Best of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll (D.J. Palladino)

Wellman and Palladino

The team of Wellman and Palladino dates back to a simpler, more innocent era when there were only half-a-dozen categories in the Best Of because many of the things we rate and celebrate today had not yet been invented. Automobiles, for instance, were merely rumored as self-enclosed carriage devices, and health spas, indeed doctors, were more like campfire affairs around which drums and singing occurred. Clearly, the invention of journalism helped divert these two from the hunter-gatherer assignments they had performed. Of the two, Wellman has more technical savvy and knows more jokes that feature schnauzers in the punch line. Palladino enjoys learning new superlatives and interviewing Santa Barbarians who know how to make our town nice.

In Print

To a Distant, Vengeful Dog

Half a billion here, half a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking real money.

Fowling Your Own Nest Read story.

Bill Pintard Talks MLB

Foresters Coach Makes Major League Baseball Predictions

Foresters coach makes Major League Baseball post-season predictions. Read story.

Ryan Adams Is Back

: Singer Returns to the Arlington, Six Years Later

The acclaimed singer/songwriter returns to the Arlington Theatre to kick off his U.S. tour. Read story.

The Wrecking Crew’s Hit Machine

Denny Tedesco Dissects the Magic of Music Making

Denny Tedesco’s film screens at the Plaza Playhouse Theater on September 27. Read story.

The Fifth Annual Foodie Awards

The Santa Barbara Independent’s Celebration of Culinary Culture

The Santa Barbara Independent’s celebration of culinary culture. Read story.

Don’t Ban That Book!

Weeklong Celebration of Censored Works

Granada and Chaucer's display forbidden works in their windows. Read story.

Remembering the Sideways Days

Vintners, Restaurateurs Reflect on Making and Effect of Award-Winning Wine Country Film

Santa Barbara vintners and restaurateurs reflect on the making and effect of award-winning wine country film. Read story.

Ten Years of Dub Side of the Moon

Michael Goldwasser Reminisces on a Decade of Reggae Covers

Producer Michael Goldwasser reminisces on a decade of Easy Star All-Stars. Read story.

Santa Gnarbara Downhill

Skateboarders Test Their Mettle on S.B. Streets

For two days in the hills above Santa Barbara, some of the world’s best downhill skateboarders will be testing their mettle. Read story.

The High Price of Renting in Paradise

Santa Barbara Tenants Facing Extreme Competition and Record Rates

Santa Barbara tenants are facing extreme competition and record rates. Read story.

Blood-Bloated Ticks Nesting in a Dog’s Ear

Praising Measure P with Faint Curses: Anti-Fracking Initiative ‘Too Big’ to Fail


Cajun Kitchen Rallies to Save 'Gator Boy'

Appeals Order to Paint Over Downtown Mural

Order to paint over downtown mural is appealed by restaurant owners. Read story.

Lotusland Auction and Sale

More Than 100 Plants Up for Purchase at Annual Fundraiser

An ever-rare South African cycad seedling is just one of more than 100 plants up for bid as part of the garden’s annual event. Read story.

A Benefit for Cory Orosco

Santa Barbara Rockers Convene to Fight Cancer

Santa Barbara bands are turning out to help Ernie and the Emperors’ youngest player. Read story.

Sports: Ocean Crossing for a Cause

Monica Jones Faces Cold Waters to Raise Money for Youth Swim Lessons

Monica Jones is part of a senior women’s relay that plans to swim from Santa Cruz Island to Oxnard. Read story.

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