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Trying Times

Isla Vista’s more infamous cases – and the stories behind them that don’t get discussed.

Merry Solstice

Looking back, I never really had a shot at being pious. With a lapsed Catholic for a mother and a secular Jew for a step-father, I was a spiritual orphan, destined to stumble through the year-end holidays with no real sense of history.

Fallout from the Atomic Dog

SOMETHING PISSY THIS WAY COMES: Greka Oil has done it again. And again and again and again. At a time when oil companies like Chevron and BP are spending many millions to greenwash us into believing they can be environmentally caring and sharing, it’s good to have down-and-dirty operators like Greka keeping it real.

Disaster Preparedness

What is the first thing people want after a disaster? It’s not shelter, or food, or comfort. It’s information, says Troy Harris, who is the outgoing president of the Montecito Emergency Response & Recovery Action Group (MERRAG). His point was made evident last summer when the Zaca Fire licked the backdoor of Montecito.

Merry-Making, Montecito-Style

MA supports Largura appeal; Winters wins award; Carbajal raises $300K; Miramar’s new story poles; and more Montecito news.


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