Best of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll (D.J. Palladino)

Wellman and Palladino

The team of Wellman and Palladino dates back to a simpler, more innocent era when there were only half-a-dozen categories in the Best Of because many of the things we rate and celebrate today had not yet been invented. Automobiles, for instance, were merely rumored as self-enclosed carriage devices, and health spas, indeed doctors, were more like campfire affairs around which drums and singing occurred. Clearly, the invention of journalism helped divert these two from the hunter-gatherer assignments they had performed. Of the two, Wellman has more technical savvy and knows more jokes that feature schnauzers in the punch line. Palladino enjoys learning new superlatives and interviewing Santa Barbarians who know how to make our town nice.

In Print

Selected stories from our weekly newspaper.

Phishing for Phish Tickets

Sleeping Over at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Sleeping over at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Read story.

New Noise Cometh

Conference and Fest Celebrates Year Six

The annual music conference and festival celebrates six years with more days, more bands. Read story.

Best of Santa Barbara® 2014

The Santa Barbara Independent’s Annual Readers’ Poll

The Santa Barbara Independent’s readers reveal their S.B. favorites. Read story.

Turning Whine into Water

Poodle Dissects Drought-Related Gab Fests

The Poodle dissects drought-related gab fests. Read story.

Can Creek Restoration and Affordable Housing Coexist?

Proposal for 91-Unit Senior Housing Complex Hits Roadblock

The proposal for a 91-unit senior housing complex hits a major roadblock. Read story.

Magic Johnson’s Story

Legendary Laker Comes to S.B. as Part of Arts & Lectures.

The legendary Laker tells the story of his life and reveals how to make a difference in the world. Read story.

Navigating Poliça’s Electronic Wonderland

Minneapolis Synth Rockers Play SOhO on October 15

The Minneapolis quintet brings its multilayered sounds to SOhO on Wednesday, October 15. Read story.

The Music Issue

Meet 14 of Santa Barbara’s Hottest New Acts

Get to know 14 of Santa Barbara's brightest new musical acts. Read story.

How ’bout Them Dodger Dogs?

Dodgers Defeated, Gay Marriage Wins, and Finding Hope in the Craziest of Places

The Dodgers are defeated, gay marriage wins, and finding hope in the craziest of places. Read story.

FMLYBND Roars Back to Life

Isla Vista Exports Unveil New EP

The Isla Vista synth rockers unveil a new four-song EP. Read story.

Longoria Winery’s New Home

Rick and Diana Longoria Open New Lompoc Tasting Room and Production Facility

Rick and Diana Longoria Open new Lompoc tasting room and production facility. Read story.

Dodging Measure P Oil Slicks

Drilling Ban Legality Hits the Board and the Fan

Drilling ban legality hits the board and the fan. Read story.

Tucking Into Santa Ynez’s ForFriends Inn

Two Entrepreneurial Couples from Chicago Rewrite the Bed and Breakfast Story

Here’s how two entrepreneurial couples from Chicago are rewriting the bed and breakfast story. Read story.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Is Rattlin’ Them Bones

Retro Rock and Swinging Jazz Comes to the Granada

Ventura-based Big Bad Voodoo Daddy carries on in the tradition of jumpin’ jive. Read story.

Sex and Rape in Isla Vista

Redefining Sexual Misconduct in Isla Vista

What to expect when you hit the streets of the college town. Read story.

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