Santa Barbara is the second most expensive city in the U.S. to spend your Memorial Day Weekend—or any summer vacation dates for that matter—according to a new survey by Los Angeles-based GoBankingRates.com. Only New York City ranks higher.
Content Director Casey Bond says the findings were not a shock.
"To be honest, I mean, most people don't know Santa Barbara for its low cost-of-living, so it wasn't too much of a surprise that it came out number two in our most expensive cities to travel to," said Bond.
The Isla Vista community was on alert Monday night as Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies and UCSB Police searched for a person thought to be connected to a shooting earlier in the evening.
The incident happened around 7:30 p.m., less than a block from the UCSB campus. Deputies say they were called to a residence on the 6500 block of Sabado Tarde after a report of shots fired during a domestic dispute.
The ongoing drought is causing headaches for local farmers, but according to numbers released Thursday by Santa Barbara County, it hasn't yet hurt the local agriculture industry enough to reverse overall production values.
2014 was another record year for the county's growers, who grossed nearly $1.49 billion. This number is the total of all ag sales in the county and should not be confused with profits.
Strawberries remain the county's top crop, with wine grapes coming in second. Broccoli placed third.
Health and safety code violations in the City of Morro Bay are not efficiently tracked according to the San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury.
In a new report, the jury found the city's current complaint-driven process is poorly managed. It recommends that a full-time enforcement officer be hired and that a new system for tracking violations be put in place.
Peoples' Self-Help Housing (PSHH) started 45 years ago in San Luis Obispo County, and since then has spread to Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
Current PSHH President John Fowler joined KCBX News Director Randol White to discuss the organization's history, as well as it's current achievements and challenges.
Fowler shared that PSHH—which has always been focuses on housing for low-income families and individuals—is considering an expansion into the much needed arena of work-force housing on the Central Coast.
Scientists at Cal Poly will launch a free system Wednesday that could revolutionize the way Californians keep track of politicians in Sacramento. It's called Digital Democracy and it's something lawmakers haven't had to contend with—until now.
Wednesday is National Bike to School Day and while it helps motivate kids and parents to use bikes instead of cars, the influx of new riders also causes some safety concerns.
Bike to School Day events may vary from county to county, but the goal is the same said Kent Epperson, with Traffic Solutions in Santa Barbara.
"We know that if we can get kids on bikes as early as possible they will become responsible and skilled bicyclists as they move through life. It's a great way for kids to incorporate some exercise," said Epperson.
Star fish—or as biologists call them, sea stars—appear to be making a comeback along the West Coast. New scientific surveys show a large number of young stars in the coastal waters from the Monterey Bay up to the Washington coast.
Sea stars have been suffering from a mass wasting disease in recent years. Die-offs like this have happend in the past, but have never been recorded at this magnitude and over such a wide geographic area, according to the UC Santa Cruz Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department.
The rankings are based on home demand and speed of sale in the county's largest 200 markets. San Luis Obispo County landed at No. 13 behind Santa Cruz (No. 12) and just in front of Ventura County (No. 14).
California's agriculture sector is struggling as the state heads through a fourth year of drought. Water tables are shrinking and state water project allocations are at near record lows.
The Central Coast's two largest crops are strawberries and wine grapes. Vineyards do have the ability to go into survival mode during dry spells, but managing that period is a tricky and a scientific game.