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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

Wine Cask’s New Chef

New Yorker David Rosner Returns to Santa Barbara, Spruces Up Classic Menu

New Yorker David Rosner returns to Santa Barbara and spruces up a classic menu. Read story.

Knitting Psychedelic Day Dreams

Behind the Scenes with Santa Barbara’s Yarn Bomber

Ethan Stewart goes behind the scenes with Santa Barbara’s Yarn Bomber. Read story.

Fall Arts Preview 2014

Theater, Dance, and Visual Art are Back in Season

Theater, dance, and visual art events are ripe for the picking this autumn. Read story.

Beneath the Valley of the Dogs

Good News, Bad News on the State of our Late (Not) Great (Not) Drought

There’s Good News and Bad News on the state of our late (not) great (not) drought. Read story.

Measure P: Who’s Scaring Whom?

Both Sides Claim Lies Abound Over Drilling Ban

Both sides claim lies abound over drilling ban. Read story.

Brad Nack, Tony Askew, and the Arts Fund

Arts Fund Hires Nack, Celebrates Askew

The Arts Fund re-centers and remembers with an appointment and a party. Read story.

The Last Internationale Rise Up

Protest Rock Finds a New Torchbearer in N.Y.C. Trio

This young NYC trio is reviving protest rock and heading to Velvet Jones on September 9 Read story.

Developer to Save Funk Zone

Can Eco-Groovy Neil Dipaola Build and Not Gentrify?

Developer Neil Dipaola plans to put sailboats on a hotel roof and artists in storage containers, and almost everybody is ecstatic. How come? Read story.

The Barking of the Neighbor’s Dogs

Poodle Gets Whiplash Contemplating Onset of New Football Season

Poodle gets whiplash contemplating the onset of the new football season. Read story.

Laura's Law: Treatment to Trump Tragedy?

County Considers Adopting State Legislation in Wake of Murder Cases

County considers adopting state legislation in wake of murder cases. Read story.

High School Fall Football

The Dons, Chargers, and Royals Hit the Gridiron for Week Zero

The Dons, Chargers, and Royals hit the gridiron for week zero. Read story.

Zach Gill Interviews Jack Johnson

The Longtime Friends Talk Love Songs and Soul Carving

The longtime friends and famous UCSB alums have a backstage chat about love songs and soul carving. Read story.

Reusable Cups Come to the Bowl

S.B.’s Favorite Venue Gets One Step Closer to Zero Waste

Santa Barbara’s beloved venue continues to greenify with the help of Klean Kanteen and LoaTree. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s First Comedy Festival

Big-Name Comics Converge on Downtown Theaters for Seven Nights of Shows

Big-name comics converge on downtown stages for seven nights of shows. Read story.

Reflections in a Dog's Eye

Diablo Canyon's Seismic Safety Assurances Challenged by NRC Inspector

Diablo Canyon's seismic safety assurances have been challenged by an NRC inspector. Read story.

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