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Public Survey Exposes Montecito Debris Flow Communication Failures

Residents were confused by the county's mixed signals and unclear warnings. Read story.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Why Are So Many Cesarean Sections Being Performed at Hospitals?

Critics are concerned with hospitals scheduling C-sections unnecessarily and with greater risks to mothers. Read story.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Santa Barbara's Primary Night Winners: Brown, Gutierrez, Schaffer, Pot Tax, and Measure R

Incumbent Salud Carbajal will face off against Justin Fareed (again) in November. Read story.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Live Election Results: Santa Barbara Votes in California's 2018 Primary

[UPDATE: 2:01 p.m.] All county and state precincts have reported their results; final numbers are now available. Read story.

Originally published 4:11 p.m., June 5, 2018
Updated 2:01 p.m., June 6, 2018

After the Debris Flow, Scientists and Survivors Are Looking at Montecito's Worst-Hit Neighborhood

Dispatches from a Disaster: Part 2 Read story.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Is Nicolas Holzer Sane Enough to Be Found Guilty of Murder?

The trial starts May 30 in Judge Brian Hill’s courtroom. Read story.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Internal Records Reveal Mixed Messages, Missed Opportunities Before 1/9 Debris Flow

County officials worked hard but struggled to convey the true dangers of the storm. Read story.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Refugio Oil Spill Focus of Criminal Trial

Open arguments were presented Monday on the pipeline rupture. Read story.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Last Weekend's Gun Buyback Put 260 Firearms Out of Commission

The police department traded gift cards for guns. Read story.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Santa Barbara City College Has Its #MeToo Moment

A chemistry professor is facing backlash after raising concerns about a guest lecturer. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., May 10, 2018
Updated 2:08 p.m., May 14, 2018

San Marcos Video Threat Lands in Juvenile Court

New details have emerged about a handful of chat-room boys connected to threats of violence against fellow female students. Read story.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

District 3 Candidates Go Toe-to-Toe in Debate

The election games begin in race to represent Santa Barbara's Westside. Read story.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

County Leaders Tackle the Hard Facts of Montecito’s Future

A recent gathering of scientists and emergency personnel produced hard facts about the unstable mountains. Read story.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Who’s the Real Westsider?

Four candidates fight for Santa Barbara's District 3. Read story.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Will the Lights Go Out at La Casa de la Raza? 

As boardmembers move to sell the building, its owner says no way. Read story.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
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