Articles From : Melinda Burns

  • 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.

  • Montecito Water District Signs Up for a 50-Year Supply from Santa Barbara

    The Montecito community will pay off $33 million of the Santa Barbara City's $72 million desalination plant, making it a regional venture.

  • Montecito Water District Board Nears Historic Vote

    Montecito's “Water Security Team” is set to raise rates to buy an expensive yearly supply from Santa Barbara through 2071.

  • Supervisors Take a Pass on Stricter Permits Countywide for Cannabis

    The county Board of Supervisors promised immediate cannabis ordinance relief to 500 residents of North County canyons but angered Carpinterians and Buellton-area vintners.

  • Cannabis Tax Revenues to Exceed Sales Taxes in 2020-21, Officials Say

    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.

  • Commission to Deny Permit for Busted Herbal Angels Pot Farm

    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.

  • County Supervisors to Consider Tougher Regs for Cannabis

    Santa Barbara County Supervisors will consider tougher regulations on cannabis as the proliferation of pot farms is “driving everybody mad,” according to critics.

  • Lawsuit Seeks to Shut Down Busy Bee's Organics in Wine Country

    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.

  • Whistleblower Lawsuit Blasts Santa Ynez River District

    A Goleta hydrogeologist is suing the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District alleging whistleblower retaliation and sex discrimination.

  • Fifty-Acre Cannabis Operation Gets Green Light in Wine Country

    Vintners’ pleas again fail to sway the County Board of Supervisors who approved a 50-acre cannabis operation near Buellton on Tuesday.

  • County Permit Stalls for Herbal Angels Cannabis Farm Near Lompoc

    A recent raid and felony charges give planning commissioners pause on approving a zoning permit for a large cannabis operation near Lompoc.

  • City of Carpinteria Will Take Over Rincon Bluffs Preserve

    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.

  • Reining in Cannabis Tax Scofflaws

    Santa Barbara County will use the state’s “track-and-trace” inventory for 60 days to monitor cannabis operations.

  • Cannabis Gets a Big Win in Wine Country

    Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors upholds a permit for the Busy Bee Organics outdoor cannabis “grow” near Buellton.

  • Cuyama Valley Carrot Growers get a “Past Due” Notice

    Under a new state law, Cuyama Valley carrot farmers face massive pumping reductions to help restore the depleted groundwater basin.

  • Signs of Life on Montecito’s Deadliest Block

    Rebuilding is slow in Montecito following the 1/9 Debris Flow, but survivors say it “mends the heart.”

  • Refining Montecito Water Rates for Desal: A Balancing Act

    Which Montecito water customers should bear the greatest share of the $4.3 million yearly cost of purchasing Santa Barbara water for the next 50 years?

  • Making Montecito Safer: Part 2

    Vowing to “keep it in the creeks,” a new group explores ways to permanently reduce the damage from recurrent debris flows.

  • Making Montecito Safer, Part 1

    A large debris basin will be constructed on San Ysidro Creek within two years, county officials say.

  • Montecito’s “Lousy” Ground Water Basin

    Shallow water table, proliferation of private wells will limit injection of a recycled water supply, geologists say.

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