KCLU Staff

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, who is in her last year of service, is giving her final state of the city address today.

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.

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 Ventura County based university has named a Chicago reverend and professor rector to head its seminary in Northern California.

Reverend Raymond Pickett will become head of the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. Pacific Lutheran is part of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Pickett is currently a professor at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where he worked on community organizing efforts to deal with issues like racism and economic inequality.

The largest segment of homeless in the Santa Barbara area is women, according to outreach group Doctors Without Walls - Santa Barbara Street Medicine.

They say reasons for the increase in are in part due to financial issues, as well as the loss of a spouse or the end of employment.

It’s an unprecedented yet largely forgotten nightmare in California, one to this day is the largest man-made disaster in terms of human life.

The collapse of a dam created a massive wall of water killing hundreds of people, with most of the deaths in Ventura County. The reason it’s mostly overlooked today is that it happened 89 years ago.

Funeral services are set to take place Saturday for a young man who drowned in floodwaters during the big storm which hit the South Coast two weeks ago.

A public memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday for Josue Trinidad at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Thousand Oaks.

The 18 year old was walking with three other men in a Thousand Oaks barranca February 17th when they were trapped by quickly rising floodwaters. Trinidad was swept away before rescuers could reach the scene.

His body was recovered the following day.

Former President George W. Bush spoke in Ventura County last night, saying he is staying out of the fray over President Trump’s performance in office.

Bush says he knows how tough the office is, and that the last thing any President needs is reviews of their performance by a former President.

He says he made the decision after leaving office not to offer his opinions about the job President Obama was doing, and is continuing that policy with President Trump.

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A rocket carrying a secret military payload was successfully launched from the Central Coast Wednesday.

An Atlas V rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base just before 10 Wednesday morning.

With every heavy storm, there's talk of finding new ways to capture and store runoff water that heads into the ocean.

Santa Barbara County is looking at options that are possible in some areas without environmental regulation or red tape.

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