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January 22, 2021

Commemorates 48 years since the Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, established the legal right to an abortion.

Yet nearly half a century later, abortion is a right in name only, because access largely depends on someone’s income, race, and ZIP code. Since 2011, more than 480 abortion restrictions have been enacted across the country. For many people, abortion access is already out of reach. As we mark Roe’s 48th anniversary, we acknowledge that the legal right to abortion is not enough. It’s time to fight for policies that create a world in which we have full control over our health, our bodies, and our lives. We must ensure that reproductive freedom is a reality for every person.

Together, we pledge to protect and expand access to safe, legal abortion in 2021. Array of Life Services

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Emily Adams & Peter Smith Kate Adams Dawn Addis Natalia Alarcon Nancy Alexander Stephanie Alexich-Clark Elena & Tim Anderson The Armdoggies Rev. Mark Asman & Bill Wood Judith Barat Deb Barringer Lexi & Matt Beausoleil Emily Benaron Assemblymember Steve Bennett Leslie, Ashish, Lane & Chris Bhutani Janet Blevins & Gary Smith Carrie Bluth E J Borah Eileen Boris BL Borovay & George Relles Hailey B. Heather Brophy Marell Brooks Rev. Dr. Tim Burnette Lois & Laura Capps Gina Carbajal & Congressman Salud Carbajal Alicia Carducci Nora Casey Carolyn Chandler Eloisa Chavez Heidi Chesley Keith & Neil Coffman-Grey Rabbi Stephen & Marian Cohen Peter & Paulina Conn Margaret Connell Jen Cooper Sharon Cox Shelby Cripe Katie David Nancy & Roger Davidson Susan Christol-Deacon & Jim Deacon Barbie Deutsche

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Started last September to highlight economic resiliency during the pandemic, Downtown Business Spotlight—the Independent’s virtual collaboration with the Downtown Santa Barbara organization—continues into 2021. Last week, the “Side Street Stars” episode featured restaurateurs Mitchell Sjerven of bouchon, Tony Arroyo of Los Arroyos, and Ruben Perez of Black Sheep discussing the advantages and disadvantages of their locations with our Senior Editor Matt Kettmann. This week, Kettmann hops back on to interview hoteliers Warren Nocon of Hotel Californian, Chris Cline of the Canary Hotel, and Paul Bullock of the Eagle Inn about “Heads in Beds” at 3 p.m., on Thursday, January 21. And on January 28, Kettmann returns again to talk about “Cuisines of Many Cultures” with Ninder Josan of Apna, Daniel Yoshimi and Jennifer Yannella of Brasil Arts Café, and Charlotte Andersen of Andersen’s Danish Bakery & Restaurant. Heading into February, topics include finance, tasting rooms, and experiential travel. See old episodes and the upcoming schedule at independent.com/spotlight.


In light of Governor Newsom’s Regional Stay-Home-Order, please know, your health is our top priority and

Sansum Clinic remains open to care for you at this time.

Sansum Clinic Celebrates 100 years of Medical Excellence 1921-2021

Throughout our history, Sansum Clinic has not just cared about our patients, we care about healthcare. Today, Sansum Clinic has more than 200 physicians in over 30 specialties, working collaboratively to help our patients live their healthiest life. INDEPENDENT.COM

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JAN. 14-21, 2021



Vaccinations for 65+: Not There Yet

342 New Cases, Total of 2,465 Active Cases Countywide by Delaney Smith hose 65 and older have a little while longer to wait if they live in Santa Barbara County and want to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Though Governor Gavin Newsom announced last week that seniors 65 and older are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Santa Barbara County just isn’t there yet. The county has so far administered 17,032 doses of the vaccine, or about 44 percent of the total 38,075 doses allocated to it. And it is in the midst of organizing the vaccine effort and acquiring enough doses to meet the demand. “If you’re not currently eligible to be vaccinated, please know that we’re working on your phase,” Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso said. “We are actively working to make sure you get vaccinated as soon as more vaccines are available.”


Right now, the order of priority puts patient-facing health-care workers first with those 75 and older following close behind. Both groups are currently getting vaccines now. Those who are 65 and older as well as those in childcare, grocery, agriculture, and emergency services are next in line to receive their vaccines. Those looking for information about their eligibility for vaccines can dial 2-1-1. If you are over 75, you can make an appointment at the vaccination information site at publichealthsbc.com. Paige Batson, deputy director for the Public Health Department, also gave an update on the possible bad batch of the Moderna vaccine, which the state requested healthcare providers stop using. The batch reportedly created allergic side effects in six out of the thousands of people who

received it. This batch has been distributed to 287 providers in the state with no reports of any other clusters or individual reactions. “Santa Barbara County received 3,900 doses of this particular Moderna lot number,” Batson said. “All providers who have received this allocation reported that none have been administered.” Batson also reported that other variants in the virus have begun to pop up all over the world. She said that the first variant, identified as B.1.1.7 in the United Kingdom, has been characterized as spreading more easily and quickly than other variants, though it isn’t more deadly. That variant, and other mutations, are close to home but not seen in Santa Barbara County. “The newest variant, L452R, has been detected in several counties in the state,” Batson said. “That includes Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. It’s too early to tell how prevalent that variant is or if it’ll spread more rapidly than others.” The vaccines and virus variants are coming at a time when Santa Barbara County is still facing all-time COVID19 highs. Do-Reynoso could only describe the first week of 2021’s data as “very elevated and concerning, although somewhat stable.” In other words, numbers are remaining high, but they’re not shooting up any more. The positivity rate, currently 16 percent, is the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests in the county divided by all the tests administered overall. The adjusted case rate, which increased by one percent, is the number of new cases per day for every 100,000 residents of the county averaged over a week. That now stands at 89.3. As of press time there are 342 new cases, for a total of 2,465 active cases. This week, five more people died as a result of the virus, and 205 are hospitalized from it — 49 of whom are in an intensive care unit. The county has a zero percent adjusted intensive-care-unit capacity. This does not necessarily mean that there are zero ICU beds because the state uses a formula to allow bed space for nonCOVID patients. However, it does mean that hospitals are preparing to operate in crisis-care mode and have a plan in place for making decisions like rationing resources and staff or having to choose between giving one ventilator to two n patients who need it.


S.B. Shortchanged of COVID Relief Funds


he state auditor said Tuesday that California’s finance department has massively shortchanged smaller counties, including Santa Barbara, of federal COVID-19 relief funds. A report issued by State Auditor Elaine Howle concluded that the methodology used to distribute $1.3 billion in funding gave a disproportionate amount to California’s 16 most populous counties, with relief totals amounting to $190 per resident in those areas compared to $102 per person in the 42 smaller counties. While California received a total $15.3 billion in CARES Act assistance — most of which went directly from the federal government to cities and counties, or from the state Legislature to schools — the report focused on the $1.3 billion state officials were then responsible for doling out.

The report also rebutted the finance department’s explanation for the uneven disbursement—officials claimed bigger communities had higher virus transmission rates and therefore needed more money. “Based on the COVID-19 case data for all counties, the needs of many small counties, as reflected in case rates, were at least the same if not greater DISPROPORTIONATE: The above graphic from the auditor’s report shows how some small counties had COVID-19 case than the needs of large rates as high or higher than large counties yet received less funding per person. counties,” the report says. Jeff Frapwell with Santa Barbara County’s Executive Office said allocate the [Coronavirus Relief Fund] funding passed through the Tuesday that he’d reviewed Howle’s findings. “We concur with the State,” he said. “We are hopeful that any future financial aid from Auditor’s conclusion that California counties with populations the federal government in support of our response to the current under 500,000 were disadvantaged by the methodology used to pandemic be allocated on a more equitable basis.” —Tyler Hayden

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HITTING PAUSE: After six people in the state had allergic reactions to a batch of the Moderna vaccine, all health entities in the state receiving these doses have agreed to a “temporary pause.”

Demand for Vaccine Growing, Supply ‘Uncertain’

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With Governor Gavin New- starting date for vaccinating the 75-and-up som’s announcement last Wednesday that bracket “byAat FAMILIA least one week, ” Ransohoff *DEage FAMILIA class starts April 6, 2021; Contact Maria Perez, mperez@t-mha.org, 805-441-3325 COVID vaccines would now be distributed stated. As for vaccinating its 9,000 patients to everyone age 65 and older, phones at ages 65-74, he said, that’s a matter of supSansum’s 22 clinics throughout Santa Bar- ply and demand. And right now, Ransohoff bara County started ringing off the hook. cautioned, demand for the vaccine is growSansum was still scrambling to figure out ing dramatically while the supply is becomthe logistics to begin vaccinating its 12,000 ing “much more uncertain.” Sansum will continue to provide vacpatients who are 75 and older. The soonest that could start, Sansum CEO Kurt Ranso- cines in the meantime, but the “pause” will hoff reckoned, was January 20. As far as the hamper Sansum’s ability to ramp up to meet 65-and-up cohort, Ransohoff stated, “Just the growing demand. To put this number because the governor says something’s in perspective, Sansum now administers available doesn’t make it so.” The availability 500-800 vaccines during its Saturday vacof vaccines, Ransohoff stressed, was “very cination clinics held at its Las Pesetas Lane tenuous.” facility. Helping Sansum cope with this hicAll that Ransohoff said early this Monday cup, County Public Health is providing 500 afternoon. By early Tuesday morning, the doses. situation for Sansum and Ransohoff had The delay isn’t all bad, Ransohoff noted. grown much more tenuous. “It is a sign that our safety systems work,” A large batch of 330,000 Moderna vac- he said. “One single site has experienced a cines delivered to 287 sites throughout slight increase in reactions, and they stop California has now become the subject of everything with that lot. That is a good sign. a potential recall because six patients inoc- It’s not good that the offset of that is a delay ulated against the COVID virus at one of in administering vaccine, but it’s still a good those sites showed adverse allergic reactions thing.” within a 24-hour period. None of the six It was already problematic even withrequired hospitalization. out the Moderna safety scare. Ransohoff Of the 3,900 doses from this batch sent to pointed out that Santa Barbara health proS.B. County and the 500 of those allotted to viders first began vaccinating patients four Sansum, none have been administered. But weeks ago. That means patients vaccinated out of an “extreme abundance of caution,” with Moderna are now scheduled to receive all health entities in the state receiving these their second doses. doses have agreed to what’s described as a Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines “temporary pause.” It remains to be seen require a second dose as part of their licenswhether these doses will be cleared for use ing agreement with federal regulators. at some later date. If not, they will not be Without special dispensation from a higher CONT’D ON PAGE 6 


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—Sansum CEO Kurt Ransohoff During weekend sessions, he estimated, 20-25 staff are required. During evening sessions, he said, Sansum can get by with fewer. On Saturdays, he said, Sansum can vaccinate 45-50 patients per hour. The vaccine itself, Ransohoff stressed, is free. To date, health-care providers have not been allowed to seek compensation from insurance companies for the administrative costs. The cost of staffing registered nurses, he said, is not cheap. “It’s really pricey to do it,” he said. “But after 100 years, if we can’t help the community in the height of a pandemic like this, that would be pretty n sad.”

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After Years of Fighting, S.B. Unified Terminates Teacher by Delaney Smith n ex-Santa Barbara Unified teacher has been banned f rom te a ch i ng e ve r again following multiple allegations of misconduct and abuse toward students over the past 15 years or so. On November 30, 2020, a lawsuit was filed by Manly, Stewart & Finaldi in the County of Santa Barbara Superior Court against Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) and former teacher Matef Harmachis for, among other things, sexual battery, sexual assault, and negligent supervision, hiring, and retention. “The abuse of a student by former SBUSD teacher Matef TERMINATED: According to a recently filed lawsuit, Matef Harmachis in 2017 was reprehen- Harmachis was criminally sentenced after pleading no contest to allegations he committed sexual battery and sexual sible,” District Public Informa- harassment on a female student during school hours. tion Officer Camie Barnwell said. “He violated our trust and standards for as it could, attorney Morgan Stewart, professional conduct with students. Our representing the alleged sexual assault sympathies go out to the victim and her victim, said the district has more responfamily. The district pursued every legal sibility in the matter. avenue and California Ed code to ban Mr. “We are truly shocked by not only, of Harmachis from the classroom.” course, the behavior of Mr. Harmachis This wasn’t the first time the district but also the complete lack of responsifought to get Harmachis out of its class- bility taken by the district to look after rooms. Sixteen years earlier, in 2005, Har- and care for its student body by placing machis was never criminally charged in Mr. Harmachis in a position to sexually a case alleging physical assault and inap- batter and harass students, after it knew propriate sexual comments toward stu- and admitted that he was a danger,” said dents. The district spent over $1,000,000 Stewart. in legal fees attempting to terminate him Stewart went as far as to say that the but couldn’t because he wasn’t convicted. district continues to lack responsibility “Our parents, staff, students, and because “even now, the district continues community should understand that the to regularly invite Mr. Harmachis back district has worked diligently within the onto campus to work with students by limits of the law and state regulations virtue of his involvement with the Ethnic over the years to terminate Mr. Harma- Studies Now! Group.” It is true that Harmachis has been chis even though he was not convicted of a crime,” Barnwell said. “We were unsuc- spotted as a representative for Ethnic cessful in that effort and ultimately had to Studies Now!, a nonprofit group that reinstate him as a teacher in 2006.” aims to get ethnic studies classes as a But the effort to remove Harmachis high school graduation requirement. eventually caught up with him. The 2020 Though the district has ties to it, they’ve lawsuit alleges that in 2017, Harmachis made it clear that Harmachis is not committed sexual battery and sexual welcome. harassment on a female student during “We were shocked and concerned to school hours. This time, according to the see that Mr. Harmachis attended a meetlawsuit, he was placed under arrest, crim- ing held at the district as a member of inally charged, pleaded no contest, and the Ethnic Studies Now! nonprofit orgareceived a criminal sentence. As a result, nization,” Barnwell said. “He was not he had his teaching credential revoked by invited by anyone at the district to attend the state, and he was terminated by the this meeting. His membership in this district in March 2020. nonprofit was not within the control of The Independent reached out to Har- SBUSD. Mr. Harmachis is not welcome machis by phone and email but didn’t at any district function or on any district receive a response by publication time. campus. We have conveyed that position Though the district stands by its com- to Ethnic Studies Now! organizers in the n mitment to remove Harmachis as soon strongest terms.”


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Death in the Family Putting Names and Faces to Santa Barbarans Killed by COVID-19

by Tyler Hayden The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a terrible toll on our Santa Barbara County communities — as of this writing, 223 of our neighbors are dead. In a new series, the Independent is putting names and faces to this growing number with the purpose of conveying the human toll of the coronavirus. We feel it is important to recognize and remember these individuals as people, not just statistics. To share the story of a lost friend or loved one, contact Senior Editor Tyler Hayden at tyler@ independent.com.


Born in Los Angeles in 1924, Frank Aiello was the eldest son of Italian-American parents who operated a produce market. Upon graduating from USC in 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS La Vallette, the only American destroyer to be both torpedoed and mined in separate WWII battles. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with multiple commendations. Frank met his wife at an L.A. church, and together they had five children. He moved the family to Santa Barbara in 1962 and got a job at a CPA firm, soon after becoming an accountant for Cottage Hospital. He spent the majority of his career, however, as a CPA and the proud treasurer/manager of the Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union. He regularly treated staff to homemade spaghetti dinners. Frank loved playing tennis, taking walks, and hiking and camping, his family said. He’d sing and dance to Big Band music and play the piano on Christmas. “I am so lucky,” he would frequently tell people. “I have such a beautiful family and wonderful kids. I have lived a good life.” On August 3, 2020, Frank Aiello died of COVID-19. He was 96. At the time, he was living with dementia in a skilled nursing facility, which has experienced two outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic. Frank’s last months were difficult and con8


fusing for him, said his daughter, Carolyn Aiello, as the virus disrupted his routines. “Before the restrictions, they had regular daily group activities and Catholic church services,” Carolyn explained. “He mostly enjoyed singing and Bingo games. All of these activities stopped with COVID in March. He kept asking for us to come and pick him up because he was so bored and depressed from the lack of interaction and activity, especially since he had always been a very social person.” Frank was also seeing a bereavement counselor after the recent loss of his youngest son. Those visits had to stop, too. He had a hard time in general understanding the lockdown and its restrictions. “He was a free spirit and a WWII Navy veteran who had fought for freedom and liberty, so he didn’t understand what was going on and why he was in isolation,” said Carolyn. “Fortunately, one of my sisters was able to be with him, in full PPE, during his passing,” Carolyn continued. “We haven’t been able to have a memorial service because his brother and cousins, who are also elderly, are not able to travel to Santa Barbara due to COVID. It has been a very difficult time for them and us.” Carolyn expressed thanks for the nursing home staff “who tried to make the best of a very challenging and difficult situation.” She also extended her condolences “to the families of any other patients or staff that they may have lost, and all of those in Santa Barbara who have lost loved ones to COVID.”


On December 31, Yolanda Andrade died suddenly and unexpectedly of COVID-19. She was 74. Yolanda attended Franklin Elementary, Santa Barbara Junior High, and Santa Barbara High. “Once a Don, Always a Don,” her family said in her obituary. She took classes at SBCC before becoming a longtime phone operator for General Telephone & Electron-

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ics Corp. In her later years, she worked in the office of Zona Seca. “Yolanda was a loving mom and nana, a loyal friend to many, and an amazing woman,” her family said. On a typical weekend, you could find her at a family barbecue or at Dwight Murphy Field cheering on the San Nicolas Soccer Club. She’s survived by her three siblings, five children, 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, he family said, services for Yolanda will be private. Plans for a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

instrument. She always had an outstretched hand and a smile for everyone.” Norma died on December 30 at the age of 95 from COVID-19 complications. To honor her wishes, her family did not hold a funeral or memorial. “She wanted to be remembered as she was in life,” they said.



Norma Dockery moved from Wisconsin to Santa Barbara in the summer of 1963. Her husband and son led the way in a U-Haul. She followed in the family car with their three daughters. It took the mini-caravan seven long days to reach the coast. In addition to being an excellent baker and talented seamstress, Norma loved to read, her family said in an obituary. She enrolled in SBCC Adult Ed classes and was determined to start a career. By 1967, Norma had busted through the glass ceiling of male travel agents and opened Dockery’s Celebrity Travel of Santa Barbara. One of her daughters and a son-inlaw joined the business. So did a daughterin-law and a couple of grandsons. It was truly a family business, which expanded to a second agency in Roseville in 1993. Over the years, Norma traveled the world. She loved the adventure. At 81, the onset of dementia forced her into what she considered an early retirement. But her spirit never faded. “She never lost the sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes or her love for music, which was evident when she was visited by family and friends,” her family said. “She loved it when anyone sang to her, snapped their fingers, clapped their hands, or played an

Alberto Pinto Arciniega was born March 16, 1953. He lost his mother at a young age and started working in the 3rd grade. He immigrated to the United States “in the age of Grease,” said his son, Adrian Arciniega, “one of his favorite movies of all time.” Alberto regularly held two full-time jobs, whether it was picking fruit, cleaning dishes, clearing tables, or recycling cardboard. “He slept little but kept a positive attitude,” Adrian said. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 gave him a path to citizenship. On December 15, 2020, Alberto started feeling “off ” and light-headed, Adrian said. His doctor’s office, overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, said it was too busy to see him. Seven days later, Alberto lost his sense of taste and was having a hard time breathing. He called for an ambulance, which took an hour and a half to arrive. At the hospital, Alberto was diagnosed with COVID-19. His oxygen levels were dangerously low. Nurses strapped an oxygen mask to his face and gave him remdesivir (an antiviral medication), steroids, and something to increase his blood pressure. Every time Alberto took off his mask to eat or, because he was quarantined, speak by family by phone, he got winded and his levels dropped. By January 5, Alberto’s condition had deteriorated so badly that he was transferred to the ICU and put on a ventilator.

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Three days later, his kidneys started to fail. Doctors put him on dialysis and administered three units of blood to bring his blood pressure up. On January 8, his pupils stopped reacting to light, and he no longer had a gag reflex. That afternoon, his heart stopped. Alberto was 67. Adrian wishes everyone would wear a mask. He wonders if, at this point, 10 months into the pandemic, those who don’t could be convinced to do so. He also expressed gratitude and empathy for Santa Barbara’s overburdened health-care system. “Hospitals are full, doctors are overwhelmed, nurses are tired, and families everywhere are hurting,” he said. “My experience was difficult, but my father’s experience was unimaginable. The nurses that cried with me will have to do the same tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after.”


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Gerald Lee Walters, an American veteran, was one of those jacks-of-all-trades who could build and fix anything. When he wasn’t tinkering, his obituary says, he was enjoying his family and friends, his beer, and slot machines. Gerald died January 8 of COVID-19 at the age of 83 years in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he retired after working for 32 years as an acoustical ceiling engineer in Santa Barbara. He was preceded in death by his wife and their son. “Gerald will be missed by all who had the honor to know him,” his family said. “He never met a stranger, he was not a shy guy, and he talked to anyone who would listen. Gerald was a giver in this world.”

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Stanley Emmet Shaw’s lifelong passion for flying started at the age of 22, when he earned his pilot’s license and purchased his first plane. He spent the rest of his years as a consummate dealmaker, buying, selling, and trading planes and helicopters and living by the adage: “The one who dies with the most toys wins,” said his daughter, Sydney Shaw. Stan passed away at 85 on December 30, 2020, from complications of COVID19. He’s survived by his wife of 50 years, Norma; five children; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. After stints in aircraft sales and piloting for Frontier Airlines, Stan opened his first fixed-base operation (a private commercial business that provides services to an airport) in Fullerton, soon followed by acquisitions in Orange County and Dallas. During a family vacation to Santa Barbara in 1986, Stan announced: “This is where we’re going to live,” Sydney remembered. The Shaws happily planted roots, and Stan purchased Seacoast Yacht Sales in the harbor. He continued his work in aviation sales and financing and bought a hangar at the Camarillo Airport. “Always up for an adventure,” Sydney said, Stan lived for his annual fishing trips in his float plane, “puddle-jumping among lakes, rivers, and bays in Northern Washington, Alaska, and Canada.”



Jean Lester Marvin cared deeply for the flowers and fruit trees that bloomed in her yard overlooking the Santa Barbara Channel, just as she did for the many beloved residents she served as a former nurse for the Samarkand retirement community. Jean died November 19 at the age of 88 from Alzheimer’s disease and complications of COVID-19. “Jean enjoyed history and genealogy and cherished her friendships and family,” her family said in an obituary. “She was diligent at keeping in contact with friends and relatives, and marking occasions with her creative, homemade cards. She will be dearly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her.” n

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servative-minded, anti-choice, antiregulation, and anti-civil-rights judges appointed.

spent the last four years looking for banana peels to dance on, Wednesday morning was a good moment to be alive. Joe Biden gave serious cause for serious hope. Not the carney blarney kind, but the real kind. Something from the heart. Admittedly, I’ve always been susceptible to Biden’s undeniably Irish-Catholic schtick about hope and redemption. But I figure anyone who can quote James Joyce, riff on St. Augustine, and praise the importance of truth, all within 24 hours, while not coming across like a nauseating fraud is someone who might be able to deliver the goods. Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, got my attention the day before when I saw them speaking by the base of the Reflecting Pool leading to the Washington Monument. They were acknowledging the enormity of grief that the COVID pandemic had already caused and the oceans of tears that were yet to be shed. I was not moved so much by anything that they said as by the fact that they were so obviously moved. They were there. Compassion and empathy, by themselves, are never enough. They are, however, essential. It was a powerful display. It was an

McConnell’s contempt for Trump — America’s Il Duce — was always obvious. Trump thought he could rule simply by waving his arms about and calling people names; thankfully, he had no appetite for the discipline, hard work, and curiosity required to actually govern. That’s no doubt why he never crafted his muchpromised alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

Even in disgrace, Trump enjoys

approval ratings of 38 percent. We are told by the pollsters that 66 percent of Trump supporters believe the election was stolen. The good news, I

even more welcome departure from the four years prior.

But so too is Biden’s pledge to deliver

100 million vaccines in his first 100 days. We’ll see what he can do. But if the

last four years have demonstrated anything, it’s that competence counts. By any reckoning, Biden and Harris appear “Kamala Harris and Joe Biden” by Ben Ciccati to have assembled an extremely competors, who — we now know — have been playing bait-andtent — and seasoned — team. switch with us when it comes to vaccine inventory. The very Competence and compassion? I could get used to it. same time the feds started pushing states to vaccinate 65-yearWe all could. Earlier that same day, I had attended yet another virtual olds, it would emerge, the federal vaccine stockpile had been press conference at which beleaguered County Public Health massively depleted and was much smaller than state and administrators explained — yet again — how there aren’t county officials had been led to believe. enough vaccines for everybody.  Competence and compassion? This week, we surpassed the 400,000-death milestone. When you’re living in a war zone, we all need bulletproof Milestones, by their nature, are arbitrary markers to give vests.  meaning to the arbitrariness of despair. This one hit me. Santa For Joe Biden — the oldest man ever to be elected presiBarbara County has roughly 400,000 people. When the num- dent — and Kamala Harris — the first Black and Asian Ameriber surpasses 500,000 at the end of February — as we are told can woman to be elected vice president — I wish for them everything. Their future does not depend upon it. My present it will — it will be some other county. Looking at Biden and Harris at the Reflecting Pool — each does. It is gratifying to hear now how Senate minority leader side lined by twin rows of low-glow lamps — it was clear that they got it. Biden famously has gone down the wood-chipper Mitch McConnell has seen fit to accuse Donald Trump of proof life face first more than a few times. His story is known. voking the mob — I prefer to refer to them as a “white wilding” — by lying to them repeatedly that the election was stolen. Somehow, he managed to come out the other end. The presence of a leader like that has been sorely missing.  Perhaps such statements might embolden the 17 Republicans Our previous president — during his inaugural address necessary for impeachment to find their conscience. That four years before — spoke of “the American carnage.” In four needs to be dispatched of as quickly as possible.  years, he delivered just that. His White House spokesperson It would have been preferable had McConnell — or any of introduced the world to the concept of “alternative facts.” We the other Republicans now expressing shock over the Siege at have been living with the consequences ever since.  the Capitol — spoken up about our forced diet of alternative Meanwhile, our county health officers — getting back to facts and alternative realities over the last four years. Withthat press conference — explained they barely had enough out that, we never would have seen such an emboldened mob vaccines to start administering vaccines to people 75 years scaling the Capitol walls like a horde of fast-moving zombies, old and older, let alone people 65 years old, as they had been crapping on the Capitol floors, and occupying Capitol offices.  ordered to by state public health administrators. That state McConnell, of course, used Trump and his alternative order had, in turn, been incited by federal health administra- realities to shrewd strategic advantage, getting 234 new con10


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suppose, is that last week, the number was closer to 75 percent. Trump’s appeal will be endlessly dissected. Yes, he was a bully and wouldbe emperor. But he could also be funny. He was blessed with the gift of all demagogues — the ability to speak convincingly, angrily, and protectively for those about whom he cares not at all. If Trump was the answer, can someone tell me, what was the question? People who dismiss his supporters as merely stupid do so at their own peril.  Here’s a little factoid. For the past three years, the average life expec-

tancy in the United States has been actually declining. Drug overdoses,

suicides, and death by alcoholism and obesity have outnumbered all the lifesaving medical and regulatory advances in dealing with cancer, heart attacks, car crashes, and AIDS. Trump, it turns out, has done best in counties and states where these trends have been the worst. Joe Biden, I’m pretty certain, gets this too. Not with the angry racist demagoguery of Trump. But with pragmatic and programmatic compassion. Maybe he can help us all turn down the volume. And maybe we can create a new alternative reality in which we agree as to basic facts. Maybe I say thwat because I have to. For the moment, it feels like a new day.

Maybe it has to be. At the end of the prior president’s inauguration — the one all about “American carnage” — former president George W. Bush commented to Hillary Clinton — whom he was seated next to — “Well, that was some weird shit.” Bush also declared the wrong war against the wrong enemy at the wrong time. American troops dispatched to Baghdad sought refuge in the protection of the “Green Zone.” In order to ensure a peaceful transition of power in our country, we just erected a Green Zone in our nation’s capital. No fewer than 25,000 National Guard troops were dispatched to prevent the crawling zombies and white nationalists from attacking the proceedings. By any historical reckoning, that qualifies as “some weird shit,” too. Let’s hope and pray our Green Zone remains a temporary aberration. In the meantime, congratulations and Godspeed to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. With or without the banana peels, —Nick Welsh today is a good day to dance.




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ust a note to say thank you and let you know that Tyler Hayden’s piece “Taken Too Soon” put names and faces to those lost by COVID-19 and touches my heart. I read the Independent daily but not the obits because I am personally not affected. But today, you are pointing out that I am affected by the COVID-19 numbers. Familiar faces of people I have known or their family members that I didn’t know have passed. Maybe others will appreciate similar messages that, yes, those numbers have faces that matter, and just sometimes it is someone you’ve crossed paths with in your lifetime. Today, mine is Al Reese. I didn’t know otherwise of his passing. —Daisy Beamon, S.B.

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r. Ben Diener’s piece, “The Grim Truth of COVID-19,” is excellent, I felt, except for one omission that seems to be quite common in such articles. We need more information on how common are cases where healthy people show long-lasting effects and physical damage. Without some sense of that, it’s easy for those who wish to consider the condition no big deal, except for old folks, to look at people, e.g., Trump or Christie, who appear to have emerged intact. If you’re in denial, there are supportive arguments that might crumble if a substantial percentage of patients are revealed to have ongoing difficulties. —Kenneth Rubenstein, Goleta

Dr. Diener replies: n astute observation and excellent point. The phenomenon known as Long COVID Syndrome or Long-Haul COVID (patients are known colloquially as “long-haulers”) is well-described, but neither well-defined nor well-understood. It is suspected to be the result of an immune-inflammatory response, but its true etiology remains unclear. Interestingly, it affects not only those with severe disease but also those with mild and moderate cases as well. As the science remains in its infancy, the actual number of long-haulers remains a mystery — although data are slowly emerging. In an October article from the journal Clinical of Microbi-


ology and Infection, about two-thirds of patients with non-severe disease experienced continued symptoms two months following onset of COVID-19 symptoms. Even in younger patients ages 18 to 34, a September WHO telephone study noted prolonged symptoms in as many as 20 percent of its respondents. Certainly there can be a myriad of confounding variables making studying this condition all the more challenging. The answer to your query is not clear, although it will be clarified in years to come. What is clear is that avoidance and vaccination present a better alternative than even a mild case of COVID-19.

State Street Debate Santa Barbarans have nothing if not opinions on State Street, as the Facebook commentary on “State Street Saviors?” attests, a few of which were new: Federico Hill Ventura’s Main Street and San Luis Obispo’s intact, still-charming California 1920s-era downtown sectors are vital precisely because our “bigbrained branding experts” like 1920s-era Pearl Chase, George Washington Smith, and Bernhard Hoffman never put failing chain stores or a white-elephant dead mall in the middle of their historic downtown—a historic center that put us on the map as a destination in the first place for decades. Neal Graffy The city brought the big chain idea to downtown because S.B. shoppers were flocking to the big chain stores in Ventura and Thousand Oaks. The original idea was to turn State Street into a “mall” by putting anchor stores at opposite ends—the first was to be the Bullock’s at State and Victoria, the other Macy’s at Ortega. That proposal was defeated in 1983 in a vote that was only “advisory.” Paseo Nuevo was built seven years later without any proposal for voters. Another problem for State Street was the familyrun stores everyone had loved for years were closing. The owners were retiring, the kids were not interested in running the business. Keeping it “local” is a great idea, but the community will have to be willing to give up online shopping, the Camino Real Marketplace, and Ventura County malls. Also factor in how to pay State Street rent, insurance, employees, taxes, and make enough profit to make it worthwhile for the owners. Sarah Reed Farmer All of my favorite businesses were never on State Street. I’m not sure what the obsession is about State Street. What about saving the rest of S.B.’s struggling small businesses?


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obituaries Carol Beatrice Hoffman DeCanio Abeles 1/13/1943 - 12/26/2020

Carol was the daughter of George and Sophie Hoffman—people who believed in compassion, activism, creativity, family, and their Jewish religion. She grew up in San Francisco when September was the month for tourists and where going downtown required wearing gloves, but never white shoes. Throughout Carol’s life, she wrote poetry. In fourth grade she wrote a poem with the line “finding love in the bushes of sin.” After a grueling–What did you mean by that?–interrogation by her lawyer father, she surmised that words must have a lot of power. Her poems appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and broadsides. She was invited to give many poetry readings and was the recipient of the Individual Award in Poetry from the Santa Barbara Arts Fund. In the exciting 1960’s, she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where her first poetry publication was in the Harvard Hillel newspaper in 1969. Her poems were displayed in the windows of her favorite bookstores— Cambridge’s Grolier’s Bookshop and San Francisco’s City Lights. While in Cambridge, she was involved in social science research. She helped develop a study design for Head Start, a then new federal program. At a consulting company, she worked on patterns of residential crime and on the effects of living in low-income housing upon children’s health. For five years, she assisted in organizing and implementing a large introductory course at Harvard’s interdisciplinary Department of Social Relations. 12


After her marriage in 1972, she lived in New Haven, Connecticut where she was on a committee of Yale faculty wives to establish the first hospice in the USA. Her research work was at the Yale-New Haven Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and at the Yale School of Nursing. Carol happily moved to Santa Barbara in 1978, where she worked at Ellwood Elementary School with learning disability students and also at UCSB for 12 years in the departments of education, psychology, and chemical engineering. During her 42 years in Santa Barbara, Carol held art shows of her photography paired with her poetry at the UCSB Faculty Club, the Sojourner Café, and at First Thursday venues. She was the poetry columnist for six years at VOICE Casa Magazine and organized poetry events, workshops, and the Santa Barbara Poetry Series. For National Poetry Month, she created displays at the Santa Barbara Public Library. Working with Mayor Marty Blum in 2005, she initiated the position of Santa Barbara Poet Laureate. Carol always loved working and being with children. She was an invited judge at many poetry competitions such as Poetry Out Loud and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. From 2007 to 2019, to celebrate National Poetry Month, she solicited and selected elementary school students’ poems for display at Chaucer’s Bookstore as well as designed, printed, and distributed posters for display at elementary schools. At Congregation B’nai B’rith, where she was an enthusiastic member, she was the Children’s Librarian for 16 years. In a life of many accomplishments, Carol was above all attached to her three sons, her four grandchildren, and the love-of-her- life— her husband Ronald Abeles. “I don’t care what the size of my life is— I just care that I make it.”

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Norma M. Dockery

7/25/1925 - 12/30/2020

Norma Dockery left this life on December 30, 2020 from complications of dementia and Covid 19. She will be deeply missed by all those who had the good fortune to know her. Norma was born on July 25, 1925 in Champagne, IL and was the oldest of 7 children born to Eula and Clarence Smith. The Smith family settled in Cudahy WI. While attending high school, she was awarded an early work permit. Norma worked early morning hours at a bakery before school and at a soda fountain after school to help support the family. With all that responsibility, she still graduated with honors at 16. She later met and married Joseph N. Dockery, M.D. and together began raising their 4 children in Racine WI. In the summer of 1963 the family relocated to Santa Barbara, CA. Norma drove the family car with her 3 daughters and the family dog while following the U-Haul van driven by Joe and her son across the country. It was a long car journey especially for Norma who did not like driving on highways and freeways. She was more than happy to end the 7-day journey in Santa Barbara. Norma was an intelligent and beautiful woman. She loved being a mother but was also an excellent cook, baker and talented knitter and seamstress. She was selfless, kind and caring and her love for her family was unconditional. She continued with her education by attending classes at SBCC and Adult Ed whenever time permitted. She was also an avid reader. By 1967 she was determined to do more and decided to try her hand as a travel agent. She broke bar-


riers and norms for women during that time, using her own resources to open her own travel agency, Dockery’s Celebrity Travel of Santa Barbara. By March of 1993 she opened a second agency in Roseville, CA. Her daughter, son and daughter in law joined her in the business. Even her grandsons worked part time while in high school. It truly was a family business. During these years she traveled the world! Her love for travel was contagious and she instilled that love in all her children, family and friends. Norma ran her agency for over 40 years until, at age 81, was diagnosed with dementia forcing her into what she considered an early retirement. Even as dementia stole her memories and adventures, she never lost the sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes or her love for music which was evident when she was visited by family and friends. She loved it when anyone sang to her, snapped their fingers, clapped their hands or played an instrument. She always had an outstretched hand and a smile for everyone. As strong as she was in her battle with dementia, she was just too tired to fight Covid 19. She passed peacefully one week after testing positive for the virus. She was preceded in death by Joseph Dockery, her daughter Nancy Trieger, sister Clarice Ryback, her brothers Lynn, Betzel and Farral Smith, many nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters in law. She is survived by her son Michael Dockery (Carol), of Grass Valley, CA and daughters Patricia Dockery Davis, of Oceanside, CA, Peggy Canley(Donald) of Santa Barbara, CA, son in law Alex Trieger of Santa Barbara, CA, her brother Harley Smith and sister Colleen Smith of Cudahy, WI, as well as her grandsons Bryan(Vanessa) and Timothy Canley, Sean(Julianna) and Kevin Dockery, Morgan(Joanne) and Tyson(Ruth)Trieger, 6 great granddaughters, 1 great grandson and so many other family members that

it is impossible to mention them all. She also leaves her dearest friend and travel companion, John Steen, who loved and cared for her for over 42 years. We want to thank the staff at The Californian of Santa Barbara who lovingly cared for Norma for the past five and a half years. To honor Norma’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial. She wanted to be remembered as she was in life.

Sharlene Koelsch 2/2/1963 - 1/6/2021

Sharlene Koelsch, beloved daughter and sister, and devoted friend, passed away on the 6th of January 2021. Born on February 2, 1967 in Santa Barbara, CA to Elise Koelsch and Richard Berton Sr., she resided in Santa Barbara, Hawaii, and Colorado, and loved to travel. Sharlene worked as a skilled esthetician and masseuse. She will be remembered for being a true friend and was always the life of the party entertaining everyone with engaging stories and her contagious laugh. She was an avid dog lover, and doted on her pets: Milu, Kailin, Charlie, Lily, and Pip. Sharlene was survived by her brother Richard, step-sister Veronique, nieces Alexia & Monique, nephews Sean and Kevin, aunt Camilla, many cousins and life-long friends. A celebration of life will be planned at a future date. Donations in her honor can be made to the Santa Barbara Humane Society.

In Memoriam

Judith Meisel 1929-2020

BY R U T H D U B I N S T E I N B E R G ,


DA N M E I S E L ,

AND R A B B I S T E P H E N C O H E N ustice, justice shall you pursue,” Jewish tradi-

tion tells us. Judy Meisel, a Holocaust survivor who lived by example, was a true seeker of justice. As an important participant of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara’s Portraits of Survival Program, she selflessly devoted countless hours speaking to groups of students and community members about the lessons of the Holocaust, reminding us of the consequences of unchecked hate in society — and that we must all use our voices to speak up for others. Many summers, we traveled together to local Jewish summer camps and spoke to hundreds of children. Judy freely shared the horrors she experienced in the Holocaust when 146 members of her Lithuanian family did not survive. But she also spoke of the incredible kindness she found from strangers, especially those in Denmark, who helped her heal after such a dark and terrible time of loss. And when she came to America during the civil rights movement and witnessed the racial inequality in this country firsthand, she felt the call to work for justice, helping to organize the March on Washington in 1963 and working in her own neighborhood near Philadelphia. Judy often spoke of the impact on her life of meeting Dr. Martin Luther King during this time. My family enjoyed Sabbath dinners at Judy’s table. When my own daughters had their Bat Mitzvah celebrations at the Isla Vista Minyan, where Judy also worshipped, she was sure to bake their favorite cookies for their special day. I think she would be pleased that my youngest, Talya, is now working for the Anti-Defamation League, an organization to which Judy felt so devoted. Rest with God among the angels, dear Judy, for you will be among Heaven’s favorites. May your memory —Ruth Dubin Steinberg forever be a blessing.


art of Judy Meisel’s lifelong mission was to

bear witness to the past—testimony more impactful than a historian’s recounting. She provided audiences of diverse backgrounds a tangible connection to those events and knew her harrowing tale of Nazi atrocities was more bearable to hear because she was there to tell it. The other part of her mission was grounded in the present. If she could emerge from her experience without hate in her heart, she mused, then anyone can learn to live without hate. Upon arriving in Denmark and revealing her Jewish identity, a Danish official commented that she must hate Germans. Her surprising reply: “I hate hate.” That sentiment drew her to the civil rights movement, it fused her to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) mission “to secure justice and fair treatment to all,” and it became the exclamation mark in her talks to teens and college students at the invitation of ADL and others. Judy’s message transcended religion and politics. As our late U.S. Representative Walter Capps noted in the 2000 documentary Tak for Alt, Judy experienced the worst of humanity and yet remained a person of great hope. In conveying both, she was “a visible manifestation of the human spirit.”

Eileen Cruz-Gonzalez 11/3/1949 - 12/31/2020


Seeker of Justice


Judy had a profound impact on many area students —children and adults—and was a longtime boardmember of ADL’s Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties Region. She was also a loving aunt, who married my uncle, Fred Meisel. Her cookies were as legendary within the family as they were beyond, and they regularly occupied half of my parents’ freezer (and who knows how many others) lest some be needed at a moment’s notice to comfort someone — and they often were. —Dan Meisel


everal generations of Santa Barbara Jews

owe their knowledge and love of Judaism to Judy Meisel, who served for many years as the Director of Beit HaYeladim (“House of the Children”), the preschool of Congregation B’nai B’rith. Born and raised in a traditional Jewish home in Eastern Europe, Judy had a gift for connecting to people from all over the world, of all ages. She knew how to connect to little Jewish children growing up in Santa Barbara, who knew nothing of the lost Jewish world of Eastern Europe, but who knew that they loved Judy and that she loved them. She baked challah with them, told them stories, created a learning environment rich in culture and community, and invited them to her home, where, if they were very good, she would let them bounce on her bed. And it was not only little children that experienced Judy’s educational embrace. Judy saw it as her mission to share with everyone the deep spiritual power of a traditional Friday-night dinner. She regularly hosted dinners for 15 or 18 people on Friday night, beginning with blessings over candles, wine, and challah, continuing with matzah ball soup, “mock” chopped liver, tzimmes, Israeli couscous, kosher chicken, mouthwatering desserts, and ending with the singing of birkat hamazon, the traditional blessing after the meal. Her guests included Jews and non-Jews, educators, philanthropists, faith leaders from different communities, and newcomers to Santa Barbara. When Hannukah came, Judy turned her attention to the Jewish college students of Hillel in Isla Vista who were away from home for the first time and would cook up hundreds of homemade potato latkes—to ensure that those young people would not lose their —Rabbi Stephen Cohen connection to their past.

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Eileen Cruz-Gonzalez was born November 3rd, 1949 to Richard and Lucille Cruz. She passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on December 31st , 2020 at the age of 71. As a strong and proud cancer survivor, Eileen fought a courageous and resilient battle with ALS over the last 19 months. Eileen grew up and lived her entire life in Santa Barbara, California. She attended local schools and was a proud graduate of Santa Barbara High School, class of 1968. After graduating, she began working at Crocker Bank and then Wells Fargo. However, her most rewarding and fulfilling job was working at Little Angels Preschool. She was so grateful to work there and cherished the special and loving bonds she developed with the children and their families. Eileen married Ray Gonzalez on August 15th , 1981 at the Old Mission in Santa Barbara, California. They were married for 38 years, until his passing in May of 2020. Together they had two children, Kristina and Mychal Gonzalez. Eileen enjoyed spending time in the garden and attending Summer INDEPENDENT.COM

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ing the Civil War, dying soldiers sometimes pulled out family photographs to create it in their imaginations. Today, while families cry on sidewalks, thousands die of COVID attended only by nurses and aides holding iPads and dressed in hazmat suits. Just as visceral is our unspoken promise to handle the dead with reverence. In the powerful Greek tragedy, titular character Antigone refuses to leave her disgraced brother’s body to be “chewed up by birds and dogs and violated.” At Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital prior to the pandemic, oncology nurses once shared a beautiful “bathing and honoring” ritual, helping grieving relatives anoint their dead with oil. Now, on the news we see bodies stacked in refrigerator trucks. Death, once largely relegated to the upper reaches of the lifespan, came out of the closet last year. In the year to come, this disease with a thousand faces will continue to reshape how we die, how we honor the dead, how we mourn, and how we live. We have barely begun to reckon with its widening circles of vicarious trauma, moral distress, and unacknowledged grief. As California surges, healthcare workers are witnessing Katy Butler modern death at its worst: highly technologized and stripped of human touch or any sense of the sacred. People in nursing homes suffer “social death,” growing listless and even suicidal. The rest of us cope with little deaths: of livelihood, of certainty, of the familiar rhythms of daily life. At the same time, we have lost the communal rituals that traditionally help human beings cope with loss without losing their minds or their souls. Usually, a crisis or major life change calls for a ceremony—a baby shower, a quinceañera, a retirement party. A wedding ushers a single person into life within a couple, just as a memorial service will later enact a new role as widow or widower. The real miracle of ritual isn’t that water is turned into wine, but that sorrow is normalized, anxiety is transmuted into acceptance, loneliness into community, and self-preoccupation into an enlarged capacity to contribute to others. Gathering together indoors is now a vector for infection. When societies undergo mass trauma, public observances help them heal—which is very different from forgetting what happened and not being

changed by it. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial created a protected space for our nation’s undone mourning. The AIDS quilt restored love and visibility to victims of a then-stigmatized disease. We have yet to create our COVID National Day of Mourning or build an American monument to the dead of this time. I have no doubt they are to come. Like Civil War soldiers, we will adapt. I see hopeful signs that in the coming year, we will give more space to the soft technologies of the human heart that can make dying a sacred human experience once again. A few states have flown flags at half-staff, and New Jersey is planting a COVID memorial grove. In some California hospitals, health-care workers practice “The Pause” after a death: Doctors and nurses gather by the bed, speak the patient’s name aloud, and observe a few moments of silence. Some hospitals and nursing homes are easing their draconian visiting restrictions. Near New Orleans, the Heart of Hospice’s COVID inpatient unit goes further, allowing two family members to visit a patient each day, appropriately gowned and masked. No staff or relatives have been infected on the unit, and the family death vigil is a daily occurrence. One of its first patients, Willie Friloux, age 66, had been languishing in isolation in a nearby hospital. “If he had died alone,” said his son Willie J. Smith, “I would have felt less than a man, less than a son, less than a human being.” Mr. Smith was with his father when he died, playing him Luther Vandross’s “Dancing with My Father” on his cell phone. My favorite modern Antigone is Tanisha Brunson-Malone, an African-American morgue technician in Hackensack, New Jersey. During surges, she enters the refrigerator trucks and places a single yellow daffodil atop every body bag, honoring each completed life, as did the church bells that rang out during the Great Plague of London. Until vaccines are widespread, we will remain masked and semi-isolated, in a world as vulnerable to pestilence as it was in 1918. This time will mark us in ways we can’t currently know. I hope we might emerge with more humility and an increased appreciation of how much we need each other. Katy Butler, the author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door and The Art of Dying Well, will give a free online talk for Hospice of Santa Barbara on January 21 at 6 p.m. See katybutler.com.





When Bad Things Happen: Preparing & Managing During a Crisis Are you prepared?

Good, Evil, and January 22 In a Nuclear Conflict, We All Go Together

AWCSB guest speaker Sheri Benninghoven has four decades of communications experience, focusing on crisis communications counsel and has handled some of the Central Coast’s most recent challenges – from the Conception dive boat tragedy to the Montecito Debris Flow and COVID-19 responses. Think about what keeps you up at night and bring your questions for a lively exchange of stories, ideas, lessons, and takeaway tools for managing your next crisis!

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The atomic cloud rises over Nagasaki. BY TENSIE HERNANDEZ AND DENNIS APEL


ho wouldn’t appreciate a fam-

ily physician whose name is Doctor Good? He was of the “old school,” arriving at our home or our hospital bed, his stethoscope around his neck and his black medical bag in his hand. He treated our entire family for everything from colds to flus to broken bones to meningitis. My family was composed of a widowed mother with five children, and he never asked us for more than my Mom could afford. His presence matched his name. During World War II while the United States was researching and developing the first nuclear weapons, Wowa Zev Gdud was being hunted by the Nazis in what is now Lithuania. Miraculously he escaped execution for being Jewish three times, once even falling into a mass grave and feigning death, having been missed by the firing squad. At one point, as he was hiding out in the forest, he came across two Nazi soldiers from the same battalion that had killed his mother and brother. Gun in hand, he had the two men kneel down in a swamp and pointed his gun at their heads, but he couldn’t pull the trigger, not wanting to add to the cycle of death. After the war and having completed his physician studies in Italy, he immigrated to the United States and changed his name to Dr. William Z. Good. He spent the rest of his life compassionately caring for the sick while charming everyone he met with his wit. Toward the end of the Second World War, the United States introduced the world to nuclear weapons by dropping one on Hiroshima, Japan, and a second on Nagasaki, Japan. Predictably, it has been an arms race ever since, with trillions of dollars spent on research, development, testing, and deploy-

Zoom Event ment of nuclear weapons by nine countries with a couple more determined to acquire them. With more than 13,000 nuclear weapons now held by nuclear powers, the threat of nuclear conflict also holds the threat of the annihilation of all life on the planet. Consensus is in. The majority of nonnuclear power states as well as the vast majority of people on the planet have come together to declare nuclear weapons illegal under international law. On January 22, 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force at the United Nations, the organization set up after World War II to try to bring countries together and prevent another world war. As of this writing, 86 nations have signed the treaty and 51 have ratified it. After over 75 years of nuclear proliferation, the citizens of Planet Earth have come together to say enough is enough, and we can create a world where the extermination of humanity is not possible by pressing a button or turning a key. All of the nuclear powers, including the United States, have chosen to ignore international law, ignore the will of the people, ignore the existential threat posed by the very existence of indiscriminate, omnicidal weapons of mass destruction. In a nuclear conflict, we all go together, the Democrats, the Republicans, the hawks, the doves, the conservatives, the liberals, the rich, the poor, the women, the children, all of us and likely most of life on the planet. What does this have to do with Dr. Good? Dr. Good had every reason to take the lives of two Nazi soldiers when he had the chance, but he chose not to for the sake of not participating in the violence. We, as people, as a nation, and as a world community, can make the same choice.

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I call you to let you know that my shift is over and that I will be back in the morning. You shower me with blessings and tell me to stay safe until we meet again. Driving home with the windows down in silence with my thoughts, I wonder what the night might bring for you. I begin to cry: I don’t want you to take a turn for the worse. I wonder about your family, about your thoughts. We meet again, and this time your condition is much worse. You can hardly stay awake, and you are battling the toughest battle of your life. You don’t know I am entering your room. I pray for you. I still won’t give up hope. I hold your hand and feel life escaping your body and tell you to keep fighting, that we are in this battle with you and that we must meet again. The day brought much chaos and despair, but then your therapy begins to work, and there’s a ray of hope in your fate. The ray of hope is quickly overshadowed by a long journey of much frustration and despair; we are doing all we can just as you wished because you want to see your family again. The last words you spoke to me were: “I want to go home.” Your life escaping, we try until the options have run out. I guide your wife and daughter to the hallway where they must stand away from you, and I watch them cry. My heart hurts, and your daughter turns toward me and asks for a hug; I gently explain that I should not hug her to prevent contagion. She looks at me and thanks me. She has your same exact eyes, the eyes I have been looking at for the last month, the eyes that cried for her and the same eyes I saw life escaping from. I tell her that I want to hug her, and she says, “It’s okay.” I know you are in a better place now, and I wonder if you know that you will stay with me in my thoughts until we meet again.

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side from the presence of some UCSB staff members, radio-TV announcers, and other media, the Thunderdome seats are vacant during Gaucho basketball games in this COVID era. To create a sense of a crowd, a vague buzzing sound emanates from speakers. It sounds like a distant leaf blower. “I miss the fans a lot,” senior guard Devearl Ramsey said. “You still want to put on a show, but you have to adjust.” That means arousing joyful reactions on the team bench. The Gauchos fortunately have a roster of avidly engaged players. When sophomore Josh Pierre-Louis flew down the lane for a dunk that punctuated last Saturday’s 84-53 victory over UC San Diego, there was an eruption on the sideline. “We all went nuts,” Ramsey said. “Josh is a special talent and a great kid.” Pierre-Louis, a transfer from Temple, is an explosive guard whose initials, JPL, are known to stand for Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The senior backcourt of Ramsey and JaQuori McLaughlin, both three-year starters, has led the Gauchos to an 8-3 record so far this season. They have swept their Big West Conference series over Cal State Fullerton and UC San Diego since dropping a pair on the road against UC Irvine, the preseason favorite. McLaughlin, a steady leader who is skilled in all phases of the game, has been named Big West Player of the Week twice this season. Ramsey is a flashy point guard whose coast-to-coast drives were huge crowd-pleasers in the Thunderdome the past two years. He also can make a timely outside shot, as he did to break open last Friday’s game with back-to-back three-pointers against UCSD, scoring a game-high 15 points. The next night, he dished off six assists. With his quick hands, Ramsey has pulled off at least one steal in all 11 games. UCSB head coach Joe Pasternack likes to say that “the mental to the physical is four-to-one,” and Ramsey takes that to heart. Growing up in South Central L.A. before attending Sierra Canyon High, he was inspired by Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. “I try to have the mentality that he showed,” Ramsey said. “More than his skill set, it was the way he approached the game. He had such passion.” Coming up next Tuesday, January 26, is the first anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash that took the

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life of Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others. Ramsey woke up to the news that Sunday morning. He had spent the night with friends in Calabasas, not far from the crash, after the Gauchos won a home game over UC Riverside. “It was surreal,” Ramsey said. “It took me a long time to process. Things can happen in the blink of an eye. I’m going to enjoy life as much as I can.” In retrospect, Bryant’s death seemed to presage what was to come in 2020. It was a year of heartbreak and turmoil, headlined by the outbreak of the virus pandemic. Basketball fans learned it was serious in March when the NBA suspended its season and the NCAA’s March Madness was canceled. Ramsey said, “It sunk in when we went back to Santa Barbara” instead of playing in the conference tournament in Anaheim. “We knew it was over.” Big West basketball has come back in 2021, with big changes to deal with the ongoing virus threat. Fans can watch the games only by streaming videos. Coaches and players are tested regularly. “Four times a week,” Ramsey said. “We do it ourselves, swabbing each nostril 10 times.” Friday-Saturday doubleheaders cut down on travel. The Gauchos are scheduled to play for the next seven weekends, from January 22-23 at Cal State Northridge to their March 5-6 home finale against Cal Poly. The conference tournament will begin March 9 in Las Vegas. Ramsey said he sympathizes with UCSB athletes in fall sports (soccer, women’s volleyball) who have seen their seasons scuttled. “I knew we’d have basketball no matter what,” he said. “The NCAA has gotta have its tournament.” Modeled after the NBA’s summer bubble in Orlando, this year’s money-making March Madness will take place in Indianapolis. The NBA is back too. Besides applauding the league’s leadership in advocating awareness of social justice issues, Ramsey is excited to see Gabe Vincent, a 2018 graduate of UCSB, playing for the Miami Heat. “I practiced with him my redshirt year,” Ramsey said. “He’s a good player and an even better man. He worked his tail off. He gives hope to guys like us.” Vincent scored 24 points and 21 points last week in two Miami games. Ramsey said he is not specifically plotting out his own future after he graduates at the end of the current quarter with a degree in history. As he learned in the past year, “So much can change.” n INDEPENDENT.COM

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the same cookies with slight tweaks and then analyze what happened. “That was very essential.” Upon graduation in 2015, Koenig helped open the San Francisco modern Moroccan restaurant Mourad, which quickly won a Michelin star, but then wanted to get back into baking. She landed a job at Tartine, considered a global leader in bread and pastry, and was part of the team that opened The Manufactory, Tartine’s second location. Though she was head of the cake department, Koenig quit after about a year and a half. “It was never my city,” she said of San Francisco, which she left in January 2018. She traveled through Europe for five months and then worked on a farm in Tennessee for three. “I always thought it was extremely important for chefs to know where their food comes from and how much work goes into growing their products,” she explained. “Even though I’m a pastry chef and mainly work with flour and sugar, it’s still something that has always been really important to me.”

Needing to “come back to real life,” Koenig decided to move to Santa Barbara, briefly working at El Encanto before meeting the owners of the soon-to-be-opened Bettina through a family friend. She helped open that immediately popular Coast Village Road pizzeria and stayed almost two years, doing a bit of everything, from managing staff to making dough and desserts. When COVID struck, she started making hand pies with seasonal fruits, which the Bettina owners suggested she offer through the restaurant. “They ended up selling really well,” she said. “That’s how this business started.” She left Bettina in June to focus full-time on Triple Chip, named after the chocolate-chip cookie that she’s been making since high school. Orders first came solely through Instagram until Koenig built a website and also landed a wholesale client in Natural Café, where she sells the brown butter chocolate chip and a vegan, gluten-free peanut butter cookie in all South Coast locations. “I know vegan and gluten-free doesn’t always sound appetizing,” she admitted. “But this is really delicious.” Koenig bought a new home in December, inconveniently during her holiday rush, but it gave her a larger kitchen to work in, which she does under a cottage permit. She’s done some collaborations with The Bagel Boiz (next one on January 23) and Challah by Ari, but is most proud of providing exactly what you want when you want it. That includes things that aren’t on her menu, such as the snacks she made for a baby on a paleo diet.  “A lot of pop-ups focus on one day of the week, which makes sense from a business standpoint,” said Koenig. “But I really like the idea of people being able to order whatever they like from me at any time.” Though she’d like to pick up more wholesale accounts, she doesn’t plan on opening her own brick-and-mortar store, at least right now. “I’m not a businessperson,” she said. “I really love to be in the kitchen, and I love to be the one baking. I’m not worried about paying rent for my bakery or paying dishwashers or bookkeepers. I’m really able to just charge for the food.” Koenig is confident that Triple Chip provides comfort during an unprecedentedly stressful era. “I just want to provide a good option for people in Santa Barbara with fun desserts,” said Koenig. “When the world is in such uncertain times, and there is so much sadness and unrest, people need something sweet to remind them of the past, a little nostalgia.”


them,” says Lindsay Koenig, the owner of Triple Chip, which now delivers cookies, babkas, pies, and more throughout Santa Barbara. “I love watching people’s faces when you bring them something, especially when it’s unexpected.” That happened to me when Koenig dropped off a box of her goodies on a recent Friday. I’d forgotten they were coming, so my family was overjoyed to see an array of sweets, from the signature triple-chocolatechip and brown butter chocolate-chip cookies to the cinnamon and birthday-cake babkas. I was drawn to the one savory treat: an everything-bagel babka with confit garlic cream cheese woven throughout. The box was dusted within a couple of days. Koenig learned to love baking as a young child, cooking with her mother and grandmother in their Sherman Oaks home. “We’re a Jewish family,” she explained. “I grew up always making desserts for the holidays.” While attending the very progressive Wildwood School in West Los Angeles, Koenig was able to cook for class projects. For example, she said, “I did a paper and presentation on China, and I made dim sum.” She also baked in her free time, bringing cookies to school almost weekly, and figured she’d go to culinary school one day. But traditional college came first at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon, where she studied studio arts while cooking muffins and more in the cafeteria. Then she moved back to L.A. and gained real-world kitchen experience in Suzanne Goin’s restaurants. When it was time to choose a culinary school in 2014, Koenig opted for the “super small and specialized” San Francisco Cooking School.   “It just seemed like my dream,” said Koenig, whose class had just six students. “What was really special about this school is that it was created by chefs in the industry in San Francisco. They were finding that a lot of people coming out of CIA [Culinary Institute of America] or Le Cordon Bleu didn’t know how to function in the kitchen, but they could regurgitate recipes.” The lessons were hands-on, often led by Michelinstarred chefs, and included many visits to working kitchens. “That’s more of my style — learning why we do what we do and how rather than just memorizing,” said Koenig, who also appreciated learning the chemistry of baking at the school, where they’d make six batches of

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t is a pleasure to introduce Santa Barbara–raised, Mexico City–born photographer Cher Martinez to those unfamiliar with her wonderfully dreamy body of work. Martinez began taking picBOTH SIDES NOW: Cher Martinez (pictured) is getting used to being in front of the camera, tures for her sister’s blog on a simple Nikon even as she continues her work behind the lens (see below). point-and-shoot camera, but it wasn’t until she documented a family vacation to San Francisco using her vibrance and power of women. She brings people together, and Samsung Galaxy phone that her love for the medium blos- the results are a decadent feast for the eyes. Martinez has grown to enjoy seeing her subjects — many of somed. Her father gave her her first analog camera, a Pentax K1000, on her 18th birthday, and the rest is (intimate) history. whom have never been in front of the camera before — unfold Martinez, who is currently a film student at CSUN, caught their layers and acclimate to the photographer’s gaze. “I love my eye in 2019 with her first series, “The Future of Film- when people are new to it,” she says. “There’s this language making,” which was captured on 35mm film and spotlighted and energy that’s established. Seeing people be able to feel into women of color in SBCC’s Film Department. Noting the lack themselves in ways they didn’t think they could. It’s really cool of diversity among her fellow students and teachers, she set to see that transition.” Martinez’s first documentary film project was for an SBCC out to create a space where their talents and walks-of-life were celebrated. “The Future of Filmmaking” is the first of a series class around the time that the “migrant caravan” was making she hopes to continue that will highlight the waves women of its way to the Mexico/U.S. border. Martinez was disappointed color are making in industries and professions still typically by the media’s harmful influence and frustrated that she could not make the trek down south in order dominated by white men. to document the journey and provide There is a beautiful yet haunting quality of homesickness and bitternecessities. These feelings prompted sweet nostalgia in her photographs, her to refocus on her own community. Her film Ganandose la Vida (available many of them depicting fragments of the present or memories of past visits on YouTube) pays homage to oftento see family in Mexico. She adds depth overlooked street vendors. Cher was to her images by overlaying them with proud of the project, but she didn’t text, making them feel like movie stills expect it to become as meaningful an or excerpts from a diary. The added experience as it did. After uploading text provides glimpses into her intiher video online, a granddaughter of mate thoughts and passing feelings, one of the film’s subjects reached out to while also expanding on the notion her and thanked her for shining a light, that images alone speak multitudes. not just on their grandparent’s labor In this way, Martinez subverts expecbut also on their personhood. Martinez tations, transforming the “mundane” carries this sentiment into her work, into highly personal art. beautifully centering people existing on It will come as no surprise to anysociety’s margins. Like other artists, there are times when Martinez struggles one who’s met an avid photographer that Martinez isn’t very enthusiastic about being in front of the camera. However, she to find the inspiration to be perfectly productive in the middle does see it as a way to shift certain narratives of beauty and to of this pandemic. If her previous works are any indication, the take her power back. For example, in one series of self-portraits path she is carving out for herself and others shines brightly she emphasized her acne; these images caught the attention of ahead. To check out more of Cher Martinez’s photography, Today. But her work isn’t only personal; it’s also an ode to the follow @Cherthismoment on Instagram. n


20TH CENTURY IN 100 SONGS This wildly ambitious project reflects the inimitable essence of Peter Stampfel, a founding member of the Holy Modal Rounders and one of the music world’s most lovable and erudite eccentrics. Beginning in 2001, Stampfel recorded one favorite song from every year of the 20th century. The collection includes fascinating and highly idiosyncratic liner notes by Stampfel and ranges from the classic corn of 1910’s “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life” (Victor Herbert) to the undeniable obviousness



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of 1998’s “Tubthumping” (Chumbawamba). In between, Stampfel lends his raspy voice and zany sensibility to a breathtaking variety of tunes. It’s definitely not for everyone, but for the select few with ears exotic enough to hear them, there are revelations in every track. Available starting on January 22 in multiple formats from louisianaredhotrecords.bandcamp .com. —CD


INDIGENOUS CULTURE MEETS SCIENCE FICTION IN THIS DEBUT NOVEL BY S.B. AUTHOR by Matt Kettmann Though born in California, the Santa Barbara–based author Amaya Mishka was raised in Alaska, where her family descends from the Athabascan people that live in the center of the state near McGrath. Working by day as a hypnotherapist, Mishka recently published her debut novel Ascension Warriors, which is the first in a series that combines Indigenous culture and mythology with science fiction. She answered a few of my questions about her book recently.

How has Athabascan culture informed your writing and life? In my culture, art is almost as important as breathing. Growing up, I learned beading, sewing, and Native dance. Storytelling is a part of my culture. I feel called to convey messages rooted in traditional values of treating each living creature with respect, including our home, Mother Earth. In my mind, if we want to reach the minds of youth, it seems only natural to entertain them through sci-fi and fantasy fiction.

How did Ascension Warriors come about? Ascension Warriors was essentially born of the idea to raise consciousness. When I began work on the novel in early 2017, I wasn’t sure what I was writing initially and began the book as a boy-meets-girl story. However, quickly after I wrote the scene where Samantha meets Evan in the grocery store, the entire story took a sharp left turn into sci-fi, and I thought to myself, “What if the characters were all part of a bigger, covert plan to save humanity? How would that look and what would they be fighting for?” From there, the story began to unravel itself, particularly after I had a hypnotherapy session with my own hypnotherapist, Peter Wright. A lot of the inspiration for the story can be directly tied back to that session, which I admit I didn’t quite understand at the time. I had previously been fairly indifferent about alien existence and UFOs, having put to

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Why is portraying the Indigenous experience and developing Indigenous characters important? In our Indigenous communities, there seems to be a common theme and ancient wisdom that persists to this day. Although I cannot speak for every Indigenous person, I can say that the vast majority of us feel strongly that a return to traditional values is needed. As humanity begins to awaken to new cultures, I feel it is time to share with the world what we know. For example: The Inuit people of the Arctic were the first to notice that our planet has shifted simply because they have always taken careful note of the position of the stars and constellations. It is my understanding they have repeatedly contacted NASA to report that they believe a large part of our climate change is due to the shift in our planet’s position. They are concerned about this and what it may mean if the planet continues to shift.

Are there other examples of Indigenous cultures being portrayed in science fiction? Yes, Marvel is now coming out with Indigenous superheros, which is both exciting and concerning. As with any fiction, there are always loose interpretations of the truth, but we wonder among the Indigenous community how well of a job they will do portraying our people’s true culture and values, and, if eventually there will be costumes made, some feel very strongly that their regalia is not a costume. There is a fine line between uplifting our Indigenous brothers and sisters and cultural appropriation. So many unanswered questions arise about this within Indigenous communities. Rather than criticize them (Marvel and others), I want to help be a voice for Indigenous cultures to contribute to these stories and have opportunities to be cast in roles for film.

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lanted Land’s first full album, Watering a Weed, came out in March 2020, on the cusp of our ongoing isolation, but the band is continuing to release singles and videos as the pandemic lingers. The four-piece is fronted by lead singer and guitarist Tova Morrison, a Santa Barbara native who plays alongside the guitarist Tommy Curran, bassist Michael Shanti, and drummer Carl Breitweiser. They’ve played numerous dive bars, breweries, and festivals around Southern California since they began in 2011, but keep hometown bars like The Mercury Lounge in Old Town Goleta and Whiskey Richards on State Street high on their list of favorite venues. Slanted Land’s outspoken lyricism spans psychedelic blues, funky riot-grrrl rock, and comedic protest folk. In the humorous track “SociS.B. BAND’S FIRST ety,” for instance, Morrison jests at FULL-LENGTH ALBUM tropes. “I am a feminist CAME OUT IN MARCH 2020; feminist and I do believe there’s sexism in the NEW SINGLE OUT NOW world,” she explained. “But the song is a bunch of jokes over and over.” by Melody Pezeshkian Quips aside, Morrison finds strength in her role as a woman fronting an indie rock band. “Being a woman, it’s not that common to be a producer and be a lead guitarist,” explained Morrison, who recorded the album at Orange Whip Studios in Santa Barbara under the guidance of engineer Angus Cooke. Slanted Land is proud of its many videos that are coming from Watering a Weed, particularly the one for “Society,” which brings together members of the Santa Barbara community. “I got my buddies in the Santa Barbara Improv group to be in the video,” she said. “I filmed the beginning at Mercury Lounge and had the owner [Jennifer Housh] of the lounge play as my boss.” In addition to her musical work, Morrison maintains a steady job as a massage therapist in Santa Barbara. However, both professions came to an abrupt halt during the pandemic. She now saturates her free time with musical undertakings. “I’m playing in my living room every day,” said Morrison, who’s been exploring her Jewish roots during this time. “I’ve actually been getting into Klezmer music, which is Jewish, Eastern European music.” The single “Keep It Real,” which recently aired on KJEE 92.9 FM, features Eastern European motifs alongside lyrics that sing “You only live once / So keep it real.” Viewers can find all bandmates jamming atop a moving car in the song’s new, vividly animated music video. See all of their antics and listen to the album at slantedland.band.







(Mar. 21-Apr. 19): On May 4, 2019, my Aries friend Leah

(June 21-July 22): “Be sweet to me, world,” pleads

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You’re entering potentially the most

woke up in a state of amazement. During the night, she felt she had miraculously become completely enlightened. Over the next 16 hours, she understood her life perfectly. Everything made sense to her. She was in love with every person and animal she knew. But by the next morning, the exalted serenity had faded, and she realized that her enlightenment had been temporary. She wasn’t mad or sad, however. The experience shook her up so delightfully that she vowed to forevermore seek to re-create the condition she had enjoyed. Recently she told me that on virtually every day since May 4, 2019, she has spent at least a few minutes, and sometimes much longer, exulting in the same ecstatic peace that visited her back then. That’s the Aries way: turning a surprise, spontaneous blessing into a permanent breakthrough. I trust you will do that soon.

Cancerian poet Stephen Dunn in one of his poems. In the coming weeks, I invite you to address the world in a similar way. And since I expect the world will be unusually receptive and responsive to your requests, I’ll encourage you to add even more entreaties. For example, you could say, “Be revelatory and educational with me, world,” or “Help me deepen my sense that life is meaningful, world,” or “Feed my soul with experiences that will make me smarter and wilder and kinder, world.” Can you think of other appeals and supplications you’d like to express to the world?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Throughout his many rough travels

general Hubert Lyautey (1854-1934) instructed his gardener to spend the next day planting a row of saplings on his property. The gardener agreed but advised Lyautey that this particular species of tree required 100 years to fully mature. “In that case,” Lyautey said, “plant them now.” I recommend that you, too, expedite your longterm plans, Taurus. Astrologically speaking, the time is ripe for you to take crisp action to fulfill your big dreams.

in the deserts of the Middle East, the Leo diplomat and army officer known as Lawrence of Arabia (1888-1935) didn’t give up his love of reading. While riding on the backs of camels, he managed to study numerous tomes, including the works of ancient Greek writers Aeschylus and Aristophanes. I’d love to see you perform comparable balancing acts in the coming weeks, Leo. The astrological omens suggest you’ll be skilled at coordinating seemingly uncoordinatable projects and tasks — and that you’ll thrive by doing so. (P.S.: Your efforts may be more metaphorical and less literal than Lawrence’s.)



(May 21-June 20): Someone asked poet E.E. Cummings

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Sculptor Stefan Saal testifies that

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): One morning, famous French army

what home was for him. He responded poetically, talking about his lover. Home was “the stars on the tip of your tongue, the flowers sprouting from your mouth, the roots entwined in the gaps between your fingers, the ocean echoing inside your ribcage.” What about you, Gemini? If you were asked to give a description of what makes you feel glad to be alive and helps give you the strength to be yourself, what would you say? Now would be a good time to identify and honor the influences that inspire you to create your inner sense of home.

one of his central questions as a creator of art is to know when a piece is done. “When making a thing, I need to decide, when is it thoroughly made, when is it dare-we-say ‘perfected.’ ” He has tried to become a master of knowing where and when to stop. I recommend this practice to you in the next two weeks, Virgo. You’ve been doing good work and will continue to do good work, but it’s crucial that you don’t get overly fussy and fastidious as you refine and perhaps even finish your project.

playful and frisky and whimsical phase of your astrological cycle. To honor and encourage a full invocation of gleeful fun, I offer you the following thoughts from Tumblr blogger Sparkledog. “I am so tired of being told that I am too old for the things I like. No cartoons. No toys. No fantasy animals. No bright colors. Are adults supposed to live monotonous, bleak lives? I can be an adult and still love childish things. I can be intelligent and educated and informed and I can love stuffed animals and unicorns. Please stop making me feel bad for loving the things that make me happy.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Nature cannot be ordered about,

except by obeying her,” wrote philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626). That paradoxical observation could prove to be highly useful for you in the coming weeks. Here are some other variants on the theme: Surrendering will lead to power. Expressing vulnerability will generate strength. A willingness to transform yourself will transform the world around you. The more you’re willing to acknowledge that you have a lot to learn, the smarter you’ll be.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In his book The Lover’s Dictionary,

David Levithan advises lovers and would-be lovers to tell each other their very best stories. “Not the day’s petty injustices,” he writes. “Not the glimmer of a seveneighths-forgotten moment from your past. Not something that somebody said to somebody, who then told it to you.” No, to foster the vibrant health of a love relationship — or any close alliance, for that matter — you should consistently exchange your deepest, richest tales. This is always true, of course, but it’s especially true for you right now.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): On October 18, 1867, the United States government completed its purchase of Alaska from

Russia. How much did this 586,000-acre kingdom cost? Two cents per acre, which in today’s money would be about 37 cents. It was a tremendous bargain! I propose that we regard this transaction as a metaphor for what’s possible for you in 2021: the addition of a valuable resource at a reasonable price. (P.S.: American public opinion about the Alaskan purchase was mostly favorable back then, but a few influential newspapers described it as foolish. Don’t let naysayers like them dissuade you from your smart action.)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “My business is circumference,” wrote

poet Emily Dickinson in a letter to her mentor. What did she mean by that? “Circumference” was an important word for her. It appeared in 17 of her poems. Critic Rochelle Cecil writes that for Dickinson, circumference referred to a sense of boundlessness radiating out from a center — a place where “one feels completely free, where one can express anything and everything.” According to critic Donna M. Campbell, circumference was Dickinson’s metaphor for ecstasy. When she said, “My business is circumference,” she meant that her calling was to be eternally in quest of awe and sublimity. I propose that you make good use of Dickinson’s circumference in the coming weeks, Aquarius. It’s time to get your mind and heart and soul thoroughly expanded and elevated.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): Should I quote the wisdom of people

who have engaged in behavior I consider unethical or immoral? Should I draw inspiration from teachers who at some times in their lives treated others badly? For instance, Pisces-born Ted Geisel, better known as beloved author Dr. Seuss, cheated on his wife while she was sick, ultimately leading to her suicide. Should I therefore banish him from my memory and never mention the good he did in the world? Or should I forgive him of his sins and continue to appreciate him? I don’t have a fixed set of rules about how to decide questions like these. How about you? The coming weeks will be a good time to redefine your relationship with complicated people.

HOMEWORK: Where in your life do you push too hard? Where don’t you push hard enough? Testify: FreeWillAstrology.com Go to RealAstrology.com to check out Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO HOROSCOPES and DAILY TEXT MESSAGE HOROSCOPES. The audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700.

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26 Shrivel 28 Hurry back, perhaps 30 Cohesiveness 32 “Born,” in some notices 33 E. Berlin was its capital 35 “Army of Darkness” director Sam 36 Donut, mathematically 37 Boy king of Egypt 38 Levin who wrote “Rosemary’s Baby” 39 Be resigned to one’s fate 43 Quick learner 44 Hebrew alphabet starters 48 It’ll pick up the faintest of noises 49 Oat-based skin product brand 50 Like some margins 52 Weasel cousin 54 Shepherd’s pie bit 56 Paper nest builder 57 Calligrapher’s supply 1 People get steamed there 59 Icicle lights locale 2 One side of “the pond” 61 2000s Iraq war subject, 3 AriZona alternative briefly 4 Fix a button 63 Charging port, maybe 5 HHH, in Greek 64 “Mmhmm” motion 6 Accelerate ©2021 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@jonesincrosswords.com) For answers to this puzzle, call: 1-900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. 7 Polish site Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-655-6548. Reference puzzle #1015 8 “___ longa, vita brevis” LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION: 9 Golf ball brand 10 Like the head of a tennis racket 11 Lite-Brite bulbs, really 13 “Hamilton” creator ___-Manuel Miranda 14 Asking for a tiny bit of fish, maybe? 17 December cartonful 21 Siberia’s neighbor on a Risk board 24 Lists of basics


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LEGALS 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 as a c r e d i t o r. Yo u m a y w a n t t o consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California l a w. Y O U M AY E X A M I N E t h e f i l e kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE‑154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Brian L. Fox, Esq. (CSB#141625) 290 Maple C o u r t , S u i t e 1 2 6 Ve n t u r a , CA 93003; (805) 964‑1170. Published Jan 14, 21, 28 2021. NOTICE OF PETITION TO A D M I N I S T E R E S TAT E O F : K AT H R Y N S . V E A CASE NO. 21PR00010 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 b o t h o f K AT H R Y N S . V E A . A P E T I T I O N F O R P R O B AT E has been filed by LESLIE ANN ERICKSON in the Superior Court of California, County o f S A N TA B A R B A R A . T H E P E T I T I O N F O R P R O B AT E requests that LESLIE ANN ERICKSON be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very i m p o r t a n t a c t i o n s , 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 will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should n o t g r a n t t h e a u t h o r i t y. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 02/18/21 at 9:00AM in Dept. 5 located a t 1 1 0 0 A N A C A PA S T. , P. O . B O X 2 1 1 0 7 , S A N T A BARBARA, CA 93121‑1107 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 as a c r e d i t o r. Yo u m a y w a n t t o consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California l a w. Y O U M AY E X A M I N E t h e f i l e kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE‑154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner M I C H A E L W. D E A K T O R SBN 124661 MELBY & ANDERSON LLP 1 0 6 1 VA L L E Y S U N L A N E LA CANADA CA 91011‑3283 1/21, 1/28, 2/4/21 CNS‑3432732# SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT NOTICE OF PETITION TO A D M I N I S T E R E S TAT E O F : K A R E N W. C O O P E R N O : 21PR00012 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 b o t h o f K A R E N W. C O O P E R A P E T I T I O N F O R P R O B AT E : has been filed by: JOHN A. COOPER in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara THE PETITION for probate requests that (name): JOHN A. COOPER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests t h e d e c e 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 i m p o r t a n t a c t i o n s , 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 will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should n o t g r a n t t h e a u t h o r i t y. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: on 2/25/2021 AT 9 : 0 0 a . m . D e p t : 5 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF S A N TA B A R B A R A , l o c a t e d at 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Anacapa Division. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court 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


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decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a c r e d i t o r. Yo u m a y w a n t t o consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California l a w. Y O U M AY E X A M I N E t h e f i l e kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE‑154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: S t a c i e D . N y b o r g , F a u v e r, L a r g e , A r c h b a l d & S p r a y, LLP 820 State Street, 4th F l o o r, S a n t a B a r b a r a , C A 93101; (805) 966‑7000. Published Jan 21, 28. Feb 4 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing b u s i n e s s a s : T W O R AV E N S BOUTIQUE & PHOTOS at 909 Weldon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93109; Viola G Miglio (same address). This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Viola G Miglio Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 21, 2020. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2020‑0003026. Published: Dec 31 (2020), Jan 7, 14, 21 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: HOPE RANCH COMMUNITY FUND at 1111 Chapala Street Suite 200 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Santa Barbara Foundation (same address) conducted by an Corporation Signed: Jackie Carrera Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 21, 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 Brenda Aguilera. FBN Number: 2020‑0003023. Published: Dec 31 2020. Jan 7, 14, 21 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: COMMON VISION C O N S U LT I N G a t 7 3 3 S a n F e r n a n d o D r. S a n t a B a r b a r a , CA 93111; Huyen Nguyen (same address) conducted by an Individual Signed: Huyen Nguyen Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 22, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by John Beck. FBN Number: 2020‑0003044. Published: Dec 31 2020. Jan 7, 14, 21 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: SUPERIOR SENIOR HOME CARE at 320 E Walnut Ave Lompoc, CA 93436; Superior Senior Home Care Inc (same address). This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: Pablo Martinez Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 29, 2020. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2020‑0003058. Published: Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: DISTINGUISHED HOLDINGS at 1903 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Randy Modos (same address) William Skidmore (same address) This business is conducted by an General Partnership Signed: William Skidmore Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 14, 2020. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2020‑0002982. Published: Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: JT R E A L E S TAT E G R O U P a t 4076 Naranjo Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Jim Tu r n e r (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: J i m Tu r n e r F i l e d w i t h t h e County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 17, 2020. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2020‑0003005. Published: Jan 14, 21, 28. Feb 4 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person is doing business as: MONROY D E TA I L PA I N T I N G a t 2 5 0 Ellwood Beach Dr Apt D Goleta, CA 93117; Roman Monroy Santos (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Roman Monroy Santos Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 30, 2020. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2020‑0003005. Published: Jan 14, 21, 28. Feb 4 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person is doing business as: S A N TA BARBARA PROCESS SERVER at 454 Orange Blossom Lane Goleta, CA 93117; Daniel C Clements (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Daniel Clements Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 04, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000001. Published: Jan 14, 21, 28. Feb 4 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person is doing business as: THE CA FIRM at 324 Samarkand Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Cameron Gharabiklou Corp. (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: Cameron Gharabiklou Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 31, 2020. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2020‑0003091. Published: Jan 14, 21, 28. Feb 4 2021.



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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: THE RED BARN PRESS at 2828 East Va l l e y R o a d S a n t a B a r b a r a , CA 93108; Carole Anne Demachkie (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Carole Anne Demachkie Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 07, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000046. Published: Jan 14, 21, 28. Feb 4 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing b u s i n e s s a s : R E G E N E R AT E STRENGTH at 1933 Cliff D r, 2 7 B S a n t a B a r b a r a , C A 93109; E3 Fitness, LLC (same address) This business is conducted by an Limited Liability Company Signed: David Downey Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 8, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000051. Published: Jan 21, 28. Feb 4, 11 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: WISE PLANET MEDIA at 485B Hot Springs Road, Cottage Montecito, CA 93108; Christopher Thomas (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Christopher Thomas Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 30, 2020. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2020‑0003079. Published: Jan 21, 28. Feb 4, 11 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: S A N TA BARBARA AUTO‑TRUCK‑4X4 A C C E S S O RY S T O R E , S A N TA BARBARA CAMPER SHELLS, TRU‑FIT SHEEPSKINS, S A N TA B A R B A R A A U T O ACCESSORIES at 5737 Hollister Avenue Goleta, CA 93117; Steven W Fox 270 Ribera Dr Santa Barbara, CA 93111 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Steven W Fox Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 5, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000020. Published: Jan 14, 21, 28. Feb 4 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: JANUARY PROPERTIES at 601 E. Micheltorena St., Unit 110 Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Neal J Daneman (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Neal Daneman Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 6, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000034. Published: Jan 21, 28. Feb 4, 11 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: JANUARY PROPERTIES at 601 E. Micheltorena St., Unit 110 Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Neal J Daneman (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Neal Daneman Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 6, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000034. Published: Jan 21, 28. Feb 4, 11 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: JCPENNY at 1321 S Broadway Santa Maria, CA 93454; Penney OPCO LLC 6501 Legacy Drive Plano, TX 75024 This business is conducted by an Limited Liability Company Signed: Lisa Dubois Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 7, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000042. Published: Jan 21, 28. Feb 4, 11 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: FRAME at 901 De La Vina St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Elaine M Esbeck 135 Morada Ln Santa Barbara, CA 93105 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Elaine Esbeck Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 8, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000050. Published: Jan 21, 28. Feb 4, 11 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person is doing business as: SCHWAN’S HOME SERVICE at 2337 Thompson Way Santa Maria, CA 93455; Cygnus Home Service, LLC 115 West College Drive Marshall, MN 56258 This business is conducted by an Limited Liability Company Signed: Jared D. Kemper Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 8, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000048. Published: Jan 21, 28. Feb 4, 11 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: S A N TA BARBARA ECOTHERAPY at 836 Anacapa Street #242 Santa Barbara, CA 93102; Sierra A Boatwright, LMFT 2981 Calle Noguera Santa Barbara, CA 93105 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Sierra Boatwright, LMFT Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 4, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000005. Published: Jan 21, 28. Feb 4, 11 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: QUINN F I D U C I A RY S E R V I C E S a t 6 0 1 E. Arrellaga St, Ste. 102 Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Jacquelyn A Quinn 333 Old Mill Road Space 168 Santa Barbara, CA 93110 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Steven W Fox Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 22, 2020. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2020‑0003043. Published: Jan 14, 21, 28. Feb 4 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: VIP C L E A N I N G L A D I E S , S H AW N PLUMMER’S CLEANING at 6 6 8 9 E l C o l e g i o L n . Ve n t u r a , CA 93003; Shawn L Plummer 1 6 0 3 S q u i r r e l L n Ve n t u r a , CA 93003 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Shawn Plummer Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 05, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000018. Published: Jan 14, 21, 28. Feb 4 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person is doing business as: F LY I N G V B A R R A N C H a t 3820 State Street Suite B Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Ola, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: David Stephen Sorensen Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 22, 2020. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2020‑0003045. Published: Jan 14, 21, 28. Feb 4 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person is doing business as: C O A S T C R E AT I V E PA R T N E R S at 400 Mountain Drive Santa B a r b a r a , C A 9 3 1 0 3 ; Ta c a I n c . (same address) This business is conducted by an Limited Liability Company Signed: A n t h o n y F. A g u i l a r F i l e d with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 31, 2020. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2020‑0003084. Published: Jan 14, 21, 28. Feb 4 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person is doing business as: ASHLEY FARRELL LANDSCAPE DESIGN INC at 2200 White Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93109; Ashley Farrell Landscape Design, Inc (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: Ashley Farrell Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 14, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000123. Published: Jan 21, 28. Feb 4, 11 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS N A M E S TAT E M E N T T h e following person is doing business as: CP BUILDERS a t 2 0 9 W. A l a m a r A v e . , S t e A Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Center Point Development Group, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: Michael O’Flynn Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 8, 2021. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN Number: 2021‑0000057. Published: Jan 21, 28. Feb 4, 11 2021.

NAME CHANGE 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 D E I V I CARRILLO GUTIERREZ ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 20CV03930 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: DEIVI CARRILLO GUTIERREZ TO: D AV I D CARRILLO GUTIERREZ THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to s h o w c a u s e , i f a n y, w h y t h e petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must aooear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written



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LEGALS NOTICE OF PLANNING COMMISSION JANUARY 25, 2021 MEETING CANCELLATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN given that continued Planning Commission public hearing from December 14, 2020 to January 25, 2021 regarding the Historic and Cultural Resource Ordinance (Case No. 16-092) has been cancelled. When the Planning Commission hearing on the above matter is rescheduled, notice will be provided again. For specific questions regarding the Historic and Cultural Resource Ordinance, contact Current Planning Manager Lisa Prasse at (805) 961-7542 or lprasse@ cityofgoleta.org. Publish:

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objection is timely filed , the court may grant the petition withouta hearing. Notice of Hearing Feb 22, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 5, 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, p r i n t e d i n t h i s c o u n t y, a t least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Dec 18, 2020. by Colleen K. Sterne. of the Superior Court. Published. Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 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 M A R I A C R I S E L S A VA E N C I A C R E U A ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 20C04059 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: MARIA CRISELDA VA L E N C I A C R U Z T O : M A R I C E L VA L E N C I A CRUZ THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to s h o w c a u s e , i f a n y, w h y t h e petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must 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 22, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 5, 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, p r i n t e d i n t h i s c o u n t y, a t least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Feb 18, 2020. by T h o m a s P. Anderle. of the Superior Court. Published. Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 2021.


BY PLAINTIFF: (LO E S TA D E M A N D A N D O E L DEMANDANTE): ALLISON MCBADE NOTICE! Yo u h a v e b e e n s u e d . T h e court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the i n f o r m a t i o n b e l o w. Yo u h a v e 3 0 C A L E N D A R D AY S a f t e r t h i s S u m m o n s and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call w i l l n o t p r o t e c t y o u . Yo u r written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can u s e f o r y o u r r e s p o n s e . Yo u can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self‑Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), your county law l i b r a r y, o r t h e c o u r t h o u s e nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal r e q u i r e m e n t s . Yo u m a y want to call an attorney r i g h t a w a y. I f y o u d o n o t k n o w a n a t t o r n e y, y o u m a y call an attorney referral service. If you cannot a f f o r d a n a t t o r n e y, y o u may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services p r o g r a m . Yo u c a n l o c a t e these nonprofit groups at the California Legal S e r v i c e s We b s i t e ( w w w. lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self‑Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil c a s e . T h e c o u r t ’s l i e n m u s t be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AV I S O ! L o h a n d e m a n d a d o . Si no responde dentro de 30 días, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tiene 30 DIAS DE CALENDARIO después de que le entreguen esta citación y papeles legales papa presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefónica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su

caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas información en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California ( w w w. s u c o r t e . c a . g o v ) , e n la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentación, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exención de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podrá quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remisión a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (wwwlawhelpcalifornia. org), en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de C a l i f o r n i a , ( w w w. s u c o r t e . ca.gov) o poniéndose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados l o c a l e s . A V I S O : P o r l e y, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotasy los costos esentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacion de $10,000 o mas de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesión de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el graveman de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. CASE NO: (Numero del Caso) 20CV02668 The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y dirección de la corte es): SUPERIOR COURT O F S TAT E o f C A L I F O R N I A COUNTY 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 The name, address, and telephone number of t h e 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 : C h a d M . Prentice, Maho & Prentice, L L P, 6 2 9 S t a t e S t r e e t , S t e 217, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805)962‑1930 (El nombre, la dirección y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): Law Offices of Chad M. Prentice, Maho & Prentice, L L P, 6 2 9 S t a t e S t r e e t , S t e 217, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, (805) 962‑1930; D AT E 8 / 1 9 / 2 0 2 0 D e p u t y Clerk; Elizabeth Spann Published. Jan 14, 21, 28. Feb 4 2021.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: Sealed Bids will be received at the office of Mark Nation, General Manger/Superintendent of the Goleta West Sanitary District at UCSB Campus Parking Lot 32, Santa Barbara, California 93106 for Project 12-03, Headquarters, Building Upgrades in strict accordance with the Contract Documents on file at the office of the General Manager/Superintendent. BID OPENING: Bids will be received at the Office of the General Manager/Superintendent, of the Goleta West Sanitary District, until 2:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, after which time the sealed Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. LOCATION OF THE WORK: The Work is to be constructed is at the Headquarters of the Goleta West Sanitary District. The Site, which does not have a specific street address, is on Santa Barbara Municipal Airport property in the City of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, State of California. It is located at Parking Lot 32 on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, adjacent to the Police Station, off Mesa Road. DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The Work, in two distinct Bid packages, Identified by Project Number, consists of: PROJECT NO. 12-03A 1. Operations Building 4,297 SF, Decommissioned Pump Station #2 is to be reconfigured to provide work, break, and locker/shower facilities for Operations Staff. Existing 1,102 SF Pump Station structure, above platform level, to be demolished, and all equipment to be removed. 2,784 SF below platform level to be permanently sealed off. Emergency Generator and Diesel Fuel Tank to remain in place. New structure to be built on remaining concrete platform, along with a new access ramp and planter area, for total new construction of 2,259 SF. Space in existing Administration Building to be reconfigured to house new MCC and Switchgear. 2. Equipment Garage Expansion Existing, 2,400 SF (4 Bay +1) Equipment Garage structure is to be expanded by 900 SF. Existing garage door openings to be increased vertically. Garage to be re-roofed and skylights added. 3. Wet Well Reconditioning Existing Wet Well at Pump Station Number 1, to be reconditioned, including sealing of crossover pipe to wet well at Pump Station Number 2. PROJECT NO. 12-03B 1. Perimeter Flood Wall The Site will be protected from flooding, in response to FEMA requirements, by means of a Perimeter Flood Wall (PFW). The FEMA compliant floodwall is comprised of permanent, cast-in-place concrete and masonry walls constructed on three sides of the site perimeter, and a demountable flood barrier system (deployed only under the threat of imminent flooding) installed on the access side of the property. Specific dimensions of each portion of construction shall be confirmed ‘in the field. BID ACCEPTANCE The District shall accept separate and individual BIDS for: PROJECT NO. 12-03 A and PROJECT 12-03B. The District shall also accept a combined/ total BID, for the two projects, above, identified as: PROJECT NO. 12-03 COMBINED The District’s will award the work to the lowest, responsible, and responsive, Bid; either separate and individual or combined/ total. The District’s intent is to select the BID(S) which will result in the lowest, total, Contract amount, for the Scope of Work described. COMPLETION OF WORK: Construction Project Work will occur within the constrained parameters of the Goleta West Sanitary District Site. Ongoing operations of the District will continue, unimpeded, throughout the construction process. PROJECT NO. 12-03A, consisting of the Operations Building, Equipment Garage Expansion, and Wet Well Reconditioning shall be completed within Two Hundred and Seventy (270) consecutive calendar days, after commencement date stipulated in the Notice to Proceed. PROJECT NO. 12-03B, consisting of the entire Perimeter Flood Wall shall be completed, and fully functional, within One Hundred and Twenty-Four (124) consecutive calendar days, after commencement date stipulated in the Notice to Proceed. CONTRACTOR’S QUALIFICATION: Bidding Contractors shall possess a valid Class A contractor license, at the time that the bid is submitted and during performance of the Work. Bidding and Performance of the work requires compliance with California Prevailing Wage Rate Requirements and Registration with the Department of Industrial Relations, to perform public work under Labor Code Section 1725.5. Consideration will be given to the experience and qualifications of the Bidder for the Performance of the Work, as supported by requisite Bid documentation, enumerating recent work of similar type, complexity, and conditions. PRE-BID CONFERENCE AND VISIT TO WORK SITE: A Pre-Bid Conference and walk-through of the project site and existing facilities will be conducted by the District at 10:30 AM PST, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. 1. Attendees to meet in Goleta West Sanitary District, Administration Building, Board Room located off Parking Lot 32 of the University of California, Santa Barbara. 2. All attendees of the Pre-Bid Conference and walk-through will be required to review and execute a COVID-19 Waiver and Release of Liability form which will be provided by the District. 3. All attendees of the Pre-Bid Conference and walk-through must wear a facial covering and comply with social distancing protocols relating to COVID-19 as set forth by then-existing Center for Disease Control guidance or mandates. CONTRACT DOCUMENTS: The Contract Documents are available for inspection, without charge, at the Office of the General Manager/Superintendent of the Goleta West Sanitary District. Appointment required. Complete sets of the Contract Documents are available for purchase, at cost, at Coast Reprographics, 228 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, (805) 962-9155. BID SECURITY: BID shall be accompanied by a certified or cashier’s check, or Bid Bond in the amount of Ten (10%) Percent of the Total Bid Amount, made payable to the Goleta West Sanitary District. In accordance with Section 22300 of the California Public Contract Code, the Contractor will have the option of posting securities of equal or greater value in lieu of a cash retention. WITHDRAWAL OF BIDS: The Bidder may withdraw its Bid at any time prior to the date and hour set for opening of bids upon presentation of a written request to the Office of Mark Nation, General Manger/Superintendent of the Goleta West Sanitary District at UCSB Campus Parking Lot 32, Santa Barbara, California 93106, signed by an authorized representative of the Bidder or by the person filing the Bid. BID ADMINISTRATION: Prior to the opening of the Bids, there shall be no communication with the General Manager/Superintendent of the District, any District staff, District Board members or the Architect and/or the Architect’s Consultant’s relative to the Project or Bid. All questions and/or requests for clarification or interpretations of the Contract Documents must be submitted in writing and shall be directed to the attention of: Mark Nation, General Manager/Superintendent, Goleta West Sanitary District. DISTRICT’S RIGHTS RESERVED: The District reserves the right to reject any, or all, bids or to waive any irregularities or informalities in any bid or in the bidding as may be in the best interest of the District. BY ORDER OF THE GOLETA WEST SANITARY DISTRICT Mark Nation General Manager/Superintendent, Goleta West Sanitary District January 5, 2021 INDEPENDENT.COM INDEPENDENT.COM

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