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For the third straight year, the Santa Barbara Independent presents its annual Homes & Gardens special section, a roundup of profiles, advice, and insight into what makes our developed and cultivated landscapes thrive. This year’s edition looks at a tiny home built by high schoolers, the history of adobe construction, how to make your yard look like Lotusland, and much, much more.

What We Talk About

For our copy desk intern, Nicole Kludjian, the end of UCSB’s spring quarter concludes a two-and-a-half-year stint with SexInfo Online, where she’s been editor in chief. She landed the gig after taking John and Janice Baldwin’s Sociology of Human Sexuality. Explained Nicole, “Soc 152A is one of those classes everyone takes. It’s taught by an adorable older couple who talk about sex in the most accessible way.” To the most common question asked at SexInfo — “Am I pregnant?” — Nicole advises, “Get a pregnancy test, understand that pre-cum can contain active sperm, invest in birth control, and always be aware of STIs/STDs.”

In Print

Eddie Hsueh: Santa Barbara’s Great Peace Officer

Bringing Safer Ways for Law Enforcement to Work with People with Mentally Illness

Sheriff’s Lieutenant Eddie Hsueh brings safer ways for law enforcement to work with people with mental illness. Read story.

Glorifying Sex and Tolerating Assault in Isla Vista

A Personal Investigation into Hookup Culture and its Gruesome Consequences

A personal investigation into hookup culture and its gruesome consequences. Read story.

Sexual Assault Doesn't End After College

Sexual Violence Continues on the Streets of Santa Barbara

Sexual violence continues on the streets of Santa Barbara. Read story.

SBIFF's 10-10-10 Competitors Meet Multiple Challenges

The Fire and Its Aftermath Made This Year’s Competition Special

The fire and its aftermath make this year's competition special. Read story.

SBIFF Celebration of Cinema Continues

Festival Heads into Last, Long Weekend

Heading into the last, long weekend of events, there is still plenty to do and see. Read story.

2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Kicks into Gear

Fascinating Films, Acclaimed Actors, and More

From Oscar nominees to art-house indies, the schedule is packed with films for all. Read story.

How Santa Barbara County Jurisdictions Are Dealing with Marijuana Legalization

Legal Tangles Leave Santa Barbarans Wondering: 'Dude, Where's My Weed?'

Legal tangles leave Santa Barbarans wondering: 'Dude, where's my weed?' Read story.

On the Menu at Pot Shops

What to Expect When You Walk Into Your First Cannabis Retailer 

What to expect when you walk into your first cannabis retailer.  Read story.

Growing Cannabis in Your Backyard

From Where to Start to When to Harvest, Here Are Seven Must-Know Steps to Planting Pot in Santa Barbara

From where to start to when to harvest, here are seven must-know steps to planting pot in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Death Toll Approaches 23 in the Worst Disaster in Santa Barbara History

Tracing the History and Coping with the Reality of 20 Lost and Three Still Missing

Tracing the history and coping with the reality of 20 lost and three still missing. Read story.

Stories of Heroism, Heartbreak Emerge from Montecito Mudslides

17 People Killed and 100 Homes Destroyed in Post-Thomas Fire Disaster

Seventeen people were killed and 100 homes were destroyed in the post-Thomas Fire disaster. Read story.

The Peril of the Amur Leopard

How the Santa Barbara Zoo Is Helping Save the Big Cats from Extinction

How the Santa Barbara Zoo is helping save the big cats from extinction. Read story.

Our Year in Photos 2017

The Santa Barbara Independent’s Annual Visual Review of the Year That Was

The Santa Barbara Independent’s annual visual review of the year that was. Read story.

The Thomas Fire Strikes Back

Beast Still Breathes Despite Saturday’s Epic Firefight in the Montecito Foothills

Insight and analysis on the beast that still breathes despite Saturday’s epic firefight in the Montecito foothills. Read story.

Gary Goddard Accused of Child Abuse in Santa Barbara

Victims Participated in Santa Barbara Youth Theater

Victims participated in Santa Barbara Youth Theater. Read story.

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