Expensive efforts to protect a popular South Coast beach from erosion apparently aren’t working, prompting Santa Barbara County officials to ask serious questions about the beach’s future.

Goleta Beach is used by an estimated 1.5 million people a year. But, it faces serious erosion problems which threaten everything from its pier to parking lot.

How would you like to own part of a historic Central Coast pier? You can get a chunk of the Pismo Pier, and help in efforts to rebuild it.

An ambitious $8.8 million dollar, two year plus renovation is underway. Parts of the structure, which was built in 1924, are more than 90 years old and need to be replaced. The plans also call for upgrading the pier’s electrical system and lighting.

Baseball season may be barely underway, but it’s pro football making big sports news in Ventura County.

The Los Angeles Rams have opened their training facility at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks for what are known as organized team activities. Players met with new head coach Sean McVay. They’ll take part in strength and conditioning activities. Quarterback Jared Goff is calling it a “fresh start.”

The team is hoping for one, after a 4-12 record during its first season back in Southern California after leaving St. Louis.

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, the word “routine” is certainly one which doesn’t apply to American politics these days. The controversy surrounding the federal government, and how it filters down to state, and local agencies makes new headlines on almost a daily basis, with immigration topping the list in California.

The situation is especially in the forefront for California’s Latino officials.

Photo by NASA New Horizons

Fran Bagenal is one of the team leaders for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, and she will share her discoveries at Cal Poly this week. 

She says it took nine years for the spacecraft to finally make a flyby and 15 more months to beam images back to Earth. She says the data far exceeded her expectations.

There could be fireworks at this week’s Ventura County Board of Supervisors because a board member wants a Ventura County planning commissioner removed from his post.

A Ventura County tax preparer has been sentenced to ten years in prison, after federal prosecutors say he and his staff filed nearly 13,000 false tax returns that sought more than $56 million dollars in tax refunds.

A man is dead following a tree trimming accident in Santa Barbara County.

The accident happened just before 10 a.m. Monday at Hollister Ranch, in the Gaviota area. Details of what happened haven’t been released, but Santa Barbara County firefighters say a 35 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man’s name hasn’t been released.

Federal investigators are trying to determine what led to an Oregon plane crash which killed four people, including a Ventura County family and the plane’s pilot.

The aircraft was carrying John Zitting, his wife Karen, and their son Brendan when it crashed in a field northwest of Eugene, Oregon on Friday. The family was going to visit the University of Oregon, which the 17 year old Westlake High senior was considering attending. Also killed in the crash was the plane’s pilot, Mark Aletky of Acton.

The man charged with overseeing the Los Padres National Forest has been promoted to a post managing firefighting efforts on national forest land throughout the Western U.S.

Robert Baird is currently Forest Supervisor on the Los Padres National Forest. He’s held that post since 2014. Before that, Baird was Deputy National Fire Director for the agency, and was based at its Washington, D.C headquarters. He spent more than two decades in the Marines, including combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.