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Thousands of Plaintiffs Added to Refugio Oil Spill Case

Litigation follows footsteps of 1969 Union Oil spill attorneys.

Human Trafficking: It’s Happening in Front of You

Forum hold on how Santa Barbara is easing the threat and fear for victims.

Trolls' Rights?

Comments from readers have long been a part of Free Speech Free Press.

Push Comes to Shove Between Law Enforcement and Mental Health

County supervisors confront too many needs with not enough money.

Helicopter Hits Electrical Wires, Starts Small Fire

A crop duster hit power lines in Ellwood Canyon.

Going Vegetarian Is the Best Thing You Can Do for the Environment

Do something for the environment — go vegetarian!

The 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays

A year of redemption where ‘empathy is a bird’

Misplaced Comments

Thoughtful and articulate comments, especially from people with relevant knowledge, greatly enhanced my reading of the online Independent.


Shy Chihuahua needs a home!

Nicholas Kristof Is Coming

I think your readership would appreciate a little special publicity for this double Pulitzer Prize-winner on stories of deep meaning.

County Accountant Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $2 Million

Forensic audit discovers almost 300 false invoices filed over nine years.

Plaza de la Guerra: Santa Barbara’s Social Center

Home to City Hall, this plaza has been a focal point of the city's social life since the 1820s.

Breaking News

Disaster after disaster, our Indy team never relents!

Los Padres ForestWatch Opposes Logging in Condor Country

Timber companies target 2,800 acres of trees near Mt. Pinos along the Tecuya Ridge.

On Target

I welcome Target with open arms, but I am opposed to the store's redundancies.

Thomas Endorses Olmstead

The relationship between our public safety agencies is paramount, and we need to consider who is best suited to be the leader of our Sheriff’s department.

Planned Parenthood Holds Birds and Bees Bash

Event raises $225,000.

Contributions and Votes

Should county supervisors take large amounts of money from companies that seek their approval?

Lawmakers Move to Impede Offshore Oil Leases

A pair of bills aim to counter the federal government's new push for production.

Santa Barbara's Commuter Train Brings Solid Ridership and Timely Service

The first two weeks of service have seen a daily average topping 180 riders.

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