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Cool, yet cheap: Stylish hostels around the world From New York to Miami, from Iceland to Istanbul, hostels aren't what they used to be. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1tI04WN The Generator Dublin hostel is located right next to a distillery and a hop, skip and a jump from central Dublin.


Santa Barbara's city council chambers were noticeably subdued Friday afternoon as the Planning Commission listened to how the city's biggest homeless shelter is getting along with its neighbors, a remarkable departure from the same meeting that took place two years ago . Casa Esperanza , 816 Cacique St., has long had a tenuous connection with neighbors and businesses in the Lower Milpas Street area.


The city's Ordinance Committee will discuss proposed buffer zones near such areas as outdoor dining areas, ATMs and public transportation The City of Santa Barbara crafted maps of the State Street corridor with the applicable "buffers" from active panhandling that are being considered at Tuesday's meeting. This map shows the entire eight-block stretch that would be impacted by the rule changes.


Santa Barbara will again serve as a host city for the Amgen Tour of California professional bike race next May, organizers announced Monday. The eight-stage race, which travels north to south and covers nearly 700 miles, will begin in Sacramento on May 10 and end in Pasadena on May 17. Santa Barbara will serve as the starting point for Stage 5, which ends in Santa Clarita, on Thursday, May 14. The 2015 race will mark the third consecutive year that Santa Barbara has been a host city, and the sixth time in its 10-year history.


From left, Craig Price, Santa Barbara Education Foundation board president; Assemblymember Das Williams; Margie Yahyavi, SBEF executive director; and Dr. David Cash, superintendent of the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Nearly 80 community members joined the Santa Barbara Education Foundation on Thursday in celebrating 30 years of dedicated service to Santa Barbara's public schools and students.


With numerous ties to Santa Barbara, educator is looking forward to building on school's academic success - along with some fun field trips McKinley School Principal Jackie Mora surveys the campus, which is decked out with decorations for the fall festival. Hired this year at the elementary school serving Santa Barbara's Lower Westside, Mora has high expectations for her 410 students.


Partly cloudy except for patchy morning low clouds and fog. Highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s.


A woman paddling a single-person outrigger canoe off the coast of Santa Barbara Sunday afternoon reported seeing a 6-foot shark biting her vessel. She was three miles offshore when she reported seeing a 6-foot blue or gray shark begin biting the ama, or flotation arm, of her outrigger canoe, according to Larry Neufer of the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol .


This past week Santa Barbara has been inundated by indie bands. The New Noise Music Festival and Conference has taken over the streets and local venues with anything and everything music related.


Annali Fuchs took command of the stage and electrified the crowd with her booming vocals Saturday night en route to capturing the 2014 Star Voice title at the Chumash Casino Resort's Samala Showroom. Star Voice, a tri-counties solo singing competition from the producers of the popular Teen Star program in Santa Barbara, featured 12 talented finalists, but Fuchs impressed a panel of judges and blew away the audience with her renditions of "They Just Keep Moving the Line" from the TV show Smash and "Gimme Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie .


Advocate Cheri Rae and education officials were celebrated for their work by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors in recognition of October as Dyslexia Awareness Month. "We've all read about the stories and research that if not diagnosed early with the support needed for our children early on, it can lead to long-lasting impacts," First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal said.


And Shevonne Harris took advantage of services offered before switching roles to volunteer in the clothing area at the Santa Barbara County Veterans Stand Down . They were among hundreds of former military men and women to receive services and donations during the third annual Stand Down on Saturday at the Santa Maria Fairpark .


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A Los Osos woman who led Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies on a high speed chase with speeds that reached over a 100-mph was arrested along with her two companions on Friday, officers said. At about 2:45 p.m., witnesses reported a man wielding a knife pounding on the outside of a black Jeep Cherokee with his fists at a gas station in Buellton.


The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome's mayor defied Italy's government and registered 16 gay marriages celebrated abroad. Gay marriage is illegal in Italy.


Santa Barbara lobsters are succulent and available. Lobster season is under way, and the critters are proving to be high grade.


The downtown Santa Barbara restaurant scene is swooning with the opening of Piano Riviera Lounge , reviving a prime spot across from the historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Sunken Gardens. The dynamic duo comprised of Stephen Goularte and Fabrice Allain, two local tastemakers and seasoned veterans in the hospitality and entertainment industry, are just the right recipe to make this iconic restaurant location a favorite among the Santa Barbara food, music and cultural scene.

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