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City Approves Highway 101 Building Buffer

Health and safety concerns were cited during the vote. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Enviro Group Kicks Off Fracking Ban Effort

Saturday morning marked the kickoff of an environmental group’s campaign to ban fracking, well stimulation, and other “high-intensity” extraction techniques on unincorporated county land. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Violent Assault on Two Women

Michael Stinchfield ​— ​who police said held two women against their will in his 1724 Garden Street home for hours as he physically assaulted them with a baseball bat and guitar strap ​— ​entered no-contest pleas to four felony charges this week and was sentenced to eight years in state prison. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

S.B. Gets High Marks for 'Anti-Sprawl'

The Santa Barbara metropolitan area was ranked second for all small cities in terms of “anti-sprawl” by a national organization advocating for “smart growth” planning policies and was ranked fourth for cities of all sizes. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

County Department Receives $2.6 Million Grant

The Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services (ADMHS) recently received a $2.6 million state grant, which it will put toward a crisis stabilization unit to divert mentally ill individuals from emergency rooms, a crisis residential facility where patients could spend up to 30 days, and a mobile crisis team based in Lompoc. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Franklin Service Center Opens

School boardmembers, city councilmembers, and state officials gathered 4/5 to celebrate the grand opening of the Franklin Service Center. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Film Fest Dates Announced

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has set Tuesday, January 27 - Saturday, February 7, 2015, as the dates for its 30th installment, adding a 12th day of events and screenings to mark the fest’s 30th anniversary. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Deltopia Disaster Debriefed

Visitor vs. student numbers released; supervisors question Sheriff over tactics. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Caution Peppers Budget Talk

County remains hopeful but guarded over cash flow and reserves. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fraudster Sentenced to Probation

Rosemary Baugh avoids prison after stealing $700,000 from elderly victim. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Feds Order State Water Transfers Stopped

Broken pumps and dead fish throw wrench in the works. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Health Officials Work to Contain Tuberculosis Outbreak

This week's diagnosis of a high school student is only the tip of the iceberg. Read story.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lucidity Festival Lobbies for Legal Dishwashing

Organizers of this year’s Lucidity Festival have teamed up with the county’s Public Health Department and an environmental consulting company called Sudbusters to create a dishwashing pilot program in the name of sustainability and reduced waste. Read story.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cruise Ship Passengers and Crew Sick with Stomach Flu

The Public Health Department is monitoring the outbreak. Read story.

Originally published 11:30 a.m., April 9, 2014
Updated 2:00 p.m., April 9, 2014

City Inspectors Go After Pini Building

They said the Chapala Street structure was not safe for habitation. Read story.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Vaud and the Villains

This 19 piece 1930s New Orleans orchestra and cabaret will ... Read More