Top local stories of 2017, and ones to watch in 2018

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It's hard to recall what predated the Thomas Fire here along the Central Coast, but before the flame was sparked, Santa Barbara elected a new mayor, Oxnard fought against a new power plant on its coast, and leaders across the tri-county region began drafting new pot regulations before recreational marijuana becomes legal next year. We take a look at the top stories of 2017, and what local journalists will pay close attention to next year.




Kathryn Barnes