Ventura County

What’s predicted to be a moderate Santa Ana wind event could create high wildfire danger for parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties for the next few days.

Meteorologists say a dry offshore flow will mean wind in the 40 miles an hour range for much of Ventura County.  There’s Red Flag Warnings beginning at 6 Wednesday night for Ventura and Los Angeles County mountains, valleys, and coastal areas.  They’re expected to remain in place until this weekend.

There are Red Flag Warnings for elevated brush fire danger for parts of the South Coast, but the Santa Ana wind conditions prompting the concern are now expected to ease earlier than expected.  The potential brush fire concerns led to Public Safety Power Shutoffs for around 3,000 Ventura County customers on Thanksgiving Day.

A Ventura County Jail inmate has died more than a week after having some type of medical emergency in his cell.

Deputies at the County’s Pre-Trial detention facility found Scott Hultman unresponsive in his cell November 15th.  The 43-year-old man was alone in the cell.

Tens of thousands of older adults in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties are living alone, and the isolation, loneliness, and depression many of them are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic has become as much of a threat to their overall health as the virus itself

With the holiday season quickly approaching, The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging - where over 30,000 older adults live alone - invited children and young people from across the region to participate in their Holiday Greetings Campaign for local seniors – and say they’re delighted by the response.  


Many of us have taken to growing our own herbs and vegetables, during the pandemic, according to one Ventura county farmer. 

Robert Campana, from Santa Paula, says he noticed a rise in demand by novice gardeners who were keen to get green-fingered but weren't educated in the basics of horticulture.

The Central and South Coast are trying to hold the line with new coronavirus cases, while some other counties around the state have seen surges.

Ventura County has 122 new cases, Santa Barbara County 28 and San Luis Obispo County 42 Wednesday.  All three counties remain in the state’s red tier, which is the second from most restrictive. 

It may be too early to call the presidential race still, but voters in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties made a clear decision.  The region’s voters overwhelmingly favored Joe Biden.

In Ventura County, Biden has received 61% of the votes tallied so far, to Donald Trump’s 37%.  In Santa Barbara County, Biden received 67% of the presidential vote, to Trump's 31%.

A Ventura County man has been arrested for attempted murder following a series of attacks on homeless people in the Conejo Valley.

Starting in June, there were three separate incidents in which a man threw rock at the heads of homeless people sleeping in the Hillcrest Drive area of Thousand Oaks.  One of the victims had to be taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

Ventura County has a new Chief Public Defender, and it’s the first time a Latina has held the post.

Ventura County Supervisors approved the selection of Claudia Bautista for the post.  She’s been with the Public Defender’s Office for nearly two decades, moving her way up through the ranks to become Assistant Public Defender before her promotion to the top spot.

While we’ve been hearing about COVID-19 surges in other parts of the country, the numbers continue to remain on the low side for the Central and South Coasts.

110 new cases were reported in the region Tuesday.  Ventura County had 49, Santa Barbara County 30, and San Luis Obispo County 31.

Ventura County is giving some money to non-for-profit hospitals in the county which have stepped up to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.

The County is splitting $10 million dollars in funding among five hospitals in Ventura, Ojai, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Simi Valley.  The money is part of the $147 million dollars the county received in federal CARES act coronavirus relief funding.

A man who’s helped guide Ventura County through legal issues and questions for three decades is retiring.

Leroy Smith joined the County Counsel’s Office in 1989, and became County Counsel in 2010.  Smith advised the county on subjects ranging from the wording of controversial ordinances to how to handle potentially costly lawsuits.

County officials have high praise for Smith, noting that he helped them deal with a number of difficult issues.

They are the big COVID-19 questions on a lot of people’s minds.  Will researchers be able to develop an effective vaccine, and if so, when will we get it?

One of the Central and South Coast’s top health officials believes a vaccine will work, but he believes it will be next spring before it is widely available to the public.

It's big news for Ventura County.  The state has cleared the way for more reopenings.  State health officials moved the county from the most restrictive purple reopening level to the red level Tuesday.

The death toll continues to rise from coronavirus on the Central and South Coasts, with ten additional deaths reported over the weekend.

Ventura County had six more deaths, Santa Barbara County one, and San Luis Obispo County three.  It brings the total number of coronavirus related deaths in the region since the start of the pandemic to 267.  About three quarters who died were adults over 50 with preexisting health conditions.