March 12, 2020
California Is Discouraging Gatherings of 250 or More People
Other local news: UC Santa Barbara has moved to online classes through April at least; Santa Barbara City College has switched some classes to online; second COVID-19 case in Ventura County; Earth Day event postponed; SLO farmer's market canceled; gang members convicted of post–debris flow crimes, including a Montecito home invasion; bad behavior on the rise in area schools.
March 10, 2020
March 7, 2020
All the Latest Local Coronavirus Updates
A Grand Princess passenger in Ventura County tested positive; the ship is scheduled to visit Santa Barbara on March 24; why the city resists banning cruise ships; no cases reported in Santa Barbara County; smaller stores more likely to have supplies; giraffe and leopard being transferred to other zoos.
March 5, 2020
Architects on How to Fix Downtown Santa Barbara
Other recent news: Election results; Cottage Health opening two urgent-care centers here; local virologist on pandemic survival tactics; Funk Zone restaurant complex approved; Craftsman house on W. Valerio; new shop selling seashell art; parking spat turns ugly.
March 3, 2020
California Realtors Association Tries to Sway Local Assembly Race
Other recent news: Elings Park is bringing in sheep for landscaping maintenance; successful pilot program to reduce homelessness downtown; one of the state labs for coronavirus testing is in Ventura County; city attorney attempts to thwart vacation-rental lawsuits; visitors to Cottage Health hospitals must now have their photo taken.
February 28, 2020
Universities Expanding Into Downtown Santa Barbara
Other local news: Santa Barbara Airport noise complaints are up; notable shipwrecks around the Channel Islands; a maddening Montecito intersection; Carp residents file class-action lawsuit against cannabis farms; Republican Assembly candidate Charles Cole.
February 27, 2020
February 25, 2020
Point Mugu Chosen as Possible Coronavirus Quarantine Location
Other recent news: State assembly candidates' debate turns ugly; more donations for Das Williams's reelection; developer sentenced to nine years for fraud; Carbajal hopes to ban new oil and gas drilling; Carbajal's Republican challenger.
February 21, 2020
Das Williams Supported by Cannabis, Casino, and Oil Industries
Other local news: Meg Ryan bought in Montecito; Das Williams agrees to stop attacks on Laura Capps; the Independent's political endorsements; new shops and fitness studios in Paseo Nuevo; Pier 1 Imports in Goleta will close; first steps toward capping Summerland oil wells; more on the Montecito pharmacy raid.
February 18, 2020
The Argument for Taller Buildings in Santa Barbara
Other local news: TV anchor pushes teen, goes viral; county to send fewer weather alerts; five blocks of De La Vina will be narrowed to one lane; state assembly debate; Lotusland's plant health care coordinator; Goleta sidewalk project update; sewer lateral software.