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  1. When Dogs Become ArchitectsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 21 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Architect Dennis Thompson is renowned for pushing sustainable building techniques to the forefront of Santa Barbara design since the 1980s as a partner in the firm Thompson Naylor Architects. But he's aiming for a younger set with his latest project: the children's book Dogs Build a House , which he just published with illustrator John Haugse.


  2. Santa Ynez Water Agency Quits Cachuma Operations BoardRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jul 5 | Santa Barbara Independent

    As if five years of drought weren't bad enough, a long-simmering internal conflict has boiled over at the agency that delivers water to the Santa Ynez Valley and South Coast from Lake Cachuma, or what's left of it. ), the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No.


  3. Goleta Ranked California's 50th Safest CityRead the original story

    Sunday Jul 3 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Of this year's top 50 safest cities in California, the City of Goleta fills the 50th spot on the list, according to a Safewise report released in June. The ranking, based on information the home security company gathered from Crime Reports and population data, marks the city's third consecutive year on the list.


  4. Profiles in Design: Landscape Architect Susan Van AttaRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jun 30 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Susan Van Atta has completed some of the largest public-space landscaping projects in Santa Barbara, but she's still on a mission. "A lot of us who are landscape architects express amused frustration that, for the most part, people don't have a clear understanding about what a landscape architect is," she said while explaining the rigorous academic studies involved in professional licensure.


  5. 'A Gummy Day'Read the original story

    Sunday Jun 26 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Forty-five years ago I wrote a case study of the 1969 blowout in which I quoted a Santa Barbaran, "If the oil had been spilled forty miles down the coast, it would have been just another gummy day in Ventura." I'm glad that Ventura has narrowly escaped another gummy day.


  6. Major New Push to Preserve Carp BluffsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 16, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    With a $3 million down payment on the table, a collaboration between the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and the Citizens for Carpinteria Bluffs is now drumming up community support for the purchase and preservation of oceanfront acreage in Carpinteria. The privately owned propertya III The property, owned by Burton Hancock Trust, is zoned for a destination resort and has been in escrow for such development several times over the years.


  7. Whites Only?Read the original story

    Jun 11, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Two of Carpinteria's public elementary schools consist of primarily white students while the other two public elementary schools are mainly nonwhite students. This is an ugly fact.


  8. Chamber Explodes over Endorsing DasRead the original story w/Photo

    May 26, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    In the face of widespread and vehement opposition by many outraged members, the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce may reverse course and not endorse liberal Democratic Assemblymember Das Williams in his bid for 1st District Supervisor as it initially intended on doing. Were it not for the upwelling of opposition, Chamber Chief Ken Oplinger said his organization would have endorsed Williams - a polarizing political figure known for his strong environmental advocacy - over Jennifer Chistensen, a decline-to-state fiscal conservative whose back-to-basics, limited government platform would seem to be more in sync with the chamber's pro-business agenda.


  9. Profiles in Design: NMA Architects' Dave Mendro, PartnerRead the original story w/Photo

    May 26, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    "We prefer not to have a style in mind," said Dave Mendro of his firm's open approach to new projects. "We pride ourselves with trying to come up with the perfect solution."


  10. Make Myself at Home: Carpinteria Farmhouse Casts a SpellRead the original story w/Photo

    May 12, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    I've been known to brag about my three-block commute. I'll admit that I do love living so close to work, but I also appreciate that there's something cathartic about driving for a few minutes up and out of the city after a long workday.


  11. Museum of Natural History Celebrates CentennialRead the original story w/Photo

    May 12, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    In January 1916, a minister turned ornithologist named William Leon Dawson indulged his fascination with bird eggs by opening the Museum of Comparative Oology at his home just up creek from the Santa Barbara Mission. By 1923, public pressure to showcase something other than eggs forced Dawson out, and the Museum of Natural History as we know it sprang forth.


  12. Local Directory Ranks Best in NationRead the original story

    May 10, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Creators of the Santa Barbara Community Phone Book proudly accepted a "First Place" award in the prestigious Gold Book Awards at the Association of Directory Publishers Annual Trade Show and Convention on April 25 in Las Vegas. For the third year in a row the phone book placed first in the "Excellence in Print Directories" category for mid-sized markets, read a press release by publishers McGill Directional Media .


  13. Carpinteria Schools ImpasseRead the original story

    May 9, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    This week I received an email from our superintendent, which said in part: "The Trustees and I wish to extend our most sincere gratitude and highest appreciation for everything you do, day in and day out, to serve our students and make our community one of prestige and envy. Your personal dedication and commitment makes Carpinteria Unified School District the stand out that it is."


  14. Surge of Thefts from Cars, Homes in Carp, Summerland, MontecitoRead the original story

    Apr 29, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Authorities are warning residents to lock their homes and car doors after a total of 21 cars and homes were burglarized since last weekend in Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito. According to a Sheriff's Office press release, several other vehicles were reported stolen over the weekend in Montecito.


  15. Thali Plate @ Nimita's CuisineRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 25, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Nimita's Cuisine recently opened in the former home of Muddy Waters on East Haley Street, where Nimita Dhirajlal serves organic, farm-to-table, Ayurvedic Indian fare. Like the former coffee shop tenant once did, Dhirajlal plans to make her space open for gatherings, events, and entertainment.


  16. Credit Card Skimmers Prompt Warning from Sheriff's OfficeRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 22, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    A rise in credit card fraud and identity theft has led the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office to issue an official warning to the public. Mostly focused around the Carpinteria area, gas station card readers are being rigged with "skimmers," a device that reads the victim's credit or debit card information, sending it to the would-be thief.


  17. Carpinteria Water Rates to FluctuateRead the original story

    Apr 2, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Carpinteria residents can expect to see their water bills fluctuate in accordance with drought-related expenses that are projected for the 2016-2017 budget. Low water users will have their rates increase by roughly $8.13 per month, whereas high water users will have their rates drop by nearly $7.77 per month.


  18. We're Perfect; Politics Ain'tRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 31, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Shocked? What's to criticize? Well, to Sedaris, it's easy. We're too perfect. To him.


  19. Fighting Childbirth DeathsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 26, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    During a 1997 visit to India, where Arlene Samen was volunteering to repair cleft lips, the nurse practitioner in fetal medicine met the Dalai Lama, who told her to go to Tibet instead and help mothers and babies who die during childbirth. Since then, Samen's life has been dedicated to fighting maternal and neonatal mortality in the most remote corners of the world.


  20. Venoco Declares BankruptcyRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 23, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Venoco oil company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 18, along with an announcement that its senior creditors had agreed to shave a good $1 billion from its current debts. Venoco stated in its press releases that plenty remained in the kitty to pay continuing obligations like salaries, royalty payments, and regulatory filings, and that it would be back on its feet after the "several months" the restructure is expected to take.


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