Healing sexual assault through cabaret Cabaret Con-Sensual was started three years ago by a woman who goes by the stage name of Bitsy La Bourbon. A victim of molestation and rape, La Bourbon wanted to create a space where performers and audience members who've experienced sexual violence and harassment could come together for mutual support in an environment that wasn't like a traditional support group.
You can soon buy stock in Santa Barbara-based speaker company Sonos Sonos, a high-end, wireless speaker company based in Santa Barbara, is hitting the stock market. The company expects to raise more than $250 million dollars in its initial public offering - set for next week. But, Sonos faces some fierce competition. Smart technology has taken off in the past few years, with new voice-activated speaker products by big names like Amazon, Google, and Apple.
Coastal advocates intervene in Hollister Ranch settlement agreement A team of coastal rights activists has banded together to stop a deal from going through that would essentially cut off access for good to Hollister Ranch, a pristine stretch of coastline in Santa Barbara. According to the Coastal Act, all beaches are open to the public, but Hollister Beach sits next to private property, and wealthy homeowners who live there don’t want to public visitors in. A legal challenge filed this week intervenes in an agreement reached quietly between the state Coastal Commision, the California Coastal Conservancy, and the Hollister Ranch Owners Association, which would allow some access to the 8.5-mile coastline, but many say not enough.
Santa Barbara’s outsized role in the craft chocolate revolution Santa Barbara is a small city, but it’s played a large role in the rise of the craft chocolate industry. Local “bean-to-bar” chocolate makers were some of the first in the country to begin roasting their own cocoa beans, and their businesses don’t seem to be slowing down.
In Oxnard, a new housing inspection program targets the city’s slumlords The city of Oxnard is taking steps to crack down on hundreds of property owners who repeatedly violate safety codes by creating a housing inspection program called “Safe Homes, Safe Families." It's intended to target slumlords who force tenants to live in substandard housing, but could lead to displaced residents who live in overcrowded units.
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