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  1. Haggen Lays off Developmentally Disabled EmployeesRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jul 28 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Since its expansion to Santa Barbara County in April 2015, Haggen - a relatively small Pacific Northwest grocery chain known for its health food options - has taken over five Albertsons and Vons locations in Santa Barbara and Goleta. This week, Haggen laid off 14 developmentally disabled employees working at those stores.


  2. County Take Steps Toward Plastic Bag BanRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jul 22 | Santa Barbara Independent

    In a 3-2 vote, the Santa Barbara supervisors moved this week toward banning single-use plastic bags in the unincorporated areas of the county. The ban - one is already in effect in the cities of Santa Barbara and Carpinteria - is scheduled to roll out next March.


  3. Edward Leven and His Rubber ChecksRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 16 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Brundage, onetime virtual czar of the Olympics, would soon regret the deal and that he hadn't looked closely into Leven's dubious real estate dealings. Using wife Joyce Stone Leven's alimony, he planned to live in a grand manner and parlay his new holdings into a multimillion-dollar estate.


  4. Suicidal Man Arrested after StandoffRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 10, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    A suicidal Santa Maria man is in jail after he allegedly violated a restraining order, then barricaded himself with a loaded shotgun in a Carpinteria motel room. Taidje Robinson, 30, had called and emailed a "female associate" in violation of a restraining order against him, said Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kelly Hoover.


  5. Deputies Shoot Man During Traffic StopRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 9, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, Sheriff's deputies shot a Santa Barbara man multiple times after he pointed a shotgun at one of them during a traffic stop. The suspect, 23-year-old Oscar Varela Moreno, is expected to survive.


  6. Dead Dolphins, Pelicans Continue to Wash Ashore after Refugio Oil SpillRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 2, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Dead and dying wildlife continue to wash ashore two weeks after the May 19 oil spill near Refugio State Beach. Wildlife and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network recovered the bodies of 30 dead sea birds and 13 marine mammals Five oiled birds and two mammals were found alive.


  7. Teddy Macker's PoetryRead the original story w/Photo

    May 29, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Yours are very spiritual poems. They're also infused with imagery from the natural world.


  8. Hit-and-Run Help Medical Help SoughtRead the original story

    May 22, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    A hit and run took place in Carpinteria on April 16. The sun was shining bright over a busy street, yet not a single person assisted the victim, Christine Garcia. She was hit while riding her bicycle at the parking lot entrance to the 7-Eleven on Calle Real, where she worked at the time, and the driver of the truck left the scene while his or her children stared out the window at Christine.


  9. Rediscovering the Franklin TrailRead the original story w/Photo

    May 4, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    At the beginning of the 20th Century, as the newly-created Santa Barbara National Forest began to extend its influence, forest rangers began to work with local communities to connect them via trail into the backcountry. By 1910-20 a great number of trails had been constructed that linked the front country to the top of the mountain wall, including one very rugged route up a steep ridgeline behind the Carpinteria Valley called the Franklin Trail.


  10. T-Shirt to Help NepalRead the original story w/Photo

    May 4, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Show support for earthquake recovery in Nepal by sporting this new #AllForNepal T-shirt made by Carpinteria clothier Ace Rivington, which is sending 100 percent of $34-per-shirt proceeds to the Himalayan country, particularly to the medical-support nonprofit Mending Kids . Order at


  11. Hungry Day at Earth DayRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 23, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    So I made a beeline past the beekeeper booth and spotted a banner reading "Electric Lemonade." There, Natalie Bovee, who can normally be seen at the Four Seasons Biltmore, whipped up a large cup ofa <-a .


  12. Explore Ecology Runs Country's Biggest School Garden ProgramRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 22, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Make kids eat vegetables, and you win a small battle; but teach them how to grow a garden, and you win the war. That's the premise behind Explore Ecology's school garden program, whose 35 gardens from Guadalupe to Carpinteria - tended to by 15 teachers and more than 8,000 students - make it the largest effort of its kind in the United States.


  13. Measure Z EspritRead the original story

    Apr 19, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Having served on the Fire Board for many years until stepping down in December, I am familiar with the issues and the people involved in Measure Z. In my estimation the need for the station improvements in Summerland and Carpinteria is unquestionable, and passage of a bond now will allow our community to fund these facilities while interest rates remain very low. Years of planning went into placing this measure on the ballot, having in mind all the while the need to bring forth modest cost proposals.


  14. Kudos and DodosRead the original story

    Mar 16, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    I want to express my appreciation for John Zant's sports coverage in The Santa Barbara Independent . Even though I don't usually read the stories closely, I have noticed that he devotes extensive coverage to female athletes.


  15. Another Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Carpinteria ChurchRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 16, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Two women sexually abused by a Carpentaria Community Church youth minister have filed a lawsuit against the church and the Presbytery of Santa Barbara. The lawsuit comes just a few days after a nearly identical civil case was filed on behalf of a third victim.


  16. All Hell Breaks Loose in Sex Abuse LawsuitRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 8, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    The Carpinteria Community Church routinely ignored and covered up reports of sexual abuse committed by one of its youth ministers, a lawsuit filed Tuesday claims. , harbored another sexual predator who molested multiple victims over the course of 30 years as he was transferred to different parishes in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and around the country.


  17. Garage Band Confidential: Watch The Seeds: Pushin' Too HardRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 4, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    If you're searching for a director with street cred to make a rock-and-roll film about the 1960s garage rock scene, it would be harder to beat Neil Norman's qualifications. "I used to walk down Sunset Strip with Lenny Bruce when I was a little kid," said Norman, who recently finished a film about the California proto-psych band The Seeds.


  18. Fundraiser Saturday for Deputy Hurt in Freak AccidentRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 20, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    What were once acts performed with mere muscle memory - walking, eating, holding a Styrofoam smoothie cup - are now hurdles for Senior Deputy Dan McSkimming. Even smiling, said his wife, Staci, has presented a learning curve.


  19. Help Close the Poop LoopRead the original story

    Feb 10, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    The time has come to Close the Poop Loop. The city's Creeks Division, in partnership with the County of Santa Barbara and the cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Santa Maria, and Solvang are calling on all pet owners, dog lovers, and volunteer stewards to properly clean up after their polluting pups.


  20. Health Coverage Deadline LoomsRead the original story

    Feb 6, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    With the deadline of February 15 fast approaching to sign up for health-care coverage, Santa Barbara's Public Health Department will hold two meetings at which people can ask questions about and enroll in comprehensive health insurance. Lompoc Health Care Center hosts the first on Saturday, February 7, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and the second takes place at Santa Barbara's Eastside Library on Monday, February 9, 1:30-7 p.m. ), and Medi-Cal enrollments will be available at the two meetings.


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