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7-Eleven Slurpees Invading State Street?

Big changes rock Santa Barbara's central business district. Read story.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Supporters Rally for Open Alternative School

Dropping enrollment threatens to close the small K-6 campus. Read story.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Santa Barbara Humane Society Executive Director Fired

The executive director was fired amid advocate complaints about poor treatment of animals despite a large budget. Read story.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Santa Barbara County Bans Short-Term Vacation Rentals in Neighborhoods

Two years of heated debate finally came to a head with the decision. Read story.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Details Discovered in Public Works Embezzlement Case

Did eight co-conspirators launder money through a youth football conference? Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., September 28, 2017
Updated 8:51 a.m., September 28, 2017

Santa Barbara's Granny Flat Avalanche

Showdown between city and state over housing heats up. Read story.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

There Will Be Bud: Santa Barbara Edition

The county supervisors grapple with a new pot ordinance. Read story.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

In First Forum, Candidates Tackle Housing

The discussion centered on density, downtown, and millennials. Read story.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Doobie Brothers Talk Regulations

Supervisors Williams and Lavagnino and the county move closer to finalizing commercial cannabis rules. Read story.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Alcox Awarded $1.3 Million for Losing Half His Life

The state attorney general and Victim Compensation Board grant his claim for wrongful imprisonment. Read story.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Carpinteria Bluffs Permanently Preserved

The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County is now the proud owner of the 21 acres of beloved open space. Read story.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wolf Urges Caution in Cannabis Regulations

She calls for more transparency and limiting the number of cultivation acres. Read story.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Unholy Guacamole!

Avocado harvests are way down and prices are shooting up. Read story.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Great Vacancy Rate Debate

Landlords ask: What housing crisis? Read story.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cannabis: Cash Is King

Banks are wary of marijuana-fueled accounts. Read story.

Thursday, July 27, 2017
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