They Look Pretty, But The Yellow-Green Plants On Central And South Coast Hills Are Invasive Weeds

Many hillsides on the Central and South Coasts are covered with lush green and yellow flowers. Even some of the land stripped bare by the recent Thomas, Hill, and Woolsey Fires looks like it’s been revived with the help of a strong rainfall season. But, as pretty as they are, those plants are not what you think. They are black mustard, which are invasive weeds which threaten native plants.

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Shark warning signs are up at a South Coast beach after two sightings in two days.

An automatic detection device picked up a shark off of Santa Barbara’s East Beach Thursday. Then, a swimmer told authorities he saw a Great White shark Friday.

(National Park Service photo)

A bobcat which survived the Woolsey Fire is a new mom, with a litter of four kittens.

The big cat known as B-362 was tagged, and equipped with a radio tracking collar just a day before last November's nearly 100,000 acre fire in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

The latest unemployment figures for the Central and South Coast are out, and they show no significant change. The jobless rate held steady at 4% from February to March in Ventura County. There were slight bumps in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Many hillsides on the Central and South Coasts are covered with lush green and yellow flowers. Even some of the land stripped bare by the recent Thomas, Hill, and Woolsey Fires looks like it’s been revived with the help of a strong rainfall season. But, as pretty as they are, those plants are not what you think. They are black mustard, which are invasive weeds which threaten native plants.

Detectives say DNA evidence has led to an arrest in connection with a abduction, and sexual assault which occurred in Ventura County nearly six years ago. In May of 2013, a woman was walking on the 15000 block of Santa Paula Street in the outskirts of Santa Paula when she was attacked. A man armed with a knife forced her into a nearby orchard, and sexually assaulted her.

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