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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, June 6, 2014

UCSB, US Flags to Fly Downtown

The University of California Santa Barbara’s blue and gold banners will fly above State Street from June 9-16, alternating with the United States flag, to both commemorate Flag Day and in support of the UCSB and Isla Vista communities.

“Much of UC Santa Barbara’s strength can be found in our deep ties to the Santa Barbara community,” said John Longbrake, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs & Communications. “The University is profoundly grateful for the support of the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization and the greater Santa Barbara community.” The UCSB flags depict a stylized portion of the seal of the University of California.

From the Waterfront through Historic Downtown, 125 decorative flags adorn the State Street corridor each week throughout the year. These colorful flags, each with a unique design, represent a variety of community organizations and downtown area events. Each year, the United States flag is flown for three week-long periods: Flag Day, the Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day.

“From the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization, our more than 1,400 members and the Downtown community as a whole, we stand by the UCSB and Isla Vista communities in this time of healing,” said Gene McKnight, Board president.

Downtown Santa Barbara is a membership-driven, non-profit organization whose goal is to maintain and enhance the business and cultural activity in the downtown area. Helping keep Downtown Santa Barbara clean, attractive, safe and vibrant goes towards supporting this goal. Presently, there are more than 1,400 members who benefit from this ongoing commitment to excellence. Some of the programs, activities and events sponsored by Downtown Santa Barbara include the Downtown Holiday Parade, the Downtown Art & Wine Tour, the decorative State Street Flag Program, 1st Thursday and 1st Thursday: After Hours, Shop Spree SB, Downtown Safe Trick-or-Treat and Film Feast. Like us on Facebook (Downtown Santa Barbara), follow us on Twitter (@SBDowntown) and follow us on Instagram (@DowntownSantaBarbara) for the latest info on events, promotions and downtown information.

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