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With next week's performance by Joshua Bell, Santa Barbara will have twice hosted the renowned violinist in a span of only seven months. But I don't think anybody is getting tired of him anytime soon.


This week's peek by The Independent into the Huguette Clark East Beach estate now begs for considered comments by the rest of us in the Santa Barbara public, who would ardently appreciate the opportunity to see first-hand what has now been well-described by Charles Donelan, Barney Brantingham, and photographer Paul Wellman! The Bellosguardo Foundation's board should deliberately throw open the doors of this magnificent estate to grant deliberate exposure to interested residents of Santa Barbara and its environs via a time-limited series of afternoon open houses on-site, and thereby "crowd source" our own devoted public for a much wider range of suggestions and ideas.


A driver suffered minor injuries Friday night when his vehicle crashed over the side of Highway 154, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department . The vehicle was found some 50 feet off the edge of the roadway on the Santa Barbara side of the summit at about 7:40 p.m., according to firefighter Paul Christensen.


San Benito County, which covers roughly the same acreage as Santa Clara County, has a population of 50,000. But all of California, not to mention the U.S. energy industry, is watching the San Benito election Nov. 4 because it includes a ballot measure to ban hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, to extract oil and gas from the ground.


Five decades ago, Ronald Reagan delivered a speech titled "A Time for Choosing" that shook up Republicans and introduced the nation to then-presidential hopeful Barry Goldwater . It was a visceral, telling moment.


The Supervisors of the City of Santa Barbara have granted Organic Soup Kitchen a five year lease at the Veterans Memorial Building kitchen.


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A growing number of UC Santa Barbara students are taking advantage of resources offering free food to those in need, and a panel of university stakeholders Thursday considered ways to halt the trend - locally and abroad. In honor of national Food Day , which is Friday, select UCSB faculty and staff gathered in a room in the University Center to discuss food justice and campus efforts to embrace sustainable food and feed the hungry.


Two great years are ahead for Santa Barbara County's economy, which is now officially out of recovery and expanding, along with the rest of the state and nation, according to one economics expert. Consumer confidence is up, interest rates are lower than a year ago, and unemployment rates are lower than before the recession started, economist Mark Schniepp announced Thursday to a crowded room of locals interested in the ever-changing economic climate.


On Nov. 14-16, the fourth installment of Startup Weekend Santa Barbara will take place in downtown Santa Barbara at the Santa Barbara Art Foundry, Workzones and the Blind Tiger. Participants will come together for 54 hours to develop business ideas, create innovative products and launch new businesses all while learning methods to help create successful startup companies and networking within the Santa Barbara business community.


The Santa Barbara High School Theatre department is offering a free Performance of Big Fish to the senior community of Santa Barbara. Large groups are welcome.


Santa Barbara High School freshman Thomas Everest on piano and Roosevelt Elementary fifth-grader Anna Sung-Park on oboe play a duet as part of the Pianos on State project. For the fifth consecutive year, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation and its collaborators have once again pulled off another successful community project with the widely popular Pianos on State, attracting tourists, locals, and amateur and professional players of all ages to sit down and play music.


Oregon passed the Death With Dignity Act 20 years ago and it was enacted in 1997. Why don't we have such a law in California? Toni Broaddus of Compassion & Choices gave a talk on Saturday to the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara telling us the history and her hope that we can soon have such a law.


Don't be surprised when the world's culinary kingmakers recognize Alessandro Cartumini as one of today's best chefs. Hailing from Italy's Piedmont region, the bespectacled son of a pastry chef came to the Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara in 2010, immediately delivering a boost of exciting energy by blending traditional, Old World techniques with cutting-edge, Californian creativity.


The Boys Will Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a tribute to their mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunts. The Santa Ynez Valley Union High School varsity and junior varsity football teams will don pink socks at their game on Friday when they play Pioneer Valley High School.


Embraced by PathPoint's Residential Support Services, Nina is now feeling right at home at her downtown Santa Barbara apartment. After careers as a young woman in the Navy and a professional boxer, "Nina" fell into drugs and alcohol and was homeless for 23 years.


Locally owned and operated business Falcon Vision of Santa Barbara will now provide an online ordering service for pre-employment screenings and background checks. Employers can now receive the results of these screenings online without signing a contract.

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