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The storm system which brought some heavy rainfall to the Central and South Coasts has almost wrapped up, but some thunderstorms are possible between now and Thursday morning. Rainfall in the Thomas, Hill, and Woolsey Fire burn zones ranged from around a quarter of an inch of rain to around two and a half inches.

Two famous comedians are the latest to step up to help people affected by the Woolsey Brush Fire and the Borderline Bar and Grill attack. Howie Mandel and Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will headline a December 22nd benefit show in Thousand Oaks.

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As predicted, a storm system brought some heavy rainfall to the Central and South Coasts, but the region’s brush fire burn zones has made it through the rain without serious problems.  But, there is some continuing concern about the potential threat from thunderstorms.

It’s the largest urban national park in the world, at 156,000 acres. But, the Woolsey Fire has left a huge chunk of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area closed. The National Park Service owns 23,000 acres of the land in the park, mostly between Highway 101 and the coast. Most of it was burned by the huge brush fire.

The Santa Barbara County Coroner's office says it has identified a body found off the Carpinteria coast over the weekend.

The storm system hitting the Central and South Coasts has not moved through the region exactly as predicted, but the good news is no serious problems have been reported in brush fire burn areas.

There are no flood warnings or watches for the Thomas, Woolsey, or Hill brush fire burn areas.

The first wave of two storm systems which have converged has arrived on the Central and South Coasts. But, meteorologists say the total rainfall should be spread out enough that we won’t see serious problems in fire burn zones.

The Central Coast has already received more than a third of an inch of rain, while the totals so far on the South Coast are much lighter.

The state and the federal government opened a joint center in Ventura County to help victims of the Woolsey and Hill brush fires. The Ventura County Disaster Recovery Center has FEMA, State of California, and Small Business Administration representatives on hand, as well as people from other agencies which can help fire victims.

Authorities are still trying to sort out the circumstances behind a chase, and barricade situation on the Central Coast which led to a fatal apartment complex fire.

It started Tuesday afternoon, when CHP officers tried to stop a vehicle in the Santa Maria area for a traffic violation. The driver evaded officers.

Caltrans says it has crews on duty around the clock in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties in the Woolsey and Hill brush fire burn areas due to the storm moving through the region. The Pacific Coast Highway between Pt. Mugu and the Malibu area is considered to be especially vunerable to rain related slides which can cause delays, or closures.

Ventura County commuters who use Metrolink now have an easier way to get tickets.

The commuter rail service launched a new online ticket web portal, so you can buy them in advance instead of at a machine at a station.

It’s a question still without an answer. Why did Ian David Long go on a rampage at a Thousand Oaks bar which led to 12 people being murdered? Authorities released some new details about the November 7th attack, but admit we still don’t have the answer to the big question of why it happened.

Two storm systems are headed towards the Central and South Coasts, and they are expected to merge as they move through the region mid-week. But, there are questions over whether there will be serious problems for brush fire burn areas.

It’s a busy morning at a South Coast mall. Parents are cruising along the second floor of The Oaks, in Thousand Oaks, with kids in strollers, and some shoppers are carrying bags full of purchases. But, in a storefront midway between Macy’s and Nordstrom is something you would never expect to find in a mall. What was a clothing store is now home to the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks.

A man Ventura County prosecutors say promised to help people in mortgage trouble save their homes mbut failed to do so has been sentenced to jail.

Javier Gonzlao Sanchez of Camarillo had pled guilty to two counts of foreclosure consultant fraud.

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