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A convicted criminal who had been deported twice from the United States was arrested after police say he tried to break into a Ventura County home.

Port Hueneme Police were called to the 1500 block of North Sixth Place at around 9 a.m. yesterday morning, by reports of a man trying to get into a woman’s bedroom. Officers think he ran through several backyards before they arrested him.

The Deltopia street party in Santa Barbara's Isla Vista community has been a large-scale challenge for the county in the past.

In recent years, news rules have slowed the unpermitted event down.

A South Coast university has its first new men’s basketball coach in nearly two decades.

Joe Pasternack was introduced as UC Santa Barbara’s new men’s head coach Tuesday.

Pasternack has a long history in college basketball, working on the coaching staffs at Cal and Arizona, and serving as head coach at the University of New Orleans.

He takes over for Bob Williams, whose contract wasn’t renewed this year after 19 year of guiding the Gauchos. The Gauchos finished 6-22 this season.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say police officers acted legally when they shot to death a man charging at them with a knife.

Santa Maria Police were called to South Broadway Street last July 20th by reports of a suspicious man at two bank branches. Two police officers found Javier Garcia Gaona in the street’s center divider, armed with a large knife. He refused orders to drop it, and told police he wanted them to shoot him. A standoff began.

(National Park Service photo)

Biologists say the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area has a cute new resident, in the form of a mountain lion cub.

National Park Service and State Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers say they’ve discovered a four week old kitten. The parents are believed to be two mountain lions biologists have been tracking, the female known as P-23 and the male P-30.

A well known South Coast community leader is retiring as chairman of a bank he founded more than four decades ago.

Michael Towbes is stepping down as Chairman of Montecito Bank & Trust. The Santa Barbara businessman and philanthropist founded the bank in 1975. 

Several blocks of Linden Avenue in Carpinteria were used for non-car activities Saturday.

Part of an Open Streets event, many people came by to take part in a number of fitness and family fun activities that included dancing, Zumba, and obstacle courses.

A former U.N. ambassador and U.S. Secretary of State had a unique way of clueing in people she was negotiating with about the tone of the talks. She would set the mood with the jewelry she’d wear.

Now some of that jewelry is going on display in Ventura County.

Farm workers took to the streets to protest in Ventura County this weekend.

Men and women who work in the fields marched on Sunday in Oxnard with signs that say “We Feed You,” “Resist” and “Trump, Who Will Feed America?”

Farm worker Jose Guadalupe, who’s undocumented, said he’s calling for protections against deportation.

More than 200 people came together on the South Coast this weekend to talk about equity in education.

Educators, administrators, students and parents attended Cal State Channel Islands’ 9th Annual Conference for Social Justice in Education yesterday at its campus in Camarillo. This year’s theme was “First Do No Harm: Challenging Laws, Policies and Practices that Undermine Social Justice in Education.”

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