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Seven left homeless; fire department pegs damages at $800,000
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A fire started early Friday morning at 1419 De la Vina Street, reducing a building with five apartments to a pile of charred timbers and leaving the seven occupants homeless but unharmed. Liz Ortega said she’d been asleep in Apartment E when she heard yelling and crying outside.
She didn’t know what had happened until someone began banging on her door. “I opened the door and there was just smoke everywhere,” Ortega said. When Ortega ran back in to get her essential items, the flames had already begun to creep out from under the walls. Ortega managed to escape with her purse, camera and some photographs, but everything else burned in
the fire. “I’m just in such shock,” Ortega said. “I don’t even know how to take it, it’s just gone.” Santa Barbara Fire Department spokesman Hank Homburg said a call came in around 2:51 a.m. The fire started on a 20-by-80-foot building on the Flying A Boarding House property. The building, separate from the main house, had five apartments
inside. The occupants of the apartments had already left when the fire engines arrived. Homburg said smoke alarms alerted the sleeping residents to the fire and gave them time to escape without injury. “The smoke alarms really saved lives,” Homburg said. The building’s older wooden timber See FIRE, page 4
Bitter sweet Goodbye Grant House closes sewing machine shop, but spirit of customers lives on BY ELISE CLEMENTS
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A sewing machine might not seem life changing or capable of building a community. But that is what blossomed from the sewing machine given to Grant House by his Eagle Scout uncle, as a parting gift before House went to college. For House, the sewing machine marked a new beginning, even if he didn’t know it yet. House went on to create his own business – an undertaking that changed his life and touched others. Yet Sunday, after 37 years, House will close Grant House Sewing Machines. The Santa Barbara City Council member said the economy is partially to blame. He has also been too busy serving the community to care properly for his business. He will be dedicating his extra time now to a new atrisk youth program that he has been developing. In an interview with The Daily Sound, House explained that his business over the years was about much more than making money. It exposed him to Santa Barbara’s See HOUSE, page 2 DAILY SOUND / Victor Maccharoli
Grant House, 37-year owner of Grant House Sewing Machines, moved some sewing machines Friday in his Canon Perdido Street store preparing for its closure this weekend. House, a Santa Barbara City Councilman, said the tough economy is forcing him to shut his shop, which is the last of its kind on the South Coast.
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Grant House started repairing sewing machines in 1977. He hopes to continue servicing machines after he closes his store, after finding a location to perform repairs for area customers.
diverse community. And now, heâ€™s feeling the emotional costs of that loss. â€œItâ€™s been a real privilege to have the relationship Iâ€™ve had with my customers,â€? House said. â€œThereâ€™s no way to put words to that. We have two different economic classes in this town, and Iâ€™ve been witness to both of them.â€? Both his customers and employees have contributed to this education. He described going to factories and interacting with workers. An employee of his own inspired him to learn Spanish. His sewing machines range from $69 used models to $13,000 industrial machines. Some of his customers buy them on $10 layaway. Others are highly successful businesses, such as Goleta- based Deckers Outdoor. House, who sells and fixes machines and shows people how to use them, got his start when he was laid off from Styled Steer Leatherworks, a company that eventually become Deckers. He was the third sewer hired by the company started by two UCSB business graduates. It was his first sewing job and he crafted leather handbags. When he was let go after three years in 1977, parting words clued him to the next chapter of his life. â€œThey said to me, â€˜If thereâ€™s one thing you do well, itâ€™s fix our sewing machines,â€™â€? House said. He started working from his car, driving around town to fix industrial machines. He got so absorbed that he began traveling across the country to receive training from major sewing machine manufacturers. â€œThereâ€™s hundreds and hundreds of ways to make stitches,â€? House said. â€œI really studied hard over the years.â€? Just two years after being let go from his job, he moved from his car to his garage and finally opened a shop on East Haley Street. Soon he was supplying Deckers with all of their machines. His store, now at 128 East Canon Perdido St., was buzzing with loyal See SEWING, page 5 FROM PAGE 1
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Check those old undeveloped camera film rolls on the top shelf in a shoebox because you might have gotten lucky at the Santa Barbara Bowl some years ago. After all, Steve Miller Band came August 7, 2008, Nine Inch Nails May 21, 2009, and The Cure back in 1992. Did you have a real camera or a disposable camera with you? Remember, we were dinosaurs then and didn’t have the high-tech phones to wave above our heads in the air to photograph the band. Because if you are like me, once I used digital cameras exclusively I put a whole shoebox of undeveloped film canisters in the closet, and there they sit. They have been there for so long I don’t
want to see what I looked like when I had a real neck. But one amateur photographer, a D.C. native, Mike Mitchell, 18 years old, happened to find himself in unobstructed seating at the ELIZABETH Washington Coliseum on Feb. STEWART 11, 1964. That was two days after a certain almost unknown band played on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and the world
first experienced The Beatles and the British Invasion began. Now Mike shot The Beatles arriving at Union Station for that concert and also shot the press conference before the concert. He thought the band might go far, so he shot when they performed at Baltimore Civic Center on Sept. 13, 1964 on their first world tour. Then the unknown happened. The rolls got filed in the closet. For nearly 50 years. Today, the auction house Christie’s is collaborating with the Mitchell estate and will be mounting an auction of the photos. “The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of See STEWART, page 10
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Carp man booked for exposure
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials announced Friday the arrest of a Carpinteria man charged with indecent exposure towards an 18-year-old female caregiver he hired from Craigslist. Investigators announced Glenn Merrill, 61, instructed the woman – after she made him dinner at his Casitas Pass Road residence – to give him a sponge bath. Then Merrill told her MERRILL to masturbate him. The woman left the home and informed authorities the next day. Merrill was taken into County Jail on a felony charge of indecent exposure. Bail is set at $20,000. The Sheriff’s Department asks anyone who had a similar encounter with Merrill to contact detectives at (805) 681-4150 use the Sheriff’s Anonymous Tip Line, (805) 681-4171.
Goleta driver injured in crash
A Goleta man remains in critical condition after a Friday morning accident on Cathedral Oaks Road, the Sheriff’s Department announced in a news release. Taylor Gonzales, 20, lost control of his Dodge Dakota pickup and hit a tree around 5:55 a.m. on Cathedral Oaks Road, between Los Carneros and La Patera roads, according to the report. Gonzales was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and remains in critical, but stable condition. Alcohol is not currently considered a factor by investigators.
Ex-First Lady Betty Ford dead
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Betty Ford, the wife of the late President Gerald Ford, who overcame alcohol and prescription drug addictions and helped found a rehabilitation clinic that bears her name, died on Friday at the age of 93. Ford once was dubbed the “fighting first lady” by Time magazine because of her outspoken political views, which often differed from those of her husband’s Republican Party. She strongly supported women’s rights while her husband was president from 1974 to 1977, working the phones in a vain attempt to get states to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which sought to give women and men equality under law. Ford also was an early campaigner against breast cancer. She underwent a mastectomy in 1974, less than two months after her husband succeeded the disgraced Richard Nixon as president. Her frank discussions about her disease helped raise awareness about breast cancer and she eventually took the same approach toward her alcoholism, which she battled even as first lady.
FROM PAGE 1 construction made the fire spread faster than in a more modern building. Homburg said it didn’t take long for the heat from the flames to begin threatening the neighboring 19-unit apartment at 1429 De La Vina St., blowing out windows on the top floor and leaving a large v-shaped scorch on the side. Authorities evacuated about 43 people from the surrounding buildings. Firefighters went to work keeping the flames out of the 1429 building, and away from the original Flying A Boarding House, which shared a similar construction to the burned building. The 40 firefighters on the scene put the blaze down a little after 4 a.m. In addition to destroying the apartments and scorching the 1429 De La Vina building, several cars in the back of the house were burned. Fire investigators estimated that the damage to the surrounding buildings and cars totaled $800,000. The Red Cross provided the evacuees with clothing and shelter. Brandon McKeegan lives across the street from the building. He could see embers flying up from inside his apartment and went to the sidewalk to investigate. He said the flames started low, but grew two about stories high in 15 minutes. “It was a pretty gnarly and pretty big fire,” McKeegan said. “You could feel the heat all the way on this side of the street.” McKeegan, a 22-year resident, said he knew at least one couple from the building had lived there for at least 15 years. “But I feel bad for everyone in there,” McKeegan said. Ortega had a much shorter stay. After moving from Bakersfield to Ventura, she came to Santa Barbara on June 18 to study photography at the Brooks Institute. “I’m finally moving to Santa Barbara and my house burns down,” Ortega said.
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An early morning fire Friday at 1419 De la Vina St. destroyed a five-unit complex.
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FROM PAGE 2 costumers eager for discounted goods in the days before closing. â€œEveryone that walks in here is a story in themselves ...â€? House said,â€? artists, creative beings.â€? Mary Ann Reed, 61, has been sewing since she was three and now makes wearable art costumes. Louise Salgado has been in business 30 years, making fiesta costumes. Jim Jones made his first quilt out of his wifeâ€™s clothing shortly after she died. â€œItâ€™s been huge for me to do,â€? Jones said. â€œIt kept me off the streets and out of the bars.â€? Jones has made and given away about 50 quilts in the 8 years since, including one for a man whose wife was killed in a car wreck, and another for a woman out of her wedding dress. Interactions with customers like these, and with his employees, have enriched Houseâ€™s life. With one employee, Jose Fajardo, House made a deal to learn Spanish if Fajardo would learn English. Both made true on their bargain. Fajardo went on to get his citizenship and now has a business in Bakersfield servicing sewing machines. â€œIâ€™ve gained a lot of friends I would not have,â€? House said of learning Spanish. It has also helped him talk directly with constituents when he does interviews on KPMR Univision, a local Spanish TV station, he said. Being a business owner led House into politics. He said older members of the Greater Eastside Merchants Association engendered an interest in community involvement, tuning him in to the problems of troubled youths. The association created the Eastside Study Group in 1993. â€œThatâ€™s how I got involved in the community stuff,â€? House said. He went on to serve as planning commissioner for eight years and is currently serving a second term on the City Council. The silver lining to the end of his business is that it will free him to pursue his next project, OneSpiritDancing. A pilot
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House (right) helps a customer Friday in his shop as shoppers look for deals.
project of the program is currently underway at Artisan Court working with emancipated foster youths and foster kids in 5th and 6th grades. Itâ€™s â€œgetting people into their bodiesâ€? during these troubling transitional phases, he said. He is also looking for a space where he and another employee who fixes machines can continue that part of the business. He showed a list of about 30 customers needing his repairs including the Bacara, Chumash Casino and Santa Barbara City College Adult Education. If he can find enough space, Grant said he would love to continue sewing lessons. Still, the areaâ€™s community of avid sewers and quilters will feel the loss. Houseâ€™s shop is the third quilting store to close recently, said Irelle Beatie, president of the Coastal Quilters Guild. There will be no sewing stores left in Santa Barbara, she said, and crafting stores do not carry products of the same quality. â€œI felt somewhat devastated,â€? Reed said, after learning the store was closing. Reed doesnâ€™t know where she can drive to get the supplies she needs and the Internet wonâ€™t cut it, she said.
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â€œIâ€™m a touchy-feely person,â€? Reed said. â€œA lot of sewers are.â€? His shop also doubles as a gallery. Many people said the store provided a social atmosphere where artists and crafters could mingle with their kind and glean inspiration from each other. Grant got teary-eyed showing a picture of a devoted customer whose funeral he will attend next week, and beamed at another of a girl sewing her first hem. Interacting with his customers has been a privilege, he said. â€œRecently weâ€™ve been seeing companies get small, real small, and other companies leaving,â€? Grant said. Outsourcing has also been an issue with successful companies, he said. Deckers moved their manufacturing to China. House tried desperately to find someone to take over his business. He thought he had someone, but it fell through a few weeks ago. He is still not quite able to relinquish that hope. â€œIâ€™m looking for a mentee, someone I can share this with,â€? Grant said. â€œI just love this business,â€? he said over the familiar tap of machines. â€œThis business has been heaven.â€?
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