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NOV. 5-12, 2020 VOL. 34 • NO. 773

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Virtual Events! Leading activists, creatives and thinkers confront racism in America, guiding us towards racial equality.

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- VIRTUAL EVENT Musical America’s 2020 Ensemble of the Year

Danish String Quartet Thu, Nov 12 / 5 PM Pacific $10 / UCSB students: FREE!

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- VIRTUAL EVENT Musician, Historian, Writer and Podcaster

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi there is no Other

Sun, Nov 15 / 11 AM Pacific $10 / UCSB students: FREE! (UCSB student registration required)

- VIRTUAL EVENT The program will feature Shostakovich String Quartet No. 10 in A-flat Major, and a short selection of folk tunes from their homeland, followed by a conversation with the musicians from Copenhagen.


John Lewis: Good Trouble

Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Dawn Porter Tue, Nov 17 / 5 PM Pacific $10 / UCSB students: FREE!

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The film screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Dawn Porter about Representative Lewis’ legacy of fearless protest and how we can keep his campaign for justice alive.

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WRITING FROM HOME Mondays, November 9 & 16 | 5:30 – 7 pm | Via Zoom Local writers, working in a variety of genres and forms, meet virtually with participants for two, 90-minute sessions during consecutive weeks. Each writer, inspired by a work(s) of art in the Museum’s collection, chooses the theme, format, and form for the workshop. Participants have an opportunity to also share their writing. In November, explore the truths we reveal by hiding, using metaphor in the craft of poetry with Ellen O’Connell Whittet, an essayist and lecturer at UC Santa Barbara.




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volume 34, # 773, Nov. 5-12, 2020 Editor in Chief Marianne Partridge Publisher Brandi Rivera Executive Editor Nick Welsh Senior Editors Tyler Hayden and Matt Kettmann News Reporter Delaney Smith Opinions Editor Jean Yamamura Executive Arts Editor Charles Donelan Arts Writer Josef Woodard Calendar Editor Terry Ortega Sports Editor John Zant Sports Writer Victor Bryant Food Writer George Yatchisin Associate Editor Jackson Friedman Copy Editors Alexandra Mauceri, Tessa Reeg Creative Director Caitlin Fitch Graphic Designers Ricky Barajas, Esperanza Carmona, Ben Greenberg Production Designer Ava Talehakimi Staff Photographer Daniel Dreifuss Web Content Managers Celina Garcia, Saehee Jong Columnists Dennis Allen, Gail Arnold, Sara Caputo, Christine S. Cowles, Roger Durling, Betsy J. Green, Jerry Roberts, Starshine Roshell Contributors Rob Brezsny, Melinda Burns, Ben Ciccati, John Dickson, Leslie Dinaberg, Keith Hamm, Rebecca Horrigan, Eric HvolbØll, Tom Jacobs, Shannon Kelley, Kevin McKiernan, Carolina Starin, Ethan Stewart, Tom Tomorrow, Maggie Yates Robert A. Sollen Fellow Brian Osgood Editorial Interns Ian Anzlowar, Sean Cummings, Miranda de Moraes, Lily Hopwood, Melody Pezeshkian, Sophie Spievak, Sheila Tran Director of Advertising Sarah Sinclair Marketing and Promotions Manager Emily Cosentino Advertising Representatives Camille Cimini Fruin, Suzanne Cloutier, Remzi Gokmen, Stefanie McGinnis, Tonea Songer Sales Administrator Graham Brown Accounting Administrator Tobi Feldman Office Manager/Legal Advertising Tanya Spears Guiliacci Distribution Scott Kaufman Columnist Emeritus Barney Brantingham Photography Editor Emeritus Paul Wellman Founding Staff Emeriti Audrey Berman, George Delmerico, Richard Evans, Laszlo Hodosy Honorary Consigliere Gary J. Hill Indy Kids Bella and Max Brown, Elijah Lee Bryant, Henry and John Poett Campbell, Chloë Bee Ciccati, Emilia Imojean Friedman, Madeline Rose and Mason Carrington Kettmann, Olivia Pando-McGinnis, Izzy and Maeve McKinley, Sawyer Tower Stewart




The Results We Know Regional Races Called; National Numbers Pending by Indy Staff

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FEATURE.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

OBITUARIES.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 OPINIONS.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Voices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

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Amid the milieu of social media banter, newspaper endorsements, campaign advertisements, and cable news talking heads over the past few months, many Santa Barbara voters found out about the California propositions through a nontraditional avenue: zines. That’s thanks to Des Alaniz (pictured), who rounded up friends and colleagues — including Dain Lopez, Paige Sundstrom, Torin White, and the Indy’s own Celina Garcia — over weekly Zoom meetings to launch the Love Your Work Collective. Together, they created small, short, and straight-to-the-point zines for every prop. and distributed them for free around libraries, laundromats, newsstands, and other nooks and crannies throughout Santa Barbara. We’re looking forward to their next round of publishing. Follow their progress on Instagram at @loveyourworkcollective.


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Soon to open cannabis farm near Dos Pueblos

What Teachers are Saying “The smell is very alarming to me. Students, staff, visitors from other schools…are constantly talking about it. I feel like this is not a good learning environment for adolescent students. I also worry about the increase in student/staff dealing with headaches, fatigue, upper respiratory issues.” - Carp. Assoc. of Unified School Employees #2216, CAUSE Survey re: Faculty Feedback/Cannabis Impact on CUSD 2019 – 2020.

How much of our County’s $1.2 billion budget comes from Cannabis cultivation? In 2019, it was $6.8M or a paltry .005%. Here is the truth: Santa Barbara County is one of the few counties that uses a “Gross Receipt” method of taxation—meaning cannabis farms self-report their income and only pay taxes on that amount. Because cannabis is a cash business, accurate audits continue to be almost impossible. Other counties, like Monterey and Sonoma use the more easily policed “Square Footage Grown” method, meaning taxes are paid based upon the size of the grow. Of Santa Barbara County’s 91 growers, 34 paid NO taxes and reported ZERO revenue. 22 did not even file a return and 35 paid an underwhelming $6.8M over the last fiscal year. Monterey—with just 62 acres of commercial cannabis— collected $15.4M over the same period. Remember, this does not include the significant costs of enforcement, such as $2.4M in added personnel costs, $1.5M requested by Sheriff, $46k requested by the District Attorney’s Office for a “Compliance Truck” or the costs to defend cannabis-related lawsuits. With cannabis expenditures expected to reach $14M against $10M in tax revenues in 2021, our County is already underwater, with no plan to make up the difference. Are cannabis farms saving our future? Nope. They’re crushing us with more debt.

The Truth about Air Quality The cannabis industry continually touts growing in an environmentally safe manner, yet the fact is that the product itself creates significant environmental issues. Terpenes, which emanate from cannabis blooms, are considered to be a Volatile Organic Compound, and the odor particles can travel more than a mile. They are considered pollutants as they transform into aerosol and destroy ground level ozone. They have been shown to cause headaches, irritation, and to worsen allergies and asthma. Children have been especially vulnerable. The Woods Group, commissioned by Santa Barbara County, warned of the impact Cannabis would have on our air quality. The County chose to ignore their advice, allowing unfiltered and open grows across the County.

The Truth about Jobs The cannabis industry has consistently touted the “5,000” new jobs in the County that “are not going away.” This simply isn’t true. Most cannabis jobs, like all agriculture, are temporary, seasonal gigs. Here are just a few of our County’s four largest employers for comparison (full-time, with benefits): #1: UCSB employs 4,300 people; #2: Santa Barbara County employs 4,200 people; #3: Cottage Health employs 3,600 people; #4: Vandenberg employs 2,500 people. (All 2019 job figures approximate)

SO, HOW DID THIS ALL HAPPEN? Read the recent non-partisan Grand Jury report that can be found on our website. 6

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GENERAL ELECTION 2020 RESULTS (as of press time Wed., Nov. 4)


AT THE POLLS: Grace Slanski casts her vote at the polling station on Cabrillo Boulevard in downtown Santa Barbara.



hile the outcome of this year’s presidential showdown has the nation biting its collective cuticles for days — perhaps weeks — to come, Santa Barbara County voters could not have been any clearer in their repudiation of President Donald Trump this week. Even in the face of a COVID pandemic, the existence of which the president has all but denied, Santa Barbara voters took to their mail boxes, ballot drop boxes, and yes, even to their polling places in record numbers to cast ballots in this year’s election. And most decisively, they returned their ballots early enough to be safely counted just in case there were any mail delivery delays, election night glitches, or last-minute legal challenges. None of those problems came to pass in Santa Barbara. By contrast, President Trump — defying precedent yet again — announced at 2 a.m. ET on Wednesday that he had won the election even as millions of ballots still remained uncounted and a handful of key battleground states remained very much up for grabs. The election was being stolen, Trump declared, by “a very sad group of people.” He would take legal action with the Supreme Court, he vowed, to stop any further counting of election ballots. “This is a fraud on the American public,” he fumed.  Trump’s statements, while unfounded, were hardly unexpected. He’d been challenging the legitimacy of mail-in voting — adopted as a safety hedge against the coronavirus pandemic — for months. With so many lawsuits looming, we could be in for a protracted period of suspended agitation.  Santa Barbara County, mercifully, has been spared any such uncertainty. While our final numbers will not be available for several more days, 66.8 percent of county voters cast their ballots in favor of Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Just 30.5 percent of county voters opted to give Trump four more years. Four years ago, by contrast, Hillary Clinton — Trump’s opponent — garnered just 61 percent of the county’s vote. Santa Barbara County Democrats enjoy an almost overwhelming advantage in voter registration. This year, Trump-talking Republicans found themselves confronting an even less receptive electorate than they did four years ago. 

Congressmember Salud Carbajal, a moderate Democrat, crushed his well-known Republican opponent Andy Caldwell, who — taking a page out of the Trump playbook — sought to portray Carbajal as a screaming socialist. Carbajal, who was first elected the same year as Trump, won with 61.9 percent of the vote districtwide — which includes both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. In Santa Barbara County — where Carbajal and Caldwell are both best known — Carbajal won with 64.7 percent. Four years ago, Carbajal won with just 53.4 percent of the vote districtwide against Justin Fareed, a relative unknown.



Andy Caldwell, by contrast, has been in the public eye since 1991 as a high-profile conservative advocate for business and agricultural interests. For years, he’s had his own radio show and written a syndicated column for the Santa Barbara News-Press, still one of the few publications in the nation to endorse Trump. Compounding Caldwell’s admitted challenges as a challenger was the difficulties of running a socially distanced campaign during COVID. Even so, Caldwell raised more than $1 million — more than credible — and ran several creative TV commercials, the best known being a spoof of the game show Jeopardy! in which Caldwell sought to harpoon Carbajal as a stooge of the left. On election night, Carbajal sought refuge from uncertainty by embracing “cautious optimism” that Democrat Biden might still emerge victorious. Should Trump win, he stated, “It will be hard for me to go to work, but go to work I must.” No matter who occupies the White House, Carabjal stated, he needed to represent the interests of his constituents and search for common ground wherever he might find it. “I need to be effective,” he said. Still, Carbajal found the prospect of Trump serving a second term chilling. “I’m fearful we could move toward the unfathomable,” he stated. “It is scary, the divisiveness he will strive to CONTINUED >>> INDEPENDENT.COM

Joseph R. Biden: 103,902 (67.2%) Donald J. Trump: 47,471 (30.7%) Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente Guerra: 507 (0.3%) Howie Hawkins: 715 (0.5%) Jo Jorgensen: 1,585 (1.0%) Gloria La Riva: 391 (0.3%)


Joseph R. Biden: 7,718,000 (65.2%) Donald J. Trump: 3,896,680 (32.9%) Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente Guerra: 33,829 (0.3%) Howie Hawkins: 47,839 (0.4%) Jo Jorgensen: 107,045 (0.9%) Gloria La Riva: 29,667 (0.3%)


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S. Monique Limón: 213,399 (65.8%) Gary J. Michaels: 110,990 (34.2%)


Steve Bennett: 134,839 (69.3%) Charles W. Cole: 59,820 (30.7%)


(Top three) Laura Capps: 48,499 (27.07%) Wendy Sims-Moten: 37,512 (20.94%) Virginia Alvarez: 33,263 (18.57%) Jacqueline Reid: 24,741 (13.81%) Brian Campbell: 12,868 (7.18%) Elrawd MacLearn: 11,342 (6.33%) Monie de Witt: 7,738 (4.32%) Sebastian Antonio Fernandez-Falcon: 2,534 (1.41%)


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TRUSTEE AREA #2 Peter MacDougall: 12,725 (64.10%) Cage Englander: 6,954 (35.03%) TRUSTEE AREA #3 Bruce Porter: 10,785 (56.38%) Richard “Dick” Fulton: 8,234 (43.05%) TRUSTEE AREA #4 Michelle de Werd: 8,372 (46.52%) Roberta “Bert” Heter: 6,031 (33.51%) Jim Richardson: 3,475 (19.31%) TRUSTEE AREA #6 Weldon “Joe” Howell: 15,074 (67.32%) Lou Segal: 7,196 (32.14%)


Paula Perotte: 8,349 (64.16%) Roger Aceves: 4,602 (35.37%)

GOLETA CITY COUNCIL (Top two) Kyle Richards: 7,586 (33.38%) Stuart Kasdin: 7,034 (30.95%) Justin Shores: 3,386 (14.90%) Blanche M. “Grace” Wallace: 3,335 (14.68%) Bruce Wallach: 1,310 (5.76%)

GOLETA UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT (Top two) Sholeh Jahangir: 12,961 (27.17%)

Vicki Ben-Yaacov: 10,747 (22.53%) Patricia “Max” Rorty: 8,153 (17.09%) Caroline Abate: 7,813 (16.38%) Greg. S. Hammel: 4,830 (10.12%) Devany Bechler: 3,074 (6.44%)

GOLETA WATER DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Top two) Lauren Hanson: 16,843 (22.31%) Bill Rosen: 15,300 (20.26%) Farfalla Borah: 15,038 (19.92%) Sheldon Bosio: 12,847 (17.01%) Phebe Mansur: 9,000 (11.92%) Loren Mason: 6,224 (8.24%)


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(Top three) Gary Fuller: 1,945 (26.57%) Don Eversoll: 1,905 (26.02%) Dorinne Lee Johnson: 1,770 (24.18%) Ed Martin: 1,630 (22.27%)

CARPINTERIA CITY COUNCIL (Top two) Wade Nomura: 3,861 (45.81%) Natalia Alarcon: 3,484 (41.34%) Mark McIntire: 1,046 (12.41%)


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came within a couple percentage points of an upset. Perhaps the biggest winner in Santa Barbara County are the voters. They voted. And in record numbers. According to County Elections czar Joe Holland, the total number ballots cast this year will exceed 215,000. That’s out of 235,198 registered voters. Had that ever happened before? Holland’s answer was both proud and succinct. “Never,” he said. In the March primary, with the COVID pandemic spreading, Holland realized many polling workers were afraid to show up to their posts. He moved quickly to instate an all mail-in ballot election this November, as well as opening up around 30 drop-off centers throughout the county where mail-in ballots could be deposited. In Texas, by contrast, only one such drop-off box was allowed per county. Holland and his crew also assigned 35 polling places where voters could cast their ballots the old-fashioned way. These were opened not just on Election Day, but on the three preceding days, as well. According to the latest figures — still subject to change—around 17,500 ballots were cast at the polls, a small fraction of the whole. “Maybe we overdid it a bit,” said Holland, “But goddamn it, people were going to vote.” n

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conservatives Brian Campbell and Elrawd MacLearn—both outspoken critics of the district’s implicit-bias training and ethnic studies curriculum—placed fifth and sixth out of an eight-person field in a race for three seats. Both had been supported by a new political action committee, Impact Education, whose members worry that the uprising against racism and the use of violence by police is going too far, too fast. Of the three Santa Barbara City College candidates Impact Education threw its weight behind, two lost: Celeste Barber and Ronald Liechti. Prevailing over Liechti—waging his first campaign—was incumbent and board chair Robert Miller, endorsed by the Democratic Party. Prevailing over Barber, a former City College English teacher of note but more recently the Joan of Arc of the conservative right, was Anna Everett, a recently retired UCSB professor with roots in the Women’s Political Committee and an African American. The only conservative SBCC candidate that appears to survive is Veronica Gallardo— who refused to sign a resolution of support for Black Lives Matter in the wake of the George Floyd killing. Gallardo is a two-term incumbent and a longtime elementary school teacher. Her challenger, newcomer Erin Guereña, a progressive with strong Democratic Party backing,


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TRIUMPHANT TURNOUT: According to County Elections czar Joe Holland, the total number ballots cast this year will exceed 215,000 out of 235,198 registered voters. Asked if that had ever happened before, he replied, “Never.”






Prop. 14: Bonds to Continue Stem Cell Research Yes: 5,816,671 (51.1%) No: 5,575,456 (48.9%) Prop. 15: Property Tax to Fund Schools, Government Services Yes: 5,589,406 (48.3%) No: 5,989,793 (51.7%) Prop. 16: Affirmative Action in Government Decisions Yes: 5,018,486 (43.9%) No: 6,406,725 (56.1%) Prop. 17: Restores Right to Vote After Prison Term Yes: 6,812,726 (59.0%) No: 4,731,193 (41.0%) Prop. 18: 17-year-old Primary Voting Rights Yes: 5,189,891 (44.9%) No: 6,378,289 (55.1%)



Prop. 22: App-Based Drivers and Employee Benefits Yes: 6,716,137 (58.4%) No: 4,776,752 (41.6%) Prop. 23: State Requirements for Kidney Dialysis Clinics Yes: 4,108,287 (36.0%) No: 7,311,482 (64.0%) Prop. 24: Amends Consumer Privacy Laws Yes: 6,343,809 (56.1%) No: 4,966,910 (43.9%)



Prop. 25: Eliminates Money Bail System Yes: 5,018,349 (44.6%) No: 6,238,701 (55.4%)

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Measure L: Cold Spring School Improvements Yes: 683 (52.18%) No: 626 (47.82%)


Prop. 19: Changes Certain Property Tax Rules Yes: 5,846,253 (51.5%) No: 5,497,294 (48.5%)

Measure M: Goleta School Improvements Yes: 20,589 (71.45%) No: 8,228 (28.55%)

Prop. 20: Parole Restrictions for Certain Offenses Yes: 4,257,869 (37.7%) No: 7,042,043 (62.3%)

Measure O: Four-Year Term for Goleta Mayor Yes: 7,166 (53.65%) No: 6,192 (46.35%)

Prop. 21: Expands Governments’ Authority to Rent Control Yes: 4,590,304 (40.2%) No: 6,837,536 (59.8%)

Measure P: Solvang City Councilmember Recall Yes: 2,372 (86.95%) No: 356 (13.05%)

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Virgil Cordano Center Hits the Streets

With Day Center Shuttered by COVID, Volunteers and Staff Go Mobile


no request of public funds—Fr. John Hardin, a Franciscan priest from the Santa Barbara Mission, teamed up with Sister Margaret Keaveney with the Sisters of Charity—affiliated with St. Vincent de Paul—and together, they opened the Fr. Virgil Cordano Center, whose off-the-beaten-track location on Calle Real no doubt helped keep controversy at bay. Hardin, who was assigned to Santa Barbara’s Mission four years ago, has executive chops that could be highly relevant for Santa Barbara’s expansive constellation of organizations serving the homeless. For seven years, Hardin served as executive director of St. Anthony’s in San Francisco’s notorious Tenderloin. For several years after, he served on its board.

On Monday, Hardin wore a St. Anthony’s face mask, noting that in the nonprofit’s 70 years, the organization had dished out no fewer than 48 million meals to people seriously down on their luck. “And with not one cent of government funding,” he added. The Virgil Cordano Center opened December 2018. By the time COVID put the center out of business earlier this year — there wasn’t enough space inside for the necessary social distancing — it had opened its doors to about 40 people a day, 240 members in all. These members took advantage of the center’s 13 recliners to get some sleep or just relax. The center provided two feet-washing stations, breakfasts, mail service, a washer and dryer, charging stations for cell phones, and a Wi-Fi internet connection. It also created a space where companionship was possible. It remains unclear whether COVID will let the center reopen. But in recent months, the people who made the day center happen decided it was time to take their show on the road. Hence, the genesis of the brown bag program. Initially, the menu was scattershot, depending almost entirely on whatever Lazy Acres, Trader Joe’s, or the Foodbank had on hand to donate. But more recently, the day center has hooked up with industrial kitchens at UCSB, which received federal stimulus grant money to keep food service workers who would otherwise be unemployed still cooking. That grant, however, expires sometime in December. CONT’D ON PAGE 14 


by Nick Welsh t’s early Monday morning, and somewhere inside a run-down, frayed-at-the-edges strip mall populated by a gun shop, a liquor store, a “Chinese” massage parlor, and a vape shop, a nun and a priest are hard at work—accompanied by about 10 spiritually like-minded volunteers and staff—putting together 140 hot lunches for people living on the streets. Brown bags — stout and sturdy — are lined up in rows like soldiers on parade. Generous slabs of freshly made meatloaf are ladled into white takeout boxes, as are mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. Hard-boiled eggs are placed into plastic Ziploc bags, as are two slices of bread. All this and bottled water is inserted into the brown bags, which are in turn placed in insulated carrying containers as big as a small duffel bag. These containers—and the volunteers—then pile into a brand-new van, and at 11 a.m. the distribution of the food begins at Pershing Park, Alameda Park, Chase Palm Park, the waterfront, and more recently, at Girsh Park. All this — and considerably more—takes place three times a week. At work is the reincarnation and transformation of the Fr. Virgil Cordano Center, which for nearly two years ranked as one of the best-kept secrets in Santa Barbara. For years, homeless advocates and social service crusaders have called for the creation of a day center to provide a waystation to bring both services and respite for people on the street. Given Santa Barbara’s not-in-my-backyard politics, the very idea of day centers proved mythically elusive. Very quietly—and with

A NEW MISSION: It remains unclear whether COVID will let the Virgil Cordano Center reopen, but the people behind the center have decided it’s time to take their show on the road.

GOD SQUAD: Pictured from left are Rosa Paredes with Sisters of Charity; Claudia Garfias; Sister Arthur Gordon with Sisters of Charity; Fr. John Hardin of the Old Mission S.B., and Cynthia Estrada, the center’s program director.

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NEWS BRIEFS CANNABIS With 11 dispensaries already on the East Coast, Beyond / Hello has made its California debut in Santa Barbara. Following a lengthy two-year permitting process, the new dispensary opened on upper State Street last month, more than a year after the city’s first two dispensaries. Creative director Andreas “Dre” Neumann said he plans on using the store to hold roundtable discussions, host art exhibitions, and collaborate with other local brands. Read more at independent.com/beyond-hello.

ENVIRONMENT Terracore, the last oil company with permit applications in Cat Canyon, withdrew its proposal for 187 new wells, the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) announced 11/3. Tara Messing, an attorney with EDC, said Terracore’s letter to the county indicated it had decided to concentrate on its existing operations in Cat Canyon. As for why Terracore threw in the towel at this juncture, Messing said the company had offered no proposals in answer to planning commissioners’ requests for more info on environmental-impact issues EDC had raised at Terracore’s last Planning Commission hearing in 2019. Two Gaviota-based environmental groups have followed up the loss of their county-level appeal to reconfigure a culvert going in beneath the 101 with an appeal to the Coastal Commission. At stake is a wildlife crossing in an area that the Gaviota Coast Conservancy and the Coastal Ranches Conservancy call a roadkill hotspot. Though Caltrans agreed to fund a wildlife survey in the area to find out more about where the wildlife cross the freeway to get from the mountains to the beach, the two nonprofits believe the project that was approved at Cañada del Barro is the right place for Caltrans to create a larger wildlife underpass. Read more at independent.com/culvert.

COURTS & CRIME A COVID clampdown put Isla Vista in suspended animation this Halloween, with Sheriff Bill Brown describing this year’s holiday as “uneventful.” Few parties were held, and people merely dined out in costume instead of thronging the streets by the thousands as in years past. From 10/30-11/1, two people were arrested for public intoxication and DUI, and 20 citations were issued, mostly for alcohol violations. Comparatively, in 2019, six arrests were made and 44 citations were given 10/25-10/31 primarily for violations of the noise ordinance and alcohol. A car rally to reelect President Trump paraded from upper State Street and through Santa Barbara down to Cabrillo Boulevard on 10/31, drawing an estimated 300 participants. While the caravan and onlookers were well-behaved for the most part, according to a police spokesperson, there was one incident involving an as-yet unidentified suspect captured on video snatching a MAGA hat and American flag from a Trump supporter at East Beach and pushing the man to the ground, sending the victim to the hospital. Read more and see the video at independent.com/trump-rally. n

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Han Murder Trial Inches Closer PAU L WELLM AN F I LE PHOTO


he death-penalty murder trial for Pierre Haobsh — accused of killing noted Santa Barbara herbalist and acupuncturist Dr. Weidong “Henry” Han, 57; his wife, Huijie “Jennie” Yu, 29; and their 5-year-old daughter, Emily, in their home four years ago — has been assigned a lastday-for-trial date: June 10, 2021. Attorneys for the defense and prosecution will meet again in Judge Brian Hill’s courtroom on January 13 to discuss when to set an actual trial date. Haobsh is accused of killing Han in hopes of draining the $20 million he mistakenly believed was in Han’s bank accounts. Haobsh worked closely with Han over the years as a research assistant in a couple of side ventures, one involving the curative powers of cannabis and another that would combine the restorative powers of stem cells in new skin creams. He reportedly believed Han was far wealthier than he in fact was. Because of the degree of premeditation alleged to have been involved — and the eight bullets shot into the head of Han’s daughter — District Attorney Joyce Dudley filed death penalty charges against Haobsh, the first time she had done so. Shortly after Dudley’s filing, Governor Gavin Newsom announced no executions would take place on his watch. Complicating the death penalty filing even more are the onerous logistical challenges triggered

Pierre Haobsh at his 2016 arraignment

by the outbreak of COVID-19. Death penalty cases are notoriously demanding even under the best of times. But since the pandemic first broke out, only four jury trials have taken place throughout Santa Barbara County. Another six have been given lastday dates, and many more are on deck. In this context, any death penalty case will impose a significant drain upon the court’s already strained resources. Last week, Judge Hill announced that jury questionnaires would be sent out to no fewer than 2,000 prospective jurors for the case. During court deliberations prior to the outbreak of COVID, it had been estimated that the Haobsh trial — really two, one for guilt and the other for punishment — could take as long as 12 months. —Nick Welsh



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n its final report on the Conception tragedy, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended several measures already put forth in a bill sponsored by Congressmember Salud Carbajal. Known as the Small Passenger Vessel Safety Act, the bill is based off a preliminary NTSB report and aims “to improve the safety of small vessels in the future,” Carbajal said on Monday. Rep. Salud Carbajal Complacency aboard the 39-yearold vessel led to the tragedy on Labor Day Carbajal said he learned from NTSB weekend in 2019, said Carbajal. The NTSB chair Robert Sumwalt that the Coast Guard report issued last month largely blamed the “had been negligent in following up and lack of a roving night watch, which could timely implementing regulations from over have quickly spotted the fire that led to 10 years ago. My bill has specific language the deaths of 34 people below decks from that the Coast Guard must take immedismoke inhalation. “You can’t just leave it ate interim measures to implement the new to chance that people are complying with safety measures.” Sumwalt told him the being awake,” said Carbajal. “You need to Coast Guard’s commandant “had gotten the put in a system….” message on what a tragedy this was and that “The new law takes away the grandfa- they need to be more proactive, diligent, thered exception that exempted older ves- and timely.” sels” — including the Conception — “from The two versions of the bill in the House having to abide by newer regulations,” and Senate will likely be reconciled in Carbajal explained. The bill also requires December. “My hope is that my legislation interconnected fire detection equipment will move forward as part of the NDAA and two different means of escape, and it [National Defense Authorization Act],” further directs the Coast Guard to create Carbajal said, adding that it had bipartisan safety rules around flammable items like support. —Jean Yamamura lithium batteries.


anta Barbara authorities are investigating what appears to be a large-scale unemployment fraud scheme carried out by County Jail inmates to receive COVID-19 unemployment assistance. While the District Attorney’s Office, which is leading the investigation, said it could not comment on the pending inquiry, sources with knowledge of the alleged plot say the ring of inmates — with help from outside contacts — successfully filed 143 bogus claims through California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). The exact number of inmates involved and the amount of money stolen is unclear. Charges will likely be filed in the coming weeks. The caper, sources say, mirrors the one that played out at the San Mateo County Jail over the summer, when 21 inmates secured more than $250,000 in payments from the EDD. Inmates would apply for pandemic unemployment assistance, most commonly through phone calls to

a friend or family member, and request the checks be sent to an outside address of their choosing. The EDD has recently come under fire from legislators who say the state agency is not doing enough to verify claims and guard against scams. California law says a person cannot start receiving unemployment assistance while they are in custody, though a person who was getting unemployment benefits before their arrest is allowed to continue doing so. The San Mateo district attorney, Stephen Wagstaffe, is in the process of prosecuting all 21 offenders in his jurisdiction — one of whom is behind bars for murder — and is working with the state to recover the stolen funds. Wagstaffe told reporters in August the scheme is so simple he wouldn’t be surprised if inmates up and down California have been carrying it out since the EDD started distributing checks in March. The extent of the fraud could be massive, he said. —Tyler Hayden

Virgil Cordano Center Cont’d from p. 13


Conception Lessons Headed for Legislation

Jail Inmates Scamming Unemployment Funds?

The van was procured courtesy of the Estrada and a volunteer made the rounds Berry Man, the Knights of Malta, and the at Alameda Park, where there are numerBank of Montecito. ous but small clusters of homeless people In addition to the lunches, the day cen- dispersed throughout. She hauled along a ter delivers mail to 25 members and offers its bright-green wagon, passing out the brown homeless clients access to a laundromat in San bags and exchanging a few pleasantries with Roque two mornings a week — and all the people she’s gotten to know. quarters and soap needed. With daylight savSeveral of the recipients politely declined ing time over, nights are getting darker —and to be interviewed. Others, like a guy named colder — sooner. The center is preparing to Lefty, seated at a picnic table, announced he launch its third annual sleeping-bag donation would not be accepting the food. “I’m not a drive. Last year, it managed to pass out 250. little boy,” he explained. “I can feed myself.” The need, program director Cynthia Lefty, originally from Hell’s Kitchen in Estrada noted, is only growing greater. New York City, added, “These are the most People are losing their jobs or having hours cut. Since the center shut its doors, it has signed up 30 new members. She, like many who work with homeless people, is struck by the growing number of people living in their cars. Estrada estimated 20 of the new members are car dwellers. She speaks of a son and his mother who —Cynthia Estrada, Virgil Cordano Center program director travel together on the streets, each in pampered bunch in the country, and you their own car. “Winter is coming,” she said. “We’ll be can quote me on that.” seeing more tents. It’s getting colder, and His companion, James Johnson, termed people need to stay warm.” the meal “great,” but not before holding aloft In the short term, Estrada juggles the a book by noted ’60s media critic Marshall schedules of about 20 volunteers a week. In (“The medium is the message”) McLuhan, the long term, it’s part of her job to worry demanding, “Do you know who he is?” He what the long term will be. The center’s lease would later do the same with Susan Sontag’s expires next August. The Franciscans and Regarding the Pain of Others, an aesthetic the Sisters of Charity, she said, are hoping to rumination on how human suffering is find more spacious accommodations, pref- depicted in the arts. Estrada works quickly and smoothly, erably with apartments upstairs that would accept federal housing vouchers. Ideally, she however, and does not get bogged down in said, she’d like some open space, enough to such exchanges. She has other parks to be at. n plant and harvest a garden.

‘Winter is coming. We’ll be seeing more tents. It’s getting colder, and people need to stay warm.’



TENT CITY: Not mentioned in any of the official documents to date is Isla Vista’s most dramatic tent city, located in Anisq’Oyo’ Park (above), where close to 30 tents have been pitched.

I.V. Homeless Camps Declared Fire Hazards County Admins Hatch Plan for Temporary Tiny Homes


by Nick Welsh

anta Barbara County Fire Marshal Rob Hazard declared homeless encampments in three Isla Vista parks to be fire hazards and gave the Isla Vista Park and Recreation District (IVRPD), which requested the inspections, until November 20 to devise an appropriate response. Two of the parks, Hazard determined, posed fire danger because the brush and vegetation nearby was dry and flammable. Those parks are the Camino Corto Open Space and the Del Sol Vernal Pool Reserve. More problematic, Hazard found, was the proximity of tents and other accumulated stuff at Sueño Orchard Park, described as “densely cluttered.” There, Hazard found that the homeless encampments were erected directly next to a wooden fence from which there was no appreciable setback from the next-door neighbor. That house, Hazard added, was wooden as well. In the event of a late-night fire, Hazard expressed concern that the house could be fully engulfed in flame well before residents could escape and firefighters could arrive to put the fire out. Hazard also worried that the Sueño Park occupants could find themselves trapped in the event of a fire and not be able to escape given the “excessive amount of debris and lack of defined egress routes.” Asked how they plan to clear the three camps by November 20, Kimberly Kiefer of IVRPD responded, “IVRPD is not a human services agency and does not have the budget, staff, or expertise to expend funds on non-park/recreational activities.” She added, however, that the district “is committed to mitigating the hazards outlined in the [county fire department’s] notice while providing ample notice to and safeguarding the rights and dignity of all impacted encampment residents.” In recent months, Isla Vista’s parks have increasingly functioned as a de facto outdoor homeless shelter and tent city, as homeless people from Lompoc, Santa Barbara, and other locations have been cleared out of the creek beds and campgrounds they previously occupied due to growing concerns about fires. Hazard—who expressed a keen appreciation for the growing numbers of people without homes in the wake of the COVID pandemic—noted there have

been no fewer than 37 fires attributed to homeless people and their encampments this year. Typically, he said, the number is closer to 10. Not mentioned in any of the official documents to date is Isla Vista’s most dramatic tent city, located in Anisq’Oyo’ Park. There, close to 30 tents have been pitched. It’s only a matter of time, however, before fire marshals inspect that park and make the determination that it, too, poses a danger to the occupants as well as nearby businesses located on Pardall Road. The issue is politically charged in the extreme. Matching the growing alarm about the public health and safety challenges posed by these growing campgrounds have been humanitarian concerns expressed forcefully and steadfastly by organizations that have traditionally come to the aid of homeless people. In response, county administrators have hatched a plan to locate a temporary popup community of tiny homes—each one varying from 64 to 100 square feet in size, with heat and electricity provided but no running water—in the parking lot of the Isla Vista Community Service District. The tiny homes are built by a company called Pallet—hence the sobriquet “Pallet Park”—which cost about $2,500 each and reportedly can be assembled in an hour. Managing all this would be staff from the Good Samaritan, a homeless shelter and care operation long providing services in Santa Maria and Lompoc. Funding would come from state dollars set aside for emergency homeless relief projects. That funding, however, expires after six months. If all goes as hoped, that temporary popup shelter could open its doors this December. Father Jon Hedges, well known for his work in the Isla Vista community, initially expressed doubt and skepticism about the new pop-up village. But after meeting with Sylvia Bernard of Good Samaritan and checking out how similar programs worked in Riverside County, Hedges said those concerns have been allayed. “Isla Vista is not going to be The Big Rock Candy Mountain,” he stated, alluding to a famous folk song written in 1928 describing a hobo’s vision of paradise replete with “cigarette trees” and hens that lay “soft-boiled n eggs.”

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Underwater Pioneer Lad Handelman Dies



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ad Handelman — a pioneer of deepwater diving off the California coast and cofounder of an international company specializing in offshore oilfield construction —died of a heart attack on October 26 at his Santa Barbara home. Though Handelman and the cofounders of his companies took risks in using themselves as test subjects in developing deepocean diving procedures, an ethos of safety guided his companies. “If worse came to worst, we knew what to do; we’d get a guy out, bent up a bit but alive,” Handelman told Christopher Swann for the Journal of Diving History in 2014. In 1965, he formed the company California Divers with his brother Gene Handelman, Kevin Lengyel, and Bob Ratcliffe. Mergers, acquisitions, and new partners ensued for Cal Dive. By the time the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill halted offshore development, they’d grown from a group of guys servicing wells below platforms to a company headed for the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. With the West Coast shuttered, their work moved to the Gulf of Mexico, the Middle East, and

Lad Handelman

Island soon after. Neither of the new arrivals thrived. In 1985, Handelman suffered a broken neck in a skiing accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. After 10 months of rehab, he continued to lead his company, finally retiring in 1990. By then, he’d turned his interests to good works such as the Outlook support group for spinal injuries, a wheelchair rugby team, oxygen chambers for wound healing, a marine mammal rescue group, and the United Boys and Girls Club. He reached out to the environmental world through his Stop Oil Seeps group, which investigated natural seeps in the Santa Barbara Channel as sources of air and beach pollution, discussing how pulling oil out could reduce the seeps. Lad Handelman received multiple awards for his work in the sea and on dry


Family Service Agency Provides Vital COVID Relief COU RTESY PHOTOS

Programs Serve Seniors, Farmworkers, and Other Low-Income Residents in Need

a long time, which makes its staff well suited to review by Gail Arnold amily Service Agency of Santa Barbara County (FSA) COVID relief applications. In the screening process, has assumed vital roles in ensuring that the staff inquires about needs beyond the cash or rental assistance applicants are seeking. Often, staff learns of county’s most vulnerable residents — seniors, other needs, such as health insurance, unemployment farmworkers, and other low-income residents — receive the assistance they need during the insurance, utility assistance, or food assistance, which pandemic. As always, the nonprofit has been working staff then addresses. out of the limelight, quietly and tirelessly. FSA recently was selected by the county to manage the Housing for the Harvest program. The state provides Starting in mid-April, FSA initiated a collaborative to assist isolated, low-income seniors. Working with 10 funding for 14-day hotel stays for farmworkers unable other nonprofits countywide and $305,000 in private to quarantine at home after testing positive for or being funding, the Senior Outreach & Assistance Program exposed to COVID-19. Significantly, the program also has provided food, medications, and other essentials to funds wellness checks, which FSA handles. Staff greets more than 1,200 seniors. Funding ran out at the end of participants upon arrival at the hotel, does multiple remote wellness checks each day, including ensuring September, but many of the partner organizations are participants self-administer oxygen and temperature continuing with their own funds, and FSA is fundraischecks. Under a FEMA-funded program, FSA also ing for others. delivers three hot meals each day. Another component of the program, coordinated FOOD FOR FAMILIES: FSA has been distributing food out of its Dorothy Jackson Family Establishing trust with participants is critical, accordby the Area Agency on Aging and funded by them Resource Center in Lompoc. and through federal funding, serves hot meals to ing to FSA Program Supervisor Lisa Valencia Sherratt, 1,200 seniors, generally five days each week. The largand having staff members who share common cultural est provider is CommUnify (formerly Community and linguistic backgrounds with participants greatly Action Commission), which contracts with S.B. Unifacilitates this. Many of the county’s farmworkers are fied School District to prepare the meals and uses Indigenous and speak only Mixteco, while others are a combination of staff and volunteers for delivery. Mexicans speaking only Spanish. When an Indigenous Pre-COVID, CommUnify was already serving food staff member starts speaking Mixteco to a participant, to seniors in congregate settings and through delivery, Sherratt related, a smile instantly appears and trust but through the collaborative’s outreach, the number quickly follows. Staff members strive to make participants as comof seniors being served expanded. The other partner agencies are Carpinteria Children’s Project, Center fortable as possible during the difficult isolation period, for Successful Aging, Central Coast Commission providing supplies and connecting them with any needed for Senior Citizens, Community Partners in Caring, services. Food that is both nutritious and culturally familCuyama Valley Family Resource Center, Little House iar is delivered from restaurants. To date, only five farmby the Park, Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare workers have participated in the new program, but FSA Organization, Lompoc Valley Medical Center, and is doing extensive outreach to the agricultural and healthPeople Helping People. care sectors to maximize awareness of the program. The key to the success of the program, according to FSA also stepped up with flu vaccinations this fall. FSA Executive Director Lisa Brabo, was having estabWhile flu vaccines are more important than ever this SENIOR CARE: FSA Executive Director Lisa Brabo (pictured with Deputy Executive lished, trusted nonprofits throughout the county Director Steven DeLira) said seniors and their caregivers have been hit especially year because of COVID, FSA had to cancel its Senior that had the capability to quickly mobilize to serve hard by COVID. Expo, where several hundred seniors typically got vacthose in need. An aggressive outreach effort led to cinated at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. This year, FSA the identification of 900 seniors in need, in addition enlisted the County Medical Reserve Corps to administer vaccines, supplied by Sansum Clinic, for more than to the nearly 300 seniors already being served by the 500 low-income seniors where they live. Collaborating partner organizations pre-COVID. Brabo described the new recipients as proud individuals not wantwith other nonprofits, FSA identified those in need at ing to ask for help. Somehow COVID, according low-income housing facilities, mobile home parks, and to Brabo, seems to have given them permission to other places where the organizations knew the need accept assistance. existed. COVID has caused stress for everyone, but seniors FSA is also among the many partners of the Foodand their caregivers have been hit especially hard because bank of Santa Barbara County. FSA has been distributof their isolation, said Brabo. The assistance has been met ing food out of its Dorothy Jackson Family Resource with an outpouring of gratitude. FSA is seeking funding Center in Lompoc and also making deliveries in the area. to continue both components of the program. Another critical role FSA has assumed is reviewFSA was tapped by County Public Health to do coning nearly 2,400 applications received by the United tract tracing alongside county staff from mid-May to Way of Santa Barbara County for individual assistance mid-September. FSA’s bilingual and trilingual staff made under the privately funded Joint Response Effort and it an attractive partner. Along with assuming all of these new roles during for rental assistance under city and county programs funded through the Federal CARES Act. FSA perCOVID, FSA has continued its multitude of other proformed a similar role for United Way in the relief efforts grams, with modifications where necessary, for youth, following the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow. families, and seniors. FSA has a $12 million budget, More than $2.5 million has been distributed to FARMWORKER HOUSING: Housing for the Harvest staff members Eunice Valle and largely funded by government contracts, but the nondate. Application processing starts and stops when Ofelia Velasco get fitted with PPE in case they need to enter a participant’s hotel room. profit also relies on private grants and donations for a new funding comes in and dries up. There is currently significant portion of its budget. a waitlist of 370 applications for individual assistance, For more info or to make a donation, go to fsacares 348 applications for rental assistance under the city program, Through its operation of four Family Resource Centers .org. 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t’s way too soon to predict what kind of fire just got lit, but Westmont College’s purchase of the three-story office building at 26 West Anapamu Street in downtown Santa Barbara could provide a much-needed spark for the city’s Central Business District (CBD), increasingly a collection of electrons with no clear nucleus to spin around. At least that’s the hope of Tom Parker, chief executive of the Hutton Parker Foundation — the philanthropic nonprofit that just sold the building to Westmont. “To have the college downtown is part of what this city needs to keep downtown alive and vibrant,” said Parker. The Westmont deal is one of several others Parker and the foundation are currently working on to get a stronger higher ed presence downtown. Before the onslaught of COVID, Parker had been in active talks with Cal State University Channel Islands, for example, to launch a State Street satellite. He was in discussion with UCSB to bring its much-vaunted biosphere project downtown, as well. And for years now, the Hutton Parker Foundation has been landlord to Antioch University’s downtown annex in the Anacota Building by Anacapa and Cota streets. At a time when there’s an abundance of ad hoc subcommittees, working groups, and a massive outpouring of architectural creativity all seeking to reengineer the DNA of the city’s CBD, the Westmont deal qualifies as actual meat on the bone for the higher ed strategy. For the last four years, Westmont has quietly rented the third floor


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of the Anapamu Street property, sharing space with the Community Environmental Council (CEC) — the environmental policy think tank that sprang up in the wake of Santa Barbara’s 1969 oil spill — as well as the Fund for Santa Barbara, the progressiveminded nonprofit known for funding social-justice and grassroots organizations. Parker said he’s got plans for relocating those two organizations, perhaps in another property he owns at 1219 State Street. Westmont will be taking possession of the property early next HIGHER ED CALLING: Westmont President Gayle Beebe said the groundbreaking for the private year, but with COVID still very college’s newly purchased building is scheduled for next August. much a concern, it’s uncertain when new programs and classes can kick into gear at what the of philanthropy. He and the foundation are leveraging private college calls Westmont Downtown. Westmont the small but very significant real estate empire they’ve President Gayle Beebe said the groundbreaking for the amassed over the years to provide stable and affordable newly purchased building is scheduled for next August. space for crucial players in Santa Barbara’s sprawling conParker, famous among other things for being the son stellation of nonprofits. The foundation currently owns of a Milpas Street butcher, is a onetime teacher turned 15 properties, providing space to 60 nonprofits and one real estate wheeler-dealer who wound up later in life as for-profit entity. an ebulliently creative mover and shaker in the world For Parker, the sale to Westmont was unusual in the extreme. “We never sell,” he said. “That’s not what we do.” In this case, however, Parker made an exception. And according to Westmont’s Beebe, Parker did even more than that. “Tom has been an amazing partner here, helping us dream our vision in engaging with downtown businesses and organizations and some of the challenges we face as a community.” Parker believes higher education ventures like Westmont — a faith-based liberal arts college located in the lush former grounds of Dwight Murphy’s estate in Montecito — will bring some serious synergistic juice to State Street. Even before COVID, downtown storefronts were going dark in such alarming numbers that City Hall was threatening to regulate the posting of “for lease” signs. Candidates running for office talked of fining landlords for allowing their properties to remain vacant too long. (Such talk evaporated quickly upon election.) Experts pointed out that State Street’s retail inventory is too big by fully one third. Throw in high rents, regulatory red tape, dirty sidewalks, mentally ill street people, and a downtown mall abandoned by its two anchors, and it’s not a pretty picture. Stepping into the void have been ventures like Amazon’s downtown offices, home to a high-paid, high-tech workforce all figuring out new questions Alexa, the company’s BORN-AGAIN BUSINESS DISTRICT: “To have the college downtown is part of what this city needs to keep downtown alive and vibrant,” robotic wunder-droid, can answer. Into this swirl of shiftsaid Tom Parker, chief executive of the Hutton Parker Foundation. ing realities, Parker is hoping that an infusion of smart



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and motivated students, faculty, and staff can make an economic, educational, and cultural contribution. That hope is shared by Westmont’s Beebe, no slouch when it comes to visionary ebullience either. Ever since coming to Anapamu Street four years ago, he said, “I’ve been hearing people say they want to see more Westmont students downtown.” Beebe’s long been eager for Westmont to expand its downtown presence for a host of reasons, including expanding the college’s educational opportunities in the field of high tech and high finance. In addition, he said, he expects the downtown campus to help anchor the school’s budding program in global health. Currently, Westmont offers students a summer in Uganda for health-related programs. Westmont students have long been involved with Doctors Without Walls, a group of medical professionals that provides street medicine to the South Coast’s homeless people. Typically, Westmont students play a significant role for the Point-in-Time counts in which local government agencies and social service providers conduct a countywide census of the homeless people in Santa Barbara. Beebe is quick to acknowledge that the downtown campus remains a work in progress. The school, he said, ONCE YOU will have a better idea sometime in 2021. He is convinced, GET INTO NEW however, that the existence SPACES, THEY of the new campus will be invigorating in the extreme. MAKE YOU START “Once you get into new THINKING ABOUT spaces, they make you start thinking about things you THINGS YOU never thought of before,” he NEVER THOUGHT said. “It encourages creative risk-taking.” OF BEFORE. IT There are also more immeENCOURAGES diate and practical considerCREATIVE ations. Westmont is strictly limited in how many stuRISK-TAKING. dents are allowed to attend classes at its Montecito cam—GAYLE BEEBE, pus. Based on a conditionalWESTMONT PRESIDENT use permit — 50 pages long and with 130 specific conditions — Westmont can have no more than 1,200 students on the Montecito campus. Currently, the school has about 1,340 students, Beebe said. Westmont has programs in San Francisco, Europe, Turkey, Egypt, Uganda, Australia, India, England, Australia, and Mexico. But the downtown branch, he said, will have probably 100 students. That is a big bite of the campus’s excess. Parker is meanwhile working with Cal State University Channel Islands to locate programs at his property at 1219 State Street. That, he acknowledged, remains up in the air because of the seismic standards for state colleges. If that doesn’t work out, he suggested that property might be an ideal location for the Fund for Santa Barbara and the CEC, offering the latter a much more public-facing portal to make the case for expanded solar energy. Likewise, there’s been talk about renting space to Cal State University Channel Islands — headquartered in Camarillo at the site of that city’s former psychiatric hospital — on Cota Street in the Lyons buildings, a multistory former storage facility now used for many educational purposes. Parker, a former real estate developer who controlled high rises throughout Southern California, said he enjoys being unshackled from the profit motive when charting the course of his real estate decision making. “I just work with the nonprofits,” he said. “And I don’t have to worry about the profit incentive. We’re here to try to help the community.” When approaching a deal, Parker said, “You do your best to make sure everybody wins. You have to give up more than you want to, maybe. You have to work a little harder, certainly, but everyone wins.” After a brief pause, he added, “If everyone doesn’t win, then we all lose.” n

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Laurie Romano 8/26/1958 - 10/24/2020

Laurie Romano passed away from cancer Saturday, October 24, 2020 at her Santa Barbara home with her loving family by her side. Born in Ridgewood New Jersey to Samuel and Margaret Romano, Laurie moved to Santa Barbara with her family at the age of three when her engineer father began working at GM’s Delco research facility in Goleta. She attended Marymount School, Bishop Diego and San Marcos High Schools. Growing up in Santa Barbara instilled in her a love for the natural beauty of the region and an appreciation of a welldesigned built environment. In 1974 her father was transferred to Michigan and the family relocated there where she graduated from Adams High School in Rochester, MI in 1976. She attended Michigan State University studying pre-law for two years until she discovered the profession of Landscape Architecture which better suited her innate creativity and love of nature. She returned to California and attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in 1983. It was there in her senior year that she met her future husband, then architecture student, Keith Rivera. Laurie and Keith were married in Santa Barbara in 1984 and soon relocated to San Francisco to pursue their respective careers, Laurie working for several notable S.F. design firms. Their two children, Colette and Andre were born in “The City“, where Laurie became a devoted stay at home mom. In 1999 Laurie and her young family returned to the Santa Barbara she loved, and she soon resumed her career working for Arcadia Studio rising to the level of principal landscape architect as an owner and partner. Laurie was a talented designer whose love of the outdoors, respect for 20


the built environment and fascination with the places where the two intersect informed her work. A member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, she relished large, complex, projects which challenged her creativity as well as her formidable managerial skills and was a mentor to many of the younger designers she worked with. Some of her more notable local design work includes the Presqu’ile winery in Orcutt, Cabrillo Business Park/Deckers Brands headquarters in Goleta and, most recently, the in-progress Santa Barbara Central Library Plaza. Dedicated to preserving the unique beauty of Santa Barbara she served on the city’s Board of Architectural Review and was also a longtime member of the county’s South Board of Architectural Review. Laurie loved the local environment and particularly the beauty of the beaches, ocean and Channel Islands. She was a faithful friend and nurturing mother who always strived for the best in everything she did. Laurie enjoyed hosting family gatherings at her San Roque home, dining out with family and friends, attending local events and relaxing at home in the beautiful outdoor spaces she created there. An animal lover, she enjoyed long beach walks with her dogs, especially her irascible husky mix Lola. Laurie was an exceptional person in so many ways and she will be dearly missed by her family, friends and colleagues. Laurie is preceded in death by her father, Samuel Romano. She is survived by her husband of thirty-six years Keith Rivera; daughter Colette Rivera, son-in law Tom Kirk of Dunedin, NZ; son Andre Rivera, daughter-in law Angela of San Diego, CA. She also leaves behind her mother Margaret Romano, brothers Cliff and Tim Romano, sister Mariliz Romano, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Due to the current ongoing pandemic plans for a celebration of life are pending. In lieu of flowers donations in her name to the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation, Library Plaza Project, are requested. See https://sblibraryfoundation.org/what-we-fund/ library-plaza-project/

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Glorianna (Light) Ferreira

11/11/1949 - 8/13/2020

She is preceded in death by both her parents and by her younger brother David Ferreira. She is survived by her older brother Carlos Ferreira of San Francisco.

John F. (Jack) Snyder, Jr. 7/26/1933 - 9/20/2020

The world lost a bright star this year when Glorianna Ferreira died on August 13, 2020. Glorianna was raised in the San Joaquin Valley by parents of Portuguese heritage, and spent her childhood with freedom, in the arms of nature. She left home at 17 after graduating high school co-valedictorian, with a 4-year Regents scholarship to UC Santa Cruz. She graduated from UCSC with honors in an experimental major of her own design, Philosophy of Movement and Expression. She spent three years teaching Creative Movement and Expression in the Santa Cruz County School District where she worked with autistic and disadvantaged children, incorporating music, dance, nature walks and social skills into the curriculum. Her thesis proposed that daily physical movement, creative expression and connection with Nature are essential for human health and wholeness. After graduating from UCSC, she was employed by the Department of Social Services for three years, working in the Food Stamp and MediCal programs. Glorianna moved to Santa Barbara after a short visit to a friend in Summerland. “I felt an electrifying affinity for Santa Barbara, with a feeling that I was ‘home’ and that I belonged here. I returned to Santa Cruz, gave a month’s notice, and made a bee line for this jewel by the sea.” This move led to a forty year career in the legal profession. She started as a legal secretary then earned a paralegal degree, eventually retiring as a judicial assistant for the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Glorianna was an avid writer, devoting four to six hours each day on poetry, essays examining social, environmental and political issues of the day, and journaling. Her connection to nature and her love of humanity defined her life and she lived it true to herself always, to the very end.


John F. Snyder, Jr, (Jack) passed away in Santa Barbara CA on September 20, 2020. He was 87 years old. Born July 26, 1933, to John F. and Thelma (Davis) Snyder in Kansas City, Mo, he grew up and graduated there from Paseo High School. He earned a BS degree from General Motors Institute of Technology (now Kettering University) in 1955 and later a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern University, Boston. MA. After brief stints at General Motors and TWA in Kansas City, he joined General Dynamics Astronautics developing Atlas missal bases in Wyoming, Kansas and New York. At the end of that program he joined Sylvania Systems and then Polaroid in the Boston area. While there he was a part of the Annual Meeting crew, where he obtained 40 theater backdrops for performers so shareholders could experience. the wonders of instant movies. In 1980 he left the snow of New England to become Facilities Manager at Raytheon in balmy Santa Barbara where he retired 13 years later. Among his accomplishments was the construction of four buildings in a no-growth atmosphere. He raised his family in Sudbury, MA, where he was an enthusiastic member of the Charles River Radio Controllers, flying award winning gliders. In a completely different arena, he garnered a Best Set Designer trophy for the Sudbury Players at the New England Theater Conference. As a member of the Sudbury Minuteman Militia and Company, he crossed the North Bridge in Concord, MA on Patriot’s Day in the Bicentennial year on April 19, 1976 reenacting “the shot heard ‘round the world”. Joys in his Santa Barbara

years included the Jaguar Club of Santa Barbara, where for many years he served as the club’s newsletter editor. He was a founding member of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum where, in its early days, he published its newsletter. In his retirement years he acted as Business Manager for Prosperity Press, a publisher of career educations. He enjoyed road trips and crossed the U.S. three times, including rediscovering Historic Route 66. He also enjoyed travelling abroad, especially driving through Spain and Italy. Closer to home he was an enthusiastic member of Wine Tasters in the Woods. He was especially proud of his several terms on the Santa Barbara County Civil Grand Jury, where he held a number of leadership positions. He leaves his wife of 65 years Lorelei (Johnston), three children, Andrew (Phyllis) of Haverhill, MA., Robert of Concord, NH., and Sara of Ventura, CA., six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. No services are planned at this time. Gifts in his memory may be made to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.

Hugo F. Mendez

4/1/1935 - 10/22/2020

Hugo F. Mendez passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 85 on Oct. 22, 2020 in Santa Barbara. Hugo was born on April 1, 1935 in Apizaco, Tlaxcala, Mexico. Hugo moved to Santa Barbara in 1959 and he worked for many years at the Biltmore Hotel and at UCSB. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Concepcion Mendez, four children Hugo Jr., Hector, Liz and Bobby, 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. A special thank-you to everyone at Serenity House and VNA Health for your care and attention.

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children Matthew (Katie), Tracie (Trevor), Katie, and Alex; and great grandchildren Lucca, Dominic, Cara Mia, and Kian. Due to COVID, private services have been held. We’d like to thank the extended family for all their support throughout the years.

Madge Ruth Bruice

9/18/1926 - 10/18/2020 Edo Tonello, a loving husband and father, passed away on October 21, 2020 just a few months shy of turning 91. He was born to Italian immigrant parents, Rosina and Giuseppe, in Susanville, California. He spent a happy childhood in the close-knit community with his older siblings and neighborhood friends. They enjoyed the simple pleasures of swimming, fishing, sledding, building toys, doing chores, and the camaraderie of small-town life. Edo moved to Santa Barbara with his family in 1944. He attended and graduated from Santa Barbara High School. He met his wife, Bruna, the last week of their senior year. Their first date was to the senior prom. They married on October 31, 1954. Together, they raised three children. After graduating from high school, Edo spent over 40 years in banking. At Security Pacific Bank, which later became Bank of America, he progressed through many positions, starting as a bookkeeper and ending as Vice President. As a branch manager at many different locations, he supervised staff and helped many secure loans for homes and other endeavors. His early banking years were briefly interrupted by two years of service in the U.S. Army. Stationed in Okinawa, he was proud to serve his country. Edo was also proud of the home he provided for his family and where he lived for over 65 years. He helped lay the foundation, built many walls on the property, and lovingly cared for the home. He spent many hours enjoying the view of the city and ocean. After his disability in 1989, he learned the computer to stay connected in the world. With a sharp mind, he read the news, researched topics on the internet, played games, and wrote emails to his children and friends. Those emails were a labor of love, typed one letter at a time. Edo is survived by his wife Bruna; children David (Lisa), Greg (Kim), and Patti; grand-

Madge Bruice passed away on October 18, 2020 at Mission Terrace, one month to the day of her 94th birthday. Her daughter Ann was able to hold her hand during her last waking hours. Madge was born September 18, 1926 in Los Angeles, where she lived until she was 29. First child of Carl and Minerva Freudenberger, fun loving parents of modest means, and sister to younger brother Dean, Madge cherished fond memories of a simple, happy depression era childhood. Graduating in 1944 from Manual Arts High School, Madge attended Occidental College, the first in her family to attend college, graduating June 1948. Madge married her high school sweetheart Thomas C. Bruice in August 1948. While Tom completed his PhD at USC, Madge taught at Huntington Park Elementary School until Tommy was born in 1952, followed closely by Ann in 1953. In 1955 the young family began a decade of moving throughout the East Coast, first to Branford, Conn. (Yale) where Carl was born in 1957. Subsequent moves to Baltimore (Johns Hopkins) in 1957 and Ithaca (Cornell) in 1960 followed as Tom built his career. Separated from California, family and friends, Madge found these years with frequent moves to be challenging. During this time Madge began a letter correspondence with her mother, mostly filled with news of Tommy, Ann, and Carl, who she cared for deeply. This correspondence lasted for decades and continued to buoy Madge through difficult years. Madge kept every letter her mother wrote to her, numbering nearly 400. Weary of Ithaca winters, Madge and family relocated west again and settled in Goleta (UCSB), where Madge resided most

of the rest of her life, always grateful to have returned to sunshine. In 1971, divorced with children grown, Madge began work at Robinson’s where she was employed for over 20 years and made many friends. Most content taking long beach walks with friends, Madge was proud to say that over the years she had walked every mile of beach from Ellwood to Butterfly Beach. A sun worshipper, bird lover and avid reader, Madge spent many hours reading outdoors serenaded by birds. In her later years when reading and walking became difficult, she could still be found whenever possible outside, soothed by the sun. Though quiet and private, Madge had a warm smile, kind heart and a surprisingly droll sense of humor which surfaced in her later years. She was especially fond of her lifelong friendships with Gloria Bass who she met 82 years ago on the first day of Jr. High, and her dear friend Fran Dunn. Madge also had long friendships with her P.E.O. sisters during her lifelong membership in the philanthropic organization, serving to create educational scholarships for young women. For 48 years, Madge lived in Goleta until 2012 when she moved to Wood Glen Hall, spending 8 sunny peaceful years feeling safe and cared for. Profound gratitude is extended to Joan Schuermann, Diane Bieza, and the entire Wood Glen Hall staff for their dedication and kindness. Madge’s family thanks also the many doctors, nurses and staff at Sansum Clinic, Cottage Hospital, Valle Verde rehab, and most recently Mission Terrace who saw her through multiple health issues over the years. Heartfelt thanks is also extended to the Alexander House Foundation, and the Jefferson Endowment Fund. Madge is survived by her children: Tom Bruice (Corinne), Ann Bruice, Carl Bruice (Lynn). She is also survived by her 5 grandchildren who she adored: Nicole, Colin, Kyla, Tommy and youngest grandchild Michael who grew up in Goleta. Being able to be a part of Michael’s life gave Madge great joy. Madge is also survived by her dear brother Dean (Elsie) and nieces/nephews: Mark, David, Anne, Jane. Donations may be made to: Wood Glen Hall – 3010 Foothill Rd., SB, CA 93105; Alexander House Foundation – P.O. Box 23642, SB, CA 93121; Jefferson Endowment Fund – 114 E. De la Guerra Studio 3, SB, CA 93101.

Madge’s ashes will be spread at sea in honor of her love of the pacific coast. “If happy little bluebirds fly….”

Owen Guitteau

8/18/1933 - 10/25/2020

Owen Guitteau, never without a story or a joke, died on October 25th of complications from a brain tumor, depriving us of his infectious vitality. Owen, a second generation Santa Barbareno, grew up in Montecito in a different era, an era where the students at Montecito Union School were the children of the domestics who worked on the huge estates that were Montecito at that time. In the first graduating class of Mt. Carmel School, he went to Catholic High in the days when the nuns didn’t allow any talking in the halls. With the “Purple Gang” he rode his bike everywhere, explored all the creeks and trails of Montecito, camped overnight, caught lobster off of Miramar Beach, which he sold for $1, and tucked away memories of adventures that he loved to share with anyone who would listen. Growing up during the war next to the Miramar, a center of rest and recreation for soldiers, Owen looked up to the soldiers and developed a life long interest in WW II. There are few books on even the minutiae of WW II that Owen had not read, he visited the Beaches of Normandy four times, acting as a guide for friends, and never missed visiting a WW II site or museum. Like most men his age, he served in the US Army. Unlike most men who were drafted, he loved it and his time in the army gave him even more stories to tell through the years. He said that after Catholic School and his mother, discipline in the army was easy. Most of his tour of duty was in


Germany with the Occupation Forces, a gold mine of stories and the source of his love of travel. When Owen returned home, he decided to become a plumber because he wanted to live his life in Santa Barbara. In 1959 he married Laurie Wallace at Mt. Carmel Church where he had served as an altar boy. They raised two children, Denise and Scott, spending vacations camping wherever they could waterski. Owen loved the challenge of plumbing the large and complex houses in Montecito and eventually had his own business. With his prodigious memory, he could recite the details of every house he ever plumbed. Once the kids left home, Owen and Laurie traveled the world and, thanks to their son, bought an apartment in Paris, becoming devoted Francophiles. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and French friends in a house they rented in the Dordogne Region, a treasured memory. Even after Owen’s brain surgery, they continued another 4 years of fun and adventure traveling. Owen’s faith was central to his life. He was active in St. Barbara’s Parish, overseeing the construction of the Nativity Scene each Christmas since the 70’s, serving on the Parish Council, as a Eucharistic Minister, and as an altar server. He lived his faith, always doing things for others. No woman ever lifted a heavy suitcase into an overhead bin when Owen was there, and one time in Italy with his daughter, he actually lifted a very heavy Italian woman off a train as it was starting to move because she was stuck. Lots of kisses and grazies! No one ever met Owen even briefly who didn’t love him with his open friendliness, upbeat personality. A bright light has gone, but Owen leaves all of us with a model of grace, humor, intelligence, and a kind of devotion that is rare these days. Owen is survived by Laurie, his loving wife of 61 years, his children Scott Guitteau and Denise Keane, and his grandchildren Patrick and Katie Keane. Sadly, his sister Judy Pearce recently preceded him in death. No doubt they are together talking about old Montecito. A celebration of Owen’s life will be held once the pandemic has passed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Barbara’s Parish or to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

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Josephine Millett

11/2/1930 - 8/27/2020

Josephine “Jo” Anne Millett passed away comfortably in the care of Serenity House due to complications from a stroke on August 27, 2020. She was 89 years young. Josephine was born Josephine Anne Ludke November 2, 1930 to Easter Janssens and Herman “Bud” Ludcke. Also known as Jo Anne, she was predeceased by her first husband Charles Irvin Missman and her most recent husband Ralph Thomas Millett. She is survived by her daughter Denise Foxwell, her son Scott Missman, grandchildren Fern Wittman, Kevin Missman, Brian Missman, and Sarah Del Aguila, She was also a greatgrandmother of four, and a great-great-grandmother. As a multi-generational local resident, her roots run deep in Santa Barbara. Her great-grandfather Don Augustine Victor Janssens was a local dignitary who is buried at the Santa Barbara Mission with her great-grandmother, Maria Antonia Pico. She also has ties to local Italian families, as her grandmother was Dominica Lucia Cavalletto. There is evidence of some of the family history posted on the wall of the family adobe located on upper State Street where the old Copper Coffee Pot once was. A plaque is still attached to the outside of the building, commemorating the family. Josephine attended local schools, Crane Country Day School ’44, where her mother was one of the original teachers, Laguna Blanca, 48’ and Santa Barbara State College (UCSB). She was a woman of many talents and she held many positions in life, such as secretary, schoolteacher, social worker, and she retired from UCSB as a computer programmer. She was a den mother, scout leader, junior high softball coach, CYO advisor, an avid square dancer, and talented lawn bowler. She was also a master at crossword puzzles and a wiz at Jeopardy. Like her mother and her 22


grandmother before her, Jo was very active in the community. She was a Life Member of the UCSB Alumni Assoc, Class of ’52, served on the Exec. Board of the UCSB Retirees’ Association, a Member Golden Arrow (50 years) of Pi Beta Phi national women’s fraternity, and Charter member of California Zeta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi, UCSB. She served on the Exec. Board of Taws ‘n’ Paws Square Dance Club and District Deputy for Associated Square Dancers of America. Jo sat on the executive board of the Santa Barbara Lawn Bowls club, and was an active member of the Exec Board of Town and Country Women’s Club of Santa Barbara. She belonged to numerous organizations through her life in Santa Barbara: She was a life Member of Los Descendientes of Santa Barbara, Sierra Club, Santa Barbara Historical Society, Santa Barbara Genealogy Society of Santa Barbara County, Goleta Beautiful, South Coast Railroad Museum, and a summer docent at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History working with the butterflies. Jo’s favorite hobbies were cooking and flower arranging. She was an amazing cook. In July of 1995, she won the News Press Cook of the Week, as well as numerous awards at the annual CFWS Arts Festival. Jo was well known for her beautiful flower garden. She regularly brought flower arrangements to friends and most functions she attended. Her garden boasted over 100 rose bushes. She won numerous blue ribbons and best of show at the CFWC annual Arts Festival for her flower arrangements. Jo will be greatly missed by family and the many friends who loved her. She was interned at Calvary Cemetery in a family only service. Due to the current pandemic we are all facing, a “Celebration of Life” will take place next spring, tentatively the day prior to Mother’s Day, Saturday May 8th at Tucker’s Grove.

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Patricia (Patsy) Alvarado Heron 6/18/1935 - 10/22/2020

Patricia “Patsy” Alvarado Heron, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, joined the lord on Thursday, October 22, 2020. Patsy was born to Inez and Hilaria Alvarado on June 18, 1935 in Santa Barbara, CA and raised in Goleta, CA. Patsy was well known in the community and retired from Santa Barbara High School. People often said she was a fun loving, caring individual, always willing to lend a hand. She was the life of any party and those who knew her, knew she loved the dance floor, especially when a James Brown song came on. Patsy married Julian Dominguez in 1953 and had seven children. She then married Joseph Heron in 1980 and they had a daughter. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Heron and seven children: Michael Dominguez, Diana Hernandez, Teresa Dominguez, Yvonne Saldana, Juliana Dominguez, Vincent Dominguez, Kara Heron. Along with her 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Brothers and sisters: Carolina, Katie, Lenore, Inez Jr. Amador. She is preceded in death by her son Gregory Dominguez and great grand-daughter Zoey Lopez, along with her parents Inez and Hilaria Alvarado, her brothers Raymond Alvarado, Jack Alvarado, Lawrence Alvarado and sister Eleanor Trunk. She will be remembered most for her kind and loving heart. Due to Covid restrictions, services will be a private family event. Friends and Family can tune in on Thursday November 5, 2020 at 11:


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William E. Calvert 11/29/1958 - 10/15/2020

William E. Calvert, 61— known to his family and friends as Billy—passed away peacefully on October 15th , 2020 after a short stay at Serenity House in Santa Barbara, California. Billy was diagnosed with urothelial cancer in January 2020, underwent a seemingly successful chemotherapy, and fought hard all year to recover. Over the course of the last few months, however, the cancer became too aggressive to beat—even for someone as strong and positive as Billy. Billy is survived by his wife, Nancy Pineda Calvert; his father, Kenneth Calvert (predeceased by his mother Carol “Snookie” Calvert); his sister Deborah and brother-in-law Chris Truhan; his Aunt Susan Lundberg; his Aunt Terri and Uncle Gary Kring; his Uncle Earlan Calvert; his mother-inlaw Virginia Pineda; his sister and brother-in-law Betty and Dennis Givens; his sister and brother-in-law Teresa and Tom DeRogatis; his nephews Nick and Andrew Truhan; and his nieces Rachael and Talia DeRogatis. Born November 29, 1958 and raised in Lompoc, California, Billy was a proud, 3 rd generation, lifelong Lompocian. Throughout his younger years, Billy played baseball, even making Lompoc’s Babe Ruth all-star team—which allowed him to travel all over

California. He played Junior Varsity baseball in his freshman year of high school, when he began surfing with some of his closest friends and fell in love with the peace and tranquility of the sport. It was because of Billy’s passion for surfing that he embarked on what would become a 35-plus-year career at The Vons Company. His career choice allowed him to work at night and surf in the morning. Billy was great at his job—a hard worker and a mentor to many. He retired in 2018, and he was thrilled to celebrate and enjoy this milestone—along with turning 60—with his wife Nancy by his side. Billy met his soulmate and love, Nancy, in 1999 at a high school friend’s wedding. The pair hit it off immediately and were together ever since. They were married for 19 years, 10 months, and 15 days. January 2021 would have been their 20 th wedding anniversary. In 2015, Bill found himself with some extra time on his hands after a DVT kept him sidelined from work for a while. He started working with wood and taught himself how to whittle. He became very good at his newfound hobby and began giving away his crafts as gifts. Billy’s spoons were especially popular gifts amongst his family and friends—gifts that will continue to be cherished long after his passing. When Billy retired, he became so skilled at making spoons that Nancy was inspired to design a logo and create a small Esty shop for him. They enjoyed working on this project together. Although Billy’s retirement was ultimately short-lived, he and Nancy made the most of it. Whether he was making spoons, spending time with family, going to concerts, thrifting at the Goodwill, caring for his doggies or going to the Lompoc Aquatic center, Billy cherished his final years. Gone way too soon, Billy will be remembered as a friendly, kind-hearted, compassionate, sincere, strong and fun-loving man. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Due to COVID-19, plans for Billy’s Celebration of Life are still pending.


In Memoriam TRADITIONS: Bill Gordon took his family and a few select fishing pals in “Big Red” to a summer cabin beside a beautiful lake during regular trips to Oregon.

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or more than 25 years, I was secretary to

attorney Bill Gordon at two different law firms. When he became a judge of the Superior Court in 1983, I became secretary to Judge Gordon for many more years. We both experienced the loss of our spouses, and a few years later, our relationship gravitated to a personal one. We were married in 1994. Bill was an inspiration to me both in the office and in marriage. I saw him live his ethics and sense of honor at all times. After 26 years of marriage, I cherish the memories. Early in my working years, I was in Bill’s office taking dictation one day. Out the window, we watched as a car pulled over to the curb. The woman driving looked somewhat distressed, and it was easy to see her car had a flat tire. Without a moment’s hesitation, this busy attorney jumped up, removed his suit coat, and rushed outside, rolling up his sleeves. He insisted on changing the tire for her. Bill Gordon was, in large and small ways, always a gentleman. Appearing before a judge for the first time is always an experience for a new attorney. Many faced that moment in the courtroom with Judge Gordon on the bench. As they exited Department 6, I would see them start breathing again after the dreaded moment of scrutiny. Often, later, in a more relaxed setting, I would be told by the same young men and women: “He’s my favorite judge!” Our friend Marilyn Metzner is a longtime secretary to attorneys and judges, and she remembered Bill’s hearty personality. She recalled an episode in 1964: “My husband, Paul, sitting out on the street waiting to pick me up after work, would tell me that he could hear every word that lawyer said out his window!” Marilyn often went to court with clients of attorney Tom Anderle, who has since become a judge. “I heard so many Bill-isms at those times,” Marilyn told me. “I remember him sending Mark McGinnis out to get a proper jacket because he had on a leather Eisenhower jacket. Bill once told a lawyer who stood up to speak during a family law hearing: ‘I hope you have more important things to say now than you had in your paperwork.’ ” Bill did like to tease. Gary Blair, who was court administrator during Judge Gordon’s two terms as presiding judge, told me about getting a call one day. It was the California Supreme Court’s chief justice, Ronald George. He wanted to visit Santa Barbara

and wanted a formal invitation from the presiding judge, Bill. “I immediately went to Judge Gordon’s chambers to inform him of this wonderful news,” said Blair. “Much to my surprise, Judge Gordon did not appear to be excited. He asked if I realized how much work it was to host a Chief Justice. We would have to adjourn court, and lose valuable trial time, so all of our judges could meet with him. We would need to host a special luncheon with our judges. We would need to then invite the Bar Association and local justice officials to attend a proper dinner in his honor. As Judge Gordon recited a lengthy list of tasks, he glanced at me sideways. I thought I detected a small twinkle in his eye, but I was not sure. “Knowing he had been a colonel in the Army Reserve and appreciated the chain of command, I made an analogy: ‘If you were commander of a large army base and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wanted to visit, would you turn him down?’ I thought this would sway him. Judge Gordon stared at me with a big smile and an unmistakable twinkle in his eyes: ‘Of course we will host the Chief. I just wanted to be sure you were prepared to perform all of the leg work!’ “I left Judge Gordon’s chambers with the realization that he had been two steps ahead of me the entire time.” Getting young people interested in the law was of great interest for Bill. He would host any government class who wanted to see how a courtroom worked. And many of his Saturdays were taken up with Mock Trials held by high school students. One of Bill’s favorite roles as a judge was to officiate at weddings. One memorable year, he was able to officiate at the wedding of his grandson Erik, which was held in New Orleans at their Museum of Art. Erik grew up on the East Coast, and the distance created a unique relationship for them. “I looked up to him as a kind of North Star for how to live the good life. His devotion to family, sincere humility, belief in the power of institutions to improve life, and razor-sharp wit all left deep impressions on me. He seemed to be a man who had discovered some important truths about how to live life the right way.” Erik said he learned from his grandfather about how pride in his contributions to the community led to his manner and conduct in all settings, and the effect he had on other people. “My grandfather n set the bar high,” Erik said.

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Our Common Table The Community of Kinship, Peace, and Justice Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated. —Martin Luther King Jr.

Several Carpinteria city officials approached us with interest in seeing a Common Table event on Linden Avenue. Similar interest was expressed by leaders in the Isla Vista community. By October 2019, seven Common Table events had taken place, including Common Table Eastside and Common Table on the BY TODD CAPPS Mesa. Each event was the result of interest and outt was a cloudless afternoon in July 2018, when reach on the part of residents in the particular area. the first Common Table event set up on the The culminating event was “Common Table—The playing field of Montecito Union School. It was Art of Community” on the 500 block of State Street, in the days before the plague of COVID-19 nec- which featured live presentations from 10 culturally essarily kept us apart. diverse music acts, poets, and dancers. More than The indomitable Alison Hardey hung a cryptic 1,000 people attended. banner over the front door to Jeannine’s Bakery on So what is it that attracts people from all walks Coast Village Road that week announcing “a com- of life to share a long table and food with strangers? munity gathering—Our Common Table: potluck The answer, quite simply, is that it is where we food, live music, one long table.” A small team of belong. volunteers had cirWe are social, interdependent creatures. culated slightly more But we live increasingly descriptive flyers to a community still reeling independent lives. The from January’s debris paradox is that while flow: “An outdoor we are more congathering of neighbors nected technologically sharing a meal at one than ever, our reliance continuous table in the on social technology heart of Montecito. No rather than face-toprogram. No politics. face interaction has No speeches. Just food increased our sense of (potluck), music, and isolation and loneliness. fellowship.” It has also contributed At 5:30, the long table to an era of chronic was set. And at 5:31, a opposition and divitotal of 18 people were siveness, and an inabilin attendance — each ity to see each other as people with much more an event volunteer. I in common than we are scanned the school parking lot with a sinkoften led to believe. ing feeling. Then a car Rev. Greg Boyle is pulled in, followed by the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los another and another. Angeles, the world’s People began flowlargest gang-intervening in from all direction and rehabilitation tions, across the field Aerial view of Carpinteria’s Common Table event program. He puts it this to the table, carrying an assortment of food way, “Human beings in serving dishes and bowls. The long table began can’t demonize people they know.… What we all to fill up. A shiny red Montecito Fire Department want to create and form is a community of kinship. If engine pulled into the driveway. The uniformed kinship was our goal, we would no longer be promotcrew emerged and strode to the table, transporting a ing justice; we would be celebrating it. For no kinship, mound of freshly barbecued pulled pork. Event vol- no justice; no kinship, no peace.” We come to the Common Table to realize our unteer Pat McElroy and I scrambled to add another eight-foot table section, and another, and another. By fundamental connectedness and belongingness, 6 p.m., more than 400 folks were sharing one table, while sampling each other’s guacamole. Sitting down for a meal together is one of the most essenbreaking bread together. A few months later, Common Table reappeared on tial ways to bridge divisions, build community, and a closed-off block of State Street, the long table strad- deepen understanding among people of diverse dling the center divider. And once again, roughly 500 backgrounds. folks from all corners of our community showed up Maybe we don’t come to the Common Table in to break bread together: City firefighters and police hopes of resolving the great polarizing issues of our officers, folks representing the Santa Barbara Young time. But what chance do we have of genuine progBlack Professionals, members of Santa Barbara City ress in such efforts if we have forgotten how to talk Council, Bernie supporters, Trump supporters, with each other? So perhaps our path to resolving SBCC students, people of opulent means, people that which divides us begins with sitting down at a who sleep on the streets, and John Palminteri report- table together and celebrating all that still unites us. ing live on KEYT. Attendees had been encouraged to As simple and naïve as that appears, it just may be a purchase their food to-go from nearby restaurants to critical first step. And when it is safe again to gather, I will look bring to the table. Feedback from the participating businesses was enthusiastically positive. Mollie Ahl- forward to seeing you at the table. strand, of Mollie’s, reported that it was the best day Todd Capps is executive director of Common Table Foundation. of business at her restaurant’s State Street location. COURTESY



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his October, the courts opened back up to help landlords evict tenants despite the still fully raging pandemic. The eviction process is violent, from the numerous terrifying notices the landlord puts on your door to the Sheriff ’s deputies arriving to physically remove you by force, to the permanent stain on your record that hurts your chances to find decent future housing. The Halloween nightmare that is about to occur for a massive number of families, the elderly, the disabled, immigrants — ordinary human beings who did nothing wrong — is one in which they desperately scramble to find a place to go. Some will cram into a relative’s living room, others will cram into cars, and others will have live on the streets from now on. If you’re afraid of being evicted, contact us. We’re a group of 20-25 ordinary people who are getting pretty well organized and are sick of being in a constant state of anxiety over whether we’ll have housing next month. We think tenants organizing together is better than tenants suffering alone. Contact us at sbtenantsunion@gmail.com. —Max Golding, Member, Santa Barbara Tenants Union

Newsom Fuels the Flames


he Newsom administration quietly issued six new fracking permits to Aera Energy (owned by Shell and Exxon) in October, bringing the total of approvals since April to 54. As a candidate, Governor Newsom promised to oppose fracking. During our recent wildfires, he took to the national stage to declare that climate change is real. Yet he continues to allow free rein to fossilfuel companies — who have spread climate denial for decades and whose product is fueling the fires — by issuing more than 1,700 new oil permits and dozens of fracking permits in 2020 alone. California is one of the largest oil-producing states in the nation. More than five million of us live less than a mile from an active oil well. Evidence links exposure to toxins from drilling to asthma, lung and heart disease, birth defects, cancer, and more. We are the only major oil-producing state that has no regulations regarding the proximity of oil and gas infrastructure to communities. In Santa Barbara County, as elsewhere, this affects mostly people of color and low-income groups, many of whom live within 2,500 feet of oil drilling and who

are already at higher risk from COVID-19. Permitting drilling in these communities upholds the racist systems Newsom claims to oppose. Moreover, Newsom could save us another battle with Big Oil locally if he simply stopped approving permits. Tell Newsom: It’s time to stop issuing fossil-fuel permits, drop existing oil production through a just transition, and roll out 2,500-foot health and safety buffer zones between oil drilling and the places where we live, work, and play. Sign the petition at tinyurl .com/StopNewsom. —Rachel Altman, S.B.


Last week’s news feature “The State Street of Tomorrow” became a hot topic on Facebook: Stan Bernstein When I opened Morninglory Music on State Street, it was at the time of places like the Earthling Bookstore. Things were very different back then, and historical references were part of the architecture and businesses. We understood that the combination of retail, movie theaters, and restaurants drew people to downtown. Daytime, nighttime, weekends, tourists, locals — everything combined to imprint a certain Santa Barbara character. These architects’ proposals aren’t all bad, but they don’t seem to really be Santa Barbara. Everything changes, but not always for the better. MariaCarmen Munoz Please don’t do this. • Loanne Wullaert State Street’s demise started with the destruction of Piccadilly Square and the Arcade. So many cool shops, people wanted to be downtown all the time. Then it turned in to cookie cutter vanilla stores and that mall. • Mitchell Hodge Sadly State Street became too expensive for a local business to survive decades ago, making downtown even less user friendly. Building more multimillion-dollar condos that few can afford will only push the area into further decline. Denise Umland Stop with the micro units! If this year has taught us anything, most of us don’t have enough space at home to work at home. It’s why so many people are moving. We don’t need apartments with business centers and gyms and all those perks that make the rent higher. Give us good usable living space at an affordable price.

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Resilient Love Series: Latinx Generational Trauma: Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez This

storyteller of brown folks, public theologian, feminist, and creator of the social media platform Latina Rebels will tell stories about her experience and the stigma around therapy and being first generation and from Nicaragua. Visit the website for the Zoom link. 6pm. Free.

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11/6: Virtual Music Performance: Arriba Mexico: Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar Enjoy live music from one of California’s premier mariachi ensembles. 7:30-9pm. Free. Zoom link: ucsb.zoom. us/j/92074487651.



11/6: Stories in the Park: Alameda

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Join outdoors as the book We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands by Rafael López is shared aloud. The pages of the book and activities will be printed on large standing signs, ready for you to follow. Bring your library card or sign up for one. Social distancing guidelines will be followed, and masks are required at all times (except for children under age 2). 10:30am-1:30pm. Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara St. Free. Ages 0-5. Call (805) 962-7653 or email gwagy@santabarbaraca.gov.

11/5: Art Matters Lecture: Race, Society, and Identity in 19th-Century Mexican Costumbrismo (via Zoom)

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Mey-Yen Moriuchi, associate professor of art at La Salle University, will speak about the literary or pictorial interpretation of local everyday life, mannerisms, and customs, primarily in the Hispanic scene, and particularly in the 19th century. 3-4pm. Free. tinyurl.com/Moriuchi

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11/6: Virtual Performance and Conversation: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis The Sounds of Democracy Led by trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis and featuring seven of jazz’s finest soloists, this performance aims to entertain, inspire, and uplift audiences with the full vigor, vision, and depth of America’s music. A conversation and Q&A will follow. 5pm. Free.


FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE FOOD PROGRAMS S.B. Unified School District will provide Grab & Go breakfast, lunch, and supper meals, and Goleta Union School District will be offering meal kits. Visit the link for locations, times, and more. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de S.B. ofrecerá desayuno, almuerzo y cena, y el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Goleta ofrecerá paquetes de almuerzo. Haga clic en el enlace para locaciones, horarios y más.

11/8: Write for Self-Discovery and Meaning This virtual journaling

Sloss Iron Works by Patrick McGinnis


Opening Exhibition: Historic Preservation Series by Patrick McGinnis Visitors are invited to

view this series of industrial photographs of vanishing structures of America’s once-vibrant iron and steel industry taken by S.B. artist Patrick McGinnis. Masks, self-screening, and social distancing are required. The exhibition will show on Saturdays through December 19. 1-4pm. Architectural Foundation of S.B. Gallery, 229 E. Victoria St. Free.

Association invites S.B. County residents to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks, and trails across local communities to raise funds to end Alzheimer’s. Visit the website to register and for more information on the virtual opening and Promise Garden ceremony.


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workshop will provide an opportunity to participate in a series of journaling exercises with psychotherapist Chantal Wunderlich, MFT. No experience is necessary, and sharing will be optional. 2-3:15pm. $40.


11/7: S.B. Walk to End Alzheimer’s The Alzheimer’s

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 hallie.ingram@peabodycharter.net.

This year’s virtual festival will offer 77 films that include animation, short and feature-length documentaries and narratives, as well as a series of films that celebrate Southern California filmmakers. The festival goes through November 15. Visit the website for a full schedule. $50/full festival; $10/per film; Nov. 12-15 video on demand: $3-$10/per film block or film.


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 hallie.ingram@peabodycharter.net.

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10 from season 1 of Pee-wee’s Playhouse on Netflix or Amazon Prime before you join this virtual conversation that will explore the radical visual style and enduring legacy of this classic Saturday-morning TV show. Registration is required. 4-5pm. Free.



MONDAY 11/9 11/9: Learn Rumi Monthly Webinar Join on the second Monday of each month to understand the language behind Jalal al Din Rumi’s poetry and how his search for wisdom and transformation can enable us to seek the divine in everyday life. This webinar will be led by Dr. Fariba Enteshari. 4-4:45pm. Free.


TUESDAY 11/10 11/10: Youth Mental Health First Aid (Online) This comprehensive training is designed to equip educators, family members, and caregivers (18 years or older) with the skills and knowledge to identify, understand, and respond to the signs or risk factors of mental illness and substance-use disorders in youth by using role-playing and simulations. 11am-3:30pm. Free (residents of S.B.). Ages 18+. bethedifferencesb.org

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S.B. will host a market every Thursday to highlight downtown businesses and area artisans and local goods. The marketplace will be located on the 1000 block of State Street between Carrillo and Figueroa streets November 5, 12, and 19 and December 3, 10, and 17. 3-7:30pm. Free. downtownsb.org/events

11/7-11/8, 11/10: S.B. Outdoor Christmas Market Shop safely for

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your holiday gifts (jewelry, clothing, candles, artwork, books, chocolate, skin care, and more) from area artisans and small businesses through December 24. Thu.-Fri.: 3-8pm; Sat.:-Sun.: 11am7pm; Tue.: 3-6pm. Paseo Nuevo at De la Guerra Place, 651 Paseo Nuevo. Free.

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11/7-11/11: A Crimson Holiday S.B.’s uptown artisan gift gallery offers safe shopping for items from 40+ of the area’s most talented artists, designers, and authors through December 31. Visit the website to learn about Monday-morning private shopping and Thursday-morning senior shopping opportunities. Mon.Fri.: 11am-7pm; Sat.-Sun.: 11am-6pm. La Cumbre Plaza (across from Chico’s), 121 S. Hope Ave. Free. Call (805) 570-1987. acrimsonholiday.com


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11/10: S.B. Charitable Gift Planners Host Virtual Workshop Nonprofits can get advice from Michelle Castro, trusts and estate representative at Heritage Auction, on how to accept donations of personal property, such as art, jewelry, memorabilia, and more at this educational workshop. Noon-12:45pm. $15-$20.


WEDNESDAY 11/11 11/11: Veterans Day Night at the Drive-In! Join Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation for a stage show presentation, silent digital auction, and a screening of the 1990 World War II film Memphis Belle (rated PG-13), starring Matthew Modine and S.B.’s own Eric Stoltz. Scholarships are available for veterans and those on active duty (must show proof of service). Gates open: 4:30pm; program: 5:30pm. Adult: $50; ages 10 and under: $10. Proceeds will go toward supporting local veterans and those on active duty. pcvf.org/veterans-day-weekend

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Foodbank S.B. County Holiday Turkey Drive Drop off canned fruit and vegetables, gravy mix, stuffing mix, nonperishable food items, fresh or frozen turkeys and chickens, or financial donations through November 23. Mon.-Fri.: 8am-

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Center Stage Theatre is seeking short story submissions for the upcoming Holiday Memories virtual production. First-person, true stories should be 5-10 minutes (500-1,500 words) in performance and can include any holiday of the year and be in a tone that is humorous, poignant, irreverent, or dramatic. Auditions will be November 12-14. Visit the website for full instructions. Send a digital submission to cstheater@sbcoxmail.com or a hard copy to Center State Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 by November 8. centerstagetheatre.com

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t 8:38 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, Julio Urías fired a third strike past Willy Adames, and the Los Angeles Dodgers were the 2020 World Series champions. As Vin Scully might have put it: “In a year that has been so doleful, the delightful has happened.” It was delightful for longtime fans who remembered L.A.’s last championship in 1988 and wondered if they’d live to see another. They included Santa Barbara attorney Trevor Large and Mike Gerken, a teacher and coach at Dos Pueblos High. After their latest postseason failure, the Dodgers had put together another strong contender this year, but one of their usual assets—vocal fan support — was missing. They played a COVIDimpaired 60-game schedule in empty stadiums, and despite achieving the best record in baseball, they had to go through the playoffs far from home at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. But 11,500 spectators were allowed to attend each World Series game, and after the Dodgers clawed back from a 3-1 deficit against the Atlanta Braves to win the National League pennant, Trevor Large said, “My wife and I looked at each other. She said, ‘You have to go.’ ” He connected to StubHub and bought a pair of tickets to Game 5 for himself and his daughter Reese. “She’s 12 years old,” he said. “I was 12 in 1988.” He remembers running through the house screaming when Kirk Gibson hit his iconic home run 32 years ago. Large hoped to see the Dodgers win this series in five games, as they had in 1988, but the series was tied 2-2 after the Dodgers had made like the Keystone Cops trying to stop a Tampa Bay Rays rally in the ninth inning of Game 4. That made the Sunday evening game crucial for both teams and for Clayton Kershaw, L.A.’s starting pitcher, a star-crossed figure in previous postseasons. “It was a blast,” Large said. “My daughter is a big Kershaw fan. We saw him warming up in the outfield. The stadium was so quiet we could hear him talking.” He estimated that 80 percent of the fans were wearing Dodger blue. They were gratified to see Kershaw grind out his second win of the series, with the help of the bullpen, and put the Dodgers on the brink of the ultimate triumph. Mike Gerken grew up in the days of the GarveyLopes-Cey-Russell infield and described himself


IN IT TO WIN IT: Trevor Large and his daughter Reese (above) were in Houston for Game 5 while Mike Gerken (below) watched the Dodgers take it all in Game 6.

as “a passionate, diehard Dodger fan.” He was 18 in 1988, going cuckoo in Rancho Cucamonga over Gibson’s shot. He graduated from UCSB and remained in town, making many commutes to Dodgers Stadium. He took his firstborn daughter, Lauren, to a game when she was 4 months old. “I got her a Dodgers onesie,” he said. “I didn’t want her to get one from my wife. She’s a Giants fan.” When a friend in Texas called Gerken to tell him he had a spare ticket to Game 6 of the World Series, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse. “Thirty-two years is a lot of buildup,” he said. Surely this time the Dodgers were destined to win. He canceled a practice by the Dos Pueblos softball team on the day of the game and took a 6 a.m. flight to Dallas. Through five-plus innings that night, Tampa Bay seemed poised to play the spoiler. But after a questionable pitching change, Mookie Betts’s bat and his peerless base-running put the Dodgers ahead 2-1. Betts added a homer to make it 3-1, and Urías nailed down the drought-busting victory. “It was a more emotional experience than I thought it would be,” Gerken said. “People of all ages were crying.” He flew home in the morning and was back on the softball diamond in the afternoon with the DP Chargers, including his younger daughter, Ashley. They had a joyful practice. EPILOGUE: I covered the first game of the 1988 World Series and witnessed firsthand Gibson’s swing, his joyous hobble around the bases, and the pandemonium that erupted in Dodger Stadium. The rest of the series is a blur in my memory, as were Orel Hershiser’s pitches in the eyes of the Oakland A’s. The 2020 playoffs and World Series were unique in many ways, but they presented some of the best tension-producing and memory-stirring moments that baseball has to offer, the stuff that binds generations. Spectacular catches, Corey Seager connecting time and again, blunders and bang-bang plays, a squeeze bunt, Justin Turner pulling off a twin killing (and lamentably arousing controversy after he tested positive for COVID on the last day), Ji-Man Choi performing acrobatics at first, Mookie Betts sliding into home, and Manuel Margot tagged at the edge of the plate after boldly trying to do what Jackie Robinson did 65 years ago. No asterisk should be applied. It was a Fall Classic. n

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Fast-forward to today, and Nissan employs a combination of diet and technology to attend to his clients’ needs. During a consultation visit, Nissan will ask about your issues and when they started. “What I’ve been hearing a lot of from women is that they are shocked how their body is changing. Around 39, 40, 41 years old, people start to retain extra fat that they can’t get rid of. They begin pushing themselves harder and getting more stressed about it,” but to no avail. “I explain to them what’s happening metabolically and how they can rid themselves of the unwanted weight by keeping it simple, integrating more probiotics and prebiotics into their diet, and then incorporating some noninvasive treatments,” Nissan said.


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p.32 NOT JUST BREAKFAST: Chilaquiles, such as those served at El Rincón Bohemio (pictured here), can be for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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grow tiresome after a while, which I learned during my first year at UCSB. Even at buffet-style setups like De la Guerra Dining Commons, the options—which initially seemed endless, with a salad bar and stir-fry and the self-serve ice cream bar — eventually become redundant. Eating there every single day really makes you want a home-cooked meal. I missed nothing more than my mother’s chilaquiles, my favorite dish from growing up. I craved that familiar smell of freshly fried tortillas, which would hit my nose as I walked into our home after school. Chilaquiles are fried tortilla chips, topped with green or red salsa as well as sour cream and queso fresco, and usually accompanied by BY URSULA CABRIALES a side of eggs or sliced flank steak. Chilaquiles are prepared differently throughout Mexico, where they are often sold by street vendors near busy places like schools and churches. Some people prefer to use packaged tortilla chips rather than fry the tortillas themselves, and others just add a dash of salsa rather than soaking the tortillas in it. Though commonly a breakfast dish, chilaquiles are also perfect for lunch or dinner, as the dish can be a very filling meal. Thankfully, chilaquiles was also the only dish I learned how to cook before arriving on campus, and the recipe only requires a few ingredients that can be acquired easily at the supermarket. After deciding to make the dish one Saturday afternoon, my friends and I took a 15-minute bus ride to Albertsons. Walking into the produce section, I was hit with an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia while picking out the vegetables, which reminded me of grocery trips for the same ingredients with my mother during my freshman year of high school. As she does, I inspected the vegetables closely, checking for any signs of damage around the chili

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peppers and green tomatoes, and making sure the cilantro was not browning. Nearing the corner of the Latin food aisle, I found the brightly colored garlic salt and Knorr seasoning packages, as well as the Guerrero brand tortillas—all the same exact ones that were in my kitchen back home. While everything felt unfamiliar being in a new region miles away from home, picking out these ingredients made me feel a little bit closer to my family. The next step was cooking in the dorms, which wasn’t as hard as we expected. Trading in a student ID card for a pot and pan was all it took. Walking back toward the elevator, we made our way upstairs to the sixth floor, hoping no one had taken our spot in the kitchen, since it was on a first-come, first-served basis. We then scrambled around our floor’s tiny kitchen to prepare the dish—one of us chopping the onions, another frying the tortillas, all of us laughing at our lack of culinary skills as seen in the unevenly diced tortillas and onions. When I pulled out my small blender to finish the sauce, its motor started overworking and letting out an acrid smell, and we briefly feared that our brunch might trigger the building’s fire alarm. Every so often, other students on our floor would pop in to interrogate us about what we were cooking. We’d respond in unison, “Chilaquiles!” They’d nod their heads and say, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard of those,” their pronunciation of the dish often quite different from the person before them. As we finally sat down to enjoy the meal, a chorus of “Oh my god,” “This is so good,” and “I love this” filled the room. We decided to start a tradition of making a new recipe from our faraway homes every weekend, and we found joy every time, riding the bus and making grocery trips together. We shared family stories as we cooked together, and we bonded with each other over these shared meals, from spaghetti with garlic bread to freshly baked vegan cookies. Our Saturday brunch became something that we all looked forward to after every long week of being a college student, all thanks to my love for chilaquiles. n


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Don’t feel like making chilaquiles yourself? A brief survey of Santa Barbara food lovers revealed that these restaurants make very solid versions. The Boathouse: 2981 Cliff Dr., boathousesb.com 6 El Rincón Bohemio: 4141 State St., Ste. F1 6 El Bajio: 129 N. Milpas St.; elbajiosb.com 6 Cajun Kitchen: Multiple locations; cajunkitchencafe.com 6 Lito’s: 514 E. Haley St.; litossb.com 6 Palapa: 4123 State St.; palaparestaurant.com 6 Rosales: 827 E. Montecito St.; rosalesmexicanrestaurant.com 6 Rose Café: 1816 Cliff Dr.; rosecafe2.com 6

Make Your Own The basic formula for chilaquiles, which are most often eaten at brunch, involves freshly fried tortillas topped with salsa, often leftovers from the previous day. But there are many variations that also include eggs, steak, chicken, beans, and more. In this article, the author’s version from her mother features 12 tomatillos and seven chili peppers boiled and then blended with two cubes of chicken-flavored Knorr seasoning, four strands of cilantro, and a slice of onion for the salsa. Tortillas are cut into small cubes, which are fried in a pan with one clove of garlic. Once golden brown, sprinkle with garlic salt, douse with salsa, and add an egg.



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and causing a great deal of division within the wine community. So the Vintners Association pulled the plug on Wednesday night. On Thursday morning, a letter went out to every winery in the county, members and nonmembers alike. Indeed, the letter is a direct invitation to those nonmember wineries to join the association in order to make a more collaborative and better funded future together. “In recent weeks, it has become apparent, most notably through a threatened lawsuit, that this process is dividing our community,” read the letter, signed by the Vintners’ CEO, Alison Laslett, and the extended board. “This was never our intent; therefore, the Santa Barbara Vintners will no longer lead the charge to form the Wine Preserve.” The letter continued, “We know that many of you will be disappointed by this news, as you have been supporting this effort from the beginning. Others will be relieved to hear the initiative has been dropped. Regardless, now more than ever is a time to support each other.” Rather than institute the mandatory fee, the association will continue as a voluntary, membership organization. There is one board seat open, and others opening next June, so the letter encourages members to apply. The letter also details various successes over the past three years, and notes that the Vintners Association did reach out to every winery, whether members or not, to distribute reopening information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Many of you call and e-mail us, and use our resources. We are able to help since we are funded by members,” said the letter. “We invite all Vintners to join with us now to build a unified, dedicated, effective organization. Our ethos and our efforts have been for the benefit of the greater industry and that will continue.” n



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Do you find your art inspired by poetry? I do, a lot. Poetry is a huge part of my process. My whole hope in what I do is that it brings a sense of stillness in both myself and somebody that is viewing it. Poetry is, the way I look at it, almost like going into meditation. There’s something deeper that you uncover when you read poems—and an inner connectedness with others. How did you get into making textiles? I studied fashion design and fashion marketing. Then I got into the fashion industry, and it was a very big letdown. I realized that it was an industry so full of waste and a lot


ith the pandemic prompting her recent move from Denver to Santa Barbara, the textile artist G Roslie is finding lots of new inspiration. Back in Colorado, she and her husband, Ry Roslie, ran an artistic boutique called Slo Curio, where they sold her art and clothing as well as his stylish light installations. Embodying tranquility and the quietude of contemplation, G hand dyes her linens with earth-based pigments and then sews them together manually. She answered a few of my questions recently.

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of unhealthy ego. I got out and continued exploring. When I started making clothing, it was more handmade clothing—not so much fashion, but clothing that doesn’t have a trend to it, just easy-wearing clothes that you would be able to wear for 30 to 40 years. Then I started getting into natural dying many years ago and fell in love with the process.

Does Santa Barbara inspire you differently than Denver did? Having grown up in California and being a very ocean-minded person, Colorado has its own beauty, and it’s a stunningly gorgeous place. There’s this distinction, though, that you’re either a mountain person or an ocean person. I realized that distinction in myself, that I always preferred the ocean.

How are you handling the pandemic? It’s a time where we may feel like we are floating and not quite sure where and how to land, also just realizing how essential beauty and art is. We talk about essential workers, whom we are so grateful for, obviously; but I think a lot of artists right now are suffering. I talk to a lot of fellow artists who feel as though art may not be worth it. But art is not a frivolous thing—it gives people a sense of hope and whatever else it may bring, whether it be calmness, or introspection. I hope that we can collectively realize that art is an essential element of life, especially when things are hard. —Melody Pezeshkian

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only hard part of watching this delightful show is how much it will remind you of what we’re missing. Highlights include familiar standards such as a beautiful “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story sung by Daniel Sabraw, multiple sparkling duets and trios featuring Shannon Saleh, and a great number from Waitress, “She Used to Be Mine,” performed by Miranda Ortega. Katie Laris and the team at SBCC did a wonderful job getting this show together while observing the strictest possible safety protocols. Put it on while you’re at home staying safe yourself and it will make your night. See theatregroupsbcc.com. —CD


LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD In order to rise to the challenge of creating meaningful theater during the pandemic, the Theatre Group at Santa Barbara City College chose to draw on two of its signature strengths — musicals and its own long and distinguished history. Looking Back, Looking Forward, available through November 7 as a virtual streaming event, offers a generous helping of great Broadway show tunes performed by a remarkably talented cast. Hosts Willie Simpson and Tiffany Story cue up the numbers with snappy Santa Barbara–centric patter, and David Potter provides the musical accompaniment from the keyboard. The results are uniformly splendid; the

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Tucked away along the central pedestrian pathway of La Cumbre Plaza, there’s an innovative new museum that offers an invigorating alternative to traditional gallery going. The brainchild of media artist Marco Pinter, the Museum of Sensory & Movement Experiences (MSME) turns each individual visitor into the energetic source of a unique experience. By engaging with interactive artworks that respond to their movements, people see themselves in unexpected ways. As with virtual reality, how you move determines the outcome. Unlike in VR, there are no headsets, joysticks, or wearables. Although these digital avatars resemble life-sized colored shadows, they act like nimble dance partners rather than simple copycats. “Fluid Connections” and “Time Dilation,” works by Pinter that fill the museum’s first gallery, capture the heart of the MSME aesthetic. In “Fluid Connections,” the viewer controls a colorful projection with graceful extensions that appear to flow from one’s extremities. When two people are in the space together, their hand extensions can connect to form one long visual umbilical. No physical contact is necessary — the image makes the connection. On another wall, “Time Dilation” creates multiples of your body, with each iteration moving at a slight delay. Both pieces encourage dance-like engagement to get what’s on the walls to do interesting and unexpected things. Subsequent gallery spaces explore further ramifications of body-based displays, inviting viewers to use not only their movements but also their metabolisms to leave visible traces and send audible signals. In “Heartspace,” created by Alan Macy, Alex Stahl, Dominique Reboul, and Garrett Staab, (sanitized) touch turns heartbeats into throbbing techno basslines. “Oscilla,” by Xindi Kang and Rodney Duplessis, renders vocal inflections as abstract visuals, initiating a feedback loop that allows visitors to “draw” with their voices. Works by Elisa Ortega Montilla and Ethan Turpin provide further layers of intention and juxtaposition. The museum can be seen and experienced in under an hour, but it invites multiple visits as the works unfold through repeated use. Visit seehear move.com or call (805) 233-3395 for tickets and information. —Charles Donelan


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uffusing heartfelt lyrics into a romantic sound, Lily Ryder just released her first EP, Movement Four, which features five powerful melodies that symbolize a fundamental transition in Ryder’s way of life. A Santa Barbara native who was honored with one of this newspaper’s Indy Theater Awards in 2018, the singer/songwriter had been busy with undergraduate coursework at the Clive Davis Institute at New York University until the pandemic spurred a trip home last spring. “I didn’t have anything to do,” she said of arriving home for the COVID-19 quarantine, so focusing on the EP became a way to dive deeper into her creativity and collaboration.  Working entirely from her bedroom, Ryder recorded and produced with one of her oldest friends — and prom date — Chris Cassriel. “The opportunity for collaboration is amazing, across disciplines,” said Ryder, who believes that NYU and the surrounding environment is propelling her craft. She continues to find inspiration in her by Melody Pezeshkian friends, and the EP’s iridescent cover arose out of a casual photo shoot. Featuring songs that were written over the course of a year, Movement Four explores melancholy tones bridged by passionate hooks. Ryder lays her cards face up with her lyrics: Singing, “I’m not afraid of coming clean,” she excavates beauty through her vulnerability.  “The most difficult thing about music and performing is that you have to show yourself,” she explained. “You can’t fake it, or people know.”  Production-wise, she’s most proud of the first song, “Call Me When You Get This.” The experimental track buoyed by convolved strings and ambient vocals carries the mark of expertise. Collecting meandering melodies and textured alto-vocals, the tracks complement her autobiographical lyrics.  The last track on the EP, “Water,” captures the universal complexity of leaving your hometown for a different life. “The song is about being home and the complex relationship you have with the place you grew up,” said Ryder. “I love Santa Barbara and treasure it. It was so hard for me to leave. [‘Water’] is a reminder of the amazing parts of being in S.B. without diminishing the struggle that I have with it.”  When describing Movement Four, as a whole, Ryder told me that the story takes the “perspective of looking back and making peace with a really difficult time in your life, knowing that it’s not going away but you’re also moving forward.”   She hopes listeners can find inner strength and creativity when listening to her album. “I would just hope that people can listen to it and fully open themselves up to feelings and thoughts and themselves in ways they otherwise would not be able to, to push their art further,” she said.


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(Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Aries poet Charles Baudelaire cham-

(June 21-July 22): In 1903, archaeologists digging in a

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the 1970s, an Englishman named

pioned the privilege and luxury of changing one’s mind. He thought it was natural and healthy to always keep evolving beyond one’s previous beliefs and attitudes, even if that meant one might seem inconsistent or irrational. “It is lamentable,” he once proclaimed, “that, among the Rights of Human Beings, the right to contradict oneself has been disregarded.” I bring these thoughts to your attention, dear Aries, so that you will feel at peace with the prospect of outgrowing rules, strategies, and approaches that have worked well for you up until now—but that have outlived their usefulness.

cave in Cheddar Gorge, England, found the fossilized remains of “Cheddar Man,” a person who had lived there 9,000 years earlier. In 1997, DNA tests revealed that a teacher named Adrian Targett, who was living a half-mile from the cave, was a direct descendant of Cheddar Man. I propose that we invoke this scenario to serve as a metaphor for you in the coming months. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, your ancestors are likely to play a bigger role in your life than usual. Connections between you and them will be more vivid and influential and worthy of your meditations.

Stephen Pile founded the Not Terribly Good Club. It was designed to be a gathering place for mediocre people whose lives were marked by inadequacy and incompetence. To organize his thoughts about the club’s themes, Pile eventually published a book titled The Book of Heroic Failures. Unfortunately, it sold so many copies that he got expelled from his own club. He had become too successful! I suspect that in the coming months, you may have an experience akin to his. The odds are good that you’ll find interesting success in an area of your life where you have previously been just average.




(Apr. 20-May 20): The horoscopes I write are my love let-

(July 23-Aug. 22): According to the film Amadeus,

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “At every crossroad, be prepared to

ters to you. As I compose them, my goal is to celebrate your beauty and strength even as I discern what’s lacking in your life and what confusions might be undermining you. In my philosophy of life, that’s how love works at its best: remaining keenly aware of the good qualities in the beloved while helping them deal with their problems and heal their wounds. I suggest that in the coming weeks you adopt my approach for use with your own close relationships. Your allies are in special need of both your praise and your rectifications.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): When Charles de Gaulle was 15 years

old, he wrote “General de Gaulle,” a short story in which he envisioned himself, many years in the future, as a general in the French army. Thirty-five years later, his imaginary tale came true, as he became a general of the free French army fighting against Germany in World War II. In the spirit of de Gaulle’s prophecy, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I encourage you to compose a comparable tale about your own destiny. Have fun as you visualize in great detail a successful role you will play months or even years from now.

composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and Antonio Salieri (1750-1825) were adversaries who disliked and undermined each other. But there’s evidence that this was not entirely true. In fact, they collaborated on creating a cantata that was performed by Nancy Storace, a famous singer they both admired. It’s unlikely they would have cooperated in such a way unless they had a working relationship. I suspect that a comparable correction is due in your world, Leo. It’s time to dissolve a misunderstanding or restore a lost truth or fix an old story that got some of the facts wrong.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The coming weeks will be a favor-

able time for you to ask for help and seek support. I urge you to be forthright in doing so! Resources that have been inaccessible before may be more available now. I suspect you will be able to capitalize on the luck and skill of allies who have benefited from your favors in the past. Their successes could bring you blessings and their breakthroughs should inspire you to instigate breakthroughs in your own life. Be straightforward: Ask them to lend their influence in your behalf.

bump into wonder,” wrote Scorpio poet James Broughton. I believe that’s stirring advice for you to keep in mind during the coming weeks. Broughton’s words inspired me to come up with a corollary for you to heed, as well: “At every turning point, be ready to stumble into an opportunity disguised as a problem.” I’ve got one more clue for you. Last night in my dream, my Scorpio poetry teacher offered a thought that’s wellsuited for you right now: “Whenever you want to take a magic twisty leap into the big fresh future, be willing to engage in one last wrestling match with the past.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Actor Gary Busey is quirky and

kooky, but his peculiar rants sometimes make good sense. Here’s one that I suspect might be useful for you to consider during the next two weeks: “It’s good for everyone to understand that they are to love their enemies, simply because your enemies show you things about yourself you need to change. So in actuality, enemies are friends in reverse.” I don’t mean to imply that your adversaries and nemeses are totally accurate in their critiques of you. But there may be a thing or two you can learn from them right now that would truly improve your life.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Musician John Coltrane described

one of his life goals as follows: “There are forces out here that bring suffering to others and misery to the world,” he said. “But I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.” Even if that’s not an intention at the core of your long-term plans, Capricorn, I recommend you consider adopting it during the next few weeks. Being a vigorous and rigorous force for good will be especially needed by the people with whom you associate—and will also result in you attracting interesting benefits.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Known as “the bad boy of bridge,”

Aquarian-born Geir Helgemo is a champion in the card game of bridge. At times, he has been the top-rated player among Open World Grand Masters. But in 2019, he was suspended from the World Bridge Federation for a year because he tested positive for taking testosterone supplements that are banned. Why did he do it? He hasn’t said. There is some scientific research suggesting that testosterone may boost cognitive function, but other evidence says it doesn’t. I’d like to use Helgemo’s foolishness as a teaching story for your use, Aquarius. According to my astrological analysis, you’re approaching the peak of your competence and confidence. There’s no need for you to cheat or sneak or misbehave in a misplaced effort to seek an even greater advantage. In fact, righteous integrity will enhance your intelligence.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): “I might really have gone round the

bend,” confessed Botswana author Bessie Head. “I mean people who get visions and see a gigantic light descend on them from the sky can’t be all there, but if so I feel mighty happy. If one is happy and cracked it’s much better than being unhappy and sane.” Although I don’t expect your state of mind in the coming weeks will be as extreme as Bessie Head’s, Pisces, I do suspect it will have resemblances to her dreamy cheerfulness. If HOMEWORK: At what moment in your past were you I had to give a title to this upcoming phase, it might be happiest about the person you were? Can you “Wise Folly.” And yes, I do think your “craziness” will re-create it? FreeWillAstrology.com generate useful insights and fertile revelations. Go to RealAstrology.com to check out Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO HOROSCOPES and DAILY TEXT MESSAGE HOROSCOPES. The audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700.

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LEGALS ADMINISTER OF ESTATE NOTICE OF PETITION T O A D M I N I S T E R E S TAT E OF: WILLIAM CHARLES NEILSON Case No.: 20PR00260 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of WILLIAM CHARLES NEILSON A PETITION FOR P R O B AT E h a s b e e n f i l e d by: WENDY NEILSON in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara THE PETITION for probate requests that: WENDY NEILSON be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the d e c e d e n t ’s will a n d c o d i c i l s , i f a n y, b e admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, h o w e v e r, t h e p e r s o n a l representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The Independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant t h e a u t h o r i t y. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 12/03/2020 AT 9 : 0 0 a . m . D e p t : 5 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF S A N TA B A R B A R A , 1 1 0 0 A n a c a p a S t r e e t , P. O B o x 21107 Santa Barbara, CA 93102 Anacapa Division. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Yo u r appearance may be in person or by your a t t o r n e y. I F Y O U A R E A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal 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


want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in Califor nia law. YOU M AY EXAMINE the file 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. NOTICE OF PETITION T O A D M I N I S T E R E S TAT E O F : J E R E M Y W E I J AY NO: 20PR00394 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of JEREMY WEI J AY, J E R E M Y J AY A PETITION FOR P R O B AT E : h a s b e e n f i l e d b y : H A N K I A N G J AY i n the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara THE PETITION for probate requests that (name): HAN KIANG J AY b e a p p o i n t e d a s personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, h o w e v e r, t h e p e r s o n a l representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The Independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant t h e a u t h o r i t y. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: o n 1 2 / 3 / 2 0 2 0 AT 9 : 0 0 a.m. Dept: 5 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, located at 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Anacapa Division. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Yo u r appearance may be in person or by your a t t o r n e y. I F Y O U A R E A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court w i t h i n t h e l a t e r o f either


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(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 to consult with an attorney knowledgeable i n C a l i f o r n i a 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: J a c o b P. A i n c i a r t P O B o x 1261 Santa Barbara, CA 93102; (805) 635‑8555. Published Nov 5, 12, 19 2020.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) ALMA AESTHETICS at 130 S Hope Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Alma Aesthetics (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 N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) S A N TA BARBARA W I R E L E S S F O U N D AT I O N at 4025 State 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 N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) THE G A L L O I S G R O U P, G A L L O I S PHOTO, GALLOIS INTERIORS, GALLOIS DESIGN, GALLOIS G AT H E R I N G S 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.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following 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: 2 0 2 0 ‑ 0 0 0 2 5 1 1 . Published: Oct 15, 22, 29. Nov 5 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e 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: 2 0 2 0 ‑ 0 0 0 2 4 0 6 . Published: Oct 15, 22, 29. Nov 5 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) SAFE TECHNOLOGY F O R S A N TA B A R B A R A C O U N T Y, S A F E T E C H 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: 2 0 2 0 ‑ 0 0 0 2 5 4 4 . 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) SUPER 8 GOLETA/ SANTA BARBARA at 6021 Hollister Ave. Goleta, CA 93117; Oceanic Santa Barbara LLC 3656 Ruffin Road Suite A San Diego, CA 92123 conducted by a Limited Liability Partnership 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: 2 0 2 0 ‑ 0 0 0 2 5 0 7 . 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) JANO GRAPHICS, JANO P R I N T I N G & M A I LW O R K S , PRINTING 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 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 f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) S A N TA BARBARA DOJO 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 STATEMENT The following person(s) BEST WESTERN PLUS SANTA BARBARA, BEST WESTERN SANTA BARBARA, BW PLUS SANTA BARBARA, BW SANTA BARBARA at 2220 Bath St Santa Barbara, CA 93105; E n c i n a P e p p e r Tre e , LLC 3850 State St. S a n t a B a r b a r a , 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: 2 0 2 0 ‑ 0 0 0 2 5 4 2 . Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT T h e f o l l o w i n g 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: 2 0 2 0 ‑ 0 0 0 2 6 4 0 . Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) SANTA BARBARA EYECARE at 2946 De La Vina Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Santa Barbara Eyecare, Inc., APMC ( s a m e a d d re s s ) 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: 2 0 2 0 ‑ 0 0 0 2 6 4 1 . Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 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: 2 0 2 0 ‑ 0 0 0 2 6 5 1 . Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) BALANCE BOARD at 6612 Calle Koral Goleta, CA 93117; Jewell Te c h n o l o g i e s Incorporated (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: 2 0 2 0 ‑ 0 0 0 2 5 3 8 . Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) SUPER VALUE SMOG at 403 De 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: 2 0 2 0 ‑ 0 0 0 2 5 7 4 . Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) SR TECHNOLOGIES at 5671 Ekwill St #103 First Floor Goleta, CA 93111; Christopher B Moore 16387 Conestoga Rd. Hidden Valley 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: 2 0 2 0 ‑ 0 0 0 2 5 8 3 . Published: Oct 29. Nov 5, 12, 19 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) CORNERSTONE HOME LENDING at 1828 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc. 1177 West Loop South, Suite 700 Houston, TX 77027 conducted by a Corporation Signed: Adam Wade Laird 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: 2 0 2 0 ‑ 0 0 0 2 6 3 7 . Published: Nov 5, 12, 19, 25 2020.



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LEGALS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) VERCIEL at 6711 Sabado Ta r d e R d S a n t a B a r b a r a , CA 93117; Mitchell B Lewis (same address) conducted by a Individual Signed: Mitchell Lewis Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 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: 2020‑0002625. Published: Nov 5, 12, 19, 25 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) ARTSTUDIO 4 KIDS at 815 Puente Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Geraldine B Otte (same address) conducted by a Individual Signed: Geraldine Otte 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: 2020‑0002647. Published: Nov 5, 12, 19, 25 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) DRESDEN BODY AND WELLNESS at 1805 East Cabrillo Blvd, Suite E Santa Barbara, CA 93108; Dresden Holden 5693 West Camino Cielo Santa Barbara, CA 93105 conducted by a Individual Signed: Dresden Holden Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 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: 2020‑0002680. Published: Nov 5, 12, 19, 25 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) GOODLAND DINING at 231 South Magnolia Ave Goleta, CA 93117; Monrroy Enterprise LLC (same address) conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Rosalinda Monrroy Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 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: 2020‑0002667. Published: Nov 5, 12, 19, 25 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) V E N T U C O PA H I G H L A N D S V I N E YA R D at 6485 Calle Rreal, Suites E & F Goleta, CA 93117; Anacapa Fund 407 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 conducted by a Corporation Signed: Gail Zannon 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: 2020‑0002638. Published: Nov 5, 12, 19, 25 2020.

NAME CHANGE AMENDED IN THE M AT T E R OF THE APPLICATION OF STEPHANIE LAUREN B AT T L E O R D E R T O S H O W 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 L A U R E N 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 t o s h o w c a u s e , i f a n y, why the 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 t h i s c o u n t y, a t l e a s t once each 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 O F R I TA C L E R I H E W TAT E O R D E R TO 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 TO: R I TA CLERIHEW BRIND’ AMOUR THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below t o s h o w c a u s e , i f a n y, why the 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 t h i s c o u n t y, a t l e a s t once each 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.



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NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO CREDITORS In the matter of: E VA L . C R U I C K S H A N K , settlor (Deceased) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF Santa Barbara CASE: 20PR00243 I, JUNE ELIZABETH V E R L O O P, Successor Tr u s t e e o f t h e E VA L . CRUICKSHANK 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, pursuant to Probate Code Section 19004, to be followed by publication pursuant to Probate Code Section 19040 as follows: In the Matter of E VA L . C R U I C K S H A N K , 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 . C R U I C K S H A N K , originally created June 2, 2003, wherwherein the decedent was 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 the notice to creditors) o r, i f n o t i c e i s m a i l e d 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. Darrel E. P a r k e r, Executive Officer; April Garcia, Deputy Published Oct 15, 22, 29. Nov 5 2020.

NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING (Held Electronically and Telephonically) Amend, Codify, and Repeal Ordinance No. 16-04 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 City Council for November 17, 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. Planning Commissioners will be participating telephonically and will not be physically present in the Council Chambers. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Goleta City Council will conduct a public hearing to consider amending, codifying, and repealing Ordinance No. 16-04, Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (Case No: 20-0003ORD). The date, time, and location of the City Council public hearing are set forth below. The agenda for the hearing will also be posted on the City website (www.cityofgoleta.org). HEARING DATE AND TIME:

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 5:30 P.M.


City Hall (Electronically and Telephonically) 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B Goleta, California 93117

PROJECT LOCATION: The amended and codified regulations would apply citywide, including all areas of the City within the Coastal Zone. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: On February 16, 2016, City Council adopted Ordinance 16-04, which is commonly referred to as the City’s Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO). The proposed amendments to this ordinance include several formatting “clean-up” amendments and minor text edits to fit the ordinance into the format of the Goleta Municipal Code in order to codify the existing stand-alone ordinance. Environmental Review: Pursuant to Section 15060(c)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines (Title 14, Chapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations), the activity to amend, codify, and repeal Ordinance No. 16-04 is not a project as defined in Sections 15061(b)(3) and 15378(b)(5) of the CEQA Guidelines. The activity is covered by the general rule which exempts activities that can be seen with certainty to have no possibility for causing a significant effect on the environment and specifically applies to organizational or administrative activities of governments that will not result in direct or indirect physical changes in the environment Any subsequent development project will be separately examined in accordance with CEQA. PUBLIC COMMENT: All interested persons are encouraged to view the meeting and to provide written and/or oral comments. All letters/comments should be addressed to the City Clerk cityclerkgroup@cityofgoleta.org. Letters must be received by City Clerk on or before the date of the hearing or can be submitted at the hearing. 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 via email to cityclerkgroup@cityofgoleta.org or by other 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 a comment or to call in during the hearing will be available on the City’s website: https://www.cityofgoleta.org/i-want-to/news-and-updates/government-meeting-agendasand-videos NOTE: If you challenge the nature of the above action in court, you may be limited to only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the City on or before the date of the hearing (Government Code Section 69009[b][2]). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Additional information is on file at the City Clerk’s office, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA 93117 or can be obtained by calling Deborah S. Lopez, City Clerk (805) 961-7505. NOTE: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in this hearing, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 961-7505. Notification at least 72 hours prior to the hearing will enable City staff to make reasonable arrangements. Publish: Santa Barbara Independent, November 5, 2020 INDEPENDENT.COM INDEPENDENT.COM

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November 5, 2020, Vol. 34, No. 773