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Santa Barbara will be getting more foot patrol officers to deal with nuisance crimes after receiving a grant of over $870,000 from the Justice Department.

This will translate to a variety of efforts to stop smoking in public and deal with alcohol-related issues, via an increase in number of community service officers and uniformed officers on various busy thoroughfares.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

Authorities say a routine traffic stop on the Central Coast led to the breakup of a counterfeiting operation.

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s motorcycle officer stopped Jennifer Howard for speeding in Buellton.

The officer says she provided false information about her identify.

The Long Beach woman was arrested, and when her car was searched, investigators say they found drugs and some counterfeit $100 bills.

The event called the "Stop Family Separations" vigil turned into a rally in Santa Barbara Wednesday night.

About 400 participants showed up, honked horns and brought megaphones and signs.

The Santa Barbara ordinance comittee is looking at tougher rules on styrofoam and plastics, such as straws and utensils.

That issue has been brought up in other coastal cities in California because of the impact on the ocean environment and on landfills when the products are not made of compostable materials.

Credit: Lime

Plans by at least one company to provide pay-as-you-go scooters could come with an expensive price tag to get the wheels in motion.

Recently the Lime company placed scooters in key areas of Santa Barbara for people to use with the swipe of a credit card at the rate of 15 cents a minute.

Shark sightings along the Carpinteria-Summerland coastline have calmed down in recent weeks.

For most of the spring, there had been numerous sightings of both leopard sharks and great white sharks.

Many of those spotted near the shores were likely juveniles, while the adults were spotted further out.

The latest statistics show unemployment statewide, and on the Central and South Coasts is at its lowest levels in decades.

California’s unemployment remained at 4.2% on May, unchanged from April. But, it continued to drop on the Central and South Coasts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released maps created after the January 9th Montecito debris flow to help property owners understand the risks if they rebuild or repair damaged property.

Those risks were explained in a standing-room-only meeting on Thursday at the Santa Barbara County administration building.

Santa Barbara's Stearns Wharf, built in the 1800's, is getting some changes to make it safer.

Crews are adding 600 feet of railing around the edges on the far end of the wharf.

That area is open and has been for years.

Santa Ynez Valley business owners, especially those in the tourism industry, have their gameplan set to bring back visitors after the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudflow.

The two disasters also had an impact on the Santa Ynez Valley.

The long-awaited Federal Emergency Management Agency risk maps have been released following the evaluation of impacts from the Thomas Fire and the debris flow in January.

Hundreds of homes were damaged and destroyed in the disasters.

Credit: Lime

A new electric scooter sharing service in Santa Barbara has had a bumpy start.

100 scooters have been impounded.

The company, Lime, placed about 100 electric scooters in the downtown and waterfront areas.

Fire crews stopped a condo fire in Carpinteria Wednesday morning as it was starting to get into the walls, attic, and possibly several of the adjacent units.

The crews on-scene said that over eight units were threatened, and smoke was coming out of the upper story when they arrived on Palmetto Way.

(ETC Photo by David Bazemore)

It’s a musical about an incredible, but little known jazz legend whose career spans six decades, with an unusual pause in the middle. “Cookin’ at the Cookery: The Music and Times of Alberta Hunter” tells Hunter’s amazing story.

Marion Caffey wrote, choreographed, and directs the two woman show, which opens this week in Santa Barbara.

Another $1.3 million in proceeds have been handed out from the Ash Bash concert aimed at relief following the Montecito Mudflow and Thomas Fire disasters.

Some of the $2 million dollars raised has been distributed already.

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