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School Is Out!

Transitioning from hectic school sessions to laid-back summer siestas takes time… and should be complete by early fall, p. 28

Fig Is Big Off Yanonali

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s new tasting room is all wood and metal walls, cowboy stuff and some great tasting brew, p. 8

Westside Watering Hole Everyone knows it’s always sunny on the Westside; Bo Henry’s Cocktail Lounge only brings more rays, p.5


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by Rachelle Oldmixon


Fighting Alzheimer’s with Cinnamon


s the age of the nation’s population increases, Alzheimer’s Disease is becoming a bigger and bigger concern. Alzheimer’s, as many of us have seen, causes dementia. It starts small, with momentary memory lapses that anyone can laugh off as “senior moments.” But dementia progresses, unfortunately, soon causing the loss of recent memories. Last summer’s vacation with the family fades and people you recently met become ghosts. Cognitive abilities begin to wane. Reminders, lists and repetitive questions become the norm. From there, dementia continues to take memory after memory, working its way backwards. The effects are devastating, both for the person with Alzheimer’s and for those close to that person. And the economic cost of Alzheimer’s is similarly devastating, estimated to be over $200 billion in the United States this year alone.

Tangled Up

If you’ve heard of Alzheimer’s, you’ve heard of “plaques and tangles.” These ...continued p.21




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 Mad Science – Mad Scientist Rachelle Oldmixon discusses the potential benefits of cinnamon – that’s right, cinnamon – upon Alzheimer’s Disease. No, she doesn’t suffer from dementia; this is actually happening, right now, at our very own UCSB. Go Gauchos, wow.


 Mazza’s Missive – Editor-in-Chief Matt Mazza enjoys an afternoon at Bo Henry’s Cocktail Lounge, the Westside’s new watering hole. Let’s just say he gets a bit nostalgic and has a good time and leave it at that.


I t’s Crime Time – Another Santa Barbarian goes to hell and Enid Strict is there to see it (again); Mongolian Beef is bad (for international relations, anyway); giant transients, drunken Oregonians and lost fights with tasers, among other stuff. You know the deal.


 Letters to the Editor – Mac McGill, aggressive outsider-cum-drunken panhandler is full of… ah, doublespeak and verbal malice; crows and ravens get more love; Sharon Byrne gets more (undeserved) flack for her piece on Tom Ammiano’s Homeless Bill of Rights; Flora West still wants out of her conservatorship; a couple great photos from readers; and Larry Bond is an anarchist. Etcetera.

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The Beer Guy – Zach Rosen had a really good time at the opening of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s new tasting room in the Funk Zone. Sounds like it’s time for another Sentinel field trip! Eight Days A Week – Music. Art. Women. Food. Fitness. Health Care. Karate? Jeremy Harbin’s got it all in this week’s calendar-thingy. S anta Barbara View – Sharon Byrne is into guerilla gardening (sounds risky, better read to figure out what she’s talking about); Loretta Redd reiterates her call for a cap on election fundraising, especially since SB elections are at-large rather than district-by-district; Ray Estrada shows versatility by talking about health care, the nexus between Solstice and tennis, and new tech in a single 600-word column. P residio Sports – UCSB’s Brett Silvernail wins City Golf Championship with strong final round (Journal Jim is green with envy); SB Foresters start their season with hope of winning third straight semi-pro World Series (good luck guys, we’re rooting for you); and the Weekend Sports Calendar.


Faces of Santa Barbara – Patricia Clarke sat down with former SB Poet Laureate David Starkey and his beloved St. Bernard Stella a few months ago and had no idea she’d be capturing them together for the last time. Read David’s lovely rondelet in memoriam. (Thanks Patricia and David, we’re mourning with you after seeing this week’s piece. Be well.)  Pump It – Francisca Lara runs her first 5K and improves her health dramatically with Jenny; go run your own 5K this week and start seeing immediate benefits. (Congrats, Francisca, yours is definitely a very cool story and we are thrilled for you.)

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The Mindful Word – Diana Raab is back, this time contemplating empty nests, life transitions and the golden years. (No, this has nothing to do with intelligent corvids… but it is a nice little piece. Thanks Diana.)


Irina the Intern – Sentinel Intern Irina Vinarskiy brings the skinny (wait, that’s LOVEmikana’s word… oh well) on Granada Books, which is opening in less than three weeks. Our collective head is about to explode with anticipation, as, apparently, is everyone else’s judging by the amount of press this project has received. (Thanks Irina, nice first piece… we are genuinely excited. Seriously.)


 an About Town – Mark Léisuré bumps into native Santa Barbarian Mike Love – the “one true M beach boy” – on the beach (where else could it have happened?) and “interviews” him in a way that only Mr. Léisuré himself might, covering everything from the Beach Boys to Flock of Cougars to volleyball. (Well done, Mark, you’re getting the hang of this… sort of.)

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is on the jukebox knocking out Sharp Dressed Man. A couple guys are reasonably concentrated on a game of pool toward the back. And I’m right at home here at Bo Henry’s.

It’s Always Sunny on the Westside

by Matt Mazza

Bar Rooms, Bad Dads and Bo Henry’s


’ve always liked the feel of sitting in a bar alone. That sounds bad, I know, but it isn’t. A cold beer on a hot day in the right environment is a good thing when not abused, and I’m not an abuser. Usually, anyway. Not just any bar will do. I’m not talking about a swanky nightclub, for example, or a slick yuppified lounge or some hipster joint. I mean a bar. You know, the kind you find on the big streets of small towns or the small streets of big towns. The kind you find off the beaten path. Simple, saltof-the-earth, Budweiser (not Bud Light) drinking bars. My kind of bar. Don’t get me wrong; I like the fancy ones too. But sometimes all I want is a world-class dive with friendly patrons and bartenders and good music and zero pretention and no frills. Maybe a television with a game on. An old jukebox. A worn

Owner/Proprietor/Spymaster Robert Eringer has done a hell of a job with Bo Henry’s, so go check it out.

There’s that neon sign that lured me in; can’t you just feel it beckoning?

pool table with overused cue sticks dulled by the passage of time. A dartboard; a shuffleboard, maybe. Comfortable stools. And old wood bar. Ashtrays. You get the idea. I can think of lots of them. The 2am Club in Mill Valley. The Silver Peso in Larkspur. The No Name Bar in Sausalito (Smitty’s too.) The 4-40 in Santa Rosa. The Round Robin in Santa Rosa. (Hell, most places in Santa Rosa.) Ana’s in St. Helena.


The Cliff Room. The Sportsman. Jimboz. The Merc. And now, Bo Henry’s Cocktail Lounge on the Westside. Haven’t heard of it? Don’t believe me? Well I’m sitting in a corner booth with a half-empty ice cold Budweiser right now, alternatively banging on the keyboard, then pausing to think, then listening to friendly banter between a handful of local folk from all walks and an amiable bartender named Phil just after 5pm on a Wednesday. (My wife and kids are running Nite Moves right now, but I’ve this damned column to write.) ZZ Top


Maybe it’s partially because there’s a special place in my heart for the Westside. After we sold our place in Mill Valley and committed to returning to Santa Barbara all those years ago, Wendi and I found a cute little house on Mountain Avenue between West Micheltorena and West Valerio that we just loved, and quickly rented it from landlords-cum-friends Russell and Kristen Story. Lily was 18 months; Kate wasn’t even born yet. It was a happy time. A simple one. We fell in with friendly neighbors quickly and hung out in our yard and took long walks around the neighborhood on hot summer nights (and cold winter ones sometimes too) and rediscovered Santa Barbara. Our home. We’d hit La Bella Rosa Bakery for special breakfasts and San Andres Hardware for stuff around the house and Paesano’s Pizzeria or Super Cucas ...continued p.14




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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.

Second Santa Barbara Man Goes Straight to Hell After Disturbing Church Services


55-year-old homeless man was “disturbing the peace” while panhandling at a Santa Barbara church… during a funeral. (Wow.) He was asked, nicely and repeatedly, to simply leave but steadfastly refused, insisting instead on staying put. SBPD was eventually summoned and soon arrived, but the man resisted arrest long enough for the earth to shake violently, split, and swallow him whole down into the burning depths of hell. Coincidentally, devout local woman Enid Strict was at the scene – just as she was last week when a drunken Santa Barbara man harassed churchgoers and went straight to hell – and was overheard saying, “Well, isn’t that special? See what you get for being a sinner in church? You get a face-to-face meeting with… oh, what’s his name, with the horns and the spiked tail and the flaming trident with the fire and the brimstone all around him? Ah yes, that’s right… it’s SATAN!” Ms. Strict refused further comment.

Mongolian Beef Leads to International Dust-Up A man flagged down SBPD late one night last week after a fight to report a battery and point out the batterer – a 21-year-old man from Mongolia – who “made eyecontact” with officers and then took off running into a parking lot. SBPD gave chase with lights and sirens ablaze, and was only able to catch him after he ran to the top of the garage and “was trapped by the fencing in the parking lot.” The victim refused to press charges in connection with the fight but SBPD arrested the Mongolian man anyway for public intoxication. Mongolian officials quickly claimed diplomatic immunity and demanded his immediate release, calling “The Mongolian Beef Incident” a significant roadblock for international relations. Riots broke out in Ulan Bator, with confused crowds chanting the Mongol equivalent of “Everyone loves the Mongolian Beef, Justice for the Mongolian Beef!” That, in turn, prompted the CIA, FBI, DHS, NSA, FCC, DOJ, IRS, CDC, EPA, ATF(E), ICE, INS, DOD and local law enforcement agencies all over the country to issue a joint statement asking all Americans to “remain vigilant” and watch for any suspicious activities that might somehow be connected to the “Mongolian Beef.” Stay tuned for details.

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-A 53-year-old homeless man to SBPD after receiving his second open container violation in 40 minutes at 10am on a recent work day (for some people, anyway).

Drunken Oregonian Passes Out on Local Public Toilet and Demands Court-Appointed Defense Counsel A 41-year-old man from Oregon passed out in a downtown public bathroom, “seated on the toilet, pants down, slumped over asleep.” When SBPD woke him up, officers noted a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot and glassy eyes, a generally unsanitary appearance (we’ll say) and the man’s difficulty retaining his balance and standing up on his own. They made the tough call that he was too intoxicated to care for himself and arrested him for public intoxication. In a moment of quasi-lucidity, the man demanded court-appointed legal counsel for his defense at taxpayers’ expense; but was quickly reminded that Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s bill of rights hasn’t yet passed.

Giant Transient Struck By Speeding Vehicle Not Injured An intoxicated and apparently gigantic 28-year-old transient male claimed he was struck on the inside of his left foot by a vehicle traveling at 60 miles per hour. SBPD examined the enormous foot but found no damage done; unfortunately, that was not the case for the speeding car, which was found, bent and mangled, between the man’s toes. He was detained for public drunkenness and further questioning, and is presently being housed in a specially designed and rather large, humanely built cell that stands seven stories tall and spans two city blocks.

Inhospitable Westside Residents Call Cops on Houseguest A highly intoxicated 21-year-old Bakersfield man banged on doors and repeatedly attempted to enter a Westside home early one morning last week before finally giving up and falling asleep on the back patio. Inhospitable residents – who claimed they had never met the man – called SBPD and he was arrested for (drum roll) public drunkenness. (Yeah right, if they’d never met him then why was he at their house, banging on the door and sleeping in the yard? Jerks.)

Grown Man Inexplicably Begs for Fight With Taser, Loses SBPD responded to a call regarding a fight on the Eastside last week and quickly identified a 56-year-old Santa Barbara man as a person-of-interest. He was cooperative at first, but eventually lost it during the records check. Here’s a generally accurate transcript of ensuing events: SBPD: Ok sir, as soon as this records check comes back, you’re free to go. FORMERLY COOPERATIVE MAN: I’m going to [expletive] kick your [expletive]. SBPD: Sir, ah, please just calm down and you’ll be out of here in a moment. FORMERLY COOPERATIVE MAN: I’m gonna kick your [expletive]. SBPD: Sir, sit back down on the curb and just calm down. You’re almost out of here. FORMERLY COOPERATIVE MAN: I’m gonna [expletive] you up. SBPD: Sir, stop coming toward me, you’re under arrest. I said stop coming toward me, sir, or I will have to utilize my taser. FORMERLY COOPERATIVE MAN: [Expletive] you, I will kick your [expletive]. The man then charged officers and, true to their word, he was tased. (Hard.) In a shocking turn of events, he quickly returned to his previous cooperative state and was arrested without incident.

Local Man Grounded By His Mother After Being Caught with Over 100 Grams of Marijuana A 36-year-old Santa Barbara man was pulled over after SBPD noticed that neither he nor his passenger – the man’s mother – was wearing a seatbelt. When officers approached the vehicle, they immediately smelled a “strong odor of marijuana” and asked the man if he had any in his car. He responded affirmatively and produced a small pill bottle with a few grams of Mary Jane; then he started acting all nervous and fidgety and stuff. Under tough questioning, the man eventually admitted that he had no medical cannabis card and that there was a little more weed in his ride than he initially let on. Officers found over 100 grams in the car, cash and incriminating text messages. They arrested him for possession and transportation. And his Mommy grounded him for two whole weeks. (No TV or home cannabis use or anything.) Daddy got home from work and gave him a good hard spanking and broke all of his bongs, too. Be good out there folks. Peace.


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Taking Responsibility


ear Mr. Mazza, you will never see me flying a sign on State Street or publicly intoxicated, though admittedly I do find a couple of beers help me get to sleep on a piece of cardboard surrounded by rats. I am most certainly trying to take responsibility for my situation, a condition in no way aided by the anemic social safety net in America right now, or the nearly genocidal conservative streak where we see Republicans tying food aid to poor families to their kids’ grades or a Republican Congressman who gets huge subsidies for corporate agribusinesses calling Food Stamps “stealing.” It’s all fine and good to shout “get a job” in a full employment economy, which we do not have and will never have again. But there are certain exceptions of which I am aware, such as the poor elderly woman who wears a baseball helmet because she is afraid of snipers, who the other day in the library started addressing empty air to tell a robot to find its look alike to tell it where it is supposed to work in the basement. I dunno, maybe she’d make a good waitress. Some of the richest people in America live here in Santa Barbara, but you also have quite a collection of little bent backed old ladies living out of shopping carts on the streets. Are they supposed to run two businesses? There are I believe half a dozen additional people confined to wheelchairs on State Street alone, but whenever this subject comes up all anyone like you can talk about is drunken panhandlers. When some sheep herder on the other side of the world says “Death to America” one too many times we have satellites in outer space, drone aircraft, highly trained black ops teams and things that cost a million dollars even though all they do is blow up (frequently killing children) and you never, ever hear a conservative decry those uses of funds. But when one of your own neighbors, a little bent backed old lady who maybe spent her life as a French teacher and not someone constantly striving for more and more out of the business world, when she needs help the best you get is a sad shake of the head and the admonition that “there just aren’t enough resources.” Far more frequently though we get your reaction to my letter, which is to say “Albrecht Macht Frie.” Or no wait, that’s not how you say it, though it means the same thing. You say, “Get A Job.” Well, I’m calling shenanigans on the whole thing. Any one of the top ten richest people in America could solve homelessness with a single year’s income. I’m even willing to let them rotate the responsibility. The banks own so many empty foreclosed houses that you could give every homeless

man, woman and child in America three of them. But you’re right, we shouldn’t help people take a shower or get a nap. What a waste that would be. Yes of course, there is no money, and we’re all a bunch of drunken panhandlers whose parents didn’t teach us about personal responsibility. Apparently the banksters and corporate profiteers didn’t learn that lesson either, but that’s okay. They can have all the money they need. Mac McGill, Drunken Panhandler Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: You’re an interesting guy, Mac. Your apparent affinity for twisting words and positions from what they are to what you want them to be actually reminds me of a lot of lawyers I know and politicians I don’t (personally, anyway). Accordingly, I’ll address your letter above much as I would one from an overreaching and disingenuous attorney. You know, the kind that gives the practice a bad name. First and foremost, your comparison of my position to that of a genocidal German Nazi is wildly misinformed and objectively ...continued p.22

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by Zach Rosen

Fig’s Beers Now in the Funk

The main room at Figueroa Mountain’s new tasting room off Yanonali looks great…

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igueroa Mountain Brewing Co. (Fig Mtn) has been creating a buzz among the central coast beer community since opening in 2010. Fig Mtn quickly became known for its solid line-up of year-round beers that consist of pronounced – yet balanced – flavors that are traditionally American but far from “just more hoppy beers.” When rumors spread that Fig Mtn was building a tasting room along the Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, beer drinkers rejoiced that they would no longer need to trek up to the Buellton-based brewery to taste its beers fresh. And now, the long awaited moment is here. This Memorial Day marked the official opening of Fig Mtn’s tasting room. The bustling reception on opening day was evidence of the the beer community’s anticipation for Santa Barbara’s newest beer spot. Among the throngs of thirsty beer drinkers were father and son owners, Jim and Jaime Dietenhofer, and brewmaster A.J. Stoll, all of whom perused the crowds and greeted guests.

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.

Central Coast Beer, Old Country Feel The tasting room’s entrance places you into an open, airy space that has the feeling of being in a barn. Wood and metal walls are adorned with cowboy paraphernalia and equestrian and bovine accessories to steal guests away to a San Ynez ranch setting. The bar is framed by aged wood

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…so does the outdoor patio. This is arguably beer heaven, right here in the Funk Zone.

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Santa Barbarians were just bursting out of the tasting room on opening day. My bet is that this will be a common site all summer long… see you there.

Look at the color of that Fred & Ginger Red. (Can I have another?)

and lined with rusty, corrugated steel. The structure is topped with a panorama of the San Rafael Mountains and the barnyard theme is completed by a rooster peering down at the drinkers. Fresh ocean air blows in from a large, roll-up door that gives way to the patio area decorated with picnic tables and umbrellas. This unique blend of western-themes in a beach ambiance is fitting only for this area and highlights the central coast’s distinct culture.

Something Special The tasting room will be more than just a place to grab a pint of your favorite Fig brew. This extra space will allow the brewery to experiment on their pilot system and produce one-off beers that may or may not ever be produced again. A.J. was kind enough to give a few of us a sneak peek of what is coming down the line for their tasting room. (Cue mouth watering.) We tried a young Hefeweizen whose banana notes were just beginning to bloom. The one that got me and the other beer geeks giddy was a New Zealand Pale Ale that was just starting to develop its tropical fruit trait. Inspired by a recent trip to New Zealand, AJ says this brew, besides the New Zealand hops, will feature a more biscuit-malt character than

Fig’s standard pale ale. Although these beers are not yet finished, a few specialties are already being served on one of the 32 taps (there are currently around 24 in operation). The Fred & Ginger Red (clever, right?) was brewed with fresh ginger to give the flavors of caramel and toffee a subtle spiciness. A.J. wisely kept the root’s presence in the background (ginger can easily overpower a beer’s flavor); he really wanted drinkers to taste the ginger on the “third sip.” This restrained approach helped lace an intricate spiciness throughout the brew that blended well the beer’s gentle fruit notes and sweet malts. One of their current (very) special offerings is a barrel-aged dark Belgianstyle strong that was crafted to celebrate their Second Anniversary. This version has been aged in Grenache barrels and fills the glass with a burnt umber hue, khaki-colored head and aromas of black cherries, red grapes and cocoa powder. Despite the rich flavors of cola, fennel and oranges, this beer is smooth and finishes dry with some of the grape’s tannins coming through in the end. The beer’s balanced, elegant flavors fool the drinker of its brute strength, which drifts around 13% ABV.

A Spot for the Classics Of course, Fig Mtn’s classics, such as Paradise Road Pilsner, will always be on hand. This is a heartier pilsner that has a medium-body and semi-sweet maltiness with notes of grain and cracker. The nose has delicate floral tones that allow the malt-forward character of this beer to come through. Another favorite is Fig Mtn’s easy-going, characterful American-style wheat beer, Wrangler Wheat, which has an aroma of banana with bubblegum undertones. The beer’s lively carbonation brings a refreshing element to its satiating flavors of juicy oranges among a wholesome base of soft-bodied, bready wheat malts. With its warm flavors and buoyant effervescence, the beer is perfect for sitting out on the patio and soaking up the California sun while breathing the wisps of sea air. Luckily, one can always find this setting at Figueroa Mountain’s new tasting room. Ain’t life grand? 


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8•Days• a•Week We Ain’t Got Nothin’ But Love, Babe…

by Jeremy Harbin

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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 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.

• Friday May 31

– Only Human

Local rock band Tommy & the High Pilots play the SOhO Restaurant and Music Club tonight in celebration of their new record released earlier this week, Only Human. The group has been recording and touring for a few years now, picking up steam where they can with opening slots for bigger acts and features on MTV’s website. On Only Human, they reach for something like the radio-ready urgency of Kings of Leon’s more recent material. It should be a fun show to see live in a friendly room. $10; Doors at 7pm, Show at 9; tickets at

• Saturday June 1

– A Festival of One’s Own

Today’s eighth annual Women’s Literary Festival at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort (633 East Cabrillo Boulevard) looks like an enlightening, uplifting event for aspiring writers and readers alike. While the impressive panel of presenters is made up of women authors only, all literary-minded

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people should find the day’s schedule of talks relevant and engaging. Among the diverse group of writers featured are Amy Wilentz, who’s worked for The New York Times and The New Yorker, and Celeste Fremon, an award-winning journalist and academic. The festival starts at 8:30am and ends at 3:30pm; register now at

– Karate Kids and Adults

Twelve year olds are scary enough without Grandmaster Dave Wheaton training them to be black belts in karate, but that’s just what happens at the Martial Arts Family Fitness facility on 122 East Gutierrez Street. Adults study there, too; five grown-ups, along with seven younger martial artists, will test their skills and try to earn a black belt today at 10am. If you’re like me, you skipped karate lessons because you didn’t care for the outfits, opting instead for the less silly knee-high socks and skin-tight pants of little league. Sadly, I never made the major leagues. So today’s our chance to make up for misspent youth by checking out Martial Arts Family Fitness, recently called “Best Martial Arts School in the Country” by Action Magazine, at this free and open-to-the-public event.

• Sunday June 2

– The Extra Mile

The Platinum Performance State Street Mile is an event for all ages to compete for fun, charity, and even cash. Beginning at 8am this morning, participants will run the mile from State Street and West Pedregosa Street to State and De La Guerra. There will be a run for families, one for elite record-breakers, and another for dogs. So start your lazy Sunday right: grab a coffee, post-up near the finish line, and watch others engage in physical activity. Your other option is to join in on the fitness fun by registering at Proceeds benefit the District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program’s Crime Victim Emergency Fund.

• Monday June 3

– Whenever Monday Comes

Today I recall that great ‘60s hit; played ad infinitum on oldies radio, its words ring true still: “Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day / Monday, Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way.” And I ask myself, “Self, what would Mama Cass do?” Well, she’d probably just go out to eat. So tonight, I will dine at Le Cafe Stella, and you should join me. I’ll be in the corner hovering over a Stella burger (that’s blue cheese, bacon, and a garlic remoulade). Or should I go with something from the all-day breakfast menu? The welcoming, friendly, and delicious Le Cafe Stella is located at 3302 McCaw Avenue and open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm.


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• Tuesday

• Thursday

– Too Much Good Stuff

– Cool Name, Hot Jazz

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June 6

Call it Art Overload. Call it Art Abundance. Artbundance? Look, I’ll work on the name, but whatever we call that Santa Barbaran phenomenon that I described last week – the tendency to miss a great exhibit because there’s so many other great exhibits concurrently on display – it struck again. Though the opening for the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum’s Things that Turn Your Brains to Mush was way back in April, the end date comes on the sixteenth of this month. So let’s cure this particular case of Art Blindness today by taking in the unique work on display between the hours of 11am and 5pm at 653 Paseo Nuevo. The artists represented here take the animated GIF (a type of image file) as the inspiration for their navigation of the complex relationship between culture and disruptive new technology. Free.

• Wednesday June 5

– Women of Achievement

It’s a two-X-chromosomes kind of week here at 8 Days: the Association for Women in Communications, Santa Barbara presents the Women of Achievement Luncheon Awards today at the Montecito Country Club (920 Summit Road) from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Marsha Bailey of Women’s Economic Ventures and author Kathleen Sharp will be honored. As a male who’s gotten in trouble in the past for saying the words “ladies” and “ma’am,” it’s with slight hesitation that I tell you KCLU General Manager Mary Olson will act as the event’s Mistress of Ceremonies – their phrase, not mine. Tickets are $60 for non-members. Go to for information.

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You can’t force a nickname, but you sure can try. As part of the Upstairs at the G series, the Granada Theatre presents jazz saxophonist and singer Jessy J tonight at 8pm. While “the G” might not catch on as a popular way to refer to the Granada, I suppose it’s appropriate here: it’s a “cool” name to go with some hot contemporary jazz injected with Latin beats. But what’s in a name? The upstairs part is what makes the difference; patrons will get an intimate performance in the theatre’s McCune Founders Room that only seats 120. Tickets are $53; get them by calling 805.899.2222 or by visiting www.

• Friday June 7

– Affordable Lunch

Small business owners of Santa Barbara might consider an event today titled Brown Bag It! A Working Lunch for Small Businesses on the New Health Care Law. Contrary to that title, you should not actually brown bag it, as lunch is included with the $25 advance, $35 at-the-door price of admission – let’s just hope the effects of the Affordable Care Act are less confusing (they definitely won’t be). The lunch is presented by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Michael Lujan of Covered California will discuss the Act. 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Santa Barbara City College East Campus Cafeteria (721 Cliff Drive); registration at http://  

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Opinion, stories, events, and people that shape Santa Barbara

Milpas on the Move

Sharon Byrne

by Sharon Byrne

Guerilla Gardening


’m a fan of guerilla gardening, especially for those of us living in Santa Barbara’s not-so-loved neighborhoods. Neighborhood makeovers need not entail massive development projects, or enormous municipal investment in a community center. It can be done with simple things: paint, gardening tools, plants, and care by neighbors working at the curb level. A formerly neglected outdoor space can become an instant community center, an invitation to conversations and connection, and that leads to a neighborhood that is more vibrant and livable. I’m also a big believer in “catch ‘em doing something good.” I’ve recently come into contact with someone who is working on a guerilla gardening project, if you will, that is making an area safer. Why is it guerilla? Well, he’s doing it at the edge of a neglected public property. He didn’t get whatever permits one would need for this, and my bet is the city doesn’t even know what those would be. He confirms multiple calls to Parks and Rec did not yield an established process to improve an area the city doesn’t have resources to attend to. He just saw a need and filled it. Caveat Emptor, creative souls looking to transform our city: we have ridiculously overwrought yet intensely subjective strict ordinances to make things look uniform and preserve our city’s look and feel. But there’s always a balance to be struck between historic preservation and modern vibrancy. No one wants to live in a) a museum or b) a contrived Disneylandesque environment. Preservation is great, but we also want to invite people into a welcoming experience. It’s that welcoming and vibrant part where I think we could do better. So meet Timothy Steele, who lives across from the Municipal Tennis Courts on Old Coast Highway. He walks his dog near the tennis courts, and noticed that parents across the street would not let their kids go over there. In addition to the ominous “No Dumping” signs ringing the area, there was a lot of broken glass on the ground. This is an old story here: liquor store nearby, products sold there are immediately consumed in the area, litter is discarded on the ground. Gang types loitered nightly in a barren place. So Tim started cleaning it up, picking up trash day after day. And then he just started planting, because the landscape was pretty darned barren. One thing led to another.

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.

The result of Timothy Steele’s guerilla gardening on Old Coast Highway.

(and how can it maintain them all?), well, why wouldn’t the neighbors just do it themselves? But in a city where every inch of setback is planned for years in advance, why is there no mechanism for citizens to adopt these abandoned spaces, and make them beautiful? Drought-resistant plants that bush out and soften urban hardscape are ideal, like rosemary and lavender. Tim clearly has the knowledge of which plants do well in the soft, loamy soil by the courts, and the plants are thriving. Some devilstrip plantings overwhelm the sidewalk quickly, which defeats the goal of creating something that looks cared for, so some guidelines could be useful. The area Tim is tending sure looks a lot better, and while I doubt Parks and Rec will give him an award, or even a thanks for his efforts, let’s hope they don’t rip the plants out as ‘unauthorized greening’. Thank you, Tim, for doing something good for our city!

At-Large, District and Hybrid Elections

by Loretta Redd


Timothy Steele, guerilla gardener extraordinaire.

That’s how guerilla gardening works. Take a barren or rundown area, show it some love, with the visual of someone constantly tending it, and it becomes safer and more welcoming. Tim is an architect, so he knows the multiple layers of city bureaucracy. Strangely enough, though Looking Good Santa Barbara has “Adopt a Block” where you commit to keeping your block litter and graffiti-free, there is nothing similar for the devil’s strips or public spaces the city can’t afford to maintain. There’s no form you can fill out, and no Parks and Rec employee you can contact to adopt a public space like this. You can of course

crank up a foundation for a public-private partnership to maintain a park, but there’s nothing for the helpful neighbor just wanting to help out a neglected area. For such a neighbor, absent a formal city mechanism, you become a guerilla gardener, like Tim, and just do it. I’ve met other guerilla gardeners, and am one myself. Think of the devil’s strips between the sidewalk and street, which in some neighborhoods are trash and dump sites. Devoid of plants, or alternatively weedchoked, they bring an area down, and send out a message that the neighbors aren’t too on top of things here. If the city’s not maintaining an area

ohn Quincy Adams wrote, “The great object of the institution of civil government is the improvement of the condition of those who are parties to the social compact, and no government, in whatever form constituted, can accomplish the lawful ends of its institution but in proportion as it improves the condition of those over whom it is established.” In last week’s column I suggested we put a voluntary cap of $50,000 for fund raising and expenditures of any candidate running for city council. Though most who commented online agreed with the principle, I was surprised by the number of respondents who launched into the subject of district elections. My opposition to “district” or “ward” elections for the City of Santa Barbara stems from the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I see no evidence that the current “at-large” voting has resulted in less than qualified and dedicated representation, nor has it resulted in the neglect of specific groups or neighborhoods. I referred to the Public Policy Institute of California and the National League of Cities for more objective information and discovered that over two-thirds of California cities hold At-Large elections.

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Loretta Redd’s diverse background includes being a psychologist, business owner, non-profit director, Air Force officer, writer, speaker, and executive coach. Loretta has served on several Santa Barbara city committees and has been a candidate for public office.

Loretta Redd

According to the research paper, at-large elections have the following advantages: “1. Council members can be more impartial, rise above the limited perspective of a single district and concern themselves with the problems of the whole community. 2. Vote trading between council members is minimized. 3. Betterqualified individuals are elected because the candidate pool is larger.” Another research paper authored by Harjal, Lewis and Louch suggested that the progressive movement in the early 2000s thought the at-large system was flawed and discriminatory. They claimed it “weakened neighborhoods and partisan interests in favor of less parochial interests, reduced participation by distancing leaders from their constituency, and resulted in ‘white voting’ plurality by oppressing other groups.” A counter argument offered by a resident of San Francisco, bemoaned their district system as being the utter ruination of the city. His comments included that “...minorities, transient youth and other fringe groups, elected on single-issue voting, have looted the coffers and destroyed city services without any continuity or accountability to those outside of their own little fiefdom.” And there’s a third form of elections, selected by 20 percent of municipalities in California, which combines the at-large and district elections into something of a hybrid. Each district, for instance, can vote to nominate two candidates, with a citywide runoff between each pair. Do Santa Barbara voters need their “own” individual representative to bring their neighborhoods’ needs and demands to the Council, or would you prefer a variety of viewpoints, holding each elected official responsible to every resident? What I find offensive about the district or ward system is the implication that certain groups, especially along racial or ethnic lines, are being under or misrepresented. Is this true, or is it more of an activist organization in search of a cause? In Santa Barbara, those most passionate about having district representation argue that their preferred candidates may not be able to compete because of the cost of running an election. If we ask the candidates to limit their fundraising to a reasonable ceiling, as I proposed last week, then the candidate pool may indeed become more diverse. But the other troubling implication,

whether it comes from political groups like PODER or the Democratic Central Committee, is the prejudicial assumption that only a Latino can adequately represent the needs of the Hispanic community. And that is simply not true. Elections are about representing as much of the population as possible, or at least, they should be. John Quincy Adams reminds us about “...the improvement of the condition of those who are parties to the social compact...” Of course, that can only happen when we bother to go to register and cast a ballot. In the recent election in Los Angeles, where over $30 million was raised solely for the office of mayor, the voter turnout was barely 25 percent. That means only one in four people bothered with democracy. Whether at-large, district or hybrid elections, I hope Santa Barbara cares more than that about her future.

Business Beat by Ray Estrada

Health Care Reform to be Explained


alifornia State Health Benefit Exchange Director Michael Lujan will explain how the federal Affordable Care Act will affect small businesses in California from 11am to 1:30pm, June 7, at the Santa Barbara City College East Campus Cafeteria, 721 Cliff Drive. Also at the discussion, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, will provide an overview on how the Californian legislature’s role will affect health care reform. Cost is $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Lunch is included and parking is free. The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation are presenting the discussion in partnership with the Small Business Development Center, which provides no-cost counseling and coaching to entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Although school will not be in session, college staff will be on campus, especially on East Campus. It would be best to park on West Campus and walk across the bridge, college officials said.  

Solstice Plans Fundraising Tennis Tourney


he Summer Solstice Celebration’s 11th annual Tennis Tournament and Barbeque will start at 10am, June 8, at the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara, 2375 Foothill Road. Registration must be made by June 2. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call the Solstice Office (805)

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Ray Estrada is a writer, editor and media consultant who has worked for newspapers, radio news, wire services and online publications for the past 40 years. He has taught journalism at the University of Southern California and now runs his own consulting business based in Santa Barbara.

965-3396. Cost is $60, which includes barbeque, mimosa and bagel breakfast, silent auction and Solstice T-shirt. Nonplaying friends and family may attend for $25. They are also allowed to bid on teams. The tournament is a doubles, round robin-style event limited to 48 players. Players sign up as individuals and will be randomly paired. Pairings and tournament drawing will take place Saturday morning during breakfast. Warm-up courts will be available from 9:30am until 11am.  Each player will be assigned a handicap. Players, their friends and spouses can “buy” the teams in a live auction. Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams. For more information, visit  

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...continued from p.5 for quick dinners. Soon enough, my sister and her husband, Kim and Ryan Schmitz, moved a few streets away and we traded nights barbequing and watching each other’s dogs and kids. Then some old friends, good friends, Austin and Nicole Herlihy, bought a house down the street and we all got into it, biking down to Foodland for flank steak and marinade and masa harina for homemade tortillas and Tecates in cans and fresh avocados. And there were Bruce and Suzanne McDonald and Lisa Clagg (owner of the Harbor Market) across the street and Sam and Tamara Wallop over on Sunset Avenue and lots of others great folks all around us, all within a short walk or easy bike ride. We joked that it was always sunny on the Westside. Wendi and I almost bought a house (more than once). Like I said, it was a happy time. One of my favorite memories is of friend Austin Herlihy, who was also then a relatively new father. (How time flies, right?) Wendi and I had just put the kids to bed one night when he walked into the yard and asked whether we might go for a drink. I agreed and we jumped on bikes and rode over to Palmieri’s Cocktail Lounge on San Andres Street. Let’s just say that we solved most of the world’s problems, generally had a blast, and were home early enough to avoid catastrophe on the home front. Our little excursions didn’t ever become regular occurrences but I will say that each of us became a bit of a crutch for the other in matters of family or business or life or whatever, and when one of us needed a couple hours away, the other was there, and we’d hop on those cruisers and pedal down to San Andres for a couple hours. We called each other “Bad Dads,” although we were actually being good dads (I think). And although Wendi and I and many others mentioned above eventually moved from the Westside, that time in my life has always stuck with me, closely. I still pop into Super Cucas from time to time, still hit La Bella Rosa every now and then. I drive down the old street, by the old rental. Recently, I was driving down San Andres and saw a new sign in Palmieri’s window, a neon one that read Bo Henry’s. I knew I had to check it out. And when I did, I knew that I had to write this story.

Bo Henry’s Suits My Fancy I liked new owner Robert Eringer immediately when I first met him at Bo Henry’s on a lazy Sunday afternoon last week. “To me,” he started, “Palmieri’s was basically a perfect bar. It just had a classic feel to it, almost like a neighborhood saloon or old western bar. It’s not like most places.” Well I’ll be damned, I thought, this guy actually gets it.


That’s Phil Brainard with his lamp above the bar; those saloon doors you showed me on your phone look great, Phil, can’t wait to see them hanging in the front door.

“I really didn’t want to scare anybody away,” he continued, easily. “I wanted to make some positive changes, though, so I decided to keep the place open rather than close it down for a week or whatever and let all the regulars and anybody else who was interested know exactly what we were doing. And I really wanted and made an effort to do business with as many patrons and Westsiders as possible, to include them in what I was trying to accomplish with Bo Henry’s.” So that’s what Robert did. There’s plenty of examples, but perhaps the most poignant is Phil Brainard, who’s been on the Westside since 1971 and knows well the history of Bo Henry’s and its predecessors – Palmieiri’s, the San Andres Fault, and George and Lucy’s. Phil has done work all over town (think Cielito, FisHouse, the Shellfish Co. and others) and is in the process of crafting some very cool saloon-style swinging doors for Bo Henry’s. He also built the stained glass lamp that sits above the bar where an old television used to sit. (There are still a few TVs, of course, but Robert made the frankly wise decision to replace older ones with flat screens and get rid of a couple of them for a variety of good reasons.) “It’s a working man’s bar,” Phil told me directly, eyeballing me over his Ray Bans for emphasis, “always has been. Robert’s done a great job with the place.” Indeed, Phil, I agree completely. The place is generally cleaned up, painted and polished, but still retains a comfortable, casual and welcoming ambiance. The bartenders I’ve met – the aforementioned Phil (not Brainard) and Darren Wass – are quick with a smile and solid drink. Artwork adorns many of the walls, and much of it quite interesting actually. The “nocturne wall” holds around 30 intricate, beautiful paintings by Thomas Van Stein, a close friend of Robert’s who also teaches art up at Santa Barbara City College, depicting (not surprisingly) night scenes from all over the world. (Ask that appropriate lighting be turned on to really get a look at them, they are terrific.) Each of them has a place in Robert’s life, which, anecdotally, has been

extraordinarily interesting, involving tales of extremist group infiltration in the name of British investigative journalism, the creation of an intelligence service for Prince Albert II of Monaco, deep cover corporate espionage and a decade-long stint of clandestine work as a contractor for the FBI. And none of it is bulls@!t. You can read about much of Robert’s background and history in the many books he’s published, at least some of which you can have a look at in the “writer’s nook,” just down the bar from the bust of Vincent Van Gogh. (I’ve started The Spymaster & Me: A Memoir of Intrigue and Lunacy, and find it engaging and entertaining. Kudos, Robert.) Better yet, just stop by Bo Henry’s alone one afternoon, buy yourself a Budweiser and order a slice from Paesano’s (they’ll deliver to the bar), listen to some great music, poke around a bit, and ask him yourself. Tell him Bad Dad sent you. I sincerely doubt you’ll be disappointed.

STUFF I LIKE I like Bo Henry’s. In addition to everything mentioned above, Robert has tricked the place out with great acoustics for live music. Check our www.bohenry. com for coming shows and comedy night and the day’s cocktail and patrons of the week and all sorts of cool stuff going down at the bar. You can catch them on Facebook as well, or, like I said, just head on over to 1431 San Andres Street and get into it. Congratulations on a job well done, Robert, you’ve got a friend in the Sentinel. Keep the Westside sunny, man. I like the Westside, and my time at Bo Henry’s reminded me just how much. A big hello to all the old neighbors on Mountain Avenue, we miss you guys and still talk of our time living among y’all. Much love. Let’s stick with the Westside, broadly defined. Frankly, I don’t how this happened, but it did. I had never been to Olio Pizzeria at 11 West Victoria Street until last week. Why didn’t anybody tell me? Wendi and the girls and I had a couple terrific pizzas in a cool little spot that we really enjoyed. If you don’t know about it like I didn’t, you’d better get over there quick. Worth it. www.oliopizeria. com; (805) 899-2699. Oh, all right, I like the Eastside and Milpas too. A lot, frankly. And there is definitely something to celebrate over there. The Milpas Community Association went to Minneapolis last week to compete for the Neighborhood of the Year Award hosted by Neighborhoods USA, a national organization. They placed in the top 5 finalists nationwide, and finished 2nd in the competition overall. They were beaten out by 300 adorable and hungry kids fed by a neighborhood group in Eugene, Oregon, site of next year’s Neighborhoods USA convention.

For a group that only started up in late 2010, to get the neighborhood on its feet and competing nationally in the social revitalization category – well, it’s a huge win, and they’re pretty fired up about it. (And they should be.) Sounds like they’ll soon do a big celebration party for the neighborhood, and dream up some even bigger plans to keep pushing forward. Murals on restaurant walls to create an instant arts district? A live music, food and art street festival on Milpas? An outdoor gym on the Cabrillo Ball Field so you can work out beachside in the open air? More Halloween and Christmas family fun? (Remember the Christmas lights story?) None of it is too far off. So huge congratulations to the Milpas Community Association and the Milpas and Eastside neighborhoods for coming together and making positive change. Y’all have a friend in the Sentinel. I like stuff in between the Westside and the Eastside, too. For example, I like the Granada Theatre quite a bit, and Mexican-American jazz saxophonist, singer and songwriter Jessy J is coming for an intimate performance in the McCune Founders Room as part of the “Upstairs at the G” series on June 6. It’s sure to be a good one; Jessy’s played with Michael Bublé, Seal, and El Chicano (among many others), and has toured with The Temptations and even Jessica Simpson. Better get your tickets quick before they sell out. Call the Granada Theatre Box Office (805.899.2222) or go online to Have fun. I also like the idea of something new I recently heard about called Meet Your Makers, a one-of-a-kind artisanal market that is soon coming to Santa Barbara with a mission of connecting small, creative and sustainable local businesses with the conscious-shopping community. The market will happen every Saturday in Plaza Vera Cruz, adjacent to the downtown Saturday Farmers’ Market, from 9am – 2pm, beginning July 6. That’s a lot of warning, I know, but the real important point here is that Meet Your Makers is presently seeking vendors for its fully curated market; in particular, they are looking for handmade craft, recycled/ up-cycled, designer, locally produced artisanal businesses that are making social and environmental contributions. Wow, that’s a lofty goal, but a worthy one, and one that is achievable in Santa Barbara. If you have that kind of business and are interested in applying for a slot in the market, go to and make it happen. Should be good. Last but not least, I still love my Gauchos. And UCSB Arts & Lectures just raised nearly $400,000 during its sold-out gala fundraiser at the Montecito Country Club, An Intimate Evening with Tony Bennett. Congrats, A&L, we’re looking forward to next season… so hurry up already! Peace everybody. See you at Bo Henry’s.  

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Strong Final Round Sends Silvernail to City Golf Championship by John Dvorak

Brett Silvernail’s winning score was 204, six strokes under par.

out their tournaments with one-under 69s. Lam shot a 73. Helton was trying to become the first back-to-back winner since Andrew Perez won in 2010 and 2011. Each of his three rounds were under par yet he felt like he struggled to score well. “I really hung in there and competed well,” Helton said. “To have the outcome that I got with the way that I played was pretty good. I didn’t play very well at all.” Grant Sparkes, competing in the Nicklaus Flight, sank a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole.

UCSB’S Brett Silvernail won his first Santa Barbara City Golf Championship at Santa Barbara Golf Club.


rett Silvernail overcame two past champions and the Round 2 leader on Monday to secure his first Santa Barbara City Golf Championship at Santa Barbara Golf Club. Silvernail, a UCSB player, finished the three-day tournament with a winning score of 204, six strokes under par. Silvernail’s final round of 66 helped push him past four players that started the day out front, two of which hold three City championships between them. “It wasn’t an easy task, I had to play well and had to get lucky with Steven [Lam] not playing like he did the first two days,” Silvernail said. “Everything kind of went my way today.” The title wasn’t decided until the final hole. Steven Lam, who started the day in the lead by four strokes, set himself up with an eagle putt on 18 to force a playoff but the eight-foot putt slid inches to the left. Lam finished second overall at 205. “I’m pretty happy about the first two days but today was a little bit disappointing,” Lam said. “Because I

wasn’t hitting the ball well until the last two holes and I missed big putts on 17 and 18.” Defending champion Brian Helton, Kevin Marsh and James Camaione tied for third with a three-day score of 206. Silvernail’s strategy was to limit bogeys throughout the tournament. Monday’s round included five birdies and just one bogey. Having recently erased eight strokes on the final day of the Big West Championship, Silvernail was confident of his chances starting the day. His fifth and final birdie came on 18 in front of a gallery of roughly 100 people. “It’s a really good tournament so I’m really happy to win,” said Silvernail, who began the tournament with a 67 on Saturday and a 71 on Sunday. Allen Geiberger was also in the hunt on Monday. Geiberger was tied with Silvernail in the lead as late as the 14th hole. But a pair of bogeys on the final four holes knocked him back to sixth place with a three-under 207. Geiberger, Marsh and Helton closed

RESULTS: CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT 1. Brett P Silvernail 67-71-66--204 2. Steven Lam 68-64-73--205 3. Brian Helton 69-68-69--206 4. James T Camaione 67-69-70--206 5. Kevin Marsh 69-68-69--206 6. Allen Geiberger 67-71-69--207 7. Brandon B Gama 66-74-68--208 7. George F Downing 72-68-68--208 9. James Morton 67-72-71--210 9. Jonny Hogan 73-68-69--210 11. Brett T Patton 73-69-69--211 12. Drew Miller 68-71-73--212 12. John Pate 67-73-72--212 14. David Boote 72-69-73--214 14. Michael A Pugh 68-73-73--214 14. Ruben Carmona 73-71-70--214 17. Ed Susolik 71-74-70--215 18. Jack H Davis 72-73-74--219 18. Jason Pridmore 72-74-73--219 18. Niels Andersen 71-74-74--219 21. Pe’a Hill 75-69-76--220 22. Jeff Myers 74-70-77--221 23. Joshua Shou 71-74-77--222 24. Brennan Amirkhizi 70-74-NC--NC

SB Foresters Begin Quest by Kristen Gowdy


eam chemistry will be crucial for the 2013 Santa Barbara Foresters as they seek their third straight National Baseball Congress World Series championship. After capturing titles in both 2011 and 2012, the Foresters will look to become the first team to win three in a row since

the Fairbanks Goldpanners in 1972-74. It all starts again this Saturday at UCSB’s Caesar Uyesaka Stadium when the Foresters host the San Diego Waves at 4pm. The same two teams will play again on Sunday at 1pm. The Foresters return just eight of the 34 players from the 2012 squad. According to manager Bill Pintard, the team will need to learn to play together in order to win another World Series title. “I think the number one thing that’s really important for us is to develop chemistry as soon as we can,” Pintard said. “We just have to gel. We have a brand new club coming in, and we are replacing a lot of players. It’s a lot easier said than done.” But team chemistry will only be one of the keys to the Foresters’ success this season. Pintard said that the team will once again rely on the stellar pitching and defense that led them to last year’s championship. Last season, the Foresters’ pitching staff combined for a 2.41 ERA, and was backed up by a defense that sported a .963 fielding percentage. “We didn’t hit a lot of home runs [last year],” Pintard said. “We had the ability to scratch out runs, and our pitching was just outstanding. The back end of our bullpen was as good as it has ever been. It’s going to be the same this year.” As a team, the Foresters hit just 15 home runs over the course of their 49 regular season games. Pintard said that rather than relying on power, the team emphasized small ball strategy. The team returns eight players from last year’s championship team including their starting corner infielders Ryan O’Hearn and Shane Hoelscher. O’Hearn hit .268 for the Foresters and had a team-leading 30 RBIs, whereas Hoelscher had 18 RBIs to go along with his .320 OBP. The Foresters will also look to Garrett Bayliff and Steven Reveles to provide experience. Bayliff was injured last year, but played for the Foresters in 2011, when he hit .273 in ten appearances. Reveles, a Goleta native, made 13 appearances for the Foresters last season,

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Foresters celebrate the 2012 NBC World Series championship. (EMI Photography)

Manager Bill Pintard and the Foresters team.

The Foresters hope their stellar pitching will lead to a third consecutive NBC World Series win. (EMI Photography)

hitting .265 in 49 at bats. The middle infielder will be playing for Nebraska next year after being named the WSC player of the Year for Santa Barbara City College this spring. “Those four guys, we are looking for them to provide some leadership,” Pintard said.

Hunter Lemke, Willie Kuhl, John Beck and Andrew Vasquez will also be returning to the Foresters’ pitching staff. The bulk of the Foresters lineup, however, will be comprised of newcomers. Pintard said that the talent of Texas pitchers Parker French, Riley Ferrell and Austen Williams will help the team to

another championship. Right-handers French, Ferrell and Williams pitch for the University of Texas, Texas Christian University and Texas State respectively. French, a starter for the Longhorns, compiled a 2.68 ERA and struck out 46 in the 2013 season. The right-hander was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2012 and was named a Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American. Ferrell and Williams will help anchor the Foresters bullpen. Ferrell, recently named to the Big-12 All-Freshman Team, had three saves for the Horned Frogs while posting a 2.20 ERA. Williams allowed just 25 hits in 28 appearances for the Bobcats. During the offseason, the Foresters acquired the talent that they need to make a run at another NBC title, but Pintard continually emphasized the need to mesh as a team. He said that the work that the team does in the community helps them to gel off of the field. “[The community service] develops chemistry for our team because we get involved in the chemistry of our town,” Pintard said. Among other projects, the Foresters run the Hugs for Cubs organization, which focuses on children battling cancer. Each season, the team visits hospitals and raises money to help these children. Longtime Foresters volunteer Jim Buckley said that the Hugs for Cubs charity is a huge part of the Foresters’ organization. “The Hugs for Cubs is part of our mission and our players and coaches do everything we can year-round to take part in that fight against cancer,” Buckley said. Additionally, the Foresters will also host their annual summer camp. The co-ed camp is open to kids ages 7-12 and will take place in June and July. Buckley said that the opportunity to be coached by

potential future MLB players is invaluable for the campers. On the field, the Foresters will look to get on track to another NBC championship on June 1 against the San Diego Waves. Pintard said that the Foresters’ success this season will come down to the team staying within themselves and sticking to the small-ball strategy. “We play our game,” Pintard said. “We don’t go out there to play the other team. We play our game, and if we are good enough, we will get the job done.”


FRIDAY, May 31

UCSB Baseball vs. Texas A&M, NCAA Tournament – The Gauchos made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001 and will be playing their Regional opener at noon in Corvallis, Oregon. The game can be heard locally on AM 1290. UCSB closed out its regular season winning 11 of its last 14 games.


Santa Barbara Foresters Opening Day, at UCSB’s Caesar Uyesaka Stadium – Our local semi-pro baseball team steps up to the plate for another season of elite baseball. The Foresters have won two straight NBC World Series titles with the help of some of college baseball’s brightest stars. Saturday’s season opener begins at 4pm. The same two teams play again on Sunday at 1pm.

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by Patricia Clarke

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The Starkeys’ Stella

Ode To Francisca


David and Stella, 2012


had the wonderful good fortune of spending several hours in the Starkey household last fall, photographing Santa Barbara’s extremely talented and humble former Poet Laureate, supporter of the Arts and host of The Creative Community show on TVSB, David Starkey. During the portrait session, he decided that it really wouldn’t be right to have his photograph taken without including one of his adored family members, Stella, an extraordinarily good-natured St. Bernard who loved peanut butter. A few months ago I asked David if he had a poem that I could include with his portrait here in Faces, and this week I received the sad news that David had written in memoriam of their beloved pet, rather than the poem I’m sure he’d been pondering. Our thoughts are with the Starkeys as they adjust to life without Stella. 


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Rondelet Stella was here— That magnificent Saint Bernard. Stella was here, A constant engine of good cheer,

his week’s workout inspiration comes from Francisca Lara. Just 2 months ago, 24-year-old Francisca was told by doctors that she would likely have a heart attack sooner than later if she didn’t change her lifestyle. She walked into my facility weighing 240 pounds, pre-diabetic and unable to walk a mile on a treadmill. My how things have changed since that day. This past Wednesday, Francisca ran Nite Moves and completed her first 5K. She’s changed her lifestyle, lost 20 pounds, and is healthier and happier. And she’s working harder than ever to see more progress, realize more success. If that doesn’t get you off the couch, then what will? The lesson and the message here, people, is that it’s never too late to start when it comes to your health. We all have to begin somewhere to make changes in our lives and it just takes one simple step forward to do it. Now it’s your turn. This week you will run or fast walk your very own 5K (3.1 miles). If this is your first time, then just do your best and work your way up. We are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world so get out and enjoy it! (Try East Beach Grill to Los Banos del Mar Pool and back, it’s flat and one of my favorites.) If that’s not enough, here’s a few facts to help get you out of the house: No other exercise burns calories like running. Period. It bolsters your cartilage, strengthens ligaments, helps prevent heart disease, stroke and diabetes, lowers blood pressure… the list goes on and on. So get out and run this week. If not for yourself, then for Francisca. If she can do it, so can you. (Congratulations, Francisca, I knew you could do it. Told you that hard work would pay off!)

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Do a timed 5K. Fun examples include East Beach Grill to Los Banos del Mar Pool and back, or Shoreline Park (Ledbetter Beach end) to Lazy Acres and back. But here’s the beauty of this workout: You can just make your own route anywhere you’d like and record your distance on your phone. (Download MapMyRun ( or any other running app and you’ll be all set.) Record your time. I don’t care if it takes you 20 minutes or 45 minutes; take the first step and make it happen. That’s what’s important. Please don’t forget to do some cool down stretches when you’re done. You’ll feel great, I promise. And who knows? You might just want to do it again. That’s it. If you have any questions about anything (or you want more or need a little motivation), please feel free to contact me directly at 805.698.6080 or jenny@ Write Jenny a letter ( or contact her directly with any questions at And go get ‘em, the Sentinel is rooting for you.  

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Month of May Round-Up


ately it seems as if my monthly columns have been falling on the last week of each month, which lends itself to a good opportunity to summarize the highlights of the past month. The month of May has always been a busy one for my family. It is the month of my birthday, and my son’s birthday. On a more universal level, other holidays that fall during this month are Cinco de Mayo, National Nurse’s Day, Earth Day, Clean Up Your Room Day, National Bike to Work Day, Visit Your Relatives Day, Limerick’s Day, and Mother’s Day. This month, I celebrated my thirty-first Mother’s Day. Like what we have come to call, “Hallmark Holidays,” I am skeptical about devoting only one day a year to important people. I think every day we should celebrate, appreciate, and honor those we love and who have impacted our lives. With three grown children who no longer live in the same house nor community as me, I cherish any time we are able to be together. I was honored and blessed this past month that my 29-yearold daughter, Rachel, flew in from Miami to celebrate Mother’s Day with us. This reminds me of the power of gestures and how important it is to not only tell our loved ones how much we care, but also to show them so. For me, gestures go a long way – a hug, a phone call, a visit, a card, an email or even a text are all unexpected ways to show we care. Doing any of these things does not add up to a lot of time, but it certainly makes the recipient feel good to know someone cares

enough to touch base. My daughter’s visit would have been enough, but what really touched my heart was that she arrived with a homemade gift, a more mature and time-consuming gift than the ones she crafted during elementary school for Mother’s Day. She crafted me a personalized memory box made by using an old printer drawer. For the past six months she had been collecting mementos that reminded her of me – my accumulated passions, which she artfully placed in each little compartment. My son, Josh, who also has a busy life, admitted to not getting me anything, I told him his time was the best present. Yet, his conscience brought him somewhere else, because while walking through the Melrose Farmers’ Market on Mother’s Day, he wandered into a jewelry booth (yes, Los Angeles Farmers’ Markets have jewelry booths, even though I don’t know any farmers who grow jewelry) and picked out a silver meditation ring that brought tears to my eyes. About the same time, my 27-year-old daughter and her husband were calling from New York. I had this indescribable and deep sense of bliss and warmth inside. I felt I had accomplished all I needed in life – I raised loving and thoughtful kids who are now on their own. Once a mother, always a mother, but when your children leave home there’s a certain identity crisis that strikes. A few weeks ago, I read an article in the Sunday New York Times, called “After the Children Have Grown,” by Madeline Levine. She

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made some poignant points that really resonated with me. Levine admitted that after her kids moved out, she had trouble figuring out who she was and who she will be moving forward in her life. Like her, I feel as if I my priorities and attentions have changed over the years, but core feelings as a mother have not changed. Like Levine, I realize that special times together are numbered and should always be cherished. Levine, a psychologist, claims that the concept of “empty-nest

“Whether we have children or not, we need to acknowledge the beauty of evolution and change.” syndrome” is no longer a clinical term because it primarily affects stay-at-home moms, who are becoming more and more rare. It’s positive to think that the modern woman rejoices in her own discoveries and achievements as an adult. I also realize that our children need us in different ways. We simply need to “be present.” They want us as their listener and confidant offering unconditional love in a judgmental world. Whether we have children or not, we need to acknowledge the beauty of

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evolution and change. As Levine says, as our younger selves dissolve into distant memories, we might be too old to realize certain dreams and are now living with choices we made. As we grow older, we seem to reflect more, and Levine says that many of us ask ourselves – what did we do right? Where did we fail? How do we spend our remaining time? And who will show up to help with the transition? These are all questions that I think about every day and which are all gentle reminders of our identity. I nurtured a career as a writer and worked from home, which made it easier for me to weave my passion into the daily chores of motherhood, and so my transition into this stage in my life might have been easier than for some others. In the same vein, men who retire who have had hobbies their entire lives, find their transition into retirement much easier. How often have we heard that men who retire with few interests and hobbies tend to go downhill or become laden with health issues? I am starting to love and enjoy the golden years, as I look back with a certain amount of wisdom and “deja-vu.” I embrace the journey of aging gracefully like I have always advised my parents, family, and patients to do. As we detach and our kids move into their own lives, it’s not a form of abandonment, Levine says, but an expression of a job well done. 

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Father Larry Gosselin and Emmett McDonough talk about the bookstore with patrons and really emphasize community involvement and participation. Like I said, I like the way these guys are getting started.

Irina is a writer and editor who has lived in and explored Santa Barbara for the past twenty years. A graduate of UCLA in international relations, she has also studied literature, writing and film at Santa Barbara City College. Irina loves writing about ideas, culture and the arts. She is a curious storyteller, who believes in the power of a written word and the endless possibilities of imagination.

Granada Books Soon To Open On State Street

Guests of Granada Books were treated to live music and a theatrical performance at the Marquee last Thursday evening. I like the way these guys are getting started.


ranada Books is opening June 20, 2013 in the heart of the Santa Barbara Theatre District. A collaboration between Emmett McDonough, retired CEO of a familyowned staffing company, and Sharon Hoshida, former head of UCSB Women’s Center, it is the first independent bookstore to open in Santa Barbara since the Earthling closed in 1998. (Yeah, it really has been 15 years.)

Risky Business? Given the current trend of many bookstores around the country closing their doors, this certainly seems to be a risky undertaking. The founders, however, look at a different statistic. On the one hand, they believe that the American Booksellers Association’s assessment that, in 2012, for the first time since the Great Recession, more independent bookstores opened than closed demonstrated a trend

of increasing, not decreasing, sales of new books. On the other hand, they believe that the sale of e-books has reached a plateau and that they are becoming more of a niche product, similar to audio books. They also see an increased need for another independent book retailer in downtown Santa Barbara (in addition to the Book Den), attributing the closure of Earthling, Borders and Barnes and Noble to factors outside of the literary interests of the Santa Barbara population. Coming up with a unique business model that relies on building a strong non-profit component to the bookstore, they believe, will lead to the success of the bookstore by catering to the Santa Barbara community and its interests.

A Sneak Peak Emmett and Sharon, with the help of Mark Zolezzi, Granada Books’ managing partner, believe that the success of this

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endeavor will be fueled by the community’s support. For that reason, they created a non-profit sister organization to the bookstore, Pomegranate Arts, that relies on donations from the Santa Barbara community-at-large to sustain and support the bookstore’s operations. Drawing on their extensive connections in town, the founders are collaborating with the City and the Granada Theatre in building and developing the Pomegranate backyard as a part of the future Granada development project.  For store training and development, they’ve teamed up with Paz and Associates and other local leaders in the arts to create a cultural network that reflects the pulse of our city. They believe that the proximity to the Santa Barbara cultural center and the store’s intimate space will both feed off the energy of downtown, and serve as a meeting space for locals to meet, discuss, perform and share their work. They seek to offer a free or affordable performance space at the heart of the city, and have already approached many local self-published authors, groups and organizations. They’ve even enlisted all former Santa Barbara poet laureates to write and read poems at the opening of the store on June 20. In order to introduce the store’s concept to the community, the bookstore hosted several walking tours of the construction site, the last one of which recently took place. Guests were treated to live music, cocktails and delicious food provided by Village Modern Foods at the nearby Marquee. (Great spot in its own right.) A sneak peek included a blessing of the bookstore preceded by a poetry reading, both by Father Larry Gosselin, a

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Franciscan priest of the Old Santa Barbara Mission. Much like previous events in these “First Edition” series, Father Larry’s performance of poetry from his recently published book, Hidden Sweetness, and a tour of the construction site introduced many ideas being considered by the founders on how to organize the store, appeal to local artists, attract the public and collaborate with other Santa Barbara organizations to make this project a success. At the same time, the founders clearly geared this introduction and the tour to attracting sponsors and funding for the Pomegranate Arts.  This revealed a tension that the founders will undoubtedly have to address in the days to come: How to simultaneously cater to the sponsors and to the needs of the community-at-large?  If they manage to achieve this balance, Granada Books will serve as a terrific example of a local business that not only reflects the needs of the people, but is also supported by them.

Irina’s Fun Facts About Granada Books -Twenty thousand books, weighing five tons, have been ordered for the bookstore opening. -The date for the opening on June 20 was chosen to coincide with Summer Solstice. -Granada Books plans to offer a full range of general interest books, with an extensive children’s section; a focus on local writers including local academic authors; a comprehensive selection of fiction and non-fiction including specialty areas such as cooking, gardening, the arts, health, active lifestyles and regional highlights; gift items for readers and writers of all ages; select greeting cards; a curated selection of hard-to-find magazines; as well as a responsive special order department to fulfill any literary need and goods that are produced by local artists and artisans. They plan to tailor their selection of books to the literary tastes of readers and staff will be available to offer recommendations and to guide clients to explore their specific interests. 

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are the mysterious build-ups happening in the brain that everyone blames for the slow descent into dementia. They have been the target of years of research, research that has led to several treatments. However, it has been the “plaques,” more than the “tangles,” that have been investigated. While that avenue has lead to some new and effective medications, we have yet to find a long-lasting method of slowing or reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. In the search for more effective treatments, a lab at UCSB has decided to focus on the “tangles” of Alzheimer’s. “Tangles” refer to intracellular neurofibrillary tangles composed of a protein called tau. The tau protein is involved in the construction and maintenance of microtubules, which are essential for maintaining cell structure and for the transport of proteins within the cell. Recent research has shown that breaking up tau tangles attenuates cognitive decline, making them a prime target. Roshni George and Donald Graves of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at UCSB observed that the tau proteins are rich in binding sites for antioxidants, those miracle cancer-fighting molecules found in healthy foods. Perhaps, they thought, antioxidants could help prevent or eliminate the tangles. To test the idea, they chose everybody’s favorite Christmas time antioxidant: Cinnamon. Don’t worry. I had no idea that cinnamon was a powerful antioxidant either.

C-C-C-Cinnamon to the Rescue Initially, George, Graves and the entire research team had to test whether cinnamon would interact with tau at all. To do so, they cultured tau tangles outside of a neuron and bathed the tangles in cinnamon extract. Not only did the tau tangles cease aggregating, they also detangled themselves. So far, so good. Next, the research team moved on to cultured neurons taken posthumously from patients in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. These neurons, cultured in vitro, expressed high levels of tau tangles. After being bathed in the cinnamon extract, the tau tangles within the neurons again began to break up, freeing the tau proteins. More progress. George and Graves have built on those findings. Since the discovery in 2009 that cinnamon extract can help stop and reduce tau tangles, the research team has been trying to determine why, precisely, that is the case. This month, they published a paper that goes a long way to answering that question. Cinnamon, like all spices, is not

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simply one molecule. Instead, it consists of many different molecules with many different properties. Breaking down the components of cinnamon extract, George and Graves focused on two particular active components: Cinnamaldehyde (the molecule that gives cinnamon its flavor and color) and epicatechin (a powerful, but flavorless, antioxidant). And, it turns out, both cinnamaldehyde and oxidized epicatechin interacted with tau to inhibit its aggregation. As a protein, tau consists of a string of amino acids. One of the amino acids found in tau, cysteine, was the primary interaction site for both cinnamaldehyde and oxidized epicatechin. To cut through all that jargon, think of cinnamaldehyde and oxidized epicatechin as sunscreen and the tau protein as your skin. Once you apply sunscreen, you are preventing the harmful oxidizing rays of the sun from damaging your skin. That is what these molecules from cinnamon extract are doing: they are protecting tau proteins from the damage caused by oxidizing molecules inside your body that would induce tangles. This discovery gets even better. Whereas many other treatments might impair tau’s primary (and essential) function, cinnamaldehyde and oxidized epicatechin do not prevent tau from making and maintaining microtubules. Think of it as a win-win. Research regarding cinnamon’s beneficial effects is still in its infancy. It will be years before we’ll see a usable medication come from this. But, right now, we can fully enjoy that cinnamon roll knowing that we are getting a blast of Alzheimer’s-fighting cinnamon while we satisfy our sweet tooth. With Alzheimer’s becoming such a large social and financial concern, it is exciting to see that we have an arsenal at our disposal to fight the disease from an early stage. It’s just one more reason to eat an antioxidant-rich diet. It is decidedly not, however, an excuse to try a cinnamon challenge. 

ou wouldn’t think Mr. Leisure would actually go to all the trouble of setting up an interview just to find material for this column, and you’d be right. But when he’s already at the beach and runs into an actual Beach Boy just a couple of weeks before the band is set to play a local concert (at the Chumash Casino on Thursday), well, all bets are off. Christian Love isn’t one of the original members of the Beach Boys – the Orange County-born group that marked its 50th anniversary just last summer – but he is related to one. Christian is the son of Mike Love, who grew up near the Wilson brothers and together blended doo-wop and surf music to create one of the most indelible sounds of the 1960s. And Christian has also been part of the touring band going on a decade, playing rhythm guitar and singing harmonies on the string of hits the band plays every night on the road. Sharing the stage with his dad is one of the high points of his job, Love said. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s great to have time together, which I didn’t always get growing up because he was always on the road with the band. We get to catch up when we’re on the road, going to coffee or lunch. The traveling is a bit of a grind, but besides that, it’s a pretty good job.” Having heard Beach Boys songs his entire life, you’d think Christian might have grown tired of the music, catchy as it is, but he’s not complaining. “There are a few I’m not terribly excited to play every night, but there a lot of songs I really like,” Christian said, citing the classics “God Only Knows” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” among his favorites. “But it usually ends up being a really good time. It’s really cool seeing people being nostalgic, and really enjoying it.” Christian grew up right here in Santa Barbara, on the Mesa. And that’s where he lives again today, although most afternoons you’ll find him at East Beach playing volleyball when he’s not off surfing. But at night, when he’s not on the road with the Beach Boys, he might also be fronting one of two different pop groups here in town. His ’80s cover band Flock of Cougars has been going strong for about three or four years after coming together mostly as a lark. “We’ve been packing all these little bars in town, like Red’s, for a while,” Christian said.

But more recently, he re-formed 5 Alarm, the power pop band Love created to play his own songs. They put out an album several years ago that featured Christian overdubbing most of the instruments himself, but now 5 Alarm is a full-fledged five-piece band again, ready to gig and maybe make another record with an eye toward placement in movie soundtracks. “I’ve been working with a producer in Australia who wants a few of them for

“The traveling is a bit of a grind, but besides that, it’s a pretty good job.” his movies and TV shows,” Christian said. “And I’m also looking into a showcase down in Los Angeles to maybe get some more attention.” You’d think the son of an original Beach Boy wouldn’t have to struggle to get noticed, but this time you’d be wrong. The connection to his dad and the band hasn’t made much of a difference. “None, actually,” Christian said. “I tried, but it actually didn’t help one iota, to be honest. Not at all.” And despite being in the band for nearly nine years at the time, Love wasn’t part of the big half-century tour last summer, but again he wasn’t complaining. He got paid his full salary to stay home and be on retainer. And it gave him lots of time to hone his beach volleyball game for the first time in many years. “I got all serious again, playing all the time since I was on paid leave. I entered a bunch of tournaments, and ended up winning two of them.” Now that he’s earned an AA rating – just one step below the top – he’ll be playing the open tournament at East Beach on June 30. Which would make him the only member of the band who spends a lot of time on the beach. “Yeah,” he agreed. “I guess I’m the actual Beach Boy.” Mr. Leisure approves.  

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...continued from p.7 offensive – worse even that your previous statements regarding North Carolinians and Louisianans. I won’t respond to it. That aside, you’ve repeatedly and irresponsibly misstated the record. This entire conversation began with your misunderstanding of Sharon Byrne’s column depicting her thinking on Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s “Homeless Bill of Rights” (Vol. 2, Issue 19). As I said in response to your letter last week, what you purported to see as the “most overtly anti-homeless thing ever” was actually a fairly straightforward statement that the proposed Bill of Rights is misguided and actually does more harm than good. I tend to agree with Ms. Byrne, although I understand that reasonable minds differ. You seem to think that I believe all homeless are “drunken panhandlers” who should just go get jobs. Wrong again. As I’ve said time and time again, my own personal position is that the “homeless problem” is hugely complex and has as many nuances as there are people on the street. No one single “solution” is likely to solve the “problem,” rather it will take a coordinated effort of public and private, profit and non to really start the revolutionary change that needs to take place. And, as I said last week, “I am all for thoughtful solutions that have the potential to actually be effective.” I just think that Ammiano’s bill doesn’t fit that description. I also don’t think that asking banks to hand foreclosed properties over to all homeless people is on the mark, as you suggest, but I guess that makes me a compassionless guy. And how, exactly, would the governmental taking of the salaries of the wealthiest people in America solve the problem? Isn’t that the very government that already provides the “anemic social safety net?” Maybe, then, the wealthy should just take all of their money and give it all to charity, right? Well guess how much money is donated to charities benefitting the homeless on an annual basis, Mac. It ain’t peanuts, and doesn’t at least some of it go the very shelters you mentioned last week? You know, the ones that “often serve terrible food and will send you out the door with a case of body lice and a bad cough.” That’s what I call doubletalk, Mac, all of it. You go on to (recklessly) blame Republicans,


the social security system, the unemployment rate, defense spending, the foreclosure system and, generally, those terrible “people constantly striving for more and more out of the business world.” Oh, and the “banksters and the corporate profiteers,” too. Then you have the audacity to write that you are “most certainly trying to take responsibility for [your] situation.” Doesn’t sound like it to me, man, in fact, it sounds like more of that doubletalk mentioned above (i.e., I’ll take responsibility for my situation but it’s everybody’s fault but mine). At the end of the day, I sincerely doubt that the passage of Ammiano’s “Bill of Rights” would change your thinking or position, but I’ve been wrong before. Take care, Mac, I wish you well. – MSM)

A Letter to Mac McGill So Mac, buddy boy, you pushed a grocery cart over 100 miles and through a mountain pass. Wow! Now I guess we’re all supposed to stop what we’re doin’ and pay attention to ya. I’m impressed! Ya know, actually I am kinda’ impressed. I mean, how in the… well I’ll be, it almost sounds like the making of a feature film, a social justice type movie by Michael Moore. Hey, that could help the homeless. What doesn’t impress me is what you said about our local citizenry and what you called Mr. Mazza. Both are totally unacceptable and you should promptly apologize. I’ll be looking for it here in the Sentinel, but I won’t hold my breath. I don’t hate you, Mac, but I don’t understand your thinking; it’s warped. You say you left Whittier because of a homicide. We have homicides here though, too. Now what? I suggest you go back to square one. Let’s see, how did they say it in the ‘70s? “Grow where you are planted.” You have a good trade as a chef and you’re a talented writer, you could help a lot of people down the road but please take some time to think and don’t be verbally malicious to others. That doesn’t help any of us. S.E. Edwards, Local Janitor Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Thanks Mr. Edwards, I’d

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ask Mac to respond but frankly I’ve had about enough of his verbal malice. The punch line is that I agree with you about old Mac; I’d bet dollars to dimes that he could indeed do some good. He sure as hell writes well and is obviously a reasonably intelligent guy. Maybe turning some of that analytical aptitude inward would do some good. Thanks again for writing, I do appreciate it. – MSM)

Corvids are Completely Cool, Candidly Dear Matt, although I thoroughly enjoyed the article titled Don’t Dress Up as a Troll in Washington State (Mad Science, Vol. 2, Issue 20), I was disappointed that there was no mention of the documentary that I originally viewed at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and that has been subsequently released on DVD and seen on PBS, called A Murder of Crows. It is also currently available to check out at the Library. I must say that after I saw the film at the SB Festival, I found an all new found respect for crows. The documentary is a must-see for anyone and will change your opinion of crows from a noisy squawking scavenger bird into an intelligent, humanlike and admired beautiful bird. One very interesting thing in the documentary was the fact that they mate for life, and they have “funeral” services for deceased crows. P.S. I love your newspaper and I hope you keep it creative, fresh and lively. Don’t let the naysayers turn it into a boring read. Michele A. Lipman Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Sorry Michele, but I have to first give big kudos to Roger Durling at the Film Fest. Who’d have thunk that the crow flick would still be getting love? Well done, man, seriously… I already can’t wait for next year. With that out of the way, Michele, thanks for writing. I’m glad you liked Rachelle Oldmixon’s piece and am glad you’re enjoying the paper; we still like putting it out and will indeed keep it as creative, fresh and lively as possible. (Naysayers be damned.) My wife is hunting for A Murder of Crows on Netflix as I write. Hey Rachelle, any comments? – MSM) (Rachelle’s Note: Michele, I’m glad you enjoyed the article last week. I have not seen A Murder of Crows (nor did I know it was shown at the film festival) but now I’m looking forward to checking it out! My


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interest in corvid intellect stems from a TED talk by Joshua Klein where he discusses how they easily learned how to use a vending machine. I highly recommend it. – Rachelle Oldmixon, Mad Scientist) (Exasperated Editor’s Note: Great, now my wife is also looking for Joshua Klein’s TED talk. I’ll soon be writing a 5,000word column on the finer points of corvid vending machine selections, mating rituals and death ceremonies. (I’m feeling sensible and nutritious snacks, long pre-marital courtships at coffee shops with similarly academic birds and New Orleans jazz-style funerals, respectively. But I’ve still some research to do.) Y’all can thank Michele and Rachelle for that. – MSM)

Hate for the Homeless Regarding Sharon Byrne’s not particularly subtle hate for the homeless (see Vol. 2, Issue 19), I’m wondering if she’s ever considered that she, too, could end up in this boat? All it takes is a major illness (or maybe job loss) and unpayable medical, mortgage bills, etc., and she could also end up on the streets. Possibly AB 5 goes a bit too far, but I see no harm in the legal counsel and 24-hour health provisions – especially the latter, as it’d probably help solve the homeless problem. To Editor Matt, who’s railed against using alcohol in the Crime Time section: Why does the Sentinel routinely run adult beverages articles? John Seymour Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: I won’t reiterate what I’ve already said about Ms. Byrne’s purported “hate for the homeless.” Frankly, John, it is starting to feel like a purposeful misread of her position. I’d invite you re-read her piece and see what you think. My gut is that you’ll see what I do: Someone who disagrees with Ammiano’s approach but who is all for good faith and thoughtful solutions. And, while I’m not Sharon (at least the last time I checked), I think I can safely say on her behalf that the fear of falling into homelessness wouldn’t change what seems to be her intellectually honest opinion. It wouldn’t change mine. I also won’t reiterate what I said last week about the legal counsel and 24-hour health and hygiene provisions of Ammiano’s bill, but please feel free to re-read my response (Vol. 2, Issue 20). Nothing has changed for me in the past week. As for the comment regarding alcohol and Crime Time and adult beverage articles, I will say that it’s a fair question. It just happens to be one with a relatively simple answer. On one hand, Crime Time deals typically with severely intoxicated individuals who cannot care for their own safety (or that of those around them) and are generally making extremely bad decisions about their own conduct and attitude. The Beer Guy, on the other hand, is typically about the finer points of brewing and enjoying beer… responsibly. Many other columnists, myself included, do indeed like

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an occasional glass of wine or other nightcap. But none of us are vomiting on police officers or beating each other senselessly. So I think it’s fair to say that you’re comparing an incredibly and criminally inebriated apple to an orange that just wants to relax and enjoy the evening. Thanks for writing. – MSM)

Conservatorship Woes, Part III Dear Matt, I’ve been trying to get out of my conservatorship for many years. On Thursday, May 16, 2013, Judge Colleen Sterne ordered my house to be sold. This has been our family home for over fifty years. I don’t want to be under these very expensive people. They and their attorney are gobbling up my small estate. I am going to ask my County Supervisor, Janet Wolf, for help. I recently read the following statement to the Judge: “Your Honor, I can no longer afford my very expensive conservatorship. My retirement savings are rapidly disappearing under their control, and now they want me to sell my rental property to pay their large salaries. Then I won’t receive any more rent. The sad part is that I don’t even need them. I am perfectly able to pay my own bills. I am a 92-year-old widow, and I feel I’m being taken advantage of and that I should be immediately released from this conservatorship.” She said I was as sharp as a tack but won’t give me my freedom. Flora West Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: It’s nice to hear from you again, Flora, I’m sorry to hear of the courtordered sale of your home. I’ve set forth my views on the conservatorship issue previously (see Vol. 2, Issues 9 and 10) and won’t say much more here than that I support people’s personal freedoms and inalienable rights and applaud your strength and conviction. With that said, I don’t personally know your case and thus cannot opine upon it. Note, however, that the “elder abuse” issue is a decidedly hot one in local legal circles these days, and I openly invite someone with relevant knowledge, experience and understanding to draft up an op-ed piece for publication. This is an important topic and I’d be happy to see a thoughtful discussion. Thanks again, Flora, please do keep reading and writing. And like I said all those weeks ago, you really should talk to a qualified attorney who can help you here. Please keep us informed. – MSM)

Larry the Anarchical Cable Guy Hi Matt, I thought I’d take you up again and this week let it rip on IRS in the hope that this missive will help put the nail in its coffin so it can RIP. The Democrats claim they are shocked by the IRS abuses. Shocked!

It turns out however that Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Al Franken were among a number of top Dems that sent letters to the IRS demanding investigations of conservative groups. This issue has exploded in the past week as it became clear that the IRS had indeed targeted constitutionalist-type entities for further investigation regarding their tax-exempt status. To give you an idea as to how controversial the issue has become, the Senators in question dodge questioners or simply walk away as fast as possible. One is reminded again that government is the application of force and that those close to government have an undue advantage over the rest of us. Certainly, this is understandable when it comes to politicians. They are elected to exercise the awesome power of the state. But all too often they abuse that power. It is incumbent on all freedom-loving Americans to get pissed off and demand, not ask, that this nightmare agency, an agency that has destroyed the lives of untold thousands of Americans, be abolished. Don’t stop screaming and raising hell until it is. We will not settle for a few token firings this time. Larry Bond Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Thanks Larry, great to hear from you again. From guns to the IRS we go. Look, if it is in fact demonstrated that the IRS targeted certain groups or people in an effort to gain a political advantage, the (typically overly forgiving and apathetic) American public should be mad as hell. Big government censoring or otherwise targeting opposition groups is quite clearly a major problem, one that flies right in the face of the checks and balances designed by the founding fathers. I’m right with you on that one, my friend. But, assuming that such a demonstration is made, does that mean we should abolish the IRS completely? I’d venture to say that such a position leads to some pretty, ah, extreme outcomes. Like, for instance, the total disintegration of government and a rise of utter anarchy. Now I’m about the farthest thing from

a victim of the fear culture out there, but that sounds dangerous, man, especially with all those heavily armed citizens you want so badly (see Vol. 2, Issue 19). So what gives? Should we just abolish government entirely and let the chips fall where they may? Hmmm… there are some gorgeous (and highly defensible) parcels in Montecito to which I’d like to stake my claim. Kids, get the guns, it’s your turn in the guard tower! Like I said, great to hear from you, Larry, thanks for writing. – MSM)

Beauty and the Beast Hey Matt, just shot these over the weekend at our I Madonnari Festival. Beautiful weather and some really nice chalk work! The day was only marred by the reminder of another fire. Beauty and the beast. Take care. Ron Atwood Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Thanks for the great shots of the festival, Ron, appreciate the contribution. Your beauty and the beast

comment is only more appropriate when looking also at Scott Walker’s nice capture of a smoky sunset on Monday evening. (Thanks to you, as well, Scott.) Please keep reading and sending those photos, guys, and take good care. – MSM) 

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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

A New Spin on Summer

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y girlfriends and I linked arms, walking in the almost-summer sunshine toward 224 Helena Avenue, the location of the new Seven Bar & Kitchen. We arrived to celebrate the Soul Fried Summer event on May 26, although it felt like July or August. The sun loomed high overhead and there was a warm breeze in the air, blowing a much needed innovative niche for funk and soul music into the Funk Zone. Warner Anderson, the promoter for Soul Fried Summer, explained, “Soul and funk are a genre of music that’s missing in this community and it’s something I grew up with and wanted more of.” Whether people were nestled in a booth on the outside back patio or dancing, they were happy and having a good time. It was unique to see DJs like DJ Curriculum, Tuck B, DJ Suga Ray and DJ Sparx spin

tracks on vinyl. Having attended college in San Francisco, I missed the old school vibe of waltzing into places like Amoeba Records and seeing up and coming DJs spinning the old fashioned way. Warner also informed me that Soul Fried Summer will be held in the Sunken Gardens in 2014, so we have more soul and funk music to look forward to. When I approached the DJ booth to snap a photo of Tuck B, I couldn’t help but move my hips side-to-side and decided to pause on taking photos for a few minutes. The dancing bug bit. I placed my Figueroa Mountain beer down (Figueroa Mountain was selling its refreshing Paradise Pilsner and Hoppy Poppy IPA) and raised my arms high in the air, grabbed my girlfriends and boogied down. Moving back inside the bar to take

Promoter of Soul Fried Summer Warner Anderson, pictured with Marketing Director Crystal Vaughan along with DJ Suga Ray and DJ Tuck B.

Jinae Roa, Ramil Roa, and Darius Hall sip some refreshing Figueroa Mountain brews.

Lisa Bassler, Bryan Strehlow, and John Ivankoe take a break from dancing on the back patio.

a break from the outside dance party, I observed Wallace Piatt’s artwork on the walls ( The sweat had dissipated off my brow and I wanted to get back outside and dance. On my way out, I ran into Marketing Director of the event, Crystal Vaughan, and she described why she wanted to market this event. “It’s a blast from the past. We wanted to get away from the mainstream.” Outside, the bartenders whipped up refreshing cocktails and popped bottles

of bubbly champagne. I had recently seen the film The Great Gatsby, and felt like I was at a mini Gatsby party with people letting loose and living the good life. DJ Suga Ray, who had come out to Santa Barbara for the event from Brooklyn, declared, “Dreams start with one idea.” Soul Fried Summer was a successful idea and the sun, soul, funk, beer, friends and family joining together all felt like the ingredients of what summer should be made up of. This was Memorial Day Weekend at its best.  

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Heather McBurnie and Jerry Jackintell pose for a quick shot at Seven’s bar.

Chris Jacobsen from Figueroa Mountain pours refreshing Paradise Pilsner and Hoppy Poppy IPA with Seven’s Tom Seavui and Sascha Ulry.

Seven owner Shawn Comrie and Gianny Tuto Trutmann soak in the soulful summer beats.

Leslie Kadillak and Elisha Black take a break and sit down at Seven’s cozy bar.

All artwork inside the walls of Seven is created by Wallace Piatt.

Rachel Myers, Megan Ross, Ashley Henderson, and Gianny Tuto Trutmann enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend.

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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.

Fast and Infuriating


wish that I loved anything as much as Americans love complaining about modern movies. Folks far and wide give reason after reason for bemoaning Hollywood and avoiding the cinema: Films are ridiculous, unoriginal, overlong, implausible, redundant – and too expensive. What a pantload. Just take a glance at last weekend’s overwhelming box-office champ: Fast & Furious 6 scored a $98 million haul, which is maddening on so many levels. The franchise is the epitome of ridiculous, anything but original, beyond implausible and by its very title is redundant, spinning its wheels. In spite of those shortcomings, despite the movie being exactly what the public bellyaches about, Justin Lin’s wild ride left its competition in the dust. And it isn’t alone: Regardless of what audiences say, they love flocking to reunions and rehashings; the proof is in the piggy bank. Whether it’s the Twilight series, Star Trek voyages, Iron Man or musclemen driving hot-rods, crowds won’t stay away. Familiarity breeds contempt? Pull this leg – it plays “Jingle Bells.” The fact is, filmmakers churn out sequels and remakes because we can’t get enough. Hollywood producers are taking The Kinks’ lyrical advice: Give the people what they want. And so Furious goes, its latest edition running on fumes for 2 hours and 15 minutes without a rest area. The reassembled “elite team” – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Ludacris, et al – is called upon by one of the Feds (Dwayne Johnson, currently the hardestworking man in showbiz) to stop an evil band of mercenary drivers. Since our popular crew is filthy rich but can’t go home again, their motivation is all about being pardoned – and finding the hero’s true love (Michelle Rodriguez) who was presumed dead, not unlike the film’s franchise. New to this go-round is Gina Carano, the former mixed martial arts star, who tips her hand while smirking through uninspired line readings. After a half-dozen turns, you might think Furious would run out of gas – not to mention crashes, fights, close calls and explosions. But that is far from the case. A brief clip from Tokyo spliced into the closing credits leaves no doubt a seventh lap is on the way – not that fans will steer clear.

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he documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago delightfully follows the path of a half-dozen pilgrims en route to the storied Santiago de Compostela. Through rain, mud and relentless rays of sun, director Lydia B. Smith traverses the terrain of Spain – and coaxes amusing, touching and compelling feedback from a variety of participants during their spiritual, physically taxing and rewarding journey.

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he Hangover Part III isn’t the charm. Following the wildly beloved original and its smarter, solemn sequel two years ago, this rendition drags the Wolf Pack (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) to Vegas and back again. The spotlight shifts to Alan’s personal problems, which leads to a futile intervention by family and friends. (“There is no facility that can help him.”)




comedies, Hangover’s funniest bits have been revealed in its trailer. That isn’t to say the cupboard’s bare when it comes to (PG-13) laughs, but you might be thinking, “Been there, heard that,” as the quips and gags unspool. The glorious cinematography is a sight for sore, bloodshot eyes. (Metropolitan Theatres) It helps to see fresh faces, particularly (PG-13) that of John Goodman – raising hell as the antagonist wanting his gold back from Mr. Chow (the gifted Ken Jeong, who deserves better). Melissa McCarthy, strange to point out, manages to lend poignancy to the tomfoolery, even while sharing a lollipop. No matter how many Weekly Discounts - Showtimes - Film Information credible actors chime in, however, this Signrecord (No Solicitation) broken can’t be fixed: It’s the same old songDiscount and dance. Admission Coupons on both FACEBOOK

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You Have Your Hands Full by Mara Peters Former editor for the fashion/lifestyle section of the New York

Post, Mara moved to London and worked as a contributing editor for the Daily Mail’s You Magazine, freelancing for Look Magazine, NY Post and the Style Magazine for The Sunday Times. To remain sane during diaper years she writes a mommy blog, You Have Your Hands Full –

The Times They Are A-Changing


ransitions are painful. Particularly in parenting. I remember when the kids were all younger; I used to feel completely screwed when we had to deal with time changes, especially daylight savings. The spring forward or the fall back threw off bedtime for weeks and weeks. Whenever my tired toddlers descended into tantrums, exasperated, I’d curse that damned time change. “Mara, daylight savings was two months ago!” Alpha would say, calling me out. “We’re in transition!” I’d tell him. And as luck would have it, just as we adjusted, just as I had things running nicely on schedule, the time would change again. That, in turn, proves the point that the only constant in life is change – which really is kind of a drag for us parents. Now the mother of all transitions is looming large before my eyes. In less than a week, school is out; summer is upon us. Summer, that magical time involving 15 hours of daylight, no set schedule and no kid-free zones. Yikes.

A Sign of Things to Come I experienced the preview of coming attractions during Spring Break with all four kids on vacation up north at my parents’ farm. They had the very important “unstructured playtime” I keep reading so much about. My take away? Completely over-rated. The kids just bickered amongst each other; there was definitely a great quantity of time together but I’m not sure about the quality. I took our Spring Break as a sign from a

higher power that maybe I needed divine intervention, possibly in the form of summer camp. That first week back, I was obsessed, doing nightly Google searches, checking out the multitude of camp options. I needed a plan for structuring summer for four kids, fast, or I was going to kiss my own summer (and sanity) goodbye. But then, before I could really map out a strategy, I got sucked into the vortex of end-of-the-year activities: Final fundraisers, last minute field trips, long and extensive State reports. Each one came right on the heels of the other, rapid fire. And just when I thought there was a pause in the madness, a ceasefire, if you will, Jackson, my oldest turned to me at drop-off and said, “Mom, you gotta come to my concert this morning. We sound really good.” Concert? Smack in the middle of my one limited morning, the two-hour break I had for myself? In a doomed attempt to salvage my quiet time, I asked (pleaded would likely be more accurate), “Ah, Jackson, couldn’t I just show up at the talent show? Or skip both and see everyone at Carnival?” “Seriously Mom, you have to come, we have never sounded better,” he said. So, there I sat in the auditorium, filming with my iPhone, on the outside looking very interested and engaged. On the inside, however, I was hyperventilating because yet another morning got away from me. My book and looming column deadline were becoming a comical figment of my imagination.

School isn’t out until June 5, so for now I fantasize about sitting on the beach, watching the kids swim, twitch-free.

That’s when my body fired off a warning flare. My left eye began to twitch.

Blessing in Disguise? As I headed out of the auditorium, hoping the twitching wouldn’t spread to my mouth or other facial features, the phone went off. “I am frazzled, Mara, seriously frazzled,” my best friend announced, calling me from Chicago. She had just explained that she’s collecting teacher gifts and throwing the 6th grade graduation party. “I’m never like this but I’ve been driven to the brink.” And then I said it. It came flying out of my mouth so naturally I wasn’t even surprised. “Summer is right around the corner, Kim. Don’t worry, you’re almost there.” Damn. Isn’t that just fitting? I hadn’t even realized that I’d transitioned out of

my transition. I was too busy fighting it to recognize it was actually helping me. But now I see, now the panic is gone. I can’t wait to have them all home doing nothing. I don’t have to pack lunches anymore. We can have sleep-ins. Go to the beach. Enjoy the beautiful weather. And the freedom. Summer has never looked so good. It is time to wrap things up and call it a day. Why hadn’t I seen it before? Transitions are beautiful things. In just six days, I’ll be homework free and sitting on a beach reading my book as the kids boogie board and dig in the sand. Hopefully, that crazy pestering twitch in my left eye will subside as well. But even if it doesn’t, I can still wear sunglasses for all the right reasons. I guess Alice Cooper had it right: School’s out for summer... out for summer, out until fall. Fall. That transition is months away. 

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have always been unsure where to draw the line between child and adult,” says Santa Barbara Artist, Tami Snow. “If we are now adults, we were once children. But when did this transition occur?” Looking at her whimsical paintings, maybe she hasn’t made the leap herself. Experience the delights of Snow’s Fishbowl (52’ X 52’, mixed media) to Hair (52’ X 52’, mixed media) to her colorful dog series in her new solo show at Plum Goods (909 State Street) on June 6th, from 5-8pm. You can also check her work out on


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• LOVE IS FREE What: Lolë Yoga Session Where: Field beside 236 East Cabrillo Boulevard When: Saturday, June 1, 10:30am – 12:30pm Why: Join Lolë (and multiple cities worldwide) for this all-level and free-to-attend yoga session. How: BYOWB (bring your own water bottle) for their filtered water source stations. Lolë will provide the mats.


by Eve Sommer-Belin

Fork It Over


ne of the joys of living in a tourist town is the varied selection of hotels that offer happy hours and delicious dining. The quite lovely Canary Hotel, now under the Kimpton name, has recently revamped and transformed its restaurant space and menu into the delightful Finch & Fork. The ambiance is coolly rustic and filled

What’ll It Cost Me: This love is free! Book your mat at


with wooden tables, leather booths and cheery staff. Pop into the inviting bar area for Happy Hour specials including our latest addiction – a pitcher of Sangria with three bites for just $20. Get distracted by the garlic & herb fries, fish tacos and other snacks to nibble on… and perhaps another glass or two. Their beverage list is a novel in itself. (And a good one, at that.) It’s really a cinch, just head to the Finch! 

BE ACTIVE Raise the Bar

By Sarah Dodge e’re always on the lookout for new ways to energize our active lifestyles, always searching for something that we can grab and go without all those added preservatives. Well, luckily for us, local Peter Gaum (founder of Debbie’s Delights) has gone and raised the bar on all health bars with his Santa Barbara Bars. Inspired by none other than our very own Santa Barbara and its (generally) healthy lifestyle, Gaum has created a delicious and nutritious snack that is sure to serve you well. Made in three mouthwatering flavors (Peanut Chocolate Cherry, Coconut Almond and Cranberry White Chocolate), these glutenfree fruit, nut and seed-based bars are the perfect way to stay energized without sacrificing your taste buds or too much of your time. So, what are you waiting for? Grab one of these guilt-free bars at Tri-County Produce, Lazy Acres, Cantwell’s or up at UCSB today. Check out (not .com) for details.


What: Polo Sunday Funday Where: 3375 Foothill Road, #1200, Carpinteria When: Sunday, June 2. Matches are at 1pm and 3pm. Why: Enjoy world class polo matches and mid-game divot stomping. How: Pack a posh picnic, pop some bubbly and don your best wide-brimmed hat. What’ll It Cost Me: Free to attend. Food and drink will cost ya!

• HEY BIG SPENDER What: SOMM Screening Where: Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Avenue When: Sunday, June 2, 3pm Why: In the spirit of our love for all things wine, come view this private screening where you’ll gain insight on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into a mysterious world of becoming a Master Sommelier. How: Uncork your weekend with good food and wine at the Bacara. What’ll It Cost Me: $65 per ticket (includes 30+ wine and chef tastings)

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1261 Ferrelo Road

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@

At or Over Asking Price


t’s been another successful week in Santa Barbara real estate. Not only has the weather, despite the fire, been extraordinary, but the market this week has had some great closings that give us a good idea of where the current market stands. Out of the 28 closings recorded this week, 14 of them went at or over asking price. That’s a 50% closing rate of at or over asking price, holy mackerel! The other 14 properties that closed this week all closed within 10% of their asking price; the majority was closer to 5%. The average “days on market” for the 28 properties was 58 days, but keep in mind that was skewed by one property that was on the market for a remarkable 876 days. 20 of the closed properties were on the market for 30 days or less. It’s getting interesting out there… go out and take a look at some properties this weekend. Neither Mr. Calcagno nor Sotheby’s International Realty is necessarily the listing broker or agent for any of the properties on this page. 

210 Calle Palo Colorado

Purchase price: $1,490,688 Down payment (20%): $298,137 Loan amount: 1,192,550 Payment: $5,607 (30-yr fixed 3.875% (3.92%APR))

Property taxes: $1,366 Home Insurance: $100

Total Monthly Payment: $7,073

312 Samarkand Drive

Purchase price: $1,260,000 Down payment (20%): $252,000 Loan amount: $1,008,000 Payment: $4,739 (30-yr fixed 3.875% (3.92%

Property taxes: $1,155 Home Insurance: $100

Total Monthly Payment: $5,994 Mortgage statistics provided by Justin M. Kellenberger, Senior Loan Officer at SG Premier Lending Group, Inc. Justin can always be reached at 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: $886,000 Down payment (20%): $177,200 Loan amount: $708,800 Payment: $3,333 (30-yr fixed 3.875% (3.92%APR))

Property taxes: $812 Home Insurance: $80

Total Monthly Payment: $4,225

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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 #207 12-5pm $1,300,000 1bd/2ba Alma Del Pueblo Sales Team 845-4393 Village Properties 316 West Ortega Street 1-4pm $995,000 3bd/3ba Brian King 452-0471 Village Properties 18 West Victoria Street #111 12-5pm $875,000 1bd/1ba Alma Del Pueblo Sales Team 845-4393 Village Properties 306 East Anapamu Street 1-4pm $599,990 2bd/2ba Joan Katz 895-6695 Prudential California Realty 236 Por La Mar Circle By Appt. $595,000 1bd/1ba John Sirois 455-6277 Village Properties 2117 Castillo Street #D 1-3pm $520,000 1bd/1ba Whitney Schott 680-3640 Village Properties 2232 Santa Barbara Street 1-4pm $3,295,000 8bd/7.5ba Wilson Quarre 680-9747 Sotheby’s International Realty 1219 Laguna Street 2-4pm $1,175,000 3bd/1.5ba Marilyn Rickard 452-8284 Sotheby’s International Realty 1800 Garden Street 2-4pm $1,150,000 3bd/1.5ba Dan Crawford 886-5764 Sotheby’s International Realty 515 East Islay Street #D 1-4pm $850,000 2bd/2.5ba Scott Lewis 300-8887 Coldwell Banker 16 E Padre Street 19 1-4pm $685,000 2bd/1.5ba Ann Zafiratos 448-4317 Prudential California Realty 325 East Alamar Avenue 1-3pm $1,195,000 4bd/3ba Rich van Seenus & Melissa Birch 284-6330 Sotheby’s International Realty 3739 Foothill Road By Appt. $969,000 4bd/2.5ba Sue Irwin 705-6973 Prudential California Realty 514 Tallant Road 1-4pm $949,000 3bd/2ba David Hekhouse 455.2113 Village Properties 304 Samarkand Drive 1-4pm $859,000 2bd/1.5ba Joy Bean 895-1422 Sotheby’s International Realty 3695 Ardilla Drive 2-4pm $825,000 3bd/2ba Pamela Taylor 895-6541 Sotheby’s International Realty 4345 Via Glorieta 1-4pm $3,995,000 4bd/4.5ba John Gough 455-1420 Prudential California Realty 4163 Marina Drive 2-4pm $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 2509 Calle Montilla 1-4pm $1,397,000 4bd/3ba Cathy Moseley 570-6006 Coldwell Banker 1111 Manitou Road 1-4pm $839,000 2bd/2ba Tiffany Dore & Catherine O’Neill 689-1052 Sotheby’s International Realty 857 Cheltenham 1-4pm $1,495,000 4bd/2ba John Comin 689-3078 Prudential California Realty 404 Los Robles Lane 1-4pm $1,400,000 3bd/3.5ba Alexis Foth 448-6350 Prudential California Realty 1620 Grand Avenue By Appt. $2,695,000 5bd/4.5ba Amy J. Baird 478-9318 Village Properties 1120 North Milpas 1-4pm $1,815,000 3bd/2ba Bunny DeLorie 570-9181 Prudential California Realty 1043 Portesuello Road 1-5pm $1,195,000 4bd/2ba Gabe Venturelli 680-5141 Prudential California Realty 1122 North Patterson 1-4pm $1,250,000 5bd/4ba Paul Hurst 680-8216 Prudential California Realty 445 Stanford 1-4pm $864,000 4bd/2ba Lauren Temkin 403-5125 Coldwell Banker 5235 Calle Cristobal 1-3pm $825,000 4bd/2ba JJ Lambert 626-0254 Sotheby’s International Realty 281 Big Sur Drive 1-3pm $649,000 3bd/2ba Toni Mochi 636-9170 Village Properties 4853 Lookout Road 1-4pm $495,000 2bd/1ba Gio Earl 886-7927 Coldwell Banker 5008 Ponderosa Way 1-3pm $425,000 2bd/1.75ba Gary Welterlen 895-4744 Village Properties 30 Winchester Canyon Road, #23 1-4pm $169,000 3bd/2ba Cindy Campbell 570-4959 Village Properties


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