Lead News

Why Did Highway 192 Separate Montecito’s Mandatory and Voluntary Evac Zones?

County emergency managers start to explain their much-dissected decision. Read story.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Trucking Mud to the Beaches Means More Sand but Dirtier Waters

Cleanup continues following the Montecito disaster. Read story.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

San Marcos Parents Spar With School District in Wake of Violent Video

At least 16 female students were targeted by “how to kill” post in private chat room. Read story.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Moving Back to Montecito After the Mudslides

Residents return to mud and varying degrees of damages to their homes and lives. Read story.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Detective Work of Montecito Mud at Goleta Beach

UCSB is looking for a human source of ocean bacteria. Read story.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

County Emergency Managers Issued Contradictory Warnings Before Montecito Mudslides

The evacuation map and written notice outlined different neighborhoods. Read story.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Latest Victim Highlights Uneven Flood Impact on Montecito Immigrant Families

Help is being offered to undocumented residents as the governor orders flags at half-mast. Read story.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Death Toll Approaches 23 in the Worst Disaster in Santa Barbara History

Tracing the history and coping with the reality of 20 lost and three still missing. Read story.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

As Number of Missing Grows, Questions Arise Over County Warning

The county didn't issue its first cell phone alert Tuesday morning until after the deadly flooding began. Read story.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Stories of Heroism, Heartbreak Emerge from Montecito Mudslides

Seventeen people were killed and 100 homes were destroyed in the post-Thomas Fire disaster. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., January 11, 2018
Updated 9:14 a.m., January 11, 2018

Murillo Sworn In as Santa Barbara Mayor

The new council started sweet, but then veered sour. Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Montecito Mudslide Death Toll Climbs to 15

Two dozen more are still missing; hundreds remain trapped in Romero Canyon. Read story.

Originally published 8:20 p.m., January 9, 2018
Updated 10:37 a.m., January 10, 2018

Thomas Fire Had Two Origins

The fresh revelation comes as residents sue Edison for allegedly starting the massive wildfire. Read story.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Firefighters Plan to Attack Thomas Fire Before Winds Pick Up at 2 a.m.

Hand crews cut fire lines at San Ysidro Creek over Friday night. Read story.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Fighting Fire with Fire to Stop the Thomas Fire

Incident Command announces an aggressive contingency plan to launch firing operation against Thomas. Read story.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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