Articles Tagged With ‘Santa Barbara County’

Person struck and killed on Highway 101 near Los Alamos

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A driver struck and killed a pedestrian on Highway 101 north of Los Alamos in northern Santa Barbara County Friday night. The collision occurred at approximately 11:26 p.m. on northbound Highway 101 just south of Cat Canyon... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara County’s unfunded pension liability up 73%

By KAREN VELIE Santa Barbara County’s unfunded pension liability increased 73% in one year, primarily because of poorly performing investments and higher than predicted cost of living increases. The Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System reported an unfunded pension debt... (Continue reading)

Train slams into car, drags it 600 feet near Guadalupe

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An Amtrak train slammed into a car that had gotten stuck on the railroad tracks south of Guadalupe on Monday and then dragged the vehicle approximately 600 feet.  Shortly before 5 p.m., a woman crashed a black... (Continue reading)

Inmate dies during detox at Santa Barbara County Jail

By KAREN VELIE An inmate who was housed in a single observation cell because of ongoing alcohol detox along with other medical concerns died early Sunday morning. On Thursday, the suspect was involved in a hit-and-run drunk driving incident. He... (Continue reading)

SLO remains the Central Coast hot spot for hate crimes

By KAREN VELIE The City of San Luis Obispo continues to lead the Central Coast in incidents of hate crimes, according to the 2022 Hate Crime in California Report released in June. Despite comprising 2% of the total population of... (Continue reading)

Central Coast firms agree to $68 million Medi-Cal fraud settlement

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A joint Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County health system, along with three Central Coast health care providers, have agreed to pay a combined total of $68 million to settle allegations that they broke federal... (Continue reading)

Dolphins, seals and sea lions found dead on Central Coast beaches

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Members of the public are finding numerous sick or deceased marine mammals on Central Coast beaches, raising concerns about ocean water quality and a harmful algae bloom. [KCOY] Since mid-May, the Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute... (Continue reading)

Fire burns tractors and trailers in Santa Maria

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire scorched six tractors and trailers in an agricultural area around the eastern city limit of Santa Maria early Tuesday morning.  A caller reported the blaze burning at a lot east of Highway 101 by Stowell... (Continue reading)

Housing growth surges in SLO and Santa Barbara counties

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties saw an uptick in their housing market in 2022, according to a state demographic report released Monday. Developers in densely populated urban areas built the highest number of new residential... (Continue reading)

Central Coast populations decline: Which cities lost the most people?

By KAREN VELIE California’s population decline continues, though the rate has slowed, according to a state demographic report released Monday. Only three cities in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties experienced population increases. Stable births, fewer deaths, and a... (Continue reading)