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Benches Stay Parallel in Santa Barbara

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Remember Santa Barbara's $50,000 plan to turn the benches on State Street sideways to deter panhandling? Scrapped! Apparently, "Critics saw it as a wacky, wasteful attempt to shoo away the homeless," and the City Council voted 4 to 3 to table it for at least a year. Instead, they're going to look into "restorative policing" and redesigned street furniture. [LAT]