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State Senator From Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Reappointed As Chair Of Key Sacramento Post

Fri, December 19, 2014

A Santa Barbara based State Senator is keeping a key post in Sacramento during its new session. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson will continue as head of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  New Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon reappointed Jackson to the post, which she was first named to last January. The committee deals with Read the Rest…

Unemployment Up In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, December 19, 2014

The latest employment numbers have taken a hit in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. In Ventura County, the jobless rate went from 6.3% in October, to 6.5% in November. In Santa Barbara County, unemployment went from 5.4% of October, to 5.7% in November. The statewide outlook is a bit brighter, with unemployment dropping from 7.3% Read the Rest…

Disappearance Of Ventura County Man Remains A Mystery

Fri, December 19, 2014

It’s been nearly a month since an elderly Ventura County man disappeared, and the mystery as to what happened to him remains unsolved. Augustine Macias of Simi Valley was last seen November 20th, when he went for his usual morning walk. Macias was last seen walking westbound on Los Angeles Avenue that same day. Family Read the Rest…

Santa Barbara, National Groups Join Forces To Sue Federal Government Over Stormwater Runoff

Fri, December 19, 2014

A Santa Barbara and a national environmental group have joined forces to sue the federal government over stormwater runoff, claiming that it failed to comply with a court order to strengthen protections against the problem. The Environmental Defense Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.  The legal Read the Rest…

Sting Operation Focused On Underage Alcohol Sales Leads To Four Arrests In Ventura County

Thu, December 18, 2014

A sting operation targeting sales of alcohol to minors led to four arrests in Ventura County. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, along with the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control used underage decoys to try to buy alcohol at 13 businesses in Western Ventura County. The minors were turned away at nine locations, but employees Read the Rest…

Man Charged With Brutal Faria Beach Murders In Ventura County Pleads Guilty In Deal To Avoid Death Penalty

Thu, December 18, 2014

The man accused of brutally murdering a Ventura County couple, and their unborn child changed his plea from not guilty to guilty, in exchange for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table. Joshua Packer stabbed to death Brock, and Davina Husted in their Faria Beach home.  Prosecutors say the attacks were part of a Read the Rest…

Actions Mixed On Controversial Proposal To Reactivate Shuttered Oil Well On South Coast

Thu, December 18, 2014

The State Lands Commission has cleared the way for resumption of oil production from a controversial facility on the South Coast, but the decision may be moot with Goleta moving to shut down a key oil processing facility. Venoco is hoping to restart a well which has been shut down for two decades.  The well Read the Rest…

Santa Barbara Symphony Getting New Executive Director

Thu, December 18, 2014

One of the South Coast’s oldest performing arts organizations is getting a new executive director. David Pratt will take over as head of the Santa Barbara Symphony in March.  Pratt has most recently been Executive Director of the Savannah, Georgia Philharmonic.  The native of Australia was also an executive with the Sydney Symphony. David Grossman Read the Rest…

Southern California Edison Reaches Settlement With Ventura County Over Issues With Paperwork On Hazardous Materials

Thu, December 18, 2014

Southern California Edison has agreed to pay nearly $150,000 in fines and restitution costs to resolve charges that it violated environmental regulations related to the placement of some equipment in Ventura County. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office says SCE violated environmental protection laws by failing to file proper paperwork on the its electrical transformer Read the Rest…

Investigators Say Three Men Arrested in Ventura County Responsible For More Than 100 Vehicle Related Crimes

Thu, December 18, 2014

Three men are facing vehicle theft, and vehicle burglary charges in Ventura County, and detectives think they may be responsible for more than a hundred of the crimes. Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators have been looking into a string of vehicle related crimes since August, suspecting they were the efforts of an organized crime ring. They Read the Rest…

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