Calling All Doctors!

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Earthly Delights – Caruso’s and their James Beard dinner lets you taste the fruits (and veggies) of their labor, P.28


Setting those experiencing homelessness on a new PATH, page 31


Being Scam Smart

It’s not just foreign princes needing a check cashed… scams are becoming more sophisticated, and Vicki Johnson of the DA’s office is here to help, page 6

Lynda’s Legacy

A cultural tour de force has passed. For over two decades Lynda Millner covered society events while bringing her grace and kindness to each story, page 14

Producin’ Steuben – This rare glass and dishware set come in an even rarer color… take a sip of their production history, P.16
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Miscellany – The Yacht Club sets sail to their 152nd year, City of Dreams: Los Angeles Interiors book launches, Little Women and more miscellany

10 An Independent Mind – Do we really want to bring back the manufacturing jobs? Maybe not and here’s why. Tide Guide

11 On Entertainment – Paula Cole talks Lo, unmasking Zorro, classics coming to town, and some theater reviews

12 Our Town – Updates on Rosewood Miramar expansion, Bucket Brigade paths and more at the recent Montecito Association meeting

14 Lynda’s Legacy – MJ columnist and tireless nonprofit supporter Lynda Millner has passed. David Bolton and her family write about Lynda’s lasting impact.

16 Elizabeth’s Appraisals – A reader’s glassware set in a particular color tells of one historic glassmaker’s quest to obtain the unusual hue

18 Society Invites – The MUS Foundation takes a trip to Côte d’Azur and the 65th Annual Carpinteria Community Awards

20 Brilliant Thoughts – Ashley’s musings on laundry are anything but dry –fold into yourself and read on

24 Dear Montecito – One high school student’s life experiences led her to the medical field and soon to study at Brown University

28 Conscious Cuisine – A special James Beard dinner at Caruso’s highlights that everyday is Earth Day at the restaurant

30 Your Westmont – Stargazers will enjoy a red giant, student research takes center stage, and Spring Sing at the Santa Barbara Bowl

31 The Giving List – PATH lives up to its name by providing a way off the streets, and the stability that can rebuild a life

35 The Optimist Daily – One ice cream cart is pedaling stories through town to encourage literacy in youth

40 Calendar of Events – RuPaul ruminates, Birdman Live, Poetry in the Park, and more weekly happenings

42 Classifieds – Our own “Craigslist” of classified ads, in which sellers offer everything from summer rentals to estate sales

43 Mini Meta Crossword Puzzles Local Business Directory – Smart business owners place business cards here so readers know where to look when they need what those businesses offer

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World Telehealth Initiative

Connecting Doctors to Underserved Communities and Career Fulfillment

Across the Globe

World Telehealth Initiative had a very lofty goal when the nonprofit began in 2017: use modern medical robotics and engage volunteer physicians to make an impact in healthcare disparity across the globe. With half of the world’s population lacking access to essential health services, statistics show that nearly nine million people die every year from conditions that are treatable, a result of either substandard healthcare or none at all.

Co-founded by Teladoc Health’s Dr. Yulun Wang, the pioneering inventor of the first FDA-cleared surgical robot, and prior corporate CEO Sharon Allen, World Telehealth Initiative utilizes Teladoc-donated medical robotic devices to allow volunteer physicians to remotely evaluate patients and consult with on-site clinicians across the world. The robots have high-definition cameras with 26X magnification capabilities for detailed close-up exams, as well as plug-in diagnostic tools to support the delivery of care where and when it is needed most.

“It’s just amazing technology that provides an incredibly enhanced interaction,” said Allen. “You can attach a stethoscope and the provider in Santa Barbara can hear the heart, lung, or bowel sounds of that patient in Ethiopia. You can put an ultrasound on a pregnant mother, and the doctor here can see the live images simultaneously, so they can discuss with their colleague at the clinic in Malawi. They can tele-strate right on the image for augmented communication.”

The telehealth technology is not only extraordinarily easy to use, it also works on very low bandwidth, which is of paramount importance in developing nations and vulnerable communities, Allen said. “There have been a lot of times that the phone lines aren’t working or Zoom can’t connect, but our telehealth system does work.”

The RP-Lite robots (remote presence telemedicine carts from Teladoc) are on wheels, and can travel to different departments within a hospital to where they’re needed, or brought to a public center for a community health fair where they might help serve 300 patients in a day. WTI’s volunteer clinicians are there, remotely, to offer support, guidance, and collaboration, and advance the skill level of the on-site caregivers.

“The underlying goal is always to upskill that local provider so they can begin to care for more and more of their own community,” Allen explained.

WTI’s modern approach and unique program model is cost-effective and sustainable, as well as scalable to varying situations around the world. The volunteer medical specialists from WTI are able to support healthcare colleagues and their patients in low-resource hospitals and clinics all over the globe – providing expertise in patient diagnosis and treatment as well as mentorship and training for the on-site medical professionals – from the comfort of home or their own office, eschewing barriers of time, travel and cost.

With 50 RP-Lite life-sized robotic devices already in use around the world, and more on the way, WTI has been a game-changer in international health care.

What WTI hadn’t anticipated, however, was the level of impact the program would have on the volunteer doctors themselves, helping to tackle one of the most important issues in American healthcare these days: job satisfaction and employee retention.

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Beings & Doings

Senior Scams and the Jackasses Who Perpetrate Them

Yes – as advertised, this week’s essay is about senior scams and the jackasses who perpetrate them. It’s an info-rich message from an avenging angel in the DA’s office. Her name is Vicki Johnson. For a dozen years, Ms. Johnson – semi-retired Deputy District Attorney – has held her own full retirement in abeyance so she could continue chasing these scamming jerks (forgive the arcane legal terminology), all the while educating a vulnerable population on how to recognize when they are about to be taken to the cleaners.

Meet Vicki Johnson

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse, with its decorous clock tower, sprawling sunken garden and riot of archways and gables, scarcely looks like a place where justice is meted out. The adjacent

Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office stands in businesslike contrast. Foursquare, whitewashed, blindingly white, the DA’s office on the outside is like the courthouse’s uptight little brother. But when Vicki Johnson comes down to meet me, she has one of those genuine 500 kilowatt smiles you can see a mile away. We make our way up to her office, and the vibe between colleagues in the hallways is chill and familial, though everyone is on the move and there is no lingering.

Vicki Johnson has been in the DA’s office for some 30 years, the last 12 or so specializing in elder abuse and scams. She had been set to retire as a prosecutor when she accepted the DA office’s entreaty to hang out for a bit longer and spearhead this effort on behalf of our scam-beleaguered seniors. That was 12 years ago. She has a radio show in which she discusses the ever-changing scam du jour. “990 AM, KTMS,” she says. “We broad-

cast 5:30 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am on Sunday. It’s part of a show called Young at Heart, and this segment is called Scam Squad.” Johnson is an impassioned public speaker and a font of information, and for an hour she enthusiastically poured forth a wealth of actionable knowledge. Here is a representative sliver of said knowledge. Reader, if you or someone you know recognizes their situation in the several examples listed below, or want more information, please make use of the contacts and resources provided in this piece.

Here comes Vicki…


“A major source of continually updated scam info is AARP. They are really on top of it in terms of frauds and scams and getting the word out. Oh yeah, they’re amazing! There’s a woman there by the name of Kathy Stokes who is in charge of getting the information out. She writes a biweekly watchdog alert that goes out to the AARP membership. They’re short and punchy.”

Google keywords ‘aarp watchdog alerts’

Nobody Is too Smart to Be Scammed “When I give out my presentations, the first thing I say is that there is a scam for everybody. Nobody is too smart,

too sophisticated, too professional to get scammed. I have a fraud hotline where people can call in (805-568-2442) if they have questions or problems or if they’ve been scammed, or wonder if they are in the process of being scammed. I get calls from doctors, from lawyers, from nurses, from very canny businessmen, from tech support people, from a retired judge …”

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Vicki Johnson of the DA’s Office – the scammer’s nemesis
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Montecito Miscellany

Cue the Yacht Rock

It was a sea of navy-blue blazers and Nantucket red pants when the Santa Barbara Yacht Club marked its 152nd opening day as the second oldest sailing mecca on the West Coast.

Executive Chef Owen Hanavan laid on a heaping display of food – plank salmon, lamb chops, sausages, shrimp, eggs Benedict, eggs Florentine, and more – accompanied by gallons of mimosas that would have made Belshazzar green with envy as retired police sergeant David Gonzales sang the national anthem, Dylan Seawards recited the Pledge of Allegiance, Boy Scouts from Montecito’s Troop 33 presented the colors, and fun loving Franciscan friar Larry Gosselin offered a prayer.

The Parade of the Fleet, which was to have featured more than 20 boats led by Tommy and Caitlin Pertsulakes in their motor vessel Tomcat, was postponed because of the bad weather, but 32 commodores and local dignitaries from San Francisco to San Diego joined in the fun nautical fest.

Among the marine mavens were new commodore Dennis Boneck, Roger and Sarah Chrisman, Jack Byers – celebrating his 87th birthday – and wife Karen, Tony and Sabrina Papa, Trish Davis, Brenda Blalock, ubiquitous KEYT-TV reporter John Palminteri, Jeff Berkus, Matt Wilson, David Sadecki, and


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Mayor Randy Rowse congratulating Commodore

Dennis Boneck, his wife Sandy, and their family and friends (photo by Priscilla)

Santa Barbara Yacht Club’s phenomenal manager Richard Nahas and exceptional chef Owen Hanavan (photo by Priscilla)

Francie Lufkin.

Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, who lives a tiara’s toss from the Biltmore, fired the starting gun to signify the launch of the new season. Good vibrations all round...

A Dreamy Book

Social gridlock reigned at Lee Stanton Antiques in the upper village when

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18 – 25 April 2024 Montecito JOURNAL 8 “Flowers are the music of the ground from earth’s lips spoken without sound.” – Edwin Curran
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An Independent Mind

Let’s Not Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs to America

The title of this article is provocative and I understand this. But, as one economist put it: those clamoring for manufacturing jobs have never worked in one.

My point is that U.S. trade policy is completely misunderstood and our political leaders are demagoguing the issue to create fear and buy your votes.

Tariffs and protectionism harm consumers and benefit only a miniscule number of businesses and workers, workers who are mostly union members. I have the data and history of protectionism to back up my assertion. Anything you hear to the contrary are mostly economists who shill for unions.

Global free trade has been a boon to every country that has engaged in it. On the contrary countries that engage in protectionism have held back economic development. Protectionism is mostly a political ploy by governments to keep themselves in power by misleading voters with populist and nationalist appeals. Our current presidential candidates are doing exactly that.

The main “villain” in these uniformed claims is China. They, it is said, have hollowed out manufacturing in America and have stolen jobs from hard working Americans.

That is not true.

First of all, America is the second largest manufacturing country in the world (after China). Industrial production (manufacturing) in the U.S. has doubled since

1994. It is presently about 11%+/- of real GDP and has remained about the same since 1947.You might remember that the 1994 free trade pact with Canada and Mexico (NAFTA) would, according to Ross Perot, result in the “great sucking sound” of jobs leaving the USA to Mexico. Well, he was wrong. Even despite two recessions, and China joining the WTO (2001), U.S. manufacturing has increased by about 50% since NAFTA.

Employment in manufacturing has declined from about 19 million in 1980 to about 13 million today. Before you jump to conclusions, it’s not what you think. For example, output per worker has gone way up. In 1987 the government index measure was about 62. Today it is 99 or roughly double. How can that happen with five million fewer workers?

The primary reason for job losses was the increase in productivity of workers. You might recall that the 1980s and on was the beginning to a technological boom that made workers more efficient. Capital investment flowed into manufacturing and resulted in an estimated 88% of job losses but it gave us a tremendous productivity boost. This was not a local thing: It happened in countries all over the world.

Yes, the fallout resulted in some unemployment of factory workers. But the other thing was that employment has continually increased in the U.S. over those years. Right now companies are talking about worker shortages. So, where did all those jobs go? To the service industry. As a share of GDP growth the top industries are finance, real estate, insurance (21%); professional services

(13%); government (11%); education, health care (8.6%); retail (6.4%).

Are those great manufacturing jobs better paid? The average wage today of all employees is $34.69 per hour. For all services: $31.06. For manufacturing: $33.63 per hour (union workers included in that calculation). Manufacturing pays only $2.57 per hour more than service jobs.

Again, tariffs are about politics not economics. The politicians and unions complain about how unfair Chinese competition is. I say, so what. If the Chinese government subsidizes its companies so that they can offer lower prices on the world market for their goods, who benefits and who is harmed?

The main beneficiaries are American consumers. We buy cheaper (not in quality) Chinese goods to save money. If we pay less for a product from China, we have more money to spend on other things. We are wealthier as a result. Who is harmed? Mainly the Chinese. They are in effect paying to subsidize American consumers, so they have less money to spend because of their government’s wasteful policies.

There are some workers who have lost jobs because of international competition. But as explained above, competition always does that, whether within our country or without. This is called “creative destruction” a concept which is wildly misunderstood. Basically competition by profitable companies drives out money losing businesses which frees up scarce capital to go into more productive uses which benefit us consumers. Also some countries are better at producing certain goods than we are.

With all the forces of international competition somehow we have thrived in America. Tariffs harm everyone involved. Even those workers who benefit from protectionist tariffs are harmed as they too have to pay higher prices for tariffed goods. We must educate ourselves to


the truths of history and economics and not give way to emotional appeals from power seeking politicians.

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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On Entertainment Cole’s Career Concept: The Tortoise, not the Hare

Singer-songwriter Paula Cole was a household name back in the mid to late 1990s, when her commentary on gender stereotypes “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait,” picked up as the theme song of TV’s Dawson’s Creek, were all over the airwaves. She was nominated for seven Grammys, including Record, Song and Album of the Year, as well as non-classical producer – the first ever nod for a female – winning as Best New Artist.

But that attention wasn’t what the self-confessed introvert who has called herself a tortoise, not a hare, was wanting, preferring instead a contemplative pace rather than a fast finish. Cole kept making music, but mostly withdrew from the hoopla part, and eventually pulled back entirely from recording non-political original music for the better part of a decade.

But earlier this year she released her 11th album, Lo, full of songs that explore issues of identity and trauma, a remarkably intimate recording that feels like the musical equivalent of hard-earned journal entries set to carefully crafted melodies and arrangements.

Cole is coming to Santa Barbara to perform at the Lobero on April 24 backed by her longtime bandmates who were part of the album recorded live in the studio.

Q. How did such sudden success 25 years ago affect you?

A. I definitely wasn’t ready, I didn’t relish being there at all. That wasn’t the idea of a career I held in my heart. It felt very ill-fitting. I went away for a while and focused on my personal life, raising my daughter, and slowly but consistently putting out what I think is a good quality catalog on my own label. I feel like I am starting to build the career I’ve wanted and I’m grateful to have a very core, loving, and loyal audience. Now that my kids are fledglings leaving home, I can spread my wings again.

The songs on Lo are very revealing, which you have spoken about in interviews. Can you share how you were able to become so vulnerable with your music and let down your guard to make the album?

I’m in a loving relationship, 17 years in. At the 15-year mark, I finally decid -

ed to get married and writing these songs helped me make that decision. I realized that I have nothing to fear. As the song says, I’ve been carrying around this invisible armor, but the songwriting is like a dialogue with your subconscious. It’s a therapeutic process. It helped me understand that I was my own enemy, doing the blocking, and that I wanted to grow beyond the confines of another ill-fitting snakeskin. To graduate to a new era of my life I had to just be braver.

What lets you do that?

It’s just in my body. We repress our truest thoughts, feelings, and nature because we think we’re supposed to do something else, but with reflection I know that my mind tricks me, but my body is wise. I just need to listen to and decipher it to realize the truths about my own life. The songwriting is a living autobiography, and it is a therapeutic process in itself. So when I started writing, these songs came out… Music has these tiny hands and they go into our hearts and they help us think and feel.

How is it to have to sing them in public?

When you sing, it’s moving sound, and the vibrations in your body can be quite profound. Music is a mystery. It makes people cry, it makes them empathize. It goes deeper than words, for me and the audience.

You’ve been with your band members for years.

They’re like my family, and they’re so good. Being with them nightly is almost like prayer as we try to make the music reverent.

So do “Cowboys” and “Wait” still resonate for you?

I think my songs stand the test of time, even though they were overplayed. I still believe in them. I do hear the woman in her twenties, in the 1990s in New York City, and the anger she was going through. I’m just so much softer as a person now, and I don’t honestly feel like singing some of the songs, but they’re therapeutic when I do sing them. I’m older, I’m wiser, and I’m softer.

Opera Santa Barbara: Z Is for Zorro

One hundred and five years after Zorro first appeared in the 1919 novel The Curse of Capistrano by American pulp fiction writer Johnston McCulley, the dashing vigilante hero who defends the commoners and fights for his fellow indigenous people of California, shows up with all of his swordplay, cunning, and romantic flair to take the stage of the Lobero in the company of Opera Santa Barbara.

Set in Los Angeles when it was still a colony of Spain, the re-telling of the Zorro legend follows Diego de la Vega, aka Zorro, the original caped crusader, in an operatic adaptation from Hector Armienta, who both composed the music and wrote the libretto.

“I’ve always done that because there are stories in my community that need to be told, and there weren’t a lot of Latinx composers or creators when I first started out,” he said. “It’s also the most efficient way to make sure the words work with the music.”

Armienta, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, said his interest in Zorro was in the opportunity to explore both his own cultural heritage as well as the timeless myth of the hero.

“It’s a story of a young man of nobility who’s in search of his destiny, like Luke Skywalker. He finds it through the eyes of the people, the poor and the destitute, while also empowering them,” he said. “He meets a young woman and it’s through her eyes that he truly understands the plight of the people.”

Armienta said his opera incorporates the archetypes of the traditional Zorro – including humor and lots of thrilling sword fights – with the operatic form

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Paula Cole comes to the Lobero on April 24 (photo by Ebru Yildiz)


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Our Town Montecito Association April Board Meeting

The Montecito Association held its monthly Board meeting April 9 in person at the Montecito Library. Public Comments for Items Not on the Agenda: Peter Daily presented his issues of private roads flooding following rain events. He asked the MA to get drainage and curbs installed with the Roads Department, and to resolve uninsured properties in Montecito. Cliff Garrison referenced the minutes of March 5 Land Use Committee Meeting on the Miramar agenda asking the MA to mention all the letters from people who wrote about it in their minutes, as well as fix how one contacts the MA directly via phone and email. Randall on Miramar Avenue said he took videos of recent flooding at his cottage and his hedgerow neighbors with the recent rains, questioning Oak Creek rising levels, noting that it’s the third time for flooding, and requesting MA address the issue and ask for emergency relief funding from the state for flood coverage.

Neighborhood Paths in Montecito: Executive Director of the Bucket Brigade (BB) Abraham Powell presented slides of the project with SBC Traffic Engineer Gary Smart. They said: “The paths are in response to modern life and the need to walk around Montecito. There is not a lot of pedestrian access due to continuing development of the area, causing people to walk in the street which is not safe. In 2008 the Montecito Community Plan did not want sidewalks or streetlights, so that is why SB County is not granting funds. The choice is to go the route of paved sidewalks and paths that have access for wheelchairs, or we build paths. In 2018 the debris flow damaged all trails. BB restored trails after the debris flow – those in charge of maintaining them are the people who built them, such as Montecito Trails Association and BB. BB built North Jameson, Olive Mill, and Hot Springs walking trails. 91.4% of Montecito agreed they liked the work the BB is doing on paths. We’ve done more in the last two years than in the last 25 years. We are asking the MA to actively support us, if everyone in Montecito gave us $250, we could be done. Residents should call SB County Public Works for any issues.” He concluded by showing a map of the start of a walkable community found on the BB website.

Miramar Project Presentation by Katie

Mangin shared updates and reviewed their plans. She said, “Miramar was certified as a site for affordable housing for their employees in 2022 and their plan is to do it without any public assistance or subsidies. The character of the Miramar will continue with the residential and long-term apartments, swim raft, surfing, café and shops. Changes since the plan was presented in October 2023 to MBAR addressed input from the neighbors.” Director of Operations Justin Sanford presented slides of the current plan with the amendments requested as follows: “The removal of the third floor of the building/reduced height; elimination of the Eucalyptus Lane driveway; added green space; reduced size of the retail shops and the shops will remain interior facing; a visual buffer adding extensive landscaping and mature trees; consolidated employee housing into one building of 26 units out of a total of 36 units. New buildings on west lot will be consistent in height with the buildings on Jameson. Adding low grade 75 spaces, relocating west parking to east side. We are in the early planning stages. We shared the updated plan with the county and move through the county planning process. We will continue to listen and are always available. Check our website for updates.” Public commenters attending the MA meeting – including local residents and a rep from All Saints Church – were upset, and stated their concerns against the project development.

Executive Director of the Coast Village Improvement Association Beth Sullivan presented on the Coast Village Road changes. She mentioned that CVR has long needed repairs to remedy issues that have negatively affected CVR businesses. They are going to pave the road, realign the intersections, make safe crosswalks, upgrade the medians that are destroyed by service trucks and add loading zones. The work started March 25, with two completion dates slated for Memorial Day 2024, second phase be done by Labor Day. They are working with residents and businesses to announce the schedule of repairs. It is a $45 million project.

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Carpinteria Police Chief Lt. Ugo Peter “Butch” Arnoldi reported on medical emergencies and crime in the area.

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Lynda’s Legacy

Columnist and Local Cultural Icon

Lynda Millner Passes

Santa Barbara and Montecito have lost an icon. For two decades, Lynda Millner ’s articles and photographs opened the window on countless local nonprofits. She was the first social writer for the Montecito Journal . Week after week, Lynda’s column “Seen Around Town” appeared every Thursday. Her column went beyond merely photographs of those in attendance. It was her pen and her passion that benefitted local organizations – from those connected to history, to those that support social services and those most in need. Lynda cared about each organization she covered, and her work showed that extra step. When you read her column, you learned about the organization.

With pen in hand, the always present notepad, and her faithful camera, Lynda attended event after event in her glamorous style. She dressed impeccably and carried herself in such an elegant way. Her earlier years as a model remained with her until the end. Together with her husband Don Seth, they were a journalistic team. Lynda covering the events while often bringing Don along. Lynda would write the article. Don would handle the computer side of things. Together, the final product was sent off to the Journal, thousands of words over the years, and countless photographs capturing the spirit of so many local nonprofits. Our community is better thanks to their tireless efforts.

Lynda Millner passed away peacefully this past week. Her beloved husband and journalistic partner Don Seth was by her side.


From covering countless fundraisers to volunteering as a docent, Lynda Millner left her mark on our community.

“Not only did she tell her readers who attended the fundraising events, but she also made sure to include why funds raised were so important for each organization,” said Greg Gorga, executive director of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. “We will miss her dearly.”

From galas to receptions, Lynda covered events in all corners of our community.

“Lynda always captured the very best of our events and the delight of the guests who

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BLsends me a fabulous yellow Steuben glass set, a barware service designed and created in the late 1920s by Frederick Carder (born England 1863, died Corning, NY, 1963) who was head of Steuben glass from 1903 – 1930. BL wonders about the color of his glassware set – and the history. The pattern is referred to as Twist Optic, and the color, named by Carder, is Bristol Yellow.

Carder was a fan of Chinese Ming Dynasty porcelain and admired the Imperial yellow glaze which held symbolic weight as representing power, royalty, prosperity, summer, and earth. Yellow glass is not common, because it is so unstable; it has fault lines. Frederick Carder, trained in glass chemistry, experimented with the composition of yellow glass as early as 1903 to create a stable yellow glass, and Carder sought a semiopaque yellow hue. BL’s glassware set is not opaque; it is bright and clear – and stable, because it is not the semi-opaque glass that mimics Mandarin yellow porcelain. Carder reproduced the Mandarin Yellow of early Ming porcelain in glass, but only six pieces remain in existence at the Corning Museum of Glass, because that glass tends to break.

Yellow glass – created by using the chemical cadmium in an opaque vessel – is problematic: the vessel can develop ‘glass sickness,’ a problem that causes moisture on the glass surface because the glass has not properly annealed.


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The process of annealing is a gradual cooling of very hot glass after it is blown to prevent the internal stresses from the chemical instabilities inherent in the glass-making process.

Carder was such an important designer and inventor of new colors and shapes for glass that we have the Carder Steuben Glass Association, a group of collectors who study Carder’s designs from the period 1903-1932. Carder grew up in a pottery-making family in Staffordshire, England, and left school at 14 to work in at the kiln, but went back to school at night to study chemistry. He became fascinated by the process of making glass when he visited the glass maker responsible for perfectly reproducing the Roman vase known as the Portland vase. English glassmaker John Northwood had painstakingly reproduced the ancient cameo glass vase in the original medium, taking three years to complete it; in the process reviving the cameo glass art form in England. Carder would later apprentice with Northwood. Carder moved to Steuben Glass in Corning, New York in 1903 at the invitation of owner Thomas G Hawkes. When, in 1932, Steuben decided to make colorless glass, Carder left Steuben to become design director at Corning Glass. There he oversaw the creation of the cast panel for the Rockefeller Center; a four-ton molded glass panel. Created by Carder at Corning in 1935, the panel’s motif glorified the worker, and was the world’s largest sculptural glass panel and the chief decoration of the main entrance, called the Palazzo d’Italia. In his 80s Carder designed glass sculptures, and was still creating glass until he retired at 96. Carder is known for his creations in the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. BL’ s barware set is in the Art Deco style: I can see Noël Coward sipping a cocktail from one of these vessels, wearing a cutaway tuxedo, white tie, and collar in the mid 1930s.

As a 10-year-old, I remember being shown the Corning Museum of Glass and the Frederick Carder Gallery: My parents rented a cottage in upstate New York, and my dad bought a tiny bud vase for my mom during that trip to that great museum, and had the vase engraved with a loving message. I will never forget the visit. We are lucky that Frederick Carder liked to golf, because one of his golfing buddies was a wealthy Corning area businessman who purchased many of Frederick’s pieces: By the 1940s, golf buddy Robert F. Rockwell had amassed a large enough Carder Collection that he founded the Rockwell Museum at the Carder Gallery at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Today Carder’s works are in that museum, but also in the Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Frederick Carder and Thomas G. Hawkes co-founded the Steuben Glass Works in Corning in 1903. Carder ran the company, producing iconic designs and colors, till 1932. In 1918 Corning Glass purchased Steuben but kept Frederick on as manager.

During the 82 years he worked with glass, Carder produced dazzling works that have influenced modern design. BL’s set is one of those. That set, at 72 pieces, could be worth as much as $15,000 to the right buyer. A good place to sell would be Los Angeles Modern Auctions.

Elizabeth Stewart, PhD is a veteran appraiser of fine art, furniture, glass, and other collectibles, and a cert. member of the AAA and an accr. member of the ASA. Please send any objects to be appraised to Elizabethappraisals@

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Montecito Union School Foundation

Annual Gala

The Montecito Union School Foundation (MUSF) annual gala fundraiser was held on Friday, April 12 at the Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito. This year’s formal affair – Côte d’Azur: A night in the French Riviera. The important fundraising gala assures that the resources of MUS will continue and

be added to. It awards grants towards the school’s musical $11,600, the African drumming classes that started with MUS music teacher Pam McClendon over 10 years ago, the MUS Strategic Plan $175k, STEAM $90k, poetry and artists in residence $12,600, library $4,000, robot replacement $4,000, the nature lab and teacher grants.

Event Co-Chairs again this year are the fab duo of Amanda Nicole Lee and Catherine Stoll, who we heard may retire from the role. Their team are the lovely Casey Kallenbach, Jordana Brewster-Morfit, and Jessica Warm. Lee and Stoll thank Kallenbach as the co-chair in training, lead graphic designer and floral assistant with Mally Chakola-Jackson florist and décor extraordinaire.

In reflecting on the support of the Rosewood Miramar Beach as the event location, Stoll and Lee said, “We are very grateful to Rick Caruso, Philipp Posch, and the entire Rosewood Miramar team. They have been our lead sponsor ever since they opened the resort, and this year was no exception. Not only did they sponsor the event, but they also underwrote a good portion of it. We are so lucky to have them as community partners. There are plenty of business that could give to the school that don’t. It really shows that Caruso and his team are invested in our goal of educational enrichment and helping better the community.”

This year held a record-breaking attendance at 250 including MUS faculty and staff, and a record-breaking number of sponsorships, totaling over $105,000. Stoll added, “A huge shout out to the Rosewood Miramar Beach, LaBarge Winery, Montecito Wellness, Stoll Law, along with the Evans and Reitman-Sternberg families. We are so

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Brilliant Thoughts

Wishy Washy

The ancient activity of laundering has woven itself into our culture in many ways.

As an example, there was once a popular catchphrase “no tickee, no washee” which derived from the time when most of the laundry businesses in the U.S., were owned and operated by immigrants from China. Originally it meant that, in order to pick up your clean laundry, you must present the receipt you received when you gave it in. [Such mockery of one ethnic group’s way of speaking English is of course today taboo.]

It all may have started in California at the time of the 1849 Gold Rush. Most of the aspiring miners who came were men. The women, who traditionally did the household washing, were left behind. Chinese immigrants, who may have had little success in the mines, discovered this need for laundry service – a type of work disdained by most other non-miners. But, until machines came along to do the

washing and drying, it was a familiar spectacle to see rows of laundry hung out to dry on some kind of line. This was commemorated in children’s nursery rhymes, such as the rather nasty one in which:

“The Maid was in the garden, hanging out the clothes –Along came a blackbird and pecked off her nose.”

There was also the expression about “washing your dirty linen in public,” which originated in the days when “linen” generally meant underwear. So, this connoted revealing unpleasant personal truths normally kept private.

And laundry went to war. In the British Army in the early days of World War II, when Germany had a defensive line of fortifications called the “Siegfried Line” – they sang:

“Have you any dirty washing, mother dear? “We’re going to hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line –If the Siegfried Line’s still there!”

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At about that same time, I was five, and living in my mother’s hometown of Toronto, Canada, where I spent two years of my childhood. I have a clear memory of what now seems a very odd procedure, which took place periodically in my grandparents’ apartment. When the Chinese laundryman came, he and my Anglo-Jewish grandmother would sit down together, cross-legged on the carpeted floor of the main front room, with piles of laundry going and coming between them. There these two very different people would go over each item to be washed, and list it on some kind of printed form. I’m not sure how much language they had in common, but it was apparently enough for them to compile a list. (Yes, there really were laundry lists, and no doubt there still are – but the term “laundry list” has more recently been adopted in colloquial English to characterize, half-jocularly, any detailed or lengthy listing.)

But with the development of the “Laundromat,” beginning in 1934, the residents of a whole neighborhood could have their laundry washed and dried by machines at one central location. Privacy was sacrificed for convenience and low cost.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” has the Major General boast that:

“I can write a washing bill in Babylonic Cuneiform And give you every detail of Caractacus’ uniform.”

Allied Intelligence were in touch with French operatives who had been specially trained to set themselves up as local laundrymen, catering specifically to German military units. The Germans were notoriously concerned about the condition of their attire. When units were moved, they made sure to collect any of their finished laundry which hadn’t yet come back. And they left forwarding addresses for any which was yet to be delivered. This was obviously a boon to the Allies, especially when it showed that their attempts to deceive the Germans about their planned invasion sites had been successful.

Let me conclude with a true personal anecdote: A very sweet old lady of my acquaintance sometimes tended to get things a little mixed up. Once, when we were discussing laundry systems, I started to ask if she could remember that old expression, “No tickee. . .” to which she quickly responded – (obviously mis-remembering a popular song about “Little Boxes”) – “Oh yes! – No tickey, no tackey”!

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Meanwhile, wars were actually being fought, and in at least one sector of World War II, laundry played an essential part in espionage. In 1944, as the time approached for the long-awaited Allied invasion of German-occupied Europe, it was of unusual importance to the potential invaders to keep track of German troop movements in the most vulnerable coastal areas.

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Apr 23

2023 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Music

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MacArthur fellow and Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens’ iconic brand of folk music spotlights people whose contributions to American musical history have been overlooked and advocates for a more accurate understanding of the country’s musical origins through art.

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Two Superpowers: Navigating China and America in the New Age of Uncertainty

Wed, Apr 24 / 7:30 PM / UCSB Campbell Hall

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Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, journalist Evan Osnos assesses the new global balance of power in an era dominated by two superpowers that are entwined on an unprecedented scale.

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Choreographer Alonzo King’s newest creation, Deep River, uses spiritual music from Black and Jewish traditions alongside original compositions by Jason Moran to assert the power of hope in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

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“Ididn’t always know I wanted to be a doctor. Actually, I hadn’t really considered medicine until my sister was diagnosed,” says 17-yearold Natalie Martinez

Natalie and her family are Carpinteria locals. On the weekend, they enjoy hiking the Franklin Trail and visiting family in Ventura. But their lives were upended when Natalie’s 13-year-old sister, Evelyn, was diagnosed with vasculitis, an autoimmune condition that can cause serious damage to the blood vessels.

“During her final days one of her health care providers came up to me. She told me stories about Evelyn while she had been in inpatient care. That nurse did what she could to really connect. She was so sweet. That was the turning point for me.”

From then on, Natalie knew she wanted to pursue medicine. She was accepted into a high school connect program with UCSB in partnership with Mission Scholars on a full scholarship to inves-

tigate disparities in access to healthcare based on patient demographics. This time at UCSB gave Natalie the opportunity to appreciate the complex landscape of medical sciences.

“When Evelyn was diagnosed, I was able to see first-hand how a disease manifests inside a human body,” says Natalie. “I know my sister didn’t always have doctors that listened to her – I know a lot of people don’t – so it was really special finally seeing her being treated by a team who saw her as a person, who saw beyond her illness. I knew that she was getting the care she deserved when I saw how compassionate her healthcare providers were. They showed me the type of healthcare I aspire to provide.”

As Natalie’s interest in pediatric medicine grew, her résumé grew with equal speed. By junior year Natalie was ready to set her compass to her dream school: Brown University.

With a mere 5% acceptance rate, Natalie was competing with over 50,000 other applicants for a prestigious position in the Brown 2028 undergraduate class. She was prepared for disappointment the day the admission decision landed in her inbox. But at the time the letter arrived, Natalie was walking into the testing room for her final exam of the semester. Admission decisions were going to have to wait.

When the exam was over, Natalie raced home to her grandmother’s house, a short five-minute walk (or an even shorter two minute Brown-application-decisionin-my-inbox sprint) away from the high school. With her friends and family all tuning in on Facetime for the big decision, Natalie felt restless.

“I remember minutes before, I just could not sit down! I was pacing around. I was just so, so nervous.”

But there it was. Not only had Natalie been accepted into Brown’s undergraduate program, she had also been granted automatic acceptance into their graduate medical program – a sign of sincere confidence from the Brown admission’s team.

It is not an honor Natalie takes lightly. She is resolute in becoming the type of doctor that made her sister’s treatment bearable. But despite the big responsibilities lining up in Natalie’s future, she is unfazed by the pressure of her chosen field.

“I know it’s something I really want to do. I am not afraid of the serious subject matter. It is a motivating force for me.”

But her academic ambitions are only one of the many things Natalie is looking forward to when she joins the Brown cohort this autumn. She says she will miss the close-knit community of Carpinteria and, of course, her açai bowls at Lucky Llama, but Natalie is thrilled to meet new people and excited to experience east coast seasons including, hopefully, some snow.

From the shores of Scotland, Stella Haffner keeps her connection to her home in Montecito by bringing grads of local schools to the pages of the Montecito Journal

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adding to the landscape and the colors.

But his main goal was to incorporate the music of Mexico and California, including Mariachi, Azteca, corridos and flamenco, with the classical Eurocentric operatic tropes.

“I want those who are not familiar with opera, particularly those who are Latinx, to be in the theaters. I want Zorro to be a

bridge to the great masters. It’s one of my missions in life.”

OSB’s production is just the second following the opera’s 2022 premiere at Opera Southwest, with conductor Anthony Barrese reprising his role. But as of this writing, Z is also for zero, as in no tickets remain for the April 19 & 21 shows, although a waiting list is available.

Classical Corner: Krakauer, Klezmer, Marhulets & Mahler

Santa Barbara Symphony’s law-firm sounding April adventure makes its connections through klezmer, the traditional Jewish & East European music that often doesn’t get a lot of orchestral opportunities. After the concert opens with Mozart’s “Overture to Abduction from the Seraglio, K.384,” his first opera written in Vienna, David Krakauer takes another star turn as the soloist in the piece written for him 15 years ago by Belarusian-American composer Wlad Marhulets – the “Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet,” which overlays the traditional music with classical instrumentation. Post-intermission, the symphony takes on Mahler’s magnificent and masterful “Symphony No. 1 in D major, ‘Titan.’” The masterpiece features for the first time in a symphony a brief bit of klezmer, and gives the April 20-21 pair of concerts at the Granada its subtitle “Titans of Sound.”

The Santa Barbara Music Club’s next event features concert organist Lynnette McGee performing works by Max Reger, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Michel, George Chadwick, Seth Bingham, Carson Cooman, and

Louis Vierne – pieces selected for their connective influence of one composer to another, and a fusion of cultural styles. The free recital on April 20 takes place at First United Methodist Church, 305 E Anapamu St.

Theater Is Thriving

I only managed to catch the first act of Jesus Christ Superstar at Center Stage last weekend, but even 45 minutes of Out of the Box’s local star-studded production was enough to rock my world. The all-female/ non-binary cast put a somewhat provocative perspective on the sensational rock opera full of indelible songs by future Broadway icons Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice The choreography was clever and kinetic, the actors evinced subtle shades of character with stunning singing throughout with a result that burrowed deep into the soul. The palpable feeling of pressure as the crowd of lepers in search of healing close in on the Christ character was one such moment, and I still haven’t stopped humming, whistling and singing the tunes since – including while trying to sleep. Bravo Sam Eve and company, for whom JCS represented the landmark 25th production.

JCS sold out all six of its performances

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Zorro is a smash hit, with tickets sold out (photo by Lance W. Ozier for Opera Southwest)

Scams Against Seniors Are Largely Organized Offshore Crime

“The thing that I think a lot of people don’t realize is that this is a multi-billion-dollar international industry.” How organized an industry is it? “There are, for example, buildings in India,” Johnson says. “Maybe three, four story buildings. And each floor is devoted to a different kind of scam. Sweepstakes and lottery on one floor, grandparent scam on another floor. I mean, it is a huge business, and there is no shame in being fooled by these people.”

Social Media and the Romantic Pen Pal

The modern world’s delirium over digitally connecting has been an unwrapped gift for the scammers. Johnson explains. “Scammers now have a lot more tools to work with. Thanks to social media, they’ll find somebody online and they’ll really study their social media. Often they’ll position themselves as a soldier who is stationed overseas, or a businessman who’s working overseas. Or you think you’re talking to some beautiful young woman and it’s a Nigerian teenager in an internet café or a boiler room. And then the scammer starts what we call love bombing, and they start becoming romantic. ‘You’re such a wonderful person. Beautiful inside and out…’. They will drain you of your last dollar. I talked to a victim who lost a million dollars over a several year time frame…”

Fraud hotline: 805-568-2442

My Car Broke Down

“Scammers are amazing psychologists. And they will sense when the person is ready for the next step. As soon as they’ve got the victim what they call under the ether – so the victim is thinking with their emotions and not their reasoning brain – then they start asking for money. ‘My car broke down’, or ‘the foreign

government has frozen my bank account, and I need money to pay for a piece of business equipment that I need. Could you just loan me a little cash? My daughter needs an emergency surgery...” And those moneys are rarely recoverable? Vicki seems surprised at the question. “Oh, it’s never recoverable.”

Pop Up Tech Support

“Sadly, a lot of people in Santa Barbara are falling for this one and losing a lot of money. There’ll be a pop up on your computer or you’ll get a phone call from tech support, Apple tech support. ‘We’ve detected a problem with your computer. We can fix it, but give us remote access…’

AI: The Scammer’s Seamless New Best Friend

“Some of the previous warning signs, like grammatical problems or spelling problems that we used to see in some of the rougher versions of scams, thanks to AI, someone offshore can prepare a beautiful script. They have an answer for every question that you can raise, they have credentials that they can show you that look absolutely real. I talked to somebody a couple of months ago that lost $600,000. They moved all their money thinking that they were working with the FBI. This guy had it all. ‘Here’s my badge, here’s my contact number..’”

Google keywords ‘aarp AI scams’

AI and Your Child in Need

“The grandparent scam is still going strong, but thanks to AI it is new and improved. Now, when you get that phone call saying, ‘Grandma, I’m in trouble. I was in an automobile accident. I hit somebody and they’re going to take me to jail. Please post bail…’ It sounds like your grandson’s voice. That’s what AI is being used for.” How would they get your grandson’s voice? “If your grandson has left a message on his answering machine, that’s all they need. Thirty seconds and AI can use that voice to say anything they want it to say.”

Google keywords ‘aarp AI scams’

Shame Enables the Criminal

Throughout our conversation, Johnson has been at pains to explain that underreporting by victims is an ongoing problem that affects both statistical accuracy, and broader scam education. The intense embarrassment a victim feels at having been duped quite often silences them in the wake of the thievery.

Vicki is adamant on this point.

“One important thing I want to talk about is that we’re really trying to get away from saying, ‘How could this person have fallen for this?’ When I talk to victims, the first thing they say to me is, ‘I can’t believe I fell for this!’ And what all of us need to understand, and what I try and explain to my victims, is that you are dealing with professionals. You are up against organized crime. What we’ve got to try and do is help these folks go forward, be empathetic. Not say, ‘Well, you should have done this,’ or ‘You should have done that.’ That’s history. Let’s move on to ‘How can I help you? Let’s report this. We can be a team.’” Here comes the brilliant Vicki Johnson smile. “We can do this together.”


Here are your contacts for fighting Senior Scams –Join the Fight!

- S.B District Attorney Fraud Hotline (Vicki) –(805) 568-2442

- Adult Protective Services –1-844-751-6729

- Nat’l Elder Fraud Hotline –1-833-372-8311

- AARP Fraud Helpline – 1-877908-3360, Offers peer support groups, actions to take if you or a loved one have been scammed, referrals to investigative agencies

File a report with the FBI –

Tips From the S.B. District Attorney’s Office on Avoiding Scams

- CON ARTISTS force you to make decisions fast, and will use implied threats

- CON ARTISTS disguise their real phone numbers using fake caller IDs

- CON ARTISTS pretend to be from the government (IRS, Social Security, Law Enforcement), or a Financial Institution (bank, credit card company…)

- CON ARTISTS pretend to be a friend or family member (grandchild, child…)

- CON ARTISTS try to get you to provide your personal information (Social Security number, Medicare number, Bank account or Credit Card numbers…

- CON ARTISTS tell you to pay with gift cards, Bitcoin, or cash

Jeff Wing is a journalist, raconteur, autodidact, and polysyllable enthusiast. He has been writing about Montecito and environs since before some people were born. He can be reached at

PROTECT YOURSELF – Don’t answer your phone unless you know the caller. Don’t give out personal information to a stranger. Don’t send money, gift cards, or bitcoin to someone you don’t know.

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Conscious Cuisine

Caruso’s Dinner to Honor Mother Earth & James Beard Foundation

In many ways, Earth Day is every day at Caruso’s.

“We have to follow Mother Nature,” insists Executive Chef Massimo Falsini, who recently steered the oceanfront eatery at the Rosewood Miramar Beach toward its first Forbes 5-Star honor. Caruso’s is also the winner of a coveted One Star rating from Michelin, along with a Michelin Green Star nod for a slew of sustainability efforts, from food sourcing to composting.

“If you were to send up a drone on any particular week and take a picture of our farmers’ market, and then take a picture of our plates set across the table, the colors would match!” continues Chef Falsini, during an exclusive sit-down with the Journal in the Caruso’s dining room last week. “When you follow the changes in nature, everything stays in synchronicity.”

An unbending commitment to creating dishes by taking a cue from the seasons means that the menu at Caruso’s is ever evolving. In March, the menu available at the beginning of the month changed by the middle of the month, and it was updated again by the time March came to an end. The menu becomes a snapshot “of our changing Riviera landscape, and of all the changing colors.”

Chef Falsini calls the limitations wrought by the seasonally shifting availability of ingredients “one hundred perfect liberating” because “it makes you a better chef.” It’s an approach aimed at respecting and preserving Mother Nature, he adds, as well as “creating a positive relationship with, and doing something important for, the local community.”

This Caruso’s ethos gets the Earth Day treatment next week, when Chef Falsini hosts a Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner on Wednesday, April 24th at 6 pm. The five-course, hyper-local meal will be presented on a long communal table overlooking Miramar Beach. It’s the latest in an ongoing series of nationwide gastronomic events aimed at funding the programs of the nonprofit James Beard Foundation, which advocate for talent, equity, and sustainability.

The benefit dinner will also be helmed by Caruso’s Chef de Cuisine, Shibani Mone, and will feature guest Chef Rachel Haggstrom of The Restaurant at Justin, the culinary arm of Justin Vineyard & Winery in Paso Robles. Guests of honor will be many of the purveyors, along with their own spouses and kids, with whom Chef Falsini collaborates daily, and who’ll be bringing to the table the produce and proteins that they’re harvesting, catching, and reaping right now. “This American Riviera and the Central Coast are the richest part of the state, thanks to all the amazing ranchers and fishermen and farmers here,” says Chef Falsini. “There is a like-mindedness around how food is made and how we get it on the plate.”

Well-known angler Stephanie Mutz from Sea Stephanie Fish “will bring some uni and spot prawns.” Strawberries and peas, “both the snap peas and the English peas,” will be on the menu, too, along with any stone fruits that ripen in the next few days. “There’s a chance apricots will be ready a bit early this season,” adds the chef. And there will be plenty of in-season produce from the 1-1/2-acre plot that the Caruso’s team has just contracted – a new, exclusive project – at Vega Vineyard & Farm in Buellton.

Fowl from Liberty Ducks in Sonoma County are already aging in the Caruso’s kitchen, and food from Ojai Roots and Solymar Seafood will also be on the plate.

Santa Ynez Valley-based winemakers Jessica Gasca, of Story of Soil fame, and Steve Clifton, known for his Palmina label, will be among the invited vintners. The night’s wines will come exclusively from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, regions that Chef Falsini finds to be widely underappreciated, and which he likens in quality, value and food-friendliness to wines from his native Italy. “At any price, and especially between $50 and $100 a bottle, you can’t find a wine anywhere in the world that could beat an Italian wine,” boasts Chef Falsini, “and you can probably say the same about wines from the Central Coast.”

Tickets for this Earth Day-inspired fête are priced at $325 per person, or $450 with wine pairings. Check out

Gabe Saglie has been covering the Santa Barbara wine scene for more than 15 years through columns, TV, and radio. He’s a senior editor with Travelzoo and is a leading expert on travel deals, tips, and trends.

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With clinician burnout a rising problem for hospitals across the country even after the pandemic has subsided, stemming the tide is a focus for Werft, President and CEO of Cottage Health, who is also an active board member at WTI. Werft came up with the idea to create the World Telehealth Initiative membership program for hospitals and other health organizations, which streamlines the process for doctors to sign up to volunteer while also providing a source of recurring revenue to sustain the nonprofit.

Werft was already familiar with WTI’s work and its value for vulnerable communities. But hearing about the experiences of the volunteer physicians proved revelatory.

“These are doctors who are extremely busy, with very active professional lives who were volunteering with WTI maybe just an hour a week or two hours a month,” he said. “But they all said it was incredibly meaningful, one of the best things they’ve ever done. There’s no administration, just pure doctoring. And they’re not only providing vital care to a community, but they are helping to lift the skill level for future care delivered within that community. It was pure joy.”

The concept to create the program came about when Werft heard Dr. Tait Shanafelt, an MD and PhD researcher at Stanford who focuses on caregiver wellbeing and burnout, speak at a Cottage event in town. His data-driven conclusion was that if relatively small increases in a percentage of a caregiver’s time invested in doing meaningful work, there’s a dramatic reduction in burnout symptoms. And lots of other research has shown that volunteerism was by far the best thing to increase medical workforce wellness.

“That was the aha moment for me,” Werft said. “The WTI telehealth model is 100 percent at the remote bedside – no time spent on documentation or updating the electronic health record or insurance forms, or any of those types of tasks. They’re able to just set that aside and do what they do best. There’s a lot of joy and incredibly meaningful work in applying their skills and making a dramatic difference in a country that would not otherwise have access to advanced healthcare.”

The membership program is still in its infancy, but a number of healthcare systems across the country have signed on, helping to acquaint their doctors to WTI’s opportunities and financially supporting the nonprofit for similar dollars they might spend for a motivational speaker.

“There’s a study out of UCLA that shows that 80 percent of providers want to engage on a humanitarian level,” Allen said. “But finding these meaningful volunteer opportunities is actually not very easy. We make it very easy. Providers simply enter their medical specialty, the hours they want to work, the countries they’re interested in, and whether they want to do clinical consultations with partners abroad or simply offer didactic lectures. Whenever one of our partners around the world makes a request, if it matches to them, they get a notification and choose whether to volunteer. With our method they can work with our telehealth program as little as one hour a month, and still get that intense feeling of fulfillment.”

Werft said the membership program is an efficient benefit to hospitals, including at Cottage Health, which he leads and where Dr. Andrew Gersoff, who recently retired as the director of the Internal Medicine Residency program, will serve as medical administrator coordinator for the WTI program.

“He’ll be speaking at general medical staff meetings, going to department meetings and sharing the story,” he said. After two years of retirement, Dr. Gersoff is excited to be taking on this meaningful role to benefit both physicians and communities in need.” Cottage expects more physicians engaged in global health.

Allen remarked that people in the Santa Barbara community as a whole will benefit from Cottage being involved with WTI.” It’s strengthening your home healthcare system,” she said. “If your providers are fulfilled and excited about their profession and eagerly waiting to serve you, that is really a benefit for everybody.”

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Your Westmont Stargazers to See Red Giant

Less than two weeks after everyone’s attention was focused on the solar eclipse, the Westmont Observatory focuses on lunar craters and a red giant Friday, April 19, beginning after sunset at 7:30 pm and lasting several hours. The observatory, home to the powerful Keck Telescope, opens to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction with knowledgeable volunteers from the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit.

The 11-day-old moon will be high in the east during the start of stargazing. “Rising in Leo – the lion – the moon will offer a host of prominent craters near its south pole, including Tycho and its neighbors,” says Tom Whittemore, Westmont physics instructor emeritus.

If you follow the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, you will discover the red giant Arcturus, a seven-billion-year-old aging star in Boötes, the herdsman. “Nearby is a favorite double of mine, Cor Caroli, Latin for the Heart of Charles since it was named after an English king,” Whittemore says. “Gold and blue, this pair of stars lies 110 light-years from us. I like to remind viewers that the light they are seeing

comes to their eyes from the start of the First World War. The binary stars are easily separated by a small telescope.”

If you bring your own binoculars to the star party, Whittemore says M3 will be visible high in the east, midway between Cor Caroli and Arcturus. “Sporting about 500,000 stars, M3 contains more variable stars than any other globular cluster,” he says.

In case of cloudy skies, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805) 565-6272 to hear if the viewing has been canceled.

Student Researchers

Shine at Symposium

The annual Spring Student Research Symposium features the work of more than 40 student researchers on 23 different posters, and will be held on Thursday, April 18, from 3:30 –5 pm in the Winter Hall Atrium.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the work our students have been doing this year,” says Michael Everest, interim dean and chemistry professor. “One of the hallmarks of a Westmont education is the opportunity for undergraduate students to work directly with faculty on research projects.”

The research projects span topics that include adverse childhood experiences, toxic friendships, body size and seat belts, running on slanted surfaces, ADHD’s effect on patients with Alzheimer’s, and subliminal advertising.

Westmont researchers include: Aidan Holly (‘24), Alan Lopez (‘26), Anna Scheider (‘25), Anneline Breytenbach (‘24), Braden Chaffin (‘23), Ciboney Hellenbrand (‘24), Daniel Johnson (‘24), Daniel Rafeedie (‘24), Eden Hagen (‘24), Elise Kilmer (‘26), Elise Short (‘25), Emery Oneale (‘24), Grant Lockhart (‘24), Harrison Bruggeman (‘23), Isabella

Felix (‘26), Isabella Tejeda (‘24), Jackson Zerwas (‘26), Jane E. Nakamura (‘24), Jong Min Park (‘24), Jordan Ogawa (‘24), Joseph Chandra (‘24), Karla Muñoz (‘24), Kennedy Burkett (‘26), Lilia Allen (‘24), Lillian Reininga (‘24), Logan Jackson (‘24), Mariyan Popov (‘24), Mason Feagin (‘25), Meredith Gibson (‘25), Natalie Fogg (‘24), Nolan Brandt (‘24), Noor Guefroudj (‘24), Rachel Lorson (‘22), Reese Toepfer (‘26), Riley Potter (‘24), Sarah Bean (‘24), Sarah Remland (‘25), Sofia Alvarado (‘24), Sophia Chan (‘25), and Trevi Bryant (‘25).

GLC Wins Spring Sing Bragging Rights

Westmont’s 63rd annual Spring Sing at the Santa Barbara Bowl on April 6 was

filled with singing, dancing, acting, and hilarity. Students from each residence hall produced musical skits using the phrase “Out of Order” and competed for prizes and bragging rights.

Spring Sing is the college’s longest running tradition and involves more students than any other college event.

In the end, the Global Leadership Center, performing “Inside Out of Order,” won top honors for its portrayal of graduating students being hired by the college’s admissions office. Mike McKinniss, senior director of admissions, wowed the crowd with his guest performance alongside talented junior theater arts major Rory Nguyen. The skit was directed by seniors Em Oneale and Carson Brase

“The GLC had a lot of students involved,” said Grace Bjorkman , a judge and assistant director of admissions and marketing, “They delivered with a high-energy, well-organized clever and funny skit. It was one of the better Spring Sing performances I’ve seen over the years. Having my boss, Mike, as part of the final dance was a great touch.”

Van Kampen Hall came in second with “Worst Birthday Ever (try not to cry challenge)” and Clark took third with “Hall Wars: Revenge of the Clarkies.”

The lightsaber wielding students in “Star Warriors” won the award for Best Side Act.

Prior to event, this year’s producer Jillian Pearson and assistant producer Jan Carne were featured on News Channel 3-12’s morning show to talk about their experience with Spring Sing.

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The Giving List PATH

Asignificant number of nonprofits and other organizations have been working to end homelessness in Santa Barbara and across California. PATH has had a jump on nearly all of them, as its mission is built right into its name – which is an acronym for People Assisting the Homeless.

PATH started small and simply with a letter written in 1983 by Claire and Rev. Charles Orr, who urged the local community to address the ever-increasing issue of homelessness. One night that December, 60 people gathered together to figure out how to help people who were experiencing homelessness in their neighborhoods. The group started by distributing food and clothing to people living on the streets. As homelessness continued to grow nationwide, research revealed that Housing First—a best practice model that first connects people to permanent housing and then focuses on stabilization through voluntary supportive services – proved more effective. Now, more than 40 years later, PATH is providing services in more than 150 cities in five regions, sporting upwards of 1,500 units of permanent supportive housing that have either been completed or are in the pipeline.

PATH’s work is to help people find permanent housing, and provide case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services to help them along the way, as well as to maintain their homes stably. Since 2013, the nonprofit has connected more than 9,000 people to permanent homes.

Here in Santa Barbara, PATH joined forces with Casa Esperanza, which had a long-standing reputation in town. The joining of forces has possibly led to a lingering misunderstanding. “Folks in Santa Barbara grew familiar with Casa Esperanza,” says Tyler Renner, PATH’s senior director of communications. “People may have thought of Casa Esperanza as a day center or a soup kitchen – two terms I’d heard used. But PATH is completely different. We’re an interim housing site, we’re a provider of wraparound support services, we assist in housing navigation…”

“We all collaborate closely, everyone provides their own set of services in their own way,” explained Liz Adams, PATH’s Regional Director for the Santa Barbara area. “Something that makes us

special is that all of our programs and services statewide follow a low-barrier harm reduction model. What that means in practice is that our 100-bed interim housing on Cacique Street has almost no barriers for someone to get shelter.”

PATH’s method is a continuum, starting with outreach toward the homeless population wherever they are.

“Our people are literally out there on the street every day talking to anyone who they believe are experiencing homelessness, trying to build relationships to get them to come off of the street,” Adams said. “They can even bring their pets. It’s about getting them inside so that we can more easily work with them.”

PATH Santa Barbara also doesn’t close during the day; a practice still used by some shelter facilities and based on old models, Adams said. Instead, the temporary residents get three meals a day as well as intensive case management on site.

“We help them with everything from putting together all of their documents to getting into permanent housing and working towards getting a job if they’re not employed; increasing their income; accessing healthcare services; getting connected to CalFresh and all of the benefits that they’re eligible for. Our housing navigation team helps them find housing that is going to be appropriate for each person we work with.”

While the residents are not required to participate in mental health services, NA or AA classes, or take their medication, or even be sober all of the time, the harm-reduction component includes encouraging them to follow a healthier path.

“We know that it’s easier for them to connect to services if they are staying sober and participating in mental health services – so we do work with them on reducing the amount of harm that they are doing to themselves. But we’re all about meeting people where they’re at, which changes day to day and is different for every single person. We get to know them and follow their lead. We follow their guidance to help them create their own personal goals and then figure out a plan of how we’re going to help them reach them.”

The outreach part got a big boost when one Giving List philanthropist-reader recently donated funds for PATH to purchase a van, allowing for much more comprehensive mobility in the field. The new mobile unit will amp up the organization’s ability to provide instant assistance, Adams said.

“Previously, all we could do was pro-

vide bus tokens or an EZ Lift ride for someone who needed to get to a doctor’s appointment and other services,” she said. “Now we’ll be able to just bring them to the appointment, which helps people feel more confident, safe, and secure in going to those appointments because we’re there right alongside them.”

The van is also equipped with outreach supplies, including water hygiene kits, sleeping bags, blankets, socks – even pet food,” Adams said. “It really helps cement the relationship and bring them closer to coming in.”

But there are so many other programs that are in need of more funding, including the basic expenses involved with running the interim facility. To that end, PATH has two fundraisers coming up in the next month, including a special one to mark its 40th anniversary.

PATH’s 3rd annual A Toast to Home gala takes place on May 30, this time in town at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. It will be a spectacular evening of local wines, delectable regional cuisine, and music for dancing. But the centerpiece is PATH’s inspirational program about its services for the homeless.

“We really want to encourage people who have not yet engaged with us,” Adams said. “You support us just by attending, but it’s also a great way to learn more about the work that’s happening and for people who are considering getting involved to learn more. We have a whole team from PATH there to share stories and to share about all the work that’s going on.”

Additional sponsors can help the nonprofit beyond its basic services to provide much-needed upgrades to the facility, she said.

Meanwhile, PATH Giving Day is a 24-hour celebration of home and the

power of giving that takes place from the wee hours stroke of midnight to 11:59 pm on May 15. The idea is to have members of the PATH community and newcomers across California collaborating in a variety of ways to reach an ambitious goal of raising $200,000, which Adams said translates to ending homelessness for 40 individuals. The event is modeled after Giving Tuesday to be held in the middle of Affordable Housing Awareness month.

“The way that we end homelessness is by providing affordable housing,” Adams said. “Coming together for one 24-hour period goes back to how PATH started 40 years ago, people just deciding that we have to do something about it.”

Details on how to participate are available on https:// or visit

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WHEREAS, in September 2014 legislation was enacted creating the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act ("SGMA") recognizing that groundwater provides a significant portion of California's water supply and that groundwater resources are most effectively managed at the local or regional level [Water Code §§10720 - 10738] and which went into effect on January 1, 2015; and

WHEREAS, the intent of the SGMA is to provide for the sustainable management of groundwater basins through the actions of local government agencies to the greatest extent possible while minimizing state intervention, and to establish minimum standards for sustainable groundwater management. [Water Code §10720.1]; and

WHEREAS, the Montecito Groundwater Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency ("Montecito GSA") is organized and existing under and pursuant to the SGMA and was declared by DWR as the exclusive groundwater sustainability agency for the Montecito Groundwater Basin (“Basin”) in late 2018; and

WHEREAS, the mission of the Montecito GSA is to ensure a reliable and sustainable groundwater supply for the community through effective Basin management pursuant to the SGMA; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to theSGMA, the Montecito GSA is required to develop and implement a Groundwater Sustainability Plan ("GSP") for the Basin [Water Code §10727] which was prepared and adopted on May 19, 2023; and

WHEREAS, the GSP includes and supports the Montecito GSA's Sustainability Goal which is to prevent undesirable results and optimize long-term use of the Basin for the benefit of all stakeholders; and

WHEREAS, Montecito GSA’s Sustainability Goal will be achieved through a collaborative, knowledge-based process informed by locally defined quantitative criteria, ongoing monitoring and modeling, and incremental, data-supported management actions as needed to prevent seawater intrusion and ensure sustainable groundwater levels, storage, and quality; and

WHEREAS, the Montecito GSA is authorized under the SGMA to adopt rules, regulations, ordinances, and resolutions for the purpose of complying with the SGMA and performing any act necessary or proper to carry out the purposes of the SGMA [Water Code §10725.2]; and

WHEREAS, the Montecito GSA is authorized under the SGMA to require registration of any groundwater extraction facility, such as groundwater wells, within its management area [Water Code §10725.6]; and

WHEREAS, to sustainably manage the Basin, the Montecito GSA requires information regarding the ownership, location, construction, and operational status of groundwater extraction facilities in the Basin management area; and

WHEREAS, the GSP states that management actions to be implemented by the Montecito GSA subsequent to GSP adoption include the registration of groundwater extraction facilities [GSP 4.1.6]; and

WHEREAS, to effectively and efficiently implement the GSP, the Montecito GSA finds it necessary and in the best interest of both the Basin and its stakeholders to adopt an ordinance requiring all landowners within the Basin to register with the GSA any and all groundwater extraction facilities on their property.


SECTION 1. Recitals Incorporated

The above recitals are supported by substantial evidence, incorporated herein by this reference, and relied upon by the Board of Directors of the Montecito GSA in its adoption of this Ordinance.

SECTION 2. Well Registration Rules and Regulations

The Montecito GSA Board of Directors hereby adopts the “Montecito Groundwater Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency Well Registration Rules and Regulations” (“Montecito GSA Well Registration Rules and Regulations”), attached hereto as Exhibit A, incorporated herein by this reference, and finds the Montecito GSA Registration Rules and Regulations are consistent with the GSP and shall promote implementation of the GSP in accordance with the SGMA.

SECTION 3. Amendments and/or Modifications

This Ordinance may be amended, modified and/or repealed by action of the Board of Directors through a subsequent action including by Ordinance, Resolution and/or Motion, in the discretion of the Board and as authorized under Water Code §30523, §10725.2 and §10726.8.

SECTION 4. Effective Date

This Ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days after the second reading.

SECTION 5. Administrative Authorization.

The Montecito GSA General Manager, or their designee, is hereby authorized and directed to take any such actions as may be necessary and appropriate to implement the intent of this Ordinance.

SECTION 6 Severability.

If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Ordinance is for any reason held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such decisions shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this resolution. The Montec ito GSA Board of Directors hereby declares that it would have passed and adopted this Ordinance, and each and all provisions hereof, irrespective of the fact that one or more provisions may be declared invalid.

SECTION 7 California Environmental Quality Act

The Montecito GSA Board of Directors finds that adoption of this Ordinance, including the Montecito GSA Well Registration Rules and Regulations, is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to Sections 15306, 15307, 15308 and 15061 subdivision (b)(3) of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations (“CEQA Guidelines”) because the Ordinance will support implementation of the GSP by establishing rules and regulations to support groundwater management in order to prevent environmental degradation associated with groundwater overdraft and said rules and regulations will not have a significant effect on the environment.

PASSED APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the Board of Directors of the Montecito Groundwater Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency at a public meeting held this 13th day of February 2024 by the following vote:

AYES: Coates, Goebel, Hayman, Plough, Wicks


Brian Goebel, President ATTEST

Nicholas Turner, Secretary



MENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Teddy Rice, 966 Embarcadero Del Mar, STE A, Isla Vista, CA 93117. Miryung

Penny LLC, 3450 Wilshire Blvd. Ste #1005, Los Angeles, CA 90010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 1, 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. 2024-0000825. Published April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 2024



MENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Santa Barbara Mobile Wash, 2234

De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Wail Haddad, 2234




MENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: The Would Bees, 199 Ocean View Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013. David M Grokenberger, 199 Ocean View Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 29, 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. Jo-

De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 2, 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. 20240000840. Published April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 2024

18 – 25 April 2024 Montecito JOURNAL 32 “God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” –Francis Bacon


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


General project work description: Coastal Access Improvements

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-12, C-13

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


Complete the project work within 120 Workings Days

The estimated cost of the project is $ 3,610,000

A optional pre-bid meeting is scheduled for this project on Monday, April 22, 2024, at 10:00 AM at Lookout Park (Evans Ave. at Wallace Ave., Summerland CA) 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

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 04/26/2024. 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 PlanetBids website,

By order of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Barbara this project was authorized to be advertised on 06/04/2019

St. Santa Maria, CA 93454. WCMA Care LLC, 2680 S Clara, Fresno, CA 93706. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 7, 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. 2024-0000594. Published March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 2024

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international British photographer Tim Street-Porter, an old friend, and artist and editor Annie Kelly promoted their new Rizzoli coffee table tome City of Dreams: Los Angeles Interiors.

The 256-page book, which took two years to come together, features the designs of Frank Gehry and John Lautner, as well as the home of noted antiquarian Stanton, who also lives in Laguna Beach and Montecito.

Among the tony throng turning out for the book launch and store opening were Kendall Conrad, David Cameron, Marni Blau, John Green, and Merryl Brown

Return of the Doppelgänger

Campbell Hall at UCSB was the place to be when the popular Arts & Lectures program staged two more major entertaining concerts.

The first was the Danish String Quartet, joined by Finnish cellist Johannes Rostamo, for the eagerly anticipated capstone to their Doppelgänger Project, which I have watched over the past three years at Campbell Hall and the

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Gathered before a sumptuous table are Douglas Woods, Marni Blau, John Green, Lee Stanton, Leesa Wilson-Goldmuntz, and Cristal Clarke (photo by Priscilla) Host Lee Stanton, photographer Tim Street-Porter, and author Annie Kelly signing a copy for Adam Blackman (photo by Priscilla) Elizabeth and Kenny Slaught, Kendall Conrad, Lee Stanton, and Israel Serna (photo by Priscilla)
of Public Works
April 10 & 17, 2024 Montecito Journal
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seph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN No. 2024-0000525. Published April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Luminous Holiday Lighting, 1512 North B Ct, Lompoc, CA 93436. Alexis Garcia, 1512 North B Ct, Lompoc, CA 93436. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 20, 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. 2024-0000722. Published March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 2024 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Rose Residential Care, 129 E Mill

thankful to all of those who made this such a huge success, and we hope to see a return of support to those local businesses. Their banners are hung proudly on the San Ysidro fence line at MUS. We also thank one of our favorite local shops, Wunderkind in the upper village, for outfitting us in jewelry by Irene Neuwirth, Azlee, and Ileana Makri.”

The soirée commenced with a patio reception overlooking the ocean, with champagne, boutique hors d’oeuvres, and live music. The silent auction tables that lined both sides of the banquet hallway had gifts for everyone, including cooking classes, hikes with mimosas at the San Ysidro Trail, Michelle K Brow Studio, Circle Bar B, Core Power Yoga, Alexandra Jules Diamond Necklace 18k pink gold, Ventura Staycation, Santa Barbara Ice Bath, SY Ranch Spa, LaBarge Winery Tour, and school related auction items like front row seating for graduation and the spring concert. The formal dinner saw fresh roses and fruit centerpieces, with healthy entrees. The live auction and Paddle Raise emcee was MUSF board member and MUS parent Richard Koch. Items included a signed Kelly Slater surfboard, dinner served by the SB County Fire Department with firefighter gear and K9 dog demo (auctioned three dinners at $72,000 each), a Rincon Staycation, a Rosewood Miramar Beach deluxe suite two-day staycation, Principal for the Day (sold two at $4,000 each), Santa Ynez horse farm staycation, Punta Mita family vacay and MUS Library tree naming rights (sold two at $6,500 each). The success of the live auction was met on the dance floor with DJ Spencer until 10 pm. The gala was followed by the VIP After Party Speakeasy at the Rosewood Miramar Beach that went till 1 am, as Stoll shares: “This in part was due to our surprise guest DJ Samantha Ronson. We even had some rival Cold Springs School parents sneak in after their own gala, whom we welcomed.”

The MUSF 2024 funding goal was $200,000 and it was successfully reached at an approximate net of $230k from ticket sales, sponsors, the raffle, silent and live auction and the ask. All guests received a swag bag from Anine Bing and Jenni Kayne. Wine was donated from Miller Family wines.


The 65th Annual Carpinteria Community Awards

The 65th Annual Carpinteria Community Awards Banquet took place on Saturday, April 6, at Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s indoor gym.

Held annually since 1958, the event was led by the newly formed Carpinteria Community Association [CCA], whose Board of Directors are President Karen Graf, Neil Bartlett, Bob Berkenmeier, Mary Ann Colson, Beth Cox, Gary Dobbins, Clyde Freemen, Donna Lemere, Curtis Lopez, Shelley Nunes, and Pam Werner.

The CCA was recently formed for the annual awards selection and event. Awards categories for 2023 are the Merit Awards to members of local organizations such as the Avo Fest, Carp Beautiful, Carp Women for Agriculture – a total of 15; and awards for the Educator[s] of the Year, outstanding students, Outstanding Community Business Award, the Junior Carpinterian of the Year, and the Carpinterian of the Year. Nominations are open to Carpinteria citizens. The Selection Committee is made up of local educators, business owners, and residents of Carpinteria. As I arrived, the air was filled with harmonious conversations in the mix of business associates, friends, and families. Politicians attending and presenting their certificates for the honorees were Carpinteria Vice Mayor Natalia Alarcon, Councilmember Representing District 3 Roy Lee, Councilmember-at-Large Wade T. Nomura,

Councilmember Representing District 1 Mónica J. Solórzano, U.S. Congressman 24th District Salud Carbajal, California State Assembly 37th district Gregg Hart, and a representative from the office of SB County 1st District Supervisor Das Williams. Also attending were 22 past Carpinterians of the Year honorees, who were given a special mention and place – seated in front of the stage during the awards ceremony.

The main 2023 awards honorees are as follows: The Carpinterian of the Year – Rick Olmstead; Junior Carpinterian of the Year – Lizbeth Alpizar Farfan; Educators of the Year Award – Luis Quintero and Arturo Monarres; and Outstanding Community Business Award – Coastal View News. (For the full list of winners visit the 411 link)

The event program commenced with welcomes and sponsor thanks by Graf.

Title Platinum sponsor Tim Bliss of the Bliss Family Avo Farms talked about the history of agriculture in Carpinteria, noting his family history of farming, Carp’s key crops such as avocados, blueberries, flowers, lettuce and herbs, and now cannabis. With that he presented a recognition of the Carpinteria High School Future Farmers of America Students. Next, 15 Merit Awards were presented to honorees where they were seated. John Palminteri presented the Outstanding Community Business Award to the Coastal View News. Speaking on behalf of his team, the paper’s Publisher Michael VanStry talked about the paper being founded in 1994 by Rosemarie Fanucchi, Dobbins and himself to present news solely about Carpinteria. He thanked the supporters of the paper who were there when it needed funding in the past few years to keep it afloat, and he also thanked his team and the advertisers.

The Junior Carpinterian of the Year award had three finalists all with GPAs above 4.5, excelling in extracurricular work and sports. The winner was Lizbeth Alpizar Farfan, who thanked her parents for immigrating to Carpinteria to provide opportunities for their children. She is on the President’s Honor Roll, Varsity Basketball Captain, Varsity Volleyball Captain of the Court and Varsity Softball 3rd baseperson.

The 2023 Carpinterian of the Year Award went to an emotional and surprised Rick Olmstead for his work as both a teacher and coach in the Carpinteria schools for 37 years, and upon retirement for the past 10 years dedicates his days to helping the homeless in Carpinteria. He started a lunch program for the homeless, gets supplies and sleeping bags for them, and found space for them at the Carpinteria Veterans Center through the City of Carpinteria. He thanked his wife of over 50 years for her love and for raising their kids while he was working most of the time. He acknowledged prior Citizens of the Year and the CCA.

Graf concluded the ceremonies, as many photo ops and hugs ensued.

Nods went to Carpinteria Lions Club Festival of Trees for their generous contributions toward the awards banquet, the Rincon Beach Club Catering, Lynda Fairly and Richard Finkley, Chevron, Agilent, Clyde and Diana Freeman, California Avocado Festival, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck, Carpinteria Beautiful, and Meister & Nunes, PC.


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to find God
in a
“The best place
garden. You can dig for him there.”
George Bernard Shaw
Society (Continued from 18)
Carpinterian of the Year for 2023 Rick Olmstead (photo by Joanne A Calitri) CCA President Karen Graf awarding the Coastal View News team (photo by Joanne A Calitri) Junior Carpinterian of the Year for 2023 Lizbeth Alpizar Farfan (photo by Joanne A Calitri)

David Neels Montecito Fire Dept Battalion Chief reported that his department watches the storms and weather very closely. That the recent storm was a rapid change causing 6 inches of rain, and 2 to 3 inches of hail. Montecito Fire pivoted, worked with partner agencies, responded to calls, there was no loss of life, and rescues were made.

Montecito Sanitation District General

Manager John Weigold reported on the same storm causing issues as water gets into the pipes from the ground and drainage systems from people’s homes. The district facility flooded five feet. Over 2000 manholes in town were affected. Fifty percent of the lines need to be redone, upgrading of pipes in affected areas is being reviewed.

Amy Alzina EdD Superintendent/ Principal of Cold Spring School reported the school’s new Innovation, STEAM and Creativity labs are almost done, saying it is a place where dreams come true. The Cold Spring School Foundation funding event is Friday, April 12 at Cabrillo Center. April 25 the school partners with SB Beautiful for Arbor Day to plant an oak tree and avocado trees at the school. She had one of the CCS students present on the marathon obstacle course event that will take place at the school.

MA Executive Director Houghton Hyatt reported the new website is coming soon. She met with residents at Olive Mill Lane and Mesa Road and Public Works Gary Smart to talk about making the intersection safer and mitigating traffic. MA database cleanup is still being done. The Hands Across Montecito outreach walk is April 25, at 8:30 AM, meet at Chevron Station on CVR. To house Montecito homeless, it costs $300K. Mindy Denson updated on the July 4th events, including parade, picnic and family games.


Los Padres ForestWatch

Earth Day Volunteers Needed

The Los Padres ForestWatch is excited to celebrate Earth Day during all of April in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties with info sessions and clean ups. The organization is calling for volunteers to work shifts in Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Ventura. Duties include signing up new volunteers, selling merchandise and meeting like-minded individuals who are interested in protecting wildlife, wilderness, water and sustainable access to the Los Padres Forest. Shifts run from two to three hours in length.

Los Padres ForestWatch is looking for Earth Day volunteers

During Earth Day 2023, volunteers led by Rincon Consultants removed massive amounts of toxic lead on the ground, along with plastics and garbage, from getting into aquifers and streams at the Camino Cielo derelict shooting range.

Earth Day Schedule and Locations:

Ojai: April 25 – Open Shift: 5 - 7:30 pm

Santa Barbara: April 27 – Open Shifts: 11 am – 1 pm, 1 - 3 pm, 3 - 5 pm, and 5 - 7:30 pm

Santa Barbara: April 28 – Open Shifts: 11 am – 1 pm, 3 - 5 pm, 5 - 6:30 pm

Ventura: April 20 – Open Shifts: set up 7 - 8 am

Heads Up for Hikers: Although trails are beginning to be opened for public use, many are still damaged from the winter storms and continue to remain damaged with the recent sudden weekend storms. Check the Los Padres ForestWatch website for updates.

Also coming up is the 16th Annual Ojai Wild event on June 2. The fundraiser features speaker Chumash elder and founder and former Chair of the Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians, Julie Tumamait-Stenslie

Check website link in 411 for info.

411: Email:;

The Story Pedal-er: How An Ice-Cream Cart

Library Is Changing Lives in Karachi

Mohammad Noman bikes carefully and purposefully through the labyrinthine lanes of Karachi’s Lyari Town, among the rush and bustle of everyday life. Though his ice cream cart suggests otherwise, he isn’t here to sell frozen desserts. Rather, his mission is to share stories.

As Noman bicycles around the streets, a curious swarm of children gathers around him, eager to hear his stories. Saira Bano, an eight-year-old listener, shares her enthusiasm. “I don’t mind listening to it again,” she says, referring to a story that Noman has already read. “He’s so funny,” she adds.

Noman, a 23-year-old dropout and aspiring educator, is on a quest to instill a love of reading in Karachi’s poor young. He is part of’s Kahaani Sawaari (Stories on Wheels) program, which aims to improve literacy in Karachi’s underprivileged areas. Despite his own scholastic difficulties, Noman has found fulfillment in telling stories and leaving books for eager young minds.

Pakistan faces substantial literacy issues, with 77% of 10-year-olds unable to comprehend simple text, according to the World Bank. Economic constraints exacerbate the situation since books and uniforms remain excessively expensive for many households. Saira’s experience reflects the problems of numerous children around the country who have been forced to drop out of school owing to financial difficulty.

The Kahaani Sawaari program aims to bridge this divide by bringing storytelling to villages such as Lyari. Erum Kazi, GoRead’s program director, emphasizes the initiative’s transformative impact, citing how youngsters have developed a newfound passion for reading since its launch in 2021. Kazi believes that via careful storytelling, they may divert children away from negative influences and instead instill in them a love of study.

Beyond promoting literacy skills, storytelling can act as a catalyst for larger social change within communities. Noman’s workshops have inspired children to pursue their studies, providing optimism in an otherwise grim educational scene. As Nusser Sayeed, GoRead’s director, explains, “Purposeful storytelling builds a child’s character and brings out the traits for success in life.”

As Noman continues his journey through Karachi’s streets, his ice cream cart serves as a light of hope, providing not only stories but also opportunities for growth and change.

In less than two years, almost 15,000 children have attended more than 700 Kahaani Sawaari storytelling sessions, illustrating the program’s reach and effectiveness. Erum Kazi gives encouraging feedback from parents who have observed an improvement in their children’s conduct and attitude toward learning.

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Our Town (Continued from 12)

Rockwood Woman’s Club.

In Part IV the Fab Four paired Schubert’s String Quartet, frequently cited among the greatest of all works of chamber music, with a new piece by renowned British composer Thomas Adès

Part III of the project was heralded by the New York Times as “ensemble music at its purest.”

Just 48 hours later Malian Grammynominated singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara , 42, performed singing in Bambara, a language of her native country, along with French and English songs. She chanted biting social commentary and played stinging electric guitar solos. Her music was clearly rooted in her international heritage.

Quite the contrast...

‘Little Women’ Takes the Stage

Little Women, the American Theatre Guild’s musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s popular novel at the Granada, was an absolute delight.

Based on Alcott’s life, the production follows the lives of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March, each determined to lead their lives on their own terms.

The timeless, captivating tale – set at the time of the U.S. Civil War – leaves audiences with a sense of adventure, joy, heartache, and a lifting of the spirit.

Family matriarch Marmee March is well played by Aaron Bower and imperious Aunt March by Moriel Behar , with Hannah Taylor as Jo March and

the other sisters played by Noa Harris , Rachel Pantazis , and Camryn Hamm . Jason Howland added the delightful music with wonderful creative set design by Randel Wright Classics never get old...

Prepping for a PSA

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are once again wading into U.S. politics, joining a campaign to warn American voters against disinformation in the upcoming presidential election.

The couple’s Archewell Foundation and other Hollywood political players are supporting an initiative to prepare U.S. voters for a possible onslaught of AI deep fake information, according to Axios.

The foundation is helping brainstorm new content for the campaign.

It is the second time round for the Riven Rock-based twosome to have got involved in a presidential elec -

tion. In the 2020 contest, they urged Americans to sign up to vote and reject misinformation.

In other Sussexi news, the tony twosome are to debut two new Netflix series with Harry set to lift the lid off the world of International polo, while Meghan will celebrate cooking and gardening with her new lifestyle brand American Riviera Orchard.

Both are part of their multi-million-dollar deal with the streaming site.

Real New Neighbors

Real Housewives of New Jersey alumna Dina Cantin is our rarefied enclave’s latest celebrity resident.

She and her husband David Cantin have just snapped up a nearly 6,000 square foot five bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom Tuscan-style villa for $16 million in Montecito.

The tony twosome relocated to the Left Coast in 2015, settling in Malibu.

Originally built in 1994, the property last sold in late 2020 for $4.8 million after significant renovations.

The couple also have a home in San Juan Capistrano and a condominium in Florida.

Speaking Septuagenarian

Former TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey has reflected on turning 70 and how her Number One concern is her health in her later years in a candid new interview.

The longtime Montecito resident, who reached the milestone in January, says she “doesn’t live with a fear of death,” but is focused on a healthy lifestyle after losing more than 40 pounds in weight in recent months.

Speaking to People magazine as part of its 50th anniversary issue, Oprah says: “For everybody approaching this stage

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“Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing.” – Albert Lighton
Miscellany (Continued from 33)
Little Women delights at the Granada (photo by Josh Murphy, Chosen Creations) Danish String Quartet completes Doppelganger Project (photo by David Bazemore) New Jersey Housewives star Dina Cantin buys Montecito home (photo by Boss Tweed via Wikimedia Commons) Singer Fatoumata Diawara celebrates her African heritage (photo by David Bazemore)

in your life, your number one concern is your health. I don’t live with a fear of death, but I Iive with a conscious acknowledgement it’s possible any time.”

Teenage Dream

Santa Barbara warbler Katy Perry has recalled her early struggles trying to break into the music industry, including getting cars repossessed and spending her early 20s “couch surfing.”

Katy, 39, looked back at chasing her dreams of stardom and rise to fame on ABC’s Good Morning America.

“It feels like yesterday to me,” she recalled.” I can smell it, taste it, hear it. All of it.”

Before becoming one of the bestselling music artists of all time, having sold more than 143 million records worldwide, the Grammy nominee admitted she barely scraped through by the skin of her teeth.

“I had cars repossessed. I had been signed and dropped three times. I was couch surfing. It’s so visceral for me.”

Katy, who is now estimated to be worth $400 million previously told People her parents, Keith and Mary, had to rely on food stamps and food banks to survive. How times change...

Return to ‘Yellowstone’

Carpinteria actor Kevin Costner would “love” the opportunity to return to his role in the final season of the hit TV series Yellowstone

While speaking about the highly anticipated sixth season of his hit Western drama, which is set to return this November, the Oscar-winner, 69, confirmed he is eager to get back to the Dalton Ranch.

“I’d like to able to do it, but we haven’t been able to,” he tells Entertainment Tonight. “I thought I was going to make several seasons, but right now we’re at five. “They’ve got a lot of different options going on. Maybe it will, maybe this will circle back to me.

If it does and I feel really comfortable with it, I’d love to do it.”

ZDF at Maison Mineards Montecito

Another day at Maison Mineards Montecito, another TV crew!

This one from Germany’s ZDF network with a five-person team, two of whom had flown in specially and one producer, Mo Davies, who jetted in from London and knew many of my royal expert friends from dealing with them over the decades.

Los Angeles-based producer, Melanie Hillmann grilled me for two hours on

my Riven Rock neighbors, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, under director Ulrike Grunewald.

The interview is airing in due course as part of a prime-time documentary on ZDF Royal.

Welcoming President Walker

Banker Henry Walker is the new president of the Santa Barbara Polo Club.

Henry, who I have known for many years, is the patron of the FMB Too! polo team, a club trustee and member of the USPA since 1981.

He joined the 117-year-old, Long Beach-based Farmers & Merchants Bank as a teller, and now serves as its president.

The bank was founded in in 1907 by Henry’s great-grandfather C.J. – Charles Jabez – Walker.

The Walker family have been playing

in our Eden by the Beach since 1950 when Henry’s father, Ken, was invited to the impossibly scenic Carpinteria location.

In the late ‘70s, Henry’s mother Nancy planted a landscape of magnificent redwood and sycamore trees near the club’s tennis courts and swimming pool area.

Henry’s brother, John Walker, built the original tennis clubhouse and eight courts, the pool and jacuzzi.

In 2011 his brother Daniel and wife Linda built a fully functional scoreboard on Field 3, adjacent to the hallowed Holden Field.

The legacy continues...

Local Mom Doesn’t Like Social Media

Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the most prominent celebrities on social media who has used the platform to grow her successful multi-million-dollar wellness brand Goop.

But despite regularly sharing both personal and professional information, the Montecito-based Oscar winner still finds the concept of social media “difficult” and “uncomfortable” and doesn’t like posting or reading comments.

The actress-turned-wellness guru, 51, who has 8.3 million followers, says it was her team that convinced her to do her “Ask Me Anything” videos, where she shares details of her family and romantic life.

“I find it really difficult to be myself,” Paltrow told the U.K.’s Sky News, while promoting her new app Moments of Space.

“I don’t intuitively want to do it. I don’t post. I don’t like to read comments. I find it all an overwhelming proposition.

“However, I do understand it’s this great way to connect with an audience and to share things you’re working on, or if you’re trying to build enterprise value; you have to have engagement from people and customers.”

Cabana Sale

Cabana Home, the charming home furnishings store in the Funk Zone owned by Steve and Caroline Thompson, is on the move.

They are opening a new outlet in Fabled Gables, a landmark Italianate Victorian property opened in 1874 at 925 De la Vina Street.

“We are inspired by our European travels to inhabit a space with rich architectural details and socially significant provenance,” says Steve.

In alignment with their new direction, the dynamic duo is hosting a 60 percent off sale for four days from April 23 through April 26 at their current former

bakery warehouse showroom on Santa Barbara Street.

Clearly still making dough...

Remembering Lynda Millner

On a personal note, I remember Lynda Millner, the MJ’s longtime society columnist who retired in August 2022, after 27 years as a scribe for this illustrious organ.

Her Seen Around Town column was a regular must-read chronicling the comings and goings of our rarefied enclave’s bustling social scene.

Octogenarian Lynda leaves her longlived husband, Don Seth, 96, who was often at her side and helped produce her colorful column.


Prince Harry in Miami for a polo match for his African charity Sentebale... The Weakest Link host Jane Lynch breakfasting at the Montecito Coffee Shop... Stars Wars mogul George Lucas at the GQ Global Celebrity Awards in New York.

Pip! Pip!

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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Richard being interviewed at Maison Mineards Montecito by German TV (courtesy photo) Henry Walker new president of Santa Barbara Polo Club (courtesy photo) Lynda Millner R.I.P. (photo by Joanne A Calitri)

were in attendance,” said Luke Swetland, president of the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. “Lynda extended the visibility and reach of the Museum in the

In Passing

Lynda Lee Milner

August 13, 1936April 9, 2024

One of Montecito’s most elegant, fashion forward, socially dynamic woman has left us. Lynda Lee Millner passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Lynda was born in 1936, in Washington state, to Aage and Zula Olesen. She grew up in Spokane, WA where she graduated from high school as valedictorian. She went on to attend business college and graduate with an associate degree. Shortly thereafter she married Cork Millner, an officer in the navy, and together they had two children, Kim Cavalle and Dane Millner.

Lynda and Cork had a love for travel and chose to be stationed overseas in Italy and Spain; they stayed for 11 years. Lynda connected with the culture and fell in love with the people, art, food,

Santa Barbara community. She was a force multiplier for sharing our mission. Lynda was an elegant and gracious lady and a dear friend to the Museum.”

Aside from writing her weekly column, Lynda volunteered as a community docent at both the Santa Barbara Courthouse and her much-loved Casa del Herrero in Montecito.

“Lynda Millner was like a ray of sunshine at Casa del Herrero, brightening the lives of all who knew her during her many years as a docent,” says Heather Biles, President of the Board of Trustees at Casa Del Herrero. “Her passing leaves us with heavy hearts, but her warmth and the light she brought to every encounter will continue to inspire us all.”

For many years Lynda lived in southern Spain. Her appreciation of Spanish culture was evident. She was named an honorary La Presidente of this past year’s Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Alongside Don, and dressed in true Andalusian style, Lynda attended countless Fiesta-related events throughout town and over so many years.

“We appreciated that when Lynda featured our events and exhibitions, she dug deep into the history to reveal its importance in our community,” said Dacia

and drink (sherry in particular) of Andalucía. She and family participated in many local ferias and Spanish celebrations where Lynda wore traditional flamenco dresses.

In 1976, the Millners landed in Santa Barbara, choosing it because of its Spanish charm and similarity to the country they’d left behind. They purchased a home and Lynda enrolled in the LaBelle modeling agency. The agency allowed her to indulge her passion for fashion and thrive as a runway and print model. From here she focused her talent and penned her book The Magic Makeover. She went on to teach throughout California, on cruise ships, for businesses, colleges, and women’s groups.

While not busy modeling, Lynda and Cork continued to travel the world visiting such places as India, Europe, and Africa. Lynda fell in love with Kenya, returning to visit multiple times over the years; it was her all-time favorite place.

Another passion of Lynda’s was volunteering. She began at the Santa Barbara Zoo, spending countless hours as a docent there, nurturing her love of animals. She continued her volunteer work at Montecito’s

Harwood, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. “Her words always further illuminated the good work that we were doing. We are so grateful for her gracious advocacy and support.”

As a journalist and column writer, Lynda inspired others to follow her path,

Lynda was selected as a 2023 Old Spanish Days Honorary Presidente. Here she is with her entire Fiesta family, including El Presidente, El Primer Caballero, Spirit of Fiesta Jack Harwood and Junior Spirit Olivia Nelson. (photo by Issac Hernandez)

Casa Del Herrero, giving tours, connecting with people, and reveling in the significance and beauty of the Casa. Additionally, she trained at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, eager to spread her knowledge and appreciation of the historic building with curious visitors.

In 2001, after her first marriage had ended, Lynda met Donald Seth. He invited her to travel around the world with him, and while she couldn’t give up her commitments for that long, they did travel 1/4 of the way. The two married in November of 2002 and they continued to feed their mutual love for travel. In between trips, Lynda pursued her volunteer work, modeling, and what she was most famously known for, her column “Seen Around Town” in the Montecito Journal. For 20 years, Lynda covered every party, charitable event, and social gathering worth knowing about. Her love for her work was evident in her articles, her connections with people genuine, and the quality of her character impeccable. Lynda’s photographs and stories were a treasured part of the Journal.

Lynda leaves behind her husband Donald Seth, son Dane Millner and wife Allison, daughter Kim Cavalle

a guiding force along the way.

“In approaching a guest, she was warm, open and interested; not only in the mission of the charity, but in the person or persons who helped to forward that mission,” said Montecito Journal and Voice columnist Sigrid Toye. “The column that bore Lynda’s signature was written in a voice distinctly her own – unmistakable – and one so familiar to her readers over the decades.”

Lynda Millner touched many. Her column was a community treasure. She was, as well.

Editor’s Note:

For about two years I had the great honor of getting to work with Lynda while editing her column in the paper. She was grace personified with a kindness that emanated through the phone, emails, and her office visits. I miss working with her and she will be dearly missed by myself and all that knew her.

and grandsons Gaby and Cody, brother Don Oleson, adopted family Miriam Lindbeck, countless friends, devoted readers, and admirers.

Lynda’s passing has left an immense hole in our hearts, a rip in our universe and our world a little less sparkly.

A celebration of life will be planned for the summer of 2024.

18 – 25 April 2024 Montecito JOURNAL 38 “To plant a garden is to
tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn
Lynda’s Legacy (Continued from 14)
David Bolton is the Executive Director of the California Missions Foundation, and he served as the 2023 Old Spanish Days Fiesta El Presidente Lynda at home (courtesy photo) Lynda Millner at El Paseo Restaurant attending Fiesta’s celebration La Primavera 2023 (photo by Issac Hernandez)

SECTION 1. Definitions

A. For purposes of these Rules and Regulations, the following definitions apply:

1. “AF” means acre-foot.

2. “APN” means the Santa Barbara County Assessor’s Parcel Number for a property.

3. “Montecito GSA” shall refer to the Montecito Groundwater Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency.

4. “Basin” shall mean the Montecito Groundwater Basin.

5. “Groundwater Extraction Facility” shall mean a groundwater well or any device or method for extraction of groundwater within the Basin.

6. “Operator” shall mean the person responsible for operating a Groundwater Extraction Facility. The owner of the property containing the Groundwater Extraction Facility shall be conclusively presumed to be the Operator unless otherwise declared on the Registration.

7. “Property Owner” shall mean the fee title owner of land within the Agency’s management area, or the owner’s legal designee.

8. “Registration” shall mean submission of the groundwater well registration information as specified in Section 2 of these Rules and Regulations to the Montecito GSA

A. Well Registration Form

The Property Owner and/or Operator of each Groundwater Extraction Facility within the Basin shall provide the Montecito GSA with groundwater well registration information (to the extent known to the Property Owner and/or Operator at the time of registration and/or as subsequently determined) by submitting a completed Well Registration Form issued by the Montecito GSA to the Montecito GSA via hard copy or electronic format The Property Owner and/or Operator of a Groundwater Extraction Facility must provide, in full, the information requested on the Montecito GSA’s Well Registration Form, which may include the following and which may be amended or changed by the Montecito GSA, from time to time, in its discretion:

1. Contact information for the Property Owner where the groundwater extraction facility is located;

2. Contact information for the Operator of the groundwater extraction facility (e.g. well), if different than the Property Owner;

3. Confirmation that the Property Owner does not have a Groundwater Extraction Facility located on their property, if applicable;

4. Type of Use (e.g. domestic, irrigation, agriculture);

5. Estimated amount of annual water use;

6. Location of the Groundwater Extraction Facility;

7. Well characteristics (.eg. well depth, screening interval);

8. Status of the Groundwater Extraction Facility (eg. active, inactive, destroyed);

9. List of addresses that the Groundwater Extraction Facility serves;

10. Signature of the Property Owner.

B. Existing Wells

All existing Groundwater Extraction Facilities located within the boundaries of the Basin shall be registered with the Montecito GSA within sixty (60) days of receiving a Well Registration Form. The Montecito GSA reserves the right to require registration of wells in existence at the time of passage of this Ordinance and which are unknown to the Montecito GSA. Upon obtaining information about the existence of such unknown existing wells, the Montecito GSA will contact the Property Owner and/or Operator to initiate well registration pursuant to Montecito GSA Well Registration Rules and Regulations.

C New Wells

All new Groundwater Extraction Facilities located within the Boundaries of the Basin shall be registered with the Montecito GSA, via the same form described above in Section 2.A, within sixty (60) days of well completion.

D Changes to Registration Information

Any change to the information provided on a Well Registration Form, including but not limited to, a change to the Property Owner or Operator and the status of a Groundwater Extraction Facility must be reported within thirty (30) days of when the change takes effect.

E Registration Confidentiality

1. The Montecito GSA shall keep the information contained in a Registration confidential to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law. The Montecito GSA cannot be required to maintain confidentiality for any data or information that is in the public domain at the time of Registration.

2. The Montecito GSA will compile, manage and maintain the information contained in the Registration in a manner to ensure confidentiality. Registration information shall be marked by the Montecito GSA as “confidential” and maintained in a secure location, and in a secure format.

3. The Montecito GSA may, from time to time, utilize information contained in a Registration to comply with SGMA requirements, including but not limited to consultation with other local, State or Federal agencies. The Montecito GSA may disclose Registration information to a public agency only if the public agency requires the information to perform its legally established duties, and the public agency is informed of the confidentiality requirements of Registration information under these rules and regulations and existing law and agrees to comply with such rules and regulations and existing law. The Montecito GSA may need to utilize Registration information for purposes of obtaining grant funding or complying with the requirements of grants awarded to the Montecito GSA

4. Whenever Registration information is utilized by the Montecito GSA, or is required to be disclosed by law, the Montecito GSA will endeavor to disclose such Registration information in an anonymous or general manner and format that maintains the confidentiality of the Registration information.

SECTION 3. Compliance

A. Failure to Comply

Failure to comply with these Rules and Regulations may result in administrative and civil penalties, in accordance with Water Code Section 10732, as may be determined by the Board after providing notice and an opportunity for a hearing

B. Reservation of Remedies

Remedies identified in these Rules and Regulations are not intended to be exclusive. Any other remedy available to the Montecito GSA in law or equity may be employed at the discretion of the Board to address any circumstance related to the management of the Basin in accordance with SGMA, the GSP, or other Montecito GSA rules and regulations.

(Continued from 26)

at Center Stage, but dates – and tickets –remain available for other more-than-worthy theatrical presentations around the area. Ensemble Theatre Company’s highly praised take on the multiple Tony Award-winning rags-to-riches-to-bankruptcy family/financial drama The Lehman Trilogy continues through April 21 ( 9655400). SBCC Theatre Group heart-warming political comedy The Outsider plays through April 27 in the intimate Jurkowitz Theatre on SBCC’s West Campus (www. 965-5935).

Santa Barbara’s veteran Broadway actress turned playwright Anne Torsiglieri’s ‘A’ Train, her stirring one-woman musical – about adapting to, understanding, and growing through the gift of her autistic son –continues at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura through April 28 ( (805) 667-2900). And The Ojai Art Center Theater has a final weekend with Deer, a “grisly” two-person portrait of a marriage wildly tested when an Upper West Side couple hit a deer while driving to their weekend house in the Poconos ( (805) 640-8797).

Meanwhile, all three major public high schools offered previews of their spring productions at the “Imagine the Future” final segment of the Granada’s Centennial Festival Weekend, marking the first time even excerpts of fully homegrown musical productions have graced the Granada’s stage since the late, lamented Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera (SBCLO) ceased operations more than 20 years ago. The verdict? If the sensational numbers from A Chorus Line (Santa Barbara), Anything Goes (Dos Pueblos) and Singin’ in the Rain (San Marcos) are any indication, we’re in for a high-production value rollicking good time from April 26-May 11. As host John Palminteri said, “Why not make such previews an annual spring thing?” Who knows – maybe that might even spark something akin to SBCLO? And while we’re at it, after witnessing the stupendous Pacific Jazz Orchestra the night before, let’s also book a lot more jazz, especially of the big band variety, at the Granada.

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

18 – 25 April 2024 Montecito JOURNAL 39 Exhibit A of Ordinance No. 1 Montecito Groundwater Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency Well Registration Rules and Regulations
SECTION 2. Groundwater Well Registration
Published April 17, 2024 Montecito Journal
On Entertainment


Calendar of Events


Goosby Says Hello – A protégé of Itzhak Perlman, violinist Randall Goosby made his major orchestra debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2021 at the age of 25 and has since risen to the first rank of international soloists. Acclaimed for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship as well as his determination to make music more accessible, Goosby’s debut album for Decca, Roots, is a celebration of African American music that explores its evolution, from the spiritual through to present-day compositions. Collaborating with pianist Zhu Wang, Goosby paid homage to the pioneering artists of color and featured three world-premiere recordings of music written by African American composer Florence Price, and included pieces by William Grant Still, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and acclaimed double bassist Xavier Foley, a fellow member of Sphinx that recently awed the audience at the Lobero. Goosby’s debut concert today, part of UCSB’s A&L series introducing young artists to Santa Barbara, also features Wang in a program that merges pieces by Perkinson and Price, plus works by Mozart, Brahms, and Strauss.

WHEN: 7 pm

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

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Poetry In the Parks – Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Melinda Palacio hosts this year’s local Poetry in Parks event at the Alhecama Theatre; part of El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. The event will feature both visiting and local poets. Among those reciting works are former Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Perie Longo, plus Emma Trelles, Stephanie Barbé Hammer, Indian and professor of


The Revelations of RuPaul – Fourteen-time Emmy-winner RuPaul first achieved international fame in 1993 with the hit song “Supermodel (You Better Work),” igniting a career that has made him the world’s most famous proponent of drag. The artist has released 18 solo albums, published four books, enjoys more than nine million followers on social media, and is both host and executive producer of the worldwide hit reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Central to RuPaul’s success has been his chameleonic adaptability, an ever-shifting nature that has always been part of his/her brand as both supermodel and super-mogul but also entirely enigmatic to the public. Now, RuPaul’s new memoir, The House of Hidden Meanings, strips away all artifice and recounts the story of his life with breathtaking clarity and tenderness, bringing his signature wisdom and wit to his own biography. RuPaul’s singular and extraordinary story is also meant to serve as a manual for living – 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. That’s also the intention of his speaking tour, where the pop culture icon and international drag superstar invites the audience to allow your mind, body and soul to be enveloped in RuPaul’s lyrically poignant stories on life, love and finding your voice.

WHEN: 7:30 pm

WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St.

COST: $50-$125

(tickets include a free copy of The House of Hidden Meanings)

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‘Birdman’ Back, with Live Music – Although the score for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman won four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, the score by celebrated drummer-composer Antonio Sánchez didn’t earn a nomination. It was one of the more notable snubs as Sánchez’s work won the Grammy Award, and spring boarded the musician to take the dramatic work on a live tour around the world. Now one of the most sought-after drummers on the international jazz scene, Sánchez has recorded and performed with Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, and Charlie Haden, among others; and his 2022 album SHIFT features Trent Reznor, Dave Matthews, and Meshell Ndegeocello as collaborators. Sánchez celebrates the movie’s 10th anniversary with Birdman Live, where audiences will get to relive both the tour-de-force film and its fantastical tale as it navigates the pitfalls and perils of Hollywood success, with musical accompaniment performed live by the composer. Sánchez’ percussion-heavy score, which gave the film a large part of its edge, is a highly improvisational work, making each screening a unique experience as the professional attunes his polyrhythmic approach and subtle dynamic fluctuations to map out the emotions of the film’s characters with precision and vitality.

WHEN: 8 pm

WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St.

COST: $10-$25

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Eastern Mythology Monica Mody, and local student poets Anna Matthews (the regional champion of the Poetry Out Loud Competition), and Takunda Chikowero (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay and Poetry Program award winner). Chumash Kiyniw Singers, Middle Eastern Ensemble, and The Gruntled will provide the musical performances for the special celebration that is part of National Poetry Month. The event is funded by Arts in California Parks, a new program that will support artists, culture bearers, California Native American tribes, and communities in creating art in State Parks that offers perspective on our past and present.

WHEN: 1-3 pm

WHERE: Alhecama Theatre, 215-A East Canon Perdido St.

COST: free

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Andrés @ Arlington x 2 – Visit with world-renowned culinary innovator and decorated humanitarian José Andrés two different times today at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara’s historic and largest indoor venue. First up is a matinee screening of We Feed People, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard’s 2022 documentary about Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen, which takes on the mission of helping rebuild in the wake of disaster, providing healthy food to those affected. The feature-length film chronicles WCK’s evolution over a dozen years, from a scrappy group of grassroots volunteers to one of the most highly regarded humanitarian aid organizations in the disaster relief sector. Following the screening, local organizations that are addressing food insecurity and sustainability by creating a resilient food system in our community will participate in a showcase about solutions. SBC Food Action Network, Organic Soup Kitchen, Foodbank, Plow to Porch Organics, Apples to Zucchini Cooking School and Sweet Wheel Farms are among the presenters. This evening, José Andrés – whose accolades range from award-winning restaurants and two James Beard Awards to the 2015 National Humanities Medal and a nomination for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize – appears in conversation with KLITE’s Catherine Remak to share how we can make the world a better place through the power of food. Andrés two latest

18 – 25 April 2024 Montecito JOURNAL 40 “Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than emperors.” – Mary Cantwell

Oil’s Not Well in Summerland – Almost everyone is aware that the nation’s Earth Day was founded in the wake of the disastrous blowout of an oil well drilled by Union Oil Platform A off the coast of Santa Barbara back in 1969. Far fewer realize that more than half a century later leaking oil continues to contaminate our local waters. Harry Rabin, the Program Director at Heal the Ocean, has seen firsthand the urgent environmental issues facing Summerland and the greater Santa Barbara Channel. The daunting task is that of capping local leaking oil wellheads, including Becker, at the West end of Summerland beach – one of over 200 such offshore wellheads, many of which have been leaking since they were originally drilled back in 1896. In an effort to educate the public, Rabin teamed with Joey Szalkiewicz of On the Wave Productions to direct and produce Greetings from Summerland: Birthplace of Offshore Drilling. The documentary short – which premiered at SBIFF 2024 in February – sheds light on the harmful effects and broad environmental challenges posed by methane emissions from leaking abandoned wells. The film will have a screening at a special Earth Day event to kick off the Marjorie Luke Theatre’s 2024 Green Series. Rabin will participate in a town hall discussion immediately after the film with a panel of researchers including Assemblyman Gregg Hart, representatives of the California State Lands Commission, and the offices of Salud Carbajal and Monique Limón. A No-Waste Art exhibit along with a Makers Mart with local, environmentally friendly businesses showcasing their products will take place in the theater’s lobby both before and after the show.

WHEN: 4 pm

WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E Cota St.

COST: $10; 15 & under, free


cookbooks reveal his multifaceted career: Zaytinya: Delicious Mediterranean Dishes from Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon and The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope.

WHEN: Film screening 1:30 pm, presentation 3 pm, Andrés & Remak 7 pm

WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St.

COST: Screening & presentation are free; Andrés $10-$50 ($50 tickets include one of Andrés’ cookbooks)

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Giddyup with Giddens – Rhiannon Giddens returns yet again to Santa Barbara – her second visit this season alone. But this time the versatile and prolific two-time Grammy Award winner, MacArthur Fellow, and 2023 Pulitzer Prize recipient for her debut opera Omar, is favoring audiences with her first full album of playful, pop-influenced original songs. Giddens’ iconic brand of folk and acoustic music spotlights people whose contributions to American musical history have been overlooked or erased, advocating for a more accurate understanding of the country’s musical origins through art. The new album, You’re the One, extends that mission to a more pop sound palette, incorporating blues, jazz, Cajun, country, gospel, soul, and rock; and features banjo alongside electric and upright bass, conga, Cajun and piano accordions, guitars, a Western string section and Miami horns over a dozen delicious tracks. Charly Lowry, an Indigenous singer-songwriter from Lumbee/Tuscarora tribes, opens the show.

WHEN: 8 pm

WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St.

COST: $45-$125

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