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Archives for October 2013

Body Of Woman Discovered In Ditch In Santa Paula

Wed, October 9, 2013

The body of a woman has been found near some agricultural fields in Ventura County. The body was found around 10 this morning, in a ditch off of Highway 126, near Todd Lane, in Santa Paula. Agricultural workers spotted the body, and reported it to authorities. There’s no word on the woman’s identity, or the Read the Rest…


Three Injured In School Bus Accident On Central Coast

Wed, October 9, 2013

Three children received minor injuries, following a traffic accident involving a school bus on the Central Coast. It happened at just before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Broadway, and Donovan Road in Santa Maria. The CHP says the bus was stopped, waiting to make a turn, when the driver of a small pickup truck Read the Rest…


Caltrans To Use New Seal On Bumpy Section Of State Highway On Central Coast

Wed, October 9, 2013

An experiment to come up with a paving material which provides a good surface for motorists, and bicyclists has worked well enough it’s now being used on a now bumpy section of state highway on the Central Coast. Caltrans, and the UC Davis Pavement Research Center have been testing a sand seal in Monterey County. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Neighborhood Has Scare Due To Gas Line Break

Wed, October 9, 2013

Some homes were evacuated in an eastern Ventura County neighborhood were evacuated because of a gas line break at a nearby construction site. It happened in Simi Valley, north of the 118 Freeway on the 2600 block of North Belburn Place. Ventura County firefighters were called to the scene at around 11:30 yesterday morning, as Read the Rest…


New San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Sworn Into Office

Wed, October 9, 2013

A schoolteacher, and Arroyo Grande City Councilwoman appointed by the governor to fill the vacancy created by the death of a San Luis Obispo County supervisor is now officially in office. Caren Ray took the oath of office as the County’s 4th District Supervisor yesterday.  She had been elected to the Arroyo Grande City Council Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Hoping To Add To Approved County Jail Expansion By More Than 200 Beds

Wed, October 9, 2013

Santa Barbara County jail has been struggling with a jail overcrowding problem for decades. Last year, as the result of a huge state grant, the county started work on a new 376 bed jail facility, being built on 50 acres of land in Santa Maria. Now, the county is being offered the opportunity for a Read the Rest…


Burglary Suspect Shot By Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputy Identified As San Luis Obispo County Man

Wed, October 9, 2013

Authorities say a San Luis Obispo County man is the burglary suspect shot by a deputy after officers say he tried to steal a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department patrol car. It happened Sunday night, when deputies were called to a home on the 3200 block of Beach Club Drive in Carpinteria, by reports of a burglary Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Bill By South Coast Assemblyman To Beef Up Protection Against Pesticides

Tue, October 8, 2013

The governor signed into law a bill from a South Coast assemblyman intended to provide new protections for the public against pesticides. AB 304 will require the State Department of Pesticide Regulation to develop mitigation measures for pesticides it determines pose a public health danger.  Once a determination of risk is made about a chemical, Read the Rest…


Memorial Service Set For Navy Pilot From Santa Barbara County Killed In Crash While On Patrol

Tue, October 8, 2013

A memorial service will take place this Saturday for a Navy pilot from Santa Barbara County killed in a helicopter crash. Lt. Commander Landon Jones died last month, when his helicopter crashed September 22nd while on patrol in the Red Sea.  He, and another crew member died, and three others were rescued. Jones leaves behind Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo County Woman Gets 11 Year Sentence For DUI Crash Which Killed One Bicyclist, And Seriously Injured Second

Tue, October 8, 2013

A San Luis Obispo County woman who struck two bicyclists while driving under the influence, killing one, has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison. Jessica Goddard had entered guilty pleas to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence, and causing bodily injury while under the influence.. She struck the two Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Hires New CEO

Tue, October 8, 2013

Santa Barbara County Supervisors today unanimously approved the hiring of a new County CEO. Mona Miyasato will take over the county’s top non-elected post this coming December.  She’s currently Marin County’s Chief Assistant County Administrator, a post she’s held since 2008. Before her tenure there, Miyasato worked in various post for the City of Santa Read the Rest…


Costs, Access To Public Colleges, Universities Focus Of State Assembly Committee Hearing At UCSB

Tue, October 8, 2013

Improving access to scholarships, finding room for more students, and stabilizing tuition costs are among the ideas presented at a state Assembly hearing on the South Coast. The Assembly Committee on Higher Education heard from students, administrators, and educational consultants during yesterday’s hearing at UC Santa Barbara. The focus of the hearing was affordability as Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Expected To Formally Hire New CEO Today

Tue, October 8, 2013

Santa Barbara County Supervisors today are expected to approve a four year, $230,000 plus contract to hire a new County CEO. Mona Miyasato is expected to take over the county’s top non-elected post this coming December.  She’s currently Marin County’s Chief Assistant County Administrator, a post she’s held since 2008. Before her tenure there, Miyasato Read the Rest…


New Santa Barbara County Jail Project May Be Getting Much Bigger

Tue, October 8, 2013

Santa Barbara County planned new 376 bed jail in Northern Santa Barbara County may potentially become even larger. The county may be eligible for a second major state grant which would set the stage for the addition of up to 228 more beds, for treatment facilities and transitional housing.  Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown Read the Rest…


State Assembly Committee Looks At College Affordability During South Coast Hearing

Tue, October 8, 2013

Improving access to scholarships, finding room for more students, and stabilizing tuition costs are among the ideas presented at a state Assembly hearing on the South Coast. The Assembly Committee on Higher Education heard from students, administrators, and educational consultants during yesterday’s hearing at UC Santa Barbara. The focus of the hearing was affordability as Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Car Chase, Foot Pursuit In Santa Barbara

Tue, October 8, 2013

A man is facing more than a half dozen charges following a wild vehicle, and foot chase in Santa Barbara which left three people injured. It started just before 4 p.m. yesterday, when a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies noticed a stolen vehicle on the southbound 101 Freeway, near the Carrillo Street exit.  The officers tried to Read the Rest…


First Employee Of South Coast University Leaves Big Gift To College In Will

Tue, October 8, 2013

The very first employee of a South Coast university left the institution a huge gift in her will. Ethel Beyer was the first person hired by California Lutheran University when it was being created in the late 1950’s.  The longtime Camarillo resident was an administrative assistant when the college first opened its doors in 1961. Read the Rest…


Cigarette Blaimed For Ventura County Apartment Complex Fire Which Injures Two, Leaves Half Dozen Homeless

Mon, October 7, 2013

Two people were injured in a fire at a Ventura County apartment complex. The blaze was reported just after 2:30 p.m. today, on the 400 block of Paseo Camarillo, in the City of Camarillo. Firefighters say the fire wasn’t putting up a lot of smoke when they arrived, because sprinklers at the three story complex Read the Rest…


Man Killed In Head On Crash In Oxnard Identified

Mon, October 7, 2013

A Northern California man has been identified as the person who died when he was driving a car the wrong way on an Oxnard street, causing a head-on crash. Constantino Lopez of Watsonville died in the early Sunday morning accident. Oxnard Police say Lopez was during north in the southbound lanes of Saviers Road, near Read the Rest…


Panga Boat Discovered On Central Coast Beach

Mon, October 7, 2013

Authorities say the mystery continues over the discovery of a panga boat on a Central Coast beach believed to have been used for drug smuggling. The boat was discovered during a routine patrol by law enforcement officers on a beach more than a mile north of the Cayucos Pier Saturday morning. No people, or drugs Read the Rest…


Documentary On Junior High School Killing In Oxnard Airs On National Television Tonight

Mon, October 7, 2013

A documentary about the killing of a Ventura County middle school student by a classmate in what prosecutors contended was a hate crime because of the victim’s sexual orientation airs nationally on television tonight. “Valentine Road” looks at the February, 2008 murder of E.O. Green Junior High School student Larry King by Brandon McInerney. The Read the Rest…


Burglary Suspect Who Tried To Flee In Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Patrol Car In Critical Condition After Being Shot

Mon, October 7, 2013

A burglary suspect in Santa Barbara County is in critical condition, after deputies say they shot him while he was trying to steal a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department patrol car. It started at around 7:45 last night, when deputies were called to a home on the 3200 block of Beach Club Drive in Carpinteria, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Last Living Member Of Iconic Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band

Mon, October 7, 2013

A Ventura County man is the last living original link to an iconic American band. Murray Wald played in Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band, during World War Two. The band played many of the hits which helped keep moral up during the war. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the now 91 year old Camarillo Read the Rest…


Ventura County Seminary To Host Red Mass

Mon, October 7, 2013

A Ventura County seminary is going to host its sixth annual Red Mass this week. The event at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo is a special prayer service held for the local legal community.  It’s similar to the Red Mass held in Washington, D.C. which some Supreme Court Justices attend, and the Red Mass held Read the Rest…


Vehicle Spins Out Of Control, Crashes Into Popular Central Coast Restaurant

Mon, October 7, 2013

A popular Central Coast restaurant doesn’t have a drive-thru window, but a vehicle made its own, when it crashed into the building. The out of control car careened off Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande at around 4 a.m. Saturday. Witness say the vehicle was moving at a high rate of speed when it left the Read the Rest…


Vandals Open National Recreation Area Gates In Newbury Park, Agoura Hills During Fire Closure

Mon, October 7, 2013

The National Park Service closed its land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area over the weekend because of high fire danger, but vandals cut open two locked gates, with officials saying the action potentially put people at risk. The Park Service had already closed some areas of the Recreation Area last week because Read the Rest…


Investigation Of Big Rig Crash Into Ventura County Auto Dealership Continues

Mon, October 7, 2013

A big rig headed southbound on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County careened out of control into an auto dealership, where it started a fire, destroying or damaging about a dozen vehicles. It happened in Oxnard, near Rose Avenue. The big rig hauling paper products ended up in the Carmax dealership right off the freeway, Read the Rest…


Gang Sweep Leads To 13 Arrests In Central Coast Community

Mon, October 7, 2013

A weekend gang sweep on the Central Coast led to the arrest of 13 people, on charges ranging from parole violation, to drug possession. The Santa Maria Police Department’s Gang Suppression Team hit a number of locations on the north side of the city Saturday. A number of known gang members with criminal histories were Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For String Of Vandalism Incidents In Eastern Ventura County

Sun, October 6, 2013

A man has been arrested for a string of graffiti vandalism incidents in eastern Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say there were a half dozen incidents in the Moorpark area during the course of the summer, including at least one targeting city facilities. They say they identified Victor Cruz Junior of Moorpark as a Read the Rest…


Damage Estimated At More Than Milliion Dollars After Big Rig Crashes Into Oxnard Auto Dealership

Sat, October 5, 2013

Damage is now estimated at more than a million dollars, after a big rig headed southbound on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County careened out of control into an auto dealership, and crashed, causing a major fire. The big rig hauling paper products ended up in the Carmax dealership right off the freeway, on the 2000 Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighters Shop Fire Which Threatens Motel

Sat, October 5, 2013

Ventura firefighters had a busy Saturday morning, battling two fires, including one which threatened a motel. The first blaze was reported just before 10:30 a.m., on the 2300 block of Victoria Avene.  Firefighters say strong wind pushed power lines into a tree, causing some palm trees to catch on fire, and threatening the Victoria Motel.  The Read the Rest…


Big Rig Plunges Off 101 Freeway In Ventura County, And Careens Into Car Dealership

Sat, October 5, 2013

A big rig headed southbound on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County careened out of control into an auto dealership, where it started a fire, destroying or damaging about a dozen vehicles. It happened in Oxnard, near Rose Avenue. The big rig hauling paper products ended up in the Carmax dealership right off the freeway, Read the Rest…


Several Buildings Destroyed, Damaged In Oxnard By Fire

Fri, October 4, 2013

A fire destroyed several structures in Oxnard this afternoon. The blaze was reported just before 4 p.m. today, on the 1200 block of South Oxnard Boulevard, and quickly grew into a three alarm blaze. The fire burned into a mobile home park. Several structures were destroyed, or damaged, although the exact number is unclear.  There’s Read the Rest…


Fire Danger Closes Parts Of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area To Public

Fri, October 4, 2013

The brushfire threat from Santa Ana winds, and low humidity has resulted in the closure of a major National Park unit in the region to the public for the weekend. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area’s National Park Service lands were was closed to the public as of 7 a.m. Friday, and will remain Read the Rest…


NRC Cancels Hearing Related To Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Because Of Federal Budget Shutdown

Fri, October 4, 2013

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission cancelled a pair of hearings related to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant planned for Monday, as a result of the federal government’s shutdown. The NRC was supposed to hold evening hearing in San Luis Obispo on an environmental impact report for the handing of waste.  There’s no word yet on Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Names New CEO

Fri, October 4, 2013

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have chosen a Northern California government executive as their new CEO. Mona Miyasato is expected to take over the county’s top non-elected post this coming December.  She’s currently Marin County’s Chief Assistant County Administrator, a post she’s held since 2008. Before her tenure there, Miyasato worked in various post for the Read the Rest…


Federal Shutdown Affects Popular Races In Agoura Hills

Fri, October 4, 2013

The federal government shutdown has hit home in our region in a number of ways, including some popular races set for this weekend. The annual Reyes Adobe Days runs in Agoura Hills were  supposed to take place at Paramount Ranch tomorrow morning.  But, the ranch is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area, Read the Rest…


Santa Ana Winds Increase Brush Fire Danger In Tri-Counties

Fri, October 4, 2013

A strong Santa Ana wind condition has increased the brush fire danger throughout the region. Wind gusts up to 80 miles an hour are possible in the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, humidity dropping into the single digits, and Red Flag fire conditions. The wind problems aren’t as acute in Santa Barbara County, Read the Rest…


Former Bookeeper Enters Guilty Pleas To Charges She Stole More Than $400,000 From Ventura Non-Profit

Fri, October 4, 2013

A Ventura County woman could face up to five years in prison, after entering guilty pleas to charges she stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the non-profit agency where she worked as a bookkeeper. Ventura County prosecutors say Lorena Varela stole more than $420,000 from The ARC of Ventura County over an eight year Read the Rest…


Dozens Of Citations Issued For Lobster Season Violations In Channel Islands

Fri, October 4, 2013

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says it cited nearly three dozen people, and warned more than two dozen others for lobster fishing violations in the Channel Islands, and off of Catalina during the first weekend of the season. The violations ranged from the taking of undersized lobsters, to fishing in Marine Protected Areas. The Read the Rest…


Biosecurity Plan Created For Channel Islands, To Try To Prevent Non-Native Plants, Animals From Invading Habitat

Fri, October 4, 2013

Security is being beefed up in our region against some potential invaders. It’s not an effort to crack down on drug, or human smuggling, but to prevent non-native invasive species from getting from the mainland, to the Channel Islands. Even as efforts continue to return the islands to their natural state, plants, and animals from Read the Rest…


Port Hueneme Man Launches Effort To Sandbag Beach Threatened By Coastal Erosion

Fri, October 4, 2013

A Port Hueneme man says the city, county, and state aren’t moving fast enough to deal with coastal erosion threatening the community, and he’s launched his own effort to try to put sandbags on a section of Hueneme Beach this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Port Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Possibility Of Parole For Santa Paula Killing

Thu, October 3, 2013

A Ventura County man will spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole for what prosecutors say was a gang related killing. Paul Carrillo shot to death Edgar Flores outside of the victim’s Santa Paula home in August 0f 2007. The Santa Paula man was convicted of murder, as well Read the Rest…


Ventura County Jail Facility Installs More Than 4600 Solar Panels, To Meet 40% of Power Needs

Thu, October 3, 2013

One of Ventura County largest jail facilities is going green. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that a new solar power system at the Todd Road Jail, near Santa Paula will meet more than a third of the electricity needs for the 800 plus bed facility. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Todd Road Jail Solar


Brush Fire Danger Expected To Increase Due To Weather In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, October 3, 2013

It could be a long weekend for firefighters in the region. They’re on alert because Santa Ana winds are in the forecast for the next few days. There’s a Red Flag warning in effect tonight, through Sunday evening for Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. Santa Barbara County will have a fire weather watch go into Read the Rest…


Governor Fills Vacancy On San Luis Obispo County Board Of Supervisors

Thu, October 3, 2013

The governor has appointed an Arroyo Grande City Councilwoman to fill a vacancy on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors created by the death of the board’s chairman over the summer. Caren Ray will represent the Fourth District.  Ray served five years on the Arroyo Grande Planning Commission, and was elected to the Read the Rest…


Two Injured When Car Crashed Into Gazebo At Santa Ynez Valley Market

Thu, October 3, 2013

A father, and son were injured when the elderly driver of a car accidental stepped on the gas, instead of the brake of a car in the parking lot of a Santa Ynez valley supermarket, and smashed into an outdoor gazebo. The accident happened just before 10 this morning, in the parking lot of the Read the Rest…


Wind Expected To Increase Brush Fire Danger In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties This Weekend

Thu, October 3, 2013

It could be a long weekend for firefighters in the region. They’re on alert because Santa Ana winds are in the forecast for the next few days, which could increase the potential for brush fire problems. Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties will have a fire weather watch which go into effect tomorrow night, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Prosectors Say Three Arrested, Charges Pending For 25 For Illegal Sale Of Government Food Assistance

Thu, October 3, 2013

Three men have been arrested, and at least 25 others are facing charges after authorities say they uncovered schemes in Ventura County to illegally exchange government food assistance benefits for cash. Ventura County prosecutors say Eric Gabriel Suarez trafficked government benefits for about a year, while working at Avenue Mini Mart in Ventura.  They say Read the Rest…


Task Force in Ventura County Arrests 21 For Illegal Pharmaceutial Drug Sales

Thu, October 3, 2013

A task force set up to combat the illegal use of pharmaceutical drugs in Ventura County made a stunning find. Investigators say they found people are using a popular website to traffic drugs. The task force has made 21 arrests, most connected to the use of the online marketplace Craigslist. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the Read the Rest…


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