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For the Birds

With gratitude, I am writing to share Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s appreciation to the Independent and Hugh Ranson for Hugh’s new monthly “Santa Barbara Birding” column.

Education ‘Reform’

Senate Republicans are worried public school students might learn unique concepts like Black Americans’ contributions to our country.

Love Is Critical

On Sunday, April 25, survivors, victims, and fellow mourners gathered at the courthouse to honor the victims of police violence in our local community and around the nation.

Get Vaccinated

This will be frank. It is what the Centers for Disease Control would like to say but cannot for fear of appearing overbearing and politically incorrect.

A Lesson to Learn

The Santa Rosa experiment, which is a huge success, is one way for cities to move forward.

Santa Barbara Farewell

Santa Barbara was meant to be a temporary stopover for me while waiting for my departure to Katmandu, Nepal, on assignment with the Peace Corps.

Sediment and Sand

Gibraltar Dam recently had its centenary to no fanfare at all.

Beware Consequences of Hazard Pay

On the same day the Santa Barbara City Council voted to draft an emergency grocery hazard pay ordinance, Santa Barbara County also progressed into the Orange Tier of COVID-19 reopening.

A Doubtful Process

, I have spent time studying the mural cluster at Ortega Park within the context of the history of muralism in California, and specifically within the contexts of community engagement, cultural contributions, and their ongoing historical value within the present for the various communities within Santa Barbara.


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