Road Work Ahead

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Coast Village Road’s facelift proceeds apace! The CVA is rolling out a new paving and loading zone project. Read more about what is planned inside (Story starts on page 5)

Women’s History Month

Joanne Calitri speaks with three trendsetters: SBCC President Erika Endrijonas, Designer Catherine Gee, and Juris Doctor Christine Garvey, page 12

Spring Sales

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5 CVA Communiqué – Changes (and construction) are coming to Coast Village Road – here is what’s planned





Beings & Doings – The world is roiling with glory and heartache. Stare into the middle distance and let it wash through you.

Montecito Miscellany – The Channelkeeper’s Blue Water Ball, Cohiba’s at the Bacara, the Sphinx Virtuosi at the Lobero, and more miscellany

Local News – It’s updates from the MA including news from MUS, CityNet, Montecito Fire, and more

Tide Guide

On Entertainment – Blues icon Chris Cain comes to Carrillo Rec Cen, a Cinderella ballet, Poor Ghosts at Chaucer’s, and other happenings

12 Our Town – Joanne speaks with three trailblazing women for her coverage of Women’s History Month




Elizabeth’s Appraisals – A Chinoiserie coffee table gives a lesson on the Asiatic style and also why it’s not in favor today

Brilliant Thoughts – Don’t look back, it’s Ashleigh moving forward with words on war and retreat

An Independent Mind – State Street continues to struggle and Jeffrey thinks he has the solutions – ones he’s stated in the past

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24 The Giving List – The New Beginnings’ Safe Parking program was the first of its kind and it is still moving forward

26 Real Estate – Usher in the feeling of spring with these new houses on the market and latest stats


Foraging Thyme – Welcome in the warm weather with this hearty herbal artichoke and dip recipe

30 Your Westmont – Alumna’s studio wins Oscar, Montecito Student Film Fest draws 500 film entries, and upcoming talk balances between aging and mobility


Montecito Health Coach – CBD is not the thing being passed around in dark alleys – it’s found in almost every store and has a plethora of benefits The Optimist Daily – A new study links Kundalini yoga with Alzheimer’s prevention in older women

37 In Passing – John “Jack” Kerr Wilson, known for his friendly demeanor, hospitality and exceptional humor, will be remembered by many

40 Calendar of Events – A Roomful of Teeth, a Chamber on the Mountain, Beaverland at the Hub, plus others

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CVA Communiqué Paving the Way to Progress

The City or Santa Barbara and Coast Village Association (CVA) are paving the way for a better district… literally!

Over the past eight years Montecito and Coast Village Road have endured many challenges. We have experienced droughts, rain events, winds, the Thomas fire and subsequent devastating debris flow, as well as the pandemic. As a result, the region’s roads and medians have deteriorated. The residents, businesses, and property owners have shown resilience and heart over this time!

The Coast Village Improvement District was created to enhance the district’s beautification, safety, marketing, and maintenance needs, while working with the City of Santa Barbara and other

stakeholders towards their mission. Over the past year, the CVA has been working diligently toward these goals. This year, the CVA is moving forward with building new infrastructure for businesses, traffic, safety, and beautification of the physical road through a road paving, and commercial loading zone project.

This project marks a significant stride towards our shared vision of a vibrant community and reflects our unwavering commitment to enhancing safety, accessibility, and the overall aesthetic appeal of our district.

Residences and businesses alike are poised to benefit from the upcoming road paving of Coast Village Road, and a wave of positive changes to better the district. The plan is to start with curb and gutter work in the Spring and re-paving in the Fall, all to be completed in 2024. While adjustments may be necessary during construction, this endeavor promises enduring advantages for all. This project will cause a temporary disruption to businesses and the community. Efforts will be coordinated for minimal inconvenience, with work scheduled thoughtfully, and communication channels kept open.

The City of Santa Barbara will begin with upgrades to the curbs and gutters while adding loading zones in the median for deliveries to alleviate the delivery trucks parking directly on the medians (see photo). This work will happen one median section at a time on Coast Village Road – beginning at the west end of the Coast Village Circle intersection, and ending at the east end of the Coast Village Circle intersection. The targeted time frame is Spring of 2024, beginning March 25, 2024, and plan to end in advance of the Memorial

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The new median loading zones will prevent delivery trucks having to park directly on the median itself
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Beings & Doings End of the Age

It’s far-flung 2024 – a sci-fi date Stanley Kubrick couldn’t be bothered to foresee. Paul McCartney, who once upon a time jumped for joy in slow motion alongside his teen bandmates, now dresses in layers and is photographed somberly walking around with a grizzled gray jaw – the proper end of an era whose curtain is yet unwilling to fall. One epoch draws to a close and another begins, a delineation most keenly felt in the popular culture. David Crosby is gone. David Jones – who’d had to change his name to David Bowie to avoid being confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees – is gone, as is the diminutive troublemaker who’d made him change his name. James Garner is gone, Robert Preston, too. Kirk Douglas. Tony Bennett. Stop the presses.

As for the interior life? Exterior evidence suggests it is also on its way out, an artifact of the departing age. Daydreaming – staring at the empty air – has gone the way of the locked diary. The last time I saw someone just sitting and staring, deep in thought, SpaghettiOs® were still considered food and were being dumped onto plates and served at table. At one juncture in human history, a woman waiting for a film to begin in the communal twilight of a movie theater might be looking intently ahead of her, as if at an object hovering before her in the air. An onlooker in another row might surreptitiously follow the woman’s gaze to spot what she is studying with such ferocity. But the woman isn’t looking at anything.

She is deep “in thought.” Similarly, someone waiting for a bus might be soft-focused on a copse of trees several blocks away; not looking at the trees, but pondering.

Interiority is leaving the world. A shared exteriority has replaced it. Connectivity began as a means and is now an end. Someone sitting on a park bench lost in thought now presents as vaguely troubled.

Eydie Gormé Seems as Distant as the Napoleonic Wars

Eydie Gormé seems as distant as the Napoleonic Wars. I wonder how I can be so far away from things familiar. All the names and faces and things that were common currency just yesterday – I don’t think they are in the present universe at this time. Where is the world that was littered with all that glory? It’s an ancient hue and cry. Every generation hollers their confusion at the arrival of the next incomprehensible chapter. Where are the people leaning against buildings and staring into their own thoughts? Are there thoughts anymore, or only posts? We’re still surrounded by everything. Look around the sound stage. Never mind your friend’s photo of lunch. Look at all the flaming archangelic stuff, ringing with the music of the spheres; the Battle of Thermopylae, Debbie Reynolds singing Tammy,

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Montecito Miscellany Channelkeepers Having a Ball

Atidal wave of generosity enveloped the Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s sold-out 22nd annual Blue Water Ball at the Cabrillo Pavilion with more than 200 guests raising around $170,000 for the popular nonprofit.

The boffo bash was emceed by the ubiquitous Andrew Firestone and 14 paintings by local artists, including Kelly Claus, Benjamin Anderson, Eric Foote, Ben O’Hara, and Michael Irwin were auc-

tioned off, nature trips to Chile and Alaska as well as a Santa Cruz Island adventure and a Channelkeeper coastal cruise.

Mia Lopez, a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, welcomed supporters and sang a Chumash chant, along with Executive Director Ted Morton Ryan Gellert , CEO of sponsor Patagonia, delivered the Channelside Chat. “I’m not terribly optimistic, but I’m deeply, deeply committed to doing everything we can to reverse the climate-ecological crisis because we owe that, I owe that to my kids – we all owe

it to future generations,” he said.

Among the tsunami of supporters were Trish Reynales, Mimi deGruy, Nancy Kogevinas, Penny Owens, Laura Sanchez, Conner Coffin, and Ashish and Leslie Bhutani.

One805 Getting Ready for Concert

Oscar winning actor Kevin Costner is again lending his oceanside estate on Carpinteria’s Padaro Lane for this year’s One805Live fall concert, which last year raised around $1 million providing

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At a socially gridlocked Honorary Board cocktail reception at the Montecito Club the organization announced 2024 grants totaling $582,000 to Santa Barbara County responders.

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Local News

Montecito Association Board March Meeting

The Montecito Association held its monthly Board meeting March 12th in person at the Montecito Library and via zoom.

Community Reports began with Police Chief Lt. Ugo Peter “Butch” Arnoldi on the resolution of investigations and reported crime in the area.

Montecito Fire Chief David Neels reported on the last storm, stating the area did well and the debris basin at Cold Spring – which was at 50% – was cleared. His department arranged for 14,000 sandbags to date. Montecito Fire Protection District hired four firefighters to start March 16, and will establish a joint academy with the CarpinteriaSummerland Fire Departments.

Montecito Sanitation District General Manager John Weigold reported recent storm damage in the form of sewage seepage into a resident’s bathtub. Investigation found the cause to be a manhole overflow from the storm. Video check of the sewer pipe was done. It will be replaced with a larger pipe. The sanitation district is conducting a six-month study regarding a possible sewage connection with Summerland. The Montecito Sanitation District Board policy is that nothing can be built or disrupt the easements. Despite the policy, Montecito residents have built driveways, stone walls, etc., which will be addressed.

Montecito Water District’s Nick Turner reported there were no damages from the recent storm. Projects slated to

start in April include replacing hydrants along Coast Village Road, working on the underpass area near Fernald Point Lane, and replacing the water main at Bella Vista. The Water District is doing a rate study regarding significant increases since 2020. Following a consultant’s report and recommendations, Board meetings are slated for March 25 and April 11, a public hearing in June about the rates, and the new rates themselves going into effect in July.

Superintendent of the Montecito Union School District Anthony Ranii reported their building projects are on time, within budget, and upholding student safety. Future projects will renovate the library and innovation lab. Bids are being accepted. They are establishing a $3 million roofing plan for the next five years and will repair a walkway this summer. Tax dollars are paying for the renovations and repairs. Spring saw the annual parent-teacher conferences, as well as a safety check performed by law enforcement. Following a walk-through of the entire school area, recommendations were made to increase the safety of the school, and teachers were asked to learn new focus areas. MUS will continue as environmental stewards and plant 60 trees this summer.

First SB County District Supervisor Das Williams’ administrator Darcel Elliott reported they received storm reports from Montecito residents regarding slope failures. She asked all who had storm issues to report them on the county website so the county can go to the Federal government

for aid, which may provide funding for residents. Chris Sneddon of Montecito has been appointed Public Works Director.

MA President Doug Black thanked Houghton Hyatt for the new technology to conduct the MA meetings simultaneously in person and via Zoom, along with speech-to-text. The MA board retreat worked on how they can do better for the community.

Presenting the Montecito Fire Protection District Fuel Reduction Programs were Maeve Juarez and Nic Elmquist , both Wildland Specialists. Detailed was the history of fire in the area from 1960 through present, and how they prioritize fire mitigation procedures such as vegetation and chaparral cutbacks. On their website people can put in their address to find out the dates for the chipping program and other efforts. There is a tag and trim program, a fuel treatment network, and a grazing program that makes use of sheep and goats. Their territory for fire control start along the CarpinteriaSummerland border through Montecito to the Santa Barbara border. These services cost $455K in 2023 of which $120K was paid by the California Climate Grant. The Fire Safe Council Grant will pay for the next two years of chipping and grazing. Their 2023 stats showed 50 days of chipping, 136 tons of vegetation removed, 10 miles of roads trimmed,18 tons of vegetation removed from evac routes, 28 dead trees removed, 45 days of bovine grazing, 30 acres treated, and 23 miles of road and trailheads weed whipped.

Hands Across Montecito collaboration with had presentations by Al Ortiz in person and Brad Fieldhouse via Zoom. They outlined what CityNet does as a full-service agency, their partnership with the Montecito Association, and funding. The statistics for homeless people in

Montecito are six to 10 homeless people found in six encampments and three vehicles. The goal is to use outreach and interim housing measures to achieve zero homeless people on the street. Ortiz invited the community to go on walks with him through the area. Proposed funding for the next six months is $170K for shelter/motel use and $38,400 for outreach/case management.

Committee reports were brief. Noted was Events Chair for the July 4th celebration Mindy Denson’s open meeting invitation slated for April 3 at 4 pm outside Pierre Lafond. Chair of History Trish Davis acknowledged the women of Montecito for Women’s History Month, naming Pearl Chase, Anna Barnes Bliss for Casa Dorinda, Ganna Walska for Lotusland, Emmeline Doulton who created the Miramar, early architects the Moody sisters – Brenda, Wilma, Harriet and Mildred – Lutah Maria Riggs, Claire Gottsdanker who wrote the Community Plan for Montecito, Mauve Lawrence of Montecito Fire, and architect Julia Morgan.



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Raising Cain at Carrillo

Blues guitarist/singer-songwriter Chris Cain was already 30 before he formed his first band in 1986 in his hometown of San Jose, far from the blues meccas of the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, or Chicago. In fact, even to this day, Cain has never lived anywhere else but northern California.

But he’d grown up listening to his dad’s eclectic record collection that heavily featured blues greats, never missed a B.B. King concert when the icon came to town, and got his first guitar at the same time he learned how to tie his shoes.

Still, when Cain released his debut album Late Night City Blues in 1987, the positive reaction and attention was far more than he expected. The album received four W.C Handy Award nominations (now the Blues Music Awards) and offers to perform internationally suddenly came his way.

“I was just trying to get some gigs around San Jose and the next thing you know we’re touring in Belgium,” Cain said over the phone earlier this week.

Over the ensuing years, Cain’s chops have drawn praise from such idols as King (“That boy can PLAY the guitar!”) and contemporaries like Joe Bonamassa, who called Cain, “hands down my favorite blues player on the scene today … an absolute blinder of a guitarist.”

Almost four decades and 14 albums later, Cain is still playing the blues circuit, having earned a reputation as not only a hotshot guitarist but also a singer and songwriter with substance and depth, all of which adds up to a decidedly dynamic live show that has taken him around the world. His latest album was released a couple of years ago on Alligator, his first for the most respected current blues label. Raisin’ Cain befits the double meaning of its title, as it represents both a continuation of his boisterous boogying and a maturity in his approach.

“My early albums were very ambitious, but then I started doing a sort of Dear Diary thing, chronicling everything that happened to me in the years since the last record,” Cain said. “But my writing has become much more universal, and when I wrote these tunes, I wasn’t even planning on making a record. They were just something to keep my mind occupied, ideas of things that sounded interesting to me, things that had maybe different beats and stuff that’s maybe not the blues, just for fun.”

Cain will headline the Santa Barbara Blues Society’s 47th Birthday Show at the Carrillo Recreation Center on March 23, his first visit to town in several years, and first since SBBS moved to the spring-loaded dance floor venue. It’s an honor to perform for the oldest such continuously operating organization in the country, he said.

“When you’re performing for a blues society, you’re kind of in your mother’s arms. When I’m out on the road, blues societies have always been a beacon of light,” he said. “If people just want to listen rather than boogie, it’s OK. But I just feed off of that energy when people are dancing, and the band does too. I am really looking forward to the show.”

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Chris Cain will rock the blues at the Carrillo Recreation Center on March 23 (photo by Marilyn Stringer)

Our Town Women’s History Month 2024 Erika Endrijonas

This week I interviewed Erika Endrijonas, Superintendent and President of Santa Barbara City College. She is the first woman in that position in the history of the college. A feminist and a women’s historian, she holds a B.A. in History from Cal State Northridge, and a M.A. and PhD in History from USC.

Prior to her position at SBCC, her career included Dean and Professor, Union Institute & University, Los Angeles; Dean, Educational Programs, SBCC, 2000-2009; Executive Vice President, Oxnard College, 2009-2014; President, Los Angeles Valley College, 2014-2019; and the Superintendent/ President, Pasadena City College, 20192023. With her demanding and full schedule, to regroup she said she loves to cook, quilt, play cards, exercise, and sip bourbon. Here’s our interview!

Q. Do you celebrate Women’s History Month?

A. I do! It’s important to me because it is what I am a scholar of, and it is what is important to me. I am a women’s historian. My emphasis for my PhD was 19th and 20th century U.S. women’s history. My dissertation was a cultural history of cookbooks from 1945 to 1960. Women’s history is what I am about. Noozhawk started a monthly column with me, and this month will talk about women’s history. I am a feminist my whole life. To my knowledge I am the first “out” [coming out] President of SBCC. I am a woman identified in multiple ways.

Any Women’s History Month programming at SBCC?

We have a Women in Leadership Panel at our School of Extended Learning on April 12th at the Wake Campus.

When we talk about women’s history, what are your key data points?

We’ve been celebrating Women’s History Month since 1987. The force behind that was Gerda Hedwig Lerner. She started women’s history programs at Sarah Lawrence and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

As a historian, it is important to me because there is so much history that women have been a part of. Women do not get credit for the work they do; often they are criticized for the work they didn’t do. We need to celebrate the history of women and their contributions.

Women at the top of your list are…?

Audre Lorde, a black lesbian poet, is very powerful for me. She wrote a paper titled “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.” The distillation is that white women have taken advantage of women of color on their rise to getting access to more power or opportunity. It is women of color who have paid the price and ask, “Why am I not a part of this?” Part of Lord’s argument is the oppressed often have to explain their oppression to their oppressors, and that’s not acceptable.

Other women on my list are Nancy Pelosi. I may not always agree with her policies, but she is levelheaded and clear on what had to happen in the past 20 years. Equally – and again, I am not a fan of her policies – is Lynne Cheney She is one of the few voices out there signaling the call about our democracy and our form of government. At heart we need people who value our government because it’s in danger right now.

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What do women bring to leadership roles differently than men?

I think there are similar attributes, but they are done differently. Women tend to be more collectivists and look at the whole community. It is how women are socialized. We are problem solvers in multiple layers at the same time. We go into auto mode, identify the problem and its macro and micro levels. Men, the way they are socialized and allowed to be in the world, are linear; they do not have to think about it from different angles.

Women take on more than we have to. Women, especially as a lesbian woman, I understand what it means to be the other – meaning not white male or male, with that privilege.

How did becoming the SBCC Superintendent & President come about?

I was at SBCC 2000 – 2009 as a Dean, and then Superintendent and President Peter R. MacDougall sent me to the Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar in 2002. There I saw women in leadership roles as presidents of universities and that inspired me. I set out to achieve the skills and degrees I needed to do that. While I worked in positions at other schools and the position at SBCC was open, the timing was not right until now.

What are your goals for the school?

My goals are grounded in the SBCC mission. Number one is stability. I’m the eighth president in 12 years. SBCC needs a steady hand on the tiller. I know the college. What I have to offer is stability. More importantly, when you have leadership turnover, systems fall apart. I need to put those systems back into place and president-proof the college. One of my chief messages is how we move forward; how do we serve the south SB County area and what programs do we need to offer? Other issues are declining demographics, declining international and out-of-state students, and the housing crisis for employees and students. I commute from Camarillo. Also, I need to be active on the state level to advocate what communities like ours need.

What is the coolest thing about your job?

Graduation! You see the joy and pride of the students and their families because they have accomplished their education through to graduation. Also cool is working with our local community, the mayor, the city council members, and how we have an impact on campus and the community.

Your advice for professional women?

If you can see it, you can be it. Research for the job, find out what skills you have, skills you need, and go get the skills. You can do it. Never be afraid to ask for help. You have to be willing to stand up for yourself and call it out in a respectful way.

Who are your female mentors, and their words of wisdom?

Dr. Helen Benjamin who was the Interim President of SBCC; Dr. Pamela Luster, President Emerita of San Diego Mesa College; and Dr. Kathleen Burke, President LA Community College District. It’s important for women to have mentors and colleagues, and you need to give it in order to get it.

What interview question would you love to be asked and your reply to it?

A lot of people ask, “So you’re going to stick around, we don’t have to worry?” I said to the Board Chair, I have about five and a half years before I want to retire and am here to provide stability, get systems in place, and start succession planning for my role. Demands on community college presidents have increased exponentially since MacDougall was president here. His focus was on access. Now, it’s how many people you get through the door and over the finish line, along with the data on that.


Fashion Designer Catherine Gee

When I read Editor-In-Chief Edward Kobina Enninful OBE’s final issue of British Vogue, which he dedicated to 40 women, I realized that it is fitting fashion designer Catherine Gee be featured in my Women’s History Month issue.

From 2016 – with her hand-painted designs for the prints on her signature silk line of women’s clothes at her shop on Haley Street with one part-time assistant, to her flagship store in the heart of the midtown-Santa Barbara arts district with six full-time and three part-time employees – we are seriously inspired. And if you know Catherine, you know she is just getting started. Gee is also an artist and philanthropist.

Gee’s pieces are worn and appreciated by women of all ages and lifestyles – DJ LP

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Elizabeth’s Appraisals

Chinoiserie Coffee Table

RHhas a Chinese style coffee table with a startling scene of ancient Chinese Court life, composed of applied carved semi-precious stone figures. Two of the six figures are battling: there’s a man wielding a bamboo stick and another kneeling, the other figures look on from an elegant pagoda. RH has always wondered about this table, what it portrays, and why his British grandmother owned such a piece.

Through the history of the 18th, 19th, and 20th cent. the style called Chinoiserie has been avidly collected, and, in turn, disliked. The reason for “dislike” may be twofold: often the style is a stereotype of the culture, and secondly, the style is ornate, glamorous, and whimsical (not the LOOK today).

Chinoiserie’s history began in 1742 when the British Ambassador to China, Lord Cathcart, returned with a shipload of furniture. By 1760, the style had influenced architecture, porcelain design,

furniture, colors, and wallpaper. As early as 1498, the Empire of China fascinated Europe, as Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama had opened a sea route to the west coast of India by way of the Cape of Good Hope. By 1672, The Dutch East India Company established trade between Canton (Guangzhou), Beijing, and European ports. The Company sponsored Johan Nieuhof (1618-1672) on a 1,500-mile mission to China; he subsequently published an account of his years of travels in An Embassy from the East India Company. The book, contain-

ing 150 copper plate etchings of “Pagan” Pagodas et al was translated into German, French, and Latin. In 1672 the Company opened a trading post in Taiwan, holding a monopoly on all Chinese trade till 1833. The main trade was in tea, which led to Chinese porcelain becoming a much sought after commodity (Europe did not have the ‘formula’ to make porcelain till Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus’ discovery of the process, and the start of regular production of European porcelain by the royal factory at Meissen in 1710). Because tea services were in vogue, so were tea tables. These objects were designed in China for the European market, or in London for the English market in the Chinoiserie taste.

Melding Chinese and European styles in design occurred as early as 1754 when Thomas Chippendale published his Gentleman’s and Cabinet Maker’s Director, a pattern book of furniture in the Gothic, Chinese, and European Rococo tastes. The influence of such a mix is seen on RH’s coffee table: firstly, RH’s table is in the form of a coffee table, which is NOT a Chinese style, and the scene portrayed is NOT in the European taste (the scene dates from the mid-19th century, likely cut from a Coromandel screen); and the 20th century support armature and legs are Chinese style made for the British market.

such as Coco Chanel (1883-1971), who owned 32 multipaneled screens at her rooms at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris. A Coromandel screen is a type of lacquerware that has many coats of lacquer applied, sculpted, or overlaid with figures created by “kuan cai,” incised colored materials such as stone, gold, or mother of pearl in red or black lacquer. The screens are called Coromandel because they were shipped from China to Europe via the Coromandel coast of south-east India, where European trading companies, including the The Dutch East India Company, had their bases.

Suddenly Art Deco Europe felt a need to paint rooms Chinese Red and Black, to hang huge, gilded mirrors, to cover walls and upholstery with dramatic Asian patterns, and to come for cocktails in Chinese silk-embroidered coats and sporting bowl-cut bobs such as those worn by Flapper gals.

“True blockbuster theatre that will hold you captive until the final curtain call.”

In three eras in decorative art and design history we find a rage for Chinoiserie. In the late 18th century, society saw the apex of the style under the Prince Regent (the future George IV), who commissioned an estate with magnificent gardens called the Royal Pavilion (1810-1820). The second era occurred in the late 19th century – the Aesthetic Movement – when Japan was ‘opened’ by Commodore Perry and Asian porcelain and design became widely coveted, which calls to mind Oscar Wilde’s quote from that period, “I hope to live up to my Blue and White china.” The third renaissance, in the roaring ‘20s, saw the birth of RH’s table, when Chinese Coromandel screens were beloved by the fashionable,

What does this scene of two men, one being beaten with a bamboo rod, and one doing the beating, MEAN? Under traditional Chinese law going back to 907, whipping with a bamboo stick was one of the recommended punishments; the tradition of 10 to 50 lashes (for a debt, for example) was accepted practice into the late 19th century. As mentioned, the scene is cut from a much older screen, which would have contained a narrative of upper-class Chinese Court life. The value of the table is $400-500 (as today, Chinoiserie style is NOT in favor).

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Brilliant Thoughts Going Back

Most of us have probably had the experience of re-visiting a place we once knew well, and finding it changed in such a way as to tell us we don’t belong there anymore. Thomas Wolfe said it in the title of one of his novels – You Can’t Go Home Again. There is a word for the longing for an irretrievable past –“Nostalgia.” An additional symptom of this malady is the tendency to remember things as having been better than they really were. They were the “Good Old Days.”

But the idea that looking back ought to be discouraged has a long history. Its classic example is to be found in the Old Testament Book of Genesis, where it is associated with the destruction of the “wicked” cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. One inhabitant of Sodom, we are told, was a Hebrew patriarch named Lot. As in other Biblical instances (see the story of Noah), Lot is warned by heavenly messengers of the impending destruction, and given a chance to flee with his family

to another city. They do set out, but they have also been warned not to look back. However, Lot’s wife – whose name we’re not told – disregards this injunction, and in consequence is turned into a pillar of salt. This was apparently a way of explaining an odd geological phenomenon, at the top of a hill which you can still see from the road between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. It is indeed an isolated column of rock, surely of salt, since the Dead Sea itself is said to be the saltiest body of water on Earth (besides being the lowest point in elevation). But that column, or “pillar,” is still known as “Lot’s Wife.”

The concept of going back the way you came is of course associated with military defeat. Of that, the classic example is Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow in 1812. Why did he invade Russia in the first place? It was all because Russia’s Tsar Alexander I would not cooperate with Napoleon’s plan to control all of Europe, whereby the French general would prevent trade with his last remaining enemy, England. This would starve the British and force them into submission.

Napoleon already ruled virtually all of Continental Europe, either by military conquest, or by alliances (sometimes with countries upon whose thrones he had placed members of his own family). This “Continental System,” of course included the all-important port cities, which were all blockaded. But Russia was a hold-out and, despite several attempts by Napoleon at direct diplomacy, persisted in trading with England. The French emperor felt that his only recourse was force. He believed that, with his formidable record of military success, he would need only to cross the frontier at the head of an army, and the Tsar would be compelled to yield. But, as other would-be conquerors, before and since, have learned, Russia was a much harder nut to crack.

Napoleon and his generals put together a huge army, and aimed it directly at Moscow, the old Russian capital. (The new one, where the Tsar himself was situated, was hundreds of miles to the North – in St. Petersburg, on the Baltic.)

But as the French advanced, it soon became evident that this was going to be no triumphal procession. The Russian army steadily retreated, but followed what would later become known as a “scorched earth” policy, leaving nothing behind that could be of any possible use to the enemy. And they finally made a stand at a place called Borodino, about 130 km west of Moscow.

A very fierce battle was fought there, which the Russians apparently lost, since they retreated once again, leaving Moscow open to the invaders. But Napoleon was being led into a trap. No comfort awaited the “Grand Army.” Moscow had been abandoned and was stripped of all its stores. After lingering there in the vain hope that the Tsar would now be forced to come to terms – and with the notorious Russian Winter about to descend on them, the French were themselves forced into a retreat which became a military disaster. Under attack from virtually all sides, they had to follow their former ravaged path. That path took them past the Borodino battlefield, which was still littered with thousands of unburied dead. Napoleon, looking over the field, is said to have remarked that it was a most beautiful scene. One may doubt if many of those who heard him agreed with that sentiment.

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State Street Revisited

We all want a thriving, vibrant State Street, but we don’t have one.

I first wrote about the decline of State Street in 2017. As I look back to those articles not much has changed.

State Street isn’t actually dead, but it has been dying for years. I know that some folks deny this, but it’s a fact. According to Hayes Commercial Group, the vacancy rate on State Street is about 13.7%. In pre-Covid 2019, State Street’s vacancy rate was 12.4%, so things haven’t gotten much better. As Hayes recently reported, “The [400 to 1300 block] corridor continues to struggle both to attract and retain longterm tenants in sufficient numbers to break the cycle.”

Why has it declined? And what will get us back to State as the thriving centerpiece of town? The reasons for the decline I described in 2017 still exist with the added problem of closing State Street to

traffic. The solutions I offered then are about the same today.

A major part of the problem is that the City has relied on focus groups, advisory committees, and consultants to come up with solutions. The City Council formed the State Street Advisory Committee to come up with a State Street Master Plan. They have funded three consultants over the years to come up with solutions. In 2022 they hired consulting group MIG for $780,000 to tell them what to do. In my opinion these consultants were and are a waste of money. It’s no secret what the problems are and committees and out-of-town consultants have yet to solve things.

Here is how to bring State Street back to the vibrant shopping and dining street it used to be.

1. The homeless on State are a major concern for many locals. Unfortunately, solutions are very difficult. The Ninth Circuit has limited cities’ ability to deal with the problem. The City is trying to deal with the problem, but with limited

resources it’s too big for it to solve alone. The solution requires a lot of money, and maybe we citizens need to step up and help fund groups that work with the homeless. And the City needs to step up enforcement of our legal ordinances regarding sleeping, begging, and anti-social behavior on the Street.

2. The closing of State to traffic from Haley to Sola was a blow to retailers. The City’s response to the pandemic allowed restaurants to open outdoor dining “parklets.” But the closing of State to create a promenade hit retailers hard. The City has recently imposed regulations on parklets that may well eliminate many of them, but the pandemic era closing of State remains. Now that the pandemic has ended, the City needs to re-open the street to traffic.

Part of retail marketing is the visibility of one’s store. This is an issue I am very familiar with as an owner of retail properties. The problem with the Promenade is that it is 1.2 miles up and 1.2 miles down and not all shoppers will walk that far. That is why visibility from traffic is an important factor for a store’s location.

A solution would be a one-way traffic lane from Haley to Sola. This would return State to a normal street and stores along its entire length would be visible to shoppers and sales would improve. Presently the street is chaotic and unsafe. By encouraging folks to walk on the street with cyclists and skateboarders whizzing by is dangerous to pedestrians. By allowing a lane of traffic the chaos on the Street would be solved.

3. The City still has a problem with its Community Development Department’s permitting process. It is no secret that the process is cumbersome, time consuming, and difficult to get plans approved. Its reputation discourages businesses from locating here. The City claims that they have improved the process, but those applicants whom I talk to say it is still

very difficult. I know that the City has problems staffing its departments, but it is the entrenched committees that one has to go through that are a major part of the problem. The City needs to do a top-to-bottom analysis and reorganization of the permit process. They have funded a position for a planning ombudsman to help applicants through the planning process which will help. But I don’t see the City Council having the will to bring real change.

The City Council – Mayor Randy Rowse and Council Member Eric Friedman excepted – has been acting without understanding the full unintended consequences of their decisions. While the pandemic gave rise to a temporary solution to help restaurants, the closing of State Street had nothing to do with the pandemic. It was more of an excuse to push through an agenda that a majority of the Council had for a street mall. The result is stagnant community life on State Street except for party central for Gen Y and Z in the 500 block.

Instead of passing the buck to consultants, committees, and relying on community bull sessions, the Council should defer to the financial decisions made by businesses, property owners, and shoppers who do business on the Street. These are the “stakeholders” the City needs to listen to. More top-down political planning will just perpetuate the problem and things will remain the same.

Jeffrey Harding is a real estate investor and long-time resident of Montecito. He previously published a popular financial blog, The Daily Capitalist. He is a retired SBCC adjunct professor.

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Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

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Schubert (arr. Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen): “Die Nebensonnen” from Winterreise

“There are simply two kinds of string quartets: the Danish, and the others.” Boston Classical Review

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The House of Hidden Meanings

Thu, Apr 18 / 7:30 PM / Arlington Theatre

Tickets start at $50 / $20 UCSB students

Includes a copy of RuPaul’s new book, The House of Hidden Meanings (pick up at event)

International drag superstar RuPaul offers a personal philosophy that testifies to the value of chosen family, the importance of harnessing what makes you different and the transformational power of facing yourself fearlessly.

“RuPaul is almost like a prophet. He’s constantly flying a little higher than everybody else.” – Isaac Mizrahi

Live Concert and Film Screening

Antonio Sánchez

Birdman Live 10th Anniversary

The Academy Award-winning Best Picture, Birdman, screened to a live soundtrack Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts © All rights reserved

Fri, Apr 19 / 8 PM / Arlington Theatre

$25 / $10 all students (with valid ID)

An Arlington facility fee

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New Beginnings’ Safe Parking program turned 20 earlier this year, a milestone you need to celebrate. On the other hand, I wish it didn’t even exist in the first place. In an ideal world, there wouldn’t be homeless people living on the streets or in their cars. The latter is what the Safe Parking program addresses –and in the real world, the nonprofit’s Safe Parking has made a world of difference.

Safe Parking is Santa Barbara’s groundbreaking program that provides dedicated overnight parking spots to members of the community who are living in their cars, utilizing parking lots that are busy during business hours, but idle at night.

The program was the first of its kind in the United States and came about when former County Supervisor Susan Rose was talking with colleagues after a meeting behind the Santa Barbara County Administration building, and realized she was looking at an empty parking lot. She thought, “Wow, we can use this to address an unmet community need of people living in their vehicles at least having a safe place to park at night,” explained New Beginnings Executive Director Kristine Schwarz

The county lot was the pilot program back in 2003 and was under the aegis of a different nonprofit. New Beginnings took Safe Parking under its wing just a year later. Over the years, the initiative has expanded from just the 15 parking spaces at the county lot to more than 200 in 27 different parking facilities spanning Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Lompoc, and unincorporated areas of the South County.

All that is needed to enroll is a driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insur-

ance, with no other barriers. Those who qualify can enter the designated lot any time after 7 pm and must exit no later than 7 am the following morning.

What gives the program the adjective in its title is that New Beginnings has implemented much more than just a place for an unhoused person or family to spend the night in their vehicle, even beyond avoiding tickets or being told to move by police.

“All of the locations are confidential, and we do our best to make them as safe as possible,” Schwarz said. “The program is very structured. We have two case managers who are full-time dedicated to safe parking. We have four client liaison lot monitors who work to ensure the safety of the clients in the lot at night, going

through each of them around three times a night to make sure that everybody is safe and secure.”

Each of the lots has entered in a written agreement with New Beginnings, who has indemnified them against any liability. Since the program’s inception in 2004, there have been no major incidents or damage to any of the participating lots or neighborhoods.

Of course, the goal isn’t just to make sleeping in your car more comfortable. While there aren’t any limits to how long a person or family can be part of the program, the intent is to transition participants into traditional housing.

“The vehicular homeless tend to be higher functioning in general because they tend to be without housing for the first time in their lives,” Schwarz said. “We’ve had doctors, nurses, professors, lawyers, students participate in the program. We’re not a campground or a place where people can come and live permanently. It’s a shelter for people who are without housing who want to transition back into housing.”

How that happens is through New Beginnings’ comprehensive array of services.

“We leverage other funding sources and other staffing, including housing retention staff, housing navigation staff, and our multidisciplinary team, which includes a behavioral health specialist, a substance use specialist, a nurse, an employment and benefits specialist, and an aging and senior specialist,” Schwarz explained.

It’s working.

Last fiscal year, New Beginnings’ Safe Parking program was able to transition more than 100 people, Schwarz said.

Such success is among the reasons the New Beginnings program has served as the inspiration for Safe Parking initiatives nationwide. In fact, the nonprofit literally wrote the book about how other communities can implement similar programs. Its 64-page Safe Parking Program Manual, available on the New Beginnings website, outlines best prac-

tices, challenges, tips, and suggestions for municipalities interested in finding a way to safely park their vehicular homeless. The nonprofit also provides an extensive three-day training program.

“We’re the trailblazers in terms of working with vehicular homelessness,” Schwarz said. “Our program is always pointed to as the model. We have long experience with this population, and 20 years of data with all of the different types of challenges that present with people who are living in their vehicles. We’re just about to publish the second edition of the manual which includes research reports, and new information from other sites who met with us originally for technical assistance.”

In recognition of the 20th anniversary, earlier this year local Congressmember Salud Carbajal introduced a bipartisan bill in Washington to provide dedicated federal funding to implement and expand Safe Parking vehicular shelter programs both at home and around the nation.

Schwarz also just returned from a conference in Arizona with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, composed of representatives of different types of shelters, spanning youth shelters, family shelters, drop-in warming centers and many others. She represented the vehicle shelter population with the organization that is seeking to create standards for shelter and transitional housing.

“We created from scratch the standards that will be used as the foundation, which is really exciting,” she said. “I think Safe Parking will be one of the first, if not the first such program in the world to be accredited for a shelter.”

As with all such programs helping the homeless, however, the need for financial assistance just keeps growing, Schwarz said.

“Safe Parking has a dozen grants that we have to cobble together along with private donations,” she said. “But it’s never enough. The need is still greater than what we are able to provide.”

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at least one person is pleased.” — Katharine Hepburn
New Beginnings
The Safe Parking program not only provides a place for vehicle homeless to sleep, it also aims to assist them with transitioning to housing


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Real Estate Aahhh The Sweet Smells of An Early Spring in Montecito

By the time you read this, it might already be spring, (at least by the calendar). The jasmine is in bloom, and if you look up on the hills you can see the ceanothus blooming, creating pockets of bright color amongst the green. Additionally, we are still enjoying the clear skies and the lovely winter to spring fresh air we all share. The season of change that brings memories of so many springs past. Perhaps the most olfactory of months, March is truly a mix of all the best weather that Montecito has to offer (in my opinion). Though I do love the late summer months as well.

As many who came before me have put so well, “the rarified air we all share here in Montecito” – and in some cases the “rarified heir” – benefits also from our coastal location and the microclimates that exist here. When we would visit SB from Los Angeles before moving here 22 years ago, our daughter then four and five, would say as we hit the Sheffield off ramp at Fernald point, that it was the “smell good place.” She was so right.

On the Real Estate front here in Montecito, the eye-popping home prices and brisk sales activity continue to power forward into 2024. It was a booming February, and the first half of March looks just as big and bold, based on a few closings so far in the Pisces half of March (Happy Birthday to my wife, Sheela ), and also based on the high number of top priced properties that are in escrow (as of this writing, March 15).

In Montecito’s 93108, the stats for Feb 1 to March 15, 2024, are impressive. The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) shows that a total of 18 homes closed escrow in this wintery and often rainy (lower home sales volume) time frame. Also of note were the five homes selling over $10M, and a few going way over. Additionally, even more than in many recent months, we saw a significant number of off market sales, meaning the homes were not actively on the market when they changed hands.

The five estate sales over $10M in a 44-day time frame is perhaps unprecedented, or at least up there, even when comparing to peak market months of 2021 and 2022. For this top end of the market in February and first half of March, two homes sold over $10M, one over $20M and two over $30M. Wow!

While the big numbers grab the press nationwide (and often here in this article), the $5 to $8M market has been overperforming as well, and should not be overlooked. We saw both on and off market closings breaking neighborhood price records; and as usual, new or newly remodeled and move-in-ready homes grabbed the highest prices.

Of likely interest to new residents of the area are these facts: an entry level home in Montecito was formerly defined (pre-pandemic, 2019 or prior) as ranging in price between $800,000 for a Coast Village Road or Jameson Lane condo to about $2.5M for a starter home. Now that segment of the Montecito market has moved into the $1.5M’ish (for those same $800k condos) to the $4+million range (homes) as an entry level 93108 play.

If you are looking at the under $2M market in Montecito, a couple of Coast Village Road condos in the mid to high $1M’s available now – and the occasional fixer or tear down on small lots (none available under $2M right now) – might be your only options at this point. Add in the double rate of interest over the past year or more and it’s nearly +/- 4x as expensive to buy a home in Montecito now than


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just five years ago if you are needing to finance most of it; that is, 2x more expensive and interest rates are 2x what they were. Have incomes doubled? Or quadrupled? Talk about difficult times for the next generation to imagine buying a home in the town they grew up in. Montecito deservedly and quickly became the land of the “haves”, not the “might have someday”.

Here is a look at a few options still on the market as of this writing. These four properties featured have been on the market two weeks or more (some longer), but no telling if they will be available by the time you read this. So, if you see something you like, act fast. And as I often say in closing… If you can afford to live here, why wouldn’t you? Here to help if you need an agent, and always remember to keep Montecito friendly. Happy Spring!

126 Loureyro Road – $4,995,000

Offering multiple rental units, this Montecito property presents a unique opportunity in a “close to the beach” location. Echoing the style of the San Ysidro Ranch, the board & batten cluster of cottages was recently remodeled and is currently used as a short-term rental with great income, per the listing information. Friends of ours stayed in one of the larger cottages last Fall and it was great. The property also offers an ideal setting for a family compound.

Located in the Coastal Zone, the fully fenced and gated property is permitted as a Single-Family Residence with a Guest House and Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU), and includes one 2-bedroom cottage, one 1-bedroom cottage, and three studio spaces with kitchens. Renovated with updated bathrooms, kitchens and landscaping, and within the Montecito Union School District, the light-filled spaces are punctuated by gravel paths, hot tubs and sunny courtyards, making Fern Grove a timeless and inviting Montecito destination.

1545 Ramona Lane – $7,495,000

This 1930s classic Montecito home is nestled in the highly desirable Hedgerow neighborhood on prestigious Ramona Lane, surrounded by other equally and more expensive properties. The nearly 1-acre listing (.85) features a crescent drive, separate garage access driveway as well, and great curb appeal.

Located just blocks from the Rosewood Miramar Resort, Montecito Union, Crane School, Laguna Blanca, and the Upper Village, as well as the charming shops and restaurants on Coast Village Road, this location truly has it all, which is why homes in this area are always at a premium and rarely available.

The main house features 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, while the 1-bedroom, 800 square foot Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) offers the perfect space for guests, in-laws, or short/long-term rentals. With 10’ ceilings, the ADU sits completely private from the main house and offers its own entrance, a generous yard area, and dedicated parking.

The primary house works well as a single level home if desired, with 3 of the 5 bedrooms and 2 full baths on the main floor and features recent kitchen and bathroom

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renovations. Step outside and enjoy spacious patios, pathways and space for outdoor dining and relaxation. The lush landscaping and lawn are nourished by a shared private well, all within the Montecito Union School District.

1946 East Valley Road – $11,950,000

Newer to market is this Mediterranean Tuscan estate by renowned architect Don Nulty, located in the heart of Montecito. This timeless and romantic estate is an elegant retreat with a stunning design, featuring wide wood floors, vaulted ceilings, elegant arches, and an abundance of French doors that gracefully open to the beautiful grounds.

Situated on 1.03+/- acres, up a lovely, wide, shared lane off East Valley Road, the main residence encompasses 5 bedrooms, 8 full bathrooms, a grand living room with a stunning fireplace, a chef’s kitchen equipped with top-of-the-line appliances, and limestone floors complemented by an adjacent den. The primary suite is a private and peaceful retreat offering ocean views, a study, dual en suite baths, and walk-in closets.

An expansive lawn, immaculately manicured grounds, and a shimmering pool with spa offer a serene backdrop for relaxation and entertaining. Additional amenities include a temperature-controlled wine room, gym, a built-in outdoor BBQ, and a private studio. The location is convenient to the Upper and Lower villages, Birnam Wood Golf Club, hiking trails, and pristine beaches, all within the Montecito Union School District.

109 Rametto Road – $17,500,000

Reminiscent of Hollywood’s “Golden Era,” this impressive 1920s Montecito estate features breathtaking ocean/island views and embodies a rare blend of stunning, classic architecture. Originally constructed for C.K.G. Billings and designed by the renowned architect Carleton Winslow, this palatial property overlooks the Montecito Club and Andrée Clark Bird Refuge, seamlessly uniting seclusion with a close-to-town location, creating access to world-class restaurants, upscale boutiques, and pristine beaches.

Featuring grand bedrooms, libraries, offices, living and dining spaces, with 10 fireplaces and 14 bathrooms, every facet of this residence exudes regal splendor. The pool area evokes the ambiance of both the Beverly Hills Hotel and the legendary Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle, offering sweeping Pacific Ocean/Channel Island vistas, expansive terraces, and lavish dressing rooms.

Elevate your entertaining to unparalleled heights in a home that enjoys an envy-inducing game room, a remarkable home theater, and an exquisite wine cellar. “El Descanso” stands as a testament to luxury living from a bygone era.

Mark and his wife, Sheela Hunt, are real estate agents. His family goes back nearly 100 years in Santa Barbara. Mark’s grandparents – Bill and Elsie Hunt – were Santa Barbara real estate brokers for 25 years.

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Foraging Thyme Artichokes

To me there are a few vegetables that I will wait all year for, and some of them happen to be arriving in the market right now! Walking through the market this week I spotted artichokes at Mendoza Family Farms. Artichokes are by far my favorite and have been since I was a little girl. These prickly thistles are actually not a vegetable, and are rich in fiber, antioxidants, aid in digestion, are great for heart health, lowering blood sugar levels, and great for liver health. Originating in the Mediterranean, artichokes have been used for centuries in medicinal ways. Artichokes are particularly high in folate which is essential for prenatal health, helping to prevent both anemia and birth defects. They are also rich in fiber, loaded with vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, phosphorus, and magnesium. This thistle also contains an antioxidant luteolin, which has been shown to prevent the formation of cholesterol. Artichokes are also a great source of fiber, helping to keep your digestive system moving by providing prebiotics in the form of inulin, to feed our friendly gut bacteria. This also reduces the risk of bowel cancers, as well as alleviates constipation and diarrhea. This thistle is also known for lowering blood sugar levels. Let’s take these delicious thistles to the kitchen!

Herby Roasted Artichokes

Yield: 4 Servings

3 medium to large globe artichokes

2 each lemons, halved

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

6 each garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped

2 tablespoons fresh mixed herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano)

Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Dipping Sauce

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 each garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

2 teaspoons lemon zest


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Use a serrated knife to slice off the

bottom ½ inch of the stem and top 1 inch of the leaves on top. Remove and discard any small leaves toward the bottoms of the stems. Rinse the artichokes with cold water.

3. Slice the artichokes in half vertically through the stem. Using a spoon, scoop out the ‘choke’ or fuzzy middle.

4. Rub each half with the leftover lemon halves making sure you get the entire surface to prevent browning.

5. Place the artichoke halves on the baking sheet cut side up. Brush the cut sides of the artichokes evenly with olive oil. Then fill the cavities with garlic, herbs, salt and pepper.

6. Flip the artichokes over and repeat the brushing of olive oil and sprinkling of garlic and herbs, salt, and pepper.

7. Transfer to the oven and bake uncovered for 15 minutes.

8. Remove the pan, cover with foil and bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until tender and golden brown and the leaves pull off easily.

9. To make the dipping sauce, mix all together and allow to sit while the artichokes are roasting. Serve sauce on the side or drizzled on top.

The layered edible daisy (?!) brings its distinct earthy flavor to the spring dinner table (photo by Trizek via Wikimedia Commons) Melissa Petitto, R.D., is an executive chef and co-founder at Thymeless My Chef SB, was a celebrity personal chef for 16 years, just finished her 10th cookbook, and is an expert on nutrition and wellness.

music starting in the 1960s when he would book disparate acts on the same bill, adding psychedelic light shows. THE FRENZ show at SOhO on March 24 will feature memorable songs from classic rock and blues acts that played the Fillmore, including Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Howlin’ Wolf, Allman Bros, Neville Bros, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jeff Beck, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful Dead, the Doors, the Kinks, and many more.

Two nights later on March 26, SOhO segues to the other end of the sonic spectrum, with a Night of Broadway from Classic to Contemporary. Actor and radio personality Ed Giron emcees the evening of music that promises: “One singular sensation, and no more talk of darkness, and no wizard that there is or was is ever gonna bring us down.” Vocalists Deborah Bertling, Carole McNeil, and Gary Smith are joined by pianist Renée Hamaty for the evening of songs of some of the most beloved Broadway musicals, while Giron will provide a bit of history and background. Visit

State Street’s ‘Cinderella’ back on stage

The choreography for State Street Ballet’s Cinderella has essentially never changed over the nearly 20 years since the family-friendly work premiered in town in 2005 and then went on a sold-out tour around the East Coast of the country. State Street founder and artistic director Rodney Gustafson created the piece just shy of the company’s 10th anniversary. The work features classic yet contemporary choreography, Prokofiev’s famous score, lots of lighthearted humor along with then-innovative digital animation projections, and has been an enduringly popular take on the classic story ever since its debut.

“It’s really stood the test of time over the past 20 years, and it’s been one of the ballets that State Street has performed the most on tour,” said Cecily MacDougall. The Santa Barbara native joined State Street Ballet as a dancer in 2009 (performing in Cinderella) and served as Education Director before becoming Executive Director when Gustafson retired in 2022. “It’s really an important piece of State Street Ballet history and a nice way to honor Rodney as we go through this transition with his original choreography, the original costumes and even some original performers. The magic is still very impactful, and you can feel it in the theater, especially with kids in the audience.”

The two shows at the Lobero on March 23 and 24 feature the original additional choreography by Marina Fliagina, SSB’s longtime rehearsal director, who originated the role of Cinderella’s stepmother 20 years ago and will be performing it again at the Lobero. Her husband, Sergei Domrachev, also reprises his role as one of the wicked stepsisters, a genre-bending twist that provides a lot of the comedy.

“It creates such a juxtaposition between Cinderella and her goodness and graciousness and her dancing and these two foolish characters,” MacDougall said. “It adds a lot of comedy to the ballet, which is not something that you usually see in ballet, which makes it very entertaining and great for children.”

The two principals are new to their roles: Amara Galloway, a company dancer since 2017, plays the title character, while Ethan Ahuero, who joined SSB only last year, plays the Prince.

“Amara has danced Clara in The Nutcracker, and Ethan is just pure sun-

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CVA Communiqué (Continued from 5)

Work on Coast Village will begin on March 25th and be from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday

Day weekend. Each median will take up to two weeks, and work is planned from 7 am – 5

The angled parking directly adjacent to the section where the work is taking place will be used for construction vehicles and materials during each section’s schedule. As a result, this parking will be unavailable and clearly marked “no parking.” Compliance will be key to the completion of this project in a timely manner.

There will be updates weekly on the website in a section dedicated to this project that will be clearly accessible from their home page.

Looking beyond the short-term adjustments, the road paving project symbolizes a commitment to the mission of Coast Village Improvement District, “bettering

our community and increasing safety.” Improved infrastructure not only facilitates smoother travel but also catalyzes economic growth while enhancing community vitality. Through this endeavor, the CVA asks the community to embrace this as progress for fostering betterment, and laying the groundwork for beautification of the medians.

For more information visit: www.CoastVillageRoad. com or email

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Join State Street Ballet for their iconic performance of Cinderella on March 23 and 24 (courtesy photo)

Your Westmont

Alumna’s Studio Wins Oscar for ‘Last Repair Shop’

This month, as we celebrate the remarkable achievements of women, the legacy of Ruth Kerr, who co-founded Westmont in 1937, continues to shape lives with a vision ahead of its time. She encouraged women to embrace the world beyond the idyllic Montecito campus, inspiring them to pursue their dreams and make a difference on a global scale. Her boldness and determination continue to inspire generations of alumni and students today.

One of those, alumna Dawn (Carson) O’Keeffe (‘82) is vice president of finance for Breakwater Studios, which won its second Oscar for Best Documentary Short Film with “The Last Repair Shop.”

O’Keeffe, who’s been involved in the industry for nearly four decades, says the film touches on many incredible elements that enhance humanity. It profiles several devoted workers who repair musical instruments for 80,000 students in Los Angeles.

“It’s about repairing these free school instruments, but it’s more about these individual, personal stories that touch on so many different important themes,” she says.

Breakwater won an Oscar in 2022 for another short documentary, “The Queen of Basketball,” which chronicles the storied life of basketball legend Lusia Harris. Shaquille O’Neal and Stephen Curry served as executive producers.

“I started with Breakwater when there were four employees and me,” she says. “Now, there’s 20 staff, and I just finished 1099s for 151 freelancers.”

Prior to joining Breakwater in 2017, O’Keeffe co-founded Blue Field Productions, which made an award-winning documentary, “GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District,” that aired nationally on PBS.

Student Film Fest Gains Popularity

Guest speakers include:

The Director’s Roundtable: Michael Swanson, senior vice president of NBC/ Peacock Production.

The Producer’s Roundtable: Cheryl Bayer, president of Living Pop Ups Media, and former head of ABC Network Programming and FOX Programming.

The Screenwriter’s Roundtable: Holly Sorensen, showrunner and writer for Step Up: High Water (Starz Network), Make it or Break It (ABC Network) and Recovery Road (ABC Network)

Talk Explores Balance, Mobility, Aging

Adam Goodworth, a professor in the departments of engineering and kinesiology, and alumnus Maury Hayashida (’95) examine balance and mobility and how aging affects them in a talk

Thursday, March 21, at 5:30 pm at the Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden Street, in downtown Santa Barbara. The Westmont Downtown Lecture, “Aging and Mobility: Fundamentals and Frontiers,” is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Free parking is available on the streets surrounding CAW or in nearby city parking lots. For more information, please call (805) 565-6051.

“We’ll have a few activities for the audience, plenty of practical tips, key research data, and a discussion about future directions and the latest technology,” Goodworth says.

“My Westmont education was wonderful on so many levels,” she says. “I took advantage of several unique programs and looked for opportunities outside of Westmont to continue to deepen my knowledge.”

The second annual Montecito Student Film Festival has exploded in popularity and gone global. Student filmmakers from 65 countries have submitted more than 500 films for the free event. Attendees can watch films throughout the day, Saturday, March 23, from 10 am – 5 pm in Westmont’s Porter Theatre.

Festival producer Tamia Sanders (’24) says last year’s event served as a trial run for organizers to settle in and gain momentum. “We got the opportunity to put something together for the first time at Westmont,” she says. “This year’s growth results from a team of people with a clear vision of what we’re doing and the ambition to get it done.”

Festival Director Wendy Eley Jackson, a catalyst for the film studies minor the college launched in 2019, says filmmaking has always been popular among students, including the global student community that desires to tell stories. “Through the advent of social media and technology, people tell stories every day,” she says. “We’re now providing a platform for them here at the Montecito Student Film Festival to display what they’ve crafted.”

Hayashida established Hayashida and Associates Physical Therapy in 2002, an orthopedic and sports rehabilitation center. In addition, he founded Variant Training Lab and its parent company, the ArthroKinetic Institute, a state-of-the-art facility designed to identify, prevent and correct disorders of the human musculoskeletal system. A medical training facility, Variant analyzes the movement of healthy, high-performing individuals who want to remain that way. “We utilize our Test, Treat, Train philosophy to predict risk and optimize movement,” says Hayashida, who has also served as the executive director of the Research Institute of Human Movement since 2011. Goodworth, who earned a doctorate from Oregon Health and Sciences University, is a biomedical engineer who applies technical approaches to human movement science. He has conducted research on prosthetics, including efforts to assist the nonprofit LIMB International on projects in Africa. He was lead author of “Characteristics of inter-subject variability in feedback control of standing balance” published in the Journal of Neurophysiology . He won a grant from the Department of Defense to study how microprocessor knees affect perturbed walking and standing balance, and also has funding from the National Science Foundation to study mechanisms of balance in children with severe cerebral palsy.

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nothing to prove to anybody.” — Maya Angelou
Dawn O’Keeffe “The Last Repair Shop” Tamia Sanders, Campbell Ralph, Wendy Eley Jackson, and Cole Anderson at last year’s MSFF Adam Goodworth Maury Hayashida Scott Craig is manager of media relations at Westmont College

Montecito Health Coach

CBD: What is it and why its use is skyrocketing in the wellness community?

Cannabidiol. CBD. Don’t get too excited. This is the non-psychotropic part of either the marijuana or the hemp plant. According to the CDC, “Hemp is defined as any part of the cannabis sativa plant with no more than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).” Which is otherwise known as the “stoney part.” However, use caution when buying CBD at dispensaries, as most are not FDA regulated, and therefore not required to adhere to the under 0.3% standard.

CBD’s medicinal use goes back thousands of years and was used to treat a variety of ailments such as malaria, rheumatism, gout, and memory loss. But more recently, the FDA has approved a drug called Epidiolex, which contains a purified form of CBD and is used to treat some seizure disorders.

So how does it work? According to Forbes Health, “When applied topically or consumed orally via oils, capsules, gummies or drinks, CBD interacts with neuroreceptors in the endocannabinoid system, which sends signals between cells in the body to help regulate movement, mood, homeostasis and immune function.” So, there’s that.

I bet you a glass of kombucha, you can’t walk (ok, drive) more than a few blocks in our town without finding a product for sale that contains CBD. Creams for aches. Gummies for insomnia. Tinctures for anxiety. Oils for pain management, inflammation, and some neurological disorders. It is so readily available; CVS even carries it.

But according to Brittany Bijan, local yoga instructor and CBD aficionado, not all CBD is created equal. “It’s extremely important to ensure your CBD is USDA certified, hemp is such a mop crop that it absorbs all of the toxins in the air and in the soil so it’s really important to know where your hemp is coming from.” She is a big believer, as CBD changed her life by curing years of debilitating insomnia.

However, with anything you ingest, you should do your research. Like Lululemon leggings, one size does not fit all. Just because CBD is natural, does not mean it can’t cause complications. Many people forget to tell their health practitioners about herbal supplements or even vitamins they are taking, and they need to know EVERYTHING as there can be surprising drug and physiological interactions with even the most innocent of vitamins.

What seems clear though is that CBD usage is not only on the rise but is becoming more mainstream. Remember when acupuncture was considered “new” despite thousands of years of practice? Well, most insurance plans now cover it. Western medicine is catching up, albeit slowly, and perhaps CBD is the next one to take flight.

In 2023, the global CBD market reached $7.6 billion and is expected to grow exponentially over the next decade. More and more research is explaining why. According to the NIH’s National Library of Medicine, the use of CBD for psychiatric conditions is also gaining traction. “CBD is purported to be used for various medical and psychiatric conditions: depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s or other cognitive illnesses as well as pain. There is also a new trend to use CBD for the treatment of opioid use disorder.”

So, what’s the catch? Like anything, CBD can have side effects; dry mouth, stomach upset, decrease in appetite and drowsiness. And it isn’t for everyone.

Which brings us back full circle. Not all CBD is of equal quality. If you are interested, ask an expert, do your research, and speak with your health professionals. In the meantime, I highly recommend the hand cream. It worked wonders for me and my flying fingers – and it fit like a glove. Sometimes one size does fit all.

Is Kundalini Yoga the Perfect Holistic Intervention for Older Women at Risk of Alzheimer’s?


Health conducted a landmark study that revealed the transforming potential of Kundalini yoga for older women at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in Translational Psychiatry, demonstrates how this holistic technique extends beyond memory augmentation, providing a comprehensive strategy that rejuvenates brain circuits while counteracting aging and inflammation biomarkers.

Alzheimer’s disease is a persistent neurodegenerative disorder that disproportionately affects women. Longer life expectancy, hormonal changes following menopause, and heredity all contribute to an increased risk. With no cure in sight, prevention is key, particularly in the early stages of the disease.

Kundalini yoga, a mind-body practice that includes physical postures, breathing methods, and meditation, has emerged as a viable intervention. Dr. Helen Lavretsky and her team at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior investigated the role of Kundalini yoga in preventing cognitive decline in postmenopausal women at high risk for Alzheimer’s.

The study included 79 postmenopausal women aged 50 and up who reported subjective cognitive decline and cardiovascular risks. They were divided into two groups for the 12-week intervention, which included Kundalini yoga and memory-enhancing exercises.

Comprehensive examinations, such as cognitive tests, subjective memory evaluations, mood assessments, and blood samples for gene expression, offered a comprehensive picture of Kundalini yoga’s impact on cognitive health.

Participants in the Kundalini yoga group showed substantial cognitive and neurobiological benefits compared to those in the memory training group. Memory performance and subjective memory assessments improved significantly, suggesting a possible intervention for subjective cognitive decline.

Kundalini yoga’s influence went beyond cognitive functioning. The study discovered a reversal of aging and inflammation-associated gene expression patterns, implying a larger influence on biological processes connected to aging and neurodegeneration.

Notably, Kundalini yoga showed excellent levels of adherence and low side effects, indicating its tolerance and feasibility as an intervention. This supports the practice’s promise as a safe and effective technique for improving cognitive health in older persons at risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

This study opens the door to further holistic interventions for Alzheimer’s prevention, with Kundalini yoga emerging as a potent tool. As we discover the power of mind-body activities, the path to cognitive wellness becomes clearer, providing hope and real answers for people at risk of Alzheimer’s.

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Bids open at 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 11, 2024 for:



General project work description: Bridge Replacement over Cold Springs Creek

The Plans, Specifications, and Bid Book are available at

The Contractor must have either a Class A license or any combination of the following Class C licenses which constitutes a majority of the work: C-8, C-12, C-13, C-31, C-50, C-51

The DBE Contract Goal is 23%

For the Federal Training Program, the number of trainees or apprentices is 1

Submit sealed bids to the web address below. Bids will be opened and available at the web address below immediately following the submittal deadline.


Complete the project work within 105 Workings Days

The estimated cost of the project is $ 3,730,000

A optional pre-bid meeting is scheduled for this project on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at 2:00 PM at East Mountain Drive over Cold Springs Creek, near 895 E Mountain Dr This project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).

A contractor or subcontractor shall not be qualified to bid on, be listed in a bid proposal, subject to the requirements of PCC Section 4104, or engage in the performance of any contract for public work, as defined in this chapter, unless currently registered and qualified to perform public work pursuant to Labor Code (LAB) Section 1725.5. It is not a violation of this section for an unregistered contractor to submit a bid that is authorized by Business and Professions Code (BPC) Section 7029.1 or by PCC Section 10164 or 20103.5 provided the contractor is registered to perform public work pursuant to LAB Section 1725.5 at the time the contract is awarded.

Prevailing wages are required on this Contract. The Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations determines the general prevailing wage rates. Obtain the wage rates at the DIR website

The federal minimum wage rates for this Contract as determined by the United States Secretary of Labor are available at Copies are also available at the office of the Department of Public Works – Engineering Division, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

If the minimum wage rates as determined by the United States Secretary of Labor differs from the general prevailing wage rates determined by the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations for similar classifications of labor, the Contractor and subcontractors must not pay less than the higher wage rate. The Department does not accept lower State wage rates not specifically included in the federal minimum wage determinations. This includes helper, or other classifications based on hours of experience, or any other classification not appearing in the federal wage determinations. Where federal wage determinations do not contain the State wage rate determination otherwise available for use by the Contractor and subcontractors, the Contractor and subcontractors must not pay less than the federal minimum wage rate that most closely approximates the duties of the employees in question.

Inquiries or questions based on alleged patent ambiguity of the plans, specifications, or estimate must be submitted as a bidder inquiry by 2:00 PM on 04/05/2024. Submittals after this date will not be addressed. Questions pertaining to this Project prior to Award of the Contract must be submitted via PlanetBids Q&A tab.

Bidders (Plan Holders of Record) will be notified by electronic mail if addendums are issued. The addendums, if issued, will only be available on the County’s PlanetBids website,

By order of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Barbara this project was authorized to be advertised on 12/07/2021

D. McGolpin Director of Public Works

Published March 13 & 20, 2024

Montecito Journal


NAME STATEMENT: The following per-

is/are doing business as: Downhome Mystic; Guilded Muse; Gilded Muse, 1661 Las Canoas Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Jennifer Erin Bower, 1661 Las Canoas Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 15, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk



The above captioned ordinance was adopted at a regular meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council held on March 5, 2024.

The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter as amended, and the original ordinance in its entirety may be obtained at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Santa Barbara, California.


/s/ Sarah Gorman, MMC City Clerk Services Manager





I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance was introduced on February 27, 2024, and adopted by the Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a meeting held on March 5, 2024, by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Eric Friedman, Alejandra Gutierrez, Oscar Gutierrez, Meagan Harmon, Mike Jordan, Kristen W. Sneddon, Mayor Rowse

NOES: None



IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara on March 7, 2024.


Sarah Gorman, MMC City Clerk Services Manager

I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance on March 6, 2024.

/s/ Randy Rowse Mayor

Published March 20, 2024 Montecito Journal

E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN No. 20240000503. Published March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2024


(SEAL). FBN No. 2024-0000677. Published March 20, 27, April 3, April 17, 2024.


NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: I Do Consulting CO, 631 E Sola St. #A, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Samantha Siteman, 836 Anacapa St. #1561, Santa Barbara, CA 93102. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 28, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph

E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN No. 20240000513. Published March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 2024


NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Pooch Parlor, 1194 Mustang Drive, Santa Ynez, CA 93460. Natalie Taylor, PO Box 978, Santa Ynez, CA 93460. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 27, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph

NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Casa Dorinda, 300 Hot Springs Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Montecito Retirement Association, 300 Hot Springs Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 23, 2024. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN No. 20240000469. Published March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2024


NAME: CASE No. 24CV01144. To all interested parties: Petitioner Beverly Elaine Ray filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Beverly Elaine Dickinson. 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. Filed March 15, 2024 by Narzralli Baksh.

Hearing date: May 10, 2024 at 10 am in Dept. 4, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published March 20, 27, April 3, April 17, 2024.


TATE OF: Donald Wilson Hoffler. Case No. 24PR00118. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of Donald Wilson Hoffler aka Donald W. Hoffler aka Donald Hoffler aka Don Hoffler, a Petition for Probate has been filed by Wendy A. Mangone in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara. The Petition for Probate requests that Wendy A. Mangone be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the

estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: April 25, 2024, at 9 am in Dept. 5, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file your written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court with the later date of either four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, or 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice. Other California statues and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. Attorney for petitioner: Stefanie M. Herrington, ESQ., 559 San Ysidro Road, Suite J, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 (805)293-6363. Filed March 5, 2024, by Nicolette Barnard, Deputy.

Published March 20, 27, April 3, April 17, 2024.

21 – 28 March 2024 Montecito JOURNAL 32 “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land.” — Helen Keller

shine on stage, so he makes for a very charming prince,” MacDougall said.

Also new with this production in State Street Ballet’s hometown is a pre-matinée event for the Sunday afternoon show, where a tutu-clad dancer will share the tale of Cinderella on the lawn in front of the Lobero, a special storytime introduction for young audience members to engage with the company staff.

“Most people are familiar with Cinderella, but because we tell the story through dance without voices, it’s always nice to have that little magical moment with a ballerina reading it to prepare kids for the show,” MacDougall said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

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Chaucer’s Choice: ‘Poor Ghosts’

David Starkey is one of Santa Barbara’s most entrenched writers. His varied literary career spans poetry, textbooks and fiction, and a term as Santa Barbara’s 20092011 Poet Laureate. Starkey was Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at SBCC, co-editor of the California Review of Books, and the publisher and co-editor of Gunpowder Press. Over the past 35 years, he has published 11 fulllength collections of poetry with small presses. Starkey’s latest novel, titled Poor Ghosts, has a local setting, and features literal worlds in collision. The fanciful tale finds a private jet carrying the members of Poor Ghost – one of America’s most storied rock bands – plunging into the backyard of Caleb Crane, a retired insurance salesman in Santa Barbara. Crane is in mourning over his wife’s death from Covid, and now has to navigate trauma, grief and loss while his quiet neighborhood is invaded by pushy reporters and rabid fans of the fictional band. Poor Ghost

moves back and forth between the impact of the plane crash on Crane’s life, and an oral history of Poor Ghost that takes us from its beginnings as a working-class punk band to penultimate rock icon status. The twists and turns of the plot converge at an intersection illustrating how we view, negotiate, argue with, and aid those who are unlike us. Starkey shares stories behind the book and signs copies on March 26th at Chaucer’s Books.

Vintners in Ventura

The Ventura Spring Wine Walk & Vendor Fair showcases wineries and craft breweries as well as merchants and other businesses in historic downtown Ventura this Saturday, March 23. The event kicks off with a free Vendor Fair from 11 am – 6:30 pm where local shops, artisans, and other sellers fill Main Street amid continuous live entertainment and peppered with nonprofit organizations. At 3 pm wend your way to the Wine Walk where guests can sample a wide variety of wines and other beverages at participating tasting sites with the festival.

Visit https://cbfproductions.ticketspice. com/spring-wine-walk-2024 for details and tickets

Steven Libowitz has covered a plethora of topics for the Journal since 1997, and now leads our extensive arts and entertainment coverage

Groucho, Neil Armstrong flubbing his line and hopping like a bunny, da Vinci, Peter Gabriel, Judy Garland hunched in form-fitting black, spotlit, cropped hair throwing sweat as she reaches for the note, inoperable cancers, the middle east, the far east, Clint Eastwood in Two Mules for Sister Sara, Sam Peckinpah, the last afternoon of the last Neanderthal, Thomas McGuane, the Fall of Rome, the Cambrian Explosion, Johnny Mercer, the Impact Event, Harold Lloyd, Sartre, Ava Gardner, Saul Bellow, Marlene Dietrich, Édith Piaf, Anthony Newley, Bob Mould, Neil Aspinall, Maurice Chevalier, Stu Sutcliffe. Henry Mancini! The world is huge and roiling and doesn’t pause. Imagine what you will – expansive fields of waving grasses and strangers walking there, absolutely unaware of you, people sitting down to eat all over the world, children pushing toys under beds, then naked children sprinting down sun-dappled forest paths; Hawk faced George Gershwin massaging a Steinway and glancing coyly over his shoulder – the grand, straight unbrowed nose, the slight underbite. Enola Gay, Gary Cooper, Fred Astaire, Nouakchott and Wilmington kissing in the night, Henry Fonda, the Mariana Trench, Steve McQueen, Dana Andrews. Jimmy Stewart collapsing atop a paper-strewn table and sliding to the floor. Noel Coward, Glen Matlock, Isaac Newton, Andy Partridge, the Magna Carta, the first bird, the first fish, Gene Kelly, the hasty burial of Pompeii, Dodge City, Verdun, Cary Grant walking off into a snow-filled evening, Caligula, Captain Kangaroo, Franco Nero as Lance (“Live! LIVE!”), Dresden on fire, Vonnegut in his olive drabs there, Gene Kelly again, Nelson Mandela. And a distinguished pack of tuxedoed figures standing around a brilliantly underlit emerald swimming pool in the dead of a desert night, pinching martini glasses and tossing heads back congenially, in laughter, free hands in pockets, backs arched, knees bent slightly – the orgasmic synchronous bomburst of everything happening everywhere, every second, even as our dear tormented rock pirouettes lazily through an eternally empty room. All we have is each other.

I can see my parents sunken living room

I can see my parents sunken living room in Boulder, Colorado in the ‘70s. I can very clearly see myself stepping down into it. Red shag carpet, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams of dark wood, skylights, lots of macramé. And the Percy Faith Orchestra sawing away at what sounds like 11,000 violins, the Limelight Theme soaking the moment with gorgeous and indescribable melancholy. A memory can be like a physical blow to the chest. You know the one.

Look up and out. Raise your face to the Magisterial Everyday and drink in what you see. Gather a cache of introspection over which to warm your hands in the coming years. It is yours alone. The repository – all that you love – resides in your head. May it fill to the brim.


Beloved Patron Saint of Detonation

The parochial details of the saints’ lives and martyrdoms lend themselves to sometimes odd vocational patronages. Saint Barbara – a fourth century Christian whose pagan dad punished her unto death when he learned of her religious conversion – is a case in point. Bab’s anger-management-needing father was thereafter struck down by a largish blast of providential lightning (just to put an exclamation point on the message from on high), so explosions as a phenomenon are attached to Barbara, making her the patron saint of armorers, gunsmiths, miners and anyone else whose work with explosives leads to frequent on-the-job prayer. The unreliability of early cannons, which just as often blew up their hosts as the enemy, gave rise to Saint Barbara’s being invoked as a divine protector of artillery persons, and an ancient military order exists into which artillery persons may still be inducted. The Order of Saint Barbara is a military honor society for both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Artillery, including field artillery and Air Defense Artillery. This is considered a very high honor. The area on a warship where ammunition is stored is known to sailors as The St. Barbara, and the blast-proof enclosure that prevents wayward ammo from vaporizing hapless sailors as it’s being loaded into heavy shipboard guns is called the barbette. The American Riviera is not all fun and games.

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Beings & Doings (Continued from 6)
On Entertainment (Continued from 29)
Come for a stroll and some vino at the Ventura Spring Wine Walk & Vendor Fair

Weston-Smith , Jeep Holden , Tom Parker, Police Chief Kelly Gordon, and Fire Chief Chris Mailes.

A Golden Oscars Bash

Society gadabout Rick Oshay and La Boheme dancers founder Teresa Kuskey teamed up with Scott and Karen Davis to host an Oscars bash at Rick’s Montecito estate while the 96th annual

event was shown on giant TV screens around the gardens decorated with giant figures of the awards trophy.

Among those noshing on the canapés and quaffing the creative cocktails and wine, while dancing the night away to DJ Joey Souza, were Adam McKaig and Melissa Borders, Fred Brander, Maitland Ward and Rochelle Mirabello, Dave Pintard, Laurie Kirby, Peter and Kathryn Martin, Michelle Profant, Brendon Twigden, Robert Adams, Donna Reeves, Peter Hilf, fun loving Franciscan friar Larry Gosselin, Lisa Osborn, Jeep Holden, and Arthur Swalley

A swellegant night...

The Tunes of Tinseltown

The Golden Days of Hollywood were remembered when the Santa Barbara Symphony under guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, general director of the New York Grand Opera, performed an Oscar-themed concert at the Granada hosted by the vivacious Leslie Zemeckis Leslie, a bestselling author and award-winning documentarian, as well as being a near Montecito neighbor and fellow MJ colum-

nist, was in fine form as the glamor and nostalgia of Tinseltown a half century ago was brought to life with the evocative movie music and iconic film scenes projected onto a big screen above the talented musicians. Included in the entertaining 100-minute program were The Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Ben Hur, and The Wizard of Oz.

All too magical for words...

many items are shared across the various organizations in Santa Barbara County.

“Mental Health support is another critical category of support that helps ensure that we are taking care of those who take care of us.”

Among the equipment provided by the grants are water rescue jet skis, 30 defibrillators – one for each Santa Barbara police patrol car, three self-contained breathing units for sheriff dive teams, dune-fly 3D topography mapping software, night vision goggles for the sheriff air support unit, and water-backcountry thermal rescue drones.

Among the supporters were Nina Terzian , who donated $100,000, Gretchen Lieff, the ubiquitous John Palminteri, Alan and Lisa Parsons, George Isaac , Kirsten Cavendish

Birdie in the Humidor

It was close, but there were more than enough cigars when golfers competed at the Sandpiper golf course, just a tiara or Miscellany

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“Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.” — Amy Tan
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Kirsten Cavendish Weston-Smith and Richard Weston-Smith (photo by Priscilla) First responders – the ones who receive (and deserve) One805’s support (photo by Priscilla) Nina Terzian, Kirsten Cavendish Weston-Smith, Karla Parker, and Achok Majak (photo by Priscilla) Host Rick Oshay with some of the Oscars party attendees (photo by Priscilla) Peter Hilf, Scott and Karen Davis, Robert Adams, with hosts Rick Oshay and Teresa Kuskey (photo by Priscilla) Kathryn Martin, Monica Williams, Teresa Kuskey, Pamela SillixGrotstein, Danuta Bennett, Beth Amine, Jackie Walters, and Jennifer Purling (photo by Priscilla) Hostess Leslie Zemeckis, conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, and SBS Associate Concertmaster Elizabeth Hedman (photo by Priscilla) SBS President/CEO Kathryn Martin delighted that a young couple are also excited about the evening’s music (photo by Priscilla)
21 – 28 March 2024 Montecito JOURNAL 35 CECILY FIRESTEIN 91% of a Century: An Artistic Retrospective Opening Reception March 7th 5-8 pm Reg Hours: Thursday - Sunday 12 pm - 6 pm Or By Appointment 116 Santa Barbara Street 207.475.5588 |

Giobbi [Leah Chisholm], Travel & Leisure Editor-in-Chief Jacqui Gifford, actor/ producer/director Eva Longoria Bastón, actresses Rebecca Gayheart and Camilla Belle Routh, award-winning author Michelle Ebbin, and many others.

We met at her flagship store, did a photo session of her spring-summer ’24 (SS24) styles, and an interview.

Q. From your first collection in 2016 to now, what has stayed and what is being introduced?

A. The Emma Silk Slip Dress has remained a Catherine Gee staple throughout all of our collections, as well as the best-selling Daria French Cuff Silk Blouse. The brand has become known in the marketplace for our silk blouses and specifically printed silk blouses.

Adding onto this robust category, I’m thrilled to be working with a silk alternative fabric and will be introducing a different tier of shirting that will open up more avenues in the industry.

How many new pieces are in seasonally?

I typically add eight to 10 new silhouettes every season, and we aim to sell the entire ready-to-wear collection which encompasses silk shirting, silk camisoles, plush Pima Cotton tees, velvet coats and jackets, jacquard coats, cashmere sweaters, skirts, slip dresses, maxi dresses, and shirt dresses.

How far ahead are your collections designed?

I work a year in advance, and currently am designing SS25. I design a traditional two combined seasons with a Holiday/Resort. The Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter collections are very large collections, and the Holiday and the Resort deliveries are more capsule type collections.

What is it about silk you are drawn to as the primary material for your collection?

I’ve always loved the fluidity of silk and seeing and touching my grandmother’s silk kimonos as a little girl left an indelible mark. I love the flow, the touch, and the poetic nature of it. It is a natural fiber, so it also has a cooling effect and feels amazing against your skin. I work in crepe de chine silk and silk charmeuse for our everyday shirting. The sheen of both of these two different types of silk is captivating to the eye.

Do you use Pantone colors?

I really enjoy PANTONE collections! I utilize many Pantone colors to complement existing and developing print tones within the collections. When I attend sourcing shows in Las Vegas, Paris and Tokyo, the new developments and trends just within the color realm and PANTONE books and catalogues are infinitesimally fun!!!

What is your design perspective?

It is grounded in creating a multifaceted capsule collection for modern women to feel confident, cool, and sexy in their everyday lives. We strive to offer women the option of day to evening wear.

The collection foundation piece is…?

The Daria Blouse is the bread and butter of Catherine Gee. It has become a famous silhouette in the industry and especially within silk shirting. Women around the country “collect” Daria Blouses and own countless prints and colors as I produce dozens and dozens each year.

Who are your fashion contemporaries?

Catherine Gee is positioned as an advanced contemporary fashion house, so I look to global brands such as Isabel Marant (Paris) and Raquel Allegra (Los Angeles) for

what they have achieved both in a sartorial sense but also with commercial success. I am, obviously, extremely invested in women designing for women so when I see women in this industry succeed and really THRIVE, it is beyond empowering and inspiring for all of us. With that said, I look up to other trailblazing women like Diane von Fürstenberg, Donna Karan, and Nili Lotan.

Have you thought about being a Couture House Creative Director/Designer?

Although the idea is charming and romantic, my responsibility and commitment is in continuing to evolve and build my brand. There are designers who have held the reins at houses I admire: Celine, Chloé, Alberta Ferretti, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Haider Ackermann, etc. As far as American fashion, I admire Zac Posen, and I am looking forward to his impact in his newly appointed role as Global Creative Director for the GAP group.

Do you plan to add accessories to your collection?

There are many directions and sub-categories of fashion/design we are considering, such as home decor (taking my unique prints into wallpaper), accessories (sunglasses and bags), and even menswear. However, there is a time and a place for this to happen.

What aspects of your business incorporate environmental sensitivity & fair practices for employees?

The brand is manufactured in three factories in China, Peru, and Los Angeles. I have visited both the Peruvian and Los Angeles factories many times and know all of the employees from management to sewers. From the beginning, it has been of utmost importance that all workers who are overseeing and producing our product are in a safe and healthy work environment and are paid fair wages. Our Chinese silk factory, which is wholly woman-owned, is one of the best in the world and produces 80% of our brand.

Where can we find your collection in stores?

Catherine Gee is stocked in almost 300 upmarket boutiques all across the U.S. Noteworthy stores are Elements in Dallas, ANIK in New York City, Barbara Katz in Boca Raton, Gus Mayer Nashville and Birmingham, PE 101 in Aspen, MARCUS stores (Montecito, Aspen, Chicago etc.), Encounter Boutique in Saratoga Springs, Leigh’s in Grand Rapids, Due Luca Bruno in Vail, to name a few.

What would you love to mention to the fashion world, your followers, and our readers globally?

Women travel to Santa Barbara to experience and shop in our store as they have seen the evolution of the brand through many of the stores listed above. We have committed fans in Dallas, Aspen, Chicago, Telluride, New York City, Miami, Nashville, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and many other U.S. cities. Our flagship store in Santa Barbara is an elevated addition to the women’s shopping experience in Southern California. Our online store ( gives our out-of-town clients easy access to our collections.


Trailblazer Christine Garvey

My column’s Women’s History Month is proud to present Montecito trailblazer Christine Garvey. As a women’s leader in banking and real estate law, Garvey was one of seven women attending Suffolk University Law School in Boston in the late 1960s. That translates to approximately 1.5% of the law students at the time. She was one of the five women who graduated with a J.D. (Juris Doctorate) in 1972.

During her legal career of 46 years, Garvey was responsible for real estate holdings throughout the world. She was the global head of corporate real estate for Deutsche Bank and global head of worldwide real estate for Cisco Systems. At Bank of America, she led the commercial, corporate and property management units.

Garvey serves as Director of the Board

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Our Town (Continued from 14)
Modeling her SS24 Collection is fashion designer Catherine Gee and her assistant (photo by Joanne A Calitri) Susan Cappiello and Christine Garvey hosting a Suffolk University event last October (photo by Joanne A Calitri)

for Montecito Bank & Trust, a member of the Suffolk University Law School Dean’s Cabinet, and is a Suffolk University Trustee.

She is also on the board of Toll Brothers Home Construction Company.

Q. What would you like to share about law school in 1968-72?

A. There were seven women in my class of over 300 law students in 1968 at Suffolk University Law School. I believe that only five women graduated in my class, though there are probably more from the evening Law School section.

I’ve been friends with a few of the women from law school over these 50 years since we graduated in 1972. One is a close friend, who was number one in my class, later became a District Attorney in Massachusetts, and is on a number of prominent boards. Another woman friend from law school is a Superior Court Judge in MA. We try to connect whenever I go back to Boston to attend the Board meetings for Suffolk University.

Share about your impactful career…

My father died three months before I graduated law school and I was very discombobulated at his early passing at age 61. I practiced law initially in Vermont where I settled with a law school beau, though later we divorced. I passed the Bar in Vermont and worked 10 years there practicing mainly real estate law with a small firm in Bennington. I then returned to California where I am a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Immaculate Heart high school and college. I was having lunch upon my return with a good friend from high school who worked in the banking industry. I was interested in getting into banking, and she introduced me to the person in charge of Corporate Real Estate for First Interstate Bank. He fairly soon was asked to leave Interstate Bank, and they placed me as Head of the RE Department, beginning my banking career.

After two years I was recruited by Wells Fargo Bank [WFB] where I managed Corporate RE, including office, data centers, branches, and trading floors. I loved RE banking and the environment at WFB. One of the senior executive officers asked me to go to Security Pacific Bank to run their Corporate RE, but also asked me “to clean up” the foreclosed RE there. A month later, Bank of America [BofA] bought Security Pacific Bank. So, I was at BofA for 10 years running the Corp RE. That involved 62 countries worldwide, and a department of 300 people. In addition, I was given RE lending with about $40B in RE loans, and a RE Trust to manage as well… a full job!

You’ve done extensive work on private corporation boards.

Yes. In 1995, I was asked to go on a Real Estate Investment Trust Board at Catellus Development Corporation Los Angeles Headquarters. That was the beginning of my second career on Public Company Boards.

From there I was asked to go on to the boards of Prologis, Union Bank, Hilton Hotels, Toll Brothers, and Healthcare Properties, among the 10 boards of my career. For most of that time until the last five years, I was the only woman on the board. That changed with the focus on Diversity and Inclusion, and ESG [good Environment, Social and Governance].

I’m still a board member of Toll Brothers and Healthcare Properties (retiring next month); and the Board of Montecito Bank and Trust. Janet Garufis, our eminent CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust, was at BofA while I was there, as well as our President George Leis

Can you speak to your work on nonprofit boards?

I’ve always believed that we should give back in life. I have been a committed member of many nonprofit boards, especially here in the Santa Barbara area. I

In Passing John “Jack” Kerr Wilson: August 29, 1937 – February 25, 2024

John “Jack” Kerr Wilson, born on August 29, 1937 in New Jersey to John and Elizabeth Wilson, passed away on February 25, 2024. He leaves a legacy filled with laughter, steadfastness, and a deep love for his Scottish heritage. Jack, known for his friendly demeanor, hospitality and exceptional humor, made a significant impact on many.

After high school, Jack honorably served in the U.S. Army in Iceland before pursuing higher education. He graduated from Rutgers University with a law degree, distinguishing himself as the top student under Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s mentorship.

Choosing a different path, Jack turned down an offer from Richard Nixon’s New York law firm and moved west to Santa Barbara. There, he met Anne Gay Ashforth on a blind date, leading to a deeply cherished marriage.

Jack leaves a legacy filled with laughter, steadfastness, and a deep love for his Scottish heritage

Jack’s career was as distinguished as his academic achievements. He became a prominent attorney, eventually serving as a senior partner at Price, Postel & Parma. His dedication to community and tradition was evident in his leadership roles with Rancheros Visitadores and Pobres Rancheros.

Jack’s laughter and steadfast spirit were a source of light for his family, friends, and acquaintances. He is survived by his children, Erica Ashforth, Andrew Wilson, and Matthew Wilson, along with nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, who will continue his legacy of kindness, humor, and resilience.

am on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, the Sansum Clinic (now Sutter Health), California State University Channel Islands, and my alma mater, Suffolk University Boston. The University boards that attracted me have in common the devotion and mission to First Generation students attending college.

Suffolk University was a great foundation for me in Banking, RE Law and practice, and in my devotion to First Gen students and helping serve the underserved. At Suffolk University we have an amazing President and a Trustee Board that reflects that intense commitment!

Garvey, with her colleague Susan Cappiello J.D., who lives here on the Santa Barbara Riviera, are actively involved with Suffolk University Alumni. They host the annual Southern California alumni event with the University’s President at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles. This past week, Garvey asked me to join her for lunch with Amy Agigian PhD, the Executive Director and Founder of The Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights (CWHHR) at Suffolk University, as I graduated with an MPA from Suffolk University. Agigian was on a scheduled meeting list with Suffolk University Trustees and alumni in California with Suffolk University Senior Director of Philanthropic Partnerships Jeff Foss. At lunch, Agigian presented a brief on her journey founding and directing the CWHHR since 2003. She brought the original 1971 publication of Our Bodies Our Selves by the Boston Women’s Health Collective. It reflected similar issues women have been dealing with throughout history – sexuality, birth control, abortion, pregnancy, childbirth; and the last chapter titled, “Women, Medicine and Capitalism,” says it all. Agigian gave us signed copies of the latest edition of the book, a best seller in 40 languages. Via the CWHHR, Suffolk University is the first academic institute in the United States to focus on women’s health and human rights in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and public policy. In 2019, the Center entered into a partnership with the legendary women’s health organization, Our Bodies Our Selves, to create Our Bodies Ourselves Today, links in the 411.

411: center-for-womens-health-human-rights

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Christine Garvey, Jeff Foss, and Amy Agigian (photo by Joanne A Calitri)

I was able to buy boxes of 25 cigars for a mere $6 box in the center of Havana, which I handed out to friends in Manhattan given I don’t smoke. I had never been so popular!

MBT’s Gives Grants

Montecito Bank & Trust celebrated its 49th anniversary by gathering with 11 local nonprofit representatives at the bank’s annual anniversary grants reception. Michael Towbes, the bank’s late founder, first started the anniversary grant program in 1993 to give back to the community.

He wanted bank employees to have a voice in the direction of the bank’s corporate giving and to celebrate the excep-

tional volunteer service they give back to Central Coast communities.

The recipients were all hand-selected by bank employees after they campaigned, rallied and voted for the organizations that make an impact in their lives and communities.

Each organization was awarded a $3,000 grant and received a short promotional video showing their extraordinary work.

Among the recipients were AHA!, Dignity Moves, the Neal Taylor Nature Center, and the Ventura County Leadership Academy.

“It’s all very inspiring,” said Janet Garufis, chairman and CEO.

The Symphonic Sphinxes

CAMA, the Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara. hosted its last concert of its current Masterseries with the 18-member Sphinx Virtuosi at

two’s toss from the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Afterwards competitors adjourned to the tony hostelry’s Cohiba Lounge, which opened last August. There they not only partook of the pricey Cuban tobacco, they quaffed Johnny Walker blue label whiskey with the Scottish company’s Paul Jones pouring interesting cocktail creations. All the while, Cohiba’s ambassador Sean Williams, who flew in from Atlanta, Georgia, for the occasion, handed out the stogies – some of which sell for $80 each. Local guitarist Gilberto González entertained at the end of a perfect California day. It reminded me of when I stayed with the late president Fidel Castro on his private island Cayo Piedras in the early ‘90s when sailing with Prince Johannes von Thurn und Taxis.

the Lobero.

The talented ensemble was founded in Detroit in 1997 to champion black and Latinx composers and musicians to bring more diversity to the arts.

The tony troupe performed four commissioned works, including two by members in Quentin Blache ’s “Habari Gani” and Xavier Foley ’s “Concertante for Two Double Basses and String Orchestra, ‘Galaxy,’” Andrea Casarrubios’ “ Herencia,” Javier Farias’ “Abran Paso,” and Adolphus Hailstork’s “Dona Nobis Pacem” and “Exultate” from Sonata da Chiesa

The entertaining program concluded with Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s “Sinfonietta No.2 ‘Generations.’”

No wonder the concert was sold-out...

Twitter/X Being Used to Feud

It would seem to be a case of swizzlesticks at dawn between Montecito actor Billy Baldwin and his former Sliver co-star Sharon Stone

Stone, 66, has finally revealed the name of the Hollywood producer who pressured her to have sex with her co-star for the first time, as well as the actor she was pushed to get intimate with in order to improve their on-screen chemistry.

Stone previously described the situation in her 2021 memoir without disclosing identities but has now divulged the producer was the late Robert Evans and the actor Billy, brother of Alec Baldwin, in the 1993 film.

The movie was Stone’s first film after having huge success and mega stardom in the previous year’s blockbuster hit Basic Instinct

Speaking on Louis Theroux ’s podcast she said: “They expected me to bring home another giant smash hit and they gave me casting approval, but when it came time to do it they told me it was a vanity deal and I couldn’t have my approvals.

“They then tried to blame me for their mistakes, and they made terrible mistakes when they hired directors and the cast.”

Stone says Evans, former head of Paramount Pictures, summoned her from the set to make a request for her to sleep with leading man Billy.

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a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” —Oprah
Miscellany (Continued from 34)
Marriott International’s Robert Thomas, Senior Marketing Manager Julia Solomon, and guitarist Gilberto González (photo by Priscilla) Cohiba’s Sean Williams, Johnny Walker’s Paul Jones, and Wendell Keller toasting (photo by Priscilla) Once upon a time… Richard with Castro (courtesy photo) George Leis, Jennifer Smith, and Janet Garufis (photo by Clint Weisman) Maria McCall, VP/Director of the MClub (photo by Clint Weisman) The magnificent Sphinx Virtuosi (courtesy photo)

“He’s running around his office in sunglasses explaining to me that he slept with Ava Gardner and I should sleep with Billy Baldwin because if I slept with Billy Baldwin his performance would get better.

“And we need Billy to get better in the movie because that was the problem. And if I slept with Billy then we’d have chemistry on screen...and that would save the movie.”

Sliver went on to take in a substantial $280 million at the box office despite Stone declining Evans’ blandishments.

However, Billy, 61, has now hit back at Stone’s claims on X, formerly Twitter, fuming: “Not sure why Sharon Stone keeps talking about me all these years later. Does she still have a crush on me or does she still hurt after all these years because I shunned her advances? Did she say to her gal pal Janice Dickinson the day after I screen tested and ran into them on our MGM Grand flight back to New York... ‘I’m going to make him fall so hard for me it’s gonna make his head spin???’

“I have so much dirt on her it would make her head spin, but I’ve kept quiet.” Let the battle commence...

Cooking in the Orchard

Meghan Markle has launched a new luxury lifestyle brand American Riviera Orchard with a glittering Instagram video. The Riven Rock-based Duchess of Sussex is seen cooking in a stunning rustic kitchen, while a woman’s hands can be seen carrying pink and white flowers.

The new project is said to have been in the works for more than a year and is said to feature “all things close to her heart.”

The debut of the new company is set to coincide with the launch of the new cooking show for Netflix – where she will be making and selling her own products.

It will lead on to a book launch and blog to go alongside cookery shows.

The royal crest and calligraphy is being used to promote the new brand.

I’m sure Martha Stewart is quaking in her Louboutins!

Toast at Home

Author and celebrity interior decorator Jeremiah Brent has received Oprah Winfrey’s seal of approval.

The former TV talk show host toasted Brent – the newest member of the Netflix show Queer Eye – at a party hosted by Paramount Pictures CEO Brian Robbins and his wife Tracy at their Montecito home for his new book The Space That Keeps You: When Home Becomes a Love Story

Oprah is featured in the book talking about her East Valley Road estate with Brent, who has also worked with celeb-

rities like rocker Billy Joel, TV kingpin Ryan Murphy, and stylist Rachel Zee

“Oprah likes neutral,’ says the lavishly illustrated tome. “She doesn’t like more than three colors in a room. She doesn’t like a lot of bright things bringing attention to themselves. She wants to feel soothed and she wants her guests to feel the same way.”

Brent, who is married to fellow interior decorator and former TV show host Nate Berkus, has a program Home Made Simple on Oprah’s OWN network.

Also at the bash were Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi, and actress Jordana Brewster and her husband ValueAct Capital CEO Mason Morfit

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Mindfully Stares

Gwyneth Paltrow has declared her love for yet another bizarre health-related activity.

The Montecito wellness guru, who has previously peddled other health fads, has let friends and other health influencers know about the launch of her new app, Moments of Space.

During the event, which took place via Zoom, the Oscar winner announced her flirtation with a new wellness habit: eye open meditation.

Refraining from shutting your eyes helps keep you alert and improves orientation as well as clarity of thought, according to meditation app Calm.

Buddhists have been practicing types of eyes-open meditation, called Zazen, for more than 2,000 years.

As well as declaring her love for the practice, the Goop founder invited others attending the event to join her in a session.

Eye-opening, indeed.

Milk Money

An old friend Ingrid Seward –longtime editor of the U.K’s. Majesty Magazine and prolific royal author/TV commentator – sends me her latest book My Mother and I: The Inside Story of the King and Our Late Queen, which has reached Number 4 in the British bestseller list.

Ingrid who has written innumerable bestsellers on the Royals, recounts the time Charles was a pupil at Gordonstoun in Scotland, which his father Prince Philip also attended.

On a camping expedition with his personal detective Donald Green and fellow pupils, one of the boys was given the task of asking a local farmer if they could buy some milk.

The youngster knocked on the door of a distant farmhouse a mile away, only to be told there was no milk for sale.

Then he returned admitting failure,

but Charles, without saying a word, walked over to the farmhouse himself.

“I knocked on the door,” explained the future Prince of Wales. “The farmer came to the door and started telling me off for bothering him again and said he had no milk for sale. Suddenly he recognized who I was and stopped mid-sentence.

“He turned red and muttered an apology, returning with two pints of milk which I tried to pay for after thanking him profusely. He looked completely flabbergasted and even his wife came to the door to see me off.

“My money was refused. You see, there can be some advantages to having your photograph in the papers. People recognize you; most useful when you need milk!”

As they say in the American Express commercials, membership has its privileges.

Persons of the Year

Jim Morouse and Peter Schuyler have been selected as the 81st Persons of the Year, hosted by the Santa Barbara Foundation and chosen by past recipients.

The dynamic duo will be honored for their volunteer contributions and service to the community at a lunch at the Hilton next month.

“Jim and Peter exemplify what we aim to highlight as organizing sponsors of this event,” says Jackie Carrera, foundation president and CEO. “Extraordinary service that represents a meaningful commitment to the community.”


Prince Harry skiing in Aspen, Colorado... Gwyneth Paltrow at a bash thrown by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg in Los Angeles... Rob Lowe at the Streaming with the Stars gala in Beverly Hills.

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From musings on the Royals to celebrity real estate deals, Richard Mineards is our man on the society scene and has been for more than 15 years

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Prolific royal author Ingrid Seward writes new bestseller (courtesy photo) 81st Persons of the Year Jim Morouse and Peter Schuyler (photo by David Kafer)


Calendar of Events


Where’ve You Ben? – Erstwhile Montecito actor and Oscar-winning producer Michael Douglas, who lives with Academy Award-decorated wife Catherine Zeta-Jones in New York and London, shows up back in Santa Barbara tonight to dish on his role as Benjamin Franklin in a new Apple original limited series. Based on Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff’s book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America – Franklin explores the thrilling story of the greatest gamble of the founding father’s career from nearly 250 years ago. In December 1776, Franklin, who is famous for his electrical experiments, finds his passion and power put to the test when he embarks on a secret mission to France, with the fate of American independence hanging in the balance. At age 70, without any diplomatic training, Franklin embarked on a mission to convince an absolute monarchy to underwrite America’s experiment in democracy. By virtue of his fame, charisma and ingenuity, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers and hostile colleagues to engineer the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the peace treaty with England in 1783. SBIFF’s Cinema Society screens the first episode tonight, followed by a Q&A with Douglas, who is also the series’ Executive Director. Franklin premieres globally on Apple TV+ with the first three episodes of its eight-episode season on April 12.

WHEN: 7 pm

WHERE: SBIFF’s Riviera Theatre, 2044 Alameda Padre Serra

COST: $20

INFO: (805) 963-0023 or


Free-For-All Day – The Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History are once again joining more than 30 other Southern California museums and historical organizations in throwing open their doors at no charge in another installment of SoCal Museums Free-For-All Day. Aimed at increasing access to all for enjoyment of art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science spaces, the offer only covers general museum admission and does not apply to any specially ticketed exhibitions or separately paid events. Also participating are the nearby Museum of Ventura County and such popular places as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Autry Museum of the American West, Columbia Memorial Space Center, The Getty Center & Villa, La Brea Tar Pits & Museum and Skirball Cultural Center.

WHEN: All day today


Shen Yun Sequel – Is this perennially touring troupe – actually one of four simultaneously in action – a wondrous dream that serves as an extraordinary journey through China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, or an over-the-top commercial for the cultish Falun Gong, a spiritual group that has ties to far-right organizations? Or maybe it’s both. Either way, Shen Yun on stage is about 40 dancers performing classical Chinese dances, making extensive use of acrobatic and tumbling techniques, forms and postures that draw on timeless legends and ethnic traditions with live orchestral music, authentic costumes and interactive backdrops. The performances have been alternately described as a jaw dropping spectacle that amaze the senses or a cult production promoting the sectarian doctrines and negative views of evolution and atheism of Falun Gong. Decide for yourself if you choose to go.

WHEN: 2 & 7 pm today, 1 pm tomorrow

WHERE: Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street

COST: $86-$171

INFO: (805) 899-2222 or


Chamber at Miraflores – Seven years ago, Roomful of Teeth made their Santa Barbara debut with a stunning performance at Hahn Hall. That program featured founding member Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece “Partita for 8 Voices.” The absurdly talented ensemble of classically trained, forward-thinking vocalists return to the venue for another special performance – making up for the rain check obliged by February’s performance cancellation due to the atmospheric river rainstorm. The vocal ensemble, which claimed an additional Grammy Award since the postponed concert, is joined by highly-lauded singer-songwriter/composer Gabriel Kahane in the Southern California premiere of a program featuring works by Shaw (The Isle), Kahane (Elevator Songs and more), and other composers known for creating meaningful and adventurous new music in alignment with Roomful’s mission: to cultivate deeper relationships with technology to continually expand the capabilities of the human voice.

WHEN: 7 pm

WHERE: Hahn Hall, Music Academy campus, 1070 Fairway Road

COST: $40

INFO: (805) 893-3535 or

COST: free



Chamber on the Mountain – Vocalists Sherry Shaoling and Shirley Xiao-Ling Wang are accompanied by pianist Hui Wu for a special series program called “Fearless Women of Song.” The performance serves as a tribute to the enduring spirit of music via a repertoire that includes pieces by Offenbach, Mozart, Rossini, Puccini and many others to create an enchanting concert that promises to uplift and inspire in a unique musical journey through the female voice. Xiao-Ling is an opera specialist who has also created more than 30 multimedia story-telling-based concerts in Central Florida and New York City; Shaoling is a former violinist who has sung opera, acted in musical theater, and is the lead singer for the Exotica band “Don Tiki”; Wu is a Juilliard trained pianist who has been acclaimed by both The New York Times and China Musical Weekly. Alongside the classical pieces drawn from opera and art song are selections from traditional Chinese music and songs as well as such Broadway favorites as “Lola” from Damn Yankees, “I Enjoy Being a Girl” from Flower Drum Song and “Nowadays” from Chicago. A reception with the artists on the patio follows the performance.

WHEN: 3 pm

WHERE: Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd., Ojai

COST: $35

INFO: (805) 646-3381 or


Dam Good Work – Leila Philip, an award-winning author of nonfiction works, essays, poetry and theatrical scripts, first became interested in beavers when she saw a group of the animals building a pond near her house. Her fascination led her to conduct research that has resulted in her book, Beaverland, which describes how this oversized rodent has played an outsized role in American history, and how it can continue to positively impact our future. The New York Times bestseller highlights the beavers’ impact from the early trans-Atlantic trade and western expansion to today’s river restoration efforts, serving as ecological history, a call-to-action, and a startling portrait of the contemporary fur trade. Since the book was originally published, government agencies have teamed with scientists, ranchers, nonprofits and others to create programs that harness beavers’ natural instinctual behavior to help restore river systems and create watershed resiliency. Tonight’s community program that features lecture, discussion and book signing is co-hosted by The Santa Barbara Permaculture Network and the Community Environmental Council.

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“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” — Maya Angelou


Centennial on Stage – Santa Barbara-based pianist and composer Antonio Artese kicks off a series of events celebrating the Granada Theater’s 100th anniversary with an intimate cabaret style concert featuring his local trio. The Italian-born Artese, who is versatile in both classical and jazz genres (as documented in his recent project, Two Worlds, which premiered at the Lobero Theatre in 2022), will be joined by Santa Barbara stalwarts Jim Connolly on the double bass and Matt Perko on drums, with Brazil native New Bossa singer Téka Penterichie guesting on vocals. Guests will be seated right on the Granada stage for the informal evening that launches a series of events that culminate with a weekend marking past, present and future at the venerable performing arts space.

WHEN: 7:30 pm

WHERE: Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street

COST: $20.24

INFO: (805) 899-2222 or

WHEN: 6:30 pm

WHERE: CEC Environmental Hub, 1219 State St.

COST: free


Love it, love it, Lovett – It’s hard to recall the segmented days before the lines between country, folk and jazz got blurred, not least through the earnest yet tongue-in-cheek albums and performances from Lyle Lovett. Now considered one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers, the singer-songwriter-guitarist has done much to broaden the definition of American music in a career that now spans more than a dozen albums, although only two in the last two decades. The Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that skillfully breaks down barriers through the power of his storytelling and musical gift. The four-time Grammy winner whose popular songs include “She’s No Lady,” “That’s Right,” “If I Needed You,” and “If I Had a Boat” played the Santa Barbara several times in the past, but now brings his acoustic band along for a much more intimate evening at the Lobero.

WHEN: 7:30 pm

WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St.

COST: $81 & $95 ($150 VIP tickets includes premier seating and a pre-show reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres)

INFO: (805) 963-0761 or


Williams & West Coast Jazz – The work of acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist Janna Ireland, currently on view at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (and at SBMCA), includes her photographic interpretation of the architecture of Paul R. Williams, the renowned 20th-century Black architect who designed many of Southern California’s iconic buildings. Williams’ impact on the face of Los Angeles included such chic celebrity spots as the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, the Ambassador Hotel’s Coconut Grove, and the cool jazz corridors along Central Avenue. In a nod to those favored night spots and the music of the jazz greats that appeared in many of them, a top-flight jazz trio featuring double bassist Ben Allison, guitarist Steve Cardenas, and longtime SBMA collaborator saxophonist-composer Ted Nash perform against a backdrop of images of Williams’ mid-century Los Angeles world and photographs from Ireland’s Regarding Paul R. Williams. It’s unusual for our little berg to offer a choice between jazz acts on the same night, let alone both with the same configuration. But the good news is that you can catch both events as the SBMA set gets started a full two hours before Antonio Artese takes to the Granada stage a mere block away.

WHEN: 5:30 pm

WHERE: Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Mary Craig Auditorium, 1130 State St.

COST: $25 general

INFO: (805) 963-4364 or




DATE OF HEARING: April 4, 2024


SUBJECT: Highway 101 Widening – Segment 4D Amendment

Request of Erinn Silva, GPA, agent for Caltrans District 5, to consider Case No. 24BAR-00025 for conceptual review of minor design revisions specifically in the three creek bridge areas (Romero, San Ysidro, and Oak). The changes include raising the freeway profile, changing the freeway barriers from a concrete barrier to a guardrail, and modifying the planting plan. The following structures currently exist on the parcel: Highway 101. The property is located at Highway 101 (Segment D) between Post Mile (PM) 9.2 to the south and PM 10.6 to the north, from Sheffield Avenue to the South and Olive Mill to the north in the Montecito Community Plan Area, First Supervisorial District.

Anyone interested in this matter is invited to join and speak in support or in opposition to the projects. Written comments are also welcome. All letters should be addressed to the Montecito Board of Architectural Review, 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101 (Attn: Hearing Support).

For further information, please contact the project planner Christopher Schmuckal at (805) 5683510 or via email at, or the MBAR secretary David Villalobos at (805) 568-2058 or, or via FAX at (805) 568-2030.

If you challenge the project 24BAR-00025 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 Board of Architectural Review Board prior to the public hearing.

The order of the agenda is subject to change, please contact Hearing Support prior to the meeting for any additional changes.


The Montecito Board of Architectural Review provides in-person participation as well as virtual participation until further notice.

The following methods of participation are available to the public.

1. You may observe the live stream of the Montecito Board of Architectural Review online at: YouTube at:

2. If you wish to make a general public comment or to comment on a specific agenda item, the following methods are available:

 Distribution to the Montecito Board of Architectural Review Members - Submit your comment via email prior to the commencement of the South Board of Architectural Review meeting. Please submit your comment to the Recording Secretary at Your comment will be placed into the record and distributed appropriately.

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In Home Personal Training Sessions for 65+ Help with: Strength, Flexibility, Balance, Motivation, and Consistency

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At OsteoStrong our proven non-drug protocol takes just ten minutes once a week to improve your bone density and aid in more energy, strength, balance and agility. Please call for a complimentary session!

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Montecito Electric Repairs and Inspections

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We buy Classic Cars Running or not. Foreign/Domestic Chevy/Ford/Porsche/Mercedes/Etc.

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EDC Mobile Sharpening is a locally owned and operated in Santa Barbara. We specialize in (No-Entry) House Calls, Businesses and Special Events. Call 805-696-0525 to schedule an appointment


Local tile setter of 35 years is now doing small jobs only. Services include grout cleaning and repair, caulking, sealing, replacing damaged tiles and basic plumbing needs. Call Doug Watts at 805-729-3211 for a free estimate.


Hardwood Floors. Updated kitchen and bath. Carrara marble. Ocean & garden views. Quiet Street. Rare opportunity. No Smoking. No Pets. $3,250. 310-795-3867

Beautiful renovated mid century 2 bed room, 2 bathroom with Ocean views in Santa Barbara foothills, available May and June.


Transform your home into a masterpiece with Casa Real Painting!

Call Cesar Real at (805) 570-1055 or email for a free estimate today. Let us show you how we can transform your space with color and creativity!

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Herbie Hancock, piano/keyboards

Devin Daniels, saxophone

James Genus, bass

Trevor Lawrence, Jr., drums

Chris Potter, saxophone

“Hancock shows that it is possible to play the same songs for over 40 years and still find meaning within the notes, stretching and bending them into new shapes.”

The Guardian (U.K.)

Wed, Apr 17 / 8 PM / Arlington Theatre (note new venue)

Tickets start at $45 / $19 UCSB students

Event Sponsors: Russell Steiner and Susan & Bruce Worster

Jazz Series Lead Sponsor: Manitou Fund

Legendary Jazz Master Herbie Hancock
(805) 893-3535 | Arlington event tickets can also be purchased at: (805) 963-4408 |
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