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LONG LIVES, AND SHORTENED ONES: Death, like taxes, is the only sure thing in this life, and Santa Barbara suffered a number of passings this year, both for people who’d lived long lives and others whose were cut far too short. The end was unexpected for 19-year-old UCSB student Lucas Ransom, who was eulogized at an Isla Vista memorial service in October after being attacked by a great white shark while bodyboarding at Surf Beach.

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