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Changes abound on the Montecito retail scene where numerous projects are currently under way, the most significant being James Rosenfield’s Montecito Country Mart on Coast Village Road. By Judy Foreman.


GLITZ: Belle Hahn-Cohen is Puttin’ on the Glitz at the Spirit of the Ocean Fountain celebration at the Santa Barbara Courthouse.



NURSERY: Montecito’s Turk Hessellund is here for at least another two years, despite media reports to the contrary; Eucalyptus trees along East Valley Road will be trimmed.

SMITH: Happy Hour is over, according to Craig Smith, who says government workers aren’t to blame for California’s economic crisis.

CALTRANS: Controversy continue as the Montecito Association and CalTrans collied over a proposed carpool lane on Highway 101.

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OUT TO SEA: Live Culture on the Road is taking its act to the high seas in August and if you’re at Butterfly Beach in Montecito, you just might hear them play.

ROBERTS: Montecito resident Don Sipple, a top political strategist, explains how the Republican Party has lost its way.

DOG’S WORLD: New wheat and cornfree Puppy Dust helps transform Fido’s food into a delicious, mouth-watering treat.


ROYALTY: Prince William scores four goals sparking rumors — that were quickly squashed — of a fixed match.

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July 19, 1799 Rosetta Stone found: On this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been "dead" for nearly 2,000 years.

July 20, 1969 Armstrong walks on moon: At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

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It’s hard to believe this is already our sixth edition. In just six weeks we’ve managed to delve into numerous complex local issues, controversies and events and we have even more great stories in the pages ahead. From the Miramar to the Music Academy, we continue to shine a light on our community’s flaws JERAMY and gems. Our watchlist has proven to be highly successful and we will continue to add to it. If you know of something that needs attention, e-mail A new feature we’re launching today, On the Docket, will give you advance notice of what all our local boards and commissions are up to and when and where they’re meeting. On the Docket is important because it allows residents to keep an eye on different groups that oversee and or govern Montecito. We will add policing and educational entities soon. It is important to understand how services are delivered here. Who funds them and what are the most pressing issues? The answers are illuminating, as last week’s cover story on the Montecito Fire District illustrated. Take just one issue and see how it winds a complex path through multiple organizations. The Miramar Hotel project, a perennial blight on the beach, has been before virtually all of our planning and approval agencies in one way or another, multiple times. Just

this past spring, Developer Rick Caruso won approval from the County Board of Supervisors to scale back his project, saving an estimated $25 million in construction costs. Apparently that was too little to win financing because there are no signs of construction activity at the site of the once famous hotel. GORDON has a special treat for you this week, the first ever aerial tour of Yellowstone National Park. We present this unique video for two reasons. First, it was produced by our friend and advertiser, Brent Sumner of Studio 8 in Santa Barbara. He obviously knows how to handle a camera and an edit room. Second, in this paper, there is an interesting narrative by a park ranger who works to keep the traffic moving and the visitors safe at Yellowstone. John Kerr became a seasonal ranger after a 40-plus year career in public television. He shares his anticipation of another summer at Yellowstone. John has a special way of writing about the world’s first national park. I hope you enjoy it. If you are considering a road trip, even into October, the Grand Teton – Yellowstone area is a fascinating and memorable tour. From Montecito, Yellowstone is a two-day drive on I-15 to Salt Lake City and then on to Jackson, Wyoming. The park’s south entrance is about 100 miles north of Jackson.

LETTERS DEAR EDITOR: My husband and I have lived in Montecito since 1999 and have continually been disappointed in the Montecito Journal. The Messenger is a welcome addition. I especially like your Voices and Business columns. In my opinion, the Journal is nothing more than an extreme right-wing vanity rag and a showcase for the editor to pontificate. The Journal does have some value, reporting the history of Montecito, but then again, that is hardly what one would call “news.” Thank you for brining some common sense to the readers in Montecito. Sharon DeRidge DEAR EDITOR: Montecito is going to be a much better and well-rounded community with you involved. We are a group of very

mixed neighborhoods. We have not had an unbiased voice here in a long time. Hopefully you can fulfill your mission statement. I think the home delivery is a great thing. One of SB's major papers has been delivering a weekly throw-away for years. A lot of us don't get out much, so thank you again for bringing local news to our mailboxes. If some people are complaining it is called free speech. Sour grapes are what it’s about. I’m on Romero Canyon Road and the neighborhood has been after the county for many years to finish the top coating they did not complete 5 or 6 years back. They filled all the cracks & top coated all neighboring streets but never came back to finish top coating R.C.R. (stripes all up & See LETTERS, page 18

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On Friday July 29, the much-anticipated recreation “Spirit of the Ocean Fountain” will be dedicated at the historic Santa Barbara Courthouse. The official unveiling will take place at 12:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The Santa Barbara Legacy Foundation has been planning and developing this project for "more than five years,” according to Tom Thomas, SBCLF President. He added, “the fountain is an iconic sandstone landmark and the largest public arts project in Southern California. This piece serves as a majestic cornerstone to our city’s past and future.” The courthouse is a National Historic Landmark. The desire to preserve this rich architectural heritage has been a priority of the foundation that has to date cost $731,000. The money has been raised from public and major donors, including honorary chairs Greg and Jane Hind and Mr. and Mrs. Dick Wolf and Slippery Rock Ranch. The original monument, carved in 1928 by Ettore Cadorin of Venice, Italy has been decaying and collapsing from the inside out. After years of fix and patch, the decision was made to commission a remarkable reproduction fashioned from massive stone blanks supplied by Maedars “Oz” Ozolins and nearby Slippery Rock Ranch. The colossal sculpture evokes the mystery of the ocean, featuring a mythical sea man and woman, seaweed, and fish spurting water into a tranquil pool carved from more than 190 tons of sandstone boulders. Classic carver Nick Blantern and his team of four artisans spent almost seven months chiseling and shaping the aquatic-themed figures, all the while shrouded under tents in front of the courthouse that add to the secrecy of the final fountain. Blantern used a sophisticated light-scanning device that captured the smallest details of the original fountain while maintaining its historical integrity. He then used this 3-D digital image to have an exact foam replica created. It served as a model for the new work.

Robert Ooley is the chair of the recreated fountain’s dedication, as well as the private gala celebrating it. The party of the century, “Puttin’ on the Glitz” takes place on Saturday July 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Courthouse Sunken Garden. Mr. Ooley said. “It has been a fascinating process watching the figures in the fountain come to life.” Event coordinators Belle Hahn Cohen and husband Daniel Cohen of Belle Events (, some of the community's newest “young entrepreneurs,” are responsible for creating the mood at the 1920’s attire-themed celebration that will transform the Courthouse’s Sunken Garden into the gilded age of Santa Barbara glamour, as guests step through a shimmering archway and sip California vintages from a golden champagne fountain. The party of the century will include “vintage cars, zoot suits, flappers and jazz music by legendary vocalist Barbara Morrison.” Belle was born in New York City; her father, art dealer and local philanthropist Stephen Hahn, introduced her to Montecito and Santa Barbara during many summer visits while growing up. She is honored to have been chosen to be the event coordinator. She attended functions at The Music Academy and other black tie events with her dad and knows a great deal about the history of our city. “I feel like I was born at a cocktail party!” Belle said. Her event-planning experience runs the gamut and includes throwing simple

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Despite reports, Hessellund stays

Despite recent Montecito media reports, Coast Village Road nursery Turk Hessellund is open for business and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Owner Ray Sodomka told the Montecito Messenger this week that even though the owner of the land wants to redevelop the property, the nursery will likely remain for at least two years. “We are open for the foreseeable future,” Sodomka said. Sodomka has been the sole owner of the nursery, 1255 Coast Village Road, since 1985, but has been running the businesses since the late 1960s. Plans call for a mixed-use development that combines town homes, retail and office space and a restaurant on the land. Since Coast Village Road is technically in the city of Santa Barbara, the project must ultimately be approved by the city. And as anyone familiar with development projects knows, approval is not a swift process. “We are here tentatively, like anything in life,” Sodomka said. The recent “sensationalistic,” media reports made it seem like his nursery was about to close. Many of his employees and customers were asking questions. He said the implication “left a bad taste” in people’s mouths. “We plan on being here,” said Sodomka, who’s in his 70s. “None of us has a guarantee on life at all.” Sodomka said whatever happens, whenever it happens, he plans to stick around. “I am a very dedicated Plantsman,” he said. “I am not going to just disappear.”

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“They took a very stern position,” reported meeting chair Robertson Short, who presided for association president Dick Nordlund, who was unable to attend. “They want to tear down bridges, close the left lane exit and keep the HOV lane. We need a better solution than that,” Short said. This means that the Hermosillo off ramp on the 101 could become a primary exit for traffic going to the Cabrillo Boulevard, beach and zoo area. CalTrans’ position is sure to be challenged as the process moves forward. The Association is attempting to get its proposal, which would keep the left lane exit to the beach open, included in the Environmental Impact Review for the project. In other association news, Cindy Feinberg was elected to complete the term of Darlene Bierig, who resigned to join the board of the Montecito Water District.

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Sorry, but Happy Hour is over S OMETIMES my neighbors and fellow citizens remind me of my Irish/Scotch uncle. You know, the one who likes to drink but doesn't like to pay. Most of us want the benefits that government has to offer, but we seldom want to pay extra for them and we certainly don't want our taxes raised. CRAIG I can think of any number of examples of this phenomenon lately. We want the police to be tough on crime, but we won't vote for a modest tax hike to pay for a new jail. We want the federal government to cut spending but don't dare think of taking our Medicare away. Last weekend I was reminded of another example when I was perusing through the local news postings on Edhat, the quirky website that links to news stories and lets readers ask for referrals and post gripes. I noticed that one visitor to the site had posted the following: "I'm really upset right now because the county of Santa Barbara is proposing a beach parking fee hike from $3 to $8 in six of our county's beaches, including Hendry's." While I'm sympathetic (after all, I like my free beach parking as much as the next guy) I say, get over it. The County is well justified in charging people to park their cars while visiting the beach. In most coastal communities up and down the state, free parking at the beach has gone the way of the five-cent cigar.

In other words, don't expect to find it. The City of Santa Barbara has long charged to park at its lots that are adjacent to its beaches. Why should County beach parking lots be any different? More than 70 Edhat readers had chimed in to comment on the pay-to-park post and most of them shared the anguish and SMITH outrage of the original poster. Many of them suggested slashing the salaries and pensions of county employees in order to keep beach parking free. Like many things in life though, it's not that simple. Yes, it's true, state and local governments are strapped for cash, but it's not because they are paying public employees exorbitant salaries and pensions but rather because property tax revenues are down. Don't believe me? Then consider this. What do you think pays more property taxes, a run down but still-open-for-business Miramar, or the one that is shuttered and boarded up while the owner seeks approvals and financing? And what about Fess Parker's Waterfront Hotel? In case you're not familiar with it, it's that big hole in the ground next to Chase Palm Park and across the street from the beach. Unimproved property with no income stream doesn't produce much in the way of property tax revenue. With lenders not making loans, developers can't complete their hotel projects and open the doors for paying guests in order to start producing income.

And then there's Proposition 13, the 1978 voter initiative that rolled back property taxes and pretty much held them to pre-1978 levels. Now, the only time property gets reassessed is when it changes hands or new construction occurs on it. And because home prices around here have stopped appreciating in the last few years, state and local governments have been denied even the piddly increases in property tax that they were allowed to impose under Prop 13. Of course Prop 13 has long been considered to be the "third rail" of California politics. Any politician who dares to try and touch it will get burned, so don't expect any meaningful reform in that department. Until the economy improves we should expect to start having to pay for some of the government services we were used to getting for free. But don't blame government workers. They weren't the ones who were loaning money to every Tom, Dick and Harry without regard to their ability to repay it, which led to the mortgage crisis, nor are they the ones who are hoarding that bailout money and refusing to loan it out to people who can pay it back. Sorry folks. Happy hour is over. And yes, I'll be sure to tell my uncle.

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first thought of moving to ON SIPPLE, who spent Montecito in 1995, during a politimore than three decades cal retreat at the Coral Casino with electing Republicans to the then-Governor Wilson. highest offices in the land, says the “I looked out at the ocean and GOP in California has lost its way. up at the hills,” Sipple recalls, sugA 60-year old Montecito resigesting he may not have been paydent, Sipple is a top-rank political ing the most rapt attention to the strategist and corporate communigovernor’s policy musings. “Wow, cations consultant whose clients this is nice.” have included President George W. Like other locals, he’s a star in Bush, Governors Pete Wilson and JERRY ROBERTS his own industry who appreciates Arnold Schwarzenegger and nearly his anonymity amid the low-key enough U.S. Senators to form a style of Montecito, where home does double quorum. duty as world headquarters for Sipple: These days, however, he sees his party Strategic Communications, Inc. steadily declining in both strength and num“This is one of the few places in bers in California, a trend he traces to the California that’s still a real community,” he purging of moderates by social conservasays. “It’s a great place to live – but you tives and anti-tax absolutists from the wouldn’t want to work here.” Republican right-wing. Sipple grew up in Palos Verdes, attended “Progressive Republicans – remember the University of Utah (“I skied my way them?” he said over coffee at Starbucks. through college”) then worked for former “They don’t exist anymore.” Sacramento legislators William Bagley and For the past 15 years, Sipple and his famthe late Robert Beverly, two longtime cenily have lived in a place they bought from trist Republican lawmakers. Defining his Rob Lowe in Romero Canyon, where he own politics as “Western libertarian,” he hikes 3 ½ miles every morning, sometimes next signed on with Missouri Governor Kit plopping down on a rock to make a few Bond, whom voters later elected to the notes and “do some of my best work.” A Senate, with Sipple creating the campaign’s lean and lanky ex-collegiate ski bum, he

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Construction booms in Montecitoʼs Upper and Lower Villages where the face of retail is getting a long-overdue make over. Photos by Victor Maccharoli

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HANGE IS not the first word that comes to mind when one thinks about the physical structures housing retail stores in Montecito. The main shopping areas — Coast Village Road, the two little malls near Vons and the Upper Village — have looked pretty much the same for two decades. Retailers may come and go, but they fit into spaces that generally do not change in size or shape. The merchandise may evolve, but the box has stayed pretty much the same. Fast forward to fall 2011/winter 2012 and retail in Montecito will likely look very different in two locations. Landlords James Rosenfield and Michael Gunner are busy with major construction and renovation projects and each, though different in location and scope, shares a common vision. In a nutshell, the vision is a more charming, interconnected, and synergistic set of choices for shoppers. Rosenfield is a nostalgic person. He is the new owner of the master leases for the Montecito Country Mart, which with the exclusion of Vons Market and Pharmacy, currently houses some of Montecito’s oldest retail establishments at the corner of Coast Village Road and

the Hot Springs roundabout. It is perhaps better known as the Vons mall or where Montecito Barbers and Little Alex’s can be found. The entire shopping center is in need of a muchneeded restoration and is getting it. With an excellent track record of putting together what he calls a “synergistic collection of shops,” Rosenfield renovated and restored the famous Brentwood Country Mart, which was originally built in 1948. He also guided the preservation of the historical Aero Theater in Santa Monica on Montana Avenue. As a youngster, Rosenfield spent many years vacationing in Montecito. He is familiar with the look and feel of our town and loves it here. When the Connor family, which built the Vons center 1964 and still owns it, no longer wanted to run day-to-day operations, Mr. Rosenfield stepped in. He felt he could lovingly restore the area to it’s former charm, making it a community resource with a reenergized retail appeal. He dislikes the word ‘developer,‘ preferring to think of himself as a preservationist. “I like to take something that is good and make it better,” he says. He appreciates the nostalgia of small service businesses that people want and need in their daily life. Post office, barber shops, eyewear, candy shops, toy stores, chilSee RETAIL, next page

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The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mystery corner,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; once a Shell gas station that has been an eyesore for years, will finally become a well-landscaped parking facility. Vines are being planted to soften the chain link fences and a new roof is now in place. The current lineup of tenants is familiar to most â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Little Alexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican Grill with its affordable and traditional Mexican fare of salads, burritos and famous chicken soup; Matt Sanchezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Montecito Barbers; Panino for a sandwich and salad. Everyone has their favorite sandwich on bread of choice baked fresh daily or vegetarian salads. Montecito Natural Health carries all the latest in holistic remedies and supplements, and perishable and non-perishable dry goods. River Blue Salon is a full service hair and nail salon, and One Hour Martinizing, a dry cleaners complete with alteration service. Some of the newcomers are already tenants in the Rosenfield Brentwood Mart, such as Melissa Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Toy Crazy, which focuses its inventory on expanding a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imagination through games, puzzles, creative play, arts and


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Patrice Serrani’s career has gone to the dogs and she couldn’t be happier. She is the creator and owner of a new product called Puppy Dust and tails are wagging. Serrani, a mother of two, is a New York transplant who moved to California 20 years ago. She would be described in some circles as a ‘tall glass of water’ —attrac- MARILYN tive, leggy, great hair and clothes — if she weren’t so incredibly nice, it would be easy for me to hate her. But she’s terrific: smart, and right on target with her latest venture. Her creativity and entrepreneurial skills led to careers as disparate as an editor of GQ magazine in New York and presently a mortgage broker here in Montecito. But even these weren’t enough for this energetic and enterprising woman: Along with her husband Dale, she created Brand X, a company designed to incorporate all her additional projects from jewelry design to clothing production. Makes me tired just to think of it. Did I mention that she’s an avid gardener as well? Patrice credits her industriousness with a mind that is always thinking of “why hasn’t someone invented that or created this?” Her new product is the result of dealing with doggie dining issues. Proving the maxim that necessity is the mother of invention, Puppy Dust emerged as the solution to a finicky canine who would not eat dog food. Patrice toyed with the idea of seasoning the food and began sprinkling crumbs from the treat jar atop the kibble. Soon she was baking her own topping and the pups were polishing off their plates. The treats are wheat and corn free and are made with all natural human quality ingredients. They are hand baked and then crushed to a “dusty perfection”. Dogs love it. And people who own dogs love it. Puppy Dust is being carried in pet boutiques and specialty stores in Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Fort Lauderdale and word is spreading. Just last week, Serrani was

approached by representatives of Cesar Millan, the renowned Dog Whisperer. Obviously someone whispered in HIS ear. I had a cat growing up so I never really understood Dog People and their ‘man’s best friend’ mentality. These people were as different a breed as their canine counterparts. All that GILLARD changed six years ago when my kids and I picked up a local paper with Henry’s picture in the DAWG classifieds. (Only his name wasn’t Henry then – it was Pierre and that was NOT going to work). My husband, who didn’t want a dog, was out of town, so the timing was perfect. We brought the puppy home and I’ve been unconditionally in love ever since. Turns out I’m not alone. This country’s pooch population is about 78 million and approximately one in every five households includes a canine or two. More and more pet emporiums are opening daily (as more and more bookstores are closing, but don’t get me started) and business is booming to the tune of $48 billion a year. That’s higher than the GNP of most countries. Patrice is thrilled at the response and loves the fact that it’s coming at this time in her life, the culmination of all the work she’s done in the past, from designing the logo to defining the brand. Puppy Dust has truly captured her heart as evidenced in the slogan “sprinkling a little dust of love.” She is passionate about the product and credits some of her confidence to her age and experience. “Had I had this much confidence when I was 25 years old, I would’ve conquered the world,” she said. Then she smiled, “But hey, it’s not too late.” I sprinkle a little Puppy Dust on his chow, Henry cleans his plate and I think, “Where was this when I was trying to get my kids to eat broccoli?” Do you have a Next Chapter to share? Or know someone who does? Contact and tell us a story.

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Yellowstoneʼs Grand Canyon, left, was formed 600,000 years ago by volcanic activity. Fire is an annual occurrence at Yellowstone. This blaze, above, last October occurred near Mt. Washburn.


EDITOR’S NOTE: After a career spanning 42 years at WGBH Boston, the nation’s leading public television station, John Kerr retired and began a new career as a ranger at Yellowstone National Park. Here he recounts the beginning of this season, which is already noted for heavy snowpack, flooding rivers, and a fatal bear attack.


After a heavy winter of over seven hundred inches of snow in Jackson Hole, I loaded my truck for my seventh season in Yellowstone: uniform, flat hat, boots, snowshoes, heavy clothes, food and other basics. Once underway, I drove north through Idaho's snow-covered, rolling potato country to West Yellowstone. As I rolled through the west entrance station of America’s first national park, I could see the snow-covered peaks of the interior. Once again, I was back in a place unlike any other on earth. I drove slowly along the wide Madison, one of the best fishing rivers in the world. No fishermen today. Trumpeter Swans, Canada Geese, and Mergansers hugged the banks. The eagle's nest just inside the park was empty. I double-checked my speedometer. Rangers enforce the 45 mph limits closely here. Patches of open ground alternated with snow. Now elk and bison were grazing along the brown edges of the river, looking for any nourishment they could find. How do they survive winters of 40-below with so

much snow? At Madison Junction, 6,806 feet above sea level, I turned north and drove toward Mammoth Hot Springs. In a few weeks, visitors from around the world would be taking the same turn. But for now, the roads were empty. Sulfurous hot steam rose from open vents by the roadsides. There it was again: that familiar rottenKERR eggs smell. The ground between snow banks was covered with white ash and silica. Now, only a few miles from West Yellowstone, I was utterly alone, surrounded by wilderness. No cars. No street lights. No advertising signs. Only an occasional ranger to help you if needed, or to show you the way. All along the roads now, the skeletal spires of burned lodgepole pines poked skyward -- thousands of silent sentinels to the fires of 1988 which burned over a third of Yellowstone's 2.23 million acres. Now a mosaic of new growth has taken over. But in this dry, high place, the burned trees rot very slowly in piles of crisscrossed downfall, a perfect habitat for Yellowstone’s 150 grizzly bears, 96 wolves, and more. The narrow, two-lane roads here were laid out and designed for stagecoaches in 1872. There are few guardrails. Ash-colored silica soil belches steam along the edges of the volcanic caldera, the slumped mouth of the enormous volcano that blew everything to smithereens 600,000 years ago and that will probably do it again someday. The effect of all this is a giant slow-down for



each of us who come here. Now several solitary bull bison at the end of their fat stores after a heavy winter appear ahead of me, using the road instead of walking through the deep, heavy snow. I slow to a crawl. After driving through the snowy expanse of Swan Lake Flats south of Mammoth Hot Springs where a grizzly sow and her four cubs were seen frequently last year, I wind down between the enormous jumbled “hoodoo” towers of standing volcanic rock into Mammoth itself, now park headquarters and the former Fort Yellowstone established by the army in the early 1900’s to protect the park's wildlife from poachers. I turn northeast toward Lamar Valley. Suddenly, five elk are on the road. Then a fox. My scanner crackles. A visitor has reported seeing a bear at Floating Island Lake near the Tower Ranger Station. The ranger who responds reports that it's gone by the time he arrives. I cross “big bridge”, and pass the spot where my brother Philip called me years ago to tell me that our mother had died. I slow and say a silent thank-you to her for what she taught us about appreciating Nature. In Lamar, at Fisherman's Pullout, rangers have placed several "No Stopping" signs. There’s an animal carcass near the road which could bring in bears and wolves. As I

pass Pebble Creek, the roadside snow banks are higher. When I arrive in tiny Silver Gate, Montana, just outside the park’s northeast entrance, there is a slot in the high snow banks for my truck as I pull up to the tiny log cabin that will again be my home again this season. Rick McIntyre's yellow Nissan Xterra is parked in front of his cabin, two doors down. Rick is the leading groundspotter of wolves in the world. I unload my truck, begin to put things away. Start up the refrigerator. Shovel off the porch. I make the bed with fresh sheets, and fall asleep immediately. I get up at sunup, rummage around, make coffee, go out onto the porch. Thirty-seven degrees. The mountain across the valley is covered in snow. Soon it will be avalanching. The place is already starting to engage me. It always takes time, I know. We get accustomed to our urban conveniences. Here, no cell phone, no e-mail. I've already started to extend my view -- to look out further than I usually do, and to watch for any movement. I stop in at the Ranger Station to see Colette, a superbly capable career ranger here who has become my friend, mentor, and my boss. Several days from now I will be back in uniform again, working closely with her and with the other superb rangers in the Lamar River District to steward this place and to elevate visitor’s experiences in any way we can. Perhaps today the grizzlies will be out of their dens. Another season in Yellowstone has begun.

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SANTA SANT A BAR BARBARA BARA MIDDLE SCHOOL Thanks the members of our community who helped us secure our new home on the Riviera.

Paula & Thomas Ackerman Page Hiller & Arnold Adams Sherri & Ron Adler Daniel Adler Gina Giannetto & Steven Adrian A-Frame Surf Karin Aggeler Roberta & Jean-Pierre Ainciart Jody Allen Randolph & William Allen Lisa Clement & William Alton Steve Amerikaner Naomi Reece Anafi & Ron Anafi Rebecca & Ian Anderson Sean Anderson Kelly Rosenheim & Marco Andrade Anonymous (many) Sarah & Jeremy Anticouni Toms & Barrie Aquilino Marion Toms Debra Arch Jeff Arch Jim Armstrong Nancy & Henry Armstrong Debbie Arnesen Tracey Artiss Tracey Victor Atkins Azeez Family Foundation Amelia Badish Courtney & Jose Baer Alexandra Baker Dell Barden Allegra Bartlett Craig Bassin Pascale Beale Angela & David Beardon Marlene & Jay Beckerman Amy & Frederick Beckett Mary & Jesse Benenati Gloria Cavallero & Bruce Belfiore Jenna Berg Jennifer & Michael Bergquist Ellen & Perry Berk Linda & Steve Besserman Ellen & Gary Bialis Bici Centro Chrysanthi & Peter Bien Sinclair & Michael Bill Ginny & Tim Bliss Teddy Bliss Teddy Tory Bliss Tory Alison Allan & Chuck Blitz Lesley & Mark Bloomer Marty Blum Seth Blumberg Virginia & Mark Bobro Lisa Bogart Naomi & Ben Bollag Tracy & Michael Bollag Tracy Yumi & Daniel Bollag Yumi Pam Boswell Teresa & David Bothman Teresa Tom Boucher Patti & Tom Camilla, Alexa & Isa Bourbon Kyle Brace Ben Brady Crister Brady Jaya Brady Robin & Jim Brady Jennifer & Paul Brickman Carol & Gerald Bronstein Mary & Steve Brown Peg Browning Brownstein Hyatt Ilene Bruckner Patty Kelley & Jim Buckley Noelle & Don Burg Brian Burke Lisa & Scott Burns Susan Burns

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Our deepest gratitude to the 2002-2011 Board of Trustees for their wisdom, perseverance and support of our ten-year search for a new home. Rebecca Anderson Ann Bennett Steve Besserman Anna Biskner Mark Bloomer David Bothman Tom Boucher Mary Brown

Peg Browning Tim Casey Steve Charles Laurie Collins Zoe Corwin Mimi deGruy Francois DeJohn Ken Donnelly

Pat Draghi Graham Farrar Dana Fritzler Craig Granet Joan Hecht Karen Heimberg Robin Himovitz Joanne Hollister

Aniko Huffard Michael Jaffe Meg Jette Bruce Klobucher Michelle Konoske Joy Leach Steve Leider Bruce Meares

Wendy Mokler Doug Newman Detlev Peikert Ted Rhodes Eric Sanborn Ken Saxon Ayesha Shaikh Meghan White-Skinner

Special Spe cial thanks thanks to Ernie & Pat Brooks Brooks for for their their inspiration inspiration and generosity. genero gene rosity. sity.

Guy Smith Sherry Villanueva Briana Villaseñor Dan Waldman Ron Werft David Wexler Craig Zimmerman photo © Russ McConnell



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pletely rebuilt since the fire that closed him down over a year ago. Much has been rumored that local favorites like Matt Barber Shop, Little Alex’s Mexican Grill, Natural Health and Xanadu are going to lose their leases and be pushed out. “Nothing could be farther than the truth,” Rosenfield said. “I am a sentimental guy and there is worth in preserving the neighborhood merchants as long as their services are still relevant.” FROM PAGE 11

Retail Changes Come to Upper Village The retail action in Montecito’s Upper Village is focused on a developer with a vision similar to Rosenfield’s. Michael Gunner who is overseeing what many locals refer to as ‘The Pharmacy Project’ has a vision of an experience that draws shoppers from one store to another along brick pathways that are being created as part of the hardscape. “We already have a restaurant, two antique stores, a real estate office, the pharmacy, and a flower/decorating store” said Gunner, “We will be seeking new tenants who compliment what we already have going.” Construction began in late May. Framing is nearly complete for phase 1. Building is being phased to lessen the project’s impact on activities in the area. Phase 2, the framing and build out of the final three stores will begin in a few weeks. Each of the seven new locations will be a cottage of 800 to 1,000 square feet, giving the entire project a cozy, intimate feel.


down the street) so happy to see the huge pothole finally fixed (it’s been there over 6 months) my neighbors are impressed. It gives us all hope out in the boonies. George Petersen FROM PAGE 5


parties, murder mystery-themed events, Madison Avenue runway shows, friends’ weddings, and baby showers in Manhattan. She then relocated permanently to the Santa Barbara area after her wedding here — an event she styled that was featured in both Santa Barbara Magazine and Elegant Bride Magazine. Belle was recruited for this particular event by her neighbor Sue Adams, president of the Pearl Chase Society, who observed some of the events Belle hosted at her historical Mission District home. The role proved to be the ideal for turning her talents for setting the stage at unforgettable events into a business. While she does not want to give away all her secrets, if you attend you can expect great music, a candle-lit, sitdown feast by Wine Leaf Catering and Chef Yosi; table 4 design and décor by Joni Papay, for Santa Barbara Style; dancing by Glory Lamb and Les Girls; and rentals sponsored in part by Classic Party Rentals. Joyce Dudley and Debbie Davison will oversee a lively auction that includes commemorative pieces from the original fountain. To bring the fountain, a treasured and historical landmark back to life, Belle and David conceptualized an event that would include a step back in time to invoke the spirit of an era in which the fountain was first created. “To me, a party is finding the spirit about something beautiful and joyous and the magic that can unfold in that experience,” said Belle, “that brings together my passion for art, music, fashion, food, parties, magic, family, friends, and beauty. ‘Puttin’ on the Glitz’ has taken me to the parts of myself that let my imagination thrive and experience the joy of being able to share that experience with my clients and guests. Belle Events is about telling your story beautifully!" Seating is limited: Please RSVP By Wednesday, July 20 or by calling 805-886-7092.



$8,650,000 goal. A recent gift of $50,000 from businessman and philanthropist Michael Towbes has provided momentum at a crucial time for the effort. The Towbes gift comes as the campaign is seeking to broaden its base beyond its current 35 donors. The clock is ticking for the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. The entire amount must be raised by Thanksgiving. Success means that the Land Trust will deed the land to the National Forest Service in perpetuity for public use. If the campaign falls short, the current owners could sell the 462 acres for development. Six house lots and a 20-acre day spa could be built, thus spoiling what Trails Foundation past president John Venable calls “Montecito’s back yard.” The Land Trust is asking Montecitans to get involved with major gifts and to consider the project for family foundations: 805-966-4520, Michael Feeney, executive director.



therapeutic body treatments. The southern region is famous for its food, and Hotel Crillon le Brave’s restaurant does not disappoint. Set in a rustic cellar with an open fireplace and terrace, the restaurant serves up flavorful regional cuisine such as gigot d’agneau (leg of lamb) and ragoût de gambas (shrimp stew) by Chef John Ellis. Local Rhône wines like Gigondas, Vacqueryras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape enhance the experience. To make a reservation, call +33 (0)4 90 65 61 61 or e-mail,


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pro Santiago Trotz. They beat an Audi team, 5-3 to win the trophy. All of our efforts to Yes, Carpinteria played giddy regal host elicit insider info as to whether the prince for the day to The Royal Couple, Catherine had been fed the ball to score easy goals or and William, at the Foundation Polo coddled in any way were dismissed. In any Challenge, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet case, he looked elegant on a horse and rode Club’s 100th anniversary charity fundraiser. nicely. By now, there is nary a detail that hasn’t Before an air-kissing, couture and high been exposed. heeled, thrilled-to-be-there, neck-craning But to add to the millions of words crowd estimated at 1,500, Santa Barbara already written, let’s recall last Saturday turned out in force to cheer the horseflesh, was a Santa Barbara summer's day worth the players (each of whom it was rumored remembering. Foggy then sunny, cooled by forked over $100,000—CBS reported ocean breezes and full of lazy promise. But $50,000—to play with the prince) and a in Carp, there was a dizzy frisson. Forget broadly smiling couple who made history in that we fought the American revolution to April when they wed. Over $5 million was rid ourselves of royals, Santa Barbara raised for the American Friends of the embraced the Duke and Duchess of Foundation of Prince William and Prince Cambridge with a lunch by TV glam chef Harry. A donation will also be made to the Giada De Laurentiis, a polo game in which Polo Training Center Santa Barbara. the Prince played and scored four goals and The Royal Couple descended from the sky more anxious anticipation, bowing and in a helicopter and walked the red carpet into scraping, wacky jumbo hats and Champagne lunch with Polo Ambassador Glen Holden than we've seen since our last visit to Ascot. and his wife. He wore white pants, a crisp Tiffany & Co. was the main title sponsor white shirt and a blazer. She had on a very and there was plenty of Tiffany blue in sight pretty Jenny Packham gray floral dress and as The Duchess Catherine presented her get this, no hat. When you have a millionhusband’s winning team with a handsome watt smile and gorgeous hair, you do not sterling silver trophy. She kissed her prince, need a hat. Rob Lowe, Molly Sims, Jennifer too. On each cheek. For the record, the Love Hewitt and a handful of other celebriprince played with beer heir Andy Busch, ties of modest amperage were in the crowd. local honcho Jeep Holden and Argentinian Governor Jerry Brown was on hand, too. Montecito Messenger

I counted 12 Rolls Royces, four Ferraris and 23 Porches in the parking lot. And that was at 10 a.m. There was almost as much security as there were people—police in riot helmets on horseback, camo-outfitted soldiers with dogs, sheriff’s officers, squad cars, motorcycle fuzz, beefy guys in black suits, men in the bushes. It was obvious that no shenanigans would be tolerated. In the most awkward moment of the afternoon, spectators on the far side of the field—obviously still on a sugar high from Giada’s cookies—eager to get up front and personal with The Couple at the trophy ceremony, broke through the barricades to get a closer peek. They were met by armed mounted police—quite a different equine experience than they had paid $400 for. Boos were heard. In Merry Olde England of the 16th century, this unruly mob would have probably been marched off to The Tower. VIP tickets gained entrance to an exclusive access to white tent set up for a private drinks reception with the players and a hosted bar, three course luncheon, tribute speech by William and grandstand seat for the polo match. Lunch in the Tiffany tent for 400 was $4,000 a person. The tables were all dressed up in Tiffany blue and white with gorgeous floral arrangements of white tulips and peonies in silver cups or crystal vases. Royal Salute bars were in every corner and the drinks flowed easily nonstop throughout the luncheon. Everyone got a goodie bag filled with stuff from Tiffany and Royal Salute Scotch whiskey. Here's the menu the vivacious Giada cooked up for the swells in the Tiffany tent: California chopped salad and Parmesan frico and marinated giant shrimp. Then came a sweet corn lasagna with blistered tomatoes and roasted asparagus. Dessert was Strawberry Meringue Trifle with tarragon-merlot truffle and toffee truffle. By all accounts, it was delicious. And a pal actually saw Giada grabbing desserts and graciously serving them herself to her table mates. Across the field, box lunches by Giada

and a seat in the grandstands were priced at $400 a pop. Our box lunch had a chicken and arugula pita pocket with fresh cut tomatoes, “perfectly crunchy” slaw, and oatmeal, cranberry and chocolate chunk cookie, and a lemon ricotta cookie. I guess a $400 pita pocket is as close as most of us will ever get to Giada cooking for them. Tout Montecito and Santa Barbara cheered the prince as did hundreds of people who drove up from the Valley or L.A. to witness the pololapooza. Many said they wanted “to be a part of history.” We were especially touched by the locals who walked to the club, some with welcome signs, just to peer at the entrance. One Summerland teenager gushed that she was there because she wanted to “marry Harry.” No one had the heart to tell her Harry was 5,437 miles away. It was, in the opinion of one Birnam Wood doyenne, “magical.” But at the end of the day, we were left to happily ponder the irony of why a people who just six days before celebrated the rejection of royalty just couldn't get enough of them. If you missed the pricey event, the polo club’s grounds and matches are open to nonmembers and visitors every Sunday during summer months. With a $10 admission fee, spectators can don their summer best and fill the sunny grandstands or picnic along the sidelines. PS: I visited the polo fields early Sunday morning after the event in the mist of a 6 a.m. sunrise. There was not a trace of the glittering, pulse-raising events the day before. The whole place had an eerie wistful quality. Where the future King of England played and he and his Duchess lunched and laughed, nothing. The evanescence of it all took your breath away. Where so much money was spent and so many stunning expectations fulfilled, nothing remained. No tents, no topiaries, no red carpet. All swept clean. It was like Cinderella after midnight, after the ball. And Carpinteria was back to normal.


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