‘High End’ Housing To Open This Fall

L.A.-based ICON general contractors and Chicago-based construction company Campus Acquisitions are developing the empty lot on the corner of Trigo Road and Embarcadero del Norte for a new multi-use student housing project. The property — previously occupied by Mexican restaurant Super Cuca’s — will feature a 6,000 square-foot facility consisting of 21 residential units and […]

Though you might want pumpkins, sometimes Life Gives You Lemons

Hundreds of local fruit fanatics flocked to Goleta’s 20th Annual Lemon Festival this past weekend in Girsh Park to delight in one of the region’s most abundant crops. Among carnival booths, live music and pony rides, the abundance of lemon-laced dishes took center stage at the event and left all other dining options — including […]

Latest I.V. Restaurant Hopes To Break Curse

South Coast Deli celebrated its grand opening yesterday at 6521 Pardall Road, featuring a wide variety of “Sammie” sandwiches and paninis for the Isla Vista community. Unlike the deli’s Goleta and Santa Barbara locations, the new locale will offer a selection of beers and breakfast during the weekend until 2 p.m. The restaurant uses only […]

County Nips Dispensaries in Bud

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted to ban all medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county during last week’s meeting. Fifth District Supervisor Steve Lavignino made the motion to pursue a permanent ban after the board rejected the Santa Barbara and Montecito Planning Commissions’ recommendation to employ new zoning ordinances for […]

Police Blotter

During a nightly stroll through Camino Pescadero Park on the 6500 Block of Del Playa Drive at around 11 p.m. on Friday, deputies happened upon a young female giving a golden shower to the grass — and her hands, feet and legs — against the fence of the park. When asked for identification, the mysterious […]

Freeway Displays Endorse Paul 2012

Local proponents of Ron Paul joined in yesterday’s worldwide “Sign Bomb” campaign and held vibrant demonstrations at several Santa Barbara freeway overpasses to express their support for the Republican candidate’s 2012 presidential campaign. People from an estimated 670 counties across the nation — including over 43 percent of California’s 58 counties — participated in the […]

Crowds Feast on Feature Fruit

Avocado enthusiasts flocked to Carpinteria’s 25th annual Avocado Festival last weekend to celebrate and sample the local fruit in its many delectable forms. The free event is one of California’s largest fruit-filled galas and attracted thousands of attendees over this year’s three-day span. The fiesta included over 60 musical performances, dozens of nonprofit and vender […]

Protestors Overstay Welcome

The Santa Barbara Police Dept. arrested eight SB Occupy Wall Street protestors for trespassing yesterday evening at the De La Guerra Plaza after warning the rally to vacate the premise. Police began making arrests around 11:40 p.m. after giving the remaining demonstrators a final opportunity to leave the park or face infraction citations and possible […]

Fundraiser Supports Fallen Soldier’s Family

The Santa Barbara Navy League and Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a tabling fundraiser tonight at the State Street Farmers Market to honor fallen Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Louis J. Langlais. The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and aims to raise proceeds to support the local hero’s wife and […]

Festival Destigmatizes Mental Illness

The Mental Health Association of Santa Barbara hosted its 18th annual Mental Arts Festival last weekend to showcase the works of community members with mental illnesses. The event displayed the works of over 60 local artists with pieces ranging from sculptures, handmade jewelry, origami, oil paintings and collages to help reduce the stigma of mental […]

SB Officials Brief Residents on Effects of Deportation

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown and other police officials met with community members last night to discuss the misconceptions and local impacts of the nationally disputed Secure Communities deportation program. PUEBLO, a local nonprofit that supports low-income residents through education and civic participation, hosted the forum to allow residents to voice their concerns on […]

Event Supports Marine Life Protection

The TransparentSea Voyage campaign will host its kick-off party tonight at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum to mark Saturday as the start of its four-week voyage along the California coast. The campaign highlights coastal environmental issues and consists of an eight-member crew of surfers, photographers and sea animal advocates following the migration of the California […]

War Monument Pays Tribute to Vietnam War Soldiers

The Santa Barbara chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America’s is bringing its “Moving Wall” memorial to Santa Barbara today as part of a statewide tour honoring the lives of the soldiers lost during the conflict. The wall — a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. — will remain at Chase […]

Public Voices Concerns at Plaza Project Hearing

The Santa Barbara City Planning Commission held an Environmental Scoping Hearing to hear a report and public comments on the potential effects of the Plaza de la Guerra Infrastructure Improvement Project last Thursday. The $2.2 million project aims to improve the plaza’s functionality and includes lowering the lawn area, expanding and repaving the sidewalks, upgrading […]

Politicians Prepare for Local Election

As the Santa Barbara City Council’s Nov. 8 elections draw near, numerous community political groups are gearing up with candidate forums, public discussions and candidate celebrations. Three current council members’ terms of office expire this year, including Dale Francisco, Randy Rowse and Michael Self. Mayor Helen Schneider and city council members Grant House, Frank Hotchkiss […]