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It may be a sign of the times, but Thomas is Brandon Yadegari’s second wildfire since joining the Indy less than a year ago. Our digital editor has taken to fire coverage like a duck to water, first livestreaming a Whittier fire crew on night watch and now streaming just about every fire meeting, jumping on updates and new maps, and posting to social media. “Wildfires present life-threatening challenges, but they always seem to bring out the best in all of us,” Brandon said. “From mutual aid to conversations about Spanish-language accessibility and the heroism of our engine and inmate crews, it’s a unique honor to be able to bring fire coverage and analysis to our community.”

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Havoc, Hope, and Heroism on the Thomas Fire

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t the corner of San Andres and Micheltorena streets on the city’s Westside, a lone street preacher holds forth as wisps of ash dance from his ankles to his knees. A few phantom cars whoosh by. The air is choked with the incinerated remains of nearly 1,000 burned-down homes and who-knows-how-many millions of plants and animals. The preacher’s voice — magnified by a portable PA system — cracks with amplified distortion. No one stops to listen. A young man carrying a plastic bag of tangerines — his face obliterated by a blue respirator mask— mask appears on a skateboard, gliding silently past. He doesn’t slow down. It’s the same old sermon, after all: fire and brimstone. But on this muffled morning, it also happens to be the weather report. Welcome to the Thomas Fire. Santa Barbara may be the land of milk and honey, but it’s also become the land of the perpetual fire drill. Ten years ago, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was still California’s governor, Santa Barbara learned the hard way that fire season had expanded into a year-round event. We had three wildfires and three mass evacuations within 18 months. You’d think we’d be used to it by now. But every fire is new. Every fire is different. And every fire is profoundly disturbing. The Thomas Fire started out in Ventura County just outside the City of Santa Paula on the evening of Monday, December 4. Incidentally, that is the feast day of Saint Barbara, our city’s namesake, who, back in the day, was the patron saint of those facing imminent peril. But this fire is named after another Catholic saint, Thomas Aquinas. That’s the name of a small Catholic college where the fire originated. Since its inception, the Thomas Fire has proved voracious. On day one, it gobbled up 65,000 acres. Fueled by Santa Ana winds, it spread 15 miles, eating up the equivalent of an acre per second. On Saturday, it traveled six miles. A few days later, it grew by 61,000 acres; on another by 50,000. On any one of those days, County Fire Chief Eric Peterson told the county Board of Supervisors, it burned more acreage than the recent Sherpa, White, and Alamo fires 8


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combined.“This is historic,” said Peterson.“Unprecedented.” With the Thomas Fire, words like “historic” and “unprecedented” get used a lot. The Thomas Fire got so big so fast that even the trained professionals have had a hard time keeping up. During a recent community forum at the San Marcos High School auditorium, the heads of all the firefighting agencies battling the Thomas sought to reassure everyone they had the “best firefighters on the planet.” This forum, like many public presentations before and after, is designed to win public trust — critical if residents can be expected to evacuate when the mandatory order is given. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in neighborhoods from Ventura to Montecito. But accurate information is difficult to come by in a fire as fast as this one. Even these ranking top brass had trouble agreeing on the number of acres consumed by the fire. One said it was 173,000, another said 200,000, and a third insisted it was 220,000. By the end they all estimated it had hit 225,000 acres. What people really need to know— know both firefighters and neighborhood residents — is the exact location of the fire. On Tuesday evening, eight days after the Thomas began, there was at last a map in which residents could type in their addresses and find out how close the fire was from their homes. The map was instigated by Santa Barbara Fire Chief Pat McElroy, who realized such information was needed. Working through the unified command, the map was designed and launched within 24 hours. (See his map at The fire progression info was also integrated into the county’s map.) It’s tough convincing people to leave their homes when it is still safe — before they see the actual flames pouring into their backyards. But by then, of course, it is too late. McElroy hopes this will help persuade them to believe the mandatory evacuation order when it comes. With a fire like the Thomas, time is of the essence. It has already leapt across Highway 33, destroyed hundreds of homes in Ventura, jumped over Highway 150, and even — a few times — reached across the 101 freeway, incinerating, among other things, the lush palm-tree nursery on the Pacific side. On Tuesday night, when the Santa Ana winds had died down a bit, Incident Command was confronting whether they would be able to stop those same winds from

pushing the Thomas Fire downslope past Highway 192. That’s the heart of Montecito and the pathway to the City of Santa Barbara. It’s where most of the people are. Santa Ana winds blow out of the north and push down the mountainsides. In Santa Barbara, we don’t usually see them in December. Occasionally. But what had never happened before is a continual blast of Santa Ana winds blowing day after day after day. “We used to be able to say with some certainty, ‘Fires will do this.’ Or ‘Fires will do that,’” said Chief McElroy. “That’s not true anymore. That’s what’s scaring people.” The Thomas Fire has been designated the top priority among all fires in the country. Accordingly, a massive army of firefighters has assembled: around 8,000 personnel, 27 helicopters, six fixed-wing air tankers, a DC-10, and a 747 dropping millions of gallons of water and retardant. There are trucks, engines, and crew from just about every state and every county. It’s like a United Nations convention of firefighters. A small city of Oregon where it rains 250 inches a year sent its only engine, looking very much like a converted pickup truck with a hose attached. The Morongo Mission tribe sent a crew of hot shots. Ranks are designated by the color of headgear. Captains wear red, firefighters yellow, and chiefs white. The prison inmate crews — who clear the brush to create or expand defensible space before the fire hits — wear orange. Not surprisingly, they are known as “carrots.” Climbing up the steep incline into Toro Canyon, crews from different regions worked in grimy common purpose, cutting lines through the brush with chain saws, perhaps the most important firefighting tool ever invented, followed by guys wielding axes told to “cut to black,” meaning cut through roots down to the burned earth. Other crews were laying hose where the soil was loose and slippery and the possibility of rocks rolling down on them was real. “If you see one coming, jump,” one firefighter said. “You’ll land on your ass and probably hurt yourself, but that’s better than having your knees taken out.” The incident command goals are twofold: to protect the South Coast’s watershed in Los Padres National Forest and to protect people and their property. Should the Los Padres be allowed to burn unmolested, the runoff of ash and dirt, loosened by the loss of vegetation, into the South Coast’s three main reservoirs — Juncal, Cachuma, and Gibraltar

— could pose serious water-quality and supply problems. For Juncal and Gibraltar, it may already be too late. If it rains anytime soon, flood control experts are bracing for a sprawling tsunami of mud and ash. If it doesn’t rain, the fuel remains tinder dry. Forecasters are predicting a dry December and January. The watershed protection plan is to push the Thomas Fire to the northwest, into the site of the 2007 Zaca Fire, where the fuel load is much lighter and easier to fight. To protect human civilization and the urban interface, the plan is to hold the line at Toro Canyon if possible. But by Monday night, the fire had managed to escape, gobbling up some of the Romero Canyon watershed that runs parallel to Toro Canyon in a westerly direction. In response, air tankers, helicopters, and ground crews spent the better part of Tuesday attempting to pound that area into submission. Since then, the incident commanders — a unified group of state, federal, and local fire chiefs who’ve been working fires together over the last 20 years — have devised a successive series of fallback positions to protect people and property and keep the fire from running down the front-country slopes. One plan is to funnel the Thomas Fire from the Toro Canyon area about three miles due west into the acreage torched during the Tea and Jesusita fires, which raged nearly 10 years ago. The fuel load there is significantly less. That approach is not without its risk, most notably a north wind pushing the fire downhill. Hence the intense efforts to prepare and fortify residential neighborhoods located at the urban interface. But the final line in the sand is Highway 154. In the days ahead, Highway 154 will increasingly become a long staging area. There’s an existing firebreak running from up on the 154 at Windy Gap to Camino Cielo. The plan is to buttress and expand that. To date, the largest fire in Santa Barbara County history is the Zaca Fire. It’s the fourth-biggest fire in recorded state history. It took the Zaca Fire two full months to burn 240,000 acres. It took the Thomas Fire only a week. The Zaca Fire cost $118 million. Incident commanders estimate it will cost more than $120 million to contain the Thomas, which they expect will happen sometime around Christmas.

Little wonder Governor Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian with an apocalyptic sense of environmental urgency, found the situation at the Ventura Fairgrounds headquarters of Incident Command on Saturday morning so alarming. At the time the Thomas Fire first erupted, Southern California was already battling five other infernos — from San Diego to Los Angeles. Most of them are now contained. Just two months before—in October—Northern California saw the explosion of about 250 wildfires, leading to the destruction of 9,000 homes, 245,000 acres, and the loss of 44 lives. Never one to waste an opportunity to highlight the importance of climate change, Brown stated, “With climate change, some scientists are saying California is literally burning up.” But when you find 8,000 firefighters facing down a huge blaze days before Christmas, well, maybe he was right when he said,“This is the new normal.” Santa Barbara has experienced record-shattering heat this year. And the year before that. And the year before that. For the past 250 days, we’ve had no appreciable precipitation. Translated, that’s 250 days without even one-tenth of an inch of rain. No rain is predicted in the next week. For the past eight days, the South Coast’s relative humidity has hovered in the single digits. On Tuesday, it dropped down to one percent. Despite the seriously scary fires Santa Barbara has experienced in the last decade — the Gap, the Jesusita, the Tea — an astonishing amount of backcountry acreage has never burned in 50-90 years. After 20 years without a fire, the volume of dead vegetation in a forest exceeds that of live plants. Dead plants contain no moisture. It’s as if someone planted millions of Molotov cocktails and the Thomas Fire is harvesting them. In the meantime, the Thomas Fire has Santa Barbarans torn between terror and denial. People stop, stare at the red fire sun, and take selfies. The face mask, screening out the invisible particulates that inflict serious lung damage, has become ubiquitous, prompting people to stare hard into the eyes of passersby lest they pass a friend without saying hello. Do we know each other? Neighbors talk more with neighbors. Strangers talk more with strangers. Accustomed to surfing the surreal, Santa Barbarans adapt; the horrific — however exhausting and mesmerizing— mesmerizing becomes normalized. n


FIRE Start Date: December 4 Cause: Under investigation Origin: North of Santa Paula Containment: 25 percent Total Acreage: 237,500 Deaths: 1 Firefighter Injuries: 1 Structures Destroyed: 921 Structures Damaged: 200 Evacuated: 93,243 In Temporary Shelters: 430 Current Cost: $61.5 Million Helicopters: 27 Engines: 983 Dozers: 79 Fire Crews: 152 Total Personnel: 7,956 * As of press time Wednesday morning

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ANIMALS Celebrate with us this holiday season!

HAPPY HORSES: Equine evacuations are just part of the equation at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Guinea pigs and even a water monitor had to be saved.

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hen Carpinteria residents were given evacuation orders on Friday, December 8, 11-year-old Buddy was fitted with a mask, loaded into a truck, and whisked to a friend’s house in north Goleta. The elderly pit bull mix, who is partially blind and deaf and has respiratory issues, couldn’t join his human in the hotel in which she was staying due its no-pets policy. While Buddy was able to stay with a friend, thousands of animals and their owners rely on county animal services and volunteer organizations for help during emergencies. “So far we’ve had 947 animals come into our care due to the [Thomas Fire],” said Randy Friedman, marketing coordinator for Ventura County Animal Services. “That is an incredibly large number …. We are using rooms that are not intended for animal housing,” he explained. The shelter, which is located in Camarillo, has made space for horses, mules, peacocks, emus —“we had over 100 fowl come in from one location,” Friedman said — donkeys, and miniature horses, as well as cats and dogs. “It’s almost like a war relief effort; it’s disaster relief,” he said. Although Ventura seems to be out of immediate danger, Friedman said they are staying vigilant. “[Ventura is] over the hump … but we are making room [for Santa Barbara needs]. We are nowhere near getting back to normal operations. We are still under emergency conditions,” he said. Last Wednesday, day three of the fire, the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club became a short-lived but important safe haven for animals being evacuated from Ojai and the surrounding areas. “We started accepting evacuees almost a week ago when fire started [encroaching] on Ojai,” said Melanja Jones, the club’s polo manager. “Fortunately our facility was 90 percent empty at that time. So many animals were displaced so fast.” The property was housing 93 horses, four miniature horses, 37 alpacas, nine mules, four goats, four bunnies, two llamas, and two pet cows when the call came at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday for them to leave the premises due to the fire cresting the ridgeline directly east of the polo fields. Staff put out a request for help Santa Barbara Humane Society: on social media, and within minutes volunteers began 762 animals responding to load up the animals for transport to Earl Warren Showgrounds. Shannon McGraw, a Santa Barbara County Animal Services Shelter: 65 former U.S. Marine, took charge of volunteers and coordinated efforts with S.B. Equine Assistance & El Capitan Ranch: 73 Evacuation to get all the animals moved.“[The evacuation effort] started at about 3 a.m.,” said Jones. By 9 a.m. the grounds were empty, with the last animals at Earl Warren Showgrounds to leave the two cows.“They were the hardest to load,” Jones said. Horses 681 Turkeys 4 Fortunately, Earl Warren was ready to receive Chickens 128 Mules 3 the new slew of occupants as it had been activated into duty by Santa Barbara County Animal Services Goats 107 St. Bernards 2 when the Thomas Fire began on Monday, December Ducks 36 Burros 2 4, according to Scott Grieve, Earl Warren’s CEO. As Sheep 25 Donkey 1 of this writing, Tuesday, December 12, the facility has received more than a thousand animals, including 681 Llamas 20 Bull 1 horses, 107 goats, 128 chickens, 20 pigs, 20 llamas, 36 Pigs 20 Emu 1 ducks, four turkeys, and two Saint Bernards. Grieve Cows 10 Peacock 1 also said that a number of those animals were slated Alpacas 4 n to return home on Tuesday afternoon.


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ealth experts warn that the microscopic particles in the air generated by the Thomas Fire could linger for weeks — if not longer. Air-quality readings in Santa Barbara have been worse than they have been in nearly 20 years. For several hours last Thursday, the Air Pollution Control District recorded “hazardous” levels in the City of Santa Barbara. In the days since, the readings were determined to be “unhealthy.” (See the latest readings at Ash has coated cars and sidewalks. Large white pieces have blanketed Santa Barbara, and brownish-red smoke has hung in the air, giving the South Coast region a sepia tone. Schools and businesses closed, the streets emptied. Most pedestrians walking around downtown sported protective masks, some fastening them on their dogs, too. The air quality is not expected to go back to normal for “weeks to months,” according to Santa Barbara health experts. Dr. Charity Dean of Santa Barbara County’s Public Health Department advised residents to stay indoors or leave the area — even for a few hours — to get relief from the harsh air. She noted there has been a “frantic rush” to pick up N95 masks. Public Health had distributed more than 200,000 as of press time. While they help prevent inhalation of about 95 percent of toxic particles, they are not impervious, she said. In the last week, Cottage Hospital experienced a “slight increase” in patients with shortness of breath or other respiratory issues. In a five-day period, 99 people checked themselves into the emergency room at one of Cottage’s three locations. In a six-day period, the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics saw 145 patients, and a 12 percent decrease. Doctors predict an increase in patients in the coming days because there is often a lag time between exposure and symptoms. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, headaches, and nausea. It’s worth noting that the dauntingly hazy atmosphere does not necessarily mean the air quality is worse. Large particles (PM10) of soot, smoke, and dirt can irritate eyes, noses, and throats, but are usually blocked by nose hairs and less prone to penetrate the lungs. But as time passes, these coarse particles could break down into finer pieces, which could be absorbed into the bloodstream and create cardiovascular problems. Dr. Ann Lee, a pulmonologist at Cottage Hospital, explained that the small and invisible particles are the most harmful. “It’s not what you are smelling,” she said. Suspended in the air for a long time, fine particles do not fall to the ground. “You can’t really blow them away. They’re going to be pretty much everywhere.”

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SMOKE GETS IN OUR EYES: Maria Reyes (left) and Soledad Pulido picked up their N95 masks at the Franklin Center.

Though the Thomas Fire is torching mostly chaparral and brush, about 921 structures have burned. Of those, the overwhelming majority were in Ventura County. Some structures were old, built with heavy metal and coated with lead paint. Air-quality experts say complete knowledge of all the substances that could be in the air does not exist. While long-term Santa Barbara residents are not strangers to wildfires charring the area’s backcountry and hillside neighborhoods, many say they have never seen smoke and ash this overpowering. Ly z Ho f f m a n , spokesperson for the Air Pollution Control District, said the agency’s monitors have not recorded “hazardous” levels — particles that are 2.5 micrometers in diameter — since 1999, when they began measuring particles that minuscule. The last time the air-quality readings have been nearly this harmful in Santa Barbara County was in in Santa Maria 2001. “Unlike with some previous wildfires in Santa Barbara County, the smoke from the Thomas Fire hasn’t been going straight up into the air or dispersed to less-populated regions of the county,” Hoffman explained. Instead, it’s blowing right into town. In addition, this fire — at 237,500 acres as of press time—is now record size. Ash and particles can flow into cars or be dragged into homes. Dean told attendees at recent community meetings held in a packed San Marcos High School to refrain from sweeping or operating leaf blowers. Use a wet cloth to clean ash only if absolutely necessary, she said, and drink plenty of water. After all, we are on the verge of flu season, which Dean n noted has been severe in Australia.

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etting out more than a week earlier than expected for Christmas break certainly sounds awesome. But in reality, it’s no fun for anyone, especially for working parents of elementary school kids such as myself — and when no one’s allowed to go outside, something is bound to pop. The first day that school was closed due to the smoke and ash of the Thomas Fire was last Thursday, and ours turned out pretty sweet. My wife took her first of a few partial sick days, and we brought our 5-yearold daughter and nearly 8-year-old son to wine country, where I had a couple of appointments. There was no smoke to choke on, at least for a while — never mind that tiny brushfire that broke out near the 154 and 101 — and the kids got to ride on an ATV and in the back of a pickup truck, certainly the highlights of their season. My wife didn’t mind the sparkling wine at lunch either. Day two, however, with my son starting to hack and the smoke growing more oppressive, felt less like a holiday — kids this age are in school for good reason; their brains and bodies need both steady intake and constant exercise. When my wife went to her office, I quickly remembered why working at home with the kids is a negative-sum game — I start yelling at them as soon as they’re having (increasingly loud) fun; the work stalls; no one is happy (unless iPads come out). And with outdoor activities not an option, the contained kid energy boils over rapidly. Though not cheap, babysitters ease the work-childcare tensions, and the first of many came for two hours on Friday morning. When she left, I turned on the TV and put a holiday movie on for the kids to watch until my wife came home from work midday. Then came the group-entertainment efforts of similarly smoke-addled friends and their kids for dinner. By Saturday, we were deep in sitters. One came during the day while my wife went downtown for masks and I worked at home, rather than putting up Christmas lights in the haze. A second came at night, so we could escape for some grown-up fun, complete with gas mask photos and jokes about the wrong sort of white Christmas. Come Sunday, after the flames actually entered Santa Barbara County, a sprinkling of family-wide fear spiced up the scene. (That middle-of-the-night, erroneous “everyone must evacuate” message from the county didn’t help, though it did lead to some great 2:45 a.m. text message banter among similarly freaked-out friends.) We turned our TV to KEYT around 6 a.m., and it didn’t go off all day. Power outages closed attractive indoor




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options like Zodo’s, and the smoke was bad everywhere worth a day trip — except south, but I didn’t want to risk getting cut out of town if the fire closed 101 again. As the fire raged westward, no longer did my “zero percent” claims that we wouldn’t be evacuated seem so bulletproof (but living in the flats near Patterson Road and 101, I confidently upgraded my prediction to a mere “2 percent,” and I’m sticking by it). Suddenly, we weren’t just balancing workloads and childcare within the confines of the less-than-great indoors; we were also navigating the legitimate safety concerns of our anxious kids, whose already-constrained play was now laced with newfound knowledge about the difference between mandatory evacuation areas and voluntary evacuation zones and scenes of helicopters flying into the flames. Buying a Christmas tree and then a sushi dinner seemed like the right calls, gas masks and all. That night, we learned school was done for the month — sitter scramble commence! — and by Monday morning, I was snapping at the kids for quite literally bouncing off the walls. We started feeling like we were the last of our friends with young kids left in town and, as of Wednesday morning, that remains largely the case. My daughter’s long-awaited dance performance this weekend was just canceled, as was vintner Fred Brander’s epic best-100-wines of-the-year party — two more casualties of a smoke-choked two weeks. There’s an oddly poetic feeling in living amid these apocalyptic scenes of masks on State Street, ash flurries in the cul-de-sac, and orange glows in the nearby mountains. But mostly, it’s just annoying. Please go away, Thomas Fire, and take your smoke and ash with you. My kids wanna go outside to play. n


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Foodbank of Santa Barbara County HELP: Monetary donations stretch the furthest as Foodbank can leverage relationships to serve eight meals out of a single dollar. Donate via GET HELP: The Foodbank opened extra locations as early school closures left more than 10,000 children without their school-provided breakfast and lunch. The warehouse at 4554 Hollister Avenue is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and the Foodbank is also now operating at the Franklin Neighborhood Center (1136 E. Montecito St.), Westside Boys & Girls Club (602 W. Anapamu St.), and St. Joseph Church (1532 Linden Ave.) in Carpinteria, where fresh produce, nutritious groceries, and protein items are being given away 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

American Red Cross, Santa Barbara Chapter HELP: Like the Foodbank, the Red Cross prefers money over donations of food and clothing.“They may not be what people need who don’t even have a home anymore to hold them,” explained Jessica Piffero. To ensure a donation goes toward fire victims, she suggested that

check writers put “California Wildfire” in the memo section. Online, donations can be made to “Your Local Red Cross,” which would go to the chapter associated with the check writer’s zip code. See GET HELP: The Red Cross is running the evacuation center at UCSB, though only 67 evacuees stayed there on Monday night. Piffero believes that is due to many hotels in the area offering discounts. The list of hotels offering as much can be found at Visit Santa Barbara’s website: 165 S. Patterson

United Way of Ventura County HELP: More than 700 residences were lost in Ventura County, so our neighbor to the south is going to need a lot more help than Santa Barbara County residents. The United Way of Ventura County is leading the charge there via the #ThomasFireFund campaign, a partnership with the American Red Cross of Ventura County and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services. To donate, see or text UWVC to 41444.

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CONCERNED AND CONFUSED: Many residents, such as this unidentified woman, were perplexed over whether to stay or go, but those in the mandatory evac zones had no real choice. “Watching our 5 year-old daughter struggle with understanding that we can’t go home is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone,” said Maureen Claffey, who evacuated from Carpinteria with husband and daughter and stayed at UCSB and evacuee-priced hotels. Said KCRW morning host and evacuee Jonathan Bastian, “It’s like living in some bizarre purgatory, where you never know your fate. I wonder if I grabbed the right things. It’s a totally insane process of sorting through your life in 10 minutes.”



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DEATH AND DESTRUCTION: As firefighters battled flames, the Thomas Fire claimed the life of one evacuee: Virginia Pesola, 70, who died in a car accident while trying to flee her home near Santa Paula.


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y parents were just up here in Napa, helping me prepare to evacuate during the wildfires in October, and now they’re facing the Thomas Fire at home. My heart goes out to all my friends and family in the area. There’s not much I can do from hundreds of miles away, but here’s a list of lessons and to-dos I learned during October’s wildfires. If you have to evacuate soon, like in the next few hours: • Make a list of things to do and to pack. Stress makes us forgetful. Writing it down will add to your sanity and calm. • If you haven’t already, sign up for local alert systems. In Santa Barbara County, go to • Be prepared for the power to go out at any time. A battery-powered radio tuned to local stations will keep you up-to-date. • Know your escape routes, and stay posted because they might get pinched off. Have a backup escape plan or two. • Arrange an out-of-the-area rendezvous point with your family or crew post-evacuation in case you get separated. That way you’ll know immediately if everyone made it out okay. • Find all your animals immediately. So many people got delayed chasing down scared cats or dogs. • Evacuate little kids early if possible, as early as possible. It will be far less traumatic for them watching from Grandma’s than seeing your scared faces and listening to the stressful grown-up conversations. • If you don’t have time to pack a suitcase, grab your dirty laundry basket. It’ll be full of items that fit and match the weather; you can always visit a laundromat. • Pack only the essentials. Do the critical stuff first (passports, clothes, medicine, phones, laptops or tablets, chargers, batter-



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ies, food, water, pets, and pet food). Pack up extra boxes only if you have time (like your jewelry box, the wedding silver, etc.). This is where a prioritized to-do list is important. • Open your garage doors and electric gates. In the event of a power outage, it’s difficult to open them. • Snap pictures of every room in your house and anything valuable in the yard or outbuildings for insurance purposes. • If you have a pool and a pump, you’ve got a great source of water to irrigate your roof and property. • Turn off your gas when you leave. If you have more time to prepare, get ready as early as possible. Decide what you need to take and update your earthquake or disaster kit. Move the burnables away from your house, and clear the gutters of dead leaves. Fill the car gas tanks, and park vehicles noseout. If there’s time, pack the things you know you’d miss if your house burned down: original artwork, kids’ art projects, antiques, family heirlooms. If you don’t think you have to evacuate but are dealing with severe smoke, consider being a good neighbor and opening your home to evacuees. Likewise, if you have the space, offer up your driveway or property for boat or RV storage for evacuees. The Red Cross and shelters can likely use your help. You may think the fire won’t come your way; act as if it will. n




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hile most eyes are glued to the western edge statement warning employers that special precautions of the Thomas Fire as it creeps ever deeper “must” be taken to protect workers. The fine particles, into Santa Barbara County, immigrant rights explained the statements, “can reduce lung function, activists in Ventura continue to bang the drum over worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conwhat they say has been the ditions, and cause coughing, wheezing, and difficulty neglectful treatment of field breathing.” laborers and Spanish speakRushing to pick before crops wilted under the ash, ers by their community’s owners nevertheless dispatched their workers, masks or farm owners and emergency response leaders.“For the no masks. Complaints started flooding into Cal/OSHA, Latino community, it’s been really bad,” but the state agency had closed its Van Nuys said Lucas Zucker with CAUSE, the Cenoffice, which serves Ventura, soon after the fire began. Callers were told they could fax tral Coast Alliance United for a Sustaina complaint form that would be received the able Economy. Zucker pointed to the thousands of following week. But under mounting presfarm laborers who’ve been forced to work sure from Ventura residents and from state for the past two weeks in dangerously legislators Monique Limón and HannahBeth Jackson, Cal/OSHA reopened its office smoky conditions without protective face masks. Unlike Santa Barbara County, on Friday. where Direct Relief alone distributed 70,000 N95 masks Zucker suspects many of the laborers were simply in two days and the government organized subsequent unaware of the severity of the air-quality dangers. Vengiveaways due to the hazardous air quality, only a few tura County’s official Thomas Fire information webfree distributions were organized in Ventura. “The dis- site posted information only in English. When CAUSE brought this to the government’s attention, said Zucker, parity is stunning.” After requesting and receiving masks from various staff added a generic Google Translate link at the bottom sources, volunteers distributed of the page. The automated translation, though, is full of inaccurathem directly to workers in cies. Staff declined to use a fully, Oxnard fields, many of whom had wrapped their faces in shirts and more cleanly, translated verand bandanas. Mostly, the volsion offered by CAUSE, Zucker unteers met with gratitude and said. Santa Barbara County, free berries from farm owners, by contrast, has disseminated but a handful took umbrage and Thomas Fire information in both kicked them off their properEnglish and Spanish. —Lucas Zucker, CAUSE ties. “Some of them were pretty Zucker also worries about aggressive,” said Zucker. He the thousands of Spanish-onlynamed Vacca Brothers Ranch, Rincon Pacific, and Sati- speaking residents of Ventura’s Westside, who may have coy Berry Farms. A few of the managers claimed the been unaware of the public-health notice to boil tap workers had refused to wear masks. Others said they water—potentially tainted with fire-related contamiknew best how to care for their employees. nants — before it was consumed. On Friday, CAUSE Adding insult to injury, many farm owners refused staff, joined by other volunteer groups, spent much of to shut down operations even after receiving advisories the afternoon passing out clean drinking water and to do so from the Ventura County Farm Bureau, the protective masks throughout the working-class and Ventura County Agricultural Association, and the Cali- immigrant neighborhood.“It’s incredible how the comfornia Strawberry Commission. Cal/OSHA, the state’s munity has stepped up to fill the gaps where public n Division of Occupational Safety and Health, released a agencies have not,” Zucker said.



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steady progression of setbacks to normal operating procedures culminated on December 10 as Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Cary Matsuoka closed classes districtwide until January. The district’s first concern was deteriorating air quality, he explained, followed closely by nearby evacuation notices, a drop in the number of district employees able to show up for work, and finally, the fire’s arrival to Santa Barbara County. Now, there’s a fairly extensive cleanup project on the horizon before campuses reopen, planned for January 2, 2018. “We’d been making this decision as a region,” he added. “The superintendents had been talking to each other every day.” South Coast districts that are closed until January include Santa Barbara Unified, Carpinteria Unified, Cold Spring, Montecito Union, Goleta Union, Hope Elementary, and Vista del Mar. Matsuoka said that under these circumstances, schools do not need to make up lost days. The fire also disrupted finals week at Santa Barbara City College. “Some students weren’t able to take their finals, and their professors have been communicating with them about what that means,” said Luz Reyes-Martin, the college’s public information officer. “[Those final exams] won’t be rescheduled, and the faculty is working with individual classes on how they are going to handle it.” In many cases, she added, a student’s course grade will be based on already-completed assignments. The new term starts January 16, 2018.


In response to considerable pressure from UCSB student leaders, university chancellor Henry Yang canceled finals week, which was scheduled to begin December 11. Final exams will be rescheduled for the week of January 8, 2018, pushing back winter quarter until Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Yang cited fears about power outages, confusion around Santa Barbara County’s “false late-night evacuation notice,” and concerns about poor air quality and transportation. “Continuation of scheduled exams has become untenable,” he wrote in a campus-wide email. President Gayle Beebe said Westmont College’s wildfire emergency plan predates the 2008 Tea Fire, which destroyed eight buildings and 15 faculty homes as 1,000 students sheltered in place inside Murchison Gymnasium. Members of the college’s grounds crew are trained volunteer firefighters, equipped with a 2,400-gallon water tanker truck and a smaller vehicle toting 350 gallons. This time around, Beebe said, “Everybody was out by noon on Sunday [December 10], and on Monday we became a staging area [for firefighters].” As of midmorning Wednesday, the Thomas Fire had not reached campus. Westmont finals would have started December 12, and professors have “been so good about coming up with alternative ways for students to complete the semester,” Beebe said. Take-home or online finals have been options, depending on the class; some professors are allowing students’ pre-final performance to stand as their final mark. Westmont’s spring semester starts January 8, 2018. SHAUN WOLFE

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Official Government Websites: Two clearinghouses of Thomas Fire info, from evacuation maps to school closures to health advisories, came online soon after the blaze began: covers our neighbors to the south, while countyofsb .org/thomasfire.sbc#update provides Santa Barbarans all they need to know.

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Private citizens created their own imagery, and social media, as always, made it easy to share bad or outdated information. There are only a few maps to be trusted for this fire — and the next. The first is a perimeter survey conducted every night by a Boise-based, infrared-equipped plane contracted by Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting agency. The resulting “Public Information Map,” which shows in topographical detail where contained and uncontained lines are located, is distributed to fire chiefs at their early morning briefing and posted on a government server. A few copies are posted in public spaces. The map is not, however, widely distributed or made easily available online for reasons unclear. News organizations can request copies, which Santa Barbara media regularly does, or internet users can visit the federally operated website and search themselves. The second reliable map is being posted by the County of Santa Barbara at It’s a

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searchable Google map — now viewed more than 2.4 million times—that outlines the fire’s edges using the Cal Fire survey and overlays the voluntary and mandatory evacuation zones. Users can plug in their address to see whether they live in either of these danger areas. A similar map, but with more detailed evacuation zones, was developed by S.B. City Fire Chief Pat McElroy and can be seen at Ventura County published its own helpful map at But when a wildfire is expanding so rapidly, people want maps that are updated more than once a day. So “hotspot” maps that utilize NASA satellite imagery and pinpoint flames with yellow, orange, and red circles and squares were shared far and wide by worried citizens. Unfortunately, more often than not, the maps fanned unnecessary panic as the NASA data, processed and publically uploaded every few hours, can be tricky to decipher or just plain incorrect. Earlier this week, red squares briefly blanketed Carpinteria, as if the city’s entire downtown had been YEAR 1990 1993 1998 2004 2004 2007 2008 2008 2009 2013 2016 2016 2017


PROBLEMATIC: “Hotspot” maps like this, which are created with hourly NASA satellite imaging, pinpoint areas of high heat. They can be helpful for emergency responders but confusing and panic inducing for residents — the colored squares and circles don’t always represent flames and could simply be warm, dense smoke columns or other “false positive” anomalies in the data.

leveled, and yellow circles soon popped up behind the Riviera, implying that spot fires were invading the city. These “hotspots” were likely warm, dense plumes of smoke or other “false positive” hits. Fire officials advised the public to stop re-sharing these maps. At least two nongovernmental maps created this week by area journalists and programmers are worth viewing. Ventura County Star producer Matt Saint, assisted by area residents Rick Ray and Keith Cody, is methodically plotting the location of each home lost in Ventura through reader reports and their own visual confirmations. The resulting sea of pinpoints, some of which cover entire foothill neighborhoods, is sobering. See it at And Direct Relief’s research and analytics team also put together a real-time, multilayered map of unfolding Thomas Fire locations and conditions. It’s found at n

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proposal to knock down the popular Elsie’s Tavern dive bar on West De la Guerra Street to make room for a 23-unit apartment project was generally well received by the city’s Planning Commission at a recent design hearing. The commissioners called the property — sandwiched between Paseo Chapala and One Twenty One, two mixed-use condominium complexes — a prime location for new downtown rental housing, and they said the plans made smart use of the city’s incentive program for high-density development. But they also advised bringing down building heights from four to three stories and tweaking wall and window locations for better light and airflow. SOME DAY: An architectural drawing shows what the Elsie’s plot may turn into. As it’s currently designed, the project includes 13 one-bedroom apartments, 10 two-bedroom units, 1,162 square DeWilde, who owns Santa Barbara Valet, that the city has prioritized such develfeet of commercial area, and 26 parking was previously permitted, back in 2006, opment in the downtown corridor. “We spaces. The façade and roof of the double- to build condos on the property. But he need to give ourselves a reality check,” said archway W.D. Smith Building—a historic changed his mind after market conditions Schwartz. “Properties like this, I think, are “Structure of Merit” next to Elsie’s—would changed and after observing the purchas- going to be prime targets for redevelopment. be preserved. Elsie’s itself —a single-family ing patterns of buyers on either side of him We just have to settle into the idea and the home built sometime in the 1890s that’s at Paseo Chapala and One Twenty One. need of bringing more housing downtown.” housed the mirthful beer and wine bar for “It kind of hit me that they were attractCommissioner Addison Thompson ing second-home buyers who are here just agreed that building on the Elsie’s site made the past 24 years—would be demolished. Property owner John DeWilde said, a few weeks a year,” he said, remarking on sense from a space utilization standpoint.“I however, that it would be “a while” before Santa Barbara’s crisis-level housing short- think this is a good infill project for that parthe plan comes to fruition. He predicted at age. “They’re perfectly nice people—I like ticular piece of property.” The proposal will least two years, given the necessary permits, talking to them—but I don’t think it’s what now go to the Historic Landmarks Comapprovals, loans, and building contracts the town needs. mission for review. he must secure before construction can In addition to The Marc, five other projDeWilde said it’s far too soon to say what begin. And that’s assuming the market is rental rates he expects his new development ects totaling 20 units constructed under still friendly toward rental development. to fetch but that one- and two-bedroom the city’s Average Unit-Size Density (AUD) DeWilde has promised to give Elsie’s opera- units tend to pencil best for builders. Prices incentive program have been issued certors, with whom he has a close and commu- at The Marc — the 89-unit high-density tificates of occupancy. Another 70 projects nicative relationship, ample warning before “luxury apartment” project on upper State with 1,229 units are in the development any major moves are made. He’s also offered Street—won’t be comparable, he said, given pipeline. Nearly 84,000 square feet of existto pay their relocation costs.“We’re good for its high-end amenities. “It’ll be a totally dif dif- ing commercial space would be replaced with residential. The net water demand for a while,” said Elsie’s owner Pete Degenhardt. ferent product,” he said. “If something happens, we’re going to move. At the November 16 hearing, Commis- the new housing units has been calculated We’re not going to close.” sioner Deborah Schwartz acknowledged at 145 acre-feet a year. For comparison’s the concerns of sake, the City of Santa Barbara consumed residents living near 8,863 acre-feet of water in 2016. City planthese new high-den- ners have noted that, on average, two out sity projects, some of three proposed units are never built for of whom spoke varying reasons. The AUD program facilitates higheragainst DeWilde’s proposal, arguing its density build-out by requiring fewer “size, bulk, and scale” parking spaces at new developments. To didn’t comport with avoid gobbling up on-street neighborthe rest of the neigh- hood parking—a red-alert issue for AUD borhood. But she critics—builders are increasingly looking also urged them to to stackable parking systems. The only one recognize that Santa currently in use is in a development along Barbara is in desper- the 300 block of East Victoria Street, but six NOT WORRIED: Bar owner Pete Degenhardt says the place has plenty of time left and ate demand of new more AUD projects have included two- and will move, not close, should the time come rental housing and three-level stackers in their proposals. n

The new iteration of the Santa Barbara City Council will appoint a new member come January when Councilmember Cathy Murillo (pictured), who was elected mayor in November, vacates her Westside District 3 seat a year before her term ends. On 12/5 the current council officially opened the application process for “eligible candidates,” meaning those who live within the district’s boundaries. Applications must be received by 1/16, and interviews will be held on 1/23. The appointment will be made on 1/30. Jacqueline Inda, a member of the city’s District Elections Committee, argued a special election should be held so the Westside’s minority residents could participate in choosing their representative. She threatened litigation otherwise and said she’d secured the legal services of former judge Frank Ochoa. Murillo agreed with Inda and was the lone councilmember to vote against the appointment process.

ENVIRONMENT About $550,000 worth of restoration work can begin at the former Veronica Meadows, a development along Las Positas Road purchased by the city in 2016 to turn into a public park. The new grant from the state Department of Fish & Wildlife will be used to remediate the badly eroded banks of Arroyo Burro Creek, to include the removal of concrete debris, pipe, wire revetment, and nonnative plants. The project will help with storm-water flows as the habitat of more than an acre of the 14.7-acre parcel will be restored to a floodplain. Erin Markey, a planner with the city Creeks Division, explained the new floodplain will help recharge the groundwater basin, capture sediment and nutrients to improve downstream water quality, and improve wildlife access to the creek and its food and shelter resources. Rincon Island, the rocky “island” jutting offshore just south of La Conchita, was a Greka Energy holding, under the name Rincon Island Limited Partnership, until its bankruptcy trustee quitclaimed the deed on 12/6 for what the State Lands Commission called “substantial regulatory violations” discovered in 2014. When State Lands tried to terminate the leases in order to end “imprudent oil and gas operations,” the partnership filed for bankruptcy. With the ongoing decommissioning of Venoco’s Platform Holly, Rincon Island is the last offshore oil drilling and production facility in the Santa Barbara Channel, according to State Lands. Its associated 1,500 acres will be added to the California Coastal Sanctuary. CONT’D ON PAGE 25 

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light sentence handed down in a child sex abuse case in Santa Barbara has left the victim’s family concerned that more children could be at risk. Cesar TrejoAcosta — who sexually assaulted his 3-yearold cousin a decade ago, when he was 17 — pleaded guilty to one felony charge of battery with serious bodily injury at a court hearing on November 30. He was sentenced to a year in County Jail and three years’ probation. He must also complete a sex offender rehabilitation program upon release but will not have to register as a sex offender. The victim’s family says the District Attorney’s office and Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) overlooked a longer timeline of abuse, possibly involving more than one victim. The case debuted in juvenile court, where Trejo-Acosta was charged with two counts of oral copulation and one count of penetration with a foreign object related to one incident. However, the victim, now 14, claims the abuse continued for a longer period of time. Prosecutor Wes Meyer said he did not find any concrete evidence that similar acts happened after Trejo-Acosta turned 18. To

have Trejo-Acosta tried as an adult, so that he would get a strike on his record and stay on law enforcement radar into the future, Meyer had to work out a plea deal. That involved Trejo-Acosta pleading guilty to the battery charge yet not having to register as a sex offender. “I am so disappointed with the system because he is only going to see 365 days in jail, and he won’t even be registered as a sex offender in the Megan’s Law website,” Maria Acosta, the victim’s mother, wrote in a victim impact statement. “This has impacted my daughter’s growth and she will have to carry this heavy burden with her throughout her life; while her offender walks free and never really faces the repercussions of his actions.” More alarming, said the victim’s aunt Erika Cabrera, is that Trejo-Acosta has worked at various childcare facilities, including the Rockin’ Kids Play Center at La Cumbre Mall, the children’s section of the Eastside Library, and the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s A-OK after-school program. Other victims have not come forward, but the family worries there may be more. —Gwendolyn Wu


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THOMAS FIRE The Board of Supervisors voted against offering one week of paid leave to the at least 67 county employees who were under mandatory evacuation orders because of the Thomas Fire. The action needed four votes to pass. North County

supervisors Peter Adam and Steve Lavagnino opposed the motion and received pushback from colleagues who hold the majority on the board. Lavagnino asked staff to return with information about what private-sector employers are offering.The county employs 181 individuals who live in the cities of Ventura and Santa Paula, both areas severely impacted. The costs, still unknown, would have been absorbed within the existing department budget, according to a county report. In response to the Thomas Fire, Santa Barbara city administrators declared all downtown parking lots open to the public free of charge for the time being. Driving this decision was concern that the ambient air quality caused by the fire could pose a hazard to lot attendants. The hope is that the lure of free parking might help draw holiday shoppers downtown in the few remaining shopping days before Christmas. This week, City Hall is reactivating city street sweepers to get the ash deposits removed. The street sweepers lightly souse the surface with recycled water as they go, which should minimize the amount of dust and ash blown into the air. Motorists who park in the path of oncoming street sweepers will not be ticketed between now and 12/18, but drivers are encouraged to get out of the way. n

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n a long-awaited action, a criminal justice advocacy group filed a class-action lawsuit against the Santa Barbara County Jail last week. Disability Rights California, a state-mandated organization, alleged jail staff provided “inhumane” and “unsanitary” living conditions for inmates. At least 10 people, many with serious health issues, have died in the jail in the last six years, the lawsuit states. A report released by Disability Rights in February 2016 found Santa Barbara inmates spent excessive time in solitary confinement, had limited access to mental-health medication, did not receive responses to various requests, and had to sleep on the floor, among other troubling issues. The findings came after an exhaustive, months-long investigation, the first to take place in the Santa Barbara County Jail in eight years. Now, Disability Rights claims those problems have not been fixed. In an unconventional move, the advocacy organization and Sheriff Bill Brown issued a joint press release. Disability Rights said Brown and his jail staff have been fully cooperative with the investigation, and he has hired consultants to assess conditions and provide recommendations. Brown said in the statement that the Sheriff’s Office “takes seriously the treatment of all inmates, especially the most vulnerable” and remains

committed to proper treatment and care of inmates. Brown has long blamed similar accusations on the jail’s aging, run-down infrastructure. In addition, the state’s realignment initiative, which moved state prisoners to county jails, has “brought a different category of inmate into the jail facility from what the facility was designed to hold,” he said in the press release. The jail’s average population hovers at 120 percent of capacity, the lawsuit states. Brown also has pointed to the Northern Branch Jail, now under construction and expected to open in 2019, to alleviate some of these problems. But when it opens, the main jail will remain operating. Disability Rights has won similar legal battles against Los Angeles and Fresno counties. The Santa Barbara litigation, filed on behalf of five inmates, seeks to change practices surrounding health care in the jail “as well as attorneys’ fees and costs under applicable law.” “This is a county jail that has clearly been dealing with overcrowding, insufficient staffing, and crumbling infrastructure for years,” said attorney Joshua Toll, representing Disability Rights California, “and it is our hope that this case will lead to significant reforms.” —Kelsey Brugger

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By the time he was a high school senior, Goddard was writrocked Hollywood since October 5, 2017, dozens of ing and directing multiple shows a year and had become allegations of sexual harassment and abuse have been a regular consultant behind the scenes on other people’s made against other powerful men, not only in the shows, including those directed by Marjorie Luke at the entertainment industry, but also in business, politics, junior high. Not content with helping out at the schools, Goddard sought and discovered a way to extend these youth and education. The rising public demand for accountability, symbolized by the hashtag shows by creating a youth theater repertory company and taking young performers on #MeToo, reached Santa Barbara on November 10 in the form of a poignant tour in the summer months. Regardless of how they feel about him personal essay titled “Yes Mom, There Is Something Wrong” by actor Anthony today, everyone I spoke with, on and off Edwards. the record, acknowledged Goddard’s talent In his statement, Edwards, best and his dedication to the performing arts known for his work as Dr. Mark Greene in Santa Barbara. An excellent performer, in the long-running television series a savvy director and choreographer, and, ER, recounts the sexual abuse he sufmost of all, an extraordinarily persistent fered during the 1970s at the hands and charismatic producer, especially of of Gary Goddard, an entertainment youth theater, Goddard was seemingly industry veteran who was at the time everywhere at once, typically followed directing musicals in Santa Barbara. by an entourage of younger boys —the The incidents began when Edwards was “Goddardites,” as they were nicknamed by a 12-year-old child appearing in plays their frankly envious classmates. Together directed and produced by Goddard for with Tony Christopher, then known as Tony Jenkins, Goddard formed a producthe Santa Barbara Youth Theater. Since tion company that transformed these child the appearance of Edwards’s claims on, several more men have actors into the stars of a touring company come forward, claiming to be victims with successful productions of plays such as of Goddard during that time, including Peter Pan and Jesus Christ Superstar. What Bret Nighman, an actor and an adminbegan in Santa Barbara as a way to support istrator at UCLA, and Mark Driscoll, and market youth theater grew into Landa former actor who now operates a mark Entertainment, a diverse company that Goddard and Christopher started in company focused on attraction and destination development. In response, 1980 and grew into an international practice providing design and production not only Goddard has both stepped away from his leadership role with the Goddard for plays, films, and television programs but Group, a company that develops conalso for themed attractions such as Jurassic Park: The Ride at Universal Studios and cepts for theme parks and casinos, and the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las issued a statement through a represenVegas. Goddard remained with Landmark tative denying all charges and insisting through 1996, when he sold his 50 percent that these accusations are entirely false. Over the last two weeks, the alleof Landmark to Kingdom Entertainment, a gations have roiled the Santa Barbara company co-owned by Prince Alwaleed bin theater community. Many members Talal of Saudi Arabia and Michael Jackson. For the young men and women who of that community who spoke with me about these revelations expressed were captivated by Goddard’s vision and shock, dismay, and horror and are now who got their first taste of the big time in reassessing their recollections of this his shows, the experience was thrilling, time. Although the majority wished to say the least. To go from acting in your their remarks to remain off the record, junior high school play to performing at the by listening to them compare their Hollywood Bowl in a period of less than a memories with what has been claimed THE GODDARDITES: As a college student, Gary Goddard (standing on the left) led a group of highyear seems unlikely, but that’s exactly what publicly, I was able to piece together the school- and junior-high-aged boys that included Mark Driscoll (standing right). Goddard made happen, and not just for a following account of the context and few, but for many of the young people who circumstances of these horrific claims. worked with him. Later in the 1970s and in the early 1980s, after these touring producearn fame on Broadway, in Hollywood, and beyond, or to tions had closed, some of the performers — especially the become great teachers. Many continued to contribute to our boys — became clients of Goddard’s when he began managIn the 1960s and 1970s, musical theater reached a peak of robust regional theater scene. The long list of national talents ing talent in Los Angeles. Imagine the excitement of being excused from a play influence in Santa Barbara. From the Santa Barbara Junior who first discovered their love for theater as teens in Santa High auditorium to the stages at San Marcos High School, Barbara during this golden age includes Timothy and Joseph rehearsal at one of the local high schools to travel to an the Lobero Theatre, and the Santa Barbara Bowl, an extraor- Bottoms, Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz, Cady Huffman, Rod audition in Hollywood and the next day to return to tell the dinary generation of young performers presented theatrical Lathim, Rich Hoag, and many, many more. rest of the cast that you had landed the part. This is what productions both entertaining and strikingly professional to When musical theater in Santa Barbara was at its peak, Goddard offered and what he helped achieve for some of large audiences. The city recreation department collaborated no one was more in demand or more influential than Gary his talented, ambitious young actors.Yet today many of those with the schools and hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers to Goddard, a talented and energetic performer who attended same men who benefited from Goddard’s guidance now create a youth theater scene that remains a high-water mark Santa Barbara Junior High School, Santa Barbara High, and claim they were also victims. In case after case, past members not only for the city but for the entire country. Many of the CalArts. From an early age, Goddard was known as a theater of the Santa Barbara Youth Theater are now coming fortalented people who participated in these shows went on to prodigy with star presence and a variety of impressive skills. ward to allege that Goddard’s excellent professional advice,

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in such shows as Peter Pan, Oliver, and Jesus Christ Superstar; and he continued having sexual relations with some boys, including Scott Drnavich, over a number of years. Drnavich, who succumbed to HIV/ AIDS in 1997, told several people that he had been raped by Goddard before he died, and he is, according to Nighman, the unnamed friend mentioned by Edwards as having been raped in his Medium essay. A gay man with a husband and a career outside Beginning on November 10, posts about Goddard of the entertainment industry, Nighman strikes a began appearing on the popular social media website fearless pose in his accusation and includes the kind A project of personal details in of Evan Williams, former his piece that lend it CEO and cofounder of an air of authenticity. Twitter, Medium was His tearful testimony created to allow indibecame the centerviduals to publish statepiece of a December 7 ments that are too long broadcast of The Dr. Oz for the Twitter limit of Show on ABC that also 140 characters. Staffed featured one of the next people to come forward, by experienced editors Mark Driscoll. Driscoll’s from publications such as Wired, the site is open piece of November to anyone as a blogging 22 was titled “A Pedoplatform; Medium does phile Among Us” and not claim to be hard featured a 1971 photo news. Instead there is of Goddard instructing the young Driscoll the stated intention to provide a well-designed, with a sword. Driscoll ad-free opportunity on also claims that he was SCHOOL DAYS: Anthony Edwards’s senior picture (top the web to “find the right abused by Goddard, left); Bret Nighman’s first professional headshot, age audience for whatever and that he knows of 15 (top right); Goddard coaching Mark Driscoll on how you have to say.” many other victims. to use a foil There’s no quesHis essay provides the most concrete and systion now that through tematic account of what Medium, Edwards did find his audience. Within days, his initial post had happened, including this damning assessment: been read by thousands of people, and one week later, another former child actor from Santa BarBy assisting the junior high school theatre bara, Bret Nighman, came forward with a much teacher with her productions, Gary, an 18-yearmore detailed account of Goddard’s activities durold high school student, was able to initiate coning that period. Where Edwards had left much to tact with us beginning when we were just 13 the imagination, limiting his direct claim to “I was years old. Over time he would build the trust necessary with our parents and ourselves to take molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years,” Nighman, in a us to movies, restaurants, plays, and eventupiece called “Anthony Edwards Is Telling the Truth ally overnight trips out of town. Pedophiles are — Gary Goddard Is a Pedophile,” went further. In an patient and clever and know that love and trust illustrated personal essay, Nighman delivered the folare keys to their conquest. … Then … they strike lowing specifics: Goddard began taking advantage of their young prey. While the abuses by Gary vary children he met through musical theater in the early by individual, there is one common denominator; Gary used his position, his friendship, his 1970s; he raped several of the boys who performed including his coaching, the auditions he arranged, the expensive dinners and the show tickets he paid for, and, most of all, the high-level connections that he made for his protégés — all of these things came with a price, and too often that price was sexual contact with Gary Goddard.




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ENTOURAGE: Goddard (center) poses with Mark Driscoll and other protégés. role as mentor and big brother to take advantage of young and vulnerable teens through molestation and in some cases this involved rape. Driscoll continued to work for Gary Goddard’s entertainment company for several years even after he knew something of the extent of the abuse that had taken place in Santa Barbara. When I spoke with him, Driscoll sought to explain how this relationship develops. Goddard’s grooming process was intense and significant, he said: “It took a long time and it was complete …. Why work for the guy who had done these things? He had given me love and trust and support from age 13. He made me feel that anything positive in my life was from him, and that made it almost impossible for me to get the heck out.” Driscoll also said that these recent revelations have irreparably tainted the memories of what was for many a high point in their lives. —Mark Driscoll “This is part of the grooming — to leave you with too strong an impression of his importance. We were friends before Gary came along. He did not bring us together. This was still the best time of my life, and I will not let him take that from me.”

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No charges, criminal or civil, are currently pending against Gary Goddard. He maintains his longtime personal friendship and business relationship with Bryan Singer, including plans for an epically expensive, perennially stalled Times Square project known as Broadway 4D. Perhaps in the entertainment business, notoriety of this sort might still retain some allure. Singer, despite his alleged crimes, is definitely an A-list director with four X-Men movies to his credit. It’s been 30 years, however, since Goddard’s last motion picture directing credit, 1987’s Masters of the Universe, a box-office flop that has earned something of a cult following for its absurd plot. Since then, Goddard has designed theme park rides and produced a handful of Broadway shows. His production company, the Goddard Group, won a Tony for the 2009 Broadway revival of Hair, and he has consulted on numerous projects, most recently two large casinos on the Cotai Strip in Macau, China. What happens next is anyone’s guess, as the allegations against Goddard join an increasingly bewildering and constantly expanding array of similar claims against other powerful men. One thing that is for sure, however, is that this tragedy in no way diminishes or invalidates the great work and the loving solidarity of those who participated in Santa Barbara Youth Theater, which operated from 1962 to 1978, or the other great Santa Barbara theater programs of that period. And as Anthony Edwards wrote in his statement that started it all,“secrecy, shame and fear are the tools of abuse, and it is only by breaking the stigma of childhood sexual abuse that we can heal, change attitudes, and create safer environments for our children.” n 805-312-6367


What has lingered is the sense that, since the Weinstein scandal, the longstanding Hollywood practice of looking the other way when figures like Goddard and Bryan Singer indulge their taste for the company of much younger men may be coming to an end. Singer, who was abruptly removed from directing the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody early this month, has since been accused, on December 7, 2017, of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in Washington State in 2003. The Miami attorney, Jeff Herman, representing that client was the same lawyer who abandoned the earlier Egan claims. As part of a settlement in 2015, Herman wrote a letter to Singer saying: “I believe that I participated in making what I now know to be untrue and provably false allegations against you.” —Anthony Edwards For Singer and his attorney, the fact that the same lawyer is trying to press similar claims by a new plaintiff is evidence that this suit has no merit. Regardless, Singer has been removed from Bohemian Rhapsody by Fox, where executives cite his failure to report to the set as the proximate cause of his dismissal. In addition, Singer and the University of Southern California’s (USC) administration agreed to take the director’s name off the Bryan Singer Division of Cinema & Media Studies after 4,000 students signed a petition demanding it be removed “until the allegations against him are resolved,” according to a statement issued by USC.

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Robert Arnold Newcomb 02/22/1917-10/03/17

Bob was born in Hawaii and the aloha spirit of the islands permeated his long life. He loved the sea and he offered a joyous yes to life. Reaching his 100th birthday on February 22nd of this year, Robert Arnold was the first-born child of Harry B. Newcomb, a Honolulu life insurance agent, and Emily C. Newcomb, a former schoolteacher. Although his earliest and fondest childhood memories were of the family home in Manoa Valley, much of his youth was also spent in Carlsbad, California. There the family struggled financially through the early years of the depression before returning to Hawaii in 1933. After completing high school, Bob attended the University of Hawaii, studying chemistry, before winning an appointment to the US Naval Academy. Those four years in Annapolis brought him not only a deeply fulfilling career, but also friendships that lasted his whole life. He attended class of 1940 reunions into his 90s and served as class editor for Shipmate, the academy alumni periodical. Bob kept in close touch with classmates who survived the war years and never forgot the many who didn’t. Of 456 graduates, 56 were lost in WWII and Korea, historically the greatest loss of any class in the service academies. Bob’s naval career was exceptionally broad. Following graduation his first assignment was aboard the USS Northampton anchored in Pearl Harbor. Slated to go to gunnery school on the mainland, Bob left Honolulu, aboard the SS Lurline, just two days before the Japanese attack. During the war years he served on destroyers and later as Fire Control (Gunnery) Officer on the aircraft carrier USS Cabot. In November 1944 the Cabot came under attack by kamikaze aircraft and Bob’s able leadership won him a commendation from Admiral Halsey that read, “By battery control and inspiring leadership he contributed substantially to the destruction of three enemy aircraft…. Strafings, bomb explosions, and fire did not deter him in the cool, proficient perfor32


mance of his duty. In 1945, near the end of the war, Bob was sent to Dallas, Texas, for flight training. That summer the US carried out the deadly bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and throughout his life Bob remained deeply troubled by the military’s use of atomic bombs on a civilian population. Bob served the last months of the war at Pensacola, Florida, and in 1946 received his wings as a carrier pilot. In the post-war years Bob commanded torpedo and dive-bomber squadrons operating in the seas off China prior to the Communist takeover. During the Korean War he earned a second commendation ribbon as navigator of the aircraft carrier Essex. He received two teaching posts, one at Annapolis and another at Monterey Naval Postgraduate School. The final assignments of his naval career were in Naha, Okinawa, and Corpus Christi, Texas, where he served as Operations Officer of the Naval Air Station. He retired in 1960 with the rank of Commander. Those years of active military duty were also the years Bob launched his family. In 1945 he married Barbara Peede and they soon welcomed son William (1946) and daughter Dorothy (1950). Bob pursued a second career in teaching. After receiving his MA in mathematics at Purdue University, he became a tenured math and physical science instructor at Whittier College. In Whittier he was active in civil rights issues, serving as chairman of the Fair Housing Committee, which sought to bring integration to the town. When Bob retired from college teaching, he and Barbara settled in Santa Barbara, but after several years their marriage ended. Once again Bob returned to life at sea, this time as a math teacher on naval ships under the aegis of Chapman College. During this period Bob became a Unitarian and married (1983) fellow church member Elizabeth Alexander. In 1999 Bob and Betty moved to Santa Barbara’s Valle Verde Retirement Community, where they continued to travel the world and lead an active social life. Bob’s enthusiasms flowed in so many directions. He sang and played the harmonica. He sailed and body surfed. He loved gardening and was particularly proud of his sweet peas. He participated faithfully in his local Rotary Club, tutored at SBCC, and was a student mentor for the Fighting Back Program. Passing away peacefully on October 3rd, Bob’s loving and boundless spirit is deeply missed by family and friends. Bob was preceded in death

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by his younger brother, William Henry; Barbara, the mother of his children; his wife, Betty; and a stepson, Peter Alexander. He is survived by his children Dorothy Newcomb Deacon and William Harry Newcomb; daughter-in-law Carmela Alexander; granddaughters Emily Deacon and Warinthip Newcomb, step-grandsons Nathan Larson-Alexander and Gregory Alexander, and greatgrandsons Ben Larson-Alexander and Roan Alexander. A memorial service was conducted earlier at Valle Verde. Interment will be at the Columbarium of the United States Naval Academy. Contributions in Bob’s memory may be sent to the Braille Society of Santa Barbara or charity of your choice.

Sandra “Sandy” Kaye Garcia 09/07/45-11/27/17

Sandra “Sandy” Kaye Garcia, 72, of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away on Nov. 27, 2017 at Serenity House after a year-long battle with cancer. Born September 7, 1945 in New Orleans to Katherine and Joseph Garcia, Sandy moved to Mexico City with her family at age 6 where she resided for 30 years. A graduate of the American School Foundation, she worked as a model and actress before attending Cal State Sacramento, receiving a degree in Spanish Literature. Sandy married Juan G. DeKruyff, Sr. in 1991, and though the marriage later ended, their friendship never ceased. Sandy lived in Puerto Vallarta and Lake Tahoe before settling in Santa Barbara in 2005. Fluent in all nuances of the Spanish language, she served with distinction as a Certified Interpreter for the Courts, including her favorite Santa Barbara County Courthouse, where a tree will be planted in her honor. For several years she also taught classes for the Lake Tahoe Community College Intensive Spanish Institute, including an annual Spanish slang class featuring curse words! Sandy led an active, passionate life. Even while battling cancer her friends had difficulty keeping up with her. She lived downtown and walked whenever possible. She loved film and was an active member of Cinema Society as well as the more underground

group Film Addicts, film lovers who shared reviews of films at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Sandy often went to five or six movies a day during the 10-day festival. She held season tickets to the Lobero, the Pantages, Arts and Lectures, and was a member of the SB Blues Society. A progressive, Sandy was quite active politically, and supported the Santa Barbara Environmental Defense Center and Planned Parenthood. A lifelong learner, Sandy loved to travel. She recently participated in two multi-country study abroad voyages with Semester at Sea. She was a member of various book clubs, and although ill, she flew to Tennessee in August to view the total solar eclipse with friends. Sandy is survived by her mother Katherine Garcia, her sister Patricia Garcia, niece Catherine Mattesich Taylor and nephew Rylan Mattesich, all of Sacramento; sister Lori Garcia in the Seattle area; and her stepchildren Ann M. DeKruyff, of Natick, MA., Juan G. DeKruyff, Jr. of Austin, TX., and Susan E. (DeKruyff) Covarrubia of San Antonio, TX. She also leaves a trail of friends too numerous to mention, who are spread across the globe. A memorial service will take place at 2:00 on Saturday, January 27th at Chase Palm Park Center. In lieu of flowers, the family and friends request that donations be made to Court Appointed Special Advocates at SBCasa.Org or 118 E. Figueroa St. Santa Barbara, Ca. 93101 in memory of Sandy Garcia.

Susan (Sue) McKnight 01/19/45-11/29/17

Susan (Sue) McKnight, age 72, of Santa Barbara passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 as the result of a tragic automobile accident. Born in San Diego on January 19, 1945, she was the eldest daughter of Harold E. Green and Doris C. Green formerly of 42 Calle Capistrano, Santa Barbara, California, both of whom preceded her in death. Sue attended Peabody Elementary School, La Cumbre Junior High and San Marcos High School, graduating in 1962 with honors. Sue attended Santa Barbara City College for 2 years,

transferred into UCSB as a junior and graduated in 1967 Suma Cum Laude, earning a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in History and a minor in English. Her goal was to become a teacher and thus she spent the next year completing her student teaching to obtain her credential. Initially, she taught briefly in Compton, California and subsequently was hired at Santa Barbara Junior High School’s Reading Center, where she taught for many years, giving the gift of literacy to hundreds of youth. This was something Sue was deeply passionate about and it gave her great joy to see them succeed. Sue was revered by her students, many of whom became personal friends later in life. When education funding was severely cut in the State at that time, Sue set her sights on a new career field, real estate, and received her license to practice in 1977. She excelled in all phases of real estate, including residential, commercial, business opportunities and property management. Throughout the course of her career, she worked for Sunset Reality, Fred Sands of Montecito, Coldwell Banker, Steve Schmidt and Bob Tafejian Real Estate, among others. Her most recent employment was privately contracted with foreign dignitaries as a property manager and personal advisor, where she remained for 12 years to the present. In all her endeavors, Sue maintained the highest standards of excellence, the most unwavering ethics, extraordinary loyalty, and unsurpassed integrity. Sue leaves behind her husband, John Hudson McKnight, to whom she was married for 50 years, having shared 57 years of life together, twin sisters, Lori Lee Green-Stade, her husband Kevin, their children Kadie and Nicholas Stade and Patti Sue Green, her son Shawn Incollingo and Patti’s grandson, Ryder Hudson Incollingo and many extended family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Rincon Beach Club, 3805 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, California 93013 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Sue had a special place in her heart for animals, nature, particularly endangered species, and people in need of social justice and human rights in general. In lieu of flowers, it would be Sue’s wish for people to donate to any of these worthy causes. Sue touched the lives of countless others. She was generous, kind and compassionate. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34 >>>

In Memoriam

Silvio Dante DiLoreto 1925 – 2017


Santa Barbara Businessperson, Mentor, Philanthropist BY T O D D D I L O R E T O

“Si,” as he was affectionately called, soon adopted the phrase “People Helping People” for his growing company and immersed himself in the community. He joined the theatrical group Alhecama Players and had acting roles in Mister Roberts and Flower Drum Song. Life also had its challenges. Silvio suffered a heartbreaking loss in 1961 when his young son Bradford was killed in a bicycle accident. He would later say,“When my son died it was horrible, but out of the terrible experience, I grew.”


repay the community for what it has done for me. The more you do for Santa Barbara, the more it gives back to you.” He pany of family on March 17, 2017, at age 91. He had was recognized by numerous organizations for his commubeen an active member of the Santa Barbara real nity work, including the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission for his estate community for 61 years and served with role in securing the site for the present Yanonali Street facility many, many nonprofits that reflected his love of and the Alpha Resource Center, which named its DiLoreto Italian culture, cooking, and people. Theatre in his honor. Silvio was born September 17, 1925, in Rochester, New Si had many passions in life. He took up scuba diving not York, to Venanzio and Lucia DiLoreto. He was the eldest long after moving to Santa Barbara. He flew his Bonanza child of four, including brothers Aldo V-tail south to Mexico, sometimes taking and Lucio and sister Nella. His mother Aeromedicos doctors to remote parts of Lucia died in 1935 during childbirth, and Baja Mexico to reach small towns without sister Nella died in 1942 of leukemia. medical care. Once he donned a World War Venanzio worked in construction, and I–era leather aviator helmet and toilet-paper scarf to fly his son’s friends to Santa Ynez for the Depression years were challenging for the family. Their father instilled a dinner before prom. strong work ethic in his children, and Silvio was an accomplished chef with they began working at a young age. Silsignature dishes, such as sourdough pancakes and Korean short ribs. He was part vio attributed his father’s influence and Depression struggles to his success later of the cooking show In Cucina with Beverly in life. and Silvio and flipped pancakes at Fiesta’s Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast for over 40 years. The U.S. entered World War II durOne year he prepared and sold over 400 ing Silvio’s teen years. He was accepted Italian sausage sandwiches at I Madonnari into the U.S. Army Air Cadet Program to raise funds for Unico. Silvio was also an after high school, graduating as a naviamateur, and careful, mushroom aficionado. gator in 1945. A second lieutenant just before the war ended, Silvio never His car was commonly seen parked on the saw combat. He flew the South Pacific side of the road after a rain as he searched for Mosquito Network in a B-25 Mitchell chanterelles or morels. bomber and a C-47. He was proud of A skilled snow skier, Silvio always packed twice flying a “zero zero” mission using a lunch for everyone — sandwiches were often served off Chair 14 on Mammoth’s only celestial navigation: right on time backside — to get in a few extra runs before and right on course. Silvio took up boxing in the Army and enjoyed a 13-0 the lifts closed. He succeeded in his goal to record before a self-imposed retirement ski until age 80. from the ring. Silvio and his family attended Calvary While stationed in Australia, Silvio Baptist Church for many years. He said married Josephine Finnemore. Upon many years ago, “I never became successful his discharge in 1947, they returned to — I’m talking about being fulfilled — until New York and started a business, relying I developed a relationship with God. My on Josephine’s experience in her family definition of success is not getting what you photography business. want, but enjoying what you have.” Silvio first tried his hand at selling Later in life, Silvio learned to play the real estate in 1955. In the first 30 days, clarinet. In grade school, he’d tried for a he sold four houses, with a total value clarinet, but they handed him a trombone. of $40,000 and commission of $800. He was a little guy, and it was hard to handle EUREKA! The president of Sunset Realty for more than 60 years, Silvio DiLoreto got his start in 1955 Eureka! Planning a full-time career, Silon the crowded school bus, so he quit the when he sold four homes in 30 days and made $800. band. He joined Santa Barbara’s Prime Time vio drove his young family to CaliforBand in his seventies to try again. He never nia. He loved the ocean from his South Pacific days and wanted to live along the coast. In January Despite the family setback, Silvio moved forward. In 1965, became an accomplished musician, but, single at the time, he 1956, the family Nash Rambler drove into Santa Barbara and he was president of the Santa Barbara Board of Realtors. He met band member Mary MacDonald. They enjoyed many pulled over at a turnout on Loma Alta Drive. Looking over led the Multiple Listing Committee and originated the MLS happy years together, sharing a passion for cooking and the verdant town below, Silvio knew he was home. He spoke book for the industry, a first at the time and now a standard traveling. A favorite destination was the mountain town of Pratola Peligna, in the Italian region of Abruzzo, the birthto a real estate broker the same day, expressing his ambitions real estate tool throughout the country. In 1976, Silvio helped form the city’s Rental Housing Medi- place of Silvio’s parents. and also how much money he had saved. The broker recomation Task Force. Passionate about resolving landlord-tenant Silvio is survived by children Dante, Todd, Antonio, and mended that he move to Ventura. Silvio ignored that advice. Instead, he walked into a Sunset conflicts, he stayed active with them into his retirement years. Camilla; his nine grandchildren, whom he loved dearly; and Realtors office on De la Vina Street, was offered a sales posi- Si presided over the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce brother Lucio of Bellevue, Washington. He was preceded in tion, and started work the same day. A year later, owner Ray in 1977 and formed its Neighbor Helping Neighbor project death by his partner of 15 years, Mary MacDonald. He was Juneau decided to move to Texas. Silvio bought the business in response to the Sycamore Canyon Fire in 1977. The next married twice, to Josephine DiLoreto (Dante) and Nancy for $5,000 with a $2,000 down payment he scraped together year, he joined the Santa Barbara City College Foundation DiLoreto (Todd, Antonio, and Camilla). Board of Directors, serving as president from 1983-1987, To honor his memory, one may visit the DiLoreto-Macand payments of $30 a month. Silvio attributed his early acceptance into the Santa Bar- and especially enjoyed working with SBCC president Peter Dougall Overlook at SBCC’s West Campus, near the site of his quinquennial birthday parties. Donations can be made to the bara community to the good reputation of the family with MacDougall. Silvio found such personal fulfillment in his community SBCC Culinary Institute’s Silvio DiLoreto Scholarship fund a very similar name who owned Loreto Plaza. Thanks to the DiLoreto/DeLoreto coincidence, he always received a warm involvement. “Santa Barbara has provided so much to my or any of the charities mentioned here or in the full version n personal quality of life,” he would say. “There is no way I can of this In Memoriam at reception from Santa Barbara residents on sales calls. ilvio Dante DiLoreto died peacefully in the com-

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obituaries continued Paul Anthony Zamora 09/18/57-11/24/17

Born September 18, 1957 to Paul Zamora and Diane SkareZamora, Paul passed away November 24, 2017 at the age of 60 years. Paul joined the United States Army after graduation from Dos Pueblos High School in 1975. He served his country proudly for 20 years, retiring at Fort Irwin, Barstow, California. He continued serving at Fort Irwin in a civilian/ contract basis for 22 more years. He was part of the Warrior Training Alliance Team, Cubic Applications/Cubic Global Defense as the Deputy Program Manager. Paul was very devoted to his work and was truly respected and admired by his peers and superiors, all who recognized him for his expertise and training abilities in that field. He had a passion for training Soldiers, to "Be The Best (They) Could Be". He was a specialist in Chemical Operations and a paratrooper, and well versed among other areas of interest. He received a BS degree in Psychology from Park University. Paul had an infatuation and desire for traveling with his wife Yolanda (Jimenez) visiting many parts of the world including Germany, Mexico, the Caribbean, Goleta and other places as well. His "final cruise" was in a '56 Chevy in Cuba. He enjoyed golf golfing and living life to the fullest. Paul and Yoli were a hardworking, kind, generous, fun loving couple. Paul leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Yolanda, four children, Elena (Mike) Vitalich, John Zamora, Angie (Paul) Munoz, and Douglas "D.J." (Ava) Zamora; his Mother Diane Skare-Zamora; three sisters Patti Zamora Serbus, Cindy Zamora (Mike) Johnson, Cathy Zamora (John) Pollock; eleven grandchildren; his uncles Doug and Daryl Skare - his lifelong mentors; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and good friends who were all so very special in his life. A Celebration of Life Memorial-Final Homecoming will be held at Goleta Cemetery, 44 S. San Antonio Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93110 on Friday, 22 December 2017 at 11am, with a reception to follow. 34


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Max Lynn


Max Lynn was born January 1st, 1935 in Winchester, Kansas and passed away on November 15th, 2017 in Santa Barbara. Max was a prime example of American drive and determination as he was born on a small farm in Kansas and ended up working on the Apollo project that landed man on the moon! Max graduated from the University of Kansas in 1955 and married his first wife Shirley in September 1955. Then began their life of adventure and travel, as Max moved several times around the US with the Air Force. Their only child Max David Lynn was born in 1958 and died in 2006. In 1960 after his discharge from the Air Force, Max began his engineering career with AC Spark Plugs, a division of General Motors that was later bought by Delco. They Lynns lived in several places around the country during his Delco career. It was while living in Wisconsin on the Great Lakes that the Lynns learned how to sail and began a lifelong love of sailboat racing. Max was a great sailor and raced throughout his life, winning innumerable awards and honors. His last race was 2 months before he died when his boat took a third place in a SB Yacht Club race. Max was a true yachtsman. He mentored many people throughout the years, and to be crew on the Lynns’ boats was truly an honor. The Lynns moved to CA in the late 60’s when many Delco employees were transferred from Wisconsin. From 1968-1972 Max worked on the lunar landing project Apollo. Through the yearsMax had three sailboats who he named “Tranquility”—from the name of the craft that landed on the moon. In 1975 Max worked with the Russians on the first manned space station, Soyuz. Max and Shirley joined the Santa Barbara Yacht Club in 1973 and he became Commodore in 1979. They spent many hours sailing, racing and enjoying the companionship of their Yacht Club friends. Max had a record 43 Santa Barbara-King Harbor races, dating from 1974-2017—doing all but the very first one! After his retirement from

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Delco he and Shirley traveled the world. They particularly enjoyed delivering boats to new owners or locations. Shirley passed away in 2013. In 2015 he was introduced to his second wife Patricia. They had a wonderful 2-1/2 years together. They did several major trips together, enjoyed their friends and Pat never missed sailing with Max. In addition to being an accomplished yachtsman Max was a true gentleman-kind, wise and a loyal friend. He was always available to help anyone who needed it. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife Patricia, stepson Seldon Del Giorgio (Shania) and their sons AJ and Joey. A celebration of Max’s life will be held at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club on Thursday, January 18th at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity, the SB Youth Sailing Foundation or the Cancer Foundation of SB.

and father David Rodriguez of Santa Barbara, brother David Rodriguez Jr of Santa Barbara and sister Cori Kohler of Atascadero; grandparents, Grandma Dorothy Breck, Grandparents Irene and Leo Silver all from Atascadero; aunts and uncles: Anthony and Anne Breck, Kathy Rodriguez, Yolanda Rodriguez, John Rodriguez and Steve Rodriguez; many cousins and many loved friends we call family. Services will be held on Saturday December 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Chapel of the Roses, 3450 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA.




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Cory Breck Rodriguez, born August 25, 1991 in Santa Barbara and passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017. Cory attended Atascadero schools and graduated from Atascadero High School in 2009. Cory was a Renaissance man with many interests and talents from mixing music, DJ, playing drums, and spinning fire POI balls for entertainment. He was very adventurous, loved the outdoors, traveling across the country, liked gardening, hiking, snowboarding, wake boarding, and target shooting. Cory had painted houses for a living working with his dad and worked at All Surface Painting. He currently had been working at San Luis Obispo Marble as a Lead CNC Machinist and is noted for being a bright light to all at work. He attended Alan Hancock College and majored in the Computer Numerical Program known as CNC Machining. Cory and his team won 1st place at the Skills USA competition for creating a license plate from using the CNC Machining technique. Cory was taken from us too soon. He leaves behind his parents, Christine Breck Rice and step father Lee Rice of Atascadero,

name to Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Cancer Gets Lost (www., or your favorite charity. A service in honor of Carolyn’s life will be held on December 22, 2017 at 10 am at the Santa Barbara Mission. Reception to follow.

Carolyn Calandro (nee Hohman) passed away on December 6, 2017 surrounded by her husband John, her children and close friends. Carolyn was born March 31, 1941 in Pittsburgh, PA. She was the oldest of four children. While attending Dominican High School in Detroit, MI she was set up on a blind date with John and a match made in heaven began. Carolyn attended nursing school at Borges Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI and became an RN. She and John were married in 1962 and enjoyed a honeymoon on the cross-country move to Santa Barbara. She loved babies and was blessed with 5 children and 9 grandchildren. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Goleta Valley Community Hospital helping children come into this world and took in 10 foster babies. In her retirement, she volunteered at Cottage Hospital. Carolyn loved knitting, sewing, cooking, and baking. She was a caring friend and enjoyed a good game of bridge with the girls. She loved to entertain and everyone entering her home always felt welcome and left well fed. Her fiesta parties were legendary. She loved to laugh and had a beautiful smile. She is survived by her husband John of 55 years, her daughters Lisa (Jo), Cathy (Jeff) and Michelle and sons John (Eileen) and David (Donna). She is beloved by her grandchildren Maggie, John, Kieran, Samantha, Max, Matthew, Miles, Nicolas and Ava. She was dearly loved and will be forever missed. Donations may be made in Carolyn’s

Betty Louise Borella passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. There will be a private graveside service on December 1, 2017 in Santa Barbara. Betty was born on December 30, 1924 in Cordova, Walker County, Alabama to Bernie and Maude Mae (Nelson) Hagler. She grew up in Royalton, Illinois and graduated from Royalton High School. She married Henry M. Borella on Jan. 1, 1944 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Betty received her Bachelors Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University in 1948. She received her Certification in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Santa Barbara City College in 1976. As a student of the english language, she enjoyed reading books, the newspaper and doing the NewYorkTimes crossword puzzle daily. She also enjoyed being around family and dogs, taking summer trips to visit family in Illinois. Betty is survived by her sons; Rick Borella of Ojai, Rob Borella of Santa Cruz; daughter, Dr. Kathy Pierce of Santa Barbara; grandsons, Steven and Ryan Borella of Santa Cruz. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry M. Borella; brothers, Jack, Nelson and Gary Hagler; sisters, Ruth Logan, Mary Jo Cavaretta and June Robbins.




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he Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules are extremely important. I don’t want ISPs [internet service providers] to have the power to block websites, slow them down, give some sites an advantage over others, or split the internet into fast lanes for companies that can pay the extra fees and slow lanes for the rest of us. Giant ISPs shouldn’t have the power to control what we see and do online. This would destroy the internet as we know it — and harm everyone who relies on it to pursue job opportunities, advance their education, access news and information, and participate fully in our democracy. The net neutrality rules are based on Title II of the Communications Act — which is the only way to protect real net neutrality. But Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit Pai is determined to end Title II. Courts have made it clear that if the FCC does this, ISPs will be free to carve the internet into fast and slow lanes. A handful of powerful companies would be able to pay steep fees to ISPs to ensure their content loads faster; startups and small businesses wouldn’t be able to compete. This would kill the open marketplace that has enabled millions of small businesses to thrive—just to further enrich a few cable giants known for their sky-high prices and abysmal customer service. Moreover, under Pai’s plan, ISPs would have the power to censor political speech they disagree with. This would silence nonprofits, artists, and everyone else who couldn’t pay to have their voices heard. Ending Title II would destroy the internet’s level playing field and the free expression it enables. —Ricardo Früstöckl, PC Tech computer service shop, S.B.

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oon, Americans across the country will return to the place they call “home” and invite loved ones to join them for the holidays. It’s a joyous time that makes

it easy to believe we all have warm homes filled with friends and family. Unfortunately, the numbers tell a different story. Across the country, nearly 650,000 people will sleep on the street on any given night. During the 2017 Point in Time Count, volunteers identified 790 homeless residents within City of Santa Barbara limits alone. Public housing and other affordable housing programs have been key in battling this epidemic. But these important resources are not receiving the attention they need. Because Congress has woefully underfunded the Section 8 program—which provides rental assistance to seniors, the disabled, and low-income families—no new vouchers have been issued since February. This accounts for the biggest challenge to the city Housing Authority. Without that support, our waitlist for housing has reached six to seven years and continues to grow. These residents—people we interact and meet with daily — must often live in substandard homes and commute hours daily to make ends meet. Some resources, though, like state accessory dwelling unit legislation and inclusionary housing, will make more housing possible. We must carefully consider these tools and implement what makes sense to promote new affordable housing. During a season about “home,” I encourage you to support measures—from federal to local—that make sense for Santa Barbara. It is an issue we can battle together. (See for full version.) —Rob Fredericks, executive director,

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12/14: 5th Annual National Vigil to Honor Victims of Gun Violence It has been five years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. Since that day, 500,000 Americans have been killed or injured by guns. The S.B. community will join this national vigil to remember and honor the lives of those lost to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence, including at the Goleta Post Office, in Isla Vista, the Han family, and the victims of the Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs mass shootings. 5:30-6:30pm. Unitarian Society Sanctuary, 1535 Santa Barbara St. Free.

12/14: Star Wars: The Last Jedi VIP Experience Only 200 fans have the chance to view Star Wars: The Last Jedi with a VIP experience that includes early admission into the theater and a collectible popcorn tin and drink tumbler with unlimited free refills during the event. Enjoy special appearances by costumed characters at a meet and greet courtesy of the 501st Legion. A separate movie ticket purchase is required. Other fees may apply. Early access: 5-5:45pm; GA: 6pm. The Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $25. Call 963-9580.

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12/14: Sketching in the Galleries Artists of all skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now as teaching artists provide general guidance and all materials. 5:30-7:30pm. S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St. Free. Call 884-6457 or email to reserve a spot. 12/16: Science on Site: Scientific Illustration Join scientific


LA in S.B., this debut film by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel-speaking Mayas on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. The viewer is immersed in the characters’ customs and beliefs, as the film chronicles a disappearing tradition and people. The film is in Spanish and Kaqchikel with English subtitles. 5:30pm. Mary Craig Auditorium, S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St. Free. Call 963-4364.

memoir, follows a young girl as she comes of age in a dysfunctional family

of nonconformist nomads, with an alcoholic father who would feed the children’s imaginations as a distraction to their poverty and an eccentric mother who is an eccentric artist. The film stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts. 1-3pm. Faulkner Gallery, S.B. Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Free. Rated PG-13. Call 564-5641.

of Deckers Brand Showcase’s 12 Days of Gifting, and 40 percent of total sales will go to support United Way S.B. County’s literacy programs. 10am-6pm. Deckers Outdoor Corporation, 6601 Hollister Ave., Goleta. Free. Call 728-1640. 12/16: 11th Annual Vodka Latke Young Adult Holiday

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12/16: Collage Printing Workshop with Laura Denney This themed workshop will ignite the imagination as artist Laura Denney will assist participants in creating a beautiful work of art from materials from the Creative ReUse Store. 10am-noon. Art From Scrap, 302 E. Cota St. Children ages 6 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. $8. Call 884-0459 x13.

12/15: Friday Matinee: The Glass Castle This 2017 drama, based on a

join in the harmony mix of holiday classics and original tunes from Spencer and Todd’s Swinging Moods, Emile Millar & Friends, Zach Madden, Beachgrass String Band, Brent Franklin, and William Adams and Brandon Birdsong-Johnson, with the debut of Scarlett Fooks. 5:30-8pm. Handlebar Coffee Roasters, 2720 De la Vina St. Free.

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Latin American Film Series: Unrest, Distance, and the Future: Ixcanul Screening as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/

illustrator Peter Gaede and create your very own scientific illustration of an animal found in the Wild Things exhibit. Gaede will showcase the best tips and techniques and the importance of scientific illustration in this interactive program for all ages. 11am-2pm. Maximus Gallery, S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Free-$12. Call 682-4711 x170 or email barSingAlong

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space to have some holiday fun with friends old and new as you enjoy great tunes, tasty latkes, dreidel Olympics, and a chance to win a prize. Included is one free drink, and a discount on drinks thereafter. Celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and know that proceeds will support Jewish Federation of Greater S.B. programs regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, or gender, including senior services, counseling, volunteer programs, community education, and rescue and relief. 6-9:30pm. The Bobcat Room, 15 W. Ortega St. $25. Ages 21+. Call 957-1115.

SUNDAY 12/17 12/17: 2017 Kids Day Calling all kids 18 years and under to this signature event that will offer free eye exams and glasses. There will be snacks and a nutritious meal, diabetes screening and nutritional guidance, flu shots, and more. Staff will be on hand to keep the kids entertained with crafts, face

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ongoing: Vantage Point See exquisite landscapes and California coastal scenes in oil by Ellen Yeomans. The exhibit shows through December 31. Gallery Los Olivos, 2920 Grand Ave., Los Olivos. Call 688-7517.

ongoing: Marlyn & Matt Come see works by artists Marlyn Daggett and Matt Sesow, with pieces accessible to all buyers starting at a low price point just in time for holiday gift buying. Daggett combines figures, symbols, icons, and text in vivid oil for a distinctive style of abstract expressionism, while Sesow paints animals and people and animals with “Grizzly Bear” by Matt Sesow people with allknowing faces and mouths full of teeth. You’ve got to see these in person. The exhibit shows through January 10, 2018. Thu.-Sun.: noon-5pm. Silo118, 118 Gray Ave. Free. Call (301) 379-4669. ongoing:

Eyes of Another Contemporary artists in S.B. take the viewer on a journey of discovery as they paint in a variety of techniques what is real to them, reinterpreting the S.B. scene by allowing us to see with new eyes that which we have seen a hundred times. Ask yourself if these artists — Lety Garcia, Holli Harmon, Ruth Ellen Hoag, Cynthia Martin, Maria Elena Miller, Diane Giles, and Pamela Benham — answer the question, “Did we make you see art through our eyes?” The exhibit shows through January 7, 2018. The Arts Fund, 205-C Santa Barbara St. Free. Call 965-7321.



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12/15: Clint Black Enjoy this show from singer/song12/14: Drezo, Outside In DJs Based in L.A., Drezo challenges the mainstream standard by staying true to his own powerful underground sound of house music on the darker and more imaginative side of EDM. DJs from Outside In will be the special guests. 9pm. Eos Lounge, 500 Anacapa St. Ages 21+. $10. Call 564-2410.

writer and musician Clint Black, who has released more than a dozen studio albums, sold more than 20 million albums, and topped the charts with songs such as “Loving Blind,”“A Better Man,”“Like the Rain,” and “When I Said I Do.” 8pm. Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez. $45-$65. Ages 21+. Call (800) 248-6274.

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12/16: Ulysses Jasz Come celebrate the band that has played every Saturday night for 19 years. Ulysses Jasz began playing for tips in 1998 and is now recognized as one of the finest classic jazz ensembles in California, playing music that originated in New Orleans and Chicago. You will dance to a selection of antique pop by Berlin, Kern, the Gershwins, Rogers & Hart, Ellington, Walter, and Jelly Roll, with plenty of swing! 7:30-10:30pm. The James Joyce, 513 State St. Free. Call 962-4660.

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this five-piece blues/swing group, Paradise Kings, winners of the recent Battle of the Blues Bands presented by the S.B. Blues Society, before they head off to play the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January. 7-10pm. Figueroa Mtn. Brewing Co., 137 Anacapa St, Unit F. Free. Call 694-2255.

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12/17: SNAP! Drag Revue Brunch If you are looking for a new way to enjoy brunch, or if you have visitors in town, this is a great way to enjoy a meal as these queens will provide a lively and fun time. Noon. SOhO Restaurant & Music Lounge, 1221 State St. $15. Ages 18+. Call 962-7776.

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MONDAY 12/18 ing peace on earth and the darkest day returning to light. Special guest singers Vocabella will perform after the break, when you get a chance to have a cookie and mingle. 7-9pm. Yoga Soup, 28 Parker Wy. $10. Call 965-8811. 12/18: SpiritSings Soul Chant This sing-along will be led by Noell Grace, Ejé Lynn-Jacobs, and the SpiritSings Band in a magical evening of Christmas carols, mystical solstice chants, and spirit songs celebrat-

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creation of the holy night with actors in costume and live animals such as camels, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Enjoy warm cider, or stroll into the church and look at the crèches (models representing the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth) on display, including a few kid-friendly ones that can be touched. The historic 1927 sanctuary will be open for viewing. 5:30-7:30pm. First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Free. Call 963-3579.

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A New Era for Cancer Treatment Imagine if you took some of the finest cancer doctors in the nation, a highly skilled and compassionate staff, two Elekta Versa HD linear accelerators (the only location in Central California with two), the most genetic counselors in the region, two national clinical research networks, and housed it all in a new state-of-the-art Cancer Center.

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WEEK BANDS on TAP 12/15-12/17: Cold Spring Tavern Fri.: The Excellent Tradesmen. 6-9pm. Sat.: Bill Bremen; 1:30-4:30pm. Claude Hoppers Hollerday Hootenanny; 5-8pm. Sun.: Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan; 1:15-4pm. Cadillac Angels; 4:30-7:30pm. 5995 Stagecoach Rd. Free. Call 967-0066.

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12/16: Island Brewing Company Rent Party Blues Band. 6-9pm. 5049 6th St., Carpinteria. Free. Call 745-8272. 12/16-12/17, 12/20: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club Sat.: Alastair Greene Band 20th Anniversary Show and Live Recording. 8:30pm. $10-$15. Ages 21+. Read more on p. 59. Sun.: Venice Annual Beloved Holiday Concert. 8:30pm. $25-$67.50. Mon.: Detar Music Studios Showcase. 5pm. Free. Tue.: Crash 45. 7:30pm. $5. Wed.: An Evening with the California Honeydrops. 8:30pm. $18-$20. Ages 21+. 1221 State St. Call 962-7776.

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hen I entered through the back door of Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines (ARC), a Great Dane cheerily trotted up to greet me. Blue was his name, and he was at the clinic getting physical therapy for weak hips and hind legs, one of a handful of canines being treated that day. From 2009 until this past June, ARC owner Karen Atlas was tending to Santa Barbara’s four-legged population in her STEPS TO RECOVERY: Two-year-old Huma, a rescue dog that was found position as head of HydroPaws, the Santa after being hit by a car, exercises on the underwater treadmill with adoptive Barbara Veterinary Group’s rehab facilowner Frank Sovich (left) and Karen Atlas. ity located at San Roque Pet Hospital on “Basically, anything you would see a human physiupper State Street. But after eight years, Atlas, a licensed human and canine physical therapist, decided it was cal therapist for, we treat on dogs,” said Atlas. “We treat a variety of diagnoses, including preoperative and time to open her own facility. “Though my decision to open my own practice postoperative conditions, neurologic and orthopedic brings added responsibilities,” she explained, “it also dysfunctions, muscle strains or spasms, ligament provides me with the freedom to develop my own style sprains or tears, dysplasias, arthritis, and tendinopaof client relations, shape the feel and style of the facility, thies.” Atlas is well suited to her profession, exuding a calm and, of course, provide top-notch animal rehabilitation confidence to which both animals and their humans care in a brand-new facility.” Dogs came and went during my visit, each one respond. And while she is passionate about her handsseemingly oblivious to the other canine patients. on work with the critters, she is also focused on educatBodie, a 150-pound, 7-year-old Leonberger, was ing animal owners—and physical therapists—about lying quietly on a mat while Atlas massaged his hind the benefits of her trade. “In addition to community outreach, I am also quarters to help alleviate a pinched nerve; Kenya, an 11-year-old English Mastiff, was getting treated with passionate about providing unique and quality educamicrocurrent electrical therapy (Alpha-Stim) to help tional experiences for already-certified rehab professtem weakness and pain she had following TPLO (tib- sionals so they can learn more advanced techniques ial-platueau-leveling osteotomy) surgery; and Plumb, to improve their clinical outcomes,” said Atlas, who is a black lab, was walking on an underwater treadmill to working to change state regulations on animal care, which would boost the number of practitioners and strengthen her muscles. Each animal comes to ARC with a unique set of make this type of care more available. At the end of the day, Atlas and her team’s primary rehab needs. First, each patient is examined by Dr. Bill Otto, the facility’s managing veterinarian. Then Atlas objective is to “improve the quality of life for your fourconducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine legged family members,” she said. All you need to do is the course of rehab, which could involve cold laser spend a few minutes at ARC to see that they’re already therapy, land-based therapeutic exercises, balance accomplishing their goal. —Michelle Drown therapy, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, pulsed electromagnetic field ther- Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines is located at 3208 State apy, and brace/cart fittings, among other treatments. Street. Call 724-4272 or see


The Bunnies of Goleta A

bunny named Wendy runs afoot at Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter (BUNS), doing laps around what has become, to her, a hay-and-wood-chip-filled racetrack. She taunts her companions at the Goleta bunny sanctuary, running up to hutches and exercise pens to sniff her friends, who have names like Hans Bunsolo, Jessica Rabbit, and Miss Cotton. This would be alarming at some pet shelters, where interactions with dogs or unwelcome prey could be problematic. But it’s normal at BUNS, which has been a nonprofit life-changer for more than 3,000 rabbits and guinea pigs since 1992. With the help of dozens of volunteers each week, BUNS now manages a home for about 50 bunnies. Volunteers take in rabbits from South County, spaying and neutering the pets before adoption or foster care. BUNS inspects bunnies, offers monthly handling classes, and hosts a regular Hoppy Hour, where South County residents can bring their bunnies to socialize at the nearby Santa Barbara Humane Society. The shelter also sells supplies and nail-trimming services at a nominal fee. And, of course, they’re happy to adopt out bunnies to people looking for a new companion. “They’re gentle and peaceful to be around,” said Jean Silva, who was one of the first-ever BUNS volunteers. “And they’re vastly cute.” According to Silva and fellow volunteer Kimmy Swann, bunnies are the ideal companions for people looking for a quiet but social pet, and one easy to train. BUNS is part of the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter, which also houses Dog Adoption & Welfare Group (DAWG). Since September, BUNS has adopted out more than three dozen bunnies and guinea pigs. —Gwendolyn Wu



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ecent and ongoing wildfires throughout California prove the point: An emergency playbook for you and yours is a critical component of any family plan. But what about pets? When disaster strikes and evacuation plans come into play, dogs, cats, and other family friends need food and shelter too. At a recent town-hall meeting, Sue Ziliotto, president of the Montecito Emergency Response and Recovery Action Group (aka MERRAG, pronounced “mirage”), outlined a handful of fairly simple steps pet owners can take to prepare their furry friends for an emergency. Same as for humans, a three-day supply of food and water is standard for any pet-prep kit, Ziliotto said. It’s good to have all vaccination records, properly fastened ID tags and/or microchips, premade “lost” flyers in case your

pet runs off, and a muzzle and leash to maintain control of your pet in panic situations. Also, she added, if you plan to board your pet during an evacuation, call the facilities in advance, as they can often reach capacity fairly quickly. Your pet could also be turned away if vaccinations aren’t up-to-date. “A community that is better prepared for an emergency is the community that comes back sooner,” Ziliotto said. During emergency events, such as the Thomas Fire, the Santa Barbara Humane Society and other nonprofits and government agencies offer free animal sheltering for —Chris Jasmine Catapia evacuees.

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nly two men have ever seriously asked me to marry them, and I said yes to both. One was my husband, John, 23 years ago, which led us to say “I do” on a Malibu cliff overlooking the ocean. The other was my beloved friend Mott from college— about two months ago. Mott wasn’t asking me to be his bride; he was asking me to officiate his wedding to his bride. So I got myself ordained on the interwebs as legit damned clergy — and last weekend I married them. On a Malibu cliff, as luck would have it, overlooking the ocean. An officiant — also known as a solemnizer (yeesh), celebrant (… better), and vow master (now we’re talkin’)—has to sign the marriage certificate, give a charming little nuptial speech, keep the ceremony rolling along at a perky clip, cue the vows, pronounce the couple hitched, and, importantly, leap out of the photographer’s shot for The Big Kiss. All of those duties suited me just fine. The mantle that I wore less comfortably — indeed, that I donned reluctantly and shuffled about in selfconsciously like an ill-fitting bridesmaid dress in a putrid hue — was the religious part. Those of you who believe in Hell, tell me: Is there a special place in it for vociferous, non-agnostic atheists who become reverends of the Universal Life Church (I literally typed email: in my name and address and clicked “Be Ordained”) just so they can spend a Saturday preaching on a mountaintop to a gussied-up throng of nearly 100 Mormons, Jews, and exceedingly hip Gen X-ers? How could I stand before these families, many of whom were devout members of their churches and synagogues, and pretend to be joining these lovers in holy matrimony — when, for me, the most divine thing about the wedding was the triple-layer chocolate fudge cake? Glory, halle-licious! But as I began pondering wedlock and what it means to bind your life to someone else’s with a flourish of rings and Spanx and folding chairs, I realized something: While I think religion is absurd … I consider marriage to be sacred. I’ve been married for fully half of my life, and I can honestly say that the commitment I made and connection I have with my better half is the closest thing I’ve ever known to faith itself. Consider the ways that marriage is like a religion of its own: For one, there’s the science: Studies show that people who actively engage in religious activities live longer. The same is true for married people. Like religion, marriage encourages and even demands our best behavior. And to really be considered nailing it, you need to devote focused time to it every week. But also, a good marriage is a merciful sense of certainty in a tumultuous world — the thing you turn to in times of worry. And fear. And sorrow. Like a spiritual practice, it’s a source of comfort. It’s the definition of home. It’s the safe space you return to, certain that you’re loved and understood and valued beyond measure, no matter what the world outside may seem to feel about you on a given day. That, to me, is faith. A whole-souled trust in something greater than ourselves alone. I have faith in this pledge that people make to one another in front of god or mother nature or the ghost of David Bowie or whatever it is you worship. Take it from me, the irreverent reverend who’s now spied this thing from both sides of the altar: It doesn’t matter if your solemnizer is a sermonizer or your vow master an imposter. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a cliff or in a chapel or under a chuppah. All that matters is whether you believe in marriage. I do.

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he only game in town last weekend turned out to be 60 miles away. Bishop Diego High was slated to host a CIF state regional bowl game at SBCC’s La Playa Stadium, but with unhealthy smoke in the air and ashes piling up like snowfall at a Buffalo Bills game, the Cardinals made themselves at home last Saturday in the stadium at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Despite being limited to one full practice beforehand, Bishop played one of its best games of the year, a 41-7 throttling of the Quartz Hill Rebels. Now the Cardinals have gone as far as a California prep football team can go — to a state championship bowl game — and they will again play at Cal Lutheran on Saturday night, December 16, for the 3AA Division title against north regional champion Shasta High from Redding. Coach Tom Crawford commended CARDINAL WIN: Bishop Diego High football coach Tom Crawford is all smiles as he compliments the Cardinals, cheered on by more than the Cardinals following their 41-7 victory over Quartz Hill in their state regional bowl game. 1,000 fans, for coming out with focus and energy against Quartz Hill. Perhaps the best call the coach and captains made all night was Central to the team effort were Bishop’s senior offensive to kick off after winning the pregame coin toss. They had linemen, including Xavier Carroll, Brian Kim, Skip Guilchosen to take the ball on offense in their previous games, len, Jacob Songer, Mitch Heller, and Chris Jablonka. All but this time they chose the north side of the field to have season long, they paved the way for Harris to explode for more a steady wind at their backs. “We knew there was a good than 2,000 yards. chance for Jack [Luckhurst, the junior placekicker] to find Harris was congratulated by a Quartz Hill fan after the the end zone and force them to drive game and asked where he would be going to college. He hadn’t decided, Harris said, and he added, “I’m thinking Columbia.” 80 yards,” Crawford said. Luckhurst did pound the ball into A straight-A student, he would be a good fit in the Ivy League. the end zone, and the fired-up Bishop But this week, Harris and the Cardinals are thinking Shasta, defense did not let the Rebels drive thinking of their final game together and a chance to add to anywhere but in reverse. Linebackers their wealth of lifetime memories. Will Goodwin and Ashton Borgeson stymied two passes by highly touted quarterback Matthew GAUCHOS ON A ROLL: After winning just six basketball Tago. Bishop star John Harris made a cameo appearance at games last year, UCSB’s men figured to improve under new defensive end, and on third down he sacked Tago for an eight- head coach Joe Pasternack. But it was not widely expected yard loss. The Cardinals then unleashed an all-out rush on the that they would make such huge strides in the first month of the punter, Isaiah Veal swatted the ball down, and Bishop took season. The Gauchos are off to an 8-2 start after winning their over at the Rebels’ five-yard line. Two plays later, Harris scored seventh consecutive game by a 91-69 score at Montana State the first of his four touchdowns. last week. They have four players scoring in double figures, led The Cardinals led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter after by guard Max Heidegger (23.4) and forward Leland King a 60-yard scoring dash by Harris. Quartz Hill had a chance II (19.2). to narrow the margin when it drove to a first-and-goal at the The Gauchos, who expected to take final exams this week Bishop 9. But the Cardinals held there, as Borgeson batted away only to have them postponed because of the fire situation, will Tago’s pass on fourth down. Harris then demoralized the Rebels face a stern test on the basketball court, a 5 p.m. game Sunday, by running 91 yards for a score, fending off the last defender December 17, at USC. They will return home on Tuesday to take San Diego Christian at 7 p.m. who tried to wrestle him down. If Quartz Hill had any highlight in the first three quarters, it was because Bishop running backs Adrian Sorraco and SURFING CHAMP: Conner Coffin of Santa Barbara spends Dylan Streett absolutely refused to go down. While they were a lot of time in Hawai‘i, not for vacation but to pursue his occupushing for extra yardage in the grasp of several tacklers, a pation as a professional surfer. Last week, he became the first larcenous defender managed to strip the football away from Californian to win the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach on the them. But the Rebels were unable to capitalize on the turnovers. North Shore of Oahu. “I put in a lot of time there,” said Coffin, They did not score until the last play of the game, when Tago 24. “I love that wave.” This week, he will be competing in the final event of the Vans connected on a TD pass as the Cardinals were beginning to Triple Crown at the notorious Banzai Pipeline. That’s a wave he celebrate. Veal, a fleet-footed senior receiver and defensive back, had respects rather than loves.“It’s one of the gnarliest waves on the his hand in a lot of big plays. He intercepted a pass at the goal planet,” he said. “Huge barrels breaking on a shallow reef. It’s line, and on a rare occasion the Cardinals put the ball in the air, super intense, scary, fun.” Only a seasoned surfer would add “fun” to that description. n he made a spectacular grab of a 43-yard pass from Jake Engel.

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Borgeson (left) stood out on the Cardinals’ defense in their 41-7 victory over Quartz Hill. The senior linebacker had three tackles behind the line and broke up several passes. Harris ran for 202 yards and four touchdowns, increasing the senior running back’s record-breaking season to 2,118 yards and 32 touchdowns.


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rom Bob Sweeney’s perspective, the chal- agency since 2001, each producer is also fealenge for many people to jump from buy- tured in a professionally shot short film that ing those $8 mass-produced grocery store can be accessed from a QR code on the side wines to hand-crafted but more expensive of the box. “As this rolls out, it’s gonna be like bottles is a lot like the lost art of going to the 60 Minutes did a piece on every one of these video store.“We’d stare at the rack of videos, fig- guys,” said Sweeney. The idea is such a good one on so many uring out what we want to watch, and you wind up renting a movie because the label is nice,” said fronts — it’s essentially half-priced wine for Sweeney. “But when you’re spending $30-$50 consumers and almost priceless outreach for blindly on wine and have these small produca bad experience, you’re ers — that everyone not gonna do it anymore.” Sweeney approached To help people make wondered why this that leap, Sweeney, a hadn’t been done before.“Two answers: Santa Ynez Valley resident whose background It’s really hard—there are a lot of moving is in marketing and wine tours, developed the parts—and two is the Boutique Wine Sampler. economy of scale,” The six-pack of highexplained Sweeney, end half bottles from who paid the winemakers a premium Santa Barbara County is now on sale for $50 at price. “You have to nearly 40 Costcos across do it large enough Southern California, and so that everybody the Paso Robles version makes out.” BY MATT KETTMANN is being sold statewide In this case, that as well. amounted to 11,000 “People need to six-packs, for which BY GEORGE YATCHISIN explore things like wine and taste it to get a Sweeney spent months corralling interested sense about it before they commit,” said Swee- parties, setting up bottling dates, and dealing ney. “The nature of the beast is that boutique with other operations headaches. His math winemakers don’t make very much wine, so indicated that they needed to get $70 a box they don’t have access to the marketplace as to make any money, but Costco, the numbermuch. This is a bridge for folks who are curi- one wine retailer in the country, wanted to ous about upgrading their wine palate but sell it for $50.“They got hugely behind it,” said have no idea how to jump on it.” Sweeney. “We don’t want you to cut margins,” The participating wineries are no joke, said Costco reps to Sweeney. “We are gonna either. From Santa Barbara, there’s Stolpman cut our margins.” syrah, Badge pinot noir, Blair Fox petite sirah, Sales are already brisk, and Sweeney plans Carr cabernet franc, Andrew Murray chenin to expand to other regions, such as Sonoma, blanc, and Larner grenache rosé. The Paso Napa, and Oregon in the near future. He’d like package includes Cass malbec, Brian Benson to be selling six regional six-packs by next zinfandel-grenache, Alta Colina grenache summer, and then mix and match regions as blanc, Bodega de Edgar tempranillo, and well to give people a broad sense of West Coast San Marcos Creek grenache rosé. Full bottles wine. of the same wines will be available to buy “I couldn’t be happier,” said Sweeney. “We through Sweeney’s website when they are think this is gonna sell really fast.” released by each winery. With the guidance of cofounder/chief storyteller Tim Jones, who’s run his own creative See

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a press release from Steve Hermann, owner of now-closed Somerset restaurant (7 E. Anapamu St.), that announced the opening of Smith Kitchen + Bar and that the eatery is not open on Saturdays. Hermann sent me a correction: “Hi John, Sorry for the confusion. Yes, the name is Smithy Restaurant + Bar. We are open Saturday night for dinner but not for lunch on Saturday. We are open Sunday for brunch and weekdays for lunch and dinner. Thanks for your help!” RESTAURANT CLOSINGS: Here is a list of area eater-

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September 2017: Oveja Blanca Restaurante, 30 E. Ortega St. (neighboring Black Sheep expanded into this space) August 2017: Barbarians Pizza, 511 State St.; The

Cantina, 966 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista (now Dumpling King); Downey’s, 1305 State St.; Papa John’s Pizza, 5756 Calle Real, Goleta July 2017: Giovanni’s, 6583 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista

(now Rincon Brewery); Rebar Coffee, 214 State St. (changing to Corazón); Sage and Onion Café, 5599 Hollister Ave., Goleta (now Worker Bee Café) June 2017: Burger Bus, mobile; Rusty’s Pizza, 149 S.

Turnpike Rd., Goleta (now Dave’s Dogs; Rusty’s Pizza moved to 4880 Hollister Ave., Goleta)

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inging brings us changes and traditions. The closer,” croon the Boys have sung for three dif diffive golden-voiced ferent presidents and have Blind Boys of Alabama on earned a Lifetime Achievetheir newest album, Almost ment Award from the Home. They’d know better National Endowment for the than just about anyone. For Arts. On Almost Home, the more than 70 years, the leggroup addresses themes of endary gospel greats have still-enduring racial inequalused their gift of song to ity on “Pray for Peace”— Peace” “A soothe shell-shocked soldiers, lot of change has come, but cement civil rights, and sew we are still not wise,” they torn communities — all withsing— and they revive Bob sing out the sense of sight. Dylan’s spiritual and political On Saturday, December call of freedom, “I Shall Be 16, the six-time Grammy Released,” echoing anew the Award winners will bring some much- as far as World War II. The longest-stand- ’60s they lived through. needed tidings of joy to our fire-scarred ing members, Jimmy Carter and Clarence The album also serves as a sort of swan region in a UCSB Arts & Lectures perfor- Fountain, helped form the earliest incarna- song for the group’s eldest elders. To write mance at Campbell Hall. Joined by Preser- tion of the group at the Alabama Institute the lyrics, Carter and Fountain, both in vation Hall Legacy Horns and special guest for the Negro Blind in 1939. They and the their eighties, met with different songwritRuthie Foster, their timing couldn’t be ers to pen reflective paeans of faith better. “If someone’s feeling bad, we’ll and finality based on their own lives. The Blind Boys of Alabama featuring the make them feel glad,” assured vocalCarter met death head-on early at Preservation Hall Legacy Horns play with ist and original percussionist Ricky the age of 7, when his father passed special guest Ruthie Foster on Saturday, December 16, 8 p.m., at UCSB’s Campbell Hall. For more information, McKinnie in a recent phone interview away, as we learn on “Let My Mother visit with the Santa Barbara Independent. Live”:“I was just a boy when my daddy “We’re looking to just reach out and died / He got killed down in a mine in touch people and bring some happiness into other Blind Boys really were merely boys at 1945,” they sing, yearning, “Don’t leave me this world— world sometimes it gets hard to find.” the time, age 9 or so, with voices so strong in a godforsaken world all alone.” They sing With a set of rousingly spirited holiday they started turning not only heads but also sorrowfully of losing a sense of home. And songs and moving, memorable originals, the cultural tides. By the mid-’40s, they were elsewhere, when they sing of homecoming Blind Boys promise a jubilant performance touring the nation; by the ’60s, they were on the album’s title song, drenched in shingeared to uplift those who attend their per- supporting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bring- ing hues of sound, we know which home formance. McKinnie said the show will be ing people together at civil rights rallies they mean. At UCSB, the Blind Boys will help bring a mix of their true-to-their-roots gospel through song. “The Blind Boys have shown tunes with Christmas classics such as “Silent people that a disability doesn’t have to be a together friends and families who have lately Night” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” but handicap,” McKinnie said, adding, “It’s not had to reconsider the meaning of “home” in done up “the Blind Boys way.” Just as exciting, about what you can’t do that’s important; it’s the face of loss. They remind us not to lose though, are their originals, which feel time- about what you do.” faith in the brighter side of life, even if it’s less, transportive, and, certainly, cathartic. In their songs, they pull hope and per- hard to see at times. “We’re trying to bring The Blind Boys are true originals; of sistence from the deepest wells of Ameri- a smile to someone’s face when we come to American roots musicians, they’re among can consciousness, acting as a gospel group town,” McKinnie said. “It’s going to be wonthe rootsiest, with a history digging back stethoscope to our collective culture’s derful.” —Richie DeMaria


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CELEBRATE EARLY CALIFORNIA For 10 years, the Santa Barbara Revels have been a staple of the Christmas season, each year depicting holiday traditions from around the world. This year, the group is staying close to home for its inspiration with a show that tells of one of the most famous events to occur in the history of our seaside hamlet: the De la Guerra wedding. Titled An Early California Celebration of the Winter Solstice, the Revels will enact the 1836 nuptials of prominent Boston-born Alfred Robinson to Ana María, the daughter of Santa Barbara Presidio comandante José de la Guerra. The wedding, which was chronicled in Richard Henry Dana’s 1840 book, Two Years Before the Mast Mast, is a seminal event in the annals of Alta California and makes an excellent choice for the Revels, which are set in different historical locations and time periods each year. Penned by Santa Barbara author and historian Erin Graffy in collaboration with Revels Founder/ Artistic Director Susan Keller, the show includes actors, singers, dancers, a brass quintet, and a string ensemble, who combine to bring the selected stories to life. This year’s cast includes Tyler X Koontz as Richard Henry Dana, Bill Egan as Captain Thompson, Paul Brooks as Alfred Robinson, Frank Artusio as José de la Guerra, and Paula Lopez as María de la Guerra. Special guests include Baile de California, led by rancho dance specialist Diana Replogle-Purinton, and the Barbareño Band of Chumash Indians’ Ernestine De Soto, who will enact a traditional story of her tribe. Shows are Friday-Saturday, December 15-16, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, December 16-17, 2:30 p.m., at the Lobero Theatre (33 E. Canon Perdido St.). Call 963-0761 or see —Michelle Drown

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never was a gambling man, unless you count what’s spent recording and playing with the likes of Alan Parsons, in my hands,” sings Alastair Greene on the opening Starship, Les Stroud, Glen Phillips, and many others. line of his song “Dream Train,” the rollicking, rockGreene’s rock beginnings started around age 16 as a ing kickoff to his new album of the same name. student at Santa Barbara High. He played in a hard-rock Greene’s singing of his own music dreams, gambling on band, the Crime, and remembered, “At that age, you don’t guitar and the luck of life’s draw. His bets paid off. On Satur- know what’s involved with the long haul … You’re playing day, December 16, at SOhO Restaurant & Music and seeing dudes playing shows, and you kind of fall in Club, Greene will celebrate 20 years with love with the thing and wonder, well, how can his Alastair Greene Band, in a special I make it happen?” anniversary performance slated He attended Berklee College of for a live recording. Music in Boston, and then booIn its two decades since meranged back to a grunge-era S.B. “It was a really exciting time,” forming, as Santa Barbara bands and music stores have recounted Greene of the early and come and gone, the Alastair mid-’90s, when bands such as Toad Greene Band has managed the Wet Sprocket and Dishwalla put the unique feat of being a State the 805 on the contemporary rock map. “There was a really nice original Street mainstay and an internationally renowned touring band music rock scene, there were clubs, alike. Along with fellow stellar S.B. and some bands even got signed,” said by Richie DeMaria musicians Jim Rankin on bass and Greene.“A lot of musicians moved out here Austin Beede on drums, the threeand were saying it was like the next Seattle.” piece has stuck around through an everBut the scene’s seen “some ebb and flow,” and many since have been spirited away from the lasting adeptness in expressing blues-rock, having in them combined more than their stages, sent elsewhere to shifting business models, fair wicks’ worth of talent and passion to burn. music tastes, or life plans. “My my, hey hey,” as Neil Young sang; and the Greene, meanwhile, has held on, with a mix of “stubrockers Greene and Co. are still here, and here to stay. bornness” and “insanity.” He formed his Alastair Greene Perhaps guitar wasn’t such a gamble for Greene, who Band in 1997, settling into the style closest to his heart. Alignsaid, “I haven’t had any second-guessing about what I’ve ing along the axes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie had to do with my life.” Long-haired, bighearted, and burly, Ray Vaughan and elders such as Robert Johnson, Greene Greene’s not a braggart showman but a humble torchbearer, has always admired the “authenticity” of blues-rock. “It’s a no-frills skills-person of the bluesy variety. He walks not pretentious; the roots of it is real honest. It was not for with what he coined a “Grateful Swagger,” his take on The commercial gain; it was made to make people feel better,” Meters’“Cissy Strut”: a gait of confident contentment, guitar he said. How he came to play blues-rock in particular? “The in hand. “I’m just grateful to be doing this,” he said of a life music chooses you.”


Success has been a mix of “hard work and chance and luck and sticking with it,” Greene said. “The music industry is the Wild West; one plus one does not equal two.”Working with master audio engineer and multi-instrumentalist Alan Parsons — who enlisted Greene as a touring guitarist for seven years — Greene came to understand the ins and outs of a fickle industry where commercial gain is the game. “I respect anybody that was able to navigate the music business through all these changes. He’s a very intelligent guy and has been doing this for a very long time,” Greene said of Parsons. After touring with Parsons at a clip of hundreds of shows in a row, Greene played his last gig with the band as a fulltime member this spring at the Starry Nites Festival at Live Oak Campground. Greene finds himself at a crossroads moment, heading down the next path as a frontman in full. “It’s time to put the bandleader hat on full-time,” he said. “I’ve been a side guy for large portions of my life, and some guys are side men for life. I don’t fault them for that; it’s their mindset to serve the artist or band.” Outside of music (“Is there an outside?” he asked), Greene can be found spending most of his days now in Oxnard, where he loves to cook with his wife and spend time with his cats, Boof, Scamper, and Kokopuff. A fourth, Rufus, ran away last year, and the departed cat receives a memorial instrumental on Dream Train. So as he looks back on the years and pets gone by, he’s looking forward.“I’m at a point where if I’m going to go after this part of the dream, hey; I’ve got a band and gotta get to it,” he said. “I’ve been doing this 20 years with my guys, and in some ways, it feels like I’m relaunching my solo career. I want to celebrate.”


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Darkest Hour (125 mins., PG-13) Gary Oldman has already garnered critical acclaim — including a Golden Globe Awards nomination for Best Actor and the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Maltin Modern Master Award — for his turn as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. This biopic focuses on his early days as PM during World War II as Hitler’s army advances toward Great Britain.







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The Other Side of Hope Downsizing (135 mins., R) Director Alexander Payne’s latest celluloid offering is a social satire, in the vein of his 1999 film Election, that offers insight, global commentary, and prescient sarcasm delivered via a story about a couple who decide to “downsize” (i.e., get medically shrunk to five inches tall) to help alleviate humans’ impact on the earth. The excellent cast includes Matt Damon, Hong Chau, and Christoph Waltz. Camino Real/Fiesta 5 (Opens Thu., Dec. 21)

Father Figures (113 mins., R) Owen Wilson and Ed Helms star in this comedy about fraternal twin brothers who go on a search to discover who their biological father is after their mother (Glenn Close) reveals she had affairs with many men in the past and doesn’t know which of her paramours is their father. Metro 4 (Opens Thu., Dec. 21) Ferdinand (107 mins., PG) This animated version of the classic children’s book The Story of Ferdinand features the voice of John Cena as a bull who prefers smelling flowers and nonviolent activities to lunging at matadors in arenas. Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Cannavale, and David Tennant also star.

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Fans of the wily, dry, quietly brilliant Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki have cause for celebration with the longawaited release of his latest — especially given that he has only made two feature films per decade since 2000. Classic Kaurismäki elements are in place, with deadpan minimalist charm, sparing and/or loaded dialogue, gorgeous lighting and cinematography, and Finnish blues and retro-pop in the margins and on the streets. But a new, topical sociopolitical angle and poignancy arise, too: One of the interwoven narratives involves a Syrian refugee seeking asylum in not-always-welcoming Finland, juxtaposed with the tale of a mysterious businessman of few words and cryptic intentions gone empathetic. Details and striking scenes leap out of the slyly organic whole — a high-stakes poker game becomes fodder for Kaurismäki’s mastery in poker-face mode, and his scenes in blues-washed bars and the Golden Pint restaurant simmer with artful, ’50s-tapping kitsch, linking him with fellow maverick modernites Rainer Werner Fassbinder and David Lynch. One of the strongest films of 2017. (JW)

This highly anticipated second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy picks up where The Force Awakens left off, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) joining forces with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) as they delve into the source and secrets of the Force.


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The Greatest Showman (105 mins., PG) Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum in this biopic musical that focuses on the legendary circus master and the lives of the people who form what eventually becomes the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson also star. Camino Real/Paseo Nuevo

Pitch Perfect 3 (93 mins., PG-13) In this final film in the Pitch Perfect trilogy, the Bellas reunite once again, this time for an overseas USO tour. Rivalries, revelations, and music abound in this farewell film. Stars include Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, and Anna Camp. Camino Real/Metro 4 (Opens Thu., Dec. 21)

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (119 mins., PG-13)

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan star in this comedy/action adventure in which teenagers find the long-lost people-eating game Jumanji and get gobbled up. They can only return home when they complete the game, which in this iteration means returning a gem called the Jaguar’s Eye to its rightful place and then saying “Jumanji.” Fairview/Fiesta 5 (Opens Wed., Dec. 20)

The Shape of Water (123 mins., R) Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) wrote and directs this tale of a mute custodian, Elisa (Sally Hawkins), who befriends a captured sea creature, Amphibian Man (Doug Jones), who is being held at the high-security lab where Elisa works. Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer also star. The Hitchcock (Opens Thu., Dec. 21)


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Wonder Wheel (101 mins., PG-13) Woody Allen’s latest tells the story of Ginny (Kate Winslet), an unhappily married wife of a carousel operator, Humpty (Jim Belushi), who falls for a handsome lifeguard, Mickey (Justin Timberlake), who works at the beachside boardwalk. Things go awry, however, when Ginny’s estranged stepdaughter, Carolina (Juno Temple), comes to stay and sets her sights on Mickey. The Hitchcock


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a&e | FILM CONT’D FROM P. 61 and beauty, in films such as Algiers, Boom Town, and her biggest hit, Samson and Delilah. The secret life of the heady Hedy was as a restless thinker and inventor, working on her own and with maverick composer George Antheil on secret communication systems during World War II, tapping her notion of “frequency hopping” and Antheil’s theories from his player-piano experiments. Got that? She was also a proto-feminist who, frustrated by the manipulations and sexism of life under studio contract to Louis B. Mayer, produced her own films and lived by her own rules, despite Hollywood’s resistance. Tragic on one front, the Lamarr story is also an inspired saga of a great, adoptive American individualist, finally getting some of the credit she’s due. (JW) Riviera Coco (109 mins., PG) Pixar’s latest offering tells the story of 12-year-old Miguel, who becomes a catalyst for a fantastical family reunion that was centuries in the making. The plot is based on Día de los Muertos. Stars the voice talents of Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, and Edward James Olmos. Fairview/Fiesta 5

Daddy’s Home 2 (100 min., PG-13) Now living harmoniously as the stepfather and father to kids Megan and

agent (Lee) who live in the retirement community Villa Capri and must join forces to bring down the mafia. Paseo Nuevo

Justice League (120 min., PG-13) Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and more of your favorite DC superheroes join forces both to honor Superman, who is believed to be dead, and to combat the latest threat to Earth: Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons. The ensemble cast includes Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Jason Momoa. Paseo Nuevo

O Lady Bird

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Lady Bird lives up to the hype. The solo directorial debut of Greta Gerwig, the film is a full, honest snapshot of the coming-of-age of Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) as she navigates her last year of high school. In a skillful depiction of the pain, beauty, strangeness, and humor of what it means to be a 17-year-old girl, Ronan’s performance is refreshingly nuanced as she gracefully walks the line between daring confidence and acute insecurity. The portrayal of the relationship between Lady Bird and her highly critical mother (Laurie Metcalf) will hit home for those with complicated parental relationships (okay, so everyone),

Daddy’s Home 2 Owen, Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell) and Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg) have a new hurdle to overcome this holiday—the arrival of their own dads, Kurt Mayron (Mel Gibson) and Jonah Whitaker (John Lithgow). Hilarity and mayhem ensue.

and, along with the excellent acting performances and superlative screenwriting (also by Gerwig), firmly plants Gerwig—and Lady Bird—on the map as one of the good ones. I can’t wait to see what she does next. (EW) Fairview/Paseo Nuevo

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O Murder on the Orient Express The Disaster Artist (105 mins., R) Brothers James and Dave Franco star in this film about the making of the 2003 cult film The Room, which has the distinction of being considered one of the worst films ever made. The all-star cast also includes Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, and Josh Hutcherson. Camino Real/Metro 4

Just Getting Started (91 mins., PG-13) Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo, and Morgan Freeman star in this film written and directed by Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, Tin Cup) about a former criminal lawyer (Freeman) and former FBI

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It’s 1934, and the London-bound Orient Express out of Istanbul comes to a huffing, puffing halt as it hits a snowbank in the Balkans. Aboard the train is Agatha Christie’s famous detective Hercule Poirot (played by Kenneth Branagh and an uncredited mustache), internationally renowned for his Sherlock Holmes– like deductive prowess. “I can only see the world as it should be,” Poirot explains of his drive to detect, and when it doesn’t look right, “the imperfections stand out like a nose on a face.” As it happens, something is very wrong in the train’s luxe sleeper coach: A man

Murder on the Orient Express whose face Poirot “[doesn’t] like” turns up dead. Taking the locked-room mystery trope to its literally cliff-hanging height, the film proceeds like a game of Clue. Poirot stumbles on an intrigue of international scope. In the novel, Christie based this plot on real-life events of the interwar years, and this film version strives for the heft of historical meaning and the melodramatic nostalgia of an old world fated for oblivion. It’s a picture of western Europe in transition, bearing the scars of loss, groaning under its shifting borders, looking to the “near East” for definition, and facing questions of morality that, we know in retrospect, will have to be decided within a decade of the film’s setting with none of the ambiguity that Poirot can afford here. But Murder on the Orient Express’s main success is at offering a fun puzzle that won’t disappoint Christie fans. The ensemble cast includes Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Leslie Odom Jr., and Paseo Nuevo Daisy Ridley. (AT)

O Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (115 mins., R) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is, without a doubt, the best film I’ve seen all year. With a star-studded cast including Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, and up-andcomer Lucas Hedges, the film follows tough-as-nails Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) and her quest to drive the Ebbing police department to properly investigate the rape and murder of her daughter. It’s advertised as a dark comedy/drama, but the film is so much more, serving up developments that are as shocking as they are gut-wrenchingly effective, alongside excellent writing that will have you tearing up, belly laughing, and feeling guilty about your belly laughing in the space of about five minutes. With astute insights into Southern small-town living, incredible cinematography, and a powerhouse performance from McDormand, Three Billboards is sure to be in line for an Oscar—or 12—in 2018’s award season. (EW) The Hitchcock


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a&e | ROB BREZSNY’S FREE WILL ASTROLOGY WEEK OF DECEMBER 14 ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): According to a Sufi aphorism, you can’t be sure that you are in possession of the righteous truth unless a thousand people have called you a heretic. If that’s accurate, you still have a ways to go before you can be certified. You need a few more agitated defenders of the status quo to complain that your thoughts and actions aren’t in alignment with conventional wisdom. Go round them up! Ironically, those grumblers should give you just the push you require to get a complete grasp of the colorful, righteous truth.

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): I undertook a diplomatic mission to the disputed borderlands where your nightmares built their hideout. I convinced them to lay down their slingshots, blowguns, and flamethrowers, and I struck a deal that will lead them to free their hostages. In return, all you’ve got to do is listen to them rant and rage for a while, and then give them a hug. Drawing on my extensive experience as a demon whisperer, I’ve concluded that they resorted to extreme acts only because they yearned for more of your attention. So grant them that small wish, please!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Have you ever been wounded by a person you cared for deeply? Most of us have. Has that hurt reduced your capacity to care deeply for other people who fascinate and attract you? Probably. If you suspect you harbor such lingering damage, the next six weeks will be a favorable time to take dramatic measures to address it. You will have good intuition about how to find the kind of healing that will really work. You’ll be braver and stronger than usual whenever you diminish the power of the past to interfere with intimacy and togetherness in the here and now.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself Homework: Make up a secret identity for yourself, complete with a new name and astrological sign. Tell all at

that you have built against it.” So said Helen Schuman in A Course in Miracles. Personally, I don’t agree with the first part of that advice. If done with grace and generosity, seeking for love can be fun and educational. It can inspire us to escape our limitations and expand our charm. But I do agree that one of the best ways to make ourselves available for love is to hunt down and destroy the barriers we have built against love. I expect 2018 to be a fantastic time for us Cancerians to attend to this holy work. Get started now!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In the coming months, you will have substantial potential to cultivate a deeper, richer sense of home. Here are tips on how to take maximum advantage: (1) Make plans to move into your dream home, or to transform your current abode so it’s more like your dream home. (2) Obtain a new mirror that reflects your beauty in the best possible ways. (3) Have amusing philosophical conversations with yourself in dark rooms or on long walks. (4) Acquire a new stuffed animal or magic talisman to cuddle with. (5) Once a month, when the moon is full, literally dance with your own shadow. (6) Expand and refine your relationship with autoerotic pleasures. (7) Boost and give thanks for the people, animals, and spirits that help keep you strong and safe.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Deuces are wild. Contradictions will turn out to be unpredictably useful. Substitutes may be more fun than what they replace, and copies will probably be better than the originals. Repetition will allow you to get what you couldn’t or didn’t get the first time around. Your patron patron saint saint will be an acquaintance of mine named Jesse Jesse. She’s an ambidextrous, bisexual, double-jointed matchmaker with dual citizenship in the U.S. and Ireland. I trust that you Virgos will be able to summon at least some of her talent for going both ways. I suspect that you may be able to have your cake and eat it, too.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The reptilian part of your brain

keeps you alert, makes sure you do what’s necessary to survive, and provides you with the aggressiveness and power you need to fulfill your agendas. Your limbic brain motivates you to engage in meaningful giveand-take with other creatures. It’s the source of your emotions and your urges to nurture. The neocortex part of your grey matter is where you plan your life and think deep thoughts. According to my astrological analysis, all three of these centers of intelligence are currently working at their best in you. You may be as smart as you have ever been. How will you use your enhanced savvy?

commodity until the invention of cars, airplanes, and plastics. Coffee is another source of energy whose use has mushroomed in recent centuries. The first European coffee shop appeared in Rome in 1645. Today there are over 25,000 Starbucks on the planet. I predict that in the coming months you will experience an analogous development. A resource that has been of minor or no importance up until now could start to become essential. Do you have a sense of what it is? Start sniffing around.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The classical composer and pianist Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart thought that musicians could demonstrate their skills more vividly if they played quickly. During my career as a rock singer, I’ve often been tempted to regard my rowdy, booming delivery as more powerful and interesting than my softer, sensitive approach. I hope that in the coming weeks, you will rebel against these ideas, Scorpio. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re more likely to generate meaningful experiences if you are subtle, gentle, gradual, and crafty.

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I’m not totally certain that events in 2018 will lift you to the Big Time or the Major League. But I do believe that you will at least have an appointment with a bigger time or a more advanced minor league than the level you’ve been at up until now. Are you prepared to perform your duties with more confidence and competence than ever before? Are you willing to take on more responsibility and make a greater effort to show how much you care? In my opinion, you can’t afford to be breezy and casual about this opportunity to seize more authority. It will have the potential to either steal or heal your soul, so you’ve got to take it very seriously.




(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): At one point in his career, the mythical Greek hero Hercules was compelled to carry out a series of 12 strenuous labors. Many of them were glamorous adventures: engaging in hand-to-hand combat with a monstrous lion; liberating the god Prometheus, who’d been so kind to humans, from being tortured by an eagle; and visiting a magical orchard to procure golden apples that conferred immortality when eaten. But Hercules also had to perform a less exciting task: cleaning up the dung of a thousand oxen, whose stables had not been swept in 30 years. In 2018, Sagittarius, your own personal hero’s journey is likely to have resemblances to Hercules’s 12 Labors.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Humans have used petroleum as a fuel since ancient times. But it didn’t become a staple

(Feb. 19-Mar. 20): In 1865, England’s Royal Geographical Society decided to call the world’s highest mountain “Everest,” borrowing the surname of Welsh surveyor George Everest. Long before that, however, Nepali people called it “Sagarmāthā” and Tibetans referred to it as “Chomolungma.” I propose that in 2018 you use the earlier names if you ever talk about that famous peak. This may help keep you in the right frame of mind as you attend to three of your personal assignments, which are as follows: (1) Familiarize yourself with the origins of people and things you care about; (2) Reconnect with influences that were present at the beginnings of important developments in your life; (3) Look for the authentic qualities beneath the gloss, the pretense, and the masks.

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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Responsible for the operations of Computing facilities and Audio Visual (AV) systems management for the Engineering Computer Infrastructure (ECI) in the College of Engineering (CoE). Supports the operations of instructional labs and manages ECI software licenses, associated license servers, and instructional print servers. Responsible for the administration of portions of CoE’s critical and non‑critical servers. Independently expands use of system automation and configuration management frameworks. Provides second and third tier user support services as needed. Reqs: Strong knowledge of Audio Visual systems including digital displays and signage ‑ their installation, maintenance, and operation. Knowledgeable about current hardware and software trends in AV industry. Familiarity with server rooms ‑ power capacity planning, AC requirements, etc. Experience speccing, procuring, and installation of computer equipment. Experience coordinating with software vendors on purchase and license issues. Experience with network printers and printing systems. Demonstrated high level of customer support. Attention to detail. Able to work independently and as a team member. Excellent communicator ‑ strong writing skills. Linux experience. Windows desktop experience. Able to climb ladders. Occasional work outside of normal business hours. Note: Fingerprint background check required. $52,461‑$70,000/yr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive

consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For primary consideration apply by 12/18/17, thereafter open until filled. Apply online at https://jobs. Job #20170570


ETS/ SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER Responsible for building and operating a unified threat management program using Unified Threat Management (UTM), and next generation firewalls and related services to protect the entirety of UCSB’s systems and networks. Will be the focal point for all aspects of program development, management, and operations. Reqs: B.A. or B.S. in a technical field or a relevant combination of education and experience. 2+ years of expertise in implementing, administering, and troubleshooting network infrastructure devices, including: premise wiring, wireless access points and controllers, VPN, and monitoring applications. Experience with Linux or Windows system administration and basic scripting. Experience in a fast‑paced support environment as a member of a network and security operations team. Understanding of: Firewall architecture, configuration and maintenance. VLANs and working within industry best practices. Application transport and network infrastructure protocols (SSL/TLS, DNS, DHCP, NTP, FTP, HTTP, SMTP, and CIFS), and possess an understanding of how to support these applications / protocols when accessed through VPN and firewall appliances. Documenting and explaining network topologies, understanding and diagramming existing networks, and planning for future growth. Notes: Fingerprint background check required. Must

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be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship currently or in the future. $63,453‑$88,793/ yr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For primary consideration apply by 12/20/17, thereafter open until filled. Apply online at Job #20170578


ADMINISTRATIVE & RESIDENTIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Responsible for the technical operations of all data network services for Administrative & Residential Information Technology (ARIT) including the ResNet program for residential students and the standardized Administrative Services network. Is responsible for the architecture, design, and implementation of disparate networks for all departments in Administrative Services. Reqs: Solid background in network administration and architecture. In‑depth understanding of network communication protocols (mainly TCP/IP). Familiarity with wireless access deployment and network security. Experience with network diagnostic, monitoring and analysis tools. Sharp troubleshooting skills. Ability to work independently. Organizational and mentoring skills. BS/BA in Computer Science, Engineering or a related discipline, or equivalent professional experience. Notes: Fingerprint background check required. Maintain a valid CA driver’s license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employee Pull‑Notice Program. $78,100‑$106,300/yr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Open until filled. Apply online at Job #20170548


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Pediatric Unit Program‑ Case Management Nurse Coordinators

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These Registered Nurse (RN) positions will be part of our expanding Pediatric Unit Program (PUP) team.

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Responsibilities of the Case Management Nurse Coordinator include but are not limited to: 1.Processing authorization and referral requests in a timely and efficient


EMPLOYMENT manner; 2.Applying appropriate clinical guidelines for decision‑making; 3.Coordinating specialist care and out‑of‑area services; 4.Developing member‑centered care plans; 5.Communicating clearly and effectively with members, their families and providers; 6.Transitioning/transferring members from one care setting to another; 7.Collaborating and coordinating with multi‑disciplinary providers and community based organizations 8.Adhering to Health Plan policies and regulatory agenciesâ standards Utilization Management Department‑ Registered Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse Responsibilities may include prospective, concurrent and retrospective reviews and tasks are not limited to: 1. Processing authorization and referral requests in a timely and efficient manner 2. Applying appropriate clinical guidelines during decision‑making 3. Adhering to Health Plan policies. Case Management Registered Nurse


The CM nurse will be part of our traditional case management team, which coordinates care for members. Responsibilities of the CM nurse include but are not limited to: 1. Development of member‑centered, realistic, care plans 2, Coordination of specialty care services and/or out of area referrals, 3. Transition/transfer of members from one care setting to another, 4. Collaboration and coordination with multi‑disciplinary providers and community based organizations. Case Management Social Worker


The CM social worker will be part of our traditional case management team, which coordinates care for members. Responsibilities of the CM social worker include but are not limited to: 1. Communicating with members, providers and community‑based organizations 2. Transitioning members from skilled nursing facilities to alternative living arrangement 3. Assisting with housing resources; referring to funding sources, and identifying community resources to maintain members in the least restrictive environment. Please visit our website, www. for more information or to apply PAID IN ADVANCE! Make $1000 Weekly Mailing Brochures From Home! NO Experience Required. Helping home workers since 2001! Genuine Opportunity. Start Immediately!


ASSOCIATED STUDENTS Looking for a candidate with a business or retail management background for the position of Business Services Specialist. Manages the centralized ticketing system for the campus. Responsible for cross training in Associated Students Business Services to provide support in the absence of the regular career staff member in each area. Business Services include our Food Bank, Bike Shop, Recycling and Print Shop. Reqs: Candidate must understand and be able to train students on the fundamentals of excellent customer service, have a good understanding of cash handling and cash equivalents, inventory control and have the ability to learn computerized ticketing system (AXS/ Veritix). Good communication skills required both orally and in writing. Notes: Fingerprint background check required. Occasional evenings or weekends required. $20.78‑$23.00/ yr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Open until filled. Apply online at Job #20170494

GRADUATE ADVISOR COUSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES (CAPS) Institutes and implements the administrative objectives and policies for the department. Provides the highest level management support to the director and agency, including planning, evaluating, organizing, and supervision of budget and administrative operations. Analyzes, interprets, and monitors information about agency budgetary, personnel, and operating policies and procedures and participates in short‑ and long‑term strategic planning. Acts as liaison on operational matters with other campus departments and vendors. Is responsible for the general oversight of the administrative staff and operations and provides analytical management and support for budget, personnel, space, and programmatic matters. Reqs: Must

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have five years of executive experience in an administrative university or college setting. Advanced experience with Excel and financial and personnel online systems. Advanced professional experience working with payroll, personnel, budget analysis, administration, and supervision. Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Demonstrated strong communication skills and ability to work with frequent interruptions while paying close attention to detail. Ability to be flexible while working under constantly changing priorities. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment while overseeing complex projects. Notes: Fingerprint background check required. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required. Mandated reporter for requirements of child abuse. $57,718‑$70,000/yr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Open until filled. Apply online at Job #20170539




SOUTH HALL ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT CENTER Responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of the graduate program and advising in the Department of English. The student population includes approximately 115 graduate students and services 480 courses annually. Reqs: Work history demonstrating an administrative background. Strong analytical, communication, and professional writing skills. Ability to work in both independent and team settings. Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs. Able to exercise professional judgement, maintain confidentiality, and possess creative problem‑solving skills. Able to interpret policies and regulations. Possess organizational skills, initiative, flexibility, and the ability to prioritize workload and competing demands. Note: Fingerprint background check required. $20.78‑$24.91/hr. The University of California is an Equal

Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Open until filled. Apply online at Job #20170566


BUSINESS & FINANCIAL SERVICES Provides functional support for the campus financial systems including major upgrades to the general ledger and payroll systems. Reqs: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Business or related or combination of relevant professional experience and education. Proficiency with MS Office and Visio. Experience performing business analyst functions including writing functional design specifications, developing test scripts, managing/updating configuration, implementing best practice solutions and providing ongoing support as required. Must be able to work with stakeholders at multiple levels to ensure the application meets business objectives. Must be self‑motivated, detail oriented and able to manage one’s own work independently in a fast paced environment with changing priorities. Must be able to work with system users and technical personnel to analyze and solve issues. Must be able to prioritize end user needs. Must work proactively to ensure responsible parties have the information needed to make timely decisions. Must have excellent analytical and organizational skills. Possess the verbal and written communication skills to work effectively with technical and non‑technical personnel at various levels in the organization; ability to use Standard English grammar and punctuation. Ability to work under tight and shifting deadlines, while dealing with frequent interruptions. Ability to use SQL or other query tools to perform analysis. Note: Fingerprint background check required. $63,453‑$76,123/yr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For primary consideration apply by 12/20/17, thereafter open until filled. Apply online at https://jobs. Job #20170577

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in Santa Barbara, CA. Provide architectural assistance in developing construction plans using advanced software like REVIT, CAD and other 3D software; Assist and support in executing multiple architectural projects. Req: Bach. in Arch. Const. Mgmt. or related & 6 Months Exp. Mail resume to: KBZ Architects, Inc. Todd Jespersen, 30 W. Arrellaga St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101


FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Under the supervision of the working Senior Lead Laborer and/ or Lead Laborer, performs a wide variety of cleaning tasks and is responsible for minor maintenance and storage of equipment. Reqs: Must comply with the Physical Facilities Safety Program. At least 1 to 2 years of custodial experience or combination of experience, training and education, preferably in school or business setting. Ability to use and care for janitorial supplies and equipment. Able to observe and use safe working conditions. Ability to exercise sound judgment in solving problems. Ability to accomplish work under pressure. Able to communicate orally and in writing in English. Ability to effectively hear and comprehend oral communication. Visual acuity; Eyesight correction to 20‑20. Average depth perception. Distinguish smells of various chemicals used in the cleaning process and to detect odors emanating from potentially hazardous conditions. Notes: Fingerprint background check required. May be required to wear an UCSB‑provided uniform. Days and hours may vary to meet the operational needs of the department. Multiple positions available. $18.61‑$20.14/hr. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Open until filled. Apply online at Job #20170376

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FBN ABANDONMENT STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The following Fictitious Business Name is being abandoned: ART NAILS at 1047 Casitas Pass Rd Carpinteria, CA 93013 The original statement for use of this Fictitious Business Name was filed 3/31/2016 in the County of Santa Barbara. Original file no. 2016‑0000978. The person (s) or entities abandoning use of this name are as follows: VU Ngog Nguyen 3114 State St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Minh Yen T. Nguyen 4530 Carpinteria, CA 93013 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 29 2017, 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 Margarita Silva. Published. Dec 7, 14, 21, 28 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: SUPERIOR SENIOR HOME CARE at 320 E. Walnut Ave Lompoc, CA 93436; Iaatk Inc 1220 Onstott Road lompoc, CA 93436 This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 11, 2017 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 Mary Soto. FBN Number: 2017‑0003352. Published: Dec 14, 21, 28 2017. Jan 4 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SANTA YNEZ VALLEY ZEN SANGHA at 2905 Spring Canyon Rd Santa Ynez, CA 93460; Carol Lee Abrahamson (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 05, 2017 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 Jazmin Murphy. FBN Number: 2017‑0003303. Published: Dec 14, 21, 28 2017. Jan 4 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE FIX‑ALL‑ LOGIST at 2839 Miradero Dr. Apt #A Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Frederic San Giorgi (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 27, 2017 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 Tania Paredes‑Sadler. FBN Number: 2017‑0003238. Published: Dec 14, 21, 28 2017. Jan 4 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: VITA LEADERSHIP at 253 Coleman Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93109; SNW Investment Group (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 14, 2017 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 Connie Tran. FBN Number: 2017‑0003151. Published: Dec 14, 21, 28 2017. Jan 4 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: SANTA BARBARA COSTUME RENTALS at 1221 State St Suite 12 #90737 Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Elizabeth Laurie 817 E. Anapamu St. Apt 2 Santa Barbara, CA 93103 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Elizabeth Laurie This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 06, 2017 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 Rachel N. Gann. FBN Number: 2017‑0003151. Published: Dec 14, 21, 28 2017. Jan 4 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: FRESH SEASONS SA DE CV at 36 West Gutierrez Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Mark J. Vestal (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Mark J. Vestal This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 08, 2017 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 Tania Paredes‑Sadler. FBN Number: 2017‑0003336. Published: Dec 14, 21, 28 2017. Jan 4 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SANTA BARBARA GREEN CLEAN at 145 Walnut Ln. Goleta, CA 93111; Tami Hill Chambers (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 07, 2017 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 Tania Paredes‑Sadler. FBN Number: 2017‑0003328. Published: Dec 14, 21, 28 2017. Jan 4 2018.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: ZERO BOUNCE, ZEROBOUNCE at 10 E. Yanonali Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Hertza L.L.C. (same address) This business is conducted by an Limited Liability Company Signed: Lynne Vermillion This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 07, 2017 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 Melissa Mercer. FBN Number: 2017‑0003325. Published: Dec 14, 21, 28 2017. Jan 4 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: BUTTER MEDIA at 2301 Chapala St Santa barbara, CA 93105; Scott Kipp (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 11, 2017 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 Rachel N. Gann. FBN Number: 2017‑0003350. Published: Dec 14, 21, 28 2017. Jan 4 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: NU CUISINE INC at 2570 Calle Galicia Santa Barbara, CA 93109; Nu Cuisine Inc (santa barbara) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 17, 2017 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 Rachel N. Gann. FBN Number: 2017‑0003187. Published: Nov 22, 30. Dec 7, 14 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GAVILAN, GAVILAN ESTATE VINEYARD, GAVILAN ESTATES, GAVILAN WINERY, GAVILAN CELLARS, GAVILAN ESTATE VINEYARD & WINERY, GAVILAN VINEYARD & WINERY, GAVILAN CELLERS & WINERY, GAVILAN ESTATE VINEYARDS & WINERY, GAVILAN VINEYARDS at 5017 Zaca Station Road Los Olivos, CA 93441; Foley Family Wines, Inc. 200 Concourse Blvd. Santa rosa, CA 95403 This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 02, 2017 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 Connie Tran. FBN Number: 2017‑0003039. Published: Nov 22, 30. Dec 7, 14 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: IT’S WHOLESOME at 760 Chelham Way Santa Barbara, CA 93108; Jeffrey Bailey (santa barbara) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 08, 2017 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 Melissa Mercer. FBN Number: 2017‑0003121. Published: Nov 22, 30. Dec 7, 14 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: JUNGLE BUDS at 1408 Grand Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Jungle Buds, Inc. 267 Aviano Place Goleta, CA 93117 This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 21, 2017 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 Connie Tran. FBN Number: 2017‑0003205. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: LESSON GAP, LESSONGAP, LESSONGAP. ORG at 315 Meigs Rd. A300 Santa Barbara, CA 93109; EIM Corporation (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 21, 2017 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 Jazmin Murphy. FBN Number: 2017‑0003211. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017.



FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ATELIER CREATIVE CONSULTING at 1350 Santa Teresita Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Anna Sanchez Rice (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Anna S. Rice This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 27, 2017 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 Melissa Mercer. FBN Number: 2017‑0003239. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HOFMANN HOLDINGS at 519 N. Quarantina Street Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Matthew D. Hofmann (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 27, 2017 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 Tania Pardes‑Sadler. FBN Number: 2017‑0003237. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY OF SANTA BARBARA at 685 Avenida Pequena Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Sylvia Courtney Hamilton (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 27, 2017 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 Tania Paredes‑Sadler. FBN Number: 2017‑0003236. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BURGER EXPRESS, EL ZARAPE RESTAURANT at 1435 San Andres Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Raul G Gil 355 North Kellogg Avenue Santa Barbara, CA 93111 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 27, 2017 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 Tara Jaysinghe. FBN Number: 2017‑0003230. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EVERYTHING HEALED at 70 Manchester Place Goleta, CA 93117; Linda Marie Croyle (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Oct 30, 2017 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 Tania Pardes‑Sadler. FBN Number: 2017‑0002997. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: STEWART FINE ART at 215 W Mission Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Kevin E. Stewart Appraiser Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 21, 2017 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 Tara Jaysinghe. FBN Number: 2017‑0003204. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MATSON & CO. at 1213 State Street Suite F Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Nada Matson Inc 329 Arden Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93105 This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: Nada Matson This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 13, 2017 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 Melissa Mercer. FBN Number: 2017‑0003148. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WUN, WUN SYSTEMS at 430 S. Fairview Santa Barbara, CA 93117; Yardi Kube, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 20, 2017 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 Connie Tran. FBN Number: 2017‑0003192. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DOGZZO, HIGHLIFE VAPING, STELLAR CONCEPTS WEB DESIGN at 3051 Marilyn Way Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Stellar Concepts LLC (same address) This business is conducted by an Limited Liability Company Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 28, 2017 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 Tara Jaysinghe. FBN Number: 2017‑0003247. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GOLD CLOUD CAPITAL at 820 State Street 4th Floor Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Iman Sakka (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Susan YM Toney‑ agent This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 13, 2017 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 Rachel N. Gann. FBN Number: 2017‑0003142. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PETITE PEDIATRICS at 510 W Pueblo St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Charish L Barry 731 E. Anapamu Santa Barbara, CA 93103 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 20, 2017 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 Christine Potter. FBN Number: 2017‑0003197. Published: Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EIDER at 1485 East Valley Road. #8 Santa Barbara, CA 93108; Carabetta & Sanders, LLC 2020 Alameda Padre Serra, Ste 223 Santa Barbara, CA 93103 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 29, 2017 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 Connie Tran. FBN Number: 2017‑0003272. Published: Dec 7, 14, 21, 28 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MEDCAP ASSET FINANCE at 333 Hot Springs Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93108; John G McManigal (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 01, 2017 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 Tania Paredes‑Sadler. FBN Number: 2017‑0003289. Published: Dec 7, 14, 21, 28 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PRICE INDUSTRIES at 912 Bellflower Ln Lompoc, CA 93436; Kavin Deandre Price (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Kavin Price This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 03, 2017 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 Connie Tran. FBN Number: 2017‑0003050. Published: Dec 7, 14, 21, 28 2017.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ROSARITO FRESH MEXICAN GRILL at 966‑A Embarcadero Del Mar Goleta, CA 93117; Rosarito Fresh Mexican Grill, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 28, 2017 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 Jazmin Murphy. FBN Number: 2017‑0003253. Published: Dec 7, 14, 21, 28 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LGE EXCAVATING at 3950 Via Real #159 Carpinteria, CA 93013; Lance Gregory Edmondson (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Lance Edmondson This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 22, 2017 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 Connie Tran. FBN Number: 2017‑0003215. Published: Dec 7, 14, 21, 28 2017. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SANTA BARBARA SCREEN AND SHADE at 2930 De La Vina Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105; WITWIN, Inc (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Nov 22, 2017 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 Margarita Silva. FBN Number: 2017‑0003222. Published: Dec 14, 21, 28 2017. Jan 4 2018.

NAME CHANGE IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF JENNIFER LARKIN TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 17CV05141 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: A petition has been filed by the above named Petitioner(s) in Santa Barbara Superior court proposing a change of name(s) FROM and TO the following name(s): FROM: JENNIFER LARKIN TO: JENNIFER ROYAL THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING Feb 7, 2018 9:30am, Dept 6, Courthouse, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR COURT HOUSE A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published in the Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Nov 16, 2017. By Pauline Maxwell. of the Superior Court. Darrel E. Parker, Executive Officer; By, Teri Chavez Published. Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO CREDITORS of Winifred Jorgensen SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF Santa Barbara Notice is hereby given to the credtors and contingent creditors of the above‑named decedent, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Superior Court, at 1100 Anacapa Street, PO Box 21107, Santa Barbara, CA 93121‑1107 and mail a copy to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as trustee of the trust dated November 3, 2004, wherein the decedent was the settlor, at 34100 Woodward Ave., Suite 300, Birmingham, MI 48009‑0962 within the later of four months after (the date of the first publication of notice to creditors) or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, 60 days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you. A claim, form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. Published Nov 30. Dec 7, 14, 21 2017.

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unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use your for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self‑Help Center(www.courtinfo. ca.­gov/selfhelp), If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org), the California Courts Online Self‑Help Center (­ gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. Tiene 30 DIAS DE CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales papa presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas information en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.­, en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www.­, en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, (­gov/selfhelp/espanol/) o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. CASE NO:17CIV03005 The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de la corte es) SAN MATEO SUPERIOR COURT, 400 County Center Redwood City, CA 94061. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: Law Office of Dean P. Sperling 114 Pacifica Suite 250 Irvine, CA 92618 (El nombre, la direccion, y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante que no tiene abogado es): The name and address of the court is: San Mateo Superior Court (El nombre y direccion de la corte es): 114 Pacifica Suite 250 Irvine CA 92618. DATE: Jul 06, 2017. By Jordan Maxwell, Deputy Published Dec 14, 21, 28. Jan 4 2017. SUMMONS ‑ (Family Law) NOTICE TO REPONDENT: GRACIA ELIA GUILLEN MONDRAGON AVISO AL DEMANDANDO: Petitioner’s name is: ARTURO ALEGRIA RUIZ Nombre del demandante: CASE NUMBER: (Numero del caso) 17FL02405 You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL‑120) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter, phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. For legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. Get help finding a lawyer at the California Courts Online Self‑Help Center (www.courts. ca.­gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services website (www.lawhelpca.­org), or by contacting your local county bar association. NOTICE‑RESTRAINING ORDERS ARE ON PAGE 2: are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them.

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FEE WAIVER: If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. The court may order you to pay back all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for you or the other party. Tiene 30 dias calendario despues de haber recibido la entrega legal de esta Citacion y Peticion para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL‑120) ante la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefonica o una audiencia de la corte no basta para protegerto. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar ordenes que afecten su matrimonio o pareja de hecho, sus bienes y la custodia de sus hijos. La corte tambien le puede ordenar que pague manutencion, y honorarios y costos legales. Para asesoramiento legal, pongase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener informacion para encountrar un abogado en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (, en el sitio web de los Servicios Legales de California (www.lawhelpca. org) o poniendose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado. AVISO‑LAS ORDENES DE RESTRICCION SE ENCUENTRAN EN LA PAGINA 2: valen para ambos conyuges o pareja de hecho hasta que se despida la peticion, se emita un fallo o la corte de otras ordenes. Cualquier autoridad de la ley que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas ordenes puede hacerlas acerlas acater en cualquier lugar de California. EXENCION DE CUOTAS: Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario un formulario de exencion de cuotas. La corte puede ordenar que usted pague, ya sea en parte o por completo, las cuotas y costos de la corte previamente exentos a peticion de usted o de la otra parte. 1.The name and address of the court are (El nombre y direccion de la corte son): SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR COURT 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: Arturo Alegria Ruiz 5024 Rocoso Way Santa Barbara, CA 93111; (805) 698‑1808 (El nombre, direcion y numero de telefono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son): Dated Oct 04, 2017. Darrel E. Parker, Execcutive Officer; Thomas Hernandez By Deputy Clerk, Published Nov 22, 30. Dec 7, 14 2017. THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA In re the Matter of, Silvio

Vazquez and Tara Vazquez CITATION AND NOTICE OF HEARING CASE NO. 17FL02722 To Pablo Vasquez YOU ARE HEREBY GIVEN NOTICE AND ORDER to appear on 12/18/17, 2017 at 10:30 am in Department 5 of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court located at 1100 anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, to show cause why the Court should not make an order freeing the minor children, Pedro V. and Joseph V., free from parental control pursuant to Family Code section 7820, and finding that the minors are the prper subject for adoption You have the right to have to have legal counsel. If you wish to be represented by an attorney and the Court determines that you cannot afford and attorney, one will be appointed for you without charge. If you fail to appear, or make appropriate arrangements for your non‑appearance at the time and place started above, the Court may terminate your parental rights to the control and custody of the children ad proceed with the adoption of the minors. Dated: 11/08/17 Darrel E. Parker, Executive Officer, By: Jessica Vega, Deputy, Attorney for Petitioners: Melissa J. Fernandez State Bar No. 219694; 1035 Santa Barbara Street Ste 7 Santa Barbara, California 93101; (805) 568‑1508 Published Nov 22, 30. Dec 7, 14 2017.

TRUSTEE NOTICE SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF VENTURA. NOTICE OF HEARING BY PUBLICATION WELFARE & INSTITUTIONS CODE §366.26 J 068920 & 068921 HEARING DATE: 01/18/2018 TIME: 08:30 AM COURTROOM: J1 In the matter of the Petition of the County of Ventura Human Services Agency regarding freedom from parental custody and control on behalf of Samuel Buenaventura & Isaiah Cano, a child. To: Leanna Cano, Juan Buenaventura, & Isaac Cano Sr., and to all persons claiming to be the parents of the above‑named person who is described as follows: name Samuel Buenaventura & Isaac Cano, Date of Birth: 07/09/2003 & 11/06/2006, Place of Birth: Santa Barbara, CA, Father’s name: Juan Buenaventura, & Isaac Cano Sr., Mother’s name: Leanna Cano. Pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26, a hearing has been scheduled for your child. You are hereby notified that you may appear on 01/18/2018, at 8:30 a.m., or as soon as counsel can be heard in Courtroom

J1 of this Court at Juvenile Justice Center 4353 Vineyard Ave. Oxnard, CA 93036. YOU ARE FURTHER ADVISED as follows: At the hearing the Court must choose and implement one of the following permanent plans for the child: adoption, guardianship, or long term foster care. Parental rights may be terminated at this hearing. On 01/18/2018, the Human Services Agency will recommend termination of parental rights. The child may be ordered placed in long term foster care, subject to the regular review of the Juvenile Court; or, a legal guardian may be appointed for the child and letters of guardianship be issued; or, adoption may be identified as the permanent placement goal and the Court may order that efforts be made to locate an appropriate adoptive family for the child for a period not to exceed 180 days and set the matter for further review; or, parental rights may be terminated. You are entitled to be present at the hearing with your attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, you are entitled to have the Court appoint counsel for you. A thirty‑day continuance may be granted if necessary for counsel to prepare the case. At all termination proceedings, the Court shall consider the wishes of the child and shall act in the best interest of the child. Any order of the Court permanently terminating parental rights under this section shall be conclusive and binding upon the minor person, upon the parent or parents, and upon all other persons who have been served with citation by publication or otherwise. After making such an order, the Court shall have no power to set aside, change, or modify it, but this shall not be construed to limit the rights to appeal the order. If the Court, by order or judgment, declares the child free from the custody and control of both parents, or one parent if the other no longer has custody and control, the Court shall, at the same time, order the child referred to the licensed County adoption agency for adoptive placement by that agency. The rights and procedures described above are set forth in detail in the California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26. You are referred to that section for further particulars. Michael J. Planet, Executive Officer and Clerk, County of Ventura, State of California. Dated: 11/20/2017 by: Tiffany Curtis Deputy Clerk, Children and Family Services Social Worker. 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28/17 CNS‑3073855# SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT

PUBLIC NOTICE OF MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION As required by the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program is providing Public Notice of the completion of a Mitigated Negative Declaration for proposed Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project to enhance the capability of streams to produce anadromous salmonids by maintaining, restoring and improving stream habitat essential to salmonid production. Project Location: Various streams in Humboldt, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Siskiyou, Sonoma, and Ventura counties. Description of Project: This project will use grant funds approved by the California Legislature to initiate activities that are designed to restore salmon and steelhead habitat in coastal streams and watersheds that historically produced large populations of salmon and steelhead. Activities like bank stabilization and road decommissioning will improve spawning success for adult salmon and steelhead as well as increase survival for eggs, embryos, rearing juveniles, and downstream migrants. The replacement of barrier culverts with bridges or natural stream bottom culverts will allow adult and juvenile salmonids access to additional spawning and rearing habitat. The installation of instream structures will recruit and sort spawning gravel for adult salmon and steelhead and create summer rearing pools and over-wintering habitat for juveniles. The mitigated negative declaration can be accessed online at Administration/Grants/FRGP/Mit-Neg-Dec.asp. It is also available for review at the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Watershed Restoration Grants Branch, Fisheries Restoration Grant Program: 1700 9th Street, 2nd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95811; the Northern Region office: 1455 Sandy Prairie Ct, Suite J, Fortuna, CA 95540; the Bay Delta Region office: 3633 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403; the Central Region office: 20 Lowe Ragsdale Dr., Suite 100, Monterey, CA 93940; and the South Coast Region office: 4556 Lampson Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720. The review period for the mitigated negative declaration starts November 30, 2017 and ends December 29, 2017. Please mail comments to: Department of Fish and Wildlife, Watershed Restoration Grants Branch, Fisheries Restoration Grant Program, 1416 9th Street, Room 1266, Sacramento, CA 95814; made attention to Mr. Timothy Chorey. Comments must be received by December 29, 2017. For additional information contact: Mr. Trevor Tollefson, Senior Environmental Scientist at (707) 725-1062; Mr. Manfred Kittel, Coho Salmon Recovery Coordinator, at (707) 9445522; Ms. Margaret Paul, Senior Environmental Scientist, at (831) 649-2882; or, Ms. Mary Larson, Senior Environmental Scientist, at (562) 342-7186.


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