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DEC. 24-31, 2020 VOL. 35  NO. 780

Peace on Earth Inside


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Dear Friends, Our community has pulled together and remained resilie

nt in the face of challenges that at times seemed insurmoun table. During this holiday season we find ourselves facing a dram atic increase in COVID-19 cases, and lives are in the balan ce. As individuals and as a community, we need to renew our commitment to wearing masks, social distancing , hand hygiene and avoiding gatherings. Our actions now will impact what the future holds. The best gift you can give this holiday season is the gift of health and safety. To you and yours, stay safe. We’re here for you, and we’re all smiling under our masks. Sincerely, MASKED AND MIGHTY COALITION LEADERS

Dr. Dan Brennan, Pediatrician, Sansum Clinic Dr. Lynn N. Fitzgibbons, Infectious Disease, Cottage Health

Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Dodds, Deputy Health Officer, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

MASKED AND MIGHTY HEALTHCARE LEADERS Bob Freeman, CEO, CenCal Health Sue Anderson, President/CEO, Maria n Regional Medical Center Dana Goba, Central Coast Medical Association Henning Ansorg, MD, FACP, Health Officer, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Ron Werft, CEO, Cottage Health Steve Popkin, CEO, Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Charles C. Fenzi, MD, CEO/CMO, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

Cindy Blifeld, MD, Pediatrician, Lompoc Valley Pediatric Care Center

Kurt N. Ransohoff, MD, FACP, CEO/CMO, Sansum Clinic

MASKED AND MIGHTY EDUCATION LEADERS Kevin G. Walthers, PH.D., President, Allan Henry T. Yang, Chancellor, Hancock College University of California Santa Barbara Dr. Utpal K. Goswami, Superintendent/ Gayle D. Beebe, President, Westmont College President, Santa Barbara City College Dr. Susan Salcido, Superintendent of Schools, Santa Barbara County Education Office MASKED AND MIGHTY CHAM BER OF COMMERCE LEAD

Kristen Miller, CEO, Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce


Glenn D. Morris, ACE, President & Chief Executive Officer, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce

Masked and Mighty Coalition: Healthcare, educator and business partners in Santa Barbara County have come together to educate, unite and incentivize all of Santa Barbara County to work together to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. 2


DECEMBER 24, 2020


“Santa Barbara Author Pens

‘Bullseye,’ Novel from Los Angeles to Spain with Love Santa Barbara author Mia M. Ruiz has released her first novel after writing two screenplays and a stage play. A 10th generation Santa Barbaran of Spanish descent, Ruiz spent a dozen years in Hollywood after graduating from Dos Pueblos High School. She worked as a model, actor and at other jobs. while crossing paths with the likes of movie maker David Lynch. Her first novel, “Bullseye — A Story,” is set in neo-noir Los Angeles where a widowed newspaper journalist struggles to rediscover himself after a horrific car crash that killed his wife, robbed his memory and prompted him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Cleverly scripted, “Bullseye A Story” is a novel that has intense character development, rich background and is a sensual tale told well. The depiction of Los Angeles is strikingly hot. The street patois between the characters is gritty and vibrant. The urban landscape is culturally accurate to a native Angeleno or enlightening to a newcomer. However, it is the rhythmic dialogue between the very authentic characters that carries the reader to turn page after page. The narrative flows along without breaks for chapters. The author seems to channel other authors from different eras and backgrounds. The passages set in Spain seem to be as authentic as can be without the author’s visit to them in person. The action scenes toward the conclusion give the reader a climax that was worth waiting for and a rush that is quite entertaining.

Santa Barbara author

Mia M. Ruiz.

Overall, “Bullseye A Story” is a richly entertaining novel with a lot to offer anyone who enjoys a good Raymond Chandler or even Ernest Hemingway novel.” – Raymond Estrada Jr.

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Dear Neighbors, Let’s have a BORING CHRISTMAS. I have been a doctor in our community for the past 40 years. This year we are facing a looming medical disaster. If we visit with our families, move about the community, or travel the way we did at Thanksgiving, in a few weeks our hospitals, ERs, and Clinics will be full to overflowing; not with holiday cheer, but with our very sick loved ones and neighbors. Even if you are young and not fearful of COVID itself, full emergency rooms and ICU means that if you are in an accident, have appendicitis, or your child gets sick, there will be no room for them. The only way we can stop this from happening is to stay home, not travel, not invite friends and family to come to Santa Barbara, and generally have the most boring, but safe Christmas of our lives. If we do, then come January, we stand some chance of getting this disease under control with a rapid roll-out of the vaccine to the community. If we don’t, then it is going to be many more months of very sad and scary times for all of us. Wishing you a safe, healthy and BORING holiday,

William Meller M D

Medical Director of the MedCenters of Santa Barbara



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Thousands of Frontline Workers Get COVID Vaccine



by Jean Yamamura orenzo Vasquez celebrated his birthday on December 17 by offering his deltoid to the COVID-19 vaccine, among the first in Santa Barbara County to get it. A nurse at Cottage Health, Vasquez and 3,360 hospital doctors, nurses, and environmental services workers were vaccinated throughout the county as of Tuesday. But the medicine is by no means a universal panacea. Vasquez said he’d be showering and cleaning everything he wore before hugging any members of his family when he got home. The county’s health officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg, echoed the message in a video released that day: It remains unknown if vaccinated individuals can still carry coronavirus in their nasal passages and airways and still spread the virus. “And the vaccine does not give 100 percent immunity,” Ansorg added. “About 4-5 percent could still get a mild version of COVID.” The county has more patients in the hospital than ever as of Tuesday, December 22—102 people, 21 of them in an intensive care unit—and with infections skyrocketing, chances seem slim to nonexistent that the state will allow Santa Barbara to create a new region with Ventura and San Luis Obispo any time soon. In a conversation with Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health secretary, on Friday about the request, Supervisor Gregg Hart said Ghaly indicated the state would project hospital


Virus ‘Exploding’ as Hospitalizations Hit Record High


The S.B. Zoo welcomed its first two white-faced saki monkeys, Penelope and Calabaza, on 12/15 to the zoo, which is temporarily closed due to the regional stayat-home order. Calabaza is 3 years old and came from Zoo Miami, and Penelope is 2 years old and came from Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. “We are in the process of introducing the two to each other, and so far things are going well,” said Kristen Wieners, zoological manager and training facilitator at the zoo.


BIRTHDAY PRESENT: Cottage nurse Lorenzo Vasquez, who celebrated his birthday by being one of the first in the county to get the Pfizer vaccine, was thankful it meant he could take better care of his patients.

780, according to the county’s dashboard. Ansorg called the two new vaccines — from Pfizer and Moderna — “a glimmer of hope going forward” at a time when 10 times more people are actively infected compared to early November. Hospitals received their first allotments from Moderna on Wednesday, as did Public Health and Sansum. Once Public Health fine-tunes the vaccine eligibility list, “points of dispensing,” or PODs, would include emergency medical services and dialysis Dr. Henning Ansorg called the staff. Later, outpatient clinic staff and essentwo new vaccines — from Pfizer tial workers would create PODs at places and Moderna — ‘a glimmer like Sansum, Public of hope going forward.’ Health, the county clinics, Neighborhood Clinics, and so on. capacity to January 25 in order to deter- March could be the earliest that the vacmine if the shutdown should continue. cine could reach the general public, and it Santa Barbara’s fate appears tied in with was more likely to be the summer, Ansorg that calculation. commented. As for surge beds should the ICU In an email exchange on Tuesday, Lombecome overwhelmed, Ansorg observed poc Valley Medical Center CEO Steve that medical workers “are already in burn- Popkin said the Moderna vaccine, which out territory.” Adding surge beds really was granted an emergency-use authorimeans adding to the number of patients zation last week, will enable the hospital a nurse or COVID team cares for. Ans- to vaccinate its staff and the residents at org indicated just one nurse getting sick its Comprehensive Care Center nursing could change the availability of surge beds facility. Marian Regional Medical Center from day to day. The number of health-care expects to get about 1,000 doses, said Canworkers who have contracted COVID-19 dice Monge, Marian’s chief nursing officer. since the pandemic began stands today at Cottage did not yet know how much of

the drug it might receive or when, as of Tuesday. Earlier, the county had estimated enough doses of the Moderna vaccine would come for 6,600 people. Vigilance in masking and social distancing remained a precaution to take, particularly with the virus “exploding,” as Ansorg described it. Daily new cases in the county have hit spikes of over 350 cases since December 14, and active cases have stayed north of 1,000 since December 15. The death rate stands at 150 souls as of December 22, including one individual who was 16. At Tuesday’s presser, Behavioral Wellness’s Suzanne Grimmesey offered advice to those burned out and those worried about others who are burned out. Affirm those feelings, she said, ask for help, follow up, and make phone calls or texts. Friends and family can say hope-giving things therapists can’t, she said, such as “I love you” and “I’ll always be here for you.” And talking about self-harm or suicide will not make them happen, she said. Remove weapons, offer to talk about it, just listen, and make small plans like when you’ll next call. For help, anyone can call her department at (888) 868-1649. Tuesday’s COVID press conference was Gregg Hart’s 75th and the last he would moderate. Hart will be turning the reins over to Bob Nelson, the new supervisor for the 4th District taking Peter Adam’s seat. “We are stronger safely apart” were Hart’s parting words. n

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Southwest Airlines will be serving the S.B. Municipal Airport (SBA) starting spring 2021, it announced 12/16. The airline has not said yet which cities it would serve from SBA or how often. Southwest’s major connecting airports in the Western United States include Oakland, Phoenix, and Denver. “For our residents, our partnership with Southwest will energize the economic rebound to come in 2021,” said Mayor Cathy Murillo.

COMMUNITY S.B.-based Direct Relief has become the thirdlargest charity in the U.S., according to Forbes Magazine. Direct Relief received $1.99 billion in private donations in its fiscal year ending June 30 and secured a score of 100 percent for both charitable commitment and fundraising efficiency. This year, the organization has provided assistance to every U.S. state and 99 other countries worldwide. In the U.S. alone, Direct Relief’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic included 26,000 deliveries of requested medications, supplies, and over 13 million units of personal protective equipment.

CORONAVIRUS The county reported its first COVID-related pediatric death, a child from Santa Maria, on 12/18. “We know that Thanksgiving gatherings contributed to high rates of COVID transmission,” Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso said on Friday. “In the weeks following Thanksgiving, our COVID case rate, number of newly reported cases, number of active cases, and hospitalizations have spiked to unprecedented levels.”

COURTS & CRIME John Carothers, 59, of Lompoc was arrested 12/17 for multiple drug and gun felonies. The special investigators with the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Bureau served warrants in the 4000 block of Capella Drive and the 2000 block of Briar Creek Way in Lompoc. As a result, they seized eight pounds of meth, one ounce of brown heroin, one ounce of tar heroin, and several grams of fentanyl, as well as several hundreds of rounds of ammo and six firearms. Carothers is being held in County Jail on $300,000 bail. n

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Several Moved from Anisq’Oyo’ Park into Tiny Homes, People’s Park by Nick Welsh imberly Kiefer remembers back when blue herons — large, gangly and graceful — ruled the roost in Isla Vista’s Anisq’Oyo’ Park. Now, she says, the herons have flown the coop. Today, Kiefer lamented she watches crows and seagulls duke it out for dominance — and food scraps—in the herons’ stead. Kiefer took over as new executive director at the Isla Vista Recreation & Park District (IVRPD) just this February, less than a month before the COVID curtain came crashing down. Since then, COVID has changed everything, the human ecology of Isla Vista’s parks even more than the avian brand. Before the onslaught of COVID, 10-15 homeless people claimed Anisq’Oyo’ Park as their home, many living in tents. Since COVID, those numbers have mushroomed, and last week there were as many as 60. As the park has become a sprawling tent city, Kiefer and others have expressed growing alarm that the congestion and debris posed an immediate health risk to its inhabitants as well as a public health nuisance to the community. This past weekend, Kiefer began the politically charged process of moving the unsheltered residents out of Anisq’Oyo’ Park after having served them written notice on December 9. The timing—just one week before Christmas — could not have been more awkward, particularly as nighttime temperatures have grown bitterly cold. Worse yet, all South Coast homeless shelters had just been placed in lockdown and quarantine mode because of active COVID cases, meaning no shelter beds are currently available to those on the streets. The good news, however, is that Kiefer had teamed up with Sylvia Barnard of Santa Maria’s Good Samaritan Shelter and Kimberlee Albers, the County of Santa Barbara’s de facto homeless czar. Barnard brings with her 23 years of serious boots-on-the-ground experience providing shelter to homeless people, and Albers brought with her enough federal emergency homeless funding necessary to buy 20 tiny homes—8 by


8—to create a tiny-home village on the parking lot shared by the IVRPD and the I.V. Community Center. Each of those tiny homes — assembled on-site — can house two individuals if they are related. By the end of the weekend, 17 of the homes had been occupied. For those who could not — or chose not to—move into the tiny homes, Kiefer and the IVRPD opened up People’s Park, located just 200 feet away, creating welldelineated, 12-by-12 sites spaced six feet away from each other. Thus far, the transition appears to be going smoothly despite trepidations that some inhabitants of Anisq’Oyo’ Park would refuse to move. Three dumpsters were provided to handle unwanted refuse. IVRPD is offering storage space so that those displaced can hold onto possessions they want to keep. Residents of the new tiny-home village are getting three meals a day, not to mention digs with heat, lights, and outlets where they can recharge their phones and tap into the internet. Showers and porta-potties are provided. And they are being bombarded by service providers from up to 68 agencies working to help the new residents into more permanent housing. Good Samaritan will provide 24-hour security, four staff members during the day, three in the evening, and two late at night. No drugs or alcohol will be allowed on premises. There’s no rule that residents can’t be intoxicated, though Good Samaritan runs a nearby sobering center, which has treated 300 people since February, 67 percent of whom were homeless. Activists with Food Not Bombs cited these rules and the strong security presence as reason for concern about the new plan. Some of the residents may bristle at the rules and security presence, argued Gina Sawaya with Food Not Bombs. If they settle elsewhere, she argued, they might spread problems that are now contained. She also argued the homeless people themselves should have had more of a voice in the plans. Food Not Bombs collected 800 signatures on a petition to retain the tent CONT’D ON PAGE 10 



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GEOFF AND LEXIE: Geoff Jewel died at Campus Point last month following an altercation with a man who was reportedly throwing rocks at his dog, Lexie.

Geoff Jewel’s Death Still Unsolved Family’s Private Eye Looks for More Clues


by Delaney Smith

hat happened to Geoff Jewel on the evening of November 12 is still a mystery. Jewel, a 52-year-old UCSB staff member, died near the base of the Campus Point bluffs that evening following an altercation with a man who had reportedly been throwing rocks at Jewel’s dog. Though previous sources close to Jewel said that he died of a heart attack directly on the beach during the confrontation with the person of interest, this is not confirmed, and the investigation is still ongoing. The family’s private investigator with Investigations Etc. is looking for the public’s help in solving the mystery. The investigator recounted the following story in hopes that a witness from that evening may share new information. Jewel loved nature and the ocean. On November 12, he went on a walk with his wife, roommate, and dog. This walk would be his last. The three and their dog were walking along the beach from the parking lot at Campus Point, parking lot six, around the lagoon. There is a popular trail that goes all the way around the lagoon and continues on up over the bluff. It was between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. when the roommate and Jewel stayed behind to take nature photos on the beach while Jewel’s wife walked ahead with their offleash dog on the beach. This is where trouble began. A person described as a white male wearing blue khaki pants and a navy-blue hoodie with collar-length brown hair in his early forties and carrying a guitar allegedly began throwing rocks at the dog, prompting Jewel’s wife to yell at the man. When Jewel realized what was happening,

he confronted the man and asked him to leave them alone. The person of interest followed the group down the beach all the way to Campus Point, a 10-minute walk. Jewel was mostly worried at that point that the man was not wearing a mask and risking COVID-19 transmission as well as for his wife and roommate’s safety as the man kept yelling verbal threats at the group. The mystery comes next. The roommate ran up the hill from the base of Campus Point to call 9-1-1, and Jewel instructed his wife to take the dog and do the same. It was only seconds after they scaled the hill that they heard a loud noise. Jewel’s wife ran back down the hill to investigate and found him dead on the bluff with the person of interest nowhere to be found. Although the person of interest turned himself in, he was not arrested by the police, because they said there is no probable cause. According to multiple reports in a UCSB Reddit thread, the man was homeless and known for throwing rocks at dogs. Whether or not Jewel got into a physical altercation with the man or was directly injured by the man remains to be seen. Jewel was last seen alive rounding Campus Point on the rocks while being followed closely by the man with the guitar. The investigator is hoping any surfers or people near the scene can come forward with additional information. If any witnesses have new information about the events of November 12, contact Investigations Etc. at lmd202062@gmail .com or (805) 568-1434. Witnesses are also encouraged to contact the UCSB Police Department, Detective Avila at (805) 893-3446. n

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ormer Santa Maria resident Jordan Gerbich, 30, admitted to fatally shooting a northern elephant seal — a protected species under the Marine Mammal Protection Act — at a popular haul-out near San Simeon in September 2019. In exchange, federal prosecutors agreed to recommend Gerbich’s prison sentence be cut in half, from one year in federal prison to six months. Via videoconference, Gerbich admitted that he and an accomplice crept onto the grounds of the popular tourist site with a flashlight and a 45-caliber handgun, which he used to shoot a female elephant seal one time in the head. When the body was discovered by a visitor the next day, the elephant seal’s tail had been hacked off and its chest cavity cut open. Gerbich was not charged with and did not admit to mutilating the elephant seal. Gerbich, who has since moved to Utah, has a troubled past. In 2004, his 10-monthold child died while in the care of what he claimed was a drunken caretaker. He unsuccessfully sought to persuade county prosecutors to file criminal charges. When that failed, he launched an online petition drive to achieve the same results. In 2017, he was arrested for detonating an explosive device in a dumpster located in the



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back of a Santa Maria business. No one was injured and no damage inflicted, but criminal investigators managed to lift fingerprints from the scene that matched Gerbich’s. It’s unknown what charges — if any — were filed against Gerbich’s accomplice in the elephant seal killing or whether anyone ever claimed the $20,000 reward offered for information leading to the perpetrator’s arrest. Gerbich’s sentencing hearing is sched—Nick Welsh uled for April 12, 2021.

Isla Vista Cont’d from p. 8 city at Anisq’Oyo’ Park. Sawaya said she found many of the safety concerns raised about the park overblown. “I can tell you as a woman, I walk by there every day, and I don’t feel unsafe.” Public safety officials are intensely interested in how the tiny-home village performs. Last week, the association of county fire chiefs expressed extreme alarm over the risk posed by homeless encampments, which have proliferated dramatically throughout the COVID crisis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines stating that such camps should not be disturbed or broken up, as they provided places where those without shelter could shelter in place. But as the number and size of such encampments has grown, so too has the number of fires related to their existence. At last week’s fire chiefs meeting, they claimed encampments have been responsible for four fires a month countywide. One resulted in serious injuries to one of the occupants. But with the number of new COVID cases off at a gallop, no realistic alternatives to the camps exist. For Kiefer, the challenges are immediate. The parks need to be open and accessible to all Isla Vista residents, not just those without homes. Anisq’Oyo’ is one of only four parks with kids’ playground equipment. With schools shut down, children need as many 10


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play spaces as possible. Anisq’Oyo’ Park has not been watered in nine months; its flora and fauna are dying. The irrigation system is in need of serious repair that can’t be done with the park occupied by tents. “And I’m not going to be the park director to turn the sprinklers on the homeless,” Kiefer said. Last week, she noted, there were two near-deaths from drug overdoses. Given the congestion of the tents and the volume of debris, she and others have reported, EMT workers had a hard time finding the tent and an even harder time providing aid to the overdose victims. Three adults had to be enlisted to help move one of the bodies to the sidewalk so aid could be administered. Besides the overdose cases, county officials have charged human trafficking has taken place at Anisq’Oyo’ Park, as well as drug dealing. And if a fire were to break out there, the risk of serious harm would be high. In the meantime, Kiefer has no expectations that the blue herons will be returning to Anisq’Oyo’ Park anytime soon. As for Barnard, she said the challenges posed by unsheltered people during COVID will only grow more daunting. “With the economy and with COVID, it’s just going to get worse,” she warned. “More and more n people are going to encampments.”



GOING NATIONAL: By switching to group video conversations in response to the pandemic, James Joyce III says that in one day, he can now “do a gig on the East Coast, in Michigan, and in California, where otherwise I just have to chat right here.”

Coffee with a Black Guy Amplifies in Pandemic James Joyce III Expands Audience Across U.S. Through Zoom Sessions

“I mean, let me learn about why you feel the way you do,” Joyce said about those attending the KKK rally. “Explain to me why you think that. I genuinely want to understand.” Education and experience in journalism, in addition to positions with local politicians, have helped Joyce develop those instincts for conversation into a skill set for communicating with people of all types. That’s proved valuable in Santa Barbara, which Joyce said prides itself excessively as being a safe, progressive bubble without addressing racial issues at a deeper level. People “have been hearing this message over and over and over, but it hasn’t been explained in a way that they ‘get it,’ ” he said. CWABG aims to remedy that, and seems to succeed — especially when conversations turn to lived experiences of Black attendees growing up beyond Santa Barbara.  “I’m from South Carolina… Slavery and indentured servitude has been a way of life for some folks down there,” Ritter said. “When they hear these real-life examples, afterward everybody’s kind of somber… People will stay for a good 15, 20, 30 minutes talking about how it touched them and what they can do.” At the City Council level, Sneddon feels challenged to push harder for affordable housing because of CWABG and said attending events primed her to address the demands of Black Lives Matter protesters in June.  “Having that sort of conversation ahead of time made it so that it wasn’t surprising when that conversation came to City Council,” she said. “It was more like, ‘Okay, these are people I have seen speak; this is an experience I’ve been hearing about. It’s not a reactionary moment to one event nationally; this has been going on and needs to be addressed.’ ” COVID-19 has proved challenging to a project rooted in in-person interactions — as Joyce said, “It’s very difficult to hate somebody face-to-face.” Shifting to group video conversations, however, has “been an opportunity for other outreach.” 

in which a white woman explained she didn’t teach her children to see color, and another in which a white man defended his feelings of uneasiness when passing Black men wearing hoodies. Joyce responded, Ritter said, “in a way that wasn’t nasty — it wasn’t harsh.” In the second case, he added, Joyce emphasized a growth mentality, telling the man there was no shame in changing his mindset based on new information. That’s not to say Joyce makes racial issues easy. Santa Barbara City Councilmember Kristen Sneddon recalled a white woman at one event suggesting a public screening of The Central Park Five — Ken Burns’s documentary about five Black and Latino teens wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in DOING HER HOMEWORK: Councilmember Kristen Sneddon said attending Joyce’s 1989 — with a support group afterward to pro- events primed her to address the demands of Black Lives Matter protesters in June. cess emotions. Joyce declined, explaining it wasn’t the community’s job to “In one day, I can do a gig on the East Coast, in Michimake the film easier for gan, and in California, where otherwise I just have to chat her. He urged her to work right here,” he said. through it on her own and Private companies can now book their own virtual meditate on why it felt CWABG conversations, which Joyce said allows him a difficult.  broader audience.  “She was asking for “The people who are most conservative, the most Allsupport, and he turned it Lives-Matter-ish — those are the people who I’d like to be around in saying, ‘That’s able to get more of,” he said. Company events offer more not how this works,’ ” in this regard than Santa Barbara crowds — which in Sneddon said. “It was a comparison, Joyce worries, often “end up being an echo — James Joyce III learning moment.” chamber”— and provide him the challenge of ensuring Joyce says he’s prac- those who disagree with his points still feel comfortable gathering of seven people in 2016, CWABG has grown ticed exchanges like this his entire life — often by neces- speaking up. to attract up to 35 people per event, with attendance sity as a Black man in the U.S., but also because of his Even the more self-selecting Santa Barbara attendees, ranging widely across ethnicities, ages, and professional own enthusiasm for reaching across the aisle. In college, Joyce said, pass lessons on to others who wouldn’t choose Joyce organized conversations on race between Greek- to attend, perhaps inspiring some to do so. To Sneddon, backgrounds.  When tension arises in the conversation, Joyce wel- affiliated students, even if few people showed up. In a that means progress. “If people have not attended one of comes it with what Warren Ritter, president of the Santa bolder instance, when the KKK held a rally two blocks these events, I think it is essential,” she said. “For children, Barbara Young Black Professionals, describes as a teacher- from Joyce’s high school graduation party, his family had for families, for grandparents — this is one place to start.” esque patience. Ritter remembers two instances — one to convince him not to go talk to them.  n by Sean Cummings s protests following the murder of George Floyd in May demonstrated, pandemic conditions haven’t hampered dialogue about race and police brutality in America — if anything, says James Joyce III, months of house-bound isolation “have everybody’s attention focused on this thing that’s happening outside of their doors, whether it’s across the country or otherwise.” Joyce has kept those conversations going through his platform Coffee with a Black Guy (CWABG) — which, rather than faltering amid the pandemic, has reached out to influence dialogues on race across the nation. Joyce, who was district director for recently retired state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and has said he is “unofficially” thinking about running for mayor of Santa Barbara in November 2021, conceived the project from a simple idea: to provide spaces for Santa Barbarans to break the ice over coffee and talk about race. Since its first


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TACO THERAPY: This past Saturday, I was on State Street performing my civic duty. I was trying to jump-start the local economy. To be

precise, I was on the 500 block of State Street, getting some designer tacos from an entrepreneurial young couple crazy enough to launch a new business in the teeth of the COVID storm. The tacos — I would find out later — were delicious. They took a while to prepare, and as I waited outside, a parade of about 100 COVID denialists marched their way up State Street. Many waved American flags. Some wore Santa hats. Others honked into honking devices. All but one wore no mask.

If 99 people marched up State Street wearing no pants, one can only wonder how the local

gendarmes would have responded. What if it were 100 happy hooligans popping yuletide wheelies on their bikes? What if they, too, wore no pants? Despite this open rebellion against the city’s mask ordinance —not to mention the actual public safety of city residents—these scofflaws suffered no molestation at the hands of the police. Being white and middle-aged still confers certain privileges. One of the marchers carried a sign proclaiming, “The Pandemic Is Over.” Had I been eating my taco — reddish, by the way — I might have choked to death. Perhaps I would have gotten “blue in the face.” That expression, by the way, is rooted in what happened to victims of the great flu pandemic of

1918. They literally turned black and blue by the

lack of oxygen caused by the flu. Suffocation by COVID, I am told, isn’t much prettier. Over? Even the gods of college football —accomplished denialists in their own right — felt compelled to cancel the Rose Bowl for the first time in 118 years, shifting the actual game to the great state of Texas. California has transitioned from uranium to plutonium. As of this weekend, no fewer than two people were dying every hour in Los Angeles from the pandemic. California’s ICU bed capacity had shrunk to 2 percent. In Southern California —the region into which Santa Barbara has been fairly or unfairly lumped — that capacity had hit zero. In this context, Santa Barbara exists in a blessed bubble. Our capacity mercifully hovers between 30 and 40 percent. Numbers, however, have a way of changing. On Monday, we had 1,109 active cases in the county. On Halloween, we had 128. Right now, we have 102 people sick enough to require hospitalization and 21 in the ICU. Back then, the numbers were nine and two, respectively. That’s from Halloween to Thanksgiving. We can only

imagine what Santa will bring. There is, of course, much good news, most obviously, the arrival of the vaccine. For frontline health-care workers especially, that’s

immense. We are not told how many healthcare workers are sick at any given time—or how many have been hospitalized—but the total numbers are suggestive. Since the pandemic

first arrived, that number is 774 positives. As of Halloween, it was 514. The other good news is that Congress has finally passed a second stimulus package. The first one expired this summer. Since then, it’s been all talk and no action as leadership on both sides hunkered down from blame-game theatrics. Credit Congressmember Salud Carbajal for his involvement with the bipartisan caucus —the Problem Solvers —that helped break the log jam. Carbajal, it should be noted, had personal experience with COVID-19, having inadvertently contracted it from his next-door neighbor Mike Lee, a Republican congressmember from Utah who gallivanted about mask-free at a White House garden party celebrating the successful nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Lee, I presumed, got it from President Donald Trump one way or the other. Collecting unemployment in the State of California has always been a nightmare, but never worse than now. The only people, it turns out, who can navigate the system are locked up behind bars. To date, they’ve managed to rip the state off for $2 billion. My favorite involved a Roseville woman—who was not incarcerated at the time but now faces 20 years in prison— who allegedly filed 100 false claims for emergency supplemental unemployment assistance, the tip-off being the $21,000 claim she filed under the name of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. One hundred forty-three false claims originated from guests at the Santa Barbara County Jail. None, tragically, were filed on

behalf of Senator Feinstein. I don’t pretend to understand the anti-mask

mindset. Not since the John Birch Society attacked the addition of fluoride to municipal city water supplies as a Communist-inspired government mind-control plot in the late 1950s

and early 1960s have we seen anything akin to the anti-mask movement in terms of populism and paranoia. The Birchers also believed President Dwight Eisenhower was a witting, willful stooge of Kremlin puppet masters. That may sound crazy, but they were big here. Then the Santa Barbara News-Press chased them out of town. The News-Press has become a horse of different color since billionaire libertarian Wendy McCaw purchased the paper about 20 years ago. This May, McCaw published an editorial denouncing the COVID-inspired restrictions ordered by County Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg. “Our liberties are being stripped for what, a virus??” McCaw wrote. “If this country can be put into this situation by a virus, what would it take to completely turn us into the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany?” Long supermarket lines, she complained, qualified as the gateway drug for creeping totalitarianism. Editor Nick Masuda posted a disclaimer stating the views espoused by McCaw did not reflect those of the paper’s staff. He soon parted company from the News-Press. Despite holding such views, McCaw saw nothing inconsistent with applying for federal emergency loans designed to keep businesses afloat during the pandemic. She and her company—Ampersand Publishing— got $500,000. Nothing like half-a-million in the bank, I suppose, to make the totalitarianism go down. There are a lot of things I don’t understand. Not wearing a mask is not one of them. —NickWelsh

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Business as Usual? Facebook readers offered thoughts on our story about Solvang’s defiance of Governor Newsom’s COVID rules, which included pungent comments from Councilmember Robert Clarke: Craig Saling Robert Clarke just became my hero. On a daily basis we hear devastating stories of increased mental-health issues, suicides, children and families struggling, students falling behind, and businesses shuttering. Yet the governor has done little to address these serious issues. Forty million Californians are affected by the governor’s actions, and he has not released all the data and science to justify his decisions. The response cannot be worse than the disease itself, and we have to ensure the state’s actions are based on a holistic approach that protects our mental, social, and emotional well-being along with our physical health. California deserves better, and enough is enough. Thank you for all those that want to ask why and want the governor to show his work like every math teacher. Dori Koehler We need federal help to take a holistic approach. Yell at Congress. What we need to do is fund small businesses to stay closed, not spread the disease further. • Rebecca Stebbins Exactly, because who wants to shop in a town that embraces COVID?

Too Many Ghost Bikes


s a cyclist who rides for both sport and transportation, I love all the bike lanes and paths that make Santa Barbara such a bikefriendly place. One thing the area is missing is the three-foot law signs. Other big bikefriendly cities like Bend, Oregon, and Santa Rosa, California, post signs that require cars to give cyclists three feet of space when passing. In the short three months I’ve lived here, I can’t even count the number of times cars have nearly hit me because they did not give the three feet of space that is required by law when passing. I don’t think drivers do so with bad intentions; I think drivers have no education about bike safety and etiquette.

The “ghost bike” memorials close to Cathedral Oaks Boulevard are further proof that more could be done in regard to bike safety. The ghost bike memorials are typically made of a bike, spraypainted all white, and flowers placed where a cyclist was hit and killed. It is quite unsettling and sad to be riding on a road and to come across a ghost bike. For a busy road like Cathedral Oaks, it would be worth the lives saved to place three-foot law signs up. From 2016-2018, 455 cyclists were fatally injured by cars in California, a 25-year high for the state. The National Highway Traffic Administration states the rise in accidents is partly due to a rise in popularity in cycling and, more problematically, a rise in distracted drivers. Many cyclists use Cathedral Oaks to get to the great climbs like Gibraltar Road or Old San Marcos and Painted Cave. Since the road has high levels of both cyclist and car traffic, I think it would be a great place to start putting up these signs. Even if the signs were to only save one life, I think it is worth a shot.

—Creighton Gruber, S.B.

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¶ Last week’s news story on the Flamingo Mobile Home Park mistakenly spelled Betty Jeppesen’s name as “Jefferson.” ¶ We correct the spelling of Jacob Seigel Brielle and Isaac Seigel-Boettner, whose book Island Visions was among those featured in our cover story, and of Bernhard Hoffmann, whose design for El Paseo and the Lobero are noted in Sheila Lodge’s book, Santa Barbara: An Uncommonplace American Town, also featured in last week’s books issue. ¶ In The Week last issue, we inadvertently placed a Unity Church Christmas Eve event at the Unitarian Society; the correct information is in this week’s calendar. ¶ And the Bottles & Barrels column last week should have said Section Wines sources its sangiovese from Terry Evans Vineyard near Santa Ynez, not Evan’s Ranch in the Sta. Rita Hills.

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obituaries Harold Israel Jacobson 5/17/1933 - 12/13/2020

Harold Israel Jacobson of Santa Barbara, died peacefully in his sleep on December 13, 2020. Harold was born on May 17, 1933 in Chicago, Il. to Olga and Benjamin Jacobson, and was later joined by his late brother, Nathan.  Harold and Nathan were raised in the Kedzie Roosevelt neighborhood of Chicago under strict Jewish orthodoxy. While attending high school, Harold began Rabbinical studies, although his focus soon shifted to mathematics and engineering.  Harold received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Chicago, and his Masters in Mathematics from the University of Washington. During his university years, Harold became a consummate musician and actor, playing flute in the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and partaking in university plays.  During one such Chekov play, Harold met two impressed attendees backstage who invited him to their house to attend a dinner party.  There he met their Hungarian emigre cousin, Agnes, who soon became his wife for life.  Harold and Agnes had two children, David and Irene. After graduating, Harold began his defense analyst research career at Boeing, and then later accepted a similar position at General Research Corporation in Santa Barbara where the family moved in 1967.  He continued his career for 33 years until his semiretirement, when he began teaching Statistics and Algebra at Santa Barbara City College.  Harold officially retired several years later. Harold and Agnes were nature lovers and devoted environmental philanthropists.  Together, they discovered and photographed national parks and forests throughout western North America.  Backpacking and skiing became a family staple.  He truly enjoyed sharing his countless slides with visiting 14


family and friends over the years. Harold brought music to the family and instilled his gift to his children. He also enjoyed ham-radio and electronics with his son.  Harold and Agnes were devoted to loving and caring for their rescued family dogs and cats as their own children. Harold was preceded in death by his brother, Nathan.  He is survived by his wife, children and grandson, Nathan. Many thanks to the loving and caring staff of Maravilla. Funeral  Arrangements Entrusted to McDermottCrockett Mortuary

William “Bill” Horton 4/10/1929 - 12/11/2020

William Charles Horton (Bill), age 91, beloved father, grandfather, mentor, and friend, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2020, in Santa Barbara, California. Known to all as Bill, he was a pioneering and well- respected typographer and graphic artist. He spent much of his life creating beautiful print media and elegant designs, and helping members of the local design community realize their potential. He carried on this spirit of generosity to the very end of his life. Bill was a highly visual, creative, and tactile person, always appreciating the beauty in nature, people, the built environment, and on the page. As a young man, Bill developed skills in many arts and crafts, including print- making, painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, furniture building, and electronics. Possessing a keen ability to understand how things worked, Bill was good with tools and his hands and could fix anything put in front of him. Bill was an honest and wholesome man who possessed great integrity. He preferred chocolate milk over whiskey; wildflowers over a deck of playing cards; and well-made thrift store clothing over the latest fashions. He loved dogs, big trees, mountains, rivers, flowers, funghi,

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and being outdoors. Born in Great Falls, Montana, Bill enjoyed an idyllic and rustic childhood in small towns in Wyoming and Washington. In 1941, his family moved to Port Angeles, Washington, where Bill attended Roosevelt Junior High School and met his life-long friend, George Elliot, with whom he continued to keep in close touch until the last few days of his life. In 1947, the family moved to Milton, Washington, where Bill graduated from high school. Later, he attended Tacoma Vocational School, studying radio. After graduating in 1950, he landed his first job as a disc jockey and engineer with a radio station in Spokane, Washington. Bill was a veteran of the Korean War, having served as a soldier in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 in a non-combat role. The experience of war left an indelible mark on Bill, creating in him a deep aversion to violence and a gravitation toward pacifism. After serving in Korea, Bill took advantage of the GI Bill and enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. There he met Korean student Sung-in Choe, whom he married in 1955. The newlyweds spent carefree days at the beach and running around the pineapple groves of Honolulu. Soon after, they relocated to Walla Walla, Washington, where Bill landed a job as a radio announcer. He then took another radio job in Eugene, Oregon, where he and Sung-in lived as Bohemians in a sparsely furnished apartment decorated with homemade cinder block, wood, and corduroy furniture. During this time, the couple immersed themselves in the arts-andcrafts scene, taking an evening ceramics class at the University of Oregon where they learned to make pottery. They also made prints, crafted clothing, and listened to classical music, opera, and jazz. In 1959, the couple relocated to Santa Barbara, where Bill landed a job as a radio announcer and sound engineer at classical radio station KTMS FM. They eventually bought a house on the Mesa, and Bill’s daughter Tara, his only child, was born. Following radio, Bill was a printer at Noel Young’s Capra Press, where he further developed his design skills. It was during this time that


Bill became acquainted with some of the artists and free spirits involved in the welldocumented Mountain Drive scene. In 1970, Bill and Sung-in divorced, yet remained friends. Around that time, Bill decided to go into business for himself. In the early 1970s, Bill met Wendy Foster and began a close friendship that would endure until the end of Bill’s life. With Wendy, Bill established Foster & Horton Graphics, a graphic design and typesetting shop that served hundreds of local clients for almost three decades. Known affectionately as “FoHo,” Bill’s business employed many aspiring artists and designers during its heyday from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. In 1975, Bill met Georgia Thrailkill. The two quickly developed a friendly rapport and were married in 1976. Bill and Georgia first lived together in the historic Masini Adobe on Sheffield Drive in Montecito, where Bill would invite friends over to view 35 mm prints of classic films projected onto a large screen in the oversized living room. During their marriage, Bill and Georgia became involved in the United Lodge of Theosophists, a spiritual community that influenced the way they ran the graphics business and fueled their desire to put into practice the ideals of Gandhian nonviolence and brotherhood. They remained active in “the Lodge” until the late 1980s. Bill and Georgia divorced in 1989, yet remained friends. In 1994, Bill moved into a loft space at El Zoco, a new live/work community for artists on W. Gutierrez Street in Santa Barbara. With the fully staffed graphics business behind him, Bill continued to work under the business name Foster & Horton as a Macintosh desktop designer and continued to serve clients into his early 80s. Many will remember fondly Bill’s beloved Australian Shepherd dog, Cheena, who would lie faithfully at his feet as he worked. Over the past decade, Bill continued to live at El Zoco, but had slowed down considerably. He rented out the upstairs part of his loft to friends Tom Moore and Brian Bailey during this time, and enjoyed their companionship. He continued to tinker with his Macintosh computer, enjoy the company of his El

Zoco neighbors, keep in touch with friends near and far, and stay current on news and media on his computer. Over the last three years, Bill benefited greatly from the steadfast support of longtime friends Rik and Dianna Peirson, who grocery shopped and visited regularly. Bill received hot meals delivered by Food from the Heart, a local nonprofit. His daughter Tara visited regularly and kept in close contact by phone. Bill’s magnanimous nature attracted new friends wherever he went. He served as a kind of nexus for the Santa Barbara graphics community, mentoring neophytes in graphic design; sharing his skills, knowledge, and software; and opening doors for aspiring artists by introducing them to his vast network of professional and personal contacts. Bill lived his life fully and on his own terms. Although fiercely independent, he maintained many close friendships, many of which exceeded half a century. He gave freely of his time, talent, and energy, expecting nothing in return. He was a kind, generous, smart, artistic, curious, patient, pragmatic and humorous man, and a loving and devoted father to his daughter. Bill is predeceased by his parents, Roy and Marjorie Horton, and his sister, Eileen Wallis. He is survived by his daughter, Tara Horton McCulloch of Oakland, CA; granddaughter Pearl McCulloch; son-in-law Derek McCulloch; niece Victoria (Wallis) Kelley; and nephew Brad Wallis. Bill’s daughter wishes to extend her special gratitude to the compassionate staff at Serenity House – VNA Health, for providing comfortable hospice care for Bill in his final weeks. No memorial service is planned at this time. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Food from the Heart of Santa Barbara, PO Box 3908, Santa Barbara, CA 93130.

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Allen Wayne Mills

Toby Snitkin Bradley passed away from organ failure on Nov. 15, 2020. Born in New York in 1945, Toby was a bright child who graduated High School and left for college at the young age of 16. Attending Antioch University in Ohio, she studied French, English Literature and Math. Thanks to a professor’s midnight guidance one Winter evening, she decided to go to graduate school in Santa Barbara, CA. Arriving in California in 1966, she attended UCSB where she earned not only her master’s degree but also a PhD in literature. There she met fellow student Gerald Bradley, and they wed in 1971. They spent several years as professors, but Toby decided to get her real estate license in 1977 and the rest of her 30 year career is history. Welcoming a daughter in 1978, Toby was a mother, wife, Realtor and she had a tax consulting business where many of her clients were from the University. She was well known throughout Santa Barbara, not just through real estate but also as the first Board President of the Santa Barbara chapter of CASA, through her volunteer work with Christmas Unity, and other volunteer opportunities from teaching adults to read to being a “big sister.” Toby had a lifelong love of travel, and was able to visit many countries over her lifetime. She also shared a love of theatre with her husband and daughter, and enjoyed attending live theatre in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, NYC and abroad. Most recently, Toby was delighted to enjoy the role of Grandmother with the birth of her grandson Connor in 2017. Toby is survived by her Daughter Leah Carbone (Michael Carbone), her grandson Connor Carbone, her StepDaughter Anne Curtis (Steven Curtis) and her brother Jeremy Snitkin. Toby had long requested to have a big party in her honor at the time of her death, where everyone could laugh but also cry, eat great food and drink champagne. When it is safe to gather, we will have this memorial event for her.

Born in Oxnard, California, Allen was the oldest of four children of parents Bill and Arlene (Ross) Mills. Allen passed away at home with his son and wife at his side with the help of VNA Health Hospice. He was 72 years old. Allen grew up in Port Hueneme when it was full of lemon groves, not houses. He lived near the ocean and spent many hours at the beach and was a lifelong surfer. His grandparents from his mother’s side had a small farm in Ojai, and Allen spent many summers wandering in the oak trees and fishing at Lake Casitas. He also spent many hours Grandma Kurtz’s house in Port Hueneme learning to cook. Allen graduated from Hueneme High School in 1966. At that time, the war was escalating in Vietnam and many young men, to avoid being drafted, fled to Canada or were sent to jail. Allen was told that if he joined, they would send him to Germany. Although promised that he would not go, he was sent to Vietnam. He was nineteen. While there, he was exposed to Agent Orange, a carcinogenic herbicide sprayed on the forests of Vietnam to cause deforestation to better see the enemy. This cancerous chemical caused many of our young men to develop cancers early in their lives, cutting their lives short. Allen developed early prostate cancer in his late fourties due to this exposure. When he was discharged from the Army, he became an avid antiwar supporter and environmentalist. In 1970, he married his high school sweetheart, Anita Tricomo, the little Italian girl that had recently moved to Oxnard from Michigan. They were happily married for fifty years and nine months. They moved to Berkeley, CA where Allen attended UC Berkeley. In 1976 they had their only child, Erek. Allen so loved being a father and enjoyed coaching baseball, camping, surfing, Boy Scouts and fishing with his son. He also taught Erek to cook and

2/13/1945 - 11/15/2020

10/26/1948 - 12/8/2020

bar-b-q. Later, Erek’s career as a Firefighter made Allen very proud. Allen’s cooking skills were legendary with many dinner parties and lively conversations. He met two Italians that were living next door to him and they taught him many new cooking skills. These friends have returned to Italy and Allen and Anita have visited them several times in Italy and enjoyed cooking together again. Thanks to Max and Laura for this time of wonderful cooking and eating fests! In his early fourties, after trying several careers, Allen wanted to enter the alternative health field and studied to be a Naturopathic Doctor. While pursing this career, Anita developed a breast problem and they went on the search for the cause. An herbalist friend told them about a Lymphatic Therapist in Ojai and upon the first visit, Anita experienced a dramatic reduction in her swelling and pain. Allen immediately saw the potential of a powerful therapy and began his study of the Lymphatic System. He discovered the Vodder Method, around since the 1930’s and widely used in Europe. Lymphatics are taught in the massage schools across the country. Allen had found his life’s work and developed a method of non-invasive lymphatic drainage using manual techniques and an electric handheld device to move the stuck lymph fluid. He opened the Center for Lymphatic Health in downtown Santa Barbara in 1995 and was in business for 23 years with his wife Anita managing the business. They offered lymphatic sessions, classes to teach the Mills Method and the sale of instruments. People came from all over the US and other countries from the website. Many people received the natural healing from their lymphatic sessions and improved their immune systems. Allen became known as a great healer, teacher and friend. He leaves behind his wife, Anita, son Erek (Misty), grandsons Mike and Erek, Jr., sister Carol Scott (Dan) and many family members and friends. A big thank you to wonderful doctors, nurses and therapists in our community. The Sansum Team: Dr. Abate and Dr. Phreaner; VNA Palliative and Hospice Care: Amy, Elizabeth, Marcella; Hospice of Santa Barbara: Ginny and Gwen; Alternative Health Practictioners Julia, Annelie and Brenda.

A celebration of Allen’s life is planned for Spring 2021. Send mail to: Anita Mills at P.O. Box 1027, Santa Barbara, CA 93102. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Iverson Foundation for Active Awareness (iversonfaa.org) for raising awareness of the mental and emotional state within first responders, removing the stigma and shifting the culture of PTSD.

Steve Hudson Dougherty 9/15/1946 - 11/6/2020

Steve was born on September 15, 1946. He grew up in Hopewell, VA, in the 1940s. Growing up in rural Virginia during a time of deep segregation informed his lifelong concern about upholding the dignity of all people. He left Virginia to pursue his undergraduate education at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He recalled driving across the country on the major EastWest thoroughfare of the time, Route 66. Then the Vietnam War came and, along with it, the Selective Service draft of 1969. During this time he attended medical school at University of San Francisco, which exempted him from Selective Service. He would later recall watching Santana practice at a park near Haight & Ashbury street on his walk to school. A country deeply torn by the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War created a magical climate for music. Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Joan Baez, and many more filled my dad’s Volkswagen station wagon during this time. He continued his medical training as a General Surgery resident at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, where he met Leah Eberley, who became his wife of 46 years. Upon completing training in


Minnesota, he moved to West Texas to work as a trauma surgeon and took on the residency director of surgical education position at Texas Tech University in the border town of El Paso. He and Leah claimed that the cold drove them down to Texas. Steve shuttled his four children to school in downtown El Paso early in the mornings. The drive took us along the I-10 corridor adjacent to the US-Mexico border with views of the shanty towns of Ciudad Juarez. He spent his entire career at Texas TechEl Paso where he became known as a talented surgeon and prodigious residency educator. Life on the border was happy for Steve and his family, but also provided perspective on the stark inequities of people in close proximity. Upon his retirement from education and surgery in 2013, he joined his wife Leah in Santa Barbara, CA. He loved to research for short stories on his blog Mixed Metaphors. He also remained committed to his family, staying in close contact with his four children and developing a strong bond with his grandchildren. Steve died from glioblastoma of the brain on November 6th, 2020. He is survived by his Wife Leah and his four adult children. We will miss him dearly.

Frans de Witte

4/25/1958 - 10/19/2020

Frans de Witte was a loving father, husband, and brother who brought his jovial personality and love of storytelling everywhere he went. After a long battle with the aftermath of cancer, Frans passed peacefully in his home in October surrounded by loved ones. Frans was born and raised in the Netherlands, moved to Santa Barbara in 1983, back to the Netherlands in 1989, and then back again to Santa Barbara in 1999. He enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, music, eating dessert and Dutch foods like Kroket, and playing with his beloved dog Heidi.He is survived by his wife Karin, siblings Tanja, Peter, and Kitty, sons Stefan and Ben, and daughter Eefje

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obituaries Georgia Margaret Judy 2/23/1919 - 11/18/2020

Georgia Margaret Judy Passed away November 18, 2020 with her daughter Kathleen at her side. Born Georgia Margaret Bonn 2/23/1919 in Santa Barbara. A graduate of Santa Barbara High School in 1937. She met her husband Ralph at a USO dance in Santa Barbara. She met her sweetheart and love of her life. My father said there was 2 women he was going to ask to dance but my mother had better looking legs. She did till the day she died no varicose veins at all. They found themselves on 11/7/1942 at Our lady of Sorrows Church and literally took the vow “Till death do us part”. She remained faithfully with him for 60 years till his passing in 2002. Ralph was stationed in WWII at Fort Ord. Georgia was living in Carmel and working at a Jewelry store. After the war they settled in Santa Barbara where they raised 3 children. Georgia worked at the phone company then the county hospital in Santa Barbara where she was a telephone operator and finally retired from Sansum clinic. She loved Bingo where she played at the Elke’s lodge and Valle Verde. She did lunch duty for many years at San Roque School. She loved her Hershey bars and coca-cola. She was the best Mother, wife, Nannie (grandmother) and greatgrandmother. She was the best loving mother, so supportive and had unconditional love and the best sense of humor and very very feisty. She loved animals particularly cats and dogs. You won her over if you had a Hershey bar a coke and a dog or cat. She was preceded in death by her Parents Theodore and Andrea, her husband Ralph, Sister Frances and loving son Patrick. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen and another daughter. Grandchildren Diane, Justin and Samantha and 5 other grandchildren. She also had 9 great grandchildren. A special heartfelt thanks to Valle Verde Health Center. To many to thank and the special love you showed 16


her and great care. A special thank you to Marisela and Michael. Thank you Dr. Armet, Dr. Geiler, Fr. Steve Downes. Thank you to Assisted living and hospice care Aretha, Brent, Mayra, Nichiren and Kathy. In Lieu of flowers the family asks a donation made to Team Member Appreciation fund (TMAF) at Valle Verde in her name. Checks payable to Valle Verde Foundation. In Memo: TMAF. Mail to 900 Calle Del Los Amigos Santa Barbara, CA 93105. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Services Entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary

marking occasions with her creative, homemade cards. She will be dearly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Please visit www.sherwoodchapel.com

Jean Marvin

Living to the ripe old age of 97, Jane was a wonderful woman who touched many lives, always giving of herself to others. She was born Marjorie Jane Tuck in Springfield, Missouri. At the tender age of 14, she left home to attend Stephens College and four years later graduated from Washington University with a degree in mathematics. Humble as she was, many of Jane’s friends did not know she had a Master’s degree and taught biochemistry to first year medical students at Northwestern University for twenty-five years. Jane became a pioneer in animal research when the Medical School lent her to Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo where she was the first person to establish the normal blood levels for wild animals in captivity. During these years she also began her devotion to volunteer work, serving on the board of directors of the Chicago Symphony and Brookfield Zoo. In 1950 she married Lou Zonka, a former jazz pianist who had become a quadriplegic after a swimming accident. When they moved to Chicago Lou established a number of music stores. In the 70’s Lou and Jane took up summer residence and eventually moved to Santa Barbara, remaining inseparable throughout Lou’s lifetime. She was his rock. With new roots in Santa Barbara, Jane became active in The American Cancer Society and was twice named Volun-

5/11/1932 - 11/19/2020

Jean Lester Marvin passed away on November 19, 2020 at Asbury Place, Maryville, TN, from complications of Covid19 and Alzheimer’s disease. Jean was born on May 11, 1932 in Winslow, AZ. She spent her youth in the Tucson area, where she met her future husband, Robert. They were married after Jean completed her nurses’ training at St. Mary’s Hospital. Jean loved gardening; taking special care of her flowers and fruit trees in her yard that overlooked the beautiful Santa Barbara Channel on one side and the majestic, Santa Ynez mountains on the other. Jean returned to nursing in 1975, working at The Samarkand, Santa Barbara Rehab Center, and Visiting Nurses. Jean was proud of her nursing career and won many awards for exceptional patient care, including Santa Barbara Rehab’s “Nurse of the Year”. Jean enjoyed History and Genealogy and cherished her friendships and family. She was diligent at keeping in contact with friends and relatives, and

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teer of the Year. She was also a disaster volunteer for the American Red Cross, a founding member of Cottage Hospital Hospitality House, and a board member of the Susan Love, MD Breast Cancer Foundation, helping to organize the Barbara Ireland Walk for the Cure for more than ten years. After her husband died in 1993, Jane became a staff member of All Saints-by-theSea Episcopal Church in Montecito. Typically Jane, she was a jill-of-all-trades, and helped where she was needed, principally with the parish’s senior program. Always productive, in her late 80’s and early 90’s Jane fulfilled one of her passions, learning about antiques, as she worked with her friend Bea Hyp, at the Summerhill Antique store. Jane is survived by her sister, Patricia Giberson, of Springfield, Missouri, and her adopted family, Dr. Robert Wright, his wife Debbie, their daughters Wendy, Kelly and Kim and their son, her beloved godson, John Wright and his wife Marita, her goddaughter Shelley Sutton, and her best friend of 30 years, Michelle Woodhouse, as well as a host of friends in Chicago and Santa Barbara. A celebration of Jane’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to The Ridley Tree Cancer Center of Santa Barbara.

Karl Leopold Metzenberg 3/3/1933 - 12/5/2020

Karl Metzenberg was born in Chicago on March 3, 1933, to John and Francelle Metzenberg. Karl’s father was a wonderful sailor and navigator who taught him to sail when he was 9. In 1950 Karl moved to Portland, Oregon, to attend Reed College; the people he met there changed his life.  After college, he started Caffe Espresso, the first coffee house in the Pacific Northwest which became a hangout for artists, poets and writers.  In 1960, Karl sold Caffe Espresso. He moved to Los Angeles where he opened Book Bargain Center in Westwood Vil-

lage; this too became a cultural hotspot in the sixties. Karl was also a professional photographer.  He liked to develop his own black and white prints, often ironic comments on social situations.  He did photographs for Kate Wold, Ned Doheny and Jackson Browne. His most renown photo is probably the album cover of  Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty.”  Karl produced an historical series of photographs of the Watts Towers that were recently used in their restoration.  (He served on their Board of Directors).  He worked on a few Roger Corman films with director Bruce Clark, but his photographic career was cut short by a car accident in 1977.  He luckily survived but without most of his left leg.  But he didn’t let wearing a prothesis stop him from sailing, camping, or traveling to Europe, India and Asia.  With his wry sense of humor, he got his prosthetists to make him an oak peg leg which he wore every Halloween, even winning a contest at the Isthmus for “Best all around pirate.” In the 1960’s, he, Anthony Rosenwald, and David Ming Li Lowe, friend and architect, bought 3 acres in Laurel Canyon, and over the next 10 years, built what they referred to as "the compound.”  Karl’s friend got him into the Story Analyst’s Guild and he worked 20 years for all the Motion Picture Industry, including 5 years on Star Trek. In the early 80’s, Karl met Janet Z Giler, and recognizing their kindred souls, they were together for the next 38 years, and married in Avalon in 1984. In 1985, their son Conrad was born. Conrad inherited his father’s love of the sea. The Metzenberg family moved to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles in 1993 where they have resided since. Karl is survived by his wife Janet, his son Conrad (Katie) Metzenberg and their daughter Madison.  . He often said, “I am a lucky man” and he will be remembered fondly and missed sorely by the many friends whose lives would not have been the same had they not met him.  Most say they still have his beautifully scripted postcards. “And when I die please bury me, in any part of any sea. For in the earth this part is small, but in one sea, you are in them all.” Karl will get his wish. His ashes will be spread at sea among the Santa Barbara Channel Islands where he loved to sail.



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career as a chef in 2005, finishing in third place on Food Network Star and making media appearances around the country. Then suddenly, he was under the knife, having a large tumor removed from his gut. It was the first of 15 surgeries that, by 2018, would remove all but one inch of his stomach and esophagus. While recovering in the hospital after that last surgery, Rueffert, who lives about an hour north of Atlanta, was shocked once again by the so-called “nutritional” fluids that he was about to ingest through a feeding tube. “There was not a single thing in there, other than water, that was recognizable as food,” he recalled upon looking at the package. “There was not a single thing that I as a chef would use as an ingredient, not even cheap ingredients. It was just a bunch of chemical stuff.” Then a nurse mentioned Kate Farms, an organic, vegan, allergen-free option for this type of liquid nutrition, which is a primary method of feeding sick and recovering people across the world. “I didn’t know there was a healthy alternative,” said Rueffert. “Everything that was on the ingredient list were things that humans eat. It was such an epiphany moment.” Those Kate Farms nutritional shakes helped him recover quickly in the hospital, and the bottled versions remain a supplemental part of his nutrition today, enjoyed by his three sons, as well. Rueffert is just one of many patients nationwide turning to products made by this Santa Barbara– based company, which is the country’s leading provider of plant-based nutritional shakes in the medical field. Today, 95 percent of American hospitals have access to Kate Farms products, which are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and more than 2,000 private insurance plans, and are also used by the Department of Veterans Affairs. To date, the company has raised $99 million from investors, including Goldman Sachs and Kaiser Permanente Ventures, and employs about 140 people. A third work at headquarters, located on the QAD campus above Summerland, and plans for a Carpinteria product development laboratory are in the works. But as promising as that all sounds, it’s a top-down, do-good ethos that sets Kate Farms apart. They’ve donated more than 300,000 meals so far: to COVID frontline workers from Louisiana to Georgia; to


election poll workers from D.C. to L.A.; to disaster relief efforts in Honduras and the 1/9 Debris Flow in Montecito. And they’ve gone out of their way, often personally, to help patients in need during trying times, far more so than to be expected in today’s cutthroat capitalism. Kristen Cover saw that firsthand while helping her 6-year-old son, Teddy, navigate a series of medical issues that kept him malnourished and tiny, still wearing 18-month clothes when he was four years old. Amid seven hospital stays, they found out about Kate Farms three years ago. “We were allowed to bring it to the hospital with us because he could maintain his weight and rebound quicker on it,” she said. “After a few months, we started to notice growth like we had never seen before. He went from being in the 4th and 5th percentile to being in the 50th percentile. He’s hitting his developmental milestones now. He’s where he should be for a kid his age. It was just a lifesaver for us.” When the company changed the formula at one point, Teddy didn’t like the taste, so Cover started to panic. She called Kate Farms, and they sent her some of the last cases of the former flavor for free so that she could wean Teddy onto the new formula. “For a company to do something like that — you just never hear of that anymore,” said Cover, who lives in Houston. Teddy, who calls it his “milky,” still drinks about five cups a day, and the family ships cases of it to wherever they vacation. “There’s something calming about it,” said Cover. “I think it was the first thing that ever made him feel good when he put it in his stomach.”

ORIGIN STORIES The Kate Farms story begins with a young girl named Kate. She was born with cerebral palsy to a couple named Richard and Michelle Laver, who then lived in Santa Barbara. By the time she was 5 years old, Kate only weighed 16 pounds, was mostly paralyzed, and ate from a feeding tube. The formulas on the marketplace at the time were loaded with sugar, primarily in the form of corn syrup. “She was dying — she could not survive on that stuff,” explained Brett Matthews, Kate Farms’ CEO. So the Lavers developed a plant-based, allergen-free formula to feed their child, launching Kate Farms as a company in 2011. “Kate had five a day for seven

years, and she’s thriving,” said Matthews. “She is still functionally paralyzed, but she’s living her best life.” Matthews's path to Kate Farms was also personal. Raised on the East Coast, he met his wife, Lompoc native Ginger Salazar, while both worked for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati. After getting married in Santa Barbara 29 years ago, they founded their own marketing company back east that focused on public-private partnerships. Upon selling that company in 2005, the couple, whose oldest son at the time was in 5th grade, moved to Santa Barbara to raise their family. As Matthews and Salazar became involved in nonprofits and school boards, one of their very active sons started to become regularly sick, reaching a crisis point during his junior year at Santa Barbara High. Firm diagnoses were elusive, and one doctor even wanted to start chemo. That didn’t sound right, so Matthews took his son to a cutting-edge clinic in Switzerland. Within eight days, the doctors there had diagnosed the illness and had his son on the path to wellness—all through nutrition, without any PERSONAL TIES: Brett Matthews, the CEO of Kate Farms, drugs. “What we learned is really the power of learned about the company when his son was having issues food to heal,” said Matthews. “In the United with recurrent illness. States, poor nutrition is the largest cause of death, whether that’s from cardiovascular or renal issues or from causing cancer. Bad food can thews. “Plant-based organic food and nutrition is very make you sick, but also good food can heal.” vibrant in the consumer space. We’re really trying to Matthews was fired up. “Why can’t we take this bring that into the medical health-care space. That’s kind of philosophy into the United States and into really been adopted because people are demanding a health care?” he wondered. Then he met the Lavers higher standard for themselves. They understand the through a mutual friend and decided to help take benefit of nutrition.” Kate Farms to the next level, becoming chair of the board and CEO in 2015. (The Lavers now live in Park City, Utah.) “We invested with an eye to take this into health For decades, the medical nutritional fluid market has care and build an amazing team of people with big been dominated by the products sold by two mulhearts who care about helping others,” said Mat- tinational corporations: Nestlé, whose commercial product is Boost, and Abbott, which makes Ensure and PediaSure. “Their products do work for certain people, but the ingredients they offer are not organic,” said Matthews, noting that even those big players have been adjusting formulas in recent years. “That’s why we’ve been able to grow. People would leave the hospital, and those formulas wouldn’t work long-term.” That was the major concern for NaKeysha King, a model, cosmetologist, and editor in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2016, she ate a bad piece of haddock fish while visiting family in Pennsylvania and caught a disastrous bout of food poisoning caused by the parasite giardia. “Within a matter of weeks, I was no longer able to properly swallow, and I started losing weight,” explained King, who was already a petite 105 pounds but dropped down to 82.  Her health issues worsened so much that, by January 2019, she had a feeding tube permanently installed. “My concern was the formula. What if there was not a formula designed for me? What am I gonna do then?” wondered King, who was already eating a plant-based diet. Then she learned about Kate Farms.  “Immediately my body started to receive the formula—I started to get well, started

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gaining weight,” said King, who got up to 125 pounds from the formula. “The best thing about it is that there is no corn, no wheat, no dairy, no soy. Those are the kinds of foods that cause inflammation. If you already have inflammation in your GI tract, why would you want to inflame it more? That makes no sense.” She doesn’t mince words when it comes to what Kate Farms means for her. “Without them,” she said, “I wouldn’t exist; I wouldn’t exist.” Doctors are also quite taken by Kate Farms, including Dr. Richard Belkin, a pulmonologist who came to town in 2004 and started Santa Barbara’s first cystic fibrosis clinic, which now serves about 80 —Brett Matthews, patients. Though often Kate Farms CEO thought of as a lung disease, cystic fibrosis also attacks the pancreas, affecting the production of enzymes used to break down food. Belkin met Matthews at a conference expo years ago, noticed that Kate Farms was nearby, and started recommending the product to his patients. “It’s a great and healthy way for patients to maintain their weight,” said Dr. Belkin. But he’s also impressed with the focus on good flavors. “Eating is part of quality of life,” said Dr. Belkin. “You want to enjoy what you’re eating, and if you can enjoy a shake, it goes a long way. That’s as important for me as nutritional content.” In fact, like most of the people interviewed for this article (not to mention the author), Dr. Belkin drinks them himself. “If I miss a meal, they’ve got adequate calories and the nutrition that I need,” he said. Currently, Kate Farms products can be purchased via the company’s website or via Amazon, and Santa Barbara residents can find bottles on the shelves at Tri-County Produce. But the retail market is not the point, at least yet. “Right now,” said Matthews, “helping the medical market is our primary focus.”

‘Plant-based organic food and nutrition is very vibrant in the consumer space. We’re really trying to bring that into the medical health-care space.’

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was blocked, due to inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease. Surgery would be mandatory, but Dr. Alexandra Eidelwein suggested that Lily try a formula-only diet first, to reduce the inflammation and save as much of her intestine as possible. “That was a huge commitment,” said Quinn. “I had to get my daughter, who’s about to be 13, get her brain wrapped around that. That was all she would be doing—drinking formula for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.” That wasn’t the only problem, realized Quinn, as she looked around the formula market. “There are no good options that are healthy that don’t have crap in them,” she said, reiterating everyone else in this story. “If she’s going to be having this as a meal, I want the best ingredients in her body as possible.” A pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Eidelwein had been using Kate Farms in her treatments for about three years, including about 200 patients at Valley Children’s Hospital near Fresno, her prior post before Santa Barbara. “There are different formulas out there that we can use,” she said. “But knowing that Kate Farms is organic, vegan, dairy-free, peanut-free, we’ve been using that around the country for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.”  Lily started on Kate Farms in the hospital, and it worked. But her mom didn’t have time to order a batch before heading back home to Ojai. Dr. Eidelwein made a quick call to Matthews. “He drove to Ojai and delivered four cases of formula for Lily,” said Quinn of the CEO’s personal visit during a pandemic. “That made me cry. I’ve never experienced a company that would go out of their way to hand-deliver something. I felt like they really cared. It was pretty touching.” No surprise, but Kate Farms worked for Lily too. “When she was on Kate Farms for those three months, the girl thrived,” said Quinn. “She gained weight. Her skin color, her hair—she was malnourished prior to being diagnosed. It’s just amazing how much she thrived on just those shakes. I think they played a huge role in her healing.” Matthews knows from personal experience that his products help, and he hopes more can experience Kate Farms, particularly those most in need. “Nutrition can be the cornerstone of health, and everyone deserves it,” he said. “We’re trying to help people live their best life and also build a greater company. Those two things are complementary goals, and I think that’s important.” See katefarms.com.

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Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day Service THURSDAY 12/24 Emanuel Lutheran Church Outdoor Christmas Eve Service. 7-8pm. 3721 Modoc Rd. Call (805) 687-3734.


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ODE TO COWS Rosie the shorthorn cow

A Life Alongside Bovines, from Ireland to Santa Barbara by Sally Isaacson


ows have been part of my life for a very long time. When I was young, growing up in Ireland, our family lived on a farm in the beautiful hills of Wicklow. The farms in Ireland are generally small, and the cattle are tame; farmers round them up with a big stick. We had 30 acres of good grassland, and the property was able to support about 20 cows.  We had a mixture of many breeds. As Ireland is traditionally a big dairy country, producing lots of milk, butter, and cheese, most cattle were at least partly Friesian (called Holstein in the United States). The government had a program whereby it provided an artificial insemination service to small farms. I remember how excited we’d get when a cow was in heat and the “man with the red van” showed up. Dad pored through a book that had glossy photos of all of the prize-winning Candy Apple and kids government bulls. There were golden-colored Charolais roan, red, or white shorthorns; Herefords; black Aberdeen Angus; and many others. It seemed to me there wasn’t much rhyme or reason to which bull was chosen, and so, at that time in Ireland, cattle were a rainbow of colors. I fondly remember Rosie, a very tame red shorthorn. When I was young, I could walk right up to her when she was lying down. I would quietly climb on top of her, and then she would rise up and roam about with me on her back. When I was a teenager, Dad gave me a roan cow named Lulu. She was pretty and pink, and I loved her. In college, I fell in love with a boy from California, and the next year I was determined to visit him. I needed money, so I sold Lulu back to my father and bought a ticket to the U.S. I eventually married the California boy, only to find out that he too had a fascination for cattle as well as for horses.

My other passion has always been horses, having had a pony since I was very young, and later breeding Connemara ponies with my mother. Bob and I ran his family’s ranch in Santa Barbara County for over 30 years. Our 800 acres were able to support about 80 cows. We both had full-time jobs that involved dealing with lots of people, so the ranch turned out to be our peaceful place. After losing Bob, I held onto the cattle for about six years. All of those were drought years, and I fed many tons of hay and made no profit at all. Eventually, I sold the cattle to my daughter and her husband, except for a few that I keep at a little place that I bought.  I told my daughter that they were crazy and would never make any money. My husband had always said that the term “cattle business” was an oxymoron. Some of my ancestors lost money on horses, but it’s easy to lose money on cattle too. And then, wouldn’t you know, it rained! I have five cows now. I even have a Jersey cow. I had always wanted a Jersey, as these small, pretty, exceptionally maternal cows with big brown eyes are common in Ireland. Jerseys are dairy cows with very rich milk, and, in Ireland, the dairy herds always had a few of them among the big black-andwhite Friesians to raise the butter fat content of the milk to government standards. These days, there are fewer Jerseys due to low-fat milk being more fashionable. I have a fantasy of milking the Jersey and making cheese with the beautiful wooden cheese press that belonged to my mother. My daughter and I even took a cheese-making class. This may never happen though, as the Jersey shakes her horns at me, and she may be too difficult to handle for milking. The Jersey has been very hard to breed. Our local vet has

Cowboy and Nay Nay the heifer

been trying to breed her with sexed Jersey semen that gives a 90 percent chance of a heifer calf, but this is tricky. We eventually got her bred to an Angus, and she had a black calf. The calf grew up, and I sold him. Some months later, I noticed that the silly Jersey had taken on an older cow as a child, and she was still producing milk. I bought an orphan from a neighbor, and the cow is now raising her. I named her Josephine in honor of the recent election results. My daughter and son-in-law now have the cow bug. The grandkids love bovines too. A couple of years ago, I gave the kids a tame cow with her heifer calf so that they would have their own “herd.” Their black cow “Apple” is obsessed with apples, and her daughter, a red heifer named “Candy Apple,” will also come running. My granddaughter tamed her so much that she is a real pet. Western cowboys and cowgirls are supposed to be tough, and I am, up to a point. If we ever have a steer butchered, for example, I make a point of being there until the end. I figure that if I can’t do that, I should not eat meat. We have a family rule not to name the bull calves, as they will always be sold.

Jersey and Josephine, her adopted calf

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ack in January, a very, very long year ago, it was

a crisp and cool night outside of Potek Winery in The Mill on East Haley Street. A growing group of hungry diners were huddled in their beanies and fleeces, sitting and standing much closer together than six feet apart, as the smell of Mexican spices emerged from a wide, sizzling griddle. On the menu were steaming bowls of savory pozole verde and bready tortas, with your choice of chorizo, suadero, or pastor as the filling. As we all knew — most evident in the bold front-ofneck tattoo sported by Dalan Moreno, the fully inked chef in charge — these colorful, aromatically enticing proteins were not derived from animals. They were instead, as that tat proclaims in chin-to-clavicle script, “VEGAN,” the method and message served up by Rascal’s Pop-Up, which Moreno started in 2018.  He’s popped up all across town since then, from Satellite on State Street to Telegraph Brewing on Salsipuedes to Santa Barbara Cider Company in Old Town Goleta. But, thanks in part to the hospitality holes caused by COVID, Rascal’s is now a steady fixture every Tuesday and Wednesday at Bibi Ji on State Street, where Moreno changes the menu weekly while sticking to his wheelhouse of Mexican street foods and American classics — all 100 percent vegan, all the time.  “I just wanted to eat what everyone else eats, but vegan, and it was hard to find those things here,” said the 30-year-old, Westside-raised/Eastside-residing Santa Barbara native of what led to this business. “I’ve never been into veganism for my health. I know some

people are, and that’s cool, but I just never wanted to consume animals, and that’s it.” That motivation came when he was just 15 years old, after watching a disturbing documentary about slaughterhouses. “I didn’t want to really partake in consuming animals after I saw that video,” he explained. “It didn’t seem necessary.” There was a problem, though. “When I went vegan, my mom told me she wouldn’t make food for me,” he said. “It made things harder for all of us to eat together. I didn’t really care. I was 15 years old — you do what you want to do.” This was 15 years ago, when there were not many vegan options in town, nor did Moreno have much money to spend on eating salads and veggie burgers at places like the Natural Café all the time. He found some solace in Tofutti ice cream sandwiches, Follow Your Heart vegan cheeses, fried rice from Shanghai on Milpas Street, and bean, rice, and guacamole burritos from Super Cucas. But he was mostly inspired to try his own hand at cooking.


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BY MATT KETTMANN So on weekends, he’d have other vegan-inclined friends over and test out recipes. “I would make pizza and tacos at my house for all of my friends,” he said. “I started cooking out of necessity because there was nowhere really to go.”

After dropping out of Santa Barbara High, Moreno worked construction and carpentry jobs, continuing to make food for himself. Vegan options grew over the years, “but I wasn’t loving them,” he said. “I just wanted more Mexican and American food that was vegan.”


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n many ways, 1990 saw On November 17, 2020, Mayor Cathy the culmination of Santa Barbara’s great environMurillo issued a proclamental awakening. After 20 mation recognizing the years of lawsuits and lobbyachievement of Art From ing, the United States ConScrap, citing the ways in gress amended the Clean Air which it “has encourAct to give local jurisdictions aged reuse as a way to control over the regulation of protect the environoffshore oil drilling, a result ment and has educated clearly descended from Santa generations of children Barbara’s response to the 1969 and adults about the importance of waste oil spill. At the same time reduction, upcycling, activists were celebrating UP FOR THE CYCLE: Art From Scrap’s Art Coordinator Rachel Palmer (left) and Creative recycling, and creative this victory, a trio of women ReUse Store Manager Tara Patrick keep the organization’s mission alive. began their own form of reuse,” and acknowledgenvironmental action from ing the remarkable fact the back of a Volvo station that “most children in Santa Barbara County wagon and out of a garage in have visited the Art Montecito. From Scrap Creative Bari Romoy, Irene Falcontinues to thrive 30 years later. zone, and Lynn Seigel-Boettner founded Although the pandemic precludes ReUse Store on free field trips.” In addition Art From Scrap 30 years ago when creative Explore Ecology from holding Art From to providing education about the benefits reuse was a rare concept and upcycling Scrap’s annual fundraiser in person, there of recycling and reuse, the organization wasn’t even a word yet. Sensing that the are multiple ways to support the work has, under the banner of “Explore Ecolneed for art materials for children’s school online, ranging from donating the sug- ogy,” expanded its programs in recent years projects was not being met through tradi- gested $30 to the “30 for 30th Campaign” to include coastal cleanup and watershed tional channels, these three women set out to creating and uploading a short video awareness opportunities. to discover what industrial Santa Barbara about how you have taken advantage of this For many artists in the region, Art From was throwing away and to imagine what unique Santa Barbara resource. Although Scrap signifies something more than a artists might do with it. Combing through pandemic restrictions have curtailed the place to stock up on supplies. Through its piles of refuse headed for the landfill, they organization’s in-person operations, many gallery programming and the workshops it discovered beauty in the odd bits left over of its services remain available, including offers, AFS provides a sense of community after multiple projects and products were an online store and weekly workshops that cuts across boundaries of medium, finished. As it turned out, the city con- for kids on Zoom. For Tara Patrick, the method, and aesthetic. It’s a place where tained hidden treasure troves of useful Creative ReUse Store Manager, keeping people come to see what’s new in what’s discards, from surplus paper and paint to artists supplied with cool and unexpected old, and what’s worth saving from the vast objects such as silicone skateboard wheels materials is a labor of love that continues to pile of things that we as a community still that could become points of departure for inspire dedication and imagination three discard every day. Without Art From Scrap, assemblage artworks. Working together to decades after the founding. She says that Santa Barbara wouldn’t be the same, and scavenge, sort, and repurpose what they “it’s an honor to carry on the powerful mis- neither would its art scene. found, these women founded an organiza- sion and message” of Romoy, Falzone, and —Charles Donelan tion and a way of looking at the world that Seigel-Boettner.

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In 2021, even as the pandemic continues to prohibit in-person events, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s education wing continues to move forward. Last week, the organization announced a new initiative called Stories Matter to be led by actor, author, filmmaker, and all-around fearless advocate for women Leslie Zemeckis. Beginning in January, Zemeckis will be conducting a writing workshop for six female participants between the ages of 18 and 25 aimed at releasing their inner storytellers in the service of honoring women’s lives and truths. Having demonstrated an unflagging commitment to telling the stories of marginalized women through her books and documentaries on such subjects as fan dancers, tiger tamers, and burlesque performers, Zemeckis now intends to use Stories Matter as a platform to amplify the voices of a new generation. If this sounds like you, contact the program at storiesmatter101 @gmail.com for information about how to apply. Applications are due by January 6, 2021. —CD



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BRINGS HOUSE SOUND TO TOWN James Hancock, an electronic music producer from the United Kingdom known as RUBIX / Grace Bones and as one-half of the group Digital Analog Hotel, moved to Santa Barbara almost two months ago, delivering his own style of house music to California. “The U.K. is a melting pot of amazing music,” said Hancock in a recent interview. “[It’s] very cutting edge, and I want to bring that sound to Santa Barbara.” Before the move, Hancock was calling Hollywood his temporary home. “I came over to L.A. to work with a record label and work on pushing the house sound of the U.K.,” he explained. “After a few months of COVID, I decided to get out of the L.A. area.” Hancock quickly established a regular gig at the Backstage Kitchen & Bar. The venue had started shows in compliance with requirements put forth by health officials, but the shows are now shut down due to the latest shelter-in-place order.  Outside of live performances, Hancock has his knees deep in production. His new solo album under the moniker Grace Bones is set to release in summer 2021. As a member of Digital Analog Hotel, Hancock creates electronic dance music with a laid-back ambiance. His partner in that group is Dan Turner, who lives in Colchester, England, and they released their debut album this past summer. “We started Digital Analog Hotel because we hadn’t worked together for a while and had some ideas for a new project that was musically different to our individual output.” Fittingly, the duo produced their debut album, Late Checkout, over the internet, collaborating from L.A. to the U.K. Late Checkout serves a charcuterie board of house sounds: penetrating U.K. garage and ’90s house into a modern techno sound. Hancock notes drastic effects on his musicianship under COVID-19. “Summer is a busy period for a deejay, and I would be travelling around Europe,” he said of the downside. “On a positive, I have been able to produce a lot of records and, of course, write a new album in a very short period of time.”  Listen to Digital Analog Hotel’s debut album Late Checkout on all major streaming platforms and follow the duo on Instagram @digitalanaloghotel. —Melody Pezeshkian


ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Your capacity for pioneering feats and

(June 21-July 22): The year 2021 will contain 525,600

impressive accomplishments will be at a peak in 2021. So you could become the best human ever at balancing a ladder on your chin or typing with your nose or running long-distance while holding an egg on a spoon with your mouth. But I’d prefer it if you channeled your triumphal energy into more useful innovations and victories. How about making dramatic strides in fulfilling your most important goal? Or ascending to an unprecedented new level of inspiring people with your passionate idealism? Or setting a record for most illusions shed?

minutes. But I suspect you might enjoy the subjective sensation of having far more than 525,600 minutes at your disposal. That’s because I think you’ll be living a fuller life than usual, with greater intensity and more focus. It may sometimes seem to you as if you are drawing greater riches out of the daily rhythm — accomplishing more, seeing further, diving down deeper to capitalize on the privilege of being here on planet Earth. Be grateful for this blessing — which is also a big responsibility!


(July 23-Aug. 22): Our lives are filled with puzzles and

(Apr. 20-May 20): Ark Encounter is a fundamentalist

Christian theme park in Kentucky. Its main attraction is a giant replica of Noah’s Ark. Constructed mostly from spruce and pine trees, it’s one of the world’s largest wooden structures. Even though I don’t believe that there was in fact such a boat in ancient times, I do admire how its builder, Ken Ham, has been so fiercely devoted to making his fantasies real. I encourage you to cultivate an equally zealous commitment to manifesting your own visions and dreams in 2021.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): From 1961 until 1989, a concrete barrier divided the city of Berlin. Communist East Berlin lay on the east side of the Berlin Wall, and capitalist West Berlin on the west. It was an iconic symbol of the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. More than 100,000 people tried to escape from east to west, but just 5,000 succeeded. The standoff ended in 1989 during the peaceful revolutions that swept through Eastern Europe. In subsequent months, the Berlin Wall was slowly demolished. Today, tiny fragments of the wall are marketed as medicines for asthma, headaches, narcolepsy, and ulcers. Now I will propose that in 2021, you adopt the demolished Berlin Wall as your metaphor of power. May it inspire you to be gleeful and forceful as you dismantle psychological obstacles and impediments.

LEO enigmas and riddles. We all harbor aspects of ourselves that we don’t understand. I hope that in 2021, you will be on a mission to learn more about these parts of yourself. One of your superpowers will be a capacity to uncover secrets and solve mysteries. Bonus: I suspect you’ll be able to make exceptional progress in getting to the root of confusing quandaries that have undermined you — and then fixing the problems so they no longer undermine you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): When actor Gene Wilder was 8

years old, his mother began to have heart-related health issues. The doctor that treated her suggested he could help her out if he would try to make her laugh. From then on, Wilder cultivated an ability to tell jokes and got interested in becoming an actor. Ultimately, he appeared in 22 films and was nominated for two Oscars and two Golden Globe Awards. I foresee a comparable development in your life in 2021: A challenging situation will inspire you in ways that generate a major blessing.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In my astrological opinion, love

won’t be predictable in 2021. It won’t be easily definable or comparable to what you’re experienced before. But I also suspect that love will be delightfully enigmatic. It


will be unexpectedly educational and fervently fertile and oddly comfortable. Your assignment, as I understand it, will be to shed your certainties about what love is and is not so that the wild, fresh challenges and opportunities of love can stream into your life in their wildest, freshest state.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Until 1893, Hawai‘i was a sovereign

nation. In January of that year, a group of wealthy foreigners, mostly Americans, overthrew the existing government with the help of the U.S. military. They established a fake temporary “republic” that excluded native Hawaiians from positions of power. Their goal, which was to be annexed by the United States, was fulfilled in July 1898. I propose that you use this sad series of events as a motivational story in 2021. Make it your goal to resist all efforts to be colonized and occupied. Commit yourself passionately to preserving your sovereignty and independence. Be a tower of power that can’t be owned.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 2021, you may be smarter than you

have ever been. Not necessarily wiser, too, although I have reason to hope that you will leverage your smartness to also deepen your wisdom. But as I was saying, your intelligence could very well soar beyond its previous heights. Your ability to speak articulately, stir up original thoughts, and solve knotty riddles should be at a peak. Is there any potential downside to this outbreak of brilliance? Only one that I can imagine: It’s possible that your brain will be working with such dominant efficiency that it will drown out messages from your heart. And that would be a shame. In order to do what I referred to earlier — leverage your smartness to deepen your wisdom — you’ll need to be receptive to your heart’s messages.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The birds known as red knots breed

every year in the Arctic regions. Then they fly south — way south — down to the southern edge of South

America, more than 9,000 miles away. A few months later, they make the return trip to the far north. In 1995, ornithologists managed to put a monitoring band on one red knot’s leg, making it possible to periodically get a read on his adventures over the subsequent years. The bird’s nickname is Moonbird, because he has traveled so many miles in the course of his life that it’s equivalent to a jaunt to the moon. He’s known as “the toughest four ounces on the planet.” I nominate him to be your magical creature in 2021. I suspect you will have stamina, hardiness, persistence, and determination like his.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): An Aquarian park ranger named

Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning seven times in the course of his 71 years on the planet. (That’s a world record.) None of the electrostatic surges killed him, although they did leave a few burns. After studying your astrological potentials for 2021, I’ve concluded that you may be the recipient, on a regular basis, of a much more pleasurable and rewarding kind of lightning strike: the metaphorical kind. I advise you to prepare yourself to be alert for more epiphanies than usual: exciting insights, inspiring revelations, and useful ideas.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): Coral reefs are in danger all over the

world. These “rainforests of the sea” are being decimated by ocean acidification, toxic runoff from rivers, rising temperatures, and careless tourists. Why should we care? Because they’re beautiful! And also because they’re hotbeds of biodiversity, providing homes for 25 percent of all marine species. They also furnish protection for shorelines from erosion and storm damage, and they are prime spots to harvest seafood. So I’m pleased people are finding ways to help reefs survive and recover. For example, a group in Thailand is having success using superglue to reattach broken-off pieces to the main reefs. I hope this vignette inspires you to engage in metaphorically similar restorative and rejuvenating activities, Pisces. In 2021, you will have an enhanced power to heal.

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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 a s f o l l o w s : 0 1 / 1 4 / 2 0 2 1 AT 9:00 a.m. Dept: 5 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF S A N TA BARBARA, 1100 Anacapa S t r e e t , P. O B o x 2 1 1 0 7 S a n t a 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 b e f o r e t h e h e a r i n g . Yo u r appearance may be in p e r s o n o r b y y o u r a t t o r n e y. IF YOU ARE 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 a s a c r e d i t o r. Yo u m a y want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in 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 P e t i t i o n e r : M a r i l y n Ya q u b 9 6 3 B a r c e l o n a D r. S a n t a Barbara, CA 93105; (619) 513‑6482. Published Dec 10, 17, 24 2020. NOTICE OF PETITION TO A D M I N I S T E R E S TAT E O F : JOSEPH ARTUSO Case No.: 19PR00328 To a l l h e i r s , b e n e f i c i a r i e s , creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of JOSEPH ARTUSO A P E T I T I O N F O R P R O B AT E h a s b e e n f i l e d b y : F r. B r i a n Nunes, Vicar General and Attorney‑in‑Fact for The’ Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, a corporation sole, fbo Our Ladyof Guadalupe Catholic Church in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara THE PETITION for probate requests that: SERENO STRADIOTTO and MUFG Union Bank, N.A. be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests t h e d e c e n d e n t ’s w i l l a n d c o d i c i l s , i f a n y, b e a d m i t t e d 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, the personal 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

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1 Sound of a punch [E] {I created this puzzle for Take Your Kids To Work Day in collaboration with my thennine-year-old twins. Clues followed by an [S] were written by Sid, and clues followed by an [E] were written by Ella.} 5 Green paper that you pay with [E] 9 They make up stairs [E] 14 Make goo-goo eyes at 15 Tennis’s Arthur ___ Stadium 16 Like some dirt bike tracks [S] 17 Fearsome cat that spends moolah on Lamborghinis and mansions? [S] 19 Former “Come on down!” announcer Johnny 20 “I ___ open this jar. Can you help, Daddy?” [E] 21 Monkey that eats curtains? [E] 23 “Gimme ___! ... What’s that spell? Ella!” [E] 24 There are 100 in a century (abbr.) [S] 26 Something a toy poodle says [E] 27 Rat-a-___ [E] 28 Something that people say in awe [E] 30 Pookums [E] 35 Scaly creature that likes to eat frosted sweets? [S] 37 Ninja Turtle that wears red, to his friends [S] 40 Getting from ___ B 41 Kid that can have a cellphone [S] 42 Bird that smokes and does vandalism? [E] 47 Sneaky little animal [E] 48 ___ gin fizz 49 Kid who is “epic!” [S] 52 The ___ on the Shelf [S] 54 Sid: “I’m not ___ years old anymore.” Me: “No, I mean ___ as in ‘I ___ some food.’” INDEPENDENT.COM INDEPENDENT.COM

55 Palindromic Turkish title 56 Water animal with flippers that makes barters 24/7? [S] 61 Wants really badly [S] 63 Go off-script (sorry, Ella, it doesn’t mean “get more pounds”) 64 Slow animal that grows wings and gets in your clothes? [E] 66 She was a princess “long ago” [E] 67 “The coolest kid in the universe” [E] 68 Lake that sounds scary [E] 69 Me: “How about the clue ‘Used needles,’ Ella?” Ella: “No, new needles. You have to use them because it affects the fabric more than you expect.” 70 Martens and McStuffins, for instance [S] 71 Air France fliers, once

31 Poker money 32 “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly ___ Jepsen [E] 33 “I Like ___” (‘50s political slogan) 34 “Hallow” ending 35 Someone who might cook meatballs for you [S] 36 Animal that’s cute, fuzzy, lazy and gray [E] 37 ___ for “Ricky Bubwick” (apparently a name that Sid just made up) 38 Everyone [S] 39 Toilet paper layer 43 Turns evil or moldy [E] 44 Remote control car part [S] 45 Tag situations? [S] 46 Looks rudely 49 Enjoys, as food [S] 50 “Understood” [S] 51 Marks that are lines [S] 53 Popular [E] 56 Parents “who do puzzled goodness” [S] 1 Type of wild “kitty-kitty” :) [E] 57 Brickell whose band is the 2 Type of lizard in “Sing” [E] New Bohemians 3 Horse’s mesh protection 58 “There ought to be ___” against pests, maybe 59 It may be parallel [E] 4 Sinn ___ (Irish political 60 Olympic hurdler/bobsledder movement) Jones 5 Spike thrown in the road to 62 Drinks that are alcoholic [S] stop robbers [S] 65 “Waterfalls” trio 6 “___ was saying ...” [E] ©2020 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@jonesincrosswords.com) For answers to this puzzle, call: 1-900-226-2800, 99 cents per 7 Like show horses’ feet minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-6558 “___ Danger” (Nickelodeon 6548. Reference puzzle #1011 show) [E] LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION: 9 Quaint stores (you’d think, based on how they’re spelled) 10 Piece that goes on the floor [S] 11 Queen in Arendelle [E] 12 Water drop sound [E] 13 “Auld Lang ___” 18 Something said in an “argument party” [S] 22 Teacher’s helper [E] 25 Region with Legoland, informally [S] 29 Dislikes [S]


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LEGALS will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the a u t h o r i t y. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court a s f o l l o w s : 0 1 / 2 8 / 2 0 2 1 AT 9:00 a.m. Dept: 5 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA C O U N T Y O F 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 Box 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 a p p e a r a n c e m a y b e i n p e r s o n o r b y y o u r a t t o r n e y. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a c o n t i n g e n t c re d i t o r o f t h e decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal re p re s e n t a t i v e a p p o i n t e d b y the court within the later of e i t h e r ( 1 ) f o u r m o n t h s f ro m the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal re p re s e n t a t i v e , a s d e f i n e d i n section 58 (b) of the California P ro b a t e C o d e , o r ( 2 ) 6 0 d a y s f ro m t h e d a t e o f m a i l i n g o r personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of t h e C a l i f o r n i a P ro b a t e C o d e . Other California statutes and legal authority may affect y o u r r i g h t s a s a c re d i t o r. Yo u may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in 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 k e p t b y t h e c o u r t . I f y o u a re a p e r s o n i n t e re s t e d i n t h e 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 a s p ro v i d e d i n P ro b a t e C o d e Section 1250. A Request for Special notice form is

a v a i l a b l e f ro m t h e c o u r t c l e r k . Attorney for Petitioner: Paul K . S m i t h 8 0 0 W i l s h i re B l v d . , Suite 800 Los Angeles, CA 90017; (213) 613‑2385. Published Dec 24, 31 2020. Jan 7 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: AIZIA at 726 C h e l h a m Wa y S a n t a B a r b a r a , C A 9 3 1 0 8 ; J a m i e B Wa t s o n ( s a m e a d d re s s ) T h i s b u s i n e s s is conducted by an Individual S i g n e d : J a m i e Wa t s o n F i l e d with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 23, 2020. This statement e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002864. Published: Dec 3, 10, 17, 24 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME 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 ) i s / a re d o i n g b u s i n e s s a s : N E W M O O N AY U RV E D A ACADEMY at 409 East Sola Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Christian M Tixier 2523 Ferdinand Avenue Honolulu, HI 96822; Jennifer A Ay e r s 4 0 9 E a s t S o l a S t re e t Santa Barbara, CA 93101; D a n i e l G G o o d 2 5 2 3 F e rd i n a n d Av e n u e H o n o l u l u , H I 9 6 8 2 2 This business is conducted by an General Partnership Signed: Jennifer Ayres Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 20, 2020. This statement e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002847. Published: Dec 3, 10, 17, 24 2020.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: BEGA/US, BEGA‑US, BEGA at 1000 Bega Way Carpinteria, CA 93013; Bega North America, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: Don K i n d e rd i c k Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 18, 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: 2020‑0002833. Published: Dec 3, 10, 17, 24 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: 805 POOLS at 601 E. Micheltorena St. Unit #71 Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Ronald D Birdsall (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Ronald D Birdsall Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 4, 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: 2020‑0002736. Published: Dec 3, 10, 17, 24 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CARIBOU PRESS at 322 Ocean Walk Lane Goleta, CA 93117; Paul Parsons (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Paul Parsons Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 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: 2020‑0002885. Published: Dec 3, 10, 17, 24 2020.

AVISO DE FONDOS DISPONIBLES LA CIUDAD DE GOLETA INVITA SOLICITUDES PARA EL AÑO FISCAL 2021-2022 FINANCIACIÓN A TRAVÉS DEL PROGRAMA DE SUBVENCIONES DE LA CIUDAD Y PROGRAMA FEDERAL DE SUBVENCIONES EN BLOQUE PARA EL DESARROLLO COMUNITARIO (CDBG) La Ciudad de Goleta está aceptando solicitudes para subvenciones a través de su Programa “Goleta City Grant Program” y Programa Federal de Subvenciones en Bloque para el Desarrollo Comunitario (CDBG, por sus siglas en inglés). Las solicitudes de subvenciones estarán disponibles a partir del 18 de diciembre de 2020 y deberán enviarse electrónicamente a través de “ZoomGrants” antes de las 5:00 pm el lunes, 1 de febrero 2021. La Ciudad ya no aceptará solicitudes en papel. Visite el sitio web de la Ciudad de Goleta (tinyurl.com/goletagrant) para obtener un enlace a la solicitud en línea. Para el año fiscal 2021-2022, aproximadamente $130,000 en financiación está disponible para los servicios cívicos, proyectos comunitarios, actividades culturales, programas educativos y eventos especiales que son de beneficio para los residentes de Goleta. Los fondos federales CDBG tienen que ser utilizados para proporcionar servicios públicos a las personas sin hogar y de bajos a moderados ingresos residentes de Goleta. REQUERIMIENTOS PARA FINANCIACIÓN DE SUBVENCIONES 1. Todos los programas y actividades deben beneficiar a los residentes de Goleta. 2. Programas y actividades deben ser patrocinados por organizaciones sin fines de lucro o agencias gubernamentales. 3. Categorías de programas y actividades elegibles para subvenciones incluyen: a. Proyectos o servicios cívicos patrocinados por organizaciones comunitarias de Goleta b. Actividades culturales (por ejemplo, música, arte, danza, recreación, etc.) c. Programas educativos d. Eventos especiales e. Proyectos regionales que benefician a los residentes de Goleta f. Servicios públicos que benefician a los residentes de Goleta (por ejemplo, servicios para ancianos, programas para jóvenes, servicios de salud, servicios para personas sin hogar, etc.) Las preguntas relacionadas con la financiación y / o solicitudes de subvenciones para las aplicaciones también pueden ser dirigidas a Jaime Valdez, Departamento de Servicios Comunitarios y Seguridad Pública, en jvaldez@cityofgoleta.org o al (805) 961-7568. Publique: Santa Bárbara Independent, el jueves, 24 de diciembre de 2020 36


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) is/are doing business as: HOME CONTROLSOLUTIONS, HCS S E C U R I T Y, HOME CONTROL SYSTEMS at 1029 Chino St Santa Barbara, CA 93101; PhiipClough, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: Philip Clough Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 13, 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: 2020‑0002801. Published: Dec 3, 10, 17, 24 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) is/ are doing business as: L A PA L O M A C A F E a t 7 0 2 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Acme 702 Anacapa Street LLC (same address) This business is conducted by an Limited Liability Company Signed: Charlotte Villanueva Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 13, 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: 2020‑0002808. Published: Dec 3, 10, 17, 24 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) is/are doing business as: BANK OF YOUTH at 632 Meigs Road Santa Barbara, CA 93109; Emilie Khalil Elzein (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Emilie Elzein Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 1, 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: 2020‑0002905. Published: Dec 10, 17, 24, 31 2020

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: SYMMETRY EQUINE SPORTS MASSAGE T H E R A P Y, STEP A W AY FROM THE CLASSROOM, LETTER PERFECT LEGAL TRANSCRIPT PROOFREADING at 4556 Auhay Dr Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Lindsay A. Woodard (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Lindsay A. Woodard Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 18, 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: 2020‑0002826. Published: Dec 10, 17, 24, 31 2020 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) is/are d o i n g b u s i n e s s a s : C O T TA G E VIRTUAL CARE at 400 West Pueblo Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation S i g n e d : K r i s t i n Tu f v e s s o n Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 1, 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: 2020‑0002903. Published: Dec 10, 17, 24, 31 2020 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ROOMS & GARDENS at 924 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 9 3 1 0 1 ; J a m i Vo u l g a r i s ( s a m e address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Jami Vo u l g a r i s Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 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: 2020‑0002894. Published: Dec 10, 17, 24, 31 2020

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: REED INTERIORS at 590 E Gutierrez Street Suite B Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Reed Floors Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: Myriam Doussineau Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 4, 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: 2020‑0002931. Published: Dec 10, 17, 24, 31 2020

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: SB SCOOPERS at 1016 E Canon Perdido St. D Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Michael C Ledesma (same address) Alyssa P Davey (same address) This business is conducted by an General Partnership Signed: Michael Ledesma Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 24, 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: 2020‑0002877. Published: Dec 17, 24, 31 2020. Jan 7 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) is/are d o i n g b u s i n e s s a s : PA C I F I C RIM RESEARCH at 660 Ta b o r L a n e S a n t a B a r b a r a , CA 93108; Joseph Brian Dewitt (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Joseph Brian Dewitt Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 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: 2020‑0002880. Published: Dec 10, 17, 24, 31 2020

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) is/are doing business as: 2Y3X NA WEST at 1130 Arbolado Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Jim B Sterne (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Jim Sterne Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 7, 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: 2020‑0002947. Published: Dec 17, 24, 31 2020. Jan 7 2021.


FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: GOODLAND LITTLE SCHOOL at 318 Daytona Drive Goleta, CA 93117; Megumi N. Wright (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Megumi Wright Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 19, 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: 2020‑0002838. Published: Dec 17, 24, 31 2020. Jan 7 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) is/are d o i n g b u s i n e s s a s : PA C K MULE MOVERS & STORAGE LLC at 309 Palm Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Pack Mule Movers & Storage (same address) This business is conducted by an Limited Liability Company Signed: Junior F Drew Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 10, 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: 2020‑0002966. Published: Dec 17, 24, 31 2020. Jan 7 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE POWER OF N E W, W E S T COAST KITE LIFE at 1201 Alta Vista Rd, 307 Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Samuel T Robinson III (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Samuel T Robinson III Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 9, 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: 2020‑0002959. Published: Dec 17, 24, 31 2020. Jan 7 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: S U N T E R R A R E A LT Y a t 7 9 6 E. Haley St Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Hilda Perez Sanchez (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Hilda P Sanchez Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 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: 2020‑0002878. Published: Dec 17, 24, 31 2020. Jan 7 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) is/are doing business as: RAINE KAILEE HAIR at 1924 De La Vina St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Raine K Lester 4280 Calle Real #74 Santa Barbara, CA 93110 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Raine Lester Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 09, 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: 2020‑0002961. Published: Dec 17, 24, 31 2020. Jan 7 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) is/ are doing business as: LORENA’S CLEANING at 4400 Carpinteria Ave Spc 25 Carpinteria, CA 93013; Lorena L Pantaleon (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Lorena L Pantaleon Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 07, 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 9 4 0 . Published: Dec 17, 24, 31 2020. Jan 7 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) is/are doing business as: BLOOM at 1603 Garden St. A Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Zachary King (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Z a c h a r y T. K i n g F i l e d with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 09, 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 9 5 7 . Published: Dec 17, 24, 31 2020. Jan 7 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: LOMPOC SHOCKWAVES at 201 Somerset Pl. Lompoc, CA 93436; Casey H Brooks (same address) Angela R Brooks (same address) This business is conducted by an Married Couple Signed: Angela Brooks Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 19, 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 8 3 9 . Published: Dec 17, 24, 31 2020. Jan 7 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) is/are doing business as: FENNELL SIBLINGS PARTNERSHIP at 6457 Camino Viviente Goleta, CA 93117; Mark T Fennell (same address) Stephen J Fennell 2432 Calle Soria Santa Barbara, CA 93109 This business is conducted by an General Partnership Signed: Mark Fennell Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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 9 9 2 . Published: Dec 24, 31 2020. Jan 7, 14 2021.


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LEGALS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) is/ are doing business as: BALANCED COLLEGE PLANNING at 890 Serenidad Place Santa Barbara, CA 93117; Presidio Enterprises (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: Patrick Carpenter Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 11, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002974. Published: Dec 24, 31 2020. Jan 7, 14 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) is/are doing business as: JEWISH F E D E R AT I O N O F G R E AT E R S A N TA B A R B A R A a t 5 2 4 Chapala Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: Cynthia Silverman Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 24, 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: 2020‑0002874. Published: Dec 24, 31 2020. Jan 7, 14 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) is/are doing business as: MOTHER H U B B A R D ’ S R E S TA U R A N T at 373 Ave of the Flags Buellton, CA 93427; Chad M Lorge 474 Farmland Dr Buellton. CA 93427 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Chad Lorge Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 8, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0002951. Published: Dec 24, 31 2020. Jan 7, 14 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person(s) is/ are doing business as: VERANOBYVICTORIA at 7399 Davenport Road Unit A Goleta, CA 93117; Summer V Windsor (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Summer Windsor Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 10, 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: 2020‑0002965. Published: Dec 24, 31 2020. Jan 7, 14 2021.

NAME CHANGE IN THE M AT T E R OF THE A P P L I C AT I O N OF GLORIA BERET JUNA WESOLOWSKI ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 20CV04017 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: GLORIA BERET JUNA WESOLOWSKI TO: JUNA BERET WESOLOWSKI 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 aooear 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 withouta hearing. Notice of Hearing Feb 5, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 4, Courthouse, S A N TA BARBARA SUPERIOR COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this c o u n t y, a t l e a s t o n c e e a c h week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Dec 07, 2020. by Donna D. Geck. of the Superior Court. Published. Dec 24, 31 2020. Jan 7, 14 2021. 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 A D A M BRIAN PA S S WAT E R ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 20CV04092 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: ADAM BRIAN PA S S W AT E R TO: AT O M MUSIC PA S S W AT E R 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 aooear 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 withouta hearing. Notice of Hearing Feb 9, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 3, Courthouse, S A N TA BARBARA SUPERIOR COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this c o u n t y, a t l e a s t o n c e e a c h week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Dec 18, 2020. by T h o m a s P. Anderle. of the Superior Court. Published. Dec 24, 31 2020. Jan 7, 14 2021.




SUPERIOR COURT OF THE S TAT E O F C A L I F O R N I A COUNTY OF S A N TA BARBARA Case No. 20PR00447 In re the matter of: Douglas A. Bryson S u r v i v o r ’s Tr u s t u n d e r t h e B r y s o n F a m i l y Tr u s t dated May 24, 2001, as amended and restated on August 23, 2013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the creditors and contingent creditors of the above‑named decedent, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Santa Barbara County Superior Court, located at 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, and whose mailing address i s P. O B o x 2 1 1 0 7 , S a n t a Barbara, California 93121‑1107, and deliver pursuant to Section 1215 of the California Probate Code a copy to Carolyn J. Street a/k/a C a ro l y n S t re e t ‑ Va d n a i s , a s successor trustee of the trust dated May 24, 2001, as amended and restated on August 23, 2013, wherein the decedent w a s t h e s e t t l o r, c / o J e f f D a u g h e r t y, E s q . , L a b o r d e & D a u g h e r t y, 9 2 4 A n a c a p a S t r e e t , S u i t e 1 ‑ T, S a n t a Barbara, California 93101, within the later of four months after December 10, 2020 (the date of the first publication of notice t o c r e d i t o r s ) o r, i f n o t i c e is mailed or personally delivered to you, 60 days after the date this notice is mailed or personnally delivered to you. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt r e q u e s t e d . J e f f D a u g h e r t y, Esq. Attorney for Carolyn J. Street a/k/a Carolyn S t re e t ‑ Va d n a i s S u c c e s s o r Tr u s t e e ; Laborde & Daugherty 924 Anacapa Street, Suite 1‑T Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 963‑4567 Published Dec 10, 17, 24, 31 2020.



IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF C A LV I N E . B U S C H & H E L E N ROSE BUSCH Upon the Petition of CALCIN E. BUSCH P e t i t i o n e r, and Concerning HELEN ROSE BUSCH Respondent. CASE NO. CDDM004330 ORIGINAL NOTICE TO THE ABOVE R E S P O N D E N T:


Yo u a r e n o t i f i e d t h a t a petition has been filed in the office of the clerk of this court naming you as the Respondent in this action. A copy of the petition (and any docuuments filed with it) are attched to this notice. The attorney for the Petitioner is John Mossman, whose address

is 122 E. 4th Street, Vinton, Iowa 52349. T h a t a t t o r n e y ’s t e l e p h o n e number is (319) 472‑2396 and facsimile number is (319) 472‑2852. Yo u m u s t s e r v e a m o t i o n or answer witin 20 days after service of this original notice upon you and, within a reasonable t i m e t h e r e a f t e r, f i l e y o u r motion or answer with the Clerk of Court for Benton C o u n t y, a t t h e c o u n t y courthouse in Vinton, Iowa. If you do not, judgment by default may be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. If you need asstance to participate in court due t o a d i s a b i l i t y, c a l l y o u r district ADA coordinator at (319) 398‑3920 Ext. 1105. Persons who are hearing or speech impaired may call Relay Iowa TTY (1‑800‑735‑2942). Disability coordinators cannot provide legal advice.

la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefonica o una audiencia de la corte no basta para protegerio. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar ordenes que afecten la custodia de sus hijos. La corte tambien le puede ordenar que pague manutencion de los hijos, honorarios y costos legales. Para asesoramiento legal, pongase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener informacion para encontrar un abogado en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www. sucorte.ca.gov), en el sitio web de los Servicios

en parte o por completo, las cuotas y costos de la corte previamente exentos a peticion de usted o de la otra parte. CASE NO: 20FL02035 The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de la corte es) SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR C O U R T, 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA 9 3 1 2 1 ‑ 1 1 0 7 . A N A C A PA The name, address, and telephone number o f p l a i n t i f f ’s a t t o r n e y, or plaintiff without an a t t o r n e y, i s : L i b r a d a Gallardo Pantoja 222 South Voluntario Street, Apt D Santa Barbara, CA 93103 805‑318‑0727 D AT E : D e c 1 5 , 2 0 2 0 . By Nicolette Barnard, Deputy Published Dec 24, 31 2020. Jan 7, 14 2021.


SUMMONS S U M M O N S (PARENTAGE‑Custody a n d S u p p o r t ) C I TA C I O N (Parternidad‑Custodia y Manutencion) NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Name)(Aviso Al Demandad (Nombre): IGNACIO O LV E R A JIMENEZ Y O U H AV E B E E N S U E D . Read the information below and on the next page (Lo han demandado. Lea la informacion a continuacion y en la pagina siguiente). P E T I T I O N E R ’ S NAME (Nombre del demandante): LIBRADA G A L L A R D O PA N T O J A Yo u h a v e 3 0 c a l e n d a r days after this summons and petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL‑120 or FL‑270) at the court and have a copy s e r v e d o n t h e p e t i t i o n e r. A l e t t e r, p h o n e c a l l , o r court appearance will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your right to custody of your children. Yo u m a y a l s o b e o r d e r e d to pay child support and attorney fees and costs. For legal advice, contact a lawyer i m m e d i a t e l y. Get help finding a lawyer at the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courts.ca.gov/ selfhelp), at the California Legal Services website (www.lawhelpca.org) or by contacting you local county bar association. Notice: The restraining order on page 2 remains in effect against each parent until the petition is dismissed, a judgement is entered, or the court makes further orders. this order is enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement office who has received or seen a copy of it. Fee Waiver: If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. The court may order you to pay back all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for you o r t h e o t h e r p a r t y. Tiene 30 dias de calendario despues de haber recibido la entrega legal de sesta Citacion y Peticion para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL‑120 or FL‑270) ante

Legales de California ( w w w . l a w h e l p c a . org) o poniendose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado. AVISO: La Orden de proteccion que aparecen en la pagina 2 continuara en vigencia en cuanto a cada parte hasta que se emita un fallo final, se despida la peticion o la corte de otras ordenes. Cualquier agencia del orden publico que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas orden puede hacerla acatar en cualquier lugar de California. Exencion de Cuotas: Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario un formulario de exencion de cuotas. La corte puede ordenar que usted pague, ya sea

The City of Goleta is accepting applications for grant funding through its Goleta City Grant Program and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The application process is combined for both programs and will open on December 18, 2020. Applications must be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, February 1, 2021. The City will no longer be accepting paper applications. Visit the City of Goleta’s website (tinyurl. com/goletagrant) for a link to the online application. For Fiscal Year 2021-2022, approximately $130,000 in funding is available for civic services, community projects, cultural activities, educational programs and special events that are of benefit to the residents of the City of Goleta. CDBG funding must be used to provide public services to the homeless and low- to moderate-income residents of Goleta. GRANT FUNDING REQUIREMENTS 1. All programs and activities must benefit Goleta residents. 2. Programs and activities must be sponsored by non-profit organizations or governmental agencies. 3. Categories of programs and activities eligible for grants include: a. Civic projects or services sponsored by Goleta community organizations b. Cultural activities (e.g. music, art, dance, recreation, etc.) c. Educational programs d. Special events e. Regional projects of benefit to Goleta residents f. Public services benefiting Goleta residents (e.g. senior services, youth programs, health services, services for the homeless, etc.) Questions regarding the grant application and funding process should be directed to Claudia Dato, Neighborhood Services and Public Safety Department, at cdato@cityofgoleta.org or (805) 961-7558 (leave message for return call). Publish: Santa Barbara Independent on Thursday, December 24, 2020 ORDINANCE NO. 20-12 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL, OF THE CITY OF GOLETA, CALIFORNIA, ADDING CHAPTER 2.15 TO THE GOLETA MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROVIDE FOR MAYORAL APPOINTMENTS TO CITY AND REGIONAL BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, AND AMENDING CHAPTERS 2.08, 2.09, 2.11, 2.12, 2.13, AND 2.14 FOR CONSISTENCY On December 15, 2020, at the Goleta City Hall, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, California, the City Council of the City of Goleta (“City”) conducted the second reading and adopted an ordinance that would codify the interim process for mayoral appointments of members of the public to City and regional boards, commissions and committees established shortly after the 2018 municipal election. The City Council of the City of Goleta passed and adopted Ordinance No. 20-12 at a regular meeting held on the 15th day of December 2020, by the following roll call vote: AYES:








The Ordinance will be effective 31 days from the date of adoption. Any interested person may obtain a copy of the ordinance by emailing the City Clerk’s Office, cityclerkgroup@cityofgoleta.org, or by calling City Hall at (805) 961-7505. Publish:

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