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Sparse crowd in Santa Maria for Board of Supervisors’ special meeting in Santa Barbara to discuss cannabis regulation, taxation and permits.
Firefighters bring grass fire under control east of Highway 101 north of Highway 154 exit to Los Olivos. Traffic moving again.
Los Olivos ablaze with lights and streets filled with people celebrating an Old-Fashioned Christmas in that friendly small-town way.
And the tree is illuminated in Solvang Park with the traditional Dance Around the Tree — #SolvangJulefest is underway.
Solvang Park packed with lights and excited children as #SolvangJulefest launches in the most Christmassy town in America.
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