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The stories shaping California's Central Coast, hosted by Jonathan Bastian.

The stories shaping California's Central Coast, hosted by Jonathan Bastian.
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The stories shaping California's Central Coast, hosted by Jonathan Bastian.




Memorial exhibition commemorates five-year anniversary of Isla Vista tragedy

A memorial helps mark this week’s five year anniversary of the deadly Isla Vista shootings. Pest control issues crop up for avocado farmers in Carpinteria who neighbor with cannabis cultivators. And, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Goleta all remain slow to issue permits for pot shops.


Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, talks about his life lessons in new book

Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, talks about his new book “Some Stories: Lessons from the Edge of Business and Sport.” And the Rosewood Miramar hotel in Montecito opens its flagship restaurant, Caruso’s.


City of Santa Barbara considers crackdown on city park behavior

Santa Barbara homeless residents will receive more wrap-around services, but may also face tougher rules on city park behavior. One woman explores the culinary and social joys of eating out alone. The Squire Foundation partners with the Santa Barbara Public Market to bring the Short Edition Story Dispenser. The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara brings multi-media artist James Benning’s show Quilts, Cigarettes & Dirt to Santa Barbara.


Two oil companies face court decisions for operations in the Santa Barbara Channel

Plains All American and DCOR face court decisions for business in the Santa Barbara Channel. A new program at UCSB hopes to encourage more students to study the humanities. Three UCSB music students share the stage with world-famous cellist and humanitarian, Yo-Yo Ma, while he offers the public a free master class at the Grenada Theater. And a new fee may be placed on bottles of wine sold in Santa Barbara county as a way to raise money for regional wine marketing.


Santa Barbara City Council votes to protect renters and slow evictions

The Santa Barbara City Council voted to require landlords to provide one-year leases to tenants. It also took a big step toward approving a "just cause" eviction ordinance. After years of drought water conservation, the City of Santa Barbara lifts its restrictions. Matt Kettman, food editor at the Santa Barbara Independent, visits Montecito’s $550 a plate restaurant, The Silver Bough.


Debris Flow Nets/Voluntary Vessel Speed Reduction Program

Debris nets go up in the slide zones of Carpinteria and Montecito in an effort to save money and reduce mudslide risks. Large container ships are asked to voluntarily slow down as the pass through the Santa Barbara Channel during the summer to reduce coastal air pollution and reduce the risk of striking endangered whales.


The monarch population declines at Ellwood Mesa

The trees at the Ellwood Mesa preserve have been dying off, and the California Monarchs are following suit. Santa Barbara’s newest poet laureate talks about her two year tenure and her quest to take poetry from the university to the streets. And first it was helicopter moms, now it’s lawnmower parents.


California doles out money to help the homeless

The city of Santa Barbara gets a state grant to try and help the roughly 900 people who are homeless in the city. Old Town Goleta has a reputation for being pretty sleepy. Can a booming beverage industry pour some life into the area? Bakers in Santa Barbara are going to extremes to make the perfect tartine loaf. And as we head into spring, one local nonprofit prepares to receive thousands of wild baby animals in distress.


New investigation links Thomas Fire to SoCal Edison

An investigation by the Ventura County Fire Department says power lines owned by Southern California Edison started the Thomas Fire. The debate continues over whether or not the county should approve new onshore oil drilling near Santa Maria. And hundreds of ultramarathoners will descend on the Los Padres Mountains this weekend for the Nine Trails Race.


Where to spot stellar wildflowers along the Central Coast

Birds are chirping, creeks are flowing and wildflower buds are beginning to pop up and down the Central Coast. A landscape architect who understands the complicated and delicate nature of creating public memorials offers advice to Montecito. And neuroscientists from UC Santa Barbara have developed a new theory that helps explain why some people drink too much.


What really goes in Santa Barbara’s dump

A new Crisis Intervention Team in Santa Barbara County pairs a sheriff’s deputy with a mental health specialist. Photographer James Balog explains the massive impact humans are having on the elements. And KCRW tours Santa Barbara's largest landfill, which is nearing capacity.


The fight to make Old Town Goleta newer

Confidential records detailing police misconduct and use force are on the verge of becoming public in California, but the union representing Ventura’s sheriff's deputies is pushing back. There’s a new executive director at the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art, and her first exhibit feels like walking through a car wash. And the Goleta Chamber of Commerce wants to freshen up Old Town, but a number of property owners are worried they won’t stop there.


SB City College President retires amid racial tensions

The president of Santa Barbara City College announces his retirement as students fume about how he handled disputes over race and gender. A local historian walks through a 4-mile-long tunnel below the Santa Ynez mountains to learn about Santa Barbara's complicated history with water. And the Santa Barbara City Council selected 32-year-old Meagan Harmon to represent the downtown district.


A small coastal town fights the growing stench — and footprint — of cannabis

Tensions flare in the town of Carpinteria over the smell of pot. A local air traffic controller, who went without pay during the government shutdown, reflects after attending the State of the Union Address. And a new documentary highlights Santa Barbara’s global influence in the world of surfing.


After the Borderline shooting, a fight for gun control

The debate over gun control and gun shows heats up in Thousands Oaks after the Borderline shooting. A new documentary tells the controversial story behind a park that was once a cemetery in Ventura. And a rising Chicano musician returns home to Oxnard to support the local music scene.


50 years after a massive spill, Santa Barbara remains tied to oil

Southern California’s largest utility company is suing Santa Barbara County for failing to prepare for last winter’s deadly debris flows. Award-winning author George Saunders believes fiction can help bring the country back together. And it’s been 50 years since an oil rig off the coast of Santa Barbara spilled 3 million gallons of crude oil into the Pacific and brought the environmental movement to the nation’s consciousness.


Free food for federal workers during shutdown

Local federal workers are picking up free food as the government shutdown continues. More than 1000 PG&E workers in San Luis Obispo fear for their jobs as the utility declares bankruptcy. Santa Barbara is beginning to automatically enroll residents into the county’s emergency alert system. And an art show explores the laborious, sometimes hopeless task of striving for justice.


One year later, the threat of more mudslides still exists

One year ago, torrential rain pelted the hillside community of Montecito, which was scorched a month earlier by the Thomas Fire. It unleashed a flow of mud and boulders the size of cars and killed 23 people. We check in with the community one year later and talk about what’s being done to prevent another debris flow.


As the year ends, so does the fight over a coastal power plant in Oxnard

A proposal to build tiny homes for the homeless in downtown Santa Barbara comes to a bitter end. A local production of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ has an unusual twist -- a woman playing the role of Scrooge. And an energy company scraps its plan to build a new power plant on Oxnard’s coast.


Lessons learned a year after the Thomas Fire and debris flow

A year ago, the Thomas Fire swallowed large swaths of Ventura County and lept into Santa Barbara’s front country, setting the stage for the late-night debris flow that took 23 lives. As we observe those anniversaries, we’re checking back with those we spoke with in the immediate aftermath.