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A State Senator representing parts of the Central and South Coasts is proposing the sale of pro-choice license plates, with proceeds benefiting reproductive health care services.

Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara has introduced a bill to allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to offer what she calls “California Trusts Women” plates.

A Central Coast airport is getting some expanded airline service starting this summer.

United Airlines announced it will begin daily non-stop service from San Luis Obispo to Denver. The flights, to and from San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport will be operated by Sky West, which will use regional jets on the new route. The expansion in June is part of an effort by United to add 47 new daily round trip flights on domestic routes.

(California State Historical Museum)

It was the dark, early days of World War II for America. It was less than three months since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor plunged the U.S. into the global conflict. The war effort was going badly, with the American forces being overrun on Wake Island, and being overwhelmed in the Philippines.

On February 23rd, 1942 the war came to the U.S. mainland for the first time, and it happened in a now almost forgotten incident in Santa Barbara County.  It's the 75th anniversary of that attack.

What was described as a domestic dispute brought the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department to a condominium in Carpinteria twice on Sunday.

The second time, an elderly person had reportedly been assaulted.

Photo by City of Santa Barbara

The South Coast is still dealing with problems created by the biggest storm of the season, but work will be done this week to ensure all boats can access the Santa Barbara Harbor.

The February 17th storm brought torrential rains, strong winds and large ocean swells to the harbor, which damaged sand berms and pilings and destroyed four anchored sailboats that were washed away.

“The biggest issue was that it deposited massive amounts of sand into the mouth of Santa Barbara Harbor,” said Dominique Samario with the Santa Barbara Waterfront.

It’s not the Oscars, but there’s a movie event happening on the South Coast to honor scholarship winners.

YCE, a Ventura-based engineering firm, is rolling out the "green" carpet on Sunday afternoon. Two female students pursuing degrees in engineering and agriculture will be receiving scholarships.

The company’s founder and president Marta Alvarez -- a civil engineer herself -- says she hopes to encourage young women to pursue engineering.

Authorities have released the names of the father and young son who were killed in an apartment fire on the South Coast.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office said 24-year-old Mario Rangel and his five-year-old son, Diego, died from smoke inhalation.

The fire happened around 4 a.m. on Friday in a two-story apartment complex on the 200 block of East C Street in Port Hueneme. Neighbors told firefighters that Mario got his wife and daughter out of the home safely and then went back inside to save his son. But both got trapped inside and died.

A South Coast teenager has been arrested after being accused of robbing middle school students and threatening to harm a student, a police officer and his grandfather.

Ventura Police said it started just before 5 p.m. Friday when 18-year-old Skylar Martin’s grandmother reported that her grandson was attempting to break down the door to their home and threatening to harm his grandfather. Authorities said Martin fled and then called his grandmother and threatened to harm an investigating officer.

As police began searching for him, dispatch received a call from Anacapa Middle School reporting that Martin stole a skateboard from students, placed a 12-year-old victim into a choke hold and threatened a 14-year-old student with a weapon.

(Ventura County Fire Department Photo)

A man saved his wife and daughter from a burning South Coast apartment, but died while trying to save his young son who was still inside.

The blaze was discovered just after four a.m. Friday at a two story apartment complex on the 200 block of East C Street in Port Hueneme.

Neighbors who witnessed what was happening told Ventura County firefighters the man got his wife, and daughter out safely, and went back in inside, The father and young boy were trapped inside, and died.

Governor Jerry Brown Friday announced a number of infrastructure projects which are being sent to President Trump for expedited review, and that list includes Santa Barbara County’s long sought Highway 101 expansion project.

The President asked states to prepare lists over their highest priority projects, so environmental and regulatory review could be expedited. The Governor’s top ten list included six highway projects, including the 101 expansion on the South Coast.

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