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Music Cuts Will Harm Teachers and Students

Constant Lack of Funding Threatens Program Continuity

The constant job insecurity and lack of funding threatens program continuity. Read story.

Cannabis Grower Appointed to County Ag Board

Cannabis grower John Sherman De Friel has been appointed to the county’s Agricultural Advisory Commission. Read story.

Barney Brantingham Retires

After 60 years in journalism, Santa Barbara’s On the Beat columnist hangs up his typewriter. Read story.

Current Events Viewed from (Way) Afar

Extra-terrestrial concerned about Earth direction. Read story.

Music Cuts Will Harm Teachers and Students

Constant Lack of Funding Threatens Program Continuity

The constant job insecurity and lack of funding threatens program continuity. Read story.

Conversion Therapy Must Be Banned

Cruel and Unusual Punishment Should Always Be Outlawed

Cruel and unusual punishment should always be outlawed. Read story.

About that Festering Corpse …

Ahem, Umbrellas in Tiki Cocktails Are Fun

Umbrellas in drinks are fun. Drinking tiki cocktails in the Funk Zone is fun. We like to have fun. Read story.

Let Voters Fill Every Council Vacancy

Will Power Concede Power Without a Demand?

'Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.' —Frederick Douglass Read story.

Moving Away from the City's Homeless People

Sunday in Santa Barbara's Oak Park

Sunday in Santa Barbara's Oak Park. Read story.

Killing Ends the Universe for All

We start to forget victims' own rich lives, the fact that they lived a life as we are now. Read story.

Holiday Awkward

Hoping for a winter anywhere but here. Read story.

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No Skyscrapers Here

The race for Third District Council seat has the ability to Manhattanize Santa Barbara. Read Letter

No I.V. Tax

A utility user tax for Isla Vista is a horrible idea. Read Letter

Shop Local for Coffee, Too

To categorize State Street as “deader than dead, an experiential wasteland devoid of flavor or function” is an exaggeration of incredible proportions. Read Letter

Room at His Inns

The hotel on upper State Street above Islay has been in various stages of construction for many years. Read Letter

Warm and Fuzzy About Granny Flats

It was a welcome relief to read about the approval of granny flats. Read Letter

Pot and Kettle

John Perlin, being somewhat of a genius … Read Letter

Damp, Tie-Died Dreams

Your endorsement for voting Yes on Measure R is appalling and disappointing. Read Letter

Peet's Is Not Alone

Government affecting rentals, too. Read Letter

Libel and Candor

Regarding the turmoil that has roiled SBCC in the wake of the Michael Shermer speech, I want to correct a factual error. Read Letter

Political Immortality

Opening a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem was a bold, historic decision. Read Letter

Experience and Qualifications

We need an experienced and well-qualified individual as our Auditor-Controller. Read Letter

Bodies Needed in Shops

Big thanks to Brad Paisley for his benefit concert and pop-up meet and greets! Read Letter

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