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Archives for October 2013

80 Firefighters Battling Mulch Fire In Ventura County

Wed, October 16, 2013

Some 80 firefighters have been busy today fighting a stubborn, and stinky mulch fire in Ventura County. The blaze was first reported at around 7:30 this morning, on the 4400 block of Olivas Park Drive, between Ventura and Oxnard.  It’s the site of a closed mushroom farm. About half of the three acres of mulch Read the Rest…


Mulch Fire Puts Up Heavy Smoke In Ventura County

Wed, October 16, 2013

Firefighters have been busy today fighting a stubborn mulch fire which has been putting up a lot of smoke in Ventura County. The blaze was first reported at around 7:30 this morning, on the 4400 block of Olivas Park Drive, between Ventura and Oxnard. The fire is in a contained area, and isn’t posing a Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo On List Of Top Cities In Nation To Live

Wed, October 16, 2013

San Luis Obispo been named among the top 100 cities in the nation as great places to live. San Luis Obispo is 54th on the latest survey by Liveability.com.  Also making the list is Santa Barbara, which is 37th. The website used a market research team to rank small, and medium sized cities in eight Read the Rest…


Santa Ana Wind Conditions Back In Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Wed, October 16, 2013

Gusty Santa Ana wind conditions are causing concern about the fire potential in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. What’s being described as a moderate Santa Ana event is underway right now. The strongest gusts are around 45 miles an hour in some of our mountain areas, but we could see some 30 to 40 mile Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks On New List of Top Places In Nation To Live

Wed, October 16, 2013

Four cities in our region have been named among the top 100 in the nation as great places to live. Santa Barbara is 37th, Camarillo 50th, San Luis Obispo 54th, and Thousand Oaks 78th on the latest survey by Liveability.com. The website used a market research team to rank small, and medium sized cities in Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Formalizes Opposition To New Chumash Reservation Proposal

Wed, October 16, 2013

Santa Barbara County has solidified its opposition to efforts by the Chumash tribe to create a new, 1400 acre reservation in the Santa Ynez Valley. The tribe says it wants to build some homes, and perhaps a museum, and tribal headquarters on the property.  Neighbors worry it could become the site for a new mega Read the Rest…


Careless Use Of Lighter Determined To Be Cause Of Fire In Vacant Ventura Commercial Building

Wed, October 16, 2013

The careless use of a lighter by some trespassers is being blamed for causing a fire in a vacant Ventura commercial building. Ventura firefighters, and police were called to the 300 block of east Santa Clara Street at around 11:30 Monday night, by reports of smoke. Firefighters arriving on the scene found smoking coming from Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Moves To Ban Single Use Plastic Bags

Wed, October 16, 2013

Santa Barbara County is joining the list of jurisdictions in the region moving to reduce pollution, by banning single use plastic bags. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports its part of the growing effort in our area to reduce pollution. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Bag Ban


Power Output Reduced For Maintenance At Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

Tue, October 15, 2013

Work to repair a water pump has led to a reduction in power generation at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. The Unit 1 reactor is only generating electricity at 50% of capacity, while crews work on a feedwater pump on the non-nuclear side of the plant. The Unit 2 reactor is working at full Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Outlines Opposition To Proposed New Chumash Tribal Reservation In Santa Ynez Valley

Tue, October 15, 2013

Santa Barbara County officials say they will cite environmental, and financial concerns in their appeal of the Chumash tribe’s efforts to get federal permission for a major new reservation in the Santa Ynez Valley. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Chumash Hearing Decision


Santa Barbara County Moves To Try To Save Community Clinic, Possible Community Center Building In Isla Vista

Tue, October 15, 2013

Santa Barbara County will fight to retain some buildings once owned by a redevelopment agency, but which the state now wants sold. The Santa Barbara County Redevelopment Agency owned the building used by the Isla Vista Neighborhood Clinic, on the 900 block of Embarcadero Del Mar in Isla Vista, as well as a neighboring church Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Woman Sentenced To Jail For Sexual Relationship With Teenage Boy

Tue, October 15, 2013

A Santa Barbara County woman has been sentenced to one year in county jail, and five years probation after entering guilty pleas to charges she had sex with a teenage boy. Prosecutors say Michele Ann Newbury of Orcutt had sex with the victim during his sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school. The 48 Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Injured In Traffic Accident

Tue, October 15, 2013

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy was injured when her patrol car crashed while on an emergency call. It happened just after one p.m. yesterday, on the northbound side of the 101 Freeway near Las Posas Road, in Camarillo.  The patrol car flipped, and ended up in the shoulder off the freeway.  The deputy was taken Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Expected To Outline Opposition To Expansion Of Chumash Reservation

Tue, October 15, 2013

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have already decided they will oppose the proposed expansion of an Indian reservation in the Santa Ynez Valley, but they haven’t come up with the specifics of their appeal of the application. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports County Supervisors are scheduled to look at the controversial issue today. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Santa Maria Wins Long Legal Battle Over Water Rights, When U.S. Spreme Court Refuses To Hear Case

Mon, October 14, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a legal challenge to the City of Santa Maria’s groundwater basin plan, ending a legal battle over water rights that’s been going on for 16 years. In 1997, the Santa Maria Valley Water Conservation District filed the first lawsuit over the 163,000 acre groundwater basin in northern Santa Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Legislation From Local State Senator Intended To Help State Hospital Residents Victimized By Abuse

Mon, October 14, 2013

The governor signed into law a bill from a State Senator in the region intended to provide help for mentally ill, and developmentally disabled people in state hospitals who are the victims of abuse. SB 651 requires suspected abuse victims at state facilities receive examinations from trained investigators. The exams can take place at independent Read the Rest…


Two Firefighters Injured Battling Condominium Fire In Ventura County

Mon, October 14, 2013

Two Ventura County firefighters were injured battling a condominium fire today. KCLU”s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Malibu Condo Fire


Woman Killed In Crash Of Stolen Car On Central Coast; Driver Still Being Sought

Mon, October 14, 2013

Authorities are seeking the driver of a stolen car on the Central Coast who apparently crashed the vehicle, killing a passenger, and then fled by carjacking another vehicle. It happened just after 2 p.m. yesterday, on the 700 block of Blosser Road in Santa Maria. Santa Maria Police say the car drifted off the road, Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley Make List Of Top Ten Safest Large Cities In America

Mon, October 14, 2013

Two Ventura County communities have again made the nation’s top ten list for safest cities in the nation. The FBI has released its crime reporting data for 2012, and two Ventura County communities have made the top ten list for safest large cities in the nation. Thousand Oaks is ranked fourth on the list, and Read the Rest…


Sections Of 30 Streets To Undergo Maintenance In Santa Maria During Next Two Weeks

Mon, October 14, 2013

Construction crews are going to be busy in one Central Coast city for the next two weeks, applying more than 150,000 square yards of chip seal to repair some 22 lane miles of roadway. About 30 segments of streets in the Santa Maria will be repaired as a result of the $400,000 project. Streets will Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Legislation By Santa Barbara Assemblyman Intended To Improve Public Transparency Of Economic Subsidies

Mon, October 14, 2013

The governor has signed into law legislation from a Santa Barbara assemblyman which would require local agencies overseeing economic activity to provide information to the public before granting development subsidies. AB 562 was authored by Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara. The legislation is intended to give the public a better handle on the Read the Rest…


Traffic Accident Kills One, Ties Up Traffic On Highway In Ventura County

Mon, October 14, 2013

A Ventura County teen is dead, after a traffic accident on Highway 126 in Ventura County which closed the highway for hours. The accident happened just after 10 p.m. Saturday, at the intersection of Ventura Street, and Santa Clara Avenue in Fillmore.  Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say a car driven by an 18 year old Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Look At Plan To Document, Deal With Maintenance Backlog

Mon, October 14, 2013

Santa Barbara County is hundreds of millions of dollars behind on maintenance of its roads, buildings, and other facilities because it doesn’t have the money to properly maintain everything. Tomorrow, County Supervisors will look at hiring a consultant to document the situation, and develop a 20 year plan to prioritize the use of available resources Read the Rest…


Authorities Say They Made Arrest In Connection With Arson Fire Which Injured Seven In Santa Maria

Sun, October 13, 2013

Police say they’ve arrested a man on arson, and attempted murder charges for a weekend fire which injured seven people, and heavily damaged a Central Coast hotel. The Town Center Hotel, on the 200 Block of North Broadway in Santa Maria, was hit by a blaze just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Police and firefighters arrived Read the Rest…


Three Teens Accused Of Burglarizing High School In Ventura County

Sun, October 13, 2013

Three teenagers are in a lot of trouble this morning, after Oxnard Police say they were caught burglarizing a high school. A burglar alarm went off at Hueneme High School, on the 500 block of Bard road at around 2:30 Sunday morning. Officers say when they arrived, they learned from a campus security officer that Read the Rest…


Seven Injured In Central Coast Hotel Fire

Sat, October 12, 2013

A fire at a Santa Maria hotel sent more than half dozen people to the hospital, and has left dozens of others homeless. The fire was reported just after 2 a.m. today, at the Town Center Hotel on the 200 block of North Broadway. Seven people were taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke Read the Rest…


Traffic Accident Triggers Brushfire In Eastern Ventura County

Sat, October 12, 2013

Ventura County firefighters say a traffic accident sparked a small brushfire in the Moorpark area. A vehicle hit a power pole near Walnut Canyon, and Happy Camp Roads a little after 11:30 today, and firefighters say it triggered a brush fire. The three to four acre blaze was controlled about 40 minutes later. No one Read the Rest…


Gas Line Break Which Caused Evacuations In Downtown San Luis Obispo Repaired

Fri, October 11, 2013

The accidental rupture of a gas line in downtown San Luis Obispo which led to some businesses being closed, and some evacuations has been repaired. The break occurred around 1:30 p.m., near Marsh and Nipomo Streets.  Authorities say a backhoe accidently ruptured a gas line, leading to the closure of several blocks to traffic. The Read the Rest…


Identity Of Woman Found Dead In Ventura County Released

Fri, October 11, 2013

A woman whose body was found in a ditch in an agricultural area of Ventura County has been identified. The body of Christina Guzman was found Wednesday morning in Santa Paula, near Todd Lane. There’s no word on the cause of death of the 43 year old Santa Paula woman, with autopsy results still pending. Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Fraudulently Claiming Ownership Of Oxnard Apartments

Fri, October 11, 2013

A San Fernando Valley man received a six year prison sentence today for fraudulently claiming ownership of an Oxnard apartment complex, and collecting rent from tenants. Ventura County prosecutors say Laureano Labasay filed false documents with the county to transfer the complex into his name, and then told tenants to pay him rent directly.  Oxnard Read the Rest…


California State Controller To Speak In Ventura County

Fri, October 11, 2013

California’s finances are going to be the focus of an appearance by the state’s top accountant in Ventura County. State Controller John Chiang is going to be the guest speaker for the Knights of Columbus in Oxnard Monday. Chiang is serving his second term in the post, with some of his audits identifying millions in Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Bill From Santa Barbara County State Senator To Help Domestic Violence Victims

Fri, October 11, 2013

The governor signed legislation authored by a State Senator from Santa Barbara County which tries to protect domestic violence victims from losing their jobs, or from workplace discrimination. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SB 400


Former College, Pro Sports Stars Gather To Celebrate Gym Project On South Coast

Fri, October 11, 2013

It was a who’s who of former star athletes who gathered on the South Coast today, to celebrate a newly refurbished gym at their alma mater. Former pro basketball players Jamaal Wilkes, Don Ford, Vic Bartolome, and college star Holly Ford Emerson were at Santa Barbara High School today, to celebrate the completion of the Read the Rest…


State Coastal Commission Approves Emergency Repairs For Deteriorating Central Coast Pier

Fri, October 11, 2013

The State Coastal Commission has approved emergency work to stabilize a deteriorating Central Coast pier, so it can survive upcoming winter storms. Parts of the Cayucos Pier have been closed since mid-summer, because of missing, or damaged pilings. Temporary measures could include the placing of steel bracing on pilings to help keep them in place. Read the Rest…


Thief Robbing Women During Church Services In Eastern Ventura County

Fri, October 11, 2013

Authorities say they are looking for a brash thief who’s been stealing credit cards, and cash during church services from women in eastern Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say the thief has hit multiple times in churches in the Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, and Simi Valley areas. The thief actually committed the crimes in the Read the Rest…


Former Manager For World Champion Boxer From Ventura County Sentenced To Prison

Fri, October 11, 2013

The former manager for a two time world champion boxer from Ventura County has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for embezzling more than $400,000 from the athlete. Joe Pecora was convicted of five counts of tax evasion, two counts of grand theft, and one count of forgery. Prosecutors say the Newbury Read the Rest…


Salmonella Outbreak Hits In Ventura County, and Possibly Santa Barbara County

Fri, October 11, 2013

A salmonella outbreak tied to chicken that’s sickened hundreds of people across the country has hit our region. More than 270 people have been sickened in 17 states from chicken federal officials have linked to three Foster Farms plants in California. There have been a number of confirmed cases in Ventura County, and some possible Read the Rest…


10 South Coast Farms To Open Gates To Show People The Path Food Takes To Their Tables

Fri, October 11, 2013

Ten farms on the South Coast are opening their gates to the public this weekend, to show the public what it takes to grow the food we eat. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it’s an effort being put together by a local educational organization. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Agricultural Open Houses


Thank you for your support!

Thu, October 10, 2013

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Former Prison Guard In Santa Barbara County Convicted Of Second Degree Murder

Thu, October 10, 2013

A former federal prison guard in Lompoc has been found guilty of second degree murder in the killing of a fellow guard. Timothy McNally was convicted of the March, 2012 shooting death of Gary Bent in a motel room. It’s the second trial for McNally.  A just was unable to reach a verdict in the Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Into Law Bill Which Will Change School Week For High School Students In Moorpark Attending College

Thu, October 10, 2013

Some high school students in Ventura County will only be going to school four days all week…and not only is it okay with their school, the governor of the State of California approved it. The governor signed SB 236, which authorizes a four day school week for Moorpark School District students enrolled in college classes. Read the Rest…


Local Television Station Dropped From Satellite TV Service Because Of Dispute Over Compensation Fees

Thu, October 10, 2013

A contract dispute means thousands of television viewers in the Tri-Counties with satellite TV service can no longer see one of the region’s primary television stations. DIRECTV has dropped KEYT, the Santa Barbara based ABC television station which serves Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, as well as western Ventura County. The dispute is Read the Rest…


Woman Hit, Seriously Injured By Train Near Ventura/Santa Barbara County Line

Thu, October 10, 2013

A woman was seriously injured after she was hit by a train near the Ventura/Santa Barbara County line Wednesday night. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Train Hits Pedestrian


State Transportation Commission Funds Improvements To Highway 246 In Santa Ynez Valley

Thu, October 10, 2013

Santa Barbara County is going to get a taste of more than $359 million dollars allocated this week by the California Transportation Commission for 36 projects across the state. The Commission is allocating $755,000 for work on Highway 246, in the Santa Ynez Valley.  The money is intended to widen 246 from Edison Street, and Read the Rest…


Henry Kissinger Speaks On South Coast; Talks About Issues With Iran, Syria

Thu, October 10, 2013

A man who’s one of America’s best known diplomats, winning a Nobel Peace Prize for some of his efforts, spoke on the South Coast yesterday. Henry Kissinger was Secretary of State for two presidents, and still advises leaders around the world. During Westmont College event in Montecito, Kissinger talked about issues like the continuing crisis Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Fatal Oxnard Hit And Run Incident

Thu, October 10, 2013

An arrest has been made in connection with the fatal hit and run death of a Ventura County woman. Aida Reyes was struck by a vehicle on September 20th at the intersection of Hemlock Street, and Capstan Drive in Oxnard, which left the scene. The 20 year old Oxnard woman died a short time later, Read the Rest…


Thieves Targeting Homes Tented For Fumigation In Ventura County

Wed, October 9, 2013

Thieves apparently unconcerned about the potential health risks of pesticides have been burglarizing homes tented for fumigation in Ventura County, especially hitting Oxnard hard. Oxnard Police say they’ve had 24 burglaries of tented homes in the last six months.  Detectives say the burglars are going after everything from electronics, to firearms.  In about half of Read the Rest…


Man Police Say Is Serial Flasher Arrested For Indecent Exposure In Santa Barbara

Wed, October 9, 2013

A man police say was a serial flasher has been arrested following a string of incidents in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Police say David Glenn Brownlee was involved in five separate flashing incidents in the city’s downtown, and Eastside areas over two days. No one was hurt in any of the incidents. The 50 year Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Arrested For Vandalism Incidents At Thousand Oaks City Hall

Wed, October 9, 2013

A Ventura man has been arrested, following a string of vandalism incidents at Thousand Oaks City Hall. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say a man painted graffiti on the City Hall parking structure in September, and October. But, they say they caught the man on video both times. It led to the arrest of Anthony Dimizio. Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Ventura Couple As Pair Killed In Traffic Accident

Wed, October 9, 2013

A Ventura husband and wife in their 90′s have been identified as the couple killed when a car smashed into a parked truck. A car driven by 91 year old John Devine plowed into the parked pickup on Telegraph Road, in Ventura at around 8:30 a.m. yesterday.  The 91 year old man was pronounced dead Read the Rest…


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