Stories of sexual assault on American college campuses have dominated the news this past year. Although a recent federal report estimated only about .02% of enrolled students reported a forcible sex offense, many experts believe that sexual assault is seriously under-reported, and incidences are likely much higher.
Travel is a major economic driver on the Central Coast, and it’s not surprising that with a steady growth in the industry ACTION shows a consistent increase in travel spending over the past seven years. Now an important and beneficial new form of tourism for our County and the Country has arrived--Stewardship Travel.
Although over the past few years’ important mental health and counseling services for at-risk youth in our schools have been severely cut, Youth in Action, sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department, has continued to play a critical role using early prevention work as a solution to gang violence in the schools and within our communities.
Protests over the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this week went nationwide Tuesday night, including at least one gathering on the Central Coast.
Roughly 500 people were involved at a protest in Santa Barbara according to police estimates.
Santa Barbara Police Sergeant Riley Harwood says the crowd originally formed downtown at the Courthouse Sunken Garden. The crowd then became mobile, moving down State Street and eventually toward Highway 101 at Carrillo Street.
Some would say that our family court system is broken. There is a belief that courts are too focused on a 50/50 custody split and are no longer focusing on what is best for the children. With high conflict divorces on the rise, many would agree there is a lack of understanding within the judicial community of the often serious circumstances leading to these struggles and children are suffering due to the lack of education.
The California Highway Patrol in San Luis Obispo says a fatal crash that killed a bicyclist on Los Osos Valley Road Wednesday night happened because the victim crossed the roadway in front of an oncoming vehicle.
Officer Richard Lee says 25-year-old Anna Deis was struck and killed as she left the La Familia Ranch Pumpkin Patch around 6:30. He says the crash happened as she crossed the road to head West and passed in front of a car driven by an 86 year old driver.
There are more than 900 children and youth in foster care throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties at any given time. Reasons for foster care placement range from general neglect, an absent or incapacitated caretaker, relinquishment, exploitation, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and severe neglect.
Students at more than a hundred colleges and universities in California are being encouraged to avoid Isla Vista this Halloween. Letters went out Thursday to the various schools from the Associated Students at UC Santa Barbara and students Santa Barbara City College.
October marks the new academic school year for UC Santa Barbara. Students have moved back Isla Vista this month, after a tragic close to their last academic year.
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.