On the Beat

She Walked in Love and Joy

In all my half-century-plus in newspaper work, after many thousands of words, this is the hardest column I ever wrote. Read story.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

UC Goleta?

What could possibly go wrong with district elections ... ? Read story.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Woody and Angela: Working the Work Ethic

Woody's auto detailing moves to Milpas Street. Read story.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Beat the Heat with a Whodunit

Find a breezy location and settle in with some low crime for times of high heat. Read story.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Searching for Obscene Art

Does inappropriate art lurk in South County buildings? Read story.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Santa Barbara’s Pre-Trump?

Contentious city councilmember Gus Chavalas shouted his opinions; Planned Parenthood Book Sale starts this weekend. Read story.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Dodger Sun Setting?

Chavez Ravine was a riot of noise, for the Cubs. Read story.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Plains Welcomed to Hall of Shame

Pipeline CEO gets Texas Hall of Fame but Santa Barbara shame. Read story.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Baseball, Apple Pie, and Poli-Tricks

Hot air rises in the Midwest and out West. Read story.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

DMV Rules and Other Fiction

Leafing through the California Driver Handbook reveals many surprises if you drive in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fiesta Memories: Fast Times at Fiestas Past

Wild horse, longhorn cattle, floats afire, and more rowdy memories of Fiestas gone by. Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How to Survive Fiesta

Barney offers delicious suggestions for nearby getaways during Old Spanish Days. Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

X Is for Grafton

Sue Grafton discusses movie adaptations, brick walls, and her 24-book series. Read story.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Edward Leven and His Rubber Checks

He was too clever by half and swindled away properties and the bus company. Read story.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Striking Out in the Cox Monopoly

Barney suffers the Dodgers-blackout blues. Read story.

Thursday, July 9, 2015
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