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Longtime Civic Leader In Santa Barbara County Dies

A man who was a community leader in Santa Barbara County for decades has died.

Toru Miyoshi served as a Santa Maria City Councilman. Then, he served two terms as a Santa Barbara County Supervisor in the 1980’s.

Miyoshi was active in a number of environmental issues during his time in office, including efforts to close the Casmalia Toxic Waste Site.

There’s no word yet on plans for a memorial service. Miyoshi was 90 years old.

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. 
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