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THE NO-PARTY MAN

by Mr. Mazza

Party(less) Politics

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JASON NELSON WANTS TO BE ON THE CITY COUNCIL; HE IS UNAFFILIATED, AND LIKES IT THAT WAY… 8 DAYS A WEEK PAGE 10

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ason Nelson is running for City Council. What’s that you say? Elections are months away? Yeah, you’re right, elections won’t actually happen until November, but Jason has nevertheless begun the process of finding his potential constituency to listen, learn and to get out his message of “common sense governance.” You know what they say about the early bird and the worm. I met Jason for a coffee on the Mesa, where he lives, after being introduced through a friend of a friend. And, while neither I nor the Sentinel is endorsing anyone for local office at this early stage, I found his message equal parts interesting and, frankly, refreshing. Now that’s not to say I agree with absolutely everything Jason stands for – I’ll withhold judgment for the time being so as to better understand all candidates’ positions and analyze them on the merits thereafter – but I do think his views and candor and willingness to go on the record where others may be more reluctant is something that should be heard. That’s all the more important since Jason will be running without any ...continued p.3

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...continued from COVER party or special interest support; while it is true that the City Council election is technically a non-political one (no Republican or Democrat or Independent moniker goes next to names on the ballot), the fact is that the respective party machines and various interests do back candidates with volunteer lists and money and advertising and money and yard signs and money and… well, you get the idea. Jason has none of that backing, at this point anyway, and is running a totally grass-roots campaign, one that often involves him spending hour after hour each and every day meeting with elected officials, city and business leaders and local folks on all levels just to raise awareness of his candidacy and platform. The reality, whether Jason admits it or not, is that not having that party affiliation and backing is a (huge?) disadvantage. Many people simply vote along party lines without consideration for other candidates (whatever their message may be) and, like it or not, name recognition and money talk in electoral politics. But here’s the thing: I like somebody who is willing to stand up and tell it like it is. I like somebody who is willing to take the laboring oar in his (or her) own success (or failure). And, at this point, I don’t really care what “party” somebody comes from. I care about where a candidate stands on the issues that are important to my family and my community (and thus

to me). And I vote accordingly. Jason struck me as, if nothing else, a guy who deserves to be heard. And so, without further ado, I present Jason Nelson, City Council candidate, November 2013. Q. You’re pretty clearly a young guy, and it is my understanding you’ve never held a political office. I thought you might start by setting forth your background and experience that qualifies you to serve Santa Barbara as a City Councilmember. A. It is true that I haven’t held an elected position before but I have held many leadership roles. And I do think there are many core issues facing Santa Barbara that I have a lot of experience in, whether by previously addressing similar issues or at least understanding the approach that needs to be taken. I’ve been in Santa Barbara for around nine years; I went to City College and worked in the hospitality business for some time. After that, I worked in broadcasting and radio and really started to get my feet wet during the Jesusita Fire, when I had the opportunity – unfortunately, I suppose, given the circumstances – to work with local government, emergency services and nonprofit organizations that were working to help people affected by the fire. From there, I evolved – devolved, maybe – into working in political consulting and ran Steve Cushman’s unsuccessful

campaign for Mayor. We lost, pretty badly, Mayor Schneider had the support of the Democratic party, Steve was basically a centrist pro-business Democrat, and Councilmember Francisco pulled in some of the Republican and Independent votes and that was that. But [because of that campaign experience] I got involved with the world of community groups, nonprofit groups. This was hugely valuable in terms of education and experience, and I got to really see firsthand the fantastic marketplace of ideas that is out there and waiting to be tapped. I also understand that you have a military background. What can you tell me about that? You’re right, I do. But before we get there, it’s important to note that I really took the campaign management experience and built on it, working with nonprofits and local businesses in a consulting role – mostly communications and media relations and marketing. My ultimate decision to re-join the military came from those consulting experiences, and from wanting to really make a difference in Afghanistan. I wanted to take my experiences and apply them to fix what I see as being wrong over there. So I enrolled in Civil Affairs, which utilizes a combination of civilian skill sets primarily to assess, analyze and hopefully fix problems in communities

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that stem from a war that has been going on, really it’s been going on for thirty years. In my case, I was tasked to be part of a provincial reconstruction team with a goal of improving life for the constituents of the Zabul Province. I acted as an advisor to the Governor of Zabul and helped determine deployment of community resources and better community outreach and area government. And I think we made a lot of progress in that regard under often challenging circumstances. You’re running without party or specialinterest support at this point, right? Yes, that’s right. What challenges do you think you’ll face as a consequence of “going it alone” for lack of a better term? There are undoubtedly inherent benefits to being part of one of the political “machines” – I think that’s a fair term to use. The good news, however, is that I don’t think a candidate like myself is subjected to any of the polarizing negatives that come along with party affiliation. And I think there is an advantage there. I am running because I care about making this place the best place it can be to visit, to work in and especially to live in. I don’t need a party label for that. ...continued p.4

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COVER Mazza’s Missive P.15 Weekly Capitalist P.5 Ed’s Take

P.18 Presidio Sports

P.6 It’s Crime Time

P.20 The Beer Guy

P.7 Letters to the Editor P.22 Girl About Town P.8 The Dish

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P.10 Eight Days A Week P.27 Keepin’ It Reel P.12 SBView

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...continued from p.3 Fair enough. But what do you see as the single biggest challenge stemming from a lack of party support? The message. There’s sort of a message that comes out when you have a party behind you because you have people trumpeting it from the mountaintops. I have that unique challenge of actually having to sit here and get out in front of as many people as possible and put the message out there. And in many cases, it’s going to be a perspective that people are not familiar with because it doesn’t fit nicely into one box or another. So the biggest challenge is going to be educating people on my platform, to have to be the one that has to reiterate my message and not have other people reinforcing it for me.

You talk about educating people. Would you characterize your platform in any particular way? I like to say that my overall platform is common sense governance. I think the most important thing in local government is the ability to look at any given issue through a clear lens – not a red one or a blue one. How does the issue affect everyone in the City? What solutions are being offered by the private and nonprofit sectors? None of this has anything to do with party affiliation; it has to do with research and education and understanding and, ultimately, common sense. Sounds refreshing. So, why don’t you briefly describe three things that you would work toward changing – as part of that common sense governance approach – if you were elected to City Council today? First thing, I think it’s important to recognize there is a lot of fiscal irresponsibility going on at our city government level. An example, and there are many: something like ninety percent of our general fund is spent on staff and staff benefits. Unsustainable. We have $200 million plus in unfunded pension

liabilities, a number of infrastructure needs – and all of these problems can be routed back to the fact that when times were good in Santa Barbara, people spent a lot of money that quite frankly got them elected. We can [fix the unfunded pension situation and other problems], and not necessarily by simply raising sales taxes or bed taxes but through common sense fiscal reforms. We need to tighten the belt – just like any family who spent too much last month and needs to cut back – and I have plans to address those challenges. Can you give me one specific issue that you would address in this regard if elected? I met with an unnamed city source who told me the reason that, for example firefighters and police officers get paid so much in Santa Barbara is really twofold: overtime and cost of living, respectively. I want to be clear here – I am not picking on either group. In fact, my military background helps me understand the vital importance of each. But the city source told me that our firefighters are constantly paid overtime because it is cheaper to do that than it is to hire more personnel due to the high cost of pension and other pension-related benefits. I say that we need to put those costs in line with what a business in the private sector would bear; not for existing personnel (we made a promise and should keep it) but for new hires specifically. Won’t that hurt our competitiveness for new hires? Matt, would you take a firefighting job in Santa Barbara for over $100,000 even if pension and pension-related benefits were lessened from what they are now? Fair enough. What about the cost of living issue? That came up more in connection with our police officers. Again, I mean ...continued p.23

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Ed stake(Part 2)

by Ed de la Torre - Friends of Goleta Beach Park

Protecting and Saving Goleta Beach Park

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his is a continuation of last week’s article regarding the dangers the community faces in losing its current amenities at Goleta Beach Park. Almost a decade ago, the 2nd District Supervisor’s Office convened a working group made up of individuals from local businesses, interested organizations, and public citizens. Their charge was to develop a plan to address the erosion problem at Goleta Beach Park and to suggest solutions that would protect and save the park in its current configuration from severe winter storms. Those individuals who comprised the majority of the working group make up the organization now known as the Friends of Goleta Beach Park. The position of this organization has been, and will continue to be, to champion the absolute protection of all the grass-turf areas, parking lots and other existing infrastructure facilities. To that end, it is our opinion that the plan proposed by the County – Goleta Beach 2.0 – does not satisfy this objective. As outlined in last week’s article, our county government continues to take steps that would forever change the very topography of Goleta Beach Park. To reiterate, this plan would remove all protective measures along the entire western 1200’ end of the grass picnic areas and parking lots. This we find totally unacceptable. There is no justifiable reason, either scientifically or environmentally, to subject the park to the ravages of severe winter storms. There have been no studies or documentation, as some environmental groups would have you believe, that prove the protective structure along the seaward edge of the park is causing environmental harm (i.e. sand deprivation east of the park). Witness the ever-growing sandy beach east of the slough mouth or further east to the Santa Barbara harbor area. Additionally, sand measurements along the entire frontage of the park, since early 2000, prove that sand is moving quite nicely. Other studies show that the amount of sand flowing along the coast has been fairly consistent for the past 30 years. Goleta Beach 2.0 is a flawed plan and does not protect the park and does little to increase or enhance recreational opportunities for all segments of the population.

Looking Up The Coast

Starting with the original working group, many alternative concepts have been suggested, including continued beach nourishment, sand retention, and restoration of the historic 1.5 mile kelp bed in Goleta Bay. Additionally, recommendations were made to revamp the existing protective structures according to current engineering standards so as to better dissipate rather than deflect storm wave energy. To the credit of County Parks staff, buried structures were placed at the high high-tide line (HHTL) in the years between 2002 and 2005 and have provided protection during severe storm events and do not inhibit any down-coast sand movement. None of these or other recommendations have been initiated. The Friends of Goleta Beach Park have suggested the county look up the coast to Refugio Beach State Park where, in the 1930s, ranch owner, Nelson Rutherford, a noted soil conservationist, without the benefit and guidance of a Coastal Commission, with minimal study and at a very reasonable cost, planted Canary Island Palm trees to create a tropical campground and protect campsites from storm damage. These palm trees are still there doing their designated job.

Our Alternative Plan

In April of 2012, the Friends of Goleta Beach Park submitted a soft environmentallyfriendly alternative to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors (SBCBS) requesting that it be included in the Environment Impact Report (EIR) process for Goleta Beach 2.0. Our inclusion of this alternative is allowed by the California Environmental Quality Act, Section 15126.6. The alternative includes these major elements, among others: • The planting of mature Canary Island Palms landward of the high tide line and the existing buried protective structure; • The installation of eco-friendly recycled protective products designed to dissipate not deflect wave energy; • Additional protective products that can be buried and vegetated with native plants. • Install moveable walkways for easy and safe access to the sand beach. Should this alternative be utilized, it would eliminate the costly removal of parking lots, relocation of utility lines, and provide considerably less-costly elements than Goleta Beach 2.0.

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Weigh In On The Issue

One of the world’s leading coastal erosion experts, U.C. Santa Cruz Professor Gary Griggs, completed a report in 2012 entitled “The City of Santa Barbara SeaLevel Rise Vulnerability Study.” The conclusion in this report should be seriously considered. The above alternative plan fits the definition of an “adaptive strategy” as outlined by Professor Griggs. Goleta Beach 2.0 is a Draconian plan that will result in the pending destruction of Goleta Beach Park as we know it today. With the outlined loss of park-picnic areas and onsite parking discussed in last week’s article, the recreational value to

Goleta Beach 2.0 is a flawed plan and does not protect the park and does little to increase or enhance recreational opportunities for all segments of the population. many groups of users of the park will be greatly diminished. Additionally, the unnecessary expenditure of taxpayer dollars ($3.5 million), whether from Federal, State, or County coffers, is not justified. Considering the extensive use of Goleta Beach Park (1.5 million visitors each year) and the societal value of its continued use, it is imperative that this treasured facility be protected and saved for today, tomorrow, and generations to come. If you agree with our position and cherish Goleta Beach Park as much as we do, contact your District Supervisor and make your wishes known. Watch for public hearings of Goleta Beach 2.0 and voice your concerns at these as well. Please visit our website for more detailed information and images: www.friendsofgoletabeachpark. org Goleta Beach 2.0 is the problem, not the solution! 

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...with the SBPD

A variety of crimes are committed every day in Santa Barbara; most of these crimes are petty but they do offer a window into if not the soul of the perpetrator, at least his or her thought process. Our following (and totally unsolicited) thoughts, observations, and comments are put forth for your consideration.

Beyond Deltopia

Crimes Committed By People With Houses

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sla Vista residents really went all out last weekend with Deltopia, the now-apparently annual Spring Breaker party that was once known as Floatopia and involved, we think, excessive consumption of drugs and alcohol by young co-eds on rafts and flotillas in the gentle seas off of Del Playa Drive. (None of us Sentinel folk were around IV when Floatopia began so we can’t say for sure.) The more recent incarnation, Deltopia, which took its current shape after Santa Barbara County officials closed various beaches in and around IV in an effort to thwart the increasingly famous (infamous?) bash, involves, we think, excessive consumption of drugs and alcohol on Del Playa Drive itself. See the difference? Floatopia was on the water. Deltopia is on land. Otherwise, they seem to be pretty much the same thing: Kids excessively consuming whatever they can get their hands on. Great. Many local news outlets have covered what happened in IV over the weekend – it even made the front page of a local daily – and we won’t belabor it here. Let’s just say that we are all for people having fun, but we are for people having fun responsibly. And we’ll leave Deltopia at that. It’s hard to believe that there were enough police resources available to actually address criminal behavior in Santa Barbara proper given the man (and woman) power needed in Isla Vista over the weekend (can anyone say “overtime”?) but, alas, such resources were in fact armed and ready to uphold the laws of the great State of California. And they did in fact catch people breaking those laws right here in our beloved town. Imagine that.

Suspected Goleta Cocaine Dealer Arrested; Has Home So Fair Crime Time Target

CRIME: A 37-year-old Goleta resident was arrested last week for possessing cocaine for sale after being under investigation for more than two months by the Santa

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Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit. Ultimately, Detectives discovered around 2.5 ounces of cocaine (around $7,000 worth), packaging materials, cash money and a digital scale. OBSERVATIONS: This guy was probably ramping up for Deltopia, the cops probably knew it and they probably planned their bust accordingly. He is in big trouble. (And congrats, guys, nice collar. Do law enforcement people actually talk like that?) COMMENTS: How many coke dealers do you think live among us? If this guy was homeless, would we be compassionless for talking about him? What if he was homeless and had a drinking problem? Would that automatically qualify him as mentally ill or suffering from a disease, thereby demanding our lenience and charity? We wonder. In any event, he had a home so he’s fair game.

SB Man With Home Found Passed Out Behind Wheel At Stop Sign; Fair Game

CRIME: A 46-year-old Santa Barbara resident who has a good job in a position that requires public interaction and trust (no, not a politician or government worker) was found passed out drunk behind the wheel of his car at a stop sign at approximately 2am last week. He eventually woke up and blew a .16 – twice the legal limit – and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. OBSERVATIONS: This is a shocking and downright despicable case of police profiling. How could SBPD simply assume this man was intoxicated? Just because he was asleep behind the wheel at a stop sign in the middle of town at 2am does not mean he was drunk. We’d fight it – there was definitely an unlawful search without probable cause here. He put in a long day at the office and was sleepy. Why approach the vehicle and wake him? He’s a responsible member of society, let the man take a nap. We want him productive tomorrow, don’t we? Shame on SBPD. COMMENTS: If this guy lived in his car, or was homeless and had stolen it out of necessity (of course), would we be compassionless for discussing it? Or does the fact that he is a responsible guy with a good job who screwed up make it all better? What if he suffers from the disease of alcoholism yet manages to go to work every day to make rent for his wife and kids and decided to tip a few beers back one night because he’s absolutely exhausted and burnt out? Is it funny now?

Suspected Drug Dealer With Home in Santa Barbara Apprehended

CRIME: A 24-year-old man with a home in Santa Barbara was found riding one bike while pushing another next to him at around 10pm one night last week. He was dressed all in black – black shoes, black pants, black hooded sweatshirt, black gloves and a black backpack. When stopped, the man stated that he had marijuana in his backpack without a medical recommendation and that the bikes were his (both appeared recently painted and customized). A search of his backpack yielded around 50 grams of pot, a digital scale, packaging materials (small baggies decorated with marijuana leaves), two cans of spray paint, latex gloves and cloth gloves. (Weird party.) He was arrested on wide ranging charges. OBSERVATIONS: The man did his best. He explained that he typically pre-packaged his personal marijuana for “ease of transport” and that the scale and excessive quantity were part of his endeavor to “perfect his dosage of THC.” But SBPD wasn’t buying it – the fact that he refused to provide his phone password and it incessantly rang during the stop only added to suspicion of dealing. (We can imagine the conversation: “Come on, officers, I have these really embarrassing pictures of my, ah, you know, on there that I like to send to my girlfriend. She’s so into it that she won’t stop calling me. See?!”) COMMENTS: Has a home; fair game. But he later claimed he was having a hard time finding work because of prior criminal convictions. Does that make us compassionless?

Intoxicated Homeless Man “Chin-Checks” Another Intoxicated Homeless Man in Popular Area Park; No Comment Possible

CRIME: SBPD was flagged down by a transient male near Alice Keck Park, who informed officers that another man, a 46-year-old transient male, had attacked the first transient male. When approached by SBPD, the attacking transient male, who was guzzling a bottle of Jim Beam near the turtle pond, advised, “That [expletive] old man deserved to be chin-checked. [Expletive] him. Yeah, I chin-checked him!” (Can anyone say admission against interest?) He was arrested for battery. OBSERVATIONS: Unclear what is meant by chin-checking, but we are pretty sure he made that particular term up. Whatever it is, we think it sounds not only rather painful but completely ridiculous. COMMENTS: We cannot make any since both men are transients. Objectivity reigns supreme. 






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No Laughing Matter

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ear Mr. Mazza, As a Santa Barbara resident, I appreciate being kept up to date on our local crime scene, but I find the style of the Sentinel’s “It’s Crime Time… with the SBPD” problematic. Most of the reports refer to “transients” who are involved in petty crimes against one another, accompanied by meanspirited observation and commentary. As you and your readers are likely aware, a significant portion of the chronically homeless in Santa Barbara (and elsewhere) are veterans and many suffer from mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse. In short, they are the most disadvantaged and vulnerable among us; maybe we shouldn’t be making fun of them. As a society, we have responded to them by criminalizing their symptoms rather than productively addressing their underlying issues. The discussion of the crime reports in the column perpetuates this narrowminded perspective on social problems and mimics the schadenfreude of celebrity culture. I know it is too much to hope for a little more empathy in the vein of “there but for the grace of… go I,” so I simply suggest that you keep the crime reports as objective as possible and save the space for more insightful writing about our community. Molly George Diener, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Departments of Criminal Justice and Sociology California Lutheran University (Editor’s Note: Dr. Diener, thank you for the letter. I don’t disagree that some of the chronically homeless in Santa Barbara suffer from a wide-variety of mental illnesses and substance abuse problems. (In fact, I’d personally bet that if we as a society did a better job of addressing those root causes in the first place, then the homeless population would significantly recede. Maybe effectively criminalizing and ignoring both hasn’t been the right approach. I digress.) And I don’t disagree that these constituent groups constitute some of the most vulnerable amongst us. But that is not the end of the story. Calling the thugs who beat each other senselessly and aggressively panhandle and otherwise harass people strolling down the street or playing in the park with their kids “transients” is not something I find objectionable. (In fact, if one looks at the dictionary definition of the term, I think it may even be generous for many of the folks who call our sidewalks and public parks home and bathroom.) And when the “petty crimes” you reference involve the trifecta of extreme public intoxication, dangerous conduct and threatening behavior, I don’t mind bringing them to the attention of the general public to raise awareness. As I’ve said many times now, that is the point of the Crime Time column.

And I continue to stand behind it. Separately, be sure that I am not so glib as to derive pleasure from the misfortune of others (your schadenfreude); indeed, I am quite the opposite. I personally take pleasure precisely from the good fortune of others. I’d love nothing more than to see all the evils of the world disappear and all people happy, healthy and prosperous. In the meantime, we all need to have not only a little compassion and humanity but a good solid dose of humor too. Come to think of it, hang on, I think you’ll find this one a hoot: There’s these two lawyers… – MSM)

An Orangutan and a Preppy Walk Into a Bar Dear Matt, sarcasm is the sincerest form of flattery. Enjoy. “What’ll it be?” says the barman. “I’ll take a cappuccino,” replies the preppy. “Hey, don’t you know this is Summerland? We don’t do those here Biffy. And tell your monkey friend to read the sign: Polo shirt, yoga pants – no service!” “Okay, then give us two house Cabs out on the patio – and I don’t mean taxis!” snaps the Ivy Leaguer. Outside, the one with Topsiders says to his sapient sidekick, “Well, I’m no expert – but I got my law degree at Preptown, and I think Cesar Chavez was a greasy bad leader and that’s why he died in Venezuela.” “Did you mean, Hugo Chavez?” “Doesn’t matter.” “Cesar salad?” “Who cares, they’re both oily.” Anyway, like I said, I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about. But I have a great idea to combine Crime Time with the SB View as a way to cross dress athletic transients.” “Hey after this do you want to go get an expensive cheese cupcake at that place, Piece of Crepe, that is owned by my friend in finance whose wife doesn’t have to work that got a degree she’ll never use from Colgate or – was it Peppermint University?” “And we can go listen to that high school kid play guitar that writes songs about whatever or y’ know or whatever...” “Yeah, umm.” “Umm, yeah.” “I think home prices are going up again just like they did before the catastrophic collapse of the mortgage and banking industry way back in ‘08. Anyway, that’s what I read in the Sentinel.” “Well, what I think is that the Real Estate guy has been spending way too much time with the Beer Guy. But believe it or not, I’m no expert – except at parenting – or my

name isn’t Mary P-something.” “Mary Poppins?” “Shut up you ape, you’re such an Alpha!” “Thanks, that’s where I did my undergraduate work, you know.” “Are you still living in that airstream mobile home park?” “No, I got a little fixer-upper behind the panaderia on Milpas for peanuts (I’m an orangutan as you know with a Bachelor’s in Banana Science). I like it because they have off street parking for my two shopping carts.” “Aren’t you afraid of the cops?” “Nah, those guys have a great sense of humor. Always jokin’ around in the newspaper.” “Well, I think they’re mean, making fun of helpless and innocent guilty criminals.” “Don’t be such a snob, you preppy. It’s their own fault they’re homeless. Serves them right for reading the financial column – but hey, I’m no expert.” “I’ve gotta run, old sport. By the way, you didn’t happen to see what I did with my pink sweater?” “It’s tied around your shoulders, knucklehead.” “Thank God someone’s paying attention. Now where’s my Cab? “You drank it.” “I meant, my taxi.” Alan Hurst Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Wow. You’ve really been paying attention, Alan, and I think you equally offended each and every possible configuration of people on the planet in just over 450 words. That’s got to be some kind of record. This speaks volumes about our constantly growing readership. Much appreciated, keep it coming. – MSM)

Goleta Beach: A Politically Correct Blunder

Using politics to cover deeper but damaging or embarrassing prior political decisions is not unknown in our current need to maintain politically correct dogma. Fussing with Mother Nature can get expensive. Goleta Beach is such an example. But, before we go there, some local history is warranted. The Santa Ynez River during the times of the Potter Hotel supported abundant wildlife. Market hunters were able to collect rain barrels full of ducks for the hotel’s dinner tables. Fish migrating up that river were so abundant that it was said you could walk across to the other side on their backs. Sand (sediment) from the surrounding watersheds washed easily to the beach and then the longshore transport of sediment kept the local beaches nourished. Unfortunately, none of that happens anymore because of man’s interventions – dams. These man-made structures now contain the sediments that once kept local beaches adjusted. The buried rock barrier was an offset placed to keep the beach that received

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diminished sand transport from further sand loss. It is important to understand this. Several dams, including debris dams in the local watersheds, block sediment movement. The Coastal Commission and local BOS surely must recognize this rock barrier as a retrofit or mitigation for the man-made impact on reduced sand transport… or do they? The claim that the rock barrier is somehow damaging is to completely ignore the damage caused by the previous political decisions. The rock barrier merely sets right the reduction of longshore sand transport. If you want to see a continuing expense needed to adjust for the lack of sand transport and political decisions, you might also reflect on whether the advancing surf will ultimately eat back into the slough. What then happens? These are questions that warrant an EIR, but that will cost money and whose money is it? The Taxpayers’, of course. The Taxpayer is already paying for moving sand out of the harbor. It is important to reflect on how the breakwater impacted the local shoreline. Will we need to continuously adjust things in the Goleta Slough? And what might be the annual taxpayer costs to deal with that political decision? So, we are now to spend a fair amount of tax dollars to “fix” a series of interacting events that our decision-makers caused in the first place. That is money several times spent to repair damage, and now to destroy the repair that politics originally caused, all with your tax dollar. What is the definition of “folly”? Dr. Edo McGowan Carpinteria (Editor’s Note: Thanks for the note, Dr. McGowan, it has been awhile since I last heard from you. We were happy to reintroduce a reengineered version of the Sentinel’s Take last week with Ed de la Torre’s piece on Goleta Beach (the second installment is on page 5 of this very issue), and look forward to using that column as a vehicle to bring attention to a variety of issues facing the community by way of insiders’ perspectives and voices. Sounds to me like your understanding of the Goleta Beach 2.0 project really dovetails with Mr. de la Torre’s (and thus that of the Friends of Goleta Beach); I wonder whether local officials will take notice; indeed, I personally invite their response(s), whether by letter or a responsive op-ed piece or otherwise. Substantively, I can’t say that I have a huge amount of personal knowledge about this particular issue but am certain that we need to do the right thing to protect our most important resources – the natural ones that make Santa Barbara such a special place. I’m never a fan of throwing good money after bad, but if additional research might settle the issue then maybe it isn’t as crazy as it seems to spend the money. I could think of a place or two to pull it from – maybe the fat pensions of the decision-makers who got us into this mess to begin with. I appreciate the letter, Dr. McGowan. Take a moment to read Mr. de la Torre’s piece this week and give it some thought. Everybody should. – MSM) 






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encompassed the region of the country occupied by the Soviets at the end of World War II. In 1961, the government built the 28-mile-long Berlin Wall to prevent mass exodus. East Germany and East Berlin were effectively cut off from West Berlin, which was part of West Germany or the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). “It was like being in jail. The only places we could travel to were the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, and sometimes Hungary,” says Veronika. “We did not have access to good vegetables. I didn’t

know about pineapple, mango or avocado, but you can’t miss what you don’t know.” Growing up on the family farm in Neubrandenburg (one hour from Berlin), she ate apples, onions, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. “At three years old, my job was to pull weeds in the garden,” says Veronika, “I think East German women are the strongest in the world.” The reunification of Germany occurred in November 1989. “The wall came down, but things didn’t change overnight,” says Veronika. In 2008, the Brumms sold their insurance company to move stateside. “Life is too short to spend it in one place.” Veronika, husband Rudi Brumm (her “balance,” he’s quiet), and daughter Ela (her “best friend”) moved to Santa Barbara on July 1 and opened their restaurant on July 27. Talk about German efficiency. One glance at the restaurant’s décor reveals from whence the family hails. The color scheme is gold, red, and black (the shades of the German flag). Said flags, steins and photographs of the Berlin Wall abound. “Berlin Wall Tumbles” trumpets a framed copy of the London Herald. “You are leaving the American sector,” warns a


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large sign in several languages. Notes on the doors tell you to: “Ziehen (pull).” When Veronika moved to the U.S., the only words she knew were “I love you,” which she picked up by watching the pirated soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. The show’s characters sometimes visited Santa Barbara and Veronika thought it was paradise. “We learned Russian in school. On the other side of the wall, they learned English. Now I dream in English.” Fortunately Ela spoke perfect English. The Brumms are happy to educate Santa Barbarans about their native cuisine. At the top of the menu, it reads: You can try the dish before you order. Start with a homemade pretzel, served with sour cream and mustard. “Careful, it’s hot,” Veronika warns about the latter. Pretzels pair well with beer. If Brummis was located in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg would ban the restaurant’s beers for being too big. On-tap beer here is served in half or full liter mugs, the rare case where European portions are bigger than American. The sausages are imported from a German butcher in LA. Vegetarian Ela makes the spaetzel noodles and most of the dishes. Mom makes the gravies as she can taste test them. It’s not on the menu, but tonight a tempting black forest cake is being served. “I have to get sour cherries from Germany because the ones here are too sweet,” says Veronika. Items to go include homemade “with love” salad dressing, potato salad, cucumber salad, red cabbage, sauerkraut, and spaetzle. Brummis the German Restaurant on Wheels will start rolling in May. The soon to be food truck will be parked near businesses at lunchtime. The last Wednesday of every month – so on April 24 – is the East West Festival. “As guests arrive, we ask them if they want to sit on the East or West side of the room,” says Veronika. A six-course meal is served starting at 6pm. Reservations are requested; $25 per person. Brummis is located at 3130 State

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Space is limited, but if you have an event, exhibit, performance, book signing, sale, opening, trunk show, or anything else interesting or creative that readers can attend, let us know at 805-845-1673 or email us at tim@santabarbarasentinel.com. We’ll consider all suggestions, but we will give extra consideration to unusual events and/or items, especially those accompanied by a good visual, particularly one that has yet to be published.

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between the inside and the out; so, you might just leave this free event pondering just what it means to stay inside and watch Game of Thrones. (Oh, and, spoiler alert: every character you like dies.) Visit www.museum.ucsb.edu for more information and directions.

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– Double No Trouble

Scientifically speaking, we knew this was going to happen: Friday came again. Yes, the earth revolved around Santa Barbara eight times, as it always does, and left us at the start of another glorious week. Some consider it unfortunate that the Sentinel week starts right after five days of work – why is Friday wasted on the weekend, they want to know – while others consider it a fitting reward. For those that would rather sit at home and “relax” or “decompress” (excuses, excuses), we have the perfect night. Take a deep breath while you march your timecard to the machine to clock out a little early. As you think about how weird it is that your office still has a punch clock, think about the delights you’ll wrap your lips around at Olio e Limone. Will you order the duck ravioli? The sausagestuffed quail? Go and find out. Once you’ve signed the check, make your way to Westmont College at 955 La Paz Road. In the Deane Chapel at 7pm, soak in the sweet strains of sonatas by Brahms, Bolcom, and Ravel. They’ll be played by American Double, the duo made up of violinist Philip Ficsor and pianist Constantine Finehouse. This will be their farewell concert. The event is free and open to the public.

– Get Out

Doesn’t that sound more appealing than catching up on the last season of Game of Thrones at home on the couch? Sure, you could then stop trying to avoid the internet and conversation with other people so as not to encounter any “spoilers,” but you’d miss out on what looks to be a stimulating gathering at the UC Santa Barbara Art, Design & Architecture Museum. From 5:30 to 7:30pm, you can attend the opening reception for Outside In: The Architecture of Smith and Williams, which puts the architecture of Whitney Smith and Wayne Williams into context with their post-WWII times and contemporaries. These two architects were interested in the relationship

• Saturday April 13

– Dancer in the Day

You’re in the spirit now. You slept in after your outing last night, woke up feeling rejuvenated, and whispered to yourself, “Boy, I sure am glad I listened to that handsome writer from the Sentinel (his handsomeness comes through in his prose).” Alright weirdo, I’ll pretend that I didn’t hear you say that, and tell you that you’re going to keep your weekend moving by heading to the Theatre Garden at Lotusland today at 3:00pm. The singularly Santa Barbaran event taking place there is the premiere of Bees Circling Heaven, a dance opera by Robin Bisio. The choreography will be soundtracked live by local band Ghost Tiger. A tour of the exhibit “Swarm: A Collaboration with Bees” with its curator Nancy Gifford will follow. $35 for Lotusland members, $45 for everyone else. Call 805.969.9990 to make mandatory reservations. Good news: the dancing doesn’t have to stop. Go to the Arlington Theatre tonight (or Sunday if you can’t make it) to see a program of dance from the universally-acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. The company will be performing pieces both classic and new. $35 to $125, $20 for students. See www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu for tickets and more information.

• Sunday April 14

– Monopoly on Fun

That weekend felt very adult, what with all the classical music and dance and architecture and all. So this Sunday, introduce your little ones to those bound leaves of wood pulp marked with ink that can be found at the Goleta Library. But no need to bore them too much with your anecdotes about the Dewey Decimal System; from 2 to 4pm, it’s all about the games. At Family Game Time, families and friends can pass the afternoon by playing some good old-fashioned board games – and new ones, too. The best part after the weekend you just had? It’s free. (OK, maybe the quality family bonding time is the best part.)

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If you want to end your kids’ game time early and head over to the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church for the Accordion International Music Society Santa Barbara presentation of the Accordionaires Pop Orchestra, I’d suggest stopping by McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams on Mission afterwards, so the kids will know you still love them. See the polkas, waltzes, and marches get squeezed out at 3pm at 909 La Cumbre Road for a suggested $10 donation. You could also forgo family time altogether and take yourself over to today’s Mission Poetry Series reading at Clare’s Place at the Mission Renewal Center. It is national poetry month, after all. Poets Kurt Lipschutz, Marsha de la O, and Laure-Anne Bosselaar will read at 1pm for free. Call 805.682.4713 x133 for directions and more information.

• Monday April 15

– Solstice Helpers

Mondays are the worst. If you’re an artist age 14 to 21, you know nothing of the reasons adults hate Mondays, but you should know that today is the deadline to submit your application for the 2013 Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration’s Jethro Davis Memorial Junior Artists Scholarship. More accurately an internship, this opportunity will have those accepted working with Solstice staff to create ensembles used in the parade. Find the application over at www.solsticeparade.com.

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– Prince Guthrie

Young artists are also encouraged – along with everyone else, be they artist, young, or none of those – to see Arlo Guthrie at the Lobero Theatre, presented by Square Peg/Sherpa Concerts. Born into populist folk royalty (yes, I see the irony of that term), this Guthrie is best known for his 1967 record Alice’s Restaurant, which features the eighteen-minute story-song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.” He’s also known for his story-telling, so I suspect those so inclined will get their money’s worth ($37 for section B and $47 for section A) and then some.

– The Taxman

Consider this your reminder: today is the deadline for mailing in your federal and state taxes. Now, if this is news to you, don’t panic; the new Read ‘n Post location in the Montecito Country Mart has you covered (well, you should probably at least be a little stressed out). They pulled some strings with the U.S. Postal Service for you, and will stay


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open until 8:30pm. On a side note: anyone know where I can get a skid of personal organizers or calendars? I see a market opportunity lining up out the door of 1026-B Coast Village Road tonight.

• Tuesday April 16

– First Chances

You should know about two things kicking off this Tuesday. First things first: the Music Academy of the West is seeking donations, and today is your first opportunity to donate. They’re looking for art by local artists to sell at their annual May Madness event, which I have to thank for a very nice navy-blue sweater and a terrible CD (my fault, not the Academy’s) that I picked up last year. If you have a Santa Barbaran work to donate, take it to the Music Academy at 1070 Fairway Road anytime between 11am and 3pm today, April 16, through Thursday, April 18. If you miss that window, you can drop off your art at the same time and same place on Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26. Call 805.687.6582 for more information. OK, this next one technically started earlier this month, but is kicking off into its third week. The Ensemble Theatre Company presents to you The Year of Magical Thinking. Adapted by Joan Didion from her novel and directed by Jenny Sullivan, the production stars television actor Linda Purl. Purl recently had a recurring role as Pam’s mom on The Office. If you don’t know that show, you’re still bound to recognize her from somewhere – she’s all over your TV set and has been for years. If you can’t see this poignant and humorous production tonight, never fear; it runs Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm and 7pm until Sunday, April 21. It’s at the Alhecama Theatre 
at 914 Santa Barbara Street. Ticket prices vary, but they start at $32, $20 for young adults (that’s under twenty-six years old). Discounts are available for seniors and groups. 805.965.5400 for more information.

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Also tonight, the Wildcat Lounge (15 West Ortega Street) will host an event that showcases local female artists. It’s called Girls Run This Sh!t, and it looks to be a lot of fun for both girls and boys (of a certain age, of course, if the location and event name didn’t tip you off). There will be music (Benedicte, Johanna Jordan, Vera Clay, La Radia, Pretty Awesome), silkscreening (CMND-Z), tattoo art (Jessi Seattle Tattoo), jewelry (TropiCali), clothes (Spruced by Mindy, Nichole Alana), and more. Stop in and check it out from 8pm to 1am.

• Wednesday April 17

– Cape of No Fear

I get it: you closed the Wildcat down last night and you’re tired. HBO’s not making these shows for nothin’, and you’re starting to feel left out at the water cooler. Can’t you just lie facedown on your couch, coming up only for air and chicken and waffle flavored potato chips? Well, I hate to tell you this, but no can do. We’ve got an event to attend tonight: the Montecito Library Adventure Series presents Rounding the Horn. I’d suggest gearing up with an adventurous meal at Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro. Don’t order your usual tonight; instead, you’re going to that unknown corner of the menu you’ve never been to before (and don’t worry, you can’t go wrong here). You’re now ready to cross the street for the lecture and hear Paul Dinkel tell stories from his ten-day sailing trip rounding Cape Horn. It’s like I always say: when you can’t have an adventure of your own because you have to go to work the next morning, go to your local library. This event is free.

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• Thursday April 18

– Historical Insight

If the movie Contagion had you avoiding handshakes for months after you saw it, tonight’s UCSB Arts & Lectures event might not be for you. Part of their Speaking of Health series, journalist Sonia Shah will present her lecture, The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years. In it, Shah discusses the science and politics of the disease that kills about one million people a year – even though we know how to prevent it. After the intriguing talk, give Shah a fist-bump and have her sign your copy of her book on the subject, which will be available. It all takes place at Campbell Hall on the UCSB campus, and it’s free. For more information, call 805.893.3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

• Friday April 19

– Little Shop of Blues

On this Friday, let’s try something different. Instead of walking downtown and hitting happy hour somewhere (have you guys checked out www. happysb.com? It’s pretty vital) and then dinner at, let’s say, Sama Sama Test Kitchen (typical Friday evening), let’s head to Laguna Blanca School’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. It’s Kate Bergstrom’s musical debut as the school’s head of the Drama Department. Laguna’s productions have always been stellar in the past, and I suspect this will be no different. The shows run from April 17 to 20, all at 7pm; tickets are $10 at the door (except Wednesday night, when it’s Preview Night and “pay what you can”). 4125 Paloma Drive. The other option is to head back to Campbell Hall to hear Taj Mahal & Shemekia Copeland, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. There aren’t too many opportunities to ingest some heavy blues from a Grammy-award winner, so I suggest making your way north for this Blues Night Out. Tickets $45; 8pm; www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 





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Milpas on the Move Government 2.0 by Sharon Byrne

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ost of us would count ourselves as good citizens in keeping ourselves informed by reading two to three news stories every week on what the government’s up to, and voting in the presidential and even midterm elections. We might even vote in municipal elections, attend a public hearing on something important to us, and write our Congressional rep about a bill we care about. We could even join a watchdog or advocacy group that works on issues of interest to us, like AARP, or the Sierra Club. We’d likely be content with that level of participation as meeting a satisfactory standard of solid citizen engagement. That implies, of course, that our elected representatives and government officials can be trusted to carry our wishes and concerns forward, to some beneficial end. But that is a far cry from how things actually work. Turns out, in our current Government 1.0 model, that the citizen concerned about his country, state, county, and/or city direction needs to invest considerable time and effort in government affairs. Why? Because without citizen input, in significant quantity, elected representatives and government employees are overwhelmingly tempted to make an assumption: You don’t care about issue X. You didn’t come to the (often multiple) meetings we hosted on it. You didn’t take time off work to give your two minutes of public comment during the Board of Supervisors or City Council meeting, after waiting over two hours to speak. You didn’t email, call, or meet with us. So that means whatever we’re planning on doing, you endorse it. Or at least… you don’t oppose it. Either way, good enough. Full speed ahead! You learn painful lessons in dealing with government issues that affect you. One is that issues take years in average-citizentime, mere moments in governmenttime, to crop up, escalate, boil over, and finally get resolved. By the time you get involved, usually at the boil stage, you’ll discover that others have long been at work on this, shaping the issue in the direction they want it to go. You didn’t know your state legislator was behind a bill that would hinder your business. You found out when you were affected by it going into effect, a year after he drafted it, passed it, and got it signed by the governor. So you need a lot of lead-time to

Sharon Byrne

Sharon Byrne is executive director for the Milpas Community Association, and currently serves on the Advisory Boards for the Salvation Army Hospitality House and Santa Barbara County Alcohol and Drug Problems.

Ray Estrada

“Government is no longer by the people, of the people, for the people.”

sbview.com influence things before they become laws that strangle or implementations that enrage. You also need a lot of time to participate in the process. Things like bulb-outs didn’t happen overnight. They were years in the planning process, the capital budgeting process, and months in installation. You only found out when you ran over a newly installed one. Try changing government momentum on these kinds of issues when they’re in full-speed-ahead mode. Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here… Let me paraphrase that by saying you’re signing up for a whole lot of meetings, maybe years’ worth… Government is no longer by the people, of the people, for the people. It’s a massive self-propagating entity for career politicians and entrenched bureaucrats, to further their careers, enabled by those with sufficient time and money to lobby them. When citizens do amass over an issue, armed with their metaphorical torches and pitchforks, the government politely listens. But if you fail to continually amass at all subsequent hearings on the subject, held during working hours, over a span that could be years, they’ll likely conclude you weren’t really serious after all. The vast majority of the working population cannot hope to meet that impossible standard. Imagine popping into your manager’s office to let him know you’re missing his critical deadline because you’ve got to be at City Council yet again to lobby for streetlights. You went to the initial meeting to present neighborhood need, next to the budgeting session to plead for prioritization in the city’s long capital improvements queue, then to the ABR, and now back again to City Council for final approval. You might truly need street lights for valid safety reasons, and all that time off work to attend those hearings was absolutely required to navigate the city’s arduous process. You may well have been the shining example of carrying out one’s civic duty, but your boss is most assuredly searching for your replacement.

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Enormous time and effort, then, is required to ensure a) your government listens to you, and hopefully works with you or b) doesn’t screw you with some harebrained initiative they dreamed up while you were busy earning a living, raising kids, and obeying the myriad of laws they’ve already passed. This 1.0 model of government places the burden on citizens to participate, and of course you must do so at the government’s convenience, using their established channels and procedures. Money, of course, eases such restrictions. Little wonder that we get the results we get. This 1.0 model of government is labor-intensive, ridiculously unwieldy, glacially slow, exorbitantly expensive, and produces a lot of bad results. Somebody please bring on Government 2.0, the open-source version with low overhead, fast performance, user-friendly features, and far fewer steps required to achieve desirable outcomes.

Business Beat by Ray Estrada

Spirited Women, Student Entrepreneurs Honored May 10

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ynda Weinman, co-founder and executive chairwoman of Carpinteriabased Lynda.com, will MC the third annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards gala dinner on May 10 at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Hotel & Resort. The awards were created to honor women entrepreneurs in eight categories for their contributions to the economy. Student entrepreneurs also will be honored. The awards program is a collaboration between the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation and the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Santa Barbara City College, foundation leader Cathy Feldman said at a Tuesday morning news conference at Workzones in Paseo Nuevo. Winners of the Scheinfeld Center’s

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May 3 New Venture Challenge business pitch competition for South Coast high school and collegiate students will attend the dinner and receive cash prizes funded by the proceeds from the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards. The goal of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation is to honor entrepreneurship at all levels in our community, Feldman said. “The foundation helps us raise money and the banquet helps raise funds for the following year,” she said. “There is nothing else like it,” Feldman said. “We have no agenda other than honoring women and student entrepreneurs.” While another South Coast awards program with a similar name seeks to make a profit for its owners, the Spirit of Entrepreneurship is strictly a charitable organization. Scheinfeld Center Director Melissa Moreno said Antioch University students and some UCSB Technology Management Program students may be involved in the pitch competition this year. Santa Barbara County high school and Alan Hancock College students also will give pitches. Some $15,000 in prizes will be awarded.  

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5:15pm Friday reception is planned for Lynda Weinman and her husband, Bruce Heavin, founders of Lynda. com, who will be given an honorary membership to the University Club of Santa Barbara for their involvement in the community and commitment to bettering education. 

The cocktail reception includes complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres. A bistro dinner will follow the reception. Last week, it was announced that Lynda.com was laying off 10 percent of its workforce in a reorganization move.

Vegan, Vegetarian Cooking Demonstration Set April 13

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Young Artists Sought for Summer Solstice Scholarship

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anta Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration is looking for young artists for the annual Jethro Davis Memorial “Junior Artists” Scholarship.  The program is open to youth 14 to 21 years of age. Recipients will work with Solstice Staff artists in the Solstice workshop to create the ensembles for the parade. The deadline to apply is April 15. This year’s Solstice celebration is from June 21 to 23.  “This hands-on program gives young people a wonderful opportunity to work collaboratively and utilize their creative talents while they learn about every facet of Celebration Arts, which is something generally not taught in schools,” said Solstice Executive Director Claudia Bratton. “Solstice provides the expertise, the materials, the instruction, and the place. There are after-school workshop hours to accommodate young, aspiring artists.”  The Junior Artist position honors the memory of Jethro Davis, the first Solstice Junior Artist in Residence from 1994-1999. He created five major pieces, introduced dozens of his friends to Summer Solstice and the arts community, but died in an accident in 2001. An application is online at www. solsticeparade.com. Interested young artists also can apply by submitting a letter to Summer Solstice about themselves and their desire to participate in this program via email, fax, or mail. This must be received by April 15 to accommodate the workshop schedule from mid-May through late June.

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Solstice is still on the lookout for a workshop space for this year’s workshop. The space needs to be at least 6,000 square feet or more and have electrical and sewer connections. It also needs to be in the downtown area.

Workzones Grand Opening Generates Buzz in Paseo Nuevo

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Fitness Professional/Life Motivator Jenny Schatzle runs the popular Jenny Schatzle Bootcamp right here in Santa Barbara. N.A.S.M , Cardio Kickboxing and SPIN Certified, Jenny was recently awarded Best Outdoor Fitness Program in town. Her motivation, energy and enthusiasm have created a community and program of all ages and fitness levels that cannot be described. It has to be experienced! Free on Saturdays at 8:30am. Go to www.jennyschatzle.com for details.

Getting Back to the Glory Days

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he April 4 grand opening of Workzones in Paseo Nuevo drew dozens of business people and city officials who were truly impressed with the warmth of the member-based, coworking space. Mayor Helene Schneider cut a ceremonial ribbon at the upstairs business hub, which she mentioned in her recent State of the City speech. Workzones co-owner Lisa Riolo, a Ventura resident, said she really doesn’t like to call it a business incubator because its members already have their act together. She expects to sign up some 100 members that will fill up the site. Since Workzones is a franchise, another site could open once the first one in Santa Barbara is filled. The new site actually opened with a soft launch in February. It has 10 meeting rooms, including a boardroom and training room. There is a space for afterwork events. Members can work in social zones ranging from collaborative to quiet at some 50 work stations for less than $200 a month. Members can reserve meeting rooms for as little as $20 an hour. Three phone booths are available for private calls. Riolo says a kitchen area soon will feature a French press coffee machine. Workzones also features high-speed Wi-Fi and printer access. Members bring their own laptops and log on. So far, the only concern potential members have expressed is Workzone’s hours, which are from 9am to 6pm weekdays and 9am to 3pm weekends. However, Riolo says as time goes by, the owners will assess members needs and adapt accordingly. The other owners are Kirk Peacock, Pam Tanase and Mike Franco. 





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t is a well known fact that we lose fitness as we age due not only to simply getting older, but also because we typically become more sedentary and less active over time. We stop paying attention to what we eat and drink. We get, dare I say it, lazy. Apathy rules. And our health suffers. But that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, I see more and more folks getting and staying active and healthy at all ages, and I want to encourage more people – at any age – to come join the community of healthy, positive people that is out there in Santa Barbara, waiting with open arms. The workout below, which I took from my new Boomer Bootcamp, incorporates joint-friendly movements to improve strength, flexibility, cardiovascular health, balance and posture. All you have to do is get up off that couch and do it… and today is the day! (Even if you aren’t a Boomer, per se, I’ll bet the program below will be a great workout… if you push yourself hard enough. Call me if you need some motivation.)

Warm-up:

Walking in place (moving legs and arms) – 3 min

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Set a timer for 30 minutes, and repeat the following workout until time runs out (should be six times through, if my math is right): 1. Squats – 30 sec (Rest – 30 sec) 2. Push-ups – 30 sec (Rest – 30 sec) 3. Plank – hold 30 sec (Rest – 30 sec) 4. Crunches – 30 sec (Rest – 30 sec) 5. Jumping Jacks – 30 sec (Rest – 30 sec)

Do that as many days as possible this week. Keep a diary and track your results. You will improve, and you will enjoy looking back and seeing how far you’ve gone by simply taking the first step. I promise. Write Jenny a letter (letters@santabarbarasentinel.com) or contact her directly with any questions at jenny@jennyschatzle.com. And go get ‘em, the Sentinel is rooting for you.

Faces Of Santa Barbara by Patricia Clarke

Patricia Clarke is an award-winning international photographer based in Santa Barbara. Fascinated by all aspects of the human condition, in recent years she has been turning her lens to her own community. In addition to many local exhibitions over the years, her work has been featured in London, Italy, Prague and around the United States. To see more of her local portraiture work, go to www. yourbestshot.us. Patricia’s fine art photography can be seen at www.patriciahoughton clarke.com. She can be reached at pcphotog@gmail.com

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Minority Report: The Science of Predicting Future Criminal Activity

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ost graduate students do the majority of their work with a single professor, their advisor. These advisors are pretty much your “academic parents” and their advisor is your academic grandparent. Like parents and grandparents, they push you to be your best, help you overcome obstacles, and occasionally teach you the tough lessons you need to learn. And they like to brag. Advisors announce to anyone who will listen (and even some who won’t) when their students get a good position right after completing their Ph.D., and they “casually” mention it to absolutely everyone when their students advance in their careers quickly. But even though many UCSB professors get those bragging rights – our Ph.D. graduates are pretty good at what they do – not all get to brag about news of their students’ research spreading internationally. This week, though, Dr. Alan Fridlund secured firmly that particular bragging right: His former student, Dr. Eyal Aharoni, was a member of a research team whose work was picked up by radio stations, websites and news companies around the globe.

Find What You Love Dr. Aharoni graduated in 2009 from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. While there, he worked with advisor Dr. Alan Fridlund. Like most

That’s an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) machine, which is used to take images of the brain in Dr. Aharoni’s research. Unfortunately, this was as close as I could get; the machine’s strong magnets would have destroyed my camera if I had actually entered the room. (Ok, who’s next to stick their head in the machine with incredibly powerful magnets?)

Dr. Aharoni (yep, that’s him above enjoying extreme uni-cycling).

graduate students, Dr. Aharoni started out at UCSB on a much different path than the one he eventually took to graduate. Originally, Dr. Aharoni had an interest in how we interact in a virtual environment. My guess is that he had an idea of the direction video games were (and are still) headed: more immersive, more interactive and better at using psychological research to develop many of the aspects of gaming. But that wasn’t all Dr. Aharoni found interesting. Thanks to common stereotypes and popular TV shows, most of us think of scientists as either constantly preoccupied by their work or spending their downtime in comic book stores and playing obscure board games (I’m personally guilty of

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A self-professed science nerd, Rachelle has her B.A. in neuroscience from Skidmore College in upstate New York, and is working towards her Master’s in psychology at UCSB. In her free time, she blogs at www.synapticspeculations.com. She never could quite understand why she had to choose just one area of science; they are all fascinating. Especially when paired with some classic rock.

indulging in the latter). But not Dr. Aharoni. As a graduate student, he spent many of his hours outside of the lab thinking about the issues plaguing America’s justice system. Like most of us with a hobby outside of our chosen path, he did not realize how passionate he was about the topic. He talked about those issues so often that a friend finally pointed it out to him: nearly every conversation they had led back to the justice system. Hopefully his friend was more amused than annoyed. Taking his newly realized passion to heart, Dr. Aharoni approached Dr. Fridlund about changing directions in his research. There was then a great melding of the minds, and Dr. Aharoni’s work took off.

Criminal Behavior is Impulsive? Nah. Fast forward to today, and Dr. Aharoni is now working with the RAND Corporation. Not long ago, however, he was in Albuquerque with the Mind Research Network, a division of the Lovelance Biomedical & Environmental Research Institute. His research there is what has garnered international attention. Working with Dr. Kiehl from the University of New Mexico and Dr. Gazzaniga from right here at UCSB (among others), Dr. Aharoni conducted an experiment to determine if activity in an area of the brain associated with impulse control might predict the likelihood that a criminal

would get arrested for a new crime. What he and his colleagues found is fascinating. The more active this particular brain region is during a task that requires impulse control (called the Go-No Go task), the less likely an individual was to be rearrested after four years. Conversely, the less active this area of the brain was during the task, the more likely the individual was to give in to criminal impulses, commit another crime, and be rearrested. Immediately, many who heard of these findings jumped to situations where this technology could be used to arrest individuals before they even commit a crime (I think that might be the plot of a movie) or to pre-judge individuals in school. But Dr. Aharoni and his fellow researchers are more cautious than that. They worry about the overcrowding of prisons and the harsh reality that inmates are more dangerous once released from prison than they were before going in. They also worry that the United States’ rate of “supervision” is too high: one in fifty adults incarcerated, on probation, or on parole. Why, they ask, would they want to see their work, still in its infancy, grow up to put more people in prison? Instead, they look to the therapeutic implications of their work. Dr. Aharoni puts it best: “As risk assessment sciences develop, I would like to know that these decisionmakers are equipped with the best available, evidence-based information to make such important decisions. We believe this information could eventually be useful to help reduce such risks by developing and providing effective treatments and services for those in greatest need.”

Building a Better (Criminal) Mousetrap The accuracy of such assessments is essential to an effective criminal justice system. Knowing how likely an individual is to follow through with a treatment or whether an individual is at risk for breaking parole would help the system assign resources effectively and to help those individuals potentially change their behavior to be less likely to commit a criminal act in the future. The bottom line is that an effective criminal system should not create worse criminals; it should help create better citizens. Dr. Aharoni and his colleagues are hopeful that their work will help the justice system allocate its resources in a way that reduces recidivism and eases the heavy burden it presently struggled under. If you would like to read the original article discussing this research, search this information online: Aharoni, E., Vincent. G. M., Harenski, C. L., Calhoun, V. D., Sinnott-Armstrong, W., Gazzaniga, M. S., & Kiehl, K. A. (2013). Neuroprediction of future rearrest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073/ pnas.1219302110 






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The Weekly Capitalist by Jeff Harding

Jeff Harding publishes The Daily Capitalist, a blog on economics and finance. He is the president of Montecito Analytics, LLC, and is a real estate investor who lives in Montecito.

Forever Blowing Bubbles

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t feels like Groundhog Day to me (the movie, that is). I read the headlines in our esteemed mainstream media and see how wonderful everything is. The S&P 500 stock index just hit another record. Home prices soar. I have this vague queasy feeling that I’ve seen all this before. And, in fact, I have. You have too. Wall Streeters are tap dancing down the corridors of their luxury offices as the S&P 500 has gone up 11% this year alone! It just blasted through its all-time high set back in 2007. All I can say is that if you own stocks you should be smiling like the guy in the Enzyte ad. The most popular national housing price index (Case-Shiller) reported home prices nationally went up 8% over the past 12 months (as of December). New home prices have gone up even more. My realtor friends here in Santa Barbara say there is a frenzy in the sub-one million dollar market with multiple offers coming in for properties. What is going on? Yeah, I get it that there was a huge market crash in 2008 and the housing market collapsed and that perhaps we are seeing an economic recovery. There is some truth to that but not much. We are still going through the effects of the economic crisis of 2008 which was the biggest economic crash since the Great Depression. Recall why it crashed: home prices exploded and everyone jumped aboard. Perhaps you did too thinking you could make a quick profit flipping a condo in Las Vegas or Riverside. You weren’t alone. Wall Street piled on, inventing new investments for the Big Boys to sock it to hedge funds, insurance companies, and pension plans. It was going to last we were told right up to the end when it didn’t. Even our leaders, Ben Bernanke in particular, thought it was just a market sneeze as home prices faltered in 2007. Hey everyone, he said, in the past 70 years home prices nationally never went down year over year. Bernanke was convinced the Fed could prevent any economic collapse. He would be wrong and he is still wrong. Here’s the dirty little secret: the Fed created the housing bubble. I think it is doing it again. Keynesian and monetarist economists

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don’t have a clue why bubbles form and burst. Lord Keynes explained it away with vague terms like “animal spirits.” All they see is that suddenly people start buying houses for fun and profit and things are great and we must keep it going. They forget the nasty parts as prices skyrocket, people feel wealthy, they mortgage and remortgage their property, they take on lots of debt, they buy things they later find they don’t want, businesses expand to fill consumer demand, home builders flourish, shopping centers spread like crabgrass, your friend just flipped a condo for a cool $50K profit, and then it all collapses. We all see, after the fact, that it was a bubble and that, duh, bubbles burst and everyone was greedy and got what they deserved. True, but too simple of an explanation. The Keynesians ignore all the nasty stuff and tell us that we just need to get consumers to start spending again and everything will be fine. But what about all those homes no one wants? What about all the debt that we piled up? How will spending make it all better? Maybe we have to deal with the nasty stuff first, save our money, and maybe then things will be better and we can spend. I know why bubbles start and why they end. Perhaps one might take notice of things like the Fed dropping interest rates to 1% in 2001 and leaving it there until 2004. This, dear reader, is how the Fed “prints” money and floods the markets with it to try to create “liquidity” and spur growth. They don’t really print anymore (they add some zeros to dealer accounts) but it has the same effect. The bottom line is that money supply exploded thus fueling a boom, and in this case, because it went on so long, a bubble. What do you think people do when money is cheap? Yes, spend it. This time on houses. Other times on stocks. Or commercial buildings or apartments or tulips. It just doesn’t “happen”: there is always a cause to human events. History shows that bubbles are always preceded by a blow-up of money supply. I wonder what would have happened if the Fed hadn’t blown up money supply? Would people have bought homes in a frenzy because mortgage rates were 8.5% (30-year, fixed)? That’s what they were

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just before the Fed fired up the money machine in 2001. Another thing: bubbles always burst. The Fed started to worry about the housing market and raised interest rates in 2004 from 1% to 5.25% in 2006. Funny thing, 2006 is just when home prices started their decline. Prices went into freefall in 2008. Once the bubble bursts, it’s hard to start it up again. All that debt. All those unaffordable homes. The RV

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and the boat. That nasty recession. The Fed decided they had to act, especially with politicians screaming at them to do “something.” They immediately dropped interest rates down to, well, nothing, almost nothing (0.14% now). They then “helicoptered” new money directly into the too big to fail banks. “This will be over soon,” we were told. We are five years into a bad recession, GDP is stagnant, and unemployment is persistently high, yet interest rates are at historic lows and we are awash in new money. It didn’t work. It didn’t work because their economics are wrong. What the Fed and the government are doing is creating another bubble. The Fed has been injecting money directly into Wall Street via their prime dealers (all the too big to fail banks). To do this they are buying up bad mortgage paper from these dealers with new money at a feverish pace ($85 billion a month!) and thus in one stroke are creating bubbles in the stock market (those bankers know how to chase markets), and re-starting one in the housing market. Mortgage rates are now at 3.25% (30-year, fixed, FHA), the lowest they have ever been. The frenzied buying, the reanimation of the derivatives market (remember subprime junk paper?), and the frothy stock market are all familiar. The problem is that these bubbles can go on for quite a while. But this time I don’t think so. Watch the Fed. If they slow down the money machine, duck for cover. The bubble will burst. They always do. 

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anta Barbara High’s Megan Flynn played with grit, determination and gusto. Those qualities helped her score 15 goals and lead the Dons from a winless season a year ago to a Channel League championship, an 11-4-3 overall record and a CIF playoff berth this winter. “Megan was just massive,” Dons coach Jeff Johnson said. “She started the campaign strong and she ended strong. We really didn’t score goals last year; this year she was just an impact player in the sense of being a game changer or big playmaker. She always seemed to find a way to be a game changer.” Presidio Sports is pleased to honor Flynn as the Player of the Year on the AllCity Girls Soccer Team. Flynn is joined on the All-City Team by Santa Barbara teammates Katie Joseff, Hannah Brisby and Annie DeBruynkops. The other members of the team are: Rachel Smith, Jamie Benedetto and Addy Willett of Dos Pueblos; Gabby Koepenick of Bishop Diego; Caroline Vance, Hannah Harris, Emily Allen and Olivia Jones of San Marcos, and Alexa Benitez of Carpinteria. Flynn flourished during her senior season. Johnson described her improvement from her junior year as “massive. Her senior year was sort of her coming-out party,” he said. “The success of the team depended on her ability to find the back of the net. Thankfully for us, she stepped up.” Flynn scored a lot big goals this season. Two of the biggest came in league matches. She scored in the 70th minute to beat San Marcos 1-0, and she pounced on a ball in the box and put it away to lift the Dons

Santa Barbara High’s Megan Flynn, Player of the Year on the All-City Girls Soccer Team.

to a stunning 1-0 victory over perennial league champion Buena. Johnson said Flynn had a relentless work ethic and possessed the strength and toughness to take hits and keep going. “Her work ethic proved worthy for us,” he said. “Her mentality to keep persevering, relentlessly trying to work harder than her opponents in the game just paid off. “We’re grateful for her contributions this year.” Here’s a look at the Presidio Sports AllCity Girls Soccer Team: Katie Joseff, Sr., Santa Barbara: A tireless worker, Joseff went on a tear after recovering from an early season injury. She scored 10 goals and played all over the field. “She’s the one getting in on the tackles for us,” said Johnson. “She works so hard. What you get out of her you can’t

buy that; she works as hard as two to three players. She’s got a great shot, she’s fast and can defend.” Annie DeBruynkops, Sr., Santa Barbara: The senior outside defender stepped up to make big plays for the Dons. One of the biggest came against San Marcos. She raced back to cover for the goalkeeper and made a sliding stop of a shot at an open net. “Two words stand out in describing Annie: courageous and opportunistic,” said coach Johnson. “She was very difficult to get behind because of her speed. She kept the back line solid and made big plays offensively and defensively.” She scored five goals, including two game-winners. Hannah Brisby, Jr., Santa Barbara: The Dons benefited greatly from the playmaking ability of this First-Team All-Channel League player. “She was probably one of the best servers of the ball in the league,” Johnson said. Brisby took corner kicks for the Dons and added timely scoring, including a late equalizer against Moorpark. Brisby’s corner kicks proved to be a weapon as the Dons scored two of their three goals in a big win over San Marcos off of Brisby’s passes. “She is very skillful in tight spaces and was very composed on her goals that came in crucial times during the matches.” Gabby Koepenick, Sr., Bishop Diego: The forward went on a goal-scoring tear in Frontier League and led the Cardinals to 10 wins and a CIF playoff berth. Koepenick scored goals in her last six league matches. “She was always composed in front of the goal,” said coach Tess Binkley. Overall, she was one of our biggest assets.” Rachel Smith, Sr., Dos Pueblos: A four-year captain, she played all key positions in the field. “Rachel is a player that any moment can change the outcome of the game,” coach Pato Guerrero said. “Technically she is great; she is like another coach on the field.” Rachel is going to play at the next level at USC. Jamie Benedetto, Sr., Dos Pueblos: She has everything a soccer player needs to have: speed, technique and vision of the field. “When Rachel was not playing, she put the team on her shoulders,” said coach Guerrero. She played all roles on the team: defense, midfield and forward. She is going to play at University of San Diego. Ady Willett, Soph., Dos Pueblos: The athletic Willett was the leading scorer this season with 20 goals, and she played half the season as a defender. “Ady is one of those players that is very coachable and her work ethic is great,” said Guerrero. Caroline Vance, Sr., San Marcos: A 4-year varsity starter and 2-year captain, Caroline is the heartbeat of the team, coach Macie Berlin said. “Defensively she is patient, strong, and disciplined, and offensively she is quick, had great ball control, and sees the field as good, if not better, than any coach on the sidelines. Caroline is the glue of the Royals because of her leadership and dependability.” Hannah Harrah, Jr., San Marcos

(GK): Hannah was one of two talented goalkeepers on the Royals squad. “Hannah is the whole package: she’s vocal from the back, she is technically sound with her entire body, and she will save one, if not two goals that you would not assume a high school goalkeeper could save,” said Berlin. She is also a threat on the field, scoring one goal this season, assisting one. Hannah has verbally committed to Loyola Marymount in 2015. Emily Allen, Soph., San Marcos: “She is every coach’s dream player, not just because of her talent but because of her game intelligence and adaptability,” said Berlin. “You ask her to do something and she does it better than you’d hope for. She is mentally tough, which was radiated quietly through the grace in tearing her ACL in the third minute of our firstround CIF game.” Emily had eight goals and one assist. Olivia Jones, Fr., San Marcos: “Olivia is a great, young, fierce player,” said Berlin. “She is a raw talent and has lightning-quick speed. Coupled with her fearlessness, she’s a force to be reckoned with.” Olivia had 5 assists and 7 goals for the season, assisting or scoring in almost every game. Alexa Benitez, Soph., Carpinteria: “Her value to the team is not described in numbers but by her effort, heart, commitment and on-the-field leadership,” said coach Charles Bryant. Alexa played in a wide midfield position and the Warriors went to her side frequently. She also was an outstanding defender, often anticipating what an opponent was going to do. “That type of intuition is very rare, and I have not seen the likes of it in decades,” said Bryant. Benitez was the only Warrior named to the Tri-Valley League’s First Team.

March Madness Contest Winner

March Madness contest winner Warner Anderson holds his winning bracket along with a certificate for a free deep-tissue sports massage at Spa del Mar in the Fess Parker Resort. Santa Barbara Brewing Company and Keys 2 Fitness also provided prizes for the top finishers.

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hile Louisville fans across America are rejoicing an NCAA National Championship, Santa Barbara’s Warner Anderson is right there with them. As the Cardinals closed out Michigan for the NCAA title on Monday, Anderson clinched victory in Presidio Sports’ inaugural March Madness contest.


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Anderson’s “Warpath U” bracket had 41 out of 63 correct picks overall. More importantly, Anderson correctly predicted three Final Four teams and the championship match-up of Louisville defeating Michigan. Presidio Sports’ very own Barry Punzal was close behind. Punzal was the only one out of more than a 100 entries to choose Michigan as the winner. Anderson has received a deep tissue sports massage courtesy of Spa Del Mar at the Fess Parker Double Tree Resort. The runners up will receive gift certificates to Santa Barbara Brewing Company and Key 2 Fitness Gym.

combined 7-for-9 with a home run in three games. Milne blocked 12 shots for UCSB’s water polo team in Saturday’s upset victory over No. 6 San Diego State. It was the highest-ranked team the Gauchos have beaten this season. Milne, who celebrated Senior Day on Saturday, is the all-time career blocks leader at UCSB. Honorable Mentions were Mike Powers, UCSB Track & Field; Gabe Grandcolas, Santa Barbara High Baseball; Zach Zehner, SBCC Baseball; Erica Cano, UCSB Tennis; Haley Strandness & Carolyn Stevens, Westmont Tennis; Stamatia Scarvelis, Dos Pueblos Track & Field.

Athletes of the Week: Ruth Milne and James Savage

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CSB’s Ruth Milne and Dos Pueblos’ James Savage were announced as Athletes of the Week at Monday’s Athletic Round Table press luncheon. Savage led the Chargers baseball team to three wins in four games last week. The senior came through for the Chargers’ Channel League win over Santa Barbara on Friday by driving in the eventual winning run. Earlier in the week, Savage was a

UCSB’s Ruth Milne.

James Savage, Dos Pueblos.

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he Russell Cup is about the closest thing to a CIF Championship track and field meet. Hosted by Carpinteria High, it is the oldest ongoing meet in the state. Saturday will be the 94th annual event, but the meet goes back even earlier. “This is the 100th anniversary,” meet director extraordinaire and Carpinteria track coach Van Latham said. “It predates the CIF State Meet by one year.” The Russell Cup features primarily schools that compete in CIF Division 4. Several of the teams entered on Saturday include athletes ranked among the best in the state. At the top of the list is Harvard Westlake freshman Courtney Corrin, who last week at the Arcadia Invitational became the national leader in the girls long jump with a mark of 22-2.25. Corrin’s teammate, Alexandra Florent, ranks second in the state in the high jump at 5-8, and the Harvard Westlake girls relay teams are ranked among the top 10 in California: the 4x400 is fourth with a best of 3:52.35 and the 4x100 is ninth at 47.83. Other girls on teams competing in the meet that rank among the state leaders include: Danni Alakjia of Oaks Christian (4th in the 400 at 56.71), Madison Grenier of Paraclete (8th in the 800 at 2:16.20) and Caroline Pietzyk of Malibu (9th in the 3200 at 10:52.25). On the boys side, Crespi has two outstanding field events competitors in pole vaulter Brandon Enbody (3rd in the state at 15-8) and long jumper Zachary Thomas (6th in the state at 23-0.75). Other athletes in the state top 10 include St. Bonaventure sprinter Lavon Alston (9th in 200, 21.81 and 10th in 100, 10.77), Kyle Brown of Maranatha (8th in the 400, 49.38), Sahm Bazargan of Oak Park (6th in the 800, 1:53.82), Torrey Atkins of Heritage (7th in 110 high hurdles, 14.57), Sullivan Wall of Grace Brethren (9th in the discus, 170-1), Ian Markham of Oak Park (9th in 300 hurdles, 39.23) and Ben Gaylord of Harvard Westlake (7th in pole vault, 15-8). Other events worth checking out:

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and takes on Fullerton at 2pm USC features former Santa Barbara High star Eve Ettinger.

BASEBALL: Buena at Dos Pueblos 3:15pm – These two teams played a tight game the last time they met.

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MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Pepperdine at UCSB 7pm – The Gauchos close out the MPSF regular season against the Waves.

SATURDAY

BASEBALL: Hancock at SBCC 1pm – The Vaqueros try to hold on to first place in the Western State Conference WOMEN’S SAND VOLLEYBALL: SBCC hosts USC and Fullerton College at East Beach Courts, 11am – The school’s club program plays the Trojans, the fourth-ranked in the nation, at 11am

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BASEBALL: San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 3:15pm – The Royals beat the Chargers in their first league meeting. BOYS TENNIS: San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 2:30pm – A key Channel League match between Goleta Valley rivals. 

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by Zach Rosen

At the Craft Brewers Conference: Part 2

This fancy machine spurts out carbon dioxide into beer bottles, thereby eliminating oxygen and increasing shelf life and drinkability. (Beer is high tech, what can I say?)

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hen we last spoke, I had just begun to introduce this year’s Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) in Washington, D.C. This event occurs each year in a host town and brings together almost 7,000 people from the beer industry. It is hard to describe the conference in full as it is packed with three days of seminars and workshops that are supplemented by brewery tours and special events to fill the offhours. Delightful brewers and brews are everywhere. I was in heaven. Here are a few things I particularly enjoyed; I hope all you beer-does (like weirdos) out there do too.

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The conference offers seminars that educate attendees on everything from building design and sustainability to tax laws, beer industry ethics and even theories on brewery/brewpub architectural design. But that’s not all; the CBC is a double feature. The seminars are the main display but the accompanying trade show also brings in crowds and I know plenty of brewers who attend the conference just for the BrewExpo America Trade Show. This is America’s largest beer-centric trade show and it’s here where one can peruse and purchase everything from full brew systems and distillation columns to beer ingredients or just branded merchandise and accessories. As I wandered the aisles, a repetitive psst-psst-psst reached my ears and I realized that it was not someone trying to tell me a secret but rather the sound of a nearby machine. This device, programmed in perfect synchronization, spurts out liquid carbon dioxide into the narrow entrance of a beer bottle. The stream of liquid boils in a hurry and this bubbling gas

Zach Rosen is a Certified Cicerone® and beer educator living in Santa Barbara. He uses his background in chemical engineering and the arts to seek out abstract expressions of beer and discover how beer pairs with life.

removes any remaining oxygen in a flurry; improving the shelf stability of the beer. Now it is interesting to see how these mechanical pieces of mayhem work but I’m not always exactly on the market for a disc stack centrifuge (which replaces the filter equipment that removes yeast and protein from the beer before packaging). Although if I find a need to clarify my beer, I now know who to call. Instead, I find myself seeking out the new ingredients emerging into the industry and the trade show offers plenty of opportunities to taste these novel components in action.

Emerging Ingredients Each year a series of single-hopped beers are produced for the conference that exhibit the different properties of new hop breeds. (Imagine a model runway for emerging hop styles.) At the trade show, these divas are having their position on the runway certified and, believe me, it ain’t easy. All hop strains come from a single rootstock so the chosen ones are carefully selected after years of breeding. Many brewers have a contract with hop distributors that guarantee them a certain quantity of hops for that year. The


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Is that the Mars expedition rover or a brewing system at the Craft Brewers Conference? (Like I said, beer is high tech these days.)

These are just a few of the beers Zach mentions in the list toward the end of the piece. Maybe match them up?

Workshops and Botanical Brewing

Bruce Williams is a fine Scotsman, and brews beers using flowers and other ancient ingredients. He also wears a kilt.

hop growers base their future planting schedules off of these hop breed requests. These contracts guarantee capital for farmers and dictate which lineages of hops are “in-demand,” therefore being given more acreage in the farms. One of the rising stars this year is Hallertau Blanc. This German hop, descended from the classic American hop, Cascade (think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), has a pomelo-like citrus note with a zesty white grape flavor reminiscent of a gentle Gewurztraminer. The French hop, Triskel, provides an aromatic adventure that takes the drinker through a safari of passion fruit and clementines with a subtle floral, hopsack tone that finishes with a pleasant but persisting bitterness. It’s sort of like having your favorite song stuck in your head – the tune won’t leave but at least you like it. The yeast supplier, Wyeast Laboratories (pronounced why-east), partnered up with Allagash Brewing Co. to produce a beer that highlighted their seasonal, platinum yeast strain, Flanders Golden Ale (Wyeast 3739). This Belgian yeast imparts a dry, tart, tropical fruit character (think fresh pineapple) that still allows spicy aromas and alcohol tones to shine through in the beer. I am unaware of any brewers using this strain but homebrewers can get it themselves and take advantage of its versatile abilities.

Seminars and trade shows are fun but the far more interesting (and tasty) events to attend are the workshops. My personal favorite was Botanical Brewing presented by Bruce Williams of Williams Bros. Brewing Co. Those interested in historical ales have likely heard of this Scottish brewery; they have been producing ancient and lost beer styles for over 20 years. The Williams brothers grew up in their father’s homebrewing shop where Bruce was exposed to family beer recipes that had been handed down for generations. Their brews use heather blossoms, gooseberries and many other traditional but uncommon ingredients that seem more fitting in a Celtic folklore than a modern day brewery. Bruce presented on a variety of subjects, including recipe formulation, harvesting techniques and brewing conditions with a passionate flare, charming accent and of course, a kilt. But it wasn’t all just talk as the generous brewer provided the entire room with their lineup of botanical beers. And after getting the taste of coffee out of my mouth (hey, it was 9am after all) I was ready to try these exotic brews. • Fraoch is their most popular offering. This heather ale is a beer style that has been brewed in Scotland since 2000 B.C. The heather flowers are picked in late summer to early fall and lace the golden brew with an indescribable, distinct fragrance (almost lavender-like) that places the drinker at the center of these purple fields of blossoming heather. • Alba contains spruce and pine tips that give the beer’s maple and honey flavors a sweet, minty aroma with black tea and licorice undertones. These forestlike flavors seemed like I was drinking this brew in a log cabin. • Grozet uses green gooseberries to create a tart, dazzling experience with a bit of the fruit’s character in the nose. Its refreshing buoyant flavors made me expect a fairy to fly out of the glass at any moment. • Kelpie is brewed with seaweed and pays homage to an era of Scottish history when they would use kelp as a fertilizer in the barley fields. This black beer was

toasty and mocha-like, similar to a porter but with a gentle earthiness and brinenote. • Ebulum, brewed with elderberries, is inspired by a 16th century recipe and has a jammy fruit character with an aroma reminiscent of Ricola’s original cough drops. Now the sad part is that these beers are not widely available in our neck of the woods (although homebrewers have the ability to create their own botanical brews). There is only one distributor, El Dorado Distributing, which carries the Williams Bros.’ brews in California. They distribute south of us and some of the Whole Foods down that way (try the one in El Segundo, if you’re down there) will have their beers in stock.

It may be a hassle, but that’s part of the fun of beer. It doesn’t travel easily, so sometimes, you have to travel to it. This feeling is expressed throughout the entire beer trade and the Craft Brewers Conference is our time each year for the beer world to come together and bond over a beer. We are not an industry but a community and the Craft Brewers Conference is our block party. Yes, the conference offers seminars and education but really it offers the opportunity for our industry to embrace our camaraderie and craft. So I raise my glass to next year’s Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, CO and I hope to see you there. (Hey Matt and Tim, maybe we can put together a Santa Barbara beer-loving contingent through the Sentinel…)  






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with Julie Bifano Ms Bifano is Drawn to micro-fiction and is currently writing her first novel – “The Grace Below.” She has a B.A. in English with an emphasis in writing from the University of San Francisco and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing, also from the University of San Francisco. More of Julie’s stories and poetry can be viewed on her website juliebifano.com.

Eat This, Shoot That

Tara Jones, the creator of Santa Barbara’s first food and photography tour.

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ost of our lives are busy, making it easy to sometimes take Santa Barbara’s beauty for granted. We see the mountains sit on the shimmering ocean, ships sailing as the sky is painted orange and pink at sunset, and we smell the delicious (yet sometimes allergyinducing) scent of flowers blooming all year round. Oh let’s face it, we live in paradise, busy or not. It was a typical sunny Santa Barbara Saturday when I went on the Eat This, Shoot That tour and had the quite lovely opportunity to be reminded of why I pay an exorbitant rent every month to live here. When I first heard the name Eat This, Shoot That, I thought I would be going on a hunting and cook-your-own-food type of excursion. Owner Tara Jones giggled when I told her my trepidation with using a gun. To my relief, Tara explained that it was, in fact, a food and photography tour. We would be shooting images, not animals (sigh of relief ), and sampling different food in an eco-friendly walking tour.

Play With Your Food We started our tour across from Santa Barbara FishHouse, where Tara spread out a picnic blanket and went over some basic rules: don’t get hit by any cars, don’t fall in the ocean because there are no railings at the end of the pier and don’t get left behind. Tara’s turquoise Eat This, Shoot That shirt was bright, cheery and hard to miss. I resolved to try not to wander away from the tour. The first food tasting from FishHouse was calamari with a chipotle dip; a good start to a food buzz as the portion was a reasonably large size and the dip savory with a kick of spice. The other six people on the tour were chatting about how refreshing it was to be away from the melting Michigan snow. Tara informed us all that we would walk from our cozy picnic blanket out to the pier, stopping for a photo op (tips included on how to take a good picture) and at Moby Dick for another food sampling. On the walk to Moby Dick, Tara stopped to share some Santa Barbara

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history with the group. She first shared our unfortunate and consistent relationship with fires. I was surprised to learn that the Chumash Indians, the original inhabitants of Santa Barbara, would set the city ablaze, canoeing off to the Channel Islands. This was their version of a controlled burn to get rid of excess brush and foliage; they would wait on the Channel Islands for vegetation to grow back and then return. As a tradition, the Chumash still canoe out to the islands, at the same time of year they used to leave for their fire burning ritual. I also learned that the flags out on the pier represent all the different countries that were in political control over Santa Barbara since its establishment. Eyes wide and engaged, the people around me were intrigued and so was I. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, I had no idea of the Chumash fire tradition, and I suspected the flags were just idle decorations. At Moby Dick, we were served salmon cakes and two tiny samples of clam chowder and lobster bisque. People on the tour ordered drinks and the banter between us all got louder. I gazed outside the window and watched a paddle boarder glide by. Sailboats dotted the horizon. I drifted away from the group (mentally, anyway). Peace. Comfort. This is why I live here. A seal suddenly popped his head out of the water and moved it up and down a few times as though nodding in acceptance of my outrageous rent checks. I am home. Where was I? Oh, the bisque is watery, but there are significant lobster chunks and the chowder is thick and tastes like the real deal. Not bad, and I was reminded to get out to Moby Dick from time to time – not a bad place to enjoy some food and views of our little sanctuary. We head over to Shellfish Company (one of my favorite hidden restaurant gems). It is at the very end of the pier and bustling with people. Some of the tour goers are buzzed from strong Moby Dick cocktails, but instead of annoying they are jovial and remark on the incredible April sunshine. The ceviche at Shellfish Company is light and cool; my belly is beginning to protrude. I undo the button of my jeans (my top is long enough to hide this) and we sit outside on the wooden tables and benches to eat our sample. Here we learn another beneficial food photography tip: squirt your food with lemon before taking a photo of it.

Huh? The food appears shiny and more enticing, Tara promises. I like this little tip and decide I will use it if I ever have enough patience to shoot my food before eating it.

Food and Photos in the Funk Zone As I sit next to Tara, I ask her why this tour is unique. She explains, “It’s a tour that is not just for tourists, it is for photographers and foodies.” All I know is that as a local, my stomach has stopped growling and I’m enjoying the Santa Barbara history and fun photo tips. We leisurely stroll back down the pier toward Mason Street and the start of the Funk Zone. Here we are shown the only legal area for graffiti artists to express themselves. The artwork is fittingly funky and I like the bright colors and striking contrast to the rest of Santa Barbara. A couple of the Michigan folks are not impressed. I overhear one of them saying, “Those graffiti kids are dangerous.” I hold my tongue. Another young couple looked as though they were on a date and shot some photos of the impressive art work. Our next stop is Union Ale, where we are served mushroom asparagus flatbread with truffle oil. Anything with truffle oil makes me swoon and I am delighted by this bite, as I head into a lethargic food coma. On the walk to our last stop of the tour at Oreana Winery, I strike up a conversation with the hip young couple that were taking pictures of the graffiti. I learn they are not from Michigan, but a local couple, Lara Cooper and Casey Caldwell. Lara remarks, “This tour is super accessible and the culinary offerings have been amazing. It’s like there is really something for everybody.” When we arrive at Oreana, we get to choose between a glass of white or red. It’s a delicious denouement to another day in paradise. Even if my rent is too damned high. Tour Info: The tour is two hours (24pm) on Fridays and Saturdays. It is a great way to book for your next private event or even entertaining the in-laws. It also would be fun for locals to get geeky as a tourist for the day. Tour rates are $99 per person or $149 per couple. My advice would be to bring a friend and save some cash. There is a maximum of 15 people per group. For all ticket information and to book a tour check out www.eatthisshootthat.com.

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...continued from p.4 absolutely no disrespect, but I understand that one of the reasons used to justify high pay and benefits for police officers is the excessive cost of living in Santa Barbara. That’s fine, of course, except that many of our police officers choose to live elsewhere to avoid those very costs. In other words, we are paying people to live here, but then they take that money and go live someplace else.

How would you address this if elected? Before I answer that, let me say this: There are lots of people living in this town that make far less than what we pay our police officers. The problem is, according to my source, that police officers don’t want to live on the lower east or west sides because of… crime and gangs. But this really misses the point. Experts have shown that moving middle class families into these types of neighborhoods improves them dramatically over time, lessening crime rates and gang influence. And, I’m no expert, but I imagine if some of those middle class families happen to drive squad cars home every night, the neighborhood changes even more quickly. So, to answer your question, I would require that any first responder – including police officers – live within fifteen minutes of the City. And that would then keep police and fire personnel (and other key public safety personnel) closer to or within the City? Yes, from say, Goleta to the north to Summerland or Carpinteria to the south. And I would encourage them to drive their squad cars home with them. Okay, so that is one thing you would address if elected – financial irresponsibility. What else do you see as important and as something that you would work toward changing if elected? Public safety is really the second pillar of my platform. And I really see two core

issues there: Gangs and that portion of our homeless population that is constantly conducting illegal activity and harassing and intimidating residents and visitors. With respect to gangs, I hear a lot about this as an “us” and a “them” problem. But it isn’t. It’s a “we” problem. These are the kids that live in our communities and go to our schools and I think we’re failing them. It’s going to upset people, but I compare gangs to an insurgency; they very much share a number of traits in common. Most importantly, both are composed of kids and youths that don’t feel they have economic or educational opportunities, that lack a community identity, and I think that we need to spend the time to approach them and bring them into the community at-large. What about the homeless population you mentioned? It’s a complex issue. The homeless fall into categories – I actually enjoyed Sharon Byrne’s piece in your paper a week or so ago on that particular issue – there are mentally ill folks, there are people who are down on their luck and have fallen through the cracks who want help and to be productive members of society. And then there are those that don’t, those who abuse alcohol or drugs – or both – who don’t seem to want help. Right now there are gangs of kids who don’t want opportunity, who are living off handouts here in this City, and they are occupying sections of State Street and taking over parks. How many people who live here won’t go to State anymore? I mean, we are willing to station ambassadors on the waterfront to welcome tourists from cruise ships, but what will those tourists see and experience when they walk up State? I don’t know that you would find too many people who would disagree with that, but what would you do, as a City Councilmember,

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to begin to address what everybody understands is a hugely complex issue? Part of common sense governance is finding out what resources are available. We have a huge number of nonprofits and individual with expertise here. Agreed. In fact, I work with many of them as part of the Katherine Harvey Fellows program. But how do you harness that group at the City level? I want to bring them in under one umbrella and allow them the voice of City government to reinforce their mission. But the first thing I would require is a minimum standard that has its origins in the groups’ mission, and require a measure of effectiveness – sorry, that’s a Civil Affairs term – basically, a way for them to demonstrate to City government that they are actually accomplishing that mission – then they could continue to get the mouthpiece of the government to reinforce their mission. Look, we’re not going to tax our way out of the homeless problem. And we don’t have the room or the opportunity to provide all the jobs or all the housing necessary either. There is a limited set of opportunity here for work – there are 40,000 college students and way too many qualified and un- or underemployed people here already. We need creative thinking to help these people get clean and get some soft skills and hard skills training, to give them the opportunity to work – here or elsewhere – and give them a shot at regaining a productive life. What if we provide those opportunities but our homeless population doesn’t take them? Well, then Santa Barbara will be faced with a tough choice. If a homeless person doesn’t have a mental illness, has a substance abuse problem but refuses to actively participate in beneficial programs,

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then this community has to take a look in the mirror and ask itself, “Are we willing to give up our parks? Are we willing to give up our public streets? Are we willing to give up our business district, our communities, for people who refuse meaningful opportunities and programs? Is that what want? Is that how we want to live?” And if that doesn’t matter to us, then we should continue to do what we are doing. But if it does matter, then at some point we have to say, “Have we done everything we can for those who want our help? And if we have, then how are we going to address those that refuse our assistance? Are we going to be a community with an open heart? Or one with open arms that just welcomes everyone from around the country who wants to live on a beach with great weather?” Is there one thing you are really looking for from the community right now? I need to hear from Santa Barbarians what they want and expect from their leaders and what issues are important to them. That is the most critical thing – and that’s what I believe a true leader should be doing at this stage of a campaign. If people are interested in your candidacy, how can they reach you? They can probably wait in their houses because I am doing my best to coordinate a campaign that really gets around the City as much as possible. But I can always be reached via my Facebook page (Jason Nelson for City Council), also I have a website that is constantly evolving but is up and ready (www.sbneedsleaders.com) and I can always be reached directly by email at sbneedsleaders@gmail.com. I will have an office eventually, of course, but I am really out and about right now and would never be there so we are waiting a bit on that. 



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“Plan to attend a truly Global event here in Santa Barbara, The World Premiere of the Movie: ‘Vitality’ on Friday Evening Earth Day Weekend.” Come and meet the Creator/Producer of the film, Pedram Shojai and others that helped create this important new movie that provides us with hope and a blueprint on how to improve our lives and the health of our planet.

Go to WellnessTalkRadio.org/Vitality to learn more and purchase tickets. Advance Tickets are $10 • At the door $15

Event begins 7:00 PM Friday, April 19th 227 E. Arrellaga Encore Presentation: Sunday, April 21 7 PM

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Mullins and bassist Wally Barnick – are longtime local luminaries who are also mainstays in the Cache Valley Drifters. The other guy, Kenny Blackwell, is also a Mark spends much of his time wandering Santa Barbara and environs, enjoying the simple things that come his way. A master mandolinist and session musicians show here, a benefit there, he is generally out and about and typically has a good time. He says that he writes whose pedigree includes the Laurel “when he feels the urge” and doesn’t want his identity known for fear of an experience that is “less than authentic.” Canyon Ramblers. Hear their acoustic So he remains at large, roaming the town, having fun. Be warned. wizardry out at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Goleta Saturday night, April 13.

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Singular Toad Glen Phillips grew up in Goleta and formed Toad the Wet Sprocket as a freshman at San Marcos High School. The band went on to fortune and fame as melodic pop rockers in the early 1990s

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(“All I Want,” “Walk on the Ocean,” “Fall Down”) and still plays together sporadically. Glen still lives in town, and has a rewarding if not quite as lucrative career as a solo singer-songwriter, which you can hear on Tuesday over at SOhO.

Carter Family Connection On Wednesday, country-folk singer Carlene Carter shares a Tales from the Tavern bill with Tony Furtado at the Maverick. The daughter of June Carter Cash and her first husband, Carl Smith. Carter was married to the great English pub-rocker Nick Lowe in the 1980s, then scored a big hit and a Grammy nomination in 1990 with “I Fell in Love.” She’s lived in the Santa Barbara area for decades.

Plays in Unusual Places

Hay Dudes bring their bluegrass to Song Tree Concert Series on Saturday night.

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anta Barbara beckons to all sorts of artists and entertainers because of its ideal geographical location – not only on a temperate East-West strip of land between the mountains and the ocean, but also between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and hence an ideal tour stop between the two metropolises. So we often get pop and classical concerts way beyond our due, like the season opening show at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Thursday with electronic/ dance forefathers New Order (Sting and Radiohead leader Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace are due later in the summer), or virtuoso violinist Jennifer Koh, who brings her Bach & Beyond II program to Hahn Hall on April 24. But forget about those carpetbaggers for the moment. This week’s column is allabout world-class performers from right here at home.

Surf Over to SOhO Jack Johnson was the first local surfer to turn a laid-back beach personality into a career as a singer-songwriter. But his Santa Barbara connection came from attending UCSB, where he honed his musical skills as well as waxed his board for the cool beach breaks at Campus Point. Tom Curren, on the other hand, grew up here, and started surfing Rincon as a kid not all that long after the Beach Boys first sang about it. By the late 1980s he’d become a world champion, having secured the title in 1985, 1986 and 1990,

and won 10 times as many more other surf events. So the music – which had always been a part of his life since he played drums, bass, guitar and ukulele as a teen – has naturally taken a backseat to riding waves, although he dabbled both in and out of the studio over the years. Now Curren is releasing his full-length album, In Plain View, and heading out on tour this spring, starting at SOhO on Saturday before he hits the road supporting Ben Howard up and down the coast.

Hale to the (Former) Chief Former Capitol Records prez Hale Milgrim is back at it again, sharing memorabilia from his extensive personal collection of videos, music clips and photographs in another installment of “Go to Hale: Quips & Clips.” Milgrim – who grew up here, went to UCSB, got his start in the biz working at an I.V. record store, and now hosts a weekly radio show on KTYD – never fails to find fascinating anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories to accompany his rare treasures of some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll history. The Saturday evening show at the Lobero is free, but get your tickets in advance.

Hay Dudes at Song Tree Two thirds of the Central Coast trio Hay Dudes – mandolinist/guitarist Mike

Glen Phillips takes the SOhO stage solo on Tuesday, April 16.

Circle Bar B Dinner Theater, which is one of only two surviving such outfits in Southern California, gets its 2013 season underway this weekend with Bernard Slade’s Return Engagements, directed by SBCC-educated thespian Brian Harwell and starring a quartet of Santa Barbarabased actors. The shows all take place in a rustic converted barn on a working horse ranch on the road to Reagan’s old homestead in the hills. Meanwhile Elements Theatre Collective – founded by Santa Barbara emigree Emily Jewell – mounts its third full-scale production of the season, Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, a two-person musical based on his own marital and career experiences. The show, which stars Jewell and Elisha Schaefer, will be presented in unusual venues all over town – including a coffeehouse, a mortuary and a homeless shelter – from April 12-28.  

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by Jim Luksic

A longtime writer, editor and film critic, Jim has worked nationwide for several websites and publications – including the Dayton Daily News, Key West Citizen, Topeka Capital-Journal, Las Cruces Sun-News and Santa Ynez Valley Journal. California is his seventh state. When he isn’t watching movies or sports around the Central Coast and Los Angeles, you can find Jim writing and reading while he enjoys coffee and bacon, or Coke and pizza.

Back to the Island

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urassic Park 3D, the 20th anniversary reissue of the dinosaur-laden instant classic, doesn’t improve much upon the original – but that’s a testament to the movie’s first-class cinematography. The added effects prove sufficient, though Steven Spielberg already had conjured up stellar shots of the prehistoric creatures. To my eyes, his finest glimpse doesn’t include the massive star attractions: When two of the “safari” cars enter the park, the camera stays behind as the gate walls slowly close – capturing a symbolic sight of the vehicles being engulfed by the leafy, foreboding world that awaits. This trip down memory lane also restores Samuel Jackson as a computer tech; I marveled at him reciting tricky slices of dialogue with the greatest of ease while a cigarette dangles from his lips. The actor has proven time and again he’s a national monument.

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ell hath no fury like horror fanatics, especially devotees of Sam Raimi’s frightfest The Evil Dead from 1981. Now we have its brutally pointless remake, which should’ve been titled There Will Be Blood and Mud. One national critic (which isn’t to say professional) actually blocked me on Twitter just for disagreeing; he assumed I didn’t “get” the movie – because apparently, it takes a genius to understand a bloodbath. It’s as if director Fede Alvarez and crew scribbled “add more crimson” on every page of their raw-sewage script. There’s so much gore, this rehashing makes The Texas Chainsaw Massacre look like a royal wedding. Indeed, the repulsive Saw series has nothing on this cinematic abortion; I felt the urge to take a shower afterward. Every character – despite the fact we have a nurse and a scholar among them – does things that nobody in real life would dare. Then again, maybe I missed something due to the dreary cinematography that looks as if the movie was shot through panty hose. The premise involves a brother reuniting with his drug-addicted sister – in a godforsaken remote cabin – and a few friends, just to increase the body count. For those folks on screen and in the theater, the cabin becomes nothing but a torture chamber.

(PG-13) And yet, despite the fact it’s a damnable and putrid place (wouldn’t a real nurse refuse to stay in such an unsanitary dump?), these- characters downpm as if it’s the THURSDAY April 18hunker - 10:00 Beverly Hills Hotel. But that’s just the tip of mind-numbing decisions: They venture into a cellar – more like a medievalCamino dungeon – where hang around Realdead cats Metro 4 (literally) and investigate as if they’re CSI interns. We see a hardcover about witchcraft with a page that reads LEAVE ALONE,MET so naturally our obtuse visitors  do the  THIS THEBOOK FINAL Opera 2013 opposite and tempt fate. Most of the dialogue drips of nonsense, not that Evil Dead apologists mind. Consider this reaction when the stubborn hero, who has the screen presence of a butter knife, drives upon a deluged roadway: “This can’t be happening!” – right, because it never floods during torrential downpours. That’s nothing compared to the gullibility when his sister becomes possessed: No matter what her inner demon does, no matter how often she resembles the girl in The Exorcist, he is 100% convinced all is right as rain. This movie’s fatal double-dip: It’s neither scary nor funny. But opinions make(PG-13) the world go round, so the film’s loyalists won’t care what I’ve written; they will continue Best $ave! AtdoAll Locations! extollingThe its virtues. The Way rhetoricalto question is, why Evil Dead advocates crave only blood and guts, with no brains (so to speak)? Familiarity breeds contentment. The Children....Seniors (60+) ALL SHOWS - ALL DAY - $5.50 notion of savoring a predictable mess with the type of killings we’ve seen a thousand times before is beyond – where remain. Knock yourselves out.- $7.50 Adults: Beforeme6:00 pmit shall - $5.75 After 6:00 pm

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Plan B by Briana Westmacott Hailing from NorCal, Briana has lived in Santa Bar-

bara for the past fifteen years. While she is indeed an adjunct faculty member at SBCC and has contributed to LOVEmikana, Wake & Wander and Entrée Magazine, much of her time is spent multi-tasking her way through days as a mother, wife, sister, wantto-be chef and travel junky. Writing is an outlet that ensures mental stability… usually.

The World Could Use More Warblers Nude people do more than just run around in the woods in Willits; they get naked to actually save the woods in Willits. Bravo! Photograph © 2013 Jack Gescheidt, TreeSpiritProject.com

got too hungry and cold (I was probably nude, we often ran around the land in the buff – this was decidedly not out of the ordinary in Willits in the early ‘80s) so I shimmied down the branches. I can readily admit that I’m not now and was not then nearly as tough as The Warbler; food and warmth and comfort do indeed make me happy. With that said, my tree sit was a reasonable success. I was able to successfully utilize that very same threat for years and years (“I’ll climb right back up there, I swear.”) And they knew I wasn’t bluffing.

The Warbler, at home in the trees, saving the Valley. Photograph © 2013 Jack Gescheidt, TreeSpiritProject.com

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here really is a Lorax; I saw her with my own eyes. She was perched high in an 80-foot-tall Ponderosa Pine tree for over two months with two sleeping bags and a tarp. (Yeah, you read that right.) And she called herself “The Warbler.” (That too.) The Warbler was conducting a tree sit. What, pray tell, is a tree sit? It’s a peaceful protest that involves camping high in a treetop for a sometimes extended period of time. In the case of The Warbler, there was a massive road and many trees involved… and one brave girl trying to force change. The 24-year-old was standing up – or sitting down, mostly – to the interests behind a $200 million freeway bypass by Caltrans that is currently being constructed in Willits, California (my hometown). I had taken the kids up north over their Spring Break for some rest and relaxation, and we heard about The Warbler while we were there. We decided to go see her and learn a bit more about her story, and ultimately found ourselves truly admiring her passion and dedication. She was fighting, nonviolently, for what she believes in. And she alone was causing a serious hiccup in the freeway construction plans, not to mention real concern in the big interests behind them. Not bad for a girl in a tree. (By the way, can you imagine a Warbler

in Santa Barbara for every objectionable development project? There would undoubtedly be a robust, interconnected community of well-heeled tree-dwelling protesters from Summerland to Goleta. Can you pass the Grey Poupon?)

A Girl in a Tree When I was a kid, I conducted my own tree sit (of sorts). While I was not protesting anything that involved tax dollars, I did in fact climb to the tip-top of a tree to protest what I recall to be everything that my parents were enforcing (I was seven years old and let’s just say a bit rebellious even then). This could have involved any number of issues including the fact that my parents bought a piece of land and moved my sisters and me out to the middle of nowhere, with nothing – I’m serious here, we had nothing. No electricity, no house (it was in the process of being built) and no civilization anywhere in sight (except maybe from the top of that tree I sat in). “You can’t get me!” I hollered down with delight, and I was entirely right. There was no conceivable way for them to retrieve me. I was tiny enough to nimbly creep sixty feet up and they were too big to follow. I sat and looked down at my family all day long, while they were yelling and fussing and coercing to all ends. I sat until the sunset and then I

(Socially Active) Peaks and (Apathetic) Valleys People have a great deal of power (and so do their bare butts). My parents are Baby Boomers and they did their fair share of shaking things up (often in the buff) during the ‘60s and ‘70s with Woodstock and war protests that will forever go down in history. My generation didn’t really have much to deliver as far as our protesting power. We were slightly doomed with the title “Generation X” and we’ll forever be tagged as the MTV generation. Now we have the Millennials, whom we will have to watch to see just what they can do. I must say, however, that I admire the tenacity that The Warbler exhibited. (From what I’ve witnessed, many Millennials seem only to take action on YouTube.) And she wasn’t alone; I also commend those who exposed their behinds for the sake of keeping the “Living Valley” alive.

We – myself included – could all take a little stronger stance (naked or not) on issues that should not be ignored. Stand up, people, and be sure to look down at the footprints that you are making. Small changes can be large victories and go a long way toward better preserving our earth.

The Warbler Comes Back to Earth On our long drive back from Willits my youngest daughter Lila continued to check in with the inquiry, “What world are we in now, Momma?” Her question inspired me to think far beyond our literal location. I like to believe we are in a world where people truly care for our earth. A world in which, individually, we can each make a difference – especially if we are collectively aware. And I’m grateful that this is a world where a lone girl can speak for the trees, even if only for a little while. Unfortunately, you see, The Warbler was recently removed from her tree, which was cut down that very same day. One person can make a difference, y’all, but many people can make a bigger one. Maybe what Willits needed was more Warblers, more Loraxes, to make an even bigger statement. One that could not be ignored. Maybe that’s what it will take to preserve our beautiful Santa Barbara someday. (You can find out more about the current status and issues surrounding the Willits Caltrans project at www. savelittlelakevalley.org.) 

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re you inspired to tree sit? Or maybe you are looking for other forms of environmental activism within the SB area? If so, The Community Environmental Council is a fabulous resource. The CEC has been laying the groundwork for local environmental issues for the past 41 years. Bravo, CEC, your work truly deserves our appreciation! Visit their site (www.cecsb.org), they have plenty of volunteer projects for you to partner with. Notably, we thank Jack Gescheidt for sharing his photos with the Sentinel. His work captures an intimacy between humans and nature that is truly remarkable. Please visit Jack Gescheidt’s website, www.treespiritproject.com, to view more of his environmental art and upcoming projects.








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• LOVE IS FREE What: Flower Farm Tours Where: Various nurseries throughout Carpinteria. Visit www.carpinteriafarmtours.com for a tour map. When: Saturday, April 13, 11am – 4pm Why: Wander through a colorful array of flowers in full bloom ranging from orchids and roses to gerberas and more while taking a guided tour of our local flower farms. How: Be a tourist in your own town.

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xplore the world as a poet. From the ordinary to the extraordinary, the wonder that surrounds us begs to be recorded. And speaking of spoken word beauty, local charmer Waxing Poetic captures everyday grace and charm in its timeless jewelry that personally tells a modern but classic tale. Made of sterling silver and other metals, the jewelry-maker’s pieces are sure to inspire – and inspire they should because in honor of April being National Poetry Month, Waxing Poetic is holding a special contest encouraging word slingers everywhere to enter their prose. Submit your original poem or quote through Waxing Poetic’s Facebook page. Entries can be up to 6 lines with 8 characters per line including spaces. The winner will be gifted a personalized custom folio charm inscribed with their winning poetry and a gift certificate toward other Waxing Poetic jewelry. So, friends, roses are red and violets are blue, we love this charming idea and know you will too! 





WINE & DINE Un Petit Apero?l by Eve Sommer-Belin

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ouldn’t it be lovely to get home on a Friday night, pop open a bottle of wine, and not have to lift a finger to enjoy a charcuterie and cheese platter? Dream no longer... L’Apéro Petit Gourmet will gladly be the one to knock on your door and deliver beautiful gourmet cheese and charcuterie plates directly to you (if you place your order 24 hours in advance, that is). Choose from their pre-designed plates or customize your own. Whether you are relaxing at home, hosting a party, going wine tasting or enjoying movies in the sunken gardens, L’Apéro can help make your moment or event even more

memorable. Not too savvy with wine pairing? Co-owner (with wife, Dana) Frédéric has got you covered, choosing a wine for you to perfectly pair with your plate. Check out all their plates and all that they do on their website aperogourmet. com. Bon appétit les amis!

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REAL ESTATE

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by Michael Calcagno

Michael has consistently been ranked in the top 1% of Sotheby’s agents worldwide. Shortly after joining Sotheby’s, he partnered with Nancy Hamilton to form one of the most successful real estate teams in Santa Barbara. Michael can be reached at Michael@ HomesinSantaBarbara.com

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he price of a home is often determined by the elementary school district the house is in. For example, one of the (many) reasons Montecito property is so expensive is the quality of its two elementary school districts. API (Academic Performance Index, as established by the California Department of Education) scores are what count and (in 2011) Montecito Union sat atop all its elementary peers at an impressive 959. Cold Spring School was close behind with an average API of 950. Goleta’s Mountain View Elementary School is always right up there too, at 958 in 2011. Next closest in rank was Foothill with 917. Many other schools’ API grades are close enough to 900 to be a positive factor in the sale or purchase of a home, while school systems that fall below, say, 800, pay a penalty in home prices. Being able to avoid spending an average of nearly $20,000 per child per year on private schools because of a perceived failing in one’s elementary or secondary school district is a major factor in a young family’s decision of where to live. It’s worth remembering that when looking for a home, particularly if you have a young family and especially if you are not planning to send your children to an independent school.

Purchase price: $798,000 Down payment (15%): $119,700 Loan amount: $678,300 Payment: $3,189 (30-yr fixed 3.875% (3.92% APR)) Property taxes: $731 Home Insurance: $100

••• In this past week in the districts East & West of State Street and Hope Ranch in the prices ranging from $400,000 to $1,700,000 there were 31 new listings. A total of 27 properties went pending this week with a closing total of 21 properties. Once again Santa Barbara is looking bright out there for real estate.   

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Neither Mr. Calcagno nor Sotheby’s International Realty is necessarily the listing broker or agent for any of the foregoing properties

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Purchase price: $1,695,000 Down payment (20%): $339,000 Loan amount: $1,356,000 Payment: $6,203 (30-yr fixed 3.65% (3.69% APR))

Property taxes: $1,553 Home Insurance: 100

Total Monthly Payment: $7,856 Mortgage statistics provided by Justin M. Kellenberger, Senior Loan Officer at SG Premier Lending Group, Inc. Justin can always be reached at justin@sgpremierlending.com. Note: The foregoing economic breakdowns do not include potential tax benefit analyses since that will ultimately depend upon a number of additional factors. But home ownership can indeed have tremendous tax-savings potential and should be considered with your realtor and/or tax accountant as part of the ownership decision.

Purchase price: $1,425,000 Down payment (20%): $285,000 Loan amount: $1,140,000 Payment: $5,215 (Rate 3.65% (3.69% APR))

Property taxes: $1306 Home Insurance: $100

Total Monthly Payment: $6,621


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18 West Victoria Street #212 12-5pm $2,500,000 2bd/3ba Alma Del Pueblo Sales Team 845-4393 Village Properties 18 West Victoria Street #304 12-5pm $1,350,000 1bd/2ba Alma Del Pueblo Sales Team 845-4393 Village Properties 18 West Victoria Street #108 12-5pm $1,100,000 1bd/2ba Alma Del Pueblo Sales Team 845-4393 Village Properties 1530 De La Vina Street 1-3pm $895,000 2bd/2ba Jennifer Berger 451-5484 Sotheby’s International Realty 18 West Victoria Street #109 12-5pm $855,000 0bd/1ba Alma Del Pueblo Sales Team 845-4393 Village Properties 306 East Anapamu Street 12-3pm $599,990 2bd/1ba Joan Katz 895-6695 Prudential California Realty 309 East Valerio Street By Appt. $2,759,000 4bd/3ba Susan Manzo 570-7274 Village Properties 2535 Anacapa Street By Appt. $2,750,000 5bd/4.5ba Cara Gamberdella 680-3826 Village Properties 122 S Voluntario Street By Appt. $749,000 3bd/2ba Mary Whitney 689-0915 Prudential California Realty 1409 Shoreline Drive 1-5pm $5,000,000 4bd/4ba Gene Archambault 455-1190 Sun Coast Real Estate 860 Miramonte Drive 1-4pm $1,795,000 3bd/3.5ba Robert Watt 252-2190 Village Properties 245 San Nicolas Avenue 2-4pm $1,495,000 4bd/3ba Ashley Anderson 618-8747 Prudential California Realty 945 Vista de Lejos 1-3pm $1,100,000 3bd/2.5ba Carla B Reeves 689-7343 Village Properties 467 & 471 Mountain Drive 1-4pm $2,395,000 5bd/3ba Jim Patterson 448-9244 Village Properties 857 Cheltenham Road 1-4pm $1,495,000 4bd/2ba SiBelle Israel 896-4218 Prudential California Realty 404 Los Robles Lane 2-4pm $1,400,000 3bd/3.5ba Jan Dinmore 455-1194 Prudential California Realty 920 Cheltenham Road 2-4pm $749,000 2bd/1ba Phil Shirinian 637-8722 Sotheby’s International Realty

Eastside Mesa

Mission Canyon

La Cumbre Area

4086 Cuervo Avenue 12-2pm $3,750,000 4bd/3.5ba Adrienne Schuele 452-3960 Village Properties 4163 Marina Drive 3-5pm $3,500,000 4bd/3.5ba Adrienne Schuele 452-3960 Village Properties 4687 Via Roblada 2-4pm $2,995,000 4bd/3.5ba Ken Switzer 680-4622 Prudential California Realty 530 Via Sinuosa 1-4pm $2,950,000 4bd/3ba Pamela Regan 895-2760 Village Properties 4691 Via Roblada 1-4pm $2,495,000 3bd/4ba Team Scarborough 331-1465 Prudential California Realty 275 Las Palmas Drive 2-4pm $1,425,000 5bd/3ba Shandra Campbell 886-1176 Village Properties 4641 Camino Del Robles 1-4pm $1,190,000 5bd/2ba Sheela Hunt 698-3767 Village Properties 3940 Maricopa Drive 1-4pm $795,000 4bd/2ba Patrick John Maiani 886-0799 One Percent Real Estate Group 1401 Hillcrest Road 1-4pm $2,895,000 4bd/4.5ba Christine Oliver 680-6524 Sotheby’s International Realty 1734 Franceschi Road 1-4pm $2,499,000 4bd/4ba Jake Ralston 455-9600 Prudential California Realty 1300 Las Alturas Road 1-4pm $1,895,000 3bd/2.5ba Pascale Bassan 689-5528 Prudential California Realty 1581 Sycamore Canyon Road 11-4pm $699,000 2bd/2ba Gene Archambault 455-1190 Sun Coast Real Estate 606 Calle Granada 2-4pm $1,995,000 5bd/4.5ba Marilyn Rickard 452-8284 Sotheby’s International Realty 2905 Calle Noguera 2-4pm $925,000 4bd/2ba Kim Hultgen 895-2067 Village Properties 2745 Miradero Drive 1-4pm $815,000 3bd/2ba Teresa Salvione 570-7812 Prudential California Realty 1609 Calle Canon 2-4pm $699,000 2bd/1ba Kathy Strand-Spieler 895-6326 Prudential California Realty 1310 Chino Street 1-4pm $675,000 2bd/2ba Brian King 452-0471 Village Properties 1200 North San Marcos Road 1-4pm $6,495,000 3bd/3ba Adam McKaig 452-6884 Sotheby’s International Realty 615 La Buena Tierra 12-4pm $1,075,000 2bd/2ba Ken Switzer 680-4622 Prudential California Realty 12 Touran Lane By Appt. $969,000 4bd/3ba Julie Angelos 403-5566 Prudential California Realty 6970 Scripps Crescent 1-4pm $797,000 3bd/2ba Brooke Ebner 453-7071 Prudential California Realty 7557 Astoria Place 1-4pm $749,000 5bd/3ba Garrett McCaw 252-2335 Prudential California Realty 640 Mayrum Street 1-4pm $676,000 4bd/2ba Joanne Cohen 886-6743 Prudential California Realty 30 Winchester Cyn Rd., #23 1-4pm $189,000 3bd/2.5ba Cindy Campbell 570-4959 Village Properties

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