News Briefs

Montecito Man Arrested After Threatening to Blow Up Home

David Tallman was taken into custody after a five-hour standoff with Sheriff's teams. Read story.

Monday, July 7, 2014

First UCSB PhD in Feminist Studies

Carly Thomsen produced an award-winning dissertation and is heading to Texas for a post-doc appointment. Read story.

Monday, July 7, 2014

UCSB Housing Project Destroyed by Fire

Fire destroys one of two UCSB faculty housing projects and arson is suspected. Read story.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Firefighter Embezzler Sentenced

Robert Perez to serve three years in state prison. Read story.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Santa Barbara's Recovery Blues

Residents still forced into “extreme competition” for rental housing. Read story.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Supes Back Williams Gun Bill

Law would allow temporary restrictions on troubled owners or buyers. Read story.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Only One Arrest Made in Massive Showgrounds Brawl

CHP officers issued a call for backup from the Santa Barbara Police Department and the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office on Sunday night to help contain a brawl involving 100 people that started at a concert of La Banda MS held at the Earl Warren Showgrounds Read story.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

'Candyman' Wrongful Death Cases Wind Through Court

As Julio Diaz ​— ​the former Santa Barbara doctor known as the “Candyman” ​— ​awaits his sentencing on 11 federal drug-trafficking charges, the civil cases against him and the pharmacies that filled his patients’ prescriptions continue to make their way through the courts. Read story.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Religious Group to Provide Services to Just-Released Inmates

Believer’s Edge, an area religious organization, will provide just-released jail inmates with cell-phone-charging services, snacks, and coffee during late-night and early-morning hours, under an agreement supported by the Sheriff’s Office and approved by the supervisors on 7/1. Read story.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Montecito Antennas Still Up For Discussion

Antenna system additions planned for various Montecito sites ​— ​proposed by Crown Castle, an agent of Verizon ​— ​are still up in the air, after the supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to continue its discussion on 7/8. Read story.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Retiring MTD Leader Showered with Love

MTD executive Sherrie Fisher (pictured) found herself on the receiving end of a ceremonial love fest during the county supervisors’ meeting Tuesday, one week before retiring after 40 years with the company. Read story.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Median Sales Price for South Coast Property Reaches $1.1 Million

Although the number of homes listed for sale are down by 13 percent from last May, sales prices have jumped by 23 percent with the median price of a South Coast property ​— ​from January 1 to the end of May ​— ​weighing in at $1.1 million. Read story.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Carbajal, Lavagnino Push for Hotel Bed Tax Hike

Supervisors Steve Lavagnino and Salud Carbajal will author a ballot argument in favor of increasing the county’s hotel bed tax rate from 10 percent to 12.5 percent, a suggested hike going before voters in November. Read story.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Activists Cry Foul Over Camp 4 Contract Issue

The Chumash are working with the county to sign its contract under the Williamson Act, which dictates the use of the 1,400 acres ​— ​known as Camp 4 ​— ​the tribe purchased in 2010. Read story.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tranquillon Ridge Drilling Ban Clears Assembly Committee

A bill that would ban offshore drilling in Tranquillon Ridge state waters cleared the Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources with a 6-2 vote last week. Read story.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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