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What to do with the national health-care system was and is a matter of ferociously partisan debate, which hit a crescendo outside of Representative Lois Capps's office in mid August with those in favor of reform greatly outnumbering those opposed

Published on December 22, 2009

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Though its test scores aren't the best, the outpouring of parent, teacher, and student support for saving Cesar Ch¡vez Charter School from closure by the Santa Barbara School Board in November was unprecedented, and spared the school for now.

Published on December 22, 2009

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The fight to legalize gay marriage continued in earnest throughout the year, as Pacific Pride Foundation's David Selberg spoke at a rally at the Sunken Gardens in May

Published on December 22, 2009

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Few stories grabbed as much attention as the dreaded swine flu, which killed a half-dozen people in Santa Barbara County and hospitalized many, many more. To stop the sickness before it started, many opted for the H1N1 vaccine, including Stephen Bobkoski, who got a shot from Nurse Patricia Burkard

Published on December 22, 2009

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Hundreds of law enforcement officers came to the S.B. County Courthouse to show respects to the wife and four-year-old daughter of California Highway Patrol Offi cer Jarrod Martinez, who died tragically in a motorcycle accident. His widow, Patricia, is escorted here by Captain Jeff Sgobba

Published on December 22, 2009

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Architect extraordinaire Jeff Shelton continued to turn heads with his whimsical take on traditional Santa Barbara styles, including his new Dr. Seussian residences on Chapala Street.

Published on December 29, 2009

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There were 28 deaths of homeless people on the streets of Santa Barbara in 2009. Ken Williams, who estimates that hundreds of homeless people have been without shelter during a week of freezing and near-freezing temperatures, helps Paul with an insulated rain coat before a pending rain storm.

Published on December 22, 2009

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The attempt to build mansions on the Gaviota Coast grinds on into another decade, with developer Matt Osgood getting rebuffed by the county's Board of Supervisors

Published on December 22, 2009

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When it comes to county government, no man has amassed as much power as Chief Executive Offi cer Mike Brown, who was the subject of an Independent investigation in early 2009. By the end of the year, he'd opted for an early retirement, which begins next summer.

Published on December 22, 2009

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When Monica Jones heard that the City of Santa Barbara planned to shut down community swimming pools, she did everything - including posing on a cold day in her bathing suit - to fundraise and successfully save the complexes.

Published on December 22, 2009

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A large contingent of Chumash and ceramic artists teamed up this fall to complete the Syuxtun Story Circle, which now sits on the sidewalk of West Beach and serves as an ode to the past, present, and future of the Chumash people

Published on December 22, 2009

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Sonido Escandalo, a DJ services company, offered a haunting tribute to Michael Jackson outside of the Neverland Ranch, running sound and video entertainment for the crowd on July 3 "until the generator runs out of gas."

Published on December 22, 2009

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Thousands of Michael Jackson mourners made their way to the gates of Neverland Ranch to pay respects, take photographs, and leave mementos

Published on December 22, 2009

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Cesar Chavez Charter School founder Pete Relis passed away this year

Published on December 22, 2009

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Though wrong-way drivers have become a common occurrence on Highway 101, planes crash-landing there still make headlines, including this incident in August. Amazingly, no one was seriously injured when this pilot ran out of gas.

Published on December 22, 2009

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There wouldn't be a Santa Barbara Bowl without the diligent efforts of Sam Scranton, who crafted the unique public-private-nonprofit partnership that's enabled the venue to renovate and attract top-notch acts. He retired this year as general manager.

Published on December 22, 2009

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The Santa Barbara Zoo welcomed in a new crop of guests this summer, as a handful of California condors found their perches amid the new California Trails exhibit

Published on December 22, 2009

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Swine Flu scares caused last minute detours of two Princess Cruise ships from their intended Mexican Riviera destinations to the port of Santa Barbara. Pictured is the Star Princess as seen from Shoreline Drive May 3rd, 2009

Published on December 22, 2009

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The environmentalist-backed PXP deal to shut down some oil facilities while allowing others to expand off the Vandenberg coast got derailed by the State Lands Commission in January

Published on December 22, 2009

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Billed as the "last man in paradise," eccentric Paradise Road resident Tom Merkel said sayonara to his longtime abode earlier this year when the Forest Service finally came in to take it down in October

Published on December 22, 2009

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Tom Merkel pleads with the driver of the skip loader not to tear down his home.

Published on October 22, 2009

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Budget woes were all the rage in 2009, and the UC system's decision to raise student tuition by more than 30 percent took the cake in terms of radical solutions. UC President Mark Yudof, shown here at a UCLA event, took plenty of heat for his decision

Published on December 22, 2009

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Few events were as well-attended and anxiously anticipated as the Dalai Lama's visit to UCSB in April. Thousands packed into the Thunderdome for two sessions of insight, humor, and global assessments by the Tibetan Buddhist superstar

Published on December 22, 2009

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After yet another murder on the Westside, residents of the neighborhood - specifi cally those from the western edge of downtown Santa Barbara - took to the streets in protest last February, calling for greater protections and less booze-selling in the area.

Published on December 22, 2009

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A gray whale called the Santa Barbara waterfront home for a few weeks in the early spring, prompting curious onlookers to watch and scientists to debate what caused the odd behavior. The whale, which many assumed was ill, eventually disappeared.

Published on December 22, 2009

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With campus crime seemingly on the rise, UCSB hosted a seminar on what to do if a crazed gunman ever attacked students there. Among other displays,sergeant Matt Bowman fired blank rounds to demonstrate the noise level and characteristics of gunfire.

Published on December 29, 2009

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