Santa Barbara Independent
  • 122 W. Figueroa St.
  • Santa Barbara, California 93101
  • Phone: (805) 965-5205
  • Fax: (805) 965-5518
  • Circulation: 40,323 (as of June 2015)
  • Audited By: Verified Audit Circulation
  • Publication Day: Every Thursday
  • Market Served: Santa Barbara County
  • National Advertising: Alternative Weekly Network
The Santa Barbara Independent, located in one of the California's most beautiful destination resort areas, provides the most comprehensive arts, entertainment and in-depth news coverage of the South Coast region.

The 25-year-old Santa Barbara Independent is considered a must-read by locals and tourists, both for its extensive arts coverage and its tough environmental reporting.

The Independent is actively involved in community affairs, sponsoring more than 125 charity events, nonprofit fund-raisers and community festivals.

During the past two years in statewide competitions The Independent has been recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association for the quality of its coverage and its editorial writing.

Through The Santa Barbara Independent, advertisers are able to reach readers in one of California's most affluent and fastest-growing regions.
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How Did 2,500 Barrels of Oil Escape Into the Pacific Ocean Without Notice?

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.

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Huge Oversight Gap on Refugio Pipeline
What Will the Refugio Oil Spill Kill?
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Santa Barbara Independent  |  Nick Welsh, Tyler Hayden and Brandon Fastman  |  06-11-2015  |  Environment
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