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Even though many people have been staying home during the coronavirus crisis, the Police Chief in Santa Barbara says that there has been an uptick in crime.

In a meeting with the City Council, officials brought up youth violence, petty thefts, smash and grabs, as well as some high profile cases like a shooting on Easter and a stabbing.

It’s election time in one South Coast community. Voters in part of Santa Barbara will decided two City Council races. Ballots went out this week for the vote by mail election for District 1, and District 2 council members.

The Santa Barbara City Council has four seats open on the November ballot.

However, because no other candidates chose to challenge two seated councilmembers in their respective districts, those districts will not hold elections.

It used to be off the beaten path, but the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara is must-see for many people looking for art, wine, beer and dining. The 10-block area between downtown Santa Barbara and the ocean is home to a growing stretch of art galleries, retail shops and tasting rooms.

With that comes cars and the search for parking.

 

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After years at a critical level, the water crisis in Santa Barbara is not the issue it used to be.

At one point, the main drinking water supply, Cachuma Lake, was down to 7% capacity.

The wet winter has now pushed the lake to 80% capacity, the highest it's been in years.

It took three rounds of voting, but the Santa Barbara City Council has filled a vacancy. Ten people applied to fill the vacancy created by Councilman Gregg Hart’s election to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. The council chose Meagan Harmon to fill the post.

The Santa Barbara City Council could see the majority of its members replaced by voters this year.

2019 starts with Councilman Gregg Hart stepping down to take a seat on the Board of Supervisors. His post will be filled by a temporary appointee in mid-February.

The usual time allocation for public comment at the beginning of Santa Barbara City Council meetings is being changed.

The old policy allowed those who wanted to speak to give their two minutes to someone else to use, for a maximum total of 10 minutes.

On the heels of the Santa Barbara City Council approving an extra $10 million for a desalination project, a new football stadium project is also seeing rising costs.

The project at Santa Barbara High School was approved for $9 million more by the school board, using voter-approved bond money.

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The environmental watchdog group Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is asking the Santa Barbara City Council to come up with a more environmentally sound way to draw water from the ocean.

The water would be drawn through a piping system and into a desalination plant that is scheduled to start operating again later this year.