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Jean Yamamura

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Catalytic Converter Thefts Rise in Santa Barbara County

Thievery Matches Increased Price of Precious Metal Rhodium.

Thievery matches increased price of precious metal rhodium.

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City Votes to Amend Charter Concerning Council Vacancies

Amendment Must be Approved by Santa Barbara Voters

The proposed amendment concerning elections must be approved by Santa Barbara voters.

Garden and Haley Closed for Emergency Sewer Repair

Northbound Garden Street closed between Haley and Cota streets.

Former Supervisor Tom Urbanske Dies

Represented North County From 1995 to 2002

He had stayed active in community nonprofits benefitting those in need.

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'You Solve It,' City Tells County on Library Money Shortage

Funding Standoff Develops over Administration Charge

To avoid financial shortfall, city sends ball back to county's court.

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Sonos Informs Employees of Potential Layoffs

'Restructuring' could affect 96; how many in Santa Barbara unknown.

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Highway 101 Widening Gets a Great Big Check

Senate Bill 1 Sends $183 Million, Bike-and-Hike Benefit, Too

Senate Bill 1 Sends $183 million for highway and bike-and-hike pathways.

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It’s Official: Wildfire Season Has Begun

Fire Stations Countywide Will Get Upstaffed

Rain totals, fuel levels, and weahther forecasts helped determine the start of the 2018 season.

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Register to Vote by May 21

Statewide Primary on June 5

The statewide district primary election is on June 5.

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Platform Holly Meeting, Part 2

Goleta Mayor Persuades State Lands to Support Mobile H2S Monitor

State Lands reports to Goleta City Council on plugging and abandoning, and a hydrogen sulfide monitor.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Increase in Santa Barbara County

Overall cases are up, though young women and newborn infections are down.

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Final Legal Challenge to 101 Widening Defeated

Design and permits phase to add high-occupancy vehicle lane will begin.

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Commuter Train Ridership Lower Than Initially Reported

Faulty Headcount Blamed on Software Glitch

A software error exaggerated the number of commuters.

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La Casa de la Raza Bankruptcy Put at Risk

Order to Show Cause request puts La Casa de la Raza bankruptcy and building sale in peril.

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Goleta's Paula Perotte Joins Race for Mayor

Two candidates vie for top spot in city's first mayoral election.

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More Help Needed at Goleta Library

Task of barcoding items short of helping hands.

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Bridges of 192 Demolition to Begin

Work starts Monday on major front-country roadway; reconstruction expected to take several months.

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County and Goleta Frown on Goleta Beach's Continued Closure

Supervisor Janet Wolf and Mayor Paula Perotte Seek Independent Analysis

Supervisor Janet Wolf and Mayor Paula Perotte seek independent analysis of high bacterial levels.

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Former Police Officer Charged as Golden State Killer

A Dozen Murder Victims Included Four in Goleta in 1979 and 1981

A dozen murder victims included four in Goleta; dozens were raped across the state.

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State Transit Monies Pour into Santa Barbara

Grants Program Adds a Station, Buses, and More Train Service

Grants program adds a station, electric buses, and more train service.

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Carjacking Pursuit Results in Injuries and Highway 101 Closure

[Update] Details released on incident in Santa Maria that ended near Nojoqui Grade.

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Town Hall Jumble — A Review

Answers Rained Down like a Winter Storm, but What Was the Question?

Answers rained down like a winter storm, but what was the question?

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California State Senate Bill Seeks Automatic Enrollment for Emergency Alerts

SB 821 Moves Toward Floor Vote

[UPDATE] SB 821 passes Senate, also allows residents to opt out.

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Naloxone Saves Another

Deputy Administered Nasal Spray to Overdosed Male

A trained deputy administered the nasal spray to an overdosed male in Goleta.

Cop Dog Helps Drug Bust in Montecito

Construction Foreman Caught with 1.1 Pounds of Heroin

A convicted felon was caught with heroin, cash, and a handgun.

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Carousel House Now for Rent

Iconic Octagon Available for Parties and Classes

The iconic octagon is available for parties and classes.

Pile Burn Season Raises Alarms

Uptick in citizen emergency calls upon viewing smoke and fire.

Jon Peterson Departs Habitat for Humanity

Takes a post with Covenant Trust Company of Chicago.

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Thousands of Plaintiffs Added to Refugio Oil Spill Case

Litigation Follows Footsteps of 1969 Union Oil Spill Attorneys

Litigation follows footsteps of 1969 Union Oil spill attorneys.

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Helicopter Hits Electrical Wires, Starts Small Fire

A crop duster hit power lines in Ellwood Canyon.

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Lawmakers Move to Impede Offshore Oil Leases

Bills Would Counter New Federal Push

A pair of bills aim to counter the federal government's new push for production.

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Santa Barbara's Commuter Train Brings Solid Ridership and Timely Service

More Than 180 Daily Riders in Opening Weeks

[Updated] The first two weeks of service have seen a daily average topping 180 riders.

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More Money Available for Santa Barbara County's Disaster Victims

United Way Announces Nonprofit and Cash Grants

The United Way is giving to Santa Barbara nonprofits and offering direct cash grants.

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Goleta's Library Is Seeking Volunteers

Help Needed as Location Separates from Santa Barbara System

As it separates from Santa Barbara, help needed to change barcodes.

Animal Care for New Cuyama

County Animal Services Offers Free Spay and Neuter

County Animal Services will host free and discount pet services on April 22.

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The Amazing Ability of Pasture Grass to Sequester Carbon

Century-Old Chamberlin Ranch Turns to New Techniques That Improve Rangeland and So Much More

The century-old Chamberlin Ranch turns to new techniques that improve rangeland and so much more.

Running for Office in Goleta

Goodland Coalition holds how-to on running and serving the City of Goleta.

Goleta's Mayor and Council Races Filling Out

So Far, One Each for Two Council Seats and Mayor's Spot

So far, one candidate each for two council seats and mayor's spot.

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Will Traffic and Parking at the New Target Be a Problem?

Residents Raise Concerns at Neighborhood Meeting

Residents raise their concerns at a neighborhood meeting.

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Santa Barbara Commuter Train Back on Track

After Week of Delays, New Service Arrives on Time

After a week of delays, the new service arrives on time.

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Talk Reveals Lone Woman of San Nicolas May Not Have Been Alone

Research Locates Records of Contemporaneous Visits to the Island

Research by historian Susan Morris locates records of contemporaneous visits to the island.

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Homeless Shelter to Open for Expected Rains

Up to 100 guests can find a warm, dry home for a couple nights.

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Goleta Beach Remains Closed Due to Bacterial Contamination

Beachgoers Warned to Stay Out of the Water at Carpinteria and East Beach.

Beachgoers warned to stay out of the water at Carpinteria and East Beach.

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Will Deltopia Flourish in the Rain?

County of Santa Barbara is doing its best to stop the public float-a-thon before it starts.

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Santa Barbara Airport's Flights Are on Hiatus

Tarmac Resurfacing Project in the Works

Daytime flights will continue as usual as a tarmac resurfacing project begins.

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MTD Riders Asked for Input

UCSB and SBCC Routes to be Changed

Bus service to UCSB and SBCC will be changed.

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USS 'Momsen' Crewmember Airlifted to Hospital

Treated for Appendicitis

The Navy soldier is reportedly in stable condition.

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County Avoids Shocks to the Library System

Continues Per Capita Funding, Curbs Admin Fee, Creates Equity Fund

Continues per capita funding; curbs admin fee; creates equity fund.

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You, Too, Could Help Solve Debris-Flow Mysteries


Scientists Ask Public for Photos, Videos, and Audio of Montecito Disaster

Scientists ask the public for photos, videos, and audio of the Montecito disaster.

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Morning Train Beats Cars to Santa Barbara

But is delayed an hour by cascading pauses in service.

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