A 21st Century City Council Debate

Still wondering who should get your vote for Santa Barbara City Council this year? Haven’t had time to get to a debate? Then The Independent, in partnership with and the Citizens Planning Association, has the perfect forum for you. On Wednesday, October 19, 7-9 p.m., we’re cosponsoring “The People’s Forum: An Interactive Live Web Video Debate,” which will stream live on your computer screen and offer everyone an equal chance to ask their own questions of each participating candidate (all have been invited) via a chat board. It’s nonpartisan, all-access, participatory democracy at its finest. Watch it go down live on and

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Coastal Commission Rejects Limiting Short-Term Rentals

Commissioners favor affordable coastal lodging.

Bellosguardo to Host Big-Bucks Gala

The private, black-tie fundraiser is set for October 14.

City Loses Trip-and-Fall Verdict

The injured woman wins $105,000.

Phone Scams Spike Countywide

Callers are claiming to be IRS and Homeland Security agents.

Longtime Fiesta Soldados Given the Boot 

Ousted Marc Martinez said Old Spanish Days has become "less inclusive."