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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.

Published on December 27, 2010

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The first description fits for both Harriet Miller, a longtime mayor of Santa Barbara and get-it-done gal about town who died in January 2010 at 90 years old.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Restaurateur/mariachi/supporter of Fiesta Pascual Gamboa who ran Pascual’s Restaurant on Victoria Street for decades and died in September after 80 fun-filled years.

Published on December 27, 2010

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In August, an entire family was killed in a freak accident when a gravel truck driven by Joaquin Garcia Morales — who had 17 prior citations as a commercial driver — lost control due to faulty brakes while careening down Highway 154 and smashed into a home on State Street where Lorena Guadalupe-Tellez Pacheco, 27, Leon Leonel, 23, and Jaciel Adalberto TellezPacheco, 8, were sleeping.

Published on December 27, 2010

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REASONS TO CELEBRATE: Good news made for great times this year, especially for Amir Abo-Shaeer, the Dos Pueblos High School physics teacher and the brains behind the school’s acclaimed Engineering Academy, who’s pictured reenacting the moment he was named a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. The honor carries with it a $500,000 Genius Award, which Shaeer, the first teacher to be named a fellow in the grant program’s 30-year history, is free to spend as he pleases.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Undeterred by the county’s decision to shut down the beach in Isla Vista in anticipation of another Floatopia fiasco— the 2009 installment of the annual event saw 12,000 college-aged kids swarm the area’s tides and sands and leave tons of trash and arrests in their wake — this unnamed Isla Vistan made the best of being land-locked.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Twin brothers Joshua and Jeremy Pemberton bask in their victory over city officials who tried to prevent them from hosting this year’s West Beach Music Festival. Their celebration was short-lived, however; the turnout for the two-day concert was so low that their promotion company, Twiin Productions, Inc., filed for bankruptcy soon after.

Published on December 27, 2010

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SPECIAL PLACES: Some needed saving, and some need to be built. Although firefighters were able to quickly dowse an electrical fire that broke out in the historic County Courthouse last January, the black smoke that belched from vents covered the walls of the Mural Room, arguably one of the most visited rooms on the South Coast. In order to properly clean the delicate paintings that cover every inch of the space, Patty West (pictured) — of the South Coast Fine Arts Conservation Center — and her team spent nearly four months clambering up and down scaffolding with spray bottles and cotton swabs in hand. The cleaning was a success, though West says further restoration work is needed to keep the murals as colorful and vibrant as they are today.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Firefighters were able to quickly dowse an electrical fire that broke out in the historic County Courthouse last January, the black smoke that belched from vents covered the walls of the Mural Room, arguably one of the most visited rooms on the South Coast.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Facing toward Mecca during one of their daily prayer services at the multipurpose Goleta Valley Community Center, Islamic Society of Santa Barbara members have spent nearly a decade working to erect a mosque in Goleta. Though faced with challenge after challenge, the 80-member organization has shown remarkable patience, persistence, and solidarity in building a place to call their own.

Published on December 27, 2010

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BROKE, BEAT DOWN, AND BOTHERED: A crashed-out economy and longstanding culture clashes underscored stories from the neighborhoods to City Hall to the school board. Santa Barbara City Administrator Jim Armstrong feels the pain during the city’s contract negotiations with Santa Barbara Police, including lead cop negotiator Jaycee Hunter (foreground).

Published on December 27, 2010

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After years of stirring up controversy, the S.B. Botanic Garden — led by Ed Schneider (center in photo) and Fife Symington (right in photo) — finally got its expansion plan approved, albeit a version very whittled-down by the county supervisors.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Milpas Street business owners and residents, fed up with gang-related crimes and an ever-present homeless population, took their complaints to the street in hopes of reclaiming their part of town.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Mark Heinz, pictured packing up the remnants of his once proud metal fabrication shop, was just one of dozens of craftspeople who got the boot from the long time Funk Zone work yard on Grey Avenue as a cash-strapped landlord and a laundry list of city zoning violations conspired against them.

Published on December 27, 2010

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A concerned Santa Barbara School District GATE parent gave a hard look as the school board listened to the pleas of another parent hoping the district would make moves to make the most advanced classes more accessible for students.

Published on December 27, 2010

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