Valentine’s Date ideas to help romance blossom

Staff Report With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many people typically search for activities that will make the celebration special, whether they’re in a long-term relationship or contemplating a first date. Lisa Amador of Santa Barbara Matchmaking offers this list of ideas to keep a romance going or to help it blossom. Outdoor and Nature Dates – Stand-Up Paddle Boats: The […]

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Fund for Santa Barbara 2018 Grant Cycle Open

Staff Report The Fund for Santa Barbara has announced its Spring 2018 Grant Cycle is now open; application deadline is Friday, March 2. Applications, funding guidelines, and key dates are available online at www.fundforsantabarbara.org/apply-for-a-grant and at the Santa Barbara and Santa Maria offices. Anyone considering applying for a grant is encouraged to attend one of five free grant application workshops, the Fund […]

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Santa Barbara Symphony to Present Free Benefit Concert

The Santa Barbara Symphony, in partnership with Montecito Bank & Trust and the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, invites the community to gather on Thursday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Granada Theatre for a free concert featuring guitarist and artist-in-residence Pablo Sáinz Villegas accompanied by a small orchestra. Montecito Bank & Trust volunteers will be on hand to collect donations […]

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Thomas Fire Teams Evaluate Flooding Risks in Burn Areas as Containment Stays at 92%

Thomas Fire containment remains at 92 percent as personnel assigned to the fire monitor the blaze and analyze areas for post-fire hazards including flooding risk. The 281,893-acre fire destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged 280 more, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Burned areas include 47,069 acres in Santa Barbara County and 234,824 acres in Ventura County, USFS spokesperson Kerry Greene said. Most fire […]

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Susan Epstein announces run for 2nd District Supervisor

Staff Report Educator, management consultant, and community leader Susan Epstein pulled papers Tuesday morning to run for Supervisor in the 2nd District to succeed Janet Wolf, who has announced that she will not seek a fourth term. “I am proud of my record of fiscal responsibility and our district’s reputation for high quality instruction. I will ensure the County is fiscally sound, safe, […]

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With New Year, Minimum Wage Increases 50 Cents an Hour While California Becomes Sanctuary State

By Joshua Molina, Noozhawk A bevy of new laws go into effect Monday, including another 50 cents-an-hour increase in California’s minimum wage. Nearly 1,000 bills became law at midnight Jan. 1. As part of a phased-in minimum wage that eventually will increase to $15 per hour in 2022, larger businesses — those with 26 or more employees — will now […]

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