ON THE COVER: Get out the confetti and tamales-it’s time for Santa Barbara’s annual Old Spanish Days celebration! Get your fill of Fiesta in this week’s issue of The Independent, which is your guide to all the mercados, parades, dancing, and festival activities you could hope for. The cover image-W.H.D. Koerner’s “Early California”-depicts caballeros riding in Montecito, and originally appeared in the Saturday Evening Post with a short story called “Foofaraw” by Stewart Edward White in 1930. The image is courtesy Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery.