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Victims of the Thomas Fire, and Santa Barbara County flooding will be able to get some help with insurance claims questions.

The State Department of Insurance is going to have representatives on hand at the Montecito Center for Preparedness, Recovery, and Rebuilding from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

More than a thousand students attended a forum with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo administrators Thursday night as outrage continues over an incident in which some members of a fraternity acted like they were gang members, and one dress in blackface.

It’s a warm, sunny morning, and a stream of water less than a yard wide trickles down Montecito Creek, just off of East Valley Road in Montecito. It is deceivingly peaceful, almost serene here. Less than a hundred feet away, Mary Beth Myers walks under a cluster of sycamore and oak trees. This is where her cottage once stood, an area called Old Spanish Town, where a cluster of small homes were washed away by the January 9th storm.

A fire alarm turned out to be a costly mistake for an illegal marijuana growing operation on the South Coast, because firefighters responding to the alarm stumbled across the plants.

Ventura County firefighters were called to a commercial building in Camarillo March 22nd by an alarm. After they determined there wasn’t a fire, but spotted the plants they called Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives.

The Boston Pops will pay tribute to iconic composer John Williams during a West Coast tour, which includes a Friday night concert in Ventura County.

She was woman who was a pioneer in what was considered a man’s job. For more than half a century, Mabel Stark was a tiger trainer. This remarkable woman who was mauled multiple times during her career, but loved her big cats is the focus of a just released documentary by a Montecito filmmaker called “Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer.”

Thousands of excited elementary school students poured into the Santa Barbara Bowl, but it wasn't to see a traditional concert like Katy Perry or Sugarland. They were on hand to learn about culture and music.

A state senator from Santa Barbara who’s fought for years for equal pay for women has authored a new bill to continue the battle.

SB 1284 would require companies with 100 or more employees to submit an annual salary report to the state, with a breakdown of compensation by gender, race, ethnicity, and job category.

Brush Fire In Channel Islands Now Fully Contained

Apr 10, 2018
(National Park Service photo)

A brush fire which started two weeks ago on one of the Channel Islands is now 100% contained.

The blaze started March 27th on Santa Cruz Island., which is part of Channel Islands National Park. Park Service officials say embers from a small pile of debris being burned moved into nearby brush.  The fire grew to just under 260 acres before it was full contained. 

It's one of the busiest places for pedestrians and cars in Santa Barbara, especially for tourists.

Stearns Wharf needs safety upgrades, and the city is considering a plan to add 600 feet of new railing on the Wharf.

A high pressure ridge which brought some record setting temperatures to the Central and South Coast Monday is breaking down, translating into some significant cooling Tuesday.

There were temperatures in the 90’s Monday for much of the region.

An overnight project to fill cracks and repave the 6000-foot surface of the Santa Barbara Airport's main runway will close the runway from midnight to 6 a.m. daily.

KCLU's John Palminteri reports on the changes to flight schedules as a result.

Some people feared him. Rival gang members tried to kill him. And, detectives tried to put him behind bars. George Christie was a Hells Angels gang member in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties for more than three decades. Christie left the Hells Angels several years ago. But, rather than trying to distance himself from his past, he’s actually telling his story in a new one-man stage show, called “Outlaw.”

Small Earthquakes Rattle Central, South Coasts

Apr 9, 2018

There have been a series of small aftershocks off the South Coast in the wake of last Thursday big magnitude 5.3 quake in the Channel Islands.

There was a magnitude 2.4 quake south of Santa Cruz Island on Friday, and a 2.6 on Sunday. Also on Sunday, there was a magnitude 2.1 quake northwest of the island. Only a handful of people reported feeling the microquakes. They didn’t cause any damage.

Photo by A. Engstrom

Climate change is expected to cause sea level rise, which could severely impact the California coast. The County of Ventura is encouraging residents to be prepared. 

The coastal areas are already vulnerable to storms.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

It was a busy weekend for some law enforcement officers on the South Coast, with an estimated 10,000 people showing up in Isla Vista for an unsanctioned, unsponsored spring break party.

Photo by Cal Poly's Prototype Vehicles Laboratory

A Central Coast community is getting its first look this weekend at an experimental electric car built by college students.

The Prototype Vehicles Laboratory made up of more than 40 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students is unveiling its solar-powered vehicle nicknamed “Dawn.” It’s designed to break the world speed record for a solar-powered car. 

A young man is in critical condition after being hit by a train on the South Coast.

Oxnard police say it happened just before 5 pm Friday at Oxnard Boulevard south of Vineyard Avenue.

Santa Barbara County, UC Santa Barbara, and UCSB student organizations have again taken a number of steps to prevent what had become an annual unsponsored, unpermitted spring break  party in Isla Vista.

It’s a simple question for most people, but for some, it can be quite complex.  Do you use the pronouns he, or she to describe yourself?

Phillippa Bisou Della Vina is President of the Board for the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network, which works to educate the community about transgender issues.  The organization is holding a major celebration which is part educational event, and part fundraiser this weekend.

(Photo Courtesy Matt Howard/Island Packers)

Maybe you felt it.  People on much of the the Central and South Coasts did when a magnitude 5.3 earthquake centered in the Channel Islands rocked the region Thursday afternoon.  No injuries or serious damage has been reported from the 12:39 p.m. quake, which had an epicenter 30 kilometers southwest of Santa Cruz Island.

An Eastside Santa Barbara property owner is appealing the approval of a medical marijuana dispensary that could open up on Milpas Street.

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department Photo)

A man has been rescued after he fell more than 60 feet down an abandoned well in Santa Barbara County.

The accident happened just after 3 Wednesday afternoon, on the 2600 block of Puesta Del Sol, near the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.   

(National Park Service photo)

Firefighters are continuing to mop up a brush fire that’s now been burning for more than a week in the Channel Islands.

Containment is now up to 80% on the fire which started March 27th on Santa Cruz Island.

They were back to back disasters. First, there was the Thomas Fire. Then, there was the Montecito debris flow. While the immediate crisis is over, thousands of Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents are still struggling with its aftermath, as they deal with destroyed and damaged homes. In Santa Barbara County, a new effort is underway to help fire and flood victims who are overwhelmed with how to proceed with replacing, or repairing their homes.

It may not like it right now, but there’s rain in the forecast for later this week for the Central and South Coasts. But, the storm isn’t expected to pose any type of threat for the region’s brush fire burn zones.

In a corral just a short distance from downtown Ojai, a beautiful white horse is munching away on some grass.

The horse is named Tommy, and he’s one of the victims of the destructive Thomas brush fire, which ravaged parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.  He wandered around for days during the fire, dirty, hungry, and apparently abandoned by his owner.

A body found in a Central Coast creek bed has been positively identified as that of a woman who disappeared in January.

San Luis Obispo Police say the remains found March 25th in Prefumo Canyon are those of Kristen Marti.

The dollar amount from insurance claims tied to the deadly January debris flows in Santa Barbara County now tops more than $400 million dollars, and is expected to continue to rise.

State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones released an update on the status of insurance claims. Jones says insurance companies have received more than 2,000 claims, totalling just over $421 million dollars.

Ventura County and Santa Paula have come up with a draft proposal for the county to take over fire protection services for the city.

The city has been looking at ways to assure the long term viability of fire protection for the city, with city officials concerned about personnel costs and needed infrastructure improvements. By folding its department into the county’s, there would be benefits through the scale of being part of a larger agency.

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