On the Beat

Don't Frack with Denton, Texas

Mendocino and San Benito fracking bans leave S.B. behind. Read story.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Burger King Election Whoppers

After Election Day, a WWI discussion, and the loss of Tom Sneddon, a Walk with a Doc might be in order. Read story.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Trouble in Shangri-La

Malibu's Measure R opponents attack it as flawed, as do Measure P's here. Read story.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chumash Cash In on Chumps

New 12-story resort and casino builds on the wages of gambling. Read story.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Who’s Smoking Loco Weed?

Anti-Measure P propaganda's predictions are pretty preposterous. Read story.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Don’t Ban That Book!

Granada and Chaucer's display forbidden works in their windows. Read story.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Icebergs to the Rescue

The idea of towing ice down from the far north has been floated for centuries. Read story.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Humor with McAttitude

The first Comedy Fest was full of bumbling gender politics and national obsessions. Read story.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Run for the Border

Crossing into Arizona, Barney finds himself in the Wild (and racist) West Read story.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

No Cop, No Stop

Santa Barbarans do not, as a group, believe in obeying stop signs. Read story.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Who Could Afford Jackson’s Ranch?

Real estate sale rumors swirl over the possible sale of Neverland. Read story.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Six Santa Barbaras?

Barney takes a theoretical poke at drawing voting-district boundaries. Read story.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Where’s the Best Fiesta Food?

For the umpteenth summer, Barney went searching for the best at Los Mercados de la Guerra anddel Norte. Read story.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Soggy Dollars

The city's water recycling plant sits in pieces while drinking water flows to parks and golf courses. Read story.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

S.B. Corrupt? Say It Ain’t So

Santa Barbarans are not going to approve City Council district elections, at least not in my lifetime. Read story.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
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