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Editor in Chief Marianne Partridge Publisher Brandi Rivera Executive Editor Nick Welsh Senior Editors Tyler Hayden and Matt Kettmann Associate Editor Jackson Friedman Opinions Editor Jean Yamamura News Reporters Ryan P. Cruz, Jun Starkey Executive Arts Editor Charles Donelan Arts Writer Josef Woodard Calendar Editor Terry Ortega Sports Editor John Zant Sports Writer Victor Bryant Food Writer George Yatchisin Copy Editor Tessa Reeg Creative Director Caitlin Fitch Graphic Designer Ricky Barajas Production Designer Ava Talehakimi Web Content Managers Celina Garcia, Caitlin Kelley Columnists Dennis Allen, Gail Arnold, Sara Caputo, Christine S. Cowles, Roger Durling, Marsha Gray, Betsy J. Green, Jerry Roberts, Starshine Roshell Contributors Rob Brezsny, Melinda Burns, Ben Ciccati, John Dickson, Leslie Dinaberg, Camille Garcia, Keith Hamm, Rebecca Horrigan, Eric HvolbØll, Tom Jacobs, Shannon Kelley, Kevin McKiernan, Carolina Starin, Ethan Stewart, Tom Tomorrow, Maggie Yates


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DEC. 9-16, 2021




Rain Prompts Evacuations, Soaks County

The Loma Fire burn scar on TV Hill

Gibraltar Reservoir’s current capacity nearly doubled from 3.8 percent on December 13 to 6 percent on December 14. Though the creeks ran well at the height of the storm at around 4 a.m., the precipitation is soaking into the thirsty soil. Lake Cachuma—which is fed by the Santa Ynez River—increased slightly by about 612 acre-feet, raising current storage to 92,106 acre-feet out of a possible total of 193,305. Gibraltar’s dryness, watershed, and relatively small size accounted for the numeric increase, and Cachuma’s level went up mostly thanks to direct rainfall, said Shawn Johnson, senior hydrologist for Santa Barbara County. The rain along Gaviota was described as “super gentle, through and through” by Guner Tautrim of the Orella Ranch, who noted they got about two inches along the coast and more than five inches at the top of the ridge at Refugio. A few landslides dropped mud and rock on the road, and high winds sent a sailboat into the beach in Santa Barbara. But very little damage was reported by both fire and law enforcement officials, apparently caused by the wind: a downed wire off Foothill Road, broken tree branches, and trees that damaged a structure and vehicle in the city. The day after, however, has been one of sporadic power outages downtown. Just four months into the rain year, which runs from September to August, this storm puts the county at 127 percent of its normal-



he cold Pacific waters that cause a La Niña system are controlling the weather this rain year—as well as feeding tornadoes in the Midwest—but the rainfall totals on Monday and Tuesday were astonishing. At San Marcos Pass, more than 8 inches fell, and over 6 inches at Gibraltar Dam—the two highest recorded by the county hydrology gauges for the storm. Overnight evacuations were ordered as a precaution for the pending storm and lifted the next afternoon.


The Omicron variant is spreading so quickly globally that when Dr. Henning Ansorg updated the Board of Supervisors late on 12/14, his statistics from the day before were already out of date. Hospitalizations in the county for COVID-19 had increased by 34 percent in the past two weeks, and intensive care admissions were up 120 percent, said Van Do-Reynoso, director of Public Health. The hospitals continued to have capacity, but state modeling projected increases of 38 percent in hospitalizations through year’s end. For full story, see to-date rainfall, but at 25 percent for the normal-water-year rainfall countywide. La Niña systems are typically drier, and the long-range forecasts point to a drier, hotter 2022. “We still have January and February to go, which on average are wetter than December,” said Mark Jackson with the National Weather Service. “We can at least cross our fingers that the long-range outlook is off this season.” —Jean Yamamura


132 Unvaxxed Deputies Still Not Testing


en weeks after Santa Barbara initiated a vaccine-or-test mandate for all county workers, 132 unvaccinated Sheriff ’s deputies still have not submitted to the weekly tests, according to data from the county’s Human Resources Department. The group accounts for 45 percent of the Sheriff’s Office’s 295 “law enforcement deputies,” many of whom are on patrol assignments. All 154 of the department’s “custody deputies” at the Main Jail, however, are either vaccinated or actively testing, the data shows. The holdouts remain concerned about the privacy of their medical information, said Joe Pisano, an employee relations chief with Human Resources. They are uncomfortable with how much information they are being asked to provide, he explained, as well as its security when it is collected, along with their test results, by an outside testing company and ultimately shared with the California Department of Public Health. There has also been worry raised that the company, which counts a former tech executive among its directors, will

attempt to somehow monetize the information. “I don’t share these concerns, but I understand them,” Pisano said. Pisano said he and the deputies, representing the Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA) union, have been meeting nearly every week since September. “It’s just a difficult issue,” he said. Not all 132 may feel as strongly about the matter as their DSA leadership, he said, “but they tend to band together.” It’s also not clear when the county may decide to take a stronger stance, Pisano went on, but he’s hopeful negotiations will conclude before any disciplinary action is necessary. “We’re not trying to stress people out,” he said. Supervisor Das Williams, who has enjoyed considerable support from the DSA during recent elections, said he’s “anxious” for the talks to end and the tests to begin. Sheriff Bill Brown pushed back against the characterization that the deputies are simply refusing to be tested. ‘“Refusing’ is really not an accurate description of what is happening,” he said. Complicating matters is the fact that the DSA is in separate

The S.B. Unified school board announced 12/14 that all students and staff will be sent home with an at-home COVID-19 testing kit for the winter break, which they are encouraged but not required to use. Since the school year began, 133 students and 35 staff have tested positive for COVID. Among staff, more than 96 percent of regular employees have been fully vaccinated. Among students, more than 50 percent of high school students and 49 percent of junior high students are fully vaccinated. The district has also been awarded a state grant to contract seven nurses to assist with contact tracing and facilitate onsite testing. Full story at independent .com/school-board-12-14.

The S.B. County Jail has confirmed 15 more COVIDpositive inmates this week, following an outbreak on 12/9 of five positive inmates, bringing the total number up to 20 confirmed cases. Custody staff at the jail identified the first COVID-positive inmate in a male basement dormitory, where he and 51 other inmates were being housed. Prior to testing positive, the initial positive inmate was transported to an in-person court appearance, where he had contact with other inmates from various parts of the facility. “Custody staff are working with our Wellpath healthcare partners in efforts to test much of the inmate population,” said Sheriff’s spokesperson Raquel Zick.

ENVIRONMENT negotiations with the county over their 2022 employment agreement. DSA president Sergeant Neil Gowing blamed the holdup mainly on scheduling issues. “Most of the delays are just due to getting dates scheduled that work for all of the parties to actually sit down and talk and work out the details,” he said. “But we are making good progress.” Gowing said the DSA will continue working with the county to “get all the details worked out as soon as we possibly can, while making sure we don’t neglect our duties and oath to the community members we serve and the victims we advocate for.” Meanwhile, Santa Barbara County is experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the midst of winter holidays and spread of the Omicron variant. Active cases have increased 6 percent in the past two weeks, while the daily case rate per 100,000 unvaccinated residents jumped from 16.6 percent to 24.1 percent in the same time frame. Hospitalizations went up 34 percent from two weeks ago, and intensive care admissions rose 120 percent. —Tyler Hayden

Drone footage shot over Platform Holly on 12/10 raised fears of an oil leak. It showed a rainbow slick around and down current of Holly, as well as a smaller area up current, which was a giveaway that is was likely a natural seep, said David Valentine, a geochemist at UC Santa Barbara. Coincidentally, the State Lands Commission gave an update on 12/9 to announce the shutdown of Platform Holly was back in operation, after a pandemic pause, and four wells were now plugged. (For both stories in full, see The Santa Barbara Ranch development in Gaviota was granted in 2008 in exchange for public benefits, such as the restoration of Dos Pueblos Creek, which was the subject of an appeal on 12/14 because it had blown past the April 2021 deadline for completion. Supervisor Joan Hartmann summarized the appellants’ position succinctly, saying, “The Inland Development Agreement was predicated on there being something of value for the public. For me, I can’t make a finding that this has been good faith compliance.” Two other supervisors agreed, and the appeal was upheld. (Full story at

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unger Hall’s controversial design elements — mainly its windowless bedrooms and hyper-dense floorplan — have thus far dominated discussions around the UCSB dormitory project. But a closer look at its scoping documents provides a more complete picture, which, at 1.68 million square feet, would Munger Hall qualify the building as the largoz.est student dormitory in the world. They also offer insight into the challenges the project will likely face when it seeks approval before the UC Regents and California Coastal Commission. Here are some of those considerations.




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Parking: The dormitory wouldn’t include

resident parking. “As part of the Project, UCSB would implement a campus-wide requirement generally prohibiting first-year students from bringing cars to campus.” On-site parking would be limited to 30 spaces for deliveries and passenger dropoffs. Two bicycle parking areas accommodating 3,000 bikes would be added.

Biological Resources: The slopes adjacent to the site support native and non-native trees and plants, as well as wetlands and oak woodlands, designated as Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area (ESHA). Munger Hall would have the potential to result in “significant short- and long-term impacts to ESHA and other sensitive biological resources.” Impacts to the adjacent Goleta Slough are also possible.


Last month, the Independent filed a public records request with the University Office of the President (UCOP) for a copy of the agreement between UCSB and Munger Hall’s designer and partial funder, Berkshire Hathaway vice president and amateur architect Charlie Munger, who said he would donate $200 million toward the estimated $1.5 billion project, but only if his blueprints were followed precisely. This week, UCOP general counsel Dan Scannell said a “preliminary agreement” between the University and Munger exists “that is conceptual” and is therefore not releasable. “[It] is not a firm or final commitment or a binding obligation for the donor to make a contribution toward the Munger Hall agreement,” Scannell explained. Negotiations are ongoing. “Therefore, at this time, the agreement is exempt from disclosure under Government Code section 6255, because the public interest in ensuring the possibility of donated funding for UC student housing outweighs the interest in disclosure.” n


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avid Sullins hitchhiked into Santa Barbara back in the 1970s at the age of 15. He wasn’t homeless, but as he tells it, there was more than a little street to him. Over the years, Sullins proved both shrewd and lucky; today he’s a successful landlord, and he’s paying it, as they say, forward. He’s renting out rooms to about a dozen homeless people as part of an especially aggressive emergency housing program run locally by both the city and county. “Maybe I’m being a sap,” Sullins ruminates before thinking bet‘RESTARTING THEIR LIVES’: Since the voucher program started, ter of it. “But they’re paying CityNet’s Orion Brutoco said he’s housed 40 people. Of those, he said, not market rents,” he exclaims, one has been evicted. “the same as what students get.” And his homeless tenants, Sullins says, tial persuading. But he arranges the meetaren’t that much harder on his properties ing. “When the clients meet the landlord, than the students are. they say this is who I am; this is what I do,” The “they” in this case happens to be he explained. “And then we talk about the the City of Santa Barbara Housing Author- services we provide. Usually that’s enough ity, which received 89 federal emergency to overcome the initial reluctance.” housing vouchers this past July enabling What Brutoco and CityNet bring to it to pay up to $2,070 for studio units the table sounds considerable. He meets and up to $2,415 for one-bedrooms. The weekly with his clients, making sure their County of Santa Barbara Housing Author- apartments are clean, that there’s food, and ity received 123 such vouchers, as well. To that they get to their appointments. If any entice landlords, the Housing Authority is problems arise, he deals with them, too. now offering first-time signing bonuses of Landlords know they can call him day or $5,000. For subsequent leases, the bonuses night. “I have a master’s degree in social are for $2,500. On top of that, there’s a work,” he says. “I can de-escalate any situ$2,000 security deposit plus $5,000 worth ation.” Before his clients move in, Brutoco of mitigation insurance for each voucher furnishes the apartment. “This is about accepted. What comes along with all that restarting their lives,” he says. Since the is three years’ worth of support services voucher program started, Brutoco said he’s coupled with a 24-hour hotline landlords housed 40 people. Of those, he said, not can call if the circumstances should dictate. one has been evicted. When the vouchers were first released Sullins acknowledged there have been locally this July, there were few if any land- issues. One tenant accidentally put $500 lord takers. But when the incentives were worth of water on the front lawn. Another added in September, doors began to open. got into it with neighbors. Words were “There are lots of compassionate landlords exchanged over a backyard fence. The out there,” says city Housing Authority neighbors started it, Sullins said. But his director Rob Fredericks. “But money talks.” newly housed tenants weren’t about to back Today, the majority of the city’s 89 vouchers down. “They’ve been living on the street,” have been leased up. he said. “They can get scrappy.” Brutoco Sullins, it turns out, would probably was called. Things got smoothed over. have done it anyway. He has a long history Generally, Brutoco said, he likes to notify of renting out about 25 percent of his units neighbors in advance. Some have comto low-income renters with Section 8 hous- ments and concerns, and it’s important to ing vouchers. What sweetened the pot for listen, he said. Sullins was Orion Brutoco, the 35-year-old At a time when there’s a nearly zero perregional housing supervisor with CityNet, cent vacancy rate, Brutoco’s job is to get a nonprofit outfit specializing in homeless people off the streets and out of stop-gap outreach and housing services. Like Sullins, motels and hotels. His job is to get them Brutoco himself was never homeless. But into apartments and houses so they can he knows about struggling with substance get the services they need. It’s not easy. “I’ve abuse. It’s been his mission to find landlords had hard times in my life,” he says. “What and persuade them to participate. Mostly, makes me different from any of my clients? n Brutoco says, he lets his clients do the ini- They’re just humans.”


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by Nick Welsh irst-quarter revenues from county taxes on the sale of legal cannabis this fiscal year—$3.1 million—was 17 percent less than it was the previous quarter and 25 percent less than it was the same time a year ago. The culprit, county supervisors were told, is rampant overproduction and a lack of legal retail outlets. With high taxes burdening sales of legal weed, law-abiding producers are finding it harder to compete with black-market operators, who typically can sell for roughly half the price charged at legal dispensaries. At least a couple of unnamed legal growers, the supervisors were told, have taken to selling on the black market. It was not made clear to the supervisors what consequences were imposed as a result. Brittany Heaton, the county’s de facto cannabis czar, notified the supervisors that typically the Sheriff ’s Office is asked to investigate and will refer cases to the District Attorney if there’s sufficient evidence. It was unclear to what extent that’s occurred. Heaton added that the growers would have to be found guilty of violating the law before county legal staff could sanction the growers or shut them down. Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann—who represents the cannabis-laden Santa Ynez Valley—expressed frustration. The rules and regulations currently separating legal from illegal grows, she contended, were already “gray” enough. The consequences for those who violate the law, she insisted, need to be “black and white.” In her report, Heaton noted that over the last three months, eight law enforcement actions were initiated against illegal cannabis operations, no arrests made, and $3.4 million in product seized. In addition, the Planning and Development Department initiated four cases against growers for alleged violations. In this time period, she added, the county received 345 complaints about cannabis, 339 of which involved odor issues. Upon investigation, Heaton reported, most complaints involved unpermitted operations in the Carpinteria Valley. The problem, Heaton told the supervisors, was statewide in scope. According to news reports published this year, California produces at least three times as much legal weed as the state can consume with onetenth the number of legal dispensaries as are needed for California’s population. While counties like San Francisco have waived taxes on the cannabis industry to provide some relief, the S.B. supervisors are joining a joint effort by several midstate counties to lobby the State Legislature to cut state taxes on the industry instead.

With a $31 billion surplus, Supervisor Steve Lavagnino argued, the State Legislature could afford to do so. When prices were high, Supervisor Das Williams observed, rogue operators made no pretense at compliance; with low prices, he said, legal operators are now tempted to join the black market. Notwithstanding such news, S.B. County land-use planners now find themselves awash in applications for more acreage than can currently be accommodated by the county’s existing cultivation caps. Although the county has set a limit of no more than 1,575 inland acres under cultivation, county planners have issued land-use permits for 1,860 acres’ worth with another 1,300 acres in the queue. To become fully legal under the S.B. permit scheme, though, operators need both a land-use permit and a business permit. To date, only 543 acres’ worth of business permits have been issued. But growers are acutely aware that the cutoff is fast approaching, and the race to the finish has started. Already there’s a strong push to exempt all processing facilities — typically associated with some of the stronger odors—from the acreage cap. In addition, Heaton told the supervisors she wants to consider changes to the way the caps are calculated—looking at canopies instead of actual acres. This proposal will return to the supervisors in February, but already industry critics are howling in protest. As Tuesday’s hearing drew to a close, Supervisor Bob Nelson noted that his board predecessor and former boss, Peter Adam, had predicted such volatility for the county’s latest cash crop. This prompted Supervisor Lavagnino, an ardent supporter of the new industry, to bristle at what he termed “Chicken-Little-sky-is-falling” prognostications. While $3.1 million may not be as lucrative as it was the prior quarter, he acknowledged, the industry generated more than $16 million last year. “This is still the largest revenue source in the county right now.” n



rehabilitation-heavy plan to deal with the few violent or serious juvenile offenders now being transferred annually from the state’s juvenile detention facilities back to juvenile facilities in Santa Barbara—their county of origin—received a warm welcome from the county supervisors Tuesday. Supervisor Gregg Hart described the county Probation Department’s plan as “the end of the pipeline,” alluding to the “school-to-prison pipeline.” The county’s Juvenile Realignment Program places an emphasis on connecting new arrivals with educational opportunities, teaching a wide array of life coping skills, and creating an environment of natural light, warm colors, and open outdoor green space, which current research suggests leads to “lower levels of self-harm and violence between youth and toward staff,” according to the staff report. The county’s plan was hatched in response to SB 823, the state bill mandating the transfer of serious youthful offenders from the state’s “juvenile prison” system to facilities closer to their homes to encourage something other than a life of crime. Because of the severity of the offenses, the new arrivals could be as old as 25 before they’re eligible for release. Until now, juvenile facilities were restricted to those younger than 18.


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The S.B. Zoo has welcomed three male Western grey kangaroos, the final species to inhabit the new Australian Walkabout exhibit set to open in January 2022. The kangaroos, named Max, Aspen, and Coolibah, join four Bennett’s wallabies and two emus, who have recently all moved into the exhibit to adjust to their new surroundings and each other. Construction is nearly complete on the 15,000-square-foot Australian Walkabout, which is specifically designed to let guests explore open pathways within the exhibit. A pickup truck collided with a large palm tree after veering off the road just after midnight on 12/11, in the 700 block of Shoreline Drive, resulting in the death of Luis A. Najera, 27, of S.B. Najera, driving a silver Toyota pickup truck, was not wearing a seatbelt when he apparently veered off the roadway and struck the tree. The passenger in the vehicle with Najera was wearing a seatbelt and sustained severe injuries. The exact cause of the collision is currently unknown.

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COURTS & CRIME Eric Mauricio Ramirez-Aguilar — the driver responsible for the fatal hit-and-run that killed Santa Barbara City College employee Adolfo Corral and his wife, Mary Jane Becerra Corral — pleaded guilty 12/8 to felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving while under the influence causing great bodily injury, and fleeing the scene of an accident that resulted in death. Sentencing is set for 2/18/22. Based on his guilty pleas to all counts alleged, Ramirez-Aguilar faces a maximum of 17 years and eight months in state prison. The DA’s Office settled with the Santa Maria–based fruit processing company Titan Frozen Fruit after an August 2020 incident at the company’s facility resulted in chlorine gas being released, injuring at least five employees, and Titan subsequently failed to properly implement a Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP). The final judgment includes $62,595 in civil penalties, $6,955 in Supplemental Environmental Projects, $951.36 in cost recovery to Santa Maria Fire, and an injunction requiring Titan to properly implement and regularly update its HMBP.

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by Ryan P. Cruz anta Barbara’s La Casa de la Raza has been considered one of the country’s Chicano holy places — formed during El Movimiento in the ’70s and existing as a community center for decades — but in recent years, financial uncertainty and warring factions have led to hard times. In the latest chapter of La Casa’s fight to rebuild into a strong resource center once again, an open-format “talking session” was held on Saturday, December 11, at La Casa. Tomas Castelo — whose nonprofit corporation, La Casa Founders Holding Company, owns the physical building — along with Mark Alvarado, an organizer of One Community Bridge Project, invited people from the community to participate in a brainstorming session seeking ways to rejuvenate the building’s operations and reputation. About 25 community members spoke at the event, describing memories at La Casa — concerts, dances, family reunions, karate classes, and computer courses. Many were afraid that losing the center would cut off a new generation from their cultural identities. All spoke in favor of keeping La Casa alive. “This place doesn’t belong to anybody,” said artist, activist, and longtime member of La Casa’s community Manuel Unzueta at the event. “It belongs to all of us.” Unzueta was one of two official speakers Saturday morning, and he told the story of how La Casa faded in the ’80s and ’90s when a new generation was less involved


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than the Chicano activists of the ’70s. Eventually, the institution evolved into a resource center helping a wave of immigrants from south of the border. This “neo-Mexican” community, as Unzueta described it, was primarily made up of Spanish-speaking working-class families that needed help accessing vital resources — how to deal with banks or find legal services and housing. La Casa became a place where they could find a true sense of community, despite belonging to a forgotten group often left out or ignored by the political establishment because many could not vote. Co-president of the Greater Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Jacqueline Inda, the other official speaker on Saturday, said she hoped La Casa will be resurrected as a community center for the children and grandchildren of those immigrants who arrived decades ago. This newest generation, she believes, has shown a revived interest in social activism and entrepreneurship. However, she also painted a broad picture of the current situation, which has caused a separation between the “corporation” and the actual building itself. “They used to be one, but now they are separate,” she said. La Casa’s nonprofit board, which originally owned the building and ran its operations, had accumulated debt over the last several decades. Eventually, the building itself became mired in bankruptcy proceed-



ings and court orders. In October, the courtappointed trustee, Jeremy Faith, changed the locks on the building and shut down all operations. But on November 5, a motion was granted in which trustee Jeremy Faith released all “possessory interest” in the building and allowed Castelo’s holding company—who acquired the property in April of 2020—to host events and resume operations. So far, the building has remained shut to the public, with only a few programs occasionally being offered at pop-up events not at La Casa. This is the first time that the physical building and the operating institution have been separate entities. Since then, there have been constant disputes over what debts Castelo’s company has paid, and what monies are owed by the nonprofit board to Castelo. Tensions between the two groups run high, and hurt feelings have been mixed in with business deals. This event is a good example of the challenges La Casa faces in forming a more positive future. When Alvarado originally announced the event on December 1 as an “open house,” he immediately heard from many in the community that since some of the nonprofit board members had not been included in its planning, it would be insensitive to move forward without everyone’s collaboration. Alvarado, who had been working as the “boots on the ground” with Castelo, did, in fact, speak to current and former staff, including Lisa Valencia Sherratt, the president of La Casa’s nonprofit Board of Directors. But she told Alvarado that the nonprofit arm of La Casa could not participate in any operations, as dictated in the current bankruptcy case.

“He did want me to be involved and go to meetings,” she said. “[Castelo] wants the nonprofit to be part of it so that it looks good, so it looks like we are on the same page.” But she said the relationship with Castelo was contentious because he “kept changing the amount” owed by the nonprofit, a debt that has to be paid before it could resume its La Casa operations. “The numbers have been a moving target,” she said, which has made it difficult for the nonprofit to get a clear picture. According to bankruptcy court documents and a lawsuit filed against Castelo’s MLG Leasing Company, the court-appointed trustee Faith alleged that Castelo’s company committed fraud by inflating the unpaid debt in 2018, thus undermining a $1.5 million loan approved by the Housing Authority Commission to the nonprofit group. The loan, intended to pay back debts, fell through when Castelo claimed an extra $1.1 million in debt. This happened again when the directors were seeking another loan from the Santa Barbara City College Foundation in 2020. Castelo answered some of this by saying he is trying to keep the building out of the hands of developers who have no intention of keeping the cultural center. He said this was the case in 2017, when local developer Ed St. George was looking to buy the building. He also charged there was some mismanagement in the past five years of La Casa’s operations, leading to unpaid property and payroll taxes that he had to pay out of his pocket. He created the new holding company, he said, to keep the building in the hands of the community. He acknowledges the disconnect but hopes that the community will work through the problems to bring La Casa back. “As long as we work toward a common goal, we can work past our differences,” he said.

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After the talking session, Alvarado announced he would be taking a step away from Castelo for the moment. He still hopes to be a part of La Casa’s revival but said that the current situation—with lawsuits, division within leadership, and Castelo leading the charge—may be too convoluted to continue. Though the event displayed the passion of the community members who are willing to fight for Santa Barbara’s Mexican mecca, the many factions fighting over control have continued to push the light at the end of the tunnel farther away. In the meantime, the latest court motion has made it possible for La Casa to host some events, which includes a concert next weekend to benefit the nonprofit Granny’s Kids.



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AIN’T IN KANSAS: With absolutely zero fanfare, Santa Barbara’s independent redistricting commission put the finishing touches on the final map for the county’s five supervisorial districts

late this Monday and then proceeded to collapse into a vast exhausted heap. It’s been a long slog. Nine-hour Saturday meetings with 200 speakers. More than 100 proposed maps winnowed down finally to one. Before the process was over, five original members would resign. One would die. That sort of thing. Because of their handiwork, about 135,000 county residents woke up one morning to find themselves living in “new” supervisorial districts. You might say the cards got seriously shuffled, the eggs scrambled, and the furniture rearranged. As undeniably heroic as the commissioners’ exertions were, they demonstrated how, under even the most pristine conditions, the art of sausage-making ain’t for the faint of heart. Many winners will emerge from this process, but none more overwhelmingly so than 4th District Supervisor Bob Nelson, now completing his first year on the board. Under the new boundaries, Nelson — as stalwart a Republican as anyone can find in Santa Barbara still to the left of the QAnon Crowd — will be in a 4th District with Orcutt, the reddest city in Santa Barbara County, as its epicenter. The real point, however, is that none of this would have happened the way it did were it not for the behind-the-scenes intervention of the same Bob Nelson, when he was chief of

staff and political strategist to former supervisor Peter Adam. Way back in 2018, Nelson was a key player in a conservative cabal that strategically set out to “rig” the redistricting process — then two years hence. That, in fact, was the very name the group chose — RIG — an unfortunately apt acronym short for Reason in Government. Who says Republicans have no sense of selfaware irony? RIG’s sole objective was to redraw the district boundaries to defang the UCSB and Isla Vista voting bloc — about 26,000 reliably knee-jerk Democrats — by extricating them from the 3rd Supervisorial District, which otherwise would sprawl bucolically through the Santa Ynez Valley all the way up to Guadalupe. Every four years — in the heat of presidential elections — these citizens can be counted on to show up in large numbers and cast their votes for the most progressive candidates on the ballot. Because that’s also when 3rd District candidates are running, these voters have kept the 3rd District — ostensibly the county’s key swing district — reliably blue for 40 of the last 50 years. It was Nelson who led the signature-gathering effort for a ballot measure to force the 3-to-2 (South-North) Supervisors to create an independent redistricting committee made up of citizen appointees to draw the new district lines. Traditionally, the supervisors drew the new district lines themselves based on the new census numbers released every 10 years. The hegemonists running the Democratic

Party quickly realized that the new committee envisioned by RIG gave Republicans disproportionately more sway in drawing the new district lines than was warranted based on Republican Party registration numbers, then small and getting smaller every day since. If RIG got enough signatures, the supervisors would have no choice but to put it on the ballot. With heaping support from oil companies and North County business interests, RIG got all the signatures it needed and then some. The Dems — led by Supervisor Das Williams and political consultant Mary Rose — crafted a countermeasure that would create a redistricting commission of their own but one whose members reflected the prevailing party registration of the county at large.

Things like this are what make politics a profession, not an avocation. When voters decided the matter in 2018, they were given a choice between RIG’s Measure H or the rival Williams-Rose Measure G. Rose quickly branded her campaign “G is for Good; H is for Horrible.” Voters — no doubt confusing these for novels by the late Santa Barbara resident detective writer Sue Grafton — overwhelmingly picked the Good one. One might have thought RIG’s goose was cooked and that Isla Vista’s mythical voting bloc would continue to control the balance of power in county affairs. Not so. Independent commissions are called independent for a reason. They have a life and a mind of their own, no matter who their friends are, how many maps groups

like CAUSE or the Taxpayers Associations submitted, or how many hundreds of speakers were given one minute to speak their piece during more than 30 public hearings. Out of a process fraught with grievous technical and administrative problems, two South Coast districts — 1 and 2 — wound up getting even more reliably blue than they already were. District 4 got more reliably red. District 5 was carved up to create a new supermajority minority district; Latinos now make up 67 percent of citizen voting-age residents. And with District 3, Nelson and RIG would get their wish. I.V. and UCSB were booted out of District 3 and sent packing to District 2. The 3rd District would be carved up with a host of new body parts added — big chunks of Goleta and all of Lompoc — like some sort of Frankenstein’s monster. This seems historic. Seismic, even. It might actually be so. But maybe not. Life does go on. And in her last election, 3rd District Supervisor Joan Hartmann — who lives just outside of Buellton — managed to win outright in a three-way March primary with a well-funded pro-oil conservative running against her. Isla Vista voters were utterly irrelevant in that victory. We’ll know the implications — bruised feelings, noses out of joint, and new friendships — of the new map over time. Right now, it seems there are significantly more winners than losers. Of all of them, Bob Nelson is prob-

ably the biggest. He got what he wanted without rigging anything. —Nick Welsh



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t the City Council meeting on December 7, Santa Barbara City Councilmember Oscar Gutierrez asked if the city could enact an ordinance to prevent old, sick, and disabled people from living in the Santa Barbara foothills to develop more housing in high-fire areas. When did it become okay to discriminate against protected classes? If this is how Gutierrez conducts himself in a public meeting, what is happening behind the scenes that we don’t see? This behavior should not be allowed to happen without ramifications. The only way this will happen is if our press makes it known outside the small group that attended this meeting. The fact that the City Attorney advised him that such an idea was not legal, and the rest of the council did not support it, is not sufficient; it does not change the fact that Councilmember Gutierrez was advocating for discrimination. To provide further context, his comments came up in a discussion related to an ordinance to allow lot splits. The City Council and mayor were cautioned by many that allowing lot splits in high-fire areas would pose a significant risk to residents, and there are no plans to mitigate this risk. This was Councilmember Gutierrez’s solution. So I guess it also means it’s okay if people not in these protected classes can’t get out in an emergency and die? For the record, I am a strong proponent of the need to develop housing, especially targeted to lowincome individuals. Discrimination is never the answer. These meetings are recorded as part of the public record, so you can listen for yourself.

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On Friday, November 26, 2021, Delia Ruan Campos passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord at the age of 91. She was born in Herreras, Durango, Mexico, to Aurora and Pedro Ruan (Ruano). She grew up in Santiago Papasquiaro and recalled an idyllic childhood. Her father and mother owned a retail business, and her father served as the township’s local judge. She would attend the Instituto Juarez in the City of Durango. A change in circumstances prompted the family to move their lives and business to Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. The Ruan sisters, all five, would find their way to the Alta California. Delia moved to the U.S. at the age of 16. Upon arrival, she began working for the Goleta Valley Lemon Association packinghouse where she caught the eye of photographers working for an agricultural trade publication. They took pictures of her picking, sorting and washing lemons, the journey of the lemon so to speak, on its way out of a packinghouse. Little did she know that one of the photos would become, in time, iconic to Santa Barbara County’s agricultural history appearing on postcards, posters and the local newspapers come each 16


Fiesta, and especially the Goleta Lemon Festival. In 2001, it was chosen as the main image for the Goleta Community Heritage Project appearing in all of their publications. To this day the picture still hangs at the Stow House and The Old Town Coffee House in Goleta. Delia met the love of her life, Salvador Campos, at a local dance. They were married and raised five children in Carpinteria. Active in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, she assisted Father Roughan administering communion to the sick in their homes, leading rosaries, making some of the best enchiladas for the Catholic carnival for years, having priests and seminarians over for dinner and even giving one of them regular haircuts! Compassionate, Delia always went out of her way to help people in need. After gaining U.S. citizenship, she was instrumental in assisting many other immigrants become citizens. Working with others, she learned that she was a natural teacher not only to her own children, but the community’s youth, as well. Truly a highlight of her life was working with students at the Carpinteria Jr. High for 20 years. Those years turned into a lifetime of friendship and love, as the students never forgot her. As adults, they became regular visitors to the Campos household and brought their own children to meet their wonderful Mrs. Campos who was always there for them. Delia kept herself active in ways that brought

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others sunshine. She loved music, singing, knitting and crocheting. A favorite pastime was reading, particularly history. Not surprisingly, she had a hand in the writing of one of Carpinteria’s best history books. She translated Spanish documents to English for Jayne Craven Caldwell’s Carpinteria As It Was. Delia is survived by her loving husband of 74 years, Salvador Campos, her five children, Dr. Jim Campos (Valerie), Arthur, Daniel, Graciela Barnes (Reid) and Alicia Wissing (Andrew). She was most proud of and loved her seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandson Eric Campos. The family would especially like to thank Cathy Miller of Pacific Village and her staff for Delia’s outstanding care. We also thank everyone at Hospice/VNA – Shannon, Carolyn, Fabiola and Chaplain Reggie Salcedo. The town of Herreras, Duango, has a tradition of ringing the church bells when one of their own passes away. The bells have been rung for Delia. A celebration of her life will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1532 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria, on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the Church Hall.


community, especially his long-time customers at Capitol Hardware. He helped many contractors as they started their businesses by extending them credit. Customers will always remember his ice cream machine at Capitol Hardware and the Danish butter cookies With deep sorrow we he handed out to his mourn the passing of customers at Christmas our patriarch, Gordon time. LeRoy Reisig on Nov. 28, Gordon continued to 2021. Gordon was born work until March of 2020, June 1936 in Benton when declining health Harbor, Michigan to Sam forced him to retire. He and Emma Reisig. He remained at home with the graduated from Ferris help of Jojo, his caregiver, State University in 1958, who we appreciated so majoring in Business much and who became and Economics. Gordon signed up with the United part of our family. Nurse Trish, Marianne, and States Marines and Social Worker Robert with served for 6 years in the Assisted Hospice were reserves. After years as a wonderful. branch manager at Santa Gordon is survived by Barbara Bank & Trust, Gordon purchased Capitol his wife Darlene of 63 Hardware in 1972, trading years, his sister Sharon in his suit and tie for a pair Mack of Orlando, Florida, his two daughters, Sherri of OP shorts. Bjorndahl (Jay), and Gordon loved working Michelle Bleecker (Alan), with his hands, helping his 7 grandchildren his loyal customers, and providing the Tri-Counties Erica, Daniel, and Heidi Bjorndahl, Taylor, Jordan with the best in building (Kristin), Kelsey Muralles materials. His quick wit (Jose), and Cameron was well-known around Bleecker, and 2 great the building trades in Santa Barbara. He could be grandchildren Shiloh and seen almost every weekday Owen Bleecker, along with morning having breakfast many nieces and nephews. While we mourn at the Jolly Tiger (and his passing, let us also subsequently the Cajun celebrate his life and the Kitchen) with his dear lasting impact he had on friend Ed Koke. our lives. May his memory Gordon will always be always have a special place remembered as a kind in our hearts and minds. and generous person. A memorial service for He opened his heart and Gordon will take place at home to all he met. He El Montecito Presbyterian loved having holidays Church on December and family get-togethers. 18 th at 1:00pm. In lieu His legacy will live on of flowers, please make in the business he built donations in Gordon’s and the future housing name to the Santa Barbara development at 711 N. Milpas St. He will be sorely Rescue Mission or El Montecito Presbyterian missed by the building Church.

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obituaries Peter F. Durand

12/2/1942 - 12/5/2021

Pete Durand passed away Sunday morning, December 5th, at Cottage Hospital after a lengthy illness. Pete was born to Eleanor and David Durand in Highland Park, Illinois and grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where as a boy he was taught to sail by international sailing champion, Buddy Melges. He also loved snow skiing and enjoyed going to Aspen to ski and teach skiing. As a young man he pursued a career in sales in the greater Chicago area. In 1985 Pete moved to Santa Barbara where he continued his careers in sales and professional recruiting. Later in his life he enjoyed an active retirement conducting wine tours through the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley that he loved. These tours provided Pete with the perfect opportunity to talk and laugh with people from all walks of life and from all over the world as they shared amusing and heartfelt stories with one another. Pete’s big spirit, warm heart, quick wit and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by many but most especially by his immediate family – wife, Wana, daughter, Molly, stepson and wife, Chris and Erin Henson, (and their children Chloe and Emma), and sister and brother in law,

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Sharon and Jim Werner (and their children Stephanie, Glenn and Leslie), and Gail and Michael Wheeler. Pete will also be very missed by his favorite buddy, SadieCat. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of the many devoted physicians who cared for Pete over the years and kept the “old Chevy” he called his body running against all odds, please consider sending a note of thanks to your own favorite doctor. Mary Wolthausen 3/9/1930 - 12/4/2021

Mary Wolthausen, age 91, loving mother of three and adoring wife to her late husband Larry Wolthausen passed away on the 4th of December, 2021 to natural causes. She went to the Lord peacefully, surrounded by her family. Mary was born in 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up surrounded by her large family of 7 siblings and many aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers; Settimio, Louis and Albert and 3 sisters; Lena, Lucy and Lucia. She is survived by her sister Olga. Mary was influenced by her family to be a loving and caring woman, always giving her time to others. She incorporated that influence into motherhood and her career as a registered nurse. She met her husband

Larry while he was on leave from the Navy at a dance in Boston. They fell in love and were married in 1950. They both shared a love for family and soon started their own. As a mother she was generous, loving and kind. They moved to Santa Barbara in 1956. After raising 3 boys she was excited to become a grandmother and then a greatgrandmother. She was so happy about her family growing even bigger. In her free time Mary loved to garden and just about any outdoor activity. She really believed in staying active. With her husband they traveled the world and she continued to travel after his passing. After she retired from nursing Mary volunteered with Hospice of Santa Barbara and provided care and comfort to many. Mary was a devout Christian and was very involved at her Church, Christ the King and Bible study. She will be greatly missed by her family. Mary is survived by her 3 sons; Doug, Paul and Kevin, her 3 daughters-inlaw, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. There will be a memorial service on the 5th of January, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to Hospice of Santa Barbara and VNA Health (Visiting Nurse) of Santa Barbara. We know that we can’t have you but we are happy knowing that the Angels have finally got you back. Goodbye to a wonderful woman and a beautiful mother.

African American parish, The Holy Name of Jesus, after the LA riots of 1992. Following a final term as a pastor in Pasadena, he retired from administrative responsibilities in 2007, relocating to Santa Barbara to live near family. He would continue to be Frank Colborn, Catholic of service, assisting at St Raphael’s parish for priest, theologian, author many years, and especially and teacher, the beloved loved engaging with the brother of Melissa and Hispanic community, often Fran, uncle of eight and dear friend to many, passed conducting the Mass in his fluent Spanish. away on December 6. His A life-long campaigner funeral mass will take place for social justice, Frank’s at St Raphael’s Church heroes were Blessed in Goleta at 11 am on Charles de Foucauld, December 15. Canon Josef Cardijn, Born in Berkeley to founder of the Young Frank and Anne Colborn Christian Workers, and in 1938, and raised in Ann Dorothy Day, whom he Arbor, Michigan with his was very proud to have had sisters Fran and Melissa, the privilege of meeting Frank was ordained in on a few occasions. He Rome on December 18, read widely throughout his 1963, after studying with the Jesuits at the Gregorian life, from philosophy and University there. He would theology to pulp fiction and sci-fi fantasy, and in return to Rome in 1969 recent years he turned to gain his doctorate in moral theology. Meantime, to writing witty, warm, and eclectic short stories he began work as a priest for his pleasure – and in the Archdiocese of the delight of his family. Los Angeles where he A lifelong writer and an would serve for much immersive researcher, his of his life. During the academic writing work 1970s (‘interesting times’ recently culminated in the as he said) he taught at publication of his book St John’s Seminary in Camarillo. There he joined THE EVOLUTION OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL students and others in ETHICS. (Wipf and Stock, objecting to US military 2020; policy in Southeast Asia. com/Evolution-CatholicHe marched with Cesar Social-Ethics-Palaeolithic/ Chavez and the United dp/1725260832). This Farm Workers, and was remarkable study is as instrumental in helping ambitious and illuminating an urban community in its own way as Harari’s organizing effort get Sapiens, offering an expert started in LA. In the synthesis of the history of 1980s, he moved on to social thought. Frank’s fine be pastor of a largely mind and generous heart Spanish-speaking church will be much missed by in East LA and joined all, and his memory will the faculty at Claremont always be a blessing. College, mixing academic and pastoral duties. He then moved on to an

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obituaries Geraldine Gray Turner 11/1/1927 - 11/28/2021

Geraldine Gray Turner, age 94, of Santa Barbara, CA died on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at Lake View Terrace Memory Care Residence in Lake Havasu City, AZ. She passed peacefully in the early morning hours following a visit from her 3 children and other family members who sat at her bedside telling stories while holding her hand. Despite Gerry (or Jane as the Grays knew her) being a Santa Barbara native and calling it home for close to 90 years, she spent the last 1-2 years of her life in Arizona, something she bemoaned on a regular basis: “Oh for Heaven’s sake! There’s nothing but rocks out here, big rocks, small rocks, and different shaped rocks.” She referred humorously to her life in Arizona as “my life in storage.” But Arizona held a lot of meaning to her, whether she realized it or not. The Grand Canyon was one of the most beautiful places to her and a two weeklong river trip she took down it with her friend Marty Franklin was one of her fondest memories. Let’s face it, she loved rocks—of any size and shape—and was passionate about geology (she studied under Karl Halbach and Dr. Bob Gray at SBCC). Furthermore, she was there with her youngest son John Dudley Thompson III and his family. Thus, her passing in Arizona is quite fitting. Gerry was born the evening of November 1st, 18


1927 at Cottage Hospital. She was the only child of Inga and Francis Edward Gray. She attended Harding Elementary School and remembers being carried across the flooded westside streets by the custodian (Mr. Reese) during the rains (the westside had no drainage system in those days). After La Cumbre Junior High she graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1945, the year the war ended. During her high school years fuel was being rationed so the only way to go on any dates was to ask the local farmers for some fuel. She loved her time at UCSB despite being kicked out of the drama department as she was incapable of memorizing her lines. The newly formed speech department became her new focus, and this move launched her career as a speech therapist, something she was very proud of. She taught at Franklin, Wilson, Peabody, and Monroe Elementary schools and worked at Hillside House, two orthodontist offices, and the Cottage Hospital Stroke Team. When asked how she wants to be remembered she said, “I would like people to think I was pleasant—of course I think I’m hilarious! I don’t want them to remember me for any big thing I did or thought, I’m not a big thinker—no big fanfare—just a nice person with a good sense of humor.” When asked what life has taught her, she said, “Patience. And to love and enjoy every minute. Even though I crab about my life now, I can’t be sad I got old I need to be happy that I lived that long.” Well, your long life (great grandmother) blessed your family. You touched our hearts, make us laugh, and passed

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from this world without a big fanfare or fuss, just as you wanted. We will love and miss you for the rest of our lives.

Garrett Michael Van Wyk 8/4/1935 - 4/24/2021

Garrett Michael Van Wyk, 85, passed away of natural causes on April 24th, 2021, at his home in Santa Barbara, California. Magnanimity, or greatness of soul, reflects well the 85 larger-than-life years Garrett Michael Van Wyk graced this earth. Born August 4th, 1935 in Bismarck, North Dakota, Garry would soon be hurling fastballs at Roger Maris in Fargo with the American Legion, pushing the aerobatic limits of the T-28 Trojan in Naval flight training over the Florida coast, and assembling the Pacific fleet at sea from inside the USS Hancock. His eyes would sometimes glisten as he’d describe the reward for his all-night navigational work: witnessing the convergence of the planet’s greatest nuclear task force, the US Pacific fleet, silhouetted against the morning dawn. “The call-sign was ‘Rampage’.” he would recall, “I loved our call-sign.” After his Norman Rockwell upbringing in Bismarck, North Dakota, Garry moved to California and attended UCLA on an NROTC scholarship. During Naval service he married his college sweetheart, JoAnn Rusconi, settled in Santa Barbara and took over


his father’s Volkswagen/ Porsche dealership with his sister Greta and brother Loren. He later expanded the franchises to include Santa Barbara Mazda, Peugeot, Renault, Van Wyk’s Body Shop, and a used car dealership. Meanwhile, with JoAnn he expanded the Van Wyk family, first with Julie, followed by Chris, Paul, Lisa, Steve, Greg, and Mary. Garry was magnanimous in sharing his passions of sailing, flying and travel with family and friends alike. With great effort he taught his children the basics of sailing with the “Sea Shells” using Mahogany boats in the Santa Barbara channel. Other times he’d awaken a lucky son, daughter, or friend for an early morning aerobatic adventure. As an EAA member, he sponsored or helped build numerous home-built airplanes and was an avid model airplane builder as well. Garry’s WESTPAC tour sparked his love for world travel, and introduced him to his beloved island of Maui, where he often brought his family for special memories and cherished sunbathing time. When at home, Garry would regularly reconnoiter with the “Old Vultures”, a small group of singularly impressive pilots; cut from the cloth of the greatest generation, to tour car/airplane museums or just share stories and a meal in downtown Santa Barbara. More importantly, Garry was a larger-than-life citizen and father. He had medical superpowers, capable of maintaining a steady diet of Baskin Robbin’s Mocha Blasts, chocolate chip cookie dough, and a complete absence of vegetables, yet still enjoyed nearperfect health. He would order hamburgers over the car dealership PA system at 630 Chapala to the adjacent “Ernie’s” across the street. Garry was named Santa Barbara Father of the Year, Businessman of the Year, and received the FAA’s “Master Pilot” award. He

was once ‘caught’ on KEYT hidden camera, where he, in keeping with his character, made a heroic effort to return a cash filled wallet to its rightful owner when he thought no one was watching. Garry’s bigheartedness was consistent and often anonymous. Not only did he donate cars at his cost to worthy causes, at times he just footed the entire bill. He doted on his thirteen grandchildren, and seemed to enjoy the toys he gave them as much as the grandchildren themselves. In the evenings he opened up his car-dealership to Christian youth group meetings, and in his 50+ years as a Father he never missed a Sunday Mass. Businessman, benefactor, aviator, sailor, friend, brother, father and husband, Garry would want to be remembered above all as a child of God. In his last days he was surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren, who miss him and pray for him. With heavy hearts, we bid a great man a fond farewell. Garry is survived by his wife JoAnn of 61 years, his sister Greta Meaney, children Julie Sanregret, Chris (Iris) Van Wyk, Paul Van Wyk, Lisa Van Wyk, Steve (Gabrielle) Van Wyk, Greg (Shelley) Van Wyk, and Mary (Brandon) Willer, and grandchildren June, Henry, Sofia, Chloe, Daniela, Christopher, Owen, Micah, Solenne, Beatrice, Guitner, Hal and Boden. He was preceded in death by his brother Loren. Visitation hours will be held from 3 to 5PM on Tuesday, May 11th at McDermott Crockett Funeral Home. Private family funeral services will follow. Friends of Garry are invited to Calvary Cemetery Wednesday, May 12th at 11:30 for the interment. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to VNA Health, Saint Raphael’s Church, or San Roque Church. Arrangements entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.

In Memoriam

Helene Beaver 1939-2021

BY L A N N Y E B E N S T E I N elene Beaver was one

of the most involved Santa Barbara community leaders of her time. Though her years on the Santa Barbara City Council from 1993-1997 were the most visible in her civic participation, her work in our community far exceeded her time in elective office. Helene was born in 1939 in Yugoslavia and came to the United States in 1951 as a refugee after World War II. The love of her life was Jerry Beaver, and they had three sons — David, Philip, and John. The Beaver household was a center of social life for generations of Roosevelt Elementary, Santa Barbara Junior High, and Santa Barbara High School students who were friends of one or more of the “Beaver boys.” Their rambling house set back from Mission Canyon Road was always open, friendly, and accommodating, especially at holidays. The Beavers were among the early and enthusiastic proponents of tennis in Santa Barbara. Soon after acquiring their home in the 1960s, they built a tennis court on it. Helene and Jerry helped to create the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara, and they were founders of the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons Association. Although Republican and conservative politically, the Beavers were strictly secular and moderate in their personal philosophy and approach. They were, to this extent, utilitarians — the purpose of this life is to have as much happiness, learn as much, and perform as much service as possible in it. Helene, as well as the rest of the Beavers, exemplified these traits. In the 1970s and ’80s, she was among the most active members of the community, serving in a bevy of positions for a host of civic organizations. In addition to groups with which her children were involved, including the PTA, she was president or chair of the following organizations: Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Cancer Center, Downtown Organization, Friends of the Public Library, Santa Barbara County Red Cross, Junior League, Mission Canyon Fire District, and Mission Canyon Association. She was also foreman of the County Grand Jury. In total, she served on more than 30 boards and commissions. Jerry liked to joke that he was “Mr. Helene Beaver!” Helene participated in local government initially as a citizen-activist. At school board and city council meetings, when Helene Beaver talked, people listened. Her brilliant mind and straight-spoken manner compelled attention to, and respect for, what she said. She was frequently quoted in local media. After living in Mission Canyon for 20 years, the opportunity emerged for the Beavers to have a residence in the city. Jerry was redeveloping a property on Santa Barbara Street, and it was feasible to add a fourth-floor residence. Although they had deep roots at their former home, they decided to move downtown. When the Beavers were leaving Mission Canyon, they did something that was characteristic of them



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BY JOHN PERLIN here’s a battle brewing right

now in our state over who owns the sun. Is it the sole property of California’s major utilities, or do each of us have the right to capture its energy to electrify our homes if we wish? Long derided by these quasi monopolies as hippie pipe dreams, the solar cells that compose solar electric panels have now become the cheapest generators of electricity throughout the world. In contrast to every other power source, owing to their modular nature, solar-generating systems can be placed onsite wherever electricity is needed and tailored to meet the needs of each user. Combined with state-of-the-art batteries and other semiconductor-run equipment, the use of solar radically changes the relationship between us and the utility — from total dependence on distant, huge power stations to a two-way street with each of us becoming a producer. Historically, utilities have found this equal relationship a bitter pill to swallow. Now they wish to spit out this pill once and for all by monopolizing all solar generation through the elimination of the rooftop choice. For decades, the State of California has acted as referee in this contentious war of utilities versus home producers. A system was established called net metering where the local generator could sell his or her excess electricity to the utility at a fair price and then buy it back at the same price when the sun was not shining. Net metering has made solar a success story. In 2010, only 20,000 households had participated; last year, 1.3 million have enrolled. I personally participated in this growth by helping to advise UC Santa Barbara as it began its solar program in 2006. That program bloomed from a mere 60 watts to more than six million watts of installed capacity made possible by net metering, which compensates for the hefty price of installing solar panels. So far, rooftop solar has been an equal two-way street. The rooftop solar generator would sell and buy their power for the same price. What the utilities are now proposing is to reduce the price they buy it at, while charging for any electricity used at the same price they charge regular customers. At the same time, the utilities want to add new fees for rooftop solar and storage. At $8 per kilowatt of rooftop solar, that could add up to $40-$48 per month for the average 5-to-6-kilowatt system, according to Sean Gallagher with the Solar Energy Industries Association, and eat up the savings of installing the solar array, to accomplish the utilities’ objective — owning the sun.

To reach California’s reduction of carbon dioxide, rooftop solar offers many advantages over the large-scale solar plants with which the utilities wish to replace it. Installation is much quicker, taking only months. It reduces the power lost along miles of transmission lines. It also avoids encroaching on valuable lands required by agriculture or wildlife, which large-scale solar will do because no one has ever considered rooftops an endangered land space. In fact, maximizing rooftop installations will free up almost 645,000 acres of land that would otherwise be taken up by commercial solar. Additionally, as rooftop solar produces electricity where it is consumed, the need for transmission infrastructure is reduced, saving money as well as reducing the threat of encroaching on farmlands and ecosystems. With the rise of electric vehicles, owners of rooftop systems with storage can become their own filling stations, pumping solar-produced electrons into their cars at night, becoming owner-run filling stations, and denying a lucrative business for utilities. If the utility companies succeed in eliminating rooftop solar, they would become the sole fuel providers of the future. Not only rooftop solar would be eliminated if this happens. A rich choice of using photovoltaic material in the construction of buildings would also disappear. The prestigious International Energy Agency sees that this current war against rooftop solar would preemptively abort a rich future in our state. This essay in no way deprecates largescale solar plants. I believe rooftop solar and large solar plants can both play a major role in the fight against climate change. Rooftop solar can help minimize the ecological footprint required in this endeavor. But to penalize households for doing the right thing, installing rooftop solar, is just not right. Utilities should continue to offset the electricity they receive to the households that provide it. To do otherwise would allow utilities to own the sun and force everyone else to pay for photons. That is exactly what California’s utilities wish to do by making ownership of rooftop solar panels so onerous as to force homeowners and businesses to capitulate their place in the sun, surrendering their right to change sunrays, which fall upon all of us, into useable power. John Perlin is a visiting scholar at the Department of Physics with the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy, coming out in paperback in February.




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BY JANA ZIMMER ince early 2020, I’ve been obeying all Pub-

lic Health directives religiously. Distance, mask, vaccinate. I even have a votive candle with Dr. Fauci’s picture on it that we got in Palm Springs when we ventured out for the Desert X outdoor art exhibit last spring. The summer of 2021 started to feel semi-normal, and then came Omicron. I break out in a cold sweat to think there are more letters left in the Greek alphabet than I have years to live, in the best-case scenario. I try to focus on gratitude. As a woman of a certain age, I keep hearing the same advice from my doctor: reduce stress, eat fiber, exercise. I’m trying. But after 35 years of dutiful exercise, as a dues-paying member at the Santa Barbara Athletic Club, COVID forced me to suspend my routine. Since the Athletic Club has reopened, I have returned, gingerly, in non-prime time, to avoid the willfully unvaccinated. The club has a very large sign posted at the front door stating that face coverings are required for indoor exercise. I was comforted by it. It seemed to reflect that there are no exceptions to Health Officer Order No. 2021.10.7. Face coverings are required in all A candle for Dr. Anthony Fauci, placed in front of Zimmer’s art indoor public settings, at all times. Gyms are work “Climate Holocaust” not exempt. But I have been noticing lately that He next claimed that if I am masked, I am suffiAthletic Club members have been disregarding the rule—using the treadmills, for example, which ciently protected from his preferred members, “The are all inside, and stacked up directly next to one Unmasked.” I wanted to ask when he graduated from another—energetically running, sweating, breathing the Tucker Carlson School of Medicine. I didn’t. I hard. We’ve all seen the graphics of the contaminated knew better than to indulge my penchant for sarcasm spray coming out of runners’ mouths, a 15-foot-long in that moment. contrail of virus. I have not complained to the indiFinally, he claimed that if I was uncomfortable, I viduals, though the treadmills are the one piece of should just not come to the gym at all! In other words, equipment I need most. But I’m not by nature a “cop,” he was refusing to do what the law requires him to do nor should I be forced to act like one—people are to protect me, as a vulnerable person, so other, newer, quite crazy these days. younger members who are less vulnerable can enjoy So, I inquired at the front desk about the appar- their workouts and spread their microbes without ent non-enforcement of the mask policy. I was told, feeling constrained. quite matter-of-factly, that the club does not “enforce” I became more and more agitated as he made these its posted rule. “Whaa??” On that day, I was using a outlandish claims. We exited his office and continued treadmill at 1:30 p.m.—non-prime time, to avoid to argue, with both our voices raised. He had pulled crowds — and had suddenly found myself closely his own mask down below his nose so he could yell packed among seven young strangers, none of whom at me more easily, apparently. His eyes were bugging out. He was “spitting” mad. I was getting irate, as were masked. I asked to speak to the manager. I explained my problem: 75, immune compro- well, at listening to each incredibly stupid rationalmised. He confirmed, quite casually — if you can ization. He then lost his temper and told me that he be casual and extremely defensive at the same was suspending my membership and I should leave. I time—that, contrary to their posted sign, they had was stunned. I argued with him about his basis to do elected not to “police” people. So, the sign was a mis- that, and in an effort not to use the F-word in front of leading lie. His defenses came in quick succession, his two young employees, I showed him my finger. each one more absurd than the last. 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American Gallery, looks friendly with a dash of imposing. As the city’s premier gallery, its status complements the Santa Barbara Museum of Art across the street. Established artists such as Hank Pitcher, Nicole Strasburg, John Nava, and Angela Perko have been with the gallery for several decades. Individual works on display are priced as high as five or six figures. Its archival holdings stretch into the 19th century, and the gallery has published handsome scholarly monographs on master artists including Ray Strong. Leon Dabo, and Lockwood de Forest. Sullivan Goss looks like a pillar of the art establishment because it is one. This accumulated prestige makes the story of the gallery’s breakout star of the moment that much more interesting. Inga Guzyte, a 37-year-old immigrant from Lithuania by way of Germany, just sold out her solo show Young Sparrows. According to the gallery’s owner, Nathan Vonk, this maintains Guzyte’s perfect record of selling every work she’s ever shown at Sullivan Goss. To say Guzyte’s work is distinctive is an understatement. Even in an era of relentless innovation and stunt-like conceits in the visual arts, Guzyte’s dynamic and colorful portraits stand out. Going by visitor responses to the work’s impact, it practically jumps off the wall. According to Vonk, “It’s not all the time when somebody comes in and says, ‘That’s the most exciting work I’ve seen by anybody in a

STACKED DECKS: Inga Guzyte in her studio. long time,’ and that repeatedly happens whenever we show Inga’s work.” Take, for example, “Lifting Spirits,” a vibrant portrait of Amanda Gorman, the young poet who shot to stardom after appearing at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Guzyte’s image centers Gorman’s face amid an ecstatic circle of bright-yellow daffodils and accents the central composition with a pair of red birds pendant on the top right and left. The hue of the flowers recalls the bright-yellow coat Gorman wore to the inauguration, and the faint blue tint that shades her face draws from the podium’s backdrop. The birds reconstitute the red flash of her headgear. The work’s colors are unquestionably an essential element in the overall impact of “Lifting Spirits.” As Guzyte explains, “I chose daffodils because of their symbolic meaning: hope, resilience, and creativity.” And it’s made 100 percent from broken skateboard decks.

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Young Sparrows is Guzyte’s second solo show at Sullivan Goss. The first, #RebelWomen, in 2019, consisted of similar portraits focusing on another distinguished group of feminist icons. Looking closely at any one of these works reveals an intricate construction process based on an unlikely palette. Each work begins with stacks of discarded skateboard decks that the artist collects in her studio off Milpas Street. Guzyte sorts the decks by color, then painstakingly saws them into individual pieces that vary in width from several inches to less than a centimeter. Employing aspects of the woodworking technique known as marquetry, she pieces together the colored segments, then varnishes them for display as wall-mounted sculptural reliefs. Rather than applying new pigment to realize her vision, Guzyte relies solely on the color schemes already present in the decks. She


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EARLY DAYS: As a teenager in Germany, Guzyte discovered skateboarding. obtains used decks through friendly skate shops and individual skaters who know and admire her work. It takes her long hours at the scroll saw, surrounded by stacks of color-coded decks, to create these one-of-a-kind handcrafted objects. Like a kind of freeform jigsaw puzzle, each design requires so much concentration that Guzyte only works on one at a time. The series procedure standard among painters, in which multiple canvases are going at once, would overwhelm the equipment and the artist. Great art gets more interesting the more you know about it, and that’s abundantly true in this case. Guzyte’s work reflects her journey, and her story offers a handy lesson in what makes someone successful in contemporary art. To trace one way that might be true, here’s a brief list of qualities that characterize breakthrough efforts in this wide-open yet highly competitive field of endeavor.


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My hot take on what artists must do circa 2021: 1. Make work that embodies your story and resonates with your tribe. 2. Make work that reflects an original idea about material and process. 3. Make things that can’t be easily replicated by just anyone. 4. Capture and communicate a sense of history and timeliness with an element of surprise. 5. Add hope and serve. To see how Inga Guzyte’s art fulfills these five criteria, it’s helpful to know more about how she came to Santa Barbara.

From the Skate Park to the South Coast When Guzyte was born in the mid-1980s, her home country of Lithuania stood on the verge of a significant, much-welcomed, yet highly disruptive change. In 1990, when Inga was 4, Lithuania became the first Baltic state and the first Soviet Republic to declare independence from the Soviet Union. In the years following the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, Guzyte’s mother, a single parent, took her daughter, Inga; and her son, Linas, from Lithuania to Klingenthal, Germany, in search of a better life. For little Inga, the transition was a challenge. There was not only a new language to learn but also local prejudice against new arrivals. Thanks to a sympathetic teacher at her German-speaking school, Guzyte felt somewhat protected, but she remembers that “there were a few kids that were racist,” though “one of them reached out to me not long ago to apologize.” After a few years in Klingenthal, the Guzytes moved again to Gelsenkirchen in what had been

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West Germany. It was where Inga discovered a love of skateboarding. It’s also where her mother had to leave her children and go to Switzerland for a better-paying job. Unwilling to put the children through another move while they were still getting used to the new place, Inga’s mom put her daughter, then in high school, in charge. Faced with the responsibility of caring for herself and her brother while her mom stayed in touch by phone, Guzyte discovered a supportive community among the kids who frequented Gelsenkirchen’s skate parks. “One day, I had been watching them for a while, and three or four of the neighborhood skaters just sort of included me,” she said. “One of them gave me a skateboard, and that’s how it started. [In Gelsenkirchen] they had mostly indoor skate parks because it gets cold there.” With her mom more than 600 kilometers away, Guzyte remembers the situation as critical but not dire. When I asked her about child services and what the school made of her family’s living arrangement, she was upbeat, saying, “No, we had no problems like that. My mom worked somewhere else, but she always made sure that we had everything we needed. It was legit.” Nevertheless, this early independent living experience left Inga yearning for community, and she found it through skating. In this country, skateboarding was tagged as something popular among lawless youth, graffiti-scrawling kids, aggressive and prone to vandalism. Some of that bad-boy image changed with the rise of well-designed and modestly supervised skate parks, and more recently its addition as an Olympic sport, but in their time in Gelsenkirchen, Inga and Linas found something that addressed their particular situation — it gave them a sense of belonging. Skating is an unconventional sport. “It was not like one where everyone wears the same jersey,” Guzyte told me, “it was sort of the opposite.” What made skateboarding so appealing to Guzyte, she said, was “you feel alive, especially if you hurt yourself. You feel cool, and you belong to a cool group. When I was just with my brother, it was super important for me to have these friends. They became like family.”

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y r r o e t v S o C Thanks to the well-developed public transport infrastructure in Westphalia, skate kids could travel in groups without having an adult around to drive the mini-van. Yet, despite not having lots of adult supervision, this particular scene did not involve drinking and substance abuse, it did have plenty of graffiti writing and loud music. As a high school student, Guzyte excelled in art, and when she graduated in 2005, she had the look and attitude of a classic alternative kid — dyed black hair, really into rock ’n’ roll music, and carried a sketchbook and a skateboard with her at all times. “When I graduated high school,” she told me, “I was still figuring out what I wanted to do, and my favorite teacher told me that the best thing for me would be to travel and get a different perspective.” Guzyte studied her skateboarding videos and her copies of Thrasher magazine, looking for places to go that would allow her to progress as a skater. “I wanted to improve my English, and I knew that skateboarding originated on the West Coast. I had met a few professional skaters who had gone to California and returned to Germany, and they said it was the place to go,” Guzyte told me. Concerned that Los Angeles would be overwhelming for a teenager on her own, Guzyte found an English language school in Santa Barbara with a homestay program, booked a student visa, and took off.

BLADES OF GLORY: Guzyte uses power tools like this scroll saw to make her work.

as she could and enrolled at Santa Barbara City College. In the SBCC Art Department and through the mentorship of professors such as Stephanie Dotson, Nina Warner, and Ed Inks, Guzyte discovered her calling and met her first power saw. Guzyte settled into the student scene at City College, rooming with some friends and still skating, and she began spending more time in the school’s studios and workshops. Guzyte spent most of her time at the skate park on Cabrillo “I was still in search of the things that I like,” she said. “I was during that first three-month stint. “I think I learned more also in search of my medium as an artist.” She took a sculpture class that encouraged students to English at the skate park than at the school,” she said, adding, “I mean, the school helped as well, but….” Realizing experiment with all kinds of materials. “At some point, I that her skate skills would not necessarily qualify her for had a few skateboards, and I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll just a career as a pro skater, Guzyte returned to Germany, cut them apart and put them back together somehow,’ ” she determined to figure out another way to get back to Santa told me. What began as a one-off response to an assignment Barbara, where she now had a group of friends. This determination set her on a path that led through soon transformed into a full-time obsession. Working long years of immigration bureaucracy. Following the strict rules hours in the SBCC woodshop, Guzyte honed the skills she governing international students, Guzyte returned as soon would be using for years to come. “I had the feeling that something was happening, but I wasn’t quite sure what it was. I even told a friend that I knew I would be doing something cool with skateboards to pay back the scene that had taken care of me.” What followed was a time of great creativity accompanied by dislocation. Staying in good standing with U.S. immigration services required periodic trips to Germany and Switzerland. Guzyte found a studio and friends in Zurich, but there did not seem to be the same enthusiasm for what she was doing that she had felt in Santa Barbara. Like all good young artists, she gave New York a tumble, sharing a house in Bushwick with another young woman who did stunts for movies like Batman. Throughout these years, she remained in touch with friends from City College and with a group of fellow artists who had attended Brooks Institute. In 2013, she finally made it back to Santa Barbara and “Super Rebel—Me,” 2019 “Little Sword,” 2021

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placed a few skateboard pieces in a small show organized by graphic designer Ulrike Kerber at her studio on East Carrillo Street.

The Vonk Zone

Enter Nathan Vonk, followed by a gaggle of art crawlers. “Yes,” said Vonk, “at the time, I was leading the Santa Barbara art crawl on lst Thursdays, and one of the things I liked to do with the tour was to find shows that were not on the map. We walked down an alley and into this old Quonset hut where two artists were showing.” One of them was Inga Guzyte. “Immediately, I was very excited by the work, and we exchanged information,” Vonk told me. “This was before the easy connectivity of social media, and Inga would sort of fall off my radar entirely for blocks of time because she was still traveling back and forth to Europe to renew her visa,” said Vonk. “And every single time I’d go see her work, she would have made this enormous quantum leap in the sophistication and craftsmanship of what she could do with skateboards.” Participation in group shows around Santa Barbara at places such as the Arts Fund in the Funk Zone soon led to inclusion in 100 Grand. This sizeable annual group exhibition at Sullivan Goss, curated by Susan Bush, functions as a clearinghouse for all the new ideas and young artists in town. At that point, Guzyte’s pieces varied in subject from portraits of Air Jordan shoes to cityscapes. Finally, she created her first female portrait. She describes that breakthrough piece like this: “an unidentified young woman with an abstract hairdo and a dangling chain earring repeatedly saying “our walls will never crumble.” And with that, Guzyte began the series that would become her first solo show at Sullivan Goss Gallery, 2019’s #RebelWomen. In November, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery announced the finalists for the sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. This major exhibition premieres at the National Portrait Gallery from April 2022 through February 2023 before touring the country. Guzyte was one of only 42 finalists whose work will be included in the exhibit. Finalists were chosen from more than 2,700 entries, and the first-prize winner will receive a cash prize and a commission to create a portrait for the museum’s permanent collection. It’s the top prize for portraiture in the United States, and if I could tell you which of Guzyte’s works was named, I would, but it’s a secret until the show opens.



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A Romantic Interlude There’s another episode in the Inga Guzyte story that, from a human interest angle, cannot be omitted. In 2015, she graduated from City College, and could no longer use its woodshop. She needed to find a studio with the requisite equipment to continue creating her work, and was not having any luck until she heard about a place over by Milpas Street, just north of the Funk Zone. It was called Ponto Woodworking, and when she knocked on the door, asking about possibly renting time on a band saw, the owner, Kirk Ponto, opened it and said yes. To paraphrase a work of classic English literature, “Reader, she married him.” Now, back to the rest of the story.

The Lighthouse Connection

I’m sure that Naren Porter-Kasbati has pulled some pranks and that he can get rowdy after hours with his friends. Yet, sitting with him on the stoop outside Lighthouse, the skate shop on Helena Street he owns with Spencer Navarro, it’s hard not to notice how far removed he seems from the jackass hijinks image of men in the skate world. Soft-spoken, warm, and optimistic, Porter-Kasbati completes my picture of the welcoming world that Inga Guzyte found at Santa Barbara’s Cabrillo Boulevard skate park. “She’s such a kind, genuine, and like, real person,” he said of Guzyte. “She doesn’t think she’s better than anyone else, even though her artworks are phenomenal. I’m surprised she’s not world-famous yet.” Porter-Kasbati led me inside, where the small shop is jammed full of skateboards and enthusiastic kids. He shows me a pair of interesting early works by Guzyte that she has donated to the shop. “One of the reasons we love giving her all the old boards is because she’s just so rad,” he says and points to a Guzyte portrait of a shoe. “Look at this— that’s a Lighthouse board,” he says, indicating one small portion of the piece. “And that’s from an Anti-Hero 8.5.” Observing the scene at Lighthouse, where kids as young as 12 feel comfortable coming on their own to check out the decks before hitting the park, I thought

“The Notorious RBG,” 2019 about the emotional connection Guzyte developed with her skate friends in Germany. I asked PorterKasbati what he thought that was about: “What’s so amazing with skating is you’ll go to the park and get your time in the morning, or whatever, and there will be little kids and older men and women, all different ages and races, and it doesn’t matter. You’re all there skating and having fun. And if you’re cool, you’re going to hang out. There’s no judging. You all love skating, so let’s go skate.” Let’s return to the artist’s to-do list I made earlier with that in mind. Working with the discarded skateboard decks, collecting them, organizing them, and recycling or upcycling them into works of art — that’s a transformation of material that’s not only ecologically friendly but also a tribute to the tribe that raised this artist and set her on her path. The medium and the process come together in homage to a community where the artist could thrive emotionally, not once, but twice— when she moved to Germany and again later when she came to Santa Barbara. Then there’s the marquetry, which is exquisite. What Guzyte does with the saw and the sander requires patience, practice, and inspiration. It’s beyond what even a well-qualified woodworker might be able to do. Add in the subjects— the #RebelWomen and the Young Sparrows— and you see what it looks like when all the pieces of a flourishing contemporary art project come together. There aren’t many women in skateboarding or woodshops, but there are some, and there will be more. By staying true to the original impulse of giving back, Guzyte eventually arrived at a feminist statement, but from an organic rather than an artificial, intellectualized direction. As a girl whom the bros accepted, she never lost her appreciation for the grace of that. The final touch came when she began to focus on something external that wasn’t skateboarding, but that mattered to her. And here’s where the implicit support of her mom, and her teachers, and the inspiring women in public life comes in and irradiates the whole effort with the power of hope. The only girl in the room invites the rest. And they all wear hats! n



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ber Book Discussion Join the S.B. Independent and S.B. Public Library for a discussion about the novel Secrets and Lies by Stacey Abrams writing as Selena Montgomery, an AfricanAmerican love story that follows Dr. Katelyn Lyda after she witnesses her uncle’s murder and the mysterious man who could be her salvation. Also, share your recent reads and recommendations. 6-7pm. Municipal Winemakers, 22 Anacapa St. Free.

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12/17-12/19: Maverick Saloon Fri.:

Sofia Guerra, 5-8pm; Colonel Angus, 9pm-midnight. Sat.: Nate Latta, 1-4pm; Flannel 101, 9pm-midnight. Sun.: Barry McGuire, noon-4pm. 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. Free-$5. Ages 21+. Call (805) 686-4785.

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12/16-12/19, 12/21-12/22: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club Thu.:

14th Annual Holiday Sweater Party with The Molly Ringwald Project, Flight 805, and Green Flag Summer, 7pm. $30-$35. Ages 21+. Fri.: Rainbow Girls, 8:30pm. $18-$39. Ages 21+. Sat.: Made Up People, Mashugana, Sour Fin, 8:30pm. $10. Ages 21+. Sun.: Rosemary Butler: A Little Bit of Christmas, 7:30pm. $18. Tue.: Singer/Songwriter Showcase: Emma Taylor, Annalei Ilagan, Liv Wilhite, 7pm. $10. Wed.: A Christmas Tradition with Shaw Thies & Friends, 7:30pm. Free-$20. 1221 State St. Call (805) 962-7776.

12/17-12/18: M.Special Brewing Co. (Goleta) Fri.: Noleta. Sat.:

12/17: Pali Wine Co. Live music. 6-8pm. 116 E. Yanonali St., Ste. A-1. Free. Ages 21+. Call (805) 560-7254. 12/18: Eos Lounge Perreolandia, Zaaang. 10pm-2am. $10. 500 Anacapa St. Ages 21+. 12/18-12/19: Cold Spring Tavern Sat.: Fort Taylor, CA. Sun.: Tom Ball and

Kenny Sultan. 1:30-4:30pm. 5995 Stagecoach Rd. Free. Call (805) 967-0066.

12/18: Topa Topa Brewing Co. (S.B) Sat.: Down Mountain Lights, 2-5pm. Sun.:

Liquid Blanket. 6-8pm. 6860 Cortona Dr., Ste. C, Goleta. Free. Call (805) 968-6500.

Music by Fredi and Julia, 2-4pm. 120 Santa Barbara St. Free. Call (805) 324-4150.


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12/17-12/18: M.Special Brewing Co. (S.B.) Fri.: The Yules (Christmas Rock), 6-8pm. Sat.: False Puppet, 7-9pm. 634 State St. Free. Call (805) 968-6500.

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12/16-12/19: Ensemble Theatre Company Presents The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley In Part II of the Christmas at Pemberley

Handel wrote the entire 260-page oratorio in 1741, using Charles Jennens’s libretto drawn primarily from the King James Bible and establishing his masterpiece as an essential in the choral repertoire. Sat.: 7pm; Sun.: 3pm. Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd. GA: $10-$20; VIP: $50. Call (805) 965-6577.

trilogy, Darcy and Elizabeth must deal with hijinks among the staff while preparing for a family visit in this comic-drama. Thu.: 7:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 8pm. Sun.: 2pm. The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St. $25-$67. Call (805) 965-5400 or email

12/18-12/19: S.B. Revels Presents The Christmas Revels: An Early California Celebration of the Winter Solstice This lively,

12/16: SBJHS Winter Concert See the talented musicians of S.B. Junior High Music Department’s Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Orchestra perform holiday favorites. 7-8pm. The Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. Free.


around the Montecito community making stops at Coast Village Road (11am), Montecito Country Mart (11:30am), Butterfly Beach (noon), and Miramar’s Beach Bar (1:30-3pm). Rosewood Miramar Beach, 1759 S. Jameson Ln., Montecito. Free.

enjoy special holiday menu selections such as Frosty’s French Toast, Mrs. Claus’s Milk & Cookies, and more in addition to the Roundhouse favorites. There will be cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and Santa, in person! Reservations are required. 9am1pm. Hilton S.B. Beachfront Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Prices vary. Call (800) 879-2929.

her Nutcracker Prince in the beautiful Granada Theatre. This production will feature the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra and the talented students of Gustafson alongside professional dancers. Sat.: 7:30pm; Sun.: 2pm. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $26-$106. Call (805) 899-2222 or email boxoffice@ Read more on p. 39.

12/19: Photos with Santa Have your picture taken with Santa. 1-4pm. Montecito Country Mart, 1016 Coast Village Rd., Montecito. Free.

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crafted by artists and designers with free hands-on holiday craft workshops, festive drinks, guided walkthroughs of MCASB’s current exhibition, and happy hour with cocktails for sale (4-6pm) and a curated DJ set (4:30-6pm). 11am-6pm. Upper Arts Terrace, Museum of Contemporary Arts S.B., 653 Paseo Nuevo. Free.

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magician, a percussion demonstration, a petting zoo, children’s craft kaleidoscope station, donuts and hot chocolate, and a photo station, with food and spirits available for purchase. Visit the auction gallery as you listen to harp music. A portion of the ticket will support the Music Academy. 1-4pm. Music Academy Campus, 1070 Fairway Rd. GA: $75; ages 17 and under: Free. Call (805) 969-4726 or email

entertaining theatrical event will feature a company of more than 60 singers, actors, dancers, and instrumentalists wearing traditional costumes in a fully staged production about Santa Barbaran Anita de la Guerra’s wedding festivities of 1835. Sat.: 7:30pm; Sun.: 2:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 27 E. Canon Perdido St. Free-$81. Call (805) 963-0761.


12/20-12/22: 30th Annual Living Nativity The community is invited to view this silent re-creation of the Holy Night under a redwood tree with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus asleep in the manger, along with the three kings, live camels, sheep, donkeys, and goats. 7:30pm. First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Free. Call (805) 963-3579.

Wishing you a wonderful and safe holiday season.


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hird-year UC Santa Barbara student Fernando Tercero has gained popularity and a large following on TikTok through creating interactive videos centered on equity, accessibility, and community participation. Tercero, known as @ferniesanders2024 on his TikTok account, has amassed nearly 80,000 followers since he began making videos just over a year ago, and has gained more than 1.8 million likes across all his videos. They span a wide variety of topics—mostly centered on politics—and his most popular discuss issues like redlining, distribution of resources, and how systemic racism shapes our modern experiences. Tercero’s most popular video series is called “Modern Day Segregation.” In it, he walks the viewer through different areas of Isla Vista, Goleta, and his own home town of Palo Alto, and demonstrates how areas populated predominantly by lower-income residents and people of color have fewer public spaces, less accessible roads and sidewalks, and fewer community resources than their predominantly white-populated counterparts. Tercero attributes a newfound desire to take an active role in local politics to his position as an intern for Esmeralda Quintero-Cubillan, UCSB’s external vice president of statewide affairs. “As soon as I learned about city council hearings and public comments, I was obsessed,” he said. And connecting to younger people through social media is an effective way to involve them, he explained. “If students understood that they can be an active part of the legislative process, I feel like they’d be a lot more excited to join,” he said. One of the neighborhoods Tercero highlights in his “Modern Day Segregation” series is along Hollister Avenue in Goleta,

which Tercero points out is predominately Latinx. The video begins with him walking and jogging easily through the streets of Isla Vista, with plenty of available walking paths and bike lanes. The video then cuts to Tercero standing on the sidewalk on Hollister, his voice barely audible amid the roar of vehicles whipping past. “Areas like Hollister Avenue lack access to public spaces and instead have roads like this that are hostile to pedestrians,” he says. “This can create an environment that has a negative impact on an individual’s mental and physical health.” Another video focuses on the abundance of liquor stores in Isla Vista. Tercero walks along Embarcadero del Mar, where three stores are clustered, then takes the viewer less than a mile away to Isla Vista Elementary School, which he acknowledges serves mainly children of color. “As a Latino, I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been told that my culture values alcohol over education,” he says. “How are our children supposed to succeed academically when our education system predisposes them to substance abuse?” Tercero often encourages his viewers to become involved in their community to help raise awareness of inequity, and to encourage city planners to create more spaces like the Johnny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park in Old Town Goleta, which he credited as a sign of positive change in the area. He recently spoke at a Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission meeting. “A push for renter-majority districts is a push against gerrymandering, a push against discrimination, and a push for all those marginalized,” he told the commission. “No student, child, or citizen should have to face what I and many other working-class immigrant families went through.” n

MISSION STATEMENT: Promote lifelong fitness and health among Santa Barbara youth through a community race running program.



RACE SERIES TODAY! SBRUNNING.ORG Open to all kids Junior High and Younger! WHO WE ARE: We are a group of community minded runners and volunteers committed to providing youth of all abilities a positive and encouraging atmosphere to experience the physical and mental benefits of running.

The program is super fun, I like warming up and doing drills with other kids before races. It’s a great way to build community and meet new people. - Sophie S. (Age 15)

HOW IT WORKS: The Santa Barbara Running Association (SBRA) Junior Grand Prix is a series of community races throughout the year promoting health, fitness and fun competition within the youth running community. Youth runners register for the Junior Grand Prix and then sign up for each of the Junior Grand Prix designated community races. Runners earn points for every race run based on their participation and finishing place to win awards at the SBRA end of year banquet. Each runner must run a minimum of 3 races to qualify for an award and each runner’s top 8 race scores count for points.

SBRA JUNIOR GRAND PRIX AND GIRLS, INC. When COVID hit in the beginning of 2020, many important physical activities were cancelled, as well as after school programs that many students relied upon to get outside and exercise. In order to instill the importance of health and motivate youth to try new things, SBRA partnered with Girls Inc. of Santa Barbara to identify girls who were interested in starting running but needed essential gear. In order to safely start running, it is important to have quality shoes to avoid injury and athletic clothes to be comfortable. SBRA partnered with HOKA One-One to collect new shoes, shirts, and shorts for all girls fitting into HOKA sizes, and then SBRA purchased the items


WHY START RUNNING?: Running my first 5k when I was 5 years old just felt normal. During elementary school and junior I love the raffle high I focused mainly on soccer, but running was always a part of and getting to race once a month. my life. When I was around 10 years old, I joined the Junior Grand - Maya D. (Age 10) Prix. Once a month, I would go to community races with my family and be surrounded by all types of people. I can remember the feeling of lining up on the start line, with no pressure or expectations, and being so excited to see how much I could improve. Each race I was surrounded by college athletes, dads pushing strollers, mom running groups, grandparents, other kids and every age and type of runner imaginable! I felt this deep sense of community that came through a group of people doing something challenging just for the sake of improving themselves. I met some of my closest friends through running, I learned the importance of pushing myself and working hard, and I also realized the beauty of doing something that can be done at any life stage. Running is unique because it can be done in so many different ways. You can run on your own to clear your head, or with a group of friends to hang out. You can do it competitively, It’s just really to become stronger and faster, or you can do it for fun to get outside and explore nice to have a friendly a new area or trail. Running these community races as a child helped me see all competition and to have so many people running could do for me! - Phoebe Wolfe Lyons, Channel League High School cheering you on! Champion Cross Country Runner (2019-2021)

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through additional fundraising for the smallest girls. In the end, we were able to present 33 girls with fun-filled swag bags, including HOKA socks, fanny packs, hair ties, and headbands in addition to their shoes and gear! In order to put our plan for improving health during the COVID lockdown into effect, the Girls Inc. girls had two different chances to pick up their gear bags and join our other Junior Grand Prix runners to run our 1-mile and 2-mile Junior Grand Prix distances. For many girls, this was their first time running outside of school, and most of the girls tied on their new shoes right there at the course starting line! Everyone was smiling even while working hard.

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Santa Barbara Running Association (Formerly Santa Barbara Athletic Association) provides support and leadership for all types of running. We encourage people of all ages and abilities to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle through running. We provide critical support to the Club West Junior High School Cross Country Program, Special Olympics of Santa Barbara Track and Field athletes, and High School Cross Country and Track Programs. Additionally, we celebrate our community’s runners through the year-long Grand Prix Competition. Both the Junior and Adult Grand Prix include around 10 local races per year with race results matched up against other SBRA members in various age groups.

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All-League Football Recognition With the State Championship games concluding last weekend, high school football is in the rearview mirror and awards season is upon us. Local squads had considerable representation on the various All-League Teams. In the Channel League, Lompoc’s Sheldon Canley Jr., a San Diego State commit, was named MVP. Lompoc’s junior signal caller Cavin Ross was named Offensive Back of the Year, and the Braves’ all-purpose playmaker Deville Dickerson was named Wide Receiver of the Year. Senior Vince Gamberdella of Santa Barbara High was recognized as co-Linebacker of the Year, and the Dons had several firstteam All Channel League players, including senior wide receiver Trent Williams, senior offensive lineman Johnny Perez, senior

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offensive lineman Ryan Holguin, senior linebacker/defensive back Grant Gonzales, and junior linebacker Nathan Barrios. Santa Barbara’s second-team All Channel League selections were senior wide receiver Miguel Unzueta, sophomore running back Koa Herrera, sophomore quarterback Abel Renteria, senior offensive lineman Daniel Arellano, senior offensive lineman Adrian Hinijosa, and senior defensive lineman Ben Gordnier. Dos Pueblos High also produced several All Channel League players, including first-teamers senior running back Cameron Lee, junior linebacker David Buso, senior defensive lineman Merrick Foster, and junior kicker Greg Tripathi. In the Camino League, Bishop Diego was well represented after winning the championship and competing in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs. Senior offensive/defensive lineman Logologo Va’a was named MVP. Junior running back Qu’Ran Gossett was the Offensive Back of the Year, senior Jayden Martinez was named Offensive Lineman of the Year, senior Hunter Boeddeker was named Linebacker of the Year, and senior Johnny Alvarado was named Defensive Back of the Year. Michael Luckhurst, who played quarterback for Bishop Diego in addition to his kicking and punting duties, was named Special Teams Player of the Year. The Cardinals also had seven players on the All Camino League First Team, including senior Gabe Martinez, senior Maddox Stretz, senior Joseph Nanai, senior Sam Kitt, junior Pasefika Salatielu, junior Bryan Trejo and junior Isaac Burquez. San Marcos High had three players on All Pacific-View League first team, including junior running back Andre McCullough, offensive lineman Chris Garcia and linebacker Owen Lauderdale. n

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he Dos Pueblos girls’ basketball team hosted the Central Coast Classic this past weekend at Sovine Gym and reeled off victories over Santa Clara, Rio Mesa, and Newbury Park. The three wins improved the Chargers to 6-1 overall. Senior forward Lily Miers was named tournament MVP after averaging 21.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and four blocks in the three games. “We are developing,” said Dos Pueblos coach Phil Sherman. “I would still like to develop the people that are coming off the bench so that we can have more balanced scoring, rebounding, and playing time. At the beginning of the season, I thought this would be an incredibly deep team and that I would be able to go nine or 10 deep, but it has not been that way, and I would like to get there.” San Marcos also played in the Central Coast Classic and posted three consecutive victories, including an 84-23 win over Santa Clara and a 60-45 victory over previously unbeaten Moorpark. The Royals have been building as a program under second-year head coach Tiffany Simms and defeated Dos Pueblos 54-51 in a non-league contest earlier this season, giving the Chargers their only loss thus far. “It feels good, not just as a coach, but just being a part of a team that has struggled in the past,” said Simms. “Not only do I believe in them, but they believe in themselves now.” Santa Barbara has dominated the Channel League in recent years, but with Dos Pueblos and San Marcos showing considerable improvement, the title race could come down to the wire. “We’re claiming it as ours,” said Simms. “They say you see it; you believe it; you achieve it, so that’s what we’ve been working toward all season long.”

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tleRock music festival when she tasted a shrub for the first time. “My taste buds exploded,” she recalls of the fruit-flavored vinegar drink, explaining that she’d always wanted to start her own company. “I don’t know what shrubs are,” she immediately thought of the tart syrups, which can be used to flavor sparkling water, enhance cocktails and mocktails, and serve as the base for salad dressings, among other applications. “But I think they could be my food business.” Back in Santa Barbara, Bourke— who worked for Patagonia for six years before starting at Apeel three months ago— started making her own, using fig and

SARAH THE SHRUBBER: Sarah Bourke is working with farms all over the region to make her Sideyard Shrubs, which started with fruit trees in her side yard on Garden Street.

Sarah Bourke’s Flavored Vinegar Company Takes Root guava from trees that grew in her side yard on Garden Street. Last year, while volunteering at Fairview Gardens during the pandemic, she learned about the cottage food license that allows people to legally sell food and drink products that they make in their home. “It’s really taken off from there,” said Bourke, who officially launched Sideyard Shrubs in June 2020. She’s steadily growing her network of more than 20 organic farms, from San Diego to San Luis Obispo counties, and that includes a half dozen “farmers” whose trees are just in their front, back, and side yards. Bourke typically buys fruit that otherwise can’t be sold because it’s bruised, getting old, oddly sized, or otherwise not pretty. Without the salvation of her shrubs, much of this produce would wind up in a compost pile or landfill. “I’m taking food waste and celebrating that in shrubs,” explained Bourke, who was born in Fresno, moved to Marin County at age 10, and majored in environmental studies at UCSB. Each of her 16-ounce bottles feature different fruits— from finger lime to passionfruit, more than 25 flavors pop up over the course of the year, with 16 currently available— as well as the names of the farms where they’re grown: apricot from Rancho San Julian near Lompoc, prickly pear from Centennial House in Los Alamos, strawberry and pomegranate from Fairview Gardens, and so on. Whereas many other shrub producers add sugar to their recipes, Bourke is proud to simply use apple cider vinegar, water, and the



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produce she buys. “All of the sweetness is from the fruit,” she said. After a year of making them in her one-bedroom apartment, Bourke recently moved operations to a small corner of Sun & Swell’s facility in Ventura. “We can’t live like this anymore,” her fiancé had been complaining. “We live on a vinegar boat.” That’s allowed her to keep more than 60 wholesale accounts stocked and satisfied, whether they’re boutique markets in Napa and Santa Cruz, farm stands in the Santa Ynez and Central valleys, surf and coffee shops across Southern California, or high-end restaurants in Venice and Montecito. We met while sipping on a shrub soda at Bettina on Coast Village Road, where the delicate pink-colored fig flavor made a vibrant pairing to our soft-yet-crunchy sweet potatoes and savory chickpea, kale, and ‘nduja stew. Much like a fine wine, the shrub’s tart complexity enlivened my palate as I ate, making me excited for each coming bite. It will probably be a while before Bourke leaves her day job to be a full-time shrub star. But she’s already living her dream, hanging out in orchards, cutting down on waste, and producing a tasty beverage that purely showcases both fruit and farm. n See


HOW TO SHRUB Here are just some of the recipes, from ceviche to harissa, listed on the Sideyard Shrubs website. Shrub Soda: Place six ice cubes in a

glass, add seven ounces of sparkling water, top with one tablespoon of shrub. Stir to combine. Shrub Salad Dressing: Whisk together

one tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil; two tablespoons shrub; ½ cup each of orange and lemon juice; one teaspoon each of sea salt, black pepper, and cumin; and two tablespoons of fresh, chopped herbs. Shrub Mignonette: Combine one

minced shallot, ½ cup of shrub (preferably tomato or persimmon turmeric) and fresh cracked black pepper. Serve on oysters.


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CHEESE WITH A VIEW: Connect with the Swiss Alps by eating these imported raw milk cheeses.

hether you’re chomping on stinky époisses from Burgundy, spongy paneer from New Delhi, or salty cotija from Michoacán, good cheese is one of the best ways to travel the world from the safety of a charcuterie board. Michael and Kathryn Graham at Cheese Shop Santa Barbara are taking that armchair adventuring a step further with their “Adopt an Alp” program, which is showcasing cheeses from the Swiss Alps. Known as C’est Cheese from 2003 until their pandemic-triggered rebrand in 2020, the shop has sponsored the program, which was started by importer Caroline Hostettler of Quality Cheese, for four years now. This year’s cheeses are mostly based on raw milk, rather than the cooked-curd cheeses, which are most common from Switzerland, said Michael Graham. “ The ones we brought in this year are Vacherin Fribourgeois (which is a mouthful, but translates to ‘cow cheese from Fribourg’), the creamiest of the Alpine cheeses; the Alp Gantrischli Raclette, which is amazing melted over potatoes; Hobelkäse, a hard, almost Parmesan-like cheese; and the Alpkäse, similar to Gruyère with grassy and nutty notes,” he said. “What sets them

apart is simply how they taste. Their flavor is much deeper and more complex as compared to cheeses that are made on a larger scale. You really get a sense of the beautiful environment they came from when you bite into a piece.” They also remind us of how directly tied cheesemaking can be to the environment. “It’s easy to forget how these cheeses are made, but the Adopt an Alp program helps remind you that these cheeses are made by small operations in the middle of the country — and, in this case, up in the



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half-century of proudly preparing patties that became a nationwide success story, Habit Burger Grill founder Brent Reichard and his co-owning brother, Bruce Reichard, are selling the last eight of their restaurants to Yum! Brands, which owns every other Habit in the country. The Reichards had hung onto the Santa Barbara County locations when they sold the rest of the chain in 2007, but the sale of these Habits will pave the way for their retirement. The sale, which will officially shift operations on March 1, 2022, included the original Habit Burger in Old Town Goleta. JERSEY MIKE’S FOR NOLETA: Last July, I broke the

news that six new restaurants are coming to the Turnpike Center in Noleta, home to Vons, Rusty’s Pizza, Dave’s Dogs, and other businesses. I wrote that one business will be a Dave’s Drip House ice cream shop (run by the founder of Dave’s Dogs), while another is a yet to be announced restaurant by Chris Chiarappa, who owns Mesa Burger and other eateries. Today I can add new eatery number three: Jersey Mike’s Subs. Franchise owners Steve Youlios and Kyanna Isaacson, who recently opened the location on Fairview, just signed a lease at Turn-

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Primetime and Cris told me that Mollie’s at 1218 State Street has closed permanently. The eatery became nationally famous in the early 2000s after a fan named Oprah fell in love with their meatballs. The restaurant had moved from its longtime home on Coast Village Road to State Street in June 2018. They are not officially announcing it just yet, and don’t have a firm opening date, but Elaine Andersen Morello, owner of Olio e Limone Ristorante and its affiliated restaurants, tells me that they were hired as employee-operators to run a new restaurant at the now former Mollie’s location. The unnamed new business owner is not affiliated with Mollie’s. Nothing will change for the Olio operations.


know that Mr. B Restaurant & Café has opened in La Cumbre Plaza at 140 South Hope Avenue, in the former home of Pizza Mizza. “We serve Middle Eastern/American food,” says owner Baha Shehab. “I am originally from Jordan, so all the food we cook in here is 100 percent Jordanian recipe, including the original shawarma, hummus, falafel, and baba ganoush. I use the original, genuine recipes.” Everything is freshly made on a daily basis, and meat is marinated the night before. “It is all halal meat, bloodfree, which is the healthiest,” explained Shehab. “We choose our ingredients carefully to provide customers with the best ingredients on the market and the healthiest as well.” Shehab, whose father owned a restaurant in Jordan, personally mixes the main spices that are imported from Jordan. Mr. B offers vegetarian and vegan options, fresh fruit juices, coffees, and baked Middle Eastern sweets, including baklava, kanafeh, and more. Another offering called Mr. B’s Cake will be introduced in the near future. Mr. B, which plans to open a second location at the Pacific View Mall food court in Ventura, is open daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Call (805) 866-8080 or visit



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FROM THE VAULTS: Hank Pitcher’s “East Beach & Butterfly” is on display for the first time since the 1980s at the Lobster Town U.S.A. gallery in Carpinteria.




he delightful stretch of road known as Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria has a new Christmas gift in the form of an elegant art gallery with the charming if unlikely name of Lobster Town U.S.A. Proprietor Maire Radis has assembled an impressive collection of works by four artists, several of whom will be well known to those who follow the Santa Barbara art scene. There’s excellent work on display by Hillary Hauser, John Randall Nelson, Wesley Anderegg, and Brad Nack. The setting is the former site of Porch. Before that, in the 1950s, it was a seafood restaurant and lobster processing facility called—you guessed it—Lobster Town U.S.A. Hillary Hauser is a distinguished author, underwater photographer, and environmentalist. She’s currently the executive director of Heal the Ocean, the citizen’s action group she cofounded in 1998 that has since gone on to advocate for regional water quality at the state, federal, and international levels. As if photography and activism were not

enough to keep one diver busy, Hauser has branched out into painting, and Lobster Town is currently showing several canvases from her striking series Fantastic Fishes. Wesley Anderegg’s ebullient ceramic sculptures rank among the most evocative such work being produced anywhere in the world. Eclectic, idiosyncratic, and instantly recognizable, they draw on folk art traditions while exhibiting features of surrealism and dream states. John Randall Nelson paints with insouciance and verve in an idiom that recalls the dry surface palette of Jasper Johns and the wit of Francis Picabia. Brad Nack delivers a robust set of large paintings, including some of his finest recent work, reinforcing his claim to the title as “the Jean Dubuffet of Arroyo Burro.” Speaking of beaches, the latest addition to the Lobster Town roster is an unexpected guest of genuinely epic proportions. In 1985, Carine Degli Esposti opened a men’s clothing store on Coast

Village Road called East Beach & Butterfly. Seeking to decorate the space with an impressive work of art, she commissioned Hank Pitcher, then a young art instructor at UCSB, to paint a grand beachscape. The resulting picture, named for the shop, is a massive land and seascape, 9 by 16.5, depicting the view from East Beach south toward Butterfly Beach and the Coral Casino. The painting remained on display in the store until Esposti pivoted to selling lingerie under the name Intimo. At that point, the picture was sealed behind a wall — until now. When Carine’s husband, Rino Degli Esposti, died last year, his stepchildren found the work, carefully stored for nearly 40 years. Protection from sunlight has preserved the work’s vibrant colors to a remarkable degree. It can now be seen on the wall in Lobster Town U.S.A., a breathtaking reminder of the enduring majesty of our coast and the prodigious talent of Santa Barbara’s greatest living painter. —Charles Donelan

Kevin Doyle is a man of many talents. When he’s not hard at work putting his master’s degree in physics to use as a materials engineer, he spends his time singing smooth tenor melodies with the Santa Barbara Gay Men’s Chorus. And when he’s not doing that, Doyle imagines, writes, and creates comic books. A self-described “child of the ’80s,” Doyle’s love for comics began like mine — with Saturday-morning cartoons such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Tick. He began to develop his comic skills using resources from, the subReddit r/ComicCollabs, and even a group that met at Metro Comics in pre-pandemic times. Released on December 1 during a launch party at Metro Comics, Doyle’s latest comic is called Ninja Scouts and follows a trio of children named Tamara, Scott, and Carlos. Their first mission sends them on an adventure to recover a magical mask that holds an ancient demon. While Ninja Scouts, written by Doyle and illustrated by Martin Plško, is Doyle’s fourth comic release, it marks his first time releasing with a publisher — Scout Comics, under their new all-ages imprint SCOOT, which released Ninja Scouts with multiple cover variations, including a coloring-book version that I plan on filling in with my nephew. Check out samples of Kevin Doyle’s other works at, and get yourself a copy of Ninja Scouts at —Ricky Barajas

Few classic holiday events (religious services graciously excepted) carry quite the same significance that The Nutcracker does for ballet companies and their affiliated dance schools. In 1892, when Russian critics panned the premiere performances of this Tchaikovsky/Petipa masterpiece, the most frequent complaint was that too many children were involved. What they considered a bug is now, without question, The Nutcracker’s most cherished feature. Students in ballet studios worldwide chart their growth through the various roles they have earned in the show. Parents in the audience beam to see their children’s progress from season to season as little mice grow into snowflakes, and snowflakes — if they are very good — become Snow Queens or Claras. For State Street Ballet (SSB), Nutcracker season begins early with a wideranging tour. From Spokane to Fresno, Durango, and beyond, SSB’s professional

dancers crisscross the West, adapting as they move from city to city to collaborate as effectively as possible with local dance schools, orchestras, and dancers. The goal in each city is the same — to create an unforgettable Nutcracker experience that reaches thousands of children and their families annually. When done with that joyous work, the dancers fly back to Santa Barbara and perform at their home venue, The Granada Theatre, on the weekend before Christmas. That’s where they will be this Saturday and Sunday, appearing with a slightly curtailed cast limited to dance students 12 and up due to COVID restrictions. The Saturday, December 18, performance is at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday, December 19, matinee is at 2 p.m. For more information, visit, and to buy tickets, go to or call the box office at (805) 899-2222. Purchase access to SSB’s March production of Sleeping Beauty at the Granada in the same transaction for a 20 percent discount. —CD



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he contemporary music cognoscenti came out in force for this concert featuring the indie star of the moment, Adrianne Lenker. Lenker, a critical favorite at two Condé Nast publications — the New Yorker and — carries her niche popularity lightly, performing in street clothes with a single acoustic guitar while occasionally sipping from a ceramic coffee mug. She’s got a fantastic backstory that’s all kinds of colorful, but what matters here and now is that she’s a remarkable songwriter and a riveting performer, innovative and quirky yet with broad appeal. Lenker took the material for Wednesday night’s set from her 2020 solo record songs and an upcoming Big Thief album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You, scheduled for release in early 2022. Soft-spoken in the extreme, Lenker plays and sings seated. Her commitment to the music is visible in her posture. She cradles her guitar as though it were a cello and plucks it like a harp. Her high, slightly adenoidal voice threads through the weft of tones she weaves with her hands. Her songs tell At the Lobero Theatre, Wed., stories and paint pictures in poetic phrases that Dec. 8. cluster around the second person singular—the universal muse known as “you.” Highlights of the lengthy set included the opener, “not a lot, just forever,” a sharply observed breakup song that tells you everything you need to know about Lenker as a writer—she’s bold, original, and not interested in small talk. Having set this intimate tone, Lenker went further in “ingydar.” The title refers to a dying horse named “ingydar,” and the lyric stamps that image onto a frank acknowledgment of time passing in a relationship. The line “six years in, no baby” reveals one way to measure that time. You could leave your earplugs at home for this show. Lenker tunes her instrument onstage, and she prefers the houselights part way up, the better to experience the rapt attention paid by her fans. Lenker’s gestalt came fully together on “anything.” The “you” she addressed could have been the audience, and many people seemed to know the lyrics.

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(Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Key questions for you, beginning now and throughout 2022: (1) What do you need to say, but have not yet said? (2) What is crucial for you to do, but you have not yet done? (3) What dream have you neglected and shouldn’t neglect any longer? (4) What sanctuary is essential for you to visit, but you have not yet visited? (5) What “sin” is it important for you to forgive yourself for, but you have not yet forgiven yourself? (6) What promise have you not yet fulfilled, even though it’s getting late (but not too late!) to fulfill? (7) What secret have you hidden so well that you have mostly concealed it even from yourself?




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Secrets and Lies

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(Apr. 20-May 20): Taurus novelist Anthony Trollope (18151882) took one of his manuscripts to a publishing company, hoping it would be made into a book and sold to the public. A few weeks later, he got word by mail that his masterpiece had been rejected. He took a train to the publisher’s office and retrieved it. On the train ride home, he turned the manuscript over and began writing a new story on the back of each page. He spent no time moping. That’s the spirit I recommend you embody in the coming weeks, dear Taurus.


(May 21-June 20): “John Coltrane was an addict,” wrote author Cornel West about the renowned jazz saxophonist and composer. “Billie Holiday was an addict. [Nobel Prize– winning author] Eugene O’Neill was an addict. What would America be without addicts and post-addicts who make such grand contributions to our society?” I welcome West’s sympathetic views toward addicts. Many of us who aren’t addicts understand how lucky we are not to have the genetic predisposition or the traumatic experiences that addicts often struggle with. We unaddicted people may also have been spared the bigotry and abuse that have contributed to and aggravated some addicts’ addictions. Having acknowledged these truths, I nevertheless hope to do whatever I can to help you convert any addictive tendencies you might have into passionate obsessions. Now is an excellent time to launch a new phase of such work. Invitation: Make a list of three things you can do in the coming months to nurture the process.


(June 21-July 22): Actor and model Kate Beckinsale unleashed a cryptic boast: “My best feature is unfortunately a private matter, although I’m told it is spectacular. But you can’t really walk it down the red carpet. What can I say?” Are you imagining what I’m imagining? I bring this oddity to your attention in the hope that I can convince you to be more forthright and expressive about your own wonderful qualities. It’s time to be less shy about your beauty, less secretive about your deep assets. Show the world why you’re so lovable.


(July 23-Aug. 22): Leo-born Edna Ferber (1885-1968) was a celebrated author who won a Pulitzer Prize. She was witty and outspoken. Her stories featured strong women and characters struggling against discrimination. “I never would just open a door and walk through,” she said about her career. “I had to bust it down for the hell of it. I just naturally liked doing things the hard way.” At least in the coming weeks, Leo, I urge you NOT to adopt Ferber’s attitude. In my view, you’ll be wise to do everything possible to open doors rather than bust them down. And the best way to do that is to solicit help. Cultivate your ability to ask for what you need. Refine your practice of the arts of collaboration, synergy, and interweaving.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell,” wrote Virgo dramatist Antonin Artaud. That’s a ridiculous generalization, in my opinion. For example, I occasionally generate songs, stories, and horoscopes to help me escape from a momentary hell. But most of my creations are inspired by my love of life and a desire to inspire others. I’m very sure that in the coming weeks, your own motiva-

tions to produce good things will be far closer to mine than to Artaud’s. You’re in a phase when your quest for joy, generosity, blessings, and fun could be fierce and productive.


(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Author Barbara Sher offered this wise counsel: “Imaginary obstacles are insurmountable. Real ones aren’t.” I bring this to your attention because I believe the coming weeks will be an excellent time to identify the imaginary obstacles you’ve erected in your inner world—and then smash them or burn them or dispose of them. Once you’re free of the illusory interference, I think you’ll find you have at least twice as much power to neutralize the real obstacles.


Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Prolific author Ray Bradbury liked to give advice to those with a strong need to express their imaginative originality. Since I expect you will be a person like that in 2022, I’ll convey to you one of his exhortations. He wrote, “If you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you.” Keep in mind that Bradbury was referring to constructive craziness, wise foolishness, and divine madness.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The coming months will be a favorable time for you to redefine the meaning of the term “sacred” and to deepen your relationship with sacredness. To spur your imagination, I offer four quotes: (1) “Recognizing the sacred begins when we are interested in every detail of our lives.” —Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa (2) “When you notice something clearly and see it vividly, it then becomes sacred.” —poet Allen Ginsberg (3) “Holiness begins in recognizing the face of the other.” —philosopher Marc-Alain Ouaknin (4) “Modern culture, in its advertising of sex, is in a misguided fashion advertising its longing for the sacred.” —teacher Sobonfu Somé


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author E. M. Forster wrote, “The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.” I propose we universalize that statement: “The only people, information, and experiences that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.” I believe this principle will be especially fruitful for you to embrace during the next three months. Prepare yourself for lessons that are vital for you to learn—and on the frontier of your understanding


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Among America’s Founding Fathers was Aquarian William Whipple (1730-1785). He was one of 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, instigating war with Great Britain. Unlike many of his colleagues, however, Whipple believed it was hypocritical to enslave human beings while fighting for freedom. That’s why he emancipated the person who had been in bondage to him. The coming months will be a favorable time to make comparable corrections, Aquarius. If there are discrepancies between your ideals and your actions, fix the problem.


(Feb. 19-Mar. 20): According to Piscean author Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, “People sometimes devote their lives to a desire that they are not sure will ever be fulfilled.” So true! I can personally attest to that behavior. Is such a quest misguided? Delusional? Naïve? Not in my view. I see it as glorious, brave, and heroic. Akutagawa did too. He said that those who refrain from having inspirational desires are “no more than mere spectators of life.” In any case, I recommend you think big in 2022, Pisces. From an astrological angle, this could be the year you home in on and refine and upgrade the single most important desire you will ever have.

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OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT Primarily focuses on giving from individuals and foundations to pro‑ mote fundraising priorities in sup‑ port of the overall school‑fundrais‑ ing strategy. Fundraising efforts, as defined by the Dean and the GGSE Assistant Dean of Development

(DD), are devoted primarily to the Gevirtz School, with an emphasis on fundraising priorities connected to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice, and GGSE’s role in furthering UCSB’s campus efforts as a Minority Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution ADD will raise money for priorities as set annually by the Dean and DD. ADD will iden‑ tify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual prospects and associated family foundations, with a focus on major gifts of $25,000+ including targeted solicitations to foundations and corporate sponsors. Additional focus will be on the annual strat‑ egy to close new and renew annual gifts up to $25,000, and to build a major gift and estate gift pipe‑ line. Reqs: Bachelor’s degree and/ or equivalent combination of educa‑ tion and experience. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relation‑ ships with diverse groups, including colleagues, faculty, staff, donors, and students. Strong organizational and time management skills and meticulous attention to detail, the ability to set, negotiate, and meet priorities and produce high‑quality work under multiple deadlines and priorities. Proven success in lead‑ ing a creative venture or program. Experience with social media. Proven success in managing events at vari‑ ous scales and generating positive outcomes.Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of university fundraising and stewardship best practice. Notes: Maintain a valid CA driver’s license, a clean DMV record. Satisfactory conviction history back‑ ground check. May be required to work some evenings and weekends. 67,500 ‑ 75,000/yr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive con‑ sideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, pro‑ tected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Application review begins 1/5/22. Apply online at Job # 28174


COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Responsible for the overall coordina‑ tion of the fiscal operation of the Dean’s Office, including seven dis‑ tinct units (Building Construction and Space Management, Corporation Affiliates Program, Engineering Computing Infrastructure, Events, Machine Shop, Marketing and Communications, and Undergraduate Studies) in accor‑ dance with university policies and procedures. Supervises the finance unit. Ensures that all day‑to‑day and monthly financial activities are com‑ pleted to the highest quality. Collects financial data, provides analyses and recommends courses of action to the Assistant Dean of Budget and Administration for all Dean’s Office fiscal activities. Reconciles sub‑0 and sub‑1 staffing lists for College, including five departments and one program. Analyzes, recommends and implements changes in existing administrative policies and proce‑ dures for more efficient and effective operations. Ensures high standard of

customer service and professional‑ ism. Develops and upgrades systems to track college‑wide budgetary information and coordinates data for college‑wide tracking and analysis. Is a point of contact for questions from staff in CoE regarding UC, campus, and CoE policies and procedures for all financial matters. Reqs: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Thorough knowledge of financial processes, policies and procedures. Thorough knowledge of financial data management and reporting systems. Strong proficiency in the use of spreadsheet and database software. Strong interpersonal and analytical skills. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to function effectively as a member of a team. Ability to multi‑task in a high‑volume environment. Note: Satisfactory conviction history back‑ ground check. $55,600 ‑ $83,400/ yr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual ori‑ entation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other char‑ acteristic protected by law. Apply online at Job # 27727


GLOBAL & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES Responsible for the full range of management functions for the Global Studies Department encom‑ passing administration, financial management, contract and grant administration, staff and academic personnel, academic and student support services, technical sup‑ port services, purchasing, facili‑ ties maintenance and renovation, instructional resources and safety programs. Develops and implements operating policies and procedures as they relate to overall department goals and objectives. In this capac‑ ity, independently solves problems requiring interpretation of a wide variety of federal, state, and cam‑ pus policies. These responsibilities require a thorough knowledge of University, state, and federal reg‑ ulations, policies, guidelines, and procedures, as well as the use of considerable judgment and tact in problem‑solving and decision mak‑ ing. Handles confidential faculty and staff matters for the department and ensures compliance with the imple‑ mentation of diversity guidelines and procedures. Provides continuity with regard to department policies and long‑range goals and develops strat‑ egies for implementation. Interprets, implements and ensures compli‑ ance with staff personnel policies and collective bargaining contracts. Serves as the liaison between the department and external agencies by responding to and recommend‑ ing a course of action with respect to various inquiries and problems as they may arise. Req: Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equiv‑ alent experience/training. Note: Satisfactory conviction history back‑ ground check. $61,200 ‑ $70,920/ yr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual ori‑

entation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other charac‑ teristic protected by law. Application review begins 1/5/22. Apply online at Job # 28080


BUDGET & PLANNING OFFICE Serve as an integral member of the Office of Budget & Planning. In this highly visible role, the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis (Director, FP&A) will provide criti‑ cal leadership and support for the University’s financial planning, forecasting, and decision‑making processes. The Director, FP&A will serve as an integral member in the development, interpretation, analy‑ sis, and decision‑making methods for UCSB’s financial planning and resource allocations. In addition, the position provides support to the Chancellor, Senior Officers, Colleges, and campus departments regard‑ ing allocation and management of resources. This position applies principles of public finance to con‑ ceptualize, develop, and implement cross‑functional funding models in support of critical campus programs. The incumbent is responsible for preparing in‑depth financial analysis and reporting, development of busi‑ ness models, and evaluation of fund‑ ing streams for various campus‑wide programs. This position will also play a key role in transforming the finan‑ cial reporting processes to best serve the needs of the campus community. Reqs: 10+ years’ Experience in the


financial field analyzing data and designing and delivering reporting at an advanced level using Hyperion, SQL and MS Access databases, Tableau, Microsoft, Excel, and/or other reporting software. Advanced knowledge of and experience in strategic financial and budget man‑ agement using advanced financial concepts for planning. Advanced knowledge concerning preparation and interpretation of financial state‑ ments such as Statements of Net Income and Change in Net Position, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statements. Notes: Completion of a criminal history background check. Must maintain valid CA DL, a clean DMV record and enrollment in DMV Pull‑Notice Program. Satisfactory conviction history background check. Salary is commensurate with experience. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive con‑ sideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, pro‑ tected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Application review begins 01/04/22. Apply online at Job # 27939

tional needs of the department. May be required to perform other duties as assigned to meet the operational need of the department. Complies with department safety and ill‑ ness programs as implemented by supervisor and/or co‑workers. Reqs: Minimum of 3 years experience in grounds maintenance. Must be able to follow oral/written instruc‑ tions. Ability to perform minor repairs on small equipment. Some knowledge of irrigation and drip systems. Experience with the use of tractors, small lawnmowers, edgers, power sweepers, roto‑tillers, and chainsaws. Will be working with a diverse student body and staff. Demonstrated ability to work effec‑ tively with others as a team. Must have effective communication skills. Notes: Satisfactory criminal history background check. Maintain a valid CA driver’s license. $18.38‑ $21.55/ hr.The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual ori‑ entation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other charac‑ teristic protected by law. Application review begins 12/17/21. Apply online at Job # 27749


RESIDENTIAL OPERATIONS Maintains grounds and landscape duties around eight residence halls, four dining commons and five resi‑ dential apartment complexes. May be assigned other duties (including those in other areas) to accom‑ plish the operational needs of the department. May be required to work schedules other than Monday through Friday, to meet the opera‑


STUDENT HEALTH Provides a full range of social work services, with emphasis on identify‑ ing treatment resources and provid‑ ing psychosocial interventions (indi‑

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EMPLOYMENT vidual, group, crisis) not offered by other campus resources, to assure that students receive optimal ben‑ efit from medical and/or psychiatric care. The primary client population to be served is students with signifi‑ cant psychosocial stress, acute and chronic mental illnesses and in need of short and long‑term social ser‑ vices, including long‑term counsel‑ ing and case management support. Reqs: Must be currently registered as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. Master’s degree in Social Work. Notes: Credentials verification for the clini‑ cal practitioner. Mandated reporting requirements of Child & Dependent Adult Abuse. Satisfactory convic‑ tion history background check. Any HIPAA or FERPA violation is subject to disciplinary action. This is an 11‑month position with 4 weeks of furlough taken during quarter breaks and summer months. Salary commensurate with experience. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified appli‑ cants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orienta‑ tion, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apply online at Job #25943


STUDENT HEALTH Provides medical and adminis‑ trative support to the physicians, physician assistants, nurse practi‑ tioners, and clinical nurses. Assists with exams and procedures, taking vitals, checking in/out patients, fill‑ ing out the necessary paperwork, taking phone messages and follow‑ ing directives from the clinicians. Acts as a resource for non‑licensed staff. Utilizes nursing knowledge in these tasks as well as but not limited to providing patient educa‑ tion, administering immunizations, and functioning within the scope of practice. Reqs: Licensed by the CA State Board of Nursing. Must be CPR certified/Basic Life Support (BLS) cer‑ tified or dually certified in both AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support and AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support at all times during employment. Must be organized, detailed ori‑ ented, confidential and dependable. Strong oral/written communication, organizational and customer service skills. Proficient in Microsoft and Google suite. Notes: Credentials ver‑ ification for the clinical practitioner. Mandated reporting requirements of Child Abuse and Dependent Adult Abuse. Satisfactory criminal history background check. To comply with Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Health Officer Order, this position must provide evidence of annual influenza vaccination, or wear a surgical mask while work‑ ing in patient care areas during the influenza season. Must be licensed by the CA State Board of Nursing. Must have a current license at all times during employment. Must be CPR certified/Basic Life Support (BLS) certified or dually certified in both AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support and AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support at all times during employ‑ ment. Any HIPAA or FERPA viola‑ tion is subject to disciplinary action. This is an 11month position, M‑F 7:30am – 4:30pm. 4 weeks of fur‑ lough is taken during quarter breaks and summer months. May include Thurs. evenings from 10am‑7pm. $30.42‑ $37.83/hr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive con‑ sideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, pro‑ tected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apply online at



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OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Design, implementation, evaluation and administration of wired and wireless network systems, including routers, switches, wireless control‑ lers, authentication and accounting systems, and virtual private network (VPN) servers. Develops scripts and processes for system integration, data collection and reporting, and network monitoring for cloud‑host‑ ed and local environments. Serves as a technical consultant in the planning, design, and operation of network services. Reqs: Bachelor’s degree in related area or equivalent experience/training. Demonstrated thorough knowledge of professional communications and network con‑ cepts necessary to resolve issues using established parameters, cre‑ ativity and independent judgment. Note: Satisfactory conviction his‑ tory background check. $79,315‑ 104,600/yr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive con‑ sideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, pro‑ tected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apply online at Job #12087.


RESIDENTIAL OPERATIONS Performs duties in accordance with established standards and instruc‑ tion, for University owned Residence Halls, Apartments and Dining Facilities. The Sr. Custodian promotes a customer service environment to residence and clients. Completes custodial tasks within an assigned area such as, cleans and sanitiz‑ ing restrooms, hallways, stairways, lounges, public areas, office spaces and building entrances. Replenish restroom supplies. Disposes of trash, may be required to drive a motor‑ ized vehicle with the trailer to move trash. Utilizes cleaning equipment to perform cleaning duties such as squirt bottles, dusters, mops, vacu‑ ums, broom, power floor buffers, mop buck/wringer, hot water car‑ pet extractor, steam cleaner, wet/ dry vacuum, doodle bugs, powered wall cleaning machine. May work on a ladder. Works effectively as a team member. Cleans all surfaces inside/ out of buildings maintained and operated by HDAE. During Summer Conference season will provide daily linen change and room service to conferees. Supply amenities to con‑ ferees. Maintain stock of all supplies to perform job duties. Reqs: working knowledge and experience in utiliz‑ ing the following equipment: vacu‑ ums, conventional and high‑speed buffers, extractors and related custodial equipment desirable. Will train on all equipment and chemicals used. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others as a team. Must have effective communication skills. Ability to interact as a team member with sensitivity towards a multi‑cultural work environment. Thur ‑ Mon 7:30am ‑ 4:00pm. Notes: Maintain a valid CA driver’s license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employee Pull‑Notice Program. Satisfactory convic‑ tion history background check. $20.74‑$22.44/hr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment with‑ out regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender



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TRANSPORTATION & PARKING SERVICES Enforces University parking regu‑ lations by issuing citations and courtesy warnings to vehicles ille‑ gally parked. Identifies vehicles to be “booted” and processes them according to California Vehicle Code. Keeps current of campus events and their locations. Directs traffic and escort vehicles including semi‑trucks and buses. Informs supervisor of problems as they arise. Provides parking instructions and gives directions. Perform other duties as required. Reqs: Demonstrated excep‑ tional customer service by providing and delivering professional, helpful, high‑quality service and assistance. Ability to work as part of a team, maintain a positive attitude and work together to achieve a com‑ mon goal of providing world‑class customer service. Excellent interper‑ sonal skills, including the ability to collaborate with students, staff, fac‑ ulty and the general public. Ability to grasp new concepts. Ability to maintain professionalism and com‑ posure under high customer demand and challenging customer interac‑ tions. Excellent written and verbal communication. Notes: Maintain a valid CA driver’s license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employee Pull‑Notice Program. Satisfactory conviction history back‑ ground check. Ability to work nights and weekends. $22.17/hr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified appli‑ cants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orienta‑ tion, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Application review begins 12/17/21. Apply online at Job # 27933


MATERIALS DEPARTMENT Provides high‑level administrative and budgetary support for faculty research groups. Advises on critical budgetary and personnel planning decisions on multi‑million dollar cross‑disciplinary research awards such as MURI programs and the Pratt and Whitney Center for Materials Excellence. Assumes complete proj‑ ect planning for technical research reviews, conferences, workshops, seminars and group meetings. Coordinates travel arrangements, prepare travel and entertainment reimbursements. Manages arrange‑ ments for long‑ and short‑term visitors. Assists group members in purchasing activities. Reqs: High level of administrative and organi‑ zational skills in addition to excel‑ lent oral and written communica‑ tion skills. Accounting background demonstrating sound analytical and financial skills. Ability to handle mul‑ tiple tasks with frequent interrup‑ tions, as well as meet deadlines with minimal supervision. Must be able to establish priorities, perform effec‑ tively under pressure and adapt to changing needs and issues. Must be detail‑oriented with a high degree of accuracy. Experience working with office equipment; fax machine, scanner, telephone and photocopier. Strong computer skills are essential. Note: Satisfactory conviction history background check. $24.61 ‑ $26.98/

hr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual ori‑ entation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other charac‑ teristic protected by law. Application review begins 1/4/2022. Apply online at Job # 28113

No extended vacations may be taken during spring or while programs are in session. Must work occasional weekend and/or evening hours while programs are in session, as needed. $23.66 ‑ $26.82/hr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive con‑ sideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, pro‑ tected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Open until filled. Apply online at Job # 26613.


STUDENT HEALTH Provides direct clinical services in Primary Care Family Medicine OR Primary Care Internal Medicine and Immediate Care for all eligible patients at UCSB Student Health. Also provides consultation on a per case basis if needed, for all members of the professional staff to assist them with diagnosis and treatment of their patients. Provides super‑ vision for the Physician Assistants when the Primary Supervisor is unavailable as assigned by the UCSB SHS Executive Director and/ or Medical Director. Reqs: Must have a current CA Medical, DEA License, and Board Certification at all times during employment in order to prac‑ tice and function in this clinical role; credentials are renewed periodically. Notes: Credentials verification for clinical practitioners. Mandated reporting requirements of Child & Dependent Adult Abuse. Criminal history background check. Must provide evidence of annual influ‑ enza vaccination or wear a surgical mask while working in patient care areas during the influenza season. Any HIPAA/FERPA violation is sub‑ ject to disciplinary action. Salary commensurate with experience. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified appli‑ cants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orienta‑ tion, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apply online at Job # 23923


SUMMER SESSIONS Support and advise new, continuing, and returning UCSB students, and visit high school students regard‑ ing Summer Sessions’ programs, courses, policies, deadlines, and fees. Serves as a primary point of contact for phone inquiries, email inquiries, and in‑person visitors, and triages registration and fee issues in collaboration with BARC, Financial Aid, Office of the Registrar, College Advising offices, and academic departments. Assists with Summer Sessions outreach, promotion, and training, review of summer program applications, and maintenance of student records. Reqs: Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experi‑ ence in academic advising or cus‑ tomer service related fields. Ability to understand and inform students about campus policies, procedures, and requirements. Basic knowl‑ edge of working with a diverse student population, and sensitivity to culture, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socio‑economic status. Strong inter‑ personal skills, with a proven abil‑ ity to communicate professionally and effectively, both verbally and in writing. Skills in problem solv‑ ing, judgment, and decision‑making. Solid organizational skills and proven detail orientation. Basic knowledge of the UC system, student informa‑ tion systems, and Summer Sessions operations. Notes: Satisfactory con‑ viction history background check.


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LEGALS LEGAL NOTICESTO PLACE EMAIL NOTICE TO LEGALS@ INDEPENDENT.COM ADMINISTER OF ESTATE NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: EAMON P. MALONE NO: 21PR00562 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of EAMON P. MALONE A PETITION FOR PROBATE: has been filed by: SUSAN K. STRICK in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara THE PETITION for probate requests that (name): SUSAN K. STRICK be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the dece‑ dent’s and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for exami‑ nation in file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests author‑ ity to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representa‑ tive 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: on 1/27/2022 AT 9:00 a.m. Dept: 5 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, located at 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Anacapa Division. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objec‑ tions 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 representa‑ tive, 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: Lori A. Lewis, Esq.112 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; (805) 966‑1501. Published Dec 16, 23, 30 2021. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: HARRY FELDER III NO: 21PR00464 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of HARRY FELDER III A PETITION FOR PROBATE: has been filed by: SINTIJA FELDER in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara THE PETITION for probate requests that (name): SINTIJA FELDER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the dece‑ dent’s and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for exami‑ nation in file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests author‑ ity to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representa‑ tive 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: on 1/06/2022 AT 9:00 a.m. Dept: 5 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, located at 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Anacapa Division. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objec‑ tions 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 representa‑ tive, 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: Bruce A. Pence 112 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; (805) 966‑1501. Published Dec 16, 23, 30 2021.

person(s) is/are doing business as: ACE FLOOR COVERING at 7409 San Bergamo Drive Goleta, CA 93117; Daniel J Condron (same address) This business is con‑ ducted by a Individual Signed: Daniel J. Condron Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 02, 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 E40. FBN Number: 2021‑0003265. Published: Dec 9, 16, 23, 30 2021.

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SPRAGUE PEST SOLUTIONS at 3003 Petrol Road Bakersfield, CA 93308; TMC Pest Management (same address) This business is con‑ ducted by a Corporation Signed: Ross A. Treleven, President Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 18, 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 E40. FBN Number: 2021‑0003197. Published: Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BELOW MAGID CONSTRUCTION COMPANY at 823 Jennigs Avenue Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Below Magid Construction Company (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Mark Magid, Owner/ CEO Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 24, 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: 2021‑0003240. Published: Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: RLT PICTURES at 1612 Juniper Ave Solvang, CA 93463; Christopher S Yahn 8835 Tiber St. Ventura, CA 93004; Isaac R Meeks 1612 Juniper Ave Solvang, CA 93463 This busi‑ ness is conducted by a General Partnership Signed: Christopher Sandon Yahn, Co‑Partner Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 12, 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: 2021‑0003148. Published: Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FAIRVIEW GARDENS FARM at 598 N Fairview Ave. Santa Barbara, CA 93117; Center For Urban Agriculture At Fairview Gardens (same address) This business is con‑ ducted by a Corporation Signed: Chris Melancon, Executive Director Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 17, 2021. This state‑ ment 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: 2021‑0003189. Published: Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CARPINTERIA VALLEY ROOFING INC., CARPINTERIA VALLEY ROOFING, VALLEY ROOFING, CARPINTERIA ROOFING, CARP ROOFING, JIMENEZ ROOFING at 4791 8th St, #3 Carpinteria, CA 93013; Carpinteria Valley Roofing Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Julie Jimenez, Secretary Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 12, 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:



Notice of Funding Availability CITY OF GOLETA INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022-2023 FUNDING THROUGH THE GOLETA CITY GRANT PROGRAM AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM The City of Goleta is accepting applications for grant funding through its Goleta City Grant Program and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The application process is combined for both programs and will open on December 17, 2021. Applications must be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, January 28, 2022. The City will no longer be accepting paper applications. Visit the City of Goleta’s website ( for a link to the online application. For Fiscal Year 2022-2023, approximately $130,000 in funding is available for civic services, community projects, cultural activities, educational programs and special events that are of benefit to the residents of the City of Goleta. CDBG funding must be used to provide public services to the homeless and low to moderate-income residents of Goleta. GRANT FUNDING REQUIREMENTS 1. All programs and activities must benefit Goleta residents. 2. Programs and activities must be sponsored by non-profit organizations or governmental agencies. 3. Categories of programs and activities eligible for grants include: a. Civic projects or services sponsored by Goleta community organizations b. Cultural activities (e.g. music, art, dance, recreation, etc.) c. Educational programs d. Special events e. Regional projects of benefit to Goleta residents f. Public services benefiting low-income Goleta residents (e.g. senior services, youth programs, health services, services for the homeless, etc.) Questions regarding the grant application and funding process should be directed to Shanna Dawson, Neighborhood Services Department, at sdawson@ or (805) 961-7558 (leave message for return call). Publish: Santa Barbara Independent on Thursday, December 16, 2021 46


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2021‑0003147. Published: Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 2021.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PACIFIC CARPET CLEANING at 5142 Matorral Way, Unit B Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Jose Antonio Rodriguez (same address) This busi‑ ness is conducted by a Individual Signed: Jose Antonio Rodriguez Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 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 E28. FBN Number: 2021‑0003139. Published: Nov 24. Dec 2, 9, 16 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The follow‑ ing person(s) is/are doing busi‑ ness as: BREAKTHROUGHS INTERNATIONAL at 486 Vaquero Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Educational Kinesiology Foundation (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: Julie Newendorp, Finance Director with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 06, 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 E28. FBN Number: 2021‑0003294. Published: Dec 9, 16, 23, 30 2021.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: GIFFIN EQUIPMENT at 285 Rutherford St. Santa Barbara, CA 93117; Mel Giffin, Inc (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Amanda Twining, President Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 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 E30. FBN Number: 2021‑0003179. Published: Nov 24. Dec 2, 9, 16 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: THE SANDBOX SANTA BARBARA LLC at 414 Olive Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; The Sandbox Santa Barbara LLC (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Kyle Ashby, Managing Member Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 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: 2021‑0003215.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The follow‑ ing person(s) is/are doing busi‑ ness as: ARCHITECH DENTAL LABORATORY at 322 North F St. Ste E Lompoc, CA 93436; Derek K. Walker 3979 Agena Way Lompoc, CA 93436 This business is conduct‑ ed by a Individual Filed by: Derek K. Walker with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 02, 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: 2021‑0003267. Published: Dec 9, 16, 23, 30 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: TOM HASELWODE, TREKKIELIFE at 237 Town Center W Ste 111 Santa Maria CA 93458; Thomas C Heslop Jr 3210 Santa Maria Way Spc 132 Santa Maria, CA 93455 This busi‑ ness is conducted by a Individual Filed by: Thomas C Heslop Jr with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 03, 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

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E35. FBN Number: 2021‑0003281. Published: Dec 9, 16, 23, 30 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE POPES NEW CASTLE at 140 Industrial Way Buellton, CA 93427; Industrial Way LLC 2060 Huntington Dr. Ste 1 San Marino, CA 91108 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Filed by: Robert Tweed, Managing Member with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 03, 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: 2021‑0003284. Published: Dec 9, 16, 23, 30 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The follow‑ ing person(s) is/are doing busi‑ ness as: SOL SANTA BARBARA at 1822 Loma St Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Jennifer A. Panchal (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Jennifer Panchal Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 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 E40. FBN Number: 2021‑0003221. Published: Dec 9, 16, 23, 30 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: ABOVE & BEYOND BODY ARTS at 407 State St, Fl #2 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Parkhurst Enterprises Inc. (same address) This busi‑ ness is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Joshua N Parkhurst, CEO Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 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 E35. FBN Number: 2021‑0003219. Published: Dec 9, 16, 23, 30 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: THE SANDBOX COLLABORATIVE LLC, THE SANDBOX GOLETA, GATHER GOLETA at 69 Santa Felicia Drive Goleta, CA 93117; The Sandbox Collaborative LLC (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Kyle Ashby, Managing Member Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 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: 2021‑0003216. Published: Dec 9, 16, 23, 30 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: ALEX RASMUSSEN STUDIO at 133 S La Patera Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93117; Neal Feay Company (same address) This business is con‑ ducted by a Corporation Signed: Alex Rasmussen, President Filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 30, 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: 2021‑0003255. Published: Dec 9, 16, 23, 30 2021. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: COAST CARPET CLEANING at 527 W Pueblo St. Apt 4 Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Coast Carpet Cleaning LLC (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Filed by: Matthew Scott SimuiniManager/Owner/ Operator with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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 E40. FBN Number: 2021‑0003305. Published: Dec 16, 23, 30 2021. Jan 6 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CHALLENGE DESIGN at 1813 Clearview Road Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Matthew W. Arf (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: Matthew Arf, Owner with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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 E953. FBN Number: 2021‑0003305. Published: Dec 16, 23, 30 2021. Jan 6 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VP3 LANDSCAPING at 1924 San Pascual St #8 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Vicente Perez (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: Vicente Perez with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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 E955. FBN Number: 2021‑0003310. Published: Dec 16, 23, 30 2021. Jan 6 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person‑ (s) is/are doing business as: ELUDE at 413 Cannon Green Drive, Apt. H Santa Barbara, CA 93117; Jordan L. Barbieri‑Low (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: Jordan Barbieri‑Low with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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 E953. FBN Number:

Aviso de Fondos Disponibles LA CIUDAD DE GOLETA INVITA SOLICITUDES PARA EL AÑO FISCAL 2022-2023 FINANCIACIÓN A TRAVÉS DEL PROGRAMA DE SUBVENCIONES DE LA CIUDAD DE GOLETA Y PROGRAMA FEDERAL DE SUBVENCIONES EN BLOQUE PARA EL DESARROLLO COMUNITARIO (CDBG) La Ciudad de Goleta está aceptando solicitudes para subvenciones a través de su Programa “Goleta City Grant Program” y Programa Federal de Subvenciones en Bloque para el Desarrollo Comunitario (CDBG, por sus siglas en inglés). Las solicitudes de subvenciones estarán disponibles a partir del 17 de diciembre de 2021 y deberán enviarse electrónicamente a través de “ZoomGrants” antes de las 5:00 pm el viernes 28 de enero de 2022. La Ciudad ya no aceptará solicitudes en papel. Visite el sitio web de la Ciudad de Goleta (https://www. para obtener un enlace a la solicitud en línea. Para el año fiscal 2022-2023, aproximadamente $130,000 en financiación está disponible para los servicios cívicos, proyectos comunitarios, actividades culturales, programas educativos y eventos especiales que son de beneficio para los residentes de Goleta. Los fondos federales CDBG tienen que ser utilizados para proporcionar servicios públicos a las personas sin hogar y de bajos a moderados ingresos residentes de Goleta. REQUISITOS PARA FINANCIACIÓN DE SUBVENCIONES 1. Todos los programas y actividades deben beneficiar a los residentes de Goleta. 2. Programas y actividades deben ser patrocinados por organizaciones sin fines de lucro o agencias gubernamentales. 3. Categorías de programas y actividades elegibles para subvenciones incluyen: a. Proyectos o servicios cívicos patrocinados por organizaciones comunitarias de Goleta b. Actividades culturales (por ejemplo, música, arte, danza, recreación, etc.) c. Programas educativos d. Eventos especiales e. Proyectos regionales que benefician a los residentes de Goleta f. Servicios públicos que benefician a los residentes de bajos ingresos de Goleta (por ejemplo, servicios para ancianos, programas para jóvenes, servicios de salud, servicios para personas sin hogar, etc.)

2021‑0003304. Published: Dec 16, 23, 30 2021. Jan 6 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AESTHETIC CENTER FOR PLASTIC SURERY at 5333 Hollister Avenue, Suite 195 Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Soares Medical Corporation (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: Marc Soares, Officer with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 30, 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: 2021‑0003253. Published: Dec 16, 23, 30 2021. Jan 6 2022.


AUGUSTO ARRIAZA TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 21CV04141 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: SHEYLA JUDITH AYALA TO: SHEYLA JUDITH ARRIAZA AYALA THE COURT ORDERS that all per‑ sons 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 objec‑ tion 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 writ‑

ten objection is timely filed , the court may grant the petition with‑ outa hearing. Notice of Hearing Dec 20, 2021 10:00 am, Dept 5, 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 succes‑ sive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Nov 03, 2021. by Colleen K. Sterne. of the Superior Court. Published. Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 2021.

PUBLIC NOTICES EXTRA SPACE STORAGE will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals list‑ ed below at the location indicated: 6640 Discovery Drive,

Goleta, CA 93117. December 30, 2021 at 3:30 PM wanbo Geng boxes, bicycle, table, bed Maria Robles studio apartment christine barrios bags boxes tv couches Sean Butts Personals, Boxes, Clothes, Kitchen, Ernesto Olivas 4 luggage bins and backpacks Jessica Maldonado box suitcase bags The auction will be listed and adver‑ tised on www.storagetreasures. com. Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property.

NOTICE INVITING SEALED BIDS FOR THE CITY WIDE ANNUAL REPLACEMENT OF TRAFFIC STRIPING AND PAVEMENT MARKINGS 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, City of Goleta, CA PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Goleta (“CITY”), invites sealed bids for the above stated project and will receive such bids via electronic transmission on the City of Goleta PlanetBids portal site until 3:00 P.M., January 13, 2022, and will be publicly opened and posted promptly thereafter. Copies of the Contract Documents and Specifications are available on the CITY website at The work to be done consists of furnishing all materials, equipment, tools labor, and incidentals as required by the specifications, and contract documents. The general items of work include painting and repainting of traffic striping and pavement markings, replacement of missing markers, the installation of new reflective pavement markers/markers, and the removal of obsolete and/or unnecessary striping and pavement markings. All work shall include the cleaning of soil and debris from areas to be striped prior to actual striping for CITY WIDE ANNUAL REPLACEMENT OF TRAFFIC STRIPING AND PAVEMENT MARKINGS. The services shall be performed in accordance with the Contract Documents, which includes provisions that the work shall be performed without the use of pesticides or commercial fertilizers. The term of the contract shall be thru June 30, 2026; however, it will be subject to annual approval of the budget on July 1st of each year within the contract term. A non-mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting is scheduled on December 22, 2021, at 10 A.M at 130 Cremona Dr. Suite B, Goleta, CA 93117 for this project. Meet outside of Suite B. No relief will be granted to contractors for any conditions or restrictions that would have been discovered if they had attended the pre-bid meeting. Please RSVP via PlanetBids no later than close-of-business the day prior to the scheduled bid walk. Bidders must be registered on the City of Goleta’s PlanetBids portal in order to receive addendum notifications and to submit a bid. Go to PlanetBids for bid results and awards. It is the responsibility of the bidder to submit the bid with sufficient time to be received by PlanetBids prior to the bid opening date and time. Allow time for technical difficulties, uploading, and unexpected delays. Late or incomplete bids will not be accepted. The bid must be accompanied by a bid security in the form of a money order, a certified cashier’s check, or bidder’s bond executed by an admitted surety, made payable to CITY. The bid security shall be an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the total annual bid amount included with their proposals as required by California law. Note: All bids must be accompanied by a scanned copy of the bid security uploaded to PlanetBids. The original security of the three (3) lowest bidders must be mailed to the office of the City Clerk at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, California 93117, in a sealed envelope and be received within three (3) City business days of the bid due date and time for the bid to be considered. The sealed envelope should be plainly marked on the outside, “SEALED BID SECURITY FOR CITY WIDE ANNUAL REPLACEMENT OF TRAFFIC STRIPING AND PAVEMENT MARKINGS.” The Project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) per California Labor Code Section 1771.4, including prevailing wage rates and apprenticeship employment standards. Affirmative action to ensure against discrimination in employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or religion will also be required. The CITY hereby affirmatively ensures that all business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this notice and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or religion in any consideration leading to the award of contract. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a Performance Bond and a Payment Bond each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract Price. Each bond shall be in the forms set forth herein, shall be secured from a surety company that meets all State of California bonding requirements, as defined in Code of Civil Procedure Section 995.120, and that is a California admitted surety insurer. Pursuant to Labor Code sections 1725.5 and 1771.1, all contractors and subcontractors that wish to bid on, be listed in a bid proposal, or enter into a contract to perform public work must be registered with the DIR. No Bid will be accepted, nor any contract entered into without proof of the contractor’s and subcontractors’ current registration with the DIR to perform public work. If awarded a contract, the Bidder and its subcontractors, of any tier, shall maintain active registration with the DIR for the duration of the Project. Failure to provide proof of the contractor’s current registration pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5 may result in rejection of the bid as non-responsive. Any protest to an intended award of this contract shall be made in writing addressed to the City Clerk prior to the award. Any protest may be considered and acted on by the City Council at the time noticed for award of the contract. To request a copy of the notice of agenda for award, please contact the City Clerk (805) 9617505 or register on the CITY’s website (

Preguntas relacionadas con la financiación y/o solicitudes de subvenciones para las aplicaciones se pueden ser dirigidas a Jaime Valdez, Departamento de Servicios Comunitarios, a o al (805) 961-7568.

For information relating to the details of this Project and bidding requirements contact J. Paul Medel in writing at

Publique: Santa Bárbara Independent, el jueves 16 de diciembre de 2021



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