A Central Coast based company that teaches online "how-to" courses on technology is being acquired by Silicon Valley giant LinkedIn.
The purchase price for Carpinteria-based Lynda.com is estimated at $1.5 billion dollars, which includes a combination of cash and stock.
"This is such an exciting moment in the 20-year history of lynda.com, and I couldn't imagine a better pairing than lynda.com and LinkedIn," said Lynda Weinman, co-founder and executive chair of the board of lynda.com in a company statement.
Warmer temperatures and the lingering drought in California could lead to increased levels of West Nile Virus, according to medical experts.
The California Department of Public Health said Wednesday that the state saw record virus activity in 2014.
Doctor Vicki Kramer runs the Vector-Borne Disease Program in the Department and said the Central Coast has been protected somewhat because of it's cooler temperatures. But, the drought and record warmth during the first few months of 2015 could make maters worse.
Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) announced Wednesday that she will not run again for her seat in Nov. 2016. She made the announcement in a video saying, "it's been a hard decision to make."
The City of Santa Barbara will soon be in the business of generating hydroelectric power with the completed upgrade of a plant connected to Gibraltar reservoir.
The facility was built in the 1980s and went online in 1985, but it was taken offline in 1998 when the costs to run the plant—including federal regulatory fees—exceeded the revenue from power sales.
Cathy Taylor is the Water Systems Manager for the city and says Mayor Helene Schneider was passionate about restarting the power plant. The Mayor even took the issue to the lawmakers in Washington D.C.
A controversial art display at Santa Barbara City College last month will be the topic of a campus discussion on cultural sensitivity. It's scheduled for Tuesday, April 7.
Native American students were offended by a wooden teepee, constructed on campus by art students.
Representatives from the various sides met last month, resulting in the dismantling of the teepee a couple of days ahead of schedule. SBCC President Dr. Lori Gaskin said that decision was made entirely by the students.
A smartphone app that makes it easier for thousands of Central Coast residents to use public transportation will officially be around for four more years.
The "Bus Tracker" app gives users real time information of bus locations throughout San Luis Obispo. Its creators and the city announced this week that they have entered into a formal, four-year agreement.
John Osumi is the CEO of Bishop Peak Technologies and said their agreement will allow them to deliver the mobile app and it's expanded administrative applications.
Central Coast residents and visitors should get a chance in the coming days to see a natural phenomenon that is expected to peak along local beaches.
The annual grunion run is predicted to take place Saturday through Tuesday nights, April 4-7. When the conditions are right, thousands of the small fish beach themselves as part of their mating cycle. There will be another run this month, April 18-21, and two more in May.
The endangered California condor is having its best spring to date with at least 16 active nests identified statewide by biologists.
More than a third of those nests are within Pinnacles National Park in Monterey County, the park stated on its Facebook page.
The range of the condor is big, including much of the Western United States and even a portion of Mexico. But, the endangered birds seem to be doing especially well along the Central Coast this year at Pinnacles.
A crackdown by law enforcement will start Thursday night in the Isla Vista area in anticipation of this weekend's Deltopia celebrations.
Safety preparations are coming from several fronts. More than 200 officers from a variety of local agencies and university campuses statewide are involved with keeping the peace this weekend in Isla Vista.
San Luis Obispo city leaders are questioning whether the newly-opened skate park can continue operating as is, after some community complaints regarding after-hours use and trash.
Around nine o'clock on a Tuesday night, there are plenty of people of all ages at the park, mostly a cross section of the SLO community, but they're all males. Lines form throughout the park as skaters wait for their turns, holding their boards.