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At its Tuesday meeting, the Santa Barbara City Council unanimously adopted a lawn-watering moratorium as the city's latest step to conserve water during the worst drought on state record. Water Resources Manager Joshua Haggmark told the council that for this year, the city has seen 75 percent of the rainfall it normally should, and calculated the 12-month running average for conservation in the city to be 33 percent.


The family of a 23-year-old Santa Barbara man critically injured last week in a hit-and-run collision near the Santa Barbara waterfront is hoping the public will help identify the driver who fled the scene. "We are trying to knit the information together, and it's helpful to provide any details," said Leah Daly, the older sister of Drew Christopher Daly .


Today the City of Santa Barbara began execution of inspection warrants on numerous properties comprising 164 residential and motel units controlled by local property owner Dario Pini. The City team included Building and Safety Inspectors, Zoning Enforcement staff, Fire Enforcement Officials, Environmental Services staff, Police Officers, and the City Attorney's Office.


American Riviera Bank has announced that Stevie Balfour-Ritchie, the longtime service manager at the Downtown Santa Barbara Branch, has moved into the new role as client relationship manager, and Laurra Mitchell has taken his place as the branch's new service manager. "We believe these changes will strengthen the downtown team with regards to servicing our existing clients and positioning American Riviera Bank in a great place to manage the expected increase in transaction volume, clientele growth and customer experience," said Joanne Funari, executive vice president and COO of the Santa Barbara-based bank.


Dr. Takashi Wada, who served as director of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department since March 2010, has joined CenCal Health as their new Deputy Chief Medical Officer. "I greatly enjoyed my time at the Public Health Department, and sincerely appreciate the support of department employees, county administration, and the Board of Supervisors.


Trying to find out if there is going to be a 'sister' march in Santa Barbara on January 21st, or if I need to leave town to participate in one. Anybody know? NOTE: We are testing a new Comment Preview Page.


Police are searching for the suspect in a serious hit-and-run incident that left the victim, a 23-year-old male Santa Barbara City College student, with life-threatening injuries. On December 2 at 4:15 a.m., officers responded to a report of a person lying in the street on the 300 block of W. Cabrillo Boulevard.


A 28-year-old Santa Barbara man who was accused of raping an unconscious woman in January was sentenced Monday to one year in Santa Barbara County Jail after pleading no contest to assault with force likely to produce bodily injury. Robert Harold Goldman initially was charged with rape of an unconscious or asleep person and rape while a person was prevented from resisting by an intoxicating or anesthetic substance.


This Sunday, December 11th, come enjoy one of Santa Barbara's signature holiday events the 31st Annual Parade of Lights. Festivities begin at 3 p.m., followed by the boat parade at 5:30 p.m., the Stearns Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting, a fireworks show on West Beach and an awards party at the Maritime Museum.


Viva el Arte de Santa Brbara! opens the new year with Los Camperos de Nati Cano - Grammy-winning masters of the mariachi tradition - in a series of free, family concerts at Isla Vista School at 7 p.m. Jan. 6, at Guadalupe City Hall at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 and at the Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 8. Los Camperos will offer a free community workshop at La Casa de La Raza from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 5, co-presented by La Casa de La Raza. Participation is open for advanced students; observers are welcome.


Caltrans will hold an open forum/public hearing on the Draft Revised Environmental Impact for the South Coast 101 HOV Lanes Project at the Chase Palm Park Center at 236 East Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm. A brief presentation on the purpose of the Draft Revised EIR will begin at 6 pm.


Firefighters douse a blaze in and around a drainage pipe under Highway 101 in Santa Barbara. Firefighters discovered a body early Monday after dousing a fire in a drainage conduit under Highway 101 in Santa Barbara.


At least 33 people have been confirmed dead in the Oakland warehouse fire, including a deputy's son and many teenagers, who are 17 and younger. The death tolls are expected to rise as crews continue to search the massive wreckage of the deadly blaze.


The Granada Theatre Film Series continues this December with two globally iconic films screened on the theater's 4-K digital cinema system. Part of the Elmer Bernstein Memorial Film Series, and based on the Tennessee Williams play of the same name, Summer and Smoke will screen at 7 p.m. Monday.


The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District is pleased to announce that the agency's public meeting room at 550 Olive Street has been renamed the John G. Britton Auditorium. Mr. Britton served as an MTD Board of Directors member from 1997 to 2009, including six years as the Chair.


A cause to celebrate must not be missed! Given the holiday season, there is so much to be thankful for and to celebrate. The American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara is set to do just that at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.


Jerry Roberts is a prize-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience in the news business. He was Managing Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle before becoming Editor and Publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press.

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