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ELON MUSK’S WORST NIGHTMAR

JOURNALIST ZOË SCHIFFER GETS THE TRUE STORY OF HOW HE RUINED TWITTER

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MILLION-GALLON SEWAGE SPILL IN GOLETA

VOICES: BIG POLLUTERS SHOULD PAY

AEGEAN SOFRA: SPICED WITH STORIES

SHOWDOWN OVER GARDEN ST. HOTEL

LIVES IN SANTA BARBARA

SENDING SUPPLIES TO GAZA

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Executive Editor Nick Welsh Senior Editor Tyler Hayden Senior Writer Matt Kettmann

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Arts, Culture, and Community Editor Leslie Dinaberg

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News Reporters Ryan P. Cruz, Callie Fausey Senior Arts Writer Josef Woodard

Copy Chief Tessa Reeg Copy Editor Nathan Vived Sports Editor Victor Bryant

Food Writer George Yatchisin Food & Drink Fellow Vanessa Vin

Travel Writers Macduff Everton, Mary Heebner

Production Manager Ava Talehakimi Art Director Xavier Pereyra

Production Designer Jillian Critelli Graphic Designer Bianca Castro Web Content Manager Don Brubaker

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

Contributors Rob Brezsny, Melinda Burns, Ben Ciccati, Cheryl Crabtree, John Dickson, Camille Garcia, Keith Hamm, Rebecca Horrigan, Eric HvolbØll, Gareth Kelly, Shannon Kelley, Kevin McKiernan, Zoë Schiffer, Ethan Stewart, Tom Tomorrow, Kevin Tran, Maggie Yates, John Zant

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Office Manager/Legal Advertising Tanya Spears Guiliacci Distribution Gregory Hall

Interns Kira Logan, Margaux Lovely, Jack Magargee, Sean Magruder, Tiana Molony, Claire Nemec, Chloe Shanfeld, Charlotte Smith, Sierra van der Brug

Columnist Emeritus Barney Brantingham Photography Editor Emeritus Paul Wellman

Founding Staff Emeriti Audrey Berman, George Delmerico, Richard Evans, Laszlo Hodosy, Scott Kaufman Honorary Consigliere Gary J. Hill

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Nathan Vived joined the Independent team as a copy editor one year ago. Lately, he has taken on some additional duties in the web department. We asked Nathan about his first year and his new additional duties.

Have you always wanted to be a copy editor? Any advice for aspiring copy editors? Authorship has always been the draw to writing for me, but I figured that, like performing arts, there are more jobs offstage, as it were. The thought was that I start in copyediting, gain some industry experience and connections, then leverage that to start writing. Happy to say that the plan has worked! I already have three articles up online!

You recently picked up some web team duties. Tell us about this change and how you’re liking it. I did! As the paper was taking on a copy intern, I had some more free time. Thankfully, there was an opening with the web team. It has taken some getting used to, bouncing back and forth between print and web, and there’s a sense of déjà vu when looking at articles, but everyone has been great, and [Web Content Manager] Donny is fantastic to work under.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working? I’m a bit of a homebody at the moment! I like to write, read, really anything that involves stories of almost any kind. I recently had the chance to go paragliding in Santa Barbara on behalf of the Independent, and I’ve been able to think of little else ever since. Seriously, it’s a great time if the weather permits.

GLOBAL HARMONY / VIRTUOSOS AND VISIONARIES

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2024, 7:30PM

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Nathalie Stutzmann, Music Director Haochen Zhang, piano

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a 27-time Grammy® Award winner, unites and educates through orchestral music. Under Nathalie Stutzmann, beginning in the 2022/2023 season, it continues to excel. Stutzmann, celebrated for her love and technique, is joined by Haochen Zhang, a 2009 Van Cliburn Piano Competition winner known for his sensitive virtuosity.

PROGRAM

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat Major, Op.73

DVOŘÁK: Symphony No.9 in E Minor, “From the New World,” Op.95, B.178

Sponsors: Deborah & Peter Bertling • Edward S. DeLoreto

The Granada Theatre • Mahri Kerley • Lois S. Kroc

The Shanbrom Family Foundation

Co-Sponsors: Meg & Dan Burnham • Bridget B. Colleary • Patricia Kaplan

Tickets at the Granada Theatre Box Office (805) 899-2222 ⫽ granadasb.org

Founded in 1997, the Sphinx Virtuosi, a self-conducted chamber orchestra, is the flagship of the Sphinx Organization, dedicated to diversity in the arts. Composed primarily of Black and Latinx artists, a critical aim of the Sphinx Virtuosi is to evolve and transform the face of classical music through artistic excellence, pioneering programming, and impassioned community engagement. Its members serve as cultural and diversity ambassadors for audiences and communities around the United States during national tours, and perform annually at Carnegie Hall.

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“A tireless advocate for humanity.” Time magazine

“When we hear about a tragedy, we all kind of get stuck on ‘What’s the best way to help?’ He just hurries his ass over and gets down there.”

– Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Build longer tables, not higher walls.”

– José Andrés

Culinary innovator and renowned humanitarian José Andrés travels the globe feeding humanity to feed hope for a brighter, healthier future. With his dynamic vision and diverse projects, Andrés shows how together we can make the world a better place through the power of food. He will appear in conversation with KLITE’s Catherine Remak, career broadcaster and recipient of the 2020 Santa Barbara Person of the Year Award.

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Endorsements

ENDORSEMENTS

SO FAR

U.S. PRESIDENT: Joe Biden

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 24TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: Salud Carbajal

STATE SENATOR, 21ST DISTRICT: Monique Limón

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY, 37TH DISTRICT:

Gregg Hart

COUNTY SUPERVISOR, 1ST DISTRICT: No Endorsement

COUNTY SUPERVISOR, 3RD DISTRICT: Joan Hartmann

MEASURE A: Yes

CALIFORNIA PROP. 1: No

CONTROL THE CORD!

Help us reduce tripping hazards for recycling staff by taping the cord of your electronic waste to itself before dropping it off.

Masking tape or painter’s tape is best.

Residents can drop-off e-waste for FREE during all operating hours at all SBC Transfer Stations:

South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station

4430 Calle Real, Santa Barbara

Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station

4004 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos

As well as the New Cuyama & Ventucopa transfer stations.

Residents can drop-off e-waste for FREE at the following locations:

MarBorg Industries

Goleta Recycle Facility

20 David Love Place

City of Carpinteria

ABOP Center 5775 Carpinteria Ave

MarBorg Industries

City of Lompoc

Residents can drop-off e-waste for FREE at the following locations:

Santa Barabra Recycle Facility 132 Nopolitos Way

Residents can drop-off e-waste for FREE at the following locations:

MarBorg Industries

Goleta Recycle Facility

MarBorg Industries

Goleta Recycle Facility

Waste Management

20 David Love Place Goleta

20 David Love Place Goleta

Buellton Buyback Center 97 Commerce Drive

MarBorg Industries

Santa Barabra Recycle Facility

HHW Collection Facility 1585 North V St

City of Carpinteria

ABOP Center

City of Carpinteria ABOP Center

5775 Carpinteria Ave Carpinteria

5775 Carpinteria Ave Carpinteria

MarBorg Industries Santa Barabra Recycle Facility 132 Nopolitos

132 Nopolitos Way

City of Santa Maria Regional Landfill 2065 East Main St

City of Lompoc

City of Lompoc

Waste Management

Santa Barabra

Santa Barabra

Waste Management

Waste Management

HHW Collection Facility 1585 North V St Lompoc

HHW Collection Facility 1585 North V St Lompoc

Santa Maria Buyback Center

Santa Maria Buyback Center 1850 W. Betteravia Rd

Waste Management

Buellton Buyback Center 97 Commerce Drive

Buellton Buyback Center 97 Commerce Drive

City of Santa Maria Regional Landfill

City of Santa Maria Regional Landfill

2065 East Main St

Buellton

Buellton

Learn more about e-waste at: www.LessIsMore.org or call (805) 882-3603

Waste Management

Santa Maria Buyback Center

Santa Maria

1850 W. Betteravia Rd

Santa Maria

SALUD CARBAJAL

U.S. Congressmember, 24th District

GREGG HART

State Assembly, 37th District

MONIQUE LíMON

California State Senate, 19th District

JOAN HARTMANN County Supervisor, 3rd District

KRISHNA FLORES County

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Create in a variety of mediums, such as paint, charcoal, ink, paper, and fabric, as you immerse yourself in the life and art of Henri Matisse. Explore his deep love for music, nature, and animals and the paintings, drawings, prints, and textiles that make up his vast body of work.

Instructors: Nicola Ghersen + Jason Summers

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NEWS of the WEEK NEWS BRIEFS

Goleta’s Million-Gallon Sewage Spill

Supervisors Receive Briefing on County’s Biggest Offshore Sewage Spill in Recent Memory

The cause of Santa Barbara County’s biggest offshore sewage spill in recent memory north of one million gallons remains the subject of an ongoing investigation, the county supervisors were told in an informational briefing this Tuesday morning.

The supervisors were most interested in figuring out why it took six days for its Department of Public Health to get the news of a leak that was first detected late Friday, February 16. It wouldn’t be until Thursday, February 22, that the Department of Public Health issued its first press release warning the public off a 1.5-mile stretch of Goleta Beach.

The answer, obliquely reported at the supervisors’ meeting, was the Goleta West Sanitary District officials first called and left a phone message on a Public Health telephone line on the morning of Saturday, February 17. That message would not be checked until the following Wednesday, February 21.

In fact, Public Health officials would first hear of the spill from the state Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). At that time, Cal OES recorded the size of the spill as just 1,000 gallons, still too small to trigger beach closures.

Goleta West’s general manager, Brian McCarthy, indicated the initial report was written up incorrectly and should have reported 30,000 gallons. Ultimately, the spill would dramatically morph in size, weighing in successively last Wednesday at 500,000 gallons and most recently on Friday, February 23 at 1,025,000 gallons. With rains forecast for that weekend, more sewage undoubtedly washed out from the Goleta Slough into the ocean. It remains unclear how much of what’s

described as sewage is actual effluent and how much is water. As a beleaguered McCarthy noted, it’s all considered contaminated.

At one point, the supervisors were informed, the beach waters looked like “chocolate milk” from the spill and the sediment from the heavy rain runoff that soon followed. The Department of Public Health is testing the water by the slough which ultimately feeds into Goleta Beach and along this stretch of beach for elevated fecal coliform counts. To date, coliform levels exceed safe bathing standards, and 28 large red warning signs have been posted along the shore to keep surfers and swimmers out of the water. Exposure can lead to skin rashes and gastrointestinal distress. Although initial tests reflected elevated coliform counts to the east closer to Hope Ranch they did not reach the threshold where those beaches needed to be closed off to the public.

The county’s director of Environmental

Health Services, Lars Seifert, said the bacteria count was expected to drop in the next week or two, absent the challenge of any more rain events. Seifert went on to say fecal bacteria would degrade naturally, dissipating through solar radiation and the saltwater environment.

County supervisors as well as speakers with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and Heal the Ocean had more questions than they’d get answers. The spill had been found Saturday morning, Goleta West’s McCarthy said, after the pipe underwent a separate repair late into Friday night and they returned to inspect it. The hole was fixed within an hour and a half, and about 24,000 gallons were recovered.

Bernard Friedman, who runs a mussel and oyster farm nearby, complained that the spill was hurting his business. “To me, this is like an oil spill. I would hope the county pursues it like an oil spill.” n

Showdown Looms over 250-Room Hotel Garden St. Hotel Project Dating Back More than

Back in 1983, the City of Santa Barbara struck a deal with Bill Wright, the owner of several parcels that stretched along Garden Street between Highway 101 and the railroad tracks. According to the “Specific Plan” which was signed by former city mayor Sheila Lodge (who now sits on the city’s Planning Commission) Wright would allow the city to carve an extension through his property connecting Garden Street to Cabrillo as long as he could have the option to realize his vision for a 250-room beachfront hotel, a 450,000-foot public market, and an aquarium.

While the public market and aquarium ideas never came to fruition, the Wright

less Development to help guide the project through the city review process.

But the project developers behind the

COMMUNITY

The war in Ukraine was on most everyone’s mind as dozens of people gathered at Speaker’s Corner in downtown Santa Barbara dressed in blue and yellow, wearing sunflowers, and carrying flags of many nations. A bake sale offered sandwiches, breads, and drinks, part of the fundraising ongoing by the group Ukrainian Women of Santa Barbara. But as the rally got underway on 2/24, the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the speakers were persistently interrupted by a man yelling for a ceasefire. Perhaps in answer to his shouts, speakers were clear on how they viewed Ukraine’s struggle, with Oksana Yakushko saying that fighting Russia was not a choice for her country: “It’s our homes.” Read more at independent.com/ukraine-on-the-mind.

Franceschi Park users got their first glimpse of the improvements proposed for Franceschi House at a community workshop that took place at the Riviera Ridge School in early February. Parks and Recreation invites public feedback on the Franceschi House via a community survey, which will close on 2/29 at 5 p.m. Plans for the park and house can be seen at Parks and Recreation’s Reimagining the Franceschi House page. Read more at independent.com/plans-afoot.

PUBLIC SAFETY

County firefighters responded late 2/24 to 6761 Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista, where a woman fell 10-15 feet down a cliff and became stuck on a ledge. Three men who had attempted to save the woman from the beach below also became trapped by the rising tide. Firefighters rappelled down the cliff and rescued the woman and three men, none of whom were injured. The fall occurred just one day after Supervisor Laura Capps visited I.V. to give a progress report on her eight-point bluff safety plan, which includes incentivizes for private property owners to upgrade their fences along Del Playa. Judging from photos of the incident, Capps said, “Here’s an instance where a property owner had an opportunity to raise their fence height but didn’t.”

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COUNTY OF S.B. PUBLIC WORKS SH*T HAPPENS: A stretch of Goleta Beach has been closed after more than one million gallons of sewage spilled into Goleta Slough from a broken sewer main. Above, County Public Works reinforced Goleta Beach last week with excess sediment cleared from Goleta Slough creek basins.

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up its end of the two-decade-old deal, and on Thursday, February 29, the project will come across the Planning Commission for a third time since April 2023 as developers seek approval to move forward with the plans as they are: a 250-room Spanish Colonial–style hotel with six units of affordable housing.

At last August’s heated hearing, the commission asked that the project’s developers come back with a more in-depth explanation as to how they had arrived at six affordable units and that they provide documentation proving that they had done sufficient public outreach. This Thursday’s project review will include an explanation of the math that went into the housing impact study.

According to the staff report released prior to the hearing, the housing analysis determined that the hotel would employ about 60 people. Then, by assuming that one percent of workers would be too young to start a household and that there are 1.66 workers per household, the analysis found that an estimated 36 workers would need housing. Then, by assuming that only 30.7 percent of service-based workers in Santa Barbara actually live in the city, the developers arrived at the conclusion that the project would generate the need for 11 new housing units.

But, the developers argue, since the city does not have a “commercial linkage fee” in which the developers pay a dollar amount instead of building units to offset housing demand and, since these fees are often 20-50 percent of the estimated housing demand, the project would more than adequately meet the housing demand with six units.

While the developer’s math is not exactly easy to follow, the housing impact analysis itself may be all that is needed, according to the language set forth in the Specific Plan back in 1983. According to the staff report, the agreement states that “the study shall develop strategies and programs to

NEWS BRIEFS

BUSINESS

Jackpocket, a Santa Barbara–headquartered software company, was recently purchased by DraftKings, one of the world’s largest digital sports betting companies, for $750 million. Founded in 2013 by CEO Peter Sullivan in New York City, Jackpocket is an online lottery courier service that operates in 14 states and Washington, D.C., offering users a secure way to purchase and obtain state lottery tickets. With the capital from the acquisition, Jackpocket CEO Peter Sullivan says he hopes to create more jobs in Santa Barbara to support Jackpocket’s merger with DraftKings’ national network.

COURTS & CRIME

S.B. police have arrested the suspected driver and an alleged accomplice in the fatal hit-and-run at the intersection of East Cota Street and Santa Barbara Street on 2/24 that left a motor scooter rider dead. Salvador Jimenez, 34, of S.B., was charged with felony hit-and-run and driving on a suspended

minimize any potential adverse impacts

consistent with city policy at the time of development plan review.” It does not, however, explicitly state that the project must completely mitigate housing impacts.

Also making the commission’s decision much more difficult is the fact that the city has no policies that prevent development of hotels regarding the housing crisis. There is no moratorium on hotels in place an urgency ordinance that would have temporarily banned new hotels was rejected by the City Council in June 2022 and a previous policy that gave review boards power to deny projects that have “significant unmitigated adverse impact” on the local housing stock was removed in 2013 as part of the city’s Growth Management Program Ordinance.

Despite the questions over methodology and the concerns over housing impacts, the city’s planning department is still recommending that the Planning Commission approve the project, as it meets all objective standards according to current city policy.

Thursday’s hearing will also be the first time the Planning Commission will review the project with a new roster without chair Roxana Bonderson and with the addition of new commissioner Brian Barnwell. There will likely be thorough discussion, along with plenty of public comment from concerned residents, including representatives of Keep the Funk S.B., a nonprofit started in 2022 to oppose the large-scale development in the Funk Zone neighborhood.

“The hotel would uproot dozens of local businesses and local artists that have been on the site for decades,” the group wrote on its Instagram page prior to the February 29 hearing. “The Funk Zone is not in any way, shape, or form the neighborhood that it used to be in 1983. And it certainly doesn’t need another hotel.” n

license and booked into County Jail, where he remains on $500,000 bail. Estefani Nava Guerrero, 26, of S.B., was charged with accessory to a felony and destruction of evidence and booked on $20,000 bail into county jail, where she is no longer listed as being in custody. A third person was interviewed and released but may still be charged. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

A male juvenile suspect was arrested on Tuesday, 2/27, by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies for a knife attack against another juvenile that left the victim with a laceration on his hand. Due to the attack’s proximity to the campus and the severity of the altercation, deputies informed the San Marcos High School authorities, who initiated lockdown procedures and directed students into rooms. At approximately 2:08, the suspect was identified and arrested, leading deputies to lift the “Secure” level at San Marcos. At the time of the news release, the investigation remains ongoing and the disposition of the juveniles involved remain pending.

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Supplying Gaza from 7,500 Miles Away

Almost 90 percent of the total population in Gaza has been displaced because of the Israel–Hamas war. That is 1.9 million people mainly civilians and more than triple the population of Santa Barbara County forcibly uprooted from their homes in the middle of winter.

Driven to help, Santa Barbara–based charity ShelterBox is providing aid packages including blankets, hygiene kits, and materials to repair damaged homes to give Palestinians some semblance of shelter among the rubble and debris left behind by Israeli airstrikes.

“Winter makes everything harder in an emergency,” said Kerri Murray, president of ShelterBox U.S.A. “People in Gaza are suffering from hunger, disease, and the cold. They need basics things that help people stay warm but also provide the comforts of home.”

Displaced civilians have been forced to move frequently in search of safety. Many find themselves living, cooking, and sleeping on the streets or in crumbling structures without walls, lacking essentials like toothbrushes, diapers, feminine products, and proper kitchenware.

ShelterBox is working with the humanitarian relief organization MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians) to distribute these supplies

out of Egypt and Turkey. The first shipment will help an initial “pilot” of 1,100 households (more than 5,000 people).

It is not an easy task to procure these items, nor will it be easy to get them into Gaza, Murray acknowledged. Still, the charity intends to reach people in the coming weeks via the Rafah border. But it will be slow, unpredictable, and most likely limited by sporadic border closures, and ShelterBox now also has to account for a potential invasion by Israel into Rafah.

According to the United Nations, the Gaza Strip has turned into a graveyard for children. Since the war began, more than 29,000 Palestinians have been killed, with an average of 250 deaths per day (70 percent being women and children). Additionally, more than 69,000 people have been wounded in a country with less than half of its hospitals in working condition.

ShelterBox’s outreach and fundraising efforts are only beginning, but the charity is already planning to launch bigger projects in the months to come, depending on donations. To learn more and donate, visit shelterboxusa.org Callie Fausey

Read the full story at independent.com/ supplying-gaza.

T he housing advocacy organization Sustainable University Now (SUN) filed legal papers on UCSB this week, charging campus administrators have failed to comply with the state’s public record act by withholding access to internal campus documents relating to now-shelved plans for Munger Hall, the massive student dorm that would have housed 3,500 students. SUN’s Dick Flacks said the request for documents was filed with the campus three to four years ago. To date, he said, SUN has received “a few snippets” but has been told instead “there are no relevant documents that pertain to the request you have made.” As of deadline, the campus had not seen the filing to comment on it.

ENVIRONMENT

S.B. Assemblyme mber Gregg Hart is retrying to establish a statewide “California Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies” program to help prevent fatal ship strikes on whales and lower harmful emissions by incentivizing shipping companies to slow their speed to 10 knots or less along California’s coast. Assembly Bill 2298 would give participating companies the official endorsement of the state and Governor Newsom for their efforts. To date, the existing program started in 2014 by Santa Barbara and Ventura counties’ air districts has reduced smog-forming NOx emissions by 3,200 tons and reduced whale strikes by almost 50 percent. n

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Radioactive Waste, DDT Rub Elbows Undersea

When UCSB scientist David Valentine found an underwater graveyard of strange barrels off the Southern California coast near Catalina Island, their contents were a mystery. Nailing down what was inside the barrels wasn’t as consequential as studying what was found around them: shocking amounts of toxic DDT. According to a recent study by Valentine and his team in Environmental Science and Technology, however, they now believe they know what’s inside the barrels: low-level radioactive waste.

Records show that many hospitals, labs, and other facilities would sometimes dump barrels of tritium, carbon-14, and other similar waste into the sea from the 1940s through the 1960s, before the enactment of ocean dumping regulations. Jacob Schmidt, lead author of the study and a PhD candidate in Valentine’s lab, dug up a paper trail of old records that pointed to California Salvage, the same company that Montrose Chemical Corp. hired to pour its DDT waste into the Pacific, being guilty of radioactive barrel disposal as well.

These records show that Cal Salvage received a permit in 1959 to dispose of radioactive waste in the ocean. Although Cal Salvage never activated that permit, records also recount how the now-defunct company led a five-year operation of radioisotope disposal for multiple facilities around L.A.

Valentine believes Cal Salvage never activated the permit because it would have required the company to dump 150 miles

On Tuesday, February 27, Santa Barbara City Council discussed interim operations on State Street, including a proposal to reconfigure the 1300 block of State Street — home to the Arlington Theatre.

On December 5, 2023, councilmembers had given direction to the city administrator’s office to look at ways to rethink West Victoria and the 1300 block of State Street. The city administrator had the direct authority to implement a revised roadway configuration at her own discretion. On December 18, just before retiring, former City Administrator Rebecca Bjork approved the new proposed configurations.

The changes would have created a twoway protected bike lane along the curb of the 1300 block with a passenger drop-off in front of Arlington Theatre, 26 angled parking spaces, two-way vehicle traffic, and forced restaurants Opal and Carlito’s to close their outdoor dining facilities.

The council supported the plan to reopen Victoria Street, but councilmembers Meagan Harmon and Kristen Sneddon both thought the 1300 block plan was too complex and

offshore a multi-day trip versus the “morning jaunt” between the mainland and Catalina Island.

“That was their business model,” Valentine explained. “They took barges offshore with chemical waste and pumped the chemical waste into the ocean. So, you know, why not take some barrels with you and dump them while you’re out there?”

While the radioactive waste is bad, the DDT a cancer-causing “forever chemical” that is essentially liquefying the insides of California sea lions is worse, according to Valentine.

“We now have this added insult: Not only were we dumping massive amounts of DDT waste, but you know, let’s just throw some pearls of radioactive waste on top of that,” Valentine said. “But the DDT waste is the much more harmful of the two, because it works its way into the ecosystem. It biomagnifies. It concentrates.” Callie Fausey

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other options should be considered.

“It sort of makes the center of the street a parking lot,” Sneddon said.

Harmon said parallel parking seemed much simpler than angled parking and would still provide 23 spaces.

The issue became more complicated when city staff reminded the councilmembers that, because of how the city code was written, the council could provide comments and recommendations but the city administrator had final discretion to move forward or return with more options.

“I do hope that there is enough input here that something else could be considered, even if it was reverting the street to its previous configuration,” Sneddon said.

Officially, council directed the city administrator to “propose alternative vehicular configurations” on the 1300 block of State Street that would solve traffic conflicts while allowing businesses to reapply for outdoor dining facilities that comply with current guidelines. The motion was approved 4-2, with councilmember Eric Friedman and Alejandra Gutierrez opposed. Ryan P. Cruz

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‘Nothing Should Be Taken for Granted’

As the country grapples with ever-stricter abortion laws and vocal anti-abortion, right-wing decision-makers, one thing has been made abundantly clear: It was never about the baby.

“It was always about control over women’s reproductive rights and systems,” said Kathy Spillar, editor of Ms. magazine and executive director and cofounder of the Feminist Majority Foundation, a national organization working for women’s equality. “They’re saying the quiet part out loud now.”

Spillar will speak at the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee’s (SBWPC) 23rd Presidents’ Circle Luncheon on March 8. She will focus on the outlook of upcoming elections, particularly through the lens of reproductive rights. “There is no question,” she said, “that women will prioritize a candidate’s stance on abortion as they head to the polls.”

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022 and removed the federally protected right to abortion, many states passed near-total bans on abortion, with some restricting access even in the case of medical emergencies.

Even in California, where abortion is protected in the state constitution, the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court can still restrict access in cases of mifepristone, the abortion pill, for example. “Nothing should be taken for granted,” Spillar cautioned.

In other states, women experiencing lifethreatening complications in pregnancy have been denied critical healthcare because of strict abortion bans. Research shows that

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a nationwide abortion ban would increase the number of maternal deaths in the U.S. by 24 percent (39 percent for Black women).

To complicate matters more, in a recent case involving in vitro fertilization, a court in Alabama ruled that fertilized eggs are, in effect, children, who have the same rights as living, breathing kids.

“Essentially, they have now applied legal personhood to fertilized eggs, and so every miscarriage could potentially be a crime scene,” Spillar said, adding that the decision threatens access to contraception, including birth control and Plan B.

“And these people don’t rely on science these are religious arguments.”

With tightening restrictions on reproductive care nationwide and potential ballot measures to secure abortion rights in five other state constitutions, Spillar believes feminists, and especially young women, have the potential to be the margin of difference in upcoming elections.

The Feminist Majority Foundation commissioned a poll last fall asking voters whether they support a person’s right to make their own reproductive decisions, without government interference, and 74 percent said yes. “That’s huge,” Spillar said. “Candidates who campaign on this position have a real opportunity to move ahead in this election.”

The SBWPC Presidents’ Circle Luncheon will take place on Friday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion. Buy tickets at tinyurl.com/sbwpc2024.

First SBPD Oversight Report Released

In 2023 the first year of operation for the city’s hybridized police review board 26 complaints were filed against officers with the Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD): 20 from members of the public and six from inside the department. Of these complaints, eight were sustained. Of those, one of the eight resulted in the termination of an officer, one led to a demotion, two led to unpaid suspensions, one led to a written reprimand, and three resulted in corrective counseling. That, at least, is the bottom line of a 52-page report submitted to the city’s Fire and Police Commission late last week, the first police oversight report yet to be issued for the City of Santa Barbara.

The report emerged out of a reconstituted Fire and Police Commission, one imbued with new and expanded oversight responsibilities in direct response to the political pressure brought to bear by Healing Justice in reaction to Minneapolis police officers’ murder of George Floyd. In the years since Floyd’s murder, public focus has shifted. At the unveiling of last week’s report, not one member of the public commented.

Commissioner Lizzie Rodriguez called the report “a milestone.” SBPD Chief Kelly Gordon who both inherited and embraced the new and at-times controversial initiative expressed pride at having

“an excellent department” to lead, adding, “The low number of complaints you’re going to see today is not by accident.”

In response to questions by Commissioner Aaron Jones, Gordon explained that terminations resulted when behavior was deemed egregious or part of a pattern of behavior that was egregious. Details were not released on specific cases, but Gordon said six complaints involved allegations of biased conduct, five involved rude or discourteous behavior, nine involved unsatisfactory work product, two involved excessive force, one involved a supervisor’s failure to report, one was for accessing police records for unauthorized purposes, one was for insubordination, and one was for retaliation.

The report will be heard by the City Council. Nick Welsh

Tips on Being an Ally to People with Disabilities

1. Don’t discount or dismiss our experiences and/or requests.

If we tell you something is inaccessible, or we’ve experienced mistreatment, please don’t tell us that we are overreacting or might have misunderstood. If you are a person without disabilities, it’s possible that you might not fully grasp our experiences.

2. Don’t leave us hanging in awkward social situations. Check in beforehand about how we want to be supported when we encounter problematic attitudes from others when we are out in public. We will let you know if we want you to come to our defense, stay silent, or do something else. Everyone has a preference for how they want to be supported when encountering challenges.

3. Please be honest when communicating with people with disabilities.

Some people are hesitant to criticize people with disabilities because they don’t want to look like a bad person. If we say or do something you disapprove of, please let us know in a respectful and considerate way. Your honesty could help us recognize and reduce what may be considered problematic or socially unacceptable behavior.

4. Please attend events focused on disability and encourage others to do so as well!

Comedy, music, films, and poetry are just some of the creative ways people with disabilities use to express themselves. Some people avoid attending these events because they think they will be overwhelmed with feelings of pity for the artist. Try thinking of the individual as a whole person with a valuable contribution, not just their disability. If you know of a cool event that spotlights disability, you can help make it a success by encouraging your friends and family to attend.

5. Disability is individualized.

Realize that everyone experiences disability differently based on the other identities (race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.). There isn’t one universal disability experience. It’s best to keep an open mind.

6. Ask, don’t assume.

Please ask someone with a disability if they need help before assisting them. Also, ask how to best support them and please wait for us to say “yes” before assisting. Please accept if we choose to say “no.”

7. Be polite when asking questions.

While some people with disabilities are happy to answer questions, others are not. If you have a question about someone’s disability, please ask politely, and don’t be offended if someone declines to answer. You can always research it if they decline.

8. You’re going to make mistakes as an ally, and that’s ok!

A great ally is someone who feels comfortable around those with disabilities. As an ally, you will make mistakes, but then you will learn from them. It’s okay! No one is perfect. So don’t be shy about interacting with us. Your solidarity goes a long way in building a more inclusive society.

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The Dog Who Bit Its Own Tail

FULL CONFESSION: When it comes to selfinflicted stupid, I consider myself a master, even a sensei. In my prime, I was what you’d call a prodigy. Not only did I take a stick to a swarming beehive (with predictable results) but I later picked a fight with a skunk, also with predictable results though I still insist that ended as a draw. Most originally, I sawed off the tree branch I happened to be sitting on. Not once but twice. It’s a long story. In my defense, I was young.

The same excuse, sadly, can’t be used any longer for County Supervisor Das Williams ground zero personified for the local Democratic Party machine or for Andy Caldwell, Santa Barbara’s right-wing gas bag and mouth-that-roars for COLAB, an outfit forever agitating on behalf of polluters, developers, and despoilers everywhere.

Williams, it should be acknowledged, is anything but stupid. But his raw political talent and tactical brilliance has been eclipsed by the creeping critical mass of his unconscious arrogance, a trait often afflicting people who see themselves as agents of historical change. Although Williams puts into practice many of the political values the Independent holds near and dear, the paper could not bring itself to endorse him this year. Our hang-up was the “A” word.

Perhaps in Williams’s mind, he’s the righteous Young Jesus chasing the money-changers out of the temple; he’s the lone, brave soul

forever speaking uncomfortable truths to power. It’s a nice myth. But if you’re going to be in politics, you have to listen. And listening as all you marriage counselors out there know is more than waiting for your partner to shut up so you can interject, “Yes, but….”

Trust me, I know.

Williams will all but certainly win reelection “handily,” as they like to say and is already setting his sights on a statehouse run in 2028. At age 49, Santa Barbara’s once and future young man in a hurry still has a long potential future. But when that race comes, Williams might find all these “intangible” issues a little too tangible for comfort. After all, it was an uprising by the politically well-connected and blisteringly passionate Anybody But Das Crowd who successfully deep-sixed his bid to be appointed to the Coastal Commission a few years ago.

Das’s self-inflicted troubles, however, pale in comparison to the Mouth-that-Roared (and Roared and Roared), Andy Caldwell. The heart and soul of Santa Barbara’s forever aggrieved and outraged Republican catastrophists’ club, Caldwell has managed in just the past few months to cut off not one but three branches upon which he happened to be perched. I’m duly impressed.

First, Caldwell had Mike Stoker, the grand old man of the Grand Old Party, on his syndicated radio show. Stoker accused Frank Troise Republican candidate for 3rd District supervisor and suicidally self-identified

investment banker of being a sham and flim-flam artist the likes of which he’d never seen in his 40 years of political campaigning. Caldwell, a Troise backer, thought Stoker’s comments were irresponsible, perhaps even reprehensible and yanked Stoker’s plug in the middle of the show.

Worse yet, Caldwell has gotten terminally sideways with Santa Barbara’s two North County (code for conservative or conservative adjacent) supervisors Bob Nelson and Steve Lavagnino. Nelson, who represents the 4th District including Orcutt, may be the only Republican elected official in Santa Barbara County. That makes him as endangered as the tiger salamander, which I am told only has sex by the light of a full moon immediately after a rainstorm. (Talk about a dubious strategy for reproductive success.) Nelson smart, shrewd, open, canny, and capable of throwing an invisible jab or sucker punch for the team constructively engages in the deliberative process like no occupant of his seat since, well, the last time a tiger salamander tried to get lucky listening to Barry White

This Tuesday, Supervisor Nelson felt the need to call Andy out by reference rather than name at the Board of Supervisors meeting this week for fomenting false and hysterical (in Caldwell’s case, subliminal allusions to floating uteri might be appropriate) information about the state of the county’s pension system, calling the county’s payroll bloated.

For the record, Nelson pointedly noted,

the county now has 600 job vacancies in budgeted positions, 107 of which were in the Sheriff’s Office. So much for bloat. In a social media exchange, Nelson a card-carrying fiscal conservative insisted that the county had all but solved the problem of pension liabilities a while ago and that Andy was singing from a hymnal long since outdated Supervisor Lavagnino smart, genuinely funny, and painstakingly agreeable no matter how big a horse’s ass he thinks you are ripped Andy the proverbial “new one” in more ways than can be enumerated here.

(Lavagnino, who in any sane universe would have been a Republican superstar, has now become a Declined-to-State registered voter, having jumped Trump’s Good Ship Lollipop for reasons of human decency.)

Caldwell had pissed Lavagnino off when he attacked firefighters for being overpaid. Lavagnino pointed out that the millions of dollars Caldwell had raised through COLAB could have been more effectively spent backing actual political candidates to run for public office rather than underwriting Caldwell’s enviable salary. Speaking of Caldwell, Lavagnino said, “He no longer attends board meetings, doesn’t have a relationship with any of the County Supervisors, and hasn’t moved the needle on one issue in the county in the last 10 years.”

Ouch!

Life is short; I have lots of dumb stuff yet to do. But of all the dumb things I haven’t done, the dumbest one is not voting. So please, whatever you do, do not not vote The election, by the way, is Tuesday —Nick Welsh

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Like or hate him, Donald Trump is one of the most influential leaders in American history. Most importantly, he puts “America First.”

I believe Trump is the only person/politician who has the will, strength, and courage to turn things around in America. He believes in a free, independent Republic, not a socialist/Marxist hell hole. I believe Trump will close the southern border and stop the invasion of illegal people, drugs, criminals, and even terrorists into our country. I believe Trump will improve our economy. He will help the middle class, implement tax reform, stop the outrageous spending.

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I was reading the February 1 Angry Poodle endorsement of Joe Biden. It didn’t mention Biden’s support for Ukraine to the tune of billions of dollars! What Putin wanted was to keep Ukraine out of NATO and protect ethnic Russians living in Ukraine. Instead, Biden gets us into a proxy war much to the joy of the military industrial complex between a comic and a thug that has left over 500,000 casualties.

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I believe Trump will stop the weaponization of the FBI, DOJ, CIA, and other federal bureaucracies. And he will expose the corruption and dishonesty of the mainstream media. He will expose the insurrection of leftist cities, states, lawyers, and judges that have taken aim at him and his MAGA supporters. Case in point: January 6 was a riot, not an insurrection.

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Our choice is not limited to the sociopath and Mr. Magoo! There is an independent candidate, Robert Kennedy Jr., who is an environmentalist; is not against vaccines, just for the proper testing of them; will reform an out-of-control Washington bureaucracy; and is a moderate who can help cure the cancerous divide in our nation.

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Trump will make America strong again and our military strong again. As a result, America would no longer be the laughingstock of the world; it will be feared and respected by its enemies. Finally, Trump will stand by and support its allies, especially Israel and Taiwan.

Why the Independent and other major media outlets are ignoring Kennedy mystifies me. Just listen to what he says, not what others say he said.

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Several writers have recommended a “yes” vote on Measure A with the argument that their experiences with existing law shows problems in its application. They claim this would be resolved by allowing “discretion” to award huge public works contracts on the basis of undefined considerations. This would, however, constitute nothing more than a return to the pork-barrel corruption that gave rise to the present laws prohibiting government officials to make such flabby decisions. We know from history such power is easily sold to the highest briber.

The present City Charter provision contains, despite it being glossed over by Measure A proponents, specific authority for the city to remove low bidders who have not proven “responsible.” It would seem such discretion was not used in bidding the library contracts. Why would we assume that the new discretion to determine “competency” would be of any better use in future contracts?

Now we know what we have to lose from the MAGA movement. They want to take away the roots of our social equality progress since Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for equal voting rights and social equality rights for everyone in the 1960s.

They’ve pushed women’s health care rights to the states. Tried to steal state election counts with phony electors now joining the January 6 criminals going to prison with felonies. They’ve also brought 19thcentury threats of violence to our elected lawmakers in Congress and their spouses and children!

The roots of our peaceful democracy’s honest heritage are what their violence and dishonesty is trying to take away from us. Voting is the most important function of all democracies so that the majority is known and wins. That’s what we have to lose.

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It’s Time to Charge for Carbon Pollution

Central Coast residents understand the magnitude of global climate change. We’ve seen drought conditions persist for years. We’ve witnessed more frequent and intense wildfires threatening our communities. We’ve experienced “atmospheric rivers” of rain resulting in deadly debris flows. More than most communities, Santa Barbara knows what oil pollution looks like and understands how emissions from burning fossil fuels are overheating our planet.

Santa Barbara is far from alone in this experience. In 2023, communities nationwide saw their lives impacted by unparalleled weather and climate extremes such as wildfires and drifting toxic smoke, droughts, flooding, storms, and record precipitation. Scientists also confirmed last year was the hottest year on record.

The destruction and mounting costs from these events are tragic enough. What’s worse? It’s happening because of the ongoing actions of big polluters, many of which are countries the U.S. conducts trade with. They’re pumping Earth’s atmosphere full of carbon pollution, leading to a warmer world and more extreme weather.

As individuals, we sometimes have no choice but to drive a gas car to work or heat our homes with fossil fuels so our families are warm during winter. We can do our best to make climate-friendly choices, transitioning to clean energy and taking responsibility for reducing our individual carbon footprints. But the carbon footprints of the world’s biggest polluters dwarf our own, and they must be held accountable. In short: Polluters should pay.

It’s a simple idea and most Americans already support it. A recent poll revealed that 76 percent of Americans think large polluters should pay for the destructive emissions that overheat the planet and tarnish our air. According to the 2023 Yale Climate Opinion Maps, 72 percent of people right here in Santa Barbara County support taxing fossil-fuel companies. The same idea should hold true for our trading partners on the international stage.

And of course, America should do everything possible to reduce our country’s own carbon pollution. We’re heading in the right direction U.S. emissions declined 1.9 percent in 2023 (Rhodium Group), and our economy produces fewer emissions during manu-

facturing than similar industries overseas. Yet foreign polluters with lower environmental standards can undercut American manufacturers without penalty.

Increasingly, countries are moving to hold polluters accountable, often through trade. With 30 percent of global emissions presently generated by the production and transport of exported and imported goods, it’s a great place to start.

The E.U. and the U.K. have begun the process of imposing a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) to collect a fee at the border from high-polluting countries that undercut their domestic manufacturers with cheaper, carbon-heavy products.

This policy idea has bipartisan appeal in the U.S., too, since 75 percent of U.S. imports come from countries that produce more carbon pollution than the products we make here at home. In November 2023, Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham introduced the Foreign Pollution Fee Act. Just weeks later, Democrats in the House and Senate reintroduced the Clean Competition Act.

Both bills propose a fee on key materials such as aluminum, cement, iron and steel, and fossil fuels based on their carbon pollution. These policies would level the playing field by charging dirty importers for the difference between their high-emission products and our cleaner, domestic goods and incentivize other countries to do better.

Both bills also include measures intended to exempt developing nations from some or all of the carbon price, to avoid damaging the economies of poorer countries that are not responsible for most of the world’s carbon pollution.

It’s clear that with a little compromise, legislators can introduce bipartisan CBAM policy that appeals to both sides of the aisle. Santa Barbara’s member of Congress, Representative Salud Carbajal, recently introduced legislation to do just that: the Energy Innovation Act (HR-5744). If enacted, this “polluter pays” legislation would reduce emissions 50 percent by 2030 and reach 100 percent reduction of net emissions by 2050.

When big polluters get a free pass to harm the planet, they cost our communities dearly. It’s time for them to pay a price.

Robert Taylor is a member of the S.B. Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). Mark Reynolds is executive director of CCL, a national nonprofit with chapters in every congressional district.

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Jon Gathercole

7/11/1948 - 3/1/2019

REMEMBERING  JON

GATHERCOLE

It has now been 5 years. We still miss your smiles, your laughter, your happiness, your kindness and your love which you shared with everyone.

Your legacy survives in our minds and hearts with the Bright Star Foundation which you cofounded in 2015 to provide transitional housing for our LGBTQ+ homeless or at risk youths and their allies; thus many youths have been able to move forward to become productive citizens.

Thank you

Lupe Avila

2/5/1938 - 8/4/2023

Born Feb 5,1938, in Madera, California to Secudino and Angelina DeAnda, and was the oldest of 10 children. Lupe grew up in Madera, California, and attended local Schools.

She met and married Gilbert Avila and they moved to Santa Barbara, California where she raised her four children, Peggy Avila (Lorraine), Gilbert Avila, Laurie Gutierrez and Alane Avila.

While raising her children, Lupe worked at El Jardin Rest Home and attended Santa Barbara City College Nursing Program in the evenings where she graduated and received her degree as a License Vocational Nurse. Upon which she started worked for Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where she semi retired. She continued to do some private nursing until she completely retired and moved back to her hometown of Madera, California.

Lupe enjoyed spending time in her yard, gardening, sewing and watching people pass by. She loved her yard sales and bargain hunting. She also enjoyed cooking for her family sharing her recipes with her sisters, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Lupe is proceeded in death by her brother Sam DeAnda, Sisters, Vera Marquez, Anglina Flores. She is survived by her sisters, Betty, Annie, Earlene and brothers Richard, Michael DeAnda, and her four children.

Lupe always put others before herself and she will be immensely missed by all of those whose lives she has touched.

Services to be held at the following location:

Location:

Saint Raphael Church

5444 Hollister Avenue

Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Friday, March 8, 2024 at 10:00am

Mary B Goodhope

5/1/1924 - 2/4/2024

Mary B Goodhope, born on May 1,1924, passed away February 2,2024.  Born in a small farming community of Epiphany, SD to parents Math and Martha Zens. Mary was raised alongside her four brothers.   In 1940, She joined the Navy Waves and was trained as a nurse and stationed at Corpus Christi, Tx during WWII.

After the war, Mary moved to California, where she met and married William Lord. They settled in Monrovia,CA. Together, they welcomed their son, Dan, in 1949.  Their marriage ended in 1953, and Mary became a single mom.  She worked as an X-ray Tech for 15 years at Glendale Memorial Hospital .  In 1968 she met her second husband, Clayton Goodhope.

She joined Clayton in running a small and successful manufacturing company, C&M Topline that is still in business today.   They eventually retired in 1986.  Mary and Clayton shared a passion for traveling, camping, fishing and exploring the outdoors.  They spent many memorable moments driving through the United States, discovering the best spots for salmon fishing.

After Clayton’s passing in 2016, Mary relocated to Santa Barbara to be closer to her son.  She moved right into WoodGlen Hall where she met many new friends. During her time in Santa Barbara, Mary found joy in walking and swimming, attending concerts and shows, basking in the sun under the blue skies and mild temperatures.  She cherished accompanying Dan on his errands and had a dry and witty

sense of humor. Mary never complained and remained thankful for the blessing of her life.

Mary is now united with her parents, as well as her four brothers, Norbert, Clement, Ambrose and Tony. Leaving behind a legacy of love and laughter for all those fortunate to know her.

Mary died under the care of VNA Hospice Care at Casa San Miguel. Thank you so much Katarina, Tessa, Gail, Monique and Lucy for their loving care.

Mary’s ashes will be laid to rest privately at the Santa Barbara Mission aside her spouse, Clayton.

May she rest in peace

Donald ‘Don’ Sharpe

10/24/1936 - 2/10/2024

Donald (Don) George Sharpe passed away on February 10, 2024, in his home in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was surrounded with love by his wife (Kay), daughters (Cindy, Whitney, and Meagan), and his beloved dog (some might call her the fourth daughter, Daisy).

Don lived a full life. He was born in Eagle Rock, California, to Johnston Sharpe and Ruth Yaeger on October 24, 1936. Don had many passions in life, including his family, classic European cars, drawing, and design. His interest in drawing, mixed with his spirit of perfectionism, led to a degree in architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1960, followed by a successful career as a prominent Southern California architect and real estate developer based in Santa Barbara.

His talent and passion for city planning and preservation led to involvement on many local boards and volunteer groups, including (but certainly not limited to) the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, the City of Santa Barbara’s Architectural Board of Review and Historic Landmarks Commission, The Santa Barbara Conservancy, and the Montecito Board of Architectural Review. In 2015, Don was awarded the prestigious Pearl Chase Historic Preservation and Conservation Award for his dedication to preservation and conservation in the Santa Barbara community.

Don was also active in the three Homeowners Associations for the communities in which he lived part-time including Santa Barbara, Fort Collins (Colo-

rado), and Pine Mountain Club (California). And we can’t forget his involvement in the Santa Barbara Prime Time Band as a tuba player, having participated in many “Tuba Christmas” performances!

Don is survived by his wife, Kay, his seven children, twelve grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren. Don married Margaret (Margie) Benbury in 1958 and they had five children together: Douglas, Steven, Michael, Peter, and Cynthia. Don met his second wife, Kay Whitney, in 1983 and the two were lovingly married for 40 years, only separated at Don’s death. Don and Kay have two daughters, Whitney and Meagan.

If you ask his wife, his children, or his colleagues in the architectural field, Don was a well-loved, respected, and insightful man. He was a man of God and knew that he was headed to Heaven upon leaving this world. He leaves a giant hole in our hearts and his memory will be cherished forever.

A celebration of life will be held later this year in Santa Barbara, California. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.

Ferenc Pavlics 2/3/1928 - 2/13/2024

Ferenc Pavlics was born in Balozsameggyes, Hungary on February 3, 1928 to Károly Pavlics and Rozina Perusich. He died peacefully at his Santa Barbara home of over 50 years on February 13, 2024. Ferenc was preceded in death by his first wife Klára, his second wife Catherine, and his sons Frank and Peter. He leaves behind his three grandchildren Mark (Collene), Eric (Gabriela) and Victoria (Brent), his greatgrandchildren Frances and Harlan, his daughters-in-law Nancy and Tammy, and countless family and friends.

Ferenc was the son of two teachers, and the fourth of nine children. He grew up in western Hungary with his siblings Károly, Mária, Anna, József, Teréz, István, Margit and Tamás. Growing up, Ferenc loved to play soccer, and his goals were legendary in his small village – as a teenager he often played barefoot and one time even broke his toe (which his siblings helped keep secret from their parents, to avoid a

scolding)! In 1950, he graduated from the Technical University of Budapest and worked as a mechanical engineer at a government-run industrial design institute.

In the aftermath of the failed 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Ferenc and his wife Klára left Hungary and eventually immigrated to the United States.

At Camp Kilmer, which had reopened as a camp for Hungarian refugees, he was recruited by General Motors and moved to Detroit, MI. While living in Detroit, they welcomed their two sons Frank (b. 1957) and Peter (b. 1960).

The family relocated to Santa Barbara, CA in the early 1960s, where Ferenc designed and developed the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The LRV was the first astronaut-driven rover on the moon, and was used during the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions. It was a feat of engineering, and a testament to Ferenc’s intellect, drive, and spirit of discovery – and he received medals of recognition for his contributions to space travel and exploration. He was also part of the development of hybrid and fuel cell driven vehicles, and the electric bus network of Santa Barbara.

Those who knew Ferenc described him as a loving brother, father, grandfather and friend. He was a true patriarch: family-centric, loyal and committed above all else. He was sharp and sturdy well into his final years, never losing his sense of fierce competition, resilience and wry humor. A lifelong engineer even in retirement, there was nothing Ferenc couldn’t fix and he took pride in keeping his home in beautiful condition. And his true claim to fame (in the eyes of his grandchildren) was building a state-of-theart treehouse with his grandsons, which still stands to this day.

Ferenc was an avid tennis player and fan, playing weekly matches well into his 80s. He was also a music lover, and spent every season attending the Santa Barbara Symphony as well as supporting the Community Arts Music Association (CAMA). He spent years traveling the world, and spending time with his family and friends across the US, Hungary, Austria and Sweden. And in his later years you could find him tending to his garden and grove of citrus trees, enjoying a nice glass of wine, taking long walks on Hendry’s beach and doing the daily sudoku in pen.

A private memorial will be held later this year, please reach out to mpavlics@gmail.com for details. Memorial donations can be made in Ferenc’s name to the Community Arts Music Association (CAMA).

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Patty Rudolph Fligsten 9/27/1943 - 1/16/2024

Patty Rudolph Fligsten, of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away peacefully at her home in Santa Barbara on January 16, 2024 after a very short battle with a brain tumor. She was surrounded by her husband of 57 years, Monte, and their two daughters, Lauren and Kim.

Patty was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on September 27, 1943. She was the fourth of five children of Harvey and Helen Rudolph and was a fourth generation Californian. Patty’s great grandfather, H. S. Rudolph, was the first mayor of Lompoc. Her younger years were spent exploring the neighborhood, playing at the YMCA, and swimming in the ocean. She attended Roosevelt Elementary School and La Cumbre Junior High School. In high school at Santa Barbara High, Patty sang in a cappella choir, was elected to be a song girl, and was a homecoming princess.

After Patty’s high school graduation in 1961, she went on to study at UCSB for a year and then at UCLA where she met the love of her life, Monte Fligsten. During college, she joined the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority where she established many deep, life-long friendships. Patty was a summer counselor at Santa Barbara YMCA’s Camp Conrad and Camp Wakanda and at UCLA’s UniCamp, a camp for underprivileged youth from Los Angeles. She sang in UCLA’s Spring Sing with the “TenAvUm” whose members were primarily Thetas and ZBTs. After graduation from UCLA, she got a teaching credential and taught for two years at Castelar Ave. Elementary in China Town, Los Angeles. Patty and Monte got married in 1966 at the Unitarian Church on Santa Barbara Street and had their wedding reception in Harvey and Helen’s back yard.

Patty and Monte moved to Thousand Oaks, and later to Tarzana, where they raised their two daughters. Patty decided to dedicate her life to being a wonderful mom, shuttling Lauren and Kimmy to diving, gymnastics, swimming, t-ball, soccer, Brownies and school. Patty was a volunteer and for a decade the administrative coordinator for the Volunteer League of the San

Fernando Valley while singing with the Troopers and lunching with the Dinettes. Patty also volunteered with the Assistance League of Southern California. She made it her mission to improve the lives of others.

Despite the busy schedule, Patty still found time to keep up with her favorite hobbies. She was a passionate seamstress, sewing many clothes, quilts and Halloween costumes for Lauren and Kimmy. She enjoyed arts and crafts, delving into activities like swimming, furniture refinishing, gardening, antiquing, wall papering, decorating, stained and fused glass making, reading, cooking, baking, and gingerbread house making.

As their children were finishing college, in 1994 Patty and Monte bought a share in a townhouse at East Beach where they had a trial run at becoming full time Santa Barbarians. They decided it was the right fit and moved to Santa Barbara full time in 1998 when they bought their 120 year old dream fixer upper. They created a beautiful home which has been a gathering place for many wonderful family meals and holiday parties and even Lauren and Rick’s wedding reception. Patty joined the Assistance League of Santa Barbara where she worked on various committees providing support for community projects. She excelled at singing harmonies with the Ukulele Lulus, entertaining seniors in the community.

Patty was a wonderful grandmother to her four grandchildren. She enjoyed watching their numerous soccer, basketball and baseball games, and musical performances. She passed on her many family traditions (and her sweet-tooth) when she baked cookies, dyed Easter Eggs, dressed up for Halloween and danced and played with her grandchildren. Patty also enjoyed swimming, gardening, road trips with Monte, and collecting sand, shells, and rocks during low tides on the beach. After Monte’s retirement, they traveled the world with various groups of friends and family, where she added to her collection of beautiful sands from every beach she visited.

From a cappella choir in high school, singing at UniCamp and Camp Conrad campfires, to UCLA Spring Sing with the “TenAvUm,” to the Troopers in the Volunteer League, to selecting music to play, writing chords and teaching newcomers for 15 years in Ukulele Lulus, Patty loved to sing and could harmonize with every song she ever heard.

Patty is survived by her husband, Monte, and daughters, Lauren Fligsten Rodriguez (Rick) and Kim Fligsten Carlson (Mike),

and grandchildren CJ and Becca Rodriguez, and Georgia and Jake Carlson. She was predeceased by her brother Bill Rudolph and her sister Judy Rudolph Piper (Charlie). Patty was survived by her brother Chuck Rudolph (Charla), both of whom passed away within a month of Patty’s passing. Patty is survived by her sister Joan Rudolph Oakley (Bill), her sister-in-law Ann Rudolph, and numerous nephews and nieces. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, you may donate to VNA Health (Visiting Nurses) or Alzheimer’s research.

April Dawn Rhodes-James passed on February 7th, 2024 holding hands with her husband of 36 years, Barry James, and her beautiful friend Diane Fantaskey. She left her daughter, Catherine Dawn Rhodes; her handsome and intelligent grandson, Robert James Coles, many rescue animals, and a remarkable “family” of friends. She would light up any room with her kind and gentle presence; her exemplary compassionate nature impacted innumerable strangers.

April delighted in a variety of personal and professional creative journeys. Through the years, she authored many books, worked as vice president in corporate communications at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, owned the local ETC magazine, passionately directed writers, poets, and performance groups, composed music/produced multiple albums, and created countless amounts of heartfelt art in various mediums including her international tour with Women Beyond Borders project. Living on a small Pennsylvania farm, she cared for rescued animals. She managed the international paleontological services business they established 35 years ago.

“Time is a great asset,” she

said, “made available for us to deposit random ideas one minute and withdraw inspired approaches to action in the next. Our gift is being able to invest confidently and frequently to enrich the cultivation of the creativity we all need to carry on every day.” You will be missed dearly by all who knew you. Your soaring spirit now vibrates at such an extraordinary level it is perceptible as a euphoric sensation. If you would like to celebrate, please light a candle for her on March 23rd.

Lescher Dowling

12/28/1922

- 2/13/2024

Lescher Dowling of Sunnyvale, California, a member of the Greatest Generation, passed away on February 13, 2024. He was 101 years old, though to meet him you’d have guessed he was much younger. Born and raised in Carpinteria, California, Lescher was the son of Julia [Lescher] Dowling and Walter Dowling. His siblings were Martha Rose (Dowling) Rodriquez, Kenneth Dowling, and half sisters, Dortha and Irene Dowling. Lescher’s father co-owned and operated the Rincon Garage & Machine Shop in downtown Carpinteria, but encouraged his children to seek higher education. Lescher would go on to become a school teacher, but first, WWII would intervene. At a school dance, Lescher met his future wife, Dorothy Eichelberger. He was immediately smitten and did his best to win her affection. Lescher was soon drafted into the Army to serve overseas in the China Burma India 7th Veterinary Corps (CBI). After basic training in Colorado, his company was shipped overseas with a load of mules destined for troop support. Dorothy felt it was her patriotic duty to write to a serviceman, and it was in this correspondence that their relationship truly blossomed. Back home after the war’s end, Lescher attended the

University of California, Santa Barbara, on the G.I. Bill. In 1950 he graduated with an Industrial Arts teaching credential, married Dorothy, moved to San Diego and taught for 3 years at the San Diego County Juvenile Hall. He often remarked that working at ‘Juvie’ gained more positive response from potential employers than the other skills listed in his resume. After earning a General Secondary Credential at San Diego State, he landed a job at his old Alma Mater, Carpinteria High School. He taught Shop, Printing, Drafting, Photography and Driver Training for the next 12 years. During this time he and Dorothy had two children, Richard and Lela Ann. They all enjoyed Dad’s summers off when the trailer would be stocked with supplies and off they would go to explore the National Parks. After deciding to focus on photography, Lescher left teaching to take classes at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. From there, he was hired to head the Photography Department at Foothill Junior College in Los Altos Hills. ‘Mr. D’ was a popular and personable teacher, always willing to chat and field questions during lunch hour in his office on campus. He cited that working with students kept him looking and feeling younger, too. Upon retirement in 1990, Lescher and Dorothy began educational travel and learning adventures through Elderhostel. He rekindled a model airplane hobby from his youth, joining SAM 21, the Society of Antique Modelers. He built and flew gas-powered remote controlled model airplanes, but mostly enjoyed collecting and repairing their vintage engines. Lescher was also on the founding committee for the Foothill-De Anza Community College Retirees Association, FODARA. In addition, he and Dorothy took memoir writing classes, but their greatest passion was involvement in the nationwide CBI Veterans Association. They attended monthly luncheons and national conventions with other CBI veterans, many of whom became great friends. Lescher served on the board of the San Francisco based chapter as Commander, Vice Commander, Newsletter Editor, Finance Officer; at times, several positions all at once as membership depleted with time. He wrote a book of his wartime adventures in the CBI, titled, ‘A Light Trail’, which will eventually be available on Amazon. Dorothy passed away in 2021. Lescher is survived by his children; Richard Dowling and Lela [Dowling] Cirocco, grandchildren Sara & Skye, as well as 4 great-grandchildren. His wry humor, wisdom, helpful advice and stories from the old days, all will be greatly missed.

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Robert K. Raleigh 1929 - 2024

Robert K. Raleigh, more well known as Bob, traveled to the end of the trail on February 17, 2024. Big Bob was a music teacher, principal, and superintendent at Solvang School in a career that spanned decades. He was a pillar of the community, loving husband, father, grandfather, and neighbor to many in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Bob started his journey in September of 1929 in Olympia Washington, son of Albert and Hazel Raleigh. Albert had the audacity to die two short years later, leaving Bob, his older brother Roger, and his mom Hazel to fend for themselves at the outset of the Great Depression. The family moved to Altadena, California where Bobby and Roger raised hell amongst the orange groves and clean air. Bob spoke fondly of his free range childhood, riding the Red Cars and his horse G.I. He was a proud member of the Tournament of Roses Bulldog band and marched in many Rose parades keeping the beat with the big bass drum.

Upon graduation from high school, Bob enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona as an agriculture major, with all of his Bulldog Band buddies. I think Bob was as surprised as anybody when Kim Il Sung invaded South Korea, and Bob’s Air Force reserve unit was activated. Bob was very proud of his duty with Special Services during the Korean War. He was shipped off to Valdosta Georgia, where he and his squadron successfully defended Moody Air Force Base from communist incursions, mainly by providing entertainment for the Officers Club in the evenings. Bob was in the band of course.

After he was honorably discharged from the Air Force, Bob returned to California and enrolled at UCSB, changing his major from Agriculture to Music. It was a tough choice, since Bob was a drummer. He had to learn to read music, play the piano, and all the other instruments that he would later teach to the impressionable youth of the Santa Ynez Valley.

While at UCSB, Bob indulged in his barely subdued pyromania and desire for cheap rent by being a volunteer fireman. Throughout his long life, his ears always pricked up when he heard the sirens pass by, and by the time

his children were old enough to roll their eyes, he finally stopped jumping in the car to chase the fire engines.

He met his future bride, Ann, at UCSB when he saw her in the rear view mirror of his Plymouth and immediately pulled a U-turn, and made up some story to follow her into a pottery class. They were married in 1957 in the presence of a lot of people that they both outlived by a wide margin.

After a year of living next to the train tracks in Goleta, Bob landed a job as the roving music teacher for the Santa Ynez Valley, and moved there in 1958. He split his time between Solvang, Santa Ynez, and Vista Del Mar elementary schools, until a full time position opened up at Solvang Elementary.

Bob taught band to several generations of budding musicians, as well as the rest of us. He produced mini-musicals, had the kids march wearing Danish outfits and clogs in parades everywhere from The Elks Parade in Santa Maria to the Christmas parade through Solvang. He also directed productions of The Bells of Santa Ynez, the choir at the Presbyterian Church, and The Danish Days Singers. The whole family was amused when a letter addressed to “The Music Man, Solvang California” arrived in the mailbox back in 1967.

Besides inventing the “dad joke”, Bob was also a very innovative teacher. He was doing ProjectBased Learning before it became an educational buzzword. He had hundreds of students engage in “Lifetime Projects” where the kids could write a paper on literally anything that struck their fancy. He taught students about our legal system by writing a crime story–a favorite was “Brinks over the Brink”– with his eighth-graders taking the leading roles, culminating in a trial in the actual Solvang Municipal court with his friends Royce Lewellen or Zel Cantor presiding.

Bob was an active member of the community in many other ways as well. He served as chairman of Danish Days and was president of the Solvang Businessman’s Association twice, back in the day before Solvang was an incorporated city and everybody knew each other. He was instrumental in getting the county to build the bike path between SYVUHS and Solvang, an impressive feat given how hard it has proved to get the county to complete the remaining section to Buellton. He remained active in the Vikings of Solvang for many, many, (many) years, and fumed when his cell phone rang during their meetings forcing him to buy a round of drinks.

Bob and Ann had the opportunity to travel the world extensively, touching all the continents except Antarctica at least once. He has driven everything from Volkswa-

gens on the autobahn to camels in the Sahara. He particularly enjoyed driving his 1949 Farm-All Cub tractor around his home near Janin Acres. He and Ann were also enthusiastic dog owners, and several generations of German Shepherds, among other mutts, made themselves part of the family over the years.

For the last many years (decades?), Bob could be found nearly every weekday at 8:30 am down at Olsen’s Bakery for “Coffee with the Boys”. He outlived the first three iterations of “boys” but thoroughly enjoyed his time with the latest batch, Hans, John, Ron, Brian, Steve, Rick, and Ed. He was well-known for his charm, corny jokes, and ability to leave pastry crumbs on his shirt front.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ann, their two children Dan and Susy, and their four grandchildren (in order of appearance), Keenan, Piper, Domi, and Gracie.

If anyone wants to honor Bob with a donation, his choice would be either the Vikings Charities, PO Box 293, Solvang CA 93463, or the SYV Humane Society, PO Box 335, Buellton CA 93427.

Alfonso “David” Quiroga

5/5/1961 - 2/10/2024

With a heavy heart we share the news of Alfonso David Quiroga, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, passing February 10, 2024.

Born to Jose and Elvira Quiroga May 5, 1961. David had a passion of the outdoor life, he loved sports, camping and riding his Wave Runner. David loved watching his UCLA Bruins, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Lakers. He also enjoyed watching the old westerns and vintage cartoons.

He loved to ride his wave runner in the nearby lakes, and had the time of his life riding down the Colorado River. He rode a very long ride from the Colorado Belle, and ended at the MI Resort with a big smile on his face saying “I did it”. It was one of his most memorable rides of his life.

David attended Monroe Elementary, La Cumbre Jr. High, and played football for the Bishop Diego Cardinals, where he graduated in 1980.

David loved building things. He purchased a mini bike kit and assembled it in the living room. Once completed he took it to the Santa Barbara Elks parking lot and rode it around the building a few times. To see this big kid on a mini

bike, gave his friends a good laugh.

David loved being a member of the Santa Barbara Elks. He worked his way through the Chairs and became Exhaulted Ruler in 2013. He was very dedicated as a member, officer and bartender. Also part of the kitchen crew. He also took several trips camping with the Caravanners.

David is preceded in death by his father Jose Quiroga, and nephew Eviristo Jr. Duarte. He is survived by his mother Elvira Quiroga, a brother Joseph, sisters Beatrice, Olivia (Thomas), Sylvia (Miguel) and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held February 24, 2024.

Our loving and beloved Gloria D. Petersen, age 96, departed from this life for her heavenly home on Tuesday February 6, 2024. A native Californian, Gloria was born to Samuel and Adela Davila on July 18, 1927. She was the eldest of three sisters, survived by Elvira Davis and preceded in death by Barbara Nolette. Gloria spent her life in Santa Barbara, attending local schools and church, working, marrying and raising a family. She is survived by her devoted husband and true-love, Arthur Max Petersen, adoring children Arthur Robert “Bob,” Martha Linda, Sonia Marie, and Samuel Michael (Sandra), grandchildren Sonia Avila, Robert Petersen, Raquel Castellanos, Frances, Madeline, and Josephine Petersen, greatgrandchildren Miranda Avila, Kelii (Lizzie) Avila, and Dominic Petersen, and great-great-grandchildren Nathaniel, Elias, and Jesse Avila. Gloria also had many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Our mother had a very full life and it was a life well lived. She married her sweetheart, Art, whom she met as a teenager, and celebrated their 76th anniversary on December 27, 2023. She enjoyed homemaking activities, such as cooking, sewing, decorat-

ing, and gardening. She retired from General Telephone Company after working as an operator for 30 years. Gloria and Art spent many summer vacations with their children at the Santa Barbara beaches, camping in Yosemite, backyard pool barbecues, and going to amusement parks. In retirement, Gloria and Art traveled to many states across the U.S. and several countries in Europe, attending many WWII military reunions and memorial events.

Gloria had a great love for music and art and possessed her own musical and artistic talents. She enjoyed playing the piano throughout her lifetime and was still playing in her final years. Several oil paintings and ceramic works are displayed throughout her home, and she had fun designing and making jewelry to give as gifts. She was always interested in learning and took classes at SBCC, Adult Ed, and the YMCA. From psychology, to French, to Yoga and Tai-Chi, square dancing, and being on a bowling team, Gloria stayed active.

Gloria was also devoted to prayer and love for the Lord Jesus. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and faithfully prayed the Rosary every night for decades in her quiet chair. If she missed a day, due to illness, she would pray two Rosaries the following day. The Sacred Heart was her guiding light. Gloria was caring and compassionate, supporting many charities, and especially giving to those who are less fortunate.

In April of 2020, Gloria received the heartbreaking diagnosis of ovarian cancer. With the support and prayers of her family and friends, and her own personal strength, she bravely endured chemotherapy treatments and surgery at the age of 93. Her battle would continue for four years. While she had periods of feeling good, walking outdoors, exercising, enjoying birthdays and holidays, she also had periods of the heavy and painful burden from the recurrence of cancer and the need to repeat chemotherapy treatments. She did not want to give up the fight. Prayer kept her strong until her body could no longer hold on.

Gloria, at the age of 96 was still so young in heart and full of wisdom. She was a strong and courageous woman but also witty, and never lost her great sense of humor. She was truly our rock, our queen. We will miss you and love you forever and ever. God bless you and may you rest in peace with all your loved ones.

Funeral services were held on Friday, February 16, 2024, attended by family and friends.

Our family wishes to extend our thanks and gratitude to the many doctors and nurses who treated our beautiful mother, Gloria, at UCLA Health, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, Sansum Clinic, Cottage Hospital, and the VNA.

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Gloria D. Petersen 7/18/1927 - 2/6/2024

E. Duke Vincent 4/30/1932 - 2/10/2024

With profound sorrow I inform you of the passing of my beloved and brilliant husband, E. Duke Vincent, a legendary Blue Angel, an Emmy award-winning television producer and writer, and an accomplished novelist. He died on Saturday, February 10th , 2024, at his home, that he built and loved and called Twin Oaks, in Montecito, California. He was 91.

Duke was born Edward Ventimiglia, the only child of Margaret and Egizio Ventimiglia, on April 30th, 1932, in Jersey City, New Jersey. He went to Bloomfield High and graduated from Seton Hall University. Then, having aviation in his DNA—his father had been one of the Lafayette Escadrille in World War 1— he joined the Navy and became a Naval aviator. He dreamed of being a Blue Angel.

After leaving Glynco, he joined VF-173 in Jacksonville flying the FJ-3 until the squadron was decommissioned. He was then assigned to Va-44 as an instrument instructor flying the F9F-8 and A4D-1. In 1960 he joined the Blue Angels for the 60-61 seasons. Capt. Zeb Knot told the story, that when he called Duke to tell him he had been recruited to the Team and then asked him how quickly he could get to Pensacola, Duke said. “Hang up the phone and answer the door.” During that time, they flew the F11-F and Duke flew the F8F-8P filming the aerial photo sequences for the NBC Television Series The Blue Angels. It was that experience which sparked his interest in television. But the thing to know, is that it was this part of Duke’s life, Naval Aviation, and the Blues, of which he was most proud, and the men with whom he flew and served would remain a part of his heart, and his closest friends, all the rest of his life.

Duke resigned from the Navy in 1962 and shortly thereafter went to New York where he and a friend, writer, Arnie Kane, applied for a job with RKO General and Seven Arts to write and produce seven one-hour documentaries called Man In Space. They got the job. While in Los Angeles, filming sequences for the series, Duke met with Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard, the executive producers of The Dick Van Dyke show. After writ-

ing a “spec” script for them, he signed on to do their next TV series, Good Morning World. The following year Duke became Producer/Head Writer of Gomer Pyle, and subsequently, The Jim Nabors Hour, Arnie, and The Little People. During that period (1967-1977), Duke also wrote and produced two telefilms— Panache, and The Imposter.

In 1977 Duke met Aaron Spelling and became his partner in 1978. It was a match made in heaven and remained so until 2006—over 29 years until Spelling’s death. Their list of television credits grew to include 43 series, including Dynasty, Hotel, Vegas. Matt Houston, The Colby’s, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, and 7 Mini-series—including Jackie Collins’ Hollywood Wives and James Micheners’ Texas–and 39 movies for television including the Emmy Award- winners Day One and And the Band Played On.

Duke was also executive producer with Spelling on the Warner Bros. Network’s long-running series Charmed and on its highest rated and longest running drama –7th Heaven.

During his 40-year Hollywood career, Duke wrote or produced over 2300 hours of film and tape, including 1600 hours of primetime and over 750 hours of daytime television. His titles when he retired were Executive Producer and Vice Chairman of Spelling Television.

After retirement Duke wrote 4 novels. Mafia Summer, Black Widow, The Strip, and The Camelot Conspiracy.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela Hensley Vincent Allen Gaines

6/13/1937 - 1/1/2024

It’s hard to write an obituary for Allen Gaines without a slide show. He was such an animated, energetic, positive force. Most pictures of him show his hand extended in greeting with a big, welcoming smile on his face. With the heart of a cowboy, Allen was “all in” and dedicated his life to supporting his family, friends, students, and community. His larger-than-life spirit was loved by many.

Allen was an adventurous soul with his heart firmly rooted in Santa Barbara. He was a teacher to many at Laguna Blanca, San Marcos High School, Dos Pueblos High School and Santa

Barbara City College’s Continuing Education program. His kids grew up hearing, “Mr. GAINES!” wherever they went together. Allen was a nearly lifelong Santa Barbaran. He was born in Washington D.C. in 1937 and moved to Santa Barbara with his parents, Audrey and Clarke, and younger sister Margaret in early childhood. He is a fourth-generation Santa Barbaran. He attended Santa Barbara High School, where he enjoyed basketball and track. He kept horses at home and loved to ride into the hills after school. His Dad, Clarke, was one of the founders of the Santa Barbara Trail Riders and Allen went on to become a member with his beloved Quarter Horse, Cash.

Allen completed his education at UCSB with a Master’s degree in History. He left school with many lifelong friends from the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He was a U.S. Marine. He was a history teacher. A corduroy jacket and chinos wearing, impassioned teacher, with the voice of a radio broadcaster. He coached girls’ basketball at San Marcos High School and was a supporter of athletic and arts programs at San Marcos and Dos Pueblos. He was an active member of the community, serving as Board Member and President of the Santa Barbara Humane Society, as his father had done before him.

Family was everything to Allen. He was a dedicated son, brother, father and grandfather.

On any given Sunday, Allen loved barbecuing Tri-tip and enjoying time with his parents and kids. When his daughter Hilary had a theater performance or his son Chris a basketball game, you were guaranteed to see him there cheering them on. As his children grew up, Allen became a passionate supporter of their communities, frequently visiting Arcata, CA and Portland, OR to enjoy adventures with his kids and grandkids. “Deck time” and “Dad-a-Thons” became synonymous with gathering as a family and enjoying meals and laughter together. Allen also enjoyed time with his animals. To him, animals were family too. He loved walking on his land in solitude, feeding “his” deer, hanging out with his dogs and caring for his horse.

Later in life, Allen rekindled a close friendship with Diane Lemons and greatly enjoyed their time together as “80-year-old teenagers.” His beloved Diane, her dog Daisy (“Dazer-Daze”), and the Lemons family have been dear friends and helped him greatly through his recent health struggles.

Allen passed peacefully with family by his side. He fought his illness with grace and courage. He leaves behind his daughter Hilary, son Christopher, daughter-in-law Anna, and

grandchildren Henry, Izzy, Will and Cameron. He will be dearly missed and will always be a part of those he loved. Private memorial services were held at Santa Barbara Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Santa Barbara Humane Society or the Goleta Boys and Girls’ Club.

Bea Ostrander

12/3/1932 - 1/24/2024

Heaven gained a sweet angel!

Bea was born in Stroud OK as the middle child of 8. They headed west for a better life and 2 years later they arrived in Ventura where the family put down roots. Bea graduated high school and Junior College there before attending SDSU on scholarship. Bea started skiing at 13, mostly at Mammoth in its early days and finally hung up her skis at 70. She was quite the daredevil and loved long runs from top to bottom. Amazingly, she was only injured once at 19 while training for a race. That one injury resulted in a severely broken leg requiring a 5 hr drive to the hospital, multiple screws and a long recovery. Skiing took her to Timberline Lodge as one of the first employees. She was the Lodge Administrator living on the third floor. She skied out her window only once as her ski pants didn’t survive that adventure. She was fortunate to ski with the Austrian Women’s Olympic Ski Team coach who ran Timberline’s Ski School. She was the first ski patrolwoman there and a member of the mountain ice climbing rescue team. Wanderlust then took her to Oahu for 6 months via the luxurious SS Lurline. She returned to Ventura after exploring all Oahu had to offer. Upon returning, she met her husband of 60 years, Jack, skiing at Mammoth. Jack wanted to ski like her so he followed her down the mountain all weekend….

They married in 1958, built a home in Montecito and had 2 daughters. Bea fondly remembers family trips to ski resorts all over visiting friends including an epic adventure to St. Anton, Austria. Christmas Day skiing became the tradition. They bought a townhome in Mammoth and spent countless days skiing with family and friends both old and new. When they weren’t skiing, it was tennis at Knowlwood Tennis Club. Thursday nights were

spent at Twilight Tennis followed by dinner at Café Del Sol with friends. Many friendships formed at Knowlwood and it was an integral part of her and Jack’s social life. Bea was a dedicated mom. She was a Room Mother for many years and baked an innumerable amount of sweets for those lucky classes. She was the consummate chauffeur driving to afterschool activities on a daily basis. She attended every swim meet, tennis tournament and other events cheering on her girls and their teammates. Bea was an accomplished seamstress and channeled her talents into beautiful school and party dresses for the girls even when they were in college.

She was also a volunteer and ingrained that ethic into both girls. She drove for Meals on Wheels for many years, loved being a docent at the Courthouse, was involved with NCL for 9 years and more than that in PTA. She was also a deacon at El Montecito Pres for many years.

Family was everything to Bea. She was very close to her siblings and her life revolved around her children, then her grandsons and recently her great grandchildren. Her love language was baking; snickerdoodles and apple pies being her signature desserts. She was happiest when she was with her family.

She loved flowers, especially roses. She was blessed to live for 6 months at Rose Story Farm. The Hahns welcomed her into their family while she was waiting to move to The Sanmarkand. Her last six months she lived in a beautiful apartment at Sanmarkand. She made so many wonderful friends there in her short time.

Bea is survived by her daughters Susie Ostrander, Sally Martyniuk (Paul), grandchildren Hunter Becker, Andy Becker (Macauley), great grandchildren Easten and Dixon Becker, sisters Joyce Kelley, Jeannine Swift, brothers Danny Jordan (Donna) and Hoyle Jordan (Ella Mae) and a huge extended family of nephews, nieces, their spouses and children.

A Celebration of Life will be on March 16, 2024 at El Montecito Presbyterian Church at 1pm. Happy Easter/Spring attire and attitude requested. A party to celebrate Bea’s life will be at Sally’s house. Please email sallyinsb@ cox.net. for details and directions.

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EL o N MUSK’S WORST NIGHTMARE

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Zoë Schiffer may not have gotten inside Elon Musk’s head I don’t think anyone has, including his biographer, or his wives but for the better part of two years, Schiffer hovered figuratively over Musk’s shoulder as he made a spectacular mess of the social media company once known as Twitter.

Schiffer’s new book, Extremely Hardcore: Inside Elon Musk’s Twitter, follows the working lives of former Twitter employees as the world’s richest man and self-appointed arbiter of free speech snatches control of their platform and starts retooling it to fit his vision of the world.

Accomplishing that meant gutting the company’s Trust and Safety division, which guarded against misinforma tion and hate speech; firing or laying off the engineers who actually kept the site running; sparking harass ment campaigns against those who crossed him; and alienating the thing that made Twitter, Twitter: its users.

As a result, the platform is now a shell of what it once was. Since Musk purchased it in October 2022 for $44 billion, Twitter now called X has lost more than half of its advertising revenue and continues to face a massive debt load. Web traffic is down nearly as much, and its intrinsic value as a place to find and interact with news has all but been erased.

Named after the breakneck work ethos Musk demanded of his employees, Extremely Hardcore is

based on hundreds of hours of interviews with more than 60 employees; thousands of pages of internal documents, Slack messages, and presentations; as well as court filings and congressional testimony. It starts with Musk fuming over President Biden’s tweets performing better than his, chronicles President Trump’s banishment and reinstatement to the platform after January 6, and brings readers all the way up to October 7, when Twitter became a hotbed of misinformation and propaganda about the Israel–Hamas war.

Schiffer, formerly a senior reporter at The Verge and now managing editor of Platformer News who’s written for New York Magazine and Vox, talked to us from her home in Santa Barbara. This is an edited version of our conversation.

So, I rarely use Twitter anymore. Most of my new followers are porn bots, and the main feed is a mess nothing I’m interested in. What about you? How is your Twitter use different these days compared to a year or two ago? It’s totally different in that it was one of my primary reporting tools, and now I’ve decided to not use it at all. I’ll still occasionally check it, because some people still post, but I haven’t posted anything myself since last November.

Oh, wow. Okay. Tell me about that decision. It couldn’t have

been easy. You had amassed a pretty substantial following more than 100,000 people, last time I checked. Yeah, it was a really big shift. I used to break news first on Twitter, and I’d built a pretty sizable account. But I reached a breaking point, and there were two main reasons.

One was when Elon Musk went after Yoel Roth, an openly gay man who was head of Twitter’s Trust and Safety division. Musk insinuated that he was a pedophile. And Yoel is someone I’ve spoken to a lot. Those allegations had zero basis in reality, but it forced him to flee his home, ultimately sell his home, and go into hiding with his husband.

At that point, I felt like Musk was engaging in targeted harassment. And it felt really weird to participate in the platform in a way that was continuing to legitimize and elevate what Elon Musk was doing.

The other thing was the more overt war on the mainstream press he’s been waging the elevation of accounts that spread misinformation, slandering journalists. I felt like, if I continue to break news here, I’m continuing to pretend that this platform is a place that respects journalism, and it’s not. So, I’ve decided to totally leave it. But it was a painful decision.

One of the things that struck me about Musk is that he seems to go out of his way to be cruel. I know a lot of tech CEOs aren’t angels, but would you say his behavior is typical of the industry? I will say, for me, equating what Elon Musk is doing with what other tech CEOs are doing is a complete fallacy. The way he acts is so outside the scope of what’s normal. It’s intentionally causing harm versus causing harm because of negligence. And those are two different things.

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I’ll admit, I was a little nervous to read your book because I didn’t want to spend 300 pages with the guy. But the book really isn’t about him it’s about the people who poured their hearts and souls into making Twitter what it was, only to watch someone come and stomp all over it. Why did you decide to tell the story from their perspectives? A few reasons. The first one being that I am not a natural tech reporter. It’s the area that I’ve fallen into because I went to undergraduate and graduate school in the Bay Area, and it was just what I was immersed in. I think if I’d been somewhere else, I would’ve reported on something different because I’m not particularly techy. I’m not really interested in the great new product. But I am really interested in stories of people.

And I did care about Twitter in a way that I didn’t care about other tech products. I was in school during the revolution in Iran when Twitter had played a big part in helping dissidents organize protests. It had played a big role in Occupy Wall Street. And so, I’d seen its potential for aiding in democratic movements around the globe. It had cultural importance in that way.

I worked for a small independent journalism company, and we were getting literally thousands of new subscribers every single month by writing about Elon Musk. But it was getting to a point where I was like, “There’s so much else going on in the world. This guy gets so much attention, and now I’m a part of that. I want to change directions.”

How Twitter’s unraveling played out what did it say about this moment in time with respect to tech and labor? I think that’s one of the biggest impacts of the whole story. The takeover was happening during the pandemic when workers in the tech industry in other industries, too started to gain a fair amount of power. They were asking for more concessions, perks, benefits, work-life balance. And they were actually getting it. It felt like the balance of power was shifting. There was more unionization among younger people in particular.

What do you want readers to take away from the book? And what lessons can be learned at an industry level? I hope what people glean from this story on a macro level is that the internet as we know it, the open web as we know it, is fragile. And these institutions that we think of as infallible and part of our everyday lives are vulnerable to someone with enough money coming in, buying them, and reshaping them in their own image. And for someone like Elon Musk, there are very few checks on his power.

It made me realize the ability to speak freely online, to have a platform, should never be taken for granted, because it can be taken away at any moment. And it was for a lot of people.

Institutionally, it’s tough, because the way capitalism works, boards of directors have a fiduciary duty to do what’s best for their shareholders. And in this case, Twitter was not known for having a strong board. But even if it had, it’s hard to know what they could have done when Elon Musk was offering $54.20 a share at a time when the economy was sinking.

I think that increased regulatory scrutiny would be great. And we know that the SEC [Securities and Exchange Commission] is looking at his acquisition of Twitter to see if he violated securities laws. But even then, I come back to the fact that the biggest fine Elon Musk received from the SEC was, what, $20 million? And he’s worth over $200 billion. It was a drop in the bucket.

It’s disheartening to think about, on one hand, but I have to believe that it matters that the SEC is taking him to court. And it matters that my source, Yao Yue, who was Twitter’s principal software engineer, is suing him through the NLRB [National Labor Relations Board] for firing her illegally.

He probably doesn’t want to pay another $20 million, but I don’t think he’s motivated by money. I think he’s motivated by attention and power.

So when I started working on the book, I had to figure out what I still cared about. I decided I didn’t care about Elon. But I did really care about my sources. Twitter employees were idealistic they really believed in the potential for their platform to be used for good. And they had spent years fighting for the best vision of what Twitter could be. Even when Elon Musk came on board, some of them really didn’t like him as a person, but they all were willing to stay because they cared about each other, and they cared about the users.

Regardless of their mindset going in, they all reached a point of intense disillusionment and apathy because he had so little regard even for the people who were really loyal to him. That was the story I was interested in.

Musk loves to retaliate. How did you find employees who were willing to speak with you?

The less loyalty he inspired from employees, the easier it was to talk to people. It was just a matter of finding people who still had their jobs. I was able to start breaking news in August, and then the floodgates opened.

The first big story I got, I’d received a bunch of documents from someone who had become really frustrated with how things were going at the company. This was before Elon bought it, but he’d made the offer and there were these various lawsuits going on to figure out if he was going to buy it, if he wasn’t, if he was….

In the documents, I came upon this presentation that said Twitter had really considered and made moves toward launching an OnlyFans competitor. So, basically, capitalizing on adult content and charging people for it. They’d gotten pretty far in the process.

But before launch, they decided to scrap it completely because they’d realized that the platform still had a big issue with child sexual exploitation material. And it couldn’t guarantee that it wouldn’t be charging people for that, because it was essentially overrun with the worst kinds of images on the internet.

Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, I think, really reset the scales. The economy was bad at that point, and so there was this recalibration of how companies interacted with workers what they gave them and allowed them to do. Musk essentially equated worker power with what he calls the “woke mind virus.”

Anyone who wanted to debate policies and have more of an open dialogue was part of this liberal, lazy workforce that wasn’t going to be part of his organization.

We really saw that take root across Silicon Valley. Mark Zuckerberg even credited Elon Musk with giving him license to fire middle managers. He’d set the bar so low that anything they did after that seemed pretty reasonable. And he’d also given them almost a religion to speak to when they were doing it, where it was, “The age of excess is over and the age of austerity is in.”

One thing that keeps bothering me is, how can the richest man in the world who builds electric cars and puts rockets into space screw something up so badly? Why didn’t his previous successes translate to Twitter? I think one of Elon Musk’s shortcomings and his brother, Kimbal, will say this is that he lacks empathy. That doesn’t really matter if you’re building rockets or electric vehicles. But when you’re running a social platform, you need empathy for users. You need to understand what they feel and what they want. And you definitely need it for advertisers. His animosity toward the whole advertising industry has shot him in the foot again and again.

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Because no matter how much you believe in free speech, the combination of regulatory pressure, what users actually want, and certainly what app stores and advertisers want is not going to allow you to have a complete free-for-all.

Tesla engineers have described him as a “quality control guy.” He would drive his Tesla to work and have all this feedback about all the little tweaks he wanted made to his car. And they would do it, but it wouldn’t impact other Tesla drivers and their cars.

He treats Twitter that same way. He runs the entire company off of his own experience, which is incredibly

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unique because he’s the most followed person on the platform. And his preferences aren’t everyone else’s preferences. But when you tweak the algorithm again, and again, and again so Elon Musk will be happy, it negatively impacts everyone else’s experiences because they get flooded with content that is totally irrelevant to them.

Being so steeped in his toxicity for so long did that start to play tricks on your mental health at all? To be fully honest with you, it’s made me want to switch off of reporting on the tech industry. I got a lot of harassment, and it pushed me to my breaking point. I had never really considered what it meant to be a female tech reporter before. I’d always felt like it had benefited me or made me stand out.

I co-bylined all of my Twitter stories with my male colleague. It was almost comical we would publish something, his phone would stay silent, and mine would blow up with a barrage of just awful videos and images.

There was a period where I was nursing my daughter at night. I would get up at 4 in the morning, and Elon would often email employees at 4 in the morning. So, I would be nursing and trying to have this moment of connection with my daughter and then also dealing with an onslaught of hate on my phone. That started to feel really awful.

I can only imagine. Tech bros, in my opinion, are the worst kind of bro. Yeah, even when I would reach out to Elon’s close associates for comment, they would do things that just showed how little respect they had for me, like emailing my boss, talking down to me, that kind of stuff.

But that’s fine; that’s their prerogative. And I know that so many people have it a lot worse. So, I try to keep perspective, knowing my sources are dealing with issues that are about their livelihoods and their safety. So, I can take a little hate and a little heat.

EXCERPT: EXTREMELY HARDCORE: INSIDE ELON MUSK’S TWITTER

The following is from Chapter 13, “Why We’re Here,” which describes Musk’s first meeting with Twitter employees as his acquisition deal was pending and rumors of layoffs were worrying everyone at the company’s San Francisco headquarters.

The morning of June 16, Parag Agrawal kicked off the all-hands meeting that he’d been trying to schedule since April. Musk was running ten minutes late. Agrawal stalled for time as tweeps crowded into the Commons, an enormous cafeteria on the ninth floor of the San Francisco office. Finally, Musk logged onto the meeting from his phone. He was sitting in his living room in Austin, Texas. His white buttonup was slightly undone, his hair more than slightly askew. A man in a black shirt (a friend? butler?) could be seen walking around in the background.

Agrawal thanked Musk for joining. Employees had submitted questions in advance and were eager to get started. The status of the deal was off-limits. Agrawal needed to assume that the acquisition was moving forward regardless of Musk’s recent antics. But everything else Musk’s political views, remote work, compensation was fair game.

Leslie Berland, Twitter’s chief marketing officer, eased Musk into the Q&A with a softball. “Why do you love Twitter?” she asked.

“Well, let’s see. I find, like, I learn a lot from what I read on Twitter, and what I see in the pictures, videos, text, and memes that people create,” Musk said. “I also find it’s a great way to get a message out over the phone, when I want to say something and make an announcement, I think Twitter’s the best way to do that.”

He continued to ramble, joking that “some people use their hair to express themselves, I use Twitter.”

Employees were growing concerned. “I actually turned to a stranger in the Commons and said, ‘What is happening right now?’ ” one employee recalls. Wasn’t this guy supposed to be a genius?

Randall Lin thought people were overreacting. “With Elon you kind of know what you’re going to get,” he says.

Berland asked Musk how Twitter employees could earn his trust and how he planned to earn theirs in return. Musk demurred. “It’s, like, if somebody is getting useful things done, then that’s great,” he said vaguely. “But if they’re not getting useful things done, then I’m, like, ‘OK, why are they at the company?’ ” Agrawal might have hoped this meeting would comfort Twitter workers, but Musk seemed to have no interest in doing that.

Berland’s last question was whether Musk planned to take the title of CEO. Musk responded that he didn’t get hung up on titles. His role at Tesla was “techno king” as well as CEO, and his chief financial officer was called the “master of coin” in addition to being the CFO.

Then he laid out what he called his unifying philosophy. As far as employees could tell, it had nothing to do with Twitter.

“We should take the set of actions most likely to extend the scope, scale, and life span of consciousness as we know it,” he said. “What sort of actions improve things at a civilizational level and improve the probable life span of civilization? Civilization will come to an end at some point, but let’s try to make it last as long as possible. And it would be great to understand more about the nature of the universe. Why we’re here, meaning of life, where are things going, where we come from? Can we travel to other star systems and see if there are alien civilizations? There might be a whole bunch of long-dead, one-planet civilizations out there that existed five hundred million years ago. Think about the span of human civilization from the advent of the first writing, it’s only about five thousand years.”

Many employees were stunned. “This is someone who is either quite stupid or hasn’t given this much thought,” a former engineer said. “But either way he is not taking this seriously, and he holds the company and the product and us, the employees, in contempt.”

Another engineer manager left the meeting and told his team that if they ever ran a meeting like that, they’d be fired.

“He did not land the plane,” a former executive noted dryly.

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24 THE INDEPENDENT FEBRUARY 29, 2024 INDEPENDENT.COM LOBERO THEATRE ENDOWMENT FOR AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC VISIT LOBERO.ORG OR 805.963.0761 @loberotheatre “A must for magic buffs of all ages.” — The Los Angeles Times This curated ensemble of prestidigitators features an exciting new line-up of internationally recognized award-winning magicians from Las Vegas, exotic showrooms across the globe, and Hollywood’s renowned Magic Castle. A family-friendly extravaganza not to be missed! Get your tickets before they disappear ... Sphinx Virtuosi “The Sphinx Virtuosi are, quite simply, marvelous.” — The New Yorker CAMA’s MASTERSERIES presents MAR 15 MARCH 9 Two shows! Madeleine Peyroux With her delicately sultry compositions and renditions, the accomplished songstress has earned her spot amongst jazz/blues divas such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald –artists to whom she is often compared. MAR 17 Photo by Scott Jackson EXCLUSIVE SPONSOR Bitsy & Denny Bacon and The Becton Family Foundation C10-0000293 | C10-0001190 | C10-0001124 farmacyshop.com @farmacy.ca SANTA BARBARA 128 W MISSION STREET (805) 880-1207 SANTA YNEZ 3576 MADERA STREET (805) 693-4685 ISLA VISTA 6555 PARDALL ROAD (805) 454-8473 PREMIUM CANNABIS PRODUCTS AWARD-WINNING CANNABIS SHOPS LIMITED TIME ONLY 25% OFF STOREWIDE PREMIUM HIGHS. UNBEATABLE SERVICE. NOW THE BEST VALUE IN SB COUNTY. WHETHER YOU SHOP AT SANTA BARBARA OR SANTA YNEZ, WE WANT TO MAKE OUR PREMIUM CANNABIS PRODUCTS ACCESSIBLE TO ALL. FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY GET 25% OFF EVERYTHING AT YOUR FARMACY! Available in-store or online March 1st.

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THURSDAY 2/29

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We the Beat Presents: Trousdale Driven by their passion to empower young women, Trousdale (Quinn D’Andrea, Georgia Greene, Lauren Jones) will bring their heartfelt harmonies to S.B. on their Almost Out of My Mind Tour. 8pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St., Ste. 205. $17-$22. Ages 18+. Call (805) 962-7776. sohosb.com

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2/29-3/2: UCSB Theater/Dance Presents Everybody’s Favorite Mothers This celebration of unconditional love and unlikely activism in 1972 when one mother marched in a parade with her gay son was the beginning of what we now know as PFLAG. Thu.-Fri.: 7:30-9pm; Sat.: 2-3pm, 7:30-9pm. Hatlen Theater, UCSB. $13-$19. Call (805) 893-2064. theaterdance.ucsb.edu/news

2/29-3/3: SBCC Theatre Group Presents: Treasure Island Adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic by Bryony Lavery and directed by Michael Bernard, this play is part ghost story, part adventure, and incorporates pirate songs and sword play to provide an exhilarating experience of theatrical magic. The play previews tonight and runs through March 16. Thu.-Sat.: 7:30-9:30pm; Sun.: 2-4pm. Garvin Theatre, SBCC West Campus, 721 Cliff Dr. $10-$18. Call (805) 965-5935 or email sbcctg@sbcc.edu theatregroupsbcc.com/current season

2/29: Revisiting the Classics: The Tragedy of Macbeth Director Joel Coen’s bold and gorgeous reimagining of the play, The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021), which features Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington, creates an abstract and atmospheric environment for Shakespeare’s bloody story of ambition and temptation. There will be a post-screening discussion with Joel Coen and Frances McDormand. 7-9:30pm. Pollock Theater, UCSB. Free. Call (805) 893-4637 or email info@carseywolf.ucsb.edu carseywolf.ucsb.edu/events

2/29-3/2: 2024 World of Pinot Noir This event gathers the foremost pinot noir wineries and winemakers, renowned chefs, sommeliers, and leading wine scholars for dinners, grand tastings, lunches, seminars, and special events such as the opening-night party. Visit the website for the schedule. Ritz-Carlton Bacara, 8301 Hollister Ave. Prices vary. Call (805) 489-1758 or email info@wopn.com. worldofpinotnoir.com

2/29-3/6: Shadow Play at MOXI Children and families are invited to play with puppets, explore ratio and scale, and use shadow play with stories. 10am-5pm. MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, 125 State St. Free-$18. Call (805) 770-5000. moxi.org/events

FARMERS MARKET SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

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

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

Goleta: Camino Real Marketplace, 10am-2pm

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

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

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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. cfsb.info/sat

FRIDAY 3/1

3/1: An Evening with Robert Fripp and David Singleton: Englishmen Abroad Robert Fripp, founding member of the rock band King Crimson, and David Singleton, guitarist and main composer of the band, who both established the independent record label DGM (Discipline Global Mobile) in 1992, will come together for a talk and discussion. 7:3011:30pm. The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St. $70. Call (805) 965-5400. etcsb.org/whats-on

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Lobero LIVE Presents Sarah Jarosz, The Ballroom Thieves With her captivating voice and richly detailed songwriting, this four-time Grammy Award winner will be in S.B. in support of her 2024 album Polaroid Lovers with indie folkrock duo The Ballroom Thieves to open the show. 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. GA: $40-$50; VIP experience: $100; VIP: $106. Call (805) 963-0761. lobero.org

3/1: Me Sabor Presents: Salsa Night Dance Take a class at 9pm, then enjoy two dance floors, full bar, outdoor patio salsa, bachata, cumbia, merengue, and more, with live music from Conjunto Oye and sounds from DJ Prra. 8:30pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St., Ste. 205. $18-$25. Ages 21+. Call (805) 962-7776.

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3/2: Seraglio Folkloric Ballet Take in a three-act folkloric ballet about star-crossed lovers in early 20th-century Istanbul who risk everything to be together, performed with Greek and Turkish dance, historic costumes, and elaborate sets. 7:30pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $25-$85. Call (805) 963-9589. arlingtontheatresb.com

Shows on Tap

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2/29, 3/2, 3/6:

2/29: Satellite S.B. Brett Hunter Band, 6pm. 1117 State St. Free. Call (805) 3643043. satellitesb.com

2/29-3/2, 3/4-3/6: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club Thu.: We the Beat presents: Trousdale, 8pm. $17-$22. Ages 18+. Fri.: Me Sabor Presents: Salsa Night, 10pm. $18-$25. Ages 21+. Sat.: Disco Brunch, 11am; $5; all ages. Johnny Irion, U.S. Elevator, 8:30pm; $20; ages 21+. Mon.: Griffin House, 7:30pm. $20-$23. Tue.: G. Love & Special Sauce 30th Anniversary Tour with special guest Jakobs Castle, 8pm. GA: $39.50, VIP: $139.50. Ages 21+. Wed.: Phora, 8pm. GA: $25, VIP: $125. Ages 18+. 1221 State St. Call (805) 962-7776. sohosb.com

3/1-3/2, 3/6: Lost Chord Guitars Fri.: Oddly Straight, 8-11pm. Free. Sat.: Bobby, Fin, and Dave, 8-10:30pm. Free. Wed.: Teddy Jack, 7-10pm. $16. 1576 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang. Ages 21+. Call (805) 331-4363. lostchordguitars.com

3/1: M.Special Brewing Co. (S.B.) Will Stephens Band, 8-11pm. 634 State St. Free Call (805) 968-6500. mspecialbrewco.com

3/1-3/2: M.Special Brewing Co. (Goleta) Fri.: Soul Majestic Acoustic, 6-8pm. Sat.: Hoodlum Friends, 6-8pm.

SATURDAY 3/2

Eos Lounge Thu.: X CLUB, 9pm. $6.18. Sat.: Colette, Thee-O Underground, 9pm. Free. Wed.: Jordnmoody, 8pm. Free. 500 Anacapa St. Ages 21+. Call (805) 5642410. eoslounge.com

6860 Cortona Dr., Ste. C, Goleta. Free. Call (805) 968-6500. mspecial brewco.com

3/1-3/2: Maverick Saloon Fri.: Redondo Bit**, 8:30-11:30pm. Free Sat.: 82 Deluxe, 8:3011:30pm. Free. 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. Call (805) 686-4785. mavericksaloon.com/event-calendar

3/2: Hook’d Bar and Grill Tikibomb, 3-6pm. 116 Lakeview Dr., Cachuma Lake. Free. Call (805) 350-8351. hookdbarandgrill.com/music-onthe-water

3/2: Arrowsmith’s Wine Bar Jon Firey, 7pm. 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Free. Call (805) 686-9126 or email anna@arrowsmith wine.com. arrowsmithwine.com/events

3/2: Restaurant Roy Jazz at Roy, 7-10pm. Free. 7 W. Carrillo St. Call (805) 966-5636. restaurantroy.com

3/4: The Red Piano Ray Jaurique, 7:30pm. 519 State St. Free. Call (805) 3581439. theredpiano.com

3/1-3/2, 3/6: Carr Winery Fri.: D.on Darox, The Melody Joy Bakers, 7pm. Sat.: Skunk Puppy, 4pm Wed.: Brian Kinsella, Jimmy Rankin, 5:30-7:30pm. 414 N. Salsipuedes St. Free. Ages 21+. Call (805) 9657985. carrwinery.com/events

3/2: 54th Annual Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Festival Enjoy the music from talented jazz bands from Central and South Coast schools and colleges as well as a special performance by Dos Pueblos alum Karl Hunter of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. 7-9:30pm. Elings Performing Arts Ctr., Dos Pueblos High School, 7266 Alameda Ave., Goleta. $20-$25. Email jazz@dphsmusic.org tinyurl.com/DPHS-JazzFestival

3/2: S.B. Music Club Free Concert Renowned artists David Singer (clarinet), Nicole McKenzie (violin), and Betty Oberacker (piano), will interpret three exquisite and melodious works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 3-4:30pm. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 4575 Auhay Dr. Free. Call (805) 967-6327. sbmusicclub.org

Please contact the venue to confirm the event.

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3/2: Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden’s Volunteer Day Gardeners of all experience levels are invited to grow your horticulture skills as you prune, mulch, weed, and more on this day of caring for one of the most beautiful parks in S.B. A limited supply of tools and gloves will be available, so please bring your own. 9am-noon. Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, 1500 Santa Barbara St. Free. Email parksandrec@ santabarbaraca.gov tinyurl.com/Volunteer-Day

3/2: Fishbon Presents: Le Museum Le Moderne L’Arte Attendees can enjoy docent-led art tours and ludicrous Q&A panels, move to the obtuse beats of DJ Greta Van Susteren, outbid other millionaires at the live art auction where $1 equals $1 million, help solve a whodunit art theft mystery, and enjoy wines and kombuchas from Wylde Works. 7-11pm. SBCAST (S.B. Center for Art, Science and Technology), 513 Garden St. $25-$30. Email bryan@fishbon.org tinyurl.com/LeMuseumLeModerneLArte

3/2: Heart Songs: Kirtan with Cacao Darren Marc will weave together kirtan, call-and-response singing that is part of bhakti yoga; a cacao ceremony; and heart-centered infused spiritual teachings to create an uplifting experience. 7pm. Yoga Soup, 28 Parker Wy. $25. Call (805) 965-8811. tinyurl.com/Heart-Songs

3/2: Alpha Resource Center’s Third Annual Plane Pull Create a team of 10 and raise $1,000 ($500 for school division) to compete in a tug-of-war with an Alaska Airlines E175 airplane (nearly 100,000 pounds). The fastest team to pull the airplane 20 feet and the individual who raises the most money will win prizes. All proceeds will benefit Alpha Resource Center and their mission to serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Registration: 10am; opening ceremony: 10:30am; first pull: 10:45am. Atlantic Aviation, 1503 Cook Pl. Free Email jhenson@alphasb.org. alphasb.org/plane-pull

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SUNDAY 3/3

3/3: Wine Tasting with Russian River Winemaker Greg Morthole Inside Wine S.B., a not-for-profit wine tasting Meetup group will host Greg Morthole, winemaker for Davis Bynum Winery and for the pinot noir and chardonnay wines at Rodney Strong for an informative and tasty pouring. RSVP by March 1. Noon-2pm. The Good Land Wine Shop & Bar, 4177 State St. $45. Ages 21+. tinyurl.com/Greg-Morthole

3/3: First Sunday Concert at Stow House First, visit with the animals in the ranch yard and take a tractor ride, then listen to crowd-pleasing swing, bluegrass, folk, and rock ’n’ roll, originals, plus favorites from the 1930s to today from The Chaps at 2pm. Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic! 11am-4pm. Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd. Free. Call (805) 681-7216. tinyurl.com/Ranch-Sundays

3/3: Online Seminar Series: U.S. Supreme Court — Decisions and Interpretations How will SCOTUS justices instruct us in interpreting the 14th Amendment and its applicability to the current controversy? Participants will have the opportunity to build on our citizen’s understanding of the Constitution and the Court’s role in real time. 2:30-4:30pm. Online. Free. Email greatbooksojai@gmail.com agorafoundation.org/current-seminars

MONDAY 3/4

3/4: Dungeons & Dragons for Adults This introductory session will be led by a local expert Dungeon Master and will allow participants to learn about this fantasy tabletop role-play game. 4-7pm. S.B. Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Free. Call (805) 962-7653. tinyurl.com/DandDMarch4

TUESDAY 3/5

3/5: Film Screening: Polite Society

In the name of independence and sisterhood, 2023’s Polite Society (PG-13) follows a sprightly British-Pakistani teenager who must save her sister from marriage and attempts to pull off the most ambitious wedding heist. A post-screening discussion will feature Kashif Shaikh, cofounder and president of Pillars Fund (a nonprofit that amplifies Muslim voices). 7-9:30pm. Pollock Theater, UCSB. Free. Call (805) 893-4637 or email info@carseywolf .ucsb.edu carseywolf.ucsb.edu/event

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3/2: S.B. Zoo Princess and Pirate Weekend Dress in your favorite costume and celebrate the world’s frogs and amphibians with frog-inspired crafts and more. Reservations are required. 10am-3pm. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. Free$25. Call (805) 962-5339. sbzoo.org/event-calendar/ THELEHMANTRILOGY “True blockbuster theatre that will hold you captive until the final curtain call.” VANITY FAIR BY Stefano Massini ADAPTED BY Ben Power DIRECTED BY Oánh Nguyên

3/5: Toddler Time Art Play Group Calling all littles, from walkers to age 4, to participate in water play, painting, and other sensory discovery stations and meet new friends in a safe environment. 10-11am. Art Spot on Wheels, 320 Alisal Rd., Unit 306-B, Solvang. $35. Call (805) 325-8092 or email info@artspotonwheels.com artspotonwheels.com/events

3/5-3/6: UCSB Theater/ Dance Presents The Crucible Arthur Miller’s gripping historical play about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, and also a timely parable of our contemporary society, follows a farmer, his wife, and a young servantgirl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The play runs through March 10. 7:30-9pm. Performing Arts Theater, UCSB. $13-$19. Call (805) 893-2064. theaterdance .ucsb.edu/news

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Lobero LIVE Presents Cat Power

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to the electric guitar midway through the show. 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. GA: $85; VIP: $131. Call (805) 963-0761. lobero.org

3/6: A Conversation with Author

Lorissa Rinehart Join author Lorissa Rinehart for a discussion of her book First to the Front: The Untold Story of Dickey Chapelle, Trailblazing Female War Correspondent, which tells the story of Dickey Chapelle’s amazing life as a photojournalist. 5:30-7pm. Veterans’ Memorial Building, 112 W. Cabrillo Blvd. Students: free, veterans: $15, GA: $25. Email sbwomensliteraryvoices@gmail.com. sbwomensliteraryvoices.org

3/6: HIVE with Sara Caputo Join executive coach Sarah Caputo for a brief conversation and to learn tips to increase your productivity, followed by work in any area of Workzones. 9:30-11:30am. Workzones, 351 Paseo Nuevo. Free. Email cmayhew@prismplaces.com tinyurl.com/HIVEWorkshopMarch6

Tax Time/ Sus Impuestos

2/29-3/6: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

The VITA program is a free tax preparation service for local Santa Barbara County residents who make $67,000 or less a year. Tax returns are prepared and electronically filed by IRS-certified volunteers for qualified individuals or families. Visit the website for available sites and times from Carpinteria to Solvang. Assistance available through April 30.

El programa VITA es un servicio gratuito de preparación de impuestos para los residentes locales del condado de Santa Bárbara que ganan $67,000 o menos al año. Las declaraciones de impuestos las preparan y presentan electrónicamente voluntarios certificados por el IRS para personas o familias calificadas. Para programar una cita, envíe un correo electrónico a Yoseline González a ygonzalez@unitedwaysb.org o llame al (805) 965-8594. Visite el sitio web para consultar los lugares y horarios disponibles desde Carpintería hasta Solvang. Asistencia disponible hasta el 30 de abril. unitedwaysb.org/vita

3/1, 3/5-3/6: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide: Free Tax Assistance Tax returns can be prepared for taxpayers with wages, interest, dividends, capital gains, unemployment, pensions, social security, IRA and 401-K distributions as well as filing for various tax credits. Visit the website for a list of required documents you will need to provide. The last checkin time at each location is 3pm. Fri.: 9am-noon and 1-4pm. Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave., Goleta. (Through April 12); Tue.-Wed.: United Way of S.B. County, 320 E. Gutierrez St. (Through April 10). Free. Call (805) 965-8591. tinyurl.com/ TaxAideAARP

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Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert The artist, otherwise known as Chan Marshall, will deliver a song-for-song recreation of the 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert, the transformative live set from Bob Dylan that saw him
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Santa Barbara International Orchid Show Blooms Again

Heidi Kirkpatrick is the official plant registrar for the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, now in its 76th year. Her official duties involve judging the plants, arrangements, and displays, many of which are designed with this year’s theme, “Floral Gems of Nature,” in mind.

“There are thousands of orchid types and hybrids,” says Kirkpatrick. “We start by judging similar kinds

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of orchids against each other. You break them down into classes, and at the end of the day, the best of the best get the trophies.” An award-winning orchid will stand out from the rest of the plants in its class superior shape, vibrant colors, and a higher concentration of flowers all add up to make the plant noteworthy.

Kirkpatrick has been involved with the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show for two decades. “When we moved here,” she says, “one of the first things I did was join the local orchid society.” Orchid societies offer access to a community of people with a shared interest in cultivating these exquisite plants and all their knowledge, tips, and tricks for getting the best results in their particular locational environment.

“All orchids need specific requirements,” says Kirkpatrick. “If you have the wrong kind of orchid for your growing conditions, it’s not going to do well. One of the advantages of the orchid show is you can talk to experts and vendors, and they can tell you the best conditions so you can get a real idea of what plants will succeed for you.”

Not only is the floral collection on the showroom floor ablaze with color it’s also full of diversity. Enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see and shop for unusual plants from nurseries all over the world.

a.m. to 5 p.m. from Friday, March 8, to Sunday, March 10. In addition, there is an Orchids After Dark event on Saturday, March 9, from 6-9 p.m. which features an after-hours vibe with enhanced lighting, cash bar, and deejay. For additional information, see sborchidshow.com.

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It’s not controversial to say that Santa Barbara has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, and a view of it from almost any vantage point is breathtaking. However, I will contend that there is one way to see the city that rises above all the others: floating high above it among the clouds and birds beneath a paraglide.

Learning to Paraglide Is a Great Way to Appreciate the Views of Santa Barbara

Recently, I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend with Eagle Paragliding, a local company owned by Rob Sporrer, and I have rarely had time better spent.

Saturday was for tandem. I met my pilot, Julian Carreño a threetime paragliding champion; I have never felt safer at a park and hopped into Eagle’s van for a quick drive up the mountains. I was the only one there for a tandem flight, alongside three others hoping to take their very first solo mountain flights. We hiked to the top of a peak that was the first designated launch site, checked and prepped the gear, and then waited.

As with all extreme sports, patience is just as important a skill as the others. Mother Nature is the queen of everything up in the sky, and if the winds and weather do not work with you, there’s nothing you can do. Whatever nerves I held onto right up to the moment were settled when Carreño refused to do anything remotely risky. Paragliding was for fun, he insisted, and it wouldn’t be very fun to get hurt. Thankfully, after about three hours of waiting for perfect conditions, we decided to check a secondary launch point.

Within five minutes of reaching the peak, I was strapped to Carreño, sprinting for my life, and then soaring like I had never before.

Sunday’s adventure took place at Elings Park, where Eagle Paragliding takes advantage of the park’s perfect hill placement to teach newcomers how to fly solo. After a quick but comprehensive walkthrough of the gear, the instructors ran each of us through our paces before deeming us ready for takeoff.

I spent the perfect Sunday flying four or five times, and that was before lunch!

Eagle Paragliding offers a range of experiences from tandem flights (starting at $125) to solo lessons as well as certification training. Visit paragliding.com for more information.

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This Children’s Book Is My Love Language

My family moved several times as I was growing up, and I never quite felt like I fit in. At school in Hong Kong, I felt more American than Chinese. And at school in Boise, Idaho, I felt more Chinese than American. I wasn’t comfortable with how I stood out everywhere.

My mother is a Chinese Vietnamese refugee, and my father is a white American. I was born in Los Angeles and lived in Hong Kong before returning to Los Angeles for college. My “mixed” upbringing inspired me to think about the challenges we face in understanding and embracing our various identities.

In a class at the University of Southern California called “Los Angeles and the American Dream,” I learned about how various immigrant groups developed distinct neighborhoods across Greater L.A.’s 101, 5, 10, and 210 highways. People feel safe when they are surrounded by others who look, talk, eat, and think like them. I started to understand the divides and cliques that still define large swaths of Southern California. My upbringing and fascination with cultural development led me to pursue a career in international business development. Living in Hong Kong again as an adult, speaking in Cantonese slang and working as an executive, helped me connect on a deep level with locals and feel like a genuine part of the ecosystem. I developed a cultural understanding that my Western expat peers could not fully appreciate.

her mother never hugs her or says “I love you.” She doesn’t understand why. Her mother’s Chinese accent she pronounces her name “Jay” instead of “Jade” also makes her feel embarrassed.

For a school self-portrait project, Jade draws herself with blonde hair and blue eyes like many of her classmates, and she gets upset when her mother serves her Hainan chicken rice for dinner. “I’m not Chinese!” she exclaims.

My husband and I also started our family in Hong Kong, in 2012. It was an auspicious year and place to give birth to my son, as many Chinese wanted to have children during Year of the Dragon, the strongest zodiac sign. This year, 12 years later, also happens to be a Year of the Dragon.

Jade learns from her father about how her mother’s challenging childhood during the Vietnam War led to a keen focus on her own children’s education and safety. Jade starts to understand and consider her mother’s life and perspective and how she expresses her love.

Today, as the mother of three young children, I reflect on how my childhood experience shaped me and now influences how I parent. Over time, becoming comfortable with my differences with standing out gave me the confidence to try new things and trust my instincts.

I’ve always wanted to write a children’s book for kids like me and my sisters. The books we grew up with simply didn’t feature characters whose looks or experiences reflected our own. I believe that there are many children who could relate with or learn from the story of the protagonist of Mama’s Love Language, Jade.

Jade notes that unlike her classmates’ parents, who show affection when dropping them off at school,

Regardless of how Jade’s story might resonate with you, I hope that it helps you think about your own love language (and perhaps your mother’s). I’m an advocate of celebrating diversity, and I hope to continue to share my personal story through Mama’s Love Language.

Elisa Stad is a local author, philanthropist, international marketing executive, and mother passionate about celebrating diversity through shared experiences. If you attended the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet Nutcracker at the Arlington Theatre in December, you might have seen her performing alongside her children. Mama’s Love Language, which debuted in November, is Elisa’s first children’s book and a #1 Amazon best-seller. You can find it at Tecolote Book Shop, at Chaucer’s Books, or on Amazon.

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Spiced with Stories

José Andrés always told us food needs to have a story,” Chef Efe Onoglu philosophized as we sat down to a tasting menu created by the biomedical engineer–turned–international cooking mastermind, who seasons each meal with the spice of genuine stories. This

Aegean sofra (“a table set for a meal” in Turkish) is held in his Eastside kitchen each Tuesday evening, and is just one of the many chef’s hats that Onoglu wears.

with potato soufflé, or a sundried sweetcorn corn soup with cured asparagus and a quail egg, so ethereal, comforting, and silky that I slurped it up in record time. Onoglu’s cuisine changes with the seasons and with the catch of local fishers, mushroom foragers, and farmers with whom he has built close relationships.

“It’s not completely Turkish or Greek,” Onoglu says of his food. “Sometimes it has a French effect or a Japanese effect, or I’m using local S.B. uni.”

Whatever the influence, you can always bet on a good story. For example, at a recent sofra, as an ode to his mother, Onoglu served her favorite fish, branzino, stuffed with basil and zucchini to reflect her green eyes.

Chef Efe Onoglu Brings Aegean Cuisine to California

Before working as Chef de Cuisine at José Andrés’s Zaytinya in Washington, D.C., Onoglu was honing his cooking skills at home in Turkey, learning from his grandfather, a farmer; and his mother, an avid home cook. Those memories continue to inspire the dishes he makes today.

Another promise of Onoglu’s cuisine is a delicious spelt grain sourdough made with Draughtsmen spelt, toasted and served with a lovely whipped brown butter. It’s so addictive that each sofra begins with an admonition to not fill up on this comforting carb, since there are many more courses to come and you’ll want to enjoy them all.

“Mediterranean families spend more time in the kitchen than the living room,” Onoglu said of how his ambitions began. His hunger to explore and to cook led him to culinary school; to Cape Town, South Africa; and back to Turkey, where he opened two restaurants. That same exploratory spirit landed him a job at the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C., where Andrés recruited him for Zaytinya. He expanded to working at Boston’s Nahita, and then finally to California, where he cooked at Bavel in Los Angeles.

It was during the pandemic that he sought to escape the L.A. hustle and bustle with trips up to Santa Barbara, and he became the executive chef for Angel Oak at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. In 2022, Onoglu noticed everything was reopening and was itching to stretch his culinary wings once more, so he opened his catering company, Aegean Neotaverna, and started doing pop-up menus for Draughtsmen Aleworks, Old Town Coffee, and Brew Lab.

“When I met the people I now work with at Draughtsmen and had all these people supporting me on my real business, I realized this is not a fake place,” Onoglu said, noting his gratitude for and faith in the S.B. community. “It gave me the bravery to jump out of the corporate life.”

His Mediterranean menus featured every Wednesday at Draughtsmen include options like fresh and herbaceous dolmades served with labneh and dill; grilled asparagus salad with walnuts, feta, zhoug, confit tomatoes, and olives; or lamb kofte with a bright and zingy tzatziki. Other highlights at his sit-down multi-coursed sofras include more of a fine-dining lens, with dishes such as a beautiful lemon-koji-cured branzino served

“This creates personal connections with people. I know their allergies. I know their dietary preferences. We’ve created a trust between us,” Onoglu said.

The sofras feel like an intimate, undiscovered gem in Santa Barbara. In fact, the small group of eight other diners at our communal table seemed a bit wary that I was writing about this not-yet highly publicized dining experience. Onoglu’s following is both loyal and fierce. This is partly due to him consistently taking the time to get to know each customer. He’s even converted people who never thought they’d eat something like marinated beef liver into fullblown fans.

pickle. The actual meal is coursed out in individual servings, so you get the fun of family-style dining but the comfort of knowing your foraged chanterelle fricassee and Chilean sea bass is all yours.

Onoglu started hosting the sofras in 2023 and is hoping to take this idea and open a restaurant in 2024. “I have the momentum, and I have the crowd that I need,” he said.

Little touches like antique dinnerware, candles, and fun additions such as a shot of Draughtsmen’s Crimson and Clover Red Ale to complement a mussels course add novelty and surprise to the three-hour sofra experience. Guests can bring their own libations, and a fun spirit of sampling often spills over between tablematesturned-friends. Diners also share a generous selection of mezze platters, from roasted sweet-potato hummus with pickled blueberries to a wildly delicious artichoke salad, featuring crispy leaks, Parmigiano Reggiano, truffle oil, lime, and chives.

Fortunately, the serving sizes on these appetizers are plentiful, so no one’s fighting for the last house-made

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In the meantime, he plans to continue hosting his Tuesday night sofras, Wednesday pop-ups at Draughtsmen, and everything in between, such as collaboration dinners with local wineries and chefs, like the one he had last week up at the fantastic Peake Ranch Winery in Buellton in partnership with local fisher/forager Travis Meyer.

When you talk to Onoglu about his food, a relentless passion comes through clear as the crisp flavors of limoncello, cinnamon, and pear in one of his delightful sorbet palate cleansers.

“That’s why it’s worth standing on your feet eight hours a day,” Onoglu said of his true love for the art of cooking and entertaining.

Born from family memories, this drive has taken him through four continents and, hopefully for us, to a lasting home in S.B.

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Chef Efe Onoglu Guests enjoy one of the Aegean sofras held in Onoglu’s Eastside kitchen. Some shared plates include (from top) sweet potato hummus, brussels afelia, and beetroot tzatziki.

FROM CELEBRATED CHEF TO MEAT SALESMAN

Door-to-door meat salesman is not the future that Justin West envisioned 15 years ago, when his restaurant Julienne was widely touted as the best place to eat in Santa Barbara by none other than celeb-achef Anthony Bourdain. (His old menus, still visible on Yelp, would likely put Julienne atop the pack today as well.) But slanging strips and shrimps is much closer to #cheflife than a gardening career, which is what he was on the verge of starting during the dark days of the pandemic, following the divorce that closed Julienne and then the closure of two subsequent restaurants.

Far before then, though, West needed to escape the grueling, dawn-to-midnight routine running a bustling kitchen. “I knew that I wasn’t going to be a chef at that level any longer,” he said of his mindset when Julienne closed in late 2016. “I just love being a dad.”

As the son of a chef himself, he was confronting deeper psychological issues too. “I started to question why I’d ever done what I had done,” said West, who started cooking at age 11 in Eugene, Oregon, where his dad and uncles ran a popular barbecue joint. “I figured out that a lot of my cooking was driven by the desire to be better than my dad, which maybe wasn’t all that healthy, but it was the truth.”

Wildwood Kitchen which ran in The Mill from 2015 to 2018, hammered by the economic one-two punch of the 2017 Thomas Fire and subsequent 1/9 Debris Flow in 2018 was followed by SoulCal Smokehouse, which opened in the S.B. Public Market in January 2019. When that wasn’t working, West closed SoulCal in October 2019.

“That was one of the best business deci sions I’ve ever made, honestly,” said West, even though he and his partners ate $50,000 to pay all the vendors and shut down properly. “The pandemic happened four months later.”

He’d started driving Uber and Lyft, still in “full-on hustler-entrepreneur” mode, toting around a binder with new ideas that he’d bounce off passengers. He’d just taken a solid job with Pure Joy Cater ing when the pandemic hit, which killed all the company’s gigs as well as his driving business.

his meat vendors, and set up a deal to get her proteins directly, then added farmers’ market goods too. Through word of mouth, he was delivering food to 60 families around town, just helping people out and not really making money as he waited for COVID to blow over.

“Those were insanely long days,” said West, who called himself the Market Forager. “I’ve got a lot of respect for the UPS guys in town. You go crazy from driving 12 hours and never leaving Santa Barbara. I’d get home and think, ‘I could be in Oregon right now, but I’m still in Santa Barbara.’ ”

He decided to try something brand-new and was about to take a landscape job at Lotusland while launching his own gardening service. “My plan was to use my business acumen and name around town to just switch industries,” he said.

Like the rest of us, he was shopping for the last scraps of groceries at Lazy Acres during those first two weeks of slowing the spread. “It was just a madhouse they were sold out of everything,” said West. “It was an exciting time to be a chef. We can make food out of whatever is available. But I realized at that moment that many people are just straight-up afraid of their kitchen.”

He ran into a former Julienne regular with a cart full of stuff that she didn’t know how to cook. He told her to wait before checking out, went outside Lazy Acres, called

But right when he was about to start, one of his delivery customers called, said he could tell West was struggling, and put him in touch with a Venturabased meat dealer named Sean Cooney. They met on what West later realized was the birthday of his late father, who had died suddenly in 2011. Cooney taught him how to make a living out of delivering meat, selling him his first freezer box that West put into the bed of a Ford Ranger in October 2020.

“He’s been a father figure to me,” said West. “He mentored me in the meat and seafood game and taught me how to sell door to door.” The critical strategy was establishing steady clients. “If you don’t have a customer list that you’re actively building,” said West, “you’re never gonna make it.”

He spent 2021 doing that, avoiding private chef and consulting gigs to build up Market Forager. That’s around the time he knocked on my door, and sold me a

load of frozen meat. Our freezer is now regularly stocked with smartly packaged servings of steaks, mahi-mahi, scallops, pork chops, and even rather delicious chicken tenders, among specials like osso buco and grass-fed ground beef.

West is not a natural salesman “shitty” is how he describes his skills. But he loves talking up the food and sharing recipes, and that’s worked well enough to grow his customer base.

By 2022, he was working as a private chef again and consulting on projects. In the spring of 2023, he took on another job in charge of food and beverage at The Mission Club, a membership-driven golf course in Lompoc that’s open to the public. He developed a daily menu for the snack shack he renamed The Hook & Slice, and started doing Friday sit-down dinners at a steakhouse he called Range. “It’s been a great showroom for Market Forager,” said West, who sources proteins from his vendors for those menus.

Now he’s moving into the next phase by developing one-off wine dinners, testing the concept for Mission Club members though two initial dinners featuring MCV, a Paso Robles brand, and Transcendence, whose owners are club members. On March 5, West is preparing the first open-to-the-public wine dinner with Melville Winery, pairing five courses with bubbles, three pinot noirs, chardonnay, and syrah. The cost is $125 per person, including tax and tip.

“My whole goal is to build value in the club membership and be able to attract more members,” said West. “That’s the answer to success at the golf course.”

Meanwhile, he’s relaunched the Market Forager website, and is now selling subscription meat boxes. It’s been pivot after pivot, but this celebrated chef remains very much in the food game rather than trimming your hedges, all while being able to be a dad and hit the slopes in his free time. And today, probably only in Santa Barbara, one of the best chefs of a generation will show up at your front door with a box of meat, excited to suggest how to cook it for dinner.

See marketforager.com and missionclubgolf.com.

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of help to families in terms of food, counseling and classes for parents. The pandemic was a very difficult period for me.

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“The pandemic was a very di icult period for me. I was le jobless and homeless and very scared because of all the talk about COVID. I didn’t know what would happen in the future. But I did not give up,” said Alejandra.

LEAP ensured she had food for her children and the support she needed to get back on her feet. Alejandra joined LEAP as a health ambassador to help the other families facing similar challenges during the pandemic.

“LEAP has also given me the opportunity to further my education. They gave me a scholarship so I could take Early Childhood classes,” Alejandra shared.

I really love being with the children.

LEAP has also given me the opportunity to further my education. They gave me a scholarship so I could take Early Childhood classes. I graduated in May with my first 12 units as an infant teacher. I don’t like when a family goes through what I went through. It’s why I like working at LEAP. It allows me to help my community. When I have helped families and I see that smile and that gratitude, I feel happy.

Today, Alejandra is a dedicated Teacher at LEAP’s Children’s Center, providing caring support for children and their families.

Thank you LEAP for all the opportunities you have given me.

“When I have helped families and see them smile, I feel happy.”

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Alejandra’s Journey of Resilience

Thank you LEAP for all the opportunities you have given me.

When I finished the project with the FRC, I learned LEAP was hiring teaching aides for their Children’s Center. I decided to apply and got the job! I am very happy and I really love being with the children.

Thank you LEAP for all the opportunities you have given me.

I really love being with the children.

I don’t like when a family goes through what I went through. It’s why I like working at LEAP. It allows me to help my community. When I have helped families and I see that smile and that gratitude, I feel happy.

I really love being with the children.

I don’t like when a family goes through what I went through. It’s why I like working at LEAP. It allows me to help my community. When I have helped families and I see that smile and that gratitude, I feel happy.

LEAP has also given me the opportunity to further my education. They gave me a scholarship so I could take Early Childhood classes. I graduated in May with my first 12 units as an infant teacher.

LEAP has also given me the opportunity to further my education. They gave me a scholarship so I could take Early Childhood classes. I graduated in May with my first 12 units as an infant teacher.

I didn’t know what would happen in the future. But I did not give up. I kept fighting.

When I finished the project with the FRC, I learned LEAP was hiring teaching aides for their Children’s Center. I decided to apply and got the job! I am very happy and I really love being with the children.

I was left jobless and homeless and very scared because of all the talk about COVID.

I didn’t know what would happen in the future. But I did not give up. I kept fighting.

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I was left jobless and homeless and very scared because of all the talk about COVID.

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Later during the COVID pandemic I worked with the FRC as a health ambassador to help the community. I always like to be able to give them a hand in whatever I can because LEAP offers a lot of help to families in terms of food, counseling and classes for parents. The pandemic was a very difficult period for me.

I FIRST MET LE A P as a parent. I took the parenting classes through LEAP’s Family Resource Center (FRC)—this was many years ago. My daughter Valeria was a student at the Children’s Center at the time.

Later during the COVID pandemic I worked with the FRC as a health ambassador to help the community. I always like to be able to give them a hand in whatever I can because LEAP offers a lot of help to families in terms of food, counseling and classes for parents. The pandemic was a very difficult period for me.

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as a parent. I took the parenting classes through LEAP’s Family Resource Center (FRC)—this was many years ago. My daughter Valeria was a student at the Children’s Center at the time.

I FIRST MET LE A P as a parent. I took the parenting classes through LEAP’s Family Resource Center (FRC)—this was many years ago. My daughter Valeria was a student at the Children’s Center at the time.

Later during the COVID pandemic I worked with the FRC as a health ambassador to help the community. I always like to be able to give them a hand in whatever I can because LEAP offers a lot of help to families in terms of food, counseling and classes for parents.

The pandemic was a very difficult period for me. I was left jobless and homeless and very scared because of all the talk about COVID.

I didn’t know what would happen in the future. But I did not give up. I kept fighting.

When I finished the project with the FRC, I learned LEAP was hiring teaching aides for their Children’s Center. I decided to apply and got the job! I am very happy and I really love being with the children.

LEAP has also given me the opportunity to further my education. They gave me a scholarship so I could take Early Childhood classes. I graduated in May with my first 12 units as an infant teacher.

I don’t like when a family goes through what I went through. It’s why I like working at LEAP. It allows me to help my community. When I have helped families and I see that smile and that gratitude, I feel happy.

I really love being with the children.

Thank you LEAP for all the opportunities you have

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WINE for a WAR-TORN WORLD

Tense with risk, sprinkled with subterfuge, and inspirational in outcome, the mission to produce the first commercially made wine from grapes grown in Iran since the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution follows the arc of a spy novel.

But this quest truly did take place in the fall of 2021, and it was captured scene-by-scene, from its surprise conception to those celebratory first pours, as the subject of a new documentary film. And though stocks of that resulting wine are already dwindling, you can still purchase a $90 bottle of Molana to try a nearly forgotten grape called rasheh grown in the Sardasht hills of northwestern Iran.

How a Documentary About an Armenian Winemaker Created Iran’s First Wine in Decades

“This film was supposed to be a very different movie,” explains Jason Wise, director of Cup of Salvation, which has been playing to sold-out crowds in theaters from Chicago to New York City since last fall and will be released by the streaming service SOMM TV on February 23. Over five years in production, the documentary morphed from a wide-ranging story about how an ancient beverage became available in every corner store to a much tighter profile of Vahe Keushguerian, the winemaker who decided to find and export grapes from Iran to his winery in neighboring Armenia.

Wise was in that country which, like Iran, Georgia, and other lands that touch the Caucasus Mountains, is also considered a birthplace of wine to cover an archaeological excavation of what may be the world’s oldest winery, dating back to 4,000 BCE. When he met Keushguerian, whose modern Keush Winery is located near that historic winemaking cave, the two hit it off over multiple bottles of wine.

“He just casually mentioned that we were a mile from the Iranian border,” recalled Wise. “I couldn’t believe it. Iran might as well have been the moon. I couldn’t get over it.”

Wise and his team from SOMM TV best known for their series of Somm films followed Keushguerian and his daughter, Aimee Keushguerian, as they made wine in Armenia, some of it along the border with the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. This separatist region of ethnic Armenians won independence from Azerbaijan in 1994 as the result of a brutal war that followed the breakup of the Soviet Union.

But since then, Nagorno-Karabakh or Artsakh, as Armenians prefer to call it had existed in a limbo state, recognized only by Armenia and threatened con-

stantly by Azerbaijan. I know the region and its wine industry better than most, having spent nearly a month there in 2004 on a reporting trip with war photographer Jonathan Alpeyrie that helped to launch my own wine journalism career. Our trip led to a cover story in this newspaper as well as a long feature for Wine Spectator magazine, which published the following year.

In 2020, with harvest underway and Wise’s cameras rolling, Azerbaijan ignited a new war to reclaim the region, seeking to evict the Armenians whose families had lived there for generations, perhaps even millennia. Azerbaijan’s attacks crept close to the Armenian border, where Keushguerian was forced to harvest grapes as battles raged nearby.

“There is no way to put in words how stressful that filming was,” said Wise. “It was very dangerous. It was a wild process.”

ARMENIA TO IRAN

Keushguerian survived, but like Armenians everywhere, he was angry. He was emboldened to do something even riskier: gamble his freedom just to remind people about the history of wine in this corner of the world, including Iran.

He was particularly intrigued that, despite a winemaking culture that even predates the Persian empire, Iran banned all forms of alcohol during the Islamic revolution 45 years ago. Like many Iranian expatriates who fled during that time, Keushguerian worried that Iran’s ancient grape varieties could soon be lost. But actually saving them remained a dream until the struggles of Keushguerian’s own people made him realize that he had little to lose.

“I didn’t go to make a statement,” said Keushguerian, who plotted to use his Armenian passport to enter Iran as a tourist, find the country’s historic wine grape varieties, export them back to his winery as table fruit, and then make wine. “I went there as a winemaker to discover and to give wine lovers one more thing to taste.”

Since commercial wine production hasn’t been allowed under Iran’s Islamic rulers since 1979, Keushguerian first had to play agricultural detective. He started in the capital of Tehran, then found his way back toward Armenia in Iran’s northwest corner, where Kurdish people grow grapes in the hills of Sardasht. “It was a shot in the dark,” admitted Keushguerian. “Where the hell are the vineyards?”

It was also hard to communicate what he needed in wine grapes compared to what these farmers were used to selling as eating grapes. “There’s a disconnect between what we know of wine and what they’re saying,” said Keushguerian. “Look, show me the leaves. The grapes have to be small, and with seeds.”

Once they understood his intentions, the Kurds didn’t seem to care much about the potential rules being broken, and helped Keushguerian find “splotches of vineyard on top of the mountains.” There, at 1,500 meters in elevation, where farmers worked the land with donkeys, Keushguerian found the rasheh grape, an ancient variety that makes a lighter red wine.

“Having these vineyards for thousands of years, the grape varieties have been selected over time to give good results on that land,” said Keushguerian. “I toyed with the idea of making sparkling wine in Iran. It was doable, but that’s seriously illegal.”

Instead, he bought the rasheh grapes, hired a refrigerated truck, and had the grapes driven across the border into Armenia right to his winery. With his daughter, Aimee, he crafted Molana, whose label touts “Iranian Winemaking in Exile.” Especially given the challenges, the wine is remarkable: lightly bodied yet engaging with acidity and texture, offering crisp red fruit and delicate spice notes.

Despite the international intrigue, the tensest part of the film might be when Vahe and Aimee show their wine to sommeliers and winemakers in New York and California. “That’s the only time Vahe gets nervous in the whole movie,” laughed Wise. “He went through a war, then he goes into Iran maybe he didn’t break Islamic laws by transporting fruit, but he duped the government; that’s scary. But he’s shaking in his boots when it’s time to have someone taste the wine. That’s when you know this dude is an artist.”

TRUE TERROIR

The story’s heart, however, is when bottles of Molana reach Moe Momtazi, who fled Iran during the 1979 revolution with his pregnant wife. Today, he owns Maysara Winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where he makes biodynamic pinot noir with his wife and three daughters.

“You can smell the dust,” he tells his daughter, who surprised him with a bottle on camera. “I can smell the place,” Momtazi continues, with tears welling in his eyes. “I’m serious.”

For Wise, who considers Cup of Salvation his best film to date, this is the true power of wine. “It’s about land that matters to people because people are from it,” he explained. “When you can use wine as a proxy for the idea of missing a place, that, in my opinion, is what terroir really is.”

This message is even more poignant now for the Keushguerians, as Azerbaijan reclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh after brief skirmishes in September 2023, forcing more than 100,000 ethnic Armenians to evacuate. On January 1, 2024, via terms of the cease-fire, the nearly 30-year-old republic was wiped off the map, as were the handful of wineries and vineyards that operated there.

Keushguerian doesn’t know whether he will ever be able to taste wines from those mountains again, but he’s investing in his homeland’s winemaking future, even developing a cooperative vineyard of grape varieties from NagornoKarabakh for those displaced winemakers to start anew in Armenia.

“Armenia is on a good trajectory,” he said. “It’s not a household name yet, but now we are able to attract people who are excited about the narrative of it.”

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Santa Barbara County Women Winemakers and Culinarians Raise Their Hands to Celebrate

and Support Other Women

Culinarians” is a brand-new word to me, as it is to Karen Steinwachs, one of the founding organizers of the annual Santa Barbara County women winemakers fundraising event that has renamed itself the “Women Winemakers & Culinarians Celebration” in honor of the delicious intersection of wine and food that this now three-day extravaganza extols March 8-10.

The “culinarians” moniker came from Chef Brooke Stockwell, another founding organizer (who incidentally graced the January 2020 Indy “Chef Ink” cover story I wrote about chefs and their tattoos, which was one my first big features for the paper before I joined the staff). Stockwell, who is now the executive chef at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café, “keeps getting more and more chefs and caterers and food purveyors and specialty people,” said Steinwachs. “She suggested that we should add ‘culinarian,’ which I didn’t think was a word; I thought she made it up, and so did she. But it turns out to actually be a word. And it’s appropriate, right? So that they get the recognition that they deserve as well.”

Steinwachs, the longtime winemaker for Buttonwood Farm Winery who now concentrates on her own Seagrape Wine Company brand, continued, “We pour bottles of wine, and that’s pretty darn easy, but they [the all-women group of chefs] have to get up early and make something and bring it there, make sure it’s hot or cold it’s a lot more complicated than what the winemakers do that day. So it’s pretty thrilling. And hopefully, we get more and more and more of them.”

Among the culinarians that Stockwell as brought together this year are: Taylor Tate, peasants FEAST; Joy

more announcements to come.

The weekend’s events in commemoration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month all of which benefit the new “She Raised Her Hand” initiative (sheraisedherhand.com), which provides opportunities for women to find community, purpose, and strength in their identity as veterans kick off with “Sips and Shenanigans: A Sassy Soirée” at Fess Parker Winery on Friday, March 8. “It’s a dressy affair, because you know, every once in a while, we get to take off those work boots,” laughs Steinwachs, who said Fess Parker’s delicious “Fesstivity” sparkling wines will be featured as well as additional Fess Parker pours and “bites” from Sarah Price’s Sassafras Catering and wines from a panel that features women who are the “wind beneath the wings” for winemakers and culinarians, such as enologists, sous chefs, assistant winemakers, vineyard owners, grape growers, farmers, and restaurant owners.

Not only that, the host will be Anna Vocino, a Santa Ynez Valley resident, founder of Eat Happy Kitchen, comic (Snapped: Killer Couples, Jimmy Kimmel Live!), voice-over actor, and your typical multitasker female who will also bring in fellow funny women Jessica Keenan (HBO’s Entre Nos), and Mav Viola (Comedy Central/Featuring and the upcoming Netflix Is a Joke) to entertain guests. “She’s amazing and hilarious,” says Steinwachs of Vocino, who organized the comedy component.

Tickets are available at fessparker.com/winery-events

On Saturday, March 9, the Grand Tasting event will be at 27 Vines on the outskirts of Santa Ynez this year and will feature more than 30 woman winemakers and more than one dozen female chefs/culinarians (all of whom are required to be present to participate in the event). The tasting has once again sold out weeks in advance of the event.

Joining Steinwachs is a roster of her fellow women

winemakers that reads like who’s-who of the Santa Barbara County wine world: Lane Tanner, Lumen Wines; Kathy Joseph, Fiddlehead Cellars; Helen Falcone, Falcone Family Vineyards; Alison Thomson, Lepiane Wines; Gretchen Voelcker, Piazza Family Wines and Luna Hart Wines; Laura Hughes, Loubud Wines and Sanford Winery & Vineyards; Dana Volk, Dana V. Wines and Happy Mommy Wines; Sonja Magdevski, Casa Dumetz Wines, Clementine Carter, and The Feminist Party; Jessica Gasca, Story of Soil; Wynne Solomon, Peake Ranch Winery; Samra Morris, Alma Rosa Winery; Alice Anderson, âmevive; Megan McGrath Gates, Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards and Toccata; Kristin Bryden, Zaca Mesa Winery; Amy Christine, Holus Bolus; Claire Wilson, Provignage; Sunny Doench Stricker, Future Perfect Wine; Allyson Bycraft, Babcock Winery & Vineyards; Anna deLaski, Solminer Wine Co.; Brittany Rice, Sunstone Winery; Kristin Harris Luis, Cote of Paint Wine; Christi Heck, Lavender Oak Vineyard; Brit Zotovich, Dreamcôte Wine Co.; Magan Eng, Kunin Wines; Jill DelaRiva Russell, Cambria Winery; Adrienne Rule, Rideau Vineyard; Clarissa Nagy, Riverbench Vineyard & Winery; Amber Hogan, Amber Rose Wines; Alisa Jacobson, Turning Tide Wines; Angela Osborne, A Tribute to Grace Wine Company; and Angela Soleno, Turiya Wines, with more announcements to come.

Concluding the weekend festivities on Sunday, March 10, is the Women Winemakers’ “Bubbly Brunch,” created by Executive Chef Rhoda Magbitang of The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern and the host of this special event. Featuring sparklers and “breakfast wines” from the participating women winemakers, the morning starts out with bubbles and then segues into a brunch, with a selection of white, rosé, and red wines from Alma Rosa Winery, Amber Rose Wines, Future Perfect, Kunin Wines, Loubud, Luna Hart, Seagrape Wine Company, and more.

Tickets are available at aubergeresorts.com/matteistavern/ experiences

“I always have to say that men are welcome too,” adds Steinwachs with a laugh.

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Chocolate Tours

Irecently stopped by Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolates at 428 East Haley Street to buy a 20-pack, which pretty much gives you one of everything they offer. I learned that the business offers one-hour “chocolate tours” several times per week that includes learning about the process of making chocolate and a visit to their demonstration greenhouse at the back of their factory to see what a cacao plant looks like, what a vanilla orchid looks like, plus a demonstration of hand pollination of cacao blossoms. You also receive a sampling of all of their products. I also learned that that owner Mike Orlando recently opened a greenhouse in Goleta to grow cacao, though it is not part of the tour. The Guided Chocolate Factory Tour costs $15, and the Wine and Chocolate Pairing and Factory Tour costs $60. You can make reservations online at twentyfourblackbirds.com

EASTER OFFERINGS AT FINCH & FORK: Easter dining will be available at Finch & Fork, located within the Kimpton Canary Hotel, 31 West Carrillo Street. Guests can choose one entrée from a selection of dishes, including bacon and spring onion quiche with watercress salad; kimchi Benedict with crisp pork belly; potato gnocchi with ridgeback shrimp; charred ramps and new potato cream; and more. In addition to their main entrée, guests will enjoy buffet-style starters, salads, and desserts. Options available at the buffet include coastal white fish ceviche; Finch & Fork deviled eggs; black garlic Caesar salad; and latte crème brûlée, to name a few. Price is $68 for adults and $32 for children under 12. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations are available via OpenTable. See finchandforkrestaurant.com

RESTAURANT OPENINGS: Here is a list of area eateries that have opened in the last 12 months:

· February 2024: Best BBQ, 716 State St.; Cookie Plug, 918 State St.; Silvers Omakase, 224 Helena Ave.; Yummy Thai, 5918 Hollister Ave.

· January 2024: Bruxie, 12 W. De la Guerra St.; Oakberry Açaí, 6580 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista

· December 2023: Café La Fonda, 129 E. Anapamu St.; Mister Softee, 935 State St.; Santa Barbara Sunshine Café, 5711 Calle Real

· November 2023: Azul Cocina, 7 E. Anapamu St.; Dang Burger, 5080 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria; Juniper on Fourth, 478 4th Pl., Solvang; Pueblo Del Pollo, 6578 Trigo Road, Isla Vista

· October 2023: Santa Barbara Fish Market, 7127 Hollister Ave., Ste. 18; Santa Barbara Pizza House, 515 State St.

· September 2023: Crumbl Cookies, 5660 Calle Real; Pizza Mizza, 1114 State St.

· August 2023: Asia 101, 903 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista; Linden Hall, 890 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Mollie’s Italian Deli, 1039 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria

· July 2023: Chick-fil-A (reopened), 3707 State St.; Maria’s Tacos, 6545 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Social Eats, 6521 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Terra, 5490 Hollister Ave. (inside The Steward hotel); The Kitchen (inside Calvary Chapel), 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez, Ste. 21

· June 2023: KOZY Craft Coffee, 6560 Pardall Rd., Ste. C, Isla Vista; Pokéwaves, 4791 Calle Real, Ste. 102

· May 2023: Goodland Waffles and Melts, 1131 State St.; I.V. Pizza Pub, 6533 Trigo Rd., Ste. 108, Isla Vista; Kin Bakeshop, 199 S. Turnpike Rd., Ste. 103; Los Altos, 5892 Hollister Ave.

· April 2023: Beast Taqueria, 634 State St. (inside M. Special); Draughtsmen Aleworks, 1631 Mission St., Solvang; Sweet Reef Boba, 620 State St.; Taqueria La Unica, 3771 State St.; Three Pickles Deli, 1436 Chapala St.

· March 2023: Rascal’s Vegan Food, 432 E. Haley St., Ste. A; Three Monkeys, 38 W. Victoria St., Ste. 115

· February 2023: Dawn Café, 524 State St.; Gala, 705 Anacapa St.; Kaz To-Go Japanese Food, 3613 State St.; Maíz Picante Taquería, 2714 De la Vina St.

John

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ALEXANDRA KING’S BALLET SERAGLIO COMING TO SANTA BARBARA

Performances like Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story are enduring stories of love, but Alexandra King has transformed the tried-and-true tales of forbidden love in her ballet Seraglio, which is coming to the Arlington Theatre on March 2.

King, an award-winning dancer and choreographer, is known as a highly respected expert in the field of cultural dances from North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. It was after watching Carlos Saura’s film Carmen that King was inspired and conceived Seraglio

“Turkey and Greece have been at war for hundreds of years, which really prompted me to write this ballet in 1985,” King said.

The audience can expect groundbreaking dance with amazing sets and costumes, and King said there’s a balance of light

humor and heavy immigration themes, creating a stimulating night at the ballet for every audience member.

The cast consists of a diverse community of 41 dancers, all from different walks of life and backgrounds in dance. They’ve been through illnesses, injuries, bad weather, and much more, but are committed to the magic of the ballet and have been getting better every day, King reports.

“We’ve established a really strong bond and community between the dancers, which is really amazing,” said King.

When asked what her favorite part of writing, producing, and rehearsing this production is, King gave an insightful response: “Besides the community, it really is the writing part. I’ve been working towards a film career, so I’ve been testing the waters for the capacity of how much I can take on I had to expand my work and make Seraglio a full blown, two-hour ballet, which has been an experience.”

about star-crossed lovers in the dying Ottoman Empire.

“This is a legacy work; this is the last big thing I’m doing,” King said. “It’s a dance production that I hope lasts forever and inspires other dancers who are interested in cultural dance theater.” —Kira Logan

The performance includes mostly Turkish and Greek dances, with “a little bit of belly dance,” all surrounded by intricate sets and sparkly costumes. The ballet tells a story

Seraglio takes place for one night only at the Arlington Theatre (1317 State St.) on Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Arlington Box Office, or at axs.com/events/525132/ seraglio-folkloric-ballet-tickets.

THE CRUCIBLE MEETS THE CALIFORNIANS IN UCSB’S NEW PRODUCTION

Locally, The Crucible will be presented by the UCSB Department of Theater & Dance, helmed by guest director Lisa Benavides-Nelson. “I wasn’t a fan of Miller’s work before beginning this production,” she says. “His plays seemed strident and shouty this play in particular…. Then I started working on it and I realized: It’s bigger than all of us.”

The play revolves around Salem community stalwart John Proctor (Nicholas Enea); his wife, Elizabeth (Phoebe Alva); and teenager Abigail Williams (Vivian Oxley), who accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft. Enea calls his character “a man defined by his values and commitments. The inner turmoil he goes through as he breaks his own values due to personal weakness is heartbreaking.” Alva describes Elizabeth

as a woman who maintains integrity, even in the face of unspeakable obstacles. Oxley describes Abigail as smart, charming, and self-preserving. “She learns of the power she holds over the authority figures in her life … and finds joy in controlling those who once controlled her,” she says. “I’ve found great fulfillment in understanding Abigail as a resilient and powerful young woman rather than a villain.”

In UCSB’s production of The Crucible, the characters are not Puritan settlers, but a tight-knit California community built on the shared goals of living sustainably and eco-consciously. “What would it be like to live in one of these microgrid communities, removing yourself from technology and mass consumption?” Benavides-Nelson asks, adding that she is less interested in witches than she is in the stories adults create in their minds to vilify other people and how staunchly they will defend their beliefs. —Maggie

The Crucible plays March 5-10 at the UCSB Performing Arts Theatre. See theaterdance.ucsb.edu/news/event/1043.

Avast, ye scurvy dogs! Treasure Island, a swashbuckling tale of adventure, takes the stage at SBCC’s Garvin Theatre. This beloved story by Robert Louis Stevenson follows young Jim Hawkins, who is swept up in a pirate treasure hunt. The SBCC Theatre Group presents Bryony Lavery’s theatrical adaptation of the story, which presents Jim as a young woman in over her head on the bounding main rather than the traditional young lad.

“At its heart, it’s still the adventure story everyone loved as a kid,” says director Michael Bernard. “But it does look at the relationship of why boys were allowed to go on adventures, but girls weren’t. What happens when a young girl says, ‘I’m going to go on an adventure?’” Played in this production by Emiliana Jasper, Jim keeps her eyes open for an opportunity to escape the banality of an innkeeper’s life.

“Occasionally, she bumps up against people who say, ‘Girls aren’t allowed to do that,’” says Bernard, “and she has that pride to say, ‘I can do whatever I want.’”

There’s much to look forward to in Treasure Island, from a three-story revolving set to sword fights high above the stage floor. The set changes are done by the cast while singing sea shanties, as though toiling on the deck of a ship. And if singing, sword-fighting pirates wasn’t enough, there’s also an animatronic parrot on the shoulder of famed seaman Long John Silver (played by Brian Harwell).

Eerie, thrilling, and humorous, Treasure Island is a theater piece that reminds us of the importance of adventure. —MY

See Treasure Island at the Garvin Theatre March 1-16 (previews are February 28-29). A note: While this is a children’s story, be warned that the stage violence warrants the equivalent of a PG-13 movie rating. Keep little ones at home, but older kids will enjoy this classic tale of glory on the high seas. Tickets can be purchased by calling (805) 965-5935 or online at theatregroupsbcc.com.

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arsing through the musical history of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship may be a bit of a zig-zag, but one thing is clear the band’s iconic sound of the ’60s, ’70s, and on through the 2020 record Mother of the Sun will be onstage at The Granada Theatre on Sunday, March 3. (And yes, the Granada has assured us that their recent water damage is on track to be fixed and the stage will be ready to rock ’n’ roll.)

I spoke to Cathy Richardson who celebrates her 16th anniversary as Jefferson Starship’s front woman in March about what we can expect from the show, which is part of their Live on Cloud 9 Tour with the Marshall Tucker Band.

“We try to mix it up. We don’t want to do the exact same show every single night. Then again, there’s certain songs that people want to hear every single show: ‘White Rabbit,’ ‘Somebody to Love,’ ‘We Built This City,’ ‘Jane,’ ‘Find Your Way Back,’ the big Starship hits. … We’re gonna play all the all the greatest hits of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship,” said Richardson, speaking from her home in Chicago, where the band was about to take off to perform at Rock Legends Cruise XI, which sounds like an amazing floating music festival alongside other legendary artists like Sammy Hagar, Bret Michaels, Rick Springfield, The Immediate Family, Collective Soul, and Canned Heat, to name a few.

In all of their shows, “we’re going to give the fans a trip down memory lane,” said Richardson, who reminisced a bit about her own Starship memories. “Growing up, I was a legit big fan. I have all the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship on vinyl. And I didn’t have a huge record collection. When I was a kid growing up, they were absolutely one of my favorite bands. And I would go to the concerts, and I still have my T-shirts with holes in them and stuff,” she recalls. “So yeah, it was an absolute mind bomb to be invited to sing with the band. And you know, we’ve gone through a lot of changes. So it was like maybe at the point when I joined it [2008], Jefferson Starship sounded better on paper than it actually was. But for all these years, we’ve managed to bring the band up to the A-list where it belongs.”

The current band and album feature Richardson and (Jefferson Airplane alum) David Freiberg on vocals and guitar, Jude Gold on lead guitar, Chris Smith on keys, and (Starship alum) Donny Baldwin on drums and backing vocals. In addition, the original Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick co-wrote one of the songs, and bassist Pete Sears plays on several tracks.

“It’s been just such a ride,” says Richardson. “And such a trip to get to write a song with Grace Slick, and be in a band with David and [the late Paul Kantner] for many years and Donny, Marty [Balin] at times…. So I’ve gotten to really meet most of the original members that were still alive. It’s been such a cool thing in my life.”

As for the thing that’s kept the sound authentic to its roots for all of these years, “a lot of it is the harmonies, and David Freiberg’s voice is all over all of that stuff. … Those voices in that harmony group, their texture, and their timbre is what makes it so familiar, you know?” says Richardson.

Far from the heart-song of Sandra Cisneros’ 1984 signature “The House on Mango Street,”

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“When I joined the band when Paul was still alive, we made a record of folk songs, and the three of us sat around the room, we each had our own mic, but we were all looking at each other and just singing in harmony live together. And it was just the sound of it. The way it rang was just so cool. It’s been amazing to sing in this band because of that part of it.” —Leslie

The Marshall Tucker Band & Jefferson Starship Live on Cloud 9 Tour is at The Granada Theatre (1214 State St.) on Sunday, March 3, at 7 p.m. See granadasb.org.

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WEEK OF FEBRUARY 29

ARIES

(Mar. 21-Apr. 19): In my astrological estimation, the coming weeks will be an ideal time for you to declare amnesty, negotiate truces, and shed long-simmering resentments. Other recommended activities: find ways to joke about embarrassing memories, break a bad habit just because it’s fun to do so, and throw away outdated stuff you no longer need. Just do the best you can as you carry out these challenging assignments; you don’t have to be perfect. For inspiration, read these wise words from poet David Whyte: “When you forgive others, they may not notice, but you will heal. Forgiveness is not something we do for others; it is a gift to ourselves.”

TAURUS

(Apr. 20-May 20): Many of you Tauruses have a robust capacity for doing diligent, effective work. Many of you also have a robust capacity for pursuing sensual delights and cultivating healing beauty. When your mental health is functioning at peak levels, these two drives to enjoy life are complementary; they don’t get in each other’s way. If you ever fall out of your healthy rhythm, these two drives may conflict. My wish for you in the coming months is that they will be in synergistic harmony, humming along with grace. That’s also my prediction: I foresee you will do just that.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20): Many people choose wealthy entertainers and celebrity athletes for their heroes. It doesn’t bother me if they do. Why should it? But the superstars who provoke my adoration are more likely to be artists and activists. Author Rebecca Solnit is one. Potawatomi biologist and author Robin Wall Kimmerer. The four musicians in the Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha. Poet Rita Dove and novelist Haruki Murakami. My capacity to be inspired by these maestros seems inexhaustible. What about you, Gemini? Who are the heroes who move you and shake you in all the best ways? Now is a time to be extra proactive in learning from your heroes and rounding up new heroes to be influenced by.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22): Your homework assignment is to work on coordinating two issues that are key to your life’s purpose. The first of these issues is your fervent longing to make your distinctive mark on this crazy, chaotic world. The second issue is your need to cultivate sweet privacy and protective self-care. These themes may sometimes seem to be opposed. But with even just a little ingenious effort, you can get them to weave together beautifully. Now is a good time to cultivate this healing magic.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22): If you don’t recognize the face in the mirror right now, that’s a good thing. If you feel unfamiliar feelings rising up in you or find yourself entertaining unusual longings, those are also good things. The voice of reason may say you should be worried about such phenomena. But as the voice of mischievous sagacity, I urge you to be curious and receptive. You are being invited to explore fertile possibilities that have previously been unavailable or off-limits. Fate is offering you the chance to discover more about your future potentials. At least for now, power can come from being unpredictable and investigating taboos.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I invite you to study the fine art of sacred intimacy in the coming weeks. Life’s rhythms will redound in your favor as you enjoy playing tenderly and freely with the special people you care for. To aid you in your efforts, here are three questions to ponder. (1) What aspects of togetherness might flourish if you approach them with less solemnity and more fun? (2) Could you give more of yourself to your relationships in ways that are purely enjoyable, not done mostly out of duty? (3) Would you be willing to explore the possibility that the two of you could educate and ripen each other’s dark sides?

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Creativity teacher Roger von Oech tells how bandleader Count Basie asked a club owner to fix his piano. It was always out of tune. A few weeks later, the owner called Basie to say everything was good. But when Basie arrived to play, the piano still had sour notes. “I thought you said you fixed it!” Basie complained. The owner said, “I did. I painted it.” The moral of the story for the rest of us, concludes von Oech, is that we’ve got to solve the right problems. I want you Libras to do that in the coming weeks. Make sure you identify what really needs changing, not some distracting minor glitch.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Most of us have received an inadequate or downright poor education about love and intimate togetherness. Given how much misinformation and trivializing propaganda we have absorbed, it’s amazing any of us have figured out how to create healthy, vigorous relationships. That’s the bad news, Scorpio. The good news is that you are cruising through a sustained phase of your astrological cycle when you’re far more likely than usual to acquire vibrant teachings about this essential part of your life. I urge you to draw up a plan for how to take maximum advantage of the cosmic opportunity. For inspiration, here’s poet Rainer Maria Rilke: “For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation.” (Translation by Stephen Mitchell.)

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The myths and legends of many cultures postulate the existence of spirits who are mischievous but not malevolent. They play harmless pranks. Their main purpose may be to remind us that another world, a less material realm, overlaps with ours. And sometimes, the intention of these ethereal tricksters seems to be downright benevolent. They nudge us out of our staid rhythms, mystifying us with freaky phenomena that suggest reality is not as solid and predictable as we might imagine. I suspect you may soon have encounters with some of these characters: friendly poltergeists, fairies, ghosts, sprites, or elves. My sense is that they will bring you odd but genuine blessings.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Some studies suggest that less than half of us have best friends. Men are even less likely to have beloved buddies than the other genders do. If you are one of these people, the coming weeks and months will be an excellent time to remedy the deficiency. Your ability to attract and bond with interesting allies will be higher than usual. If you do have best friends, I suggest you intensify your appreciation for and devotion to them. You need and deserve companions who respect you deeply, know you intimately, and listen well. But you’ve got to remember that relationships like these require deep thought, hard work, and honest expressions of feelings!

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Among all the zodiac signs, you Aquarians are among the best at enjoying a bird’s-eye perspective on the world. Soaring high above the mad chatter and clatter is your birthright and specialty. I love that about you, which is why I hardly ever shout up in your direction, “Get your ass back down to earth!” However, I now suspect you are overdue to spend some quality time here on the ground level. At least temporarily, I advise you to trade the bird’s-eye view for a worm’s-eye view. Don’t fret. It’s only for a short time. You’ll be aloft again soon.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-Mar. 20): In old Hawai‘i, the people loved their deities but also demanded productive results. If a god stopped providing worshipers with what they wanted, they might dismiss him and adopt a replacement. I love that! And I invite you to experiment with a similar approach in the coming weeks. Are your divine helpers doing a good job? Are they supplying you with steady streams of inspiration, love, and fulfillment? If not, fire them and scout around for substitutes. If they are performing well, pour out your soul in gratitude.

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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Works independently or as part of a team composed of trade and/or multi‑trade workers and helpers. Performs maintenance carpentry work. Incumbent works from blueprints, drawings, models, or structural woodwork and equipment; build, repair, and install bins, cribs, counters, benches, partitions, doors, floors, stairs, casings, and trim using a variety of carpenter hand and power tools and standard measuring instruments; install ceiling and floor tiles, sheet rock, paneling, masonite, and wall coverings; replace and seal windows; may build cabinets and other wooden equipment in a shop using wood working machines such as a table saw, planer, and jointer; make shop computations relating to dimensions and fabrication of work; select necessary materials; and instruct semi‑skilled or unskilled assistants. Reqs: 1‑3 years ‑ Relevant experience repairing structural woodwork and equipment. Ability to work from blueprints, drawings, or oral instructions in constructing and Ability to work from blueprints, drawings, or oral instructions in constructing and repairing structural woodwork and equipment. Experience building, repairing, and installing counters, cabinets, benches, partitions, floors, doors, building framework and trim using carpenters’ hand and power tools; experience installing ceiling and floor tiles. Knowledge of woodworking machines such as a table saw, planer, and jointer; experience working in a woodworking shop. Notes: 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.

Salary Rate: $43.38/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.ucsb.edu Job # 65042

CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST

UCSB, STUDENT HEALTH

Assist in the overall operation of the clinical laboratory of the Student Health Service by performing the duties of testing personnel (as specified by CLIA 88) in the specialties of hematology, urinalysis, clinical microscopy, diagnostic immunology, chemistry, microbiology, and virology/molecular diagnostics. Other duties include specimen processing, phlebotomy, data entry and instrument preventative maintenance and troubleshooting. Must possess a high degree of accuracy and precision. Must be capable of working independently while maintaining compliance with existing laws, regulations and policies. Must have the ability to communicate effectively with clinicians, patients, health service staff and visitors. Is capable of fast, accurate laboratory work while doing multiple procedures. Training and experience must comply with Federal CLIA 88 requirements for personnel of high complexity testing. Is familiar with common laboratory analyzers, equipment and Laboratory Information Systems. Maintains the equipment and the entire work area in a clean, presentable fashion to preclude injury to self and others. Adheres to safety and infection control policies and procedures.

Reqs: Bachelor’s degree. Graduation from college with Bachelor of Science degree in major of appropriate scientific field. Current California

Clinical Laboratory Scientists license at all times during employment. 3 – 5 years of training and experience sufficient to comply with Federal CLI 88 requirements for personnel of high complexity testing. Familiar with all laboratory equipment, including Hematology, Microbiology, Urinalysis, Molecular and Chemistry analyzers and other standard laboratory equipment. Notes: Mandated reporting requirements of Child Abuse. Must successfully complete and pass the background check and credentialing process before employment and date of hire. To comply with Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Health Officer Order, this position must provide evidence of annual influenza vaccination, or wear a surgical mask while working in patient care areas during the influenza season. Any HIPAA or FERPA violation is subject to disciplinary action. Student Health is closed between the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Budgeted

Hourly Range: $39.32 ‑ $49.88/hr.

Full Salary Range: $39.32‑ $57.33/ 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.ucsb.edu

Job # 58194

COMMUNITY FINANCIAL FUND ADVISOR

ASSOCIATED STUDENTS

Establishes and implements procedures for the Community Financial Fund. Provides training in financial literacy, coordinates grants and oversees loans, serves as liaison with the Financial Aid office and advises students on the Community Financial Fund Committee. Provides guidance and counsel to Business and Finance Committee members in their responsibility to properly advise A.S. organizations and student groups. Assists Business and Finance Committee chair in training students to present workshops regarding the expenditure of funds, financial policies and administrative procedures. Conducts workshops for A.S. staff, A.S. Boards and Committees and student organizations as needed to include information on all A.S. Financial Policies and University Policies and Procedures. Basic Needs

Resource: Connects students with the appropriate basic needs resources on‑ and off campus, serving as the liaison to AS and community resources.

Notes: Satisfactory conviction history background check. Notes: Must be able to work occasional evenings.

Hiring/Budgeted Salary or Hourly

Range: $28.38 ‑ $33.18/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 3/11/24. Apply online at https://jobs.ucsb.edu Job #65245

COORDINATOR OF DONOR RELATIONS & STEWARDSHIP, ENGINEERING & THE SCIENCES

OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT

Designs, implements, and manages the stewardship program for all donors, including, but not limited to, the top‑tier major gift donors to optimize philanthropic support for the Deans’ priorities for the College of Engineering (COE) and the College of Letters & Science Division of Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences (MLPS). Assesses needs for donor relations, creates and develops annual impact reports and a stewardship plan, interfaces with donors at events, and interfaces with campus units and Development Officers (DOs) to facilitate stewardship efforts. Plans, designs, and produces strategic financial and performance impact reports, and video acknowledgments productions and manages acknowledgment and recognition processes. Designs, updates, automates, and manages stewardship program tracking and assessment spreadsheets and analyses data. Plans, executes and directs development‑related events for the Division of Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences and the College of Engineering that aim to promote the advancement goals of UC Santa Barbara, including special events (investitures, campus visits, and dedications), development events (breakfasts, luncheons, receptions, and dinners), and off‑campus events. Provides content, design, and formatting input for event materials, while simultaneously coordinating the identification and procurement of goods and services for each event. They must sustain positive and mutually rewarding relations between the university and its donors.

Reqs: Bachelor’s Degree in related area and/or equivalent experience & training; demonstrates strong analytic and organizational skills including ability to meet prescribed deadlines; event planning skills and ability to work under tight and shifting deadlines; strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills, including tact and political acumen to effectively represent the institution; 1‑3 yrs of experience in the use of databases, expertise in the use of Word, Excel, Google Suite, and other software and/ or web‑based systems; analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality in all aspects of work. Notes: satisfactory criminal history background check; ability to work some weekends and evenings. Budgeted/Hiring Salary

Range: $31.13 ‑ $35.92/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 3/8/24. Apply online at https:// jobs.ucsb.edu Job #65189

DESKTOP & TECHNICAL SUPPORT SPECIALIST

CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY

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 hourly range is $28.64 ‑$49.41/ hr. The budgeted hourly range is $28.64 ‑ $31.76/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 3/7/24. Apply online at https://jobs.ucsb.edu

Job # 65175

FINANCIAL AND BUDGET COORDINATOR

ARTS ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

CENTER

Serves as a member of the Arts Administrative Support Center’s financial and academic personnel unit. Responsible for all Art Department and the AASC cluster budgets and financial services and monitoring all department accounts. Coordinates diverse purchasing and record‑keeping activities for departmental administrative operations as well as in the curricula areas of photo, print, ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, and digital media. Works with Arts Administrative Support Center staff to design and update department financial systems for research, student aid, instructional, and donation accounts. Reconciles General Ledger and Payroll Ledger; reconciles discrepancies. Works in consultation with the Director and Financial Manager in the development and implementation of accounting systems; assists with developing short‑ and long‑range financial goals. Interprets terms and conditions, advises on the appropriateness of allocations and expenditures, and recommends and assists in the implementation of solutions to financial difficulties that are efficient, auditable, and in compliance with the award and University criteria. Responsible for fiscal closing. Assists with financial management for the University Art Museum and is primary backup for the other financial & budget coordinator when needed. Coordinates all employment activities for temporary faculty, student assistants, teaching assistants, research assistants. Other duties as assigned.High School diploma or GED. 1‑3 years experience working with databases and financial records. Proficiency with Excel Ability to learn new software and systems.

Note: Satisfactory conviction history background check The full salary range is $27.29 ‑ $39.12/hr. The budgeted hourly range is $27.29 ‑ $28.58/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.ucsb.edu Job # 63851

HOUSING SERVICES COORDINATOR

RESIDENTIAL & COMMUNITY LIVING

The Housing Services Coordinator is responsible for processes including applications, waiting lists, contract distribution, space allocation, billing and collection for over 9,000 residents annually in 14 diverse buildings and complexes. Provides excellent service and counsels a diverse population of clients regarding application processes, availability, eligibility, policies, procedures, conflict resolution and problem solving for Residence Halls, Undergraduate Apartments, Graduate Apartments, Family Student Housing and Summer Session Housing. Reqs: High school diploma or equivalent experience. Good verbal and written communication skills, critical thinking, multi‑task and time management skills. Notes: UCSB Campus Security Authority under Clery Act. Satisfactory conviction history background check. Hiring/Budgeted Salary or Hourly Range $27.29 ‑ $33.49/hr Full Salary Range: $27.29 ‑ $39.12/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 3/11/24. Apply online at https://jobs.ucsb.edu Job # 65355

LABORER (CUSTODIAL)

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Under the supervision of the Assistant Superintendent, performs a variety of custodial tasks and other related duties. Handles all heavy lifting and moving tasks, the moving of all furniture out of classrooms, offices, labs, and the replacement of all furniture. Required to perform custodial duties in zone, and campus‑wide as necessary. Reqs: Less than 1 year experience performing a variety of unskilled manual tasks; and perform other related duties as required. Ability to perform heavy manual tasks and follow oral and written instructions. Ability to perform a variety of unskilled manual tasks; and perform other related duties as required. Notes: 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 or Hourly Range: $22.89 ‑ $29.62/hr. Full Hourly Range: $21.59 ‑ $30.19/ 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.ucsb.edu

Job # 61931

PATIENT SERVICES ASSOCIATE STUDENT HEALTH

Using a computerized scheduling system and a virtual calling system to schedule medical appointments both by telephone and in person. Accurately determines patient’s medical needs with regards to urgency and appropriateness of patient’s appointment request. Assists patients by providing information on general Student Health services and programs. Utilizes substantial customer service experience and demonstrated abilities

to clearly explain appointment procedures and uses sound judgment to handle non‑routine appointment requests. Performs a variety of clerical tasks as assigned. Prepares and scans all incoming paper medical records into the electronic medical record appropriate categories. Reqs: High School Diploma or equivalent experience. Work experience in a customer service environment. Notes: Mandated reporting requirements of Child Abuse. Mandated reporting requirement of Dependent Adult Abuse. Must successfully complete and pass a background check before employment and date of hire. To comply with Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Health Officer Order, this position must provide evidence of annual influenza vaccination, or wear a surgical mask while working in patient care areas during the influenza season. Any HIPAA or FERPA violation is subject to disciplinary action. Student Health is closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Hiring/Budgeted Hourly Range: $24.68/hr. ‑ $31.29/ hr. Full Hourly Range: $23.60/hr. ‑ $33.45/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 2/16/24.

Apply online at https://jobs.ucsb.edu

Job # 64443

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER 2 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Responsible for the continuing operation, maintenance, and improvements to the Mechanical Engineering Department’s undergraduate labs in thermo sciences, fluid mechanics, materials science, and dynamics and control systems. Incumbent will be the lead of the Department’s undergraduate lab support team. Responsible for ensuring that all of the experimental apparatus is working, that the teaching assistants are trained and that the labs maintain a high level of scientific professionalism. Maintains the student design lab where students in the junior and senior design courses assemble and test their projects. Provides support, maintenance and training of the Department’s prototyping tools. Will play a key role in the development of new apparatus for the undergraduate laboratories and classroom demonstrations. The Department is continually improving the instructional labs and this engineer is responsible for ensuring the facility’s goals are met in undergraduate laboratory courses. Provides professional engineering support for other departmental activities, including faculty research.

Reqs: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering by 6/30/2024 or equivalent experience and/or training. 1‑3 years experience in 3D solid modeling and drawing standards (Solidworks preferred). Experience machining in a student or professional shop environment. Note: Satisfactory completion of a conviction history background check. The full salary range is $74,300 ‑ $134,500/yr. The budgeted salary range is $74,300 ‑ $78,000/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.ucsb.edu Job # 64917

SKILLED TRADES

MECHANIC

RESIDENTIAL OPERATIONS

Performs a variety of skilled trades tasks for University owned Residence Halls, Apartments, Dining Commons and related buildings as outlined below to accomplish the operational needs of the department. In compliance with HDAE goals and objectives, affirms and implements the department Educational Equity Plan comprised of short and long term objectives that reflect a systematic approach to preparing both students and staff for success in a multi‑cultural society. Works in an environment which is ethnically diverse and culturally pluralistic. Works effectively in a team environment. Reqs: 4 years of hands‑on experience in a variety of skills including but not limited to carpentry, plumbing, painting, tiling, electrical, plastering, sheet rock repair, locksmith, heating and ventilation. ie: washers, dryers, refrigerators, rangers & microwaves. Must be able to work on and with ladders. Demonstrated experience clearing drains, traps, and waste lines for sinks, tubs, toilets, utilizing proper sized electric or hand driven plumbing snakes. Ability to work independently or in support of other trades. Ability to read, write, and perform basic arithmetic calculations. Notes: 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 rate: $41.30/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.ucsb.edu Job # 64261

SR. CUSTODIAN

THE CLUB AND GUEST HOUSE

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. May be required to work schedules other than the assigned weekend schedule to meet the operational needs of the unit. May be required to perform additional tasks such as hotel turnover during conference season. Promotes customer service environment to residence and clients. Responsible for completing job duties that demonstrates support for the Operations Team. Initiates communication directly with co‑workers and or supervisor to improve and clarify working relationship, identifying problems and concerns, and seeking resolution to work‑related conflicts. 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 multi‑cultural work environment. Notes: 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. May be required to work schedules other than the assigned weekend schedule to meet the operational needs of the unit. May be required to perform additional tasks such as hotel turnover during conference season. Hiring/Budgeted Salary or Hourly Range: $22.00‑$23.80/hr.

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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 3/8/24. Apply online at https:// jobs.ucsb.edu Job #65199

STUDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ADVISOR

RESIDENTIAL & COMMUNITY LIVING

UCSB Residential & Community Living is responsible for the overall student life program in 9 residence halls and 8 apartment complexes (11,500+ residents) with a focus on student development and leadership programs, and conduct and accountability.

Reporting to the Student Leadership Programs Manager, the Advisor enhances the overarching Student Leadership program through advising and supporting the leadership development of UCSB students, including the Residential Housing Association (RHA), National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), and Hall Councils. The Student Leadership Program Advisor will play an integral role with the advising and leadership development of UCSB students, to include establishing student government and programming bodies for all‑campus housing communities from the larger housing‑wide organizations (such as RHA) to representatives on individual floors.

Reqs: Bachelor’s Degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/ training. Experience with planning and implementing programs/activities. Experience in a student leadership role. Ability to work confidently with diverse student populations and is committed to practicing and promoting inclusivity. Commitment to creating communities where residents feel a deep sense of belonging. Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues throughout a large, multifunctional department. UCSB Campus Security Authority under Clery Act. This is a twelve‑month per year contract position. Must be available to work evenings and weekends. Satisfactory conviction history background check.

Hiring/Budgeted Salary or Hourly

Range: $24.95/hr ‑ $33.53/hr. Full

Salary Range: $24.96 ‑ $42.10/ 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.ucsb.edu

Job # 64978

SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR 3

STATISTICAL AND APPLIED

PROBABILITY

Manages all services and systems supporting research, instruction, and administrative functions for the PSTAT, while coordinating with UCSB’s College of Letters & Science IT unit in its role of supporting common operational and technical resources. The System Administrator divides their time between 1) maintaining high availability of the PSTAT Department’s research computers and labs and 2) managing and monitoring hardware and virtual machine research servers: Software installation/upgrades, health monitoring, user management, recovery, etc. 3) Coordinate with other IT organizations on campus to set up, configure, maintain, upgrade, and manage department compute resources 4) Provide consulting and develop custom computing solutions

LEGALS

for research and instruction and 5) Maintain documentation and provide hands‑on labs to inform the department on effective use of department research computing resources. Reqs: Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Working knowledge and experience with the following operating systems: Linux, Windows, Mac. Component level repair of HP, Dell and Mac systems and servers. Ability to code in the following scripting languages: SHELL, Python, R, PHP. Other desirable skills include docker and kubernetes. Note: Satisfactory conviction history background check. The full salary range is $82,300 ‑ $151,700/yr. The budgeted salary range is $90,000 ‑ $98,000/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 3/6/24. Apply online at https://jobs.ucsb.edu

Job # 65160

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SOLANO CASE NO.: 23PR00487

To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of MOISES

SOLANO A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: FREDA BRENNA JOELINE

SOLANO in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara

THE PETITION for probate requests that: FREDA BRENNA JOELINE

SOLANO be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent.

THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court.

THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative

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will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The Independent Administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority.

Darrell E. Parker, Executive Officer

Date: 2/15/2024 By: Michael Rosales, Deputy Clerk Attorney for Petitioner:

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Published. Feb 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

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A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows:

03/06/2024 AT 8:30 A.M. IN DEPT:

1 of the SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF , COOK DIVISION, 312‑C East Cook Street Santa Maria, CA 93458.

IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law.

YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE‑154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special notice

form is available from the court clerk.

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ROSENDA CARMEN FOSSETT CASE

NO.: 24PR00086

To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of

ROSENDA CARMEN FOSSETT

A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: WILLIAM MITAROTONDA in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara

THE PETITION for probate requests that: WILLIAM MITAROTONDA be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent.

THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court.

THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The Independent Administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 04/11/2024 AT 9:00 A.M. IN DEPT:

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IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law.

YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE‑154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special notice form is available from the court clerk. Darrell E. Parker, Executive Officer Date: 2/15/2024

By: Monica Buenrostro, Deputy Clerk Attorney for Petitioner: Harold K Kono 831 State Street, Suite 289, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; (805) 962‑8412

Published. Feb 29. Mar 7, 14 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS

NAME STATEMENT

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person (s) is/are doing business as: RABBIT

HOLE RENEGADES at 6599 Sabado Tarde, Apt 3 Goleta, CA 93117; Havens LLC 709 Kings Road Newport Beach, CA 92663 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability

Company Filed by: ETHAN LACHER/ CEO with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 2, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000273. Published: Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

File No. FBN2024‑0000187

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Hollister Optometric Center, 7127 Hollister Avenue, Suite 23, Goleta, CA 93117 County of SANTA

BARBARA

Goleta Vision and Optometry, 3918 Northland Street, Newbury Park, CA 91320

This business is conducted by a Corporation

The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A.

Goleta Vision and Optometry S/ James Yoo, President

This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on 01/23/2024.

Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29/24

CNS‑3777413#

SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person (s) is/are doing business as: YOUR

SB TEAM at 1511 Chapala Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Rachel A Quittner (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: RACHEL QUITTNER/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 29, 2024.

This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E57. FBN

Number: 2024‑0000230. Published: Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024.

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: INTERGRATED WELLNESS at 928 Carpinteria Street, #8 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Larry J Rodriguez 133 E De La Guerra St 38 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: LARRY J RODRIGUEZ/OWNER/OPERATOR with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 30, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E49. FBN Number: 2024‑0000235. Published: Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ENRIQUE’S PAINTING at 1121 De La Vina St, Apt 4 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Enrique Garcia Aguilar (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: ENRIQUE GARCIA AGUILAR/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 25, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E57. FBN Number: 2024‑0000203

Published: Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CORDERO PEST CONTROL at 4039 Prima Vera Rd., Unit 2 Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Regina A Casillas PO Box 92017 Santa Barbara, CA 93190 This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: REGINA CASILLAS/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 12, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E49. FBN Number: 2024‑0000067. Published: Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as:

PACIFIC COAST DEVELOPEMENT COMPANY at 714 E Sunset Ave Santa Maria, CA 93454; Kenneth A Fox (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: KENNETH ALAN FOX/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 28, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E56. FBN Number: 2024‑0000221. Published: Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person (s) is/are doing business as: SANTA

BARBARA SPEECH THERAPY at 425 Wyola Road Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Jennifer Erpenbeck (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: JENNIFER

ERPENBECK with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 22, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000171

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VILLAGE SQUARE TOWNHOMES OF BUELLTON at 1113 West Hwy

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246 Buellton, CA 93427; 665 Central Avenue LLC 1153 W Highway 246 Buellton, CA 93427 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Filed by: NORMAN WILLIAMS/MANAGER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 23, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E35. FBN Number: 2024‑0000181. Published: Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. FBN 2024‑0000258 The following person(s) is doing business as: HSS RECYCLING, 1850 W. BETTERVIA ROAD, SANTA MARIA, CA 93455, County of SANTA BARBARA. VALLEY GARBAGE AND ARE YOU HIRING? Post your Open Positions for free online on independent.com Contact advertising@independent.com for more details and in-print rates EMPLOYMENT
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LEGALS (CONT.)

RUBBISH COMPANY, INC., 800

CAPITOL ST STE 3000, HOUSTON, TX 77002

This business is conducted by A Corporation.

The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on Mar 24, 2014

/s/ COURTNEY A. TIPPY, VICE PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY

This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on 01/31/2024.

Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29/24

CNS‑3780285# SANTA BARBARA

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PURE SKIN

STUDIO at 222 E Canon Perdido, 207C Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Vilma L Bonser (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual

Filed by: VILMA BONSER/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 23, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000183. Published: Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: RISING PHOENIX REHABILITATION at 1624 Elm Ave, E Solvang, CA 93463; Faye A Young (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: FAYE ANN YOUNG with the County

Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 26, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Goleta (“CITY”), invites sealed bids for

above stated project and will receive such bids via electronic transmission on the City of Goleta Planet Bids portal site until April 1, 2024, at 3:00 P.M. Late proposals will be rejected. No exceptions.

The Proposals will be publicly opened at City of Goleta, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA 93117 and posted promptly thereafter.

Copies of the Contract Documents and the Proposal Forms for bidding the project, may be obtained from the PlanetBids Website: https://pbsystem.planetbids.com

Proposals which do not acknowledge addendums to the project documents will be rejected.

All communications relative to this project shall be conducted through PlanetBids. Questions about alleged patent ambiguity of the plans, specifications, or estimate must be asked before bid opening. After bid opening, the CITY does not consider these questions as bid protests.

A pre-bid meeting will be held at N/A.

It is required that the Bidders have fully inspected the Project site in all particulars and become thoroughly familiar with the terms and conditions of the Bid Plans and Special Provisions and local conditions affecting the performance and costs of the Work prior to bidding and it is recommended that this be done prior to attending this meeting.

Pursuant to California Labor Code Section 1773, the City has ascertained the General Prevailing Rate of Wages in the County in which the work is to be done to be as determined by the Director of Industrial Relations of the State of California. Contractor is hereby made aware that information regarding prevailing wage rates may be obtained from the State Department of Industrial Relations and/or the following website address: https://www.dir.ca.gov/OPRL/2022-2/PWD/Southern.html The Contractor is required to post a copy of the applicable wage rates at the job site. Attention is directed to Section 7 "Legal Relations and Responsibility to the Public" of the Standard Construction Specifications.

The California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) implemented amendments to the In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulations (“Regulation”) which are effective on January 1, 2024 and apply broadly to all self-propelled off road diesel vehicles 25 horsepower or greater and other forms of equipment used in California. A copy of the Regulation is available at https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/sites/default/files/barcu/regact/2022/off-roaddiesel/appa-1.pdf. Bidders are required to comply with all CARB and Regulation requirements, including, without limitation, all applicable sections of the Regulation, as codified in Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations section 2449 et seq. throughout the term of the Project. Bidders must provide, with their Bid, copies of Bidder’s and all listed subcontractors the most recent, valid Certificate of Reported Compliance (“CRC”) issued by CARB. Failure to provide valid CRCs as required herein may render the Bid non-responsive.

Bidders must be registered on the City of Goleta’s PlanetBids portal in order to receive addendum notifications and to submit a bid. Go to PlanetBids for bid results and awards. It is the responsibility of the bidder to submit the bid with sufficient time to be received by PlanetBids prior to the bid opening date and time. Allow time for technical difficulties, uploading, and unexpected delays. Late or incomplete bids will not be accepted.

Bid must be accompanied by a bid security in the form of a money order, a certified cashier’s check, or bidder’s bond executed by an admitted surety, made payable to CITY. The bid security shall be an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the total annual bid amount included with their proposals as required by California law.

Note: All bids must be accompanied by a scanned copy of the bid security uploaded to PlanetBids. The original security of the three (3) lowest bidders must be mailed or submitted to the office of the City Clerk at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, California 93117, in a sealed envelope and be received or postmarked within three (3) City working days after the bid due date and time for the bid to be considered. The sealed envelope should be plainly marked on the outside, “SEALED

BID SECURITY FOR 2023 PAVEMENT REHABILITATION PROJECT.”

The Project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) per California Labor Code Section 1771.4, including prevailing wage rates and apprenticeship employment standards. Affirmative action to ensure against discrimination in employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or religion will also be required. The CITY hereby affirmatively ensures that all business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this notice and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or religion in any consideration leading to the award of contract.

In accordance with the California Public Contract Code 20103.5 when federal funds are involved in local agency contracts, no bid shall be invalidated by the failure of the bidder to be licensed in California at the time of bid opening. However, at the time of award, the selected contractor shall be properly licensed in accordance with the laws of the State and the City of Goleta. Contractor shall possess a valid Class A - General Engineering Contractor license prior to award of Contract. Said license shall be maintained during the contract period. It is the Bidder’s and Contractor’s responsibility to obtain the correct Contractor’s licenses. Bidders shall be skilled and regularly engage in the general class or type of work called for under this contract.

The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a Performance Bond and a Payment Bond each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract Price. Each bond shall be in the forms set forth herein, shall be secured from a surety company that meets all State of California bonding requirements, as defined in Code of Civil Procedure Section 995.120, and that is a California admitted surety insurer.

Pursuant to Labor Code sections 1725.5 and 1771.1, all contractors and subcontractors that wish to bid on, be listed in a bid proposal, or enter into a contract to perform public work must be registered with the DIR. No Bid will be accepted, nor any contract entered into without proof of the contractor’s and subcontractors’ current registration with the DIR to perform public work. If awarded a contract, the Bidder and its subcontractors, of any tier, shall maintain active registration with the DIR for the duration of the Project. Failure to provide proof of the contractor’s current registration pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5 may result in rejection of the bid as non-responsive.

The Contractor Company, including the Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) for the Contractor Company, shall demonstrate a minimum of five (5) years' experience successfully performing projects of substantially similar type, magnitude, and character of the work bid. The CITY reserves the right to reject all bids, reject any bid that is not responsive to the invitation, or to waive any minor irregularity and to take all bids under advisement for a period of up to ninety (90) working days. Failure to provide proof of the Contractor’s current registration pursuant to Section 1725.5 of the Labor Code may result in rejection of the bid as non-responsive. Failure to comply with enforcement provisions pursuant to Section 1771.4 of the Labor Code may result in a determination that the Bidder is not responsible.

Bids shall remain open and valid for a period of one hundred twenty (120) calendar days after the Bid Deadline.

Pursuant to Public Contract Code section 22300, the successful bidder may substitute certain securities for funds withheld by CITY to ensure performance under the Contract or, in the alternative, request the CITY to make payment of retention to an escrow agent.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) provides a toll-free “hotline” service to report bid rigging activities. Bid rigging activities can be reported Mondays through Fridays, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Telephone No. 1-800-424-9071. Anyone with knowledge of possible bid rigging, bidder collusion, or other fraudulent activities should use the “hotline” to report these activities. The “hotline” is part of the DOT’s continuing effort to identify and investigate highway construction contract fraud and abuse and is operated under the direction of the DOT Inspector General. All information will be treated confidentially, and caller anonymity will be respected.

Any protest to an intended award of this contract shall be made in writing addressed to the City Clerk prior to the award. Any protest may be considered and acted on by the City Council at the time noticed for award of the contract. To request a copy of the notice of agenda for award, please contact the City Clerk cityclerkgroup@ cityofgoleta.org or register on the CITY’s website (www.cityofgoleta.org).

CITY OF GOLETA

Deborah S. Lopez, City Clerk

Published: Santa Barbara Independent: February 29, 2024 and March 7, 2024

is/are doing business as: SKLPT

at 6735 Abrego Rd, 48 Goleta, CA 93117; Tenaya D Miller (same address) This business is

by a Individual Filed by:

MILLER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 24, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000191

Published: Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VILLA

MARIA POST ACUTE at 425 Barcellus Avenue Santa Maria, CA 93454; Santa Maria Healthcare, Inc. 29222 Rancho Viejo Road Suite 127 San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: SOON BURNAM/TREASURER OF MANAGEMENT COMPANY with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 5, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000292. Published: Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SB FLOWER GYPSY, FLOWER GYPSY at 282 Pebble Hill Place Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Kerstin O Horneman (same address) This business is conducted by a individual Filed by: KERSTIN

HORNEMAN/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 8, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000341. Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PILATES LOFT at 1 N Calle Cesar Chavez, Unit 110 Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Breanna A Stearns­Corbin 2926 Torito Road Santa Barbara, CA 93108 This business is conducted by a individual Filed by: BREANNA

A. STEARNS‑CORBIN/MS with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 17, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E61. FBN Number: 2024‑0000117. Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SHORELINE

MARKETING at 1221 State Street, Ste 12­91630 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Steven A Nunes (same address) This business is conducted by a individual Filed by: STEVEN

NUNES/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 8, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000345

Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LEGACY

HOMES & INVESTMENTS at 3948

Uranus Ave. Lompoc, CA 93436; J Mont & Real Estate Associates (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: JOSE

MONTES/CEO with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 5, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000294

Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar

7 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: COASTLINE THERAPY GROUP at 3905 State Street, Suite 7­438 Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Susan Soderman

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EMAIL
E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000213
(s)
Published: Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person­
APPAREL
conducted
TENAYA
Family Counseling, INC. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: SUSAN SODERMAN/OWNER NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS INVITING SEALED BIDS FOR THE 2023 PAVEMENT REHABILITATION PROJECT City Project Number: N/A
the

LEGALS (CONT.)

with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 8, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN

Number: 2024‑0000338. Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NAILXLILY at 5370 Hollister, 5A Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Liliana Gutierrez (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: LILIANA

GUTIERREZ/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 7, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E61. FBN Number: 2024‑0000319. Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS

County Clerk (SEAL) by E61. FBN Number: 2024‑0000282. Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THAT IS INTERESTING at 2555 West Highway 154 Los Olivos, CA 93441; Carter Stacy PO Box 452 Los Olivos, CA 93441 This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: CARTER STACY/ HOST with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 7, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E61. FBN Number: 2024‑0000309. Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MANIFATTURA at 413 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; I FATTI NOSTRI (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: BRIAN DODERO/CEO with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 9, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E40. FBN Number: 2024‑0000347. Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 16, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E47. FBN

Number: 2024‑0000095. Published: Feb 22, 29. Mar 7, 14 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: KAPTAINS

BBQ SERVICES at 119 S Voluntario St, A Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Michael C Gould (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: MICHAEL GOULD/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 15, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E62. FBN

Number: 2024‑0000409. Published:

Feb 22, 29. Mar 7, 14 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CHOIS

ORIENTAL MARKET at 185 S Patterson Ave, D Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Seong Woo Kim (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: SEONG WOO

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: KAHUMAS SOUND AND ENERGY HEALING at 1727 State St, Suite #8 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Hector Vejar (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: HECTOR VEJAR/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 20, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E57. FBN Number: 2024‑0000430

INDIVIDUAL.

The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on NOT APPLICABLE

/s/ STEVEN NUNES, OWNER

This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on 02/14/2024.

Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk

2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/24

CNS‑3783748#

SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E49. FBN

Number: 2024‑0000131. Published: Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT

File No. FBN2024‑0000349

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Hughes Marino, 1450 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101 County of SAN DIEGO

County on 02/09/2024.

Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/24

CNS‑3784147#

SANTA BARBARA

INDEPENDENT

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SOUL STITCH at 1319 Salinas Place, Unit B Santa Barbara, CA 93103 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Filed by: JENNIFER

FICTITIOUS

FICTITIOUS

AND DESIGN, RENAISSANCE COMPANIES, RENAISSANCE DESIGN at 496 First Street Solvang, CA 93463; (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: MICHIEL DE BRUIN/PRESIDENTJULIE

PALLADINO/SEC with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 18, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000138 Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: INSPIRE HEALTH at 758 Via Miguel Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Odesso Health AI Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: MICHIEL DE BRUIN/PRESIDENT with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 31, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000256. Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

FICTITIOUS

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: JUST PEACHY PHOTO BOOTH at 1308 E North Ave Lompoc, CA 93436; Diana Munoz (same address) This business is conducted by a individual Filed by: DIANA MUNOZ with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 7, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000325

Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person­

(s) is/are doing business as: PACIFIC COAST REALTY/PACIFIC COAST REALTY at 3459 State Street, Suite 1 Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Joann R Pomatto­Gomez (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: JOANN POMATTO‑GOMEZ/BROKER/ OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 6, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E61. FBN Number: 2024‑0000304

Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: COCORD GROVE PRESS at 1407 Chapala Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Institute of World Culture (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: DONNA MOORE/TREASURER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 12, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000374. Published: Feb 22, 29. Mar 7, 14 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CALX LLC at 6597 Camino Venturoso Goleta, CA 93117; CALX (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Filed by: SAMUEL S MAXWELL/PRESIDENT with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 23, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN

Number: 2024‑0000180. Published: Feb 22, 29. Mar 7, 14 2024.

KIM/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 12, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000369

Published: Feb 22, 29. Mar 7, 14 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LAS

POSITAS FUEL DEPOT, FUEL DEPOT at 2299 Las Positas Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Price Proprerties LLC, General Partner of Channel Auto Services LP 4791 Calle Real Ste 201

Santa Barbara, CA 93110 This business is conducted by a Limited Partnership Filed by: JOHN PRICE/ MANAGER OF GENERAL PARTNER

with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 13, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN

Number: 2024‑0000387. Published: Feb 22, 29. Mar 7, 14 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GOLETA

VALLY GUN at 5669 Calle Real, B Goleta, CA 93117; Bear Creek Trading Company LLC 39 Bear Creek Dr. Buellton, CA 93427 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Filed by: CHASE ROBERT

GAUTHIER/RESPONSIBLE PARTY with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 9, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E61. FBN

Number: 2024‑0000350. Published: Feb 22, 29. Mar 7, 14 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: QUALITY

PLUMBING at 3172 Bunsen Ave Unit C Ventura, CA 93003; Humberto Cruz (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: HUMBERTO CRUZ/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 8, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E61. FBN

Number: 2024‑0000340. Published: Feb 22, 29. Mar 7, 14 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CALLAHAN

BRANDS at 712 San Pascual Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; William Blazewicz (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: WILLIAM BLAZEWICZ/

Published: Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THRIVE COACHING AND EXECUTIVE TRAINING, THRIVE WITH LIZZIE at 210 W. Los Olivos Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Thrive Coaching And Executive Training (same address)

This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Filed by: ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ/OFFICER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 8, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E61. FBN Number: 2024‑0000339. Published: Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT

The following person(s) is/are doing business as:

LIFESTYLEDESIGN, LIFESTYLE DESIGN at 216 E. Cota St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Global Lifestyle Design, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: LINDA

TAPPEINER/CFO with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 20, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E57. FBN Number: 2024‑0000429

Published: Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE BARBER CHAIR at 3835 State St, Building C­154, Suite 123 Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Francisco J Garcia Jr. 124 Salisbury Ave Goleta, CA 93117 This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by: FRANCISCO

JAVIER GARCIA JR/PROFESSIONAL BARBER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 8, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E63. FBN Number: 2024‑0000329

Published: Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT

File No. FBN 2024‑0000366

The following person(s) is

Catherine

This

/s/

3/7, 3/14, 3/21/24

CNS‑3786099#

SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT

File No. FBN 2024‑0000406

STATEMENT

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TUBULAR

GEORGE at 3588 La Entrada

Santa Barbara, CA 93105; GKM Home Services Inc.(same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: KATRINA MURDOCH/SECRETARY with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 18, 2024. This statement expires five years from the

Hughes Project Management, LLC, 1450 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101

This business is conducted by a limited liability company

The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A.

Hughes Project Management, LLC S/ Jennifer Shay Hughes, Manager This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara

GOLETA SANITARY DISTRICT

FORD/OFFICER/MANAGER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 22, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E40. FBN Number: 2024‑0000446. Published: Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BARE at 340 S Kellogg Ave. D Goleta,

Notice of Proposed Increase in Governing Board Compensation

The Goleta Sanitary District is proposing to increase the compensation payable to members of its Governing Board for attendance at meetings and for services rendered by Board members. The operative date of the last increase in compensation was July 1, 2023, at which time the compensation was increased to its current level of $236.25 per meeting per day. Under Health & Safety Code Section 6489, the increase in compensation may not exceed 5% for each calendar year after the last adjustment.

A public hearing on a proposed compensation increase of up to an amount of 5% will be held on Monday, March 18, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. at the District’s Board Room located at One William Moffett Place, Goleta, California. Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to the District at (805) 967-4519. BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE GOLETA SANITARY DISTRICT. Dated: February 5, 2024

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

SBCAG FY 2024-25 BUDGET

Notice is hereby given that the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) will hold public hearings on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2024-25. A copy of the proposed budget will be available online at www.sbcag.org by March 1 or can be reviewed during business hours at the SBCAG offices, 260 N. San Antonio Rd., Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. The FY 2024-25 budget hearings on the proposed budget will be held during the SBCAG Board of Directors meeting with in-person and remote virtual participation options on the following dates/times:

10 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2024

IN-PERSON

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room 105 E. Anapamu Street, 4th Floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

REMOTE

Details on how to participate remotely will be published on the SBCAG Board of Directors agenda at least 48 hours prior to the meeting online at www.sbcag.org

10 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2024

IN-PERSON

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room 511 East Lakeside Parkway Santa Maria, CA 93455

REMOTE

Details on how to participate remotely will be published on the SBCAG Board of Directors agenda at least 48 hours prior to the meeting online at www.sbcag.org

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION NOTICE

ZAHONY/SOLE MEMBER OWNER with the

Clerk

Santa

Feb 5, 2024.

five years from

it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland,

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MIRANDA PLUMBING, INC at 7344 Davenport Rd Goleta, CA 93117; Miranda Plumbing, Inc. PO Box 41029 Santa Barbara, CA 93140 This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: ISRAEL MIRANDA/DIRECTOR

FOUNDER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 23, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000467

Published: Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

The following person(s) is doing business as:

SHORELINE MARKETING 101

OCEANO AVE, APT. 19 SANTA BARBARA, CA 93109, County of SANTA BARBARA.

STEVEN NUNES, 101 OCEANO AVE., APT. 19 SANTA BARBARA, CA 93109

This business is conducted by AN

Comments on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2024-25 may also be submitted in writing until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Written comments can be submitted via U.S. Postal Service to 260 N. San Antonio Road, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA 93110; or electronically by emailing info@sbcag.org.

SBCAG is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for these meetings. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accommodation requests should be made 48 hours in advance of public meetings to SBCAG at (805) 961-8900.

INDEPENDENT.COM FEBRUARY 29, 2024 THE INDEPENDENT 45 INDEPENDENT CLASSIFIEDS PHON E 805-965-5205 EMAIL ADVERTISING@INDEPENDENT.COM INDEPENDENT.COM FEBRUARY 29, 2024 THE INDEPENDENT 45 CLASSIFIEDS | PHON E 805-965-5205 | ADVERTISING@INDEPENDENT.COM
STATEMENT The
(s) is/are doing business
MATTERS
TRAINING, LLC at
Calle Real,
Goleta, CA 93117; Safety Matters Certified Training LLC PO Box 1481 Goleta, CA 93116 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Filed by: JUSIN
HAAGEN/MANAGING MEMBER
the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 13, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E40. FBN Number:
NAME
following person­
as: SAFETY
CERTIFIED
5669
F
M
with
2024‑0000381 Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.
BUSINESS
STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DV8 CREATIVE at 7388 Belluno Drive Goleta, CA 93117; Adrienne De Guevara (same address) This business is conducted by
Individual
with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 6, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN
2024‑0000305. Published: Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar
2024.
NAME
a
Filed by: ADRIENNE DE GUEVARA/OWNER
Number:
7
BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT
(s) is/are doing
ANTIQUES
The following person­
business as: RENCO, INC., RENAISSANCE ANTIQUES, RENAISSANCE ANTIQUES OF SOLVANG, RENAISSANCE
LOUNGE
LLC
conducted
BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE
BY TANNA RAE at 21 West Ortega Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Tanna Rae Beauty Lounge
(same address) This business is
by a Limited Liability Company Filed by: TANNA RAE
County
of
Barbara County on
This statement expires
the date
doing business as:
Angels, 350 S Hope Ave., Ste.
Santa Barbara, CA
County of SANTA BARBARA.
Bookkeeping
101A
93105,
Hope Ave., Ste.
Santa
CA 93105
G. Abarca, 350 S
101A
Barbara,
business
conducted by An Individual.
registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above
is
The
on 01/01/2024
Catherine
County
County
G. Abarca, Owner This statement was filed with the
Clerk of Santa Barbara
on 02/12/2024. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk 2/29,

LEGALS (CONT.)

CA 93117; Alexandra A Carranza (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Filed by:

ALEXANDRA CARRANZA/OWNER with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 20, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of

the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000435. Published: Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as:

MOVEGREEN‑SANTA BARBARA MOVERS at 1811 State St, Suite 2 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Movegreen (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: ERIK HANEY/CEO with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 26, 2024. This statement expires five

City of Goleta - Design Review Board Recruitment Open

NOW is the time to apply to serve on the City’s Design Review Board. The City is looking to fill two vacancies on the Design Review Board:

• 1 Licensed Architect

• 1 At-Large Member (must be a City Resident)

The Design Review Board is a seven-member body that advises the City Council, Planning Commission, and staff to exercise other such power and duties as established in Goleta Municipal Section 17.50.070. Members are appointed to a 3-year term. The Design Review Board meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 3:00 p.m., and members are compensated $75 per meeting.

Applications for the Design Review Board may be submitted online at: www. CityofGoleta.org/BoardsCommissions. Applications are due by March 15, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

For additional information, please email cityclerkgroup@cityofgoleta.org

Publish: Santa Barbara Independent February 29, 2024.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 3:00

ATTENTION: The meeting will be held in person and via the Zoom platform. The public may also view the meeting on Goleta Channel 19 and/or online at https:// www.cityofgoleta.org/goletameetings.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Design Review Board (DRB) of the City of Goleta will conduct a public hearing for the projects listed, with the date, time, and location of the DRB public hearing set forth above. The agenda for the hearing will also be posted on the City website (www.cityofgoleta.org).

Conceptual/Preliminary/Final Review

H & E Equipment Sign and California Environmental Quality Act Notice of Exemption

285 Rutherford Street (APN 071-121-004)

Case No. 24-0004-ZC/24-0005-DRB

Megan’s Organic Market Sign and California Environmental Quality Act Notice of Exemption 5999 Hollister Avenue (APN 071-111-046)

Case Nos. 24-0003-ZC/24-0001-DRB

Wingstop Sign and California Environmental Quality Act Notice of Exemption 129 N Fairview Avenue (APN 077-170-042)

Case Nos. 24-0012-ZC/24-0006-DRB

Final

Karl Storz Imaging Site Improvements 1 S Los Carneros (APN 073-330-074)

Case Nos. 23-0008-SCD/23-0042-DRB/23-0059-ZC

Fairview Shopping Center tenant improvements 129 N Fairview Avenue (APN 077-170-042)

Case Nos. 23-0009-SCD/23-0044-DRB/23-0062-ZC

PUBLIC COMMENT: Interested persons are encouraged to provide public comments during the public hearing in person or virtually through the Zoom webinar, by following the instructions listed on the DRB meeting agenda. Written comments may be submitted prior to the hearing by e-mailing the DRB Secretary, Mary Chang at mchang@cityofgoleta.org. Written comments will be distributed to DRB members and published on the City’s Meeting and Agenda page.

FOR PROJECT INFORMATION: For further information on the project, contact Mary Chang, at (805) 961-7567 or mchang@cityofgoleta.org. For inquiries in Spanish, please contact Marcos Martinez at (805) 562-5500 or mmartinez@cityofgoleta.org. Staff reports and documents will be posted approximately 72 hours before the hearing on the City’s website at www.cityofgoleta.org.

In accordance with Gov. Code Section 65103.5, only non-copyrighted plans or plans that the designer has given permission have been published on the City’s website. The full set of plans is available for review at the Planning Counter during counter hours or by contacting the staff member listed for the item 805961-7543.

Note: If you challenge the nature of the above action in court, you may be limited to only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the City on or before the date of the hearing (Government Code Section 65009(b)(2)).

Note: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in the hearing, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 961-7505 or cityclerkgroup@cityofgoleta.org. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the hearing will enable City staff to make reasonable arrangements. Publish: Santa Barbara Independent 2/29/24

years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000474

Published: Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as:

MOVEGREEN‑LOS ANGELES MOVERS at 13110 S. Figueroa Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90061; Movegreen INC. 1811 State St. Suite 2 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: ERIK HANEY/CEO with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 26, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000475

Published: Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as:

MOVEGREEN‑SANTA CLARITA

MOVERS at 25531 Springbook Ave. Santa Clarita, CA 91350; Movegreen 1811 State St Suite 2 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by a Corporation Filed by: ERIK HANEY/CEO with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Feb 26, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by E30. FBN Number: 2024‑0000476

Published: Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

NAME CHANGE

AMENDED IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION TO SHOW

CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME:

SALVADOR GUTIERREZ and ODILIA

HERNANDEZ ONOFRE

CASE NUMBER: 23CV05075

TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior Court proposing a change of name(s)

FROM: MIGUEL SALVADOR

GUTIERREZ‑HERNANDEZ

TO:MIGUEL SALVADOR GUTIERREZ

THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING

MARCH 15, 2024, 10:00 AM,

DEPT 4, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR

COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Anacapa Division. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. DATED JANUARY 31, 2024, JUDGE DONNA D. GECK. OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. Published Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024.

IN THE MATTER OF THE

APPLICATION TO SHOW CAUSE

FOR CHANGE OF NAME:

HUMBERTO JAIMES BERNABE, JR.

NUMBER: 24CV00260

TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior Court proposing a change of name(s)

FROM: HUMBERTO JAIMES

BERNABE, JR

TO: HUMBERTO JAIMES, JR.

THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court

MARIE KITTLE

days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING

MARCH 20, 2024, 10:00 AM, DEPT 3, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR

COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Anacapa Division. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition.

DATED JANUARY 26, 2024, JUDGE

THOMAS P. ANDERLE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. Published Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 2024.

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: EMMA LOUISE GINGER NUMBER: 24CV00344

TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior Court proposing a change of name(s)

FROM: EMMA LOUISE GINGER

TO: GINGER LOUISE SMITH

THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING APRIL 8, 2024, 10:00 AM, DEPT 5, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Anacapa Division. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition.

DATED FEBRUARY 13, 2024, JUDGE COLLEEN K. STERNE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. Published Feb 22, 29. Mar 7, 14 2024.

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION TO SHOW CAUSE

FOR CHANGE OF NAME: SIGAL KOZOLCHYK PLOTKIN

CASE NUMBER: 24CV00442

TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior Court proposing a change of name(s)

FROM: SIGAL KOZOLCHYK PLOTKIN

TO: SIGAL PLOTKIN KOZOLCHYK

THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING APRIL 3, 2024, 10:00 AM, DEPT 3, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR

COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Anacapa Division. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition.

DATED FEBRUARY 12, 2024, JUDGE THOMAS P. ANDERLE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. Published Feb 29. Mar 7, 14 2024.

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: SHELBY

CASE NUMBER: 24CV00319

TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior Court proposing a change of name(s)

FROM: KASEY MARIE IRIBE

TO: KASEY MARIE KITTLE

THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING APRIL 5, 2024, 10:00 AM, DEPT 4, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR

COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Anacapa Division. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. DATED FEBRUARY 13, 2024, JUDGE HONORABLE DONNA

D GECK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. Published Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME:

CHARLOTTE HASKELL

CASE NUMBER: 24CV00545

TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior Court proposing a change of name(s)

FROM: CHARLOTTE HASKELL

TO: CHARLOTTE AUGUSTINE

THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING

APRIL 15, 2024, 10:00 AM, DEPT 5, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR

COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Anacapa Division. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition.

DATED FEBRUARY 16, 2024, JUDGE COLLEEN K. STERNE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. Published Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF RICHARD T. SCHIADA, DECEASED

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA

In re the matter of:

Richard T. Schiada Revocable Trust Dated March 12, 2004, as amended

Case No. 24PR00072

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the creditors and contingent creditors of the above‑named decedent, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Santa Barbara County Superior Court, located at 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101, and whose mailing

address is P.O. Box 21107, Santa Barbara, California 93121‑1107, and deliver pursuant to Section 1215 of the California Probate Code a copy to Gwen Schiada and Colette Stowers, as successor co‑trustees of the trust dated March 12, 2004, as amended, wherein the decedent was the settlor, c/o Jeff Daugherty, Esq., Laborde & Daugherty, 924 Anacapa Street, Suite 1‑T, Santa Barbara, California 93101, within the later of four months after February 15, 2024 (the date of the first publication of notice to creditors) or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, 60 days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, or you must petition to file a late claim as provided in Section 19103 of the Probate Code. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested.

Jeff Daugherty, Esq.

Attorney for Gwen Schiada and Colette Stowers Successor Co‑Trustees

Laborde & Daugherty 924 Anacapa Street, Suite 1‑T Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Published Feb 15, 22, 29. Mar 7 2024.

PUBLIC NOTICES

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE

To satisfy the owner’s storage lien, PS Retail Sales, LLC will sell at public lien sale on March 8, 2024, the personal property in the below‑ listed units. The public sale of these items will begin at 08:00 AM and continue until all units are sold. The lien sale is to be held at the online auction website, www.storagetreasures.com, where indicated. For online lien sales, bids will be accepted until 2 hours after the time of the sale specified.

PUBLIC STORAGE # 75079, 5425 Overpass Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93111, (805) 284‑9002 Sale to be held at www.storagetreasures.com. 319 ‑ Burian, Susan; 321 ‑ Arroyo, Magda; 496 ‑ Angel, Robert PUBLIC STORAGE # 75078, 7246 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117, (805) 961‑8198 Sale to be held at www.storagetreasures.com. 069 ‑ Valladares, Juan; 075 ‑ Mendoza, Diane; 348 ‑ Cheung, Kevin PUBLIC STORAGE # 25714, 7246 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117, (805) 324‑6770 Sale to be held at www.storagetreasures.com. 1317A ‑ Moore, Eric; 3206 ‑ Cardenas, Armando; 4104 ‑ Vargas, Joe; 6102 ‑ Santos, Susana; 6422 ‑ Azlein, Noah; 6446 ‑ A Garvine, Kaelyn Public sale terms, rules, and regulations will be made available prior to the sale. All sales are subject to cancellation. We reserve the right to refuse any bid. Payment must be in cash or credit card‑no checks. Buyers must secure the units with their own personal locks. To claim tax‑ exempt status, original RESALE certificates for each space purchased is required. By PS Retail Sales, LLC, 701 Western Avenue, Glendale, CA 91201. (818) 244‑8080.

2/29/24

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SANTA BARBARA

INDEPENDENT

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

A public meeting concerning the current plans, development, policies, and capital improvement programs of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation will be held on‑site and remotely on March 21, 2024 at 4:00pm. To attend this meeting please email rick@ sbbowl.com for meeting instructions by 6pm on Wednesday, March 20th.

SUMMONS

REQUEST FOR ORDER CHANGE OF CHILD CUSTODY. THE REQUEST is for the court to make an order of sole legal custody and sole physical of he minor child of the parties to be changed to Petitioner. ORDER FOR PUBLICATION OF SUMMONS OR

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LEGALS (CONT.)

CITATION

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA Santa

Barbara‑Anacapa 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

PLAINTIFF: ANNETTE MARIE

RODRIGUEZ

DEFENDANT: ADALBERTO

RODRIGUEZ

ORDER FOR PUBLICATION OF SUMMONS OR CITATION

FOR USE ONLY

FILED SUPERIOR COURT of CALIFORNIA COUNTY of SANTA

BARBARA 2/13/2024 Darrel E. Parker, Executive Officer BY Vega, Jessica Deputy Clerk

CASE NUMBER: 18FL02044

Moving Party Petitioner(s) ANNETTE

MARIE RODRIGUEZ , filed its/ their application for an order for publication on 1/26/24 (date). From the application and supporting evidence it appears to the satisfaction of the Court that an order for service by publication is permitted pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 415.50. A court hearing will be held as follows: Date:4/15/2024 Time: 1:30pm Dept: 5

IT IS ORDERED: that service of the summons, citation, notice of hearing, or REQUEST FOR ORDER In this action shall be made upon defendant, respondent, or citee ADALBERTO

RODRIGUEZ (name) by publication thereof in SANTA BARBARA

INDEPENDENT, a newspaper of general circulation published at SANTA BARBARA , California, and In the publication set forth in Attachment 1 hereto) and that said publication be made at least once a week for four successive weeks.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, if the address of the party to be served is ascertained before the expiration of the time prescribed for publication of the summons, the moving party shall forthwith mall to the party to be served a copy of (1) the summons, citation, notice of hearing, or other document(s) Identified above, (2) the complaint, petition, or motion for which notice is being served by this order, and (3) this order for

publication. A declaration of this mailing, or of the fact that the address was not ascertained, must be filed at the expiration of the time prescribed for the publication.

Dated: 02/13/2024 Judge of the Superior Court Colleen K. Sterne. Published Feb 29. Mar 7, 14, 21 2024.

TRUSTEE NOTICE

TSG NO.: FIN‑23002773 TS No.: CA2300289165 APN: 057‑061‑005

Property Address: 3914 HARROLD AVE SANTA BARBARA, CA 93110

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE

YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 02/07/2018. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 03/06/2024 at 01:00 P.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 02/22/2018, as Instrument No. 2018‑0006992, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of SANTA BARBARA County, State of California. Executed by: DAVID MAPLES, AN UNMARRIED MAN, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) At the main entrance to the County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 057‑061‑005 The

PUBLIC NOTICE

street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 3914 HARROLD AVE, SANTA BARBARA, CA 93110

The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $ 141,976.83. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located.

NOTICE TO POTENTIAL

BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens

County of Santa Barbara Public Hearing on Proposed 2022 and 2023 Substantial Action Plan Amendments

The County of Santa Barbara Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) invites public comments on Substantial Action Plan Amendments to the FY 2022 and 2023 Action Plans. The Amendments relate to funds allocated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Santa Barbara HOME Consortium which includes the County and the cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Lompoc, Solvang, and Santa Maria. In accordance with the Santa Barbara County 2020 Citizen Participation Plan, notice is hereby given for the recommended Action Plan Amendments.

The purpose of these Substantial Amendments is to revise the 2022 and 2023 Action Plans to include a total of $777,621 in FY 2022 and 2023 County HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funding for the renovation of a 65-unit motel to be used as Single-Resident Occupancy (SRO) housing for formerly homeless residents. The project location is the former Super 8 Motel located at 6021 Hollister Ave. in the city of Goleta. The Amendments being considered meet the County’s 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan priorities.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires jurisdictions to publish Amendments to a previously-submitted Annual Action Plan and provide a 30-day public comment period. The comment period for these Action Plan Amendments will run from March 1, 2024 through the end of the Board of Supervisors’ public hearing for this project, scheduled for April 2, 2024. The public may provide comments relating to the project as follows:

Written comments may be mailed or delivered to the Division of Housing and Community Development, 123 E. Anapamu St., Suite 202, Santa Barbara, CA, attention Carlos Jimenez, or sent via facsimile at (805) 560-1091, or e-mailed to HCD@countyofsb.org by 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2024.

An Administrative Public Hearing will be held via Zoom on March 29, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85246018608?pwd=NnhNYUlJeUtucTFEcVM5L01CQlE5UT09. Participants may also join by phone at 1 (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 852 4601 8608, Passcode: 015213.

The Board of Supervisors will consider the Action Plan Amendments for approval at its April 2, 2024 hearing at 9:00 a.m. at 105 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA, at which the public may address the Board directly. To present comments at the hearing, follow the directions posted at https://www.countyofsb.org/ceo/ cob.sbc

The Substantial Amendments are posted on the HCD website at https://www. countyofsb.org/494/Housing-Community-Development. If you need additional information, have questions, or require special accommodations, such as a language interpreter or hearing devices, call (805) 568-3520.

senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property.

NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER:

The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has

been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916)939‑0772 or visit this internet website http://search.nationwideposting.com /propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA2300289165 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Website. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale.

NOTICE TO TENANT: You may have a right to purchase this property after the trustee auction if conducted after January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 2924m of the California Civil Code. If you are an “eligible tenant buyer,” you can purchase the property if you match the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. If you are an “eligible bidder,” you may be able to

purchase the property if you exceed the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. There are three steps to exercising this right of purchase. First, 48 hours after the date of the trustee sale, you can call (916)939‑0772, or visit this internet website http://search.nationwideposting.com /propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA2300289165 to find the date on which the trustee’s sale was held, the amount of the last and highest bid, and the address of the trustee. Second, you must send a written notice of intent to place a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 15 days after the trustee’s sale. Third, you must submit a bid, by remitting the funds and affidavit described in Section 2924m(c) of the Civil Code, so that the trustee receives it no more than 45 days after the trustee’s sale. If you think you may qualify as an “eligible tenant buyer” or “eligible bidder,” you should

California Environmental Quality Act

consider contacting an attorney or appropriate real estate professional immediately for advice regarding this potential right to purchase. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Date: First American Title Insurance Company 4795 Regent Blvd, Mail Code 1011‑F Irving, TX 75063 FOR TRUSTEES SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)939‑0772NPP0446507 To: SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT 02/15/2024, 02/22/2024, 02/29/2024

NOTICE OF EXTENSION OF COMMENT PERIOD FOR NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE MISSION CANYON STREAM HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECT

LEAD AGENCY: California Department Fish and Wildlife

CONTACT: Frederic (Fritz) Rieman, (858) 467-4210

SUBJECT: Extension of Comment Period for Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration pursuant to Sections 21092 and 21092.3 of the Public Resources Code and CEQA Guidelines Section 15072

REVISED PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD: February 6, 2024, to March 21, 2024

The Notice of Intent for the Mission Canyon Stream Habitat Restoration Project was issued on February 6, 2024. The comment period was initially scheduled for 30 days, closing on March 7, 2024. CDFW has chosen to extend the comment period through March 21, 2024. All written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 21, 2024.

Project Location: The Project site encompasses 7.24 acres within Mission Canyon along portions of Mission Creek, Santa Barbara County, California (Exhibit 1, Regional Vicinity). The Project site is within an unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County on two parcels: a majority of the Project site lies within Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) 153270- 009 (owned by the City of Santa Barbara), while a small portion occurs within APN 153-270-028 (under private ownership) (Exhibit 2, Project Vicinity). The Project area is on the southern slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains, between 900 and 1,500 feet above mean sea level.

Project Description: In December 2019, Southern California Edison (SCE) performed maintenance operations that consisted of road grading and vegetation management along the Tunnel Trail access road in the Mission Canyon area of Santa Barbara County, California (hereafter referenced as the “December 2019 work”). The December 2019 work went beyond the normal maintenance of the road prism and berms, resulting in unauthorized impacts to the stream and the adjacent upland habitats. While smaller rocks and fine sediment material have settled on the slopes above the creek, larger rocks and additional fine material from the grading discharge have settled in the creek and tributary bottoms. The unauthorized activities in December 2019 caused impacts to Mission Creek and its associated fish and wildlife resources and the native habitats on which they depend.

SCE proposes to implement the Proposed Project to satisfy its obligation to address impacts ssociated with the unauthorized December 2019 work in accordance with a December 4, 2020, settlement agreement between SCE and the Santa Barbara County District Attorney. The Proposed Project addresses the habitat restoration and remediation of resource impacts to native habitats, trees, sensitive plants, sensitive wildlife, and waters of Mission Creek and adjacent areas. The Proposed Project includes removal of all recoverable sidecast material remaining on the Project site at the time of Project construction, restoration of stream flows, stabilization of the creek bank, repair of habitat features such as pools within the stream bed, remediation of impacts to trees and sensitive plants, berm stabilization, and restoration of impacted woodland/forest and chaparral habitats.

The objectives of the Proposed Project are the removal of all recoverable sidecast material remaining on the Project site at the time of Project construction and restoration of impacted habitat within the Project area, including Mission Creek stream habitat, such that it may support native fish use to levels that existed prior to the December 2019 work.

Location of Mitigated Negative Declaration Available for Public Review: The Draft IS/MND may be viewed online at https://wildlife.ca.gov/Notices/CEQA.

A hard copy of the Draft IS/MND is available for review at:

Santa Barbara Public Library

Reference-Government Docs.

40 E Anapamu Street

Santa Barbara, California 93101 and

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

South Coast Region Office

3030 Old Ranch Parkway, Suite 400

Seal Beach, California 90740

Commenting on Mitigated Negative Declaration: Written comments on the MND must be addressed to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region

Attention: Frederic Rieman, Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist), Project Lead

Mailing Address: 3030 Old Ranch Parkway, Suite 400, Seal Beach, California 90740

OR via email: AskR5@wildlife.ca.gov (subject line: “ Mission Creek Project MND Comments ”).

The Project is not located on any list of places formally recorded as containing hazardous materials.

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