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3 hrs ago | Noozhawk

Commission Accepting Community Arts Enrichment Grant Applications

This is the sixth grant cycle since 2012 when the grants program was developed through a partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation. This cycle, there is $12,500 in funding available to award as grants.

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7 hrs ago | Daily Kos

You haven't seen me in a while. Here's why.

It's been a pleasure being part of this extraordinary community for almost ten years now. I started writing here in 2005, amassing hundreds of diaries before I started writing once or twice a day at Digby's place in 2011.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Santa Barbara, CA, US News, Liberal Political News

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Edhat

Bici Famalia at SB Family Day

"Bici Familia" turned out to be a popular addition to the third annual Santa Barbara Family Day & Health Fair on September 13, 2014. The health fair was a collaborative effort of the City, County, Public Health Department, Santa Barbara County Office of Education, the Unified School District, American Indian Health Services, and Cottage Health System.

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KSL-TV

Southern California bakes in heat wave again

Temperatures again soared past 100 degrees on Tuesday across large swaths of Southern California as high pressure aloft stoked a late-summer heat wave and sent electrical demand to record levels in Los Angeles for a second day in a row. The mercury hit triple digits in downtown Los Angeles, the valleys and inland areas, and the coast offered only limited relief as thermometers there ratcheted up into the 80s and 90s.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, California, Heat Wave, Los Angeles County, CA

Noozhawk

Santa Barbara Executive Roundtable Names Board Members for 2014-15

Members of the Santa Barbara Executive Roundtable board for 2014-15 include, from left, Steven Woodward, Annette Jorgensen, Jennifer Goddard Combs, Gary Kravetz, Trish Miller and Eldon Edwards. Not pictured: Michael O'Kelley and Denny Cooper.

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Related Topix: Small Business, Personal Finance

Noozhawk

Goleta Mayor Asking County for 'Conversation' About Revenue Neutrality Agreement

Goleta's mayor is asking officials from Santa Barbara County to sit down and have a conversation about revenue neutrality, the agreement between the two agencies that requires the City of Goleta to give half of its property taxes and a significant portion of sales tax revenues to the county. Mayor Michael Bennett has asked the county to start a discussion about the agreement, which was one of the conditions for Goleta incorporating in 2002.

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Related Topix: Goleta, CA

Noozhawk

Prosecutor Cites 'Plethora' of Evidence Against Alleged Gang...

The kidnapping of a Lompoc gang member delinquent in paying his drug taxes occurred with the full knowledge of "the big homie" in Santa Barbara, a prosecutor said Monday afternoon in the retrial of Raymond Daniel Macias. In a Santa Maria courtroom, Santa Barbara County Senior Deputy District Attorney Ann Bramsen began her closing argument in the retrial of Macias, who stands accused of the kidnapping for extortion of a drug dealer and gang member known as Sicko.

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Related Topix: Lompoc, CA, Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Maria, CA

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Edhat

Wind Advisory

SOUTH PRESSURE GRADIENT IS GENERATING GUSTY SUNDOWNER WINDS THROUGH THE SANTA YNEZ RANGE AND THE SOUTH COAST OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY. THROUGH TONIGHT...WIND GUSTS BETWEEN 35 AND 45 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED THROUGH AND BELOW PASSES AND CANYONS.

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Related Topix: Santa Ynez, CA, Weather

Noozhawk

Santa Barbara County Officials Consider Replacing Goleta Beach Park Bridge

Goleta Beach Bridge, the sole vehicle access route to Goleta Beach Park , will soon be replaced with a safer, wider structure featuring new separate bike and pedestrian paths. The bridge connecting Sandspit Road near Santa Barbara Airport to the popular Santa Barbara County park near the entrance to UC Santa Barbara is set to be replaced in spring 2015, when crews will build a new, less obstructive bridge over the Goleta Slough .

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Related Topix: Goleta, CA, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Noozhawk

Amid Heat Wave, Red Flag Warning for Santa Ynez Mountains Extended Through Tuesday Night

The National Weather Service has extended the red flag warning for the Santa Ynez Mountains through 9 p.m. Tuesday due to the hot and unstable weather conditions. A high pressure system is expected to maintain a prolonged heat wave through Tuesday night with temperatures expected to spike as high as 110 degrees in locations farther away from the coast.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave, Fire

Edhat

Red Flag Warning in Santa Ynez Mountains

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Santa Barbara County Mountains valid through 9 pm Tuesday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.

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Related Topix: Weather, Fire, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave

Monterey County Herald

Embattled Carmel employee no longer working for city

It was not known whether Paul resigned her position or was dismissed by the city. Carmel Mayor Jason Burnett had no comment when asked about Paul nor did Human Resources Analyst Leticia Livian.

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Noozhawk

Computers for Families in Need of Donations for New School Year

The program seeks dual core or Pentium IV PCs capable of running Windows 7, as well as flat-screen monitors, USB mice, USB keyboards and power cables. Donated computers are refurbished and distributed to local elementary students and their families who do not have access to technology.

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Related Topix: Computers, Mice, Keyboards, Education Etc., Santa Barbara, CA

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Noozhawk

SEE International Marks 40th Anniversary with 'Celebration of Sight'

Santa Barbara Eyeglass Factory owner Rick Feldman was recognized as Humanitarian of the Year for his attention to eyeglass needs of the disadvantaged in Santa Barbara County. It is estimated that he has donated 1,000 eyeglasses per year for the past 20 years.

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Related Topix: Santa Barbara, CA, US Military, US Navy, US Air Force

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Noozhawk

Santa Barbara County Agencies Send Strike Teams to Silverado Fire in Orange County

Santa Barbara County fire agencies have sent two strike teams down to the Silverado Fire burning in eastern Orange County. The Silverado Fire broke out in the Cleveland National Forest on Friday morning and burned 1,600 acres by Saturday night, causing evacuation orders to be issued for the Silverado Canyon Road area.

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Related Topix: Fire, Silverado, CA, Orange County, CA, Natural Disasters, Wildfire

Noozhawk

Santa Barbara County Local Fest in Lompoc a Homegrown Hit

The fourth annual Santa Barbara County Local Fest heralded homegrown music, arts, crafts, food and more in Lompoc on Saturday. Lompoc-based Cellar Roots opened the festival, performing on a stage tucked among oak trees.

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Related Topix: Lompoc, CA

Edhat

Red Flag Warning

THE HOT TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH LOW HUMIDITIES...AND INCREASING INSTABILITY WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE PLUME DOMINATED FIRE GROWTH OVER THE LOCAL MOUNTAINS AND ADJACENT FOOTHILLS TODAY IF FIRE IGNITION OCCURS. WHILE HUMIDITIES WILL BE SLIGHTLY HIGHER SUNDAY INTO MONDAY...THERE WILL CONTINUE TO BE HOT TEMPERATURES AND EVEN GREATER INSTABILITY THAT COULD POTENTIALLY LEAD TO LARGE FIRE GROWTH.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave, Ventura County, CA, Los Angeles County, CA

Noozhawk

Laguna Blanca School Welcomes Four New Members to Board of Trustees

Laguna Blanca's Board of Trustees play an important role in supporting the school's mission to develop the intellectual, social, physical, artistic and ethical lives of each student by providing a comprehensive and personalized educational experience. Laguna Blanca is pleased to announce the following new officers to their Board of Trustees: Greg Bartholowmew, Karen Fry, Christian Heyer and Layli Sobhani.

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Related Topix: Santa Barbara, CA, Fitness, Yoga, Carpinteria, CA

Noozhawk

After Search, Report of Possible Missing Swimmer at Arroyo Burro Beach Determined False Alarm

Santa Barbara County Fire crews and water rescue teams responded to Arroyo Burro Beach Park on Friday afternoon to reports of a possible missing swimmer shortly before 4:30 p.m., but the incident was later determined to be a false alarm. There were conflicting witness accounts over the man's general description, and a 30-minute search of the area didn't find anyone in distress in the water, County Fire public information officer Mike Eliason said.

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Related Topix: Santa Barbara, CA

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Santa Barbara Independent

Embezzler to Repay Firefighter Union

Retired firefighter Robert Perez will repay the Santa Barbara County firefighters union the approximately $112,000 he siphoned from the insurance account during his tenure as that account's manager, ruled Judge Jean Dandona on Thursday. Perez had been sentenced in July to three years in state prison for the seven felony grand theft and tax evasion charges against him, and his lawyer argued unsuccessfully that some of that money benefitted the union and that the union was partially responsible for not watching him closer.

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Related Topix: State Prisons, Prison, Goleta, CA

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