Ocean of Oil: All Eyes on Ellwood; Plus 12 Energy Alerts (Matt Kettmann and Lyz Hoffman)

ON THE COVER: Photo by Paul Wellman.

Earth Day 2014!

This weekend's Earth Day celebration and consciousness-raising event for the planet promises to be a barkin' good time. And if you don't believe us, just ask these three dogs and a guy who stopped by for a photo op at last year's festival. Bike or hike on over to The Independent's display at Alameda Park and see what we've made out of recycled newspapers this year. In past efforts, clever Independent tinkers fashioned dresses, hats, bags, baskets, boxes, headbands, signs ... and this year, we feature our soon-to-be-world-famous photo booth. Tag your pix #sbindy to be featured on our Instagram feed @sbindependent. And remember, recycle!

In Print

Crazy Like a Dog

Declare Victory, Drop Gang Injunction

Declare victory, and drop the gang injunction. Read story.

Cops Take on ‘Urban Travelers’

‘Crescent Crossing’ May Be in City Hall Crosshairs

“Crescent Crossing” may be in City Hall crosshairs. Read story.

Interview: Brett Dennen

The Red-Headed Troubadour Gets Back to His Roots on New Record

The red-headed troubadour returns to the Lobero Theatre in support of his latest record, Smoke and Mirrors. Read story.

Sara Watkins’s Fresh Starts

Nickel Creek Reunites on A Dotted Line

The Watkins Family Hour travels to the Lobero Theatre on March 21. Read story.

35 Years of the Jalama Burger

Iconic Beachside Meal Worth the Long Drive

The iconic beachside meal is worth the long drive to Santa Barbara County's most remote park. Read story.

Little Wings Contemplates the End of the World

Kyle Field Finds Inspiration in Hip-Hop, Magic Numbers

Kyle Field’s Little Wings headlines SOhO Restaurant & Music Club on March 19. Read story.

The Real McElroy

The Fire Chief Is Good and Has the Luck of the Irish

If being good isn’t enough, Fire Chief Pat McElroy also has the luck of the Irish Read story.

Getting Your Dog On

Is Capps Too Nice for Our Own Good?

Don't get mad; get mad and even. Read story.

Budget Talk Centers on Jail, Maintenance Measure

Preliminary Meeting Sets Stage for April Decisions

Preliminary meeting sets stage for April decisions. Read story.

Find Out About State & Fig

Patrick Casey and Marisa Moran's Farm-to-Table Restaurant in La Arcada

Patrick Casey and Marisa Moran's farm-to-table restaurant in La Arcada Plaza. Read story.

Larry Mills’s Sadly Beautiful Photos

The Mean Streets of New England

I’m over here… casts a spell through images of aesthetic deprivation. Read story.

Charles Lloyd Returns to the Lobero with Sangam

Percussion-Intensive Trio Celebrates 10 Years of Music Making

Through jazz, Vedanta, and beyond, woodwind master Charles Lloyd is still showing which way is east. Read story.

Buddhist Rampage in Burma

Mobs Attack Rakhine Muslim Minority in Potential Ethnic-Cleansing Effort

Kevin McKiernan investigates reports of ethnic cleansing of Rakhine Muslim minority in Myanmar (aka Burma). Read story.

Fukushima Stirs Diablo Fears

State Demands More Seismic Studies of California's Last Nuclear Power Plant

State demands more seismic studies of California's last nuclear power plant. Read story.

Summerland Winery: Vintners of the Village

Purveyors of Fine Pinot Noir and More Thrive in Seaside Hamlet off Highway 101

The purveyors of fine pinot noir and more thrive in the seaside hamlet that straddles 101. Read story.

The Consul

Opera Santa Barbara presents "The Consul" by Gian-Carlo Menotti. Read More