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GOING DOWN: The county’s adjusted case rate is currently at 9.7 and must fall between 4 and 7 in order to drop down from the more restrictive purple tier.

County Inches Toward Red Tier

Further Economic Reopening Ahead as Case Rate Drops, Vaccine Allocation Increases by Delaney Smith anta Barbara County is closing in on reentering the state’s COVID-19 red tier for the first time in months — allowing more business operations, like indoor dining, to resume. The county’s adjusted case rate, or the number of new cases per day for every 100,000 residents, is currently at 9.7. Santa Barbara must achieve a new case rate of between 4 and 7 in order to drop down from the more restrictive purple tier. The California Department of Public Health is currently attempting to administer 2 million vaccines to those living in the state’s most vulnerable areas. Once the agency reaches its goal, officials recently announced, the standard for entering the red tier will be widened to 4-10 new cases per 100,000 residents — which Santa Barbara County currently meets. “The state has administered 1.875 million vaccines in [the most vulnerable neighborhoods] so far,” said Santa Barbara’s Public Health Director, Dr. Van Do-Reynoso. “So it is conceivable that by Friday or early next week, we will be moved into the red.” The state’s next goal is to administer four


million vaccines to people living in the most vulnerable areas, and at that time, the standards for all tiers will shift again.


This week, there was a 39 percent increase in the county’s vaccine allocation. It received 9,080 vaccines last week and 12,580 first doses this week — including the new Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. The Public Health Department is continuing its 70/30 vaccine split this week, too. Seventy percent of the vaccines are allocated for health-care workers and those 65 and older, and the other 30 percent is split between workers in emergency services, childcare and education, and food and agriculture. Some members of the public and supervisors pushed back on the allocation for farmworkers, an underserved group who are typically Latino and low-income. Already, Latinos have been disproportionately impacted because they make up 48 percent of the county population while making up 73 percent of the cases. “My office has been really active in working with the ag community to try to find a way to get more vaccines, not pointing fin-

gers as much as looking under every rock possible,” said Bob Nelson, 4th District Supervisor. “I am frustrated by our inability to send more vaccines to the ag and food worker community.” For now, Do-Reynoso said her department is “well-invested and supportive” of the agricultural and food workers and that the allocation is the most they are currently able to give. The Centers for Disease Control also offered new interim recommendations for fully vaccinated people. Part of the guidance allows for fully vaccinated people to visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing as well as visit indoors with unvaccinated people who are low risk and from a single household. Do-Reynoso said her department is working on drafting local recommendations based on the new guidance, but that getting the vaccine does not mean that life “goes back to normal.” Fully vaccinated people should still take precautions and wear masks and socially distance in public, avoid medium-large gatherings, and get tested if experiencing symptoms, she said. n


S.B. Unified Prepares to Reopen Secondary Schools


he Santa Barbara Unified School District on Tuesday approved the reopening of secondary schools in-person learning once the county’s adjusted case rate drops into the red tier. District elementary schools were able to reopen in a hybrid model March 1. For secondary schools to follow suit, the adjusted case rate has to either be less than seven cases per 100,000 or less than 10 per 100,000 once the state administers two million vaccines to those living in the state’s 4


most vulnerable neighborhoods. Currently, the rate is looming just above reopening at 9.7. Like the elementary hybrid model, the secondary model has alternating A and B cohorts in person on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays, however, are fully online for all cohorts. After discovering that deep cleaning of campuses doesn’t need to happen on Wednesdays, the boardmembers pressed why students couldn’t be on campus that day, too.

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“Without the need for deep cleaning on Wednesdays, the logical next statement is then, ‘Why aren’t kids on campus?’ ” Board President Kate Ford said. Shawn Carey, assistant superintendent of secondary education, explained that the district needs to keep Wednesdays closed for now to see how day-to-day operations go before figuring out how to bring the cohorts to campus an extra day. —Delaney Smith

NEWS BRIEFS COMMUNITY As schools reopen, students find themselves being taught outdoors or in brisk classrooms, with windows and doors perpetually propped open for air circulation. In response, the S.B. Education Foundation is raising money through its Student Fund-a-Need campaign to buy and distribute jackets to in-need S.B. Unified students. “Over half of the students in the district come from lower-income families and are unable to afford new jackets,” said Eryn Shugart, who oversees the organization’s fundraising efforts. The campaign, which aims to raise $22,000 to keep 1,100 students warm at 10 school sites, is accepting donations at sbefoundation .org/student-fund-a-need. The Board of Supervisors has allocated more than $13 million in funding for rental and utility assistance through United Way of S.B. County. This Emergency Rent Assistance Program aims to reduce the risk of homelessness while simultaneously offering support to county residents. Applicants must meet needbased requirements and be able to demonstrate income loss resulting from COVID-19. Applications will be available through December 30, 2021, or until funds are spent. See independent.com/emergency-rent.

STATE A state law authored by Santa Barbara’s former senator Hannah-Beth Jackson continues to add women to the boards of directors of California-based companies traded on the stock exchange. From 2019 to 2020, Secretary of State Shirley Weber’s office recorded an increase from 282 to 311. And that’s just the companies that reported; the California Partners Project estimates that 97 percent of the state’s companies have at least one female board member; Jackson’s bill requires two for boards of eight or more people by the end of 2021.

COURTS & CRIME A mini crime spree in Goleta to either side of last weekend allegedly left one victim nearly deprived of his red Camaro and the 7-Eleven in Old Town robbed of an unstated amount of goods. The 7-Eleven at 5810 Hollister was hit on 3/5, and the Sheriff’s Office states two suspects robbed the convenience store just after 11 p.m. Then, on 3/8, at around 3:30 p.m., two men allegedly assaulted a third on Depot Road and tried to take his Camaro but fled in a gray truck, later found on Ekwill Street. Investigators ask for tips on both crimes at (805) 681-4181 or sbsheriff.org/home/ anonymous-tip. A complaint of a stolen flatbed truck was called in to Sheriff’s deputies from the Shell Station at Walnut and Hollister at around 7 a.m. on 3/9. They found it about a dozen blocks away on Ashdale Street and sent out a public request for assistance, receiving reports that a suspect was seen running through neighborhoods toward More Mesa and shedding his clothing. Parts of the beach below More Mesa are clothing optional. About two hours later, 33-yearold Jeremiah Scofield, wrapped in a sheet, was caught out by More Ranch Road and booked for misdemeanor vehicle theft, loitering, and a violation of probation. n


200 School Workers Vaccinated



hough the supply is limited, the first week of vaccinating Santa Barbara Unified educators was considered a success. For weeks, the majority of teachers and educators beseeched the district to secure vaccines before reopening. Karen McBride, president of the Teachers Asso- INOCULATING EDUCATORS: Last week, more than 1,000 educators, ciation, surveyed her including 200 S.B. Unified staff, were vaccinated at the Lompoc Valley Medical members and found that Center. 77 percent of her 715 members expressed contact with others in person or who are that they had some level of discomfort mixing across multiple stable groups. Last week, close to 200 staff members of going back without a vaccine. (For an interview with McBride, see independent the district’s 2,100 employees were vacci.com/karen-mcbride.) nated at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Despite the cries for vaccines, district ele- and the district’s early childhood education mentary schools reopened on March 1 anyway team was allotted 32 vaccines separately. because of the state vaccine shortage. In the This week, the district expects to vaccisame week, educators became eligible for the nate “a couple hundred more” at Sansum vaccine. Because of the shortage, the Public or Cottage. The district also reported that Health Department set aside 1,100 vaccines for some staff members have been able to make educators countywide during this first week. appointments through pharmacies at Vons, Superintendent Hilda Maldonado CVS, and Albertsons. decided which staff members got priority. Once the first two educator priority The first two groups of staff to be vaccinated groups are vaccinated, the district will move include those who are serving the “most on to prioritize staff members working in vulnerable students who require support person with students and other staff withthat does not allow for physical distancing, out mixing groups, and then staff with limare medically fragile, and are often unable to ited exposure to others and people working wear masks” and those who have significant remotely. —Delaney Smith



Randy Rowse Throws Hat in Mayoral Ring


fter much handwringing and hemming and hawing, former Santa Barbara city councilmember Randy Rowse announced he will be running for mayor in this November’s race. “I’m doing it,” Rowse declared. With 40 years in the restaurant business and 10 years on the council, Rowse is positioning himself as the voice of moderation and experience. He is also highlighting his lack of party affiliation, stating, “I’m not sure what party politics has to do with filling potholes.” The three other candidates now running— incumbent Mayor Cathy Murillo, James Joyce III, and Planning Commissioner Deborah Schwartz—boast strong Democratic Party credentials. In this context, Rowse would present a clear alternative to their various hues of blue. On the changes taking place on State Street, Rowse urged “a hard, sober look.” He added, “Everyone seems to think State Street is a big blank canvas. I don’t buy that.” What will these changes mean for the city’s Fiesta and Solstice parades, he asked. Will people still want to eat outside once COVID subsides and they can go back inside? “We hear people say, ‘This is our Pearl Chase moment,’ ” he said, allud-

Randy Rowse

ing the city’s former matriarch who helped impose the city’s signature red-tile-roof look after the earthquake of 1925. “I think it’s closer to a neutron bomb.” The process of planning downtown’s future, he said, requires many years. Rowse—who had grown visibly impatient and frustrated with the council’s leftward tilt during his last two years— said he hopes his experience both in business and inside City Hall appeals to voters. Since stepping down after his term expired two years ago, he acknowledged yelling at his laptop a time or two. “What I don’t intend to do is Mondaymorning quarterbacking and yelling insults from the cheap seats,” he stated. “That’s not how I roll.” —Nick Welsh


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lightly m ore than 17 million viewers got an up-close-andpersonal glimpse of backyard living — Montecito style — by tuning in to Oprah Winfrey’s two-hour deepdish interview of ex-British royals FIRST-NAME BASIS: Oprah interviewed Harry and Meghan from an undisclosed Harry and Meghan Montecito backyard. on CBS on Sunday. Winfrey—perhaps Montecito’s most famous pains to praise Queen Elizabeth but said resident—blinked, swiveled her head, and the reaction by other members of the royal otherwise registered shock, surprise, and family was sufficiently frosty and doubleincredulity as Meghan Markle and Prince dealing as to induce chronic thoughts of Harry—Montecito’s most famous couple— suicide. Worse yet, Meghan said, members disclosed how unnamed members of what of the “firm” would not clear her for the they alternately referred to as “the firm” or treatment and help she needed. Harry and “the enterprise” expressed concern about Meghan moved to Montecito last summer, the possible darkness of the skin tone of the after announcing they intended to step child—Archie—with whom Meghan was back as full-time representatives of the royal then pregnant. Harry and Meghan took family. —Nick Welsh MARCH 11, 2021



surfer was killed Saturday after a collision with another rider at the popular Rincon Point break just south of the Santa Barbara County line. Officials identified the victim as 51-yearold Gerald Gilhool of Ojai. Dispatchers received the call for an ocean rescue on March 6 at 1:14 p.m., officials said. Gilhool was rushed by ambulance to Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, where he was pronounced dead. Reports suggest Gilhool suffered a fatal head wound, though authorities have not yet released an offiGerald Gilhool with singer Mandy Moore cial cause of death. According to the Ventura County the rest of our lives missing you, man. We Star, other surfers who witnessed the col- love you so much.” lision brought Gilhool to shore on his Dawes’s lead singer, Taylor Goldsmith, surfboard and provided medical aid until is married to actress and singer Mandy firefighters arrived. The other rider sustained Moore, who also posted a tribute on Inscuts to his head and nose but was able to tagram, describing Gilhool as a “towering drive himself to the hospital, witnesses said. presence and personality” whose “loyalty Gilhool was a former tour manager for and love knew no bounds.” In the post, she the rock band Dawes, which posted a state- recalls spending time with Gilhool at Dawes ment on Instagram about his death. “He was shows “side stage, dancing and laughing and so full of life that it’s impossible to imagine confiding in him how much I was falling in him gone,” the band said. “We’ll be spending love with my now husband.” —Tyler Hayden


Cannabis Cash Up 30 Percent


anta Barbara County collected $2.6 million in cannabis tax revenue during the second quarter of the 2020-21 fiscal year—a 30 percent increase in the taxes collected over the same quarter last fiscal year. Of the 118 cannabis operators in the county, the $2.6 million came from just 56 of them. Thirty-seven filed zero gross receipts, or they didn’t report any sales, which happens in certain instances, such as nursery operations. The remaining 25 operators didn’t report at all. Despite the financial impact of the pandemic, cannabis tax revenues have continued to remain strong. The following are the top three takeaways from the county’s presentation on cannabis tax revenue over the second quarter — October 1-December 31, 2020.

(1) Enforcement for unpermitted cannabis operations has continued despite growing legal cannabis. Quarter two saw just one more enforcement action than the previous quarter for a total of six. Between these six enforcement actions, 64 live plants and 180 pounds of dried product were confiscated. In total, nearly $4.2 million worth of cannabis product has been seized during the 2020-21 fiscal year so far. When it comes to complaints on legal grows, those haven’t slowed down. In the second quarter, the Agricultural Commissioner’s team conducted two investigations related to pesticide violations. In addition, Planning and Development responded to 105 cannabis complaints, the majority of which continue to be about odor.



ackages bearing a neon-orange biohazard label are arriving at Carolina Arias’s virology lab at UC Santa Barbara, part of a countywide effort to track the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants. The virus that causes COVID-19 has been evolving, as viruses will do, and members of the Local Variant Task Team — dozens of doctors, researchers, administrators, and LAB WORK: Post-doctoral fellow Becca Best works with a virus sample at Carolina Arias’s UCSB lab. public health officials —are all relying on the expertise Arias brings and it seems to be an easy spreader but is not as they plan against the arrival of dangerous yet confirmed to be more deadly or resistant to vaccines by the CDC. But a new study from mutations. So far, the variants found in Santa Barbara UC San Francisco indicated it had caused aren’t classified as more contagious, deadly, severe or terminal illness in a small but statisor vaccine resistant, or the ones labeled “con- tically significant number of patients, and that cerning” by the Centers for Disease Control, a higher viral load in nasal passages verifies such as the English variant called the B.1.1.7, its greater transmissibility. The paper is not the South African one labeled the B.1.351, or yet peer-reviewed but was widely anticipated. the Brazilian mutation, the P.1. But that’s just a Some have noted the study period coincided preliminary assessment, cautioned Dr. Lynn with the height of the holiday surge when hosFitzgibbons, a member of the Task Team and pitals were beyond peak capacity, which could an infectious disease specialist at Cottage account, in part, for the severe outcomes. Health. Significantly, Arias’s lab is sequencing the “Interestingly, 16 of the 29 are identified to entire genetic code, more than 30,000 nucleobe the West Coast variant,” Fitzgibbons said tides, or the molecules that make up the DNA last Thursday. That’s the preferred moniker and RNA found in all living matter. “Being for a variant also known as CAL.20c and able to see the entire sequence allows us to B.1.427/B.1.429. differentiate between them completely. We In California as a whole, the West Coast see all the mutations peppered throughout the variant is the most prevalent at the moment, genome,” she said, which becomes important outstripping the quickly spreading U.K. vari- when new variants appear, which they inevi—Jean Yamamura ant. It’s moved into 19 states and six countries, tably will.


Surfer Dies in Rincon Point Collision U CSB

Hunt Is on for COVID Variants in S.B.

(2) More retail storefronts are in Santa Barbara’s future. Cannabis Principal Analyst Brittany Heaton said that county staff and a third-party consultant have already completed the first steps toward rating applicants who are looking to set up shop in the community plan areas designated for the stores. Now, they will rate each applicant’s neighborhood compatibility plan and the highest-ranked applicant in each community plan area will be eligible to seek a land-use permit and a retail business license. (3) Six new cannabis projects were submitted in the second quarter alone. During this same period, five projects were appealed, two were approved and are pending issuance, and one new project permit was issued. From the start of the cannabis program, there have been 174 projects proposed. Thirty of them have since been withdrawn or closed, only one was denied, and 30 were either issued permits or are pending. There are 10 projects currently on appeal and 103 under review. —Delaney Smith


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Safe Parking Program Expands as More Lose Housing 600 People Countywide Living in Vehicles: One Man’s Story


‘If someone met me, they wouldn’t know I was living in a car. They would be dumbfounded.’

Contrary to popular stereotypes, RVs make up only about 20 percent of their roster. About 84 percent of the guests, she said, are 55 and older; 70 percent are men; one third are working. Very few, she stressed, have substanceabuse issues. “Many do not consider themselves homeless,” she added. All lots have porta-potties and hand-sanitizing stations or access to restrooms. MarBorg, she said, offers free septic services for RV dwellers. “That’s huge,” she noted. Guests have to be in their place by 7 p.m. and out by 7 a.m. The goal is to transition residents into permanent housing. In the past 10 years, this has happened about 600 times. During the pandemic, Roach said, more landlords have become more willing to accept tenants who pay with Section 8 housing vouchers. More people, she said, are renting out single rooms. Roach said she loves the challenges of her job. “Every day is different. Every challenge is new,” she said. When people die in their van, it’s up to her to track down next of kin and figure out who takes possession of the remains. When people get sick, it falls to Safe Parking to help. It also falls on Roach to negotiate deals for new parking lots. Naturally, she gets lots of questions about the enormous Sears parking lot at La Cumbre Plaza. That lot, it turns out, is a jigsaw puzzle of different lots owned by different property holders. “It’s not that simple,” she said. When Mike Sawyer hit the streets, he did so on his own. Cops, he said, would sometimes hassle him. On one occasion, officers — concerned about drugs or guns — wanted him to empty the contents of his van. That would have taken three hours, he said. He resolved the situation by texting a friend on the force, a captain. By signing up with Safe Parking and staying in its lots, there’s no longer any risk of such hassles. “That’s huge,” he said. He starts the day — as he did before he hit the streets — with a cup of hot gas-station coffee. “No Starbucks poofie stuff,” he said. For breakfast and lunch, he eats healthy food bars. For dinner, maybe it’s chicken and vegetables at Panda Express or a salad at Vons. Once in a blue moon, he’ll splurge and buy himself a meal of steak and potatoes. Before COVID, Sawyer was signed up at an athletic club so he could shower regularly. With gyms closed, he now showers at his daughter’s home while babysitting his grandson. He enjoys rewarding relationships with both. Equipped with a cell phone, an old-school transistor radio, and a portable TV, Sawyer stays on top of the news. He can go where he wants and do likewise. “I can watch TV anytime I want,” he said with a chuckle. “I just finished a 16-square sudoku puzzle.” It can be a lonely life, he admits, and not one particularly conducive to romance and dating. But then, he added, he was a pretty solitary guy before. At times, he gets depressed. But that’s no different, either. A bathroom, he acknowledged, would be nice. But if he needs a porta-potty, he knows where they are. When he needs to pee, he has a gallon plastic bottle for just that purpose. Late at night, he stretches out on a Posturepedic foam mattress and gets a good night’s sleep. “When I turn off everything and climb in the back, I close my eyes, and it’s dark. It’s pretty much the same when I climb in my bed when I was living in an apartment.” Sawyer expressed ambivalence about moving back into more traditional housing. His monthly income vacillates too much for him to qualify. And what would he be getting? “I’m not a victim,” he said. “I’m a person who made a lot of decisions in my life, and this is where it led me. To me, I live a pretty normal life. It’s not too much different than when I n was in real life.” N IC K WELSH

by Nick Welsh ike Sawyer remembers what it was like to be “normal.” For nearly 60 years, he lived a “pretty normal” life. He grew up in Pacific Palisades, served a stint in the U.S. Air Force, moved to Santa Barbara in 1972, and attended UCSB. Along the way, he wound up owning two wholesale food businesses grossing about $2 million a year in sales, got involved in investments, coached sports, got married, got divorced, and had a daughter, who still lives in town. He got to know a whole lot of people. He never got rich, but that was never the point. Coaching, it turns out, was. Bringing people out of their shell; developing hidden talents; helping students get into schools they never thought they could attend. Somewhere along the way, life took a hard left turn on Sawyer — not his real name — and he soon found himself living out of his car. “It was teeny,” he recalled. Ten years later, he’s gone through a van and now calls his SUV home. “Think Jeep Cherokee,” he said, describing his current digs. Most people who take to car living do so for about 12-18 months, according to the people running the Safe Parking Program for the New Beginnings Counseling Service, which provides a sunset-to-sunup fourwheeled housing program in 26 parking lots throughout the South Coast for people like Sawyer. “I grew up normal, okay?” Sawyer reflected. “I came from an upper-middle-class family, went to good schools, and lived a normal life.” But economic reality brought Sawyer to a confounding fork in the road. “I can’t afford to live in Santa Barbara, but I can’t afford to leave it either,” he said. His daughter lives here. His grandson lives here. His coachSAFE SPACES: According to Cassie Roach, Safe Parking Program director, no fewer ing lives here. Sawyer — pushing 70 — brings in about than 20 percent of her residents lost their housing due to COVID-related job loss. $20,000 a year, including Social Security. He’s on all the affordable housing lists, but for the time being, he’s Program, no fewer than 20 percent of her residents lost living something of a double life. “If someone met me, they wouldn’t know I was living in their housing because of COVID-related job loss. Some a car,” he said. “They would be dumbfounded.” Sawyer has hit the streets, she said, anticipating evictions that were zero interest in advertising the fact. “I know a lot of people,” never served, not realizing that state and local ordinances protected them from such legal action. “They were trying he explained. According to recent statistics on Santa Barbara’s home- to be responsible,” Roach said. less population, Sawyer is one of more than 600 people In response, the county has authorized funding for 80 countywide living in their vehicles. Of those, about 262 live additional Safe Parking spaces over the next three years. in the City of Santa Barbara. And of those, 156 are staying in But finding new parking lot owners willing to join the program has long been a challenge, Roach said. Neighborhood parking lots managed by Safe Parking. With homelessness now achieving heightened critical opposition, she said, has been an issue. To date, she’s signed mass as a public health and public policy challenge, much contracts for two new lots and expanded the number of attention has been spent on expanding the county’s inven- spaces at two lots already in the program. Combined, this tory of permanent transitional housing. But those efforts has increased the number of spaces by 20. are expensive and time-consuming. Parking lot housing, Roach, who graduated from UCSB in 2015, said she by contrast, offers the possibility of a more immediate fix. “sort of stumbled” onto the Safe Parking Program, first as a volunteer, then as a case manager, and now as director. Before that, she had been on the pre-med path and had worked as a medical assistant for a couple of doctors in town. “I was the one who took your vitals,” she said. To provide more comprehensive service, Safe Parking now offers two case managers instead of just one. Parking-lot monitors make the rounds every night, and residents have to sign up again on a monthly basis. Typically, only a handful of cars and vans are allowed on a given lot at a given time. The largest With homeless service planners fearful of a tsunami of number is 15. Local churches provide the majority of lots, new COVID-related evictions this summer, the need for but the City and County of Santa Barbara have provided quick fixes could become even more urgent and immedi- three each. New Beginnings provides insurance for all parate. According to Cassie Roach, director of the Safe Parking ticipating lots and a 24/7 phone line for complaints.


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by Nick Welsh ntoxicated by an urgent sense of transformational possibility — or perhaps delusions of grandeur — the Santa Barbara City Council voted unanimously to create a new 17-member advisory committee charged with nothing less than charting the future of State Street and downtown Santa Barbara over the next 100 years. In so doing, the council rebuffed entreaties by city staff to limit the commission size to a manageable number, something less than 10. Instead, the councilmembers opted for a size far more expansive and inclusive — 17 — acknowledging that so doing might make its job considerably harder. Leading the charge for this bigger, broader, more expansive approach were councilmembers Kristen Sneddon, Meagan Harmon, and Oscar Gutierrez, all of whom served on the short-lived State Street Subcommittee which gave rise to this more ambitious push for a major master planning effort. Sneddon has been particularly concerned about the onslaught of new downtown projects emerging in the absence of any cohesive master plan, particularly one that would dramatically reconfigure De la Guerra Plaza and another the downtown library plaza. Then there has been the improvisational manner with which the State Street Promenade has evolved during the pandemic, and the number of developers interested in building multiuse housing downtown. And, of course, the unanswered question: what to do with the empty old Macy’s and Nordstrom buildings?



The More the Merrier Council Expands Master Plan Commission to Chart Next 100 Years

“This is our moment for high-level visioning,” Sneddon declared. Harmon stated, “The point is to be truly transformational,” adding, “Let’s open it up to high- Councilmembers Meagan Harmon (left) and Kristen Sneddon level community thinkers.” Councilmember Gutierrez argued that the process “should nonprofit world, and the alternative transportation universe. be the most inclusive, the most dramatic, and should have as Another two would be selected to serve as alternates. “This will take a little more time and will be a lot more work,” many people at the table.” Fueling all this fervor is a long-festering concern that commented Harmon. “But is it worth it? Absolutely.” The task tourists and residents no longer find State Street particularly promises to be grueling, with no clear end in sight. It’s not relevant. Speaking with an evangelical fire, city planner Rob even clear what the exact parameters of the new commission’s Dayton said State Street should be the place “where memories focus will be. On paper, it appears the boundaries are from the are made, the spine of downtown, and the defining place of freeway to Sola Street and from Chapala to Anacapa. But when Jordan questioned why it didn’t extend to the Santa Barbara’s identity.” Councilmembers quickly agreed that they wanted as Funk Zone or to the waterfront itself, Dayton acknowledged many stakeholders sitting at the table as practically — and there were serious “connectivity” issues to be studied. Harmon even impractically — feasible. Where Dayton wanted two was not daunted. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she councilmembers, the council opted for three. Where Dayton declared. “We’re talking about change to our downtown that wanted two members of the Planning Commission and two will define the next 100 years.” from the Historic Landmarks Commission, the council opted After selecting which members of the council, the Planning for just one each. The council — pushed by Councilmember Commission, and the Historic Landmarks Commission Michael Jordan — opted to set aside three seats for will serve, the recruiting and selection process for qualified representatives of the downtown business- and property- applicants will begin. Based on similar solicitations, owning community. The other seven seats would be selected by most councilmembers said they expect to confront an the council from the community at large, though with a keen overabundance of qualified, compelling candidates. Then, the n eye for representatives of the performing arts community, the fun begins in earnest.


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obituaries Sandra Jackson McCartney 1939 - 2021

On March 1, 2021, Sandra Jackson McCartney died peacefully from Alzheimer’s Disease. Born in 1939 in West Orange, New Jersey, to Jeanne and Nelson Jackson, Sandy, as she was known, loved music. She played the French horn in her youth, and throughout her life enjoyed Broadway shows, Christmas carols, and opera. She attended Wellesley College, where she studied political science, and while there, met her first husband, Rod Nash, whose career as professor of history and Environmental Studies, she supported through her fast typing and editing skills. In 1966, they moved with their two children to Santa Barbara, where Sandy lived until her death. A member of All-Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church for 55 years, she served the church in many capacities, finding great joy in her work as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. She was also a member of the Junior League, serving a term as president, and was on the board of many different organizations, including The Little Cottage and Planned Parenthood. Beginning in 1975, Sandy began a career as a travel agent, first in an agency and later by establishing her own company. An avid traveler herself, Sandy helped clients plan exotic trips, solve tricky travel problems, and introduced people to the joys of learning about other peoples and cultures all over the world. She traveled extensively and had been to every state in the United States, to every continent save Antarctica, and to corners of the globe many people never get to see. She would pick up and go anywhere at the drop of the hat, and particularly loved hopping along ports of the Baltic Sea en route to St. Petersburg, exploring the countries in Central Africa, and taking her mother to visit China, fulfilling a long-held dream of her mother. In 2003, she married Douglas McCartney, an old friend, and she continued her globe-hopping ways with Doug by her side. Sandy and Doug always completed The New York Times crossword puzzle, enjoyed their church community, the Santa Barbara 10


To submit obituaries for publication, please call (805) 965-5205 or email obits@independent.com Farmers Market, the symphony, good books, and walks to the pier. She is survived by her husband, Douglas McCartney, her daughters Laura Nash and Jennie Nash Robertson, and her grandchildren, Caroline Nash, Hannah Caldwell, Carlyn Robertson, and Emily Robertson and is fondly remembered by her son-in-law, Rob Robertson, her grandsons-in-law, Mike Dwyer and Tommy Fredrick, and her first husband Rod Nash. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Santa Barbara Symphony.

Barie Evan McCurry 1/16/1941 - 2/18/2021

Barie was born to Jeanne and Ernie McCurry in Avalon, Catalina Island, where the family made its home. They moved to the mainland and settled in Summerland, and later Carpinteria. Barie graduated from Carp High and earned degrees from UCSB and UCLA.  He played the trumpet and was in the UCSB Brass Choir.  Early on he took time to travel around the world, and for much of three years he lived in Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia where he found work, surfed, and explored.  Soon after his return he met his future wife, Jenifer Anderson. Two years later they married and in 1967 joined the Peace Corps. They spent two years in Honduras.  He learned Spanish and loved his work, helping establish fishing and bus co-ops.  Their first child Hilary was born in Tegucigalpa.  After the Peace Corps, Barie entered the UCLA Anderson School of Business where he earned an MBA. During this time their son Jack was born.  He was then hired by Proctor and Gamble to work in Modesto and then Germany where they moved in 1973.  Their youngest daughter Sarah was born there and they enjoyed four years living abroad.  Soon after returning to the States in 1976, Jenifer and Barie split up, but remained lifelong friends and allies in raising their children cooperatively.  Barie pursued new interests in holistic healing, which led him to study at the Center for the Healing Arts in Santa Monica and then travel to the Philippines to further his knowledge.  While over-

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seas he bought a 37' sailboat, the Arunta Princess, and embarked on a single-handed journey from the Philippines to Santa Barbara that took eight months. He returned to Carpinteria and began a business consulting firm that incorporated his business experience with the spiritual components he had learned. Together with two colleagues, they formed a consulting strategy called Corporate Wisdom that was decades ahead of its time. It brought mindfulness and communication tools into executive level corporations to improve work culture and relationships.  In his final work chapter Barie became a Licensed General Contractor and founded his company Mold Remediation Services of Santa Barbara.  With his crew of workers, they restored and beautified homes mostly in the Montecito area affected by water damage. Barie’s focus outside of work was always on spending time and making wonderful memories with his children. They went on annual ski trips and traveled widely to many exotic destinations such as the Pyramids of Giza, Angel Falls, Venezuela, Istanbul, Athens, and Bali; it was always an adventure to remember!  Barie loved to share his interests in sailing and traveling with them.  He was a truly devoted father and grandfather and would drop everything to be on the sidelines cheering or helping in any way he could. He was a loyal and supportive friend to those fortunate to be close with him. Barie is survived by his loving family; (step) mother Barbara McCurry, sister Diane Beamer, daughter Hilary McCurry, daughter-in-law Carmen McCurry, grandsons Andrew, Ian, and Sebastian McCurry, daughter Sarah and husband David Paolini, grandchildren Sophia, Gabrielle, and Dominic Paolini, many nieces and nephews, and dear friend Jenifer .   He was predeceased by his beloved son Jack, brother Jack, and parents. He will be dearly missed. The family wishes to thank Barie’s devoted caregivers at the Pacifica Senior Living and Assisted Hospice.  A private memorial will be held due to Covid restrictions.

Mayra Veronica Medina 11/28/1979 - 2/13/2021

Mayra Veronica Medina, Santa Barbara native, 41, passed away at home peacefully in the presence of loved ones in the early hours of February 13, 2021. For roughly the past 5 years she battled many daunting ups and downs after being diagnosed with Lupus. Rest in Peace Mayra for your pain and suffering is over. In the days following her passing, the feeling that she had been betrayed by the universe has lingered.  As if she was robbed of a full life and unable to see all of her dreams come to fruition. But as the days have passed, memories flood and the insight from other people who were touched by Mayra began to form a bigger picture of who she was and what her life meant to her. The picture showed one of her biggest dreams fulfilled for many years: her dream of having a family. To create and be a part of a family where she found meaning, was accepted, and ultimately loved. At eighteen she was love struck and at twenty-three was married. Not too long after, through another unfortunate passing, the universe tasked her with raising a child. She raised and accepted her as her own and saw it no other way.  Mayra was proud to have the family she had helped create and in her adult years this family was the center of her universe.  There are a select few who were privy to more of who Mayra was.  Among the titles of mother and wife, she was also a friend, a daycare owner, a daughter, a sibling to five, and an aunt to ten  who was always up for fun and often the loudest in the group (at times the wildest). Looking prim and proper was a must. Pretty outfits, perfect nails, signature watches and that captivating smile. Mayra was mischievous at times, and she knew it, but she enjoyed life and was one who always saw the more cheerful side of things; a mixed bag of emotions, ideas, actions, and behaviors.  I sifted through so many memories and thoughts about Mayra to

ensure that this brief tribute held meaning, hoping that in these few minutes of your attention you might understand who Mayra was. Yet, I can only speak to who Mayra was to me.  She had many different relationships with those blessed to have known her and it is in the details of those relationships that sum-up who Mayra was to each and everyone of us.  For myself, she was my sister, my best friend, and the person who always told me she loved me. I hear her voice every time I speak.  I’ll remember her as the little girl I played barbies with and the woman who always hustled to make her dreams come true. I love you Mayra and I hope you’re at peace. Until we meet again. Services to be held on March 17, 2021 at 11 a.m Central / 9 a.m Pacific Holy Family of Nazareth 2323 Cheyenne St. Irving, Tx 75062

Florence Hume Tryon Stivers 5/4/1935 - 1/26/2021

To everyone who knew her, she was the most caring person you could ever hope to meet. Florence Hume Tryon was born in Niagara Falls, New York on May 4, 1935. After college and graduate school, Florence became a nurse in Rochester, New York. With her husband The Rev. Donald Austin Stivers, she lived in Rochester for over a quarter of a century, and raised two children, Margaret and Michael. The family moved to Santa Barbara in late 1982, where Donald served as an Episcopal priest at Christ The King Episcopal Church and Florence participated in many church activities. Florence loved exploring the California coast and Santa Barbara backcountry, leading the family on many adventurous hikes. A small, private service for family members will be held on March 20. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Hospice of Santa Barbara (http://www.hospiceofsb.org).

obituaries Farrah Rose Rauch 2/28/2021

Farrah Rose Rauch also known as (Fae-ven) died at age 17 on February 28, 2021. Farrah had a HUGE heart for people. Her mother was Heather Sue Rauch (Hausmann-Heaton) and her father was Steven Rauch. Survived are her siblings; Jett Steven Rauch and Ty Daniel Rauch. Grandparents were Rosalie Rauch, Douglas Peter Rauch, Renee Hausmann (husband Gary) and Jeff Baker. Farrah has many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Great Cousins in 4-Territories of the United States; West Coast, Mid-West, East Coast and Florida. Viewing of her beautiful well-known face and “Celebrating Farrah’s Life” will be on Wednesday, March 10th , 2021 at the Old Dana College Campus Clock Tower Building housed now by the most amazing Christ Lutheran Church Campus located at 2905 College St, Blair, NE 68008. Service begins at 2:00pm CT and likely, quite the event with music, prayer, a beautiful message by Pastor Mark and a mini-marathon 12step meeting on-the-side. If you would like to attend the service virtually please go to https://www.youtube.com/ channel/UCJGEYJ_YOmpyYdf4A6a6Abg We love you Farrah! Farrah was born in Santa Barbara, California. She attended the Santa Barbara Oaks Parent Workshop and then Monte Vista. She loved to kayak, surf, skateboard, going on Bill’s boat and taking trips to all the Islands off the Santa Barbara Coast. She loved swimming at Red Rock, tidepools and hiking all the local Santa Barbara Trails and running around Castle Park . She was a star Hockey Player and had a mean Face-Off! She was a member of Ocean Hills Church on the Beach and loved having birthday parties at the Santa Barbara Zoo. She moved to Blair, Nebraska in 2009 and attended West, Arbor, Otte and Blair Highschool. She continued soccer in Blair, and was accepted into the Girls Show Choir. She loved to snow ski and zipline at Mt. Crescent for free, as her dad was a Ski Instructor there. Farrah enjoyed Lake Okeechobee, Adventure Land and road trips with her best friends and brothers; to East Coast, West Coast

To submit obituaries for publication, please call (805) 965-5205 or email obits@independent.com and Everywhere in-between. She loved the spas and chai lattes with her mom and many other adventures in life. She developed her music and was becoming quite the singersongwriter, finding an avenue to express her inner emotions and challenges in her life. She loved to play Video Games with Jett and the two of them became best of friends. Farrah will be missed and never forgotten every single day; forever while we are on this earth. I know Rosie, Percy, Nari and Fireheart will miss her dearly too.

Ghita Ginberg

12/16/1928 - 2/20/2021

Santa Barbara has lost one of its most respected and beloved community activists, who immersed herself for nearly 60 years in promoting democratic ideals and values: civil rights, women’s rights, the celebration of diversity in our pluralistic culture, the right to health care and education for all, and international peace. Her motto was always “Think globally, act locally.” Ghita Dworkin Klein was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Maurice and Deby Lena (Dworkin) Klein. Her father was a doctor, and Ghita always aspired to follow in his footsteps. Her marriage after the war to Paul Ginberg at age 19, followed within the year by the arrival of her first daughter Deborah and two years later her second, Gail, put an end to college and to that dream aspiration, as it did for many women in those times. So began her wonderful years raising two little girls into productive adulthood. She and Paul valued their children’s opinions throughout all their phases growing up, encouraging them to express those opinions, and always listening. Ghita’s volunteerism began in the 1960s with the League of Women Voters (LWV), and by 1974 her leadership as the first woman Chair of the Santa Barbara Democratic Central Committee had made it into the New York Times. Her involvement in politics continued as a member of the Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County, where she was a highly valued member of the Elections, Endorsements, and Legislation Comm. By the late 1970s Ghita was

volunteering for and supporting a wide range of community programs that help people, including Planned Parenthood, SB Rape Crisis Center (now known as STESA), AntiDefamation League (ADL), Pacific Pride, LWV, and Family Service Agency (FSA). At FSA, Ghita helped found the Senior Services Advisory Council in 1979, and as its chair on and off over the last several decades she contributed significantly to the development of the Postal Alert Program; the CareLine; the Homemaker, Senior, and Caregiver Mental Health Programs; and the Senior Case Management Program. She also loved and supported the arts, particularly classical music performances, and gave generously to help provide instruments to local school bands. Ghita and Paul also welcomed a Somali Muslim girl into their home in 1967 for her Senior study abroad year at San Marcos HS; and in the 1970s several Democratic campaign workers to live with them at various times, some becoming lifelong friends. Ghita’s passion for helping others, for human rights, her everencouraging attitude, and her tireless service are a model for all of us. Ghita was committed to the Jewish principle of healing the world or leaving the world better than we found it. She obtained and distributed to all who would wear them the ADL buttons that say “No Place for HATE” As her good friend Marian Shapiro said, “Ghita was a Mensch, and a perfect example of what that Yiddish word means: a person of integrity and honor, who does good for the world, is trusted and compassionate. We LOVED and admired Ghita and for those of us who worked with Ghita, she will never be forgotten.” Ghita was very modest despite the many accolades and awards she received for her work in the community, including from the LWV in 1996 and Senior Citizen of the Year for Santa Barbara County in 2015. Her last seven years were lived happily at Alexander Gardens Assisted Living, and she loved coming to her families’ homes for fun get-togethers and weekly dinners. Before meals she would toast with the words “Thank you Zeus for the cookies and juice” and often become misty-eyed acknowledging the people not with us. “And a little peace please,” she would add. In the last few years we had the joy of watching her become Gr-Gr, great-grandmother, to Ben, and recently to Ethan. Around her great-grandchildren she showed that being playful and silly are lifelong joys. She

would put on her rainbow fuzzy socks and her string of Mardi Gras beads when she knew Ben was coming for a visit, and they got a real kick out of each other. Granddaughter Jamie best summed up her grandma at the small family service held at Santa Barbara Cemetery Feb. 25th: “One of the first words that has always come to my mind when describing my grandma to those who didn’t know her is ‘feisty.’ She certainly was lively, determined, courageous, ready to speak her mind. She is a model to me of what it can look like to live in service to the causes you believe in and the change you want to see, and to be interested in everything. After I moved away to college and beyond, she regularly sent care packages of her homegrown tangerines and kumquats – rays of California sunshine during Boston winters – and clippings of articles she thought I’d be interested in. These were always accompanied by loving, hand-written letters full of past adventures, her political and nonprofit involvements, commentary about the birds in her garden or events she had gone to, and updates about dear friends.” After attending dear friend Merle Shore’s memorial in 2006, she wrote in one such letter that “Endings are hard no matter how prepared we think we are.” Definitely true, although the memories of her plucky sense of humor, her constant giving, her unique quirks, and knowing she was ready after a rich life, act as buoys for all of us now. Ghita’s equally wonderful husband, Paul, passed away almost 25 years to the day of her passing. She is survived by her daughters Deborah Cox (Tom) and Gail Whipple (Ron); grandchildren Jamie File (Jason) and Loren Postma (Tonya); and great-grandchildren Savannah Postma, and Benjamin and Ethan File. We plan to hold a celebration of her life later in the year with her many friends and family once Covid is no longer a risk. Donations can be made to Central Coast Home Health and Hospice, Family Service Agency, or any of the other organizations that she gave so much to.


Wayne John Colahan, Jr. 9/25/1930 - 2/16/2021

Wayne John Colahan, Jr., in the presence of his wife, Mildred Thompson Colahan, supported by his loving family and friends, passed away on February 16, 2021. All those who encountered Wayne will attest that he was one of the true stand-up individuals; he had an amazing 90 year run! Wayne lived a life that made all who knew him proud to call him husband, father, grandfather and friend. Wayne leaves behind his beloved wife of 69 years, his sister, children, grandchildren, and related loved ones. Born in Woodstock, Illinois, he attended local schools, where at the age of 13, he met his future wife, Milly. Wayne received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, his graduate degree in Engineering from Purdue University, and his Masters in Business from the Harvard Business School. Wayne had numerous successes throughout his professional career; as rocket fuel engineer for the early Explorer missions with Jet Propulsion Laboratory and aerospace and aviation development with United Technology Corporation. Entrepreneurial, sales and management roles occurred with companies such as Circon ACMI and Synvasive Technology Inc. In retirement, Wayne operated and was partner in Alisos Vineyards Corporation, growing and supplying wine grapes to many of Santa Barbara’s finest wineries. Wayne was passionate about yacht racing, a skill he passed on to his children. He served as a two-term Commodore for the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. A long-time member of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, he raced in regattas locally and nationally on his yachts, The Magic Touch and Rio. Wayne was a generous patron of the arts; he and Milly were among the founders of State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, CA. Humble about his achievements, highlighting the value of education and community, he enjoyed a fully satisfying and interesting life. A celebration in honor of Wayne will be held in the near future. Donations can be made in Wayne’s honor to State Street Ballet, and Hospice of Santa Barbara. Continued on p.12

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obituaries Jose J. Gonzalez

6/8/1923 - 2/28/2021

Angels are dancing a polka in heaven to the sounds of Dad playing his harmonica. Jose Jesus Gonzalez passed away peacefully at the age of 97 at home on Sunday, February 28, 2021 surrounded by his family. Jesus was born in Yahualica, Jalisco, Mexico a town famous for expert Charro horsemanship and competition. He was a champion rider, lover of horses, cars, and charmer of señoritas. He was handsome, strong, brave, and respected by all. World War II brought him to this country through the Bracero program where after working on the Pennsylvania Railroad he settled in El Paso, Texas. There in 1957 he met and married the love of his life, Tola Villalobos. He worked and lived on a dairy farm before deciding to relocate with Tola and their two small daughters to California. On the drive to San Jose, they stopped to visit the Limon cousins in Santa Barbara. The City was brightly dressed for Christmas that December of 1960. State Street was lined with giant Christmas trees down the middle of the street, and they decided right there and then that this would be their home. They would welcome one more daughter and two sons in their long marriage of 63 years. Jose worked as a driver for the City Sanitation Service/BFI where he was recognized for his outstanding driving skills and hard work. He left to start a landscaping business which he turned over to his two sons upon retiring at age 63. He is preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Annette Gonzalez and daughter Ofelia Torres (Rafael). And survived by two more daughters from a prior marriage Maria Placencia (Moises) and Alicia Rios (Jose), His loving wife Tola Gonzalez, Daughters, Icela Gonzalez, Olivia Rodriguez (Jim), Irma Sevilla (Ed), and sons Arturo Gonzalez (Annette) and Jesus Gonzalez Jr. (Yolanda). He is also survived by his brother Refugio (Aurora) and 26 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. And, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and compadres. He was devoted to work, church, and his very large and boisterous family. Jesus was 12


To submit obituaries for publication, please call (805) 965-5205 or email obits@independent.com a true patriarch. He will be terribly missed by us all. The family is grateful for the outstanding care and attention provided by Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) Hospice. With special thanks to Alex Velasquez for becoming Dad’s very good amigo. The family will hold an outdoor mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on March 15, at 10:00 A.M. 2021 with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery. Due to COVID restrictions, immediate family will gather privately thereafter with hopes of a “gran fiesta” celebration of life when conditions allow.

Elwire Paul

7/14/1932 - 1/23/2021

Elwire Paul was born June 14th, 1932, region of Bessarabia, Romania, in the town of Liepzig. Her parents were Emanual & Christine Neumann, and she had a younger sister Ella. German colonies in this area were established in 1842 where the villagers were primarily farmers, who were enticed from their native Germany with promise of land ownership, interest free credit, exemption from taxes for 10 years, autonomy, freedom of religion, and exemption from military service. Each family was given 160 acres of known rich soil in the agreement. She grew up living on the farm land, to where her father worked the fertile soil, and raised Persian Lamb’s along with horses. Preceding the war, one of the Romanian General’s obtained military horses through her father since he was known for quality breeding in the land, and where the General kept one of them for his personal use. Her father was an entrepreneur who started a foundry that was very successful, and enjoyed the fruits of their hard work where they lived very comfortably. The family remained there until the Russians agreed with the Germany in 1939 to divide up the

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land, and where the Besserabia region would change to Russian control. Elwire, her family, and the whole village picked up and moved back to Germany. They were not allowed to leave with any money, jewelry or valued possessions, only to leave with a suitcase of clothes. Their journey continued from Germany to Poland as they traveled as refugees during the war and invasions. At the end of World WW 2, the family fled back to Germany, and in those years she earned her College Business Degree. She put her skills to work when her family immigrated to the United States, working for a Shell Oil office as an Executive Assistant. Soon after arriving in the U.S., she traveled from Michigan to Canada to visit a girlfriend, and to where she met her future husband George Paul. Detroit, Michigan was their home after getting married in 1958 (divorced in 1997). They came to Santa Barbara in 1963 with their two sons Gerhard & Robert Paul, and eventually in 1965, they settled in Goleta, CA, with their young family. Her social personality and enthusiasm led her to participate in local Adult Education Classes, to which she enjoyed the many opportunities to coordinate her hands with an artistic eye and creative thinking. She had an appreciation of art, which was pursued as an outlet in many forms. She herself created items such as woven baskets, crochet blankets, floral arrangements, photography, and decorated cakes. At one point she had a large manual foot peddle Weaving Loom where she strung the warp thread and produced her woven wall hangings that she was very proud of. Her artistic expression included written words in poems, and to which we marveled at her beautiful scripted hand writing. Elwire was an accomplished cook and baker, and loved serving up her delicious food to her family. Baked goodies were in abundance, and brought smiles to all of us appreciating her “gourmet” talents. Her grand kids (and big kids) recall the tasty cookies…with her specialty of Apfel Kuchen (Apple Cake) that was a favorite treat. She loved her four grandchildren who brought much joy to her. “Oma” was always quick to read a book to this crew in their younger years, and she spent a lot of time getting on their ground level and playing with them. Funny moments with these young ones gave Elwire great storytelling details that she recalled in conversations, accented in humor and excitement. She would share to all who would be in earshot, and you always ended up chuckling

after hearing her thoughtful observations. Photography was also a passion to capture treasured images of her grandchildren Brandon, Ryan, Joshua, and Renee, and we enjoy those snapshots preserved in time… to this day. She valued America and was proud to learn English to become an official citizen, and fully appreciated this incredible country to pursue any goal, and where she reaped the rewards of hard work and accomplishment. With arriving for a third time again to another location with only a suitcase in hand starting all over, the perseverance to learn the English language and build from nothing was an example lived out here with arriving in the United States. As an immigrant she felt very fortunate to be living in this country, as opposed to some of her relatives getting caught behind the oppressive “Iron Curtain” in East Germany. Her compassion of this family tragedy led her to send many international care packages all through the years. Elwire valued continual learning, always eager to educate herself through much reading and participating in a variety of classes. She was fascinated by interesting biographies of people, cultures, and places. Her library of collected books gave her a desire to travel and learn of regional customs. Interest in life stories lead her to be a very inquisitive person, who was also very generous to people surrounding her. We admired her intellect savvy teamed with self discipline for delayed gratification that layed the ground work for fruits of financial success in her marriage union. We honor her influence of teaching financial responsibility with purposed action behind it, pursuing your interests with passion, taking pride in hard work ethic, and having compassion for people in need. She did her best to touch people with her kindness, and we will remember the positive times of love and caring she shared in her lifetime. Pastor Dan Hodgson of Vineyard Church resided over a beautiful family graveside service where she was placed alongside her parents in Goleta Cemetery. White roses along with one of her favorite reads of inspirational quotes and Bible scriptures were laid to rest with her, as she ended her time here on earth Saturday, January 23rd of this year 2021. Elwire is survived by; son Gerhard Paul and wife Eva of Goleta, son Robert Paul & wife Kim of Goleta, and their 4 adult children Brandon, Ryan, Joshua, and Renee. Also survived by her nieces Faye, Erica and nephew Ricky. Preceded in death was her parents Emanuel & Christine Neumann,

and sister Ella Reimer. We want to thank all of her friends and extended family who gave their best of support over the years. May she rest in peace, and have a renewed mind and body, as she is in a better place with her Heavenly Father.

Charles L. Alva

8/14/1931 - 2/16/2021

Charles L. Alva, “Uncle Charlie” 89, passed away on Feb. 16, a victim of the Covid virus. He was born in Santa Barbara on August 14, 1931. He lived for several years in Mexico but returned to Santa Barbara in his early teens. He served in the US Army for two years with a tour of duty in Japan. Upon returning to Santa Barbara, he began working at Steve’s Market, in Montecito, which later became Jurgenson’s, where he worked for many years and subsequently retired. He married Vera Hruba Ralston Yates in 1973 and together they hosted many parties at their beachside estate. Vera passed away in 2003. Uncle Charlie then devoted his life to various philanthropic organizations and enjoyed assisting the vendors at the local Farmer’s Market. He was a superb cook, “chef ”. He loved cooking and was known to fix dinner for 150 guests for a Bar-B-Q, with steaks to order. Sometimes in the middle of the night, unable to sleep, he was known to bake a cheesecake, scones, a pie, or cream puffs. Quite often he would prepare meals for his gardeners and other employees. One never visited him without leaving with some of his kitchen goodies. He never opened a cookbook. While he was working at Jurgenson’s, Julia Child would drop in to see what Charlie was preparing for the employee’s lunch in the store’s kitchen. He was a longtime member of the Coral Casino, where he hosted an annual family gathering of birthday celebrations. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Among them are, Sally Hawkes (Emmet), Tony Ramirez (Jill), Richard Ramirez (Roberta) and Gil Rosas (Susan). His Vitality, love of life and people will be long remembered. Rest in peace “Uncle Charlie”.

obituaries William McNamara 3/26/1936 - 3/1/2021

William McNamara passed away on March 1 after a yearlong fight with laryngeal cancer. Bill was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, the only child of William E. McNamara and Louise Lau McNamara. As a child, he survived life-threatening burns that left him scarred but strong and determined, as well as close to the uncle who “broke” him out of the hospital and took him on a Route 66 road trip to reinvigorate his lust for life. When he was a young man, his search for truth led him to Catholicism, and he lived the rest of his life a faithful and devoted member of the Church. He attended the University of Michigan, earning BS degrees in both Mathematics and Aeronautical Engineering, then earned his Doctor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautical Engineering at MIT in 1966. In 1963, while working on his doctorate at MIT, he met the love of his life, Elaine, who was working in Boston at the time. They married and just over a year later welcomed their first child, Tony. Bill was offered a job at General Electric Tempo in Santa Barbara, so they moved west and settled down. Their daughters, Cherie and Stephanie, were born there and the family grew up in the home Bill and Elaine built in the foothills of Santa Barbara. Bill was a faithful parishioner of St. Raphael”s Catholic Church, where he was a Eucharistic Minister for many years, and an active member of the Knights of Columbus, where he served in a number of senior positions including Grand Knight in 1990-1991. He enjoyed membership in the Santa Barbara Elk”s Lodge for numerous years as well. He attended and assisted at countless swim meets for his kids over the years and was a lifelong swimmer himself. The family drove across the country several times while the kids were growing up, visiting 47 states in their tent trailer, the “Hilton on Wheels.” During retirement, Bill and Elaine

To submit obituaries for publication, please call (805) 965-5205 or email obits@independent.com enjoyed traveling the world, visiting parts of Europe and Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand. In his later years, Bill felt called to be a docent at the Santa Barbara Mission and immersed himself in Mission history. He shared his knowledge with anyone who showed interest, and had so much information that, for the sake of time, he had to choose what not to include during the 12 years that he led tours of the Mission. Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elaine; his children William Antony (Tony) McNamara, Cherie Connolly (Cam) and Stephanie Farris (Bryan); and his grandchildren Madeleine Connolly, Genevieve Connolly, Hayden Farris and Coultrup Farris. The family would like to thank Dr. Gupta and Dr. Suh, and their nurse navigator Cindy, as well as Dr. Mester, nurse Nick and aide Veronica, at Cottage Hospital for their tireless kindness and care during Bill”s illness.

Dr. Harold Wondel Craig 4/10/1939 - 1/22/2021

Dr. Harold Wondel Craig passed away on Friday, January 22nd after a short battle with acute Leukemia. He was born in Mickleyville, Indiana on April 10, 1939 to Paul and Minnie Craig. He was married 45 years to his wife, Terry and was a father to 9 children: Jeff Craig (Sheila), Kim Stonick, Craig Boyce (Lorena), Mollie Boyce, Mark Craig (Amanda), Ryan Craig (Jessica), Kathryn Bradshaw, Karrie Brown (Matt), and Michael Craig (Christina). He also had 19 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Harold was a doctor of Optometry and developed a mobile optometry practice serving nursing home patients up and down the California coast for over 35 years. His persistent work ethic and warm jovial personality made for an excellent role model. Harold will be remembered as a man who always put his family first. His big smile and infectious laugh will be missed. Harold spent most of his adult life in Santa Barbara, California,

but moved out to North Carolina in 2005 and resided at Lake Brandt in Greensboro, NC and Wrightsville Beach, NC. Please join us in celebrating his life. Psalm 23: 1-6

Richard H. Long 1934 - 2020

The family, friends and community of Richard H. Long have lost a great man. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1934, Richard was a hard worker from an early age, and even as a small child he worked long hours at his family’s dry-cleaning business. One of his jobs for many years was to clean out the industrial sized dryers where he would find many interesting trinkets that had fallen out of customer’s pockets. This was the beginning of a lifelong hobby of collecting things, including one of his first collections: miniature pocketknives, some of them not even a half inch long. From an early age, Richard had big plans for himself. If you spent much time with him, it was likely you had a conversation about the importance of a college education, something he was quite passionate about as a necessity to get ahead in life and be successful. So, he saved and saved his dry-cleaning money to eventually send himself to Nebraska University where he developed another passion: football, specifically the Nebraska Cornhuskers and he remained a steadfast, loyal fan his entire life. Once Richard graduated college, he got a job as a recruiter at IBM in Chicago and he always liked to tell the story about how he kept a small sign on his desk that said, “Think”. Job candidates were given written tests, but it was Richard’s interviews, evaluating the candidates’ abilities to “think” that were the ultimate test. He liked to grill them regarding their accomplishments, activities, and of course their education. Richard analyzed everything in order to make the best decisions in life, some of the most important to him were choosing a spouse, an education, a job, buying a house, or other investments. So, you know he was serious and ready when he met

Marcia Sims, a beautiful airline stewardess from Visalia CA, stationed in Chicago, sharing a small apartment with some other stewardesses. They married and had their first daughter, Kelly. The new family then started what was then called their IBM migration (I.B.M. for I’ve Been Moved) and moved to Minneapolis, then eventually to Los Angeles where daughter number two, Susan, was born. Well, it turned out Richard already had his eye on his next opportunity as a stock broker and financial advisor at Paine Weber in Santa Barbara where he became one of the first advisors in that office. After moving to Santa Barbara, two more children, Mike and Beth completed the family, and the years that followed were successful. Paine Weber went on to become UBS where Richard worked full time until retiring at the age of 83! And if this wasn’t impressive enough, he also had a second job as a highly respected partner in a financial advisement firm. When Richard wasn’t working obsessively, he enjoyed his family and adding to his many collections and antiques. He curated an amusing collection of antique beer steins over the years. And if you have ever been to his home, it would have been hard to miss his collection of antique film processing equipment that he used as picture frames to feature his thousands of photos of his family. He loved capturing every moment on film. In fact, he may have driven his family a little crazy with it, but the legacy he leaves behind with the photos and endless videos is cherished beyond description. He was opinionated and passionate about many things, but mostly family, fishing, playing tennis at La Cumbre Country Club, lunching with friends, Nebraska football and the stock market! His passion and his very strong will made him a fighter and there were many times everyone thought he would beat Covid. But on December 28, 2020, he lost the battle. Richard was also a deeply religious man, having served as a chaplain in the Navy, and his family is comforted that this allowed him to find peace in his final days and moments. And the people that knew him best know he’s up there now, fishing, hanging out with his dog Cassie and watching all of us, trying to keep us on his path, thinking and making good decisions. In addition to Marcia, Kelly, Susan, Mike and Beth, Richard INDEPENDENT.COM

is also survived by Kelly’s son, Trevor, Susan’s daughter Addison, Mike’s wife Liz, and their children Sydney and Channing. One of the most defining characteristics of Richard was his desire to advise...whether you were a client, family member or friend...and his many lessons will live on! So, in honor of Richard, be smart about money, work hard, chase your dreams, make memories, take lots of pictures, go to college, take some time off to fish, and love your family while you can.

Renee Donati

4/25/1943 - 2/28/2021

Santa Barbara lost a Mother, Grandmother, and a great friend on Sunday February 28th. Renee was born April 25th 1943 , in a town outside of Paris, France, during WW2. When she was 9 she boarded a big ship and set sail to Ellis Island with some but not all of her siblings. Renee then shortly moved to Chicago, Illinois. As a young teen, Renee started her career, in which most who know her, as a waitress. Renee moved her 3 kids from Chicago to Santa Barbara CA. In 1980. In 1981 is when she was hired at Harry’s Plaza Café. The rest is history. Santa Barbara lost a legend. We love you mom. Service will be held on Tuesday March 16th 10:00am at St. Raphael Church. Unfortunately not open to all. Only 30 can be present.

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In Memoriam

Angela Socorro Brantingham 1923 - 2021

With profound sadness we announce the passing of our beloved and remarkable mother, wife, grandmother, great grandmother and friend Angela Socorro Brantingham whose zest for life kept her thriving for 97 years. She was born Angela Mendez Merida on October 23, 1923 to Don Juan Manuel Mendez Aponte and Maria del Socorro Merida Sclopis Mendez. She was born at home in a small mountain town called Cañazas located in the hill country of the province of Veraguas in the Republic of Panama. Her father, a gracious man, owned the town market and supported other families in addition to his 13 children. She earned a scholarship to study in the United States at Marycrest, a Catholic college in Iowa. She later earned a Masters Degree at the University of Ohio in Education. She returned to Panama to work as a teacher in the Canal Zone where she met her future husband Barclay (Barney)  Brantingham who was stationed in the army at Fort Kobbe. They married in 1957 and settled in Barneys hometown of Park Forest, Illinois where their first son Barclay was born. The young family then moved to Goleta, California and soon arrived daughters Frances Maria, Wendy, and son Kenneth, all born at St. Francis Hospital. Angela earned her teaching credentials at University of Santa Barbara and taught Spanish at Dos Pueblos High School until her retirement in 1984. She was extensively traveled with her passions leading her around the world to Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. She was up for any adventure, be it cruising the Mediter14


ranean Sea or riding a camel in Egypt. A devout Roman Catholic, she completed a tour of Israel as well as Catholic Holy sites. Her travels also included camping road trips with her young family, visiting many state and national parks in the western United States, including her favoritesYosemite and Sequoia. Throughout her life Angela had the support and love of her family and siblings. She was admired for her strength and sense of humor by all who knew her. She was an avid reader, knowledgeable in a multitude of subjects.  A lifelong Roman Catholic, the Church was a big part of her spiritual life, and she was devoted to the Blessed Virgin.  She attended St. Raphael Catholic Church with all her children and volunteered in the Sanctuary Guild for years, lovingly cleaning and preparing the Church for Mass. She loved gathering with family for birthdays and the annual Super Bowl party.  She gave her children perhaps the best gift of all, frequent trips to her beloved Panama where they enjoyed time with their many Tios and Tias and cousins. During a trip back to Panama she decided to stay, enjoying many more years of joy in the country of her birth, returning to Santa Barbara under the loving care of her daughter Frances. She is survived by her children: Barclay Brantingham, Frances Maria Brantingham, Wendy Brantingham, and Kenneth Brantingham. She has seven grandchildren: Lexi Lee Bushnell, Natassia Brantingham, Joshua Nybakken, Danielle Arellanes, Aaron Brantingham, Cecilia Brantingham, and Marc Brantingham. She has three great grandchildren: Brianna Jennings, Skylar and Scarlett Horst, and ex- husband and friend Barney Brantingham. A mass will be held in her honor at Saint Raphael Catholic Church, 5444 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93111 on Friday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to Saint Raphael Catholic Church.

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Judith Brown 1929-2021


BY A DA M B R OW N udith Brown

Gifted Therapist

was born Judith Rose Winer in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1929, and though her goal after graduating from the University of New Hampshire was to become an occupational therapist, marriage and children intervened until she met Fritz Perls, the man who originated “Gestalt therapy” with his wife, Laura Perls. Judith had a dream of moving to Alaska after college, but she met George Brown, they were married, and they had four children. Per the times, Judith supported George through his education and career development and was a full-time mother. A job on the UC Santa Barbara education faculty for George in the early 1960s and a move to California led to the key meeting between Judith Brown and Fritz Perls. George visited the Esalen Institute on the Big Sur coast to study Gestalt therapy one year, accompanied by Judith. There, she so impressed Dr. Perls that he invited her to join the workshop. This started Judith on a path of professional development that eventually included obtaining a PhD, becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist, and publishing three books. She and George became noted trainers in Gestalt therapy and traveled all over the world giving workshops. Judith impressed and charmed everyone she met. She was the kind of person to develop lifelong friendships after meeting someone on a plane or in a grocery store. Athletic and active, she was a charter member of the Santa Barbara Tennis and Swim club and took Pilates classes well into her eighties. Her colleagues and patients remember her warmly, one of them calling her an artistic inspiration: “At her group sessions, I would scribble notes while others worked with her. I wanted to understand how she awakened clients to themselves as artists—the movie director, the playwright, the cinematographer, the actor—and running critic of their life. “She presented magic: The awe inherent in suddenly discovering what you didn’t know you didn’t know; the awe inherent in suddenly being present to ‘right here, right now’ as the moment to declare ‘fairy tales really do come true and are coming true for me now.’ Her books addressed the power in fairy tale narratives and how they reflect in our self-narrations. “Dr. Judith Brown brought awareness and kindness —and deep healing. I am lucky and grateful to have witnessed and experienced her powerfully contribute as the gifted and caring healer and artist she was. If there is anyone I would model, it would be Dr. Judith Brown.” Another dear friend, Helen Couclelis, remembered how Judith loved to tease: “She would introduce me as ‘my neighbor,’ and I would say ‘no, no, friend first!’

And I would see the twinkle in Judith’s eyes. “Her family came first, and she had a special soft spot for her grandchildren. But friends, too, she had and loved so many, in town and around the world. Distant friends whose lives she had changed with her seminars and counseling would keep coming back to see her. Local friends could never have enough of her. Everyone wanted a piece of Judith’s culture, experiences, zest for life, humor, and optimism. These qualities never left her, even when she started forgetting the names of common animals, and when she lost her way home. “My own friendship with Judith was forged over years of biweekly after-dinner walks, usually after dark, filled with wonderful conversations. And so, a few days before Judith left us, I called and asked a nurse to hold a telephone to her ear. I spent about a minute saying sweet things. I don’t believe she recognized my voice. But I hope that somehow, that sound reminded her of the happy darkness of our night-time escapades, just as she was reaching her own final darkness, already looming.” Despite her failing health, Judith’s strengths and loving awareness remained intact. In her last years, she moved to a memory care facility in San Diego County, close to many family members. Her longtime friend Lesley Bronson called Judith a gifted therapist who guided her, as she did so many others, to selfawareness and self-love. “A legend in Gestalt psychology, writer, teacher, mentor, friend, mother, grandmother, best breadmaker ever, Judith was my mentor, always supportive, encouraging, and expressing her belief in me. She was my friend; we shared silly jokes, took walks, went to lunch, and had fun. “Judith’s gift as a Gestalt therapist extended into her relationships outside the office. She was always positive and uplifted those around her. When her health was failing, she still expressed the same attitude. “A few days before she passed, I told her over the phone that I would come see her. With all the energy she could muster, she whispered, ‘Wonderful.’ “If you had the pleasure of knowing Judith, you would have heard her speak of her granddaughters, whose loving spirit is what happens when you have a grandmother like Judith who pours unconditional love into you throughout your life. “Words cannot express my immense gratitude for a woman who has had such a positive impact in every area of my life. I will miss her smarts, her beautiful smile and laughter. She will live in my heart always.” Judith Brown died of complications from COVID in February 2021. She is survived by her sons, Joshua, Ethan, and Adam, and by her daughter, Elissa, as well as her grandchildren, Jessica, Tawnya, Bryson, Elise, n Rebecca, and Leah. COURTESY





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“A Walk Through Santa Barbara’s Tent Cities” last week sparked a lively commentary among our Facebook readers: Christian Maurer Very cool of Marge Cafarelli to change directions like she did. The problem is California has homelessness on tap. Unless every community is solving the problem, it’s a game of “whack-a-mole.” • Sus Anne Wages have barely gone up for 20 years, but housing costs have gone up 500+ percent. Any community has the power to change laws, but the City of S.B. doesn’t support local working-class people. At one City Hall meeting, a councilmember suggested we have better bus connections with Lompoc and Santa Maria so that S.B. could bus people in for lowpaying jobs. Rodrigo Uribe This is a really complicated issue because there are so many factors as to why someone could be homeless. Maybe some people want help, maybe others have gotten used to a stress-free lifestyle, or who knows? It’s a problem that needs to start getting solved. In Los Angeles, I’ve seen long strips of streets where there are tents after tents after tents. We can’t continue to ignore things like this! • Sheryl Schroeder I bet living on the streets is one of the highest stress inducing things there is, especially for homeless women. Not being able to shower or go to the bathroom when you need to or sit freely without being accosted or arrested or prodded, not to mention thieves stealing your stuff and drug addicts and mentally ill people all around you. Gabriela Ferrusquilla Many services are available, and people do not want to follow the guidelines. I have had family members who were homeless because they chose drug addiction for a very long time, even though they had good families. And now they have chosen to get out of drugs and are no longer homeless. Bonnie Beedles A common argument against helping people who are homeless is because some or “a large number” don’t want help: Does this assessment include all the homeless families who are here but mostly invisible? And if some people don’t want help, so what? How does that relate to the fact that some do, and current resources for them are inadequate? And do you know what it’s like to try to access the limited resources out there? The programs promised then cut when funding ends, the endless hurdles and long waits

to even prove you’re qualified, long waiting lists for every service, job training, but no jobs. Louise Werner The fact that the richest people in the world live in this country paying little in the way of taxes does not make us the richest in the world. It makes us the most inequitable. • Souheila Fakhoury El Kurjie That shows that it’s not just about money. There are family and faith values that have become lacking in this society. Poorer countries might not have that issue because most tend to not leave family members on their own — it brings shame to the entire family if one of theirs is roaming the streets hungry. That’s my own perspective and my own experience with a different culture. Myco Rosso Free-range humans — the missing link between man and wild-animal man. If you look closely, they remarkably resemble the sheltered humans. In fact, they can even communicate through “talking” almost identically to that of a sheltered human. The biggest and telling differences are the odor and the domicile; the free-range human is absorbed into the night by bushes, trees, tunnels, et al.

I’m Not a Robot

I am not, and internet, why the hell are you asking me that really pisses me off finding the stop lights the boats and the fire hydrants for you no, I am not a robot nor would I want to be but you and your damn machines your artificial intelligence your AI are making me crazy and now that I come to think of it you are turning me into a robot so lift that with your aluminum arms to your aluminum mouth and smoke it while I watch Ferlinghetti riding away on his horse waving his violin which he’s just given away to the first nude he sees For Ferlinghetti who died at age a hundred and one

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Notice of Intent to Adopt March, 2020Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration For the Santa Cruz Island Reserve Development Plan Project Notice of Intent to Adopt Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act the UniFor the Bluffs Stabilization Project versity of CaliforniaEast (UC) Santa Barbara has prepared an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the proPursuant the California Environmental Quality Act the University of California (UC) Santa Barbara has posedto Santa Cruz Island Reserve Development Plan Project. prepared an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the proposed East Bluffs Stabilization Project.

The Santa Barbara campus, Natural Reserve System proposes to replace one Reserve staff residence, provide one additional Reserve staff residence, both with modular residences, remodel the interior of the existing restroom/shower building, develop new overnight accommodations for senior-level research users, and The East Bluffs Stabilization Project IS/MND is available for public at make associated upgrades to existing infrastructure and review utilities https://www.facilities.ucsb.edu/departments/campus-planning-design/current-projects under Current Projects, Main Campus, or upon request at the UC Santa Barbara Office of Campusfacilities. Planning and Design. The document is that accommodate existing and proposed All project-realso available at the UC Santa Barbara Library-Government Information Center, Santa Barbara Public Library, and the Goleta Valley Public Library. lated development would be located in the vicinity of existing field station Public reviewfacilities. and opportunity to comment on the content of the Project Draft IS/MND is provided during a 30To address significant bluff erosion adjacent to Lagoon Road and across from Anacapa Hall, the Santa Barbara campus proposes to construct a structural tie-back wall recessed into the face of an existing bluff on the east side of the campus. The project entails drilling a series of slightly angled holes into the bluff face to provide anchors for a framework which will support an approximately 50x50’ shotcrete wall on the surface of the bluff in order to slow the erosion of the bluff and protect Lagoon Rd. and the vital infrastructure underneath it.

day period from Thursday March 5, 2020 through Monday April 6, 2020 by 5:00 pm. Email comments to alissa.hummer@planning.ucsb.edu or send written comments postmarked no later than 5:00 pm April 6:

The IS/MND is available for public review at https://sam.ucsb. edu/campus-planning-design/current-projects under Current Projects, Main Campus, or upon request at the UC Santa BarbaAlissa Hummer, Planning Director of California, Barbara Please contact Shari ra Office of CampusUniversity Planning andSanta Design. Office of Campus Planning and Design Hammond at shari.hammond@ucsb.edu or (805) 893-3796. Santa Barbara, California 93106-2032 Public review and opportunity to comment on the content of the Project Draft IS/MND is provided during a 30-day period from Thursday March 11, 2021 through Friday April 9, 2021 by 5:00 pm. Email comments to shari.hammond@ucsb.edu or send written comments postmarked no later than 5:00 pm April 9, 2021: Shari Hammond, Principal Planner Office of Campus Planning and Design University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, California 93106-2032


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In Burger Weeks of yesteryear, Live Oak Café lured lovers of Hawaiian cuisine and gut-sticking food by serving the Loco Moco Burger— a sushi-rice-propped quarterpounder that was covered in gravy, grilled pineapple, fried Spam, and sunny-side-up egg. For 2021, Chef Mark De la Cruz is aiming lighter with the Banh Mi Burger, a fresh-feeling third-pounder of Santa Carota beef topped with cucumber, jalapeños, red cabbage, pickled carrots and daikon, mint, cilantro, sriracha mayo, and a secret dressing, all on a brioche bun. The secret sauce comes from drippings of pork belly (from Live Oak’s usual banh mi sandwich), which are mixed with tamari, ginger, garlic, mirin, and then more mayo. “The fresh jalapeños give it a little spice and crunch,” said De la Cruz, but the clean beef plays a surprising role in keeping the experience uplifting rather than nap-inducing. That’s because, due to the pandemic, De la Cruz and his partner, Molly Holveck, examined their whole process and decided to source patties from Santa Carota, a ranch east of Bakersfield that finishes their cattle on carrots. “It’s a phenomenal product,” said De la Cruz. And just for old time’s sake, there’s a good chance that De la Cruz may just throw that Loco Moco back on the menu this week as well. —Matt Kettmann




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HUNGRY PLANET BURGER I live on a cattle ranch, and my whole family is involved, one way or another, in the beef business — so vegan foods have never been part of our Sunday dinners. But I was very curious and happily surprised to try the Hungry Planet Burger at the Natural Café on Hitchcock. The burger, which is 50 percent plant-based and 50 percent soy, is served on an organic wheat bun with a soy cheese that melts perfectly, topped with a special vegan spread, which has a mayonnaise-like texture but a unique flavor of its own. All this blends well together and is topped with lettuce, tomato, and delicious caramelized onions. You get a generous side of organic blue corn chips and a great spicy salsa. It was especially lovely to eat outside on the patio, where I saw several of the lunchtime crowd ordering the same Hungry Planet Burger. It’s one of the Natural Café’s most popular dishes, with lots of customers adding extra toppings, from avocados to jalapeños. That would probably have been fun, but I had mine straight. Next time, I think I will try the jalapeños. —Marianne Poett





MAX BURGER The Padaro Beach Grill on Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria delivers an outstanding entry this Burger Week with the Max, a riff on the recipe for a McDonald’s Big Mac. The Max is a double beef patty with American cheese melted on top, and sliced tomato, Bermuda onion, leaf lettuce (not shreds), and a dollop of special island sauce tucked between the burgers and the bottom bun. Pickles are on the side. While the Max eats true to its chain burger inspiration, it’s bigger and brighter tasting than anything you’ve ever fished out of a cardboard clamshell. Dispensing with the Big Mac’s superfluous middle bun, the Max pumps up the flavor with prime beef and fresh produce. The upside-down build with the toppings on the bottom works well with the double patties. As for the Padaro Beach Grill’s gorgeous, green outdoor picnic area, it’s perfect for families. —Charles Donelan




SMASHBURGER When COVID came a-knockin’, Kris and Michelline Parker started rockin’ smashburgers out of the tiny kitchen at Third Window Brewing Co., which Kris founded five years ago and now owns with his extended Fess Parker family. Though they came up with the concept within two days of being forced to serve more food due to health rules, these aren’t just any smashburgers, which are already savory superstars in today’s culinary world, prepared on a cast-iron griddle and squeezed down to make a deliciously charred crunch in just 90 seconds. These come from the coveted Wagyu breed of Japanese beef, which sister Katie Parker raises on the family’s Santa Ynez Valley ranch. That means extra umami kick. The usual Parker Ranch Smashed-Burger is a double, but there will only be one patty for Burger Week, which is really all you need. Topped with grilled onions, a special sauce, silky American cheese, and a side of spicy pickles, the expertly squashed burger—often often cooked by Kris or Michelline themselves—pairs the highest-quality meat with the most everyday of American cuisine. “It’s the high-low thing,” said Kris. “It’s a funny thing to do to Katie’s Wagyu. I’m amused every time I put it on.” Burger available Thu. evening-Sun. —Matt Kettmann 406 E HALEY ST. • (805) 979-5090 • THIRDWINDOWBREWING.COM


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Zoom Event: SBWPC Presents L.A. County Supervisor Holly Mitchell This S.B. Women’s



Political Committee’s Annual Presidents’ Circle event will focus on the topic of “What’s Next? What Will Be the Feminist Agenda?” Headlining will be rising political star and L.A. Board of Supervisor Holly Mitchell and S.B. County 3rd District Supervisor Joan Hartmann. 5:30-7pm. Free . Call (800) 977-9348 or email info@sbwpc.org.

3/13: Exhibition Opening: Impossible Objects: Screen Prints by Ed Lister Known in L.A. and S.B. as a skilled scenic artist, Ed Lister created a series of “impossible objects” in the early 1970s of vibrant, abstract silk screen prints, or serigraphs. These hand-pulled prints of mind-bending objects of bold colors and shapes that resemble digital images will be on display on Saturdays and weekdays by appointment through May 6. Social distancing guidelines will be in place. 1-4pm. Free. Call (805) 965-6307.


3/11: What’s Next for Immigrant Rights Advocates? The Interfaith Sanctuary Alliance invites you to this virtual panel discussion with local and regional leaders about how we can support the immigrant rights movement both in S.B. County and on a national level in 2021 and beyond. 7-8:30pm. Free. Call (805) 259-4692 x105. tinyurl.com/ImmigrantRightsPanel

3/11: B2B Ladies & Lattes Business Network Meetup Women in all professions are invited to bring their expertise, experience, and goals to this virtual networking. Find inspiration as you collaborate on tips and tools to be more productive and profitable. Noon-1pm. Members: free; guests: $10. Email info@businesshubsb.com.




3/12: Webinar: CEC Climate Resilience Roundtable: Community Solutions to Protect Against Climate Change/ La Mesa Redonda de Resiliencia Climática del CEC: Soluciones de la



Comunidad para Proteger Contra el Cambio Climático This webinar is for anyone interested in joining the conversation about what is needed to foster just and equitable climate resilience. In English with Spanish interpretation. Registration is required. Este seminario web es para cualquier persona interesada en unirse a la conversación sobre lo que se necesita para fomentar una resiliencia climática justa y equitativa. En inglés con interpretación al español. Se requiere registración. Webinar/seminario web:10-11:30am; discussion/discusión: 1-2:30pm. Free/gratis.


3/12-3/13: PCPA Interplay Virtual Reading Series: Two Degrees Hear a reading of this play about a paleo climatologist who has seen firsthand the symptoms of our changing planet while studying ice core samples in Greenland while being frozen in grief after having recently lost her husband. This play contains adult language and scenarios. A talkback will follow. Fri.: 7-8:30pm; Sat.: 1:30-3pm. $10.


3/12: Corwin Chair Series Virtual Lecture: Francis Dhomont Francis Dhomont, who discovered with magnetic wire what would be called “musique concrète” and who also conducted solitary experiments with the musical possibilities of sound recording and dedicated himself exclusively to elec-


On-Demand Virtual Event: Sonia

de los Santos A Latin Grammy–

nominated native of Monterrey, Mexico, Sonia de los Santos will serve up En Casa con Sonia (At Home with Sonia), a personal and universal musical story that highlights joyful music while building a cultural bridge. Register by 10am today for access. View the video through March 20. 10am-noon. Free. Call (805) 893-3535 or email info@artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.


humanitarian José Andrés will be in a conversation with Catherine Remak titled Changing the World Through the Power of Food. His nonprofit World Central Kitchen has responded to earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, and the pandemic by mobilizing chefs to prepare fresh and nourishing food for thousands of people in need. 5-6:15pm. UCSB students: free; GA: $20. Call (805) 8933535. tinyurl.com/HouseCallsJoseAndres

SUNDAY 3/14 3/14: Explore Ecology Beach Cleanup Show the beach some love and meet for a socially distanced and self-guided cleanup. Bring your own cleanup supplies or use those provided. There will be buckets with sanitized handles, plastic bags, and reusable or disposable gloves. Receive a coupon for a cup of chowder from S.B. Shellfish Co. 10am-noon. Arroyo Burro Beach, 2981 Cliff Dr. Free.


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MONDAY 3/15 3/15: Virtual Meditation: Heart Jewel Prayers Fill your mind with positive, healing energy. Chanted meditations are a great opportunity to engage in group offerings with prayers recited in English to request blessings for ourselves or for others who need help or protection. 10:30-11:30am. Free. Call (805) 563-6000.


TUESDAY 3/16 3/16: Women’s Division: Community Conversations Featuring Maestro Nir Kabaretti The Jewish Federation of Greater



troacoustic composition, will speak on his music and influences in a lecture titled Abstraction and Figuration in My Music. 11am-12:30pm. Free. Email adrianecleary@ucsb.edu.



As always, find the complete listings online at independent.com/events. And if you have virtual events coming up, submit them at independent.com/eventsubmit.

S.B. invites you to a conversation with acclaimed Italo-Israeli maestro of the S.B. Symphony, Nir Kabaretti. Hear what has inspired him this past year and how the organizations he is a part of has adapted its program delivery to ensure that the arts survive and thrive during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Noon-1pm. Free. Call (805) 957-1115 or email apellegrini@sbjf.org.



Storywalk in the Park Join outside to enjoy Ben Gundersheimer’s picture book Señorita Mariposa (Miss Butterfly) and participate in activities with your children. Follow the pages of the book that are printed on large standing signs along a path and take home a free activity kit. Social distancing guidelines will be in place. 2-3:30pm. Manning Park, 449 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito. Free. tinyurl.com/StorywalkInThePark

3/16: What You Become in Flight: A Virtual Conversation with Ellen O’Connell Whittet Join this conversation with Ellen O’Connell, author of the memoir What You Become in Flight, about the injury that ended her career in ballet; her realization that she had been silently suffering with physical pain, disfigured feet, and starvation; and her journey to find self-worth and her own voice. Purchase your copy of the book at the Museum Store. 5pm. Free. Email info@sbma.net. sbma.net/events/inflight Fundraiser

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Senior guard JaQuori McLaughlin, seen here in a 2019 win over Merrimack College, was recently named Big West Conference Player of the Year.




Senior Guards JaQuori McLaughlin and Devearl Ramsey Lead the Gauchos

t this time last year, UCSB basketball players were practicing their dance moves. Having posted strong finishes in the regular season, both the Gaucho men’s and women’s teams had high hopes going into the Big West Conference Championships, the gateway to March Madness. The men were scheduled to play their tournament opener on March 12. The night before, it was announced that Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert had tested positive for COVID-19, a contagious virus that had sparked alarm in the public health community. Within hours, the NBA suspended its 2019-20 season. Like dominoes, every event bringing athletes and spectators together was toppled. The Big West tournament was canceled shortly before UCSB’s game against UC Riverside. Then the NCAA scrubbed its basketball bonanza, the 2020 Division I tournament. Months later, in a drastically altered landscape, the 2020-21 college hoops season began. Spectators were banned. Players and coaches had to be regularly tested for the virus. It was a time that tried their souls. “Every day, you hold your breath,” said Joe Pasternack, fourth-year head coach of the UCSB men. “You look forward to making it through the next day.” With most of the roster returning from a team that won 21 games last year, the Gauchos began preparing for the season last April. They had Zoom meetings every Friday, building trust in each other. They held preseason workouts on outdoor tennis courts for six weeks starting in mid-September. The payoff was historic — the Gauchos’ first regular-season Big West championship since 2010. Only one other time, in 2003, were they the sole champions. They are 19-4 overall, 13-3 in the Big West, and a record 11-0 at home. As the top-seeded team in the conference tournament at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas — still no fans allowed — the Gauchos will open their



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quest for the title in the quarterfinal round at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 11. The semifinals will be at 6 p.m. Friday and the final at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, streamed or televised on ESPN networks. The conference showered UCSB with awards this week: Pasternack is Coach of the Year, senior guard JaQuori McLaughlin the Player of the Year, junior forward Amadou Sow a first-team selection, senior guard Devearl Ramsey and junior forward Miles Norris honorable mention, and sophomore sharpshooter Ajare Sanni the best sixth man. The Big West crown includes automatic entry in the NCAA tournament. UC Irvine represented the conference in 2019 and upset Kansas State in the first round. The Anteaters finished second in this year’s standings at 10-4 after beating the Gauchos twice in December. In women’s Big West basketball, UCSB finished in seventh place and faced a tough quarterfinal matchup against No. 2 UC Irvine on Wednesday. The Gauchos have been battered on the boards since Ila Lane, the nation’s leading rebounder as a freshman last year, opted to sit out the season. Still, they are capable of doing damage with hustle and scoring. In their last home game, Doris Jones, a senior transfer from Houston, scored 35 points, third highest in school history. Danae Miller scored 26 on her 22nd birthday on Saturday as UCSB avenged a 30-point loss to Cal Poly with a 78-68 victory. Westmont College had the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked women’s team a year ago when the national tournament was canceled. The Warriors, limited to 11 games this season, won 10 of them and will be the No. 4 seed in the 2021 NAIA Championships beginning Saturday in Lewiston, Idaho. The final 16 will play in Sioux City, Iowa. —John Zant


The Santa Barbara High School Dons host the St. Bonaventure Seraphs on September 13, 2019.



The sound of pads popping can once again be heard in Santa Barbara County as local football teams prepare in earnest for an abbreviated season that is set to begin March 19. In addition, outdoor sports such as water polo and, in some instances, volleyball are getting underway now that our county’s adjusted case rates have fallen below the 14 per 100,000 metric mandated by the state of California. “It feels really good for the seniors to get an opportunity to finish something they started last year,” said Santa Barbara High coach JT Stone. “They’re excited. Deacon [Hill] texted me Friday and was like, ‘Coach, I really can’t believe it. We’re really about to play!’” The Dons received a huge boost when Hill announced via Twitter that he would indeed play this season. Hill is a four-star recruit in the class of 2021 and committed to Wisconsin, where he will report in June. He is perhaps the highest-profile quarterback in California to actually play out his senior season, as many highly ranked players have opted out or enrolled early. The Channel League schedule was released last week, and San Marcos will host Santa Barbara for their annual rivalry game to open the season. Dos Pueblos will open its season at home against Cabrillo. Santa Ynez will host Lompoc in other Channel League action. Spectators will likely be limited to the immediate households of players for the duration of the season. For Bishop Diego, the challenge of building out a schedule was even more daunting due to the fact that its league opponents are located in Ventura County, but the Cardinals overcame yet another obstacle and put together an impressive slate that consists of both league and nonleague opponents. Their opener will be at home against St. Bonaventure on March 19. “We were kind of on the edge of our seats until last week when Ventura County got under 14 [per 100,000 adjusted case rates] and we got under 14,” said Bishop Diego coach Tom Crawford. “The buildup for the season hasn’t been the traditional one you would experience with summer 7-on-7 and lineman tournaments and things of that nature. Just from a conditioning and injury perspective, I think our plan is to rotate a lot of guys.” —Victor Bryant


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Carpinteria Company Offers Alternative to Traditional Feminine Products



n estimated 800 million women, girls, and trans and nonbinary persons menstruate daily around the world, and since the invention of the sanitary pad in the 1920s, pads and tampons have all but monopolized the multibillion-dollar feminine hygiene industry. But as environmental concerns about singleuse plastic grow and women search for a more convenient alternative to traditional feminine products, a new contender has emerged on the market: the menstrual cup. “A lot of people still don’t know about the menstrual cup,” said Christine Brown, the founder and designer of Kind Cup, based in Carpinteria. “This is a truly sustainable and healthy period product that can make a difference in someone’s life.” Unlike pads or tampons, which absorb blood flow, the menstrual cup is a reusable product that is inserted into the vagina, where the blood is collected. Many people remain hesitant to try this option, often citing reasons of discomfort, but Brown explained that once they’re given a nudge of encouragement, the cup can be a truly transformative experience. “Our cup is not the traditional menstrual cup — we don’t use the design that came out in the 1930s,” she said. “Our design is for first-time users so that they can have a positive experience and so that they can feel empowered by their bodies.” After being introduced to menstrual cups in 2011, Brown immediately recognized the benefits of this “superior” alternative to more conventional period products. “The most obvious advantage is that you’re reducing waste big-time,” she said. “Around 4,800 tampons is equal to the lifespan of one menstrual cup, so the amount of single-use plastic that you divert is massive. Another benefit is the huge amount of money you save.” Brown, a sixth-generation farmer who grew up on a ranch in Carpinteria, spent several years as a consumer before she realized that most companies were not interested in finding ways to improve functionality or comfort, and she was inspired to look for the solution herself. By 2018, Kind Cup had begun to design and manufacture their own products that were more practical and user-friendly. “The first aspect is that the cup is more ergonomic to fit the curvature of the vaginal canal and the overall internal anatomy,” Brown explained. “The second and most obvious point of differentiation is the elongated stem for removal. I wanted to create something that people didn’t fear, like they wouldn’t be able to reach or locate their cup.” The cups, which are made of silicon, are also packaged with environmentally friendly materials. While Kind Cup has faced the same hurdles as any other entrepreneurial endeavor, Brown’s unwavering belief in her company’s mission has been her driving force. “People don’t have regular access to period products, which should be considered a basic human right,” she said. “This product is worth fighting for, and I’m reminded of that every time customers reach out and tell us that they’re absolutely elated about how well the cup has worked for them. That is what gets us through the challenging moments.” —Sunidhi Sridhar

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that goes for clothing; it goes for furniture. Dan and I have always shown love for great workmanship. Wine is absolutely no different than that. So it happens that the wines we have had the most enjoyment from are wines that are made in a very sympathetic way.” In a unique strategy, the book is written in the first person throughout, even though both men are listed as authors. “The process was to try and get a unified voice, a personal voice—that’s a very important part of how Noble Rot is presented as a magazine, because wine is a personal experience,” said Andrew. “The whole thing was born out of us becoming friends, drinking together, and wanting to communicate in a very similar fashion.” Like many prominent voices in today’s wine world, the duo are proponents of wines that are grouped under the umbrella of “natural,” but the book shows what that really means. It’s not about cool labels, ideological talking points, cloudy wine, and anti-classical winemaking—it’s about growing vineyards in a healthy way, making wine in a simple manner, and approaching the practice with both respect for tradition and openness to change. Will that ethos ever dominate the wine industry, which still floods grocery store shelves with industrially made plonk? “The idea that everyone on earth will be demanding more natural wine is a bit of a pipe dream,” admitted Andrew. “I would love the industry in general to move in this direction, and for people to be concerned with leaving vineyards in better condition than when they came to them. This is part of a wider conversation, and wine has a big role to play, because it is such an important agricultural product.” But it’s not just producers. It’s up to all of us, said Andrew, explaining, “Consumers have a responsibility to make sure that what they’re buying is something they’re happy to stand behind.” Prior to Noble Rot, Andrew worked for an importer and visited Santa Barbara a few times. He came to love the wines of Sashi Moorman, Gavin Chanin, Graham Tatomer, and Au Bon Climat, among others, and was excited to see new projects popping up regularly. On one of the book’s final pages, Wine from Another Galaxy lists Santa Barbara as the only New World entry on a list of “Ten Beautiful Wine Regions to Visit.” “We absolutely are very enthusiastic about the wines of California, and Santa Barbara in particular,” said Andrew. “It’s great to see that things are moving forward in Santa Barbara.”

Wine from Another Galaxy authors Mark Andrews and Dan Keeling join Santa Barbara County sommelier/ winemaker Rajat Parr in an online discussion on March 13, at 2 p.m., hosted by Now Serving. Register at noblerot.splashthat.com. For more on the book, see noblerot.co.uk.



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dventures on the Wine Route is mandatory reading for anyone interested in wine. Loaded with raw profiles of now-famous winemakers, humorous tales of their occasionally violent exploits, and critical insight into their motivations and philosophies, the 1988 travelogue by Berkeley-based importer Kermit Lynch continues to light the path for many vintners, writers, and everyday wine lovers alike. It was also the book that made Dan Keeling, former head of A&R at Island Records, click with London sommelier Mark Andrew back in 2013, when the two conspired to start an energized, cheeky, personality-driven wine magazine called Noble Rot. Two restaurants and 25 issues later, the pair are publishing Wine from Another Galaxy, a 352-page book of their own. After the first third, called “Shrine to the Vine,” is spent on introductory material — colorfully designed 101s on grapes, winemaking, tasting, labeling, pairing, cellaring, and so forth—the rest, called “Rotters’ Road Trip,” reads like a modern spin on Lynch’s Adventures. “Kermit is such a legendary figure and somebody whose perspective on wine has always been driven by joy and passion, and never been about oneupmanship or ego,” said Andrew over a Zoom call from London last week. “Wine has always been something that’s woven into the culture of the people and places he NN A M T goes, and he reflects T E K BY MATT on that in his own way. We like to think Noble Rot shares that same approach.” Accented by photography both ethereal and charming, these 30 Rotter chapters recount expeditions to explore hallowed places, meet passionate people, and imbibe unicorn wines across Europe. The stalwart regions show up — Bordeaux, Rhône, Champagne, Piedmont, and, especially beloved, Burgundy—but the real nuggets of insight come from their visits to up-and-coming or rediscovered corners, such as Abruzzo, Ribeira Sacra, Sierra de Gredos, and Northern Greece. “We have never approached wine with a very deliberate, specific agenda,” explained Andrew of how they determined which producers to feature. “We love artisanal products. That goes for food;




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everal people asked me for an update on the Dutch Garden restaurant that closed last June after 75 years in business and was scheduled to reopen early this year. I stopped by and learned that remodeling — otherwise known as “bringing things up to code” in such an old and historic building—is continuing full speed ahead. A peek in the window suggests that the finish line remains a few months out. I am told that previous owner Ken Luetjen is helping the new management bring back the new Dutch Garden to be as close to the legendary original as possible. An expanded biergarten is being built on the east side of the property. The restaurant opened in 1925 as Poppy Café and Hotel but changed hands in 1945. Those new owners originally wanted to call it the German Gardens, (800) 741-1605 Your Local Autosentiments Club Branch but surrounding World War II were such that the euphemistic name Dutch Garden was used instead.


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Schulz and Brigitte Guehr of Nook, which opened at 120 Santa Barbara Street in the Funk Zone in May 2016, announced this week with “heavy hearts” that they have sold the restaurant. “We are heading into our last two weeks of ownership before we transition to the next chapter, as we cannot predict the future,” they wrote. “What we do know is that the new owner will be keeping the doors open and running the restaurant as is until transitioning into their own vision.” They invited their regulars to come down for the next two weeks, say goodbye, and cheers them a beer. They also report that their chef’s daughter is opening her own business called Alessia Patisserie & Café, located at 134 East Canon Perdido Street in the former Sojourner Café. “We are so thrilled for her!” they said. “You may be able to catch chef eating a croissant or poking around in the kitchen at the patisserie! This is a ‘we’ll see you later,’ not a goodbye!”

on March 14, so Patxi’s Pizza is selling its 7” Personal Cheese Pizza for just $3.14, with purchase of any regular-priced pizza, when using the code PIDAY314. The deal is available for dine-in, takeout, online, or via the Patxi’s Pizza app, but not through third-party vendors. Blaze Pizza’s $3.14 pizza deal begins on March 14 and runs through April 12 using the Blaze Pizza app or blazepizza.com. It’s one 11-inch pizza per reward with no regular-priced purchase necessary. Any additional pizzas ordered will be regular price. The Pi Day reward is valid for original dough only, and upcharge for specialty crusts still apply. MIRAMAR’S MALIBU FARM CLOSED? Word on the street

is that Malibu Farm, which opened with the Rosewood Miramar Beach resort at 1759 South Jameson Lane in Montecito in April 2019, has closed.

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NO TOWN TAVERN FOR NOLETA: Readers Steve H. and Brian tell me that Monty’s Sports Bar, the dive bar at 5114 Hollister Avenue, in the Magnolia Center, is permanently closed. There’s a sign up for its replacement called No Town Tavern, which is not open yet. FISH ENTERPRISE FLIPPING: Reader Primetime

tells me that the Enterprise Fish Co. building, at 225 State Street, sold twice in the past 18 months and was last sold for $3.5 million, or about $6 per square foot. Gene Deering, principal at Radius Group Commercial Real Estate Inc., says that the previous retail space will become office space. Photos from Primetime suggest that construction is underway.

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Two of State Street Ballet’s most exciting original programs will soon be available through the company’s YouTube channel. Ballroom, from April 2019, gets its digital premiere and watch party on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. and will be viewable for free until March 17. A month later, on April 8, William Soleau’s Carmen gets the same treatment and runs online through April 14. That performance originally took place in April 2014. With Ballroom, audiences get a chance to sample some of the exciting new

choreography that State Street Ballet has built into its repertoire over the past few years, including an effervescent offering called “Bubbles” by Laurie Eisenhower that’s set to music by Lawrence Welk’s orchestra and features a cast of seven. Other highlights include William Soleau’s “Five by Gershwin” and a glorious duet to the song “Stand by Me” choreographed by Kassandra Taylor Newberry. To watch, go to State Street Ballet’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/c/ StateStreetBallet). —CD





wood Bluffs. He attrihough Justin Boreta admits that Form//Less butes those natural is not the album he childhood surroundexpected to earn a Grammy ings as a major influnomination after his nearly ence on his music. “That relationship two decades in the music busipervades everything ness, the Goleta native is proud that I do,” explained of what that means. “It’s really Boreta. “In some a testament to the fact that it’s an honest piece of music,” ways, making music explained Boreta, whose fiveall goes back to that sense of connection song recording — which he created with Matthew Davis to nature.” under the name SuperposiBefore finding electronic music, tion — is up for Best New Age Boreta discovered Album when the Grammy Awards go down on March 14. punk rock in his teenThe Glitch Mob, from left, Justin Boreta, Edward Ma, Josh Mayer “We created it for the love of it, age years. “Growing and that translated.” “It’s not like Glitch Mob with very defined up, there was a venue in Goleta called The Boreta is best known for his role in The melodies, rhythms, and drums,” Boreta Living Room,” recalled Boreta of that onceGlitch Mob, an electronic dance music trio explained of Form//Less, which he described hallowed space for all-age shows, long since with collaborators edIT and Ooah. A dis- as an “amorphous thing that you can’t really paved over into the Fairview Business Centinguished name in the Los Angeles beat see or hold onto.” The slashes between ter. The Living Room held a legendary stascene since beginning about 15 years ago, song names, such as “Echo//Radiate,” and tus in the Southern California punk scene. The Glitch Mob has performed at festivals “Storm//Slice,” contribute to its fluid final “Every big punk band at the time would go such as Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Lol- form, removing a layer of structure from the and play at this place, and I would let out my lapalooza, and Shambhala.  already abstract recording. aggression and open my mind there,” said “Glitch Mob has a ton of different styles It’s fitting for right now, as well, as ambient Boreta, who also fondly recalls attending of music,” said Boreta. “Some of it is high music presents itself, in the throes of con- energetic punk shows at the Pickle Patch energy and intense, and some of it is really tinued isolation, as an avenue for introspec- in Isla Vista, a k a the former living room slow and murky and beautiful and every- tion. If you let it, Form//Less will take you on of deejay/producer/UCSB alum Steve Aoki.  But the Grammy nominee came into his where in the middle. So depending on what a journey into a world of smooth, abstract textures, but ultimately on a journey of your you’re feeling, you can find something for own when discovering electronic music. own. While The Glitch Mob works to evoke “This is what I’m all about,” he thought when yourself there.” For Superposition, Boreta teamed up a collective feeling on and off the dance floor, stumbling into underground raves, where he with Davis, an audio-visual producer, pro- Superposition’s music gives more autonomy was captivated by deejays spinning vinyl for grammer, and musician who’s worked with to the listener to take on personal excur- the eccentrically dressed attendees. “Santa the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chamber sions. The album’s unique subtlety gives rise Barbara and Goleta, while nothing comOrchestra, as well as Drake, Bassnectar, and to its versatility, whether listeners are, as pared to L.A.’s music scene, at the time was Frank Ocean. Compared to the energetic Boreta envisions, “doing other work, stretch- enough to set me off,” said Boreta. He invested in a pair of turntables at the dance music of The Glitch Mob, Superposi- ing, doing yoga, or meditating.” age of 15 and began mixing on his parents’ tion creates a very ethereal and atmospheric Growing up in Goleta, Boreta spent a style of ambient music, more appropriate for majority of his adolescence riding his bike, swimming, and building forts near the Ella massage than the nightclub.  CONT’D ¢


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stereo. His love for techno and addiction to deejaying opened doors into producing, leading to his role in The Glitch Mob, Superposition, and other collaborations, including an iOS visuals app called Hyperspektiv. While awaiting the Grammy news, Superposition is also set to release a new meditation album called Stepping into Awareness, which intermingles their ambient sound with the teachings of mindfulness expert Eckhart Tolle. “The whole project is about sharing teachings, but putting it in the container of music,” said Boreta. The album is a magnetic pull back into the world of meditation, but the collection serves as a wonderful tool for beginners as well. “I think of it like when you have to give a dog a pill and you put it in peanut butter,” said Boreta with a laugh, who attributes a palliative quality to the new work. Above all, Boreta thrives off of collaboration. “I love collaborating with friends,” he said. “To be creating art with friends is true success.” And when they work together, the process is very intense. “I really believe in the idea of sprinting and resting,” Boreta explained. “Both The Glitch Mob and Superposition come together for periods of hyperfocus and collaboration.” During the pandemic, both groups’ collaborations became completely virtual, as they gave up meeting in their Los Angeles studio for safer, digital engagements. It works, said Boreta, but he admitted, “Everyone misses the actual real-time collaboration of working together. There’s something you can’t mock up on a computer.”  Livestream performances serve as a slight silver lining for artists and listeners alike these days, but Boreta echoes all music makers and fans when saying, “I’m really looking forward to the day when we can really experience live music again.” Ultimately, he hopes his music puts a smile on people’s faces no matter the setting, but he looks forward to a more in-person future. “Live music will come back,” he said, “and it will be glorious when it happens.”

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climate in the far east of Russia. No roads connect it to the rest of the world. Its major city, PetropavlovskKamchatsky, is surrounded by volcanoes. If you want to travel there, you must arrive by plane or ship. And yet, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky has long had a thriving tourist industry. More so before the pandemic, but even now, outsiders have come to paraglide, hunt for bears, and marvel at the scenery. In this horoscope, I am making an outlandish metaphorical comparison of you to the Kamchatka Peninsula. Like that land, people sometimes find it a challenge to reach you. And yet when they do, you can be quite welcoming. Is this a problem? Maybe, maybe not. What do you think? Now is a good time to reevaluate.

(Apr. 20-May 20): Spiritual author Ernest Holmes wrote,


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Famous and influential science fiction

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Artist Richard Kehl tells this traditional

Jewish story: God said to Abraham, “But for me, you would not be here.” Abraham answered, “I know that, Lord, but were I not here there would be no one to think about you.” I’m bringing this tale to your attention, dear Aries, because I think the coming weeks will be a favorable time to summon a comparable cheekiness with authorities, including even the Divine Wow Herself. So I invite you to consider the possibility of being sassy, saucy, and bold. Risk being an articulate maverick with a point of view that the honchos and experts should entertain.

“True imagination is not fanciful daydreaming. It is fire from heaven.” Unfortunately, however, many people do indeed regard imagination as mostly just a source of fanciful daydreaming. And it is also true that when our imaginations are lazy and out of control, when they conjure delusional fears and worries, they can be debilitating. I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because I believe the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to harness the highest powers of your imagination — to channel the fire from heaven — as you visualize all the wonderful and interesting things you want to do with your life in the next nine months.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “I’m always waiting for a door to open

in a wall without doors,” wrote Gemini author Fernando Pessoa. Huh? Pessoa was consistently eccentric in his many writings, and I find this particular statement especially odd. I’m going to alter it so it makes more sense and fits your current needs. Here’s your motto for the coming weeks: “I’m always ready to figure out how to make a new door in a wall without doors, and call on all necessary help to make it.”

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You can’t drive to the Kamchatka Peninsula. It’s a 104,000-square-mile area with a sub-Arctic

(July 23-Aug. 22): Biting midges, also known as no-see-

ums, are blood-sucking flies that spread various diseases. Yuck, right? Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we used science to kill off all biting midges everywhere? Well, there would be a disappointing trade-off if we did. The creepy bugs are the primary pollinators for several crops grown in the tropics, including cacao. So if we got rid of the no-see-ums, there’d probably be no more chocolate. I’m guessing that you may be dealing with a comparable dilemma, Leo: an influence that has both a downside and an upside. The central question is: Can you be all you want to be without it in your life? Or not? Now is a good time to ponder the best way to shape your future relationship.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): According to my analysis of your imminent astrological potentials, you already are or will soon be floating and whirling and churning along on an ocean of emotion. In other words, you will be experiencing more feelings and stronger feelings than you have in quite some time. This doesn’t have to be a problem as long as you do the following: (1) Be proud and appreciative about being able to feel so much. (2) Since only a small percentage of your feelings need to be translated into practical actions, don’t take them too seriously. (3) Enjoy the ride!

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Poet Wendell Berry says “it’s the immemorial feelings” he likes best: “hunger and thirst and their satisfaction; work-weariness and earned rest; the falling again from loneliness to love.” Notice that he doesn’t merely love the gratification that comes from quenching his hunger and thirst. The hunger and thirst are themselves essential components of his joy. Workweariness and loneliness are not simply inconvenient discomforts that he’d rather live without. He celebrates them, as well. I think his way of thinking is especially worthy of your imitation in the next three weeks.

SCORPIO novelist Philip K. Dick relied on amphetamines to fuel his first 43 novels. Beginning with A Scanner Darkly, his 44th, he did without his favorite drug. It wasn’t his best book, but it was far from his worst. It sold well and was made into a movie featuring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., and two other celebrity actors. Inspired by Dick’s success without relying on his dependency — and in accordance with current astrological omens — I’m inviting you to try doing without one of your addictions or compulsions or obsessions as you work on your labor of love.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Ninety percent of all apples in the

world are descended from a forest of apple trees in southeast Kazakhstan. Most of us have tasted just a few types of apples, but there’s a much wider assortment of flavors in that natural wonderland. You know how wine is described as having taste notes and aromas? The apple flavor of Kazakhstan’s apples may be tinged with hints of roses, strawberries, anise, pineapples, coconuts, lemon peels, pears, potatoes, or popcorn. Can you imagine traveling to that forest and exploring a far more complex and nuanced relationship with a commonplace food? During the coming weeks, I invite you to experiment with arousing metaphorically similar experiences. In what old familiar persons, places, or

things could you find a surprising wealth of previously unexplored depth and variety?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Author Andrew Tilin testified that

he sometimes had the feeling that his life was in pieces — but then realized that most of the pieces were good and interesting. So his sense of being a mess of unassembled puzzle parts gave way to a deeper contentment — an understanding that the jumble was just fine the way it was. I recommend you cultivate and enjoy an experience like that in the coming weeks, Capricorn.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Indian poet Meena Alexander

(1951-2018) was bon under the sign of Aquarius. She became famous after she moved to the U.S. at age 29, but she was raised in India and the Sudan. In her poem “Where Do You Come From?,” she wrote, “Mama beat me when I was a child for stealing honey from a honey pot.” I’m sorry to hear she was treated so badly for enjoying herself. She wasn’t committing a crime! The honey belonged to her family, and her family had plenty of money to buy more honey. This vignette is my way of advising you, in accordance with astrological omens, to carry out your personal version of “stealing the honey from the honeypot,” dear Aquarius. Take what’s rightfully yours.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): The bad news is that the narrow buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea is laced with landmines. Anyone who walks there is at risk for getting blown up. The good news is that because people avoid the place, it has become an unprecedented nature preserve — a wildlife refuge where endangered species like the red-crowned crane and Korean fox can thrive. In the coming weeks and months, I’d love to see you engage in a comparable project, Pisces: finding a benevolent use for a previously taboo or wasted part of your life.

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49 1994 and 1997 U.S. Open winner Ernie 1 “21 ___” (2003 Sean Penn 50 Icicle lights locale 53 “Skyfall” actor Rapace film) 55 Place to play Twenty-One 6 Go on and on 10 1982 movie with a 2010 62 Penguins’ milieu 63 Former “Whose Line” host sequel Carey 14 Quick text that’s usually 64 “Spunk” author Zora ___ abbreviated even more Hurston 15 Pilot’s prefix 66 Present prefix 16 Mandlikova of tennis 67 “Rondo ___ Turca” (Mozart 17 “Raging Bull” boxer Jake piece) La ___ 18 Person, place, or thing, in 68 Casual goodbyes 69 Calamities grammar 19 One of many for “Game of 70 Bigfoot’s Tibetan cousin 71 Singer with the GrammyThrones” winning album “21” 20 Band whose album “No Need to Argue” features the track “Twenty One” (followed by their biggest 1 Workout facility 2 Square or cube follower hit, “Zombie”) 3 Short story-writer? 23 ___ de los Muertos 4 Inaudible on Zoom, maybe 24 Largest continent 5 Full of legroom 25 Trivia locale, once (and 6 “Munich” star Eric hopefully in the future) 7 Florida explorer Ponce de ___ 28 “Frozen” snowman 8 Caribbean island near 31 “Great British Bake Off” Venezuela fixtures 9 Skeletal makeup 35 Ending for suburban 10 Poem with the line 36 Rattled “Darkness there and 38 Actress Falco of “The nothing more” Sopranos” 11 “Mr. Robot” actor Malek 39 1950s news involving 12 “The joke’s ___!” Charles Van Doren and 13 Some House votes “Twenty-One” 21 “Lord of the Flies” leader 43 Primal calling 22 2014 World Cup final city 44 Holiday spread 25 Irritated state 45 Kind of wind or will 26 Half a 360 46 Opposite combatant 48 “Live!” cohost for 20+ years 27 Neutral, blah color




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29 Starting on 30 Less numerous 32 Murphy of 2021’s “Coming 2 America” 33 Former One Direction member Horan 34 Markets successfully 37 Public TV chef Ming ___ 40 “Back to the Future” director Robert 41 $100 bill, in old slang 42 Fleet-footed heroine of Greek myth 47 It’s milked in Tibet 51 Truman declaration of 9/2/45 52 Country-blues guitarist Steve 54 Draw ___ on (take aim at) 55 Waxing target 56 Chauffeur-driven vehicle 57 Rice who writes of vampires 58 Ancient British Isles settler 59 “The Bridge on the River ___” 60 Hurrying, maybe 61 Airline to Jerusalem 65 Language suffix ©2021 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@jonesincrosswords.com) For answers to this puzzle, call: 1-900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-655-6548. Reference puzzle #1022



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LEGALS section 58 (b) of the California P ro b a t e C o d e , o r ( 2 ) 6 0 d a y s f ro m t h e d a t e o f m a i l i n g o r personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of t h e C a l i f o r n i a P ro b a t e C o d e . Other California statutes and legal authority may affect y o u r r i g h t s a s a c re d i t o r. Yo u may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in C a l i f o r n i a l a w. Y O U M AY E X A M I N E t h e f i l e k e p t b y t h e c o u r t . I f y o u a re a 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 a s p ro v i d e d i n P ro b a t e C o d e Section 1250. A Request for Special notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Marilyn D. Anticouni;1234 Santa Barbara Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 882‑9255. Published Mar 4, 11, 18 2021. NOTICE OF PETITION TO A D M I N I S T E R E S TAT E O F : PAT R I C I A A N N K A N D L E R HILES Case No.: 21PR00072 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 m a y o t h e r w i s e b e i n t e re s t e d in the will or estate, or both o f PAT R I C I A A N N K A N D L E R HILES A P E T I T I O N F O R P R O B AT E h a s b e e n f i l e d b y : M A R I LY N D. ANTICOUNI in the Superior Court of California,

County of Santa Barbara THE PETITION for probate r e q u e s t s t h a t : M A R I LY N D . ANTICOUNI be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION The petition requests the 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 t o p ro b a t e . T h e w i l l a n d a n y c o d i c i l s a re a v a i l a b l e 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 w i l l b e re q u i re d t o g i v e n o t i c e t o i n t e re s t e d p e r s o n s u n l e s s they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The Independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the a u t h o r i t y. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as f o l l o w s : 0 3 / 2 5 / 2 0 2 1 AT 9 : 0 0 a.m. Dept: FIVE SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA C O U N T Y O F S A N TA B A R B A R A , 1 1 0 0 A n a c a p a S t r e e t , P. O Box 21107 Santa Barbara, CA 93102 Anacapa Division. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you

s h o u l d a p p ear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Yo u r a p p e a r a n c e m a y b e i n p e r s o n o r b y y o u r a t t o r n e y. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal re p re s e n t a t i v e a p p o i n t e d b y the court within the later of 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 Califor nia Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the Califor nia Probate Code. Other Califor nia statutes and l e g a l a u t h o r i t y m a y a ff e c t your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in Califor nia law. 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 p e r s o n i n t e re s t e d i n t h e estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE‑154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special notice form is available from the court clerk. Attor ney for Petitioner: Marilyn D. Anticouni;1234 Santa Barbara S t re e t S a n t a B a r b a r a , C A 93101; (805) 882‑9255. Published Mar 4, 11, 18 2021.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Design Review Board Goleta City Hall – Council Chambers (Electronically and Telephonically) 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B Goleta, CA 93117 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Design Review Board (DRB) of the City of Goleta will conduct an Electronic public hearing on the date set forth above to consider the following new project: Conceptual Bella Energy Storage Project 82 Coromar Drive (APN 073-150-012) Case No. 19-0201-CUP Conceptual/Preliminary Parking Lot Shade Canopies and Equipment Pad Screening 1 S. Los Carneros Road (073-330-074) Case No. 21-0005-DRB ATTENTION: Pursuant to of the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 dated March 17, 2020 authorizing local jurisdictions subject to the Brown Act to hold public meetings telephonically and electronically in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular meeting of the Design Review Board for February 9, 2021 will be conducted telephonically and electronically. It will be broadcast live on the City’s website and on Cable Goleta Channel 19. The Council Chambers will not be open to the public during the meeting. Design Review Board Members will be participating telephonically and will not be physically present in the Council Chambers. IN LIGHT OF THE CITY’S NEED TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ELECTRONICALLY AND TELEPHONICALLY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, written comments may also be submitted as instructed above or via email to the DRB Secretary, Mary Chang at mchang@cityofgoleta.org or by electronic means during the Public Hearing (date and time noted above), provided they are received prior to the conclusion of the public comment portion of the Public Hearing. Instructions on how to submit written comments during the hearing will be available on the City’s website: https://www.cityofgoleta.org/i-want-to/news-and-updates/ government-meeting-agendas-and-videos. PUBLIC COMMENT: This hearing is for design review only. All interested persons are encouraged to participate in the public hearing electronically (by phone) as described above. You may also request your written comments to be read into the record during the hearing. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The items in this notice are new items. The DRB agenda may also include items continued from prior meetings. All persons wanting to review any project applications may do so by contacting City of Goleta, Planning and Environmental Review at (805) 961-7543. The Agenda, staff reports and project plans will be available approximately one week before the hearing on the City’s website at www.cityofgoleta.org. Publish: 38

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: TEMPEST at 136 W. Canon Perdido Street Suite 100 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Te m p e s t Te l e c o m S o l u t i o n s , LLC (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 10, 2021. This s t a t e m e n t e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County C l e r k ( S E A L ) b y. J o h n B e c k . FBN Number: 2021‑0000404. Feb 18, 25. Mar 4, 11 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: MOUNTAIN VIEW PRODUCTIONS at 1156 N. Fairview Goleta, CA 93117; Dana B Driskel (same address) Patricia A Devlin‑Driskel (same a d d re s s ) T h i s b u s i n e s s i s conducted by a Married Couple County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 26, 2021. 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: 2021‑0000212. Feb 18, 25. Mar 4, 11 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: HERB at 25 East Anapamu S t re e t T h i rd F l o o r S a n t a Barbara, CA 93101; Flora M e d i a , I n c . ( s a m e a d d re s s ) This business is conducted by a Corporation County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 8, 2021. 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: 2021‑0000362. Feb 18, 25. Mar 4, 11 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: THREAD AND GLUE at 227 West Valerio Street Apt 3 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Ian M. W ilson (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 8, 2021. 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: 2021‑0000367. Feb 18, 25. Mar 4, 11 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: DANCE UNLIMITED at 5370 Hollister Ave. Suite One Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Lisa Walsh 4534 Auhay Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93110 This business is conducted by a Individual County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 14, 2021. 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: 2021‑0000110. Feb 18, 25. Mar 4, 11 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: ROSE AND SKYLER PRESS at 7297 Padova Dr Goleta, CA 93117; Theodore S Kisner (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 28, 2021. 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: 2021‑0000246. Feb 18, 25. Mar 4, 11 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T The following person(s) i s / a re doing business as: LARNER VINEYARD & WINERY, LARNER VINEYARD, LARNER WINERY, L A R N E R W I N E C O M PA N Y, EARTHFLUENCE at 955 Ballard Canyon Road Solvang, CA 93463; Stevan Larner, Inc (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 22, 2021. 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: 2021‑0000484. Feb 25. Mar 4, 11, 18 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DIERBERG VINEYARDS, S TA R LANE V I N E YA R D S , THREE SAINTS at 2121 Alisos Rd Santa Ynez, CA 93460; Star Lane & Dierberg Vineyards (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 22, 2021. 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: 2021‑0000468. Feb 25. Mar 4, 11, 18 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HUNNYFLY YOGA STUDIOS at 103 West Walnut Ave. Lompoc, CA 93436; Vihal S Yadav 127 N J St. Lompoc, CA 93436 This business is conducted by a Individual County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 26, 2021. 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: 2021‑0000220. Feb 25. Mar 4, 11, 18 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: HUNNYFLY WELLNESS at 103 West Walnut Ave. Lompoc, CA 93436; Martena Rachel W ilson 127 N J St. Lompoc, CA 93436 This business is conducted by a Individual County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 26, 2021. 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: 2021‑0000218. Feb 25. Mar 4, 11, 18 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: ASK COACHING, ANGIE S WA N S O N ‑ K Y R I A C O COACHING, ASK LIFE COACHING at 47 Dearbor n Place, #19 Goleta, CA 93117; Angela B Swanson‑Kyriaco (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 25, 2021. 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: 2021‑0000189. Feb 25. Mar 4, 11, 18 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: CORRIGAN AND COMPANY at 32 E. Sola Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Protective Financial & Insurance Services (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 17, 2021. 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: 2021‑0000440. Feb 25. Mar 4, 11, 18 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) i s / a re d o i n g b u s i n e s s a s : S A N TA B A R B A R A C L E A N , S B C L E A N I N G C O M PA N Y a t 2939 De La Vina St, Suite D Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Santa Barbara Cleaning C o m p a n y ( s a m e a d d re s s ) T h i s business is conducted by a Individual County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 5, 2021. This statement e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) b y. J o h n B e c k . F B N N u m b e r : 2021‑0000338. Feb 25. Mar 4, 11, 19 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) i s / a re d o i n g b u s i n e s s as: 2735 DE LA VINA LLC at 2735 D La Vina St Santa Barbara, CA 93105; 2735 De L a V i n a L L C ( s a m e a d d re s s ) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 26, 2 0 2 1 . T h i s s t a t e m e n t e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e o f the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) b y. J o h n B e c k . F B N N u m b e r : 2021‑0000535. Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) i s / a re d o i n g b u s i n e s s a s : T H E S A N TA B A R B A R A CANDLE MAN at 1503 C l i f t o n S t re e t S a n t a B a r b a r a , CA 93103; Dane M Angus ( s a m e a d d re s s ) T h i s b u s i n e s s is conducted by a Individual County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 23, 2 0 2 1 . T h i s s t a t e m e n t e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e o f the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) b y. J o h n B e c k . F B N N u m b e r : 2021‑0000504. Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) i s / a re d o i n g b u s i n e s s as: BURKE CONSTRUCTION ADVISORS at 4141 State St., Suite C 4 1 Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Burke Advisors, Inc (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 26, 2021. This statement e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) b y. J o h n B e c k . F B N N u m b e r : 2021‑0000544. Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) i s / a re d o i n g b u s i n e s s as: SOUL CENTERED GROWTH a t 3 0 We s t M i s s i o n S t re e t #5 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; M a r i l y n J O w e n ( s a m e a d d re s s ) This business is conducted by a Individual County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 18, 2021. This statement e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) b y. J o h n B e c k . F B N N u m b e r : 2021‑0000444.Mar 11, 18, 25. Apr 1 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) i s / a re d o i n g b u s i n e s s as: B IS FOR BOOKKEEPIN at 2 5 0 W C o n s t a n c e Av e , A p t B Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Bonnie A Keinath (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Mar 4, 2021. This s t a t e m e n t e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e o f t h e C o u n t y C l e r k . Joseph E. Holland, County C l e r k ( S E A L ) b y. J o h n B e c k . FBN Number: 2021‑0000591. Mar 11, 18, 25. Apr 1 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) i s / a re d o i n g b u s i n e s s as: AMERICAN RIVIERA POOLS at 5651 Ekwill St. #103 Goleta, CA 93117; American R i v i e r a P o o l s ( s a m e a d d re s s ) This business is conducted by a Corporation County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Mar 4, 2021. This statement e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) b y. J o h n B e c k . F B N N u m b e r : 2021‑0000589. Mar 11, 18, 25. Apr 1 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) i s / a re d o i n g b u s i n e s s a s : S A N TA B A R B A R A S PA a t 4 W C a l l e L a u re l e s S a n t a Barbara, CA 93105; Shelby M R o w e 4 5 8 9 C a m i n o M o l i n e ro Santa Barbara, CA 93110 This business is conducted by a Married Couple County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Mar 1, 2021. This statement e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) b y. J o h n B e c k . F B N N u m b e r : 2021‑0000553. Mar 11, 18, 25. Apr 1 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) i s / a re d o i n g b u s i n e s s as: SKINNY SUZIE FOODS at 21 Camino De Vida, Unit 130 Santa Barbara, CA 93111; S u z a n n e B o z i c ( s a m e a d d re s s ) This business is conducted by a Individual County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Mar 4, 2021. This statement e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) b y. J o h n B e c k . F B N N u m b e r : 2021‑0000600.Mar 11, 18, 25. Apr 1 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: BLUE WHALE, BBDESIGN+ BETTINA BLEY DESIGN+BETTINA BLEY at 133 E De La Guerra St #255 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; B l u e W h a l e ( s a m e a d d re s s ) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 25, 2 0 2 1 . T h i s s t a t e m e n t e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e o f the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) b y. J o h n B e c k . F B N N u m b e r : 2021‑0000519.Mar 11, 18, 25. Apr 1 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g p e r s o n ( s ) i s / a re d o i n g b u s i n e s s as: CENTENNIAL BEER H A L L a t 5 8 7 1 H o l l i s t e r Av e Goleta, CA 93117; Batdorf Beverageworks Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Mar 4, 2021. This s t a t e m e n t e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e o f t h e C o u n t y C l e r k . Joseph E. Holland, County C l e r k ( S E A L ) b y. J o h n B e c k . FBN Number: 2021‑0000596. Mar 11, 18, 25. Apr 1 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME S TAT E M E N T T h e f o l l o w i n g person(s) is/are doing business as: AUGIE’S at 700 S t a t e S t re e t S a n t a B a r b a r a , CA 93101; 700 Statae, LLC ( s a m e a d d re s s ) T h i s b u s i n e s s is conducted by a Limited Liability Company County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Mar 1, 2021. This statement e x p i re s f i v e y e a r s f ro m t h e d a t e i t w a s f i l e d i n t h e O ff i c e of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) b y. J o h n B e c k . F B N N u m b e r : 2021‑0000551. Mar 11, 18, 25. Apr 1 2021.



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LEGALS 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 OF CESAR CAUDILLO LIZAMA ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 21CV00656 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara S u p e r i o r c o u r t p ro p o s i n g a change of name(s) FROM and TO the following name(s): FROM: CESAR CAUDILLO LIZAMA TO: CESAR CAUDILLO‑LIZAMA T H E C O U RT O R D E R S t h a t all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must aooear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed , the court may grant the petition withouta hearing. Notice of Hearing Apr 13, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 3, Courthouse, SANTA 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 g e n e r a l c i rc u l a t i o n , p r i n t e d in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Mar 2, 2021. by Thomas P. A n d e r l e . o f t h e S u p e r i o r Court. Published. Mar 11, 18, 25. Apr 1 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 S H I VA U N KANE DURAN ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 21CV00564 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara S u p e r i o r c o u r t p ro p o s i n g a change of name(s) FROM and TO the following name(s): FROM: S H I VA U N KANE DURAN TO: SIOBHAN KANE DURAN T H E C O U RT O R D E R S t h a t all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must aooear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed , the court may grant the petition withouta hearing. Notice of Hearing Apr 13, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 3, Courthouse, SANTA 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 g e n e r a l c i rc u l a t i o n , p r i n t e d in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Mar 2, 2021. by Thomas P. A n d e r l e . o f t h e S u p e r i o r Court. Published. Mar 11, 18, 25. Apr 1 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 OF DANE CHRISTOPHER HOLROYD ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR

CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 20CV03496 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara S u p e r i o r c o u r t p ro p o s i n g a change of name(s) FROM and TO the following name(s): FROM: DANE CHRISTOPHER HOLROYD TO: DANE CHRISTOPHER DEL DEO T H E C O U RT O R D E R S t h a t all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must aooear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed , the court may grant the petition withouta hearing. Notice of Hearing Jan 11, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 5, Courthouse, SANTA 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 g e n e r a l c i rc u l a t i o n , p r i n t e d in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Nov 3, 2020. by Colleen K.Sterne. of the Superior Court. Published. Mar 11, 18, 25. Apr 1 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 S U S A N FERGUSON AND MARK FERGUSON ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 21CV00563 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara S u p e r i o r c o u r t p ro p o s i n g a change of name(s) FROM and TO the following name(s): F R O M : K A LY N E L I Z A B E T H PENELOPE FERGUSON TO: K E E LY N PENELOPE FERGUSON T H E C O U RT O R D E R S t h a t all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must aooear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed , the court may grant the petition withouta hearing. Notice of Hearing Apr 16, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 4, Courthouse, SANTA 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 g e n e r a l c i rc u l a t i o n , p r i n t e d in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Feb 25, 2021. by Donna D. Geck. of the Superior Court. Published. Mar 11, 18, 25. Apr 1 2021.


D O C U M E N T AT TA C H E D Y O U ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/05/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 03/24/2021 at 1:00 PM, The Mortgage Law Firm, PLC, as duly appointed Tr u s t e e u n d e r a n d p u r s u a n t t o D e e d o f Tr u s t re c o rd e d 10/17/2006, as Instrument No. 2006‑0081103, in book xx, page xx, of Official Records in the office of the County R e c o rd e r o f S a n t a B a r b a r a C o u n t y, S t a t e o f C a l i f o r n i a , e x e c u t e d b y F r a n k l i n Y. Nicolas and Marlyn M. Nicolas, Husband and Wife as Joint Tenants, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/ C A S H E Q U I VA L E N T o r o t h e r form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States), At the main entrance to the County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa S t re e t , S a n t a B a r b a r a , C A 93101. All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State, described as: FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE DEED OF TRUST. APN 077‑431‑011 The street a d d re s s a n d o t h e r c o m m o n d e s i g n a t i o n , i f a n y, o f t h e real property described above is purported to be: 6454 Camino Viviente, Goleta, CA 93117 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant o r w a r r a n t y, e x p re s s e d o r implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal s u m o f t h e n o t e ( s ) s e c u re d by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and re a s o n a b l e e s t i m a t e d c o s t s , expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is: $ 3 1 5 , 6 5 1 . 8 0 I f t h e Tr u s t e e is unable to convey title for a n y re a s o n , t h e s u c c e s s f u l b i d d e r ’s s o l e a n d e x c l u s i v e remedy shall be the retur n of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused a Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county w h e re t h e re a l p ro p e r t y i s located. Dated: 2/23/2021 THE M O R T G A G E L AW F I R M , P L C Adriana Durham/Authorized S i g n a t u re 2 7 4 5 5 T i e r r a A l t a Wa y, S t e . B , Te m e c u l a , C A 92590 (619) 465‑8200 FOR TRUSTEE’S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714‑730‑2727 The Mortgage Law Firm, PLC. may be attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained may be used for that purpose. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you a re c o n s i d e r i n g b i d d i n g o n this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid

at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate t h e e x i s t e n c e , p r i o r i t y, a n d size of outstanding liens that m a y e x i s t o n t h i s p ro p e r t y by contacting the county re c o rd e r ’s o ff i c e o r a t i t l e insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same l e n d e r m a y h o l d m o re t h a n one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, b e n e f i c i a r y, t r u s t e e , o r a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the Califor nia Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those n o t p re s e n t a t t h e s a l e . I f you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (714) 730‑2727 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this I n t e r n e t We b s i t e ‑ w w w. s e r v i c e l i n k A S A P. c o m ‑ f o r information regarding the sale o f t h i s p ro p e r t y, u s i n g t h e file number assigned to this case: 124893. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Inter net Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. NOTICE TO TENANT: You may have a right t o p u rc h a s e t h i s p ro p e r t y after the trustee auction pursuant to Section 2924m of the Califor nia Civil Code. If you are an “eligible tenant buyer,” you can purchase the p ro p e r t y i f y o u m a t c h t h e last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. If you are an “eligible bidder,” you may be a b l e t o p u rc h a s e t h e p ro p e r t y i f y o u e x c e e d t h e last and highest bid placed a t t h e t r u s t e e a u c t i o n . T h e re a re t h re e s t e p s t o e x e rc i s i n g t h i s r i g h t o f p u rc h a s e . F i r s t , 48 hours after the date of the trustee sale, you can call (714)730‑2727 for information re g a rd i n g t h e t r u s t e e ’s s a l e , or visit this internet website w w w. s e r v i c e l i n k A S A P. c o m f o r i n f o r m a t i o n re g a rd i n g t h e s a l e o f t h i s p ro p e r t y, u s i n g t h e file number assigned to this c a s e Ts # 1 2 4 8 9 3 t o f i n d t h e d a t e o n w h i c h t h e t r u s t e e ’s sale was held, the amount of the last and highest bid, and t h e a d d re s s o f t h e t r u s t e e . Second, you must send a written notice of intent to place a bid so that the trustee re c e i v e s i t n o m o re t h a n 1 5 d a y s a f t e r t h e t r u s t e e ’s s a l e . T h i rd , y o u m u s t s u b m i t a b i d s o t h a t t h e t r u s t e e re c e i v e s i t n o m o re t h a n 4 5 d a y s a f t e r t h e t r u s t e e ’s s a l e . I f y o u t h i n k you may qualify as an “eligible tenant buyer” or “eligible b i d d e r, ” y o u s h o u l d c o n s i d e r contacting an attorney or appropriate real estate p ro f e s s i o n a l i m m e d i a t e l y f o r a d v i c e re g a rd i n g t h i s p o t e n t i a l r i g h t t o p u rc h a s e . A ‑ 4 7 3 0 0 8 8 03/04/2021, 03/11/2021, 03/18/2021

NOTICE INVITING SEALED BIDS FOR THE MISCELLANEOUS PARK IMPROVEMENTS CIP NO. 9066 AND 9108 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, City of Goleta, CA PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Goleta (“CITY”), invites sealed bids for the above stated project and will receive such bids via electronic transmission on the City of Goleta PlanetBids portal site until 3:00 P.M., Monday March 29, 2021 and will be publicly opened promptly thereafter. Copies of the Contract Documents and Specifications are available from the CITY, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, California 93117 upon payment of a $50.00 non-refundable fee if picked up, or payment of a $60.00 non-refundable fee, if mailed or no payment to CITY if obtained from the CITY website at http://www. cityofgoleta.org/i-want-to/view/city-bid-opportunities. The work includes all labor, material, supervision, plant and equipment necessary to construct and deliver finished playgrounds and walkways for the MISCELLANEOUS PARK IMPROVEMENTS CIP 9066 AND 9108. Work includes removing existing play features, concrete removal, excavation, grading, installation of new equipment, adding and/or replacing concrete curb, gutter, and ADA sidewalks, and driveway access ramp at one location and associated earthwork at four different park locations within the City Goleta, CA. The contract period is Ninety (90) Working Days. A Pre-Bid Meeting is not scheduled for this project. Bidders must be registered on the City of Goleta’s PlanetBids portal in order to receive addendum notifications and to submit a bid. Go to PlanetBids for bid results and awards. It is the responsibility of the bidder to submit the bid with sufficient time to be received by PlanetBids prior to the bid opening date and time. Allow time for technical difficulties, uploading, and unexpected delays. Late or incomplete bids will not be accepted. The bid must be accompanied by a bid security in the form of a money order, a certified cashier’s check, or bidder’s bond executed by an admitted surety, made payable to CITY. The bid security shall be an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the total annual bid amount included with their proposals as required by California law. Note: All bids must be accompanied by a scanned copy of the bid security uploaded to PlanetBids. The original security of the three (3) lowest bidders must be mailed to the office of the City Clerk at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, California 93117, in a sealed envelope and be received within three (3) City business days of the bid due date and time for the bid to be considered. The sealed envelope should be plainly marked on the outside, “SEALED BID SECURITY FOR MISCELLANEOUS PARK IMPROVEMENTS CIP 9066 AND 9108” DO NOT OPEN WITH REGULAR MAIL. The Project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) per California Labor Code Section 1771.4, including prevailing wage rates and apprenticeship employment standards. Affirmative action to ensure against discrimination in employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or religion will also be required. The CITY hereby affirmatively ensures that all business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this notice and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or religion in any consideration leading to the award of contract. A contract may only be awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder that holds a valid Class “A” Contractor’s license or specialty licensing in accordance with the provisions of the California Business and Professions Code. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a Performance Bond and a Payment Bond each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract Price. Each bond shall be in the forms set forth herein, shall be secured from a surety company that meets all State of California bonding requirements, as defined in Code of Civil Procedure Section 995.120, and that is a California admitted surety insurer. Pursuant to Labor Code sections 1725.5 and 1771.1, all contractors and subcontractors that wish to bid on, be listed in a bid proposal, or enter into a contract to perform public work must be registered with the DIR. No Bid will be accepted nor any contract entered into without proof of the contractor’s and subcontractors’ current registration with the DIR to perform public work. If awarded a contract, the Bidder and its subcontractors, of any tier, shall maintain active registration with the DIR for the duration of the Project. Failure to provide proof of the contractor’s current registration pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5 may result in rejection of the bid as non-responsive. Pursuant to Public Contract Code section 22300, the successful bidder may substitute certain securities for funds withheld by CITY to ensure performance under the Contract or, in the alternative, request the CITY to make payment of retention to an escrow agent. Any protest to an intended award of this contract shall be made in writing addressed to the City Clerk prior to the award. Any protest may be considered and acted on by the City Council at the time noticed for award of the contract. To request a copy of the notice of agenda for award, please contact the City Clerk (805) 961-7505 or register on the CITY’s website (www.cityofgoleta.org). For information relating to the details of this Project and bidding requirements contact JoAnne Plummer, Project Manager in writing at jplummer@cityofgoleta. org. CITY OF GOLETA _____________________________ Deborah S. Lopez, City Clerk Published: Santa Barbara Independent: March 11, 2021 and March 18, 2021 INDEPENDENT.COM INDEPENDENT.COM

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