Articles From : Melinda Burns

  • County Releases Documents on Cannabis Storefront Selections

    For some applicants and residents, it’s too little, too late.

  • County Approves “Gargantuan” Cannabis “Grow” for the Sta. Rita Hills

    Vintners fear their premium wine grapes and tasting rooms will suffer

  • Carpinteria Cannabis Deals: The Pushback

    Warehouse opponent vows to take her fight to the state level, if necessary.

  • The County vs. Pot Growers

    Three cannabis operations feel the heat.

  • State Knocks “Deficiencies” in Cuyama Valley Groundwater Plan

    Dropping well water levels, threats to water quality and wetlands need more study, officials say.

  • Cannabis Grower Faces Penalties for “Serious” Air Pollution

    Diesel generators at two operations west of Buellton spewed toxic exhaust for up to 343 days, authorities say.

  • Big Win for Cannabis Industry in Superior Court

    Santa Barbara judge upholds county review and zoning permit for Busy Bee’s Organics near Buellton

  • Cannabis Operator, Winemaker Make Peace in the Sta. Rita Hills

    Grower agrees not to sue over any pesticide “drift” from grapes.

  • The Bar Has Been Raised

    Santa Barbara County Supervisors approve first outdoor cannabis “grow” with strict controls on the stench of pot.

  • New Front in the Pot Wars

    Cannabis gains a foothold in the parched Cuyama Valley.

  • Carpinteria Cannabis Plaintiffs Sell Home Next to Ever-Bloom

    Giant greenhouse pot operation was fouling the air, they say.

  • County Extends State Water Contract to 2085

    Supervisors delay a decision on how and where surplus water can be sold.

  • Water Security vs. Water Marketing

    Should local supplies from the state aqueduct be sold outside the county?

  • Board of Supervisors Balance of Power at Stake in Redistricting

    New independent commission is beset by partisan wrangling

  • Bitter Feud in Wine Country

    Will the county rein in the skunky smell from outdoor pot farms?

  • Brief Truce in Carpinteria Cannabis Wars

    One grower makes a pact with neighbors and sets the “gold standard” for odor control. Will others follow suit?

  • Book Review: Drought & Flood

    Mike Hoover’s new history of South Coast water is a cautionary tale.

  • Pre-Election Meltdown at Montecito Sanitary

    The Montecito Sanitary District's general manager and three directors are quitting. Is a merger with the water district in the works?

  • Op-Ed: Wendy McCaw and the Abuse of Power

    Feds order McCaw to pay Teamsters and newsroom employees $2 million, but will they ever see a penny?

  • Santa Barbara Seals 50-Year Deal To Sell Water To Montecito

    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.

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