The first condominiums in Santa Barbara-and the second in the nation, according to Village Properties realtor DeAnn Bauer-to earn the highest possible LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating are on the market. Besides its Platinum LEED, the five-unit Spanish-style courtyard project, designed by Berkus Design Studio and located at 220 through 228 Yanonali St., boasts top certification from the Energy Star and Built Green rating systems.

Karim Dahmani, a French man studying at the Education First (EF) International School of English, appeared before the Santa Barbara City Council on 9/9, castigating the housing the school provided as substandard. Dahmani is working with Nadia Bernardi-a former house mother at the Mesa property owned by Dario Pini and rented exclusively to EF students-who claims that some housing provided was so unsanitary that students felt compelled shower in their shoes. School officials declined to comment. (/efschool)

The Institute for Canine Forensics on 9/6 unleashed their dogs at the Santa Barbara Presidio in hopes of locating burial sites around the state park’s chapel, where some say nearly 130 bodies from the 1700s and 1800s may be entombed. The dogs found eight spots inside the chapel and six outside beneath which archeologists think a lost cemetery might be located. The dogs may be invited back after dirt is scraped away to make tracking easier. (/dogdetectives)

Around 40 opponents of Propositions 4 and 8-which, if approved by voters this November, would mandate that physicians notify parents of underage girls seeking abortions and ban same-sex marriage, respectively-rallied at the Santa Barbara Courthouse on 9/5. Attendees, such as members of Planned Parenthood and Pacific Pride, said the measures allow government to infringe on the rights of women and gay people. (/booprops)


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