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Editor in Chief Marianne Partridge Executive Editor Nick Welsh Senior Editors Michelle Drown, Tyler Hayden, Matt Kettmann Editor at Large Ethan Stewart Photography Editor Paul Wellman News Reporters Kelsey Brugger, Keith Hamm Opinions Editor Jean Yamamura Columnists Gail Arnold, Roger Durling, Jerry Roberts, Starshine Roshell Executive Arts Editor Charles Donelan Calendar Editor Terry Ortega Arts Writer Richie DeMaria Copy Chief Jackson Friedman Copy Editor Athena Tan Art Directors Ben Ciccati, Caitlin Fitch Digital Editor Brandon A. Yadegari Digital Assistant Chinelo Ufondu Multimedia Interns Adam Cox, Wonu Familoni, Julia Nguyen

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volume 32, number 627, Jan. 18-25, 2018 BRANDON YADEGARI




OPINIONS.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Letters / This Modern World . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29

THE WEEK.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 LIVING.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Living Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39


FOOD & DRINK .. . . . . . . . . . . 41


Digging Out

Heroism and Tragedy During the Worst Disaster in Santa Barbara History (Indy Staff) ON THE COVER: A specialized crew of firefighters assesses a home near Sycamore Canyon Road that was severely damaged in the January 9 mudslides. After spending two days at the site and recovering one body, they’ll come to understand that they’ll need to first demolish the home and then continue their search for deceased among the rubble. Photo by Brandon Yadegari.

The Restaurant Guy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Dining Out Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

A&E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Arts Life  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Pop, Rock & Jazz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

FILM & TV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Movie Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

ODDS & ENDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Rob Brezsny’s Free Will Astrology  . . . . . . .  59

CLASSIFIEDS.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

MAPPING IMPACT AND STORIES FROM THE FLOOD Recovery in the aftermath of the mudslides in Montecito will likely take weeks to months. As firefighters, paramedics, search-and-rescue teams, inmate crews, and law enforcement focus on recovery efforts, the Indy team is undertaking a mapping initiative to assess the impacted areas in Montecito, providing a visual account of what took place on January 9. Working systematically in small areas at a time, our staff is working to provide a street-by-street look at which homes were impacted while weaving in stories from across the community. Find the map and continuing coverage of the disaster at

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ometimes words fail. The scientific term is “debris flow.” Commonly we call it a “mudslide.” Neither comes close to conveying the awesome geologic violence wrought upon Montecito and the entire South Coast early on January 9. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires all have first names. Katrina. Harvey. Irma. And most recently, our very own Thomas, now the biggest fire in state history. By contrast, the monster that just turned our community upside down has no


When it comes to collective grief, we are in uncharted territory. Rage, inevitably, is right around the corner. Santa Barbara, as some like to say, lies perched on the edge of nature. Last week, nature pushed us off. The storm event began in earnest early Tuesday morning around 3:30. For about half an hour, lacerating rains slashed away the steep hillsides. Only two weeks before, the Thomas Fire had roiled through those same hills. Firefighters had mounted a heroic defense, miraculously protecting most of Montecito. With

Imagine the longest drought in Santa Barbara history, followed by the biggest natural fire in California history. Then, while that fire is still smoldering, watch a late-night winter rainstorm dive-bombing the scorched earth with four times more impact than the direst forecasts. Meteorologists were freaking out when predicting Tuesday’s rains, which they feared might deliver as much as one to two inches an hour. It turns out they didn’t freak out enough. In some places, we got half an inch of water in five minutes. Hence the disaster with no name.

DEATH TOLL APPROACHING 23 FOR WORST DISASTER IN S.B. HISTORY name, first, last, or otherwise. As of this writing, Santa Barbara has officially abandoned hope of finding more survivors. But the truly intrepid rescue teams, with their amazing search dogs, continue working to unbury the missing. Should the grim arithmetic be borne out, the death toll for the event with no name will reach 23. It could well go higher. In the meantime, official documents set the mortality count at 20. Add to this the 127 singlefamily homes that were destroyed and the 294 that were damaged. By Santa Barbara standards, this ranks as our worst catastrophe—natural or otherwise—ever. The great earthquake of 1925 — still the single most transformative event to hit Santa Barbara in the past 200 years — claimed the lives of 13 people. Psychopaths such as David Attias in 2001, Jennifer San Marco in 2006, and Elliott Rodger in 2014 killed four, seven, and six on their respective rampages.



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only 27 single-family homes destroyed in Santa Barbara County, the thousands of evacuated residents breathed a sigh of relief, thinking they had dodged a bullet. But the greatest horror lay waiting in the dirt itself. High-intensity heat from fires such as Thomas slowly cooks the top few inches of soil, turning it into a fine, crumbly powder. Any roots that once kept the top mantle of soil intact have been blowtorched into oblivion. Flood-control experts, who refer to this condition as “dry creep,” swear they can hear it sloughing its way down the mountain. Add to that the gnarled canopy of chaparral covering Santa Barbara’s backcountry, and the picture gets more ominous. Chaparral plants contain waxy compounds that, when heated, ooze out onto the soil as liquid paraffin. This waxy shell in turn deflects raindrops that might otherwise be absorbed by the soil. Now turn up the volume to 11.


Torrential rivers of dirt, silt, and ash careened down the steep hillsides, racing toward the meandering creek basins that make Montecito such a bucolic paradise. Along the way, it gathered more steam, sucking up and vomiting out much of the burned rubble from the fire: trees, logs, gravel, rocks, and boulders the size of tour buses. This blackened slurry creates a seemingly impossible buoyancy that allows even the most massive rocks to float. It also rushes by faster than humans can bring themselves to believe. Last week’s debris flow was hardly Santa Barbara’s first. Jim Stubchaer, then an engineer with County Flood Control, remembers the avalanche of mud that took 250 homes back in November 1964 when heavy rains followed quickly on the heels of the Coyote Fire. He was there in 1969 and 1971 when it happened again.“We had a saying back in the day for those canyons,” said Stubchaer about Santa Barbara’s steep mountain slopes.“We said they were shotguns, loaded with rocks and set off by fire.”

Indeed. Disaster response efforts were in place well before the sky began to fall in the predawn hours on January 9. The night before, teams of firefighters — engines and strike teams from multiple agencies—and about 200 first responders were positioned throughout Montecito and Carpinteria in anticipation of flash floods. All fire stations were put on alert. A multiagency incident command was created for an incident that had yet to happen. Three days before the onslaught, all the usual suspects in the world of emergency responders convened in front of television cameras. They predicted flash floods 10 times worse than normal because of the fire-scarred hillsides. Supervisor Das Williams intoned the term “clear and present danger.” Mandatory evacuation orders were announced for 7,000 people living in the foothills upslope from Highway 192, effective Monday at noon. Another 23,000 people — living downslope from Highway 192 — were put on warning. Nobody screamed or shouted. Maybe they should have. In the end, only 15 percent of those living in the mandatory evacuation zone got out. That’s considerably more, however, than those who lived in the warning zone. How these zones were mapped— mapped and why the evacuation zones were not drawn to adhere to the downstream flow of creek channels rather than the geographically irrelevant Highway 192—will be the subject of intense discussion and, in all probability, litigation in the months to come. Firefighters, emergency planners, law enforcement officers, and other first responders — traumatized from risking




life and limb; working long, harrowing hours; and pulling dead bodies out of the muck — bristle at the suggestion they didn’t do everything possible. Emails, texts, emergency alerts, and phone calls were made. Doors were knocked on. Homeless camps along creek bottoms were rousted. What else could they do? Beverley Jackson, an imposing Montecito doyenne and longtime society columnist for the Santa Barbara NewsPress and the Independent Independent, recalled getting the knock and refusing to budge. “I had just got back from spending eight days in a motel because of the Thomas Fire,” she said. “I didn’t want to be evacuated again. I have a dog. And I felt very comfortable there.” Jackson added she’d been through multiple floods and fires during her time in Montecito. “At 89, I wanted to prove I could do it,” she said. “I’m not going to age gracefully.” However, there are also residents living in the warning zone who felt that they’d been given a false sense of security. Many— old hands now at the evacuation drill— Many drill had their bags packed and cars loaded when the storm hit. But by the time county emergency alerts went out, it was too late. They couldn’t get out. Or as one longtime emergency-planning expert put it, “Of course people are going to be stupid. Our job is to work around them, not blame them.” The dance of droughts, fires, and floods is ancient and endemic to Southern California’s landscape. It’s how creeks change course and mountains move. But as California’s extreme weather gyrations grow ever more extreme, pushed no doubt by climate change and global warming, new emergency response strategies will be needed. Abe Powell, a member of the Montecito Fire board and one of Montecito’s most active public citizens, noted that this was the first time a flood event—as opposed to fires—was occasion for an organized evacuation effort.

As South Coast emergency planners re-engineer ways to warn — and mobilize — area residents about future disasters, Montecito and Santa Barbara face the more immediate challenges of digging their way out of this one. Highway 101, we are told, won’t be open for yet another week. In the meantime, about 15,000 people who live in Ventura and work in Santa Barbara can’t get to their jobs. Cottage Hospital is reportedly putting up about 200 workers in local hotels and motels, flying some in and transporting others by boat. Many Santa Barbara companies depend on out-of-town workers. The Montecito Water District is facing multiple breaks to its primary mains used to get water from its reservoirs to storage basins. At this point, about half its customers can get no water at all; another half can get some but just barely. In this grim context, the good news is that things could be even worse but aren’t. The main conduit connecting Montecito customers to water from Lake Cachuma is not broken, as first thought. Dozens of workers from other water agencies —near and far—have have chipped in to help Montecito staff locate and assess damages. In the meantime, however, the district was the target of the first lawsuit filed in the wake of last week’s catastrophe, charging that the nine million gallons that leaked out of one of Montecito’s storage reservoirs made a bad situation that much worse. In the meantime, Santa Barbarans are responding to disaster the way they always do: with massive outpourings of community support. As can be expected, there’s been some grandstanding by a few self-serving publicity hounds. But mostly, community residents are striving for ways to chip in and help out. In the years to come, January 9, 2018, will be considered the measuring stick by which all subsequent disasters will be compared. Future generations can only pray they don’t n measure up. CONTINUED>>>


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Evac Zones, Emergency Alerts Explained


by Jean Yamamura

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MUDSLIDES 2:46 a.m. to Thomas and Whittier burn areas, at 3:07 a.m. to the Alamo Fire area, and as a county-wide Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) at 3:51 a.m. The phone system couldn’t handle the onslaught of the thousands of calls; they took about an hour to all be dialed. “All the systems have limits,” Lewin said, wearily. “An email can say everything. Nixle is 138 characters.” And the emergency center’s version of Twitter is the older, 140-character one. “We struggle so hard to put together a meaningful message in 90 characters,” Lewin continued, speaking of the federal WEA system.“‘East of here, west of there.’ No one knows what’s east or west here. And ‘evacuation’ is a long word.” The WEA (pronounced WE-ah) system plagues Lewin. “How would you feel in Santa Maria if you got an evacuation text to get to higher ground?” he asked rhetorically.

About the only bright spot in the urgency of getting out the alerts was that the Emergency Alert System (EAS) worked, a system Lewin’s been trying to fix for some time. “I was watching KEYT,” said Lewin, “and the emergency banner showed up correctly.” Previously, an alert would switch a Cox cable viewer’s channel to C-SPAN. It also would fail to display the banner. Now that the storm has passed, geologists, hydrologists, and soils scientists with the state Watershed Emergency Response Team are outlining man-made structures still at risk. Lewin reported his team had succeeded in getting authorization from the feds to fund high-resolution mapping for the new land contours left in Monten cito by the flood.



Montecito Water Bruised and Sued


ick Turner might have the most impossible job in Santa Barbara County. Two years ago, he took over as general manager of the Montecito Water District at the bottom of the drought and when district critics engineered a takeover of the board. Now, with most of Montecito buried thigh-high in an avalanche of mud and much of the district’s delivery infrastructure destroyed or seriously compromised, Turner is struggling to resume some semblance of service to his 4,500 water customers. “It’s up in the air,” he conceded recently. “There’s a lot we just don’t know yet,” like how long it will take to fix the pipes connecting the district to Jameson Lake, one of its main supply sources. The pipes feeding Jameson to the district were broken during the January 9 storm, and contractors are on the scene preparing to make the fix. Even when that happens, a lot remains uncertain, such as whether water from the lake, choked with ash-and-mud-infused runoff, can be treated to a potable level. Even with all this uncertainty, Turner projects a crisp, if beleaguered, competence. District crews and contractors have managed to get most of the temporary repairs made to a key stretch of delivery pipe that feeds the district’s seven mini storage reservoirs. Those fixes should be completed Friday. After that,

the district will have the pressure needed to move water. Right now, supplies move either not at all or at a slow dribble. The next step is flushing the pipes of contaminated water, injecting highly chlorinated water through the system to decontaminate it, and then flushing it again. How long all that will take and when it can start remains speculative. It all depends on state water-quality regulators. In the meantime, the district’s boil-water orders remain in effect. “There’s no book on how this happens,” Turner said. “It’s all brand-new.” Adding to Turner’s woe, his district was just sued by a triad of high-powered attorneys waging a mass tort action. The complaint, filed last Friday, three days after the storm, alleges that eight million to nine million gallons of water were negligently allowed to drain out of Water District reservoirs and spill into Montecito’s creek channels, which were engulfed in a disastrous debris-flow event the morning of January 9, because the district’s system of automatic shutoff valves failed. As a result, the lawsuit contends, 37,530 tons of water spilled into Montecito’s creeks that otherwise would not have been there, thus contributing significantly to the disaster. Turner said he hadn’t had a chance to read the complaint and declined to comment. —Nick Welsh


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Children, students, young adults, middle-aged executives, landscapers, well-to-do retirees, immigrants from near and far — the list of people who were tragically killed by the Montecito mudslides is a powerful reminder that this enclave is home not just to the rich and famous but to a diverse group of neighbors who’ve worked hard to enjoy our usually idyllic climate and community. Here are brief tributes to the victims.

Dr. Mark Montgomery, 54; Caroline Montgomery, 22

Mexico, and on his free time, he liked to visit all our siblings here in Santa Barbara, Lompoc, and Los Angeles and spend the weekend with us.” Cabrera-Muñoz also enjoyed listening to music, everything from Mexican music to rock ’n’ roll and KISS. “Overall, he wanted to give his kids a better life,” said his sister Diana Montero. The Muñoz family has set up a GoFundMe page to cover funeral arrangements:

Alice Mitchell, 78; James Mitchell, 89

Dr. Mark Montgomery, his daughter Caroline, and son Duffy had just returned home after a Christmas trip to South America when disaster struck. “They were the sort of family that took trips instead of exchanging presents,” said longtime friend Allwyn Fitzpatrick. She reckons the jet-lagged Montgomerys were probably fast asleep when the steep hillsides turned liquid and deadly. Duffy, the youngest of three kids, would survive. Caroline, a senior at Barnard College, did not, nor did her father, a noted hand surgeon. Both father and daughter were driven by an adventurous spirit. A world traveler with ambitions for a career in fashion design and marketing, Caroline was reportedly graced with an “effervescent curiosity,” according to a friend. As a hand surgeon, Montgomery enjoyed ferocious loyalty among his patients. He was skilled, available, and direct. And he bubbled over with wry humor. An avid athlete, Montgomery played softball, rugby, and hockey. He took his office staff to Dodger games even though he was an ardent Yankee fan, having grown up in New York. Montgomery sponsored the Foresters, Santa Barbara’s semi-pro baseball team, giving players a place to stay and buying, on occasion, a keg of beer to share with fans. “He really enjoyed what he did, and he wanted other people to enjoy it too,” said another longtime friend. Montgomery’s wife, Catherine, and oldest daughter were still in South America when they learned of the tragedy.

Joseph Francis Bleckel, 87

Joseph Bleckel was found in his home off Romero Canyon last week, after search-and-rescue workers scoured his property for the second time. Bleckel lived alone, having survived his wife, Margaret. Bleckel was the child of a single mother, a poor Italian immigrant who married an American GI who was killed during World War I. He grew up the hard way, joining the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean War, and getting a degree in engineering on the GI Bill. Bleckel worked for Westinghouse, loved the Dodgers, and managed to retire at age 66. He gave quietly but generously to organizations like Direct Relief and the Cancer Center. He had no children, but is survived by a multitude of nephews and nieces.

A landscaper by profession, Martín Cabrera-Muñoz was brought from Guanajuato, Mexico, to Santa Bar Barbara by his mother in 1998, according to his brother, Joel Muñoz. Martín lived on East Valley Road with the Benitez family and leaves behind three children, Alejandro, Gabriela, and Uriel Cabrera, who live in Mexico. “My brother was such a hard worker, such a jokester,” said Joel. “He worked to support his kids in COURTESY PHOTOS


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John McManigal, 61

The father of six sons, John McManigal — who started his own equipment financing company called MEDCAP Asset Finance after a 16-year career with IBM — was active in Santa Barbara’s sports community, supporting water polo programs at Santa Barbara High (where five of his sons played) as well as the Foresters, the semi-pro baseball team for which his son, Connor, played. McManigal’s last act was waking up Connor as the storm waters hit, and his son survived after being swept nearly a mile away from their Hot Springs Road home. “My dad left behind an incredible legacy that my brothers and I will continue to carry forward,” wrote his son Will on Facebook. His memorial is on Saturday, January 20, 2 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara. His family has decided to give the money raised on their GoFundMe page to the Benitez family, with whom they grieved in the hospital: qmv424-the-mcmanigal-family.

Rebecca Riskin, 61

Martín Cabrera-Muñoz, 48


The Mitchells moved to Montecito in 1995 after raising their two children in Orange County. Their three-bedroom, Spanish-style home was located at 319 Hot Springs Road at the intersection of Hot Springs and Olive Mill roads, a neighborhood wholly transformed by the flooding into vast boulder fields and uprooted trees among the mudflow. The couple had long dreamed of retiring in Montecito, and Alice’s artwork filled their home, which they called “Casa de Contenta,” meaning house of happiness or contentment. Alice was a teacher, and Jim worked in labor relations.


Known as the “first lady of luxury Montecito real estate,” Rebecca Riskin went from being a professional ballerina in New York City to growing Riskin Partners into one of the most successful property purveyors in the region, with more than $2 billion in closed sales since the company’s founding in the early 1990s. Known for working late at night, she was swept away from her living room during the storm; her husband, who was upstairs, suffered serious injuries but survived. “We intend to carry out her life’s work with the same strength, grace, and elegance that wholly defined Rebecca,” said Dina Landi, the firm’s managing partner, in a statement. “Rebecca was an exceptional woman, and her legacy will continue to live on and thrive through her children, Robert and Julia, her husband, Ken Grand, and her namesake firm, Riskin Partners.” Donations in her name can be made to


Roy Rohter, 84

Kailly Benitez, 3; Marilyn Ramos, 27; Jonathan Benitez, 10

After retiring from real estate, Roy Rohter celebrated his devout Catholic faith by founding St. Augustine Academy in Ventura in 1994. Today, 165 students attend the school. “Roy’s life has been in service to his good, loving, and ever-forgiving God,” said the school’s headmaster, Michael Van Hecke. “He’s been a deep supporter of the school in every way and a mentor to me personally, to the faculty and to the kids.” Rohter’s wife, Theresa, was also swept away by the flood but was rescued and survived.

Josephine ‘Josie’ Marie Franceschini Gower, 69

Popular in many social circles and known for zipping around town in a red convertible, Josie Gower will be remembered as a lover of life. “She was the life of the party, always, and loved us all so fiercely,” her daughter-in-law Sarah Gower wrote on Facebook. Born in 1948 to Italian immigrant par parents, Gower got a nursing degree from SBCC but then sailed through the South Pacific, where she married New Zealand rancher Jack Gower. Upon returning to Santa Barbara, she managed properties, was crowned “Queen of the Y” at the Montecito YMCA, and became an active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. She is survived by two adult children, Briana Haigh and Hayden Gower; three grandchildren, Parker, Luca, and Poppy; her partner, Norm Borgatello; and her sister Elda’s family, the Castagnolas. A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, January 18, 10 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Mission. Donations can be made in her name to the Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln., Santa Barbara, CA 93108.

David Cantin, 49

As a scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 33, David Cantin shared his love of the outdoors with his 16-year-old son, Jack, who is still missing as of press time. His 14-year-old daughter, Lauren, was the girl miraculously pulled from the mud by firefighters, and his wife, Kim, also survived when their house was destroyed by the slide. As vice president of NDS Surgical Imaging, Cantin sold operating room technology that enables minimally invasive procedures, and was well known to the tight-knit Santa Barbara Middle School community, who have been grieving his death and praying for Jack, an alum. Donations can be made at

Morgan Corey, 25; Sawyer Corey, 12

Nearly an hour after the deadly storm hit, 2-year-old Ian Benitez was pulled from a muddy woodpile by a firefighter. A narrow hole directly down to his face allowed him to breath. Rescuers could barely hear him cry. He had traveled three-quarters of a mile, said firefighter Dustin McKibben, who pulled him out. Benitez was initially thought to be a baby girl by nearby resident and rescuer Berkeley “Augie” Johnson because he has long hair. For the past week, Ian has joined his father, Victor Benitez, in the hospital. Victor, whose entire body is badly bruised, has not wanted to let Ian go, friends say. His oldest son, Jonathan, a 5th grader in Omar Espinoza’s class at Cleveland Elementary, was found dead. He was remembered as a joyful kid. Victor’s wife and the boys’ mother, Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28, is still missing. Victor lived with his brother, Antonio, on East Valley Road. The brothers, who immigrated from Mexico, started a landscaping company. Faviola worked as a housekeeper. Antonio’s wife, Marilyn Ramos, and their daughter, Kailly, were both reportedly swept out of bed that night and killed. Marilyn was a stay-at-home mom and, the Associated Press reported, was in close contact with her family in Marquelia near Acapulco on the coast in Mexico. The Benitez family had lived in Montecito for a number of years. Robin Lewis said they worked for her, as well as about 10 families in her Goleta neighborhood, since 2011. In the summer months, she said, Victor brought Jonathan to work. “They are extremely hardworking,” she said. “We really love and respect them.” Lewis started a GoFundMe webpage for them: benitez-family-mudslide-fund. Lorena Penaloza, whose family owns Joyeria Latina Americana, also launched a GoFundMe page for recovery expenses: In addition, she set up a donation box at the Milpas Street jewelry store. She has received 20-30 calls a day, she said. She described the surviving family members as very private and still in shock.

Pinit ‘Oom’ Sutthithepa, 30; Peerawat ‘Pasta’ Sutthithepa, 6; Richard ‘Loring’ Taylor, 79

The Taylor-Sutthithepa family of six lived on East Valley Road in a home Richard “Loring” Taylor bought in the 1960s. Loring, who was 79, spent his career as an English college professor in the United States, Romania, and the Middle East. He met his wife, Perm, in Thailand about 20 years ago, and she immigrated to the United States. Her son, Pinit “Oom” Sutthithepa, soon followed and attended Santa Barbara High School for a year. Oom often returned to Khon Kaen in Thailand, where he married a former schoolmate, Yuphawan, who goes by Aw. They had two kids, 6-year-old Peerawat, who went by Pasta, and 2-year-old Lydia. In summer 2016, Aw and the kids moved to Montecito to live with Oom, Perm, and Loring. Perm’s cousin, Sirithorn Janthorntho, who goes by May, also lived with them. Oom, Pasta, and Loring were killed in the storm; Lydia is still missing. Aw and Perm escaped the disaster because they happened to be working the night shift chopping produce at Vons. May survived; she was pulled from the mud by firefighters about two hours after the rain started. After working as a truck driver, Oom started working at Toyota Santa Barbara about three years ago. His boss, Mike Caldwell, said Oom was a hard worker, had an infectious smile, and loved sports. He turned 30 years old the Saturday before he died. Loring is a familiar face in Montecito. He was known to be a compelling storyteller; there wasn’t a book he wouldn’t read, relatives said. The family had a close relationship with their neighbors, the Benitez family, who were also attacked by the storm. In recent days, the surviving relatives embraced in the hospital as if they were one big family, Caldwell said. On Saturday, after Oom’s body was found, they were allowed back to the leveled lot on East Valley Road to hold a Buddhist ceremony. Reporters working for a Thai media outlet were there to take photographs. On Sunday, Perm and Aw stood on the steps at the vigil at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, where hundreds gathered to mourn.

Peter Fleurat, 73

Four members of the Corey household were swept away by the storm: Carie Baker and her 12-year-old daughter, Summer, were found a mile from their home and are recovering from serious injuries. But Summer’s twin, Sawyer, a 6th grader at Cold Spring School, and their older half sister, Morgan Corey, did not survive. “As with so many other families, we know that as their house came down around them, our girls clung to each other as best they could while being washed away,” wrote Morgan’s sister Taylor Owens on the fundraising site Fundly. “Our grief for our girls … is immense, insurmountable, and impossible to communicate.” Donations can be made at and gofundme. com/carie-baker-fund.

Peter Fleurat was swept away from his Hot Springs Road home during the storm with his partner of 20 years, Ralph “Lalo” Barajas. Barajas, who owns Rose Café on the Mesa, survived, but Fleurat didn’t. The pair lived in what friends described as a gorgeous craftsman house. Fleurat was known to be a skilled gardener, friends said. Fleurat and Barajas went on many trips, and Fleurat was willing to take on any challenge, wrote friend and guest Robert Borneman, driving fearlessly in Mexico and “laughing wildly when he would hit the topes (speed bumps) unexpectedly.” When the Santa Barbara News-Press erroneously reported that Barajas had also been killed, lifelong friends and customers showed up to the Rose Café with flowers. Donations can be made to support Barajas at n -mudslide-loss.


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Debris Flows, in Four Acts by Tyler Hayden

Here we illustrate in cartographical detail the predictions, warnings, aftermath, and history of debris flows in Montecito.

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ALL BUT CERTAIN: During a press conference on Friday, January 5, Public Works officials presented this map that highlighted predicted flood zones, which ran down Montecito, Oak, San Ysidro, and Romero creeks, reaching all the way to the ocean and pooling between Fernald Point to the east and Butterfly Beach to the west. The map was made available on the county’s website for two days, until it was replaced January 7 with the evacuation map.


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PATHS OF DESTRUCTION: The bulk of flooding and debris flows—highlighted here in blue—cascaded down Montecito, San Ysidro, and Romero creeks. County emergency planners said they didn’t expect any soil or rocks kicked loose by the rain to reach as far south as the ocean.


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Lessons from the Mud

Montecito Fire Boardmember Abe Powell Reflects on the Storm


n the evening of Monday, January 8, Abe Powell and his family left their creekside

home in Montecito for the safety of a private residence on West Mountain Drive, away from steep mountainsides scorched bare by the Thomas Fire. A few hours later, Powell remembered, the pounding rain unleashed rockfalls that echoed violently, like the clash of colliding billiard balls. Then, in a nearby canyon, a torrent of debris snapped a 22-inch high-pressure natural gas line. “All of a sudden,” he said, “there’s a plume of fire shooting up into the sky. You could see these pulsing flames from Gibraltar Road to Carpinteria. I thought, Oh, lord, we’re really in for it.” For the past five years, Powell has served on the elected board of directors of the Montecito Fire Protection District. He takes public safety very seriously, and when firestorms and rainstorms bear down, friends, family, and followers turn to him for reliable information and prudent advice. In that respect, he’s been voluntarily on the clock since early December, when the lit fuse of the Thomas Fire culminated in the deadly mudflows that would change Montecito forever. Earlier this week, the Santa Barbara Independent caught up with Powell to reflect on the disaster.

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When did you first become alarmed? After the Thomas Fire, Chief [Chip] Hickman and Kevin Taylor [of the Montecito Fire Protection District] snapped into gear, looking at the flood maps and talking to the [U.S. Forest Service] BAER [Burned Area Emergency Response] team. The BAER team said [to] take the 500-year flood map and multiply it by 10 — that’s what we’re expecting [with] more than a half inch [of rain] an hour. So we’re looking at that, with no holding capacity in the watershed [because it’s been burned away]. Basically, BAER was saying, You guys are [in grave danger] if it rains hard. This was a week before the storm. Hickman and Taylor, these guys don’t get ruffled by anything, and Taylor was a little bit agitated trying to get me to understand how serious he thought it was. His agitation is what snapped me into action. Did they ask anything of you? They told me to message people about how serious this was. I asked if there would be evacuations, and [at that point] they didn’t know, but it was likely. I went from being theoretically concerned to materially worried. That’s when I started calling people and posting on Facebook that I thought this was serious. What did you tell people? I spent three days at the sandbag facility at Lower Manning Park. I was telling people to put in their sandbags, [and] then pack up and go. I told them, “I’m in the voluntary evacuation zone, and I’m taking my family and leaving.” The [response I got] was either mild confusion or disbelief. People just didn’t think it could be that bad. Even part of me didn’t think it could be that bad. How many people did you tell to leave? Hundreds. Literally, it was eight hours a day in front of a sand pile with cars coming in and out all day. I stayed until about 6:30 Monday night. We took a last delivery of sand, and I convinced some friends to leave. My wife and kids are waiting for me, and it’s raining, and that’s when I set the example I said I would — to leave. Were you surprised so many people decided to stay? No. Because I was exhausted from evacuation fatigue. We’d been out of our house for weeks because of the fire. We were tired of living out of suitcases. Some people you talked to probably stayed and didn’t make it. That’s a really sensitive issue. Did I talk to people who are now not with us? Yes, I did. How do I feel about that? Mostly really sad. Could I have communicated to them better? I’m trying not to be mad at myself because I know I was doing my best. Do you think the warnings from Santa Barbara County officials were stern enough? Here’s what I think. They’d never done an evacuation like that for a flood. They thought that [their warnings were] like cannon shots across everybody’s bow. A mandatory evacuation for a flood in Santa Barbara — that’s never happened. Everybody was perplexed by the mild reaction. We didn’t even get 20 percent evacuation in the mandatory zone. I think they thought that they had messaged it pretty clearly, and they issued the evacuation. In hindsight, I’m sure they wish the


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whole [of Montecito] had been mandatory. But I think it’s really just hard to imagine that level of devastation. It’s an unprecedented, off-the-chart flood. In terms of how that evacuation went down, we all learned a lot of lessons, and I think we all would have been much more strident. One of the baseline things in an evacuation is that they’re trying not to cause a panic. There’s that balance of don’t cause panic but communicate your anxiety, and they always try to do it in a very calm [fashion].

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What would have gotten more people to leave? They sent notices, they sent the evacuation warnings, [and] then a person comes to your door and says, please leave. I don’t think there was much more they could have done. Public agencies are responsible for doing all the things they did, but ultimately everybody is responsible for their own safety. At some point the burden is on us to help ourselves be safe, to keep our families safe and protect our kids. But your own home, right next to a creek, was in a voluntary evacuation zone. Didn’t that seem odd to you? No. To even be in a voluntary zone seemed significant to me. The problem with evacuating for a flood is that our evacuation zones aren’t broken up by watersheds. They’re broken up by roads. If you look at our zone map, it’s broken up [in boxes], and you evacuate people from that box. Part of that is so you can protect it from looting. Once you clear everybody out, you kind of own it, and now you have to keep it safe. Trying to evacuate just the watersheds? They don’t know how to do that yet. So what they did is gave people that map showing the flood zones. They said if you’re in the flood zones, you should leave now. They posted that map on Friday, and they said, find your place; if you’re in the blue [area], it’s time to go. Then on Sunday they posted the evacuation orders, and the overlay [on the map] of the red and yellow evacuation areas covered up the flood zones. You couldn’t see the flood map anymore underneath it.


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It wasn’t a watershed-based warning anymore. [The map] lost that ability, especially in the voluntary area. If you look at the [first map], that’s where the flooding was. It was actually worse than that. People inside the disaster area wanted to search and dig for survivors. What’s wrong with that? There are so many hazards. Places where electricity is still on in the mud. Household hazardous chemicals. There are gas mains broken. Swimming pools you can’t see [because they’re covered in mud]. The [first responders] are watching each other’s backs, and they have a system to assess threats and adjust their tactics. What they were doing was a very technical rescue. And when you have uninitiated humans entering that scenario, they’re just in the way, and they could get hurt and need to be rescued. It was so dangerous and so unstable, and the mountain could still come down, even after it stops raining.

‘At some point the burden is on us to help ourselves be safe, to keep our families safe and protect our kids.’

What about people driving their own heavy equipment for cleanup? Really bad idea. They wanted to clear their property [but] could’ve literally killed somebody still alive under the mud. Why was establishment of the Public Safety Exclusion Zone on January 11 a necessary step? What I saw in Montecito that day were people riding bikes, driving around on roads that were primary conduits for emergency vehicles and getting out of their cars to take selfies. It was an absolute shitshow. There were people wanting to get in and out, getting in the way of people trying to save lives. They were bogging down the sheriff. [Deputies] had their heads in these cars, talking to people wanting special treatment instead [of having] their heads up on a swivel to protect us from looters. And [when] Montecito Sanitary District came back out of radio silence, it was clear they didn’t know where the poop was going. All of a sudden, all these people sheltering in place are flushing the toilet into what? Into the rescue operation? That’s a huge problem. That was a really critical time because we were getting late into the rescue operation. These were our last hours where we thought we’d have a chance to pull somebody out alive. The sheriff was mad. Firefighters were mad. So they dropped the hammer. What jumps out as something we should all be proud of? The search and rescue. Just straight-up badass. Those guys got in there, just fearless. They knew the mountain could come down and kill them, and they ran in there [in] waist-deep in mud. Those guys who rescued Lauren Cantin — Andy Rupp and the other [Montecito Fire] guys, they had been training their swift-water rescue [techniques] in Lower Manning while we were sandbagging. They were getting ready, and the storm hit, and they turned around and saved people. Anything you’d like to add? From a public-safety perspective, there are a lot of lessons we’re going to learn from this. But really the story right now is the saves. The people that got saved, and those who trained their whole lives for that moment to go in and get those men and women and kids and pets. That’s the whole reason those guys signed up for any of this. They went out and executed it in the most extreme circumstances we’ve ever seen. We’ve just been through the most extreme fire ever in California, and then the worst flood we’ve ever seen just hit us, n and they went out and pulled people out of that mud. It’s just incredible.



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School Goes On he handful of public and private schools in

Montecito’s disaster area have been scrambling to get their students and teachers back in the classroom. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Montecito Union School (MUS) — a public K-6 located at 385 San Ysidro Road— Road split its 415 students between the Santa Barbara Zoo and the MOXI museum; starting Thursday, Santa Barbara City College and nearby McKinley Elementary School will host MUS students, where they will remain “for at least two weeks,” according to Superintendent Anthony Ranii. Supplied with bottled water, portable toilets, and handwashing stations, the 175 students at Montecito’s other public K-6, Cold Spring School, located at 2243 Sycamore Canyon Road, returned to campus on Tuesday, opening with a moment of silence for 6th-grader Sawyer Corey and kindergartner Peerawat “Pasta” Sutthithepa. The grieving extended to Corey’s severely injured twin sister, Summer, and to half sister Morgan Corey, 25, who died in the floods. The Cold Spring community also lost Sutthithepa’s father and grandfather; the family’s youngest, 2-year-old Lydia, was still missing as of deadline Wednesday morning. Principal Amy Alzina said students and parents reunited over the weekend with crisis counseling and an all-school barbecue, and on the first day back, “there was a psychologist in every classroom.” Alzina, who has a son at Crane Country Day School, said the private K-8, located at 1795 San Leandro Lane, started up again on Thursday, January 18, with its student body split between temporary facilities in downtown Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. Laguna Blanca’s Lower School, a private K-4 at 260 San Ysidro Road, has shifted its faculty, staff, and students to the Girls Inc. Goleta Valley facility at 4973 Hollister Avenue, a space with an auditorium, gym, commercial kitchen, various art and computer studios, and an outside playground. At Westmont College, students started returning to campus on Tuesday, and classes resumed Wednesday. The private college has provided bus service from Valencia around the Highway 101 closure, plus shuttles from the airport, harbor, and downtown train station. Water service has been restored for campus toilets, showers, and sinks but won’t be drinkable until further notice from Montecito Water District. —Keith Hamm



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he Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved emergency assistance to compensate individuals and businesses for losses suffered by the Thomas Fire and last week’s flood and mud avalanche. Congressmember Salud Carbajal had lobbied FEMA administrators to approve the assistance, appealing a previous decision by the federal agency to deny it. At that time, FEMA and the Trump administration had only approved compensation for damages sustained by state and local governments. Individual assistance — or IA, as it’s known — typically is harder to sell. There are six thresholds that need to be met, the first being the number of homes destroyed. Typically, that number is 200. To date, the Thomas Fire destroyed 27 homes and the mudslide 127 in Santa Barbara County. Carbajal explained that by combining the damages inflicted by the Thomas Fire with the mudslide event— event in both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties — FEMA administrators could grant the highly coveted IA request. This enables private individuals and small businesses to seek federal compensation for money spent on hotels, motels, and evacuations, if not otherwise covered by private insurance policies. Likewise, IA can cover other expenses or losses that would not have been incurred but for the natural disaster, such as lost wages. The maximum amount that can be paid is about $35,000. In order to apply for such assistance, individuals must register with FEMA. Those encountering difficulties navigating FEMA’s website should call Carbajal’s office for assistance. The issue of private insurance, Carbajal predicted, could prove problematic. Some homeowner insurance policies, he cautioned, might not cover damages caused by a flood. If insurance companies determine that the flood damage was sustained as a result of the Thomas Fire, however, they may cover it. “Some companies will; some won’t,” Carbajal said. “We’re going to have to see how that shakes out.” —Nick Welsh CONTINUED>>>

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cept of the cataclysmic power of debris flows. “If you’re a natural scientist and you hear ‘debris flow,’ you think, ‘Oh god, that could kill people,’ ” said Sue Perry, a disaster specialist with the United States Geological Survey.“But no one else around here knows what that term means.” A Carpinteria resident, Perry studies how public officials can more effectively convey imminent danger and is now assessing the effectiveness of last week’s warning messages.“There’s going to be a lot of scrutiny after this,” she said. Santa Barbara County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) kick-started its public information campaign during a January 5 press conference, when federal, state, and local officials issued dire warnings about how the ferocious storm would likely send earth and water sweeping through neighborhoods below the Thomas Fire burn  scar. Said Public Works Deputy Director Tom Fayram,“We can’t stress enough the fact that this is a significant risk to our community.” OEM Director Robert Lewin called out the dangers of living near creeks. “They can become raging rivers of water and mud and rocks and debris, and if you live near one of those, you need to understand that,” said Lewin. Four days later, most victims were killed when flows breached the walls of Montecito, San Ysidro, and Romero creeks. Kevin Cooper, a biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, focused on the peril of debris flows—unstoppable avalanches of dislodged boulders and uprooted trees mixed with mud and water—and advised residents to heed emergency alerts. “The alerts are going to be very important,” he said. Debris flows of last week’s size and scale are so infrequent that those in their path may simply have been unable to comprehend the risk, said Perry. Perhaps that’s why so few people within mandatory evacuation zones — an estimated 15-20 percent— percent actually left their

homes. “Human nature is not set up to deal with rare events,” Perry explained. “Things that seem remote or are outside our experience are tough for us to wrap our heads around.” Even Perry tried to talk herself out of leaving her home again due to evacuation fatigue from the Thomas Fire, but she called the strikingly low number of evacuees “frustrating and discouraging.” The solution isn’t as simple as more warnings. That can elicit a “cry wolf” effect and make residents ignore future warnings. During the 2009 Station Fire in Los Angeles County, for example, some communities were ordered to evacuate as many as 20 times in six weeks. Every time an order was issued, Perry said, fewer people left. It was a miracle that the debris flow that eventually came didn’t kill anyone, she said. Reframing disaster language can help. Before 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, Perry said, few people understood the term “storm surge,” a wall of water pushed from ocean to land by intense winds. After the hurricane, which killed 233 people, she noticed authorities and journalists begin to use more detailed and vivid wording to describe the extreme weather event.“Debris flow” may be one of those terms, she said. The Santa Barbara public may have benefited from seeing more photos or videos of debris flows, which are visually and sonically petrifying, as bus-sized boulders floating like toy boats gnash and crash down mountainsides. Then again, such depictions may be interpreted as scare tactics and ignored, Perry said. Cara Cuite is a human ecologist at Rutgers University who heads a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–sponsored project on best practices in storm communication.“You need to make people believe they’re at risk and take it seriously,” she said. “Once you have their attention, tell them what to do. Being told they’re at risk without telling them how to reduce that risk just triggers a stress response without action.” CONTINUED ON P. 27> > > PAUL WELLMAN


Why Did Soby TylerFew Evacuate? Hayden efore January 9, few Montecitans had any con-

PTSD Comes Next


by Nick Welsh

ven after the waters have receded and all the mud’s been washed away, impacts of Montecito’s landslide will be felt for a long time to come, said Dr. Brett Wilson, medical director for Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s Emergency Department. Wilson, a 1991 graduate of Dos Pueblos High School, got his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina hit that city in 2005, Wilson was on call. In recent weeks, he and Cottage’s emergency medical staff have been juggling a major flu outbreak— outbreak eight dead in two weeks — with the massive demands imposed by the Montecito mud flood. Saying there have been 28 ER admissions hardly tells the story. Nor does the clinically detached term “blunt force trauma,” the medical description for what ails those admitted: One person injured in the disaster reportedly suffered massive abrasions and had large chunks of muscle gouged out of his back, which was also broken. With the first wave over, Wilson is bracing for new arrivals, people checking themselves in for seemingly minor cuts and wounds that have since become infected. Those physical issues are obvious and can be fixed. Less apparent, however, is the long-term psychic toll inflicted by the disaster. “People will get a little more irritable,” Wilson warned.“They will have less patience. We’ll see a lot more self-medicating.” The provocation, he said, will be intense. Recovery will be anything but fast. Governmental red tape and insurance-company hassles will be staggering. Grief and exasperation will be kicking in. It will take Montecito a long time to look like Montecito again. Wilson’s own sister lost her house in the recent storm. “She didn’t take anything with her,” he said. “Like everyone else, there were dishes still in her sink.” Wilson said emergency medical personnel are feeling the toll. “This is a small town. We all know people who are getting wheeled in here,” he said. “It’s not like we’re treating Patient A or B. It’s personal.” His staff holds regular debriefings. “We all get together and ask each other, ‘Are you okay?’” A lot of the time, however, it’s not that simple. “You can’t just say, ‘Tell me your story.’ It doesn’t come out that way,” he said. “It often comes out when you ask about something else completely. But when it does, you need to be able to listen. Otherwise, it just gets all bottled up. People start to get real quiet and withdrawn. That’s not healthy.” Wilson also discouraged close friends and intimates from saying, “Tell me what you need” or asking,“What can I do for you?” Instead, he urged,“Invite them out to lunch or dinner. Just be there.” Everyone will respond differently, he said. Wilson admitted he still gets the heebie-jeebies at the sound of helicopters from his days during Katrina. “I got to the point I could tell you exactly what kind of helicopter it was by the sound of its motor.” For others, it could be the sound of rain, the smell of mud. By most reckonings, Cottage ER operations have survived the first wave exceedingly well even though many emergency health providers commute from points south and are effectively blocked from making it to work. Workers trained in emergency care protocol now assigned to Cottage’s Goleta or Santa Ynez hospitals have been transferred to Santa Barbara. Of Cottage’s 3,700 workers, roughly 600 commute from Ventura County or points south in Santa Barbara County. Cottage administrators have responded by booking rooms in area hotels or motels for 100-200 workers a night. Another 25 have been getting ferried to work by boat.n





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WE ARE FAMILY FRIENDS NEIGHBORS. Our hearts are broken. Our town torn apart. We stand together. We will be stronger. Out of the utmost respect, the Kick Ash Bash Benefit Concert — which was intended to celebrate the Thomas Fire First Responders and their families — has evolved in light of the devastating Thomas Flood. Please join us on February 25, 2018, as we honor the lives that were taken from us far too soon and say “thank you” to the First Responders who continue to be there for us as we put the pieces back together again. The event will be held at the Nesbitt Bella Vista Estate, as planned. Tickets will be available (on-sale date to be announced soon) with an expected 1,000+ in attendance. Prominent entertainers to be announced soon. Please go to for news, updates, and to make a donation. Funds raised will be overseen by representatives from Santa Barbara’s Police, Fire, and Sheriff departments — with money directed to the Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance (a 501(c)3) and distributed as directed by an executive board of representative agencies. Co-sponsored by:



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When the Big One Isn’t an Earthquake


The Deadly Debris Flow in Montecito Was a Rare Event, but It Could Happen Again by Melinda Burns he surging river of mud and boul-

ders that engulfed swaths of Montecito from the mountains to the sea last week, killing 20, was a rare disaster — so rare, geologists say, that it may happen only once in a few hundred to a thousand years at that location. But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen again this winter, said Ed Keller, a professor of earth science at UC Santa Barbara. All of the communities below the scorched slopes of the Thomas Fire are at risk, he said. “These areas are very vulnerable in the next two years to debris flows,” Keller said. “We could get another one right down Montecito Creek this year, if we get another big rainfall, depending on how much debris is left up in the basin. It’s not impossible.” The catastrophic debris flow of January 9 in Montecito is the deadliest disaster to hit the South Coast since a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Santa Barbara on the morning of June 29, 1925, leveling the downtown and killing 13. Debris flows launch massive quantities of rocks, boulders, trees, and mud downhill. They are typically triggered after wildfires on steep mountainsides, when heavy rains wash away the soil. “Big debris flows are relatively rare,” said Keller, who is applying for national funding to study the footprint and volume of the January 9 event. “They don’t occur after every fire in any one stream. The Thomas Fire was huge, and there are only a couple of places with really damaging debris flows. Montecito and San Ysidro creeks were primed for one.” In catastrophic debris flows such as the one in Montecito, narrow canyons chockfull of boulders start to flood, and landslides may occur. Rocks and brush form temporary dams and then break through and roar downhill on thick slurries of mud. Car-sized boulders bob along like corks. In Montecito, the wall of mud and debris was 15 feet high in some locations. “You may get pulses of flows rushing out of canyons in the mountains,” said Larry Gurrola, a Ventura-based consulting geologist who is on Keller’s research team. “That material reaches the base of the foothills, chokes the streams, flows out over the banks, and moves toward the ocean, dragging trees, brush, cars, utility poles, and parts of homes along with it.” Through the millennia, debris flows have shaped the terrain of the South Coast. Almost

all of Montecito and most of Santa Barbara are built on top of flows that occurred here over the past 125,000 years, Keller said: Just look at the boulder field at Rocky Nook Park. That’s evidence of a catastrophic flow out of Rattlesnake Canyon in prehistoric times, he said. During the past 50 years, the South Coast has seen a few destructive but not catastrophic debris flows. Just last January, during heavy rain following the Sherpa Fire of June 2016 in the mountains along the Gaviota Coast, a debris flow washed 22 vehicles and five cabins down El Capitan Creek and sent boulders into the surf. Emergency crews rescued two dozen campers. This January 3, county emergency preparedness officials showed the Board of Supervisors photos of damage from the debris flows that followed the Coyote and Romero fires of 1964 and 1971, respectively. Both years, San Ysidro, Olive Mill, and Coast Village roads in Montecito were choked with mud. This year, the stage was set for catastrophe after the Thomas Fire burned 440 square miles in December and January, largely in the backcountry of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, becoming the largest fire in California history. It scorched the chaparral that anchors the soil to the bedrock and created a “hydrophobic” layer in the ground — a kind of crust that repels water like glass. In an era of year-round fire seasons, the Thomas Fire had not been fully contained when the rainy season got underway in earnest. “It was just kind of the perfect storm, when all the bad factors line up together,” said Jon Frye, Santa Barbara County engineering manager. “There was no time whatsoever between the fire and the winter.” The trigger for the catastrophic debris flow in Montecito, geologists say, was several bursts of extreme rainfall, beginning at 3:34 a.m. One of these was a 200-year event — more than half an inch of rain falling in 5 minutes. That’s a quarter of the total amount of rain, 2.1 inches, that was recorded in Montecito during the nine-hour storm. A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) debrisflow hazard map that was widely circulated before the January 9 storm showed the high probability of debris flows originating in the mountains above Mountain Drive in Montecito on the heels of the Thomas Fire. The slopes there are on a “hair trigger,” said Dennis

Staley, a USGS research geologist who helped prepare the map. The harder the rainfall, the bigger the flow, he said. “We knew that if it rained very hard, there could be very significant debris flows,” Staley said. “If you plug in the intensities that were received, our prediction aligns with what we saw.” In any given year, there is only a halfpercent chance that half an inch of rain will fall on Montecito in five minutes, said Jayme Laber, a senior hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “It was a typical winter storm, but fiveminute rainfall was extreme, something that you don’t see very often,” he said. The five-minute, half-inch downpour began at 3:38 a.m. near Casa Dorinda, at Olive Mill and Hot Spring roads, county records show. Between 3:34 a.m. and 3:51 a.m., three additional bursts of extreme rainfall — 50-year events with a 2 percent chance of occurring in any given year — were recorded on gauges near Gibraltar Peak and in downtown Carpinteria. These were the heaviest short-term, highintensity rainfalls recorded during the entire storm from Redding to San Diego, Laber said. “It was horrible that it was right on top of the Thomas Fire burn area,” he said. The first reports of the debris flow came in to the Weather Service shortly before 4 a.m.

Meanwhile, there was no major damage in Ventura County during the January 9 storm. Ventura County took the brunt of the Thomas Fire, but was not pounded on January 9 with the short-term, high-intensity deluge that overwhelmed Montecito, Laber said. The historical record shows that previous debris flows on the South Coast closed Highway 101 and caused a lot of damage to property but did not kill anyone. In 1964, a few months after the Coyote Fire burned 100 square miles above Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria, records show, a debris flow destroyed 12 homes and six bridges on Mission Creek in Santa Barbara. Eyewitness accounts told of “20-foot walls of water, mud, boulders, and trees moving down the channels at approximately 15 miles per hour.” During heavy rains following the 1971 Romero Fire, which burned 20 square miles in the mountains behind Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria, Highway 101 was blocked for eight hours near Carpinteria. A wall of mud and water three feet high pushed across the freeway toward the ocean. “Looking back, there is clear evidence that this type of thing happens in Santa Barbara with some regularity,” said Staley, the USGS geologist. n


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TO OUR SANTA BARBARA COMMUNITY‌ In the face of the recent natural disaster that has rocked our community, we would like to send a message of gratitude to all those who have been working tirelessly to save lives, find survivors and keep our neighborhoods safe. As Cox teams worked in the impacted neighborhoods to restore service as soon as we could, we witnessed firsthand the devastation that first responders have been faced with, and we are thankful to have such dedicated and brave men and women protecting our residents and our community. We would also like to recognize our hometown heroes, every day men and women who are not emergency personnel, but who immediately stepped in to assist however they could when our community was in need. Our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones. We are saddened by the loss of life our community has experienced during these storms, and we are committed to helping our customers and our community recover from this disaster.



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Search Dogs Comb Hills


by Nick Welsh t’s been nine days since the

avalanche of mud, boulders, and rain ripped down the steep slopes of Montecito’s southfacing hillsides, burying many people in the onslaught. Last week, Sheriff Bill Brown spoke of hope and prayers when it came to finding survivors. Now he talks of miracles instead. Assigned to work such miracles are squads of highly trained search dogs, most of whom were schooled by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, located in Santa Paula. “We go out in the debris flow— flow with all the mud and piles of rubble — and if we don’t find anyone there, any survivors, then that means we can go on and focus our resources elsewhere,” explained San Diego firefighter Brent Brainard, who has been working the canine search-and-rescue detail for the past nine years. If Brainard’s dog Decker, a 7-yearold lab-Weimaraner mix, doesn’t smell anyone alive, it’s all but certain no one’s there to be found. To make sure, however, a second dog— dog specially trained to detect only living survivors — checks the same area. If both dogs find nothing, that allows search-and-rescue teams to move on. On one day of the rescue efforts, the canine crew detected 10 survivors. Brainard and Decker work 12-hour shifts. Much of that time, Decker is up to his chest in mud. It’s slow, painstaking work. As of press time, Decker has found no survivors, which is bad for the canine’s morale.“He wants to find someone,” said Brainard.“That’s what he’s trained to do.” To this end, Brainard said he’ll arrange to have Decker “find” someone, a fellow rescuer that has been hidden away for just such purposes. Decker is one of 192 dogs trained by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation since 1996, when the private, nonprofit organization first opened shop. According to center spokesperson Denise Sanders, rescue dogs are trained for about 8-10 months. When they’re done, they can tell the difference between a live body and a dead body. They can also tell the difference between a live body and fresh clothes. “You go into some of these houses, and you have clothes, diapers, stuffed animals — all these different things that carry the scent of people who may be missing,” Sanders explained. “Our dogs have to be able to tell them apart.” Typically, the school’s recruits are themselves rescued dogs, mutts whose energy and manic fixation when it comes to toys make them terrible pets. “They have to have an obsessive intensity when it comes to owning certain toys that borders on dysfunctional,” Sanders said. Trainers harness that focus, using it as a tool to reward search dogs for successful work. The foundation was the brainchild of Ojai resident Wilma Melville, who, in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, concluded there was a dearth of skilled rescue dogs for such disasters. Currently, the foundation has 69 teams dispatched throughout the country.“Our biggest test was in 2010 with the earthquake in Haiti,” Sanders said.“There you had buildings that were five to seven stories tall that collapsed in on themselves. They just pancaked. n Our dogs could detect live scents underneath all that.”





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Replace plaster with sheetrock, marble with formica or antique furnishings with faux finishes.

Make a complete room by room list of all items of personal property lost.

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acing Santa Barbara, the view of Highway 101 from the Olive Mill Road overpass on

Tuesday was a soupy mess. Black mud covered the median, a bulldozer’s giant claw scooped the mud toward open space, and the conveyer-belt track of the CAT sunk into the sludge, almost appearing stuck. Motorists should not expect to go anywhere very soon. In the opposite direction, Caltrans’s progress was much more visible. The layer of mud coating the freeway was thin enough that trucks could glide over it. What was left of the green shrubbery was visible again. In a matter of days, Caltrans managed to clean up about a half mile of highway. Nonetheless, Caltrans continues to push back the highway’s reopening. On Monday, it announced the 101 would remain closed for “at least a week.” Several days prior, the state agency had reported that water from the hillsides continued to run down the least resistant path and pour onto the freeway. But by Tuesday, the water stream had stopped, said Caltrans spokesperson Jim Shivers. They were removing more large, solid pieces of debris in the gunk, he added. This all could change, however, depending on the next rain. Trains, meanwhile, have been running — rather full, if not exactly on time. Last weekend, Amtrak added more railcars, enough for 2,000 passengers. But this addition helps just a fraction of the roughly 15,000 Ventura residents who work in Santa Barbara. Riders going north and south told the Santa Barbara Independent that passengers were stuffed inside like sardines. On one rush-hour trip, 12 riders squeezed into the restroom. In addition, ferries have transported employees, particularly health-care providers, to work. And on Tuesday, a caravan of 18 buses transported “critical” employees who live in Ventura to work in Santa Barbara. They left before sunrise and returned home after dark, staying out of the way as much as possible. Tankers and National Guard vehicles, after all, have made Coast Village Road look like a military base. And north of Hot Springs Road, mud trucks are barreling down Highway 101. They first went to West Beach so the contents could be sorted. After pieces of wood were separated, the mud trucks were sent to Ash Avenue in Carpinteria or to Goleta Beach. An emergency permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers authorized the work. The permit called for “approximately 300,000 cubic yards of sediment” accumulated in the Montecito area to be dumped. That translates to about 30,000 trips. It is unclear how much mud total will have to be cleaned up. The permit expires on February 20. On Tuesday just before rush hour, a mud truck traveling northbound spilled over at Patterson Avenue in Goleta, blocking traffic for several miles. Caltrans workers rushed over to clean it up. Shivers noted that even when the mud looks clear from the view on the overpass at Olive Mill, their work would not be done. The pavement needs to be tested, and some road signs might need to be replaced. n



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Cell-phone alerts sent by the OEM in the days and hours leading up to Tuesday’s storm advised residents to “shelter in place or go to high ground.”An emergency communications specialist who wished to remain anonymous contacted the Santa Barbara Independent on Monday with concerns about the clarity of the county’s messaging. He called the alerts “confusing,” asking if “high ground” was meant to be interpreted as a higher point within a home or up a nearby hill. He also said the wording suggested the two options were mutually exclusive, when in fact the safest option for many residents was to both shelter in place and climb to a second floor, attic, or roof. Cuite acknowledged the limitations of cell-phone alerts, and emphasized the tricky tap dance of crisis communication, which must scare people to act without paralyzing them or losing their trust if disaster doesn’t strike. “You want to instill enough fear to motivate people, but not so much they’re just overwhelmed and shut down,” she said. “It’s a sweet spot in communication.” There’s no average for how many people typically heed evacuation orders, but Cuite said Montecito’s 15-20 percent feels particularly low. Thirty-five to 50 percent of residents usually evacuate during major hurricanes. On January 5, four days before the storm, the County of Santa Barbara posted on its Facebook page a map of predicted flooding and debris flows, which covered large portions of Montecito. “My entire work zone that I return to on Monday,” wrote a commenter. “Scared!” The county replied: “We don’t want to scare anyone. Knowing the potential and being pren pared is half the battle.”

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feature guitarist and artist-in-residence Pablo Sáinz Villegas accompanied by a small orchestra. Free tickets will be available at the S.B. Symphony’s office (call for hours) and at the door and issued on a first-come, first-served basis. 7:30pm. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. Free. Call 898-9386.

1/20: 2018 Kickoff: Community Cocktail For a Cause This Glitz, Glam & Get Down rooftop

celebration will donate a portion of proceeds to benefit United Way of S.B.’s Thomas Fire and Flood Fund. 7pm. Canary Hotel Rooftop, 31 W. Carrillo St. $120. 1/20: LOMO Relief: A Benefit for Montecito Flood Relief Effots With a sense of commu-

nity, the Stolpman Vineyards team has mobilized the entire town of Los Olivos to raise money for the Thomas Fire and flood relief efforts. On Saturday, participating Los Olivos businesses will be donating up to 20 percent of the day’s proceeds to our local Direct Relief Foundation. For a list of participating businesses, visit

1/21: Artist Talk: Richard Schloss Meet the artist and enjoy 42 en plein air works. Fifteen percent of new sales will go to two artists who lost their home and studio in the Carpinteria mountains. 2-4pm. Palm Loft Gallery, 410 Palm Ave., Loft A-1, Carpinteria. Free. Call 684-9700. 1/22: The 37th Annual Messiah Sing-Along This event will be presented as a statement of

unity and solidarity of our community in the wake of the recent devastating disasters. All proceeds will go toward the Unity Shoppe. 7:30pm. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. $15-$20. Call 965-4122.

1/28: Quire of Voyces: The Mysteries of Christmas: A Healing Concert for Our Community

The Quire will sing music that soothes and heals. Firefighters and first responders can receive free tickets. 3pm. St. Anthony’s Chapel, Garden Street Academy, 2300 Garden St. $15-$20. Call 965-5935.

1/28: SoCal Strong Concert for Thomas Fire Victims Fund More than eight bands, including the Tearaways, will perform to raise money for victims of the recent fire. 3-11pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $25-$200. Call 962-7776. 2/3: Thomas Fire Benefit Festival! The concert includes the Kevin Costner Band, Olivia

Newton-John, Colbie Caillat, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and more. VIP includes food, wine and beer (for ages 21+), and the concert. General admission is for the concert only, and kids get in for free. VIP: 2-10pm. $200. GA: 4-10pm. Free-$50. Plaza Park, 651 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. $50-$200.

2/25: Kick Ash Bash Say thank you to our heroic first responders at this massive celebration. All funds collected will go toward all first-responder organizations. Ticket price and on-sale date are to be announced. Noon-6pm. Nesbitt Bella Vista Estate, 2800 Via Real, Summerland. —Terry Ortega


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Virginia Hawley Correction: Virginia Hawley’s life celebration will be held on February 3, 2018 at 2720 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara. The original date was cancelled due to the fire. Please contact Maya Adams at (805) 770-0251 for information or email at

Alejandro Ortega 05/03/32-01/12/18

Alejandro Ortega, age 85, lived a long beautiful life, having immigrated to the United States from Mexico City, alongside his wife Maria of 63 years. They raised 5 children, Lupe (Elias), Alejandro Jr (Martha), Sal (Jana), Ale (Lupe), Art and 14 grandkids & 8 great grandkids. Alejandro resided in Santa Barbara and worked as a chef for many years at Harry’s Plaza & Joe’s Café, making a career change he went to work for the City of Santa Barbara at the SB Airport where he retired after 25 years of service. One of his early passions was cycling, having been a resilient professional cycler, he shared that joy with his children, he loved music and dancing so much such that he helped young musicians start local bands, most memorable “Los Juniors” in Santa Barbara of which he had fond memories. Alejandro was known as a quiet man who spoke softly and would lend a hand to anyone in need, he was a handyman who shared the gift of fixing anything that needed repair, adding to his hobbies of repairing TV’s and rewiring electrical circuits, his hands-on approach built structure to his home. Our family would like to thank SB Cottage MICU for their compassion and care of our father and Hospice of SB. He is survived by his wife Maria, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Valla con Dios Papa, until we meet again. Services handled by Welch RiceHaider, Rosary Thursday 1/18 at 7pm Our Lady of Guadalupe and Friday 1/19 Mass Services at 10AM Our Lady of Guadalupe followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.

James Armas Ranta 11/09/46-01/12/18

James Armas Ranta, age 71, had a heart attack late Thursday night and passed away early Friday morning, January 12, 2018 here in Santa Barbara, California. Born November 9th, 1946 in Claremont, New Hampshire, he is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy Ranta, daughter Heather Schwerin and husband Will Schwerin with grandchildren Everly and Max, and son Jeff Ranta. 28


Jim moved to California in 1964 and attended Riverside Junior College and then went on to UCSB. From a young age, he had a love for water sports and was named an All-American swimmer in 1967 and 1968 and helped UCSB to its first ever NCAA Division II Swim Team Championship in 1967. He played in the first NCAA Water Polo Championship Tournament with the Gauchos in 1968, and is a member of the UCSB Hall of Fame. While at UCSB, he also met Nancy and they were married in June of 1972. He began teaching at Santa Barbara High School in 1971 and shortly thereafter went to Dos Pueblos High School where he taught math and became the head Swim and Water Polo coach. Jim truly loved working with youth and had a natural ability to make students feel valued and supported. He also made math class tolerable and somehow fun. He continued as a teacher and coach for 40+ years. During this time he guided and mentored hundreds of students and helped them realize their potential and become successful adults. He retired in 2012, but continued to assist as a swim coach and referee water polo throughout Southern California. The impact Jim had on aquatics in the Santa Barbara community was immense and will always be appreciated and remembered. His laugh and energy were contagious, and to know him was to love him. He enjoyed spending time with family, the outdoors, traveling, singing karaoke and was always up for a good time. He will forever be missed and never forgotten. A confirmed location and date for a Celebration of Life in February will be shared soon.

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illustrious sense of humor and memorable, distinctive laugh. He believed in facial hair, sporting at least his signature mustache most of his life. Tom loved trains enjoying many traveling adventures over much of the United States and choosing his burial plot based on its proximity to the Amtrak line in Santa Barbara. Tom was a veracious reader and the custodian of a large personal library that featured many texts from multiple genres. He loved listening to classical and jazz music while sitting in his library reading a book, writing or working a crossword puzzle. Tom loved eating biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, red beans and rice, ice cream of all varieties (especially strawberry), Krispy Kream Donuts, and the occasional glass of bourbon (W. L. Weller was a favorite) but no food was as important to Tom as the hot dog which he enjoyed with chili and onions. His favorite hot dog stand was James Coney Island in Houston, Texas. More than anything Tom loved his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Joe Hunter Schmid and mentor, the Rev. George Richard “Dick” Wheatcroft. Tom is survived by his loving wife and their children, Albert Schmid and his wife Kimberly, Gretchen Schmid and her wife Tiffany James, Rachel Van Mullem and her husband Justin, and Bennett Schmid and his wife Ana; his sister Gail Smith and her husband Wayne of Longview, Texas; sister-in-law Judy Schmid of Katy, Texas; nine adored grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. A memorial service celebrating Tom’s life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara at 6:30 pm on Friday, February 2, 2018. If desired, gifts in memoriam may be directed to the Santa Barbara Family YMCA Campaign for Children and Youth or The Edward Hake Phillips Internship Endowment at Austin College that Tom helped to establish.

Palmita ‘Bella’ Sanchez 05/02/23-01/01/18

THOMAS HENDERSON SCHMID of Santa Barbara, CA, died peacefully, on December 25, 2017, Elizabeth Wheatcroft Schmid, his loving wife of 51-years by his side. Tom was born on August 6, 1943 in Houston, Texas the third child and second son of Albert “Abe” D. and Nancy Bell Hunter Schmid. He attended Houston Public Schools, Austin College (B.A. – History), Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (M. Div.), and McCormick Theological Seminary (D. Min.). Tom served in the United States Coast Guard during the Vietnam era, working aids to navigation on the lower Mississippi river between Memphis, Tennessee and Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was Honorably Discharged from the service at the end of 1971 the same year he was ordained by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Tom was called to serve churches in Lafayette (LA), New Orleans, San Antonio, Lincoln (NE), Mechanicsburg (PA), and Falls Church (VA) mentoring many of his associates into their own pastorates. During his 38-year ministry Tom was the author of one book, Dawn in the Afternoon, as well as countless poems, sermons, and book reviews. Upon his retirement the Falls Church Presbyterian Church proclaimed him Pastor Emeritus. Tom enjoyed many jokes with his

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Palmita, better known as Bella was born and raised in Mountain View, California. She was one of eleven children. Her parents Manuel and Dulcenombre Diaz immigrated from Spain. She started working early in life in orchards with her mother than later in the fish canneries in Monterey, California. Bella loved to dance and met her future husband Pete Sanchez with some friends. They married, bought a house in Pacific Grove where they raised three sons. Bella and Pete moved to Santa Barbara in the 1970s to be near where their sons had moved. They spent more than thirty years at the Edgerly Arms apartments behind the Moose Lodge where they formed many friendships in their retired life. Bella was preceded in death by her son Gregory, all ten siblings, and husband Pete. She is survived by her two sons Michael and Ron, daughters in law Gail and Nancy, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was a devoted wife and mother and her funny, feisty personality will be missed by many. She lived her last two


years at the Californian nursing home where the entire staff always met her needs with excellent care. A private burial will be held by immediate family.

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Lee Miller 03/11/50-12/22/17

Jerry Miller, our loving father, amazing husband, and one of the kindest souls alive, passed away unexpectedly, but so peacefully in his sleep on December 21/22nd. The Chinese culture believes that the few people who pass away in this peaceful and kind manner have lived the most honorable lives - they have ‘earned’ this special passage from all the good that they have done in the their current and past lives. That was exactly who Jerry was: a kind, special, and honorable presence on this earth and in our lives. Although his loved ones were not ready, Jerry needed to step out of his physical body and the pain it so often brought him most of his life, leave that physical vessel behind, and walk freely and easily for the first time in decades. He was so happy and feeling so good, both mentally and physically, and surrounded by the love of his family and pets, God took Jerry’s hand in his peaceful sleep because he needs him alongside him now. Jerry was born in Downey, CA, moved to Running Springs as a young adult, then to Santa Barbara in 1969, and eventually to Mesa Oaks/Lompoc in 1987. Jerry endured many lengthy hospitalizations and surgeries throughout his life due to contracting polio as an infant, but his physical limitations led him to be the young adult and future man he was destined to be: funny, kind, hard-working and positive - always so positive. Jerry’s various life-long professions didn’t always define who he was, but they always reflected the hardworking, honest, fair, and funny man he was. Whether it was working along side his father, or at a much-loved stint as a reindeer ranger at Santa’s Village, to framing art during college, later building and sailing NACRA catamarans, and ultimately as a knowledgeable systems engineer at Vandenberg AFB, Jerry took each job seriously and with his full life force. It was his hobbies that truly touched his heart and soul: sailing, fishing, his love of music and guitars, traveling to Australia, New Zealand and Fuji, often visiting New Mexico and Sedona, the love and care he took of his family and home and, of course, his two side-kick Persians, Reddington and Rufus. Tee-ball coach through Babe Ruth and basketball, Jerry coached and guided so many amazing young people in Lompoc. And the Dodgers. We cannot forget Jerry’s lifelong love and support for his beloved Dodgers! Jerry was able to enjoy his hardearned and well-deserved retirement for the past year and a half. Jerry had recently endured two months of hospitalizations, surgeries, and rehabilitation this past spring, but he fought to live and stay on this precious earth. He appreciated so much to be healthy again and back to the loving fold of his family and home. Jerry was the love of Patty Fenwick Miller’s life and we were together 40

years, husband and wife for 36 yrs. We created an awesome life together and three amazing children, who were the ultimate love and highlights of Jerry’s life: Clea Elisse, Kaitlyn Laurel (Onyx) and Devin Fenwick Miller (Angela). These wonderful humans were Jerry’s highest achievements in his life, hands down. Jerry also leaves his cherished brother John (brother Ken was preceded in death), and loving sisters Sharon-Joy and Pat, plus many loving nieces and nephews. Brother-in-law, John, was a constant friend and brother of Jerry’s for 40 years as well. Jerry’s life celebration will be held on Friday, January 19th at 2:00 pm at our home, 3118 Oak Pointe Drive, Mesa Oaks. Please contact me with any questions at Jerry’s life touched and affected so many throughout the years, he was so loved and will be so fondly remembered. His family would to love to see you and have you participate in his life celebration to share funny stories and antidotes, even possibly some photos of his time with you. We are all so personally humbled to have had this wonderful and amazing kind soul in our lives, and he will now walk beside us on every adventure effortlessly and in no pain, happy, and at peace. There is no doubt in our minds that in 20 years, an amazing young Dodger who will defy all those before him, someone who will run bases the fastest, hit the longest home runs, and be a kind and loving inspiration for all, will clearly be Jerry enjoying his next amazing life. Rest In Peace, Sweetheart, I cannot wait until we get to see each again! With All My Love, Your Patty Ann

Christopher Edward Linquist 04/19/69-10/27/17

Christopher Edward Linquist passed away October 27, 2017 at the young age of 48 from an undiagnosed heart condition. Chris was born in Orange County California on April 19, 1969 and moved to Santa Barbara with his parents Edward and Pamela Linquist in May of 1969. Chris graduated from Dos Pueblos High School in 1987 and went to Long Beach State University and graduated with a Fine Arts degree in 1991. After graduation Chris remained in the LA area working for a pet shop and building salt-water reef aquariums for customers. He then started a career with Wells Fargo Bank. In his 22 years with the bank he lived in the San Francisco Bay area, Washington State until finally moving back to Santa Barbara with his daughter Annika in 2014. In Chris' spare time he loved to go to car shows in LA and finding great restaurants with his daughter Annika. You never saw Chris without a camera taking amazing pictures of the world around him. Chris is survived by his loving daughter Annika, parents Edward and Pamela, sister Catherine Demourkas, brother-in-law Tom, niece and nephew Avery and Brody, and Grandmother Edna Linquist and so many other family and friends. A celebration of Chris' life will happen at a time and place yet to be determined.



Publisher’s Note

On our cover last week, a sticky note advertisement appeared alongside the “Mudslides” headline. We apologize for the insensitivity conveyed by the proximity of the two. Though such ads are planned weeks in advance, the publishing of this pairing was an unfortunate oversight given that Laguna Blanca’s Lower School campus is located in the Montecito evacuation zone.

This Did Not Have to Happen

Open Letter to Supervisors Williams and Hartmann:


hile it may seem too soon to express these types of concerns — and I am beyond sad for those impacted by the mudslides — I want my government officials to know I am distraught because I am convinced the deaths in Montecito did not have to happen. I am sincerely grateful to the hardworking, dedicated civil servants and volunteers; I want to also articulate concerns and recommendations as our elected officials consider ways to avoid similar catastrophes in the future: Climate scientists globally acknowledge that a warming Earth pumps more water into the atmosphere, which eventually returns with a vengeance. Their models correctly predict extremes in drought, storms, fire, and flood, yet the majority of our national politicians, corrupted by personal agendas, treat scientists with distain. The way we approach climate issues has to change immediately, and it should serve as justification for serious campaign finance reform. Regionally, deregulation of utility and energy companies has resulted in lax monitoring and insufficient infrastructure maintenance in order to increase profits. We experienced this with the Refugio Oil Spill. Some believe the Thomas Fire started because of a utility line failure. Infrastructure maintenance and improvement must become budgetary and regulatory priorities. Here, people lost homes and many perished in the voluntary evacuation zone, and many relocated there from the mandatory zone with a false sense of security. Office of Emergency Management officials prepared a


map for their January 5 public briefing that correctly predicted that the places to watch most closely were the streams and related low-lying areas. However, evacuation zone maps appeared based on elevation contours or other criteria, not stream morphology. Each of these concerns can be addressed with pragmatic solutions — provided there is sufficient motivation. This incident should remind us that we remain at risk because of misplaced priorities. Before the next storm, please commission a more appropriate mandatory evacuation map that accounts for low-lying areas below hillsides and near creeks and their flood plains. With the multiple large burn footprints in the region, this should span the entire South Coast. Bottom line: Our dear friends did not have to perish. Let’s take this opportunity to create a safer community — Mark Kram, Goleta in their honor.

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Today’s Hottest Young Classical Artists Calidore String Quartet Sun, Feb 11 / 3 PM (note special time) Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West $35 / $9 UCSB students A Hahn Hall facility fee will be added to each ticket price

“In a scene crowded with excellent young ensembles, the Calidore String Quartet can assert itself with pride.” The New York Times Program

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Haydn: String Quartet No. 1 in B-flat Major, op. 1, no. 1 Mozart: String Quartet No. 17 in B-flat Major, K. 458 Widmann: Jagdquartett Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, op. 67 Event Sponsor: Anonymous Donor

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THURSDAY 1/18 1/18: Karen O’Connor: The Beauty of Aging Learn to embrace the aging process with grit, humor, and grace during an inspiring presentation by author Karen O’Connor as she explains how the seven areas of life — faith, family, friends, finances, fitness, food, and fun — can raise your happiness quotient, change your attitude, and make growing older a delightful journey. Reservations are required. 10:30am. The Samarkand Retirement Community, 2550 Treasure Dr. Free. Call (877) 412-6305.

1/18: Roger Dunham Physician of internal medicine Roger C. Dunham, MD, has been practicing for more than 40 years in S.B. Join this eye-opening evening as he signs his newest book, SurvivSurviv ing Mortality: Life, Death, and the Doctor Doctor, which takes the reader to that battlefront and through the physician’s eyes to allow a better understanding of how patients may improve circumstances that would otherwise seem inevitable, like a primer on survival as patients fight the greatest battles of their lives. 7pm. Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State St. Free. Call 682-6787.

1/18: Sketching in the Galleries Artists of all skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in Highlights of the Permanent Collection. Teaching artists will provide general guidance and all materials. 5:30-6:30pm. S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St. Free. Call 884-6457 or email to reserve a spot.


Shakespeare on Film: Macbeth The latest, and possibly

darkest, film adaptation of Macbeth, this 2015 movie starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is critically acclaimed for its stunning visuals and charismatic performances and offers a long rumination on power and violence in an original and striking interpretation. Screenwriters Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff will join moderator Jim Kearney (English, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion. A reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat. 7-9:45pm. Pollock Theater, UCSB. Free. Rated R. Call 893-5903. you don’t even have to be a member? From the databases and downloadable documents of the Daughters of the American Revolution to simple lists of pioneers and soldiers, this presentation will show you which gems are available online and where to find them. 9:30am-noon. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Free. Call 884-9909.

best improvisational comedians, who will groove, gyrate, sing, dance, and banter with the crowd as they take off their shirts and take your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy. 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $35.25. Ages 21+. Call 963-0761. Read more on p. 49.

1/20: Winter Bird Count 4 Kids Let

1/20: Finding Online Resources from Lineage Society Databases

1/19: The Comic Strippers: A Male Stripper Parody & Improv Show There is no extreme nudity in

Lineage societies have been collecting and preserving family histories for more than 125 years. But did you know that some of these resources can be found for free online and COURTESY

this show, just extreme hilarity as you follow the story of a fictitious male stripper troupe, played by some of Canada’s

the S.B. Audubon Society introduce young members of your family to the fun of bird watching! All kids, ages 8-16, are invited to bring a responsible adult to learn Birding Basics and participate in a Binocular Boot Camp (bring your own or you can borrow a pair) from an experienced naturalist. Learn how to identify, record, and tally the bird species observed. Snacks will be provided. The first 75 kids will receive a free T-shirt. 9am-noon. Lake Los Carneros, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. Free. Call 964-1468.

1/20: The History of International Adoption in the United States Rachel


Grandeza Mexicana: A Festive Mosaic of Mexico’s Dance Traditions The L.A.-based

Grandeza Mexicana will present a festive mosaic of Mexico’s regional cultures and dance traditions with signature, meticulous footwork and beautifully designed costumes that reflect the careful research underlying all its performances, paying tribute to the traditions and customs of Mexico’s historic past while honoring the promise of the future. 7pm. Fri.: Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Rd., Isla Vista; Sat.: Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo St., Guadalupe; Sun.: Marjorie Luke Theatre, S.B. Junior High School, 721 E. Cota St. Free. Call 893-3535.


1/18: Artist Reception: Kathy Badrak Meet artist Kathy Badrak, view her show Color and Motion, and find out more about her process of painting with fluid acrylics, using the boldness of the colors and their motion as they flow over one another to create vivid, abstract designs on canvas. 4-7pm. Ameriprise Financial, 2605 S. Miller St., Ste. 104, Santa Maria. Call 938-9724.



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Rains Winslow, PhD, assistant professor of history and director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Westmont College, will speak on the role international adoption has played in U.S. immigration and foreign policies. She will share how the adoption of foreign children by U.S. families began and how it has become an essential part of American culture in such a short period of time. Original historical manuscripts

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1/18: Panel Discussion: The James Bay Cree in 1973 This panel discussion will be in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit The James Bay Cree in 1973, a photographic study by George Legrady and videos by Andres Burbano taken in four Cree villages in northern Quebec in 1973, when the Cree were starting their negotiations with the government over land rights because the Québec government had plans for a hydroelectric project that would flood a significant area of their land. A reception will follow the panel. The exhibit shows through May 31, 2018. Panel: 4pm. Library Instruction & Training Rm. 1312, Davidson Library, UCSB; exhibit: Art & Architecture Collection (first floor, mountainside), Davidson Library, UCSB. Free. Call 893-2850.

1/18: Exhibit Opening: System Disruption This show seeks answers in visual art to one of the most important questions of our era: What is the ideal balance between a system (or pattern) and its disruption? The exhibit features 11 artists, including Lockwood de Forest, Sidney Gordin, and Nicole Strasburg. 10am-5:30pm. Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, 11 E. Anapamu St. Free. Call 730-1460. 1/21: Artist Talk: Richard Schloss Enjoy 42 en plein air works from the artist’s The Miracle of Light show. There will be light refreshments and two 15-minute songwriter showcases with Susan Marie Reeves and Sierra Reeves. Because of the Thomas Fire, 15 percent of new sales will go to two artists who lost their home and studio in the Carpinteria mountains. The exhibit shows through February 5. 2-4pm. Palm Loft Gallery, 410 Palm Ave., Loft A-1, Carpinteria. Free. Call 684-9700.



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1/19: Pulley, Versus the World, Downcast SoCal band Pulley, known for its straightforward, hard-edged, melodic punk rock, will headline this evening’s eclectic sounds, with S.B.-based rock band Versus the World and ’90s new-school hardcore band Downcast, from Goleta, opening the show. 8pm. Velvet Jones, 423 State St. $10. Ages 21+. Call 965-8676.

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1/20: The English Beat The English Beat rushed onto 1/18: Parker Quartet Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award–winning Parker Quartet, known for its dynamic interpretations and polished performances. The group will perform Mozart’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589, Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1 Métamor Métamorphoses nocturnes, and Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4. Don’t miss this quartet that has distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. 7:30pm. Mary Craig Auditorium, S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St. $20$25. Call 963-4364.

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1/18: Spoon, White Reaper Formed in Austin, Spoon, out with its brave and most sonically inventive ninth album, Hot Thoughts, will bring its experimentalAmericana rock to S.B. Out with 2017’s The World’s Best American Band Band, White Reaper from Louisville, KY, will blow out eardrums far and wide with its guitars that scream, gigantic drums in lockstep rhythm, and songs reminiscent of the golden age of rock and roll. 8pm. The Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $24.50-$27. Call 963-4408. Read more on p. 51.

1/19: 3 Doors Down On its Acoustic Back Porch Jam

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1/24: Johnny A. This evening promises to be a very special living-room experience, as Johnny A. will play some of his favorite songs and share stories on this stop on his Just Me … and My Guitars tour. Take advantage of this opportunity to see the Grammy-nominated Boston Music Hall of Fame inductee and one of America’s finest instrumental guitarists, and find out why Gibson and Epiphone guitars have honored him with three signature model guitars. 8pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $18-$23. Call 962-7776.

Women’s March S.B.

2018 Join the Women’s March S.B. as people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, disabilities, and backgrounds march to announce the collective vision to unify and empower everyone who stands for women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. This will be a nonpartisan and peaceful event where people will unite locally and nationally in every state and major metropolitan for these shared American values. Tabling and performances: 11am; unity speakers: 11:30am; march: 12:30pm. De la Guerra Plaza.

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1/23: The Talbott Brothers, The Riverside Portland-based duo The Talbott Brothers, composed of brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott, have a deep-rooted passion in forming an alternative blend of folk and rock, combining their blood harmonies with storytelling and infectious harmonies. S.B.’s The Riverside will open the show with its folk-rooted stringed instruments and beautiful harmonies. 8pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $10. Ages 21+. Call 962-7776.


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the music scene in 1979 with Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar; a string of hit singles followed, including “Mirror in the Bathroom,”“Save It for Later,” and “I Confess.” The band will play the hits of The Beat and of its side project, General Public. Don’t miss one of the most popular and influential ska groups. 9pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $20-$25. Ages 21+. Call 962-7776.


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2018 Kickoff: Community Cocktail for a Cause

The Glitz, Glam & Get Down rooftop celebration will feature popular area cocktail mixologists competing to give the raffle proceeds of the evening to the charity of their choice, sweet treats from Finch & Fork, an end-of-night champagne toast, and an amazing night of dancing, with sounds provided by DJ Darla Bea. There will be a specialty drink cash bar. Come out and support those affected by the Thomas Fire, as a portion of proceeds will benefit United Way of S.B.’s Thomas Fire Fund. 7pm. Canary Hotel Rooftop, 31 W. Carrillo St. $120. Ages 21+. Read more on p. 43.

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will be on display. There will be a Q&A and refreshments following the lecture. 2-3pm. Karpeles Manuscript Library & Museum, 21 W. Anapamu St. Call 962-5322.

1/20: Underwater Parks Day Festival Celebrate our marine protected areas, or underwater parks, that preserve the rich biodiversity and abundance of ocean life in our coastal waters. Enjoy several interactive activities and crafts for all ages, including an aquatic quest with prizes, talks with marine conservation specialists, and a marine entanglement and marine debris experience. 10am-3pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History Sea Ctr., 211 Stearns Wharf. Free. Call 962-2526 x110.

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1/21: Poetry Reading and Reception: Learning to Love the Literati Famously fabulous parties among noted writers and scholars have included Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball and Jay Gatsby’s fictional lawn party. This same idea of a gathering of poets is being translated into the 21st century when 41 area poets who contributed to To Give Life a Shape: Poems Inspired by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art read



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and in comedy specials that include last year’s Lights Out and Live from Seattle, Jo Koy brings to town his brand of familyinspired humor that crosses all boundaries and is selling out this tour. 7pm. The Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $35-$45. Call 963-4408.


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Mountainfilm on Tour: Kids’ Showcase This all-ages program with a mission to educate and inspire audiences will have a fun, engaging playlist featuring 14 thrilling short films that will engage the six-senses experience of art, adventure, culture, and the environment in one eclectic and exciting program. Some titles are Owl Dance-Off: Part II, Hey Deer, Johanna Under the Ice, and The Pits, a film that follows two avocado halves as they roam the lonely city streets looking for love. Come an hour before the show for face painting, crafts, and balloons! 3pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. $5-$10. Call 893-3535.

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their works while inspirational images are projected as backdrops. Move into the galleries to talk, sip wine, and sample the savories after the readings. Reserve tickets at the museum visitor desks or online. 2:30-3:30pm. Mary Craig Auditorium, S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St. Free. Call 884-6430.

BANDS on TAP 1/18: Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Dannsair. 6:30-8:30pm. 18 E. Ortega St. Free. Call 568-0702.

1/18-1/19: Carr Winery Barrel Rm. Thu.: Rich Thompson. 6-8 pm. Fri.: John Lyle featuring Jody Eulitz and Chris Russell. 6-8pm. 414 N. Salsipuedes St. Free. Ages 21+. Call 965-7985.


1/18-1/19: Eos Lounge Thu.: Kap Slap. Free-$10. Fri.: Wax Motif. $5-$15. Doors: 9pm. Ages 21+. 500 Anacapa St. Call 564-2410.

1/21: Book Club Come join the discussion of George M. Taber’s Judgement of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine, which is about the only reporter present at the mythic Paris Tasting of 1976, a blind tasting where a panel of esteemed French judges chose upstart California wines over France’s best. There will be $5 glasses of wine. 2:30-4pm. August Ridge Tasting Rm., 5 E. Figueroa St. Email to RSVP.

1/21: Encounters: Poetry Inspired by Nature The museum

Muriel Anderson

will host readings of original writings inspired by the natural world by area poets Teresa McNeil McLean, Steve Braff, and Dorothy Jardin. 4-5pm. Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, 1511-B Mission Dr., Solvang. Free. Call 688-1082.

1/18-1/19, 1/21-1/22: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club Thu.: Raw Silk with Leslie Lembo. 8pm. $15. Fri.: Goran Ivanović and Fareed Haque (Balkan-influenced flamenco, jazz, classical, and rock). 6pm. $15-$20. Sun.: Muriel Anderson (harp guitarist). 7pm. $15-$18. Mon.: Rock ’n’ Roe 2018: Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade featuring The Brambles. 7pm. $15-$25. 1221 State St. Call 962-7776.

1/19-1/20, 1/24: The Endless Summer Bar-Café Fri.: Dave Vignoe. Sat.: Benny. Wed.: Blues Bob. 5:30-8:30pm. 113 Harbor Wy. Free. Call 1/19-1/20: M.Special Brewing Co. Fri.: Soul Pepper. 7-9pm. Sat.: Love Ghost. 6-8pm. 6860 Cortona Dr., Bldg. C., Goleta. Free. Call 968-6500.



1/20: The James Joyce Ulysses Jasz. 7:30-10:30pm. 513 State St. Free. Ages 21+. Call 962-4660. 1/20: Island Brewing Company Matt Clark Group. 6-9pm. 5049 6th St., Carpinteria. Free. Call 745-8272. 1/20: Velvet Jones Sat.: CML (Lavish D), Trapzillas, Rey Avalon, DJ Hecktic, Beat Spillers. 8pm. 423 State St. $20. Ages 21+. Call 965-8676.

1/20-1/21: Cold Spring Tavern Sat.: Dennis Russell; 1-4pm. Jumpin’ Blue; 5-8pm. Sun.: Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan; 1:15-4pm. Dusty Jugz; 4:307:30pm. 5995 Stagecoach Rd. Free. Call 967-0066. 1/21: Mercury Lounge DJ BargainBin (’70s-’80s AM radio gold). 8:30pm1am. 5871 Hollister Ave., Goleta. Free. Ages 21+. Call 967-0907.

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Condoleezza Rice “Rice as Secretary of State in the second Bush term emerged as the single most influential voice shaping foreign policy.”

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Thu, Jan 25 / 7:30 PM / Arlington Theatre Tickets start at $50 / $25 UCSB students An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price


As Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice pioneered a policy of transformational diplomacy and heralded the formation of new global governments based on democratic principles. Her book, Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom (2017), offers a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy.

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Docent Training Join this training to become a snowy plover docent volunteer! Coal Oil Point Reserve is the first place to restore a nesting site that had previously been abandoned by the threatened western snowy plover species. Docents play a huge role in this success by educating the public about these small waders in the plover bird family and ensuring that the protected areas are free from trespassing and off-leash dogs. 6pm. Coal Oil Point Reserve, Slough Rd, Isla Vista. Free. To sign up, call 893-5092 or email copr.conservation



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imaginative and useful creations from upcycled everyday cardboard. Makedo comes to life in collaborative creative environments such as classrooms, maker spaces, museums, and homes. 4-5pm. Tech Lab, S.B. Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Free. Ages 7-12. Call 564-5610 or email tbenson@santa

WEDNESDAY 1/24 1/24: S.B. Audubon Presents Endemic and Near Endemic Birds of Cuba Dennis Ringer, emeritus professor of anthropology and American ethnic studies at SBCC, retired in 2006 after 37 years of teaching and since 2007 has been hooked on birding and photography. Join Dennis as he shares images and his experience of a 10-day birding/cultural tour of Cuba. 7:30-9pm. Farrand Hall, S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Free. Call 682-4711 x170.

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arenting in the digital age brings with it a fresh batch of questions


he greater Santa Barbara Middle School community (pictured above) gathered at sunrise on January 12 at

Leadbetter Beach to eulogize school parent David Cantin, who died during last week’s flooding in Montecito. Cantin is the father of 9th-grader Lauren Cantin, 14, whose rescue from the muddy wreckage was widely televised. Lauren was reunited with her mother shortly after the storm. Her brother, Jack Cantin, 17, was still missing as of Tuesday afternoon. Memories, songs, and poetry marked the morning with the painful joy of grief in the comfort of friends and family. English teacher Elyse Grossman read an excerpt from poet David Whyte’s Consolations, below. —Keith Hamm Solace is the art of asking the beautiful question, of ourselves, of our world or of one another, in fiercely difficult and un-beautiful moments. Solace is what we must look for when the mind cannot bear the pain, the loss or the suffering that eventually touches every life and every endeavor; when longing does not come to fruition in a form we can recognize, when people we know and love disappear, when hope must take a different form than the one we have shaped for it. Solace is the beautiful, imaginative home we make where disappointment can go to be rehabilitated. When life does not in any way add up, we must turn to the part of us that has never wanted a life of simple calculation. Solace is found in allowing the body’s innate wisdom to come to the fore, the part of us that already knows it is mortal and must take its leave like everything else, and leading us, when the mind cannot bear what it is seeing or hearing, to the birdsong in the tree above our heads … each note an essence of morning and mourning; of the current of a life moving on, but somehow, also, and most beautifully, carrying, bearing, and even celebrating the life we have just lost.


What About the Animals?


t the height of the Thomas Fire last month, volunteers with the Santa Barbara Equine Assistance and Evacuation Team at Earl Warren Showgrounds were caring for more than 600 evacuated animals, many from the Montecito area. On January 12, a few days after mudslides swept through the community, these same volunteers — who have been working nearly nonstop since early December— have approximately 60 animals in their December care. “When the fire died down, many owners and residents returned to their homes [with] their animals,” said volunteer Barbara Essex. “Unfortunately, many chose to either ignore these latest evacuation orders or simply didn’t have time to get their animals out.”  Now — faced with mandatory evacuations and safety exclusion zones — many of these same animal owners face unique challenges. Some have not been able to get back to their properties to tend to their animals. Others have been isolated in the disaster area with dwindling supplies of feed and water. “People don’t realize that for us to go in and rescue their animals, we need a police escort,” Essex said. “With lots of heavy equipment and [emergency]

personnel around, these animal evacuations can be a real challenge.” It’s a similar story over at the Santa Barbara Humane Society. “We had close to 800 animals during the [Thomas Fire], but now have just over 20,” spokesperson Clair Lofthouse said, adding that the Humane Society is also facing unique challenges.“We haven’t really ever had to deal with rescue and recovery before,” she said. “We’re not really geared up for it. We have sent in our humane officer, Tim Collins, as he is the most trained member of staff [to] assess the situation on the ground.” Both organizations have also been affected by the closure of Highway 101, as volunteers and staff from south of Montecito have had their route shut off. “Ordinarily we would welcome new volunteers, but we don’t have the staff to train them right now,” Lofthouse said. —Gareth Kelly


Santa Barbara County Animal Services organizes most animal rescue and recovery efforts; it also holds the bodies of deceased animals for identification at 5473 Overpass Road, Goleta. Those trying to locate lost pets should call the county hotline: 681-4332.

concerning kids’ increasingly screen-saturated world. Fortunately, Dr. Devorah Heitner, an expert on young people’s relationship with digital media and technology, is coming to Marymount of Santa Barbara on January 25 for a free, public event to share her learnings and answer questions. Heitner is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and the founder of Raising Digital Natives, a website that provides advice for navigating these issues. Heitner aims to empower parents to help their children thrive in a digital culture, foster empathy, and cultivate social and emotional literacy. The Santa Barbara Independent caught up with Heitner ahead of her talk.

Why did you decide to write Screenwise? Parents are incredibly overwhelmed about raising their kids in the digital age. I decided to write Screenwise because I was already speaking about this issue at a lot of schools and people kept asking me, “Where is your parenting book?” There’s a lot of fear and mixed messages, which can make parents feel a lot of guilt and worry that they’re doing it wrong, and that shuts down the conversation. Screenwise helps parents have conversations with their spouse, their peers, and their kids. What are the most common questions you get from parents who are worried about their kids living in an increasingly digital world? “Am I messing up my kid by allowing them to use this device?” We should really be asking ourselves, What is the quality of the experience? Some experiences that kids have may be really negative, and others may be really positive. Another one is, “Is my kid ready for a phone?” We need to focus not just on prevention of digital mistakes. We also have to give kids strategies to repair, including going to people and apologizing. How do we raise kids who are thoughtful and use digital communication for positive things? We want to teach kids to always remember there’s another human being on the other end of the communication. You want to think about that and be asking, Is this enhancing my relationship? Is someone feeling excluded by me sharing this? How did you do your research for Screenwise? I gathered information from the Pew Center for Internet and American Life and the Erickson Center, as well as published research by a range of scholars. I’ve been working with families and schools for years, so I’ve also collected firsthand accounts of the challenges facing families and schools. What findings surprised you most from your research? Parents really overworry about the phone, but their kids may already have access to a lot of the capabilities that a phone can bring. I would look at the skill set and say, Is my kid ready for looking at YouTube? Really looking at the specific platforms, apps, and interactions rather than the device itself. We have to understand that kids don’t really see devices as much as they see apps and uses. How has social media changed kids’ relationships with one another? There’s definitely more 24/7 access to friends. If you are left out of your peer group, there are more opportunities to feel left out. The 24/7 access to school peers can be really draining to kids, and they don’t always know —Rebecca Horrigan how to decompress or take space.


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t hurt like hell when Jeff Farrell swam in the pitch, the Santa Barbara Dons are 1960 Olympic trials while the incision from one of the state’s best boys’ teams. Girls’ his appendectomy was flaring up, but he water polo is an elite sport in these parts, never feared it would kill him. He has been and the Santa Barbara High Tournablessedly fit in his later years. He set a world ment of Champions was postponed age-80 swimming record that was featured in from last weekend to January 25-27. my January 4 column. But when he awoke to a real-life nightmare in his Olive Mill Road home DP FOOTBALL: Nate Mendoza, who on January 9, Farrell was shocked to be facing directed the Dos Pueblos Chargers to a CIF football final for the second time his mortality. in their history, is stepping down as “I’ve never been so close to death,” he said of his encounter with the Montecito mudslides. their head coach. He will remain at the “Marco saved our lives.” school as dean of students. Mendoza’s Marco Farrell, Jeff’s son, shot a video outteams went 36-31 in his six seasons at the side their home when the churning mass of helm and won or shared three Chanmud, boulders, dismembered trees, and the nel League titles. The Chargers won a wreckage of manmade artifacts suddenly record 12 games last season. Time ran out in their last game after they had flooded the road. Marco rushed inside and fetched his parents, Jeff and Gabrielle Fardriven within a yard of the end zone in rell. As their one-story house was invaded by a 26-21 loss to Quartz Hill. Mendoza’s successor may come from within his the raging mass, they got out and managed to solid coaching staff. slog to the safety of a passing truck. They were the lucky ones, incurring only the ruin of most of their possessions. Jeff left WATER POLO LEGEND: Jim Ranta’s wife, behind his gold medals from the Tokyo OlymNancy Ranta, said he pics, where he had anchored the U.S. to victory was singing karaoke in the two relay races.“They were in my clothes closet and are probably buried under tons of at Monty’s Sports Bar mud,” he said. “I think it will be a long time when he suffered a fatal before we have access to the house.” heart attack on JanuMany other residents entirely lost their ary 11. Ranta has been described as the “Godhouses and — the ultimate tragedy — their lives. Every constituency in the greater Santa father” of water polo in DEATH DEFIED: Jeff Farrell had a narrow escape from the mudslide that flooded his home on Olive Mill Road. Barbara community has somebody to mourn. Santa Barbara schools, John McManigal died in the torrent that having coached aquatdestroyed his home on Hot Springs Road, Numerous sporting events have been postponed, ics during his 40-year while one of his six sons, Connor, survived being battered moved, or outright canceled because of miserteaching career at Dos in the flow for almost a mile. The McManigal boys were able and mournful conditions. Pueblos High. He was prominent in water polo and baseball Bishop Diego High’s football team had a inducted into the coachboth at Santa Barbara High and in once-in-a-lifetime season, winning 15 games ing wing of the Santa ALL THAT’S LEFT: This plaque awarded to Barbara Athletic Round college. A poignant remnant of their and going all the way to the CIF State Division Michael McManigal in 2003 was found on Coast tragedy was found on a windowsill 3AA championship. The Cardinals were slated Table Hall of Fame in Village Road. His father, John McManigal, died at Lucky’s restaurant on Coast Vil- to host their two state playoff games at La Playa 2010. A celebration of in the mudslide that destroyed the family’s home on Hot Springs Road. lage Road: a muddied plaque that Stadium and surely would have drawn big homehis life will be announced Michael McManigal was awarded town crowds—I’m thinking 7,000-8,000—to see at a later date. n them play. But the air was befouled by the fire during those by the Bucknell University water polo coaches in 2003. Bill Pintard deeply felt the loss of Mark Montgomery, two weeks, so the games were moved to California Lutheran a hand surgeon who had been one of the most generous University in Thousand Oaks, a 60-mile trek made by persupporters of Pintard’s summer baseball team, the Santa haps 1,000 Santa Barbara fans. JOHN Barbara Foresters. “He hosted four of our players at his The next best thing to watching the Cardinals win the home every year,” Pintard said. “His daughter [Caroline championship would be to celebrate with the team, and Montgomery] died too. It’s heartbreaking.” Bishop Diego invited the public to attend just such a fête, Tennis star Jimmy Connors sent out a tweet that he and including a free barbecue, on January 12. No sooner had 1/18: College Women’s Basketball: UC Davis at UCSB his wife were lifted from peril by a Coast Guard helicopter, the invitation been sent out than Montecito was devastated, The resurgent Gaucho women, winners of five of their last six and it was deemed not a good time to hold the festivities. and he later found that his Montecito house was intact. games, find out if they are a Big West championship contender Thursday night. UC Davis (13-3, 3-0 in the conference) has lived Not so fortunate was Berkeley “Augie” Johnson, a for- But it’s such a special occasion that it still should go on. With up to expectations as the preseason favorite. The Aggies return mer college rower and one of the strongest men I know. He’s high hopes, Bishop has rescheduled the public gathering to all five starters from last year’s regular-season champions. They a CrossFit enthusiast who honors the memory of his son, Sunday, January 28, at 4-6 p.m., before the school’s football were upset by UCSB in the Big West tournament semifinals and Nick, a water polo player who accidentally died in 2014, by banquet. undoubtedly have been looking forward to this showdown. The replicating his strenuous workouts. It was wholly in the charPintard reflected the general gloom that shrouds the area Gauchos (6-10, 3-1), picked to finish third in the conference, acter of the Johnson family that they fended for themselves when he said, “I don’t feel much like celebrating anything.” knocked off second choice Cal State Northridge on the road last when the mudslide tore into their home, and Augie stayed Accordingly, he said the annual Foresters Hall of Fame/ week, 74-73, as first-year guard Sarah Bates had 23 points and Hot Stove Dinner will not take place this year. to help firefighters rescue a neighbor’s baby. five assists. They will be boosted by the return of senior point Meanwhile, the basketball season is in full swing, and you guard Drea Toler, who has to shake off some rust after sitting TO BE OR NOT TO BE JOYFUL: The back-to-back disasters can lift your spirits for a couple of hours by attending a high out the fall quarter. 7pm. The Thunderdome, UCSB. $5-$12. Call 893-UCSB (8272) or visit of the Thomas Fire and the Montecito mudslides have cur- school or college game (Westmont College’s home games tailed some of the most enjoyable activities of the season. are contingent on access and water issues). On the soccer

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TONIGHT Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:30pm The Granada Conductor – Nir Kabaretti, Music Director Guitar – Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Artist-in-Residence The Santa Barbara Symphony invites the community to gather for a free concert featuring Artist-in-Residence, Pablo Sáinz Villegas. Volunteers from Montecito Bank & Trust will be at the concert to accept donations to fund area disaster relief and recovery efforts.

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On a more serious front, the #MeToo movement has hit many industries right now, and the world of wine is ripe with perpetrators on that front, yet no one has really been called out (not counting a few chefs). Do you think the wine world’s #MeToo moment is coming? It’s hard for

me to say, mostly because I am still fairly new to the wine industry and have spent most of my short career writing at home alone, but also, I’m sure it’s coming. It’s an industry that revolves around alcohol and it’s run primarily by men. Even as someone new to the game who spends 75 percent of her life at home in pajamas, I’ve still encountered an incredible amount of sexism, and definitely some inapUnlike many other connoisseurs, you propriate behavior. It’s interesting, embrace the fact that your entry to and disheartening, because I came MEET MARISSA AT POTEK: Wine aficionado and author Marissa Ross comes to sign copies of her new book and wine was by drinking cheap bottles, from the entertainment industry to sip some wine at Potek Winery on January 20. which is really how most Americans wine, and the behavior is pretty much get into wine as well. How has that the same. opened your eyes to wine in different ways than other As a survivor of sexual assault myself, I genuinely “experts”? I think it opened my eyes to the fact I’ll that women in the wine industry that have been Author of Wine. All the Time. Talks Trebbiano, hope never be an “expert.” When I first became interested in abused do come forward and know they have my #MeToo, and Air-Puffed Violets support. wine, there was always something to learn, something new to drink. And that never changes. No matter where BY MATT KETTMANN you are in your wine drinking or education, there is What’s your go-to red right now and why? I’ve been on a huge Italian wine kick since visiting and harvesting always more to discover and more knowledge to gain. there last summer. Really anything from importer Matt It’s impossible to know everything about wine, and I never would want to even if I could. That’d be like What’s your opinion on Santa Barbara County wine? Santa Mollo (SelectioNaturel), but I’ve been enjoying deep when you have finally listened to every Beatles song Barbara County is awesome. It’s been exciting over diving into sangiovese and exploring more trebbiano. a hundred times over and are like, “Well, now what?” the last few years to see great winemakers there start Also, always, forever, gamay! And then there’s nothing else. That’s a horrible feeling! pushing the boundaries. Dave Potter of Municipal and Wine is constantly evolving and growing, and it’s Potek was one of the first winemakers I got to know up What can attendees expect at the Potek event? Drink very exciting, and I want to instill that in every wine there years back, and he really showed me this other awesome wines, sign books, kiss babies. I can sing and side of S.B. His Bright White Riesling just blew me dance too, if you want? Not very well, but the option is lover, whether they are a beginner or an “expert.” away. It opened me up to other wineries like Lo-Fi, there! I’m just so excited to come up and support Potek When did you realize that you might be able to build a career Solminer, and Stolpman Vineyards, who are also all and Santa Barbara wines. on wine? I honestly did not think it was possible until doing great work. February 3, 2015. I’d been writing about wine and doing videos for a while, but because I didn’t have any formal How did you develop your rich palette of words to describe Marissa Ross will sign copies of her new book, training in, well, anything, really, I didn’t think anyone how a wine tastes on your palate? How do you think people Wine. All the Time.: The Casual Guide to Confident would take me seriously. But then this Grub Street react to tasting notes these days? (I write about 200 a month Drinking at Potek Winery (406 E. Haley St.) on Saturday, interview with me came out, and overnight it went myself, so am always wondering if they even get read.) My January 20, 5-8 p.m. The $35 ticket includes a copy of the from being my hobby and pipe dream to publishers whole life I’ve wanted to be a writer, so starting as a kid, book and a glass of Potek bubbly. Go to asking me to write a book. Most days I still can’t believe I was just always writing everything down — what I marissa for tickets. See for more on the it’s real. saw, what I felt. I wrote about music for a while, and was book.



pursuing a career in comedy writing; both are very detail oriented and very experiential. And oddly enough, all of that, which has nothing to do with wine, is what makes up how I write about wine. I can’t speak to how people react to other people’s tasting notes, but I can say I get a wide range of reactions to mine. People either love them or are like, what the hell are you talking about?! They’re out there. I drive my editors at Bon Appétit bananas. They’re like, “You can’t talk about grapefruits ‘feeling up’ tangerines! And what is an air-puffed violet?!”

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ebrated superstars tend to be overeducated white males focused on unattainable bottles, Marissa Ross is a spunky splash of freezing-cold ice water to the face. Ross is a former comedy writer and assistant to actor Mindy Kaling, and her humorous exploration of cheap wine through web videos became a career overnight, almost by accident. She’s become a darling of the wine world, especially in millennial circles, by breaking down the pretentious walls of wine — among other strategies, she’s been known to guzzle from the bottle, cuss like a sailor, and come off as, well, a little bit drunk at times. Ross is now Bon Appétit’s wine editor and continues to run her websites, which feature engaging, colorful, and often hilarious reviews of usually affordable wines. She recently published her first book, Wine. All the Time.: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking, and is coming to Potek Winery on January 20 to share her passions with us. Ross answered a few of my questions last week.



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mostly impossible in these parts, the Canary Hotel and Finch & Fork restaurant are stepping in to raise our spirits. On January 20, on their closerto-the-stars rooftop, they’ll be throwing a party called Community Cocktail for a Cause. “After witnessing so much devastation in December and sadly now, too, we felt it was time to bring some of the community together to give back and say thanks for all you’ve done,” explained the hotel’s GM, Ryan Parker.“We aim to raise some money from ticket sales for BY GEORGE YATCHISIN donations and have that welcometo-the-New Year we haven’t gotten to really celebrate yet.” A portion of ticket sales will go to the United Way’s Thomas Fire and Flood Fund. “The event is really going to be about the community, about giving back, and about being together,” said Parker. A big part of the being together, besides moving to DJ Darla Bea’s grooves, will be the community cocktail competition, judged by the partygoers themselves. “We’re bringing together some signature bartenders to showcase a cocktail of their choice,” explained Parker. Participants so far include bartenders from Finch & Fork (of course), but also The Good Lion and Test Pilot. Then there’ll be bites from Chef James Siao, too, of course, to keep everyone full and festive.

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ichael Cobb, the man behind the High Roller Tiki Lounge in Solvang, where the tiki drinks are made with wine and not spirits to honor wine country (and to comply with his liquor license), is far from spirits adverse. For now, he’s developed this kicky spiced rum at the request of CMG, the company that holds the Bettie Page trademark and hired Cobb due to his love of all things kitschy and ’50s. So while that makes the bottle and its Page-featured label fun behind your bar, its contents are also a delight to imbibe. Sure, it’s sweet, but those are complex caramel notes of burnt sugar, and then the rest of the spice rack shows up, especially clove and cinnamon. Perfect for a chilly night when you’re shivering your timbers. —GY See

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ies that have opened in the last year. Give them and others a try. December 2017: Smithy Kitchen + Bar, 7 E. Anapamu St. November 2017: Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce, 38 W. Victoria St.; Hilton Garden Inn, 6878 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Miso Hungry, 134 E. Canon Perdido St.; The Deck, 6601 Hollister Ave., Goleta October 2017: Kyle’s Kitchen, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Lao Ma Tou, 511 State St.; Mosto Crudo, 7 W. Haley St.; Oat Bakery, 5 W. Haley St.; PokeCeviche, 901 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista; PokiRito, 6530 Seville Rd., Isla Vista September 2017: Basil’s, 608 Anacapa St.; Blackbird, 36 State St.; Craft Ramen, 436 State St.; Dave’s Dogs, 149 S. Turnpike Rd.; Goat Tree, 36 State St.; Guicho’s Eatery, 901 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Handlebar Coffee, 2720 De la Vina St.; Luna Grill, 3925 State St.; Oliver’s, 1198 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Rudy’s, 138 E. Canon Perdido St.; Sunny Korean Restaurant, 532 State St.; Worker Bee Café, 5599 Hollister Ave., Goleta August 2017: Dumpling King, 966 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista; Mundos, 901 N. Milpas St.; Starbucks, UCen at UCSB; Urkeb, 413 State St. July 2017: Cajun Kitchen, 6025 Calle Real, Goleta; Rincon Brewery, 6583 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; Rusty’s Pizza, 4880 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Shalhoob Patio, 220 Gray Ave.; Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta June 2017: Goa Taco, 718 State St.; La Hacienda, 298 Pine Ave., Goleta; Los Arroyos, 5764 Calle Real, Goleta May 2017: The Bear and Star, 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos; Santo Mezcal, 119 State St.; Sun Sushi, 3631 State St. April 2017: Bigeye Raw Bar, 38 W. Victoria St.; Creekside Restaurant and Bar, 4444 Hollister Ave.; Foxtail Kitchen + Bar, 14 E. Cota St.; Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, 2840 De la Vina St.; Kyle’s Kitchen, 791 Chapala St.; Meun Fan Thai Café, 5664 Calle Real, Goleta March 2017: Gimeal Café, 5892 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Petros Kafe, 487 Atterdag Rd., Solvang February 2017: Lao Wang, 6530 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; The Little Door, 129 E. Anapamu St.; The Patio Café, 3007 De la Vina St.; Tangonadas, 1014 State St. January 2017: Bar 29, 1134 Chapala St.; HiWi Tropical Fusion, 6555 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista

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fter the devastating mudslides in Montecito, with so much death and widespread destruction involved, I am finding it dif difficult to write anything about restaurants. It felt almost disrespectful to “move on” after an unexpected tragedy that is off the scale of imagination. My parents were stranded in their home in Montecito near San Ysidro Road, and then forced to evacuate—for weeks, perhaps months—but we feel incredibly lucky. They are alive. They still have a home. That is a windfall of good fortune considering so many others lost everything. Already, the Thomas Fire fallout was taking a heavy toll on Santa Barbara businesses, with many reporting the loss of critical revenue in December, one of the biggest shopping months of the year. Now with the flooding and shutdown of Highway 101, the losses are continuing into January. Restaurants and related businesses have been hit particularly hard. As of this writing, most if not all Montecito restaurants are closed. With a federal disaster declaration partially approved, the City of Santa Barbara is working with the County Office of Emergency Management and state and federal officials to identify whether businesses are eligible for assistance. This is particularly challenging for our area because while many businesses were significantly impacted through a lack of pedestrian traffic, they were not physically destroyed, which is a key marker for disaster relief. Tourism has also been deeply impacted, with freeway closures and fewer overnight visits, after dramatic videos and photos of flood damage and flames reached a worldwide audience. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend that just passed is typically one of the busiest of the season, and yet the vast majority of visitors from points south had no means of access. How can you help? Simply dine at our hometown restaurants and shop at our businesses. Many stores have reopened with special offers and promotions. Support the community’s economic vitality by taking your loved ones out for a meal.Your dollars will keep Santa Barbara merchants in business so the community can continue to thrive.

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n this unfortunate era of back-to-back disasters, it’s up to us residents to pick up the slack of the nonexistent tourist traffic by eating out more often. That makes it a good time to remember that “eating out” doesn’t require a full-blown, four-course dinner— dinner there are plenty of ways to support our restaurant community, dazzle your taste buds with creative cuisine, and not spend your weekly food allowance in one meal. Take the excellent “nomad Italian” fare at Convivo, where co-owner/Chef Peter McNee infuses modern Mediterranean flavors into every dish, small or large, so that even just a couple of appetizers and a flatbread qualifies as a top-tier experience. When in season, the grilled avocado with watermelon and ponzu sauce (above left) is a compelling combo of savory and sweet, while the octopus, pork belly, and poached egg is a tremendous study of texture, taking your palate from taut to pillow-soft to silky smooth. The frisée salad upon which these umami-laden ingredients arrive adds a bit of crunch and bitterness, plus some grippy tendrils with which to sop up the yolk. $14; — Matt Kettmann 901 E. Cabrillo Blvd.; 845-6789;



An ordinance (Case No. 17ORD-00000-00011) amending Division 35.2, Montecito Zones and Allowable Land Uses, Division 35.4, Montecito Standards for Specific Land Uses, and Division 35.10, Glossary, of Section 35-2, the MLUDC, of Chapter 35, Zoning, of the Santa Barbara County Code; An ordinance (Case No. 17ORD-00000-00012) amending Division 2, Definitions, and Division 15, Montecito Community Plan Overlay District, of the CZO, of Chapter 35, Zoning, of the Santa Barbara County Code; and, A determination that the project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections 15061(b)(3) and 15265. The proposed amendments, including a staff analysis, may be reviewed at the Clerk of the Board’s Office, 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, or at the Planning and Development Department, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, one week prior to the date of the public hearing. The Board of Supervisors hearing begins at 9:00 a.m. Please see the posted agenda, available at the Clerk of the Board of Supervisor’s website ( on the Thursday prior to the hearing for a more specific time for this item. The order of items listed on the agenda is subject to change by the Board of Supervisors. Anyone interested in this matter is invited to appear and speak in support of or in opposition to the project. Written comments are also welcome. All letters should be addressed to the County Board of Supervisors, c/o Clerk of the Board, 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101. For additional information, please visit the project website: design_guidelines_update.php Or contact Jessi Steele, Planner: Email: | Phone: 805-884-8082 Attendance and participation by the public is invited and encouraged. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Hearing Support Staff (805) 568-2000. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Hearing Support Staff to make reasonable arrangements. If you challenge the project in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence to the County Board of Supervisors prior to the public hearing.

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THE RED VIOLIN RESURRECTED lives of all who encounter it. There’s a tragic backstory about the pigment that produced the violin’s distinctive color, but I won’t spoil it here. I can say that this fictional violin, like the real-life fiddles constructed in Cremona, Italy, in the later 17th century, exudes a magical quality when played that makes it extraordinarily inspiring and desirable. Whether or not the glorious productions of Amati, Stradivari, and Guarneri manifest the spirits of those who have owned and played them over the years, there’s no question that, as with other great works of art, pedigrees and provenance are of the utmost importance. For St. John, the process of playing in sync with the film adds another layer to an already-challenging score. It’s one thing to perform a film soundtrack live when the music backs an unrelated image, she said, but “when it’s a violinist on-screen, not a nanosecond can be off.” She learned to work with the technology two summers ago and said that it involves cues known as “flutters” and “punches” that allow her to be in the right place whenever the camera returns to showing music being made. “Because it’s an involved process,” she said,“you have to have a sound engineer to mix the levels,” adding that she likes that because “it means I get to show up early and actually see the city where I’m playing.”



At one point in the film, the red violin gets buried with orphan prodigy Kaspar Weiss, only to be scavenged from his grave by gypsies. In an uncanny coincidence, St. John’s precious Guadagnini was also entombed for several years with one of its former owners, a prodigy from Pasadena named Harry Ben Gronsky. Truth, stranger than fiction once again. —Charles Donelan


The Santa Barbara Symphony has postponed its presentation of The Red Violin with live orchestra to Saturday-Sunday, June 16-17. It will hold a free concert on Thursday, January 18, 7:30 p.m., at The Granada Theatre (1214 State St.), with volunteers on hand to collect donations for disaster relief and recovery efforts in Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria. For tickets and information, call 898-9386. Tickets for The Red Violin’s original January dates will be honored at the June performances. COURTESY


ailed on its release in 1998 as a breakthrough in the history of movies about music, and honored with a Grammy for composer John Corigliano’s original score, The Red Violin has proved to be an enduring success both as a film and as concert music. On June 16-17, violinist Lara St. John, along with the Santa Barbara Symphony and guest conductor Carolyn Kuan, will bring us both when they perform the entire soundtrack live in synchronization with a screening of the film. With the Granada’s exceptional acoustics working in tandem with its giant, high-definition screen, this innovative production by the S.B. Symphony ought to make a stunning impact. Corigliano’s music integrates with the film’s unusual narrative structure so thoroughly that performing it live will require an extraordinary effort, especially from the soloist, who has many difficult passages to negotiate in the course of a marathon stint of nearly two hours onstage. By contrast, the average duration of even a substantial violin concerto is typically only about 40 minutes. When I spoke with Lara St. John by telephone last week from New York, she began by expressing great respect and admiration for Corigliano, with whom she has collaborated many times in the past. In regard to this specific project, she said that while she has played “The Red Violin” more frequently as a concert piece, she has now performed in sync with the film several times and that “doing it with what inspired him to write it is really something.” The story takes place over several centuries and is told with five casts and in five distinct locations. What binds Cremona, Vienna, Oxford, Shanghai, and Montreal together is of course the red violin, which becomes a character in its own right, appearing at crucial moments in the




Comedian Ken Lawson just turned 50, and he’s celebrating by losing his shirt, donning a bow tie, and touring North America with The Comic Strippers. Returning to Santa Barbara for its third year of naughty mischief, this Canadian improv comedy troupe of misfit male “adult burlesque” dancers brings its outrageous antics to the Lobero stage on Friday, January 19. “I’m ‘the old guy,’” said Lawson of his unexpected stripper alter ego. “I have the whitest hair.” With an all-new experience for fans, The Comic Strippers poke fun at the hypersexualization of the Adonis-like male physique. This parody maintains the absurd theatrics of a male strip show, but it replaces the sculpted forms of the erotic dancers with “comedy bodies.”“The show is pretty outrageous,” Lawson said, “but it’s pretty safe. We have people in the audience from ages 20 to 94.” Like an actual strip show, part of the intrigue is the performers’ interaction with spectators, and The Comic Strippers emphasize a cheeky, playful environment of audience participation. Come for the comedy, and stay to have your pictures taken with the cast after the show. The Comic Strippers perform Friday, January 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Lobero Theatre (33 E. Canon Perdido St.). Call 963-0761 or visit —Maggie Yates

Want to begin your new year on a happy note? Check out Santa Barbara–raised Joss Jaffe’s new video for his song “Ganesha,” released on the heels of the earth’s recent turn around the sun. Featuring the lovingly drawn, warmly toned animations of Taiwanese CalArts graduate Maureen Kuo, the celebratory song and music video pairing is a buoyant balm to soothe prickled minds and ears. Born in S.B., Jaffe launched his musical journey in Oakland and has since become an acclaimed performer in global-music and yoga-music circuits. For his latest album, Dub Mantra Sangha (2015), he had dreamt of a fully animated video for one of his songs, but he needed a collaborator. “I’m a big animation fan and knew I wanted one song from the album to have an animated music video,” said Jaffe. He sent out a call to all the students of CalArts, seeking an artist to help weave his visual-musical tapestry, and within an hour, Kuo replied. Jaffe called the process “very collaborative.” “I like to give the artists and musicians I work with a lot of freedom, so I asked her which song spoke to her.” She chose “Ganesha,” a mantra sung to the Hindu god in charge of “removing obstacles,” Jaffe said. Jaffe also called upon Grammy-nominated multiinstrumentalist Jai Uttal, who graces the song with his enchanting finger-picking, and Suzanne Sterling, the celebrated singer and cofounder of social-justice yoga group Off the Mat into the World. Her uplifting vocals, sung with Jaffe, could ease even the tenser yogis among us. Ever the yogi, Jaffe heads into 2018 with an active plan. He’s bound to play in South Korea at Seoul’s Yoga Mala event, and he’s preparing a remix album with some notable names in yoga dance music, like Bluetech, DJ Taz Rashid, and Shaman’s Dream. “I feel this video represents how I envision people and cultures living together in the world peacefully.” If you’re leaving 2017 behind feeling disillusioned by Procrustean political proclamations, “Ganesha” is a call to a broader, more peaceful worldview. See the “Ganesha” music video at jaffe-ganesha. — Richie DeMaria


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or decades, Spoon, one of Austin’s most prominent and acclaimed rock groups, has consistently doled out taut, sharp records brimming with inventive, rock-reeled hooks. The band, perhaps more than many, continues to prove rock ’n’ roll a fertile ground for invention; its newest album, 2017’s Hot Thoughts, finds Spoon exploring with synths. I talked with drummer Jim Eno about Hot Thoughts, Austin, and playfulness. How does this tour feel, bringing this record to life? It feels great. We are playing the best shows, and we have the best band that we’ve had since Spoon has been around. The songs are sounding really good live; they’re sounding more tough, more rock ’n’ roll, more in your face. Plus, we’ve been playing them for an entire year; we’re very dialed in, and we’re playing really well together right now.

rock, dude. We work really hard and only put out songs that we feel are great. Does it mean independent labels? It doesn’t mean that anymore, either. We’re a rock ’n’ roll band; we’re not an indie-rock band. We’re just a rock ’n’ roll band. I feel like the songs are tight, not a lot of fat. Is it hard work to tighten the songs to that degree? We don’t like a lot of fat to be on the song, and there’s a lot of discussion about that when we record and work on songs. We look for things that keep you interested and interesting sounds, and we go back through and ask, “Is this working; is this needed?” It does take a lot of time in order to get that — it could take many, many tries to find the sound or the feeling we’re going for, and we definitely don’t release anything until we feel it’s really good.

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Did you try any new rhythmic What was the process of develsensibilities for this record? My oping the synth sounds for Hot favorite song on it, “Pink Up,” Thoughts? We worked with reminds me of Can a bit … I [producer] Dave Fridmann appreciate that, but I don’t by Richie DeMaria a bit again, and Britt [Daniel] really think that’s what we and Alex [Fischel] worked were thinking. For that a lot on the sounds on the demos. We really song we initially had a beat programmed in, worked hard in layering and coming up with and Dave basically wanted us to try all sorts of unique synth sounds, and I feel like we just acoustic instruments. He said, “Everyone go pushed forward until we got sounds that were out, use the live room, and pick an instrument unique and interesting and sounded like they that is talking to you—shakers, tambourines, were from the future. and toms.” Dave recorded 30 minutes, cut all the pieces together, and sketched out this idea What are your three favorite places to eat in Austin? of the songs. We added that sort-of kick drum, Oh, boy; I would say, there’s a restaurant called which made it a dance-y song all the way Uchiko that I really love going to, and let’s see; through—which gave it that dance element. for barbecue it would be Franklin Barbecue, I can’t take credit for any of that, but that’s why and Mexican—boy, that’s a tough one. I go Dave is great to work with. For “Pink Up” he to a place called Maudie’s a lot. It’s near my really went all out. studio, and it’s fast, and it’s pretty good. That sounds so playful! Exactly, exactly … On Does the phrase “indie rock” mean anything to you that end, it definitely shows in the studio if these days? [Laughs.] We have never really you’re having a good time. That is one thing been a fan of that term. When that term that we try to do in the studio, have fun, and came about, what “indie” meant was sort of because that allows you to be creative and try like a slacker mentality; you do 10-20 percent different things, you may stumble on someonstage and you’re fine with it ’cause it’s indie thing you hadn’t, and that’s great.



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heater League’s presentation of the Berry Gordy autobiography turned Broadway extravaganza brought the funky beats that launched a generation of music legends to the Granada. Packed with medleys and mashups of more than 50 songs from the Motown Records catalog, Motown, directed by Charles RandolphWright, is a doting homage to the music and artists that aided in racial integration by breaking into the mainstream entertainment Nya Trysha industry in the ’60s and ’70s. The cast — starring Kenneth Mosley as Gordy and Trenyce as Diana Ross, and featuring performers playing the entire stable of Motown performers, from Smokey Robinson to Rick James to the Jackson Five—presents a series of energetic musical vignettes that ostensibly tells the story of Gordy’s rise to prominence. The highlights of the production were the lively, colorful representations of the Motown sound and its stars; the intermittent dialogue between musical numbers is contrived, and the narrative, which Presented by consists of a string of memories from Gordy’s life in Theater League. the music biz, is barely worth paying attention to, but At The Granada Theatre, Tue., Jan. 9. the songs and personalities performing them make up for the inelegant chatter that serves as context for each musical interlude. The music of the Motown catalog speaks for itself, and the high production value and talented cast of Theater League’s performance made Motown an engaging retrospective celebrating the social importance of these groundbreaking artists. —Maggie Yates






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ellow Flowers is a nice new album of song-poems sung by Cuyama’s Jan Lamberton Smith with words written by her son, Francis Arant. Smith’s latest is a quieter, more intimate affair than the rootsy flare she’s known to fire up with her band Cuyama Mama & The Hot Flashes. With softly strummed guitar floating above faint, watery organ, mama Smith threads son Arant’s plaintive poetry with the cozying home-knit weave of a hand-sewn beanie and the yearning of a long-held secret. It’s like walking wistfully through Cuyama Valley on a peaceful afternoon, as yellow-tipped puffs of rabbitbrush sway in the barren badlands under the cradling autumn sky. —Richie DeMaria


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12 Strong (120 mins., R) Based on the nonfiction book by the same name, 12 Strong tells the story of Task Force Dagger, which included CIA officers and U.S. Special Forces Green Beret “horse soldiers” who were sent to Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks to fight the Taliban. Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and Michael Peña star. Camino Real/Metro 4 Den of Thieves (90 mins., R) Gerard Butler stars in this action thriller about an elite unit of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and a mastermind bank robbery crew who plan to steal from the city’s Federal Reserve Bank. Jordan Bridges, Pablo Schreiber, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson also star. Fairview/Fiesta 5

Forever My Girl (104 mins., PG) After a decade on the road chasing fame and fortune, country music star Liam Page (Alex Roe) returns to his hometown to face what he left behind — namely his fiancée and small-town roots. Fiesta 5 Happy End (107 mins., R) Isabelle Huppert stars in this drama from writer/director Michael Haneke (Amour) about a Calais family whose octogenarian patriarch, George (JeanLouis Trintignant), is becoming mentally and physically frail due to dementia. Secrets and desires are revealed as the clan convenes at George’s manor, which sits in the heart of the refugee crisis. Riviera Hostiles (135 mins., R) Christian Bale stars as U.S. Army Captain Joseph J. Blocker, who escorts sickly Cheyenne war chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) back to his tribal lands, in this period drama. Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, and Timothée Chalamet also star. Paseo Nuevo (Opens Thu., Jan. 25) Maze Runner: The Death Cure (142 mins., PG-13)

The third installment of this dystopian trilogy has Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) leading his crew of escaped Gladers on a deadly mission into the Last City, a maze controlled by the WCKD. Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Kaya Scodelario-Davis also star.

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Phantom Thread (130 mins., R) Daniel Day-Lewis stars in director Paul Thomas Anderson’s historical drama set in 1950s London’s world of haute couture. Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps also star. The Hitchcock

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The Commuter (104 mins., PG-13) Ever since starring in the 2008 film Taken, Liam Neeson has had a string of action thriller hits. In The Commuter, Neeson plays mild-mannered insurance salesman Michael McCauley, who, one day, while on the train he takes to and from work, is offered $100,000 by a stranger to identify another commuter. Camino Real/Metro 4

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A different kind of summer-fling tale, in a different time and place and attitude, this is an affecting and invitingly atmospheric saga about same-sex romantic urgings in a rustic northern Italian town, circa the early ’80s. Based on the novel by André Aciman, artfully directed by Luca Guadagnino, and written for the screen by James Ivory (originally slated to also direct, with Shia LaBeouf and Greta Scacchi in the cast), the film subtly traces the slow-burning magnetism between the carnally awakening 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and a visiting graduate student, Oliver, (Armie Hammer). Their secret summer flowering is told with a graceful cinematic arc, with Sufjan Stevens’s suitably dreamy songs, classical music, and a snort of Psychedelic Furs selectively dropped into the sweetly melancholic mise-en-scène. Michael Stuhlbarg quietly shines as the father, who, in a moving, wisdom-dispensing scene later in the film, circles around his son’s gay relationship by suggesting that “nature has cunning ways of finding our secret spot.” Chalamet was also selected to receive a Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award. (JW) Riviera

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In Mexico, 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez) has dreams of becoming a famous musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. His only issue is that music has been banned from the Rivera family for many generations. Despite the lack of support, Miguel sets off on an extraordinary adventure to the land of the dead, where he seeks to find his ancestors to bless his musical talent. Through its relatable characters, vivid and colorful scenery, and mariachi-influenced music, the film is a strong illustration of the traditional Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos and Mexican culture. (KR) Fiesta 5

Condorito: La película (88 mins., PG) Chilean comic book character Condorito (“little condor”) makes his cinematic debut in this animated adventure film in which Condorito must save the earth from an evil extraterrestrial. Omar Chaparro, Jessica Cediel, and Cristian de la Fuente lend their voice talents. Fiesta 5 Darkest Hour (125 mins., PG-13) Gary Oldman has already garnered critical acclaim — including a Golden Globe Award 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. Paseo Nuevo The Greatest Showman



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Fatih Akin, the German writer/director of Turkish descent, dazzled the cinema world with his viscerally empowered 2004 film Head On, and similar themes are revisited in Akin’s stunning In the Fade, about a modern Nazi bombing that takes the life of a Turkish man and his son. Starring Diane Kruger, the film is a uniquely powerful, sensitive, surprise-lined twist-up of courtroom drama and revenge saga, an indictment of hate criminality and xenophobia, and a psychological journey into the heart of grief. Genre and thriller elements in the dramatic mix actually help soften the potentially raw and gnawing pain of the dead-spouse-and-child angle, not to mention the chilling, renewed relevance of this tale of intolerance and “other”phobia in the age of Trump. (JW) Riviera (Ends Sun., Jan. 21)

I, Tonya (119 mins., R) In this black-comedy biopic, Margot Robbie portrays Olympic skater Tonya Harding, who is infamous for attacking rival Nancy Kerrigan prior to the 1994 Olympic Games. The film is presented in mockumentary style and also breaks the fourth wall. Sebastian Stan, Bobby Cannavale, and Allison Janney also star. Paseo Nuevo

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

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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. (EW) Fiesta 5 Paddington 2 (103 mins., PG) In this sequel to 2014’s Paddington, the starring bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is settled into his home in London’s Windsor Gardens with the Browns.


F RAT I1D0aAmY Proud Mary But when Paddington witnesses a robbery for which there is no evidence of another thief, authorities wrongly accuse the bear and lock him up in prison. The Browns mount a defense while Paddington gets into one mishap after another while in jail. The film also stars Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, and Hugh Bonneville.

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The Post (115 mins., PG-13) Meryl Streep stars as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, who, along with editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), faces off against the government over the publishing of the Pentagon Papers, a secret study released to the press by Daniel Ellsberg showing that the Johnson administration had lied about the U.S. role in Vietnam. Steven Spielberg directs. Camino Real/Paeso Nuevo

Proud Mary (89 mins., R) Taraji P. Henson stars as Mary Goodwin, a hitwoman working for a Boston crime family whose life is turned upside down when an assassination goes wrong and leaves a young boy orphaned. Danny Glover, Neal McDonough, and Xander Berkeley also star. Metro 4

O The Shape of Water

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When a semiaquatic humanoid (Doug Jones) is brought in chains to a Baltimore military research facility sometime during the Cold War, Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a cleaner at the facility who communicates through sign language, finds the nonverbal creature kindred to her nonspeaking self. Their relationship is one of several that anchors Guillermo del Toro’s latest fairy tale, The Shape of Water, whose central characters experi-

ence the era’s bright promises in terms of disappointment and disempowerment. Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins buttress the film as Elisa’s partners in crime, but they play sketches of postwar life rather than fully fleshedout characters. The ever-delightful Sally Hawkins is The Shape of Water’s big draw; her physically expressive performance style, reminiscent of silentera stars, is well matched to the role of someone who communicates sans speech. Soon, though, I hope actors with disabilities will get their starring turns in major films in which disability is rendered as possibility rather than lack. (AT) The Hitchcock

O Star Wars: The Last Jedi



(152 mins., PG-13)

In the grand Star Wars catalog, The Last Jedi falls squarely into the mid-tryptic model of The Empire Strikes Back. Whereas we meet new characters in the first of each trio and find closure by the third, the second films surround an extended retreat and regrouping. That leaves time to explore the spiritual side of the Force and learn a bit more about the motivations for our beloved gang of star warriors, most of whom we remeet, including many from the original series, as well as Finn, Rey, and Poe from The Force Awakens, within the first 15 minutes. In that vein, The Last Jedi is a successful and pure entry into the catalog and a very entertaining film, and yet, like at the end of Empire, you’re left wanting a bit more. (MK)




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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. 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)


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(Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Many American women did not have the right to vote until August 18, 1920. On that day, the Tennessee General Assembly became the 36th state legislature to approve the 19th Amendment, thus sealing the legal requirements to change the U.S. Constitution and ensure women’s suffrage. The ballot in Tennessee was close. At the last minute, 24-year-old legislator Harry T. Burn changed his mind from “no” to “yes,” thanks to a letter from his mother, who asked him to “be a good boy” and vote in favor. I suspect that in the coming weeks, Aries, you will be in a pivotal position not unlike Burn’s. Your decision could affect more people than you know. Be a good boy or good girl.

(June 21-July 22): Every relationship is unique. The way you connect with another person — whether it’s through friendship, romance, family, or collaborative projects — should be free to find the distinctive identity that best suits its special chemistry. Therefore, it’s a mistake to compare any of your alliances to some supposedly perfect ideal. Luckily, you’re in an astrological period when you have extra savvy about cultivating unique models of togetherness. So I recommend that you devote the coming weeks to deepening and refining your most important bonds.

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): In the coming weeks, Destiny will be calling you and calling you and calling you, inviting you to answer its summons. If you do indeed answer, it will provide you with clear instructions about what you will need to do expedite your ass in the direction of the future. If, on the other hand, you refuse to listen to Destiny’s call, or hear it and refuse to respond, then Destiny will take a different tack. It won’t provide any instructions but will simply yank your ass in the direction of the future.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Looks like the Season of a Thousand and One Emotions hasn’t drained and frazzled you. Yes, there may be a pool of tears next to your bed. Your altar might be filled with heaps of ashes, marking your burnt offerings. But you have somehow managed to extract a host of useful lessons from your tests and trials. You have surprised yourself with the resilience and resourcefulness you’ve been able to summon. And so the energy you’ve gained through these gritty triumphs is well worth the price you’ve had to pay.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): During recent weeks, your main tasks have centered around themes often associated with strain and struggle: repair, workaround, reassessment, jury-rigging, adjustment, compromise. Amazingly, Leo, you have kept your suffering to a minimum as you have smartly done your hard work. In some cases you have even thrived. Congratulations on being so industrious and steadfast! Beginning soon, you will glide into a smoother stage of your cycle. Be alert for the inviting signs. Don’t assume you’ve got to keep grunting and grinding.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944) created four versions of his iconic artwork “The Scream.” Each depicts a person who seems terribly upset, holding his head in his hands and opening his mouth wide as if unleashing a loud shriek. In 2012, one of these images of despair was sold for almost $120 million. The money went to the son of a man who had been Munch’s friend and patron. Can you think of a way that you and yours might also be able to extract value or get benefits from a negative emotion or a difficult experience? The coming weeks will be a favorable time to do just that.

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(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “I think I like my brain best in a bar fight with my heart,” says poet Clementine von Radics. While I appreciate that perspective, I advise

you to do the opposite in the coming weeks. This will be a phase of your astrological cycle when you should definitely support your heart over your brain in bar fights, wrestling matches, shadowboxing contests, tugs of war, battles of wits, and messy arguments. Here’s one of the most important reasons why I say this: Your brain would be inclined to keep the conflict going until one party or the other suffers ignominious defeat, whereas your heart is much more likely to work toward a win-win conclusion.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): When he was 24 years old, Scorpioborn Zhu Yuanzhang (1328-1398) was a novice monk with little money who had just learned to read and write. He had spent years as a wandering beggar. By the time he was 40 years old, he was the emperor of China and founder of the Ming Dynasty, which ruled for 276 years. What happened in between? That’s a long story. Zhu’s adventurousness was a key asset, and so was his ability as an audacious and crafty tactician. His masterful devotion to detailed practical matters was also indispensable. If you are ever in your life going to begin an ascent even remotely comparable to Zhu’s, Scorpio, it will be in the coming 10 months. Being brave and enterprising won’t be enough. You must be disciplined and dogged, as well.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1892, the influential Atlantic Monthly magazine criticized Sagittarian poet Emily Dickinson, saying she “possessed an extremely unconventional and grotesque fancy.” It dismissed her poetry as incoherent, and declared that an “eccentric, dreamy, half-educated recluse” like her “cannot with impunity set at defiance the laws of gravitation and grammar.” This dire diss turned out to be laughably wrong. Dickinson is now regarded as one of the most original American poets. I offer this story up as a pep talk for you, Sagittarius. In the coming months, I suspect you’ll be reinventing yourself. You’ll be researching new approaches to living your life. In the course of these experiments, others may see you as being in the grip of unconventional or grotesque fantasy. They may

consider you dreamy and eccentric. I hope you won’t allow their misunderstandings to interfere with your playful yet serious work.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Bubble gum is more elastic and less sticky than regular chewing gum. That’s why you can blow bubbles with it. A Capricorn accountant named Walter Diemer invented it in 1928 while working for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company. At the time he finally perfected the recipe, the only food dye he had on hand was pink. His early batches were all that color, and a tradition was born. That’s why even today, most bubble gum is pink. I suspect a similar theme may unfold soon in your life. The conditions present at the beginning of a new project may deeply imprint the future evolution of the project. So try to make sure those are conditions you like!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “When one door closes, another opens,” said inventor Alexander Graham Bell.“But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened.” Heed his advice, Aquarius. Take the time you need to mourn the lost opportunity. But don’t take MORE than the time you need. The replacement or alternative to what’s gone will show up sooner than you think.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): Gilbert Stuart painted the most famous portrait of America’s first president, George Washington. It’s the image on the U.S. one-dollar bill. And yet Stuart never finished the masterpiece. Begun in 1796, it was still a work in progress when Stuart died in 1828. Leonardo da Vinci had a similar type of success. His incomplete painting “The Virgin and Child with St. Anne” hangs in the Louvre in Paris, and his unfinished “The Adoration of the Magi” has been in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery since 1671. I propose that Stuart and da Vinci serve as your role models in the coming weeks. Maybe it’s not merely OK if a certain project of yours remains unfinished; maybe that’s actually the preferred outcome.

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from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE‑154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: Jack Stuster 1516 Marquard Terrace Santa Barbara, CA 93101; (805) 680‑1315. Published Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DAILYOM at 8 East Figueroa Street #220 Santa Barbara CA 93101. This business is conducted by a Corporation Daily Media, Inc. 133 East De La Guerra #70 Santa Barbara 93101 Signed: Scott Blum, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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: 2017‑0003437. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: UMAMI SUSHI at 697 North H Street Lompoc, CA 93436; Jm Bap Jip Corporation 364 Santa Barbara Shores Dr. Goleta, CA 93117 This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 15, 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: 2017‑0003399. Published: Dec 28 2017. Jan 4, 11, 18 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: O.P.E.N., STIRRUP CATERING VIAGRA & CIALIS! 60 pills for $99. at 4141 State Street, Ste E‑1 100 pills for $150 FREE shipping. Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Linda NO prescriptions needed. Money back Kendall 868 Gwyne Avenue Santa guaranteed! Barbara, CA 93111; Michael 1‑888‑278‑6168 Russell 919 Veronica Springs Road Santa Barbara, CA 93105 PERSONAL SERVICES This business is conducted by an Limited Partnership Signed: This statement was filed with the 55 Yrs or Older? Need Help At Home? Call REAL HELP County Clerk of Santa Barbara because this Non‑profit matches County on Dec 19, 2017 This statement expires five years from workers to your needs. 965‑1531 the date it was filed in the Office HERO MILES ‑ to find out more of the County Clerk. Joseph E. about how you can help our service Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by members, veterans and their families Melissa Mercer. FBN Number: in their time of need, visit the Fisher 2017‑0003428. Published: Dec House website at www.fisherhouse.­ 28 2017. Jan 4, 11, 18 2018. org FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME PREGNANT? CONSIDERING STATEMENT The following ADOPTION? Call us first. Living person(s) is/are doing business expenses, housing, medical, and as: TWINEUNTANGLE at 338 continued support afterwards. Choose Ravenscroft Drive Goleta, CA adoptive family of your choice. Call 93117; Alecia Dodge (same 24/7. 1‑877‑879‑4709 (Cal‑SCAN) address) Jackson Dodge (same PREGNANT? CONSIDERING address) This business is ADOPTION? Call us first. Living conducted by an Married Couple expenses, housing, medical, and Signed: Alecia Dodge This continued support afterwards. Choose statement was filed with the adoptive family of your choice. Call County Clerk of Santa Barbara 24/7. 877‑362‑2401 County on Dec 13, 2017 This statement expires five years from TECHNICAL SERVICES the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) COMPUTER MEDIC Virus/Spyware Removal, Install/ Repair, by Connie Tran. FBN Number: Upgrades, Troubleshoot, Set‑up, Tutor, 2017‑0003369. Published: Dec Networks, Best rates! Matt 682‑0391 28 2017. Jan 4, 11, 18 2018.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SIMPLOT GROWER SOLUTIONS at 915 L Street, Suite 1440 Sacramento, CA 95814; J.R. Simplot Company 1099 W Front Company 1099 W Front Street Boise, ID 83702 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 Connie Tran. FBN Number: 2017‑0003338. Published: Dec 28 2017. Jan 4, 11, 18 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: CLEAR CONSTRUCTION at 6255 Inez Street Unit 1&2 Ventura CA 93003. Clear Construction, Inc (Same Address). This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Bailey Hochhalter, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 19, 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: 2017‑0003418. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: MACHUCA MAINTENANCE at 7141 Tuolumne Drive Goleta CA 93117. Martin Machuca (Same Address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Elida Gabriela Machuca. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 11, 2018 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 Taria Paredes‑Sadler. FBN Number: 2018‑0000129. Published. Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: EMMADONNA, EMMADONNA TRAVEL at 2435 De La Vina Street #E Santa Barbara CA 93105. Claudia Kapp (Same Address) and Iris Pascua (Same Address) This business is conducted by a General Partnership Signed: Claudia Kapp. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 19, 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: 2017‑0003417. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: DEVICENTE MILLS HOLLIDAY ASSOCIATES at 1 North Calle Cesar Chavez, Suite 102 Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Devicente & Mills Architecture, Inc. (same address) JM Holliday Associates, Inc. 288 Rosario Park Road Santa Barbara, CA 93105 This business is conducted by an Joint Venture Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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: 2017‑0003372. Published: Dec 28 2017. Jan 4, 11, 18 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE EQWINERIE at 2852 Tapadero Road Los Olivos CA 93441. Catherine Gallegos (Same address) and Victor Gallegos (Same Address) This business is conducted by a Married Couple Signed: Victor Gallegos. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 12, 2018 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: 2018‑0000144. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: KAMARI GEMS at 320 Sylvan Drive Goleta CA 93117. Stephanie M. Boumediene (Same Address). This business is conducted by an Individual (same address) Signed: Stephanie M. Boumediene. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 11, 2018 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: 2018‑0000131. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TOP ROOF REMOVAL, INC. at 668 Burtis Street Santa Barbara CA 93111. Top Roof Removal Inc (Same Address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Chad McClintock, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 09, 2018 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: 2018‑00000107. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BRILLIANT BRIGHTWORK, CT&C CONSULTING GROUP at 1318 Gutierrez Street Santa Barbara CA 93103. Bruce W. Stark (Same Address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Bruce W. Stark. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 10, 2018 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: 2018‑0000117. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SPRIG TREE SERVICE 1430 Linhere Drive Carpinteria CA 93013; Fredric Dylan Lyle Martin (Same Address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Fredric Dylan Lyle Martin. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 4, 2018 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: 2018‑0000088. Published. Jan 18, 25, Feb 1 & 8, 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HOMES ‘N’ LAND REALTY, TREASURES 1 at 210 W. Fesler St. Santa Maria, CA 93458; Bobette Stanbridge (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Bobette Stanbridge 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: 2017‑0003342. Published: Dec 28 2017. Jan 4, 11, 18 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: INTERIOR HARDSCAPE DESIGN, SIMMONS AND COMPANY at 2822 Ben Lomond Drive Santa Barbara CA 93105; Tom C. Simmons (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Tom Simmons This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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 Jazmin Murphy. FBN Number: 2017‑0003486. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SB CARES at 325 Santa Barbara Street Santa Barbara CA 93101; Community Shul of Montecito & Santa Barbara; 4598 Camino Molinero Santa Barbara CA 93110 This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: Karen Schloss Heinberg This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 4, 2018 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: 2018‑0000065. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FIESTA PEDICAB, PEDICAB EVENTS at 682 San Felipe Drive Santa Barbara CA 93111; MICHELE ANGELO ZARAGOZA (SAME ADDDRESS) and SCOTT J. MYERSON; 2360 Martinez Ave. Martinez CA 94553. This business is conducted by a Joint Venture. Signed: Michele A. ZaragozaThis statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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: 2017‑0003485. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: RXR COLLECTION at 325 Ladera Street #4 Santa Barbara CA 93101. Michael Lemon (Same Address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Michael Lemon. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 3, 2018 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: 2018‑00000035. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: QUILTTERRA, QUILTTERRA MAGAZINE at 1900 Chapala Street Apt. #3 Santa Barbara CA 93101. Maria Dzreeva (Same Address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Dzreeva Maria. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 10, 2018 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: 2018‑0000116. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ANA & SON SERVICES, INC, ANA’S SERVICES #2 at 1511 San Andres Street Suite #A Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Ana & Son Services, Inc. (Same Address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed: Ana Aguirre. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 10, 2018 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: 2018‑0000124. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: OCEAN MESA CAMGROUND at 100 El Capitan Terrace Lane, Goleta CA 93117. El Capitan Ranch, LLC 11560 Calle Real Goleta CA 93117. This Business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Diane C. Forman, Secretary. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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 Jazmin Murphy. FBN Number: 2017‑0003479. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ROARK WINE COMPANY at 84 Industrial Way Unit C, Buellton CA 93427. Roark Wine Company, LLC (Same Address) This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company Signed: Ryan Roark, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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 Mary Soto. FBN Number: 2018‑0003465. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TRUST LEISURE WEAR at 1605 E. Airport Avenue Lompoc CA 93436. Ricky Laverne Rantz (Same Address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Ricky Laverne Rantz. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 8, 2018 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 Deborah Sanchez. FBN Number: 2018‑0000098. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: HESTIA PUBLISHING at 516 Alan Road Santa Barbara CA 93109. Marilyn Power Scott (same address). This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Marilyn Power Scott. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 11, 2018 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: 2018‑0000135. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: WOLF’S HEAD at 27 1/2 East Victoria Street Santa Barbara CA 93101. Wolf’s Head Trading Company LLC 5782 Alondra Drive Goleta CA 93117 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company; Signed: Cristian Sagastume, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 3, 2018 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: 2018‑0000045. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ARCADY DISTRIBUTING at 100 Adams Road Goleta CA 93117. Strahan‑Montanes Enterprises, Inc. (Same Address) This business is conducted by a Corporation Signed:David Strahan, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 11, 2018 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: 2018‑0000130. Published. Jan 18, 25. Feb 1, 8 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SOUTH COAST COMMUNITY YOUTH CULTURAL CENTER, SOUTH COAST DANCE ALLIANCE, SOUTH COAST WRESTLING CLUB at 1427 San Andres St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101; South Coast Community Youth Cultural Center (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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. FBN Number: 2017‑0003466. Published:. Jan 4, 11, 18, 25 2018.



FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NORDIC WOODCRAFT at 414 Donze Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Michael Shannon McCray (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Michael McCrary This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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 Jayasinghe. FBN Number: 2017‑0003461. Published:. Jan 4, 11, 18, 25 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: RFP ASSOCIATES at 7127 Hollister Ave. #25A‑139 Goleta, CA 93117; Richard F. Parisse 445 Los Verdes Dr. Santa Barbara, CA 93111 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Richard F. Parisse This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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 Jazmin Murphy. FBN Number: 2017‑0003460. Published:. Jan 4, 11, 18, 25 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BUELLTON DENTAL at 240 E. HWY 246 Suite 108 Buellton, CA 93427; Melinda R. Oquist, DDS. Professional Dental Corp. 1256 Coast Oak Drive Solvang, CA 93463 This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 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 Tania Paredes‑Sadler. FBN Number: 2018‑0000019. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GOOD SEED COFFEE, GOOD SEED COFFEE BOUTIQUE, GOOD SEED COFFEE BOUTIQUE, INC. at 1607 Mission Dr. Suites 106 & 106 B Solvang, CA 93463; Good Seed Coffee Boutique Boutique, Inc. (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: Leyla William, CFO This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 02, 2018 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: 2018‑0000021. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SANTA BARBARA STOKED at 1792 Calle Poniente Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Tammy Kennedy Zybura (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 02, 2018 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: 2018‑0000023. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: RK MAINTENANCE at 5143 San Anselo Santa Barbarra 93111. This business is conducted by an Individual (same address) Signed: Randy Kordes. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 3, 2018 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: 2018‑0000038. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SANTA BARBARA PISTACHIOS at 407 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Santa Barbara Pistachios inc (same address) This business is conducted by an Corporation Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 02, 2018 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: 2018‑0000030. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: TRI‑ COUNTY PISTACHIOS at 407 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101; Tri‑County Pistachios 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 Jan 02, 2018 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: 2018‑0000031. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: SANTA BARBARA UNI at 6 Harborway #118 Santa Barbara, CA 93109; Stephen Jubina 1331 Mountain Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93101 This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Stephen Jubina This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 02, 2018 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: 2018‑0000016. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: NASIF, HICKS, HARRIS & CO., LLP at 104 W. Anapamu Street, Suite B Santa Barbara, CA 93101‑3126; Lawrence W. Brown 880 Winthrop Court Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Jody D. Holehouse 4541 Camino Molinero Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Thomas W. Burk 6175 Stow Canyon Road Goleta, CA 93117; William J. Nasif 5108 Cathedral Oaks Road Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Jeffery P. Harris 1137 North Patterson Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93111; Sarah E. Turner 50 Valley Ridge Street Ojai, CA 93023 This business is conducted by an Limited Liability Partnership Signed: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 15, 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: 2017‑0003393. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BETTERMENT FINANCIAL SERVICES at 5637 Kent Place Goleta, CA 93117; Nathan Nienhuis (same address) This business is conducted by an Individual Signed: Nate Nienhuis This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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 Tania Paredes‑Sadler. FBN Number: 2017‑0003382. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: EPIC BREWING COMPANY, TELEGRAPH BREWING COMPANY at 418 N. Salsipuedes St. Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Epic Brewing Company, L.L.C. 825 S. State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84111 This business is conducted by an Limited Liability Company Signed: David W. Cole, Managing Member This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Dec 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: 2017‑0003450. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Santa BARBARA PEST CONTROL, INC.; 719 E Haley Street, Santa Barbara CA 93103. This business is conducted by a Corporation (same address) Signed: Bruce D. Craig, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 5, 2018 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: 2018‑0000081. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: THE DAISY at 1221 State Street,Santa Barbara CA 93101; THISTLE & POPPY, INC.; 925 Chelham Way, Santa Barbara CA 93108 This business is conducted by a Corporation (same address) Signed: Dominic Shiach, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 4, 2018 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: 2018‑0000062. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: PACIFIC SALES DISTRIBUTION at 1101 De La Vina Santa Barbara CA 93101; JEREMIAH GRAY; This business is conducted by an Individual at 407 Stanley Drive Santa Barbara CA 93105 Signed: Jeremiah Gray. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 4, 2018 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: 2018‑0000055. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018.

NAME CHANGE IN THE MATTER OF THE GERLINDE LAUREN WERTZ ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 17CV05325 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: GERLINDE LAUREN WERTZ TO: GERLINDE LAUREN JAMES THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must aooear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed , the court may grant the petition withouta hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Feb 07, 2018 9:30 am, Dept 6, Courthouse, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Dec 15, 2017. by Darrel E. Parker, Executive Officer; Teri Chavez, Deputy Clerk; Thomas P. Anderle. Judge of the Superior Court. Published. Dec 28 2017. Jan 4, 11, 18 2018.

IN THE MATTER OF TAWNI JANETTE JONES ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE NUMBER: 17CV04774 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: Tawni Janette Jones To: Tawni Yoko Jones THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed , the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Feb 21, 2018 9:30 am, Dept 6, Courthouse, SANTA BARBARA SUPERIOR COURT HOUSE 1100 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 A copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published in the Santa Barbara Independent, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition. Dated Jan 3, 2018. by Darrel E. Parker, Executive Officer; Terri Chavez, Deputy Clerk; Pauline Maxwell, Judge of the Superior Court. Published. Jan 11, 18, 25 & Feb 1 2018.

PUBLIC NOTICES SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA IN RE THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION Case No.: 17FL01653 PETITION OF: ALEXANDER JAUREGUI and JANET JAUREGUI, CITATION TO PARENT THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO: JOSE MOSQUEDA By order of this Court you are hereby advised that you may appear before the judge presiding in Department SM2 of this Court, located at 312‑C East Cook Street, Santa Maria, California 93454 on 02/08/2018, at 9:30 A.M. then and there to show cause, if you have any, why SOPHIE ANAIT OROZCO should not be declared free from parental custody and control for the purpose of freeing SOPHIE ANAIT OROZCO for placement for CITATION TO PARENT adoption. The following information concerns rights and procedures that relate to this proceeding for the termination of custody and control of said minor as set forth in Family Code Section 7860 et seq.:1. At the beginning of the proceeding the court will consider whether or not the interests of the minor child require the appointment of counsel. If the court finds that the interests of the minor do require such protection, the court will appoint counsel to represent the child, whether or not the child is able to afford counsel. The minor will not be present in court unless the minor so requests or the court so orders. 2. If a parent of the minor appears without counsel and is unable to afford counsel, the court must appoint counsel for the parent, unless the parent knowingly and intelligently waive the right to be represented by counsel. The court will not appoint the same counsel to represent both the minor and his 3. The court may appoint either the public defender or private counsel. If private counsel is appointed, he or she will receive a


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reasonable sum for compensation and expenses, the amount of which will be determined by the comt. The amount must be paid by the real parties in interest, but not by the minor, in such proportions as the court believes to be just. If, however, the court finds that any of the real parties in interest cannot afford counsel, the amount will be paid by the county. 4. The court may continue the proceeding for not more than thirty (30) days as necessary to appoint counsel to become acquainted with the case. 12/22/2017 Date: Clerk By: Deputy Clerk: Darrel E Parker, By Cordelia Gearon Published Jan 11, 18, 25. Feb 1 2018. KZDF‑LP PUBLIC NOTICE On January 2, 2018, an application for the assignment of license was filed with the Federal Communications Commission to assign low power television station KZDF‑LP, channel 8, Santa Barbara, CA, transmitting with a power of 3 kw at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (transmitter location), from Caballero Acquisition LLC to HC2 Station Group, Inc. The assignor, Caballero Acquisition LLC, is wholly owned by CNZ Communications, LLC. Terence Crosby and Randy Nonberg have interests in the assignor and CNZ Communications, LLC. The following have interests in the assignee HC2 Station Group, Inc.: HC2 Broadcasting Holdings Inc., HC2 Holdings 2, Inc., HC2 Holdings, Inc., Philip A. Falcone, Les Levi, Michael J. Sena, Jeanne E. Rouleau, Paul K. Voigt, Joseph A. Ferraro, Suzi Raftery Herbst, Andrew G. Backman, Wayne Barr, Jr., Warren H. Gfeller, Les S. Hillman and Robert V. Leffler, Jr. 1/18/18 CNS‑3087645# SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT


individual; LUTHER BURBANK SAVINGS, a federally chartered savings association; BURBANK FINANCIAL, INC., a California corporation; ALL PERSONS UNKNOWN, CLAIMING ANY LEGAL OR EQUITABLE RIGHT, TITLE, ESTATE, ESTATE, LIEN, OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY ADVERSE TO PLAINTIFF’S TITLE; OR ANY CLOUD ON PLAINTIFF’S TITLE TO THE PROPERTY; and DOES 1‑100, Inclusive. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: CHRISTOPHER WRATHER, Successor Trustee of the Molly W. Dolle Living Trust Created on August, 1987. (Lo Esta Demandando El Demandante) NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard 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), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. 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 (www.courtinfo. ca.­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.­ selfhelp/espanol/), 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, (www.courtinfo. ca.­g ov/selfhelp/espanol/) o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. CASE NO:17CV04799 Property Address: 3353 Padero Lane, Carpenteria, CA APN 005‑ 400‑030 and 3355 Padero Lane, Carpenteria, CA APN 005‑400‑029 The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de la corte es) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: SUSAN F. PETROVICH, Esq. (805) 963.7000 BROWNSTEIN HYATT FARBER SCHRECK, LLP 1020 State, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (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: Santa Barbara Superior Court (El nombre y direccion de la corte es): 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101. DATE: Nov 2, 2017. By Terry Chavez, Deputy Published Dec 28. Jan 4, 11, 18 2017.

Santa Barbara Superior Court Is looking for Judicial Assistants Exciting job opportunities are available at the Superior Court in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc for Judicial Assistants. Starting at $18.54/hr (includes cash allowance), increase after 6 mos. May work in Criminal, Traffic, Civil, Records, Jury or other Court units. Duties may include data entry, filing, and providing customer service to the public and attorneys. 2 yrs. clerical exp. and computer skills required. Excellent benefit package: 14 paid holidays, 12 days vacation, 12 days sick leave, retirement plan, health ins., and more! Must pass background check. Submit your application on line by January 23rd, then plan to report for testing. You must complete the pre-employment test to be considered for employment. Testing sessions will occur at 12:15 PM and 4:00 PM at the following location and dates: Tuesday, January 30th Wednesday, January 31st Jury Assembly Building 1108 Santa Barbara Street Santa Barbara Thursday, February 1st Friday, February 2nd Jury Assembly Building F 312 E. Cook Street Santa Maria For full posting, testing info & to apply go to: Santa Barbara Superior Court 805.882.4739


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