Building the natural charm of this region began way back in 1925, as city planners enacted development controls to prevent demotion of Spanish Colonial architecture, making this the first city in the United States to proactively think about the importance of many historic buildings. Controls were enacted and guidelines were thought up to preserve the structures and park spaces. In 1960 Santa Barbara established legal protection for historical landmark buildings.

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“These grants are meant to spur on new discoveries that could ultimately save millions of lives,” said Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “GCE winners are expanding the pipeline of ideas for serious global health and development challenges where creative thinking is most urgently needed.” Where human lives are concerned, Slaught is convinced medical research and practice need expanding horizons for timely and holistic global health interventions.