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Doing God’s Work
Christian Nonprofit Helps Immigrants Find Paths to Citizenship by Tyler Hayden
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ENDORSEMENTS.. . . . . . . . . . . . 5
NEWS.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
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THE WEEK.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
LIVING.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
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ARTS LIFE.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
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2020 GENERAL ELECTION
his year’s presidential election is more profound than any in modern history. We truly believe it is about the soul of the nation. However, there are many other races and propositions on the ballot that are also important and will affect our lives in Santa Barbara County. From deciding who will represent you in Congress or on water boards and school boards, your vote will matter. As always, the Independent endorses only when we are confident that we have done our full diligence. As a result, we do not endorse in every race. You will find our suggestions here and online at Independent.com, where we also have compiled a full Resource Voting Guide. We hope it will help you cast your vote in safety and with confidence. Whether you agree with our endorsements or not, please vote. It’s your right. —Marianne Partridge , Editor-in-Chief
President: Joe Biden
Santa Ynez Union High School Board: José Juan Ibarra
Congress, 24th Congressional District: Salud Carbajal
STATE PROPOSITIONS ≥ Prop. 14 (Stem-Cell Research Institute): No
State Assembly: Steve Bennett
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State Senate: Monique Limón
≥ Prop. 16 (Ends State Ban on Affirmative Action): Yes
Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education: Laura Capps, Wendy Sims-Moten, Virginia Alvarez Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees: Robert Miller, Erin Guereña, Anna Everett County Board of Education: Joe Howell, Peter MacDougall, Richard Fulton, Roberta Heter
CARPINTERIA Carpinteria City Council: Wade Nomura, Natalia Alarcon
≥ Prop. 18 (Allows 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primary Elections): Yes ≥ Prop. 19 (Changes Property Tax Rules): No ≥ Prop. 20 (Authorizes Felony Charges for Crimes Now Charged as Misdemeanor): No ≥ Prop. 21 (Rent Control): No ≥ Prop. 22 (Self-Employment for Ride-Share Drivers and Gig Drivers): No ≥ Prop. 23 (Regulates Kidney Dialysis Clinics): Yes
Goleta City Council: Stuart Kasdin and Kyle Richards
≥ Prop. 24 (Amends State’s Privacy Laws): Yes
Goleta Union School District Board of Education: Sholeh Jahangir, Vicki Ben-Yaacov
≥ Prop. 25 (Eliminates Cash Bail): Yes
Goleta Water District Board of Directors: Lauren Hanson, Bill Rosen, Farfalla Borah
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I.V. Halloween Partying to Go Virtual
by Delaney Smith sla Vista partygoers’ Halloween plans won’t be totally quashed this year — a virtual festival dubbed Halloween at Home: Virtually Lucid in Isla Vista is expected to keep parties to individual households and residents away from the looming threat of UCSB expulsion and $1,000 fines that await those looking to celebrate in person. Halloween in Isla Vista is known for its massive parties and out-of-town visitors joining in on the fun. Plans must change in the face of the pandemic. Last week, five UCSB fraternity and sorority houses were involved in an outbreak in Isla Vista, making it even more dangerous for potential COVID-19 transmission to occur during Halloween festivities. The rise in Isla Vista cases has already forced the county as a whole to stay in the red tier an additional few weeks and has slowed down business reopening progress. “This tends to be a busy weekend historically, so we do have a ready response for live events in I.V.,” said Raquel Zick, public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. “But there’s an added concern this year in COVID. We are seeing [case] numbers rise in the I.V. area, so we are asking everyone to have a safe Halloween at home.” So to keep people home, the virtual festival was born. The event will include bands
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from Isla Vista, two headlining deejay sets, an open-mic segment, and a group costume contest by household with a $1,000 cash prize, among other events. It will be hosted virtually from the Isla Vista Community Center and open to the entire public via free pre-registration for a backstage Zoom room and a Facebook/YouTube/Twitch livestream.
The virtual event, which will be held Friday, October 30, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., was formed from a partnership between the Isla Vista Community Services District and the Lucidity Festival LLC. This is Lucidity’s third virtual event this year, one of which attracted more than 5,000 registered attendees. CONT’D ON PAGE 10
S.B. Unified Previews Hybrid Instruction Plan
amilies and teachers in the Santa Barbara Unified School District got a look at the hybrid instruction plan that will be available in the beginning of 2021 on Tuesday, and there was still no common ground in sight. “As a student body, there is not an overall consensus of what we want to do, as shown by student survey results almost split down the middle” said Maya Samarasen, a senior at Dos Pueblos High School speaking on behalf of herself and peers. “We would appreciate schools acknowledging that that’s okay, so we can erase the stigma of the other side.” For months, the decision to go back to in-person instruction or not has been a contentious issue in the district community. Generally, parents and students are close to evenly split in their preference, although some are pushing schools to reopen and some students held a protest over it last week. Teachers have overwhelmingly been against returning to in-person learning until pandemic conditions are safer.
The Sheriff-Coroner’s Office identified the man killed on the train tracks on 10/14 as Byron Keith, a 56-year-old transient man who was from the Santa Barbara area. Witnesses told police officers Keith ducked under the arm of the train barrier and was walking south on the 200 block of West Montecito Street as the southbound Amtrak train blew its horn behind him. Why he did not react remains unknown. The coroner’s investigation includes a toxicology report and won’t be complete for six weeks.
Although the state and county have said schools may reopen with pandemic protocols in the current red tier, Santa Barbara Unified has decided to wait until January 19 to implement its hybrid model, a combination of distance learning and in-person instruction. “This [hybrid] schedule isn’t feasible,” said Charles Clow, a high school teacher in the district. “Asking teachers to differentiate over Zoom and do so in the classroom simultaneously is not a realistic expectation.… We are still in a pandemic. Some projections show that by our reopening date, as many as 400,000 Americans could have died from COVID-19.” The hybrid model would place students into cohorts and allow them to attend classes in person two days a week and online the other three days, with everyone learning online for a half day on Wednesdays. Sports and other extracurriculars are available on campus after school, and families can also choose independent study and remain fully at
home with regular contact with their teachers. The district decided that the hybrid model will go into effect January 19, regardless of whether the county is still in the red tier or has moved into the less-restrictive orange tier. Individual schools will offer webinars this week for a more detailed presentation of the hybrid model. Although families will have the option to choose the hybrid model or the independent study, teachers do not. “I want to respond to comments that teachers are front-line workers like grocery store workers and bank tellers,” said Karen McBride, the president of the Santa Barbara Teacher’s Union. “A bank teller has plexiglass between them and a customer. They are in contact maybe 10 minutes. Being in a classroom for a 60- to 80-minute period of time is a very different experience.” Families ultimately have until November 13, when the district will ask them to confirm their decision on whether their child will do hybrid or independent study learning. —DS
The first official blow to an ambitious plan for funding future county wine country marketing efforts came last week, when the Lompoc City Council voted unanimously to opt out of the proposed one percent assessment on sales of county-made wine. The vote effectively shielded the city’s 60 bonded wineries from paying into the proposed business improvement district, or BID, that is being pushed by the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association. The BID proposal requires more than 50 percent of wineries to approve, with voting weighted on annual sales, followed by adoption by the county’s Board of Supervisors.
ELECTION 2020 A bitter taste remains in many residents’ mouths after Solvang Councilmember Chris Djernaes said he refused to “pander to the mob” in casting the lone vote against the town’s horse-drawn trolley contract. For caustic comments like that and his vision to “rebrand” the town, Djernaes faces a recall campaign. Running to replace him are former sheriff Jim Thomas and Solvang businessman Jamie Baker. The full story can be found at independent.com/solvangelection2020. n
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by Sean Cummings espite its identity as the birthplace of the environmental movement, Santa Barbara has far to go before it can call itself a truly “green” city—so says Leah Stokes, assistant professor of political science at UC Santa Barbara. With Election Day, and its implications for U.S. climate action, just around the corner, Stokes aims an expert’s eye on the climate crisis and the response required at the national and local levels. At the beginning of the fall, Stokes was awarded UC Santa Barbara’s Harold J. Plous Award, given for excellence in research, service, and teaching. She is also muchloved by her students, receiving 4.9 out of 5 stars on the website RateMyProfessors. When it comes to climate action, Stokes asserted that it needs to come from the federal government, which has the financial resources to tackle climate change at the scale required. “If we had a 100 percent clean electricity standard by 2035, as Joe Biden has pledged to do, that would dramatically scale up action across the country …,” she said. That’s not to say local governments don’t have a role. Stokes highlighted the building sector as an area where the locals can lead, whether through building codes, requirements banning fossil gas in new buildings, or rebates for homeowners who replace gas heating and cooking systems with electric units. But active obstacles exist, such as SoCalGas, Stokes said; the utility has used ratepayers’ money to fund front groups promoting natural gas. “This is the same utility that was responsible for the massive methane leak at Porter Ranch,” Stokes reminded. “We really need to get off of fossil gas. Not only are they not helping people do that, they’re standing in the way of local governments … trying to take action.” With interest groups sowing political doubt about climate action, Stokes felt the media has to highlight the connections between climate change and people’s lived experiences of natural disasters in real time. Without this, she said, it is the costs of climate action that are talked about rather than the costs of inaction, such as “lost lives in mudslides, or drought endlessly in our area … sea level rise, coastal erosion.” Yet, with some exceptions, Stokes said she sees far too little of this type of reporting. Santa Barbara badly needs it: We’ve already warmed two degrees Celsius, twice the global average. “There are projections that by 2050 our region could be a desert,” Stokes warned. “If people love this place, they need to realize that climate change is happening now, and we need to speak up about it.” And advocating for changes in personal behavior to mitigate climate change is old school, according to Stokes. “What
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new-school environmentalism is about is looking at the actors that structure our society—governments, corporations,” she said. “They need to be changing the structure of our society so that we can all have easy choices to make to live in a low-carbon way.” Advocating for behavior changes also plays into the hands of delayers and deniers, Stokes added. “They want you to think, ‘I don’t want to do climate action because it’s going to cost me something.’ No, it’s going to benefit you enormously, especially for people living in Santa Barbara!” Focusing on those benefits might provide a surer way forward. Overhauling national energy systems and infrastructure, while daunting, could lead to ample job creation. Highlighting this, Stokes said—along with other tangible benefits like clean air and lower energy bills—will garner support for climate action more effectively than encouraging people to “do the right thing” for the environment. Whether those benefits come to pass, Stokes said, may hinge on the November 3 election. In her mind, voting is one area where personal behavior truly matters. She was struck by Biden’s climate platform, which pledged to target 40 percent of his $1.7 trillion climate plan toward disadvantaged communities, who will be hit hardest by climate change. Not everyone in those communities, Stokes reminded, can vote for such an outcome. “There are people in this country who are undocumented; they can’t vote. There are young people who are going to be affected the most by climate change; they can’t vote.” Stokes urged citizens to consider these people when casting ballots—or when deciding whether to vote at all. Overall, Stokes described Biden’s climate platform as the most ambitious of any presidential candidate, or any state, in history. “Honestly, I am very excited about Joe Biden’s climate platform, and that isn’t how I felt at the beginning of the primary,” she said. “I don’t feel like there’s any space here for disillusionment.” For a longer version of this story, see independent.com. n
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COVID’s Effects on S.B. Economy
n an online webinar on October 20, UCSB economics professor Peter Rupert and a handful of experts discussed the ongoing effects of the COVID19 pandemic on areas such as housing, employment, and small business. While the panelists were cautiously optimistic about the progress made since March’s shutdowns, they warned that the expected spike in the coming winter months could put local businesses and workers in an increasingly strained position, hitting the most vulnerable segments of the population the hardest. “The recovery has not been evenly distributed at all,” said Professor Rupert. After COVID hit, unemployment initially jumped to around 13 percent, with sectors like leisure and retail being hit hard. Several months later, the panelists say that there are some encouraging signs: Unemployment has dropped to around 7 percent, close to the pre-pandemic average. Panelist Kathy Odell, CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures, said that restaurants with outdoor seating are seeing positive signs, and that Santa Barbara is still attracting tourists because of its exceptional weather. Already struggling with a housing crisis, many worried about the prospect of mass evictions at the start of the pandemic. Rupert said renters have been able to pay their rents for the most part but have less of a financial buffer than homeowners and that another federal stimulus will be an essential part of staving off a crisis. Panelist Rob Fredericks, CEO of the city’s Housing Authority, voiced concern that once eviction moratoriums, mortgage
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forbearances, and other protections come to an end, a renewed spike in the winter could put many at risk of eviction. “I’m fearful that it’s going to be larger than we are all thinking right now,” Fredericks said. Childcare also continues to be a major issue, especially for low-income families. Nationwide, 40 percent of childcare facilities closed, and some individuals cannot take jobs because they have to stay home with their kids now. With less access to internet and electronic devices, the pandemic has also exacerbated schisms in the quality of education available to people at different income levels. “The bottom line is this: There’s some cause for optimism, but we’re not out of the woods yet,” said Rupert, “and another big spike in cases could mean trouble for people who are struggling to get by.” —Brian Osgood
I.V. Halloween Cont’d from p. 7 “The door hangers have gone out on 3,500 doors, and emails went out to the entire [UCSB] undergraduate population,” said Jonah Gabriel Haas, the marketing director and cofounder of Lucidity Festival. “Oftentimes, one registration equals five or six people. If we have 1,000, that’s a success to me. That means 1,000 people not at a party.” While Haas’s fun event serves as a positive alternative, those who don’t follow the public health order and temporary festival ordinance will be penalized, too. Up until now, law enforcement has largely stayed away from fining individuals in Isla Vista or elsewhere for not wearing masks, social distancing, or other violations. “There has been a lot of collaborative planning with UCSB, SBCC, the Isla Vista Community Services District, and more,” said Suzanne Grimmesey with the county. “The messages we’re sending out
and the signage let people know there is up to a $1,000 fine for breaking health orders.” A letter signed by Public Health, UC Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara City College officials has also gone to the Isla Vista community, advising them that suspensions and expulsions were among the consequences if they ignored the message to avoid large gatherings, practice social distancing, and wear face coverings. Zick with the Sheriff ’s Office said that deputies will enforce both the public health order and temporary festival ordinance that begins Friday from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. to coincide with the Halloween at Home festival. She said they will be increasing their staffing for Halloween weekend and will deploy mostly Foot Patrol deputies. UCSB also announced that it will offer free asymptomatic testing to all students in n Isla Vista all Halloween weekend.
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Councilmembers Jordan and Gutierrez Exchange Heated Remarks by Nick Welsh othing like trying to solve the problems of the universe on a shoestring budget to make patience short and tempers hot, as members of the Santa Barbara City Council found out the hard way this Tuesday. Councilmember Michael Jordan sharply questioned the way the city’s Human Services Committee doles out federal social service dollars—$902,000 this coming year—to a myriad of nonprofits, especially those dealing with people who are homeless. Adopting an unusually outspoken tone, Jordan argued that the small sums City Hall traditionally allotted to 30-40 organizations has done precious little to get homeless people off the streets but has instead been spent “to just sustain the status quo”—socially problematic lifestyles for individuals not inclined to accept help or to change their ways. Jordan pointedly challenged his fellow councilmembers to reconsider their priorities carefully in allocating limited federal dollars. Councilmember Alejandra Gutierrez, who formerly served on the Human Services Committee, took exception to Jordan’s remarks, stating, “I find them kind of insulting—no, not kind of, but actually insulting.” Jordan’s critiques, she stated, were not informed. “We need to do our homework before we say things in public.” Jordan had predicted before the meeting that the discussion might get testy but still seemed taken aback by the vehemence of the blowback. Jordan and Councilmember Eric Friedman both expressed a sense of urgency and alarm that in the past two weeks, City Hall found itself forced to remove a cluster of tent dwellers — maybe as many as 70—who’d set up camp near East Beach. Homeless outreach workers working with CityNet showed up in response, offering motel vouchers to any takers. Only a handful reportedly accepted. Those who declined were given 72-hour notice to move. After having done so, many quickly returned, Jordan and Friedman explained during separate interviews. Both expressed concern
about the numbers. Both suggested many of the people showing up in Santa Barbara after COVID come from other communities looking for a soft place to roost. “I’m really hearing from the community,” said Councilmember Friedman, “from all parts of town. This is an issue we have to address.” While there is no doubt that downtown has seen a significant uptick in visual homeless encampments—by the beach and freeway and in creek beds and industrial neighborhoods—the exact facts surrounding the East Beach cleanup have yet to be determined. Homeless outreach workers question whether that many tents were located by East Beach and likewise cautioned that they only have a few motel room vouchers to offer. It would be customary, they added, to have only a few individuals take them up on the offer. Brad Fieldhouse of CityNet took exception to the notion that homeless people are gravitating to Santa Barbara because of the South Coast’s supposed abundance of amenities. That perception, he said, is common to every community in Southern California. The reality is that 27 percent of all homeless people in the country now live in California, he said. Councilmember Gutierrez, who sparked City Hall’s effort to evict squatters living under the Cacique Street Bridge earlier this year, did not dispute the problem Jordan alluded to so much as his approach in dealing with it. He should talk to the people on the Human Services Committee, she said, who put in countless hours and much hard work, deciding how to spread out limited resources. “We all lead busy lives,” she stated, “but we also need to learn what they’re doing.” Mayor Cathy Murillo also bristled at Jordan’s tone, noting that city administrators already had changed the funding priorities to target organizations working on basic survival issues such as food, shelter, medical care, and mental health. Ultimately, the council voted unanimously to approve the new funding priorities. When it came Jordan’s turn to vote, he joined the majority, but not before stating, “I hope it’s not an insult if I support this.” n
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by Tyler Hayden or seven weeks this summer, unencumbered by budgets, permits, or other pesky constraints, a small army of Santa Barbara architects let their imaginations run wild with possibilities for a State Street of the future. The intensely collaborative and creative design exercise, known as a charrette and in this instance done virtually, generated an array of options for a post-COVID downtown with fewer cars and far more housing. None of the proposals are binding in any way and instead are meant to kick-start conversations among the public and city leaders. “Our city is dealing with a confluence of three major crises: a worldwide pandemic, a dramatic economic crisis, and a housing crisis,” said Detty Peikert in the opening remarks of a two-hour Zoom presentation put on last Thursday by the Santa Barbara chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). “The confluence of these crises has created a watershed moment for the city, not unlike the 1925 earthquake. It is these unprecedented events that are outside of our control that create the very opportunity to realize positive change.” The ideas put forth, accompanied by bright illustrations and detailed explanations, ranged from the marvelous to the mundane—from water elements and sky bridges and a sprawling mixed-use project called El Pulpo (“The Octopus”) to permeable pavement and bike parking. Some
seemed almost immediately feasible while others felt far too ambitious. All of the brainstorming efforts, however, were premised on the widely held belief that building apartments, creating open space, and establishing a permanent State Street promenade are the three key ingredients for a recharged commercial core. As ambitious as they got, the architects took pains to preserve the city’s classic Spanish-Colonial character in their sketches and renderings. “We have an established community identity, one that we will not abandon,” explained Lauralee Anderson. “But we will expand upon this sense of place that we’ve created, and it will be flexible and adaptable for decades to come.” More than one presenter described State Street as the “spinal column” of downtown and the envisioned parklets, plazas, and walkways as the “connective tissue” between its businesses and living spaces. A number of engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, transportation specialists, and others also took part in the charrette. The nearly 160 total participants divided into 16 teams with each team focusing either on State Street itself or the adjoining individual blocks. Vertical additions and rooftop gardens were common themes. So were bicycles and trolleys sharing the promenade with pedestrians. Among the variety of schemes offered Thursday were a creek walk with restaurants and art pieces; the underpass
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repurposed into a music pavilion; a courtyard that replaces the Macy’s building and connects to De la Guerra Plaza; gateways that mark special districts like the Funk Zone and the Presidio; Copenhagen-inspired mixed-use projects with housing at ground level and commercial units above; converting the Lyons building into a school; converting the Balboa building to micro-unit apartments of 300 square feet; an outdoor library, dog park, climbing wall, playground, and permanent farmers’ market set right on State; using sandstone, manzanita, hummingbird sage, and other natural front-country elements in landscape designs; and so on. The full presentation and accompanying visuals are available at Independent.com. Large poster boards of the proposals can also be viewed in the windows of the former Wendy Foster and Forever 21 buildings on the corner of State and Canon Perdido. The materials will soon be shared with city decision makers, including the City Council, Planning Commission, and design review boards. If any ideas are adopted, they ought to be carried out in a “Santa Barbara style—full of inspired creativity,” said architect Ellen Bildsten, who noted that the charrette took many of its cues from a community survey that drew 5,000 responses on what residents want for a new downtown. “Broad inclusivity and participation is encouraged and necn essary as we work together,” she said.
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TICK-TOCK: It was 4 o’clock in the morning when the light switch to my brain suddenly
flicked on. Thoughts began crashing about like an avalanche of broken dishes. Worries I’d never had before cried out for mercy. All I wanted was just a little more sleep. Stupid with desperation, I sought refuge in the Internet. I would read up on the Electoral College, a subject so stultifying—I figured—it would quell even the most violent of insomnias. Or so I thought. For the record, it has been my lifelong policy not to understand the Electoral College or have any opinion about it. It just is. Feeling one way or the other about it, to my mind, has always been a total waste of time. Only high school debate coaches failed to grasp this. Again, so I thought. For those tuning in late, when We the socalled People cast our ballots for president, we are really voting for a mysterious cabal of Electors —now 538 of them—empowering them, in turn to cast the deciding votes for El Prez. The first candidate to get 270 votes wins all the marbles. All this is laid out in the Constitution, also great reading for those struggling with fitful sleep disorder. All this is acutely pertinent because just four years ago, the candidate who “won” the race in the Electoral College lost the popular vote by three million ballots. Sixteen years before that, the person who “won” the electoral vote—with a major assist from the Supreme Court —lost the popular vote by nearly 550,000
ballots. That’s two times within spitting distance of recent memory. That’s a lot of lightning striking twice. In fact, since this whole thing started,
five presidents have ascended the throne having lost the popular vote.
Maybe all this informed my insomnia. There are, of course, many reasons the Founding Fathers created this complicated Rube Goldberg electoral contraption to elect the person who will become the single most powerful person on the planet. At the time the Constitution was written, serious doubt was expressed whether The People—even property-owning white males — could be entrusted to make a properly informed decision on so weighty a national matter. Accordingly, a proposal to allow direct popular voting in presidential elections was shot down by the representatives of the original 13 states by a score of 12 to one. Likewise, it was recognized Congress could not be assigned the task of electing the President. That would be way too cozy and incestuous, obviously jeopardizing the whole “three co-equal branches of government” thing, not to mention the separation of power. But the real reason was slavery. When the Constitution was being drawn up, Southern slave states worried for good reason that by joining the “more perfect union,” their “peculiar institution” would be put at some risk should northern abolitionists seek to meddle, as they inevitably did. At that time, the plan was to assign to states a number of congressional districts based
on their population. This would become the basis by which the number of Electoral College electors would be assigned as well. This formula, however, left slave states at some risk. Although northern and Southern states had roughly equal populations, 40 percent of the southern population was composed of black slaves who were not allowed to vote.
The southern solution—ingeniously diabolical—was to count each slave as threefifths of a person for purposes of assigning Electoral College electors and congressional districts. Without this now infamous “threefifths compromise”—which delicately never mentions slaves or slavery, by the way—the Constitution would never have gotten ratified. This empowered southern states far beyond what their numbers—at least of free persons — warranted. In 1800, Pennsylvania, for example, had 10 percent more free persons than Virginia, but Virginia—with slaves making up 60 percent of its population —had 20 percent more electoral votes.
In fact, Virginia’s electoral lock was so tight that Virginians — all slave owners, by the way—occupied the White House during 32 years of our first 36 years as a nation. Pretty damn peculiar. The Civil War came along in 1861. Four years later, Lincoln freed the slaves. And for about 10 years after that, Union troops occupied the South. Black people could not only vote but also hold office. Then came the presidential election of 1876. A Democrat you never heard of named Samuel Tilden of New York sol-
idly beat a Republican named Rutherford B. Hayes in the popular vote. Tilden’s 4.3 million votes won him 51 percent of the vote; Hayes’s 4 million got him 48 percent. Not even close. But a knock-down, drag-out dispute over the fate of 20 electoral votes —involving South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana—called into question the election’s outcome. Eventually, Tilden and the Democrats would agree to give the White House to Hayes if—and only if—Hayes and the Republicans would agree to withdraw federal troops from the South. Once that happened, Southern whites unleashed a multigenerational reign of terror on southern black people—Ku Klux Klan I, Ku Klux Klan 2.0, Jim Crow, segregation, and about 4,000 black people lynched—that lasted pretty much until 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act. How peculiar can we get? The Supreme Court, of course, is charged with safeguarding the sanctity of all our voting rights, and with them it’s been a slippery slope strewn with banana peels ever since 2000. That’s when the Supremes stopped the recount then taking place in Florida —in which just 537 ballots would determine the outcome of an election in which more than six million were cast—effectively giving the election to George W. Bush. Though Bush lost the popular vote by about 550,000 votes, the Supreme Florida ruling gave him victory at the Electoral College by just five electoral votes. The moral of the story, I would think, is obvious. Vote. And don’t forget to wear a mask. And of course, congrats, Dodgers. —Nick Welsh
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Carol “Jean” Olsen 1/14/1937 - 10/14/2020
5/23/1955 - 8/18/2020
Carol “Jean” Olsen, 83, died October 14, 2020 at Vista del Monte in Santa Barbara. Jean was born January 14, 1937 in Oklahoma and lived in Santa Barbara for 64 years. During that time, she served the Santa Barbara community through her work as a fundraiser with social service agencies such as the United Way and Tres Condados Girl Scout Council. She spent many years as a member of Rotary International. Jean was particularly proud that she helped establish the first emergency shelter for women in Santa Barbara County. A graduate of Westmont College, Jean’s interests were diverse and adventurous. In addition to international travel, Jean loved visiting the Sierra Nevada and was known for taking solo cross-country, car-camping trips into her 70s. She was equally comfortable talking to the owner of an art gallery in New York and climbers headed to the summit of Denali. She was always curious, compassionate, and a loyal friend. Jean supported the arts, the environment, and women’s rights, both in Santa Barbara and elsewhere. Jean is survived by her daughter Kimberly Olsen and Kimberly’s son Kai; her daughter and son-in-law Crystal Olsen and Timothy Glynn and their children Alexander and Maya; and her sisters Joanne May and Sue Kiesling. Jean’s ashes will be scattered according to her wishes and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Donations to the Glioblastoma Foundation or the Sierra Club are requested in lieu of flowers.
David “Dave” Paul Kirchner of Carpinteria, California passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 after years of failing health. Dave passed away peacefully at his home in Carpinteria with his family by his side. Dave was born on May 23, 1955 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Helen and Robert Kirchner. He is survived by his mother, Helen, sisters Diane and Dawn (Craig), his loving wife Carrie, his beloved daughter Katelyn and stepsons Travis and David. Dave was predeceased in death by his father, Robert Kirchner, and granddaughter, Stephanie Anne Marsh. As a young man he was raised in Goleta, California. He was active in student government and water polo at Dos Pueblos High School, Class of 1973, and always spoke highly of all his dear school friends. When asked what Dave’s occupation was, it was impossible to list just one thing. Dave was an entrepreneur and had unlimited talents to repair any broken item that he could get his hands on. He drove heavy equipment, repaired boats, cars, tractors, new and remodel construction, property management and computer support. He also excelled in drafting whether he was manually drawing or using CAD. He was an assistant teacher at SBCC in the CAD Department. Dave was a man of faith. He was a strong, proud and good man. If someone needed his help, he would drop whatever he was doing to help them. In his memory, please do the same for your family and friends. He was loved and will be missed by many! The Kirchner Family would like to thank the phy-
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sicians that assisted Dave for so many years, Dr. Robert Byers, Dr. Andrew Binder, Dr. Darol Joseff and so many more. Many thanks to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and the Santa Barbara Artificial Kidney Center and their staff for the excellent care that you gave Dave! Due to Covid-19 the Kirchner family has chosen to have a private gathering to celebrate Dave’s life. He has been laid to rest in the Carpinteria Cemetery by the fountain.
Joyce Margaret Enright 7/16/1949 - 7/30/2020
Joyce Enright lived her life with such love, generosity and grace. Her strong relationship to the Lord impacted and influenced her family and friends to understand the best is yet to come…for those who love Him (1 Corith. 2:9). She was a best friend to so many. We had the best mom in the world. Joyce Margaret Enright of Montecito, CA passed away on July 30th, 2020. Born in Inglewood, Ca on July 16th, 1949 she was the daughter of William and Lorraine Matthew. She attended Hawthorne High School (class of 1967). El Camino City College AA (1971) and California State Dominguez Hills BA (1974). For Joyce, Real Estate was her passion. She and her former husband (Stephen) moved to Santa Barbara in 1975, where she pursued Real Estate. She was committed to serving her clients with excellence and integrity. She worked at Berkshire
Hathaway Home Services in Montecito and was an estate agent for over 42 years. Her two daughters, Chase and Lauren brought true balance in her life. She wasn’t just their mother; she was their best friend, their advocate, mentor and rock. Joyce taught them the power of prayer, eating healthy, finding fulfillment in nature, being grateful for what they have and not someone else’s riches, setting goals and working hard to obtain them, taking time for true friendships, and always relying on God. Joyce was so patient, giving, wise and compassionate. She had a gift for making everyone feel valued and loved. Joyce was so beautiful; she shined with her warmth and smile. She had a very keen sense of fashion, many would know. As High School Homecoming Queen her smile and congeniality lit up the room. She loved the Lord with all her heart and her faith radiated through her to anyone who met her. Joyce was devoted to her church and it’s community, El Montecito Presbyterian where she served as deacon. She was a Prayer Warrior, in a women’s prayer group, and served on the Rescue Mission Auxiliary. Joyce loved being a Gammie. She was Kenyon & Isla Throop’s Gammie. They were mesmerized with her talents for cooking and baking, tea parties and most of all, devoted love for them. She was a true example of a good mom. We love you so much Mom, you have taught us what it is to be the best mom we can be, we will be strong and courageous. We will work hard just like you. We know you are in heaven protecting us, we love you more then anything. We know the best is yet to come! Joyce is survived by her daughters Chase Enright (Ryan Throop) and Lauren Enright, granddaughters Kenyon and Isla Throop, sister Donna Marshall and brother Wayne (Terri) Matthew. Her biological brothers, Bill Lipis and Dave Teagan, as well as her sister in law Roberta Ellings (John)
and her niece Missy Fuentes (Mac) and nephews, Robbie Enright (Rachael), Chris (Patricia) and Matt Marshall, Bill & Jason Matthew. And all of whom she loved dearly. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to her church, El Montecito Presbyterian Church and her philanthropy, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. Psalm 118:19 & 25 – Open for me the gates where the righteous enter, and I will go in and thank the Lord. This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Joseph Dale Buso 12/17/2017
Happy Heavenly Birthday Joseph Dale Buso. The world lost a very special man on December 17,2017. He is truly missed by his wife Maria Buso and his children, and who all that were fortunate to know him. By his wisdom, kind spirit, and love of life. He will always be remembered.
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Immigrant Hope’s Karla Can, Diane Martinez, and Litzy Castro
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he idea was already there, but the courage to carry it
out came to Diane Martinez in a dream. “It was so vivid,” she said. “Like no other dream I’d had before.” “I was in this big old mansion,” she remembered, “and in this mansion were all these hallways, and in these hallways were door after door after door. There were people behind every one. Every age and color and race you could think of. And each time I would open a door, I would hear a voice say, ‘God is faithful.’ “Right away when I woke up, this [Bible] verse came to mind,” Martinez went on. “It’s from First Thessalonians: ‘The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.’ That’s the backbone of Immigrant Hope, and that’s what faith is to me —it’s stepping out and doing what I can do and trusting God to do the rest of it.” That was 2011. It would take four years of hard studying, training, and praying for Martinez to launch the Santa Barbara chapter of Immigrant Hope, a national faith-based nonprofit that helps eligible immigrants secure pathways to citizenship. Since then, out of a modest San Andres Street office space connected to Shoreline Community Church, Martinez and her staff have dispensed low-cost legal advice and services to nearly 1,300 people, 412 of them in 2019 alone. They also share the Gospel, but only when it’s requested. Just last month, one of their staff members completed the rigorous process of becoming Santa Barbara’s first and only fully accredited Department of Justice (DOJ) representative. She now acts in an attorney capacity for clients in Immigration Court and charges them a fraction of what a lawyer would typically cost. Martinez believes, and Immigrant Hope’s many success stories show, that this type of alternative legal representa-
Christian Nonprofit Helps Immigrants Find Legal Pathways to Citizenship by Tyler Hayden tion is often the best, most practical way for individuals and families of modest means to navigate the minefield of U.S. immigration law. As America’s profoundly broken immigration system keeps generating national controversy and personal traumas for the men, women, and children mired in its bureaucracies, demand for the small organization’s services only continues to grow. It is an unfortunate reality that the cruelest attitudes toward immigrants tend to come from those professing to follow the teachings of Jesus. They often overshadow the work of Christians toiling quietly to better the lives of their neighbors, such as those working at Immigrant Hope. “I was led on a journey through the Bible to discover God’s heart for the immigrant, and He broke my heart for what breaks His,” Martinez said. “I realize that immigration is a very controversial issue both inside and outside the church’s walls. However, I do believe that the Bible is the word of God, and I have no doubt that the conflict is with individuals, not with God. The Bible is clear of God’s love for the immigrant.”
artinez and her husband moved from Arizona to
his hometown of Santa Barbara in 2005 to care for his ailing parents and eliminate his grueling interstate commute to an oil-drilling platform in the Channel. “Another controversial topic,” Martinez acknowledged. “But honestly, it was his job,” which was especially well-paying, “that allowed me to quit my job and do this.” It was around this time that violent gang activity in Santa Barbara was on the rise. Stories of fights and stabbings dominated the news, and Martinez’s home on the Westside was regularly graffitied. When she wasn’t working at Santa Barbara City College in its Early Childhood Education program, she was locked inside her house. “I also spoke very little Spanish back then and totally felt like an outsider,” she said. Slowly, as the city clamped down on gang crime and “God worked on her” to venture out more often, Martinez began to understand her neighborhood, especially when she got to know the families of her young SBCC students and the congregation at Shoreline Community Church, where she’d become Children’s Ministry Director. “One of the kids we were working with told me, ‘My dad has been deported and my mom’s never worked and we don’t know what we are going to do,’ ” Martinez said. She soon began to hear about undocumented mothers and fathers being taken advantage of by their bosses and landlords. The terrible living conditions of Dario Pini’s properties came up frequently. So did employers withholdings wages and workers’ compensation. Then there was, of course, the fear of federal agents around every turn.
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Martinez and her friends did what they could — they opened a food pantry, ran clothing drives, and intervened if they heard a child was living with no electricity or water — but the problems were so many. “I’m a fixer, and I wanted to fix these things, but I couldn’t,” she said. “I had to ask myself: ‘How can we really help in a tangible way that’s going to make a difference in people’s lives?’” Shortly thereafter, Martinez learned of a ministry called Immigrant Hope that was being created by the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). The idea was to equip churches around the U.S. with the education and means to assist undocumented people in need. “We believe that God calls all Christians to love and serve those around them, regardless of their race, culture, language, economic status, or legal status,” the EFCA says. “Churches that provide affordable, reliable immigration legal advice can make a huge impact on the lives of vulnerable people.” Martinez presented the program to Shoreline’s pastors and elders, who gave their blessing, and she started taking the required long and tedious law courses. By the end of each week, her brain hurt, but she kept on. Then, out of the blue, an anonymous donor who’d
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he San Andres Street center is a busy place.
Volunteer paralegals gather information from clients, who mostly hear about Immigrant Hope Santa Barbara through word of mouth. Accredited representatives then meet with the clients to decide on a course of action, such as applying for a green card, petitioning for U.S. citizenship, requesting asylum, or finding other paths to legal status. Some cases that are too difficult for the representatives to handle are referred to attorneys in the Immigrant Hope network. It can take more than a year for a client to obtain legal status, but with dedicated work and patience, many clients will receive their Social Security cards, and most importantly, they will eventually get citizenship and be able to vote. Karla Can was one of the center’s earliest accredited staffers. A first-generation American whose parents came from Sinaloa, Mexico, she was born and raised in Santa Barbara and studied political science in college. After graduation in 2015, Can came across an Immigrant Hope flyer and visited its office to find out more. She will never forget her first meeting with Martinez. A call came in from a woman who only spoke Spanish, and Diane Marti— Leviticus 19:33 nez asked her to translate. It turned out
somehow heard about the budding program gave enough money to cover her salary for four years. To this day, the donor’s identity remains a mystery. The funds allowed Martinez to quit her job at SBCC and devote herself full time to her new calling. Immigrant Hope Santa Barbara — one of only seven chapters throughout the country — was born. “That was the journey God put me on,” said Martinez. “There was still the fear of like, ‘Gosh, am I doing the right thing?’ But I kept pushing forward because I felt like God was saying, ‘Just go. Just keep going.’ ”
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that a family member, who had been detained in Texas, was looking for immigration attorneys there. When Martinez and the Immigrant Hope network were able to connect the family with a lawyer in Texas, the moment stuck with Can. “I was like ‘Wow, this is a really very special place.’ ” She told her mom and her fiancé that she’d discovered what she wanted to do. The first step was to earn enough accreditation to work with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Can enjoyed the intense training program and was able to pass her tests fairly quickly. It was when she started meeting one-on-one with clients that she understood how nerve-racking the work could be. “I thought to myself: ‘Who am I to do this? What if I get something wrong?’” The stakes were high, and the consequences for mistakes were severe—loss of status; imprisonment; deportation back to starvation, war, and persecution; or decades-long separation from family. The anxiety would keep her up at night. But like Martinez, Can took comfort in knowing God had a plan for her, and she pressed on. Last month, Can graduated to full DOJ accreditation. A Facebook video shows her smiling and holding her certificate. She thanked those who donated to Immigrant Hope through Santa Barbara Gives!, a new fundraising initiative created by the Fund for Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Independent. “Without you guys, this would not have been possible,” she said. “I’m just very, very grateful to work with our clients, and to see their faces and their reactions when we find a solution for them is amazing,” she said. However, the work also takes its toll, Can admitted. Oftentimes, she has to ask a client to recount traumatic experiences of violence and loss. She finds talking and praying with her colleagues can ease some of that burden.
hough some Immigrant Hope clients come from Central
or South America, and even a few from Canada, most are from Mexico. They’re usually between ages 25 and 45 and frequently seek assistance as a family unit. “A husband and a wife with three or four children —that’s the typical demographic we see,” Can said. Most parents work in Santa Barbara’s hospitality or agricultural sectors. Can herself works
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serve as a reminder of how broken America’s immigration system truly is, and how badly reform is needed. “It just goes back to the reality that it’s not doing what it was designed to do,” Can said. “They’re just using Band-Aid solutions.”
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tro. Her mother was pregnant with her when she crossed the Mexican border, and they moved to Santa Barbara. As long as she can remember, she’s been part of Shoreline Community Church. Martinez saw something in Castro and thought she would be a good fit for Immigrant Hope. She was right. “I knew that no matter what career I chose, I wanted to help people,” Castro said. Now a student at SBCC, she is training under Can to get her USCIS accreditation. As a first-generation Mexican-American, she is able to build rapport with clients who are wary of people supposedly working in immigration law. Many have been burned by a “notorio,” predatory con men who pose as attorneys. “My background sometimes allows me to recognize the struggle they’re going through, especially right now with Trump,” she said. “It’s just scary.” Even on the darkest days—like when she learned one of her young clients was being abused — Castro is able to hang
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60-plus-hour weeks, splitting her time between Santa Barbara and a law office in Ventura. Immigration law is not only Byzantine, but it’s also a constantly moving target. A lot of Can’s time is spent just keeping abreast of the latest legislation, executive orders, and court rulings. The Trump administration’s ongoing effort to impose the Public Charge rule, which can deny immigrants green cards or citizenship if they have previously relied on public assistance programs, has been particularly maddening, she said. So has the fight over DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the back-and-forth decisions to raise application fees. And then there’s the discretion of the individual federal officers, some of whom seem to arbitrarily apply the rules. “One day it’s a yes, the next day it’s a no, the next time it’s like, ‘Oh yes, but you have to meet this criteria,’ ” Can said. “It takes such a toll on people because they don’t have the language, they don’t have the skills, and then they don’t want to apply for anything because they’re afraid.” Sometimes, officers intentionally try to trip up applicants, Martinez said. They’ll ask something in English like “Have you ever committed polygamy?” and if the applicant says no but then can’t properly and fully define “polygamy,” the officer will fail them. The uneven and ever-changing policies
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onto the moments of joy she was helping to create. “Seeing husbands, wives, dads, siblings reunite, seeing them be together, that’s what keeps me going,” she said. One of the most important things everyone working at Immigration Hope must learn is how to handle the emotional weight of their clients who are living in such anxiety and fear. “Diane and all the women here have helped me to realize to just give it to the Lord,” said Castro. “There’s only so much I can do to ease a person’s stress or pain.” When the pandemic hit, the lives of their clients became even more desperate. “Right now,” Castro said, “so many people aren’t working. They have no real income, so they’re unable to pay their electricity bill, and with no Wi-Fi, there is no school for the kids….” The organization is doing what it can to cover the gaps, distributing laundry detergent, food gift cards, and other resources. They continue to provide regular legal
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A FLIGHT FROM VIOLENCE Mayra Perez Huaste’s abusive father wanted to kill her, so she fled Mexico to the United States in 1991. She crossed the border without papers by what she called “jumping the hills,” or trekking over the mountains. Huaste said she was very lonely for two years until she met the man who would become her husband. They married back in Mexico, then returned to the U.S. Huaste’s husband worked for a landscaping company, and in 1998, his boss submitted an employment visa for him, but before it was approved, ICE agents arrested him and put him in detention. He was released and had to regularly check in with federal officials as his removal proceedings commenced. He fought his deportation for seven years and was ultimately allowed to apply for permanent legal residency. “We waited eight more years to get help with our English and civics,”
Huaste said. “I tried taking college classes but did not feel comfortable. Then I heard about Immigrant Hope, and my husband and I started attending. From the beginning, we felt like it was a place of blessing and that the teacher was instilling confidence in the students.” Huaste and her husband studied for 16 months as they submitted their applications for naturalization and waited for their interviews. Her husband was called first. “We were very nervous,” she said. A month later, she was called. They both passed. “I felt the Lord was there before us and had even prepared the officers’ hearts who interviewed us,” she said. Huaste now teaches the U.S. civics and the driver’s license classes at Immigrant Hope. “I feel very blessed to do all these things,” she said. “I believe the Lord goes with me into every class.” n
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professor in ethnic studies at University of Colorado, Boulder, will discuss the ways Indigenous religious traditions continue to shape realities and the identities of Chicanx peoples in the U.S. 6pm. Free.
10/29: SBCFAN Community Food & Farming Discussion Series/ Debate Sobre la Alimentación y la Agricultura de la Comunidad Join the S.B. County Food Action Network for a three-part discussion on how the basic food needs of our entire community can be met and how to ensure fair access to local food resources by the county’s vulnerable populations. Next discussions will be on November 11 and December 3. Live Spanish interpretation will be available. Únase a la Red de Acción Alimentaria del Condado de S.B. para un debate sobre cómo se pueden satisfacer las necesidades alimentarias básicas de toda nuestra comunidad y cómo asegurar un acceso justo a los recursos alimentarios locales por parte de las poblaciones vulnerables del condado. Las próximas discusiones serán el 11 de noviembre y el 3 de diciembre. Habrá interpretación al español en vivo. Noon-1:15pm. Free/Gratis.
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independent.com/fall-food-programs The Peabody Charter Seamless Summer Food Option will offer free homemade lunch and breakfast for the next day to community members 18 years old and younger through December 31. Meals are available in front of Peabody Charter School marquee, 3018 Calle Noguera, MondayFriday, 11:30am-1pm. Children do not have to be present to pick up meals. Masks are required. For more information, call Chef Hallie at (805) 563-1536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. La Opción de Alimentos de Verano de la Carta de Peabody ofrecerá un almuerzo casero gratuito, así como el desayuno del día siguiente, a los miembros de la comunidad de 18 años o menos, hasta el 31 de diciembre. Las comidas están disponibles frente a la carpa de la Escuela Peabody Charter, 3018 Calle Noguera, de lunes a viernes, de 11:30am-1pm. Los niños no tienen que estar presentes. Se requieren máscaras. Para más información llama al Chef Hallie al (805) 563-1536 o envíe un correo electrónico a email@example.com.
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Halloween Door Dash Families can experience a frightful world of whimsy as you make your way through a trail of standalone, thematically decorated, doors which are safely spaced throughout the farm for trick-ortreating. Visit the website for information about the costume contest, virtual pumpkin carving contest, and the COVID-19 guidelines. 2-8pm. Fairview Gardens, 598 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Free. fairviewgardens.org/ halloween-door-dash
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Trick out your car to be scary, funny, silly, creative, terrifying, or fun, with extra points for matching your costume to your car theme for a chance to win a free year of movies. Visit the website for contest rules and a movie schedule. Goleta West Wind Drive-In, 907 S. Kellogg Ave., Goleta. Free-$8.75. tinyurl.com/13NightsOfFrights
10/29-10/31: Spooky Zoo Grab your costumes for an outdoor Halloween spell-ebration! Discover fun decor and photo ops while visiting your favorite animals. Tasty treats and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Visit the website for mandatory safety measures and to make a reservation. 9:30am-7pm. Free-$19.95.
10/29-10/31: Big Wave Dave’s Pumpkin Patch Stop by to pick out that perfect pumpkin for carving or painting! Buy two pumpkins and get a third free (one equal or lesser value pumpkin per family). 10am-9pm. Free. tinyurl.com/BWDPumpkins
as you follow the map to find poisonous plants, creepy creatures, and more. Costumes are encouraged and masks are required. Call to reserve your space. Fri.: 3-5:30pm; Sat.: 10:30am-12:30pm and 3-5:30pm. Ganna Walska Lotusland, Cold Spring Rd., Montecito. Ages 2 and under: free:; members: $20-$30; nonmembers: $30$60. Call (805) 969-9990. lotusland.org/events
10/30-11/1: Museum Mysteries: The Hidden Fossil Come in costume and celebrate safely by solving mysteries of natural history. Enjoy bottle-rocket launches and spooky science experiments. Purchase a clue kit ($16.95) to turn your visit into a cryptic adventure revealing and decoding hidden messages and follow a scavenger hunt. Reservations are required. 10am-5pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Free-$15.
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10/29-10/31: Lompoc Library: 31 Dreadful Days of Terrifying Treats Participants can win one of 10 $25 gift cards to Five Below by watching and participating in daily Halloweenthemed activities. Free. Ages 4-12. Call (805) 875-8781.
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10/29-11/1: Solvang Farmer Pumpkin Patch Select your pumpkin from an amazing selection and find your way out of a 10-acre corn maze that has 10-foot-wide pathways. 10am-6pm. 1000 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang. 10am-6pm. Free; corn maze: $6. 10/31: Halloween Costume Dance Party World Dance Call (805) 331-1948. invites you to safely celebrate the season as you get in costume, facebook.com/SolvangFarmerPumkinPatch join on Zoom, and enjoy an hour of Halloween dancing. You can follow the World Dance choreographies, or just improvise, with other Halloween enthusiasts! 3pm. Free. Call (805) 966-5439. 10/29-10/31: Los Olivos Scarecrow Fest Walk around town and check out all the scarecrows, then vote for the best, most tinyurl.com/ThrillsChillsDance2020 humorous, spookiest, best business theme, and best natural materi10/31: 4th Annual Spooktacular: Drive-Thru Edition! als scarecrow. Visit the website for a participant map and a ballot. Free. losolivosca.com/syv-scarecrow-fest Just 2 Sweet Events will hand out wrapped treat bags to all the ghouls and goblins in costume. Masks are required. 4-6pm. Just 2 10/30-10/31 Howl-O-Ween Whisker Virtual Run Sweet Events, 703 E. Ocean Ave., Lompoc (enter from Ocean Ave. or Walk Make a tax-deductible donation, and then walk, closest to A Street and exit onto B St.). Free. Call (805) 430-3485. jog, skip, rollerblade, hike, or ride a bike on your favorite path or trail tinyurl.com/SpooktacularDriveThru and post pictures on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag 10/31: Halloween Outdoor Cinema: Casper Wear your #SBCACFWhiskerRun2020. Funds raised go to S.B. County Animal costumes (not too scary) and park your car in a its own safety Care Foundation. Free-donations accepted. tinyurl.com/HowlOWeenRun bubble to view the 1995 animated movie Casper (rated PG). You will receive a bag(s) of treats that have been safely pre-packaged. Masks are required. Gates open: 5:30pm; movie: 6:30pm. Corner of Meadowvale Rd. and CA-246, Santa Ynez. $30/car.
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If you know any undecided voters in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, will you please share this with them — like today? Thank you kindly.
Dear Swing State Voter, This isn’t a rant about guns, same-sex marriage, reproductive rights, or global warming. Those are issues — and issues are for elections with two qualified candidates of unequivocal character. I hope to have the luxury of debating issues with you again someday. What this is: just a list of well-documented things Donald Trump has done (go ahead, look ’em up) while overseeing the most powerful country on Earth. We joke about having become numb to the shocking behavior coming from the White House over the past four years. But today, as the electorate waits for you to fill in the tiny oval that best reflects your values — it’s worth remembering.
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• Asked immigration lawmakers why the United States would accept immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa and the Caribbean. • Said a Paris cemetery for slain American soldiers was “filled with losers” and called the more than 1,800 Marines who perished in the WWI Belleau Wood battle “suckers.” • Was laughed at by the United Nations when he stated, “My administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.” • Was found to speak at a 4th-grade level, the lowest of any president on record.
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• Tweeted that four Congresswomen of color — three U.S.-born and raised —should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” • Became the third president in history to be impeached.
• Said, “I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” • Mocked a reporter who is disabled by mimicking his 2020 arm movements and facial email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Tweeted, “The Coronaviexpression. rus is very much under con• Despite avoiding military service with five trol in the USA” in February. deferments, said of the late Republican Sen- • Suggested ingesting disinfectants to treat ator and Vietnam POW John McCain, “He’s the disease, and said he accepted no responnot a war hero…. I like people that weren’t sibility for the immediate rise in medical cases of people doing just that. captured.” • Ordered a slowdown in COVID testing, 2016 tweeting: “Without testing, we would be • Belittled the Muslim parents of a slain showing almost no cases.” American soldier, who died while trying • Called for Obama’s resignation after two to save other troops in Iraq. Americans died of Ebola but told crowds • Is believed to have inspired the 86 per- that COVID-19 “affects virtually nobody” cent rise in attacks against Jews in the six as the nation’s death toll from the virus reached 200,000. months since his election. • Had two of his Tweets flagged with warn2017 ing labels by Twitter for falsely claiming • Appointed a Secretary of Education with that mail-in ballots are fraudulent — then no experience in government or public threatened to shut down the social-media schools. platform. • Barred the New York Times and other • Had protesters sprayed with tear gas so he investigative journalism outlets from White could walk to a nearby church and pose for House press briefings. a photo with a Bible. • Required “killer graphics” on top-secret • Did not join former Presidents Clinton, daily briefings to hold his attention. Bush, and Obama in attending the funeral • Blocked a group of half a million veterans of congressmember and civil rights icon John Lewis, saying, “He chose not to come on Twitter that criticized him. • Said, “There were very fine people on both to my inauguration.” sides” after a woman was killed and 19 were • Is responsible for the 545 migrant children injured while protesting a rally of neo-Nazis whose parents still haven’t been found after and former KKK members in Virginia. they were separated at the border. • Instructed staff at the Centers for Disease • Refuses to say that he will accept the elecControl and Prevention to no longer use tion results if he loses. the words “evidence-based” and “sciencebased” in official documents. Have your say. Speak your piece. Cast • Withdrew from the Paris Agreement, your vote.
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crafted cuisine that’s widely craved today. Modernizing buildings that haven’t been used in decades while retaining their rustic, rural spirit. Carving new corners for celebrations while ensuring each offers a distinct experience and feel. And doing it all under the shadow of a global pandemic. These are just slices of a big pie being quickly but carefully baked at Zaca Creek, the three-acre property located just north of Buellton on the west side of 101 that was home to Jim Buell’s beloved steakhouse and raucous saloon from 1969 to 2001. After multiple owners failed to fire up the grills over the past 20 years, an extended Santa Ynez Valley family is now at the helm, and their combined backgrounds in food, drink, contracting, permitting, and event venue management are enabling an ambitious, multipronged plan to take root. “We all have a long lineage in the valley,” said Stephen Villa, a Lompoc native and former assistant winemaker at Fiddlehead Cellars who co-owns the property with his wife, Santa Ynez High grad Chelsea Rushing. “We’re all from here.” The couple stumbled into the event business by turning their Highway 246 property into a wedding venue after hosting their own nuptials there on New Year’s Eve of 2015. Almost immediately, the oliveand-walnut-tree-dotted ranch called La Arboleda started selling out far in advance, a testament to the dearth of appropriate venues in the area. Zaca Creek represented an opportunity to double down on that success while expanding their services, so the couple jumped on the property at the end of 2018 and started redevelopment the following year. In a region rife with complaints over slow permitting, the plans for Zaca Creek clipped along with comparable ease, thanks to the intimate involvement of Chelsea’s parents, Joe and Sally Rushing, who are also co-owners, as is longtime family friend Claudio Bonometti. Sally knows the ins and outs of county planning like few others, and Joe is a contractor by trade — so when ideas pop up, construction is soon to follow. It didn’t hurt that the property came with a relatively open array of potential uses. “The zoning on this property was one of the most attractive things,” said Villa. So far, they’ve converted half of the old dining hall — which once seated a whopping 250 people — to six hotel rooms, whose stone-walled, barn-beamed style blends French chateau with California ranch life, and turned the rest into The
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Tavern at Zaca Creek, a 125-person-capacity restaurant of mostly outdoor tables. There’s a ceremony space under a large oak tree up the hill; a pool and waterfall area that may also become a space for “club members” in the future; a more casual eatery called The Treehouse that’s gone from rendering to reality in just months; and the huge barn-like building in the center of it all, which served as the saloon and dance hall during the heyday of the Buell ownership. “The key to this property is that there are so many different aspects to it,” said Villa, explaining that a wedding party could host a welcome reception, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, wedding dinner, and dance party without ever seeing the same area twice. “We wanted people to think that, if they didn’t need to leave, they didn’t have to.” They were planning to open in March 2020 when COVID-19 hit. They pulled off one wedding but soon
realized that there’d be no large events at all in 2020. While rescheduling bookings to 2021 and 2022, the team focused on The Tavern, patiently watching how other restaurants handled the health code guidelines and then opening on August 22. Said Villa, “We wanted to give people an experience that felt intentional.” To do so, Villa left the wine industry, a career he began at East Beach Wine on Milpas Street as a UCSB student before
spending 13 years in the cellar at Fiddlehead. He left that job earlier this year to take on The Tavern’s GM and beverage management roles, about which he is super jazzed. “It was really exciting to take the relationships that I formed and the knowledge that I accrued, and the love of it, and to translate that to a wine list that shines a light on what the valley is about,” said Villa, who is showcasing smaller producers and hopes to host intimate winemaker dinners and educational events in the future. He’s become a student of spirits and cocktails as well, turning Brazilian cachaças, Mexican mezcal, and pink-hued Amalfi Coast gin into colorful, balanced drinks while curating what may be the deepest library of brown liquor and rare chartreuse in the Santa Ynez Valley. “When I knew I was going to take over the restaurant, I just dove into it,” said Villa of his ongoing liquor education. For the food, they interviewed dozens of potential chefs, but none clicked. So Chelsea called up her friend and former Santa Ynez High water polo teammate Kaitlyn Paul, who’d been working the kitchens of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the past five years. “She was ready to take the reins on a place all her own,” said Rushing. Paul was also ready to come home, having hit the top of the chef food chain in Wyoming, and was pleased to find a solid Zaca Creek team. “This is the most wellfunctioning management group that I’ve worked with in a restaurant,” she explained. “This is the fifth restaurant I’ve opened, and the smoothest.” Respecting the restaurant’s steakhouse history, The Tavern’s entree menu features all wagyu beef, raised nearby by the Branquinho family, as well as other classic meat and seafood options, from lamb racks to diver scallops. The modern creative streak — or what Paul calls “approachable weird food” — shines more brightly in specials and the menu’s “Bells &
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Derdiyok Brothers Bring Their Coffee and Culture to State Street BY RICKY BARAJAS it comes in a cute cup, too. Lokum’s Turkish coffee with your eyes first, and Lokum is most with pistachio is one of the most uniquely flavored certainly a feast in that regard. Ornate drinks I’ve had. It has a bold, almost smoky taste chandeliers hang from high ceilings over that was comforting at the same time that it was beautifully tiled floors, and the lighted glass cases delicious. It’s rich and nutty, and Bulent made note contain row after row of jewel-hued squares, that any coffee or tea that you can order at Lokum some filled with nuts and others encrusted in is also available for purchase. flower petals. The wall directly across is lined with shelves full of teas, coffees, and intricately Brownie chocolate & hazelnut Turkish delight: “These designed tea and coffee sets. ones are my favorite,” said Bulent with a chuckle. Despite the luxurious appearance, owners Even after just one bite, it was hard to argue with and brothers Bulent and Levent Derdiyok have him. The rich chocolate in the soft and chewy designed Lokum to be a welcoming and pleasant delight contrasts nicely with the crunchy hazelspace. “We love being on State Street,” said Bulent. nuts. Chocolate and hazelnuts are a classic com“We are happy seeing happy customers.” bination, and here, you get everything you love The Derdiyok brothers aren’t newcomers to about gooey brownies in a bite-sized morsel. State Street; they’ve run their Turkish import store just a few doors down for five years. “We have Rose-petal-covered pomegranate and pistachio Turksomething different on State Street,” said Bulent, ish delight: It’s a bit strange to think of rose petals “and this is our way to share our culture and our as crispy and that they would taste amazing, but desserts with Santa Barbara.” on these delights, they are and they do. There’s a Lokum offers a wide variety of coffee and light, floral flavor from the roses and a creamy teas in addition to their selection of baklava and nuttiness of the pistachios that complement lokum, which is the word for the Turkish delights the tartness from the pomegranate delight. The themselves. These soft, gel-like sweets are “famil- crunch from the nuts and the crisp from the rose iar desserts in Turkey,” Bulent told me, explain- petals make for a texturally delightful experience ing that they are often used to welcome guests. on top of an already delicious one. The same is true with baklava, those flaky layers of pastry crust and crumbled pistachio that are Berry and hazelnut cream Turkish delight: Covered covered in a sweet, sticky syrup. in otherwise indescribable crunchy little bits, this Particularly helpful during pandemic times, delight contains a tart wild-berry jelly and a light Lokum’s website is designed to mirror the in-per- and fluffy hazelnut cream. The tang from the jelly son shopping experience. You can browse their is balanced out by the cream, hitting the sweet selections of coffee and tea, or order boxes of des- and sour flavor profile without ever becoming serts in one-pound or two-pound batches in four overbearing. or eight flavors, respectively. With plans over the next few years to open Baklava: How something can be both moist and another Lokum in San Luis Obispo and a Turk- flaky is at this point still beyond me. But the good ish breakfast spot in Santa Barbara, the Derdiyok thing is that I was not tasked with figuring it out family is well on their way to lighting the Central and instead just got to enjoy it. The layers crumble Coast with gems of Turkish culture. Below are between your teeth and seem to just about disjust a few of the wonderful options that Lokum solve on your tongue immediately after. They are sweet and nutty from the ground pistachio has to offer. sprinkled throughout. Turkish coffee with pistachio: A good cup of coffee can warm you to the core, and it sure helps when 1019 State Street; (805) 324-3067; lokumsb.com
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WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME HEIDI SCHRECK’S BROADWAY HIT COMES TO AMAZON PRIME
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RADIO PLAYS LIVING LAWS: Schreck captures the audience with her personal stories.
mentioned groups since 1989. Womxn are still being violated and silenced, people in the LGBTQ+ community (particularly the trans community) are being murdered at an all-time high rate, immigrants are still being criminalized, and bias still exists against people of color. The end of the show involves an interactive, unscripted debate that pits Schreck against a current high school student, Rosdely Ciprian, over whether or not the Constitution should be abolished. In my eyes, and those of many others, Ciprian wins the contest. As an ex-Speech and Debate competitor myself, not only was I impressed by the civility, intelligence, and hilariousness of the discussion, I was dazzled by Ciprian’s incredible poise, probably because when I was 15, I was a nervous wreck before every round. Watching the creative arguments
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and critical rebuttals on both sides gave me hope that the younger generation is not just interested in becoming TikTok influencers but that they are also a diverse, passionate group inspired to spearhead change. After the show, I was moved to ask myself what the Constitution means to me, as a Gen. Z woman. I still don’t think I’d describe it as “warm-blooded” or “steamy,” but I would say it’s a spirited, yet developing document capable of granting equity and equality, but only as long as people continue to call for change so it can meet America where it is today. This comical and authentic show deserves a place on your essential watch list, along with the presidential and the vice-presidential debates. It’ll definitely have you on the edge of your seat, or rather closer to your screen while at home. —Saehee Jong
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With grocery shopping being the most exciting outing over the last several months, browsing the stalls of the farmers’ market to pick out fresh seasonal produce and then experimenting with new recipes have become the highlights of my week. Fruits and vegetables are full of color and possibility. Brussels sprouts and pomegranates look good—wouldn’t they be perfect with tahini sauce and a sprinkle of feta? I’ll toss in some toasted hazelnuts for good measure. Then I like to spend the day cooking and listening to an audiobook. Emoni, the heroine of Elizabeth Acevedo’s follow-up to her award-winning novel The Poet X, feels most at home in the kitchen, too. She lives for remixing recipes, experimenting with ingredients, and feeding people’s hunger as well as their souls. “How does the dish make you feel?” Emoni asks when she serves her friends and family a meal. While she exercises freedom and creativity when cooking, in the rest of her life Emoni feels like her choices have already been made for her because she’s a senior in
The Santa Barbara High School theater department has answered t wo pressing questions of the season: how to celebrate Halloween, and how to perpetuate the performing arts during the pandemic. While Justin Baldridge in-person theater remains on hiatus, the SBHS fall production is a series of radio plays by Tony Palermo that offer audiences retro-styled thrills that can be enjoyed from the safety of their homes. Follow ghosts and pirates searching for treasure in the Sargasso Sea in The Pirate’s Curse; encounter a 13th-century phalanx of knights who discover a terrifying secret in Buried Treasure Hunters; and indulge in a classic murder mystery set in an English manor in Detective Rufflethorpe. Says new head of the SBHS theater program, Justin Baldridge, “I thought that opening a virtual performance around Halloween would be a fun idea, especially since many Halloween events have been canceled this year. The next thought was radio plays: a night of spooky, creepy, or suspenseful shows.” Theater is challenging even in the best of times. Now, with virtual classes to promote social distancing, rehearsals look a little different than they used to. “All the students … commented on how difficult it is to rehearse in this environment,” says Baldridge. “However, they rallied together in each group, collaborated as ensembles, and strived to produce strong work.” Each radio play is directed and performed by the students, and the stagecraft kids get in on the fun with student-designed sound effects. Giving the students the agency to execute a creative vision — and then build on that vision based on peer review and collaboration — engages them in the theatrical process despite not being able to literally tread the boards. “I want students to find their creative voices,” says Baldridge. “Students lit up in these projects and showed strong growth from their first performance in class because each student was invested in the final product. They shared their voices, and in collaboration, merged everything together to create their own work of art.” —Maggie Yates
s we get closer to Election Day, the endorsements and debates people are having about Biden and Trump only seem to further polarize our country. What better way to prepare for or celebrate voting than to brush up on the supreme law of our land—the United States Constitution? The last time I learned about this document was in high school, and unlike Heidi Schreck, who wrote and stars in What the Constitution Means to Me, the Broadway hit now streaming on Amazon Prime, “warmblooded” and “steamy” are not the words I’d use to describe it. Yet Schreck makes a strong case for her evaluation. The story begins in 1989, with Schreck playing her 15-year-old self, a kid who competed in and won prize money as a Constitutional debater — enough money, in fact, to eventually pay for college. From there, the show turns to examining what the Constitution means to Heidi Schreck today. Inspired by women she knows, Schreck unleashes gutting anecdotes and real statistics that suggest that maybe, just maybe, the Constitution that once held our country together is currently failing to protect such vulnerable groups as womxn, immigrants, and people of color. As her compassionate heart pours out on stage, viewers can be seen beginning to listen and slowly to realize the severity of the injustices these people continue to face every day. The hardest thing to swallow? How little has changed for the above
high school raising a toddler while living with her abuela, whose health is deteriorating. Juggling daycare drop-off, coordinating custody with her daughter’s teenage father and his judgmental family, and working an after-school job at a fast-food joint don’t leave her much time to dream of what she wants for her future. The chance to take a culinary class challenges her to find a way to balance her responsibilities while also making room to follow her passions. Acevedo’s words bring the smells, tastes, and textures of food to life, as she peppers recipes in with Emoni’s musings on her insecurities and experiences as an Afro-Latinx young woman. But it’s the portrayal of the nuanced, supportive relationships with other women — her grandmother, who loves and supports her; her best friend, who fiercely defends her; and a teacher who challenges her — that make this character-driven novel memorable. —Molly Wetta
The radio plays are available for streaming October 30-November 30 at purplepass.com/ sbhstheatre2020.
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY by Rob Breszny ARIES
(Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Reed Galen is an American political
(June 21-July 22): I’m surprised when I hear that fans of
consultant who has worked long and hard for conservative causes. But in next week’s election, he opposes conservative Donald Trump, whom he regards as an authoritarian tyrant. He writes, “Democracy is on the ballot. It’s a binary choice between good/bad, honorable/ dishonorable, healthy/sick, forward/backward. There has been nothing like this in our lifetimes.” If you’ve read my words for a while, you know I’m a connoisseur of ambiguity and uncertainty. I try to see all sides of every story. But now I’m departing from my tradition: I agree with Reed Galen’s assessment. The American electorate really does face a binary choice between good and bad. I also suspect, Aries, that you may be dealing with a binary choice in your personal life. Don’t underestimate how important it is that you side with the forces of good.
TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): Taurus politician Dan Coats has
Donald Trump enjoy my horoscopes. My political views, which are deeply aligned with my spiritual philosophy, have always been very progressive. And I’ve never hidden that fact. How can someone who appreciates my ideas also like Trump, a vile bully who has unleashed enormous cruelty and chaos? If you yourself are a Trump fan, I understand that after reading the preceding words, you may never read my words again. But I need to follow my own astrological advice for us Cancerians, which is: Be bold and clear in expressing your devotion to the ideals you hold precious. For me, that means supporting Joe Biden, an imperfect candidate who will nevertheless be a far more compassionate and intelligent and fair-minded leader than Trump.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Dionysus was the ancient Greek god
belonged to the conservative Republican Party all his adult life. He served in the U.S. Congress for 24 years, and later as President Donald Trump’s Director of National Intelligence. Since leaving that office, Coats has criticized his ex-boss. He has said, “Trump doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie.” In accordance with astrological omens, I urge you to be fiercely non-Trump-like in the coming weeks. It’s crucial to the welfare of you and yours that you tell the whole truth.
of drunkenness and ecstasy and madness. His followers were inclined to immerse themselves in those states. Yet as historian Robert Parker points out, Dionysus himself “was seldom drunk, seldom mad.” His relationship with his consort Ariadne was “dignified and restrained,” and “smiling tranquility” was his common mood. I recommend that in the coming weeks, you act more like Dionysus than his followers — no matter how unruly the world around you may become. The rest of us need you to be a bastion of calmness and strength.
(May 21-June 20): Many stories that were popular long
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo military expert Jim Mattis
ago are still studied today. One example is the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, originally told during the first century bce Another is Homer’s epic tale The Odyssey, which harks back to the sixth century bce. I have no problem with learning from old tales like these. It’s important to know how people of previous eras experienced life. But for you in the coming months, I think it will be crucial to find and tell new stories — tales that illuminate the unique circumstances that you are living through right now.
enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps when he was 19 years old. Forty-three years later, having been a Marine all his adult life and a general for six years, he retired. Later, he served under President Donald Trump as the U.S. Secretary of Defense. After leaving that position, Mattis testified that Trump was “dangerous” and “unfit,” adding that Trump “has no moral compass.” Be inspired by Mattis, Virgo. Do your part to resist the harmful and unethical actions of powerful people who affect you. Be extra strong and clear in standing up for integrity.
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Feeling too much is a hell of a lot bet-
ter than feeling nothing,” declares Libran author Nora Roberts. I trust you will see the wisdom of that perspective in the coming weeks. On the downside, there might be some prickly, disorienting feelings arriving along with the rich flood of splendor. But I’m convinced that most of the surge will be interesting, invigorating, and restorative — although it may take a while for the full effects to ripen. And even the prickly, disorienting stuff may ultimately turn out to be unexpectedly nurturing for your soul.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio politician Joe Biden wasn’t my
first choice for President of the United States. During the selection process, I championed his opponents Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. But now I support Biden wholeheartedly. He has several policies I don’t agree with, but on the other hand, I know it’s critical that we Americans ensure he replaces the appalling, corrupt, incompetent Trump. In the coming days, I advise you Scorpios to also consider the value of wise and pragmatic compromise in your own sphere. Don’t allow a longing for impossible perfection to derail your commitment to doing what’s right.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The United States has suffered terribly
from COVID-19. Of all the world’s countries, it has had more cases and more deaths. Why? One major reason is President Donald Trump. He has consistently downplayed the seriousness of the disease, has advocated many unscientific cures, and has been lax and erratic in supporting the therapeutic measures that virtually all epidemiological experts have recommended. It’s no exaggeration to assert that Americans will reduce their coronavirus misery by electing Joe Biden as president. In this spirit, and in accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to meditate on how you could reduce any and all of your own personal suffering. The time is right. Be ingenious! Be proactive!
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “By my love and hope I beseech you,”
pleaded philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. “Do not cast away the hero in your soul! Hold holy your highest hope!” That’s always good advice, but it’s extra crucial for you now. You will generate good fortune for yourself by being in close connection with the part of you that is bravest and wisest. The people whose lives you touch will have a special need for you to express the vitalizing power of intelligent hopefulness. More than maybe ever before, you will be inspired to cultivate your heroic qualities.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I’ve been writing my horoscope col-
umn for a long time, and it has evolved dramatically. One aspect that hasn’t changed is that every four years, I’ve endorsed a candidate for the president of my home country, the United States. Another unchanging aspect is that I regularly reveal my progressive views about political matters. Some people who have only recently discovered my writing express dismay about this. “I don’t want politics with my horoscopes!” they complain. But the fact is, politics have permeated my horoscopes since the beginning. Now I urge you to do what I just did, Aquarius, but in your own sphere: If there are people who are not clear about who you really are, educate them.
PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): “The worse the state of the world grows,
the more intensely I try for inner perfection and power,” wrote Piscean author Anaïs Nin during World War II. “I fight for a small world of humanity and tenderness.” I encourage you to adopt that perspective for the rest of 2020. It’s an excellent time to respond boldly to the outer chaos by building up your inner beauty. I also suggest this addition to Nin’s formula: Call on your resourceful compassion to bolster the resilience of your closest allies.
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representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a c r e d i t o r. Yo u m a y w a n t t o consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California l a w. Y O U M AY E X A M I N E t h e f i l e kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE‑154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Law Offices of Mark C. Sherwood, 340 N. Westlake Blvd., Suite 220, Westlake Village, CA 91362; (805) 497‑1730. Published Oct 29. Nov 5, 12 2020.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) is/are d o i n g b u s i n e s s a s : S TA G E COACH PLAZA at 2948 Nojoqui Ave. Santa Barbara, CA 93441; Robert W Bartlett 2 7 W. A n a p a m u S t . # 3 5 1 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 conducted by a Individual Signed: Robert W Bartlett Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Sep 25, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002440. Published: Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) RED BLUFF ROAD SELF STORAGE at 5901 Encina Rd Ste C‑5 Goleta, CA 93103; Daniel E. Braun 1461 Holiday Hill Road Goleta, CA 93117 conducted by a Individual Signed: Daniel E. Braun Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 2, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002506. Published: Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) NAP CLUB at 298 Carpinteria Ste 2 Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Brittney Meyer 2809 Serena Rd A Santa Barbara, CA 93105 conducted by a Individual Signed: Brittney Meyer Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Sep 11, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002327. Published: Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) ULTRALIFE SPORTS & FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC at 23 Hitchock Way Ste 110 Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Antonia J
Forsyth 5080 Rhoads Ave Apt D Santa Barbara, CA 93111 conducted by a Individual Signed: Antonia J Forsyth Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Sep 30, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002481. Published: Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: COMMUNIFY at 5638 Hollister Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93117; Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County (same address) conducted by a Corporation Signed: Patricia D Keelean Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Sep 29, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002460. Published: Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SIX STRANDS at 720 Bath St Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Charlene W Macharia (same address) conducted by a Individual Signed: Charlene Macharia Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Sep 23, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002421. Published: Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) J & G MANAGEMENT SERVICES at 4526 Auhay Drive #B Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Gary Lynd Inc. (same address) conducted by a Corporation Signed: Gary Lynd Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 2, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002501. Published: Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) THE GALLOIS GROUP, GALLOIS PHOTO, GALLOIS INTERIORS, GALLOIS DESIGN, GALLOIS GATHERINGS at 804 Moreno Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Sandra L Welsh (same address) conducted by a Individual Signed: Sandra Welsh Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 5, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002520. Published: Oct 15, 22, 29. Nov 5 2020.
(same address) conducted by a Corporation Signed: M i c h e l l e Va u g h a n F i l e d with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 2, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002499. Published: Oct 15, 22, 29. Nov 5 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) S A N TA BARBARA WIRELESS F O U N D AT I O N a t 4 0 2 5 S t a t e Street #37 Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (same address) conducted by a C o r p o r a t i o n S i g n e d : To m Saunders Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Sep 25, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002439. Published: Oct 15, 22, 29. Nov 5 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) AXIE SUZE SWIM at 1016 Cliff Drive Apt 210 Santa Barbara, CA 93109; Susanna M Cole (same address) conducted by a General Partnership Signed: Alexzandra Carlson Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Sep 22, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002406. Published: Oct 15, 22, 29. Nov 5 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) JANO GRAPHICS, JANO PRINTING & M A I LW O R K S , P R I N T I N G IMPRESSIONS, SB MAIL WORKS, V3 PRINTING at 200 N Elevar Street Oxnard, CA 93030; National Graphics, LLC (same address) conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Michael Scher Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 15, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002578. Published: Oct 22, 29. Nov 5, 12 2020.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) FUTURE PERFECT WINE at 1500 E. Chestnut Units F & G Lompoc, CA 93436; Sunshine Doench Stricker 2847 Santa Barbara Avenue Los Olivos CA 93441 conducted by a Individual Signed: Sunshine Doench Stricker Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 5, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002511. Published: Oct 15, 22, 29. Nov 5 2020.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) SAFE T E C H N O L O G Y F O R S A N TA BARBARA C O U N T Y, SAFE TECH SBC at 1105 N Ontare Road Santa Barbara, CA 93105‑1937; Sandra Castellino (same address) conducted by a Unincorporated Assoc. Other Than a Partnership Signed: Sandra Castellino Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 8, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002544. Published: Oct 22, 29. Nov 5, 12 2020.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) ALMA AESTHETICS at 130 S Hope Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Alma Aesthetics
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) SUPER 8 G O L E TA / S A N TA B A R B A R A a t 6 0 2 1 Hollister Ave. Goleta, CA
93117; Oceanic Santa Barbara LLC 3656 Ruffin Road Suite A San Diego, CA 92123 conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Priyanka Chawla Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 2, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002507. Published: Oct 22, 29. Nov 5, 12 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) PIPILO TA L E S , P I P I L O a t 4 5 3 3 Nueces Dr Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Mariangelica Duque (same address) conducted by a Individual Signed: Mariangelica Duque Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 14, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002564. Published: Oct 22, 29. Nov 5, 12 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) JACK O’KEEFE JUNIOR GOLF F O U N D AT I O N at 1111 Chapala Street Suite 200 Santa Barbara Foundation (same address) conducted by a Corporation Signed: Jackie Carrera Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 15, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002568. Published: Oct 22, 29. Nov 5, 12 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) S A N TA B A R B A R A D O J O at 122 E. Gutierrez St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Kickboxers, Inc. (same address) conducted by a Corporation Signed: Austin Curtis Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 16, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002586. Published: Oct 22, 29. Nov 5, 12 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) UPTOWN BARBERSHOP at 4425 Hollister Avenue Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Erik Hernandez 4228 Carpinteria Avenue 4 Carpinteria, CA 93013 conducted by a Individual Signed: Erik Hernandez Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Sep 29, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002461. Published: Oct 22, 29. Nov 5, 12 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) S A N TA BARBARA EYECARE at 2946 De La Vina Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Santa
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LEGALS Barbara Eyecare, Inc., APMC (same address) conducted by a Corporation Signed: Douglas A. Katsez, M.D. Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 26, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002641. Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) SACRED LOTIONS at 1221 State Street, Suite 12 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Charlena R Cooper (same address) conducted by a Individual Signed: Charlene Cooper Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 26, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002640. Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) SR TECHNOLOGIES at 5671 Ekwill St #103 First Floor Goleta, CA 93111; Christopher B Moore 16387 C o n e s t o g a R d . H i d d e n Va l l e y Lake, CA 95467 conducted by a Individual Signed: Christopher B Moore Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 15, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002583. Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) BEST WESTERN PLUS S A N TA BARBARA, BEST WESTERN S A N TA BARBARA, BW P L U S S A N TA B A R B A R A , B W S A N TA B A R B A R A a t 2220 Bath St Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Encina Pepper Tr e e , L L C 3 8 5 0 S t a t e S t . Santa Barbara, 93105 conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Jeanette Webber Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 8, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002542. Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) SUPER VA L U E S M O G a t 4 0 3 D e La Vina Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Scott C Brodie (same address) conducted by a Individual Signed: Scott Brodie Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 15, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002574. Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) BALANCE BOARD at 6612 Calle Koral Goleta, CA 93117; Jewell Te c h n o l o g i e s I n c o r p o r a t e d
(same address) conducted by a Corporation Signed: Kimberly Adcock Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 8, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002538. Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) THE NECK at 15 Arroyo Vista Dr Goleta, CA 93117; Isabella Santi Esteves Freiria (same address) conducted by a Individual Signed: Isabela Santi Esteves Freiria Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 26, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002651. Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020.
NAME CHANGE A M E N D E D I N T H E M AT T E R O F T H E A P P L I C AT I O N O F S T E P H A N I E L A U R E N B AT T L E ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 20CV02181 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior court proposing a change of name(s) FROM and TO the following name(s): FROM: STEPHAINE LAUREN B AT T L E TO: STEPHAINE LAUREN B AT T L E B R O C E THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show c a u s e , i f a n y, w h y t h e petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Dec 3, 2020 8:30 am, Dept: SM4, Via Zoom, Meeting ID: 945 0051 7331, Password: 6055984 Superior Court of California County of SB 312‑C East Cooks Street Santa Maria, CA 93454 Cooks Division A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this c o u n t y, a t l e a s t o n c e e a c h week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Oct 8, 2020 by Jed Beebe, Judge of the Superior Court. Published: Oct 22, 29. Nov 5, 12 2020. I N T H E M AT T E R O F T H E A P P L I C AT I O N OF R I TA C L E R I H E W TAT E O R D E R T O SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 20CV03297 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior court proposing a change of name(s) FROM and TO the following name(s): F R O M : R I TA C L E R I H E W TAT E T O : R I TA C L E R I H E W B R I N D ’ ARMOUR THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before
this court at the hearing indicated below to show c a u s e , i f a n y, w h y t h e petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Dec 4, 2020 10:00am, Dept: 4, Superior Court of California County of Santa Barbara 1100 Anacapa Dtreet Santa Barbara, CA 93101; anacapa Division A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this c o u n t y, a t l e a s t o n c e e a c h week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Oct 22, 2020 by Donna D. Geck, Judge of the Superior Court. Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO CREDITORS I n t h e m a t t e r o f : E VA L . CRUICKSHANK, settlor (Deceased) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF Santa Barbara CASE: 20PR00243 I, JUNE ELIZABETH V E R L O O P, S u c c e s s o r Tr u s t e e o f t h e E VA L . C R U I C K S H A N K LIVING TRUST dated June 2, 2003, do hereby file the following proposed Notice to Creditors for purposes of an assignment of a proceeding n u m b e r, p u r s u a n t t o P r o b a t e Code Section 19004, to be followed by publication pursuant to Probate Code Section 19040 as follows: I n t h e M a t t e r o f E VA L . CRUICKSHANK, deceased. Beneficiary: NOTICE TO CREDITORS Probate Code 19040 Notice is hereby given to the credtors and contingent creditors of the above‑named decedent, that all persons having claims against decedent are required to file them with the Santa Barbara Superior Court, Anacapa Division, at 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93121‑1107 and mail a copy to JUNE ELIZABETH V E R L O O P, S u c c e s s o r Tr u s t e e , o f t h e E VA L. CRUICKSHANK, originally created June 2, 2003, wherwherein the decedent w a s t h e S e t t l o r, a t : J U N E ELIZABETH VERLOOP within the later of four (4) months after Oct 15, 2020 (the date of the first publication of t h e n o t i c e t o c r e d i t o r s ) o r, i f notice is mailed or personally deliverd to you, 30 days after the date this notice is mailed or personally deliverd to you. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by cerified mail, with return receipt requested to: Erik D. Black, Esq, State Bar No. 101580; Black & Black; 1114 State St., Suite 272 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 957‑1922 Dated 6/29/20. D a r r e l E . P a r k e r, E x e c u t i v e Officer; April Garcia, Deputy Published Oct 15, 22, 29. Nov 5 2020.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Design Review Board Goleta City Hall – Council Chambers (Electronically and Telephonically) 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B Goleta, CA 93117 Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Design Review Board (DRB) of the City of Goleta will conduct an Electronic public hearing on the date set forth above to consider the following new project: Conceptual Review American Riviera Bank Signage 5880 Calle Real (APN 069-110-082) Case No. 20-0003-OSP Sandpiper Golf Course Clubhouse 7925 Hollister Avenue (APN 079-210-059) Case No. 20-0012-DRB Final Review Powell Addition and Setback Modification 261 Iris Avenue (APN 077-254-008) Case No. 20-0001-MOD Conceptual/Preliminary/Final Review Organic Greens Signage 5902 Daley Street (APN 071-151-006) Case No. 20-0013-DRB Organic Greens Façade Improvements 5902 Daley Street (APN 071-151-006) Case No. 20-0015-DRB Harrison SFD Addition 5689 Berkeley Road (APN 069-324-002) Case No. 20-0014-DRB ATTENTION: Pursuant to of the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 dated March 17, 2020 authorizing local jurisdictions subject to the Brown Act to hold public meetings telephonically and electronically in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular meeting of the Design Review Board for November 10, 2020 will be conducted telephonically and electronically. It will be broadcast live on the City’s website and on Cable Goleta Channel 19. The Council Chambers will not be open to the public during the meeting. Design Review Board Members will be participating telephonically and will not be physically present in the Council Chambers. IN LIGHT OF THE CITY’S NEED TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ELECTRONICALLY AND TELEPHONICALLY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, written comments may also be submitted as instructed above or via email to the DRB Secretary, Mary Chang at firstname.lastname@example.org or by electronic means during the Public Hearing (date and time noted above), provided they are received prior to the conclusion of the public comment portion of the Public Hearing. Instructions on how to submit written comments during the hearing will be available on the City’s website: https://www.cityofgoleta.org/i-want-to/news-and-updates/governmentmeeting-agendas-and-videos. PUBLIC COMMENT: This hearing is for design review only. All interested persons are encouraged to participate in the public hearing electronically (by phone) as described above. You may also request your written comments to be read into the record during the hearing. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The items in this notice are new items. The DRB agenda may also include items continued from prior meetings. All persons wanting to review any project applications may do so by contacting City of Goleta, Planning and Environmental Review at (805) 961-7543. The Agenda, staff reports and project plans will be available approximately one week before the hearing on the City’s website at www. cityofgoleta.org. Publish:
Santa Barbara Independent, October 29, 2020 ORDINANCE NO. 20-10 U AN URGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GOLETA CLARIFYING THE TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS AND FORECLOSURES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC TO REFLECT STATE LAW AND SETTING FORTH THE FACTS CONSTITUTING SUCH URGENCY
On October 20, 2020 at Goleta City Hall, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, California, the City Council of the City of Goleta adopted an urgency ordinance that amends the City’s residential evictions moratorium to include a repayment start date of March 1, 2021, amend the City’s commercial evictions moratorium to include an expiration date of March 31, 2021, and terminate the City’s residential and commercial foreclosures moratorium. The City Council of the City of Goleta passed and adopted Ordinance No. 20-10 U at a regular meeting held on the 20th day of October 2020, by the following roll call vote: AYES:
MAYOR PEROTTE, MAYOR PRO TEMPORE RICHARDS, COUNCILMEMBERS ACEVES, KASDIN AND KYRIACO
The Urgency Ordinance is effective immediately. Any interested person may obtain a copy of the urgency ordinance by emailing the City Clerk’s Office, email@example.com, or by calling City Hall at (805) 961-7505. Deborah Lopez City Clerk Publish:
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