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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...

Google unintentionally leaks successful quantum computing experiment

Cade Petrie, Staff Writer

October 2, 2019

Last week, Google unintentionally leaked a paper detailing the company’s experiments in quantum computing to a NASA lab website.  The paper was quickly taken down, but copies of it circulated online for a few days afterwar...

House Speaker Pelosi announces official impeachment inquiry

Isaac Sieblink, Staff Writer

October 2, 2019

This past Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official inquiry of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Pelosi’s stated grounds for impeachment are President Trump’s pressuring of Ukrainian President ...

Trump takes on California’s emissions policy

Abbie Leffler, Staff Writer

September 25, 2019

The Trump administration is cracking down on California’s car pollution standards. On Wednesday, Sept. 18, President Trump announced at the Washington Environmental Protection Agency that he will be revoking California’s auth...

Police station to be built at SB Farmers’ Market

Emily Peterson, News Editor

September 25, 2019

The Santa Barbara City Council has voted 4-2 in favor of building a new $80 million police station on the site of the Cota Street Commuter Parking Lot.  Narrowed down from 19 potential sites, the parking lot is close to the city's m...

Uber and Lyft drivers mandated to become full employees under new California law

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

September 25, 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law which compels companies like Uber and Lyft to classify their workers as official employees, effectively providing guaranteed minimum wage and health benefits. The controversial law...

Fair Education SB: Implicit bias training teaches bias

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

September 18, 2019

Santa Barbara-based organization Fair Education is gearing up for its ongoing lawsuit against Just Communities Central Coast, the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and Superintendent Cary Matsuoka. Since the fall of last year, Fa...

Potential grounds for criminal charges in Conception disaster come to surface

Emily Peterson, News Editor

September 18, 2019

Last week, the Horizon covered the terrible Conception dive boat fire, which killed 34 people in the worst maritime disaster in Santa Barbara's history.  A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ...

Westmont students show kindness to community during Day of Caring

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

September 18, 2019

Last Saturday, the Santa Barbara community came together to perform simple but important acts of kindness during the 28th annual Day of Caring event, put on by nonprofit organization United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC)...

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