County 1-22

The Milpas-to-Hot-Springs Highway 101 expansion project will continue, thanks to a 1/16 decision by California’s Pooled Money Investment Board to unfreeze approximately $650 million in Prop. 1B money. The decision allots funding for projects throughout the state, including a yet-do-be-determined amount of the $53 million needed for the addition of a lane to both northbound and southbound stretches of the 101, as well as other improvements. On 1/15, the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments board voted to lend Caltrans up to $2 million to keep the project going but it is no longer needed. (/highway122)


Bearing signs with such slogans as “Green Jobs Now,” the Santa Barbara chapter of progressive political organization rallied outside the office of Congressmember Lois Capps on 1/14 to encourage her to support President Barack Obama’s proposed economic stimulus plan, which aims to bolster employment through eco-friendly infrastructure. Capps later released a statement saying she would. (/capps122)


Visitors to the northern half of Rincon Beach-which is operated by Santa Barbara County Parks & Recreation-may have noticed the presence of a large fifth-wheel trailer in the parking lot. The trailer is occupied by a “host”-or someone who lives for free on the property in exchange for 20 hours of work per week-and is the county’s answer to both budgetary constraints and a need to stymie such criminal activity as vandalism and vehicular burglaries.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

City Loses Trip-and-Fall Verdict

The injured woman wins $105,000.

Phone Scams Spike Countywide

Callers are claiming to be IRS and Homeland Security agents.

Longtime Fiesta Soldados Given the Boot 

Ousted Marc Martinez said Old Spanish Days has become "less inclusive."

Los Padres Forest Officials Ban Unpermitted Campfires

Wildfire conditions prompt caution.

County Out $2M Annually on Recycled Paper

A changing world market is to blame.