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Santa Barbara City Council elections underway

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

Throughout this week, elections are being held to select the new City Council representatives for Santa Barbara’s 1st District, Eastside, and 2nd District, the Mesa.  Votes will be collected by mail-in-ballots which can be dropped ...

Cause of August Santa Barbara Airport plane crash discovered

Isaac Sieblink, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

A C-130 plane crashed landed at the Santa Barbara Airport earlier this summer on Aug. 25, and just recently the cause of the crash was discerned. According to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board tha...

New city ordinance would impound personal property left alone in public areas

Abbie Leffler, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

A new ordinance regarding the storage of personal items on public property is currently under consideration by the City of Santa Barbara. The ordinance states that items left in public space for more than four hours are subjec...

Santa Barbara School Board Superintendent will not renew contract after years of controversy

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

After weeks of public petitions and parent outrage, the Santa Barbara school board announced last week that district superintendent Cary Matsuoka will not be renewing his contract. Last month, parent-run organization Fair Edu...

Trump pulls troops from Northern Syria, resigns Kurds to confrontation with Turkish military

Cade Petrie, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

Early last week, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Northern Syria. This decision comes as a shock to many around the world. The U.S. has supplied Syrian Kurds with weapons, military training and...

Four months later, Hong Kong protests continue to rage

Bailey Baker, Guest Writer

October 23, 2019

The anti-government protests in Hong Kong have continued for over four months and show no signs of deescalating.  The protests began with the introduction of Hong Kong’s extradition bill, which would allow people suspected ...

Trump-Biden feud smolders as former Vice President joins call for impeachment

Cade Petrie, Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

The long-discussed impeachment process of President Trump has begun with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of an official inquiry several weeks ago. In a speech on Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden joined the ...

Washington Elementary GATE program faces massive overhaul

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

The Santa Barbara Unified School District discussed an overhaul of Washington Elementary’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) system last Tuesday. The amended program, first proposed six months ago to overwhelmingly negative ...

JUUL lawsuit filed in Santa Barbara County Superior Court

Isaac Sieblink, Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

Last week, a lawsuit was filed in the Santa Barbara County Superior Court against JUUL Labs, Inc. for failing to “evaluate and warn about the dangers of its products.” The complaint was made on the basis that the company ...

Mandatory power outages scheduled throughout California

Abbie Leffler, Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

California’s largest utility provider, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), has initiated intentional blackouts to parts of 34 different California counties, from parts of the San Francisco Bay area to throughout the state st...

Westmont students join global climate change strikes

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

October 2, 2019

Last Friday, teens around the world — including Westmont students — participated in a global climate strike following a week of discussions within the United Nations about what can be done to combat climate change. Westm...

Operation School Bell rings in the new school year

Abbie Leffler, Staff Writer

October 2, 2019

The Assistance League of Santa Barbara’s annual program, Operation School Bell, is now in full swing, helping needy families in the Santa Barbara area start off the school year right. The start of a new school year means pumpkin...

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