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Nick Welsh

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Cannabis Taxes Generate $1.8 Million

Santa Barbara County Releases First Quarterly Report

Santa Barbara County releases first quarterly report.

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City Closes In on New Police Station Location

Saturday Farmers Market May Lose Its Longtime Site

Santa Barbara's Saturday Farmers Market may lose its 35-year site.

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Homeless Could Get 'Tiny Box' Homes Downtown

Neighbors Complain as City Hall Fast-Tracks Grant Application

Neighbors complain as City Hall fast-tracks grant application.

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Cops' Shop Moving to Farmers Market Spot?

Planning Commission Finds Cota Street Lot Best Location for New Police Station

Planning Commission finds Cota Street Lot best location for new police station.

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Democrats Sweep Countywide Races and Secure House

Democrats Celebrate a Very Blue Tuesday

Democrats sweep countywide races and secure House of Representatives.

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Sheriffs Weed-Whack 400,000 Pot Plants

It was possibly the largest bust in state history.

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UCSB Prof Talks New Ruth Bader Ginsburg Book

Jane Sherron De Hart Demystifies the Notorious RBG

Jane Sherron De Hart demystifies the Notorious RBG.

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What You Don’t Know About Wilbur Ross Will Hurt You

Commerce Secretary Sets Out to Screw Santa Barbara by Undercounting Residents

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross sets out to screw Santa Barbara by undercounting residents.

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Court Rules to Protect Sleeping in Public

Santa Barbara City Parks Subject of Ongoing Debate

Santa Barbara city parks subject of ongoing debate.

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Santa Barbara’s Connections to Grisly Khashoggi Killing

Victim’s Uncle Lived Here

Jamal Khashoggi’s Uncle lived in Santa Barbara.

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Montecito Wastewater Wars Escalate

Sewer District Told ‘Cease and Desist’

Sewer district issued ‘cease and desist’ letter.

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Mass Eviction Ordinance Unveiled at Santa Barbara City Hall

Ongoing Fine-Tuning Needed as Basic Facts Under Dispute

Ongoing fine-tuning is needed as basic facts of rental market are under dispute.

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Mental Health Experts Consider More Psychiatric Beds

Hospital CEOs in Talks with Behavioral Wellness, Sheriff's Office

Hospital leaders are in talks with county Behavioral Wellness and Sheriff's Office.

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Why All the Fuss at Montecito’s Water and Sanitary Districts?

Do Excitable Advertisements and Inflammatory Charges Hold Water?

[Update] Elections at Montecito’s water and sanitary districts cause waves and a cease-and-desist letter to be delivered.

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Cannabis Watch Santa Barbara

City Retail Dispute Spurs Lawsuit as County Cracks Down on Illegal Grows

City retail dispute spurs a lawsuit as the county cracks down on illegal grows.

Montecito Water War Erupts

Orchestrated Campaign Seeks Water and Sewer Board Positions

An orchestrated campaign is seeking board seats with water and sewer districts.

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Santa Barbara City Council Continues to Act Like Stumbling Drunk

A Case Study in Why Councilmembers and the Administrator Don’t Fix the City’s Problems

Santa Barbara City Council and its staff fight among themselves and don’t fix the city’s problems.

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Cottage Hospital Completes Six-Phase Renovation

$820-Million Project Increases Beds, Children’s Services, and More

The $820-million project increases beds, treatment for children, and other services.

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County Supervisor Steve Lavagnino Jumps from GOP Ship

Decline-to-States Now Almost Outnumber Republicans in Santa Barbara

County Supervisor Steve Lavagnino registers as a decline-to-state voter in Santa Barbara County.

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County Supports 'All of the Above' Fire Prevention Strategy

Fire Chief Goes Toe-to-Toe with Environmental Groups

Fire Chief Eric Peterson goes toe-to-toe with environmental groups.

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The Marc Is on the Market

Upper State Apartment Complex First to Receive Density Bonus

The controversial apartments were first to receive density bonuses.

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Can Democrats Turn Nevada Blue?

Party Activists Knocking on Doors near Vegas

Party activists from Santa Barbara are knocking on doors near Las Vegas.

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Public Health Officer Swaps Santa Barbara for Sacramento

Dr. Charity Dean takes a new job as assistant director of the state public health department.

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Second Medical Pot Dispensary Opens in Santa Barbara

Took Nearly Four Years to Open Doors

It took nearly four years for the Collective to open its doors.

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Praying for Hail Mary Pass in Brett Kavanaugh Hearings

Will ‘Female Assistant’ Save Mitch McConnell and Republican Leadership from Committing a Judicial Travesty?

Will a “female assistant” save Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership from committing a judicial travesty in the Brett Kavanaugh hearings?

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Homeless Rights Advocate Sues City

Argument: Oversized-Vehicle Ban Is Discriminatory

Peter Marin argues that the oversized-vehicle ban is discriminatory.

Downtown Health Clinic for Body and Mind

Integrated Care Clinic Hits One-Year Mark

Integrated Care Clinic hits one-year mark, busier than anticipated.

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Get Oil Out Founder and Dolphin Sculptor Bud Bottoms Dies

He Was a True Man-About-Town and Engaged Public Citizen

He was a true man-about-town and an engaged public citizen.

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County Half-Jokes It Wants Cannabis 'World Domination'

Government Exec Implores Growers to Get Legal Before Time Runs Out

A government executive implores growers to get legal before time runs out.

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Police Suspend Public Sleeping Laws

Non-Enforcement Comes in Response to Court Ruling

The non-enforcement comes in response to a new court ruling.

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Priest's Firing Raises Questions

What's the Real Reason Father Gavancho Was Terminated From Our Lady of Sorrows?

What's the real reason Father Gavancho was terminated from Our Lady of Sorrows?

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1/9 Repeat? 'Nobody Knows!'

UCSB Geologist Says Predictions Are Purely Guesswork

A UCSB geologist says predictions are purely guesswork.

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Why Won’t Santa Barbara City Council Progressives Fix Broken Housing Plan?

Planning Commissioner Forced to Beg Landlord from Dais

Santa Barbara City Council Progressives refuse to require affordable housing for middle-income residents.

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Ukulele Maven Victoria Vox

Virtuoso Gives Workshop, Plays Concert September 22

Virtuoso will give a workshop and play a concert September 22 at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church.

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Missing Middle-Class Housing Is Still Missing

City Approves High-End Rental Project for Garden and Anapamu Streets

City approves a high-end rental project for Garden and Anapamu streets.

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Playing Craps with Sea-Level Rise in Santa Barbara

It Will Most Likely Be Between 3.3 Feet and 8.2 Feet By 2050

It will most likely be between 3.3 feet and 8.2 feet by 2050.

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Plains Pipeline Verdict: 50 Shades of Guilt

When Incompetence Bleeds into Malfeasance You Get an Oil Spill

The Plains pipeline verdicts were guilty on eight misdemeanors and one felony.

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Mental Illness and Criminal Justice in Santa Barbara County

Who Is Crazy and Who Is Insane in the Jails and Courts and on the Streets

Who is crazy and who is insane in the jails and courts and on the streets?

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Sol Linver Named New County Undersheriff

He Succeeds Barney ‘Yoda’ Melekian as Sheriff Brown’s Right-Hand Man

He succeeds Barney “Yoda” Melekian as Sheriff Brown’s right-hand man.

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Plains Pipeline Verdict: Clear as Spilled Oil

Jury Finds Oil Transport Company Guilty on Nine Counts, Hangs on Three

Jury finds oil transport company guilty on nine counts, hangs on three, in Refugio spill.

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Brett Kavanaugh: Mr. Nice Guy or a Right-Wing Water Boy?

Why We’ll Never See About Trump’s Critical Appointment to the Supreme Court

Why we’ll never see the true record of Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate confirmation hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court.

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Feds Consider Fracking in Santa Barbara County

Public Comment Window Closes September 7

September 7 is the deadline for public comment. 

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Miye Ota Is 100 Years Old and Still Kickin’ Butt

Martial Arts, Dance Students Help Celebrate Her Birthday

Her martial arts and dance students help celebrate her birthday.

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Election Tensions Heat Up Water Race

Santa Ynez District Challengers Need Not Own Property

Challengers for the Santa Ynez water district board don't need to own property.

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Maldonado Cleared of Illegal Cannabis Cultivation

San Luis Obispo Investigators '100 Percent Wrong'

Investigators wrongly identified 30 acres of hemp.

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Santa Barbara Firefighters and Environmentalists Battle over Prevention Methods

Controlled Burns vs. Hard Houses: The Bickering Must Stop

Firefighters and Enviros Bicker over Control Burns and Hard Houses.

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Live Oak Music Festival Moves to San Luis Obispo

Organizers Cite Wildfire Concerns, Pricing

Organizers cite wildfire concerns and pricing.

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Fires Trigger Lompoc Homeless Sweeps

Outreach Efforts Help River Squatters to Leave Voluntarily

Outreach efforts help river squatters to leave voluntarily, for now.

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Woman with Firearm Removed from Bradbury Dam

Woman is the attorney who represented slain boy's father, Aramazd Andressian.

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Holzer Sentenced to Four Lifetimes Behind Bars

Killed His Parents and Two Children

Sentence includes a lifetime for each person killed in 2014: Nicolas Holzer's parents and children.

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