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Tyler Hayden

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Internal Records Reveal Mixed Messages, Missed Opportunities Before 1/9 Debris Flow

County Officials Worked Hard But Struggled to Convey the True Dangers of the Storm

County officials worked hard but struggled to convey the true dangers of the storm.

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Sticker Sales Help Disaster Recovery

Graphic Designer Gen Matsui Found His Way to Give Back

Graphic designer Gen Matsui found his way to give back.

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City on Vision Quest for State Street Revival

Leaders Also Mull Ways to Protect Economy from Next Disaster

Leaders also mull ways to protect our economy from the next disaster.

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Santa Barbara City College Has Its #MeToo Moment

Professor Faces Backlash After Raising Concerns About Guest Lecturer

A chemistry professor is facing backlash after raising concerns about a guest lecturer.

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Variant Training Lab Will Make You Better, Faster, Stronger

Science, Tech, and Health Converge in New State Street Fitness Center

Science, tech, and health converge in new State Street fitness center.

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Interior Design Firm Offers Free Furniture to Montecito Victims

But Many Remain in Desperate Need of a Home

But many remain in desperate need of a home.

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Santa Barbara Reports Drop in Tax Revenue

Decrease Attributed to Disaster Impacts on Businesses

The decrease was likely caused by this winter’s back-to-back natural disasters.

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Mission to Mars Launching from Santa Barbara

Go Behind the Scenes of NASA’s First Interplanetary Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Go Behind the Scenes of NASA’s First Interplanetary Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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District 3 Candidates Go Toe-to-Toe in Debate

The Election Games Begin in Race to Represent the Westside

The election games begin in race to represent Santa Barbara's Westside.

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Meet the Santa Barbara Zoo’s New Koalas

Edmund and Thackory Are on Display for a Year

Edmund and Thackory are on display for a year.

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Tajiguas Landfill Revamp Sucks Up Another $91 Million

Unforeseen Expenses Bump Total to $540 Million

New sorting and composting facilities face unforeseen costs, and tipping fees will increase.

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Who’s the Real Westsider?

Four Candidates Fight for Santa Barbara's District 3

Four candidates fight for Santa Barbara's District 3.

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Is Easy and Uncluttered

Writer/Director Is at His Meticulously Whimsical Best

Writer/director is at his meticulously whimsical best with the stop-motion feature.

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An Art Revival on State Street

Artists Provide Installations Along Downtown Corridor

Santa Barbara artists have installed their work along downtown corridor.

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Four Westside Candidates Vie for City Council Seat

Special Election Set for June 5

The election for a District 3 representative will be held on June 5.

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City Extends Permit Fast-Track Program

Program Designs to Fill Commercial Vacancies Downtown

Storefront vacancies have dropped 2 percent since program launched in August.

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Forbidden Gun Owners Tracked by State Justice Department

Program Finds 96 Santa Barbara County Residents Own Guns Illegally

Statewide tracking program found 96 Santa Barbara County residents own guns illegally.

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Bellosguardo: A Legacy in Limbo

Foundation Leadership Accused of Mismanagement, Favoritism, and Neglect

The foundation created to carry out Huguette Clark’s will is accused of mismanagement, favoritism, and neglect.

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City Says Franceschi House Has Got to Go

Unsafe Historic Building Too Expensive to Save

The estimate to rehabilitate the historical building was nearly $7 million.

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Memories Rescued from the Mud

Belongings That Survived and the Stories They Tell

The belongings that survived and the stories they tell.

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The Working-Class Champions of the 93108 Fund

'No Social Security Numbers, No 1099s Required.'

“No Social Security numbers, no 1099s required.”

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Veterinarian Suicides Reflect Quiet Professional Crisis

Santa Barbara Animal Doctors Mourn Colleagues Tiffany Margolin and Amanda Lumsden

Santa Barbara's small animal-doctor community mourns Tiffany Margolin and Amanda Lumsden.

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Captain Ed Cassano Goes 6,000 Meters Under the Sea

Underwater ROV Exploration the Topic of Upcoming Maritime Museum Talk

Underwater ROV exploration is the topic of an upcoming Maritime Museum talk.

‘Annihilation’ Is Equal Parts Absorbing, Terrifying, and Discombobulating

Sci-fi Horror Leaves Your Brain Cramped and Exhausted

Sci-fi horror film swings through its visual achievements and storytelling failures so fast it’ll leave your brain cramped and exhausted by the end.

Pilates Instructor Took Advantage of Elderly Clients

Yvonne Castillo Pleaded Guilty to Felony Grand Theft

Yvonne Castillo faces jail time for felony grand theft.

Coast Village Road Barber Wins Business Award

Richie Ramirez Named Young Professional of the Year

Richie Ramirez, owner of Richie's Barber Shop, named Young Professional of the Year.

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Assault Weapons, Concealed Guns Worry Santa Barbara Officials

Federal and State Firearms Loopholes Could Affect County Safety

Federal and state firearms loopholes could affect county safety.

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‘Sleepy Bunny’ Book Helps Kids Nap

Lavender Farmer Melissa Broughton Tells the True Tale of Amos the Rabbit

Lavender farmer Melissa Broughton tells the true tale of Amos the rabbit.

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First Responders Were Ready When the Debris Flows Hit

Montecito Fire Division Chief Kevin Taylor Explains How a Small Department Pulled a Big Rescue

Montecito Fire Division Chief Kevin Taylor explains how a small department pulled a big rescue.

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In Wake of Parkland Shooting, Rep. Carbajal Urges Action on Gun Bill

H.R. 2598 Aims to Confiscate Guns from People Deemed Dangerous by Judge

Introduced last May, H.R. 2598 would allow police to confiscate guns from people deemed dangerous by a judge.

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See the World Through an Astronaut’s Eyes

NASA Commander Terry Virts Goes Crazy with a Camera Aboard the International Space Station

NASA commander Terry Virts goes crazy with a camera aboard the International Space Station.

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Teen Dies After Glass Factory Shooting Accident

Kaiden Vague was a sophomore at Dos Pueblos High School.

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Why Did Highway 192 Separate Montecito’s Mandatory and Voluntary Evac Zones?

County Emergency Managers Start to Explain Their Much-Dissected Decision

County emergency managers start to explain their much-dissected decision.

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In a Move Personal and Political, Dominguez Stripped of SBCAG Appointment

Santa Barbara City Council Continues Early Tradition of Deep Dysfunction

The Santa Barbara City Council continues its early tradition of deep dysfunction.

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DUI Driver Kills Montecito Evacuee

Nicholas Hart was allegedly speeding on a suspended license after two prior DUIs.

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Fatal Shooting of Bryan Carreño Deemed Justified by District Attorney’s Office

Carreño Was Shot 20 Times by Five Deputies

Carreño was shot 20 times by five deputies.

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Climate Change Hits Home in Montecito Disaster

The Cumulative Effects of Drought, Fire, and Flood Reflect the Planet’s New Extreme Weather Regime

The cumulative effects of drought, fire, and flood reflect the planet’s new extreme weather regime.

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County Emergency Managers Issued Contradictory Warnings Before Montecito Mudslides

Evacuation Map and Written Notice Outlined Different Neighborhoods

The evacuation map and written notice outlined different neighborhoods.

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Majority of Montecito Mudslide Victims Were Not Under Mandatory Evacuation Orders

17 of 21 Victims Lived in Areas Only Under Warning

Seventeen of the 21 victims lived in areas only under warning.

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La Casa de Maria Retreat Center Vows to Rebuild After Montecito Disaster

“We will rebuild, and we will be renewed,” said director Steve Jacobsen.

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Satellite Imagery Reveals Overwhelming Extent of Montecito Damage

Before and After Looks at San Ysidro Creek, Knowlwood Tennis Club Neighborhood, and Fernald Point

Before and after looks at San Ysidro Creek, the Knowlwood Tennis Club neighborhood, and Fernald Point.

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Why Did So Few in Montecito Evacuate?

Communicating Danger Before, During Disasters Is a Delicate, Difficult Business

Communicating danger before and during disasters is a delicate and difficult business.

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Montecito Debris Flow Devastation Concentrated Along Creeks

A new map reveals the bulk of the damage and fatalities occurred along Montecito, San Ysidro, and Romero creeks.

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A House-by-House Damage Assessment of the Montecito Mudslides

The Independent is mapping impacted areas as responders focus on rescue and repair efforts.

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Names, Photos of Seven Missing People Released

Five days after the Montecito mudslides, the search for survivors continues.

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Scrutiny Grows Over Mandatory vs. Voluntary Evacuation Orders

Mudslides Breached Highway 192 Line and Raced Through Voluntary Zones

Mudslides breached the Highway 192 line and raced all the way through voluntary zones.

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As Number of Missing Grows, Questions Arise Over County Warning

First Emergency Cell Phone Alert Was Issued Tuesday Morning After Deadly Flooding Began

The county didn't issue its first cell phone alert Tuesday morning until after the deadly flooding began.

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Names of 17 Montecito Mudslide Victims Released

Eight more people remain missing.

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Half of Historic San Ysidro Ranch Destroyed in Montecito Mudslide

Entire Buildings Leveled When Ruptured Gas Line Exploded

Entire buildings were leveled when a ruptured gas line exploded.

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Stories of Heroism, Heartbreak Emerge from Montecito Mudslides

17 People Killed and 100 Homes Destroyed in Post-Thomas Fire Disaster

Seventeen people were killed and 100 homes were destroyed in the post-Thomas Fire disaster.