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"Students at UC Santa Barbara were quick to denounce President Trump's decision to send troops to the southern border to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. But would their opinions change when they learned that President Obama took similar actions while in office. "

VIDEO: UCSB Students ‘Shocked’ Obama Deployed Troops to Border

Students at the University of California, Santa Barbara, (UCSB) had some strong opinions about President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy troops to the U.S.-Mexico border but seemed shocked when they learned former President Barack Obama did the same thing.

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Mudslides in Montecito as Winter Rains Hit Fire-Ravaged SoCal

A mudslide shut down the 101 Freeway in Montecito, California, on Tuesday morning as heavy winter rains hit the region devastated by the recent Thomas fire. #BREAKING: Mudslide shuts down the 101 in Montecito. People asking to be rescued from

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Evacuations Ordered in Santa Barbara Due to Fear of Mudslides

Local authorities have ordered evacuations in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in areas below mountains and hillsides that were burned in the recent Thomas fire, as the winter’s first major rainstorm approaches California.

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California Wildfires to Cost $180 Billion This Year

With firefighters gaining the upper hand as “red flag” winds die down, it appears that the bill for this year’s California wildfire season will come in at around $180 billion.

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Claim: ‘Deep State’ Resisting Trump’s Executive Order on Waters

A California company fighting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in court has written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to complain that Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers are still pursuing a case after President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on water policy removed the basis for the lawsuit.

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Santa Barbara Drought: Limiting Water to Limit Growth

Santa Barbara has finally escaped being the last California community to suffer “extreme drought,” but it remains the poster child for blow-back from limiting water to limit growth.

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Dick Van Dyke: Bernie Sanders ‘The Sanest Man in America’

Veteran actor Dick Van Dyke introduced Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Santa Barbara on Saturday, where he urged older voters to cast their ballots for the insurgent Democrat presidential candidate and called him “the sanest man in America.”

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Half-Naked Man Assaults Elderly Pastor

Isla Vista pastor Father Jon-Stephen Hedges took an alleged 30 punches from a University of California Santa Barbara student who was half-naked, i.e. from the waist down.

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Popular News Anchor Faces DUI, Assault Charges

A Local television news anchor in California faces charges for driving under the influence (DUI) and assaulting a police officer after being tracked down and arrested Sunday evening.

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Illegal Alien May Face Death Penalty for Rape, Murder

Illegal alien Victor Martinez (Ramirez) is one of two men that could face the death penalty in California for first-degree murder in the brutal rape and bludgeoning–with a claw hammer–of 64-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran Marilyn Pharis.

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Water Bills Rise, Even as CA Cities Conserve During Drought

Californians drastically cut their water use in May, but water bills for millions of the state’s residents will inch higher as municipal water agencies continue to lose money during a record four-year drought.

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Some California Tarballs Linked To Santa Barbara Oil Spill

A few of over one hundred tarballs collected on some southern California beaches were tested found to have come from the Santa Barbara oil spill that occurred on May 19 just north of Refugio Beach. Some samples were also connected to naturally occurring ocean floor seepage.

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Miles of SoCal Beach Closed Due to Mysterious Globs of Oil

Strange black blobs of tar-like goo surged on onto southern California’s Manhattan Beach by the thousands, closing down the two-mile area Wednesday while the U.S. Coast Guard and National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration are investigating the source and substance.

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500 Protesters Chant in Santa Barbara as Bacteria Munch the Oil Spill

The sad look of south Santa Barbara beaches after the recent oil spill is serving as a backdrop for environmental protesters to advance their causes that have little to do with the ocean’s birds and fish. But as the protesters chanted “End Oil Now!” billions of microscopic bacteria are feasting on the oil that has been on their diet for millenniums.

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Volunteers Chased Away from Oil Spill in Santa Barbara

On Thursday, volunteers who had joined professional environmental cleanup contractors to remove the detritus from a Wednesday oil spill that washed up on Refugio State Beach were asked to go home and leave the job to the experts.