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As students up and down the South Coast get ready to go back to school, undocumented students have a road ahead that’s more difficult than most. 

But, one college on the south coast is trying to help ease the burden on those students.

While some companies are ramping up slowly on the South Coast, retailer Target is hoping to hire about 320 workers immediately.

Those new hires would go to fill a wide variety of positions in their new large-scale Goleta store.

A new one-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in the city of Santa Barbara kicked in April of 2018.

That new tax appears to be having its intended effect.

Since a landmark case in 1880, the state of California has been legally allowed to keep convict felons from sitting on juries, even after they’ve been released.

The new proposed bill would remove that ban, and instead only exclude felons who are currently in prison or jail.

“Hello, you’ve reached the senior Dial-A-Ride and ADA paratransit dispatch center.” 

That’s what callers on the South Coast will hear when they call the Dial-A-Ride program, which gives inexpensive pickup and ride service for senior citizens or passengers with disabilities. 

Hundreds of low income kids on the South Coast are getting some help with school Saturday morning, at an event called Tools for School.

The City of Santa Barbara’s Housing authority and its nonprofit affiliate will be giving away backpacks filled with school supplies. 

The Santa Barbara County Food Bank new outreach effort involves pre-made meals delivered directly to children's recreation areas.

Julia Lara with the Food Bank says that some of the children were afraid of immigration issues, and were not participating, so now the Food Bank is preparing meals and reaching children at the places where they play.

A man on the South Coast is feeling the need for speed, and has been for 10 years.

Arley Langlo has spent a decade building a special racecar to go on the Bonneville Salt Flats race course in Utah.

Several agencies responded to reports of a man in peril in the ocean off of Butterfly Beach in Montecito Tuesday night around 10 p.m.

Those agencies included the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol, the Montecito and Carpinteria Fire Districts, and the Sheriff's Department.

After a grand jury investigation into train-related deaths in the Santa Barbara area, the City of Santa Barbara has come up with plans to reduce risk in the corridor.

Other nearby jurisdictions, including Goleta and the County of Santa Barbara, are expected to do the same.

Santa Maria Public Library Photo

A program on the Central Coast is expanding the boundaries of what libraries lend their patrons. The City of Santa Maria is looking to bring attention to its seed library, which gives out packets of seeds for free to the public.

But seeds - unlike books - are a single-use item, so how does a seed library work?

City of Santa Barbara Photo

The city of Santa Barbara and a South Coast company have reached an exclusive agreement for the disposal of fats, oils, and grease from restaurants.

Since 2013, MarBorg has been on a pilot program to handle the FOG (fat, oil, grease) waste produced by the city.

VCFD PIO photo

A 4-acre fire is theatening structures in the Newbury Park area of Thousand Oaks.

The Potrero Fire has caused the closure of Portrero Road from Wendy Drive to Hidden Valley Drive.

Fire officials are monitoring the moderate moving brushfire and say that there is very little wind affecting the spread of the flames.

Helicopters are using water from nearby Lake Sherwood to combat the blaze.

Some new angle parking at Santa Barbara's East Beach has some drivers confused.

It used to be parallel parking, but the city has increased the number of parking spaces there by 50% through conversion of the spots to angled parking.

(Cal Poly San Luis Obispo photo)

More than a billion people in the developing world live off the grid, without electricity.

A professor at a Central Coast college is working to change that, with a new device to help them get power.

Taufik is an electrical engineer from Indonesia, where many people - like himself - are known by only one name.

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