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magazine www.VoiceSB.com AKA: CASA Magazine Friday, March 27, 2020

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The Rincon Bluffs will be preserved as open space by the City of Carpinteria



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The Ticket: A SB Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Senior Only Shopping Opportunities. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Sigrid Toye: Harbor Voice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Community News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Hospice of Santa Barbara. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Harlan Green: Economic VOICE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Community Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 SBAOR President Staci Caplan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Galleries & Art Venues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Voice Digital Edition. . . . . . . www.VoiceSB.com Local Response to the US Census. . . . . . . . . . . 18 Foundations Respond to Community Need. . 21 Foodbank Distribution Sites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Movie Theatres Closed


Safety Net

Photo Courtesy of UC Santa Barbara

In This Issue

Shirley Geok-lin Lim honored for her distinguished career


Richard Jarrette’s Poetic Voice offers Eleven Pounds of Honey

Cover Photo courtesy of SB Neighborhood Clinics

Discover Santa Barbara Natural History Museum’s SBNature From Home online! 4

Gardens on Hope Photo courtesy of SB Housing Authority

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Our Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics On the Front Lines of COVID-19


Renters receive Safety Net from Santa Barbara City Council


Keeping our Community Safe and Informed During the COVID-19 Crisis. How You Can Help www.SBClinics.org VOICE Magazine cover story see page 2


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Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Fully Engaged in COVID-19 Response


ANTA BARBARA NEIGHBORHOOD CLINICS IS PART OF THE COVID-19 TASK FORCE in conjunction with Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, Sansum, and Cottage Health, and others. They have created a streamline response protocol for both screening calls and patients who come through their doors. This includes implementing safety precautions to provide care to those that may or may not be infected. Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics bilingual professionals will continue to remain open during this unprecedented time. They have adjusted scheduling to separate well patients from those that are sick, including those with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. “This is a new virus to which we have not been exposed before and it is disrupting life as we know it,” said Dr. Charles Fenzi, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics CEO/CMO. “I take great comfort in knowing that we have guidance from very smart people at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the California Department of Public Health, and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department who are working long hours under enormous pressure to control the spread of this disease.” The organization is in constant communication with

Remember to follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines:

A few of the Neighborhood Clinics team: Jacqueline MedinaDominguez; Ivanessa Guerrro; Charles Fenzi, MD; Maria Correa; and Martin Serrano

local, state, and national representatives and organizations regarding COVID-19. For those who are experiencing symptoms or are concerned about an exposure to COVID-19, they can contact the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinic Call Center and a trained professional will conduct a phone screening and provide the appropriate guidance, including on patient isolation and/or to seek immediate medical attention based on the severity of symptoms. The Call Center phone number is 844-594-0343. “We have been averaging about 400 calls per day specifically about COVID-19,” added Dr. Fenzi, “and expect that number to continue to increase.”

The Board and staff of The Granada Theatre look forward to welcoming the Santa Barbara community back into the theater as soon as we are able to open our doors.

In the meantime, we wish safety and health to all our audience members and performing artists.

We are grateful to the dedication and support of our world-class resident companies:

The Granada Theatre · 805.899.2222 · GranadaSB.org

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. (If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.) • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth • Stay home when you are sick • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics relies on the generosity of the community to operate and is in need of your support during this critical time. Please visit www.sbclinics.org to make a donation.

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ABOVE ALL, STAY SAFE! Many of our clients are asking us what is happening in the real estate market, in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic. The fact is, we’re in uncharted territory that is changing day-to-day, hour-to-hour, and we are staying on top of the situation as it unfolds. Some of our clients have decided to put off selling and/or buying until we are past this global emergency, and we support their decision 100%. And, for those who need to make a move at this time, we are here to support you, taking care to strictly adhere to all CDC regulations and guidelines, while using protocols for smart marketing, virtual showings, document signing, etc. This isn’t the first time we’ve dealt with emergencies, and thankfully, at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, we are well-equipped with the latest information and technology to be of maximum service when called upon. The bottom line is this: Safety is THE most important thing right now. Whatever your need, and whatever related questions you have, we’re here for you. Stay safe, and stay healthy! Warmly, Ashley & Paul


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UCSB Arts & Lectures In light of social distancing efforts, how can we make meaningful connections and foster vibrant cultural exchange? While your options for inspiration and entertainment are in flux, UCSB Arts & Lectures is working to create new ways for us all to stay connected through digital arts and cultural content. Join UCSB Arts & Lectures’ email list at www. ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu to receive new content, clips from the A&L archive, and a curated selection of arts and ideas, all accessible online.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art In the spirit of supporting the effort to safeguard the wellbeing of the community, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art invites the community to stay in touch via Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to explore free video programming selected from Museum lectures, performances, and art making activities.

Keeping the Music Alive! Connect with Santa Barbara Symphony on social media to enjoy music and share ideas

Arroyo Hondo Preserve: Outdoor Access During COVID-19 In an effort to create more opportunities for the community to stay active outdoors responsibly, the Land Trust of SB County is opening Arroyo Hondo Preserve on Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm for self-guided hiking! Social distancing practices and advanced reservations are required. Open Wednesdays are subject to change depending on community adherence to social distancing practices and evolving CDC and government requirements for public health and safety. Make a reservation at www.sblandtrust.org Please practice the following to keep the community healthy and Arroyo Hondo Preserve open during the governor’s orders: • Maintain a 6 foot distance from all visitors on trails at all times, excluding your household members. • Do NOT carpool. Limit group sizes to your household and only allow a household member to drive. • Wash your hands frequently. Find a hand washing station next to the barn and toilet facilities. • Do not use picnic tables at this time. • Pets are not allowed at the preserve.

Let’s Share the Music! For the next few weeks, Santa Barbara Symphony will be sharing some of the music they love, along with bonus videos from the Symphony team. They are currently working on a whole roster of musical offerings, from curated Spotify playlists to exclusive videos with Music & Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti, and some impromptu performances by Symphony musicians. Be sure to follow Santa Barbara Symphony on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube). Share the music you love online, or send an email with any suggestions, messages, or requests you may have for online offerings.


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SBNature From Home

Si te perdiste la Conferencia de “Armchair Travel Lecture” con Daniel Stone del Museo de Arte de Santa Bárbara, puedes verla y otra programación en el canal de YouTube del Museo

Connect to science and nature with SBNature From Home launched by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Conéctate con la ciencia y la naturaleza con SBNature desde casa, lanzado por el Museo de Historia Natural de Santa Bárbara

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is Now Closed Santa Barbara Botanic Garden closed due to the statewide stay at home order. In light of this closure, the Garden will be exploring new ways to connect with its members and the public in the coming weeks, including via its Facebook and Instagram pages where it will post regular updates, including videos and photos, community conversations, and more. www.sbbg.org


¡Manteniendo la música viva! Conéctate con Santa Barbara Symphony en las redes sociales para disfrutar de la música y compartir ideas

If you missed the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Armchair Travel Lecture with Daniel Stone, you can watch it and other programming on the Museum’s YouTube channel

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Going Virtual !

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has launched SBNature From Home, a carefully curated collection of ways to connect to science and nature during the closure. Through the virtual museum, visitors can explore how to connect with the natural world from the comfort of their own home. SBMNH hopes to inspire, educate, captivate, and entertain their virtual visitors. The SBNature From Home page is organized by activities that the community can do outdoors, indoors, or online. Visitors are encouraged to check back often as they will continually add new content.


Center Stage Theatre’s Call for Submissions Center Stage invites the community to take part in a virtual performance experience. They want to see what you are creating! Stories, poems, monologues, dances, songs, short plays, multimedia extravaganzas – what are you creating? If you are not currently creating, perhaps this will prompt and inspire you to do so and share it! Soon Center Stage will be sharing details of how they will share these creations, but for now get your creative juices flowing and let’s see it! Email your creations to cstheater@sbcoxmail.com. Due to the current circumstances Center Stage has extended the deadline for Personal Stories submissions for their production of Personal Stories performances, first person true stories performed by their authors. For complete submission guidelines visit www.centerstagetheater.org

Llamado de obras por el Teatro Center Stage Center Stage invita a la comunidad a participar en una experiencia de rendimiento virtual. ¡Quieren ver lo que estás creando! Cuentos, poemas, monólogos, bailes, canciones, obras cortas, extravagancias de multimedia: ¿qué estás creando? Si no estás creando actualmente, ¡Tal vez esto te incitará e inspirará a hacerlo y compartirlo! Pronto, Center Stage compartirá detalles sobre cómo compartirán estas creaciones, pero por ahora haz fluir tus jugos creativos y veamos. Envía tus creaciones por correo electrónico a cstheater@sbcoxmail.com. Debido a las circunstancias actuales, el Teatro Center Stage ha extendido la fecha límite para la presentación de Historias Personales para su producción de presentaciones de Historias Personales, historias reales en primera persona realizadas por sus autores. Para ver las pautas de presentación completas, visita www.centerstagetheater.org

Irresistible sensuality... Quiet, expressive presence... or a joyful skip – Sculpture engages body, mind, & soul. ...Consider adding an aesthetic wake-up to your environment.

www.TheTouchofStone.com Kerry Methner • 805-570-2011

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jPasando a lo virtual! Durante las próximas semanas, Santa Barbara Symphony compartirá parte de la música que les encanta, junto con videos adicionales del equipo de Symphony. Actualmente están trabajando en una lista completa de ofertas musicales, desde listas de reproducción seleccionadas por Spotify hasta videos exclusivos con el director de música y arte Nir Kabaretti, y algunas presentaciones improvisadas por los músicos de Santa Barbara Symphony. Asegúrate de seguir a Santa Barbara Symphony en las redes sociales (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter y YouTube). Comparte la música que amas en línea o envía un correo electrónico con cualquier sugerencia, mensaje o solicitud que puedas tener para futuros ofrecimientos en línea. www.thesymphony.org

UCSB Arts & Lectures A la luz de los esfuerzos de distanciamiento social, ¿cómo podemos hacer conexiones significativas y fomentar un intercambio cultural vibrante? Mientras que las opciones de inspiración y entretenimiento están cambiando, UCSB Arts & Lectures está trabajando para crear nuevas formas para que todos nos mantengamos conectados a través de las artes digitales y el contenido cultural. Únete a la lista de correo electrónico de UCSB Arts & Lectures en www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu para recibir nuevo contenido, clips del archivo de A&L, y una selección curada de artes e ideas, todo accesible en línea.

Museo de Arte de Santa Bárbara En el espíritu de apoyar el esfuerzo para salvaguardar el bienestar de la comunidad, el Museo de Arte de Santa Bárbara invita a la comunidad a mantenerse en contacto a través de Facebook, Instagram y YouTube para explorar la programación de videos gratuitos seleccionados de las conferencias, presentaciones, y actividades artísticas del Museo.


Reserva Arroyo Hondo: acceso a la naturaleza durante COVID-19

social y reservaciones anticipadas. La apertura de los miércoles están sujetos a cambios dependiendo de la adhesión de la comunidad a las prácticas de distanciamiento social y la evolución de los requisitos del CDC y del gobierno para la salud y seguridad pública. Haz tu reservación en www.sblandtrust.org Practica lo siguiente para mantener la comunidad saludable y la Reserva Arroyo Hondo abierta durante las órdenes del Make your reservation to visit the Arroyo Hondo Preserve on Wednesdays from 10am to gobernador: 1pm while adhering to social distancing practices • Mantén una distancia de 6 pies de Haz tu reservación para visitar la Reserva Arroyo Hondo los miércoles de 10am a todos los visitantes en los senderos 1pm mientras que adhiriendo a las prácticas de distanciamiento social en todo momento, excluyendo a los miembros de tu hogar. • NO compartas el viaje en automóvil. miembros y el público en las próximas semanas, incluso Limita el tamaño del grupo a los de tu hogar y solo permite a través de sus páginas de Facebook e Instagram, donde que un miembro del hogar conduzca. publicará actualizaciones periódicas, incluyendo videos y fotos, • Lávate las manos con frecuencia. Encuentra una estación conversaciones comunitarias y más. www.sbbg.org de lavado de manos al lado del granero y las instalaciones sanitarias. • No use mesas de picnic en este momento. • No se permiten mascotas en la reserva. Courtesy photos

¡Vamos a compartir la música!

SBNature desde casa El Museo de Historia Natural de Santa Bárbara ha lanzado SBNature From Home (SBNature desde casa), una colección cuidadosamente seleccionada de formas de conectarte con la ciencia y la naturaleza durante el cierre. A través del museo virtual, los visitantes pueden explorar cómo conectarse con el mundo natural desde la comodidad de su propio hogar. SBMNH espera inspirar, educar, cautivar y entretener a sus visitantes virtuales. La página SBNature desde casa está organizada por actividades que la comunidad puede realizar al aire libre, en sus casas o en línea. Se recomienda a los visitantes que vuelvan a consultar con frecuencia ya que continuamente agregarán www.sbnature.org/visit/sbnature-from-home contenido nuevo.

El Jardín Botánico de SB ahora está cerrado

En un esfuerzo por crear más oportunidades para que la comunidad se mantenga activa al aire libre de manera responsable, el Land Trust del Condado de SB abrirá la Reserva Arroyo Hondo los miércoles de 10am a 1pm para recorridos autoguiados. Se requieren prácticas de distanciamiento

El Jardín Botánico de Santa Bárbara cerró debido a la orden de estadía en el hogar en todo el estado. A la luz de este cierre, el Jardín explorará nuevas formas de conectarse con sus

Introducing SB Public Library Delivers! Since you’re not able to visit the library, Santa Barbara Public Library staff has spent the last few days developing a way to bring library materials to you! SBPL Delivers is a new service allowing patrons to request books or other library materials that the Library delivers to you via USPS media mail. Shipping is generously funded by the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation. Learn more about their support for the Library and how to contribute at https://sblibraryfoundation.org. To request a delivery, fill out a form for adult materials and/ or a form for children’s materials. Teens may use either form. Adult requests: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/ e/1FAIpQLSdmzFh_OU7trklfy29_L02MHu3aKqF6cJx5GLyS lKiLXz6eJA/viewform

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Como no puedes visitar la biblioteca, el personal de la Biblioteca Pública de Santa Bárbara ha pasado los últimos días desarrollando una forma para llevarle a miembros de comunidad los materiales de la biblioteca a su hogar. SBPL Delivers (SBPL Entrega) es un nuevo servicio que permite a los usuarios solicitar libros u otros materiales de la biblioteca que la Biblioteca les entrega a través del correo de medios de USPS. El envío está financiado generosamente por la Fundación de la Biblioteca Pública de Santa Bárbara. Obtén más información sobre tu apoyo a la Biblioteca y cómo contribuir en https://sblibraryfoundation.org. Para solicitar una entrega, complete un formulario para materiales para adultos y / o un formulario para materiales para niños. Los adolescentes pueden usar cualquier forma.

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City of Carpinteria Will Take Over Rincon Bluffs Preserve

Escrow is closing on “priceless” Land Trust property


By Melinda Burns / Contributor

Photos by Melinda Burns

HE RINCON BLUFFS PRESERVE, a scenic oceanfront property zoned for a destination resort at the eastern edge of Carpinteria, is slated to be transferred this week to the city and managed forever as public open space. The city is expected to close escrow on Friday on the 22-acre preserve at the junction of Carpinteria Avenue and Highway 150, purchasing it for $945,000 from the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, a nonprofit preservationist group. “This is much more than a local park: this is a regional treasure,” Matt Roberts, Carpinteria’s parks and recreation director, said this week. “It’s a very significant addition to the nature and trail network in Carpinteria.” On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors approved the final $145,000 for the purchase; the money comes from funds that offshore oil and gas projects provide for coastal resource enhancement. The state Coastal Conservancy and Natural Resources Agency contributed the remaining $800,000. With the Rincon Bluffs in hand, With the Rincon Bluffs in hand, the city hopes to nearly Roberts said, the city hopes nearly to complete a five-mile public trail from the Carpinteria complete a five-mile public hiking and Salt Marsh to Rincon Beach, shown here. Anacapa biking trail from the Carpinteria Salt Island lies to the south. Marsh Reserve east through the city’s Tar Pits Park and Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve to the county’s Rincon Beach Park. Ted Rhodes, president of Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, a nonprofit group that was formed in 1996, said he felt fortunate to live in a small town with so much parkland. “Time and time again, Carpinterians A view of the Santa Ynez Mountains from the Rincon demonstrate how much they value Bluffs Preserve. open space and this beautiful natural environment that we live in,” he said. “The community remains very strong about saving more of the bluffs.” At the close of escrow on Friday, the city will convey a conservation easement to the Land Trust, ensuring that the Rincon Bluffs can never be developed. The Trust purchased the property in 2017 for $6 million with county and state grants and local donations. With a conservation easement, the land is worth much less – but to the community, Roberts said, “It’s priceless.” For decades, Carpinterians fought off developers’ proposals for hotels, business parks, housing tracts, and oil refineries on the bluffs. Arturo Tello, a Carpinteria landscape painter and former president of the citizens’ group, recalled this week how more than 3,000 donors, many of them schoolchildren and businesses armed only with collection cans, helped save the 52-acre Bluffs Nature Preserve. The property was purchased by the Land Trust in 1998 for $3.9 million, and the city took ownership in 2000. More than 1,400 individual donors stepped up to help save the Rincon Bluffs. For Carpinterians, Tello said, it’s all been “like winning the lottery, for sure.” “Let’s not look at this as an opportunity to own something,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to give ourselves to something sacred. I have a firm belief that we can consecrate a place, and the way we do that is with our attention, our love, and our presence.” Tello said he paints on the bluffs “any day I can get out there,” using the eucalyptus trees and dirt paths as a foreground for the shifting light that plays on the land and the sea. “This place is brimming with life,” Tello added. In addition to a trail, the city plans to build a visitor parking lot, restroom, outdoor amphitheater, and coastal overlooks at the Rincon Bluffs, Roberts said. Non-native vegetation will be replaced with native plants such as coastal sage and coastal scrub. The Land Trust will monitor and enforce the terms of the conservation easement. A $1 million endowment provided by the Trust will help fund the improvements. In all, the land generally known as the Carpinteria Bluffs covers about 150 acres east of City Hall. Private property there includes a golf driving range, a corporate office campus, and a former Chevron oil and gas processing plant that is being decommissioned. “There might be opportunities to strengthen this coastal open space network in the future,” Roberts said. This oil painting by Arturo Tello, a past president of Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, shows the Rincon Bluffs Preserve, looking east toward the Casitas Pier.

Melinda Burns is a freelance journalist based in Santa Barbara.

March 27, 2020

Harbor VOICE

A Dose of Deep Blue


By Sigrid Toye, Special to VOICE

ESPITE THE FACT THAT SEEMINGLY EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED in our world today, just a ride down Santa Barbara’s Cabrillo Boulevard on a brisk, clear day is a reminder that some things never do! The palm lined boulevard, the Spring rain infused lawns, and the fresh clean air was a reminder that Mother Nature continues to bestow beauty even in the most difficult of times. The great expanse of the ocean beyond framed by the Channel Islands is a reminder that there are constants despite the short term upheavals apparent to those of us who live on the land. That particular day, I’d been out for a little sojourn in the beautiful sunny weather in anticipation of a week of rain ahead. Also, I’ll have to admit, I was curious. Were all Californians honoring the mandate to remain at home to avoid contact with others and crowds of more than ten while still maintaining a distance of six feet? Just that one sentence is a whole mouthful (even on my computer) and hard to swallow. Choosing to let my vehicle decide the best route to find the answer, my car decided to head left toward the open gate of Stearns Wharf, and the answer came quickly once its tires hit the boards. The length of the pier, usually filled with pedestrians and cars, was virtually empty. On the side of the shuttered Harbor Restaurant, one poor soul stood looking confused, then finally headed in the direction of the ice cream store and candy shop with open doors across the way. I noticed that the Palm Reader’s door was also open with someone in the waiting room… perhaps seeking a little certainty in uncertain times? It was open season on parking spots, so I decided to pick and choose one and hop out to take a picture – or two. Curious as to the things I chose to photograph, but the maximum 20 limit on the boat ramp caught my attention in a big hurry. That’s ten more than is allowed today – anywhere! Whew! Arriving at the end of the wharf, there was some action on the East side under the umbrellas: people enjoying ‘take out’ seafood from the seafood market open for business as usual. Beyond them, toward the eastern coastline, a few joyriders were scooting about on their jet-skis having a terrific time, only a few, but enough to make me happy watching them. Biscuit, my Jack Russell and I walked to the end of the pier to appreciate the panorama of the rambling coastline with an unobstructed view. A few deep breaths and the calming blue of the ocean gave me pause. Modern life and information technology moves faster than our ability to process it… let me rephrase that, than my brain can process it! And now things have quieted down. Could it be that there might be a gift hidden inside this time away from our normal routines? Perhaps this slowdown is an opportunity for reconnection with what’s truly meaningful: family, friends, and being part of a greater community... the human community. Monopoly boards and decks of cards are being rediscovered, families with kids whose schedules send them in different directions are joined together at the dinner table once again, and young and old are finding their way to creative projects and new ideas with the lack of distracting noise. Things pushed aside are now front and center. My shelf in the garage is currently in extra fine shape with supplies dated 1998 thrown out with the trash! Keep busy, stay healthy, and remember that the Channel Islands and our beautiful coastline await us for renewal every day – of course, at a distance of six feet!

Sigrid Toye volunteers for the Breakwater Flag Project. She is on the board of directors of the Maritime Museum and participates in Yacht Club activities. An educational/behavior therapist, Sigrid holds a Ph.D in clinical psychology. She loves all things creative, including her two grown children who are working artists. Send Harbor tips to: Itssigrid@gmail.com

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Strategies for Self-Care with Social Isolation Submitted by Suzanne Grimmesey, MFT, SB County Department of Behavioral Wellness


S HUMAN BEINGS, we are wired to be socially connected with others. In fact, there are many positive physical and mental health benefits from being connected to others. Conversely, social isolation can carry concerns for emotional impact. However, there are many strategies to lesson negative emotional impact and even positive opportunities which may not otherwise have occurred. Sources of stress for people who are isolated or distanced socially include decreased sensory stimulation, limited social support, and lack of access to standard coping strategies, such as spiritual or religious practices or exercising outdoors. These things, along with missing work and other obligations, can trigger a powerful sense of losing control. People who are quarantined may experience feelings of stigmatization in addition to feelings people who are socially isolated as a prevention strategy have. People who are socially isolated can experience: • • • • •

Increased symptoms of anxiety and depression Fear Abandonment Loneliness The emotional and physical impact of lack of exercise

Coping strategies include keeping oneself connected to both information as well as people, virtually. Maintenance of these connections virtually can aid in empowerment and help to reduce risks associated with social isolation and quarantine. Staying informed is a powerful tool for stress management. Other strategies for coping with social isolation include: • • • • • • • •


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Practicing mindfulness and relaxation exercises Stay connected by phone and electronically Keep current connections strong Stay informed through reliable sources Eat healthy and drink plenty of water Take on a home project, paint that wall that you have been thinking about Work in the garden Get outside - go for walks, runs and hikes (maintain social distancing)

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Council Approves Rent Deferral and Eviction Moratorium Ordinance By Mark M. Whitehurst, PhD, VOICE


REATING A SAFETY NET FOR RENTERS, Santa Barbara City Council approved a rent deferral and eviction moratorium for the city. The emergency ordinance has guidelines allowing tenants to defer rents for two months and calls for landlords and tenants to negotiate repayment. It was enacted at a special council meeting on March 24th. “Over the past week, along with my colleagues, I have evolved my thinking on how to protect our tenants but also not to put undue hardship on landlords that have expenses coming up,” stated Eric Friedman, city council member during the emergency hearing. The council created the safety net ordinance in response to the loss of thousands of local jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic and a state policy requiring people to shelter in place. This, and the closure of businesses, has caused concern for how and if rents will be paid under these circumstances. Both the city and the county unanimously approved ordinances to defer rents and stop evictions on March 24th. “If a tenant who has invoked the protections of this ordinance and received a rent deferral wishes to terminate their tenancy, all deferred rent or lease payments shall be immediately due and payable to the owner… upon the effective date of termination,” commented Ariel Calonne, city attorney, when describing the owners’ rights included in the ordinance. In Santa Barbara, but not the county, tenants

City Attorney Ariel Calonne during the council meeting

are required to show proof of financial hardship to landlords as it relates to the coronavirus pandemic. Tenants must also notify landlords before the 20th of April and May regarding their inability to pay that month’s rent. No late fees will be added to the repayment plans. The new city ordinance is to expire in two months. Comments from the public were phoned into the council meeting with most callers representing landlords who explained to the council they too are often were month-to-month and had lots more expenses than just mortgages and insurance to cover. The callers ranged from small income properties to large corporations. The Council Chambers in City Hall were closed to the general public, but open to Council members, staff, and members of the media.

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We have made a few changes to our dinner to go program in an effort to better serve the community in these uncertain times. As always, prepared meals are being offered for pick up Monday through Friday between the hours of 12noon and 6pm. We have also introduced a limited delivery option available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Deliveries will be left at your door between the hours of 3pm and 5pm. In an effort to work more efficiently, with food safety as our primary objective, all meals (pick-up and delivery) will be packaged for you to reheat at home.

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Poetic VOICE Eleven Pounds of Honey A Gift of Poetry


I would have wished for you if I had known how — W.S. Merwin

’VE OFTEN THOUGHT THAT ALL POEMS ARE LOVE POEMS and sharing them sweet court and spark. A poem is a brave, trembling, loud, whispering, prayer to connect—a toss of the heart to ears and lips while longing for the dear answer. Sometimes the muse presents a gift so extravagant both poet and reader burst into blossom—“I love honey” you say, and discover an eleven pound jar of tupelo. In days of isolation, poets employ social media for readings, telephone with a poem, write letters citing work. From her book, Of Gravity and Angels (1988), Jane Hirshfield posts— For What Binds Us There are names for what binds us: strong forces, weak forces. Look around, you can see them: the skin that forms in a half-empty cup, nails rusting into the places they join, joints dovetailed on their own weight. The way things stay so solidly wherever they’ve been set down— and gravity, scientists say, is weak. And see how the flesh grows back across a wound, with a great vehemence, more strong than the simple, untested surface before. There’s a name for it on horses, when it comes back darker and raised: proud flesh, as all flesh is proud of its wounds, wears them as honors given out after battle, small triumphs pinned on the chest— And when two people have loved each other see how it is like a scar between their bodies, stronger, darker, and proud; how the black cord makes of them a single fabric that nothing can tear or mend. And so brief, infinite, Jane’s lament for “L.B. (1950-2004)” from After (2006), this love—

Red Scarf The red scarf still hangs over the chair back. In its fold, like a perfume that cannot be quite remembered, inconceivable before. Kindly cooped up as we are now, I turned to Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz, Jane’s great friend, and his extravagant anthology, A Book Of Luminous Things (1996), which includes his own thoughts on each poem. I found this by Wayne Dodd, a love poem to air and to us— Of Rain And Air All day I have been closed up inside rooms, speaking of trivial matters. Now at last I have come out into the night, myself a center of darkness. Beneath the clouds the low sky glows with scattered light. I can hardly think this is happening. Here in this bright absence of day, I feel myself opening out with contentment. All around me the soft rain is whispering of thousands of feet of air invisible above us.

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Dan Gerber conceived the title poem of A Primer on Parallel Lives (2007) from inside. His life-long friend, Jim Harrison, kept it taped to his computer “wondering how he did it.” A Primer on Parallel Lives Bees and sprinklers employ the silence, and a horse screaming over the hill. According to Euclid, Hades has no depth, no echoes, no valleys, no heart’s embrace. Now the faintest curve of a sycamore begins to shine through the fog, and the window we look out of becomes the frame in which we’re displayed. Rolf Jacobsen of Norway (1907-1994) has a guardian angel for all of us, from Rolf Jacobsen: Twenty Poems (1977) translated by Robert Bly— Guardian Angel I am the bird that flutters against your window in the morning, and your closest friend, whom you can never know, blossoms that light up for the blind. I am the glacier shining over the woods, so pale, and heavy voices from the cathedral tower. The thought that suddenly hits you in the middle of the day and makes you feel so fantastically happy. I am the one you have loved for many years. I walk beside you all day and look intently at you and put my mouth against your heart though you’re not aware of it. Charles Simic provided me with one of the most delightful and profound personal encounters of my life after I simply passed on a greeting to him from his friend Dan Gerber. He signed his book for me, Scribbled In The Dark (2017), and read this so fine right-at-home-love-poem— The Saint The woman I love is a saint Who deserves to have People falling on their knees Before her in the street Asking for her blessing. Instead, here she is on the floor, Hitting a mouse with a shoe As tears run down her face. And maybe he peeked out a window and witnessed this sweet little moment— In Someone’s Backyard What a pretty sight To see two lovers drink wine and kiss, A dog on his hind legs Begging for scraps. Olav Hauge (1908-1994), was a contemporary of Jacobsen—also Norwegian though a rustic recluse who wrote in the indigenous nynorsk rather than the high-falutin Danish-based bokmål of the intelligentsia. Hauge may have died completely unknown as a result, but his mind’s large grasp thrummed wide from his isolation on his acre of apples up north. Much to his surprise, late in life, Bodil fell in love with him and sent him gifts in the mail, like we do. In this poem he mentions Wang Wei (701-761 c.e.), one of several immortal poets of China to whom he’s been compared— To A Lady Who Sent Me A Record Of Bach And Handel What would Wang Wei have done if you’d sent him a record of Bach and Handel? He’d have played the sonatas over and over in his hut by Wang River in Chungnan and dreamt himself away to his white clouds. Then he’d have made a poem and sent it to you. It would have pleased not only you but posterity as well. My poem, it’ll be only you, Bodil, who’ll read it. Richard Jarrette—author of Beso the Donkey (2010), A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dances (2015), The Beatitudes of Ekaterina (2017), The Pond (2019), and Strange Antlers (2021).

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Community News Five Local Students Win Elks “Hoop Shoot”


AMILY, FRIENDS, VOLUNTEERS, AND WELL-WISHERS filled the George Ben Page Youth Center recently to watch as 21 finalists from ten local schools participated in the Leroy Jeffers Memorial Hoop Shoot 38th Annual Play-off contest. 424 students (156 girls and 268 boys) from ten local schools originally took part in this year’s event. The 24 finalists, including three girls and 21 boys, came together to compete for first place in each age group. Following the contest, five First Place winners were announced and trophies were recently presented at this year’s Hoop Shoot Awards dinner. Congratulations to: Girls, Age 8-9: Juliana Horton, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School; Boys, Age 8-9: Blake Lee, Foothill School; Boys, Age 10-11: Jadin Lin, Foothill School; Girls, Age 12-13: Cate Bishop, Foothill School; and Boys, Age 12-13: Carlos Ruvalcaba, La Patera School. The winners were eligible to compete at the Elks District contest in Santa Maria, where Juliana Horton placed Third and Blake Lee placed Second in their age groups. Over 52 Elks Hoop Shoot volunteers conducted the preliminary contests at ten local schools, donating 86 volunteer hours of time.

San Marcos High Wins County Mock Trial


HE ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION CAME TO A CLOSE ON FEBRUARY 29TH at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. After a closely contested final round, San Marcos High School emerged victorious, narrowly edging out the Dos Pueblos High School team. San Marcos move on to represent Santa Barbara County at the state competition. The competition, which is currently in its 37th year, is sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office with the support of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. It takes place over two successive weekends at the Courthouse, with nearly 60 local attorneys from private law firms, the district attorney’s office, and the public defender’s office serving as volunteer scorers. Six teams from five public and private Santa Barbara County high schools competed over the course of the trials, acting as both prosecution and defense on a case developed by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. The participating schools were Carpinteria, Dos Pueblos, Laguna Blanca, San Marcos, and Santa Barbara High Schools. The San Marcos team was coached by Luke Ohrn, Hilary Dozer, and Jim Krieger. The county bar association donated a check for the winning team to travel to the state competition. The law firm, Rogers, Sheffield, and Campbell, LLP, also donated medals that were awarded at the end of the first round of competition to 28 students for their exceptional performance.

Taylor & Syfan Grows By One


AGE SHINGLE P.E., S.E., has joined the structural design team at Taylor & Syfan Consulting Engineers. Formerly with Van Sande Structural Consultants, Inc. and KPFF Consulting Engineers, Shingle has more than 16 years of experience in analysis, design, and project management of building structures. Over the years, Shingle has worked on a variety of building types including residences, educational institutions, public community centers, and healthcare facilities. He has a passion for community development on both a personal and professional level as he founded a local chapter of the nationally recognized Sage Shingle P.E., S.E. ACE Mentor Program and has contributed to several projects with local community impact including Santa Ynez High School’s modernization, the conversion of 1001 State St. from retail to office space, and seismic evaluation projects for UCSB. Shingle is excited to join the team at Taylor & Syfan and to continue working to bring excellent structural design and services to the Santa Barbara area. Taylor & Syfan has been an engaged member of the local engineering community for over 26 years, providing the coast of California with high-quality structural design services. The company has been involved in Santa Barbara’s community development, working on a variety of local projects such as the MOXI Museum, Hotel Californian, Paseo Chapala, and various structures at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

A Life of Words


Scholar Shirley Geok-lin Lim honored for her distinguished career as a poet, writer and academic By Jim Logan / The UC Santa Barbara Current


desk. Looking at me he says, ‘Shirley, write your memoir. It’s going to make you famous.’ I never forgot that he gave me permission.” Helgerson was correct, of course. Among the White Moon Faces is still read widely and studied in schools across the country. Lim’s poetry continues to resonate as well. Her poem Learning to Love America became something of a touchstone after the 9/11 attacks, and the band U2 projected it at concerts for years.

ARLY ON, SHIRLEY GEOK-LIN LIM’S PROSPECTS SEEMED BLEAK. One of six children born to ethnic Chinese in Malaysia near the end of World War II, her childhood was a swirl of poverty and dislocation. She had one advantage, however: She was smart, and her father, who took care of the family after her mother abandoned them, encouraged her academic pursuits. Fast-forward to today, and Giving Back Lim, a professor emerita of If Lim has been fortunate English at UC Santa Barbara, is to have angels on her side, an acclaimed poet, writer, and she’s also helped countless scholar. Her memoir, Among students along the way. The the White Moon Faces, won the Journal of Transnational American Book Award, and her Shirley Geok-lin Lim American Studies is just one collections of poems, literature, example. and scholarly works comprise only some of the One day she was having dinner with Shelley beloved highlights of a life in words. Fisher Fishkin, a professor of English at Stanford, And the tributes keep coming. The Journal and a few of her graduate students, including Eric of Transnational American Studies, which she coMartinsen and Caroline Hong. Fishkin bemoaned founded in 2009, dedicated part of its most recent the lack of a transnational American studies issue to eight peer-reviewed papers examining journal, something Lim had been talking about her poetry. Published on the occasion of her 75th for years. birthday, the issue also includes new poetry by Martinsen and Hong piped up: “Why don’t Lim. we start one online?” Fishkin loved the idea, but “When they told me they were going to do Lim was nearing retirement and knew an online this, I wasn’t sure I believed them because [the journal would be a lot of work. The grad students, papers have] to be peer reviewed blind,” she said. though, volunteered to do all the work. “But when it came out, I was really overwhelmed.” “And I thought to myself,” Lim said, “‘These What’s more, The Feminist Press — which graduate students, if they take on that work, they published her memoir, the novel Joss and Gold will get a job, just like that.’ And as soon as they and the collection Two Dreams: Short Stories — finished their Ph.Ds., they landed good jobs. plans to honor Lim with a Lifetime Achievement There’s no doubt about that.” Award at its 2020 Gala. (The event has been Martinsen is an associate professor of English postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.) at Ventura College and Hong is an associate professor of English at Queens College in New Mentors and Benefactors Lim is quick to note that she has been blessed York. “And so I think my agenda — it sounds so with good mentors and people who believed in unscholarly — to get my two graduate students her — even if she didn’t share their faith at the well-situated, has succeeded,” Lim said. time. “You know,” she said, “when the luck comes, Write and Believe you must be ready to accept it, to see it and take For aspiring writers, Lim has simple advice: advantage of that opportunity.” Believe in yourself, push yourself, and be open to Enter Florence Howe, the publisher at opportunity. Feminist Press, whom she encountered at a “If you have this belief that you are capable of meeting of the Modern Language Association doing something, you need to explore it,” she said. in the 1990s. Howe had read a number of Lim’s “You might very well fail; lots of people fail. But at creative nonfiction essays. least you would have failed well.” “She said to me, ‘Shirley, I want you to write Young writers, she said, would do well to your memoir for us.’ ” consider Alfred Lord Tennyson’s words about At the time, Lim had just started at UCSB having loved and lost. and had a fellowship to write a book of criticism. “It is better to have tried to be the writer you She told Howe she didn’t see how she could do want to be than never to have tried it all,” she said. a memoir. The publisher wasn’t having it, and “So forget about love. But for writing, it’s a very introduced her to the late Tillie Olsen, one of the hard road. It’s a very hard road. And much of it great early feminist writers. has nothing to do with talent. A lot of it has to do “She brought Tillie to me, and said, ‘Tillie, with timing. A lot of it has to be to do with luck.” this is Shirley. Shirley is going to write a memoir Lim added,“So you have to have to believe in for us,’” Lim recalled. “And I thought, ‘You know, I yourself. And if you’re lucky, the timing is right, have to do it. ’” you find a community, you have a supportive That brought her to the late Richard partner, like I do. If I hadn’t had such a supportive Helgerson, a professor of English at UCSB and partner, I don’t think I’d be where I am now. I was chair of the department. very lucky in that way. That’s why I’m so grateful “I went to see Richard,” Lim recounted, “and to so many of the people who have intervened I said, ‘I’ve got this fellowship. I’m going to write when I needed an intervention to give me a hand the critical book, but Florence Howe wants me up. Who believed in me when I wasn’t sure of my to write this memoir. What am I to do? I can’t own belief in myself.” do both.’ And Richard was in his office as the Printed with permission of UCSB Office of Public chair of the department, you know, at his big Affairs and Communications Photo courtesy UC Santa Barbara

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La importancia del distanciamiento social durante las vacaciones de primavera para prevenir la propagación de COVID-19


Importance of Social Distancing During Spring Break to Prevent Spread of COVID-19


T IS CRITICAL FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING to slow the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus. As of yesterday, t he Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has confirmed a total of 18 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county. Residents are urged to stay home as much as possible, except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, go to an essential job, or exercise alone or with family . It’s important to maintain a six-foot distance at all times with others. Do not crowd together at parks, beaches or trails. Strict practice of social distancing will lead to less exposure of the virus and infecting fewer people, ultimately helping our community emerge from this public health crisis sooner than later. Individuals at any age are susceptible to the virus and can pass it along to others even without showing symptoms. Please share this advice with your family, friends, and co-workers as it will take a full community effort to limit the spread of the virus. What you can do: • Shop for groceries while maintaining 6 feet of distance between yourself and others • Go for a walk or hike, maintaining 6 feet of distance between yourself and others • Work/Play in your yard • Go to the pharmacy, bank, post office, laundromat, or gas station • Pick up or delivery of foods What you cannot do: • Go to work, unless you provide essential services as defined by the order • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need • Travel to or from a job outside the area, unless to perform essential services • Travel to or from a vacation home outside of the area • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility • Play dates and sleep-overs • Visit bars and sit-down restaurants, concerts, events, theater, cinemas For information on frequently asked questions about social distancing visit: https://covid19.ca.gov Updates on Community Services • Your drinking water remains safe from COVID-19. The water the community has always relied on for drinking, cooking, and bathing continues to be safe and reliable. The City’s water system is built and operated using the latest treatment technology to effectively remove and disinfect all viruses, including COVID-19. • The Santa Barbara Police Department encourages social distancing but urge residents to save 9-1-1 for emergencies, not to report lack of social distancing. • Flushable wipes are not flushable, as they can clog sewer pipes and lead to unwanted sewer back-ups and overflows. • The City has closed Skater’s Point, and all playgrounds in City parks. In addition, Franceschi Park, Hilda McIntyre Ray Park, and Skofield Park are now closed. Other parks remain open sunrise to one half hour after sunset. • Santa Barbara Golf Club is closed. • MTD will reduce bus service, provide free fixed-route bus services, and change passenger loading protocol. • Flight schedules at the Santa Barbara Airport continue to change. Check with your airline for updated information. • Cruise ships are canceled through the fall. • The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County needs volunteers to safely provide food to meet increased community need. The City of Santa Barbara offers many services. For details visit www.santabarbaraca.gov

S CRÍTICO QUE TODO MIEMBRO DE LA COMUNIDAD PRACTIQUE EL DISTANCIAMIENTO SOCIAL para reducir la propagación del virus COVID-19 que es altamente contagioso. Hasta ayer, el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Bárbara ha confirmado un total de 18 casos positivos de COVID-19 en el condado. Se les urge a los residentes quedarse en casa lo más posible, excepto para obtener alimentos, cuidar a un pariente o amigo, obtener atención médica necesaria, ir a un trabajo esencial o hacer ejercicio solo o con la familia. Es importante mantener una distancia de seis pies con los demás en todo momento. No se junten de grupo en los parques, playas o caminos. La práctica estricta del distanciamiento social resultará en una menor exposición al virus e infectará a menos personas, lo que últimamente ayudará a nuestra comunidad a salir de esta crisis de salud pública más temprano que tarde. Las personas de toda edad son susceptibles al virus y pueden transmitirlo a otros incluso aún sin mostrar síntomas. Comparte este consejo con tu familia, amigos y compañeros de trabajo, ya que tomará un esfuerzo comunitario completo para limitar la propagación del virus. Lo que puedes hacer: • Comprar alimentos mientras mantengas una distancia de 6 pies entre tu y los demás • Salir a caminar o hacer una excursión, manteniendo 6 pies de distancia entre usted y los demás • Trabajar / jugar en tu yarda • Ir a la farmacia, banco, oficina de correo, lavandería o gasolinera • Recoger o pedir por entrega comida de restaurantes Lo que no puedes hacer: • Ir a trabajar, a menos que proveas servicios esenciales definidos por la orden • Visitar a tus amigos y familiares si no hay una necesidad urgente • Viajar hacia o desde un trabajo fuera del área, a menos que realices servicios esenciales • Viajar hacia o desde una casa de vacaciones fuera del área • Visitar a tus seres queridos en el hospital, asilos de ancianos, centro de enfermería especializada u otro centro de atención residencial • Citas para jugar de niños, o pijamadas • Visitar bares, conciertos, eventos, teatro, cines y sentarte a comer en un restaurante Para información sobre preguntas frecuentes del distanciamiento social visita: https://covid19.ca.gov Actualizaciones a los servicios comunitarios • Tu agua potable permanece a salvo del COVID-19. El agua en la que siempre ha confiado la comunidad para beber, cocinar y bañarse sigue siendo segura y confiable. El sistema de agua de la ciudad se construye y opera utilizando la última tecnología de tratamiento para eliminar y desinfectar eficazmente todos los virus, incluyendo COVID-19. • El Departamento de Policía de Santa Bárbara apoya la práctica del distanciamiento social, y urge a los residentes a guardar llamadas al 9-1-1 para emergencias, no para informar la falta de distanciamiento social. • Las toallitas desechables no se pueden tirar por el inodoro, ya que pueden obstruir las tuberías del drenaje y provocar desbordamientos no deseados. • La Ciudad ha cerrado Skater’s Point y todos los parques infantiles en los parques de la Ciudad. Además, los parques Franceschi, Hilda McIntyre Ray y Skofield ahora están cerrados. Otros parques permanecen abiertos desde la salida del sol hasta media hora después de la puesta del sol. • Santa Barbara Golf Club está cerrado. • MTD reducirá el servicio de autobús, proveerá servicios gratuitos de ruta fija y cambiará el protocolo de carga de pasajeros. • Los horarios de vuelos en el aeropuerto de Santa Bárbara continúan cambiando. Consulta con tu aerolínea para obtener información actualizada. • Los cruceros se han cancelado hasta el otoño. • El Banco de Alimentos del Condado de Santa Bárbara necesita voluntarios para proveer alimentos de manera segura para satisfacer la creciente necesidad de la comunidad. La ciudad de Santa Bárbara ofrece muchos servicios. Para más detalles visita www.santabarbaraca.gov

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Silver Linings and Lemonade By David Selberg, CEO Hospice of SB

Un rayo de esperanza y limonada

to manage the emotions and complications that go with serious illness and grief, they HE ANXIETY THAT WE ARE now are faced with these added stressors. ALL FEELING RIGHT NOW IS Grief doesn’t step aside for other issues. It APPROPRIATE. It probably doesn’t is crucial that we find meaningful ways to help that we are all glued to the TV to connect in this time of ‘safe distancing.’ see and hear the latest on the Coronavirus. Additionally, we are With so many unanswered anticipating the fallout from questions and unpredictability, what could be a time of it’s only natural to get caught up increased illness and death in in the news cycles on cable TV our community because of the or with social media posts. It’s Virus. While we don’t yet know also understandable that we are what the impact will be, we are experiencing stress related to work proactively preparing for it with and finances in these uncertain our team of professionals, much times. as we did following the Thomas My message to you is we are David Selberg, Fire and Debris Flow and other all in the same boat and in this CEO Hospice of SB local disasters. Fortunately, or together. What I am advising unfortunately, we have learned a lot from past my family, friends, and colleagues is to...just tragedies and are, therefore, well positioned breathe. This too shall pass. to respond to any wave of loss While we are doing our due-diligence in our community and to scale in washing our hands and practicing social up or down accordingly. We distancing, see this as an opportunity. How will also address the need for often are we presented with free time to do community-wide support, that thing (or things) we’ve been putting off particularly for children who for years? are confused and frightened by So limit that repetitive noise and take the prospect of illness or death advantage of this abundance of time! Learn and all the unknowns that a new language, ride a bike, read some of come with COVID-19. It’s a lot those books that have been stacking up on for young minds to deal with. your shelf, start a vegetable garden, create But I do want to return deeper connections with your family, pull to the silver lining here out those board games or that deck of cards. – a chance to focus on what We are powerless to control this situation beyond what we can do for ourselves and our is most important in our lives and maybe even our own families, so let’s put our focus there. At Hospice of Santa Barbara, we are doing personal growth. To take this gift of time to reflect on and very much the same thing, controlling what rediscover who we are and is in our power. First and foremost, we took what we value. I have a immediate steps to help protect our staff, sense that we will come out on clients, patients, volunteers, and community the other end of this surreal members through social distancing. Those time stronger as individuals, at the highest risk are among the largest families, a community, nation, and world. demographic of people served by HSB. It’s Let’s be kind and gentle to one another and meant a pause in our face-to-face services make this a time of healing and introspection. which are so much a part of what we do. Things will get better and Hospice of Santa In light of this, we are making creative Barbara will be here, that I can promise, to adjustments to serve patients and clients. provide emotional and practical end of life We are looking at options including phone support to those who need it. and video counseling, telehealth, virtual community support groups, live-stream Be well, support, and the creation of emotional support videos. David Selberg The support we provide to our patients, CEO, Hospice of SB clients, and their families is more important now than ever because, in addition to having



Por David Selberg, CEO Hospice of SB

A ANSIEDAD QUE TODOS SENTIMOS AHORA ES APROPIADA. Probablemente no ayuda que todos estemos pegados a la televisión para ver y escuchar lo último sobre el Coronavirus. Con tantas preguntas sin respuesta e imprevisibilidad, es natural quedar atrapado en los ciclos de noticias en la televisión por cable o en publicaciones en las redes sociales. También es comprensible que estemos experimentando estrés relacionado con el trabajo y las finanzas en estos tiempos inciertos. Mi mensaje para ustedes es que todos estamos en el mismo barco y en esto juntos. Lo que les aconsejo a mi familia, amigos y colegas es que... solo respiren. Esto también pasará. Mientras hacemos nuestra debida diligencia para lavarnos las manos y practicar el distanciamiento social, veamos esto como una oportunidad. ¿Con qué frecuencia se nos presenta tiempo libre para hacer esa cosa (o cosas) que hemos estado posponiendo durante años? ¡Así que limita ese ruido repetitivo y aprovecha esta abundancia de tiempo! Aprende un nuevo idioma, anda en bicicleta, lee algunos de esos libros que se han estado acumulando en tu estante, empieza un huerto, crea conexiones más profundas con tu familia, saca esos juegos de mesa o esa baraja de cartas. Somos impotentes para controlar esta situación más allá de lo que podemos hacer por nosotros mismos y nuestras familias, así que vamos a enfocarnos allí. En Hospice of Santa Barbara, estamos haciendo lo mismo, controlando lo que está en nuestro poder. En primer lugar, tomamos medidas inmediatas para ayudar a proteger a nuestro personal, clientes, pacientes, voluntarios y miembros de la comunidad a través del distanciamiento social. Los que corren el mayor riesgo se encuentran entre el grupo demográfico más grande de personas atendidas por HSB.

Significa una pausa en nuestros servicios de cara a cara, que son parte de lo que hacemos. A la luz de esto, estamos haciendo ajustes creativos para atender a pacientes y clientes. Estamos buscando opciones que incluyen asesoramiento por teléfono y video, telesalud, grupos de apoyo de la comunidad virtual, soporte de transmisión en vivo y la creación de videos de apoyo emocional. El apoyo que brindamos a nuestros pacientes, clientes y sus familias es más importante ahora que nunca porque, además de tener que manejar las emociones y complicaciones que acompañan a enfermedades y penas graves, ahora se enfrentan a estos factores estresantes adicionales. El duelo no se hace a un lado por otros problemas. Es crucial que encontremos formas significativas de conectarnos en este momento de “distanciamiento seguro.” Además, anticipamos las consecuencias de lo que podría ser un momento de mayor enfermedad y muerte en nuestra comunidad debido al Virus. Si bien aún no sabemos cuál será el impacto, nos estamos preparando de manera proactiva para ello con nuestro equipo de profesionales, tal como lo hicimos después del incendio Thomas y flujo de escombros y otros desastres locales. Afortunadamente, o desafortunadamente, hemos aprendido mucho de las tragedias pasadas y, por lo tanto, estamos bien posicionados para responder a cualquier ola de pérdidas en nuestra comunidad y para aumentar o disminuir apoyo según la situación. También abordaremos la necesidad de apoyo en toda la comunidad, particularmente para los niños que están confundidos y asustados por la posibilidad de enfermedad o muerte y todas las incógnitas que vienen con COVID-19. Es mucho con que lidiar para las mentes jóvenes. Pero sí quiero volver al lado positivo aquí – una oportunidad para concentrarnos en lo que es más importante en nuestras vidas y tal vez incluso en nuestro propio crecimiento personal. Tomar este tiempo para reflexionar y redescubrir quiénes somos y qué valoramos. Tengo la sensación de que saldremos del otro lado de este tiempo surrealista más fuertes como individuos, familias, comunidad, nación y mundo. Seamos amables y gentiles el uno con el otro y hagamos de este un momento de curación e introspección. Las cosas mejorarán y Hospice of Santa Barbara estará aquí, lo prometo, para proporcionar apoyo emocional y práctico al final de la vida a aquellos que lo necesitan. Cuídate,

David Selberg CEO, Hospice of SB

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January’s new-home sales were already at a 12 and a half year high. It is pointing to housing market strength that could help to blunt any hit on the economy from the coronavirus and keep the longest economic expansion in history on track. Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes fell just two points to 72 in March, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Sentiment levels have held in a firm range in the low- to mid-70s for the past six months. “Builder confidence remains solid, although sales expectations for the next six months dropped four points on economic uncertainty stemming from the coronavirus. Interest rates remain low,” stated chief economist Robert Dietz, “and a lack of inventory creates market opportunities for single-family builders. However, down payment requirements are a limiting factor amid lower mortgage interest rates.” But a housing market that remains healthy depends on a recovering economy, and we don’t know when that may be. Estimates run from six months to 18 months, if job loss estimates go to the three million extreme end of forecasts. MarketWatch’s Jeffry Bartash reports a “flash” reading by the forecasting firm HIS Markit showed declines in its composite activity indexes. The manufacturing index slipped to 49.2 from 50.7, when anything below a reading of 50 indicates contraction. The flash service index sank to 39.1 in March from 49.4, marking the lowest level recorded since similar data became available in October 2009, IHS said. And it’s only going to get worse. “Although exports have suffered, most manufacturers continue to make necessary items, especially consumer goods for Americans stuck in their homes. Some large companies are even shifting production to help make critical medical equipment that’s in short supply,” said Bartash. Why? Interest rates are plunging to new lows as investors rush to safe-haven bonds, driving down conforming 30-year fixed interest rates to as low as three percent. This also caused refinance applications to surge more than 50 percent in a recent week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The housing market is in a holding pattern, in other words, with government aide a big factor, including directives not to evict renters behind in rent, or foreclose on homeowners behind in their payments for governmentinsured mortgages.

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HAT HAPPENS TO HOUSING WITH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC? It had been on the road to recovery with record low interest rates; so much so that single-family housing starts have been soaring since 2019 as more millennials have formed families and entered the housing market. But can this last? A recent LA Times survey of homebuilders showed that builders were continuing to complete projects and selling them online (sales offices have closed, so no onsite visits allowed by prospective buyers), but not starting new construction or buying new housing sites, until there is more certainty about the U.S. economy that could lose as many as three million jobs during the current downturn, according to some forecasts. HUD estimates there were 1.5 million housing starts in February and the three-month moving average for singlefamily construction is currently at a post-recession high. Single-family starts increased 6.7 percent to a 1,072,000 seasonally adjusted annual pace in February. Multifamily starts for units in 5+ unit properties declined 17 percent to a 508,000 annualized rate after a strong yet unsustainable start for 2020 for apartment construction. There’s a reason for the sky-high demand for housing, especially in California. Rents have soared 40 percent from 2000 to 2018, whereas incomes have risen just eight percent after inflation, according to UC Berkeley’s Turner Center for Housing Innovation. Surprisingly, housing may be one of those getting the most support from government—in part because there is already a severe housing shortage, which has put governments in charge of what has become the 1.3 million unit shortage of affordable housing for low income buyers in California, alone. California’s hopes to mitigate the shortage with last year’s six billion dollar housing bill to provide more affordable housing. The Census Bureau just reported sales of new U.S. singlefamily homes are up 14.3 percent from last February. And

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Celebrating Santa Barbara Artists & Art Destinations GALLERIES • STUDIOS • MUSEUMS • PUBLIC PLACES

CHANNING PEAKE GALLERY: Whit and Whimsy: Selections from the Collection of Michael and Nancy Gifford ~ Spring 2020 •105 E Anapamu • Mo-Fr 8-5pm • 805-568-3994.

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COLETTE COSENTINO ATELIER + GALLERY: Fine and decorative arts ~ Ongoing • 11 W Anapamu St • By Appt • 805-570-9863.


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MISA & MARTIN GALLERY: Contemporary Art • 619 State St •www.misa-artwork.com. MOXI, THE WOLF MUSEUM: Closed at this time • 805-770-5000.

CYPRESS GALLERY (Lompoc): Mystic ~ March 28 • 119 E Cypress Av • Tu-Su 12-4pm • 805-737-1129.

Due to the Governor’s Shelter in Place order and COVID-19 safety concerns, most galleries and art venues are closed. Before traveling anywhere, please call ahead. Note: For those wishing to explore art, many local Galleries and Museums offer on-line exhibitions. Look for them online! 10 WEST GALLERY: Closed at this time • 805-770-7711. ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATION GALLERY: Meandering the Edges by Nathan Huff ~ May 6 • 229 E Victoria • Tu-Fr By Appt/Sa 1-4pm • 805-965-6307. ART, DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM, UCSB: Closed at this time • 805-893-2951. ART FROM SCRAP GALLERY: Closed at this time • 805-884-0459. ARTISTE GALLERY: Brown; LoCascio; Pratt; Luongo; Perez; Watanabe ~ Ongoing • 2948 Grand Av, #E, LO • Thurs-Sun 115:30pm • 805-686-2626. ARTS FUND GALLERY: Closed at this time • 805-965-7321. ATKINSON GALLERY @ SBCC: Closed at this time • 805-897-3484 • http://gallery. sbcc.edu.

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DISTINCTIVE FRAMING N’ ART: New work by Chris Potter ~ Ongoing • 1333 State St • Mo-Fr 10-5:30pm, Sa 10-4:30pm • 805-882-2108. ELIZABETH GORDON GALLERY: Contemporary art ~ Ongoing • 15 W Gutierrez St • Mo 11-2pm, Tu-Sa 11-5pm, Su 11-3pm • 805-963-1157. EL PRESIDIO DE SANTA BÁRBARA: Nihonmachi Revisited • Memorias y Facturas ~ Ongoing • $5/$4 • 123 E Canon Perdido • Daily 10:30-4:30pm • 805-965-0093. ELVERHØJ MUSEUM: Legacy of Decency: Rembrandt, Jews and Danes ~ May 24 • Around Town & Viking Exhibit ~ Ongoing • 1624 Elverhøj Wy, Solvang • $5 • We-Su 11-4pm • 805-686-1211. FAULKNER/SB PUBLIC LIBRARY GALLERIES: Closed at this time • 805-962-7653. GALLERIE SILO: Michael C. Armour ~ Ongoing • 118-B Gray Av • Th-Su 12-5pm & By Appt • 301-379-4669. GALLERY 113: Artist of the Month: Wendy Brewer, Journey to the Heart ~ Reflections and Renewal ~ 1114 State St, #8 La Arcada Ct • SB Art Assn • Mo-Sa 11-5pm/ Su 1-5pm • 805-965-6611. GALLERY 333: Closed at this time • 805-451-6919. GALLERY LOS OLIVOS: Color and Light ~ Mar 30 • 2920 Grand Av • Daily 10-5pm • 805-688-7517.


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CASA DE LA GUERRA: Haas Adobe Watercolors / Wallpaper Discoveries ~ Ongoing • 15 E De la Guerra St • $5/$4 • Tu-Su 12-4pm • 805-965-0093.

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LA CUMBRE CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS: Contemporary art • La Cumbre Plaza • Tu-Su, 12-6pm • lacumbrecenterforcreativearts@gmail.com

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PALM LOFT GALLERY: Poetry of the Earth: works by Kasandra Martell and Arturo Tello ~ Apr 12 • 410 Palm Av, Loft A1, Carp • By Appt • 805-684-9700.

GOOD CUP COFFEE HOUSE: Works by Sue Slater ~ April • 918 State Street • daily 7am-5pm • 805-965-5593.

KATHRYNE DESIGNS: Pedro de la Cruz, Ruth Ellen Hoag ~ Ongoing • 1225 Coast Village Rd, Suite A • Mo-Sa 10-5pm, Su115pm • 805-565-4700.

CABADAGRAY GALLERY: Recent Work by Stephanie Dotson ~ Mar 27 • Vita Art Center, 28 W. Main St, Ventura • We-Sa 10-4pm/By Appt • 805-644-9214.

MASON STREET STUDIOS: Paintings by Pedersen, Galzerano, Denbo, & Morrill ~ Ongoing • 121 E Mason St • Sa 12-5pm. MICHAELKATE INTERIORS & ART GALLERY: Contemporary Art & Interior Design • 132 Santa Barbara St • Mo-Sa 10-6pm, closed We, Su 11-5pm • 805-963-1411.

CORRIDAN GALLERY: Local Artists ~ Ongoing • 125 N Milpas • We-Sa 11-5pm • 805-966-7939.

MARY HEEBNER.COM @maryheebner by appointment 805.962.2497

MARCIA BURTT STUDIO: Spring ~ May 17 • 517 Laguna St • Th-Su 1-5pm • 805-962-5588.

LYNDA FAIRLY CARPINTERIA ARTS CENTER: Closed at this time • 805-684-7789; www.carpinteriaartscenter.org.

RODEO GALLERY & LOVEWORN: Motherland & Freedom! by Wallace • Artisan clothing • 11 Anacapa St • WeMo 12-7pm • 805-636-5611. SANSUM CLINIC LOWER LEVEL: The Art of Ballet II by Malcolm Tuffnell ~ Ongoing • 317 W Pueblo St • Mo-Th 8-5pm, Fr 8-12pm • 805-898-3070. SANTA BARBARA ART WORKS: Encouraging creativity for artists with disabilities • 28 E Victoria • 805-260-6705. SANTA BARBARA ARTS: Closed at this time • 805-884-1938.

Hedy Price Paley

MorningStar Studio

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STUDIO 121: Works by Irwin, Denzel, Uyesaka ~ Ongoing • 121 Santa Barbara St • By Appt • 805-722- 0635. SULLIVAN GOSS: AN AMERICAN GALLERY: Closed at this time • 805-730-1460. SYV HISTORICAL MUSEUM & CARRIAGE HOUSE: Closed at this time • 805-688-7889. UCSB LIBRARY: Closed at this time • www.library.ucsb.edu • 805-893-2478. VILLAGE FRAME & GALLERY: 1485 E Valley Rd #1 • 805-969-0524. WATERHOUSE GALLERY: Closed at this time • 805-962-8885. WESTMONT RIDLEY-TREE MUSEUM OF ART: Closed at this time • 805-565-6162. WILDLING MUSEUM: Starry Nights: Visions of the Night Sky ~ June 15 • 1511-B Mission Dr, Solvang • Mo, We, Th-Fr 115pm/Sa-Su 10-5pm • $5/Free/3rd Wed Free • 805-688-1082. YULIYA LENNON ART STUDIO: Traditional, atelier-style art studio • 1213 H State St • 805-886-2655.

SANTA BARBARA FINE ART: Oak Group Members & More - Schloss; Tello; Iwerks; Burtt; Drury ~ Ongoing • 1321 State St • Tu-Sa 11am-5pm • 805-845-4270. SANTA BARBARA TENNIS CLUB: Closed at this time • 805-682-4722. SB BOTANIC GARDEN: Closed at this time • 805-682-4726. SB HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Closed at this time • 805-966-1601. SB MARITIME MUSEUM: Closed at this time • 805-962-8404. SB MUSEUM OF ART: Closed at this time • 805-963-4364. SB MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: Closed at this time • 805-682-4711. SLINGSHOT: AN ALPHA ART FORUM: Closed at this time • 805-770-3878. SOLVANG ANTIQUES FINE ART GALLERY: 1693 Copenhagen Dr • Daily 10am-5pm • 805-686-2322. STATE GALLERY @ YOUTH INTERACTIVE: Closed at this time • 805-617-6421.

Ruth Ellen Hoag Resident Artist

GraySpace Gallery 805-689-0858


March 27, 2020

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Celebrate State ! STILL COMING!

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March 27, 2020

Foodbank Launches SAFE Food Net Providing “Essential Services” during California Lockdown


the rapidly growing home delivery initiative FFERING RELIEF, THE being undertaken. FOODBANK OF SANTA Others in the community who may BARBARA COUNTY continues its work to provide enough healthy need home delivery for any reason should food to everyone who needs it in Santa Barbara reach out to the Santa Barbara Public Health Department at www.publichealthsbc.org, County as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds. The www.211santabarbaracounty.org, or by Foodbank’s initiative is called Safe Access to calling 211. Food for Everyone (SAFE) Food Net. INCREASED NEED FOR FOOD: A SAFETY: With notification from visible, and staggering, increase in need for Governor Newsom that all of California is on food is evolving throughout the county. lockdown, the community may be assured Late last week, the Disaster Feeding that all Foodbank distributions and volunteer Plan Task Force convened for the first time. service fall into the sanctioned category of Member organizations reported the response “essential services” and community members they’ve seen to food may participate with the distribution. full support of the State Individuals may drop off Carpinteria Children’s of California, and the home-grown produce or Project usually provides Santa Barbara County food at a distribution Emergency Operations non-perishable foods at to 120 families, but Center, Public Health either of the Foodbank’s served 280 families last Department, and Sheriff’s regular warehouses. Wednesday. Salvation Department. Institutions and businesses Army reported seeing “We established with food to donate should more families in one day at the SAFE Food Net call (805) 967-5741 to arrange its Hollister Ave. location to emphasize to the for drop-off or pickup. than they usually see in community that all Foodbank operations are conducted under impeccable safety protocols, with strict adherence to CDC and County Public Health recommendations,” explained Erik Talkin, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County CEO. “The health, and most immediately the safety, of community members receiving food, our volunteers and partners, our drivers and our staff, is our utmost priority. The community can be confident in the safety and accessibility of all Foodbank operations.” Hand washing, sanitizer, disposable gloves, and social distancing are all employed meticulously in all Foodbank interactions. Of the 50 SAFE Food Net distributions the Foodbank is operating, nearly 20 brand new emergency drive-thru food distributions make receiving healthy food fast, easy, discreet, and extremely safe. Visiting community members answer three brief questions at the first stop: name, number in household, and whether this is the first time they’re receiving food this month. At the second stop, volunteers load food bags into the back of the vehicle, and recipients drive away with healthy groceries and fresh produce. HOME DELIVERY FOR SENIORS: Annually, the Foodbank serves 20,000 low-income seniors across the county. All of those enrolled in the Foodbank’s Brown Bag programs will receive food delivered to their homes. Due to senior quarantine recommendations, all seniors (60 and over, or 55 and over with a disability who selfcertify, no doctor’s note required) may call the Foodbank to sign up to receive SAFE Food Net healthy groceries and fresh produce at home: (805) 967-5741. Individual volunteer drivers may sign up for home delivery routes; bags are left on doorsteps. In addition to its corps of individual volunteer drivers, the Foodbank is partnering with the following local organizations to implement home deliveries: Community Partners in Caring in Santa Maria, Family Services Agency in Lompoc, and Easy Lift in Santa Barbara and other areas. The Foodbank is grateful to Route4Me for providing their platform to establish routes for


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a month. Community Action Commission, serving lunch at 13 sites, reported that while they normally serve 150 people a day, they saw 260 per day last week. Santa Barbara Unified School District served 3,600 lunches in its first four days of operation since schools closed. Other participants at the Feeding Plan Task Force activation include County of Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Management/ Emergency Operations Center and Public Health Department, Red Cross, Southern Baptist Church, City of Carpinteria, City of Santa Maria Fire Department, and Community Long-Term Recovery Group. ADDITIONAL WAREHOUSES: The Foodbank leased agreements for additional warehouse space in both Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, doubling storage space and expanding volunteer service space to ensure greater numbers of volunteers can maintain social distancing at their shifts to enable the Foodbank to keep up with demand for prepacked bags of food. Last week, to meet growing need, the Foodbank purchased $100,000 in food that is difficult to source by donation. Nonperishable staples cost $70,000. Additional produce needed cost $22,000; $7,000 was spent on eggs; and $2,000 went to purchasing tortillas/bread. USDA and TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) emergency food is on its way and the new facilities allow for the Foodbank to process and store more community donations as well. NATIONAL GUARD: The Foodbank has submitted a request via the County of Santa Barbara to the State to receive assistance from National Guard personnel currently dedicated to food distribution efforts. The Foodbank is awaiting approval for its initial request of 20 personnel, with the possibility of that number reaching 40 to 60 additional troops. The support personnel will be out of Pt. Mugu serving at the Foodbank’s warehouses in logistics (operating forklifts, receiving food, packing bags, etc.), as drivers for home deliveries and delivering bagged food to distribution sites, and as volunteer leaders at SAFE Food Net locations. www.foodbanksbc.org

El Foodbank presenta Red de alimentos SAFE que proporciona “Servicios esenciales” durante el confinamiento en California


su plataforma para establecer rutas para la iniciativa FRECIENDO ALIVIO, EL FOODBANK DEL CONDADO DE SANTA BARBARA continua de crecimiento rápido de servicios a domicilio que ha comenzado. proporcionando suficientes alimentos sanos a Otras personas en la comunidad que necesiten el todos los que los necesitan mientras evoluciona la crisis del COVID-19. La iniciativa del Foodbank se llama servicio a domicilio por cualquier razón deben contactar al Safe Access to Food for Everyone (SAFE) Food Net, Red de Santa Barbara Public Health Department visitando www.publichealthsbc.org, www.211santabarbaracounty.org alimentos SAFE de acceso seguro de alimentos para todos. o llamando al 211. SEGURIDAD: Con la notificación del gobernador NECESIDAD CRECIENTE DE Newsom de que todo California esté ALIMENTOS: Una necesidad de confinado, la comunidad puede estar alimentos visible y asombrosa está segura de que todos los repartos del produciéndose en todo el condado. Foodbank y servicio de voluntarios A fines de la semana pasada, el entran en la categoría autorizada de Disaster Feeding Plan Task Force (grupo “servicios esenciales” y los miembros de trabajo del plan de alimentación para de la comunidad pueden participar desastres) se reunió por primera vez. con el completo apoyo del estado de Los miembros de las organizaciones California y el Santa Barbara County informaron la respuesta que han visto en Emergency Operations Center (Centro los repartos de alimentos. de operaciones de emergencia del El Carpinteria Children’s Project condado de Santa Barbara), Public normalmente proporciona alimentos Health Department (Departamento de a 120 familias en un reparto, pero el salud pública) y el Sheriff’s Department pasado miércoles sirvió a 280 familias. (departamento del Sheriff). El Salvation Army informó haber visto “Hemos creado la Red de alimentos más familias en un día que las que SAFE para enfatizar en la comunidad que normalmente ven en un mes en su ubicación en Hollister todas las operaciones del Foodbank se llevan a cabo bajo Avenue. El Community Action Commission informó que protocolos de seguridad impecables, con una observancia normalmente sirven comidas en 13 lugares a 150 personas estricta a las recomendaciones del CDC y del County al día y vieron 260 al día la semana pasada. El Santa Public Health,” explicó Erik Talkin, el director general Barbara Unified School District sirvió 3,600 comidas en del Foodbank del condado de Santa Barbara. “Nuestra sus primeros cuatros días de operación desde que cerraron prioridad absoluta es la salud, y de manera más inmediata, las escuelas. la seguridad de nuestros miembros de la comunidad que Otros participantes del Feeding Plan Task Force reciben alimentos, nuestros voluntarios y socios, nuestros incluyen el County of Santa Barbara Office of Emergency conductores y nuestro personal. La comunidad puede estar tranquila con la seguridad y accesibilidad de todas las Management/Emergencies Operations Center y Public Health Department, Red Cross, Southern Baptist Church, operaciones del Foodbank.” City of Carpinteria, City of Santa Maria Fire Department, y En todas las interacciones del Foodbank se usa Community Long-Term Recovery Group. rigurosamente el lavado de manos, el desinfectante, los ALMACENES ADICIONALES: El Foodbank firmó guantes desechables, y la distancia social. contratos de alquiler para obtener espacio adicional en los Casi 20 de los nuevos repartos de emergencia de los almacenes en Santa Barbara y Santa María, duplicando 50 repartos de la Red de alimentos SAFE que el Foodbank el espacio de almacenamiento y ampliando el espacio está llevando a cabo se hacen desde el vehículo lo que de servicio de voluntarios para asegurar que el número hace recibir alimentos sanos sea rápido, fácil, discreto, creciente de voluntarios pueda y extremadamente seguro. Los mantener la distancia social en sus miembros de la comunidad que nos Los individuos pueden dejar turnos y permitan que el Foodbank visitan contestan a tres preguntas sus productos cultivados en pueda mantener la demanda de cortas en la primera parada: nombre, casa y otros alimentos no bolsas de comidas empacadas. número de personas en el hogar, y perecederos en cualquiera El Foodbank compró $100,000 si esta es la primera vez que están de los almacenes normales de comida la semana pasada para recibiendo alimentos este mes. En del Foodbank. Instituciones y satisfacer la creciente necesidad. la segunda parada, los voluntarios negocios que tengan alimentos Alimentos básicos no perecederos cargan bolsas de comida en la para donar deben llamar al costaron $70,000. Productos parte trasera del vehículo, y los beneficiarios se alejan con su comida (805) 967-5741 para acordar la adicionales necesarios costaron $22,000; se gastaron $7,000 en huevos sana y productos frescos. entrega o la recogida. y $2,000 se usaron en comprar ENTREGA A DOMICILIO tortillas/pan. PARA PERSONAS MAYORES: Los Los alimentos de emergencia de USDA y TEFAP programas “Brown Bag” del Foodbank que normalmente sirven a 2,000 personas mayores locales de bajos ingresos se (The Emergency Food Assistance Program), programa llevan a cabo ahora únicamente como servicios a domicilio. de asistencia de comida de emergencia, están en camino y las nuevas instalaciones permiten que se procesen y Debido a la recomendación de cuarentena para las almacenen más donaciones de la comunidad también. personas mayores, todos los mayores (60 años o más, o de GUARDIA NACIONAL: El Foodbank ha solicitado 55 o más con discapacitaciones y sin necesidad de una nota al estado a través del condado de Santa Barbara ayuda del del médico) pueden llamar al Foodbank al (805) 967-5741 personal de la Guardia Nacional que actualmente se dedica para apuntarse y recibir alimentos sanos y productos a repartir alimentos. El Foodbank está esperando recibir frescos de la Red de alimentos SAFE. la autorización de su solicitud inicial de 20 personas con Conductores voluntarios se pueden apuntar para la posibilidad de que el número llegue de 40 a 60 tropas cubrir rutas de entrega a domicilio; las bolsas se dejan en adicionales. El personal de soporte de Pt. Mugu servirá en las puertas de entrada. los almacenes del Foodbank con las logísticas (utilizando Además de sus equipos de conductores voluntarios, carretillas elevadoras, repartiendo alimentos, empacando el Foodbank está colaborando con las siguientes bolsas, etc.) como conductores de servicios a domicilio, organizaciones locales para llevar a cabo las entregas a domicilios: Community Partners in Caring en Santa Maria, entregando bolsas de comidas a los lugares de reparto y como voluntarios líderes en los lugares de la Red de Family Services Agency en Lompoc, y Easy Lift en Santa alimentos SAFE. Barbara y otras áreas. 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March 27, 2020

Reining in cannabis tax scofflaws County will use state’s “track-and-trace” inventory for 60 days

Photo by Melinda Burns


By Melinda Burns / Contributor

OME CANNABIS OPERATORS IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY still don’t pay taxes, but there are signs that the county is closing in on them. Of 106 licensed cannabis growers and processors in county unincorporated areas, 15 failed to report their gross revenues during the most recent quarter, from October 1st to December 31st, according to a recent update for the county Board of Supervisors. That’s down from 22 tax scofflaws in the previous quarter. The county has put growers on notice that it will withdraw its “letter of authorization” for cannabis state business licenses if they fail to pay county taxes, said Assistant County Executive Officer Barney Melekian. “The word went out that we were paying attention to that,” he said, adding that one grower was forced to surrender his state license and shut down last month; two others promptly paid up, and a fourth has been summoned to a county administrative hearing. With 1,164 active state licenses for cannabis, Santa Barbara County is second in California only to Humboldt County in its embrace of the lucrative crop. The rapid influx of industrialscale “grows” into the scenic Santa Ynez and Carpinteria valleys in recent years has produced an outcry for better enforcement and stricter regulations. On Tuesday, the board authorized Melekian’s office to draw up a memorandum of understanding with the state Department of Food and Agriculture for use of its “Trackand-Trace” database for 60 days. As part of this pilot program, the county will investigate 250 state cannabis licenses in unincorporated areas, beginning later this year. The state tracks the bar codes that are embedded in cannabis plants and products, following the crop throughout the commercial supply chain. Access to this database, Melekian said, will allow an auditing firm contracted by the county to check whether a grower’s self-reported tax revenues line up with the number of his plants. A mismatch, he said, could indicate that the grower is selling on the black market in California or diverting cannabis illegally to other states. Monterey and Yolo counties also will participate in the pilot program. In the future, the state is expected to expand local access to track-and-trace data throughout California. Tax rates for cannabis in Santa Barbara County are as

Licensed cannabis operators reported $169 million in gross revenues to the county in fiscal year 2018-19. During that period, the county Sheriff’s Department confiscated and destroyed plants and dried marijuana worth $288 million from illegal operations.

follows: one percent of gross revenues for nurseries and distributors, three percent for manufacturers, four percent for growers, and six percent for retailers and microbusinesses. Melekian reports that from July 1st to December 31st – the first six months of the current fiscal year – Santa Barbara County collected $4.8 million in tax revenues from cannabis. That’s a 50 percent increase over the first six months of fiscal year 2018-2019, when the county collected only $3.2 million. “People are doing a more accurate job of reporting, and there is more growth and more sales,” Melekian said. “The first two quarters of fiscal year 2018-2019, everybody was just

getting their feet under them. County tax collection is more efficient now.” Forty-eight cannabis operators reported zero gross receipts and paid no taxes during the most recent quarter, from October 1st to December 31st, 2019 – but that’s likely because outdoor grows were dormant and some nurseries had no sales, Melekian said. Here, too, he said, the state track-and-trace data will help the county determine whether growers are telling the truth. Meanwhile, raids on illegal cannabis operations slowed dramatically from October 1st to December 31st, partly because of the scope and complexity of ongoing investigations, Melekian said. The county Sheriff’s Department confiscated and destroyed only 100 marijuana plants and 74 pounds of dried marijuana during that time, representing a total value of $79,000. In the previous quarter, the department confiscated 17,000 plants and 1,200 pounds of dried marijuana, a $5 million value in all. During fiscal year 2018-2019, county records show, the department confiscated 985,000 plants and 65,000 pounds of dried marijuana valued at $288 million during searches at illegal operations. By comparison, licensed growers reported only $169 million in gross revenues to the county that year. Every cannabis grower must obtain state and county business licenses; every landowner must obtain a county zoning permit. To date, records show, the county has issued permits for cultivation on 221 acres in inland areas and 22 coastal acres. Last year, responding to a barrage of citizen complaints about the pungent skunk-like smell from cannabis, the county set caps of 1,575 acres and 186 acres of cultivation in inland and coastal areas, respectively. Most of the cannabis farms in the county are designated as “legal, non-conforming.” That is, the landowners claimed to have been cultivating cannabis for medicinal purposes before January 19th, 2016. Beginning on that date, the county allowed cannabis cultivation to continue on those properties under temporary state licenses, but the landowners were required to apply for county zoning permits. A total of 156 permit applications are pending in various stages of county review. They would cover more than 2,000 acres – hundreds more than what is allowed under the county caps. Melinda Burns is a freelance journalist based in Santa Barbara.

Public Can See Santa Barbara County U.S. Census Response Rates On New Interactive Map

Online Map Shows Responses by State, District, County, City, and Even Census Tract; Updated Daily at 3pm


ORE THAN A QUARTER OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY HOUSEHOLDS have already responded to the U.S. Census, according to a new online interactive map showing response rates of cities and communities across the country. The 2020 Census Response Rate Map is accessible at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates. html, and monitors responses by state, Congressional district, county, city, and even individual Census Tracts. The site is updated daily at 3pm. Invitations to respond to the Census online were mailed beginning March 12th. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the response deadline has been extended to August 14th and other activities have been postponed. “We think these numbers are a good start,” said Pedro Paz, cochair of the Santa Barbara County’s Census 2020 Complete Count Committee, “especially as events and public awareness activities have been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Several of these communities have high ‘hard-to-count’ populations, and we remain committed to ensuring that everyone in Santa Barbara County gets counted when COVID-19 restrictions lessen.”

Local Response Rates As of 3pm on Wednesday, March 25th, nearly two weeks after the invitations were mailed, the national self-response rate was 26.2 percent, California’s was 25.2 percent, and the Santa Barbara County rate was 27.9 percent. Response rates for Santa Barbara County cities were: Buellton Carpinteria Goleta Guadalupe Lompoc Santa Barbara Santa Maria Solvang

30.9% 25.4% 33.0% 20.0% 28.2% 29.2% 23.5% 30.8%

Census Activities Adjusted In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has extended the Self-Response Phase, which began with the March 12th mailing, from the original deadline of July 31st to August 14th. At this time, Nonresponse Followup, which involves

a visit by a Census Worker, has been postponed and is now set to begin May 28th and run through August 14th. By law, the census count must be delivered to the President by December 31st, 2020. The Census Bureau will announce any additional adjustments should they become necessary. “We are proud of the commitment of the local Complete Count Committee as they work to reimagine outreach strategies for the Census while addressing challenges in response to COVID-19 in their communities,” added Paz. The census may be completed by phone, mail, and online. Census workers only visit households that have not completed their census questionnaire and only after several mail reminders. Visit www.SantaBarbaraCountyCensus.org, follow Santa Barbara County Census on Twitter and Facebook @CensusSBC, or e-mail CensusSBC@countyofsb.org for more information. The Santa Barbara County Census 2020 Complete Count Committee has launched a local outreach campaign entitled, “We all Count. Todos Contamos.” to provide the public access to local resources and information about the census in English and Spanish. It is comprised of tribal, city, county and state governments, community-based organizations, education, and more.

March 27, 2020

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For 45 years, Montecito Bank & Trust has been serving our local communities and we will continue to stand by you as we face another challenge together. Stay healthy friends and please take care of yourself, your loved ones and your community.

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• Washing your hands for 20 seconds

• Staying home if you are not feeling well • Remaining home if you are 65+

• Keeping a responsible distance from others

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March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for SB County Expanded

Over $1 Million in Support Pledged to Relief Efforts For Individuals and Non-Profits



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ESPONDING TO LOCAL NEEDS CREATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC with more than a million dollars of support, The Santa Barbara Foundation, United Way of Santa Barbara County, and the Hutton Parker Foundation have put together a countywide funders’ collaborative. Called the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County, it has announced an assistance program for individuals and families as well as organizations actively assisting members of the community. Individuals seeking assistance should contact www.unitedwaysb.org/covid19, and for resources for non profits contact www.SBFoundation.org/covid-19-sbc-np-resources. “The full extent of the impact this pandemic will have on our community remains to be seen; however, it is clear already that the needs of our community members and the organizations serving them will be substantial,” said Steve Ortiz, President & CEO, United Way of Santa Barbara County. “We are honored and grateful to work with such generous community members and with such dedicated organizations through this COVID-19 Joint Response Effort to quickly and efficiently meet the needs of our community.” COVID-19 Response Grants funding priorities include: Individual financial need to help struggling community members secure and maintain basic needs, cover unexpected child care and education expenses, and recover from loss of wages due to business closures and social distancing measures. Meeting increased service demand for organizations serving Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable populations impacted by widespread shutdown of schools and child care facilities, and social distancing measures impacting places of employment. Operational capacity and business continuity to provide unrestricted funding for

organizations to carry out their missions and adjust business models to meet the needs of their staff and clients. “It’s during times like these that philanthropy is called upon to lead in new and different ways,” said Jackie Carrera, Interim CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation. “By coming together as one, we can better serve our communities ensuring rapid and effective assistance for the most vulnerable and meet the varied COVID-19 response needs as they arise.” The public is encouraged to generously support the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County. Donations can be made at United Way at www.unitedwaysb.org/covid19 or at the Santa Barbara Foundation at www.SBFoundation.org/covid-19-sbc-np-resources. “With leadership from the Santa Barbara Foundation and the United Way of Santa Barbara County, the local foundation community has joined forces and combined resources to respond to many of the nonprofit sector’s critical and immediate needs. It is imperative, at this time, for funders to be working in collaborative nature to not only address immediate needs, but to also plan for the future,” said Tom Parker, President of the Hutton Parker Foundation. Foundation Roundtable members as of March 19th, who have joined the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort include: The Ann Jackson Family Foundation; Audacious Foundation; Fund for Santa Barbara; The Henry E. & Lola Monroe Foundation; Hutton Parker Foundation; James S. Bower Foundation; Jane and Paul Orfalea; Mosher Foundation; The Muzzy Family; Santa Barbara Foundation; The Towbes Foundation; United Way of Santa Barbara County; Wood-Claeyssens Foundation; and The Natalie Orfalea Foundation.

Local Non-profits Supporting The Community Need Support


ON-PROFITS HIT HARD BY COVID-19 PANDEMIC are offering new programing and opportunities to strengthen our local communities through their services. Here are three of the many non-profits taking action. AHA! is a Santa Barbara non-profit that educates teens, families, and educators in social-emotional learning, creative expression, social conscience, and self care via in-school, after school, and summer programming. AHA is broadening its services via Zoom. Videos are also being posted daily at AHA’s instagram: @aha_sb. To learn more or to seek services, visit www.ahasb.org Unity Shoppe is offering free food and other essentials to Santa Barbarans who are now unemployed or unable to work due to the spread and impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our Community. As daily layoffs continue and vulnerable populations — the unemployed, single-parent families, seniors on fixed incomes, the disabled and homebound — begin to run out of groceries, Unity anticipates that it will go through larger quantities of food and other supplies than ever before to keep up with the growing demand. Donations are needed to purchase both fresh produce (fruits and vegetables), and canned, jarred, and boxed staples with longer shelf lives, as well as masks and disinfecting wipes to keep Unity staff and the public safe. Unity Shoppe is a tax-exempt 501©3 dedicated to providing the basic necessities of life and occupational skills training to Santa Barbara’s most vulnerable. ShelterBoxUSA: Sheltering in place for some and no shelter for others is being tackled by the Summerland non-profit ShelterBoxUSA. There are people living in refugee camps or makeshift settlements around the world. ShelterBox addresses the needs of the most vulnerable. Visit www.shelterboxusa.org/santa-barbaraevent-donation-page to discover opportunities to support people needing shelter around the world. For more information email Carrie Baptista at CBaptista@ShelterBoxUSA.org

Commemorative Tree Plaques Make Great Gifts! Dedicate a tree as a tribute to a family member or friend.

For more info visit: www.sbbeautiful.org

Santa Barbara Beautiful is a 501 (c) 3. Donations may be tax deductible. TAX ID: 23-7055360





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Carpinteria High School 4810 Foothill Rd. Every other Wednesday (March 25) 4:30pm-5:30pm

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520 Wentworth Ave. 2nd Tuesday, 1pm

1136 E. Montecito St. 3rd Tuesday, 1:30pm

1136 E. Montecito St. Every Thursday, 1pm

721 Laguna St. 3rd Wednesday, 4pm-6pm 609 E. Haley St. Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm 1401 Chapala St.  Monday–Friday, 12pm-5pm

545 N. Alisal Rd. Every Tuesday, 12pm-2pm

3869 State St. 1st, 2nd & 4th Saturday, 9am-10am


1025 W. Ocean Ave. Monday-Friday, 1pm-3pm

646 N.H St. Every Monday and Tuesday 10am-4pm 926 W. Apricot Ave. 4th Wednesday, 10:30am 925 N. F St. 3rd Monday, 3pm

3915 Constellation Rd. Last Friday of the month, 3pm 515 W. College Ave. Last Saturday of the month, 8:30am

690 Bell St. 2nd Wednesday, 3pm

4849 Hollister Ave. Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm Wednesday additional hours 5:30pm-7:30pm

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will distribute free, healthy groceries and fresh produce at the following locations. No documentation or registration required. Everyone is welcome. Measures have been taken to ensure the safety and cleanliness of each site.

993 Patterson Rd. Every Friday, 2pm-4pm 3915 Constellation Rd. Every Tuesday, 10:30am-1pm

901 N. Railroad Ave. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11am-1pm 800 S. College Dr. Every Tuesday and Thursday 11am-1pm 200 W. Williams St. 3rd Friday, 3pm 235 E. Inger Dr. 1st Friday, 3pm 420 Soares Ave. 3rd Thursday, 9:30am 966 W. Orchard St. 2nd Wednesday, 9am

324 N. Suey Rd. Every Tuesday, 11am

3rd Wednesday, 12pm

236 La Lata Dr. 2nd Wednesday, 12pm

4681 11th St. Last Thursday of the month, 12pm

890 Refugio Road 4th Monday, 2:30pm-4pm

4545 10th St. Every Thursday, 1pm-3pm

1050 Escalante Dr. 4th Tuesday, 3pm

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VOICE Magazine: March 27, 2020  

Crisp salt air, blue skies, and mountain tops flirting in the mist are just the beginning notes in a melody celebrating life in Santa Barbar...

VOICE Magazine: March 27, 2020  

Crisp salt air, blue skies, and mountain tops flirting in the mist are just the beginning notes in a melody celebrating life in Santa Barbar...