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.

Without specifically mentioning recreational vehicles as a target, Santa Barbara City Council members supported new rules restricting parking for most oversized vehicles.

The term "oversized" applies to vehicles measuring more than 25 feet long, 80 inches wide or 82 inches high.

A three-story house has been reduced to scorched rubble after a major fire in Summerland.

The fire broke out around 7 in the evening Tuesday.

It could be seen for miles, as winds in excess of 40 miles per hour whipped up the flames.

A moving replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. has  arrived at Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara.

The wall is a scaled-down version of the memorial in the nation's capital.

On the structure are the over 58,000 names of men and women who died in the conflict.

There’s a warning today for dog owners about possible exposure to their pet of a potentially dangerous canine virus at a popular South Coast beach.

Santa Barbara Animal Control officers say a dog taken to Mesa Lane Beach over the weekend tested positive for parvovirus.

Sometimes an afterthought for coastal or valley tourists, Santa Maria is rebranding its image.

The city is spending more than half a million dollars on a new campaign targeted at Los Angeles area travelers.

Residents in western Goleta noticed something odd this weekened: an unusual, unpleasant odor.

It's unclear if the odor is an active natural seep of hydrogen sulfide or an industrial problem.

The Santa Barbara Police Department has, for more than a year, been short on front-line officers.

Retirements, transfers and injuries have put the department in a position to aggressively hold testing dates and get officers through training.

A recent health agency check landed Santa Barbara a surprise: a D grade for its smoking laws.

The city, known for its clean environment, is now looking to toughen its ban on smoking rules.

The College Promise Program, which pays tuition and books fees for some students for two years, will continue at Santa Barbara City College this semester.

To qualify for the program, the students must  be local highschool graduates who finished school within a year,  and they must attend college full-time.

Officials say a woman traveling in France from Montecito received a call about a demand for ransom Saturday.

The call said her husband and two children were being held hostage.

On September 11th, an inmate located a weapon and turned it in to authorities at the Santa Maria branch of the jail system.

The gun was found inside of a jail cell, still not fully assembled.

Plans have been announced for a memorial service for a Ventura County firefighter who died in a traffic accident while fighting a brush fire.

The service for Ryan Osler will take place Monday at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village. Osler died September 21st, when a water tanker truck being used to help fight the Canyon Fire on Vandenberg Air Force Base overturned near Lompoc.

The 38 year old firefighter leaves behind a wife and two children. He had been with the department for 18 years, and was a fire department engineer based in Moorpark.

Fire crews responded quickly to a call at Westmont College in Montecito yesterday, where they extinguished flames in a closet at the Page residence hall.

The fire took place around 6 pm, and forced 200 students from their rooms for the night.

There’s shock and sadness in the public safety community on the Central and South Coasts, following the death of a Ventura County firefighter who was helping to fight Santa Barbara County’s Canyon brush fire.

The CHP is still trying to determine exactly what happened.

A water tanker based in Ventura County, with two Ventura County firefighters on board overturned just after six this morning on Highway 246 and Purisma Road, just northeast of Lompoc.

(U.S. Air Force Photo)

Even as firefighters try to cope with the sadness over losing one of their own in a traffic accident, they are continuing to make progress in dealing with Santa Barbara County’s Canyon Fire.

The 12,000 acre blaze on Vandenberg Air Force Base is now 50% contained.

More than a thousand firefighters are involved in efforts to stop the fire, which has been burning since Saturday night. 

No structures have been destroyed.

The Goleta city council last night was not quick to embrace a a new Venoco Oil proposal for the near-shore waters.

Venoco aims to shut down its Ellwood plant and platform Holly offshore in 25 years, instead of the longer timeline its on now.

One Ventura County firefighter is dead, and a second injured following a traffic accident in Santa Barbara County.

A water tender involved in efforts to fight the Canyon Fire crashed. The CHP says the accident happened off of Highway 246 near Purisma Road, outside of Lompoc just after six this morning. It ended up on its side.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department officials say a passenger, who was a 38 year Ventura County firefighter, was fatally injured.

The driver escaped with minor injuries. CHP investigators are trying to determine exactly what happened.

There's quite a transition taking place in Isla Vista this week.

After the end of summer break, students have started returning in big numbers for the start of the new school year.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department

A brush fire in northern Santa Barbara County has grown to about 4500 acres, and is still out of control.

The Canyon Fire is burning on the south portion of Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Ynez Road. No structures are reported to be in immediate danger from the fire, which started Saturday night.

The fire prompted the precautionary cancellation of at a rocket launch scheduled from Vandenberg Sunday morning.

Hundreds of firefighters are involved in battling the blaze, which is currently at zero percent containment.

With the start of classes a week away at the Central Coast’s largest college, law enforcement officials are taking extra steps to insure back to school parties don’t get out of control.

The City of San Luis Obispo’s Safety Enhancement Zone Ordinance takes effect at midnight tonight. It’s an effort to deal with issues like noise, public alcohol consumption, and large parties linked to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student community.

It took three police officers, and two people who were passing by to handcuff an out of control man on the South Coast.

Oxnard Police received reports of a man walking in the street in front of cars on Rose Avenue, near Highway 101 around 2 p.m. Wednesday. An officer found Jesus Garcia Ceja walking on Stroube Street in El Rio.

Santa Barbara County is trying to clear Isla Vista of old, abandoned bicycles before the new school year begins.

Workers are tagging bikes that appeared to be abandoned, whether due to missing components such as tires or just a locked up rusty frame.

Authorities have now identified two men who died when the vehicle were in plunged hundreds of feet down an embankment in Santa Barbara County.

David Esquivel of Santa Maria and Oscar Hernandez of Lompoc were last seen alive September 7th.

A hang glider pilot spotted the wreckage of the car they were in Sunday, at the bottom of a cliff on the 3400 block of Gibraltar Road.

A paraglider in the hills over Santa Barbara reported an abandoned vehicle off Gibraltar Road.

The report launched an extensive recovery effort down the steep, brushy ravine Sunday afternoon.

Investigators found two deceased men in their early 20's were found.

Filled with students and not enough parking on campus, Santa Barbara City College has off-campus impacts that have upset neighbors for years.

Studies show students have gone several blocks over from campus to park, and that has had a negative impact on the residents that live there.

Authorities say they’ve found what they are calling some “items of interest” in their search for the remains of a missing college student on the Central Coast.

More than 40 FBI and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office personnel are involved in the excavation of multiple spots for traces of Kristin Smart, who disappeared from the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus in May of 1996.

Residents living in Solvang have had two nights of unusual noises that woke some people up with questions this week.

Monday, an unarmed Minuteman III missile went up in an early launch from Vandenberg airforce base, a day after its scheduled launch was delayed 24 hours.

What started as a routine investigation of a stopped car in Ventura County tuned into a dangerous standoff with a parolee, who appeared to be armed with a handgun.

It happened just before six a.m. Wednesday, near the intersection of Fruitvale Avenue and Broadway Road in Moorpark.

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy who stopped to investigate a car stopped at the intersection recognized a parolee in the vehicle.