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Archives for December 2013

Foundation Makes $100,000 Grant To Help Foster Youth Attending College In Ventura County

Fri, December 20, 2013

A foundation has awarded $100,000 to efforts to help hundreds of foster youth enrolled in some colleges in Ventura County. The Stuart Foundation made the grant to help the approximately 700 foster youth enrolled at Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura Colleges, as well as Cal State Channel Islands.  The money is expected to help at-risk students Read the Rest…


Man Dies Following Shooting In Oxnard; Circumstances Still Unclear

Fri, December 20, 2013

A man is dead, following a shooting in Oxnard this morning, and detectives are trying to determine what happened. Police were called to the 600 block of West Juniper Street by a 911 call, with reports of a shooting.  They found a seriously wounded man who died later in the morning at a hospital. Investigators Read the Rest…


Woman Injured In Three Vehicle Central Coast Traffic Accident Dies; Driver Of Another Vehicle Arrested

Fri, December 20, 2013

A Central Coast woman injured in a three vehicle accident has died, and the driver of one of the other vehicles has been arrested on a DUI charge. The CHP says Rebecca Sandoval of Lompoc was eastbound on Highway 246, near Cuesta Road when she slammed into another vehicle which was slowing down to stop Read the Rest…


Unemployment Down In Ventura County, Up In Santa Barbara County

Fri, December 20, 2013

The latest monthly unemployment figures are mixed for Ventura, and Santa Barbara. Ventura County unemployment dipped slightly from month to month, going from 7.3% in October, to 7.2% in November. The jobless rate rose from 6.1% in October, to 6.2% in November in Santa Barbara County. Statewide, unemployment dropped from 8.7% in October, to 8.5% Read the Rest…


Mixed Month To Month Unemployment Figures For Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, December 20, 2013

The latest monthly unemployment figures are mixed for Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. The jobless rate rose from 6.1% in October, to 6.2% in November in Santa Barbara County. There was a slight month to month dip in unemployment in San Luis Obispo County, with the rate dropping from 6.1% in October, to Read the Rest…


81 Year Old Man Struck, Fatally Injured By Van In Oxnard

Fri, December 20, 2013

An 81 year old Ventura County man is dead, after being struck by a van. Oxnard Police say Juan Rivas of Oxnard was on C Street just after six last night, when he stepped into the road in front of the oncoming van. Rivas was taken to a hospital, where he later died.  The people Read the Rest…


Grief Counselors At Ventura County High School To Help Students, Staff Cope With With Fatal Incident

Fri, December 20, 2013

Grief counselors will be at Moorpark High School throughout the day today to help students, and staff cope with a fatal incident involving a student yesterday. Authorities say a teen who had been sought for leaving a threatening note at a Ventura County high school campus which prompted a campus lockdown killed himself. Moorpark High Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Brutal Murder In Ventura County

Fri, December 20, 2013

An arrest has been made in a murder which occured nearly three months ago in Oxnard. Detectives say they’ve taken into custody Nicholas Delgado of Camarillo for the September 25th slaying of Alfonso Mina.  The 24 year old Oxnard man was fatally stabbed in his Alvarado Street home.  At the time, investigators said they could Read the Rest…


Four Hurt In Traffic Accident Which Closed Central Coast Highway

Thu, December 19, 2013

Four people were hurt in a traffic accident which closed a Central Coast highway this afternoon. The CHP is still trying to sort out what happened, but three vehicles were involved in the crash on Highway 246, at Casino Drive in the Santa Ynez Valley just after 2 p.m.  One of the four people injured Read the Rest…


Forecast Center At Ventura County University Predicts Slow Economic Growth For California, Nation

Thu, December 19, 2013

More slow economic grow is in the future for California, and the nation, according to a new economic report released by a Ventura County university today. California Lutheran University’s Center For Economic Research, and Forecasting says from one standpoint, there is good news in that some economic growth is projected for next year. But, economists Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Teen Sought In Threat To Ventura County School Killed Himself

Thu, December 19, 2013

Authorities say a teen who had been sought for leaving a threatening note at a Ventura County high school campus which prompted a campus lockdown killed himself. Moorpark High School officials received a threatening note on campus this morning, and called 911. A precautionary lockdown was ordered at around 8:30 a.m.  More than 70 Ventura Read the Rest…


Kern County Man Gets 15 Years To Life Sentence For Fatal DUI Crash On Central Coast

Thu, December 19, 2013

A Kern County man convicted of second degree murder for a fatal crash on the Central Coast received a 15 years to life prison sentence. Jerad Cross of Bakersfield was convicted for the November 2012, crash on Highway 46 outside of Paso Robles.  Prosecutors say the 31 year old man was under the influence of Read the Rest…


Theater Group In Santa Barbara County Brings Holidays Home With Show Featuring Centuries Of Traditional Music, Dance

Thu, December 19, 2013

A non-profit theater group which is part of a national network of related theater companies is preparing to present a holiday show in Santa Barbara this weekend. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Revels


Lockdown Lifted At Moorpark High School

Thu, December 19, 2013

A lockdown has been lifted at a high school in Ventura County, about two hours after a threatening note was found on campus this morning. The precautionary action was ordered at around 8:30 a.m. , at Moorpark High School.  The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from the school’s office, after a note  Read the Rest…


Family Of Late Actor, Developer in Santa Barbara County Moving Ahead With Planned Hotel Project

Thu, December 19, 2013

The family of the late actor, and developer Fess Parker says it’s moving ahead with his plans to develop a new resort near Santa Barbara’s East Beach. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the latest proposal is a scaled down version of what was originally on the drawing boards. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Parker Read the Rest…


High School in Ventura County Placed On Lockdown

Thu, December 19, 2013

A high school in Ventura County has been placed on lockdown, after a threatening note was found on campus. The precautionary lockdown was ordered at around 8:30 a.m. ,at Moorpark High School.  The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from the school’s office, after a note from a student was found on campus.   Read the Rest…


Effort Underway In Ventura County To Try To Help Threatened Species Of Frog

Thu, December 19, 2013

A species of frog which was once common throughout California is now only found in 24 of the 46 counties where it once lived. The California Red Legged Frog is listed by the federal government as a threatened species. They’re still found in Santa Barbara, and parts of Ventura County, but are virtually gone further Read the Rest…


Medical Examiner’s Office Reports Death Of Man In Oxnard This Week A Homicide

Wed, December 18, 2013

Detectives are now calling the death of a man in Oxnard earlier this week a homicide. The body of 59 year old David Salazar was found in the side yard of a home on the 300 block of Robert Avenue Monday morning.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was conducted, and his Read the Rest…


Ventura County Teen Found Dead In Central California; Two Men Arrested

Wed, December 18, 2013

Two men are behind bars in Central California on child cruelty charges, following the death of a Ventura County teenager. Fresno television station KSFN reports that the body of 17 year old Tara McGuire was found near Rock Creek Campground, in the Sierra National Forest. Authorities received a call from a man Monday afternoon saying Read the Rest…


More Than 5200 People In Tri-Counties Now Enrolled In Health Insurance Through Covered California

Wed, December 18, 2013

New figures released by Covered California show that more than 5200 Tri-Counties residents have secured health care insurance through its efforts as a part of the Affordable Care Act. From October 1st through November 30th, 5243 people in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties made it through the process. About 4500 of than Read the Rest…


Mideast Expert Visting Ventura County Says U.S., Iran Talks Are Encouraging

Wed, December 18, 2013

An internationally known expert on Mideast affairs who spoke in Ventura County today says what will happen next in Egypt, and Syria is hard to predict, but that he’s encouraged by talks between the U.S., and Iran. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Camarillo.


Wind Could Create Dangerous Driving Conditions On Central Coast

Wed, December 18, 2013

Windy conditions in the forecast could create some hazardous driving conditions for drivers headed to inland areas of Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. The National Weather Service says a cold frontal boundary will bring gusty conditions to some parts of the region.  They’re issuing a wind advisory from midnight tonight, to noon tomorrow. Read the Rest…


Shopping Center Makes $625,000 Donation To Fund Public Safety Efforts In Santa Barbara County

Wed, December 18, 2013

A shopping center has made a $625,000 commitment to help fund public safety efforts in the City of Goleta. The Camino Real Marketplace says it’s making the pledge to help insure that the city has the resources it needs to keep the community safe. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, which has a contact to Read the Rest…


Central Coast Woman Accused Of Trying To Smuggle Drugs To Murder Suspect In Santa Barbara County Jail

Wed, December 18, 2013

A Central Coast woman has been arrested, after Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies say she tried to use a methamphetamine laced postcard to smuggle drugs to her boyfriend in the county jail. Investigators say Banesa Gutierrez sent the postcard to Anthoy Solis, who is behind bars in on a murder charge.  The 29 year old Read the Rest…


Ventura County Pushes Ahead With Efforts To Attract Drone Testing Program

Wed, December 18, 2013

Ventura County signed an agreement which will allow it to remain in the running for a a test site for drones. County Supervisors approved sending of a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration which confirms the county agrees to certain terms, and conditions for the potential site. There are applicants from 24 states in the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Approve Fracking Questionnaire For Oil, Gas Companies Seeking Drilling Permits

Wed, December 18, 2013

It’s been a week filled with controversy about oil development in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. Yesterday, we told you about Santa Barbara County deciding to pursue a ballot measure which calls for taxing each barrel of oil produced in the county. Now, Ventura County is moving ahead with efforts to get oil companies to Read the Rest…


Car Chase Ends With Vehicle Being Stopped At Ventura County Jail

Tue, December 17, 2013

A pursuit which went through a number of Ventura County communities conveniently ended in the parking lot of the county jail, in Ventura. It started just before 3 a.m. today, on the northbound 101 Freeway in the Conejo Valley. A CHP officer saw the vehicle weaving, and tried to pull it over, but the vehicle Read the Rest…


Amateur Cyclists Will Get Chance To Ride Section Of Amgen Tour Of California Route In Ventura County

Tue, December 17, 2013

Amateur cyclists are going to be able to get a real taste of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California professional race, with a special event in Ventura County duplicating the tour’s 80 mile final stage of the competition. The L’Etape du California will give cyclists the chance to try the often challenging route which goes into the Read the Rest…


69 Year Old Santa Barbara County Man Arrested On Multiple Sexual Assault Charges

Tue, December 17, 2013

A 69 year old Santa Barbara County man has been arrested on multiple sexual assault charges, with police  saying there are two victims in the case. Detectives say the investigation started after officers were called to the 200 block of Las Ondas last Wednesday, by reports of a disturbance.  They say it led to the Read the Rest…


Two Men Arrested After Loaded Gun, Drugs Found In Vehicle During Routine Traffic Stop On Central Coast

Tue, December 17, 2013

Two men have been arrested, after a traffic stop on the Central Coast led to the discovery of a loaded gun, and drugs in their vehicle. A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol just before one a.m. today noticed an equipment violation with a vehicle.  It was stopped on the 900 block of Edison Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Man Called Armed And Dangerous Who Eluded Deputies In Santa Barbara County

Tue, December 17, 2013

A man authorities say is armed, and dangerous is the object of a search in Santa Barbara County, after he eluded deputies in a wild chase in which he drove against traffic on Highway 101. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 4100 block of Via Real, in Carpinteria just after three this Read the Rest…


Missile Successfully Test Launched From Central Coast

Tue, December 17, 2013

The Air Force says it’s successfully test launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from the Central Coast. The Minuteman III missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force base at 4:36 this morning.  The launch team included missile launch crews from Montana, and Nebraska.   It was the 12th, and final test launch from Vandenberg this year.


Film Legend Robert Redford To Be Honored In Santa Barbara

Tue, December 17, 2013

Film legend Robert Redford is going to be honored by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Redford will receive the festival’s American Riviera Award on February 9th.  The actor, director, and producer’s latest film, “All Is Lost,” is being acclaimed by many critics. Redford’s career spans more than a half century, with films like “Butch Read the Rest…


Group Gives $200,000 To Library In Ventura County

Tue, December 17, 2013

A non-profit group has donated $200,000 to a library in Ventura County. The Friends of the Camarillo Library made the donation to the City of Camarillo, to help the City’s library.  During the last four decades, the organization has donated more than two million dollars to the Camarillo Library, for books, programs, and materials.  The Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Pushing Ahead With Controversial Oil Production Tax Proposal

Tue, December 17, 2013

Santa Barbara County is pushing forward with a controversial proposal for a ballot measure for a new oil production tax. If approved, the dollar a barrel tax on would help the cash strapped county provide more funding for things like fire protection, libraries, parks, and deferred maintenance. But, oil companies, some business leaders, and some Read the Rest…


Judge Orders Ventura County To Get $44 Million Dollars From Paint Companies Over Harmful Paint

Tue, December 17, 2013

A judge has ordered some paint companies to pay 10 California jurisdictions, including Ventura County, more than $1.1 billion dollars after finding the companies guilty of marketing paint they knew was harmful to children. A San Jose Superior Court judge issued the ruling against Conagra Grocery Paint Company, NL Industries Incorporated, and Sherwin-Williams after a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Say They Arrest Major Drug Dealer

Mon, December 16, 2013

A man Santa Barbara Police describe as a major drug dealer has been arrested, following a six month long investigation. Detectives say they’ve been looking into the activities of Luis Felipe Uriarte , and finally arrested him in a traffic stop.  They say they found significant amounts of cocaine in his vehicle, and that a Read the Rest…


Police Investigating Discovery Of Body Found In Yard Of Oxnard House

Mon, December 16, 2013

Police were at an Oxnard home all day today, trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body in the house’s yard. Officers were called to the 300 block of Robert Avenue just before nine this morning.  Police say they found the body of a 59 year old man in the home’s side Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Release Details Of Stabbing Of Couple, Dog Over Weekend

Mon, December 16, 2013

Santa Barbara Police are only releasing limited details of an attack over the weekend in which two people, and a dog were stabbed. The attack happened at around 6:30 Saturday night, on the 700 block of East Haley Street.  Police say a man, and woman were walking on Haley when they were attacked.  The two Read the Rest…


Actor Who Created, Starred As Martial Arts Expert “Billy Jack” Dies In Conejo Valley

Mon, December 16, 2013

The actor/writer/director who rose to fame in the 1970’s as a martial arts expert who took on the bad guys with his fists in the name of people who were mistreated has died in Ventura County. Tom Laughlin was known to a generation of people as “Billy Jack.” He made four “Billy Jack” movies, and Read the Rest…


Federal Grant Keeps Ventura Fire Station In Operation

Mon, December 16, 2013

A federal grant is going to help a South Coast community keep a fire station open which had to be closed a few years ago due to tight finances. The City of Ventura received a $2.4 million dollar from FEMA through the federal government’s “SAFER” program. The city’s Fire Station #4 was closed in 2010 Read the Rest…


Tuesday Morning Missile Launch Planned From Central Coast

Mon, December 16, 2013

A test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile is set to take place from Santa Barbara County tomorrow. The Air Force is planning to send up an unarmed Minuteman III missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base tomorrow morning.  There’s a six hour launch window, from 1:39 to 7:39 a.m.  It’s the 12th planned Minuteman launch Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara County CEO Finalist For Dallas, Texas City Manager

Mon, December 16, 2013

Her contract as Santa Barbara County’s CEO didn’t get renewed over the summer, but the former local government executive is in the running to become the next City Manager for Dallas, Texas. The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Chandra Wallar is one of six finalists for the position. Wallar served as Santa Barbara County’s Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Following Chase Involving Stolen Caltrans Van

Mon, December 16, 2013

Two men are facing auto theft, obstruction of justice, and felony vandalism charges after a Catrans vehicle was stolen in Ventura County, leading to a chase. The Caltrans van was reported missing from the 1200 block of Ventura Street in Fillmore around two a.m. yesterday.  Several minutes after the van was reported missing, a Ventura County Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Try To Solve Fatal Stabbing

Mon, December 16, 2013

Detectives are trying to figure out what led to a murder in Ventura County. Oxnard Police were called to the 1500 block of Alturas Street just after 9 a.m. Friday, by reports of a stabbing.  They found a seriously injured man, Juan Carlos Garcia, who died a shirt time later at a hospital. The 26 Read the Rest…


Thoreau Edition At UCSB Release Collection Of Iconic Writer’s Correspondence

Mon, December 16, 2013

A national project based in Santa Barbara County to produce one of the most comprehensive collections of an iconic American writer’s work just hit a major milestone. The first of three books documenting the correspondence of Henry David Thoreau has been released, as part of what’s projected to be a 28 volume effort. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Memorial Service Planned For Homeless Who Died In Ventura County

Fri, December 13, 2013

A memorial service is planned for this weekend for Ventura County’s homeless who’ve died. A coalition of religious leaders will be conducting the service in Ventura.  The idea of the 3 p.m. event on Sunday, in Plaza Park is to take a few moments to remember those who would otherwise go unrecognized.  Organizers say they’ve Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Continues Shakeup Of Administration

Fri, December 13, 2013

A major shakeup continues with the administration of a Central Coast City. The Morro Bay City Council approved a severance package this week for City Manager Andrea Lueker. The Council placed her on paid administrative leave, and she will get nine months salary, plus other benefits that she’s due. Robert Schultz also lost his post Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Introduces Legislation To Provide More Protection For Federal Firefighters

Fri, December 13, 2013

A local congresswoman has introduced legislation to help give new health care protections to federal firefighters. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara co-authored HR 3718, which would help firefighters harmed on the job get more comprehensive disability benefits.  Capps says federal firefighters currently don’t receive the same protection as those at the local level.  Read the Rest…


Students, Sheriff’s Deputies, Inmates Team Up On Central Coast To Give Kids Presents

Fri, December 13, 2013

Some students, law enforcement officers, and jail inmates are teaming up to help kids in need on the Central Coast during the holidays. Fourth grade students at St. Patrick’s School in Arroyo Grande gathered 25 old bicycles.  The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department picked up the bikes today.  The bikes are going to the Read the Rest…


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