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Nine people were arrested or cited - and a missing 15-year-old girl was located - when Santa Barbara police served a search warrant on a residence they described as a "drug den." The arrests and citations occurred late last week in a home in the 1400 block of Almond Avenue, according to police Sgt.

 

The County of Santa Barbara and the Workforce Investment Board of Santa Barbara County will be holding public meetings to communicate upcoming changes to the workforce development system and to gather input and feedback from the community. New federal legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, was passed in July.

 

The 23rd annual production of the Montecito School of Ballet's original production of The Night Before Christmas and Les Patineurs will be performed at the Marjorie Luke Theatre on Dec. 13-14. This year the production will include 10 male dancers, bringing energy and dynamic dancing to the Marjorie Luke Theatre stage.

 

The next phase of the Entrada de Santa Barbara Project has begun. The first phase of this private development project, the west side of State Street public improvements, was completed in 2013.

 

When Piper Kerman began a 13-month sentence at a federal minimum-security women's prison in Connecticut, the college-educated blue-eyed blonde soon realized that with a supportive family, a good lawyer and a job waiting for her on the outside, she was more fortunate than many of her prison peers. Still, as prisoner No.

 

They may be studying at high-priced institutions, but a growing number of U.S. college students rely on food pantries for their next meal. At least 100 have opened on college campuses across the country in the past six years.

 

Downtown Santa Barbara gets into the winter spirit early with the arrival of the State Street holiday tree on Tuesday. The 45-foot tree's saga began several miles outside Fresno where Southern California Edison brought it down as part of its annual reforestation initiative.

 

This Christmas season, as everyone is shopping for wonderful, handcrafted items to give loved ones, I'd like to point out a couple things to keep in mind. First, it is nearly impossible for artisans and craftspeople to make a living at their craft, especially in a town like Santa Barbara where the cost of living is so high .

 

On September 20, 2013, Joel Lopez and Cipriano Torres were about to begin another day of harvesting their secret cannabis crop on a Santa Barbara hillside. It was a half-hour before sunrise and the meandering field carved into a steep Happy Canyon slope was inky and cool, the men hunkered down among the scrub oak and chaparral.

 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown has tapped someone outside the department - a law enforcement consultant who lives locally - to become his new undersheriff. Bernard "Barney" Melekian will take over the permanent post Jan. 5 after a swearing-in ceremony, assuming the current role of Acting Undersheriff Don Patterson, who officially retired earlier this month but will stay on until Melekian starts work.

 

Atop the American Riviera, we sat with Jules B. to inquire how he was able to cut his water bill in half and still maintain a beautiful garden. Jules and his wife pulled up stakes from New Jersey and landed in Santa Barbara years ago to enjoy their retirement.

 

Dr. Patricia Noel Chism, DVM, 54, passed away Nov. 19, 2014, in Etna, Calif., with her loving husband, Dennis Moyles, at her side. She was born Dec. 24, 1959, in San Francisco to Vera and Warren Looker.

 

Several edhat subscribers sent in Sunday sunrise photos and this one, taken from Gaviota, was voted Pic of the Day. You can just make out the islands on the horizon, bathed in the warm yellows of the rising sun.

 

Monday-Monday, a new week. Sounded like there was a little possible gang type activity Friday evening.

 

The area was at risk of running completely dry by July until the Montecito Water District board implemented rationing in March. With conservation rates on the rise, the district is now worried about the budget deficit from fewer water sales.

 

The first crash was reported at 2:10 a.m. in the 3500 block of State Street, Santa Barbara Fire Battalion Chief Lee Waldron said. The car was southbound when it appeared to have hit the center median then swerved to the right, striking a light pole and overturning, Waldron said.

 

Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny. Highs around 70. Below passes and canyons...areas of north winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph in the morning.

 
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