Santa Barbara

An 82-unit housing project proposed for Santa Barbara's Eastside could be moving forward thanks to an expanded commitment to affordable housing.

The developer on the 711 N. Milpas Street project has offered to make 20% of the project affordable housing, double the city's requirement of 10%.

A South Coast agency has announced plans for a new affordable housing complex specifically focused on helping the homeless.

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is buying two pieces of land on the 100 block of Cota Street for the project.  The plan is to build a three story, 30 unit building on 11,000 square feet of land.

It’s a Saturday night, and a popular downtown Santa Barbara bar is busy.  The Red Piano is open for the first time since March.

Jason Jones is co-owner of the nearly four year old State Street Bar.  He says it's been tough worrying about paying bills while the doors were closed, and not knowing what to tell employees.  But, two days into reopening, business is good, with virutally every indoor and outdoor table occupied.

It’s back to business at a South Coast landmark. Santa Barbara’s Stearns Wharf wasn’t closed by the coronavirus crisis, but the more than dozen businesses on it were forced to shut their doors. Most of them have now reopened.

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The protests over the death of George Floyd continue across the nation, and in one South Coast city, murals have begun to decorate the walls of buildings to honor his memory.

A band is playing on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.  Hundreds of people walk up and down the street.  It’s dusk, and business is booming at some restaurants on the 500 block of State Street.

The head of one of the South Coast’s biggest arts events has taken a new job which could test her creativity.

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Executive Director Robin Elander has been named as the interim head of downtown Santa Barbara’s business association.  

Another South Coast city has announced new restrictions on park usage. Most of the City of Santa Barbara’s parks remain open. But now all picnic sites are closed, and all group activities are banned.

A Santa Barbara County man has been arrested after detectives say he was giving teens alcohol and drugs, and then sexually assaulting them. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s investigators say Louie Peteque of Santa Barbara would become friends with the teens, invite them into his home, and then assault them after they became intoxicated.

The cruise ship which was at the center of a drama over coronavirus cases will not be visiting Santa Barbara as originally planned this month. Princess Cruises announced the cancellation of the planned March 24th Grand Princess stop on the South Coast. The Grand Princess had more than 20 diagnosed cases on board.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

A fast moving brush fire has burned more than 3,000 acres of land in Santa Barbara County, and forced thousands of evacuations.

The Cave Fire started just after 4 Monday afternoon in the West Camino Cielo area.  Strong wind help the blaze grow rapidly in the rugged mountains of San Marcos Pass, north of Santa Barbara and Goleta.

Updated 9:50 : The Cave Fire has now burned more than 3000 acres of land.

A brush fire on the South Coast has officially burned 30 plus acres of land in the Santa Ynez Mountains, but we know it’s burned much more than that, and forced a number of evacuations. The Cave Fire started just after 4 p.m., in the East Camino Cielo area. It's in the rugged mountains off of Highway 154. 

For two year, developer Ed St. George has been going through the process of converting a West Beach lot in Santa Barbara from four apartment units into a three-story hotel.

This week, the Santa Barbara City Council teetered on approval of the plan, which is in an appeal phase after a  planning committee rejected it. 

A group of people is enjoying a mini-concert in the most unlikely of spots. They are gathered around a piano which is literally on the sidewalk at the corner of State Street, and Victoria Avenue in Santa Barbara. It’s the 10th anniversary of a project which mixes public art and music, by placing colorfully painted pianos along State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

An early morning emergency call on the South Coast has turned into a murder case.

Santa Barbara Police were called to the 1300 block of Cacique Street just after one a.m. Saturday by reports of a fight.  They found a seriously injured man, who later died at a hospital.

Detectives aren't releasing any additional details.  The name of the victim hasn't been released yet.