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The oil and plastic pollution in Santa Barbara break my heart

Valerie van den Broek, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018

The first time I arrived in Santa Barbara I was amazed by its beauty and relaxed lifestyle. But, it’s not as clean as you think. While walking on the beach last year, I immediately noticed black oil sticking to my feet and I ...

The local “Straw Ban” isn’t helpful, here’s what could be

Daniel Wallace, Opinion Editor

September 17, 2018

Plastic, the blight of all who care about the earth and the cancer slowly killing it. It’s a classic example of human selfishness. People prioritize immediate convenience over the well-being of future generations and the planet i...

Mayor Candidate Angel Martinez

Mayor Candidate Angel Martinez

DELANEY SMITH, Channels Staff

November 1, 2017

Tenant protections could be decent start for needy renters

Austin P. Ambrose, Channels Staff

May 5, 2017

Anyone who’s lucky enough to find a place to rent in Santa Barbara probably pays an arm and a leg for it too. The Santa Barbara City Council did the right thing for renters and tenants at its March 21 meeting by acknowledging that capping rents is not the answer to the ci...

State Street feels empty and different with retail apocalypse

Gerardo Zavala, Associate Editor

April 28, 2017

Walking down State Street and enjoying its many shops and beautiful aesthetics has always been a great past time for Santa Barbarians. However, walking down State Street has taken a very different meaning in recent years. Today,...

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