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Santa Barbara saved nearly $350,000 in energy costs last year do to sustainability efforts, according to the city's annual report.
Rowse will run for City Council
Santa Barbara City Councilman Randy Rowse announced on Tuesday that he will run to keep his seat on the City Council this November.
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Conservative block backpedals on call for closed meetings DAILY SOUND CORRESPONDENT
City saves on energy
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Francisco: I made a mistake
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In a stunning reversal, Santa Barbara City Council member Dale Francisco admitted he made a mistake when he said a quorum of council members should be able to meet in private to discuss city matters as long as
they don’t vote. “I made a mistake in not vet- ‘It was the wrong way to go about it.’ ting this issue with the public Council member Randy Rowse ahead of time,” Francisco said. The backpedaling comes as Francisco is about to formally Council after he was elected in state’s open meetings law, or kick off his bid for re-election. 2007. He ran unsuccessfully for Brown Act, was met with a swift He is looking to hold onto his mayor in 2009. and overwhelming backlash from seat on the Santa Barbara City Francisco’s blasting of the See BROWN ACT, page 6
French Festival calls it quits; organizer blames economy SEE STORY BY JOSHUA MOLINA, PAGE 2
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The 2011 French Festival has been canceled this year, the event founder and organizer announced on Tuesday. ”It is with great sadness that we make this announcement,” said Steve Hoegerman, French Festival Founder. This would have been the 24th year of the event, one of the largest in the country. Last year’s festival attracted more than 20,000 people, with entertainment on more than three stages. “I am sad,” Hoegerman told The Daily Sound. Hoegerman said there were many factors that forced the cancellation. He said that he was in the process of passing on lead organizing duties to someone else, but that the transition was unsuccessful. By the time he decided to take the reins again, it was too late. “I had to make the decision that there was just to much to do and not enough time and not enough money to make it worthwhile,” Hoegerman said. The cancellation of the festival had nothing to do with its popularity, Hoegerman said. “It was certainly one of Santa Barbara’s most loved and successful events,” he said. He said local and corporate sponsorships were down at a time when city park fees and county health fees continued to See FESTIVAL, page 7
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Efficiency saves city $350K NEWS
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Santa Barbara saved nearly $350,000 in energy costs last year due to sustainability efforts, according to the city's annual report. â€œI'm always surprised by how much money we're saving just by being efficient,â€? said Mayor Helene Schneider during yesterday's City Council meeting. Every department was involved in making significant changes to reduce consumption. Multiple projects overhauling city facilities and providing them with new energy efficient systems made it possible for a 10 percent reduction in electrical consumption. Jim Dewey, facilities and energy manager, said that the savings have significant financial benefits to the city. Most changes were small, such as updating old, inefficient equipment at the Los Banos Del Mar pool. But the city also installed its largest solar energy project at no cost. The project, installed in the City's Corporate Yard, generates 87 percent of
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After months of wrangling, the Santa Barbara City Council voted to adopt a two-year budget plan yesterday. The Council has given the go-ahead on the Cityâ€™s $289.5 million budget for 2012. It brought to rest months of battles over libraries, pensions, and law enforcement. The city is using $131,565 of reserves to bolster some capital projects, but Finance Director Robert Samario said the budget is otherwise even. â€œOur revenues are covering all of our costs,â€? Samario said. Labor concessions, eliminating posi-
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The City of Santa BarbaraĘźs efforts to be more energy effecient are begining to pay off. A report shows the city saved nearly $350,000 last year.
the electricity needed to run Community Development, Public Works, and Parks operations. A power purchase agreement with the company allowed Santa Barbara
this innovation for free. Even projects that were small in comparison generated substantive savings. See ENERGY, page 7
tions, and maintaining furloughs for city employees are part of the adjustments as well as revenues that began to stabilize after a disastrous two years. Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider credited staff with, â€œsqueezing more out of the stone,â€? and said that while difficult, the process put Santa Barbara in a better position than other government organizations. â€œWe were in much better shape in terms of our structural deficit than others,â€? Schneider said. Most of the discussion focused on the RDAâ€™s funding of Restorative Policing, a program that combines law enforcement with outreach work to deal with crime
related to homelessness. Council member Harwood "Bendy" White said its use of unsworn workers could make expansion easy and inexpensive if itâ€™s shown to work in the upcoming weeks. â€œIf this program is producing some results we know we can get many boots or Birkenstocks or sandals on the ground,â€? White said. There are still some loose hanging threads. The council voted to hire three additional police officers that have yet to be funded. Those officers come with a $450,000 price tag but council members expressed confidence that the money could be found.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Dig for missing girl begins
Authorities began an excavation search on Tuesday at the site of where they believe the body of five-year-old Ramona Price was left more than 50 Today Overcast skies this morning will clear to hazy sunshine years ago. this afternoon, although some fog may again linger at Crews are searching at the Winchester the beaches. This June Gloom weather pattern will over-crossing above Highway 101. Last continue through the end of the week before becomweek, police teamed with authorities Afternoon Sun, ing more pronounced this weekend as a trough of low from Santa Clara to bring in cadaver pressure moves into the west coast. Mild dogs to search for human remains. 73Â° They identified an â€œarea of interest,â€? Thursday Friday Sunday Saturday and returned on Tuesday to look for the body. They are digging through layers in search of Priceâ€™s body. Price went missing in 1961. Authorities believe convicted child killer Cool & Afternoon Sun, Slightly Mostly Mack Ray Edwards may have also taken Breezy Mild Cooler Cloudy, Cool and killed Price. He is believed to have 57/68Â° 58/72Â° 57/70Â° 56/69Â° dumped other bodies at construction sites. Caltrans coordinated Tuesdayâ€™s search with a Los Angeles police detective who has experience finding bodies dumped by Edwards. Authorities are working with an Joseph Sellers is in the hole by about $7 million and does not anthropologist who is also on site expect to dig his way out any time soon. As lead counsel to the plaintiffs in the Wal-Mart Stores Inc throughout the search. employment discrimination lawsuit tossed out by the United States Supreme Court on Monday, Seller's law firm, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, dedicated about $5 million in attorney hours and spent $2 million on experts and discovery in the decade-long case, he said. The Court found the claims filed by as many as 1.5 million women against the retail giant were too varied to permit class certification. The Court did not rule on the merits of the plaintiffs' claims and left the door open for smaller, narrower groups of plaintiffs who could pursue other class actions. But so far, Cohen Milstein has not seen any return on its investment. "All our fees and expenses are at risk," Sellers said, referring to the Wal-Mart case. Cohen Milstein is a plaintiffs' powerhouse that has made a successful business of bankrolling expensive, massive class actions.
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Local authorities are on the hunt for the body of Ramona Price who went missing more than 50 years ago.
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Twister warnings rattle Midwest
Tornado warnings were issued for parts of the Midwest on Tuesday night and the National Weather Service reported a possible tornado touchdown in a Minneapolis suburb that resulted in no injuries. The renewed storm activity came less than a month after a massive tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri, and killed 155 people in the deadliest tornado to hit the United States in more than 60 years. The National Weather Service said numerous rotating thunderstorms across central and southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin produced one report of a tornado.
A California mother was arrested and charged with murder on Tuesday after police said she cooked her baby in a microwave. Ka Yang, 29, was taken into custody three months after her week-old baby was found dead, Sacramento Police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong said. Leong said it took several months to determine the child's burns did indeed come from a microwave, using medical analysis and findings from three other U.S. cases. Among them was a case involving a Dayton, Ohio woman convicted this year of baking her baby in a microwave. Yang's baby was found dead at the family's residence on March 17, after a male relative called to report the incident, Leong said.
Mikey on the mend
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In my last column, I introduced you to a puppy named Mikey, who was abandoned in April at a North County animal shelter, with a broken shoulder and leg injury â€“ the result of being hit by a car. Thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, C.A.R.E.4Paws, which spearheaded the effort to help this lilâ€™ fella, raised several thousand dollars to pay for KAREN LEE Mikeyâ€™s shoulder STEVENS surgery. Among the generous donors were CARE Hospital (a separate entity from C.A.R.E.4Paws) and Tri-County Produce, whose employees were so moved by Mikeyâ€™s story, that they collected $110 and owner, John Dixon, matched their donation, bringing the total to $220! CARE Hospital donated $5,000 to C.A.R.E.4Pawsâ€™ medical fund, part of which made Mikeyâ€™s surgery possible. â€œWeâ€™re really happy with all that C.A.R.E.4Paws does to help Santa Barbara County animals and so we wanted to help too,â€? says Dr. Eric Wright, co-owner and chief of surgery at CARE Hospital. â€œWe want to give back to the community as much as we can.â€? Dr. Wright, who performed Mikeyâ€™s 6-hour-long shoulder surgery earlier this month, says it was a difficult procedure. â€œBecause it had been six weeks since the injury took place, the bone had healed in the wrong position and reformed,â€? he explained. â€œWe had to place it into its new position and, because the injury was in the joint, everything had to be perfect to prevent the development of arthritis.â€? He adds, â€œHad Mikey come in right after the
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accident happened, it would have been a 45-minute surgery.â€? Today, Mikey is sporting a stylish blue cone to prevent chewing or scratching at the surgery site and is thriving in the home of Camilla Karlsson, one of CARE Hospitalâ€™s dedicated vet technicians. Karlsson reports that Mikey has a goofy smile on his face every morning and he loves to snuggle up with her four-year-old daughter, Scarlett. After Mikey fully recovers from his ordeal, heâ€™ll be ready for the next stepâ€Ś finding his forever home! If youâ€™re interested in adopting a great dog, goofy smile and all, contact C.A.R.E.4Paws at (805) 968-2273. COOKIE NEEDS A HOME TOO. Thereâ€™s another pup who needs our help and she goes by the name of Cookie.
This 3-year-old, chocolate brown pit bull terrier is smart, sweet andâ€”according to shelter volunteersâ€”a â€œlicking machine!â€? For the past two years, Cookie has been living at K9 PALS, a volunteerbased group that cares for dogs and puppies awaiting adoption at the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter. Cookie has been patient, but every dog has her limits and Cookie is finding kennel life increasingly difficult. She needs a new home NOW! Cookie has spent the last several days at Camp Canine in Santa Barbara, where she is enjoying being outdoors and learning basic obedience skills from trainer, John Sorosky. Funding is available for Cookie to continue training for another 10 days, but then she must return to the shelter, where it would be See PETS, page 7
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