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VOLUME 6 ISSUE 118
Iconic Santa Barbara firm’s owner announces retirement after nearly 50 years in business – See story on page 2 Orchestra set to perform
The Goleta Valley Community Orchestra will throw a free concert at 7 p.m. tonight at the Wake Center.
Governor nixes budget proposal Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Thursday a budget passed in the state legislature, insisting on either extending tax hikes or deep spending cuts.
Weiner resigns in wake of photo incident DAILY SOUND / Victor Maccharoli
McConnellʼs Mike Vierra holds some freshly packed ice cream Thursday at the companyʼs Canon Perdido Street facility. Owner Jim McCoy plans to sell the company.
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Third Congressman to step down this year over a sex scandal
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Representative Anthony Weiner, ensnared in a humiliating flap for sending lewd photos of himself to women online, resigned on Thursday, ending a weeks-long scandal that made his fellow Democrats cringe. “I had hoped to be able to continue
the work that the citizens of my district had elected me to do – to fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it,” Weiner told reporters in Brooklyn at the seniors’ center where he first announced plans to run for New York City Council 20 years ago. “Unfortunately, the distraction that
I have created has made that impossible, so today I am announcing my resignation from Congress,” he said, looking composed in contrast to 10 days ago when he tearfully admitted to online dalliances. Once seen as a rising star among Democrats and widely expected to
run for New York mayor, Weiner made his announcement alone, his wife absent, at a raucous event. Weiner, 46, represented parts of New York City in the U.S. House of Representatives since his election in 1998. He had established himself as a See RESIGNATION, page 6
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The iconic McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams is for sale. Owner Jim McCoy told The Daily Sound on Thursday that he’s ready to sell the company, but the delicious ice cream isn’t going anywhere. McCoy, 79, said he’s still committed to preserving the McConnell’s brand name and quality. “Preserving the brand will be more important in selecting who the buyer will be than the money,” said McCoy, who plans to start formally accepting offers next week. For more than six decades, McConnell’s has been a Santa Barbara institution. People can find its premium brands in restaurants, convenience stores, and supermarkets all over the South Coast. The company’s pints of premium flavors such as Vanilla Bean, Dutch Chocolate and Turkish Coffee bear the image of the Old Mission on their labels. McCoy, who took over in 1963, is credited with taking the company from a small retail shop to a large local wholesaler. Jimmy Young, McCoy’s stepson who helped run the company for 10 years, said locals concerned that new ownership may lead to a downgrade in quality shouldn’t be worried. Young said the company’s potential investors won’t want to tamper with a winning formula. “The brand is established, the quality is established,” Young said. “That’s what these investors are looking for.” Young said McConnell’s will still have the same role in the Santa Barbara community. The parlor will be here, the factory will be here, and a potential deal could keep some members of the family on the Board of Directors. “If our family has any say, McConnell’s will always be ‘Good ol’ McConnell’s,’” Young said.
Scott Burns, current General Manager, agrees with Young’s sentiments. While not giving names, Burns said some prospective buyers are family-owned businesses themselves, and none are conglomerates. “It’s not like we’ve got Häagen-Dazs coming in here and saying they want to buy it,” Burns said. Gordon F. McConnell founded McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams in 1949 with a shop on the corner of State and Mission streets. McConnell, a former health food store worker, used his own recipes for ice cream and started the company’s “all natural” ingredients philosophy. In 1963, after working at Shell Oil for seven years, McCoy passed up a promo-
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McConnellʼs Mike Vierra with one of the companyʼs machines Thursday.
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tion to the New York office, not wanting to take on corporate work hours. “Subconsciously, I had decided that I wanted my own business,” McCoy said. When a friend mentioned the McConnell’s shop, McCoy did some projections, liked what he saw and bought the shop. Under McCoy, the ice cream store extended its hours, built a factory, and expanded into the wholesale market. McCoy is keen for a new owner to preserve the ice cream’s quality but, like he himself did in 1963, also expand its popularity onto an even bigger level. “I see no reason why a local company can’t be as successful or more successful than Häagen-Dazs or Ben and Jerry’s have been,” McCoy said.
The â€˜Seven Csâ€™ of preschool HEALTH
What do books, basketballs and bearded dragons have in common? They happen to be a few of our boysâ€™ favorite things about preschool. So much more than just play dough and snack time, preschool allows children to master their â€œSeven Cs.â€?
PEDIATRICS two of preschool will IN PARADISE help foster the confi-
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new word that he learned in Spanish. All preschool programs offer educational opportunities and some may even provide early exposure to extracurricular activities such as art, music, cooking and in some cases a second language.
CRITTERS AND CREEPY-CRAWLIES
I love coming home from work to be greeted by Andy. He is always eager to show me an art project, sing me a new song or quiz me on a
Preschool encourages children to develop a comfort level outside of their own homes. Camaraderie with other children and interactions with teachers allows young children to evaluate and express their own feelings. A year or
DR. DAN BRENNAN
On the surface I married a man who is nothing like my father. Dad is a sports guy, through and through. One of his most defining â€” and endearing â€” characteristics is his love of the games. Any games, really, other than baseball, which he barely tolerated when my son played Little League. Though itâ€™s hard to imagine looking at him today â€” in fact, it makes for great slapstick in my head â€” my dad was once a gymnast. He even wrote his masters thesis on the Loop Dismount off the Side Horse, though by then he had bulked up considerably and was doing more tackling than tumbling. He played football at UCLA and it was a football coaching job at Santa Barbara City College that brought us to town. He was also Athletic Director there for what felt like decades. It seemed like he never missed a game.
Dad is definitely a sports guy. Even in retirement, he spends much of his time obsessively studying whateverâ€™s on ESPN, checking his Fantasy Football league updates, and rooting for the Lakers. Itâ€™s not that Zak LESLIE is not athletic. Heâ€™s DINABERG actually very graceful. He played water polo for a while, but couldnâ€™t understand why the other guys took it so seriously. And now he swims masters to keep in shape. But the athletic fields were never his true calling. The only blocking he did in high school was on stage, and even then he was more motivated by access to cute senior girls than
When we visit the â€œEeewwâ€? exhibit at the Santa Barbara Zoo, the boys are able to tell me interesting facts about tarantulas, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and other interesting insects, because they have been exposed See BRENNAN, page 7
My two dads
he was by curtain calls. In college he joined the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, where his fishnet-clad high kicks took him to off-off-Broadway and Bermuda. If I ever want to make my dad squirm, all I have to do is pull out the Newsweek photo of my husband in drag. Come to think of it, Zakâ€™s own father wasnâ€™t particularly comfortable with that picture either. Zak is long and lean, while my dad is round and cuddly. My husband will nurse a pint of Ben & Jerryâ€™s Heath Bar Coffee Crunch for at least a week, if we let him. He likes nothing better than to morsel a bite or two out at a time as a late night treat, smoothing out the ice creamâ€™s edges so it looks like itâ€™s fresh from the factory. As a kid I remember my dad also liked to smooth out his ice cream, but his style was different than Zakâ€™s. He See DINABERG, page 5
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Orchestra holds concert tonight
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Late Day Clearing 55/68°
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Nonprofit gives Father’s Day gift ideas Goleta Valley Community Orchestra photo
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Brown vetoes budget plan
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday vetoed an “unrealistic” budget passed by fellow Democrats in the state legislature and insisted on either extending tax hikes or making deep spending cuts. The hardball move drew immediate praise from financial professionals and other observers, although Democrats who pushed through the plan on Wednesday complained that Brown wanted too much and needed to find Republican support himself or move on from his tax plan which has languished for months. “California is facing a fiscal crisis and very strong medicine must be taken,” Brown said in a video address, later urging Democrats to cut deeper and Republicans to allow a state vote on the budget. The veto would “shake up the system in a way that will get a better result, however difficult the next few days may be,” the Democrat Governor later told reporters in Los Angeles. “We are deeply dismayed,” responded Senate President Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat and an author of the vetoed budget. “What’s wrong with declaring partial victory?” he added in a news conference, saying that Brown appeared uninterested in a “Plan B” for closing a $10 billion budget hole. Budget politics in California, the country’s largest municipal bond issuer, are closely monitored on Wall Street, and federal policy makers are watching the state for a fiscal disaster they fear could spread.
Poll: Romney leads post-debate
BOSTON (Reuters) – Former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney solidified his standing as the early front-runner in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination after Monday’s seven-candidate debate, polls released Thursday showed. A survey by Public Policy Polling showed Romney with 22 percent support among Republicans. Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, new to the field and seen as a strong performer in Monday’s debate, had 19 percent. Businessman Herman Cain had 17 percent, and Sarah Palin, still not an announced candidate, 15 percent. A Rasmussen Reports poll showed Romney at 33 percent support in a survey of 1,000 voters taken on Monday night after the debate. Romney has consistently polled as the best, or even the only, Republican currently in the race with a chance to beat Obama in the November 2012 general election. PPP surveyed voters from Jun 9 to 12. Their poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. The Rasmussen poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The Goleta Valley Community Orchestra will throw a free community concert at 7 p.m. tonight at the Wake Center, 300 N. Turnpike Road in Goleta. Sponsored through Santa Barbara City College Adult Education, the orchestra, conducted by Laurel Fryer, will provide the performance for free. Organizers say families and children are invited to attend and learn about Orchestra and Classical music.
Santa Barbara’s Senior Planning Services released Thursday a list of Father’s Day gifts suited to today’s senior citizens, the organization said. More seniors are “growing old with technology,” according to the nonprofit. “While many occasions, spending time together with senior loved ones is a time to put away the distractions of cell phones and video games,” said Suzanne McNeely, president and founder of Senior Planning Services in a news release. “We do see in our home caregiving settings a very human benefit when
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items also help bring families closer together – when our youngest and eldest family members have a love of gadgets in common.” This year, Senior Planning Services recommends: • An e-book reader: either Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes & Noble’s Nook (starting from $139) • Kandle LED Book Light for the Amazon Kindle (about $18.95) • BookBuddy Book and Laptop Holder, from Ventura company Amanda Crawford Designs ($34.95)
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KITTY IN THE CITY
Dear Miss K,
My wife (of two years) tells me she is going to do something and then doesnâ€™t do it. She always has a valid excuse but itâ€™s getting old. I am thinking that when she says she will, she already knows she wonâ€™t and it is just easier for her to operate like this. I want her to either follow through with what she says or not say it. I have repeatedly asked her this and it isnâ€™t working. Whatâ€™s next? â€“ K.T., Santa Barbara Dear K.T.,
If I had a dime â€Ś no, make that a dollar for inflation â€Ś for every â€œpromiseâ€? I have ever heard I could close up shop, buy a 50-foot yacht and sail far away to a land where people actually keep the promises they make. I know of this land from a secret and dusty old book, which said that this place is hard to find and extremely small since not many people live there. Is this lack of honor (which is what breaking promises come down to) growing along with the national debt, and for all the same reasons? Are we so lacking as a civilization that we see no value in
bought gallons rather than pints, and instead of a bite or two each night; dad would eat all except a bite or two in one sitting. Then, heâ€™d smooth the miniscule remnants up into the plastic window of the lid, so that it looked like an entire gallon of ice cream remained untouched â€” until you picked it up and it was light as air. Truth be told, Iâ€™ve never been sure if he did this to hide the evidence that he ate all the ice cream, or because he was too lazy to throw the container away.
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keeping our word? Once upon a time breaking bread with someone meant something, so did a handshake in America and a kiss on the cheek in France, but now â€“ with the rules and roles of humans MISS KITTY confused at best â€“ not much is as it seems, and a promise made is just like the national debt: never to be paid. My not-so-adoring fans will no doubt slay me for getting a bit off topic but as Dell Griffith said in â€œPlanes, Trains, and Automobiles,â€? â€œThis really grinds my gears!â€? Is it really so hard to do what you say and mean what you do? Apparently so, since our news is filled with sex, tawdry texts and the lies about it all. Donâ€™t people understand that for every action there is an opposite reaction and that we do not live in bubbles (even in Santa Barbara)? Even in our coastal cone-of-silence, â€œno man is an islandâ€? has more layers than an organic brown onion. K.T., I applaud your direct approach and think you are on the right track. You have established what you want and
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Dadâ€™s a plugger and a plodder who plows his way through just about everything he does. If slow and steady wins the race then my dad would win every time. When he jogs it looks like walking to the rest of us, and when he hurries, it looks like a relaxed pace, but he gets the job done eventually, and heâ€™s nothing if not consistent. Zak, on the other hand, spends ridiculous amounts of time trying to think of the most efficient ways to do just about everything. Consequently, even if it appears to only take him five minutes to complete a task, it may have taken ridiculous amounts of time to do
just about anything. They both drive me up the wall with irritation, and make me laugh so hard I cry. On the surface they couldnâ€™t be more different, but inside theyâ€™ve both got hearts as big as oceans. They both love to play, have fun and be with their families. And my son and I both know that deep inside where it counts weâ€™ve got the best two dads in the world. Leslie wishes her dad, her sonâ€™s dad and all the dads Happy Fatherâ€™s Day. For more columns visit www.LeslieDinaberg.com.
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Weiner’s resignation marks a remarkable fall from grace for a politician who in 1992 became New York’s youngestever City Council member, at age 27. Weiner was known for his forceful debating and acerbic wit. He had powerful friends, too. Weiner was married to Huma Abedin, 35, an aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a ceremony officiated by former President Bill Clinton. His mentor was New York’s powerful U.S. senator, Chuck Schumer, for whom he had worked after graduating from college. Under pressure from President Barack Obama and both major political parties, Weiner previously insisted he would seek treatment and take a short leave of absence from the House. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said: “Congressman Weiner exercised poor judgment in his actions and poor judgment in his reaction to the revelations. Today, he made the right judg-
ment in resigning.” A senior Democratic congressional aide said the final straw for Pelosi was on June 8, when additional photos of Weiner emerged. The aide added that during a call last Friday, Weiner urged Pelosi to reconsider her call for him to resign, citing polls showing his constituents wanted him to stay. “Consider those rose petals to let you go graciously,” Pelosi told him, according to the aide. After talking with his wife, who returned from an overseas work trip with Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, Weiner called Democratic leaders on Wednesday to tell them he would resign, congressional aides said. At his news conference, he apologized to his wife and thanked her for standing by him. Democrats are expected to retain Weiner’s House seat, which will be filled in a special election. Ironically, for someone who had successfully used social media such as Twitter and Facebook to boost his political brand, Weiner’s fall was prompted when he accidentally posted publicly via Twitter a close-up of his bulging underpants. Weiner denied for more than a week that he sent a photo of himself in boxer briefs to a woman in Seattle on May 28, claiming his Twitter account had been hacked. But on June 6, he admitted he had lied and had inappropriate exchanges with six women, some after he was married.
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Since then, more lewd pictures of Weiner have surfaced, making him daily fodder for tabloids and late-night comedians. Weiner’s name, which also doubles as American schoolboy slang for the word penis, only made matters worse. In another twist in the scandal on Wednesday, a porn actress said he told her to lie about their exchanges. Democrats feared that Weiner had
Representative Anthony Weiner announced his resignation Thursday at a Brooklyn Senior Center where he launched his bid for New York City Council two decades ago. Weiner has been involved in an ongoing scandal over lewd photos of him shared over the Internet.
become a political liability to their efforts to win back the House from Republicans in next year’s elections. Weiner also had been seen as a strong contender for New York mayor in 2013. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Weiner’s fall “a lost opportunity” that was “tragic.” Obama ramped up pressure on Weiner to resign on June 14, telling NBC News: “He’s embarrassed his wife and his family. ... If it was me, I would resign.” Weiner’s abrupt political fall followed resignations from Congress earlier this year by two Republicans, Chris Lee of New York and John Ensign of Nevada, both of whom are married. Lee resigned from the House Feb. 9 after it was revealed he sent a shirtless and flirtatious photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist. Ensign resigned from the Senate over his extramarital affair with a former campaign aide. Weiner’s wife was in the early stages of pregnancy with the couple’s first child, The New York Times reported last week.
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