WEATHER »

City Taxin’


The City of Santa Barbara has a population of 90,000-plus, of which 46,700-plus are registered voters. The City Council has decided — based upon a survey of 640 persons, who may or may not be citizens of the city, that resulted in 60 percent in favor of half percent increase in the city’s sales tax — to put the issue on this November’s ballot at a great expense. The claimed tax is “to go toward projects improving sidewalks, community buildings and fire and police stations,” with no legal mandates that the tax revenues will be only used for said purposes. Citizens please advise our councilmembers your thoughts.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Gas Company Asks Consumers to Conserve

Cold spell could stress natural gas heating infrastructure.

Highway 101 to Close Wednesday and Thursday

Removal of bridge supports at Olive Mill Road to divert traffic through Montecito.

Santa Barbara Surfer Chris Brown Dies

Body found just east of Hendry’s Beach.

Damaged Bridge Repairs Delayed

March, June, and July given as possible completion dates by Caltrans for six bridges along the 192 ...

Natural History Museum Begins Vertebrate Preservation Project

The project will move 45,000 specimens into bug-proof conservation boxes.