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Blanca Garcia

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Oversized Vehicle Parking Ban Extended

New rule affects Isla Vista, Vandenberg Village, and Butterfly Beach.

Alvarado Endorsed by Capps, Lurie for School Board

He's running against seven other people for two open seats.

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Posting Bail for S.B. County’s Undocumented ICE Detainees

One Hometown Organization Helps Keep Residents Out of Detention Centers

How Anahi Mendoza and a Santa Barbara County organization help win bail for residents in ICE detention centers.

Section 8 Applications Reopened for First Time in Four Years

The city's Housing Authority is providing new incentives to landlords.

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Luis Miguel Plays the Bowl

El Sol-the Sun-de Mexico Reaffirms Title with New and Old Songs

He played songs off his most recent album and old classics that reaffirmed his title of “El Sol.”

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100 People Are Homeless and Evicted

Lompoc Riverbed Community Offered Services but Not Housing

A Lompoc riverbed community is offered services but not housing.

Pending Legislation Promotes Gender Diversity

SB 826 Would Require Women on Corporate Boards

SB 826 would require women on corporate boards. 

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New Fire Chief for Carpinteria-Summerland

Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District is welcoming Greg Fish as its new fire chief.

Curbing Crime with Children's Books

Bookstore Opens Inside Santa Maria Library

Public lending library opens used bookstore.

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Santa Barbara Renters Share Horror Stories

Forum Focuses on Tenants’ Rights and State Rent Control Legislation

Forum focuses on tenants’ rights and state rent control legislation.

'Fake News' Bill on Governor's Desk

Digital Literacy for Young People Goal of SB 947

Digital literacy for young people is the goal of SB 947. 

Living in DACA Limbo

One-year after feds cut Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, future still unknown.

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Democrats Host Labor Day Picnic

Party Endorses 15 Candidates for November Election

The party has endorsed 15 candidates for November's election.

Carbajal Tours Carpinteria State Beach

Recreational Funding Needs Congressional Reauthorization

Some recreational funding will expire September 30.

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Kavanaugh Protest Draws Downtown Crowd

About 200 Gathered in De la Guerra Plaza

About 200 protesters gathered in De la Guerra Plaza.

Governor Brown Signs Bail Reform

Risk-Based Assessment to Replace Cash System

A risk-based assessment will replace existing cash system.

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Fire Chief Pushes for Dispatch Changes

County to Explore Separating Fire from Law Enforcement

County will explore separating fire from law enforcement.

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Woman with Firearm Removed from Bradbury Dam

Woman is the attorney who represented slain boy's father, Aramazd Andressian.

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Westside Health Fair for Kids

Hosted by Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

The event was hosted by Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics.

County Supervisor Peter Adam Chimes In on Immigration

Resolution Honors ‘Established Legal Process’

His resolution honors "established legal process."

Santa Barbara County Streamlines ADU Permitting

Supervisors Approve Exemptions, Grace Period

Supervisors approved certain exemptions and a grace period.

Eight Candidates Running for School Board

November Election to Fill Two Open Seats

November election will fill two open seats.

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Joint Complaint Filed Against Suspected Golden State Killer

Six Prosecutors Team Up Against Joseph DeAngelo

Six prosecutors team up against Joseph DeAngelo.

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Bail Reform Act on Governor's Desk

Senate Bill 10 Would End Cash Bail System

Senate Bill 10 would end cash bail system.

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Experiencing Life in Deportation Nation

An Interview with Sociologist and Author Greg Prieto

An interview with sociologist and author Greg Prieto.

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Laura's Law Program Praised by County 

Assisted Outpatient Treatment Tackles Mental Illness 

The Assisted Outpatient Treatment program tackles serious mental-health issues.

Santa Barbara Sees 67 Percent Increase in Valley Fever

People living in Central Coast should avoid breathing dusty air.

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Free Parenting Classes

Parents and Kids Can Learn Together at SBCC

Parents and kids can learn together at SBCC

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A Summertime Trip with Kern River Outfitters

Two Days of Whitewater Fun and One Night Under a Starry Sky

Two days of whitewater fun and one night under a starry sky.

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SBCC Promise a Draw for High School Grads

Program Offers Two Years for Free

Program offers two free years to dedicated students.

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Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival Funds American Dream

Well-Attended Event Provided Scholarships

The well-attended concert showcased scholarships for young students.

Santa Barbara Rap Artist Arrested

Taken into custody during Fiesta on attempted murder charge.

Lompoc Wind Energy Project Fields Public Comment

Proposed Project Would Produce Up to 102 Megawatts

Proposed project could produce enough power for 45,000 homes.

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Oakland Murder Victim Honored in Santa Barbara

Nia Wilson, 18, Stabbed on July 22

Nia Wilson, 18, was stabbed on July 22.

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Escuelita Offers Free Westside Kids Camp

Program Run by El Centro Volunteers and Interns

The program is run by El Centro volunteers and teen interns.

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Santa Barbara a Hub for Human Trafficking

Authorities Report an Increasing Number of Victims

The number of identified victims has increased, and Rita McGaw supervises a program that connects them with services.

Department of Commerce Seeks Public Comment on 2020 Census

Should Census Include Citizenship Question?

Should the census ask about a respondent's citizenship?

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Health Community Pantry Provides Ongoing Resources on Westside

Dense Westside Neighborhoods Historically Underserved

Santa Barbara's densely populated Westside neighborhoods have been mostly underserved.

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Alvarado and Ford File for School Board

Mark M. Alvarado and Kate Ford registered to run for the Santa Barbara Unified school board.

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UCSB Enrollment Up

Admission Jumps 10 Percent amid Housing Concerns

Admission jumps 10 percent though housing concerns remain.

Montecito Manhunt Underway for Third Suspect

[Update] Third suspect apprehended Thursday afternoon; police have been searching since Wednesday evening for burglary suspects.

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Young and Poor in Santa Barbara

Teens Convene for Safety and Wellness Summit

Teens gathered for annual summit on safety and wellness.

Crime Rates Down, Youth Arrests Up in Santa Barbara County

Probation Department Releases Updated Numbers

A 'high percentage' of misdemeanor citations happen on school campuses.

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Protesters Blast ExxonMobil’s Trucking Proposal

Energy Company Wants to Restart Oil Drilling Platforms

The energy company wants to restart its offshore oil drilling platforms.

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Beachwalk Tenants Allege Intimidation Tactics

Longtime Residents to Be Replaced by College Students, They Say

Management is allegedly pushing out longtime residents in favor of college students.

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Santa Barbara County Jail Inmate Dies by Suicide

Goleta resident Alexander Ricardo Braid, 45, was found unresponsive in his cell.

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Three Arrested After Alleged Gang-Related Brawl

Omar Marquez, 18, and two unnamed juveniles were booked on multiple charges.

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Holiday Fire 80 Percent Contained, Some Mandatory Evacuation Areas Downgraded to Voluntary

Full Containment Expected by July 11

County Fire Chief Eric Peterson and other officials expect a full containment of the Holiday Fire by July 11.

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Man Arrested After Pointing Replica Gun at Sheriff's Sergeant

The incident happened in Carpinteria on July 4th.

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New-Generation Jail Set to Open April 2019

Innovative Design Could Reduce Risk of Violence

Its innovative design is known to reduce the risk of violence.