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Tis the Season 2008

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.

Local Heroes 2008

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.

The Brief but Violent Life of the Tea Fire

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.

Voices Rarely Heard

One year ago, a group of professors, students, and other activists within the social justice group PUEBLO began interviewing undocumented immigrants about their lives here.

Enter the Allosphere

Inside UC Santa Barbara’s three dimensional immersive theater, the 21st century face of our discipline-bending university.

The Independent’s Best Of Readers’ Poll

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.


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