The new commuter train that will be rolling from Ventura County to Goleta and back starting April 2nd has many prospective takers.

In a meeting with large employers Tuesday morning, Gregg Hart with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments said about 1,000 drivers have indicated they want to leave their cars behind to ride the rails.

Since the massive January 9th debris flow, emergency crews in Santa Barbara County have been clearing areas to open passages for more rainfall runoff in case of a storm like the one in the area this week.

The Santa Barbara Police Department has unveiled a new vehicle it calls a DRAGG Car. DRAGG (Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti) is a non-profit educational organization for students.

Nine people reportedly suffered from a drug overdose in Isla Vista Thursday night around 10:30.

Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies, fire personnel, and paramedics were called to the scene.

A multiple casualty incident was declared, requiring more emergency workers.

The front-end costs for Santa Barbara County continue to carry a heavy price tag in the wake of two natural disasters.

The county has just issued a report that says it spent about $46 million in emergency response costs.

This is linked to the Thomas Fire in December and the Montecito Mudflow which began on January 9th.

A well capping project is underway on the Summerland coastline, where what's knoen as the Becker oil well has been leaking for years.

It dates back to the early 1900s when offshore and onshore oil drilling first began in Summerland.

A polluting oil well in the near-shore waters off Summerland beach will now be capped to prevent any further leaking.

The Becker well dates back decades, when onshore and offshore drilling took place in the area.

The well was never sealed off properly.

A fire has forced the closure of a restaurant in the Santa Ynez Valley.

AJ Spurs is a large, well-known eatery established in 1989.

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon around 4 p.m.

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 weather system will bring a chance of showers to the Central and South Coasts but forecasters say they don’t expect issues for the region’s brush fire burn areas.

There’s a 20-40 percent chance of showers predicted through Wednesday for the region.

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.

KCLU has won five Golden Mikes from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California for the station’s news reporting.

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.

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.

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.