Santa Barbara

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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.

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Police have made an arrest, arrest and one person was taken to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds after a shooting in Santa Barbara.

The shooting took place at around 5 a.m. Wednesday, in downtown Santa Barbara.

The South Coast’s newest park is a hidden gem, featuring rolling hills and a creek, but this property almost became a residential neighborhood.

The preservation of the 20-acre-plus open space area just west of Elings Park in Santa Barbara is the result of years of work.

It used to be off the beaten path, but the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara is must-see for many people looking for art, wine, beer and dining. The 10-block area between downtown Santa Barbara and the ocean is home to a growing stretch of art galleries, retail shops and tasting rooms.

With that comes cars and the search for parking.


Authorities on the South Coast are investigating the death of a jail inmate.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says on Friday around 6 pm, 62-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez told a deputy at the County's Main Jail that he wasn’t feeling well.

The Paseo Nuevo Mall in downtown Santa Barbara, which has been open for 30 years, is getting a new look.

At an announcement Tuesday designs for the renovation were revealed, and then shovelfuls of dirt were ceremonially tossed into the air to kick off the work.

Photo by the Squire Foundation

There’s a new kind of vending machine on the South Coast that pops out literature.

The Squire Foundation and the Santa Barbara Public Market are introducing the Short Edition Short Story Dispenser to the Santa Barbara Community.

At the stroke of midnight, the Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara may not be the first ticket of 2019.

It's been told in advance to curtail its planned New Year's Eve party, or make changes.

Photo by Melody Rose Hitt

There’s an event taking place on the South Coast this weekend that features art created from the ocean, and it benefits a wildlife nonprofit.

The Santa Barbara Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival features 46 artists from around the country.

It’s been a tough few months for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in the wake of the Thomas Fire, the Montecito debris flow, and most recently the Holiday brush fire north of Goleta. But, people in the region are getting a welcome distraction from the difficult times this week. The Ventura County Fair and Santa Barbara Barbara’s Old Spanish Days both kicked off Wednesday.  

A new survey by a national magazine lists Santa Barbara as the best place in the U.S. to live for good weather. U.S. News and World Report just issued the new rankings.

It cites Santa Barbara as having as few as 79 cloudy days a year, making it an ideal place to live weather-wise.

Millions of dollars will be going towards the construction of a much needed bike path on the South Coast.

The California Transportation Commission has granted $15 million to the city of Santa Barbara to build the Las Positas/Modoc Off-Street Bike Path. It has been in the city’s plans for decades.

Photo by I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival

One of the most celebrated street painting events is happening this holiday weekend on the South Coast.

It’s the annual I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at the Santa Barbara Mission that runs Saturday through Monday. It features 140 street paintings drawn with chalk pastels on the pavement in front of the mission.

Ann Hefferman of Santa Barbara is one of 200 local artists who is transforming the pavement into artwork.

Millions of dollars could coming back to Santa Barbara for costs related to the recent mudflow disaster that mainly hit Montecito County, but also impacted Coast Village Road. The city utilized fire and police services following the mudslide. 

A vigil will be held Sunday evening in Santa Barbara County to remember those who were killed and others who have been impacted by the devastating flooding.

A group of leaders that represent Montecito organized this event. It will take place at 5 pm on Sunday at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens in Santa Barbara.