Cutting the Red Tape: Alejandra Gutierrez Brings a Village of Resources to the Neighborhood (Kelsey Brugger)

ON THE COVER: Alejandra Gutierrez is flanked by current and former students whom she has offered guidance, academic and personal, to for years. Photo by Paul Wellman.

Lights, Camera, Action! 

The untold story is what drives the baba2films duo: "stories, usually character-driven, that aim for the heart," said Stan Roden, a former Santa Barbara County district attorney. He got hooked on storytelling when he entered the film fest's Green Shorts contest with a two-minute video on the ecological benefits of composting. Film lovers know Phyllis de Picciotto well — she founded the aforementioned S.B. International Film Festival. Together they teach Social Justice Documentary Filmmaking at Antioch College, and like a number of their film shorts, this week's about the Franklin Service Center's Alejandra Gutierrez can be found here.

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Behavioral Health's 'Big Bang'

Dr. Alice Gleghorn Takes Over Once-Struggling Department

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Profile: Pearl Bloom

Four Decades at Macy’s with No Plans to Retire

The 88-year-old has been working at Macy’s for 40 years and has no plans to retire. Read story.

Sports: Hiking the PCT

Former Gaucho’s Memories of His Pacific Crest Trail Trek

Greg Hummel was one of 15 people who walked the entire 2,650-mile length of the Pacific Crest Trail in 1977. Read story.

One Wrist at a Time

Tom Brown’s Quest to Conquer Cancer through Surfing and Your Forearm One Wrist at a Time

Santa Barbaran Tom Brown is on a quest to conquer cancer through surfing and your forearm. Read story.

A Santa Barbara Homecoming

Surf Photographer Donnie Hedden Boomerangs Back to His Childhood Home

Surf photographer Donnie Hedden returns to his childhood home, rediscovering its waves and ways. Read story.

Last Train to DogVille

Feinstein and Boxer Drop Bombshells on Way Out Door

Feinstein and Boxer drop bombshells on the way out the door. Read story.

Governing the Anarchist Bubble of Isla Vista

With Das Williams in the Lead, Taxation and Control is Examined in Earnest

With Das Williams in the lead, taxation and control is examined in earnest. Read story.

Mansions on the Moon: A Creative History

L.A. Electro Rockers Headline SOhO

The Los Angeles electro rockers will headline SOhO on December 11. Read story.

'Tis the Season 2014

The Complete and Cool Guide to Santa Barbara's Yuletide

Check out S.B.'s complete and definitive guide to all things merry and bright this season. Read story.

Biting the Hand That Bleeds You

Can the Isla Vista Genie Get Crammed Back Into Its Bottle?

Can the Isla Vista genie get crammed back into its bottle? Read story.

Kids Helping Kids

Concert Benefit Featuring Ingrid Michaelson

This year, Kids Helping Kids has secured platinum-selling singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson to headline the fundraiser. Read story.

Avi Buffalo Is Growing Up and Out

L.A. Youngsters Return with At Best Cuckold

The young Sub Pop signees return to the fold and play SOhO in support of their new sophomore album. Read story.

Turkey Day Tunes

Glen Phillips and Velasco Make Us the Ultimate Thanksgiving Playlist

Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips and L.A. songwriter Velasco make us the ultimate Thanksgiving playlist. Read story.

Local Heroes 2014

The Santa Barbara Independent's Annual Celebration of Good People

The Santa Barbara Independent's annual celebration of good people. Read story.

March of the Mutt-Mitted Zombies

Re-branding Effort Underway for County Mental Health, but What About Puff Unit?

A re-branding effort is underway for county mental health, but what about the Puff Unit? Read story.

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