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Santa Barbara kills $50,000 plan to curb panhandling

Feb 8, 2011 9:34:30 PM- latimes.com
Santa Barbara had planned to turn benches along two blocks of State Street perpendicular to storefronts instead of facing them, making it tougher for homeless panhandlers. But critics called the plan wacky and wasteful.

Stung by public criticism, Santa Barbara officials Tuesday killed their $50,000 plan to curb panhandling by rearranging 14 benches on the city's best-known thoroughfare.

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