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A South Coast city has picked a new City Manager.

The Ventura City Council selected Alex McIntyre for the vacant post. McIntyre is currently City Manager for the Northern California community of Menlo Park.

A non-profit theater group that’s been bringing musical theater to the South Coast for decades has announced its new seasons of shows.

The American Theater Guild will again present its “Broadway in Thousand Oaks,” and “Broadway in Santa Barbara” series.

A man struck, and fatally injured in a hit and run accident in Ventura County which authorities are calling suspicious is now being identified. Jorge Gonzales was the victim of the incident in Oxnard.

Police say they were called to the intersection of Fifth and Meta Streets at around 2:30 Sunday morning, where they found the critically injured Oxnard man. He died a short time later at a hospital.

A new court ruling means a water agency in Ventura County will have to do more to help endangered steelhead.

A coalition of environmental groups had sued the United Water Conservation District, charging that the Vern Freeman Dam on the Santa Clara River restricts steelhead movement between the ocean, and their habitat. A judge agreed, saying the district could be doing more, and that the lack of action violated the federal Endangered Species Act.

An undercover operation focused on prostitution has led to 17 arrests in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, and Santa Barbara Police set up a sting operation.

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A big rig accident closed a section of Highway 101 in Ventura County for much of the Tuesday morning commute.

The crash on the northbound 101 closed the freeway in Camarillo at about 4:15 a.m. The big rig caught on fire.

Six high school students on the Central Coast were taken to a hospital after they all appeared to be under the influence of opiods.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say they were called to three high schools in the Lompoc area Monday.

Investigators say one student at Cabrillo High School, one from Community Day School, and four from Maple High School appeared to be under the influence of Xanax. At least three of the teens were unconscious.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

An artist who created an iconic South Coast landmark has died.

You might not know his name, but sculptor Bud Bottoms was the man behind Santa Barbara's Dolphin Fountain, at the base of Stearns Wharf.

Authorities say the death of a man who was struck, and fatally injured by a SUV in Ventura County may not have been an accident.

Oxnard Police say they were called to the intersection of Fifth, and Meta Streets at about 2:30 Sunday morning by a report of someone being hit by a vehicle.  They found a seriously injured man at the scene.

Art by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

New Year’s may be several months away, but students at a Central Coast university are working hard on their float for the Rose Parade.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students are creating their 2019 float named "Far Out Frequencies." It celebrates the parade’s theme, “The Melody of Life.”

A South Coast airport is working on a major expansion plan to help ease a lack of hangar space.

Ventura County officials are considering a proposal to add 100,000 square feet of commercial hangar space at Camarillo Airport.  RKR Incorporated wants to build four hangars and office space on a vacant six acre chunk of land on the northeast end of the airport. 

Photo by Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

A museum on the South Coast went through a major facelift, and the renovated areas reopened to the public on Saturday.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History unveiled its new Butterfly Pavilion, Museum Backyard and Nature Club House.

A wanted parolee authorities considered to be armed, and dangerous has been arrested on the Central Coast.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies were looking for Larry Charles Harvey in the Shandon area, east of Paso Robles. Area residents were told to lock their door and vehicles as deputies spent two days looking for the 27 year old Shandon man.

Deputies spotted him at about 5 Friday night in front of a home. When they tried to arrest him, he led the officers on a foot chase through a riverbed, some backyards, and even through a home before he was caught.

The Governor signed into law three bills from a Santa Barbara legislator intended to help improve emergency preparedness.

SB 1260 sets the stage for more controlled burns to reduce the brush and forest fire danger. SB 821 allows counties to automatically enroll residents in emergency telephone notification programs. People who don’t want to participate can still opt out. Under the current system, people must voluntarily opt in to be a part of the notification system.

Just released figures show few major changes in unemployment on the Central and South Coasts, with the jobless rate remaining near record lows.

In Ventura County, unemployment remained unchanged from July to August, at 3.9%. Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties showed slight drops.

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