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  • New jail for Santa Barbara County depends on county and state budgets

    February 17, 2011 9:31 PM

    There is still a big need for a new jail in Santa Barbara county to address overcrowding after voters failed to pass Measure "S" last November. The sheriff's office is waiting to see what the county and state budgets look like before laying out any more plans. The current... more »
  • College could face record budget crunch

    February 3, 2011 10:02 PM

    Tough times for Allan Hancock College. The school could face one of the worst budget crunches in its history if a plan by Governor Jerry Brown goes through. Hancock is just one of many community colleges that could be hit hard by the governor's proposed budget cuts. If the... more »
  • Local agencies get long-awaited funding after state budget passes

    October 8, 2010 9:11 PM

    California Lawmakers have finally passed a state budget after a record 100 day impasse. The state senate passed the budget 27-9, bridging a 19 billion dollar budget deficit. The budget package contains no new taxes or fees, but the plan also *delays nearly two billion dollars in payments to... more »
  • State sets aside $55.98 million for Hwy 46 widening project

    April 14, 2010 1:17 PM

    The California Transportation Commission has set aside $55.9 million for the second phase of the Highway 46 widening project in Whitley Gardens, east of Paso Robles. Caltrans says the funding comes from Proposition 1B, a $20 billion transportation bond measure that was approved by voters in November 2006. Construction... more »
  • Local handbook wins state award

    April 6, 2010 6:02 PM

    Just in time for Earth Day, a local environmental handbook wins some statewide recognition. The More Mesa Preservation Coalition's 90-page More Mesa Handbook has won the 2010 Public Involvement/Education Program award from the California Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals. With grants from the Coastal Fund at... more »
  • GOP state senator comes out as gay on talk radio

    March 8, 2010 1:03 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Roy Ashburn of Bakersfield says he is gay, after days of speculation after his arrest last week in Sacramento for driving under the influence. The conservative lawmaker came out Monday on KERN radio in Bakersfield, saying he felt compelled to address the... more »

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