As a journalism organization it is hard to witness the destruction of cities in Ukraine and the Russian government’s despicable action to threaten jail terms for any publication that uses “war” or “invasion” to describe what’s going on. The war in Ukraine has hit home in California, which, it turns out, is one of the Read More →
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United Way of Ventura County has raised $400,000 to help end homelessness in the area. The nonprofit collected $100,000 with the help of six local sponsors as part of the Amgen Foundation’s challenge grant, which gave United Way a new funding mechanism to help increase housing stock and use existing housing vouchers to prevent and Read More →
Don’t blame the economy for State Street’s continued saga of vacancies, homelessness and ongoing retail slump in downtown Santa Barbara, Peter Rupert, executive director of the UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project, told the audience at a midyear economic update on Sept. 5. “Can we just blame the economy for this? Well the answer is, Read More →
A push by the Santa Barbara City Council and community members to prioritize the revitalization of downtown State Street resulted in much talk and little action during the council’s Aug. 14 meeting. The council did vote to hire an economic development consultant, form an ad hoc committee to oversee the consultant and review suggestions for Read More →