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Santa Barbara is working to improve 41 intersections, mainly in the downtown area, to have better signals, more synchronization and other safety elements.

Busload after busload of kids arrives at the Music Academy of the West, in Montecito.

Hundreds of kids are taking part in the United Way of Santa Barbara County’s “Fun In The Sun” program.

It’s a program for at-risk kids which mixes education and fun activities to not only keep kids occupied for part of the summer, but to help them improve academically.

Drivers on Sunday in the South Coast couldn't get far without hitting a jam, not just because of the first full weekend of summer traffic, but also because of an unusual confluence of rollover accidents.

There’s a new place to play on the South Coast for you and your four-legged friends. 

For many years, pet owners have been bringing their dogs to Campus Park in Oxnard for some outdoor playtime. The park located at the corner of fifth and H streets has been an unofficial dog park. But, this week it’s becoming official.

“We’re really excited about offering this improved space to pets and their owners,” said Oxnard Public Relations Manager Delana Gbenekama.

One of Santa Barbara County’s largest annual community events takes place this weekend.

Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration is underway, with more than 100,000 people expected to attend its parade and festival. It’s music, costumes, and performance art all wrapped up in one weekend, in a creative ode to the start of summer.

Highway 154, San Marcos Pass, has had another noticeable rise in accidents.

An all-out effort is underway to make the drive in the Santa Ynez valley safer.

A historic house that’s been a landmark next to Highway 101 on the Central Coast since the highway was built is going to literally disappear from its familiar hillside spot this week.

But, it’s not going to be torn down. It’s being moved to make room from a new commercial shopping development.

If you have a dog in Santa Barbara's busy downtown, Santa Barbara Police want you to know if has to be leashed and cared for.

Police officers on a special patrol Wednesday went searching for unattended dogs, or negligent dog owners to make sure the streets are safe especially in the busy business district.

A 21 year old Goleta man who adopted a Chihuahua in April has been arrested in connection with the dog's death.

Kyle Barbre was booked on suspicion of animal cruelty.

A 24 year old man is in the Santa Barbara County jail after being arrested in a more than five year old murder case.

In September of 2010, Samuel Bautista Justo was found stabbed to death in his apartment on the 700 block of Castillo Street in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Police detectives identified an acquaintance of the victim as a suspect. However, they discovered the 18 year old, Eutimio Osvaldo Aispuro, had fled to Mexico. They worked with federal law enforcement officials and the Mexican government to try to locate and arrest Aispuro.

After months of strained relationships between city leaders, bike groups, residents and planners, the city of Santa Barbara is now closer to reaching an agreement on a bicycle master plan.

After a nationwide search, Santa Barbara is about to name a new Police Chief.

The city has been looking for a replacement for Cam Sanchez who retired after 16 years in February. A special consulting firm helped with recruitment efforts, and background checks.

KCLU was honored by the Associated Press with four regional awards for news reporting, including the award for “Best Live News Coverage” for coverage of Ventura County’s 2015 Solimar brush fire.

For the fourth time in about a month, Santa Barbara fire investigators are trying to find out who started a fire near the buildings at McKinley Elementary school on Cliff Drive and Loma Alta on the mesa.

Friday night another small fire broke out in the dry grass on the campus.

(Photo courtesy County of Santa Barbara)

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report is giving high marks to the success rate of a camp for male juvenile offenders operated by the county, and says it could be expanded to do even more.

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