Secret Santas Needed

Transition House Seeks Holiday Gift Donors

Tis the season for giving, not only to your loved ones but also to less fortunate neighbors. One way to help is by becoming a Transition House Secret Santa. Individuals or groups-e.g., families, friends, businesses, churches, schools, coworkers-can “adopt” a family or children who are homeless and provide them with gifts and treats so they, too, can have a memorable holiday. Started by volunteers 25 years ago, Transition House “works year-round, providing emergency shelter, transitional and long-term affordable housing, as well as a full continuum of anti-poverty services to homeless and at-risk families with children.” For more information, visit or call 966-9668.

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This Week's Issue

Montecito Residents Piece Apart New Flood Map

Despite objections for individual parcels, officials say map will stand.

California Hits an Emissions Landmark Four Years Early

Achieved greenhouse-gas pollution reduction to 1990 levels in 2016.

192 Bridge Work Update

Delays expected as utility lines are replaced.

Goleta Target Store Confirmed

Set to open at Kmart location in 2019.

County Fire Chief Calls for More Fuel Breaks

Peterson wants to create a continuous front-country line from Montecito to Goleta.