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Nick Welsh

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County Redistricting Measures Head to Ballot

Voters Will Decide on Commission to Redraw Supervisor Districts

Voters will decide on a commission to change supervisor district boundaries.

County Supes Don’t Just Talk About the Weather; They Actually Do Something!

UCSB Prof Gives Media Low Marks for Reporting on Climate Change

County supes consider buying green energy, and a UCSB prof wants more reporting on climate change.

Lompoc Approves Cannabis Lounge

On-Site Inhaling Allowed

City location allows on-site consumption.

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Faced with a Gun, Sheriff's Sergeant Holds His Fire

Makes Potentially Life-Saving Decision During Welfare Call

Sgt. Freddy Padilla reflects on potentially life-saving decisions during welfare call.

Last One Standing: Melinda Burns or Wendy McCaw?

Real News Still Practiced Here

After 12 years, Melinda Burns and Wendy McCaw are both still standing.

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Three Pot Shops Get Green Light in Santa Barbara

Opening of New Cannabis Storefronts Remains Months Away

The opening of new cannabis storefronts remains months away.

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Bob Lovejoy Dies

The owner of the Pickle Room and Three Pickles was 69.

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Tab Hunter Dies

Montecito resident was an iconic heartthrob of screens both big and small.

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Monique Limón Confronts Industry over Lead-Based Paint

Assemblymember Saves Taxpayers from $2B Cleanup Bond

The assemblymember teamed up with colleagues to defeat $2 billion cleanup bond.

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Stoker Calls Pruitt Resignation from Environmental Protection Agency 'A Little Bit Different'

States 'Business as Usual,' for EPA Pacific Southwestern Branch

States it's 'business as usual,' for EPA Pacific Southwestern branch.

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Competing Anti-Gerrymandering Initiatives Head to Voters

November Election to Decide New Districts for County 

New supervisorial districts are the focus of two countywide efforts.  

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EPA Czar Scott Pruitt Announces Resignation After Partying at Casmalia Toxic Dump

Weight of 13 Investigations Becomes Too Much for Pruitt

Weight of 13 investigations becomes too much for Pruitt.

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Holzer Found Guilty By Reason of Sanity

Judge Finds Delusional Killer Could Tell Right From Wrong

Judge finds delusional killer could tell right from wrong.

‘Ernie Salomon Live’ Goes Off the Air

Outspoken, Curmudgeonly Civic Crusader and Public-Access Talk Show Host Calls It Quits

The outspoken, curmudgeonly civic crusader and public-access talk show host calls it quits.

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EPA Chief Pruitt Takes Santa Barbara by Surprise

Signs Final Document for Superfund Cleanup at Casmalia Toxic Dump

Signs final document for Superfund cleanup at Casmalia toxic dump.

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Los Lobos Play Libbey Bowl

One of America’s Greatest Rock-and-Roll Bands Made Everyone Believe in the Possibility of Summer

One of America’s greatest rock-and-roll bands made everyone believe in the possibility of summer.

Arroyo Burro Creek to Get $1.9 Million Makeover

Restoration Project Targets 1,400-Foot Stretch

The restoration will target 1,400-foot stretch along Las Positas Road.

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Cannabis Update for Santa Barbara County

Regulation Growing in Fits and Starts from Goleta to Lompoc

Regulations are growing in fits and starts.

Addiction Medicine Services Closes Rehab Center

Lompoc Valley Medical Center Left Holding $28 Million in Loans and Losses

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center is now burdened with $28 million in loans and losses.

Senator Jackson Opposes Federal Control of State Power Grid

Bill Passes to Address Fragmented Delivery System

Lone vote against bill in Judiciary Committee to address fragmented delivery system.

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X Marks The Spot in Carpinteria

The Beloved Burger Shack on Linden Avenue

The beloved burger shack on Linden Avenue.

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Reason in Government Will Not Un-Rig Santa Barbara County Elections

How a New Group Claims to Be the Voice of the Radical Center

A new group wants to change Santa Barbara County district lines that will control who is elected.

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County Embezzlers Sentenced

Ringleader Gets 13 Years, Eight Months

The alleged ringleader pleads guilty.

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The Slider’s Slippery Past

New Burger Trend Is Old-School

This new burger trend is actually old-school.

Health-Care Coverage in Santa Barbara Takes a Hit

Neighborhood Clinics Lose 8 Percent of Operating Revenue

The operating revenue of Neighborhood Clinics is down $1.1 million.

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New Libertarian Group Seeks Major Redistricting Shakeup

Reason in Government is seeking to create an independent committee.

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S.B. Attorney Gets Convicted Killer Off Death Row

Robert Lewis Jr. was deemed too intellectually disabled.

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Public Trashes Hollister Ranch Deal

California Coastal Conservancy Receives over 600 Angry Letters

The California Coastal Conservancy received over 600 angry letters.

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Chumash Leaders Rebury Tuqan Man on San Miguel Island

Tests Indicate Remains Are Between 9,700 and 10,200 Years Old

Tests indicate the remains are between 9,700 and 10,200 years old

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Juana Holzer Testifies Against Ex-Husband

Claims He Is Not Mentally Ill

She denied Holzer showed any signs of mental illness during their six-year marriage.

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Locking Up Babies and Other Immigration Nightmares

On Becoming Monsters: Trump, Sessions, and Miller Advance Their Policy of Hate

Trump, Sessions, and Miller advance their policy of hate on the United States border.

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La Cumbre Junior High Loses 'La Jefa'

Longtime Principal Jo Ann Caines Passes Away 

Longtime principal Jo Ann Caines died last week. 

Hopeful Cannabis Businesses Make Pitches to City Hall

Pot entrepreneurs make the rounds between county and city administrators.

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Conservative Voice Calls for a Justin Fareed Makeover

Congressional Candidate Struggles for Support in Isla Vista 

The three-time congressional candidate struggles for votes in Isla Vista.   

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A Tough Day for Prosecution in Holzer Case 

Expert Witness Struggled During Cross-Examination

An expert witness struggled during cross-examination. 

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Invasion of Electric Scooters Hits Santa Barbara's State Street

Can Santa Barbara Handle Something Fun and Functional?

Lime-green electric scooters hit State Street.

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Champion for the Homeless Ken Williams Dies 

Social Worker Succumbs to Blood Cancer

He described his social work as more of a mission than a job. 

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Did Nicolas Holzer Know Right from Wrong?

Judge Hill Considers Killer’s Sanity

Judge Brian Hill to determine if killer is not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Santa Barbara Pot Shops Circling State Street

City Council Is Picking Winners and Losers in Cannabis Trade

Santa Barbara pot shops are vying to win State Street locations.

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Greka Oil & Gas Fined Again

Violations Cost Company over $14 Million

Violations cost the company over $14 million.

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Santa Barbara Auditions Prospective Pot Businesses

Legalized Cannabis Outlets Remain More Myth Than Reality, for Now

Legalized cannabis outlets remain more myth than reality, for now.

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Water Torture in the Dario Pini Case

Receiver Met with Empty Bank Account and Bedbugs, Cockroaches, and Trash

Receiver was met with empty bank account and bedbugs, cockroaches, and trash at properties.

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Turning Hunger into Health

Foodbank’s Eric Talkin Reflects on a Decade of Work

Foodbank’s Eric Talkin reflects on a decade of work.

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Blame Abel Maldonado If Republicans Hold the House

Or Why Salud Carbajal Should Have Given All His Money Away

Can Democrats blame Abel Maldonado or Salud Carbajal if Republicans win the House in November?

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News Commentary: Ribbon Cutting Is Not As Easy As It Looks

New Eastside Bridge Culminates Years of Struggle

Grand opening for new Eastside bridge conveys a tingle of progress.

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Santa Barbara Rental Prices Have Skyrocketed Over the Last Five Years

Average Monthly Rent for a Studio Is Up $400 Since 2013

The average rent for a South Coast studio is $1,553.

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City Water Use Hits 1958 Levels

Revenue Close to Falling Short of Expenses

Population was half today's; revenue close to falling short of expenses.

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City Hall Raises the Stakes Against Landlord Dario Pini

Council Approves Additional $375K in Protracted Enforcement

The City Council has approved upward of $375,000 for additional enforcement.

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Is Nicolas Holzer Sane Enough to Be Found Guilty of Murder?

Trial Starts May 30 in Santa Barbara Superior Court

The trial starts May 30 in Judge Brian Hill’s courtroom.

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Stoker to Be Sworn In to EPA Job

Former Santa Barbara County supervisor confirms his appointment as regional head of Environmental Protection Agency.