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Jean Yamamura

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Plastic Bags? Throw 'Em Away

Fewer Things Are Recyclable in South Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County makes recycling rules tougher in face of exacting standards.

UCSB Ranked Number Three in UC System

Cal and UCLA took the one and two spots.

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Pini Property Fights Continue

As an epic attorney battle continues in the Dario Pini receivership, a tenant is getting fed up.

MTD Takes Stand Against Prop. 6

The bus company is concerned about the state funding it relies upon.

Transgender People's Military Service Upheld Again

The administration tried to dissolve the court's injunction against its ban, but California's ruling was upheld.

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Chiles en Nogada @ Santo Mezcal & Los Agaves

Dish Celebrates Mexican Independence Day This Season

This dish celebrates Mexican Independence Day while pomegranates are fresh.

Affordable Units Open in Goleta

Casas de Los Carneros is fully tenanted.

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State Gives $2 Million in Fire-Related Grants

Money Goes to Debris Basins, Fish Passage, and Botanic Garden

Money goes to debris basins, fish passage, and the Botanic Garden.

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UAV Crash-Lands at Pt. Mugu

Landing gear fails to drop after engine issues develop.

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Marijuana Grows Destroyed in Tepusquet

Sheriff's Cannabis Compliance Team takes out nearly 1,600 plants.

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UCSB Hops onto Bike-Share

Contracts with CycleHop for Rentable Bicycles

Contracts with CycleHop for rentable bicycles.

Goleta Seeks Politically Interested Youth for Commission

Public Engagement Commission wants to recruit a member 15 to 21 years in age.

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El Niño on the Way? 

Scientists Say Most Likely

Scientists say most likely but rainfall uncertain. 

Attempted Rape on Upper State

Suspect caught the next night in the same location.

Orchard Supply Hardware Closes Nationwide

Doors open while inventory lasts.

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Deckers and QAD Cofounder Dies

Karl Lopker switched from leather to neoprene sandals and made history.

Is Diablo Canyon Holding Strong?

World Business Academy Wants PG&E to Test Welds

The World Business Academy wants PG&E to test the nuclear power plant's welds.

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Electricity Bailout?

Sen. Jackson Squares Off Against Gov. Brown

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson squares off against Governor Jerry Brown.

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Goleta Limits Accessory Dwelling Units to 800 Square Feet

City Follows Most State ADU Rules

The city followed most of the state's ADU rules, though two large projects swept through before the ordinance was completed.

Thomas Fire Fund Giveaway Completed by United Way

Nonprofit distributed $1.98 million to agencies, families, and individuals.

Train Service Canceled After Fatal Highway 118 Crash

[Update] Passenger confirmed dead in multi-vehicle accident involving a fuel truck near Moorpark.

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Audit Springs a Fine on Roger Aceves and a $12,000 Bonus

Goleta Council and Mayor Campaign-Contribution Rundown

Goleta council and mayor campaign-contribution rundown.

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Highway 101 Closes in Gaviota

Major accident involving three vehicles closes 101 at El Capitan.

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Fire Weather Warning Ongoing

Santa Barbara's south coast to stay dry and hot through Tuesday.

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Paul Dore Dies

Charismatic former leader of Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation dies at age 54.

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Spot the Fish Project Searches for Citizen Volunteers

Giant sea bass project recruits divers to identify individuals and territory.

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Agency Apologizes for Hard-Boiled Cascarón Tax Raid

List of Fiesta Booth Vendors Had Been Given to State

List of Fiesta booth vendors in Santa Barbara had been given to the state tax-compliance department.

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Cascarón Sellers Raided by State Tax Agents

Fiesta State Street vendors threatened with misdemeanor permit violations and possible seizure of eggs.

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The Pini Dodge-'Em Game Continues

Judge Orders the Receiver Be Paid, Work Progresses in Dribbles

Judge orders that the receiver be paid; work progresses in dribbles.

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Carpinteria to Hold Sea Level Rise Workshop

Community will discuss strategies to adapt on Tuesday, July 31.

374 Californians Chose End-of-Life Option in 2017

Majority Suffered from Cancers

The majority suffered from some form of cancer.

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Quilting for Thomas Fire and Flood Survivors

Final giveaway is Saturday for handmade comfort from across the country.

Sonos Files to Issue IPO

Santa Barbara Tech Company Offering $100M in Shares

The Santa Barbara tech company is offering more than $100 million in shares.

Volunteers in Policing Is Looking for 10 Good Men and Women

An Eye-Opening Volunteer Program at Santa Barbara Police Department

An eye-opening volunteer program at Santa Barbara Police Department.

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Thousands Received DACA Relief After Lawsuits Filed

Renewal applications have totaled 117,446 since program suspension was overturned.

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Bank Robbery Suspect Kills Self in Bathroom

[Update] The suspect in the Goleta Rabobank robbery has been identified as Keith David Goodwin, believed to be the 'faux badge' bandit.

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'News-Press' Found to Owe Union and Employees $2.2 Million

National Labor Relations Board puts money amount on employee losses since 2006.

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Fire Starts Just West of Buellton

[Update] Evacuation warning lifted soon after Windmill Fire started; full containment expected Monday morning.

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Orange County Bodyguard Pulls Glock on State Street

Gets out of purple Lexus SUV parked in red to argue with man driving silver Porsche.

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Amtrak Strikes Man on Tracks in Montecito

[Update] The man killed this morning on the railroad tracks near Montecito's Olive Mill Road has been identified.

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Cruces Fire Update

Thursday morning report from County Fire expects full containment by this evening.

Police Dog Subdues Domestic Disturber

Carpinteria argument resolved with help of K9.

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Fire Breaks Out near Las Cruces

[Update] Cruces Fire at 150 acres, County Fire reported. Northern edge difficult; State Route 1 "looking better."

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Drugs Discovered in Woman in Jail

Brought to Santa Barbara County Jail on drug charges, she was ordered to remove them from concealment.

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Ojai Rejects Private Water Company

After years of lawsuits, water customers get rid of Golden State Water Co.

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California Hits an Emissions Landmark Four Years Early

Achieved Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction to 1990 Levels in 2016

Achieved greenhouse-gas pollution reduction to 1990 levels in 2016.

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Goleta School Lunches Do a Body Good

Food Services Director Kim Leung on a Mission to Make Healthy, Tasty Meals

Food Services Director Kim Leung is on a mission to make healthy, tasty meals.

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192 Bridge Work Update

Delays expected as utility lines are replaced.

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Goleta Target Store Confirmed

Set to open at Kmart location in 2019.

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Quick Response in Large Numbers Held Holiday Fire at Bay

Record Heat on July 6 Destroyed Crops and Livestock Across Santa Barbara Front Country

Record heat on July 6 destroyed crops and livestock.