KCLU Staff

In the hills of Santa Barbara, a dilapidated structure known as the Franceschi house is about to go through a big change.

In a Parkside overlook that's been the focus of community debate for years, the house was a contribution in and memory of botanist Francesco Franceschi and architect Aldon Freeman.

Hikers have lost some of their favorite areas in our local hills.

Trails have been wiped out by both the Thomas Fire and the 1/9 disaster mudflow.

Hundreds of trucks are hauling mud from Montecito’s mudflow disaster to Goleta Beach. While the work is being completed, the beach waters are closed.

A posted sign at the beach is causing confusion among people who think everything there is closed.   

A town hall meeting has been set for Thursday night in Montecito Union School to talk about the new concerns after the recent mudslide disaster.

The reshaping of the creeks and landscaping along with still-clogged drainages and chokepoints are a serious concern in the face of another possible rainstorm or earthquake.

Millions of dollars could coming back to Santa Barbara for costs related to the recent mudflow disaster that mainly hit Montecito County, but also impacted Coast Village Road. The city utilized fire and police services following the mudslide. 

A new interactive map will be released this week to show vulnerable areas on the South Coast following the recent mudflow disaster in Southern Santa Barbara County.

The office of emergency services is working on the updated data to show where another hard rain could cause possible flooding or property loss.

The Montecito Inn has set up  a unique spotlight display in the sky to remember those who died or are missing following the January 9 deadly mudflow.

A single light will be shot to the sky for 23 hours over the next week.

A marketing makeover is underway for the Central Coast after the Thomas Fire and the Montecito mudflow disasters.

The top state tourism officials met with hotel, restaurant and other tourism leaders in Santa Barbara Thursday.

An all-volunteer group has come together in Montecito to help their neighbors who are digging out from all the mud caked around their property.

One of the leaders is Abe Powell from the Montecito Fire Protection district.

A man wanted since November is in custody in Santa Barbara after a lengthy search Monday on the Santa Barbara east side that ended on a rooftop.

Javon Matthews of Oxnard was spotted by police in the Milpas Street area, but he couldn't be found for about 3 hours after he took off.

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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live.

Mud-caked sidewalks, streets and parking areas are being cleaned by residents returning to Montecito after the evacuation orders were widely lifted over the weekend following the January 9th mudflow.

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The recent disasters have impacts that are reaching to the county budgets in Santa Barbara and Ventura County.

Clerk-recorder assessor Joe Holland in Santa Barbara says already, due to the impacts from the Thomas Fire, 37 properties have been reassessed downward, for a total of $163 million.

With mud-caked boots and pants, Santa Barbara County's search and rescue team continues to look for two children lost in the Montecito mudflow disaster.

The crews have been aided by search dogs along with 20 teams from out of the area. They were focused on an area between East Valley Road and the ocean.

There's quite a bit of frustration from residents living in Montecito, who are evacuated and cannot get their mail.

It has been relocated over to the Nopalitos - Milpas Street post office, and there the distribution has taken quite some time. 

Along with the freeway, Coast Village Road has been closed off during the Montecito mudflow disaster.

Now that Highway 101 has reopened, businesses in the area have been told that the street should be open on Tuesday.

Coast Village Road businesses owners looking for relief are organizing this week.

They plan to meet with attorneys familiar with FEMA at their impact hub offices, January 16, 23 and 25 at 117 State St.

An army of search and rescue workers is continuing efforts Saturday to look for possible survivors of Tuesday's deadly flooding in Santa Barbara.

The death toll remains at 18 people, with seven listed as missing.  The number of missing has changed all week long. 

More than two thousand people are now involved in efforts from search and rescue to assessing damage in the Montecito area.

Santa Barbara city and business leaders are meeting today to discuss the massive impacts of the Montecito floods.

Countless businesses were destroyed and others closed by the evacuation.

A man accused of possession of child pornography, and of committing lewd acts against children in Ventura County is now being charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill his victims.

Prosecutors say even though David Kenneth Beech is already behind bars in the county, he tried to solicit a killer. Detectives say they learned of his intention, and the person he hired to commit the murders was actually an undercover officer.

They say the 58 year old Simi Valley man was targeting four now adult women he victimized to try to prevent them from testifying against them.

After years of pleas from many residents, retailer Target will open a store in Santa Barbara.

That store, however, will not be like a traditional store.

Some firefighters from Petaluma on a break from the Thomas Fire went to get food at the Palace Cafe in Santa Barbara, and wound up in a musical.

Sweepers will be rolling soon to clean the streets in Santa Barbara from all, or at least most of, the ash from the Thomas Fire.

The city has sweeper trucks that can get 80% of the ash, working in a massive operation beyond the normal scope.

With the Thomas Fire now in its second week, there are several communities that are seeing crews coming and going for days.

The Thomas Fire is looming hot and large right above the exclusive San Ysidro Ranch Resort in Montecito.

Flames worked their way into the canyon after traveling from Carpinteria through Toro Canyon and then into nearby Romero Canyon.

It's a reality check about the growth of the Thomas Fire: a new command post has been established at Cachuma Lake in the Santa Ynez Valley.

A Ventura County based foundation has pledged a half million dollars to help victims of Southern California’s wildfires.

The Amgen Foundation is giving $200,000 to the United Way of Ventura County for its relief efforts. Another $300,000 will go to other efforts to help victims of all of the fires in the southern part of the state.

The Amgen Foundation is the charitable arm of biotech giant Amgen, and among its community projects it helps support science, and technology reporting on KCLU.

The Thomas fire has led to the cancellation of a number of community events this weekend on the South Coast, many of which are holiday related.

The Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District pulled the plug on its Christmas Parade, and Santa’s Village Event originally planned for Saturday in Camarillo.

Southern California Edison says that when the Thomas Fire broke out Monday, the company had to cut power in many areas, both due to the fire's impact on the lines and because of concerns about firefighter's safety.

Major transmission lines were affected at Lake Ventura in Santa Barbara County.

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