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City 12-24

City and county officials attended the official unveiling of a new traffic signal at the corner of Foothill Road and Cieneguitas Avenue on 12/18 that was installed to make the intersection safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, including students at nearby La Colina Junior High School.

Environment 12-24

Environmentalists-and two “bag monsters” representing the 500 plastic bags the average American uses annually-protested the use of such bags outside Santa Barbara City Hall on 12/18.

Business 12-24

Cali Green, a clothing production company founded in 2002 by Chris Scott and Miguel Rocha, opened its first retail outlet at 1 West Ortega Street this month, almost seven months after Rocha’s death in a hit-and-run car collision in Vernon, California, at the age of 26.

Media 12-24

After being burned out of commission during November’s Tea Fire, a transmitter on Gibraltar Peak had ceased to broadcast Thousand Oak’s KCLU at 102.3 FM.

Law and Disorder 12-24

A 12/21 car crash near the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in the Santa Ynez Valley killed Solvang resident Michael Earnest Moore, 17, and injured an 18-year-old woman.

Goleta 12-24

With Margaret Connell dissenting, the Goleta City Council voted on 12/16 to begin a study of two General Plan amendments relating to a 22-acre mixed-use complex on Hollister Avenue near Storke Road.

County 12-24

On 12/22, 80 percent of the county’s 4,200 employees began their furloughs-essentially unpaid vacations through 1/4-in an effort to save around $10 million and reduce the county’s debt while preventing layoffs and cuts to programs deemed essential.

Environment 12-18

According to the Santa Barbara County Flood Control District, the county has had 3.8 inches of rain since 9/1, which is more than 101 percent of its average annual rainfall.

Law and Disorder 12-18

Linda Jean Abeloe, 58, was stabbed to death in her home on Kenneth Avenue in Orcutt on 12/13.

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