A hastily put together rally brought over 100 people together in Santa Barbara, to show solidarity with the people of Charlottesville, VA.

A violent, deadly conflict took place there over the weekend that police say was linked to a racial divide and white supremacy issues.

(Santa Barbara County Animal Services photo)

Authorities are investigating a shocking animal abuse case in Santa Barbara County.

Some 20 plus rabbits were abandoned near a dumpsite north of Los Olivos, in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Four men were arrested after detectives say they put credit card skimmers on pumps at a Ventura County gas station.

The station on the 4000 block of Adolfo Road in Camarillo was closed just before 12 a.m. Friday when the owner happened to check his remote surveillance cameras, and saw some men tampering with the fuel pumps.

A chase that lasted nearly an hour on the freeway, surface streets and on foot led to the arrest of two suspects in Santa Maria Thursday.

The pursuit flowed through both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

A couple from Los Angeles County has been arrested for a string of armed robberies in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara Police say Carlos Sosa Junior, and Ana Maria Espinosa of Lancaster were responsible for four armed robberies in the city since January. Sosa is facing more than two dozen charges, and Espinosa a half dozen counts stemming from the crimes.

A 70-year-old man was pulled from his truck Wednesday morning in Lompoc, and two suspects drove away with his vehicle.

The carjacking took place around 9 a.m.

Normally not known for fast-tracking development, the city of Santa Barbara is dealing with a backlog.

Staff members say housing projects and downtown business plans are stacking up.

A repair plan is underway for the landmark Victor the Florist neon sign in downtown Santa Barbara.

A driver lost control of their car Monday morning and hit a signal light. The pole then hit a building, and damaged the neon lettering.

A theater festival underway on the South Coast is delving into some tough social issues, with the hoping of helping to both entertain and foster some serious community conversations.

The "On The Verge Festival" in Santa Barbara features six productions during its 11 day run, from August 3rd through 13th.

The State Water Resources Board is investigating groundwater issues related to cannabis growing.

A public review has begun after reports of illegal dumping of products linked to pot growing, in waterways.

Excitement is high about word the Summer Olympics will be returning to Los Angeles in 2028.

The South Coast was a part of the Games when LA hosted them in 1984. This time around however, there are no plans for Olympic venues in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties played an important, but now largely forgotten part in the Games 33 years ago.

It wasn’t a big brush fire, but it snarled traffic on a section of Highway 101 in Ventura County during the tail end of the evening rush hour.

The four acre blaze started near Highway 101 and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks just after six Thursday night. Firefighters stopped its spread in about a half hour with the help of a helicopter.

No homes were threatened, but it caused lots of slowing for traffic in the area. There’s no word on the cause.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department is warning seniors to be cautious of a phone scam that sounds very realistic. 

The final countdown is on for the 2017 Ventura County Fair, the latest edition of a tradition which began in 1875.

The Ventura County Fair officially opens at 11 a.m. Wednesday, but hundreds of people lined up at Seaside Park Tuesday to get discount admission and ride tickets.

Tyler Hoffman is in Ventura County as part of a big adventure.

(U.S. Air Force photo)

In the wake of the latest missile test by North Korea, the Air Force has announced plans for another missile test launch from the Central Coast.

Plans call for launching an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base sometime between midnight, and six a.m. Wednesday. It’s one of a series of periodic test launches from the base officials say are important to test the effectiveness and preparedness of the missile system, as well as of launch crews.

An 8-year-old girl is recovering after sustaining an injury on Santa Cruz Island.

A Coast Guard helicopter launched from Point Mugu to rescue the girl on Sunday afternoon. 

The girl suffered a back injury, and was on board a 26-foot boat at Smuggler's Cove at the time of the accident.

Reymundo Cedillos is doing some shopping at what looks like a big, open air market in Ventura. There are tables full of everything from underwear and socks to personal items like toothbrushes. The price is right. Everything is free.

The hundreds of people picking out items here are homeless veterans.

Photo by the Music Academy of the West

The internationally known Music Academy of the West in Montecito has brought the New York Philharmonic to Santa Barbara for what's being called the largest classical music event to ever hit the South Coast city.

Michael L. Baird

A Central Coast beach which is a breeding ground for an endangered species of bird has been closed from now through Labor Day weekend, to protect the birds.

The Air Force closed Surf Beach, on Vandenberg Air Force Base. Because the birds nest on the sand, they are susceptible to humans, dogs, and horses disrupting their breeding process. While a certain number of beach violations are allowed, once they reach a threshold the area is closed. The closures happen on a regular basis.

Funeral services are set to take place Saturday on the South Coast for a Marine who was one of 16 people killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi.

A deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair has focused new attention on carnival ride safety, including the California Mid-State Fair underway in Paso Robles.

Los Angeles has pro football again, with the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

For the next few weeks though, Ventura County is home to one of the most legendary franchises in professional sports, the Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys fans from around the country are coming to see their beloved team in droves, in what is almost a pilgrimage for the football fanatics.

A woman struck and killed by a passenger train on the South Coast is now being identified.

Ester Lopez de Reyes died after she was hit by a northbound Amtrak train near the Goleta train station Wednesday afternoon. The train was already slowing as it approached the train station, but the crew was unable to stop in time after seeing the 65 year old woman on the tracks.

Investigators are trying to determine how she ended up in the path of the train.

(Ventura Fire Department photo)

Investigators are trying to figure out why a car jumped onto Highway 101 in Ventura County going the wrong direction early Thursday morning, causing a head on crash which killed three people.


A 36-page draft report of interested cannabis growers has been released by Santa Barbara County. 

A public meeting held Wednesday went over many details. 

(UCSB Photo)

They’re cute and friendly looking, with furry faces which make them look like a cross between a cat and dog.

Still, the raccoons which rummage through trash cans and snack on pet food left outside may be exposing you to a little-known type of roundworm, which can cause serious health problems for people.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department needs more K-9 units and an effort is underway to add two new dog deputies to the team.

The name "Project Deputy Dog" has been given to the effort by the non-profit public Sheriff's Benevolent Posse.

This public benefit corporation, made up of non-law enforcement volunteers, buys gear and offers support that is not normally in the annual budget.

For more than a century, a South Coast museum has been the centerpiece of Ventura County's historic and cultural heritage.

The Museum of Ventura County has more than 180,000 items ranging from pieces from the county’s history, to works by artists.

However, the museum is facing a major financial crisis. It’s seeking government and community help to survive.

(Mesa Architects)

It’s a piece of ocean bluff with a multi-million dollar view of the Santa Barbara Channel in Santa Barbara. It’s also a weed-strewn chunk of land off of Santa Barbara’s Shoreline Drive that’s hemmed in by a chain link fence.

Dennis Thompson is a Santa Barbara Mesa resident, who’s an architect. He’s part of a non-profit group called Mesa Architects, which is made up of people who work in the field and want to improve the Mesa area.

Thompson says the group’s latest project is try to turn the scraggly fenced-in field next to La Mesa Park into a scenic ocean overlook.