A popular Central Coast Park is reopening after getting a more than $850,000 makeover.

Russell Park in Santa Maria opens on Saturday with new and improved amenities, after investment from federal and state grants. 

Two service dogs have been recruited to the newly created Ventura County District Attorney’s Courthouse Facility Dog program.

The two black Labrador retrievers, ‘Star’ and ‘Trakr’ are trained to provide physical and emotional support to assist victims of crime – including during giving evidence in Court.

Elks Recreation

It’s being billed as a COVID-safe Christmas spectacular on the Central Coast. 

Elks Rodeo in Santa Maria– which has been closed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic – has teamed up with City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department to create a drive-through ‘Christmas in The Country’, featuring real-life camels. 

Around 30 health and wellness businesses on the Central Coast have banded together – hoping to change statewide COVID-19 restrictions that prevent fitness centers from operating indoors.

The newly formed Wellness Coalition argues that fitness centers should be considered essential businesses due to the health benefits of working out.

City Of Goleta

Ordinarily, stores would be gearing up for Black Friday later this week – the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy which has become as much a holiday tradition as turkey itself.

But this year, with Covid rates rising, stores in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are concerned they will miss out on the much needed boost as shoppers look on-line for discounted goods. 

State Lands Commission Photo

A limited amount of oil transportation will take place on the South Coast.

The oil will go from the Ellwood Onshore Facility in the Goleta Valley to Arroyo Grande in a special process permitted by the State Lands Commission.

John Palminteri

A Thanksgiving gift came early for 194 nonprofits on the South Coast.

The Chairman and CEO  of Montecito Bank and Trust, Janet Garufis, presented a $1 million award to the organizations.

Santa Barbara Zoo's lion cub finally has a name. 

The African lion cub, who was welcomed on November 5, is female and has been named Pauline.

LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner will be requiring reservations for its services in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties this week.

It’s been a year of layoffs and job uncertainty for many. 

However, there's some good news for job seekers on the Central and South Coasts, as USPS officials say they're looking to recruit 200 staff across the region to cope with increased demand. 

Tens of thousands of older adults in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties are living alone, and the isolation, loneliness, and depression many of them are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic has become as much of a threat to their overall health as the virus itself

With the holiday season quickly approaching, The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging - where over 30,000 older adults live alone - invited children and young people from across the region to participate in their Holiday Greetings Campaign for local seniors – and say they’re delighted by the response.  

After large public rallies and hours of comment presented to the city council, the city of Santa Barbara has decided to form a civilian police review and accountability system.

John Palminteri

Many restaurant owners in Santa Barbara say they were caught off guard by Governor Gavin Newsom's decision on Monday to pull the so-called "emergency brake" on reopenings.

City of Santa Maria

Libraries across the Central and South Coasts, are finding ways to offer their services during the pandemic.

The City of Santa Maria has introduced a ‘Grab and Go’ service at their branches in Los Alamos, Orcutt, Guadalupe, and Cuyama. 

Cal Lutheran photo

As the coronavirus crisis reaches another peak across the country, a school on the South Coast is launching a program in public health.