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Now that a nonprofit group has raised $4 million in donations, ring nets will be installed soon in the Montecito Hills.

The nets are expected to hold back debris and rocks during heavy storms while still letting sediment flow through to the ocean.

After complaints of damage and vagrancy in the area of two State Street fountains in Santa Barbara, the features may be removed.

The future of shared bicycles and scooters was the topic of discussion at a summit meeting Thursday in Santa Barbara.

Participants included a group of transportation experts and those with an interest in the popular new way to get around.

A Santa Maria judge sentenced Joseph Hetzel to 11 years in state prison on Thursday, for a 2017 kidnapping in Solvang.

Hetzel also faces a 10-year criminal restraining order and more than $1800 in restitution fines.

After the Plains All-American Pipeline break in May of 2015, ExxonMobil has been trying to move its oil from three offshore platforms to the marketplace in a different manner.

Their latest plan to use trucks was turned down by Goleta city leaders, who say they don't have transportation jurisdiction on the highways for that request.

Many regional coastal hiking trails have been changed by the harsh winter storms, espcially those in the areas of the Thomas Fire burn zone.

Now, with mainly sunny skies in the forecast for at least a week, hikers are arriving at trails that used to be familiar, but have now been altered.

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The new Santa Barbara Police Mobile Command Unit has been unveiled after a large donation from two non-profit groups.

The Police Foundation and One805 combined for over $300,000, while the city contributed $60,000, for upgrades to the large specialized motor home that serves as mobile command.

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A big conversion has come to the South Coast in recent years, where almost all the greenhouses in Carpinteria moved from flowers and vegetables to cannabis.

Still, at least three greenhouses remain that sell and grow flowers on a regular basis.

A 17-year-old was shot and wounded yesterday in the normally quiet Goleta area of Santa Barbara County.

Few details have been released about the location of the incident, but residents in nearby neighborhoods were contacted by the Sheriff's Department for information.

With the damage on one section of Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County exasperated by recent flooding due to a blocked culvert, the long term closure has caused grief for some commuters, businesses, and residents in the area.

Roadblocks on the Santa Barbara side, set at the bottom of San Marcos Pass earlier this week, have been moved up to the Rancho San Marcos golf course, just past Paradise Road.

More than 100 trucks were on the move out of the hills of Montecito on Wednesday, taking sediment out of debris basins that were filled up during the last round of rain.

Santa Barbara is seriously considering reshaping De La Guerra Plaza downtown, in front of City Hall.

City leaders have looked at various plans over the years, but now $150,000 is about to be allocated for archaelogical work in the historic area of town.

Amid the shutdown of Highway 101 Saturday in Montecito due to the weather, an internationally recognized actor was one of those affected.

Viggo Mortensen was stuck on the other side of the 101 as he tried to make it to the Arlington Theatre for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Riviera Award.

They say they were caught off guard.

Longtime residents of areas including the Carpinteria Valley and near Solvang say new cannabis farms have popped up, bringing with them new concerns.

A clandestine drug lab was discovered in a boiler room of the Courtyard by Marriott in Goleta Tuesday.

Hotel guests near the lab were relocated on the property.

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