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(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Public safety officials in Santa Barbara County are beefing up staffing in the county in anticipation of what's expected to be a significant storm Thursday and Friday.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department officials say they will have extra resources on hand, as will all of the fire agencies in the county.

A South Coast base chamber music group has announced its schedule for its next two seasons, with a 20 performance lineup which will explore the works of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Camerata Pacifica will collaborate with the acclaimed Calder Quartet.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

The storm which had initially triggered concerns about the potential for flooding, and debris flows in brush fire burn areas in Santa Barbara County turned out to be little more than light rain for the region. 

Rainfall amounts were less than a quarter of an inch throughout the region, with most areas getting less under a tenth of an inch.  No evacuations were ordered.

Santa Barbara County public safety officials say no heavy rainfall is anticipated in burn areas from a storm which will move through the region Monday night into Tuesday, so they aren’t ordering evacuations.

(NASA Photo)

He's piloted one of the space shuttles.  He's commanded the International Space station.

Astronaut Terry Virts is visiting the South Coast and will show some of his incredible photographs he took from space.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

A sold out event in Carpinteria hosted by comedian Dennis Miller, and featuring Katy Perry and Kenny Loggins raised nearly $2 million dollars for Thomas Fire and flood relief efforts.

The "One 805 Kick Ash Bash" at the Santa Barbara Polo Grounds was held Sunday to benefit law enforcement and firefighters groups, as well as Direct Relief International, which is involved in relief efforts.

The latest forecast models show the chance of heavy rain in brush fire burn zones on the Central and South Coasts from an approaching storm has dropped dramatically.

The storm moving through the region is expected to drop about a quarter to a third of an inch of rain Monday night into Tuesday. But, the bigger concern was about instability creating thunderstorms which could drop more than a half inch of rain in burn zones during a short period of time.

A storm system moving onto the Central and South Coasts Monday afternoon is expected to bring about a third of an inch of rain to the region, but it’s also prompting a pre-evacuation advisory for some burn areas.

The advisory is over concern that we could see some locally heavy thunderstorms which impact brush fire burn areas, like the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa, and Alamo burn zones.

A Ventura County supervisor wants the county to support federal gun control efforts.

County Supervisor Steve Bennett is asking fellow supervisors to endorse efforts for stronger federal laws.

Work officially kicked off Friday on construction of a new, nearly 50,000 square foot science center at a South Coast university.

California Lutheran University is building a new three story complex on its Thousand Oaks Campus.

Some Santa Barbara County High School students are getting schooled by some of America’s best jazz musicians.

New Orleans jazz saxophonist Derek Douget is in Santa Barbara County is part of a new jazz residency program created by the Lobero Theater Foundation. He and his group of musicians are visiting local colleges, schools, and music programs providing some hands on instruction with students.

February 23rd marks the anniversary of a forgotten day in U.S. history which put a South Coast community into headlines from coast to coast.

It’s the day when World War II came to the U.S. mainland, and it happened just west of Goleta.

They served their country in uniform. But now, they call the streets of Ventura County home.

One survey puts their numbers in the dozens, while some non-profit groups think the numbers could be in the hundreds. A new, first of its kind project in Ventura County is hoping to get some of those homeless veterans into homes.

A Central Coast film festival has announced its 2018 lineup, including plans for four world premieres.

The San Luis Obispo Film Festival will take place from March 13th through 18th. The lineup includes 139 films from 19 countries.

Four documentaries will make their big screen debuts at the filmfest, including “Dirty Laundry,” a look at ongoing problems with asbestos.

A congressman representing much of the Central and South Coasts has announced he is seeking re-election this year.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara says he’ll seek a second term in office.

Efforts to establish commuter rail service between Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have taken a big step forward.

The agency which oversees rail service on the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo corridor approved new peak rail service. It’s considered a key approval for the plan.

A physical therapist in Santa Barbara County has been sentenced to jail after prosecutors say she took advantage of an elderly couple, charging them $200,000 for three years worth of private Pilates classes.

Investigators say at the peak of the theft, Yvonne Alish Castillo of Santa Barbara was charging the couple $7500 a month for the classes.

It’s a term you’ve heard a lot recently in the news on the Central and South Coasts. People have been fighting for “Environmental Justice.”

The label has been used extensively in the battle in Oxnard as many members of the community have rallied to fight a proposal to build a fourth power plant in the city. A U-C Santa Barbara sociologist who's written a new book on the subject says while the issue isn’t a new one, the label for it is relatively recent.

A storm system passing through the Central and South Coasts won’t drop much rain, but it will bring the region some of the coldest temperatures so far this winter.

The rain is expected to be in the form of scattered showers. There’s no concern about significant rainfall which could impact brush fire burn areas. But, temperatures could drop down to around freezing Monday and Tuesday nights, even in many coastal areas on the South Coast.

A State Senator from Ventura and Los Angeles Counties is sponsoring a proposed new law to try to close a loophole in gun ownership laws.

Under current law, people convicted of violent offenses are prohibited from owning firearms. But, if a convicted juvenile offender has their records sealed due to good behavior, it closes the documents which could be used to ban weapons ownership.

(Photo courtesy Airbus)

After two delays, plans now call for a Wednesday launch from the Central Coast of a rocket carrying a payload of satellites.

SpaceX is hoping to launch the Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base during a launch window which begins at 6:17 a.m. Wednesday.

(Photo courtesy Airbus)

A planned rocket launch from the Central Coast has been postponed for a day.

SpaceX had been planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying one large, and some smaller satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base at around 6 a.m. Saturday.

The company pushed the launch back to Sunday morning. Officials say there wasn’t a problem, but they wanted to do some additional pre-launch system checks.

He’s a legendary ruler who once controlled one of the largest empires of the world. Most people think of Genghis Khan as a brutal barbarian. But, he was also an innovator, introducing things like paper money, skis and the pony express, and creating a Mongolian form of democracy. A huge new exhibition looking at Kahn’s little known legacy is opening in Ventura County.

(Cold Spring School photo)

A South Coast elementary school which lost two of its students in the deadly Southern Santa Barbara County flooding January 9th is now facing a new crisis.

Santa Barbara’s Cold Spring School survived the January disaster, but many of the homes in the one school-school district didn’t. It’s estimated the 170 student school could lose close to 10% of its budget because of decreased property tax revenue as a result of the destructive debris flows.

He’s a popular radio announcer on the South Coast.

But, for two decades he’s moonlighted as an X-Games and Olympics announcer, and Brad Jay is currently in South Korea working the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Ventura County officials say they are in the process of sending out reduced property tax bills, or refunds to Thomas Fire victims this week.

Assessors representing the County Assessor’s Office, the Auditor-Controller’s Office, and the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office have so far inspected more than 3,000 properties. The reduced bills, or refunds are going to people who submitted claims for property tax relief due to fire damage.

Officials say refunds will be made to those who made the original payment.

The parents of a missing three year old Ventura County girl are now accused of murdering her.

Mayra Chavez and Omar Lopez of Oxnard have been charged with second degree murder for the death of Kimberly Chavez Lopez. Detectives think the little girl died in the summer of 2015.

An effort is underway to help small businesses impacted by the Thomas fire, and debris flows. Some local and federal agencies have teamed up to host a series of events to let people know about available resources.

A musician who toured the world with musicians like Mel Torme, but settled in Ventura County where he taught music for generations has died.

Elmer Ramsey was a music professor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks for three decades.

A researcher who’s speaking on the South Coast says a lot of what we know today about people, and sensitive subjects like racism, sexual preference, and abortion may be wrong, because people lie about these subjects.

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz says data from the internet shows a much different reality about a number of issues that we find through traditional research, surveys, and polls.