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Feds File Charges Against the News-Press

nlrb.jpg The National Labor Relations Board today filed a complaint against the Santa Barbara News-Press alleging labor law violations stemming from newsroom unionization efforts and set a February 26 hearing in Santa Barbara. Charges include the firing of veteran reporter and union leader Melinda Burns, illegal gag orders, threatened suspensions, and cancellation of union activist Starshine Roshell‘s column, the NLRB announced. In this afternoon update, the News-Press‘ lawyer David Millstein gives a comment.

All I Want for Xmas

A pony, couture fashion, a cute little puppy to take to class, or maybe just a decent place to pee on campus. A post-Christmas wish list in full.

A Chat with Piers Faccini

piers%201.jpg Born in London to English and Italian parents and raised in France, where he still lives, Piers Faccini is a worldly influenced songwriter. His new album Tearing Sky is on Everloving Records, the label run by Ben Harper’s manager that debuted Jack Johnson. Piers comes to SOhO on Wednesday, January 10. Here is the edited bulk of a recent interview with The Indy‘s Matt Kettmann.

Disneyland’s Village Haus

village%20haus%202.jpgWhen Mickey’s droogs snag your Goldfish and tuna salad when entering the Magic Kingdom, what’s a family left to do but eat at the Village Haus.

Barney’s Holiday Leftovers

fireworks.jpg Barney gives some wishes for 2007, plus gives the lowdown on Ulysses S Jasz’ performance at the James Joyce on Saturday and gives ample space to allowing the California Academy Foundation to respond to claims that they stole the CAF acronym.

Kate Wallace

wallace%20cd.jpgA new CD from Santa Barbara’s resident troubadour, who also happens to run the Triniity Backstage concert series that brings world-class folk to town.

Santa Rosa Road Loop

Santa Rosa Road provides an extended ride of a different type, with much of the ride following a more remote section of the Santa Ynez River Valley. The hillsides are steep and open, with walnut orchards, organic farms and wineries along the way.

Shark Park

shark%20park.jpg The first DVD to hit this spot, this surf flick about the massive, tempermental break off of San Miguel Island is a must-see for locals, foreigners, and anyone interested in surfing or the power of the ocean. The bonus up-close footage of a great white shark doesn’t hurt either.

El Goodo

goodo%20cd.jpgEl Goodo’s debut album pays tribute to musical innovators of the ’60s, but with lyrics and drum-heavy melodies one could only expect from devotees of 20th century rock.

Still Frames Transcend Time

Santa Barbara has long occupied a magically engineered time warp, where the past and present wash over each other and, for the most part, seem to peacefully coexist. Maybe it started after the 1925 earthquake, when the town’s leading citizens decided to reinvent the hamlet as an Andalusian fantasy, rooted in a heady cocktail of historic fact and fiction. Mostly, it has worked.

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