Santa Barbara Independent 4/6/23

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Santa Barbara VOL. 37 NO. 899
TO THE REBIRTH OF MCASB SBMA’s Iconography of Dread Vice Principal Finds Peace Amid Storm of Complaints Once Upon a (Show) Time with Samantha Eve UCSB Frosh Pens Vegan Cookbook Dante Elephante’s Poetic Stampede PLUS +

Danish String Quartet The Doppelgänger Project, Part III

Thu, Apr 13 / 7 PM (note special time) / UCSB Campbell Hall

Schubert: String Quartet in A minor, D. 804 (“Rosamunde”)

Schubert: String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D. 703 (“Quartettsatz”)

Anna Thorvaldsdóttir: Rituals ( U.S. Premiere, Arts & Lectures Co-commission )

Schubert (arr. Danish String Quartet): Gretchen am Spinnrade , D.118

“Their command of the score is absolute… impressively cohesive.” The New York Times on Doppelganger, Part II

Sō Percussion with Caroline Shaw

Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part

Works by Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion, Eric Cha-Beach, Angélica Negrón and Nathalie Joachim

Fri, Apr 21 / 8 PM / UCSB Campbell Hall

Sō Percussion offers an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam.” The New Yorker

Caroline Shaw’s remarkable ear for melody and Sō Percussion’s playful sense of rhythmic invention come together in this strikingly original music that dissolves the boundaries between classical and pop.

Renee Rosnes, Ingrid Jensen, Alexa Tarantino, Nicole Glover, Noriko Ueda, Allison Miller

Sun, Apr 23 / 7 PM (note special time) / UCSB Campbell Hall

“A killer line-up of players… they all converge on this extremely cosmopolitan, sleek, rhythm-forward, modern sound.” NPR

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Actor, Producer and Entrepreneur

Danny Trejo

A Life of Crime, Redemption and Hollywood

Wed, Apr 12 / 7:30 PM / UCSB Campbell Hall

“Danny’s incredible life story shows that even though we may fall down at some point in our lives, it’s what we do when we stand back up that really counts.” – Robert Rodriguez, American filmmaker

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Indigenous Multimedia Artist

Nicholas Galanin

Let Them Enter Dancing and Showing Their Faces

Wed, Apr 19 / 7:30 PM / UCSB Campbell Hall

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“Expansive, embracing and grappling with many facets and complexities of what it means to be Native American today.” The Art Newspaper

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24th U.S. Poet Laureate

Ada Limón

Why We Need Poetry

Tue, Apr 25 / 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall

Tickets start at $20 / FREE for all students (with valid ID)

“A poet whose verse exudes warmth and compassion, Limón is at the height of her creative powers.” Los Angeles Review of Books

The first woman of Mexican ancestry to be named U.S. poet laureate, Ada Limón is the author of six books of poetry. Her latest, The Hurting Kind, was named one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2022.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Laura Dern & Diane Ladd

Honey, Baby, Mine: A Mother and Daughter Talk Life and Love

Wed, May 3 / 7:30 PM / UCSB Campbell Hall

Join acclaimed actress Laura Dern and her mother, Academy Award-winner Diane Ladd, for a deeply personal conversation on love, art, ambition and legacy inspired by their own heart-to-hearts.

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Daisylin | Santa Maria

When Daisylin was four-days-old, she was rushed by pediatric ambulance from Santa Maria to the Haselton Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cottage Children’s Medical Center. Daisylin, who weighed less than two pounds at birth, was too weak to move or cry. Pale and bloated when she arrived at Cottage, her care team placed a port in her abdomen to drain excess fluid and monitor her closely.

Over the next two months her care team helped Daisylin overcome two bouts of intestinal illness along with other challenges. Now she’s home with her family and is a healthy, happy one-year-old.

Cottage Children’s Medical Center cares for over 12,000 children a year in our Acute Pediatrics Unit, Haselton Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, Pediatric Trauma Center and eleven specialized outpatient clinics. Learn more at

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Baby Girls


Wrenley Tyler Perez, 2/12/2023

Serenity Arabella Connelly, 2/22/2023

Grace Ballat, 2/23/2023


Meadow Jean Chartres, 2/13/2023


Sarah Danielle Gonzalez, 2/1/2023

Faith Sarai Medrano, 2/12/2023

Santa Barbara

Monroe Ann Cardenas, 2/3/2023

Alani Luna Diaz Monroy, 2/11/2023

Poppy Sienna Marlow Bean, 2/12/2023

Amaya Kay Canley, 3/9/2023

Santa Maria

Aurora Sapphire Rush Ruiz, 2/24/2023

Santa Ynez

Sawyer Thomas Hubbert, 2/9/2023

Baby Boys


Jaxon Elijah Arias, 2/2/2023


Walker Dean Wood, 2/23/2023


Kruz Alexander Velasquez, 2/14/2023

Los Olivos

Brooks Wayne Saarloos, 2/10/2023

Santa Barbara

Ezekiel Ortiz, 2/4/2023

Locksley Bowman, 2/7/2023

Solomon Noorsher, 2/22/2023

Jax Sol Giambo, 2/25/2023

Sepp Parker Weyls, 2/26/2023

Ventura Trace Oliver Nealon, 2/21/2023

Hosted by: Alexandra Goldberg

“I knew my baby was in good hands at Cottage.”
Jackie, Daisylin’s mother
Episode 72: How Prepared Is Santa Barbara for a Natural Disaster? Tune
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Beethoven Dreams


Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 7:30 PM

Sunday, April 16, 2023 | 3 PM

This all-Beethoven and Beethoven-influenced program renews our enduring collaborative relationship with Ensemble Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Jonathan Fox, who will direct the West Coast premiere of Ella Milch-Sheri ’s staged monodrama, The Eternal Stranger (based on a dream by Beethoven). Beethoven’s poetic Piano Concerto No. 4, and the composer’s brilliant Symphony No. 4. conclude the program.


Ella Milch-Sheri | The Eternal Stranger (based on a dream by Beethoven)

Ludwig van Beethoven | Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Ludwig van Beethoven | Symphony No. 4



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Enlivening the Arts World

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it keeps me grounded and listening more. I then transcribe sessions one and two, and read them. It gives me an opportunity to see what I have where is the story going, and most importantly, what is missing? Then the third session is about rounding out the story. I also interview one or two other people that can create a more three-dimensional picture of the subject.

In this week’s cover story, Roger Durling profiles Freddy Janka and his work for the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. Curious, we chatted with Roger about his interviewing technique.

I’ve heard that you like to follow a specific method when interviewing someone for a story. Can you talk a little bit about your process?

I like to set up three meetings of 90 minutes each. I like to go to the first meeting having read as much as I can about the person. The first conversation is about building trust and finding common ground. The second meeting is where I start to dive deeply. I do all my interviewing by hand (no recorder);

What’s your ideal setting for an interview? It’s important to make sure the interviewee is at ease, so I usually do the interviews in a location of their choosing their home or studio. In the case of Freddy Janka, we met all three times at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s outdoor courtyard that it shares with Center Stage Theater, overlooking Paseo Nuevo. Have you ever interviewed someone new, who then became a close friend? Hank Pitcher is now one of my best friends. One of the reasons I keep agreeing to do these features is because of the mutual respect that is formed during this process. It’s very rewarding.




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TABLE of CONTENTS volume 37 #899, Apr. 6-13, 2023
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Freddy Janka and the Rebirth of MCASB
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‘Code Red’ Declared over Mass Evictions in I.V.

County Supervisor Laura

Capps declared the recent eviction notices served on tenants of three apartment complexes in Isla Vista is a “Code Red for me and my staff.” More importantly, she said, it constituted “Code Red” for as many as 1,000 tenants of buildings just purchased by a Chicago-based investment company, Core Spaces. It was, she said, the largest mass eviction taking place in the entire state.

Core Spaces purchased the three apartment complexes better known as CBC & The Sweeps with 264 combined units on March 16 and serviced eviction notices within a matter of days. Echoing Capps’s sense of urgency was Supervisor Das Williams, who highlighted the fact that any displaced tenants would be eligible for up to $7,000 in relocation assistance from the owners.

Capps and Williams announced that the supervisors would be holding a special hearing this Thursday, April 6, to discuss the matter and explore possible legal remedies. Among the ideas pushed by the nearly 30 people who addressed the supervisors to stop “mass renovictions” is a moratorium on mass evictions.

Some of the speakers addressed the supervisors in Spanish, others in English. They were not just numbers on some flow chart, they testified; they are human beings, and their lives are being violently uprooted.

Speaking through a translator, Pedro Zamora said he and everyone in his building was evicted in 1988 for similar reasons, but after they got everybody out, the owner never renovated. Now living at CBC & the




Sweeps, he has four daughters and said he didn’t know how to tell them they’d had to leave their home and their schools.

Another speaker spoke of the single mothers already struggling to keep their family under roof about to be pushed out. “This is violence,” she said.

County Counsel Rachel Van Mullen cautioned that any changes the supervisors might make to the county’s existing just-cause eviction ordinance would not be retroactive or cover the evictions already served.

The eviction process was outlined by Jennifer Smith, who leads the Legal Aid Foundation. “A notice of termination of tenancy is just the first step,” she said. After that, a landlord may file an unlawful detainer lawsuit to get a court-ordered eviction judgment. “No lawful eviction takes place until a judge rules in the landlord’s favor,” Smith emphasized. After an eviction judgment is made by the court, the County Sheriff will enforce the order through lockout, Smith concluded.

Peeling Back the Rezones for County

SBCAN (Santa Barbara County Action Network), stated there was still time for the county to pass an urgency ordinance to protect the tenants because they haven’t yet been served with unlawful detainer notices.

Abushanab later explained to the Independent that the tenants have so far received 60-day quit notices and that the actual unlawful detainer or official eviction notice would come next. An urgency ordinance by the county could pass with four supervisor votes and go into effect immediately, she said. The City of Santa Barbara passed an ordinance that contained elements the county could adopt for this purpose: a requirement that permits be in hand before tenants could be evicted, that early notice be given, and that the reason and scope of the work be identified for each unit.

Smoke billowed from the USS Santa Barbara LCS-32 (pictured) on 4/1 during the U.S. Navy’s elaborate commissioning ceremony in Port Hueneme, which attracted a crowd that wrapped around the pier, seemingly itching to see the ship that was given the Santa Barbara name in 2018 finally come to life and take the place of her two predecessors. Among the guest in attendance was Santa Barbara Mayor Randy Rowse, who joked, “How cool is it that we’re getting our own boat?” to start off his ceremonial speech, which commended Santa Barbara’s “resilience and determination in the face of natural disasters.” Full story at uss-santa-barbara.

After a successful debut showcase last year in which the local boxing gym Five Directions Community Club hosted a 20-bout sanctioned event in a sold-out Eastside Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club the gym decided to up the ante in 2023, with three events scheduled this year, starting 4/8, with “805 Battles” at the same location. About 10 fighters will be fighting out of Five Directions, including 10-year-old three-time national champion Isaak De La Cruz. After 805 Battles, the club is hoping to try to move up to larger venues for the second and third shows this year, scheduled for June in October. Full story at


Supervisor Williams thanked the speakers for their passion and discipline in keeping their remarks brief in describing what he termed “the savagery this is going to cause in their lives.”

Supervisors Will Narrow Down List of Sites to Be Rezoned to Build More Than 4,000 Units

by Ryan P. Cruz

Now that the county planning department has assembled a complete list of sites that could be rezoned to meet the state-mandated requirement of 4,142 new residential units to be built in the unincorporated areas of the South Coast over the next eight years, it falls on the Board of Supervisors to narrow down that list, and decide which areas will be offered up and which will be saved in the name of Santa Barbara’s housing crisis.

The county recently added 19 more sites to its list of potential rezones in response to more than 430 letters received over the

30-day public comment period in the month of March. Planning and Development Director Lisa Plowman provided a breakdown on the new sites and the other updates during Tuesday’s board meeting, where the Board of Supervisors chimed in on the progress as the county enters the next 90-day review period with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).


Throughout the planning process, county planners and leadership have had a difficult time decoding the state’s convoluted housing handbook and Regional Housing Needs

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Allocation (RHNA) system, which has forced local jurisdictions to twist themselves in knots trying to meet the state’s mixed signals.

“In my sense, looking at the HCD handbook, there’s almost a schizophrenia,” said Supervisor Joan Hartmann. More specifically, she explained, the state seemed to encourage the “value in protecting agricultural lands,” while at the same time making it “extremely difficult” to develop infill housing. “The threshold of evidence that’s required seems to be very high.”

Plowman agreed and said Santa Barbara County is in an even more complicated

A three-story, 250-room hotel could soon occupy a 4.5acre chunk of ocean-adjoining real estate in the Funk Zone traditionally used for storage and a hodgepodge of other quasi-industrial uses. Most of the new structures hover at 45 feet above grade, but at its highest elements, the designs for what’s dubbed the Garden Street Hotel slightly exceed the 50-foot mark. To make this dream a reality, the city’s Planning Commission which meets 4/6 to review the plans must grant the Wright family, which owns the property, a concession when it comes to number of parking spaces. It must allow the developer to merge six lots into one large one. Full story at


County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato told the county supervisors on 4/4 she’d never seen so many county employees retire as this March. That’s the month when any pension increase, based on the consumer price index, becomes known, and county employees must retire by 4/1 to take advantage of the increase. This year’s was 7.5 percent, and eight of the retiring employees had specialized or singular positions. On a 4-1 vote, the supervisors approved hiring them all back for continuity’s sake. Supervisor Bob Nelson was the “no” vote on each, stating he was disappointed to see so many retirements at the same time for the same reason.

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situation because some of its agricultural lands are in prime position for housing according to the state’s criteria since they are located in the “urban core” with ready access to schools and public transit. In the state’s eyes, some of the agricultural sites that would typically be defended from development are actually much better candidates than sites on the outskirts of the county where dense housing would be out of place. “So it’s a little bit tricky,” Plowman said.

The county also received mixed messages from the public out of the 430 letters received, 32 asked that the county preserve agriculture and open space, 39 wrote in opposition to the South Patterson agricultural block rezone, three were in opposition to the San Marcos Growers rezone, and 174 were written in opposition to the Glen Annie Golf Course rezone and Goleta’s housing allocation. Comments also supported the Glen Annie development and other housing on agricultural lands, opposed Carpinteria’s allocation, and suggested even more sites for development.

“It was really a full, broad range of public comment,” Plowman said, “and I think we got a lot of good information in that process which resulted in changes that we’ve made to the Housing Element.”


The 19 new sites added as potential rezones included seven county-owned sites (three at the Calle Real campus, two on Hollister Avenue, and two in downtown Santa Barbara); two new sites in Montecito (Rosewood Miramar and Biltmore Hotel both offered up parking lots as workforce housing); a vacant lot next to Friendship Manor in Isla Vista; two parcels in the Eastern Goleta Valley; and three UC Santa Barbara staff/faculty housing projects that could account for 730 units. Altogether, the potential sites give the board more than 7,000 more units to choose from to meet the state’s RHNA of 4,152 in the South County.

The Housing Element draft now includes creating a study about developing a longterm funding source for affordable housing, similar to one recently begun in the City of Santa Barbara. Another change would amend the Montecito Growth Management Ordinance to facilitate more housing in Montecito. Critics had complained that Montecito was not giving its fair share toward the county’s RHNA numbers.

Supervisor Hartmann said she was glad to see UCSB’s contribution of staff and faculty housing projects and 730 units included toward the county’s RHNA, but said that the university really owes the county 1,800 units by 2025. The County of Santa Barbara and City of Goleta are in open litigation with the university over the matter.

“We’re in the predicament we’re in, in part, because of their failure to follow through with us and the City of Goleta,” Hartman said.

Supervisor Laura Capps doubled down on the criticism, saying that “UCSB’s

inability and negligence” has impacted and exacerbated the housing crisis in Isla Vista, leading to the current situation where hundreds of low-income tenants can be evicted at once, as made evident with the CBC & the Sweeps building just a few weeks ago.

Capps asked if the county could request that the state also count student housing toward RHNA, to which Plowman responded that they could explore an agreement with the university similar to the memorandum of understanding between UC Berkeley and the City of Berkeley, but “if the units don’t get built, we’re kind of in the same situation that we’re in now.”


While planning staff did refer to a few other properties that could be looked at for future housing including the Bacara, whose owners expressed interest in workforce housing similar to those proposed by the Montecito hotels; and the former QAD campus in Summerland, which is owned by the UC Regents and may be explored for mixed-use development Plowman said that now the focus is on narrowing down the options as opposed to adding more sites.

Supervisor Capps agreed, saying that any added sites were only being included to give the board more flexibility to preserve agricultural lands or other properties that the public deemed controversial.

Now, the goal is to work on a programmatic environmental impact report and complete the busy work of implementing the policy changes so the county will be prepared to approve all changes when the Housing Element is ready for adoption in the winter, with all rezones to be complete by February 2024.

These changes will hopefully help incentivize mixed-use development in the county’s list of “secondary sites,” Plowman said, which are included in the report to the state but are not expected to be counted toward the county’s RHNA numbers due to the state’s strict criteria.

These properties include shopping centers and other commercial properties that may provide housing over the next few years due to new changes in state law such as AB 2011 and SB 6, which were passed to make developing these sites much easier in the future.

“We are not asking HCD to bless it; we are not asking them to count this as meeting our RHNA,” Plowman said of the secondary sites. “But it gives us the opportunity to acknowledge that we’re making steps to encourage this type of housing development.”

The county officially submitted its updated draft for a 90-day state review on March 31, and over that time, planning staff will host two separate workshops for public comment (North and South County). Following comments from HCD, the county will either update the draft or prepare the document for adoption by the end of the year. The Board of Supervisors received the report but took no action at the meeting. n

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Wider Highway 101 Will Be Built Through Montecito

Two Montecito residents delivered one last blast against the 101 Widening Project, a proposal argued over since it was first proposed in the early 1990s. In their appeal to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Scott Smigel and Bruce Mackenzie argued that without sound walls between the highway and their homes, they faced increased noise and air pollution. Further, they said the flood map Caltrans and County Public Works had used to determine that a sound wall would cause 31 parcels to flood was in error.

The last section of the 16-mile highway project between the Olive Mill overpass and the Romero Creek Bridge will complete a carpool lane from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara. Defending the project, Joe Erwin of Caltrans said they had considered all the ways to allow floodwaters to pass gates, stilts, holes, collapsing and staggered walls but none met federal standards, which were necessary for funding.


Appellant Smigel, who lives just north of the highway, said the highway noises are already “excruciating.” Nearly a dozen public speakers who lived in the area agreed with him.

Fred Luna with S.B. County Association of Governments explained that the improved road surface used through Carpinteria dropped the noise level by 3-5 decibels, which Supervisor Das Williams, who lives right by the highway in Carp, affirmed. Erwin added that where roadside noise exceeded 75 decibels, compensation has been offered to 15 property owners.

The flooding issue was the tipping point for Williams. “If I upheld this appeal and someone died in your neighborhood because of a flood in the next 50 years, it would be my fault,” he said. The supervisors voted 4-0 for the project to go forward.

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(Supervisor Bob Nelson was absent for the vote.)

Ambulance Contract Split Down the Middle, Almost

On Tuesday, April 4, the county supervisors awarded part of the ambulance service contract to American Medical Response (AMR), the company that’s exclusively held it for the past 50 years, and the other half plus the responsibility of overseeing the operation to the County Fire Department. The details of this arrangement are yet to be worked out, but the county supervisors were convinced that by giving the lead to County Fire, those in need would get faster, better, and cheaper service and that excess revenues would be reinvested into the system rather than into the pockets of the “Institutional Wall Street hedge fund” that owns AMR’s parent company.

Tuesday’s vote marks the culmination of an intense lobbying effort waged by a confederation of every fire department in the county and the unions that represent them. Just getting the county supervisors to put the contract out to bid was a major lift, one vehemently opposed by administra-

tors with the Department of Public Health, which has traditionally overseen the ambulance contract, and ensuring that AMR response times achieved what the contract required. Now the oversight function will be transferred from Public Health to the Fire Department, a seismic shift in responsibility.

Next month, the county’s joint fire agencies will break ground on construction on a new regional dispatch center for all fire agencies. In a year, construction should be complete. Dispatchers will be able to see where every fire engine and ambulance is relative to any call for service. The closest one will get the call regardless of jurisdiction.

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County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said both providers would be much better integrated and those needing acute medical care would get a faster response. Leading the charge on the 5-0 vote was Supervisor Joan Hartmann. The change takes place in 2024 after the current exclusive contract with AMR expires.

MISSING LINK: Upon the loss of appeals by two Montecito residents, the last section of the 101 widening project will complete carpool lanes from Mussel Shoals to Santa Barbara.
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Transgender Day of Visibility Returns

Surrounded by the pastel blues and pinks of the trans flag, the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network (SBTAN) hosted its fifth Transgender Day of Visibility event on April 1 at the Unitarian Society of S.B., which was set up as a safe and celebratory space for trans and nonbinary individuals, families, and allies. A “love crew” of members of the congregation were positioned around the venue to protect the roughly 50 people in attendance, who were treated to an exhibit featuring artwork by S.B.-based trans, nonbinary, and gendernonconforming artists and tables providing resources and information from Planned Parenthood and PFLAG, a nonprofit advocacy and support group for parents, families, and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.

SBTAN’s Executive Board President Lillian Simmons explained that the Transgender Day of Visibility is sort of the “flip side” of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is a day to recognize and memorialize trans people whose lives were lost in acts of transphobic violence.

“But the trans experience is not just about death,” Simmons said, “The trans experience is about life; it’s about vibrancy; it’s about joy.”

Stephen Mitchell a PFLAG boardmember and father of a transgender 19-yearold and nonbinary 15-year-old explained that promoting and supporting trans visibility, as well as safety, is crucial, especially





in the wake of recent anti-LGBQT acts in the Santa Ynez Valley and the rise of antitransgender discrimination and rhetoric nationally following a shooting at a Nashville Christian school on March 27.

“The best way I can help my kids and their future is to educate other people about them,” Mitchell said. “And that’s our whole model. Just trying to get other parents to understand it’s not a ‘death sentence’; it needs to be something that you work at and grow at and advocate for and educate people on so that ignorance goes away.”

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sent to the hospital with minor injuries, while the two firefighters were hospitalized with moderate to major injuries. One firefighter was released from the hospital the same day and the other was in critical but stable condition.


San Marcos High School and Santa Barbara City College’s Wake Campus on Turnpike Road were placed on lockdown 4/3 after law enforcement responded to reports of an active shooter on or near the high school campus. Deputies were on the scene within minutes, and witnesses on the campus said that students were sheltered in place inside their classrooms during the search. The Sheriff’s Office set up a command center across the street in the parking lot of the Turnpike Shopping Center while authorities did a thorough search for a credible threat. The lockdown was lifted after the entire campus was searched and it was determined the reports of an active shooter were unfounded.

CHP officers and county firefighters were responding to a solo vehicle rollover on southbound Highway 101 near the Nojoqui Grade early 3/29 when the driver of a Nissan Quest minivan traveling at an “unsafe speed for road conditions” lost control of her vehicle and struck and significantly injured two firefighters, according to CHP. The driver and the Nissan’s other three passengers, all residents of Santa Maria, and a CHP officer who was injured as he drove out of the Nissan’s way were

The county could reap up tens of millions of dollars over the next 15 years in settlement payments from manufacturers and distributors of opioid-based medications as part of a statewide settlement ranging in estimated value from $738 million to $1.8 billion. The county’s cut is estimated somewhere between $17 and $40 million. Of that, 15 percent will go to the outside counsel hired by the county supervisors to prosecute this case, Keller Rohrback. The litigation, which played out in a federal courthouse in Ohio, involved allegations of unfair competition and false advertising by opioid makers and marketeers. Aside from legal fees, these funds must be spent on opioid abatement programs.


New legislation introduced by Assemblymember Gregg Hart would be the first in the nation to expedite and untangle the process through which community nonprofits receive funding from state grants and contracts. Assembly Bill 590 would expand existing state law for state agencies to advance payments to nonprofits, while prioritizing recipients that serve disadvantaged communities. It would minimize waittime strain by ensuring nonprofits can receive 25 percent of contracted state funds upfront. The bill is a part of a seven-bill package called the California Nonprofit Equity Initiative and is currently making its way through committee review. Full story at n

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Can Aging Process Be Reversed?

New UCSB Center Hopes to Turn Back Hands of Time

Every year, California strawberry growers spend millions of dollars trying to kill nematodes tiny hermaphroditic earthworms so small they’re almost invisible that feed on, among other things, the root stems of the state’s lucrative strawberry crop. And every year, California molecular biologists and geneticists working to slow down the aging process spend millions of dollars on research projects that rely upon the humble nematode the first totally genetically decoded creature on the planet as their equivalent of the lab rat.

According to Professor Joel Rothman, a molecular biologist at UCSB, geneticists have already figured out how to tweak the nematode’s genetic sequencing to extend the creature’s life expectancy by no less than 600 percent. “In human terms, an increase like that would allow us to live 500 years,” he said. Rothman with 26 years at UCSB under his belt is now one of the driving forces behind the campus’s almost brand-new Center for Aging and Longevity Studies, which is making its grand public debut this week with a Thursday-evening event at the Music Academy.

Headlining that event is the microbiologist who first cracked the genetic code that controls the aging process in nematodes, Cynthia Kenyon. In the early ’90s, Kenyon, then a professor at UC San Francisco, figured out how to double the lifespan of an average nematode from two weeks to four by making just one genetic change. When Google decided to jump into the anti-aging business with the creation of the California Life Company (CALICO) in 2016, one of the first people it hired was Kenyon, who now serves as CALICO’s vice president of aging research.

Kenyon will be the lead-off hitter in a string of public talks and discussions about aging that UCSB’s new center which technically started a year ago is just now launching. Already, Rothman said, the new center has 30 faculty members from a wide range of academic disciplines engaged in the new venture, not to mention 250 researchers. Now it’s time to take their show on the road. The point of the center’s research, Rothman explained, is not merely to extend human longevity but “to cure the disease

known as aging.” The genetically tweaked nematodes, Rothman said, don’t just live longer but also enjoy an extended period of biological vitality as well. As humans live longer and old causes of death are subdued, Rothman said, diseases associated with the aging process such as cancer, heart attacks, dementia, and strokes exact many more casualties. The medical treatment associated with these diseases consumes a disproportionately large share of America’s medical spending, which is already off the charts. By 2034, the number of people 65 years of age and older is projected to for the first time ever outnumber those 18 years old and younger.

UCSB’s center will hardly be the first or the biggest on the West Coast. What will set the UCSB center apart is the campus’s well-established intellectual culture of multidisciplinary collaboration and cross-pollination. Experts from all fields will weigh in on the work hatched and germinated there. “Even people in the humanities,” Rothman exclaimed. Most, however, represent molecular biology; neuroscientist Kenneth Kosik, for example, is already an established rockstar in the field of dementia research.

Of course, at a time when the Earth’s population just exceeded eight billion and the impacts of climate change grow more manifest every day, some might question the wisdom or desirability of extending the shelf life of Homo sapiens any further. Rothman acknowledged that the genetically engineered promise of a longer and healthy life raises serious questions about equity. He said the center will be hosting a talk to discuss the ethical considerations posed by such research when it comes to “impacts to the planet and health disparities when it comes to access to new developments.”

In the meantime, he said, conducting this research under the rubric of an official, campus-sanctioned center provides a muchneeded center of gravity when attracting outside grant funding, not to mention intellectual cohesion. At some point, Rothman said, he hopes the new center will have a building of its own. But right now, Rothman said, he’s happy it’s come off the drawing board and reaching out to the community at large. n

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Vice Principal Finds Peace Amid Storm of Complaints

Peter Haws is used to being the bad cop. With 27 years of experience in education the last eight and a half as vice principal and head disciplinarian at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School (SYVUHS) he’s heard it all.

“I have learned to let it roll off, understanding that people like to dislike an administrator who works with student behavior,” Haws said at a recent expulsion hearing. “That’s my life.”

The expulsion hearing was for Juan Rubio, a 16-year-old student who was forcefully sedated and arrested January 5 after he was suspected of smoking marijuana in a campus bathroom. Rubio had refused to accompany Haws and a resource deputy to a private office to be searched. He then became combative when the pair followed and confronted him in his third-period classroom, cleared it of other students, and blocked his attempts to leave.

The incident sparked an uproar at the school and in the Santa Ynez community, with many questioning the tactics of the two adults as they isolated and cornered a minor with mental health challenges documented in his Individualized Education Program, or IEP. Before he was handcuffed to a stretcher, shrieking, a search of Rubio’s pockets turned up a vape pen and two THC cartridges. The district has launched an independent investigation into allegations of negligence and excessive force. The findings are expected to be published next month.

Rubio’s arrest uncorked a wave of complaints specifically against Haws, many of them apparently longstanding, including charges of racism as well as suggestions he lacks the understanding needed to work with students with mental health diagnoses. Those grievances have been aired in

interviews, during recent school board meetings, and in an online petition calling for Haws’s firing.

The petition was created by alumnus Kendra Mercado, class of ’21, who claimed Haws has a history of “targeting and profiling non-white students.” “Please join us in calling for an end to this incessant racial discrimination and help us create a safe learning environment,” Mercado wrote, “something that is not possible as long as Haws remains at the school.” More than 4,000 people have signed on, with many providing their names and graduation years to echo Mercado’s sentiments.

“Peter Haws has been a controversial fixture at SYVUHS for years, including the entirety of my time at the school,” said Carson Knight, class of ’19. “Friends, acquaintances, and teachers alike have all regularly voiced concerns over Mr. Haws’s disproportionately harsh treatment of minorities.”

“Peter Haws made me uncomfortable many times in high school, and many people I know had the same experience with him,” said Moriah Monterrosa, class of ’16. “He would abuse his authority and make you feel horrible, just because you were a student and had no power.”

According to public records, Santa Ynez High whose 840-student population is approximately half-white, halfLatino has logged 534 disciplinary cases against Latino students so far this year. That’s compared to 203 for their white peers. The citations include truancy, dress code violations, drug possession, “defiance of authority,” and so on. For all of last year, those figures were 631 and 400, respectively.

“We take any allegations of discrimination seriously and use them as opportunities for learning,” said Principal Michael Niehoff, who just assumed his position this year.

“We’ve been actively working with students and staff to

promote a positive campus climate,” he said, by hosting an S.Y.V. Latino Leadership Conference, celebrating Black History Month for the first time, and starting a No Place for Hate anti-bullying campaign.

Despite these initiatives, the campus continues to face criticism. The Santa Maria–Lompoc chapter of the NAACP issued a statement describing a general uptick in “racism, hate, bigotry, and anti-Blackness” in the region. “They [SYVUHS] have a problem,” said chapter president Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt.

Last month, detectives arrested two suspects for stealing two gay pride flags from a nearby church and burning one while filming it on social media. The pair was charged with hate crimes. Both are Santa Ynez High graduates.

And just last week, after giving permission to a student organization, the Gender Sexuality Alliance, to paint rainbows on school crosswalks celebrating LGBTQ+ pride, administrators canceled the agreement two days later. Students arrived at school to find the four crosswalks painted white. Niehoff and Superintendent Andrew Schwab said they’d changed their minds, explaining that “schools should not be politicized or used for outside agendas that cause division or disrupt school activities.” At the same time, the school’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator was removed from her post.


During the expulsion hearing, Haws said he was “stunned and astonished” by accusations of bias. Rubio, he argued, was “dangerous” and an ongoing safety threat to the campus and ought to be removed. “This case has nothing to do with bias,” he said. “I live by a moral code that is very important to me.”

Haws Accused of Racism, Abuse of Authority; Supporters Describe a ‘Good Man’ and Devout Servant of the Underserved
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School

During an all-staff meeting last month, Haws said while the fallout had been painful, he was also “feeling a lot of peace.” “Because I know the truth,” he said. At that same meeting, Principal Niehoff lamented, “In the last couple of years, we’ve seen these kinds of attacks on teachers and coaches,” he said, invoking the terms “cancel culture” and “tribalism.”

Dozens of people have come forward to defend Haws, pointing to his lifelong interest in Latin American culture, beginning with his missionary work in Bolivia and extending throughout his career, earlier as the director of migrant student and English-learner programs in Santa Maria and currently as the only Spanish-speaking member of Santa Ynez’s administration. The first person to take the mic on Haws’s behalf at a February board meeting was Karen Jones, a multigenerational valley resident who leads the Santa Ynez Community Services District and who created her own local controversy by participating in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Jones said any critiques of Haws were “upside down” as Rubio was the one who broke the law. “I think people should get down to facts,” she said.

Alumnus Teri Harmon thanked Haws for “doing the right thing” and protecting the campus from drugs and bad behavior. Without the enforcement of rules, she said, the school could easily slip into “chaos, fear, and anarchy.”

Joanne Clark, an alum, a parent of two graduates, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where Haws is president of the Santa Barbara Stake (region) and its 11 congregations, said, “Mr. Haws is an honest, diligent, hardworking, caring individual who follows the rules and guidelines he’s expected to follow. To claim he is racially biased against anyone, in my estimation, is just not possible.”

Dean Reece, a 50-year educator who served as a principal in Santa Maria, called Haws a “super guy.” When he supervised Haws, he noticed Haws had a higher disciplinary rate than the other administrators, but believed it was because Haws was “fighting more” for the students than his colleagues.

Jorge Gonzalez and Claudio Garcia, also members of Haws’s congregation, both called him “a good man” who cares deeply about the Spanish community.

Longtime English teacher and former Buellton mayor John Connolly described Haws as “one of the most moral persons I’ve ever met in my life,” saying, “Let’s not write a fake narrative by turning the enforcers into the perpetrators. Let’s not make those who commit the crimes the heroes.”

Haws declined to be interviewed for this story but offered this statement: “Creating a safe and welcoming school climate and culture has been my life’s work as an educator. I look forward to receiving the results of the independent investigation the district is conducting.

Along with the Santa Ynez High School team, I continue my focused and dedicated work to create a positive, safe, rigorous, and high-achieving environment of learning for each and every student on campus in an equitable and respectful manner.”


Many observers thought Rubio’s expulsion was a foregone conclusion. But to their surprise, and to the relief of Rubio and his family, the district board overruled Haws’s recommendation and gave Rubio a “suspended” expulsion rather than an immediate one. This means that Rubio must attend Refugio, a continuation school, for two semesters and attend counseling, complete anger management and substance abuse courses, and perform community service before returning to Santa Ynez.

“Thanks very much to all of you for your help,” Rubio’s mother texted to supporters before they gathered for dinner to celebrate. “A thousand blessings.”

Even though Rubio was given the option to return to

Santa Ynez once he completes his requirements at Refugio, he likely won’t come back, said his sister Viviana RubioHerrera. The family continues to take issue with the school labeling him “violent” and “aggressive,” she said.

And Rubio, who struggles with severe anxiety and depression, never wants to interact with Haws again. His sister said, “The abuse of authority was just so ugly.” So far, Refugio seems to be a better fit anyway, Rubio-Herrera explained. “He really likes it. He’s more comfortable.”

Public testimony provided at an earlier hearing by Haws and the campus resource officer, Senior Deputy Joe Parker, a 24-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, offered insight into their thought processes during Rubio’s detainment.

Parker admitted he was “annoyed” that Rubio had ignored his commands to be searched and kept walking away from him, with Rubio swearing at Parker over his shoulder as he went. “I had a feeling that things weren’t going the way I wanted them to,” Parker stated, “and I think my demeanor was uncomfortable.” He said while he had received de-escalation training, he deferred to Haws to talk Rubio down.

Parker also acknowledged that he didn’t realize Rubio had an IEP, and that if he had known, he may have approached things differently. “Usually, when that’s a known factor, we do have a different policy,” he said. That policy states that if an IEP student becomes physically assaultive, special education staff trained for such incidents are to intervene first, then call on the deputy if needed.

According to recent statements by Parker’s superiors, the Sheriff’s Office will likely not be renewing its contract with the school when the accompanying three-year grant expires next month. Department spokesperson Raquel Zick said, however, that the official decision has not yet been made.

For his part, Haws said he’d been trained in de-escalation techniques and pleaded with Rubio again and again to calm down. He said he and Parker decided to clear the classroom of students for everyone’s safety and then “passively impede” Rubio from leaving. “We were simply obstructing his pathway to the door and asking him to sit down,” Haws said. They also closed the blinds and held the door shut to prevent Rubio’s friends who’d gathered outside and were agitated and angry from interfering, he said.

Once Rubio realized there was no escape, he threw his backpack and overturned a desk. Then, as he tried to push his way past Parker, Haws said he took hold of Rubio’s arm to stop him from “slithering” past them. Haws stated that when the first backup deputy arrived, Rubio appeared to reach for her Taser. Rubio disputed this, saying he was flailing as he was being pinned to the floor.

Haws also referenced an incident last April at Lompoc High School, which Rubio then attended, where Rubio, also suspected of using marijuana, attempted to flee when a campus deputy was about to search him.

Haws was incredulous when Rubio’s family attorney asked him about allegations that racism played a part in his actions. How, Haws asked, could a person be racist if they have “spent two years in a country at their own expense, learning the language they don’t speak, looking different than all those people, being of a different religious background than those people,” and then go on to study Latin American history before devoting his career to serving the valley’s Spanish-speaking population? Moreover, Haws said, “my daughter is married to a Latino man.”

In her statements to the board, Rubio’s sister said if there was any silver lining to what happened to her brother, it’s that she and others found they had a voice to protest what they see as a pattern of injustice at the school. “It’s going to be used,” she promised, “from here on out.”


One of the first voices to be heard at a March board meet-

ing belonged to Jillian Knight. Knight, whose children are third-generation SYVUHS students, called Rubio’s treatment not only outrageous but also “biased and unfair.” Just weeks before Rubio was arrested, she claimed, a white student was found in possession of a knife, alcohol, and tobacco on campus. He received only a short suspension, and the police were never called.

In another recent incident, Knight said, a student, also white, was caught smoking marijuana at a school dance and was allegedly not disciplined at all, even though it was the second offense. “That student’s parent is a contracted staff member in a position of authority,” Knight said. Is that fair? she asked. “Absolutely not.” Knight also wondered why Rubio’s mental health history was seemingly ignored that day. She suggested the school partake in the Transitions program in Santa Maria, which offers free mental health crisis training to educators. All other schools in the region are enrolled, Knight said. Why isn’t Santa Ynez?

In an interview, an alumnus who wished to only be identified by her initials, IG, said she suffers from such bad panic attacks that she sometimes blacks out. After an episode on campus one day, IG said she awoke in Haws’s office. She asked him how long she’d been out. “He just stared at me like I was crazy,” she said. “He really doesn’t know how to handle students with mental health disorders.”

Toward the end of the board meeting, a 2021 graduate named Maclaine Watson got up to speak. She said she drove four hours during her finals week at UC Santa Cruz to address the board.

“Mr. Haws and I have a long history, as he was friends of my parents for years, as well as an ecclesiastical leader of mine outside of the school setting,” Watson said. “Unfortunately, I have had many interactions with Mr. Haws that have been personally damaging to me and my family, and we no longer have contact with him as a result.”

Those interactions, Watson said, proved to her that Haws lacks “even the most elementary understanding of widespread mental health challenges in adolescents.” She said he once asked her why she was depressed and suicidal, given that she had “a good family and a nice home.” “On another occasion,” Watson claimed, “he told me God was angry and disappointed in me for disrespecting my body, as I had selfharmed and ended up in the hospital.”

Nearly half of all adolescents 49.5 percent have a diagnosable mental health disorder, with 22.2 percent struggling with a severe impairment, Watson continued, citing statistics from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. If Haws is to keep his job after Rubio’s arrest, Watson said, the board should require that he receive extensive training on the subject of mental health.

Watson’s father, Matt, also spoke, saying he’d been Haws’s right-hand man at their church for more than 10 years. “I found that he simply does not believe in mental health,” Watson said. He regretted not speaking up sooner, claiming Haws had even told Maclaine to stop taking her medication. “What kind of person would do that?” he asked.

Haws’s wife, Gretchen, called Maclaine’s statements “irrelevant, misleading, and, in some cases, blatantly false.” Her allegations have nothing to do with Haws’s role as vice principal, she said. “Additionally,” Gretchen continued, “these events transpired between three to four years ago, and our society has significantly advanced its knowledge of mental health since that time.”

Gretchen said Matt was “mistaken” in his assessment of her husband. “Those who know him understand that he is a multicultural and multilingual, collaborative, and cooperative servant leader,” she said. “He strives to live a life of integrity and selfless service to others.” Maclaine Watson said her family stands by their statements.

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‘We found we have a voice, and it's going to be used from here on out.’
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Kicking a Dog While He’s Down Opinions

HUSH HUSH, SWEET STORMY: Eventually, all roads lead to Santa Barbara. This is not a statement of statistical probability. It’s a codified law of physics, right up there with inertia, entropy, and gravity. Just ask the Physics Department out at UCSB. In this week’s criminal indictment against Donald Trump dangerously dubious, in my estimation the local hook is pretty immediate.

Until April 2019, Michael Avenatti, the trash-talking TV-show attorney hired by porn courtesan Stormy Daniels during the hush-money scandal, parked his $4.5 million private plane, bought by stealing clients’ money, at the Santa Barbara Airport, where federal agents confiscated the jet. Late last year, Avenatti once warmly regarded by all right-thinking, Trump-hating MSNBC watchers for his anti-Trump tirades got sent away for 14 years. Had Avenatti milked a cow as ruthlessly as he did his customers, he could have been prosecuted for animal abuse, too.

The point here is that the enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend

Then there’s the complaint filed with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office in December 2018 against Stormy Daniels’s husband, Glendon Crain, for sending a threatening and homophobic note to two of Stormy Daniels’s “gay dads” who live in the Santa Ynez Valley. They had helped Daniels set up an online marketing portal to peddle her line of merch,

and Crain purported to believe these two had bilked Daniels and, by extension, Crain himself and the couple’s daughter out of $25,000 from T-shirt sales.

The T-shirt in question depicted an almostnaked Daniels in an enticing pose for those in the proctological community with the words “Don’t Make Me Spank You” emblazoned across the top. This refers to Daniels’s allegation that she had spanked the then-TV celebrity Trump with a rolled-up copy of Forbes magazine during the assignation about which she was later paid $130,000 to shut up.

Among my many disappointments with the 34-count indictment against Trump is the utter lack of light it sheds on whether Trump’s face as has been alleged graced the Forbes cover in question. The self-love possibilities here are staggering Trump’s face fused to his own ass in a percussive combustion of connubial bliss!

Daniels’s relationship with Avenatti got pretty stormy, too; she would eventually accuse him of ripping her off. “Bilking,” I think the word was. The “gay dads” thought this ungrateful on Daniels’s part, given all he had done for her; they said as much in media reports. Out of this, the Santa Ynez Valley got another 15 minutes of fame.

As for the indictment itself, it underwhelms in the extreme. I’m certain that Trump did everything alleged, but as a matter of law, falsifying business records to perpetuate a conspiracy to violate campaign

finance reporting law seems like a glass jaw waiting to get punched. I had to squint to understand the multi-pronged geometry of the legal argument. Even then, it seemed a bit technical. As has been noted elsewhere, this will be the first time such a legal theory has been prosecuted, making it what the experts like to call “untested.” Also grand juries are notoriously fungible things in the hands of even an average prosecutor. As one New York judge famously opined, any decent prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich (That judge was himself subsequently indicted for sending sick and creepy angry letters a condom was enclosed in one to the teenage daughter of a woman who’d abruptly ended the affair they’d been having.)

Trump may be as close to a ham sandwich as any prosecutor could find, but grand jury indictments need not be unanimous a simple majority will suffice. Real juries, by stark contrast, have to be unanimous to return a felony conviction. In a real trial, all you need is one juror to say as Trump reportedly has that the real reason for the cover-up was to keep his wife Melania from finding out about his Stormy Daniels moment.

Consistency, I know, is the hobgoblin of little minds, but I remember the horror and outrage I vented during the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton not so long ago because he lied about a sexual relationship he had with a 22-year-old intern. In fact, we all did. I’m not sure what moral code says you

can’t impeach a president for lying under oath about a surreptitious blow job in the Oval Office, but that’s the one we cited. It was in this context that Hillary Clinton concluded there was “a vast right-wing conspiracy” out to get the Clintons.

Guess what? She was right. But so too are MAGA-heads and Trump supporters who regard this indictment as politically motivated.

Of course it is.

My real frustration here is with the Deep State. Where are they when you need them?

And if you’re going to trigger World War III as these charges certainly will why go into battle armed with only a water pistol?

Why not wait for a real bazooka of a case, such as the indictment looming over Trump’s role fomenting the attack on the Capitol, in which people actually died and about 120 police officers were injured? Or why not wait to indict Trump for pressuring Georgia’s election czar to “find 112,000 votes” to reverse the state’s election results? These are obvious offenses. They also have the capacity to outrage people in the middle spectrums of America’s everinflamed cultural schisms. Like it or not, these people are our neighbors.

By contrast, the underlying offenses in these other cases are immediately obvious. No squinting is necessary.

The enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend

Remember that. —Nick Welsh



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John Kestel, a long time resident of Goleta, passed away at 89 on February 25, 2023 at home surrounded by his wife of 59 years and their three children.

He was born in Storm Lake, Iowa on October 24, 1933 and grew up on a hard-working farm with his family raising hogs, chickens, cattle, and corn. He attended a one-room school house, grades 1-4, then St. Mary’s Catholic school, and on to Iowa State University in ROTC where he graduated with a civil engineering degree in 1956. He received a commission in the US Army and served in El Paso, Texas where friends touted California as the place to be. After a move to Pasadena and an engineering job, he later met his wife, Mary Ellen (Choate), a teacher from Virginia; they were married in 1964 in Long Beach. John went on to receive his license as a Structural Engineer and spent thirty good years with Peter Ehlen (Ehlen, Spiess & Haight) in Santa Barbara. His drawings were done by hand and calculations with a slide rule or mechanical calculators – before computers! In addition to his diligence at the office, he loved working with wood – his craftsmanship now evident throughout his home.

The Kestel kids, with Dad at the helm, enjoyed years of sailing and camping with Santa Barbara Sea Shells, summer weeks at Big Sur Lodge and visits to a special cabin at Hume Lake, fishing, boating, and swimming, walks around Lake Los Carneros. Solvang’s Theaterfest introduced them to live theater at early ages, always with picnic suppers. Special

memories are of John teaching each kid how to drive in his prized 1967 red Camaro on the road to Mr. Doty’s Ranch. He loved playing basketball with Mark and board games where his patient nature and organized mind were wonderful examples to follow. His kids still marvel at how he always had time for them, especially at homework hour after a day at work. In their younger years, the grandchildren were always happy to be around their grandpa, playing games or helping him pick oranges in the back yard; he was very close to these five as they provided many welcomed, delightful moments in his later years.

He was a member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Strong in his faith and his belief in freedom, he was a supporter of Young America’s Foundation. John and Mary Ellen made many trips abroad, walking trips in Provence, Ireland and Tuscany, cruises, and several tours with close friends to Eastern Europe and twice to Russia. He was a good listener and despite his quiet demeanor, he could tell the best stories ever with his dry humor and perfect timing!

Preceding John in death were his parents, his brother Bil and sister Dorothy. John is survived by his wife and three children: son Mark Kestel of San Diego, daughter Karen Connor (Jon) and their son, Jack of Point Loma; and daughter Laura Drabkin (Mike) and their four children: Alex, Gabrielle, Andrew, and Mia of San Clemente.

A memorial service will be held Monday, May 15, 10:00 AM at St. Raphael’s Church, Goleta, followed by a reception at Glen Annie Golf Club. John’s ashes will be interred at Goleta Cemetery in October to honor his 90th birthday. Donations may be made to the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara.

Joyce L. Metz

12/14/1930 - 3/6/2023

Trinity Lutheran Church, 909 North La Cumbre Road, Santa Barbara CA 93110 (office@telcsb. org).

Santa Barbara, CA – Joyce L. Metz, 92, a resident of Valle Verde retirement community, died peaceably in her residence on Monday, March 6, 2023.

Joyce was born December 14, 1930, in Lyons New York to Harold (Butch) and Florence Lauster. She was a graduate of Lyons High School (1948) and a graduate of Keuka College (1950). She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Santa Barbara.

She married William E. Metz in 1950 and they raised two children; Holly (1954) and William (1956). Joyce worked at the Lyons Public Library for 26-years as Assistant to the Librarian.

In 1996, she moved from Lyons NY to Santa Barbara CA to be closer to her children. She was an avid book reader and prolific writer of short stories. Joyce enjoyed decades as a golfer and enthusiast of all things art. Throughout her adult life in upstate New York she was an indefatigable volunteer advocating change to end discrimination in her home town.

She is survived by her daughter, Holly (Edward) Bennett of Santa Barbara CA, her son William (Jasmin) Metz of San Diego CA, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and her brother David Lauster of Lyons NY.

She was predeceased by her husband, William E. Metz, and brother Donald Lauster.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lyons Public Library, 122 Broad Street, Lyons NY 14489 ( or

Norma Hughes at the age of 100 died peacefully at Wood Glen Hall on March 24th surrounded by her family and friends. All who knew Norma were touched by her grace, her peaceful presence, generosity, faith, and deep spiritual nature.

Born in West Hempstead New York to Scandinavian immigrants, Dora and Oscar Nelson Norma had four sisters. During World War II Norma worked nights for the Defense Industry along with her sister Anna at Grumman Aviation on Long Island where she wired electrical panels for military aircraft. She married her childhood sweetheart, Anthony Criado, who served in the War in the South Pacific. After the War, doing much of the labor themselves, they built their dream house in West Hempstead, New York. They had two children and together, Toni and Keith. Norma became a young widow when her husband died of a heart attack in 1956 at 36 years of age. With the help of God, she was able to raise her two children and work at the same time. In 1976 Norma moved to California and began a new career working for the Xerox Corpo-

ration. After retiring in 1986 she moved to Santa Barbara where she purchased a condo at Encina Royal. In Santa Barbara Norma met the second love of her life Jack Hughes. They married in 1993. They embraced life fully, travelling, spending time with family, and celebrating their anniversary monthly at a table for two at Harry’s. They had 8 wonderful years together before Jack passed in 2001. A Devout Christian, her faith led her to Veronica Springs Church. She was an active member of the Church and an had an integral role in the Church’s storied Healing Room. Noma’s prayers for friends, family, and strangers were a big part of her life and the lives of those she touched. She had quiet but powerful spirit that was rooted in her deep faith, and love of God.

The final years of her life were spent at Wood Glen Hall where she was lovingly cared for by their extraordinary staff. Norma was predeceased by her son Keith who passed in 2014. Norma is survived by her daughter Toni Abatemarco and her husband Frank Abatemarco, of Montecito, Granddaughter Gina Abatemarco a New York filmmaker and aspiring vigneronne, and Grandson Christopher Abatemarco an Aerospace engineer who resides in Marietta Georgia. A celebration of Norma’s life will take place at the Veronica Springs Church at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in her name to the Veronica Springs Church and VNA Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.

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The most important story of the last several days has been essentially ignored by most media outlets. It isn’t about the embarrassing political environment we seem to be bludgeoned with daily. It isn’t about where climate change fits into the big picture or how many unacceptable excuses some throw out there to defend military weapons in the hands of tormented, misguided citizens. It is about the Catholic Church and, I’m happy to say, its recovering Pope!

In 1493, Pope Alexander VI wrote a Papal Bull called the Doctrine of Discovery. He issued it to respond to and assuage Catholic explorers’ misgivings about subjugating the advanced cultures they encountered in the Americas in the name of the church. These princes of the church described cities more beautiful, cleaner, and better laid out than any in Europe. They described the people they terrorized as “well formed” and healthy, full of life, and intelligent. Mathematics, astronomy, agriculture, and engineering accomplishments were superior to their European counterparts; their own homegrown religions were strong and meaningful to them. Why, then, wouldn’t it be wise to embrace these cultures and learn from them instead of obliterating them?

Alexander’s response served to strongly influence all human bondage and subjugation in the Western Hemisphere and beyond. Alexander condemned the peoples of the Americas by essentially claiming that everyone must embrace the Christian God for salvation, thus freeing the guilty consciences of those “sons” that asked the questions. Also, it must be said, emeralds and gold were beginning to make their way to Europe.

After seven centuries, the current pope rescinded the Doctrine of Discovery just a few days ago! It represents a watershed moment for all of humankind! So many are reinvigorated about what the future may hold.

I am not Catholic, but I am catholic, and I, for one, am grateful to Pope Francis for formally disavowing the Doctrine of Discovery.

Sounds and Meanings

Regarding the “new” phonemic curriculum proposed for the S.B. school district, for at least 20 years, every teacher receiving a California teaching credential had to pass a rigorous test, the Reading Instruction Competency Assessment. Anyone who has either prepared teachers for this exam,

or taken it, knows that phonemic awareness is an essential component of reading instruction.

It is not some “new” method, nor is phonics or phonemic awareness the only necessary component of reading instruction, hence the term “balanced” reading instruction.

Another necessary aspect of reading instruction is “meaning making,” or the notion that while each letter has a sound or several sounds associated with it, the reader must construct meaning from the text that is being read. Comprehension is as important as sounding out words using phonics.

Let’s not get the reading “wars” started again. Let’s give teachers the discretion to use the methods they already proved that they know work, with their individual students.

Twice Revived

My nephew was two of the near-fatal fentanyl overdoses in 2021 — twice in two days. The first day, the EMTs revived him with Narcan and took him to the hospital. Due to COVID, he had to be released the next day to his parents, who were given a syringe of the medication. They were told that normally it’s best to keep people who have been revived with Narcan in the hospital for multiple days to allow the opiates to leave their system. It creates a false withdrawal, and the person who is addicted may feel they need more opiates, even though their system is still full of opiates. This creates the potential for back-to-back overdoses.

Sure enough, my nephew was found non-responsive in the morning from a second near-fatal overdose. The medication failed to revive him, but he was revived at the hospital.

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It’s very important to spread the word that care after Narcan is important. Our experience was that it was only part of the necessary life-saving protocol of a near-fatal overdose.

Collateral Benefits

Regarding Iraq, weapons of mass destruction, and the Angry Poodle Barbecue, I have two words for you: Halliburton, Cheney. It’s always about the money. —Myra Paige, S.B.

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Gilbert Galindo, Jr.

1/5/1938 - 2/7/2023

Gilbert Galindo, Jr. was born January 5, 1938, in Santa Barbara, California. He passed away in Santa Barbara, California on February 7, 2023, at age 85. A friend, son, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and greatgrandfather, Gilbert a native of Santa Barbara. His maternal lineage dates back seven generations to the founding of the Santa Barbara Presidio in 1782 by his fifth great-grandfather Efigenio Ruiz, a Spanish army soldier from Mexico with the Rivera y Moncada Expedition. He attended Lincoln Elementary School, Santa Barbara Junior High, and SBHS enlisting in the military at age 17. He served in the Air Force from January 1955 to February 1975 receiving an honorable discharge with distinction upon his retirement. He served during the Cold war as a Flight Dispatcher and was a veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War Era. During his 20-year Air Force career, he served at home and abroad in many places. Some of his most memorable times in the service were spent with his family raising four young children from 1962-75 in England, Arizona, Florida, Spain, Germany, and Illinois. He was a long-time member of the Santa Barbara Moose Lodge and the Elks Lodge #613. He had a beautiful relationship with his wife, Judi whom he met in 1994 unexpectedly. They became an important part of each other’s lives. He deeply loved her. He always told her how much he loved her. His wife was a significant and cherished presence in his life. He was the most caring man she had ever met. He made her laugh every day. He was her best friend, companion, and her love. She felt lucky to have had him by her side and he will be greatly missed.

He was a devoted father to his children, and cherished friend to many. He enjoyed spending time with his family, dancing and laughing together, singing

karaoke, and working around the yard to make it beautiful. He loved nothing more than watching football and sipping on beer and tinkering around in his “man-cave”.  He was an affectionate person who had a genuine love for others. He always lived in the moment, cherishing every opportunity to be with those he cared about. He always had something funny to say, making those around him smile and laugh.

The sixth born of thirteen children, he is preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Galindo, Sr., mother, Mercedes Perez, brothers, Paul Galindo, Manuel Hernandez and sisters, Gloria Villegas La Prad and Arlene Cervantes Raad. He is survived by his siblings, Rosemary Olivas, Julia Espinosa, Maxine Vega, Eleanor Galindo-Portillo, Richard Galindo, Mercy Galindo, Guadalupe Cameron and Graciela Cynthia Briggs, and his beloved wife of 29 years, Judi Galindo and her children Paul Galindo and Denette Arroyo, and by his children, Lolita Burke, Lucinda Witte, Geno Galindo, Roseanna Galindo, and daughter-inlaw’s, Anna Galindo and Nina Saghieh, son-in-law’s Peter Reid, Tesh Burke and Frank Witte, and grandchildren Paul Galindo, Steven Galindo, Raymond Padilla, Angie Vargas, Jeremy French, Austin French, Summer Frei, Frankie Witte, LillyAnn Burke, Camden Burke, Annaliese Kuhn, Micah Kuhn, Serena Kuhn, Nico Galindo, Kenneth Galindo, Dani Mitchell, and great grandchildren, Ashlyn, Lillian, Liam, Lukah, Jasper Ryley, Savannah, Adriana, Kairi, Giana, Lyla, Juliana, Zayden and Adalynn, including many cousins, nephews and nieces.

He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him, and by all whose lives he touched. A private family gathering celebrating his life will be held on April 23rd. Gravesite service with Military Funeral Honors is to be held on April 24th 10:00 am at the Santa Barbara Cemetery.

Carolyn Virginia Wyatt passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, in Santa Barbara on March 5, 2023. A loving devoted wife and adoring mother and grandmother, she was born in Hollywood, CA on February 6, 1936. She is survived by her husband Philip Wyatt, her children Scott, Jon, and Lori, and her grandchildren, and stepchildren.

She attended UC Santa Barbara before transferring to the University of Southern California where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. At USC she met Wallace Wolf, whom she married in 1957. He predeceased her in 1997.

While in Los Angeles, she was a fashion designer working with Helen Rose, a principal in a commercial TV production company, a runway model, and an executive on the 1984 Olympics film Board.

Carolyn was a caring friend and an inspiration to many throughout her life. Despite her passing, her contagious smile, laugh, wit, charm, and love of life will always be treasured.

Throughout the years, Carolyn enjoyed riding horses and playing tennis both for leisure and competition. Among her many talents in the arts were pottery, painting, and photography. She also had incredible skills in the garden, specifically focused on her roses. Her passion and fondness for her dogs and those of others is warmly remembered.

Carolyn was a staunch supporter and participant in many philanthropies in the Santa Barbara community including the Breast Cancer Resource Center, Serenity House, and the Visiting Nurses Association. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in her name to one of these organizations.

Dudley was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital; died at home in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico. He enjoyed a carefree childhood near the Santa Ynez River in Paradise. A gifted athlete, he excelled in track and field and football at Santa Ynez High and graduated from San Marcos High in 1967. On graduation he took a surf trip to Mexico with friends and so began his love of Mexico.

In 1975 he bought property at Sun Star, near CA/OR border, built a home and took up wood carving. The winters were cold; the tradition of going to Mexico for the winter months began. He became an accomplished artist, known as “Tequila Dudley.”

He married Janine David and had two children, Adriana and Shawn. He stayed close to home for a few years then resumed spending winter months in Mexico. With partner Allison Gutshall Sullivan they had son, Woody. Dudley later learned he had an adult daughter, given up for adoption in 1968. He was thrilled to welcome Charmagne into the family.

He built a home in La Cruz, settling there full-time. He loved music and the arts, always supportive of other artists. He was a free spirit and lived that way.

Forever loved by children

Charmagne Howe Westcott, Shawn Douglas, Woody Douglas; siblings Aaron (Darlene) Douglas, Jena Douglas; niece Kelly Douglas; nephews James Coberly, Keith Douglas, Dylan Douglas; many cousins. Preceded in death by infant daughter Adriana Douglas, sister Kim Douglas, nephews Jerome and Phillip Coberly, and parents Alice Rawsthorne Douglas and Walter Douglas.

Memorials were held at Sun Star and in La Cruz. In honor of Dudley, create, purchase, or just enjoy some art and music.

Mary Topinka Schwager, born July 20, 1954 to parents Leone Michalski Topinka and Rudolph “Rudy” J. Topinka, peacefully departed her earthly home March 18, 2023 in the company of family. Mary was beloved by all who knew her and touched innumerable lives with her generosity, warmth, and selfless acts of love. She enjoyed literature and quilting, and was fascinated by the call of the loons and natural beauty surrounding her lakeside and coastal residences, but perhaps her greatest passion was helping others wherever she saw need. She was known for her contagious smile and laughter, which could immediately illuminate a room and lift the lowest of spirits. As a devout Christ-follower, she was an integral member of the Christian community and dedicated her life to spreading her savior’s message of light and love. Mary was equally devoted to her family, for whom she expressed her unconditional love by building a supportive, joyous, and nurturing home for her husband and daughters, and being a loving nana to her grandchildren. She is survived by husband Robert, daughters Anna and Emilie, and siblings Carol, Sally, Susan, and Thomas. Mary’s presence will be deeply missed but her spirit will continue to brighten this world as it lives on in the hearts and memories of all who love her. In lieu of flowers, donations made “in honor of Mary Schwager” will benefit the Mothers with Children Program at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, online at or by check to Bridgeport Rescue Mission P. O. Box 9057 Bridgeport, CT 06601.

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2/14/1933 - 3/29/2023

yet we rejoice knowing that she is in the presence of her Savior Jesus Christ and all of her loved ones.

Deshawn Eugene Williams

11/25/2003 - 3/25/2023

Caroline Sarah Gadsby went to see Jesus on March 29, 2023. She was 90 years old and passed away peacefully in her home in Santa Barbara, California.

Caroline was born on February 14, 1933, in Santa Barbara to Fred and Jane Thielicke; the best Valentine’s gift in the history of the world. Caroline married Arthur Overeem and they had three children together; Kathryn Ericson, Karen Johnson, and Jeff Overeem. Caroline and Art had a wonderful 17 years of marriage before he passed away at the young age of 36. As a single mother, Caroline began her career as a Student Counselor to support the family on her own. It was at Goleta High School that she met, and subsequently married, Hewson Gadsby. They were married for 38 years when Hew passed away.

Caroline was a strong woman who passionately loved her family and friends. She attended church regularly and volunteered countless hours happily gardening on church grounds, a craft she perfected in her own gardens at home. She also loved to travel and felt very fortunate to have seen much of the world, both from the windshield of her own motorhome and while occasionally joining her son Jeff as he sailed around the world.

Caroline was predeceased by both of her husbands, Art and Hew, as well as both of her daughters Kathy and Karen. She is survived by her son Jeff, four granddaughters, six great-granddaughters, a great-grandson and two great-great-granddaughters.

Caroline demonstrated a life of courage, kindness and fortitude. She never wavered from her principles but was always willing to listen to reason. She lived what she believed as she was always generous, selfless and the first to drop what she was doing to help her loved ones. Caroline loved the Lord with all her heart, soul, mind and strength – executing well the first commandment from God. She will be greatly missed,

My “Dae Dae” what am I supposed to say, how am I going to tell the world who you were. The thought that I just had to refer to you in the past tense, my blood, my bright light, my very own child, my boy. Doesn’t seem real.

Deshawn was the middle child, his older brother Elijah Hunter and younger brother Isaiah Williams. He graduated from high school with honors then immediately went to work for UPS. He loved making his own money. One of his favorite things to do was to shop for clothes and shoes. He loved looking his best and took pride in cleanliness and his appearance. He was a true artist and found so much joy drawing pictures from his imagination.

Deshawn was polite, silly, had impeccable manners and could dance his butt off. He always mentioned that having brothers was like having built in best friends. He loved playing basketball, playing video games, and eating healthy from his favorite store Whole Foods.

He leaves behind his mother: Felicia Hunter, father: Donald Williams, brothers: Elijah Hunter, Isaiah Williams, Grandmother: Mary Spears, Aunts: Tanya Spears Guiliacci, Lorena Ortiz, Dalia Ortiz (Jon) Uncles: Robert Ortiz, Sean Hunter, Terrence Hunter, Tyrone Spears (Angela), Neftali Ortiz (Rebecca) Cousins: Mercedes, NinaSimone, Arrow, Adriana, Kazuri, Imani, Khalifa, Malik, Nahsia, Jazzmin, Natalia, Kingston and many may more.

Services held this Friday April 7, 2023 at Tulare Community Church 1820 N. Gem St. Tulare, CA 93274. If you wish to attend, we ask that you wear white in honor of “Dae Dae”.  For questions please call (559) 759-1072.

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“My sweet sweet boy I’m going to miss you always grabbing my stomach then hysterically laughing” Rest in paradise…

Warren retired from Tracor Aviation which he was part of the engineering support team for the Super Guppy Cargo Aircraft program, traveling to Toulouse France to work on the project.

Warrens professional achievements included developing a new concept in the design of artificial kidneys described in the Journal of American Medical Association in May 1972. Designed and prepared proposal for Cargo Loading System used on A300 Airbus, followed by technical meetings in Europe resulting in contract, managed contract to successful completion. Warren is the holder of two U.S. patents.



4/8/1946 - 11/28/2022

Longtime Santa Barbara resident Warren Fawthrop Lewis passed away peacefully at home on April 1, 2023.

Warren was born in Hastings, Nebraska along with his twin brother George, born on Christmas Day in 1938. Warrens parents were medical doctors and decided to move their family to a warmer climate and landed in the City of Orange, Ca.

Warren met his wife Judy Tinker and married in September 1961. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2021. Warren and Judy visited Santa Barbara and decided it was a great area to raise their three sons, David, Richard, and Bill. The family moved and called Goleta their home in 1969.

Warren and Judy opened their home and hosted many foreign exchange students and visiting professors representing fifteen different countries.

Warren and Judy were known to host Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends and anyone they met who weren’t able to be with loved ones at Refugio State Beach. The tradition has been passed down to the next generations.

Warren attended California State University Long Beach and received his BSME in 1965, Graduating in top 10 % of total class, top 6% in engineering class and attained Dean’s Honor list.

Warren is preceded in death by his wife Judy, his twin brother George, older brother Jim and parents Ernest and Jane. Warren is survived by his sons David and wife Esther, Richard and wife Bernadette and Bill. His grandchildren Kevin and wife Elizabeth, Emmanuelle, Diego, Eddie, Julia and great granddaughter Penelope along with many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their gratitude to VNA Health and his caregivers. Visitation will be held at WelchRyder-Haider Funeral Chapel, 450 Ward Drive in Santa Barbara between 8:30 am to 10 am on Friday, April 7, 2023. Grave site ceremony will be held at Goleta Cemetery, 44 San Antonio Rd, Santa Barbara Ca at 11 am. Reception gathering will be held at Refugio State Park following ceremony.

Shirley Ann Hopper

3/28/1932 - 2/11/2023

William Charnley passed away on November 28. Born in Pasadena on April 8, 1946, Bill had a typical California upbringing, Yorkdale Elementary, Benjamin Franklin High, and trips with friends to go surfing. He excelled at sports, especially baseball.

Upon graduating from UCSB with a degree in History, Bill married his sweetheart, Tulli. In 1969 he joined the Navy, serving on the USS Long Beach. Returning to Santa Barbara from his tour in Vietnam, Bill studied photography at Brooks, worked for the Gas Company and divorced. In 1975 he moved to Stowe, Vermont scything the ski slopes in summer and skiing in winter. Eventually, Santa Barbara called him back, where he worked as a carpenter and later as a painting contractor.

Bill liked a simple, ordered life: up early in the morning, exercise, breakfast, work, home to watch TV and read books. On weekends, he played basketball, made art, and spent time with friends.

The delight of his life was his succession of well-loved cats, Jack, Dieter, and Tommy. A skilled photographer, Bill snapped countless images of Tommy’s eccentric behavior, culminating in several books of the cat’s shenanigans.

One of Bill’s defining features was his sense of humor. It ran the gamut from The Three Stooges’ slapstick to the New Yorker’s erudite cartoons. For two decades, he assembled his favorite cartoons into books and gave them as Christmas gifts to select friends.

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Bill was also a noted assemblage artist. His works were simple yet intricate and always decorative and playful. But it was photography that he really adored. He carried his camera at all times and had an exquisite ability to turn the ordinary into the remarkable. He considered life worth living if he could take and show his photographs.

Bill was intelligent, accomplished and highly aware of the needs of others. He combined logic with irreverence to succinctly sum up his world view. He was kind, generous and much loved by his many friends. He is greatly missed.

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“Art is so important,” Frederick Janka tells me in his typical fervent manner. “Art translates to options. When you have an experience with art, it supplies alternatives and solutions. It’s important for youth to be exposed to art, for it offers exponential possibilities. Art saves lives.”

Janka or “Freddy,” as he prefers to be addressed has quietly and steadily become one of the most important figures in the art scene in Santa Barbara. In January, he joined forces with Arturo Heredia Soto (lead exhibition designer at UCSB’s AD&A Museum, and cofounder of Lum Art Magazine), Debra Herrick (UCSB associate editorial director and cofounder and editor of Lum Art Magazine), and Lila Glasoe Francese (president of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation and CEO of OHI Home), and the four of them masterminded the rebirth of the venerable Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB).

MCASB, which was established in 1976 as the Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF), had always been the city’s premier contemporary art-focused venue, and it abruptly closed its doors in August 2022 due to ongoing financial strains. “My style is to work collaboratively,” says Freddy about coalescing this group to resuscitate MCASB and reopening its doors. “I’m very attentive to the larger ecosystem and believe strongly that we need to work together to elevate art in Santa Barbara.”

Besides becoming the president of the board of MCASB and spearheading its rebirth, Freddy is the executive director of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, a nonprofit in Ojai committed to supporting and advocating for the arts with initiatives that include awards for visual artists, a gallery space, and a collection of more than 250 works.

Furthermore, it facilitates The Ojai Institute, an artist-residency program that extends the dialogue between artists and the public through exhibitions and programs. Freddy is also the chair of the Arts Advisory Committee for the City of Santa Barbara and is a member of the Santa Barbara Advisory Board for KCRW.

I should disclose I have known Freddy since 2016. We both participated in a year-long leadership and renewal program for nonprofit executives in Santa Barbara called Courage to Lead. Ever since, we’ve had countless conversations over martinis, and I consider him to be a good friend. Most importantly, I have observed firsthand his metamorphosis from a sharp yet slightly tremulous emerging leader into the powerhouse that he is now. I greatly admire his tenacity and ingenuity. Not only does he have vast knowledge of the arts, but he is also intuitive and thoughtfully kindhearted.

Patsy Hicks, director of education of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, says, “It has been such a joy to witness Freddy evolve from having that initial youthful and joyful enthusiasm to achieving a creativity that is collaborative and that builds community.” Hicks, who mentored Freddy when he was in high school, continues, “He pulls in a rich variety of voices and talents, each one of which brings not only individual skills but collective spirit rooted in place and identity. Because he is so open and welcoming, he makes things happen and everyone feels a part of the process. That is his magic. People WANT to work with him.”

“The moment I found out that the museum [MCASB] was closing, I called the [previous] board president and proposed me taking over with a brand-new board,” Freddy shares. “They asked for three-year projections and a program. We worked hard the last six months to prove to them that we’re responsible.”

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For Freddy, reopening MCASB is very personal and a homecoming. “I showed my work here as a young student,” he says. “In college I also curated my first show here.” He was MCASB’s director of development from 2014 until the 2017 departure of its former executive director, the highly respected Miki Garcia. Freddy expressed his desire to be her replacement, but unfortunately, he didn’t have the support of the board of directors at the time. Things have now come full circle.

members are required to work the front desk and welcome everyone. At the opening in January, there was an obvious excitement, as more than a thousand people showed up to see the new incarnation and show their support. “I’m shocked how many people walk in the door,” Freddy exclaims.

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Freddy gets very passionate when speaking about the new plans for the museum. He tells me of the importance of working together with all arts organizations, arts leaders, and artists toward a more equitable arts ecology on the Central Coast. When I ask him to elaborate on this idea, his excitement grows as he explains, “A more equitable arts ecology looks like an art community where anyone, regardless of their background, has not only a fair chance at access but also at leadership and decision-making. This to me means ending historical patterns in gatekeeping, centering the needs of the most marginalized and hurt, as well as changing current systems of resource allocation.”

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A solo exhibit by Sarah Rosalena opens on April 9. She is a UCSB assistant professor of art in Computational Craft and Haptic Media, and a recipient of a Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation art prize. This is her first institutional solo exhibition, and she works in a very interesting intersection of Indigenous knowledge and space-age technology. Her works feature large-scale textiles woven with artificial intelligence technology. The show is called Pointing Star, for it references an eight-sided star shape or symbol that is found in every culture in Turtle Island (the name for Earth or North America, used by some Indigenous peoples).

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Besides amalgamating the powerful museum board, which includes forces from the aforementioned Lum Art Magazine and the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, Freddy has brought in the SBCC Atkinson Gallery (his husband, John Connelly, is the director) to cooperate with MCASB on a project called Scientíficas Indígenas/Indigenous Scientists, which will take place October 2024 through February 2025, with an exhibition at MCASB and a lab component and select art works at Atkinson Gallery.

He is also working with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to do a first institution solo show of artist Janna Ireland, who happens to be another Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation art prize winner. Patsy Hicks comments on this alliance: “I can say that happily there is precedent here with the museum partnering with MCASB over the years. It takes planning and generous flexibility to make collaborations like this happen. It is exciting when it does. It positions Santa Barbara’s commitment to supporting and fostering the arts vibrantly front and center.”

A Santa Barbaran to the core, Frederick Janka was born at Cottage Hospital. His dad, Gary, was a corporate consultant who always had a passion for Buddhism and eventually became a Zen Buddhist priest. Freddy recalls his dad always speaking about the similarities

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between all the religions. Freddy’s mom, Gloria, whose father was born in Mexico, worked at Sears for 39 years starting in the candy department and ending at the hardware department. As a young married couple, Freddy’s parents lived in Twentynine Palms until Gary was accepted to UCSB, and they moved to Santa Barbara.

Both of his parents spoke limited Spanish around the house. “Where we came from was really important, but we weren’t totally immersed in Mexican culture,” Freddy says. “I would make cascarones as a kid.”

While growing up on the Mesa in Santa Barbara, it was hard for him to feel pride about his heritage. It was all about fitting in. He attended Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High and as an SBHS student, he took painting at SBCC with Rafael Perea de La Cabada, who introduced him to Mexican Modernism. But Freddy left high school early after he had taken all his senior required courses during his junior year and did an exchange in Marseille, France, from 1999 to 2000, where he took art classes. He stayed with a very cultured French family who were into film and introduced him to French cinema and talent like Catherine Breillat.

“I was always into art,” he reminisces. “My parents were always encouraging. They knew that having that opportunity with art was so important. In junior high, I’d ask my dad to take me down to L.A. for art classes at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and to see exhibitions. They saw it was something I loved and that I was good at.”

Freddy went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (a top fine arts school) and graduated in 2004. He went to college already equipped with a portfolio. “I was organizing ‘apartment shows’ while in college,” he divulges. “I started to realize I was having more fun organizing and showcasing artists than creating. It was an incredibly formative experience. It was the first time I encountered artists like Félix González-Torres and Gerhard Richter, Georges Seurat, and Georgia O’Keeffe.”

During his last year of college, Freddy visited the Armory Show in New York, which brings the world’s leading international contemporary and modern art galleries to the city once a year. There he met Nina Menocal who ran her art gallery in Mexico City. She hired him as the gallery curator before he even graduated from college.

“What was crazy was that I didn’t speak Spanish,” he recalls. “I had always been able to understand, but I had to figure out how to communicate with my co-workers and artists.” He stayed in Mexico until 2007. There was a time in 2006 he was curating independently in N.Y.C., Mexico, and Santa Barbara. In N.Y.C., a friend had a gallery in Harlem (Mambo Jumbo) and wanted an exhibit of Mexican artists. In Santa Barbara, he co-curated the Off Access Biennial.

While in Miami during the art fairs, he met his future husband, John

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Connelly. “We hated each other at first,” Freddy confesses. “I thought he was an asshole. He thought I was loud and obnoxious.”

They moved to N.Y.C. in the spring of 2007. Freddy was applying for jobs, but it was difficult to break into the New York art world. He started curating jobs for Connelly and eventually started working for the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) for three years. Freddy then worked for the Sculpture Center in Long Island City as their associate director. Fatefully, Miki Garcia organized a dinner in Miami in 2007 at the Art Fair. There, Freddy met Carolyn Glasoe Bailey. In 2012, Freddy and John got married in Ojai at Carolyn’s home, and she lured him into coming back to Santa Barbara in 2014 to become the director of development at MCASB. Bailey even gave the couple a car.

“We shared a love of food, wine, art, and martinis,” says Freddy about his impactful friendship with Bailey. “We’d have these epic dinners and talk about art.” Bailey helped launch the careers of many noteworthy Minnesota artists. Her commitment to educating art collectors led to the birth of many museum quality art collections. Her sister Lila Glasoe Francese recalls, “Carolyn had done so much in her 46 years of life, and I asked her one day, when she knew she was terminal, if there was anything she wished she would have done. She said, ‘Yes, I wish I had started an art foundation.’ ”

In one of the many chats between Freddy and Bailey, they also spoke about what was missing in the area artistically. Freddy remembers them talking about creating an artist residence in Ojai. “She was always hosting artists,” he says. “She saw what the Ojai Playwrights Conference was doing.”

Bailey died on November 16, 2015, after a lengthy battle with glioblastoma brain cancer. “When I asked Carolyn who should run her foundation,” recollects Francese, “she actually responded with ‘Freddy.’ She saw in him the ability to be a leader in the world of art. I have watched Freddy cultivate incredible partnerships with individual donors as well as large institutions. He has an enormous understanding of practice when it comes to dealing with artists.”

“Santa Barbara has had a very important art history,” voices Freddy, “and we are building on it. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA in New York) has, since the ’70s, been connected to the global arts scene. It predates L.A.’s MOCA. Santa Barbara had an arts space before L.A. had MOCA. What is amazing about the Santa Barbara arts scene is that there are so many artists here. It’s a community that has been built on a love for art and culture. We’re living in a moment in which there’s a decentralization of the art world. THINGS are happening outside N.Y.C. and L.A. We have to balance the expectations of our regional community and the larger scene. Santa Barbara is such a unique, beautiful community all roads lead to it.”

Many of us were concerned when MCASB closed its doors because we thought the arts scene in Santa Barbara would be hurting for a long time. Thanks to Freddy Janka, we can now rest easy that the arts are now going to take full center stage.

As I leave my last meeting with Freddy, I ask him if there’s anything else he’d like to add or emphasize. He smiles broadly and says, “I’m pleased to be the first gay and Latinx board president of MCSAB and also Santa Barbara–born.”

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While other musicians rode out the global pandemic holed up at home working on new material, Dante Elephante’s Ruben Zarate took a different tack. Not knowing if or when live performing would again be possible, the band’s singer and songwriter lived vicariously through immersing himself in archived live concerts.

“It’s one thing to decide you want to stop making music, but it’s really different when the decision gets made for you,” Zarate said. “I’ve thought about that awkward decision of not playing music anymore, but when the pandemic hit, there was definitely a fear that maybe the world just ended my music career for me.”

Zarate’s fear was short-lived. At the end of 2021, as communities around the country opened up again, Dante Elephante tentatively returned to the stage before it fully committed to touring in 2022. The band will be back at home April 7-8 when Zarate brings them to SOhO Restaurant & Music Club for a two-night performance that will be recorded for both live album and video releases.

The inspiration for the live recording came partly from the online concert archives that kept Zarate company during lockdown.

“There were a few live concerts I fell in love with during lockdown,” Zarate recalled. “There’s a great live performance of The Doobie Brothers live at UCSB that I watched on repeat. People have always told us we’re a live band, and I’ve always seen the studio as one thing and playing live as another. I’ve always wanted to make a live album of our own with all the old songs, but when the pandemic hit no one knew what was going to happen. Then things opened up and we got to tour again so I thought now is the time to make it happen.”

They won’t be the typical Dante Elephante shows. Each night will feature different opening acts, with local bands Glenn Annie and Plastic Harpoons opening on Friday, April 7, and Los Angeles–based Paul Cherry and Lompoc’s WRYN supporting on Saturday, April 8. Given the goal of producing a live album, Dante Elephante will perform the same songs each night, but spread them across two very different sets.

The first will feature the original Dante Elephante lineup of Zarate, Kevin Boutin (guitar), Chris Lopez (bass), and Tommy Devoy (drums), who will collectively serve up a selection of the band’s early songs. That will be followed by a longer, “more danceable,” set where Zarate will be joined by current members Jacob Cole (guitar), Rafa Rose (bass), Zack Wallace (keyboard), and Joey McDermott (drums) with Dante Elephante playing newer material, including songs from the band’s latest album, Mid-Century Modern Romance.

“The original band hasn’t played together since 2016,” Zarate said. “After we released our first album, we started recording a second, but everybody was growing older and started getting regular jobs. Since then, I’ve got a whole new band. We’re all still good friends, but we haven’t all been in the same room together for years.”

To further the sense of occasion, Dante Elephante reached out to its fan base and asked them what songs they wanted to hear at the upcoming shows.

“We put up a poll on Instagram asking people what old songs they wanted to hear, so the first set is going to be a walk down memory lane, covering 2010 to 2016,” Zarate explained. “It’s going to be emotional to go back and revisit those old songs and relive all those memories. This may be the last time I get to play with the old guys now that the new band is rolling again, so we’re also treating these shows as a celebration of the past.”

Dante Elephante has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2010 when Zarate, a veteran of local acts such as Tigers in the City and Ruby Manslaughter, posted an advertisement on Craigslist looking for local musicians to perform with. Four albums and countless tours later, a bucket-list moment came in 2018 when Dante Elephante performed at the Santa Barbara Bowl as part of KJEE’s Summer RoundUp. One of Zarate’s other musical dreams was realized a couple of years later when the band was invited to play Lollapalooza in Chicago.

“That was in the summer of 2021 after the lockdown had been lifted and I’d gone out and got a day job,” Zarate recalled with a laugh. “I then got the call about playing Lollapalooza as bands were dropping out because of a new COVID variant. It was super last-minute, but I told my job I needed to get on a flight and go to Chicago for the weekend and they were super supportive. It all happened so quickly. It was pretty crazy to be sitting on the plane thinking, ‘We’re going to Chicago to play Lollapalooza.’ Before we knew it, we were up on that huge stage, soundchecking next to Limp Bizkit!”

For Zarate, Dante Elephante has always been about the music and the experiences it delivers. He believes the band’s longevity and successes are the result of some simple advice he was offered at one of the band’s first Santa Barbara shows.

“If you told me in 2010 that the three guys you are about to meet through Craigslist are going to be your closest friends for the next decade or so, I wouldn’t have believed you,” Zarate said. “Back then, I was just looking for people to play with and thought maybe we’d play a couple of shows together and that’ll be it, but it’s turned into all this. At one of our very first shows, I remember the bartender telling us that the bands who have made it are the ones who’ve never given up. He said to us, ‘Whatever you do, never quit.’ It was good advice.”

Dante Elephante performs at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club (1221 State St.) on Friday-Saturday, April 7-8 at 8:30 p.m. See eigh | PhotoS by ingrid bostrom Ruben Zarate of Dante Elephante The live album recording evenings at SOhO will feature the original Dante Elephante lineup of Ruben Zarate with Kevin Boutin (guitar), Chris Lopez (bass), and Tommy Devoy (drums) on April 7, and current members Jacob Cole (guitar), Rafa Rose (bass), Zack Wallace (keyboard), and Joey McDermott (drums) on April 8.

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Company Presents The Children In this play, set at a remote cottage on the coast of Britain after a tsunami hits a nuclear reactor, a married couple’s lives are confronted with the mysterious appearance of a long-lost colleague who confronts them with a moral dilemma: What does the older generation owe to those who are young? There will be a post-show reception following Saturday’s performance. The play previews on Thursday and Friday and runs through April 23. Thu., Tue.-Wed.: 7:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 8pm; Sun.: 2 and 7pm. The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St. Preview: $40-$50; GA: $40-$84. Call (805) 965-5400 or email

4/6: The Moth Mainstage KCRW and the S.B. Independent present this evening of true and authentic stories that will tie together the brilliant and absurd told by five hand-picked mainstage all-stars. 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $76$96. Call (805) 963-0761 or email boxoffice@

4/6: Chaucer’s Book Talk: Vanessa and Xander Marin Licensed psychotherapist with bachelor’s degrees in human sexuality and sociology from Brown University and a master’s degree in counseling psychology Vanessa Marin, and her husband, Xander Marin, will talk about their New York Times bestseller, Sex Talks: Five Conversations That Will Transform Your Love Life. 6pm. Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State St. Free. Call (805) 682-6787 or email events@

4/6: Mosaic Studio & Gallery Opens

You are invited behind the studio doors to see the design process and meet the artists behind compelling works that include steel sculptures, landscapes, vibrant rugs, paintings, and more. 5-8pm. Mosaic Architects & Interiors, 1 W. Victoria St. Free. Call (805) 845-9048 or email admin@mosaicarchitects .com

4/6-4/9, 4/12: Rubicon Theatre Presents Dark of the Moon: A New Musical Set in a small town in Appalachia, this sexy, soulful tale is the story of young lovers torn apart by prejudice and fear — a modern melding of Twilight and Romeo and Juliet loosely based on a centuries-old ballad. The musical shows through April 16. Thu., Fri.: 7pm; Sat., Wed.: 2 and 7pm; Sun.: 2pm. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. $39.50-$69.50. Call (805) 667-2900.


4/7: Land Trust Treks: Coal Oil Beach Loop-North Campus Open Space Join for a three-mile walk around the 136 acres of restored and preserved open space of upland and wetland habitats. Bring your binoculars for birdwatching at the plover nesting area. 9-11am. North Campus Open Space, 9696 Whittier Dr., Goleta. Free. Email ccalderon@

4/7: Thank God It’s Funky (TGIF) with Area 51 and DJ Darla Bea Dress in your best ’70s look for the photobooth and groove to funk, soul, and disco at this dance party in the Funk Zone with area favorites Area 51 and DJ Darla Bea. 6-10pm. We Want the Funk, 210 Gray Ave. $20. Ages 21+. Call (805) 895-3400



Carpinteria: 800 block of Linden Ave., 3-6:30pm


Montecito: 1100 and 1200 blocks of Coast Village Rd., 8-11:15am


Downtown S.B.: Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota sts., 8am-1pm

Shows on Tap Shows on Tap

4/6-4/9, 4/12: Lost Chord Guitars

SUNDAY Goleta: Camino Real Marketplace, 10am-2pm

TUESDAY Old Town S.B.: 500-600 blocks of State St., 3-7pm

Thu.: Christie Lenée, 7:30-9:30pm. $21. Fri.: Winterlark, 8-11:30pm. $11. Sat.: Gabe Lee, King Margo, 8-11:30pm. $11. Sun.: Garrison Starr, 8-9pm. $16. Wed.: Spontaneous Musical Magic, 7-10:30pm. Free. 1576 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang. Call (805) 3314363.

4/7-4/9: Maverick Saloon Fri.: Rebel Heart, 8:30-11:30pm. $10. Sat.: Brian Black, 1-5pm. The Robert Heft Band, 8:30-11:30pm. Sun.: Jimmy Rankin, noon-4pm. 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. Free. Call (805) 686-4785.

WEDNESDAY Solvang: Copenhagen Dr. (805) 962-5354

and 1st St., 2:30-6:30pm



Rain or shine, meet local fishermen on the Harbor’s commercial pier, and buy fresh fish (filleted or whole), live crab, abalone, sea urchins, and more. 117 Harbor Wy., 6-11am. Call (805) 259-7476.

or email


Lucidity Festival: The Great Synthesis

All ages are invited to play and be silly, wild, free! This open-source transformational arts and music festival in the hills of S.B. will highlight artistic, intellectual, and somatic (relating to the body, especially as distinct from the mind) expression. Live Oak Campground, 4600 CA-154. Visit the website for the full schedule and ticket and pass prices. Email info@

4/7: Public Astronomy Talk: Dark Matter and More University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellow Daniel Gilman, PhD, will address the in-person group remotely from

4/6: SAMsARA Wine Co. Tasting Room & Winery The Winehounds, 5:307:30pm. 6485 Calle Real, Ste. E., Goleta. Free. Call (805) 845-8001.

4/6-4/8, 4/10, 4/12: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club Thu.: Mapache with Tim Hill, 8:30pm. $20-25. Ages 21+. Fri.: Dante Elephante, Glenn Annie, Plastic Harpoons, 8:30pm. $25-$30. Ages 21+. Sat.: Dante Elephante, Paul Cherry, Wryn, 8:30pm. $25-$30. Ages 21+. Mon.:

SBCC Monday Madness Jazz Band, 7pm.

$15. Tue.: Chris Fossek , Paul Merkelo, Nate Keezer, 7:30pm. $20. 1221 State St. Call (805) 962-7776.

4/7, 4/8: M.Special Brewing Co.

(Goleta) Fri.: The Down Yonders, 6-8pm. Sat.: Peer Pressure, 6-8pm. 6860 Cortona Dr., Ste. C, Goleta. Free. Call (805) 968-6500.

4/7-4/8: M.Special Brewing Co.

(S.B.) Fri.: Red Fish, 8-10pm. Sat.: The New Vibe, 8-10pm. 634 State St. Free. 634 State St. Call (805) 968-6500.

4/7: Uptown Lounge Fri.: The Trio, 5-7pm. 3126 State St. Call (805) 845-8800.

4/8-4/9: Cold Spring Tavern Sat.: Salt Martians,1:30-4:30pm. Pick Up 6, 5-8pm. Sun.: Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, 1:30-4:30pm. 5995 Stagecoach Rd. Free Call (805) 967-0066.

4/8: Hook’d Bar and Grill Tony Buck and the Cadillac Angels, 4-7 pm. 116 Lakeview Dr. Call. Free. Call (805) 350-8351.

Toronto. Learn about how we can use the visually spectacular phenomenon of strong gravitational lensing to shed light on the nature of dark energy. 7:30pm. Farrand Auditorium, S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Free. Call (805) 682-4711 x172 or email info@

4/7-4/8: Dante Elephante: Live Album Recording Dante Elephante will be recording and filming a live album with Glenn Annie and Plastic Harpoons to join on Friday and Paul Cherry and WRYN on Saturday. 8-11pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $25-$30. Ages 21+. Call (805) 962-7776. Read more on pg. 29.


4/8: Poetry in the Garden: A Reading in Celebration of National Poetry Month The S.B. Botanic Garden and S.B. Independent contributor David Starkey will host this reading in celebration of National Poetry Month that will feature poets Gudrun Bortman, Mary Brown, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Emma Trelles, and Paul Willis. 2:30-5pm. S.B. Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Rd. Free-$20. Call (805) 682-4726.

4/8: San Marcos High School Band FUNdraiser with Mezcal Martini San Marcos High School (SMHS) Band Boosters will host this annual celebration featuring live music from Mezcal Martini, the SMHS Jazz Ensemble & Guard, La Cumbre Jr. High School’s Drumline, food from Goodland Waffles & Melts, a bake sale, and raffle. A portion of the proceeds and $1 per every draft beer will go toward the SMHS Instrumental Band & Guard. 5-9pm. Draughtsmen Aleworks at Mosaic Locale, 1131 State Street. Free. Call (805) 259-4356.

EVENTS MAY HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR POSTPONED. Please contact the venue to confirm the event.

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Grades: K - 8th grade

Dates: June 12th - August 4th 2023

Location: Bishop Diego School and Foothill Elementary School

With 65 different camps in Art, Science, Engineering and Technology, Art Explorers/Terrific Scientific has the largest array of camps in Santa Barbara County! Locally owned and serving Santa Barbara famiilies for over 18 years.

Using an inquiry-based approach, our curriculum is designed for K-8th grade. and is “kid-tested” to ensure that camps are fun and full of learning concepts. Our programs feature hands-on, minds-on projects and activities which lay the foundation for innovative minds, problem solvers, and design thinkers of the future. We have a 1:10 staff/chid ratio consisting of exceptional professional staff and college students in diverse fields.



June 12 - August 4, 2023

Mon-Fri 9am - 3:30 Camp

Drop off 8:15 am

After Care ends at 5pm


$360-$450/ wk


Bishop Diego School

400 La Colina Rd.

Foothill School

711 Ribera Dr. GRADES:

K - 8th



Drawing, painting, sculpting, digital art, product development, special effects, sewing, & movie making


Robotics, engineering, programming, technology, game design, & architecture


Space, chemistry, biology, forensics, veterinary medicine, archaeology, paleontology, astronomy, medicine and oceanography





4/9-4/12: Titanic Day Receive a boarding pass as one of the passengers, then walk through the museum to see the sizes of lifeboats and documents pertaining to specific details of that fateful night. At the end of the tour, you will receive an obituary or a news article that gives details of your passenger’s fate. The exhibit goes through April 16. 10am-4pm. Karpeles Manuscript Library and Museum, 21 W. Anapamu St. Free. Call (805) 962-5322.


4/10: Science Pub: California Condor

Join S.B. Zoo Director of Conservation & Science Estelle Sandhaus, PhD, who will tell you what you can do to help condors thrive as well as some surprising new insights on pair bonding and parental care. 6:30-8pm. Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 18 E. Ortega St. Free. Call (805) 682-4711 x172 or email jrolle@

4/10: 6th Annual Goleta Community State of the City Mingle before Mayor Paula Perotte’s State of the City Address, a financial update, and a Q&A. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available. 5-7pm. Elks Lodge, 150 N. Kellogg Ave, Goleta. Free. Call (805) 961-7507 or email KHoover@CityofGoleta. org


4/11: Listening to Cumbia This screening will feature two documentaries on cumbia sonidera (a deejay, engineer, or entertainer who plays recorded music in public) in Mexico City and Los Angeles: Joyce García’s Yo No Soy Guapo (2018) and the premiere of Alvaro Parra’s Sonidero Metropolis (2023). Filmmakers Joyce García and Alvaro Parra will join moderator Alexandra Lippman (Pomona College) for a post-screening discussion. 7-9:45 pm. Pollock Theater, UCSB. Free. Call (805) 893-4637. events/all-events


4/12: UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents

Danny Trejo: A Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood Discover the fascinating and inspirational story of Danny Trejo’s journey from prison, addiction, and loss to artistic expression with more than 400 film credits including Heat, Spy Kids, the Machete franchise, and more as well as Trejo’s Tacos restaurants in L.A. 7:30pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. Students: $10; GA: $20$35. Call (805) 893-3535. Read more on pg. 44.

4/12: Elton Dan and the Rocket Band: A Tribute to the Great Elton John This dynamic show, complete with magical piano playing, over-the-top costumes, backup singers, and your favorite songs, will pay tribute to Sir Elton John. 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $34-$92. Call (805) 963-0761.

4/12: The Theatre Group at SBCC Presents George and Emily Get Married This play chronicles George and Emily’s wedding day from beginning to end with an onstage wedding reception that includes the audience with a flashback to a critical day in their past and a side trip to a lecture on the history of marriage. The play runs through April 29. 7:30pm. Jurkowitz Theatre, SBCC West Campus, 721 Cliff Dr. $10-18. Call (805) 965-5935. Read more on pg. 43

4/6, 4/11:

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/El Programa de Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) The VITA program will offer free tax help to local residents with IRS-certified volunteers to provide free, basic-income, tax-return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Visit the website for more information. Assistance available through April 18. El programa VITA ofrecerá ayuda tributaria gratuita a los residentes locales con voluntarios certificados por el IRS para brindar preparación gratuita de declaraciones de impuestos básicas con presentación electrónica a personas calificadas Visite el sitio web para más información.Asistencia disponible hasta el 18 de abril. 3-7pm. Martin Luther King Jr. Wing, Eastside Library, 1102 E. Montecito St. Free/Libre. Call (805) 962-7653 or email info@sbplibrary 4/7, 4/11-4/12:

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide: Free Tax Assistance There is no age, income, or AARP Membership requirement to have your taxes prepared by a Tax-Aide volunteer who is trained and IRS-certified. Visit the website for a list of required documents you will need to provide. The last check-in time at each location is 3:30pm. Assistance will be available through April 14. Tue.: 1-4pm. United Way of S.B. County, 320 E. Gutierrez St.; Wed-Thu.: 9am-noon; 1-4pm. Goleta Valley Community Ctr., 5679 Hollister Ave., Goleta. Free.

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The Sacred Space Has a New Shepherd

Santa Barbara · Ventura · San Luis Obispo (805) 845-0864 ·

The Sacred Space, one of Summerland’s most beloved businesses for the past 18 years, has changed hands, with creators Jack and Rose Herschorn handing over the reins to Amy Cooper.



Amy Cooper of Plum Goods Takes Over

Special Spot

As soon as word got out that The Sacred Space a unique boutique and outdoor garden space with an expansive and eclectic selection of spiritual, home, and gift items from all over the world was for sale, there were 19 different candidates who made offers, shared the Herschorns. “When we first said we were going to sell it, we got hundreds of emails and comments and people coming in and begging us not to close it and keep going,” said Jack Herschorn.

With a long list of interested buyers, they found the ideal steward in Plum Goods founder Amy Cooper, who has been a client for “probably 16 years.” With a shared love for everything The Sacred Space has been and will grow into, they moved forward with the transition of ownership in late March. Cooper brings experience and passion to the project, and her partner, entrepreneur and musician Pete Muller, brings financial resources and a similar desire to keep the space as a vibrant community resource.

“I will carry on their legacy and keep The Sacred Space open and growing and thriving while weaving in some new products that align with the mission of the space and building a robust calendar of events over the next six months,” said Cooper, adding, “We will also start offering private rentals of the space on a limited basis.”

In terms of what will be available in the shop, Cooper said, “I will bring in beeswax candles, ceramics, glassware, tea, blankets, silk robes/beach cover-ups made from recycled silk sarees, and much more. Those are all new vendors except for jewelry maker Lily Lambert, who was a big part of Plum Goods and will now be featured at Sacred Space, while of course keeping the sacred treasures, crystals, statues, garden décor, and book selection the store already carries. In a couple of months, I’ll be adding in lighting and furniture in the same style, which adds to Summerland’s vibe as a design district.”

“What I did at The Sacred Space in the gardens and the shop and connections with each person that I met was my life’s message,” said Rose Herschorn. “And I have high hopes that Amy will continue and shine the light and legacy at The Sacred Space.”

“I would say that for me it was a very special experience,” said Jack Herschorn. “I’ve had several careers; it was a special thing of being able to connect with people on a heart level every day that I was at the shop, and over the years that changed me into a more understanding and loving person. I hope people feel that way, and it raised my consciousness of what our planet needs to be. The visitors to The Sacred Space in my opinion are a very, very special group of people who are in search of who they are. A lot of them found answers in our space.”

“The space is so beautiful. There’s so much potential to make this even more of a community resource place,” said Cooper, who plans to offer the same treasured experience along with new goods and an evolving schedule of workshops and events.

The Sacred Space (2594 Lillie Ave., Summerland) reopens Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m. See the

for more info and to register go to
A sound bath at The Sacred Space
April 27,
15 th Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon Hillary Hauser Executive Director of Heal the Ocean and author
2023 11:30 a.m.
Assoc. Professor of Environmental Politics UCSB
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Bold Communication for a Sustainable Future
Workplace Law and Related Litigation on Behalf of Employees and Employers

Skin Deep’s Retail Roots Run in the Family

When Skin Deep opened its doors in 1980, the concept of buying beauty products in an inviting, boutique-style space was practically unheard of. While sisters Nina, Tina, and Gina have been partners from day one, they attribute the idea and the name to their mother, Evelyn, a widowed mother of five (there are also younger twin brothers, Henry and Herbert).

“Our mother wanted her daughters to start a business that would be recession-proof,” said Nina Meyer, the eldest sister. “And she was right, because sometimes people, especially women, when the economy is challenged, or there’s serious issues involved with finances, they still want to buy their lipstick.”

“It’s true,” says Tina Hasche. “They’re not gonna give up their lipstick and their lovely products and their little gifts and things that make people feel good.”

“When people come to shop here … they enjoy the experience of coming to a store where they feel comfortable, where they know they’re going to be given a lot of personal attention,” says Nina.

With more than 40 years in town, many young women have worked at Skin Deep.

“It’s a little bit like a finishing school,” says Nina, who trains the customer-service staff.

Sister-Owned Business Looking for New Owners

While none of them had retail experience to begin with, the family was friends with the owners of San Roque Beauty Supply (once near Harry’s Plaza Café in Loreto Plaza), and when Tina was 17, their mother insisted that she work there.

“I think you told our mother, ‘I’ll do it for one year,’ ” laughs Nina.

“I said I’d do it for two years. And I’m still doing it 40 years later,” laughs Tina.

“Our mother was very forceful,” says Nina.

She was also very insightful. The business, still in its original State Street location near the San Roque Post Office, expanded from one storefront to two and eventually to three, as well as adding a professional salon to the beauty products, which allowed them to offer many lines that were exclusive. They also purchased a boutique, Finishing Touches, and expanded their retail and gift section exponentially.

“I think in the last 10 years, with the decline of small business in general, we are a destination for gift giving yearround,” says Tina. Lines out the door are not uncommon during the holiday season, especially when people were finally allowed back to shop in person after the pandemic.

“They learn how to talk, how to interact, how to dress, tone of voice, all of those little things.”

She shares that a retired professor whose children worked there “told me, ‘My daughters learned more working at Skin Deep in terms of work ethic and communication than they did in college.’ And I thought, ‘What a nice compliment.’ ”

But after more than four decades, the sisters are ready to retire and hoping to find a buyer to carry on the mantle. It’s a great opportunity for the right person, says Nina.

“Our landlord has committed to a very, very attractive rental or lease agreement for a new owner.”

The outpouring of support from customers has been very gratifying, say both women. And while they are eager to retire when their lease expires at the end of June, they are also willing to work part-time to train a new team if desired.

“It’s such a lovely opportunity for the right person, mother, daughter, two sisters, or people who have been in this kind of business before,” says Nina. “It does take someone with retail, and hopefully a little salon-savvy to carry on the legacy of the business for our customers.”

“There’s so many things that we would do if we were a little younger and not at this point. And so there’s a lot of opportunity for the future,” says Tina.

COUNTDOWN TO Earth Day April 29-30

Santa Ynez Chumash

Earth Day 2023

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Kitiyepumu' Park, Santa Ynez

This celebration of Mother Earth and all she offers is aimed at helping all of us make better decisions about how we care for our land and our community. Be sure to stop by the CEC booth to say hello!

PRODUCED BY Community Environmental Council & CarpEvents McConnell’s Ice Cream for a Cause


All McConnell’s Scoop Shops Stop by any McConnell’s scoop shop and order a cone to celebrate Earth Day on April 22—$1 from every cone will benefit CEC.

Earth Day Festival 2023

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 11:00AM - 7:00PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 11:00AM - 6:00PM Alameda Park, Santa Barbara 2023 Earth Day celebration, produced by CEC and CarpEvents, offers two days of live music and entertainment, 150+ earth-friendly exhibitors, a Green Car Show, the Homegrown Roots Area, Kids Zone, and a plant-forward Food Court & Beer Garden.

Getting to Zero: The Path to Carbon Neutrality

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 5:00 PM - 8:00PM

Cabrillo Pavilion, Santa Barbara Ventech brings energy experts together to discuss ways that organizations can immediately reduce emissions and get to net zero. CEC is a partner for this event. MORE INFO

Skin Deep in 1980: (from left) Nina Meyer, Anne Thompson, Tina Hasche, Linda McClure, and Nancy Nufer
Experience gray whales humpback whales blue whales and an array of dolphin species throughout

Now open through Apr 30, 2023

Influenced by the pictorialist movement of the early twentieth century, Edward S. Curtis set out to create a photo and ethnographic record of Indigenous peoples living in Western regions from the Mexican border to Alaskan shores. 100 years later, Indigenous people still contend with “Indian” stereotypes that are consequences of Edward Curtis’s vision. This exhibit endeavors to present his breathtaking photogravures within the context of American colonialism.

Educate to Fight Hate

The Portraits of Survival Holocaust education program provides powerful first-hand accounts from survivors for schools and groups.

Help us educate to fight hate against Jews and other marginalized groups.



PRESENTED BY presented by






For more information visit

Native People through the Lens of Edward S. Curtis 2559 Puesta del Sol Santa Barbara, CA 93105 “Painting a Hat
– Nakoaktok,” 1914, Edward S. Curtis
Sponsored by Jerry and Elaine Gibson, Knight Real Estate Group of Village Properties, First Republic Bank, Kathleen Kalp and Jim Balsitis, Kelly and Tory Milazzo



The Galloping Garbanzo

First-year UC Santa Barbara student Elaine Skiadas isn’t so much precocious as she is creative and hungry. When the pandemic hit, the Glencoe, Illinois, native took to Instagram to post recipes. “I could just make stuff up and put it on the Internet,” she recalls. Her Wandering Chickpea persona grew in popularity, gave birth to a blog, and even gave her motivation to buy a better camera.

UCSB Student Pens Vegan Cookbook Targeting Teens

Two years into the project, she got an email out of the blue from Page Street Publishing asking if she might be interested in writing a cookbook. “I thought, ‘This has to be a joke I’m 17,’ ” she says. In a Zoom call, the publisher made an offer and gave her a week to decide. She got back in touch in two hours. She admits, “In my head, a book was a goal that was 10 years out.” On April 11, she will become the 18-year-old published author of Fantastic Vegan Recipes for the Teen Cook.

Now, more than 60 healthy recipes await her readers, from savory golden porridge with spiced chickpeas to salted caramel crunch bars, with a host of “weeknight wonders,” “weekend feasts,” and “globally inspired meals” along the tasty way. “Creating content for the Internet, you always have to consider something could go viral,” she says. “For the book, I didn’t need to focus on things being so flashy.” That isn’t to say Skiadas isn’t an artful food stylist; she admits enjoying the challenge of good food photography, and the mouth-watering results in the book (and on her blog) speak for themselves.

And while the book provides only vegan recipes, Skiadas is still an omnivore herself. She says, “I don’t understand the weird stigma of being vegan hopefully I’m helping with that.” It didn’t hurt that she grew up in a household where healthy eating was the norm. She

remembers plates with lots of vegetables, and a hunk of meat was rarely the center of dinner.

Skiadas also has severe food allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and most tree nuts, and that shaped her diet from an early age. “My mom is amazing there was one cookbook about food allergies when I was growing up and she had it,” she fondly recalls. “She made sure I ate healthy and never let me feel left out, baking allergy-free cupcakes for birthday parties.”

It all adds up to meals like chipotle BBQ mushroom tacos with charred corn salsa, layered with smoke, sweet (a hit of maple syrup), salt (a splash of soy sauce), and sour (a dash of apple cider vinegar). As she’s writing for fellow teens, she tries to keep things simple, rarely doing the embedding a recipe in a recipe trick you find in “fancier” cookbooks. She also strove to keep the ingredients list accessible. UCSB dorm life has limited her cooking opportunities for the time being she fesses up to liking the food hall meals and is surprised to discover the light in her dorm room excels for photo shoots, even if she must stand on her desk to get the proper angles.

As a track and cross-country runner, it was easy for Skiadas to be drawn westward when her older sister attended USC and stayed in Los Angeles. “I always hated winter and running through sludge in five-degree weather,” she says of the Midwest. As for Santa Barbara, she adds, “How could you not want to be here once you’ve seen it?”

She’s leaving her own future open. The passive income stream from her blog is a good cushion, so she will work on a communications degree and see what happens. “At this point, I don’t even know what I like,” she says, “so I want to try as much as I can.” She’s hoping that will include getting to eat out more in Santa Barbara so far she’s a big fan of Oliver’s tofu bánh mì and Lilly’s definitely not vegan tacos. And now Santa Barbara and the world will be able to be fans of her cookbook.

See for Elaine Skiadas’s recipe for Chipotle BBQ Mushroom Tacos.

Elaine Skiadas Chipotle BBQ Mushroom Tacos Caramelized Shallot Mushroom Pizza
Sheet Pan Gnocchi Alla Norma

10TH ANNUAL 2023

Celebrate ten years of the award-winning showcase for the best 3-minute talk by a graduate student.


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Dr. Carrie Towbes and Dr. John Lewis


What Simple Organisms Can Teach Us about Our Daily Rhythms

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Taqueria La Unica Opens on Upper State Street

Taqueria La Unica Opens on Upper State Street

Los Agaves Restaurant Group, the popular Santa Barbara–based Mexican restaurant brand, is expanding its collection of restaurants with the opening of Taqueria La Unica. Located at 3771 State Street, the former home of Dunkin’ Donuts, Taco Bell, and Char West, Taqueria La Unica showcases the art of traditional Mexican street food, including tacos, alongside other popular taqueria mainstays. This marks the eighth restaurant to open in the South Coast region by the restaurant group, which is family-owned and operated by brothers Carlos and Christian Luna and their families.

“Where our family is from in Jalisco, some of the very best food can be found right on the streets it’s amazing; there’s nothing else like it!” shared Carlos Luna, owner of Taqueria La Unica. “We wanted to recreate the experience that transports our guests to the streets of Mexico, where the flavors are bold, the spices are fiery, and the tacos are always fresh. Taqueria La Unica is more than just a place to eat; it’s a celebration of the vibrant culture we grew up with and traditions that inspire our authentic Mexican cuisine.”

Taqueria La Unica features an open kitchen where guests can watch the “Taquero” (head taco chef) and the team at work. The menu features traditional street tacos, tortas, volcanes, alambres, and more, all house-made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The eatery offers a variety of meats, such as pastor, lengua, cabeza, cachete, labio, suadero, longaniza, and tripa, among others, accompanied by homemade salsas. Vegetarian options include mushroom, cauliflower, and bean, among others. Guests can also enjoy a range of beer, wine, and house-made horchata to accompany their meals.

Hours are Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Follow Taqueria La Unica on Instagram (@taqueriala unica_sb) for updates.

RINCON BREWERY REOPENS: Here is a message to you from Rincon Brewery: “Rincon Brewery closed at

the end of December to build out a full kitchen, and reopened Monday with our full food menu! We are also excited to offer a breakfast menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-11 a.m., featuring RB Chick ’n’ Waffles, Chilaquiles, the East Beach Omelette, and many other delicious items! Rincon Brewery takes great pride in sourcing high-quality ingredients for our dishes. We always serve hormone- and antibiotic-free beef, poultry, and pork. Fresh seafood is always on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ lists. We are proud to be a Platinum-Level Certified Ocean-Friendly Restaurant. Lettuces are always organic as well as a ‘whenever possible’ approach to the rest of produce. We source local whenever possible as well. We are excited to be a part of the Funk Zone!”

BRASS BEAR BRUNCH: The Funk Zone’s popular Brass Bear Brewing Company opened a second location at 3302 McCaw Avenue last January. Now they have started offering brunch and are accepting reservations for Easter weekend and beyond. Brunch is served 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the uptown location only. Uptown also recently opened Tuesdays and moved up service to start at 11:30 a.m. during the week.

SECOND ANNUAL CRAWFISH BOIL AT LITTLE DOM’S: Little Dom’s Seafood at 686 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria will be hosting its second-annual celebratory Crawfish Boil events on Saturday, April 15, and Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. An expert at hosting proper crawfish boils both in and out of his restaurants, Chef Boudet is hosting the event in the restaurant’s parking lot, which will include newspaper-lined picnic tables, cocktail specials, locally sourced wines, and a complementing selection of beer. The Crawfish Boil menu will feature: crawfish by the pound (M/P), smoked roast beef po’ boy ($14), oyster mushroom po’ boy ($14), crawfish Monica ($17), cup of gumbo ($7), and Sno-Balls with “tiger’s blood” and nectar ($6).

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Presently on the savory menu of exhibitions at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA), there lurks art of variously subversive ways and means. Wild, abstract-leaning, and rough film-noir-ish impressions are made in the main exhibition arenas where Joan Tanner and Ed and Nancy Kienholz hold forth.

Meanwhile, tucked into the museum’s corner spaces is a deceptively also-ran show called from the museum collection, gamely named Iconography of Dread: Symbolism to Surrealism. In a sense, this small meal of surrealist and symbolist work is the tamer event of the three exhibitions cited here. But it serves the valuable functions of provoking thought, wending down psychological rabbit holes of art history and reminding us of the riches even of the bizarre, genreelusive sort contained in SBMA’s vaults.

Exhibit A, validating all three counts, is the celebrity in the house Salvador Dalí’s irrational riddle of a painting, “Honey Is Sweeter than Blood.” Long-standing museumgoers will have caught sight of the canvas on many occasions, but it feels especially at home in this surely themed grouping. Painted in 1941, it’s a startling view, with his looming nude female figure (with a crutch) and a minotaur in retreat conspiring toward a slightly feverish, libido-tinged dream scene in the clouds. Literally.

Fresher visual enticement comes courtesy of the New York School Surrealist Dorothea Tanning, whose 1942 painting “Self Portrait at Age 30” engages the eye and the mind’s eye with its vision of the artist, chest bared and with tree roots growing from her skirt. In this dream-fueled interior, with endless doors, a startled griffin beast casually perches, pet-like, at her feet.

Nearby, in Kay Sage’s 1943 painting “Second Song,” Dalí-esque forms and dislodged

logic continue, along with influence of Yves Tanguy, with sensuous, abstracted forms on an imaginary landscape. References to anatomy, architecture, and antiquity are organized with a slyly neat compositional orderliness.

The show also benefits from the inclusion of several small and understated etchings by the lesser-known but intriguing Belgian Symbolist Félicien Rops, whose work here somehow juggles matters of elegance, eroticism, and mysticism. One wall of the show is devoted to the dizzying succession of the Rops-influenced Austrian artist Alfred Kubin’s dark fantasies and symbolic misadventures.

In other sculptural left turns, famed Russian constructivist Alexander Archipenko’s Torso in Space appears as a sleekly rounded, winnowed-down impression of a reclining female nude, as if alluding to sea-life ances-


Pearl Chase, whose well-deserved reputation was acknowledged by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with its highest honor in 1973, was instrumental in the conservation of Santa Barbara’s beachfront and the historic Moreton Bay Fig Tree, as well as restoration of the Presidio.

Now the public has an opportunity to hear some of this history come to life as the Pearl Chase Society presents the Kellam de Forest Speaker Series, honoring the legacy of this founding member. The all-volunteer, nonprofit conservancy was established in 1995 and continues to advance the founding vision of Pearl Chase.

After de Forest’s passing, as generous donations in his name came to the Society, the board decided on the creation of an ongoing educational series, which they knew he would have endorsed enthusiastically.

Board members Claudia Schou, Cheri Rae, Dennis Whelan, and Steven Dowty worked together to program this free monthly series. It kicks off on April 14 at 6 p.m. with Rick Closson giving a presentation about Kellam de Forest’s life, including his lesser-known accomplishments in the Hollywood


try and hints of mermaid-hood. Just above the conspicuous Archipenko sculpture, legendary sculptor Henry Moore is represented, like a ghostly sentry, not in his classic three-dimensional mode but by faint drawings of bones in the countryside. The bones are decidedly Moore-ish, accentuating the archeological touch points behind his sculpture gardening.

Nothing is quite as it seems, or necessary in place by conventional standards in Iconography of Dread. Ultimately, this is art about both dread and its opposite exploratory imagination and re-channeling of dreams, which sometimes leads to breakthroughs in the existential/mental fog. Art is there, for the expressive taking.

George and Emily Get Married brings George and Emily, the young lovers from Thornton Wilder’s famous play Our Town, into a new era. In this play, a new work by local theater artist Rick Mokler (produced by the Theatre Group at SBCC), George and Emily are now living in modern-day Santa Barbara Emily has just finished medical school, and George is a small-time writer.

Iconography of Dread: Symbolism to Surrealism is on view at Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1130 State St.) through May 21. See

“Our Town presents a lovely, but very old-fashioned, small-town version of marriage,” says Mokler of the inspirational text. “In my play, I tried to present a more modern version…. Whom we marry, how we marry, and what is expected of marriage have changed drastically in the last hundred years. I use the structure and characters of Our Town to highlight a few of those changes.”

film industry. Additional topics include the historical importance of the Carrillo Recreation Center and the social work done there by Pearl Chase (May 12) and Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture (June 9).

“This series covers the history of architecture in Santa Barbara,” Schou said. “But also its future and what that might look like. We’re carrying Pearl’s ideas forward to inspire the continuation of her preservation work in the same spirit.”

Audience members who have never seen or read Our Town needn’t worry: The play borrows characters and ideas but stands on its own without the context of the original work. Similar to Our Town, George and Emily Get Married uses a “host” character as the bridge between the world of the audience and the world of the play. Mokler, who also directs the show, says the host talks directly to the audience, giving them needed background and occasional personal insights. “Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the play,” he says, “is that the audience is invited to join the wedding party on stage for the reception. They will be on stage for the final scene of the play when the newlyweds’ fathers give speeches, and the families offer a unique toast. The play ends with George and Emily’s first dance as a married couple with the 100-person audience on stage with them just like a wedding reception.”

The free series takes place at 6 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 East Carrillo St. For reservations, call (805) 403-7053.

You’re invited to the festivities! George and Emily Get Married runs April 12-29 at the Jurkowitz Theater on the SBCC Campus (721 Cliff Dr.). See

Addison Clarke and Robert Moris Castillo in The Theatre Group at SBCC’s production of George and Emily Get Married
“War” (1903) by Alfred Kubin (Austrian, 1877-1959), SBMA, Museum Purchase, Alfred Moir Endowment Fund SBMA The Pearl Chase Society speaker series honors the late Kellam de Forest. COURTESY



Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Samantha Eve who grew up in Goleta and fell truly, madly, deeply in love with musical theater. That love took many forms over many years, from dance classes at Santa Barbara Dance Arts to starring in Showstoppers, Santa Barbara Youth Theater, and Stage Left shows, and summer programs at the Rubicon and Idyllwild. She went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts to study musical theater, of course and paid her dues for a few years, auditioning days and working nights as the coat check girl at Thomas Keller’s three-Michelin-starred Per Se, among other gigs.

She sweetened her New York life by learning to bake and starting a cupcake-centric side business, Violette Bakeshop. But after a while, the Big Apple began to feel a bit rotten.

“I love New York. As soon as I get off the plane, I feel like I’m home. But living that life in New York was exhausting, because you keep feeling like you’re waiting for somebody to tell you, ‘Okay, you’re an artist. Now you get to do your art.’ There’s these gatekeepers of sorts that just control that process. It was very frustrating to feel like it wasn’t really in my control to do what I love to do,” said Eve.

Around 2009, she decided to come home to Santa Barbara, where her parents (Salli and Irwin Eve of Occhiali Eyewear fame) still lived. She had no intention of continuing to pursue her theatrical dreams.

But she found she missed watching live theater. “I didn’t see a lot of shows that I loved being performed.” She’s got a particular affection for lesser-known contemporary musicals, and soon she was advertising on Craigslist with a pitch that was basically, “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show.”

That first show was Reefer Madness. “I didn’t know I was starting a theater company. I just thought I was doing a show to reach out to people in the community that had similar interests,” says Eve. “The energy, the people … it was a lot of work. But when it was done, I was like, ‘Okay, what are we doing next?’” she says with a smile.

After a couple of shows with some advice and assistance from the late Michael Towbes, whose granddaughter was in Spring Awakening Out of the Box Theatre Company was officially on the path to becoming a full-fledged nonprofit.

They’ve averaged two musicals a year ever since. From Tick, Tick… Boom! to Fun Home, Heathers, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, there have been more than 20 productions to date, with the latest, Once, set for April 14-23 at Center Stage Theater. Based on the 2007 film, Once, in addition to beautiful music and a refreshing love story, also has the distinction of being the only show to have music that won an Academy Award, a Grammy, an Olivier, and a Tony.

Eve was in the heat of rehearsals for Once when she and I met last week, but that wasn’t the only thing keeping her busy. She’s also the performing arts teacher at Cold Spring Elementary, Bishop Diego High School, and Anacapa School (her alma mater, where her mother once taught theater), which means that in April and May, she’ll also be directing student productions of (respectively) Newsies Jr.; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe.

“I mostly worry that I’m going to bring the wrong script,” she laughs. “But I love it … and working hard is one of those things where it’s just sort of like what you have to do in the arts to DO the arts.”

She continues, “I never would have imagined that I would be running a theater company. I never thought that I would find my way to directing. It just wasn’t something that I was interested in. I just never really thought it was a door that I could go through. So when I started doing it, and I realized how much I loved it, it was just delightful.”

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents Once April 14-23 at Center Stage Theater (751 Paseo Nuevo). See

Samantha Eve
DIRECTED BY Jenny Sullivan APR 6-23 STARRING Michael Butler, Nancy Travis Linda Purl
of the greatest theatrical works of the last 20 years” THE GUARDIAN, 2019


(Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Aries-born René Descartes (1596–1650) was instrumental in the development of modern science and philosophy. His famous motto “I think, therefore I am” is an assertion that the analytical component of intelligence is primary and foremost. And yet, few history books mention the supernatural intervention that was pivotal in his evolution as a supreme rationalist. On the night of November 10, 1619, he had three mystical dreams that changed his life, revealing the contours of the quest to discern the “miraculous science” that would occupy him for the next 30 years. I suspect you are in store for a comparable experience or two, Aries. Brilliant ideas and marvelous solutions to your dilemmas will visit you as you bask in unusual and magical states of awareness.


(Apr. 20-May 20): The dirty work is becoming milder and easier. It’s still a bit dirty, but is growing progressively less grungy and more rewarding. The command to “adjust, adjust, and adjust some more, you beast of burden” is giving way to “refine, refine, and refine some more, you beautiful animal.” At this pivotal moment, it’s crucial to remain consummately conscientious. If you stay in close touch with your shadowy side, it will never commandeer more than 10 percent of your total personality. In other words, a bit of healthy distrust for your own motives will keep you trustworthy. (PS: Groaning and grousing, if done in righteous and constructive causes, will continue to be good therapy for now.)


(May 21-June 20): “’Tis the good reader that makes the good book,” wrote Gemini philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. “In every book, he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear.” In the coming weeks, a similar principle will apply to everything you encounter, Gemini not just books. You will find rich meaning and entertainment wherever you go. From seemingly ordinary experiences, you’ll notice and pluck clues that will be wildly useful for you personally. For inspiration, read this quote from author Sam Keen: “Enter each day with the expectation that the happenings of the day may contain a clandestine message addressed to you personally. Expect omens, epiphanies, casual blessings, and teachers who unknowingly speak to your condition.”


(June 21-July 22): Traditional astrologers don’t regard the planet Mars as being a natural ally of you Crabs. But I suspect you will enjoy an invigorating relationship with the red planet during the next six weeks. For best results, tap into its rigorous vigor in the following ways: (1) Gather new wisdom about how to fight tenderly and fiercely for what’s yours. (2) Refine and energize your ambitions so they become more ingenious and beautiful. (3) Find out more about how to provide your physical body with exactly what it needs to be strong and lively on an ongoing basis. (4) Mediate on how to activate a boost in your willpower.


(July 23-Aug. 22): I won’t ask you to start heading back toward your comfort zone yet, Leo. I’d love to see you keep wandering out in the frontiers for a while longer. It’s healthy and wise to be extra fanciful, improvisatory, and imaginative. The more rigorous and daring your experiments, the better. Possible bonus: If you are willing to question at least some of your fixed opinions and dogmatic beliefs, you could very well outgrow the part of the Old You that has finished its mission.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The Supreme Deity with the most power may not be Jehovah or Allah or Brahman or Jesus’s Dad. There’s a good chance it’s actually Mammon, the God of Money. The devoted worship that humans offer to Mammon far surpasses the loyalty offered to all the other gods combined. His values and commandments rule civilization. I bring this to your attention, Virgo, because now is an excellent time for you to deliver extra intense prayers to Mammon. From what I can determine, this formidable

Lord of Lords is far more likely to favor you than usual. (PS: I’m only half-kidding. I really do believe your financial luck will be a peak in the coming weeks.)


(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): It’s an excellent time to give up depleted, used-up obsessions so you have plenty of room and energy to embrace fresh, succulent passions. I hope you will take advantage of the cosmic help that’s available as you try this fun experiment. You will get in touch with previously untapped resources as you wind down your attachments to old pleasures that have dissipated. You will activate dormant reserves of energy as you phase out connections that take more than they give.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “The best revenge is not to be like your enemy,” said ancient Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius. I’m tempted to advise every Scorpio to get a tattoo of that motto. That way, you will forever keep in mind this excellent advice. As fun as it may initially feel to retaliate against those who have crossed you, it rarely generates redemptive grace or glorious rebirth, which are key Scorpio birthrights. I believe these thoughts should be prime meditations for you in the coming weeks.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sometimes love can be boring. We may become overly accustomed to feeling affection and tenderness for a special person or animal. What blazed like a fiery fountain in the early stages of our attraction might have subsided into a routine sensation of mild fondness. But here’s the good news, Sagittarius: Even if you have been ensconced in bland sweetness, I suspect you will soon transition into a phase of enhanced zeal. Are you ready to be immersed in a luscious, lusty bloom of heartful yearning and adventure?


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): What shall we call this latest chapter of your life story? How about “Stealthy Triumph over Lonely Fear” or maybe “Creating Rapport with the Holy Darkness.” Other choices might be “As Far Down into the Wild Rich Depths That I Dare to Go” or “My Roots Are Stronger and Deeper than I Ever Imagined.” Congratulations on this quiet but amazing work you’ve been attending to. Some other possible descriptors: “I Didn’t Have to Slay the Dragon Because I Figured Out How to Harness It” or “The Unexpected Wealth I Discovered Amid the Confusing Chaos.”


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s sway-swirl-swivel time for you, Aquarius a phase when you will be wise to gyrate and rollick and zigzag. This is a bouncy, shimmering interlude that will hopefully clean and clear your mind as it provides you with an abundance of reasons to utter “Whee!” and “Yahoo!” and “Hooray!” My advice: Don’t expect the straight-andnarrow version of anything. Be sure you get more than minimal doses of twirling and swooping and cavorting. Your brain needs to be teased and tickled, and your heart requires regular encounters with improvised fun.


(Feb. 19-Mar. 20): When I was growing up in suburban America, way back in the 20th century, many adults told me that I was wrong and bad to grow my hair really long. Really! It’s hard to believe now, but I endured ongoing assaults of criticism, ridicule, and threats because of how I shaped my physical appearance. Teachers, relatives, baseball coaches, neighbors, strangers in the grocery store literally hundreds of people warned me that sporting a big head of hair would cause the whole world to be prejudiced against me and sabotage my success. Decades later, I can safely say that all those critics were resoundingly wrong. My hair is still long, has always been so, and my ability to live the life I love has not been obstructed by it in the least. Telling you this story is my way of encouraging you to keep being who you really are, even in the face of people telling you that’s not who you really are. The astrological omens say it’s time for you to take a stand.

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Provides essential financial, administrative and organizational support to the Carsey‑Wolf Center Director, Associate Director, Business Officer, and Pollock Theater Manager. Acts independently and with a high degree of initiative to provide budget, analytical, project, and administrative support to the Carsey‑Wolf Center. Using a thorough knowledge of finance policies, practices and systems, provides analytical support in the area of financial management. Provides analytic support and direction in developing long‑range planning to meet ongoing organizational operation needs, including budget development and administration. Identifies operational problems and, as appropriate, independently resolves the issue or proposes a course of action. Performs and/or oversees special projects and assignments with sensitive and/ or complex components, requiring significant independence and initiative in execution and implementation. Responsible for the input, review, reconciliation, and reporting of all financial transactions and activity within the Center, including grants and various special projects. Processes, tracks, and reconciles incoming gifts, monitors and reconciles accounts in overdraft. Responsible for all HR, Payroll, Accounting, and Purchasing forms/procedures. Performs high‑level analysis for multiple fund sources and budgets. To successfully meet the responsibilities of this position, must use independent judgment and initiative, possess sophisticated organizational and analytical skills, and apply best business practices. Reqs: High school diploma or GED. 1‑3 years experience as an administrative professional. Note: Satisfactory conviction history background check. The full salary range is $26.09‑$37.40/hr. The hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $26.67‑$31.35/ hr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Open until filled. Apply online at https://jobs. Job # 50739



Serves students, staff, faculty and requires analysis of individual cases to determine appropriate actions. Identifies and resolves administrative problems, supports the staff in the areas of scheduling, program presentations, data reports, outreach materials, and program development. Administers the logistics of the Alcohol and Drug program, including the scheduling of appointments, coordinating meetings, handling all purchasing and procurement, travel and conference related logistics, data and financial reports. Participates in administration of Peer Education programs including

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Responsible for overseeing the planning, funding, and approvals for all capital development projects including State and non‑State major projects, minor projects, and deferred maintenance.

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Directs and supervises subordinate staff, including assigning and delegating projects. Schedules employees to ensure proper staffing levels are maintained. Performance monitoring includes evaluating work performance and implementing oral corrective action for performance or conduct issues. Supervises unit operations to ensure compliance with departmental or organizational policies, procedures, and defined internal controls. Trains subordinate dispatchers in the use and operation of various complex communications equipment including radios, telephones, and computer‑aided dispatch consoles. Troubleshoots, diagnoses, repairs, and maintenance needed for communication equipment and makes necessary recommendations for correction. Interface with appropriate shift supervisory personnel from each external agency, internal division,

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Reqs: POST Dispatcher Certificate. Bachelor’s Degree in a related area and/ or equivalent experience/training. 4‑6 yrs experience performing the duties of a Police Dispatcher or higher‑level position in a Police Dispatch Center. 1‑3 yrs of working knowledge of Computer Aided Dispatch System (CAD). 1‑3 yrs experience with E911 Systems, and phones, including Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TDD). 1‑3 yrs of detailed current (within the last 2 yrs) knowledge of relevant federal and state systems, and departmental laws, rules, guidelines, practices, and terminology regarding police dispatching. 1‑3 yrs experience documenting information and maintaining records.Basic knowledge of the English language, math, and other analytical skills as evidenced by possession of a high school degree, GED, or equivalent. Manage and accomplish multiple priorities and responsibilities with a high level of accuracy. Successfully supervise, motivate, correct, train, and evaluate assigned staff. Notes: Ability to use vehicles, computer systems, and other technologies and tools utilized by police agencies. Mandated reporting requirements of Child Abuse. Mandated reporting req of Dependent Adult Abuse. Satisfactory criminal history background check. Ability to work in a confined work environment until relieved. Successful completion of a pre‑employment psychological evaluation. Ability to work rotating shifts on days, nights, weekends, and

holidays. Must maintain valid CA DL, a clean DMV record and enrollment in DMV Pull‑Notice Program. Successful completion of the POST Dispatcher test. $62,300 ‑ $117,500/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. Open until filled. Apply online at https://jobs. Job # 49505.


Works with minimal guidance performing tasks that provide a high level of computing functionality for desktop systems serviced by the LSCG. Installs and networks computing equipment in keeping with LSCG, UCSB and UCOP policies. Researches, troubleshoots and resolves hardware, software and networking issues on Windows and Macintosh computers and other equipment such as printers, phones, tablets, and NAS devices for users in offices, research and instructional labs, and multi‑use facilities.

Reqs: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent training and/or experience. Experience administering and/or troubleshooting issues related to systems, networks, and hardware or direct experience troubleshooting in production environments. Experience supporting both Apple and Intel based desktop and laptop hardware. ability to troubleshoot issues with peripherals, communication issues, etc. Demonstrated experience working well with customers of

varying levels of technical expertise in high‑pressure situations and moderately complex environments. Demonstrated problem solving and critical thinking skills; experience working independently with varied tasks. Note: Satisfactory conviction history background check. The full salary range is $27.67‑$47.74/ hr. The budgeted hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $27.67‑$30.42/ hr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Open until filled. Apply online at https://jobs. Job # 50954



Development Assistant, Humanities & Fine Arts serves as the primary initial contact for three Directors of Development in the Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) team to provide essential administrative and financial support critical to the successful operation of a complex fund‑raising program. The position will manage online calendars, screen incoming calls, make travel and entertainment arrangements, and complete all necessary paperwork in compliance with policies and procedures. Additionally, this position will compile and analyze data and information from various sources

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including Advance database and assist all aspects of planning, analysis and implementation strategies to secure financial support to the team; requires high degree of independence, initiative, professionalism, confidentiality, sound judgment and discretion, and strong analytical and technical skills. Uses a developed knowledge of current fundraising activity to maximize the effectiveness and success of all donor stewardship efforts and perform all duties with excellent standards of accountability, follow‑through, and a profound commitment to customer service. Handles confidential, high profile, and time sensitive matters involving senior UC Santa Barbara administrators, faculty, staff, collaborating institutions and the donor community. Reqs: Excellent computer skills including proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet and e‑mail and demonstrated ability to quickly learn various software programs; ability to maintain strict confidentiality in all aspects of work; ability to prioritize duties and achieve planned goals for a complex program; excellent grammar, composition and proofreading skills; HS Diploma or GED. Bachelor’s Degree Preferred. Note: Satisfactory conviction history background check. Hiring/ Budgeted Hourly Range $26.67‑$27.32/ hr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Open until filled. Apply online at https://jobs. Job #43438



Oversees and builds teams to advance community affairs, guides student co‑developed curricula and experiential learning, provides mentoring and resources that advance student initiated projects. Sets ethical standards for a community with a public university ethos, values of transparency, accountability and integrity. Supervises the Assistant Director for Student Leadership and Government Affairs and the Assistant Director for Student Development, and Civic Engagement. Ensures excellent stewardship of departmental resources. Manages a budget of approximately $1.7 million. Reqs: Must have expert knowledge of student development theories and practice along with considerable political acumen to handle sensitive and contentious issues relevant to both the university and community affairs. Must have Advanced knowledge of advising. Skill in building consensus and conflict resolution. Notes: UCSB Campus Security Authority under Clery Act. Satisfactory conviction history background check. Hiring/Budgeted

Salary: $94,250‑$100,154. Full Salary

Range: $75,800.00‑$149,600. 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. Open until filled. Apply online at https://jobs. Job #50063

and community leaders to fulfill Arts & Lectures’ educational mission; and holds the pivotal role in directing the ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! community arts program. Arts & Lectures educational outreach provides experiences that embrace the University’s rich intellectual, artistic and inquisitive life bringing together world‑renowned artists and thinkers which reaches 12,000‑15,000 UCSB students and community members each year. The Director of Education & Community Engagement has full managerial responsibility for creating and managing these educational programs and cultivating and sustaining relationships with educators and community leaders to fulfill Arts & Lectures’ mission to make a major transformative impact on the campus, contributing to Development efforts, complementing Marketing efforts, and generally raising the institution’s profile. Reqs: Bachelor’s degree in related area or equivalent experience and/or training. Notes: Satisfactory completion of a conviction background check. Mandated reporting requirements of Child Abuse. Must maintain valid CA Driver’s License, a clean DMV record and enrollment in DMV Pull‑Notice program. Frequent evenings/nights and weekends; Irregular hours and occasional long work days.

Driver’s license and regular access to personal vehicle. The full salary range for this position is $83,100‑$169,500/ yr. The budgeted salary range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $110,000‑$115,000/ 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 4/11/23. Apply online at

Job # 51155



We are seeking an experienced leader who will engineer new service installation and support solutions, while acting as custodian of the UCSB campus communications cable plant/ infrastructure to ensure quality. You will be responsible for the modification, maintenance, and oversight of existing communications infrastructure. You should be comfortable providing consultative services directly to campus clients and providing technical assistance to other IT units on existing network infrastructure and services.

In addition, you will independently conduct communications service needs assessments, survey existing facilities, diagnose, analyze and maintain complex communications infrastructure. In this role, you will assign communications infrastructure resources; prepare estimates for telecommunications and communications networking projects.

Estimates include a job plan, labor costs, material and equipment costs, and identification of staffing needs.

Reqs: Bachelor’s degree in related area or equivalent experience and/ or training, BICSI RCDD certification or equivalent telecommunications industry certification, 7‑9 yrs designing telecommunications infrastructure, both copper and fiber, 7‑9 yrs managing small teams and projects to meet established deadlines and objectives.

Notes: Satisfactory completion of a conviction history background check. Must maintain valid CA DL, a clean DMV record and enrollment in DMV Pull‑Notice Program. Possess a current Registered Communications Distribution Design Consultant certificate.

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 4/10/2023; open until filled. Apply online at https:// Job # 50658



Supports the office’s patent, licensing and related compliance activities under the general direction of the Director, with day‑to‑day supervision and training provided by the Associate Director, Licensing. Supports the management of the UCSB technology portfolio, which consists of over 650 technologies, and related patent prosecution activities. Generally responsible for in‑take, review and processing of new technology invention disclosures; communications with inventors, joint‑owners, and outside counsel at various stages of the invention review process; ensuring all required invention‑ and patent‑related agreements (such as assignment and power of attorney agreements are generated, executed and docketed (with assistance of the TIA Office Manager); docketing all patent prosecution correspondence and ensuring that the key responsible individuals are informed of due dates and/or actions that need to be taken including but not limited to TIA staff, UCSB inventors, outside patent counsel and licensees; establishing and maintaining data in the UC Patent Tracking System and related databases as needed and maintaining all case files on the TIA shared drive; managing all government reporting and compliance under the Bayh‑Dole Act related to invention disclosures and patent filings (including but not limited to iEdison reporting) and tracking and running financial reports related to patent prosecution expenses.

Coordinates as needed with the UC Office of the President regarding licensee invoicing and royalty distributions as needed. Needs to be highly proficient working with IP data information systems and have the ability to learn to use applicable business systems. Responsible for independently tracking, docketing, and monitoring of actionable patent prosecution items for the entire UCSB portfolio. Receives, reviews, and analyzes patent prosecution matters including complex IP prosecution history, cross‑checking accuracy of information against internal patent tracking databases, data logs, and correspondence. Develops, implements, and improves the TIA docketing workflow and processes, as needed, working with other TIA staff, UCSB outside attorneys and other patent/ legal practitioners to establish best practices and ensure compliance with applicable federal government, UC and UCSB policies and best practices. Reqs: Bachelor’s Degree in science, business, legal studies, or related field and/or equivalent training and/or experience.

4‑6 yrs of relevant experience working in an academic technology transfer office performing similar/equivalent duties. Satisfactory criminal history background check. Full Salary Range: $75,800‑$149,600/yr. Budgeted Salary Range: $76,000‑$90,000/ 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. Open until filled. Apply online at https://jobs. Job #50697



Responsible for planning programs and creating relationships with educators

Knowledge of EIA/TIA national fire protection code, including NEC and standard industry best practices for maintenance of outside plant facilities. The full salary range for the position is $91,300‑$191,700/yr. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $110,000‑$125,000/ yr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative

Supports a highly diverse user community across the UC Santa Barbara campus. Works with a faculty advisory committee and engineering colleagues to oversee operations and user training on the following equipment: Cameca Dynamic Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (dynamic SIMS), and FEI X‑ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS), several atomic force microscopes, and scanning electron microscopes. The facility aims to help users achieve accurate and sensitive analyses of the chemistry of the surface and near surface regions of materials, ranging from compound semiconductors and heterostructures to ceramic/ metal interfaces to mesoscopic block co‑polymer thin films. The microanalysis equipment is part of the broader UC Santa Barbara Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility. Reqs: Bachelor’s Degree with education inclusive of at least one semester each of organic and inorganic chemistry or equivalent experience and/or training. Strong Project management experience to assume responsibility for the accomplishment of research objectives. Advanced microscopy experience working with SIMS and XPS microscopy equipment. Note: Satisfactory conviction history background check The full salary range is $91,300‑$191,700/yr. The budgeted salary range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $91,300‑$140,000/ 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 4/14/23. Apply online at Job # 51348



Works independently to coordinate, plan, procure, and oversee all necessary backstage goods and services, onstage properties, and provide basic support for all Arts & Lectures public performances, lectures, and special events, at both on and off campus venues. Coordinates Artist residency logistics, including hotel accommodations, hospitality/ catering services, and transportation. Responsible for procuring, contracting and managing hospitality sponsorships. Compiles data and maintains event‑related departmental databases for analysis and planning. Recruits, trains, and supervises Arts & Lectures event related student employees. Provides administrative support for special projects as requested by Arts & Lectures senior management. Hours are variable and include evenings/nights and occasional weekends. Reqs: HS Diploma or GED. Demonstrated experience in event planning and organization, or transferable skills and ability. Notes: Satisfactory completion of a conviction history background check. Mandated reporting requirements of Child Abuse. Must maintain valid CA Driver’s License, a clean DMV record and enrollment in DMV Pull‑Notice program. Occasional evenings/nights and weekends at programmatic and special events required. Overtime may be required (subject to overtime pay in accordance with University/CBU agreement).

Ability to lift/move up to 50 lbs. The full hourly range for this position is $26.09‑$37.40/hr. The budgeted hourly target that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $26.09/ hr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Open until filled. Apply online at https://jobs. Job # 50952


The Residence Hall Manager provides leadership and supervision for all custodial and maintenance work in a Residence Hall setting of approximately 3000 students, interacting effectively as a team member with sensitivity toward a multicultural work and living environment. Professional Expectation/ Attitude Standard/ Customer Service Promotes Customer service programs in the custodial services unit to residents/clients. Assists with the development and maintenance of a work environment that is conducive to meeting the mission of the organization.

Reqs: HS Diploma. 4‑6 yrs minimum of five years supervisory experience in a leadership position in the custodial, maintenance or service industry fields, with demonstrated experience in housekeeping and/or performance of light maintenance of buildings. Must have experience in the customer service industry, specifically in a University residential setting or equivalent, with demonstrated experience managing multiple areas of responsibility. Must display effective communication, written, verbal, organizational, and computer skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse student body and staff and serve as an effective team member. Must comply with University and department safety guidelines. Notes: Able to work shifts other than Monday thru Friday to meet the operational needs of the department. Maintain a valid CA driver’s license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employer Pull‑Notice Program. Satisfactory conviction history background check. 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. Open until filled. Apply online at https://jobs. Job #50558


Residential Operations is part of Housing, Dining, and Auxiliary Enterprises (HDAE). Residential Operations maintains properties consisting of residence halls, single student apartments, family student apartments, and dining commons serving over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. In addition to providing service to residents, Residential Operations maintains facilities that include conference centers, office spaces, and short term lodging and housing facilities. We welcome over 20,000 conference guests annually. Under the supervision of the Custodial Supervisor or Residence Hall Manager, the Sr. Custodian performs duties in accordance with established standards and instruction, for University owned Residence Halls, Apartments and Dining Facilities. The Sr. Custodian promotes a customer service environment to residents and clients. Assists with the development and maintenance of a work environment which is conducive to meeting the mission of the organization and supports the EEP. Responsible for completing job duties that demonstrate support for the Operations Team. Initiates communication directly with co‑workers and or supervisor to improve and clarify working relationships, identifying problems and concerns, and seeking resolution to work‑related conflicts. Completes custodial tasks within an assigned area such as, but is not limited to: Cleans and sanitizes restrooms, hallways, stairways, lounges, public areas, office spaces and building entrances. Replenish restroom supplies. Disposes of trash may be required to drive a motorized vehicle with a trailer to move trash. Utilizes cleaning equipment to perform cleaning

duties such as: squirt bottles, dusters, mops, vacuums, broom, power floor buffers, mop buck/ringer, hot water carpet extractor, steam cleaner, wet/ dry vacuum, doodle bugs, powered wall cleaning machine. May work on a ladder. Works effectively as a team member. Cleans all surfaces inside/out of buildings maintained and operated by HDAE. During Summer Conference season will provide daily linen change and room service to conferees. Supply amenities to conferees. Reqs: Working knowledge and experience in utilizing the following equipment: vacuums, conventional and high‑speed buffers, extractors and related custodial equipment desirable. Will train on all equipment and chemicals used. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others as a team. Must have effective communication skills. Ability to interact as a team member with sensitivity towards a multicultural work environment. Notes: Maintain a valid CA driver’s license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employer Pull‑Notice Program. Hiring/Budgeted Salary or Hourly Range: $21.36‑$23.11/ hr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Application review begins 4/13/23. Apply online at

Job # 51237

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. Open until filled. Apply online at https://jobs. Job #50469


Under the direction of the Isla Vista Community Advisor supports the day‑to‑day operations and management of the Pardall Center in Isla Vista, a community center offering study, meeting and event space, legal and tenant education, printing, computers, and other resources for the community. Provides support to the AS Public Safety Commission’s UCIV Volunteer program to promote peaceful interactions between public safety officers and Isla Vista residents and visitors to the community, including engaging in de‑escalation, conflict resolution, and bystander intervention. Recruits, onboards, trains, and supervises student staff and volunteers, support the leadership of student entities who do work in Isla Vista, and encourages collaborations with other entities. Develops and enhances resources for the community and when needed connects people with additional resources on campus and in the community.

Reqs: Ability to multi‑task, verbal communication, written communication and organization skills. Basic knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.


The Maintenance Superintendent is responsible for assisting the Senior Superintendents in the leadership and management of the daily operations of the Skilled Craft workers for Residential Operations. Provides a broad range of technical expertise and supervisory skills for all trades. Provides maintenance services to all apartment units and residence halls, and 5 dining facilities. Responsibilities include daily scheduling/adjusting of assignments/ resources/vendors, establishing work priorities, implementation of training programs, adjusting work procedures and priorities to meet schedules or work demands, meeting with clients and vendors, ordering and inspecting materials, site inventory management, analyzing and resolving work problems, maintaining records, quality control for maintenance work. Reqs: High School Diploma, 4‑6 yrs experience with demonstrated leadership and supervisory responsibility, leading various journey level craft workers, in an institutional facilities maintenance and construction environment. Substantial experience with demonstrated leadership and supervisory responsibility, leading and directing various journey level craft workers, in an institutional facilities maintenance and construction environment. Journey level certification or equivalent education and/ or experience in one or more trade specialties. Familiarity with multiple skilled trades including but not limited to: HVAC, electrical, plumbing, locksmithing, carpentry, painting, and hazardous material abatement. Two yrs. experience managing small to medium size construction and renovation projects.

Ability to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent organizational, analytical, planning, and management skills.

Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Google suite, other management software, and familiarity with a range of modern electronic communication media. Use of emotional intelligence as an effective leadership tool. Notes:

Ability to respond to emergency and after hours maintenance calls.

Maintain a valid CA driver’s license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employer Pull‑Notice Program. Satisfactory conviction history background check. Hiring/Budgeted

Salary Range: $88,200/yr. ‑ $99,120/ yr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment

Notes: UCSB Campus Security Authority under Clery Act. Satisfactory conviction history background check. Hiring/

Budgeted Salary: $28.57 ‑ $29.77/hr.

Full Salary Range: $24.81 ‑ $39.85/ hr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Open until filled. Apply online at https://jobs. Job #50092



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1. Strong poker hand

6. Fruit-flavored Coca-Cola brand

11. Bitingly ironic

14. Alvin of the American Dance Theater

15. Creator of a logical “razor”

16. “Ni ___, Kai-Lan” (2010s Nickelodeon cartoon)

17. Migratory honker

19. “Jeopardy!” ques., actually

20. “It’s the end of an ___!”

21. First “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” host

22. “Of course!”, for short

24. “Rainy Days and Mondays” singer Carpenter

25. Korea’s national dish

26. School cleaner

29. Quilt piece

30. Napoleon Bonaparte et al.

31. “Ratatouille” rodent

32. ___ Technica (tech blog)

35. Minor damage

36. It comes in slices

38. Honor for Viola Davis if she wins her 2023 Grammy nomination

39. Ore-___ (Tater Tots maker)

40. Letter between Oscar and Quebec

41. Painter’s movement

43. ___-Roman wrestling

45. Kind of leap or physics

46. Larry, for one

48. “You’d think ...” follow-up

49. About the year of

50. “The Imitation Game” actress Knightley

51. Catchall abbr.

54. ___ Faithful (Yellowstone geyser)

55. “Only Murders in the Building” actress who’s less than half the age of her co-stars

58. Actor Kier of “Dancer in the Dark”

59. “In ___” (1993 Nirvana album)

60. “Buenos Aires” musical

61. “X” is gonna give it to ya

62. “Bye!”

63. Person evaluating something


1. Go up against

2. Unreliable informant

3. Forearm bone

4. ___ of Tranquility

5. Get some water

6. Insecticide device

7. Flip ___ (choose by chance)

8. Some mil. academy grads

9. Some proctors, for short

10. Hotel pool, e.g.

11. Question of possession?

12. Chicken nugget dip option

13. Mario Kart character

18. Lockheed Martin’s field

23. “Better Call Saul” network

24. Highland Games attire

25. Ancient Sanskrit guide to life (and I’m sure nothing else)

26. “Star Wars” warrior

27. Involuntarily let go

28. Veruca Salt co-founder who left to go solo in 1998 (then rejoined in 2013)

29. Brick-shaped candy

31. Rapper with the alias Bobby Digital

33. Streaming device since 2008

34. Cherry attachment

37. Big Wall St. news

38. Cube master Rubik

40. Mythical creature with four legs and two wings

Scarlet songbird

“Arabian Nights” flyer

Grainy salad ingredient

Talent hunter

Mark in Spanish and Portuguese

Resembling lager

Bauhaus painter Paul

Cast out

Place for un beret


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