Santa Barbara's quaint downtown with boutiques, restaurants and one-of-a-kind shopping experiences may have served the area well over the years, but changes are likely coming.

Commercial realtors say there are currently over 45 vacancies in the core downtown area.

What was once a seemingly endless amount of ice in the Arctic is shrinking faster than predicted by most climate change studies.

Many scientists say climate change is the main culprit. But, a UC Santa Barbara climatologist says a new study shows between a third and half of the Arctic ice lost may be due to something that's not a manmade impact.  It may be due to nature, through a major shift in wind patterns.

We’ll be seeing a lot of green on the Central and South Coasts Friday because of St. Patrick’s Day, but law enforcement officials say you don’t want to end up seeing red as in a police car pulling you over on a DUI charge.

Many departments in the region are beefing up patrols because of the holiday, which some celebrate at bars. The City of Oxnard says it’s planning both saturation patrols and a DUI checkpoint.

Ventura County’s General Plan is the blueprint used to guide growth in the county.

The plan, which is currently undergoing a major update, is critical to property owners because it establishes things like zoning.

Ventura County City Names New Police Chief

Mar 16, 2017

A city in Ventura County looked to one of its neighbors to find a new police chief.

The City of Port Hueneme has named Andrew Salinas as its new top cop.

Salinas has been a police officer for more than two decades, working his way up through the ranks with the Oxnard Police Department. He’s currently Commander of Investigative Services with the Oxnard Police Department. Salinas is set to take over as Port Hueneme’s Chief March 20th.

He takes over for Robert Albertson, who’s been serving as interim chief for more than a year and a half.

Everywhere you look in a huge Santa Barbara building, there are orchids of all shapes, sizes, and colors. In fact, there are so many, even the organizers of the 72nd annual Santa Barbara International Orchid show don’t have an accurate count.

You don’t have to be an orchid fan to appreciate the beauty of these flowers, which come from around the Central and South Coasts, across the state, and from as countries as far away as Ecuador, Japan, and Germany.

The Chumash Tribe is taking steps to try to insure that a controversial decision to designate 1400 acres of land in the Santa Ynez Valley as reservation land isn’t reversed.

In January, the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribes request to add the designation to the property near the intersection of Highways 154, and 246. Now, a bill introduced by Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa from Northern California calls for confirming the agency’s decision.

Solutions to Santa Barbara's oversized-vehicle parking problem are still coming together, and city leaders have decided to wait six weeks before enforcing a new law.

A country music star who’s sold 16 million albums is going to be one of the headliners at this year’s Santa Barbara County Fair.

John Michael Montgomery will perform at the Santa Maria Fairpark on Friday, July 14th. Montgomery has won four Academy of Country Music Awards, three Country Music Association awards, and received two Grammy nominations.

The 2017 Santa Barbara County Fair runs July 12th-16th.

(Phillips 66 photo)

San Luis Obispo County Supervisors have rejected a controversial proposal to clear the way for massive shipments of oil by train to the Central Coast.

Phillips 66 wanted to build a 1.3 mile long new rail spur at the company’s Nipomo oil refinery, as related facilities, to handle massive oil trains. The plan to bring in three 80 car trains a week, each carrying 2.2 million gallons of oil, raised concerns among opponents about the potential for accidents, as well as pollution from the train traffic.