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The '60s Revisited

Barney's revisiting them, too. Read story.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Millionaires Flee Montecito?

It’s horrible to contemplate, Montecito becoming a wasteland of empty chichi eateries, barren beauty salons, and echoing real estate offices. Read story.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Learning Life’s Lessons

Emilie Newton of Santa Ynez Valley traveled to Baie-du-Mesle, Haiti to build a school and found much more. Read story.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Climbing a Dwindling Glacier

With Yosemite National Park a part of the federal shutdown news, Barney's tempted to hike back up to the melting Lyell Glacier. Read story.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

When Voting Is Illegal

The City of Palmdale's November election was cancelled by a judge; is S.B. next? Read story.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wanna Run an Arts Foundation?

If this appeals to you, the line is forming outside Bellosguardo. Read story.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Ty Warner: Billionaire Tax Cheat

He saved $885K, but it cost him $53M. Read story.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hell or High Water

U.S. Geological Survey researchers say a 9.1-level earthquake in Alaska would send punishing waves down the California coast. Read story.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Casa Serena, the Magic House

In this unobtrusive Bath Street house, women from all walks of life learn the skills for a new life, without alcohol or drugs. Read story.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ride on the Wild Side or Mild Side?

Santa Barbarans fumed while facing up to an eight-minute delay just trying to get onto the 101 or across it. Read story.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Merci! What a Woman!

Barney recalls Mercedes Eichholz, “Feisty Lady,” who died last Thursday. Read story.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nude on Mountain Drive

John Frankenheimer’s cult film Seconds, full of Montecito boho pranksters, has been restored. Read story.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sweet Tweet Balance Sheet

Barney wonders why Santa Barbara scored a lowly number 38 on the happy meter. Read story.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

No Parking, No Bucking

Fiesta full of odd surprises, this year and every year. Read story.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Favorite Fiesta Food

Look, it won’t kill you to relish in warm and fuzzy pleasures of all kinds during Fiesta. Read story.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
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