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Inspired by Rona Barrett's efforts building the Golden Inn and Village, a housing project for low-income seniors in Solvang in Santa Barbara County, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson has introduced a bill to encourage the building of similar affordable housing projects for seniors statewide. Senate Bill 62, the Affordable Senior Housing Act of 2017, would create an Affordable Senior Housing Program within the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development , a one-stop shop to guide housing projects from conception to completion, and assist in obtaining permits, finding private and public funding sources, suitable locations, and working cooperatively with local, state and federal agencies to move projects forward.


Jim O'Mahoney provided a free community service on Helena Street in the Funk Zone since 1992: The Santa Barbara Surfing Museum. But on Sunday, March 12, it all came to an end.


Wrangle up the family, wear pink and join more than 750 Rancheros Visitadores on horseback as they parade in pink through downtown Solvang to Old Mission Santa Ins to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer patients at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic. The Rancheros Visitadores from 37 states and six countries will convene at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, to ride on horses and in carriages along Alisal Road.


Key volunteer to be recognized as Woman of Inspiration for community service, commitment to helping prepare young women for lifetime of opportunities Nini Seaman, center, has done it all for Girls Incorporated of Carpinteria. The artist, parent volunteer and former board member is being honored next month with a Women of Inspiration Award at the annual luncheon she has long chaired.


Julia Gregson hit two homers and went 3-for-4, powering Bishop Diego to a 19-7 softball mercy-rule win over Coastal Christian of Arroyo Grande on Tuesday. You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County.


Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District will hold a series of public meetings in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Goleta and Isla Vista to present proposed bus service changes to be implemented in August 2017. The public is invited to attend any of the meetings and provide feedback on the proposals or suggest other service improvements for consideration as funding becomes available.


Marta Kelley Fairly of Sept. 22, 1953, conceived in a forest cabin nestled above "my ocean singing upon rocks" to her beloved parents, Ruth and Ivan, whose lessons ignited her life's passions.


A high-speed pursuit that started in Ventura County ended at the Gaviota Tunnel Tuesday after authorities deployed spike strips in two different places along Highway 101, the California Highway Patrol said. Just before 11 a.m., the Ventura County Sheriff's Department called the CHP to help stop a vehicle - believed to be involved in a burglary - that was driving at speeds of approximately 100 mph northbound on Highway 101, Santa Barbara CHP Officer Jon Gutierrez said.


This Jan. 23, 2013 file photo shows Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart at the Modern Master Award Ceremony at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, Calif. The family of Stewart, who died during a shark filming excursion in the Florida Keys has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.


The March 11 Barbara Ireland Walk and Run for Breast Cancer, presented by the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, reached a record turnout with more than 440 walkers and runners participating at Chase Palm Park for the 5K, 10K and 15K walk and run courses. Thanks go out to all the walkers, runners, volunteers and sponsors who helped raise more than $53,250 toward local breast cancer research, genetic counseling and patient navigation at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic.


Internationally renowned pianist Lilya Zilberstein will perform Edvard Grieg's dramatic and fiercely compelling Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of guest conductor Christian Arming, at the Granada Theatre on April 15 and 16. Also featuring Festina lente by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Prt, as well as Jean Sibelius' majestic Symphony No. 5, the concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, April 15, and at 3 pm on Sunday, April 16. Tickets are now available.


Arts Mentorship Program is hosting NO LIMITS on April 15, 22, 29, & 30. NO LIMITS is a free youth dance workshop open to all youth ages 7-18 in the Santa Barbara and Goleta area. Inclusion Class for children ages 8-17 focuses on rhythm, dance, and movement for children with special needs.


Conklin served four terms on the City Council and was elected mayor in the 1990s before term-limit constraints forced him to resign a year into the job. More than two decades after leaving the dais, former Santa Barbara mayor and city councilman Hal Conklin has launched a bid to become the city's 50th mayor.


Mail fraud and check theft have been plaguing cities from Oxnard to Goleta recently. Police recently caught two women on bank video who had checks stolen from mailboxes and were asking bank customers to please help them.


The National Weather Service in Oxnard issued a high-wind warning Monday that goes into effect at 3 p.m. and ends at 3 a.m. on Tuesday. In the mountainous areas of the county including the Santa Ynez range, winds are expected to blow between 25 and 40 mph, with gusts hitting 65 mph in the evening.


Preston Gomersall had a great start to his spring break from Santa Barbara High, winning the 36-hole Goleta City Championship at Glen Annie Golf Club on Sunday. Gomersall, 16, a junior and a member of the Dons' golf team, went wire-to-wire to take the championship flight.


"I feel like I've found my dream job," an enthusiastic Ashley Salvador tells me over dinner. She is the Director of Strategic Planning for Jodi House, a non-profit that helps brain injury survivors reclaim their lives, and that helps their families and caregivers find solutions, resources, and support.

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