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  • Santa Maria high school superintendent shares deep ties to Taft Union High School

    January 11, 2013 8:31 PM

    The shooting in Taft hit close to home for a Central Coast administrator. Santa Maria Joint Union High School superintendent, Dr. Mark Richardson, was previously the superintendent at Taft Union High School District. Dr. Richardson started at the Santa Maria district four months ago but he still has... more »
  • About 125 Central Coast businesses take part in Santa Maria trade show

    June 21, 2012 10:52 PM

    It's billed as the largest trade show between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and it happened here on the Central Coast. About 125 local businesses, including KSBY, were at the Santa Maria Fairpark for the 27th Annual Business Trade Show. For many of the businesses, this was a... more »
  • Santa Maria police looking for person responsible in the stabbing death of man

    June 20, 2012 8:44 PM

    Santa Maria police are looking for the person responsible for fatally stabbing a man early Wednesday. KSBY has learned the victim, who was in his late 40's, was stabbed in the chest. It happened on North Broadway and Bunny Street. Police got a call around 2:45 AM... more »
  • Santa Barbara County District Attorney finds Covarrubias Jr. shooting as lawfully justified

    June 19, 2012 4:47 PM

    The Santa Barbara County District Attorney has found the shooting death of Santa Maria Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr. as lawfully justified. District Attorney Joyce Dudley made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. Covarrubias Jr. was shot by another city officer when two supervisors tried to arrest him while on duty... more »
  • Local Mexican restaurants say Chipotle is no competition

    March 28, 2012 10:24 PM

    When Chipotle recently went looking to hire staff for 30 positions for their new restaurant in Santa Maria, about 1,000 people applied to work there. A couple of the people who managed to get jobs lived at local homeless shelters. The national chain officially opened their first Santa... more »
  • County of San Luis Obispo, Sheriff's Department hit with lawsuit

    March 27, 2012 9:49 PM

    A former sergeant with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department has filed a lawsuit against the department and the county. Dale Strobridge alleged the county and sheriff's department retaliated against him by firing him. The papers were filed earlier this month. Strobridge was fired from his... more »
  • Study: High school dropout rates high in California

    March 19, 2012 8:41 PM

    A new study shows California as one of the top 10 states where high school graduation rates are declining, but there are positive signs on the Central Coast. The study by "America's Promise Alliance" shows 71% of high school students in California received their high school diplomas in 2009.... more »
  • Low income Santa Maria students receive free dinners through government-funded program

    March 13, 2012 10:08 PM

    About 300 students in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District are now receiving free dinners, through a government-funded program. The "Supper Program" gives needy students free and healthy dinners. According to school administrators, about 80% of the students in Santa Maria come from low-income families. Right now, only three... more »
  • Lompoc homeless shelter reopens

    January 25, 2012 10:25 PM

    The Marks House shelter in Lompoc is set to open its doors again. Money problems forced the shelter to close last week. The Lompoc shelter, which once housed homeless women and children, will now be a place where homeless families can stay. Marks House holds 19 beds for... more »
  • Local unions rally behind midwest protesters

    March 7, 2011 11:42 PM

    Union protests in Wisconsin and Ohio are sparking activism right here at home. The Santa Barbara County Democrats rallied today in front of he county building in Santa Barbara. They say conservatives are blaming unions for the region's economic troubles, but some taxpayers argue the cost of a county... more »
  • New jail for Santa Barbara County depends on county and state budgets

    February 17, 2011 9:31 PM

    There is still a big need for a new jail in Santa Barbara county to address overcrowding after voters failed to pass Measure "S" last November. The sheriff's office is waiting to see what the county and state budgets look like before laying out any more plans. The current... more »
  • 2nd District race centers around the budget

    June 1, 2010 2:11 PM

    The race for Santa Barbara County's 2nd district Supervisor is a rematch from the 2006 election. It pits Dr. Dan Secord against current county supervisor and chair Janet Wolf. Most of the debate has focused on how the county has handled its 40 million dollar budget deficit. Wolf says... more »
  • Crews responding to rollover accident in Santa Barbara Co.

    April 29, 2010 3:14 AM

    According to emergency scanner traffic, emergency crews are responding to a vehicle rollover accident on Highway 154 at Windy Gap. That call came in at about midnight Thursday. An ambulance has been dispatched to that area, and there are reports of backups because of the accident. Stay with KSBY... more »
  • Software glitch affects San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County computers

    April 21, 2010 7:24 PM

    Computers in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County were affected by a security software glitch that caused them to shut down and reboot repeatedly Wednesday morning. The computers were all running the corporate version of the antivirus software, McAfee, which released a software update that misidentified a... more »
  • Eucalyptus Hill residents to receive test Reverse 911 call Saturday

    April 21, 2010 1:30 PM

    Residents living within the Eucalyptus Hill section of Santa Barbara will be receiving a phone call from the county this weekend, as a test of the Reverse 911 system. People can expect to receive the phone call this Saturday between 10:00a.m. and 12:00p.m. The test is voluntary and, in... more »
  • 4.3 earthquake felt in San Luis Obispo County

    April 7, 2010 6:59 PM

    Some northern San Luis Obispo County residents may have felt a shake this afternoon. The USGS reports a 4.3 magnitude earthquake was centered about 17 miles north east of San Miguel at about 3:40 p.m. There are no reports of damages or injuries at this time.
  • Growl testing scheduled this week

    April 5, 2010 6:38 PM

    If you live in San Luis Obispo County and you hear a strange siren in the distance, don't worry it's all a test. It's time for San Luis Obispo County's quarterly growl test of the early warning system. Sirens will run for about 20 seconds tomorrow and Wednesday, between... more »
  • Pickup driver killed in Ventura County train crash

    March 1, 2010 3:02 PM

    MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a pickup truck driver has died after colliding with an Amtrak train in rural Ventura County. Amtrak spokesman Vernae Graham says the northbound Pacific Surfliner collided with the truck at a private crossing in Moorpark shortly before 10:30 a.m. Monday. Nobody on the... more »
  • County leaders discuss bleak budget picture

    February 23, 2010 1:00 PM

    Santa Barbara County leaders will hear from various department heads at today's Board of Supervisors meeting as they present a worst-case scenario for budget cuts. The county is facing a $40 million budget deficit and has asked department leaders to cut a combined $52 million. That's equal to 392... more »
  • Westmont College takes on large-scale solar panel project

    February 16, 2010 2:40 PM

    Westmont College has taken on what's become the largest solar residential project in Santa Barbara County. Workers from Santa Barbara-based Planet Solar Inc. are installing solar panels on the roofs of 40 Westmont faculty homes in the Las Barrancas neighborhood. The panels are expected to generate more than 157,000... more »
  • Driver hit, trapped by MTD bus in Santa Barbara

    February 5, 2010 1:25 PM

    Just after 10:00 a.m. Friday morning, Santa Barbara County fire crews assisted by UCSB Fire and the California Highway Patrol, responded to a report of a bus crash. When officers arrived, they found a man in his 20's trapped inside of his vehicle, after being t-boned by an MTD bus... more »
  • Interim District Attorney appointed in Santa Barbara County

    February 3, 2010 12:24 PM

    Santa Barbara County has a new interim District Attorney. At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, county leaders appointed Ann Bramson as interim District Attorney. She was formerly the Acting Chief Assistant District Attorney for the North County. She replaces Christie Stanley, who had announced her retirement a few weeks... more »
  • County leaders vote unanimously to raise fees at parks and beaches

    January 5, 2010 9:52 PM

    Enjoying the outdoors will cost you a little more at Santa Barbara County parks and beaches. Santa Barbara County leaders voted unanimously tonight to raise user fees at campgrounds, sports fields, and picnic tables. The fee hikes will affect popular campsites at Lake Cachuma and Jalama Beach. The parks... more »
  • Additional swine flu vaccine clinics scheduled for Santa Barbara County

    November 20, 2009 5:19 PM

    Swine flu vaccinations for high-risk groups will be available at additional clinics in Santa Barbara County. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has scheduled clinics for pregnant women, children 6 months through 18 years, parents of infants 0-6 months, and healthcare workers who have direct patient contact. People... more »

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