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Santa Barbara County Supervisors Finalize Pot Tax for June Ballot

If approved by voters, a general tax could bring in $25 million annually. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., February 15, 2018
Updated 9:18 a.m., February 16, 2018

Santa Barbara's Drought Upgraded from ‘Moderate’ to ‘Severe’

Southern California is recording yet another one of its hottest, driest winters ever. Read story.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Steelhead Trout in Santa Ynez Are Getting a $1M Bridge

A state grant will help restore more natural conditions along Quiota Creek. Read story.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What’s to Become of Macy’s on Lower State Street?

Rents for retail spaces downtown are reportedly dropping. Read story.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Save Money with Amtrak in Santa Barbara

Travelers arriving by train to Santa Barbara can get deals on lodging and attractions. Read story.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Green Light for Santa Barbara Flag-Football Program

Season opens on March 22 at La Colina Junior High Read story.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Santa Barbara County Farmers Report $20 Million in Losses from Natural Disasters

Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow caused direct crop damage, lost sales, and cleanup expenses. Read story.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Santa Barbara Businesses Surveyed for Disaster Impacts

Business groups hope to quantify effect on commerce from Thomas fire and flood. Read story.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Santa Barbara County Officials Release Debris Flow Risk Map

They also updated their evacuation terminology with three new levels of urgency. Read story.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Upcoming Thomas Fire and Flood Disaster Relief Events

Fundraisers and offers for victims, concerned citizens, and first responders as of February 8 Read story.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Gregg Hart Formally Announces Run for Santa Barbara County Supervisor

The sitting city councilmember has clinched support from the Democratic party. Read story.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

New Bike Lane Runs Along Cota Street

Lauded for safety features and wideness, the new route connects Milpas to Chapala. Read story.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dario Pini’s Lawyer Questions Validity of Inspections

Attorneys for the embattled landlord dispute the number of infractions in city’s report. Read story.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

DUI Driver Kills Montecito Evacuee

Nicholas Hart was allegedly speeding on a suspended license after two prior DUIs. Read story.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Distemper Virus Breaks Out in Raccoons

Pet owners warned to make sure dog vaccinations are up to date. Read story.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
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