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Brave New World

Touring ThighLand, buying knockoffs, and suffering the 101 blues. Read story.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Wet Christmas, Please

El Niño, are you listening to The Land That Weather Forgot? Read story.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Christmas Story

A Santa Barbara family makes it into a permanent home with a helping hand from Transition House. Read story.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hullabaloo at City Hall

It's been a while, but Santa Barbara's had male mayors, once rather infamously. Read story.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

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
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