Biela Murder Trial Underway

The trial of James Biela, the man accused of killing Santa Barbara City College student Brianna Denison, is underway in Reno, Nevada. Denison’s body was found in a field a month after she went missing in early 2008. She had been home in Reno for winter break and had spent the night at a friend’s house when she went missing. Biela, who also faces charges related to another sexual assault, could face the death penalty if convicted.

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City Amends Charter Concerning Council Vacancies

The proposed amendment concerning elections must be approved by Santa Barbara voters.

Garden and Haley Closed for Emergency Sewer Repair

Northbound Garden Street closed between Haley and Cota streets.

Former Supervisor Tom Urbanske Dies

He had stayed active in community nonprofits benefitting those in need.

Hollister Ranch Settles with State to Provide Limited Public Access

A beach at Cuarto Canyon will be accessible by sea, and educational programs will expand.

School Safety Focus of Ongoing Workshops

Santa Barbara Unified will host parent meetings for next several months.