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Spanish colonial isn’t the only jewel in Carpinteria’s architectural crown. Englishman Joe Hendy built, with his own hands, some of the town’s iconic structures, such as the Community Church, the Woman’s Club, and the homes on Star Pine.


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Michael Hammer is an active volunteer and generous donor to the community. His art and car collections help raise funds for good causes.


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Pack your fandom and hit the road with The Traveling Hurtados. Longing for the father they never knew, the trio sings and wanders up and down the coast in search of answers.


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CARPINTERIA, A LEGENDARY PLACE Welcome to the 20 th edition of Carpinteria Magazine! It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed so quickly since our first issue rolled off the press. Thank you, readers, for your support of our advertisers, without whom this glossy 108-page love letter to Carpinteria wouldn’t be possible. Every town has its legends, and Carpinteria is no different. In this issue we take a look at some of those stories that spice up history and add color to the local record. Writer Lea Boyd chronicles two very different backgrounds on the Chumash lore of Chismahoo, better known as the Legend of the Rainbow Bridge. She also tells us the story of Joe Hendy, VITE the master carpenter who, in the 1920s, built a number of homes and public buildings in his distinctive style. Photographer Joshua Curry documents the posts and beams of the architecture. The Traveling Hurtados, a trio of musicians, tell their surprising tale of learning about sharing the same paternal lineage. Writer Amy Orozco reports on the creation of that musically inspired myth, and photographer Michael Kwiecinski focuses on the mirth making threesome. Writer Peter Dugré reports on a legend in the making whose name descends from another piece of Chumash folklore, Smoke Mountain Brewery. Photographer Brian Hopkins captures the magic of the mountaintop, its panoramic views and the enterprising spirt of owners Jill and Ed Siple. We’ve added a new section, appropriately called Carpe Diem, where we highlight a few of the people helping to make Carpinteria such a special place to live. And what’s a Carpinteria Magazine without homage to the beach? Writer Lea Boyd gives us the backstory on the town’s longtime favorite sandy playgrounds. In other features we visit with TV news reporter John Palminteri, tour four shops of the antique-collectible-vintage variety, take a photo safari with wildlife, meet philanthropist Michael Hammer, and visit Pascale Beale’s kitchen for summer recipes. There’s more, too. Get comfortable and start turning the pages. This is the perfect summer read. Carpinteria Magazine is published twice a year. It makes its home in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, and vacation rentals free of charge. Please patronize our advertisers and local merchants who make this project possible. Watch for our next issue in November 2016.

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Chatter Box 30 Years of Avofest

More than 30 years ago, an idea emerged from a post-work conversation over wine and cheese. Six Carpinterians – Rob Godfrey, Connie Korbel, Debbie Murphy, Fran Puccinelli, Bob Ealee, and John Franklin – passionately involved in the community began thinking of ways in which local nonprofits could raise a substantial amount of funds to carry themselves throughout the year. Putting their heads together, they figured out a way to help. “We sensed a frustration in the community with nonprofits doing bake sales and things like that to make money,” says Rob Godfrey. “We thought it be neat if we could have one event where multiple nonprofits could make their ‘nut’ and the rest of the year, they could focus on running their nonprofit groups.” Taking notes from the Garlic Festival in Gilroy and with a go-big-or-go-home mindset leading the way, the California Avocado Festival came to light. Held the first full weekend of October dates, the California Avocado Festival was brought to fruition through passion, time, hard work, and trial and error. Each year brought new ideas.

Some worked and some didn’t. For example, the first festival was fenced in, which proved ineffective at keeping crowds contained on Linden Avenue. There was mention of creating a parking lot by the bluffs (where Viola Fields now stands) to bus patrons into town. This also was not the answer. Regulating food booths became a challenge as rules and regulations made it increasingly complicated and expensive for local restaurateurs to participate. And the complications did not end there. As each festival rolled around, the committee questioned if they could handle it again, but somewhere along the line the expectation from patrons, vendors, nonprofits, and the community fueled the team to keep the festival alive. After several years, the California Avocado Festival found legs and progressed into the lively scene and nonprofit fundraising endeavor experienced today. The event has evolved so much so that it is now making enough money to award scholarships to students and help nonprofits in need of additional support. Visitors from San Luis Obispo to Simi Valley and beyond travel to Carpinteria to enjoy the annual event of food, live music, history and diverse flavors of avocado cuisine, arts and crafts, and all the vendors and activities in between. “We liked the idea of an event that introduces not only our local residents but out-of-towners to our downtown area,” explains Godfrey. The ultimate goal for the festival has been to keep patrons invested in philanthropic organizations, bring traffic to local businesses, and to make sure everyone is having fun. As the years have shown, Avo Fest is more than your average street festival. It’s a testament to locals caring for locals and welcoming visitors with open arms, ultimately displaying what the true spirit of Carpinteria is all about. — Megan Waldrep

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The Rincon Bike Trail runs almost four miles from Rincon Point at Bates Road along Highway 101 to Mobil Pier Road east of Mussel Shoals. “It’s an awesome path with gorgeous views,” says local Jill McLemore. She wouldn’t call her family “cyclists,” but they do enjoy riding their bikes around town. They have wanted to try the path ever since it opened about a year ago, and they finally got a chance to ride it the day after Valentine’s Day.

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“We rode to the end of the path then climbed on the rocks and enjoyed the view before heading back,” McLemore says. On their way home, they stopped at the Cliff House Inn restaurant for lunch. They also took a few of the little exits along the bike path down to the beach to enjoy the sand, the waves, and the view. “It was a really great afternoon excursion,” McLemore says. “Now that we’ve done it, we want to ride it again with our friends. It’s easy and flat and feels very safe.” The bike path is part of a larger network called the California Coastal Trail. Once completed, the trail will span 1,200 miles from the Oregon border to Mexico and provide safe paths for walkers, bikers, equestrians, and others. Local cyclist Kyle Gates has used the Rincon Bike Trail about five times as part of his longer rides from Santa Barbara to Ventura. “The new bike path is a great place to take a long mellow spin along the ocean,” Gates says. “I only wish that the path was wider so that more off all types of users could enjoy it safely! Sometimes the traffic (on the bike path), moving at all different speeds, can be a little much.”

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C hatter Box The county has additional bike and pedestrian improvements planned for Carpinteria. “The Rincon bike path has been an overwhelming success,” says Gregg Hart, public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Association of Government. “It really was a huge missing gap in the system, which has been filled now. We’re looking forward to filling other missing gaps.” Those “gaps” include a bridge over the railroad tracks connecting the Rincon Beach parking lot with Carpinteria Avenue and a bike path connecting Santa Claus Lane with Carpinteria Avenue. These bike path improvements dovetail with the county’s four-phase project designed to ease congestion between Santa Barbara and Ventura. Phase 1 widened the freeway from Santa Barbara to Montecito. Phase 2 (which included the Rincon Bike Trail) widened the freeway between Carpinteria and Ventura. Phase 3 (set to begin construction this summer) will improve the overpasses at Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road and change traffic throughout Carpinteria. Phase 4 will widen the freeway between Montecito through Carpinteria. Hart adds they hope to begin phase 4 during phase 3 to minimize disrupting the Carpinteria community.

at the beach-end of Linden and stretches to the recentlyremodeled bathrooms near the campgrounds. The permitting fees for the second phase were already raised during the first stage confirms the superintendent, whose territory spans from McGrath State Beach in Ventura to Carpinteria. “As a state agency that’s always strapped for cash, we’re looking at funding sources, and ways we can make this happen,” explains Butzke. “We just thought it would be a very nice feature to add to the park … there’ll be access points going out to the beach,” he adds. One of the new features will be what is referred to as a Mobi-Mat (for mobility mat), giving wheelchair visitors the ability to roll from the boardwalk onto the sand. But sorting out the costs for the project wasn’t the only reason for the delay in the completion of the boardwalk. During the first phase, builders used helical anchors and

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The sound of soft waves splashing against the shore, the clicking heels of a mother pushing her baby in a stroller winding her way above the wild vegetation pushing its way through the sand. It’s pretty much an everyday scene at Carpinteria State Beach, which at the end of last year introduced its new pedestrian-friendly boardwalk that covers part of the shore. “It gives people that may have accessibility issues a chance to walk through the dunes,” says Tyson Butzke, Ventura Sector Superintendent of California State Parks. The ADA-compliant boardwalk took roughly 13 months to build. It is part of a grant funded project that includes the recent addition of a new office and future visitor center that is still in the works. “What’s out there now is phase one of, hopefully, two phases; eventually, we’d like to see that boardwalk come all the way to here, Palm Avenue,” Butzke says of the boardwalk that begins

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what’s called a torque meter to create a walkway that practically floats on the sand. “It’s fairly new technology, the first segment alone took us nearly three months because we were trying to figure out how the whole thing worked,” says Butzke. The idea was to make the walkway more durable, in hopes it will last longer than a typical wooden structure over the long run. Once a comfort level was attained for the construction of the helical anchor system and the California Conservation Corps was brought in to lend a hand with the labor, the process went a lot more smoothly. Although the boardwalk looks like wood, it’s actually made of Trex, a composite material that resists dry rot. Butzke hopes that the second phase will go even more


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smoothly and quickly. “It’ll give them a nice, really, really cool walk along the beach and give beach access to everybody,” he confirms. — Alonzo orozco

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Long May She Wave

This year, Carpinteria turns 51 years old, and its pretty flag turns 31. The flag started out as a twinkle in the eyes of the City’s 20th Anniversary Committee. That committee begat the Flag Committee, and soon there was a design contest. According to the minutes of the

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Oct. 14, 1985 City Council meeting, “Flag Committee recommended City Council adopt the new City flag design and it was approved by Council. $1,760 was appropriated for the purchase of 24 City Flags.” Then-Carpinterian Mark Kyriaco won the contest. The elements of his winning design include a light blue sky, lavender mountains, emerald green land, a white bird and sea foam with a royal blue ocean. Anchoring the bottom are white block letters spelling “Carpinteria California,” which is printed on panels and sewn back to back to read on both sides. Those first 24 City Flags were created at the Flag Factory, on Sixth Street at Maple Avenue, and continue to be sewn there today, says Jonathan Alburger of the manufacturing company. In an only-in-a-small-town twist, at the time Kyriaco won the design contest his wife, Barbara, was the Flag Factory’s lead seamstress. The flag debuted at the March 10, 1986 City Council meeting when Kyriaco and councilmember Marilyn Breland presented the city’s new official flag to the council. On the heels of that, the minutes from the March 24, 1986 meeting indicate that “staff was directed to find out if the designer of the City Flag would accept one of the flags rather than the original design that was

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C hatter Box submitted during the flag contest.” Kyriaco’s other contest prize winnings included a dinner at The Palms. In 1992, the manufacturing of the flag went from a “simple print” to “sewn crafted” with applique stitch fabric on fabric construction. Available for purchase to the city and the public, the flag is available in most standard sizes. (The 3’ x 5’ is flagpole size.) The Flag Factory serves as custodian of the artwork, but the city owns it, says Alburger. For all its officialdom, the City Flag isn’t seen much flying over the town. The artwork has been incorporated into other functions, though. About seven years ago, Carpinteria Beautiful paid to digitize the design to create reusable shopping bags, known as the “Flag Bags,” in preparation for the plastic bag ban, says Donna Jordan of the nonprofit. Some may remember it being used in the Measure J campaign, the oil drilling initiative from 2010. Today, one is most likely to see the artwork on the city’s no smoking stickers dotting the landscape.

or guardian must get in the water, too. From the age of 4, it’s not necessary for a parent or guardian to be in the water. Cloud notes that in the last few years swim lessons for the younger set have grown in popularity with students coming from Kinderkirk and the Lou Grant Parent-Child Workshop. The oldest swim student, Cloud recalls, was a 70-year-old man. A staff of 16, who are certified lifeguards or USA Swimming Certified Coaches, caters to pool patrons. Along with the school district lessons, there are separate water polo teams for boys and girls, a coed swim team, junior lifeguards, club swim team, aqua aerobics, masters swim, and lap swim. In summer, considered Memorial Day through Labor Day, staff size doubles and hours are extended to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 4 p.m. on weekends. The pool must close if contaminated – the chemicals out of whack, fecal matter, or a dead animal. At the first sight of lightning or sound of thunder it must close for 30 minutes.

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It’s a safe bet that a Carpinterian knows how to swim. The reason is not a geographical one but rather an educational one. In the Carpinteria Unified School District all third graders have 10 swim lessons followed by 8 weeks of P.E. swim in sixth grade. The water-soaked classroom is the Carpinteria Community Pool, located at the corner of Palm and Carpinteria avenues. Considered a multi-use pool, its size category is “competition pool” with 10 lanes across, 25 yards in length, 4 feet deep in the shallow end and 7 feet in the deep end. “Swimming is a life skill, and if you don’t know how, you could die,” says Tamara Cloud, pool superintendent. Along with teaching, Cloud oversees the daily operations of the pool, staff and scheduling, and facilities management including bathrooms and the pool chemistry (ozone is used to help sanitize the pool). As the name indicates, the Carpinteria Community Pool is open to all. The youngest swim students are 6 month olds in the Tiny Tots/Mommy and Me program. Lessons are offered on a private, semi-private (two to three students), and group (minimum of four) basis, and the parent

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The grounds have more of a country club feel than expected at a municipal pool. Usually music is playing over speakers by 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. Tables with shade umbrellas rim the perimeter, and food and drink are allowed. There’s a small concession shop, too. Offering extra shade, the multi-purpose room, some may remember its former yurt incarnation, is used for training, CPR classes, films, and general classroom space. People can swim all their life, not like tennis or running, notes Cloud. “It’s a kind way to treat your body,” she adds. – Amy mArie OrOzcO


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urgent need for a decent carpenter propelled them, with their two young children, to Carpinteria in 1921. At the time, Clyde and Minnie Henderson owned a vast tract of land between Casitas Pass and Vallecito roads. The property was planted in walnuts, and the Hendersons had contracted a builder for their home on the east end of the land. Dude Bailard, who purchased the home in 1947, reported in an oral history recorded in 1979, “(The Hendersons) had started building the house in 1921 or 1922. The contractor gave Mr. Henderson quite a bit of trouble so he fired him. And Joe Hendy was farming some land SUMMER2016 31

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In 1928, this Star Pine Avenue Hendy House was built for Percy Houts, manager of Carpinteria Mutual Citrus.

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that Miriam owned up in Idaho. I think he was raising potatoes. Henderson wrote him a letter asking him to come down to finish it.” (Miriam had grown up in Carpinteria and was related to the Hendersons.) Joe swooped in and saved the Henderson house, building one of the finest homes in the valley at the time. From there out, jobs were not hard to find. When the Hendersons subdivided the majority of their property and created Star Pine Road in 1925, Joe was hired to build homes on many of the new lots, as well as several on Vallecito Road. Hendy imbued his homes with unique charm. His signature elements were high ceilings, crown molding, extra large fireplaces and built-in China cabinets. He took care in each project, as dictated by his get-it-done-right work ethic. George Bliss, a close friend of Joe’s son, James, said years ago, “Once Joe builds a house, it will never come down.” In 1993, Carla and Brad Stein purchased the home Joe had built for the Hendersons. By then, Joe had been dead nearly two decades, but Carla wanted to know more about

the original owners and the builder. She interviewed several relatives and friends of the Hendersons and Hendys. Much of the material she discovered went into this article. The Steins’ connection to their home’s history informed a renovation in 2010. Maintaining the look and feel of the 1921 structure, they modernized the plumbing and electrical, reframed and replaced the termite-eaten roof and reworked changes made by Dude Bailard and his second wife around 1980. Kitchen cabinetry was designed to mimic that of the early 20 th century, and an addition was made to better tie in a room tacked on a few decades ago. During construction, the Steins found lard cans in the attic used to collect rainwater from roof leaks, square nails throughout, a matchbook from an old Carpinteria watering hole, and copies of 1920s Los Angeles Times newspapers crumpled up in the walls for insulation. After gaining a reputation as a master craftsman, Joe Hendy found his business booming. James, Joe’s son, took up the family trade, assisting his father on a number of projects. When the Carpinteria Community Church was ready to be transformed from blueprint to building in

Joe and Miriam Hendy, right, with nephew Jeoffrey Pope and his wife, Rosemary, at the Hendy’s Casitas Pass Road home.

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The painstakingly renovated Hendy home of Brad and Carla Stein.

A large fireplace is another Hendy home trait.

A modernized kitchen and architectural integrity.


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Carpinteria Community Church is another Hendy creation.

Beams line the church’s ceiling.

1940, J.H. Hendy and Son was hired to do the work. James, however, joined the Merchant Marines in 1941 and was killed in 1944 while serving as a Chief Mate on a ship in the Pacific during World War II. A stained glass window in the church’s façade is dedicated in his memory. Joe retired as a builder not long after. The era of the tract home had arrived in Carpinteria, and Joe’s commitment to his craft left him unwilling to participate in the cookie-cutter style of building. He spent his last decades tending the orchard on the property where he and Miriam had built a home in the 1920s. The house still stands on the corner of Casitas Pass and Foothill roads. Joe Hendy may have grown disenchanted in the direction Carpinteria homebuilding went, but Carpinteria has remained utterly enchanted in the homes Joe Hendy built. Carpinteria Valley Association dedicated a portion of its 2004 publication “Carpinteria Bungalows and Distinctive Houses” to his works, and Carpinteria Beautiful selected Brad and Carla Stein’s painstakingly renovated Hendy house for last April’s Home & Garden Tour. ◆


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Discover Carpinteria’s Rich & Colorful Past at the

Carpinteria Valley MuseuM of History

Rainbow Bridge Ranch Palm Growers Carpinteria, California

Featured Exhibits: Native American Chumash • Summerland Spanish & Mexican Ranchos • World War I Carpinteria Pioneers • Victorian Homes Agriculture & Tools • 19th Century School House



956 Maple Avenue Carpinteria

Over 20 Varieties of Climatized Coastal Grown Palm Trees, Tropicals, Bananas, Plumerias & More at Wholesale Prices

Exhibits Hours: Tues.-Sat. 1-4 p.m.

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F OL LY 1. Lady prints by Valerie Galloway (framed), $54/each. 2. Organic cotton elephant T’s for children (hand-stamped by Folly co-owner Alyssa Remington), $18. 3. Vintage child’s shoes from Vietnam, $68. 4. Gold velvet swivel chairs, $950/each. 5. Good luck horseshoe by Marley & Alfie (handmade in California), $54.

6. Rachel Craven linen tunic, $260. 7. “Sit Like a Buddha” book, $12.



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ZEBI RD 1. Handmade beach wood frames, $85 - $125. 2. Gilded altar cabinet, $1,145. 3. Hand-painted Vietnamese temple worshippers, $68 - $82. 4. Small urns with lichen, $35/each. 5. Weathered southwest bench, $645. 6. Assorted succulents, $3 - $34.






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T R E A S U R E H U NT MED ITERRANE E 1. Antique Polychrome corner table, 19th Century, Antigua Guatemala, $2,900. 2. Antique wooden model Spanish Ship, $750. 3. Pair of white and blue Italian Apothecary jars, $375/pair. 4. Vintage Mexican Cupboard, $795. Top to bottom: Pair of vintage French Apothecary jars, $595/pair. Antique Blue Chinese bowl, $195. Vintage hand painted bowls Oaxaca, $75/each. Pair of Santos, $895/pair. Large hand painted Mexican bowl, $225.


5. Spanish plate with flower, $245. 6. Vintage Spanish blue and yellow bowl, $70.




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H OM E S TE A D 1. 1932 Remington portable typewriter model 5, $125. 2. 1890s Coffee tin, $50. 3. 1910-1920s “Ladies Bath� porcelain sign, $78. 4. 1940s Cast Iron double Scotties doorstop, $120. 5. 1850s Black/white PW&Co Staffordshire transfer stoneware platter, $75.


6. 1940s -50s Factory work lamp, $180. 7. Late 1800s Aesthetic period cabinet with hand painted pastoral panels, $2,900. 8. Early 1900s Cast Iron Book Press, $195.


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We treat your pets like family

Celebrated wok master Lee Tsai Wang brings forth the exotic flavors of Szechuan and Mandarin cuisine in his signature recipes. Innovative vegetarian specialties and favorite traditional dishes highlight fresh finds from the local Farmers’ and Fishermans’ Markets. No MSG.

TAKE OUT • DELIVERY • CATERING 566-3334 Weekday Lunch Buffet • Dinner Buffet Friday

Open Monday - Saturday at 11:00 a.m. • Sundays at 4:00 p.m. 1025 Casitas Pass Road in Shepard Place Shops

aRK Has all tHE Goods!

Provisions for all Pets Casitas Plaza • 805.684.1731 1090 Casitas Pass Road Mon-Fri 10-7 • Sat 10-5 • Sun 12-5


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Open Daily! 771 Linden Ave.

Shop our online stores:

Or visit our store at 500 Maple Ave. #5 Carpinteria, CA 93013 (805) 695-0910 Tuesday - Friday 11 - 4

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Brew by the beach…


since 2007

private party room availaBle For eveNtS New expaNded taproom! taproom opeN: monday-thursday 12-9pm Friday 12-10pm Saturday 11am-10pm Sunday 11am-9pm

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Join us for Northern and Southern regional Italian cuisine using local ingredients.

Reservations 805.684.0720 Weekday Lunch 11 to 3 • Weekend Lunch 12 to 3 • Dinner 5 to 9 • Closed Tuesday


The Palms Tradition since 1905

Hungry Locals & Travelers Enjoy Family-Style Good Times

“Famous Charbroil Grill” …simply fine wines at great prices!

Perfect Wines for Anytime

Original Salad Bar • Filet • 16 oz. T-Bone • Ribeye Steaks Teriyaki Chicken • Beef Kabobs • Norwegian Salmon Halibut • Alaskan King Crab • Rack of Lamb

NEW ARRIVALS EVERY DAY Stop in and take advantage of our exceptional selection! 4193-1 Carpinteria Ave.

684-7440 M-F 10-6pm Sat 10-5pm

Cocktails • Happy Hour • Live Bands • Dancing Linden Avenue at 7th St., Downtown Carpinteria • 805.684.3811


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The ma gic o f Car pi nter i a l i es in it s p eo p le c a s ti ng a col l ecti ve sp ell. Kno w ing that tend i ng to t o da y t a k es c ar e of tomor r ow. Tu rn t he p a ge to meet s ome of t ho se w ho a re c r eati ng thei r own c o u rse. Tho se w ho Car pe Di em.

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A Case of Hives THE YEAR 2015 WAS A BIG ONE FOR THE BEE RESCUE BIZ. Local beekeeper and bee rescuer Nick Wigle, proprietor of Super Bee Rescue and Removal, saved 250 hives from imminent death and destruction in the last calendar year. That adds up to hundreds of thousands of bees, which after a rehabilitation period can be relocated to avocado ranches to continue nature’s duty of pollinating. “Our motto is saving the world one bee at a time,” Wigle says. “The bees are in trouble and are responsible for the pollination of one-third of our food supply. They need our help.” Wigle, an inspirational bee fanatic, revels in getting suited up like a fencer on Mars and being elbow deep in a hive during rescues. “I had a really fun rescue this week,” he says. “There were bees inside a pool light. Because of the drought, the pool had been drained. It was surreal sitting on the bottom of the pool opening up the light and the bees were in this structure. The comb was a spiral pattern.” Every rescue is its own adventure, but Wigle stresses that there’s no element of danger. “In my opinion, it’s a lot safer



than extermination because that agitates bees.” On occasion, clients will call after an extermination and claim that the bees around their home are aggressive Africanized bees. It’s not the case, Wigle says, but exterminators riled up the bees. “Bees put out a pheromone that says, ‘we’re in trouble.’” The rescue process is gentle by design to not harm the bees and keep the process safe for both rescuer and property owner. Wigle, who focuses on the rescue aspect of bees rather than the keeping aspect, relocates them to Heartstone Ranch on Foothill Road, where it takes a few weeks for them to recover. After settling them in, he rents them out to avocado ranchers. The demand is high for getting bees on agricultural properties. Super Bee has a six-month backlog, a product of the unhealthy state of bee populations locally and globally. The problem with population decline among bees has been exacerbated locally due to drought over the past four years, during which time beekeepers have reported losing 40 percent of their bees. Pesticides are another issue hurting bees

and represent another desperate battleground in the fight for the bees in which Wigle has a keen interest. It’s not all doom and gloom, particularly considering the number of clients on Santa Barbara County’s South Coast who are calling to remove and rescue their bees as opposed to exterminating them. This spring’s rains, albeit light rains, have also afforded the bees some reprieve and flowers for their nutrition. “It’s an amazing time to be a beekeeper and to be playing with bees this year,” Wigle says. For Super Bee, the goal is keeping the local population alive and thriving in nature. Commercial beekeepers can supply bees to orchards, but they’re often bees from places like Hawaii that don’t overwinter well in the local climate. Super Bee offers a gentle bee removal with a goal of saving 95 percent of the bees in the process, and Wigle likes a challenge. “We specialize in getting them out of places where they’ve been established for a long time. There’s no part of a house that I haven’t cut bees out of it,” he says., (805) 881-3031.


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Party Central Bon Fortune by emily parker

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The whimsical shop aT 929 linden ave. will help you celebraTe your inner child in The mosT Timeless, magical way possible. “we provide charming little details for all occasions,” says bon Fortune’s owner and founder gina andrews. andrews started in what she termed a “fancy” career in the city, as an architecture and design consultant for an international corporation. once she had kids, she took off work and threw herself into creating magical holidays and special birthday parties. bon Fortune grew from her passion. “i noticed there was a void in the market for party supplies that aren’t cartoonish, that are timeless.” in 2011, gina andrews launched an etsy site that quickly grew into a separate web site and online store. by 2014, the orders were overwhelming her home. she started looking for a warehouse space to rent for her growing company. what she found was so much better. “i just stumbled on this storefront in carpinteria,” she said. “a dark warehouse would have been so off-putting, but I also didn’t want a high traffic area, like State street. This is perfect.” with the addition of the storefront, bon Fortune is now really three businesses in one: an online store, a brick-and-mortar store, and an event planning service. you can purchase items from the linden avenue store, but it’s much more than a retail space. it’s an “inspiration space” for both ideas and relationships. before opening the store, andrews did everything herself. now, the store attracts local artists who partner with her. andrews calls the shop an “incubator”—a place where she offers an opportunity for local artists to build confidence and grow their brand by providing them with feedback and a forum to sell their work. “what i really hope to do here is embrace the human element and create a boutique with a soul,” she says. “i try to bring in items that you’re not going to see everywhere else— whether it’s custom designed and created by emily down the street or hand-crafted by steiff in germany. i love partnering with existing and upcoming local businesses. i think it’s healthy for a community to all work together.” since so many of her items are custom made in small quantities by local artists, some don’t even make it onto the web site before selling out. as you wander about, you’ll see everything from playful ceramic cake toppers to gorgeous hand-beaded australian party dresses. The items are diverse, but they’re all timeless. andrews and her husband moved from san Francisco to santa barbara 15 years ago. Their 11-year-old son Jack is bon Fortune’s “tech support.” seven-year-old ryan and andrew’s husband, blake (a local commercial real estate broker and santa barbara native), also pitch in, especially when things get busy. They all love helping people celebrate. “people don’t grow out of the need to be celebrated, and that’s what we encourage here,” andrew says. 929 Linden Ave.,, (805) 220-6600. SUMMER2016 47

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Poet, Publisher, Patron of the Arts B y Kathryn riDall Glenna Berry Horton, pen name Glenna luscHei, first came to carpinteria’s Berry-Horton rancH after Her marriaGe to Bill Horton in 1977. from the beginning, she was drawn to the land with its long history of crops, from lima beans to today’s avocados. equally compelling were the pictures of the Horton ancestors who had tended the ranch over the past 150 years. for Glenna, who detasseled corn as a child in rural iowa, the ranch’s weave of family, land, and hard work was familiar and grounding. she felt she had come home to the solid values of her childhood. although Glenna and Bill both loved carpinteria, they also had a full life in san luis obispo. Bill was a professor in the engineering Department at cal poly. Glenna, who taught english at cal poly, was also the poet/publisher of solo press, a small press supporting poets from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. During their early years together, Glenna became immersed in solo flight, a spin-off of solo press. funded by a national endowment for the arts grant, solo flight invited all residents of san luis obispo, from migrant workers to city council members, to participate in the arts. Bill worked alongside Glenna to raise funds for various projects including poetry and jazz festivals. eventually solo flight morphed into the neighborhood Arts Council that counseled nonprofits. Amidst these commitments, the hardworking Glenna continued to develop her own poetry and taught writing to men incarcerated at the california men’s colony and atascadero state Hospital. in the mid-1980s, Bill took a sabbatical year in carpinteria. the Hortons fell in love with life at the ranch and never left. Bill reconnected with childhood friends. Glenna found carpinteria conducive to writing and editing. she wrote her doctoral dissertation for ucsB’s Hispanic languages and literatures program under the gaze of Horton ancestors. she also moved solo press to the ranch. Her work on dozens of books and a literary magazine, with an impressive 50-year run, was nourished by the serenity of the carpinteria Valley. in addition to editorial work, Glenna enjoyed hosting literary events and dinners where farmers, engineers, and poets mingled and shared their experiences. throughout their years of hands-on engagement in edu-

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cation and the arts, the Hortons were generous donors to various educational and civic projects. a favorite local project was the franklin trail. they contributed both land and funds to the walking path that residents and visitors enjoy today. since Bill’s death in 2009, Glenna has treasured the tranquility of the ranch more than ever. she takes the role of steward seriously and speaks enthusiastically of the industrious women who participate with her in the local chapter of california Women for agriculture. as always, she is interested in supporting poets and artists from culturally diverse backgrounds. this spring, the carpinteria arts center sponsored the Glenna luschei poetry award. Glenna is excited about her next chapter at the ranch and about her continued involvement in the town where she has realized so many of her dreams.


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Je t ’ aime, Jamey b y me ga n Wa l Dre p

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“Prodigy” describes carPinteria teen Jamey geston. she’s already an accomplished singer, songwriter, and soon-to-be lead actress in a film project on the life and death of stevie ray Vaughn. as geston’s creative life develops, her Carpinteria roots stay planted. Here, she takes a break to give a glimpse into her world. What grade are you in and what school do you attend? i am a senior at santa barbara High school and attend Visual arts design academy. i used to go to carp High until this year! What age did you start performing in public? around 8 years old. i used to go to the farmers markets and play my guitar. What is your favorite instrument? i would say guitar since i am most skilled with it, but I specifically like electric better than acoustic. Use five adjectives to describe your music. Fun. emotional. dreamy. blue and Pink. What is the best part of performing? i love, love, love crowd interaction.

Making jokes and being awkward is what I find gets people to respond to me. It lets them know i’m approachable and easy to talk to and usually they go along with it!

I can find a cool record label to work with. However, i still want to continue to learn, so I will pursue education after high school. taking things as they come!

How do you label yourself? Singer? Songwriter? Both? Other? Well, i am a singer, and i also write songs so i am a singer/songwriter. However, I think a lot of people classify that as a genre. you know ... a person with their acoustic guitar playing some quiet, peaceful, and nice songs. I don’t think I necessarily fit into the singer/songwriter genre anymore. ahhh, labeling is really hard! i prefer to have you listen and feel free to interpret my music as you hear it.

What is your ultimate goal? to be happy and learn a lot. there is absolutely no way I would get a job I hate and live a life I dislike in efforts to be wealthy. i would be much happier to live in a car making music and art for people, ha ha. Hopefully it wouldn’t come down to that, but if it did, I wouldn’t mind.

Who or what are your major influences? elliott smith is an incredible artist who i take into consideration every time i write a song. Musically, I take a lot in from artists like King Krule, beach House, the summer twins, and angel olsen. What is your plan for the next five years? Music and art forever! To focus really hard on my music. i have so much i want to do with recording and collaborating with other artists. Hopefully

What do you wish for Carpinteria? I love the feeling of being in such a close-knit community; it’s all family. carpinteria is also very encouraging of the arts, which is great! Seeing more happening around town involving arts and music is always good, but I feel like people need to be more involved, especially people my age. it would be so cool to see more youth coming out to the events put on because we are so lucky to live in a community like this and I feel like only adults appreciate it. SUMMER2016 49

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Don Ashworth:

A Life Spent Playing Around By Fran Davis Some people can pack quite a lot more into a Single life than otherS. carpinteria resident Don ashworth is a “packer.” he’s mastered 40 different musical instruments, spent 40 years as a band member for tV and Broadway shows, recorded with frank Sinatra, tony Bennett, and Barbara Streisand, earned a masters degree in music education, married and raised a family, restored old cars, raced boats, and built scale-model planes he flies himself. ashworth has moved between so many jobs, hobbies, and interests it makes everyone else look like pikers. for 30 years he played with the 16-member band on Johnny carson’s “tonight Show.” he was one of only five musicians asked to make the move from new York to california when the show switched to the West coast. “We started when Johnny started and ended when he did,” ashworth says, adding that carson “was a great boss to work for.” after the final show, there were hugs and handshakes all around at a big party at carson’s point Dume home. a trim 85-year-old, ashworth hikes every day, flies his hand-built planes over lake casitas two or three times a week and works out at the gym next Door, where his dry wit goes a long way toward entertaining early morning patrons. “the only thing i have left is comedy,” he says with a twinkle. pictures decorating a wall in his Shepard mesa home trace ashworth’s path through the music world: signed photos of frank Sinatra and pavarotti, the entire cast of “the carol Burnett Show,” a reunion of the Sauterfinegan band, a 1986 grammy award from the national academy of recording artists. ashworth embraced music early and hung on. By age 14 he was playing for dances and weddings. at carnegie-mellon university, he studied the oboe and mastered several more horns. Drafted, he played for armed forces radio and “Soldier parade” on tV. upon his discharge, he joined the Sauter-finegan jazz band touring the country. exchanging his army uniform for “a $29 blue suit was like a caterpillar evolving into a butterfly,” he says. While studying for his masters at columbia university, he began playing Broadway shows. the repetitiveness of eight shows a week drove him to read novels on the job, and he performed his solos subconsciously. for nine years he played for “the carol Burnett Show,” reportedly

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“sneaking out of the ‘tonight Show’ to do it.” he claims he’s lost track of all the tV shows he’s done. the “phil Silvers Show,” “Dynasty,” “Dallas,” and “trapper John, m.D.” were some. “i learned in the beginning to never say no,” he says. at one time he had so much work he accumulated an inch-high stack of W2s. in 1959, he married his wife Joan, a production assistant for “gentleman’s quarterly,” in what he describes as “a big wedding, with eight people, followed by a reception in a hamburger joint.” about then, he took up sailing, a sport he loves, spending weekends racing yachts in long island Sound. With the move to the West coast, ashworth switched interests to building planes and restoring old cars, mostly fords—a 1936 open car roadster, convertible coupes, and phaetons, which he took to car shows. his meticulously constructed planes are mostly accurate one-quarter scale model reproductions of vintage aircraft – a piper cub, WW ii lysander, WWi folker D7, a 1937 quaker, and a Bristish Se 5a, among others. a silver British gloucester gladiator hangs in the air in his dining room looking as if it’s ready to soar into the canyon below. all are air-worthy, exhibiting the studious attention to detail Don ashworth has brought to every project he’s ever undertaken.


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Linden Avenue Rx By Ch uCk Gra h a m

Today, informaTion abouT healTh and wellbeing is as abundanT as The number of organic producTs growing by leaps and bounds. Thanks to Pacific Health Foods, healthy living thrives on easygoing Linden Avenue and spreads across the Carpinteria Valley. For 25 years Pacific Health Foods has been providing its customers with a wealth of quality foods, supplements, and household items promoting healthy lifestyles. Currently in its third generation of ownership, Pacific Health Foods equates eating healthy with healthy living. It’s good to know there’s a store in town to rely on to enhance your way of life. “We pay close attention to our products,” says Nathan Noll, store owner. “We’re big on quality.” The Noll family always has been big on health and nutrition; quality has run in the family ever since Nathan’s grandparents, Chuck and Millie, opened up their store on Wullbrandt Way, a few doors south of its current Linden Avenue location, in 1991. They ran their store until 2003. The store moved to Linden when their son David took over. Another store was opened in Santa Barbara, and the addition paved the way for David’s daughter Joanna to take over the Carpinteria location. In 2008, major renovations included the addition of the increasingly popular juice and smoothie bar. Eventually Joanna was joined by brother Nathan and remained the store manager until January 2015. Now, Nathan and his wife, Whitney, run the store. Within the last year Nathan and Whitney overhauled Pacific Health Foods. They added shelving, installed new refrigera-

tion and freezer sections, upgraded the juice bar, expanded the produce section, built a counter along the front windows, and moved the cash register close to the front door. “Installing the fridge and freezer sections was a big challenge,” says Whitney, “but grocery sales have skyrocketed.” With so many products to choose from, how do the Nolls select the inventory for their store? They spend ample time at trade shows testing and tasting products. More importantly, they listen to their growing customer base. “We listen to what our customers have to say,” says Nathan. “We take a lot of customer requests.” 944 Linden Ave.,, (805) 684-2115. ◆

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Carpinteria’s Historic Performing Arts Venue Experience a day or evening of Music, Dance, Comedy, Movies, Lectures & Theater Showcases! Visit our website for current events! 4916 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria 805.684.6380 • W r W Wr r ii tt ii n ng g Y YO Ou ur WO Or rd d ss W ii tt h W h M MY Y p p ee n n

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“Just as advertised! Professional as well as courteous. Definitely will do business again when I am back in the area.” Dennis, Stockton, CA “Easy going, friendly and most of all, helpful. They will offer creative solutions to any printing issue. They seem to overestimate the time it takes to get the job done and I am always pleased to get the work back in a timely way. Prices are totally fair as well. I am grateful they are in Carp!” Sarah, Carpinteria, CA

Serving our community and beyond, for 29 years.

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GET STRONGER EVERY DAY AT FOXWING FITNESS. Do CrossFit or Cardio Fitness in Carpinteria as little as $4.80 a class* Early morning, noon, and evening classes available.

Call 805.881.3373 to schedule your free class. *based on a 1-year unlimited contract

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Welcome to Senior Living in Carpinteria Grand Opening Winter 2016. For more information or to schedule your personal tour, please call 805-308-6405.

GranVida Senior Living

Visit for weekly class schedules and monthly workshops.

Memory Care

805-705-3426 Drop ins welcome! 5464 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013 RCFE License Pending

A Steadfast Senior Living Community

Tai Chi and Qigong are ancient Chinese Exercises that promote physical and psychological health. Slow, dance like movements, improve balance, reduce stress and calm the mind. Discover peace and well being. Beach and studio classes are offered.


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Where There’s Smoke, There’s Beer

By Pe t e r D u gr é Ph ot os By Bri an ho Pkins

On a clear day, you can see everything from Smoke Mountain Brewery. Co-owners with their family, Jill and Edward Darren Siple run the business. They are idealists with the skills to match their ambitions and have visions almost as grand as the panorama extending from their outdoor deck high up on Rincon Mountain. Their members-only brew club opened in the summer of 2015, and the five-year plan includes more and more and more. Wine. Cider. Spirits. They want to grow it all and make it all in the tradition of French vintners who are branded in a place as much as in a product. Walking the property and new brew operation last spring, Ed can barely contain his ideas. His stream of ideas shoots like a fire hose. Jill applies her knack for practicality by interjecting, “That’s a couple of years out.” “That” being raising pigs on spent barley and serving the homegrown hogs at club member dinners. “That” being making a beer/wine hybrid beverage. “That” being growing a cider apple orchard. Ed was raised at Weathering Heights Ranch on Rincon Mountain, which necessitated tinkering and self-sufficiency. Last winter ’s Pumpkin Spice Ale, one of three

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Members only. Pickup parties are held on the mountain, side by side the brewery. A 2015 Rincon Mountain Winery vintage will be released in 2017.

Trooper, all around ranch hand and brewer’s assistant, takes five during the busy beermaking season.

beers shipped to 60 members, is a prime example of the beer maker ’s ability to use what’s around him. He hollowed out a large pumpkin they’d grown, torched the inside and fermented the beer in its cavity for three days. Smoke Mountain makes specialty beers, like the Spice Pumpkin Ale, and prides itself on coupling style and flavor with the essence of each season. Springtime inspired rose cardamom beer. “It’s a floral season. People like to go on picnics. We like to think about what our members might be doing and create a beer to enhance that experience,” Jill says. Ed, a Cal Poly-trained wine maker, studies beer styles and ingredients in research sessions of up to 10 hours. “I look at historically what is the recipe. The grain bill, the hop profile. I look at other recommended recipes and take all the factors into account and then make what I think is best. For instance, rose is a very delicate flavor. You can’t add it at the boil. There are so many variables.” He takes into account characteristics like mouth feel and typically brews a couple of batches before completing the experiment and bottling the final product for club members. The couple’s self-contained and supported Garden of Eden vision, with animals roaming between farm rows, descends Rincon Mountain and reaches the family’s Paso Robles vineyard. That’s where Ed has planted five acres of barley and a growing supply of estate hops with the intention of producing estate grown beers by the end of 2016. The new vineyard will eventually supply Rincon Mountain Winery for club members. Already, in the 2,000-square-foot winery/brewery on Rincon Mountain, the 2015 vintage is barreled and aging for its 2017 release. A growing number of cattle roam the Paso Robles vineyard. And maybe sheep, too, in the future. Everything SUMMER2016 57

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A pickup party for Smoke Mountain Brewery club members includes music and a DIY picnic. will be organic and sustainable and the animals will live among the vines and trees. When Ed, 27, graduated from Cal Poly, the whole idea was to become a wine maker, but it takes years to launch a winery. Beer can be done more quickly, and Ed had honed his brew skills before he turned 21. “You can’t buy alcohol, but you can buy the ingredients,” he says. Jill, 26, handles the business side of the operation. She channels Ed’s lustful imagination into bite-sized executable chunks. This summer, the brewery will get a seven-barrel system, greatly upping its capacity to brew and support up to 500 members. She’s working on placing honey lavender blonde ale and lemon black pepper saison in local stores and restaurants. “We come from a wine background but couldn’t have a tasting room, so we thought, why not mimic the wine club model. Nobody’s really doing it,” Jill says. The wine background is the same place their estate grown beers inspiration came from. In addition to avocados, the main crop grown at their Rincon Mountain Ranch, they have Meyer lemons and macadamia nuts. They made a winter coconut macadamia milk stout. “I want to use the macadamias more. We have them,” Ed says. Looking down onto Carpinteria last spring, Ed was in the middle of making more beer. They had been prepping the brewery for its expansion, and the family was planning a Mardi Gras party. Ed’s father, Randolph, also operates the West Coast Jass Club from the property, and the club was gathering that weekend. Ed surmised he hadn’t left the hilltop for a week. If they execute their beer, wine, animals, apples, and spirits paradise, he may never leave. ◆

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The Occidental Philanthropist By Pe t e r Dugré Ph ot os By Jos h ua Curry Michael Hammer’s aura precedes his vise grip. The muscled and bronzed 60-year-old strides across the sleek environs of the Armand Hammer Foundation’s intricately designed office space/art museum/auto museum on Via Real in Carpinteria, and it’s difficult to discern whether he’s touching the floor. Somewhere between rockstar, corporate titan and global jetsetter, planet Hammer orbits a star unfamiliar to most, and as he shapes the legacy he wishes to leave, it becomes clear he hopes the space dust trailing his trajectory will find form from philanthropic greatness. He can talk in billions. When all is said and done, he wants the foundation’s charitable gifting to reach a billion dollars. “I get more joy in giving than anything. It’s really satisfying,” he says, voice guttural like an idling Harley Davidson and sitting in a streamlined, upholstered green chair in the open office lounge surrounded by millions of dollars in muscle cars.

Hammer carries the torch of grandfather Armand Hammer, who made his fortune through Occidental Petroleum, a company that grew and grew through shrewd international business and an unending appetite for diversification. Armand could have most anything he wanted. For example, when he tired of being asked whether he was the guy behind Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (he wasn’t), Armand, in 1986, bought enough stock in Church & Dwight, parent company of Arm & Hammer, to join its board and finally earn the right to say, “Yes, I’m involved in Arm & Hammer.” It was around that same time that Michael became Armand’s chief apprentice. Michael had earned a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University and was ripe for grooming. He became a Vice President at OP and Armand’s right-hand man during a period when Armand led American business relations pushes into Rus-

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Along with being one cool car collector, Hammer loves paintings.

Kudos and accolades from a variety of car shows.

sia and China. The way Michael describes it, Armand grabbed both Ronald Reagan’s and Mikhail Gorbechav’s elbows to help them extend their arms and reach hands in a shake that would forever alter human history. Armand also imparted a great love of art on Michael. Armand had amassed a collection of paintings unrivaled by many, and he wanted as many people as possible to see the worldly works. “My grandfather ’s collection is the most traveled art collection in history,” Michael says. He’d stand before paintings, a Picasso, a Renoir, shoulderto-shoulder with Armand, and the teacher would instruct the pupil to observe what feelings the paintings elicited. A dozen Hammer Foundation paintings currently hang at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, paintings the small city museum would otherwise be unlikely to access. Michael sits on the museum board. Similarly, Michael’s car collection serves as a tool for spreading art appreciation and drawing crowds to raise money. He says, “My favorite car is the one I’m driving that day. If I’m not driving it, I get rid of it.” His collection includes a 1963 Roll’s Royce Silver Cloud III convertible, one of only 27 made and originally purchased by Armand and kept in mint condition, right down to its maroon sheepskin carpet. From behind the wheel, the ivory hood extends outward like a California king-size bed. The vehicle collection, which counts about 30 cars, includes all the flashy names: Ferrari, Porsche, Studebaker, Challenger. It favors diversity from sports cars, to classic


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Sculpture is part of the art collection, too. cars to hot-rods. His 2015 Mercedes Black Series is one of 13 made; Michael estimates it could reach well over 200 miles per hour. He brings the cars to Carpinteria’s annual Rods & Roses, which Michael has played an increasing role in, and to the Montecito Motor Classic, another car show that doubles as a charity fundraiser. “The Montecito Motor Classic raised $100,000 for charity. We can use the venue to bring the community together and understand different ways to help kids,” he says. Michael’s home is in Montecito, but he is effusive in singing the praises of his adopted community of Carpinteria. “I’ve been around the world and have never seen a town like Carpinteria. There are generational groups who have been around forever and have a lot of pride here,” he says. Mike Lazaro, a Carpinteria mover and shaker behind both Rods & Roses and California Avocado Festival, is one of those community connections with whom Michael has grown acquainted. “Laz is a good friend. He really helps me. I value his input in deciding how I can help in different programs. He’s on the front lines. I can’t do what he does, but I can write a check.” Michael serves on numerous boards: The Armand Hammer Foundation, the Hammer International Foundation, Pepperdine University, Oral Roberts University, STOP CANCER, the Dream Center in Los Angeles, and The Peterson Automotive Museum. He looks for causes that help kids and give people a second chance, particularly philanthropic efforts that have a multiplying affect. The Dream Center in Los Angeles focuses on people who need a lift. “We help people unconditionally. It shows love to people who are down and out. It helps them. It’s also contagious. They ask why people are doing things for them, and realize someone cares,” he says. ◆

A Derringer Cycle. Top speed: 35 mph.

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By Ch uCk Gra h am You don’t have to travel far to find the wild things in Carpinteria. A hike in the foothills or a walk in Carpinteria’s Salt Marsh Nature Park will suffice. Feathered friends and four-legged critters alike enjoy the diversity of the town’s habitats. To delve a little deeper might require access to a kayak or bushwhacking up a recently swollen creek, as Carpinteria supports some of the largest and tiniest creatures in North America. Writer and photographer Chuck Graham always has an eye out for Carpinteria’s fauna. He still shoots film and uses a Canon EOS 3 camera, a Canon 70 – 200mm, 300mm IS and 600mm lenses.

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A gray hawk scouts the real estate near Padaro Lane. A bullfrog is freshly washed out of the Rincon rivermouth.

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A dense colony of ladybugs clings to river rock in Carpinteria Creek.

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A gray whale cow and calf on the south side of Carpinteria Reef as they migrate north to Alaska. (Taken from a kayak.)

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sands o f time Signs like this sprouted up on Carpinteria Beaches in the 1960s

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The sun sets on another beautiful day in Carpinteria.

Carpinteria beaches forever young On hot summer days, Carpinteria city and state beaches are bumper to bumper with bare flesh, bright umbrellas and bobbing boogie boards. Griping about the crowds is a local pastime almost as well loved as actually securing a spot in the sand, but, truth be told, these beaches are gems uncovered many, many years ago. A 1926 Carpinteria Herald reported, “Summertime means much to Carpinterians as they are fortunate in living near one of the finest beaches on the Pacific Coast. While a number have recognized the superiority of the Carpinteria beach for several years, it has been only during the last few years that this recognition has become general.” By 1926, Thomas Fish and his sisters, Hester and Julia, had been operating the Carpinteria Beach Auto Camp for four years on beachfront property between Linden and

Palm avenues purchased by their father in 1908. The camp boasted two blocks of ocean frontage where, for 50 cents a night, families could settle in for a few days or the whole season with access to restrooms, showers, and four cook houses complete with gas stoves. “This was quite a sight in the summer with tents pitched right close together. It was a chummy vacation. The townsfolk joined in the mighty campfires. My son met his wife while she was camping the beach,” recalled Albertine Rodriguez in the Carpinteria Herald. Blocked from swells by the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and protected by the offshore reef, Carpinteria beach offered campers and locals alike an opportunity to frolic in gentle waves on a softly sloping sandy bottom. These factors earned the shoreline its reputation as the World’s Safest Beach, a completely undocumented claim SUMMER2016 71

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A pier at the mouth of Carpinteria Creek and play equipment at the base of Linden Avenue were elements of the beach in bygone days. that found its way onto postcards, bumper stickers and signs luring visitors off the highway to dip their toes into Carpinteria’s nearly risk-free stretch of saltwater. “Although no valid tests have been conducted to prove Carpinteria is ‘the’ safest beach in the world, the head superintendent ranger of Carpinteria State Beach, Wes Chapin, noted that for every rescue Carpinteria life guards perform, Ventura life guards perform eight,” stated a Carpinteria Herald article in 1983. Kids arrived at the beach in the morning and left when the 4 p.m. train whistle signaled time to get home. Various “beach ladies” were paid a small wage to watch over the children in the sand during the summer. Mary Catherine “Buttons” Tobey recounted in a 2010 edition of the Carpinteria Valley Historical Society Newsletter, “My mother, Billie Tobey, worked at the beach probably 1947 to 1953 or so, when it was possible for parents to drop their kids off knowing they would be supervised and safe at the beach.” The Carpinteria Beach Store, constructed by the Fishes in the early days of the camp, remained at the base of Linden until the early 1960s, long after the state had purchased the campground. Summer after summer in the beach store, burgers sizzled, pinball machines clanged, the jukebox sang and bare feet shuffled across the wet and sandy wooden floorboards. Marie Granaroli remembers a nickel would buy a double popsicle at the beach store she could split down the middle and share with a friend.

In the 1960s, controversy hit the sand between Linden and Ash avenues. More and more homes had sprouted up over the years, and just after Carpinteria became a city in 1965, it faced a lawsuit by Sandyland Road property owners who claimed the beach, set aside years earlier for a future county road, was private property and could only be a public right of way if it were in use as a street. “What is at stake is the control of the long stretch of beach, now legally known as Ocean Ave. It is a 100-ft. strip of the finest beach anywhere in Southern California, and what happens at the beach will inevitably affect the balance of this community,” reported the Carpinteria Herald in 1966. The sand stayed public, and other possible alterations to the beach cropped up in meetings but never made it off paper. After the state removed the 40-year-old fishing pier near the mouth of Carpinteria Creek in the 1960s, many Carpinterians rallied for a new pier. Guy Robitaille, who missed a seat on the first Carpinteria City Council by seven votes, said of the election, “We all had our pet projects that we were going to fight for. My thing was the fishing pier. I wanted the city to get incorporated and put the pier back up.” A 1983 study conducted by the city, recommended an 800-foot long pier be built between Linden and Palm avenues, at a price of $1.5 million. Four years later, the


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An inn and a couple homes interupt the farmland of 1920s Rincon.

city announced it would use state funds for offshore oil drilling mitigation to rebuild a boat launch ramp at Ash Avenue to replace the one destroyed in the 1969 storms. Plans for the funds also included a 160-space parking lot at Ash and another study into whether a pier should be constructed. The old fishing pier, beach store, and boat launch may now be relegated to yellowed Carpinteria Heralds and the nostalgic tales of grandparents, but a new crop of kids is growing up on the very same strip of seashore. The memories made in the sand and surf of 2016 won’t be so different from those made nearly a century ago when canvas tents and Model Ts were parked at Carpinteria Beach Auto Camp just over the dunes.

The Queen sings her secrets Rincon has the jut of her chin into the Pacific to thank for a unique place in California history. Both defeat and delight have sprung from that haughty expression, that jog of coastline that snags swells and separates Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. These days the Queen of the Coast’s biggest claim to fame belongs to surfing. The northwest swells that wrap around her cobblestone point to form perfect, right-hand peelers have made her arguably the best surf spot in the entire surf-crazed state. But wave riding isn’t the first chapter in Rincon’s story. Named “La Rinconada” by a member of De Anza’s 1776 expedition, the point already had served as a Chumash village for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans. In 1852, the infamous bandit Joaquin Murrieta buried a treasure near Rincon Creek. Murrieta stashed loot up and

down the coast, and rarely was it recovered. But in this case, the son of the man robbed of the jewels successfully unearthed them 34 years later. Rincon and the sea cliffs to the south stymied coastal travel for decades. Stagecoach drivers between Santa Barbara and Ventura timed their trips around the tides. A low enough tide provided just enough sand to trot along the beach before rising waters closed access again. By the 1880s, the railroad was working its way along the coast. Dynamite blasts carved out a bed for the rail lines along Rincon, but when automobiles arrived on the scene, there was still no place for a roadway connecting Ventura and Carpinteria. A wooden causeway over the sand offered a temporary transportation solution. The elevated roadway made of eucalyptus planks opened in 1912, finally offering a route south of Rincon Point. In 1924, the state opened a permanent road after constructing massive seawalls and moving tons and tons of earth to create a bed for the new northsouth artery. Around that time, an inn operated at the point that was more rowdy brothel than tranquil B&B. Carpinteria Valley Museum of History Curator David Griggs says that the inn’s wild history may have been colored in the telling and retelling, but legend has it that the property straddled the county line in a most advantageous way. Santa Barbara County lawmen would show up for a bust, and all the bathtub gin-drinkers would hightail it to the safety of the Ventura County side. The scene switched when the Ventura law showed up. By the 1930s, beach cottages had begun to spring up along the periphery of Rincon Point while strawberry fields still occupied the bulk of the land. The ensuing years saw more and more development on the shore as


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World class surf put Rincon on the map in the mid-20th century.

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Angelenos discovered the serenity of the seaside to their north. Surfing legends Bob Simmons and Joe Quigg pioneered the point in the 1940s, returning home with tales of Rincon’s picture perfect waves. Other members of the young surf tribes in Los Angeles and San Diego started making the trek north to sample the highly touted break as the sport gained popularity. Renny Yater, now a long-time Carpinteria resident and all-time great surfboard shaper, recalls surfing the fabled point in a time when wetsuits and leashes remained inventions of the future. Yater and the rest of the small collection of blue-lipped surfers burned tires on the beach to stay warm between short sessions. “On a really good day, maybe there’d be 15 guys in the water. That was a crowd,” Yater says. In the last 50 years, the freeway widened, the number of homes on Rincon Point multiplied and the crowd of wetsuit-clad surfers bulged. The Queen had proper parking lots built in the 1970s to replace the line of cars along the side of the highway. A gate went up in the 1980s to restrict access into the private community of homes on the point. The point’s most recent chapter in the news starred a decade-long battle over the conversion of septic systems to sewer lines. Proponents argued that the switch would result in cleaner seawater, but opponents said the expensive project would pave the way for more development. Popularity hasn’t left the Queen any less magical in the minds of her fans, and her proud geography will continue to make her the object of much attention. She may be tamer now than when hosting a rollicking brothel or when Murrieta hid his gold, but she still has the allure of unrevealed secrets. ◆

A 1920s cabin on Rincon Point was occupid by “Filipinos and hobos” according to the back of the photo.

Rincon County Park opened in the summer of 1972

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Ahhh, sunset at the storied cobblestone point.


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The Sweet Tastes

of Summer B y Pas ca l e Be a l e

I like to think of summer desserts as light, sweet confections that delve into the abundance of stone fruit and berries that show up in great mounds at the farmers market, of ethereal ice creams, of gossamer meringues and fruit tarts that are teaming with juicy fruit. I sometimes think that the best desserts are those that remind you of carefree days, of summer breaks from school playing on a sundrenched beach, of a favorite ice cream shop, or in my case of hiking in the mountains and eating dark blueberry tarts as our reward for a long day’s hike with our feet cooling in the mountain streams. Each of us has a kaleidoscope of images of bygone summer days, and I like to think that many of those are tied to something sweet and tasty to eat. Here are a few of my favorites.

Plum Ice cream My favorite ice cream shop was, until very recently, a miniscule establishment tucked away down a narrow alleyway in the little village near my father ’s house in France. You can understand my dismay then, when on my last visit to this little village, thinking of nothing else than eating that fabulous concoction, the little ice cream shop had simply vanished, a gaudy jewelry shop in its place. This was tragic. Thankfully the old shop owner had imparted a soupçon of his technique during our many discussions over the years. Basically it came down to combining a purée made with the finest fruit available and wondrous cream. I returned home and vowed to make the best ice cream I could, keeping his principles in mind. This plum ice cream is the result of those experiments. Serves 8 people

1½ lBs P l ums 1 teas P o o n r o se wat er 4 egg y o l ks 5 oz sug a r ( 2 /3 c uP ) 1 Pint ( 2 c uP s) h eavy c r ea m s eeds f r o m 1 va n i l l a Bea n , 1 t ea s P o o n va n i lla Pa s t e , or Pur e va n i l l a ex t r a c t Place a large bowl in the fridge to chill. Blanch the plums for 1 minute in a saucepan of boiling water. Drain, peel and pit the plums.Purée the fruit with the rose water using a blender or food processor. Refrigerate the purée until cold. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the sugar until pale. Pour the cream and vanilla into a medium-sized saucepan. Bring almost to a boil. Remove from the heat. Then whisk the cream, a little at a time, into the egg yolk mixture to make a custard. Pour the custard mixture back into the saucepan and heat slowly, stirring continuously until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. The custard will be fairly thin at this point. Pour the custard into the chilled bowl and refrigerate until the mixture is cold. When the custard is cold, combine it thoroughly with the plum purée. Using an ice creammachine, freeze according to the manufacturer ’s instructions. Recipes are excerpted from Pascale Beale’s latest book “Les Fruits: Savory and Sweet Recipes from the Market Table” with permission from the publisher M27 Editions.

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Eton Mess

This is my version of the old English school pudding. It’s called a mess because there is no perfect way to assemble this and, however, as it is oh so delicious, no one will mind! Serves 8 people

For the meringues: M a k Es 1 5 - 1 8 la r g E M E r i n g u E s 3 Egg whitEs 7 o z s u g a r ( 1 cu P P lu s 1 ta B l EsPoon ) Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Whisk the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer until they form soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time and continue whisking until the whites are stiff and glossy. Drop large tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until dry and just crisp. They should be a pale cream color when finished. Do not overcook. Start checking them after 30 minutes. They are ready as soon as you can peel them off the parchment paper.

For the simple strawberry-pomegranate jam: 2 P i n t s s t r aw B E r r i Es — h u llEd a n d ha lv Ed 5 o z ( 2 / 3 cu P) s u g a r 2 t Ea s P o o n s P o M E g r a n at E M ola ssE s 8 - 1 0 r i n d s Bla ck P E P P E r 1 M E y E r lE M o n — h a lv Ed a n d juicEd, r i n d s r E s E rvE d Place all of the ingredients, including the lemon rinds, in a large saucepan over medium heat. As the strawberries begin to render some juice, mash them using a large fork or potato masher. It’s okay if there are some larger pieces. The jam is supposed to be chunky. Cook for 10-13 minutes, skimming off any foam that forms. The jam is ready when it thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.

To assemble an Eton Mess: 2 P i n t s s t r aw B E r r i Es — h u llEd a n d ha lv Ed 1 P i n t f r Es h cr E a M 2 taB lE s P o o n s s u g a r 1 t Ea s P o o n va n i lla Pa s t E or PurE va n illa E x t r a ct Whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla until it forms soft peaks. Do not overwhip the cream. Spoon a little of the strawberry jam into eight glass dessert bowls or pretty glasses. Cover the jam with a few berries and a meringue. Spoon some of the whipped cream on top of the meringue. Top this with more strawberries, a spoonful of the jam and another meringue. Pa s ca lE BE a lE

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Fig Tart This is the tart to make when you have gone fig mad and got just a little bit carried away at the market, or if you are lucky enough to have your own fig tree. It is a touch time consuming to make; however, the end result is dazzling. Serves 8-10 people

For the tart shell: 9 oz ( 1 ¾ c up s) un bl ea c h ed a l l- p u r p o s e f lo u r 5 ½ o z but t er — c ut i n sma l l p i e ce s 2 ta bl esp o o n s p i sta c h i o s — ch o p p e d 1 la r g e eg g pinch o f sa lt Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 12-inch round fluted tart pan. Set aside. Place all the ingredients in the bowl of the food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Use longer pulses until the dough forms a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes. (You can make the dough ahead of time and remove it from the fridge 20 minutes before using.) On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 14-inch round, ¼-inch thick. Then line the tart pan with the dough. Trim the edges with a sharp knife and prick the dough with a fork. Line the dough with a piece of parchment paper and fill the tart shell with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes until the edges are just golden. Remove the parchment paper and the pie weights. Bake the tart for 3-4 more minutes. The shell should be golden brown in color. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. Keep the oven on.

For the figs and fil ing: 3 oz g o at c h eese 3 oz ma sc a r p o n e J u ic e a n d zest o f 1 l emo n zes t o f 1 l i m e 1 tea sp o o n h o n ey 14 g r een f i g s — q ua r t er ed 18 mi ssi o n f i g s — q ua r t er ed hon ey In a small bowl stir together the goat cheese, mascarpone, lemon zest and juice, lime zest and the teaspoon of honey until smooth and creamy. Spread a thin, even layer of the mixture in the tart shell. Starting with the outside edge of the tart, place the fig quarters upright, alternating varieties. Continue filling the tart with concentric circles of figs. Drizzle with a little honey and return the tart to the oven. Bake for 5 minutes. Serve warm. ◆ pa s ca le b e a le

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John Palminteri Int e rvI e w by A l on z o oroz co Ph ot os by M I ch Ae l c. K w Ie cI n s K I

Even at an early age growing up in Los Angeles, John Palminteri wanted to be the one to tell the story. And since the late 1980s as a field reporter for KEYT-TV, he has been the man on the scene bringing the latest fire, flood, and feel-good moments into homes. He has earned the title Senior Reporter and occasionally anchors the newscast for the ABC affiliate. His familiar voice also can be heard over the radio waves in the morning, as he broadcasts from his home to six different stations, which vary from local alternative rock station KJEE to National Public Radio station KCLU. Palminteri grew up in an area between Inglewood and Watts back in the 1960s. His family moved to Orange County around the time he was in eighth grade. That’s where he completed high school and attended junior college at Cypress College. He already had been on the high school paper, and joined the college magazine and paper. He graduated from Cal State Long Beach with two degrees, one in journalism with a broadcast emphasis and a second in Radio-TV-Film. In 1980, he was hired as a writer for L.A.’s radio news 98-KFWB and arrived in Santa Barbara County in late 1981 as the News Director for KTMS 1250, a radio station owned then by the Santa Barbara News-Press . In 1988, he started at KEYT-TV.

What’s your favorite medium? Radio, television …?

Two years ago, I would probably say radio news. I love

the immediacy of radio news now, but I don’t have that particularly on the music stations. But now there is such a high presence of social media, Facebook, Twitter and other sources … I would say social media is my favorite to get the first message out. But, not necessarily my favorite to get the whole message out. I didn’t think I would answer that way because there is no disputing TV’s powerful visuals.

How do you see the future of news? How it’s gathered, how it’s disseminated?

We talk about it all the time; it’s evolving as you and I are speaking. We’re often told that everyone’s just going to get it in the palm of their hands and that’s that. I haven’t seen that completely happen yet; there’s an awful lot of people that still like to watch their big flat screen TVs at home, and it looks beautiful. It will be a multipath; there will be no one answer.

What’s Carpinteria’s self-perception? Does it differ from perceptions other communities have of us?

To me, Carpinteria has a quality of life that is so uniquely bordered by its area that you can’t duplicate it anywhere in Southern California. Carpinteria isn’t bordered by a large town on either side. You’ve got the open space of the Rincon on one side and Montecito on the other side. Neither are going to have any major development ever, in my opinion, in my lifetime.


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On news watch 24 hours a day. Carpinteria on its own is going to be the last remaining, unique coastal city of its kind that will remind you of a place a little bit still frozen in time. I think a lot of people think that there’s not much to do in Carpinteria. You have the Plaza Playhouse; parking at the beach is free. You can walk from your neighborhood and 10 minutes away, you’re at the beach. You’re minutes away from Santa Barbara, Ventura, and L.A.

Tell us about your most proud journalism moment.

From an emergency point of view, anytime that I’m able to get to an emergency scene, and get that information out fast. I’m so happy that I was able to get there and have the tools to get it to anybody and everyone who can receive it. In the past, people have always equated me to the person that’s calming in the midst of a major fire or earthquake. Yet, also I’m able to really lay it out there hard if the situation is getting worse and threatening more lives and property. So, those are really important times for me.

On the other side, if I have a chance to cheer a community and remind them that their parade, their friends, and their commitment to a good quality of life is right in front of them parading down the street and how cool that is. That’s a really rewarding day, too.

Describe a typical day in the newsroom.

My newsroom starts in the morning where I work for two radio stations at home. I’m up at 5:30, 6 a.m. I’m checking the overnight headlines, some of the social media, CHP Web sites. I’m looking for any accidents that might be blocking the morning commute. I’m seeing if I received any messages from my vast army of unpaid tipsters. I’m also known as being an oddball. When possible I sleep with the police and fire scanner on. Some people say that I never sleep, but I do, actively chirping with police and fire calls. At 10 a.m. is when I appear at the KEYT-TV newsroom. I come in, my news mind is spinning by then. We meet with a team of the reporters on duty, we decide what stories are happening that day that we know of, and what


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Linden Avenue. Film at 11. staff we have to cover them. You have to make some phone calls and set things up, all under maybe a 4-hour deadline. Things have to generally be recorded by 2 p.m. A lot of scripts are due by 3, 3:30, 4. Then back out to the scene by 5 to introduce the story. There’s a lot of juggling. I keep saying I’m not that organized, but to get it all done, then I must be.

periods of time where I don’t want to take any phone calls, just get caught up in my life and make sure it’s in some form of order. At home I dream, and think of my next fun shoot or assignment, or career move. I watch television. I’m not hooked on any sitcoms since “Seinfeld” days.

What is your favorite thing to do at home away from work?

I’m a NASCAR fan, I love the excitement of motor sports. I used to be a play-by-play sports announcer for college basketball and football for Cal State Long Beach. I’m the baby of five children in a family of seven. I was one of the first male waiters at the restaurant in Knotts Berry Farm. A lot of people don’t know what that means, but it was a restaurant where the servers were mainly women and the guys did the cooking. We broke the gender barrier in a certain way. Fifth, I’ve either interviewed or been at press events with [Jimmy] Carter, [Gerald] Ford, both [George Sr. and Jr.] Bushes, [Ronald] Reagan for sure, and [Bill] Clinton. ◆

As far as hobbies, I’ve become very interested in photography. Because I usually work with a camera person, I never really took that many pictures. Now I’m shooting a little more and I like it. I’m not a guy who goes to a gym and works out, but I try and walk. I make myself available to do charitable work.

And down time?

As much as I’m out in the public, and enjoy it a tremendous amount, sometimes I just like to shut in. There are

Name five things we don’t know about you, and would be surprised to hear?


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The Traveling Hurtados, three musicians taking the stage in watering holes, at festivals, or in a home at a party of a friend of a friend, are friends. Good friends, too. So simpatico, harmonies sound as one voice and their instruments seem to play each other. Plus, they look alike, even when seeing them off stage without the matching performing get-ups. People mix up their names, too. The first names, that is, as they all share the same last name. Hurtado. The almost eerie similarities and coincidences aren’t lost on the trio of troubadours. One ol’ regular day, at rehearsal amid the strumming and the stop and start of beautiful voices, one of them, no one remembers exactly who, brought up the subject of the father he never met. A guitar-playing lothario who wandered out of the heart of Mexico and played his way right into his mother ’s bed. A thick momentary silence followed, and with the precision of a ballad rehearsed a million times, each of them pulled a picture of his father from a wallet. Not the same picture, but undeniably the face of the same seed-sowing serenader. The sire who left them with the same single parting gift–the Hurtado family name. Brothers from different mothers, they now understood. Bobby is the oldest. Steve the middle, and baby Hector. Kismet, fate, destiny. It was more than happenstance that the threesome met and evolved into The Traveling Hurtados.


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From left, Steve Puailoa, Robert “Bobby” Montanes, and Hector Hurtado, aka The Traveling Hurtados, at Plaza Playhouse Theater.

It’s a good story, isn’t it? That’s why The Traveling Hurtados use it in their act. The audience really likes it, too, though they usually know the backstory of the three local locos. Local legend nothing. More like tall tale. There’s no denying that the homegrown three musicians share physical characteristics, especially wearing their fancy performing duds of Nudie-likecowboy shirts and signature sunglasses. But it pretty much ends there. Having the same father shtick is pure fabrication. Bobby is Robert Montanes. He and Steve Puailoa are childhood friends. They went to San Marcos High School together. Hector is the one legitimate Hurtado and a pedigreed Carpinterian–graduating from Canalino and Carpinteria Junior High and High schools. When Hurtado sold a guitar to Montanes about three years

Carpinteria still life with guitars on Bluffs.

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From left, Montanes, Hurtado, and Puailoa get in tune. ago, the two became fast friends. Puailao made it a threesome. Soon, the Traveling Hurtados began performing their acoustic classic rock up and down the South Coast. And farther afield. They are familiar faces in the lineup of nonprofit fundraisers, community television, and radio. “We’re easy to deal with. We’re professional and we do what we say we’re going to do,” says Montanes, who takes the lead in marketing and speaking for the group. Each band member sings, plays the guitar and drums. Montanes can add the ukulele to the sound, while Hurtado also plays mandolin. The “same father legend” is part of the act. Day jobs take a lot of their time, as do commitments to other bands. They try for a show at least once a month and are up for guerrilla gigs, too, such as busking and Farmers Markets. “That’s the whole thing, to get out and play,” says Hurtado, the real one. “We’re just three guys doing what we love.” Plan on seeing ’em take the stage at the California Avocado Festival in October. Tell them their father sent you. ◆

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In 1930, Carpinteria High School published a yearbook called the Chismahoo. The thin collection of black and white images showcasing the little school’s staff and student body contained a romantic tale entitled “The Legend of the Chismahoo.” Beneath the legend is the author ’s name, Marjorie Lewis, class of 1930. Seemingly concocted in Lewis’ imagination to elicit drama and excitement around the school’s Warrior mascot, the “legend” inserts characters the likes of a dime store Western into a Romeo and Juliet-style tragedy. But teepees, warring tribes, braves, and maidens are the stuff of the Plains Indians, not the Chumash people native to Carpinteria. The inspiration for Marjorie Lewis’ romantic tale, in which a fallen warrior leaps from Chismahoo mountain to be reunited with his love, is now long lost, but the tale has been reprinted in several CHS yearbooks and retold on the athletic fields. Its roots in local lore stretch 85 years deep.

According to Julie Tumamait, who is dedicated to preserving the history of the Chumash, the Chumash do have a legend of Chismahoo, better known as the Legend of the Rainbow Bridge. It is their creation story, a richly colorful explanation for how the people came to be. A focal point of the legend is Chismahoo Mountain, or Tzchimoos in the Chumash language. Tumamait retold the story to Carpinteria Magazine.

The Legend of Tzchimoos

Hutash, the mother earth, planted seeds in the soil of a large island that later became the individual Channel Islands. She waited and soon enough people began to sprout from the earth. The earth mother provided the people with all the resources they needed to thrive— plants, animals, and water. Hutash’s husband, Sky Snake, who was the Milky Way, shot down a lightening bolt in order to give the people fire for warmth and cooking. Having all their needs met, the people multiplied


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and eventually the island became too crowded. Hutash decided she would build a bridge so that the island people could cross to the mainland, which was empty of people, and spread out comfortably. She created a rainbow that stretched from the island to a high mountaintop, called Tzchimoos (Chismahoo), near Mishopshno (now known as Carpinteria). Before inviting the people to cross, Hutash warned them not to look down. Many did, however, and became so dizzy that they fell into the water. To save them, Hutash transformed them into dolphins. Those that did not fall crossed the sea successfully and arrived at Tzchimoos. They climbed down the mountain and populated the area.

The Legend of Chismahoo Imagined by Marjorie Lewis, Carpinteria High School 1930 Long ago, an Indian lived alone in his teepee on a high mountain. His was a lonely existence, and he often sat in front of his doorway smoking his long pipe, thinking sadly of his past life. Once he had been a great chief, head of a powerful tribe, but no longer was he looked up to by his people. In fact, few of them even knew he was alive and only a few of these ever paused in their work or pleasure to think about the old chief. He was the last of a long line of illustrious chiefs, known for their honesty and fairness. His father and his father ’s father, back as far as he or even the oldest members of the tribe could remember, had always brought their warriors home from victories until that terrible day when everything and everyone had gone against him. On that momentous day, on which his tribe was to go out to meet an equally strong and powerful tribe, if he returned victorious (and it was understood that he would return victorious or not at all), he was to marry the maiden whom he loved and who loved him. She was the most beautiful maiden in any of the tribes and every brave there longed to do wonderful feats so that he could

claim her for his own. This certain chief, whose name was Chismahoo, started out confidently, promising his maiden that he would return before long, thinking little of the calamities in front of him. Right in the thick of the fight, the leader of the other tribe pretended he was escaping. Chismahoo started in pursuit, leaving the two tribes fighting. Soon he was out of sight of the battle and, just as he was passing though a dense thicket, four braves rose up, braves of his own tribe, who had long resented his power and whose leader coveted Chismahoo’s bride-to-be for himself. They had purposely laid this trap for Chismahoo so that they could go back to the tribe and boast that he had deserted his braves. For they had bound him securely. Also they were very influential members of the tribe and no one would dare to doubt their word. Later on, Chismahoo, having been found and freed by a young lad of a neighboring tribe to whom he had been kind once, returned to his people. No one would believe him. In vain he asked them to remember his past bravery and to disbelieve the other braves. They would not believe him and threatened to kill him if he did not depart. He was not even allowed to see the maiden he was to have married. So he made his way to a high mountain and there he lived many, many years, until he was an old, old man. One day he chanced upon the lad who had freed him before and he asked this lad, who was now a brave, about the maiden of his youth. The brave said that she had sorrowed for him until she had fallen ill and in spite of the frantic efforts of all the medicine men, she died within a short time. This had happened several years ago, but the old chief had not heard it until then. He thought there was no use in his living a solitary life when he could join his beloved in the happy hunting grounds. So one evening just when the sun was going down, he threw himself over a steep cliff. Thus the mountain came to be called Chismahoo. ◆

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pascale beale

Avocado mash on toasted olive bread with heirloom tomatoes & basil

Surfin’ USA, The Beach Boys

1930s and ‘40s water jugs from California potteries

2002 TII BMW


My son would say my flourless chocolate cake

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Mashed with lemon and salt and served with a slice of tomato on top of toast

Let it Rain, Eric Clapton

Buttons and fabrics

1974 orange Volvo

And, not or

Plum upside down cake


joshua curry

Avocado sandwich Sourdough carrots, sprouts, onion salt, pepper, dab of balsamic and olive oil. Cut on diagonal (looks better)

Down by the Water, The Decemberists

Jewelry, usually for my lady

1974 Volkswagen Bus

Wine from Aregentina

Talenti gelato caramel sea salt stuffed between to large soft cookies. Yum!

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Surfer Girl

Bulldogs for my daughter in-law

‘50 Chevy with a raised cam


Strawberry shortcake


Secret of Life, James Taylor

Old cameras

VW Bug

Avocado Honey Ale

Getting creative with frozen yogurt

Straight to VHS Apocalypse movies

Ford Festiva

Equal opportunity taster

Anything w/ freshly whipped cream

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I’m pretty boring, so just some organic dark chocolate will suffice

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Grape Juice is as close as it gets

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CHS Cheerleaders Guac at Avo Fest


Oh-Bla-Di, The Beatles


Hells Bells, AC DC

I don’t hunt

1977 Ford Maverick


Latin’ia, The Sentinals (1962)

Old family photos

1980 Volkswagen Cabriolet and, no, it did not belong to my sister



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Avocado fried egg rolls

America, Simon & Garfunkel

Old film cameras

Silver 1982 turbo diesel Mercedes with 150,000 miles

Craft IPA beer unless a local red cuvee, then wine

Raw chocolate with honey & Goji berries



alonzo orozco

California omelette

Rockin’ the Paradise, Styx

Not my thing, but possibly statuettes or souvenir glasses

Honda Civic


Chocolate and butterscotch chips and vanilla ice cream



amy orozco

Avo on toasted wheat bread

Harper Valley, PTA

Kitchen stuff like Pyrex

Datsun B-210

Torn between two loves

Brownies (not that kind)

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California Dreamin’



Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Key lime pie

megan 13 waldrep

Fresh avos cubed over spicy black beans stuffed in a baked sweet potato

I seriously cannot think of one

Vintage postcards!

Red, 1990 Nissan Sentra. She was awesome.


Fresh organic berries with local craft chocolate (CaliBressan or Twenty-four Blackbirds).


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Roasted corn radish salad with avocado-herb dressing

Top of the world, Carpenters

Asian antiques






Yakety Yak, The Coasters

Typesetting letters

Red ‘69, Volkswagon Beetle

Wine while in Tuscany with the hubby

I make a mean chocolate chip cookie

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