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magazine www.VoiceSB.com AKA: CASA Magazine Friday, June 26, 2020

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Balcony Concert

Opera Santa Barbara will perform a concert from a balcony on State Street, Friday, June 26th at 5pm


Photo by Andrew Eccles

UCSB Arts & Lectures

Click It For Culture will focus on past, present, and future, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Khalia Campbell

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In This Issue Community News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12, 14, 18, 20 The Ticket: A SB Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-9 Sigrid Toye: Harbor Voice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Harlan Green: Economic VOICE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Community Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19 SBAOR President Staci Caplan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Galleries & Art Venues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23 Find the Voice Digital Edition with additonal stories and advertising online at www.VoiceSB.com Richard Jarrette: Poetic VOICE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Melinda Burns: Montecito Water. . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31 COVID-19: Sansum Reports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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Action Plan



Systemic Racism to be addressed by SBUnified School District


Richard Jarrette shares the latest from Dan Gerber, Landscape at Eighty 28

Changing cultural currents backdrop upcoming Parallel Stories at SBMA featuring Sameer Pandya 21

Cover Photo courtesy of Foodbank of SBC

UCSB researchers are archiving current cultural material related to COVID-19 for healing and history 4

The Mansbach family – Jennifer, Joe, Jacob, and Mike – will be honored at the Foodbank’s 2020 “Table of Life – Picnic” for nearly a decade of creative and energetic volunteer leadership and love for children in our community.

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Students Reflect

“Table of Life – Picnic” Saturday, July, 25th | 6pm

• Delivered: Gourmet meal & wine for two • Virtual “gala” program

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Table of Life Plans A Picnic The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County


Photos courtesy of The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

NGENUITY, CREATIVITY, AND SOME GOOD OLDFASHIONED CARING WERE PULLED FROM THE TOOL BOX at The Foodbank of Santa Barbara when they faced planning for their 9th Annual Table of Life event. The results are an innovative new format, a Picnic, set for Saturday, July 25th at 6pm, that will raise funds and awareness of the Foodbank’s ongoing work in response to the COVID-19 economic crisis. In lieu of its yearly gala, the Foodbank will provide patrons with a gourmet picnic for two – delivered to their doors within 30 minutes of the start of an online program. For $1,000 admission, patrons will receive a picnic basket featuring a gourmet meal for two created by Marc Borowitz and Rincon Catering, a bottle of paired Grenache rosé from Monlieff Vineyards, handmade treats from Alison Hardey and Jeannine’s Bakery, gourmet chocolates from Field + Fort, and checkered cloth napkins and wine glasses. The 2020 “Table of Life – Picnic” program honors the generous community support of the Mansbach Family and Yardi Systems, Inc. Mike and Jennifer Mansbach, with their sons Jacob and Joe, founded and led Foodbank Family Day, a monthly Saturday volunteer opportunity for families at Foodbank warehouses both in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. Jacob and Joe, now 16 and

greater outreach to seniors needing groceries and fresh produce. Prior to COVID-19, the Foodbank served 1,300 seniors through Brown Bag. Currently, 3,300 are enrolled. At press time, the Foodbank had completed more 14, founded JOIN JACOB in 2012 and have raised than 20,000 home deliveries. more than $100,000 over eight years to provide In collaboration with healthy food for children throughout the Acme Hospitality’s The county. They have raced and built teams to Lark and Loquita, the participate in local triathlons. Foodbank’s Chef’s Yardi has partnered with the Kitchen program Foodbank for 20 years, making has provided more substantial contributions of funds, than 11,000 fresh, staff volunteer service, and food. Most chef-made meals recently, Yardi came forward when to seniors and a Foodbank refrigerated truck was families in need. totaled in an accident. Providing a With $50,000 incentive matching gift, the economic impacts firm initiated a community campaign from lost jobs and that raised enough in income expected two weeks to replace the to continue for a lost truck with a new one. year to 18 months due Beginning March 9th, to COVID-19 response JULY 25, 2020 • 6 PM the Foodbank launched Safe measures, the Foodbank Food Access for Everyone (SAFE) expects to continue expanded Food Net – more than 50 SAFE food operations well into 2021. distribution sites, including 20 no-contact Community members may join the drive-thru locations. fun with “Table of Life – Community” The Foodbank has provided more from Sunday, July 26th through Sunday, than 6.5 million pounds of healthy food August 2nd. The Community online event (more than double what it would normally includes a virtual program, donation distribute) to local residents facing opportunities, and a raffle to win one of hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. The two packages including three magnums of Foodbank has continued to provide at least California wine, gourmet chocolates, and 50 percent fresh fruits and veggies thanks a Foodbank apron. Raffle tickets cost $50 to relationships with area farmers. The each for a package valued at nearly $300. Foodbank has switched all food distribution for low-income seniors through its Brown To learn more and to register, community supporters may visit www.TableofLife.org. Bag program to home delivery and undertook

We got this, Santa Barbara! Together, we are facing forward with strength and resilience. A&L is still here for you, producing digital content, virtual education and outreach programs and online resources from today’s premier artists and thought leaders. But we also have our eyes on the future, and we look forward to once again sharing the power of arts and culture with you. Look out for our 2020-2021 Season announcement, coming this summer! Photo by Andrew Eccles


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Khalia Campbell

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The Pandemic Memory

June 26, 2020


By Jim Logan / The UC Santa Barbara Current

N THESE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES, the UC Santa Barbara Library knows it’s crucial to document the experiences of campus students, faculty, and staff. To that end, Special Research Collections (SRC) archivists have launched the COVID-19 Community Archives Project. Calli Force, an archivist who leads the ambitious effort, said her group was already scouring the web to preserve digital coronavirus content produced by UCSB and some local government bodies, but hadn’t collected content specifically about the campus community. “After consulting with other colleagues in the field, it became apparent the most efficient way to gather content was to welcome submissions from our patrons,” said Force, who works in the California Calli Force Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA), a division of the SRC. “This process also allows us to eliminate bias in appraisal and selection of materials. UCSB community members can come to us with their stories and unique experiences while also allowing us to focus our efforts on the processing of the digital content as quickly as possible.” The special project, which is separate from the library’s normal web archiving and departmental record keeping, is indeed casting a wide net for submissions. Force said all manner of materials in most any file format are welcome, and the project is Matt Stahl set up to allow for maximum accessibility. Most of all, she urged, be creative. “Feel free to share your original photographs, poems, short stories, blog posts; perhaps you wrote and recorded songs during the quarantine — we’d love to preserve and share your music for others to enjoy for years to come!” she said. “There is

no limit to how many times anyone can submit either; people are encouraged to participate as often as they wish. Everyone should know their story is important and worth saving and sharing with posterity.” Matt Stahl, university archivist, noted that the archives project is taking three approaches to documenting COVID-19 at UCSB. In addition to community submissions, the library is web archiving official websites and social media accounts. “Equally important to these two approaches, though, is the ongoing maintenance of recordkeeping and archiving procedures in departments,” Stahl said. “Campus departments should be retaining records of their COVID-19 response, along with other departmental records, so that they can be transferred to the University Archives at some point.” The library’s archives traditionally serve as the administrative and institutional memory of the campus, as well as a repository of faculty papers. Materials from student and community life, however, “have been lacking,” Stahl said in a memo on university archives collection development. “We are actively seeking to collect archival materials from student organizations in order to document the history of student and community life here at UCSB,” the memo states. “Similar to administrative records, we will accept materials related to the founding and governance of student organizations, correspondence, and significant cultural events.” For Force, the community archives project is an opportunity to give the public a space to document their lives during the pandemic. “My personal hope is to make it clear that archiving experiences in real time is a necessary component in the healing


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UC Santa Barbara Library launches COVID-19 Community Archives Project for students, faculty, staff

process when a community is under crisis,” she said. “It’s vital for libraries and historical repositories to act as cultural heritage first responders and serve our community in a way that allows for self-expression and catharsis while also preserving the truth, not only for evidentiary value but also for self-edification, to capture a historical moment in its most raw and unfiltered form. I hope people will feel heard and see their content later in the online exhibit and know they contributed to something really special.” The project is open-ended, Force noted, and she encourages people to submit as long as they’re willing. The archives staff has worked to make the project as accessible as possible. “I’m really proud of my colleagues for being so open and supportive throughout this project’s planning and implementation,” Force said. “I’m fortunate to work with a group of professionals, each with such different strengths, who encourage and foster growth in more progressive and inclusive archiving practices.” Printed with permission of UCSB Office of Public Affairs and Communications

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SBUnified School Trustees Approve Board Resolution/Action Plan in Support of Black Student Leaders’ Demands Listening, learning, and action are key. By Camie Barnwell, Public Information Officer

Advisory Committee (DELAC) delivered a Statement of Solidarity in support of the DDRESSING SYSTEMIC student demands and the Black Lives Matter RACISM, the Santa Barbara movement. Members of the committee Unified Board of Education voted acknowledged the “deep roots of racism, unanimously Tuesday evening colorism, and anti-blackness that exist within to approve a Board Resolution in support our Latinx community.” of Black student leaders who presented the María Larios-Horton, Director of district with a series of demands aimed English Learner and Family Engagement, at calling out and combating institutional added, “Our District English Learner racism and its effects on the lives of Black Advisory Committee (DELAC) has families and students. consistently worked to address issues of The Board also voted to fully endorse an inequality for Action Plan which outlines concrete ways institutionally that the district will respond to the specific underserved concerns brought forward through the students. As a demands. result, their core As leaders of the district, they state values drove they are invigorated by the adoption of this them to want to resolution and approval of the action plan. engage with the As further testament to the district’s student leaders commitment to responding to racial strife of the Black and need for cultural proficiency, the Board Student YouthSB also voted to approve the content of two and subsequently new Ethnic Studies courses to be launched develop their this fall - helping to satisfy the district’s statement new mandatory high school graduation of support requirement for the class of 2024. So far, - with an honest 1,100 students have enrolled in Ethnic commitment Studies courses for the Fall. School board member Kate Ford worked to act in good will on that with her board colleague Wendy Simmsstatement.” Moten, community and student leaders, and Marina district staff in developing the resolution. Zarate, Co“The overall lesson that we learned over President of these past few weeks is that it is important the DELAC that we listen and learn, and I hope that whoever reads this resolution will see that we committee, said members expressed their full support for the are listening and we are learning,” Ford said. Black Lives Matter movement against racism Dr. Frann Wageneck, Assistant and anti-blackness. Superintendent of Student Services, said as “After speaking with the leaders of we continue to listen and learn, we need to this studentalso focus on action and led movement, change. “As we stated to It took a pandemic to raise we further students who presented understood the the level of awareness around the demands to us at the unfair situations district office [during the injustices that have been they have the June 7th Black Lives there day in and day out experienced Matter student protest] within the African American their entire lives,” it’s important to watch Zarate said. “As community...We can no longer our actions and make a result, DELAC sure they back up our have our students feel invisible decided to share words. Regular reports or unworthy. its statement in on our progress will be support of the — Wendy Simms-Moten essential.” demands of these More than 60 students who had people spoke during the courage to public comment, raise their voices to ask for what is right.” including Black Student Youth SB (BSYSB) Board member Simms-Moten, who member Talia Hamilton, one of the students was invited to attend the DELAC meeting, who presented the demands to district said she was touched by the statement, and leaders. Hamilton said she was pleased with grateful to the committee’s work and show of the resolution and action plan, and looked solidarity. forward to continued collaboration with the “It took a pandemic to raise the level of district. awareness around the injustices that have “I think it’s great how much support we been there day in and day out within the have been getting,” Hamilton told district African American community,” Simmsleaders. “We can’t do much without you Moten said. “We can no longer have our guys. We are very thankful for you. I’m students feel invisible or unworthy. It’s excited to see where this goes. We need to important to have allies beside us, even if you teach our youth that there is no room for are not being impacted. We are all human. racism. It’s not one and done. This will be a To see this swell of support really warms my process.” heart.” Last week, the district’s English Learner


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Fideicomisarios del Distrito Escolar Unificado de SB aprobaron la resolución / plan de acción de la Junta en apoyo de las demandas de los líderes de estudiantes negros Escuchar, aprender, y la acción son la clave.

Bárbara) y una de las estudiantes que presentó los reclamos ante los líderes del distrito. Hamilton dijo BORDANDO EL RACISMO que estaba satisfecha con la resolución y el plan de SISTÉMICO, el Consejo de Educación acción, y aguardaba con interés el poder continuar del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa colaborando con el distrito. Bárbara votó unánimemente el martes Al dirigirse a los líderes del distrito, Hamilton en la noche para aprobar la Resolución del Consejo afirmó: “Me parece excelente todo el apoyo que en apoyo a estudiantes líderes negros, quienes hemos estado recibiendo. No podemos hacer presentaron ante el distrito una serie de reclamos mucho sin ustedes. Estamos muy agradecidos con el objetivo de denunciar y combatir el racismo por ustedes. Me emociona ver hacia dónde nos institucional y sus repercusiones en las vidas de dirigimos con esto. Necesitamos enseñar a nuestros familias y estudiantes negros. jóvenes que no hay cabida para el racismo. No Además, el Consejo votó para será una acción aislada, sino que se tratará de un apoyar plenamente un plan de proceso continuo. ” acción que exponga las formas La semana pasada, el Comité Asesor de concretas en que el distrito Alumnos que Aprenden Inglés del Distrito responderá a las inquietudes (DELAC) presentó una Declaración de Solidaridad específicas presentadas mediante en apoyo a los reclamos de los estudiantes y los reclamos. el movimiento Las Vidas Negras Importan. Como líderes del distrito, Miembros de dicho comité reconocieron “las declaran que están motivados por raíces de racismo, colorismo y el rechazo hacia las la adopción de esta resolución y la personas negras, que en forma arraigada existen en aprobación del plan de acción. nuestra comunidad latinx. ” Como otra prueba del María Larios-Horton, directora de Alumnos compromiso del distrito en que Aprenden Inglés y Participación Familiar, respuesta al conflicto racial y comunicó: “Nuestro Comité Asesor de Alumnos la necesidad de fomentar la que Aprenden Inglés del Distrito (DELAC) ha competencia cultural, el Consejo estado trabajando continuamente en tratar las también aprobó el contenido de cuestiones de desigualdad entre los estudiantes dos cursos nuevos de Estudios que han sido desatendidos institucionalmente. A Étnicos que iniciarán este raíz de esto, sus valores centrales los impulsaron próximo otoño, para así ayudar a querer colaborar con estudiantes líderes de a cumplir con el nuevo requisito Juventud de Estudiantes Negros de Santa Bárbara y, de graduación de preparatoria posteriormente, formular su declaración de apoyo para la generación de 2024. Hasta con un compromiso honesto de actuar de buena la fecha, 1,100 estudiantes se han voluntad en torno a esa declaración. ” inscrito en los cursos de Estudios Étnicos para el Marina Zárate, copresidenta del Comité otoño. DELAC, dijo que los miembros manifestaron su Kate Ford, miembro del Consejo de Educación, pleno apoyo a Las Vidas Negras Importan y al trabajó junto con su colega movimiento contra el Wendy Simms-Moten del racismo y el rechazo hacia Consejo, estudiantes líderes, Se necesitó una pandemia las personas negras. miembros de la comunidad, para aumentar el nivel de “Después de platicar y personal del distrito en con los líderes de este conciencia acerca de las la elaboración de dicha movimiento estudiantil, injusticias que han estado resolución. entendimos aún más la “La lección que hemos allí día tras día dentro de la situación tan injusta por aprendido a lo largo de comunidad afroamericana... la que han pasado toda su estas últimas semanas es vida, ” expuso Zárate. “Y Ya no podemos permitir que que resulta importante que a consecuencia, DELAC escuchemos y aprendamos, nuestros estudiantes se sientan decidió compartir una y espero que toda persona invisibles o indignos. declaración en apoyo a que lea esta resolución note las exigencias de estos — Wendy Simms-Moten que estamos escuchando y estudiantes quienes que estamos aprendiendo,” tuvieron el valor de alzar indicó Ford. sus voces para pedir lo que es justo.” La Dra. Frann Wageneck, superintendente Una de las miembros del Consejo, Simmsauxiliar de Servicios Estudiantiles, afirmó que Moten, fue invitada a la reunión del DELAC e mientras seguimos escuchando y aprendiendo, indicó que estaba conmovida por la declaración también debemos centrar nuestra atención en la y agradecida por el trabajo de este comité y su acción y el cambio. “Tal como expresamos a los muestra de solidaridad. estudiantes que nos presentaron sus reclamos “Se necesitó una pandemia para aumentar el en la oficina del distrito [durante la protesta nivel de conciencia acerca de las injusticias que estudiantil Las Vidas Negras Importan que tuvo han estado allí día tras día dentro de la comunidad lugar el 7 de junio], es importante asegurarnos de afroamericana, ” dijo Simms-Moten. “Ya no que respaldamos nuestras palabras con nuestras podemos permitir que nuestros estudiantes se acciones. Resultará fundamental emitir informes sientan invisibles o indignos. Es importante tener periódicos acerca de nuestro progreso.” aliados a nuestro lado, incluso si no estás siendo Más de 60 personas realizaron comentarios personalmente afectado. Todos somos humanos. públicos ante el Consejo de Educación, incluyendo Ver esta ola de apoyo realmente me conmueve el a Talia Hamilton, miembro de Black Student Youth corazón. ” SB (Juventud de Estudiantes Negros de Santa Por Camie Barnwell, Oficial de información pública




Opera SB Balcony Concert on State Street

Opera SB will present a Balcony Concert on State Street featuring chorus members Adrien Roberts and Jessica Gonzalez Rodriguez on the second floor patio of the Arts and Culture Building (1330 State St) on the corner of State and Sola, on Friday, June 26th, at 5pm. Enjoy the music from the restaurant patios on the block or catch the livestream from the comfort of your home. Watch the happy hour program at: www.facebook.com/


Cottage Health will host a virtual

open house on Saturday, June 27th at noon via a YouTube stream. Enjoy a virtual tour of the new Urgent Care Center located at 7070 Hollister Ave in Goleta scheduled to open June 30th. During the virtual open house event, enter to win a $100 Instacart gift card. Join the virtual open house at www.cottagehealth.


LAUNCH PAD Alone, Together

If you missed UCSB Theatre/ Dance’s live presentation of the LAUNCH PAD Alone, Together Zoom Festival of monologues and short plays, the videos of all four chapters will be available for viewing through July 4th at: www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu/news/ event/817#video

A pdf of the scripts are available at:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QoBFWa_ UTyzsyAeSreyUTKKajmLj-12Y/view

Celebrate 4th of July at Home

Join Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation for a 4th of July Celebration on KEYT-TV Channel 3 at 6pm for a one-hour show. Santa Barbara will gather together in the safety and comfort of their homes to enjoy scenes from past parades, a concert with the West Coast Symphony, and a spectacular fire-works finale. www.pcvf.org

Santa Barbara Triathlon 2020 Goes Virtual Athletes can register online and must participate in their chosen event within a specified time window. Participants can

Teri Bibb Ensemble Theatre Company will present a virtual concert of The Great American Songbook on Sunday, July 5th beginning at 4pm to benefit ETC’s Education and Outreach Programs. Ensemble Theatre Company presentará un concierto virtual de The Great American Songbook (El gran cancionero americano) el domingo, 5 de julio a partir de las 4pm para beneficiar los Programas de Educación y Alcance de ETC.

use a stationary bike or road bike; treadmill or trail; a river, ocean, or swimming pool. A T-shirt, finisher medal, and swim cap will be mailed to each participating athlete. This year’s event will benefit Sansum Clinic and its front-line workers. To be considered a finisher, you must complete the required distances for your chosen event within the event window which is August 9th to 23rd.

Enjoy a virtual tour of the new Cottage Urgent Care Center located at 7070 Hollister Ave in Goleta on Saturday, June 27th at noon via a YouTube stream. The Center is scheduled to open June 30th. Disfruta de un recorrido virtual por el nuevo Centro de Atención de Urgencias Cottage ubicado en 7070 Hollister Ave en Goleta el sábado, 27 de junio al mediodía a través de una transmisión de YouTube. El Centro habrirá sus puertas el 30 de junio.


Boxtales Distance-Learning Summer Theatre Camp for Teens A three-week journey in the Boxtales method, conducted via Zoom, will include training in Acting, Storytelling, Acro-Yoga, Mime, Music, and Collaboration for ages 14 to 19. The camp will take place July 13th through July 31st, Monday through Friday, 9am to 2:30pm. Tuition is $650. Register at: http://boxtales.org/2020-summer-

Online Workshop (July 11th and 12th) will build practical skills grounded in traditional and emerging methods of dreamwork. The Dream Tending methods developed by Dr. Stephen Aizenstat build on the methods of association, amplification, and animation pioneered by Freud and Jung and expanded upon by James Hillman and Marion Woodman. To register ($199/$175) visit: https://retreat.


AWC-SB Books for Breakfast

The Association for Women in Communications SB (AWC-SB) will meet for Books for Breakfast to discuss Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch on Wednesday, July 1st at 8am during a Zoom meeting. You don’t need to read the entire book in order to attend. This meet-up is free for AWC-SB members and guests. To register and receive the Zoom link, email: news@awcsb.org


New Virtual Summer Camps Added

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Virtual Summer Camps will continue through the summer for children ages four to 12. The Museum has added new dates:

July 20 to 24, July 27 to 31, August 3 to 7, and August 10 to 14. To register visit: https://camps.sbnature.org

Carpinteria Birdwatchers Virtual Meetings

Carpinteria Birdwatchers have evening birdwatching classes and morning birdwatching outings, all free and open to all ages and ability levels. Meetings are weekly and online via Zoom until further notice Thursdays, from 4 to 5:15pm. Each week will focus on a different topic. Each week has a different Zoom log in. Join the current meeting by visiting www.carpwithoutcars.org/ carpinteria-birdwatching-classes.

Sharing the Work of Michael Meade Join Michael Meade for a new live online series about the healing and renewal of both the individual psyche and the collective soul of society beginning Thursday, July 2nd, 6pm. Two classes continue on Friday, July 10th and July 17th from 6 to 7:30pm. Each 90-minute event includes story, poetry, and a Q&A session. To register (Three Event Series: $49 / Individual Events: $20) visit: www.mosaicvoices.org/events

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Ensemble Theatre Company will present a virtual concert of The Great American Songbook on Sunday, July 5th beginning at 4pm to benefit ETC’s Education and Outreach Programs. The evening begins at 4pm with a private pre-show virtual VIP reception and at 5pm, enjoy the 70-minute virtual concert featuring performances by seasoned broadway performers, ETC students, a national virtual choir, and a special surprise guest artist. Ticket purchases available until 5pm Thursday, July 2nd. All ticket holders will receive an invitation and instructions via email. For tickets ($25/$75 per person) visit:

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Join Opera SB’s Balcony Concert on State Street, a happy hour program of favorite arias, musical theater songs, and jazz standards presented by chorus members Adrien Roberts and Jessica Gonzalez Rodriguez on Friday, June 26th, at 5pm from the second floor patio of the Arts and Culture Building on the corner of State and Sola. Únete al Concierto de Balcón en State Street de Opera SB, un programa de la hora feliz de arias favoritas, canciones de teatro musical y estándares de jazz presentados por los miembros del coro Adrien Roberts y Jessica González Rodríguez el viernes, 26 de junio a las 5pm desde el patio del segundo piso del Edificio de Arte y Cultura en la esquina de las calles State y Sola.

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Safari Virtual

El evento de este año beneficiará a Sansum Clinic y sus trabajadores de primera línea. Para ser considerado un finalizador, debes completar las distancias requeridas para tu evento elegido dentro de la ventana del evento que es del 9 al 23 de agosto.

Si te perdiste la presentación en vivo del LAUNCH PAD Alone, Ensemble Theatre Company Together (Solo, juntos) de UCSB presentará un concierto virtual de The Theatre / Dance, un Festival de Great American Songbook (El gran Zoom de monólogos y obras cortas cancionero americano) el domingo, – los videos de los cuatro capítulos 5 de julio a partir de las 4pm para estarán disponibles para beneficiar los Programas de disfrutar de ellos hasta el Educación y Alcanze 4 de julio en: de ETC. La noche www.theaterdance. comienza a las 4pm ucsb.edu/news/ con una recepción event/817#video VIP virtual Un pdf de privada previa al los guiones están espectáculo y a las disponibles en: 5pm, disfruta del https://drive.google. concierto virtual com/file/d/1QoBFWa_ de 70 minutos con UTyzsyAeSreyUTKKajmLjpresentaciones de 12Y/view Santa Barbara Triathlon artistas de Broadway 2020 Goes Virtual! Athletes Celebra el 4 de julio experimentados, can register online and estudiantes de ETC, un must participate in their en casa coro virtual nacional Únete a la chosen event within the event window, from August Fundación de Veteranos y un artista invitado 9th to 23rd. especial sorpresa. Pierre Claeyssens para Compra de boletos ¡El triatlón de Santa una celebración del 4 Bárbara 2020 será virtual! de julio en el Canal 3 estará disponible Los atletas pueden hasta las 5pm del de KEYT-TV a las 6pm registrarse en línea y jueves 2 de julio. para un espectáculo deben participar en su Todos los titulares evento elegido dentro de de una hora. Santa la ventana del evento, de boletos recibirán Bárbara se reunirá en la del 9 al 23 de agosto. una invitación e seguridad y comodidad instrucciones por de sus hogares para correo electrónico. disfrutar de escenas de Para boletos ($25 / $75 por persona) desfiles pasados, un concierto con la visita: https://ensembletheatre.com/ Sinfonía de la Costa Oeste y un final special-events/the_great_american_ espectacular de fuegos artificiales.

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Concierto de Balcón en State Street de Opera SB

Opera SB presentará un Concierto de Balcón en State Street con los miembros del coro Adrien Roberts y Jessica Gonzalez Rodriguez en el patio del segundo piso del Edificio de Arte y Cultura (1330 State St) en la esquina de las calles State y Sola, el viernes 26 de junio a las 5pm. Disfruta de la música desde los patios de los restaurantes cercanos o mira la transmisión en vivo desde la comodidad de tu hogar. Mira el programa de la hora feliz en: www.facebook.com/

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Los atletas pueden registrarse en línea y deben participar en el evento elegido dentro de un período de tiempo específico. Los participantes pueden usar una bicicleta estacionaria o bicicleta de carretera; correr en una cinta o sendero; o nadar en un río, océano o piscina. Se enviará por correo una camiseta, una medalla de finalizador y un gorro de natación a cada atleta participante.


Casa abierta virtual del Centro de Atención de Urgencias Cottage Cottage Health organizará una casa abierta virtual el sábado, 27 de junio al mediodía a través de una transmisión de YouTube. Disfruta de un recorrido virtual por el nuevo Centro de Atención de Urgencias ubicado en 7070 Hollister Ave en Goleta, programado para abrir el 30 de junio. Durante el evento virtual de puertas abiertas, ingresa para ganar una tarjeta de regalo Instacart de $100. Únete a la casa abierta virtual en www.cottagehealth. org/urgentcare

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Un viaje de tres semanas en el método Boxtales, realizado a través de Zoom, incluirá capacitación en actuación, narración de cuentos, acro-yoga, mimo, música y colaboración para las edades de 14 a 19. El campamento tendrá lugar del 13 de julio al 31 de julio, lunes hasta el viernes de 9am a 2:30pm. La matrícula es de $650. Regístrate en: http://boxtales.org/2020-summertheatre-camps

AWC-SB Libros para el desayuno

La Asociación para Mujeres en Comunicaciones SB (AWC-SB, por sus siglas en ingles) se reunirá para Libros para el Desayuno para discutir Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language (Debido a Internet: Entendiendo las Nuevas Reglas del Idioma) por Gretchen McCulloch el miércoles, 1 de julio a las 8am durante una reunión de Zoom. No necesitas leer el libro completo para poder asistir. Esta reunión es gratuita para miembros e invitados de AWC-SB. Para registrarte y recibir el enlace Zoom, envía un correo electrónico: news@awcsb.org

Compartiendo el trabajo de Michael Meade

Únete a Michael Meade para una nueva serie en vivo en línea sobre la curación y la renovación de la psique individual y el alma colectiva de la sociedad a partir del jueves, 2 de julio a las 6pm. Dos clases continúan el viernes, 10 de julio y el 17 de julio de 6 a 7:30pm. Cada evento de 90 minutos incluye historias, poesía y una sesión de preguntas y respuestas. Para registrarte (Serie de tres eventos: $49 / Eventos individuales: $20) visita: www.mosaicvoices. org/events

Taller en línea 2020 Tendencia de Sueños de Verano

Los participantes en este Taller en línea de dos días (11 y 12 de julio) desarrollarán habilidades prácticas basadas en métodos tradicionales y emergentes de trabajo con los sueños. Los métodos de “Dream Tending” desarrollados por el Dr. Stephen Aizenstat se basan en los métodos de asociación, amplificación y animación promovidos por Freud y Jung y ampliados por James Hillman y Marion Woodman. Para registrarte ($199 / $175) visita: https://retreat. pacifica.edu/2020-summer-dreamtending/

Se agregaron nuevos campamentos de verano virtuales Los campamentos virtuales

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Join Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation for a 4th of July Celebration on KEYT-TV Channel 3 at 6pm to enjoy scenes from past parades, a concert with the West Coast Symphony, and a spectacular fire-works finale. Únete a la Fundación de Veteranos Pierre Claeyssens para una celebración del 4 de julio en el Canal 3 de KEYT-TV a las 6pm para disfrutar de escenas de desfiles pasados, un concierto con la Sinfonía de la Costa Oeste y un final espectacular de fuegos artificiales.

de verano del Museo de Historia Natural de Santa Bárbara continuarán durante el verano para niños de cuatro a 12 años. El Museo ha agregado nuevas fechas: del 20 al 24 de julio, del 27 al 31 de julio, del 3 al 7 de agosto y del 10 al 14 de agosto. Para registrarte visita:


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de observación de aves y salidas matutinas de observación de aves, todas gratuitas y abiertas a todas las edades y niveles de habilidad. Las reuniones son semanales y en línea a través de Zoom hasta nuevo aviso los jueves, de 4 a 5:15pm. Cada semana se centrará en un tema diferente. Cada semana tiene un inicio de sesión Zoom diferente. Únete a la reunión actual visitando

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Ongoing Opportunities MUSEUMS & THE ARTS SBNature From Home: The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s SBNature From Home page is organized by activities that the community can do outdoors, indoors, or online. Check back often as new content will be added. www.sbnature.org/visit/sbnature-from-home Santa Barbara Museum of Art - Online: The Museum continues to digitally engage the public by offering stepby-step instructional videos for at-home art projects; a virtual tour of their current exhibition and other works in the Museum’s collection; as well as lectures, musical performances, and Exhibition Extras from their Video Library. www.sbma.net The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center - Online: Throughout the duration of the center’s closure, the Arts Center will be posting daily activities on Facebook and Instagram to inspire the community to create, engage, and connect. Visit their webpage to find virtual art classes, live concerts and music streams, art activities for all ages, virtual galleries and museums, and more. https://carpinteriaartscenter.org UCSB Arts & Lectures: Stay connected with UCSB Arts & Lectures through digital arts and cultural content. Join their 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. MOXI@Home - Weekly Topics to Inspire Exploration at Home: Programming will include videos based on weekly themes that will invite you to explore a variety of different scientific phenomena or activities and guide you to exploring it further at home with easy experiments and design challenges. Follow social media accounts @moxisb to stay up to date or check out other videos at www.moxi.org/athome Explore Ecology’s New Virtual Learning Page: It’s an online classroom that showcases virtual workshops and lessons, field trips for schools, and their latest videos. The learning opportunities are endless! https://exploreecology.org/virtual-learning Ojai Film Festival Online Film Series presents frustrated moviegoers with a new online film series running through June 26th. Each Friday, the festival will release a block of films running approximately two hours and twenty minutes.The films will then remain available for viewing on the festival’s website until July 17th. https://ojaifilmfestival.com/category/festivalhighlights PCPA Plays On!: Though their stages may be dark this summer... PCPA Plays On! PCPA will be sharing a variety of virtual programs for all ages that are fun, educational, engaging, and theatre focused to keep you playing too! www.pcpa.org/PCPAPlaysOn/ Rubicon Safe-Distance Drive-In Theatre Concert Series: Rubicon patrons will be able to enjoy a series of five 75-minute concerts from the safety and comfort of their cars (parked six feet apart) in the parking lot of the Ventura County Fairgrounds from July 6th through September 9th. Concerts begin at 8pm. For tickets ($15 to $99.50) visit www.rubicontheatre.org

Upcoming Events

Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee presents Run Like A Woman Summer Campaign Series Introductory Session “The Campaign Timeline - Nuts and Bolts” on Saturday, June 27th, 10:30 to 11am - Online. The event is free to SBWPC Members and $15 for non-members. To register visit www.SBWPC.org. Cal Lutheran University Free Webinars: The Center for Nonprofit Leadership will present a webinar titled Individual Prospect Research by Ashley Brown on Tuesday, June 30th, from 10 to 11:30am. Register at https://clu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yC_ upKLTSiq8w-WQ5N6bYA Experience The Art Of The 805 Youth: The 805 Youth Film & Arts Festival, a festival specifically for and created by Santa Barbara and Goleta Teens, will celebrate teens from the 805 who demonstrate a love and passion for art, as well as an appreciation for the beautiful central coast! Film entries will be showcased on Tuesday, June 30th at 12pm. https://805youthfilmandarts.weebly.com


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MUSIC Music Academy Festival Goes Virtual: The 73rd annual Summer School and Festival has transitioned to the Music Academy Remote Learning Institute (MARLI). Enjoy video recorded performances and events through July 24th. View the Music Academy Concert Hall online at www.musicacademy.org Camerata Pacifica Concert at Home!: 60 to 75 minute programs from the Camerata video library, curated by Artistic Director Adrian Spence, will be shared every Sunday at 10am & 6pm on YouTube Live: www.youtube.com/channel/UC0oECgVmsHVED2tbLzYfkA • 11:30am on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/cameratasb Nightly Met Opera Streams: The Metropolitan Opera streams begin at 7:30pm EDT and will remain available on the homepage at www.metopera.org for 20 hours. Schedule of streams www.metopera.org

OUTDOORS The Gaviota Coast Conservancy: Recommends three walks that you can take on the Gaviota Coast that can be tailored to your own ability while providing space for social distancing. Locations include Coal Oil Point Reserve and Devereux Slough, Baron Ranch, and Arroyo Hondo Preserve. www.gaviotacoastconservancy.org/gaviota_ coast_walks

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N AN EFFORT TO SHOWCASE LOCAL TALENT DURING THE SHELTER-INPLACE ORDINANCE, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival hosted its first-ever online student film festival showcasing the work of local high school and college students. The event was created to address the fact that area student filmmakers were going to miss out on screening their films publicly due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to give these students a platform to do just that. “We are thrilled with how our first online student film festival turned out,” shared SBIFF Education Coordinator Claire Waterhouse. “The quality of the films we received was really impressive, and the community turned out in big numbers to watch them and cast their votes. Mostly, we are so happy to have been able to support these students by offering them a way to screen their works for a wide and enthusiastic audience.”

Open Days at Arroyo Hondo Preserve: Hike at the Arroyo Hondo Preserve during expanded hours on Weekends from 10am to 4pm (first and third weekends of the month) and Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am1pm. It’s free to visit and reservations are required. Pets are not allowed. Fill out the reservation form https:// interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink. aspx?name=E9622&id=104 The SB Botanic Garden is open to Members by reservation only: The Garden is opening to Members first to temporarily maintain a safe, limited number of Garden visitors. All members must reserve an entry time prior to arrival. To learn more about the changes that have been made to keep visitors and staff safe, make a reservation, or to become a member, visit www.sbbg.org/garden-admissions Register for online classes/events: www.sbbg.org/ classes-events SB Museum of Natural History has opened its outdoor exhibits to Members only by reservation. Members will have access to wander through hundreds of butterflies fluttering freely in the Butterflies Alive! exhibit and then explore the Backyard and shady wooded areas along Mission Creek. Lotusland Open to the Public: Lotusland is safe, spacious, and socially-distant by its very nature due to the strict limitations on the number of daily reservations. Reservations will be scheduled with staggered arrival times and all visitors will be limited to no more than two-hours in the Garden. All visitors are required to wear face masks. To reserve a Self-Guided Tour call 805.969.9990. www.lotusland.org

RESOURCES & WORKSHOPS Watershed Wednesdays: Join the City’s Creeks Division for Watershed Wednesdays, a series of live online activities including crafts, talks, tours, and more. Sign up for the Watershed Wednesdays email list at www.bit.ly/ CreeksWW. Also follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCreeks

A Live Pay-Per-View Concert Featuring Kenny Loggins is set for Sunday, June 28th at 7pm from The Lobero’s stage. The benefit performance will take place without an audience, with strict safety and sanitation protocols in place. Pay-Per-View cost is $15. Advance ticketholders can watch live, or within 72 hours of the stream. For tickets visit: www.Lobero.org Amethyst Ball Silent Auction: Due to the pandemic, this year’s Amethyst Ball was cancelled, but the community can still help raise funds by participating in CADA’s Amethyst Ball Virtual Silent Auction, now open through July 2nd at 12am. View the silent auction at: https://cadacares.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse SBIFF Family Film Fun – Moana: Explore the activity guide and sail along with Moana as she ventures across the ocean to find the demigod Maui and help save her people by returning the Heart of Te Fiti to its rightful place in this week’s SBIFF Family Fun Day. Download the activity guide at https://sbiffriviera.com/wpcontent/uploads/2020/06/SBIFF_Moana_ ActivityGuide.pdf

The winners are: Jury Awards: High School Winner: Left on Read by Joshua Kazali, Santa Ynez Valley High School College Winner: Nomad by Lyndall Stephenson, Westmont College Audience Awards: High School Winner: Beer to Bread by Grace Miller, Santa Barbara High School College Winner: El Cantante: A Salsa Film by Daniel Blanco, UCSB The films are still available for viewing on the SBIFF website, and all entrants are allowed to submit their films for consideration in SBIFF 2021 as well. Each winner will receive a Cinema Pass and pair of tribute tickets to SBIFF 2021. https://sbiff.org

Nature At Your Fingertips: From art projects, to stories, to natural recipes, Wilderness Youth Project is providing resources that deeply engage children and adults with the natural world. Access the Free Nature Resource Portal at https://wyp.org/resource-portal/ and check back every week to see what fun new offerings are added. Cottage Health’s Free Online Resources for Families: Cottage’s free online resources page offers fun and educational resources to help families cope and spend productive time together. The page has everything from free coloring book pages to online Broadway plays to NASA tours. Choose a new activity every day at www.cottagehealth.org/ app/files/public/3547/Free_Online_Resources_ for_Families_During-Quarantine.pdf To view more online COVID-19 resources for parents and children visit www.cottagehealth.org/ coronavirus-covid-19/parents-children/ Webinars for Your Business to Navigate COVID-19: Several organizations are hosting webinars on a variety of topics to help the business community survive and navigate the COVID-19 public health crisis. Visit the following websites to see what they have to offer: Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) www.EDCollaborative.com; Womens Economic Ventures (WEV) www.WEVOnline. org; Traffic Solutions www.trafficsolutions.org; SCORE Santa Barbara https://santabarbara.score. org/content/take-workshop-35; and The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region www.SBChamber.org The Importance of Activities, Mindfulness, and Community for Vitality: While activities at the Friendship Center are currently on hold, the center is committed to bringing activities and engagement to you at home! They will be hosting live activity sessions through Zoom and Facebook live every Monday-Thursday. Join Zoom Meetings at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/257870485 Meeting ID: 257-870-485 Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/ FriendshipCenterSB/ AHA! Free Online Workshops through June: From topics such as Body Image During Corona to Parenting in Place to Couples’ Issues in Extreme Conditions, AHA! therapists and coaches will present free online workshops through June. Preregistration is required. For a complete schedule and to register visit https://ahasb.org/ Mahakankala Buddhist Center Online Classes: As long as the quarantine lasts, Center classes have been moved online. Evening classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 6:30 to 7:30pm, begin with a guided breathing meditation and culminate with a second meditation based upon the evening’s topic. The Sunday morning class from 10:30 to 11:45am is a practice class with commentary. Suggested donation for class is $10. Register at https://meditationinsantabarbara.org/how-to-sign-

up-for-online-classes SBPL Works! offers Help for Job Seekers: Looking for a job or to improve your career skills? The SB Public Library’s professional staff in their workforce development program SBPL Works! are ready to help you with one-to-one consultations in English or Spanish remotely. Free and open to all and by appointment. Complete the survey at: www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/lib/ events/sbpl_works!/sbpl_works!.asp Fighting Hate From Home Webinars: At a time when we can all feel isolated, we need to pull together more than ever to stand up against antisemitism and extremism. The Anti-Defamation League is offering a series of webinars, Fighting Hate from Home, to help unite and inform the community. Sign up for ADL’s email list to receive notifications each week about the next event in the webinar series. www.adl.org/webinars Watch archived webinars at www.youtube. com/playlist?list=PLEPACLR6xldqDzHj4dkQbHSizqdgWtiJ Library & Community Resources for Mental Wellness: Find links to community and national resources about mental health at www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/lib/ collections/research_by_subject/mental_health_ wellness.asp The Library also has books and resources for you to help you cope. Browse the Mental Health Awareness Month collection on Overdrive https://blackgold.overdrive. com/blackgold-santabarbara/content/ collection/1082488 Crossings + Boundaries Talk: Murder & Mattering In Harambe’s House: In this IHC UCSB talk, Claire Jean Kim approached the controversy over the killing of the gorilla Harambe in the Cincinnati Zoo in May 2016 as a unique window onto the making of animalness and blackness in the contemporary U.S. It explores the notion of a racialzoological order in which the “human” is constructed simultaneously in relation to both the “black” and the “animal.” Watch the video www.youtube.com/ watch?v=-hHzOQv6-m0&feature=youtu.be or listen to the podcast https://soundcloud.com/ihc-ucsb/talkmurder-and-mattering-in-harambes-house TEDxSantaBarbara Spurs Change: TEDxSantaBarbara, a locally organized offshoot of the international TED nonprofit, kicked off Making Waves: Conversations with Influencers and Disruptors, a series of virtual talks to address two major issues facing society today – COVID-19 and systemic racism. The online events will be free and broadcasted live on Zoom and Facebook on Wednesdays at 4pm through December 2020. Reserve tickets at: www.TEDxSantaBarbara.com


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Saturday, July 4, 2020, 6:00 PM Tune in to KEYT-TV Channel 3 Santa Barbara will gather together in the safety and comfort of their homes to enjoy scenes from past parades, concert with the West Coast Symphony and a spectacular fireworks finale.

Join us at 6:00 PM on Saturday, July 4th, KEYT-TV Channel 3 for a one-hour show.

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Community News SBCC Office of Communications wins top awards for public relations and marketing


ANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE walked away proud when the Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO) held its annual awards ceremony on June 10th – a virtual watch party via Zoom this year. CCPRO is the professional development and service organization that seeks to promote excellence in California’s community college public relations and related professions for

Butterfly girl by student photographer Boxuan Zhan

the state’s 115 community colleges. The organization received a total of 448 entries from 53 colleges representing their best work of the 2019 calendar year. Works submitted were judged by 39 judges across the state, based on creativity, problem-solving, design, and inspiration. When the judging was complete, SBCC had scored three first place awards, two second place awards, and one third place award. “The team in the Office of Communications is thrilled by the awards we received this year for our work at SBCC,” shared SBCC’s Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications Luz ReyesMartín. “Our goal is always to share the stories of our students, faculty, and staff. We work tirelessly to support our campus community and to create opportunities for our communities to be connected to SBCC.” SBCC’s Office of Communications has a long

Officer Use Of Naloxone (Narcan) Results In A Life Saved


INCE ITS INITIAL IMPLEMENTATION IN MID-2019, The Santa Barbara Police Department Naloxone (Narcan) program has enabled the use of Naloxone as a lifesaving tool for Officers in the field. This program gives Officers the ability to utilize Naloxone on subjects in distress while responding to calls for service or on Officers in the event of an accidental exposer. The Department was able to accomplish this with the assistance of Santa Barbara County Public Health and the Pacific Pride Foundation. They both generously provide the Department with the lifesaving medication as well as assisted in providing the required training needed to allow and enable Officers to administer the Naloxone. In addition to the new training and acceptance of the Naloxone, new Department Policy was introduced which stresses the importance of saving lives, responding quickly to the scene, and properly using the Naloxone. One such policy put in place now allows Officers to respond or be dispatched Code 3 (lights and sirens) to any overdose emergency alongside City Fire/Rescue and American Medical Response (AMR). This ensures that the closest emergency First Responder to the possible overdose location has the proper tools and ability to act and save a life. On June 22nd, 2020 at 2:44pm, Officers responded Code 3 to Pershing Park located on Castillo Street near the beach. The 911 emergency call came in to the City’s Combined Communication Center and was reported as a subject found unresponsive after possibly overdosing on heroine. SBPD Officers arrived on scene just prior to City Fire/Rescue and American Medical Response Medics. Officers located the victim, a Santa Barbara resident, 32 years old and determined they were in serious distress and not breathing. Officers immediately began to perform CPR. It was confirmed the victim had in fact introduced a controlled substance into their system moments prior to the 911 emergency call being placed. Officers administer Naloxone in an effort to revive them. Shortly thereafter the victim began to breathe again on their own and ultimately was able to communicate with Officers about what occurred. American Medical Response took over care of the subject who was later transported to Cottage Hospital for further treatment. We want to commend the quick response and good thinking of the SBPD Officers, City Fire/Rescue and AMR Medics to ensure another life within the community was saved. Because of a collaborative effort by the local entities mentioned above, Officers are continually able to help keep the community and its population safe. We thank all those involved in this program and in yesterday’s call for service.

Police Response To Felony Activity


URING THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 19TH TO 21ST, the Santa Barbara Police Department received 496 calls for service from the community resulting in 18 filed felony reports (including assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, rape, burglary, ID theft, domestic battery, terrorist threats, stalking, and DUI causing injury). Of the 18 felony reports, eight were cleared with arrests and two were referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. The other felony reports will be reviewed by the Criminal Investigations Division.

SBCC’s Office of Communications team: Administrative Assistant Kirsten Mathieson, Marketing Communications Specialist Sally Gill, Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications Luz Reyes-Martin, Marketing Communications Specialist Amanda Jacobs, and Webmaster Hong Lieu

history of being recognized for its efforts; over the past six years it has received 27 first, second, and third place awards from CCPRO. The team has been particularly strong in the area of social media, in the past three years winning two firstand one second-place award in Social Media

SBCC’s winning pieces included: Social Media Management - 1st place Social Media Marketing - 1st place Manipulated Photo - 1st place Butterfly girl by student photographer Boxuan Zhan

Marketing; and a first, second, and third place award in Social Media Management. The office is responsible for public affairs and media relations for the college in addition to marketing, social media, advertising, campuswide branding and website management. Before and After - 2nd place SBCC Website Redesign (launched August 12, 2019) Marketing Campaign - 2nd place Learning Beyond the Classroom, Fall 2019 Class Schedule - 3rd place, School of Extended Learning Fall 2019 Class Schedule

The Cecilia Fund: COVID-19 Update


By Sigrid Toye / Cecilia Fund

HE CECILIA FUND HAS BECOME PAINFULLY AWARE, along with the entire community, that public health has become a primary concern. It is apparent that no government, or private, or philanthropic entity can solve this problem alone. A united effort is needed, one small step at a time, to meet this enormous challenge. A unique organization established in 1892, the Cecilia Fund continues to provide healthcare for Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable members in keeping with its 128 year old mission. In the present uncertain medical environment, much has changed. Due to the pandemic's uncertainty and confusion, most clinics and hospitals were seeing only COVID-19 cases or dire emergencies. Other health care issues had been sidelined. Presently, clinics and doctor's offices are beginning to open their doors to provide both medical and dental services. Although hospital emergency rooms must provide care, the patient is nonetheless responsible for these charges regardless of ability to pay. In fact, over 50 percent of collections documented in credit reports are healthcare-related. Up until now, the Cecilia Fund is one of only a few organizations to cover critical healthcare and the only organization that funds urgent dental care for adults. Today the Cecilia Fund is preparing for the time that COVID-19 is better understood. The board is bracing for a dramatic increase of health related issues in the community and the eventual onslaught of requests to come. During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic requests slowed: as the curve plateaued and medical care became available, the health care ramifications of COVID-19 are beginning to surface, a huge issue for the entire community. The Cecilia Fund's Co-president, Marion Schoneberger shared a current example: “A young woman, recommended to us by the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019 and a series of cancer treatments followed.” Schoneberger noted that although this individual continued to work as a trainer at a local gym during her cancer treatment, her insurance left her with uncovered medical expenses. When the gym was forced to close due to the pandemic, she lost her job and was unable to cover her expenses. The Cecilia Fund stepped in to help. “This is a canary-in-the-coalmine moment,” cautioned Schoneberger. “The majority of our clients are low wage earners, as are many in Santa Barbara County, and have been particularly hard hit by the economic crisis created by this pandemic. As we slowly emerge, the Cecilia Fund, along with other agencies in the community, will receive an unprecedented number of requests for help. We must all be prepared!” The Cecilia Fund's goal this year is to provide the same level of support as in 2019. It is an ambitious goal considering the cancelation of the Annual Tea and Fundraiser in April. The loss of this vital support will impact the number of people the organization can help in the coming weeks and months. Nonetheless, the Cecilia Fund's board is determined to meet the need. Schoneberger concluded, “This year our work is going to be more important than ever. We project the number of requests will be even greater than the 100 plus of the previous year, and even more critical. We look forward to partnering with others in the community, knowing that help in achieving our goal is necessary and very much appreciated.” The Cecilia Fund, P.O. Box 92213, Santa Barbara, California 93190 • www.ceciliafund.org The Cecilia Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID #95-6047722

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Girls Inc. of Carpinteria Announces 2020 Scholarship Winners

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OUR YOUNG WOMEN WERE AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS by Girls Inc. of Carpinteria recently when the organization presented over $7,000 in funds to local girls and outgoing seniors Yaritza Hernandez, Michelle Alpizar, Adriana Campuzano, and Rudy Jimenez. Each year, the organization awards scholarships that recognize outstanding members who are role models to their peers and exemplify the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. “We are proud to honor these four young women and their impressive achievements as they prepare for a new chapter in their lives—college,” said Jamie Collins, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. “These last few months have highlighted the resiliency of all our girls, which is a testament to not only the dedicated work of our staff, but also our scholarship winners who continue to serve as role models to our younger members, their peers, and others in the community. We’re excited to see what they do next!” Scholarships presented include: Strong, Smart, and Bold Senior Award; The Patty & Terry Bliss Scholarship; Fuel Her Fire Scholarship; and The Camilla L. Calene Griffin Scholarship. Yaritza Hernandez received the Strong, Smart, and Bold Senior Award ($5,000). The scholarship is given annually to a Eureka! participant in good standing who can demonstrate the impact of the program on her life and who has volunteered with Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. Yaritza joined the organization at the age of 12 as part of the Eureka! program. She has volunteered over 800 hours in the community and spent three summers as a counselor in training at Girls Inc. Yaritza will be the first in her family to attend college and will be pursuing her passion for caregiving and nursing at California State University, Chico this fall.

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ALKING ALONG STEARNS WHARF OVER THE WEEKEND, I looked in the direction of the Museum of Natural History’s Sea Center, one of the Wharf’s most school closures and the quarantine. The return of the museum’s volunteers remains a work in popular locations. This highly interactive marine education facility is known for actual progress until the opening is well underway. Close Encounters of the Third (or maybe Fourth) Kind experiences with marine “We will open with just staff present for the first weeks, after which we’ll invite those volunteers animals who make their home in the Santa Barbara Channel. Little fingers, and big ones too, have who are ready and willing to return,” Smalldon added. “The safety and comfort level of volunteers, the opportunity to touch and interact with the sea life located on the main floor of the museum visitors, and staff are of the highest priority.” including sharks, rays, sea stars, and sea anemones. Children During the hiatus, the Sea Center was chosen to participate especially enjoy feeding the sharks, accompanied by a full set of in the global ‘Light it Blue’ campaign honoring those on the instructions, as they learn about their habits and lifestyles in real time. front lines, especially health care workers, first responders, and Looking in the museum’s direction that day however, it stood silently others who continue to keep Santa Barbara up and running with doors closed, the usual crowd nowhere to be seen. during the pandemic. The Museum joined hundreds of Since the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, this wonderful – structures including national landmarks and historic buildings and much missed – attraction has been shuttered, along with most of illuminated with blue light in solidarity to those who risked Santa Barbara’s public spaces. However, according to the Sea Center’s their lives for the safety of others. Director Rich Smalldon, the good news is that a re-opening will be The Sea Center’s opening is in a scant few days, but future taking place very soon. “We are really excited to open our doors on projects are now underway which include a marine life exhibit July 8th,” he announced happily. “My staff and I are looking forward of live sea horses and an updated online presence for virtual to sharing our own enthusiasm with our visitors as we welcome visitors to enjoy the educational opportunities and exhibitions them back!” The Sea Center will be open Wednesday through Sunday The Sea Center’s Whale got a cleaning during the closure! over the Internet. The Museum’s President and CEO, Luke from 11am to 3pm under the umbrella of the Santa Barbara Health Swetland affirmed, “The Museum of Natural History is delighted that the Sea Center will soon be Department’s COVID-19 regulations. back to enjoy a close up look at many of the wonders that live in the Channel. We hope that every “Needless to say, we are honoring the six feet distancing requirements,” explained Smalldon, visitor gets their hands wet in our touch tanks!” “and are allowing a limited amount of people to explore the museum in a one way flow to maintain That certainly describes my plan for July 8th! Hope to see you there too ... the required distancing and traffic control.” He added that opening the museum during this cautious www.sbnature.org/visit/sea-center/ time is uncharted territory, therefore, the Sea Center’s crew will be present to assist visitors and their children and to maintain sanitary conditions on all surfaces for the safety of the public as well as the Sigrid Toye volunteers for the Breakwater Flag Project. She is on the board of directors of the Maritime staff. Masks, of course, are required. Museum and participates in Yacht Club activities. An educational/behavior therapist, Sigrid holds a The Board of Trustees of the Museum of Natural History provided for the museum’s staff to be Ph.D in clinical psychology. She loves all things creative, including her two grown children who are fully maintained during the hiatus of almost three months. “Our animals were lovingly cared for and working artists. Send Harbor tips to: Itssigrid@gmail.com we took the opportunity to do some work during those long weeks in preparation for the day we would be allowed to open our doors again,” shared Smalldon. VOTED BEST ANTIQUE STORE 9 YEARS IN A ROW • CORNER OF CARRILLO ST. & SANTA BARBARA ST. The museum’s normal day-to-day operations before the virus onslaught included over 150 volunteers of all ages, many of whom are students and seniors whose status is yet uncertain due to

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Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Plans 30 New Affordable Units on Cota Street For Those Experiencing Homelessness


May 14th, 2020 article in the Los Angeles Times reports that “With the coronavirusinduced shock to the economy crippling businesses of all sizes and leaving millions of Americans out of work, homelessness in the United States could grow as much as 45 percent in a year.” The data trend, which comes from research conducted by Dr. Brendan O’Flaherty, a professor of economics at Columbia University, is mirrored in our community. According to the most recent Point-in-Time count completed in January 2020, the study found 1,897 homeless residents countywide, with 914 (48 percent) living in the City of Santa Barbara. The chronically homeless in the county rose from 423 to 614, a 45 percent increase. While the nation continues to grapple with adequately addressing this issue, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) is moving forward with plans to build new housing specifically to address the needs of homeless individuals. The project exemplifies Artist rendering of the 30-unit Housing Authority building the agency’s mission to planned for 116 Cota Street in downtown Santa Barbara. create safe, affordable, The Cota Street property will feature: and quality housing opportunities for families A walkable downtown location that is close to essential services and other amenities. and individuals while A strong “good neighbor” policy, and a proven track record promoting self-sufficiency with permanent supportive housing developments. and neighborhood Project-based rental assistance to provide affordable rent to every resident. revitalization. On-site supportive services to provide ongoing case management While the site, located and independent living skills. at 116 Cota Street, is A full-time on-site manager to oversee the apartment complex. currently approved as an A community room for resident programs, group activities, and support groups. AUD project for 15 market rate rental units, HACSB Controlled access points for entering and exiting the property. plans to convert the No parking demand for residents, reducing the traffic impact of the area. development to provide 30 Homes next to Veracruz Park which will provide community oversight affordable housing units. of the recreational area. Courtesy Photo


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The property consists of two parcels with a combined total of approximately 11,000 square feet. It is a mostly flat parcel and sits just to the east of the shopping center on the corner of Cota and Anacapa Streets that houses Dune Coffee Roasters (formerly The French Press). The property sits across the street from the current Cota Street commuter parking lot. The HACSB plan for the lot will not change the mass or exterior design of the building. The Housing Authority recently received approval from the Santa Barbara City Council for the City to provide funding of $2.0 million for the $2.6 million acquisition of this property. The funding source from the City can only be used to support affordable housing efforts. In addition, the Housing Authority intends to apply for Low Income Housing Tax Credits to provide the bulk of the funding needed for the development. Rob Fredericks, HACSB Executive Director/CEO shares that, “Despite our efforts, our nation, state and city continue to grapple with adequately addressing this issue affordable housing to those most in need and living without a home. We believe access to housing saves lives. For over 25 years, the Housing Authority has worked to eliminate homelessness in Santa Barbara, one home at a time. However, we cannot do it alone. The Housing Authority has collaborated with several local agencies to provide supportive living situations at housing developments such as El Carrillo, Artisan Court, Bradley Studios, and Johnson Court. The services are designed to build independent living and tenancy skills, and, connect people with community- based health care and treatment. We are excited www.hacsb.org to add the Cota Street project to our affordable housing portfolio.”

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HY IS IT IMPORTANT TO REPORT ON THE HOUSING MARKET? Because there is already a housing shortage (Forbes says up to 3.8 million unit shortfall to date), and they among others, are predicting a record wave of bankruptcies of large and small companies that could put even more than the 20 million unemployed already out of work. Existing-home sales fell in May, marking a three-month decline in sales as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Each of the four major regions witnessed dips in month-over-month and year-over-year sales, with the Northeast experiencing the greatest month-over-month drop. Total existing-home sales (www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales), completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, slumped 9.7 percent from April to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 3.91 million in May, according to the NAR. Overall, sales fell year-over-year, down 26.6 percent from a year ago (5.33 million in May 2019), which shows how deep this recession is. The Pandemic itself is reaching “forest fire” proportions according to some experts with no end in sight, so it’s important to ask if existing-home sales have bottomed out their decline in sales in May. Other indicators, including pending-home future sales, already down 22 percent in April, will be the first indicator that tells us whether sales will drop further and inventories increase from their current lows. It largely depends on how many workers are able to return to work, as I’ve said earlier. The latest pending-home sales numbers reveal the greatest decline since NAR begin tracking such transactions in January 2001. However, chief economist Lawrence Yun expects that April will be the lowest point for pending contracts. We will know next Monday, June 29th, when May pending-home sales are released. “Sales completed in May reflect contract signings in March and April – during the strictest times of the pandemic lockdown and hence the cyclical low point,” said Yun. “Home sales will surely rise in the upcoming months with the economy reopening, and could even surpass one-year-ago figures in the second half of the year.” Yun is surprisingly sunny about the rest of this year. “Given the surprising resiliency of the housing market in the midst of the pandemic, the outlook for the remainder of the year has been upgraded for both home sales and prices, with home sales to decline by only eleven percent in 2020 with the median home price projected to increase by four percent,” Yun said. “In the prior forecast, sales were expected to fall by 15 percent and there was no increase in home price.” I am not so optimistic, after seeing the ups and downs of housing in recent times. We are really in another Great Recession, at least, and the NY Times says more than 6,800 companies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year, and this year will almost certainly have more, according to NY Times reporter Mary Williams Walsh. The flood of petitions from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression could swamp the system, making it harder to save the companies that can be rescued, bankruptcy experts said per Walsh. But rather than be the total pessimist, I can hope that we contain this ‘forest fire’ sooner rather than later, as well as the bankruptcy problem by continued government support that boosts spending in areas such as infrastructure, spending that has been too long postponed. It might even now have the attention of congress...

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A letter from Sal Rodriguez


June 26, 2020

My Mentor – George Chelini

Y MENTOR AND GOOD FRIEND, George Chelini, passed away on Wednesday, June 17th, 2020. He would have been 89 on Thursday, June 18th, 2020. Here is a little insight into George Chelini and the excellent work he did with the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County. I first met George in 1956; he was a young man who had just graduated from UCSB and got a part-time job at the Santa Barbara Boys Club. He worked in the library. My family moved to Goleta in 1957 and I joined the Goleta Boys Club. In 1958, George became the Executive Director of the Goleta Boys Club, and that was the start of our life-long friendship. I remember one evening, George got a group of us in the library, and he asked us if we were planning on going to college. We started to laugh, some of us didn’t know what college meant, and most of us were trying to get to high school and hopefully graduate. I never forgot that meeting, and for me, the seed was planted about going to college. I’m sure George had that conversation with many other members. In 1959, George hired me as a Day Camp counselor. He paid me one dollar an hour, and for once in my life, I had a little bit of money in my pocket. The Goleta Club was located at the airport in a T-shaped building. The lease on the building ran out, so George and his committee were able to talk the Goleta George Chelini Union School District into leasing the lot behind the Goleta Union Grammar School. In 1961 George spearheaded the drive to build the new clubhouse at its present location. George was the Executive Director of the Goleta Boys Club from 1958 to 1975. During that time he developed the following programs: Baseball League: Way before little league, he had 600 players playing summer ball. He had a great wood-shop with all the power tools. He started the first Day Camp, which helped many working parents. He had tutors come in from UCSB to help the members with their studies. He developed a very strong Board.

He started the High Sierra Backing Challenge. He started a Ladies Auxiliary Club.

He developed a great games room program. No one could beat him in Ping Pong. He had a great weight room program. He had the club open from 1pm to 5:30pm and 6pm to 9pm, Monday-Friday and 1pm to 4pm on Saturdays. He always came in on Budget. He was an excellent fund-raiser. He found part-time jobs for many of the teenage members. His door was always open to the kids. He was a good basketball player and very aggressive. He was a “Great Role Model,” and he saved a lot of young lives. He was a member of the Goleta Union School Board in the ’60s and ’70s. He hired some excellent staff members: Louie Esparza, Jack Elbert, Bill Hibbard, Dick Clark, Mike Warren, Jan Bailey, Rochelle Rose, Earl Pointer, Robert Thompson, Rich Medel, Anne Vierra Abe Jahadhmy, and Dan Gomez. I was honored to work for him. He had Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner for the club families. He had a strong Keystone club. He started the Grand Canyon trip in 1970, and I continued it for the next 35 years. He started a tackle football program. He started a basketball league and called it the Tomahawk League. All the teams were named after American Indian Tribes: Apaches, Blackfeet, Navajo, Cheyenne, Sioux, etc. He sold Christmas Trees during Christmas.

George and I would play basketball with the 1971 Dos Pueblos High Basketball team that won the CIF Title that year. We would be in that gym till 11:30 at night. I worked part-time while I was in High school and Santa Barbara City College. In 1964 I went off to college, and before I left, I visited George, and his parting words were, “If you ever get in trouble and need help, call me.” In 1968, I had two months of school left; my car broke down, my part-time job ended. I didn’t have any money. I called George and explained the situation, he asked me how much I needed to finish the year, and I said $200 would get me through. He sent me $200, and it got me through the final semester. I tell this story because I was just one young man that he helped, and there were many others. I was talking to my sister, and I asked her how we got through our home life. Her response was, you were never home, you were always at the Goleta Boys Club. George provided a positive atmosphere for all the members.

He saved my butt. In 1968, I graduated from Fresno State. I was hired by George Chelini as the Athletic Director, and I got drafted into the Army. George tried to get me out by appealing to the draft board, saying that I was working with underprivileged kids. It didn’t go very far. I worked for two weeks at the club and then was off to the Army. I ended up in Vietnam in 1969 and while I was there, George wrote me a letter saying that I still had my job back if I wanted it. I came back in 1970, and I wanted to buy a new car. With George Chelini’s help (he co-signed) I bought a brand new Chevy Nova for $2,500. In 1975 when George left for United, he promoted me to Unit Director. He took a chance on me. Gordon Wormal and George Chelini formed the United Boys Clubs in 1975. That same year, Gordon Wormal retired, and George Chelini was named the Executive Director of the United Boys Clubs. George brought in all the Clubs, and we all reported to him. George Chelini was the CEO from 1975 to 1993. During that time he built a very strong Board, acquired Camp Whittier, and the Lompoc Boys Club. He raised much money and built up the Endowment for the United Boys & Girls Clubs and The Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Clubs. He made sure that all of our members were provided with a safe environment. George Chelini was ahead of his time regarding Endowment Building. He was well known at a national level and was invited to speak to other Boys & Girls Club professionals. George knew every important person in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, and especially people in Montecito. Two years ago, Ben Howland called me and said that we ought to do a bar-be-que for George Chelini. I said that it is a great idea. We met with George and explained what we wanted to do and to thank him for all his excellent work with kids. We had alumni coming from Chicago, Arizona, New Mexico, Sweden, Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield, and all over California. It turned out to be a very fun day. George called me a few days later, and he invited Ben Howland and me up to the beach house, and again he thanked us. George Chelini had a big, positive impact on the kids growing up in Santa Barbara County. He was a true Boys & Girls Club Professional. I owe whatever success that I have had to that Gentleman, George Chelini. George had this saying, “that's a Sapo.” It meant a lucky shot in basketball, billiards, ping pong, etc. As we would say in Goleta, “George, you did well.” RIP, my friend. My condolences to his family: Karen, Marilyn, Margie, Eric, Remy, Polly, and all the grandchildren.

– Sal Rodriguez

Hospice of Santa Barbara’s “Coping with COVID-19” Series

Poetry Therapy and Isolation During COVID-19


By Perie Longo, Bearevement Counselor and Poetry Therapy

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OETRY HAS HAD A VARIED REPUTATION THROUGHOUT HISTORY beginning with the oral tradition in ancient times, the chant having the power to heal. More recently, authors have written articles and books about if poetry matters and why. Then 9/11 happened and our idea of national security shrunk. I remember one newscaster interviewed Billy Collins, then Poet Laureate of the United States, and asked what poem he would recommend. At first he said, the psalms, then added, the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver. I still hear her words that were heard over the radio across the country. “Tell me about your despair, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on… Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.” Here we are again. Home, in a very different way, sheltered and isolated to dodge the Coronavirus as best we can. Whether we take to poetry or not, we turn to it at times of celebration like birth and marriage, as well as times of great sorrow—death, and crisis like the one we are experiencing today. Poetry has been exploding on the internet, people writing about their despair, their grief and anger and fear. Poetry can connect us to the world, at the same time, reaching deep into the “I,” the self, trying to understand a

collage of feelings suddenly risen demanding attention. When a poem speaks of our experience, there is a sense of comfort, which holds the word “fort.” A poem can fortify us, light a way to hope. And poetry is a container. Words in shorter lines with the wide margins like a fence, hold our emotion so we won’t fall off the edge. Not every poem is one of healing, which brings me to poetry therapy, also described as poetry for wellness or healing. I have been facilitating bereavement groups at Hospice for many years. A poem selected for inspiration, must always point to hope in some way, while also speaking of struggle. The process begins with a poem that addresses specific emotions of the group in language that is understandable yet fresh, perhaps with metaphor and imagery, and most often personal details with a natural rhythm. I like to describe poetry as a song without the melody. The poem is printed up, a copy for all, read, and then explored, not for what it means as in an English class, but where in the poem does your heart land. What phrases or words speak to you and how do they relate to your life? From that place, participants write their own poems, which are read out loud. Group members respond with heart so the author feels heard,

seen, not judged, but opens more to the self and others with compassion. Poetry becomes a communal event, starting with a few words that spread, like a pebble dropped in a pond, pulsing outward. Once sheltered, Hospice turned to technology to keep our lives moving forward, on the Zoom platform. Early in April 2020, NPR’s poet-in residence, Kwame Alexander, pointed to a poem by Nancy Dross Dunham titled What I’m Learning about Grief which was published on Morning Edition. It was followed by an invitation from NPR to those whose lives had been affected by COVID-19, to write poems beginning with the line “What I’m learning about grief is…” and send in their thoughts. NPR staff would pick out a sampling of poems from around the country. On April 30th, the national “communal poem” was posted by NPR on Zoom for all to hear and read. https://www.npr.org/2020/04/30/845910766/if-the-trees-can-keepdancing-so-can-i-a-community-poem-to-cope-in-crisis

Continuing with the national outcry, I brought the poem to our Hospice group, reading some of the lines, and members wrote their own poems and thoughts about what they had learned about grief or were experiencing that day, as they always do. What was different is that this time they were united with a wide swath of others experiencing grief as if looking through a glass window West to East, South to North, seeing themselves reflected, encouraged to take another step, which is one of the healing effects of poetry. It only takes one line that opens the heart, and another ear to hear it, and nod Yes. . www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org

June 26, 2020


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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Parallel Stories to Feature Local Author Sameer Pandya HE CONVERGENCE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND WAVES OF PROTEST against systemic and cultural racism is the cultural context for the next installation of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Parallel Stories. Sameer Pandya, Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UCSB and the author of the debut novel Members Only, will appear in a free Zoom conversation with author Ivy Pochoda on July 7th. “The novel is an occasion to immerse yourself in lives and worlds that are not your own. It is a place where we can encounter different histories, different narratives. Reading is an act of engaging with these differences. And it serves as an occasion to talk, which is vital in, as you say, enhancing cultural awareness,” Pandya wrote in an email interview with VOICE. Pandya’s book and the conversation it may provoke seem to have anticipated this unique cultural moment. Through the eyes and experiences of Pandya’s protagonist, Raj Bhatt, he introduces readers to aspects of Bhatt’s Indian American experience, rife with racism, white preferencing, and classism. Parallel Stories was created to offer another avenue into the Museum, to allow dialogue between the various arts, each other, and the Museum’s collections, according to Patsy Hicks, SBMA Director of Education. “Parallel Stories, she notes, “is a literary and performing arts series that pairs art and artists with award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. This series functions as a multidisciplinary lens through which to view the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions. The idea came out of the Museum’s belief in and championing of the connection between word and image, between visual literacy and literacy. We recognize that people come to art from different access points. Stories, are one of those.”

Pandya is quick to point out that, “This is not an woeful.” autobiographical novel, but the issues Raj is dealing with here—on “There is a richness that comes when language illuminates some race and racism, on fatherhood, on the notions of success and failure idea in a work of art, and when art inspires or is a starting place for with work, on middle age—are certainly issues that I have been writing. Music and performance are other ways that audiences are engaging with for a long time.” invited to respond to art. They are all ‘parallel stories’ that not only He came to the project after completing a book of stories, The help us to connect, but enrich our experience and understanding,” Blind Writer, in 2015. It was then that he felt ready Hicks continued. Pandya’s art reflects a careful to tackle the novel form. sharing of the details of a character’s life that “There are so many different formal intertwine and reach back to his protagonist’s aspects of the novel and that’s what makes early days in India all the way up to his marriage the challenge of writing one interesting and membership at the TC. and exciting. There are very long novels “I wrote the novel, first and foremost, that take place over a day and relatively because I wanted to tell Raj Bhatt’s story. One short ones that take place over years. of my favorite lines from the book is early on This one covers a difficult week in the when Bill Brown, a key character, says that he life of the protagonist,” he added. “The knew a Raj in college. And Raj thinks to himself: protagonist Raj Bhatt has been tapping ‘Everyone knew a Raj in college.’ In writing this on my shoulder for some years. I had book, I wanted to flesh out that Raj everyone his voice in mind, I had some sense of knew or, for that matter, didn’t know. I wanted his life. And from there, the opening to give him a past, a present, a deep inner life chapter emerged. I had originally with wants and desires and failings,” Pandya The novel is an occasion written it as a short story, but when I concluded. It is this teasing out of Raj’s inner to immerse yourself in was done with it, I knew that there was more to life that places Members Only in the middle lives and worlds that say, more to cover. And from there, working in of today’s cultural conversation about racism, are not your own. It is the novel form seemed the most useful.” health, and contemporary life. a place where we can Pandya has met success with his various encounter different Ivy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed writing projects. The Blind Writer was long novels Wonder Valley, Visitation Street, and These histories, different listed for the PEN/Open Book Award and he Women. Wonder Valley won the 2018 Strand Critics narratives. Reading is an is the recipient of the PEN/Civitella Fellowship Award for Best Novel and was a finalist for the Los act of engaging with Angeles Times Book Prize and Le Grand Prix de that granted him a residency with other artists these differences. And Litterature Americaine, as well as being chosen as in Civitella, Italy. His fiction, commentary, and an NPR and Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. it serves as an occasion cultural criticism has appeared in a range of to talk, which is vital in, publications, including The Atlantic, Salon, Sports Parallel Stories with Sameer Pandya and Ivy as you say, enhancing Pochoda will take place on July 7th at 6pm. For a Illustrated, ESPN, and Narrative Magazine. cultural awareness. free ticket to this virtual event on Zoom, visit: tickets. Of his newest book, The New York Times – Sameer Pandya sbma.net. An email will be sent with a Zoom link Book Review recently said it is as “witty as it is after reserving a ticket. Photo © Lauren Ross


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By Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate


OW AND THEN, I get a complaint from one of our readers saying that what we publish isn’t poetry because it doesn’t rhyme. Actually, we’ve published quite a lot of poetry with rhymes— end-rhymes, half-rhymes, internal rhymes, and now and then a sonnet, if that sonnet is a fine poem, too. And here’s one of those by Rhina P. Espaillat, a New Englander, from her book And After All, published by Able Muse Press.

Butchering My mother’s mother, toughened by the farm, hardened by infants’ burials, used a knife and swung an axe as if her woman’s arm wielded a man’s hard will. Inured to life and death alike, “What ails you now?” she’d say ungently to the sick. She fed them, too, roughly but well, and took the blood away— and washed the dead, if there was that to do. She told us children how the cows could sense when their own calves were marked for butchering, and how they lowed, their wordless eloquence impossible to still with anything— sweet clover, or her unremitting care. She told it simply, but she faltered there. American Life In Poetry does not accept unsolicited submissions. American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation. org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2019 by Rhina P. Espaillat, “Butchering,” from And After All, (Able Muse Press, 2019). Poem reprinted by permission of Rhina P. Espaillat and the publisher. Introduction copyright ©2020 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.

Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006

June 26, 2020


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HRISTO WAS THE ARTIST WHO STRETCHED AN OPALESCENT FENCE ACROSS SONOMA COUNTY (1976), wrapped the Pont Neuf in Paris (1985), created pink lily pads out of Islands in Miami’s Biscayne Bay (1983), and placed thousands of umbrellas in California and Japan (1991). We lost Jeanne-Claude in 2009; Christo passed away recently at the age of 84. He partnered with his wife on monumental projects and together they were known simply as Christo and JeanneClaude. They changed the way we all experience art in immeasurable ways. My wife, Barbara, and I had the opportunity of getting to know them both. It began with students in a Principles of Art class in 1983. Their idea was to wrap a dilapidated building on the Westmont Campus to call attention to fundraising so that we could turn it into an The Umbrellas by Christo Art Center. We went straight to the artists, making a telephone call to the New York-based artist, Christo, asking if he would work with us. I knew immediately that we had made two new friends in Christo and Jeanne-Claude. We ended up not wrapping our building on the advice of Jeanne-Claude. But, Barbara and I attended a lecture by Christo at UCSB, and had the opportunity to sign up to work on a team for one of their large projects. That project was titled: The Umbrellas. Yellow umbrellas were placed near Tejon Pass between Los Angeles Barbara and Tony Askew working on the large Christo and Kern Counties, and in Japan, there was an 18-mile stretch project, The Umbrellas of blue umbrellas. We became part of a team with Tom Larson, adjunct professor of art history and Jeremy Kamm, a Westmont College art student. We committed to a week of work and became part of the art team of enthusiastic, hard-working artists installing the nearly twenty-foot-tall octagonal umbrellas that opened up to just over 28 feet. Christo and JeanneClaude’s plan was a carefully mixed concept of theatre, art, architecture, and environmental planning. The intention was to compare Eastern and Western concepts of landscape and the environment. Our experience of working on The Umbrellas was both the educational highlight and most creative adventure of my career. Barbara and I became great fans of Christo and Jeanne-Claude and followed all of their projects. In 2005, we made a special trip to New York City to experience The Gates in Central Park. I will always remember this creative couple who influenced my thinking in a most positive and creative way. Christo and Jeanne-Claude created many dramatic and beautiful projects and how lucky we were to become participants in one of them. These projects represent not only years of efforts in the artists’ lives, but also years of teamwork. The projects involved politicians and business people, as well as permits, materials, photographers, machinery, and teams of workers. Christo and Jeanne-Claude never wrote grants or took corporate money. It was important that they have complete artistic freedom. Their visual dreams opened up significant dialogues with intense communal energy. Printed with Permission of the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum Of Art


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“Clean Air Rooms” Create Protection From Wildfires


MOKE AND ASH ENDANGER A WIDE RANGE OF PEOPLE and in response the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and the County Public Health Department have prepared a plan to help handle poor air quality conditions. Wildfires generate small particles known as particulate matter. These particles harm the lungs and heart, and can cause coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest pain, nausea, and in severe instances, premature mortality. People with heart or lung disease, seniors, kids, and pregnant women are especially sensitive to smoke. The best protection against wildfire smoke is to stay indoors as much as possible when smoke is present. Take these steps to ensure your family will have safe indoor air quality. Choosing & Using an Air Purifier • Pick a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) purifier to reduce particulate matter indoors by 90 percent. These can be purchased at hardware stores or online retailers. • Make sure that the device doesn’t create ozone – find a list of safe options online: www.arb.ca.gov/research/indoor/aircleaners/certified.htm • HEPA purifiers come in various makes and models, suitable for different room sizes. • Use the purifier in a room where you spend a lot of time, like a bedroom. → HEPA purifiers for an average-sized bedroom cost approximately $75. • Check your windows and doors and make sure the room is sealed tightly so smoke from the outdoors does not get pulled inside. • Replace the filter as directed in the owner’s manual. Filters need to be replaced more frequently if used during a wildfire.

Making Your Own Air Purifier • Assembling a DIY version of an air purifier can be a more affordable option, with materials costing approximately $40. • This DIY version has been shown to reduce harmful particulate matter indoors similarly to a HEPA purifier. • Here’s how to make your own: → Use tape to attach a 20 x 20 MERV-rated air filter — like what you would use for your HVAC system — to the back of a 20 x 20 box fan. Attaching to the back of the fan creates a better seal. → Use a filter with a MERV rating of 13. → Check the filter for the direction of the air flow, marked on the side of the filter. • Check your windows and doors and make sure the room is sealed tightly so smoke from the outdoors does not get pulled inside. • Replace the filter more frequently if used during a wildfire. • As needed, disassemble the box fan to wipe away any accumulated dirt. • For safety, follow these precautions: → Don’t leave the device unattended. → Turn off the device while sleeping. → When the fan is modified in this way, use the device as an air cleaner, not as fan to cool your home. Minimizing Sources of Indoor Air Pollution In addition to using a HEPA air purifier, follow these recommendations: • If advised to stay inside, keep windows and doors shut and sealed tightly.

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Stay indoors for protection from wildfire smoke. Tips for indoor air quality.

• If temperatures are high and there is no way to keep the home cool with windows and doors shut, consider temporarily relocating to an area with better air quality until conditions improve. • Upgrade your filter in your HVAC system to a MERV filter, with a MERV rating of at least 13. Check with your HVAC professional to see what MERV rating your HVAC system can handle to ensure proper functionality. • Do not smoke or burn firewood, candles, or incense in the house. • Use your range hood while cooking, especially when using a gas stove. • Consider using professional services for a blower door test to detect air leaks. This service can help you know how to properly seal your home. During wildfires, there are various ways to stay updated on local air quality conditions: Sign up to receive air quality alerts from APCD and Public Health: www.OurAir.org/subscribe. Check hourly air quality conditions and daily air forecasts: www.OurAir.org/todays-air-quality.

Las “habitaciones de aire limpio” crean protección contra incendios forestales

Quédese dentro para protegerse del humo de un incendio forestal. Consejos para la calidad del aire interior.


L HUMO Y LAS CENIZAS PONEN EN PELIGRO A UNA GRAN VARIEDAD DE PERSONAS y en respuesta el Air Pollution Control District (APCD, Distrito de Control de la Contaminación Atmosférica) del condado de Santa Barbara y el Departamento de Salud Pública del condado de Santa Barbara han preparado un plan para ayudar a manejar las malas condiciones de calidad del aire. Los incendios forestales generan pequeñas partículas conocidas como “partículas en suspensión.” Estas dañan los pulmones y el corazón, y pueden ocasionar tos, sibilancias, dificultad para respirar, dolor de pecho, náuseas y, en casos graves, muerte prematura. Quienes padecen enfermedades cardíacas o pulmonares, los adultos mayores, los niños y las embarazadas son especialmente sensibles al humo. El mejor modo de protegerse contra el humo de un incendio forestal es quedándose adentro tanto como sea posible, mientras haya humo. Tome estas medidas para asegurarse de que su familia tendrá una calidad de aire interior segura. Elegir y usar un purificador de aire • Elija un purificador HEPA (filtro de aire de alta eficiencia) para disminuir en un 90 por ciento las partículas en suspensión del interior. Puede adquirirse en ferreterías o por Internet. • Asegúrese de que el dispositivo no genere ozono. Puede encontrar una lista de opciones seguras en línea: www.arb.ca.gov/research/indoor/aircleaners/certified.htm • Los purificadores HEPA vienen en varias marcas y modelos, que son adecuados para diferentes tamaños de habitaciones. • Use el purificador en una habitación en la que pase mucho tiempo, como el dormitorio. → Los purificadores HEPA para un dormitorio de tamaño estándar cuestan unos $75, aproximadamente. • Verifique las puertas y ventanas, y asegúrese de que la habitación esté cerrada herméticamente para que no pueda

ingresar el humo del exterior. • Reemplace el filtro según se indica en el manual del usuario. Se deben reemplazar los filtros con mayor frecuencia si se utilizan durante un incendio forestal. Hacer su propio purificador de aire • Armar una versión casera de un purificador de aire puede ser una opción más económica, ya que los materiales cuestan unos $40. • Se ha demostrado que esta versión casera disminuye las partículas en suspensión perjudiciales en el aire interior de manera similar a un purificador HEPA. • Puede hacer el suyo de esta manera: → Use cinta adhesiva para sujetar un filtro de aire con clasificación MERV de 20 x 20, como el que usaría para su sistema de climatización, a la parte trasera de un ventilador de caja de 20 x 20. Sujetarlo a la parte trasera del ventilador lo sella mejor. → Use un filtro con una clasificación MERV de 13 puntos. → Verifique la dirección del flujo del aire, que está marcada a un lado del filtro. • Verifique las puertas y ventanas, y asegúrese de que la habitación esté cerrada herméticamente para que no pueda ingresar el humo del exterior. • Reemplace el filtro con mayor frecuencia si lo utiliza durante un incendio forestal. • Según sea necesario, desarme el ventilador de caja para limpiar la suciedad acumulada. • Por su seguridad, siga estas medidas de precaución: → No deje el aparato sin supervisión. → Apáguelo antes de irse a dormir. → Cuando modifique de esta manera un ventilador, use el

aparato como limpiador de aire, no como ventilador para refrescar su vivienda. Minimizar las fuentes de contaminación del aire interior Además de usar un purificador de aire HEPA, siga estas recomendaciones: • Si se aconseja quedarse adentro, mantenga cerradas herméticamente las puertas y ventanas. • Si la temperatura es alta y no hay modo de mantener la vivienda fresca con las puertas y ventanas cerradas, evalúe la posibilidad de trasladarse temporalmente a un área con una mejor calidad de aire, hasta que mejoren las condiciones. • Actualice el filtro de su sistema de climatización a un filtro MERV, con una clasificación MERV de al menos 13 puntos. Consulte con su profesional de climatización para saber qué clasificación MERV puede tolerar su sistema de climatización para asegurarse de que funcione de manera adecuada. • No ahúme ni queme leña, velas o incienso en la casa. • Use el extractor cuando cocine, sobre todo cuando utilice una estufa de gas. • Evalúe la posibilidad de contratar un servicio profesional que realice una prueba de soplador en las puertas para detectar filtraciones de aire. Este servicio puede ayudarlo a saber cómo cerrar herméticamente su casa de manera adecuada. Durante los incendios forestales, hay muchas maneras de mantenerse actualizado sobre las condiciones de la calidad del aire local: Suscríbase para recibir alertas de calidad del aire del APCD y el Departmento de Salud Pública: www.OurAir.org/subscribe. Verifique las condiciones de la calidad del aire por hora y los pronósticos diarios del aire: www.OurAir.org/todays-air-quality.


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Poetic VOICE

Landscape At Eighty Dan Gerber, Hound Dog Press


IGH ON EIGHTY YEARS, our own Dan Gerber’s grave joy became a poem. Limited to 150 hand-sewn copies, Dan and his publishers allow me to gift the full text here. He writes, “The poem came over a period of four years. A line or couplet would occur to me that didn’t seem a part of the poem on which I was working. I went back to collect these lines and see what they Dan Gerber had to say to each other. I got the poem in its final form just before I learned of the death of Russell Chatham, my friend of almost fifty years, whose great landscape paintings have deepened and informed my life. This poem was written in their presence. Russ died last October, ten days after his 80th birthday, so, naturally, the poem is dedicated to his memory.” I love that he quotes his other gone beyond friend of fifty years, Jim Harrison, on “last meals,” and that the chapbook is graced with two watercolors by his friend Jack Smith.

Landscape At Eighty I cannot think or tell what hurts or helps me more after I gaze upon your face— the end of nature, or this happiness. —Michelangelo A lifetime burning in every moment, Eliot wrote of his life in old age, but when does old age begin? do we know? We seem to agree on the ending. The blue reaches of a summer afternoon. A turkey vulture tilting on its wings. A crow finishes its drink and flaps off, like old leather, to an oak. When I look up again, the hawk, hovering in winds aloft, has faded into the sky, and the lizard hasn’t budged from the rocks since I first spotted him there. We’re always watched by familiar eyes, the countless windows in which we appear, the spider on the pillow taking in all eight of me at a glance. Beauty still lies in wait, whispering under all the noise— lurking in ambush behind a distraction, seducing with a breeze, scent of spruce, gardenia, subtle rose, warm fragrance of sleeping dog, a whistle off the end of each snore. Luminous blue rivers shuttle through the Greenland glacier, never swift enough to suit themselves. Bananas passing from green to brown, barely pausing at yellow. Poet: a worm whose words might make a butterfly. Li Po drowned embracing the moon of illusion in the river, reflecting the moon

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By Richard Jarrette

of illusion in the sky, loving both equally, but the moon in the river was closer. Nepenthe will keep you from weeping. I carry my claws with care. Coruscating light all day on the river— all night on the walls of my room. I find myself nostalgic for the last time I was feeling nostalgic. I used to be there all the time looking back on it now. All night, the quiet night of California, freeways full or filling up. One certain liberty— to be patient and eventually, leave. I ward off death reviving drowned bees and carrying errant spiders out of the house. Cirrus clouds stacked up for beauty, nothing else to account for it. This joy needs no reason to reach me. Cézanne subjected himself to the landscape every day and drew his religion from it. The horse sees the two nearly identical worlds in which we live. My late afternoon shadow, fifteen feet tall. Do you fear the world will die and leave you behind? A landscape is the abstract, of every hill, shadow, and mystery it comprises in the self-forgetful moment of a mind not striving to define it. The landscape is a complex being; its survival may depend on our demise— more urgently watching what Earth is doing with its atmosphere, things we’ve never seen before, becoming a cliché, the news, a daily booster shot of leaden-eyed despair. Sometimes the only green left in the tree is the mistletoe that siphoned it off. Hatred of Knowledge has a life all its own, as anything addicted to extinction must. Time wouldn’t miss a tick if we were gone. And who would there be to remember?

When I realize I’m dreaming, I know I’m not asleep. How words you courted half your life arrive on their own one summer night when you’re doing nothing with all your might. Poetry is the part you can’t explain. We won’t blame ourselves for making so much of a little construction of words. Sanity is waiting here outside your door. It might be raining sanity, or blowing sanity, or the sanity of silence with just a few birds. Pärt said his music, like white light, contains all the colors and only the prism of a listener can make them appear. How many times have you tried to explain the earth to a worm? Sphere: energy and gravity in divine embrace. When the I who am not I meets the you who never arrived. Ryōkan, on the secret of his art: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Counting to a billion will take you thirty-four years, if you don’t lose your concentration. These Things are empty, and when you become empty, they become luminous. No one who has seen a quark has ever forgotten it. I spent years waiting for patience and found it in no time at all. ‘I don’t believe in last meals,’ Jim said. ‘I believe in lots of last meals.’ Nights we sat out under the stars while the lights in the hills blinked out. Pole: place from which anywhere you step will be in the right direction. When we die we’ll be what we’ve always been, an urn of dust on loan from the stars. My breath would keep a lion alive. My blood would nourish an eagle. Ages ago, I surrendered to nature so this page could be here and not be blank. Wishing I could introduce my grandson to my father. God so loved the world he gave himself up and became the world.

Without poetry the visible and invisible worlds wouldn’t be aware of each other, would obscure the mind’s invention of knowledge between a cloud of dust and cinder. Three deer on the hilltop, their ears keeping watch while they doze. The high step of the blind dog testing the air he walks into. Waxing moon, swelling each night, gobbling a hundred more stars. The poppy flourishes to beguile the bee and, by its nature, catches me. Hummingbird buzzing a foot from my face, wondering if I contain nectar?

Richard Jarrette is 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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Montecito Water District Board Nears Historic Vote


By Melinda Burns / Contributor

ROMISING TO “DROUGHT-PROOF” MONTECITO AND BANISH RATIONING – if not forever, at least for the foreseeable future – the Montecito Water District board on Thursday is poised to approve the purchase of a multimillion-dollar supply of water from the City of Santa Barbara, every year for the next 50 years; and sign off on a five-year schedule of rate increases to help pay for it. Under the proposed “Water Supply Agreement” with Santa Barbara, which is six years in the making, the district’s 11,400 ratepayers, primarily in Montecito but also in Summerland and Toro Canyon, would effectively fund 46 percent, or $33 million, of the city’s $72 million desalination plant over 50 years, plus interest and a share of the plant’s operation and maintenance costs. In return, the city would guarantee a supply of 1,430 acre-feet of drinking water to Montecito Water District customers, year in and year out, through 2071. That’s 46 percent of the current desalination supply, and it’s enough to meet 40 percent of the district’s customer demand. “If it were up to me, I’d sign up for 100 years,” said board President Floyd Wicks, who was elected in 2016, when Montecito residents faced per-parcel caps on water use and stiff fines for over-watering. “The community needs to have a plan in place that provides for a reliable water supply that’s predictable in cost. We haven’t had that for a long time.” Not since county voters approved bonds for the construction of a state aqueduct branch to Lake Cachuma in 1991 has a water vote had such import for Montecito. Once again, the vote comes on the heels of a severe drought. Under rationing from 2014 to 2017, Montecito, a wealthy community of one-acre lots, big estates and luxury hotels, and golf courses, cut its water use by 50 percent. At the same time, between five and ten percent of district customers regularly paid the fines instead of cutting back: they included the San Ysidro Ranch; the Biltmore; and Ty Warner, their billionaire owner, at his tropically-landscaped estate on Channel Drive. “Those penalties were really a thorn in the flesh for many people, and for our new board,” Wicks said. “I don’t want to go through it again. People made some very serious long-term changes to their irrigation habits. I don’t see how the community can do much better than what they already did.”

On a mission The annual bill for the Santa Barbara supply would be about $4.6 million through 2038, at which time Montecito’s share of the capital cost of the desalination plant would be paid off. For the remaining 33 years, the district’s annual bill would drop to $2.3 million. Rain or shine, the supply would be delivered and the bills would be due. To help pay for the water, the board proposes to raise district revenues by 2.8 percent per year for the next five years by raising rates and meter service charges. As is the case now, higher water users would pay higher rates. The August 1st bill would reflect the new changes. Under the agreement, Santa Barbara would retain full ownership of its desalination plant. It provides the surplus that is available for sale to Montecito; but the city would be able to send water from any source to its next-door neighbor.

With memories of rationing still fresh, the Montecito Water District is expected this week to buy into a 50-year supply of water from the City of Santa Barbara; the initial cost would be $4.6 million per year. The city’s $72 million desalination plant provides the surplus that makes the deal possible, but the city would be allowed to deliver water to Montecito from any source.

“The whole strategy has been, ‘How do we increase reliability?’” said board Director Tobe Plough. “We campaigned on it. What we said we were going to do is what we’ve been working on.” But several prominent board critics, including Bob Roebuck, a former general manager of the district; Charles Newman, a Montecito planning commissioner; and Dick Shaikewitz, a 12year water board veteran who was voted out in 2018, contend that the district’s plan is unreasonable. Conservation, these critics say, is a better alternative than locking ratepayers into a 50-year debt for landscaping water that, most years, they won’t need, even in a community where the median household income is nearly $150,000. “It’s crazy,” Roebuck said. “The board’s on a mission. The average customer lives within their means, but there’s a group of customers who just want to have all the water they can possibly use during the worst year of the worst drought, and they want everyone to pay for it. I’m sort of despondent about the whole thing.” Newman, who lost his seat on the water board in 2016, believes the district should set its sights on a supply of wastewater that can be treated to drinking standards, a technology, formerly called “toilet-to-tap,” that is still a few years away. Newman worries that sea level rise may flood the city’s desalination plant before the proposed 50-year agreement has expired. “A far better path to water security for MWD’s customers is to continue with the successful conservation efforts and to distribute water that is treated to the highest standard allowed by law, which will soon be potable recycled water,” he said. Kira Redmond, executive director of Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, agrees. The desalination plant, she said, was supposed to be a supply of last resort; the technology is energyintensive and, hard on the marine environment. “We’re feeding the cycle of climate change and drought that forced us to resort to ‘desal’ in the first place,” Redmond said. “Those are old times. The future is different. We live in a Mediterranean climate. Conservation is a way of life, and it needs to be so always, not just in times of drought. Now, through this water supply agreement, we’re going to be stuck with ‘desal’ forever. Recycled water is where we should all be headed.” But Joshua Haggmark, the city water resources manager, calls the agreement with Montecito “an example of good partnership” and says it is “fair for both communities.” If Santa Barbara ever wanted to expand its desalination plant, Haggmark said, Montecito would pick up part of the cost, and both communities would enjoy the resulting economies of scale. “In the future, it does help address risk and helps stabilize water supplies on the South Coast,” Haggmark said. “I’m a fan of regional projects. I just think the momentum is headed this way.”

“Saving” Montecito After the 1991 vote to import aqueduct water to Cachuma, the Montecito Water District ordered as much state water as Santa Barbara did, with 80,000 fewer people to pay for it. Montecito’s share of the $575 million capital cost of the aqueduct branch is due through 2035; it totals $5.5 million yearly and represents more than a quarter of the district’s $20 million annual budget. Beginning in 2022, the payment will drop $1.8 million, to an annual $3.7 million. During the recent drought, the state slashed its allocations from the aqueduct to member agencies. But it’s widely agreed that the aqueduct branch “saved” Montecito; through the pipeline, the district was able to import supplemental water from other agencies around the state. The extra water cost more than $7 million district officials say, and more than $10 million in delivery and treatment costs. Some agencies demanded payback in water as well as cash. But the district believes it can no longer rely on supplemental state water when the chips are down. The community faced a triple whammy during the drought of 2012 to 2018: Lake Cachuma, normally the district’s largest supply source, dropped to seven percent of capacity; Jameson Lake, the district’s small reservoir upstream of Cachuma, shrank to an undrinkable “dead” pool; and, in 2014, state water allocations were reduced to five percent of entitlements. Today, there is no water shortage in Montecito: after two years

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“Water Security Team” is set to raise rates to buy an expensive yearly supply from Santa Barbara through 2071.

Jameson Lake, a small reservoir owned by the Montecito Water District on the Santa Ynez River, spilled over the Juncal Dam in April. The lake is 98 percent full; during the recent drought, it shrank to an undrinkable “dead pool.”

of average and above-average rainfall, the district is flush with water and is storing surplus supplies. But, Wicks said, “Looking back to the recent drought really caught my attention. We just can’t leave a community in that kind of dilemma.” Roebuck and other critics believe that the state water market, combined with conservation, could again bail out the community in future droughts, especially if the district stores more of its surplus underground during wet years. “During most years, we have all the water we need in surface reservoirs,” Roebuck said. “We’re already paying for the infrastructure of the State Water Project. In a drought, we keep our consumption down. That’s the ecological way of living, being sensitive to the environment.” Today, Montecitans are using 40 percent less water than they did before the drought, district records show, but it’s still a lot of water: 210 gallons per capita per day, compared to 60 in Santa Barbara and 57 in Goleta. An estimated 85 percent of Montecito’s water goes to landscaping, compared to 50 percent in Santa Barbara and 55 percent in Goleta. But the present Montecito water board, elected in 2016 and 2018 as a “Water Security Team,” and backed by more than $100,000 in campaign funds, including large donations from members of the Birnam Wood and Valley Club golf courses on East Valley Road, has repeatedly said that any further demands on conservation would change the semi-rural feel of Montecito, with its high hedges, broad lawns, lush gardens and dense woodlands. “That intangible, which is why I live here, is in a way almost priceless,” Director Ken Coates said at a May 26th board meeting. At a June 15th workshop, he added: “What we’re dealing with here is the way to protect the character of Montecito and Summerland. It’s critically important that we keep in mind why we live where we live and why property values are as high as they are. That character is largely created by landscaping, and landscaping takes water.”

Startup in 2022 If the board approves the water supply agreement with Santa Barbara on Thursday, the City Council would initiate its approval process on June 30th; but water would not start flowing to Montecito until January 1st, 2022. In the interim, the city would build a pipeline from the desalination plant to the Cater Water Treatment Plant off Foothill Road, where the South Coast Conduit, a high-pressure pipeline, would carry the water to Montecito.

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There is no water shortage in Montecito today. Cachuma is at 79 percent of capacity, and Jameson spilled in both 2019 and this April. But Santa Barbara water, the board says, would be “100 percent reliable”: that is, it would not be dependent on rainfall, and it would come from “this side of the mountains.” In a recent study, an engineering consulting firm backed up the district’s plan, concluding that climate change will bring more frequent, longer, and more intense droughts; reservoir and aqueduct supply will be reduced, and supplemental state water will be more expensive and harder to obtain on the “spot” water market. Only the agreement with Santa Barbara would avert significant water shortages in another serious drought, the study found. Beginning next year, the state is expected to allow agencies that are hooked up to the aqueduct to buy supplemental supplies without incurring a water debt as well as a monetary debt. But the Montecito board believes it would still be risky. Under new state regulations, farmers in the Central Valley will be forced to reduce their pumping from severely depleted groundwater basins, and they will likely be competing for extra supplies, the board says. “In the future, there’s going to be such a battleground for surplus water that might be out there in the system,” Wicks said at a recent meeting. “It’s going to be a bloodbath.” Plough said that during wet years, with a supply from Santa Barbara coming in, the district would look for ways to market surplus state water and Cachuma supplies, becoming a seller instead of a buyer. Plough and Wicks were elected to the board in 2016 on a platform to bring recycled water to Montecito. They will run for re-election in November. Carolee Krieger, a longtime Montecito resident and critic of state water who is president and executive director of the California Water Impact Network, a nonprofit advocacy group, supports the proposed Water Supply Agreement with Santa Barbara. “What we need is local, real wet water, not ‘paper’ state water,” Krieger said. “When there is water in the State Water Project, we have no place to put it. When you need it, it’s not there. It’s always

been a bad investment for Montecito. We have to stop depending on water outside our county.” But Shaikewitz, who voted for rationing and supplemental state water supplies when he was on the board, says the deal with Santa Barbara “doesn’t make sense.” “This is about insurance, and I don’t see it as being necessary,” he said. “It’s an awful lot of money. None of us know what the water situation is going to be for the next 50 years. It’s an absolute blind spot. The water board may be absolutely right. If there’s no water, more power to them. But in the last three years, they’ve had more water than they know what to do with. Do you need to tuck away four to five million dollars a year, extra? If you look over the future, there’s water out there.”

The price of new supply The board says the initial $4.6 million annual price tag for Santa Barbara water would be partially offset by a $1.8 million drop in the district’s annual state water debt, starting in 2022. The district, it says, also could save on the delivery cost of state water that it doesn’t need, and could sell off some of its aqueduct supplies. The proposed 2.8 percent increase in yearly district revenues for the next five years would cover the annual cost of the new supply from Santa Barbara as well as more than $2 million in pipeline replacement. The revenue would be generated from increased water rates and water meter service charges, and changes in the rate structure itself. The new residential rate schedule provides for three tiers of water use, each with progressively higher rates. Tier 1, with the cheapest rates, would chiefly cover indoor use. For thrifty residents in this tier, using just nine hundred cubic feet of water (hcf) monthly, the water rate would go down during the first year, from $8.85 to $6.56 per hcf. (One hundred cubic feet of water equals 748 gallons.) Property owners using 25 hcf on, say, an acre of land, would see a seven percent increase in their water bills on August 1st, from $265.54 to $284.14 monthly. (The largest single bloc of district ratepayers are property owners with one acre of land.)

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The Montecito Water District says too much conservation would alter the semi-rural character of the wealthy community. The Birnam Wood Golf Club, shown here, is one of two luxury golf resorts on East Valley Road.

The district claims that 56 percent of customers would see a decrease or no change in their bills for the next 12 months under the proposed changes. But Roebuck and others have noted that the new rate schedule would incorporate the “Water Shortage Emergency Surcharge” of $3.45 per hcf that the board imposed during the drought. The surcharge was supposed to be temporary and should be eliminated now that the drought is over, Roebuck said. Without the surcharge, which is still listed as “temporary” on the district’s website, the current monthly bills for those residents using 25 hcf of water would be $179.59; their proposed August 1st bills would represent a 58 percent increase from that amount. Wicks said that when district customers sharply cut their demand during the drought, district revenues dropped, yet the district still had to pay for the fixed costs of dams, reservoirs, pipelines, pumping stations, and the aqueduct branch to Cachuma. A supply from Santa Barbara would represent another large fixed cost. “The sales never returned, so the surcharge has to remain,” Wicks said. Melinda Burns volunteers as a freelance journalist in Santa Barbara as a community service. She offers her news reports to multiple local publications, at the same time, for free.

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“Wearing masks in particular decreases the chance of transmission.” — Kurt N. Ransohoff Dear Sansum Patients, As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are committed to keeping you and our community as informed as possible. The more we know about this disease, the safer we will be during this pandemic. I thought I would share with you data from the COVID-19 testing we do of our patients. I know that you have seen national, statewide and county-level data. I thought sharing data from our own testing may make what is happening locally more real and meaningful. We have been testing since early March. We have been consistent in the group of patients we test: ambulatory patients in southern Santa Barbara County. When we say “ambulatory patients” we mean patients out in the community and not those who are hospitalized. Labs have larger data sets, but they tend to have some confounding populations, for instance one week they may test nursing home patients and the next week only test ambulatory patients. So, though our data set is not huge, it is large enough to see trends and the

COVID-19 Update from Cottage Health – June 25, 2020 Below is a status update as of June 25, 2020. • Cottage Health is caring for a total of 283 patients across all campuses. • 226 are acute care patients; 147 acute care beds remain available. • In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds. • Of the 226 acute care patients, 11 patients are on ventilators. 73 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators). • Of the 226 acute care patients, 14 are in isolation with COVID19 symptoms; 13 are confirmed COVID-19 positive. • Of the 14 patients in isolation, 7 patients are in critical care. • From June 8-14: 2,274 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health. Results: 66 positive, 2,208 negative • From June 15-21: 2,673 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health. Results: 80 positive, 2,037 negative, 556 pending

consistency of the tested population is helpful to see trouble fading or coming. The following chart shows all of the COVID-19 tests performed at Sansum Clinic week by week. The number that were positive is indicated in red at the top of the blue bars, and the percentage of positive tests is shown with the orange line. You can see the high percentage of positive cases early, when we only had capacity to test very ill people. Then you can see the fall-off in the percentage of positive cases, despite testing more people during the “lockdown,” and now the increase in the percent of positive cases with the return to more normal levels of activity. You can see in the last two weeks, the number tested is fairly constant, but the rate of positives has doubled in a week and gone up by multiples of that in the last 3 weeks. Hospitalizations locally have increased as well, though typically with this illness the hospitalizations come after people have been infected for a week or more – put another way, hospitalizations lag the positive tests on ambulatory patients. The recent trend is very concerning for all of us, as these results are reflective of people just walking around in our community, just like most of us reading this. Half way through this current week, we can see that next week’s report will likely look worse than that shown here. So, it is not likely a self-correcting blip. It is a trend and we need to acknowledge that shutting down again is seemingly not in the cards, and instead we need to do what we can to reverse this trend. We need to do things differently about mask wearing and social distancing. Before the uptick, we thought the prevalence of active infections was about 1% of the population. It is likely higher than that now. Another way of illustrating this: if you were to attend an event with 100 people several weeks ago, when rate of infections was 1%, it was likely that 1 of the 100 people was infected. If you were to attend the same event now, it is likely more than 1 would have the illness. From what we see in the news, at our parks and beaches, or downtown, it doesn’t appear that the public is ready to be on lockdown like we were before the reopening began. As we begin slowly returning to everyday activities like going to local restaurants or returning to the gym, many people seem to have thought that a loosening of restrictions meant there was no need to do the things that decrease transmission; some relaxed on wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing. All are important in stopping or slowing transmission. Wearing masks in particular decreases the chance of transmission. We know the histories of the people testing positive and in many instances they were exposed while out in the community not wearing masks and being around others not wearing masks, and then rapid spread occurred when they returned to their family environment, impacting people of all ages. To further reinforce the importance of mask wearing, we also know of instances in which people were exposed to COVID-19, but since all parties were wearing a mask, the infection did not spread. Since mask-wearing protects

the people with whom you interact, if everyone adheres to the mask-wearing ordinance, we can all enjoy a little bit more freedom. I have heard mask-wearing referred to as the ultimate act of kindness and compassion for others. I thought I’d share the age and gender breakdown for those who tested positive through our testing site. This data comes very close to the overall California data. Since this is a relatively small sample we don’t want to draw too many conclusions, but it is interesting to see that about one-third of the cases are under the age of 30. According to a June 8 New York Times article, many epidemiologists are already comfortable going to the doctor or socializing with small groups outside, despite the coronavirus. But unless there’s an effective vaccine or treatment first, it will be more than a year before many of these scientists say they will be willing to go to concerts, sporting events or other large gatherings. The following chart shows, by percent, when 511 epidemiologists expect to do some everyday activities again. As a group, they may be more strict than most of us, but it is interesting to consider these choices that we all will have to make until there is an effective vaccine. While we are seeing an uptick in cases, we are also gaining a better understanding of this coronavirus and how to protect our

communities until there is a vaccine widely available. If there is one thing we hope people will acknowledge, it is that COVID-19 is in our community and if we are out and about, it is up to all of us to do our part to protect ourselves and each other. Wearing masks and social distancing are the most effective ways we can prevent the spread of infection as we go about our daily lives. I want to be clear that we think people should not defer their healthcare out of fear of coming to Sansum Clinic or our local hospitals or to the other healthcare providers following the rules set up to protect all of us. Similarly, there are businesses doing a good job of protecting their workers and their customers. We just need to be sure we all do our part to change the trend we are seeing in the data above so that it does not continue. Your health matters to us. Please stay safe. We are here for you – and we are smiling under our masks. Sincerely,

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