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June 27, 2019

The plans for a new operations building at the Montecito Sanitary District – a project 15 years in the making – are suddenly in limbo, a potential casualty of Montecito’s divisive water wars.

The district board awarded $4.6 million in contracts for a 5,000-square-foot “...

May 24, 2019

The Oxnard pest control companies that spray avocados in the Carpinteria Valley have pulled out of a proposed agreement with cannabis greenhouse operators.

The sprayers say they can’t risk contaminating the marijuana crop.

Under the deal, cannabis growers in the valley w...

May 9, 2019

Scott Van Der Kar, an avocado grower in the Carpinteria foothills, thought he was immune to the cannabis controversy that has roiled neighborhoods closer to town. 

Van Der Kar’s 50 acres on Shepard Mesa Road, where he also has lemons and cherimoyas, have been unaffected...

April 17, 2019

The lawyer for the Montecito Sanitary District has told board members they are violating the state Brown Act and “half a dozen conflict of interest rules” by engaging in group emails with Bob Hazard, a Montecito Journalist columnist and major campaign contributor to of...

January 30, 2019

Fifty years after the Jan. 28, 1969 oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel, the region is on the verge of another epochal event -the wholesale removal of aging oil infrastructure. 

Seven platforms out of 19 in the Channel have shut down operations and will likely be rem...

November 15, 2018

In the annals of South Coast disasters, San Ysidro Creek stands out for the awesome power of its terrifying debris flows.

Swollen by heavy rains after wildfires, the creek periodically roars down the mountainside in a torrent of mud and rocks, cutting a swath of destruc...

November 14, 2018

The wet winter of 2017 is a distant memory as Santa Barbara County, like a thirsty desert survivor, staggers into its eighth year of drought.

As of this month, the water level at Lake Cachuma, once the main water supply for the South Coast and Santa Ynez Valley, has dro...

October 23, 2018

In an extraordinary $120,000 campaign, a slate of five candidates is wielding free-swinging fierce attacks against incumbents in a bid for control over the Montecito Water and Sanitary District boards.

Fueled by tens of thousands of dollars from just eight Montecito mog...

August 17, 2018

Every major block of native chaparral on the South Coast mountainside has burned in this century, with three exceptions:

The Gaviota Coast from Arroyo Hondo to Refugio Canyon hasn’t burned since the 1950s, and there’s no record of when the Hollister Ranch last burned. H...