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DO IT ISLAND-STYLE Years ago, when Senior Editor Matt Kettmann (right) first heard the Rusacks were planting a vineyard on Catalina with decades-old grapevines from Santa Cruz Island, he was immediately intrigued, as it combined three of his favorite things: history, wine, and the Channel Islands. Since then, he’s scoured Santa Cruz with Geoff Rusack for the remnant vines, flown to Catalina twice — seen here this past August with Rusack (center) and winemaker Steve Gerbac — and penned a 2012 article on the project for the New York Times. “I have one bottle of that first harvest of the zinfandel,” said Kettmann. “I know it tastes great, but I don’t think I’m ever going to drink it. It’s too cool to just pour in a glass.”
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by y KELSEY BRUGGER,, TYLER HAYDEN, LYZ HOFFMAN, MATT KETTMANN, and NICK WELSH, with INDEPENDENT STAFF
BY N I C K W E L S H our days before Christmas, statewide Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty quietly drew a very bright line in the sand regarding his agency’s plans to widen Highway from Montecito to the Ventura border, notifying critics with Common Sense , the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), and anyone wondering about the fate of the biggest public works project — worth an estimated $450 million — to hit the South Coast in decades. Caltrans, the director stated, would give no further consideration to the much-disputed left-hand exit and entrance ramps at Cabrillo Boulevard and Sheﬃeld Drive, stating their retention would pose “long-term safety and operational conditions and are not viable or approvable as part of this project.” Common Sense — a group of Montecito activists — had presented a traﬃc engineering study showing that there were considerably fewer collisions at these two interchanges — not more — and by retaining the left-hand ramps, Caltrans could shave $60 million and two years oﬀ the cost and time of construction. In his letters to SBCAG and Common Sense , Dougherty took issue with the methodology of the group’s collision analysis. Regardless of the details, he insisted that left-hand ramps are “functionally obsolete” and not as safe as right-hand ramps because they confound driver expectations. He also insisted the alternative plans proposed by Common Sense are no cheaper or faster to build. Common Sense activist Ron Pulice noted that Caltrans has already made 175 design exceptions to the freewaywidening plan and has failed to demonstrate why making another posed an insurmountable problem. Likewise, Dougherty rejected demands by the City of Santa Barbara that the project’s environmental impact report (EIR) be recirculated
for another six months and allow the project to be expanded to include a widening of the railroad bridge by the Bird Refuge on Cabrillo Boulevard. Without this, Mayor Helene Schneider has argued, traﬃc will become unacceptably backed up along Cabrillo. Past assurances by SBCAG and Caltrans that they’d address the issue have failed to bear fruit, she said. “They’ve been saying trust us for 10 years,” she said, “and nothing’s happened.” The city’s Planning Commission voted unanimously that the project EIR failed to address the increased congestion the freeway widening will cause at some city intersections and that the document needed reworking. Dougherty made it clear that would CLEAR-CUT: Statewide Caltrans Director Malcolm not be happening, insisting such an Dougherty didn’t mince words in a letter explaining eﬀort could delay the project by as that Highway 101’s left-hand off-ramps at Cabrillo many as ﬁve years and increase the Boulevard and Shefﬁeld Drive are “functionally cost by $9 million. obsolete.” Dougherty’s letter sets the stage for what promises to be a hot and heavy showdown “good faith” in responding to the concerns of when the SBCAG Board of Directors meets on Common Sense will give fellow SBCAG January 16. In recent months, Schneider has members serious pause. indicated City Hall might deny Caltrans the Still, 79 percent of county voters approved necessary coastal development permits if these the expansion of an existing sales tax six years changes weren’t made. Schneider is hoping to ago with the idea that freeway widening was the persuade a majority of her fellow SBCAG mem- highest priority. How much traction Schneider bers to stand up to Caltrans. She pointed out gets has yet to be seen. County Supervisor — that local taxpayers approved spending $140 and SBCAG boardmember — Salud Carbajal million on the freeway widening. On top of has pushed Caltrans to meet with Common that, she said, the SBCAG board has commit- Sense to hash out the relevant accident data ted $100 million in state gas-tax revenues that and has scolded Caltrans for not doing so. But, would otherwise go to local road repair. By con- he said, Dougherty’s letter clearly reﬂects the trast, Schneider said Caltrans hasn’t secured or thoughts and wishes of Governor Jerry Brown. committed to any of the additional funding the “If it’s a choice of ‘build’ or ‘no build,’ I’m deﬁproject will need. She’s hoping the redirection of nitely for build,” Carbajal declared. “But there gas-tax revenues — at a time when road repairs may be other ways to secure the improvements are urgently needed — and Caltrans’s lack of the community clearly wants. ■
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r. Julio “Candyman” Diaz — a Santa Barbara physician arrested in 2012 on charges of drug traﬃcking and over-prescribing painkillers to his patients, 11 of whom died of overdoses — may soon strike a plea deal with federal prosecutors to spend up to 200 years in prison and pay at least $10 million in restitution. Under the possible deal — Diaz signed a plea agreement that was ﬁled in late November but must oﬃcially consent to it at a January 9 hearing — he would plead guilty to 10 charges of illegally distributing a controlled substance and one charge of illegally distributing a controlled substance to a person under 21 years old. Diaz would plead guilty to only those charges, and all other counts against him would be dismissed, although they could be considered at his sentencing, the agreement states. The 11 charges stem from Diaz’s treatment of three patients, but prosecutor Ann Luotto Wolf — explaining 10
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that Diaz has yet to formally plead — declined to elaborate on details about those patients’ backgrounds or whether any are among the 11 who died. Diaz’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment. Diaz is currently under house arrest in Goleta, Wolf said. According to the ﬁling, Diaz — whose Family Care Clinic operated at North Milpas — reportedly prescribed one patient more than 1,000 opiates and sedatives in October 2010 and doled out more than 600 to another patient in November and December 2010. The third patient, who was 20 years old at the time, received a prescription for 180 oxycodone pills in September 2009. DEA agents arrested Diaz, 64, in January 2012. Authorities have said that many of the drugs Diaz prescribed were sold on the street, which often led to overdoses; the 11 deaths occurred between 2006 and 2011. After being arrested, Diaz — who originally pleaded not guilty to all charges — received signiﬁcant support from for-
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mer patients. Many said that he was a “strict” doctor who didn’t support drug-addicted patients and that he was being made into a “scapegoat.” The California Medical Board revoked his license in November 2012. In August, a Santa Barbara Superior Court judge ruled that the pharmacies that ﬁlled prescriptions for two of the victims — whose families are suing Diaz — could be held liable for civil penalties. Information on Diaz’s assets was unavailable. “I’m not prepared to characterize Dr. Diaz as much less bad or much less worse than any other doctor,” said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Oﬃce for the Central District of California. “We’ve prosecuted about a dozen doctor cases in the past ﬁve years, in which doctors wrote unnecessary prescriptions for dangerous or addictive painkillers,” he went on, explaining that the case will go to trial if Diaz backs out ■ of the deal.
Jose Hurtado, a 59-year-old Santa Barbara resident, was arrested 12/18 on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child, kidnap to commit rape, and false imprisonment. Police said a teenage girl had been the victim of repeated sexual abuse by Hurtado in 2006 and 2007 when she was 10 years old and living with her parents and Hurtado on the 700 block of Cook Avenue. Ofﬁcers also discovered two additional victims who said they were repeatedly sexually abused by Hurtado when they were 14 years old. One of the victims had lived with her mother and her sister and Hurtado at the Cook Avenue residence in 1996, and the other had lived with Hurtado when she was a teenager in Mexico in 1975. Hurtado was booked in County Jail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 1/7. Rebecca Sandoval has been charged with vehicular manslaughter while under the inﬂuence of drugs after a deadly collision on Highway 246 near the Chumash Casino around 2 p.m. on 12/19. The three-car crash killed 68-year-old Buellton resident Linda Wall. According to the Buellton California Highway Patrol, Sandoval, 37, was traveling eastbound at an “unsafe speed” on the highway near Cuesta Road when she slammed her Jeep Wrangler into the back of Wall’s Toyota Highlander, which had slowed for a red light. A Santa Barbara native, Wall recently retired from 38 years of teaching. Several hundred people attended her funeral at Old Mission Santa Inés last weekend. Sandoval is currently booked in County Jail on $1.13 million bail.
A 45-year-old Santa Ynez man jogging on Refugio Road was killed early Friday morning when he was hit by a minivan driven by 89-year-old Grace Cota of Solvang. The victim was transported to Santa Ynez Cottage Hospital, where he died just after 7 a.m. According to a report from California Highway Patrol, the weather was clear, cool, and dark at the time of the incident, and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision. The case is still under investigation. Vandenberg ﬁre department crews successfully extinguished four brush ﬁres that burned a total of 7.5 acres there on Friday. One strike team consisting of ﬁve engines responded to the ﬁres. The ﬁres were extinguished within 90 minutes, and no structures were threatened. Santa Barbara County provided one aircraft in support of the incident. The cause of the ﬁres remains under investigation.
CITY The cities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and Lompoc each received $500,000 in state grant funding — from the California Board of Corrections and Rehabilitation — for anti-gang efforts and services. In Santa Barbara, administrators said, the money will be funneled through the Community Action Commission and serve 120 young men and women ages 14-18 who have run afoul of the law or have been deemed atrisk. Eighteen juveniles will also be offered paid internships working with the with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department Apprenticeship Program. “Social service agencies assisted 120 youth in Santa Barbara in 2012,” said Mayor Helene Schneider in cont’d page 12
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New Cuyama’s Pool Problems
SWIMMING MEMORIES: Here’s what the New Cuyama pool looked like before a mysterious leak closed it down. On October 13, 2012, a little more than two years after the $2.4 million Joe Centeno Aquatics Complex opened in New Cuyama with much fanfare, the pool sprung a mysterious leak, and it’s been closed ever since. More than a year later, the County of Santa Barbara and CSAC Excess Insurance Authority, the on-the-hook insurance company, have ﬁnally determined what went wrong — if not exactly why or who’s to blame — but the small, rural community’s swimmers shouldn’t grab their suits just yet: The pool isn’t expected to be ready until spring 2015. To some residents in the town of about 600 people, the pool represents a political boondoggle, a pricey gift from the county that can only be used from Memorial Day to Labor Day and initially cost $6 per visit, a weighty tab for the county’s most economically depressed region. (That fee was nixed after the ﬁrst summer.) To many others, it’s a welcome respite from the 100-degree days of summer and the only place to learn to swim. But to all, the delay in getting it ﬁxed seems like just the latest example of how the county’s northeastern corner is routinely forgotten. (It should be noted, however, that many residents feel more attention than ever, thanks to the frequent visits from the ofﬁce staff of Supervisor Salud Carbajal, whose 1st District expanded to the the Cuyama Valley shortly after the pool was built.) Paddy Langlands, the deputy director of County Parks, conﬁrmed that the community has been “skeptical” but added, “They want this pool.” As he’s reported to the newly formed pool committee, there has been a year of “inspection and destructive testing” by the insurance company, which doesn’t want to dole out the money to replace the pool “like for like” until its due diligence is done. “Before they spend the money, they’re trying to ﬁgure out what was wrong,” said Langlands, who doesn’t yet know how much the ﬁx will cost. “A tremendous amount of investigation has happened.” That process determined that a pipe had become disconnected in the drain box and was pumping water straight into the ground, which caused the earth to collapse and crack the pool. It remains unclear who is to blame, but the county got the go-ahead to hire an architect, whose work must again be vetted by the insurance company to ensure it is a like-for-like pool. Once that happens, the work can begin. “The county is going to rebuild it — there is no doubt about that,” pledged Langlands, who recently updated the expected end date from fall 2014 to spring 2015. “It’s just taking longer than we — Matt Kettmann thought.”
former real estate agent and current men’s choir singer remains behind bars and held on $2 million bail after prosecutors successfully argued during a December 20 hearing that he is a ﬂight risk and would likely skip town if released. Richard Box, 69, is accused of repeatedly abusing and raping his wife over the last three years and molesting his 15-year-old stepdaughter, who authorities say was forced to live in a small closet under the stairs and was being groomed as his sex slave. Oﬃcials stated that the women — both from Thailand, where Box reportedly owns property — have lived in fear of the defendant since recently arriving in the United States and moving into his Las Ondas home on the Mesa. A Santa Barbara High School alum and longtime South Coast resident, Box is known around town as a familiar face, but some say he has developed an unsavory reputation over the years. Earlier in December, oﬃcers responded to the residence on a disturbance call and made contact with the victims. From there, detectives launched an investigation, and on December 16, Box turned himself in. According to a felony complaint ﬁled by Senior Deputy District Attorney Paula Waldman, Box faces 10 separate charges, ranging from spousal rape to witness intimidation and, if convicted, could be sentenced to 15 years and four months in prison. Box, who is represented by defense attorney Steve Balash, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The bail hearing began with Waldman submitting two handwritten statements from the victims to Judge Barry Taylor, in which the women expressed fear over what would happen to them if Box were allowed to return home. Waldman then called to the stand Detective Brian Larson, who described the 15-year-old as “shy, timid, and close-kept” and said her mother was similarly quiet and reserved. As news of Box’s arrest emerged, Larson ﬁelded more than 10 calls from citizens who testiﬁed that Box is widely known for his “disturbing behavior” and that he would be a ﬂight risk if released from custody. Larson also uncovered an October 2012 arrest report from Long Beach that alleged Box molested a 12-year-old girl living at an apartment complex he owned at the time, and that the police found multiple photographs on his cell phone that depicted “young girls’ clothed or partially clothed private parts … where it appears these photos were secretly taken without the girls’ consent.” During his cross-examination, Balash noted that Box has not been convicted of any crimes as a result of that report. Waldman later stated that given the new accusations, the 2012 case could very well move forward in the near future. Larson also described a 2006 incident in which Box, after having recently been in a car accident, threatened his insurance agent over
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As the opposition to an extended life for the Diablo Canyon nuclear power facility continues to reverberate around San Luis Obispo County and beyond, the uproar is also prompting a more forward-looking plan from the Northern Chumash Tribal Council, which is leading the charge for a brand-new national marine sanctuary off of the Central Coast. Connecting the gap between the already protected waters of Monterey Bay and the Channel Islands, the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary would preserve the many ancient coastal villages and sacred sites that now sit underwater (due to sea waters having risen by 300 feet over the past 10,000 years) by stopping future offshore drilling, fracking, and acoustic and/or seismic testing. If successful, it would be the ﬁrst archaeology-minded national preserve in the United States, which is currently home to 14 such sanctuaries from Hawai‘i to the East Coast. “We want to stop oil drilling and seismic testing because of Diablo Canyon, and we want to save our sacred sites that are submerged in the ocean,” said tribal councilmember Fred Collins, who has enlisted the support of Sierra Club chapters and others in the campaign. “We want to create ‘thrivability,’” said Collins. “We don’t use the word sustainability, because that’s the slow death of Mother Earth. Thrivability is where we want to go.” That also includes working with commercial and recreational ﬁshermen, said Collins, who wants to enhance what they do, not regulate it. cont’d page 14
FAMILIAR FACE: Two days before he turned himself in to police, Richard Box sang for the annual Unity Shoppe telethon.
the phone, saying that he would come to her oﬃce and kill her and others with a machine gun. The woman contacted police, and her company hired armed guards for the oﬃce, but no charges were ever ﬁled. Balash later called to the stand Box’s friend, Keith Lawler, a retired United Airlines pilot and Santa Barbara resident who has known Box for approximately 15 years. He said he would often give Box and other friends “companion passes” to Thailand at greatly reduced rates and that he was very familiar with the country after staying there a number of times on layovers. Lawler said he met his wife there and that he was with Box when Box met his. Since then, Box has reportedly spent a number of months out of every year in Thailand’s Chiang Mai province. Box eventually expressed an interest in bringing his soon-to-be bride back to the United States, so Lawler helped walk him through the visa process, explaining Box could obtain a “ﬁancée visa” that would allow them three months to get married before the visa expired. Before the three months elapsed, however, Lawler said Box and the victim had an explosive ﬁght. He claimed the victim destroyed many of Box’s belongings in the process and stole valuable watches and jewelry. Lawler tried to convince Box to contact police, but Box declined, stating he was worried the victim — not yet a citizen — would ﬁnd herself in serious trouble with the law. Around three to six months later in 2011, Lawler went on, Box reconnected with the woman and married her in Florida. Lawler said he advised against it. “She’s a very nice person, but very unstable,” he claimed.“It’s diﬃcult to tell a friend not to marry somebody, but I’m a good judge of character.” In her concluding remarks, Waldman said it’s no surprise Box would present himself in a positive light to men like Lawler, as predators are commonly two-faced and manipulative. “The theme that has come up again and again and again is that the defendant has the mind-set of a pervert,” she said, explaining Box is unable to control his behavior. “Now [the victims] have a chance of safety since he’s behind bars.” Box is scheduled to appear in court again on January 3 at 8:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.
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a prepared statement. “We saw 93 percent increase their school attendance, 79 percent report a reduction in drug and alcohol use, and 83 percent of eligible seniors graduated from high school. The grant funds will build on these successes.” The Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort could get a new neighbor — another hotel from the Parker family. In late November, Fespar Enterprises, which is run by the late actor and winemaker’s relatives, submitted concept drawings for a smaller hotel to the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC), which reviewed the plans at a meeting on 12/20. The second hotel is slotted for the corner of East Cabrillo Boulevard and South Calle César Chávez and would offer 50 to 65 rooms. The project asks for about 86,000 square feet of development space, with most planned for two- and three-story structures and the remainder for a staff building. The plans also include 160 parking spots, with some at the new property and some across the street at the DoubleTree. Once the HLC is ﬁnished with its conceptual review, the project will require the green light from the city’s Planning Commission and then the City Council.
COUNTY Supervisor Steve Lavagnino sent a letter to Northern California Rep. Doug LaMalfa, addressing his concerns with LaMalfa’s federal legislation to bring the Chumash tribe’s Camp 4 into trust while reminding the representative that the supervisors’ decision to oppose the tribe’s wishes was not a unanimous one. Lavagnino took issue with a letter his colleagues sent to LaMalfa on October 30, after the legislation was introduced, announcing their disapproval of the legislation. Lavagnino said he “felt compelled” to send his own note to the representative, given what he called the “onesided opinion” presented in his colleagues’. “I thought it was important he know the whole story,” he said. “I would much rather see us sit down like adults and try to work something out,” he continued, adding that he didn’t like the idea of a politician from outside of the area making decisions that will affect Santa Barbara County. Read more at independent.com/news. Rep. Lois Capps on 12/30 announced she will be introducing HR 3718, titled the Federal Fireﬁghters Fairness Act, along with Pat Meehan (R-PA 7th Dist.). The bill is designed to protect the rights and beneﬁts of federal ﬁreﬁghters who become ill from occupational hazards. California ﬁreﬁghters have enjoyed such protection since 1982 when Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s ﬁrst cancer presumption law. Since then, each of the remaining 49 states has passed some form of similar legislation, but state laws do not apply to those who work for the federal government. “This is an inequity that needs to be changed,” said Capps. “Our ﬁreﬁghters were there for us when the call came on our recent ﬁres, and they all faced the same dangers, yet many of them will not get the same support if they get ill just because they chose a federal career.” Goleta Skateboarding Movement (GSM) advocates made recent headway in their ongoing efforts to construct a permanent skate park in Isla Vista. About a dozen skaters attended a
board meeting at the Isla Vista Recreation and Park District and convinced the boardmembers to refrain from converting the west side of Perfect Park — located at the intersection of Embarcadero del Mar and Embarcadero del Norte — into a parking lot. Boardmembers had entertained the idea of utilizing the space for parking and installing 14 spots to generate roughly $10,000 a year, money that the district could use to ﬁx broken fences and restore bathrooms — an $80,000 project — at Anisq’Oyo’ Park. But after back-and-forth between trustees and audience members, the board moved to keep the space unoccupied until enough funds could be secured to develop a permanent park. Forty-two private college presidents in the country made more than $1 million in 2011, according to a recent study by the Chronicle of Higher Education. On the lower end of the survey — but clocking in as the seventh highest-paid president in his peer group — was Westmont College President Gayle Beebe, who makes $318,445 annually. Unsurprisingly, public-school chiefs earn less than the top dogs at most private colleges. UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang has a yearly salary of $323,916, considerably less than his counterparts at Berkeley and UCLA, who earn roughly $445,000 and $424,000, respectively. SBCC President Lori Gaskin makes $250,000. Gaskin’s pay is comparable to area two-year schools, including the president at Santa Maria’s Allan Hancock College, who earns about $245,500. Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of highways 154 and 246 near Santa Ynez is set to begin 1/6. The $3.3 million project — carried out by Granite Construction from Watsonville and expected to be completed by October 2014 — will include “minimal lane closures,” according to Caltrans. Motorists can expect one-way reversing trafﬁc control and lane closures during the various stages of the project Monday through Friday during nighttime from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and during the day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 10 minutes, Caltrans reps said. The City of Carpinteria closed escrow on a 1.44acre parcel of land between Linden and Holly avenues — just south of the railroad tracks — that ofﬁcials say will be kept as open space. The $770,000 purchase was made with money designated by the city’s General Plan for recreation uses, and planners will soon initiate a public process to determine how the plot will be utilized for outdoor facilities, trails, and so on.
ENVIRONMENT A group of community and environmental organizations — the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation’s Santa Barbara Chapter, and Santa Barbara Audubon Society, along with marine mammal expert Peter Howorth — have ﬁled an appeal of the previously approved Paradiso del Maré development project slated for a mile-long stretch of the Gaviota Coast just a half mile west of the Bacara Resort. The proposal for construction of two residential complexes has generated backlash and concern about the loss of access to the Naples surf break, as well as potential cont’d page 14
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hree and a half years ago, Sergeant Ed Olsen was ordered to turn the vague idea of restorative policing into an actual operation. With a résumé that boasts 23 years of law enforcement work and positions with the SWAT team, detective bureau, and major crimes unit, Olsen’s transition to the new approach — which connects homeless people with social services and works to prevent the nuisance-type crimes often associated with the transient community — has rendered real change, and the results speak for themselves. During the ﬁrst two years of the restorative policing program, 171 people participated in NEW APPROACH: “This is a unique position because a diversionary system for repeat you’re looking at the guy who’s in charge of both the oﬀenders who commit minor, carrot and the stick,” said Sgt. Ed Olson of the restorative nonviolent oﬀenses. (The group policing beat. had previously been responsible for 6,000 calls for police, ﬁre, and medical ser- for service. What we do looks like social work, vices.) Fifty-two of them graduated, meaning but at some point, we’re handing our eﬀorts they were not arrested or cited for six months; oﬀ to social workers. That’s how it should be 119 were placed in social service programs that designed. Many of the nuisance-related crimes treat alcohol, drug, or mental-health issues; 25 in California have been decriminalized, so we have fewer enforcement tools than we did 10 secured permanent housing. City Hall was so impressed with the pro- years ago. We have to work more creatively in gram’s early success that it augmented the eﬀort how we’re going to increase quality of life and with Redevelopment Agency funds in 2011. The reduce calls for service. money paid for sworn oﬃcers Keld Hove and Craig Burleigh, as well as three restorative out- How does restorative policing impact the reach specialists and six community liaison younger homeless population? Even with all members. Now, Olsen is moving upstairs to this great work, when you walk down State take a position in the department’s Internal Street, you wouldn’t know we’re doing anyAﬀairs division. He’ll be replaced by Sgt. War- thing. That young urban traveler is not necren Holtke, a 17-year department vet who’s held essarily our client. Not yet. The young urban positions in the tactical patrol force, detective travelers, they’re on the streets for a reason. bureau, and bomb disposal unit. Olsen sat Whether it’s their own choice or they were down with The Santa Barbara Independent to traumatized, they still possess some level of reﬂect on success stories, pet peeves, chronic choice. If they don’t want to live in the social alcoholics, young urban travelers, and why norm, they just create a lot of negative attention restorative policing is a creative new way to and nuisance-related crimes. At some point, solve long-standing problems. after living on the street, it’s going to take its toll. Whether it’s alcohol, drug addiction, or mental How did the department react to the pro- health, they’re going to end up not being able gram’s launch? There were so many oﬃcers to make a choice for themselves. That’s when that didn’t think we were going down the right they become clients to the restorative policing path. But those same oﬃcers now come to us aspect. and say,“I haven’t seen this person in two years.” This is a person they would arrest on a nightly What can be done about that group? That basis. When they were in the back of the police young urban-traveler group is in the pedescar, they would vomit on themselves. Then the trian precincts because it’s lucrative for them oﬃcer would have to drop them oﬀ at Cottage to be there. Here’s the issue: You oﬀer a toothHospital or County Jail, and the oﬃcer had brush, food, socks, or services, and these people to come back and hose oﬀ the back of the car come to you when they need a toothbrush, and dry it oﬀ. Just really, really labor-intensive food, socks, or services. What you’ve done is help them bridge a crisis that they are enduring issues. Some said we shouldn’t be involved in social at that moment. As long as they can get through work. Our job is to go out there and hold people that crisis, then they can maintain the lifestyle accountable for their actions that are deﬁned in of living in the park, sleeping on benches, etc. the Penal Code and the Municipal Code and We don’t wait for people to come to us to ask the Vehicle Code. That’s our job. But through for a quick ﬁx. We go out and search for people creative means, there’s a way to reduce the calls who are in dire need. We cont’d page 15
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impacts on the while-tailed kite populations and the nearby seal rookery. The County Board of Supervisors may take up the matter sometime this spring. In a meeting that left everyone a bit confused, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Board of Directors heard a 20-minute speech on 12/19 from Bob Hinnrichs, a Santa Ynez Valley resident whose résumé impressed the board but made some members question the credibility — and purpose — of his presentation topic: climate change. Hinnrichs, an engineer who helped design rocket engines for NASA and said he began studying climate-change data in 2000 after he retired, was asked to give his presentation by the board’s outgoing chair, Solvang Mayor Jim Richardson. Ahead of the meeting, environmental groups, including the Community Environmental Council, expressed concern both with Hinnrichs’s speech — which cast aspersions on the scientiﬁc community’s consensus that climate-change is not only happening but happening because of humans — and that a climate scientist was not also asked to speak. Read more at independent.com/news. ■
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The timing of the push is strategic, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is in the process of ﬁnalizing the criteria to judge sanctuary nominations, a process that was last undertaken in 1990. “There are many communities across the nation who would like to have a national marine sanctuary [NMS] like the one being talked about off of San Luis Obispo,” said NOAA’s Lisa Wooninck, who received more than 19,000 comments on the proposed criteria over the summer and thinks there may be 10 or more new sanctuaries eventually proposed. The nomination criteria should be ﬁnalized by March 2014, which would allow NOAA to start evaluating proposed sanctuaries before deciding which are worthy of designation. And each sanctuary functions a bit differently, said Wooninck, explaining, “The protections focus on what is of national signiﬁcance at that place.” So even if the Chumash Heritage NMS meets the initial criteria, it still must compete against marine sites across the country. “We got the momentum going again now — we’ve got a local, national, and international presence going forward,” said Collins, who said this idea ﬁrst came about during the 1990 nomination process and hopes it will also result in more research, educational opportunities, and even an interactive center down the road. “This is one of the most incredible areas in the world … and this will be the ﬁrst indigenous marine sanctuary in the United States.” — Matt Kettmann
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Good Land for Development A Handy Guide to What’s Being Built Where in Goleta
BY LY Z H O F F M A N oleta keeps on growing. Nearly a dozen years after it attained cityhood and now boasting a population of more than 30,000 residents, the Good Land has a slew of development coming down its monarch-rich pike. From hotels and housing units to places to eat, work, and play, there are projects galore that are proposed, pending, and recently approved. But when it comes to the city’s expansion, there are progrowthers, slow-growthers, and no-growthers. Advocates argue that many of the projects will make the city hospitable to business and help line its coﬀers. Others would prefer a longer window between plan approvals, with time to see how the combined projects work together. And some don’t want much development at all, saying that the increased traﬃc — chieﬂy along the Hollister Avenue corridor, especially as it heads toward Storke Road — and possibly reduced mountain views aren’t what will make Goleta great. Below are just 13 projects that could soon call the Good Land home.
1) UCSB’s San Joaquin Apartments
Where: Corner of Storke and El Colegio roads What: The Santa Catalina freshman dorm could be getting sophomore neighbors if this housing for about 1,000 students — across 160200 units — gets the go-ahead. Status: The project still needs ﬁnal approval from UC Regents, but it is expected to be up and running by fall 2016.
2) Marriott Hotel
Where: Storke Road What: The 115-room hotel provides another option for Goleta visitors — especially parents of UCSB students — and is projected to generate about $500,000 a year in bed tax revenue. Status: Opened in August 2012
3) Ice in Paradise
Where: Santa Felicia Drive What: This ice-skating facility near the Camino Real Marketplace would feature two rinks, a snack bar, and a rec room. Status: The project has raised about $6.5 million in donations, but still needs more than $1 million to achieve groundbreaking.
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4) McDonald’s Drive-Through
Where: Marketplace Drive What: The existing Camino Real Marketplace restaurant will soon get its long-awaited drive-through, which has been championed for its convenience but derided for its possible eﬀects on traﬃc. The project will also come with a new crosswalk across Storke Road and an extended median at the shopping center’s Storke entrance. Status: It was approved by the Planning Commission in October. That decision was appealed by the Goodland Coalition shortly after; that appeal was denied by the City Council in November.
5) Haskell’s Landing
Where: Hollister Avenue and Las Armas Road What: There will be 101 residential units across from the Sandpiper Golf Course. Status: Construction is underway.
6) Taco Bell
Where: At the corner of Hollister Avenue and Paciﬁc Oaks Road, in the University Village Shopping Center What: A third Taco Bell for Goleta (there are two on diﬀerent stretches of Fairview) would be the ﬁrst with a drive-through. Status: The fast-food joint is still making its way through the early stages of the approval process.
7) Hollister Village (also known as Westar)
Where: Hollister Avenue What: To be located across from the Camino Real Marketplace, this project marks a new breed of mixed-use space in Goleta, with its 266 apartments constructed alongside a 75,000-square-foot shopping center, which is slated to include a drugstore, grocery store, and restaurants. Status: Developers expect everything to be up and running in 2015.
8) Rincon Palms Hotel
Where: Hollister Avenue What: At the corner of Hollister and Storke, this 138-room hotel — with 180 parking spaces and a rooftop deck — is projected to bring in $700,000 in hotel bed taxes per year.
Status: It was approved by the City Council in November, and the developer hopes to begin construction in June.
9) Cabrillo Business Park
Where: Hollister Avenue What: Spanning 92 acres, this business park will include the new headquarters for Deckers Outdoor Corporation. Status: Developers broke ground in 2009; construction continues, but Deckers expects its building to be done by February.
10) Villages at Los Carneros
Where: Next to South Los Carneros Road What: With 465 residences — including single-family homes, duplexes, condos, and apartments — this housing proposal would spread out over 43 acres. Status: A public hearing on a draft of the Environmental Impact Report is scheduled for January.
Where: Los Carneros Way and Hollister Avenue What: As of a Design Review Board meeting in April, the store would be 160,000 square feet, with two stories — the ﬁrst ﬂoor for parking, the second ﬂoor for shopping — as well as an outdoor eating area. Status: The bull’s-eye store is making its way through the city’s approval process but could be years away from arriving.
12) Marriott Residence Inn
Where: Hollister Avenue What: If approved, this extended-stay, closeto-the-airport, 118-room hotel would likely be popular with business travelers. Status: A hearing on the project has been delayed to a date to be determined.
13) Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital
Where: South Patterson Avenue What: The new hospital, being renovated for better earthquake safety, will be two stories and 152,000 square feet, and will include expanded Surgical Services and Emergency departments, plus 52 new beds (but minus a subacute wing). Status: The upgrade is expected to be ﬁnished ■ by the summer.
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wrap our arms around them and stick with them. We bring them to the program. We don’t wait for the program to get to them. That’s the paradigm that works for us, and that’s why we’ve been successful for getting those people oﬀ the streets. As the program has been going for three and a half years, we’re seeing our eﬃciency and productiveness increase. We hope it continues. We can more eﬀectively deal with the people who are enforcement problems, but I think the community as a whole needs to recognize as long as it is lucrative for people, they will remain on the streets.
town and only one way out of town. We have a ﬁnite amount of resources available here. When you try to help everybody, unfortunately, I think you build an ineﬃciency quotient. It takes away from the positive work you’re trying to do in the ﬁrst place. There’s a push county-wide to make sure warming shelters don’t become ad hoc shelters. We don’t want them to provide so many services that [the homeless] become dependent on them. What we want those to remain are simply temporary shelters to get people out of the elements so they’re not dying of exposure.
Should people give cash or food to transients?
Do you have a favorite success story? Hands I remember when I was relatively new to the down, it’s a gentleman by the name of Tyler program, I saw a car pull over to a man who was Richardson. This is when I saw the value of our sitting on a bench at State Street. This was eﬀorts play out. This is a hard story to tell. Tyler Richardson had been living on our a gentleman who was a longtime alcoholic. He always had two ﬁfths of vodka on him; every streets for many years. He had amassed a time a police oﬃcer came by and cited him number of citations: drunk in public and open and poured out his vodka, he’d always have the containers. He looked like your typical homeless transient who would wander inebriated, second one ready to go. There were four young Westmont College unkempt, foul-smelling, but he was not mean. students in the car. They were double-parked He was relatively pleasant, but standoﬃsh and and not supposed to stop where they did. I saw guarded. Over the course of several months, one of the guys run out with the ashtray full of Oﬃcer Hove contacted him and said, “Whattheir pocket change. They were going to give ever plan you have for yourself doesn’t seem it to this guy because they to be working because I keep contacting you thought they were helping ‘As much out in the street or in him. So I pulled over, and jail. What can we do?” I stopped the car and said, satisfaction as I got “Here’s the deal. You guys And [Richardson] are impeding traﬃc, I’m said, “Well, I want to putting a murderer going to give you a break get to Santa Monica. in jail, restoring on that, but come with me.” There’s a program I introduced them to down there.” Hove somebody’s dignity the gentleman. I said,“Paul, said, “I’ll get you to transcends that.’ empty out your pockets.” Santa Monica.” He pulled out wads of [Richard] ulti— Police Sgt. Ed Olsen mately graduated the cash because he couldn’t spend that money quickly detox program and enough. I said, “I think you guys think you’re a sober-living program and was doing very helping him, but what you’re doing is helping well. He came back to Santa Barbara. Oﬃcer him to an early death. Paul gets $1,200 a month Hove talked to him one day and asked, “What from Social Security Income. Your four bucks is it that excites you, gets you out of bed in the in pennies isn’t helping him. Give to a program morning?” He said, “I used to work with gorilthat is designed to help people like this. Don’t las. In fact, I worked with Koko the gorilla.” We give to any one person who is clearly showing thought that was interesting, so Oﬃcer Hove made a few phone calls and located the Gorilla a lifestyle of bad choices.” There are also people who will go to Ham- Foundation in Redwood City, California. They burger Habit and deliver a hamburger to said [Richardson] had been one of their best somebody out in front. People often say they employees and asked if we knew where he was. don’t want to give them money because they We told them he was here and that we were are just going to go buy alcohol. Well, they’ve trying to help him regain his lifestyle. And they said, oddly enough, they had a been panhandling all day long, and you’ve just made their job easier to get whatever alcohol job opening and would love to interview him. they’ll need or whatever they’re going to use So we got him a suit, drove him up to Redthat money for. You’re enabling that activity. It wood City, and took him to the interview. He would be better if the community as a whole did spectacular, and they oﬀered him a job. A worked together to deal with output, not input. few days later, we found out that he had gone missing. Sure enough, the pressure of having all How have Casa Esperanza’s new sobriety rules of this responsibility back on him was a trigger impacted Milpas Street? First and foremost, and caused him to spin out of control. To their we totally support their change. It’s all for the credit, [the Gorilla Foundation staﬀ ] said they positive. Calls on the lower Eastside continue just viewed it as a leave of absence. They worked to drop month after month after month for through it, and he started working with the nuisance-related crimes. Let’s say you have 100 gorillas again. He died six months later due to clients, and 80 of them are unruly. What type cirrhosis of the liver. of service do you think you’re giving the 20 As hard as it is to tell this story, Oﬃcer Hove’s who want the help? Probably pretty poor ser- eﬀorts got this man back to a life of dignity, one vice because so much of your time and eﬀort is that he deserved. This program works. It’s not spent wrangling these 80 unruly subjects. for everybody. But there are Tyler Richardsons The more you try to help everybody, the who walk among us every day. more diluted your services become. In Santa Barbara, we’re nestled up against the ocean For the full interview, visit independent and the mountains, and there’s only one way in .com/news.
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THREE FOR THE ROAD: It would behoove those of us lucky enough to lurch into the New Year to acknowledge those whose ghosts gave out before the Earth could take another trip
around the sun. All such lists are inherently capricious, but I’d like to highlight the departures of Andy Granatelli, the famed former race car driver infamous for twisting arms for good causes; Harold Simmons, the Montecito robber baron who broke land-speed records giving more money to bad politicians and good causes than almost anyone in history; and Louise Boucher, the insistent civic noodge who for 45 years insisted City Hall protect what makes Santa Barbara special until knocked down by a stroke six months ago. Long before Beyoncé, Madonna, or Cher would achieve exalted one-name status, Boucher had established herself in Santa Barbara’s civic circles simply as “Louise.” She operated on the theory that if you sweat the small stuﬀ, the big stuﬀ would follow. Accordingly, Louise, who sat on every design-review committee in city history, was said to patrol downtown armed with a ruler to ensure that storefront signs were no bigger than they were supposed to be. However relentless in pursuit of aesthetic orthodoxy, Louise was also known to crack a shrewd joke or three, though she always acted surprised when she did. Louise, it turns out, was born in Idaho, and descriptions of her early family life were hellacious and harrowing. She was saved by relatives living in Montecito and spent the
better part of her life trying to repay the favor by saving the town that oﬀered her refuge. As such, she was part of the ﬁrst wave of slow-growthers who took over City Hall back in the early 1970s. Since then, Smart Growthers, who hold that increased densities and less stringent parking requirements are necessary for more aﬀordable housing, have gained the upper hand. Dubious in the extreme of this formulation, Louise was disinclined to fade gracefully into any sunset and stuck with it until she simply couldn’t. If you ﬁnd yourself wondering at times how certain buildings got approved, it’s often because they ain’t making new people like Louise anymore. While I didn’t know Andy G. all that well, I do know wherever he went, he was the center of gravity. Always. Politically, Granatelli was a traditional conservative Republican, and in the see-and-be-seen world of Santa Barbara nonprofits, he was the guy other rich guys wanted
to be seen with. Tough, warm, and exceedingly direct, Granatelli repeatedly proved he could draw blood from a turnip and did so with great vigor on behalf of countless charities. Lurking behind Granatelli’s gruﬀ “dese-dose-dem” exterior lay an analytic brilliance that helped propel the man’s amazing success as the marketing genius behind STP — those ubiquitous decals plastered for a while on every car on the road. But Granatelli’s force-of-nature personality could backﬁre, as it did when he took control of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Council about 10 years ago. In his zeal to transform the
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group — which raised private funds to buy law enforcement stuﬀ the Sheriﬀ needed — into a billionaire boys’ club, Granatelli set in motion forces that would undo the sitting sheriﬀ, Jim Anderson, as well as the council itself. Decals on cars helped make STP a household brand, but when the Chumash Casino was allowed to place stickers on sheriﬀs’ search-and-rescue vehicles in exchange for a $125,000 donation, Santa Barbara’s collective nose hairs started twitching. Likewise with the realistic-looking law enforcement ID cards handed out to anyone donating $10,000 ore more to the cause. And when the media was alerted how one board president — a big-game hunter whose internet address started with the word “BWANA”— had bitch-slapped another prominent boardmember in front of Sheriﬀ Anderson and that no charges were ﬁled — allegedly at Granatelli’s urging — the dominoes really fell. As a result, Anderson would be the ﬁrst sheriﬀ in at least 40 years not to win reelection, losing out to Bill Brown, who was then chief of Lompoc Police. Until his recent demise, sometime Montecito resident Harold Simmons ranked 40th on Forbes’ list of richest Americans. Simmons amassed a $10 billion empire borrowing vast sums of money to buy out existing companies, putting as little skin of his own on the line as possible. In recent years, he embodied everything that was legally corrupt about America’s campaign-ﬁnance laws, giving roughly $30 million in 2012 to super PACs — immune to traditional
campaign donation limits and many reporting requirements — associated with the Republican Party. Simmons did so because he saw Barack Obama as “the most dangerous American alive.” In 2004, he gave $3 million to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which took out ads in 2004 falsely denouncing Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry as a military coward despite the many medals Kerry won during the Vietnam War to the contrary. A Texan by birth and business, Simmons donated $1 million to Texas Governor Rick Perry, and in exchange, he secured permits to open a radioactive waste dump in West Texas on land right over one of the biggest underground water aquifers in the country. In Montecito, Simmons remains infamous for his own water consumption during the last drought, irrigating his 23-acre estate in just one year with enough H₂O to keep a typical family of four wet and sassy for 28 years. When a $25,000 ﬁne failed to get his attention, the water district applied an actual lock on Simmons’s water meter. But by then, Simmons had drilled his own well. That being said, he gave hundreds of millions to medical research, hospitals, and education. After reading a few years ago that the Casa Esperanza homeless shelter might have to shut down, Simmons bailed them out with a big check and has been helping ever since. Over the years, he would help out Planned Parenthood and a couple of gay rights organizations. And just to show he had a wicked sense of humor, Simmons donated $25,000 to a D.C. group dedicated to limiting the power of money in politics. In the meantime, Happy New Year. — Nick Welsh
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returned home to Santa Barbara recently, but it is not the same town. Change — the ol’ constant. Sadly, the wrong changes. With Santa Barbara’s inexcusable overgrowth and crowding, community consciousness has not grown with it; it has become decidedly more disparate and divisive. Widening Highway is a horrid waste, self-serving for a few, disastrous for the community. There are myriad ways to alleviate congestion: staggering work hours or making alternative transportation the ﬁnancial, environmental choice, not more cement, destruction, and construction that will create more congestion for years, noise, and inevitably more congestion when done. Such ill-designed, ill-timed ideas never keep pace with population and need. We can change how we move — alternatives and better means — not a wider road. Despite those of us on bicycles, still 70 percent of cars with only one person. That won’t change with widening the . Also, we are in a drought! Why are people watering at all? The Chumash said there was not enough water for the population coming in the 1800s. When do we take care of our resources? Is it not clear that the choices being made are destructive to this area, self-centered, and short-sighted? — Gina Bilwin, S.B. Santa Barbara — let’s work together for changes with consciousness.
nstead of the “Funnel” suggested in Letters on December 19 [independent.com/ funnel], how about leaving the Olive Mill Road to Summerland corridor exactly like it is, declaring it a historical landmark, and putting signs at each end saying “Slow down for a few minutes and take a look at how beautiful California’s highways used to be.” — David Turpin, Baja Montecito
aria Sharapova is expected to participate in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, representing Russia.
NBC has hired her as a commentator for the big event as well. President Obama and Vice President Biden along with their families are boycotting the games to send a message to Putin that his persecution and violation of human rights, speciﬁcally among the gay community, is not acceptable. Maria Sharapova has claimed she has gay friends; however, she stated not all laws in any country are perfect and “eventually” the laws persecuting gays in Russia should be changed. Ms. Sharapova, what about right now? Maria Sharapova was raised and tennistrained in America. She has reaped the beneﬁts and freedoms oﬀered in this country for most of her life. She has built a multimillion-dollar
empire oﬀ the courts with her American sponsors, endorsement deals, her American clothing line, and American candy company. She is truly living the American dream while in her “country” Putin has created a nightmare for its gay citizens and Maria’s dearest “friends.” Wake up, Sharapova! — Bruce Savin, S.B.
Justice per Antigone
n the class I teach at SBCC, for our English ﬁnal, rather than a blue book, the students performed scenes from Sophocles’ Antigone. As I watched from the perspective of audience rather than teacher, I thought about the power these ancient texts continue to hold over us. The enduring lessons they teach us. And at some point during the two hours, I thought about a horriﬁc accident: Raymond Morua’s DUI hitand-run of Mallory Dies. How, as a community, ought we to respond? Foremost, our concern has been for Ms. Dies and her poor family. But there’s more. Yes, we are outraged at Mr. Morua’s reckless actions. If the reports are correct, this young man will face prison. For the remainder of his life, he will be haunted by what he has done. And that is appropriate justice. The great lesson underlying Antigone is that justice must always be tempered with mercy. Without mercy, there can be no justice, no law. The students and I talked about this at the end of our ﬁnal. One student recalled Pope John Paul II who forgave his own would-be assassin. We discussed why Nelson Mandela commanded the respect of the world. If he had just suﬀered for 27 years in South African prisons,
he would be famous, but would he be beloved and honored? It’s the released prisoner — then president — who refused vengeance throughout the years after. Who stood for forgiveness and, yes, redemption. Right now, I am thinking particularly of Rep. Lois Capps. Correctly, she ﬁred Raymond Morua. Negligently, she allowed a felon to serve on her staﬀ. But I hope that this Lois will be like the person I recall from UCSB days: that she will visit this man in his prison cell. If she can, then there is hope for us in this season of renewal. — Celeste Barber, S.B.
eartfelt gratitude to Ethan Stewart for “Paddling Through the Storm” [Cover Story, 12/19/13, independent.com/storm]. The steps demonstrated to overcome and conquer illness are an example of courage and necessary determination to overcome frightening obstacles. To reach within himself to share is testament to embracing life and by example the gift of courage to ﬁnd a path to wellness for many.
— Richard Nelson, S.B.
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¶ Our news story “Oswald Innocence Campaign Descends on Santa Barbara” [11/20/13, independent.com/jfk] incorrectly stated President Kennedy was killed on a Saturday. It was a Friday.
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cruise ships, nasty lawsuits, and attacks on Social Security, but better weather than Bakersﬁeld, Scottsdale, and Fargo, ND. In 2014, we should learn what sort of an art foundation we’ll have up at the Clark estate, Bellosguardo, and who’ll be running it; more about new National Labor Relations Board charges against the Santa Barbara News-Press; and a suit claiming that the late Huguette Clark was the victim of a shameful shakedown by a New York doctor and hospital. While 22 cruise ships stopped by last year, 30 or so are planning to disgorge passengers, crew, and dollars in 2014. Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, a clean-water advocacy group, will be monitoring to make sure the ship captains keep their promise not to dump waste from these ﬂoating cities while in the city’s 12-mile boundary, according to a recent special report by Santa Barbara Independent reporter Matt Kettmann. The average passenger will spend $92, according to Visit Santa Barbara, the area tourist promotion group. And the Waterfront Department gets $5 each for the average 2,600 passengers per ship and 1,000 crew members, whether or not they disembark. Are cruise ships good for Santa Barbara? Money talks, but you still hear grumbles. NLRB VS. NEWS-PRESS: Who says lightning
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not her health but February 24, a National Labor Relations Board how to separate her judge will consider more from as much of her alleged labor-law viola$300-million fortune tions against Wendy as possible, accordMcCaw’s Santa Barbara ing to a new lawsuit. News-Press. Although the The NLRB has been reclusive copper heir here before, an adminiswas in good physitrative law judge ruling cal health for most that the newspaper illeof the time, she lived gally ﬁred eight memthere for two decades while the hospital bers of the newsroom and her physician union, among other conducted a 20-year violations. But a Washington, D.C., court ruled shakedown, accordthat the union was trying ing to the suit ﬁled by MONEY AND POLITICS: Some things never to usurp McCaw’s First the New York public change — 2014 brings more cruise ships, Amendment rights and administrator. Beth lawsuits, and political lobbying. put the kibosh on the Israel’s cash register case. rang to the tune of Now the NLRB has ﬁled new charges, includ- more than $4 million, and her doctor, Dr. Henry ing that McCaw refused to bargain in good faith Singman, cashed in with another $800,000, the and that she wrongly withdrew recognition of suit contends. The suit doesn’t include the $31 million the union, among other things. With three new judges nominated by President Obama poised she gave her private-duty nurse. To some, this to join the court, the outcome might be diﬀer- bizarre behavior should have called into question her grasp on reality. But although Clark was ent this time. lavishing huge gifts with great abandon, and the HUGUETTE SHAKEDOWN: When Huguette hospital was badgering her for even more, Beth Clark arrived at New York’s Beth Israel Medi- Israel never thought she needed a psychiatric cal Center, the hospital’s main objective was exam to determine her state of mind, according PAUL WELLMAN FILE PHOTO
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Our mom, Pat, gently passed away, at the age of . Pat was born in Erie, Pennsylvania to Francis and Marguerite Shufflin. She was valedictorian of her senior class, and left home at to attend the University of Pittsburgh.
After obtaining a degree in nursing, Pat moved to Detroit where she met her husband, Harold, while both were singing in the church choir. Their first year of marriage was quite an adventure, with Harold studying architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright in Scottsdale, Arizona, while Pat worked at the Elizabeth Arden Salon in Phoenix, tending to the rich and famous. Ultimately Harold decided teaching was his passion, and Pat and Harold settled in Manchester, Michigan, the birthplace of their three children, Mark, Brian and Beth. But dreams of warmer winters brought them to Santa Barbara in , where they settled on the Mesa. Harold took a position at Santa Barbara High School and Pat worked weekends as a nurse at St. Francis Hospital. When the Head Start program was launched nationwide in , Pat became its first
director in Santa Barbara. In she became the school nurse of San Marcos High School. With her wise, gentle and intuitive nature, it is fitting that she chose nursing as a profession, and school nursing and Pat were the perfect match. Not surprisingly, her office was a very popular hangout for otherwise healthy kids seeking her sage advice. In the mid-s she transferred to Santa Barbara High School, ultimately retiring in . Harold and Pat were long-time enthusiastic members of the Unitarian Church, celebrating their th wedding anniversary there in before family and friends. To know Pat was to love her. She had a wonderfully optimistic view of the world, and lived her life with affection, empathy, and genuine interest in everyone around her. She will be dearly missed. Pat was predeceased by her husband,
Harold, in . She is survived by her children, Mark Strayer of Santa Barbara, Beth Handweiler and her husband Marty of Irvine, and Brian Strayer and his wife Lynn Mari of Ventura, her much-loved grandchildren, Danny, Jenna and Jordan, her sweet sister Jeanne, as well as her beloved “Granny Gang.” Special thanks to our mom’s dear and caring friend Lee, to the caregivers and nurses at Vista Del Monte, and to her very special Nurse Darlene and the staff at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care. A memorial service in Pat’s honor will be held at the Unitarian Church on Saturday, January th, at : p.m. The family may be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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her. She was born in Iran, and due to the revolution she moved to Israel and then to Los Angeles. She attended the University of Judaism and founded the Persian Hillel at UCLA. Upon receiving her masters degree, she moved to Santa Barbara to work as a Social Worker at the UCSB Hillel. After she was diagnosed with breast cancer in , she fearlessly charted her own course of healing spanning years. She learned and utilized a wide range of healing modalities, often amazing and inspiring those around her, including the medical doctors and healers with whom she interacted. She was a memorable spirit to all who came in contact with her because of her presence, patience, artistic expression and joyful, giving heart. She had a deep connection with nature and touched and influenced many people in Santa Barbara’s spiritual, art, education, and healing communities. She is survived by her soulmate Claude Meier, her parents Maryam and Houshang Arastouzadeh, her sisters Jackline Arastouzadeh and Janet and Janet’s husband Christian Sabardine, her niece Sophia and nephew David, and many relatives and friends. What will always be remembered about Jila is her inner strength, intuitive wisdom, kindness, gentle and loving nature, and true compassion for all beings.
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when they acquired and created the Goleta Community spill struck, how did it happen that the Center, back when state government still worked. president of the S.B. Audubon Society — As head of the Coastal Resource Center, she charprowling the shoreline, staring through tered numerous trips to the Channel Islands years before binoculars, advising local, state, and national news media Island Packers or the Condor, traded handwritten notes and public agency types on the hazard to pelagic birds with Carey Stanton, and encouraged Peter Howorth and marine life — was a fortyish, transplanted Shropshire and Fred Benko, often taking pen to paper in support of lass, once more inclined toward inland British plants and Bob Lagomarsino’s long, but successful, drive to protect ﬂowers than seacoasts or birds? the islands as a national park: “He was persistent. He How did it happen, in a time before social media, had to be.” desktops, and Internet, that a new arrival from greater In the 1990s, she reemerged from “retirement” to help L.A. received welcome, then training, from Miss Pearl convene the South Coast Environmental Alliance and Chase on proper, old-school civic and community ser- keep the green spirit (“Oh, I’m not sure I favor that term”) vice — tools later employed, working rotary-dial phones alive. and manual typewriters, on Being a Local Hero was behalf of birds, nature, science, much more for Joy than saving and evolving public policy? the world in 10,000 meetings, How did it happen that letters, and phone calls. federal functionaries were so She was so proud of her son, impressed with her acumen that Dave, and “my daughter, Laura,” they invited her to “oﬀer a few (Dave’s wife). She ministered to brief personal comments,” as Ed during his last illness. Only Washington crafted the National later did she reveal that, early Environmental Policy Act, but in their marriage, Ed Parkinreceived a 10-page hand-typed son faced two serious rivals (“at memo with 37 speciﬁc suggesleast, in my imagination”): Brittions? Or that when the White ish movie heartthrobs Robert House invited her to attend the Donat and Ronald Colman. “It swearing-in of America’s ﬁrst just killed me that he — Colman EPA director, she replied, “Well — lived here on the South Coast, this is quite an honor. But I am a and I never got to meet him.” Joy loved music (“All kinds, wife and mother, and the trip is but it must have a rhythm or long and expensive,” and did not go, though she later encountered melody”); cooking (“I experiH.R.“Bob” Haldeman and asked mented. Sometimes wondered ONE OF PEARL’S GIRLS: Joy Parkinson why I never had time to try scihow it had turned out? Joyce “Joy” Nicholls, from embodied activism with her work with the ence or chemistry. Of course, Audubon Society, creating Goleta parkin Britain in my day, it was not Shropshire, England, child of lands, and during the 1969 oil spill. the Roaring Twenties (“Oh, that encouraged”); sci-ﬁ (“Mulder seemed like such a faraway thing and Scully — now that’s a couple to us, even while it was going on”), young woman in the I wish I had time to meet. Do you think if someone Great Depression (“We knew things were ‘diﬃcult’ in the asked Chris Carter, he could arrange it?”); Archie Leach world, but since we were, most of us, all in the same boat, (“BOTH of them — ooh, I used to enjoy Cary Grant, but it didn’t fully register”), met and married dashing GI Ed John Cleese, playing Archie in A Fish Called Wanda, just Parkinson during WWII, moving to America with him, made me roar”; and golf (“Tiger is very good, but if you ﬁrst Michigan, then L.A., before reaching Santa Barbara ask me, Justin Leonard and Davis Love III are easier to in the early ’60s. root for”). “When people talk about the ‘postwar baby boom,’ Joy Parkinson lived long enough to see Goleta incorthey’re describing Goleta when we arrived. Still mostly porate; to visit Alaska, the West, Antarctica; to become farming, a few stores and churches, abandoned bases. “the longest-lived member of my family, either side”; be Suddenly it was UCSB, Isla Vista, new aerospace plants fêted as a Santa Barbara Independent Local Hero; and all over. Block after block of new housing, including ours. despite failing health, to attend Audubon’s 50th birthday In the 1960s, Goleta was one of the fastest growing places picnic, where she reconnected with old friends, sharing in this country.” stories and posing for group pictures, one last time. Joy got in on the ground ﬂoor (one of “Pearl’s Girls”) Lung cancer took her a few weeks later. “Even when as cofounding member of the new Audubon chapter, I was little, we all knew smoking was bad for you. But along with Janet “The Condor Lady” Hamber, her close if you were young, and in the country, and there was a friend from L.A. days. She met Dick Smith, Tom Dibblee, war on, my goodness, it did make you feel the epitome and Bob Easton in their salad days, got a hello from Tom of sophistication.” Storke, a cooking tip from Julia Child, and an encouragShe faced her last illness with Stoic courage, aided by ing note from William Clark. Besides raising a great son, ﬁne doctors, Visiting Nurses, heroic support from Dave Dave, she also helped raise an Audubon chapter and a and Laura, and her friend Florence’s readiness to chaufdelightful backyard garden. feur her wherever she needed. Joy helped protect Lake Los Carneros from builders, Funny, practical, well organized, persevering, Parkinpersuading the county to preserve it as a park (“Families son lived the full, diverse life of community service Pearl north of the freeway needed parks, too, not just visi- Chase favored. 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fter crashing through dry stalks of fennel, gingerly stepping over clumps of poison oak, and dodging branches of lemonade berry, Geoﬀ Rusack crouched beneath a canopy of scrub oak, looked toward the sky, and pointed at a leafy green vine clinging to the top of a willow tree. “That’s a zinfandel vine right there,” said the 57-year-old vintner with a boyish grin, happy to spend a spring morning trouncing through the foothills of Santa Cruz Island, the biggest of Southern California’s Channel Islands.“It’s crazy how this survives out here.” One of only four grapevines known to exist on the island, the hidden zin is a remnant of when this remote, 97-square-mile chunk of land oﬀ the Santa Barbara coast was home to a sprawling, thriving vineyard. First planted in 1884, the grapes were processed by renowned wineries throughout California — including under the Santa Cruz Island Wine label until it shut down in 1918 — and the estimated 200acre vineyard even kept pumping through Prohibition. But then came the Great Depression, and away went America’s desire for ﬁne wine. Following one last harvest in 1932, the vines were left to wither away, although you
can still easily spot the vineyard’s footprint while ﬂying over the east end of the island’s central valley. Seventy-ﬁve years later, along came Rusack and his wife, Alison Wrigley Rusack, probably the only couple on the planet with the wealth, property, and know-how to bring winemaking back to California’s Channel Islands. The former aviation attorney’s requisite experience comes from 20 years of running Rusack Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, but Alison is responsible for the rest: Hailing from Chicago’s Wrigley family, the former Disney marketing executive inherited a considerable chunk of the chewing-gum company’s fortune, including more than 10 percent of Santa Catalina Island, the third largest of the Channel Islands archipelago, located oﬀ of the Los Angeles coastline nearly 100 miles south of Santa Cruz Island. The couple hatched the idea for an island winery while riding horses on Catalina during their second date ever in 1983, but it took a quarter-century of planning for that dream to sprout. Today, while zinfandel is the historic heart of their Catalina Island Vineyard, the couple — who reside mostly at their Hope Ranch estate — is also growing pinot noir and chardonnay, this past autumn harvesting more than 11
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A Tale of Two Islands By the time explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claimed the Channel Islands for Spain in 1542, the Chumash people had lived on Santa Cruz, which they call Limuw, for thousands of years and traded frequently with the Tongva people of Catalina, which they call Pimu, most notably for the soapstone chunks that Native Americans throughout California would turn into pipes, pots, and griddles. Both islands were considered and then rejected as sites for Spanish missions, and both became camping grounds for the Aleuts and Russians as they slaughtered sea otters to collect their valuable pelts. Their trajectories diverge in the 1880s, which is when mainland developers from nearby Los Angeles started eyeing Catalina as a moneymaking tourist destination. A man from San Francisco named Justinian Caire had a diﬀerent proﬁt scheme in mind when he ﬁnally got the chance to see Santa Cruz in 1880, which was around the time that he had taken the
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DAVE BARRY ISLAND OF ISSUES: Running vineyards on the mainland is no piece of cake, but expenses soar and logistics get ridiculously complicated when doing the same thing on an island, even one that has a fair degree of development like Catalina, whose northwestern tip is seen above. “Just to get to Avalon is a challenge,” said Geoff. “The drive to the airport is a challenge. Where we staff our labor force from is a challenge. And then all the transportation needs of getting supplies there and getting the grapes off Catalina — that’s a challenge.” (INSET) The Rusacks upped the historical ante by finding, propagating, and planting zinfandel vines from Santa Cruz Island, which was home to one of California’s most respected vineyards in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some of the wine was bottled with the label above.
controlling interest of the Santa Cruz Island Company, in which he ﬁrst invested in 1869. Caire quickly began plotting an oﬀshore agricultural kingdom based largely on sheep, cattle, and grapevines, which his family would eventually control for nearly 60 years. In December 1884, while much of mainland California’s wine industry was getting hammered by the devastating eﬀects of the pest phylloxera, Caire planted 4,000 vines from France, eventually experimenting with 20 diﬀerent varietals, including the red grapes of cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, petite sirah, grenache, malbec, and mourvèdre and whites of chardonnay, riesling, muscat, and trousseau. He built an expansive win-
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ery whose red-brick shell still stands today and grew the operation into one of California’s most respected sources of quality fruit and ﬁnished wine, which was sold in bulk to wineries from Napa to Los Angeles, as well as directly to the Raﬀour House Hotel across from Santa Barbara City Hall. “[T]he general conditions for viticulture were good to excellent, the vine stock was of the ﬁnest, and the winemakers and cellar men were the best that could be found …” writes Justinian’s descendent Frederic Caire Chiles in his exhaustive 2011 book Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island: The Rise and Fall of a California Dynasty.“For example, the zinfandel was noted for
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HARVEST RESEARCH: During a visit to Catalina this past August, Rusack winemaker Steve Gerbac grabbed a few grapes for testing, just one of the many steps to ensure the quality of the resulting wines. “Over the long run,” explained Geoff Rusack, “we want these grapes and this wine to be nothing short of world-class.”
being a full-bodied wine, fermented to dryness, with a higher alcohol content — qualities sought after in many of today’s top zinfandels.” With lawsuits, tragedies, and money troubles starting to aﬀect the Caire family, the winery stopped producing in 1918, but the grapes kept growing into Prohibition, with fruit sold mostly to home winemakers until the Great Depression wiped out the project for good in 1932. Down on Catalina, chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. cashed in on the Banning brothers’ failed tourist mecca dreams by purchasing a large chunk of the island in 1919, and he set about enlivening Avalon with a bigger hotel and casino, improving the infrastructure, enhancing landscaping, and increasing transportation from the mainland. He also established a quarry and tile-making company that produced popular pottery, built El Rancho Escondido into a premier Arabian-horse-raising ranch, and brought the Chicago Cubs baseball team, which he also owned, to practice on the island every spring. Upon Wrigley’s death at age 70 in 1932, his son, Philip, took over administration of the island and, in 1972, created the Catalina Island Conservancy, thereby donating 88 percent of the land to be preserved as open space into perpetuity. At that time (though living primarily in Chicago with her father, William Wrigley III, and family), Alison Wrigley would visit the island most summers, and decided to attend Stanford for college. She never left California, eventually working for Disney. On a blind date in 1983, she met Geoﬀ Rusack, the son of a Los Angeles Episcopalian bishop, who had returned to Southern California for law school at Pepperdine, having graduated ﬁrst from Maine’s Bowdoin College. On their second date, while riding horses around Catalina, they discussed one day starting an island winery, and the dream that would one day reconnect the sister islands was set in motion.
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Married with one kid and another on the way in 1992, the Rusacks started looking for a bigger house outside of Los Angeles and discovered Ballard Canyon Winery for sale. Though founded by dentist Gene Hallock in 1974 and warmly remembered by many for its annual grape-stomping parties, the 48-acre property was in “horrendous” shape, said Geoﬀ, but they were
intrigued.“It was before it was a chic thing to buy wineries,” said Alison, so the price was right.“We thought we’d run the winery on the side and keep our full-time jobs. We had no idea what we were getting into.” With Alison working the books, Geoﬀ got a crash course in grape growing, learning how to drive a tractor from regional pioneer Louis Lucas, and winemaking, with Richard Longoria leaving helpful tips on Post-it notes around the property. They replanted 17 acres on the vineyard’s “sweet spots,” said Geoﬀ, and by 1995, the Rusack label — which features an old Catalina tile design — was on the market. But they kept returning to the idea of planting grapes around El Rancho Escondido, which was still owned privately by Alison’s family; Geoﬀ ’s drive was only empowered when he read Thomas Pinney’s book The Wine of Santa Cruz Island, published in 1994 by the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. Meanwhile on Santa Cruz, The Nature Conservancy, which has owned the vast majority of the island since 1978, had its own problem: Many inﬂuential donors wanted the organization to bring the historic vineyard back to life, but it had neither the resources nor mission statement to do so. With rumors that the Rusacks were considering a vineyard on Catalina and wanted to look at Santa Cruz’s remnant vines — which had been identiﬁed years before by ranch manager Peter Schuyler and then found again by a subsequent manager David Dewey — Lotus Vermeer, who supervised the island for The Nature Conservancy at the time, was relieved. “This could be a very unique win-win situation where we can revise the history of winemaking and the old varietals on the Channel Islands and have somebody do it properly,” she told me during a trip to the island in 2012. So Geoﬀ and his sons Austin and Parker (their third son, Hunter, was away at college), climbed the island’s willow tree, took clippings, had them analyzed (one plant was the notoriously nasty mission grape variety), and propagated the zinfandel. In March 2007, after testing the climactic conditions and ﬁnding them much like the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, they started planting the zin as well as pinot noir and chardonnay into a vineyard at El Rancho Escondido. Wine grape expert Larry Finkle, who works with Coastal Vineyard Care, said that the biggest initial challenge was the salty soils, which forced them to create a “complex system of drains and berms” that has “worked
cover story quite well but requires continued diligence.” Then came the plagues of pests both microscopic (mildew, ﬁxed with farming techniques) and massive (bison, ﬁxed with fencing) and the extra expenses required to ﬂy products and personnel to and from Catalina’s mountaintop airport. “There has been an amazing amount of dialing in, but we have ﬁgured out how to deal with each individual thing,” said Geoﬀ, adding, as he knocked on the wood table inside the rancho’s modest adobe,“We’ve had challenges across the board, but as we move forward, there aren’t that many more things that can hit us.” With that conﬁdence, the Rusacks doubled down on their dream in 2012 by pursuing a revamp of the ranch —“This is 70 years of deferred maintenance,” said Geoﬀ — with the addition of a working winery and tasting room, which has required permits and review from Los Angeles County, the Coastal Commission, the Catalina Island Conservancy, the ﬁre department, electric and water utilities, and more, not to mention the need to import a “megaton” rock crusher that required the costly rental of dozens of steel plates. Altogether, the project will wind up costing many millions, with hopes to be done within three to ﬁve more years, at which point tourists will be able to ride a bus to the property and sip some wine.
‘ We’d be kicking ourselves if we didn’t try this … We’d always wonder if it would have worked. I have Geoff to thank for that adventurous spirit, and I try to keep up with him.’
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So How’s It Taste? Though the historical ties and unique nature of an island vineyard seem enough of a selling point, the Rusacks’ Catalina Island project is intently focused on producing quality wine, a goal that was established under former winemaker John Falcone and one that continues under current winemaker Steve Gerbac. Said Geoﬀ,“We want these grapes and this wine to be nothing short of world-class.” They are oﬀ to a good start: The chardonnay boasts a touch of pleasant salinity that Geoﬀ calls “coastal freshness”; the pinot, said Gerbac, is heavier bodied than what comes out of Santa Maria Valley and the Sta. Rita Hills despite being made in similar ways; and the zin delivers intriguing spices not usually found on the mainland. They aren’t cheap — $65 for the chard and zin, $75 for the pinot — and there is some consumer resistance despite the saga behind the bottle and the limited supplies: They hope to eventually get as many as 600 cases from the vineyard each year, but the 2011 harvest only resulted in the current release of 145 cases of chard, 118 cases of pinot, and 62 of zinfandel. But those prices are miniscule compared to what each bottle really cost: Geoﬀ once told me it was probably about $500 a bottle, but later clariﬁed that it “would be almost impossible” to calculate. The Catalina vineyard is much more than just wine, though, and even California’s preeminent historian agrees.“The whole story is a case study in our eﬀorts to recover California, and not in a purely antiquated way, but to recover a usable, useful past, in this case making wine,” said Kevin Starr, proliﬁc author and professor at University of Southern California. “It is a luxury project, energized by very wealthy people, but that’s okay — it ﬁts into the pattern of recovering California.” Despite the challenges past, present, and future, the Rusacks remain enthused over the ordeal.“When I get over there and I can take a deep breath and look out and see those vines, I am pretty much blown away,” said Geoﬀ.“I can’t believe we did this.”
Visit Rusack Vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley at 1819 Ballard Canyon Road, call 688-1278, or see rusack.com.
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MADE FOR GREATNESS: There’s no gambling at the Casino, nor was there ever, but you can still watch movies at what was once one of the best film palaces — and ballrooms — ever built.
by Nick Welsh
n recent months, my mood had gotten so rank even I couldn’t stand the stench. Accordingly, my doctor gave me strict instructions to get the hell out of Dodge. But being an unrecovering workaholic — and having some family obligations — my wife and I couldn’t stray too far or be away too long. So we took advantage of an oﬀer to spend three nights at the Villa Portoﬁno, a hotel on Catalina Island, just two hours down the road and another hour out to sea, courtesy of Catalina Express. I’d never been to Catalina before but had always been intrigued by the island’s world-out-of-time mystique, where movie stars lived the California Dream long before anyone conjured the term. I, however, was capable of doing very little other than a whole lot of serious nothing. My wife, it turned out, was in exactly the same frame of mind. So we mostly took indolent advantage of the cabanas at the Descanso Beach Club on the south end of Avalon and lay around like a couple of beached sea lions. To get to Catalina, we drove to Long Beach and grabbed a ferry ride over. The ride used to take three hours; now it’s only 70 minutes,
faster than anything but the 45 minutes it used to take carrier pigeons to make their way from Catalina to the mainland. Those inclined to sip Bloody Marys or enjoy a beer can hang out in the Commodore Lounge and soak up the channel view through massive windows. From the Avalon pier, it’s a short walk down the main drag (Crescent Ave.) to the Villa Portoﬁno hotel, a ’60s vintage cinderblock structure nicely disguised with a redtile roof and stucco ﬁnish. There was a near total absence of automobiles on the island, with the few cars being exceptionally tiny. Even the trash trucks were micro-sized. The vehicles are strictly regulated. Road capacity — like water — is a limited resource and planned for accordingly. Although the historical record of the island goes back 7,000 years, Avalon is really a manifestation of the wild imagination of chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. Wrigley took control of the island in 1919; 10 years later, he had invested in all the modern utilities necessary for a small urban getaway to attract wealthy snowbirds looking for a winter paradise. The most striking
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monument to Wrigley is the 12-story circular structure known as the Casino built in 1929. Upstairs, the Casino boasted the world’s largest dance ﬂoor and ballroom; downstairs was a movie theater of equal splendor, which is still in use. For dinner we went to the Avalon Grille, which gives oﬀ a traditional vibe with its dark-wood decor but still manages to come across as airy, elegant, and contemporary. The manager and the chef had knocked themselves out preparing an eight-course extravaganza of oﬀ-the-menu meals that qualiﬁed as a gastronomical Fourth of July. The feast included quail breast with mango relish demi-glace, roast ﬁg, and butter-soaked mashed potatoes; lamb ragout with a concoction of white beans; lobster-claw-and-mussel risotto; and mushroom bisque served in a tiny espresso cup splashed with a spoonful of
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Presents Beyond This Moment Be present as a company of eight dancers (ages -) explore the idea of memories, shared and individual, as they weave through a lifetime of beauty, reﬂection, challenges, and joy. Pay your respect to a culmination of over a year and a half of creativity and rehearsal. pm. Center Stage Theater, Paseo Nuevo. $. Visit centerstagetheater.org or call -.
THURSDAY 1/2 /: In Defense of Beauty: Leon Dabo’s Floral Oils This is the ﬁrst exhibit dedicated solely to the iconic French-born American artist’s ﬂoral oil paintings, which were painted between the s and . (“Arrangement en Rose” is pictured above.) The exhibit runs through April . am-:pm. Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, E. Anapamu St. Free. Call -. /: Morning Vinyasa No, vinyasa is not a type of coﬀee; it is a yoga discipline that utilizes postures and breathing techniques. Join in this hour-long class and start the New Year with a fresh breath. : and :am. Mesa Hot Yoga, Cliﬀ Dr. $-$. Call -. /, /, /: Preschool Story Times Joining a weekly story
time is a fun way to introduce your little ones to the library and maybe meet a new friend. Come listen, watch a ﬁnger play, and hear some music. Sign-ups are necessary at some locations. :am. Thu: Carpinteria Library, Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria; -. Tue.: S.B. Central Library, E. Anapamu St.; -. Thu. and Wed.: Goleta Library, N. Fairview Ave., Goleta; -. Free. Ages -. /: Dorcas Circle Have you ever wondered who the Dorcas Circle is and just exactly what they do? If you thought they were ladies who got together to sew, you have no idea! These quilts are made with fabric, thread, and a lot of love for babies at risk, and everyone is welcome. :amnoon. Dorcas Rm., First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara, State St. Free. Call -.
/: Mix-and-Match Social Tennis Do you “love” tennis? Would you like to meet people who “match” your enthusiasm for tennis? Then drop in at this fun social that doubles in a roundrobin format. No partner or preregistration is required. :-pm. Pershing Park, Castillo St. $. Ages +. Call -. /: Al-Anon Meeting It’s a good time to help yourself. This group oﬀers hope and recovery to all people aﬀected by the alcoholism of a loved one or friend and
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/: Goldy Formerly of the East Bay’s The Dangerous Crew (whose past members include Bay Area legend Too $hort), Goldy was part and parcel to the development of signature Bay Area hip-hop sound and style. pm. Velvet Jones, State St. $-$. Call -.
/: Pato Banton & The Now Generation Are you stuck in the past generation? Are you labeled as one of the future generation? Be part of the Now Generation as Pato Banton gives a one-ofa-kind live performance ﬁlled with high energy and positivity. :pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, State St. $-$. Call -.
T’S JOHN ZAN WEEK E H T F O E M GA /-/: College Men’s Volleyball: UCSB ASICS Invitational This traditional season-opening tournament includes ﬁve of the top teams in the national preseason rankings: Long Beach State (tied for No. with BYU), UCLA (No. ), Stanford (No. ), UCSB (No. ), and Cal State Northridge (No. ). Also competing are Paciﬁc, UC San Diego, Cal Baptist, Harvard, and Indiana–Purdue-Fort Wayne. Each team will play four matches in pool play Friday, beginning at a.m. On Saturday, places - will be decided, with the championship match at p.m. The host Gauchos are led by sophomore setter Jonah Seif, who had the fourth-highest assist total in the nation last year. UCSB’s Thunderdome (Fri.) and Rob Gym (Sat.). $-$ (single day), $-$ (both days). Call -UCSB ().
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/: Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity This opening reception is to welcome this exhibit of installations, photography, material samples, textiles, and interactive media by six Los Angeles–based artists whose innovative forces create new methodologies for research and implementation in the ﬁelds of architecture and beyond. (DO/SU Studio Architecture detail, , pictured.) Shows through April . Reception: -pm. Museum of Contemporary Art S.B., Paseo Nuevo. Free. Call -. /: Snow Much to Do Ten tons of snow is in the forecast for the city of Carpinteria. While the snow-play area is going on at the Carpinteria Valley Arts Center, part of Linden will be closed to cars to host outdoor skating, $ (includes skates), live music featuring Sam ’n Ash at the Seal Fountain, food trucks, and a bike-safety obstacle course for kids. There will also be bike helmets available with a minimum $ donation, and the Mobile Bike Shop will ﬁx your ﬂats and adjust your brakes for free! am-pm. Carpinteria Valley Arts Ctr., Linden Ave. Snow is free for ages & under. Call -. /: Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride Once again, the bar has been raised: This ﬁlm showcases a magnitude of ski and snowboard action that can’t be matched anywhere else. pm. Plaza Playhouse Theater, Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria. $. Visit plazatheater carpinteria.com or call -.
SUNDAY 1/5 /: Vaud and the Villains Called a meeting of Moulin Rouge and American noir, Vaud and the Villains are a -piece s-style orchestra and cabaret that’s fueled by nostalgia, with a heavy dose of modern sensibility. pm. SOhO Restau-
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/: Bruce Hale Award-winning author and speaker Bruce Hale (pictured), whose works include the Chet Gecko Mystery series and Clark the Shark, will share his experiences and insights as part of Art Without Limits’ Tell Your Story lecture series. -pm. Community Partners Ctr., Union Bank, E. Carrillo St. $. Visit awolsb.org or call -.
/: I Wish … For All Time M-Pact (pictured) and Duwende, two exciting talents to emerge from New York’s recently resurgent a cappella music scene, come together in a celebration of the musical and cultural genius of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. pm. Granada Theatre, State St. $-$. Call -.
MONDAY 1/6 /: Santa Barbara Newcomers Club Informational Meeting Meet new people (who are also new to the city), learn about area events and clubs, and get familiar with a city that’s a fantastic place to call home. pm. E. Montecito St. Free. Call -.
/: Plains Indian Beadwork and Regalia from the Anthropology Collection Dr. Jan Timbrook, SBMNH curator of ethnography, will discuss the museum’s current special exhibit that focuses on the diversity of culture of the Plains tribes through the prism of their decorative arts, as well as some of the stereotypes that befall tribes from this region. :pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History, Puesta Del Sol Rd. Free. Call -.
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WEEK TUESDAY 1/7 /: Plaza Playhouse Improv Workshop Kickoff This popular Improv Workshop will begin another eight-week session, and preregistration is required (no drop-ins). The class, which is designed to build participants’ conﬁdence and improvisational skills, will take place every Tuesday, and culminates in a public improv showcase on February . Class size is limited to participants, so register ASAP! ::pm. Plaza Playhouse Theater, Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria. $-$. Call -.
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/: Goleta Knitting and Crocheting Group Don’t worry about your skill level; knitters don’t judge! Join in the group to create items for donations to charitable organizations and to chat. -:pm. Multipurpose Rm., Goleta Library, N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Free. Call -.
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/: Directed Energy Planetary Defense Luncheon Meeting Professor Philip Lubin (pictured) will share information on his proposed planetary defense system, called DE-STAR, which aims to protect the Earth from potentially hazardous objects by heating them to the point of vaporization — a more streamlined and eﬃcient alternative to sending Bruce Willis and Ben Aﬄeck into space on four-wheelers with a nuclear warhead. Noon-:pm. Elks Lodge, N. Kellogg Ave. $-$. Call -.
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Real novels remind us that the written word can have more music than CDs and more depth than Super Mario D. Two of these books are available in paper, and they are all available from bookstores — and of course online — in hardback, too.
above: “I’m photographing some dolphin activity today. Earlier I saw a pod that was so close I could have touched them!” said Karen Monson of Santa Barbara as she and her dog Buddy were out for a photography stroll at Loon Point Beach in Summerland. “I try to come out here every day. [Buddy] is so good to photograph with. If I’m taking pictures of the birds, he doesn’t run after them,” she added.
BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK: This is the best American novel about America written in decades. Author Ben Fountain combines all the elements of our country’s epic, ignoble, and amoral obsessions — foreign interventions, Dallas Cowboys football, sex, and the nightmares of the family romance — and puts them in a riveting package that gloriously observes the Aristotelian unity of place and time. This novel about a troop of Iraqi War vets back from the fray to see a Thanksgiving football game grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go until the last hurrah. BRING UP THE BODIES: English writer Hilary Mantel won her second Man Booker Prize for this second installment of her Thomas Cromwell/ Henry VIII series. Rarely has the historical novel lived up to a title so well. Nobody I know writes with the same elliptical precision.
New in the New Year A whole new year! And S.B. foodies have a lot to look forward to (you know, once they get over their New Year’s diets). There’s the opening of the Public Market at Alma del Pueblo, now slated for spring, which will come complete with a solid slew of vendors, including — excitingly for carnivores — an outpost of Belcampo Meat Company and — exciting for locavores and the legions of folk so smitten they’ll happily drive an hour each way for a pie — the restaurant that’ll anchor the project, Full of Life Flatbread. Then there’s the expansion of C’est Cheese, which should be finished ... very soon. Expect full-service breakfast and lunch seven days a week in a café setting, as well as expanded catering service and more of the tangy, gooey, chewy, soft, and stinky goodies that have made them an S.B. institution during the past 10 years. Bon appétit. — Shannon Kelley
Great food writing, from M.F.K. Fisher on, often veers into the erotic. Full of ecstasies and vivid details, it reads like poetry, settled in its sensuousness yet concerned with chance metaphors, too. We like our food-show chefs to stop, sniff the air, lick their fingers, or just exclaim, “How delicious!” You might guess from the title this isn’t what Nancy Spiller is up to in her slim Compromise Cake. Instead of oohs and ahhs, readers get regrets and complaints as often as they might get helpful hints for re-creating homey 1960s food that moms made. The problem derives from the ingenious premise. Spiller inherited her mother’s recipe box, along with her legacy of depression and worldly dismay. Being a UCLA professor of memoir writing, Spiller, also a journalist, turns the experience of cooking from the box into a measured blend of Proustian memory and stand-upcomic resentment — hardly the stuff of ecstasy. She bakes sugar cookies and then rails against the white powder’s insalubrious effects on American nutrition. Who wants a lecture from their drug dealer? On the other hand, this is a unique kind of my mother, my self-edible history drawn from scratchy script on food-stained paper from in a box: family history with gravy. (Compromise Cake by Nancy Spiller, Counterpoint Press, $22.) — D.J. Palladino
BLEEDING EDGE: Thomas Pynchon, who easily BL ranks among the greatest novelists our land has ra ever produced, has turned out another small ev book that ranks among his finest. Clear with b a complex cast of characters, Bleeding Edge plugs the Big Apple with millennial nostalgia p until the great tragedy strikes. With surprising u hipster wit, Pynchon lampoons the world of geek chic, taking us on a tour of the Deep Web g yet pushing forward his own old intrigues, paranoia, and dope humor. — D.J. Palladino
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Which Scottish/English observance in January sees farmers driving their tractors to church? ❏ Sowing Saturday ❏ Plough Sunday ❏ Harvest Monday In astrology, which planet rules over January’s sign Capricorn? ❏ Venus ❏ Mars ❏ Saturn What is the rarest color of garnet, January’s birthstone? ❏ Blue ❏ Green ❏ Black
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anta Barbara’s Flying A Studio was for a time one of the largest silent-movie studios in the country. Arguably its brightest star was a teenager named Mary Miles Minter. She was born Juliet Reilly in 1902. Her mother, Charlotte, was the queen of all stage mothers, and at age 5, Mary appeared in the production Cameo Kirby. She began her ﬁlm career in 1912 and soon changed her name to Mary Miles Minter. She was lured to Flying A in 1916, 14 years old and already an established star. Flying A was at its peak; personnel included 18 full-time directors, almost 100 actors, and close to 300 technical people. In 1916, the Flying A made 242 pictures. Minter and her mother moved into a large home on Grand Avenue. Relations between the two were not always serene. Minter at times would go “missing,” greatly upsetting her mother, going on joyrides in a blue Packard. Minter was cast in the mold of Mary Pickford, whom she rivaled in popularity for a time. One admirer wrote, “Those who did not like her might quite reasonably have gone on to declare that they did not like sunshine either.” She tended to be cast in formulaic vehicles, in which she played the young, virtuous, brave innocent subjected to danger and temptation before winning the day. Her talent quotient remains in dispute. One director she worked with, Edward Sloman, opined, “Without doubt, she was the best-looking youngster I ever saw, and the lousiest actress.” One ﬁlm historian, however, felt that had her career not been cut short and had more of her ﬁlms survived, she today might be considered up there with Pickford, Clara Bow, and others of the ﬁrst rank. Minter made 26 ﬁlms for Flying A until more money lured her away to another studio in 1919 to replace Pickford, who was also moving on. Flying A never had another star as big and closed its doors the following year. It turned out Minter’s career was also nearing a close. Hollywood was rocked by a series of scandals in the early 1920s, one of which was the shooting death of William Desmond Taylor in 1922. Rumors circulated about Minter’s romantic involvement with the 49-year-old director and about her rivals for Taylor’s aﬀections, which included her own mother. No one was ever charged in the case, and it remains unsolved. It was the end of Minter’s career; she retired from the screen in early 1923 and later built a successful real estate career. By the time of her death in 1984, her movie stardom was all but — Michael Redmon forgotten.
orrest Galante is not your average Santa Barbaran. California-born, Galante was raised with his younger sister in Harare, Zimbabwe, where his family ran a safari business. When he wasn’t ﬁshing or heading up the junior herpetology society, he spent most of his free time in the middle of the African bush. The outdoor skills he learned in his youth would come in handy during his stint as a contestant on the Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid last year. “I grew up there having an incredible childhood and then went to an English boarding school very much like Harry Potter with prefects, corporal and physical punishment,” Galante said. In 2001, however, political uprising forced his family to return to the States; their farm was invaded and burned down, and they were held at gunpoint and forced to pack up and leave within 24 hours. Settling in Cayucos, California, Galante ﬁnished high school and went on to study biology at UCSB. Now, 25 years old and a freelance biologist, he travels the world exploring unique environments and exotic species. “I’m a wildlife biologist and passionate conservationist. I’m very diﬀerent in that regard, more like your Steve Irwin, very hands-on in the ﬁeld, catching things and studying them,” Galante said. With 36 countries under his belt, Galante has experienced some pretty remarkable events — such as surviving a plane crash, being mauled by a lion and bitten by a poisonous snake, and falling oﬀ a waterfall. But none of that has stopped him from continuing to push his limits. A case in point: his application to be on the Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid — a 21-day survival challenge where two strangers, one man and one woman, are paired together, dropped naked in the middle of the jungle, and forced to survive on their own. “Jessica [my ﬁancée] and I were just sitting around ﬂipping through the channels, and the show was on TV,” Galante explained. “She said to me, ‘You have to apply for that show,’ so I sent in the most half-assed application, and sure enough, I got a callback the next morning.” The next thing he knew, he was in the far northwestern part of Panama, walking naked on the beach toward his partner.
GAUCHO GONE WILD: UCSB alum Forrest Galante recently found himself in Panama without any supplies or clothes for Discovery Channel’s reality survival show Naked and Afraid.
Being dropped in the middle of a jungle with no supplies — and no clothes — is a tough experience for anyone. Fortunately for Galante, his diving and ﬁshing skills separated him from not only his partner but also the other couple that later joined them in the show. “I was living, and they were surviving; they were scraping above the bottom. They had sharp skills, but they were doing the bare minimum,” Galante said. “I was enjoying myself, collecting oysters and taking walks on the beach … I was never really miserable. I was cold and uncomfortable.” Although Galante was able to easily catch seafood, he struggled when it came to making a ﬁre and keeping it lit. “The show was very humbling. I’m a cocky guy because I’ve done this and that … I’ve always had creature comforts, a sleeping bag and a pillow, a box of matches, and without all of those things, I wasn’t as good at being outdoors,” Galante said. “I would go in a heartbeat to do anything like this again. I’m not someone that says no to any opportunity in life.” So what’s next in his journey? Recently engaged to his high school sweetheart of 10 years, Galante will be busy planning a wedding, working on establishing an adventure resort in Belize, and his international cuisine-based website, travelgrub.com. Needless to say, his journey has only just begun. To see some bonus clips of Galante and his survival challenge, visit discovery.com/tv-shows/naked-and-afraid. — Rachel Cabakoff
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Nanco Helicopters Gives Aerial Experience
ot many 24-year-olds ﬂy a commercial helicopter several times a week, and few own their own business. Taylor Nancarrow does both. A third-generation Santa Barbaran with aviation in his blood — his dad and grandfather were both pilots — Nancarrow started ﬁxed-wing ﬂight training when he was 14 years old at Red Baron Aviation in Goleta. Two years later, his father — then owner of the Elephant Bar and a recreational pilot — died suddenly of a heart attack, leaving Nancarrow devastated. Flying planes was put on hold. However, in the past several years, Nancarrow has resumed ﬂying, focusing on helicopters. “[As a kid], I noticed a lot of the pilots were always really stressed out, ﬂying from one place to another. I noticed that the helicopter pilots were the most cheerful.” Copter pilots get to go home at night instead of staying in “Milwaukee overnight,” he reasoned. This past summer, Nancarrow launched Nanco Helicopters, a one-man business that currently gives four to ﬁve tours weekly. Traveling the Gaviota coastline to the Carpinteria marsh area, tours glide over sites like the Bacara Resort & Spa, Naples, and El Capitan. “People don’t realize there’s so much space; when you get up there, you see it,” Nancarrow said. He prefers showing natural landscapes to celebrity houses in Montecito. “There are a lot of complaints for people who ﬂy in from out of town and ﬂy low. … I know this community. I’m sensitive to ﬂying neighborly.” Nancarrow oﬀers three customized tours in his mini four-seater copter — for which he took out a hefty loan — that range from
AIRBORNE: Nanco Helicopters offers a bird’s-eye view of scenic Santa Barbara County.
$100-$200. Roughly half of his clients are out-of-towners, and half are from the area, he said, explaining he recently launched his ad campaign and has deals on Groupon and LivingSocial. “This is an industry where you don’t do it to make money,” he added. “If you want to make money, you become a stock broker or a real estate agent. But you ﬂy helicopters because you love ﬂying.” He is well aware of the shock factor that comes with the double whammy of being a young pilot and a business owner. When asked if people take him seriously, he said, “I hope so. I try to come across as serious. I think when I sit down with people and talk to them, then they take me seriously. Being 24, you have a lot to prove. There’s more doubt … which is tough, but I understand.” Five to 10 years from now is — literally and ﬁguratively — up in the air for Nancarrow. “As long as I’m ﬂying, I’m happy,” he said. “In the back of my mind, I always ask myself, what would make my dad proud? And I know this would. That is part of the reason I do it.”
— Kelsey Brugger
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Year-End Wrap-Up High School Basketball and Other Sporty Bits for the New Year
by John Zant n the brightness of Santa Barbara
High’s J.R. Richards Gym — a recent
LEGENDS OF THE FALL: Winning the ultimate championships in their sports during the 2013 fall season were the SBCC women’s golf team, with its third state title in the last eight years, and the Carpinteria girls tennis team, CIF Division winners for the second consecutive year. Fanny Johansson, a freshman from Sweden, led the Vaquero golfers. Kelsie Bryant, a junior, dominated the tennis courts for the Warriors.
sprucing-up has had a comet-like eﬀect on the previously dim conﬁnes — visions of an exciting 2014 prep basketball season materialized last Saturday night. The Carpinteria Warriors managed to create some chaos in their Holiday Classic tournament matchup against Santa Barbara, and the Dons responded with ﬂashes of brilTO THE VAQS GO THE SPOILS: With liance during their 10th victory in 11 games, a 7-3 record in the fall, SBCC’s football team 73-52.“We like to play up-tempo,” Santa Barhad its best season in 22 years. Two of the bara coach David Bregante said.“We can score in bunches. We can score a lot of points Vaqueros accepted scholarships at four-year fast.” universities. Jarred Evans, a quarterback from Queens, N.Y., is enrolling at Cincinnati That was the case in the ﬁrst quarter, when after accounting for 34 SBCC touchdowns — the Dons raced out to a 28-11 lead. 25 passing and nine rushing — over the past Carpinteria sprint champion Bryson Frazer may have been the fastest player on two seasons. Morgan Nevin, an All-State the ﬂoor, but Santa Barbara had ﬁve guys linebacker from Truckee who led the state in HOOP SPIRIT: This year’s Holiday Classic saw Santa Barbara High and Carpinteria High go headwho could really move, including 65 senior tackles, including 28 in one game, committed to-head. Pictured above, 65 Jack Baker (left) of the Dons keeps the ball out of reach from Warrior Jack Baker. “We can run with any team,” to Sacramento State. defender Bryson Frazer (right), the fastest player on the ﬂoor. Baker said. “When we run, a lot of guys get open for easy shots.” JOME SWEET JOME: UCSB winger Isaiah Tapia, a clever senior guard known as Ismaila Jome has been recognized as one of the “Rat,” was the open guy much of the time. He scored nation’s top young soccer players. The Minnesota 24 points on a ﬂurry of three-pointers and some native was named to the College Soccer News acrobatic layups. He missed badly just once, coming All-Freshman Team and the Top Drawer Soccer up short on an attempt in the ﬁnal seconds of the Freshman Best XI. Jome displayed remarkable ball half. Baker grabbed the air ball and stuﬀed it through control in compiling seven assists and two goals for the hoop, à la Lorenzo Charles (N.C. State vs. Housthe Gauchos. ton, 1983 NCAA Final). “My dunk wasn’t quite as TERRIFIC TRIO: Santa Barbara could be home big,” Baker said. Bolden Brace, a 64 sophomore who was to almost half the starters on the 2016 U.S. Olympic branded a Don the day he was born, contributed women’s water polo team. Kami Craig (Santa Barbara High) already has a gold medal from 16 points. His name was inspired by Torlando Bolden, a former star running back for the Dons the 2012 London Games. When the U.S. women and teammate of his father, Billy Brace. wrapped up last month’s international Holiday Cup Frazer scored 13 points for Carpinteria, which in Los Alamitos with a 13-5 victory over Greece, trailed by only 10 points (45-35) in the third quarter Craig was joined in the starting lineup by Kiley Neushul and goalkeeper Sami Hill, former standbefore Brace hit back-to-back threes, and the Dons outs at Dos Pueblos High. assumed a 58-38 lead. “I liked our eﬀort,” said Jackson Damron, a CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: The Dons’ Chris Wagonhurst (#32) races toward the basket, THREE DOZEN ROSES: I could smell the grass Carpinteria assistant who ﬁlled in for head coach trailed by several Carpinteria Warriors. Santa Barbara High won the game, 73-52. Johnny Ward, out of town at a wedding. “Santa from my end-zone seat when I attended my ﬁrst Barbara is the toughest team we’ll face. They have Rose Bowl game in 1962. UCLA faced Minnesota, tory over Cal on December 6. They return to the home ﬂoor athleticism, skill, and size. We battled them. That last scrum, which featured a dynamic African-American quarterback, Saturday, January 4, against The Master’s College, a warm-up the ball was loose three or four times; they had it, we had it, Sandy Stephens. After he led the Gophers to a 21-3 victory, for their Big West opener a week later against Cal Poly. they had it, we came up with it.” fans rushed unimpeded onto the ﬁeld and pulled down Meanwhile, in a Santa Maria tournament, San Marcos the wooden goalposts. One of them brandished an ax and was winning for the seventh consecutive game on Saturday. THE AMERICA’S CUP CAPER: Speaking of comebacks, chopped up souvenirs. I repeat: Somebody brought an ax into The Royals took an 11-2 record into this week. They will host I had to dine in the crow’s nest after the improbable outcome the stadium. It was probably in his carry-on bag from MinneSanta Barbara on January 15 in what will surely be the ﬁrst of of the America’s Cup in September. New Zealand’s entry apolis. Later, I had the professional privilege of covering Rose three high-pitched Channel League contests. had sailed out to an 8-1 lead, needing just one more point to Bowl games high up in the press box, aﬀording a panoramic vanquish Oracle, the U.S. entry in the extravagant circus on view of the action on the ﬁeld and a postcard picture of the COMEBACK KIDS: Coach Carlene Mitchell is not the San Francisco Bay. I was watching a football game at a San Gabriel Mountains bathed in the last rays of the setting happy to see her UCSB women’s basketball team fall into deep one-TV watering hole when some local sailing buﬀs lobbied sun. All told, I witnessed ﬁrsthand 36 of the New Year’s footdeﬁcits on the scoreboard, but she has to give the Gauchos for the boat show. I resisted — justly, because the race that ball classics. It’s called the Granddaddy, but inasmuch as this props for never giving up. Twice in the past month, they day had been cancelled and the tape of an earlier race was week’s Stanford-Michigan State tussle is the 100th Rose Bowl scored big comeback victories — 77-69 at Pepperdine after substituted — and I also declared smugly that there was no game, it’s become the Great-Great Granddaddy of them all. trailing by 14 points, and, last Saturday, from a 19-point hole suspense on the water, that the Kiwis were going to clinch the In its entire history, there have been very few clunkers in the against visiting Seattle University to a 78-75 win. series in a day or two. Of course, Oracle produced one of the Pasadena saucer. great winning rallies in sports history, which also fortuitously For more sports, including a weekly highlight schedule, COMING ATTRACTIONS: The last time the Gaucho saved the America’s Cup from fading into irrelevance. see independent.com/sports. men played in the Thunderdome, they scored a rousing vicjanuary 2, 2014
SANTA BARBARA’S CULTURAL NIGHT DOWNTOWN
THURSDAY January 2nd, 5-8pm
HE 1ST THURSDAY PROGRAM is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara that takes place on the first Thursday of each month. Participating art venues offer free access to art in a fun and social environment from 5-8pm. 1st Thursday venues also provide additional attractions, such as live music, artist receptions, lectures, wine tastings, and hands-on activities. Additionally, State Street comes alive on 1st Thursday with performances and interactive activities.
WELCOME TO 1ST THURSDAY: AFTER HOURS! State St
Join us for 1st Thursday: After Hours, 7:30pm-9:30pm when the Historic Theatre District venues of The Lobero Theatre, The Granada Theatre and The New Vic extend 1st Thursday culture, art and music offerings to provide the community unique live entertainment and behind the scenes experiences and opportunities to meet other performing arts enthusiasts.
Sola St Floral painting from the estate of Leon Dabo, at Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery.
Galleries, Museums & Art Venues
Arlington Way Victoria St
1 SULLIVAN GOSS- AN AMERICAN GALLERY
5 7 State St
• May 1 at The Granada
Anapamu St us
• April 3 at The Lobero Theatre
3 SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART: 1130 State Street, 805-963-4364
C Theatre Canon Perdido St
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C CASA MAGAZINE: 23 East Canon Perdido Street, 805-965-6448 Familiar Spirits: An exhibition by area artists focused on deep relationships and shared emotions between sentient beings in a variety of mediums. A reception with artists will be enlivened with poetry, live music, and light refreshments. Also meet local author Tracy Shawn who will sign her debut novel The Grace of Crows.
D SOJOURNER CAFÉ: 134 East Canon Perdido Street, 805-965-7922 Join us for a wine tasting, live music by Robert Brown and friends and photography by Dorothy Littlejohn. A great place to start or finish your 1st Thursday stroll as well.
Santa Barbara St
4 SANTA BARBARA ARTS: 1114 State Street #24, 805-884-1938
Featuring paintings by some of today’s finest artists. Diane and Ralph Waterhouse were recognized in 2012 by Southwest Art Magazine among “10 Prominent People” in the fine art business. The Gallery features the best in Figurative, Still Life & Landscape paintings. Ralph will give a painting demonstration at 6pm.
powerful and moving music.” The newest CD, “The Five Alley Cats and Me,” is accompanied by his published book, The Five Alley Cats and Me. Moraga tours across the West Coast performing solo, as a duo, or with his group “The Moraga Band” performing a variety of popular, contemporary, original and World music before audiences of all ages.
7 BELLA ROSA GALLERIES: 1103-A State Street, 805-966-1707 THE SPIRIT OF THE WEST, Captures the landscape and wildlife of the American West, photographer Thomas Kelsey. He will be on hand to discuss his latest work and sign his book The Spirit of The West. Working as both a photojournalist and naturalist has allowed him the opportunity to capture many significant events on film. An award-winning artist, he’s studied under Ansel Adams & was inspired by the vistas of the Sierras to publish his book after 30 years in the field. See more of his work at: www.thomaskelsey.com
9 KALINKA: Paseo Nuevo Center Court Kalinka, a Santa-Barbara based acoustic quartet, plays a lively and eclectic blend of Jewish klezmer, gypsy music, vintage jazz, and Eastern European folk music. Their sound is joyous, sweet, and gutsy. To their wide repertoire, they bring consummate musicianship and zest. Performers include: Fred Nadis (clarinet), Jon Brady (accordion), Ann Chevrefils (bass), and Phil Taylor (guitar). Kalinka will be performing January 15 at noon outside UCSB’s multicultural center. (Performance supported by Paseo Nuevo Mall)
8 VIC MORAGA: 900 State Street, Marshalls Patio The accomplished vocalist, virtuoso guitarist and award winning songwriter Vic Moraga will be performing songs from his CDs, “Born Ready” (2004), and “Cool Kind of Loving” (2006). Songs from each CD have aired over national and local radio markets receiving high praise: “A delicate mixture of jazz, country and Latin, proving Moraga’s ability to meld all the best together to create very
ART CRAWL: 735 Anacapa Street The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, in partnership with the Downtown Organization, will lead a curated Art Crawl through the 1st Thursday festivities. The guide for January is acclaimed assemblage artist Sue Van Horsen. The Art Crawl starts at 5:30pm in de la Guerra Plaza on the back steps of City Hall (walk around to the back).
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A BRASIL ARTS CAFÉ: 1230 State Street, 805-845-7656 Introducing Brazilian culture to Santa Barbara with an Eat Drink Move vibe. Eat and Drink in the restaurant, which features traditional Brazilian menu items, most of which are organic and healthy, while still indulging in some of the country’s most delectable offerings and popular street food. Move inside the 1400 square foot studio where you can learn Capoeira – Brazilian martial arts or take exciting Samba classes, learn Afro Brazilian dance, sweat it out in intense boot camp, or learn Brazilian Portuguese. This 1st Thursday, participate in an authentic Capoeira experience and admire art from local artists. As you step inside Brasil Arts Café, feel the beat of Brazil and get immersed in our culture! Junte-se a nós – Come join us! B ENCANTO: 1114 State Street #22, 805-722-4338 Come join us! We’ll be serving up wine + live jazz music by the BLUE MOON QUARTET: Christy Martin/vocals, Bones Howe/drums, Debbie Denke/keyboards + Kim Collins/bass.
Mark Robert Halper Book Signing (Located in the Museum Store), Between Seer and Seen:Celebrating the Artists of Santa Barbara County. The 71 artist portraits and 14 still life images of Between Seer and Seen reflect on the creative interactions that transform the artist’s view of the world into the physical reality of art. Published in 2013, each beautifully reproduced photograph in the publication is allowed the visual luxury of a two-page spread in this 188 page, hard cover edition. Barry Spacks, Santa Barbara artist and its first Poet Laureate, wrote the introduction to this meditation on the visual artists of our time.
6 WATERHOUSE GALLERY: 1114 State Street # 9, 805-962-8885
• March 6 at The New Vic
2 CHANNING PEAKE GALLERY: 105 East Anapamu Street, 805-568-3990 Channing Peake-Beyond Cubism, The Anne and Walon Green Collection: At 6pm, join Cheri Peake, widow of artist Channing Peake and Elizabeth Rabe de Fernandez, for The Life and Times of Channing Peake, a short gallery walk-thru tour that includes highlights of his life, both ranching and artistic. This exhibition celebrates the donation of 10 modernist paintings of artist Channing Peake, collected by Anne and Walon Green and gifted to the County of Santa Barbara. It also features drawings and paintings from other area collectors that expand on the experimentation of this talented and gifted artist who was a master draftsman and colorist and a modernist force within our midst for many years. (Gallery located on the 1st floor of the County Administration Building)
5 GALLERY 113: 1114 State Street #8, 805-965-6611 Artist of the Month, George Radon: “From life’s experiences, studies, and work emerges the artist’s impressions, whatever the chosen medium.” The featured artists are Donna Richey, Katy Zappala, and Gail Lucas. (Open 11am - 5pm, Monday-Saturday & 1pm - 5pm on Sunday)
• February 6 at The Granada Theatre
7 & 11 East Anapamu Street, 805-730-1460 We are pleased to announce an exhibition of floral paintings from the Estate of Leon Dabo, NA (1864¬-1960), painted between the early 1890s and 1954. This will be the first exhibition dedicated solely to his floral oils and will be accompanied by a hardbound catalog of known floral oils with essays by eminent American art historian, Dr. William Gerdts and Nathan Vonk. Also on view Hank Pitcher: The Long View; and 100 Grand.
Featuring Judee Hauer, an avid dumpster diver/collector from the age of eight from Brooklyn, New York, now living in Ventura. Judee creates whimsical “people” figures that she likes to remain ambiguous and defies putting a label on them. J.L.‘s work has been shown at Carnegie Museum, Ventura County Museum of History and Art and several galleries in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Ojai and Cambria.
The schedule for 1st Thursday: After Hours for the coming Winter/Spring season will be as follows:
E MCCONNELL’S FINE ICE CREAMS: 728 State Street, 805-324-4402 Presenting Hail to the Nail: string theory art piece by unknown artists. F BLUSH RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 630 State Street, 805-957-1300 For 1st Thursday, we have solo guitarist and vocalist, John Lyle, for our musical entertainment, and Firestone Winery will be hosting a complimentary wine tasting. Join us at Blush to enjoy some fine music, our featured artist, plus sips and bites. “Like” Downtown Santa Barbara on Facebook Follow us on Twitter @SBDowntown Instagram @DowntownSantaBarbara for the latest events, specials and downtown information! www.SantaBarbaraDowntown.com
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e should probably thank Frank Gehry. What you will ﬁnd in Almost Anything Goes In the 20-some-odd years since the is a wide swath of pieces inspired by and rooted architect designed his famously in building design. Almost all of the artists are innovative — and gloriously dazzling contributing new, site-speciﬁc work for the show, — Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, including Kemp’s interactive virtual tour of Le Spain, it seems the architectural rulebook has Corbusier’s Villa Savoye and Ball and Nogue’s been all but abandoned. Nowadays, top architects collection of papier-mâché lamps. Johnson are also graphic designers, tech wizards, and and Rudolph have created a whimsical instalfashion innovators — and the impact it’s having lation piece involving concrete and clouds, and on the visual art world is both notable and game Sung is building a sculpture inspired by her changing. study of materials and how they react to their And that’s precisely environment. where Almost Anything “The sculpture in Goes ﬁts in. The Museum itself is a gorgeous of Contemporary Art shape and form,” said Santa Barbara’s newest Garcia of the Sung group show, which opens piece, “but it’s really this Sunday, January 5, is rooted in Doris’s invessubtitled “Architecture tigation of how mateand Inclusivity,” and it’s rials react and how bringing together some that can inform future of the most forwardbuilding projects. This thinking minds on particular material the West Coast for an expands and contracts architecture show that’s with heat.” anything but typical. Ultimately, says Curated and coGarcia, Almost Anyconceptualized by thing Goes aims to Miki Garcia, Museum swing the doors wide of Contemporary Art open on the current Santa Barbara executive state of the architecture director, and longtime industry and create friend, colleague, and a dialogue among architect Brigitte Kouo, designers, appreciators, IF YOU BUILD IT: (TOP) Atelier Manferdini’s “Eye Candy Table” (2012) is printed stainless steel. (BOTTOM) Ball-Nogues Studio’s and the community Almost Anything Goes “Music Legs Glob Lamp” is pulped paper and a lightbulb on features six rising stars at large about art and a wooden base. of the Los Angeles archifunctionality. tecture world, including “We’re really Ramiro Diaz Granados encouraging people of Amorphis L.A., Elena Manferdini of Atelier who come to interact with the space and with Manferdini, Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues each other,” said Kouo. “We want to show that we of Ball-Nogues Studio, Catherine Johnson and don’t have to be so limiting in our preconceived Rebecca Rudolph of Design Bitches, Doris Sung notions of what art is and what architecture is.” I of DO/SU Studio Architecture, and Miles Kemp doubt Frank could have said it better himself. of Variate Labs. The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Bar“We’re very much billing this as an architecbara will host an opening reception for Almost ture show,” said Garcia, on the phone last week Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity on from the museum’s Paseo Nuevo headquarters. Saturday, January 4, 6-8 p.m. The show runs Janu“But the works will challenge people’s underary 5 - April 13. standing of what that means. Don’t expect to see For info, call 966-5373 or visit mcasanta — Aly Comingore any building models.” barbara.org.
To say it simply, Beyoncé’s self-titled ﬁfth album is a complex beast. Released midweek in a digital-only format with zero promotion, Beyoncé is hard not to see as a kiss-oﬀ to the music industry at large. It’s an album whose maker chose to ignore all the rules. And as of press time, it had sold more than one million digital copies. But sonically speaking, B’s latest stands on its own as a glorious testament to artistic growth. In place of Sasha Fierce’s hook-driven club bangers, Beyoncé aims to humanize B’s larger-than-life persona. “Sometimes I want to walk in your shoes,” she sings on “Jealous,” before exasperating the line “I’m just human” with a single, chest-rattling breath. “Drunk in Love” and “Partition” ﬁnd the singer wrestling with her own sexuality with a refreshing frankness. And in between it all, audio snippets of Star Search losses and Grammy wins point to a life lived in the spotlight and all the baggage that comes along with it. Beyoncé’s calling-card torch songs show up here, too, but they’re an elevated version of their predecessors. Take “XO,” a bold, anthemic love song so hard-hitting it’s almost gratuitous, yet delivered with such blind conviction that you can’t help but wish it were directed at you. Sure, B’s latest may be emblematic of an industry tipping point. It may even signal the beginning of the end for the major labels. But if it isn’t, Beyoncé still serves as a testament to the poise and power of pop music’s biggest star. — AC
Last year brought all kinds of surprises to the popmusic world, from JT’s big comeback to Kanye’s even bigger marriage proposal. Still, looking back, we’re inclined to give the “Most Unexpected Moment of the Year” award to Mary Lambert. The Seattle spokenword artist took 2013 by storm by way of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s chart-topping hit “Same Love.” For the unacquainted, Macklemore’s poignant rap about society and hip-hop’s take on same-sex marriage has been more or less inescapable since early this year. It’s also arguably gone on to become the gay rights anthem of the decade. For Lambert, an openly lesbian young woman who was called on to write and sing the chorus for “Same Love,” the reaction has been startling. “I was shocked and still continue to be shocked at the reaction to ‘Same Love,’” she told a reporter for AfterEllen in July. “I was shocked that a gay rights song could go platinum and is still climbing the Billboard charts … there’s so many people behind it.” This Thursday, January 9, Lambert makes her Santa Barbara debut on campus at UCSB, where she’ll perform songs from her solo album, Letters Don’t Talk, as well as her take on the “Same Love” chorus, “She Keeps Me Warm.” In solo mode, Lambert’s music highlights the honesty of Macklemore’s hit; she writes vulnerable songs that promote emotional release, and she isn’t afraid to make audiences cry. “I think human connection is one of the most beautiful things we have on this Earth,” Lambert says. “As much as I can, I want to foster that and encourage that for my listeners — and have that for myself, as well.” Mary Lambert performs a free concert for UCSB students at The Hub on Thursday, January 9, at 8 p.m. Attendees must present a valid UCSB ID to be admitted. Call 893-2064. — AC
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r o f e s s i o n a l dance careers tend to start young and end young, but Dana Lawton has deﬁed the general rule. The Santa Barbara native hadn’t even stepped foot in a dance studio until her late teens, when she went to City College to study theater. “I was supposed to take fencing, but it was full, so I signed up for modern dance,” the choreographer and dance educator explained by phone last week. “I was a hot mess. I actually fell down and took someone with me. It was WORKING TOGETHER: Dana horrifying.” Lawton (left) and Troy Macklin Yet despite — or maybe because feed off each other’s energy in of — this performance, Lawton Beyond This Moment . asked instructor Kay Fulton if she could stay on for the next class: ballet. Then she asked if she could stay for jazz. “I came home that day and told my dad, ‘I know what I’m going to do for the rest of my life! I’m going to be a professional dancer and a teacher,’” she remembered. Decades later, her declaration has proved true. Lawton is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she’s a tenured member of the performing arts faculty of Saint Mary’s College. She also teaches modern dance classes to the public at Berkeley’s beloved Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and leads her own company, Dana Lawton Dances. This weekend, she’ll bring her dancers and musicians back to her hometown to present Beyond This Moment, her ﬁrst evening-length production that sold out the house last October in Berkeley. Lawton’s late start as a dancer has translated into an interest in dancers of all ages; her company members range in age from 23-60.“I appreciate the athleticism and go-get-it attitude of young dancers,” she explained, but “older dancers live in their bodies in a really intelligent way that’s thoughtful and grounded.”As she sees it, asking older and younger dancers to work together brings “a depth to the younger dancers, a qualitative softness … and the older dancers step it up a little in terms of technique, too.” Beyond This Moment is the result of a year and a half of creative exploration between Lawton, eight dancers, and four musicians, including her husband, Jon Lawton. Live music will accompany the full-evening production. For Lawton, live music is more than a luxury; it’s a crucial aspect of performance that builds community. “It makes the dancers stronger to have to listen to what’s actually being played,” she explained, “and the musicians have to watch the dancers for cues. Everyone is more engaged.” Choreographically, the program consists of 12 distinct sections alternating between high-energy numbers Lawton refers to as “jigs” and more meditative ones, including “Ashes,” which focuses on grief in the wake of a close friend’s death. Rather than following a single narrative, Lawton sees the evening as “an emotional journey” during which each performer evolves. And instead of setting out to provide answers, Lawton has been guided by questions, among them,“What is the diﬀerence between touching and holding?” and “What is the diﬀerence between releasing and letting go?” Although Lawton’s clearly enthusiastic about her work with her company, she retains a particular fondness for teaching college students, especially those who are just starting out.“I can so relate to 17-year-olds who have no idea what they’re doing with their lives,” she explained. When she thinks back to her own ﬁrst dance class at Santa Barbara City College, Lawton sees a critical turning point.“That moment when I stepped into that dance studio was this huge ‘Yes!’ in my life,” she said. “I just kept believing that if I kept entering the studio, it would keep unfolding in an amazing way. And it has.” Dana Lawton Dances will perform Beyond This Moment at Center Stage Theater (751 Paseo Nuevo) on Friday, January 3, and Saturday, January 4, at 8 p.m. Call 963-0408 or visit centerstagetheater .org for tickets and info. For more about the company, visit danalawtondances.org.
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f you happen to meet with any ghosts during the holiday season, it’s probably good to know that they prefer the term “spirits.” That’s just one of the practical things I learned at The Spirits of Haddon Hall, the 2013 Santa Barbara Revels’ celebration of the winter solstice. The perfect place to spend the year’s shortest afternoon turned out to be in one of the remodeled Lobero’s comfortable new seats, enjoying this invigorating theatrical blend of ritual, song, dance, tradition, and community. The premise of this year’s Yule-themed adventure was based on a seemingly abandoned ancestral home, Haddon Hall, in Bakewell, Derbyshire, and its owner, the th Duke of Rutland. As in the real-life history of Haddon Hall, the th Duke faces a diﬃcult decision, circa 1926. Should he allow the home to be razed to make way for a highway project, or should he save it for future generations? Presumably unlike the historical th Duke, the one in Revels, played to the hilt by Bill Egan, gets some supernatural advice from a group of interested spirits representing the many generations who have celebrated the holidays there. Led by Matt Tavianini as Motley the Fool, this lively crew of singers, bell ringers, swordsmen, and Morris dancers succeeds in inﬂuencing ﬁrst the Duchess (Jennifer Vogel); then the Duke’s children, played by Ginger Rose Brucker and Brandon Tyler Holland; and ﬁnally the reluctant Duke himself to acknowledge the value of retaining the old house, complete with its holiday spirits. Although their multi-century vision of the holidays is an inclusive one, the Revels’ approach to the Christmas spirit oﬀers nothing like the bland commercial mainstream. If a guy in a van Dyck beard, puﬀy velvet pantaloons, and tights patrolling the aisles hissing “Sing!” still would not get you to croon along with “Joy to the World,” well then, Revels may not be for you. But not even the most conﬁrmed Scrooge among us could possibly resist the children, who sing beautifully, dance and play holiday games together, and even, when the spirit calls for it, swim across the stage in imitation of ﬁsh. The music in this Revels performance was particularly vibrant and interesting, thanks not only to the wonderful singers and soloist Diane Stevenett but also to the Peak District Players and the Bakewell Brass Ensemble, who played a wide-ranging erudition of the musical selections, which included everything from baroque opera fanfares to folk songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The heart of any Revels production is the traditional St. George and the Dragon Mummer’s play, which combines pantomime-style depictions of St. George and the quack doctor who comes to raise him from the dead with a ritual sword dance. This year it was further augmented by The Santa Barbara Independent’s own Robby Robbins as the Dragon in a wonderful backpack costume. The clever way in which the Duke substituted for a reluctant spirit wove the material tightly into the storyline, and the result was one of the best and most memorable versions of this delightful play within a play yet. Congratulations to Susan Keller, Ken Ryals, director Maggie Mixsell, and set designer Pat ■ Frank for taking 2013’s Revels to another level.
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IAN SVENONIUS’S GUIDE TO ROCK ’N’ ROLL
Chain & The Gang Returns to the Biko Co-op Garage
ark Twain famously encouraged young scribes to “write what you know.” Apparently, author Ian Svenonius took note. In his latest book, the D.C. singer for iconic punk-rock groups like Make-Up, Nation of Ulysses, and Weird War outlines his Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ’n’ Roll Group — a subject he knows well after more than 25 years of professional music making. The collection of essays touches on everything from starting a band to surviving life on the road, and its guidelines are delivered with the sharp, tight, and well-versed writing that we’ve come to expect from Svenonius in all modes. This Wednesday, January 8, Svenonius returns to the Biko Co-op Garage as the frontman for Chain & The Gang, a punk group that combines prison blues, free jazz, and ’50s girl-group vocals with the singer’s famously clever, politically charged, and in-your-face lyrics. For the uninitiated, trust us when we say it’s one of the best live shows you’ll ever see. Below, we catch up with Svenonius via email to discuss music etymology, ﬁlmmaking, and writing for the future generation of rock ’n’ rollers.
You’ve talked a bit about how Chain & SHAKE THE SHACKLES: Musician, author, filmThe Gang is rooted in, or spun off of, the maker, and iconoclast Ian Svenonius returns to Santa ’50s girl-group model. In your mind, is Barbara on January 8 with D.C. band Chain & The there a definitive difference between a Gang. “group” and a “band”? The term “group” was in favor through the ’60s and ’70s until punk rockers began insisting on the “band” moniker. Punk You have a very distinctly intense stage presence. appeared at a time when rock had become institutional- How do you approach the performance side of ized, corporate, and respectable, hence the punkers’ ﬁxa- music making? Chain & The Gang wants to entertain, tion on the word “band,” a term which sounds more outlaw connect, and communicate while onstage, instead of and amateur. merely reciting songs. Every show is another chance at making that happen. So, where does Chain & The Gang fall into that I want to know a little bit about the book, worldview? It’s more of an organization. Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ’n’ Can you tell me a bit about the experience Roll Group. How and when did the idea for this recording Chain & The Gangs’ latest album, In thing start to coalesce? With all these rock camps Cool Blood? Did you have certain goals going in? starting that were teaching kids useful information about How did Calvin Johnson’s presence factor into the starting a group, I wanted to make a how-to manual full of finished product? All the ﬁrst three Chain & The Gang the things the camps might leave out — the less practical records were recorded at Calvin’s Dub Narcotic Studio in things. The useless information. Bands aren’t just practical Olympia. Calvin is a very hands-oﬀ producer; he’s more of exercises after all. a recordist. He’s interested in creating an environment that allows for spontaneity in the studio. That was good because If you were 15 in December 2013, do you think we were trying to work fast, oﬀ the cuﬀ, partially ad lib. music would still be your life pursuit? Yes. It’s the That is the mode of production for Chain & The Gang. most exciting thing, and there are so many interesting We are trying to record songs when they’re in a gestural groups now. form, like the ﬁrst telling of a joke or story. In Cool Blood is mostly Brett [Lyman] on guitar, Fiona [Campbell] on What are your goals/hopes/dreams/plans for the drums, Chris Sutton on bass guitar, and Katie Alice [Greer] New Year? I want to make a new ﬁlm. I directed a sci-ﬁ on vox, but it also features Fred Thomas, Brian Weber, and documentary ﬁlm this year called What Is a Group? starring Katie Alice Greer from Chain & The Gang and Priests, some other people on a few songs. Mary Timony from Ex Hex, and Kid Congo Powers from How did the experience compare to making The Pink Monkey Birds, among others. I want to continue Music’s Not for Everyone and Down with Liberty? with that form of storytelling. The ﬁrst two LPs were made over a longer period with a larger cast of people. Chain & The Gang plays an all-ages show at the What does the touring lineup for Chain & The Biko Co-op Garage (6612 Gang look like nowadays? Formidable; Madie on Sueno Rd., Isla Vista) on Wednesday, drums, Francy [Graham] on guitar, Laurie [Spector] playJanuary 8, at 7:30 p.m. The Shivas and The ing bass, Betsy [Wright] on organ. Laurie and Francy also Trashberries open. Visit sbdiy.org for info. play in D.C. band Dudes, and Betsy plays in Ex Hex.
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hose of us, professional and otherwise, w ho obs ess over realms of culture, high and low, cinematic and musical, are annually drawn into the elusive game of list-making at year’s end. Henceforth and forthwith … one culture omnivore’s backward, logicseeking glance at 2013.
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forming a Top 10 list for ﬁlms screened in Santa Barbara in a given year, one caveat is that we tend to get some of the prime items in January, which explains the presence on this list of the great, sobering, and stunning 2012 ﬁlm Amour. On a semi-related note, the fact that The Master’s Joaquin Phoenix and Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva didn’t win Oscars this year seems further proof of the Academy’s warped, venal agenda. But we digress. Additional 2013 contenders include the following: Inside Llewyn Davis (the Coen Bros.); Her (Spike Jonze); Nebraska (Alexander Payne); Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche); Years a Slave (Steve McQueen); Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón); Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt); Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve); The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance); The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg); and Amour (Michael Haneke).
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me out was the sneak-attack release of David Bowie’s smashingly good, Berlin era-ish The Next Day in January, the best pop album of the year, according to me and many others. In jazz, the album which most rearranged my senses, and visions of the past, was a release from the Miles Davis vault, Live in Europe : The Bootleg Series Vol. , a revelatory two-CD and one-DVD package showcasing the transitional “lost band” between his acoustic and electric periods, with Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette. (Full disclosure: I wrote the liner notes but would have loved it regardless). Some fave records, in rough order of favoritism: David Bowie, The Next Day (Columbia); Miles Davis, Live in Europe : The Bootleg Series Vol. (Sony/ Legacy); Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, Outstairs (ECM); Wayne Shorter, Without a Net (Blue Note); Bill Frisell, Big Sur (Okeh); Atoms for Peace, AMOK (XL Recordings); Craig Taborn, Chants (ECM); Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Red Hot (Hot Cup); Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon (Columbia); and Jason Isbell, Southeastern (Relativity/Southeastern).
LIVE AND IN THE FLESH: There are always good reasons for music fans, and those who believe in the importance of the live music experience, to get outta the house in the — especially where pop and classical are concerned. In pop, The Flaming Lips and Atoms for Peace stole the Bowl season show (although I missed Sigur Rós and Robert Plant), and the classical calendar was seized by the sublime András Schiff’s essaying on Bach’s English Suites at the Lobero, as well as visits from The Knights/Brooklyn Rider. Jazz had a relative drought year here, what with the Lobero’s six-month hiatus and UCSB’s ongoing near-shut-out of jazz programming. Still, we had two great nights out in the line of jazz, when Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Center hit the Granada Theatre, and when the potent alt-piano-trio doubleheader of Brad Mehldau’s trio and the lean but mighty and meaty The Bad Plus rocked, rolled, swung, and cerebrally energized the Lobero. (The Bad Plus also returned to the Ojai Music Festival a month later to do its rendition of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring). The live list, in reverse chronological order: Jeﬀ Tweedy at the Granada; The Flaming Lips at the Santa Barbara Bowl; American String Quartet (nailing Ives’s Quartet No. ) at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Formalist Quartet at UCSB’s Geiringer Hall; Atoms for Peace at the Bowl; Jason Isbell at the Marjorie Luke Theatre; cellist Joshua Roman at Studio (part of the Music Academy of the West’s festival); Tony Bennett at Montecito Country Club; The Bad Plus and the Brad Mehldau Trio at the Lobero; András Schiﬀ at the Lobero; Jazz at Lincoln Center at the Granada; The Knights, with Wu Man at UCSB’s Campbell Hall; L.A. Philharmonic at the Granada; Christian Tetzlaﬀ at the Lobero; and Father John Misty at SOhO.
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Disembody Heat Her. Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, and Amy Adams star in a ﬁlm written and directed by Spike Jonze. Reviewed by Josef Woodard
trange as it seems — and inherently is, on various levels — Spike Jonze’s latest concoction, Her, still qualiﬁes as that most basic of movies: It’s a love story and one of the more aﬀecting models of that genre among this year’s movie crop. Of course, the Jonze-ing angle on love falls from a cinematic tree that has spawned the surreal and eccentric treats Being John Malkovich and Adaptation and syncs up with one character’s appraisal of this thing called love as “socially acceptable insanity.” But what makes Her so remarkable is the palpable emotional heart beating beneath its absurdist sci-ﬁ premise. SIRI-OUS RELATIONSHIP: Joaquin Phoenix stars as From the opening scene, we get a bold taste of a man falling for his personalized operating system the themes of love — ﬁnding it, keeping it, ﬁguring in Spike Jonze’s off-beat love story Her. out what it is — in an age of empowered digitalization. Our sweetly melancholic and hapless hero A sleek and subtly CGI-dusted Los Angeles cityscape (Joaquin Phoenix, in yet another stunning and detailed performance) exercises his emotional sensitivity and provides the ideal backdrop for the story, and a bittersweet natural writing chops by working for “BeautifulHandwrit- score by Arcade Fire nicely graces and colors this irrational tenLetters.com,” crafting “personal” letters for customers. but moving ﬁlm. It ends with the anthemic “The Moon He’s in recovery from one ﬂesh-and-blood love and Song,” written by Karen (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) O and sung suddenly plunged into a new ones-and-zeroes, disem- by her and Jonze himself, about a love of the real-time, bodied love aﬀair with his personalized OS (the breathy- beating-heart sort, which is also “a million miles away.” Ten years ago, Jonze divorced ﬁlmmaker Soﬁa Coppola, toned and fully engaging voice of Scarlett Johansson, in the voice-over-work wonder of the season). Meanwhile, another quirky specialist in matters of the heady heart, back in the corporeal, corpuscular, and body-based real and it is suggested that his own emotional landscape is world, his friend Amy (Amy Adams, shining in a role the encoded into the basis of Her. That could explain the polar opposite from her ’70s con woman in American magical and empathetic feat of this ﬁlm, where insanity Hustle) oﬀers prospects for a relationship with actual eye meets dream logic meets love magnetism — the true-blue, red-blooded, senses-altering stuﬀ. ■ and body contact.
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PLAZA DE ORO IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY? (NR)
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LONE SURVIVOR Camino Real
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ANCHORMAN 2: (PG-13)
THE LEGEND CONTINUES
Fri-Sun - 12:45 3:45 6:45 9:30 Mon-Thu - 2:30 5:15 8:00 GRUDGE MATCH (PG-13) Fri-Sun - 1:10 3:50 6:30 9:10 Mon-Thu - 2:10 4:50 7:30 Disney’s FROZEN (PG) 2D Fri-Sun - 1:00 3:40 6:20 Mon-Thu - 2:20 5:00 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG-13) Fri-Sun- 8:50 Mon-Thu- 7:45
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GRUDGE MATCH (PG-13) Fri-Sun - 1:40 4:20 7:00 9:40 Mon-Thu - 2:40 5:20 8:00 (PG-13)
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The Wolf of Wall Street. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Margot Robbie star in a ﬁlm written by Terence Winter, based on the book by Jordan Belfort, and directed by Martin Scorsese.
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hough nowhere near top-credited, casting Joanna Lumley (who played Patsy on TV’s Absolutely Fabulous) was Martin Scorsese’s smartest move in the making of this amusing though unsatisfying hymn to the palaces of excess. She’s perfectly situated there to remind you of what Scorsese does best: chronicling lives lived far beyond the limitations of polite society. This one is abundantly strewn with humping, snorting, and, being a Scorsese movie, lots of ’60s rock ’n’ roll. Maybe it’s about the shameless WOLF IN SLEEK CLOTHING: Leonardo DiCaprio ﬂeecing of the American marketplace, but The Wolf depicts the devilish exploits of stockbroker/scam of Wall Street’s most memorable moment is a proartist Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf longed set piece involving super-strength Quaaludes of Wall Street. and slapstick, drugged bad behavior culminating in a cocaine-aided Heimlich rescue: It’s pure Ab Fab. The master is hard at work here, exceeding timid-hearted That same emotional overdose applies to Scorsese’s antihero, an American con man working Wall Street’s Oliver Stone by many milligrams. Though everything in The Wolf of Wall Street feels epic, fringes but nowhere near as interesting as the gangsters, it’s a little wearying in the end. Scorsese seems to throw his taxi drivers, and street hoods the director has given us whole arsenal at the screen. DiCaprio as real-life penny- during the last 40 years. Maybe it’s the lack of operatic viostock monster Jordan Belfort breaks the fourth wall, solilo- lence — Scorsese’s hallmark — but DiCaprio’s hubris seems quizing while long, swooping shots record his frenzied puny. More likely, however, it’s just that there is too much oﬃce of greed-heads cursing and gobbling cash. Minutes movie and too little point. Wolf runs too long and hard at later, the camera mirrors the oﬃce as bedroom, and the us; meanwhile, Scorsese seems to be busily remaking his same brokers give orgies a bad name. We get cinematic whole career, from Raging Bull to Casino, super-enriching thought balloons and naked hard bodies, and, in gratuitous everything. It has absolutely fabulous levels of fun, black glory, a yacht crashing through disastrous seas. When an humor, beauty, and vice, but in the end it all seems a long, airplane blows up overhead, all we can think is,“Whatever.” loud, ultimately empty howl. ■
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AMERICAN HUSTLE (R) 12:20 3:30 6:40 9:45 2044 Alameda Padre Serra - S.B. INSIDE LLEYWN DAVIS (R) THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (R) Fri-Sun - 2:15 5:00 7:45 12:30 4:20 8:15 Mon-Thu - 5:00 7:45
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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (PG) Fri-Sun - 12:45 3:40 6:30 9:10 Mon-Thu - 2:00 4:45 7:30
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PHILOMENA (PG-13) Fri-Sun - 1:30 5:00 7:15 Mon-Thu - 7:15 MANDELA: (PG-13) LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM Fri-Sun - 1:45 4:10 7:30 Mon/Tue & Thu - 7:30 Wed - Does Not Play!
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (PG) 1:10 4:00 6:50 9:30 THE HOBBIT: (PG-13)
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Wednesday, January 8 IS THE MAN WHO IS PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (R) TALL HAPPY? (NR) 7:30 Fri-Sun - 1:00 3:10 5:30
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The following films are playing in Santa Barbara FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, THROUGH THURSDAY, JANUARY 9. Descriptions followed by initials — DJP (D.J. Palladino), JW (Josef Woodard) — have been taken from our critics’ reviews, which can be read in full at independent.com. The symbol ✯ indicates the film is recommended.
FIRST LOOKS ✯ Her
(126 mins.; R: language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity) Reviewed on page 51. Paseo Nuevo
The Wolf of Wall Street (180 mins.; R: sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, language throughout, some violence) Reviewed on page 51. Camino Real/ Metro 4 (119 mins.; PG-13: intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, thematic elements)
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some violence, graphic nudity, some drug use)
Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) is pursued by mysterious forces, while his friends and family attempt to save him. Camino Real/ Metro 4
SCREENINGS Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (88 mins.; NR)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (84 mins.; R: pervasive language,
It’s too bad that legends don’t have a sense of humor, or that director Carl Rinsch is so stodgy he could hardly stage a battle sequence with a drop of blood in it. Though those might sound like two very diﬀerent complaints, these disparate observations underscore precisely what’s wrong with Ronin — there simply isn’t enough life in it. But it isn’t anywhere near as bad as you might expect. Keanu Reeves plays half-breed Kai, a man who was raised by demons in the woods during Japan’s Shogun era. Found like a changeling and taken in by a regional lord, Kai exists on the periphery of the court, though all he wants is to serve his lord and worship the princess Mika (Kô Shibasaki) from afar — though, truth be told, she’s got a crush on him, too. Enter a deadly foe with a witch sidekick (Rinko Kikuchi from Paciﬁc Rim). What follows is a picturesque retelling of a Japanese revenge-and-honor legend spiced up with witchy interventions and demon tests. It isn’t bad; it’s just a bit long and solemn. Unfortunately, Kikuchi sells the evil in this ﬁlm a lot better than Reeves delivers wholesome manliness. So, we wait restlessly for the mayhem in a ﬁlm that doesn’t know how to get gruesome with a sword. Ronin is beautiful and tinged with sadness. If it had been fun, it might have been great. (DJP) Fiesta 5
Michel Gondry writes and directs this “animated conversation” with linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky. Wed., Jan. 8, 7:30pm, Plaza de Oro
✯ The Spectacular Now
(95 mins.; R: alcohol use, language, some sexuality, all involving teens)
A party-boy high schooler has a change of heart — and lifestyle — when he meets an atypical “nice girl.” It’s not necessarily a profound ﬁlm, or even a very unusual take on the high-school-romance comingof-age melodrama, but it is exquisitely executed — and that counts for a lot. (DJP) Sun., Jan. 5, 4:30pm, Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai
NOW SHOWING ✯ American Hustle (138 mins.; R: pervasive language, some sexual content, brief violence)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) writes and directs this drama about a 1970s con man and his partner, who are forced into working for a loose-cannon FBI agent. Russell’s latest ﬁlm takes its place in the ranks of conning-the-conner cinema lorded over by greats like The Grifters and Catch Me If You Can in which wits and kitsch prevail even as violence lurks around every corner. (JW) Camino Real/Paseo Nuevo
✯ Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (119 mins.; PG-13: crude humor, language, violence)
PREMIERES Lone Survivor (121 mins.; R: strong bloody war violence, pervasive language)
Peter Berg writes and directs this truelife tale of the four Navy SEALs who were tasked to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Camino Real (starts Thu., Jan. 9)
San Diego newsman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) travels to New York for a job at the ﬁrst 24-hour news channel. Rather than the mere condescending tweak of 1970s local news, Anchorman actually tries to score satiric points. Of course, the whole movie’s ﬂocked with jokes calibrated for stoner-quality quoting, too. (DJP) Arlington/Fairview
✯ Frozen (102 mins.; PG: some action, mild rude humor) Anna and Kristoﬀ unite on an epic journey to ﬁnd Anna’s sister Elsa and rescue their kingdom from an endless winter. Besides its long-overdue bow to feminist hopes, Frozen strikes a nice balance between expectation and surprise; we’re on safe (if frigid) terrain, but the plot keeps you guessing. (DJP) Fairview (2-D)/Fiesta 5 (2-D)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (139 mins.; PG-13: some intense sequences of violence and disturbing images, sexual content, brief strong language)
Idris Elba portrays Nelson Mandela in this biopic about the life and journey of South Africa’s ﬁrst democratically elected president. Plaza de Oro (does not play Wed., Jan. 1)
(115 mins.; R: some
Grudge Match (113 mins.; PG-13: sportsaction violence, sexual content, language)
Two aging boxing rivals (Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone) are coaxed out of retirement to ﬁght one ﬁnal match. Fairview/Fiesta 5
✯ The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (161 mins.; PG-13: extended sequences of intense fantasy-action violence, frightening images)
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf, continue their quest to rescue their hometown of Erebor from Smaug. Peter Jackson directs. Jackson has rediscovered the fun in chapter two, even if it doesn’t imbue us with the bittersweet sense of a golden age gone as the Rings cycle did. (DJP) Camino Real (2- D)/ Metro 4 (2-D and 3-D)
✯ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (146 mins.; PG-13: intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation, language)
Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are named targets of the Capitol after their victory at the 74th Hunger Games incites a rebellion. Director Francis Lawrence and his screenwriters have improved a great movie franchise by hiding the machinery well; Hunger Games II is smoother and deeper-feeling. (DJP) Fairview/Fiesta 5
✯ Inside Lleywn Davis
(105 mins.; R: language, including some sexual references)
A young singer makes his way through the Greenwich Village folk scene over the course of a week in 1961. Joel and Ethan Coen write and direct. Tucked into the folds of this deceptively low-key tale are understated, enriching storytelling turns on the Coens’ part. (JW) Riviera
An elderly, hard-drinking dad travels from Montana to Nebraska to reconnect with his estranged son and claim a milliondollar sweepstakes prize. Director and Nebraska boy Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt) comes home and delivers another peculiar but ultimately touching doozy of a ﬁlm. Fiesta 5
✯ Philomena (98 mins.; PG-13: some strong language, thematic elements, sexual references) A journalist picks up a story about an older woman searching for her son, who was taken from her decades ago after she was forced into a convent. Steve Coogan abandons his smart hipster shtick to play reporter Martin Sixsmith, and the results are surprisingly moving. Plaza de Oro Saving Mr. Banks (125 mins.; PG-13: thematic elements including some unsettling images)
Author P.L. Travers reﬂects on her life while Walt Disney begins production on the ﬁlm adaptation of her novel Mary Poppins. Spoonfuls of sugar, salt, and historically charged artistic inﬁghting make Saving Mr. Banks an intriguing, if overly slick, operation. (JW) Camino Real/Paseo Nuevo
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (114 mins.; PG: some crude comments, language, action violence)
A daydreamer and everyman is sent on a real-world adventure of epic proportions after discovering his job is in jeopardy. Ben Stiller directs and stars.
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ANCHORS AWEIGH: Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) takes on 24-hour news in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues .
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Exhibitions on view: January 5 – April 13
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Walking with Dinosaurs (87 mins.; PG: creature action and peril, mild rude humor)
Watch and feel what it was like when dinosaurs roamed the earth in this animated tale about a young dinosaur that aspires to greatness. This ﬁlm feels like it was originally meant to be educational but then got a voice-over slapped on it, adding insult to the inanity of the project. (DJP)
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a&e | ROB BREZSNY’S FREE WILL ASTROLOGY WEEK OF JANUARY ARIES (Mar. 21 - Apr. 19): Deep bronzes and smoky cinnamons and dark chocolates will be your lucky colors in 2014. Mellow mahoganies and resonant russets will work well for you, too. They will all be part of life’s conspiracy to get you to slow down, deepen your perspective, and slip into the sweetest groove ever. In this spirit, I urge you to nestle and cuddle and caress more than usual in the coming months. If you aren’t totally clear on where home is, either in the external world or inside your heart, devote yourself to ﬁnding it. Hone your emotional intelligence. Explore your roots. On a regular basis, remember your reasons for loving life. Stay in close touch with the sources that feed your wild soul.
TAURUS (Apr. 20 - May 20): For years, French painter Édouard Manet and French poet Stéphane Mallarmé hung out with each other every day. Mallarmé referred to their relationship as “the most complete friendship.” They inﬂuenced each other to become better artists and human beings. I’m guessing that in the coming months, Taurus, you’ll thrive on that kind of stimulating companionship. Having such regular contact with a like-minded ally might even be an important factor in ripening your intelligence. At the very least, I predict that soulful friendship will be a crucial theme in 2014. You will attract blessings and generate luck for yourself by deepening your ability to cultivate synergistic bonds.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): St. Peter’s Basilica is a very old church in Vatican City. It contains a life-size bronze statue of St. Peter that is at least 700 years old. Over the centuries, countless visitors have paid their respects by kissing and touching the feet of the idol. The metal composing the right foot has been so thoroughly worn down by these gestures that the individual toes have disappeared, leaving a smooth surface. You will have a similar kind of Homework: To hear Part One of my three-part audio forecasts about your destiny in 2014, go to http://bit.ly/BigPicture2014.
power in 2014, Gemini. Little by little, with your steady aﬀection and relentless devotion, you can transform what’s rigid and hard.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22): Big rivers don’t travel in straight lines. Their paths are curvy and complicated, with periodic turns and bends. In some places they ﬂow faster and in others they’re slower. Their depth and width may vary along the way, too. Your own destiny is like one of those big rivers, Cancerian. In some years, it meanders for long stretches, slowing down as it wanders along a crooked course. It may even get shallower and narrower for a while. But I expect that in 2014, you will be moving more rapidly than usual. You will be traveling a more direct route, and you will be both wide and deep.
LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22): “In games there are rules,” writes science ﬁction author Kim Stanley Robinson, “but in life the rules keep changing.” This is always true, of course, but I think it will be an especially poignant truth for you between now and your next birthday. During the coming months, you may sometimes feel as if every last law and formula and corollary is mutating. In some cases, the new rules coming into play will be so diﬀerent from the old rules you’ve been used to, they may at ﬁrst be hard to ﬁgure out. But now here’s the happy ending: It may take a while, but you will eventually see that these new rules have an unexpected logic and beauty that will serve your future well.
(Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): The citizens of Iceland love literature, but many are not content to simply read. One out of every 10 Icelanders writes and publishes a book at some time in his or her life. I know it’s unrealistic, but I would love to see at least one in ten of all my Libra readers do the same in 2014. I think you’re ready to make a big statement — to express yourself in a more complete and dramatic way than ever before. If you’re not ready to write a book, I hope you will attempt an equivalent accomplishment.
(Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): Would you be interested in a motto that will help set the tone for you in 2014? I’ve got a suggestion that’s in alignment with the astrological omens. It’s from a poem by Margaret Atwood. Try saying this and see if it works for you: “Last year I abstained / this year I devour / without guilt / which is also an art.” If you choose to make this aﬃrmation your own, be sure you don’t forget about the fact that devouring without guilt is an art — a skill that requires craft and sensitivity. You can’t aﬀord to get blindly instinctual and greedy in 2014; you shouldn’t compulsively overcompensate for 2013’s deprivations. Be cagey and discerning as you satisfy your voracious hunger.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): I’m hoping you will ﬁnd a new teacher or two in 2014, maybe even a mentor. Not a guru who tells you what to do. Not an exploitative “expert” who claims to know what’s right for you or a charismatic narcissist who collects adoration. What I wish for you, Scorpio, is that you will connect with wise and humble sources of inspiration … with lifelong learners who listen well and stimulate you to ask good questions … with curious guides who open your eyes to resources you don’t realize you need. In the coming months, you are primed to launch a quest that will keep you busy and excited for years; I’d love to see you get excellent help in framing that quest.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21): In 2014, it’s possible you will be given a cabbage farm or a petting zoo or some bequest that’s not exactly in close alignment with your life’s purpose. But it’s more likely that the legacies and dispensations you receive will be quite useful. The general trend is that allies will make available to you a steady ﬂow of useful things. Your ability to attract what you need will be high. In the coming months, I may even have good reason to name you an honorary Scorpio. You might match those Great Manipulators’ proﬁciency at extracting the essence of what you want from every situation.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): The coming months will be a good time to meditate on the concepts of happy accidents and benevolent trouble. Go ahead and throw constructive mischief into the mix, too, and maybe even a dose of graceful chaos. Are you game for playing around with so much paradox? Are you willing to entertain the possibility that fate has generous plans for you that are too unexpected to anticipate? There’s only one requirement that you have to meet in order to receive your odd gifts in the spirit in which they’ll be oﬀered: You’ve got to be open-minded, eager to learn, and ﬂexible.
(Feb. 19 - Mar. 20): I think we humans need some new emotions. It’s true that old standards like sadness, anger, jealousy, and fear are as popular as ever. But I would perVIRGO sonally love to be able to choose from a greater variety, (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): I predict that you will commit no especially if at least 51 percent of the new crop of emomajor acts of self-sabotage in 2014. Congrats! I also foretions were positive or inspiring. Now it so happens that see that you will be exceptionally careful not to hurt or in 2014 you Pisceans will be primed to be pioneers. Your damage yourself. Hooray! More good news: You won’t emotional intelligence should be operating at peak levels. be as critical of yourself as you have sometimes been in Your imagination will be even more fertile than usual. So the past. The judgmental little voice in the back of your how about it? Are you ready to generate revolutionary head won’t be nearly as active. Yay! Even your negative innovations in the art of feeling unique and interestemotions will diminish in frequency and intensity. Haling feelings? To get started, consider these: () amused lelujah! Whoopee! Abracadabra! reverence; () poignant excitement; () tricky sincerity; () boisterous empathy. Go to RealAstrology.com to check out Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO HOROSCOPES and DAILY TEXT MESSAGE HOROSCOPES. The audio horoscopes are also available by phone at --- or ---.
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OPAL RESTAURANT & Bar 1325 State St. 966‑9676 $$.Open M‑S 11:30a & 7 nights 5p. V MC AE Local’s Favorite, Eclectic California Cuisine fuses creative influences from around the world with American Regional touches: Chile‑Crusted Filet Mignon to Pan‑ Seared Fresh Fish & Seafood, Homemade Pastas, Gourmet Pizzas, Fresh baked Breads, Deliciously Imaginative Salads & Homemade Desserts. OPAL radiates a friendly, warm atmosphere graced by our fun efficient Service, Full bar, Martinis, Wine Spectator award‑winning wine list, private room. Lunches are afford‑ able and equally delicious.
PACIFIC CREPES 705 Anacapa St. 882‑ 1123.OPEN Tues‑Fri 10a‑3p & 5:30p‑ 9p, Sat 9a‑9p, Sun 9a‑3p From the flags of Bretagne & France to the “Au revoir, a bientot”; experi‑ ence an authentic French creperie. Delicious crepes, salads & soups for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Tasty Crepe Suzette or crepe flambee desserts. Specials incl. starter, entree & dessert. Homemade with the best fresh prod‑ ucts. Relax, enjoy the ambience, the food & parler francais! Bon Appetit! pacificcrepe.com
PIERRE LAFOND Wine Bistro 516 State Street 962‑1455 $$ Open Every Day M‑F 11a‑9p Sat/ Sun 9a‑ 10p Brunch Sat/Sun 9a‑3p Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. A local favorite since 1993. California cui‑ sine showcasing the best local prod‑ ucts. Steamed Mussels, Flatbreads, Grilled Duck Breast, Vegetarian dishes, Sherry Wine cake, Wines from around the world. Happy Hour Mon‑Sat 4:30‑6:30. Sidewalk patio. www.pierrelafond.com
Chinese American BEACHBREAK CAFE, 324 State St, 962‑2889. $ Open 7a‑2:30p 7 days a week. Covered outdoor patio on State. Great Breakfast & Lunch.
Bistro/Cafe JACK’S BISTRO & “FAMOUS BAGELS” 53 South Milpas (In Trader Joe’s Plaza) 564‑4331; 5050 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria 566‑1558. $ Extensive menu, beer & wine, on site catering ‑ Call Justen Alfama 805‑566‑1558 x4 Voted BEST BAGELS 16 years in a row! www.bagelnet.com
Cajun/Creole THE PALACE Grill, 8 E. Cota St., 963‑ 5000. $$$. Open 7 days, Lunch 11:30a‑ 3p, Dinner 5:30p, V MC AE. Contemporary American grill w/ a lively, high‑energy atmosphere & fun, spon‑ taneous events. Featuring fine grilled steaks, fresh seafood, delicious pastas, select American Regional specialties, like Blackened Crawfish‑ stuffed Filet Mignon, Louisiana Bread Pudding Souffle. Cajun Martinis, unique beers & well selected wine list. Lunch starts early enough for a late breakfast & ends late enough for an early supper. Voted “Best Team Service” since 1988. Rave reviews in Gourmet Magazine, Gault‑Millau Travel Guide, Zagat & Sunset Magazine.
YEN CHING 2840 De La Vina St. 682‑ 7191 7 days/wk M‑Sun 11a‑9p, ALL YOU CAN EAT Buffet: Lunch M‑F 11‑2 Sat & Sun Lunch 11‑2:30, Dinner Buffet 5:10‑8:30 incl all you can eat steak, shrimp & crab legs‑ Discounts for kids. Owner /Chef Joe Tzeng‑ Master Chef 25+yrs serving traditional Mandarin & Szechuan delicacies. All day take out‑ FREE delivery after 5pm
Coffee Houses SB COFFEE Roasting Company 321 Motor Way SB 962‑5213– NOW WITH FREE WI‑FI! Santa Barbara’s premiere coffee roasting company since 1989. Come in for the freshest most deli‑ cious cup of coffee ever and watch us roast the best coffee in town at our historic Old Town location ‑ Corner of State & Gutierrez. Gift baskets, mail order & corporate gifts avail. sbcoffee.com.
Ethiopian AUTHENTIC ETHIOPIAN CUISINE Featured at Petit Valentien Restaurant 1114 State St. #14, 805‑966‑0222. Open Sat‑Sun Lunch ONLY 11am‑2:30pm. Serkaddis Alemu offers in ever chang‑ ing menu with choices of vegitarian, vegan, and meat options. Catering Avaliable for parties of up to 40 people.
PETIT VALENTIEN, 1114 STATE ST. #14, 805‑966‑0222. Open M‑F 11:30‑ 3pm (lunch). M‑Sat 5pm‑Close (din‑ ner). Sun $24 four course prefix dinner. In La Arcada Plaza, Chef Robert Dixon presents classic French comfort food at affordable cost in this cozy gem of a restaurant. Petit Valentien offers a wide array of meat and seafood entrees along with extensive small plates and a wine list specializing in amazing quality at arguably the best price in town. A warm romantic atmo‑ sphere makes the perfect date spot. Comfortable locale for dinner parties, or even just a relaxing glass of wine. Reservations are recommended. RENAUD’S PATISSERIE & Bistro, 3315 State St. in Loreto Plaza, 569‑2400 & 1324 State St. Ste N 892‑2800 $$ M ‑ Sat 7‑ 5, Sun 7‑3 & M‑Sun 7‑ 3 Wide selection of wholesome French pastries. Breakfast & lunch menu is composed of egg dishes, sandwiches & salads representing Renaud’s favor‑ ites. Our Brewed coffees & teas are proudly 100% Organic.
Indian FLAVOR OF INDIA 3026 State 682‑ 6561 $$ www.flavorofindiasb.com VOTED BEST 17yrs. Finest, most authentic Indian cuisine is affordable too! All You Can Eat Lunch Buffet $8.95 M‑S dinner combos $9.95+ Specials: Tandoori‑ Mixed or Fish, Chicken Tikka Masala, Shrimp Bhuna. Also: meat, curries & vegetarian.Wine & Beer. Take out. 20yrs of Excellence! NAAN STOP ‑ Popular, Casual Dinining, Indian Restaurant w/ Boba drinks, chicken tikka masala, saag tofu, naan bread, and all other favorites! 966 Embarcadero del Mar 685‑4715. SPICE AVENUE/INDIA Club Moved from State Street, brand new location! Authentic Indian Cuisine. Zagat Rated since 2006. A family owned restaurant from London, 5 Star Chef from India Dinesh, lunch buffet 7 days a week, w/ special Dosa menu on Sat. & Sun. Beer & Wine. Open 7 days a week. 5701 Calle Real. 805‑967‑ 7171
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DARGAN’S IRISH Pub & Restaurant, 18 E. Ortega St. (next to lot 10) SB, 568‑0702. $$. Open 7 days 11:30a‑ Close (Food ‘til 10p, 11p on Sat/ Sun). AE MC V Disc. Authentic Irish food & atmosphere in downtown SB. Specialties from Ireland include Seafood & Meat dishes. Informal, relaxed pub‑style atmosphere. Live music Thursday nights. Children wel‑ come. Avail. for private parties. Pool & Darts.
PALAPA 4123 State St. 683‑3074 $$ BREAKFAST 7am daily. Big Breakfast burritos, machaca, chorizo & eggs, chiliquiles, Organic mexican cof‑ fee & Fresh squeezed OJ, pancakes, omelets & lunch specials. Fresh sea‑ food dinners.
HOLDREN’S 512 State St. 965‑3363 Lunch & Dinner Daily. Featuring $20 Prime Rib Wednesdays‑ USDA 12 oz Prime MidWestern corn‑fed beef char‑ broiled over mesquite; or try from our selections of the freshest seafood. We offer extensive wine & martini lists & look forward to making your dining experience superb! Reservations avail.
Italian ALDO’S ITALIAN Restaurant 1031 State St. 963‑6687. $$ Open 7 days. Lunch & Dinner. V MC AE DC DV. Local SB favorite for over 25 years offers fast, friendly service in the heart of downtown. Dine outdoors in our heated courtyard. Enjoy new home‑ style cuisine like Chicken Parmigiana or Fresh Fish specials in a comfort‑ able, romantic atmosphere. Vegan & Gluten‑ Free Pasta and Salad Options available. Wine & Beer. Full menu at: www.sbaldos.com
Japanese ICHIBAN JAPANESE Restaurant/ Sushi Bar, 1812 Cliff Dr., 805‑564‑7653. Mon‑Sat Lunch 11:30‑2:30. Dinner 7 days a week, 5‑10pm. Lunch Specials, Bendo boxes. Full sushi bar, tatami seats. Fresh Fish delivered all week.
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Natural NATURAL CAFE, 508 State St., 5 blocks from beach. 962‑9494 Goleta‑ 5892 Hollister 692‑2363. 361 Hitchcock Way 563‑1163 $. Open for lunch & din‑ ner 7 days. A local favorite for dinner. Voted “Best Lunch in Santa Barbara” “Best Health Food Restaurant” “Best Veggie Burger” “Best Sidewalk Cafe Patio” “Best Fish Taco” all in the Independent Reader’s Poll. Daily Specials, Char‑Broiled Chicken, Fresh Fish, Homemade Soups, Hearty Salads, Healthy Sandwiches, Juice Bar, Microbrews, Local Wines, and the Best Patio on State St. 9 loca‑ tions serving the Central Coast. www.thenaturalcafe.com SOJOURNER CAFÉ, 134 E. Canon Perdido 965‑7922. Open 11‑11 Th‑Sat; 11a‑10:30p Sun‑Wed. SB’s natural foods landmark since 1978 Daily soups & chef’s specials, hearty stews, fresh local fish, organic chicken dishes,salads & sandwiches & award winning dessert . Espresso bar, beer, wine, smoothies, shakes & fresh juices sojournercafe.com
KYOTO, 3232 State St, 687‑1252.$$. Open 7days M‑F 11:30a‑2p; Sat Noon‑ 2:30p Lunch; Sun‑Thur 5‑10p Dinner, Fri‑Sat 5p‑10:30p.Complete Sushi Bar. Steak & Seafood Specials! Sashimi, Teriyaki, original Japanese appetiz‑ ers & Combination Boat Dinner. SB’s only TATAMI Rooms reservations sug‑ gested. Beer, Wine & Sake.Take Out. Birthday customers get FREE tempura ice cream & photo on our website! KyotoSB.com
Beer of the Week Ommegang Adoration Dark Winter Ale
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Thai BANGKOK PALACE 2829 De la Vina St. 687‑1828 $$ Open M‑F 11a‑9p Sat 5‑9p Fine Thai Cuisine in an intimate authentic setting. $15min.+ $3 fee for deliveries. Beer/Wine/Sake.AX/Disc/ VC/ MC.WI‑FI www.BangkokPalace.co YOUR PLACE Restaurant, 22 N. Milpas St., 966‑5151, 965‑9397. $$. Open Mon 4‑9:45pm Tues‑Thurs & Sun 11:30a‑9:45p, Fri/Sat 11:30a‑10:30p. V MC AE. Your Place ‑ The One & Only. Voted “BEST THAI FOOD” for 26 years by Independent and The Weekly read‑ ers, making us a Living Legend! Lunch & dinner specials daily. Fresh sea‑ food & tasty vegetarian dishes. Santa Barbara Restaurant Guide selected us as the Best Thai Restaurant for excep‑ tional dining reflected by food quality, service & ambiance.
WINE GUIDE It may be hard to tell, but it is technically winter here in California, so cut through the admittedly slight evening chills with this spicy ale from Cooperstown, New York’s historic Ommegang Brewery, which was built in 1997 on an old hop farm, making it the first “farmstead” brewery in modern America. Their steady growth means that there’s a nice three‑ pack of their big, more famous bottles — including the excellent “Three Philosophers” — available right now at Costco, yet they keep pumping out specially crafted small batches too, including the Adoration, which nicely balances sweeter allspice‑like elements with a touch of sourness. For pairing purposes, it goes amazingly well with beef empanadas made by Santa Barbara’s Argentine chef Rodrigo Gimenez. See ommegang.com for beer info, rgcocinero.com for empanadas, and bin2860.com for the Los Olivos store currently selling the beer.
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RODNEY’S Grill, 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard at The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort 805‑564‑ 4333. Serving 5pm – 10pm Tuesday through Saturday. Rodney’s Grill Menu is Fresh and New. Featuring all natural hormone‑free beef and fresh seafood, appetizers, and incredible desserts. The place to enjoy dinner with family and friends by the beach. Private Dining Room for 30. Full cock‑ tail bar with specialty cocktails. Wine cellar with Santa Barbara County & California best vintages by‑the‑glass www.rodneyssteakhouse.com
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SPENCER’S LIMOUSINE & Tours, 884‑ 9700 Thank You SB, Voted BEST 18yrs! Specializing in wine tours of all Central Cal Wineries. Gourmet picnic lunch or fine restau‑ rants avail TCP16297 805‑884‑9700 www.spencerslimo.com
RENEGADE WINES: 417 Santa Barbara St. Ste A‑6, 805‑568‑1961. Tues‑Fri 11a‑6p, Sat. 12‑6p. Sun‑Mon by appointment. SB’s oldest wine shop, over 23 years same loca‑ tion. We are Santa Barbara’s pre‑ mier wine retailer, offering a wide variety of local and imported wines. Our diverse assortment of wine comes from the world’s fin‑ est vineyards with prices starting around $9. View our full inventory @ www.renegadewines.com. We store
your wine. 3000sq feet of temp. con‑ trolled wine lockers; 8 case lock‑ ers‑300 case rooms. Off‑street park‑ ing. 2 blocks from State St. (2nd driveway @ 126 E. Haley) Monthly tastings & private tastings avail‑ able. We ship wine. Keep in touch: Facebook, Google+, Twitter
Wineries/Tasting Rooms BABCOCK WINERY & VINEYARDS. 5175 HWY 246 Sta. Rita Hills. 805‑736‑ 1455 Open 10:30‑5 p.m. daily. For 30 years Bryan Babcock has been honing his craft. Venture into beautiful wine country and savor his extraordinary collection of high‑ ly expressive single‑vineyard Pinot Noirs rarely offered outside of the winery. Sample highly acclaimed Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Cabernet and Syrah sourced from warmer SB Co. locales are voluptuous. Taste wine and shop for eclectic gifts in a newly reno‑ vated, vintage inspired atmosphere. www.babcockwinery.com SANTA BARBARA Winery, 202 Anacapa St. 963‑3633. Open Sun‑ Thurs 10a‑6p & Fri‑Sat 10a ‑ 7p, small charge for extensive tasting list. 2 blocks from both State St & the beach. This venerable winery is the county’s oldest‑ est.1962, and offers many internationally acclaimed wines from their Lafond Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. Try some of Winemaker Bruce McGuire’s small production bottling.www.sbwinery.com
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by JOHN DICKSON
to open downtown
anta Monica Seafood, founded on the Santa Monica pier in 1939, is planning to open a location in the Santa Barbara Public Market, coming this spring to West Victoria Street. Santa Monica Seafood, in addition to being a large, regional seafood distributor based in Rancho Dominguez, California, has retail locations at Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica and East th Street in Costa Mesa. The venerable company will oﬀer a selection of fresh ﬁsh daily, as well as an assortment of seafood products and a raw bar for market patrons to enjoy for lunch, dinner, or anytime. Santa Monica Seafood collaborates with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative to promote ethical and responsible sourcing of ﬁsh. Other venues coming to the Santa Barbara Public Market include Belcampo Meat Co., Crazy Good Bread Co., Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar, Enjoy Cupcakes, Foragers Pantry, Flagstone Pantry, Green Star Coﬀee, il Fustino, Oils & Vinegars, JuiceWell, Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, The Kitchen, and The Pasta Shoppe. For more information about Santa Monica Seafood, visit santamonicaseafood.com.
NEW FOOD TRUCK: Reader Eric tells me that
Arief Norman, the sushi chef at Gelson’s and founder of the Japanese catering business Sushi on Site, now has a food truck/trailer making the rounds on the South Coast, serving lunch combos for $8.99. Its website, sushionsite.com, will be updated soon to include the food-truck schedule.
AWARD WINNERS: Alejandro Guillen, Alexander
Italia, and Alejandro Martinez have each been awarded a $2,500 scholarship on behalf of Mitchell Sjerven, owner of bouchon and co-owner of Wine Cask. The American Riviera Scholarship is a grant program Sjerven created on behalf of his Santa Barbara restaurants, bouchon and Wine Cask, awarded to several deserving students enrolled in Santa Barbara City College’s School of Culinary Arts. Created in 2012, the annual American Riviera Scholarship is awarded to highly motivated students who demonstrate commitment and motivation to complete the major, as well as the potential for success as a chef. Sjerven, a top area restaurateur, has taught the “Restaurant Ownership” course at SBCC’s School of Culinary Arts for the past several years. The scholarship aims to draw from the excellent pool of culinary potential at SBCC and helps develop Santa Barbara’s reputation as a popular food and wine destination in California.
RESTAURANT OPENINGS: Here is a list of local
restaurants that opened last year:
December 2013: Buddha Bowls, Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista; Lilly’s Taquería, Storke Rd., Goleta. November 2013: Blue Tavern, State St.; Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn, Sagunto St., Santa Ynez; Fresh Market, N. Milpas St.; Magic Pita
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Santa Monica Seafood Apple, Apricot, Aprium, Fig, Cherry, Nectarine, Peach, Pear, Persimmon, Plum, Pluot, Pomegranate. Asparagus, Blackberry, Boysenberry, Grape, Horseradish, Blueberry, Strawberry, and more!
SOUTH COAST BOUND: Santa Monica Seafood has two retail locations: in Santa Monica (top) and Costa Mesa (bottom).
Café, W. Haley St.; Paloma Restaurant & Tequila Bar, Calle Real, Goleta; Red Sands Market and Deli, W. Anapamu St. October 2013: Daily Grind, De la Vina St.; Tamira, State St. September 2013: Smoke ’N Barrel BBQ Shack, Marketplace Dr., Goleta; Sushi Tyme, C State St. August 2013: The Lark, Anacapa St.; McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, State St.; Miso Hungry, State St.; Mony’s Mexican Restaurant, Anacapa St.; Lucky Penny, Anacapa St.; Verdé, State St. July 2013: Book Ends Café, Anacapa St.; Killer Shrimp, State St.; Little Caesars, S. Fairview Ave., Goleta; Mattei’s Tavern, Railway Ave., Los Olivos; Sorriso Italiano, Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista. June 2013: Los Agaves, De la Vina St.; Tapatía #, Hollister Ave., Goleta. May 2013: American Ale, E. Cota St.; Little Caesars, Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria; Panera Bread, State St. April 2013: Brasil Arts Café, -C State St.; Finch & Fork, W. Carrillo St.; Open, State St., #; S.Y. Kitchen, Faraday St., Santa Ynez; Toma Restaurant and Bar, W. Cabrillo Blvd. March 2013: El Encanto, Alvarado Pl.; Georgia’s Smokehouse food truck, georgias-smokehouse .com; Hoﬀmann Brat Haus, State St.; Sama Sama Kitchen, State St.; Seven Bar & Kitchen, Helena St.; Yogurtland, Calle Real, Goleta. February 2013: Chick-ﬁl-A, State St.; Kamal’s International Cuisine food truck, chefkamalsb .com; Kaptain’s Firehouse BBQ, Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Persona Neapolitan Pizzeria, State St. January 2013: Anchor Woodﬁre Kitchen, State St. (now closed); Cinco Estrellas, N. Milpas St. (now closed); Sam Choy’s Pineapple Express food truck, samchoyspx.com; Sage & Onion Café, Hollister Ave., Goleta; The Bourbon Room, Hollister Ave., Goleta.
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John Dickson’s reporting can be found every day online at SantaBarbara.com. Send tips to info@SantaBarbara.com. january 2, 2014
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Calendar of Fundraisers 2014 Here’s a free way to promote your non-profit fundraiser! Th e I n d e p e n d e n t ’ s
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legals aBc permit nOticE Of appLicatiOn tO sELL aLcOHOLic BEvEraGEs Date of filing application: Dec 6 2013. To Whom it May Concern: The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: nicKY ds WOOd firEd piZZa LLc The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 2840 De La Vina St Ste B Santa Barbara, CA 93105‑3465 for the following type of License: 41‑On‑saLE BEEr and WinE pLacE and Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1000 South Hill Road Ste 310 Ventura, CA 93003. (805) 289‑0100. Published. Nov 19, 26 2013. Jan 2 2014. nOticE Of appLicatiOn tO sELL aLcOHOLic BEvEraGEs Date of filing application: Nov 26 2013. To Whom it May Concern: The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: pOndErOn inc The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 1 Paradise Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93105‑9771 for the following type of License: 41‑On‑saLE BEEr and WinE‑ EatinG pLacE and Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1000 South Hill Road Ste 310 Ventura, CA 93003. (805) 289‑0100. Published. Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2 2014.
FBn aBanDOnment statEmEnt Of aBandOnmEnt Of usE Of fictitiOus BusinEss namE The following Fictitious Business Name is being abandoned: central coast canine Boarding resort at 3640 Roblar Ave Santa Ynez, CA 93460 The original statement for use of this Fictitious Business Name was filed Sep 8, 2009. in the County of Santa Barbara. Original file no. 2009‑ 0002885. The person(s) or entities abandoning use of this name are as follows: Central Coast Canine Boarding Resort (same address) This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 4, 2013 I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office, Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Gabriel Cabello. Published Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2 2014.
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statEmEnt Of WitHdraWaL Of usE Of fictitiOus BusinEss namE The following persons (s) has (have) withdrawn as partner (s) from the partnership operating under: finaL affairs 1140 Bel Air Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93105. The original statement for use of this Fictitious Business Name was filed 4/16/2013 in the County of Santa Barbara. Original file no. 2013‑0001255. The person or entities withdrawing use of this name are as follows: Dolores Cheek 1140 Bel Air Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93105 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 11, 2013. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office, Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk SEAL by Gabriel Cabello. Published. Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.
FictitiOus Business name statement fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Live scan santa Barbara at 411 E. Canon Perdido St., Suite #15 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Lawcopy, LLC (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: charles J rao Jr This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 4, 2013. 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 Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑0003621. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: pathway to Healing at 1911 N. Via Establo Santa Maria, CA 93458; Roman Velasquez (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: roman velasquez This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 25, 2013. 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 Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑0003555. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Ecson temet temet nosce, nttn at 830 Chelham Way Montecito, CA 93108; Robert Elliot Norton (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: robert norton This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 20, 2013. 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 Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003512. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: reed, anderson, & Oliver at 411 East Canon Perdido Street, Suite #15 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Charles J Rao Jr. (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: charles J. rao Jr. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 3, 2013. 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 Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003607. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: pathfinders memorial planning & media at 742 Calle De Los Amigos Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Cecily Marble Hintzen (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: cecily marble Hintzen This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 5, 2013. 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 Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003622. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: radius commercial real Estate and investments at 205 E Carrillo Street Suite 100 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Radius Group Commercial Real Estate, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: radius Group commercial Group Estate inc. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 26, 2013. 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 Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑0003560. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014.
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fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: all city Locksmith, fdr Electrical, fdr Lock, fdr Locksmith at 515 E Anapamu Street #C Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Edward W Roe (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Edward roe This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 4, 2013. 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 Gabriel Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑0003616. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: cHK america, inc. at 115 South La Cumbre Lane, Suite 201 Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Cook, Hammond And Kell, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corpoation Signed: frederick Wood This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 13, 2013. 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 Adela Bustos. FBN Number: 2013‑0003709. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: alchemy On demand at 1774 B Prospect Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Leslee Goodman 1351 S. La Luna Ave Ojai, CA 93023; Hudson Hornick 1774 B Prospect Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93103 This business is conducted by a General Partnership Signed: Leslee Goodman This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 10, 2013. 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 Gabrielle Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003666. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: aspira Brands, aspira coproration at 877 La Milpita Road Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Aspira Corporation 3463 State Street Suite 311 Santa Barbara, CA 93105 This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: John Kochis This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 27, 2013. 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 Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003565. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: casa Blanca restaurante Y cantina at 330 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; El Rio Bravo Del Norte Inc 101 E Cabrillo Blvd Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: melissa ninen This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 11, 2013. 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 Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑0003685. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: pacific paleo foods at 224 W. Islay Street Apt A Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Lauren Leah Hannemann (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Lauren Hannemann This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 18, 2013. 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 Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003486. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Bottom Line Bookkeeping, central coast isp, the Bottom Line at 157‑C Camino De Vida Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Out of The Red Ink PO Box 91809 Santa Barbara, CA 93190 This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 6, 2013. 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 Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003631. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: atlas imagery at 409 West Figueroa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Zachary Ramsey Brown 2720 Long Canyon Road Santa Ynez, CA 93460 This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Zachary Brown This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 20, 2013. 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 Andrea Luparello. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003509. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: chandler coaching at 15‑B East Islay Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Pauline S Chandler (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: pauline s. chandler This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 13, 2013. 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 Gabriel Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑0003707. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: melsbiz at 37 Dearborn Place Apt 74 Goleta, CA 93117; Miguel Briceno (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: miguel Briceno This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 4, 2013. 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 Daniel Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003618. Published: Dec 12, 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: deezwhiz at 1097 Mockingbird Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Denise D Miller (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: denise d. miller This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 13, 2013. 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 Andrea Luparello. FBN Number: 2013‑0003712. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: interwoven Health at 5370 Hollister Avenue, Suite 7 Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Aaron M. Gluck 301 Verano Drive #40 Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Karin Gluck R.P. (same address) This business is conducted by a General Partnership Signed: aaron Gluck This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 13, 2013. 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 Adela Bustos. FBN Number: 2013‑0003716. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Karaoke the Band, Whoolilicious at 2201 Parkway Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93105; John Whoolilurie (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: John Whoolilurie This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 25, 2013. 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 Adela Bustos. FBN Number: 2013‑0003548. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: scott Builders at 334 East Valerio Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Scott Danielle (same address) Matthew Scott (same address) This business is conducted by a Married Couple Signed: danielle scott This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 26, 2013. 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 Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑0003562. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Lafond catering at 4697 Gate Way Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Mertens/LaFond, Inc (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: cindy Lafond This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 26, 2013. 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 Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑0003559. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Loco’s Bumper repair and Headlight restoration at 1023 E Ortega Street Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Locos Bumper Repair And Headlight Restoration, LLC (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Joseph fourner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 12, 2013. 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 Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑0003691. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: apero Bar at 532 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Van Daele Chbe, LLC (same address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: anthony van daele This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 10, 2013. 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 Gabrielle Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑0003677. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.
fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: vintage team press at 127 Olive Mill Road Santa Barbara, CA 93108; Jeff Farrell (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Jeff farrell This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 9, 2013. 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 Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003659. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: d.W.H. Enterprises at 2501 Castillo Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Peter Hernandez (same address) Dorian Wright (same address) This business is conducted by a Married Couple Signed: dorian Wright This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 12, 2013. 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 Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003692. Published: Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Gilcest construction, race corps at 1316 Monetcito Place Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Aegisian Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: robert a. Gilcrest, president This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 16, 2013. 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 Miriam Leon. FBN Number: 2013‑0003724. Published: Dec 26 2013. Jan 2, 9, 16 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: santa Barbara Yoga coopertive at 32 E. Mitcheltorena Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Barbara Hirsch 1715 Villa Ave. Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Barbara Hirsch. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 20, 2013. 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 Gabriel Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003767. Published: Dec 26 2013. Jan 2, 9, 16 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: a Blonde & Her Bag at 710 West Pedregosa Street #3 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Kaylin A. Fox (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: Kaylin fox This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 16, 2013. 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 Gabriel Cabello. FBN Number: 2013‑0003720. Published: Dec 26 2013. Jan 2, 9, 16 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: ala mar motel at 102 W. Cabrillo Blvd. Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Peter Bohle 1303 Crestline Drive Santa Babara, CA 93105; Herbert Schulte 128 Arboleda Road Santa Barbara, CA 93110. This business is conducted by a General Partnership Signed: Herbert schulte. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 12, 2013. 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 Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003740. Published: Dec 26 2013. Jan 2, 9, 16 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: duncan turner md, the medical rejuvenation clinic of dr. duncan turner, inc. at 737 Garden Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; The Medical Rejuvenation Clinic of Dr. Duncan Turner, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: duncan turner, cEO This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 18, 2013. 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 Andrea Luparello. FBN Number: 2013‑ 0003736. Published: Dec 26 2013. Jan 2, 9, 16 2014.
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fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: cms Handyman services at 825 Calle Malaga Santa Barbara, CA 93109; Charles Schwab (same address) This business is conducted by a Individual Signed: charles m schwab This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 9, 2013. 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 Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003644. Published: Dec 26 2013. Jan 2, 9, 16 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: neve fine art at 1740 Grand Avenue Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Jendo Corporation (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Elihu Bogan This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 16, 2013. 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 Danielle Gomez. FBN Number: 2013‑0003723. Published: Dec 26 2013. Jan 2, 9, 16 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: santa Ynez vally roofing company at 250 Industrial Way, Suite E Buellton, CA 93427; Blac Gold Roofing, Inc (same address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: darin ferguson, president This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 4, 2013. 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 Jan Morales. FBN Number: 2013‑0003610. Published:Jan 2, 9, 16, 23 2014. fictitiOus BusinEss namE statEmEnt The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: taffy’s pizza at 2026 De La Vina Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105; SLC Enterprises, Inc 307 East Figueroa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: casey Groves This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 19, 2013. 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 Adela Bestos. FBN Number: 2013‑0003755. Published: Jan 2, 9, 16, 23 2014.
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statEmEnt Of aBandOnmEnt Of usE Of fictitiOus BusinEss namE The following Fictitious Business Name is being abandoned: Bunny rae records/moody Bluegrass at 180 Avenue of Flags #202 Buellton, CA 93427 The original statement for use of this Fictitious Business Name was filed Oct 28, 2010. in the County of Santa Barbara. Original file no. 2010‑0003280. The person(s) or entities abandoning use of this name are as follows: Cindy Rae Faulkner (same address) This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 11, 2013 I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office, Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Carol Kraus. Published Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.
statEmEnt Of aBandOnmEnt Of usE Of fictitiOus BusinEss namE The following Fictitious Business Name is being abandoned: the Bottom Line, Bottom Line Bookkeeping, central coast isp, Out Of the red ink at 157 C Camino De Vida Santa Barbara, CA 93111 The original statement for use of this Fictitious Business Name was filed Jan 24, 2013. in the County of Santa Barbara. Original file no. 2013‑ 0000281. The person(s) or entities abandoning use of this name are as follows: Cindy Rae Faulkner (same address) This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 6, 2013 I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office, Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Carol Kraus. Published Dec 19, 26 2013. Jan 2, 9 2014.
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Trustee Notice NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 13CA00603‑1 Order No. 02‑ 13046273 APN: 065‑540‑19‑00 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 04/03/2006. 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On January 2, 2014 at 01:00 PM, RSM&A Foreclosure Services, LLC as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded April 20, 2006 as Document Number: 2006‑ 0031191 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Santa Barbara County, California, executed by: Teresa Rodriguez Cortez, a single woman as Trustor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for SCME Mortgage Bankers, Inc., a California Corporation, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state) at the following location: At the main entrance to the County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa Street., Santa Barbara,
all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: Legal description as more fully described in said deed of trust. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 822 VIA MIGUEL, SANTA BARBARA, CA 93111. 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, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to‑wit: $830,619.95 (Estimated*) *Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. 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 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 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 (714) 277‑4845 or visit this Internet Web Site www.USA‑forclosure.com, using the file number, 13CA00603‑1, assigned to this case. Information about postponements that are very short duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not be immediately reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. DATE: 12/04/2013 RSM&A Foreclosure Services, LLC 43252 Woodward Ave, Suite 180 Bloomfield Hills, CA 48302 (805) 804‑ 5616 For specific information on sales including bid amounts call (714) 277‑ 4845. Kimberly A. Karas, Authorized Agent of RSM&A Foreclosures Services, LLC FEI# 1045.244983 12/12/2013, 12/19/2013, 12/26/2013
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