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Hundreds of people packed a six hour long city council meeting on the South Coast Wednesday night, with people upset because of proposed budget cuts which could impact everything from public safety to recreation. The City of Oxnard is trying to figure out how to deal with a projected $9.2 million dollar budget shortfall.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say they've reached a settlement with an oil company over a small chemical spill.

Prosecutors claim in March of 2018, about 400 gallons of hydrochloric acid was accidentally released at Exxon's Los Flores Canyon oil processing facility.  They say the company called 911, but failed to report the incident to state officials as required.

The sound of surf rolling up on a beach may bring up some special memories for you. For an artist with a new exhibition on the South Coast, these are the sounds of her own personal, and just completed global quest: To paint the world’s five oceans.

An annual Grand Jury review of Ventura County’s detention facilities shows that while none of them received excellent ratings, everything received satisfactory marks. No major problems were identified.

For the second time this month, what police called a suspicious hit and run death in Ventura County has led to an arrest on a murder charge.

On May 11th, Ricardo Torres Rojas was hit by a vehicle on Bluebell Street, in Oxnard.  He died at a hospital a short time later.  The vehicle which hit the 30 year old Oxnard man fled the scene.

A woman who died in an apartment fire on the South Coast is now being identified.

Carla Lautman was found unconscious in her sixth floor apartment on South Palm Street in Ventura May 30th. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.

The blaze forced the evacuation of dozens of people, but firefighters were able to contain it to the 55 year old victim’s apartment. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

A South Coast school district has picked a new superintendent.

Karling Aguilera-Fort has been selected as the new head of the Oxnard School District.  Aguilera-Fort is currently head of the El Rancho Unifed School District, in Pico Rivera.  He's been an educator for more than 25 years.  The deal still has to be finalized by the Oxnard School Board.

He will take over for Cesar Morales, who is leaving the Oxnard district to become the new Associate Director of Student Services for the Ventura County Office of Education.

A man has been arrested on drug charges in Santa Barbara County after an explosion involving chemicals used for a suspected drug lab. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 6500 block of Camino Venturoso in Goleta at about three this morning by reports of a suspicious person in a vehicle. When they arrived they discovered a pickup truck had been damaged by an explosion.

From legendary composers like Stravinsky, to edgier names like John Zorn, music will be flowing this week for what’s become a cutting edge event in the music world. The 73rd Ojai Music Festival begins on Thursday. It’s going to be a special one for Thomas Morris, because it’s his last as the festival’s Artistic Director.

There’s a warning about some potentially dangerous weather for parts of the Central and South Coasts Wednesday, due to strong thunderstorm activity. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Santa Barbara and Ventura County mountains, as well as for the Cuyama Valley.

There’s been an arrest in the hit and run death of a man in Ventura County, but detectives still aren’t talking about a possible motive for what they say was a murder. Michael Holley was struck by a vehicle on Mariposa Street in Oxnard May 23rd. The 31 year old Oxnard man died a short time later. An investigation led detectives to conclude the hit and run was intentional.

The 2019 Southern California Special Olympics Games are set to take place this weekend in Long Beach. But, this week a special event is taking place on the Central and South Coasts to raise awareness, and money for the Games. Hundreds of law enforcement officers are carrying one of the Games official torches.

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says the state and county have been effective in reducing the risk of pesticide exposure at schools in agricultural areas, but that monitoring efforts should be expanded.

New regulations require ag operations to notify nearby schools and day care centers prior to pesticide use. They also limit pesticide application when the facilities are in use.

There could be a big turnout at a city council meeting on the South Coast Wednesday night, because the financially troubled city is facing a more than $9 million budget shortfall. Oxnard is looking at laying off dozens of employees, closing its art museum, and cutting other cultural programs. The proposed moves include trying to cut overtime for police officers and firefighters.

A number of efforts are underway to beef up train service on the South Coast, to get more people to use it, and to make it more practical for commuters. One of the latest efforts includes doing something about the bare bones train station in Goleta, turning it into a full service transportation hub.

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