Santa Barbara County has a new head for one of its most critical agencies, one which oversees development in the county. County Supervisors approved the appointment of Lisa Plowman as Director of Planning and Development.

Flu season is in full swing on the Central and South Coasts, but we are seeing fewer fatalities than we did last year. Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin says the flu vaccine being used this season is a good match for the strain which actually developed around the world.

A 17-year-old was shot and wounded yesterday in the normally quiet Goleta area of Santa Barbara County.

Few details have been released about the location of the incident, but residents in nearby neighborhoods were contacted by the Sheriff's Department for information.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department photo)

Law enforcement officers say they’ve busted a cannabis cultivation facility on the Central Coast operating with a fraudulent permit.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office investigators say the large scale operation was on the 2000 block of Wild Oak Road near Lompoc.

Enjoy the break in the wet weather we’re getting, because it won’t last long. A storm system is headed towards the Central and South Coasts, one which could bring heavy rain at times from Tuesday night into Thursday.

California Lutheran University is giving undergraduate students interested in becoming teachers a taste of life in the classroom.

Cal Lutheran has teamed up with Meadows Art and Technology Elementary School in Thousand Oaks to give the students some hands on experience, while enhancing learning for some kindergarten through fifth graders.

A protest by a handful of members of a radical church related to the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting, and the recent wildfires drew hundreds of counterprotesters to Thousand Oaks Monday morning. Hundreds of people braved temperatures in the 30’s to line a section of Moorpark Road, saying they won’t allow hate in the community.

(Cal Poly SLO photo)

It’s the deadliest fire in California history. The Camp Fire killed more than 80 people, and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes. But, some Central Coast architectural students are involved in a project to help the devastated city of Paradise come up with a vision for rebuilding.

The new music director for a Ventura County based symphony has something big to celebrate. Michael Christie was part of a team which won the Grammy for “Best Opera Recording” Sunday.

A storm system hitting the Central and South Coasts Sunday is expected to bring up to a third of inch of rain in coastal and inland areas, and three quarter of an inch in mountains, but no major debris flow issues are predicted for brush fire burn zones.

The snow level will drop to 2000 feet in the region, so there could be some snow in areas which usually don't see it.

A teenager is facing an assault with a deadly weapon charge after witnesses say he intentionally drove a vehicle into a school official at a Ventura County school campus, and fled the scene.

It happened just after eight Friday night, at Thousand Oaks High School.

Plans have been announced for a memorial service for a Ventura County Search and Rescue team member who died during a training mission.

Jeff Dye was struck and killed by a vehicle last Saturday after he and other team members stopped to help a car accident victim on I-5 near Lake Pyramid. 

An effort by a Ventura County congresswoman to help expand child care for veterans has taken a big step forward in Congress. The House of Representatives passed HR 840. It expands heath care services for veterans who need help taking care of their kids, or grandkids while they are going to VA medical appointments.

For the second weekend in a row, there’s rain in the forecast for the Central and South Coasts. But, the two storms in the forecast are predicted to only bring light rainfall to the region, and no problems are expected in brush fire burn zones.

The head of a community college district on the South Coast has unexpectedly announced his retirement.

Santa Barbara City College Superintendent/President Dr. Anthony Beebe will step down this summer. Beebe has been struggling with cancer and heart problems, and wants to spend more time on recovery efforts.