A controversial proposal to build a new power plant in Ventura County will be the focus of a public workshop by a state agency.

Thursday, the California Energy Commission will talk about the staff report for NRG’s planned power plant at Mandalay Beach, in Oxnard. Then, the public will be able to comment on the plan, which calls for replacing two of the three facilities now at the beach with a new plant. The 262 megawatt facility would be a peaker plant, which means it would only be used to help the power grid at peak demand times.

It’s fair time on the Central Coast.

The California Mid-State Fair kicked off its 12 day run in San Luis Obispo County today. The fair features an all-star lineup of musical acts.

The band “Fall Out Boy” is the headliner tonight, with Fergie, Don Henley, and Duran Duran also in the rock and pop music lineup during the next two weeks.

The county music lineup includes Justin Moore with Joe Nichols tomorrow night, Blake Shelton Saturday night, and Tim McGraw Sunday night.

The fair runs through July 31st at the Paso Robles Event Center.

A man armed with a knife was fatally shot by police on the Central Coast, after they say he refused to surrender and charged at officers.

It happened on the 1400 block of South Broadway in Santa Maria. Police officers were called to the area just before 9 a.m. today by reports of an armed, and upset man screaming obscenities. There was a standoff, and for more than a half-hour they tried to get the armed man to surrender. When he refused, they tried to subdue him with a beanbag gun, and other non-lethal weapons.

A Latin jazz and Bossa Nova music legend who’s been entertaining audiences for a half century is bringing his band to the South Coast this week.

Sergio Mendes first made it big on the music scene in the 1960’s, and he’s had hits in every decade since then.

A popular gibbon at a South Coast zoo which was familiar to generations of zoogoers has died.

Gulliver died Tuesday at the Santa Barbara Zoo, following a brief illness.

The white handed gibbon was born at the zoo in 1976, and died just days before its 40th birthday.

White handed gibbons are found in Thailand, Malaysia, and Sumatra, and live in tropical rain forests. They’re known for their spectacular gymnastics as they move through the forest, and make loud whooping sounds as they communicate with each other.

Ventura County voters are going to be asked whether they are willing to spend a little more money to improve the region’s highways, streets, and transportation infrastructure.

Ventura County Supervisors approved putting a proposed half cent sales tax on the November ballot. If approved by a two-thirds majority, it would generate an estimated $70 million dollars a year for transportation projects.

The governor signed into law legislation which will name part of a South Coast highway after a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty.

Deputy Peter Aguirre, Junior died some 20 years ago, on July 17th, 1996, as he was investigating a domestic disturbance in Ojai. His killer is currently on California’s Death Row.

Legislation authored by Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks calls for Highway 33 from Ojai Avenue to Fairview Road to be named after Aguirre.

A fundraising campaign to build a long sought new community park on the South Coast has received a financial boost from the state.

The California Department of Housing and Community Development awarded $230,000 to the City of Ventura’s Kellogg Park project.

The latest research on autism shows that one in 68 children in the United States are on the autism spectrum.

Now a Ventura County-based university is establishing a new center to initially provide information, and eventually perhaps services, to those living with autism in the region.

Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days Fiesta is known for horses, dancing, food, culture and the famous cascarones - confetti-filled eggs that are smashed all over town.

In recent years, the paper confetti isn't the only filler.

The colorful shiny plastic mylar has also been added in some of the eggs or small bags of confetti.