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TABLE of CONTENTS volume 36, # 834, Jan. 6-13, 2022



Editor in Chief Marianne Partridge Publisher Brandi Rivera Executive Editor Nick Welsh Senior Editors Tyler Hayden and Matt Kettmann Associate Editor Jackson Friedman

Teaching Life with Jazz & Blues

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

David Rojas Leads Turner Foundation Music and Imagination Program

Copy Editor Tessa Reeg Creative Director Caitlin Fitch Graphic Designer Ricky Barajas Production Designer Ava Talehakimi Web Content Managers Celina Garcia, Caitlin Kelley

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Columnists Dennis Allen, Gail Arnold, Sara Caputo, Christine S. Cowles, Roger Durling, Marsha Gray, Betsy J. Green, Jerry Roberts, Starshine Roshell

NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 OPINIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

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 Director of Advertising Sarah Sinclair Marketing and Promotions Manager Emily Lee Advertising Representatives Camille Cimini Fruin, Suzanne Cloutier, Remzi Gokmen, Tonea Songer Sales Administrator Graham Brown

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Accounting Administrator Tobi Feldman Office Manager/Legal Advertising Tanya Spears Guiliacci Distribution Scott Kaufman

In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Editorial Interns Nicholas Liu, Caleb Rodriguez, Kat Sophia Columnist Emeritus Barney Brantingham Photography Editor Emeritus Paul Wellman Founding Staff Emeriti Audrey Berman, George Delmerico, Richard Evans, Laszlo Hodosy

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Honorary Consigliere Gary J. Hill

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OBITUARIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 THE WEEK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 LIVING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 FOOD & DRINK . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Restaurant Guy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

ARTS LIFE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 ASTROLOGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 CLASSIFIEDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 ON THE COVER: Photo by Erick Madrid. Design by Caitlin Fitch.

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Trouble at the Jail, Cases Soar, and Hospital Admissions Grow


County Supervisor Gregg Hart (pictured) is still mulling whether to run for Santa Barbara’s newly drawn state assembly district or stay where he is. “I hope to have an answer by next week,” he said. The present Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors is an unusually collegial bunch despite key ideological differences among its five members, and Hart has been able to impact key policies on criminal justice reform, homeless issues, and climate change. But Hart has also long had an itch to serve in Sacramento, where, he said, he could play a role at a higher level on many of the same matters.


by Jean Yamamura ore than 100 people being held at the Santa Barbara County Jail were infected during a new COVID-19 outbreak that may be partly responsible for an incident — which some call a riot, others an altercation — that broke out on December 29. During the pandemic, the jail population dropped from 1,100 to 550 inmates as low-level misdemeanor offenders were released on zero bail. By Monday, however, that number had crept up to 730 inmates. Among them was one individual in the basement dorm who tested positive on December 8. Subsequent testing found four more cases among the 51 people in the dormitory. That number grew to 119 throughout the jail by December 29, many of them at the “honor farm” where a fight broke out. It’s not surprising that people in the jail are just as edgy with COVID as the rest of us. To deal with the new outbreak, staff from the state and county public health departments augmented the jail’s medical contractor in order to test all the inmates and staff daily, Custody Chief Vincent Wasilewski said. Staff are encouraging inmates to get fully vaccinated by offering them up to $10$20 in commissary benefits. In the space of two days, 148 were vaccinated. However, the Sheriff ’s deputies who interact with inmates are not. Of the 250 custody deputies in Santa Barbara County, more than half — 141 — are unvaccinated. All are tested per protocol. Of the Sheriff ’s 292 remaining employees, 122 have declined both vaccination and testing. The majority of them are patrol deputies who arrest and transport people to the jail. “An unvaccinated patrol deputy, who takes information and goes through the booking process, sits with a person for two hours — that’s a vector!” Public Defender Tracy Macuga exclaimed. “Up and down the state right now, most jails are not experiencing what ours is experiencing.” Bad ventilation in the old jail is part of the problem, Macuga said, and other people recently reported filthy conditions in the jail’s holding tank, a cell in which 20 to 30 newly incarcerated inmates are held until jail space is found. While people on the outside can quarantine, people on the inside cannot, including those awaiting trial, Macuga pointed out. She herself has had to quarantine at home with the virus, despite being fully vaccinated. Blame it on the Omicron. In California, the variant jumped from 1.4 percent to 6.5 percent to 15.7 percent over the last three

weeks of December. Of the five known Omicron cases in the county, one person is vaccinated, and four are not. At the jail, Chief Wasilewski said early sequencing was negative for Omicron, but the most recent results were still unknown. Dr. Henning Ansorg, the county’s public health officer, remarked how the case rate had leapt upward starting in mid-December. “Remember when we were discussing lifting the mask mandate at a case rate below seven?” he asked. “Now we’re at 100! “Omicron is really like a new virus,” Ansorg said. Compared to the original virus and subsequent variants, people who become ill with Omicron can be treated. Vaccines offer significant protection, especially with a booster shot. And though people come down with aching body pains, preliminary studies indicate Omicron is less damaging to lung tissue. The rapid spread, however, is affecting hospitals and hospital workers. Countywide, hospitalizations jumped from a twoweek average of 46 up to 60 on January 4. At Marian Regional Medical Center, staffing in many departments is affected, said CEO Sue Andersen. Daily operations continued normally, though they were keeping an eye on elective procedures. At Cottage, the before-Christmas COVID patient count was eight; right now, it’s 23, with one person in critical care. The building surge is so great that Cottage stopped allowing visitors on Wednesday. For anyone who’s woken up with a scratchy throat or serious body aches this week, they know getting tested is nearimpossible. Public Health’s website is deluged with appointment requests, and lines of

cars snake down the roads outside its testing sites. Private urgent-care centers and doctors’ offices are providing tests, some reportedly for as much as $180. It’s worth the wait to make the appointment, however. If you’ve been exposed, as the virus duplicates in your body, it becomes more detectable to both a PCR and overthe-counter quick test in three to five days. And the quick tests available in drug stores work for Omicron, said Zach Aralis, a grad student in molecular biology who is part of the virus sequencing team at UC Santa Barbara. They may not be as sensitive as the PCR test, but a positive quick test is likely to be accurate. (Two kits, however, do not work. The Food and Drug Administration advised on December 27 that Meridian Bioscience’s Revogene test and Applied DNA Sciences’ Linea Assay Kit do not detect Omicron.) All test kits are in short supply internationally, but health-care centers and schools are federal priorities to get them in about 10 days’ time, Ansorg said. They reinforce quarantines — the new standard is five days — that keep other people from getting infected. If an exposed or symptomatic person decides against testing, the quarantine period is 10 days. If the results in South Africa, where Omicron was first identified, hold true for Santa Barbara, the sheer number of people infected will hurt elderly individuals and people with weak immune systems, Dr. Ansorg said, and having no vaccination or booster puts people at the greatest risk. But anyone’s who’s recovered from Omicron should have robust protection against Delta, he said, looking ahead, “Or a variant like Delta, or whatever comes n next after Omicron burns through.”

UCSB Physics professor Tengiz Bibilashvili (pictured) has been named academic director, equivalent to a head coach, of the United States team in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), which will be composed of five students to represent the country in 2022. “I feel a big honor and responsibility for maintaining the U.S. team’s reputation,” Bibilashvili said. “I also want to extend Olympic involvement to the U.S. schools and regions with lower or no participation.” Santa Barbara County School Districts are going forward with in-person instruction after winter break, following recommendations from Governor Gavin Newsom and his office to do whatever possible to keep students in the classroom. The district continues to recommend that students over the age of 5 receive their vaccinations, and students over the age of 16 receive their booster. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also recently approved the COVID-19 booster for children ages 12 to 15.

HOMELESSNESS The Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care is seeking volunteers for the biannual Point-in-Time count of individuals experiencing homelessness. The count serves as a snapshot of just how many homeless people are in Santa Barbara County on any given night, and the results directly affect the level of funding from the state and federal government toward resources for these individuals. Volunteers will be trained virtually the week before the count, which is scheduled for January 26 from 5:30-8:30 a.m. According to the 2020 results, there were 1,897 individuals experiencing homelessness. To sign up, visit

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s they do every year, the new laws signed by California’s governor in 2021 range from the important to the interesting to the downright strange. And while the COVID-19 pandemic slowed Sacramento somewhat—with the secondfewest number of bills approved since 1967, only after the record low in 2020—a full 770 pieces of fresh legislation were ratified, most of which went into effect on New Year’s Day. Here are some highlights.

• California was one of only four states without the ability to decertify law enforcement officers who committed serious misconduct, allowing individuals fired from one department to be quietly rehired by another. Now, the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training has the power to effectively kick offending officers out of the profession for good. • Police are now prohibited from firing rubber bullets and tear gas “indiscriminately into a crowd or group of persons” after a number of demonstrators were seriously injured during protests last summer following the murder of George Floyd. They are also not allowed to block journalists from covering demonstrations by intentionally interfering with or obstructing their newsgathering. • Health insurance companies must offer free COVID-19 testing to their subscribers and eliminate any hidden fees. They are also required to fully cover screening tests mandated by many employers and schools. • Department stores that sell kids’ toys must maintain a gender-neutral section of products. Stores that do not comply would face fines up to $500. Retailers had objected to an earlier version of the bill that included children’s clothing. • In a major win for pro-equity groups, all California public schools must now offer ethnic studies courses to their students and make them a requirement of graduation. A separate bill mandates mental health instruction in middle schools and high schools. Content will include mental wellness habits, signs and symptoms of common conditions, and how to seek help. • Assembly Bill 928 streamlines the transfer process from community colleges to California State and Univer-

sity of California schools by creating a common set of general-education courses and placing all potential transfers on a “guaranteed path” to a Cal State campus unless they opt out. • California becomes the first state in the country to classify “stealthing” — the non-consensual removal of a condom during sex—as sexual battery. • In an extension of pandemic-era rules, California restaurants are allowed to continue selling to-go cocktails with food orders through 2026. They can also keep offering cocktails, beer, and wine in outdoor parklets for an additional year once pandemic emergency orders are lifted. • Beginning January 1, the state launched a pilot program that allows people to legally collect and eat roadkill, specifically deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, or wild pig, by securing a “wildlife salvage permit.” • Assembly Bill 1096 strikes the word “alien” from the state code and replaces it with the terms “noncitizen” or “immigrant.” Governor Gavin Newsom said the word “alien” has helped fuel a “divisive and hurtful narrative.” • The COVID-era executive order that sent mail-in ballots to every registered voter in California is here to stay, with mail-in voting extended to local elections as well. Individuals will still be able to vote in person if they choose. • A new animal welfare law sets the nation’s toughest living-space standards for breeding pigs. Fearing rising prices and job losses, critics have called for delaying enforcement until 2024 to give farmers enough time to comply. • Garment workers must now be paid hourly instead of by how many items they make. Separately, farmworkers must receive overtime after working more than eight hours in a day, and double pay after more than 12 hours. • As of July 1, electronic cigarettes will be subject to a new 12.5 percent sales tax. The proceeds will go toward public n health and education programs.


Ortega Park Renovation Grant Denied COU RTESY


ity Hall’s $8.5 million grant application to give Ortega Park a bells-and-whistles makeover was not approved by the state agency, leaving plans for the embattled Eastside park in limbo. City parks czar Jill Zachary considered the $8.4 million critical to funding an estimated $15 million project designed to greatly improve Ortega Park for its neighborhood residents. (Where those additional funds would come from was a matter of political speculation.) The plans included new all-purpose fields: a basketball court, baseball diamond, skateboard park, splash pads, a new swimming pool, Ping-Pong tables, and bocce courts. (The cost of the new pool would require a separate fundraising campaign.) All this began to unspool dramatically early last year when neighborhood activists objected that the 14 Ortega Park murals—a robust manifestation of the city’s Chicano Pride movement of the 1970s and early 1980s — would be lost. The Architectural Review Board refused to approve the proposal unless greater effort was made to protect the murals. Activists enlisted some of the

New Year, New You original muralists to support their demands, but City Hall enlisted other—more youthful—muralists to support their plan. With neither side talking to the other, gridlock ensued. The grant application, its deadline looming, appeared in peril. Finally the state extended its deadline, a public effort brought the two sides together, and the ABR and the Planning Commission approved the project. Yet it failed. Why is unclear. The grant was funded by a bond measure primarily created to build new parks or improve existing ones serving poorer neighborhoods. Ortega Park certainly qualifies. Zachary told the council she will continue looking for funding, but a finalized park design was critical. To that end, she will work with park stakeholders to better document the murals as they exist —Nick Welsh today.

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os Pueblos Ranch, one of Santa Barbara County’s most historic ranches, was just sold to the family of Roger Himovitz for an asyet-undisclosed sum by its longtime owners, the Schulte family. The 214-acre property, which spreads along the Gaviota Coast on the ocean side of the freeway, will be operated by the Dos Pueblos Institute as an outdoor classroom teaching sustainable agriculture and as a site for Chumash bands to use for ceremonies, according to the Institute representative Geoff Alexander. The property, on the market for many years, listed for $40 million. “Dos Pueblos” refers to two Chumash villages that existed across the creek from each other. Spanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo first wrote about seeing them in 1542. Later, in 1769, when members of the Portolá expedition arrived, the Chumash reportedly greeted the colonists with enthusiasm and generosity. By 1842, the land was part of a much larger holding—15,000 acres—given by the Mexican government to Nicolas Den, an Irish immigrant and doctor who is credited for saving the Santa Barbara Mission from terminal neglect.

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l Himovitz, a politically liberal developer who has lived in Santa Barbara for more than 25 years, helped start the El Capitán campground—famous for its luxury yurts. It sold last year to a publicly traded company specializing in senior living communities and RV parks. According to Alexander, Himovitz has no plans to open Dos Pueblos to camping, or to commercial development, or to building a private home. The existing structures—about 10—date back to the 1920s and are in need of serious work. “In many ways, the property’s a magnificent wreck,” he said. Current renters will be allowed to remain, and he suggested the property could become part of California’s network of Coastal Trails. Any development would have to comply with the county’s recently passed Gaviota Conservation Plan and the California Coastal Commission. —NW

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he California Supreme Court ruled unanimously this week that Presbyterian Camp and Conference Centers Inc. (PCCC), the company that owns and operates the mountaintop Rancho La Scherpa retreat center, is financially liable for the 2016 Sherpa Fire that burned nearly 7,500 acres of the Gaviota Coast. The ruling allows Cal Fire

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Cook, who lived at and maintained the property. On June 15, 2016, a malfunctioning chimney in one of the cabins caused it to fill with smoke. Cook grabbed a smoldering log from the fireplace and carried it to an outdoor fire pit. It was a particularly gusty day, and sparks from the log ignited nearby vegetation. The ensuing blaze prompted widespread evacuations, closed beaches and Highway 101, and took more than 2,000 firefighters nearly a month to extinguish. No injuries were reported, and only one structure was destroyed. (A written typo during initial dispatches dropped the “c” from “Scherpa,” and the misspelling of the incident stuck.) PCCC attorneys had argued that, per a minor amendment in 1971 to California’s Health and Safety Code, findings of corporate liability ought to be limited to negligent acts committed with the direction, authorization, or ratification of a sufficiently high-ranking corporate official. The panel of seven judges disagreed, stating, “We find Presbyterian’s theory to be both an arbitrary interpretation of the law and one that is difficult to apply on —Tyler Hayden a practical basis.”


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ocals taking a morning walk at Tajiguas Beach on New Year’s Day were in for a huge surprise when they found a 44-foot-long humpback whale washed onto the sand. “I went down to see what was going on, and there she was,” said Kevin Loughran. Loughran contacted the Channel Islands Cetacean Research Unit, which studies abandoned or stranded whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the Santa Barbara Channel. Coordinator Diane Alps arrived early the next day with her team to take measurements and tissue samples in order to determine potential factors leading to the whale’s death. There have been only a handful of cases of beached whales in the past few years in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties, Alps said. The last humpback she could recall was in August near Jalama Beach. “As heartbreaking as it is, it’s rare,” she said. In her work, the opportunity to study whales in the area is invaluable, and the research unit takes care to make sure the mammal’s death can provide some insight into their lifestyle. “It provides an immense amount of information,” she explained. It is too early to know the cause of death, Alps said, but the research unit was able to determine the whale was a 3-4-year-old young female. “We could see no obvious signs of trauma,” Alps said. She added that all organ and tissue sam-

ples seemed healthy, and there was no evidence it had ingested a foreign substance. Depending on the location, beached whales can either be left in place to decompose, or sometimes donated to museums or other research institutions. Since Tajiguas is a state-owned beach, Alps said they prefer it be left alone, creating a “nutrient-rich environment” for the natural habitat. The process could take weeks. Alps cautioned against approaching or touching the carcass in any way. Removing any tissue or bones is a federal offense. “People should be aware and keep their distance,” Alps said. —Ryan P. Cruz



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Opinions HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Like most sensible ideas I ever had, I stole it. In this case, it was from a neighbor up the street, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in England. He was commenting on the so-called “insurrectionists” who swarmed the U.S. Capitol a year ago this Thursday like a pack of quick-twitch-musclefiber zombies with the scent of human brain

still fresh in their nostrils. He didn’t care much for the term “insurrection,” he said. Why not just call it “treason?” Why not indeed? Like pretty much any naturalized U.S. citizen, he knew far more about the Constitution than I and 98.7 percent of our native-born types did. He’d been forced to study it inside and out. It’s one of the many things required of all naturalized citizens on their path to citizenship. Call him sentimental, but the right to vote and the peaceful transition of power from one president to the next is, well, sacrosanct. It—and not the physical structure of the Capitol building—is what makes America “America.” And it was precisely this that was under siege 365 days ago this week. And still is. His suggestion? Anyone found guilty of joining the January 6 mob in an effort to block the final Congressional ratification of last November’s election should be stripped of their citizenship. For traitors, he argued, those privileges should be forfeit. And as non-citizens, they

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could be picked up and deported, left perhaps on the other side of Donald Trump’s famous “wall.”

I liked the idea. It would be much cheaper than locking some goon up for five years for tasing a cop and then bashing him senseless with a fire extinguisher. More importantly, it would be proportional. The punishment would actually fit the crime. Of the 700 individuals so far charged with their role in the attempted coup, 70 have been found guilty or sentenced. Most have gotten slaps on the wrist. They were firsttime offenders. They had been lathered up, they argued, by a president who, they have since come to understand, lied to them. Not one has yet been denaturalized. Too bad. If it was fit punishment for America’s favorite anarchist Emma Goldman — who famously said if she couldn’t dance, she wanted no part of any revolution—it should be good enough for people whose idea of “peaceful protest” includes showing up with bear repel-

lent, tear gas, bulletproof vests, helmets, walkie-talkies, portable ladders, and rappelling ropes. Goldman was a Russian-born naturalized American citizen who spoke out against the draft during World War I and

loudly urged young men to resist. For what would appear a rudimentary exercise of free speech, Goldman was charged and convicted of the crime of sedition and then deported. So were about 250 others at the time whose chief


offense was being foreign-born and believing in socialism. About 40 years later, the federal government would pursue treason charges against Ezra Pound, a poet of considerable note who also happened to be a screaming fascist. Pound managed to dodge this bullet by being found clinically insane and was socked away in the soundproof basements of St. Elizabeths, then a notorious asylum in Washington, D.C., for 13 years. In the ensuing days, we will be hearing much about the Big Lie. For the record, Trump filed no less than 60 legal challenges contesting last November’s election results and lost every single one. No evidence. Many of the judges who ruled against him were Trump appointees. Many of the secretaries of state were good God-fearing Republicans. Still, we are told, it was all rigged. Not even Santa Barbara arch-Republican Mike Stoker —who served as a high-ranking EPA administrator during the Trump administration after having launched the now infamous “Lock her up” chant during the Republicans’ presidential convention in 2016—could drink this Kool-Aid. And Stoker had been hired by the Trump campaign to be on the lookout for election-night voting irregularities at polling sites in Pennsylvania. The scary news is that roughly 21 million Americans believe that the election that put Joe Biden in the White House was somehow tainted and that the use of force to restore

Donald Trump to the throne is justified. That’s 8 percent of the population. It’s not just crazy shamans sprouting horns out of their helmets. Robert Pape, the University of Chicago researcher who runs a think tank on security and threats, did the deepest dive yet into the backgrounds of all 730 people charged in the Capitol attack. He found that only 13 percent were members of White supremacist groups. Pape discovered that instead, more than half those arrested were business owners, CEOs from white-collar occupations— doctors, lawyers, architects. Two-thirds were older than 34, mostly clustered in their forties and fifties. They were more educated —25 percent had college degrees—and employed. Most came from counties that voted for Biden. Very few, it turns out, came from counties that voted for Trump. Perhaps most importantly, according to Pape, is that most came from communities that have seen a significant demographic shift in which the White people saw their numbers decline relative to people who are not White. In right-wing circles, this is known as “The Great Replacement.” Twenty-one million people is a lot. If Pape is right, maybe it is an insurrection after all. Even so, if they could deport Emma Goldman for speaking out against the draft, they can certainly deposit these individuals on the dark side of Trump’s Wall. It would be pro—Nick Welsh portional.


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t’s a brand-new year, bringing opportunities for fresh looks at old problems, new dynamics in cooperation and teamwork, and confidence that we can weather whatever the challenges we face. We need robust communication and calm logic to replace the hyperbole and fear that’s plagued us all in recent times. This New Year, I hope we all look at our public safety personnel in the same light we did during the Thomas Fire, debris flow, and other events that tested those resources. We expect superior performance, and we are blessed with some of the best personnel in the business. I hope that all government agencies, from local to state to federal, can find a way to work collaboratively to achieve the levels of service we deserve for our investment of tax dollars. Partisan politics often hinder our trek to that promised land. Government isn’t always the answer, nor should it be the problem. Thoughtful and focused governance is desired by our constituents. I will be reaching out to my colleagues to build cooperation. Lastly, my fondest wish and greatest focus will be to expedite our return to economic prosperity and social normalcy to the extent possible. We have a head start in that we live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet and a community esprit de corps that is our great advantage. I’m ready to work for you. To health, prosperity and happiness!

—Randy Rowse, Mayor-Elect, S.B.

Good Riddance, 2021


he year 2021 was a bad year, period, for America and the world. At fault: President Biden and his merry band of socialist pals. Their ultimate goal: Destroy our Republic and make America a socialist nation. The damage done to America in such a short time has been mind-blowing. A chaotic open border, the destruction of our energy sector, a crime wave due to letting felons go free and lax crime prosecutions, massive

socialist spending bills that will bankrupt America, and weakness on the international stage. In the future we may see China invade Taiwan, Russian attack Ukraine, and Iran go nuclear and try to destroy Israel. With the close of 2021 in sight, the question must be asked: Will the year 2022 be any better? As a nation, will we stand up to the tyranny of the left and put the best interest of Americans and America first? Time will tell.

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—Diana Thorn, Carpinteria

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oy, this Year in Photos was an amazing “up.” It told of normal and joyous things the year-long. Right now, when we’re feeling like nothing works. When a rational friend of mine started looking for evidence of the demons running around … it had to be demons! Yikes! So thanks for the wonderful and in sequence photos. What a lift! —Judith James, Lompoc

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just want to send a huge thank-you to Ryan Cruz and the Independent for profiling the program for formerly incarcerated students at UCSB. As a graduate of UCSB, I couldn’t be more proud of having gone to a school that sponsors such a program. I was especially impressed by the people interviewed. I would have never known this existed if not for your article — so thank you for shining a light on it. Certainly good news in a hard year. —Kelly Soifer, S.B.

For the Record

¶ In the last news section, December 23, we note that Craig Case was a former board member of the City College Foundation, not the Board of Trustees. Also, the Ellwood Queen, a 134-year-old lemon-scented gum tree, is 14 feet in circumference, not diameter.

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obituaries Patricia Ruja

9/26/1933 - 11/12/2021

On November 12th 2021 Patricia Ruja passed away. She passed in her room, in her house in Santa Barbara, on her own terms. She was 88 years old. It was her time. Her passing will be mourned and her absence from the lives of those who knew and loved her acutely felt. Patricia was born in Sidney, Australia and emigrated to America in 1960. She was an unassuming rebel who was raised in a strict Irish Catholic home. Patricia’s rebellion was never about impressing others or getting attention. She did not sport any tattoos. Her fashion sense was stylish and non-confrontational. But if she wanted to do something, she did it. If norms and conventional wisdom discouraged it, she was all the more committed. She felt society and her family expected nothing more of her than an early marriage and children. Challenging the narrow expectations of her culture and time, Patricia worked as a stewardess, trained and worked as a nurse, worked in England and sin of sins, married an American from outside of her faith. Patricia had an intimidating work ethic. She worked as a nurse for 58 years. For most of her adult life she worked two jobs. She worked for most of the health care providers in Santa Barbara and some hospitals in LA. She also worked as a private nurse for the famous actor Peter Sellers in the 1960’s. She managed the library at St John’s seminary in Camarillo after earning a Masters in Library Sciences from UCLA. She was a lifelong learner and despite the pressures of raising two sons as a single mother in a foreign land, she found the energy to attend Santa Barbara City College, earn her bachelors from UCSB and her Masters from UCLA, all while working full time as a nurse. During this time she also became a citizen of the United States. In her late middle age Patricia decided she would learn Spanish, so she attended an immersion course in Mexico and took classes and practiced with friends for decades. That her Spanish was always characterized by her unique Australian accent, and that no real fluency was ever achieved, is immaterial as the effort was testimony to her stubbornness and dedication to a challenge. Patricia had a graciousness that drew people to her. Her home was a special place for family and friends. She liked to dance and loved live music. She had a 14


To submit obituaries for publication, please call (805) 965-5205 or email sense of humor that never left her and was a part of her incredible resilience. Patricia had a good life, but it was not charmed. Her mother, a beloved brother and her father all died relatively young. She was divorced and left to raise two boys without material support from their father. She was widowed twice. Though affected by these tragedies she was never bitter, she never gave in to pain, smiled readily and laughed easily. She never let tragedy detract from the good. As an avid gardener she literally smelled the roses. Patricia is survived by her two sons Tim and Peter, her brother Gerad, her daughter Inlaw Nina, her grand daughter Madeline, her sister in law Josephine. A memorial will be held in the 3rd week of February 2022 Covid and good sense permitting.

Efrain C Moreno

10/17/1960 - 12/15/2021

Beloved husband Efrain C. Moreno (Ez) of Ventura, CA, born 10/17/1960, transitioned into heaven peacefully on December 15, 2021 after a long battle with Multiple System Atrophe. He was surrounded by his beloved wife Rosie Aguilar-Moreno and children, Jesús, Jasmín & Joaquín. Efrain was raised in Santa Paula, CA and graduated from Santa Paula High School, Ventura College and UC Santa Cruz. The 3rd eldest of 7 children born to Adalberto & Olivia Moreno. Sisters: Sylvia, Olivia & Beatrice and brothers: Beto, Mario & Jorge. Ez worked in the vitamin industry in Santa Barbara, CA for many years. A chicano activist, accomplished percussionist, artist, athlete & lifelong learner passionate about many causes. Efrain enjoyed spending time with his family, playing music, reading, drawing/sketching, teaching himself keyboard, bass guitar, flute & trombone. Celebration of Ez event to take place soon. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in memory of Efrain Moreno to the Movement Disorders Program at Cedars Sinai or online at https://cedars-sinai. edu/donate, please mark the dedication tribute box stating in memory of Efrain Moreno. The family would like to thank all the medical professionals who took part in Efrain’s care over the years. The family would appreciate any shared memories sent via at https://www.

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John Yanos

12/22/1940 - 12/14/2021

John Yanos, Born to George & Bozenka December 22, 1940. John attended Brown Military Academy & Long Beach State. He served in the Air Force while married to Janie. John Accepted a position at SBRC & moved the family to Goleta, Ca. A Pepperdine Graduate, he enjoyed flying, fishing, nature, travel & Aerospace with his loved ones. He devoted himself to his newsletter Healthy Tidbits. John passed away December 14, 2021. Survived by his daughters Debra & Bozenka; Grandchildren Brooke, Logan, Jessie, Alexandra & Bryan. Great Grandchildren Mia, Parker, Serena & Lucy. Honor Guard Service – 8 Jan 2022 @ 2:30 Christ Lutheran Church

Carla Vivian (Nielsen) O’Neill 9/16/1946 - 12/18/2021

Carla Vivian (Nielsen) O’Neill passed away peacefully at home on December 18th, after a long battle with cancer. She was 75 years old. She was born to Ross K. and Ann (Lozoski) Nielsen in Montebello, California and moved with her parents and brother Paul to Santa Barbara. She grew up in the house her father built on More Ranch Road, “Cinco Robles.” She attended St. Raphael’s School and graduated at the top of her class at Bishop Garcia Diego High School (‘64). She went on to attend The University of California at Berkeley (B.A., ‘68, but by her own admission, she was way too square back then to be a hippie) and The University of California at Santa Barbara (M.A. History, ‘69). While working as a teaching assistant at Santa Barbara City College, she met Desmond O’Neill. After a brief courtship, they married on June 20, 1970 at the Old Mission. In 1971, they moved to their first and only home on Portesuello Avenue. In 1974, Carla and Des welcomed twin girls, Siobhan (Augusta) and Eileen. When her daughters were toddlers, Carla went back to school at UCSB and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1979. In 1980, she

began working as a CPA for Richard Hilliard. Later, they became business partners and worked together for most of their careers. True to the adage, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life,” she loved what she did, and thus reluctantly retired in 2020. Countless long-term clients would tell you that maybe they started out that way, but that they considered her a fierce protector, loyal advocate, and treasured friend. Carla was active in the community. She volunteered as an advisor to the UCSB chapter of her college sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, and served on the boards of alma mater Bishop High School and the Santa Barbara Symphony. She was a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North. Carla will be remembered by all who knew her for her many talents: She was an amazing singer and loved classic Broadway show tunes. She was an excellent cook and baker and threw an amazing dinner party. She appreciated all manner of painting, sculpture, and folk art. Everyone who knew her will probably remember her for her impeccable fashion sense, taking designer clothes and jewelry from good to great. She occasionally joked, “when you don’t know what to wear, wear your jewelry.” Carla loved animals, especially all of the family cats, parrots, and her dogs, Zeus and Harley. She especially loved watching birds in her backyard. Carla was very fond of her relatives in Denmark, and visited them several times, most recently in 2018. She liked to travel, from weekend trips to Carmel to weeks-long adventures abroad with Des. Carla was an involved mother. In 1984 she sewed, by hand, a set of costumes for the cast of daughter Siobhan’s children’s theater production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Also in the mid-80s, she joined daughter Eileen and husband Des on stage in Goleta Civic Ballet/Santa Barbara Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Arlington Theater. She gamely attended countless dramatic and dance performances that her husband and daughters were in. She was the best advisor and personal shopper her husband and daughters ever had. Carla was a devoted grandmother, “Mimi,” to her grandson, Alan Guerard, with whom she rediscovered the joys of bowling, ice-cream sundaes at Fenton’s, and all kinds of “boy stuff,” bestowing her beloved bright-red Mustang upon him (and the insurance rates upon his resigned parents). “Grace, charm, good humor, high intelligence, and sound common sense.” Carla is survived by her husband of 51 years, Des O’Neill of Santa Barbara, daughter Siobhan O’Neill Schwenk (Carl), daughter Eileen O’Neill Guerard (Ben), and grandson Alan; sister-in-law Linda O’Neill; sister-in-law Carolyn Nielsen, niece Kristine Weber (Pat), and nephew Paul Nielsen (Kim). Service will be held once COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Ann Margaret Barker 11/13/1938 - 12/18/2021

Ann Margaret Barker passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 18, 2021, just one week before her favorite holiday. She left this life surrounded by her beloved family, listening to the voices of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandson, and holding her loving husband’s hand. Ann was born November 13, 1938 in Queens, New York. Her Italian parents, Millie and Armand Renga, met in New York after her father arrived from Italy. At just 3 years old, Ann and her family relocated to California and Santa Barbara was their new home. She remained in Santa Barbara, attending local schools, and worked as a telephone operator after graduating from Santa Barbara High School. As a young woman, Ann enjoyed spending time with her cousins and riding her horse, Gypsy, in the foothills of Santa Barbara. She met the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Barker, and they were married on June 27, 1959. Ann devoted her life to taking care of her family. She raised 3 children and helped raise 4 granddaughters and 1 great-grandson. She had a warm and giving nature and put her family’s needs above all else. Ann cherished Italian family dinners and family vacations to Yosemite, Disneyland, and Las Vegas. She was full of life and love and always entertained her family with stories of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Ann is survived by her loving husband, Richard “Dick” Barker, her daughter, Melinda McMahon (Jim), her daughter, Susan Nelson, her son Richard Barker (Julie), her granddaughters, Tessie Nelson, Kelly Barker, Bridget McMahon, and Sydney Barker, her great-grandson, Hunter Spann, her brother, Armand Renga (Kym), her sister, Camille Dellar (Ron), and an extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews. The family of Ann would like to share their gratitude to the home of Casa Rhoda House and the loving staff who treated her like family and to the VNA nurses.

obituaries Sherwin J. Carlquist 7/7/1930 - 12/1/2021

Dr. Sherwin J. Carlquist is known internationally for his lifetime of work in science and art, and by several generations of colleagues, students, and friends. A botanist, plant anatomist, artist, professor at Pomona College and UCSB, and avid field researcher, he spent half a century traveling the world on National Science Foundation grants and the force of his curiosity to author numerous seminal books on island biology, botany, and wood anatomy, as well as roughly 340 papers in peer-reviewed journals. More remarkable than the quantity are his conceptual advances, with many ideas in wood anatomy and island biology explored for the first time. More information, written in Sherwin’s inimitable voice, is available at his website Sherwin was also the author, photographer, and publisher of over ten malein-nature photography books, celebrating the natural male body in numerous beloved California landscapes. Inquiries related to his artistic work and books can be sent to sherwincarlquistphotography@gmail. com. Towards what might have been the end of an illustrious scientific and artistic career, Sherwin settled in Hope Ranch in the home he helped design in 1956 for an equally prolific retirement. There, he published dozens of peer-reviewed papers and five more books of his personal photography. He was a professor emeritus at UCSB, conducted research at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and volunteered at Cottage Hospital and Pacific Pride Foundation, organizations with missions dear to his heart. Condensing any life to a collection of paragraphs will always pale to the enormity of any one achievement, relationship, career, book, photograph, paper, conversation, or moment with its subject. Approaching this impossibility, the following distillation of his core values is submitted by many who knew him well: scientific inquiry, intellectual curiosity, love of the natural world, artistic expression, meaningful connection, and leaving a legacy. He taught so many to risk being an outsider, to think critically, access courage, and find enormity in the everyday. He modeled an impassioned inde-

To submit obituaries for publication, please call (805) 965-5205 or email pendence and fierce, informed advocacy. He believed it was essential to choose things to care for, and know why they’re worth it. His lifelong body of work will continue to speak for itself in both science and art, which is how he would have wanted it. A memorial in January 2022 is currently being planned; inquiries can be sent to sherwincarlquistmemorial@gmail. com for updated information.

as the Senior Hostage Officer for Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the newly-created Office of Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, freeing Americans held illegitimately against their will. Steve will be remembered for his vast knowledge, mastery of languages, humility, dry wit, lifelong dedication to civic engagement and sacrifice to his country. Stephen is survived by his father, James Newhouse, his four children, Delaney, Kenyon, Leila and Aspen Newhouse, his brothers, Scott (Pam) and Gregory Newhouse, the mother of his children and former spouse, Melanie Newhouse, his beloved aunts, Eleanor and Patricia Nangle, and his many friends around the world.

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2/9/1969 - 10/24/2021

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1/5/1952 - 7/3/2020

Stephen Patrick Newhouse, a retired foreign service officer, passed away suddenly at his home in Arlington, Virginia on October 24, 2021. He was 52 years old. Stephen was born on February 9, 1969, in Evanston, Illinois, to Mary and James Newhouse. He earned his bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his master’s degree in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Stephen joined the American Foreign Service in 1997. His 23-year diplomatic career focused on promoting American interests in multiple conflict environments, including Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and spearheading international donor conferences for the reconstruction of Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon. While in Washington, D.C. Stephen was posted at the National Security Council at the White House as Director of the G8, at the State Department as Director of Economic Policy for East Asia and as Deputy Director of Egypt and Levant Affairs and at the United States Trade Representative as the Senior Advisor on Japan, Korea and APEC. His career included a teaching stint as an adjunct professor at the United States Coast Guard Academy, a sabbatical in Santa Barbara and service as the Regional Director of the Office of Foreign Missions in Los Angeles. As highlights of his career, in 2004, he helped to open the American Embassy in Baghdad in the former palace of Saddam Hussein, and in 2019, he served

Sonny passed away in Ormond Beach, FL on July 3, 2020, almost certainly from pulmonary complications due to Covid-19. We will remember him as a son, a brother, a husband, and a lovable friend who always made us laugh. Sonny was born as William Charles Wirsing on January 5th, 1952, to Mary Cecelia Walker and Edwin F. Wirsing in Oceanside, California. They lived in Huntington Park and moved to Pasadena in the early 60s, several years after Sonny’s younger brother Jimmy was born (1956). Sonny attended Allendale Elementary School and then McKinley Junior High School in Pasadena. In 1967 Sonny’s family moved to Whittier where Sonny attended Whittier High School and graduated in 1970. In the early 1970s, Sonny moved to Santa Barbara and settled in Summerland. His early jobs included working at the Sears on La Cumbre Rd and the old County hospital near El Sueno Rd. He continued his education, first at SBCC, getting AA degrees in General Studies in 1973 and Business Administration in 1981, and later at San Jose State, taking more courses in Business Administration. In 1979, Sonny met the love of his life, Debbie Curley. After

a few more years in Santa Barbara, they got married in Hawaii and moved to the Bay Area where they both worked for Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, living in the town of El Granada. In the early 90s, they moved to the Big Island of Hawaii. Although they parted ways in the early 2000s, they never lost their love for each other. Sonny returned to Santa Barbara, where he worked for Direct Relief International for several years. Sonny then continued to Florida, to be near his mother and brother until they passed. He finally settled in the town of Ormond Beach, Florida. Sonny’s passion was the ocean, and all the ways to enjoy it: surfing, sailing, windsurfing, rowing. He could not be far from a view of the water for too long. He also loved to play golf, especially at Hapuna Golf Course on Big Island Hawaii. We wish to extend our gratitude to Sonny’s friends in Florida, in his final days. Especially his dear friend Jill Chambery, who went above and beyond to visit him every day in the hospital for 3 months, and as a nurse became the sole advocate for his care and comfort. Your loving friendship was and is an inspiration for us all. If you want to read more about Sonny’s life, or even add some stories of your own, please visit his memorial website at . If you wish, please make a donation in his name to Direct Relief or Heal the Ocean. Goodbye my friend, you will be in my heart as long as I take breath.

John Patrick Stelly 1946 - 2021

John Patrick Stelly was born to Leo and Marie Stelly in Detroit Michigan, October 14, 1946. He joined the monastery following graduation from Detroit Catholic Central, and then attended the University of Detroit. The sixties found him exploring the East Coast, where he called Cape Cod home for a period of time.


The early seventies took him West, and he settled in Santa Barbara. He worked for Haagen Printing, met and married his wife Joan, and raised their children Amber and Ron. He was a natural for calling the plays as the announcer for Ron’s Little League games, and enjoyed playing softball with the Santa Barbara Men’s Softball League. Following their dreams of building a house and starting a business, John and Joan moved to Apple Valley, California in 1980. In 1991, the Stellys moved their microfilm business and home to Simi Valley, California to be closer to extended family. Next to his grandchildren, John loved golf and his pontoon boat. He was an active member of Laguna Vista Boat Club for over twenty-five years. He served on the board as president and then as secretary for a combined term of over fifteen years. John enjoyed the community of the club, work parties, BBQ’s, and sharing spontaneous boat rides with friends. He loved sunset cruises, exploring the lake at midnight, and simply being anchored in a cove on a warm day. John was an avid golfer. He enjoyed his membership with The Gold Coast Plumbers and Peddlers, and was the handicap chairman for several years. He was also a member of Simi Hills Men’s Golf Club, where he played for the Men’s Senior League. John played many challenging courses – Pebble Beach was a highlight. More recently, John liked to say, a good day golfing was when he broke a 100 playing with one ball. Since retiring John enjoyed spending time traveling with family and friends, making “Kenny wine”, lake trips and BBQ’s. He also enjoyed cocktails at Harry’s, his feet in the sand at Shoreline, and a cold Coors Light on ice anywhere, anytime. John was predeceased by his parents, older brother, Frank and younger sister, Mary. He is survived by his wife Joan of 43 years, his children: Amber Greenelsh (Scott), Ronald Isbell, and his three grandchildren, Garrick Greenelsh, Cailin Greenelsh, and Dylan Stevens. He is also survived by his brother, Paul Stelly (D’Ann) of Royal Oak, Michigan and his sister in law, Janet Stelly, of Thousand Oaks California. John loved life and was known for his easy smile, dry sense of humor, and his kind and generous heart. A celebration of life is planned for John on January 9, between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm at Mulligans Café and Bar, at the Santa Barbara Golf Club, 3500 McCaw Ave. Santa Barbara, Ca. 93105. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to St Jude’s or the charity of your choice.

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on the 500 block of West Canon Perdido for band practice in a new open-air studio. Despite their musical apprenticeship — the stops and starts, the flubs and retakes — a curious listener might be surprised to recognize that the themes and flights of lyricism are from the great Black music canon: jazz. Approximately 40 students from the Lighthouse and Village at Santa Barbara apartments are currently enrolled in the Turner Foundation Music and Imagination Program (TFMI), where they are learning to play classic jazz and blues compositions by mid-20th-cen-


Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Rojas has pursued a passion for music since he was a teen. He plays multiple instruments, reads and composes music, and sings. His current group, the Rent Party Blues Band, has roots in his years at Santa Barbara High School, and the band gigs around town regularly. Although he heard all kinds of music growing up — rock and salsa, funk and world music — the great figures of jazz and blues have always been his personal heroes. When discussing Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, or Charlie Parker, Rojas’s expressive face lights up. Thanks to his personal initiative, plus his education as a music major at Santa Barbara City College, his knowledge extends to every corner of American music — the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, Chicago, New Orleans, and Texas. You name it, and Rojas can play it. Yet within this expansive musical mindset, there’s a special place reserved for the character-building qualities he associates with jazz and blues improvisation. Any doubt about the effectiveness of his approach vanishes when his students talk about their experience in the program. The Turner Foundation Music and Imagination program is free and open to all residents of the Village at Santa Barbara and Lighthouse apartments. Thanks to generous support from SONOS, the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, DW Music Foundation, individual donors, and TV Shield, there are plenty of new musical instruments. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 2-6:30 p.m., and students who demonstrate serious commitment to the program can earn the privilege of taking their instruments home to practice on nights and weekends. In the adjacent office and practice space


Uses Jazz and Blues to Teach Life by Charles Donelan tury greats, such as Thad Jones, Herbie Hancock, Hazel Scott, and Sonny Rollins. Whether they are 14-year-old veterans or 9-year-old beginners, these Westside kids choose to spend their precious after-school hours practicing the chord changes of bebop and the intervals of the blues. What, in 2021, could be motivating them to do this? The answer is the story of the Turner Foundation Music and Imagination program (TFMI) and how its director, David Rojas, is bringing the joy and the discipline of structured musical improvisation to the youth of the city’s Westside.



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where Rojas stores the instruments, there’s a library of music books, recordings, and instructional DVDs. The heart of the TFMI program resides in the welcoming, modern space that Rojas has created within the Village at Santa Barbara Community Learning Center. The SONOS & S.B. Bowl Foundation Open-Air Music Studio (OAMS) is a handsome space with wood paneling and a large canopy shade to protect the musicians from the sun. A professional mixing board sits locked inside a tool chest until Rojas opens it and a hydraulic system lifts the board to working height. When all this great gear is connected through a laptop, students can plug in their instruments and see themselves play on a large flat-screen mounted on the wall.

JAZZ LIVES As anyone familiar with the challenges of improvised music will tell you, it takes a long time before you can do it with confidence. Rojas incorporates self-awareness into the curriculum and builds confidence in his students by asking them to assess their progress at regular intervals. Fatima, the 12-year-old guitarist, with her Mickey Mouse T-shirt and her Fender, seems both a child and a budding rocker. She said that when she began the program, she was at the humble level of one on a scale of 10. She had no previous musical instruction but has learned to handle her instrument, read music, and play some jazz changes in less than a year. For her, the environment that Rojas and his students create is “always smooth and always fun.” Paul the pianist and Juan the trombone player both agree. They all started in the program knowing nothing, but today they see themselves as modest fives or hopeful sixes on that scale of competence. What makes this ad hoc self-assessment so compelling is not so much the numbers but rather the evidence the students produce to back their claims. Fatima says that when she arrived, she “didn’t even know how to


BOTH SIDES NOW: David Rojas brings years of experience as program director at Notes for Notes on the Eastside to his current role as director of music programs at the Turner Foundation on the Westside.

Cover Story strum,” and now she “can play all kinds of chords.” Paul says that now he knows the value of every key on the piano, can read music, and can “build chords.” And Juan speaks of changes and intervals with the confidence of someone well on his way to performing and composing. You may have heard that jazz is dead. Yet to the young members of the TFMI Youth Blues & Jazz Band, the charts from The Real Book, the jazz musician’s bible, are fascinating. For Rosa, 14, the band’s singer, unlocking the secrets of these mysterious compositions is one of her favorite parts of the program: “I get to learn songs that I’ve never known before.”



One dividend of visiting with David Rojas was learning about the Turner Foundation. This philanthropic organization, which began in Southern California, now owns and operates both the Village and the Lighthouse, a similar, more recently acquired property on San Pascual. In 1958, the Reverend Dr. Alfred J. Turner created the

As long as the kids feel the rhythm and stay with the pulse, it doesn’t matter so much what they’re doing because they’re in the groove. —David Rojas

Rose Garden, a 214-unit project in Riverside that offered low-cost housing to seniors for more than 30 years. Turner passed away in 1987, and his daughter Patty and her husband, Rev. Jonathan Wilson, took over the Turner Foundation. In 2005, the Foundation sold the Rose Garden to California Baptist University and invested in the property that was then known as Casa Perdido and is today the Village at Santa Barbara. The couple had fallen in love with Santa Barbara when their two sons were attending Westmont, and they knew from the Foundation’s experience in Riverside how to work with city and federal housing authorities to finance properties that serve the elderly, working families, and those with disabilities. Today, between the Village and the Lighthouse complex on San Pascual Street, the Turner Foundation operates 200 such affordable rental units on Santa Barbara’s Westside. Each Turner Foundation apartment complex has a


What makes jazz, with all its specificity to the AfricanAmerican experience, such a valuable and beneficial introductory music curriculum, especially in a context where students have not necessarily been exposed to the music before? Rojas describes his method as fundamentally communal and based on the shared experience of being musically “in time.” “In the beginning, when they are first getting comfortable with their instruments, I will ask them just to play scales, but I always ask them to do it in time with the rest of the group,” Rojas told me. “As long as they feel the rhythm and stay with the pulse, it doesn’t matter so much what they’re doing because they’re in the groove.” When playing in time becomes a habit, students

start to hear progressions and think about making a statement with their instrument. “That’s what I’m after,” says Rojas — the moment when it feels natural for players to express their voices. A substantial body of knowledge has been devoted to the value of learning to improvise. One of the most comprehensive discussions is Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life, by the Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis. He defines this timebased approach to improvisation in terms that apply to all kinds of situations, not just playing music. “Jazz reminds you that you can work things out with other people,” the trumpeter and bandleader writes. “It’s hard, but it can be done.” Marsalis notes how “the pressure of time forces you to be spontaneous in jazz,” and he offers a helpful framework for comprehending the core concept of “swing.” He writes that there are three kinds of time—actual time, as measured by clocks; your time, which is a matter of perception; and “swing time,” which he defines as “a collective action.” According to Marsalis, “jazz is the collaborative effort to create a flexible alternative to actual time.” Listening to Rojas and observing the setup of his studio, where students can see themselves on a flat-screen monitor while they play, it’s easy to understand the practical application of these concepts. As Fatima put it, in the band, each person has a “role to play,” a role that comes from their willingness to work things out with others “in time.” (Marsalis will be in Santa Barbara on Friday, February 4, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to perform a concert presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures at The Granada Theatre.)

PLAYING IN THE BAND: Through the Music and Imagination program, students like vocalist Gabriela, 14, and trumpeter Juan, 14, receive free instruction, access to musical instruments, and the chance to perform in a group.


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Community Learning Center. In 2019, David Rojas came to the Village CLC as director of music programs after spending six successful years as program director at the Notes for Notes studio facility on Santa Barbara’s Eastside. Rojas told me that when the Turner Foundation reached out to him about coming west to start a new program, he was unsure at first because he didn’t want to leave the community he was serving. Encouragement from his girlfriend nudged him into creative mode, and once that started, ideas and initiatives came thick and fast. Through Notes for Notes, Rojas knew how to outfit the studio with donated equipment from SONOS and other generous companies. The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, the Squire Foundation, the DW Foundation, and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture all contributed money and instruments to the project. At TFMI, Rojas has developed a seven-part curriculum that covers everything from writing lyrics to studying the physical properties of sound. Students enter through Music Exploration, an introductory course that provides them with basic knowledge, and then can choose the next step, depending on their interests. Many elect to begin Private Music Instruction, which leads to participation in the TFMI Youth Blues & Jazz Band. Others pursue Music Enrichment Excursions that expose students to different genres of music through concerts and studio visits. Another program came about through the joint effort of TFMI and AHA!, an S.B.-based nonprofit leading in social and emotional intelligence programming. They created EQ Vibes, launched in the summer of 2021, which teaches students to exercise and expand their social and emotional intelligence (EQ) skills with their peers in an authentic professional music studio setting. Participants reflect on their experiences with music and discover their music personality. The Music Production Program gives students a hands-on experience using recording equipment, software, and techniques associated with the contemporary music recording studio in order to cap-


For anyone who would like to learn more about the program or potentially make a contribution, here’s the contact information: David Rojas, Director of Music Programs Turner Foundation Music & Imagination Program, After-School Program (805) 450-1582

LOCATION: The Village Community Learning Center 524 W. Canon Perdido St. #55, Santa Barbara, CA, 93103 MAIN OFFICE: P.O. Box 186 Santa Barbara, CA 93102 (805) 730-1200

IN THE SPACE: Rojas reports to TFMI parents and sponsors in the open-air music studio at the Village.

ture and share musical expression. Students learn how to communicate effectively with others in the music field on subjects relating to music production. The seventh offering, Cross-Curricular Studies, employs active learning protocols that lead students to discover connections between music and such disciplines as science and the culinary arts. Activities in the Cross-Curricular Studies class may involve cooking foods associated with a particular musical culture or conducting physics experiments based on the material properties of sound. In one such lesson, students make Chladni plates—flat surfaces mounted in such a way as to react to and visualize the patterns contained in sound waves. For Rojas, the adventure of connecting music to other disciplines and exploring the physical qualities of sound commands the same respect and attention as mastering a challenging composition on your instrument.

BLUES PEOPLE Like jazz, playing the blues cultivates a wide range of fundamental skills that apply in most social situations. Blues musicians have to adapt to change without losing their balance. They must respond to crises in the moment with clear thinking. Players in a blues band have to concentrate on a collective goal even when their conception of that goal does not dominate. Most importantly, they need to know how and when to express their feelings and expend their energy sustainably and productively. Yet when compared to its near-cousin jazz, blues has a metaphysical aspect that’s ordinarily more immediately tangible. Singing about pain and loss, blues musicians at once acknowledge the challenges of living in this world and commit themselves to the work of continuing to do so. As the great sociologist of music Charles Keil wrote in his 1966 classic, Urban Blues, “The blues exist because some men feel called upon to address themselves to certain basic problems, and because these songs meet a cultural demand.” By incorporating blues into the TFMI curriculum and playing and studying the blues in his own music, Rojas commits himself and his partners to an ongoing conversation about what makes a just society.




NE VER The earliest blues songs considered an astonishing variety of subjects. A list compiled by the musicologist Paul Oliver gives some idea of the range and freshness of the genre. There are blues songs about “mules, boll weevils, highways, trains, boxing, prisons, hurricanes, floods, bloodhounds, lawyers, chauffeurs, Pearl Harbor, fire departments, cities, rivers, gambling, beer, whiskey, voodoo, and sex.” While not all of these topics may be suitable for young teens, they suggest the amplitude and sheer wonder available to writers in this idiom. Rojas achieves a balance and range that comprehends most of life by supplementing the airy abstractions of jazz improvisations with the gritty, no-nonsense of the blues. When I asked Rojas about the relation between the music he’s teaching and what’s most popular today, he told me about a recent experience he had in December at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. music festival held in Exposition Park. Some of the most significant figures in the history of Black music would be performing alongside today’s top rappers. Rojas spoke with feeling of the set laid down by the Reverend Al Green. “Al Green was amazing,” he told me. “He was in great form.” But what impressed Rojas most was how Green talked to the crowd. He called everyone together and created a “circle of community” that resonated deeply with everyone. But just then, LAPD helicopters began circling the stadium, shining powerful spotlights into the audience and backstage. At first, Rojas assumed it was part of the show. He remembers thinking that Snoop Dogg, who was scheduled to come on next, had gone all out on his entrance. But the audience soon learned that the rapper Drakeo the Ruler had been fatally stabbed backstage. It would be easy to lay much significance on what was, in all honesty, not that unusual. Drakeo, whose birth name was Darrell Caldwell, came up through poverty and was incarcerated multiple times as a juvenile and adult. One of his best-known tracks, “Thank You for Using GTL,” namechecks a communications company, GTL, that provides telephone service to correctional facilities. His album The Truth Hurts contains vocals he recorded by phone from prison while serving time for conspiracy to commit murder. But as he does most things, David Rojas took the incident in stride. He’s respectful of the talent that rappers bring to their music, and he doesn’t preach against it in his lyric-writing classes. Instead, he insists on honesty, regardless of how naturalistic and even profane his students might want to be in their original work. The truth does hurt, but it can also help, and that’s what Rojas and the Turner Foundation Music and Imagination program intend — to give young people a way to be heard that’s skillful, honest, and humane. n


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he first whiff of the coming inferno was the snap hooks’ insistent clinking against the metal flagpole just outside our old ranch house. High air pressure—many miles north of our narrow perch along the southern skirt of the Santa Ynez range—propelled the hot offshore winds down our canyon en route to Refugio Beach, rousing our large California Republic flag from its customary droop and tensing its halyard. By late that Monday afternoon, we could see enormous flames under a dark cumulus plume of brown smoke, surmounting the crest of the Santa Ynez south of Solvang. The fire was bearing southeast into the upper Tajiguas drainage, torching a tinderbox of chaparral on the coast side, which hadn’t burned since 1955. Embers hopscotched toward the beach, igniting dry brush erratically on their way. By 6 p.m., the highway was closed. The coast is ominously quiet when the 101 shuts down and we can again hear the persistent waves breaking on the beach from miles up-canyon, a small blessing from the emergency closure. We knew from our experience in the 2016 Sherpa Fire that we had work to do and wouldn’t sleep for some time. Our cousin Eric came to lay out our fire hoses and connect them to the hydrants. To ensure access for the anticipated firefighters, deputies, and other officials, we propped open routinely locked gates. We located our Coleman lanterns, turned off the propane tanks, and filled the tractors, trucks, and generators with fuel. When power poles burn, we can no longer pump irrigation or drinking water; we’re not adapted to offgrid farming. We topped off the hilltop reservoir and bottled a week’s supply of drinking water. As a teenager, I once complained to my grandmother that the large power pole outside our kitchen window, installed during FDR’s rural electrification effort in the late 1930s, was an eyesore. She looked at me and said evenly, “You never lived here without electricity. I love looking at that pole.” After numerous fire and debris flow evacuations, we know what to put in the car—passport, prescriptions, wallet, checkbook, glasses, a few paintings, an 1880s portrait of our grandfather’s grandfather, and a cigar

box full of letters and postcards from our mother and grandmother. Last, a flashlight, cell phone and battery, and, of course, the dog. That’s about it. I spent the first night in the duly loaded car on top of a peak with a view from Hope Ranch to Gaviota Peak. By morning, the wind shifted in our direction. Our cousins Adam and Taylor ATV’d up to the peak from their ranch in Refugio Canyon. Our respective great-grandparents had settled in adjoining canyons in the 1800s, and we typically visit during emergencies. Together, we watched the fire burn east from Tajiguas through Aguajitos Canyon and start down the ridge toward the cousins’ ranch on Refugio Creek, the bright flames bursting intermittently in the rugged landscape. The fire burned through our ranch on Tuesday, a day of urgency, cacophony, smoke, and color. The sun was as red as the lights on the fire trucks. The hand crews’ yellow helmets and huge yellow bulldozers stood out against the brown smoke. The spray from the helicopters dipping in the reservoir was as white as the ash raining down from the sky. Five deer ran randomly through avocado orchards next to our barns, obviously frightened and confused. The background music was the battle-like chuff-chuff of helicopters’ rotors as they flew low over us to their next drop. By Tuesday evening, the fire had moved on, closing in on our cousins Mark’s and then Kathy’s ranches, both bordering the highway overlooking El Capitán Beach. We could see the fire had burned to the highway, which was still quiet. The sun glitter, typically a line on the ocean, spread across the channel, smooth on the water but reflecting a maelstrom of smoke in the sky. Last week, as the winter solstice approached, we welcomed our first real rain since those fire-soaked days in October. We appreciate the soft downpour that sinks into the dry soil, the next part of nature’s cycle. We are grateful for the firefighters and helicopter pilots who saved our and all of our cousins’ rural homes, which house so many memories. We appreciate blue skies, cool onshore breezes, and the bright white sun glitter on the deep blue of the channel at a winter’s sunset. n



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he freedom and exhilaration of being one with the ocean is an experience many can relate to, but for 14-year-old Vela Mattive, that connection has become a calling to compete and push herself to the next level. Her surfing journey is just beginning, but Mattive reached a major milestone when she captured the National Scholastic Surfing Association U14 National Championship at a November competition in Huntington Beach. “All you think about is what’s happening in the moment,” said Mattive of being out in the water. “When I caught my first wave, I felt a connection.” Mattive’s love for surfing blossomed when her family moved to Santa Barbara from the East Coast around her 9th birthday. Rincon Beach is her home base — it’s where she developed her skills and honed her competitive edge. In addition to winning the Championship, she is a two-time West Coast champ, four-time national finalist, and holds a place on the U.S.A. surf team. “She puts in the time,” said Dave Letinsky, who runs the Sexwax surf team that Mattive competes for. “She has a very good blossoming skill set that will expand as she gets bigger and stronger.” Letinsky’s role extends beyond a surf

instructor into more of a life coach who helps Mattive stay on the trajectory to become a world-class star. Competing comes naturally for Mattive. Whether it’s asserting herself on a wave at Rincon or executing a heat strategy, she does not shy away from the moment. She aspires to one day claim a spot on the world tour and surf in the Olympics. “Most people just go down the trail at Rincon, enjoy the beauty of the waves, and have fun,” Letinsky said. “You have to have that competitive fire in you if you want to make it in the pro ranks, that’s for sure.” Rincon is a point break, which doesn’t translate very well to competition. In the lead-up to the national championships, Mattive prepared by traveling to Ventura almost every day to surf “bad waves” and set up mock heats. Any setbacks along the way have not discouraged her. Mattive is homeschooled, so a routine of waking up early and heading to Ventura before coming home to complete her schoolwork has paid dividends. When the surf is really good, she’ll even go back in the evening. “She is very committed,” Letinsky said. “I don’t know any youngster that is at Rincon any more than her.” n

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behind the scenes since planting the iconic Mt. Carmel Vineyard atop the Sta. Rita Hills in 1990, Ron and Nancy Piazza are critical contributors to Santa Barbara County’s wine reputation. After decades of mostly selling pinot noir and chardonnay to producers like Longoria, Au Bon Climat, and Brewer-Clifton—not to mention being partners in the top-shelf Mail Road Wines since 2012—they’re finally putting their own name on labels to showcase a Ballard Canyon estate that they took over in 2017. Formerly known, and wellrespected, as Harrison-Clarke Vineyard, which was planted in 2001, the rechristened Bella Vista Vineyard sits on the northern edge of the Rhône-focused appellation, overlooking Stolpman, NN KETTMA Jonata, and the Beckmen family’s BY MATT Purisima Mountain Vineyard. The 14 acres of vine consist primarily of syrah and graciano, with a growing contingent of Italian varieties and cabernet sauvignon. Piazza Family Wines produces various versions of those estate grapes, as well as pinot and chard from Mt. Carmel every vintage. To do so, the Piazzas enlisted the winemaking services of Gretchen Voelcker, known for her small Luna Hart brand, with the managerial backbone of Tymari LoRe, who previously helped launch both Kitá Wines and Folded Hills. Together, the team forms an energized front of experience and experimentation who are exploring what wine can taste like when handled with open minds and honest processing. “The best thing I ever did was interview and hire Gretchen,” Ron Piazza tells me as we saddle up around a picnic table to sample Voelcker’s earliest explorations. To which Voelcker explains, “If I was going to jump in with both feet, there were plenty of things to do here. There’s so much potential.” When she was hired in 2019, Voelcker was wrapping up her job at Martian Ranch near Los Alamos, which ended operations that year. (The vineyard remains, but the facility is now home to Joey Tensley.) By then, the Philadelphia native—who was raised on a family farm, fell for wine while living in Brussels during high school, and attended both Georgetown and UC Santa Cruz—had worked at both Rideau and Roark wineries and launched Luna Hart Wines, a small-batch label focused on sauvignon blanc, grüner veltliner, and cabernet franc. With her Martian job about to evaporate, Voelcker was talking to winemaker Matt Dees about a job with Jonata. But any role there would have been a step backward on the winery ladder, so Dees—who had helped the Piazzas




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grandson. “It literally smelled like an Italian dinner,” said Voelcker of the blend’s fermentation. “It brought a tear to my eye.” Luna Hart’s syrah comes from Hinnrich’s Vineyard, located at the southern edge of Ballard Canyon. “It looks like a syrah jungle,” said Voelcker of that steep and wild vineyard planted in sandy soils, providing a stark contrast to Bella Vista’s more manicured vines planted amid limestone on the appellation’s northern extreme. While the 2018 Piazza reserve syrah was completely destemmed, the 2019 involved 40 percent whole cluster fermentation, which exhibited more telltale spice from stems. CANYON CREW: For their eponymous estate wine project atop Ballard Canyon, Ron and Nancy The Piazzas enjoy the whole-cluster Piazza, who also co-own Mail Road Wines and Mt. Carmel Vineyard, hired winemaker Gretchen style. “I always thought American Voelcker, proprietor of Luna Hart Wines. syrahs were too syrupy,” said Ron. We finished on a 2020 graciano with their first vintage in 2018—connected her to that underwent carbonic fermentation, an increasingly popular technique in California winemaking that prothis project. “Being a garagiste winemaker is what I strive for,” said duces gluggable wines. “This was created to take the place Voelcker, who makes both Piazza and Luna Hart wines in of an estate white,” said LoRe, who’s helping the family the small but well-stocked estate winery. “Now I’ve got a decide on which white grapes to plant on the estate and the 20 acres next door. (Ugni blanc? Chenin blanc? It’s always garagiste winery with all the best equipment.” During my visit, we tasted 13 different wines across the a fun thing to ponder.) I’ve loudly championed the recent rise of carbonic two labels, starting with the Piazza Mt. Carmel chardonnay. Then came Luna Hart’s grüner veltliner from Spear wines, as they’re approachable, usually more affordable, Vineyard. “It’s just the weirdest wine grape ever, with its and tend to make wine-drinking more fun than serious. big, loose clusters,” said Voelcker, who loves to cook Asian But there can be a sameness to the style, with bubblegumand spicy foods, which align with the grape’s refreshing flavored carbonic grenache tasting like carbonic syrah character. “I felt it was my perfect match.” tasting like carbonic zinfandel, and so forth. Voelcker’s She fermented 25 percent of the Luna Hart sauvignon Piazza bottling is far more complex, loaded with layers blanc from Grimm’s Bluff on the skins, employing a tech- of pepper and sagebrush that can’t be found in other nique not common for the grape. “I’m super excited about attempts. my first baby orange wine,” said Voelcker, whose sauv Though they may not serve you all 13 wines, anyone blanc is very aromatic and grippy in texture due to that skin can replicate much of my experience at Bella Vista Vinecontact. “It was a leap of faith to give it a go, but it’s one of yard by reserving a private tasting. “It’s really intimate my favorite wines, so I’m gonna stick with the program.” and always an educational piece for people,” said LoRe. Piazza’s Mt. Carmel pinot noir kicked off the reds, and And the views are among the best in the Santa Ynez then came the graciano and a blend of co-fermented gra- Valley. The estate represents a many-decade search for the ciano and syrah called Nancy’s Cuvee. “I am a purist with varietals, and even my blends show that,” said Voelcker. “I Los Angeles–residing Piazzas. They’ve wanted a place love being able to show off the intricacies of the different to stay in the region ever since buying Mt. Carmel, but they found the Sta. Rita Hills too remote. With their team components in the wine.” Luna Hart’s cabernet francs — one from Honey assembled, the Piazzas can now focus on their five kids Bear Orchard in Los Olivos, the other from Martian and nine grandkids a bit more. Ranch—were both bright and peppery in style, thanks to “If I hadn’t met Gretchen, there is no way I would have Voelcker’s early-picking strategy to ensure natural acidity taken this on,” said Ron, who’s excited about all of the and more savory rather than fruity flavors. “She’s always experiments and ideas that Voelcker and LoRe are pursuing. “I just gotta hang on to this place for dear life and see the first to pick almost everywhere,” said LoRe. The year 2019 was the first harvest for the vineyard’s where they take me!” cab and Italian varieties of sangiovese and montepulciano, which they blended into Dominic’s Estate Red, named for a See




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Wharf changed the face of then-isolated Santa Barbara, opening the door to large-scale commerce and trade. In the 150 years since, Stearns Wharf has been a vital conduit for the fishing fleet, the birthplace of commercial diving, and a focal point for the community. To celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary, the merchants are hosting Wharf Wednesdays on the first Wednesday of each month, with weekly deals culminating in an October fireworks celebration. Among the special offerings from numerous vendors, those participating food and drink purveyors are: Char West (small fountain drink for $1.50 with any entree); Conway Deep Sea Tasting Room (any five bottles for $150; buy four, get one free); Great Pacific Ice Cream Co. (buy single scoop or bowl, get second scoop for $1.50); Moby Dick (buy one happy hour dish, get 50 percent off next one); and Mother Stearns Candy Company (all truffles are $1.50). There are also deals from Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (second ceramic tile for $1.50), Nature’s Own (pink Murex shell for $1.50), and Stearns Wharf Bait & Tackle (second rental pole for $1.50, plus extra cup of bait).


Elaine Andersen Morello and Alberto Morello, owners of Olio e Limone Ristorante and other eateries, have been hired to operate a new restaurant at 1218 State Street, the former home of Mollie’s. “The new restaurant is called Bedda Mia,” she said. “Although we’ve always had touches of Sicily throughout our menus and specials at the Olios, the cuisine at Bedda Mia is strictly Sicilian, with an emphasis on seafood and fresh-produce-based dishes and Sicilian wines. ‘Bedda mia’ is Sicilian dialect for ‘bella mia’ and is used by Sicilians as a term of endearment toward, say, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend—but also in reference to Sicily itself. Bedda Mia the restaurant is an ode to our beloved Sicilia.” They expect to open this month. SAIGON BECOMING BEANS BBQ: Last November, I wrote that Beans

BBQ, a quality catering company, is going to open a brick and mortar at 1230 State Street (near the Granada) in February. At the time, I thought it would be located between Saigon and Brasil Arts Café. Now, reader Evan tells me that Saigon on State Street has suddenly closed and that they are encouraging you to visit their 3987 State Street location in Five Points. Reader Brendan adds that a small card on the door indicates Beans BBQ will be moving into the Saigon space. Visit JJ’S CLOSED: Reader Eric sent word that JJ’s Diner at 413 State

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hen the Santa Barbara Symphony returns to The Granada Theatre stage on the upcoming holiday weekend, the program will include two works by the great Mexican composer Arturo Márquez. One of them, the Danzón No. 2, is already well known. The other, a fiery and technically demanding new work called the Fandango violin concerto, appears poised to rival someday the Danzón No. 2 as the composer’s most famous composition. Márquez wrote Fandango during the pandemic for the violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. She premiered the piece COMMISSIONER MEYERS: Anne Akiko Meyers asked composer Arturo Márquez for a mariachi-inspired concerto in 2018 and played its premiere at the Hollywood Bowl in August 2021. She will bring that work, titled Fandango, to the Granada with Gustavo Dudamel, leadon January 15 and 16. ing the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in August 2021. his father was a mariachi violinist who typically start a new commission with For Nir Kabaretti and the Santa Bar- wooed his then-girlfriend with music. the composer and the work, and after bara Symphony, the collaboration rep- (She became his wife, the composer’s that, work on collaborations. A world resents an opportunity to reconnect mother.) premiere at Hollywood Bowl with Guswith Meyers, who has appeared with the The pandemic delayed the sched- tavo Dudamel and the L.A. Phil was orchestra on multiple occasions, and to uled 2020 premiere, which gave time a total dream come true, especially as meet and congratulate the composer, for changes in the score. The concerto the composer has deep connections to Arturo Márquez, who plans to visit our title, Fandango, is taken from a popular Maestro Dudamel and the Los Angecity to attend rehearsals and will be pres- Spanish dance, which is a fundamental les community. The performance was ent at the concerts. Other works on the part of flamenco. The three movements quickly followed by dates with the Seatprogram include the Capriccio Espagnol explore the many rhythms, moods, and tle Symphony and has a large number of of Rimsky-Korsakov and excerpts from techniques of different styles of dance exciting, soon-to-be-announced dates from Mexico and Spain, including fla- for next season. Bizet’s Carmen suite. Meyers graciously agreed to answer menco, huasteco, huapango, chaconne, some questions from the Independent by and mariachi. It has great joy, soulful- Fandango may become part of the 21stemail. ness, and virtuosity throughout the century repertoire for violin. What How do the three movements of Fan- score. would you say to an orchestra considerdango interact? What overall impresing it? And to a violinist? People will go sion do you strive to make with the What outcome did you imagine when you wild for the Márquez concerto, which is piece? I approached the great Mexican initiated the conversation with Arturo a blockbuster! Audience members will composer Arturo Márquez to write a Márquez that led to Fandango? Was the walk out singing the tunes and dancviolin concerto based on mariachi tra- premiere at the Hollywood Bowl some- ing to the rhythms. Violinists — be preditions in 2018. Arturo was intrigued thing you thought of initially, or was pared to practice like mad! by the idea to write this concerto, as it different than what you expected? I —Charles Donelan



THE HEAT’S ON: Sandra Vlock with one of her flaming Fireball sculptures

At El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, visitors and hotel guests can now enjoy a fine art approach to staying warm this winter, thanks to artist Sandra Vlock. Vlock has fashioned a suite of stunning works for the hotel that combine aesthetic form with valuable function. She calls her take on the ubiquitous patio heaters that keep people comfortable while dining outdoors “Fire Totems.” These artworks offer intricately carved patterns in place of the standard protective screens. In addition to the Fire Totems, El Encanto has also installed three of Vlock’s signature Fireballs. These large metal sculptures are made from upcycled mooring buoys, into which Vlock cuts dynamic designs. Every Vlock Fireball is unique. The ones on view now at El Encanto are titled “Harvest Moon,” “Turtle Play,” and “Blackbirds in the Vineyard.” To see and experience Sandra Vlock’s work, book a reservation at El Encanto or drop by for a glass of wine anytime now through the rest of the season. —CD



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THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC CAMA’s International Series has been one of Santa Barbara’s most precious cultural treasures for over a century. This fantastic resource brings the world’s top symphony orchestras to town for concerts that allow us to experience the thrill of hearing what audiences in the great musical capitals do without the time and expense of traveling to Europe or beyond. On Tuesday, January 11, the International Series recommences at The Granada Theatre for the first time since March 2020. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by Vasily Petrenko, who became its music director less than a year ago. It’s an occasion for celebration, even as we accept the responsibility that comes with attending live concerts under the present challenging circumstances. Petrenko comes from a tradition of rigorous musical training that extends back to the era of the former Soviet Union. As an interpreter of the Russian repertoire, his skill shines on dozens of recordings, including a comprehensive account of the 15 Shostakovich symphonies for the Naxos label initiated in 2008 and completed in 2017. For this concert, Olga Kern joins Petrenko and the RPO as the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 23. In addition to his expertise in the music of his native Russia, Petrenko has established a sterling reputation among British musicians during nearly two decades as the chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. This aspect of Petrenko’s vision will be on display in the service of the Royal Phil’s extraordinary talent on the other two works included in Tuesday’s concert, the Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a from Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten and the Variations on an Original Theme “Enigma,” Op. 36 of Edward Elgar. For tickets and information, visit —CD


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(Mar. 21-Apr. 19): In the fantasy tale The Wizard of Oz, a tornado lifts the hero Dorothy from her modest home in rural Kansas to a magical realm called Oz. There she experiences many provocative and entertaining adventures. Nonetheless, she longs to return to where she started from. A friendly witch helps her find the way back to Kansas, which requires her to click her ruby slippers together three times and say, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” I suspect, Aries, that there’ll be a different ending to your epic tale in 2022. At some point, you will decide you prefer to stay in your new world. Maybe you’ll even click your ruby slippers together and say, “There’s no place like Oz, there’s no place like Oz.” (Thanks to author David Lazar for that last line.)


(Apr. 20-May 20): Fifty-five percent of the people who live in Toronto speak primarily English or French. But for the other 45 percent, their mother tongue is a different language, including Portuguese, Tagalog, Italian, Tamil, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin. I wish you could spend some time there in the coming months. In my astrological opinion, you would benefit from being exposed to maximum cultural diversity. You would thrive by being around a broad spectrum of influences from multiple backgrounds. If you can’t manage a trip to Toronto or another richly diverse place, do your best to approximate the same experience. Give yourself the gift of splendorous variety.


(May 21-June 20): One of your primary meditations throughout 2022 should be the following advice from The Laws of Human Nature, a book by motivational author Robert Greene. He writes, “In ancient times, many great leaders felt that they were descended from gods and part divine. Such self-belief would translate into high levels of confidence that others would feed off and recognize. It became a self-fulfilling prophecy. You do not need to indulge in such grandiose thoughts, but feeling that you are destined for something great or important will give you a degree of resilience when people oppose or resist you. You will not internalize the doubts that come from such moments. You will have an enterprising spirit. You will continually try new things, even taking risks, confident in your ability to bounce back from failures and feeling destined to succeed.”


(June 21-July 22): I would love to unabashedly encourage you to travel widely and explore wildly in 2022. I would rejoice if I could brazenly authorize you to escape your comfort zone and wander in the frontiers. It’s not often the planetary omens offer us Cancerians such an unambiguous mandate to engage in exhilarating adventures and intelligent risks. There’s only one problem: that annoying inconvenience known as the pandemic. We really do have to exercise caution in our pursuit of expansive encounters. Luckily, you now have extra ingenuity about the project of staying safe as you enlarge your world.


(July 23-Aug. 22): I suspect that your life in 2022 might feature themes beloved by Leo author Emily Brontë (1818-1848). “No coward soul is mine,” she wrote, “No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere.” I suggest making that one of your mottoes. Here’s another guiding inspiration from Emily, via one of her poems: “I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading: / It vexes me to choose another guide: / Where the grey flocks in ferny glens are feeding; / Where the wild wind blows on the mountain-side.” Here’s one more of Brontë’s thoughts especially suitable for your use in the coming months: “I’ll be as dirty as I please, and I like to be dirty, and I will be dirty!”


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): What reversals and turnabouts would you like to experience in 2022, Virgo? Which situations would you like to transform dramatically? Are there imbalances of power you would like to rectify? Contradictions you’d

love to dissolve? Misplaced priorities you could correct? All these things are possible in the coming months if you are creative and resourceful enough. With your dynamic efforts, the last could be first, the low could be high, and the weak could become strong.


(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Everything good I’ve ever gotten in my life, I only got because I gave something else up,” wrote author Elizabeth Gilbert. That has often been true for me. For example, if I hadn’t given up my beloved music career, I wouldn’t have had the time and energy to become a skillful astrology writer with a big audience. What about you, Libra? In my reckoning, Gilbert’s observation should be a major theme for you in 2022.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Author C.S. Lewis wrote that we don’t simply want to behold beauty. We “want to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” If there were ever a time when you could get abundant tastes of that extravagant pleasure, Scorpio, it would be in the coming months. If you make it a goal, if you set an intention, you may enjoy more deep mergers and delightful interactions with beauty than you have had since 2010.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian singer/songwriter Tom Waits began his career in 1969. He achieved modest success during the next 11 years. But his career headed in an even more successful direction after he met Kathleen Brennan, who became his wife and collaborator. In a 1988 interview, Waits said, “She’s got the whole dark forest living inside of her. She pushes me into areas I would not go, and I’d say that a lot of the things I’m trying to do now, she’s encouraged.” In 2022, Sagittarius, I’ll invite you to go looking for the deep dark forest within yourself. I’m sure it’s in there somewhere. If you explore it with luxuriant curiosity, it will ultimately inspire you to generate unprecedented breakthroughs. Yes, it might sometimes be spooky—but in ways that ultimately prove lucky.


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn-born Muhammad Ali was far more than a superb professional boxer. He was an activist, entertainer, and philanthropist who gathered much wisdom in his 74 years. I’ve chosen one of his quotes to be your guide in the coming months. I hope it will motivate you to rigorously manage the sometimes pesky and demanding details that will ultimately enable you to score a big victory. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you down,” Ali said. “It’s the pebble in your shoe.”


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): At a pivotal moment in his evolution, Aquarian playwright Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) swore an oath to himself. I’ll tell you about it here because I hope it will inspire you to make a comparable vow to yourself about how you’ll live your life in 2022. Author Robert Greene is the source of the quote. He says that Chekhov promised himself he would engage in “no more bowing and apologizing to people; no more complaining and blaming; no more disorderly living and wasting time. The answer to everything was work and love, work and love. He had to spread this message to his family and save them. He had to share it with humanity through his stories and plays.”


(Feb. 19-Mar. 20): Here’s what Piscean author Anaïs Nin wrote in one of her diaries: “When I first faced pain, I was shattered. When I first met failure, defeat, denial, loss, death, I died. Not today. I believe in my power, in my magic, and I do not die. I survive, I love, live, continue.” According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Pisces, you could claim her triumphant declaration as your own in 2022, with special emphasis on this: “I believe in my power, in my magic. I survive, I love, live, continue.” This will be a golden age, a time when you harvest the fruits of many years of labor.

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TRANSPORTATION & PARKING SERVICES Responsible for the overall maintenance, repair, and collection of parking permit dispensers and meters for Transportation & Parking Services (TPS). Acts as a primary team member for permit dispenser collections, customer service, maintenance, and repair. Works with unit Manager and permit dispenser team Lead to ensure day‑to‑day permit dispenser and meter support operations including daily start‑up are accomplished successfully. Develops and maintains preventive maintenance schedules for permit dispensers and meters. Maintains communication devices in support of permit dispensers and meters and records all activity‑related permits to dispensers and meters in the “Field Response Log ‘’ including maintenance activities, repairs, customer service calls, refund requests, system alerts, etc. Maintains and updates permit dispenser user information faceplates to provide pertinent information to the customer base. Provides dual custody for all field collections and adheres to applicable policies for cash collections including BUS 49. Maintains dedicated permit dispenser collection and customer service vehicles. Reqs: Experience working with unattended automated parking systems and equipment. Experience with incident logging and the ability to craft technical documentation. Familiarity with field‑based hardware/software devices such as photo‑enabled handheld enforcement ticket writers, digital signage, permit dispensers whether hardwired or solar, and communication systems both wired and wireless. Experience in a public environment and an understanding of university concepts such as: “good stewardship of university resources’’, “shared governance”, “diversity” and “collegial environment” in daily business practices and customer interactions. Customer service experience working with a broad and diverse customer base. Familiarity with private wi‑fi networking (802.11A,B & G). Notes: Maintain a valid CA driver’s license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employee Pull‑Notice Program. Satisfactory criminal history

with the UC Facilities Manual, Design & Construction Services policies, and applicable state laws. The work includes managing consultants, coordinating with client and user groups, and coordinating with Residential Operations. Maintenance trades staff, coordinating with EH&S and D&CS staff and other UCSB staff and faculty. Review construction cost estimates and bidding documents, and participate in onsite inspection before final acceptance of projects. Generate original work including reports and design works and employs outside consultants when it is in the best interest of the University. Has primary responsibility for claims avoidance and risk mitigation and provides technical expertise to the General Counsel should claims arise. Reqs: Minimum of three years of experience in project management in the construction industry with emphasis on commercial or University projects. Ability to read and interpret construction documents. Ability to problem solve and arrive at equitable solutions. Ability to analyze construction documents as to content and compliance with Housing Requirements. Ability to formulate construction cost estimates for long‑term planning. Working knowledge of California building and fire codes. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Notes: Maintain a valid CA driver’s license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMVEmployee Pull‑Notice Program. Satisfactory conviction history background check. $67,500‑$96,780/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 orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Application review begins 1/13/22. Apply online at https://jobs. Job 28721




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STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following Fictitious Business Name is being abandoned: PACIFIC COAST REALTY at 3461 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105; The original statement for use of this Fictitious Business Name was filed 03/08/2019 in the County of Santa Barbara. Original file no. 2019‑0000575. The person (s) or entities abandoning use of this name are as follows: Diane Kay Zamora, Owner/Manager (same address) This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 17, 2021. I hereby certify that this

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SUN SHUTTLE & TRANSIT at 359 Central Ave. Fillmore, CA 93015; Fillmore Area Transit Corporation (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: William L. Morris III, President with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 16, 2021. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E953. FBN Number: 2021‑0003381. Published: Dec 23, 30 2021. Jan 6, 13 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. 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

NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING (Electronically and Telephonically) January 18, 2022 at 5:30 P.M. Extension of Urgency Ordinance No. 21-12U, An Urgency Ordinance to Regulate SB 9 Lot Splits and Residential Projects in the Single-Family Residential (RS) Zone District Case No. 21-0006-ORD ATTENTION: The Virtual Meeting is held pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 361. The meeting will be Virtual because meeting in person would present imminent risks to the health or safety of attendees. The public may only view the meeting on Goleta Channel 19 and/or online at and not in Council Chambers. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Goleta City Council will conduct a public hearing to consider an urgency ordinance to extend Urgency Ordinance No. 21-12U related to implementation of Senate Bill 9 of 2021 (SB 9) (Case No. 21-0006-ORD). The date, time, and location of the City Council public hearing are set forth below. The agenda for the hearing will also be posted on the City website ( HEARING DATE/TIME:

Tuesday, January 18, 2021 at 5:30 P.M.


Teleconference Meeting; Given the local, state, and national state of emergency, this meeting will be a teleconferenced meeting (with detailed instructions for participation included on the posted agenda)

PROJECT LOCATION: The regulations would apply citywide within the Single-Family Residential (RS) Zone District, including areas of the City within the Coastal Zone. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: On December 21, 2021, City Council adopted Urgency Ordinance No. 21-12U, with an effective date of January 1, 2022. Urgency Ordinance No. 21-12U included amendments to Title 5 (Business Licenses and Regulations), Title 16 (Subdivisions), and Title 17 (Zoning) of the Goleta Municipal Code (GMC) to ensure that City’s regulations comply with SB 9 and to maintain City authority to regulate SB 9 projects where possible. SB 9 becomes law on January 1, 2022. Under State planning law, an urgency ordinance shall be in no further effect 45 days after the date of adoption. As such, Urgency Ordinance No. 21-12U (adopted on December 21, 2021) will currently expire on February 4, 2022. The proposed urgency ordinance will extend Urgency Ordinance No. 21-12U to ensure there are temporary local SB 9 regulations in place until permanent local SB 9 regulations are adopted and become effective. Environmental Review: Under California Government Code Sections 65852.21(j) and 66411.7(n), the adoption of an ordinance implementing the provisions of SB 9 is not a project and therefore exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. PUBLIC COMMENT: Interested persons are encouraged to view the meeting and to provide written and/or oral comments. All letters/comments should be sent to Letters must be received on or before the date of the hearing or can be submitted at the hearing prior to the conclusion of the public comment portion of the Public Hearing. IN LIGHT OF THE CITY’S NEED TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ELECTRONICALLY AND TELEPHONICALLY PURSUANT TO AB 361, written comments may be submitted as instructed above or via email to: cityclerkgroup@ or by electronic means during the public hearing (date and time noted above), provided they are received prior to the conclusion of the public comment portion of the public hearing. Those who wish to participate in the public hearing must submit an email to which states the item you want to speak to and provide your name, email, and phone number. More detailed instructions on how to participate in the public hearing and to provide comments during the public hearing will be included in the City Council agenda which will be available on the City’s website: FOR PROJECT INFORMATION: For further information on the project, contact Anne Wells, Advance Planning Manager, at (805) 961-7557 or For inquiries in Spanish, please contact Marcos Martinez at (805) 562-5500 or Staff reports and documents will be posted approximately 72 hours before the hearing on the City’s website at SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION. If you require interpretation services for the hearing, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (805) 961-7505 or via email to: at least 72 hours prior to the hearing. Please specify the language for which you require interpretation. Notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting helps to ensure that reasonable arrangements can be made to provide accessibility to the hearing. Note: If you challenge the nature of the above action in court, you may be limited to only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the City on or before the date of the hearing (Government Code Section 65009(b)(2)). Note: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in the hearing, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 961-7505. Notification at least 72 hours prior to the hearing will enable City staff to make reasonable arrangements. Publish Date: Santa Barbara Independent, January 6, 2022 36


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(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: PERFORMANCE ELECTRIC at 185 Lassen Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Ken V Chalfant (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: Ken Chalfant, Owner with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 15, 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: 2021‑0003348. Published: Dec 23, 30 2021. Jan 6, 13 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HOCHHAUSER BLATTER ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING at 122 East Arrellaga Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Architecture Blatter Architects, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: Jay I. Blatter, Vice President with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 15, 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: 2021‑0003350. Published: Dec 23, 30 2021. Jan 6, 13 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EMBRA, EMBRA CANNABIS at 1400 Cravens Lane Carpinteria, CA 93013; Farmlane (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: David Van Wingerden, CFO 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: 2021‑0003302. Published: Dec 23, 30 2021. Jan 6, 13 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LAVENDER INN BY THE SEA at 206 Castillo Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Harborside Inns 223 Castillo Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: Liz Rodriguez, Chief Operating Officer with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 27, 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: 2021‑0003450. Published: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ONEDIGITAL at 101 West Anapamu Street, 3rd Flr Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Digital Insurance Agency LLC 200 Galleria Pkwy, Ste 1950, Atlanta, GA 30339 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Filed by: Chuck Ristau, Manager with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 15, 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

E18. FBN Number: 2021‑0003349. Published: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SHAKESPEARE SANTA BARBARA at 34 W Constance Ave Unit I Santa Barbara, CA 93105; David R Paris (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: David Paris with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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: 2021‑0003429. Published: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: KNAPP NURSERY at 909 Carlo Drive Goleta, CA 93117; Burns Growers LLC 806 Wet Pedregosa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Filed by: Patrick Burns, Manager with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 9, 2021. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E35. FBN Number: 2021‑0003323. Published: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DAWN CARLSON DESIGNS at 7592 Calle Real Goleta, CA 93117; Dawn I Carlson (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: Dawn Carlson with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 28, 2021. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E31. FBN Number: 2021‑0003462. Published: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PACIFIC CO. at 6028 Paseo Palmilla Goleta, CA 93117; Charles Goldberg (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: Charles Goldberg with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 27, 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 E31. FBN Number: 2021‑0003454. Published: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PACIFIC COAST REALTY at 3461 State St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Diane Kay Zamora (same address) Joann R Pomatto‑Gomez (same address) This business is conducted by a General Partnership Filed by: Diane Kay Zamora, Broker/Owner with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 28, 2021. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E953. FBN Number: 2021‑0003463. Published: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LASER FOCUSED CHIROPRACTIC at 5951 University Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93117; Michael P Hergenroether, DC 5288 University Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93111 This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: Michael P. Hergenroether, DC, Owner with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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 E35. FBN Number: 2021‑0003439. Published: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following

person(s) is/are doing business as: SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE COACHING at 340 Old Mill Road. #113 Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Joanie Bear (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: Joanie Bear, Principal with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 29, 2021. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E35. FBN Number: 2021‑0003474. Published: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BRISAS DEL MAR INN AT THE BEACH at 223 Castillo Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Harborside Inn (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: Liz Rodriguez, Chief Operating Officer with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 27, 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: 2021‑0003449. Published: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: INN BY THE HARBOR at 433 Montecito Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Harborside Inns 223 Castillo Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: Liz Rodriguez, Chief Operating Officer with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 29, 2021. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E35. FBN Number: 2021‑0003478. Published: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THINC WEDDINGS & EVENTS at 5015 Caire Cir Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Hive Events, LLC (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Filed by: Teal Haggar, Manager with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 15, 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: 2021‑0003343. Published: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022.


INVITATION TO Bid: DVS Shelter Kitchen Facility Improvements Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County (DVS) is soliciting sealed bids for a kitchen remodel at our emergency shelter in Santa Barbara. Contract documents, including specifications, may be obtained by contacting James Poggione, Director of Facilities and Maintenance, at jimp@ Bids shall be accompanied by a bid guarantee in the form of a money order, cashiers check, certified check or bank draft payable to the Sponsor, U.S. Government bonds, or a satisfactory bid bond executed by the bidder and acceptable sureties in an amount equal to five (5%) of the bid. No bid may be withdrawn for a period of thirty (30) days after bid opening. All bidders will be required to certify that they are not on the federal Consolidated List of Debarred, Suspended and

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Negligible Contractors. All bidders are required to be Public Works Contractors registered with the California Department of Industrial Relations. The contract documents required to accompany all bids (Certifications, bid bond, form of bid, etc.) shall be in an

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at a rate not less than the greater of the current Federal Davis‑Bacon Prevailing Wage or the State of California Prevailing Wage Determination made by the California Director of Industrial Relations (published with bid documents).

The successful bidder will be required to furnish evidence of Workerâs Compensation and Liability Insurance in the favor and amount as required by these contract documents.

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF PROPOSED FINAL EIR NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING (Electronically and Telephonically) January 18, 2022 at 5:30 P.M.

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ATTENTION: The Virtual Meeting is held pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 361. The meeting will be Virtual because meeting in person would present imminent risks to the health or safety of attendees. The public may only view the meeting on Goleta Channel 19 and/or online at and not in Council Chambers.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a proposed Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR), SCH #2020050499, for the Goleta Train Depot project (described below) is available for review, and that the Goleta City Council will conduct a public hearing to consider certifying the Final EIR. The date, time, and location of the City Council public hearing are set forth below. The agenda for the hearing will also be posted on the City website (www. HEARING DATE/TIME:

January 18, 2022 at 5:30 P.M.


Teleconference Meeting; Given the local, state, and national state of emergency, this meeting will be a teleconferenced meeting (with detailed instructions for participation included on the posted agenda)

PROJECT LOCATION: 27 S. La Patera Lane; APN 073-050-033 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The proposed Goleta Train Depot (Depot) project would demolish and remove the existing 39,800 SQ FT industrial warehouse structure to develop a new Depot on the City-owned property adjacent to the existing Goleta Rail Station. New pedestrian connections would be provided to the Goleta Rail Station’s existing platform and platform canopy. After demolition, a new 9,000 square foot Depot building and associated amenities for the Depot would be constructed. The proposed Depot structure would provide a permanent, enclosed, and safe structure for Amtrak passengers to use as they wait to board or after they disembark from trains. Access to the site would be reconfigured from its existing single two-way ingress/egress located at the southeast corner of the project site to two one-way entrance and exit driveways located off South La Patera Lane at the northeastern and southeastern corners of the site. An additional turnaround would be located at the entry of the site and would be designed to allow buses and shuttles to provide easy drop-off and pick-up passengers. Approximately 126 parking spaces would be provided for passengers to leave their vehicles for various lengths of time. Project implementation proposes to include incorporating several existing off-site activities and improvements. The project proposes to relocate the existing turnaround southward. A new bus stop would also be located at the turnaround. The project site’s land use designation is listed as Business Park (I-BP) according to the City’s General Plan/ Coastal Land Use Plan. The zoning of the site is depicted as an Office District with a Business Park (BP) designation. The request is to certify the proposed project Final EIR and adopt the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) pursuant to 14 California Code of Regulations §§ 15090. ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW: The proposed project Final EIR has been prepared pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code, §§ 21000 et seq.), the regulations promulgated thereunder (14 California Code of Regulations, §§ 15000 et seq.), and the City’s Environmental Review Guidelines. The City of Goleta is acting as the Lead Agency for this project. The Final EIR identifies and discusses potential impacts, mitigation measures, monitoring requirements, and residual impacts for identified subject areas. Potentially significant but mitigable effects on the environment are anticipated in the following areas: Biology (short term during construction), Cultural Resources, Geology and Soils, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, and Tribal Cultural Resources. To approve the Goleta Train Depot project, the City Council would NOT need to adopt a Statement of Overriding Considerations as no significant and unavoidable impacts are identified. The site is not listed on any hazardous waste facilities or disposal sites as enumerated under Section 65962.5 of the California Government Code (the “Cortese list”).

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF LILY ANNE BROBERG TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 21CV04798 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: LILY ANNE BROBERG TO: LILY GRACE STRONG THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must aooear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed , the court may grant the petition withouta hearing. Notice of Hearing Feb 15, 2022 10:00 am, Dept 3, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA

93101. Anacapa Division A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Dec 21, 2021. by Thomas P. Anderle. of the Superior Court. Published. Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2022.

PUBLIC NOTICES EXTRA SPACE STORAGE will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the location indicated: 6640 Discovery Drive, Goleta, CA 93117. January 27, 2022 at 3:30 PM Amanda De Luna Boxes, Totes, Clothes, Personal Cynthia Bollinger furniture, art, piano, household goods, boxes Roberto Catalan Personal, Boxes, Furniture, Luggage Brian Mecono Tools, Safe, Misc. Personal Items Neftali Lopez Small room Timothy Neros Personal, Boxes, Totes, Bikes, Chair John Williams Bags, Personal The auction will be listed and advertised on www. 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.


PUBLIC COMMENT: Interested persons are encouraged to view the meeting and to provide written and/or oral comments. All letters/comments should be sent to Letters must be received on or before the date of the hearing or can be submitted at the hearing prior to the conclusion of the public comment portion of the Public Hearing. IN LIGHT OF THE CITY’S NEED TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ELECTRONICALLY AND TELEPHONICALLY PURSUANT TO AB 361, written comments may be submitted as instructed above or via email to: cityclerkgroup@ or by electronic means during the public hearing (date and time noted above), provided they are received prior to the conclusion of the public comment portion of the public hearing. Those who wish to participate in the public hearing must submit an email to which states the item you want to speak to and provide your name, email, and phone number. More detailed instructions on how to participate in the public hearing and to provide comments during the public hearing will be included in the City Council agenda which will be available on the City’s website: news-and-updates/government-meetingagendas-and-videos. FOR PROJECT INFORMATION: For further information on the project, including inquiries in Spanish, contact Mr. Jaime Valdez, Neighborhood Services Director, at (805) 961-7568 or Staff reports and documents will be posted approximately 72 hours before the hearing on the City’s website at www. The proposed project Final EIR is now posted on the City’s website at SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION. If you require interpretation services for the hearing, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (805) 961-7505 or via email to: at least 72 hours prior to the hearing. Please specify the language for which you require interpretation. Notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting helps to ensure that reasonable arrangements can be made to provide accessibility to the hearing. Note: If you challenge the nature of the above action in court, you may be limited to only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the City on or before the date of the hearing (Government Code Section 65009(b)(2)). Note: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in the hearing, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 961-7505. Notification at least 72 hours prior to the hearing will enable City staff to make reasonable arrangements. Publish: Santa Barbara Independent, January 6, 2022 38


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AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GOLETA, CALIFORNIA, ADDING ARTICLE V. MANDATORY ORGANIC WASTE DISPOSAL REDUCTION ORDINANCE, SECTIONS 8.10.810 to 8.10.890 TO CHAPTER 8.10 OF THE GOLETA MUNICIPAL CODE AND AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 8.10 REGARDING INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT FOR CONSISTENCY On January 18, 2022, at the Goleta City Hall, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, California, the City Council of the City of Goleta (“City”) will consider possible adoption of a proposed ordinance that is required by SB 1383 Short-lived climate pollutant reduction act. The bill and ordinance focus on food and organics recycling and recovery. If adopted, the Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days after its passage and adoption pursuant to California Government Code Section 36937. Any interested person may obtain a copy of the proposed ordinance at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, California 93117 or by calling City Hall at (805) 961-7505.

ATENCIÓN: La Reunión Virtual se lleva a cabo de conformidad con el Proyecto de Ley de la Asamblea (AB) 361. La reunión será virtual porque la reunión en persona presentaría riesgos inminentes para la salud o seguridad de los asistentes. El público solo puede ver la reunión en el Canal 19 de Goleta y / o en línea en y no en las Cámaras del Consejo. SE NOTIFICA que un Informe de Impacto Ambiental Final (EIR Final, en inglés) propuesto, SCH # 2020050499, para el proyecto del Depósito de Trenes de Goleta (descrito a continuación) está disponible para revisión, y que el Concejo Municipal de la Ciudad de Goleta llevará a cabo una audiencia pública para considerar la certificación del EIR Final. La fecha, hora y lugar de la audiencia pública del Concejo Municipal se establecen a continuación. La agenda de la audiencia también se publicará en el sitio web de la ciudad (www.cityofgoleta. org).

SITIO: Reunión de teleconferencia; Dado el estado de emergencia local, estatal y nacional, esta reunión será una reunión por teleconferencia (con instrucciones detalladas para la participación incluidas en la agenda publicada)

Santa Barbara Independent, January 6, 2022

ORDINANCE NO. 22-__ AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GOLETA, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING TITLES 5, 16, AND 17 OF THE GOLETA MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS FOR LOT SPLITS AND NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PURSUANT TO SENATE BILL 9 (2021), CASE NO. 21-0006-ORD, AND DETERMINING THE ORDINANCE TO BE EXEMPT FROM CEQA On January 18, 2022, at the Goleta City Hall, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, California, the City Council of the City of Goleta (“City”) will consider possible adoption of a proposed ordinance that would amend Title 5 (Business Licenses and Regulations), Title 16 (Subdivisions), and Title 17 (Zoning) of the Goleta Municipal Code (GMC) to ensure the City’s regulations comply with Senate Bill (SB) 9 (2021) and to maintain City authority to regulate SB 9 projects where possible. Amendments to the GMC include the following: • An amendment to Title 5 to include a cross-reference prohibition of Short-Term Vacation Rental licenses for any site where an SB 9 project was approved under Title 16 or Title 17. • New standards and procedures in Title 16 for urban lot splits in the SingleFamily Residential (RS) zone district to subdivide existing residential lots in two. Consistent with SB 9, urban lot splits will be processed ministerially if certain objective standards are met. • New standards and procedures in Title 17 to process applications for up to 2 principal dwelling units on lots in the RS zone district. This could be an additional unit on an existing lot that already has a principal dwelling or up to two new dwelling units on a newly created lot through an urban lot split described above. Consistent with SB 9, these new residential dwelling units will be processed ministerially if certain objective standards are met. If adopted, the Ordinance shall take effect on the 31st day following adoption by the City Council. Any interested person may obtain a copy of the proposed ordinance at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, California 93117 or by calling City Hall at (805) 961-7505. Deborah S. Lopez City Clerk Publish:


FECHA / HORA DE LA AUDIENCIA: 18 de enero de 2022 a las 5:30 P.M.

Deborah S. Lopez City Clerk Publish:

AVISO DE DISPONIBILIDAD DEL EIR FINAL PROPUESTO AVISO DE AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA (Electrónicamente y Telefónicamente) 18 de enero de 2022 a las 5:30 P.M.

Santa Barbara Independent, January 6, 2022


LOCALIZACIÓN DEL PROYECTO: 27 S. La Patera Lane; APN 073-050-033 DESCRIPCIÓN DEL PROYECTO: El proyecto propuesto del depósito de trenes de Goleta demolería y eliminaría la estructura de almacén industrial existente de 39,800 pies cuadrados para desarrollar un nuevo depósito en la propiedad de la Ciudad adyacente a la estación de tren de Goleta existente. Se proporcionarían nuevas conexiones peatonales a la plataforma existente y el toldo de la plataforma de la estación de tren de Goleta. Después de la demolición, se construiría un nuevo edificio Depósito de 9,000 pies cuadrados y los servicios asociados para el Depósito. La estructura del depósito propuesta proporcionaría una estructura permanente, cerrada y segura para que la usen los pasajeros de Amtrak mientras esperan para abordar o después de desembarcar de los trenes. El acceso al sitio se reconfiguraría desde su entrada/salida de dos vías existente ubicada en la esquina sureste del sitio del proyecto a dos entradas y salidas de entrada de una vía ubicadas en South La Patera Lane en las esquinas noreste y sureste del sitio. Un cambio de dirección adicional se ubicaría en la entrada del sitio y estaría diseñado para permitir que los autobuses y las lanzaderas brinden una fácil bajada y recogida de pasajeros. Se proporcionarían aproximadamente 126 espacios de estacionamiento para que los pasajeros dejen sus vehículos durante varios períodos de tiempo. La implementación del proyecto propone incluir la incorporación de varias actividades y mejoras existentes fuera del sitio. El proyecto propone reubicar el giro existente hacia el sur. También se ubicaría una nueva parada de autobús en el giro de vuelta. La designación del uso de la tierra del sitio del proyecto está identificada como Parque Empresarial (I-BP) de acuerdo con el Plan General de la Ciudad / Plan de Uso de la Tierra Costera. La zonificación del sitio se describe como un distrito de oficinas con una designación de parque empresarial (BP). La solicitud es certificar el EIR Final del proyecto propuesto y adoptar el Programa de Informes y Monitoreo de Mitigación (MMRP) de conformidad con el 14 Código de Regulaciones de California §§ 15090. REVISIÓN AMBIENTAL: El proyecto propuesto EIR Final se ha preparado de conformidad con los requisitos de la Ley de Calidad Ambiental de California (CEQA) (Código de Recursos Públicos, §§ 21000 et seq.), Las regulaciones promulgadas en virtud del mismo (14 Código de Regulaciones de California, §§ 15000 et seq.), y las Pautas de Revisión Ambiental de la Ciudad. La Ciudad de Goleta actúa como agencia principal de este proyecto. El EIR Final identifica y analiza los impactos potenciales, las medidas de mitigación, los requisitos de monitoreo y los impactos residuales para las áreas temáticas identificadas. Se anticipan efectos potencialmente significativos pero mitigables sobre el medio ambiente en las siguientes áreas: biología (a corto plazo durante la construcción), recursos culturales, geología y suelos, peligros y materiales peligrosos y recursos culturales tribales. Para aprobar el proyecto de Depósito de trenes de Goleta, el Concejo Municipal NO necesitaría adoptar una Declaración de Consideraciones Primordiales ya que no se identifican impactos significativos e inevitables. El sitio no está incluido en ninguna instalación de desechos peligrosos o sitios de eliminación como se enumera en la Sección 65962.5 del Código del Gobierno de California (la “Lista Cortese”). COMENTARIO PÚBLICO: Se anima a las personas interesadas a que vean la reunión y proporcionen comentarios escritos u orales. Todas las cartas / comentarios deben enviarse a cityclerkgroup@cityofgoleta. org. Las cartas deben recibirse en la fecha de la audiencia o antes o pueden enviarse en la audiencia antes de la conclusión de la parte de comentarios públicos de la audiencia pública. DEBIDO A LA NECESIDAD DE LA CIUDAD DE REALIZAR REUNIONES PÚBLICAS ELECTRÓNICAMENTE Y TELEFÓNICAMENTE de conformidad con AB 361, los comentarios escritos se pueden enviar como se indica arriba o por correo electrónico a: o por medios electrónicos durante la audiencia pública (fecha y hora indicadas anteriormente), siempre que se reciban antes de la conclusión de la parte de comentarios públicos de la audiencia pública. Quienes deseen participar en la audiencia pública deben enviar un correo electrónico a que indica el elemento con el que desea hablar y proporciona su nombre, correo electrónico y número de teléfono. Las instrucciones más detalladas sobre cómo participar en la audiencia pública y proporcionar comentarios durante la audiencia pública se incluirán en la agenda del Concejo Municipal que estará disponible en el sitio web de la Ciudad: PARA INFORMACIÓN DEL PROYECTO: Para obtener más información sobre el proyecto, incluyendo preguntas en español, comuníquese con el Sr. Jaime Valdez, Director de Servicios Vecinales, al (805) 9617568 o Los informes y documentos del personal se publicarán aproximadamente 72 horas antes de la audiencia en el sitio web de la Ciudad en El propuesto EIR Final para el proyecto ahora está publicado en el sitio web de la Ciudad en


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