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Sheriff Jim Anderson visited Mount Carmel School in Montecito to kick off his department’s new student-oriented Life Skills Training program. In the same vein as the nationwide DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program – which the Sheriff’s Department was forced to toss overboard three years ago due to a budget crunch – Life Skills Training will be taught by two deputies in schools throughout the district this year.

Authorities believe the recent rash of smash-and-grab car burglaries will plague South Coast parking lots no longer, as two suspects were apprehended in Goleta. A pair of bright yellow swim fins and numerous credit cards, cell phones, and CDs were recovered when Chris De St. John, 23, and Marisa Filipovic, 26, were arrested last Saturday. Authorities have linked the couple to more than two dozen burglaries in parking lots in Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Montecito.

The local ABC network affiliate is being investigated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for running a corporate-funded video without identifying it as such. The video, which KEYT Channel 3 aired in January, featured a guest commentator discussing products from a consumer electronics expo. Unbeknownst to viewers, the video was created by the products’ manufacturers.

Beginning in early January, American citizens will need a passport to enter or reenter the U.S. from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Panama. The initiative – part of the U.S. Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act – is meant to fortify border security. The first phase of the initiative, effective January 8 of next year, requires passports for air and sea travel. The second phase, effective January 1, 2008, will extend to land border crossings.

Claiming that Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Phil Angelides plans to reconsider the decades-old Proposition 13 – which limits property taxes and requires a two-thirds legislative majority for all state tax increases – supporters of Governor Schwarzenegger gathered in Goleta to protest the idea and paint a “real world” picture of what a revised Prop 13 could mean for Santa Barbarans. Led by Mike Stoker – vice president of Santa Barbara’s Taxpayers Association and a former county supervisor – the predominantly Republican group suggested that a Prop 13 revamp could mean higher property taxes, forcing undesired home sales and stifling small, residential businesses.



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