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In response to the pandemic shutdown, some Central Coast cities are focused on providing financial support to small businesses. Other cities are directing support to residents. September 4 is the deadline to apply for an emergency rental assistance program in Santa Maria and Goleta.

The extra $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits provided by the CARES Act ended Friday, and government leaders in Washington have not reached an agreement on what plan should replace it. KCBX gets two Central Coast perspectives on the expanded benefit.

Beth Thornton

Movie theaters and cineplexes across the Central Coast now have clearance to start reopening. But for the past several weeks, there’s been another way to go out for an evening to see a film. A staple of life in the 1950s and ‘60s, drive-in theaters fell out of popularity for the past few decades—but may be making a comeback. Drive-ins offer a safe option for people of all ages and social distancing is easily managed.

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All evacuations have been lifted in Santa Barbara County even as firefighters—and the rain—continue to work on putting out the Cave Fire, which started Monday in the Los Padres National Forest. What began as a small brush fire has now burned thousands of acres, and forced thousands of people to flee from areas of Santa Barbara and Goleta. But for many in the community, the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday were just part of the California new normal.

ReadySBC.org

UPDATE 1/15/19 6 P.M. Santa Barbara County has now lifted the evacuation orders issued on Jan. 14. 

According to the county's office of emergency services, "the National Weather Service has advised that critical rain rates did not materialize over the area as expected. Showers are expected through late Tuesday night, but rainfall is not anticipated to reach critical levels to cause debris flows. However, a high surf advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. Friday, January 18."

10 homes destroyed in weekend Goleta fire

Jul 12, 2018
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Firefighters have gotten a handle on a wildfire that whipped up late Friday night in the hills above Goleta in Santa Barbara County, and CalFire reports crews held the Holiday Fire at 100 acres. As of Monday, the blaze is 90 percent contained.  

Tyler Pratt/KCBX News

Wildfires continue to burn across California. In the northern part of the state, a fire that’s burned tens of thousands of acres and forced many to evacuate has now jumped into Oregon. Over the weekend a rash of high temperatures and dry winds sparked fires across the Central Coast and in southern California. A fast-moving fire in the city of Goleta tore through 100 acres and destroyed 13 homes in a matter of hours.

SB County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE 4/30/18: The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for more help with the Golden State Killer case. Since a suspect was arrested last week, local investigators are reexamining evidence, leads and tips from when the killer was thought to be operating in Santa Barbara County. Suspect Joseph James DeAngelo is accused of committing crimes from Santa Maria and Carpinteria between 1978 and 1986. Now the Sheriff’s Office has released new sketches and photos of DeAngelo from the 1970s. They are asking anyone who remembers seeing him or knowing him to call the sheriff’s criminal investigations bureau at (805) 681-4150 or leave an anonymous tip at (805) 681-4171 on the sheriff’s website.  

Santa Barbara County

UPDATE 3/2/18 AT 7:00 A.M. Montecito and other areas of the Santa Barbara coast remain under mandatory evacuation orders this morning, but the bulk of the storm has passed with no major damage. The flash flood warning for Santa Barbara County has expired. The CHP is reporting minor debris flows on SR 192 and Romano Canyon, and a short section of Highway 33 near Ojai is closed due to sliding. 

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The energy company Venoco announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company told the California State Lands Commission it no longer has the financial means to continue operating its oil platform in the Santa Barbara Channel. 

DWR

Sierra Nevada snowpack numbers released by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Wednesday show a mixed story for Californians. 

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

A large grocery chain that struggled to get a foothold on the Central Coast announced Wednesday several of its stores are now sold. 

UPDATE: Missing Lake Tahoe college student found safe

Oct 12, 2015
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:56 p.m.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday evening that 23-year-old Dianne Thacher was found safe and alive in her Sierra Nevada College dorm room.

"Thacher allegedly met a male acquaintance when her vehicle received a flat tire," said Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kelly Hoover in a written statement. "Her cell phone battery died shortly afterwards. Thacher reportedly stayed with the male acquaintance for several days. When she left to return home, he saw the media coverage indicating that she was a missing person and contacted the Sheriff’s Office."

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office wants the public's help in locating several people connected to a stabbing that happened in Old Town Goleta Friday evening.

Deputies say a man in his 20s was stabbed following a confrontation at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Mandarin Avenue. That man survived and is recovering from his injuries.

The Sheriff's Office is hoping somebody who saw the crime—or may have some information about it—will contact the anonymous tip line at (805) 681-4171.

City of Goleta

The City of Goleta is preparing for the upcoming Halloween weekend by cracking down on parking in neighborhoods adjacent to Isla Vista.

City leaders say residents will get two free temporary street parking permits for each household. Only residents with valid permits will be able to park on the streets in the affected area between noon on Friday, October 31 and Sunday, November 2 at 6 a.m.

Flickr member Chris Potter

Several Costco stores along the Central Coast will soon need to update their refrigerator systems under a company settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Costco will pay $335 million in penalties for federal Clean Air Act violations and will fix refrigerant leaks, among other improvements, the agency said in a media release.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department

An investigation into Monday night's apartment explosion in Goleta shows it was caused by a process used to extract oils from marijuana.

One person was badly injured during the incident and was being treated for third degree burns immediately following the event, according to Santa Barbara County Fire spokesperson Capt. David Sadecki.

It happened at a two-story complex on Elwood Beach Drive in Goleta.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says the process known as Butane Honey Oil conversion resulted in a flash fire.

Madeline Ward

Water officials in Santa Barbara and Goleta updated the public Monday night on the drought crisis facing South Coast communities.

New statistics on water rationing for the area shows residents in Santa Barbara are falling short of the suggested 20 percent cut in usage. The latest figures show the effort at 15 percent.

Currently, Santa Barbara is under a Stage Two drought, but that could escalate according to Madeline Ward, the city's conservation coordinator.

A 32-year-old Goleta woman faces a possible child endangerment charges after the sheriff's department says she left her nine-month-old son unattended in a hot car Thursday afternoon, with only the back windows partially rolled down.

The incident was reported to 9-1-1 by somebody at Goleta's Magnolia Shopping Center, where the woman had gone into a grocery store.

The temperature outside at the time was around 95 degrees, according to the sheriff's report.