Have you ever wondered what happens after you flush your toilet? This weekend, you have the chance to find out on the South Coast.

The Goleta Sanitary District is having an open house today, the "Jurassic Plant Tour," with tours and activities. 

Santa Barbara is increasing penalties for the misuse of shopping carts by those who have taken them off of a store's property, as well as businesses who don't collect them.

The city's Ordinance Committee takes up the issue Tuesday afternoon.

An email alert at UC Santa Barbara was sent out to notify students and staff of a mountain lion sighting.

The big cat was seen Monday night after dark near Campus Point, which isn't a place that mountain lions are typically spotted.

Sandra Dubois

For some people with autism, telling their stories to the world can be difficult, but a university on the South Coast recently publishe da book that compiles the stories of 10 authors with autism.

Dillan Barmache is a sophomore psychology student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Because he is nonspeaking, his earlier education was not easy.

Have you ever wanted to visit a fire station? If you’re living in Ventura County, you might be in luck.

The Ojai and Santa Paula Fire Stations are opening to the public for a free event, with popcorn, hot dogs, and firehouse tours.

Santa Barbara's Downtown Organization has parted ways with one of its longtime staff members and organizers Kate Schwab.

Schwab left the group this week; no reason for her departure was provided.

A popular Santa Barbara holiday night market that had been slated for a November opening in the Paseo Nuevo mall has been cancelled.

The market, which had been set to run from late November through December, has a conflict with its landlord over the lease.

Santa Barbara has added more staff to improve enforcement out of its City Attorney's Office.

Over the last few years, the office has been in need of extra staff as the caseload has gone up in areas including code enforcement, vacation rentals, criminal prosecutions, and nuisance abatements.

Last November, Thousand Oaks was rocked by the Borderline Shooting, which was immediately followed by the Woolsey fire.

As the one year anniversary nears, members of the community are coming together to tell their stories.

A South Coast port is literally going bananas Saturday.

The Port of Hueneme is hosting its 8th annual Banana Festival, which will celebrate the yellow fruit (the banana is technically a berry) with pie-eating contests, tours of the port, and of course, banana flavored food. 

“Creator, we come in a good way today. We come with honor creator, dignity, respect, to do something good.”

That’s Raudel Banuelos, Vice Tribal Chair of the Barbareño/Ventureño Band Of Chumash Mission Indians.

He was blessing Cal State University Channels Islands students and volunteers as they cleared a path on the sacred Chumash site. 

Patrols were stepped up all night Tuesday and into Wednesday morning after a mountain lion was seen at UC Santa Barbara.

The big cat was seen at Campus Point near the lagoon and surface road turnaround.

Events up and down the South Coast this week are looking to spotlight going green with electric vehicles, but for those interested in a less-conventional mode of green transport, electric bicycles have been growing in popularity as a rental and even daily transport option. 

courtesy Cal Poly

A group of students from a Central Coast college are aiming to break a collegiate speed record on their bicycle.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Human Powered Vehicle Club has been at a racetrack in Nevada this week for the 20th annual World Human-Powered Speed Challenge.

The city of Santa Barbara has spent months studying locations for the possibility of a new police command headquarters.

The new preferred site appears to be the Cota Street commuter lot. The lot is currently used as parking during the week, and a farmer's market on Saturday.