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Archives for May 2014

Woman Sexually Battered In Restroom At Conejo Valley Movie Theater

Sat, May 31, 2014

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a teen, or young man they say sexually battered a woman in a restroom at a Conejo Valley movie theater. Investigators say it happened just after 11 p.m. May 23rd, at a theater on the 100 block of West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. The 23 year old Read the Rest…


Jail Inmate Dies On Central Coast

Sat, May 31, 2014

An inmate has died at a jail on the Central Coast, and there’s no indication yet as to whether it was from natural causes, or was suspicious in nature. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department reports that just before 6 a.m. Friday, inmates in a cell at the County Jail reported that one of Read the Rest…


Efforts To Buy, Preserve Big Chunk Of Ocean View Land On Central Coast Get Big Boost From State

Fri, May 30, 2014

Efforts to buy, and preserve hundreds of acres of prime ocean view land on the Central Coast have received a big boost, with a four million dollar state grant. The Land Conservancy for San Luis Obispo County is trying to purchase the 900 acres of land east of Pismo Beach. A developer has given the Read the Rest…


71st Annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Underway

Fri, May 30, 2014

It’s rodeo time on the Central Coast, with one of the biggest rodeos on the West Coast underway. It’s the 71st annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo. One of the annual celebrations biggest events will take place tomorrow, with the Elks Rodeo Parade, in downtown Santa Maria. The parade begisn at 9 a.m. on Broadway, and Read the Rest…


New Federal Protections Proposed In Wake Of Isla Vista Rampage

Fri, May 30, 2014

Federal legislation intended to address the relationship between mental health, and gun violence was introduced in Washington, D.C. today, with the Isla Vista rampage serving as a key motivation. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara was one of the co-authors of what’s called the Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act. It includes strengthening Read the Rest…


Vote By Mail Results For June 3rd Election Slow So Far On Central Coast

Fri, May 30, 2014

Election Day is officially next Tuesday, but in recent elections, an increasing number of people have been using the vote by mail option. However, so far vote by mail results on the Central Coast are reported to be slow. In Santa Barbara County, only about 31,000 of the 121,000 vote by mail ballots sent out Read the Rest…


Sting Operation On Central Coast Nabs Eight Stores Selling Tobacco Items To Minors

Fri, May 30, 2014

A sting operation on the Central Coast caught eight stores selling tobacco items to minors. The operation in San Luis Obispo County used underage decoys to try to buy tobacco products from stores in unincorporated parts of the county, including Nipomo, Oceano, Avila Beach, and Los Osos. 56 locations were targeted.  Officials say the good Read the Rest…


Authorities Issue Warning About Man Who Sexually Assaulted Jogger On South Coast

Fri, May 30, 2014

Authorities have issued a warning about a man who sexually assaulted a jogger in Ventura County. An 18 year old woman was running near Santa Rosa Road, and Upland Road just after 8 Wednesday night when a man knocked her to the ground, and attacked her.  The woman was eventually able to break away, and Read the Rest…


Central Coast Community Chooses New Deputy City Manager

Fri, May 30, 2014

A Central Coast community is getting a new Deputy City Manager. The City of Santa Maria is hiring Andrew Tse for the post. Tse is currently the Assistant City Manager for the Southern California community of Cypress. Before that, he worked in various managerial positions with the cities of Seal Beach, Bell Gardens, and Paramount. Read the Rest…


Bill Co-Authored By Ventura County Legislator To Toughen Laws For Juvenile Rapists Passed By State Senate

Fri, May 30, 2014

The State Senate has passed legislation co-authored by a Ventura County assemblyman which would toughen penalties for juvenile rapists. SB 838 would add a defenseless victim clause to state law, meaning those who sexually assault people unable to resists because they are intoxicated, incapacitated, or are developmentally disabled would face a minimum two year sentence. Read the Rest…


One Of The World’s Largest Aircraft Carriers Visiting Santa Barbara

Fri, May 30, 2014

One of the world’s largest aircraft carriers is visiting Santa Barbara, for a weekend long stay. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  U.S.S. Ronald Reagan


Polio Survivor In Ventura County Part Of Global Effort To Eradicate Disease

Fri, May 30, 2014

A now retired South Coast educator has traveled the world as part of his efforts to fight polio. But, what many people don’t know is that not only is this Ventura County man a polio vaccination advocate, he is a member of an increasingly rare group.  He’s a polio survivor. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has his Read the Rest…


University President In Ventura County Named Best In Cal State System

Fri, May 30, 2014

The President of Cal State Channel Islands has become very popular with students, not just in Ventura County, but across the state. Dr. Richard Rush has been named the California State University System’s President of the Year by the state students association. It’s the second time Rush has received the honor. He’s the founding president Read the Rest…


South Coast Landmark To Be Featured In Network Television Series This Weekend

Fri, May 30, 2014

A South Coast landmark is going to be showcased on national television this weekend, in an unlikely way. The scenic Music Academy of the West in Montecito will play a starring role in the ABC reality television show “The Bachelorette” Sunday night. In the episode, bachelors hoping to win the hand of bachelorette Andi Dorfman Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Gets 75 Years To Life Sentence For Molesting Three Young Girls

Thu, May 29, 2014

A Ventura County man received the maximum sentence of 75 years, to life in prison for molesting three young girls. Salvador Gonzales of Oxnard was convicted of five counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14. Prosecutors say the now 43 year old man molested the young girls from 1996, to Read the Rest…


Bill Co-Authored By Ventura County Legislator To Increase Funding For County Veterans Service Offices Passed By State Assembly

Thu, May 29, 2014

A bill co-authored by a Ventura County legislator calling for increased funding for county veterans services offices has passed a key hurdle, with its passage by the State Assembly. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo is proposing to appropriate $6 million dollars for the offices statewide.  During the current fiscal year, the offices had a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Says Video, Manifesto In Isla Vista Rampage Didn’t Get To Authorities Until After It Occurred

Thu, May 29, 2014

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department just released new information about the Isla Vista rampage, saying that law enforcement agencies didn’t receive the “Youtube” video and 137 page manifesto from Elliot Roger until after the attacks. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has more. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Isla Vista Rampage Update


One Patient Dead, Second Arrested For Murder At Central Coast Mental Hospital

Thu, May 29, 2014

A patient at a state mental hospital on the Central Coast is dead, and another patient has been arrested for the killing. It happened just after 2 p.m. yesterday, in a dormitory at Atascadero State Hospital. Hospital officials were called to the dorm room, where they found a critically injured patient, who later died. The Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Makes New Call For Gun Control Legislation In Wake Of Isla Vista Rampage

Thu, May 29, 2014

The Congresswoman who represents Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties says the Isla Vista rampage is yet another example of why we need more gun control legislation. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this morning, urging Congress to act. Lawmakers in both the House, Read the Rest…


Well Known Businesswoman, Philanthropist on South Coast Dies

Thu, May 29, 2014

A businesswoman, and philanthropist in Ventura, and Santa Barbara County for decades has died. In 1932 Myra Irene Harrison, and her late husband E.J. founded E.J. Harrison & Sons, one of the region’s largest waste disposal, and recycling companies. Over the decades, the Harrisons supported community activities ranging from Little League Teams, to Boys & Read the Rest…


Ventura County Educator Chosen As Fulbright Scholar

Thu, May 29, 2014

A Ventura County educator has been named a Fulbright scholar. California Lutheran University Assistant Professor Diane Rodriguez-Kiino is the second person in CLU’s history to receive the honor.  She’s a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education.  Rodriguez-Kiino will teach in Japan during the upcoming academic year, offering classes on the history of diversity Read the Rest…


Former Congressional Aide Gets 20 Years, To Life Sentence For Fatal DUI Hit And Run Crash In Santa Barbara County

Thu, May 29, 2014

A former aide to a Santa Barbara congresswoman has been formally sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for a DUI hit and run crash which killed a woman. Raymond Victor Morua stuck, and fatally injured Mallory Dies in downtown Santa Barbara last December.  Santa Barbara Police say he fled the scene, but the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Toughens Regulations On Fireworks Shows In Wake Of 2013 Accidents

Thu, May 29, 2014

The Ventura County Fire Department has issued new fireworks show safety requirements, in the wake of two accidents last year which injured dozens of people. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Fireworks Restrictions


Two Thousand People Take Part In Paddle Out Memorial For Isla Vista Rampage Victims

Thu, May 29, 2014

A huge crowd turned out for a traditional surfer’s memorial event for the Isla Vista shooting rampage victims. The UCSB Surf Team organized a paddle out off of Isla Vista Wednesday night, with an overwhelming turnout. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Paddle Out


More Than 50,000 Marijuana Plants Seized In Ventura County; Street Value Tops $200 Million Dollars

Thu, May 29, 2014

The first major marijuana raid of 2014 in Ventura County is being called one of the largest in the county’s history, with the estimated street value of the plants in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Tens of thousands of plants were seized from a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest, from a Read the Rest…


Woman Enters Guilty Plea To Animal Cruelty Charge In Santa Barbara County

Wed, May 28, 2014

A Santa Barbara County woman entered a guilty plea to a felony animal cruelty charge, after stabbing a cat to death. County prosecutors say in January, Nellie Marie Palacios entered the Orcutt home of her ex-boyfriend, and killed the cat. A court appointed psychologist testified that she suffers from mental health issues, and had stopped Read the Rest…


More Than 50,000 Marijuana Plants Seized In Ventura County, With Street Value Topping $200 Million Dollars

Wed, May 28, 2014

What’s being called the first large scale marijuana raid of the season in Ventura County has turned out to be a big one, with the seizure of more than 50,000 plants, with an estimated street value of more than $200 million dollars. Ventura County Sheriff’s narcotics investigators, working with other agencies seized the plans in Read the Rest…


UCSB Student Arrested After He Accidently Fires Gun; Seven Weapons, 1000 Rounds Of Ammunition Seized

Wed, May 28, 2014

Tension has already been high in Isla Vista, and now a UCSB student has been arrested after he accidentally fired a gun which narrowly missed someone in a neighboring apartment, and a search then turned up seven weapons. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  UCSB Student Arrested


UC Santa Barbara Clinic Providing Free Brief Counseling Services For Community Members Affected By The Isla Vista Rampage

Wed, May 28, 2014

A UC Santa Barbara based clinic is offering free brief counseling services to members of the community to help people cope with the impacts of the Isla Vista rampage. The Hosford Counseling & Psychological Service Clinic at UCSB is offering sessions from now through June 11th: If someone needs longer term counseling, it’s available on Read the Rest…


Isla Vista Trying To Return To Normal In Wake Of Rampage

Wed, May 28, 2014

With the resumption of classes at UC Santa Barbara today, Isla Vista is trying to return to normal in the wake of last week’s rampage which left seven people dead, and 13 injured. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports even as people try to return to their normal routines, many are stopping by mini memorials set up Read the Rest…


New Forest Supervisor Named For Los Padres National Forest

Wed, May 28, 2014

A new supervisor has been named for the Los Padres National Forest. Robert Baird will take over the post in July. Baird is currently Deputy National Fire Director for Operations, Aviation, and Risk Management at the Forest Service’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Baird is used to running big operations, retiring from the Marines as Read the Rest…


Emotional Day As More Than 20,000 Attend UCSB Memorial For Isla Vista Rampage Victims

Wed, May 28, 2014

More than 20,000 people packed UC Santa Barbara’s Harder Stadium for a memorial service for the six UCSB students who died in the Isla Vista rampage. It was a day of mourning, and reflection. But, a parent who lost a son in the rampage also had an impassioned plea for change, asking those on hand Read the Rest…


Father Of Student Slain In IV Rampage Calls For Changes In Laws To Try To Prevent Further Mass Murders

Wed, May 28, 2014

Tears flowed as thousands of people packed a UC Santa Barbara stadium for a memorial service for the six UCSB students who died in last week’s rampage in Isla Vista. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports while most of the ceremony was dedicated to remembering those who died, the one parent of a victim who spoke used Read the Rest…


UCSB’s Surf Team To Host Paddle Out To Honor Isla Vista Rampage Victims

Wed, May 28, 2014

UCSB is known for its beach culture, and the university’s surf team is planning its own memorial event in traditional surfer tradition, with what’s known as a paddle out. UCSB’s Surf team will sponsor the event, which takes place at 6:30 tonight. Participants will gather at Del Playa, and Camino Pescadero in Isla Vista.


New Fund Set Up To Build Farmworker Housing In Ventura County

Wed, May 28, 2014

Two non-profit agencies have teamed up to create a new fund to help build affordable housing for farm workers in Ventura County. The Ventura County Community Foundation, and the Ventura County Housing Trust Fund have established a revolving fund in the county to help with farm worker housing. Initially, $100,000 will be available for developers Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Legislator Co-Authors Bill Trying To Prevent Mass Killings

Wed, May 28, 2014

A Santa Barbara based state assemblyman is co-authoring a bill in the wake of the Isla Vista rampage which would give law enforcement agencies new power to intervene with potentially violent people. Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara is proposing a bill which would crate a gun violence restraining order, which would assist  significant Read the Rest…


More Than 20,000 People Pack UCSB’s Harder Stadium For Memorial Service For Isla Vista Rampage Victims

Tue, May 27, 2014

It was a packed stadium as the community turned out for a huge memorial service for the six UC Santa Barbara Students killed in the Isla Vista rampage. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was there, and has the story from UCSB’s Harder Stadium. Click on link to listen to/download story:  UCSB Memorial


Santa Barbara County Firefighters Help With Northern California Blaze

Tue, May 27, 2014

Santa Barbara County firefighters are helping to battle a blaze in Northern California. Five engines, and 18 firefighters are in Mariposa County today, helping to battle a 900 plus acre fire near Lake McClure. What’s being called the Hunters Fire has prompted a number of evacuations.


Stories of Heroism Emerging From Isla Vista Rampage

Tue, May 27, 2014

As details continue to emerge about the Isla Vista rampage, we are hearing more stories about people who became heroes, helping those who were wounded, or in danger. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  UCSB Heroes


Psychologists, Therapists Offer Advice, Counseling Services In Wake Of Isla Vista Tragedy

Tue, May 27, 2014

The Isla Vista rampage has cast a pall over the Santa Barbara area for the last few days. Even for many not directly affected by the horrific attacks, it’s been difficult to try to cope with what occurred.  It’s dominated media coverage in the region for more than three straight days. Counseling centers, psychologists, and Read the Rest…


Classes Cancelled At UCSB Today; Memorial Service For Isla Vista Rampage Victims Set For This Afternoon

Tue, May 27, 2014

A memorial service will take place this afternoon at UC Santa Barbara for the six UCSB students who died in the Isla Vista rampage. UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang declared today a Day of Mourning, and reflection, with all classes cancelled.  However, the chancellor is asking faculty members to come to campus to be available for students Read the Rest…


Events Held Around Southern California To Remember Six UCSB Students Who Died In Isla Vista Rampage

Tue, May 27, 2014

Shock has given way to sadness, and tears as people remember the six UC Santa Barbara students who died in the Isla Vista rampage. Last night, family members and friends of UCSB student Veronica Weiss gathered at Westlake High School, where she went to school, for a memorial event. Students gathered at UCLA and UC Read the Rest…


UCSB Student Government Calls For Community Solidarity In Wake Of Isla Vista Attacks

Mon, May 26, 2014

UCSB’s student government has issued a statement on the events in Isla Vista, saying it is saddened, and heartbroken by the event, and stands in solidarity with the community. The Associated Students UCSB says it’s important that everyone comes together to support, care for, and love one another.  The organization is going to put up Read the Rest…


World Famous Musican Who Was Member Of Faculty At Music Academy Of The West Dies

Mon, May 26, 2014

A world famous musician who was a faculty member at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara County has died. David Weiss was an oboist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for decades. He held first chair positions with the National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera National Company. Weiss can be Read the Rest…


Last Minute Warning About Potential For Rampage In Isla Vista Came Too Late

Mon, May 26, 2014

Family friends now say a therapist seeing the 22 year old college student responsible for the mass murder rampage in Isla Vista alerted his parents Friday night about the threatening manifesto he wrote, but it was too late. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Last Minute Warning Too Read the Rest…


Plans Announced For Memorial Service At UCSB For Isla Vista Rampage Victims

Mon, May 26, 2014

A community memorial service will take place Tuesday afternoon at UC Santa Barbara for victims of the Isla Vista rampage. UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang declared Tuesday a Day of Mourning, and reflection, with all classes cancelled.  However, the chancellor is asking faculty members to communicate with their students, and to come to campus to be Read the Rest…


Three More Victims Of Isla Vista Mass Murder Rampage Identified

Sun, May 25, 2014

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department released the names of the final three murder victims from Friday night’s mass murder rampage in Isla Vista. The bodies of 20 year old Cheng Yuan Hong of San Jose, 19 year old George Chen, and 20 year old Weihan Wang of Fremont were all found in the apartment Read the Rest…


New Details Released About Isla Vista Rampage; Community Holds Vigil To Show Support

Sun, May 25, 2014

A candlelight vigil to show support for the victims of the Isla Vista rampage had thousands of participants. Meanwhile,  more details have been released about the attacks, including the fact there were three victims in an apartment who had been stabbed to death. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Community Rallies To Remember Isla Vista Victims

Sun, May 25, 2014

More than three thousand people took part in a candlelight vigil last night to remember the victims of the Isla Vista rampage. Students, community residents, and local leaders took part in the march, which started at UCSB’s Storke Tower, and went to an Isla Vista park, where there was an informal ceremony. Authorities say six Read the Rest…


Authorities Positively Identify Attacker In Isla Vista Rampage; Now Say There Are 19 Victims

Sat, May 24, 2014

A Santa Barbara City College student who lived in Isla Vista has been positively identified as the attacker who went on a rampage Friday night, stabbing to death three people, and fatally wounding three others. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that in a Saturday night update, the number of people injured was increased to 13. Click Read the Rest…


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