Anti-smuggling program gets $110 million in federal funds
An anti-narcotic and human trafficking effort, Operation Stonegarden, received $110 million in funding on July 24 to help curb the use of so-called “panga” boats for smuggling drugs and people onto the Central Coast. U.S. Representative Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, announced the appropriation of funds through fiscal year 2022 via the Department of Homeland Security’s Authorization Bill. Read More →
A win for the little guys
Santa Barbara’s independent bookstores are claiming victory in the latest battle against big-box chains
State Street goes from books to bargains in a flurry of deals
Santa Barbara’s downtown retail scene is trading its literary aspirations for bargain-priced fashion, signaling a possible new trend in State Street retail.
Marshalls, H&M moving in on State Street
Off-price apparel stores Marshalls and H&M will replace book giants Borders and Barnes & Noble in downtown Santa Barbara, according to real estate insiders.
Borders to close Santa Barbara store
National book retailer Borders is closing its downtown Santa Barbara store amid a nationwide wave of store closings. Jason Roy, the general manager of the 900 State St. location, told the Business Times on Nov. 16 that the store would be closing in January. “It’s sad that this Borders is leaving State Street,” said Roy, Read More →