Archives for February 2014

City Of Ventura To Continue Settlement With State Over Wastewater Fines

Mon, February 24, 2014

The Ventura City Council tonight will consider paying a $600,000 fine for what a state agency ruled was excessive chemical discharges from the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The City, and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board reached a tentative agreement over violations between 2010 and 2012. City officials say they thought the amount Read the Rest…


Panga Boat Believed To Have Been Used For Smuggling People Found On Central Coast Beach

Mon, February 24, 2014

A panga boat authorities believe was used to smuggle people into the U.S. from Mexico has been found on a Central Coast beach. The craft was found near the San Simeon Campground, near Cambria just after seven a.m. yesterday. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department investigators say they found signs that the craft was carrying Read the Rest…


UCSB Student Sexually Assaulted By Group Of Men

Mon, February 24, 2014

Authorities are investigating the sexual assault of a 19 year old UCSB student by a group of men. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the community is shocked over the brutal attack. Click on link to listen to/download story:  UCSB Attack


Professor Who Battled Mental Health Issues To Graduate From Oxford, Yale Law School Brings Inspirational Story To South Coast

Mon, February 24, 2014

She’s been confined to psychiatric units, and undergone decades of therapy. Yet, a remarkable woman has overcome her schizophrenia, to become an author, internationally known mental health law expert, and win a McArthur “genius grant.” KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to Professor Elyn Sacks, who coming to the South Coast this week to talk about how Read the Rest…


Summit On Homelessness In Santa Barbara County To Feature Local, National Experts

Mon, February 24, 2014

Santa Barbara County is home to an estimated 1500 homeless people. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that tonight, a community summit will feature local, and national experts talking about the latest strategies in dealing with the problem. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Homelessness Summit


Two Storms in Forecast For Central, South Coasts; One Could Bring Significant Rainfall

Sun, February 23, 2014

Spring is just around the corner, but the Central and South Coast may finally get some substantial winter rainfall. The first of two storm systems is predicted to arrive in San Luis Obispo County Wednesday afternoon.  It could mean up to three quarters of an inch of rain north of Point Conception, but not much Read the Rest…


Governor Appoints Central Coast City Councilman To State Coastal Commission

Sat, February 22, 2014

A Central Coast city councilman has been appointed to the State Coastal Commission. Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Pismo Beach City Councilman Erik Howell to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Ventura City Councilman Brian Brennan.  Howell has been on the Pismo council since 2012.  He’s been an attorney in private practice for Read the Rest…


Man Fatally Wounded In Ventura County

Sat, February 22, 2014

Police called to an Oxnard neighborhood by reports of gunfire found a man who had been fatally wounded. Officers received word of possible shots fired in the area of Courtland Street, and Canterbury Way just after 11 p.m. Friday.  They found a 26 year old man who had been shot.  He died shortly after police, and paramedics reached Read the Rest…


RV, Car Catch On Fire On Ventura County Freeway, And Spark Brushfire

Fri, February 21, 2014

A fire involving a moving RV, and the car it was towing started a brush fire in Ventura County today, causing big tieups on a freeway. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:


UCSB Gearing Up For Meningitis Vaccination Program Which Starts Monday

Fri, February 21, 2014

UC Santa Barbara is gearing up for a big immunization program starting on Monday, after receiving permission from the federal government to offer a meningitis vaccine which isn’t licensed for use in the United States. UCSB is getting more than 18,000 doses of the Meningitis B vaccine, which will be offered free of charge to Read the Rest…


South Coast Assemblyman Pushing For Stiffer Penalties For Parolees Who Remove Tracking Devices

Fri, February 21, 2014

A South Coast assemblyman has introduced legislation intended to return violent felons who remove, or tamper with GPS tracking devices to jail. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo is the author of AB 2477, which tries to expand upon recent legislation stiffening the penalties for disabling tracking systems. Under the proposed law, violators would have Read the Rest…


Drought Prompts Restrictions On Fishing On Central Coast

Fri, February 21, 2014

The drought has prompted the suspension of fishing in sections of some streams, including some on the Central Coast. State legal affairs officials approved emergency regulations adopted by the State Fish and Game Commission to close streams west of Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County to angling. The closure also affects a number of Read the Rest…


San Fernando Valley Man Arrested For Running Heroin Delivery Service In Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Fri, February 21, 2014

It wasn’t pizzas a delivery service was taking to homes in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties, but heroin. A San Fernando Valley man is facing more than a half dozen charges, after Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and Simi Valley Police say they broke up a heroin delivery service. Detectives say Wilfredo Chavarria of Granada Hills Read the Rest…


Sewage Leak From Apartments In Santa Barbara Stopped Before It Reaches Creek

Fri, February 21, 2014

Emergency crews were able to stop a stinky sewage leak from a Santa Barbara apartment complex before it could reach a nearby creek. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Sewage Leak


Could Ventura County’s Version Of “Jamzilla” Be Coming This Weekend?

Fri, February 21, 2014

Could it be the South Coast’s version of “Jamzilla,” a major freeway closure which has the potential to create epic traffic tieups? KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Jamzilla Junior?


Choral Conference Brings Thousands To Santa Barbara

Fri, February 21, 2014

The sounds of choral music are drifting throughout the South Coast, as some 2500 people have converged on Santa Barbara for a major choral conference. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Choral Conference


Veterans Counseling Services In Ventura County Overwhelmed, But At Congressional Hearing, VA Says Its Working To Fix Problem

Fri, February 21, 2014

Some Ventura County veterans say they’re being forced to wait weeks to get counseling services. Others are going to Los Angeles because the local VA clinic is overwhelmed. That was the gist of the testimony at a congressional hearing in Ventura County yesterday, which looked at VA services in the County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Read the Rest…


Two Accused Of Defrauding Dozens of Financially Troubled Homeowners In Santa Barbara County

Thu, February 20, 2014

Two people are facing dozens of charges after Santa Barbara County prosecutors say they defrauded dozens of financially troubled homeowners who were facing foreclosure. Investigator say Ismael Cancinos and Mercedes Alvarez are facing 86 felony counts, ranging from grand theft and elder abuse to residential burglary. The DA’s Real Estate Investigation team says it’s identified Read the Rest…


Not Enough Services For Veterans In Ventura County, According To Testimony At Congressional Hearing

Thu, February 20, 2014

There are not enough resources to meet the needs of veterans in Ventura County, but some help is on the way. That was the gist of a congressional hearing in Camarillo today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Congressional Hearing On Veterans Services


Ventura County’s Version Of “Jamzilla” Coming This Weekend

Thu, February 20, 2014

Last weekend, the attention of motorists was focused on the 405 Freeway, as what was coined “Jamzilla” threatenrd to cause major tieups due to closures because of construction.   Major problems didn’t develop, but this weekend, it’s Ventura County’s turn for a major freeway shutdown. The westbound side of the freeway which connects the 118, and Read the Rest…


Inmate Reported Missing From Federal Prison On Central Coast

Thu, February 20, 2014

An inmate has been reported missing from a federal prison on the Central Coast. James Booker disappeared yesterday from a minimum security facility at Lompoc Federal Prison. The 37 year old Northern California man was serving an eight year sentence for drug dealing. Authorities think he walked away from the camp where he was housed, Read the Rest…


Controversy Over Planned New Immigrations And Customs Enforcement Facility On Central Coast To Go To Santa Maria City Council

Thu, February 20, 2014

Controversial plans to build a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility on the Central Coast will be decided by the Santa Maria City Council. Despite appeals from hundreds of immigration rights advocates, the Santa Maria Planning Commission approved construction of the complex near Depot Street, and McCoy Lane. Some of the opponents have appealed the Read the Rest…


Kern County Man Sentenced To One Year In Jail For 2013 Hit And Run Accident Which Killed Simi Valley Bicyclist

Thu, February 20, 2014

A Kern County man has been sentenced to one year in jail, and five years probation for a hit and run traffic accident in Moorpark which left a bicyclist dead. Nicholas Santiago was driving east on Tierra Rejada Road, just east of Highway 23 last February 21st when he hit a bicycle being ridden by Read the Rest…


Love Story Comes To Dramatic End In Santa Barbara County With Return Of Military Dog Tags Missing For Decades

Thu, February 20, 2014

A love story spanning some seven decades has come to a touching ending in Santa Barbara County, thanks to the help of a stranger some 6000 miles away. Some World War Two dog tags lost in the South Pacific in the 1940’s were found, and returned to the man’s widow just before she died. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Chinese Company Buying Energy Company With Oil Drilling Operatings In Santa Barbara County

Thu, February 20, 2014

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a Chinese company is buying a Texas based energy company, which has major oil drilling operations in Santa Barbara County. Goldleaf Jewelry Company is purchasing 95% control ERG Resources for around $665 million dollars. ERG has oil facilities in the Cat Canyon, and Casmalia areas.  The company also Read the Rest…


Community Pool In Santa Barbara County Sinking Into Ground, Needs Rebuilding

Thu, February 20, 2014

A community pool complex built by Santa Barbara County in 2009 is going to need to be rebuilt, after a wading pool, and the main pool started to sink. The damage to the Joseph Centeno Aquatics Center in Cuyama was first noticed in October of 2012, leading to its closure. The County, and the insurance Read the Rest…


Phone Scam First Reported In Ventura County Also Hitting People In Santa Barbara County

Wed, February 19, 2014

It was first reported in Ventura County. Now, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is warning people about a fraud scheme which is targeting the public. Officials with both departments say people have received calls saying they missed jury duty, and have to pay a fine to clear an arrest warrant. The caller then instructs Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Issues Warning About Fraud Scheme Targeting Public

Wed, February 19, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is warning people about a fraud scheme which is targeting the public. Sheriff’s Department investigators say several people have received calls saying they missed jury duty, and have to pay a fine to clear an arrest warrant. The caller then instructs the victim to go buy a prepared cash card Read the Rest…


Wind Brings Increased Brush Fire Danger To Central Coast

Wed, February 19, 2014

A storm system passing north of the Central Coast could create some strong northwest winds, and an increased fire danger. Gusts to 60 miles an hour are possible, and humidity has dropped to unusually low levels for this time of year. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says as a precaution, it’s beefed up staffing, Read the Rest…


Gusty Winds Bring Increased Brush Fire Danger To Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, February 19, 2014

A storm system passing to the north of Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties could create some strong northwest winds, and an increased fire danger. Gusts to 60 miles an hour are possible, and humidity has dropped to unusually low levels for this time of year. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says as a precaution, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Assemblyman Buzzing About Effort To Help Bees

Wed, February 19, 2014

A South Coast assemblyman says he wants to do something to help the struggling bee population. Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara introduced legislation to try to help with the dramatic decline reported in the bee population. AB 1789 calls for the State Department of Pesticide Regulation to determine whether certain pesticides are killing Read the Rest…


Air Quality A Concern On Central Central Coast Due To Wind

Wed, February 19, 2014

Air quality is an issue on the Central Coast today, due to wind. The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued an air quality watch for the northern part of the county.  The concern is that dry conditions, and wind may result in elevated dust particles, especially in the Santa Maria area. People are Read the Rest…


Montecito Looking At Water Rationing In Face Of Drought

Wed, February 19, 2014

Water rationing is being seriously considered by the Montecito Water District, in the face of the drought. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Montecito Water


Central Coast Police Chief Announces Retirement Plans

Wed, February 19, 2014

A police chief on the Central Coast has announced his retirement, after three decades in law enforcement. Pismo Beach Police Chief Jeff Norton plans to step down in July.  Norton’s entire law enforcement career has been on the Central Coast.  He began his law enforcement career with the Grover Beach Police Department, and moved to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Approves Bailout For Mental Health Services

Wed, February 19, 2014

They are among the people in our communities who need help the most. Medi-Cal provides counties some funding to provide help to the mentally ill.  But, there are a number of  non-reimbursable costs, like for homeless shelter services, and impatient services. Santa Barbara County has been forced to dip into reserves to pull out $30 Read the Rest…


State Senator From Santa Barbara Introduces Job Training Bill For Long Term Unemployed

Wed, February 19, 2014

A state senator from Santa Barbara has introduced a job training bill targeting California’s long term unemployed. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara authored SB 1028, which calls for at least 2500 vocational training awards be set aside each year for those who’ve been unemployed for more than six months. California has one of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Killed In Head-On Crash In Santa Barbara County Identified

Wed, February 19, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a wrong way driver on the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara County who caused a head-on accident, which killed him, and injured five others. CHP officers say Timothy Morhar of Newbury Park was southbound on the northbound 101 in the Summerland area just after one a.m. Monday.  Officers tried to intercept Read the Rest…


Fifth Suspect In 2009 Ventura County Murder Case Arrested

Wed, February 19, 2014

A fifth suspect has been arrested in a five year old murder case in Ventura County. Detectives say in January of 2009, three men were stabbed on the 2700 block of El Dorado Avenue in Oxnard.  Alfredo Vargas died from his wounds a day after the attack. In July of 2013, four members of the Read the Rest…


Victim In Fatal Oxnard Shooting Identified

Tue, February 18, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a 24 year old man who was shot to death in Ventura County. Oxnard Police were called to the 2000 block of Mariposa Avenue Monday night, by reports of a shooting. They found two men with gunshot wounds. One of them, Joshua Van of Oxnard, was pronounced dead at the scene. Read the Rest…


Arizona Police Say They Make Arrest in Three Decade Old Murder Of Santa Barbara County Man

Tue, February 18, 2014

An arrest has been made in the more than three decade old murder of a Santa Barbara County man. Arizona Police say they used fingerprints to link Robert Resendez of Medford, Oregon to the August, 1981 shooting death of Jerry Heath in Yuma County, Arizona. Investigators believe the 51 year old Lompoc man was killed Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Gets First Female Fire Captain

Tue, February 18, 2014

A Ventura County community has its first female fire captain. The Oxnard Fire Department promoted Engineer Melissa Stillwagon to captain, making her the first female captain in the department’s 115 year history.  Stillwagon has been with the department for 11 years, and is a certified hazardous material technician.


Longtime Classical Radio Station In Santa Barbara To Stay Classical, But Local Ownership Will End

Tue, February 18, 2014

A financially troubled Santa Barbara radio station which was one of the few commercial classical stations in the nation will keep its format, but local ownership will end. The Santa Barbara Foundation announced a deal which will result in Los Angeles based KUSC taking over Santa Barbara’s KDB.  The move will insure that classical music Read the Rest…


It’s Back to School, At A Different Campus For Hundreds Of Displaced Ventura County Elementary School Students

Tue, February 18, 2014

Hundreds of students in Ventura County returned to school after the holiday weekend today, but at a different campus than they attended last week. The more than 200 students from Simi Elementary School, in Simi Valley  are now attending classes on the Mountain View Elementary School campus.  Simi Elementary was closed last week, after an Read the Rest…


Nation’s Largest Cycling Event Coming To Tri-Counties Adds Women’s Competition

Tue, February 18, 2014

The nation’s largest cycling competition, which will once again include some Central and South Coast stops, will for the first time include a professional women’s cycling competition. The Amgen Tour of California is May 11th-18th this year.  It includes a leg from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara on Thursday, May 15th, and the overall finish Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Rock Musician David Crosby Undergoes Heart Procedure

Tue, February 18, 2014

A classic rock star who lives in Santa Barbara County has undergone a heart procedure. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports David Crosby has canceled some concert dates so he can recuperate. Click on link to listen to/download story:  David Crosby


Congressional Subcommittee To Hold Hearing On Veterans Mental Health Services In Ventura County

Tue, February 18, 2014

A congressional subcommittee is going to hold a public hearing in Ventura County this week to look at veterans mental health care services in Southern California. The House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health will meet at Cal State Channel Islands Thursday morning, to hear testimony on the quality, and accessibility of Read the Rest…


“Green Acres” Actress Dies In Santa Barbara

Tue, February 18, 2014

An actress who appeared in a number of TV series, but was best known for her role as a handyman in the classic sitcom “Green Acres” has died in Santa Barbara. Mary Grace Canfield had been battling lung cancer.  Her daughter says she died Saturday in a hospice in Santa Barbara. Canfield appeared in “General Read the Rest…


Pulitzer Prize Winning Author To Speak On South Coast About New Book Looking At Obesity

Tue, February 18, 2014

America is getting fat.  A third of all Americans are overweight. For instance, we consume an average of seventy pounds of sugar per person a year, and double the recommended amount of salt. Now, in the new book “Salt Sugar Fat,” Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Michael Moss looks at how the processed food industry helped Read the Rest…


One Dead, One Seriously Injured Following Shooting in Ventura County

Tue, February 18, 2014

One man is dead, and a second seriously injured following a shooting in Ventura County. It happened just after 6:30 p.m. Monday, on the 2000 block of Mariposa Avenue in Oxnard.  Police called to the scene by reports of a shooting.  They found two men with gunshot wounds.  One of them died at the scene.  Read the Rest…


Dangerous Surf Conditions Reported On Central Coast

Mon, February 17, 2014

Dangerous surf conditions are being reported on some Central Coast beaches. Waves 9-11 feet high are possible for beaches in Northern San Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County.  Some sets up to 14 feet high are possible, The National Weather Service says there are dangerous rip currents, and people should be aware of the Read the Rest…


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