Nick St. Oegger

Subcommittee Tackles City’s Homeless Grievances

Monthly Meeting Is Incubator for Future Homeless Policies

If you want to hear city officials hash out problems that stem from people living and dying on our streets, if you want to learn which policies are being pushed, which are being nixed, and which are stuck in limbo, the Subcommittee on Homelessness and Community Relations is the place to be.

Last Thursday’s subcommittee meeting was attended by Councilmembers Dale Francisco and Bendy White, Mayor Helene Schneider, Casa Esperanza Chief Mike Foley, and others. City Attorney Steve Wiley (not a subcommittee member) attended and spoke freely about the chances of ever getting an “Alcohol Impacted Area” designation for lower Milpas Street. Such a designation, which would require a change in state legislation, would restrict the issuance of new liquor licenses there.

“The alcohol industry would never allow Sacramento to pass such a law,” Wiley said. To read more, see

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Weapons Cache Found by Mental Health Law Enforcement Team

A potentially suicidal 27-year-old Santa Barbara city resident had a collection of 16 weapons.

Hollister Ranch Seeks to Disqualify Judge

Private owners group claims Judge Colleen Sterne "shows bias" in public-access case.

Thomas Fire Debris Trucked from Basin to Beach

A year after the 280,000-acre fire, mud and boulders continue to pour out of the hills.

Lisa Plowman Named County’s New Planning and Development Director

Her appointment came with a rare 3-2 split vote from the supervisors.

Greka Found Operating Open Waste Pit Without Permit

Asphalt operation in Santa Maria ordered by EPA to sample for possible toxic migration into nearby fields ...