Citizens of Santa Barbara who spent long periods of time sitting on the sidewalk in the city's downtown area have been contending with what's called a sit-lie ordinanace.

That ordinance bans people from sitting on the sidewalk in the path of others or having items that infringe on the flow of pedestrian traffic, such as bedding or camping gear.

Santa Barbara Police spent about four hours calming down a tense situation that started with a parking lot fight witnesses said involved a man with a machete.

He was outside of an apartment complex at about 1 p.m.

Citing environmental impacts, the Santa Barbara City Council has supported new rules to reduce the number of plastic straws and non-compostable containers in the city.

The public was outspoken on the issue in front of the City Council.

Environmental groups and children spoke out about cleanup efforts, mainly at the beach, that result in capturing many straws and containers that are headed into the ocean.

The City of Santa Barbara has been known for years as having strict design and construction rules.

The owners of the Montecito Inn are coming up against those rules in an attempt to add an awning to their building on Coast Village Road.

A man is recovering after injuries sustained in a vegetation fire Sunday evening, while clearing brush with a chainsaw.

The accident happened just before 7 p.m; the cause is under investigation.

A large group of environmentalists rallied at the steps of the county administration building in Santa Barbara prior to a meeting by county planners.

They came out last night chanting against oil: "No Exxon, no drilling, no pipelines, no trucks!"

Exxon Mobil wants permission for 70 truckloads of oil a day to flow from it Las Flores Canyon Facility west of Goleta.

This comes as a result of the ongoing problems with the Plains All-American Pipeline, which has remained broken since a rupture in May 2015.

The City of Santa Barbara selected three businesses that will now be allowed to sell recreational marijuana within city limits.

Those businesses are Golden State Greens, Pharmacy SB, and Coast Dispensary.

Santa Barbara may soon have three recreational marijuana dispensaries after an intense city review process.

Applicants have gone through the process for months, putting together paperwork for an approved location, the staff members involved, and a business plan.

Flames were shooting out of the windows of a vacant home on Sunday evening before 7 p.m.

Santa Barbara Fire sent several engines, including a ladder truck, to the scene.

They had the fire controlled in about 15 minutes, even as the flames were visible throughout the downtown area.

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Governor Jerry Brown included $3.9 million of funding in his just-signed budget for the Ellwood Monarch Butterfly Grove in Goleta.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson was pushing for the funds, and the city of Santa Barbara says the grove, which is on a trail near a coastal bluff, is a significant resource for the community.

Santa Barbara will be getting more foot patrol officers to deal with nuisance crimes after receiving a grant of over $870,000 from the Justice Department.

This will translate to a variety of efforts to stop smoking in public and deal with alcohol-related issues, via an increase in number of community service officers and uniformed officers on various busy thoroughfares.

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Authorities say a routine traffic stop on the Central Coast led to the breakup of a counterfeiting operation.

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s motorcycle officer stopped Jennifer Howard for speeding in Buellton.

The officer says she provided false information about her identify.

The Long Beach woman was arrested, and when her car was searched, investigators say they found drugs and some counterfeit $100 bills.

The event called the "Stop Family Separations" vigil turned into a rally in Santa Barbara Wednesday night.

About 400 participants showed up, honked horns and brought megaphones and signs.

The Santa Barbara ordinance comittee is looking at tougher rules on styrofoam and plastics, such as straws and utensils.

That issue has been brought up in other coastal cities in California because of the impact on the ocean environment and on landfills when the products are not made of compostable materials.

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Plans by at least one company to provide pay-as-you-go scooters could come with an expensive price tag to get the wheels in motion.

Recently the Lime company placed scooters in key areas of Santa Barbara for people to use with the swipe of a credit card at the rate of 15 cents a minute.