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Jean Yamamura

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Battling Governor Brown for Commuter Rail

Senator Jackson Plays Cap 'n' Trade Hardball with the Governor and Wins

Senator Jackson plays cap 'n' trade hardball with the governor and wins.

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Santa Barbara to Rally Against Offshore Oil

Tuesday evening meeting will discuss federal lease sales and how the public can respond.

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Thomas Fire Ash Sampled in the Santa Barbara Channel

UCSB Grad Students Take the 'Sally Ride' on a Channel Cruise

UCSB grad students take the 'Sally Ride' on a channel cruise.

Santa Barbara Businesses Surveyed for Disaster Impacts

Business groups hope to quantify effect on commerce from Thomas fire and flood.

Distemper Virus Breaks Out in Raccoons

Pet owners warned to make sure dog vaccinations are up to date.

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Producers Get Real at SBIFF

Panel Relates War Stories and Notes Some Progress in Diversity

Panel relates their industry war stories and notes that there is some progress in diversity being made.

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What's the Likelihood of Another Debris Flow?

Much Remains in All Burn Zones but Movement Depends on Many Factors

Much remains in all burn zones but its movement depends on many factors.

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Gift of Historic Gas Station Building Held Up by Bankruptcy

Tangled Property Details Delay Barnsdall-Rio Grande Donation

Tangled property details delay Ty Warner's Barnsdall-Rio Grande donation.

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Films to Find at the Festival

Selected Highlights from SBIFF 2018

Our selected highlights from SBIFF 2018, based on prescreened films.

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Early-Morning Train on the Horizon

SoCal rail authority closing in on Santa Barbara commuter train.

Truck v. Pole = Power Out

Non-injury accident creates blackout in San Roque and Mission Canyon.

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Second Lawsuit Filed in Thomas Fire and Flood

One plaintiff in first lawsuit, Plum Goods, quits.

Environmental Defense Center Project Taps Volunteers During Emergencies

Effort receives cash infusion from The Fund for Santa Barbara.

WEV Collecting Fire, Flood Resource Information for Businesses

Website has listings for loans, unemployment help, and so on.

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County Emergency Managers Issued Contradictory Warnings Before Montecito Mudslides

Evacuation Map and Written Notice Outlined Different Neighborhoods

The evacuation map and written notice outlined different neighborhoods.

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Applicants Re-up for DACA in Santa Barbara

Short Government Shutdown Ends with Promise to Take Up Immigration in February

Short government shutdown ends with promise to take up immigration in February.

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State Farm Affirms Thomas Fire and Flood Linked, Has Covered Claims

Other Insurers Are Taking It 'Claim by Claim'

Other insurers are taking it 'claim by claim.'

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Highway 101 Reopens as Army Corps of Engineers Clears Creek Channels

Storm Debris Hauled Away at a Rate of 500 Truckloads a Day

Storm debris is being hauled away at a rate of 500 truckloads a day.

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Crowd Fills De la Guerra Plaza for Women's Rally

'We Feel the Pussy Power!' Proclaims Santa Barbara Mayor, to Crowds' Delight

'We feel the pussy power!' proclaims Santa Barbara mayor, to crowds' delight.

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Santa Barbara Eats and Drinks for Thomas Fire, Montecito Flood Victims

Here are Some of Many Ongoing Events

Here are some of many ongoing events.

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Kids World Set to Reopen Next Week

Work on popular playground delayed by highway closures and hardware.

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Carpinteria Digs Out from Under Its Flood and Mud

Schools Reopen as Teachers Are Bused In from Santa Barbara and Goleta

Schools reopen as teachers are bused in from Santa Barbara and Goleta.

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Montecito Mudslide Evacuation Orders, Emergency Alerts Explained

Sheriff Brown, EOC Director Lewin Give Insight into Santa Barbara County Disaster Operations

Sheriff Brown, EOC Director Lewin give insight into Santa Barbara County's disaster operations.

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Candlelight Vigil Remembers Those Lost to the Flood

Officials Hold Update on Search for Survivors

The search for survivors has turned into a search for remains.

Two Bodies Newly Identified in Montecito Mudflow

Two families learn deaths are confirmed.

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After the Mudslides, What Does the Next Rain Hold for Montecito?

Thomas Fire Was Just Part One of the Rain Season

Thomas Fire was just part one of the rain season.

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County to Hold Montecito Vigil

Community ceremony at Courthouse Sunken Garden on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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Coliform Bacteria in Santa Barbara Ocean Waters Exceed Health Standards

County warns swimmers and surfers to stay out of the sea due to raw sewage.

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Santa Barbarans Give Support to Montecito Mudslide Victims

United Way fund expanded; more offers on this list being constantly updated.

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More Rescuers Arrive to Search Montecito

FEMA Asserts Flood and Mud Covered Under Thomas Fire Declaration

FEMA asserts flood and mud covered under Thomas Fire declaration.

Donation Supports Lactation Training Program

Sandra Schoolfield and Jon Kechejan gave $18,000 to the county's Welcome Every Baby program.

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Santa Barbara Target: Hooray! or Huh?

Mini Mega-Store Announcement Elicits Joy and Consternation

The mini mega-store announcement elicits joy and consternation.

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$1 Million Donated to Santa Barbara Rescue Mission

The gift will help with the facility's $10 million remodel.

Electricity and Gas Turned Off in Montecito

Downed power lines and likely gas explosion early Tuesday impact utilities.

Montecito Mudflow Refugees Encouraged to Register Themselves 'Safe and Well'

Red Cross Program Lets Friends and Family Know You're Okay

The Red Cross program lets friends and family know you're okay.

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Mandatory Evacuation Order Issued for Areas Below Thomas Burn Scar

Expected flash floods and mudflows prompt Monday noon evac orders, also for Whittier, Sherpa, and Rey fire areas.

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Whittier Fire Burn Areas Could Flood

City of Goleta has prepped sandbag stations.

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Fire Is Bad Business

Economic Forum Searches for Ways to Boost Sales Post-Thomas

Economic forum searches for ways to boost sales post-Thomas.

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Flu Activity on the Rise in Santa Barbara County

The past two weeks have seen an increase in cases of influenza.

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Target Slated for Galleria on Upper State in Santa Barbara

New store to open in October 2018.

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Year in Review: Jean Yamamura’s Opinion Section Favorites of 2017

Opinions Editor Jean Yamamura Sorts Through the Weeks

Opinions Editor Jean Yamamura sorts through the weeks.

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Sue Grafton Dies

The Santa Barbara resident succumbed to cancer, leaving behind a legacy of 'alphabet' mysteries.

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Helicopters Back Dropping Water on Thomas Fire Leftover

Flare ups like the one off Gibraltar Road will continue till it rains.

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California's Largest Fire Cooling Down

Thomas Fire Surpassed Cedar Fire in Size and Grew Some More

Thomas Fire surpassed Cedar Fire in size and grew some more.

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In Your Bag, Not Your Bra, Says California Cell Phone Advisory

Possible Health Effects of Radiofrequency Energy Prompts Warning

Possible health effects of radiofrequency energy prompts warning.

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'Good News' on the Thomas Fire Lines, All Evacuations Lifted

Gibraltar and Camino Cielo Lines Held Overnight, Suppression Efforts Continue with More Wind Expected

The Gibraltar and Camino Cielo lines held overnight, and suppression efforts continue with more winds expected.

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Tips for Shopping Local Amid the Thomas Fire

Support These and Other Locally Owned Businesses During the Holiday Season

Support these and other locally owned businesses during the holiday season.

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Thomas Fire Eases into Sunday Morning

Saturday's High Stress Firefight Calms Down with Low Winds Overnight

Saturday's high stress firefight calms down with low winds overnight.

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Santa Barbara Sales Are 'Way, Way Down' During Retail's Biggest Month

Small Businesses Band Together with Specials to Fight Thomas Fire's Economic 'Armageddon'

Small businesses band together with specials to fight Thomas Fire's economic 'armageddon.'

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Big $550,000 Grant Will Pay for Veronica Meadows Restoration

The state Fish & Wildlife money will be used to remediate badly eroded banks.