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Venoco resurrects Paredon

BY LEA BOYD When Venoco Inc. rep-

resentative Steve Greig delivered paperwork to the City of Carpinteria late last Monday afternoon, he launched another chapter in a local oil drilling saga that many considered con- cluded with the defeat of Measure J. Greig submitted a revised project descrip- tion for Venoco’s Paredon Project, a plan to drill for oil and natural gas from the company’s 55-acre facility on the Carpinteria bluffs. This time around, Veno-

“It’s not a campaign for votes, it is an opportunity for Venoco to talk about the project, educate the

co proposes 22 wells in- stead of 35 and a reduced drill time of three years instead of six. The 175-foot drilling rig remains central to the plan, but Venoco intends to omit the lighthouse camouflage in order to decrease the structure’s permanence. Should the plan win approval through the permitting process, these drilling facilities will be used for Venoco to access its onshore and offshore leases and produce 20.5 million

community.” –– Venoco spokesperson Lisa Rivas

JOEl COnrOY PAREDON continued on page 5

Benjamin Hester brings a contemporary twist to Summerland School’s end-of-the-year production of “Aladdin” on June 4 at the Carpinteria Children’s Project at Main. Injecting some comic relief in the classic love story, Hester’s guitar rocking antics are observed by Princess Jasmine, played by Millie Reitherman, and her father the Sultan, played by Sam Meister. The Tuesday night show was the second of two that featured a rotating cast of students representing the little school in the center of the seaside hamlet.

Fugitive wanted for child rape captured in Maryland After a four-month investigation, a fugitive wanted

for forcibly molesting and raping a child under the age of 14 in Carpinteria was taken into custody in Maryland by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detec- tives. Detectives, who had been tracking the fugitive ever since he fled from questioning in January, arrested 33-year-old Santos Javier Guevara-Oliva on May 28 and transported him back to Santa Barbara County where if convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of parole. Sheriff’s investigators learned of the aggravated assault and forcible rape of a young victim in Carpin- teria on Jan. 23. During the course of the investigation, they learned that Guevara-Oliva, who was living with his girlfriend and her daughter, had sexually as- saulted the daughter while living at the home. When Guevara-Oliva heard he was going to be brought in for questioning regarding the abuse, he fled the area. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was

brought into the investigation and determined that Guevara-Oliva is a citizen of El Salvador and was previously deported from the United States as an ag- gravated felon in December of 2010. In 2009, he was convicted of grand theft and false imprisonment in Santa Barbara and sentenced to two years in prison. Since then, he illegally re-entered the United States and took up residence in Carpinteria. After Guevara-Oliva fled the Santa Barbara area, detectives tracked him to Hyattsville, Maryland where he was found hiding out at a family member’s home. Through a joint effort between ICE officers, Maryland State Police, the Santa Barbara County District Attor- ney’s Office and Sheriff’s detectives, Guevara-Oliva was arrested on Feb. 25 at his Hyattsville residence by federal immigration officers. Because Guevara-Oliva fought extradition, a warrant from the governor’s office was needed to bring him back to the Sheriff’s Depart- ment jurisdiction.


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