Montecito Messenger 3/09/12

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March 9-15, 2012

Volume 2, Issue 11

ALSO INSIDE: • County reaches tentative deal with Miramar owner • Robert Gates wows at Westmont • Ann About Town • The Social Network


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ON THE DOCKET

Montecito Association: 4 p.m. every second Tuesday, Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road, Montecito

The Land Use Committee: Meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 4 PM in the Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road.

Montecito Planning Commission: 9 a.m. every fourth Wednesday, County Engineering Building, Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors: 2 p.m. every Tuesday, except the last Tuesday of each month, Fourth Floor Board Hearing Room, 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, On TV, Channel 20 or on the Web at http://www.countyofsb.org/ceo/media.aspx Santa Barbara City Council: 2 p.m. every Tuesday Santa Barbara City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, On TV, Channel 18 or on the Web at http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Government/Video/ Montecito Fire District: 8:30 a.m. every third Monday, 595 San Ysidro Rd, Montecito

Montecito Water District: 2 p.m. every third Tuesday, Districtʼs Office Board Room, 583 San Ysidro Road, Montecito Montecito Sanitary District: 1:15 p.m. bi-monthly, the second and last Monday of each month, 1042 Monte Cristo Lane, Montecito

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LETTERS: Readers chime in with their take on local news, politics and happenings. Send your letter to the editor of 250 words or less to letters@montecitomessenger.com

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STOKER: State Senate candidate Mike Stoker holds three press conferences on March 7 to announce his plans to run for a state Senate seat against Hannah-Beth Jackson.

COVER STORY

At a time when cuts have devastated public libraries, the Montecito Library on East Valley has emerged as a social hub for the community. It’s where families converges, groups meet, and lives are changed. The library stays open six days a week largely through donations and community support. Turn the page to read more about why Montecito’s Public Library matters more than ever. By Nick C. Tonkin.

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WESTMONT: Robert Gates hosts a Q & A panel with Westmont students.

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SOCIAL NETWORK: Cielito Restaurants opens; Garden Court Endowment holds ceremony.

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WEDDINGS: After years in Santa Barbara, Montecito Confections gets new home on Coast Village Road.

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ANN: The Blues Society for years has been bringing the party to town in the form of concerts and performers. Now the group is cultivating and educating a new crop of young fans.

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LETTERS Memaw’s take two?

DEAR EDITOR: I've lived in Montecito or Summerland since 1980, and have seen lots of stores come and go. The current flap over Read'N Post reminds me of how we felt a few years back when Memaw's closed its doors. Memaw’s had great gifts, the best greeting cards, and lots of tschotskes available for any budget. People often combined a trip to Memaws (it sat where Lily's is now, on CV Road) with a stop in Baskin-Robbins, which was next door. People felt terrible about losing Memaw's — spoke of having gone there when they were kids, and now their kids bought things there. But Memaw’s wasn't saved. It left, and unfortunately, soon after, Baskin-Robbins closed its doors — turns out B-R needed the overflow from Memaw’s to pay its bills. And guess what took its place as the community gathering place? Yep. Read N'Post! It has the same feeling of warmth & welcome we found at Memaw's. Now, there are those who find a similar atmosphere at Lucky's and Jeanine's, but not all of us can manage to mingle there. Read 'N Post offers the same kind of great cards, gifts, magazines and warm customer responses that Memaw's used to do. Where will we go now? There isn't a fall-back place where you can browse, perhaps dream a bit, and take your time, plus the wonderful post office whose hours are better than the other ones. I guess we'll have to meet at the roundabout...eh, Ms. Allison? Lee Neill Montecito

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DEAR EDITOR: Thank you to the Montecito Messenger for the excellent, enlightened coverage about the pending relocation of Read N Post. As an enthusiastic promoter of a petition to keep the store in its current location, and after collecting nearly 1,000 signatures to that end, I regrettably must report Read N Post has asked me to withdraw our petition. It seems they have accepted the inevitable— which is to relocate. I have also spoken to the mall owner, who is a Montecito resident, and he told me he has, as the Messenger reported, worked very hard to keep Read N Post in its current location. I believe he has been genuine in his

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efforts, as he knows our community enjoys the store. In the end, we have only this unhealthy economy to blame. However, this story does not have a completely melancholic conclusion. As a community we’ve been able to outpour our admiration for and to Read N Post; we’ve reminded our local landlord of our needs, and hopefully we’ve been reminded that, if we want local stores, we must buy instead of browse. Personally I was overwhelmed and extremely grateful for the community’s enthusiastic and energetic response. Your action certainly reinforces my affection for Montecito and its caring, concerned residents. J'Amy Brown Montecito

Hospice care

DEAR EDITOR: In Ann Peyrat’s lovely Montecito Messenger article about the Secret Garden (Feb 24-March 2), she indicated a common confusion in our community. Visitng Nurse and Hospice Care has the Loan Closet and lent the wheelchair to the company, but upon hearing the reason why, I contacted them and suggested they offer tickets to the I have A Friend Program at Hospice of Santa Barbara. My contact had said they would acknowledge us in the program but that didn't happen. There are two wonderful hospices in our community but only Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care provides medical support with doctors, nurses, home health and medical equipment. Kindly see if you can make a simple correction. Arlene Stepputat Santa Barbara

Money talks

DEAR EDITOR: The complaints regarding President Obama's re-election campaign spending are legitimate, but are also clearly partisan and hypocritical. How much did President George W. Bush spend on his 2004 re-election campaign? Do you think it was funded by individual donations or by INVESTMENTS by the energy and military lobbies? How much did that cost taxpayers in the long run? How much do you think Bush's invasion of Iraq cost? I've read estimates of $1 billion per/month. Who paid the bill? Was it Boeing, General Electric, or DuPont? Of course not.

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VILLAGE NEWS

Stoker wants Senate seat BY KYLE ROKES Montecito Messenger

From the steps of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden on March 7, former county supervisor Mike Stoker declared he’s running for the State Senate in the upcoming June primary race. “The road to change the status quo in Sacramento starts here in Santa Barbara,” he said. Standing in front of more than 50 supporters, Stoker also compared California’s debt-laden government to a sinking ship. He is running for the 19th District Senate seat, which includes Montecito and Santa Barbara. If elected, Stoker said he’d help “steer the S.S. California away from waters that will surely sink us.” Stoker said the problem to remedy isn’t with revenue, it’s with spending. Stoker, who claims “strong bipartisan support and to “be a leader, not a follower,” proposes downsizing, consolidation, and restructuring to tackle it. To do that, Stoker’s set his sights on the state’s employee pen-

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sion system — what he refers to as “the Holy Grail.” He’s vowed to balance the current and future budgets “on the back of the state government, not local cities, counties, and schools.” “I will not support a future budget that bleeds one dime from cities,counties, or schools,” he vowed. “It’s only right, it’s only fair,” he said if the state is to “turn the

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Business woman, former supermodel, and Montecito resident Kathy Ireland is being honored with this year’s Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Award at the International Women’s Festival, Friday March 9. Ireland transferred from a career in the modeling industry to head up her $1.5 billion design and marketing company, Kathy Ireland IRELAND Worldwide. The company works with items ranging from skin care products to real estate and serves in 50 countries. Gutsy Gals Inspire Me is a multimedia company dedicated to sharing stories about positive female role models, AKA “Gutsy Gals”. It presents its Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Award to women who embody the traits of a Gutsy Gal such as, “driving your destiny, ignoring barriers and setbacks, and forward thinking.” The International Women’s Festivals starts 5 p.m. March 9 at Fe Bland Forum in Santa Barbara City College. The festival runs through the 10th. For programs, tickets or more information go online to womensfestivals.org

Gates wows Westmont in Q&A BY NICK C. TONKIN Montecito Messenger

Former United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates traded answering questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee for answering questions from a panel of Westmont students about the difficulties facing American foreign policy. Students packed Westmont’s Murchison Gym Friday morning to hear Gates answer questions about Iran, Syria, the use of torture, and how to end partisan gridlock. In addition to serving as Secretary of Defense under two presidents from different political parties, Gates also spent 26 years working for the CIA and National Security Council before retiring as director of the CIA in 1993 under President George H.W. Bush. Students asked him about the best

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Ireland honored as Gutsy Gal BY NICK C. TONKIN

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approach to Iran. While he believed sanctions are the best option, how effective they’ll be is hard to tell and that’s what makes Iran one of the toughest issues facing America. “This is the most difficult foreign policy question our country has faced in decades,” Gates said. The most ideal outcome, Iranian leaders bowing to increased economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure, is also the least likely. He said the alternatives, attacking Iran or allowing Iran to get a nuclear weapon would be disastrous. Iran gaining a nuclear weapon could easily spur a Middle East arms race as countries felt either threatened or emboldened by Iran’s new military power. But Iran’s nuclear program couldn’t See WESTMONT, page 21

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Former United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates spoke with a panel of Westmont students about the difficulties facing American foreign policy.

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A deal for demolition

County, Caruso tentatively agree to tax exemption BY NICK C. TONKIN Montecito Messenger

Tear down these walls! After a decade of drama, it appears that the rotted, corroded, degenerated Miramar Hotel may finally come down. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday took a step toward working with developer Rick Caruso to demolish the Miramar, in exchange for a 10-year rebate on bed tax and an extension on his development permits. The board voted to extend Caruso’s permits for a year and to have staff work on an ordinance to grant transient occupancy tax, — better known as the bed tax — rebates for county hotel developments that meet certain guidelines. The motion passed 4-1. Supervisor Janet Wolf voted no. Staff will draw up the ordinance for adoption later in the year. Salud Carbajal, First District Supervisor, felt that the positives outweighed the negatives. He said given the drastic cuts the county has had to make, any move that could generate more revenue had to be considered. “Zero of zero is zero,” Carbajal said. “Zero can’t fund public safety, zero can’t fund social services and mental health services.” Selwyn Yosslowitz, co-founder of the Marmalade Café, said he’d seen Caruso revitalize blighted areas where

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‘With the kind of marketing that the Caruso corporation puts forward, the name Miramar will become synonymous with Santa Barbara.’

Selwyn Yosslowitz, co-founder or Marmalade Cafe

others had failed and believed if anyone could turn around the Miramar, it’d be Caruso. “With the kind of marketing that the Caruso corporation puts forward, the name Miramar will become synonymous with Santa Barbara,” Yosslowitz said.

But others felt they’d been hearing the same thing over and over and that an extension would give Caruso a window to dump the property off on someone else. Resident Robert Maxim said for all the time Caruso’s had the property, he put forward very little other See MIRAMAR, page 21

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At a time of budget cuts, Montecito Library surges as popular community hub BY NICK C. TONKIN Montecito Messenger

Keeping with the community’s treasured village feel, the single-story building that houses the Montecito Library at 1469 East Valley Road resembles a neighbor’s house rather than the little community center that it has become. About 6,000 people visit the library every month. The library loans more than 100,000 items each year. Users range from pre-school age children just getting started with picture books to retired seniors combing through the daily newspapers. “The library is something that is open to everyone and has something for everyone,” Senior Library Technician Jody Thomas said. But with public funding for libraries being scaled back in recent years, the library is finding itself in the position of having to raise its profile in order to maintain its services. The Montecito Library only functions as it does because of private funding. Antonia Robertson, a member of the Friends of the Montecito Library Board, estimates that only a third of its operations are paid for by public funds. If the library had to rely on public funding alone, it could only stay open two days out of the week. In recent weeks, Friends of the Montecito Library have been putting on a huge donor push so the library can stay up to date with books, materials, and equipment without having to cut back on service. Robertson said even in an affluent neighborhood like Montecito, access to computers and other material can vary from person to person. Maintaining a strong library is important for public education.

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“What could be more foundational to democracy?” Robertson said. Thomas said she hopes the library continues to be a provide a venue for residents to come and enjoy a little personal growth. “My goal for the library is that we continue to provide a place of connection for the community,” Thomas said. “A place where people of all ages can come to exchange ideas, learn things and connect with each other in a safe environment.” Inside the library there are several touches to give it a small town feel. The table holding computers has a jigsaw puzzle of the solar system, which visitors are invited to work on. A grandfather clock dedicated to George L. de Peyster, a former director and president of Friends of the Montecito Library sits near one of the fiction shelves.

Events like Monday’s Storytime have proven to be a popular event for families. Employee Pauline Nelson reads a few choice children’s books in the kids reading room and takes them through some song and rhymes. “It’s intended to be a way for kids to get some pre-reading skills as well as to learn to love books and reading,” Nelson said. “And we have a lot of fun.” It’s proved to be a hit with both kids and parents. Vanessa Rencher has been bringing her children, Simon and Clark, in to Storytime for almost 3 years. She said it serves as a great way to get her kids involved in reading, and Nelson really knows how to keep an audience. “It reminds you of the books that you read

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Since 1993 esteemed pastry chef Katie Teall has been doing business as Montecito Confections. Previously located in the Funk Zone across the street from Anne and Craig Addis’s Metropolis, gourmet deli and wine shop, Katie and her husband Paul have been busy preparing their new home in a space previously owned by another husband and wife team Wendy and Dave Jones of Whodiddly Cupcakes. When I dropped by on Tuesday, March 6, Paul was busy putting on the finishing touches of their new shop. “I am thrilled to be part of this community and to have a storefront on Coast Village Road to display my creations,” Katie said. “Much of my business has been making custom order cakes behind the scenes and now the full range of my products will be seen by many more customers.” She hails from Cheshire, England, where common treats include, flatbreads, savory pies, quiches, and chicken pot pies. These sweeter side menu items will be available as well as traditional baked goods.

Lunch will be offered, and feature, charcuterie plates with imported cheeses, small green salads to be washed down with handmade truffles, caramels and chocolates, which are beautifully displayed in cases as you enter. Leslie Quinn, a former pastry chef at iconic Spago in Los Angeles and Nissa Anderson, former chef at the Simpson House in downtown Santa Barbara, are also part of Katie’s new team. The space has been revamped, and the colors are Tiffany blue and beiges. The storefront has a quaint feeling and includes vintage cake plates for those dining inside or at the small mosaic tables out front. Coffee aficionados will be pleased to have Intelligentsia Coffee, espressos, and various favors of mocha drinks. Katie, nodding to her English past will also serve a variety of teas. Katie’s friend Mary Lou Sorrell of Sorrell Design in Montecito helped renovate the space to give it a very fresh and welcoming feel. Cases were filled with individual desserts and bars, muffins, scones and canSee MERCHANT, page 22

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This year始s Garden Court Endowment benefit held at the Canary Hotel drew the largest crowd ever, with more than150 in attendance. The event, which honored Michael Towbes, below with wife Anne, raised about $70,000. The event featured a down-home western theme and funds raised will directly benefit the Garden Court Endowment, which is dedicated to assisting frail, low income seniors to live independently as long as possible. Above, Mayor Helene Schneider with Garden Court Endowment Board Member Matt LaBrie.


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Cielto wows with grand opening

Cielito Restaurant & Taqueria hosted an opening celebration on Feb. 27 to showcase the new restaurant. Guests enjoyed an intimate evening, indulging in Cielito's new take on Mexican cuisine. Chef Ramon Velazquez served his signature "Antojitos" or "small bites" accompanied by an exclusive tequila tasting by Casa Dragones Tequila.

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ANN ABOUT TOWN

Proudly singing the Birthday Blues

Break out the birthday canTwo classes, MK Littman’s and dles—the Santa Barbara Blues Lisa Minotto’s, sat in nervous Society is turning 35 next month. anticipation on stage at one end of As the oldest blues society in the cafetorium, while the rest of the country, SBBS has been bringthe school buzzed with excitement ing the party to town in the form as they filed in and sat on the of concerts and performers all floor in front of a sprinkling of these years, and like a present to parents, community members and the community, is now cultivating guests. and educating a new crop of young “Listen up! Listen up!” alerted ANN PEYRAT fans, thanks to the support of a music instructor Valerie Johnson, matching gift from the Santa at one point, asking the kids to Barbara Bowl Educational Outreach proclose their mouths and quietly take their gram. seats. With its Blues for Youth program, SBBS Over the course of six weeks, one 45is reaching out to local elementary and junminute session a week for each classroom, ior high schools, helping the students to “Miss Val,” as she’s called, and her partner grow and appreciate the African-American Al B Blue, taught the close to 50 fifth blues tradition, rich with powerful meaning, graders about the blues, its history, and strong beats and guttural grooves. breathing techniques for singing. “This is the first time that we’ve done it Additionally, the students learned to play with elementary school students,” said instruments, such as the guitar, lap steel, Blues for Youth Coordinator, Rosemarie diddley bow (a traditional one-string instruKeller. “And we’re doing fifth grade ment used in the blues), washboard, because it fits in with their American histomakeshift drums out of a box and a wooden ry [curriculum] and the living theater, as cheese wheel, shakers, and the bones (fashyou’ll see,” she said at Cleveland School’s ioned out of wood, rather than two customassembly presentation on March 1. ary rib bones).

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“Val understands kids so well and they’re just enraptured by her,” whispered Keller’s friend Debbie Talmage, next to me in the audience. Indeed, she captured the attention of everyone in the room as she told of the blues being a way of expressing feelings and coping with life, especially a tough one, like that of a 19th Century slave. “One of the teachers here [Littman], really, really went all out and she got in touch with the Harriet Tubman Museum in New York, so they sent their brochure and were in communication [even Skyping online] with the students,” said Keller, who’s going to be sending the museum a copy of the video being filmed from the back of the room, of Littman’s class reciting a readers theater on how Tubman’s Underground Railroad series of safe houses and routes helped U.S. slaves escape to a life of freedom. Then, led by Miss Val’s “a one, two … a one, two three four!” both fifth-grade classes set about singing old blues and old gospel-style call and response songs, including a compilation of Run, Mary, Run (about escape), Way Over in Beulah Land

(finding freedom), and Wade in the Water (evading tracking hounds). Audience participation was a big hit in Little Red Rooster, a song that called out “crow,” to a responding “cock-a-doodledoo”; “and the dogs begin to bark,” to a comeback of “woof, woof, woof”; and “the hounds begin to howl,” the audience answering, “ahrooo!” Each class even wrote and performed their own 16-bar blues song. “It’s all on their own; they have total ownership of this, and that’s one of the nice things about it,” said Keller. The day before, Val and Al directed a similar show with two fifth-grade classes from Franklin School, at the culmination of their six-week course. Prior to that, Youth for Blues was at Santa Barbara Junior High’s Marjorie Luke Theatre, with Val and Al giving school period-long presentation’s to the eighth graders, introducing them to the history of the blues and getting them all to participate during the last 15 minutes of class with hands-on music and instruments on stage. For those adults brave enough to get up

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cial adviser or firm, there are many things to consider. You may be wondering how to differentiate one firm from the next— should you base your selection solely on past investment performance? As far as fees, should you go for the lowest cost provider or is there added value in hiring a more expensive provider? Is it important to work with someone who is local? And what about all those alphabet soup designations after advisers names—what do they all mean? Below are key criteria that you should consider as you research and evaluate professional advisers: Trust: Selecting an adviser with integrity is paramount. You will be entrusting this person with your most confidential information and relying on them to help secure your financial future. There must never be a question whether this person or the firm have your best interests in mind. Alignment: Working with an adviser and firm that do not represent any internal prod-

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Members of the SB Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will perform renditions spanning centuries of musical development. Robert Schumann advised musicians to treat Bach’s works with great respect. Beethoven and Goethe both revered Johann Sebastian Bach. His contemporaries often found him old-fashioned but Bach is now considered one of the greatest composers of all time.

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The UCSB Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at St. Anthony’s Seminary Chapel (2300 Garden St. The UCSB Chamber Choir and Michel Marc Gervais perform a virtuosic program of transcriptions for 8 - 16 voices, including movements from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Bach's French Suite Nr. 1, Schubert's Winterreise, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Rückert Lieder, and Ravel's Ma Mère l'Oye. The UCSB Women's Chorus, led by Helena von Rueden and Michael Vitalino, present a cappella sacred music of the 20th century, including music by Duruflé, Caplet, Keating and Miklós Kocsár. Tickets are $15 general admission, $7 student admission.

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The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony’s 2012 Spring Concert will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lobero Theatre on Sunday, March 11. Under the direction of music director Andy Radford, the Youth Symphony will perform Otto Nicolai’s Overture to Merry Wives of Windsor, Antonín Dvořák’s Czech Suite, Op. 39, as well as Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia, Op. 26. Flute soloist and concerto winner, Jessica Kozachuk, will perform Cécile Chaminade’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D Major. Kozachuk is a senior at San Marcos High School and a fourth-year member of the Youth Symphony.

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Trinity Episcopal Church will host a celebration of J.S. Bach at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. The concert features music for organ, piano and instruments by the Bach Family.

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Mandelring Quartet

SBMA presents the Mandelring Quartet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13th, in the Mary Craig Auditorium. They will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18, No. 4, Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44, No. 1. The Mandelring Quartet was named one of the top six string quartets in the world by the German FonoForum magazine. They have won several major international competitions with expressivity and homogeneity of sound and phrasing as their distinguishing characteristics. Tickets are $15 for SBMA members and $19 for non-members. Tickets are available at the Museum Visitor Services desks or by calling (805) 963- 4364 x400.

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prepared statement, Stoker passed the microphone to those who flanked him. Among them were State Senator Tony Strickland and Santa Barbara City Councilman Frank Hotchkiss. Stoker told the press later that his first project if elected will be to appoint a blue ribbon commission of CFOs and CEOs from all over the state to assess its budget. In particular, Stoker takes issue with the cost of staffing hundreds of separate commissions, almost 450 by his estimate, that pull stipends for almost 5,000 people. After the blue ribbon commission, Stoker told The Daily Sound he’d like to see regular audits of costly regulations related to publicworks and the environ-

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CARPINTERIA

By Appt. 3139 Serena Avenue. $1,595,000. 4BD/4BA. Island luxury 4bd/4ba, approx. 3200 sq.ft., pool/spa on tropical grounds on approx. half-acre by Padaro Lane. An amazing property. Robert Heckes 805.637.0047

GOLETA

By Appt. 290 Moreton Bay Lane #1. $309,000. 1BD/1BA. Cottage-style unit on the golf course close to the clubhouse. Light and airy with great views. Two golf course view patios. Gail Pearl 805.637.9595 & Michael Pearl 805.637.6888.

By Appt. 423 Venado Drive. $759,000. 3BD/3BA. Ranch-style 3bd/3ba home with extended master bedroom and kitchen area. Enjoy your south facing wood deck morning or evening. Gail Pearl 805.637.9595 & Michael Pearl 805.637.6888.

MONTECITO

By Appt. 733 Knapp Drive. $3,950,000. 5BD/4.5BA. Newly built Mediterranean-style Montectio estate w/ historic cottage on secluded lane. Ocean and island views. 733Knapp.com. Bob Lamborn 805.689.6800 & Pippa Davis 805.886.0174.

1 – 4. 1190 Garden Lane. $4,395,000. 4BD/4.5BA. Approx. 1.4 acres in Riven Rock with mountain views, features 4bd/4.5ba, pool, tennis court and gorgeous gardens. Joy Bean 805.895.1422.

1 – 3. 2170 Ortega Ranch Lane. $4,995,000. 4BD/3.5BA. Magnificent Montecito home on approx. 5 ocean view acres. Entertain, showcase an art collection and relax in style. Cristal Clarke 805.886.9378.

2 – 4. 626 Tabor Lane. $1,495,000. 4BD/4BA. Beautiful custom built Mediterranean home in MUS. Special finishes throughout, plus a detached studio. A must see. Catherine O'Neill 805.886.7760 & Tiffany Dore 805.689.1052. 11-1. 655 Coyote Road. $1,495,000. 3BD/2.5BA. Sergio Gonzalez, 805.283.7003. 2-4. 1183 Mesa Road. $1,850,000. 4BD/3BA. Sergio Gonzalez, 805.283.7003.

SANTA BARBARA

1 – 4. 910 Vista De Lejos. $980,000. 3BD/3.5BA. 3bd/3.5ba Mediterranean. Approx. 3,000 sq.ft. First floor master suite, mountain views, 3-Car Garage. Pool/Tennis, walk to beach. Linda "Brownie" Brown 805.680.8035.

1 – 3. 4745 Calle Las Brisas. $1,595,000. 4BD/4BA. Approx. 3200 sq. ft. Mediterranean with flowing floor-plan. Stone floors, 10 foot ceilings, gourmet kitchen, landscaping, and spa. Phil Shirinian 805.637.8722. 2 – 4. 280 Loma Media. $2,395,000. 4BD/4BA. Fantastic Upper Riviera Mediterranean-style. Views of the Pacific. Large cul-de-sac parcel, 4bd/4ba. John Luca 805.680.5572. 1 – 4. 3224 Calle Mariposa. $799,000. 3BD/2BA. Reduced, Retro chic with character. Move in Condition. Great

* Call agents to confirm date and time information price. San Roque. Big house on big lot. 3bd/2ba. Dining Room. Don Elconin 805.452.1221. 2 – 4. 16 Langlo Terrace. $849,000. 3BD/2BA. Coveted San Roque. Upstairs master with view deck on generous lot, remodeled kitchen, detached office/workshop. Dave Mires 805.705.8986.

1-3. 1720 Chapala Street 10. $340,000. 2BD/2BA. Tom Meilander, 805.708.0076. 2-4. 2229 De La Vina Street. $749,000. 3BD/2BA. Tomi Spaw, 805.698.7007.

By Appt. 1021 Laguna Street 2. $1,149,000. 3BD/3BA. Mimi Greenberg, 805.570.9585.

2-4. 1315 San Miguel Ave. $1,260,000. 5BD/4BA. Yolanda Van Wingerden, 805.570.4965. By Appt. 4682 Via Vistosa. $2,900,000. 4BD/6BA. Bunny DeLorie, 805.570.9181.

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CARPINTERIA

By Appt. 3139 Serena Avenue. $1,595,000. 4BD/4BA. Island luxury 4bd/4ba, approx. 3200 sq.ft., pool/spa on tropical grounds on approx. half-acre by Padaro Lane. An amazing property. Robert Heckes 805.637.0047.

GOLETA

1-3. 333 Old Mill Road 186. $275,000. 2BD/1.5BA. Todd McChesney, 805.291.7902.

1-3. 945 Ward Drive 174. $399,000. 3BD/2BA. Bunny DeLorie, 805.570.9181 1-4. 7738 Jenna. $719,000. 4BD/3BA. Cathy Moseley, 570-6006.

1-3. 930 Via Brocha. $699,000. Mark Schneidman, 452-2428.

By Appt. 290 Moreton Bay Lane #1. $309,000. 1BD/1BA. Cottage-style unit on the golf course close to the clubhouse. Light and airy with great views. Two golf course view patios. Gail Pearl 805.637.9595 & Michael Pearl 805.637.6888.

1 – 3. 5180 Kara Drive. $1,075,000. 3BD/2.5BA. Beautiful custom built 3bd/2.5ba home featuring cathedral ceilings, fireplace, formal dining, family room and large master suite. Ed Kaleugher 805.687.2157 & Stephanie Wilson 805.895.3270.

MONTECITO

2 – 4. 633 Para Grande Lane. $1,150,000. 2BD/1.5BA. Prime location, 2bd/1.5ba farmhouse on approx. 0.77 flat acre in $2mil+ neighborhood. Mountain views, rural setting. Sandy

Lipowski 805.403.3844. 2 – 4. 618 Orchard Avenue. $1,095,000. 3BD/3BA. Spacious, approx. 2300 sq.ft. Island-style home offers 3bd/3ba plus office in MUS. High ceilings, tropical garden & quiet street. Robert Heckes 805.637.0047. By Appt. 733 Knapp Drive. $3,950,000. 5BD/4.5BA. Newly built Mediterranean-style Montectio estate w/ historic cottage on secluded lane. Ocean and island views. 733Knapp.com. Bob Lamborn 805.689.6800 & Pippa Davis 805.886.0174.

2 – 4. 660 El Bosque. $3,995,000. 3BD/7BA. Hacienda-style architecture w/ classic presidio design. 5 en suite bedrooms each with patio. Separate 2level guest house & pool. Maureen McDermut 805.570.5545.

1 – 4. 490 Pimiento Lane. $2,186,000. 3BD/3BA. Single level, 3bd/3ba home located in central Upper Village Montecito with huge mountain views. Wilson Quarre 805.680.9747.

1 – 4. 544-B San Ysidro Road. $875,000. 1BD/1BA. 1bd/1ba with library/den located in the Upper Village. 2 private patios and garage. Mountain views. Greg Jacobson 805.302.0692. 1-4. 655 Coyote Road. $1,495,000. 3BD/2.5BA. Yolanda Van Wingerden, 805.570.4965.

2-5. 919 Park Lane. $7,650,000. 5BD/7BA. Nancy & Linos Kogevinas, 805.450.6233.

SANTA BARBARA

1-4. 1585 La Vista Del Oceano. $2,895,000. 5BD/3.5BA. Debbie Kort, 368-4479.

1-4. 1720 Chapala Street 10. $340,000. 2BD/2BA. Tom Meilander, 805.708.0076.

By Appt. 1517 Shoreline Drive. $1,795,000. 3BD/2BA. Bunny DeLorie, 805.570.9181. 1-4. 2325 Foothill Lane. $1,950,000. 4BD/3.5BA. David Goldstein, 805.448.0468. 1-4. 900 Las Alturas Road. $2,475,000. 3BD/2.5BA. The Santa Barbara Group, Joe Parker, 805.886.5735. 1-4. 163 La Jolla Drive. $2,685,000. 3BD/2BA. Kathy Winter, 805.451.4663.

1-4. 4115 Cresta Ave. $2,895,000. 5BD/6BA. The Santa Barbara Group, Garrett McCaw, 805.252.2335.

By Appt. 4682 Via Vistosa. $2,900,000. 4BD/6BA. Bunny DeLorie, 805.570.9181

2 – 4. 4140 Hidden Oaks Road. $1,799,000. 3BD/2.5BA. Master suite with private patios, vaulted ceilings, spectacular pool with 3-car attached garage. Close to beach and downtown.

guide Marilyn Rickard 805.452.8284. 1 – 4. 901 Aleeda Lane. $1,395,000. 3BD/3BA. Perched above the surrounding properties, this 3bd/3ba, one-level, extensively remodeled home is a great fit for many. Paula Goodwin 805.451.5699. 2 – 4. 4135 Lago Drive. $2,095,000. 3BD/2BA. Classic CA ranch by Cliff May on approx 1.3-acres. Stunning lake/mountain views. Semi-detached guest quarters w/kitchen & bath. Laura Collector 805.451.2306.

1 – 3. 3903 Laguna Blanca Drive. $2,995,000. 4BD/3.5BA. Custom Hope Ranch. Situated on approx. 1.3-acres, mountain and fairway views, 4bd/3.5ba, gourmet kitchen, cathedral ceilings. Melissa Birch 805.689.2674.

1 – 4. 910 Vista De Lejos. $980,000. 3BD/3.5BA. 3bd/3.5ba Mediterranean. Approx. 3,000 sq.ft. First floor master suite, mountain views, 3-Car Garage. Pool/Tennis, walk to beach. Linda Brown "Brownie" 805.680.8035. 1 – 3. 1661 Shoreline Drive. $3,295,000. 4BD/2BA. Warm and welldesigned oceanfront retreat including 4bd/2ba with spectacular views and expansive floor plan. Nick Svensson 805.895.2957. 1 – 3. 528 Arroyo Avenue. $799,000. 3BD/2BA. Centrally located Mesa 3bd/2ba home with accessory building. Blocks to beach and bluffs. Large back yard with fruit trees. Justin Corrado 805.451.9969.

1 – 4. 238 Santa Catalina Street. $849,000. 3BD/2BA. Mesa 3bd/2ba light, bright w/vaulted ceilings, sunroom, skylights, fireplace, tropical fenced-in yard. Washington School District. Daniela Johnson 805.453.4555.

By Appt. 4745 Calle Las Brisas. $1,595,000. 4BD/4BA. Approx. 3200 sq. ft. Mediterranean with flowing floor-plan. Stone floors, 10 foot ceilings, gourmet kitchen, landscaping, and spa. Melissa Birch 805.689.2674.

1 – 4. 1010 Garcia Road. $1,995,000. 3BD/3BA. 1920ʼs Mediterranean-style villa on the Riviera. Updated 3bd/3ba w/ flexible floor plan & entry level master. A Santa Barbara gem. Larry Martin 805.895.6872. 2 – 4. 217 La Vista Grande. $1,049,000. 2BD/2BA. Panoramic ocean views on a peaceful knoll. Single level, big view terrace, stylish interior, lots of parking. The Olivers 805.680.6524.

1 – 4. 3224 Calle Mariposa. $799,000. 3BD/2BA. Reduced, Retro chic with character. Move in Condition. Great price. San Roque. Big house on big lot. 3bd/2ba. Dining Room. Don Elconin 805.452.1221. 2 – 4. 16 Langlo Terrace. $849,000. 3BD/2BA. Coveted San Roque. Upstairs master with view deck on generous lot, remodeled kitchen, detached office/workshop. Dave Mires 805.705.8986.

1 – 3. 1829 Robbins Street. $720,000. 3BD/2.5BA. New construction custom cottage on the Westside of Santa Barbara, 9 foot ceilings. 3bd/2.5ba, 2car garage. Rich van Seenus 805.284.6330. 2-4. 22 Betty Drive. 2BD/1BA. Richard 805.452.3490.

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2-4. 21 Skyline Drive. $639,000. 3BD/1.5BA. Sue Irwin, 805.705.6973. 2-4. 324 Arden Road. $695,000. 3BD/2BA. Ken Switzer, 805.680.4622. 2-4. 3715 San Remo Drive. $729,000. 2BD/2.5BA. Kellie Roche & Randy Freed, 805.705.5334/805.895.1799. 2-4. 2229 De La Vina Street. $749,000. 3BD/2BA. Jan Dinmore, 805.455.1194. 1-4. 349 Palisades Drive. $859,000. 3BD/1BA. Scott Williams, 805.451.9300.

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Short sale or bank owned? Do you know the difference?

“Short Sale� vs. “Bank-Owned� Two terms every buyer should know You've probably heard the terms “short sale� or “bank-owned� before. For many there’s confusion regarding these terms. What do they mean? What are the differences? Which option might be best for you? One thing to note is that these terms fall under the definition of “distressed property�. Here's a breakdown of the terms to help answer these questions and more:

SHORT SALE: Occurs when a homeowner owes more than the property is worth. The home is listed for sale until an offer is received. The offer gets accepted by the seller, but is contingent on the bank or banks approving the deal. The bank, after reviewing the owner's reasons for requesting short sale approval, and the agreeing to do so, lets the owners sell at a lower price than what is owed. Not everyone qualifies for a short sale. A hardship must be demonstrated and documented. Disadvantage‌ Banks can be slow to respond to your offer. It may take several months, but it has gotten faster over the last year. Short sale properties can be in poor condition as sellers no

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longer have the money or motivation to perform routine maintenance. Advantage‌ The possibility of getting a property below market value is the major advantage of a short sale. Often times, banks would rather take a loss on their loan as opposed to foreclosing and taking ownership of the property.

BANK-OWNED OR REO (Real Estate Owned): The property went through the foreclosure process and is now owned by the bank. The bank then hires a Realtor to sell the home, usually pricing it very aggressively. The home is generally sold in "AS IS" condition, meaning any repairs are usually the buyers' responsibility. Disadvantage‌ Obviously, the major disadvantage of buying a bank-

owned property is the "AS IS" provision. Since the previous owners may have left against their will, bankowned homes are typically not in the best shape. Additionally, banks are very strict with the purchase contract and buyers must be willing to accept their terms. Advantages‌ Just like with a short sale, there is the possibility of getting a great deal. Because the property is already owned by the bank, their response to your offer is dramatically quicker than a short sale, usually within 72 hours. Currently the hottest market in Santa Barbara is bank-owned properties. They’re aggressively priced to sell quickly. We are seeing multiple offers and some homes are even selling above their asking price. The banks are looking for qualified buyers that can close the deal in a timely manner. To be competitive you must be ready to buy. You must be fully approved for your loan and ready to close. However, you know how the saying goes ‌ Cash is King!

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Real Estate Forum magazine recognized Hayes Commercial Group as one of Southern California’s top brokerage houses in its December 2011 issue. Hayes Commercial earned a spot as the only Santa Barbara-based firm among 15 honorees. “We are very proud to be named to this list, especially given that we work in the smallest commercial real estate market in Southern California,� said partner Stephen Hayes. The Real Estate Forum list featured the top 15 companies, ranked by total square footage of leases closed in the Southern California area, between July 1, 2010 and June 20, 2011. This area includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. “While we don’t focus on awards and benchmarks, it’s rewarding to be recognized for our efforts,� said partner Greg

Bartholomew. “The other brokerages on the list are much larger, big name firms.� Hayes Commercial Group closed 983,866 square feet, earning them the 14th spot in this list. Real Estate Forum listed Hayes Commercial Group on page 27. Hayes Commercial Group offers leasing, sales and investment services for all commercial property types. The firm’s partners work closely with their 11 brokers to create a team approach. These brokers average over 20 years of experience in the tri-county area.

MultiProbe purchases local headquarters

MultiProbe, a tech company based in Santa Barbara, purchased 18,673 square feet in two buildings that currently house its headquarters. Multiprobe previously leased 819 Reddick St and 425 N. Milpas St.

An unknown seller listed the buildings in an office/industrial sale for $3,950,000. The seller used Radius Group as its broker. Using the Small Business Administration (SBA) financing, MultiProbe bought these properties for its use. Francois DeJohn and Stephen Hayes of Hayes Commercial Group represented MultiProbe in the transaction. “This is a great example of how a company can leverage current lending conditions to become an owner-user,� said DeJohn. “SBA financing in combination with the current buyer’s marker can make commercial buildings very affordable.� Financing has been scarce for real estate investors since the collapse of the banking sector in 2008. Ownerusers play a much larger role in the sales of Santa Barbara commercial property. The availability of SBA loans See REAL ESTATE, page 22

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than permit extensions. “Enough is enough,” Maxim said. Designer and small hotel owner Rich Untermann said a $50 million development isn’t undertaken by anyone hurting for money. He believed a rebate is gratuitous for a developer in that weight class. “This is a rich man’s game,” Untermann said. “Rich men and companies don’t need to be subsidized.” Since closing its doors in 2000, the Miramar has stood idle, stuck in development limbo, being passed from one owner to another. Caruso bought the property in 2007 but failed to get financing in the wake of the 2008 economic meltdown. With a potential turnaround on the hori-

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be stopped with a simple bombing campaign. Even with a sustained attack, the U.S. might only set the regime back a few years. And a military commitment could prove sticky in the long run. “If we’ve learned one thing in history it’s that these things are a lot easier to get into than they are to get out of,” Gates said. Students followed that with asking how the seeming American aversion to getting

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zon, Caruso, who is also considering a run for Los Angeles Mayor, went before the board yesterday to make his case for the new deal. With the rebate, the permits, and the ability to pay off a $50 million debt on the property, Caruso said the hotel would be much more lucrative to potential investors and he would at the very least be able to tear down the current buildings. “It gives us a much better ability to go back out to the lending community,” Caruso said. Staff put forward a proposal for an ordinance that would grant new four and five star hotels a full 10-year rebate on bed taxes provided the project had its permits in order, finances set, and exceeded $50 million. Existing hotels that made renovations averaging $50,000 per room or an ancillary

involved in foreign wars could affect policy regarding Syria. Gates acknowledged it made military actions against Syria unlikely, but pointed out the U.S. hasn’t been good at predicting its military actions over the last few decades. “[Since Vietnam] our record in forecasting where we would use force again is perfect,” Gates said. “We have never once gotten it right.” Gates added that sometimes the decision on when to fight and when to stay away isn’t always up to the U.S. “As the military says, ‘The enemy always

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development above $1 million would be eligible for a 50 percent rebate. Though it would apply to hotels in any unincorporated area in the county, the staff used the Miramar as an example of the potential benefit to the county. The current Miramar property generates

has a vote,’” Gates said. “They’re going to make us fight where they want to fight, not where we want to fight.” Students also questioned him on whether America could deal with terrorism without sacrificing civil liberties. Gates said yes, but didn’t criticize the initial decision. He said people needed to understand the fear that gripped the country on Sept. 12th, 2001. “When you believe the existence of the nation is at risk you will do things that looking back you’ll say, ‘Did we have to do that?’” Gates said.

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$568,000 a year in property taxes and nothing else. Under the deal, a new hotel would generate $1.7 million in property taxes and $1.5 million in sales taxes. After ten years, the county would see another $2.2 million in bed taxes per year. “We think this is economic vitality and a wonderful public-private partnership,” County CEO Chandra Wallar said. Fifth district supervisor Steve Lavagnino said the county doesn’t pay anything until the hotel is up and running. “If it never gets built, we don’t lose any money,” Lavagnino said. Supervisor Wolf found herself the lone dissenter. She pointed out that at 10 percent, Santa Barbara County has a much lower bed tax rate than most cities. “I already think it’s a pretty good deal to have a hotel in the county,” Wolf said. In his morning speech Gates identified partisan gridlock as the biggest problem in Washington. When one student followed up on that and asked him how voters should solve that problem, he admitted he wished he knew the answer. But he said it would start with voters holding politicians who engage in partisan rhetoric and refuse to negotiate accountable. “[It’s] telling them to their face, ‘You will not get a vote and you will not get a dime until you take a different approach to solving these problems,’” Gates said.


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as a kid and all these others that are out there,” Rencher said. The event always causes a rush of checkouts afterwards. The Renchers are looking at taking the “Learning Clock” and “There’s a Bird on Your Head.” Nelson said that can make it a little chaotic after the reading. “But that’s exactly how we want it,” Nelson said. Ceciliea Ochoa also brings her son Mateo to Storytime agrees and adds that the library isn’t just for kids, it also provides a forum for people to meet on a regular basis. She’s met other parents, arranged play dates, and gotten to know others in the neighborhood. “It truly is building a community and it’s really such a wonderful resource,” Ochoa said. It’s a view that’s shared by retiree Bo Graeber spends his time reading through newspapers among the library’s periodical section. Graeber said the library hours are good, the staff is friendly, and he meets a lot of like-minded people. “It’s really one of the nicest places you can find and the nicest people work here,” Graeber said. Hazel Rhodes, another retiree, has been working at the library on a volunteer basis for a little over 10 years. Growing up in London, she went with her mother to the library every week. The small size of this library gives her a feeling of nostalgia and what she calls “personal medicine” after a lifetime working alongside large computers. “It’s a personal library,” Rhodes said. The library is keeping up with the times.

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The library includes a selection of audio books such as Michael Crichton’s “Pirate Latitudes” and DVDs running from “March of the Penguins” to season one of “Arrested Development.” But despite a lot of conventional wisdom that libraries could go paperless, Thomas said both the young and old still prefer to bury their nose in the real thing. “There’s a large percentage of the population that loves to have the actual book in their hand,” Thomas said. So books are still the main thing on offer however, with everything from Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” to Terry Pratchett’s “Unseen Academicals” lining the fiction section and “Merck Manual of Medical Information” to Julia Child’s “The Way to Cook” rounding out non-fiction. Thomas also points out that the Montecito Library has connections to several other branches and they can order any title that’s not stocked at their location. The library also hosts a number of community events such as an Italian conversation class, a New Yorker discussion group, a screenwriting class, a weekly story time for children, and other events. “We try to provide programs that give people the opportunity to see something from a different perspective or learn something that they didn’t know before,” Thomas said. The building also houses the Montecito Association. Executive director Victoria Greene said the Association has always been supportive of the library. “It’s a fabulous library and it’s a great resource for community members,” Greene said.

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