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Many small businesses on the Central and South Coast are getting ready to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans, now in their second round.

Despite the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the Central and South Coasts, unemployment continued to drop in the region in November.

In Ventura County, the jobless rate went from 6.9% in October to 6.3% in November.  Santa Barbara County showed a three-tenths of a percent month-to-month drop, from 6.1% to 5.8%.  And, San Luis Obispo County went from a 5.9% unemployment rate in October to 5.4% in October.

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A South Coast bar which has controversially defied the State’s order to close outside dining, has had their health permit revoked and could lose their liquor license.

Cronies in Agoura Hills has caused concerns for the local community - with protests and social gatherings taking place almost daily - as the sports bar continued to serve food and drink in person in violation of the State and County Health Order.

The Big West Conference says it will be cancelling its fall competitions.

That means no cross-country or soccer for either men or women, and no women's indoor volleyball for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The run up to Christmas should be one of the most lucrative times of year for retailers.

Instead, the locally-owned stores in Ventura are quiet, with some not even bothering to open amid the latest state-mandated stay-at-home order. 

Raquel Prichard and her 17 month old daughter are looking at a huge gorilla at the Santa Barbara Zoo.  The Santa Barbara woman says after a more than three month shutdown due to the coronavirus crisis, it’s great the zoo is once again open.

One of the premier events for car lovers on the Central and South Coasts has been canceled due to coronavirus safety concerns.

The ninth annual Montecito Motor Classic had been set to take place in September.  The show brings some of the most unique and rare cars in the world to Santa Barbara County. 

It’s early afternoon, and there are only a couple of customers at the Fusion Grill in Thousand Oaks.  The restaurant’s owners are trying to figure out how the state’s newest shutdown orders will affect their business, a question thousands of eateries in the region are facing.