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Santa Barbara fires its City Attorney

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Ariel Calonne's employment terminated after Santa Barbara City Council's closed session Tuesday.

A South Coast city has fired its City Attorney.

Meeting in a special closed session, the Santa Barbara City Council voted to terminate the employment of Ariel Calonne.

He’s been on paid administrative leave since July, following an altercation with another attorney.

He’s had a long career in municipal government. Calonne has been Santa Barbara’s City Attorney since 2014. He served as Ventura’s City Attorney from 2007 to 2014, and before that had similar posts in Palo Alto and Boulder, Colorado.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.