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Join in Milpas Corridor Planning

January 29, 2020 

Attend the Milpas Street Corridor Planning Workshop, on Thursday, January 30, to learn about the themes that we heard at the recent Listening Workshop and to review approaches. Community feedback included topics like walking, biking, traffic, lighting, parkway trees, and landscaping needs.

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Tax Results for the City

January 10, 2020 

The City received $6.25 million in sales tax revenues during the quarter ended September 30, 2019, which is 7.8% less than the same quarter last year, but when adjusted for delays in payments from the State during 2018, sales tax returns grew by 10.3% from the same quarter last year.

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All Evacuation Orders and Warnings Lifted

November 27, 2019 

The Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with fire agencies and other public safety officials, has announced that Evacuation Orders and Debris Flow Evacuation Warnings are lifted for all areas in Santa Barbara County.

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Housing and Economic Opportunity Survey

November 26, 2019 

The City is conducting a housing and economic opportunity study. Residents are invited to participate in an online survey. This survey will help identify needs in housing, education, employment, transportation, and services, and be used to develop priorities for use of federal community development funds.

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Olive Mill Roundabout Design to be Shown at Open House

November 13, 2019 

Come to an Open House on November 14 to learn about the design of the Olive Mill Roundabout Project. The City in coordination with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments and Caltrans, are in the concept design phase to replace the existing stop sign-controlled, six-legged intersection at Olive Mill Road with a roundabout.

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Funding Application Period Now Open

November 11, 2019 

The City is accepting proposals from eligible applicants for the fiscal year 2020-2021 Human Services and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs, through December 17.

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Notice of Funding Availability

November 7, 2019 

Starting November 11 until December 17, the City will accept proposals from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2020-2021 Human Services and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Interested applicants must attend a mandatory Application Workshop on November 8.

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Transient Occupancy Tax Results

November 4, 2019 

The City of Santa Barbara collected approximately $1.93 million in transient occupancy taxes (TOT) for September 2019, which is 4.2% above September of last year.

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Community Development Department ACCELERATE Program Continues to Evolve

October 9, 2019 

Initiated in fall 2017, the City of Santa Barbara ACCELERATE program continues to evolve. Projects in the ACCELERATE areas fronting State Street between Cabrillo Boulevard and Sola Street, and fronting along Coast Village Road will continue to receive priority placement on design review agendas and for building plan review.

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Advisory Groups Help Shape the Community

September 11, 2019 

Apply to serve on one of the City's 32 advisory groups and play an important role in shaping our community. If you're an individual interested in making a difference in your community, contributing ideas, and being a part of the City team, you are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Temporary Road Closure on De La Vina Street

September 4, 2019 

In order to expedite utility relocations and construction of curb and sidewalks as part of the Mission Street Pavement Maintenance Project, De La Vina Street will be temporarily closed between Los Olivos Street and Mission Street on Tuesday, September 3 through Thursday, September 5, during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mission Street will be open to through traffic during this temporary closure of De La Vina Street. Businesses in the area will remain open during construction.

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Central Library to Host Volunteer Fair

August 28, 2019 

The Library will host a Volunteer Fair on Saturday, September 14 at the Central Library. The Volunteer Fair will showcase 20+ local nonprofits and government organizations representing diverse community impact areas — from food insecurity, to housing, to education, to the arts, and more.

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Fiesta-Related Enforcement

July 31, 2019 

To accommodate the needs of spectators at the Fiesta Historical Parade, the Santa Barbara Police Department will suspend enforcement of 75 and 90-minute curb parking on Friday, August 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the areas bounded by the following streets (including the perimeter streets).

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Smoke-Free Signage Now Being Installed

July 17, 2019 

To educate the public about the City's smoking law, smoke-free signage is currently being installed along sidewalks in commercial areas and parking structures. Smoking is defined to include cigarettes, electronic smoking or "vaping," and cannabis.

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TSA Pre-Check® Mobile RV Returning to the Airport

June 19, 2019 

The TSA Pre-Check® IndentoGo Mobile RV is returning to the Airport June 24-28 and July 1-3. TSA Pre-Check® is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience.

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Tax Results for the City

June 12, 2019 

Santa Barbara received $5.26 million in sales tax revenues during the quarter ended March 31, which is 10.2% more than the same quarter last year.

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Library to Interact with International Space Station

May 29, 2019 

The Library was selected by the ARISS-US Team (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) to host an amateur radio contact with International Space State crew members using the ARISS. Members of public are invited to submit questions to ask the astronauts on board the space station during the contact.

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Police Volunteer Instrumental in Locating At-Risk Teen

May 13, 2019 

A Police volunteer who suited-up on his day off to help police find two separate at-risk individuals, was instrumental in locating one of them. Dale Kunkel spotted the at-risk teen crouching in foliage and then coaxed the young man with the aid of his friends, to walk out of the creek on his own volition

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New Charging Stations at City Parking Lots

March 13, 2019 

The City will be adding electric vehicle charging stations at several Downtown parking lots beginning in March and April. The Helena Lot, Old Town Lot (Lot 11), and Granada Garage (Lot 6) will each receive new or updated charging stations.

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Airport Finishes 2018 Strong

January 2, 2019 

The Airport's passenger count was up 10.3% in November 2018 compared to November 2017, with the current passenger count for the year at 723,297, the highest it has been since November 2008.

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Airport Takes the Hassle Out of Holiday Travel

November 21, 2018 

Santa Barbara Airport is continuing its reputation for stress-free, seamless travel for all holiday travelers with three new carriers and as many new direct destinations, the seasonal energy will be particularly abundant this year.

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Support Your Community, Become an Adult Literacy Tutor

November 21, 2018 

Enthusiastic, patient, and committed adult volunteers are needed to tutor learners in the Library’s free Adult Literacy Program. Tutors help local adults learn basic through advanced literacy skills, build work readiness, study for the citizenship exam, and achieve personal and career goals.

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Santa Barbara Fire Chief Appointed

November 21, 2018 

After an extensive national recruitment process, Eric Nickel has been appointed as Fire Chief. Selected from a pool of 36 applicants, Chief Nickel will oversee the Fire Department’s $28 million budget and 106 employees in eight fire stations, effective January 14, 2019.

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Job and Career Search Workshop at the Library

October 24, 2018 

A Career Vision workshop will be held at the Eastside Library, on Saturday, November 3. The six-hour employment workshop will present innovative and imaginative ideas that turn the job search process from reactive to proactive.

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Carbon Monoxide Alarm Expiration

October 15, 2018 

State law requires residents to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in their homes. If you installed a CO alarm following the state law going into effect in 2011, it may be time to install new CO alarms.

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Plastic Bags are Trash

September 24, 2018 

In the City, as well as all jurisdictions across Santa Barbara County, plastic bags and film plastics are not recyclable. Please do not place these items in your blue recycling container at home or at work.

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National Public Lands Day to Benefit Montecito Trail

September 14, 2018 

September 22, is National Public Lands Day. Join us for a volunteer workday that will focus on restoring areas of our trails network damaged last winter by the Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flow. The trail work this year will be at San Ysidro, Buena Vista, and Cold Springs Trails.

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Library Seeks Volunteers for Homework Help

August 24, 2018 

The Central Library seeks volunteers for Youth Services’ Homework Help Program to work with children in kindergarten through 6th grade. This is an opportunity to make a tangible difference in the school success of local students.

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Library Expands Job Support Program

August 3, 2018 

SBPLWorks! continues to prepare adults with the computer skills to be competitive in the job market or move on to other educational opportunities using individualized assessments and learning plans tailored to their career goals and learning needs.

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Library Introduces WriteSB

August 1, 2018 

As part of the Summer Reading Program, the Library is introducing WriteSB. Community members are invited to participate in one of five writing workshops led by local writers, poets, authors, and experts.

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Beat the Heat at the Library

July 23, 2018 

The Central and Eastside libraries are officially designated cooling centers. Residents can get some relief from the heat and enjoy engaging programs, classes, and events at not only Central and Eastside, but at our branches throughout southern Santa Barbara County.

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#MakeSB Bridges DIY and Tech

May 25, 2018 

The Central Library has developed #MakeSB, an ongoing series of programs dedicated to making, creating, and building technical skills utilizing a DIY aesthetic sensibility.

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Lower Milpas Pedestrian Improvements Completed

September 14, 2018 

The City recently completed extensive pedestrian improvements on lower Milpas Street. The Lower Milpas Pedestrian Improvements Project enhances the East Beach neighborhood by improving safety and eliminating barriers to walking for residents and visitors.

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