On the Beat

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

What, No U.S. Independence?

The outcome of the American Revolution hung on the brink in 1776. Read story.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Big Oil, Big Brother

No one will own Unified Command's journalist selection memo; county leaves Joint Information Center. Read story.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Will They or Won’t They Mess with Texas?

Senate contender Kamala Harris visits Refugio with media in tow. Read story.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Stuck on the Sucker List

Charity scams and other bad behavior. Read story.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Déjà Goo All Over Again

The Refugio spill takes us back to 1969. Read story.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Creatives Are Coming!

To be safe from the drought, they can drink Perrier. Read story.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Right to Do What Other People Do

The Supreme Court justices live in another, near-antique world Read story.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

When the Bees Moved In

Barney called on the beekeepers when the swarm arrived. Read story.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hungry Day at Earth Day

Electric Lemonade, wood-fired pizza, sorbet, popcorn, and more tempt fest-goers. Read story.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
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