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A long running controversy over wastewater rate hikes which sparked a city council recall effort on the South Coast could be settled this week.

Tuesday is Election Day in Oxnard, with voters deciding whether or not to recall the city’s mayor, and three city council members.

A longtime Superior Court Judge on the South Coast has retired.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Brian Back stepped down Monday after more than 20 years on the bench.

(Photo courtesy CBS)

He created some of the most groundbreaking shows on American television, which brought issues like racism and religious tolerance into the nation’s living rooms.

Norman Lear helped changed the face of TV with shows like the 1970’s hit “All in The Family,” which used comedy to look at subjects people usually didn’t want to talk about. The pilot for his latest project, a new sitcom for NBC, was shot in Ventura County.

The new week could bring with it some late spring rain.

A low pressure system currently over Idaho is spinning back our direction. It will lead to increasing cloud cover Monday night, and a chance of showers Tuesday.

Rainfall amounts in Ventura and Santa Barbara County could be between a tenth and a third of an inch on Tuesday.

Could there be even more victims of the Golden State killer in Ventura County? 12 murders have been attributed to the killer, who struck in ten counties statewide from the mid-1970’s to the mid-80’s. Simi Valley Police are looking at the possibility that the unsolved November, 1978 killings of Rhonda Wicht and her four year old son might be the serial killer’s work.

The former police officer who authorities believe was the Golden State Killer, responsible for 12 murders statewide and six on the South Coast made his first appearance in court Friday since his arrest.

72 year old James Joseph DeAngelo appeared frail, and disoriented as he was wheeled into a Sacramento courtroom in a wheelchair.

A judge asked if he was DeAngelo, and he whispered yes.  So far, he’s been charged with eight murders.  He didn’t enter a plea, and the court hearing was continued until May 14th. 

A bill by a State Senator from Santa Barbara which attempts to get more people signed up with county emergency alert systems has been passed by the State Senate.

The current system requires people to sign up for emergency text and voice alert systems operated by counties. SB 821 by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara would allow counties to automatically enroll people.

State officials announced a massive new grant to support commuter rail service between Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

The Ventura County Transportation Commission and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments launched the new rail service between the counties at the beginning of this month.

Prosecutors say they want to do a careful review before deciding whether to seek the death penalty for the man accused of being the Golden State Killer, a serial killer blamed for 12 murders, including six on the South Coast.

(Image courtesy Sacramento County District Attorney's Office)

A former police officer has been arrested in Northern California, and is accused of being the Golden State Killer, responsible for a dozen murders and 50 rapes dating back to the 1970's.

Among the crimes 72 year old Joseph James DeAngelo of Citrus Heights is accused of is the 1980 murders of Lyman and Charlene Smith of Ventura.

(Image courtesy Santa Ynez Valley Aquatics Foundation)

It was a brand new pool on the Central Coast...more than a half century ago.

Now, the main outdoor pool in the Santa Ynez Valley, at Santa Ynez High School, is 53 years old, and literally coming apart.

A campaign to replace it with an aquatics complex has now passed the seven million dollar mark towards its 11 million dollar goal.

We know about the big impacts from the Thomas fire, and Santa Barbara County flooding.

More than a dozen people died, numerous others were injured, and more than 1400 homes, and other structures were destroyed, or damaged. But, even if you weren’t in the fire or flood zones, there’s an impact which could still be coming to you. Some water districts on the Central and South Coasts which rely on water supplies from places like Lake Cachuma, and Lake Casitas are concerned about debris from recent brush fires contaminating the waterways.

What is archaeology? For many people, it creates images of globe trotting adventures, like we saw in the “Indiana Jones” movies.  But, UC Santa Barbara researcher Dr. Brian Fagan says the excitement isn’t from Hollywood’s version of the field, it’s from the wonders that we’re discovering about more than three million years of human history. 

Fagan has written dozens of books about different aspects of archaeology, and his latest is perhaps one of his most ambitious ever, looking at the entire history of the subject.

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

Investigators say that a vehicle involved in a fatal head-on crash Friday morning in Santa Barbara County was stolen.

The crash happened just before six a.m. Friday, about eight miles northwest of the Highway 1-Highway 101 intersection near Gaviota. It snarled traffic for much of the morning commute.

(San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office photo)

Some Central Coast communities are trying a unique approach to make it safer for people trying to buy or sell items through online marketplaces.

Maybe you find something you want to buy online from Craigslist, or other online marketplaces. Maybe it's even a car. But, how comfortable do you feel meeting someone you don’t know, possibly with hundreds or thousands of dollars in cash? In San Luis Obispo County, law enforcement agencies are stepping up to help by creating what are called “safe exchange zones.”