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Homeless Move into New Isla Vista Digs

Preparations also underway for the next "vulnerability index" survey.

Tesla Dealership Gets Green Light

Although no official application has yet been submitted, the City Council gave Tesla Motors the green light to open a new car dealership — “a gallery,” in the Tesla lingo — at the spot on Hitchcock Way now occupied by Don Hughes Volvo.

Wet 'n' Wild While High and Dry

Exploring Slippery Rock and desal's $42 million question.

County Probation Chief Retiring

After 33 years working for County Probation, the last three spent as department chief, Beverly Taylor will retire on 1/8.

Police Activities League Hosts Holiday Dinner

Holiday cheer was alive and well Tuesday night as more than 150 low-income residents enjoyed tamales and tacos, decorated cookies, and opened personalized presents at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center for the 14th annual Police Activities League (PAL) holiday dinner.

New Finance Director for Goleta

Genie Wilson, treasury manager for City of Santa Barbara, will start next month.

California Crossing with Cracker’s David Lowery

The Camper Van Beethoven frontman on the Inland Empire, Cracker’s new double disc, and early morning songwriting.

The Making of Lit Moon’s Humbug!

In this stylish and deeply felt version of A Christmas Carol, five actors play 20 roles.

FUNZONE Hosts Charity Concert for Ferguson Public Library

Watercolor Paintings, Sun Daes, and Chaye Tione play a benefit show on Friday, December 19.

Beta Play’s Ultimate Holiday Playlist

Tommy & The High Pilots may have changed their name, but they’re still keeping their Christmas tradition alive.

Get Your Holiday Shop On in Ojai

Deck the Halls brings its seasonal pop-up fare back to the Ojai Rancho Inn.

Host an Exchange Student

Host families are needed for four International students who will attend Bishop Diego High School in spring.

“Big Dave’s” Egg Nog

Review of The Hungry Cat’s “Big Dave’s” Egg Nog.

Game of the Week

The 2014 High School Girls', Basketball S.B. Tournament of Champions Opening Game Friday, December 19, with Games Through Tuesday, December 23.

College Basketball So Far

While the players are dealing with term papers and final exams, John Zant gives first quarter grades to UCSB and Westmont.


The holidays have struck, and they've never hit The Santa Barbara Independent in quite this way.

Highway Project Promises to Ruin City Traffic

The fact is that building the extra 101 lane, as proposed, will take all local road-improvement money for decades.

Are They Going to Pot?

A look at new federal rules and an old local controversy.

The Miracles and Misery of Mt. Carmel

How the failed dreams of cloistered nuns gave birth to Santa Barbara wine country.

Behavioral Health's 'Big Bang'

Dr. Alice Gleghorn takes over once-struggling department.

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