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Melinda Burns

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Ready for Recycled Water?

It's 'Where the Future Lies,' South Coast Officials Say

It's "where the future lies," South Coast officials say.

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Can Giant Kelp Be Restored Off Goleta Beach?

A Surfer-Engineer Is Diving to Find Out

A surfer-engineer is diving to find out.

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Latino Businesses Struggling Under Trump

Across the Board, Owners Report Sales Are Way Down

Across the board, owners report sales are way down.

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Goleta Beach vs. Winter Swells

Boulders Protect Picnic Grounds, but What About the Beach?

Boulders protect the picnic grounds, but what about the beach?

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Post-Obamacare Jitters

What Would the Affordable Care Act's Repeal Mean for Santa Barbara?

What would the Affordable Care Act's repeal mean for Santa Barbara?

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As Isla Vista Bluffs Retreat, So Do Del Playa Apartments

Latest Cliff Collapse Will Force Removal of Four Units

Latest cliff collapse will force removal of four units, owner says

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Fifty More Inches of Rain Needed to Fill Cachuma

Santa Barbara's Main Reservoir Remains Driest in State

Santa Barbara's main reservoir remains the driest in the state.

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From FBI Boss to Death Penalty Foe

Tom Parker's Quest to Free a Convicted Murderer

Tom Parker's quest to free a convicted murderer.

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Santa Ynez Water Agency Quits Cachuma Operations Board

Says Board is Spending too Much Money and Water on Fish Passage Projects

Says the board is spending too much money and water on fish passage projects.

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Lake Cachuma Hits All-Time Low

‘Driest Five Years on Record’ Force Move of Emergency Pumping Barge

The “driest five years on record” force emergency pumping barge to move.

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The 'Third Age' of Water: Stretching Every Drop

Efficiency Plus Conservation is Smarter, Cheaper than Dams and Desal, Experts Say

Efficiency plus conservation is smarter, cheaper than dams and desal, experts say.

Can’t Buy Water in Goleta? Try Carpinteria

Two Developers Propose Water-Wheeling in the Drought

Two developers propose water-wheeling in the drought.

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The San Ysidro Ranch, a Water Guzzler, Gets Break on Penalties

Montecito Water District votes to forgive $16,000.

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Isla Vista Conference Looks to the Past to Shape the Future

Revisiting the Years from Riot to Mass Murder

“We have not allowed ourselves to become victims,” sociologist says.

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Goleta Agencies Throw Cold Water on Shelby Housing Project

Review of farmland rezone is in limbo because of long-forgotten water initiative.

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‘Stealth’ Water Demand Fuels Goleta Growth During Drought

Ban on New Hookups Doesn't Apply to Developers with Historical Credit, Water District Says

Ban on new hookups doesn’t apply to developers with historical credit, water district says.

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San Ysidro Ranch Racks Up Penalties for High Water Use

Exceeds Allocation 19 Times in 24 Months

The hotel has exceeded its allocation 19 times in 24 months.

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Is Isla Vista Growing Up?

With a Mixture of Optimism and Unease, Residents Feel Somewhat Safer

With a mixture of optimism and unease, residents feel somewhat safer.

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Major Restructure at Ag Commissioner’s Office

Entomologist Becomes Staff Biologist; Plant Pathologist Becomes Pest Management Specialist

Entomologist becomes staff biologist; plant pathologist becomes pest management specialist.

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Montecito Waives Water Moratorium for Miramar

Developer Gets Larger Service Line, Water Meters

Developer gets larger service line, water meters.

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Montecito Water Moratorium Stalls Miramar

Developer Wants Bigger Service Lines and Larger Meters

Developer Rick Caruso wants bigger service lines and larger meters.

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County Waives Graywater Permits in Goleta Valley

'Very Significant' Step May Be a First for California, Conservations Say

“Very significant” step may be a first for California, conservationists say.

Goleta Purchases State Water from the Antelope Valley

'Too Little, Too Late,' Ranchers Say

“Too little, too late,” ranchers say.

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'Ugly Year' for Avocados

Gaviota Ranchers Save Water, Finally, but Lose Their Shirts

Gaviota ranchers save water, finally, but lose their shirts.

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New Law Might Mess With Odd-Year District Elections

Voters Could Sue Over Low Turnout Numbers

Voters could sue over low turnout numbers.

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Nasty Bug Appears as County Slashes Top Pest, Plant Jobs

Farmers Worry over Citrus Psyllid Discoveries in Goleta and Carp

Farmers worry over citrus psyllid discoveries in Goleta and Carpinteria.

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UC Buys Tropicana Student Apartments in Isla Vista for $156 Million

Largest Commercial Real Estate Sale in Local Memory

It is the largest commercial real estate sale in local memory.

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Isla Vista: Investor's Paradise

High Rents, 'Captive Demand' Make for Upscale Market in Rundown Community

High rents, “captive demand” make for upscale market in rundown community.

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Isla Vista 'Party House' Owners Put on Notice

Foot Patrol Cracks Down as Long-Term Residents Rise Up

Foot Patrol cracks down as long-term residents rise up.

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UCSB to Greeks: The Party's Over

Third Fraternity Shutdown; Sorority Suspended

A third fraternity is shut down, and a sorority is suspended.

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The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Grace Lutheran Church

The 113-Year-Old Place of Worship is Giving Way to Senior Housing

The 113-year-old place of worship is giving way to senior housing.

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Appeals Pour In, but Montecito Has No Water to Spare

Residents Cry Foul over Drought Penalties, Ask District for Mercy

Residents cry foul over drought penalties, ask district for mercy.

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Montecito Entitled to More Water?

Some Residents Think So, but Are Fined Heavily for Overuse During Drought

Strict rationing means residents face tough penalties for watering lushly landscaped estates.