013

It was the focus of controversy over the summer, but a new department store officially opened its doors for the first time on the Central Coast today. The new 87,000 square foot Fallas store opened in Town Center West in Santa Maria. The store went into a building which had been vacant for years, after Read the Rest…


Airport In Ventura County Hits Key Milestone Which May Prevent Tower Closure

Thu, September 26, 2013

One of Ventura County’s airports reached a milestone today, one that local airports officials hope will keep its tower from closing because of federal budget cuts. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Camarillo Airport Tower


Man Stabbed To Death In Oxnard

Thu, September 26, 2013

Detectives saying they are following up on several possible leads, and motives in the stabbing death of a man in Ventura County. Oxnard Police received a report of a stabbing on the 2400 block of Alverado Street at around 11:15 last night. Officers found a 24 year old man with serious stab wounds. Emergency responders Read the Rest…


Second Missile In Less Than A Week Successfully Test Launched From Central Coast

Thu, September 26, 2013

The Air Force successfully test launched its second intercontinental ballistic missile in less than a week from the Central Coast. The Minuteman III lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:33 this morning, flying to a test range in the Pacific Ocean.  Last Sunday, an ICBM was also successfully test launched from the base. Read the Rest…


Popular Central Coast Beach Closed to Protect Rare Bird’s Habitat Set To Reopen

Thu, September 26, 2013

A popular Central Coast beach closed to protect the breeding habitat of a rare bird will reopen this weekend. Surf Beach, on Vandenberg Air Force Base, will reopen to the public on Saturday.  The beach has been closed since June 6th to protect the breeding grounds for the Western Snowy Plover. Surf Beach  isn’t always Read the Rest…


New National, State Economic Forecasts From South Coast Center Predicting More Slow Growth

Thu, September 26, 2013

The latest report from a economic research, and forecasting center on the South Coast has more glum news about the state, and national economy. The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting’s latest study shows that the nation’s recovery remains week, and that the state is lagging behind the rest of the country. Read the Rest…


Upcoming Ojai Music Festival Music Director Named McArthur Fellow

Thu, September 26, 2013

The pianist chosen as the Music Director of the 2014 Ojai Music Festival is being honored as a McArthur Fellow. Jeremy Denk was one of 24 recipients of a 2013 “Genius Grant.”   The pianist was selected for his originality, and dedication. He’ll receive a $625,000 stipend. Denk’s latest album, “Goldberg Variations,” is set for release Read the Rest…


Death Penalty Recommended For Man Convicted Of Killing Ventura County Businessman

Wed, September 25, 2013

A jury is recommending that a man convicted of ambushing, and murdering a Ventura County businessman get the death penalty. Jeffrey Aguilar was found guilty of first degree murder in the August. 2008 slaying of Gurmohinder Singh. The 55 year old businessman shot and killed during a robbery as he left an Oxnard bank. During Read the Rest…


Free Health Fair Targeting Low Income Preschools In Santa Barbara County Set For This Week

Wed, September 25, 2013

The first in a series of free health fairs for preschoolers from low income families in Santa Barbara County is set to take place later this week. The event at the Isla Vista Teen Center will give parents the chance to have their kids hearing, vision, and teeth checked, and will look at potential issues Read the Rest…


South Coast School District Planning To Test Use Of iPads In Schools

Wed, September 25, 2013

Cutting edge iPad technology is arriving in classrooms all over the country, and the Santa Barbara School District is now planning a pilot program in some of its schools. The District is looking at testing the use of the electronic devices in four schools, including Adams, Franklin, and Washington Elementary Schools, and La Cuesta Continuation Read the Rest…


More Than $70,000 In Grants Announced To Help Hispanic Students In Ventura County Prepare For College

Wed, September 25, 2013

A fund intended to help Hispanic students in Ventura County has announced more than $70.000 in grants. The Destino Legacy Fund is an initiative of the Ventura County Community Foundation.  Established in 1996, the effort has awarded more than $900,000 during its history to help schools, and non-profit groups launch, and support education programs for Read the Rest…


Air Force Planning Second ICBM Test In Less Than A Week From Central Coast

Wed, September 25, 2013

The Air Force has announced plans for its second intercontinental missile test in less than a week from the Central Coast. A Minuteman III launch is planned for Vandenberg Air Force Base during a launch window which extends from 3:01 a.m., until 9:01 a.m. tomorrow.  A similar ICBM was successfully test launched from the base Read the Rest…


Pesticide Use Creates Concern Among Parents At South Coast School

Wed, September 25, 2013

The use of some pesticides to deal with rodents at a South Coast school has some parents worried. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Pesticide Concerns


Governor Signs Into Law Bill Authored By Santa Barbara County State Senator To Strengthen Paid Family Leave

Wed, September 25, 2013

The governor has signed into law authored by a State Senator from Santa Barbara County which will strengthen paid family leave. Senate Bill 770 will allow workers to receive benefits while caring for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and in-laws. It was authored by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, who says it will Read the Rest…


South Coast Community Goes High Tech With Solar Trash Cans

Wed, September 25, 2013

One South Coast community has gone high tech when it comes to the trash cans on its streets. Ventura is in the process of installing some solar powered trash cans around the city, cans which will not only automatically compress the garbage, but call a truck to pick it up. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has our Read the Rest…


Navy Helicopter Crewman From Santa Barbara County Killed In Crash

Wed, September 25, 2013

A Navy helicopter crew member from Santa Barbara County was among the two people killed in a helicopter crash in the Red Sea. Lt. Commander Landon Jones, from Lompoc died in the September 22nd crash in the Red Sea.  One other person was killed, and three others were injured when the chopper went down in Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In San Luis Obispo County Fully Contained

Tue, September 24, 2013

A brush fire which charred nearly 90 acres of land in San Luis Obispo County is now fully contained. What’s being called the Creek Fire was discovered at around 3 a.m. today, near Old Creek, and Montecito Roads near Cayucos. No structures were damaged, but one minor injury was reported. The cause of the blaze Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Public’s Help In Identifying Body Of Man Found In San Luis Obispo County

Tue, September 24, 2013

Authorities still haven’t identified the body of a man found in a ditch by some agricultural fields in southern San Luis Obispo County, and are asking for the public’s help. The body of a Hispanic male in this 20’s, or 30’s was found September 17th in a drainage ditch near Division Street, and Bonita School Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo County Man Convicted In Brutal Killing Of Half Brother

Tue, September 24, 2013

A San Luis Obispo County man has been convicted of killing his half brother by beating him with a baseball bat, and stabbing him in the head with a screwdriver. Brandon Henslee of Cambria was convicted of first degree murder in the August, 2012 slaying of Tyler Hanks. Henslee had a history of mental health Read the Rest…


Ventura County High School Makes List of One Of Best Schools In Nation

Tue, September 24, 2013

A private high school in Ventura County is being honored as one of the best schools in the nation. La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks has been named as one of the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.  It was the only school in Ventura and  Santa Barbara Counties Read the Rest…


Woman Paralyzed In Skiing Accident To Talk In Santa Barbara About Bionic Technology Which Helps Her Walk

Tue, September 24, 2013

It was just over two decades ago that an athletic young woman was in a tragic accident.  In a freak skiing accident, Amada Boxtel was paralyzed from the hips down. Now, she has the nickname of “the bionic woman.” Thanks to cutting edge technology, an experimental system known as an exoskeleton is helping her walk. Read the Rest…


$23 Million Dollar Project To Improve Water Quality On South Coast Complete

Mon, September 23, 2013

A project to improve the safety of drinking water for more than 100,000 people on the South Coast is complete. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Santa Barbara officials today unveiled a new addition to the region’s water treatment plant. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Cater Water Treatment Plant Upgrade


Major Television Station Ownership Consolidation Underway In Santa Barbara County/San Luis Obispo County Market

Mon, September 23, 2013

There’s a major consolidation of television station underway in the  Tri-Counties. The owners of Santa Barbara based KEYT, the ABC affiliate for the region, announced they reached a deal to buy KKFX, the Fox affiliate for Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. They’ve also reached a deal with Cowles California Media the owner of Read the Rest…


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