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California Parents Union Hosts Forum for School Board Candidates

California Parents Union Hosts Forum for School Board Candidates

A room full of fired up parents met last week to hear from 10 local school board candidates. The event was hosted by founder Tracy Henderson. The group was started during the COVID-19 pandemic and is known for opposing mask mandates and in-person school closures. About 15 people attended the forum. While the school board candidates discussed many topics, they all agreed about teaching politically conservative values and advocating for parents' rights in schools. Many of them said they were inspired to run for school board seats because they disagreed with how COVID-19 policies were enforced...

Sep 22
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Bob Walsmith: Four Trends That Predict the Home of Tomorrow

Bob Walsmith: Four Trends That Predict the Home of Tomorrow

    ByThe home of tomorrow isn’t about Jetson-esque wonders and smartphone apps. It’s about home value, natural resources, and our lifestyles.To predict what home features will be most valued in 25 years, let’s focus on four rising trends:1. Extreme Energy EfficiencyUtility bills are expected to skyrocket over the next couple of decades. This will result in sustainable updates that push the green needle of household standards.Energy dashboards: You know how cars share the miles per gallon we’re getting? An energy dashboard will do the same for our...

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Goleta Developing Objective Design Standards for Multiple-Unit, Mixed-Use Housing Projects

Goleta Developing Objective Design Standards for Multiple-Unit, Mixed-Use Housing Projects

    ByThe is creating objective design standards for multiple-unit and mixed-use residential developments, allowing for a more streamlined approval process.The standards are being developed in response to , adopted in 2017. It requires a ministerial approval process and limits any subjective review for qualifying housing projects.Qualified projects that follow the design standards will not have to undergo review by the or any other city boards or commissions, but will instead go through design review and approval by city staff using the objective standards.The...

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Marcia Heller: New Reusable COVID-19 Testing Device Could Be Game-Changer

Marcia Heller: New Reusable COVID-19 Testing Device Could Be Game-Changer

    ByAttracted by the prospect of helping in the fight against — and the offer of a $50 card to sweeten the deal — I agreed to be part of a recent trial for a new reusable, home-testing device to detect the virus.I was contacted about the study via email from , the Goleta company that has been administering COVID-19 tests to students and faculty.Aptitude got my name because, as an SBCC adult-ed student, I’ve been getting tested regularly at sites set up at either the Schott or Wake extended-learning centers before going to my Wednesday morning ceramics class.During the...

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Lompoc Council Rejects Pleas to Adopt Moratorium on Cannabis Retail Dispensaries

Lompoc Council Rejects Pleas to Adopt Moratorium on Cannabis Retail Dispensaries

However, council members vote to appoint a committee to work with industry representatives to review the city's regulations. The has rejected pleas to adopt an urgency ordinance to impose a moratorium for cannabis retail dispensaries, but it has agreed to appoint a committee to review the industry regulations in the coming months. On Tuesday night, the council voted 3-2 to adopt Mayor Jenelle Osborne’s motion to name two members to work with industry representatives and residents in reviewing the city’s cannabis rules. That committee will be made up of Councilmen Victor Vega and Jeremy...

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Santa Barbara Council OKs Outdoor Dining Changes, But Mayor Rowse Wanted More

Santa Barbara Council OKs Outdoor Dining Changes, But Mayor Rowse Wanted More

    New rules will be in place for two to five years while city officials work out a long-term plan for State Street downtownByClean up your act — sort of. That's what the Santa Barbara City Council on 10 blocks of State Street. The council voted 5-2 Tuesday evening to make swift changes to outdoor dining, a little more than two years after the city closed a portion of State Street to cars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Council members Kristen Sneddon, Meagan Harmon, Alejandra Gutierrez, Oscar Gutierrez and Mike Jordan were in support of the change, while...

Sep 22
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Thousands of Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Shots Delivered to Santa Barbara County

Thousands of Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Shots Delivered to Santa Barbara County

    ByCOVID-19 booster vaccines that target Omicron variants are available from Santa Barbara County providers and approved for older children and adults, Deputy Public Health Director Paige Batson said Tuesday.“Essentially, if you are 12 years of age and over, you can get the bivalent vaccine, and the only requirement is you wait two months after your last vaccine dose,” she told the county Board of Supervisors.Federal and state regulators authorized Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna bivalent vaccines, which were developed to protect against the original novel coronavirus and...

Sep 22
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Silent Stay Retreat Center Reborn in Santa Barbara Hills

Silent Stay Retreat Center Reborn in Santa Barbara Hills

    Posted on September 21, 2022 3:40 p.m.Silent Stay was a peaceful retreat center perched on a mountaintop overlook in Vacaville, California. The retreat drew hundreds of enthusiasts of the silent withdrawal from the workday world for a few days of peaceful meditation and contemplation. Until it burned to the ground in the Napa Fire of 2020.Heartbroken, but undaunted, retreat owners Bruce and Ruth Davis moved south to Santa Barbara with the commitment to recreate that same serenity on the California coast; and they have — in Santa Barbara.Silent Stay retreats have been...

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Charlyn Fargo Ware: Whole Grains Are No Half-Step to Your Health

Charlyn Fargo Ware: Whole Grains Are No Half-Step to Your Health

September is a time to celebrate the nutrition that eating whole grains — over refined grains — has to offer. But what exactly is a whole grain? A whole grain contains three parts: the bran, the germ and the endosperm (refined grains only contain the endosperm). The bran and germ help keep your body healthy, your skin glowing and your hair shiny. Including whole grains as part of a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, constipation and some cancers.Here are some examples of whole-grain foods: barley, quinoa, oats, brown rice, amaranth and teff, as well as whole...

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10-Year-old Girl Killed, 2 Lompoc Residents Critically Injured in Highway 1 Crash

10-Year-old Girl Killed, 2 Lompoc Residents Critically Injured in Highway 1 Crash

    Vehicle ended up off the roadway near Santa Lucia Road in heavy brush; victims transported to local hospitalsByA young girl was killed and two other Lompoc residents were injured Wednesday in a rollover crash on Highway 1 near Lompoc, according to the .Firefighters and other emergency personnel were dispatched shortly before 8 a.m. to the incident in the southbound lanes about a half mile north of Santa Lucia Road.The vehicle — a GMC Envoy driven by Eunice Perez De La Cruz, 18 of Lompoc — ended up off the roadway in heavy brush, the CHP said.Two children — girls 10...

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