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Judge Set To Make Key Decision In Local Church Sex Abuse Case

Judge Set To Make Key Decision In Local Church Sex Abuse Case (PDF) To see the original article and video interview, click here SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – A Santa Barbara judge is expected to hand down a decision in a civil lawsuit involving the Presbyterian Church. Attorney Tim Hale said, “It’s really a battle of secrecy.” […]

Lawsuit Forces Fire Chief into Early Retirement

This Tuesday, the board of directors of the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District will vote to part ways with Chief Michael Mingee. His last day with the department will be July 31, a year and five months before his employment contract is scheduled to end.

McCaw, Mold, and Another Black Eye for the News-Press?

For some, the Santa Barbara News-Press has been a scary place to work during the last 10 years. Under the ownership of Wendy McCaw and a relentless stream of firings, quittings, and union-busting, its once-active newsroom has mostly been whittled down to a skeleton crew of interns and greenhorns. And last March, the paper fired one of its last remaining veterans, who is now suing the paper for wrongful termination.

Santa Maria Police Skewered for Firing Whistle-Blower

Two years ago, Chief Ralph Martin took charge of an embattled Santa Maria Police Department after its former chief was forced to step down in the wake of an officer’s death and a vote of no confidence by his troops.

Arbitrator Rules Santa Maria Officer Wrongly Fired

The city of Santa Maria should not have fired Lt. Dan Ast from his job with the Santa Maria Police Department, according to an arbitration hearing officer who recommended that he be reinstated. Read full PDF here Read original article on the Noozhawk

Ex-Boy Scout Describes Mental Scars Left By Abuse At Trial

A California man suing the Boy Scouts of America over sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a volunteer Scout leader was so scarred by the incident that he once threw up outside a restaurant when he saw someone who looked like the man, he testified in the opening day of a civil trial.

Scouts Could Face Millions in Penalties

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) faces the prospect of paying millions of dollars in penalties, depending on the outcome of a molestation trial pending in Santa Barbara Superior Court.