cla coast news

Detectives say the Santa Barbara County home of television talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was burglarized.

Investigators say the Montecito home owned by DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, was hit on the Fourth of July.

Voters approved some new tax proposals on the Central and South Coasts, but unofficial results from Tuesday's election don't appear to be as positive for some school bond measures.

In Ojai, voters said yes to a proposal to increase the city's hotel tax from 10% to 15%, to generate an estimated $1.3 million dollars annual for projects like city street repairs.  Lompoc voters approved a proposed 1% sales tax increase to fund everything from public safety to city infrastructure improvements.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

A new brush fire broke out in Ventura County Thursday night, creating highly visible flames and smoke coming off of South Mountain, between Moorpark and Santa Paula.

Ventura County firefighters say the Maria Fire was spotted just after 6 p.m.  It appeared to have started on the mountaintop where there a number of broadcast facilities.