Melinda Burns

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County Eyeing Private Montecito Land to Build New Debris Basin

Supervisors Start Negotiating with Randall Road Owners

Supervisors have started the negotiation process with Randall Road parcel owners.

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Water Managers, County Wrangle Over Lake Cachuma Supply

In Some Ways, the South Coast Is In a Worse Drought Fix Than in 2014

In some ways, the South Coast is in a worse drought fix than in 2014.

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The $120,000 Campaign for Montecito’s Water Future

Wealthy Donors Bankroll a Five-Member Slate for Water, Sanitary Boards

Wealthy donors bankroll a five-member slate for the community's water and sanitary boards.

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Saving Mountain Dwellers from Wildfire

Will More Fuel Breaks on San Marcos Pass Protect Them?

Will more fuel breaks on San Marcos Pass protect them?

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More Than Devotion Needed to Rebuild La Casa de María

Mending a 'Sacred Space' Will Cost $30 Million

Mending Montecito's 'sacred space' will cost $30 million.

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Santa Barbara County Town Hall Meets About Fire

Fuel Break, Wildfire Funding, and Drought Topics of Discussion

Fuel break, wildfire funding, and drought are the topics of discussion.

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Montecito Residents Piece Apart New Flood Map

Despite Objections, Officials Say Map Stands

Despite objections for individual parcels, officials say map will stand.

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County Fire Chief Calls for More Fuel Breaks

Peterson Wants to Create a Continuous Front-Country Line from Montecito to Goleta

Peterson wants to create a continuous front-country line from Montecito to Goleta.

Insurance Tips Post-1/9 Debris Flow

Montecito Residents Gather for Practical Advice

A nonprofit advocacy group offered advice to Montecito residents.

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Supervisors Adopt New FEMA Flood Map for Montecito and Carpinteria

It's Not Perfect, They Say, but It Will Help People Build More Safely

It’s not perfect, they say, but it will help people rebuild more safely.

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