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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Operation Clean Sweep Volunteers “Dive In” to Keep

Santa Barbara Harbor Clean

The seafloor in any busy harbor may be littered with lost or discarded junk, impacting the environment just like litter on land. Ever wonder, “What’s down there, where does it come from and does anybody ever clean it up?”

This Saturday you’ll find out.

Santa Barbara Harbor’s Operation Clean Sweep, a seafloor debris cleanup program, holds its 11th annual event on Saturday, May 6th. A team of volunteer divers, supported by 40 or so volunteer dock workers will remove junk from beneath Marina 3. Divers will locate the junk and dock volunteers will cart it off for disposal. The event begins at 8:00 a.m., with a briefing on the Travel Lift Pier beneath the Harbormaster’s Office.

During past events, volunteers like these—many of them “Clean Sweepers” from the start—removed a total of 17.7 tons of debris from Santa Barbara Harbor. Items retrieved during past years ranged from bicycles, barbeques, plastic barrels, and boat propellers to outboard engines, phones, and the occasional marine battery.

The City of Santa Barbara’s Waterfront Department joins volunteers from NOAA, SB Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, SB Sail and Power Squadron, Santa Barbara Surfrider Foundation, Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute, and harbor dive businesses in this effort.

For more information about the event or to volunteer, call the Harbormaster’s Office at (805) 564-5531 or visit

Governor Brown Issues Statement Ahead of U.S. House of Representatives Vote on Trumpcare

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement ahead of today's vote on Trumpcare – the American Health Care Act – in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“This cruel and ill-conceived bill – the so-called American Health Care Act – rushed to a vote with no fiscal analysis, will hurt American families and it's bad for California. Millions will lose coverage, those with pre-existing conditions will be abandoned and costs will skyrocket.

“Just look at the districts of Representatives David Valadao (R-Hanford), Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and Steve Knight (R-Lancaster) where 111,000, 109,000 and 76,000 Californians, respectively, are at risk of losing coverage because of this legislation.

“The fig leaf amendments tacked on in the eleventh hour don't change this massive assault on so many decent and hard-working people. Our California congressional delegation should vote no on this abomination.”


Local News
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
For the first time in many years, Gibraltar Dam is full; and when it spills, the water will go into Lake Cachuma. The lake level is at its lowest level since the reservoir was built in the late 1950's but with the recent storms, it has started to rise.  The level is about 89 percent below capacity and the Gibraltar Dam over flow will bring the supply back up. 
Meanwhile, at today’s Santa Barbara City Council meeting, City officials 
will get an update on water supplies, conservation goals, the desalination plant timeline and Gibraltar Dam.
In the meantime, this week Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties due to weather related issues.
A man is dead following an officer-involved shooting on Highway 101 near Atascadero. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says the incident started off as a traffic stop just after 12:00 a.m. Tuesday on the southbound side of Highway 101, near the Santa Barbara Road on-ramp. Sheriff Office officials say two deputies approached a single man inside the vehicle. The man reached for a gun and that's when the deputies responded with gun fire. It turns out the man was a wanted suspect. His identity has not been released and the deputies were not injured.
UC Santa Barbara's biggest baseball fan, Phil Womble, also known as UCSB's Mr. Gaucho has passed away at age 80. He’s known as Mr. Gaucho for being a loyal fan for nearly 50 years. Mr. Womble has his own section and sign in the UCSB dugout. Wobble attended every home game. Womble is in the UCSB's Hall of Fame and the Northern Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table named an award after him called, 'The Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award’. Mr. Gaucho had cerebral palsy, he was 80-years-old.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating a missing senior citizen. 89-year-old Evelyn Hines was reported missing Sunday evening around 6:40 by her daughter. She was last seen around 3:00 p.m. leaving her daughter’s home on T Street in Lompoc driving a white 2006 Toyota Highlander (LIC# 5PRX901). Hines had just moved to Solvang the same day from the Palm Springs area and was staying at a hotel while in the process of purchasing a home. Her family is especially concerned because she is unfamiliar with the area and does not have a cell phone.
Hines was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a blue/gray sweater and beige loafer-type shoes.   Hines is about 5’8”, 140 to 150 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes.  If you have any information on her whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center at 683-2724.  To leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced today that the District Attorney’s Office has received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to fund the Elder and Dependent Adult Outreach Program.  The program will provide vital services to seniors, dependent adults, and persons with disabilities who are crime victims. Crimes against elders and dependent adults are dramatically the rise, and are often unreported or undetected. According to statistics obtained from the Santa Barbara County Adult Protective Services, there were 1,596 reports of elder abuse during 2014/2015 and 990 reports of dependent adult abuse.  The goal of this grant is to attack this fast growing injustice.
For information regarding this program, or to schedule a presentation on Crimes Targeting Seniors and Dependent Adults, contact the District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Hotline at 568-2442.  
Experienced staff can provide training in recognizing signs of abuse, protecting financial assets from scammers, and how to report suspected abuse.