Articles From : Melinda Burns
New independent commission is beset by partisan wrangling
Signing off on a historic deal with its wealthiest – and thirstiest – neighbor, the Santa Barbara City Council this week voted 6-0 to ship a supply of the city’s drinking water to Montecito every year for the next 50 years, rain or shine.
The Montecito community will pay off $33 million of the Santa Barbara City's $72 million desalination plant, making it a regional venture.
Montecito's “Water Security Team” is set to raise rates to buy an expensive yearly supply from Santa Barbara through 2071.
The county Board of Supervisors promised immediate cannabis ordinance relief to 500 residents of North County canyons but angered Carpinterians and Buellton-area vintners.
The county’s $1.2 billion budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year includes an estimated $10.6 million in cannabis tax revenue, money officials say will help backfill losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Planning Commission is laying the groundwork to deny a permit to Herbal Angels, a cannabis operation near Lompoc that was raided and shut down by Sheriff's Deputies last year.
Santa Barbara County Supervisors will consider tougher regulations on cannabis as the proliferation of pot farms is “driving everybody mad,” according to critics.
A citizen's coalition is suing the Board of Supervisors and owner of Busy Bee's Organics cannabis farm alleging illegal expansion and zoning violations.
A Goleta hydrogeologist is suing the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District alleging whistleblower retaliation and sex discrimination.
Vintners’ pleas again fail to sway the County Board of Supervisors who approved a 50-acre cannabis operation near Buellton on Tuesday.
A recent raid and felony charges give planning commissioners pause on approving a zoning permit for a large cannabis operation near Lompoc.
The Rincon Bluffs Preserve, a scenic oceanfront property zoned for a destination resort at the eastern edge of Carpinteria, is slated to be transferred to the city and managed forever as public open space.