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Kelsey Brugger

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Democrats Endorse Eddie Hsueh in Sheriff's Race

Central Committee says he shares their "Democratic values and priorities."

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Post-1/9 Debris Flow, Private Montecito Group Partners with County

They've Funded a New Position Within the County Executive Office

They've funded a new position within the County Executive Office.

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Commentary | Brugger Says Farewell

Heads for Nation's Capital

After five years reporting for the Indy, Kelsey Brugger is headed for the nation's capital.

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The Green Rush Comes to Lompoc

Growers Grabbing Up Warehouse Space

Growers and processors are buying warehouse space.

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Construction Begins to Bring Juvenile Court Downtown

Cost-saving, efficiency project could jeopardize confidentiality for minors, defense attorneys worry.

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Two More Suits Filed Against Edison in Montecito Disaster

Wrongful death litigation brought against utility by families of victims.

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Santa Ynez Animal Rescuer in Legal Fray with Neighbors

Julia Di Sieno Nurses Injured Animals Back to Health

Julia Di Sieno’s property is home to injured wildlife, and nuisance complaints.

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Private Criminal Defenders Weigh In on Changes to Justice System

Video Arraignments Among Debated Topics

The attorneys will formally tackle video arraignment and juvenile justice, among other proposed changes.

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Lt. Brian Olmstead Wins Union Endorsement in Race for Sheriff

The Deputy Sheriffs' Association endorsed in the race for the first time in 12 years.

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Santa Barbara County Sets Carpinteria Cannabis Grow Cap

Neighborhood Activist Anna Carrillo Scores a Victory in Limiting Pot Acreage

Neighborhood activist Anna Carrillo scores a victory in limiting pot acreage.

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County Race for Auditor-Controller Heats Up

An Unexpected Bloodbath Erupts Between Christensen and Schaffer

An unexpected bloodbath erupts between Jen Christensen and Betsy Schaffer.

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Cannabis Farmer Gets Over $1 Million Insurance Payout

Thomas Fire Ash Destroys Crop

Thomas Fire ash destroys crop; analysis finds asbestos, lead, arsenic, and magnesium.

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Lavagnino’s Sudden Victory

5th District Supervisor a Shoo-In as Filing Window Closes

5th District supervisor a shoo-in as filing window closes; Gregg Hart also unopposed for 2nd District.

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Social Workers Concerned With Increase in Babies Exposed to Meth

"We See It As A Crisis."

Caseworkers have described the trend as a countywide crisis.

Arrest Made in Multiple Drug Overdose Case

The Isla Vista man charged will selling the pills was booked in jail on a $250,000 bail.

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Damning Report Made on Santa Barbara County Jail

Lack of accreditation and policies not specific to Santa Barbara among the problems, also the structural 'maze' and inadequate drug and alcohol withdrawal protocols.

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Cannabis Profile: Canndescent

Santa Barbara–Based CEO Adrian Sedlin Works to Overcome Counterculture Stigma

Santa Barbara–based CEO Adrian Sedlin works to overcome counterculture stigma.

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Cannabis Profile: Elite Garden

Santa Barbara Native Graham Farrar Jumps from Tech to Cannabis

Santa Barbara native Graham Farrar jumps from tech to cannabis.

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Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown Challenged in Spring Election

Two Lieutenants Say "It's Time for a Change."

"It's time for a change," according to two lieutenants running for Brown's seat.

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Santa Barbara's Cannabis Laws Are Still Dazed and Confused

Update on the City and County's Efforts to Accommodate Recreational Marijuana

An update on the city and county's efforts to accommodate recreational marijuana.

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Cannabis Profile: Kiva Confections

Scott Palmer and Kristi Knoblich Blend Chocolate and Cannabis for Therapeutic Effects

Scott Palmer and Kristi Knoblich blend chocolate and cannabis for therapeutic effects.

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Most of the Santa Barbara City Cannabis Bidders Aren't from Santa Barbara

Applications for Santa Barbara Permit Due March 30

Applications for a Santa Barbara permit are due March 30.

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Scrutiny Increases After Inmate Dies in County Jail

Since 2010, 12 inmates have died in jail.

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Hundreds of Undocumented Families Need Aid After Disasters

805 Undocufund plans to raise $1 million.

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Everybody’s Boss: County Executive Mona Miyasato

Santa Barbara County Executive Officer Praised As Quietly Effective

From pension payouts to natural disaster, Mona Miyasato is praised as a problem solver.

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Santa Barbara Cannabis Growers Hold the Most Temporary Licenses in the State

State Records Show 450 Licenses Countywide

The rapidly evolving industry has lawmakers and conventional farmers worried.

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Epstein Ends Supervisorial Campaign

UPDATE: Epstein said she's begun returning checks to her supporters.

Details Released in Chumash Casino Shooting

Much Remains Unclear

Jose Guido used a Taser against the security guard, the Sheriff's Office said.

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Threat of Debris Flow Diminished on Monday Evening

But Heavier Storms Predicted for Thursday

But heavier storms predicted for Thursday.

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The Mud Trucks Have Stopped

Army Corps of Engineers permit expires for all dump sites but Carpinteria.

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Susan Epstein Talks County Issues

Candidate for Supervisor Lays Out Her Views on the 2nd District

Candidate for supervisor lays out her views on the 2nd District.

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Cash Bail in California Ruled Unconstitutional

Judges Must Consider a Defendant’s Ability to Pay

Unconvicted detainees languish behind bars, unable to pay bail.

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Isla Vista Utility Tax Put to the Voters

8-Percent Tax Would Raise Funding for Parking and Public Safety

An approved tax would raise funding for parking, public safety, and tenant mediation services.

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Q&A: Tanja Heitman

Santa Barbara County’s New Probation Chief Faces Changes

Santa Barbara County’s new probation chief arrives with decades of experience in juvenile justice.

Man Killed by Security Guard at Chumash Casino

Early-Morning Shooting Under Investigation

[Update]: The Sheriff’s Office announced Santa Barbara resident Jose Guido was shot and killed.

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County Supervisors Place Isla Vista Tax on Ballot

County supervisors place a utility user tax on June ballot.

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Santa Barbara County Supervisors Finalize Pot Tax for June Ballot

Voters Will Decide on Enforcement Funding, Other Expenses

If approved by voters, a general tax could bring in $25 million annually.

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Changes Are Coming to California Sex Offender Registry

A New Approach Will Consider the Severity of Crimes

A new state law will distinguish registered sex offenders by crime severity.

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Plans to Convert Juvenile Detention Center into Mental-Health Facility Put on Hold

Officials Seek Out Better Location for Proposed 15-Bed Facility

Officials are seeking out a better location for the proposed 15-bed facility.

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Santa Barbara County Farmers Report $20 Million in Losses from Natural Disasters

Avocados, Flowers, Cherimoyas, and Row Crops Hit Hardest

Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow caused direct crop damage, lost sales, and cleanup expenses.

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New Marijuana Law Finalized by County Supervisors

Board Makes Room for Eight Retail Outlets

Voters will decide if a general tax is needed countywide to cover enforcement.

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Gregg Hart Formally Announces Run for Santa Barbara County Supervisor

Clinches Democratic Party Support

The sitting city councilmember has clinched support from the Democratic party.

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Farmers See Too Much Government in Agriculture

Wages, Worker Exploitation, and a 'War' Against Mexico Come Up at Santa Maria Forum

Wages, worker exploitation, and a 'war' against Mexico come up at Santa Maria forum.

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Hart Wins Santa Barbara Democratic Party Endorsement

Santa Barbara city councilmember hasn't formally declared his candidacy for 2nd District supervisor but has filed his papers to run.

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In Symbolic Vote, County Opposes Offshore Drilling

Santa Barbara becomes 27th county to resist Trump's plans.

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Gregg Hart Files Papers for 2nd District County Race

He Would Face Off Against Susan Epstein

He would face off against Susan Epstein.

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Where Can You (Safely) Go Surfing This Weekend?

Two Santa Barbara County beaches cleared by Public Health after bacteria testing.

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The Life and Death of Peter Fleurat

Montecito Resident Lived an Adventurous and Congenial Life

Adventurous and congenial, Montecito resident was the kind of guy everyone wanted to be around.

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City and County Talk Pot Taxes

Set at 6 Percent Retail in City; County Goes to a Vote

Set at 6 percent retail in city; county goes to a vote.