The coronanvirus crisis has created some big recreational challenges on the Central and South Coasts, with restrictions on the use of many beaches and parks. Many people are turning to their neighborhoods to walk and bicycle. One South Coast community is trying to make it safer for people to take to the streets.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coast took a big jump, passing the 1500 mark. 

135 new cases were reported Thursday, with 109 in Santa Barbara County. The big spike wasn't random: 100 of the new cases are linked to the federal prison complex in Lompoc.

Governor Gavin Newsom says California could be days, instead of weeks, away from the easing of coronavirus related restrictions. The governor says the next wave of actions could include reopening restaurants and retail stores.

But that’s not soon enough for some Ventura County residents. 

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts is now at 783, up 88 from Monday. Ventura County has 350 total cases, up by 33. But, county officials say some of those cases were from lab reports over the weekend. The county’s number of deaths also grew by three, from 10 to 13. The latest deaths were people between 51 and 89 with pre-existing health conditions.

The number of coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts continues to grow, now topping 200 for the first time. The official is now 229 in the region. Ventura County is now reporting 98 confirmed coronavirus cases. Santa Barbara County is at 64, and San Luis Obispo County 67.

Authorities say an armed, and dangerous man wanted for a Thanksgiving Day murder in San Diego might be in Ventura County. San Diego Police say Forrest Robert Brantley was involved in a fight with a man near the San Diego Sports Arena. They say Brantley fatally injured the man, who died at a hospital shortly after the fight.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

A small brush fire has burned about two acres of brush off of Highway 101 just west of Ventura. The blaze is burning in some thick brush off of the Ventura River, near a campground. There are no buildings in the area.

A teenager on the South Coast has been arrested after he was accused of threatening to commit a school shooting.

Ventura police say just after 1 pm on Friday, a school resource officer working at Buena High School was alerted to the threat made by a male student.

Photo by City of Ventura

There’s a new bench near the Ventura Pier, and it’s made out of thousands of recycled cigarette butts.

The installation is a joint effort between the City of Ventura and the Surfrider Foundation.

Authorities are investigating what may be a anti-Semitic hate crime on the South Coast.

Ventura Police received a call Friday afternoon about vandalism of a synagogue on the 7600 block of Foothill Road. Officers learned a signboard in front of Temple Beth Torah was spray painted with swastika graffiti. 

A year ago, the massive 280,000 acre plus Thomas Fire was still raging out of control in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. It destroyed more than a thousand structures, including hundreds of homes in the City of Ventura. Now, there is a milestone in recovery efforts. The first home in the city to be rebuilt is complete.

Several people are suffering major injuries – including two in critical condition – after a fire swept through homes on the South Coast.

The Ventura City Fire Department says the fire broke out just before 1 Sunday morning in Cabrillo Village in East Ventura.

Law enforcement is releasing more information about the homeless man accused of a random deadly stabbing at a South Coast restaurant.

The suspect, 49-year-old Jamal Jackson, was charged on Friday with first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele at Aloha Steakhouse in Ventura.

A South Coast community that has long been waiting for open space finally has a park of their own. 

Kellogg Park located at Kellogg Street and Ventura Avenue on the Westside of Ventura is now open to the public. 

An investigation is underway after a man suffered life threatening injuries at a school on the South Coast.

Ventura Police say the department received a 911 call about an injured person found on the grounds of Holy Cross School on Main Street.