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The report goes into great detail on here are two very different Tacadena’s criminal history and gang interpretations of the violent affiliation. It notes Tacadena had been in and out of prison and jail over the last scene that unfolded this past fall when a Santa Barbara 31 years, convicted on drug and weappolice officer shot and killed ons charges, spousal battery, resisting arrest, and a number of other crimes. It Brian Tacadena on De la Vina Street. The District Attorney’s Office released a report also describes him as a member of the last week that calls the shooting a “justifiNazi Low Riders, a prison-based white supremacist gang. Tacadena — who was able homicide,” detailing how the officer confronted an aggressive man high on a quarter Latino, a quarter Filipino, and drugs who refused orders to drop a large half white — had multiple gang tattoos, knife he was carrying as he approached including “White Pride As I Low-Ride” the officer. Members of Tacadena’s famacross his chest, Nazi runic symbols, and ily, however, claim that his death was swastikas. Authorities say it’s unclear an example of police brutality, that the if Tacadena was an active member of 46-year-old was mentally ill and could the gang but noted he had recent phohave been subdued with nonlethal force, tographs stored on his cell phone with and that the DA’s report contains major Nazi Low Rider insignia and was wearing holes. boots with Nazi symbols drawn inside. According to the report, on SeptemThough Tacadena’s cousin Frank said ber 1, Tacadena took a bus from San Jose he and other family members weren’t — where he had recently been released necessarily surprised by the shooting from a treatment facility after violating report’s findings — stating the document probation for confronting a man with a is a “nice little package” that only serves to knife — with plans to stay with his aunt convince the community it should think in Santa Maria and “good riddance” later visit his daughto a supposed ter in Goleta. But he “monster” — they took it all the way take issue with to Santa Barbara its accuracy and instead, arriving purpose. Frank around 7 p.m., which pointed to the lack is around the time of video evidence in the report, callthat Tacadena — on ing it more than a medication that treats schizophrenia a little suspicious and bipolar disorder that there is no — texted his daughvisual proof of the ter, “I’m dead.” He account. (Only the LAST STAND: Mourners placed a picture of Brian Tacadena in his younger years at the site beginning of the resurfaced at 9:45 where he was killed. Police say Tacadena was wielding this military-style survival knife, which had p.m., when a witness confrontation was methamphetamine hidden in the handle, as he strode toward the officer. caught on nearby saw Tacadena angrily talking to himself the knife!”), Tacadena seemed to indicate that he surveillance camnear Castillo and Anapamu streets, and again knew he would be shot for not responding. One eras, and the patrol car’s video system wasn’t near Bath Street at 10 p.m. At 11:25 p.m., another witness interviewed soon after the incident told working at the time.) He also asked why so witness, who feared for his safety, saw him look- this newspaper that the confrontation appeared much of Brian’s criminal history was included, ing in parked cars and windows. A coroner’s to him to be a “suicide by cop.” Tacadena was explaining,“His past had nothing to do with him report would later reveal that Tacadena had a found to be holding a military-style survival being shot that night. They didn’t know his past. large amount of methamphetamine in his sys- knife that had 0.2 grams of meth hidden in the They didn’t know who they were dealing with.” Frank lamented that the officer chose to tem at the time, more than 10 times the amount handle. With Tacadena approaching — the incident use lethal force instead of a Taser or other subtypically found in an “average” meth user. Just before 11:30 p.m., the patrol officer — started when he was 66 feet away and ended mission means, pointing to a recent incident who has not been named due to fears of retalia- at just a dozen or so feet — the officer fired five in Santa Ana in which a suspect wielding two tion from Tacadena’s known gang ties — found .40-caliber shots from his handgun, striking samurai swords in public was subdued without him on the  block of De la Vina Street and Tacadena once in the upper chest and severing any shots being fired.“They didn’t even give him requested other officers to respond to the scene his aorta. (The other four shots missed, hitting a chance,” Frank said. “He wasn’t a saint; he had with lights and sirens. The officer, explains the nearby walls and trees.) In finding this a “justifi- a troubled life. But people need help, not get report, ordered Tacadena to stop and drop his able homicide,” the DA’s Office cites the “21-foot murdered.” Frank said a demonstration against knife, which Tacadena refused, instead put- rule,” a rough guideline that states that when an police brutality is planned for this weekend and ting down his two backpacks and walking at officer is defending himself from a knife or other that the Tacadena family is meeting with detec“a quick pace” directly toward the officer. When edged weapon, a distance of 21 feet “is necessary tives in the coming days and has discussed the the officer yelled for him to stop (four witnesses in order to effectively stop the threat of injury or possibility of filing a wrongful-death lawsuit. described him shouting, “Drop the knife! Drop death by that suspect.” 10

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news briefs LAW & DISORDER A man who raped a 19-year-old UCSB student after breaking into her apartment in January 2011 has been sentenced to life in prison. A jury found Juan Ramirez guilty in August. Ramirez, 35, also went by the name Jose Flores and has a lengthy criminal record. According to the District Attorney’s Office, the 2011 crime went unsolved for six months until authorities matched Ramirez’s DNA to a sample stored in a state criminal database from his 2010 arrest for child endangerment. Richard Box was arrested this week on multiple charges stemming from a recent sexual assault investigation, police said. Detectives had obtained a $2 million warrant for his arrest before 69-year-old Box turned himself in on 12/16. He’s charged with false imprisonment by force, rape, intimidating a witness by force, assault with a deadly weapon, peeping with a concealed camera, battery, and violation of a court order. The week prior, officers had responded to a disturbance call at Box’s home on the 200 block of Las Ondas. From there, a sexual assault investigation began that involved two victims, police said.

Santa Barbara County and Goleta city officials cited four people at two massage parlors last week after undercover detectives were solicited for sex during an ongoing sting operation. At New Life Day Spa in the 5600 block of Calle Real, 52-year-old Ling Zhang was cited and released for solicitation of prostitution and 54-year-old Guilan Wang was cited for multiple labor-code violations. At Total Relax Massage in the 5700 block of Hollister Avenue, 53-year-old Guo Ping Huang was cited and released for solicitation of prostitution and 52-year-old Lanqing Absher was cited for multiple labor-code violations. Neil Baker, a former UCSB employee well-known for his online tirades against campus administrators, was sentenced 12/10 to felony probation and will be placed in a residential treatment facility by the Veterans Health Administration. Baker, 55, was arrested in August for vandalism and trespassing after he was caught damaging windows at the Engineering Science Building at UCSB. Baker left his position as a senior development engineer at UCSB in 2004 and relocated to Washington. He was arrested in 2010 in Washington after he posted bomb and attack threats against UCSB employees on Craigslist and Facebook.

Police are investigating a 12/14 incident that left a 48-year-old woman, a 52-year-old man, and the man’s dog with multiple stab wounds. According to police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood, the couple arrived at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Emergency Room at around 6:30 p.m. The dog was found outside in the parking lot. All were treated for their injuries and are expected to survive. The ongoing investigation indicates that the victims were on the 700 block of East Haley Street when they were attacked by a single suspect. No arrests have been made.

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Congressmember Lois Capps expressed doubt that the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is adequately engineered to safely shut down in the event of an earthquake. She spoke at a congressional subcommittee hearing last Thursday attended by all five members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In addition, Capps said she was upset by new NRC regulations making it more cumbersome for members of oversight committees to have access to sensitive NRC documents relating to the safety of plants in their own districts. Capps said the new policies — which require members of oversight committees to submit information requests via their committee chairs or minority leaders — were “troubling” and “unacceptable” with regard to NRC transparency. NRC chair Allison Macfarlane said nothing has really changed, telling Capps, “We will respond as we always have.” In other interviews, Macfarlane attributed the uproar over the new rules — exclusively by Democrats — to “a misunderstanding.” She also told Capps that the NRC has determined that Diablo Canyon complies with all NRC seismic safety regulations and disputed concerns raised two years ago by Dr. Michael Peck, the NRC’s resident inspector assigned to Diablo Canyon, that the plant did not conform with NRC safe-shut-down requirements. Capps echoed Peck’s concern that the discovery of a new fault just offshore from Diablo Canyon called into question the amount of ground-shaking the plant might likely experience in the event of a quake. Macfarlane said Diablo Canyon had been engineered to safely shut down in the event of a quake 10 times more powerful than what the new fault could inflict. But when Capps tested the new policy, asking Macfarlane if she could provide a copy of Peck’s “non-concurrence” report, Macfarlane — Nick Welsh equivocated, stating, “I will have to check on that.”

CITY Plans to rebuild the bathrooms serving Elings Park tennis courts, and add a kitchen, dining patio, and exercise instruction room — not to mention three new clay courts someday — got a decidedly frosty reception from the city’s Architectural Board of Review this Tuesday. Some suggested that the initial renderings were too vague and insufficiently detailed; others likened the proposed design to that of Cutter Motors, cautioning park administrators from building anything that resembles an auto dealership. Commissioners were also less than enamored of the two-story elements of the proposal, which would be about three times the square footage of the existing locker room–bath house structure. Tuesday’s meeting was conceptual, so no vote was taken. By the end, it was clear the park architect had been sent back to the drawing board. The Santa Barbara Foundation announced earlier this month that it will no longer require proof of citizenship for scholarship disbursements as of 2014. This means that much of the $1.6 million dollars it administers in scholarships will be open “to the best qualified students from Santa Barbara County schools regardless of citizenship status,” according to a Foundation statement. President Ron Gallo said that there was no explicit change in policy. Noncitizens had never been officially barred before, but in practice, they had not been considered for scholarships. “We believe that our country and this county are engaged in global competition for a talented workforce, and we shouldn’t be squandering those resources,” he said. Gallo added that the foundation did study all of its bequests, and it will honor any stipulations that a donation only be administered to legal citizens. The much-anticipated showdown over Caltrans’s plans to widen Highway 101 from Montecito to the Ventura County line did not take place this week as scheduled. The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) canceled the meeting after Caltrans failed without expla-

nation to deliver a letter outlining its intentions over a host of hotly disputed components to its plan. Gov. Jerry Brown has reportedly gotten personally involved in the debate, and this may account for the resounding silence emanating from Caltrans. One of the chief disputes is over the safety of left-hand off-ramps in Montecito. Caltrans director Malcolm Dougherty has insisted they are unsafe, but a group of prominent and politically connected Montecitans calling themselves Common Sense 101 — who want the existing ramps retained — have unearthed evidence indicating the left-hand exits are no more dangerous than the statewide average and are, in fact, considerably safer.

COUNTY In response to the meningococcal disease outbreak that hit UCSB last month, the Centers for Disease Control is considering giving students access to an unlicensed vaccine called Bexsero when they return to school from winter break. Four students were diagnosed with the illness caused by a strain of the meningococcal bacteria known as serogroup B, which standard meningitis vaccines don’t prevent against. Bexsero — currently permitted for an at-risk population at Princeton University, which recently experienced its own meningitis outbreak — is widely licensed and used throughout Europe, Australia, and Canada. CDC staff have visited UCSB to assess dorm living arrangements and patterns of interactions among students to determine if Bexsero distribution is an appropriate next step. Santa Barbara’s proposed North County Jail — projected to be up and running by the first half of 2018 — is one step closer to getting the $38.9 million in funding it needs for an additional wing dedicated to recidivism-reducing programs. On 12/12, a state committee recommended that the county receive the grant; the final decision will be announced on 1/16. The $38.9 million — which Sheriff Bill Brown said would fund a transitional housing unit for 64 inmates, a Sheriff’s Treatment Program unit cont’d page 12  for another 64 inmates,

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BY N I C K W E L S H n its ongoing legal battle with Green Well medical-marijuana dispensary — formerly located at  North Milpas Street — Santa Barbara City Hall appears to have dodged what could have been a damaging bullet. Several weeks ago, dispensary owners agreed to call it quits in exchange for $75,000 to help defray legal expenses accrued while trying to fight City Hall. The terms of the agreement were surprising given that Green Well owners spent nearly $300,000 in legal fees and initially appeared to have an ironclad case. Green Well opened for business in January 2010 after reportedly spending $400,000 and nine months securing all the necessary city permits to legally open shop. In addition, Green Well’s owners at the time — James Lee and Nat Reinke — bent over backward to ingratiate themselves with the community, leading cleanup drives and donating to ALL’S NOT WELL THAT’S GREEN WELL: the neighborhood clinics. But in response Pictured are dispensary owners James Lee (left) to growing opposition to storefront mari- and Nat Reinke. juana dispensaries, the City Council voted to change the rules of the game and, in so doing, In the meantime, the medical-marijuana effectively put Green Well out of business. business has hardly disappeared. As dispensaInitially, City Hall offered the owners — who ries shut their doors, home-delivery services have since parted ways — a 180-day grace period have popped up to take their place. Some are but, in the face of intense skepticism by the judge operated by former dispensaries; many are not. reviewing the case, expanded that to a four-year There are no solid statistics, but anecdotally, phaseout period. Whether that would be suf- there could be about a dozen serving the South ficient to inoculate City Hall from legal attack Coast. Some that specialize in precise formulabecame moot last May when officials with the tions of edible pot deliver from as far away as Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Jus- San Diego. tice Department called a meeting with propWhile such services are considered illegal, erty owners renting space to Santa Barbara’s for the most part they don’t show up on law dispensaries and threatened them with legal enforcement’s radar screen. Santa Barbara police action if they did not evict their tenants. To show report no arrests or incidents involving medithey were serious, federal officials initiated legal cal-marijuana deliveries, though spokesperson actions to seize the property of three dispensary Sergeant Riley Harwood suggested those in the landlords. Law enforcement officials refer to trade are at risk of being robbed. “It happens this event as “The Great Shutdown,” and almost to people delivering pizza,” he said, “and these overnight, Santa Barbara’s once-flourishing dis- people are carrying something considerably more valuable.” Sheriff ’s Office deputies arrested pensary scene disappeared. City Attorney Steve Wiley argued the federal one delivery driver last month in the Santa Ynez government, not City Hall, was responsible for Valley, but it appears the suspect was pulled over whatever financial losses Green Well suffered. in a routine traffic stop. The California Highway He also argued that Green Well did not oper- Patrol, however, is the lead agency in a multiate in accordance with California’s notoriously jurisdictional law-enforcement effort targeting vague rules and regulations governing such dis- the pot trade known as Saber Net. At least one pensaries. The dispensaries, according to Wiley suspected medical-marijuana delivery service and a number of court rulings, must provide has been on the receiving end of Saber Net raids, a modicum of medical care and guidance and but the take was too small for any charges to cannot simply be retail moneymaking opera- be filed. tions. Storefront dispensaries could meet the Whether more or less marijuana is being sold requirements of state law, he said, if they func- and smoked throughout Santa Barbara since the tioned similarly to a doctor’s office. Wiley said dispensaries have closed remains anyone’s guess. he was prepared to demonstrate that Green Well Anecdotal reports suggest that prices, at least, operated simply as a ka-ching machine with have dropped. What impact all this has had on thousands of customers. Santa Barbara’s crime profile defies quantificaAs a matter of law, the City of Santa Barbara’s tion, said Sgt. Harwood. “I think it comes down medical-marijuana ordinance still allows for to a matter of feelings, and we can’t keep statisup to three dispensaries within city limits. As a tics on feelings,” he said. When the dispensary practical matter, many in the medical-marijuana trade was flourishing, he said, many residents business say they’ve been waiting for Wiley to reported “feeling” unsettled by “some of the lessretire at the end of the year before exploring than-savory characters” making up the walk-in their options. The city attorney, they contend, trade.“Whether it was real or imagined,” he said, has waged a legal campaign to put them out of “the fear associated with these enterprises is no business. longer there.”

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GOLETA The Goleta City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to move forward with pedestrian safety improvements for the intersection of Cathedral Oaks Road at Santa Marguerita Drive, where a driver hit and killed a woman pushing a baby across the street on 11/11. The improvements — long in the works and now expected to be completed early next year — will include, among other things, a rapid-flashing crosswalk signal, an additional street light, a refuge in the road’s median, and a reduction in the number of lanes from four to two in that area. On 12/17, the Goleta City Council got a full rundown of the proposal by Venoco, Inc. to reopen the oil wells located adjacent to Sandpiper Golf Course, and the staff assured that a letter would be submitted to the State Lands Commission from the city as part of the ongoing environmental review of the project, known as PRC 421. But while the tone of planner Anne Wells and City Attorney Tim Giles suggested

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that a number of unanswered questions remain, the actual wording of the letter wasn’t discussed, nor did the council give any direction or vote on what it should say. That left some in the crowd scratching their heads, including the Environmental Defense Center’s Linda Krop, a Goleta resident who spoke about her specific concerns during the public comment period, but Wells did promise her comments would be “really detailed.” The city’s letter, and all public comments on the 900-page environmental report, are due this Friday. The $18 million in Redevelopment Agency funds that the State of California wants to take from the City of Goleta — which already used the money to pay for the San Jose Creek project — has to stay put for now, as a judge ruled that the state cannot take the money before the city’s lawsuit over the issue is heard in court. The dispute, which emerged in many cities statewide when Sacramento scrapped the decades-old redevelopment laws in 2011, is related to the timing of when the monies were used; the city believes they were used properly and on time, while the state — which retroactively tried to claim such funds in 2012 when certain cities seemed to be using them on frivolous projects — thinks otherwise. Goleta City Attorney Tim Giles said that the Sacramento County Superior Court is “jammed” with these types of cases, but he is “hoping that we can get a hearing date by mid-2014.”

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LOTS OF LOVE: It was a celebratory night for attendees and councilmembers alike on Tuesday, as the Goleta City Council approved the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara’s long-awaited community center.

Brendan Newlon may have said it best: “A Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew walk into a city hall …” Newlon, a religious studies PhD candidate at UCSB, wasn’t making a joke but a reference to the outpouring of interfaith support (including a representative of the Hindu community) that argued the case in favor of approving the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara’s community center to the Goleta City Council Tuesday night. After an hours-long hearing that featured no public opposition, the council unanimously gave the project the go-ahead, an approval more than a decade in the making that brought tears and cheers to the councilmembers and the 100-plus attendees. “All of us made history today,” said Jamal Hamdani, the chair of the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara (ISSB). “I am truly proud to be an American, a Muslim, and a member of this community.” The 10,000-square-foot community center — which will include, in addition to a prayer area, a library, dining room, and lecture hall — is slotted for the corner of Los Carneros Road and Calle Real, a property the ISSB purchased in 2001. The space will be the first permanent place of worship in the county for the Muslim community, which has been meeting for prayer in the Goleta Valley Community Center. With the council’s green light (it was also okayed by the city’s Planning Commission on 11/25), the ISSB hopes to have its permit by early summer, said society cofounder Mukhtar Khan. Councilmember Ed Easton, who has held various leadership positions since in the Good Land, was touched by the turnout. “We’ve never had a meeting like — Lyz Hoffman this in City Hall,” he said. “This is amazing. This is amazing.”

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hen technology start-up Uber launched in town two months ago, Santa Barbara became one of 65 cities in the world where users can hail a taxi at “a push of the button.” The $3.4-billion company has rapidly expanded to international cities, including Santiago, Paris, New Delhi, and Dubai, since it was founded in San Francisco in 2009, but angry cabbies, lawsuits, and state and city regulations have continuously threatened the cab-hailing smartphone app that connects millions of riders to tens of thousands of personal drivers. “Think Expedia for ground transportation,” said Andy Iro, who is running Santa Barbara’s Uber operations. He explained that when users enter their desired destination, the app locates them via GPS and connects them to a nearby driver. The user receives a text message with info about the driver, estimated time of arrival, and a flat fee. After the ride, the customer’s prestored credit card or PayPal account is charged. (Tips are not expected, a fact that has prompted a class-action lawsuit from Uber drivers in San Francisco.) Uber also offers a lower-cost option called UberX, which connects users with drivers in their private cars — the vehicles have to be fourdoor sedans made no earlier than 2006 — and is about 30 percent cheaper than a typical cab fare, Iro said. An UberX ride from UCSB to downtown is $25, while the trip in a normal cab typically exceeds $35. But competitors and critics wonder if Uber will be able to survive on the South Coast. “That kind of technology is inappropriate for Santa Barbara. It’s useful in a bigger market, but [Santa Barbara] is too small a town,” said Gordon McElwain of Santa Barbara Yellow Cab, calling the premise “idealistic.” He claimed there are too many factors when requesting a cab — number of passengers, cab size, exact meeting place, and cost — to sort out via text message. Oscar Taula, manager at Warrior Taxi Cab, reasoned that people living in Santa Barbara are unlikely to sign up to drive for Uber to supplement their income, but people in bigger cities may be more inclined to do so. He further argued that the company’s drivers are not as credible as licensed cabbies. The number of Uber drivers currently in Santa Barbara is unclear, as Iro said he could not release spe-

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cific data per company policy. But he claimed Uber is safer for passengers because users have access to a driver’s name, picture, license number, and customer ratings. Not all transportation companies are as skeptical. James Houseman of RockStar Transportation partnered with Uber Black — Uber also works with commercially licensed transportation companies to offer a more luxurious ride — as soon as it launched in Santa Barbara. “It’s a way to utilize my fleet,” Houseman said. “[Customers] use their app to find our drivers. By not making any phone calls, everything is really seamless.” Houseman pays Uber 20 percent of his proceeds, and he said his invoices have been doubling every week. In several places like Boston, Colorado, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., the taxi industry has attempted to drive Uber cars off the streets with lawsuits, claiming the company evades expensive regulatory measures and poses unfair competition. The Santa Barbara Police Department regulates 68 cab companies in town, but tech companies like Uber fall under the jurisdiction of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC). In attempt to bring order to an ambiguous new sector, the PUC released new requirements for transportation providers in September. The decision puts organizations like Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft in a new regulatory class called the Transportation Network Category and requires them to obtain a permit, conduct criminal background checks for drivers, establish a driver-training program, implement a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol, and get $1-million per-incident insurance coverage. Despite the fact that the PUC’s decision legalized the new transportation businesses, Uber objected and claimed, “It is a legal error for the Commission to assert jurisdiction over technology companies like Uber that do not provide transportation services.” Uber filed for a rehearing of the decision in October, asserting it should be immune to state regulations because it does not own vehicles, employ drivers, or provide transportation. The commission has until December 23 to make a decision on Uber’s request for a rehearing.

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BY N I C K W E L S H ing, job training, and tutoring that might keep n his last City Council meeting before them from joining gangs. Since 2009, Lopez retiring as Santa Barbara city attorney, has served as City Hall’s de facto point perSteve Wiley took one last crack at his son on gang prevention, and to that end, he’s longtime nemesis, landlord Dario Pini, proven successful in securing $2.8 million in whose name has become synonymous with state grants for gang prevention and intervenslum-like housing in Santa Barbara. Speak- tion efforts. ing of Pini, Wiley told councilmembers, “For Countywide, the state has funneled $5.5 milwhatever reason, he is a scofflaw.” Pini, Wiley lion into Santa Barbara since that time. While said, has amassed an empire of 400-500 rental City Hall has served as a conduit for many of units over the past 30 years and has never seen these funds, most of it has been spent at the fit to devote enough time or money to keep- direction of Fran Forman and Saul Serrano ing them up. Pini properties, Wiley said, are with the Community Action Commission. The readily apparent to the casual observer by their overflowing trash, peeling paint, lack of landscaping, and missing screens on doors and windows. “Either he doesn’t get it or he doesn’t care,” Wiley said. Last October, Wiley brought to a close the 30-year game of cat and mouse he’s been playing with Pini for pretty much his entire career at City Hall. In the 1980s, Wiley SWAN SONG: After 30 years of legal combat, the retiring but never shy City Attorney Steve Wiley (right) will finally disengage from Dario famously prosecuted Pini (left). Pini for wholesale building-code violations. As his sentence, Pini opted for jail time issue of the city’s proposed gang injunction also — also famously — rather than live in one of came up later in the council meeting as Branhis rental units as the judge recommended. don Morse, president of the Santa Barbara Free Wiley won the most recent court battle as well, Thinking Patriots, argued that even without an exacting a $35,000 fine from Pini and secur- injunction, major crime was dropping in most ing a commitment from the landlord to con- categories. He used Police Chief Cam Sanchez’s duct a top-to-bottom cleanup of his properties monthly report to the council as the basis for under the supervision of former District Attor- this claim. Morse also spoke critically of the ney Stan Roden, the court-appointed special recent police killing of Brian Tacadena, shot master. while walking toward an officer while branThis Tuesday, the council voted to set aside dishing a nine-inch knife. Morse said Tacadena $25,000 for the Legal Aid Foundation to rep- was mentally ill, and nonlethal means should resent any Pini tenants who might find them- have been tried first. On the other hand, Morse selves forced out by repairs mandated in the faulted the officer for hitting Tacadena only court order. Pini, Assistant City Administrator once after firing five times. Paul Casey reminded the council, was obligated Sanchez and Mayor Helene Schneider to pay the relocation costs of any tenants forced praised Sergeant Ed Olsen for spearheading to move. Since Pini’s tenants are predominantly the city’s “restorative policing” program in dealpoor immigrants, they can’t hire attorneys of ing with street people and the homeless the their own. And since City Hall set in motion past three years. Olsen is stepping down to take the chain of events that might create disloca- an assignment with Internal Affairs, but in the tions, Casey argued, “It would be good form past two years, his program has reunited 73 for us.” Only Councilmember Dale Francisco homeless with their families, got 218 placed, balked, expressing discomfort that a govern- and worked with thousands. In the last year, ment entity would set aside funds to facilitate the Restorative Court program processed 171 litigation against a private individual. Wiley, people, graduating 52 — meaning they manwho worked for 30 years for City Hall, spent aged to avoid arrest or citation for six months. the last 10 as city attorney. Those 171, Sanchez highlighted, accounted for a Also retiring after the Tuesday meeting was cumulative 6,000 calls for service during their Marcelo Lopez, a longtime fixture in the City time in Santa Barbara. By diverting those indiAdministrator’s Office. A sharp dresser noted viduals, the department’s street cops have more for his even sharper wit, Lopez likewise went time, he said, to focus on more pressing issues. out on a high note, having secured a $500,000 Restorative policing, he intimated, was more grant from the California Department of Jus- than feel-good do-gooderism.“It’s police work,” tice targeting 120 at-risk teens for the counsel- he said.

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lthough the Board of Supervisors’ divided decision Monday to move forward with its consideration of a $1-per-barrel tax on onshore oil producers didn’t officially place the item on next summer’s ballot, the direction of the conversation and the dynamic among the supervisors suggests the resolution could, indeed, be put before voters in June with implications far and wide. If the proposal makes it to the ballot and is approved by 66 percent of voters, the revenue would fill county coffers to the tune of more than $3 million a year. And if the tax were enacted, it would make Santa Barbara County the first of California’s 58 counties to impose such a fee. It would even beat the state to the punch as a new statewide measure for the November election was proposed just this week. But the tax’s success or failure in the voting booths — as well as its effects on the months of campaigning leading up to the June election — will also loom large in area politics, with repercussions for an already-heated nd District race and an already-strained relationship between North and South County. The 3-2 vote in favor of the tax split along north-south lines, with th and th District supervisors Peter Adam and Steve Lavagnino voicing their opposition early and then remaining largely silent for the remainder of the meeting. Adam, who called the county “famous for being business-unfriendly” and the proposed tax a “rush job,” worried about the tax’s effect on oil-industry employees. Lavagnino said that he didn’t like the idea of hurting one of his district’s two main job fields — oil and agriculture — and that he therefore didn’t want to go over the proposed tax’s details, as doing so would be akin to “choosing options on a new car you don’t want to buy in the first place.” But the three South County supervisors chugged right along, deciding, among other things, how the ballot measure would be classified and where the tax’s revenues would be funneled. The tax would be a so-called special tax, meaning it would only require a 3-2 vote from the supervisors to make the ballot, a two-thirds vote from the public to become law, and it names the specific county departments — fire, parks, and libraries — that would receive the money. If approved, the tax would impose a $1-per-barrel fee on oil companies (with an indexed tax rate for possible inflation) but exclude wells that produce five or fewer barrels per day. According to a recent Grand

Jury report on oil taxation — which recommended the supervisors’ approval of such a ballot measure — nearly 3.4 million barrels of oil were extracted in 2012. “I think this is a positive step. My mantra would be: Let the voters decide,” said nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf on Monday. Wolf, whose seat is being challenged by Goleta City Councilmember Roger Aceves, further defended her position Tuesday morning. “In my mind, it’s a common-sense, commonly utilized business tax on an industry,” she said. “What wasn’t really said yesterday is that this is a local tax that stays here locally.” Aceves, when asked what he thought of the board’s decision, said he would have preferred to see polling done to assess public opinion and called the two-thirds majority needed from voters “an uphill battle.” He also took issue with the measure’s likely timing, saying that the six months until June was a “short window” to educate the public about the measure. For a discussion on energy, the public turnout for Monday’s meeting was fairly low with more speakers opposed to the tax than not. (Santa Maria Energy expressed its distaste for the tax in a statement released Tuesday.) Even Linda Krop, an attorney for the Environmental Defense Center, showed lukewarm feelings for the measure, expressing concerns that it could persuade county planning agencies to approve future drilling projects because of the expected tax revenues. The county has considered such a tax before, most recently in February 2012; that discussion didn’t garner enough votes. The state, too, has examined the idea, even putting it before voters in 2006 with Proposition , which failed due largely to a $100-million opposition campaign waged by the oil industry. Although a few Los Angeles–area cities have imposed an extraction tax — but none as high as $1 per barrel — Santa Barbara County’s proposed measure would likely encounter just as much oil-industry resistance as Prop. , and the campaign, especially with its so-far ambivalent support from environmental groups, could turn into a Davidversus-Goliath battle. The proposed initiative may also address offshore-oil projects that are within three miles of shore, but the three supervisors said they needed more time to think about including such stipulations. The item will come back to the board on January 21, with a possible vote to place it on the ballot scheduled for February 4.

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MAKES ME BLUSH: It’s come to this: The only

real way to keep other people from invading the sanctity of your underwear drawer is not to wear any underwear. I mention this in light of recent developments with the National Security Agency (NSA) and, oddly enough, our friends in charge of Cottage Hospital. Recent revelations about the NSA — which has been strip-mining the metadata of phone records of millions of American citizens far more rapaciously than any coal company ever pillaged Appalachia — demonstrate that no matter how warped and creepy Edward Snowden might be, he’s done a great service by exposing this practice. No, they may not be listening to what we say, but they’ve been tracking whom we’re talking to. The good news is that a fat-faced federal judge named Richard J. Leon — armed with the facts that creepy Snowden brought to light — termed the practice “almost Orwellian.” Leon declared the practice unconstitutional, explaining that it violated protections against warrantless search and seizure by government agencies.“I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary’ invasion than this systemic and high-tech collection of personal data on virtually every single citizen,” he wrote, “for the purpose of querying it and analyzing it without prior judicial approval.” Leon pointedly noted the government failed to present a single instance in which this invasion of privacy thwarted a terrorist attack. Given Leon’s political history as a legal hit

man for the Republican Party and the imperial presidency, this story clearly qualifies as the dogeats-dog variety. Before his appointment to the federal bench by George Bush II, Leon churned out legal opinions arguing if a president committed a crime, it wasn’t a crime because the president committed it. Once on the bench, he flowered into a far more interesting and unpredictable character. On the issue of Gitmo detainees, Leon has issued rulings both affirming and denying their rights. More recently, he ruled the Food and Drug Administration is required to certify that drugs imported into the United States to kill condemned death row inmates can do so safely and humanely. In his NSA decision, Leon challenged the Supreme Court’s 1979 wiretap ruling that has been used to justify the NSA’s war on our phone records. That case involved a Baltimore man who stole a woman’s car and then peppered her with threatening phone calls. When the cops caught him by tapping her phone, he objected they never got a warrant. The Supremes concluded no warrant was needed because phone customers — knowing that the phone company kept records of all their calls — had no expectation of privacy. The most important fact here is that the car thief’s name was Michael Lee Smith, which — yet again — proves my theory that people with the first, last, or middle name Lee (or any variant) are disproportionately prone to sociopathic behavior. Judge Leon argued the feds could no longer use a case in which one person had her

phone tapped for a few days to justify tracking every phone call made in the United States. The telephonic realities of 1979 and the present had changed in ways exceeding the scope of science fiction. To liken one to the other was akin to equating a grain of sand to the whole beach. That’s the meta-news on metadata, and for once, it’s really good. On the micro level, I was one of 32,500 individuals to receive a Dear John note from Cottage Hospital — our favorite local monopoly — informing me that a private vendor they’d hired to manage their computerized records inadvertently forgot to lock up their equivalent of my underwear drawer where four years’ worth of my medical records were kept. Someone, they said, could have come in and taken a peek. On December 2, Cottage got a call from an unnamed third party reporting the records of at least one of the 32,500 showed up on Google. The good news, we’ve been told, is that absolutely no financial data has been breached. There’s nothing in my records that would cause personal embarrassment, but such information is intensely personal and private. If patients think Cottage can’t keep their secrets, maybe they won’t tell their doctors what their doctors need to know. I’m far more upset that Cottage — our community hospital, where we are told 2,300 babies are born a year — has unilaterally decided to shut down its subacute care ward at Goleta Valley and outsource that extremely vital, if difficult and no doubt expensive, function to a hospital

I’ve never heard of located in Camarillo. For years now, the plan has been that the subacute care ward — where service-intensive patients who may never get better are sent — would be relocated to Cottage’s new and improved Santa Barbara campus. Now we are told that’s no longer the case. Instead, they’ll be sent to St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital, which we are told by Cottage is so much more, well, pleasant. Not only that, but according to the Cottage press release, it’s “nestled near the foothills of Camarillo.” Everything is better, after all, when it’s nestled. What may not be so pleasant, however, is the extra drive. On a good day, Camarillo is 43 minutes from Santa Barbara. One way. If you live in Lompoc — as some patients’ parents do — it’s effectively a two-hour drive. One way. Oh well, what’s a four-hour drive if your semivegetative son is nestled near the foothills? I’d remind you all the last time Cottage outsourced a vital community function, it relocated our only geriatric psychiatric wing to St. John’s (Unpleasant) Hospital in Oxnard. Guess what? St. John’s geriatric psych ward shut down shortly thereafter, and today Santa Barbara has no facility in which to nestle its geriatric psych patients. My point is this: If Cottage can accidentally expose our medical records — and our not-sotidy whities — to potential prying, they should return the favor. Nice, pleasant, and nestled just don’t cut it when explaining why they want to outsource a vital medical service. Cottage, open up your own underwear drawers, and let the light come shining in. — Nick Welsh

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William (Bill) McLaughlin died suddenly but peacefully in Port Townsend WA on November  at the age of , following a week spent visiting with friends and his son Michael. Bill’s wife Margaret passed away in  after a marriage of  years. Bill had three sons, Timothy (wife Diane) of Cazenovia, New York, John, late of Telluride, Colorado, and Michael of San Jose, California. Bill grew up in Upland and nearby Cucamonga in Southern California. A sailor from early on, Bill learned to sail in a boat he purchased with $ that his father lent him. With his father serving as ‘crew’, Bill did well in the Pacific Coast Regatta and other races. While attending Santa Barbara High School, he also ran track as a high hurdler. Bill went on to earn his undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara where he met Margaret, his future wife. They were married March rd, , days before he shipped out as an activated USN reserve. He then spent time off of Korea and in the China Sea as a navy signalman, primarily on the escort carrier CVE-, the Rendova. Bill returned home to his new bride and first son Tim, mustering out in . He continued his education, earning his teaching credential, Master’s degree, and school administrative certificate at UCLA. He taught social studies at Newport Harbor High School before moving back to Santa Barbara to head the social studies department and coach a winning track team at the new San Marcos High School. He moved into administrative work, eventually becoming Assistant Superintendent of the Santa Barbara School system. In Santa Barbara schools he hit his stride, learning the difficult balance of laws, policy and politics that are involved in working with the various educational stakeholders; students, parents, faculty, administrative staff, and the Board of Education, each with different perspectives and concerns. One of his proudest achievements while at Santa Barbara was the building of Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta. Bill joined the Federal Office of Education (within HEW) at the Region Nine office in San Francisco, where he worked with educators and community activists throughout the West Coast, Hawaii, and the Trust Territories on such programs as the “Model Cities” initiative of , part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. He particularly enjoyed his commutes from Tiburon in Marin County to San Francisco via ferry during these years. After two years in San Francisco he established the new Office of Education Region Ten office in Seattle, with responsibility for working with educators in the North20

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western states. His work in Seattle included highly innovative projects, such as the then novel satellite broadcasting of educational programs to remote Alaskan towns and villages. The family moved again in  to Virginia, where Bill assumed responsibility for all ten regional offices within the Office of Education and then the Department of Education. He became a charter member of the Senior Executive Service (S.E.S.) in . In , Bill was informed that the new presidential administration wished to dispense with his services. Due to his S.E.S status, he was able to transfer into the Education Department’s Office of Inspector General as Assistant Inspector General for Management and Policy. Working in an environment that was new to him, he adapted and earned “Outstanding” or “Superior” performance evaluations for his work in this new role. He was fortunate that at the end of his working life he was able to return to special education, a field he studied at UCLA. He served as the acting Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) assisting public institutions with issues as diverse as educational curricula, head trauma research, and A.D.A. compliance. A highlight was when he represented the United States on a trip to rehabilitation centers in India. While in the Washington DC area, Bill and his wife Margaret established the National Capitol chapter of the UCSB alumni association. While Margaret served as Chapter President, Bill helped students adapt to life in the nation’s capital and became a member of the UCSB Alumni Board. For his alumni work and his career accomplishments in education, Bill was awarded the UCSB Outstanding Alumni Award. Upon retiring from Washington D.C. to Washington State in the mid nineties, he became active in politics, something precluded during his career in the Federal civil service. He worked with the Washington State Democratic party, guiding local candidates door to door in Port Ludlow, serving as a state committee member, arranging presidential caucuses and more. For his efforts in Jefferson County and Washington State as a whole, he was awarded the Warren G. Magnuson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Washington State Democratic Party. He and Margaret became active members of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. In his spare time he sailed his small sailboat “Geist”, tended his garden, and entertained a stream of visiting family and friends to the Pacific Northwest. Bill is survived by his two sons Timothy and Michael McLaughlin, sister Barbara Johnson of Santa Barbara, California, and a large extended family. A memorial service will be held

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Mike (Miguel Julio) Rivera // – //

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In Memory… Dearest Mike:

Thomas Bronson O’Reilly passed away on Nov. , , at Cottage Hospital, with his wife and children present. He was . Thomas was born in Plainfield, N.J. on April ,  and grew up on Shelter Island, NY. His mother Mary (Meehan) O’Reilly and father Luke O’Reilly were Irish immigrants. He had two brothers, Luke and Gil. He graduated from Shelter Island High School in . He joined the US Navy in  and trained as a meteorologist. On Dec. th, , he was stationed at the Kaneohe Naval Air Station in Oahu when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. During the attack, he and three of his mates shot down the only Japanese plane lost in the attack on Kaneohe. After the war, he studied Political Science at Colgate University, graduating in . Soon after, he met Lillian Scheideler. They wed in . Thomas made an unsuccessful bid for US Congress in . Working with his lifelong friend and college classmate, Richard Bates, he campaigned from a horse-drawn covered wagon with the slogan “Pioneer in Politics”. Thomas and Lillian settled with their  children in Santa Barbara, in . Starting in the early ’s, Thomas was a sales representative and later an executive and entrepreneur, importing and inventing typewriters and business machines. He finished his business career developing the Sierra Typewriter and marketing it in the US. In  he sold his patents to JUKI and retired as President of JUKI USA. Thomas O’Reilly is survived by his wife Lillian, his children Kevin (Jean), Maureen (Murray), Colleen, Shannon (Ninoska), Rory (Laura), Tara, Siobhan, and Cathlin (Peter),  grandchildren and  great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Santa Barbara Mission on Nov th. A celebration in memory of Thomas will be held on New Year’s Eve  at the family home, beginning at pm.

Four years ago you flew into the arms of the angels. How do we tell your story? With tears and laughter – knowing that each of us was changed by knowing you… you were not religious, but oh you were so spiritual… you saw the good in everyone; you loved to meet new people and they went away having made a new friend. Santa Barbara was your home and you loved every part of it. We celebrate you with JOY in our hearts; JOY because you gave JOY to so many by the little things you did; sharing the fruits of your gardening; visiting friends and family who could not drive; telling jokes, always smiling when I walked in the door from work. In the words of Winnie the Pooh, “When you see someone putting on his BIG BOOTS, you can be sure that an adventure is going to happen.” Each day with you was an amazing adventure cradled by love. Thank you for the joyful memories we keep forever in our hearts. Your loving wife, Marilou, and the entire Rivera Family

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Kim Kihlstrom, a professor of Computer Science at Westmont College, died December ,  at home following a long battle with cancer. She was born April ,  in Santa Rosa, CA to C.W. (Bud) and Virginia Potter. She received a BSEE from Stanford University in . She married Ken Kihlstrom in  and they raised three children: Kathy, Karen, and Kevin. In , she and her husband moved to Santa Barbara to begin teaching at Westmont. She was part time until she pursued her

PhD in Computer Engineering at UCSB, completing it in . She then returned to Westmont as a professor of Computer Science. In , she won the Teacher of the Year award for the Natural and Behavioral Sciences as well as the Faculty Research Award. Twice she and her husband led Westmont’s Europe Semester Program. Kim was active in her local church community. She is survived by her husband and three children, as well as by her mother, Virginia, and brother Kris Potter (both of Medford, Oregon). Memorial Services was held at Montecito Community Church on Wednesday, December ,  at : pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the endowment for the Kim Kihlstrom Scholarship in Computer Science at Westmont College.

Joseph Allen Fuller, Jr. // – //

Joseph Allen Fuller Jr., loving son, husband, and father, died at home, surrounded by family, on December , . Joe was born in Eureka, Kansas, on November , . He served as a navigator in the South Pacific during World War II with Marine Air Group . At the end of the war, he met Dorothy Herron, who had served in the WAVES during the war. They married in  and attended the University of Wichita on the GI bill, graduating at the same time. Joe earned his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois in . He worked for many years for Chevron Research and Standard Oil of California. Joe and Dorothy were married for  years. For most of those years, they lived in Mill Valley and were active in the Mill Valley Community Church. Dorothy died in . Joe lived the last three and a half years of his life with his daughter Carol in Santa Barbara. He is survived by his sister Helen Fuller (Robert Lake), his daughters Carol Schwyzer (Hubert Schwyzer) and Marilyn Fuller (David Krug), and his sons Douglas Fuller (Debbie Shroyer) and Scott Fuller, as well as seven grandchildren, one greatgrandson, and many nieces and nephews. The family is grateful to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara for their capable and caring support at the end of his life.

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School. She graduated with a fine-arts degree spending Christmas with my from Arizona State University. sister Katherine was the highWherever she lived — Venice Beach; Palm light. It all started with her Springs; Kona, Hawai‘i — K.G.’s loving and gen“Smoking Donkey” present. One year, each of erous spirit spurred her to volunteer for orgaus received a small plastic donkey and were nizations to help troubled, disadvantaged, and instructed to stick the rolled paper in its mouth homeless youth; she received a commendation and light it on fire, and we would all watch as from the City of Los Angeles for her efforts. it blew smoke rings. It tickled our funny bone, She loved dogs and animals, volunteering for local animal shelters and caretaking domestic and we laughed for hours. Katherine’s gifts were never a shiny new pets. She donated her time at the Kona Outpresent. Instead, a bunch of old, dilapidated, door Circle — an organization that upholds the hysterically funny items from the thrift store or Hawaiian culture. a crazy joke gift (the year it was Twister, we all Katherine was an admired bodysurfer, enjoyended up like pretzels at the end of the night) ing many years in her “special bay” on Kona. was inside the beautiful wrapping paper. She A bona fide selkie at heart, K.G. sometimes was so good at it that seemed more comexchanging secondfortable in the ocean than on land. And hand gifts became she stayed totally fit. a tradition. KatherShe worked out reliine made us realize giously — cycling, the true meaning of lifting weights, swimChristmas — being ming. Along with together as a family, her healthy lifestyle, having fun. It wasn’t K.G. loved cooking. about receiving nice gifts. Not long ago, she We have never seen took a cooking class K.G. laugh so hard as in Thailand, which when our dad was combined two of her the butt of one of the passions: cooking joke gifts, the infaand travel. Full of selfless mous “bird whistle.” and endless curiosity Dad’s an avid bird about people, K.G. watcher, so he was worked for numerthe perfect recipious elite spas that ent of this “made-up gift” (actually a prank valued her gifts as a “backward” whistle natural healer, skilled masseuse, and reiki from the joke store). “Blow real hard, Dad!” master. But her true we all chimed in. His joy was travel, and cheeks filled up with SELKIE AT HEART: A love of travel and she had recently air, and ours did too cooking took Katherine Grgich to beautiful started a travel from holding back beaches to bodysurf to her heart’s content. retreat business for women. our laughter, knowing what was about to happen. Instead of the Katherine passed away doing what she loved expected sound of an owl chirping came a the most: traveling and looking for beauti“Poof!” White powder covered my dad’s face; ful beaches. Finally, in Koh Rong (“Paradise we couldn’t see his eyes. Island”), Cambodia, she found her ultimate He was in shock; the room was silent as we paradise in heaven on September 23, 2013 (she watched him dust the white powder off of his was born February 6, 1958). On her way to the face. It was like the calm before the storm. The beach, she was attacked and killed. The susanticipation was more than we could take, and pect is still at large, and our family continues we all burst out in laughter. Katherine buckled to work with the U.S. Embassy to find closure. over, holding her stomach from laughter while She was 55. she rolled around on the living room floor, tears We know that K.G. is now bodysurfing the streaming down her face. galaxies. She rests in the eternal peace that she My sister was born and raised in Santa sought on her spiritual journey. She is survived Barbara, with a vibrant soul and infectious by her parents, George and Susan Grgich; laugh that touched everyone’s lives, including her sisters Amy Grgich and Jennifer (Grgich) strangers; people were drawn in. Even in her Harden; and Tom Harden, brother-in-law. We youth, she was a true leader. She received the will never forget you, Katherine, our daughter, DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) sister, and friend, for showing us the true meanaward at La Colina Junior High and was elected ing of Christmas. You will always remain our vice president of her class at San Marcos High special “gift.” ■

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he last time I wrote a word for this paper – or any publication for that matter – it was early July, and, unbeknownst to me, I was bleeding internally at a rather rapid rate thanks to a baseball-sized cancerous tumor growing deep in my gut.

More specifically, it was a Tuesday evening, and I had an approaching deadline when, while working on a lead news story about the latest evolution of the Naples development saga, my cell phone rang. On the line was my primary doctor, and when your doctor calls you after hours, it is usually not a good sign. Roughly 12 hours later — and after filing my story for The Independent — I was admitted to Cottage Hospital. Nothing has been the same since, and I am fairly certain it never again will be. This story, however, truly begins exactly one year ago when, after pushing my way through what I thought was a particularly brutal bout of the flu, I also ended up in Cottage. I started feeling lousy on the weekend after Thanksgiving, and, following a couple weeks of on-again, off-again fevers and assorted other symptoms that just wouldn’t quit, I finally dragged myself to urgent care. Flash forward five days that included a return visit to urgent care and two trips to the emergency room, and I was admitted to Cottage with what they were calling a “fever of unknown origin.”

In short, my body was shutting down, and basic functions, like peeing, for example, had long since stopped. I was numb from the middle of my chest down, my motor functions were anything but normal, I hurt in a way that all the Aleve in the world couldn’t touch, and I was more scared than I cared to admit. I remember the moment when the ER doctor decided to admit me. He had a grave look of concern on his face despite his obvious efforts to appear otherwise, his eyes avoiding mine and falling instead on my wife, Anna, who was sitting next to me. “I think things just aren’t cutting it at home anymore,” he said. Moments later, a glass door slid shut on my room. Subsequently, all of the nurses and doctors started wearing masks and gloves when dealing with me. By the next afternoon, I would recognize the rotating cast of medical professionals by their shoes. In the 12 months since that terrifyingly surreal day, I have been diagnosed with all manner of ailments, including shingles, a bleeding ulcer, transverse myelitis, meningitis, multiple sclerosis, and, ultimately, a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that has gained a certain

amount of infamy worldwide as it is the same disease that killed Apple founder Steve Jobs. While most of the diagnoses stuck, some have been abandoned, and others remain in the “only time will tell” category. I have had no fewer than 125 doctor’s appointments, being seen by specialists at Sansum Clinic, at USC in Los Angeles, and Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. Each visit delivered plot twists of varying degrees and proved repeatedly that, while the knowledge doctors hold is massive and ever important, it is also minuscule and often powerless compared to what they don’t know or don’t understand about the human body. I have spent just shy of 30 nights in a hospital bed — Anna by my side for every one of them — and today, as I sit typing this very sentence at my dining room table, I am officially back to work, albeit with a big scar on my belly, some new interior anatomy, and my head spinning as I try to make some sort of sense of this lifealtering journey that has taken me from one holiday season to the next. It has been a long and trying year, and, like all of us still fortunate enough to be among the living, I have had no choice but to go through it.

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A HOSPITAL IS A DAMN FINE PLACE TO HAVE YOUR LIFE SAVED, BUT IT IS NO PLACE TO ACTUALLY HEAL.

However, despite a holy host of reasons to bury 2013 in a pissed-off pile of ill will, I am feeling quite the contrary these days. Certainly my future is unknown; as anyone who is in the cancersurvivor club will tell you, this disease is a cruel and wicked and deceptive and remarkably unfair opponent that can strike back at anytime with nary a warning shot. This is a less-than-ideal reality that colors every moment I live from here on out, but it is my reality, and, as bizarre as it may seem, I am thankful for it. You see, something funny happened during all the blood tests and MRIs and maddening medications that makes me feel like a stranger in my own body. Somewhere during the fear and hardships and anger and haunting unknowns that have dotted my days since last December, I began to slow down and soften and surrender. And in the process, I have rediscovered the unrivaled magic that is life itself. It turns out simply being alive is some seriously intoxicating shit.

TROUBLE AHEAD, TROUBLE BEHIND

After my first stint in Cottage, I was cut loose to the freedoms of the outside world just before Christmas Eve. Believe me when I say, a hospital is a damn fine place to have your life saved, but it is no place to actually heal. It was a crisp and cool Monday evening as I made my way across Bath Street toward my wife’s car. My step was shaky but resolved, the smell of a recent rain flared my nostrils, the orange hues of a blooming bird-of-paradise more vivid and complete than anything I had seen in days. At that time, my primary diagnosis was something called transverse myelitis, a fairly uncommon and mysterious neurological affliction hallmarked by lesions inside your spinal column, and one that is diagnosed no more than a thousand times a year in all of America. I was on lots of medications, but I felt good and was confident that the worst was behind me. I rolled the window down and hung my face out into the wind on the way home like a dog. By Christmas morning, after attempts at weaning myself from my meds spiked my previously abating symptoms, I knew I was not fated for such a quick fix. The next few months were, in hindsight, an incredibly peaceful time as I made my way out onto the tundra of medical mystery. I began seeing a Chinese medicine practitioner and acupuncturist, a decision that has been among the most physically and emotionally beneficial that I have ever made. I gave up alcohol and caffeine and gluten and dairy and sugar and meat and nightshade vegetables (a diet my friends like to call the “no fun” diet). I began meditating and daily visualization exercises. My more traditional doctors started me on intravenous blood therapies and off-label uses of other medications. Progress was slow, but with time, I was back at work and steadily reducing my drug dosages. I think back on these winter months, and my mind’s eye sees a low light shining through my living room window, a hot cup of tea steeping next to me, and my dog, Danger, asleep on the rug. Before I knew it, spring was in the air, but answers, despite the improvements in how I felt, remained elusive. By mid-April, I was able to go on short hikes and even surf a little bit again, two things that have long been paramount to the health of my spirit. I was buoyed by these developments but felt in my core that all was not well. I had hit a wall it seemed, one where I could continue to step down my medications without getting much worse but also without getting much better. My stomach bothered me most mornings, and fatigue gnawed away at me no matter how much I rested. I figured this to be par for the course considering my situation, and, falling back on old patterns of behavior and ego-driven resilience that had served me well over the years, I pushed on despite the growing voice inside of me telling me that things just weren’t right. The power of the mind to both heal and hurt depending on what you choose is truly amazing. 24

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An A abnormal mass — which had iceberged into my small intestine, causing internal bleeding and th the anemia — was discovered the next day. By the following Tuesday, it was confirmed canthus ce cerous — a neuroendocrine tumor on the head of my pancreas. The bad-news call came as I was driving in Goleta to walk my dog at Ellwood, my wife and m mother in the truck with me. I continued on toward the beach in a freefalling daze, stripping do to my shorts once I hit the sand. I walked slowly to the ocean’s edge, leaving Anna and down M behind me. The heaviness of the news was too much for me to bear, and the tears flowed as Mom h I hot-stepped into the Pacific. I dove under the first wave that came to me and screamed a word that isn’t fit for print deep in the depths. I stayed under for a long time, and, when I resurfaced, my tears and the Pacific into w one. I noticed the water dripping off the tips of my fingers, the blue of the sky caught fleetwere in in the little drops of water before they returned to the deeper greens and blues of the sea. ingly Tu Turning shoreward, my eyes locked on Anna and my mom, the two most important people in m life, and, despite the fear pulsing through my body, I felt an upwelling of something much my bi bigger inside of me, something akin to gratitude but more complete and sweeping than I have ev known. It didn’t last long that first time, but it was definite and distinct and powerful and it ever ga me the courage to go back to the beach and all that awaited me. gave The next 10 days were the most intense and humbling I have ever lived. During this time, I ci circled the wagons with my loved ones, stared down the barrel of my own mortality, and devised a plan. My cancer was rare, and the surgery I needed to save my life was no joke despite the fact that it is commonly known as a Whipple, a term that sounds more like a dance move than an eight-hour organ-removing and potentially life-threatening procedure. My initial inclination was to have the surgery in Santa Barbara in the more-thancapable care of Cottage doctors. However, after a client of my wife’s helped open doors for us at Stanford Hospital, giving us access to the world’s undisputed expert on my disease, the choice was a no-brainer. I was headed north. My insurance company balked at the decision, but, thanks to the generosity and support of my family and friends, I was able to move forward with courage and deal with the details later. After all, you only get one shot at this life, and money — or lack thereof — has no business entering the equation. I went under the knife on Monday, July 29, and I haven’t looked back. That feeling of otherworldly and uplifting gratitude that I felt that day in the Pacific has been my guiding light, undulating in and out of my being with an ever-increasing power and frequency. I have come to learn that it is fed by love and community and compassion, and the more I open to it and the more I look for it, the more it grows. I know this sounds like some seriously hippie-dippie stuff, but I p promise you I am no crystal gazer. s I simply, for the first time in my 35 years on this planet, not only know what truly matters but also am working to live a life that actually reflects it. It isn’t easy, and I don’t always succeed, but I try.

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A few months ago, just as summer turned to fall — and well before I had my surgeon’s blessing to do so — I returned to the art of wave riding. It was mid-morning on a Monday, and I knew Rincon had a small perfect peeler bending into her cove. Before better judgment could sway me back to the couch, I was loading my truck and soon enough heading south on the , the whole world playing a symphony. The first couple of rides were on my knees, quick little runners on the inside. The smile on my face was so big and stupid it hurt. After a good solid cry out the back reflecting on mortality, the pure wonders of this life, and how damn good the ocean feels, a solid waist-high wave seemed to pop up out of nowhere. Tears still on my face, my stomach still tight with the awkwardness of being a grown man crying in the lineup, instincts took over. I stroked into it and popped to my feet with no regard for the hundreds of stitches actively reattaching my insides and holding my stomach together. A brief fade to my left as I let the wall build in front of me before cranking back to the power source. Instantly I was locked in the sublime weightlessness of trim, and cancer was nowhere to be found. I let my right hand relax into the delicately breaking lip, pulled my feet in close together, and stood up as straight as I had since feeling the scalpel. There are no words to describe the sensation of that ride and what it meant to me. But I will say this: I have no doubt that there is an all-encompassing and transcendent power in this universe, and for me, it lives in the sea. Back in the parking lot, blissed out and warming my skinny pale body in the sun before heading home, a guy, probably 20 years my senior with a face familiar to me from my past 15 years bobbing around the Rincon lineup, struck up a conversation. No doubt curious about the massive and still-healing chevron-shaped incision on my torso, he asked if I had actually “been surfing with that thing.” Quickly we were connecting, and I gave him a CliffsNotes version of my recent history. I ended the blow-by-blow with an awkward, “So yeah, pretty much I should be dead, but, for some reason, I’m not. I’m here, and figured I’d try and have a little paddle.” At this, the man got serious, his brown eyes flashing with intensity as he reached out and grabbed me by my left shoulder. “Listen,” he said, “you’re not supposed to be dead, man. You need to stop that now. You are supposed to be alive.”

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roofed, open-walled gymnasium at the center of Javier, one of the larger towns in the Philippine province of Leyte. A limp banner in the corner of the stands advertised the “Mayor’s Cup” basketball tournament, but on a Friday afternoon late in October, the newly painted concrete floor was home to several hundred mothers, fathers, and young children, spilling in and out of seats and aisles arranged across the court. As we walked in, flanked by the town police and mayor’s personal escort to a cacophony of prompted applause, I muttered,“Whoa.” “It’s always like this, especially if there’s politicians involved — they really know how to bring out the people,” Howard Schiffer replied, raising his voice slightly to be heard over the noise.“But this is how you get to 30 million.” Schiffer has been many things in his life: a commune member at the height of the flowerpowered 1970s, a midwife, a natural-products entrepreneur, and, for the past 20 years, one of the most avid opponents of malnutrition on a global scale. His Santa Barbara–based nonprofit organization, Vitamin Angels (VA), has programs in 50 countries, including the United States, and has reached an estimated 30 million children in danger of or suffering from malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. During the past five years, they’ve gotten plenty of ink on these pages, including a cover story on their work in India in 2008 and a report from earlier this year on how they are helping expectant mothers in Kenya. But compared to programs like those, Vitamin Angels’ work in the Philippines is in its fledgling stage, and yet it’s growing fast, for Schiffer believes that vitamin programs are often impoverished communities’ best bet for a noticeable rise in the quality of life. He explained,“No other technology can offer as big a change for the lowest cost in such short of a time.” The real potential for long-lasting change in VA’s programs comes from their integration with in-country partners, especially those on a smaller, more regional scale. It’s an approach that could be difficult to manage in a “brute force” relief organization the size of the Red Cross, but with VA’s more nimble structure, Schiffer is able to arrange budget partnerships with both small government organizations like barangay health departments and independent organizations, such as Cebu City’s Our Lady of Sacrament ministry, all of whom have a nuanced knowledge of the culture and population. VA delivers the supplies, explained Schiffer, and then the partners “tackle distribution on the ground and grow from there.” That symbiotic relationship also allows these partners to grow in stature themselves, thanks to VA’s influence. One such partner is Maria & Joseph’s Ministry to the Poor (mjmp.org), VA’s go-to team on the ground in Cebu City, the first place we visited.

NURTURED IN NATURE: (TOP) Howard Schiffer holds aloft a child during an information meeting and vitamin distribution in Javier, Leyte. (BOTTOM) Children play on a hill in Sitio Cataquiz, a village built on an active garbage dump site just downstream from two major pharmaceutical plants.

MJMP is a small, faith-based (but non-evangelical) relief organization founded by Joseph “Klint” and Maria “Lenie” Robins that specializes in feeding programs for the needy. Lenie’s strong family ties to the Cebu area and nearby province of Leyte make MJMP a perfect organization to expand VA’s influence and vitamins — in this case mostly multivitamins for children younger than 5 and prenatal vitamins for expecting and breast-feeding mothers — throughout the central Visayas region. And it’s not just organizations like MJMP, or the multinational Food for the Hungry, which is VA’s chief partner near Manila: Schiffer’s personal trips to various regions often involve doing the legwork with government officials and setting up training programs to involve community organizers and health officials at every level. In Leyte, the organization’s efforts are centered around Javier, a sprawling city of loosely connected barangays, which are small villages or neighborhoods that function semi-independently under the umbrella of the city government. At the city’s helm is the enigmatic Sandy Javier, the enormously wealthy owner of Andok’s Chicken, one of the Philippines’ largest chain restaurants. Mayor Javier (whose grandfather founded and named the town) also serves as president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines and seems genuinely interested in using his wealth and position to facilitate change by funding roads, schools, and other development projects.“Our main concern is, how do we secure the future of our country?” Javier said over coffee with Schiffer and the VA team, referring to the program’s focus on children. Due to his involvement with the League of Municipalities, Javier believes that the “module of [this] program can be implemented immediately” across the country, with other mayors’ cooperation. Over the course of 10 days, I accompanied Schiffer, VA photographer Matt Dayka, and Schiffer’s son Austin Moore (who, like me, was on his first trip with VA) into barangays and slums around Cebu, Javier, and Manila, trying to find the areas the VA’s program has helped or can help the most. Abject poverty, unforr tunately, was one of the chief unifying factors: In the n th provinces and city slums alike, a laborer is lucky uccky to pull in 300 Philippine pesos (about $7) per err day, day, and most have to settle with half of that or less. les ess. For the lower classes, work is also inconsistent, tent nt, as unpredictable construction schedules and ex extreme weather like typhoons and floods often n leave leave many providers unable to work. And so the people get ett by any way they can, scrapingg together money, washing hin ing recycled bottles, or doing other odd jobs.“Sometimes Som ometimes it is okay, but sometimes it is very difficult, ult lt”,” said Igleserio Camino, a farmer and father off 12 12 children, one of whom died in childhood. Camino’s ami mino’s family, like many in his village outside of Javier, vieer, usually manages to eat three times on a diett o off fish, rice, vegetables, and occasionally other meats, when there is consistent work for the family’s me providers. “The hardest time was when my kids do not have enough food to eat,” said Deliah, a mother of three

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/: Kung Fu Exhibition for Kids  Enjoy a demonstration of martial arts moves and acrobatic feats by Sino West’s Master Dragon (above). Then it’s the audience’s turn to learn basic kung fu punches, stances, and kicks and practice a short routine. :pm. Goleta Library,  N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Free. Ages -. Call -.

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FRIDAY 12/20 /: Public Telescope Night  It may be too early to see Santa, but you’ll probably be able see a star or two and some other cool stuff. The observatory is next to the baseball field. Observations occur only if weather permits, so be sure to call the Telescope Viewing Hotline. -pm. Westmont,  La Paz Rd. Free. Call -. /: th Annual Christmas Carol Sing-Along & Wassail Party  The community party is a holiday family favorite that will have traditional carols, a singalong, the poetry of Diane Wyman, and soprano and flutist Jane Hahn will perform; and more carols by the fireside. :-pm. Trinity Episcopal Church,  State St. Free. Call -.

/-/: Holiday Shop n’ Roll  This week is your last chance to roll away your cares on skates ($-$ pads and helmets available), buy last-minute gifts at the Artisan Holiday Mart, and try to decide what delectable meal to eat from the Locavore Food Court. Thu.: am-pm; Fri.-Sun.: ampm. Earl Warren Showgrounds,  Calle Real. Free-$. Call -.



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likes a show-off. Workshop fee includes container, foam, and clippers. -pm. Rincon Floral Studio,  Via Real, Ste. F, Carpinteria. $. Call -. /: Making Meaning: A Talk with Artist Liza Lou  There is so much more to artists than their art. Come discuss aspects of creativity, the nature of imperfection, and financial considerations among other challenges like one’s own brain chemistry in an in-depth, intimate setting. Selected readings will be provided ahead of time for discussion. RSVP as space is limited. -pm. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara,  Paseo Nuevo. Free. Call () -.

/-/: Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale Welcome All Wonders Concert  Slow down and take in the sounds of rich choral voices, a professional orchestra,

a lively youth chorale, and on Saturday, a valley-wide children’s chorus. Popular favorites and a caroling sing-along will top off each event. Fri.: :pm; Sat.: pm; Sun.: pm. Church of the Crossroads,  La Lata Dr., Buellton. $-$. Call -. /: Guicho y La Tribu  Guicho and the Tribe are here with live salsa to get you out of your seats and moving. There will also be deejays and two dance floors. ¡A bailar! pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club,  State St. $-$. Ages +. Call -.

SATURDAY 12/21 /: Tommy & The High Pilots Welcome the boys home for Christmas at their rocking annual holiday show, and spread the joy with a donation to Unity Shoppe’s peanut-butter drive. pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club,  State St. $-$. Ages +. Call -. Read more on p. .

JOHN ZANT’S GAME OF THE WEEK /-/: High School Girls Basketent ball: Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions  It was once thee nation’s premier holiday girls tournament, showcasing such stars as Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, and it’s still bringing in talented players from strong teams. The co-favorites are Orange Lutheran, the defending champion, and Ventura, the  champion. Ventura’s senior forward rd Marki Meyer, who has type  diabetes, t was MVP of the Channel League last season. Santa Barbara’s Dons are playing in the Gold Division with the top teams. The semifinals ( and :pm, Fri.) and championship game (:pm, Sat.) will be played at Santa Barbara High School. San Marcos, Carpinteria, and Santa Ynez will be among the teams playing in the Green Division. Various times. J.R. Richards Gym, S.B. High School,  E. Anapamu St.; Maury Halleck Gym, San Marcos High School,  Hollister Ave.; Carpinteria Gym, Carpinteria High School,  Foothill Rd., Carpinteria. $ (daily) - $ (all sessions). Visit sbtoc.com.

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/-/: The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice  The spirits of Haddon Hall will be present as they do their best to convince the Duke that his enchanted medieval manor house must not be demolished. Enjoy  years of choral and instrumental music, dancing, and stories from England and Europe in this beloved holiday tradition. Sat.: : and :pm; Sun.: :pm. Lobero Theatre,  E. Canon Perdido St. $-$. Visit lobero.com or call -. Read more on p. .

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/: Genealogy Member Share Event  Members will share stories of interest found during their research and are encouraged to follow the theme and also bring family treasures. Learn about members’ journeys back to  or how a member’s research into her Czech father led her to meet her family in Germany. :-noon. First Presbyterian Church,  E. Constance Ave. Free. Ages +. Call -.

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Celebrate with the Whole Family! Fast becoming a Santa Barbara favorite, Bob Bernhardt returns with a Pops feast of the tunes you and your family will love, as well as a few surprises! Ring in the new year at the best party in town, but get your tickets early—this concert is always a sell-out! ARTIST SPONSOR

/: Santa Barbara Running Ugly Holiday Sweater Run  It’s that time to bring out your ugly Christmas sweater or other holiday costume. This will be a fun run for the entire family. Enjoy raffle prizes, a store discount for participants, and a prize for the ugliest sweater. -pm. Santa Barbara Running Co.,  Anacapa St. Free. Call -.

out the different health booths, enjoy a chair massage, or try a smoothie. There will be great healthy gifts starting at $. Appetizers and beverages will be available. -pm. Superior Fitness Ctr.,  San Andres St. Free. Call -. /: nd Annual Grassini Family Vineyards Benefit  Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, ease your shopping stress, and enjoy some truly great wines while you support an even greater cause! The Grassini Family will be pouring some of their finest wines, with  percent of the tasting fees being donated to Casa Esperanza, a Santa Barbara charity dedicated to helping homeless individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency. Grassini Family Vineyards will match  percent of the donations. am-pm. Grassini Family Vineyards Tasting Rm.,  Anacapa St., El Paseo #. $. Ages +. Call -. /: Artifacts from Outer Space Workshop  This workshop led by Jason Summers will be out of this world as you reuse materials to create spaceships, planets, or aliens. Children under age  must be accompanied by an adult. am-noon. Art From Scrap,  E. Cota St. $. Call -.

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/: Deserving Dogs Rescue & Rehabilitation Center Annual Fundraiser  What bet-

ter way to celebrate the holidays than by helping save lives? This all-volunteer group rescues adoptable dogs from overcrowded and high-kill shelters and places them in loving homes. This event will have wine, hors d’oeuvres, music by Bruce Goldish, and a silent auction and raffle. pm. Oreana Winery,  Anacapa St. $. Ages +. Call -. /-/: Quire of Voyces: Mysteries of Christmas  Quire of Voyces celebrate their th season by continuing to put their own unique spin on the holidays, spinning an intricate web of spell-binding a cappella melodies drawn from the Renaissance and modern eras. Sat.: pm; Sun.: pm. St. Anthony’s,  Garden St. $-$. Call -. /-/: State Street Ballet’s The Nutcracker  With all the splendor of Tchaikovsky’s music present, the fantasy and magic of this production will take it to next level with a different Clara on each day, original choreography, the Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra, and a chorus of singers from Morro Bay High School. Did I mention new costumes and sets and an expanding Christmas tree brought to the U.S. from Russia? Sat.:  and :pm; Sun.: pm. Granada Theatre,  State St. $$. Call -. COURTESY

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/-/: La Pastorela  Pastorelas are fantastical and sometimes comedic plays that recreate the biblical passage where the shepherds follow the Star of Bethlehem to find the Christ Child, dramatizing the epic battle between good and evil. Because this holiday tradition is uniquely Mexican, this performance will be conducted in Spanish. Sat.: pm; Sun.:  and pm. El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park,  E. Canon Perdido St. $-$. Call -.

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WEEK /: Advent Organ Series  Don’t miss this final chance to partake in the Trinity Episcopal Advent organ series. David A. Gell will serenade audiences with organ music that was written to convey the grand and exciting nature of this season. :-:pm. Trinity Episcopal Church,  State St. Free. Call -.

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/: The th Annual “Right to Sight” Kids Day  More than  kids will be examined and given new glasses. There will also be other health resources to address hearing, nutrition, and diabetes; free flu shots; and health-insurance enrollment. Refreshments will be served, and Santa will be there, too! am-pm. Eyeglass Factory,  S. Milpas St. Free. Call -.

MONDAY 12/23 /: Kettle Bell Conditioning  Launch a preemptive strike against holiday paunches, and join this fun and invigorating fitness class that prioritizes functional strength and conditioning. :am. Fueled Sports,  State St. $. Call -. /: Christina Apostolopoulos and Mahea  A Guitar Performance major at Berklee College of Music, Apostolopoulos has become a seasoned performance musician since her early days performing at coffee shops and on patios as a young girl. Joined by Hawai‘i’s Mahea, this lineup of musical prodigies will be enjoyable to every member of your family (even the grumpy aunts). :pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club,  State St. $ (suggested donation). Call -.

/: Hawai‘i’s Endangered Birds Exhibit  A series of watercolors depicting the exotic and endangered birds which hail from the th state to join the Union, Hawaiian artist Marian Berger’s mash-up of history, art, and ornithology makes for a fitting and enjoyable holiday excursion into Solvang’s holiday wonderland. am-pm. Wildling Museum, -B Mission Dr., Solvang. Free-$. Call -.

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/: Karaoke with Dyno  What could possibly be more fun than getting your family and friends together and singing power ballads at one of the area’s most beloved and rustic scenes this holiday season? pm. T Creekside,  Hollister The Ave. Free. Call -.

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Saturday /: Organic Soup Kitchen’s th Annual Italian-Style Christmas Dinner  Anthony Carroccio of the Organic Soup Kitchen says of their people and nonprofit, “It is our belief that no persons, regardless of financial status, shall compromise the quality of food they feed themselves or their families.” Come share in this wholesome feast made from the heart. Noonpm. Veterans Memorial Bldg.,  W. Cabrillo Blvd. Free. Call -.

Downtown S.B.: Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota sts., :am-pm Meet Your Makers Artisan Market: Plaza Vera Cruz,  E. Cota St., am-pm

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FROSTY THE SNOWMAN: Just in time for Christmas, the iconic fairy tale, Frosty the Snowman, got a fresh treatment this year by illustrator Wade Zahares, but music fans will rejoice that the accompanying CD features Santa Barbara’s own rock ’n’ roll legend Kenny Loggins singing the theme song along with two bonus tracks, “Fishin’ Blues” and “Cyndi.” “For me, Frosty ty the Snowman is just about having fun and enjoying the winter and holiday season,” explained Loggins, who was asked to join the project by publisher Peter Yarrow, of the 1960s folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. “It’s something that parents and children can do together. We need more of that sort of thing, and this is a great way to share the season.” See FrostytheSnowManBook.com and, for a longer interview, independent .com/frosty. — Caroline Sjerven

above: Christel Timoh, a nursing student visiting from Georgia, looked out at the shoreline from Stearns Wharf with her boyfriend, Sylvain Boissy, who currently lives in Lompoc. “It’s so different here,” said Timoh. “There’s so much to see; I’ve been enjoying the view and the mountains, all the little coffee shops and small businesses.”

TIZZY, THE CHRISTMAS SHELF ELF: When Dorothea Jensen wrote the children’s holiday book Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf, it was a departure from her usual fare. Her first ventures were three Jane Austen– esque romantic comedies published in the 1980s. Then came Jensen’s award-winning young-adult historical novel, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm. Recently, however, the author has turned her talents to illustrated books with rhyming prose for the wee ones. The inspiration? Her six grandsons. With richly colored pictures and an old-fashioned feel, Tizzy stars two of Jensen’s Goleta kin — Alex and Owen — and has garnered five-star reviews and a Mom’s Choice Award. Conceived as a series called Santa’s Izzy Elves, Jensen has already written two other volumes: Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf and Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf, with more elf adventures to come. Books are available at area bookshops and Amazon.com. — Michelle Drown

right: Mark Wade read a book while he waited for his dentist to open on State Street. Wade frequently volunteers at the Santa Barbara Humane Society, where he works with pit bulls. “In the humane societies, Chihuahuas and pit bulls are common because they have behavioral problems and always escape,” he said. “They are my favorite to work with because they’re so loyal,” he added.

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Taking a cue from Yvon Chouinard at Patagonia — whose “for benefit” status will ensure that the use of organic cotton, for instance, overrides future shareholder desires for more money — Kabibik now evaluates every decision he makes based on its impacts to the community, the environment, his customers, his employees, and his suppliers. “We want to make sure we’re aligned with people who care,” he explained of how the status will keep the company’s socially and environmentally minded culture even if they take on new investors in years to come. “Value driven — this is the future of business. ... Imagine if Coca-Cola did something like this?” Learn more at bcorporation.net and channelislandso .com. — Matt Kettmann

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The Paris Peace Accords were meant to end which war? ❏ World War II ❏ Vietnam War ❏ Spanish-American War Which leader was part of the Treason Trial of 1956-61? ❏ Nelson Mandela ❏ Martin Luther King ❏ Mahatma Gandhi How many U.S. presidents have received the Nobel Peace Prize? ❏ Four ❏ Six ❏ Eight

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What would the world look like if capitalism weren’t just about the bottom line? A whole lot more hopeful, say a growing number of business owners across the United States, and, to prove their point, they’re turning their companies into “for benefit corporations.” The designation — which requires a simple rewriting of a company’s articles of incorporation and is now recognized by 17 states, including California and, most recently, Delaware, home to many large corporations — establishes a public-benefit purpose for a business, thereby preserving the founders’ value-driven intentions by protecting the board of directors from being sued by a company’s shareholders for not just maximizing profits. Additionally, most of those companies are also submitting themselves to a thorough vetting by the B Lab, a third-party entity that issues the “B Corp” certification for companies that follow “rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.” Only six Santa Barbara companies have taken the plunge so far, but Garrett Kabibik of Channel Islands Outfitters — which reincorporated as “for benefit” in 2012 with the express intent to “save the oceans and natural places” — is already waving the flag sky-high. He fears that money-grubbing companies are the biggest threat to the world, comparing them to the world-destroying robots that humans created in the movie The Terminator. “There’s no humanity behind corporations. It’s like creating a machine to do all your dirty work,” said Kabibik.

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The year the first Nobel Peace Prize was awarded. The inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel, established the prizes in 1895 in part as atonement for his deadly creation. SOURCE:

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room was converted into an exhibition gallery of horology. Electronics genius Bryan Mumford and clockmaster Mostyn Gale volunteered their expertise. Now, for the first time since 1929, the timekeeping mechanisms are visible and well worth the walk up tile stairs and then metal tower stairs to the glassenclosed gallery. Physicists may argue that time has more than one TICKTOCK: The time mural adorns the walls of dimension. In the gallery, the Bisno Schall Clock Gallery. time’s measurement has at least three. It’s like shrinking anta Barbara’s newest — and smallest — museum opened last into your watch and looking out. Or, if you’re interested in time year; it’s definitely downtown’s coolest new old thing. This travel, simply look up — the ceiling mural incorporates more than museum of horology (the art and science of measuring time three miles of fiber-optic cable to re-create the twinkling night sky and making timepieces) is officially called the Bisno Schall Clock just as it appeared on December 4, 1602, when Spanish maritime Gallery. It’s in the County Courthouse tower, way up high with all explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno named Santa Barbara in honor of the of 500 square feet for 4,500 years of chronometer history mastersaint’s feast day. fully depicted from Stonehenge to Santa Barbara in a 60-foot mural Ed Lister’s museum mural shows a comprehensive history of surrounding the tower clock’s mechanisms. timekeeping including an Egyptian water clock (1600 bce), the After the 1925 earthquake, the county built an elaborate SpanishAntikythera Mechanism (the first analog computer, 100 bce), an Moorish castle for a courthouse with tax revenue from offshore oil astrolabe, a medieval sand clock, and a 14th-century astrarium. fields discovered in 1928. Among the building’s special accoutreBy the 1600s, Santa Barbara’s history is depicted along the bottom ments is its four-faced Seth Thomas Clock Company tower clock. of the mural, while above are concurrent events and the icons of The company was the most eminent clock maker of its time; its horology — Italian, Dutch, English, and French pioneers of timetower clocks also adorn Independence Hall in Philadelphia and keeping. Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Project coordinator Rodney Baker reports that viewing a “comBy late summer 1929, Santa Barbara’s tower clock, Seth Thomas’s pletely original, fully functional Seth Thomas Tower Clock in full 2,744th, began telling time. Its standard five basic components operation” is one of the highlights of a visit to Santa Barbara. He’s — Eric Hvolboll — the power of falling weights; the swinging pendulum dividing right. equal intervals of time; a double, three-legged gravity escapement releasing energy to the transmission apparatus to the four displays Public tours for the Bisno Schall Clock Gallery are of hands; and Roman numerals on the tower — have been keeping Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 1:30 p.m., at 1100 Anacapa accurate time for more than 80 years. Street. Call the Courthouse information booth at 962-6464 for Thanks to the vision of winter residents David and Fay Bisno details. and an d th thee ge ggenerosity nero ne rosi sity ty o D c and Maryan Schall, the former storage off Di Dick

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S SWEET NIRVANA: S.B.’s French chocolatier Chocolats du CaliBressan offers chocolates filled with salted caramel in the shape of Buddha.

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here’s a French chocolatier in Santa Barbara at whose shop you can buy all sorts of unusual and delightful creations: red chocolate lips filled with tangerine liqueur, truffles with Sichuan pepper and orange peel, and oblongs of dark chocolate infused with Earl Grey tea or encasing a compelling mix of caramel and balsamic vinegar, to name a very few. They are pricey little indulgences, but a worthwhile treat if one doesn’t overdo it, and I find myself heading to the place whenever I am in the neighborhood. My unequivocal favorite is a round-bellied Buddha filled with salted caramel. “He’s everyone’s favorite, hands down,” the proprietor told me. It has occurred to me that the Buddha is an odd shape in which to mold an edible treat. It reminds me of the chocolate Easter bunnies of my childhood, where you’d look at the cute little thing and then bite off its hollow head. But this isn’t a bunny … it’s a Buddha. “You probably shouldn’t make one of Mohammed,” I said stupidly. “Or Jesus. Or anything like that.” “That never would have occurred to us,” said the chocolatier’s wife. “It’s different with the Buddha. In all the time we’ve been making these, only one person ever expressed ambivalence. She was a devout Buddhist, and she said she kept looking at it, wondering if she should eat it, and then finally she decided instead to just place it on a little shrine she has in her house. It’s been sitting there for two years now.” I shared this anecdote with my Chinese friend Margaret one morning as we walked together in the hills. Margaret is a thoughtful person, and she knows a thing or two about Eastern philosophy. “What a waste,” she said. “The most Buddhist thing would be to eat it and enjoy it.” We paused to look at patches of wildflowers in bloom on the ridge and watched a wild boar traverse a distant field with a string of little piglets following closely. White clouds moved across the sky, casting their shadows on the yellow hills. “I don’t have a lot of words for things,” said Margaret, gazing out toward the shine of sea. “I think all that matters is to have a pure, devoted heart, and eat your chocolate while you can.”

— Cynthia Carbone Ward

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The Fiery Poinsettia The Holiday Icon with the Bright Red Flowers

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oinsettias are one of the standard floral decorations this time of year. Euphorbia pulcherrima, now known to all by its common name poinsettia, was originally called the Mexican fire plant for its flaming red flowers. In its native habitat in the vicinity of Taxco, Guerrero, it can grow to a large shrub of 10 feet or more. It forms stiff canes that are juicy but not really succulent. The showy flower parts are actually bright red modified leaves surrounding tiny greenish-yellow flowers. This denizen of the Mexican flora makes its lovely display of cheery red blossoms at about the right time of the year for Christmas, so it has become one of the icons of North American holiday celebrations. That is not the entire story, however. Because poinsettias grow pretty readily from cuttings and exhibit a nice range of natural variation in flower shape and coloration, aspiring growers have found something new to offer with some regularity. There are poinsettias with twice, or even three times, as many showy bracts. The bracts can range from nearly white (a lovely ivory) to strawberry-ice-cream pink to the standard scarlet. And there are some with

variegations, too. Couple that with a predisposition to thrive in adverse conditions, and you’ve got the makings of a marketing winner. One of the largest growers is located in San Diego County. Paul Ecke and his family (three generations of them now) started growing poinsettias on their ranch in the early 1900s, and by 1920 they were seriously engaged in promoting them as the official holiday flower. They now market more than 60 different selections in colors ranging from white through cream, salmon, pink, red, and even purple. The old standby single-bracted red is still a favorite with most people. What many may not know is that poinsettias can be established outdoors in our mild climate, just as they grow in Mexico. It will require a sheltered spot — against a warm wall or in a south-facing aspect — to ensure maximum success. The trick to keeping them going and increasing is to faithfully cut last year’s canes down to the ever-more-gnarled stump every July. The new canes will nearly reach the eave by December and be brilliantly aglow in time for Christmas. Bouquets of the flowers can also be harvested

XMAS FLORA: Poinsettias add a touch of color to the holidays.

(without harming the mother plant) with care. The trick is to quickly sear the cut end of the stems with a flame, solidifying the milky latex that oozes out before plunging them into a bucket of water. This sap, if not dealt with, can clog the water-conducting tubes within the stem allowing the plant to wilt even though its stem is standing in water. This is the time also to dispel that myth that poinsettias are extremely dangerous and poisonous. The milky sap in the stems and leaves is mildly irritating, but it would require massive amounts to be debilitating or deadly to pets or humans. Wash off any residue with soap and all will be well. Set the holiday mood with the cheer of — Virginia Hayes bright poinsettias.

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n October, the Santa Barbara Public Libraries, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, presented The Big Read with author Tim O’Brien. Thanks to the Endowment and private donors, 2,500 copies of O’Brien’s Vietnam War novel The Things They Carried were distributed, primarily to area high school students, but also to veterans organizations and other interested groups. As a result, thousands of readers, young and old, were introduced to O’Brien’s work in time for his visit to Santa Barbara during the week of October 21. As part of The Big Read Program, students and veterans were invited to submit essays in response to O’Brien’s novel and lecture for a contest, with the winner to be published in The S.B. Independent. Student essays were prescreened by their high school teachers, and the judges for the contest were Hap Freund, The Big Read Outreach Coordinator, and Beverly Schwartzberg, the Library’s director of Adult Literacy Programs. They determined that the following essays should be honored. Veterans Thomas Elliott and Ron Dexter were both acknowledged for contributing. Elliott’s essay,“The Things They Missed,” recalled a personal letter that Marine Sergeant Elliott wrote to his mother in February 1967 in which he listed the foods that he and his fellow soldiers agreed they missed the most. In “A Few Bad Apples,” U.S. Navy Communications Specialist Dexter reflected on the contradictions inherent in the concept of military justice, especially under true combat conditions. The student winner and the runner-up were both from Tory Babcock’s class at Santa Ynez High School. David Wagstaffe’s “Testing for the Truth” was judged the best high school student essay, and Connor Meza’s “Fiction” was judged the runner-up. In addition, two other students’ essays were deemed worthy of honorable mention by the judges: “Smoky Memory” by Annika Backelin-Harrison of Santa Barbara High School and “Changes” by Morgan Gainey of Laguna Blanca School. Below, the text of the winner, Wagstaffe’s “Testing for the Truth,” is reprinted in full.

— Charles Donelan

Testing for the Truth by David Wagstaffe

In the Vietnam-based war book, The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien constantly toys with the idea of the truth, never conceding a full answer. Throughout O’Brien’s short stories in the novel, he presents antithetic truths and new theories of different types of truth; however, he never answers the questions he poses for the reader. O’Brien shows that war demands an incessant questioning of what is true. The most obvious question raised by The Things They Carried is whether or not Tim O’Brien actually killed a Viet Cong soldier. He references it early in the novel and even sees “the man he would kill” as he sat on a boat trying to decide if he should defect to Canada. He talks about the emotions and guilt he felt, 40

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how he threw the grenade before he even had time to think, and of the “star-shaped hole” that it made. He presents this story and then soon after confesses that it was another man who killed the Vietnamese soldier. With blatantly contradicting accounts from the same man, O’Brien leaves it to the reader to decide. His writing mirrors war — giving no straight answers. Both in war and in the book, the reader has the power to decide what they want. Did Kiowa really die by sinking in that muddy field? Did Mark Fossie really get his girlfriend to come to Vietnam where she morphed into such a bestial woman? People crave answers, but they are only momentarily appeased if they are spoon fed those answers. The way the book leaves the questions unanswered mirrors the experiences of war. Everyone is right in that they cannot be proven wrong; everyone must test every truth they encounter. Since O’Brien never gives an answer to what truly happened, there is no way to really know. He does, however, formulate a theory about truth. The author draws a line between what he calls the story truth and happening truth. The prior is when a person expresses something by how they perceive it and how it affects them. There is a lot of room for embellishment in this way. The latter, happening truth, is strictly the facts and the things accepted by all parties present. The relation between the two is like that of connotations and denotations — one describes the emotion that accompanies something and the other is very clear and dry. O’Brien holds that both of these forms of truth are completely t proposition reliable; this th view of the affects the n novel and of war dramatically. The t theory originates la largely from when the author watches Kur Lemon step on a Kurt mine and blow up. The happ happening truth holds th explosion was that the end and yet to Tim his end, O’Brien the story truth i was somehow was that it caused by the light and the trees that stole Lemon away. There are stories of shooting baby buffalo and hearing cocktail parties in the forest and entire cities of people urging someone on. The reader has to not only determine whether it is true or not, but also decide which verity to choose. The Things They Carried engenders 100 times more questions than answers. In the same way, war leaves every soldier with 100 times more questions than answers. In experiencing warfare, the question of what is true becomes more and more elusive. It leaves the person having to scrutinize every facet of life. Perhaps the reason that so many military veterans have PTSD today is because of the inability to cope with the ephemeral interpretations of truth that a soldier is forced to analyze on a daily basis. As O’Brien put it, “A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.” The greatest thing ever learned from war is to keep testing for the truth and to never stop until it is found.

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I Interviewed Dave Barry

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ere’s how life works: On the day you’re scheduled to interview your idol, you wake up with acute laryngitis. I mean bad. You can’t speak above a guttural whisper and the occasional deep, booming croak. Fortunately, Dave Barry’s got enough voice for the both of us. Perhaps the best-known columnist in America, Barry wrote a humor column for the Miami Herald for more than 20 years. It was syndicated to more than 500 newspapers and earned him a Pulitzer Prize — which is a really serious award to give a man who once wrote a column titled “Decaf Poopacino” and for whom exploding Pop-Tarts is a well-trod motif. Known for the catchphrases “I am not making this up” and “… which is a really good name for a rock band,” Barry has an unmistakable voice; his style is recognizable even before you see the byline. When I tell him this — rather, when I squawk it at him, sounding like a phone-sex operator who is gagging on a small toad — he agrees that it’s easy to spot his work “because it has the word booger in it somewhere.” Barry, who comes to town in January, is more than a columnist; he’s written more than 30 books, including the new novel Insane City. He’s responsible for popularizing International Talk Like a Pirate Day. And he plays guitar in a rock band with authors Stephen King, Amy Tan, and Mitch Albom — which makes him, like, the Bono of the publishing universe. Some highlights of my mortifyingly wheezy conversation about columnwriting with the brilliant Barry:

by Starshine

ROSHELL

email: starshine@roshell.com

You’ve said that you don’t write intellectual material — but you also make humor look easier than it is. I’m not writing for intellectuals. I don’t want to. I always felt that there were so many columnists who were trying to do that, and that’s not me. I want to make people laugh. I belong on the comics page so there’s no confusion about what I’m trying to do. I’m just trying to amuse you for a few minutes, which is, to me, an honorable thing to do.

There are weeks when I have stuff to rant about and funny things to say — and weeks when I just don’t. Does it ever get easier? No. You just described my life. Have you ever broken character to write about a topic, or in a style, that’s atypical for you? I wrote six or seven really serious columns. They were all when something horrible happened: My mom or dad died, my son got hit by a car, /. I didn’t even try to be funny. The reaction was always really positive and people said, “Why don’t you write more like that?” I said, “I don’t want to write more like that! I wrote that ’cause I was really upset!” What does it do to your sense of humor to win a Pulitzer Prize? There was this brief time, like a day, when I thought, Does this mean that I have to write important things? My next column, I was going to write about my dog throwing up a lizard on the rug, but then I thought, Do I have to write about the Middle East? So I ended up comparing the situation in the Middle East to a dog throwing up. But the Pulitzer! Surely it squelches any self-doubt that burrows in when readers say you’re not funny. Wait — dear god, please tell me that readers say that to you, too. Oh, yeah. It’s the easiest thing in the world to tell people they’re not funny. It’s hard to actually be funny. Not to compare us to coal miners or anything — but you’ll always have those people. I’m not sure what he said after that, because I had a sort of journogasm when he called us an “us.” Did you catch that? I could have died right then with a grin on my face — a geeked-out, squeak-throated fangirl. Which, I think Barry would agree, is an excellent name for a rock band. Dave Barry will be in town for a UCSB Arts & Lectures event on Wednesday, January 22, 8 p.m., at the Granada Theatre,  State Street. For tickets, call 893-3535. Starshine Roshell is the author of the new book Broad Assumptions. december 19, 2013

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BIG MAN ON COURT UCSB Basketball Player Alan Williams Makes His Presence Felt

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TONY MASTRES

These Gauchos are the deepest and potentially the best team Bob Williams has had may have been on some in his 16 seasons as UCSB’s head coach. They minds last Sunday afterdeserve to fill the Thunderdome like the legnoon, when Alan Wilends of the Jerry Pimm–Brian Shaw–Eric liams played bench jockey during the first half McArthur era. The Cal game drew 4,000 fans, of UCSB’s basketball game at the University of including a lively student turnout.“There was San Diego. Accused of committing two fouls in no better time for that win,” said Big Al Wilthe first three minutes, the junior forward took liams, who ran up into the stands with the rest a seat and watched his Gaucho teammates take of the Gauchos after the victory.“We had fun, a 34-30 halftime lead over USD’s Toreros. Wiland the fans had fun. You want to go out there liams had zero points and zero rebounds. and play for something more than yourself.” Flash to the second half, eight minutes left Given the frequency of transfers these days, in the game. UCSB’s 50-48 advantage hardly some of the schools that failed to recruit Alan seemed safe, as the lead had changed hands Williams three years ago might have hoped to 19 times. Suddenly Big Al Williams, now playlure him away.“I’ve thought about leaving for ing with four fouls, made his presence felt. He a bigger school,” he confessed.“My goal is to fed the ball to Michael Bryson, who made make it to the NBA. I want to do everything in an open shot for a four-point lead. Williams my power to get there. At the end of the day, it’s widened it to six, then eight points, by making not where you go, it’s how hard you work and consecutive shots in the paint. Those plays trigwhat you do. I can go against somebody from a gered a 13-0 spurt by the Gauchos, resulting in high-major school, and if I outwork them and a 72-61 victory over a solid USD team, which perform better than they do, the name of their a week earlier had lost to its nationally ranked school won’t carry them past me.” rival, San Diego State, by one point. One of his incentives to stay is to get a UC Williams wound up with 11 points and a degree. His parents are highly educated. Cody team-high seven rebounds. They pulled his Williams, his father, was a Phoenix city counseason averages down to 24.2 and 10.3, but cilmember and is now a justice of the peace in his impact on the game was similar to his Maricopa County. Jeri Williams, his mother, 24-point, 12-rebound performance in UCSB’s was the highest-ranked female police officer historic 72-65 win over the Cal Golden Bears in Arizona. About the time Alan chose to on December 6. He had four points at halftime, attend UCSB, she was hired as chief of police in but in Cal coach Mike Montgomery’s words, Oxnard. “He played like a man on a mission in the secWith parents like those, Big Al and his ond half.” younger brother, Cody, who lives with him and Throw in his second-half numbers against takes classes at SBCC, are respectful of authorUCLA (17 of his game-high 23 points) and ity.“A couple instances in school where I misbeSouth Dakota State (23 of his school-recordhaved, they called my mom without me knowtying 39 points), and Williams has averaged ing, and when I get home, mom and dad were almost 19 points after halftime in his last four sitting there ready to talk and lay down the law games. on me,” Williams said.“No handcuffs, but my “I don’t know what it is,” Williams said.“I mom’s done the police flip on me. I was in 4th GAME CHANGER: “When the opportunity is there to change the course of the ball game, I feel like go out there in the first half, and they throw or 5th grade, as tall as she was, and she took my it’s my role on the team to do that,” said UCSB basketball player Alan Williams — also known as everything they can at me. They double-team arm and flipped me over like it was nothing.” Big Al. Above, the Gaucho (#15) maneuvers around a block by Cal defender Richard Solomon. and do all this stuff. I try to wait it out and get The Gaucho men are on the road — a toureverybody involved. Things calm down a little nament at Utah State and a game at Seattle cates it. He has made a lot of improvement, but he still has a in the second half. When the opportunity is there to change — the rest of this year. They will open their Big West schedule long way to go.” the course of the ball game, I feel like it’s my role on the team at the Thunderdome against Cal Poly and Long Beach State Williams attributes his improvement in part to better to do that.” in January. Big Al Williams would like people to follow his physical conditioning.“I can play longer and play harder,” he As each game progresses, and his career moves on, Wilexample and show some love. said. “I don’t get as tired as fast. I can go out there and play liams grows on you. He was lightly recruited out of Phoenix, “I love the school. I love seeing my fellow athletes succeed,” 30-33 minutes in a game and still be fine”— as long as he Arizona, even though he was a two-time all-state player. he said.“It brings a buzz, an energy around campus. I try to avoids foul trouble. “More than me improving, it’s my team“I was kind of confused why more schools weren’t looking attend as much stuff as I possibly can. When’s the next time mates’ improvement,” Williams added.“Every player has at me,” he said. “I doubted myself a little. It made me work I’m going to be able to go to a women’s water polo match or grown. I play better because they’re better.” harder to show the big schools they missed out on me.” a swim meet? It’s exciting just to see how great these athletes When Williams sat out two early games because of a bout UCSB’s coaches realized they had a huge catch when Wilare.” of back spasms, the Gauchos held their own against Colorado liams went out and played aggressively — often, too much He is especially fond of the undersized women’s basketball and Utah State. Since then, their opponents have realized so — in his freshman year. It was with the Gauchos that he team.“I love how hard they play. They go out there and play they can’t afford to put two or three defenders on Williams, became known as Big Al.“Until I got here, everybody called with really big hearts.” Somebody like Williams could really because they’ll risk serious damage from elsewhere on the me Alan,” he said. help them. The biggest Gaucho latched onto that idea with his floor. A pair of sophomores, smooth 64guard Michael At 67, he might not have been considered tall enough to typical enthusiasm.“Throw a wig on me,” he said. be a big-time post player. He carries 275 pounds, which would Bryson and explosive 68 forward Taran Brown, have had 20-point games. Senior guard Kyle Boswell relishes his be dead weight on many men, but Williams is quite nimble sixth-man role, scoring 18 points off the bench in a shoot-out on his feet.“People don’t realize what a great athlete he is,” For more sports, including a weekly highlight schedule, at UCLA. 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And while everything in the kitchen is made from scratch, from pastas to pastries, Battaglini follows the same program behind the bar — he even obsesses about ice.“Especially for drinks, especially with fruits and herbs, you need seasonal fruit or it doesn’t taste good,” he insists.“I use no syrups or mixers — I believe in homemade the better.” For Repeal Day on December 5, Battaglini truly featured local ingredients, starting with Cutler’s  Bourbon in a Sazerac  (pictured left). As a shift, he took out the usual absinthe from this very New Orleans drink but made up for it first in presentation, as it comes with a single golf-ball-sized ice; a torn grapefruit peel and a single star anise (lovely aromatics); and then in taste, with a homemade star anise, grapefruit bitters, and Amaro Zucca. He admits, “I’m Italian; I like amari, and I try to use it as much as I can.” Overall, the S.Y. Kitchen effect is to please.“The menu touches bases with what people like,” Crestanelli says.“I could make tripe, I could make baccalà (dried cod), but if people don’t like it there’s no point in making it. So we have vegetarian options, we have pasta with fish, pasta with meat, pasta with vegetables.” And fine pastas they are, especially one loaded with wild mushrooms, plus just enough butter, cream, and Parmesan to make it flavorful but not decadent. Or there’s a special pasta with wild boar ragù, terrifically tender even with that touch of gaminess you want from boar. “Our strengths are the specials,” he says, “Most of the time, the ingredients are extra seasonal. Every night there are eight, nine, 10 specials, and the waiters get mad at me, having to recite them all. You can see tables when they hear the specials; they look like, ‘Holy mother! So many specials.’”

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iting into one of Zuzu Candies’ fresh lemon and vodka truffles, you’re hit with something exquisite and, oddly, unexpected: the refreshing kick of real lemon, made smooth and decadent in a fresh dairy ganache, and wickedly easy to consume in its cozy chocolate shell. Just over a month old, Zuzu (not named for the tear-jerking linedeliverer in It’s a Wonderful Life, but from the Urban Dictionary’s slang for “goodies, superfantastically wonderful in a fantabulistic way”) is the creation of chocolatier Valerie Lamke, whose foodie roots date to 1900, when her family emigrated from Austria to San Francisco and opened the Vienna Bakery. Her great-grandfather insisted on the best fruit for his pastries, and, doing what any wildly meticulous sort might, bought some orchards in Petaluma. Lamke, whose foray into artisan candy-making represents her second-act career (after years in clinical mental health), is similarly fanatic about the quality of her ingredients, the cleanliness of her space (no toxic products here!), and the taste of her treats, which include truffles, caramels, fudge, marshmallows, and, coming in 2014, traditional nougats, including a Persian recipe featuring rose water and pistachios, a French variation of honey and roasted almonds, and the Americana, with vanilla bean and peanuts. A winner of 2013’s Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners in America Award, Lamke trained at the Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Chicago, and test-drove her handiwork at Los Angeles’ farmers’ markets, where she’s a certified vendor. But she set her sights on Santa Barbara for her storefront, having fallen in love with the town while two of her three children did time at UCSB. (Also, we have good weather for the delicate diva that is chocolate.) The space is sleek and minimal, with a window that offers a look into the kitchen and rotating art exhibits adding color to the walls. And while the “big, fat, and luscious” truffles are divine (regulars include coffee and cream, Chambord in lemon ganache; wild cards like passion fruit appear occasionally, or when a neighbor with a passion fruit tree makes a request), and the caramels addictive (rum; vanilla bean with salt; fresh eucalyptus honey), this time of year demands extra attention be paid to two specialties in particular. First are the marshmallows: particularly the vanilla-bean/darkchocolate-nib flavor, designed “not for eating,” she says, but for swirling into your hot chocolate. Two other varieties are coconut-crusted, and your standard artisan marshmallow, which stars in the second item of holiday-time note: the “Fudge Snob” fudge. “A snob among its peers,” Lamke says. Made with 64 percent Ghana chocolate and those handmade marshmallows, that fudge has every reason to think highly of itself. In the New Year, Lamke will begin hosting chocolate parties. Grab some pals, preorder your flavors, and then head to the shop and roll ganache, dip and decorate your truffles, and study your attempt until your gut cries, “Uncle!” You’ll see Zuzu chocolates at some to-be-named Funk Zone tasting rooms and as a concession at the New Victoria Theatre. Tonight she’ll host a party for Jessa Lamoureux of Blushed Concrete, December’s featured artist; look for more of those in the future. And, if you haven’t finished (or started) your holiday shopping yet, she’s taking orders — and offering a “verbal coupon.” Say “Hot Chocolate,” and score 20 percent off. — Shannon Kelley

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SEASON’S GREETINGS: Tommy & The High Pilots (from left: Matt Palermo, Tommy Cantillon, and Michael Cantillon) bring their annual holiday concert to SOhO on Saturday, December .

tinues to shine through in their music despite it being the theme of their last record. “It still shines through when I’m writing,” Cantillon divulged, adding that narrative weighs heavily on his mind when he’s writing songs. Something that’s tied the years together for Tommy & The High Pilots is their annual Christmas show. Not only is it a homecoming, but it’s also an opportunity for the group to flex their creative muscles. “In the past, we’ve added horn players and extra musicians and backup singers. It’s the one show a year where we’re not in the van with the trailer, so we’re allowed to make the sounds more lush and try new things.” Though typically at the Lobero Theatre, this year’s show was booked for SOhO because it wasn’t clear whether the postrenovation Lobero would be ready in time. “I’m from Santa Barbara, and I know how that stuff goes sometimes,” added Tommy.“We’re excited to be playing at SOhO, though. We love [owner] Gail [Hansen]. And I saw that Allan, their sound guy, was one of your Local

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ommy (Cantillon) and The High Pilots (Michael Cantillon and Matt Palermo) have kept plenty busy since the release of their most recent record, Only Human, last spring — though it’s a cliché to say so in 2013. In the post–Sean Parker world of paltry record sales (made worse by antiquated and/or exploitive business models), musicians have to fight the tides of culture change and “relevance” more furiously than ever; now, bands tour nonstop and pray that one of their tracks will get licensed in a Lexus or Samsung commercial. That pace hasn’t done anything to stunt Tommy’s songwriting, though. “If you’re sitting in one place for too long, your inspiration can kind of dry up, at least in my personal experience,” remarked Cantillon, who was driving north to San Francisco during our interview.“I love Santa Barbara, but I don’t think I could stay there for 12 months straight and manage to write a bunch of different types of songs.” If the recent past is any indication (and it almost certainly is), Tommy will have no shortage of experiences on the road to draw upon. Since the release of the group’s first LP, 2009’s Everynight, Cantillon estimates that he’s spent 14 combined months on the road, driving a van through the Midwest and up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, meeting people from every corner of the globe. “When you move, move, move, there’s always some new story, new people to meet from different walks of life,” he explained. For all of their growth and continued success, Tommy & The High Pilots seem to put a premium on human beings, a theme that con-

began in 2003, takes interviews from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, facilitates the recording of those interviews, and then archives them in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Each week, NPR broadcasts an edited version of one of the interviews, and many more examples from the more than 50,000 collected stories are available for online listening at story corps.org. As part of its initiative to bring the national programs it carries into closer contact with its listeners, KCLU, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Public Library, and the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, is sponsoring the visit of the StoryCorps Airstream, which will be parked at Library Plaza through December 20. Although all the on-site interview slots for this event have already been filled, it’s still possible to participate online, and KCLU listeners can look forward to hearing the stories recorded in Santa Barbara and Ventura broadcast locally throughout the month — Charles Donelan of February 2014.

Hero awards, which is awesome. He is a great human being.” Gifts at this year’s performance are encouraged, too, in form of jars of peanut butter in support of Unity Shoppe’s peanut-butter drive. Tommy & The High Pilots play SOhO Restaurant & Music Club ( State St.) on Saturday, December 21, at 9 p.m. Call 962-7776 — Jake Blair or visit sohosb.com for info.

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If we were doling out prizes for most fitting album titles, this year’s top honor would go to The Spires. On Eternal Yeah, frontman Jason Bays captures a vibe that’s both beautifully timeless and quietly hopeful. In the years since first worming their way into our hearts, The Spires have grown into one of the South Coast’s best-kept secrets; they pen warm, jangly, Cali-indebted pop rock rooted in the tones and chords of bands like Television, Pavement, and The Velvet Underground. Still, Eternal Yeah’s biggest coup is that it sounds like a Spires album. The source material is there, but it takes a backseat to Bays’s melancholy inflections and vibrant guitar tones. Take, for example, “Nervous System,” a track whose opening chords offer a loving nod to Neutral Milk Hotel, conjuring thoughts of the strummy intro to “The King of Carrot Flowers” before Bays’s voice falls in. It’s just one of many instances on Yeah where The Spires turn their touchstones into jumping-off points. We’re just pleasantly surprised to see how far they’ve reached. — Aly Comingore

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Two Teens Star in State Street Ballet’s Nutcracker For thousands of young ballerinas, it’s the ultimate Christmas dream: to dance the role of Clara in The Nutcracker. This year, two of the region’s most gifted teens will realize that dream when they share the role in State Street Ballet’s annual production. Lola Crist and Sarah Block are 13 years old — just about the age of Clara. They’re both members of State Street Ballet Young Dancers — a year-round preprofessional training program. And this weekend they’ll appear onstage at the Granada Theatre in State Street Ballet’s most recent rendition of the classic ballet, featuring choreography by Rodney Gustafson, a set designed in Russia, new costumes, and the original Tchaikovsky score performed by the Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra. For Block, dancing and dreaming are closely related. “When I’m dancing, I can just think about dancing and not anything else,” the La Colina student explained. “It’s a place where I can go and kind of escape.” Block will dance the role of Clara in the Saturday matinee and evening productions. “I like being the main part because you can add a lot of your own special touches, and it doesn’t have to be the same as everyone else,” she added. Crist, who will play Clara in the Sunday matinee, echoed Block’s enthusiasm. “I’ve always dreamed of playing that role ever since I was little and I first saw The Nutcracker,” she said. Though Crist estimates she dances about 35 hours a week, she doesn’t seem to tire of it. Like Block, she hopes to one day join a professional ballet company and tour the world. With dreams this big, Block and Crist are well prepared to play the role of one of ballet’s best-known dreamers. Clara’s subconscious visions of life-size toys, monstrous mice, and sugar-plum fairies have taken on such iconic power; it’s hard to imagine Christmas without them. State Street Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Granada Theatre, Saturday, December 21, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 22, at 2 p.m. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org. — Elizabeth Schwyzer

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GOOD OL’ ROCK ’N’ ROLL: On Wednesday, Dawes’ ’70s-indebted folk-rock sound got treated with a touch of jazz and some seriously fancy fretwork.

Brother Harmony Dawes. At the Lobero Theatre, Wednesday, December 11. Reviewed by Charles Donelan

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t’s always interesting to see a band on the rise, and that’s certainly where Dawes is at the moment. Their 2013 release, Stories Don’t End, is making a mark, especially among the rock ’n’ roll and Hollywood elite. For example, they collaborated with their pals the Killers on a Christmas song, “Christmas in L.A.,” and got one Owen Wilson to act in the video. On Wednesday, December 11, the Los Angeles–based quartet trekked up the  to the Lobero, where they played two powerful sets in front of an enthusiastic and mostly younger crowd. After sharing the vocals with former bandmate and now solo artist Blake Mills, frontman Taylor Goldsmith showed fans what he does best: belt out the kind of rock that most of us thought vanished in the late 1970s. Songs like “From a Window Seat,” “Just My Luck,” and “Fire Away,” from their 2011 release Nothing Is Wrong, all sounded tremendous in the warm confines of the newly refurbished Lobero, with Griffin Goldsmith not only keeping the beat but also adding some brotherly harmonies from behind the drums, à la Levon Helm. What keeps these straight-ahead rockers from sounding like throwbacks or copycats are the sophisticated, jazz-like touches they bring to the mix. A big anthemic song like “A Little Bit of Everything” gets punched up with some artsy but not-too-self-indulgent guitar madness, and that walloping sing-along chorus sounds that much better for it. It’s as though the Eagles were somehow down with Sonic Youth, and on this early winter night in Santa Barbara, people were digging it.

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The Growlers. At SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, Saturday, December 14. Reviewed by Jake Blair

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y the time The Growlers’ show at SOhO erupted into a mass of confrontations and forceful ejections, such a combustion felt inevitable. The audience clearly threw themselves fully into the Costa Mesa group’s brand of throwback, substance-fueled grooves. Swaths of twenty-somethings decked out in their parents’ clothes spilled over onto SOhO’s stage, where they put their groovy dance moves to work. This isn’t to say that the vibes weren’t chill, though. The mob of bearded, GoPro-toting Growlers fans were nothing if not positive, happy to shell out a few bucks for a pin or a cassette or a T-shirt emblazoned with a cute, albeit overt, drug reference. The Growlers played a number of new songs, too, which felt distinct from the rest of the band’s existing catalogue, showing that as musicians, they have made marked and impressive musical progress of late. But, sadly, the music wasn’t really the star of the show on Saturday night. It was the fights, the patrons screaming at club employees outside of the venue, and frontman Brooks Neilsen’s insistence that audience members not “crush the little girls up front.” It’s hard to imagine the show going differently, considering the band’s seemingly overwrought desire to aestheticize themselves as a druggie gang of surfers, resembling some shady character group introduced in a very special episode of The Wonder Years. Despite their best efforts to be charming and different, very drunk and very high people are still very drunk and very high (even in vintage Coca-Cola tees). And if you put too many of them in one place, it usually doesn’t end well.

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Who Loves You … Collectively Jeff Tweedy. At the Granada Theatre, Friday, December 13. Reviewed by Aly Comingore

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n recent years, Wilco’s live show has taken a turn for the jam. Onstage at the Arlington last February, the Chicago rockers found themselves bathed in strobe lights before an enthusiastic and sold-out crowd. The songs sounded great — don’t get me wrong — but the riffing, noodling, and improvisation felt like it took up about a third of the evening’s duration. There were Deadheads. Lots of them. And they were loving it. For those who left that show feeling nostalgic for Wilco’s tighter, morestructured days, Jeff Tweedy’s solo performance at the Granada last week hit the mark. Onstage with little more than an acoustic guitar and a spotlight, the frontman took fans on a delightful — and hilarious — romp down memory lane that included “deep cuts,” covers, and Wilco classics well worthy of the (many) sing-alongs attendees offered up. Wilco fans will readily admit that 2002’s Yankee Foxtrot Hotel is one (if not the) gold star on the band’s eight-album résumé. On Friday, Tweedy played to his strengths by opening the show with Foxtrot’s beautifully famous “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and sprinkling snippets from the record (“Kamera,” “Jesus Etc.”) throughout the night’s hour-and-a-half-long set list. Among the highlights, Tweedy’s multiple dips into the pre-Wilco pool proved especially rewarding. Fans got treated to Uncle Tupelo’s whiskey-soaked twang on “New Madrid” early on, then the solemn tone and quick-paced fingerpickin’ of “Wait Up” as the night pushed on. Stripped of their bells and whistles, Wilco songs like “Born Alone” and “Passenger Side” shone especially bright, with Tweedy’s somber, smart, and all-toohuman lyrics lying bare for all to hear. Late in the set, and joined onstage by Wilco keyboardist (and Ojai resident) Mikael Jorgensen, the singer gave us an especially poignant rendition of the lullaby off of A Ghost Is Born,“Hummingbird,” which he dedicated to a little girl in the audience named Haley. Still, what lingered in Friday night’s postshow glow was ultimately Tweedy’s stage presence, which sank into that hard-to-find sweet spot between selfdeprecating, audience-berating, and fun-loving. Early on, it was an off-beat clapper that found himself on the receiving end of Tweedy’s good-natured aggravation. Later, an overzealous “wooo”-er in the balcony earned himself a few perplexed Tweedy musings — and about five minutes of belly laughs from the audience. In between it all, the singer stopped and started songs with an affable smile, chuckling about how he really did love everyone there … “as a collective of people who arguably love me, that is.” Fittingly, the show ended with Foxtrot’s “I’m the Man Who Loves You,” prompting plenty to sing along and some to smile knowingly at the in-joke. Tweedy is a man best articulated in song, and whether he’s fronting a jammy ■ Wilco or left alone to his own devices, it turns out we love him, too.

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FLUIDITY: “Cross Currents” by Susan Petty is part of the Great and Small exhibit at Marcia Burtt Studio, showing through January , . EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the holiday season,

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art exhibits MUSEUMS Art, Design & Architecture Museum – Fran Siegel: Translocation and Overlay, through Apr. , .  University Rd., -. The Beatrice Wood Ctr. for the Arts – Allison Newsome: Post-Neolithic Figurines & The Anthropomorphic Vessel, through Dec. .  Ojai-Santa Paula Rd., Ojai, -. Casa Dolores – Multiple permanent installations featuring Mexican folk art.  Bath UPCOMING SHOWS St., -. 12/6 CLUB CLOSED Karpeles Manuscript Library and for a private event Museum – Mark Twain exhibit, through 12/7 Area Dec. 51 . Multiple permanent installations. hot 70’s funk St., -.  W. Anapamu &Lompoc dance Museum – American Needle Arts Pre-1950: History Through the Eye of a Needle, through Jan. , . Multiple permanent installations.  S. H St., Lompoc, -. Rancho La Patera/Stow House – Multiple permanent exhibits hosted by the Goleta Valley Historical Society.  N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, -. S.B. Historical Museum – Lockwood de Forest: Luminescent Santa Barbara, through Mar. , ; The Story of Santa Barbara, permanent exhibition. Free admission.  E. De la Guerra St., -. S.B. Maritime Museum – Lost Surf Art Posters of Santa Barbara by Rick Sharp, through April ; Surface Tension by Pamela Zwehl-Burke, through Mar. , .  Harbor Wy., #, -. S.B. Museum of Art – Totally 80s: Gifts to the Permanent Collection, through Jan. , ; John Divola: As Far as I Could Get, through Jan. , ; Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, through Jan. , ; Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation and the Collection of Michael Armand Hammer and Martin Kersels’s Charm series, ongoing exhibitions.  State St., -. Ty Warner Sea Ctr. – Multiple permanent installations.  Stearns Wharf, -. Westmont Ridley-Tree Art Museum– Impulse and Connoisseurship: Selections from the Forde Collection, through Feb. , .  La Paz Rd., -. Wildling Museum – The Santa Ynez River and Watershed as Seen by The Oak Group, through Jan. , ; Hawai‘i’s Endangered Birds by Marian Berger, through Mar. , . -B Mission Dr., Solvang, -.

GALLERIES Artamo Gallery – Agustin Castillo: North and South of Us, through Jan. , .  W. Anapamu St., -.

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The C Gallery – Mike Brady: At It 30 Years, through Jan. , .  Bell St., Los Alamos, -. Cancer Ctr. of S.B. – Art Heals, a permanent exhibit.  Pueblo St., -. Channing Peake Gallery – Beyond Cubism: The Anne and Walon Green Collection, through Jan. , . S.B. County Administration Bldg.,  E. Anapamu St., -. Curious Cup Bookstore – Peggy Oki: Dinosaurs, A Pony, and Find the Frogs, Oh My!, through Dec. .  Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, -. Divine Inspiration Gallery of Fine Art – A Time of Reflection, through Dec. .  State St., -. Elizabeth Gordon Gallery – Ryan Mault: Solo Exhibition, through Dec. .  W. Gutierrez St., -. Grossman Gallery, Lompoc Public Library – On Top of the World: A Collection of Photos from Greenland and Life Inside the Arctic Circle by Lee-Volker Cox, through Dec. .  E. North Ave., Lompoc, -. Hospice of S.B. – Permanent installations by painter Mary Heebner.  Alameda Padre Serra, Ste. , -. James Main Fine Art – Channing Peake: Abstraction in Santa Barbara, through Feb. , .  E. De la Guerra St., -. Marcia Burtt Studio – Great and Small, through Jan. , .  Laguna St., -. Porch – Virginia McCracken, through Dec. .  Santa Claus Ln., Carpinteria, -. S.B. Tennis Club – Sunburst: Age of Innocence: The Commune Photography of Mehosh -, through Jan. , .  Foothill Rd., -. Santa Maria Country Club – Artwork for the Animals by Margie Bowker, through Dec. .  W. Waller Ln., Santa Maria, -. Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery – Tonalism Now, Tonalism Then, through Dec. ; 100 Grand, through Feb. , ; In Defense of Beauty: Leon Dabo’s Floral Oils, through Feb. , .  E. Anapamu St., -. wall space gallery – Studio Physics by John Chervinsky, through Jan. , .  E. Yanonali St., C-, -.

LIVE MUSIC CLASSICAL Church of the Crossroads –  La Lata Dr., Buellton, -. FRI: Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale (:pm) SAT: Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale (pm) SUN: Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale (pm) Trinity Episcopal Church –  State St., -. FRI: Christmas Carol Sing-Along & Wassail Party (:pm) SUN: Advent Organ Series: David A. Gell (:-:pm)

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St. Anthony’s Chapel –  Garden St., -. SAT: Quire of Voyces: Mysteries of Christmas (pm) SUN: Quire of Voyces: Mysteries of Christmas (pm)

POP, ROCK & JAZZ Adama –  Chapala St., -. THU: Greg Harrison (pm) Brewhouse –  W. Montecito St., -. THU-SAT, WED: Live Music (pm) Cold Spring Tavern –  Stagecoach Rd., -. FRI: Debra Farris (-pm) SAT: Bruce Goldish (-pm); Claude Hopper Holiday Hootenanny (-pm) SUN: Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan (:-pm) The Creekside –  Hollister Ave., -. MON: Karaoke with Dyno (pm) WED: Country Night (pm) Dargan’s –  E. Ortega St., -. THU: Dannsair (:pm) SAT: Traditional Irish Music (:pm) TUE: Karaoke (pm) Endless Summer Bar/Café –  Harbor Wy., -. FRI: Acoustic guitar and vocals (:pm) EOS Lounge –  Anacapa St., -. THU: Huge Thursday with Mackie and Bix King FRI: Live Music (-pm); DNA Presents SAT: DJ Calvin and Kohjay WED: Salsa Night Hoffmann Brat Haus –  State St., -. THU: Live Music Thursdays (pm) SAT: Dani & Flani (pm) THU: Live Music Thursdays (pm) Indochine –  State St., -. TUE: Indie Night (pm) WED: Karaoke (:pm) The James Joyce –  State St., -. THU: Alastair Greene Band (pm) FRI: Kinsella Brothers Band (pm) SAT: Ulysses Jasz th Anniversary (::pm) SUN, MON: Karaoke (pm) TUE: Ben Markham and Brian Cole WED: Open Mike Night Live Oak Unitarian –  N. Fairview Ave., -. FRI: Molly’s Revenge, Christa Burch (pm) Marquee –  State St., -. THU: Thursday Jazz Night (pm) Moby Dick Restaurant –  Stearns Wharf, -. WED-SAT: Derroy (pm) SUN: Derroy (am) Monty’s –  Hollister Ave., Goleta, -. THU: Karaoke Night (pm) O’Malleys and the Study Hall –  State St., -. THU: College Night with DJ Gavin Old Town Tavern –  Orange Ave., Goleta, -. FRI, SAT, WED: Karaoke Night (:pm) Palapa Restaurant –  State St., -. FRI: Live Mariachi Music (:pm)

JOLLY SPIRITS: Ken Ryals, music director for the Santa Barbara Revels’ The Christmas Revels, also plays Father Christmas in its holiday production, playing at the Lobero this weekend.

Ranch & Reata Roadhouse –  Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, -. FRI: Dave Gleason (pm) Reds Tapas & Wine Bar –  Helena Ave., -. THU: Music Thursday (pm) Roundin’ Third –  Calle Real, -. THU, TUE: Locals Night (pm) S.B. Maritime Museum –  Harbor Wy., #, -. SAT: Ukulele music and singing (-:pm) SOhO Restaurant & Music Club –  State St., -. THU: th Annual Sweater Party; fundraiser for Unity Shoppe and Team in Training (pm) FRI: Musititlan Presents: Live Salsa w/ Guicho y La Tribu (pm) SAT: Tommy and the High Pilots (pm) MON: Christina Apostolopoulos, Mahea (with featured guests)(:pm) Statemynt –  State St., -. THU: DJ Akorn WED: Blues Night (pm) Tiburon Tavern –  State St., -. FRI: Karaoke Night (:pm) Velvet Jones –  State St., -. SAT: EDM Show (pm) Whiskey Richard’s –  State St., -. MON: Open Mike Night (pm) WED: Punk on Vinyl (pm) Wildcat –  W. Ortega St., -. THU: DJs Hollywood and Patrick B SUN: Red Room with DJ Gavin Roy (pm) TUE: Local Band Night (pm) Zodo’s –  Calle Real, Goleta, -. THU: KjEE Thursday Night Strikes (:-:pm) MON: Service Industry Night (pm)

dance Granada Theatre – State Street Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker.  State St., -. SAT:  and :pm SUN: pm

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FRIDAY DEC 20

Mr. Friedrichson’s Frying Circus performing 9 pm-12 am NBA - EVERY GAME!

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theater Lobero Theatre –  E. Canon Perdido St., -. SAT: The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice (: and :pm) SUN: The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice (:pm) Ojai Ctr. for the Arts – Miracle on 34th Street.  S. Montgomery St., Ojai, -. FRI, SAT: pm SUN: pm Presidio Chapel – La Pastorela.  E. Canon Perdido St., -. SAT: pm SUN:  and pm Rubicon Theatre – Little Miss Scrooge.  E. Main St., Ventura, -. THU, FRI: pm SAT:  and pm SUN:  and pm MON: pm

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Elf Girls in Love The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, and Richard Armitage star in a film written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Guillermo del Toro, based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, and directed by Jackson. Reviewed by D.J. Palladino

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n the future, bad academic papers will no doubt deal in depth with Peter Jackson’s emphasis on cross-species hookups in his screen adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth epics. In the meantime, though, you can’t really deny the pleasures; clearly the second-most moving scene in The Lord BACK AGAIN: Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo of the Rings trilogy was the sexy reunion of Strider Baggins in the latest installment of The Hobbit (human, played by Viggo Mortensen) with his elvtrilogy. ish lover Arwen (Liv Tyler, who might look good as an orc). (The most moving scene was all of humanity bowing to Frodo and his friends.) Here is the second Mirkwood. The film peaks during a wine-barrel escape installment of The Hobbit, and again it’s trans-creature from wood elves — where we meet jaunty Legolas again romance that lights up the screen, when Kili (dwarf, — which plays out like an amusement-park-worthy flight played by Aidan Turner) makes amorous eye contact with downstream. The rest of the film intercuts between the breathtaking Tauriel (elf, played by Lost’s Evangeline Lilly). dwarves, Gandalf (who, true to form, abandons the quest Lilly told journalists she fought against the unnatural pair he set in motion), and the hardly relevant yet weirdly fasbonding, but it’s hard to deny the palpable sparks it loans cinating romance between sprite and dwarf. this film, which is better than the first chapter but still feels Jackson has rediscovered the fun in chapter two, and his plot embellishments neatly fill in the three-movie a bit lacking in its fantasy heart. The movie opens vastly, and Jackson seems thoroughly padding. The Hobbit is fun and worth seeing, but so far engaged as he follows the dwarves and Bilbo Baggins doesn’t imbue us with the bittersweet sense of a golden age as they near the Lonely Mountain and their inevitable gone as the Rings cycle did. This is an action film with cool confrontation with condescending Smaug. The camera magic; it’s not exactly a multiculti moment when dwarves doesn’t so much dog the action as prowl after it, turning and elves start making goo-goo eyes, but it doesn’t exactly corners, sneaking peeks, and swooping down, adding nice seem like Middle Earth either. It’s enjoyable fun but hard ■ paranoia, particularly through the druggy drowsiness of to take seriously.

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n actor/writer/director/phenom Tyler Perry’s latest visit to the big screen, the heart of the Christmas-flick enterprise lives somewhere between the comedic lines “If you put Viagra in the tree’s water, it’ll stay up all year” and the hopeful race relations message “Every generation sees a little less division.” Unfortunately, the comic zing — delivered by Perry’s sassy Madea character and the shameless jokester Larry the Cable Guy — far out-trumps the dramatic life or social-commentary aspects of this often hackneyed holiday-movie concoction. But, with the right forgiving yuletide mood, it’s a funky fun little guilty pleasure, with some well-meaning themes around the fringes. Center screen, without a doubt, is the oddball charmer of Perry’s sequel-ready character Madea, a large and largespirited African-American auntie with little to zero tolerance for lies or socially correct BS, and a hip, loosey-goosey way with the English language. Perry/Madea repeatedly saves the day in the film, flinging zingers, defusing pomposity and pretensions, and giving a classroom of children a zany and language-twisting “hip-hop” Nativity story. As for a narrative premise upon which to drape the farcical fodder, A Madea Christmas involves a surprise Christmas visit with Madea’s sister (Anna Maria Horsford)

PERRY CHRISTMAS: Tyler Perry wrote, directed, and plays the title character in A Madea Christmas . to her niece’s farm in Alabama, where the young Lacey (Tika Sumpter) has secretly married a white man (Chad Michael Murray), and is hesitant to fess up about her interracial pairing to her mother. Add to the mix a corporate entanglement with a public vindication attached, a teacher’s struggles with the system, the secularization of Christmas, and assorted racial tensions, and the film has its work cut out for itself. But while the overburdened thematic baggage threatens to get in the way of a good time, comedy will and does win out. Sentimental as all get-out, but one of those movies from which we expect the inevitable end-credit “outtakes,” A Madea Christmas is icing on the Perry/Madea franchise cake, and our holi-dazed senses make it all go down easier ■ than it should. DEcEmbEr 19, 2013

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Edited by Aly Comingore The following films are playing in Santa Barbara FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, THROUGH TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24. Descriptions followed by initials — DJP (D.J. Palladino), JW (Josef Woodard) — have been taken from our critics’ reviews, which can be read in full at independent.com. The symbol ✯ indicates the film is recommended.

FIRST LOOKS ✯ The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (161 mins.; PG-13: extended sequences of intense fantasy-action violence, frightening images)

Reviewed on page 55. Camino Real (2- D and 3-D)/ Fiesta 5 (2-D and 3-D)/Metro 4 (2-D)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (105 mins.; PG-13: sexual references, crude humor, language) Reviewed on page 55. Fiesta 5

Saving Mr. Banks (125 mins.; PG-13: thematic elements including some unsettling images)

Author P.L. Travers reflects on her life while Walt Disney begins production on the film adaptation of her novel Mary Poppins. Camino Real/Paseo Nuevo The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (114 mins.; PG: some crude comments, language, action violence)

A daydreamer and everyman is sent on a real-world adventure of epic proportions after discovering his job is in jeopardy. Ben Stiller directs and stars. Camino Real/Fiesta 5 (Opens Tue., Dec. 24)

PREMIERES American Hustle (138 mins.; R: pervasive language, some sexual content, brief violence)

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David O. Russel (Silver Linings Playbook) writes and directs this drama about a 1970s con man and his partner, who are forced into working for a loose-cannon FBI agent. Camino Real/Paseo Nuevo

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A young girl living in World War II Germany finds solace in stealing books and sharing their stories with her friends. Meanwhile, her adoptive parents harbor a Jewish refugee in their home. The Book Thief is without question a moving film, but in the end, it dilutes its own purposes. (DJP) Plaza de Oro

✯ Dallas Buyers Club (117 mins.; R: pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity, drug use)

Matthew McConaughey plays a hardand fast-living electrician living in Dallas in the 1980s who is diagnosed with HIV. Dallas Buyers Club is another feather in the Stetson for McConaughey, who plays that certain type of American hero so well — the tough-minded lone wolf fighting a good fight on his own terms. (JW) Metro 4

✯ Frozen (108 mins.; PG: some action, mild rude humor) Anna and Kristoff unite on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa and rescue their kingdom from an endless winter. Besides its long-overdue bow to feminist hopes, Frozen strikes a nice balance between expectation and surprise; we’re on safe (if frigid) terrain, but the plot keeps you guessing. (DJP) Fairview (2-D)/Fiesta 5 (2-D)

✯ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (146 mins.; PG-13: intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation, language)

Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are named targets of the Capitol after their victory at the 74th Hunger Games incites a rebellion. Director Francis Lawrence and his screenwriters have improved a great movie franchise by hiding the machinery well; Hunger Games II is smoother and deeper-feeling. (DJP) Fairview/Metro 4

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An elderly, hard-drinking dad travels from Montana to Nebraska to reconnect with his estranged son and claim a milliondollar sweepstakes prize. Director and Nebraska-boy Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt) comes home and delivers another peculiar but ultimately touching doozy of a film. Paseo Nuevo

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TAURUS (Apr. 20 - May 20): Here’s a tale of three renowned Taurus brainiacs: Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and Bertrand Russell. They all had IQs over 175, and all made major contributions to philosophy. Yet all three were physically inept. Kant had trouble keeping a sharp point on his writing instrument, the quill, because he was clumsy using a knife. Mill was so undexterous he found it a chore to tie a knot. Russell’s physical prowess was so limited he was incapable of brewing a pot of tea. Chances are that you are neither as brilliant nor as uncoordinated as these three men. And yet, like them, there is a disconnect between your mind and body—some glitch in the way the two of them communicate with each other. The coming year will be an excellent time to heal the disconnect and fix the glitch.

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): A horticultural company in the U.K. is selling TomTato plants to home gardeners. Each bush grows both cherry tomatoes and white potatoes. The magic was accomplished through handcrafted hybridization, not genetic engineering. I foresee a comparable marvel in your long-term future, Gemini. I’m not sure about the exact form it will take. Maybe you will create a product or situation that allows you to satisfy two differHomework: What do you want to be when you grow up? Testify at Freewillastrology.com .

ent needs simultaneously. It’s possible you will find a way to express two of your talents in a single mode. Or perhaps you will be able to unite two sides of you that have previously been unbonded. Congratulations in advance!

CANCER (June 21 - July 22): “To destroy is always the first step in any creation,” said the poet E. E. Cummings. Do you buy that idea, Cancerian? I hope so, because the cosmos has scheduled you to instigate some major creative action in 2014. In order to fulfill that potential, you will have to metaphorically smash, burn, and dissolve any old structures that have been standing in the way of the future. You will have to eliminate as many of the “yes, buts” and “I can’ts” and “not nows” as you possibly can.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): The Italian painter Tintoretto (15181594) was a Libra. He worked with such vigor and passion that he was nicknamed Il Furioso—The Furious. One of his crowning achievements was his painting “Paradise,” which is 74 feet long and 30 feet tall—about the size of a tennis court. It adorns a huge wall in the Doge’s Palace, a landmark in Venice. I propose that Tintoretto serve as one of your inspirational role models in 2014. The coming months will be an excellent time for you to work hard at crafting your own personal version of paradise on earth. You may not be so wildly robust to deserve the title “Il Furioso.” But then again, you might.

SCORPIO

(July 23 - Aug. 22): When did you first fall from grace? Do you remember? It has happened to most of us. We spend time being privileged or cared about or respected, and then, suddenly, we no longer are. We lose our innocence. Love disappears. Our status as a favorite comes to an end. That’s the bad news, Leo. The good news is that I think the months ahead may be time for you to climb back up to one of those high states of grace that you fell from once upon a time. The omens suggest that even now you’re making yourself ready to rise back up—and sooner than you think, there will be an invitation to do so.

(Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): Between 2002 and 2009, Buddhist monk Endo Mitsunaga spent a thousand days meditating as he did a ceremonial walk around Mount Hiei in Japan. In 2006, English writer Dave Cornthwaite took 90 days to skateboard across the entire length of Australia, a distance of 3,618 miles. The first man’s intentions were spiritual, the second man’s adventurous. The coming months will be prime time for you to contemplate both kinds of journeys, Scorpio. The astrological omens suggest that you will generate extra good fortune for yourself by seeking out unfamiliar experiences on the open road. To get yourself in the mood, ruminate on the theme of pilgrimage.

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(Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Leonardo da Vinci created the painting “St. Jerome in the Wilderness” around 1480. It now hangs in the Pinacoteca Vaticana, a museum in Vatican City. For several centuries, though, the treasured work of art was missing. Legend tells us that in the early 19th century, Napoleon’s uncle found the lower half of the painting in a junk shop in Rome. Years later he stumbled upon the top half in another back alley, where it was being used as a wedge in a shoemaker’s bench. I foresee the possibility of a comparable sequence unfolding for you in 2014, Virgo. You just may manage to restore a lost beauty to its proper place of honor, one step at a time.

(Nov. 22 - Dec. 21): Many farms in California’s Tulare County grow produce for supermarket chains. Here’s the problem: Those big stores only want fruits and vegetables that look perfect. So if there are brown spots on the apples or if the zucchinis grow crooked or if the carrots get too big, they are rejected. As a result, 30 percent of the crops go unharvested. That’s sad because a lot of poor people who live in Tulare don’t have enough to eat. Fortunately, some enterprising food activists have begun to work out arrangements with farmers to collect the wasted produce and distribute it to the hungry

folks. I gather there’s a comparable situation in your life, Sagittarius: unplucked resources and ignored treasures. In 2014, I hope you take dramatic action to harvest and use them.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): Derrick Brown has a poem titled “Pussycat Interstellar Naked Hotrod Mofo Ladybug Lustblaster!” I hope that at least once in 2014 you will get up the nerve to call someone you love by that name. Even if you can’t quite bring yourself to utter those actual words, it will be healing for you to get to the point where you feel wild enough to say them. Here’s what I’m driving at, Capricorn: In the coming months, you will be wise to shed any inhibitions that have interfered with you getting all of the free-flowing intimacy you’d love to have.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): “Artists who are content merely to hone their gifts eventually come to little,” says the Belgian writer Simon Leys.“The ones who truly leave their mark have the strength and the courage to explore and exploit their shortcomings.” I’d like to borrow that wisdom and provide it for you to use in 2014, Aquarius. Even if you’re not an artist, you will be able to achieve an interesting kind of success if you’re willing to make use of the raw materials and untapped potential of your so-called flaws and weaknesses. Whatever is unripe in you will be the key to your creativity.

PISCES (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20): In 2014, you will have the mojo to escape a frustration that has drained you and pained you for a long time. I mean you can end its hold on you for good. The coming months will also provide you with the chance to activate and cultivate a labor of love that will last as long as you live. While this project may not bloom overnight, it will reveal its staying power in dramatic fashion. And you will be able to draw on the staunch faith you’ll need to devote yourself to it until its full blessings ripen.

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JACK’S BISTRO & “FAMOUS BAGELS” 53 South Milpas (In Trader Joe’s Plaza) 564‑4331; 5050 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria 566‑1558. $ Extensive menu, beer & wine, on site catering ‑ Call Justen Alfama 805‑566‑1558 x4 Voted BEST BAGELS 16 years in a row! www.bagelnet.com

Cajun/Creole THE PALACE Grill, 8 E. Cota St., 963‑ 5000. $$$. Open 7 days, Lunch 11:30a‑ 3p, Dinner 5:30p, V MC AE. Contemporary American grill w/ a lively, high‑energy atmosphere & fun, spon‑ taneous events. Featuring fine grilled steaks, fresh seafood, delicious pastas, select American Regional specialties, like Blackened Crawfish‑ stuffed Filet Mignon, Louisiana Bread Pudding Souffle. Cajun Martinis, unique beers & well selected wine list. Lunch starts early enough for a late breakfast & ends late enough for an early supper. Voted “Best Team Service” since 1988. Rave reviews in Gourmet Magazine, Gault‑Millau Travel Guide, Zagat & Sunset Magazine.

Coffee Houses SB COFFEE Roasting Company 321 Motor Way SB 962‑5213– NOW WITH FREE WI‑FI! Santa Barbara’s premiere coffee roasting company since 1989. Come in for the freshest most deli‑ cious cup of coffee ever and watch us roast the best coffee in town at our historic Old Town location ‑ Corner of State & Gutierrez. Gift baskets, mail order & corporate gifts avail. sbcoffee.com.

Ethiopian AUTHENTIC ETHIOPIAN CUISINE Featured at Petit Valentien Restaurant 1114 State St. #14, 805‑966‑0222. Open Sat‑Sun Lunch ONLY 11am‑2:30pm. Serkaddis Alemu offers in ever chang‑ ing menu with choices of vegitarian, vegan, and meat options. Catering Avaliable for parties of up to 40 people.

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YEN CHING 2840 De La Vina St. 682‑ 7191 7 days/wk M‑Sun 11a‑9p, ALL YOU CAN EAT Buffet: Lunch M‑F 11‑2 Sat & Sun Lunch 11‑2:30, Dinner Buffet 5:10‑8:30 incl all you can eat steak, shrimp & crab legs‑ Discounts for kids. Owner /Chef Joe Tzeng‑ Master Chef 25+yrs serving traditional Mandarin & Szechuan delicacies. All day take out‑ FREE delivery after 5pm

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RENAUD’S PATISSERIE & Bistro, 3315 State St. in Loreto Plaza, 569‑2400 & 1324 State St. Ste N 892‑2800 $$ M ‑ Sat 7‑ 5, Sun 7‑3 & M‑Sun 7‑ 3 Wide selection of wholesome French pastries. Breakfast & lunch menu is composed of egg dishes, sandwiches & salads representing Renaud’s favor‑ ites. Our Brewed coffees & teas are proudly 100% Organic.

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PIERRE LAFOND Wine Bistro 516 State Street 962‑1455 $$ Open Every Day M‑F 11a‑9p Sat/ Sun 9a‑ 10p Brunch Sat/Sun 9a‑3p Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. A local favorite since 1993. California cui‑ sine showcasing the best local prod‑ ucts. Steamed Mussels, Flatbreads, Grilled Duck Breast, Vegetarian dishes, Sherry Wine cake, Wines from around the world. Happy Hour Mon‑Sat 4:30‑6:30. Sidewalk patio. www.pierrelafond.com

PETIT VALENTIEN, 1114 STATE ST. #14, 805‑966‑0222. Open M‑F 11:30‑ 3pm (lunch). M‑Sat 5pm‑Close (din‑ ner). Sun $24 four course prefix dinner. In La Arcada Plaza, Chef Robert Dixon presents classic French comfort food at affordable cost in this cozy gem of a restaurant. Petit Valentien offers a wide array of meat and seafood entrees along with extensive small plates and a wine list specializing in amazing quality at arguably the best price in town. A warm romantic atmo‑ sphere makes the perfect date spot. Comfortable locale for dinner parties, or even just a relaxing glass of wine. Reservations are recommended.

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OPAL RESTAURANT & Bar 1325 State St. 966‑9676 $$.Open M‑S 11:30a & 7 nights 5p. V MC AE Local’s Favorite, Eclectic California Cuisine fuses creative influences from around the world with American Regional touches: Chile‑Crusted Filet Mignon to Pan‑ Seared Fresh Fish & Seafood, Homemade Pastas, Gourmet Pizzas, Fresh baked Breads, Deliciously Imaginative Salads & Homemade Desserts. OPAL radiates a friendly, warm atmosphere graced by our fun efficient Service, Full bar, Martinis, Wine Spectator award‑winning wine list, private room. Lunches are afford‑ able and equally delicious.

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Indian FLAVOR OF INDIA 3026 State 682‑ 6561 $$ www.flavorofindiasb.com VOTED BEST 17yrs. Finest, most authentic Indian cuisine is affordable too! All You Can Eat Lunch Buffet $8.95 M‑S dinner combos $9.95+ Specials: Tandoori‑ Mixed or Fish, Chicken Tikka Masala, Shrimp Bhuna. Also: meat, curries & vegetarian.Wine & Beer. Take out. 20yrs of Excellence! INDIA HOUSE, 418 State St. Next to 99 Cent Store 805.962.5070. 7 days 11:30a‑ 3:30p ALL YOU CAN EAT Lunch Buffet $8.95. Dinner 5p‑9p. Tandori & North Indian Muglai spe‑ cialties. World Class Indian Chefs at your service! Traditional floor seating. Indian & Draft Beers, Local Wines. www.indiahouseusa.com NAAN STOP ‑ Popular, Casual Dinining, Indian Restaurant w/ Boba drinks, chicken tikka masala, saag tofu, naan bread, and all other favorites! 966 Embarcadero del Mar 685‑4715.

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SPICE AVENUE/INDIA Club Moved from State Street, brand new location! Authentic Indian Cuisine. Zagat Rated since 2006. A family owned restaurant from London, 5 Star Chef from India Dinesh, lunch buffet 7 days a week, w/ special Dosa menu on Sat. & Sun. Beer & Wine. Open 7 days a week. 5701 Calle Real. 805‑967‑ 7171

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ALDO’S ITALIAN Restaurant 1031 State St. 963‑6687. $$ Open 7 days. Lunch & Dinner. V MC AE DC DV. Local SB favorite for over 25 years offers fast, friendly service in the heart of downtown. Dine outdoors in our heated courtyard. Enjoy new home‑ style cuisine like Chicken Parmigiana or Fresh Fish specials in a comfort‑ able, romantic atmosphere. Vegan & Gluten‑ Free Pasta and Salad Options available. Wine & Beer. Full menu at: www.sbaldos.com

Japanese ICHIBAN JAPANESE Restaurant/ Sushi Bar, 1812 Cliff Dr., 805‑564‑7653. Mon‑Sat Lunch 11:30‑2:30. Dinner 7 days a week, 5‑10pm. Lunch Specials, Bendo boxes. Full sushi bar, tatami seats. Fresh Fish delivered all week. KYOTO, 3232 State St, 687‑1252.$$. Open 7days M‑F 11:30a‑2p; Sat Noon‑ 2:30p Lunch; Sun‑Thur 5‑10p Dinner, Fri‑Sat 5p‑10:30p.Complete Sushi Bar. Steak & Seafood Specials! Sashimi, Teriyaki, original Japanese appetiz‑ ers & Combination Boat Dinner. SB’s only TATAMI Rooms reservations sug‑ gested. Beer, Wine & Sake.Take Out. Birthday customers get FREE tempura ice cream & photo on our website! KyotoSB.com

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PALAPA 4123 State 683‑3074 $$ Sat/ Sun Open 7a. M‑F 8:30a‑9p. Seafood enchiladas, ceviche, salads, tamales, chile rellenos. A mini vacation in Baja! Smoking deck.Lots of heated patios. Refrescos, flan, black beans, green rice, Mexican organic coffee.Cervesa y Vino. Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner daily. Live Mariachi music Fri’s 6p. Gift certificates.Private parties & catering. Nos vemos!

HOLDREN’S 512 State St. 965‑3363 Lunch & Dinner Daily. Featuring $20 Prime Rib Wednesdays‑ USDA 12 oz Prime MidWestern corn‑fed beef char‑ broiled over mesquite; or try from our selections of the freshest seafood. We offer extensive wine & martini lists & look forward to making your dining experience superb! Reservations avail.

Natural NATURAL CAFE, 508 State St., 5 blocks from beach. 962‑9494 Goleta‑ 5892 Hollister 692‑2363. 361 Hitchcock Way 563‑1163 $. Open for lunch & din‑ ner 7 days. A local favorite for dinner. Voted “Best Lunch in Santa Barbara” “Best Health Food Restaurant” “Best Veggie Burger” “Best Sidewalk Cafe Patio” “Best Fish Taco” all in the Independent Reader’s Poll. Daily Specials, Char‑Broiled Chicken, Fresh Fish, Homemade Soups, Hearty Salads, Healthy Sandwiches, Juice Bar, Microbrews, Local Wines, and the Best Patio on State St. 9 loca‑ tions serving the Central Coast. www.thenaturalcafe.com SOJOURNER CAFÉ, 134 E. Canon Perdido 965‑7922. Open 11‑11 Th‑Sat; 11a‑10:30p Sun‑Wed. SB’s natural foods landmark since 1978 Daily soups & chef’s specials, hearty stews, fresh local fish, organic chicken dishes,salads & sandwiches & award winning dessert . Espresso bar, beer, wine, smoothies, shakes & fresh juices sojournercafe.com

PALAZZIO CATERED OFFICE PARTIES THE BEST DEAL IN TOWN! 1026 State Street 805-564-1985 www.palazzio.com

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Thai BANGKOK PALACE 2829 De la Vina St. 687‑1828 $$ Open M‑F 11a‑9p Sat 5‑9p Fine Thai Cuisine in an intimate authentic setting. $15min.+ $3 fee for deliveries. Beer/Wine/Sake.AX/Disc/ VC/ MC.WI‑FI www.BangkokPalace.co YOUR PLACE Restaurant, 22 N. Milpas St., 966‑5151, 965‑9397. $$. Open Mon 4‑9:45pm Tues‑Thurs & Sun 11:30a‑9:45p, Fri/Sat 11:30a‑10:30p. V MC AE. Your Place ‑ The One & Only. Voted “BEST THAI FOOD” for 26 years by Independent and The Weekly read‑ ers, making us a Living Legend! Lunch & dinner specials daily. Fresh sea‑ food & tasty vegetarian dishes. Santa Barbara Restaurant Guide selected us as the Best Thai Restaurant for excep‑ tional dining reflected by food quality, service & ambiance.

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RODNEY’S Grill, 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard at The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort 805‑564‑ 4333. Serving 5pm – 10pm Tuesday through Saturday. Rodney’s Grill Menu is Fresh and New. Featuring all natural hormone‑free beef and fresh seafood, appetizers, and incredible desserts. The place to enjoy dinner with family and friends by the beach. Private Dining Room for 30. Full cock‑ tail bar with specialty cocktails. Wine cellar with Santa Barbara County & California best vintages by‑the‑glass www.rodneyssteakhouse.com

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SPENCER’S LIMOUSINE & Tours, 884‑ 9700 Thank You SB, Voted BEST 18yrs! Specializing in wine tours of all Central Cal Wineries. Gourmet picnic lunch or fine restau‑ rants avail TCP16297 805‑884‑9700 www.spencerslimo.com

RENEGADE WINES: 417 Santa Barbara St. Ste A‑6, 805‑568‑1961. Tues‑Fri 11a‑6p, Sat. 12‑6p. Sun‑Mon by appointment. SB’s oldest wine shop, over 23 years same loca‑ tion. We are Santa Barbara’s pre‑ mier wine retailer, offering a wide variety of local and imported wines. Our diverse assortment of wine comes from the world’s finest vine‑ yards with prices starting around $9. View our full inventory @ www. renegadewines.com. We store your

wine. 3000sq feet of temp. controlled wine lockers; 8 case lockers‑300 case rooms. Off‑street parking. 2 blocks from State St. (2nd driveway @ 126 E. Haley) Monthly tastings & pri‑ vate tastings available. We ship wine. Keep in touch: Facebook, Google+, Twitter

Wineries/Tasting Rooms BABCOCK WINERY & VINEYARDS. 5175 HWY 246 Sta. Rita Hills. 805‑736‑ 1455 Open 10:30‑5 p.m. daily. For 30 years Bryan Babcock has been honing his craft. Venture into beautiful wine country and savor his extraordinary collection of high‑ ly expressive single‑vineyard Pinot Noirs rarely offered outside of the winery. Sample highly acclaimed Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Cabernet and Syrah sourced from warmer SB Co. locales are voluptuous. Taste wine and shop for eclectic gifts in a newly renovated, vintage inspired atmosphere. www. babcockwinery.com SANTA BARBARA Winery, 202 Anacapa St. 963‑3633. Open Sun‑ Thurs 10a‑6p & Fri‑Sat 10a ‑ 7p, small charge for extensive tasting list. 2 blocks from both State St & the beach. This venerable winery is the county’s oldest‑ est.1962, and offers many internationally acclaimed wines from their Lafond Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. Try some of Winemaker Bruce McGuire’s small production bottling.www.sbwinery.com

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company. Launched in 2010, the company supplies its allnatural pickled vegetables to gourmet grocery and specialty food stores in the greater Santa Barbara County and Ventura region. Their products include pickled vegetables such as green beans, asparagus, beets, carrots, and okra as well as their signature Bloody Mary Elixir. With increasing demand from Whole Foods Market and other specialty grocery chains in Southern California, the company is ready to expand into a new facility and has chosen crowd-funding to raise its first round of initial capital. “Crowd-funding is a great way to raise money quickly from a large group of people and spread awareness about our brand and products at the same time,” said Bradley Bennett, Pacific Pickle Works founder.“Contributors love it because, in addition to helping out start-up companies they resonate with, they also always get something meaningful in return such as product or cool company-branded apparel.” The campaign, which can be found at pacificpickle works.com, runs through December 28.

MONY’S OPENS DOWNTOWN: Reader Dan let me know that Altamirano’s at  Anacapa Street, also known as Hidden Dolphin Café, has become a Mexican restaurant named Mony’s. Dan tells me that the owners started with a food truck and now they have this location, too. BEACH BOWLS COMING TO CARP: Last week I reported that a smoothie shop was coming to Carpinteria but didn’t have many details. Reader SL let me know that the eatery will serve açaí bowls in addition to smoothies. Reader Jeff informed me that the name of the business will be Beach Bowls and that the address is  Linden Avenue. END OF THE ROAD: This just in from the Culture

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Shock food truck: “We moved back up to San Francisco a little while ago for my husband’s work, and

I have decided to close the business. His job takes us places, and it doesn’t allow me to commit to the foodtruck business as I would like. Our base is S.B., so we will be back sometime in the future, but I will no longer be operating the food truck. It was a great ride, had lots of fun, met all you nice people, and made some great friendships along the way. Thank you, Nirosha Kariyakarawana.”

SANFORD OPENS: On September 16, I reported that Sanford Winery was planning to open a tasting room in La Arcada,  State Street. The wine finally started flowing last week. Sanford planted the first pinot noir grapes in Santa Barbara County back in 1971, likening the climate and soil conditions in the Santa Rita Hills to those of France’s famed Burgundy province.

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NEW NAME: Reader Matt let me know Wayne Kjar Cakes at  Cliff Drive has changed the name of its business to Your Cake Baker – Wayne Kjar. Owner Wayne Kjar is the son of the famous Santa Barbara cake baker, Mr. Henning Kjar.

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from reader Matt: “Hey John — FYI, I saw an ABC “Change of Ownership” application above the front door of Chase Restaurant ( State St.) yesterday.”

ANNUAL “BEST OF” SURVEY BEGINS: The 8th-annual SantaBarbara.com Restaurant Survey of your favorite places for food and drink has begun. The online survey runs each year throughout December, and the results will be published in January. The survey results, which cover 99 categories, will be displayed on the SantaBarbara.com Restaurant Guide Best Of page throughout 2014. New categories this year include Best Mac & Cheese and Best Funk Zone Destination. To vote for your favorite restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and more, visit SantaBarbara.com/survey.

John Dickson’s reporting can be found every day online at SantaBarbara.com. Send tips to info@SantaBarbara.com.

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FBN aBaNdoNmeNT STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following Fictitious Business Name is being abandoned: Central Coast Canine Boarding Resort at 3640 Roblar Ave Santa Ynez, CA 93460 The original statement for use of this Fictitious Business Name was filed Sep 8, 2009. in the County of Santa Barbara. Original file no. 2009‑ 0002885. The person(s) or entities abandoning use of this name are as follows: Central Coast Canine Boarding Resort (same address) This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 4, 2013 I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office, Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Gabriel Cabello. Published Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2 2014.

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STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following Fictitious Business Name is being abandoned: The Bottom Line, Bottom Line Bookkeeping, Central Coast Isp, Out Of The Red Ink at 157 C Camino De Vida Santa Barbara, CA 93111 The original statement for use of this Fictitious Business Name was filed Jan 24, 2013. in the County of Santa Barbara. Original file no. 2013‑ 0000281. The person(s) or entities abandoning use of this name are as follows: Cindy Rae Faulkner (same address) This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 6, 2013 I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office, Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Carol Kraus. Published Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014. STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following Fictitious Business Name is being abandoned: Bunny Rae Records/ Moody Bluegrass at 180 Avenue of Flags #202 Buellton, CA 93427 The original statement for use of this Fictitious Business Name was filed Oct 28, 2010. in the County of Santa Barbara. Original file no. 2010‑0003280. The person(s) or entities abandoning use of this name are as follows: Cindy Rae Faulkner (same address) This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 11, 2013 I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office, Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Carol Kraus. Published Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FBN wiTHdrawal STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following persons (s) has (have) withdrawn as partner (s) from the partnership operating under: FINAL AFFAIRS 1140 Bel Air Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93105. The original statement for use of this Fictitious Business Name was filed 4/16/2013 in the County of Santa Barbara. Original file no. 2013‑0001255. The person or entities withdrawing use of this name are as follows: Dolores Cheek 1140 Bel Air Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93105 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 11, 2013. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office, Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk SEAL by Gabriel Cabello. Published. Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FicTiTious BusiNess Name sTaTemeNT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Rubenstein & Sorensen Mediation at 211 East Anapamu Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Judith Rubenstein 2629 Montrose Place Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Lawrence T Sorensen 690 Oak Grove Court Ojai, CA 93023 This business is conducted by a Joint Venture Signed: Lawrence T. Sorensen This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 22, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Gabriel Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑0003223. Published: Nov 14, 21, 27. Dec 5 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Tara Ling Santa Barbara at 1187 Coast Village Road #1‑261 Santa Barbara, CA 93108; Vidya Gauci (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Vidya Gauci This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 21, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Adela Bustos. FBN Number: 2013‑0003522. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Cold Springs Publications at 3711 Fortunato Way Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Jeffrey Leo Kaltenbach (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Jeffrey L. Kaltenbach This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 21, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Melissa Mercer. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003518. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Educational Paperwork Solutions, EPS at 466 Greenleaf Court Goleta, CA 93117; Steven Ormbrek (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 5, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003370. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Girl Up Initiative Uganda at 1114 State Street Ste 200 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Kimberly Wolf 4721 Via Los Santos Santa Barbara, CA 93111. This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Kimberly Wolf This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 21, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Adela Bustos. FBN Number: 2013‑0003528. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Seatech Supply Co at 224 Daytona Drive Goleta, CA 93117; Carlos F Ortiz (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Carlos F. Ortiz This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 20, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Melissa Mercer. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003510. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: M&M’s Beautiful Thingz at 130 Sumida Garden Lane #201 Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Michael Pual Ashley (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Michael P. Ashley This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 06, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003383. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Taxi Time at 3616 Santa Maria Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Joseph D Martinez (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Joe Martinez This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 19, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003506. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Azios Cellars at 450 Camino Del Remedio Unit I Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Nicolas G Azios (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 12, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003425. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: IBroke It at 6770 Del Playa Dr., Unit 3 Goleta, CA 93117; Joshua David Ohman (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Josh Ohman This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 5, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003362. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Three Feathers Design at 3054 Marilyn Way Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Hayley Marie Fedders (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Hayley Fedders This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 15, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Andrea Luparello. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003466. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Dream Sharing at 6647 El Colegio Road #B225 Goleta, CA 93117; John David Mudie (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: John Mudie This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 25, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003544. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Drops of Oil Massage at 973 Isleta Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93109; Elizabeth McCahan (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Lizzy McCahan This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 14, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Melissa Mercer. FBN Number: 2013‑0003461. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Reverewareparts.com at 3905 State Street #7‑298 Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Cubeeight, LLC (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Peter Camenzind This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 18, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003479. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Dtar, Seymour Duncan Research, Seymour Duncan, Seymour Duncan Pickups at 5427 Hollister Avenue Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Carter Duncan Corporation (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Cathy Carter Duncan, CEO This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 18, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Melissa Mercer. FBN Number: 2013‑0003490. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Grand CRU Writing Services at 1141Faraday Street Santa Ynez, CA 93460; James Byron Laursen (same address) Theresa Volpe Laursen (same address) This business is conducted by a Married couple Signed: James Byron Laursen This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 25, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Adela Bustos. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003553. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Ned’s Locksmith of Santa Barbara, Ned’s Locksmith Service, Ned’s Locksmiths at 7532 Newport Drive Goleta, CA 93117; Safe Venture Inc. PO Box 8844 Goleta, CA 93118 This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Mark Sepulveda, V.P. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 15, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003471. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Campdesign, Campdesign+Architecture at 1610 Las Canoas Road Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Steven R. Adrian (same address) Gina C. Giannetto (same address) This business is conducted by a Married Couple Signed: Gina Giannetto This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 13, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Adela Bustos. FBN Number: 2013‑0003442. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Theo&Dim at 4564 Via Maria Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Dimitri Chalupka‑Clair 528 Brinkerhoff Avenue Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Theo Doussineau 4564 Via Maria Santa Barbara, CA 93111 This business is conducted by a General Partnership Signed: Theo Doussineau This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 14, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003460. Published: Nov 27. Dec 5, 12, 19 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Catalina’s House Cleaning at 4326 Calle Real Space 102 Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Efrain Salazar Martinez (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Efrain S. Martinez This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 13, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Gabriel Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003445. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Blackbird Food Company at 205 West Montecito Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Blackbird Foods, Inc. 27 West Anapamu Street Suite 269 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Brien Seay This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 5, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Andrea Luparello. FBN Number: 2013‑0003372. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Outdoor Recreation For All at 518 W Gutierrez #C Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Kalyn Noe (Same Address); David Secor (Same Address) This business is conducted by a Joint Venture Signed: Kalyn Noe This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 27, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑0003574. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Glamour Laser Skin Center at 4141 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Martin Manvelian 16300 Malden Street North Hills, CA 91342; Sahak Vardanyan 12631 Archwood Street North Hollywood, CA 91606 This business is conducted by a General Partnership Signed: Martin Manvelian This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 26, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003561. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: David Sheehan Engraver at 1157 Edgemound Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93105; David Sheehan (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: David Sheehan This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 18, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003480. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Advanced Vapor at 405 Corona Del Mar #3 Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Benjamin Godfrey (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Ben Godfrey This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 6, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Gabriel Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003388. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: The Bourbon Room at 4444 Hollister Avenue Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Alvaro Rojas 207 Romaine Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Anna Louise Sacks 3245 Cliff Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93109 This business is conducted by a Joint Venture Signed: Anna Sacks This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 6, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003381. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: SB Yellow Cab, Santa Barbara Yellow Cab, Yellow Cab, Yellow Cab of Santa Barbara at 55 South Kellogg Avenue Goleta, CA 93117; Taxi Owners Association, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 18, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003484. Published: Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: All City Locksmith, FDR Electrical, FDR Lock, FDR Locksmith at 515 E Anapamu Street #C Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Edward W Roe (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Edward Roe This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 4, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Gabriel Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑0003616. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Melsbiz at 37 Dearborn Place Apt 74 Goleta, CA 93117; Miguel Briceno (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Miguel Briceno This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 4, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Daniel Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003618. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Live Scan Santa Barbara at 411 E. Canon Perdido St., Suite #15 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Lawcopy, LLC (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Charles J Rao Jr This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 4, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑0003621. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Pacific Paleo Foods at 224 W. Islay Street Apt A Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Lauren Leah Hannemann (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Lauren Hannemann This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 18, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003486. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Radius Commercial Real Estate And Investments at 205 E Carrillo Street Suite 100 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Radius Group Commercial Real Estate, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Radius Group Commercial Group Estate Inc. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 26, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑0003560. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Ecson Temet Temet Nosce, NTTN at 830 Chelham Way Montecito, CA 93108; Robert Elliot Norton (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Robert Norton This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 20, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003512. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Pathfinders Memorial Planning & Media at 742 Calle De Los Amigos Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Cecily Marble Hintzen (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Cecily Marble Hintzen This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 5, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003622. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Pathway To Healing at 1911 N. Via Establo Santa Maria, CA 93458; Roman Velasquez (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Roman Velasquez This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 25, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑0003555. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Reed, Anderson, & Oliver at 411 East Canon Perdido Street, Suite #15 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Charles J Rao Jr. (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Charles J. Rao Jr. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 3, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003607. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Atlas Imagery at 409 West Figueroa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Zachary Ramsey Brown 2720 Long Canyon Road Santa Ynez, CA 93460 This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Zachary Brown This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 20, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Andrea Luparello. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003509. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Interwoven Health at 5370 Hollister Avenue, Suite 7 Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Aaron M. Gluck 301 Verano Drive #40 Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Karin Gluck R.P. (same address) This business is conducted by a General Partnership Signed: Aaron Gluck This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 13, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Adela Bustos. FBN Number: 2013‑0003716. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Chandler Coaching at 15‑B East Islay Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Pauline S Chandler (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Pauline S. Chandler This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 13, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Gabriel Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑0003707. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: CHK America, Inc. at 115 South La Cumbre Lane, Suite 201 Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Cook, Hammond And Kell, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corpoation Signed: Frederick Wood This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 13, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Adela Bustos. FBN Number: 2013‑0003709. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Bottom Line Bookkeeping, Central Coast Isp, The Bottom Line at 157‑C Camino De Vida Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Out of The Red Ink PO Box 91809 Santa Barbara, CA 93190 This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 6, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003631. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Casa Blanca Restaurante Y Cantina at 330 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; El Rio Bravo Del Norte Inc 101 E Cabrillo Blvd Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Melissa Ninen This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 11, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑0003685. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Vintage Team Press at 127 Olive Mill Road Santa Barbara, CA 93108; Jeff Farrell (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Jeff Farrell This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 9, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003659. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Aspira Brands, Aspira Coproration at 877 La Milpita Road Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Aspira Corporation 3463 State Street Suite 311 Santa Barbara, CA 93105 This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: John Kochis This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 27, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003565. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Alchemy On Demand at 1774 B Prospect Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Leslee Goodman 1351 S. La Luna Ave Ojai, CA 93023; Hudson Hornick 1774 B Prospect Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93103 This business is conducted by a General Partnership Signed: Leslee Goodman This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 10, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Gabrielle Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003666. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Karaoke The Band, Whoolilicious at 2201 Parkway Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93105; John Whoolilurie (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: John Whoolilurie This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 25, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Adela Bustos. FBN Number: 2013‑0003548. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Apero Bar at 532 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Van Daele Chbe, LLC (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Anthony Van Daele This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 10, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Gabrielle Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑0003677. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Scott Builders at 334 East Valerio Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Scott Danielle (same address) Matthew Scott (same address) This business is conducted by a Married Couple Signed: Danielle Scott This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 26, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑0003562. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Deezwhiz at 1097 Mockingbird Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Denise D Miller (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Denise D. Miller This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 13, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Andrea Luparello. FBN Number: 2013‑0003712. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: LaFond Catering at 4697 Gate Way Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Mertens/LaFond, Inc (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Cindy LaFond This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 26, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑0003559. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Loco’s Bumper Repair And Headlight Restoration at 1023 E Ortega Street Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Locos Bumper Repair And Headlight Restoration, LLC (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Joseph Fourner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 12, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑0003691. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: D.W.H. Enterprises at 2501 Castillo Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Peter Hernandez (same address) Dorian Wright (same address) This business is conducted by a Married Couple Signed: Dorian Wright This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 12, 2013. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003692. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.

Trustee Notice NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 13CA00603‑1 Order No. 02‑ 13046273 APN: 065‑540‑19‑00 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 04/03/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On January 2, 2014 at 01:00 PM, RSM&A Foreclosure Services, LLC as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded April 20, 2006 as Document Number: 2006‑ 0031191 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Santa Barbara County, California, executed by: Teresa Rodriguez Cortez, a single woman as Trustor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for SCME Mortgage Bankers, Inc., a California Corporation, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state) at the following location: At the main entrance to the County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa Street., Santa Barbara, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: Legal description as more fully described in said deed of trust. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 822 VIA MIGUEL, SANTA BARBARA, CA 93111. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to‑wit: $830,619.95 (Estimated*) *Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a

lien, not the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (714) 277‑4845 or visit this Internet Web Site www.USA‑forclosure.com, using the file number, 13CA00603‑1, assigned to this case. Information about postponements that are very short duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not be immediately reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. DATE: 12/04/2013 RSM&A Foreclosure Services, LLC 43252 Woodward Ave, Suite 180 Bloomfield Hills, CA 48302 (805) 804‑ 5616 For specific information on sales including bid amounts call (714) 277‑ 4845. Kimberly A. Karas, Authorized Agent of RSM&A Foreclosures Services, LLC FEI# 1045.244983 12/12/2013, 12/19/2013, 12/26/2013

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to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,291,610.19. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an “AS IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of

which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1‑ 800‑281‑8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco. com, using the file number assigned to this case 13‑0009178. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6‑914‑01‑94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281‑8219 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI # 1006.246674 12/05/2013, 12/12/2013, 12/19/2013

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 13‑ 0009178 Title Order No. 12‑0136019 APN No. 061‑061‑18 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/25/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by EUGENE F. WEISZ JR AND DIANE WEISZ, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS dated 05/25/2007 and recorded 06/04/2007, as Instrument No. 2007‑0040941, in Book N/A, Page N/A, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of SANTA BARBARA County, State of California, will sell on 01/08/2014 at 09:00 AM, Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Carrillo Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 244 PUENTE DRIVE, SANTA BARBARA, CA, 93110. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property

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Lead Cook

Cottage Health System is currently in need of a part‑time lead cook, for the day/evening shift. Job duties include planning and preparing products according to recipes that meet standards of quality and quantity, and meet portion control guidelines. Temperature control, sanitation and timeliness are equally important. Knowledge of commercial kitchen equipment operation. 1+ years of sous chef or chef experience, and Food Handler Card or ServSafe Cert required. Culinary Arts degree preferred. Cottage Health System offers an excellent compensation package that includes above market salaries; premium medical benefits, pension plans, and tax savings accounts. Please apply online at: www.cottagehealthsystem.org. EOE

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911 SAN PASCUAL STREET

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625 N. ALISOS STREET

424 COMMERCE COURT

1222 CARPINTERIA ST. #C

30 W. CONSTANCE AVE. #1

237 NORTH D STREET

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located near La Cumbre Country Club. Updated kitchen, baths & more!

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118 SOUTH J STREET

367 CANNON GREEN DR. H

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Santa Barbara Independent, 12/19/13