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Santa Barbara Community Mourns Lives Lost in Montecito Mudslides

Local elected and community leaders organized the vigil, including First District Supervisor Das Williams, County Board of Supervisors Chair Joan Hartmann, State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson and Congre...
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Thomas Fire Becomes Largest Wildfire in Modern California History

The Thomas Fire is now the largest recorded wildfire in California history after burning through 273,400 acres of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in 20 days.
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Thomas Fire Evacuees Hope To Return Home Soon, UCSB Evacuation Center Remains Open

The Thomas Fire is still raging a week and a half later, but evacuation centers continue to shelter those displaced from their homes.
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Trump Declares State of Emergency in Calif., FEMA Will Fund Most Costs for Firefighting Efforts

FEMA will cover over 75 percent of firefighting costs in areas affected by the fire, according to Brandi Richard, FEMA spokesperson.
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July 2017 Whittier Fire May Have Effect on Lake Cachuma Water Quality

The Whittier fire that burned through Santa Barbara County in July could have a lasting detrimental effect on the water quality in Lake Cachuma, a main water source for the county.
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Cathy Murillo to be Next Santa Barbara Mayor with Support of Campus Democrats

City councilmember Cathy Murillo will be the new Santa Barbara mayor after winning the 2017 Santa Barbara mayoral race with 28.4 percent of the vote.
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Supervisor Joan Hartmann Sees Out First Year with Infrastructure Improvements, Helps CSD Start-Up Costs

The night of Nov. 8, 2016, was a bittersweet one for Joan Hartmann.
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New Tax for CSD Could Bypass Voters

A State Supreme Court decision could make a new tax in Isla Vista possible through bypassing most voters and giving local government officials the power to vote on a tax, a lawyer for the Isla Vista C...
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County Wildfires Drop Ash in Isla Vista, Reduce Air Quality

The Alamo fire is burning near the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County line. It started on July 6 and has reached up to 23,867 acres. The fire was 10 percent contained on Saturday night.
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Hit and Run Leaves UCSB Student with Broken Leg

California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded Wednesday afternoon to a call of a hit and run with major injuries on Pardall and Embarcadero Del Mar. CHP responded to a call of a hit and run at approximate...
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Trump Budget a Threat to SB Housing and Infrastructure

Santa Barbara County could lose more than a million dollars in annual federal funding following President Donald Trump’s first full budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year.
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Police Arrest Isla Vista Resident for Alleged Hate Crime

Police have taken into custody an I.V. resident who allegedly attacked an elderly individual last month in belief that the person was homosexual.
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Pentagon To Launch Missile From Nearby Air Force Base in May

The Pentagon is preparing to launch a missile from the nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base in May as part of its tests to examine its ability to intercept incoming missiles from North Korea, according to...
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Despite Budget Cuts, I.V. Stakeholders Hold Out Hope for Community Center

Amidst budgetary shortfalls in Santa Barbara County and federal housing programs, Isla Vistans continue to push for funding for the Isla Vista Community Center.
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Environmentalists Protest Arctic Oil Drilling, Naysayers ‘Wine’ About It

“I drink wine; I don’t drink water,” said attendee and black-tie-clad Michael Zirolli in response to a question of caring for water and air quality.
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