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Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce. E. Dudley announced that Christian Lucas Garvin , the former manager and winemaker at Oreana Winery , was sentenced Thursday to eight years in state prison, ordered to pay $1,050,270 in restitution, and ordered to pay a fine of $1,759,080.


The famed Hotel Californian on lower State Street quietly opened this week, adding another high-profile attraction to Santa Barbara's increasingly popular Funk Zone and waterfront areas. The 121-room hotel is at the corner of State and Mason streets and features paseos, gardens, a rooftop pool, event deck, a ballroom and Moroccan-inspired spa and saloon.


The recent vandalism of the statue Father Junipero Serra at Mission Santa Barbara brought the ugly specter of racism on display in Charlottesville to our hometown. The Humanist Society of Santa Barbara unequivocally denounces this act of intolerance and would like to take this opportunity to make our views known to the community.


Welcome to Noozhawk Asks , a feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers. Question: My daughter is a sophomore at Dos Pueblos High School.


At its exquisite 3rd annual Legends Gala, the Granada Theatre honored philanthropists Ann Towbes and Michael Towbes , opera star Marilyn Horne, and the Music Academy of the West. While also a fundraiser, the event's focus was on paying tribute to these legends.


A four-story mixed-use building in the heart of Santa Maria received support of the Planning Commission amid hopes of spurring other similar projects to revive the downtown. Developer Ben Nikfarjam, who purchased the site in 2016, has proposed the 33,000-square-foot building for the northwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and Broadway.


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Firefighters responded to the blaze at 1930 De la Vina Street at 2:09 a.m. to find a fire in the back of the building, which eventually spread to the front and blew out the storefront windows. The building was completely gutted, and Pitney said the City Fire Department estimated the damage at $300,000 for the building and $200,000 for the contents.


Lynn Hogan, an accountant for the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department, was arrested on charges of misappropriation of approximately $1.7 million of public funds, forgery and conspiracy, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced Sept. 21. Also arrested on the same charges were Michele Lavin, Leanna Harada, Christina Huffinan, Michael Anzivino, and Vincent Anzivino, all from Santa Barbara or Ventura counties, and Wendy Puchili, a resident of Wyoming, along with Richard Kaplinski, who is resides in Merced.


Santa Barbara is wrestling with how to regulate accessory dwelling units, and the city's Planning Commission held a meeting earlier this month to get public feedback on the proposed ordinance. In response to California's housing crisis , the state in 2016 made accessory dwelling units legal, regardless of whether local jurisdictions had rules allowing or prohibiting them.


The City Council pushed the process forward to change from its at-large voting system, and also agreed to pay National Demographics Corporation up to $58,600 to help create district election maps. Lompoc is the fifth Santa Barbara County city to discuss the change to district elections, in which each council member is elected by a district instead of all city voters.


One of the most productive organisms on Earth, giant kelp depends on nutrients from the surrounding water column to maintain its photosynthetic apparatus and maximize growth rates, which can reach a foot and a half a day. Such prolific growth makes giant kelp an excellent candidate to replace corn as a biofuel.


A memorial service for Eva and Sam Smith of Santa Barbara will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017, at All Saints By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 23, 1923, and died on June 14, 2014, in Santa Barbara, California.


There are pivotal moments in the life of a city. Historically, Santa Barbara has had many: the Chumash revolt of 1824; the development of the silent film industry; the 1925 earthquake; Pearl Chase's drive to recast the city in the uniform architectural style we know today; the Union Oil spill that led to Earth Day and the cessation of offshore drilling; the fight to build the tunnel beneath the highway, allowing State Street to run continuously through the city; and the emergence of the Funk Zone.


Basic-aid funding comes from local property taxes, not state per-student funding; District currently has 212 out-of-district students attending its schools Goleta Valley Junior High students head to class on the first day of school in August. Santa Barbara Unified School District may become basic-aid funded and end some inter-district transfers.


"I got into Kiss when I was 8 a heavy metal, and then I started taking guitar lessons and got into jazz from there," said Santa Barbara native Dan Zimmerman, alumnus of both and Berklee College of Music. Having played and taught jazz guitar in Santa Barbara for more than 20 years, Zimmerman is something of a household name in the city's music scene and can boast collaborations with just about every jazz musician to have strutted State Street the last couple of decades.


The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday agreed to shed a $2 million corporate note and $500,000 certificate of deposit with two banks that have funded the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile-long underground oil transportation system that has been opposed by Native American and environmental groups. The council also voted to support a so-called socially responsible investment policy that discourages investment in entities that manufacture, distribute or provide financing for tobacco products, weapons, military systems, nuclear power and fossil fuels.

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