News Briefs

'No on P' Far Outraising Opponents

Californians for Energy Independence  ​has raised more than $1.8 million in its efforts to defeat drilling bans statewide, including Santa Barbara County’s Measure P, which would outlaw all new fracking, acidizing, and cyclic-steaming operations Read story.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

John Sperling Dies

John Sperling, the outspoken educator who made billions by starting the University of Phoenix, died this week at age 93 in Marin County. Read story.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

T-Ridge Drilling Bill Dies State Assembly

A bill to ban offshore drilling of Tranquillon Ridge from state waters died Tuesday night in a 29-36 vote in the State Assembly. Read story.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

UCSB Ranked 15th in Nation

UCSB ranked 15th among national universities in an annual listing published 8/25 in the Washington Monthly. B Read story.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Granny's Field Inches Closer to Development

Plans to convert a vacant lot into a senior living facility in Goleta have crept along since they were first introduced to the Santa Barbara school board late last year. Read story.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kamala Harris Gets Married at County Courthouse

Attorney General's quiet nuptials come a day after she defends California's death penalty. Read story.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Funk Zone Funny Business Leads to Evictions

Tenants of 22 Anacapa Street were given notice last week; the fate of the popular space is unclear. Read story.

Originally published 3:30 p.m., August 25, 2014
Updated 6:30 p.m., August 25, 2014

Santa Barbara Man Crashes and Dies off Highway 154

Donald Newsam, 82, sustained fatal injuries in the Saturday night wreck. Read story.

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Libraries, Curriculum, Teachers Introduced

New principals Veronica Binkley, Sierra Loughridge, Jacqueline Mora, and Colleen Million meet reporters at superintendent's back-to-school talk. Read story.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Missing Man with Drug-Resistant TB Wanted by Health Officials, Police

Augustin Zeferino, 24, may be contagious and a risk to others. Read story.

Friday, August 22, 2014

La Casa de la Raza Near Foreclosure?

The Latino organization is again at risk of losing its Montecito Street building. Read story.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Supes Support Jackson Gun Bill

The supervisors voted 3-2 to support a bill written by State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson encouraging law enforcement agencies to implement a policy for conducting gun-database searches ahead of welfare checks. Read story.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

County Fire Getting New 'Copter and FlameSniffer

County Fire will use three separate donations to strengthen its prevention and response efforts this fire season. Read story.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Measure P Money Battles Kick Off

A $78,517 donation from Pacific Coast Energy Company ​— ​which operates 96 cyclic steaming wells near Orcutt and has applied for 96 more ​— ​has put the “No on Measure P” campaign in the fundraising lead over the “Yes” camp, which has raised $44,876. Read story.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Montecito Antenna Additions Approved

The Board of Supervisors on 8/19 unanimously approved antenna-system additions proposed for various sites in Montecito by Crown Castle, an agent of Verizon, after previous meetings of the board and the Montecito Planning Commission resulted in requests for the company to make the additions more aesthetically compatible with the area. Read story.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
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