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Nick Welsh

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Tajiguas Landfill's $110 Million Oops

Coastal Zone Boundary Mix-Up Renders Permits Null and Void

The Coastal Zone Boundary mix-up renders permits null and void.

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From Isla Vista to Trump’s Ear

How Santa Barbara Propelled Sean Hannity to Fame and Fortune in Just 28 Short Years

How Santa Barbara propelled Sean Hannity to fame and fortune in just 28 short years.

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Drought Watch: 'Far from Over'

City, County Water Agencies Spar Over Cachuma Contract

City and county water agencies are sparring over their Lake Cachuma contracts.

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Venoco Ditches Platform Holly

State Takes Over Lease, Begins Process of Decommissioning Oil Rig

The state takes over the lease and begins the process of decommission the oil rig.

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Retail Apocalypse Hits Santa Barbara

Downtown Vacancies Mean It’s Time to Round Up the Usual Suspects

Downtown vacancies mean it’s time to round up the usual suspects.

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Battle to Save Santa Barbara’s Mission Creek

How Blind Cabinetmaker Bruce Munson Fought the Army Corps of Engineers and Won—Almost

How the blind cabinetmaker Bruce Munson fought the Army Corps of Engineers and won—almost.

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Laura's Law on Chopping Block

The Pilot Program is Only Four Months Old

The pilot program is only four months old.

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Ideological Throw Down as County Supes Discuss Health Care

Political Rifts Underlined During Budget Discussion

Political rifts underlined during budget discussion.

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Cottage-Sansum Merger Mystery

Four Years In, All Parties Mum

Four years in, all involved parties are still mum.

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Mixed Reactions to Single-Payer Bill

Jackson Unsure if She Supports

Jackson is unsure if she supports the proposed legislation.

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Stage Set for Steelhead Fight

Downstream Communities May Lose More Water to Fish

Downstream communities may lose even more water to the fish.

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Trump’s Russian Connection Starts Right Here

Santa Barbara Wine Mogul Key Go-Between for Putin Influence Peddler

Santa Barbara wine mogul key go-between for Putin influence peddler.

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Déjà Vu for Hal Conklin?

Once and Future Mayor Dogged by Term-Limit Questions

Once and future mayor dogged by term-limit questions.

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DA Rules Suicide-by-Cop Justified

Family Contends Shooting Was Unecessary

Javier Gaona's family still contends the shooting was unnecessary.

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State Street Vacancies Vent Fest

Movers and Shakers Ponder Which Way Downtown

Movers and shakers ponder which way downtown.

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Let There Be Water

Cachuma Half Full Thanks to Winter Rains

Cachuma half full thanks to winter rains.

Trump Repeals Internet Privacy Protections

President Declares Open Season on Browsing Histories and Click Habits.

The president declares open season on browsing histories and click habits.

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Floating Slab to Attack Castillo Underpass

Caltrans fights for a solution to water torture by agua alta.

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Pop-Up Housing Hits Snag

City Claims Jurisdiction over Flood Safety at Punta Gorda Homes

City claims jurisdiction over flood safety at Punta Gorda mini-homes.

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Mixed Results for Ortega Park Cleanup

Is Craig Gilbert the Problem or the Solution?

Is Craig Gilbert the problem or the solution?

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Death by Deliberation

Rental Politics Rehash: What Would Silvio Di Loreto Think?

Rental politics rehash: What would Silvio Di Loreto think?

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Repeal and Replace Vote Put on Ice

Carbajal Celebrates Republican Retreat on Health-Care Bill

Carbajal celebrates Republican retreat on health-care bill.

Rickie Lee Jones, Madeleine Peyroux Prove Small Is Beautiful

Singing Duo Commands Arlington Theatre by Way of New Orleans on March 17

The singing duo commanded the Arlington Theatre by way of New Orleans on March 17.

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ACLU Mounts a Comeback

Santa Barbara Is Resurrecting its Chapter

Santa Barbara is resurrecting its chapter.

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Lawn Watering Ban Lifted

But Officials Caution Drought Is Far from Over

But officials caution the drought is far from over.

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Trump Making Social Darwinism Sexy Again

Republicans’ Repeal-and-Replace Health-Care Bill Benefits Young, Healthy, and Rich

Republicans’ repeal-and-replace health-care bill benefits the young, healthy, and rich.

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Meet the New Crop of Santa Barbara Resisters

Tough and Energized, They're Swinging High and Hitting Hard

Tough and energized, they're swinging high and hitting hard.

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Orcutt Rapper Not Guilty of Making Threats

Case Pits First Amendment Against Rights of Sexual Assault Victims

Case pits First Amendment against rights of sexual assault victims.

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Carbajal Votes 'No'

Republican Repeal Bill Passes Budget Committee

Republican bill to repeal Affordable Care Act passes House Budget Committee.

County Homeless Count Tallies 1,489 People

City of Santa Barbara has most with 790 individuals.

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S.B. Health-Care Experts Deliver Grim Trumpcare News

And Carbajal Drops Mic on Republican Repeal Bill

And Carbajal drops the mic on the Republican repeal bill.

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Slicing, Dicing, or Icing RV Ordinance?

As Pushback Mounts, Enforcement Won't Begin for Another Six Weeks

As pushback mounts, enforcement won't begin for another six weeks.

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Marian Planning to Add 26 Psych Beds

Medical Center Additions Would Go Long Way in Filling Pressing County Need

The medical center additions would go a long way in filling a pressing county need.

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Rooskies Leave Giant Footprints in Santa Barbara

Russian Influence Exerted From City's Founding to 2009 Mayor's Race

Russian influence exerted from city's founding to 2009 mayor's race.

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Santa Barbara City Council Loses 0-to-0

Affordable-Housing Program Survives Attempted Moratorium

Affordable-housing program survives attempted moratorium.

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Court Rules Slippery Rock Water Is Saleable

But How Much Remains to be Determined

But how much remains to be determined.

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Laura's Law Means New Rules of Engagement

Major Progress Made, but Money Problems Brewing

Major progress has been made, but money problems are brewing.

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Lompoc 'Man of Year' Gets Life for Child Molestation

Anthony Durham Repeatedly Abused Two Granddaughters Over Four-Year Period

Anthony Durham repeatedly abused two granddaughters over a four-year period.

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District Elections Coming to Santa Maria

City Makes Major Voting Change in Face of Lawsuit

The city makes the major change in the face of a looming lawsuit.

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Mass Deportations Echo Ellwood Attack and Prison Camps

Santa Barbara DA Accelerated Japanese Roundup

Santa Barbara DA accelerated the Japanese roundup.

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Santa Barbara Surfing Museum Is Closing

The decision came shortly after investor Ray Mahboob bought the building.

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Folk Orchestra of Santa Barbara's Big Sound (and Big Dreams)

‘Go Big or Go Home’ is Motto for 27-Musician Ensemble

“Go big or go home” is the motto for this 27-musician ensemble.

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Santa Barbara Stands with Planned Parenthood

Hundreds Oppose Trump's Vow to Cut Funding

Hundreds oppose the Trump Administration's vow to cut funding.

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City Attorney Demands $8.1 Million in Penalties from Dario Pini

Says Landlord Exposed Tenants to 'Hazardous, Horrific, and Unconscionable Living Conditions'

Says landlord exposed tenants to 'hazardous, horrific, and unconscionable living conditions.'

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Much-Needed Psych Beds Looming

County Approves $4 Million to Convert Old Juvy Hall

County approves $4 million to convert the old juvenile hall.

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Indivisible Santa Barbara Borrows Tea Party Tactics

Members Mimic the Take-No-Prisoners, In-Your-Face Style of Right Wing Populists

Members are mimicking the take-no-prisoners, in-your-face style of right wing populists.

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City Hall Between Rock and Hard Place Over RVs

Santa Barbara's ‘Oversized Vehicle’ Ordinance Incurs Wrath of RV Dwellers, Mercedes Sprinter Owners

‘Oversized vehicle’ ordinance incurs wrath of RV dwellers and Mercedes Sprinter owners alike.

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Pini Faces Thousands of Violations

Receives 3,200 Notices of Code Violations at 13 Properties

He received 3,200 notices of code violations at 13 properties.

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Ex-Montecitan Andrew Puzder Backs Off Labor Post

Scandals Cost Puzder Republican Votes on Senate Committee

The mounting scandals cost Republican votes on Senate committee for Puzder.

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DUI Attorney Darryl Genis Sentenced to 24 Months for Tax Violations

He Blamed His Gambling Addiction and Deceased Accountant

Blamed gambling addiction and deceased accountant.