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Truck on Highway 154 crashed into home killling three people BY NICK C. TONKIN
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Slippery words and Bin Laden Mike on the Move give you his opinion on the latest capers involving Bin Laden, termites, the homeless and how words can evoke pictures and feelings.
Lyme disease documentary
The 2008 documentary, “Under Our Skin,” which explores controversies surrounding Lyme disease, will screen at the Lobero Theatre, Tuesday, May 10th.
All about REIT investments
Seth and Brad discuss real estate investment trusts, most commonly called by their acronym, REIT, are simply investments in a company that buys and manages real estate.
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Family of crash victims files lawsuit
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The family of the three people killed by a runaway truck last August has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. The lawsuit names the driver,his employer, the city and county of Santa Barbara, and the state of California. Laurentina Venegas Pacheco is suing on behalf of the estate of the victims, Leonel Leon, Lorena Guadalupe-Tellez Pacheco, and 8year-old Jaciel Tellez. The suit, filed by Pacheco’s attorney Gregory Moreno, of Moreno
Becerra Casillas based out of Montebello, names Joaquin Garcia Morales, the 61-year-old Oxnard man who drove the vehicle, as well as Morales’ company, a Roberto Morales and Tri County Transportation, for failing to supervise and train Morales. It also claimed hiring Morales was irresponsible, citing over 20 vehicle code violations by Morales including speeding, brake conditions, and failing to comply with a vehicle inspection. The suit also names the city, county, and state as defendants. It alleges that all three agencies failed to take precautions against big rig trucks
coming down the highway. “The collision in question was caused by the dangerous condition of the roadway,” The suit alleged. The suit claimed that all the government agencies knew the danger posed by commercial trucks navigating the windy and narrow pass but did not do enough. According to the suit, the road has design, maintenance, and construction issues agencies were aware of a need for a truck emergency escape ramp but did not put in agencies.
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It also alleges that there wasn’t enough signage indicating the danger posed by large trucks. County Counsel’s office said they had not yet seen the suit and declined to comment. Tri County Transportation declined to comment. Santa Barbara City Attorney Steve Wiley said the city bore no liability for the accident as the 154 and the adjacent areas are not within the city’s jurisdiction. Wiley said the city had See LAWSUIT, page 3
“The city has no more liability for a lawsuit like this than an accident that happened in Santa Maria or Ventura.”
—SB City Attorney, Steve Wiley
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo STORY BY LYZ HOFFMAN, PAGE 2
Cinco de Mayo event begins today and goes through Sunday in Santa Barbara's De la Guerra Plaza
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Crowds at annual Cinco de Mayo festival get bigger every year NEWS
BY LYZ HOFFMAN
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Santa Barbara’s 20th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., at De la Guerra Plaza downtown. As usual, the nonprofit event – which is free to attend – will feature good eats, festive beats and important causes. “A lot of people call it a free concert,” said Marti Correa-Garcia, the event’s coordinator. “The main focus is the music. [But] a lot of people are trying to raise money for their causes, and we’re happy to have them do it.” This year, organizations benefitting kids and animals will be on hand. C.A.R.E. 4 Paws, a Santa Barbara County animal welfare organization, will have a booth, and the Santa Barbara Police Activities League will be selling Rusty’s pizza to raise money for its program, which helps at-risk youth in the community. And Ford, one of the event’s top sponsors, will have its more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles on display as well. Adding fun to the philanthropy, the weekend-long festival will feature close to 30 live musical performers, including a youth mariachi group and bands The Family Sound, De Zoo and Banda Madre
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The Cinco de Mayo festival will feature a beer garden, a kidʼs play area and merchandise such as sarapes, ponchos and various cultural accessories.
Tierra. “You want to hear high quality music?” said Correa-Garcia. “That’s why people should come out.” Visitors can also look forward to a beer garden, a kid’s play area and merchandise such as sarapes, ponchos and various cultural accessories. And taste buds can be sated with delectables such as tacos, corn on the cob
and churros, among other Latin foods. “I always look forward to the revitalization of the plaza to what its original intent was years ago: a socially interactive space for people,” said Gil Garcia, a former Santa Barbara City Council member and one of creators of the local festival. “[It represents] traditional mercado flavor, with food, music and celebration.” See CINCO, page 10
describe as, “a gripping tale of microbes, medicine, and money.” It has won nearly 20 awards from international film festivals and will soon be airing on PBS. Proceeds from the screening will go to benefit the California Lyme Disease Association, a non-profit organization that seeks to address all tick-borne illness issues in California, which is holding this
fundraiser as part of world Lyme Disease Awareness Month. A Question and Answer session, hosted by KEYT anchorwoman Paula Lopez, with filmmaker Andy Abrahams Wilson will follow the screening. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at the Lobero Box office at 33 East Canon Perdido Street or online at www.loberotheatre.com.
Lyme disease documentary to screen at Lobero BY NICK C. TONKIN
DAILY SOUND CORRESPONDENT
The 2008 documentary, “Under Our Skin,” which explores controversies surrounding Lyme disease, will screen at the Lobero Theatre, Tuesday, May 10th. The documentary follows patients, doctors, and their families that have been affected in one way or another by the tick-borne illness in what the filmmakers
Lawsuit accuses ‘Three Cups of Tea’ author of fraud
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE Greg Mortenson, author of the bestseller “Three Cups of Tea,” was sued for fraud on Friday in a class-action case accusing him of fabricating much of his story to promote the book and his Montana-based charity. The lawsuit comes nearly four weeks after Mortenson and his Central Asia Institute (CAI) came under fire in an expose aired on the CBS television news program “60 Minutes,” which sparked an investigation by the Montana attorney general. The “60 Minutes” report challenged the credibility of biographical details in
FROM PAGE 1 informed Pacheco’s attorneys of that. He added that if the city wasn’t dropped from the lawsuit, it would seek to have it dismissed as a frivolous suit and have attorney costs recouped. “The city has no more liability for a lawsuit like this than an accident that happened in Santa Maria or Ventura,” Wiley said. “This was not a city location. On Aug. 24 a truck hauling gravel from Santa Ynez on Highway 154, also known as San Marcos Pass, lost its brakes. The driver, 61-year-old Joaquin Garcia Morales, of Oxnard, managed to steer the truck down the hill, but lost control at the bottom. Morales barreled through the intersection of the 154 and State Street. He steered the truck away from the
Mortenson’s memoir and said his institute, founded to build schools for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan, was largely being used to promote the book. In particular, the “60 Minutes” report disputed his account of being kidnapped in Pakistan’s Waziristan region in 1996. The book chronicles Mortenson’s unsuccessful attempt to climb the mountain K2 in South Asia and his encounter with impoverished Pakistani villagers whom he said inspired him to build schools and other projects in the region. The lawsuit does not mention the CBS broadcast or give examples of purported fabrications. Nor does it say on what
The suit claimed that all the government agencies knew the danger posed by commercial trucks navigating the windy and narrow pass but did not do enough.
Hope Ranch Inn and into an alleyway. But the truck continued to move to the end of the alley where it hit two parked cars and smashed into the house near 4110 State Street, killing all three victims while they slept.
basis two named plaintiffs—Jean Price of Great Falls, Montana, and Michele Reinhart of Missoula—concluded that Mortenson was untruthful. It said Price and Reinhart both bought copies of “Three Cups” and donated to CAI, relying on the veracity of statements Mortenson made in public speaking engagements they attended. Mortenson’s publisher, Viking Press, has said that it, too, is reviewing claims that parts of “Three Cups of Tea” were concocted. Viking representatives could not be reached for comment on Friday. But in a lengthy question-and-answer See TEA, page 6
Morales suffered minor injuries. In March, the District Attorney’s office announced that they would try Morales with three counts of vehicular manslaughter. He is due in court on June 7th for a preliminary hearing. The accident prompted a flurry of actions to address safety concerns about trucks on Highway 154. In March, state legislators began considering banning big rigs on the 154. Sponsored by Assemblyman Das Williams, AB 537 would ban trucks from using the 154. Service deliveries to Santa Ynez Valley would not be affected. Third and second district supervisors Janet Wolf and Doreen Farr formed a Highway 154 Truck Safety Commission. Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol have worked to install additional signage, education, and enforcement on the road.
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Saturday, May 7, 2011
SOUND of the TOWN
Correction: In last weekʼs Sound of the Town, there was a misprint for the name of one of the owners of Three Pickles Sandwich Shop. Bob McCourt was misspelled as Bob McTourt. We regret this error, but to make amends, Three Pickles now gets mentioned twice! Today, May 7, is the official day of their new grand opening on Canon Perdido, just a few doors down from the Anacapa Post Office. As you are reading this, the festivities are probably under way!
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The May Gray will be in full effect this weekend, providing our area with an abundance of low clouds and fog, especially for the morning and evening hours. A dry cold front will sweep through Southern California tomorrow, bringing us some gusty winds while keeping temperatures below normal for Motherʼs Day.
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NEWS IN BRIEF Pious Indians make holy deposits
In a bank with no security gates, guards or locks, deposits from thousands of customers from across India are stacked on shelves, protected from theft by the grace of God. In a cramped room in a small house in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Ram Ram Bank offers no interest or loans, but has around 5,000 customers who flock to deposit documents bearing God’s name. “There is no need for security as there is no fear of any theft,” said Lovelesh Tewari, who founded the bank 25 years ago. “People feel better by writing God’s name as it becomes a medium to release their pent up frustrations and eventually the faith makes them work toward their goals.” “My daughter got admission in the engineering college after I deposited Ram’s name in the bank,” says Shahikala, one of many happy depositors.
Horse jumps into crowd
Spectators were hospitalized after a race horse hurdled the wrong fence and plunged into the crowd at a steeplechase in Australia Thursday. Banna Strand, who had lost jockey Rowan Waymouth, leapt into a crowd of about 50 people after veering off course at the 5,500meter race in Warrnambool, Victoria. Seven people were taken to hospital, including a two-year-old girl and an elderly woman after the horse jumped a three-meter high fence, according to the AAP news agency. Banna Strand was one of six horses who failed to complete the marathon race over 33 fences, Waymouth falling off his mount in a pile-up on the first lap. “Our primary concern is for the well-being of those people that were injured in this freak accident,” Racing Victoria chief executive Rob Hines said in a statement.
Man trapped in women's prison
A mayor in Germany helped rescue a man who became trapped in a women’s prison after mistaking it for a shortcut to a nearby park, police in the northern city of Hildesheim said on Wednesday. Hildesheim Mayor Henning Blum heard the man’s cries for help while passing by the prison near the city center and notified police who came and freed the 24-year-old. The man told police he was strolling through town and did not immediately notice he had walked into a prison. By the time it dawned on him where he was, the gate to the jail had already closed, locking him inside. Police said they are investigating why the prison gate was open, enabling the man to wander in.
Speaking of delicious, Sunnyside Market and Deli, on East Gutierrez Street, offers healthy alternatives for breakfast and lunch such as fresh, light and healthy sandwiches, salads, coffee and pastries. With an eye towards freshness and taste, you will find creative options as well as traditional favorites. A family owned and operated business, owners Kamran and Faye Amiri, Steve and Samira Ramirez, and Nathan and Leyla Lynn, strive to be a business “dictated by the desires of [their] clients. If patrons [want] something, Sunnyside hopes to oblige.” Since November, 2010, itʼs been the neighborhood market and deli where they know your name. Look for the red and yellow balloons and stop in! Sunnyside Market is located at 436-B E. Gutierrez Street (across from Ace Home Improvement). They are open 6:30am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.
10 YEARS IN BUSINESS
Congratulations are in order to Amy Havens, owner of Center Point Pilates, on her 10th year in business! This celebration conveniently falls on National Pilates Day. Today, Saturday, May 7, from 10am to 1pm, Center Point Pilates will be offering free classes to the public to experience the healthy benefits of pilates. The Equipment class is from 10am to 10:50am, the Matt class runs from 11am to 11:50, and at noon the anniversary toast and celebration will begin! All our welcome. Center Point Pilates is located at 1 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara. For more information, call 805-560-6992.
NEW CHILDRENʼS LIBRARY
Kristin Horton is poised to now lead the literacy effort for the Junior League of Santa Barbara. The Junior League is partnering with the City of Santa Barbara to support the needs for a new Childrenʼs Library at the downtown branch, as well as partnering with the Santa Barbara Public Library System and local schools to create new literacy programs and build the childrenʼs book collections. Horton has held multiple positions within the Junior League over her 15-year tenure and is a third generation Junior Leaguer. She now holds the honor as residing president. Congratulations to Kristin Horton for her ongoing commitment and achievement. For more information about the Junior League, call (805) 963-2704 or visit www.jlsantabarbara.org.
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What’s a REIT?
DEAR S&B: What exactly is a REIT and how do they work?
—CYNTHIA, SANTA BARBARA
Real estate investment trusts, most commonly called by their acronym, REIT, are simply investments in a company that buys and manages real estate. What kind of real estate you may ask, well that all depends on the REIT itself but commonly they specialize in office buildings, skyscrapers, apartments, shopping centers, distribution warehouses, medical buildings, storage facilities or development projects. These investments usually come in one of two forms, private and public. Let’s dive in to explore a little further.
REITs typically profit from rental income and the eventual sale of the property. These investments have special tax considerations as long as they pay out at least 90 percent of their net income to their investors. Most investors look at these as a “bond alternatives” with a hopeful inflation hedge.
The objective of most REITs is to provide a competitive income stream, professional management of properties and a hopeful increase to the share price in eventual profitable property sales. Like all investments, the key component is a cooperative economy. When a REIT is considered “public,” you can buy and sell your shares on an exchange just like you do a stock. The value is determined by the last willing buyer and what they paid for the shares.
Like any investment listed on a stock exchange, one can argue the value is too rich or a bargain. We advise you pay attention to the dividend rate and compare that to what “private” real estate pays to help gain perspective on valuation. As a rule of thumb, the higher the dividend rate, the cheaper the shares and vice versa. The other structure can be found in “private” shares. These investments are not listed on any exchange and the value is typically determined by the Board of Directors of the REIT. These investments are usually “younger” and they are still in their fund raising stage (buying properties) or in the “holding” phase of the investment.
The eventual objectives of most private REITs is to become publicly traded (i.e. list themselves on an exchange just like a private company issues an IPO), liquidate the portfolio at some time or sell out to another REIT (possibly one that is already public).
Like other private investments, the objective is to have an eventual share price that is higher that what they purchased the properties for. But this can take time and they have to pick an appropriate moment in the market to list when the properties are most attractive and the buyers are willing to pay up. This is not dissimilar to when we all want to sell a property we may own, we try to pick the right time to do so…but that often time does not occur when you “want” or “need” to do so.
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COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, the County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, located at 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA, which will include the following items:
There are a lot of pro’s and con’s that are associated with REITs so lets run through a few. For starters, they allow people to invest in a “pool” of professionally managed real estate holdings with a very little amount of money. In many cases, less than $1,000 if private and for public shares whatever they last traded. If you need money in a hurry, then public shares are the way to go because you can sell them when the stock market is open (but the price is whatever the market trades at the time).
Private shares can have limited to no liquidity during their fund raising and holding periods. They can be less transparent and you need to pay attention to their business model. Understand the distribution rate and how they are covering it. If they cover the distribution rate with free flowing cash, then it helps you compare the value vs. public shares to gain perspective.
Regardless, you have to view these as longer term investments, just as if you purchased a building yourself. It is not as if you need money you can sell one unit of your apartment complex. Same
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11ORD-00000-00005, amending the text of Division 35.11 Glossary, and Division 35.4, Standards for Specific Land Uses, of Section 35-1, the Santa Barbara County Land Use and Development Code, of Chapter 35, Zoning, of the County Code; and
11ORD-00000-00006, amending the text of Division 35.10 Glossary, and Division 35.4, Montecito Standards for Specific Land Uses, of Section 35-2, the Santa Barbara County Montecito Land Use and Development Code, of Chapter 35, Zoning, of the County Code; and
11ORD-00000-00007, amending the text of Division 2, Definitions, and Division 7, General Regulations, of Article II, the Santa Barbara County Coastal Zoning Ordinance, of Chapter 35, Zoning, of the County Code.
If adopted these amendments will revise the existing procedures for permitting commercial telecommunications facilities to require a Planning Commission hearing for non-temporary antenna facilities in residential zone districts; add provisions for temporary facilities, hub sites, and collocated facilities; amend the existing processing requirements for very small facilities and tenant improvements; amend the existing definitions of collocated telecommunications facility and substantially visible; add new findings requiring demonstration of need for service and demonstration of efforts to reduce the intrusiveness of the facility through design and siting; and make other minor revisions to the existing procedures and development standards that regulate the construction and use of commercial telecommunications facilities. Please see the posted agenda, available on Thursday prior to the meeting, for a more specific time for this item. However, the order of the agenda may be rearranged or the item may be continued. Anyone interested in this matter is invited to appear and speak in support of or in opposition to the project. Written comments are also welcome. All letters should be addressed to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, c/o Clerk of the Board, 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The proposed amendments, including a staff analysis of the proposal, may be reviewed at the Clerk of the Board’s Office, 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, or at the Planning and Development Department, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, or 624 East Foster Road, Suite C, Santa Maria, one week prior to the date of the public hearing. For further information, please contact the planner, Megan Lowery at (805) 568-2517 or FAX: (805) 568-2020 or email at email@example.com. Persons may address the Board of Supervisors by using the remote video testimony system located at the Betteravia Government Center Board of Supervisors Hearing Room located at 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria. If you challenge the project (Case Nos. 11ORD-00000-00005, 11ORD-00000-00006 and 11ORD-00000-00007) in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence to the Board of Supervisors prior to the public hearing. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the the Clerk of the Board at (805) 568-2240. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Hearing Support Staff to make reasonable arrangements.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Al Qaeda confirms bin Laden is dead
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE Al Qaeda has acknowledged that Osama bin Laden is dead, dispelling the doubts of some Muslims over whether the militant group's leader had really been killed by U.S. forces, and vowed to mount more attacks on the West. The announcement on Friday by the Islamist militant organization, which promised to publish a taped message from bin Laden soon, appeared intended to show its followers around the globe that the group had survived as a functioning network. In a statement online, it said the blood of bin Laden, shot dead by a U.S. commando team in a raid on Monday on his hide-out in a Pakistani town, "is more precious to us and to every Muslim than to be wasted in vain. "It will remain, with permission from Allah the Almighty, a curse that hunts the Americans and their collaborators and chases them inside and outside their country." Al Qaeda urged Pakistanis to rise up against their government to "cleanse" the country of what it called the shame brought on it by bin Laden's shooting and of the "filth of the Americans who spread corruption in it." The statement also warned Americans not to harm bin Laden's corpse and to hand it and those of others killed to their families, though U.S. officials say bin Laden's body has been buried at sea and no others were taken from the compound. Some Muslims have been skeptical of bin Laden's death, especially as the United States
has said it will not release gruesome images of his corpse for fear of inciting more violence. One survey conducted in Pakistan this week by the British-based YouGov polling organization found that 66 percent of over 1,000 respondents did not think the person killed by U.S. Navy SEALs was bin Laden. The raid, of which the U.S. administration has declined to give details, has also raised questions about the legality of bin Laden's killing. He was unarmed when he was shot dead, but President Barack Obama has continued to bask in public approval for the killing, and flew to a military base at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to thank special forces involved in the raid. "This has been an extraordinary week for our nation," Obama told a jubilant audience of troops. "The terrorist leader who struck our nation on September 11 will never threaten our nation again." But he warned "this continues to be a very tough fight." Anger and suspicion between Washington and Islamabad over the raid in Abbottabad, 30 miles from the Pakistani capital, showed no sign of abating. The New York Times on Saturday quoted Pakistani officials as saying the Obama administration had demanded Pakistan disclose the identities of some of its top intelligence operatives as Washington seeks to find out whether they had contact with bin Laden or his agents before the raid on his compound. The officials were providing details of what
the Times called a tense discussion between Pakistani officials and a U.S. envoy in Pakistan on Monday. Many in Washington suspect Pakistani authorities had been either grossly incompetent or playing a double game in the hunt for bin Laden and the two countries' supposed partnership against violent Islamists. One of bin Laden's wives, Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah, told Pakistani interrogators the al Qaeda leader had been living for five years in the compound where he was killed, a revelation sure to deepen doubts about Pakistan's military and spy agency, the most organized establishments in a chaotic country. Pakistani security forces took 15 or 16 people into custody from the Abbottabad compound after U.S. forces removed bin Laden's body, a Pakistani security official said. They included bin Laden's three wives and several children. In Washington, a U.S. official said U.S. intelligence had established on-the-ground surveillance in Abbottabad before the raid. A phone call last year to a man known as the main courier to Osama bin Laden helped lead the CIA to bin Laden's compound, The Washington Post reported on Saturday. U.S. officials also said among materials found at bin Laden's hide-out was evidence indicating al Qaeda at one point considered attacking the U.S. rail system on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks later this year.
FROM PAGE 3 interview with Outside Magazine posted on CAI’s website, Mortenson defends his book and the institute’s work. He acknowledged that the book, coauthored by David Oliver, contains “discrepancies” that result from “omissions and compressions” done for the sake of literary expediency. “But I’m not a journalist. I don’t take a lot of notes,” he said. He insisted the abduction story was “pretty much” true, recounting, “I was definitely detained against my will,” though he said his captors never called themselves Taliban. As for the institute’s finances, Mortenson conceded, “I am not a good manager,” and he said he hired a law firm to conduct a thorough audit when problems first surfaced and is implementing changes recommended by the firm. He acknowledged that less than half of CAI’s proceeds have gone into building schools but said “much of the remainder was spent on CAI’s other charitable programs.” He also said that a trusted intermediary the institute hired years ago to help get schools built overseas was later found to have been corrupt. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Missoula, Montana, claimed CAI “expended significant sums to finance Mortenson’s book tours and public speaking engagements.” “During these activities, Mortenson and CAI have repeatedly fabricated material details about his activities and work in See TEA, page 10
Slippery words, the Bin Laden caper and happy, rich termites MIKE ON THE MOVE
I don’t know, maybe it’s just a sign of the times and maybe I just stumbled on an answer for the homeless problem in Santa Barbara, but last night I ran into a panhandler on State Street and told him I was a print journalist. He stared at me for a moment, and then with a look of compassion reached into his grocery cart, pulled out a sad-looking dollar bill and gave it to me. “Lots of luck, buddy,” he said, and hurried on.
I don’t know, maybe it’s just a sign of the times and maybe I just stumbled on an answer for the homeless problem in Santa Barbara, but last night I ran into a panhandler on State Street and told him I was a print journalist. He stared at me for a moment, and then with a look of compassion reached into his grocery cart, pulled out a sad-looking dollar bill and gave it to me. “Lots of luck, buddy,” he said, and hurried on. I took my dollar and bought a taco and was feeling pretty good—I mean, come on, the weather is perfect and the most pressing issue in Santa Barbara seems to be whether we should parallel park on Brinkerhoff Avenue ... and I was even amused when I read about the unlucky town (true story) of Lucknow, India, where marauding termites ate their way into the local bank and literally devoured 10 million rupees ($222,000) of the city’s bank notes. Think they are insured for that? It makes the city of Bell’s program of loaning city funds to employees to buy houses, (oh wait, that was in Santa
Barbara, wasn’t it!) look tame. Ah, I’m just kidding, here, the loan program wasn’t a terrible idea—but it does make me laugh whenever I think of it— city employees loaning the city’s money to other city employees to buy houses. Kind of makes you dizzy if you think about it too long.
more fun, we can just write: “According to a highly placed military source,” and we’re good! That guy really gets around, doesn’t he? Anyway, the Bin Laden story is full of grins…. A burial at sea? To obey Islamic law? Sure, I’ll buy that. What else you selling? I’m certain he’s resting comfortably on the bottom of the ocean next to the WMD’s.
Anyway, then I turned on MIKE the TV news. Big mistake. BOWKER There were the coiffedhaired, talking faces, who don’t research Finally, I just want to tell you that or write their own copy and who break I’m one newspaper guy who is not every journalistic standard ever created, going down easy. I already swiped a and they were each telling a different shiny new grocery cart from Von’s and story about this Bin Laden caper. I’ve filled it full of stuff I might need, I don’t know, but something makes like extra shoes and Milky Ways, so I’m me nervous when the story changes ready for anything, but meanwhile I’m every day or so. In fact, the whole not giving in to the crush of videos¬affair gives me the same feeling I had over-print sentiment that seems to be when George W. said he was attacking sweeping the known world. So “a picIraq—and spending a measly trillion ture is worth a thousand words, eh?” dollars or so—in search of Weapons of Well, watch this! I’m going to fire Mass Destruction. down some words that will conjure up a I went on record then, and I’ll go on thousand pictures. record now, as saying, “Oh yeah?” Not a Soft Silky Slippery Straddle single report I’ve heard about the Bin Laden story provides an actual named Stimulate Swollen Suck source. I wish journalism had been that See! Gotcha! You even ‘felt’ some easy when I was growing up. We didn’t know that telling you how everything “all of those words didn’t you, and I only borrowed from the ‘s’ column. We print went down” was supposed to be easy. guys have some fight left in us, yet. We had to follow that old boring and See you at the Savoy. clearly out-of-date rule that we couldn’t Michael Bowker is the author of sevprint anything without two named, relieral books and is available to speak to able sources ... What the heck kind of your group for tacos. stupid rule is that! ... Now, it’s way
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PUBLIC NOTICE County of Santa Barbara
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Barbara will conduct a hearing on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, during the Administrative section of the County Board of Supervisor’s Hearing, which begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room on the 4th Floor of the Santa Barbara County Administrative Building at 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara. The hearing is to consider the adoption of a Resolution to adopt the Countywide Siting Element (SE) Addendum.
In order to comply with State planning requirements, Assembly Bill 939 (AB 939) requires that each City in the County affected by changes to the Countywide SE, and the County itself, adopt the Addendum to the Countywide SE by resolution. The Countywide SE is required to provide a description and identification of areas, numbers, and types of existing, and new or expanded solid waste disposal and transformation facilities which will be used to meet a minimum of fifteen (15) years of combined permitted disposal capacity within the County. The Addendum to the Countywide SE identifies and describes the development by the City of Santa Maria of a new landfill referred to as the Integrated Waste Management Facility.
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PUBLIC NOTICE OF SUBMITTAL OF AMENDED FUNDING PROPOSAL TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA UNDER THE 2008 DISASTER RECOVERY INITITIVE (DRI) ALLOCATION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Santa Barbara will submit an amended funding proposal to the State Community Development Block Grant program for 2008 Disaster Recovery Initiative (DRI) funding. The City is requesting citizen input prior to submittal of the application. The City Council will hold a public hearing on the DRI application at 2:00 p.m. on May 10, 2010 in the Council Chambers, 735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA.
The City of Santa Barbara previously applied for and was granted $1,000,000 under the 2008 DRI Allocation for the Sycamore Creek Channel Improvements, the San Pedro Creek Sewer Line Relocation and the City of Santa Barbara Safety Element Update in the City of Santa Barbara. The amended application includes an increase in the proposal for the Sycamore Creek Channel Improvements and City of Santa Barbara Safety Element Update projects.
For information on the proposed application, call (805) 8972661, or e-mail: email@example.com. A Council Agenda Report for this hearing will be made available for viewing at http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/CAP the Friday (May 6, 2011) before the hearing date.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TOUCHSTONE BUILDERS, TOUCHSTONE BUILDERS OF S.B. TOUGHSTONE BUILDERS OF SANTA BARBARA. at 2505 Foothill Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93105 County of Santa Barbara; Robert T Eckert(2505 Foothill Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93105), Roderick L Pearson(723 Colina Lane #B Santa Barbara, CA 93103),This business is conducted by a General Partnership(Signed:) Roderick L Pearson. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 4, 2011. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) Kathy Miller. FBN Number: 201100001412. Published MAY 07, 14, 21, 28 2011
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CALIFORNIA CARPET COMPANY at 108 B-1 Aero Camino, Goleta, CA 93117County of Santa Barbara; David S. Northenscold, Dorothy L. Northenscold(64 Sonoma Ave. Goleta, CA 93117), Kenneth J. Northenscold(410 Santa Barbara Shores Drive, Goleta, CA 93117),This business is conducted by a General Partnership(Signed:) David S. Northenscold. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on APR 26, 2011. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) Janet Hansen. FBN Number: 2011-00001298. Published MAY 07, 14, 21, 28 2011
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DCM GRAPHICS, GOLETA SIGNS, SANTA BARBARA DISTRIBUTION at 3016 De La Vina St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105 County of Santa Barbara; Christopher De Vera(SAME),This business is conducted by an Individual(Signed:) Christopher De Vera. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on MAY 04, 2011. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) Janet Hansen. FBN Number: 2011-00001410. Published MAY 07, 14, 21, 28 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WHO YOU
HIRE at 3695 Ardilla Dr. Santa Barbara, CA 93105 County of Santa Barbara; Alex Halatchev(SAME),This business is conducted by a n Individual(Signed:) Alex Halatchev.. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on MAR 31, 2011. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) Hector Gonzalez. FBN Number: 201100001045. Published APR 30, MAY 07, 14, 21 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PROJECT M80 at 3695 Ardilla Dr. Santa Barbara, CA 93105 County of Santa Barbara; Alex Halatchev(SAME), Landon Wurst(6633 Del Playa Dr. Goleta, CA 93117). This business is conducted by a General Partnership(Signed:) Alex Halatchev. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on MAR 31, 2011. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) Hector Gonzalez. FBN Number: 2011-00001044. Published APR 30, MAY 07, 14, 21 2011 NAME CHANGES
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 1379901 Petitioner or Attorney: Albacie Alvarado TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Albacie Alvarado filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: Albacie Alvarado Proposed Name: Albacie Alvarado Schaper THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING DATE: May 26, 2011 TIME: 9:30 a.m. DEPT: 6 THE ADDRESS OF THE COURT IS: SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA County of Santa Barbara 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each
CITY OF SANTA BARBARA NOTICE TO BIDDERS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received by the City of Santa Barbara Purchasing Office located at 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California, until 3:00 p.m. on the date indicated at which time they will be publicly opened, read and posted for: BID NO. 5074
DUE DATE & TIME: May 24, 2011 UNTIL 3:00P.M. Residential and Commercial Street Sweeping
A MANDATORY pre-bid meeting will be held on May 17, 2011 at 8:30 a.m., at the Streets Multi-Purpose Room, located at 625 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA, to discuss the specifications and field conditions. Bid Documents are available at the Purchasing Office and at the pre-bid meeting.
Bids must be submitted on forms supplied by the City of Santa Barbara and in accordance with the specifications, terms and conditions contained therein. Bid packages containing all forms, specifications, terms and conditions may be obtained in person at the Purchasing Office or by calling (805) 564-5349, or by Facsimile request to (805) 897-1977. There is no charge for bid package and specifications.
Bidders are hereby notified that any service purchase order issued as a result of this bid may be subject to the provisions and regulations of the City of Santa Barbara Ordinance No. 5384, Santa Barbara Municipal Code, Chapter 9.128 and its impending regulations relating to the payment of Living Wages.
Bidders are hereby notified that a Payment Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total will be required from the successful bidder for bids exceeding $25,000. The bond must be provided with ten (10) calendar days from notice of award and prior to the performance of any work. The bond must be signed by the bidder and a corporate surety, who is authorized to issue bonds in the State of California. Bidders are hereby notified that a Bid Guaranty Bond in the form of a money order or a cashier’s certified check, payable to the order of the City, amounting to ten percent (10%) of the bid, or by a bond in said amount and payable to said City, signed by the bidder and a corporate surety, who is authorized to issue bonds in the State of California. The City of Santa Barbara affirmatively assures that minority and disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age (over 40), ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity and expression, marital status, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), national origin, race, religious belief, or sexual orientation in consideration of award. ____________________ William Hornung, C.P.M. General Services Manager
week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county Santa Barbara Daily Sound. DATE: 04/18/2011 Terri Chavez, Deputy Clerk
Denise de Bellefeuille JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT PUBLISHED MAY 4, 11, 18, 25 2011.
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 1380601 Petitioner or Attorney: Clare Windy Kimblin TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Clare Wendy Kimblin and Ivan Marc Lorkovik filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: Nikolas Kimblin Lorkovic Proposed Name: Nikolas Julian Lorkovic THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING DATE: June 23, 2011 TIME: 9:30 a.m. DEPT: 6 THE ADDRESS OF THE COURT IS: SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA County of Santa Barbara 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each
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week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county Santa Barbara Daily Sound. DATE: 03/25/2011 Terri Chavez, Deputy Clerk
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CITY OF SANTA BARBARA NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS BID NO: 3619
Sealed proposals for Bid No. 3619 for the Mission Creek Fish Passage Project, Phase 1 will be received in the Purchasing Office, 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101, until 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2011 to be publicly opened and read at that time. Any bidder who wishes its bid proposal to be considered is responsible for making certain that its bid proposal is actually delivered to said Purchasing Office. Bids shall be addressed to the General Services Manager, Purchasing Office, 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California, and shall be labeled, “Mission Creek Fish Passage Project, Phase 1, Bid No. 3619".
The concrete portion of the Mission Creek flood control channel is a significant fish passage barrier. The concrete lined portion of the channel currently prevents steelhead from migrating upstream. The purpose of the Mission Creek Fish Passage project is to modify/retrofit the existing concrete flood control channel to allow steelhead trout to migrate upstream without reducing channel conveyance capacity. The project generally consists of providing construction stormwater pollution control; traffic control; demolition and removal of concrete channel sections; construction of 1250 linear feet of 4’ x 3.5’ reinforced concrete fishway channel; fish pockets; excavation; structural backfill; maintenance ramp construction. The work includes all labor, material, supervision, plant and equipment necessary to complete the following: Insert improvements per plans and specs. The Engineer’s estimate is $1,267,000. Each bidder must have a Class A license to complete this work in accordance with the California Business and Professions Code.
There will be a mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting scheduled for Tuesday May 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the David Gephard Meeting Room, 630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
The plans and specifications for this Project may be viewed online at CyberCopy’s Website (www.cybercopyusa.com) under the City Of Santa Barbara Plan Room. To obtain a copy of the plans and specifications for this Project and become a registered plan holder, download a Bid Package Request Form from the City Of Santa Barbara Plan Room site above by clicking on the Project or by calling Alex Gaytan, CyberCopy Shop Manager, at (805) 884-6155. The City’s contact for this project is Thomas Conti P.E., Project Engineer, 805-564-5383. Project Addendum notifications will be issued through Ebidboard.com. Although Ebidboard will fax and/or email all notifications once they are provided contact information, bidders are still responsible for obtaining all addenda from the Ebidboard website or the City’s website at: http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Business/Purchasing/Projects/.
Bidders are advised that this project has Federal funds included and the Contractor shall agree to all requirements, conditions, and provisions set forth in the specification book issued for bidding purposes entitled “Proposal and Contract.” Attention is directed to the appendices of the “Proposal and Contract” specification book for grant requirements, federal requirements, permit requirements and conditions, as well as documents required to be submitted with this proposal request. Bidders are hereby notified that pursuant to provisions of Section 1770, et seq., of the Labor Code of the State of California, the Contractor shall pay its employees the general prevailing rate of wages as determined by the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations. In addition, the Contractor shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements of Section 1777.5 of the California Labor Code relating to apprentice public works contracts. Attention is directed to the Federal minimum wage rate requirements in Appendix H of the specification book entitled “Proposal and Contract.” Addenda to modify the Federal minimum wage rates, if necessary, will be issued to holders of the “Proposal and Contract” specification books. Future effective general prevailing wage rates, which have been predetermined and are on file with the California Department of Industrial Relations, are referenced but not printed in the general prevailing wage rates. If there is a difference between the minimum wage rates predetermined by the Secretary of Labor and the general prevailing wage rates determined by the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations for similar classifications of labor, the Contractor and Subcontractors shall pay not less than the higher wage rate. The City of Santa Barbara will not accept lower State wage rates not specifically included in the Federal minimum wage determinations. This includes “helper” (or other classifications based on hours of experience) or any other classification not appearing in the Federal wage determinations. Where Federal wage determinations do not contain the State wage determination otherwise available for use by the Contractor and Subcontractors, the Contractor and Subcontractors shall pay not less than the Federal Minimum wage rate which most closely approximates the duties of the employees in question.
Per California Civil Code Section 3247, a payment bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total will be required from the successful bidder for bids exceeding $25,000. The bond must be provided within 10 calendar days from notice of award and prior to the performance of any work. The proposal shall be accompanied by a proposal guaranty bond in the sum of at least 10% of the total amount of the proposal, or alternatively by a certified or cashier's check payable to the Owner in the sum of at least 10% of the total amount of the proposal.
A separate performance bond in the amount of 100% of the bid bond total will be required from the successful bidder. The bond must be provided within 10 calendar days from the notice to award and prior to the performance of any work.
The City of Santa Barbara hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, political affiliations or beliefs, sex, age, physical disability, medical condition, marital status or pregnancy as set forth hereunder.
Bidders are also advised that there is a goal specified for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for this contract of 8%. Bidders must meet this goal or demonstrate that adequate good faith efforts to meet this goal have been made as outlined appendix E. GENERAL SERVICES MANAGER CITY OF SANTA BARBARA
_________________________________ William Hornung, C.P.M. PUBLISHED May 7, 11, 14 2011 Daily Sound
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of the event. “We’re trying to help the economy, too,” she said. Steve Cushman, the president of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, agreed. “Absolutely, it’s good for businesses,” he said. “It [the festival] brings tens of thousands of people downtown. They’re exposed to all the little businesses that are participating.” While he noted that the criticisms of some of the neighboring businesses are true to a certain extent, Cushman wants them to think of the “residual effects.” “That festival will attract a group of people who otherwise might not come downtown,” he said. “That’s a very positive thing. Everybody does seem to have a good time there.” Garcia seconded that notion, saying the explanation was simple. “It represents Latino culture and the pride of coming together,” he said. “The coming together is what you celebrate – to be able to work together to have victories.” For more information, visit cincodemayosb.com. The suit seeks a court order establishing a trust and assigning another existing charity to control the funds raised by CAI and Mortenson in order to construct schools they “claim to have built but did not build.” “Three Cups of Tea” is a New York times bestseller that has sold over 4 million copies, according to a biography on the website of his charity.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: This will be a diverse, challenging year for you. New projects will leave you little time for anything else. Balance will be required. Don't neglect your health or your personal obligations. This can turn out to be a spectacular year if you don't try to spread yourself too thin. Your numbers are 3, 9, 16, 27, 32, 36, 48
ARIES (March 21-April 19): It will be difficult to contain the way you feel but, before you blurt out something you'll regret, consider all sides of the situation. Don't fret when you should be putting energy into sprucing up your surroundings or updating your image. 2 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Focus on helping others. A kind word or gesture of friendliness will make someone happy and make you feel good. A partnership can be improved with a little compromise. Attend an event or function where you can successfully network. 4 stars GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Impulse will be the culprit. Think before you do or say anything. Don't make a promise you cannot possibly keep or spend on something you don't really need. Concentrate on your finances and health issues. 3 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your
mood will fluctuate, causing trouble or an uncomfortable situation if you aren't careful what you reveal. Uncertainty never sits well with you, but don't force issues with the potential to spiral out of control. 3 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Concentrate on your objectives and make a to-do list that is reasonable. Trying to fit too much into your day will lead to delays, upset and minor mishaps. So slow down and enjoy the company of the people you love most. 3 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You may be tempted to get involved in a joint money venture or a get-richquick scheme. A loss is likely to damage your relationship with whoever takes part in this moneymaking scheme. Weigh the pros and cons and consider taking a pass. 4 stars LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A little confusion in the love department will set in. You'll want a commitment but will also want your freedom. Emotions will be high and problems difficult to bypass. Forgo any serious conversations that might lead to a misunderstanding. 2 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Uncertainty regarding how you earn your living or where you are going to reside will have you questioning every aspect of your life. Don't make rash decisions or think there is only one route to take. Time is on your side so relax and consider your
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Socializing will prove to be not only entertaining but educational. Love is on the rise and, whether you are single or in a relationship, you should be concentrating on making someone who interests you happy. Overdoing it will make you appear frivolous. 3 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You'll have regrets if you let a disagreement ruin your day. Be careful how you deal with sticky situations and people who aren't likely to back down or give in. Sometimes it's best to simply avoid any sort of controversial conversations. 3 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Turn those old ideas into a moneymaking project. Be inventive and use your imagination. Your entrepreneurial nature and inventive mind will save you in times of economic strife. A romantic encounter will encourage you to be your best. 3 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Update your home technologically. You have to keep up if you want to stay in touch. Don't limit what you can do because you aren't equipped to take part. An unusual but interesting proposal is likely. 5 stars BIRTHDAY BABY: You are affectionate, emotional and temperamental. You like the comforts of home but have a fascination for what's new and unusual.
ACROSS 1 “I just won’t ___ of it” 5 Lose solidity 9 R---oom in a maison-14 King of the Huns, in Germanic legend 15 Poet Khayyam 16 Whitney Houston’s “All the Man That ___” 17 Displayed one’s anger, in a way 20 Wilderness photographer Adams 21 Peter Fonda title role 22 “Soul Food” actress Long 23 Cut, as school 27 Carry out a biblical rite 30 Jacob’s twin 31 It causes one’s head to swell 32 “A Doll’s House” heroine 34 Priest and minister’s cohort, in jokes 38 Converse 40 Hoodwinks 43 “The Angry Hills” author 44 Coolly detached 46 “First Lady of Song” Fitzgerald 48 Business with staying power? 49 “Coffee, Tea ___?”
52 Least likely to work 54 Committed a track violation 58 Large Japanese crater 59 Venetian farewell 60 Navigators’ Islands, today 64 Short distance 68 Has ___ for (adapts to naturally) 69 Cleveland’s lake 70 “Buyer beware” phrase 71 Meanspirited 72 “Auld Lang ___” 73 Apportion (with “out”) DOWN 1 “Funny ___ or funny peculiar?” 2 007’s alma mater 3 Setting for “The Sound of Music” 4 Most likely to fall from a tree 5 “The ___ Squad” 6 Grounded bird 7 Drink like a dog 8 “Rose of ___” (Roger Whittaker tune) 9 Cocktail with lemon juice and brandy 10 “___ away we go!”
11 Hotelier Helmsley 12 Olympian Carl 13 Best and O’Brien 18 “The Magic Kingdom” novelist Stanley 19 Buntline and Beatty 24 Alligator shirtmaker, once 25 A neighbor of Chile 26 Feast on the beach 27 Loser to VHS 28 “(I’ve Got ___ in) Kalamazoo” 29 Ball-and-mallet game 33 Mighty Joe Young, for one 35 Kind of cheese 36 Trash collectors? 37 “___ It Romantic?” 39 One-time surgeon general
C. Everett 41 “Legally Blonde” girl 42 Bessemer leftover 45 Like Howdy Doody’s face 47 City near Los Angeles 50 1502, on monuments 51 Some bivouacs 53 Up the creek, so to speak 54 Shah ___ (Taj Mahal builder) 55 Canada’s neighbor, colloquially 56 Broods 57 White-haired with age 61 Clio, Erato or Urania, e.g. 62 Fail to include 63 Polygonal recess 65 “Game, ___ and match” 66 Writer Anais 67 Just-passing grade
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Daily Sound Saturday, May 7, 2011
Saturday, May 7 , 2011
Get bugged about books BOOKS
BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER THE BOOKWORM SEZ
You had some little visitors this morning at breakfast, and they weren’t exactly welcome.
To begin with, they had terrible manners. They weren’t polite enough to ring the doorbell before they barged in and they didn’t even wait for you to sit down before they started eating. So, because you never invited them to breakfast in the first place, you either gently ushered them out the door or you killed them. What’s bugging you? Find out—if you dare—by reading the new book “Wicked Bugs” by Amy Stewart.
Want to feel superior? Then think about this: you are much smarter than the ants, spiders, and beetles that live and lurk near your house. You outweigh them by a lot and you’re way bigger than they are. And bigger means stronger, right? “If only that were true,” says Stewart. “In fact, insects have changed the course of history. They have halted soldiers in their tracks. They have driven farmers off their land. They have devoured cities and forests, and inflicted pain, suffering, and death upon hundreds of millions.”
But just don’t ask them on a road trip: a 2008 study showed that more than half a million British drivers have had car accidents directly or indirectly caused by bugs.
Are you a catch-and-release-the-spider kind of person? Or do you suffer from Dead Insect Syndrome (in which you “respond to insects almost automatically by killing them.”)? Either way, you should fly to this book.
Author Amy Stewart gleefully makes readers shiver and scratch as she teaches us about biting spiders, hanging centipedes, egg-laying flies, and other bad-boy bugs. You’ll learn about the hot fad of beetle collecting in Darwin’s time, how termites played a role in the damage of Hurricane Katrina, and why you should never get too close to a gorilla’s private parts.
This book may make you shudder. It may make you say “Eeeeuuuuwww,” but you’ll be definitely fascinated. “Wicked Bugs” is, in fact, perfect for gardeners, ants and uncles, nature-lovers, and worms of the bookish sort.
In this book, she writes about them. Take, for instance, bees, hornets and wasps. Getting stung is an annoyance (at best) and a life-ordeath matter (at worst), so imagine dealing with an entire nest of ticked-off stingers flying over your head, courtesy of enemy catapults. Or imagine the buzz you’d get when downing “hornet juice”, an amino acid sports drink that mimics the aggression of the insects.
If you’re squeamish about creepy-crawlies, you can skip this paragraph: bugs were used as a method of torture back in the early 1800s, when two diplomats were tossed in a pit with ticks, lice, bugs, rotten meat, and manure. Relentless black flies can kill a large animal in a couple of hours. Persistent mosquitoes could drain half your blood faster than that.
On the other hand, though, creatures with more than four legs can be benign. Parasitic wasps munch on tomato hornworms. Spiders eat filthy, germ-spreading houseflies. Ladybugs will dine on aphids if you invite them into your garden.
“Wicked Bugs” by Amy Stewart c.2011, Algonquin
$18.95 / $22.95 Canada 288 pages