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Wildfires mostly under control in California, dregs up debate over federal funding

Cade Petrie, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

The California wildfires which have scorched thousands of acres over the past weeks are now largely under control, though many warn that high temperatures and lack of humidity are still factors in risk for further fires.  ...

Carpinteria to ban sale and use of vaping products in new proposed moratorium

Isaac Sieblink, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

Pending a final vote by the Carpinteria City Council, a new moratorium (Ordinance No. 731) would now ban the sale of vaping products and their use in all public spaces within the city of Carpinteria, a few minutes’ drive south of...

Armed intruder false alarm puts Santa Barbara City College on lockdown

Abbie Leffler, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

A suspect identified as Fernando Perez Huerta was taken into custody by the Santa Barbara Police Department following a lockdown at Santa Barbara Community College in the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 29.  The school was put on ...

ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi dead in Syria after U.S. Delta Force operation

Cade Petrie, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed himself by detonating a suicide vest when cornered in Northwestern Syria during a U.S. raid on the compound believed to be his residence. President Trump has stated that he “died like...

Trump administration opens a million acres of California land for fracking

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

The Trump administration has furthered plans to open 1.2 million acres of US land to fracking, despite outcry by environmental activists who have recently sued the administration over another fracking proposal.  The Bureau of La...

Wildfires burn across multiple California counties

Isaac Sieblink, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

Over the past week, Southern California has been plagued by numerous fires in several different counties. A few — such as the Saddle Ridge Fire — have been burning for some time, while most have appeared more recently. ...

High-density housing program may move to lower State Street

Cade Petrie, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

Earlier this month, the Santa Barbara Planning Commission met to decide the future of their 2013 Average Unit-sized Density housing program. Acknowledging the failure to fully implement it at Milpas Street, the Commission is looki...

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...

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