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(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Firefighters are trying to pinpoint the cause of a fire at a Ventura County elementary school.

The blaze was reported at about seven a.m. Monday at Cypress Elementary School in Newbury Park.

Some firefighters on the Central and South Coast are starting inspections later this week to insure that brush has been properly cleared around homes and other structures in brush fire risk zones.

Santa Barbara County firefighters will begin checks starting Friday.

Credit: Lime

A new electric scooter sharing service in Santa Barbara has had a bumpy start.

100 scooters have been impounded.

The company, Lime, placed about 100 electric scooters in the downtown and waterfront areas.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo from Petty Officer 3rd Class DaVonte' Marrow)

Six people are recovering from an ordeal in the ocean off the South Coast. They were on board a 36 foot long boat which sank off the coast of Ventura County.

California Lutheran University has granted a young woman its first scholarship that benefits Syrian refugees. 

Eighteen-year-old Rama Youssef has received the International Leaders Scholarship from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. It was created by an alumna who wanted to help Syrian refugees.

Youssef was born and raised in Damascus, Syria and lived there during the start of the Civil War.

“Many times, I literally was going to lose my life. It was very bad. We would just be walking in the street, and a bomb can literally take over,” she said.

A teenager has been arrested for the murder of a man in Ventura County.

Oxnard police say they arrested the 16 year old boy for the March 19th shooting of Juan Oscar Gonzales.

A Central Coast man is facing a 27 years to life sentence after a jury convicted him of killing his roommate.

Charles Chad Giese was found guilty of the November 2015 murder of Walter Ernesto Vallivero.

There’s shock in a South Coast community over the sudden death of a longtime school principal just two days before the school’s graduation ceremony.

Santa Barbara School District officials say La Cumbre Junior High School principal Jo Ann Carnes died Wednesday.

Even though the Trump Administration is proposing to open parts of the California coastline to new oil exploration, a Santa Barbara congressman is pushing for more protections.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal is urging Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to follow up on a proposal to create the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

Fire crews stopped a condo fire in Carpinteria Wednesday morning as it was starting to get into the walls, attic, and possibly several of the adjacent units.

The crews on-scene said that over eight units were threatened, and smoke was coming out of the upper story when they arrived on Palmetto Way.

Despite all the attention focused on the June primary election in California, and the millions spent on ads, voter turnout was very low.

The latest numbers show a 22% voter turnout statewide. Out of 19 million registered voters, 4.1 million cast ballots.

(ETC Photo by David Bazemore)

It’s a musical about an incredible, but little known jazz legend whose career spans six decades, with an unusual pause in the middle. “Cookin’ at the Cookery: The Music and Times of Alberta Hunter” tells Hunter’s amazing story.

Marion Caffey wrote, choreographed, and directs the two woman show, which opens this week in Santa Barbara.

While much of the focus in Tuesday's election was on some big state races and some congressional seats on the Central and South Coast, there were also four measures on the ballot in Santa Barbara County.

Perhaps the biggest one was Measure T, the Santa Barbara County Marijuana Operations General Tax. It sets up a tax structure for marijuana production, distribution, and retail sales. Voters passed it by about a 75% margin.

The owner of a Ventura County cleaning business has been sentenced to a year in jail, and ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution for insurance fraud.

Prosecutors say Victor Vega of Oxnard pled guilty to four felony counts of violating workers compensation insurance laws. They say that for more than five years, he underreported the number of workers he employed at his cleaning business, and also lowballed his actual payroll to his workers compensation insurance carriers.

The action cost four companies more than $450,000.

Santa Barbara County’s Sheriff easily won re-election in the June primary. Bill Brown received about 54% of the vote, defeating two members of his staff who had challenged him.

Another Santa Barbara County incumbent who faced a challenger, Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Joe Holland, had an even easier time of it, being re-elected with 88% of the vote.

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