Bill Tonnis

Meet some of the 6,000 homeless people in Santa Barbara County.


Tale of the Lobster

International demand for spiny lobster sends prices soaring.


When the Bottom Gives Out: Video

Are there lessons in how Ventura deals with its river dwellers?


Video: Making the Case

Watch police show off Operation Falling Dawn and their gang violence crackdown.



Updates & Events

  • About 26 percent of the students at La Cuesta do not have Internet access at home. (Alex Kacik)


    The iPads will be a tool for students as they prepare for next year’s Common Core online testing. If the pilot program is successful, the district will give the iPad Airs to every student in the district over the next few years.

  • Lake Cachuma has shrunk to 36 percent of capacity. (Mike Eliason)

    Pumping Up Costs

    Not since 1990 have local water agencies agreed to across-the-board cutbacks in a severe drought. It is the largest proposed reduction in the history of the reservoir, the main water source for the South Coast.

  • A taxi waits outside of the Santa Barbara County Main Jail, which is located just off Calle Real. (Alex Kacik)

    Sheriff Attempts to Curb Late-Night Jail Releases

    The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department has spent $12,000 paying its inmates to build 11 temporary holdings cells in the transportation corridor in an attempt to curb its habit of releasing inmates at the middle of the night.