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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

Joel Alcox Is Resurrected

Did This God-Loving Man Serve 25 Years in Prison for a Murder He Didn’t Commit?

Did this God-loving man serve 25 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit? Read story.

The Dog Pound

Ridiculous Rents and What to Do About Them

Ridiculous rents and what to do about them. Read story.

Meet Police Chief Lori Luhnow

She Talks Homelessness, Implicit Bias, and Training Guardians, not Warriors

She talks homelessness, implicit bias, and training guardians, not warriors. Read story.

What’s New at ETC

Upcoming Works, Events, and Programs at Ensemble Theatre Company

Upcoming works, events, and programs at Ensemble Theatre Company. Read story.

Interview with a Goo Goo Doll

Johnny Rzeznik Talks Longevity, Sobriety, and the Past

Johnny Rzeznik talks longevity, sobriety, and the past Read story.

Pacific Health Foods Celebrates 25 Years

Carpinteria Market Launches Beach Town’s First and Only Organic Bakery

The Carpinteria market launches the beach town’s first and only organic bakery. Read story.

Up Against the Condor Trail

Brittany Nielsen Is First to Complete the 400-Mile-Long Trail Through the Los Padres National Forest

Brittany Nielsen is the first to complete the 400-mile-long trail through the Los Padres National Forest. Read story.

Summer Reading: Beast Mode

Extreme Nature Writing Trespasses over the Species Divide

Extreme nature writing trespasses over the species divide Read story.

Dog Is My Autopilot

Poodle Visits Austin in Time of Dallas Massacre

Poodle visits Austin in time of Dallas massacre. Read story.

Biologists Go E-Fishing for Steelhead

Stun and Release Method Commences as Cachuma Goes ‘Dry’

Stun and release method commences as Cachuma goes “dry.” Read story.

Patagonia Joins Food Revolution

Outdoor Retailer Explores Conscious Agriculture in New Film ‘Unbroken Ground’

The outdoor retailer explores conscious agriculture in its new film, ‘Unbroken Ground.’ Read story.

Green Table Goes Extra Mile

West De La Guerra Street Restaurant Serves Gluten-Free, Vegetarian Cuisine

West De La Guerra Street restaurant serves gluten-free, vegetarian cuisine. Read story.

Faces of the Sea

A Look at Those Who Work Along Santa Barbara’s Oceanfront

A look at those who work along Santa Barbara’s oceanfront. Read story.

From FBI Boss to Death Penalty Foe

Tom Parker's Quest to Free a Convicted Murderer

Tom Parker's quest to free a convicted murderer. Read story.

SBIFF Wave Festival Brings French Films

For This Year’s Second Mini-Fest, France is Represented

For this year’s second mini-fest, France is represented. Read story.

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