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At an event on the South Coast this weekend, more than 150 teens got together with nonprofits to talk about mental health issues.

 

The Ventura County Office of Education, which worked with State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to set up the Youth Mental Health conference, says that they’re noticing an increase in mental health concerns in the youth.

The weather roller coaster continues for the Central and South Coasts Monday. The Red Flag Warning for parts of the region has been cancelled, with the wind easing. But, there is still an elevated brush fire danger for the region, with breezy conditions and higher than normal temperatures.

The Central and South Coasts are going to see a weather roller coaster for the next few days, starting with an increased brush fire danger, and then by the middle of next week turning into a chance of rain.

A new report by Santa Barbara County prosecutors says police officers were justified in fatally shooting a man armed with two knives. It happened in January of 2018, at an apartment complex on Mill Street in Santa Maria. Santa Maria Police received a 911 call from a woman, but then her son grabbed the phone and said he had knives, and threatened his family.

With California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross on board, a group of influencers are going through Agricultural Districts on the South Coast this week.

They are trying to encourage people to learn more about where their food is grown, and by whom.

(ATZ photo)

A South Coast zoo has raised more than a half million dollars to build a new, larger home for its lion. America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College has a five year old African Lion. More than 100 donors contributed money to the effort, with Moorpark College adding $200,000. The new enclosure is being named after the lion, and will be called Ira’s Kingdom.

Final results from a November South Coast city council election are in, with one of the seats being decided by a handful of votes. Alejandra Gutierrez was elected to the Santa Barbara City Council, representing District 1. The final numbers show that she squeaked by incumbent Jason Dominguez by eight votes.

A new economic report for Ventura County is painting a grim picture about the outlook for the region. It shows that for the first time in recent years the county’s population has actually decreased. The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting released its 2019 Ventura County Economic Forecast Thursday.

Ventura County prosecutors and police say they will once again begin using court injunctions to try to limit gang activity in one South Coast City. The City of Oxnard began using gang injunctions as a tool to try to reduce crime in the early 2000’s. But, the way the original action was structured raised issues about the violation of civil rights, which resulted in the suspension of the use of the enforcement tool.

A packed room at the Santa Barbara Library brought some of key voices together to help look at solutions for homeless issues.

The Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transportation cooperated with several agencies, including those dealing with housing, shelter services, police and city leaders.

California’s public university systems own some unusual facilities. They have California Memorial Stadium, the home of the Cal Bears in Berkeley. They own farms, used for research. UC Irvine has its own nuclear reactor.

Meanwhile on the Central Coast, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has a pier. And it’s not a little one: the more than half a mile of pier at Avila Beach allows for all kinds of marine research and education.

Southern California Edison has reached a $360 million dollar settlement to compensate government agencies like Ventura County for costs, and losses associated with two major wildfires. The deal includes 23 public agencies in the region, and includes compensation for Edison’s role in the Thomas and Woolsey Fires, as well as the Montecito debris flow.

(Oxnard Police Department photo)

A South Coast police department used a drone for the first time to help safely catch a man wanted for brandishing a weapon. Oxnard Police were called to the 1900 block of North Ventura Road just before midnight Tuesday by reports of a man with a gun.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

A congressional subcommittee is holding a hearing in Washington, D.C. Thursday on the Labor Day excursion boat accident in the Channel Islands which killed 34 people. The House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation is looking at the fire on board the Conception.

The House of Representatives passed a bill by a Ventura County legislator which bundles a number of measures intended to help female military veterans. HR 3224 includes steps such as improving accountability by the VA for its services for women, and retrofitting facilities so they can fully accommodate the needs of female veterans.

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