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Jean Yamamura

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City Bed Tax Bounces Back

Thomas Fire Lodging Losses Being Erased

Losses from Thomas Fire's effect on lodging being erased.

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Goleta Planning Commissioners Just Say 'No'

Vociferous Comments from Old Town Residents Help Tip the Balance

Vociferous comments from Old Town residents help tip the balance for oversight on cannabis storefront applications.

Two Overdoses Averted in Isla Vista

Opioid antidote saves the lives of two UCSB students.

Sting Nets Five for Underage Alcohol Purchase

Santa Barbara County participates in statewide counter to alcohol-related tragedies.

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Warming Oceans Lead to Fewer Fish

More Downs than Ups in Past Century's Stocks

Review of 80 years of temperatures and fish stocks reveals more downs than ups.

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Pini Tenants Face Eviction After Flooding

Toxic Mold Growth Sends 40 Tenants to Motel Housing

Dozens of tenants housed at a motel after toxic mold grows in apartments.

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UCs Hold Tuition Steady for 2019-20

University of California President Napolitano says she counts on governor and legislators to fill the gap in rising costs.

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Is Goleta the Ganja Land?

Cannabis Shops Applying for Old Town Storefronts

Cannabis shops applying for six storefronts in Old Town.

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Goleta Tackles Parking in Old Town

Discussion Includes 90-Minute Timed Parking, New Lots, Loss of On-Street Parking

New lots, loss of on-street spaces, and more 90-minute timed parking discussed.

Highway 154 to Reopen This Afternoon

Culvert cleared and pavement repaired ahead of schedule.

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Holy Mola Tecta!

Southern Hemisphere Sunfish Found near UC Santa Barbara

Southern Hemisphere sunfish found washed up on a beach near UC Santa Barbara.

Chemical Odor Leads Deputies to Drug Activity

Chumash Casino hotel guests reported a meth lab odor; Sheriff's deputies find two men using illegal substance.

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Camp 4 Land Transfer Agreement Back in Force

Correct Interior Assistant Secretary Signs Off on Decision

On-again, off-again fee-to-trust agreement has been properly signed.

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Carbajal Votes to Overturn National Emergency Declaration

National security officials tell Congress there is no terrorist or criminal emergency at the border to warrant Trump's declaration.

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Thomas Fire Debris Trucked from Basin to Beach

A Year After 280,000-Acre Fire, Mud and Boulders Abound

A year after the 280,000-acre fire, mud and boulders continue to pour out of the hills.

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Greka Found Operating Open Waste Pit Without Permit

Asphalt operation in Santa Maria ordered by EPA to sample for possible toxic migration into nearby fields or groundwater.

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Camp 4 Appeal Reinstated

Land Transfer Approval by Bureau of Indian Affairs Vacated

Approval of Chumash transfer of Santa Ynez Valley property to federal reservation status made void.

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Bacteria Levels High at South Coast Beaches

Rains across Santa Barbara County wash bacteria to the shore; debris basins adding material to replenish beaches.

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Pini Forks Over $1.6 Million to Set Repairs in Motion

Stalemate Ends for Two of Eight Properties' Code Violation Fixes

Santa Barbara landlord funds code violation fixes on two of eight properties after 10 months' stalemate.

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'Solar Wing' Builders' Building Changes Hands

Landlords swap around for Goleta Old Town company on Mars InSight mission.

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Trump to Raid Pentagon for Wall Money

Budget deal passes Senate short of full funding for "the wall"; Trump will declare national emergency to get the rest.

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Winter Demand for Homeless Shelter Triples

Should Freedom Warming Centers Open at 40 Degrees, Not 35?

Should Freedom Warming Centers open at 40 degrees, not 35?

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SR 154 Blocked at Central Spot but Open to East and West

State highway 154 is closed between Lake Cachuma and Paradise Road for the indefinite future.

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Fire on Bath Street Knocked Down

Multi-unit home catches fire overnight.

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Goleta Turns Down Extra Property Assessment, for Now

The Public Sends PBID Proposal Back to the Drawing Board

Spirited public discussion sends PBID proposal back to the drawing board.

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Nonstop Flight to Sacramento Coming to SBA

Contour Airlines adds new destination out of Santa Barbara Airport.

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Man Revived from Apparent Overdose

Sheriff's deputies save a 29-year-old man on the Chumash Reservation.

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Main Riviera Route Closed at Arguello

Sinkhole blocks Alameda Padre Serra at Arguello Road.

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Sea-Level-Rise Report Adapts Carpinteria to 10 More Feet of Ocean

Public meeting scheduled for February 12 to discuss draft findings and solutions.

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Direct Relief Names Headquarters After Virgil Elings

Former UCSB physics prof's donation puts capital campaign over the top.

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Goleta to Consider New Property Tax for Old Town

Would Be Assessed Against Business Property Owners to Add Improvements

Would be assessed against business property owners to add improvements to the area.

Thomas Fire Arts Grant Comes Available

Artists and small groups affected by fire or debris flow can qualify.

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Powerful Storm Headed for Santa Barbara

County warns residents below burn scars that evacuation may become necessary.

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Two Killed in 101 Collision at Nojoqui Grade

[Update] Decedent identities released; third person was helicoptered to hospital.

Two Bridges Along 192 Open Again

Romero and Toro Canyon Creek bridge passage completed ahead of schedule.

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Target Santa Barbara to Open in April

Company announces hiring fair for February.

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Edison Claims County Liable in Debris Flow Counter-Suit

Power Company Alleges Public Entities Contributed to Risks Underlying Montecito Debris Flow Lawsuits

Alleges public entities contributed to risks underlying Montecito debris flow lawsuits.

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Wells Fargo Faces $10 Million Penalty in Insurance Scheme

Bank settles aggressive policy sales accusation by California Department of Insurance.

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Annual Seed Swap Features Talks and Music

Event allows gardeners to bring and take home cuttings, seeds, plants, and more.

Highway 101 to Close Wednesday and Thursday

Removal of bridge supports at Olive Mill Road to divert traffic through Montecito.

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Damaged Bridge Repairs Delayed

March, June, and July given as possible completion dates by Caltrans for six bridges along the 192 through Montecito and Carpinteria.

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Have a Thorny Saturday with the Rose Society

Annual Mission Rose Garden Pruning takes place January 19; volunteers invited to bring shears and gloves.

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Edison Company Counter-Sues County and City

Claims They Were Aware of Risks Underlying Original Thomas Fire and Debris Flow Suit

Claims they were aware of risks underlying original Thomas Fire and debris flow lawsuit.

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A Good Rain Finally Falls

Gibraltar Dam Spills, Cachuma on the Rise

Gibraltar Dam spills, Lake Cachuma is on the rise.

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Statistics: How Hot, How Wet, and for How Long

Combined Higher Temperatures, Santa Barbara Can Expect Both Drought and Flooding

Combined with the higher temperatures forecast, the county can expect both drought and flooding.

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What Can I Do to Help Counteract Climate Change?

Opting Out Is No Longer an Option

Opting out is no longer an option.

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A Visual Report of Rainy Tuesday

Photographs from around Santa Barbara.

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Lompoc Gains a Councilmember and Loses Its Police Chief

Hotel operator Gilda Cordova appointed to council; Police Chief Pat Walsh resigns.

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High Winds, Downed Trees, Some Rain So Far

Noon report from around downtown Santa Barbara.

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Evacuation Order Announced for Tuesday Morning

Residents advised to consult Winter 2019 Evacuation Map to determine if they are in or out of the zone.