Barney Brantingham was a reporter and columnist for the Santa Barbara News-Press for more than 46 years before joining The Independent in July 2006. He writes a Tuesday and Friday column for Independent.com and a print column in The Indy's Thursday edition. He grew up on Chicago's South Side and, after working for Chicago area newspapers, he served as editor of the San Clemente Sun-Post before joining the News-Press.
Santa Barbara May Have Become Boring
Has the loss of the colorful, offbeat, and strange made Santa Barbara boring?
McCaw owes back pay of $2 million to former 'News-Press' employee.
Cable News’ Performing Seals: All Heat, No Light; Plus, Michael Towbes Remembered
Cable news’ performing seals are all heat and no light; plus, remembering Michael Towbes.
Bombs Away, Snake Oil, and April Foolishness
Bombs away, snake oil, and April foolishness.
Island Life on Panama's Archipelago
Barney considers island life on Panama's archipelago.
More Than a Canal
Skyscrapers, some of questionable financing, mark the capital's skyline. One of the tallest bears Trump's name.
Legal Marijuana Lets You Know What You're Ingesting
Legal marijuana lets you know what you're ingesting.
Ruling upholds previous finding of unfair labor practices by owner Wendy McCaw.
Weed Taxes, Health Care, and Other Trump Ills
Weed taxes, health care, and other Trump ills.
Californians Start Petition Drive to Break Away
Californians start a petition drive to break away.