KCLU Staff

Shark sightings along the Carpinteria-Summerland coastline have calmed down in recent weeks.

For most of the spring, there had been numerous sightings of both leopard sharks and great white sharks.

Many of those spotted near the shores were likely juveniles, while the adults were spotted further out.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released maps created after the January 9th Montecito debris flow to help property owners understand the risks if they rebuild or repair damaged property.

Those risks were explained in a standing-room-only meeting on Thursday at the Santa Barbara County administration building.

Santa Barbara's Stearns Wharf, built in the 1800's, is getting some changes to make it safer.

Crews are adding 600 feet of railing around the edges on the far end of the wharf.

That area is open and has been for years.

Santa Ynez Valley business owners, especially those in the tourism industry, have their gameplan set to bring back visitors after the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudflow.

The two disasters also had an impact on the Santa Ynez Valley.

The long-awaited Federal Emergency Management Agency risk maps have been released following the evaluation of impacts from the Thomas Fire and the debris flow in January.

Hundreds of homes were damaged and destroyed in the disasters.

Credit: Lime

A new electric scooter sharing service in Santa Barbara has had a bumpy start.

100 scooters have been impounded.

The company, Lime, placed about 100 electric scooters in the downtown and waterfront areas.

Fire crews stopped a condo fire in Carpinteria Wednesday morning as it was starting to get into the walls, attic, and possibly several of the adjacent units.

The crews on-scene said that over eight units were threatened, and smoke was coming out of the upper story when they arrived on Palmetto Way.

While much of the focus in Tuesday's election was on some big state races and some congressional seats on the Central and South Coast, there were also four measures on the ballot in Santa Barbara County.

Perhaps the biggest one was Measure T, the Santa Barbara County Marijuana Operations General Tax. It sets up a tax structure for marijuana production, distribution, and retail sales. Voters passed it by about a 75% margin.

Santa Barbara County’s Sheriff easily won re-election in the June primary. Bill Brown received about 54% of the vote, defeating two members of his staff who had challenged him.

Another Santa Barbara County incumbent who faced a challenger, Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Joe Holland, had an even easier time of it, being re-elected with 88% of the vote.

Another $1.3 million in proceeds have been handed out from the Ash Bash concert aimed at relief following the Montecito Mudflow and Thomas Fire disasters.

Some of the $2 million dollars raised has been distributed already.

Santa Barbara leaders are tired of illegal signs that have popped up city-wide.

They say they have received 80 complaints.

During the two disasters, the city says they relaxed the enforcement on businesses and now they have seen widespread violations.

After days of seeing new graffiti tags on the westside of Santa Barbara, residents have been keeping their eyes out for vandals.

Monday around noon, an eyewitness called 911 as a tagging was taking place.

Several officers came to the Bohnett Park area on Anapamu and San Pascual Streets.

The Associated Press has honored KCLU with six AP awards for the station’s news coverage in 2017.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco and Debra Greene are being honored in a number of AP categories in the Division II (small station) category for the Western United States.

The Franklin Trail in Carpinteria is coming back after some of it was badly damaged by the Thomas Fire along with a heavy blast of rain in January.

Volunteers have been walking the route and trying to strengthen the trail paths in places where the dirt has been eroded in an area about Carpinteria High School.

Even with a winter season that had a major storm event, Santa Barbara is not making enough of a water comeback from the drought conditions to report a solid supply.

The city says it is working from a 10-year drought emergency plan using a water shortage timeline that began seven years ago in 2011.

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