As part of the 23/101-interchange improvement project in Thousand Oaks, Caltrans is planning to put a traffic signal on the connector road from the southbound 23 to northbound 101.
In fact, you can already see the signal in place, although it won't be activated until next year at the earliest.
Such signals are common for freeway on ramps as a way of controlling merging traffic and there are signals on transition or connector roads elsewhere in Southern California.
But this would be a first for a connector road in Ventura County.
Caltrans says its purpose is to regulate traffic flows transitioning from the southbound 23 to northbound 101 and would operate only during peak congestion or significant incidents.
But local officials are concerned that vehicles traveling at freeway speeds would come upon the signal suddenly and that could cause accidents.
Caltrans says they plan to install warning beacons leading up to the signal so motorists will be aware of what's ahead.
The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office has ruled that Simi Valley police officers were legally justified in killing a man two years ago.
They say that on August 24, 2013, Ryan Carnan killed his mother in the house they shared on Mellow Place in Simi Valley and then set the house on fire.
He then shot at neighbors, got on a small farm tractor and headed into the nearby hills.
Police responded and at one point Carnan emerged from the hills on the tractor, ignored officers’ commands to drop his gun, pointed it at the officers and they fatally shot him.
The DA’s report says Carnan was an army veteran with a troubled history of mental illness and substance abuse.
The DA concludes that Carnan presented an immediate deadly threat to police and civilians and the officers were legally justified in using lethal force.
Here is a link to the full report...
(Photos courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)
Two people were injured, one seriously, in a two vehicle collision just west of Santa Paula Wednesday.
It happened shortly before 5:30 PM on Foothill Road east of Briggs Road.
Two vehicles, a gray 4-door Audi sedan and a white pickup truck, were eastbound on Foothill at a high rate of speed when they collided.
The Audi traveled into an orchard and crashed into a tree, the tree penetrating the vehicle, barely missing the adult male driver, the sole occupant.
He was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters.
He was later taken by Air Squad 9 helicopter to VCMC in serious condition.
Meanwhile the pickup continued on and crashed through the front yard of a house, hitting a tree.
That adult male driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The CHP is investigating the crash.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says that they've arrested a man in connection with a "shots fired" incident in Moorpark over the weekend.
They say that around 2:30 AM Saturday morning deputies responded to the 400 block of Bard Street in Moorpark to a report that shots had been fired.
Deputies confirmed that shots had been fired, but there were no victims or suspects and the circumstances surrounding what might have happened were unclear.
They say that later that day they developed information on a possible suspect and later identified that individual as 25-year-old Kelley Pasos of Moorpark.
Deputies served a search warrant and they say they found evidence supporting their suspicion and Pasos was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm.
They alleged that in the Saturday morning incident he fired gunshots into the air.
He was booked into the Ventura County Jail and later released on bail.
Deputies say that Pasos is a convicted felon and court records indicate he pleaded no contest in 2010 to shooting from a moving vehicle and allowing someone to shoot from a moving vehicle.
The court records indicate he was sentenced to three years probation but later violated that probation and was sentenced to county jail.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says they've arrested a suspect in connection with the robbery at the Pizza Hut Monday morning.
Deputies say that around 9:45 AM, an employee at the Pizza Hut at 210 Arneill Road was in his vehicle in the parking lot of the restaurant when a man knocked on the window and demanded cash.
They say when the employee said "no", the suspect lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun displayed in his waistband.
The employee again refused to hand over the cash and started to back the vehicle out of the parking space.
Deputies say that's when the suspect broke the car window, reached in and took the bag containing the money and fled.
He was spotted a short time later and arrested.
31-year-old Rashawn Laron Hurdle of Camarillo was arrested for robbery.
(Photo courtesy Bob Aston)
The storm that moved through Ventura County Sunday favored some areas of the county over others.
Coastal areas and parts of the Ojai Valley seemed to do better than the Santa Clara River Valley and the east county.
According to the Watershed Protection District, the County Government Center in Ventura received more than two thirds of an inch, the Oxnard Civic Center received a little less than a half inch and Silver Strand Beach recorded almost an inch and a quarter.
Parts of the Ojai Valley and Camarillo received between a quarter and a third of an inch and the .27 inches recorded at the National Weather Service office in Oxnard was a record for that location on this date.
At the same time, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Simi Valley received less than a tenth of an inch.
Some street flooding was reported, especially in areas like Port Hueneme.
And there was the usual uptick in traffic collisions.
But no major problems were reported.