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Gyms across Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are gearing up to close inside operations today, as the counties move into the most-restrictive purple tier.

California Governer Gavin Newsom said yesterday he was “pulling the emergency brake” on re-openings, amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

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Ventura and Santa Barbara County food banks are reporting the number of people using their services this year has doubled.

Ventura County's largest food bank - Food Share - based in Oxnard, now estimates it’s distributing to 150,000 people per month as it get set to hold a Mega Distribution on Sunday.

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Teaching the entrepreneurs of tomorrow…with the limitations of today.  Some students at Cal Lutheran University are returning to campus for in-person classes, amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The classes are held in outdoor tents, with plenty of fresh air and social distancing. 

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One special arrival in Santa Barbara is certainly bringing ‘pride’ to its parents.

A lion cub was just born at Santa Barbara Zoo.

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Many of us have taken to growing our own herbs and vegetables, during the pandemic, according to one Ventura county farmer. 

Robert Campana, from Santa Paula, says he noticed a rise in demand by novice gardeners who were keen to get green-fingered but weren't educated in the basics of horticulture.

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It's two years on Sunday, since the Woolsey and Hill Fires ignited and went on to burn 97,000 acres across Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. 

At least 1600 homes were destroyed and three people died, as the wildfire prompted the unprecedented evacuation of more than 295,000 people as it spread through Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Agoura Hills and Malibu. 

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The planned Central Coast launch of a satellite intended to help us improve monitoring of climate change has been postponed for more than a week.

The Sentinel-6 satellite had been set for liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force base for November 10th.

Authorities are looking for two men for what they say was a hate crime attack in Ventura County.

A man and a woman were walking on Spring Road in Moorpark Tuesday night when they were approached by the men. 

Voters in one South Coast community faced a slew of issues ranging from whether to raise the city’s sales tax to how government agencies conduct meetings.

Oxnard voter approved Measure E, a 1.5% percent sales tax hike to beef up public safety and social service programs.  

Two familiar faces on the Central and South Coasts will be returning to Washington, D.C. for new congressional terms, but a third race in the region is still up in the air.

24th District Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara easily won re-election.  Carbajal defeated Republican challenger Andy Caldwell by a 62% to 38% margin.  It will be Carbajal’s third term in office.

Environmental groups are applauding the decision by an oil company to drop plans for a major oil well expansion project on the Central Coast.

Terracore Energy wanted to add hundreds of new wells to the existing Cat Canyon oil field southeast of Santa Maria.  The proposal included using a steam injection process to help extract oil.

The City of Ojai voted to prohibit gas in new buildings, making it the first city in Ventura County to embrace an all-electric future.

It comes after the city banned the use of gas-powered landscaping equipment earlier this year.

Part of a South Coast highway is going to be closed this coming weekend as work continues on a major repaving project.

Caltrans officials say the 55-hour shutdown affects parts of Highway 23 in Thousand Oaks.

Three new coronavirus related deaths have been reported on the Central and South Coasts.

Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties each had an additional death over the weekend. Ventura County has had 167 deaths, Santa Barbara County 129, and San Luis Obispo County 33.  The total for the region now stands at 329 deaths.

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Election Day is just one day away, but many people are taking advantage of early voting which started over the weekend in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties - with more than 70 locations open for voting. 

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