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Jean Yamamura

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Low-Income Housing Expands in Goleta

Under the watch of People's Self-Help Housing, Villa la Esperanza is fixed up and enlarged.

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First Baby Condor Fledges in Santa Barbara County

Condor number 933 successfully hatches and flies in the county.

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Competition Growing for Available Drinking Water

New UCSB study determines less potable groundwater exists than previously thought.

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Volunteers Needed for Storm-Readiness Effort

County requests citizen help to collate and distribute information.

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E-Scooters Banned in Goleta

City Council votes for an immediate but possibly temporary ban while pilot program is developed.

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Eight Months and Counting

Tempers Mount in Dario Pini Receivership

Tempers mount as fighting slows progress in Dario Pini receivership on Santa Barbara properties.

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Green Book

Uncommonly Well-Told Tale

An uncommonly well-told tale of a bodyguard and classically trained pianist Don Shirley.

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County Arms Residents with New Debris-Flow Hazard Map

Those living below burn scars advised to take action, review new hazard-zone map, be prepared.

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Homeless Shelters to Open for Rainy Weather

PATH Santa Barbara and Freedom Warming Centers will be available.

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Real Estate Mogul Jerry Beaver Dies

Much respected as a good and fair guy.

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Ike Jenkins: RIP

Death of Beloved Jazz Teacher Mourned

Santa Barbara mourns the death of beloved jazz band conductor and teacher.

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Two Bridges Semi-Passable on 192

Caltrans updates Montecito bridge repairs after damage from debris flow.

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UCSB Inventors Get Venture Capital Investors

Noninvasive alcohol-detection device wins multiple awards.

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'Ban Them,' Say Goleta Citizens of Ride-Share Scooters

Public Comment Heavily Against Electric 'Menace'

City Council to consider an emergency ban on December 4.

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Romaine Still Under Quarantine

No Contamination Cases in Santa Barbara County So Far

No cases of E. coli contamination in Santa Barbara County so far.

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Warming Centers to Activate on Wednesday

Predicted rainfall opens bad-weather shelters in Santa Barbara County.

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Direct Relief Installs Microgrid

Relief workers met Tesla technology in Puerto Rico and brought it back to headquarters.

Chumash Challenge Alleged Illegal Card-Game Gambling

Lawsuit Claims Certain Casinos Violate State Law

Lawsuit claims certain casinos violate state law.

Fundraiser Pulls in $60K for Circle V Ranch

Kids Camp Was Damaged by Whittier Fire

The kids camp facility was damaged by the Whittier Fire.

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EDC Scores a Win for the Santa Barbara Channel

Fracking Permits Enjoined by Federal Judge

Offshore fracking permits enjoined by federal judge.

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Santa Barbara Bus Agency Sets Early Zero-Emission Goal

Joins six other California transit groups to be greenhouse-gas free by 2030.

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Utility Giant Sued over Woolsey Fire

SoCal Edison Faces Lawsuits from Fire Victims and Investors

SoCal Edison faces lawsuits from fire victims and investors.

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City Council Approves Fee Allocation for Branch Libraries

The topic goes next to potential Goleta branch library cities.

Phone Scammers Target Businesses

Pretend to have a delivery that just needs some cash or a wire transfer.

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Direct Relief Steps into Fire Effort

Highway 101 to the south opens; death toll at Camp Fire rises.

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Woolsey Fire Grows, Two Reported Dead

Highway 101 remains closed between Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village; Highway 1 also closed at Pt. Mugu; nearly 300,000 under mandatory evacuation orders.

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New Bren School Lab Targets Solutions Through Markets

Environmental Initiative Works to Find Conservation Improvements with Positive Economic Benefits

Environmental initiative works to find conservation improvements with positive economic benefits.

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Highway 101 Southbound Fires Update

Second fire breaks out near Simi Valley.

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Hill Fire Closes 101 near Camarillo Springs

Wind gusts over 40 mph propelled a fire on the western edge of Newbury Park into a blaze of 10,000-plus acres within two hours.

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Threatening Graffiti Found at Dos Pueblos High School

School officials keep campus open; Sheriff's Office increases patrols.

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Santa Barbara Rallies to #ProtectMueller

Protest planned for De la Guerra Plaza on Thursday at 5 p.m.

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Goleta to Host Ellwood Oil Meeting

State Lands holds Town Hall to brief residents on current status of Venoco bankruptcy outfall.

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'We Had a Deal with Dario,' but Now They Don't

Tenants Struggle with Receiver on Pini Property that Faces Demolition

Tenants struggle with the receiver on a Pini property that might be demolished.

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Train Advocate Rewarded, at Last

Dennis Story Kept the Commuter Train Idea Alive

Dennis Story received recognition for his persistent work to bring the early morning train.

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'Las Noticias' Lands Chamber of Commerce in the Outs

Candidate Endorsement Restrictions in Goleta Backfire

Candidate endorsement restrictions in Goleta backfire.

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Mayoral Race Tightens in Goleta

Perotte and Bennett Run to Become City's First Elected Mayor

Perotte and Bennett run to become the city's first elected mayor.

Time Remains to Register to Vote

'Conditional Voter Registration' Allows Late Registration

'Conditional voter registration' allows late registration, including for some Californians with criminal convictions.

Santa Barbara County to Consider App-Driven Rental Two-Wheelers

Ordinance Meeting Set for November 6

A meeting is scheduled November 6 for ordinance regulations.

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Disaster Relief Rundown for Santa Barbara 

A Tally of Nonprofit Giving Since Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow

A tally of nonprofit giving since the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow. 

Arts and Honors Scholarship Deadlines Approach

High school seniors can now apply to S.B. Scholarship Foundation for financial awards.

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Red Flag Warning for North Santa Barbara County

National Weather Service predicts high winds and low humidity for backcountry areas.

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From Plastic Bag to Composite Lumber

Ablitt's Provides Plastic Bag Recycling Outlet

Ablitt's dry cleaners provides plastic bag recycling outlet.

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Ballots Drop, and So Does Fake News

Santa Barbara County Participated in Crisis Drills

Santa Barbara County participated in election crisis drills and asked Homeland to hack its website.

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SpaceX Launch a Success

Vandenberg Air Force Base receives first booster rocket touchdown on West Coast.

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Montecito Asked to Participate in Disaster Survey

Social scientists at UCSB have joined with physical scientists to explore debris flow and emergency preparations.

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Platform Holly and EOF to Be Shut Down by State Lands

Dismantling Venoco Operations Transferred to the State of California

Dismantling Venoco operations transferred from Goleta to State of California.

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Can SpaceX Stick the Landing at Vandenberg?

Rocket Will Attempt First West Coast Landing This Sunday

[Update] Rocket will attempt first West Coast landing on Sunday, not Saturday.

New Public Engagement Commissioner Chosen

Goleta adds high school student to participatory government group.

Goleta Hazards a 'Just in Case' Salary Increase

Temporizing action would raise compensation pending outcome of Measure W.

Wednesday Rain but Flooding Not Expected

Santa Barbara might get up to a half inch and the mountains an inch.