The Race for the 3rd District: Joan Hartmann and Bruce Porter Compete for the Heart of Santa Barbara County (Kelsey Brugger)

ON THE COVER: Photos by Paul Wellman.

The Quiet Life

Brandi Webber's prior career as a cartographer is only the first surprising fact about this Indy sales rep. While sipping on a pale green smoothie she'd made from yogurt, spinach, kale, celery, apple, pineapple, and mango (her own recipe to beat the heat), Webber laughed while explaining the finer points of twirling flaming pois — her majorette skills peaked at age 12 when she won fifth in the world baton championships — and other Phish fan festivities. "I've always been a happy-go-lucky person," she admitted, with a love of music, jam bands especially. The UCSB geography grad is in perpetual motion these days as she makes her rounds to Best Of winners (all revealed on October 20) and her Cocktail Land clients. "I'm very happy to be here," she smiled.

In Print

Rey Fire Wrap-Up

Officials Struggle to Protect the Critical Santa Ynez Watershed

Officials are struggling to protect the critical Santa Ynez watershed. Read story.

‘The Get Down’ Explores the Rise of Hip-Hop

Baz Luhrmann Brings His Vision to the Small Screen

Baz Luhrmann brings his musical vision to the small screen. Read story.

Saltura Makes Modern Beachwear for Men

David Malina and Addison Proctor Develop New Santa Barbara-Based Clothing Brand

David Malina and Addison Proctor develop new Santa Barbara-based clothing brand. Read story.

Voices of Where

Two Electronic Music Releases from Richie DeMaria

Two electronic music releases from Richie DeMaria Read story.

After-School Activities Guide 2016

The Santa Barbara Independent’s complete guide to After-School Activities in 2016

Check out the extensive range of activities your kids can participate in after school, including sports, arts, and education. Read story.

S.B. Soccer Club Wins National Championship

Coach Rudy Ybarra Leads U-18 Team; Plus Water Polo and Track Updates from Rio

Coach Rudy Ybarra leads U-18 team; plus water polo and track updates from Rio. Read story.

Man Bites Dog

Sanity Strikes: Private Well in Montecito Struck Down by Coastal Commission

Sanity strikes: Private well in Montecito struck down by Coastal Commission. Read story.

Brooks Institute Announces Closure

Fabled Photography School will Shut Its Doors October 31

The fabled photography school will shut its doors October 31. Read story.

10 West Gallery

A New Approach to Showing Art on Anapamu

A new approach to showing art on Anapamu Read story.

Improving the World with Soccer and Love

Dunn School Graduate Kelsey Sullivan, 28, Sponsors 14 Boys from Sierra Leone

Dunn School graduate Kelsey Sullivan, 28, adopts 14 boys from Sierra Leone. Read story.

Boy George and Culture Club Play the Arlington Theatre

Gender-Bending ‘80s Icon Still Going Strong

The gender-bending ‘80s icon is still going strong. Read story.

Un-Chained; Un-Collared

Man Bites Dog; Dog Bites Back

Man bites dog; dog bites back. Read story.

Court Considers Hollister Ranch Access

Ruling Could Create Chink in Armor of Exclusive Community

The ruling could create a chink in the armor of the exclusive community. Read story.

Sleep Dank and Yukmouth Keep Mac Dre’s Spirit Alive at Velvet Jones

Bay Area Hip-Hop Masters Give Back to Up-and-Comers

Bay Area hip-hop masters give back to up-and-comers. Read story.

Scoping Blue Planet Eyewear

Carpinteria Sunglass Company Makes Low-Cost Product with High Values

Carpinteria sunglass company makes low-cost product with high values. Read story.

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