FROM Kathryn Barnes
Cleanup and healing after Montecito mudslides Mudslide sediment is being dumped onto local beaches and some environmentalists are concerned. Elementary school students in Montecito deal with displacement and losing fellow classmates. And a Chumash family refuses to leave their damaged and destroyed homes.
Trapped by mud in Montecito A tragic mudslide in the coastal Santa Barbara community of Montecito has left over a dozen people dead and missing. The destruction is only beginning to be measured. As search and rescue teams continue to comb through debris looking for survivors and recovering bodies, we speak to those affected and seek answers about evacuation orders and emergency alerts from county officials.
Dealing with dangerous mud in Santa Barbara Heavy rains and mudslides have become deadly. Several people have died. More are trapped in their homes. The 101 freeway from Ventura to Santa Barbara is closed because of the mud -- that’s 30 miles. Mudslides in Montecito. Photo by Kathryn Barnes.
Author Pico Iyer on losing everything and rethinking death As those who lost their homes in the Thomas Fire begin to rebuild, author and Santa Barbara's own Pico Iyer joins us to talk about his own experience losing everything in a fire, and the deeper lessons he learned. He also discusses his upcoming event with palliative care doctor BJ Miller, who specializes in something many Americans absolutely hate to talk about - death.
The top local stories of 2017 It's hard to recall what predated the Thomas Fire here along the Central Coast, but before the flames began, Santa Barbara elected a new mayor, the housing market got even tighter, and leaders across the tri-county region rushed to draft new marijuana regulations. We take a look at the top stories of 2017, and what local journalists will be paying close attention to next year.
Stories of generosity from the Thomas Fire As some folks in Ventura are return to their homes, the Thomas Fire continues to burn in the foothills of Santa Barbara. Through it all, countless stories have emerged of businesses, neighbors and nonprofits helping disaster victims and firefighters.
Farmers lose electricity, water pipes, and crops At the moment, firefighters are trying to keep the flames from crossing the Ventura County line into Santa Barbara and the farmland and residential areas of Carpinteria. One farmer heads into the evacuation zone to check on his crops.
Will Oxnard's power plant get shut down for good? Oxnard's coast does not mirror the pristine beaches of Malibu or Santa Barbara. It's home to a naval base, an industrial harbor and, most noticeably, two massive power plants. The state is forcing NRG Energy to shut those plants down, and environmental activists are fighting to make sure a brand new one doesn't get built on the same coastal site.
A slew of non-alcoholic beverages hits Santa Barbara Boozy beverages often grab the most attention. But, from avocado tea to caffeine water, three new drinks created in Santa Barbara offer an alcohol-free alternative.
Introducing 'The 805' The 805 is a new show from KCRW Santa Barbara. Each week, join KCRW's Jonathan Bastian as he brings you closer to the people and stories shaping California's Central Coast. Take a listen to this sneak peek.
Santa Barbara Mayor-elect Cathy Murillo talks next steps Voters in the city of Santa Barbara have elected their first Latina mayor. With a 50 percent voter turnout and five candidates in the ring, City Councilwoman Cathy Murillo won with less than 7,000 votes. How will she represent the other 83,000 people in the city?
Santa Barbara's vets struggle with housing and healthcare A report released this week by the Santa Barbara Foundation shines a light on the county's veteran population, including who they are what issues they face in terms of housing, education, health and wellness.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.