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Arts & Lectures

UCSB Arts & Lectures to announce new season


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Height Limits?

Architect Brian Cearnal discusses building heights


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Project Fiesta Returns Outside at the Historical Museum! 12

Movie Theaters are closed



UCSB plans for new M.A. in Environmental studies


ArtSEE on display virtually


Fiesta Mood by Josef Muench, 1949, Coourtesy SBHM

Frank Ochoa weighs in on courthouse plaques

The historic courtyard

Painting by Jo Merit, Courtesy of Abstract Art Collective

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*Community News. . . . . . . . . . 5, 6, *7, 17, *19, 21 *The Ticket: A SB Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10 John Palminteri’s Community VOICE. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Sigrid Toye: Harbor Voice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 *COVID-19 information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . * 16-17 Harlan Green: Economic VOICE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Community Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19 Galleries & Art Venues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1 - 2 3 , 2 5 * Español y Inglés Find the Voice Digital Edition with additonal stories and advertising online at www.VoiceSB.com Edward Goldman: Art Matters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Jumping Course. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29



In This Issue

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Old Spanish Days Fiesta announces this year’s honorary Presidentes

of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum will be home to the

Project Fiesta exhibition beginning this Saturday, July 25th VOICE Magazine cover story see page



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Events will go on sale when the full season is announced on Wednesday, July 29th Gautier Capuçon, cello and Yuja Wang, piano

Due to the nature of live events, artists, venues, programs, dates and times are subject to change.

The Must-see Classical Music Pairing of the Season!

Tony Award-winning Broadway Star

New York-based B-girl

Gautier Capuçon, cello and Yuja Wang, piano

An Evening with John Leguizamo Tues., Feb. 23 / 8pm / UCSB Campbell Hall

Ephrat Asherie Dance

A multi-faceted performer and Emmy and Tony Award winner, John Leguizamo has established a career that defies categorization. With boundless creativity, his work in film, theater, television and literature covers a variety of genres, continually threatening to create a few of its own. Leguizamo recently starred in the hit one-man Broadway show Latin History for Morons (now a popular Netflix special), inspired by the near total absence of Latino figures in his son’s American history class. On the heels of a special 2018 Tony Award for his lifetime body of work as both a playwright and performer, Leguizamo brings his irresistibly irreverent brand of comedy to a new evening inspired by his entire life story.

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Incandescent pianist Yuja Wang returns in an exceptional duo alongside the dazzling French cellist Gautier Capuçon, her close friend and source of inspiration. One of the world’s finest performers celebrated for her keen musical insight and quicksilver versatility, Wang is an artist armed with the ability to challenge the status quo. Capuçon is acclaimed internationally for his deeply expressive musicianship and exuberant virtuosity. Their partnership promises consummate technical skills, inexhaustible creative imagination, unmatched artistry, and charisma in abundance in this must-see recital of Chopin and Franck.

Presented through the generosity of Jody and John Arnhold.

An Evening with Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia

Two Nights! Two Programs!

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Protecting Public Land Tues., Feb. 9 / 7:30pm / Granada Theatre

Wed., Feb. 24 & Thurs., Feb. 25 / 7:30pm / Arlington Theatre

A moderated conversation with Yvon Chouinard featuring clips from Patagonia’s upcoming film, Public Trust. In a time of growing divisions, Americans still share something in common: 640 million acres of public lands. And yet, they face unprecedented threat from entrenched industries and regressive politicians. This conversation will explore the future of our public lands and our planet.

A Santa Barbara institution, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is a perennial fan favorite. Featuring the world’s best films and videos on mountain subjects, the tour awes viewers with thrills and grandeur captured in exotic locations the world over. The show’s wide variety of film subjects – from extreme sports to mountain culture and environment – will amaze audiences. An entirely different program of films screens each night.

Presented through the generosity of Heather & Tom Sturgess. Additional support provided by Forces of Nature series sponsor Audrey & Timothy O. Fisher in memory of J. Brooks Fisher.

Odeon Fri., Feb. 26 / 8pm / UCSB Campbell Hall Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie has shown off her formidable street dance chops as a favorite member of Dorrance Dance. A New York-based b-girl with extensive training in ballet and modern dance, the Israel native returns with her own company, revealing and exploring the complexities of street and social dance forms. Odeon, a new work for seven dancers and four musicians, brings together and remixes street and club dances including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue, set to a mix of early 20th century romantic music and popular AfroBrazilian rhythms. Presented through the generosity of Jody and John Arnhold. Dance Series Sponsors: Annette & Dr. Richard Caleel, Margo Cohen-Feinberg & Bob Feinberg, Irma & Morrie Jurkowitz, Barbara Stupay, and Sheila Wald.

Chefs in Conversation

Samin Nosrat and Yotam Ottolenghi

Fri., March 5 / 7:30pm / Granada Theatre James Beard Award-winning cookbook authors and chefs Samin Nosrat and Yotam Ottolenghi will share their passion for everything food, inviting the audience along for a mouthwatering evening as they dish secrets from the kitchen. With a hit podcast and Netflix series, bestselling debut cookbook and New York Times food column, Samin Nosrat is the It Girl of the culinary world. Israeli-born London restaurateur and Guardian columnist, Yotam Ottolenghi is the bestselling author of beloved cookbooks including Jerusalem and his latest, Ottolenghi Simple. Nosrat’s anecdotes from Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and Ottolenghi’s restaurant tales will leave the audience hungry for more.

2020 Grammy Award-winner

Ranky Tanky

Gullah Music of the Carolina Coast Tues., Feb. 16 / 8pm / UCSB Campbell Hall Charleston’s high-spirited Ranky Tanky is a dynamo quintet exploding onto the music scene with their inspired take on soulful songs of South Carolina’s Gullah culture, mixing the lowcountry traditions of their West African ancestors with dynamic doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. With a name translating to “work it” or “get funky!” in their region’s unique Creole language, the exuberant group comes to Santa Barbara for the first time on the heels of their 2020 Grammy win for Best Regional Roots Music Album.

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UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Community Partners include Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli.

2020-2021 SE ASON H IGH L IGH TS



ORTH THE WAIT, UCSB Arts & Lectures has announced a winter lineup of 14 events, previously canceled due to COVID-19. The events include: cellist Gautier Capuçon and violinist Yuja Wang in a must-see pairing; a moderated conversation with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard; 2020 Grammy Award-winner Ranky Tanky; an evening with Tony Award-winning Broadway star John Leguizamo; Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour; New York-based b-girl Ephrat Asherie; chefs Samin Nosrat & Yotam Ottolenghi in conversation; Ukranian folk-punk band DakhaBrakha; critically-acclaimed novelist Mohsin Hamid in conversation with Pico Iyer; the world premiere of an A&L-commissioned work by Jennifer Koh and Davóne Tines; civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson; pioneering string quartet Brooklyn Rider; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout in conversation with Pico Iyer; and jazz hotshot Jon Batiste. “We are thrilled that these lectures, films, and performances have been rescheduled,” Miller McCune Executive Director Celesta M. Billeci shared. “Not only were they among last season’s most popular events, but also they have a deep cultural resonance and we are glad that the community will have an opportunity to see them. It is also important for us to continue to support our artists and speakers, and we can’t wait to host them in Santa Barbara! While we work to put the finishing touches on our 2020-2021 Season, we hope that announcing these events now will serve as a reminder of the joy of shared cultural experiences. A&L is committed to this vibrant community, and we look forward to another season of enriching performances and thoughtful dialogue.” Events will go on sale when the full season is announced on July 29th. A&L is keeping a close eye on developments locally in Santa Barbara and beyond, including updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, and UC Santa Barbara, among others. A&L is following, and will continue to follow, guidelines and recommendations from these and other trusted authorities.

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Support Wildlife! Being a wild animal is not getting any easier! Join Patricia Bragg, Health Crusader and Organic Pioneer and stay healthy! It’s Baby Season at the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network, a local nonprofit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases wild animals in need. Whether they are orphaned, oiled, injured, or sick, the Network is here to help these animals get a second chance at the lives they were meant to live. So far this year over 3,000 injured or abandoned animals from Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties have received lifesaving, expert care at the Wildlife Care Center in Goleta.

“Help wild animals get a second chance.” Being a wild animal is not getting any easier-Urban development, devastating wildfires, and food shortages linked to climate change are threatening their existence. The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network expects to care for more animals each year as these problems worsen.

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How High Should We Build?




By Brian Cearnal AIA, LEED AP, Special to VOICE

Photos by Mark Whitehurst / VOICE

N THE EARLY 1970’S, Santa Barbara’s own Pearl Chase, along with the League of Woman Voters, initiated a Charter Amendment to establish 60' as the City’s maximum allowed height of buildings. This occurred after developers had pursued an eight-story apartment building in the middle of what is now Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. Some have suggested that the 58' tall Baylor Building by Julia Morgan, across Anacapa St. from the Lobero Theatre, was admired by Chase and set the standard for the 60' height limit. In 2008, a group of citizen’s, including former mayor Sheila Lodge, initiated a new Charter Amendment vote to reduce that 60' height limit to 40'. Many, including myself and many other local architects and planners, opposed this effort, known as Measure B, because we believed it was shortsighted and would compromise our community’s future. It failed at the polls when a significant majority of our community voted it down. Not long after, as part of the 2010 General Plan, the City Council, made up in part by Measure B supporters, and despite Measure B’s failure, decided an arbitrary 45' should be the new height limit. But, they created an exception to allow a project to go to the 60' Charter limit if it could be determined a Community Priority Project and certain Findings could be made. This new 45' height limit was not the product of broad community support. In fact, few of us in the community even knew it was being considered. And on the heels of Measure B, seemed an inappropriate limitation. Nevertheless, for the last decade, it has been the law. And for many who oppose ‘tall’ buildings, this arbitrary 45' height limit has become sacred. Perhaps it is because they believe in a predominately one and two story (and occasional three story) community. Perhaps it is based simply on the need for things to not change. Change, however, is inevitable. We must, as a community, embrace change and not simply go through, or fight, the change. Today we find ourselves in unprecedented times. We have too little

The Baylor Building by Julia Morgan, AKA the Lobero Building

State Street, with the Granada Theatre in the distance

housing. We have lost our retail. We are in a pandemic. This multi-faceted crisis presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to reinvigorate, reinvent, and repurpose our downtown and our community to create an exciting vision of vitality and sustainability for our future. . We, as a community, are woefully behind in our statutory obligations to provide more housing. Between 2015 and today, we produced about 1,300 units out of the 4,100 allocated. What better place to put the housing we need than in our downtown? Our downtown needs more local residents, living close in, to make it thrive. And we need these units to be a mix of all types and sizes to promote diversity and economic equity. To insure this housing is built, developers need incentives to build. If they are so constrained by height limitations that make it impossible to build a four-story building with ceiling heights that create livable units, then the housing simply does not get built, or we get fewer, more expensive units. So how high should we build? I believe we should embrace the vision of Pearl Chase and the League of Women Voters to allow buildings up to 60'! There is nothing wrong with 60'. Cottage Hospital is 60'. The Baylor Building is 58'. The Canary Hotel is 60' (and five stories). Hotel Santa Barbara is 54'. Can anyone really tell the difference between a 45' building and a 49' building? Or the difference between a 49' building and a 54' building? Ironically, even if, over the next 20 years, we are able to build the housing we so urgently need to meet our needs in buildings that are 49', 52', or 58' tall, we will still be a predominately one and two story (and occasional three story) community. It is time for us to stop fighting over 15' and work together to increase our housing stock in a meaningful way, in our downtown where we need it! 60' is an appropriate maximum height that will allow living units with tall ceilings, just like the wonderful apartments in Paris, New York, and so many other livable cities. And, it will also provide a critical incentive to get these units built!

Managing the Complex The Bren School announces a master’s degree program in environmental data science

VERY ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM, from warming seas to dwindling species, presents itself in the form of data. If we can understand and communicate this data clearly, we can transform how we solve these problems. That’s the idea behind a new master’s degree program at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, which aims to train environmental scientists to take advantage of the tools data science has to offer. The program is a partnership between the Bren School and the university’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), which is well known for creating opportunities for collaboration within environmental data science. The Master of Environmental Data Science degree program (MEDS) will join the Bren School’s prestigious and successful Master of Environmental Science & Management (MESM) program in summer quarter 2021. “We want to create a new class of environmental problem solvers — professionals who can tackle challenges we couldn’t imagine solving even a few years ago,” said Distinguished Professor Steve Gaines, dean of the Bren School. MEDS is one of the first programs of its kind in the world. “There are lots of data science programs, and lots of environmental programs, but environmental data science is just emerging. There aren’t many programs catering to that,” said Summer Broeckx-Smith, the program’s coordinator and a Bren School alumna herself. With an increasing demand in the environmental field for experience with data visualization, statistical programming, and spatial analysis, MEDS graduates will have skills that employers are eagerly seeking. MEDS is the brainchild of marine ecologist Ben Halpern, the executive director of NCEAS and a Bren School faculty member. “Both these places I sit — NCEAS and the Bren School — are already doing lots of environmental data science,” Halpern said, “and are especially focused on training professional students. The idea of launching a new master’s program just seemed obvious.” The program will kick off in the second half of summer quarter 2021 with a series of short courses to give incoming students a strong foundation in basic data science skills, regardless of their previous experiences with computer science or coding. The students will then embark on an elevenmonth curriculum covering programming, remote sensing, and machine learning, among other topics. “These skills are becoming increasingly critical across almost every kind of environmental science position,” Halpern said. In fact, he noted, the faculty and staff intentionally designed the MEDS

Photo by: NASA Earth Observatory


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program to be just one year in order to make it accessible to mid-career professionals who find themselves wanting more training in these techniques. The structure of the MEDS program draws inspiration from the success of the MESM program, especially its capstone. The intense, two-quarter project is built around actual clients with real environmental problems seeking data science solutions. Teams of three to four students will partner with a client and a faculty mentor to develop data science products and solutions for these challenges. Similar to the MESM group projects, Halpern anticipates a diverse array of clients for MEDS capstone projects, including government agencies, corporations, non-profits, and academic groups. The Bren School will issue a call for proposals in May 2021. The school expects the inaugural class to number about 25 students, growing to around 75 by the program’s fifth year. Ultimately MEDS will field 80 to 90 students per year, on par with MESM. This gradual ramp-up should give faculty, students, and the administration plenty of time to develop and adapt the program and learn along the way. “We’re really trying to build capacity and expertise in the next generation of environmental scientists, all of whom will be data scientists in the end,” Halpern said. Printed with permission of UCSB Office of Public Affairs and Communications


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Community News UC Santa Barbara Department of Music Greets Dr. Nicole Lamartine


R. NICOLE LAMARTINE will assume the position of Teaching Professor and Sorensen Director of Music with the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music in September. Under this title, Lamartine will revive the previously unavailable Doctor of Musical Arts Choral Conducting program, as well as teach voice, studio conducting, and conduct several campus choirs. Lamartine graduated from University of Arizona as a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting with a minor in Voice, as well as a Nicole Lamartine Master of Music in Voice. Formerly the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming and the President of the Northwestern region for the American Choral Directors Association, Lamartine’s teaching encourages innovation, collaboration, and diversity through music. She hopes to continue and expand these experiences at UCSB by ensuring that students are prepared for the demands of the 21st century music industry.

Friendship Center Welcomes Incoming Board Members


RIENDSHIP CENTER, a nonprofit that provides day services for adults in need of care and community engagement, has welcomed their new 2020-2021 Board Members, Cynder Sinclair, Jacqueline Duran, and Monica Vidger-Trent and elected Joe Wheatley Board President. Both the Goleta and Montecito locations of Friendship Center are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they continue to host live, virtual activities. A schedule of these virtual activities can be viewed at www.friendshipcentersb.org/virtualactivities. Joe Wheatley has an established past within the adult care industry. Prior to taking this position, Wheatley served Santa Barbara county as an ombudsman for long-term care patients and as a member of the Alzheimer’s Association board. In addition to this professional involvement, Wheatley also volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association’s support groups. He has acted as a Friendship Center board member in the four years leading up to this promotion. Currently, he works with the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Bioethics Committee and volunteers at the Sansum Clinic in addition to his responsibilities as Board President.

Nancy Graham Joins Dream Foundation National Board of Directors

Cynder Sinclair may be new to the Joe Wheatley Friendship Center’s Board of Directors, but her past experiences with nonprofit work is nothing short of extensive. Her work began in the San Joaquin Valley, where she founded two nonprofits and worked with the Child Abuse Prevention Council there. She also has held the position of CEO for Community Action of Ventura County, and after moving to Santa Barbara acted as Santa Barbara Bank and Trust’s Vice President in Wealth Management. She presently works as the CEO of Nonprofit Kinect, a consulting group that assists nonprofits to both improve and expand.


Nancy Graham

RITICALLY RECOGNIZED JOURNALIST NANCY GRAHAM joined the Dream Foundation’s National Board of Directors this July. Based in Santa Barbara, the Dream Foundation is the only dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults that operates on a national level. Formerly the editor-in-chief of AARP The Magazine, Graham joined the Dream Foundation board after witnessing the final years of her mother’s and aunt’s lives and realizing the importance of quality, late-life care. Graham hopes her time with the Dream Foundation will serve as a legacy for her aunt, who did not experience proper quality-of-life care. Her work will focus on the foundation’s marketing and communications to increase support and awareness. Currently, Graham also serves as the Senior Editorial Director of Donor Publications for the nonprofit Stand Together.

Westmont Professor Paul Willis Publishes New Book, All in a Garden Green

Jacqueline Duran returns to the Friendship Center’s Board of Directors for the 2020Cynder Sinclair 2021 year. Experienced with ten years working with venture capital and real estate investments, including time with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Duran got her start as a small business owner and founder. She currently works with Morgan Stanley, Wealth Management. In addition to acting on the Friendship Center board, Duran also participates on a number of other local organizations’ boards, such as the Santa Barbara Puerto Vallarta Sister Cities Committee, Santa Barbara School of Squash, and Standing Together to end Sexual Assault.


Paul Willis

ESTMONT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH PAUL WILLIS published his young-adult novel titled All in a Garden Green this summer. The story centers on Erica Pickins, a 13-year-old who mysteriously time-travels back to Elizabethan England during a visit to Hengrave Hall. Inspired by his time teaching at Hengrave Hall during Westmont’s study-abroad programs, Willis hopes that his book will expose young readers to the historic tension between English Protestants and Catholics, and dissuade them from engaging in religious conflict as they mature. His previously published works include the book The Alpine Tales, and the award-winning collection of essays To Build a Trail: Essays on Curiosity, Love and Wonder. Before joining Westmont in 1988, Willis received his doctorate in English from Washington State University.

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Monica Vidger-Trent

Monica Vidger-Trent is also a returning Jacqueline Duran member to the Friendship Center’s Board of Directors this year. Having discovered the Friendship Center when searching for support for her mother, who had dementia, VidgerTrent is intimately aware of Friendship Center’s resources and role in the community. By attending the Friendship Center’s activities and programs during the days, Vidger-Trent was able to ensure that her mother was provided with care, and her mother received the opportunity to socialize with community members. In addition to giving back to the Friendship Center as a board member, she also works as a wealth planning consultant with a specialization in estates and trusts.


UINN FIDUCIARY SERVICES HAS DONATED $5,000 to local Santa Barbara charities in celebration of their five year anniversary. This donation will be divided five ways, with $1,000 being distributed to The Central Coast Alzheimer’s Association, Friendship Center, Food Bank of Santa Barbara County, Direct Relief International, and Hospice of Santa Barbara. Quinn Fiduciary Services is a Santa Barbara based estate management firm, specializing in ensuring financial security and well-being of vulnerable adults and seniors. They accomplish this by working with clients to ensure they’re able to afford any daily care or resources they may need, as well as overseeing larger financial areas such as investments. Jackie Quinn, the company’s founder and owner, declared that this donation decision was made in an effort to support fellow Santa Barbara community members amidst the current

pandemic. Quinn Fiduciary Services also encourages all individuals and businesses interested in showing their support to donate to these organizations as well. “Given the challenging times we are living in, we felt it was more important than ever to give back to our community,” Quinn explained. “What better way to celebrate our business’ success than by helping others in need?” In addition to the company’s overall focus on elderly individuals, the decision to donate to these five charities was informed by Quinn’s personal experiences as a care manager and advocate. She acts as a member of Santa Barbara County’ Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Council, and her volunteer work includes spending time with the Alzheimer’s Association and Arthritis Foundation. Quinn hopes that by donating to these local organizations, greater resources can be provided to community members who need increased support during the pandemic.

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Quinn Fiduciary Services Donates $5,000 to Local Charities

Professional fiduciaries Justin Redmond, Jackie Quinn, and Carol Olson with Quinn Fiduciary Services. Jackie Quinn is the founder and owner of the company.

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Interested in Serving on the County of Santa Barbara Citizens’ Independent Redistricting Commission? Application Period is open through August 21st


ESIDENTS OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY who are interested in and qualified to serve as a commissioner on the “You Draw the Lines”- County of Santa Barbara Citizens’ Independent Redistricting Commission (www.countyofsb.org/asset.c/5480) have until 5pm, August 21st to apply. In the November 2018 Statewide General Election, Santa Barbara County voters approved Measure G (County Code Section 2-10.9A) that establishes an eleven-person Citizens’ Independent Redistricting Commission to adjust the boundaries of the county supervisorial districts through an open and transparent process in accordance with federal and state criteria. The commission will be tasked with establishing the electoral district boundaries in Santa Barbara County for the upcoming decade following receipt of the 2020 federal census data, currently scheduled to be received in late March 2021. Applicants meeting the qualifications will be posted online (https://countyofsb.org/CARE/Elections/circ.sbc) for public review. Following the application deadline of August 21st, the County Elections Official will select the 45 most qualified applicants based on the criteria and qualifications detailed in the Ordinance (https://tinyurl.com/y5czvexx), whose names will be posted online for 30 days for members of the public to view before a random drawing to select five commissioners (https://countyofsb.org/CARE/Elections/circ.sbc). Those five commissioners will then pick another five members and one at-large member to complete the commission. The selection process is designed to produce a commission that is independent from the influence of the board, political parties, campaign contributors, or other special financial interests, and is reasonably representative of the county’s diversity. To apply for the Citizens’ Independent Redistricting Commission, please review the qualifications and criteria posted with the application at www.countyofsb.org/redistricting. Applicants will be required to submit a printed copy of their completed application with an original signature no later than 5pm Friday, August 21st. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. For information about county government visit www.CountyofSB.org

¿Interesado en servir en la Comisión de Redistribución de Distritos Independiente de Ciudadanos del Condado de Santa Bárbara? El período de solicitud está abierto hasta el 21 de agosto


ESIDENTES DEL CONDADO DE SANTA BÁRBARA interesados y calificados para servir como comisario en la Comisión de Redistribución de Distritos Independiente de Ciudadanos del Condado de Santa Bárbara – “You Draw the Lines” (Tu dibujas las lineas) (www.countyofsb.org/asset.c/5480) tienen hasta las 5pm del 21 de agosto para aplicar. En las elecciones generales estatales de noviembre de 2018, los votantes del condado de Santa Bárbara aprobaron la Medida G (Sección del Código del Condado 2-10.9A) que establece una Redistribución de Distritos Independiente de Ciudadanos de once personas para ajustar los límites de los distritos de supervisión del condado a través de un proceso abierto y transparente de acuerdo con criterios federales y estatales. La comisión se encargará de establecer los límites del distrito electoral en el condado de Santa Bárbara para la próxima década después de recibir los datos del censo federal 2020, actualmente programados para finales de marzo de 2021. Los solicitantes que cumplan con los requisitos se publicarán en línea (https://countyofsb.org/CARE/Elections/circ.sbc) para que el público los revise. Después de la fecha límite del 21 de agosto para aplicar, el Funcionario de Elecciones del Condado seleccionará a los 45 solicitantes más calificados según los criterios y calificaciones detallados en la Ordenanza (https://tinyurl.com/y5czvexx), cuyos nombres se publicarán en línea (https://countyofsb.org/CARE/Elections/circ.sbc) durante 30 días para que los miembros del público lo vean antes de un sorteo al azar para seleccionar cinco comisarios. Esos cinco comisarios luego elegirán otros cinco miembros y un miembro general para completar la comisión. El proceso de selección está diseñado para producir una comisión que sea independiente de la influencia de la junta, los partidos políticos, los contribuyentes de campaña u otros intereses financieros especiales, y que sea razonablemente representativa de la diversidad del condado. Para aplicar para la Comisión de Redistribución de Distritos Independiente de Ciudadanos, revisa las calificaciones y los criterios publicados con la solicitud en www.countyofsb.org/redistricting. Los solicitantes deberán presentar una copia impresa de su solicitud completa con una firma original a más tardar las 5pm. del viernes, 21 de agosto. No se considerarán las presentaciones incompletas o tardías. Para información sobre el gobierno del condado visita www.CountyofSB.org

A COVID State of Mind


A UCSB doctoral candidate who has studied mental health amid the pandemic offers insights into coping strategies By Jim Logan / The UC Santa Barbara Current


EELING ANXIOUS? DEPRESSED? STRESSED? Have difficulty concentrating? If so, you have plenty of company. Four months deep into America’s pandemic slide, the cracks in our mental health are showing. Margaret Boyer knows this well. A doctoral candidate in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, she recently completed her dissertation project on how people were coping in the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a survey of mostly Margaret Boyer Californians from March 18th to April 15th, she found significant symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. This was not a nationally representative sample, but “more than 20 percent of participants reported at least moderate depressive symptoms, 36 percent reported at least moderate anxiety symptoms, and 32 percent reported at least moderate stress levels,” Boyer said. “So those are higher numbers than is the general prevalence rate. Again, these are symptoms not diagnoses, but that’s pretty in line with what other research is showing, too. At least a third of participants are experiencing pretty high levels of distress from this pandemic. So it’s really no joke in terms of mental health outcomes.” Boyer, who will spend a year in a clinical internship at Northwestern University to finish her Ph.D., acknowledged the country is in a different place than it was in March and April, when the pandemic was beginning to ravage urban areas like New York and force lockdowns around the U.S. But with nearly 138,000 dead and a record-breaking number of cases being reported nearly every day, our stress levels remain high. And that brings us to the question so many ask: What can we do about it? As it turns out, we have lots of options, some good, some not. “What we know from past pandemic coping is that in general people reach for a wide variety of different strategies,” said Boyer, who served as manager of the Psychological Assessment Center at the UCSB Hosford Clinic. “They look for things like problem solving, social support seeking, but also denial avoidance, substance use, etc. “In my research,” she continued, “the most commonly reported strategies were acceptance-based coping, planning, and distractions — so looking for hobbies or work to try to think about something other than the pandemic — also, emotional support seeking and active coping, which is about taking actions directly to address the problem in whatever way was possible.” What actually works? Boyer suggested, for some people, “positive framing,” which she defined as “focusing on the small, good parts of a bad situation to try to see it in a more positive light. That was actually associated with less depression and stress for participants in my study.” Another winning strategy is seeking emotional support, Boyer said. Leaning on loved ones for

comfort and understanding was related to greater wellbeing and lower loneliness, she noted. Self-compassion is particularly important, according to Boyer. “It’s a pretty difficult one to get good at,” she said, “but it’s about relating to yourself in a way that has the same amount of understanding and care that you would give to somebody else that you love.” What doesn’t work: Venting, or “letting out my negative emotions or my painful emotions to somebody else, might not work as well for some people,” she said. “Venting as a strategy was actually associated with lower well-being and greater stress for people in my sample. So it’s clear that the way that we use other people for our emotional support is important. It’s about seeking comfort and understanding over bouncing my negative emotions off of them as well.” Additionally, “behavioral disengagement,” or just giving up on trying to deal with your problems, is associated with greater depression and anxiety. “So if I had to kind of sum up all of that in a sentence,” Boyer said, “it would be, ‘Don’t give up; disengaging is understandable, but not particularly helpful.’ Reach out to others for emotional support, not just advice or venting. When good things happen, notice those good things and really start to practice being compassionate to yourself. That last part specifically can be really difficult, but it’s also really powerful. We have a lot of research that shows selfcompassion is really crucial in these crises. “The thing is, people need other people,” she continued. “They do. We’re social creatures, we’re social animals. We do need other people. It’s one of our basic human needs.” If you’ve tried to deal with your anxiety or depression and don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere, Boyer suggests it’s a good time to seek professional support. “One silver lining of all of this is that therapists are getting really good at tele-mental health and providing services online,” she said. “I just like to say to people, ‘If you’ve never been in therapy before, now’s a good time to try it out.’ This is, I think, something that is going to require both acceptance of current realities and active coping for the things that can be managed. And both of those things are easier, I think at times, through therapy.” “I know for me,” she added, “I’m really looking forward to getting back into it and helping college students at Northwestern navigate what’s likely to be a very singular upcoming semester, or at least a very unique upcoming semester. And I just like to recommend that to people as well.” Finally, remember that addressing your problems during the pandemic takes work. There is no magic pill, Boyer said. “I know I’m always wishing, ‘Oh, if I had just found the one perfect coping strategy that happened to make everybody feel totally good all of the time, then that would be great,’ ” she said. “We would just recommend that to everyone and everyone would feel better. And the reality is, of course, that’s not how it works. There isn’t one coping strategy that is perfect and coping will look different for different people, but I am hopeful that the strategies that came up in my research will be applicable even as we move forward.” Photos courtesy of UCSB Current

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Fiesta Music and Dance Fridays will feature a live stream performance by King Bee on Friday, July 24th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. To watch visit www.sbfiesta.org Los viernes de Música y Danza de Fiesta ofrecerá una presentación en vivo de King Bee el viernes, 24 de julio de 5:30 a 7:30pm. Para ver la presentación visita www.sbfiesta.org


Art Meets Science Online Workshop


SB Maritime Museum Celebrates its 20th Birthday

On Wednesday, July 29th, at 9am the Museum will kick off the celebration by unveiling its first online collection, the Brooks Ship Models, 32 large-scale, fully operational model ships and boats (https://tinyurl.com/yyod9slg). The

Cosecha tus frutas y verduras de tu huerta para compartir con tus vecinos y/o comparte recetas o plantas suculentas y colócalas frente a tu casa el domingo, 26 de julio de 8am a 8pm para la Cosecha del Westside. Regístrate de forma gratuita y en la mañana del evento, recibirás un mapa con todos los lugares participantes donde puedes aprovechar la cosecha de tus vecinos. Regístrate en https://tinyurl.com/ya3g2vnr

The museum is also hosting the 20th annual and first-ever Virtual SCAPE Art Show & Sale (July 25th to August 7th) featuring 150+ paintings from local artists (https://sbmm.org/20scape/).

Ordena una bolsa de Paella para apoyar a las empresas locales, apoyar la misión de Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation y alimentar a una familia de cuatro durante su evento para recaudar fondos el sábado, 1 de agosto. Desde el mediodía hasta las 3pm, recoge tu Picnic de paella para cuatro personas en el estacionamiento y las áreas al aire libre de Village Properties, en su ubicación en el centro de la ciudad. Para ordenar visita www.TeddyBearCancerFoundation.org/events

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Students can participate from the comfort of home in Santa Barbara MTD’s 6th Annual Youth Art Poster Contest. Students in 1st through 6th grade in Southern Santa Barbara County are invited to participate by drawing or painting original artwork that fits with this year’s theme of “Outdoor Adventure Buses.” Entries are due by July 31st. For details visit: www.sbmtd.gov/artcontest.

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Online Story Workshop for Veterans

Participate in a special online story sharing and writing workshop for the veteran community, presented by the SB Public Library and the Berkeley-based StoryCenter. The program will have you respond to a simple prompt, and lead you through a group feedback process, with a chance to re-write and share your story. You must be a veteran or a family-member / loved one of a veteran. To register for the online workshop set for Thursday, August 13th, from 1 to 3pm visit: https://tinyurl.com/y36fy37d

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Order a Paella Picnic bag to support local businesses, support the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s mission, and feed a family of four during their fundraising event on Saturday, August 1st. From noon to 3pm pick up your paella picnic for four at the Village Properties’ parking lot and outdoor area, at their downtown location. To order visit www.TeddyBearCancerFoundation.org/events

MTD Youth Art Poster Contest

Libraries collect stories and SBPL believes everyone has a story to share. Cover to Cover explores the spirit of Santa Barbara through the voices, stories, and personalities of the local community. The podcast will be hosted by Norma Cervantes & Jace Turner. The first episode will feature Santa Barbara’s first Economic Development Manager Jason Harris. To listen on Spotify visit: https://tinyurl.com/yxefem3c To listen on iTunes visit:

Science on Saturday, August 1st from 11am to noon via Zoom. Supplies provided. To register ($15-$25) visit:

Pick your surplus backyard fruits and vegetables and/or share recipes or succulent cuttings and place them in front of your home on Sunday, July 26th from 8am to 8pm for the Westside Harvest. Register for free and on the morning of the event, you will receive a map with all of the participating locations where you can help yourself to the harvest. Register at https://tinyurl.com/ya3g2vnr


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Geologist Jenna Rolle will share a close-up look at some of our most beautiful gem and mineral specimens and explain what makes each of those minerals unique and artist Hilary George will show you how to create an agate slice masterpieces of your own on watercolor postcards during the SB Museum of Natural History’s online workshop Art Meets

festivities will continue with an online birthday party featuring surprise announcements and activities, including the kickoff of a virtual cake recipe contest open from July 29th through August 10th. Email a recipe and a photo of your cake to: efalke@sbmm.org. For info visit

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Paella Pick-up Event to Support Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

In lieu of their spring fundraising event, which was cancelled due to COVID-19, TBCF will host a Paella Picnic on Saturday, August 1st from noon to 3pm. Purchase a Paella Picnic bag by SB Paella Catering and receive paella for four, wine, dessert, and a gift. Pick up your picnic on August 1st at the Village Properties’ parking lot and outdoor area, at their downtown location. To order visit

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Join the SAMsARA Team to talk about older wines on Wednesday, July 29th at 5pm via Zoom. SAMsARA will be opening, savoring, and talking about a couple of their Cellar Sale wines with 12-16 years

Mothers Against Drunk Driving® celebrates its 40th year with the “MADD Law Enforcement Recognition Awards” conducted virtually across California from July 27th through 31st. Join these virtual events and support the economic efforts of their campaign, #OneMADDCalifornia. The virtual “MADD Law Enforcement Recognition 2020” for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties will be held on Thursday, July 30th at 2pm. Watch the live stream at https://tinyurl.com/y4qq8u4e, @MADDCalifornia Facebook and YouTube.

locations. Walk the neighborhood and help yourself to the harvest, while wearing a mask and keeping physical distance. For more info and to register visit


Turning Points in Thought From Film Via Zoom Fridays at 6pm with Kerry Methner, PhD & Mark Whitehurst, PhD

Movies are available on Kanopy. Watch the movie before the discussion.

Summer 2020 Movies:

July 24: Brian Banks (2018) Dir: Tom Shadyac; Writer: Doug Atchison; Stars: Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd. 1hr 39 min.

July 31: 20th Century Women (2016) Dir: Mike Mills. Writer: Mike Mills. Stars: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup. 1 hr 59 min. August 7: Trumbo (2015) Dir: Jay Roach; Writers: John McNamara, Bruce Cook (book); Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren. 2hr 4 min.

Register on-line at: www.sbcc.edu/extendedlearning

Westside Harvest

Pick your surplus backyard fruits and vegetables and place them in front of your home on Sunday, July 26th from 8am to 8pm. You can also share recipes or succulent cuttings. Register for free and on the morning of the event, you will receive a map with all of the participating

Due to COVID-19 precautions taking place, event cancellations are fluid at this time. Please follow up with event organizers to confirm the event is still taking place.

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Evento de Paella para apoyar a Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

En lugar de su evento para recaudar fondos de primavera, que fue cancelado debido a COVID-19, TBCF organizará un Paella Picnic el sábado, 1 de agosto desde el mediodía hasta las 3pm. Compra una bolsa de Paella hecho por SB Paella Catering y recibe paella para cuatro personas, vino, postre y un regalo. Recoge tu picnic el 1 de agosto en el estacionamiento y las áreas al aire libre de Village Properties, en su ubicación en el centro de la ciudad. Para ordenar visita www.TeddyBearCancerFoundation.org/events

Taller en línea “El arte se encuentra con la ciencia” La geóloga Jenna Rolle compartirá una mirada de cerca de algunas de nuestras muestras de gemas y minerales más hermosas y explicará lo que hace que cada uno de esos minerales sea único y la artista Hilary George mostrará cómo crear tu propia obra maestra de rodaja de ágata en postales de acuarela durante el taller en línea del Museo de Historia Natural de SB, “El arte se encuentra con la ciencia,” el sábado, 1 de agosto de 11am a mediodía a través de Zoom. Suministros proporcionados. Para


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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 Virtual Summer Camps will continue through the summer for children ages four to 12. New dates have been added: July 27 to 31, August 3 to 7, and August 10 to 14. To register visit: https://camps.sbnature.org

registrarte ($15-$25) visita:

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

las voces, historias y personalidades de la comunidad local. El podcast será presentado por Norma Cervantes y Jace Turner. El primer episodio contará con el primer Gerente de Desarrollo Económico de Santa Bárbara Jason Harris. Para escuchar en Spotify visita:



Museo Marítimo de SB celebra su vigésimo cumpleaños


El miércoles 29 de julio, a las 9am, el Museo dará inicio a la celebración presentando su primera colección en línea, Modelos de barcos Brooks, 32 barcos a gran escala y totalmente operativos. (https://tinyurl.com/yyod9slg). Las festividades continuarán con una fiesta de cumpleaños en línea con anuncios y actividades sorpresa, incluyendo el inicio de un concurso virtual de recetas de pasteles abierto del 29 de julio al 10 de agosto. Envía una receta y una foto de tu pastel por correo electrónico a: efalke@sbmm.org. Para información visita https://sbmm.org/santa-barbara-events/

El museo también alberga la vigésima y anual exhibición y venta de arte virtual de SCAPE (25 de julio al 7 de agosto) con más de 150 pinturas por artistas locales.


La Biblioteca Pública de SB presenta un podcast: Cover to Cover

Las bibliotecas recopilan historias y SBPL cree que todos tienen una historia para compartir. Cover to Cover (De principio a fin) explora el espíritu de Santa Bárbara a través de

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 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

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Taller de historias en línea para veteranos

Participa en un taller especial para compartir y escribir historias en línea para la comunidad de veteranos, presentado por la Biblioteca Pública de SB y el StoryCenter con sede en Berkeley. El programa hará que respondas a un mensaje simple y te guiará a través de un proceso de retroalimentación grupal, con la oportunidad de volver a escribir y compartir tu historia. Debes ser un veterano o un familiar/ser querido de un veterano. Para inscribirte en el taller en línea programado para el jueves, 13 de agosto, de 1 a 3pm visita: https://tinyurl.com/y36fy37d

Concurso juvenil de carteles de arte de MTD Los estudiantes pueden participar desde la comodidad del hogar en el sexto concurso anual juvenil de carteles de arte de Santa Bárbara MTD. Los estudiantes de primero a sexto grado en el sur del condado de Santa Bárbara están invitados a participar dibujando o pintando obras de arte originales que encajen con el tema de este año de

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: Festival Highlights are available for viewing on the festival’s website until July 31st. https://tinyurl.com/ya4dqjeq 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/ Center Stage’s Personal Stories, true stories performed by their authors, released as a pay-per-view video and filmed at Center Stage, are available on their website. Personal Stories Group 1, Group 2 & Group 3 are now available. After purchasing your ticket, you will receive a password and link to the stories. For tickets ($10-$50) visit: www.CenterStageTheater.org.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art - Online: The Museum continues to digitally engage the public by offering step-by-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 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.


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Santa Barbara Ghost Tours Walk with Professor Julie as she shares tales of mystery and history... & meet friendly spirits... Call or text to schedule your walking tour! • 805-905-9019

Fiesta Music and Dance Fridays: Old Spanish Days will present a live-streamed concert series, every Friday in July, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Programming includes popular local bands, local dance acts, and history segments.The series will be streamed for free on the Fiesta website, Facebook, and YouTube pages and archived and broadcasted on TV Santa Barbara, community access channels 17 & 71. www.sbfiesta.org/live-stream Music Academy of the West Summer Festival: If you are hungry for classical musical performances, MAW continues to provide a range of musical

“Autobuses de aventura al aire libre.” Los carteles deben presentarse antes del 31 de julio. Para detalles visita:


Premios MADD de Reconocimiento de cumplimiento de la ley

Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (Madres contra conducir ebrio) celebra sus 40 años con los “Premios MADD de Reconocimiento de cumplimiento de la ley,” realizados virtualmente en California del 27 al 31 de julio. Únete a estos eventos virtuales y apoya los esfuerzos económicos de su campaña, #OneMADDCalifornia. El “Reconocimiento de cumplimiento de la ley MADD 2020” virtual para los condados de San Luis Obispo, Santa Bárbara y Ventura se llevará a cabo el jueves, 30 de julio a las 2pm. Mira la transmisión en vivo en https://tinyurl.com/y4qq8u4e, @MADDCalifornia Facebook y YouTube.

Cosecha del Westside

Cosecha tus frutas y verduras de tu huerta para compartir con tus vecinos y colócalas frente a tu casa el domingo, 26 de julio de 8am a 8pm. También puedes compartir recetas o plantas suculentas. Regístrate gratis y en la mañana del evento, recibirás un mapa con todas las ubicaciones participantes. Camina por el vecindario y aprovecha la cosecha de tus vecinos, mientras usa una máscara y mantiene la distancia física. Para más información y para registrarte visita https://tinyurl.com/ya3g2vnr

experiences via their Music Academy Remote Learning Institute program. Visit Concert Hall Online to enjoy videos that are added each weekday at 5pm and visit their Resonance Blog for even more including classes, lectures, and entries by Academy fellows and faculty. www.musicacademy.org/blog https://tinyurl.com/y7edqcqu 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: https://tinyurl.com/yb2llz43 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. https://tinyurl.com/y7rn6jyt Open Days at Arroyo Hondo Preserve: Hike at the Arroyo Hondo Preserve on the first and third weekends of the month from 10am to 4pm and Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-1pm. It’s free to visit and reservations are required. Pets are not allowed. Fill out the reservation form https://tinyurl.com/yd6so7uk The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is Open to the general public from Friday to Tuesday, 10am to 5pm, and to members only from 9am

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On Wednesday, July 29th, at 9am celebrate the SB Maritime Museum’s 20th Birthday with an online birthday party featuring surprise announcements and activities, including the kickoff of a virtual cake recipe contest, the unveiling of its first online collection, the Brooks Ship Models, and the Virtual SCAPE Art Show & Sale. https://sbmm.org/santa-barbara-events/ El miércoles, 29 de julio, a las 9am, celebra el vigésimo cumpleaños del Museo Marítimo de SB con una fiesta de cumpleaños en línea con anuncios y actividades sorpresa, que incluyen el lanzamiento de un concurso virtual de recetas de pasteles, la presentación de su primera colección en línea, Modelos de barcos Brooks, y la exhibición y venta de arte virtual de SCAPE. https://sbmm.org/santa-barbara-events/ Debido a las precauciones de COVID-19, las cancelaciones de eventos son fluidas en este momento. Informate con los organizadores del evento para confirmar que el evento aún se está llevando a cabo.

to 10am. No reservations are required, but visitors must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Register for online classes/events: www.sbbg.org/classes-events SB Museum of Natural History has opened its outdoor exhibits to the general public by reservation only from Wednesday to Sunday. Guests 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. www.sbnature.org 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 SelfGuided Tour call 805.969.9990. www.lotusland.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. Join the current meeting by visiting https://tinyurl.com/y9rheypj

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

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Ongoing Opportunities Continued Wednesdays email list at www.bit.ly/CreeksWW. Also follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCreeks 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.

UCSB Arts & Lectures’ “Movies Under the Stars in Your Cars” will serve up a “Double Header” on Wednesday, July 29th with free screenings of 42 and Field of Dreams at 8:30 and 10:45pm at the West Wind Drive-In in Santa Barbara. Las “Películas bajo las estrellas en tu auto” de UCSB Arts & Lectures presentará dos proyecciones consecutivas y gratuitas, 42 y Campo de sueños, el miércoles, 29 de julio a las 8:30 y 10:45pm en el West Wind Drive-In en Santa Bárbara.

Upcoming Events

SBIFF Family Film Fun – Hercules: Can you go the distance using this week’s activity guide and be the first mortal to ever see the top of Mount Olympus? Find out in this week’s Family Fun Film Hercules. Download the activity guide at https://tinyurl.com/yxa2qaxx

2020 Asian American Film Series: From Home: Each Friday this month, a film will be shared for you to stream in the comfort of your own home. This week’s recommendation is Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings. To watch it on Vimeo visit https://vimeo.com/251601589 For Amazon Prime visit: https://tinyurl.com/y3m2343b The Retreat Webinar: The Intersection of Collective vs. Personal Trauma in the Coronavirus Pandemic & Racial Violence in America webinar will be presented by Donald Kalsched, Ph.D. on Friday, July 24th from 12 to 1:30pm via Zoom. To register ($15-$35) visit https://tinyurl.com/y8lww9qg Friday Business Leaders Call: Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Chamber has been hosting Friday calls for business leaders and government representatives to connect with the goal to share their experience, response, and updates to the current economic crisis. Join the next call on Friday, July 24th, at 9am. RSVP at: https://tinyurl.com/yaw4xtw5 LAUNCH PAD: New Plays in Process: The Summer Reading Series continues Friday, July 24th, at 7pm with Shanghai by Linda Alper. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists. Enter the virtual lobby, beginning at 6:45pm: https://bit.ly/3gXUeuB Worm Composting 101 Workshop: Build your own vermicomposting bin in a hands-on workshop with Explore Ecology Garden Educator Bennett Rock on Friday, July 24th, at 4pm via Zoom. Your $10 ticket includes one hour of instruction. To purchase a bin with pre-drilled holes and/or a pound of worms (price ranges from $25 to $35), register at: https://tinyurl.com/y7fpk66y Lotusland Celebrates: For the first time in 25 years, Lotusland’s annual benefit is going viral and will be inclusive and accessible from anywhere on Saturday, July 25th! With any donation to the Virtual Event, you will be serenaded from the Cactus Garden by artist Rufus Wainwright and guided through the entertainment

program by Finola Hughes. Pay to access the event at: https://lotuslandcelebrates.org/ SB Botanic Garden’s Summer Sips Lecture ChefMD’s Green Cure: How Gardening and Nature Can Heal What Ails You with Dr. John La Puma will take place Saturday, July 25th, 4:30 to 6pm via Zoom. La Puma will teach how to use nature as medicine by learning the science of nature therapy. Sliding Scale starting at $15. Register at: https://tinyurl.com/y7r62na5 Online Meditation Retreat: Rev. Karen S. Wylie will offer an Online Meditation Retreat on Saturday, July 25th, from 9am to 12:30pm. The morning will include three 30-minute sittings divided by 10-minute breaks and a concluding yoga nidra sitting. Register ($25) at: www. karenswylie.com Cottage Urgent Care Virtual Open House: Enjoy a virtual tour of the new Cottage Urgent Care Center in Oxnard at 360 W. Esplanade Dr. on Saturday, July 25th at noon. To watch the virtual open house visit: www.cottagehealth.org/urgent-care Virtual Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner: Congressman Adam Schiff will be the special guest at the Virtual RooseveltHamer Dinner, an event to benefit the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party. The private virtual sponsor reception begins at 6pm on Sunday, July 26th, dinner will be from 6:20 to 7:20pm. For tickets ($75/$50) visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/rh20

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 https://tinyurl.com/yc6t9uxa To view more online COVID-19 resources for parents and children visit https://tinyurl.com/y8ffq28m

The Retreat Webinar: Dreams, Dreaming, and Reverie in Times of Social Crisis webinar will be presented by Marsha Aileen Hewitt, Ph.D. on Friday, July 31st from 12 to 1:30pm via Zoom. To register ($15-$35) visit https://tinyurl.com/y3xmf9zd

Join Paseo Nuevo in celebrating Santa Barbara and the completion of the Paseo Nuevo’s newest public art piece, Love Letters by local artist, Cassandra C. Jones. Love Letters is a tile mural curated specifically for Paseo Nuevo in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.

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 COVID19 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


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Project Fiesta... Outdoors!


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HE TEAM AT THE SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL MUSEUM WILL MAKE HISTORY THEMSELVES this weekend when they “throw open” the Museum’s doors on Saturday for Project Fiesta - outdoors! “Santa Barbara Historical Museum is very pleased to announce we will reopen as an Outdoor Museum with the installation of Project Fiesta: A History of Old Spanish Days in our charming courtyard. The community is invited to enjoy this fresh air take on our annual tribute to our Fiesta history,” shared Dacia Harwood, Santa Barbara Historical Museum Deputy Director. Perhaps the first outdoor exhibition at the Museum, and the Museum’s response to COVID-19 restrictions, Project Fiesta will usher in a new (and hopefully fairly short) era of history. “Our team worked for weeks to modify our interior spaces to be as safe as possible — widening walkways, moving artifacts, adding social distance signage, etc. We were ready to open but were told California museums must close. That seemed like our cue to provide a new, fresh air option in our courtyard. Normally our spaces would play host to beautiful weddings all summer

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long, but with most events canceled, it became clear that it was the best option,” Harwood explained.“We are so lucky to have our outdoor space surrounded by our historical adobes.” At the center of this year’s annual Project Fiesta exhibition, Harwood noted, is “a collection of 7,000+ historical postcards, many of them including Old Spanish Days Fiesta, given to our Gledhill Library by John Fritsche. We’ll also have a carriage from the Carriage & Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara on display.” And that’s just part of the fun! Programming also includes a series of online gatherings called History Happy Hour at Home! They’re talks with local An event in the 1950s in front of the Covarrubias adobe from the collections of the SB Historical Museum experts about various aspects of local history. Afterwards, the talks are posted Presidente for nearly twenty years.” on the Museum’s YouTube page. “Our online talks began in May With the exhibition moving outdoors, that participation and are VERY popular. We are loving the response!” Harwood continues. added. “Join us for a little history and fresh air,” Harwood invites.... Upcoming talks include: Erin Graffy’s Old Spanish Days: Santa “Visit this display celebrating our 95 years of Fiesta history during Barbara History Through Public Art on Wednesday, July 29th special hours this season....Celebrate the pageantry, fashion, and at 5pm and William Reynolds and Tom Peterson’s In the Fiesta traditions of our city’s most cherished cultural festival.” Saddle on Tuesday, August 4th at 5pm. Project Fiesta: A History of Old Spanish Days runs through Fiesta wouldn’t be the same without the Museum’s August 22nd. participation and support. Entry to the outdoor exhibition is free. The Museum is currently “Old Spanish Days Fiesta is our community’s largest civic open limited hours: Thursdays, noon-5pm, Fridays, noon-7pm and celebration and has played an integral role in Santa Barbara’s Saturdays, noon-5pm. engagement with its Hispanic heritage” Harwood shared. “For the Special thanks to Comerica Bank & Bella Vista Designs for their Museum, we have always felt particularly close to the tradition support of Project Fiesta 2020. The exhibition was created by Santa of Old Spanish Days. Our historical adobes have played host to Barbara Historical Museum with thanks to Old Spanish Days, John C. Fiesta celebrations since the beginning. Our Museum was built on Woodward, Marlene & Warren Miller, TVSB, and Eleanor Van Cott. www.sbhistorical.org/projectfiesta/ ‘El Recinto Stanwood’ named for Sam Stanwood, who served as El 

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Old Spanish Days Announces 2020 Honorary Presidentes & Presidentas


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ISTINGUISHED CITIZENS HAVE BEEN NAMED AS LEADERS AND SUPPORTERS OF OLD SPANISH DAYS FIESTA by El Presidente Eric Davis. This year’s Honorary Presidentes and Presidentas for Fiesta 2020 are Hugh P. and Dianne Davis, Bill and Solange Springer, Geoff Grow, Kathy Baron, Nancy Callahan, Robin Gauss, John Palminteri, and Erin Graffy de Garcia. “One of the privileges of being El Presidente is getting the opportunity to recognize and thank those who have been a part of my Fiesta journey, many who have been an integral part of Fiesta over the years,” said El Presidente Erik Davis. “I thank my wife, Angelique, for her love and support and am proud to salute and thank the Honorary Presidentes and Presidentas of Fiesta 2020.” Hugh P. Davis (1938-2016), Erik’s dad, was his role model. He was known for his integrity, humor, mentorship, and community involvement. After a nearly 25 year career with the YMCA, Hugh served on the board of directors for the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission and Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County. Hugh helped organize the annual Community Prayer Breakfast and will always be remembered for his tireless work on the YMCA Good Friday Breakfast which he started in 1978. Dianne Davis, Erik’s mom, is a long-time community service leader. She has served on the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Auxiliary for over 20 years and served as President and decorations chair for the annual “Back to the Bayou” event. She is a member of the Assistance League of Santa Barbara and has held many offices. She has also served on Fiesta’s La Recepción del Presidente committee. Dr. Bill Springer, Erik’s father-in-law, lives in Leander, Texas. He will turn 90 on The Honoraries: Nancy Callahan, Dianne Davis, Erin Graffy, John Palminteri, La Primera Dama Angelique Davis, August 7th, Fiesta Friday. El Presidente Erik Davis, Geoff Grow, and Kathy Baron. Not pictured, Hugh P. Davis (1938-2016), Bill and Solange Solange Springer, Erik’s mother-in-law, lives in Leander, Texas. She is a retired Springer, and Robin Gauss (1947-2017). business owner and one of Erik’s biggest fans. Geoff Grow is a long-time friend and “behind the scenes” Fiesta volunteer. John Palminteri, a friend, mentor, and inspiration has been covering Old Spanish Days for Kathy Baron is a long-time friend and veterinarian who worked at Noah’s Ark Veterinary Clinic nearly 40 years for TV, radio, print, and many social media sites. and the Santa Barbara Humane Society before her retirement in 2012. Kathy and Geoff met playing Erin Graffy, a friend and mentor, served on the Old Spanish Days board of directors for over beach volleyball at East Beach and married in 1998. Kathy’s favorite festivals include Fiesta and 25 years. As a California regional Historian, Erin has served as an expert on Old Spanish Days and Solstice. Fiesta history, lecturing and writing extensively on the subject; her publications include the multiNancy Callahan, a friend and mentor, began volunteering for Old Spanish Days in 1993, joining award-winning book, Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara History. the newly formed Fiesta Ambassadors. She eventually joined the Board of Directors and became the Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to honoring Chair of the Bienvenidos committee, leading 20+ volunteers who greet locals and visitors during and preserving Santa Barbara’s history, spirit, culture, heritage, and traditions. Putting the health and Fiesta. safety of the community first, Fiesta 2020 has been reimagined and will hold many of its signature events online, on television, or in ways that adhere to physical distancing practices, all while promoting and Robin Gauss (1947 - 2017), a friend and mentor, served on the Old Spanish Days Board of encouraging community-wide participation. The theme of this year’s Fiesta is “¡Vamos a Bailar!” (in Directors and was known for asking to be assigned to a job no one else wanted. English, “Let’s Dance!”).

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From whales to baseball to Fiesta!

El Presidente Erik and Angelique Davis

LIGHT UP YOUR FIESTA SPIRIT - The Home Improvement Center - ACE Hardware store in Santa Barbara is ready! Old Spanish Days posters ($15), pins ($5), bunting, and lights. Yes! Even though the event is scaled way back – home, business and neighborhood Fiesta’s are likely going to take place. The red, yellow, and green lights will add fantastic color to your settings.

THE NEW BRIDGE at the Cold Springs trailhead will be in place temporarily for a few years until a new and wider bridge is funded. This connects East Mountain Drive where it was broken open in the January 2018 Montecito mudflow disaster. It was funded in the Edison settlement connected to the Thomas Fire. This will be a valuable evacuation route in the future and a key connector for emergency responders. Additional funds will go towards road paving where the asphalt was damaged by emergency trucks hauling out boulders. Bike riders also say they are hoping the bridge by the San Ysidro Ranch is also finished soon. They will then be able to ride all the way to Carpinteria without having to encounter heavy traffic. Santa Barbara County Public Works says it has been working non stop for two years on projects like this after the mudflow crisis. https://keyt.com/news/safety/2020/07/20/temporary-bridge-finished-in-mudflow-zone-of-montecito/

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Home Improvement Center’s Gary Simpson took some Fiesta lights home!

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20 BLUE WHALES were feeding by Santa Cruz Island Saturday. More spouts on the horizon. Amazing images from the Condor Express - Santa Barbara Harbor.

Cooling off in the Montecito foothills by the Cold Springs trailhead.

John Palminteri Honorary El Presidente

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Petersen was kind enough to recount how he became the owner of both the downstairs and upstairs restaurants. “In January of this year I heard that a Santa Barbara harbor restaurant was for sale. My plan was to purchase only one as another buyer had offered to buy the other. We soon discovered that the City of Santa Barbara mandated only one owner for both levels, after which we both backed out,” he related. Toward the end of February however, Petersen had second thoughts, and offered to purchase the entire area. In the process of developing a compatible price and preparing plans to be approved by the City, on March 24th the COVID-19 By Sigrid Toye, Special to VOICE shutdown intervened. During this uncertain period, VER THE SUMMER-LIKE WEEKEND Petersen continued the process of complying with (and after another delicious waffle at the City’s various requirements and submitting the Breakwater Restaurant), I had the plans, which facilitated the completion of the sale time to really take a long look at the on May 7th… lightening fast considering that historic building that is home to the Santa Barbara normally it is a drawn out process. Maritime Museum and the former Chuck’s and The “We were very fortunate because our experience Endless Summer Restaurants which are now closed complying with the City’s requirements was a permanently. Strolling by on Sunday, the downstairs pleasant one,” Petersen added. “As an historic patio was cordoned off with chairs piled high and building, our renovations were limited to the tables pushed to the side. Of course, I was curious as interior of the structure, with the exterior retaining Aaron Petersen to what was happening! its integrity, which of course, made the My first clue came this week when, on approval process easier.” He noted, however, my way to the Yacht Club, I heard banging that the COVID-19 crisis has had a huge noises, a buzz-saw, and the voices of workmen impact on all business ventures. “We hope to coming from inside the shuttered restaurant. open in August, but delays continue with the Bold as brass, I stuck my head in the door trades, tiling, painting, and workmen who are and was greeted by a gentleman with a unable to make the trip. Ordering tables and large saw in hand who looked surprised chairs is delayed as factories in the Mid-west but nonetheless greeted me with a friendly find it hard to get suppliers in this economy.” smile. Looking around, I was astounded by Petersen comes to Santa Barbara with years the big changes taking place and thrilled to of experience in the restaurant business. In discover that a new eatery would be in this Solvang, Petersen’s official brand is Chomps romantic location overlooking our beautiful with three holdings: Chomp Burgers, Fries, & Santa Barbara harbor. As luck would have it, Shakes (a retro-diner), Brekkies by Chomp (a the gentleman with saw in hand was the new breakfast only eatery), and The Coffee House owner, Aaron Petersen, a restaurateur from by Chomp. Additionally Petersen co-owns Solvang, remodeling the space along with the Solvang’s well known Mortensen’s Bakery. Soon to be known by a new tradesmen. “My plans for the Santa Barbara location name - Salty on the Beach

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will include the brand,” Petersen explained. “The lower level and patio will be Chomp on the Rocks, a casual drop in location where burgers, fries, shakes, and a selection of beer and wine will be offered. Upstairs, a restaurant with a full bar called Salty on the Beach, similar to The Endless Summer, will serve as a more traditional dining location.” He added that a coffee bar in front of the restaurant for early morning and evening guests with goodies from Mortensen’s is also in the planning stages. The official openings are planned for August, however, as we all know, the future is in continual flux. “The location is fantastic here and I’m excited to be part of this community,” Petersen enthused. “I’ve even partnered on a boat so that I can enjoy the harbor while shepherding my latest venture.” For me, I’m also excited to have another tasty eatery along the harbor walkway and look forward to the opening – hopefully in August. I’m planning to be one of the first guests to welcome Chomp to the Santa Barbara community. Stay tuned! Sigrid Toye volunteers for the Breakwater Flag Project. She is on the board of directors of the Maritime Museum and participates in Yacht Club activities. An educational/behavior therapist, Sigrid holds a Ph.D in clinical psychology. She loves all things creative, including her two grown children who are working artists. Send Harbor tips to: Itssigrid@gmail.com


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T’S BECOMING OBVIOUS TO ME there will be no ‘V’ shaped economic recovery with positive GDP growth resuming in the fall and winter quarters, after the plunges we are seeing in Q1 and projected Q2 growth. The actual Q2 GDP number is not out until the end of July, but economists are saying negative Q2 growth could be somewhere around minus -20 percent. Why? There are already reversals of business openings as COVID-19 infections soar again in some 35 states. In fact, we won’t really know what GDP growth might be in the fall because the experts don’t know when infection and even death rates will begin to decline again. That must be why today’s [7/16/2020] initial jobless claims release shows another 1.3 million jobless claims, same as last week, so new claims for unemployment continue to pour into overwhelmed state employment offices, which means many of the still 15 million unemployed haven’t even begun to receive unemployment insurance more than one month after the $3 trillion CARES Act was passed. An even better barometer of the jobs market is the continuing claims number, which is 17 million receiving unemployment compensation from the states alone, and with the total of all people receiving benefits through all state and federal programs hovering near 30 million from the first week of May to late June. These are known as continuing jobless claims. They rose again in the week ended June 20th to 32.9 million. It is not good news that so many are out of work. The monthly employment report painted a slightly different picture. It showed that the economy regained 7.5 million jobs in May and June, partially 4 An UpdAte to the economic oUtlook: 2020 to 2030 JUly 2020 recovering some of the more than 22 million jobs lost during the first two months of the pandemic. A variety of other economic indicators also suggest that more people have gone back to work. Figure 1 . So who really knows what job Growth of Real GDP and Real Potential GDP, and the Output Gap and economic growth will look like Percent in the fall and winter? 6 Projected The non-partisan 4 In the second quarter of Congressional Budget Office that 2020, the coronavirus Real GDP Growth pandemic and associated 2 does projections for congress is social distancing triggered a Real Potential GDP Growth sharp contraction in output, also more optimistic in its latest ending the longest economic 0 expansion since World War II. projections. CBO projects that if In CBO’s projections, real GDP grows rapidly in the second −2 current laws governing federal taxes half of 2020 and the first half of 2021. Strong GDP growth and spending generally remain −4 continues thereafter but at a slower pace. in place, the economy will grow −6 rapidly during the third quarter of 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030 this year. So the CBO is saying there Percentage of Potential GDP could be a ‘V’-shaped recovery! 2 · Real (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow at a 12.4 percent annual Output Gap 0 recovers rapidly of 2022. rate in the second half of 2020 and to recover to its prepandemic levelReal byGDPthe middle over the next several quarters projections, rising · The unemployment rate is projected to peak at over 14 percentinfrom inCBO’s the third quarter of this year and more than 6 percent −2 its potential at the2021. end then to fall quickly as output increases in the second half of 2020 andbelow throughout of 2020 to less than 4 percent belowcontinues its potential at theto endexpand in CBO’s “Following that initial rapid recovery,” said the CBO, “the economy −4 of 2021. The growth of real GDP then slows, output projections, but it does so at a more moderate rate that is similar to the pace ofandexpansion over the past remains far below its potential −6 for several more years. decade. ” That actually means growth will return to the long-term two percent growth rate that has prevailed −8 since of the Great until at least 2022. 2000the end2005 2010 Recession. 2015 But that 2020won’t happen 2025 2030 But what about theBureau duration the pandemic when the U.S. can’t get its united states’ effort together, Sources: Congressional Budget Office; of Economicof Analysis. Real valuesthe are nominal that have been adjustedworld to remove seems the effects of in prices. Potential GDP is CBO’s estimate of the maximum which rest values of the developed tochanges be doing? sustainable output of the economy. Growth of real GDP and of real potential GDP is measured from the fourth quarter of one calendar year to the fourth quarterThese of the next.are not great numbers, unless more ways are found to either boost labor productivity, or U.S. The output gap is the difference between GDP and potential GDP, expressed as a percentage of potential GDP. A positive value indicates that GDP population growth. population is low because of the birth rate exceeds potential GDP; a negative Our value indicates that GDP fallsgrowth short of potential GDP. Values for the output gap aredeclining for the fourth quarter of each year.and immigration The shaded vertical bars indicate periodsof of recession, which extend from the until peak of athis business cycle to its trough. The Nationalover, Bureau of Economic restrictions. Yet neither them can pick up pandemic is really and Americans can again Research (NBER) has determined that an expansion ended and a recession began in February 2020. Although the NBER has not yet identified the end of that recession, estimates that it ended in the second quarter of 2020. come out ofCBOtheir shelters.

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County Awarded Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant


$475,000 SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING GRANT AWARD FROM CALTRANS along with over $60,000 in County matching monies funding, will fund development of the Santa Barbara County’s Active Transportation Plan (ATP). The ATP will integrate and update existing plans, including the Circulation Element, Bicycle Master Plan, and Community Plan. It will also serve as a master plan and policy document to guide development and maintenance of active transportation infrastructure, including sidewalks, multiuse trails and bikeways, and Safe-Routes-to-School programs for the unincorporated County. The project includes public outreach, an existing conditions analysis and user needs assessment, and an innovative plan that can serve as a blueprint for other rural and coastal counties in the State. The countywide planning process is expected to begin in fall 2020 and finish in spring 2023. The County’s Public Works and Planning and Development Departments will co-manage ATP development to ensure the plan identifies and prioritizes facilities that will best promote active modes of transportation throughout the unincorporated County, including its disadvantaged and underserved communities. “The hard work paid off for the teams from both departments that submitted this application. This is a very competitive grant. Caltrans awarded 77 grants from 178 applications, and the County received one of the highest amounts in the State,” shared Public Works Director Scott McGolpin. Planning and Development Deputy Director Dan Klemann added, “This grant will help us address alternative transportation in the County as part of our current update of the County’s Circulation Element to address vehicle-milestraveled. We don’t have an Active Transportation Plan or a recent countywide transportation plan, so this is a first-of-its-kind planning document.” The ATP will also guide the County’s efforts to pursue funding opportunities for new or improved facilities.

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El condado recibe una subvención de planificación de transporte de Caltrans


NA SUBVENCIÓN DE $475,000 PARA LA PLANIFICACIÓN DEL TRANSPORTE SOSTENIBLE DE CALTRANS junto con financiamiento de más de $60,000 en fondos equivalentes del Condado, financiará el desarrollo del Plan de Transporte Activo (ATP, por sus siglas en inglés) del Condado de Santa Bárbara. El ATP integrará y actualizará los planes existentes, incluyendo el Elemento de circulación, el Plan maestro de bicicletas y plan comunitario. También servirá como un plan maestro y un documento de política para guiar el desarrollo y el mantenimiento de la infraestructura de transporte activa, incluyendo las aceras, senderos de uso múltiple y ciclovías, y programas de rutas seguras a la escuela para el condado no incorporado. El proyecto incluye alcance público, un análisis de las condiciones existentes y una evaluación de las necesidades de los usuarios, y un plan innovador que puede servir como modelo para otros condados rurales y costeros del Estado. Se espera que el proceso de planificación en todo el condado comience en el otoño de 2020 y finalice en la primavera de 2023. Los departamentos de Obras Públicas y Planificación y Desarrollo del Condado administrarán conjuntamente el desarrollo de ATP para garantizar que el plan identifique y priorice las instalaciones que promoverán mejor los modos de transporte activos en todo el Condado no incorporado, incluyendo sus comunidades desfavorecidas y desatendidas. “El arduo trabajo valió la pena para los equipos de ambos departamentos que presentaron esta solicitud. Esta es una subvención muy competitiva. Caltrans otorgó 77 subvenciones de 178 solicitudes, y el Condado recibió una de las cantidades más grandes del Estado,” compartió el Director de Obras Públicas Scott McGolpin. El subdirector de Planificación y Desarrollo, Dan Klemann, agregó: “Esta subvención nos ayudará a abordar el transporte alternativo en el Condado como parte de nuestra actualización actual del Elemento de circulación del Condado para abordar las millas recorridas en vehículos. No tenemos un Plan de transporte activo o un plan de transporte reciente en todo el condado, por lo que este es el primer documento de planificación de su tipo.” El ATP también guiará los esfuerzos del Condado para buscar oportunidades de financiamiento para instalaciones nuevas o mejoradas.

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Op-Ed: Some Reflections on the Disputed Courthouse Plaques - from a Student of Santa Barbara History


By Frank Ochoa / Special to Newsmakers www.newsmakerswithjr.com

HAVE READ Newsmakers’ coverage regarding the controversy related to the plaques at the courthouse placed there by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1927 and 1938. The fact that the plaques did not become controversial until 2020 may be indicative of the lack of impact they have had on the public. I worked in the Courthouse for decades and don’t recall ever observing anyone studying those plaques off to the side of the walkway. Some historical context:

The plaques are racially insensitive and beyond that, clearly incorrect. The plaques commemorate, 1: the assertion that the 1927 plaque was near the location where the “Gov. Gaspar Frank Ochoa de Portola his officers and soldiers and Fray Juan Crespi passed through Santa Barbara in August 1769, and 2: the assertion that the 1938 plaque was near the location where “the first white women and children of the thirty families who marched through California with the colonization expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza” camped in May 1776 on their trek north. Those expeditions did occur. Under the flag of Spain, those groups were part of the escalating competition with Russia and England to determine which European power would obtain the first permanent foothold in what is now the coastal center of California. At the same time, our forefathers were fomenting rebellion against England in our Revolutionary conflict. The de Anza party passed through Santa Barbara after the battle of Lexington and Concord and before the signing of our Declaration of Independence. Of the 60 or so members of the de Portola expedition approximately one-fourth were natives from northern Mexico. They were surely in porter, luggage carrier or translator roles, but the group was not all “white.” Among the group were Jose Francisco Ortega and Pablo Antonio Cota, who 13 years later commanded the first contingent of Spanish soldiers to establish a Presidio in Santa Barbara. By parenthetical note, they also are Sons of the American Revolution because Spain was at war with England at the same time we were in Revolution against the British. England’s war against Spain while simultaneously being at war with its colonists greatly aided our war of Independence by creating a two-front war for the British. And the Spanish fought battles against the British in the continent of North America. They provided us with food supplies, munitions, uniforms and funding for our major battles. And what of the de Anza colonist expedition in 1776? Of the approximately 240 men, women and children on the journey, only two priests were born on the Spanish peninsula. A third priest was French.The rest were Criolo (born in the Americas), Mestizo (Mixed European and Native heritage), Native American, or Mulatto (mixed African and Native and/or European). A U.S. National Park Service publication describes the motivation of those colonists: “The lives of these families stood to be greatly improved in Alta California, where they would have the opportunity to own land and transcend the racial caste system of New Spain. Made up of people of African, European, and indigenous descent, they would become the multiracial

society that formed the cites that we know today.” To describe the de Anza settlers as “the first white women and children” to venture north from Mexico is clearly wrong. But it was 1938. And 1927 when the DAR denoted de Portola’s contingent as “white men.” We might not have known better then. At a time of overdue national reckoning about race, however, it would be a mistake to conflate the meaning of these plaques to the history and culture of Santa Barbara and California with the significance of, for example, statuary celebrating the Confederacy in a city of the American South. Stipulating the raw and painful reaction the word “white” may engender as used on the plaques, the history behind them is far more complex and nuanced than the fight to preserve slavery that is commemorated in monuments to the Confederacy. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a National Historic landmark and a California State Historic Landmark. I would counsel that the context of rich and layered history of which these plaques represent an intriguing data point (not to mention the legal authority to change, remove, or modify them) be carefully researched before any action is taken, whether or not it

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Plaque commemorating the de Anza expedition

Plaque commemorating the de Portola expedition

is warranted. A reexamination of our history should not require the destruction or banishment of its artifacts. Attorney and arbitrator/mediator Frank Ochoa is a retired Superior Court Judge. He teaches Latino Civil Rights at UCSB. www.newsmakerswithjr.com

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Santa Barbara City News Rebecca Bjork Appointed Interim Community Development Director

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ONGTIME LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE REBECCA BJORK has been appointed Interim Community Development Director by Santa Barbara City Administrator Paul Casey effective August 3rd. She will oversee planning Rebecca Bjork and permitting, housing, and building and safety functions. The Community Development Department is comprised of over 77 employees and a budget totaling $13 million. Bjork currently serves as the Public Works Director, a position she has held for six years. In this capacity, she has provided oversight of the City’s water and wastewater utilities, street maintenance, capital project design and construction, fleet services, downtown parking, and maintenance of over 100 City buildings and facilities. She has worked with local government for over 30 years. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, and a Master’s degree from California State University, Northridge. Brian D’Amour, City Engineer, has been appointed to serve as the department head for the Public Works Department during this time. An executive recruitment process is being planned to fill the key department head position.

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Moving Outdoors for business Downtown Santa Barbara


USINESS INNOVATIONS CONTINUE TO DRAW LOCALS TO DOWNTOWN SANTA BARBARA, with the movement of businesses outside and with the closure of streets to car and truck traffic. This week West Victoria Street was closed by the City Council in order for restaurants and businesses to move out into the street for customers. Also, Governor Newsom released new guideline changes allowing hair salons, barbershops, some personal services, and activities to move outdoors. Restaurant owners and Marge Cafarelli, owner of the Public Market, asked city council members to close West Victoria between State and Chapala, so that business could expand outdoors on an even larger scale. The closure of city streets as a response to the need for outdoor space for business during the health crisis began in late March and has become an ongoing process of change throughout the city. Local Architects have initiated a planning process for looking beyond the pandemic. The new state guidelines outline requirements that must be met before a business may re-open in conformance with local regulations. For more information, visit the County of Santa Barbara’s website at www.recoverysbc.org

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Call For Practicing Local Artists

N RECOGNITION OF ARTISTS’ ESSENTIAL SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS, the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission will award up to twenty $500 stipends to local artists who have created work in response to this unprecedented time. This call is open to practicing artists and cultural practitioners across disciplines, including but not limited to landscape arts, literary arts, visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts, and traditional cultural practice. Applicants must be 18 or older and county residents. Submissions are due by August 3, 2020. They encourage artists that have not been severely financially impacted by the crisis to pass on this opportunity so that the funds may support the members of our creative economy who are most in need, as many cultural practitioners are facing tremendous financial hardship right now. Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria: • Artistic merit • Uniqueness of perspective • Relevance of artwork to current moment and context. *Please note: if you are an artist who created responsive work but are not interested in applying for an award, you are still welcome to share it with us at art@sbac.ca.gov. The organization would be grateful for the opportunity to learn about everything Santa Barbara County’s talented artists have been producing.

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ArtSEE Fundraiser for SEE International

Original Abstract Art Turns Imagination Into Vision do a benefit art sale for SEE International,” related A. Michael Marzolla, Co-Chair of the Abstract Art Collective. Each year, the Collective generates art pieces produced on 10” by 10” museum quality wooden panels, purchased from a local business, Art Essentials in Santa Barbara. The group of 100 juried members were given complete artistic freedom to produce art on these panels. During ArtSEE, each panel is sold for $100 with all proceeds going directly towards transforming the lives of individuals by providing funds for sight-seeing restoration cataract surgery. Every artist who participates willingly donates their time to support this cause.

Striations, Acrylic (SOLD) by Jo Merit

“We’re hoping that people will be inspired to purchase these 10”x10” pieces and support the important work of SEE International. We want people to realize that when they purchase one of these original pieces they are covering the cost of two sight restoring surgeries,” Marzolla added. The paintings, reflecting abstract emotions of calmness and reflection, are vibrant and captivating, allowing viewers to appreciate art and the cause behind them. Several of the paintings were also inspired by SEE’s work. For example, artist Isaac Hernandez’ paintings reflects his experience with ocular surgery. Organizing a benefit in 2020 presented many challenges, which AAC happily tackled and overcame. A “socially distanced” art drop off was held, where members’ drove up one by one and had their panels labeled and photographed. AAC, SEE, and JCC also organized a Zoom virtual art opening where AAC members spoke about their panels. “Although it doesn’t replace the original experience of viewing works in person, it does reflect the love and commitment that exists in our community and the innovative spirit of organizations like Abstract Art Collective who continue to evolve in ever changing times,” noted Eugene Galles, Co-Chair of AAC. AAC’s greatest aspiration is that viewers will appreciate the art through a visual experience and support a worthy cause. Presenting the works online allows anyone

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HROUGH ARTISTIC EXPRESSION THAT EMANATES FROM A DESIRE TO GIVE BACK, a remarkable fundraiser benefits people in communities around the world living with curable blindness. The Abstract Art Collective, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, is showcasing their annual ArtSEE Fundraiser for SEE International, a collection of abstract paintings where all proceeds go towards SEE International’s cause to help restore vision to communicates affected by preventable blindness and impaired vision. The exhibit runs through September 15th and is on view at www. abstractartcollective.com. With millions of people around the world who are visually impaired, and with more than 79 percent of those cases that can be prevented or cured, SEE International aims to provide access to vision care to help people who are living with curable blindness. Founded by Dr. Harry Brown over 40 years ago, SEE International has generated a worldwide interest in its programs, including the interest of Thore Edgren, one of Abstract Art Collective’s founders and also Brown’s personal friend. “The AAC has always been interested in giving back to our community. Harry, like Thore, was also an avocational abstract artist. They both agreed it would make sense to

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Art Matters

Staring At Art While Locked At Home By Edward Goldman, ART Matters


Jackson Pollock Painting in his Studio, Springs, Long Island, NY, Martha Holmes, Gelatin Silver Print, 1949.

Image courtesy Sylvia Johnson

Head Waiter Renee Breguet Serving Drinks on Grand Hotel Ice Rink, St. Moritz, Alfred Eisendstaedt, Gelatin Silver Print,1932.

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Photo Courtesy Jo Chim

Photo by Stefan Draschan

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Photo by Stefan Draschan

ONSIDERING WHAT ALL OF US ARE GOING THROUGH THESE DAYS, it’s particularly welcomed to receive some amusing information about art. That’s why I want to share with you, my friends, a few rather intriguing emails I have received the last few day... Take a look at these photos by Austrian photographer Stefan Draschan, who catches museum visitors, whose clothes and hairstyles, in a funny way, matches and mirrors the artworks they are standing in front of. My favorite is of the woman standing in front of Monet’s Waterlilies at the L’Orangerie Museum. Another favorite is of this 21st century-everyday-couple standing in front of the gorgeous portrait of the 18th century aristocratic couple. I am still trying to figure out if this portrait is painted by Anthony Van Dyck and at which museum it hangs? I wonder which of these several dozen photos by Draschan you find the most appealing? A mutual friend introduced me via email to Jo Chim who shared with me a large collection of photos she snapped during her visit to St. Petersburg and the Hermitage Visitor at Musee de L’Orangerie in front of Museum. It is taken in a very informal and very personal way. It makes me dream Monet’s Waterlilies about the city I was born and lived in. I wonder if some of you, after seeing these photos, will start to dream and plan a trip to Russia... The irony is that Jo Chim took these photos in July 2016, literally a few days before I went to St. Petersburg with a group of major supporters of KCRW’s radio station. So, Jo and I missed each other at the Hermitage by a few days. Here is a photo of yours truly, July 2016, standing at the bottom of the Ambassador Staircase- the main entrance to the Winter Palace of Russian Tsars. And here I am in front of Matisse’s magical Conversation, with a couple having an intense confrontation, that feels like it might be the end of their marriage. And look at this to die for blue color... Edward at the Ambassador Staircase, A few days ago, I read a report that The Main Entrance to Winter Palace/Hermitage Hermitage is losing almost half of its annual Museum, 2016 revenue after being closed for two months. So the museum full of unique art Couple in front of Portrait by Winter Palace at Hermitage Museum treasures is empty of visitors, while (Anthony Van Dyck?) 80 years ago during World War II, it was emptied of its treasures but remained open to visitors. A few weeks ago, I showed you this photo of the museum gallery, with empty frames hanging on the walls. Museum’s docents would take groups of visitors on a tour, stopping in front of empty frames and telling about the paintings that were no longer there. Such need and hunger for art reminds us about the importance of art and culture at the time of crisis. These days number of the museums and galleries are offering “visits” and “tours“ of their virtual viewing rooms. Definitely it is better than nothing. I am particularly impressed by the daily selections from Peter Fetterman Gallery- iconic, eye catching black and white photos from the gallery inventory. Here are two I found particularly appealing. The first is by Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995) of the waiter ice skating while holding a tray of drinks, and the other by Martha Holmes (1923-2006) of Jackson Edward at Hermitage Museum in front of Pollock pouring the paint onto a canvas spread across the floor. Just Conversation by Henri Mattise, 1908 imagine having these photos on your walls, wouldn’t it make you happy every time you glance at them? Detail Shots of Ambassador Staircase of Winter I am crossing my fingers and praying to the art Gods and Muses that Palace, Main Entrance to Hermitage Museum in several weeks we will be able to visit museums and galleries not virtually, but in real time and real place.

Hermitage Museum During World War II

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An SB Teacher Explains What a Digital Classroom Looks Like - and Why Distance Learning Can Work


By Jen Griffith / Special to Newsmakers www.newsmakerswithjr.com

S TEACHERS, many of us have been sharing publicly our great concerns about not being ready to return to our classrooms due to health and safety reasons. I realized that we weren’t taking our explanations one step further and describing and explaining what our classrooms would look like in the digital realm. Because many people might not know exactly what a digital classroom in the Santa Barbara Unified District can, and did in the spring, look like, I want to share an overview so that the community has more of an idea of why we, the teachers, are so sure that we can go digital. My teammate and I had already been teaching our 61 fifth-graders in the same room (either my portable or hers) for many of our lessons. We did this because we, like many of our peers, have known for years that we cannot count on getting a substitute teacher when we need one. This way, if one of us had to be out, we could cover for our partner, and no learning was lost. Jen at her kitchen table In the process, we found desk in her classroom that the students really enjoyed being able to intermix in more varied and different small, collaborative group configurations on a regular basis. So, we asked our principal if we could try out teaching with a kind of team-teaching model, and it worked! The kids loved it, and we loved it, and the learning was magical, and we became one giant learning community. Then, BOOM, MARCH 13TH! Suddenly our schools were physically closed.

We had six special needs students regularly attending our • Completed the current six week Science Unit of Inquiry that we were in and started and completed one more, fifth grade class, and we had three multilingual students, as well. I often taught class in both English and Spanish (to the still covering all the Next Generation Science Standards best of my ability!) for their benefit. content that fifth graders needed to learn for the year. All of these kids would stay after to get more help if they • Followed our regular PE routine every day, just like we needed it. The three multilingual students had on campus. were also given the core literature book • Had “Wordy Wednesday” for in Spanish so they could read it in both additional language development, languages simultaneously, and would focusing each week on a different attend daily classes with our Reading aspect of the grammar in a fun way. interventionist for their own study • Went on one virtual field trip a group in Spanish to get a more in-depth week to a surprise location through understanding of the book. the Nearpod platform. We also held a safe reading awards • Taught engineering standards assembly where we had one parent come and built Rube Goldberg Machines to school to pick up the reading award and Homemade Rollercoasters that on a Friday and hide it until Monday ended up being family projects. Out in nature, where she takes photos morning. Then, with all of the kids and • Had once-a-month “Little and makes mini blog videos to share as many family members as possible Buddy” days with our First Grade with students for teaching about local surrounding them, and our principal in Little Buddies, just like we had ecosystems attendance, we announced each child’s throughout the school year, name and it was their parent who put the medal around their during which we went on scavenger hunts and to a virtual neck, which was very special. amusement park. Often, our parents don’t even get to come to the • We sang songs, had dance parties and theme days assemblies we hold at school to see their children receive where we dressed up in outfits; once we had PJ Day and awards because of their work schedules. stayed in bed the whole time : - ) So, as you can see, it was all systems go! As we told our • We did art together on “Fun Friday,” made videos and kids every day, we were still in school, we were just doing it had kids come up with and create original projects. in a different location. When our students would fill out the • And we gave Google Slide work to do every day. reflections we gave them every single Friday to check in with Now, of course, we did not get 100 percent work how they were doing, they would completion every day. In fact, asking reiterate that back to us. kids to complete pages of work, then They clearly understood that we having to check in that work and correct They clearly understood had never stopped attending school, it, and then follow up with parents when that we had never we were just doing it in a new way. it was not turned in, was really the only stopped attending It was a mindset that we helped to low point of our digital classroom. school, we were just instill in them, and this helped all of But that is the same as a normal us to keep the learning environment day at school. We are always chasing doing it in a new way. It going. kids around asking where their work is. was a mindset that we But, the magical thing was that 55-59 New challenges. Of course, we have helped to instill in them, kids showed up every single day for our kids who attend our school from and this helped all of morning two hour zoom and they never all walks of life. We had some kids missed it. They wanted to us to keep the learning sitting in their parents’ walk-in closet be in class with us. because their four brothers and sisters

A digital curriculum. However, because we had already been working as one big learning community, we were able to continue doing so. Yes, there were many bumps in the road, but we kept going. My teammate and I immediately started to contact families and track down our students, finding out who had internet access environment going. along the way. After about three were also on Zoom and they wanted Enrichment and weeks, we had tracked down almost – Jen Griffith peace and quiet to learn with us. activities. Additionally, every kid. Then for the remaining We had some kids sitting in cars we had kids attending two months of school, it was all so they could get a WiFi signal and class with our music, systems go. didn’t have one at home. PE, and art teachers every single week My teammate and I taught And we had some kids sitting with their baby brother on because they are such necessary parts of their together every day, and this is what their head, we had some kids at the kitchen table with their education. Our music teacher and PE coach we did: mom next to them, and one day we taught with all blacked regularly attended our morning meditation • Started every day with fifteen out screens because that is what Zoom looked like that day. and yoga sessions a couple times each week, minutes of meditation, then yoga, But it didn’t matter. just because they enjoyed it as people in our then tai chi We were a learning community and every single day, we community. • Read two core literature books Our students also attended weekly Speech, all showed up to learn, no matter what, even though it was aloud with the whole class, with a hard. We all know that we can do hard things. CALM counseling, and daily classes with focus on the academic vocabulary for their Special Education teacher. They quickly English Language Development. Bottom line. I hope that this gives a sense of what a digital learned how to switch between classes, much • Many free digital platforms classroom can look like. I also hope that you can see that I like Jr. High and High School students do, came our way, but once I learned did not do this alone and could never have done it without without missing a beat, and they did it via about the Nearpod Student the hard work, collaboration and teamwork of my partner, Zoom. Engagement Platform, I took the Madeleine Bordofsky, as well as the other specialist teachers We also had a Reading intervention online professional development and staff that work at Harding University Partnership School. teacher who saw anywhere from five to 20 courses and learned how to create Creating a digital learning realm can be done with kids on any given day for the hour following my own lessons; both the students teamwork and planning and it can be a good experience for our class, depending on who wanted help with all involved with some creative ideas. I think teachers are and the teachers in our fifth grade homework that particular day. learning community fell in love with ready and up to the task if we are just given the chance. Some days students needed more help using it on a daily basis. It became an On her yoga mat singing with her than others because, just like us adults, there integral part of our digital learning Jen Griffith is a fifth grade teacher in the Santa Barbara Unified ukulele, a daily occurrence in classroom were times when it was just hard to think School District. This op-ed is adapted from a letter she sent to experience. the SB school board as members considered options for the new and function in the middle of a worldwide • Continued to teach the newly created math lessons for school year. pandemic and you don’t have all of your cognitive resources the Illustrative Math Alpha Curriculum launch we had been www.newsmakerswithjr.com available. involved in all year.

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Jumping Course


New models detail how major rivers will respond to changing environmental conditions

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ROM THE NILE TO THE MISSISSIPPI and from the Amazon to the Yangzi, human civilization is inextricably linked to the great rivers along which our societies developed. But rivers are mutable, and the benefits they bestow can quickly become disasters when these waterways change course. Scientists are working to understand how environmental changes alter river dynamics. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences coauthored by UC Santa Barbara geomorphologist Vamsi Ganti has outlined the factors that dictate how often rivers jump course, or avulse, and the effects this will have on river deltas. The results promise to help scientists and planners prepare for a future of sea-level rise and changing land use. Deltas counteract sea level rise by building up sediment, which mostly occurs near a river channel itself. Every once in a while, the river will switch course through an avulsion and begin building up the delta somewhere else. “So avulsions are the way that the river spreads its sediment out over the whole landscape,” said first author Austin Chadwick, a postdoctoral scholar at University of Minnesota. “The questions we’re asking are how often do rivers naturally change their course,” he continued, “and how is that going to change with climate change and human interference.” Unfortunately, there has previously been no consensus on how rivers responded to climactic shift. Some scientists thought avulsion rates would increase as sea level rises, while others predicted they’d decrease. “There simply was no unifying theory to explain how river avulsion frequency is dependent on sea level,” Ganti said. To straighten out the situation, Ganti, Chadwick, and their coauthor Michael Lamb of Caltech, combined observations from Vamsi Ganti the geologic and historical records with a mathematical model of river dynamics. By focusing on this specific issue, they aimed to finally get definitive answers and useful predictions. Large rivers tend to flatten out and decelerate as they approach the ocean. After a certain point, the downstream conditions of the sea level begin to influence the river’s behavior in what scientists call backwater hydrodynamics. “This is a dynamic zone where deposition and erosion occurs in coastal rivers,” Ganti explained. In a previous paper, the team had shown that avulsions occur within this backwater region, which can extend quite far inland. For instance, the backwater zone of the Mississippi River

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A river delta in East Aceh, on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.

reaches 500 kilometers from the coast. Deeper, flatter rivers like the Mississippi, which have larger backwater regions, therefore have larger deltas. The researchers goal with this study was to apply their newfound understanding of the impact of backwater hydrodynamics to learn about the frequency of avulsions themselves. Using the model, and comparing their results to field data, the team discovered that there are three ways that deltas can respond to sea level rise, which depend on the balance between the rate of sea-level change and the sediment supplied by the river. The first: when a river has a lot of sediment and sea-level rise is relatively slow. According to the model, these rivers are resilient to sea-level rise, and their avulsion rates remain stable. China’s Yellow River is one example. The second case occurs when a river has less sediment or the sea level rises more quickly. In this scenario, avulsions become more frequent. The rising ocean promotes sedimentation, and once a channel fills to a certain depth, the river will jump its course. And representing the extreme, in which sea level rise outpaces a river’s ability to deposit sediment, is the third case. As the ocean infiltrates the delta, the river will reach its maximum avulsion rate, and the whole system will begin migrating inland. Scientists hadn’t known about this case before, and the discovery of the three regimes together explains the previous inconsistencies in the scientific literature. The researchers inputted bankofthewest.com observations and data into their model to see whether various river deltas would bankofthewest.com bankofthewest.com behave differently under predicted climate conditions. “The answer is yes, for most of them,” Chadwick said. “Many rivers will experience more frequent avulsions and some rivers will Bank of the West continues to also have avulsions farther inland.” River avulsions have huge societal A satellite image of the Mississippi River delta. The offer a variety of loan options to avulsion location is about 20 miles south of Baton Rouge. implications, with the potential to Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. © 2020 Bank of the West. All loans subject to credit approval, standard mortgage qualifications, fit your needs. cause economic and civil unrest. and underwriting requirements. Additional fees, conditions, and restrictions may apply.We have jumbo Archaeologists believe that a course change of the Indus River in western India directly (up to $4,000,000), interest only, contributed to the decline of the Bronze Age Harappan civilization. More recently, avulsions led to the 1877 Yellow River flood and 1931 China floods, two of the deadliest natural adjustable rate and cash-out loans. Montecito Magazine Fall 2017 disasters in modern history. Bank of the West • 1/2 page An avulsion could have dire consequences for rivers like the Mississippi, where a system Askto1st our relationship pricing ing Lender. © 2020 Member Bank FDIC. of the Equal West. Housing All loans Lender. subject ©about credit 2020 approval, Bank of the standard West. All mortgage loans subject qualifications, to credit approval, standard mortgage qualifications, ProoF called the Old River Control Structure has prevented the river from jumping course since ments. Additional fees, and underwriting conditions, and requirements. restrictions Additional may apply.fees, conditions, and restrictions may apply. to get even lower interest rates. 1963. If the backwater region migrated inland, the river could change course upstream from the facility and bypass it altogether. Millions of gallons of water per minute would course through previously dry land, while the downstream portion of the channel would go completely dry. Montecito Magazine Fall 2017 Montecito Magazine Fall 2017 The authors have made their model available and accessible to anyone who might want to Elizabeth Winterhalter, Mortgage Banker, NMLS#237143 use it. They were even able to reduce several formulas into a single equation by implementing the West| •Elizabeth.Winterhalter@bankofthewest.com 1/2 page Bank of the West • 1/2 page CellBank (805)of904-7328 a few basic assumptions about river conditions and dynamics. 1st ProoF 1st ProoF “Groups like the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior can use this tool to apply to any delta,” said Chadwick. “And hopefully it will help inform our decisions in these places as we cope with climate change.”



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