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Our extraordinarily wet winter and pending activation of the Santa Barbara desalination plant promise some much-needed drought relief this spring. This will, in turn, reduce one of the key barriers to economic growth in our Santa Barbara communities.

 

The Lobero Theatre Foundation has announced its newest green initiative, reusable Klean Kanteen pint cups, now for sale now at concessions. The foundation is partnering with the Santa Barbara Bowl to fill both venues' souvenir cups and work toward a greener concert experience.

 

Los Angeles, Feb 18 : powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California with wind-driven heavy rains, triggering rescues, calls for evacuations, toppling trees and power lines and disrupting travel and outdoor events. With the storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the Pacific, precautionary evacuations of homes in some neighbourhoods were requested due to the potential for mudslides and debris flows.

 

Four Dos Pueblos wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals at the CIF-Southern Section Individual Divisional Championships at Brea-Olinda on Friday. Three-time Channel League champion Ryan Fidel led the way for the Chargers, reaching the semis in the 138-pound weight class.

 

Mudslides, flooding and fallen trees caused dozens of road closures throughout Santa Barbara County Friday, and major highways were shut down within a few hours of the heavy rain hitting the Central Coast. Mud made its way across both northbound lanes of Highway 101 near La Conchita, between Carpinteria and Ventura, and a flash flood warning was issued for the nearby Solimar Fire burn area.

 

Two months after surprise inspections at 13 properties, the Santa Barbara City Attorney's office has accused Santa Barbara landlord Dario Pini of more than 3,000 violations of a bevy of health and safety codes. The two offices are seeking over $8.1 million in penalties and for a third party to assume control of Pini's properties to remediate the alleged violations.

 

The members of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 218, Santa Barbara, invite the public to attend the dedication of a memorial plaque honoring William "Bill" Connell, better known to most as "The Hot Dog Man," who passed away a year ago. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the corner of Carpinteria and Bailard avenues in Carpinteria, near the site just off Highway 101 where Connell sold his world-famous "Surf Dog" for many years.

 

One of the biggest storms in years is bombarding Southern California with heavy rain and gusty winds and will continue to slam the region into Saturday. The worst conditions are expected from Los Angeles through Santa Barbara, California with heavy rain causing mudslides and significant travel delays.

 

The storm battering Santa Barbara has already wreaked serious damage up and down the South Coast, from toppling trees into parked cars in Goleta to creating a large sinkhole in the 800 block of Olive Street. As the day progresses, we'll be updating this story with photos and videos of these incidents.

 

Erin Graffy, local author, historian and biographer, will be teaching two classes during spring semester at the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning . Santa Barbara History You Don't Know but Would Love to Ask! meets 3:30-5 p.m. on four Tuesdays, Feb. 28-March 21. After the Fall: A Cultural History of Postwar Vietnam meets 3:30-5 p.m. on three Tuesdays, April 4-18.

 

A project to construct curb ramps and sidewalks on State Route 246 from east of Drum Canyon road to the US Highway 101/State Route 246 Separation in Buellton will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control from Riverview Drive to the US Highway 101/State Route 246 Separation. Delays will not exceed 10 minutes.

 

Customers found favorite restaurants closed while teachers faced classrooms with fewer students Thursday during the Day Without Immigrants action in Santa Barbara County. From Santa Barbara to Santa Maria, restaurants and other businesses were shuttered to show support for the action involving a one-day boycott to protest the Trump administration's push to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and deportation of undocumented immigrants.

 

Five Goleta residents were arrested Thursday afternoon following what Santa Barbara police believe was a gang-related altercation on the city's Westside. Officers responded at about 1:20 p.m. to a report of a disturbance at a neighborhood market on the 600 block of West De la Guerra Street, according to police Sgt.

 

It was a different era, when all men felt it their patriotic duty to serve in the U.S. forces, risking their lives for their country. The men who fought in the Korean War, June 25, 1950, were fighting to secure the peace and security we know today.

 

Firefighters were able to quickly douse a fire that broke out Thursday in a residential duplex in downtown Santa Barbara. Crews were dispatched shortly after 8 a.m. to the single-story residence on the 300 block of West Figueroa Street, according to Amber Anderson, an inspector with the Santa Barbara City Fire Department .

 

Santa Barbara Unified School District officials are facing a $2.5-million budget deficit for the 2017-18 year as it deals with declining enrollment and significant increases for the costs of employee retirement and health benefits. The district will have fewer state and local revenues next year due to one-time funds from the College Readiness Block Grant and the end of Measures A and B voter-approved parcel taxes, according to the district's 161-page fiscal year first interim report .

 

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley and Santa Barbara City Attorney Ariel Calonne today jointly announced the filing of an unfair competition action against Dario L. Pini and his related business entities. The suit is filed in the name of the People of the State of California.

 
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