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Generations of Gaviota families attended Vista del Mar school. Financial issues may force the district to dissolve.

For decades, parents were drawn to Vista del Mar's unique educational opportunities and small class sizes. A financial downturn spurred by the 2015 Refugio oil spill and a change to state funding may force it to merge with the Buellton Union School District.

'Last remaining hurdle': Proposed Lompoc housing development embroiled in battle over water

A battle over water and sewer services for potentially hundreds of new Lompoc homes is being waged between the developers of the Burton Ranch housing development and representatives of the Mission Hills Community Services District.

More state money may be coming to address homeless in Santa Barbara County

California may soon allocate more money to help house homeless people, and a newly created Homelessness Interagency Policy Council has been formed with multiple Santa Barbara County departments to coordinate efforts, according to a report to the Board of Supervisors.


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Casa of Hope: Safe home for sex trafficking victims to welcome its first residents

Northern Santa Barbara County will soon have a long-term residential safe house where survivors of sex trafficking can begin healing and rebuilding their lives.

Law enforcement officers carry Special Olympics Flame of Hope through Santa Maria

To raise awareness and money for Special Olympics, a group of 40 local law enforcement officers carried the Flame of Hope through northern Santa Barbara County on Tuesday for the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. With an escort of police cars with flashing lights, the officers made their way down Broadway before stopping for a brief ceremony at Santa Maria City Hall.

They spent years behind bars. Now, they're graduating from Hancock College

Juggling lectures and coursework with friends and extracurricular activities can be difficult for first-year students. Those who return to school after an extended period away often face the additional challenge of balancing academics with work, family or other commitments.

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