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Heartbreak and Hope in Lesbosnew

A Santa Barbara couple is on front lines of refugee crisis on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Tyler Hayden  |  03-10-2016  |  Immigration

How Did 2,500 Barrels of Oil Escape Into the Pacific Ocean Without Notice?new

One of the big surprises to emerge out of the Refugio Oil Spill is that the pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline is the only one in all of Santa Barbara County not to have an automatic shut-off valve. Not coincidentally, it happens to be the only pipeline over which the county Energy Division has no safety and inspection oversight authority.

Full Coverage:
Huge Oversight Gap on Refugio Pipeline
What Will the Refugio Oil Spill Kill?
The Mysterious Case of the Automatic Shutoff Valve
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Nick Welsh, Tyler Hayden and Brandon Fastman  |  06-11-2015  |  Environment

Inside Kurdish Syrianew

A journalist goes inside a little known revolution.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Kevin McKiernan  |  12-14-2012  |  International

This Is Not Your Daddy’s Protestnew

An idiot’s guide to Occupy Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Brandon Fastman  |  11-01-2011  |  #OCCUPY

Greenest House Ever?new

Peeking under the hood of a development that may just be the greenest urban residence ever built within the limits of the law.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Ethan Stewart  |  08-30-2011  |  Environment

The Big Uneasy Blows Whistle on Corps of Engineersnew

Harry Shearer's powerful documentary uncovers the strategic errors that rendered New Orleans uniquely vulnerable to flooding during big hurricanes.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Charles Donelan  |  06-07-2011  |  Profiles & Interviews

'The Worst Place in the World to Be a Woman'new

Between stints abroad, trauma psychologist Dr. Victoria Bentley talks about helping raped Congolese women and their families.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Julie Epstein  |  04-25-2011  |  International

Waves and Rockets: Surfing in the Middle Eastnew

A California surfer heads to Middle East in search of swell and truth.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Jesse Aizenstat  |  03-04-2011  |  Travel

Avocado Uncoverednew

Inside California’s $320 million avocado industry.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Laura Tsunoda  |  02-22-2011  |  Economy

Calif. Governor Signs Rigs-to-Reefs Billnew

Controversial Proposal to Allow Offshore Oil Platforms to Remain Once Dead Becomes Law.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Matt Kettmann  |  10-04-2010  |  Environment

Louisiana Pet Shelters Are Overflowingnew

Pets Are Given Up for Adoption Due to Gulf Oil Spill
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Lisa Acho Remorenko  |  08-16-2010  |  Animal Issues

Far Left and Liking Itnew

Oliver Stone Goes South of the Border for Hugo Chavez.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Matt Kettmann  |  07-26-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

Counting the People With and Without Homesnew

Starting with homeless shelters and soup kitchens and segueing into the surveying of homeless camps and common RV parking zones, Census workers plan to have accounted for the vast and varied homeless population of Santa Barbara County by the end of this week.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Ethan Stewart  |  04-05-2010  |  Policy Issues

Santa Barbara’s Beloved Anything-Goes Orchestra Celebrates 25 Years Togethernew

Listening to Headless Household's new double album, Basemento, the 25 in 2010 formula fits them well, because their music, which gambols freely from blue-eyed soul to wild-eyed improvisation, has never sounded more current.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Charles Donelan  |  03-15-2010  |  Concerts

Charting a Course: César Chávez School Starts Down the Road of Reinventionnew

Just before Thanksgiving, the chronically underperforming and hugely popular César Chávez School was fighting for a charter renewal from the Santa Barbara School District despite, at least in the opinion of Superintendent Brian Sarvis, not legally qualifying to do so.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Ethan Stewart  |  03-15-2010  |  Education

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