Archive » October 19, 2007
By Journal Staff
New airline to service Santa Barbara Airport to and from Sacramento and other destinations
The Santa Barbara Airport announced that a new airline, ExpressJet Airlines, will provide non-stop flights to San Diego, Sacramento and other destinations.
The new airline will start providing service to and from Santa Barbara, San Diego, Sacramento, Long Beach and the Greater Reno-Tahoe Airport starting Nov. 11.
"ExpressJet is proud to introduce non-stop service to Long Beach, Santa Barbara, and the Greater Reno-Tahoe area," said Jim Ream, ExpressJet president, in an earlier public statement. “We look forward to helping more customers save time and have a better, more convenient travel experience."
ExpressJet’s aircraft can accommodate up to 50 passengers and will be offering two roundtrip flights every day to and from San Diego and Sacramento.
The new airline service also will offer a frequent flyer program.
“Sacramento was one of the top requested destinations of all our travelers in this region, ExpressJet is one of the best regional airlines. It’s great that this company can respond to the request that we’ve had to Sacramento,” said Hazel Johns, assistant Santa Barbara Airport director.
Tickets range from about $79 each way for flights on the company’s Embraer 145s. ExpressJet also flies for Continental and Delta Airlines, and set out on their own as an independent carrier in April.
For more information about flights call the Santa Barbara Airport at 967-7111 or visit www.xjet.com.
Santa Barbara County workshop discusses new rehabilitation services for inmates
Following Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s allotment of $23 million for comprehensive correction reforms for juvenile offenders and his vow to remedy overcrowding and other problem issues facing California's prisons and local jails, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation hosted its 10th and final workshop Oct. 12.
The last workshop, which was held in Santa Barbara, was attended by representatives from all over the county, including local government officials. The workshop featured DVD presentations and other discussions about local treatment and law enforcement.
The workshop followed the governor's 2007-passed Assembly Bill 900, better known as the Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act. Among the provisions of the bill is the funding of 16,000 beds in a secure community reentry programs for inmates. The reentry facilities will provide treatment for substance abuse, vocational job training, job placement and other services.
For more information regarding the reentry programs or the workshop, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.Communications/ssFactsNews.html.
County board of supervisors reorganizes Agriculture Preserve Committee
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors made the decision to change the process that defines how committee members are to be elected and appointed to the Agriculture Preserve Committee.
“It makes good sense to have people who are involved in the (Williamson Act) advising the county on the operation of Agricultural preserve properties; if its more than advice then it would not be appropriate for contract holders to set policy,” said 1st District Supervisor Brooks Firestone.
The preserve committee, which is meant to advise the board on the administration of agricultural preserves in the county and on any matters related to contracts of the act, which enables land owners to enter a 10-year contract with the county that grants the land owner a property tax break in exchange for limiting use of his land. The committee also makes recommendations on new contracts, cancellation of contracts and revisions to the board. Some of the revisions included clear definitions of members and member appointments.
“The question turns on whether this committee is advisory or policy. We are determining that, and in the meanwhile the committee is made up of county employees, not of people who have agricultural preserve property. This could change and be modified. One suggestion is to redefine the committee to make sure that it’s only advisory; another is to simply change the make up of the committee so that anyone who holds a contract would be advisory to the committee and not a member of the committee.”
The final kinks still are being worked out. The board will be holding meetings in the future to continue to refine the role of the Agricultural Preserve Advisory Committee.
For more information about previous or future Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Meetings visit www.countyofsb.com.
Burglary arrests, drugs and vandalism all in a weekend’s of police work
Police officers responded to a host of calls over the Oct. 13 weekend, including attempted burglary, drug use and vandalism.
On Oct. 12 officers responded to an attempted break-in at a marijuana dispensary, better known as the SBC Patient’s Collective, located at 2975 De La Vina St. in Santa Barbara.
According to the Santa Barbara Police Department, three teens attempted to break into the dispensary but were unsuccessful.
Two of the teens were in the vehicle when the officer arrived, but the third teen was just returning to the vehicle, and had fresh cuts and blood. That teen was arrested and the other two teens were questioned and then released.
On Oct. 13 police responded to reported gang fight in the 1300 block of Salinas Place in Santa Barbara. When the officer arrived he witnessed many teens fleeing the scene. He followed them back to a residence, which he gained permission to enter and search and found a 17-year-old female allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine. She was arrested and the other teens were warned and released.
On Oct. 14, a homeless man was arrested for alleged vandalism after an employee of Garret’s Old Fashioned Restaurant, located at 2001 State St. in Santa Barbara, called the police. The man found a 45-year-old man sleeping under a door he had allegedly torn off the hinges. The man was suspected of being involved in an earlier confrontation with an AM-PM customer across from the restaurant. The man was arrested for vandalism and trespassing.
Roasted Bean to hold open mike night for poets, musicians, comedy and more
Santa Ynez’s Roasted Bean will be serving up more than the usual cup of joe. The lively hangout that attracts many young people after school will be hosting an open mike night starting Oct. 23. People of all ages and artistic pursuits will be welcomed. Each participant will get up to 15 minutes on the stage. The night’s event will be begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.
“It’s something that I approached the Roasted Bean and they were excited to host such an event,” said Karen Boone, a community member who came up with the idea of the open mike night. “We wanted it to be something that families and everybody could come to and enjoy, all ages from little kids to senior citizens, as long as it’s G rated.”
Boone will be registering performers starting at 6:30 p.m., and the event will be hosted by local musician Bent Myggen. For more information regarding the open mike night, call Katherine Boone at 805-245-9566 or email her at email@example.com.
Men, farm charged with starting the Zaca fire plead not guilty
Two farm employees and Rancho La Laguna LLC all entered not guilty pleas Oct. 15 in charges brought against them for allegedly starting the month-long Zaca Fire. The fire, which destroyed over 240,000 acres and cost millions of dollars, started July 4 and was not declared contained until exactly a month later.
Jose Jesus Cabrera, 38, of Santa Ynez, Santiago Iniguez Cervantes, 46, of Santa Maria and Rancho La Laguna LLC all entered the pleas in a Santa Maria courtroom. They also have been charged with four felony counts of recklessly causing a fire with great bodily injury, one felony count of recklessly causing a fire of a structure or forest, and other allegations. Cabrera and Cervantes reportedly were grinding metal to repair a pipeline on the ranch on July 4 when a spark from the operation ignited the long-lasting fire.
“This is the plea that he entered on Monday, and there is going to be another hearing on Dec. 3,” said Adrian Andrade, who represents Cervantes. Andrade would not disclose any other information regarding the case.
If convicted, Cervantes and Cabrera could face up to 10 years in prison and 180 days in county jail. Rancho La Laguna LLC could face fines and probation.
Parolee arrested after leading police on near motionless chase
Santa Barbara police officers arrested a man Oct. 16 after he led them on a chase into the sea, literally. The incident took place after police responded to a call for a suspect brandishing a knife near Cabrillo Boulevard. According to a statement issued by the police department, when the responding officer arrived, he found a man lying in the sand near the concrete bike path. The officer questioned the man about the incident and the suspect denied any involvement. However, he gave the officer false information about himself.
All of a sudden, the man turned around and dashed into the sea and swam beyond the breaking swells. There he remained, refusing to get out of the water, for about 20 minutes before he decided to climb into a Harbor Patrol boat and surrender.
After being treated at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, the man was finally identified as 40-year-old Humberto Ortiz Cortez, who had outstanding warrants for his arrest for auto theft and burglary. Police, however, determined that he was not connected with the knife-brandishing incident. He was arrested and held without bail.