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Challenges Continue as City Council Undertakes State Street Blueprinting

We don't need no stinking task force ... or do we? Read story.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

State of California Reviews Reliability of Emergency Warning Systems

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson seeks lessons learned about communications from recent large fires. Read story.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thomas Fire Continues to Rage ‘Out of Control’ in Ventura County

Over 7,700 homes have been evacuated and more than 150 buildings have been destroyed in Ventura County fire. Read story.

Originally published 1:27 p.m., December 5, 2017
Updated 3:36 p.m., December 5, 2017

Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Pat McElroy Announces Retirement

He’s stepping down in March after 36 years with the department. Read story.

Monday, December 4, 2017

New Study Counts Fracked Wells’ Proximity to Private Water Wells

Analysis by UCSB researchers Scott Jasechko and Debra Perrone furthers 2016 EPA study on public water wells. Read story.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

What Ever Happened to the 2014 Deltopia Rioter Case?

Violent, unsanctioned Isla Vista street party made it the last giant one. Read story.

Originally published 10:28 a.m., December 3, 2017
Updated 9:46 a.m., December 4, 2017

Inmate Mental-Health Needs More Acute Than Expected

A study reveals more than half have been enrolled in the county's Behavioral Wellness department. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Former Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joni Gray's Death and Legacy

She was a staunch supporter of oil development and a sports nut famous for her rodeo parties. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Santa Barbara Health-Care Winners and Losers

Sansum signs deal with Blue Shield; Cottage settles info-breach case for $2 million. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Less Oil Production Means Less Oil Money for Schools

Two districts are hurting after the Refugio Oil Spill shutdown. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

‘Ten Commandments’ Sphinx Head Excavated from Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

The latest find is part of the massive and mysterious Cecil B. DeMille film set from 1923. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Starting Gun Fires in 2nd District Supervisorial Race

Democrat Susan Epstein has pulled papers; Republicans are looking for viable candidate. Read story.

Originally published 6:39 p.m., November 29, 2017
Updated 8:38 p.m., November 30, 2017

Santa Barbara and UCSB Leaders Say the GOP Tax Bill Attacks Higher Education

The legislation could impact student loan interest payments and tax exemptions on tuition waivers. Read story.

Originally published 6:10 p.m., November 29, 2017
Updated 3:54 p.m., December 1, 2017

Santa Barbara Business Blogger Ray Estrada Convicted of Harassment

He tormented ‘Pacific Coast Business Times’ publisher Henry Dubroff for nearly a decade after his 2008 layoff. Read story.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Will Santa Barbara County Sue Big Pharma for Opioid Deaths?

Overdose cases jumped 300 percent at some hospital ERs over the decade. Read story.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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