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Archives for November 2013

Santa Barbara County Based Fast Food Giant Sold For More Than $1.65 Billion

Wed, November 20, 2013

A private equity firm has made a more than $1.65 billion dollar deal to buy  a Santa Barbara County based fast food giant. Roark Capital is purchasing CKE Incorporated, which is the parent of the Carl’s Junior, and Hardee’s fast food chains. The deal with Apollo Global Management values the company at between $1.65, and Read the Rest…


Central Coast Woman Pleads No Contest To Killing Mother

Wed, November 20, 2013

A San Luis Obispo County woman entered a no contest plea to charges she murdered her mother, setting the stage for a trial on whether she was sane at the time of the killing. Sunni Jackson pled no contest to charges she beat, and stabbed to death 61 year old Earlene Grove in April of Read the Rest…


Oxnard’s Police Chief Speaks Out About Gang Related Crime Wave

Wed, November 20, 2013

Oxnard’s Police Chief is speaking out about a rash of gang violence in the city during the last month, with a dozen incidents, which included two attempted murders, and one killing. Chief Jeri Williams says the last few weeks have been difficult as a community, because of the rash of violence. There have been 12 Read the Rest…


Central, South Coast Congresswoman Calls For Federal Fracking Moratorium

Tue, November 19, 2013

A congresswoman who represents most of our region is calling for a federal moratorium on offshore oil fracking, until a through environmental review can be completed. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara approached the Department of the Interior, and Environmental Protection Agency about a freeze in federal waters on the controversial practice used to Read the Rest…


Social Justice Fund Announces $40,000 In Grants In Ventura County

Tue, November 19, 2013

A social justice organization in Ventura County has announced $40,000 in grants to fund a number of community programs, most of them youth oriented. The Social Justice Fund For Ventura County is giving money to five groups, to help pay for efforts like advocating for healthier food for Santa Paula School District students, creation of Read the Rest…


School Employee Attacked By Burglars In Simi Valley

Tue, November 19, 2013

A Simi Valley School District employee who was cleaning classrooms at a school last night stumbled across two teens vandalizing a classroom, and was struck in the face by them as they fled in his work vehicle. It happened just after 7:30 last night, at Santa Susana Elementary School.  The worker called police right after Read the Rest…


Emma Thompson To Be Honored By Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Tue, November 19, 2013

She starred in critically acclaimed movies like “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Love Actually.” Now, actress Emma Thompson is going to receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s highest award. Thompson will be presented with the festival’s Modern Master Award on February 8th.  She’s being honored for the body of work during her career, as Read the Rest…


Boat Collision Reported To Be Cause Of Fuel Spill In Ventura Harbor

Tue, November 19, 2013

Ventura firefighters say it appears a collision between two boats caused a diesel fuel spill in Ventura Harbor. It happened just after one p.m. yesterday.  The stern of a 62 foot long squid fishing boat was damaged. Ventura firefighters helped contained it, and more than a half dozen agencies are worked to help clean it Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For String Of Pipe Thefts In Ventura County

Tue, November 19, 2013

A Los Angeles County man has been arrested in conjunction with a string of brass, and copper pipe thefts in eastern Ventura County. Some 14 thefts of piping have been reported from industrial buildings in the Moorpark area since September, with the piping being targeted because of its high resale value. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies Read the Rest…


Fuel Spill Being Cleaned Up In Ventura Harbor

Mon, November 18, 2013

A fishing boat had a fuel spill this afternoon, with some 500 gallons of diesel fuel ending up in Ventura Harbor. Some type of damage to the boat apparently triggered the spill.  Ventura firefighters responding the scene helped contained it, and more than a half dozen agencies are working to clean it up. No injuries Read the Rest…


Two Arrested, 10 Children In Child Protective Custody In Oxnard After Couple Accused Of Forcing Teen Into Prostitution

Mon, November 18, 2013

A Ventura County Couple has been arrested, and ten children at their home taken into custody after police say a teen held at that location had been forced into prostitution. Oxnard Police say they went to the 100 block of East Harrison Saturday, after receiving a report a teen was being held against her will, Read the Rest…


New Central Coast Movie Theater Complex Holds Charity Screenings

Mon, November 18, 2013

A new theater complex on the Central Coast is trying to make a big splash in the community, with two dollar admission, and two dollar popcorn, and proceeds going to local charities. The Edwards Santa Maria Stadium 14 is offering the deal tonight and tomorrow, in advance of its official grand opening on Thursday. The Read the Rest…


Meningococcal Disease Hits Two Students At UCSB; Concern About Potentially More Cases

Mon, November 18, 2013

Two UC Santa Barbara students have been diagnosed with the type of bacterial infection which can potentially cause meningitis, and other bloodstream illnesses.  Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say the students are being treated for the illness, and are investigating what led to them becoming sick. Because it is contagious, UCSB and county health Read the Rest…


Australian Adventurer To Talk About Three Year Odyssey Across Eurasia During Lecture On South Coast

Mon, November 18, 2013

An Australian adventurer speaking on the South Coast tonight is going to talk about the journey of a lifetime. What started out as an 18 month long trip across Eurasia turned into a more than three year long odyssey for Tim Cope. Cope dealt with freezing and scorching temperatures, rugged mountains, treacherous deserts, and wolf Read the Rest…


Serial Robber Armed With Baseball Bat Hits Three Times In Ventura County

Mon, November 18, 2013

A serial robber armed with a baseball bat has struck three times in less than a week in Ventura County. The latest robbery occurred at about four a.m. Saturday, on the 2200 block of East Channel Islands Boulevard in Oxnard. A man wearing a bandana, and armed with a bat threatened the store clerk, who Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo County Stepping Up DUI Enforcement Efforts With State Grant

Mon, November 18, 2013

San Luis Obispo County is stepping up its DUI enforcement efforts, using a more than $200,000 state grant. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department is getting $226,000 from the State Office of Traffic Safety, for a year long crackdown on DUI driving.  The County is using the money to buy 40 new portable breath Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council To Consider Ordinance To Ban Marijuana Dispensaries

Mon, November 18, 2013

The Ventura City Council tonight is scheduled to consider an ordinance to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, as well as large scale medical marijuana plots in the city. The City Council looked at the issue in July, and after a long public hearing, voted 7 to 1 to direct the City Attorney’s office Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s Sheriff Headed Home After Undergoing Treatment In Sacramento For Heart Attack

Fri, November 15, 2013

Ventura County’s Sheriff is headed home from Sacramento, after having a heart attack there early this week, and undergoing treatment at a hospital. Sheriff Geoff Dean was in the state capitol for a law enforcement conference when he had what’s described as a mild heart attack on Wednesday.  He was taken to a hospital, where Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Ventura County Now Fully Contained

Fri, November 15, 2013

A brush fire which caused a scare in Ventura County is now fully contained. The 64 acre fire started on around the 6800 block of Wheeler Canyon Road around 11 yesterday morning, and briefly threatened some homes. Crews were on the fire lines overnight, and more than 100 firefighters are on the fire lines today. Ventura County fire Read the Rest…


Tenth Anniversary Of Purchase, Preservation Of Ahmanson Ranch From Development To Be Celebrated This Weekend

Fri, November 15, 2013

Former Governor Gray Davis, and Hollywood director Rob Reiner are among the people set to be on hand this weekend for a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the preservation of Ahmanson Ranch, in eastern Ventura County from development. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ahmanson Ranch Anniversary


Lane Closures Set For Friday Night/Saturday Morning For Some Highway 101 Bridges On Central Coast

Fri, November 15, 2013

Work to widen a busy highway bridge on the Central Coast means part of it will be closed overnight, causing some backups near the Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo County line. Caltrans crews will be working on the Highway 101 Santa Maria River bridges overnight. The slow lane of the highway in both directions will be Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused of DUI In Fatal Santa Ynez Valley Crash

Fri, November 15, 2013

A Ventura County man has been charged with gross vehicular homicide while intoxicated, as well as three other counts stemming from a fatal Santa Ynez Valley crash which left a man dead. The CHP says Jose Luis Dias failed to yield to oncoming traffic while making a turn at the intersection of Highway 154, and Read the Rest…


Science, Creativity Focus Of Community Event In Santa Ynez Valley This Weekend

Fri, November 15, 2013

Science and the environment will be the focus of a community event on the Central Coast this weekend. The Family School  is sponsoring Einstein Day, the free day long celebration in the Santa Ynez Valley tomorrow. There will be events ranging from a computer music competition, to a demonstration by the Vandenberg Air Force Base Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Ventura County Now 80% Contained

Fri, November 15, 2013

A brush fire which caused a scare in Ventura County is now 80% contained. The 60 acre fire started on around the 6800 block of Wheeler Canyon Road around 11 yesterday morning. Crews were on the fire lines overnight, and more than 100 firefighters are on the fire lines today. Ventura County fire officials say the estimated amount Read the Rest…


Land Trust For Santa Barbara County To Turn Over Hot Springs Canyon To U.S. Forest Service Today

Fri, November 15, 2013

It’s one of the most popular hiking, biking, and equestrian areas on the South Coast for decades. On a nice day like today, Hot Springs Canyon in the Montecito foothills will be busy with activity. But, most people who use the area don’t know the property was privately owned, and that they were actually trespassing. Read the Rest…


Firefighters Hoping To Fully Contain Brush Fire In Ventura County Today

Fri, November 15, 2013

Firefighters are hoping to get full containment today on a brush fire which may have blackened up to 100 acres of land in Ventura County. The fire started on around the 6800 block of Wheeler Canyon Road around 11 yesterday morning. Crews were on the fire lines overnight, with about 280 people assigned to the fire this morning.  Ventura County Read the Rest…


U.S. Defense Secretary, Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Of Staff Headed To Ventura County For Defense Forum

Fri, November 15, 2013

A who’s who of national defense officials is converging on Ventura County this weekend, for a huge forum on future defense strategies. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story:  Reagan Defense Forum


Brush Fire In Ventura County Now 50% Contained; Crews Will Be On Scene Overnight

Thu, November 14, 2013

Firefighters say a 100 acre brushfire in Ventura County, between Santa Paula and Ojai is now 50% contained. More than 180 firefighters are battling the blaze, which started on the 6800 block of Wheeler Canyon Road around 11 this morning. Firefighters used air tankers, and helicopters during the day to stop the spread of the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Health Official To Leave Post

Thu, November 14, 2013

One of Ventura County’s top health officials is stepping down, to spend more time with his family, and in private practice. Dr. Robert Gonzales has been Director of Ventura County’s Health Care Agency since 2011, and has worked in a variety of other roles with the agency over the years. Gonzales has helped oversee the Read the Rest…


Firefighters Say They Stopped Advance Of 100 Acre Brush Fire In Ventura County

Thu, November 14, 2013

Firefighters say they’ve now stopped the advance of a 100 acre brush fire in Ventura County, between Santa Paula and Ojai, but that it’s too soon to talk about containing it. The fire was first reported at around 11 a.m., on the 6800 block of Wheeler Canyon Road. They almost contained a two acre blaze Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s Sheriff Recovering After Suffering Heart Attack At Conference In Sacramento

Thu, November 14, 2013

Ventura County’s Sheriff suffered a heart attack while at a law enforcement conference in Sacramento. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the sheriff had to undergo a procedure to deal with a clogged artery, but is reported to be doing well. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Sheriff Suffers Heart Attack


Fire Now Tops 100 Acres Burned In Ventura County

Thu, November 14, 2013

A brush fire burning outside of Santa Paula has now burned about 100 acres of land. The fire was first reported at around 11 a.m., on the 6800 block of Wheeler Canyon Road. Firefighters have had to deal with low humidity, and near record heat to battle the fire, which is burning in rugged mountainous Read the Rest…


Coalition Of Non-Profit Groups Seeks Increased Water Releases From Diversion Dam On Ventura County Waterway

Thu, November 14, 2013

A coalition of groups is seeking increased water releases from a diversion dam on a Ventura County waterway. Ventura Coastkeeper, the Wishtoyo Foundation, CAUSE, and the Central for Biological Diversity, say the United Water Conservation District needs to to a better job of balance water diversions from the Vern Freeman Diversion Dam.  They are asking Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Issue Warning About Solicitors

Thu, November 14, 2013

Simi Valley Police have issued a warning about some door to door solicitors they say are raising money for DARE programs, but aren’t representing the department. Police say people have been asking for money for DARE America.  They say it is a legitimate group, but note that it doesn’t represent the Simi Valley Police Department, Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Reaches Settlement With City Attorney Being Ousted By City Council

Thu, November 14, 2013

A Central Coast city is spending more than $160,000 to settle a contract with its now city attorney, who is being forced out by the City Council. The Morro Bay City Council reached a settlement with Robert Schultz. Council members aren’t saying why they are ousting the longtime city attorney, who had been with the Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Burns More Than 50 Acres Outside Of Santa Paula

Thu, November 14, 2013

More than 100 firefighters are on the scene of a brush fire burning outside of Santa Paula. The 50 acre plus blaze is on the 6800 block of Wheeler Canyon Road. There are no mandatory evacuations in the sparsely populated area. Firefighters have had to deal with low humidity, and near record heat to battle Read the Rest…


Affordable Care Act Focus Of Community Forum By Two South Coast Legislators

Thu, November 14, 2013

A State Senator, and a State Assemblyman representing the South Coast are going to hold a community forum on the Affordable Care Act this weekend. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, and Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara will co-host the event in Ventura.  Gold Coast Health, and Covered California officials will Read the Rest…


Seasonal Temperature Changes Could Impact Smell, Taste Of Water From Lake Casitas

Thu, November 14, 2013

Seasonal temperature changes could be affecting the smell, and taste of water from a major water provider in Ventura County. Casitas Municipal Water District officials say the cooling of surface water in Lake Casitas causes it to sink, mixing the water.  The result is the water may smell, and taste slightly different. District officials say Read the Rest…


CPR Education Campaign Kicks Off In Ventura County

Thu, November 14, 2013

Nearly 300,000 people a year in the United States are the victims of sudden cardiac arrest, and when it happens outside of hospitals, less than 10 percent of them survive. CPR can make the difference. There’s a new form of CPR, known as hands only, or sidewalk CPR, which can be taught in five minutes, Read the Rest…


Man Sought For Fatal Central Coast Hit And Run Crash Arrested In Ventura County

Thu, November 14, 2013

A man sought for a fatal hit and run crash on the Central Coast surrendered to police in Ventura County. Last Friday night, a car turning at the intersection of Highway 154, and 246 in the Santa Ynez valley hit a motorcyclist.  33 year old Joseph Corcoran was fatally injuried.  The driver of the car Read the Rest…


Caretaker Accused Of Stealing From Elderly Couples In Ventura County

Wed, November 13, 2013

A San Fernando Valley woman has been arrested after authorities say she stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from an elderly couple under her care in Ventura County. 40 year old Maria Sanchez of Northridge is accused of taking more than $8,000 worth of items from a Thousand Oaks couple. As Ventura County Sheriff’s Read the Rest…


Bicyclist Struck, Dragged Under Train At Santa Barbara Train Station

Wed, November 13, 2013

A bicyclist who tried to cross in front of a train arriving at Santa Barbara’s train station was struck, and dragged more than 60 feet, as horrified people unable to do anything watched. It happened at around 9:30 this morning. Santa Barbara Police say the man ignored the train’s warnings, and pedaled in front of Read the Rest…


Channel Islands Focus Of New Book Which Debuts Locally Thursday Night

Wed, November 13, 2013

A photographer who’s turned his lens on natural wonders around the world, and has been published in magazines like National Geographic, and Smithsonian has made the Channel Islands the focus of his latest project. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Channel Islands Book


San Luis Obispo County Man Gets 27 Years, To Life Sentence For Killing Half Brother

Wed, November 13, 2013

A San Luis Obispo County man has received a 27 years, to life sentence for stabbing his half brother to death with a screwdriver. Brandon Henslee of Cambria was convicted of the August, 2012 slaying of Tyler Hanks. During the trial, some witnesses testified that the victim looked out for his half brother Henslee has Read the Rest…


Federal Grant Opens Path For New Community Clinic In Goleta

Wed, November 13, 2013

A community clinic network on the South Coast received a federal grant to open a new facility in Goleta. The federal Department of Health, and Human Services awarded $812,000 to the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics to establish, and operate a new clinic in Goleta. The grant is intended to allow the new center to serve Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Couple Arrested After Infant Daughter Suffers Fractured Skull

Wed, November 13, 2013

Police say they’ve arrested a Santa Barbara couple, after their 16 day old daughter was dropped, and then fallen on by the child’s father, causing a skull fracture. Detectives say last Thursday night, Joshua Rodriguez had his daughter on his lap, when under the influence of drugs, and alcohol, he fell asleep on the sofa.  Read the Rest…


Community College On South Coast Now Has Link To University In France

Wed, November 13, 2013

A community college on the South Coast now literally is the “French Connection” for some ambitious students. Santa Barbara City College has entered into a new transfer agreement with American University of Paris. The deal means that SBCC students who meet academic guidelines can get guaranteed admission to the university in France, and will also Read the Rest…


Environmental Group Monitoring Cruise Ships For Pollution During Ship Stops In Santa Barbara

Wed, November 13, 2013

An environmental group is monitoring cruise ships visiting cruise ships visiting Santa Barbara County, to insure they aren’t discharging wastes during their visits. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports that so far, no major problems have been detected. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Cruise Ship Monitoring


Santa Barbara Narrowly Upholds Appeal Seeking Tougher Environmental Standards For New Oil, Gas Wells Project

Wed, November 13, 2013

After a marathon hearing which lasted more than five hours, and included dozens of speakers, Santa Barbara County has upped the environmental thresholds a new oil, and gas drilling project will have to meet. Santa Maria Energy will be able to drill its 136 planned new onshore wells, and add supporting pipelines in northern Santa Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Oxnard

Wed, November 13, 2013

Oxnard Police are investigating the shooting death of a man. Officers were called to the intersection of East Colonia Road, and North McKinley Avenue around 7:30 last night by reports of a shooting. They found a man who had been shot.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police aren’t identifying the man yet.  Detectives Read the Rest…


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