Credit: Carl Perry

What a year, right? Events, especially. Areas from Ojai to Lompoc — they sure know how to bounce back from adversity. I love being a part of the S.B. Independent, especially because it’s constant, reliable, and brings to light issues that are necessary, entertaining, and fun.

I love when a special place in the city is highlighted, such as “Celebrating Stearn’s Wharf: 150-Year Anniversary Honors the Past and Present.” I always appreciate Ryan P. Cruz, as he highlights stories about women, homeless people, and our community. I was so proud of our coverage of Ukraine with various writers including Nick Welsh, Tyler Hayden, Brian O’Dea, and Oksana Yakushko contributing.

At the end of the year, I must look back at our annual Guides (Weddings, Summer Camp, Fiesta, ‘Tis the Season), which are created to assist our community and local businesses. I had the most fun creating the Halloween listings, which will be a full-fledged guide in 2023. Thank you for letting me curate all types of events for the different interests you all have. Let’s continue to live a good life in S.B. Happy New Year!

Caught in the Rental Crunch | Ryan P. Cruz

Our Readers Speak Out on the Struggles of Renting in Santa Barbara

Celebrating 150 Years of Stearns Wharf | Indy Staff

A Look at the Past and Present of One of California’s Last Working Wooden Piers

Los Prietos Boys Camp Closing: ‘The End of an Era’ in Santa Barbara County? | Ryan P. Cruz

Youth Orgs Push Back Against Decision to Merge Programs into Santa Maria Juvenile Hall

Women’s Rights Front and Center in Downtown Santa Barbara | Ryan P. Cruz

Women and Allies Voice Solidarity with Women in Iran, Rally the Vote on National Day of Action

Santa Barbara’s Iranian Community Protests for Women’s Rights | Ryan P. Cruz

’Women, Life, Freedom’: Locals Join in Worldwide Protests Against Treatment of Women in Iran

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Rent’s Too High: Santa Barbara Tenants Share Rental Horror Stories at Courthouse | Ryan P. Cruz

Members of Santa Barbara Tenants Union, CAUSE Push for Tenant Protections and Rent Control

Russian War Against Ukraine Gets Worse | Oksana Yakushko

Homes and Hospitals Under Bombardment

Author Brian O’Dea Shares Field Recording from His Ukraine Documentary | Brian O’Dea

Ukrainian Group Kurbasy Performs “Lviv Song 3”

2022 Summer Camp Guide | Terry Ortega  

The Complete Guide to More than 150 Diverse Camps

Love Finds a Way | Terry Ortega, Maggie Yates, Shannon Brooks, & DJ Darla Bea

2022 Wedding Resource Guide: A Photographer’s Eye, New Trends to Consider, Wedding Night Spots, and Your Wedding Soundtrack

Celebrating Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2022 | Terry Ortega  

A Complete Guide to Fiesta 2022, with a Love Letter to Fiesta, Luminary Profiles for La Presidente, the Spirits, and Saint Barbara

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