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Archives for November 2013

Two Central Coast Post Offices Hit By Burglaries

Tue, November 12, 2013

Two rural Central Coast post offices have been hit by burglaries in the last week. Someone burglarized the Shandon Post Office the night of November 5th, or early on the morning of November 6th. Then, sometime in the evening of November 7th, or early on the morning of November 8th, someone burglarized the Los Olivos Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Narrowly Reject Controversial Housing Project In Santa Susanna Knolls, Following Marathon Hearing

Tue, November 12, 2013

A controversial new housing development proposed for the eastern part of Ventura County was narrowly rejected tonight, after a marathon public hearing. The Julia Meadows project called for the construction of up to 60 homes in the Santa Susanna Knolls area.  Neighbors were upset over potential traffic, parking, and aesthetic impacts. The County Planning Commission Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Debating Controversial Proposed New Housing Development In Eastern Ventura County

Tue, November 12, 2013

Ventura County Supervisors at this hour are trying to settle the controversy over a proposed new housing development in the eastern part of the county. County Supervisors have been looking at the Julia Meadows project for more than three hours, which calls for the construction of up to 60 homes in the Santa Susanna Knolls Read the Rest…


Event Set In Santa Barbara County To Help People Develop Personal Advanced Care Directives

Tue, November 12, 2013

It’s a subject no one wants to discuss. If you become seriously ill or injured, and can’t decide for yourself, what do you want done about your medical care? KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports an event in Santa Barbara County tomorrow is intended to help you come up with a plan. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Oprah To Be Honored At Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Tue, November 12, 2013

A woman who is Montecito’s most famous resident is going to get the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Montecito Award. Oprah Winfrey will be honored with the tribute February 5th. Winfrey has been receiving critical acclaim for her performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, the story of a White House butler’s experiences through several Read the Rest…


Central Coast City To Look At Controversy Over Rental Of Part, Or All Of Homes For Short Term Stays

Tue, November 12, 2013

There’s controversy in one Central Coast community over people renting out part, or all of their homes to tourists for short term stays. The City of San Luis Obispo has a seven year old ordinance which prohibits the practice. City officials say some people have been doing it, and they have been receiving complaints, prompting Read the Rest…


Special Oxnard City Council Meeting Set To Get Ideas For Selection Of New City Manager

Tue, November 12, 2013

Ventura County largest city is having a special City Council meeting tonight, to talk about efforts to select a new City Manager. Oxnard’s City Manager’s position has been in limbo for nearly two years. In early 2012, the City Council put then City Manger Ed Sotelo on paid administrative leave until his contract ran out, Read the Rest…


Highway 101 Now Also Purple Heart Trail In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Tue, November 12, 2013

The busiest highway in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties is getting a second name. Highway 101 will still be Highway 101…but it’s now also the Purple Heart Trail. You’ll soon see signs on the 101 highlighting the additional designation, which is intended as a tribute to those who have been awarded purple hearts for their Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based International Relief Group Moves Into High Gear To Help Philippines Typhoon Victims

Tue, November 12, 2013

A Santa Barbara County based international relief group has prepared a $2.2 million dollar shipment of medical equipment, and supplies for shipment today to the Philippines, for Hurricane Haiyan relief efforts. Direct Relief International’s shipment is headed to health facilities which are critically low on supplies.  DRI has made its entire current inventory of $65 Read the Rest…


Two Arrested, Third Sought For Crime Spree In Santa Barbara

Tue, November 12, 2013

Two men have been arrested, and a third is being sought in connection with a rash of drug dealing, grand thefts, and assaults in downtown Santa Barbara. The string of incidents include an attack on a 46 year old homeless man which briefly knocked him out, and an attack on a 59 year old man Read the Rest…


New Museum Exhibition In Ventura County Pays Tribute To Local Veterans

Mon, November 11, 2013

Today is of course Veterans Day, and a new museum exhibition in Ventura County is paying tribute to those who’ve served their country in uniform. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download stories.  Veterans Museum Exhibition


Ventura County Supervisors Set To Decide Controversy Over Proposed Housing Development In Eastern Part Of County

Mon, November 11, 2013

Ventura County could finally settle the controversy over a proposed new housing development in the eastern part of the county. County Supervisors are scheduled to decide the fate of the Julia Meadows project, which calls for the construction of up to 60 homes in the Santa Susanna Knolls area. The County Planning Commission narrowly approved Read the Rest…


Three Arrested For Fatal Beating Of Transient In Santa Barbara County

Mon, November 11, 2013

Three Santa Barbara County men are facing murder charges for an attack on a transient which left him unconscious for nearly a month before he died. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies called to an area just south of the 101 Freeway, near San Angelo Avenue in Goleta September 16th after a badly beaten man was Read the Rest…


Major Music Festival On South Coast Gets New Executive Director

Mon, November 11, 2013

A major South Coast music festival has named a new Executive Director. Janneke Straube will head the Ojai Music Festival. She’s currently Executive Director of the American Youth Symphony, in Los Angeles, and before that was with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for more than a decade.  She will take over the post in January, filling Read the Rest…


Students Remember Those Who Fell Off Cliff In Isla Vista

Mon, November 11, 2013

A memorial service remembered a number of college students who have fallen off a cliff, and died over the years in the Isla Vista. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story.  IV Memorial Event


98 Year Old Pearl Harbor Survivor In Ventura County Remembers Wartime Experiences

Mon, November 11, 2013

This is the day we pay tribute to the men, and women who served their country in uniform. There are thousands of veterans in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, each with their own unique story. It’s been 72 years, but one Simi Valley man still vividly remembers his experiences. On December 7th, 1941, Ford Worthington Read the Rest…


Firefighters Continue Mop Up Of Brush Fire On Central Coast

Mon, November 11, 2013

Firefighters are continuing their mopup today of a brush fire which blackened just over 50 acres of land on the Central Coast.  The fire broke out around 10 a.m. Friday, off of Highway 41 between Morro Bay and Atascadero.  About a dozen homes were briefly threatened Friday afternoon, but some 200 friefighters aided by air Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Consider Funding For New Mental Health Facility Project

Mon, November 11, 2013

Santa Barbara County is expected to take the next step this week towards development of a joint private-public mental health facility in the northern part of the county. The county, and Marian Medical Center are talking about creating a 26-28 bed facility on hospital property on the 500 block of Plaza Drive in Santa Maria.  Read the Rest…


Full Containment Expected Tonight For Brush Fire In San Luis Obispo County

Sat, November 9, 2013

Full containment is projected for this evening for a 75 acre brush fire between Morro Bay, and Atascadero. The fire broke out around 10 a.m. yesterday, off of Highway 41.  No homes were damaged, but about a dozenwere  threatened yesterday as the fire moved through rugged mountains. Some 200 firefighters, aided by air tankers and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Biotech Giant Gives Boost To Global Educational Program

Fri, November 8, 2013

A two decade old program sponsored by a Ventura County based biotech giant to give middle, and high school students hands on science experience is getting a financial boost. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story:  Amgen Biotech Experience


Brush Fire Burns More More Than 60 Acres Of Land On Central Coast, Briefly Threatened Some Homes

Fri, November 8, 2013

A brush fire has burned more than 60 acres of rugged mountainsides on the Central Coast, but firefighters say they’ve stopped the spread of the blaze. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SLO County Brush Fire Public Fire Information Hotline (805) 543-4444


Fire Damages Youth Hostel On South Coast

Fri, November 8, 2013

A fire caused by a dryer damaged a youth hostel on the South Coast, forcing the evacuation of about 15 people. It happened just before noon today, on the 100 block of Chapala Street in downtown Santa Barbara.  Firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from the laundry room area, but they were able to isolate, Read the Rest…


More Slow Growth In Forecast For Ventura County

Fri, November 8, 2013

More slow growth is in the forecast for Ventura County, according to a new economic forecast report released by a South Coast university today. The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research, and Forecasting in Thousand Oaks says jobs in the county won’t reach their pre-recession rate until 2018. Executive Director Bill Watkins says the Read the Rest…


Brushfire Burns More Than 50 Acres In San Luis Obispo County; Still Out Of Control

Fri, November 8, 2013

A 50 acre plus brushfire is burning in San Luis Obispo County, between Morro Bay and Atascadero, and is still out of control. The blazed started around ten this morning, off of Highway 41. There’s no word of any structures being threatened, but Cal Fire has structure protection in place for the scattered homes in Read the Rest…


Central Coast Power Plant To Close

Fri, November 8, 2013

A power plant which has been a familiar part of the landscape on the Central Coast for more than a half century is going to be closing. Houston, Texas based Dynegy Incorporated notified the governor that it is going to shut down its 650 megawatt power plant in Morro Bay. In the letter, Dynegy officials Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In What’s Being Called Gang Related Killing In Ventura County

Fri, November 8, 2013

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say they arrested a man wanted for a murder last spring in Santa Paula. Omar Ruiz had been sought for the May 27th shooting death of Ulises Virto.  The 26 year old man was found in a home on the 6300 block of Hollyridge Drive in Camarillo yesterday afternoon.  Investigators say Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Posing As Fire Inspector In Santa Barbara, Fradulently Getting Money From Business

Fri, November 8, 2013

A man already facing criminal charges in New York, and Los Angeles is now also wanted by authorities in Santa Barbara County, after investigators say he posed as a fire inspector, and bilked a restaurant out of hundreds of dollars. Santa Barbara Police say last month, Michael Angelo Carrion entered a restaurant on the north Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based International Relief Group Prepares Support For Pacific Region Hit By Typhoon

Fri, November 8, 2013

A Santa Barbara County relief agency is preparing aid for a pacific region being hit by none of the most powerful typhoons on record. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story:  DRI Pacific Aid


Unique Bus Tours Ventura County Schools To Share Dangers Of Tobacco With Kids

Fri, November 8, 2013

A one of a kind bus is making a year long tour of Ventura County school campuses, to try to share the message about the dangers of tobacco. The “Bus Of Tobacco Horrors” is a moving exhibition which illustrates the potential damage caused by tobacco use. The Ventura County Public Health project is trying to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Could Get Nine Years Behind Bars For Brutal Attack On 71 Year Old Man

Fri, November 8, 2013

A Santa Barbara man is facing up to nine years in prison, after he was convicted of attacking a 71 year old man, breaking his cheekbone in three places. The attack happened in April of 2012.  Douglas John Stekkinger brought his dog to the Veteran Memorial Building in Santa Barbara.  The 71 year old victim Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Fatally Wounded in Oxnard Triple Shooting

Thu, November 7, 2013

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office is now identifying a man who was fatally wounded in a triple shooting in Oxnard. Jose Gutierrez Dominguez was one of three men shot on the 900 block of South H Street Wednesday night.  The 41 year old Oxnard man died at a hospital shortly after the shooting. Oxnard Read the Rest…


Community Leaders Get First Look At 12 Million Dollar Theater Renovation In Santa Barbara

Thu, November 7, 2013

Community leaders on the South Coast are getting their first look today at a new theater created through renovation of an 80 year old community hall. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  New Vic


One Arrested, One Still Sought For Following Two County Chase On Central Coast

Thu, November 7, 2013

One person is behind bars, and a second is still being sought following a robbery, stabbing, and two county car chase on the Central Coast. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say it started just after midnight yesterday, when a man was robbed, and stabbed on the Chumash reservation in the Santa Ynez Valley.  The Nipomo Read the Rest…


Ventura Issues Warning Over Rash Of Stolen Packages

Thu, November 7, 2013

Some thieves are on the loose in Ventura County, stealing packages left on home doorsteps. Ventura Police say nearly 70 packages have been reported stolen from homes in the city since the first of the year, more than five times the number reported last year. Detectives say while it’s a year round problem, they are Read the Rest…


UCSB Physics Professor Internationally Honored For Research For Second Year In A Row

Thu, November 7, 2013

A UC Santa Barbara physicals professor is being internationally honored for his research for the second year in a row. Dr. Joseph Polchinksi is one of the laureates for the 2014 Milner Foundation’s 2014 Physics Frontiers Prize.  Polchinksi was nominated for his work in the area of string theory, and quantum field theory.  His discovery Read the Rest…


Cate Blanchett To Be Honored By Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Thu, November 7, 2013

Actress Cate Blanchett is going to be an honoree at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She will receive the festival’s Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award, for her role in the acclaimed Woody Allen film “Blue Jasmine.” The Australian actress has received two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award, and has a star Read the Rest…


Sand Berms Going Up On South Coast Beach

Thu, November 7, 2013

A sand berm to protect a popular South coast beach from winter storms is being built.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Beach Berms


Ventura County Couple Creates Memorial Wall To Highlight National Child Abuse, Neglect Problem

Thu, November 7, 2013

While many retirees are taking it easy, one Ventura County couple has decided to take on a huge task:  to try to educate people about America’s huge child abuse problem. They’ve created what they call the “Wall of Tears,” a portable wall containing video monitors displaying the pictures of many of the 2500 children who Read the Rest…


One Dead, Two Injured Following Shooting In Oxnard

Thu, November 7, 2013

One man is dead, and two have been injured following a shooting in Oxnard. It happened at around six last night, on the 900 block of South H Street.  The shooting scene is near Oxnard Community Park. One of the three wounded men died shortly after the shooting at a hospital.  There’s no word on Read the Rest…


Man Gets Jail Sentence For String Of Vandalism Incidents In Ventura County

Thu, November 7, 2013

A Ventura County man has received a 16 month county jail sentence following a string of graffiti vandalism incidents. The attacks occurred last August in Fillmore, with seven locations targeted, including city property, and a church.  Deputies say the markings led them to a particular tagging crew, and the arrest of Jose Vasquez of Fillmore. Read the Rest…


Red Flag Warning For Parts Of Ventura County Expires

Wed, November 6, 2013

A Red Flag warning for high fire danger in parts of Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties expired this afternoon. The high wind conditions which have been around since Monday night are finally easing. Firefighters were concerned about the brush fire potential, with relative humidity in some high risk areas dropping down into the single digits Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Sued Over Invocations At Council Meetings

Wed, November 6, 2013

A Madison, Wisconsin group has sued a Central Coast City, claiming its City Council violated the state constitution during invocations during its meeting. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against the City of Pismo Beach, in action instigated by an atheists group in San Luis Obispo. Pismo Beach has an official city chaplain, and Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo County Moving Ahead With Efforts To Improve Airport, Add Airline Service

Wed, November 6, 2013

San Luis Obispo County is moving ahead with planning for a new airport terminal County Supervisors approved a plan to use a million dollars in federal grant money, and a half million dollars in county funding for design work. The proposed new terminal could cost upwards of 20 million dollars. Meanwhile, the County has also Read the Rest…


Longtime South Coast Civic Leader Dies

Wed, November 6, 2013

A longtime civic leader on the South Coast has died.  KCLU’s John Palminteri reports it’s a woman who played a key role in the early days of the City of Goleta. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Goleta Civic Leader Dies


Ventura County Moves To Impose Mandatory Spaying/Neutering For Pets, For New Tool In Battling Pet Overpopulation

Wed, November 6, 2013

It’s a heartbreaking problem which faces communities around the nation. Pet overpopulation leads to the killing of about 2.7 million healthy dogs and cats across the country annually, and thousands each year in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. In 2009, Santa Barbara County passed a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for dogs and cats, to try and Read the Rest…


Incumbents Score Big In Ventura, Westlake Village City Council Races

Wed, November 6, 2013

Election Day in Ventura County returned a lot of familiar faces to posts ranging from the Ventura City Council to some local school boards and special districts. In Ventura, the unofficial results show that incumbents Mike Tracy, Jim Monahan, and Neal Andrews are returning for new four year terms. But, they’ll be joined by a new Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara’s Mayor, Two City Council Incumbents Keep Seats In Election

Wed, November 6, 2013

Preliminary results for Santa Barbara’s municipal election yesterday appear to be a clean sweep for the incumbents. Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider easily won re-election, with more than 73% of the vote. The two City Council incumbents seeking re-election also did well.  Bendy White, and Frank Hotchkiss topped a field of ten candidates seeking the Read the Rest…


Man Called Serial Burglar In Ventura County

Wed, November 6, 2013

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says a man questioned for behaving suspiciously in a Camarillo neighborhood turned out to be a serial burglar. Deputies were called to the 700 block of Trueno Avenue about 8:30 a.m. last Thursday by reports of a man looking into homes in the area.  As they arrived, they received reports Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To Prison In False Report Of Hostages Incident In Ventura County

Tue, November 5, 2013

A Massachusetts man accused of making a number of false 911 calls and threats to communities around the country, including Ventura County, has been sentenced to two and a half years behind bars. Prosecutors say on January 2nd of this year, Nathan Athol called the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and said he was armed with Read the Rest…


Firefighters In Santa Barbara County Get Grant To Buy New Extrication Equipment

Tue, November 5, 2013

Five fire departments in Santa Barbara County are going to be receiving new gear to help them extricate trapped people, or animals, thanks to a grant. The Santa Maria Fire Department served as the lead agency to help get a $200,000 grant form the California Office of Traffic Safety.  The money will allow the Santa Read the Rest…


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