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Archives for November 2013

Port Of Hueneme Signs Deal To Extend Vehicle Import Contract With BMW

Thu, November 28, 2013

Ventura County is going to continue to be BMW central for at least another five years. The Port of Hueneme is the West Coast import hub for the German vehicles, which are now made at plants around the world. Since 1987, about 1.4 million BMW’s have passed through Ventura County en route to dealers, and Read the Rest…


Covered California Executive Director Talks About Health Insurance Efforts During Ventura County Visit

Wed, November 27, 2013

An estimated four million Californians are going to be eligible for health care as of January first, through health plans offered through the state’s new official “Covered California” marketplace. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with “Covered California’s executive director, who was in the Tri-Counties today trying to drum up interest among the public in the marketplace. Read the Rest…


Thanksgiving Travel Crunch On In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, November 27, 2013

The Thanksgiving weekend travel stampede is on, with heavy traffic reported on major highways like the 101 throughout the region. The Auto Club of Southern California predicts travel will be down by about 4% over the holiday weekend this year. But, if you’re one of those stuck in traffic, that slight drop doesn’t mean much. Read the Rest…


Catholic School Teacher In Ventura County Arrested On Molestation Allegations

Wed, November 27, 2013

A man who had been a math, and science teacher at a Catholic school in Ventura County is now behind bars, in connection with molestation allegations in Texas. Oxnard Police say they worked with the Navy’s NCIS team, and Ventura County prosecutors to investigate allegations that Jason Christopher Griego had been involved in lewd acts Read the Rest…


Controversial Affordable Housing Project Proposed For Santa Barbara Gets Key City Council Support

Wed, November 27, 2013

A proposed affordable housing complex in Santa Barbara which some neighbors thought was too big, and didn’t fit with the surrounding neighborhood has received some key support. The Santa Barbara City Council rejected an appeal of a city board’s approval of the People’s Self Help Housing project planned for the 500 block of North Salsipuedes Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Contained On Central Coast

Wed, November 27, 2013

Investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of a brush fire which blackened nearly eight acres of land on the Central Coast today. The blaze broke out around noon, in an agricultural area southeast of Santa Maria, off of Clark Road. No structures were damaged. Santa Barbara County firefighters contained the blaze in about a Read the Rest…


Hate Crime Statistics For State, Ventura And Santa Barbara County Released

Wed, November 27, 2013

Some just released statistics from the State Attorney General’s office show that the number of hate crimes in California is dramatically dropping. The report released by Attorney General Kamala Harris shows the number of reported hate crimes dropped 12% from 2011 to 2012. Over the last ten years, the overall number has dropped by 38%. Read the Rest…


Statistics Show Drop In California’s Hate Crimes Totals, But The Problem Still An Issue Statewide, and Locally

Wed, November 27, 2013

Some just released statistics from the State Attorney General’s office show that the number of hate crimes in California is dramatically dropping. The report released by Attorney General Kamala Harris shows the number of reported hate crimes dropped 12% from 2011 to 2012. Over the last ten years, the overall number has dropped by 38%. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Molesting Young Relative

Wed, November 27, 2013

A Ventura County man has been arrested, after police say discovered he had repeatedly molested a young female relative over a five years long period. Simi Valley Police say Luis Arturo Polanco, and the victim lived in the same house.  Detectives say the molestation started when the girl was just six, and continued until she Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Fatal Ventura County Hit And Run Accident

Wed, November 27, 2013

A Ventura County man is facing a felony hit and run charge after being arrested a month after a fatal accident in Port Hueneme. Police arrested Jose Reyes for the October 26th accident on Channel Islands Boulevard in Port Hueneme, which fatally injured 22 year old Philip Valentine. Port Hueneme Police say they got a Read the Rest…


Burglary Suspect Arrested While Leaving Home Tented For Fumigation In Oxnard

Wed, November 27, 2013

Police didn’t have to go far to find a burglary suspect in Oxnard. They just had to be patient, and wait for him to come to them. Officers were called to the 2400 block of Kentia Street just after 11 last night, by reports of someone burglarizing a home tented for fumigation. They arrived to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Relief Agency Which Helps Families In Need Needs Some Help Itself From Community

Wed, November 27, 2013

It’s the time of year when many of us step up to help others. A non-profit agency which supplies aid to more than 22,000 people a year in need in Santa Barbara County could use some help itself from the community. Santa Barbara’s Unity Shoppe says the demand for aid is up, while donations are Read the Rest…


Crosswalk Safety Crackdown In Santa Barbara Leads To 70 Citations

Tue, November 26, 2013

A crackdown on motorists not yielding to pedestrians led to 70 citations in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Police set up special patrols at six intersections in the city today.  It led to 67 citations for the failure to yield to a pedestrian, and three others for prohibited use of a cell phone. The operation stemmed Read the Rest…


Body Discovered In Ventura County Field

Tue, November 26, 2013

The body of a man has been found in an agricultural field outside of Ventura. A farmworker found the body of the white male at around six this morning, off of the 4200 block of Olivas Park Drive.  The cause of death wasn’t immediately apparent, but detectives are investigating the case, and looking for possible Read the Rest…


Warming Centers Being Opened For Homeless In Santa Barbara County

Tue, November 26, 2013

With a drop in temperatures, and rain in the forecast for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, Santa Barbara County has announced three warming centers for the homeless are opening. One will be set up in the North County, and two in the South County. The one in Northern Santa Barbara County is at the Newlove Community Read the Rest…


Harassment Claiming Filed Involving Former Santa Barbara County Undersheriff

Tue, November 26, 2013

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team volunteer filed a sexual harassment claim with the county involving the department’s undersheriff, who retired earlier this year. Valerie Walston filed the claim against Jim Peterson, who left the law enforcement agency after 30 years with the department. Walston claims she was pressured into having Read the Rest…


Northbound 101 Freeway Reopened In Camarillo Following Closure Due To Suspicious Device

Tue, November 26, 2013

The northbound 101 Freeway was briefly closed in Ventura County, after a suspicious device was found on the freeway. The freeway was closed just after 1 p.m., about a half mile from the Carmen Drive offramp.  Traffic was backed up for miles, as a member of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad was sent Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Sentenced To Four Years In Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography

Tue, November 26, 2013

A Central Coast man has been sentenced to four years in state prison in a child pornography case. Santa Barbara County prosecutors say they reached a plea deal with Gregory Allen Loya of Santa Maria.  They say the 32 year old man had numerous videos of children being sexually assaulted on his computer.  He was Read the Rest…


Annual Mobile Medical Clinic For Homeless Takes Place In Santa Barbara County, But Scaled Down Due To Budget Cuts

Tue, November 26, 2013

It’s become a tradition in Santa Barbara County…with government, and non-profit groups joining forces each fall to do a mobile medical clinic to try to prepare the homeless for winter. But, this year, only a handful of the services available in the past are there for those in need, with funding cuts one of the Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Set To Settle Controversy About Proposed Affordable Housing Complex

Tue, November 26, 2013

The City of Santa Barbara is set to settle a controversy surrounding a proposed new affordable housing complex proposed for the city. People’s Self Help Housing wants to build a 40 unit apartment complex, with a 3300 square foot community center on the 500 block of North Salsipuedes Street. The project was scaled down to Read the Rest…


Ventura County State Assemblyman Announces Plans To Run For Congress

Tue, November 26, 2013

Citing frustration with partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., a State Assemblyman in Ventura County announced plans to run for Congress. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Jeff Gorell Congressional Bid


San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Again Set To Look At North County Water Controversy

Tue, November 26, 2013

San Luis Obispo County Supervisors are again set to dive into the controversy surrounding the groundwater shortage in the northern part of the county. In the face of dwindling underground water in the Paso Robles area, supervisors earlier this year imposed an emergency moratorium on the use of the water for new agricultural planting. Growers Read the Rest…


Eight Arrested In Gang Sweep In San Luis Obispo County

Mon, November 25, 2013

A weekend gang sweep in Northern San Luis Obispo County led to eight arrests, and the seizure of a number of weapons. The Paso Robles Police Department spearheaded Saturday’s effort, which involved multiple law enforcement agencies, and included the serving of warrants at multiple locations, including Paso Robles and Atascadero. 16 weapons were seized, and Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Indecent Exposure Following Incident In Broad Daylight In Santa Barbara Park

Mon, November 25, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man is facing indecent exposure charges, following an incident in broad daylight in a park. Police are just releasing details of the arrest, which happened Thursday morning in Santa Barbara’s Alice Keck Park. A 55 year old woman was sitting on a park bench, and talking on her cell phone when Read the Rest…


Ventura County Teen Gets 25 Years To Life Sentence For Killing

Mon, November 25, 2013

A Ventura County teen received a 25 years to life sentence for stabbing to death another teen, in what prosecutors say was a gang related killing. Alex Medina killed Seth Scarminach at an April, 2009 party in Meiners Oaks. Medina was 14 year old at the time, but he was tried as an adult. Investigators Read the Rest…


University In Ventura County Gets Grant From Bank For Scholarships

Mon, November 25, 2013

A Ventura County university is receiving a grant from a bank to support student scholarships, as well as other educational efforts by the local campus. Union Bank is giving $100,000 to Cal State Channel Islands.  The bank, which has more than 1400 branches on the West Coast, has made more than $12 million dollars in Read the Rest…


Teen Wanted For Car Theft Eludes Police Officers, But Not Police Dog In Ventura County

Mon, November 25, 2013

He managed to elude police officers, but a teen wanted for car theft couldn’t escape the discerning nose of a police dog in Ventura County early this morning. Simi Valley Police were called to the 2400 block of College Street at about 2:15 this morning, by reports of a suspicious vehicle in the Sycamore Park Read the Rest…


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Student Dies In European Accident

Mon, November 25, 2013

A Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student is dead, following an accident in Spain. Police is Seville, Spain say that Matthew Yount and another student dived off a bridge into an icy river Thursday night, after a night on the town.  One of the students was able to get out of the 45 degree water Read the Rest…


Missing Hikers In Santa Barbara County Found Cold, But Safe

Mon, November 25, 2013

Two hikers who didn’t return as planned have been found following a cold night in Santa Barbara County’s backcountry. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Missing Hikers


Santa Barbara County Based Relief Group Makes Biggest Single Shipment Of Medical Supplies In Its History To Philippines

Mon, November 25, 2013

The largest shipment of emergency medical supplies ever sent out by a Santa Barbara County based relief group arrived in the Philippines today, to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Direct Relief International shipped 50 tons of supplies to the disaster zone over the weekend, on a plane donated by Fedex. But, DRI officials on the Read the Rest…


Sansum, Anthem Reach Deal Over Coverage

Mon, November 25, 2013

A deal has been reached which will allow people who buy health insurance from one of the state’s largest insurers through Covered California to use their coverage with one of Santa Barbara County’s largest medical providers. Sansum Clinic reached an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross.  As a result of the agreement, it’s expected Sansum will Read the Rest…


Tiger Woods Golf Tournament Leaving Ventura County

Fri, November 22, 2013

The annual charity golf tournament which brings some of the sports biggest names to Ventura County every year is going to be moving after this year’s event. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Tiger Woods is taking his annual 72 hole competition to Florida. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Tiger Woods Tournament Leaving Ventura County


Ventura County DA’s Report Finds No Wrongdoing By Oxnard Police In Death Of Man

Fri, November 22, 2013

A report just released by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office says it found no wrongdoing in the handling of an Oxnard man on drugs who died in custody, despite autopsy results, and claims of brutality by the man’s family. The DA’s office examined the June, 2012 death of Robert Ramirez. Oxnard Police were called Read the Rest…


Unemployment Numbers Mixed For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, November 22, 2013

The latest unemployment numbers are mixed for Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. In Ventura County, unemployment dropped slightly from September to October, slipping from 7.4%, to 7.3%.  In Santa Barbara County, the jobless percentage rose slightly, from 5.9% in September, to 6.1% in October. The statewide unemployment figure held steady from September to October, at Read the Rest…


Unemployment Numbers Rise Slightly In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, November 22, 2013

The latest unemployment numbers show a slight increase in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. The jobless percentage rose from 5.9% in September, to 6.1% in October in Santa Barbara County.  In San Luis Obispo County, the jobless rate also increased slightly, from 6.0%.  to 6.1%. The statewide unemployment figure held stay from September Read the Rest…


New Highway 101 Interchange Complete On Central Coast

Fri, November 22, 2013

A long discussed interchange to help relieve congestion in a Central Coast city is finally a reality. Work has been completed on the Highway 101-Union Valley Parkway interchange in Santa Maria. The $10.8 million dollar project will help relieve traffic tieups during peak hours at the Santa Maria Way, and East Clark Avenue interchanges. The Read the Rest…


Second Suspect Arrested In Connection With Robbery, Stabbing, Pursuit On Central Coast

Fri, November 22, 2013

A second suspect is now in custody in connection with a stabbing, and chase on the Central Coast earlier this month. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say two people were involved in the November 6th stabbing of a man near the Chumash Casino, in the Santa Ynez Valley. Deputies saw the suspect vehicle in Santa Read the Rest…


Appearance Of Dangerous Bacterial Infection In Santa Barbara County Which Can Cause Meningitis Now Called Outbreak

Fri, November 22, 2013

Concern remains high in Santa Barbara County’s public health community, following the discovery of three cases of a bacterial disease which can cause meningitis, or serious bloodstream infections. Two UCSB students are among those confirmed with the disease. It’s easily treatable with antibiotics if caught early, but has the potential to be fatal. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Accused Of Stealing Nearly $400,000 From Family Trust

Fri, November 22, 2013

A Ventura County woman is accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from a family trust. Simi Valley Police say Tracie Vu was a trustee for a trust fund for a relative who had received a large settlement from a serious traffic accident a decade ago. Detectives say the 47 year old woman disappeared in July of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Teen Accused Of More Than 100 Counts Of Vandalism

Fri, November 22, 2013

Police say they’ve arrested a Ventura County teen who was a prolific graffiti vandal, striking more than 100 times in the Oxnard area. Oxnard Police detectives say they were able to identify a moniker from some of the graffiti, and track in back to a 17 year old Oxnard boy.  They obtained a search warrant, Read the Rest…


Once Troubled Community Clinics On South Coast Say They Are Now Back On Track Financially

Fri, November 22, 2013

Some once financially troubled community clinics on the South Coast say they’re now back on track. Officials with the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics say they’ve trimmed $1.2 million dollars from their annual budget, and have taken a number of steps to increase revenue. The three medical clinics, and one dental clinic say they’ve also seen Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Convicted Of Multiple Sexual Assault Charges Against Young Sisters

Thu, November 21, 2013

A Central Cost man has been convicted of repeatedly sexually abusing two young sisters over a period of years. Prosecutors say Felix Nicholas Junior of Santa Maria molested two sisters while they were between eight, and 13 years old. The 39 year old man also was convicted of solicitation of murder, because he tried to Read the Rest…


One Killed, One Injured In Traffic Accident On Heavily Used Central Coast Road

Thu, November 21, 2013

Authorities believe a vehicle involved in a fatal head on crash on a Central Coast road was speeding. An SUV, and a car were headed in opposite directions on Betteravia Road in Santa Maria just before six last night, when one drifted over the center line. The driver of the SUV which drifted onto the Read the Rest…


Group Which Believes True Story Of JFK Assassination Was Covered Up To Have National Convention In Santa Barbara November 22nd

Thu, November 21, 2013

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. While the eyes of the nation are going to be on Dallas, a commemorative event is taking place in Santa Barbara, where some of those who think there was a coverup will meet. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Some UC Santa Barbara Employees Take Part In Statewide Protests

Thu, November 21, 2013

Some UC Santa Barbara students are among the thousands who took part in statewide demonstrations. Workers say they are upset with what they call unfair labor practices, on the job intimidation intimidation, and low staffing levels, while the UC System contends the real focus of the dispute is over the refusal of the employees to Read the Rest…


Two Separate Gang Investigations Get Big Results on South Coast, With More Than 80 Arrests In Region

Thu, November 21, 2013

Gangs have been a huge issue in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in the last year, with spikes in activity from drug dealing, to violent crime. Two separate investigations made big news yesterday, with more than 80 arrests reported in the region, and more still pending. One investigation targeted gang connections to the Mexican Mafia Read the Rest…


70 Year Old Man Arrested For San Luis Obispo County Bank Robbery

Wed, November 20, 2013

A 70 year old San Luis Obispo County man has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Bruce Valentine of Paso Robles for the November 7th robbery of a Cambria bank. In the robbery, a Rabobank branch was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money by a Read the Rest…


Race For State Assembly Seat In Los Angeles, Ventura Counties Still Too Close To Call

Wed, November 20, 2013

An aide to a San Fernando Valley congressman has a narrow lead in a special election for a State Assembly seat which includes part of Ventura County. Democrat Matt Dababneh of Encino has a 171 vote lead over Republican Susan Shelley of Woodland Hills for the 45th Assembly District seat, with just over 26,000 votes Read the Rest…


14 Arrested In Joint FBI-Oxnard Police-Ventura Police Investigation Into Mexican Mafia Related Gang Operations In Ventura County

Wed, November 20, 2013

Law enforcement officers say they’ve arrested 14 gang members in Ventura County with links to the Mexican Mafia. KCLU’s Lance Orozco authorities were targeting the leaders of some local gangs which were selling drugs under the Mexican Mafia’s direction. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Operation Supernova


Food Bank In Santa Barbara County Says It Doesn’t Have Turkeys, Fixings Needed To Meet Thanksgiving Demand

Wed, November 20, 2013

A Santa Barbara County based non-profit agency which supplies food to thousands of people in need says it’s annual Turkey Drive is in trouble, with just over a week until Thanksgiving. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Food Bank Turkey Shortage


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