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Candidate Jerry Matteo wants to end the ‘tug-ofwar’ on the City Council
STORY PAGE 3 One in an ongoing series of profiles on the City Council candidates
VOLUME 6 ISSUE 206
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Sunrise: 7:09 a.m. Sunset: 6:16 p.m.
City Council candidate Jerry Matteo offers free hugs along State St. in front of Paseo Nuevo yesterday afternoon.
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Cunningham sizzles in Dons’ ‘Big Game’ win NEWS
BY DAN NELSON
DAILY SOUND CORRESPONDENT
Santa Barbara High School defeated cross-town rival San Marcos High School 35-21, in the 52nd annual Big Game Friday night. Cheroke Cunningham put on a show that would have made the late Gary Blades proud. Cunningham was honored as the Gary Blades Memorial award-winner. The award is given to the most outstanding player in the Big Game every year. “It feels good,” Cunningham said. “We started off kind of slow, but we picked it up and got the win. It feels really good right now, but we have to keep this up.” Cunningham played a tale of two halves. He was limited to 19 yards rushing with one of the Dons’ two touchdowns. He finished with 25 carries for 163 yards and four touchdowns. “‘Roke is just a special kid,” head coach Jaime Melgoza said. “He just works hard. He’s real quiet. He’s a kid that does his job and he talks to his line.”
“I saw the hole and I just hit it,” Cheroke Cunningham said.
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One of Cunningham’s four scores came on a career-high 61yard gallop with 7:09 left in the third quarter. “I saw the hole and I just hit it,” Cunningham said. His four touchdowns give him 16 on the year so far this season. “I didn’t expect to come in [and perform],” Cunningham said. “I’m a sophomore. I didn’t expect I would do that good, but I’ve worked hard, I’ve gotten better and my line did a lot of the work too. I got to give props to them.” Royals’ running back Marquis Glover overshadowed Cunningham in the first half. Glover had 108 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in the first half and made a legitimate bid for the Gary Blades MVP trophy. Glover finished the game with 126 yards total. Santa Barbara came out of the gates firing with two first quarter scores. One by Cunningham and a 55-yard interception return by Matthew Gonzales. San Marcos responded quickly in the second quarter with two touchdowns to send the Big Game into halftime in a 14-14 tie.
Photo by Victor Maccharoli Don running back Cheroke Cunningham goes around Royals defender Antonio Sotelo for the first score of the game.
“You know what, we came out with too much emotion in the first half,” Melgoza said. “They’re a good football team. [Andrew Thayer] is a phenomenal runner, [Marquis Glover] ran the ball good. All around, they did a good job in the first half. “Second half, we just ended up sticking to our game and ‘Roke came alive and he did a great job,” Melgoza added. San Marcos’ Andrew Thayer added another special teams touchdown to his collection with 10:56 left to go in the game. Thayer ran it back 98 yards to make the score 21-35 and give the Royals some life. The one-two punch of Cunningham and quarterback Shawn Ramos proved to be too much for San Marcos. Ramos threw for 145 yards total, which set the table for Cunningham. “We got a long ways to go,” Melgoza said. “It’s one win. We’re 1-0 in league. We’ve got a big contest next week against Ventura. We were rusty tonight and we have a lot of work.” The Dons (4-3) will try to make it four wins in a row against undefeated Ventura High School. The game will be at 7 p.m. on Friday in Ventura. San Marcos will rest during their bye week and take on Ventura the week after. That game will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 on Sut Puailoa Field.
Matteo: audit the budget NEWS
Candidate promotes getting the community involved to solve problems BY NICK C. TONKIN
DAILY SOUND CORRESPONDENT
Santa Barbara City Council candidate Jerry Matteo wants to remind people who’s at the top of the city government’s organization chart. “We, the people!” Matteo said. Matteo believes Santa Barbara’s biggest problem is community apathy. People complain one way or another about government, but don’t realize how much they can do by getting involved. He believes people can solve homeless, public safety, and environmental problems themselves. It just takes motivation. “What we do in the community and what we don’t do in the community affects everybody in the community,” Matteo said. The current council, he said, isn’t doing much to inspire the public. Matteo said the council has become too partisan and that has put Santa Barbarans on edge. He describes current council political struggles as a “tug-o-war,” with Santa Barbara being the rope. “When you do that, you have the city under tension the whole time,” Matteo said. “Because everyone’s thinking, ‘oh my God, what’s going to happen when we lose one person on either end.’” Matteo describes himself as a “Constitutionalist” and small government advocate, but not for the sake of government being small, but to let private organizations, non-profits, and individuals the opportunity to implement their own solutions. When it gets down to the nitty-gritty on policy, Matteo said his top priority is an independent audit of the city’s budget. Matteo said the city has a lot of money but much of it is being misallocated. As an example, he shows a list of city employees that make over $100,000. Matteo respects the work that city employees do, but said their salaries should be capped at $100,000. He said with 99 employees making above $100,000 an across the board salary cut like that would save the city $2.5 million. “[$100,000] isn’t slouch pay, it’s a decent wage to make no matter how high a position you have,” Matteo said. “Anything above that is glut.” His involvement philosophy encompasses many of the hot button city issues. He points to a recent forum where he challenged the audience to spend a week on the streets alone as a way for people to find solutions to homeless issues in the city. “It’s not a hard thing, just put yourself in that position,” Matteo said. Matteo believes youth programs need to give troubled kids a
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sense of family and community. His own suggestions involve an “adopt-a-senior” program that would help bridge social gaps between the young and the elderly. He believes that would give at-risk youth a link to the future. “That’s a connection that we’re really missing,” Matteo said. He also believes the city needs programs that get whole families involved. He said it’s hard to make changes in youths from troubled homes if they have to go back to the same problems every night. “You have to make the support generational,” Matteo said. When it comes to gangs, he supports the injunctions though says they’re a far cry from the best solution. They’d need to be vetted for constitutionality, and they should only apply to the worst offenders. “This may not be the best way to go about it,” Matteo said. “But it was a measure that was felt had to be taken.” A professed fan of Mahatma Gandhi quotes, Matteo spent three-and-a-half months in India where he picked up his philosophy regarding empowering communities. “I learned there what happens when you don’t have conscious community development,” Matteo said. A Connecticut native who decided to move out to California after visiting family on the West Coast, Matteo has called Santa Barbara home for 20 years. He’s works a variety of jobs including a masseur, handyman, and an elderly companion. But he may be best known to the public for putting on the “Free Hugs Campaign” every Sunday at the State Street entrance to Paseo Nuevo. Working at it since 2006, Matteo said the experience has been rewarding. He said people from all walks of life have come to him for hugs. He recalls one woman who approached him after hearing her daughter had gotten hugs from him for three weeks. She told him the hugs had been the best thing that’d ever happened to her. After Matteo gave her a hug to see what Free Hugs was about, she dropped the bombshell: Her daughter had cancer. “Something as simple as giving someone a hug can do wonders,” Matteo said. Though his website still lists how to donate, Matteo has decided not to raise money for his campaign. He told one woman who offered his campaign money that he’d rather have her vote. He also recognizes that his chances of winning a seat are slim, but says spreading his message is more important. “Regardless of who wins these three seats, enough information is being put out where people know that something can be done,” Matteo said.
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NEWS IN BRIEF
Arizona border lawsuit dismissed
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by the state of Arizona against the U.S. government that said the Obama administration had failed in its duty to enforce immigration laws or secure the border. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling marked a victory for the Obama administration in its legal and political battle against Arizona and Governor Jan Brewer over illegal immigration. Brewer, a Republican, filed the suit in February as a counterclaim after the Obama administration sued Arizona to overturn the state's controversial law, SB-1070, cracking down on illegal immigrants. Arizona said in its suit that the U.S. Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security had failed to gain "operational control" of the border with Mexico and had abdicated responsibilities to enforce federal immigration laws. "Today's U.S. District Court decision to dismiss Arizona's suit against the federal government is frustrating but not entirely surprising," Brewer said in a written statement following the ruling.
New help for homeowners
(Reuters) - Homeowners who owe more than their houses are worth will get new help to refinance in a government plan to be unveiled as early as Monday to support the battered housing sector, sources familiar with the effort said. The Obama administration has been working with the regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to find ways to make it easier for borrowers to switch to cheaper loans even if they have little to no equity in their homes. The regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, intends to loosen the terms of the two-year-old Home Affordable Refinance Program, which helps borrowers who have been making mortgage payments on time but who have not been able to refinance as their home values have dropped. Officials have been frustrated that attempts to bolster housing - the epicenter of the deepest U.S. recession since the Great Depression -- have borne little fruit. Some top Federal Reserve officials want the central bank to consider buying more mortgagebacked securities as a way to help. While housing prices have stabilized recently, they remain almost a third below the peak reached in 2006.
A Wednesday article misidentified Beverly King. King's support of Santa Barbara City Council candidate Sharon Byrne is as an individual and not on behalf of the League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that does not make endorsements.
Don’t Vote for Anyone Who Just Inspires You MIKE ON THE MOVE
He was our emotional choice, no matter how many If I have any advice regarding the upcoming people want to deny it now. Presidential election, it is don’t vote for anyone who Never mind that he didn’t have a shred of experience, inspires you. which is unfortunately becoming more evident every day. I’m being serious about this. He didn’t create this mess, we have George W. to When was the last time you tried to pay your mortthank for most of it, but he seems unable to construct a gage or grocery bill with inspiration? consistent plan or strategy for turning things around. Better yet, cruise down to Lucky’s in Montecito and Now, the Republicans are desperately and in an almost try to open a tab with Ezra, Staci or Matt with a spot of bewildered state, searching for a candidate who will inspiration and see how they mix your martini. ‘move’ them and rally them in a great wave of emotion. The fact is, in the real world, inspiration isn’t really That is a sad and frustrating mistake. Now is not the worth much. It doesn’t get the job done; doesn’t solve time for emotion. the serious problems we face. Worse, worrying about MIKE I know it feels good and it’s much easier to ‘feel’ our whether a candidate inspires us often gets in the way BOWKER way through the electoral process, but we are grown-ups. of evaluating – coolly and analytically – whether they We shouldn’t need to be inspired. have a plan to fix the economy and handle international affairs. What we need instead are answers. This election, perhaps History backs me up. more than any in our lifetimes, demands that we carefully assess One of the most effective presidents we’ve had since WWII the candidates in terms of the specific plans they have to reverse was Lyndon Johnson. He passed more domestic legislation, the suffering that is afflicting so many middle class families. including the historic and profoundly important Civil Rights Act, We – and this includes the news media most of all – need to than any other commander-in-chief. dig deep and present independent and fair analyses of the candiYet, he had a face like a Basset hound, the personality of a dates’ past experience; including what challenges have they faced badger and was about as inspiring as a flat tire. He just knew and how they met those challenges. how to get things done. He knew how Congress worked, and Most of all, we need to know their specific plans for fixing this how to work Congress. He understood the process and he knew economy. that inspiring speeches and the cool, spring-in-the-step, sleevesBy this time, all of them should have highly detailed blueprints rolled-up and eyes gazing heroically to the horizon profile that that they can explain quickly and efficiently. To Herm Cain’s works so well on television, are worth exactly ‘ZERO’ when it credit, he is one of the few candidates with any kind of plan. comes to getting critical legislation passed. It is simplistic and won’t work well, but at least he has one. I’ve been in the Statehouse and in Congress and the truth is these folks don’t even listen to each other when one is speaking at Frankly, that’s pathetic. If the candidates can’t present a compelling, detailed economic the pulpit. strategy by this time, they shouldn’t have a national stage. We Deals are made in restaurants, via email, on the phone, and in back offices. Heroic gazes and inspirational rhetoric don’t mean a should insist on it. Don’t inspire us with rhetoric; convince us with your plan. damn thing there. To paraphrase Herb Caen, (not to be confused with Herm So here’s the problem. Too often, we vote with our emotions. Cain), “One day if I do go to heaven...I'll look around and say, 'It Does this candidate move or inspire us? ain't bad, but it ain't Santa Barbara’.” The Prez inspired us with his cool looks and the fact that he Mike Bowker is the prize-winning author of 12 books and was half African-American gave us hope, helped us shed guilt writes a weekly column for the Daily Sound. and made us feel good.
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Love letters to Carol Burnett
Dear Carol, weâ€™re so glad we had this time together ... Last Friday at the Lobero Theatre was just what the doctor ordered: An Evening of Laughter and Love, with a healthy dose of friends. The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundationâ€™s benefit event brought out Montecitoâ€™s funniest and finest, as they came to pay tribute to the woman Master of Ceremonies Dennis Miller decreed, â€œThe Queen of Comedy, the honcho of the greatest variety show in the history of the media television: Carol Burnett.â€? And while cancer is clearly no laughing matter, as a way to cope with the disease, for some it may really be the best medicine. In this case, it served to raise spirits, awareness and funds for TBCF, ANN the local organization founded by Nikki PEYRAT Katz to provide support to tri-county families with children facing the devastating diagnosis of cancer, through financial assistance, therapy groups, care packages, fun outings, celebrity visits, transportation needs and more. The night kicked off with a cocktail reception and, behind the scenes, press heard Burnett say of her start, â€œI went to college ... and I had to take an acting class and all of a sudden I got on stage and they laughed and I liked it.â€? Best known for The Carol Burnett Show (CBS, 1967-1978, named one of the greatest television shows of all time by TV Guide and Time magazine), the award-winning actress, bestselling author and beloved Montecito residentâ€™s comedic career was highlighted throughout the evening with clips from her show. Audience members clapped at Burnettâ€™s unforgettable Tarzan call, roared in laughter at her Gone with the Wind parody where she â€œsaw [her dress] in the window and just had to have it,â€? complete with curtain rod across the shoulders and all, and reminisced at seeing her ear tug, done at the end of each episode as a sign to her grandmother (who raised her) that she was thinking of her. Although, later, through video congratulations from fellow comedians Steve Martin and Garry Shandling, we learned the true meaning of that ear tugâ€”well, as true as can be believed of Martin, who not-so-subtly, tongue in cheek suggested it was her sign to him to meet up for a little private rendezvous, if you know what he means (wink-wink, nudge-nudge, tongue in ear). After an opening address by event co-chairs Margo Barbakow and Fiona Stone, relative newcomer funny-man Garet Webb entertained the crowd, followed by comic Melissa Peterman, who played Barbra Jean on the tv sitcom Reba. As she has been for many an aspiring comedienne, Burnett has been an inspiration and role model for Peterman. â€œItâ€™s gonna be hard for me to breathe a little bit,â€? confessed Peterman, not even pretending to control the excitement in her voice. â€œWhat a thrill to be part of the night that is paying trib-
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