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Thousands of people across the South and Central Coasts are marching in support of gun control as part of the national March for Our Lives movement.

In downtown Ventura on Saturday, a march and rally organized by high school students brought people of all ages to Plaza Park.

Eighteen-year-old Sofia Felino, a student at Santa Barbara City College, says she felt compelled to march.

Authorities are hoping a search planned for this weekend will provide new clues into the disappearance of a Central Coast woman.

Kristen Marti was last seen in San Luis Obispo County on January 9th.

A new report from a South Coast university says corporate tax reform will help boost the state and national economies later this year.

But, the latest California Lutheran University for Economic Research and Forecasting study says growth will still be well below historical levels because of government regulation.

A man almost died after being swept into a drainage canal in Ventura County during this week’s big storm. 

The homeless man was camping in a drainage wash near Yosemite Avenue in Simi Valley yesterday morning when heavy rain swept him and his camp into a nearby drainage canal. He was swept downstream.

The man was finally able to pull himself out of the drain near Stearns Street. He walked to some nearby apartments, where a resident called 911. The man was taken to a hospital where he was treated for some non-life threatening injuries.

A five year old boy escaped serious injury after a terrifying experience on the Central Coast, falling four stories from a building.

Pismo Beach Police say the boy’s family was staying at a Pomeroy Street hotel Thursday when the boy fell from a fourth story window.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning Thursday night for part of Ventura County, with some bands of heavy rainfall moving through the county.  The warning was issued at 9:37 p.m., with radar during the 10 p.m. hour showing rain around Oxnard, Santa Paula, and Fillmore.  It's set to expire at 12:15 a.m. Friday.

It was billed as one of the biggest storms of the season, one which could potentially create a new wave of flooding, and debris flows in brush fire burn zones on the Central and South Coasts.

While much of the region had two to four inches of rain, no serious problems were reported.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says we dodged a bullet. All evacuation orders in Santa Barbara County were lifted at 5 p.m. Thursday.

There’s been a new salvo in a disagreement between Ventura County, and some grand juries about the case load for child welfare social workers.

The 2016-17 Ventura County issued a report in which it called the case load for County’s Human Services Agency employees too high. The agency disagreed with the report, saying agency workers had what it called “reasonable” caseloads.

A Ventura County woman received a jail sentence and has been order to pay more than $120,000 in restitution for a medical insurance claims scam.

Prosecutors say Anna Maria Ruiz of Ojai pled guilty to 11 felony fraud charges. They say she used her knowledge of the medical field to submit more than two dozen phony insurance claims, stealing close to $130,000 dollars.

She was sentenced to seven months in jail, put on six years probation, and ordered to pay back the money she took.

Public safety officials say the heaviest rainfall of the storm that's been hitting the Central and South Coasts this week could come on Thursday.

Rob Lewin, the Director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, warns it could be the strongest, more dangerous time for the region from the storm.

Some residents in burn zones are doing what they can to protect their homes from flooding, and debris flows.  The efforts range from sandbags to becoming in effect street gutter debris cops, working to keep them from getting clogged.

There’s a new development in what detectives say was a murder, the attempted suicide of the gunman in a crowded Ventura County shopping center.

Investigators say Kevin Crane shot to death his ex-wife with a pistol which had been confiscated by authorities, but was mistakenly returned to him.

The major storm system hitting the Central and South Coast is moving slower than expected through the region, and the heaviest rain may come around when we were expecting it to be leaving the region.

Forecasters say the rain we’ve had Tuesday night and Wednesday is a prelude for what’s to come.

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An iconic music festival on the South Coast has selected a new Artistic Director.

Chad Smith, who’s Chief Operating Officer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will take the helm of the Ojai Music Festival.

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So, why does the storm hitting the Central and South Coasts have the potential to drop so much rainfall?

The storm hitting our region isn’t a typical winter storm coming from the Gulf of Alaska. It’s one fueled a low pressure system off the coast, which is spinning subtropical moisture towards land like a conveyor belt.

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What has the potential to be a monster storm could create large amounts of rainfall on the Central and South Coasts Wednesday and Thursday.

Meteorologists say we could see two to six inches of rain on the coast, and five to ten inches in the foothills, and mountains.  A number of mandatory evacuations went into effect in Santa Barbara and Ventura County burn areas at noon on Tuesday.

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A Ventura County high school student was arrested after he brought what appeared to be a gun to school.

School resource officers say they learned of a video posted on social media in which a 17 year old boy had what appeared to be a pistol with him at Camarillo’s Frontier High School.

A foundation has donated more than $200,000 to help veterans who are students at a South Coast university.

The Dr. Richard Grossman Burn Foundation is giving $220,000 to the Cal State Channel Islands Veterans Affair Program.

The CHP is continuing to monitor the storm, with officials saying if it looks like there will be flooding between Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, they will close Highway 101.

CHP Captain Cindy Ponce says if they decide there is a threat to drivers, they will close it immediately.

Highway 101 was closed for nearly two weeks following the 1/9 debris flow in Montecito.

A country music superstar who has a home in Santa Barbara County will do a benefit concert to help first responders involved with the Thomas Fire and flood.

Brad Paisley is going to host what’s being called the “Second Responders” benefit concert May 12th at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

Ventura County has issued a number a number of mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders as a result of the major storm on the way.  The mandatory orders as of noon Tuesday include:

Matilija Canyon (North of Ojai Valley); North Fork (North of Ojai Valley); Vista Fire Burn Area (South end of Ojai Valley); Nye Road, West of Hwy 33; Nye Road East of Hwy 33; La Conchita

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With a big winter storm coming, Santa Barbara County issued mandatory evacuation orders for three brush fire burn zones on the Central and South Coasts.

Officials say as of right now, the bullseye for the storm appears to be the Thomas Fire burn zone. The evacuation orders could affect as many as 18,000 people in Santa Barbara County.

A Ventura County man faces a 50 years to life sentence after being convicted of first degree murder for shooting to death a teenager in a park.

The killing happened in June of 2012, in Ventura’s Saticoy Park. Prosecutors say Justin Patino and another gang member went to the park armed with guns, specifically looking for rival gang members.

Multiple injuries are being reported after a vehicle apparently accidentally crashed into a warehouse store in Ventura County.

It happened at about 11:30 Monday morning, at a Costco on the 2000 block of Ventura Boulevard in Oxnard.

Six people suffered minor to moderate injuries, with two being taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police are investigating the incident, which they say happened when an 86 year old Oxnard man accidentally shifted his car into reverse instead of drive.

A decades old music tour which showcases some of the hottest up and coming artists is returning to the South Coast for the very last time.

The Vans Warped Tour traditionally stopped in Ventura County every year, attracting tens of thousands of music fans.  But, because of timing conflicts with the Ventura County Fair, the tour bypassed Seaside Park in Ventura for the last two years.  This year, it will be back on June 24th.

New details have been released about a shooting which left a woman dead, and hundreds in shock at a Ventura County mall.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives confirm their initial theory that Saturday afternoon’s shootings in a store at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks was a murder followed by a suicide attempt. They say Kevin Crane shot to death his ex-wife, Parisa Siddiqui, and then critically wounded himself .

What could be the biggest storm on the season is on track to hit the Central and South Coasts this week, and is prompting concern about the potential for flash flooding, and debris flows on the Central and South Coasts.

There are still questions about the timing of the storm, but we could see heavy rainfall between early Wednesday and Thursday.

A Ventura County supervisor is proposing a new effort to develop some badly needed shelters in the region for the homeless.

County Supervisor Steve Bennett says while the county offered funding in the past for joint city-county homeless shelters, the effort didn’t have takers. Bennett believes the problem was a lack of clarity about the responsibilities of the partners.

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It can sometimes be a headache to get or renew your passport. But there’s a way that South Coast residents can have an easier time. The Oxnard Main Post Office is holding a Passport Fair on Monday.

Oxnard Postmaster Laura McDowell says extra staff will be on hand to speed up the process, and no appointment is necessary.

A storm expected to hit the Central and South Coasts this week could be the strongest one since the January 9th disaster in Santa Barbara County, and may trigger a new wave of evacuations.

Meteorologists say heavy hourly rainfall could potentially trigger flash flooding, and debris flows in the county’s brush fire burn areas Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

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