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Our new Watchdog newsletter provides readers with a quick overview of stories that shine a light on the internal workings of city councils, school boards, and local governments in Santa Barbara County. Our reporters focus on the decisions that impact your life on a daily basis, and we’ve collected the best of those stories here. Scroll through this email newsletter and keep up with how your government is working and your tax dollars are being used.


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Local News

Santa Maria's fourth-quarter financial report shows increase in key revenue sources

Razi Syed rsyed@leecentralcoastnews.com ​ | ​

Santa Maria's fourth-quarter financial report shows year-over-year increases in several key revenue sources, including sales, property and … Read more

Government and Politics

Santa Maria officials contest part of grand jury's report on employee pensions

Razi Syed rsyed@leecentralcoastnews.com ​ | ​

Santa Maria officials will issue their response Tuesday to a Santa Barbara County grand jury report, disagreeing with part of the watchdog … Read more

Crime and Courts

Doctor testifies Marilyn Pharis suffered life-threatening strangulation

Gina Kim gkim@leecentralcoastnews.com ​ | ​

Marilyn Pharis remained remarkably calm and composed after she was brought to the hospital, despite being severely "beaten, bloodied and st… Read more

Local News

Trial begins for pair accused of murdering Air Force veteran Marilyn Pharis three years after her death

Mathew Burciaga mburciaga@leecentralcoastnews.com ​ | ​

Marilyn Pharis made one of the final calls of her life at 9:47 a.m. July 24, 2015. Read more

Local News

Santa Barbara County supervisors ease rebuilding process for Montecito disaster victims

Mike Hodgson mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com ​ | ​

Montecito area residents whose homes were hit by the debris flows in January got some help with rebuilding their lives May 15 when the Sant… Read more

Local News

Santa Maria City Council OKs budget increases to fund Taser upgrades, landfill service truck

Razi Syed rsyed@leecentralcoastnews.com ​ | ​

The Santa Maria City Council adopted several budget amendments and presented its third-quarter financial report — which shows a spike in sa… Read more

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