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Rebellion in Lompoc City Hall

Warring Factions Erupt During Budget Debate

The Lompoc City Council has been on the hot seat for a perception that it has "blown up with bickering, warring factions, and finger-pointing." Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Open Season on Panhandlers

Santa Barbara candidates attack the aggressive homeless as a way of ending State Street woes. Read story.

A Nation of Immigrants

And the country continues to benefit. Read story.

Current Events Viewed from (Way) Afar

Extra-terrestrial concerned about Earth direction. Read story.

Rebellion in Lompoc City Hall

Warring Factions Erupt During Budget Debate

The Lompoc City Council has been on the hot seat for a perception that it has "blown up with bickering, warring factions, and finger-pointing." Read story.

Where's Trump's 'Great Heart'?

Rescinding DACA Was a Terrible Decision

Rescinding DACA was a terrible decision. Read story.

Shipwrecked

Aftermath of the Storm

The aftermath of the storm Read story.

Short-Term Rentals Benefit the Wine Industry and Santa Barbara County

Without Them, It's an 'Also Ran'

Santa Barbara's wine industry is a distant “also-ran” to the Paso Robles wine industry. Read story.

Immigrants Founded This Country

Immigrants and their children have served and enriched this country in enumerable ways. Read story.

The Divided States of America

Muslim ban challenges the founding values of our country. Read story.

Holiday Awkward

Hoping for a winter anywhere but here. Read story.

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All Need Health Care

We are Santa Barbarans … We are your friends, neighbors, local volunteers. Read Letter

Santa Barbara Tornado

Observations from Paradise Read Letter

Time for DA to Apologize to Joel Alcox

The State of California approved compensation to Joel Alcox for wrongful incarceration. Noticeably missing is an apology from the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office. Read Letter

No Pot in My Backyard

Legalizing cannabis under Prop. 64 reflects the incredible stupidity of the voters in California. Read Letter

Heed the Constitution

We should have an open mind and heed the Constitution concerning free speech but not let our brains fall out. Read Letter

'Hal-Yes' — Really?

Bright and early this morning, I saw the new campaign sign for mayoral candidate Hal Conklin, with its clever slogan. Read Letter

Rump Reversals

Trump has demonstrated interest in having immigration law changed by Congress, rather than (probably unconstitutionally) by Obama-style executive order. Read Letter

TransRescue

Observations from Paradise Read Letter

Six Percent

Has your income increased by 6 percent these last years? Read Letter

There's the President on TV

Sending more children to war Read Letter

We Must Speak Out Against Racism

Trump's shameful response to the violence in Charlottesville has resulted in a resolution for censure. Read Letter

DACA Was Unconstitutional

President Trump officially rescinded DACA but gave Congress six months to address the issue. It was the right move. Read Letter

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