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The parking lot of a company in Westlake Village has been transformed into a construction zone by its 300 employees, who are building some pint size homes.

Workers at Realtor.com teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build some playhouses for some military families based in Ventura County.

Authorities are issuing warnings about multiple phone scams taking place on the Central and South Coasts.

Simi Valley Police say a company is calling people trying to get them to buy home alarm systems. Detectives say what makes it confusing for homeowners is that the scammers have mimicked one of the department’s phone numbers, so it shows up as Simi Valley Police on caller ID.

A South Coast city has taken a major new step towards replacing its outdated half century old police station.

The Santa Barbara City Council has approved a search for a site to replace the city’s current Figueroa Street building, which will built in the late 1950’s.

Tourists aren’t the only ones from outside of Santa Barbara County that like to visit the region’s scenic coastline. Researchers say it’s become am increasingly popular are for Great White Sharks.

One of the world’s leading researchers on Great Whites says while there are still many mysteries surrounding the massive creatures, we’re starting to fill in some of the blanks.

(Ventura County Sheriff's Office photo)

Detectives say they’ve broken up a major heroin distribution ring in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties which was based in Mexico.

Investigators with the Ventura County Narcotics Task Force say they’ve made a dozen arrests following a four month long investigation.  They say the head of the ring lived part time in Los Angeles, and part time in Mexico.

Behind a large, vacant warehouse sized building off of Lewis Road near Camarillo, more than a dozen men and women are lining up rows of little succulent plants. They are in a new program called “Growing Works.” It’s a non-profit wholesale plant nursery helping people with mental health issues through vocational training, jobs, and horticultural therapy.

The South Coast is getting some new airline service starting this week, with non-stop round trip flights from Santa Barbara Airport to Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Sun Country Airlines will offer round trip flights twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays. 

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Firefighters have finished mopping up a brush fire which caused a scare in Ventura County.

The blaze was discovered at around 2 p.m. Sunday north of Lake Casitas, putting up a large column of smoke visible for miles.

Fire investigators say a vehicle accidently triggered a brush fire near Lake Casitas in Ventura County Sunday.

The fire started at around 2 p.m., putting up a large plume of smoke.  It was in a rural area north of the lake.  No structures were threatened.  Helicopters and air tankers helped stop the spread of the blaze. 

Firefighters had the upper hand on the 15 acre blaze by 5 p.m., and by six it was 60% contained.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

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Two military aircraft from the South Coast are playing an important role in the battles against some of the state’s biggest wildfires.

The C-130J Air National Guard cargo planes based in Ventura County have special modular components which allow them to be used as firefighting air tankers.

It’s billed as a “Community Concert,” but not many communities could bring together an orchestra of some of the country’s most promising music students to perform under one of the most acclaimed conductors.

At Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater, the young musicians have been rehearsing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Gustavo Dudamel for Saturday night's Music Academy of the West Community Concert.

A law enforcement agency on the Central Coast has introduced a new phone app which allows you to do everything from getting information on brush fire evacuations to seeing the region’s most wanted people.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office app also allows you to get alerts on breaking crime news, and severe weather notifications.

The Sheriff’s Office is offering the free app through Google Play for Android phones and the Apple store for Apple products.

The State Coastal Commission is set to consider a plan Friday to provide protection for more than 100,000 acres of land along the Santa Barbara County coastline.

The Commission will look at the Gaviota Coast Plan, which is intended to protect environmental, agricultural, and recreational land in a 158 square mile area. It’s the first major update to the plan since the 1980’s, and is the result of years of effort in the county.

A Central Coast college has received a major grant from a utility company to expand its program of offering students a fee-free education.

Cuesta College’s Promise Scholarship program has been offering free tuition for the first year of school at Cuesta to all San Luis Obispo County high school graduates.

Now, the Cuesta College Foundation is expanding the scholarships to include a second year of education. A $100,000 donation from PG&E is playing a key role in the expansion of the scholarship program.

A South Coast film festival has announced it will screen more than 90 films and honor a legendary actor whose career has spanned six decades during its 2018 event.

The 19th annual Ojai Film Festival will take place from November 1st through 11th.

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