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Archives for July 2014

Santa Barbara County Grappling With How To Implement Measure Restricting Petroleum Operations If It Passes In November

Tue, July 29, 2014

Santa Barbara County is trying to figure out how to implement an measure which would limit controversial high intensity petroleum removal operations if voters approve it in November. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it was the focus of a special County Board of Supervisors meeting today. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Measure P Update


Fire Hits South Coast Market

Tue, July 29, 2014

A small electrical fire caused a brief scare in a South Coast market. A blaze broke out in a refrigeration unit at a Trader Joe’s store on the 5700 block of Calle Real, in Goleta at around 10 this morning. The store was evacuated, and employees attacked the fire with extinguishers, helping to control it Read the Rest…


Amgen Announces Major Layoffs, Downsizing Of Corporate Headquarters In Ventura County

Tue, July 29, 2014

Ventura County based biotech giant Amgen today announced a major restructuring plan which will include laying off 12 to 15 percent of its staff, and downsizing its headquarters in Thousand Oaks. The plan calls for cutting between 2400, and 2900 jobs beginning later this year, and continuing through 2015.  There’s no word on how many Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Researchers Receive Nearly $500,000 Grant For Computer Security Research

Tue, July 29, 2014

UC Santa Barbara researchers have received a nearly $500,000 grant for computer security research. The grant from the National Science Foundation will be used for efforts to develop new ways to find, and neutralize software bugs.  The work focuses on code which manipulates, and updates data in modern software systems.


Special Olympics World Games Coming To California, With Santa Maria, Thousand Oaks Among Host Towns

Tue, July 29, 2014

Some communities in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are among those taking part in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, agreeing to act as host towns for some of the athletes. Santa Maria and Thousand Oaks are among the cities which will serve as hosts for the Los Angeles based games next July, with more Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Fire Department Gets Special Team Back To Beef Up Brush Fire Protection

Tue, July 29, 2014

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has beefed up its brush fire protection, with the restoration of a special team which had been cut due to a lack of funding. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SB County Fire Team


Public Asked To Help With Census Of Once Rare Fish Off Santa Barbara, Ventura County Coastlines This Week

Tue, July 29, 2014

If you’re adventurous, and interested in science, your chance to become a scientific researcher is arriving this week.  Volunteers are needed by researchers to take part in a cutting edge census effort. There is one catch.  If you take part, you’re going to get wet. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it’s an effort to get a Read the Rest…


Ventura Water Conservation Not Meeting Goals; Community Meeting Set For Wednesday Night

Tue, July 29, 2014

A water agency which serves more than 110,000 people on the South Coast is holding a community meeting this week to talk about what steps may been needed to increase conservation in face of the drought. Ventura Water is the City of Ventura’s water agency. Officials say despite a call to cut usage by 10%, Read the Rest…


Defense Team For Accused Triple Murderer Tries New Push To Get Death Penalty Off Table

Mon, July 28, 2014

The defense team for a man accused of killing a Ventura County couple, and their unborn child is hoping a judge will grant a motion to accept a guilty plea in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table. Attorneys for Joshua Packer cited a federal court ruling earlier this month which said California’s Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara City College Student Identified As Victim Of Fatal Lighting Strike Off Southern California Beach

Mon, July 28, 2014

A former Santa Barbara County resident has been identified as the man who died from a freak lighting strike in the ocean off of Venice Beach. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Deadly Lighting Strike


Man Killed In CHP Pursuit On Central Coast Identified

Mon, July 28, 2014

The CHP is now identifying a man killed in a pursuit, and crash on the Central Coast over the weekend. The chase started just before 3 a.m. Saturday, when a CHP officer noticed a car weaving on the northbound 101 near Orcutt. The driver of the car refused to stop for the CHP unit, and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Theater Company Potentially Facing Shutdown Approaching Key Fundraising Deadline Friday

Mon, July 28, 2014

It’s down to the wire for a financially troubled Ventura County theater company, which says it needs to raise $250,000 by this Friday to stay in business. Cabrillo Music Theater has $153,000 in pledges in hand. The Conrad Hilton Foundation has offered a $30,000 matching grant, if another $30,000 is donated. And, Music Theater officials Read the Rest…


Ventura County Food Bank Gets Grant To Help Develop Ways To Make Clients More Self Sufficent

Mon, July 28, 2014

A Ventura County based food bank received a grant to develop efforts to do more than just feed those in need, but to try to help them become more self sufficient. FOOD Share received $500,000 from the Esper A. Peterson Foundation for the project.  The Oxnard based non-profit will be working with the national hunger Read the Rest…


Traffic Accident Leaves One Dead, Closes Major Santa Barbara County Highway For Hours

Mon, July 28, 2014

One man is dead following a head on traffic accident which closed the main east-west route between Santa Barbara, and Kern Counties for hours this morning. It happened just after three this morning on Highway 166, just west of Cuyama. The CHP says the driver of an eastbound pickup truck drifted across the highway’s center Read the Rest…


Summer Nutrition Program For Kids In Santa Barbara County Gets National Attention

Mon, July 28, 2014

Thousands of children in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are waking up with the fear they won’t get enough to eat toda A cutting edge program in Santa Barbara County which is receiving national attention is providing a unique approach to the problem. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on a program now in its Read the Rest…


Missing Urn With Mother’s Ashes Found At Ventura County Gas Station

Mon, July 28, 2014

A missing urn containing a woman’s ashes has been safely found in an unlikely place in Ventura County. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the urn was found at a gas station. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Missing Urn


Ventura County Stand Down Helps Homeless, Low Income Veterans From Throughout Region

Mon, July 28, 2014

It was a busy weekend for hundreds of volunteers, as they helped more than a hundred homeless, and low income military veterans from Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties get essential services. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Ventura:  Ventura County Stand Down


Central Coast Man In Custody For Stabbing Of Pregnant Woman

Mon, July 28, 2014

A Central Coast man is behind bars, accused of trying to stab to death his common law wife. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 6200 block of Green Valley Road just after 12 a.m. yesterday, by reports of a stabbing. They found a 25 year old woman with serious stab wounds.  Read the Rest…


Ventura County Tries To Make Immunizations More Accessible To Public

Mon, July 28, 2014

Ventura County is trying to make the immunizations it provides easier to get. Starting today, the Ventura County Health Care Agency is offering vaccinations at seven clinics throughout the county.  They include locations in Ventura, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, and two locations in Oxnard. In the past, vaccinations were offered at clinics Read the Rest…


Port Of Hueneme Gets Federal Grant To Improve Security

Fri, July 25, 2014

A Ventura County congresswoman says the Port of Hueneme has received a major grant to help improve security. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village says the port is getting more than $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland security. It’s the second year in a row the port has received federal funding for security, Read the Rest…


Former Ventura County Human Services Agency Worker Sentenced To Four Years In Prison For Embezzlement

Fri, July 25, 2014

A former Ventura County Human Services Agency worker has been sentenced to four years in state prison for  misappropriating food stamps, and cash benefits for herself, and family members. Prosecutors say Ana Maria Castro worked for the Human Services Agency for ten years as a clients benefits specialist.  They say the 38 year old Oxnard Read the Rest…


Central Coast Woman Convicted In Real Estate Fraud Case On South Coast

Fri, July 25, 2014

A Central Coast woman who’s also a former Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy has been convicted of 17 felony counts related to real estate dealings. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:


Ventura County Gets New Court Commissioner

Fri, July 25, 2014

Ventura County has a new Court Commissioner. Michelle Castillo has been appointed by County Superior Court judges to fill a commissioner vacancy. She’s been a Deputy Public Defender with the county since 2005, and before that was a Deputy Public Defender in Fresno County. She will take over her new post on August 4th. Castillo Read the Rest…


Santa Ynez Valley Tourism Marketing Organization Has New Executive Director

Fri, July 25, 2014

The organization which runs efforts to draw tourists to the Santa Ynez Valley has a new Executive Director. Shelby Sim will manage Visit The Santa Ynez Valley.. Sim had been the Director of Business Development for the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce. Before that, he was a manager with Select Staffing in Santa Barbara. Visit Read the Rest…


Dog At Center Of Controversy Killed By Other Dogs At Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter

Fri, July 25, 2014

A dog at the center of controversy in Santa Barbara County died in an accident at the county’s Animal Shelter. Kitti, a 12 year old Boxer/Put Bull/Terrier mix had been at the shelter since June 12th, after the dog attacked, and killed another dog. On July 1st, the county held a hearing on the incident, Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Found Shot To Death In Ventura County

Fri, July 25, 2014

Authorities have released the name of a man who was found shot to death in a Ventura County home. The body of Hector Alamillo Junior was discovered yesterday afternoon in a home on the 400 block of Grant Line Street in Santa Paula. There’s no word on possible suspects, or a motive for the killing.


Ventura County Set To Offer CEO New Five Year Contract

Fri, July 25, 2014

Ventura County Supervisors are set to offer the county’s CEO a new five year contract. Mike Powers has been the county’s top non-elected official since 2011, overseeing a $1.7 billion dollar budget, and 8,000 employees. After a performance review by supervisors, they are set to offer Powers a new contract which would take effect starting Read the Rest…


Doobie Brothers, Rodeo, Monster Truck Show Headline Final Weekend Of Mid-State Fair

Fri, July 25, 2014

We are headed into the final weekend of the Mid-State Fair, in Paso Robles. The fair will wrap up its 12 day run on Sunday.  The Doobie Brothers are tonight’s headliners on the Main Stage at the Paso Robles Events Center.  Tomorrow night, the fair will hold its rodeo finals, and on Sunday, a monster Read the Rest…


Underage Alcohol Sales Sweep Targets Adults In Ventura; Two Arrested

Fri, July 25, 2014

Ventura was the scene of a sting operation this week intended to discourage people from buying alcohol from minors. Agents from the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control used underage decoys to stand outside of stores, to ask adults if they would buy liquor for them. Most of the 39 people contacted said no, but Read the Rest…


Key Chunk Of Land In Santa Monica Mountains Purchased From Director James Cameron For Preservation

Fri, July 25, 2014

A key chunk of land in the Santa Monica Mountains has been purchased from film producer, and director James Cameron, in a move which will permanently protect it. A combination of state, and Los Angeles County funds were used to buy the 700 plus acres of land in Puerco Canyon, which is between Malibu Creek Read the Rest…


One Man Dead, Second Man Behind Bars Following Fight In Ventura County

Thu, July 24, 2014

One man is dead, and a second is behind bars on a murder charge following a fight in Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 100 block of Holt Street around 12:45 yesterday morning, by reports of a stabbing. It’s in the Ventura area, but is an unincorporated part of the county. Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Hires New Police Chief

Thu, July 24, 2014

A Central Coast city has announced that it’s hired a new Police Chief. The City of Lompoc says Patrick Walsh will become the community’s top cop later this year. Walsh has three decades of law enforcement experience, and is currently a captain with the Portland, Oregon Police Department. He’s been in Portland for more than Read the Rest…


Police Say They Break Up Identity Theft Ring In Ventura County

Thu, July 24, 2014

Authorities say they’ve broken up an identity fraud ring in Ventura County which had hundreds of victims around the country. Simi Valley Police detectives say they discovered the operation following a drug related arrest in March. During the investigation, the detectives say they found evidence of identity theft, and credit card fraud at the Simi Read the Rest…


Play Starring Acclaimed Irish Actor Makes West Coast Premiere In Ventura

Thu, July 24, 2014

A leading contemporary playwright, and an internationally known husband and wife acting and directing team have joined forces for a play making its West Coast premiere in Ventura this week. The play “Title and Deed” is being staged in a limited, five show run at Ventura’s Rubicon Theater. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Close To, But Not At Water Conservation Goals

Thu, July 24, 2014

A South Coast community is doing well in its efforts to reduce water use in the face of the drought, but hasn’t quite reached its goal. Santa Barbara officials say in June, the city’s water users reduced water consumption by 15%.  However, the goal was 20%. City officials say since nearly half of the water Read the Rest…


Renovated Boys & Girls Club On South Coast Opening Tonight

Wed, July 23, 2014

This is a big day for a Boys, and Girls Club on the South Coast. The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County is opening its renovated Gym, and Education Center at its Westside Club tonight. The $200,000 project included a new gym floor, additional lighting, plus a number of other updates to Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Sentenced to Life In Prison Without The Possible Of Parole In Kidnapping, Torture Case

Wed, July 23, 2014

A Central Coast gang member was sentenced today to spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole for kidnapping, and torturing a man. Luis Almanza of Lompoc had been found guilty of kidnapping, torture, and the use of a deadly weapon in connection with drug dealing. The unidentified man survived Read the Rest…


Crackdown On Drivers Failing To Yield to Pedestrians Leads To 79 Citations On South Coast

Wed, July 23, 2014

The first day of a two day effort to crack down on drivers failing to yield to pedestrians on the South Coast area led to 79 citations. Santa Barbara Police, along with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, the CHP, and city traffic engineers set up stings at seven crosswalks in Santa Barbara, and Montecito Read the Rest…


Woman Struck, Killed By Passenger Train On South Coast

Wed, July 23, 2014

A South Coast woman is dead, after she was struck, and killed by a passenger train. It happened just before 10 a.m. today, on the railroad tracks near the intersection of California Street, and Harbor Boulevard in Ventura. The northbound Amtrak train was traveling at about 55 miles an hour when it approached the train Read the Rest…


Two Men Arrested For Killing Which Followed Confrontation At Last Year’s Ventura County Fair

Wed, July 23, 2014

Two men have been arrested for a confrontation at the Ventura County Fair last year which turned deadly. Ventura police detectives say Gabriel Gutierrez was at the fair last July 31st when he was involved in a verbal confrontation with some other men. The 18 year old man left the fairgrounds, and was walking near Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara To Take In Depth Look At Moving From At Large, To District Elections

Wed, July 23, 2014

A South Coast city hired a consultant to do more research on the possibility of moving from at large, to district elections to improve minority representation on the City Council. Santa Barbara is looking at the issue. It’s been threatened with a lawsuit to force change by some advocates of the idea. Most cities the Read the Rest…


Data Breach At Cottage Hospital Apparently Larger Than Originally Reported

Wed, July 23, 2014

A data breach of personal information involving a South Coast hospital is apparently much larger than originally reported. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story:  Data Breach


Dallas Cowboys Arrive In Ventura County For Start Of Summer Training Camp

Wed, July 23, 2014

The start of the 2014 NFL season is just six weeks away.  But, in just one day, pro football fans will be able to get their first look at some big names in action right here in our backyard. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Dallas Cowboys arrived yesterday for the start of their summer training Read the Rest…


Swimmer Rescued Off Ventura County Coastline, But Dies At Hospital

Tue, July 22, 2014

A swimmer who ran into trouble off the Ventura County coastline has died. The man was in the ocean off of Surfer’s Knoll, just west of Ventura Harbor around 3:30 this afternoon when people noticed he was in trouble, and called for help. A half dozen agencies responded, ranging from the Ventura Fire Department, to Read the Rest…


Dallas Cowboys Arrive On South Coast For Summer Training Camp

Tue, July 22, 2014

Are you ready for some football? The Dallas Cowboys have arrived on the South Coast for their summer training camp. The team landed in a chartered plane at Naval Base Ventura County this afternoon. The team will train in Oxnard for the ninth time, and this year will include something different, some joint workouts with Read the Rest…


Investigators Say Blast Which Injured Man In Goleta Caused By Illegal Drug Making Operation

Tue, July 22, 2014

Santa Barbara County Fire investigators say an explosion, and fire which seriously injured a man in Goleta was the result of an illegal drug making operation. The blast occurred just after 7 last night, in an apartment on the 400 block of Ellwood Beach Drive. A man, who still isn’t being identified by authorities, suffered Read the Rest…


Three Dozen Members Of California’s Congressional Delegation Call For Ban On New Offshore Oil, Gas leases

Tue, July 22, 2014

A congresswoman representing the Central Coast is one of three dozen members of the state’s congressional delegation asking federal officials to ban new oil, and gas leases off of the Central, and South Coasts. The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is developing a draft 2017-2022 leasing program for federally controlled offshore Read the Rest…


Proposed Solar Power Project In Santa Barbara County Gets Key Approval

Tue, July 22, 2014

Plans for a major new solar power project in Santa Barbara County received a key approval today. The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission unanimously approved a proposal by Cuyama Solar, Incorporated to build a solar power facility southeast of Cuyama. The project calls for placing solar power panels on more than 300 acres of land. Read the Rest…


Judge Denies Gang Injuction In Santa Barbara

Tue, July 22, 2014

A judge refused to grant a request for a gang injunction in the City of Santa Barbara, which police, and prosecutors had sought to combat gang related crime. A Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge said there are currently adequate legal avenues to take on gang related issues. The ruling says the problem in Santa Read the Rest…


Cause Of Explsion, Fire Which Seriously Injured One Person In Santa Barbara County Still Under Investigation

Tue, July 22, 2014

Santa Barbara County Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which left one person seriously injured in Goleta. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Goleta Explosion


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