Coat Drive Keeps Underprivileged Children Warm This Winter

An event in the Conejo Valley this weekend is ensuring that children in need stay warm this winter. The 7th Annual Coats for Casa charity program was held Saturday at Three Springs Park in Westlake Village. "You look back on the past year and what's been happening with people -- a lot of infighting in this country. Many people are focused on the wrong thing. So, I think the more people can try to focus on helping their fellow neighbors, the better," Dan Kahn of Thousand Oaks, who attended with his family, said.

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Photo by MLK Committee of Ventura County

It’s Martin Luther King Day, and there are a number of events happening on the South and Central Coasts to commemorate the late civil right leader’s legacy.

A Martin Luther King Day celebration is happening today in Oxnard with a freedom march from Plaza Park followed by speakers and live music at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center.

Iva Jeffreys, who’s one of the organizers, said King’s legacy should always be remembered. 

“Reverend Dr. King did a lot for peace and nonviolence and getting equality through nonviolence,” she said.

(USAF/30th Space Wing Photo)

A rocket launch from the Central Coast Saturday is being called a huge success, after it successfully carried a cluster of satellites into orbit, and the primary booster was successfully recovered.

The SpaceX launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base carried ten IridumNEXT satellites into a low earth orbit. The communications satellites are part of 80 next generation craft intended to replace an existing network.

An event in the Conejo Valley this weekend is ensuring that children in need stay warm this winter.

The 7th Annual Coats for Casa  charity program was held Saturday at Three Springs Park in Westlake Village.

"You look back on the past year and what's been happening with people -- a lot of infighting in this country. Many people are focused on the wrong thing.  So, I think the more people can try to focus on helping their fellow neighbors, the better," Dan Kahn of Thousand Oaks, who attended with his family, said.  

Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

It’s now easier for residents living on the South and Central Coasts to help law enforcement agencies fight crime.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has introduced a new citizen online reporting website. The public can file incident reports – including lost property, identity theft and vandalism – 24 hours a day online.

"It allows deputies to focus on priority calls instead of filling out paperwork that the citizen can easily fill out themselves," Kelly Hoover with the Sheriff’s Office said. "It just frees them up to do more proactive police work."  

She added that residents should still call the sheriff’s office for any in-progress calls or 911 emergencies.

The NFL playoffs continue this weekend, but on Friday, the eyes of pro football fans were on Ventura County, where the Los Angeles Rams officially introduced their new head coach, the youngest NFL football head coach in history.

The Rams had a news  conference with Sean McVay Friday afternoon at the team’s training facility on the California Lutheran University campus in Thousand Oaks.

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