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It’s the most wonderful time of the year again in Santa Barbara, and The Indy‘s newest holiday-spirit enforcer, Devon Claire Flannery, wants to make sure you celebrate our warm-weather winters to the fullest.
On Thanksgiving Day in 1986, we published our first issue of The Santa Barbara Independent. It was also our first honor roll of Local Heroes, with stories of men and women who truly deserved our thanks for making Santa Barbara such an amazing place to live.
When firefighters at Montecito Fire Protection District Station 2 looked up into the dark hills of Montecito Thursday evening around 5:45 p.m., a red glow already portended a crisis in the making.
When the first west swell of the season began making its way toward the all-too-sleepy shores of Santa Barbara a few weeks ago, the hype machine was in full effect.
In this scary new world we’re living through right now, it’s hard to imagine anyone employing any version of that hackneyed old Dickens lead. But here goes: It was the best of times-for economic woes-and it was the worst of times-to cherish consumer dreams.