Nick Welsh

Nick Welsh is a cartoonist trapped in a writer's body. During his long career at The Santa Barbara Independent, he has yet to learn how to draw. Nor, in fact, has he ever learned to type. Even so, he manages to pound out a relentless stream of news articles every week on a wide range of subjects. In addition, he writes the Angry Poodle column.

Recent Stories

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News Commentary: Ribbon Cutting Is Not As Easy As It Looks

New Eastside Bridge Culminates Years of Struggle

Grand opening for new Eastside bridge conveys a tingle of progress.

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Santa Barbara Rental Prices Have Skyrocketed Over the Last Five Years

Average Monthly Rent for a Studio Is Up $400 Since 2013

The average rent for a South Coast studio is $1,553.

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City Water Use Hits 1958 Levels

Revenue Close to Falling Short of Expenses

Population was twice today's; revenue close to falling short of expenses.

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City Hall Raises the Stakes Against Landlord Dario Pini

Council Approves Additional $375K in Protracted Enforcement

The City Council has approved upward of $375,000 for additional enforcement.

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Is Nicolas Holzer Sane Enough to Be Found Guilty of Murder?

Trial Starts May 30 in Santa Barbara Superior Court

The trial starts May 30 in Judge Brian Hill’s courtroom.

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Stoker to Be Sworn In to EPA Job

Former Santa Barbara County supervisor confirms his appointment as regional head of Environmental Protection Agency.

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Governor Brown Announces Property-Tax Backfill for Counties Impacted by Disaster

Initial Reports Indicate $11M Between Four Counties

Early reports indicate that four Southern California counties may share $11 million.

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Temporary Psychiatrists Fill Mental Health Void

County Responds to Nationwide Shortage

Santa Barbara Country is feeling effects of nationwide shortage.

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Refugio Oil Spill Focus of Criminal Trial

Courtroom Showdown Over Plains Pipeline Rupture Gets Underway

Open arguments were presented Monday on the pipeline rupture.

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Cannabis Grower Appointed to County Ag Board

Santa Barbara Weed Industry Awash in Political Connections and Too Much Product

Cannabis grower John Sherman De Friel has been appointed to the county’s Agricultural Advisory Commission.

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