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Newsmakers Year in Pictures 2008

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Sign of the times: Squeezed by high rent and the emergence of Internet rentals, beloved Santa Barbara video store Video Schmideo is in its last month of business. Selling off his entire stock for $10 a title, owner Jason Uliasz (pictured) has been a busy man since news of the closure went public earlier this week.

Published on December 3, 2008

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Published on August 5, 2008

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RADD Thrift Store on State St. closes its doors

Published on December 22, 2008

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Alpha Thrift Closed

Published on December 22, 2008

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Goodbye Texas, hello Gaviota: Texas native Randy Welty has drawn the ire of neighbors and environmentalists alike for his plans to build a house longer than a football field near Farren Road on the Gaviota Coast. Famous throughout Southern California for his formidable strip club empire and notorious lawsuit against the City of San Bernardino, Welty and his wife, Lynn Ballantyne, proved successful in their bid to have their dream home approved this week.

Published on July 16, 2008

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Trying to get a large building project approved on the Gaviota Coast is a complex and unpopular process. Just ask Orange County-based developer Matt Osgood (pictured), who has been playing the development approval chess game at his Naples property for almost 10 years now.

Published on June 25, 2008

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Chapala One, 60 feet tall and almost a block long, nestles up next to Mission Creek at the corner of Chapala and Gutierrez streets. It bears 46 homes on its top three stories, above street level shops. Fans say it's smart growth that will save the countryside from suburban sprawl, and that it fits in with Santa Barbara's historic tradition of wonderful tall buildings such as the much-celebrated Granada.

Published on March 12, 2008

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A symbolic grave stone is left in the County Supervisors' boardroom after 3-2 vote in favor of Gaviota Coast development

Published on October 21, 2008

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President of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy Mike Lunsford (left) and Naples Coalition President Phil McKenna

Published on October 21, 2008

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Carl Gaines

Published on June 11, 2008

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Judge Joseph Lodge

Published on May 6, 2008

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Father Virgil 2007

Published on May 23, 2008

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Passing on: A man runs by a memorial for Carolyn Samuels.

Published on September 3, 2008

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Carolyn Samuels

Published on September 3, 2008

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Ben Beede grows the snails in a facility along the coast near Goleta.

Published on June 25, 2008

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Matriarch Agnes Guevara at her family's Haley Street restaurant.

Published on February 12, 2008

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Be careful what you wish for: After months of drought-like weather patterns, the skies above Santa Barbara opened up in a major way last week, bringing eight straight days of the wet stuff to the South Coast. Above, Juan Montero feels for a spot to hook a tow chain on his Honda near the flooded 500 block of Salsipuedes Street.

Published on January 30, 2008

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20 bricks of C4 exploding is best viewed from a distance

Published on April 30, 2008

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Big Waves under the Moby Dick restaurant

Published on February 25, 2008

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A crowd gathered Sunday to witness the high surf at Ledbetter beach.

Published on February 25, 2008

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Nearly 500 people braved cool March weather to voice their opposition to the Goveror's plans to close down La Pur-sima Mission State Historic Park

Published on April 2, 2008

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Police tussle with protesters outside UCSB's Corwin Pavilion, resulting in the arrest of Michael Miller (the light-haired man in the foreground) and Alex Harrison (the man wearing a hat and standing behind Miller).

Published on February 13, 2008

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ICB Director, Professor Daniel Morse speaks briefly with the protesters outside, though soon returned into the Corwin Pavillion after constant interruptions from hecklers in the crowd.

Published on February 13, 2008

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Linda Krop announce the agreement with PXP

Published on April 11, 2008

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WEDDING BELLS: Mayor Marty Blum officiates the marriage of Andy and Manny Edgar-Beltran.

Published on June 18, 2008

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Shane Stark

Published on December 22, 2008

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L to R All 4 One mentor Anthony Prieto, and artists Brian Garcia and Juan Rios

Published on May 25, 2008

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The Allolsphere

Published on November 6, 2008

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Wheeler is struggling with the loss of his wife first to Alzheimer's and then to a nursing home.

Published on October 6, 2008

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Surrounded by a historical quiver of boards, be they for the surf, concrete, or snow, Chuck Barfoot demonstrates an ollie on one of his first snowboard designs, from the late 1970s, at his factory in Ventura earlier this Winter.

Published on March 5, 2008

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First Lady: Adreea Serban, Santa Barbara City College's 15th president and the first woman to hold the position, speaks at her Tuesday inauguration ceremony.

Published on July 30, 2008

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With competition like never before and gas prices skyrocketing, having to run from the cops is the last thing that a cabbie wants to do. But that's just the price of business in Santa Barbara, where the taxi drivers must pick up customers illegally every night if they want to make a living.

Published on July 23, 2008

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Jack Johnson

Published on August 20, 2008

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There was nothing easy about the decisions being made at the Hope School District School Board meeting Monday night, as evidenced by the hard looks on the faces of Board President Todd Sosna (left), Superintendent Gerrie Fausett (middle), and boardmember Elizabeth Owen.

Published on March 12, 2008

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Sad state: Ending the longest delay in state history, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed on September 23 a budget making some of the biggest cuts in state history.

Published on September 24, 2008

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Casa Esperanza Executive Director Mike Foley lays out potential cuts facing his and other programs, should the Board of Supervisors vote to approve county staff's plan next week

Published on April 16, 2008

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Clint Baron greets his wife, Jane, after she awakens from a nap at La Cumbre Senior Living Concepts. Making sure she gets adequate care has become his full-time job.

Published on April 16, 2008

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Ross Stiles, who died on February 4 likely from injuries sustained in an attack, is shown here getting checked for TB.

Published on December 9, 2008

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The Stearns Wharf canon welcomes the arrival of the Nina to the Santa Barbara Harbor with a bang

Published on November 19, 2008

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Muhammad Yunus

Published on December 22, 2008

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Proponents of the Miramar project have pointed to the eyesore the site has become, and are ready for the site to be turned into a five-star resort.

Published on August 7, 2008

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Mister Miramar: Developer Rick Caruso got what he wanted from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, a 4-1 vote denying an appeal that would've halted his plans for a five-star Miramar Hotel.

Published on December 10, 2008

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The spill was human error and not company protocol that says Andrew DeVegvar Greka President

Published on December 29, 2008

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