As police in Santa Barbara were checking a man for warrants, the situation took an unusual turn.

The suspect ran into the ocean and dove in.

The Harbor Patrol was immediately called in as the man began to swim away.

Two prominent Central Coast cities have once again made the cut as key stops on the Amgen tour of California next May.

In the week-long event, the world's top bicyclists will have race through Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara.

One of the Channel Islands closed to the public because of safety concerns about smugglers has received an all clear from law enforcement agencies, and is now open again to the public.

The discovery of a boatload of marijuana on Santa Rosa Island prompted the island’s closure to the public, and a massive ground and air search. On October 25th, three thousand pounds of marijuana, some 44 bundles in all, was found on the island. An abandoned boat believed to have been linked to the smuggling effort was found on a beach on the Gaviota coastline.

The Santa Barbara Unified School District has put two bond measures on the November ballot this year, measures I and J.

Supporters say the measures are needed to pay for improvements to schools in the form of new buildings and prefab structures.

A scaled-back enforcement plan in Isla Vista this year was apparently the right call, with Halloween weekend crowds way down.

Saturday night was the biggest concern.

In response, UC Santa Barbara held a concert aimed at students, with a $5 entrance price point.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County public safety officials, and the community of Isla Vista are gearing up to try to stop what had become an annual invasion of Halloween partygoers.

For decades, IV had become the place to go for tens of thousands of teens and young adults because of its unsanctioned, unsponsored Halloween street parties.

Election Day is now less than two weeks away, and aside from the huge presidential race, voters on the Central and South Coasts will weigh in on a number of local races and issues.

KCLU News is taking a close-up look at some of the races closer to home. In Ventura County, a one of the supervisorial seats will get a new face for the first time since 1996 Kathy Long's decision not to seek a sixth term as Third District Supervisor triggered an avalanche of candidates, which has come down to the two facing off November 8th.

A loud bang disturbed a quiet residential street in Carpinteria when a truck collided with a parked vehicle Wednesday morning.

Many people left their homes to check out the scene, and even went after the driver as he tried to walk away.

A long time city and planning leader on the south coast has passed away.

KCLU's John Palminteri reports on the remembrance of Dr. Dan Secord.

Scorched brush on the side of highway 101 marks the spot of a fiery fatal accident that happened on Thursday.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred around 8 p.m.; the traffic impact lasted more than two hours, with the freeway down to one lane.