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There’s a new place to play on the South Coast for you and your four-legged friends. 

For many years, pet owners have been bringing their dogs to Campus Park in Oxnard for some outdoor playtime. The park located at the corner of fifth and H streets has been an unofficial dog park. But, this week it’s becoming official.

“We’re really excited about offering this improved space to pets and their owners,” said Oxnard Public Relations Manager Delana Gbenekama.

One of Santa Barbara County’s largest annual community events takes place this weekend.

Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration is underway, with more than 100,000 people expected to attend its parade and festival. It’s music, costumes, and performance art all wrapped up in one weekend, in a creative ode to the start of summer.

Highway 154, San Marcos Pass, has had another noticeable rise in accidents.

An all-out effort is underway to make the drive in the Santa Ynez valley safer.

A historic house that’s been a landmark next to Highway 101 on the Central Coast since the highway was built is going to literally disappear from its familiar hillside spot this week.

But, it’s not going to be torn down. It’s being moved to make room from a new commercial shopping development.

If you have a dog in Santa Barbara's busy downtown, Santa Barbara Police want you to know if has to be leashed and cared for.

Police officers on a special patrol Wednesday went searching for unattended dogs, or negligent dog owners to make sure the streets are safe especially in the busy business district.

A 21 year old Goleta man who adopted a Chihuahua in April has been arrested in connection with the dog's death.

Kyle Barbre was booked on suspicion of animal cruelty.

A 24 year old man is in the Santa Barbara County jail after being arrested in a more than five year old murder case.

In September of 2010, Samuel Bautista Justo was found stabbed to death in his apartment on the 700 block of Castillo Street in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Police detectives identified an acquaintance of the victim as a suspect. However, they discovered the 18 year old, Eutimio Osvaldo Aispuro, had fled to Mexico. They worked with federal law enforcement officials and the Mexican government to try to locate and arrest Aispuro.

After months of strained relationships between city leaders, bike groups, residents and planners, the city of Santa Barbara is now closer to reaching an agreement on a bicycle master plan.

After a nationwide search, Santa Barbara is about to name a new Police Chief.

The city has been looking for a replacement for Cam Sanchez who retired after 16 years in February. A special consulting firm helped with recruitment efforts, and background checks.

KCLU was honored by the Associated Press with four regional awards for news reporting, including the award for “Best Live News Coverage” for coverage of Ventura County’s 2015 Solimar brush fire.

For the fourth time in about a month, Santa Barbara fire investigators are trying to find out who started a fire near the buildings at McKinley Elementary school on Cliff Drive and Loma Alta on the mesa.

Friday night another small fire broke out in the dry grass on the campus.

(Photo courtesy County of Santa Barbara)

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report is giving high marks to the success rate of a camp for male juvenile offenders operated by the county, and says it could be expanded to do even more.

An Amtrak Train was stopped not far from the Santa Barbara station Wednesday at 3 p.m. when a pedestrian was hit on the tracks.

(SBCSO Photo)

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives and federal undercover agents say they’ve made the 38th, and final arrest in connection with a years long investigation into a drugs and weapons ring.

Four local and federal agencies were involved into what they call a complex case which led to the seizure of 45 weapons, 11,000 rounds of ammunition, and more than three quarters of a million dollars in illegal drugs.

The investigators say the operation was involved in selling drugs like heroin and methamphetamine as well as guns in the Santa Maria Valley.

Matthew Abrams, 33, has been missing since May 14th.

The Santa Barbara resident was last seen in Monterey County, in the Big Sur area, driving a blue Subaru Forester.

The Monterey County Sheriff's Office has asked for the public to share his image and any information that could be helpful in the search.

You can find a Facebook page with updates on the status of the search for Abrams here.

A coalition against gun violence in Santa Barbara held a rally Thursday to talk about the UCLA murder-suicide, and also laws to prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands.

The Westmont College community is mourning the death of an alumnus: an engineering professor, and father of two, was killed in a murder-suicide on the UCLA campus Wednesday.

William Klug, 39 years old, was an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

A man is recovering after he exited a moving vehicle on the 101 freeway Monday morning.

The smaller SUV was southbound near the Milpas Street exit at the time.

When emergency crews responded, they say they thought that a pedestrian had been hit on the freeway.

A violent chase in northern Santa Barbara County ended with a shootout and the death of suspect Fernando Castro.

Castro was the focus of a search by several law enforcement agencies fro the Bay Area down the coast.

Two trucks were involved in a head on collision Wednesday on Highway 154 on Figueroa Mountain Road, closing that section of San Marcos Pass in Los Olivos.

One vehicle was a pickup, the other was a large tractor-trailer beer truck.

Eyewitnesses say the person in the pickup was driving erratically, in and out of the appropriate lane, prior to the accident.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors voted Monday to support a new jail in Santa Maria with $80 million in state funds allocated for construction costs.

Contracts could be ready in July after more financial analysis, to help deal with cost estimates that recently came in $11 million higher than anticipated.

The cause of a fire remains under investigation after a weekend blaze near the 101 freeway in Santa Barbara County.

The Santa Barbara City Fire Dept. is trying to find out how a fire started in the brush and trees along the freeway at Bath Street about 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Flames and the fire's glow could be seen for several blocks when the fire spread into tall trees.

There a buzz in the crowd, and excitement. It's graduation day and more than 100 people are on hand at the Santa Barbara Veterans' Memorial Building.

These graduates aren’t getting diplomas or degrees. They’re getting something even better. It's their freedom.

Many people consider the YMCA as a place for families and children. But a South Coast branch will be dedicating one day this week to a different demographic.

It’s called Senior Day, and it’s at the Ventura Family YMCA where many seniors are already members.

“This is really all about making sure seniors have everything that they need,” said Executive Director Amy Bailey Jurewicz.

California Strawberry Festival

About 60,000 people are expected to attend a festival this weekend that celebrates a fruit grown on the South Coast. It’s the 33rd Annual California Strawberry Festival that takes place this weekend at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard.

"It's probably the best thing to happen to Oxnard, where we feature the strawberry and invite families to come enjoy this two-day festival," said Kim Gibas, the festival's chairperson.

A man sporting a bloody hand in the lobby of a Motel 6 said Monday his wound came from an accidental gunshot.

The sheriff's department came to the scene of the Carpinteria motel and the man was rushed to Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital.

A South Coast church which was slowly losing its congregation realized it would have to close its doors.

That spurred church members to decide to use their resources in a way that would continue its tradition of helping people long after the building was gone.

Santa Barbara County’s District Attorney and State Attorney General Kamala Harris are holding a joint news conference in Santa Barbara later this morning to announce criminal indictments in connection with last year’s Refugio State Beach Oil Spill.

The authorities haven’t yet released details about the indictments.

The nation’s largest cycling race comes to the South Coast today.

Stage Three of the Amgen Tour of California will start in Thousand Oaks, and take competitors more than 100 miles to a finish on Gibraltar Road, in the foothills above Santa Barbara. It starts at Amgen’s corporate headquarters in Thousand Oaks at 11:15.

There will be rolling road closures as the race passes through the region during the late morning, and early afternoon hours. The course includes section of Highways 1, 33, 150, and 192.

Investigators say an arsonist started a fire at the Art Essentials store in downtown Santa Barbara Sunday at 8 a.m.

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