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Motel Welcomes Unhoused Guests
CHECKING IN: As of Tuesday, 16 people had signed up to relocate from Santa Barbara’s fire-prone homeless encampments to the Rose Garden Inn. At full occupancy, the motel will be able to accommodate 50.
City Net, she said, is looking to hire eight new staff. Currently, the faith-based outreach organization has 18 working from Santa Maria to Carpinteria. In addition to food and housing, those moving into the Rose Garden Inn will be provided a range of services—mental-health and substance-abuse counseling, to name just a couple—to aid their transition to more permanent housing. Not everyone wants to go right away. Chris Nevarez, who’s lived in Santa Barbara more than 35 years and at the campsite about three months, initially wanted to wait three days until the city cleanup crew showed up before packing up all his gear. Potter was pleasantly persistent. There was space now, she said. That might not still be the case in three days. She and Gabert could come back in a few hours, giving Nevarez time to pack. He was persuaded. Until city cleanup crews shut down the campsite — one of the most visible in downtown Santa Barbara—Potter and Gabert noted that other homeless people would move in. This is one of the highway ramps designated a high-priority fire risk by City Hall. Four other ramps have been designated highpriority targets for cleanup as well and will be hit later this week. The Rose Garden Inn will be able DYNAMIC DUO: City Net outreach workers Keela Potter and John to accommodate 50 people at full Gabert have been beating the bushes in hopes of recruiting new capacity. City Net has been conguests from downtown’s many homeless encampments, including tracted with by City Hall to manage the one by the Castillo Street on-ramp. the premises. “This is a big deal,” exclaimed Emily Koval, In the meantime, the County of Santa BarCity Net spokesperson. “This is huge. It’s a bara is proceeding with efforts to get a new once in-a-lifetime opportunity for us and our emergency residential shelter for homeless clients. It’s a boots-on-the-ground moment people at the site of a former UCSB sorority for all of our case managers.” on El Colegio Road in Isla Vista. Managing
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by Nick Welsh ust days after the Santa Barbara City Council approved a four-month master lease for the Rose Garden Inn on upper State Street, City Net outreach workers started beating the bushes in hopes of recruiting new guests for the motel from downtown’s many homeless encampments. As of Tuesday afternoon, 16 had been signed up by the likes of health worker Keela Potter and John Gabert, a drug-and-alcohol counselor—both City Net outreach workers. They’ve been showing up at campsites around town in their blue van, picking up people, their bikes, and whatever else they want to carry out as part of a $1.6 million effort by City Hall to move people out of their urban encampments and into the great indoors. Inspiring this unprecedented effort is a fear that fire may break out in such encampments. In the month of May, 18, in fact, did. One of the residents at the campsite by the Castillo Street on-ramp has three guitars, and Gabert, an accomplished player in his own right, trades a few licks with the soon-to-be transplanted man before packing him and his guitars to the Rose Garden. Potter has been working for City Net about a year now, and before that she worked with PATH at the homeless shelter. Both she and Gabert are energized by the sudden availability of new rooms. In addition to the motel, the county is awash in 215 new housing vouchers for people deemed in the trade as “document ready.” Of those, close to 90 will be earmarked for the City of Santa Barbara.
Outreach Workers Invite Residents of Fire-Prone Encampments to Relocate to Rose Garden Inn
At least two new cases of COVID-19 resulting from the Delta variant were identified in Santa Barbara County. Two cases resulting from the Delta variant had previously been identified by the UCSB Virology Laboratory through variant surveillance in late April. The variant has been labeled a variant of concern by the CDC and is known to have increased transmissibility. Public Health officials said the new cases were community transmissions. Dozens of SBCC faculty are requesting that their in-person classes scheduled this fall are moved back online after the Board of Trustees voted down a widely supported vaccine mandate for staff and students on 6/24. The college’s Academic Senate and Faculty Association unanimously adopted a resolution in response 6/29 that demands a vaccine mandate be put in place by 7/12. They will also hold a special meeting on 7/14 to consider a Vote of No Confidence for Trustees Gallardo, Miller, Parker, Haslund, and the Superintendent/President Dr. Utpal Goswami. Full story at independent.com/ sbcc-faculty-push-back.
INFRASTRUCTURE A far-reaching bill to improve roads, bridges, transit, rail, and water in the United States passed the House of Representatives on 7/1, with several projects specifically targeted for the Central Coast. Among them is $11 million toward adding a carpool lane to the 101 between roughly Sheffield Drive and Milpas Street, which will be built over the next six years. Read more at independent .com/11m-for-101.
BUSINESS BE OUR GUEST: Chris Nevarez, who’s lived at the Castillo campsite for three months, was persuaded to relocate to the Rose Garden Inn, thanks, in part, to Potter and Gabert’s pleasant persistence.
Good Samaritan has also recently assumed management of the South Coast’s sobering center, recently relocated from a Haley Street hotel to the county government’s campus for mental-health services off Calle Real near the jail. This new hotel—which may be named after Father Jon Hedges, the Isla Vista homeless advocate and priest who died in February — is sized to handle a population of 50 individuals for whom the expected length of stay is 150 days. The new hotel will help supplant the loss of 20 Pallet homes that provided temporary shelter in Isla Vista from last winter through the end of June. Those homes—the size of tool sheds—have since been moved to Good Samaritan’s shelter in Lompoc. Escrow has yet to close on this motel deal, but doors will reportedly be open for residents later this month. Guests will be selected based on need and vulnerability, not on a walk-in basis. n
Software company QAD Inc., which has occupied a campus up off Ortega Hill Road near Summerland for many years, was acquired by private equity investor Thoma Bravo for $2 billion, the companies announced on 6/28. Bravo plans to take the company private, giving shareholders $87.50 in cash per share. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, and QAD founder and president Pamela Lopker intends to retain a significant ownership interest and serve on the QAD board.
COURTS & CRIME A federal grand jury on 6/29 indicted S.B. resident Darrell Aviss, 63, for allegedly running a $12 million Ponzi scheme that spanned over eight years and bought him, among other things, luxury cars, expensive watches, trips to Monaco, more than $100,000 in purchases at an S.B. nightclub, and 20 tickets to a U2 concert and afterparty. Aviss was charged with multiple counts of wire fraud and money laundering. He’d reportedly promised his victims — most of whom were elderly — that their money would be used to buy annuities from Swiss insurance companies. Full story at independent .com/$12m-ponzi-scheme. The City of Santa Barbara claims it will cost more than $100,000 to replace three of its 50-year-old Eugenia trees along Paterna Road that were cut down without permission. Homeowner James Allen Carr and CONT’D ON PAGE 11
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victim of sexual assault by a former Dos Pueblos High School football coach is now suing the Santa Barbara Unified School District for damages. The victim, referred to in court records as John Doe, and his attorneys claim the district failed to protect him from more than three years of abuse by Justin Sell between 2009, when Doe was a sophomore and 15 years old, and 2012. Sell’s crimes included making sexual demands of the victim, sending him suggestive text CREEPY COACH: Former Dos Pueblos football coach messages, and grabbing his genitals. Justin Sell was sentenced to one year in jail and five Following Doe’s graduation from Dos years’ probation on felony charges in 2014. Pueblos, he reported Sell’s actions to his parents and to the authorities, and Sell was The lawsuit was heard this week by arrested in June 2013. During his criminal Judge Thomas Anderle, who took issue trial, Sell pleaded no contest to multiple fel- with some of the technical elements of the ony charges and was sentenced to one year legal arguments made by Doe’s attorneys. in County Jail and five years of probation. He Mainly, that district officials allegedly was also ordered to register as a sex offender failed to act as mandated reporters and for the rest of his life. Prosecutors at the time didn’t do enough to train staff to recogdescribed how Sell, who was in his mid- nize warning signs of misconduct. Anderle twenties, “systematically and methodically allowed the complaint to be amended, and groomed” Doe, mentoring and befriending the case will appear before him again at a —Tyler Hayden him and referring to him as his “bro.” later date. PAU L WELLM AN F I LE PHOTO
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ust as Santa Barbara’s tourist season hits its postJuly 4 stride, the city’s East Beach received the dubious distinction of being among the 10 dirtiest public beaches in California in terms of fecal coliform counts for the year 2020-2021. Based on the 31st annual survey conducted by Heal the Bay, East Beach — located just spitting distance from State DUBIOUS DISTINCTION: This is the first time East Beach has qualified for Heal and Cabrillo Boule- the Bay’s “Summer Bummer” list. vard, perhaps the city’s most heavily visited intersection—ranked This was the first time East Beach quali10th among the bottom 10. Worst on the fied for Heal the Bay’s “Summer Bummer” list was the Tijuana Slough National Wild- list. Mission Creek — a highly urbanized life Refuge. Closer to home was Marina del creek that meanders through downtown Rey’s Mother’s Beach between the lifeguard Santa Barbara—washes right out into it. The City of Santa Barbara’s Creeks Divitower and the boat dock. Of the 500 public beach spots Heal the sion has focused considerable effort and Bay surveyed throughout the state, 93 per- expense over the years plugging various cent were given scores of A or B. In Santa sources of contamination spilling into MisBarbara County, two beaches made the sion Creek, but with the COVID pandemic, organization’s Honor Roll list: Guadalupe the number of homeless encampments that Dunes and El Capitán State Beach. have sprung up along the banks of the creek Accounting for the relatively high aroused the concern of Heal the Ocean, number of positive scores was this year’s which began tracking encampments along notable lack of rainfall to wash fecal runoff the creek with drone technology. Even downstream and out to the ocean’s mouth. before COVID struck, it should be noted, During wet weather, only 57 percent of the Mission Creek offered refuge and privacy to beaches tested posted good or excellent those unable or disinclined to embrace the grades. —Nick Welsh great indoors. N IC K WELSH
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he Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) was selected as a 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year by State Senator Monique Limón. MICOP has done substantial work with the farmworker community in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and is the only organization dedicated entirely to addressing the unique needs MICOP Executive Director Arcenio Lopez and Associate of Indigenous migrants on the Central Director Genevieve Flores-Haro Coast. Established in 2001, the organization’s mission has been to support, orga“We adapted our farmworker census nize, and empower Indigenous migrants from work that led to Ventura County being the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero. in the top 95th percentile in the nation “What a coincidence. We are precisely cel- for an accurate count. And in addition ebrating 20 years of MICOP. This recognition to our day-to-day work, we continually is very important for our organization, but informed the community about COVID, more important is for our migrant Indigenous COVID testing, and COVID vaccines in community and leaders, because it represents our Indigenous languages.” visibility,” said MICOP Executive Director This recognition comes at a time when Arcenio Lopez. the Supreme Court recently ruled that Despite its success, the past year and a half a California regulation that allowed in the pandemic has been hard on MICOP union organizers to recruit agricultural —though it persevered. Just as MICOP was workers in the field violated the constitulaunching its farmworker census campaign, tional rights of the employers. This move the stay-at-home orders were put in place in undid an earlier 1970s argument by the California. Many worked in the agriculture farmworkers’ movement — led by César industry and were considered “essential work- Chávez — that said allowing organizers to ers” but were not eligible to receive essential enter the field was the only way to reach the often poorly educated workers and resources during COVID-19. “During COVID-19 surges and losses, give them an opportunity to join a union. our team showed up every day and handled Despite the ruling, MICOP will coneverything from domestic violence cases, tinue to “train and organize farmworkers deportations, labor strikes, and attending to around unjust working conditions” and the mental health needs of our Indigenous advocate at the local and state level for community,” said Genevieve Flores-Haro, stronger enforcement and grower comassociate director of MICOP. pliance with labor laws. —Delaney Smith
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isit Santa Barbara, the official marketing organization for South Coast tourism, is bullish on the demand for post-pandemic travel based on recent research. According to data collected last month from 1,209 American travelers, 80.6 percent said they were ready to get away this summer, with more than a third of those people looking to “relax, chill-out, decompress,” in a “small town” or “beach destination.” As COVID-19 case numbers continue to decline, nearly 83.2 percent said they were confident they could travel safely in the current environment, a notable increase from this spring and a large uptick over last summer. A majority of respondents — 67.8 percent — reported they were vaccinated, and 55.2 percent said they wouldn’t travel outside the United States until the coronavirus situation was fully “resolved.” Already at the local level, Visit Santa Barbara is seeing hotel revenues surpass
previous pre-pandemic highs, with California residents accounting for more than 80 percent of overnight guests. While those regional customers shouldn’t be overlooked, the organization said, it is also hoping to drum up interest among out-of-state visitors, who stay an average of 30 percent longer and therefore spend more money on food, goods, and services. “Although it is unlikely out-of-state visitors will ever exceed the economic impact of Californians,” the organization said in its annual report, “we look forward to a day when our mix of visitors is balanced between high-frequency in-state travel and higher-value out-of-state trips.” Like most nonprofit organizations, Visit Santa Barbara — which operates with a $7.1 million budget — was forced to tighten its belt during the pandemic, shrinking staff from 17 to 12 full-time positions. Representatives said they hope to grow back to 15 employees by the end —Tyler Hayden of the year.
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Sexual Abuse at Cate School?
he Santa Barbara County Sheriff ’s and District Attorney’s offices announced they have launched an investigation into alleged sexual abuse and misconduct by a former employee of Cate School, an esteemed 9th-12th-grade boarding school located in the foothills of Carpinteria. According to officials, the investigation was initiated April 1 by outside mandated reporters. The alleged abuse occurred on school property while the suspect — who reportedly worked for Cate for six months and was fired in February — was still employed there. Late last month, detectives served search warrants at the campus, located at 1960 Cate Mesa Road, to gather potential evidence. They have also contacted several assault survivors in the case who are both current and former students, officials said. But detectives believe there may be additional survivors or witnesses who have not been identified, Sheriff ’s Office spokesperson Raquel Zick said. Anyone with informa-
tion related to the investigation is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Mark Valencia at (805) 681-4150. “The Sheriff ’s Office is aware that survivors of sexual assault and abuse are often reluctant to come forward for many different reasons,” she continued. “Sheriff ’s detectives coordinate closely with the District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program to ensure the needs of survivors are not overshadowed by the focus on the investigation and prosecution of the accused.” Survivors may contact the program directly at (805) 568-2400 or toll free at (855) 8403232. —Tyler Hayden
NEWS BRIEFS CONT’D FROM P. 7 landscaper Enrique Calles Vasquez are named in a new felony complaint filed by the DA’s Office after they allegedly took out three trees on city property and one in Carr’s front setback in December 2020. Full story at independent.com /tree-chopping. It was a busy Fourth of July weekend for the S.B. Police Department. On 7/2, one officer sustained a serious injury while arresting a felon with a loaded firearm, promenade foot patrol officers arrested a car thief on the same day, and a driver suspected to be under the influence was arrested after a major accident on Cliff Drive on 7/4. The following is a summary of crimes that occurred over the holiday weekend as directly relates to those officers assigned to the Fourth of July special event: 127 traffic and parking citations, 11 municipal code citations, one felony arrest, five misdemeanor arrests, one DUI, 31 calls for service, six reports, and 172 fireworks calls to dispatch. City Administrator Paul Casey is no longer a defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed last month against the City of Santa Barbara and former finance director Robert Samario. Casey was originally accused of having knowledge of Samario’s conduct and failing to act, but city attorney Linda C. Miller Savitt said this week he was erroneously named “in claims that the law specifically says individuals cannot be liable for. An S.B. Police officer deployed a less-lethal beanbag projectile to subdue and arrest a suspect who was allegedly brandishing a broken glass bottle in a menacing fashion toward officers and members of the public along Cabrillo Boulevard on 7/5. The suspect, Dennis Ray
Powell, 39, was transported to Cottage Hospital for treatment from the less-lethal deployment. Pending booking charges are assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, resisting/obstructing an officer, and brandishing a weapon. Full story at independent.com/broken-bottle.
COMMUNITY The Sheriff’s Office cut the ribbon on its brandnew fitness center for its employees as part of its Quality Work-Life Committee’s efforts to “positively impact the health and well-being of [their] workforce,” according to a recent press release. The Quality Work-Life Committee partnered with Savvy Health Solutions, and together they helped design the center and found equipment for the employees to use. The center was funded by the S.B. County Sheriff’s Posse and donations from S.B. County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.
LABOR The National Labor Relations Board observed the 15th anniversary of the newsroom meltdown that shook the Santa Barbara News-Press by charging parent company Ampersand Publishing Inc. with contempt for failing to bargain in good faith with its editorial employees’ union. Based on the timeline in the contempt action, a campaign of delay and frustration began in 2007, shortly after newsroom workers voted to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, but it would not be until 2017 when the federal appeals court would officially order owner Wendy McCaw, Ampersand, and the News-Press to knock it off. Full story at independent.com/news. n INDEPENDENT.COM
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OUCH: Shooting fish in a barrel — I am informed by my Isla Vista landlord pals
— is actually a lot harder than it sounds. The fish, they tell me, sometimes shoot back. The case of Katelin Danaher versus one of the biggest landlords in I.V. — Isla Vista Owners, LLC — is such an instance. For the record, I have never met Danaher, a UCSB student and communications major. Nor have I met Erin Eliza Murphey Doherty or her husband, Richard Doherty — principal investors in Isla Vista Owners and residents of Montecito. I was intrigued, however, when late last year, I received a DIY press release from Danaher announcing that she was filing a small claims case against the Dohertys and their Isla Vista rental empire. She wanted her security deposit back. Who sends out a press release for a small claims action? A third-year communications major, I supposed. I assigned the story to an intern, Lily Hopwood, mostly because she, too, lived in Isla Vista. Erin and Richard Doherty, it turns out, bought the massive rental empire — said to be 40 rental properties with 634 tenants — from James Gelb. Everyone knowns Gelb. He was the F-bomb personified. Reporters with nothing better to do would call Gelb just so he’d cuss them out. His profanity veered almost exclusively toward the homophobic. When he chased an openly gay elected official up State Street one recent
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election night — after allegedly being provoked — Gelb left little to the imagination regarding the bodily fluids and orifices. Gelb was criminally prosecuted for this verbal assault. That was in 2017, the same year he put his portfolio on the market for $79 million. He said he’d had enough of people’s jealousy. He was eating at Holdren’s Steakhouse five nights a week, going out with women onethird his age. And he didn’t need the aggravation inflicted by sea-level rise. Many of Gelb’s properties were on the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Those bluffs were then— and are now — in a state of active retreat. Gelb sold out to Richard and Erin. One report said the whole shebang went for $66 million. I’ve heard $40 million. I don’t pretend to know. In the Daily Nexus, Richard Doherty explained the deal: “Constrained housing supply equals good opportunities.” He was describing the Isla Vista mar-
ket of 24,000 students. In other words, shooting fish in a barrel. Erin Doherty marketed on Facebook a three-bedroom Nido Road property to 12 tenants for $10,000 a month. Katelin Danaher was one. She occupied a converted storage loft. The noise and overcrowding caused her grades to suffer. In November 2019, she moved out. But her landlords refused to return her $1,508 security deposit. Danaher ratted out the Dohertys to the fire and zoning
enforcement departments. They, in turn, red-tagged Richard and Erin, for renting out not just two storage spaces but also an illegally converted garage. Danaher also sued her landlords in small claims court for $10,000. Judge Donna Geck awarded her $2,000. Round One went to Danaher. Richard and Erin reacted as would anyone who just found themselves shot by a fish; they sued for defamation of character. The basis of the case was the accusations Danaher made to the building inspectors and the Independent article by Hopwood. Richard and Erin, it should be noted, never responded to numerous calls for comment made by Hopwood. It was their bad luck the case was assigned to Judge Thomas Anderle. How were the accusations defamatory, he wondered, when they’d been investigated and validated by county building inspectors? Back in May, Judge Anderle blistered the legal attack waged by Richard and Erin calling their case “woefully deficient,” “specious,” and “intellectually dishonest.” He would conclude their lawsuit “was retaliatory and based upon neither an honest appraisal of the facts nor a realistic consideration of the applicable law.” Round Two for the fish. This Tuesday, Judge Anderle awarded Danaher $34,500 in legal fees incurred defending herself from the defamation
charges. Although Danaher’s attorney took the case on contingency for $350 an hour, Anderle allowed him to charge $475 an hour, citing a state law designed to penalize those with an excess of power and money who use the legal system to punish those who have little of either.
Round Three for the fish. It’s tempting to regard this as yet another story of greedy vindictive landlords getting a little comeuppance. But that misses the bigger picture. Since 2010, UCSB enrollment has increased by 6,000 students. Its faculty and staff by 1,800. Community organizations — CPA, COAST, SBCAN, and the League of Women Voters — formed a group known as SUN, Sustainable University Now, which persuaded UCSB to sign an agreement that it would develop the necessary housing to offset the university’s growth plans. The deal was very specific. The campus would provide 5,000 new units of on-campus housing; to date, it’s built 1,500 beds. The campus agreed to allow only 500 units in which students tripled up. We’re already at 1,700. As for the 1,800 new units of staff housing, we have 263. SUN put UCSB on notice last week that they intend to sue if they don’t see some real plans and real action. Round Four for the fish? Too soon to say. But it could change the size of the barrel. —Nick Welsh
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Too Much Too Soon?
he recent article “Santa Barbara’s Black and Latinx Grads Less Likely to Get into California’s Public Universities” failed to show the most unrepresented group, the Emergent Multilingual Learners. The low numbers of these students in meeting A-G requirements are saddening and sickening. There seems to be a disconnect with what happens before students enter secondary education to produce this outcome. Is data available for each school as to the numbers of English learners who pass the state-required English proficiency assessment test at the end of 5th grade? Unless emergent English students pass this test, it is unlikely that they will be reclassified; instead, they will remain “English learners” while in the district. How would they even begin to take college prep classes with this language deficit? According to greatschools.org, McKinley Elementary is 95 percent Hispanic; 60 percent are learning English and 83 percent are from low-income families. These are similar demographics to Franklin Elementary, which teaches in English, and Adelante Charter, a dual-language immersion school. Franklin has superior scores (57 percent) in English compared to the state average (51 percent). Adelante’s English scores are at 19 percent. Last year, in the middle of the pandemic lockdown, the school board voted to convert McKinley to dual-language immersion this fall, which has McKinley parents sizzling. Parents, the real stakeholders in a neighborhood school, formed a grassroots group, SOS McKinney, to advocate for an English instruction option. It is certainly an asset to develop another language, and it’s most importantly that English learners achieve proficiency as English continues to be the number-one language of business and trade worldwide. Data doesn’t lie. A lack of English-language skills is keeping English learners from having an equitable education. —Rosanne Crawford, S.B.
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he Santa Barbara chapter of the American Institute of Architects writes this letter in response to “Santa Barbara’s Parklet-Palooza Rocks On” to set the record straight. Over the past few years, our organization has sponsored large, collaborative, local-volunteer
efforts to assist with envisioning the future of downtown Santa Barbara. We enthusiastically support the outdoor dining the downtown parklets provide, the promenade, and the lifeline these provide to businesses during this difficult time. Our organization did not seek out involvement in the city’s rethinking of parklet guidelines. In December 2020, members of the City Council petitioned our advocacy committee to help city staff review existing parklets, enclosures, and parklet guidelines for health, safety, accessibility, and conformance with aesthetic standards in the downtown historic district. Our volunteers responded with suggestions for simple and cost-effective ideas, focusing on supporting businesses, the city’s process, and responding to staff concerns. Recommendations included no timelines, expecting that any changes to the existing design standards would be a lengthy process requiring input from community leaders, decision makers, the business community, and local stakeholders. As stated at last week’s council meeting, AIASB firmly believes the city should allow maximum flexibility in accommodating existing parklets in the public right-of-way and that businesses should be included in conversations about city policies that affect them and downtown. The Santa Barbara chapter of the AIA has a long history of collaborating with city decision makers, our community, and city staff. Our members generously volunteer their skills, knowledge, and time toward the goal of achieving a sustainable, livable, beautiful, and resilient community.
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¶ John Comer’s current solo exhibit is at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, not the Museum of Contemporary Art as stated in last week’s cover story. Also, contrary to the article on Brick Barn Wine Estate, the winery was not the first to plant vermentino in Santa Barbara County. And Andrew Manos did not play keyboards on the recent People as Machines album, as a music story last week reported. INDEPENDENT.COM
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8/18/1933 - 6/29/2021
William S Wise died Tuesday, June 29 after a long bout with cancer. He was born in 1933 in Carson City, Nevada, the oldest of three boys. He often enjoyed camping and fishing in the surrounding Sierra foothills. At age 14, while in Boy Scouts, he discovered his life’s passion: geology. After graduating at the top of his class in high school, Bill put himself through Stanford University. It was at Stanford that he met his beloved wife, Mona. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree, Bill served his mandatory 2 years in the Army, part of the time in Germany. He returned to Stanford for a Master’s degree in geology and then went to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for his Ph.D. Volcanology and mineralogy were his focus areas of study. His thesis area was the Wind River area of Washington state where he spent several summers mapping and hiking. Before his thesis was even completely typed, he was offered a teaching position at the University of California at Santa Barbara in the geology department. He worked at UCSB from 1961 to 1994 as a professor, researcher, department head and associate Dean of Letters and Science. Teaching field courses in geology was a big part of his life. He believed that geology had to be experienced by walking over and through it. He believed that a field course was the capstone of a degree in geology. Many students from UCSB returned to tell Bill about their successes in the field of geology. They remembered him as a great instructor, fair grader and strong proponent of women and minorities in that field. Two students were 14
so moved by their experience with this professor that they chose to honor him in two ways. One student started the Hobson/Wise Field Studies Fund at the Earth Sciences Department at UCSB. He felt that the summer field class has greatly improved his classroom learning and had set him on the right path for this career. The other student discovered a new mineral, found only in Pakistan. He named it Billwiseite. This is probably the highest honor for a mineralogist! Bill had three children and is survived by Brian Wise (and his wife, Gloria) and Michelle Hertig. He is predeceased by his eldest, Debbie Sichel. He taught all three children about geology on extensive camping trips to remote localities for collecting minerals. All three were regularly quizzed on the types of rock, names of minerals and landforms. He was also fascinated by birds and took many trips to the Mammoth Lakes area to study the bird life there and at Mono Lake. His love of teaching continued as he taught his grandchildren about the physical world around them. Both Rebecca Tissot and Ed Sichel can tell of many hours sitting watching Volcano Scapes videos. After Bill retired from UCSB, he found other passions to pursue including volunteering at the Humane Society socializing dogs for adoption. He made a habit of adopting old dogs who needed loving homes. Another strong interest was collecting Chinese stamps. He wrote a regular article for a China Stamp publication. He also missed teaching and began to assist in the kindergarten and first grade classrooms of his youngest grandchildren, Zachary and Jared Hertig. He could teach a child to read a book as well as he could teach a graduate student to “read” a mountain. The title, Bill liked the most in his life, was Professor. However, when his grandsons began calling him “Papa,” this title took a close second place. Family was always important
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to him and he remained a strong supporter of all of his family throughout his last days. Bill will be interred privately at the Goleta Cemetery. Memorial gifts can be made to the Santa Barbara Humane Society, whose work he loved.
Thomas James Murray 3/19/1945 - 6/26/2021
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Tom Murray. Tom was born in Los Angeles on March 19, 1945 and died peacefully on June 26, 2021 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara with his family by his side. He is survived by Carol, his loving wife for 55 years, his children Craig Murray, Deanna Spomer (Scott), David Murray (Robin) and James Murray (Kourtni), his nine grandchildren and his brothers Fred (Sandy) and Bob (Cindy). He was preceded in death by his parents Eldin and Lois Murray. Raised in Southern California, Tom was the oldest of three boys and an incredible athlete. His family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1962 where he met Carol, got married and started a family. In 1975 he wisely chose Carpinteria as the perfect place to make a home and raise children. Tom spent most of his career life at Santa Barbara Research Center and Raytheon as an industrial engineer and manager. He truly cared for his team members, many of whom became lifelong friends. He was an incredibly giving person who looked out for the less fortunate and lent a hand to anyone in need. Tom was an avid golfer throughout his life and for many years was a member of Los Paisanos Golf Club. He was a fiery competitor in general – whether it was
ping pong, cribbage, billiards, poker or any other game of skill, you were likely to get skunked or separated from your funds. He loved baseball, both the Dodgers and the Angels, and horse racing. Most of all, Tom loved his family. He was an amazing father who rarely missed his kids’ sporting events and was the centerpiece of holidays and family get togethers. He truly lit up when one of his grandkids was in the room. And he cherished his wife. Although he had health challenges over the past few years, Tom kept his dry wit, flashy smile and charming demeanor until the end. We will miss him immensely. Tom had compassion and generosity for the poor and homeless – donations in his memory could be made to Transition House or Salvation Army. A memorial service will be held Friday July 16th at 11:00 a.m.at the Carpinteria Cemetery Pavilion.
Shirley Jean Otto 2/13/2021
On February 13, 2021, Shirley Jean Otto peacefully passed away in her Montecito home. She was a passionate person who loved animals, opera, basketball, and the films of Janette Mac Donald and Nelson Eddy. Her interests were both diverse and committed. At an early age, she watched the Fort Wayne Pistons work out practices in her high school gym. Her family held season tickets to the team that later moved to Detroit becoming the Detroit Pistons. This love of basketball eventually led her to much later purchasing a Continental Basketball Association team that Chick Hearn mention while broadcasting a Los Angeles Lakers game. This CBA franchise became the Santa Barbara Islanders. Ten of these players
went on to play in the NBA. She never missed a game! Another early interest was opera. She worked part-time while in high school to pay for voice lessons. She had a lovely voice. Three years after graduating high school, she relocated to San Luis Obispo and began singing professionally giving operatic performances. Throughout the rest of her life, she continued to enjoy singing by taking lessons from the retired German opera star, Ruth Michaelis. Receptions for the regional Metropolitan Opera competitions were hosted at her Montecito estate. And, she never missed the Saturday program, “Live From The Met.” In 1958 she married Richard Otto II who had been the campaign manager for Upton Sinclair’s bid to become governor of California. Together they worked to transform undeveloped land into Baywood Park Estates of Los Osos. In 1964 the Ottos purchased a Montecio estate nestled on Ashley Road. One week later the Coyote fire rages on all sides of their newly acquired home; however, no buildings were damaged. Their new neighbor, Avery Brundage, owner of the Montecito Country Club and President of the USA Olympics, however, lost everything to the fire. Through this tragedy, a friendship was forged. Shirley became one of the first women to gain membership at the country club. Unfortunately, Richard Otto passed away in 1966. After his death, Shirley devoted herself more deeply with opera, traveling to many cities as well as internationally to attend performances of her favorite singers. In addition, she immersed herself in another early interest, Janette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy films. She traveled to Los Angeles twice a year to attend the semiannual meetings of the Janette MacDonald Nelson Eddy Fan Club. In these meetings, she met and became close friends with several members who would travel to Montecito to spend weekends pouring over memorabilia and watching the films.
obituaries Roy Hill McLean
4/5/1951 - 7/27/2020
Last year we said goodbye to an exceptionally sensitive, fun, creative spirit when Roy succumbed to stage IV cancer. Born in Santa Barbara., he spent hours exploring Mission Creek and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Roy loved being outdoors and he enjoyed learning about the natural history of SB County from the back country to the Channel Islands. He also grew up surfing the Pit, Refugio and El Cap which led to his life-long passion. He graduated from San Marcos HS in 1969. Jalama became his home surf break after moving to Lompoc in the late 80’s. Friends said that “his love and passion for surfing and the ocean truly define him”, and & “he’s now in a place where he can enjoy surfing everyday and where the Dodgers never lose”. He also enjoyed collegiate basketball (Go Bruins! Go Gauchos!), the Lakers, the Raiders and watching the Tour de France. Roy was big-hearted and generous. He was the life of any party and enjoyed barbecuing for friends, telling stories, fishing, camping, playing his conga drum, and being in Mexico. Roy was a beautiful and artistic soul. During his early years as a gardener and then as a landscape contractor, he beautified many area homes with his creative touch. Roy is predeceased by his parents Jim and Rowena (Hoey) McLean; brothers David and Rex McLean and sister Casandra (Sandy) Amhaz. He is survived by sister-in-law Nornie McLean, many loving nephews and nieces, ex-wife Renee, a wide circle of dear friends in SB County, and his family of
To submit obituaries for publication, please call (805) 965-5205 or email email@example.com friends in LDM, Mexico. A celebration of Roy’s life will be held at Tucker’s Grove Park on July 17, 2021. Roy brightened the lives of all who knew him. As another friend appropriately said, “Roy will live on in our memories… and we will smile”. As Roy would say, “PEACE”
Mary Sue (Williams) Talley 1/10/1925 - 6/11/2021
Susie Talley passed away peacefully at her home on June 11, 2021 after a short illness. She was born January 10, 1925 in Praise, Kentucky to John Claude Williams and Callie (Roberts) Williams and lived the first 7 years of her life in nearby Elkhorn City, Kentucky. The family then moved from the mountains of Kentucky to those of East Tennessee, settling in the city of Erwin where her father worked as a train conductor. Here she met her future husband and the love of her life, Bob Talley. After graduating from the University of Tennessee (UT) with a degree in Home Economics, Susie worked as a nursery school teacher, an expression of her life-long love of young children. She and Bob married in 1948 and then moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in 1951 where her son, David, and daughter, Carol, were born. In 1958, the family moved to Santa Barbara, California where Bob worked for Santa Barbara Research Center. Susie was a homemaker and did volunteer work for numerous local charities. She was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church. Susie loved traveling and she and Bob visited many countries around the world. She delighted in parties and
dancing and greatly enjoyed her many friends in Santa Barbara. She was an avid golfer and a tough competitor, particularly when there was a nickel riding on each hole. She and Bob were great fans of college basketball, frequently attending home games of the UCSB Lady Gauchos as well as watching the Lady Vols of UT and the Duke Blue Devils men’s team on TV. Susie had a delightful sense of humor, the charm of a traditional southern lady and the strong opinions of a woman born and raised in the mountains. Her family was always the most important thing in her life and she freely shared her love with Bob, her children and grandchildren. Susie was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Robert Talley; her parents, her brothers Paul and Walter Williams and her grandson, Benjamin Wiedmann. She is survived by her children David Talley (wife Patricia Behan), Carol Talley (partner Mark Viney) granddaughter Eva Wiedmann, all of Santa Barbara, CA; grandson Max Wiedmann (wife Cher Mucho) of San Diego CA, and a number of nephews and nieces. A gathering of immediate family was held on June 17 at Susie’s burial to celebrate her life and to be with her as she was placed to rest next to her love, Bob. For those family and friends who wish to commemorate Susie’s life, please consider a donation in her honor to Family Service Agency, https://fsacares.org/ We wish to thank Dr. Michael Bernstein of the Sansum Clinic for the excellent medical care he provided Susie for more than 20 years. We are also extremely grateful to a wonderful group of home health aides for the skilled and loving care they gave Susie over the last nine years.
Jeffrey Louis Wolff
6/13/1960 - 6/23/2021
Jeffrey Louis Wolff of Mission Viejo, CA passed away on June 23 at the age of 61. Beloved by family and friends alike, Jeff left an indelible impression on all who knew him. Born in Dugway, Utah, he spent his early years in Anaheim, CA before moving to Santa Barbara with his family at the age of 10. He graduated from Dos Pueblos High School, followed by a bachelor’s degree in business and economics, with an emphasis in accounting, from UC Santa Barbara. Jeff ’s career spanned nearly 30 years in financial management, mostly as a CFO for privately held, multi- milliondollar consumer product companies. Jeff ’s financial acumen was prized by his colleagues. While Jeff enjoyed a successful career, his true love was his family: he was a loving son, brother and uncle, survived by parents Michael Wolff and Lani Hibler Wolff of Santa Barbara; sister Cynthia Anderson, and nephew Josh; proud father to Stephen (Casey), Amanda (Wolff) Murrieta (Ryan) and Mikey; doting grandfather to Stevie Wolff and Dean Murrieta, and devoted life partner to Cindy Reynolds. Jeff went through life enjoying all he did, from music to cooking to travel. He played clarinet in Santa Barbara’s youth symphony, and the marching band and jazz band in high school. Years later, he played piano and sang in choirs at Saddleback College and University Synagogue. Jeff ’s love of cooking began with an adult education cooking class with his mother while in high school and his skills became fine-tuned throughout his life. Jeff and Cindy also shared a love of INDEPENDENT.COM
travel overseas. Those who knew Jeff enjoyed his generous and loving spirit, for example his sending pink roses to the women in his life. He also was known for mentoring, encouraging and supporting the hundreds of employees who worked for him over the years. Jeff ’s sense of humor was legendary among family and friends – he loved telling a good joke and was a prankster from his early years. He passed along his love of laughter and silliness, plus enduring love and encouragement, to his three children. After dealing with cardiac issues at a relatively young age, Jeff felt a calling to mentor others with heart issues as a volunteer at Mended Hearts. A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 11, at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation B’nai Brith in Santa Barbara.
John L. Evans
8/4/1937 - 6/24/2021
John L. Evans, born August 4, 1937, in Riverside, CA passed away June 24,2021. He leaves behind son, Michael and daughter, Michelle, additional children, Carolyn, Felicita, Jay, Heidi, three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife, Kathe, of 44 years. He worked for Riverside and Santa Barbara counties in roadway construction, land surveying, highway design and traffic engineering. A combined public service of 40 years. John enjoyed fishing, wood working and travel. A service will be held at the burial site at Santa Barbara Cemetery, July 13, 2021, at 10:00 am. He will be remembered as a trusted friend and loving father and will live on forever in our hearts. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider
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Steven Berg 1946-2021
BY A . L . B A R D A C H ou sensed straight away that he was more
than a nice guy, something other than a rail-thin, tall soul in a plaid shirt and jeans, looking to help out. Steven, who passed away on May 31, worked hard to convince you that he was a regular gruff Joe, but it was a tough sell. If you lived in Santa Barbara, you likely met Steven Berg — on his postal routes, serving meals at Transition House, or surfing the outer breaks of local beaches. If you were one of the thousands of annual visitors to the Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple in Montecito, you saw him every evening at 6 p.m. vespers, sitting in the back on the floor, leaning against one of architect Lutah Riggs’s grand telephone-pole pillars. At Sunday lectures, he was the doorman who welcomed visitors. “Come in,” he would say, laughing, “everything here is free!” When needed, he was the bouncer to those who might mistake the exquisite 35-acre grounds as ideal for a concert, a yoga studio, or a place to get lit. Since 1982, Steven lived in a small apartment not far from the temple’s upper grounds. If you peered in his basement window in the morning, you would have seen him sitting cross-legged, ramrod straight, eyes closed for hours. He passed a portion of every day studying the Bhagavad Gita. For half a century. Although he declined to take formal vows as a monk (“I’m too independent,” he balked), he was a monk. Indeed, in the view of some qualified to know, he may well have been a saint. The facts of his life did not signal such an outcome. Raised in a middle-class Norwegian/Irish family in San Francisco, Steven attended S.B. City College in 1964 for two years, briefly married, then hightailed it to Hawai‘i to live on a leaky boat and attend college. His raison d’être, however, was to surf waves that touched the heavens. Indeed, he surfed until recently, when cancer sapped his strength to push off his board to stand. In 1968, he spied a notice in a Honolulu paper for a talk on Hindu philosophy at the YMCA. The speaker was Swami Vividishananda of the Ramakrishna Order created by Vivekananda, the monk who had introduced meditation to the West in 1893. “I was completely enthralled,” Steven recalled, from minute one. The swami convinced Steven to live at the Seattle Vedanta Center. Steven stayed for four years and also graduated with a master’s in Art History from the University of Washington, remaining a lifelong student of painting, museums, and all varieties of flowers. Surfing returned to his life in 1974 when he gleefully transferred to the Vedanta Center in Fiji, where he taught at Vivekananda High School for eight years. He also mastered the art of beekeeping, selling honey to buy books and uniforms for students. “I went with the idea of living a surfer life, but I learned the beauty of the work,” he said, adding with typical understatement, “which stayed with me.” A military coup forced him to leave Fiji, and in 1982, he settled in S.B., knowing of its jewel-like Vedanta Center — and its superb beaches. He also took a job at the Postal Service, delivering mail for decades. “Every inch of the Santa Barbara property, all 35 acres, has been touched by Steven,” says Pravrajika Vrajaprana, a resident nun at the Montecito center. That included clearing brush, planting thousands of bulbs, beekeeping, bear chasing, rattlesnake excavating, and planting Matilija poppies to the property’s
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edge. When monks, nuns, and devotees passed away, she said, “Steven reverently paddled out into the Pacific and carefully placed their ashes with prasad flowers in the sea.” Steven’s first bout with melanoma was in the mid’80s, likely from years of Fiji sun. He swatted away each recurring episode, carrying on with his duties, study, and meditation, resolutely confident in his doctors, Sansum’s cancer center, and, most of all, the path he had taken. A year or so ago, he started immunotherapy with initial success but began to decline. Through it all, he never complained. “Whatever you do, don’t pray for me to get better or live any longer,” he emphatically instructed me in April. “I’ve had a good life.” His oncologist was baffled, he told him. “I wish I could bottle whatever you have, because 99 percent of my patients say, ‘Why me?’ ” During his postman’s lunch hour, Steven would often take the elderly who could no longer drive on their errands. His last route was in a hard-scrabble neighborhood where many families had a member who was in a gang or a parent in jail. Some of the children were achingly lonely, in trouble, or barely saw an absentee parent. He would bring them small gifts and sign them up for catalogs and foreign travel brochures so they would receive mail of their own — and see a glimpse of beauty in a world unknown to them. For 35 years, he volunteered at Transition House, serving and cleaning up after meals, then sitting to chat with struggling residents, offering assistance but mostly attention and caring. What made Steven remarkable is that he expected nothing in return. Indeed, he wanted nothing in return. “We have no doubt that he has attained the goal he sought for so long,” Vrajaprana, his friend of 42 years, said, conferring on him a Vedantin’s highest achievement. His method was seemingly simple: “When I moved here, I took a vow. Whenever anyone asked me to do something, I’d say yes. I wouldn’t ask why or what. I’d just say yes.”
A memorial will be held July 17 at the Santa Barbara Vedanta Society at 3 p.m. Steven is survived by his brother Kevin Berg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vedanta Society of Southern California, 1946 Vedanta Place, Hollywood, CA 90068.
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SHORT-LIVED: Popsicko’s Mick Flowers (drums), Tim Cullen (guitar/vocals), Keith Brown (guitar/vocals), and Marko DeSantis (bass) were only together for a rocket-fueled three-year run that yielded the impressive but mostly forgotten album Off to a Bad Start.
Past, T Present, Future Popsicko Remembers, Music Academy Opening, and Amanda Gregory’s Visions The music makers of the world are ready to perform again — but if the constant emails to our inboxes about new songs and fresh music videos are any indication, they never really stopped. As we try to put the pandemic behind us, we felt it was a good time to remind our readers of Santa Barbara’s rich musical tradition, which comes in many forms. So read on to learn about the grungy 1990s alt-rock of Popsicko, the upcoming performances of contemporary and traditional classical from the Music Academy of the West, and the mind-bending multimedia efforts of Amanda Gregory at UCSB.
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basher from DeSantis’s high school glam band. In article is about Popsicko’s triumphant an endearing bit of pre-internet resourcefulness, two-night stand at the Santa Barbara DeSantis drew Brown a map to Sherlock’s I.V. Bowl. A world where this high-energy apartment and the two went their separate ways. alternative-rock band takes a triumphant It wasn’t until a year later, when DeSantis moved victory lap in front of an adoring hometown crowd back to Santa Barbara, that he and Brown started after nearly three decades at the top of the charts, playing together. Glitterbug had already broken up countless world tours, and piles of platinum records. Given the buzz around Popsicko in the early ’90s, the above scenario seemed entirely possible. “[Popsicko] plays songs stocked with simple chords and catchy refrains that you can shout along to, yet blissfully devoid of overby S.W. Lauden production and triteness,” Danny Gellert wrote for a Santa Barbara Independent cover story in 1995. “This is rock and roll that’s informed of every pop music by then, but Brown and Sherlock asked DeSantis phase since the British Invasion, yet reinvents itself to form a new project with them. A revolving door of auditions, band members, and short-lived band like none of it ever happened.” But you’ve probably already guessed that’s not names ensued, but when the whirlwind of activity how this story ends. finally died down, Cullen and Flowers were offiIn reality, Keith Brown (guitar/vocals), Tim cially in place. The band adopted the playful name Popsicko Cullen (guitar/vocals), Marko DeSantis (bass), and Mick Flowers (drums) were only together in 1992 and started booking shows at venues like for a rocket-fueled three-year run that yielded the Buster’s in Goleta, the Anaconda Theater in I.V., impressive but mostly forgotten album Off to a Bad and Alex’s Cantina downtown. They burst onto Start. It’s the tale of a hard-working and hard-par- stages with blistering performances featuring tying young band that seemed destined for success, poppy, punk-informed songs influenced by bands only to have their dreams dashed when the main like The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Cheap Trick, songwriter’s life was cut tragically short. and Nirvana. With some of Popsicko’s music set to be rere“[Popsicko’s] music is part aggression, part leased for the first time in two decades, now’s the confection — a kind of candy-apple punk. Power chords with a dusting of powdered sugar,” Jeff Gortime for the band’s story to be told. Popsicko’s origins date back to 1991, when dinier wrote for the Santa Barbara News-Press in DeSantis stopped by the Isla Vista record store 1993. It took a beat to establish themselves, but Popwhere Brown worked. The two were acquainted through the vibrant local music scene but didn’t sicko soon gained a following in the same music really know each other. Brown — an L.A. trans- scene that delivered stylistically diverse bands like plant who was the original lead singer for Her- Ugly Kid Joe, Lagwagon, Toad the Wet Sprocket, mosa Beach hardcore heroes Pennywise — needed Dishwalla, and Nerf Herder onto the national stage. a drummer for his new band, Glitterbug. He By 1994, it seemed certain that Popsicko would one asked for an introduction to Steve Sherlock, the day claim their rightful spot on that list.
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Music Academy of the West 2021
f you’re wondering what the biggest show in Santa Barbara will be this post-quarantine summer, look no further than the 2021 season at the Music Academy of the West. After a successful pivot to remote learning through 2020’s MARLI— the Music Academy Remote Learning Institute— live performances and audiences are back, and so are 110 of the fellows from last year. Thanks to the Music Academy’s generous offer to readmit all musicians from the class of 2020, the class of 2021 represents a first, as the majority of fellows will be involved with the school for their second consecutive year. This striking change means that they will bring with them not only the drive, the talent, and technique that got them into this elite training program in the first place, but also the added production skills and digital tools they acquired when they worked with their faculty mentors remotely last summer. It all adds up to an unexpected and by Charles Donelan potent combination of familiarity and pent-up creative energy. In order to understand the kind of institution that the Music Academy of the West has become in recent years, it’s useful to examine both the changing landscape of classical music worldwide and the specific history of this particular institution. By looking at some of the new ideas about artistic forms and professional careers circulating among classically trained musicians today, and by thinking back to the courage and vision of those extraordinary figures who founded the organization more than seven decades ago, we can see how Santa Barbara has become the nexus for a powerful international network of next-generation artists.
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LOCAL HAUNTS: Popsi cko such as Buster’s in Golet burst onto stages at venues a, the Anaconda Theat er in and Alex’s Cantina down town with blistering pe I.V., rformances featuring poppy, pu nk-informed songs.
The same is true for a handful of dedicated fans around the world who play Popsicko’s music for like-minded music lovers whenever the opportunity arises. “Years later when I moved to New York, I played the album for a few friends,” said Gellert. “One became an instant fan. I gave him one of the tapes with that killer band logo on it and he made a few T-shirts from it.” But time marches on, and by 2021 the band has become little more than a footnote to Santa Barbara’s long musical history. Which is why word of a Popsicko digital single from L.A.-based Big Stir Records was such welcome news. The July 16 release will feature two songs from Off to a Bad Start, “Nastassja” and “Gettin’ Used to You,” with the possibility for additional releases later. “We learned of the rich history of the Santa Barbara scene from working with Marko and some of the guys in the Brothers Steve. The reverence they have for Popsicko always felt like more To read S.W. Lauden’s extensive oral history than just missing a friend,” says Big Stir cofounder Christina about Popsicko, featuring interviews with Bulbenko. “And the record still Marko DeSantis, Chris Shiflett, and others, sounds fresh, better and more immediate than most of the . see stuff that ruled alternative-rock radio in those days.”
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The band regularly played shows from L.A. to San Francisco, sharing the stage with future headliners like Green Day and Weezer. Popsicko self-released Off to a Bad Start late that year, an album the Los Angeles Times aptly described in this capsule review: “Living up to its name and then some, these Santa Barbara pop rockers evoke memories of the late great Plimsouls, except with more (and better) guitars.” Everything was going Popsicko’s way, but there’s a reason you’ve likely never heard of them. Personal differences over drug use within the band led to an indefinite hiatus in 1995. It was terrible news for their growing army of fans up and down the state —including many notable music writers. “No doubt had Popsicko stayed together, they’d have been at the very forefront of the ’90s pop punk explosion,” said Pat DiPuccio, cofounder of Flipside fanzine. With Popsicko on hold, Brown did some solo recording (and prepared to rerelease an alternate version of Off to a Bad Start with an L.A.-based indie label) before tragedy struck. “Keith’s one and only song as a solo artist appeared on a compilation album that Joey Cape’s My Records label released. The song was entitled ‘Suicide.’ He died in a car accident soon after, while speeding to L.A. to meet with an industry contact,” DeSantis said.
he rest of the band soldiered on, each pursuing their own post-Popsicko music careers. Cullen’s band, Summercamp, signed with Maverick Records in 1997, and he later launched a successful solo/songwriting career. Flowers played with several S.B. and L.A. bands, including the Lapdancers and the Rentals. DeSantis did stints in the Ataris and Swingin’ Utters and ran an indie record label before switching to guitar and finding success in the early 2000s with Sugarcult, as well as his side project Bad Astronaut. Over the years, the remaining band members have done their best to keep Popsicko’s music alive. In 2007, Cullen, DeSantis, and Flowers formed the Santa Barbara supergroup the Playing Favorites with Luke Tierney (Lost Kittenz/Silver Jet) and Joey Cape (Lagwagon). “We did some shows in America and Japan and included Popsicko’s ‘Same Old Me’ in our set,” DeSantis said.
imagine every local ’90s alternative-rock scene had their own Popsicko, a band that “would’ve been, could’ve been, and should’ve been” (to quote a Popsicko lyric). That rare combination of talented musicians who had everything going for them, except the two most elusive ingredients for success: timing and luck. “If it was 1968, these guys would be rock gods and all over the radio,” Bill Locey wrote for the L.A. Times in 1993. “The three-minute pop gem lives long and prospers with the band with the cool name, Popsicko.” If you were there in the ’90s, enjoy this trip down memory lane. If not, get ready to discover an overlooked band from Santa Barbara’s rich musical past. Once you know Popsicko’s story, I’m confident you too will be able to imagine their music blasting from the Santa Barbara Bowl and reverberating across the town they briefly ruled. n
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bluff between the Santa Barbara Cemetery and the Biltmore Four Seasons, was granted to the organization by Helen Marso in memory of its original owners, Mr. and Mrs. John Percival Jefferson, in April of 1951 on the condition that it be used “for a conservatory of music only.” Despite the daunting responsibilities associated with maintaining such an impressive property, the organization, which had previously been located at the Cate School, took on the tasks of keeping the property in good repair and of limiting its use to the purpose stated in the grant. From the standpoint of 2021, that decision looks like genius. Improvements to the property in recent years have created an environment for the study and performance of music that’s unrivaled anywhere in the world. Thanks to the exigencies of the pandemic, technological improvements to Hahn Hall, the Academy’s primary on-campus performance venue, have rendered it capable of state-of-the-art digital music and video production, all within the confines of an intimate space with outstanding acoustics. A partnership between the Academy and Steinway means that there are dozens of grand pianos, all of them faultlessly maintained and spread throughout the many rehearsal studios and performance spaces that abound within the lush gardens and spectacular buildings. This dream of a location and facility represents the 21st-century fulfillment of a truly international ideal of culture that, while it has roots in the settlement of Santa Barbara and Montecito by wealthy Americans in the 1910s and 1920s, belongs in large part to a group of emigres from German-speaking middle Europe before, during, and after the Second World War. Beginning in the 1920s and accelerating steadily in the face of Hitler’s rise to power, a stream of classically trained artists left Berlin and Vienna for the United States. Thanks to the advanced standard of filmmaking established in the government-sponsored Universum Film AG conglomerate in Berlin, Germany produced the most technologically and aesthetically advanced films of the silent era, until, that is, the principal architects of this phenomenon saw the political writing on the wall and decamped for Southern California. Ernst Lubitsch arrived in 1922 and rose rapidly to head of production at Paramount. Directors Billy Wilder, Max Reinhardt, William Wyler, and Otto Preminger followed, along with maestro Otto Klemperer, who became the conductor and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. When the Music Academy celebrates its 75th anniversary next year, expect to hear a great deal about soprano Lotte Lehmann, the woman who, along with Klemperer and others, founded the organization in 1947. For decades the toast Conrad Tao of music’s world capital, Vienna, Lehmann made Santa Barbara her home from 1937 until her death in 1976. Without her reputation as a performing artist and a teacher—she was the original star of the Academy’s signature feature, the Masterclass— the first decade of programming might not have attracted such luminaries as Darius Milhaud and Arnold Schoenberg. It’s largely to the example of this initial period, in which the Music Academy was synonymous with the highest levels of achievement not only in performance but also in composition, that the current administration, faculty, and fellows owe their shared tradition of excellence and innovation. Thanks to Lotte Lehmann, Otto Klemperer, and the many citizens of Santa Barbara and Montecito who rallied to support their project, both in the early days and every decade since, the Music Academy of the West continues to exemplify the highest standards and the boldest intentions in music education.
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on Thursday, July 15, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Sophia Rahman will appear on video in a Mosher Guest Artist recital featurGiven that the pandemic short-circuited ing works by Bach, Bloch, and Dvořák. Supso many players’ plans for recitals and ported by extensive technical enhancement concerts in 2020, the return to the con- of the already splendid acoustics in Hahn cert halls cannot come soon enough. Hall, these video screening recitals will allow Thanks to the hard work not only of the the Academy to present performances that staff at the Music Academy but also of would otherwise be constrained by distance the people who administer and maintain and to access musicians of the highest level The Granada Theatre, the wait is nearly from wherever they happen to be based at over. On Sunday, July 11, maestro Larry the time. Don’t miss the Monday, July 26, Rachleff and members of the Academy appearance in this format of Tyshawn Sorey, the multi-instrumentalist and composer who received a MacArthur Foundation Grant in 2017. Operating at the border between classical and jazz, he’s one of the premier improvising artists in the world today. Fans of the orchestral experience should mark their calendars for three Saturdays—July 17, July 31, and August 7— for an extraordinary sequence of concerts featuring two appearances Jeremy Denk by maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and the season finale with conductor Marin Chamber Orchestra will take the stage Alsop. The finale concert, with Beethoven’s for the first public performance in that Symphony No. & and Joan Tower’s Fanspace since the Los Angeles Philharmonic fare for the Uncommon Woman on the concert in early March of 2020. The pro- program, will be repeated, once at 2 p.m. gram includes Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and again at 7:30 p.m., with all tickets just a masterpiece with roots in the mid-20th- $10 as part of the Academy’s Community century period of international musical Concert initiative. ferment described above. The next day, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE SOMETHING UNEXPECTED will deliver a keynote address online at 5 p.m. Nwanoku is the founder, artistic, and FROM THE VOCAL INSTITUTE executive director of the Chineke! Founda- In what is perhaps the most intriguing tion, the first professional orchestra and development in a season full of surprises junior orchestra in Europe to be made up and innovations, Beth Morrison Projof a majority of Black and ethnically diverse ects, a distinguished company devoted classical musicians. A visionary engaged to advancing the art of opera and related in creating the future of classical music, vocal performance, will be working with Nwanoku has been a mentor to, among musicians and singers on a project called others, the renowned young cellist Sheku 21c Liederabend, op. MAW. The in-person Kanneh-Mason. Her talk is free with regis- screening of this project at Hahn Hall on tration at musicacademy.org, and it’s sure to Friday, July 23, includes what the MAW give all of us a lot to think about as we enter website describes as a “sensorial object” into the next month of intensive musical that will be distributed to each individual audience member. Conceived by Kathryn programming. While afternoons at Miraflores are Hamilton, these objects are designed to be mostly devoted to the popular Master- “unwrapped, sensed, assembled by, tasted, classes, evenings feature chamber ensembles or otherwise engaged with by the audience made up of fellows and faculty members. member holding them, making the audiThese concerts will take place in Hahn Hall, ence an integral part of the performance which will also function as a movie theater itself.” Stay tuned for more on this excitthis summer as one of the primary positive ing experience, and for ongoing coverage byproducts of last year’s quarantine season of the Music Academy’s 2021 season. For kicks in with dynamic premieres of exclu- more information and to reserve tickets sive video screening recitals to supplement for these concerts, visit musicacademy the in-person performances. For example, .org. n
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the NeuroLeadership Summit, and the Google I/O Conference. Although this puts her firmly in league with the cutting edge of performance art, her fascination with contemporary music and psychoacoustic experimentation has not stopped her from also following her inclination toward classical music, which she has performed in more conventional venues in Germany and Italy. Born in Houston, Texas, Gregory now considers Santa Barbara her home. She teams with other creators and scientists at the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science, and Technology (SBCAST) and at UCSB’s META Lab to create sound experiences that aim to explore beyond the known boundaries of the mind. One of Gregory’s regular collaborators is Alan Macy, a biomedical engineer and founder of BIOPAC Systems, a company that develops medical software in Santa Barbara. Macy describes what he terms a brilliant collaboration with Gregory this way: “We have ongoing discussions about pattern, resonance, coherence, physiological cycles, haptics, and music.” All of her musical performances are scientifically informed, drawing inspiration from neuroscience, music theory, and psychology.
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into an ornately festooned entity. The imagery comes alive; patterns coalesce behind her, and her wig changes color in synchrony with her voice thanks to tech and video art by Bradley Muñoz and Jonathan Jindra. Finally, the audience can drop their speculations and become fully immersed in her world. “I was portraying an entity from another dimension,” says digital opera artist Amanda Gregory by way of explaining Xenoglossia, the performance described above. Presented at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston in 2015, this collaboration with musician Zárate Zaaló represents just one of the many unorthodox approaches that Gregory uses to engage audiences and foster a playful atmosphere during her shows. With her distinctive blend of digital visuals and psychoacoustic audio, Gregory is a regular at events such as Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle,
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voice. Although she briefly considered the fields of marine biology and forensic pathology, she wound up matriculating at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Still her curiosity led her to continue exploring the question of “what we are as humans,” which ultimately influenced her unique creative path. Being an artist, she says, is her “way of taking a microscope to the human experience.” As a graduate student, her coursework focused on the world of contemporary classical music and modern opera — a genre that “is often very informed by mathematics.” Through her education, she “started to be curious about the vibrational element of music,” in particular the fact that “everything has a pitch … every sound has a pitch that it makes.” Contemporary music drew her in because she felt that “what’s been done before was somehow too traditional.” This interest, combined with her classical training, led her to join the Nouveau Classical Project, a multimedia performance group that appealed to younger audiences. This creative alliance marked a shift from standard contemporary classical performance to a more multidisciplinary approach. As a multifaceted creator, she embraced the shift. “I realized after my master’s program that there was a place for these more unusual combinations of media.” In 2013, she joined the Knells, an award-winning art rock ensemble. She appreciated the way that the Knells “explored the mathematics of Pythagoras and Escher” in their songs. Through this experience, her own work became more kaleidoscopic and experimental. This was when she began skillfully combining classical music, digital art, movement, and science in her immersive performances.
“by the end, we come to this place of unconditional love and a sense of freedom.” Despite her frequently extraterrestrial and futuristic subject matter, Gregory nevertheless summons an intuitive, profound sense of togetherness and harmony within the room. The audiences for her performances leave having gained a unique shared experience on top of witnessing a stellar musical performance. Her productions explore unfamiliar realms, compelling listeners to question their internal states and potentially move past mental blocks into new spaces of consciousness. Summing all this up can be difficult, but for Gregory, there is an answer. She told me that if she “could only say one thing that they [her audience] could have or be or feel or experience, it would be love.” COURTESY
NEW WAYS OF SEEING Today, Gregory finds herself at the forefront of a movement to engage sound dynamics and the scientific study of consciousness within the world of performance art. Her artistic knowledge and musical expertise add a much-needed dynamic perspective to both realms. Traversing the roles of singer, artist, and scientist, Gregory adds invaluable depth and understanding to each. The intersection of science and music is a nascent domain budding with innovation; Gregory finds herself an intermediary between two realms, fluent in the languages of tech and music. When I met with Gregory in June, she dropped a large binder on her desk— filled entirely with her recent creative projects and ideas. When I asked what her latest endeavor was, she described a performance she’s giving at the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute that will explore intelligence and cognition in humans and in plants. If there’s one thing that ties her expansive body of work together, it’s precisely what diversifies it in this way—her seemingly endless exploration. Gregory explains this as a commitment to “finding new ways of seeing.” “Any way that I can feel and experience life in a new way helps to open new doors,” she said. Brimming with potential for unexpected discoveries, her interactive performances are more unifying than one might expect. Asked what draws her to these performances where she and the audience interact, Gregory said that it’s the way that
NATURE SINGS: Gregory draws inspiration from natural forces.
A VOICE OUT OF NATURE Gregory attributes the “wonder and awe” in her work to her deep connection to nature as a source of “themes to explore in musical experiences.” At the Verge-18 energy conference in 2018, she used a machine to “loop [her] voice to make it look like [it] was coming from nature.” The conference, as described on her website, “brings together a diverse audience to explore the opportunities and challenges in decarbonizing global energy systems” Gregory is also a member of a unique collaborative, the Design Science Studio for global creators, organizations, and initiatives to work together to imagine, collaborate, and create a regenerative future by championing sustainability. In April 2019, she started working at the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest on a project called Atlas of Emotions, which began as a visual online tool
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commissioned by the Dalai Lama and evolved into an “immersive sound project in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, MONOM, and Google AI.” She describes the project as an “embodied understanding of our emotional experiences,” where the team “mapped the sound of waves to sweep across the room with my arms. I could lift my hands to the sky as the sound of waves morphed into the sound of rain; pounding my fists would create the sound of thunder; opening my palms would fill the room with the sound of birds.” This level of high-tech synesthesia aims to explore the “ever-evolving flux of human feeling.” It was through Atlas of Emotions that she met Dr. Mike North, a researcher at SBCAST, and this inspired her to move here. For Gregory, Santa Barbara offers an ideal location to make connections between scientific research, nature, and art. Her journey as a musician has been filled with synchronicities. This journey, she says, has “inspired me to consider the possibility of love underneath this all somewhere, somehow.” With Dr. North, she began collaborating with the I/O Lab at SBCAST, which she described as being “quite like a dream” for BE PREPARED SEASON her, “to finallyFOR be ableFIRE to do real research on the fundamentals of sound, vibration, and frequency.” Her journey has led her to also currently collaborate with her fiancé and UCSB professor Dr. Now scheduling Installations Jonathan Schooler at the UCSB’s META Lab, producing Meta Music. “Meta Music includes a series of audio-visual composiBottom contact info just like they have it inand thetheories ad: of tions designed to translate scientific discoveries consciousness, offering benefits such as increased openness to experience and mindfulness.” When performing Meta Music, Call today for a free estimate: 408-647-2126 eStore: Firestad. Gregory improvises live to create psychoacoustic effects that may com induce meditative experiences for listeners. Gregory envisions FIRESTAD.COM that Meta MusicINFO@FIRESTAD.COM may eventually be used in interactive art gallery installations and even in therapy. Gregory concurrently hosts immersive online performances that are thus available to a broader audience. While her in-person performances are truly unique, much of the captivating and immersive aspects of her performances translate virtually, especially with headphones. As collective experience is a hallmark of her performances, Gregory champions the current return to in-person work. When we last spoke, Gregory had just hosted a Silent Disco at Leadbetter Beach for her birthday, intimating that a more public Silent Disco is forthcoming. To learn more, and potentially participate in that Silent Disco, visit amandagregory.com, where she posts samples of her performances and lists upcoming events. n
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recipes, eat delicious food, and learn proper kitchen safety. Masks and social
7/11: Beach Yoga Listen to music and voice instruction through a wireless headset (provided) in this all-levels class that will offer a fun, lighthearted yoga sequence followed by relaxing restorative poses. Bring a towel or blanket. 10-11:15am. East Beach, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. (in front of Cabrillo Pavilion). $20.
7/9: Storywalk at the Botanic Garden/Cuentos en el Parque al are invited to learn how to carve and
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FOODBANK PICNIC IN THE PARK 2021 The Foodbank offers free, nutritious meals, activities, and enrichment opportunities to all children ages 1-18 in our county, Monday-Friday, June 7-August 13, unless otherwise stated. Visit the website for North County locations. Call (805) 967-5741. El Foodbank ofrece comidas nutritivas gratuitas, actividades, y oportunidades de enriquecimiento para todos los niños de 1 a 18 años en nuestro condado, del 7 de junio al 13 de agosto, de lunes a viernes si no se indique lo contrario.. Visite el sitio web por las ubicaciones de North County. Llame al (805) 967-5741.
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7/13: Library on the Go — Harding Elementary School: 3-5pm.
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FREE SUMMER ORGANIC BOXES/CAJAS DE ALIMENTOS ÓRGANICOS GUSD food services has partnered with Farm Cart Organics to provide free local and organic grocery boxes containing 100 percent organic items such as produce, eggs, and bread (items vary weekly). There will also be free “ready to heat up” meals by UCSB Dining and free GoGo squeeZ pouches for anyone 18 and under. One grocery box per family. Wednesdays, June 23-July 29, 11:30am-1pm. District Office, 401 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. While supplies last.
El Departamento de Sevicios Alimenticios de GUSD está colaborando con Farm Cart Organics para proveer cajas de alimentos frescos, locales y órganicos GRATIS, por ejemplo verdura fresca, huevos y pan (Los artículos pueden variar cada semana). También habrá “Alimentos listos para calendar” de UCSB Dining y jugos GoGo squeeZ pouches GRATIS para cualquiera que sea menor de 18 años. Una caja de alimentos por familia. Los Miércoles de Junio 23 a Julio 29, 11:30am-1pm. Oficinas del Distrito, 401 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Hastga agotar existencias.
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FAB FOUR: The brothers who inspired the naming of Cunningham Track at Peabody Stadium set their feet on the new lanes: from left, Randall, Samahndi (representing her father, Sam), Bruce, and Anthony.
t all started when the oddly shaped track at Santa Barbara High’s Peabody Stadium was deemed unfit to run on because of cracks and potholes in its hard, paved surface. Thus began 12 years of visions, planning, fundraising, and construction that resulted in the complete transformation of the 1924 vintage stadium and track into what SBHS principal
Randall, Sam, Bruce, and Anthony Honored at New Peabody Stadium by John Zant Elise Simmons called “a state-of-the-art sports complex” during a dedication ceremony last Saturday. The costs were significant — $39 million and four years when the stadium was off limits to Dons athletic teams — but this fall, the investment will begin to pay off with the practices, the games (football, soccer, lacrosse), the spirit-inducing bands and cheerleaders, the workouts, the track meets, and the assemblies that generate strong bodies, aspirations, friendships, and loyalties that students will carry on for the rest of their lives. Attesting to the value of that experience were 900 donors, most of them SBHS alumni, who supported the renovation. A partnership of the Foundation for Santa Barbara High (represented by director Katie Jacobs and capital campaign chair Greg Tebbe) and the Santa Barbara Unified School District 28
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(president Kate Ford and past and present superintendents Cary Matsuoka and Hilda Maldonado) pulled everything together. Dozens of guests, seated below the arches and tile-roofed towers at the top of the grandstand, duly applauded the names of special benefactors — the Allreds, the Jordanos, the Borgatellos — during Saturday’s ceremony. But the heartiest outburst was stirred by the announcement of Cunningham Track. “It’s beautiful,” Randall Cunningham said as he gazed at the 400-meter ribbon of nine lanes (alternately green and golden brown) with an Olympic-quality synthetic surface that circled the playing field, which was also modernized with durable turf. Randall (class of ’81) is the youngest of four Cunningham brothers who excelled on the Dons football and track teams. They created lasting memories, and an anonymous donor assured they would not be forgotten by bestowing their name on the track. Bruce Cunningham (’79) recalled that when he was a sprinter at Peabody Stadium, the 100-yard dash and high hurdles had to be run on the football field because the old track was too short. “Wow, this is nice,” he said, surveying the new, long straightaway. “I wish we had these facilities. I hope the kids take advantage of it.” Randall competed in the high jump, and after retiring from an outstanding career as an NFL quarterback, he took up coaching his children in Las Vegas. Later this month, he and his daughter Vashti, the U.S. women’s high jump champion, will be going to Tokyo, where she will be competINDEPENDENT.COM
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ick Nastrini picked up where he left off last summer, when he compiled a 6-0 record for the 2020 national champions. He upped his record to 3-0 last Saturday, allowing one hit and striking out eight in a 12-0 win over the San Francisco Seals. In his previous outing, the right-hander from UCLA pitched five perfect innings with nine strikeouts in the ’Sters’ 7-1 win over the OC Riptide. Nastrini’s name might come up in the MLB Draft July 11. n
joined her uncles at the stadium ceremony. Sam’s presence was felt at the gathering. Kate Ford of the school board, another member of the class of ’69, said her locker was next to his. “He had a great smile, great spirit, great talent, and great heart,” she said. Sam played with great passion for the Dons. He once told me how he would bring his USC football teammates back to his old stomping grounds to impress them: “We were the ‘Big Five’ — Charles Young, Edesel Garrison, Manfred Moore, and myself. We came in as freshmen and hung together. I’d bring them up to the house, Mom and Pop would feed them, and I’d take them to a Dons football game. We didn’t have any money, so they’d say, ‘How we going to get into the game?’ I say, ‘The same way we did when I was a kid.’ We climbed over the fence. Every time I get together with them, we start talking about Santa Barbara, because they were so impressed by what we have here. Friday night football at Texas is whatever it is, but Friday night football in Peabody Stadium was the deal.” The place is spruced up to be the deal again. n COURTESY
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ing in the Olympic Games for the second time. She has cleared 2.02 meters (67½), an inch below Randall’s SBHS record. Vashti received a warm Santa Barbara welcome from the crowd Saturday. Anthony Cunningham (’73), whose son Cheroke was a Dons football star, said the family legacy began with the brothers’ parents. Samuel Cunningham Sr. came from Texas; his wife, Mabel, came from Tennessee; and they found a home in Santa Barbara by the railroad tracks. “We weren’t rich,” Anthony said. “Dad pulled carts at the train station. Mom was a nurse. She died in 1980, Dad in 1982. We learned to be tough, have faith, and love our parents.” The oldest of the brothers, forever known to football fans as Sam “Bam” Cunningham (’69), was unable to attend Saturday’s ceremony. His daughter Samahndi Cunningham said he is recovering from a health episode. Samahndi, a field representative for state assembly member Autumn Burke,
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hree players from Santa Barbara stepped forward to receive gold medals with the U.S. women’s water polo team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. All three — Kami Craig, Kiley Neushul, and Sami Hill — have since retired from the national team. The end of an era? No way.
Paige Hauschild, Jamie Neushul, Amanda Longan All Bound for Tokyo by John Zant Like the roses at the Old Mission garden, top-caliber athletes keep blooming out of the Santa Barbara water polo community, and a new trio — Paige Hauschild, Jamie Neushul, and Amanda Longan — is bound for this summer’s postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They are among just five newcomers who made the elite Olympic team, joining eight Rio veterans. It was an emotional moment for each of them when they met one-on-one with Coach Adam Krikorian two weeks ago and he confirmed their status. “I was crying tears of joy,” Hauschild said. “To represent Santa Barbara on an Olympic scale is such an honor. It speaks volumes about our club coaches and our high school coaches.” Hauschild, 21, is the youngest player on the team. A defensive standout on a rangy 511 frame, she graduated from San Marcos High and helped USC win the 2018 NCAA championship as a freshman. Trojans coach Jovan Vavic said, “Paige is a future Olympian, probably three, four-time Olympian; as long as she wants to play water polo, she will be an Olympian. She’s just a tough, tough kid.” Toughness also defines Neushul, whose parents, both water polo coaches, have raised three national team players. (The youngest, Ryann, has to wait her turn after being left off the Olympic roster.) Jamie followed in the wake of her older sister Kiley at Dos Pueblos High and Stanford, where she won three NCAA titles.
Longan is from Moorpark but played on Santa Barbara’s 805 Water Polo Club with Hauschild and Neushul. She was USC’s goalkeeper in 2018 and will back up superstar Ashleigh Johnson on the U.S. team. “The gold medal is what we’re all working for, but our team puts the emphasis on the journey,” Hauschild said. In their case, it’s an extended journey. Following a threemonth break because of the COVID-19 lockdown, the women’s national team resumed training at Los Alamitos on June 1, 2020, launching a year of preparation for the Olympics all over again. Whether Tokyo would stage the Games was unclear for most of the year. Even last week, Hauschild said, “People are posting things that they’re not going to happen. We try to ignore them.” And to her, the most important aspect of the past year could never be canceled out. “I enjoy every day at practice,” she said. “If you don’t enjoy the people you see every single day, you need a new calling.” The American women are scheduled to begin their new Olympic experience on July 24, a day after the opening ceremonies, when they face Japan. (Because of the time difference, the game will be televised the night of the 23rd in the U.S.). Having won gold medals in 2012 and 2016, and every other major international title since 2014, they are overwhelming favorites to finish at the top of the podium again. Hauschild is not taking anything for granted. All she has to do is remember the night of July 27, 2019, after the U.S. women’s team won its third straight FINA World Championship in South Korea. Several players were celebrating in a nightclub where a balcony collapsed. Hauschild suffered a laceration on her arm and received stitches. Teammate Kaleigh Gilchrist had a wound that required surgery. Two South Korean men were killed. Hauschild said, “We are very grateful the team came out of that safely.” Their journey continues. n
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FOOD &DRINK Neighborly Vibes at Nella Kitchen & Bar
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hen you’re a restaurateur working with an expe-
rienced, dedicated staff who’ve essentially hit the top of the available pay scale yet still feel that inherent need for upward mobility, what do you do? If you’re Luca Crestanelli, you open a new restaurant, even in the midst of a pandemic. “The team at S.Y. Kitchen was almost too good,” said the Verona, Italy–raised chef and co-owner of the popular and acclaimed Santa Ynez restaurant that opened in 2013. “The expansion was about giving these guys more room to grow. If we didn’t expand, I would have lost them. It was vital for us to take an extra step.” Nella Kitchen & Bar was that step. Located inside of the Fess Parker BY MATT KETTMANN Wine Country Inn next to dozens of tasting rooms in the quaint heart of Los Olivos, Nella instantly became a hard-to-get table for lunch and dinner when it fully opened on Valentine’s Day in February 2021. (There was a two-month “test run” prior to the winter lockdown.) Serving Southern Italian–leaning starters, entrees, and pinsa — the longfermented, sourdough-ish pizza-meets-flatbread first popularized in Rome — the team is pumping out dishes both lobby-bar-friendly, such as aioli-sided artichokes and hot meatballs (both $16), and more sit-downapproved, like Muscovy duck with handmade couscous ($39), lamb chops scottadito with porcini mushrooms ($36), and filet mignon in green peppercorn sauce ($36). “The main idea is the quality of the ingredients and the simplicity of the preparation,” said Crestanelli, who’s proud to offer a place where people can dress to the nines, wander in wearing workout clothes, and come chow after working in their garden. “I’m not looking for you to come in once a year. I want you to come in once a week.” A considerable draw to the Nella formula is the bar, overseen by Chris Hewes. The son of bartender and
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2ND-GEN BAR MAN: Second-generation bartender Chris Hewes makes drinks both colorful and classic at Nella Kitchen & Bar.
and Nella are a partnership between Crestanelli and Kathie and Mike Gordon, who own Toscana in Brentwood but live mostly up here. “He gets more excited about food than a 15-yearold,” said Crestanelli of Gordon’s continued enthusiasm, which powered the Nella opening as well. “I get emails from him every day.” Like everywhere else, Nella is struggling with hiring enough staff in the pandemicemergent world. “There’s a very huge demand: People are literally piling at the door,” explained Crestanelli, who’s been careful to keep the menu tight for now. “We can’t take a bite bigger than our mouths.” That also means he’s back in the kitchen a lot. “I’m cooking on the line five days a week,” he told me back in April when I first visited. “I love it, don’t get me wrong, but I want to go fishing!” As we finished chatting, out came profiteroles (reliably delicious) and a pineapple carpaccio dish that recalled sunburned summers at a Hawaiian resort, marinated in strawberry juice and topped with ginger and mint. It was a light and refreshing end for a lunch of cilantro/tomatillo-spiced tuna tartare and fluffy carciofi pinsa, and another show of what keeps the kitchen invigorated. “This is to make sure they have a future with you,” said Crestanelli of his staff. “Not under you, but with you.”
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“cocktail historian” James Hewes — who’s poured drinks at the Round Robin Bar in Washington, D.C.’s Willard Intercontinental since 1986 — Chris won his own accolades by running the bars at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. He moved briefly to Minnesota, but when S.Y. Kitchen’s GM Dario Dell’Anno called him up for suggestions on a bartender to run Nella, Hewes decided to come back to California. “I help out wherever I can,” said Hewes, who’s become the de facto face of the establishment. “I’ll make the dough if I have to.” His inventive drinks touch on classics while involving ingredients like Thai chocolate (the BarrelAged Boulevardier), arugula and elderflower foam (the mezcal-based Roquette Fuel), and even celery, as in the Wheelbarrow, with gin, lillet, and white cacao liqueur. Margarita fans will find their calling in his Desperados, with Ojai pixie tangerines (“People just flock to it,” he said), and there’s a Parker Spritz for aperitif enjoyment. And he’ll make whatever you want as well, such as espresso martinis, currently undergoing an unexplained nationwide renaissance. “It makes people so happy,” said Hewes, who hated making the drink in his younger days. Hewes believes that these are among the best cocktails of his career. “I don’t drink,” he said of dropping the booze himself. “My palate has gotten so much better. It brought back a new passion for making cocktails again.” No wonder the nonalcoholic drinks are stars as well, like the cucumber-limeginger beer Green Mile. Craft cocktails — under the direction of Alberto Battaglini, now running Solvang’s Sear Steakhouse and Pony Espresso in Santa Ynez — were also what helped set S.Y. Kitchen apart when it opened eight years ago. While there were good places to eat in the Santa Ynez Valley back then, most leaned a little more traditional or steakhouse or casual. S.Y. Kitchen signified a maturation of sorts, representing a shift north for culinary talent, money, and interest from KITCHEN CREW: Nella Kitchen & Bar co-owner Luca Crestanelli and chef de cuisine the global restaurant mecca of Marco Longinotti are crafting pinsa and more in Los Olivos. Los Angeles. Both S.Y. Kitchen
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percent vegan restaurant Rascal’s is now serving at Venus in Furs wine bar one block off of State Street on East Cota. Moreno’s restaurant started as a pop-up at various wine tasting rooms and other establishments and then took over weekday nights at Bibi Ji on State Street during the pandemic. A Santa Barbara native, Moreno, who trained in Mexico City and at Satellite on State Street, is renowned for making meat-like vegan foods in Mexican and American styles. He’s also advised Super Cuca’s on developing meat-free alternatives. Rascal’s is open inside of Venus in Furs 4-10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.
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After intense concentration and a wave of my hand over the all-knowing crystal ball, my eatery oracle has revealed a list of food and drink locations appearing in your future: • Augie’s Tequila Bar, 700 State St. (formerly Left at Albuquerque) • Backstage Kitchen & Bar, 409 State St. (formerly Q’s Billiards) • Carp Kitchen and Grocery, 4945 Carpinteria Ave., Ste. A, Carpinteria • Corazón Guisados, 214 State St. (formerly Ca’ Dario Pizzeria) • Courthouse Tavern, 129 E. Anapamu St. (formerly Elements Restaurant & Lounge) • Dutch Garden, 4203 State St. (reopening) • Everytable, 1001 State St. (formerly Saks Fifth Avenue) • Fatte’s Pizza, 2840 De la Vina St. (formerly Santa Barbara Wood-Fired Pizza) • The Good Plow, 5205 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria (formerly Fosters Freeze) • Hibachi Steak House & Sushi Bar, 500 State St. (reopening) • Hook & Press Donuts, 15 E. Figueroa St. (formerly Jeannine’s Bakery) • IHOP, University Plaza, Goleta • Jeannine’s Bakery, 1 State St. (formerly State Street Coffee) • Juice N Things, 4991 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria (formerly Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) • Kitchen 530, 530 State St. (formerly Samy’s Camera) • Mangione’s Italian Ice, 1222 State St. (formerly Spoon) • Old Town Coffee, 1131 State St. (inside Mosaic Locale) • Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant, 254 Orange Ave., Goleta (reopening)
• Red Pepper, 2840 De la Vina St. (formerly New Si Chuan Garden) • Reunion Kitchen, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. (formerly East Beach Grill) • Starbucks, 3052 De la Vina St. (formerly Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) • TAP Thai, 7060 Hollister Ave., Ste. D-6, Goleta (formerly Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill) • Timbers Roadhouse, 10 Winchester Canyon Rd., Goleta (formerly Timbers) • Unnamed, 524 State St. (formerly Church of Scientology) • Unnamed, 1187 Coast Village Rd. (formerly Khao Kaeng by Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar) • Unnamed Coffee Shop, 5915 Calle Real Ste. A, Goleta (formerly Pizza Hut) • Wingstop, 888 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista (formerly Subway) PALACE STREAMLINED: Last August,
The Palace Grill at 8 East Cota Street reopened from the pandemic shutdown with a streamlined menu. General Manager Armondo Salazar tells me that the restaurant has recently started bring bringing back a variety of guest favorites, including Carib Caribbean Coconut Shrimp appe appetizer with horseradish marmalade, Soft-Shelled Crab, the Seafood Platter, and more. HOLDREN’S 18TH: In 2003, proprietor Clay Hold-
ren opened Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood at 512 State Street, the former home of the original Joe’s Café. He tells me he is planning to have an $18 menu with discounts on popular items. Previous anniversary offerings were a big success.
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FINCA FUNL: Take a tour of Frinj Coffee’s headquarters at the Good Land Organics farm, where Jay Ruskey will talk about growing this industry and pour some of his Goleta-grown coffee.
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planted a coffee tree at his Good Land Organics avocado ranch on the western edge of Goleta, where the foothills glide into the Gaviota Coast. The beans grew, and they were good, so he kept planting and spreading the word, becoming the first commercial coffee grower in the continental United States. Today, under the banner of Frinj Coffee — which he incorporated in 2017, taking the name in part from a 2014 Independent article about his farm and others — Ruskey works with 80 coffee farms from San Diego to San Luis Obispo and is turning this landscaping lark into a legitimate industry. Many Santa Barbara residents learned about the project while taking tours of the property years ago, but those were put on hold as Ruskey focused on getting more farmers into the Frinj network. But those tours are back this summer, with three planned for July, August, and September. The tours include walking through the hillside coffee plantation, trying the red, cherry-like fruit that surrounds the beans — some of that fruit is even yellow — and learning about the coffee-
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EMAIL: ARTS@INDEPENDENT.COM EAST COTA TO AUSTRALIA: Australian singer/songwriter Natalie D-Napoleon wrote songs on her East Cota Street porch and recorded her latest album at Westmont’s Deane Chapel when she still lived in Santa Barbara in 2019.
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bout eight years ago, amid what seemed like a relatively successful albeit not quite superstar music career, Natalie D-Napoleon posted on social media that she was done with music. I’d met the Australian singer/songwriter soon after she’d come to Santa Barbara in 2008, and I was shocked to see her — of all the mostly-making-it musicians in town — be the one to hang up the guitar. “I poured all my hopes and dreams into it,” she told me last December over Zoom from her home in Fremantle, Australia, which is also where she grew up. “I played every sticky-carpeted pub, from Perth in Western Australia to Stockholm, Sweden, to shows in Arizona and Texas. I was just burned out.” Instead, she started working toward a master’s in creative writing, taught in the writing center at SBCC, and wound up writing poetry instead of the novel she’d planned to do. “I didn’t quit music altogether,” she explained. “I quit my career aspirations for music.” But she kept playing for herself, and upon completing her master’s, she went out and bought a new Gibson Songwriter guitar. “It was a really serendipitous thing to do,” said the songwriter, who’d had no luck writing new material for more than three years. “Maybe the well’s run dry with music,” she’d thought, but then, “I picked up my guitar and the songs started coming out.”
Meanwhile, her poetry — as collected in the book First Blood — was so good that she won a prestigious award in Australia as well as a PhD scholarship to Edith Cowan University in her hometown. That would eventually mean leaving Santa Barbara with her young son, Samuel, and her husband, Brett Leigh Dicks, an Australian photographer and journalist, who, incidentally, I hired as a freelance music writer for the Independent back in 2005. But before their July 2019 departure, D-Napoleon wanted to record her songs here. “The whole heart and soul of the album is Santa Barbara,” she said, explaining that many of the songs were written on the front porch of her East Cota Street house, around the corner from the Los Agaves on Milpas. “There is some ancient, American thing about playing guitar on a porch. I would call my music California-frontporch music.” She reached out to revered music man Jim Connolly, and he suggested the century-old Deane Chapel on the Westmont College campus in Montecito. With the backing of Connolly, Dan Phillips, and Doug Pettibone, D-Napoleon went to work in March 2019.
“I had nothing to lose. I had time limitations and budget limitations, and the one mic in the chapel really ticked both those boxes,” she said. “It was fantastic acoustically. When you go into a wooden room that’s 100 years old, as a musician, we know that sounds good to our ears.” The wooded outdoors didn’t hurt either. “I felt like those
oak trees have spirits as well,” she said. “They’re there in every note on the album” It was an intense weekend of recording. “I left nothing behind — I felt like I had run a marathon,” she recalled. “I finished the last take of ‘Broken,’ and I literally collapsed to the floor. I didn’t even have another take CONT’D
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HERE WE GO AGAIN! SBCC PRESENTS A MUSICAL REVUE At long last, audiences can return to SBCC’s Garvin Theatre for a night of live music and dance. Here We Go Again! is what director Katie Laris and her collaborators David Potter and Christina McCarthy are calling this revue production, which pays homage to the Theatre Group at City College, Santa Barbara’s longest-running theater company. “We are all eager to get back to doing what we love,” said Laris, who described the choices she’s made for the musical numbers as “stories told through movement and music” that are by turns “funny, romantic, and sweet.” The show celebrates two big occasions — the end of the pandemic’s constraints on live performances, and the 75th anniversary of the TGSBCC. Selections from past Theatre Group shows include “A Little Brains, a Little Talent” from Damn Yankees with Vivian Shay in the Gwen Verdon role, “You’re the Top” by Cole Porter from Anything Goes, and the immortal “Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Laris used Shay, a Santa Barbara High grad who now attends Stanford, as an example of one of the great strengths of the Theatre Group at City College. “We use incredible local actors all the time,” Laris said. “Anybody in Santa Barbara can come and audition for our shows, which are not limited to City College students.” It’s a tradition that has added immeasurable value to our city for three quarters of a century, and, after a year without live theater, it’s going to feel good to be back. Here We Go Again! runs Thursday-Sunday, July 15-18, with performances at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. For tickets and information, visit theatregroupsbcc .com or call the box office at (805) 965-5935. —Charles Donelan
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LIVE AT THE LOBERO: Natalie D-Napoleon performs at the Lobero in June 2019 with, from left, Jim Connolly, Dan Phillips, and Doug Pettibone.
in me. I was done.” That song wound up being the last track on the resulting album. She spent the next few months polishing the album (with help from composer Jesse Rhodes) and did a goodbye show at the Lobero Theatre in June 2019, and then she moved the next month to Australia for the PhD program. “I had this beautiful album that I had no idea what to do with,” said D-Napoleon, who never planned to revive her music career. “I just intended to get the songs down and do them some justice.” But when she shared the album with friends, the response was unanimous: “Everyone said that this is the best thing you’ve ever done; you have to release this.” Fast-forward a year — including six months of the pandemic — and Natalie D-Napoleon finally unleashed You Wanted to Be the Shore but Instead You Were the Sea to Australian audiences on September 30, 2020. It instantly skyrocketed up the indie charts in Australia, hitting #1 on one of them and being named a top 10 release by Rhythms Magazine, the country’s “bible of roots music.” After some initial American buzz last March, including praise as the best release of March 2021 by the Americana Highways blog, she’ll be officially releasing the album in the United States in September, with radio campaigns starting this summer. Aside from the album’s vocal and instrumental qualities, the songwriting is particularly personal and emotive in nature, diving deep into the feminine perspective on issues like domestic violence, lost pregnancies, second marriages, and childhood trauma — sometimes autobiographical, sometimes fictional. “I want to write about women’s experiences in a different way,” said D-Napoleon. “I feel like we have been written about so much, but women’s voices in music haven’t been heard to as great an extent, and in a way where we’re talking about the complexity of women’s lives. We end up being clichéd: We’re the muse or the bitch or the whore.” D-Napoleon looks forward to returning to perform the album in Santa Barbara whenever that’s possible, and she is planning to play next January at the Folk Alliance International Conference in New Orleans and in March 2022 at SXSW in Austin, Texas, no matter what. She’s nearly done with her PhD and will then be looking for a professor job in both the United States and Australia. “We’ve left it wide open,” she said. “If I get a great job in the U.S., we’ll come back. If I get a great job here, I’ll stay here. I’m hoping I can make a life where I can play music and be a writing teacher and write poetry. For both Brett and I, our dream would be to split time between both countries.”
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY by Rob Breszny ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Poet Joshua Jennifer Espinoza writes,
“i name my body girl of my dreams / i name my body proximity / i name my body full of hope despite everything.” I love her idea that we might give playful names and titles and descriptors to our bodies. In alignment with current astrological omens, I propose that you do just that. It’s time to take your relationship with your beautiful organism to a higher level. How about if you call it “Exciting Love River” or “Perfectly Imperfect Thrill” or “Amazing Maze”? Have fun dreaming up further possibilities!
TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): The English language, my native
tongue, doesn’t ascribe genders to its nouns. But many languages do. In Spanish, the word for “bridge” is puente, which is masculine. In German, “bridge” is Brücke, which is feminine. A blogger named Tickettome says this is why Spanish speakers may describe a bridge as strong or sturdy, while German speakers refer to it as elegant or beautiful. I encourage you to meditate on bridges that possess the entire range of qualities, including the Spanish and German notions. In the coming weeks, you’ll be wise to build new metaphorical bridges, fix bridges that are in disrepair, and extinguish fires on any bridges that are burning.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Académie Française is an organization devoted to preserving the purity and integrity of the French language. One of its ongoing missions is to resist the casual incorporation of English words, which the younger generation of French people is inclined to do. Among anglicisms that don’t have the Académie’s approval: podcast, clickbait, chick-lit, deadline, hashtag, marketing, timelapse, and showrunner. The ban doesn’t stop anyone from using the words, of course, but simply avoids giving them official recognition. I appreciate the noble intentions of the Académie but regard its crusade as a losing battle that has minimal impact. In the coming weeks, I advise you to
refrain from behavior that resembles the Académie’s. Resist the temptation of quixotic idealism. Be realistic and pragmatic. You Geminis often thrive in environments that welcome idiosyncrasies, improvisation, informality, and experimentation — especially now.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian author Vladimir Maya-
kovsky wrote a poem about how one morning he went half-mad and conversed with the sun. At first, he called the supreme radiance a “lazy clown,” complaining that it just floated through the sky for hours while he, Mayakovsky, toiled diligently at his day job painting posters. Then he dared the sun to come down and have tea with him, which, to his shock, the sun did. The poet was agitated and worried — what if the close approach of the bright deity would prove dangerous? But the visitor turned out to be friendly. They had a pleasant dialog, and in the end, the sun promised to provide extra inspiration for Mayakovsky’s future poetry. I invite you to try something equally lyrical and daring, dear Cancerian.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A blogger named Bunny-Gal writes,
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downright foolish to have no thoughts of yesterday and tomorrow. We need to evaluate how circumstances will evolve, based on our previous experience and future projections. It can be a deadening, depleting act to try to strip ourselves of the rich history we are always embedded in. In any case, Virgo, I advise you to be thoroughly aware of your past and future in the coming days. To do so will enhance your intelligence and soulfulness in just the right ways to make good decisions.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Psychotherapist and author Clarissa
Pinkola Estés poetically refers to the source of our creativity as “the river under the river.” It’s the deep primal energy that “nourishes everything we make” — our “writing, painting, thinking, healing, doing, cooking, talking, smiling.” This river beneath the river doesn’t belong to any of us — it is potentially available to all — but if harnessed correctly, it works in very personal ways, fueling our unique talents. I bring this to your attention, Libra, because you’re close to gaining abundant new access to the power of the river beneath the river.
“I almost completely forgot who I was there for a while. But then I dug a hole and smelled the fresh dirt and now I remember everything and am okay.” I recommend you follow her lead, Leo — even if you haven’t totally lost touch with your essence. Communing with Mother Earth in the most direct and graphic way to remind you of everything you need to remember: of the wisdom you’ve lost track of and the secrets you’ve hidden too well and the urgent intuitions that are simmering just below the surface of your awareness.
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In formulating personal goals, Scorpio author Brené Brown urges us to emphasize growth rather than perfection. Trying to improve is a healthier objective than seeking flawless mastery. Bonus perk: This practical approach makes us far less susceptible to shame. We’re not as likely to feel like a failure or give up prematurely on our projects. I heartily endorse this strategy for you right now, Scorpio.
Simone de Beauvoir described how she was dealing with a batch of challenging memories: “I’m reliving it street by street, hour by hour, with the mission of neutralizing it, and transforming it into an inoffensive past that I can keep in my heart without either disowning it or suffering from it.” I LOVE this approach! It’s replete with emotional intelligence. I recommend it
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I can’t understand the self-help gurus
who advise us to relentlessly live in the present moment — to shed all awareness of past and future so as to focus on the eternal NOW. I mean, I appreciate the value of doing such an exercise on occasion for a few moments. I’ve tried it, and it’s often rejuvenating. But it can also be
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In a letter to Jean-Paul Sartre, author
to you now, since it’s high time to wrangle and finagle with parts of your life story that need to be alchemically transformed and redeemed by your love and wisdom.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In one of his poems, Capricorn-born
Kenneth Rexroth complains about having “a crooked guide on the twisted path of love.” But in my view, a crooked guide is the best kind. It’s unwise to engage the services of a love accomplice who’s always looking for the simplest, straightest route, or who imagines that intimate togetherness can be nourished with easy, obvious solutions. To cultivate the most interesting intimacy, we need influences that appreciate nuance and complexity — that thrive on navigating the tricky riddles and unpredictable answers. The next eight weeks will be an excellent time for you Capricorns to heed this advice.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian singer Etta James (19382012) won six Grammy Awards and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame, and Blues Hall of Fame. She testified, “Most of the songs I sing have that blues feeling in it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don’t know what I’m sorry about.” Wow! I’m surprised to hear this. Most singers draw on their personal life experience to infuse their singing with authentic emotion. In any case, I urge you to do the opposite of Etta James in the coming weeks. It’s important for the future of your healing that you identify exactly what you’re sorry about.
PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): “Sometimes you win, sometimes you
learn,” writes Piscean self-help author John C. Maxwell. His statement is useful, but it harbors a problematic implication. It suggests that you can experience either winning or learning, but not both — that the only time you learn is when you lose. I disagree with this presumption. In fact, I think you’re now in a phase when it’s possible and even likely for you to both win and learn.
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decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The Independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 8/5/2021 AT 9:00 a.m. Dept: 5 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Anacapa Division. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE‑154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: Cristi Michelon Vasquez;132 East Figueroa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; (805) 882‑2226. Published July 1, 8, 15 2021. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: FERNANDO FIGUEROA CASE NO.: 21PR00257 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of FERNANDO FIGUEROA A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: MARIA E. FIGUEROA in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara THE PETITION for probate requests that: MARIA E. FIGUEROA be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The Independent Administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 07/22/2021 AT 9:00 A.M. IN DEPT: 5 of the SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Anacapa
Division IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE‑154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: Maria E. Figueroa 1114 State Street, Suite 271 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; (805) 962‑0101 Published July 1, 8, 15 2021. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: CARMEN P. GARCIA Case No.: 21PR00152 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of CARMEN P. GARCIA A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: MARGIE GARCIA in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara THE PETITION for probate requests that: MARGIE GARCIA be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The Independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 8/5/2021 AT 9:00 a.m. Dept: 5 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Anacapa Division. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE‑154) of the filing of
an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: Cristi Michelon Vasquez;132 East Figueroa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; (805) 882‑2226. Published July 1, 8, 15 2021. SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA ANACAPA DIVISION Estate of MICHAEL SCHIEBER, Decedent Case No. 20PR00121 NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY AT PRIVATE SALE (PROBATE CODE §§10300, 10304) Department 5 (Hon. Colleen Sterne) 1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, subject to confirmation by this court, on July 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., or thereafter within the time allowed by law, ROBERT RIFKIN, Administrator of the Estate of MICHAEL SCHIEBER, will sell at private sale to the highest and best net bidder on the terms and conditions stated below all right, title, and interest of the decedent at the time of death and all right, title, and interest that the estate has acquired in addition to that of the decedent at the time of death, in the real property located in Santa Barbara County, California. 2. This property is commonly referred to as 5084 Rhoads Ave #E, Santa Barbara, California, assessor’s parcel number 065‑600‑015. 3. The property will be sold subject to current taxes, covenants, conditions, restrictions, reservations, rights, rights of way, and easements of record, with any encumbrances of record to be satisfied from the purchase price. 4. The property is to be sold on an “AS IS” basis, except for title. 5. The administrator has given an exclusive listing to Michele Allyn (Cal BRE# 00459242), Allyn and Associates, 351 S. Hitchcock Way, Suite B‑130 Santa Barbara, CA 93105‑4016; Tel: (805) 895‑5101; email: email@example.com. Contact the listing broker for showings and disclosures. 6. Bids or offers are invited for this property and must be in writing and can be e‑mailed to Michele Allyn, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or delivered to Michele Allyn personally, at any time after the first publication of this notice and before any sale is made. 7. The property will be sold on the following terms: Cash, or cash to a new loan, the terms of such credit to be acceptable to the undersigned and to the court. The estate shall pay only such real estate broker’s commissions and in such amount as allowed by the Court out of the proceeds of the sale. 8. The right is reserved to reject any and all bids. 9. For further information and bid forms, contact Michele Allyn (Cal BRE# 00459242), Allyn and Associates, 351 S. Hitchcock Way, Suite B‑130 Santa Barbara, CA 93105‑4016; Tel: (805) 895‑5101; email:email@example.com. Jeffrey B. Soderborg, Cal Bar #264666 BARNES & BARNES 1900 State Street, Suite M Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 687‑6660 Attorneys for ROBERT RIFKIN, Administrator of the Estate of MICHAEL SCHIEBER. Published July 1, 8, 15 2021. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JEAN A. ROBERTSON Case No.: 21PR00293 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of JEAN A. ROBERTSON A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: RONALD D. RHODES in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara
THE PETITION for probate requests that: RONALD D. RHODES be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The Independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 8/12/2021 AT 9:00 a.m. Dept: 5 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, 1100 Anacapa Street, P.O Box 21107 Santa Barbara, CA 93102 Anacapa Division. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE‑154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Law Offices of Jean Alexander; 4644 Vista Buena Road., Santa Barbara, CA 93110; (805) 569‑0587. Published July 8, 15, 22 2021.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: RASCALS SB at 18 East Cota Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Dalan Griffin 30 South Canada Street Santa Barbara, CA 93121 This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: Dalan Griffin County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 11, 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001730. Jun 17, 24.July 1, 8 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: THE BAGEL BOIZ at 406 E. Haley Street, Suite 3 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Bryan D Foehl 122 W. Arrellaga Street Apt. #1 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: Bryan Foehl County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001577. Jun 17,
24.July 1, 8 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CLAIRAUDIENT SOUND at 2810 Ontiveros Rd Santa Ynez, CA 93460; Ky Takikawa (same address) This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: KY Takikawa County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 7, 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001673. Jun 17, 24.July 1, 8 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: HIGH SEAS MEAD at 138 Powers Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Meadwerks LLC (same address) This business is conducted by An Limited Liability Company Signed: Austin Corrigan County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 4, 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001668. Jun 17, 24.July 1, 8 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EUPHORIA DETAILING SERVICES at 2517 Modoc Rd Apt 1 Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Christian Ortega (same address) This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: Christian Ortega County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 7, 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001677. Jun 17, 24.July 1, 8 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: SYV COMMUNITY OUTREACH at 164 W HWY 246 Buellton, CA 93427; Santa Ynez Valley Senior Citizens Foundation Inc (same address) This business is conducted by An Corporation Signed: Irene Covington County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 10, 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001722. Jun 24.July 1, 8, 15 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: CM COMMERCIAL SERVICES at 4220 Encore Dr. Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Cam Ventures, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by An Corporation Signed: Catherine Malear County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001691. Jun 24.July 1, 8, 15 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: GREEN TABLE at 113 W. De La Guerra Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Lunar Eclipse Management LLC 10 E. Yanonali Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by An Limited Liability Company Signed: Lynne Vermillion County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001747. Jun 24.July 1, 8, 15 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HARVEST GOLD ENTERPRISES at 505 W Chestnut Ave, Apt E Lompoc, CA 93436; John R Carmean (same address) This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: John R Carmean County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 8, 2021. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the
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Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001693. Jun 24.July 1, 8, 15 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MAGANA’S TRAINING CAMP AND FITNESS at 524 W Canon Perdido, Apt 54 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Alejandro Magana Madrigal (same address) This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: Alejandro Magana Madrigal County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 16, 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. E953. FBN Number: 2021‑0001762. Jun 24.July 1, 8, 15 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: RIVIERA AV at 415 Vaquerito Place Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Kevin C Missman (same address) This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: Kevin Missman County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 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. E953. FBN Number: 2021‑0001745. Jun 24. July 1, 8, 15 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: LOUD FLOWER ART CO at 208 W Arrellaga St, Unit 1 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Loud Flower Art Co (same address) This business is conducted by An
Limited Liability Company Signed: Madeline Manson County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001687. July 1, 8, 15, 22 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CENTRAL COAST GRANT WRITING & BOOKKEEPING at 1684 Laurel Ave Solvang, CA 93463; Robin E Serritslev (same address) This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: Robin Serritslev County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001797.July 1, 8, 15, 22 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NUGGYVERSE TRADING CO LLC at 5142 Hollister Avenue, #500 Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Nuggyverse Trading Co LLC (same address) This business is conducted by An Limited Liability Company Signed: Alison McBade County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001826. July 1, 8, 15, 22 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑
(s) is/are doing business as: PALMAN PUBLISHING at 3733 Portofino Way, A Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Larry A Vigon (same address) This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: Larry Vigon County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 9, 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001717. July 1, 8, 15, 22 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CENTRAL COAST ACADEMY at 358 Storke Road Goleta, CA 93117; Santa Barbara Soccer Club (same address) This business is conducted by An Corporation Signed: Tim Vom Steeg County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 3, 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001659. July 1, 8, 15, 22 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VACUULIFT at 61 Depot Road, Suite B Goleta, CA 93117; Ryan Powel (same address) This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: Ryan Powel County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 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. E24. FBN Number: 2021‑0001865. July 1, 8, 15, 22 2021. FICTITIOUS
STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WORKSHOPSTUDIO at 801 W. Pedregosa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Carlos A Grano (same address) This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: Carlos Grano County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 23, 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. E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0001852. July 1, 8, 15, 22 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: GT PRODUCTIONS at 338 Mesa Lane, Unit #B Santa Barbara, CA 93109; Gianny Trutmann (same address) This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: Gianny Trutmann County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 21, 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. E24. FBN Number: 2021‑0001815. July 1, 8, 15, 22 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: CLOUD VALLEY CELLARS at 35 Industrial Way Buellton, CA 93427; Terravant Wine Company, LLC (same address) This business is conducted by An Limited Liability Company Signed: Paul Griswold County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 21, 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. E955. FBN Number: 2021‑0001814.
July 1, 8, 15, 22 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VINTAGE POTTERY & GLASS at 520 Cooper Drive Lompoc, CA 93436; Julie A Mock (same address) This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: Julie A Mock County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 29, 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. E35. FBN Number: 2021‑0001893. July 8, 15, 22, 29 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MEADOWGATE MEDIA PRODUCTIONS at 125 W. Micheltorena Suite C Santa Barbara, CA 93101; James L Cutsinger (same address) This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: James L. Cutsinger County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 29, 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. E20. FBN Number: 2021‑0001902. July 8, 15, 22, 29 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: KATIE’S FUND at 4501 Cathedral Oaks Road Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara (same address) This business is conducted by An Corporation Signed: Joshua Weitzman County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on July 1, 2021. This statement expires five years from the date it was
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY COUNCIL MEETING July 20, 2021 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ATTENTION: The City Council will be presented in a hybrid format, both in-person at City Hall and virtually via GoToWebinar. The Governor’s Executive Orders N-2920 and N-08-01 suspend certain requirements of the Brown Act and authorizes local legislative bodies to hold public meetings via teleconferencing. This meeting will be broadcast live on the City’s website and on Cable Goleta Channel 19. The public may participate in person in the Council Chambers or virtually as provided below. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Goleta shall hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, to consider the following: 1. The levy and collection of assessments within the Goleta Street Lighting Assessment District for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2022. PLACE In Person Goleta Council Chambers 130 Cremona Drive Goleta, CA 93117 If you choose to attend the meeting in person in Council Chambers, please note that face masks will be required at all times and social distancing of 6 feet should be maintained. Teleconferencing: Detailed instructions for participation will be included on the posted on the agenda This is the time and place for the hearing of protests or objections to the levy of the proposed assessment against the lots and parcels of property within the citywide District for the 2021/22 fiscal year. A draft Engineer’s Report consisting of, among other things, the assessed parcels, will be filed in the Office of the City Clerk for public review. A final version will be filed upon approval at the July 20, 2021 City Council meeting. PUBLIC COMMENT: All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing and to present written and/or oral comments. Written submittals concerning agenda items may be sent to the City Clerk Group e-mail: email@example.com; or mail: Attn: City Council and City Clerk at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B Goleta, California 93117. In order to be disseminated to the City Council for consideration during the Council meeting, written information must be submitted to the City Clerk no later than Monday at noon prior to the City Council meeting. Material received after this time may not be reviewed by the City Council prior to the meeting. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please see the posted agenda, available on Thursday, July 15, 2021 on City of Goleta’s website www.cityofgoleta.org. Note: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this hearing, please contact the City Clerk at (805) 9617505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Notification at least 72 hours prior to the hearing will enable City staff to make reasonable arrangements. Deborah Lopez City Clerk
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: THE MOOSE MARKETING at 424 Orilla Del Mar Santa Barbara, CA 93101; William M Adams 322 W Canon Perdido St 12 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: William Adams County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 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. E953. FBN Number: 2021‑0001878. July 8, 15, 22, 29 2021.
NAME CHANGE IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF TERESA ANN GUERIN TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ATTENTION: The City Council will be presented in a hybrid format, both in-person at City Hall and virtually via GoToWebinar. The Governor’s Executive Orders N-2920 and N-08-01 suspend certain requirements of the Brown Act and authorizes local legislative bodies to hold public meetings via teleconferencing. This meeting will be broadcast live on the City’s website and on Cable Goleta Channel 19. The public may participate in person in the Council Chambers or virtually as provided below. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Goleta shall hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, to consider the following: 1. The levy and collection of taxes for the Goleta Library Special Tax for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2022. protests or objections to the levy of the proposed Goleta Library Special Tax on the lots and parcels of property within the City for the 2020/21 fiscal year. An Administration Report consisting of, among other things, the assessed parcels, is filed in the Office of the City Clerk for public review. PLACE In Person Goleta Council Chambers 130 Cremona Drive Goleta, CA 93117 If you choose to attend the meeting in person in Council Chambers, please note that face masks will be required at all times and social distancing of 6 feet should be maintained. Teleconferencing: Detailed instructions for participation will be included on the posted on the agenda This is time and place for the hearing of protests or objections to the levy of the proposed Goleta Library Special Tax on the lots and parcels of property within the City for the 2021/22 fiscal year. An Administration Report consisting of, among other things, the assessed parcels, is filed in the Office of the City Clerk for public review. PUBLIC COMMENT: All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing and to present written and/or oral comments. Written submittals concerning agenda items may be sent to the City Clerk Group e-mail: email@example.com; or mail: Attn: City Council and City Clerk at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B Goleta, California 93117. In order to be disseminated to the City Council for consideration during the Council meeting, written information must be submitted to the City Clerk no later than Monday, July 19, at noon. Material received after this time may not be reviewed by the City Council prior to the meeting. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please see the posted agenda, available on Thursday, July 15, 2021 on City of Goleta’s website www.cityofgoleta.org. Note: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this hearing, please contact the City Clerk at (805) 9617505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Notification at least 72 hours prior to the hearing will enable City staff to make reasonable arrangements.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EMBODYMENT at 22 East Victoria Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Kenneth W Gilbert 3722 Fortunato Way Santa Barbara, CA 93105‑4420 This business is conducted by An Individual Signed: Kenneth Wayne Gilbert County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on July 1, 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. E953. FBN Number: 2021‑0001925. July 8, 15, 22, 29 2021.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY COUNCIL MEETING July 20, 2021
Deborah Lopez City Clerk
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filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by. E953. FBN Number: 2021‑0001926. July 8, 15, 22, 29 2021.
NUMBER: 21CV02080 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior court proposing a change of name(s) FROM and TO the following name(s): FROM: TERESA ANN GUERIN TO: TERAN GUERIN DAVIS THE COURT ORDERS that 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 July 19, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 5, Courthouse, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Anacapa Division A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated June 7, 2021. by Colleen K. Sterne. Superior. of the Superior Court. Published. June 17, 24. July 1, 8 2021. IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF BIANEY PACHECO TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 21CV02113 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior court proposing a change of name(s) FROM and TO the following name(s): FROM: EVELYN LORRIANE GARCIA TO: EVELYN LORRAINE PACHECO THE COURT ORDERS that 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 July 20, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 3, Courthouse, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Anacapa Division A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated June 2, 2021. by Thomas P. Anderle. Superior. of the Superior Court. Published. July 1, 8, 15, 22 2021. IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 21CV02319 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior court proposing a change of name(s) FROM and TO the following name(s): FROM: SANTIAGO ELLIE RAMADAM TO: SANTIAGO MALIK RAMADAM THE COURT ORDERS that 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
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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 Aug 9, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 5, Courthouse, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Anacapa Division A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated June 15, 2021. by Colleen K. Sterne. Superior. of the Superior Court. Published. July 8, 15, 22, 29 2021. IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF ANTHONY THOMAS HORVATH TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 21CV02209 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior court proposing a change of name(s) FROM and TO the following name(s): FROM: ANTHONY THOMAS HORVATH TO: ANTHONY THOMAS BLUE THE COURT ORDERS that 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 Aug 17, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 3, Courthouse, SANTA
BARBARA SUPERIOR COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Anacapa Division A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated June 30, 2021. by Thomas P. Anderle. Superior. of the Superior Court. Published. July 8, 15, 22, 29 2021.
PUBLIC NOTICES EXTRA SPACE STORAGE will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the location indicated: 6640 Discovery Drive, Goleta, CA 93117. July 29, 2021 at 3:30 PM Dameon Cooper Couch, mattress, surfboard, boxes, and bags. Senel Acosta Tools, toys, totes, stereo and speakers. Tawny Hernandez Apartment items. Gary Beynon Office equipment, business supplies. Mishelle Cooper Tools, computer, luggage, speakers, and auto parts. Anne Digiorgio Mattress, table, bicycle, shelves, clothing, and shoes. Kelsey Carver Tools and camping equipment. christine barrios Bags, boxes, tv, couches. Janaynna Ratuelta Guitar, clothing, boxes, and bags. Janaynna Ratuelta Luggage, kitchen appliances, books, and bags. The auction will be listed and advertised on www.storagetreasures. com. Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the
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NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING (Electronically and Telephonically) July 20, 2021 at 5:30 P.M. Title 17 (Zoning) Amendments Case No. 21-0001-ORD ATTENTION: The City Council Meeting will be presented in a hybrid format, both in-person at City Hall and virtually via GoToWebinar. The Governor’s Executive Orders N-29-20 and N-08-01 suspend certain requirements of the Brown Act and authorizes local legislative bodies to hold public meetings via teleconferencing. This meeting will be broadcast live on the City’s website and on Cable Goleta Channel 19. The public may participate in person in the Council Chambers or virtually as provided below. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Goleta City Council will conduct a public hearing to consider adoption of Title 17 Amendments (Case No: 21-0001-ORD). The date, time, and location of the City Council public hearing are set forth below. The agenda for the hearing will also be posted on the City website (www.cityofgoleta.org). HEARING DATE/TIME:
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 5:30 P.M.
PLACE: In Person Goleta Council Chambers 130 Cremona Drive Goleta, CA 93117 If you choose to attend the meeting in person in Council Chambers, please note that face masks will be required at all times and social distancing of 6 feet should be maintained. Teleconferencing: Detailed instructions for participation will be included on the posted agenda PROJECT LOCATION: The amended regulations would apply citywide, including all areas of the City within the Coastal Zone. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: On March 3, 2020, City Council adopted Title 17 (Zoning) of the Goleta Municipal Code. The proposed amendments to Title 17 include several “clean-up” amendments to Title 17 to address General Plan and State law consistency, remedy issues identified during early implementation, and provide clarity to the regulations adopted. On June 14, 2021, the Planning Commission conducted a public hearing to consider the proposed Ordinance and adopted Resolution 21-06 to recommend to City Council adoption of the proposed Ordinance with one minor revision regarding permitting of canopies associated with solar energy systems. The topics for the proposed amendments include: • General Plan and State law consistency related to Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), Required Parking for Single-Unit Dwellings, and Noticing • Director Determinations • ADU Design and Historic Resources • Telecommunication Facilities • Application Fee Refunds • Zoning Exemptions for ADA Improvements • Permitting of Carports, Gazebos, Canopies, and Pergolas Associated with Solar Energy Systems • Processing of Applications in the Coastal Zone • Additional Definitions • Revised Definitions to Setbacks • Other Clarifying Revisions Environmental Review: This Ordinance is not subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Section 15060(c)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines (Title 14, Chapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations) because the activity is not a project as defined in Section 15378(b)(5) as an organizational or administrative activity by government that will not result in direct or indirect physical changes in the environment. The Ordinance is also exempt from CEQA pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines because the activity is covered by the general rule which exempts activities that can be seen with certainty to have no possibility for causing a significant effect on the environment. In addition, Public Resources Code Section 21083.3 and State CEQA Guidelines Section 15183 (Projects Consistent with a Community Plan or Zoning) exempt from further environmental review certain qualifying projects that are consistent with a community plan or zoning. Specifically, where a prior EIR relied upon by the lead agency was prepared for a General Plan meeting the requirements of State CEQA Guidelines Section 15183, any rezoning action consistent with the General Plan shall be treated as an exempt project pursuant to Section 15183 of the CEQA Guidelines. PUBLIC COMMENT: All interested persons are encouraged view the meeting and to provide written and/or oral comments. All letters/comments should be addressed to City Clerk email@example.com. Letters must be received by City Clerk on or before the date of the hearing or can be submitted at the hearing. IN LIGHT OF THE CITY’S NEED TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ELECTRONICALLY AND TELEPHONICALLY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, written comments may be submitted via email to Deborah Lopez, City Clerk e-mail: cityclerkgroup@ 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-meetingagendas-and-videos. FOR PROJECT INFORMATION: For further information on the project, contact Andy Newkirk, Senior Planner, at 805-961-7544 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquiries in Spanish, please contact Sandra Rodriguez, Management Assistant, at 805-961-7576 or email@example.com. Staff reports and documents will be posted approximately 72 hours before the hearing on the City’s website at www.cityofgoleta.org. SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION. If you require interpretation services for the hearing, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (805) 961-7505 or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org at least 72 hours prior to the hearing. Please specify the language for which you require interpretation. Notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting helps to ensure that reasonable arrangements can be made to provide accessibility to the hearing. Note: If you challenge the nature of the above action in court, you may be limited to only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the City on or before the date of the hearing (Government Code Section 65009[b]). 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