Airport to begin flights to Sacramento
SANTA BARBARA Santa Barbara Municipal Airport has announced a nonstop service to Sacramento International Airport starting in April.
Booking for the daily flights through Contour Airlines became available Friday, according to a news release.
Aiport spokeswoman Lynn Houston also announced an increase of two flights per day to Oakland and Las Vegas beginning May 1.
The Sacramento flights will be offered via Contour’s ERJ-135 aircraft fleet, which offers an in-flight entertainment system, 36-inch seat pitch (equivalent to first class), and complimentary beverage service. The airline does not charge for checked bags, Ms. Houston said.
— Mitchell White
A Friday report on a lawsuit filed against Plains All American Pipeline misstated the relief sought by the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs are not seeking to prevent Plains from building a new pipeline, but rather that if they do, they must pay the property owners for taking their land to do it.
Plains, they say, is trying to use an easement granted in 1990 by 130 parcel owners for a pipeline the firm failed to maintain. The plaintiffs argue Plains has no legal right to build a new pipeline without paying for all damages involved.
Fatal crash victims identified
BUELLTON Authorities have identified the two people who died in a two-car crash Thursday on Highway 101 south of Buellton as Richard Jon Larson, 74, of Buellton, and Aura Orfelinda Guerrero, 48, of Porterville.
The crash was reported around 12:25 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol, Ms. Guerrero was traveling south on the 101 when she lost control of her vehicle for unknown reasons. The vehicle spun out across the center median and was struck by a Jeep Cherokee traveling north.
The driver of the jeep, described as a 65-year-old woman, suffered major injuries and was airflited to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Two of the three northbound lanes were closed for approximately two hours during the investigation.
— Mitchell White
Jackson opposes proposed Title IX changes
SANTA BARBARA State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, has declared opposition to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ proposed changes to Title IX, this week submitting a formal letter to the U.S. Department of Education warning that the proposed regulations would undermine Title IX protections and harm survivors of sexual assault and harassment.
In a press release, Ms. Jackson said the changes to Title IX would “jeopardize the rights and safety of student survivors while discouraging others from reporting abuse.”
She added, “These changes will put countless students in danger by disregarding their trauma and putting them face-to-face with their attacker. Regardless of what the Department of Education does, it is critical that educational institutions continue to protect survivors through policies that treat them with dignity and respect.”
Ms. DeVos’ proposed changes to an Obama-era policy reintroduce due process into the handling of sexual assault accusations on college campuses.
— Josh Grega
Grand Jury recruitment begins
SANTA BARBARA A Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors resolution presented by 3rd District Supervisor Joan Hartmann has proclaimed February 2019 as Grand Jury Awareness Month.
According to a county press release, the recruitment process for the 2019-20 Civil Grand Jury is in progress.
Those interested can apply on the Santa Barbara Superior Court website and can get more information by calling the Jury Services Offices in Santa Barbara, 882-4530, and Santa Maria, 614-6464.
The Civil Grand Jury is composed of 19 volunteers who serve a one-year term. The Grand Jury investigates issues of concern with local government and develops reports.
To qualify for the Civil Grand Jury, applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years old, county residents for at least one year, be of sound judgment, not have a felony conviction, and have knowledge of English. Service is about 20 to 30 hours per week. Volunteers receive a $25 per diem and reimbursement for mileage.
— Josh Grega