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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.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying on Capitol Hill to answer questions about protecting user data. The hearing held by the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees follows news that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users.

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.

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