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PLAN B PHONE CALL AND DIRTY DIGITS ON A DASHBOARD LEAD TO LIFELONG ROMANCE; BRAVEHEART, SURVIVOR, WONDER WOMAN AND MENDOCINO PLAYED THEIR PART TOO, P. 28

MAD SCIENCE RACHELLE’S INFECTION GREW FROM A TINY BUMP ON HER CALF TO A SOFTBALL-SIZED BLOB WITHIN 24 HOURS, BUT SCIENTISTS AND DOCTORS ARE ON THE CASE, P. 21

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Spring in for Dinner Simple. Rustic. California.

Valley Girl – Sentinel stalwart Jana Mackin (née Goleta Girl) returns under her new and now geographically-accurate moniker Valley Girl to bring the story of how a group of kids saved the County’s valuable and benevolent 4-H program. (Welcome back, Jana, terrific piece right out of the gates.)

Sharon’s Take – Limousine Liberals, Street Liberals, Libertarians, Staunch Conservatives... P.5  Sharon Byrne discusses them all this week. (Wait a second… don’t we here at the Sentinel NOT like labels? Oh well, we’d hate to be labeled as anti-labelers. Sharon, let it rip!)

exposes Piccolo Pete to children, Dragonslayers on State; Food P.6  It’sstampsCrimedon’tTimecover– taxiManfares; (un?)stoned kid steals beef sticks; and at least two local illegal landscapers use illegal IDs and do illegal stuff. Standard.

Letters to the Editor – A ridiculously long 6000+ word letters section – including a terrific P.7  piece by City Councilmember Randy Rowse – covers everything from Editor-in-Chief Matt Mazza’s boneheaded McConnell’s dairy location mistake last issue to plastic bags, street art, Edward Snowden and unconstitutional laws, generational name-calling, Mai Tais, bitter former-shop keepers and, yes, homelessness. Better settle in with a large Americano (and Baileys Irish Cream?).

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The Dish – From Italiano to Americano – that’s Americano twice (three times?) in just one P.8  Table of Contents – Wendy Jenson covers Bucatini on State and Tinker’s in Summerland.

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ight Days A Week – Art openings, French festivities, 80s covers at the Pride Festival, music, P.10 Emovies, Italians… what a week from Jeremy Harbin. (Come on, Jeremy, you can’t actually dislike The Big Lebowski. Before you answer, know that your job hangs in the balance. And our EIC is a lawyer, so don’t think about some sort of discrimination claim based on film preference.)

T he Beer Guy – Beer and summer and Zach Rosen go hand-in-hand-in-hand. (Or something like that. Whatever. Zach’s summer beer picks are here.)

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S anta Barbara View – Sharon Byrne has a homeless friend-cum-family member named Ed with an interesting story; Loretta Redd talks DOMA and marriage privileges for all. (Nice work, Loretta, enjoyed the read.) Ray Estrada covers an ever-changing State Street business mosaic. (Enjoyed that one, too, Ray.)

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residio Sports – Santa Barbara Police Officer and youth sports advocate extraordinaire Kent P.16 PWojciechoski is Presidio Sports Volunteer of the Month, and some amazing performances were turned in this year at Semana Nautica. Real all about them right here.

Science – Mutant antibiotic resistant bacteria attack Rachelle Oldmixon! Will she live? P.21 Mad Will she perish? (If the latter, how will the Sentinel’s science column bounce back? Oh wait… that’s pretty insensitive, isn’t it? Either way, we’re rooting for you, Rachelle.)

It – No slowing down for Jenny Schatzle this week as she takes her workout to the P.24 Pump kitchen and provides another Baseline Body Weight circuit to boot. (Let’s just say Jenny’s got a lot of energy. Really a lot.)

Faces of Santa Barbara – Patricia Clarke brings the beautiful Sicilian-American face of local benevolent force Nancy Franco – La Nonna – to our pages. (Thanks Patricia, keep ‘em coming!) eepin’ It Reel – Jim Luksic covers an apocalyptic film about zombies and a cartoonish P.27 Ksitcom-ish Western-ish film about a cowboy and an Indian this week. He likes one but not the

other. (Hey, here’s an idea for a script, an apocalyptic film about zombies and Indians! Or wait, maybe cowboys and zombies would be better? Living in harmony, though, not apocalyptic. I think we’re on to something… Hollywood, here we come!)

P.28 Plan B – Briana Westmacott is married. And she loves her husband. Get the Kleenex out. OVEmikana – Our favorite birds drop the skinny on books, bees and kiddie sun-protection P.29 Lgear. The Weekend Guide encourages French indulgence, wine tasting and sunset cruises. It’s summer! (Maybe it’s time for one of Zach’s beers. Yes, it’s time for one of Zach’s beers.)

Real Estate – The dynamic duo – Michael Calcagno and Justin Kellenberger – P.30 Risesidential back with real estate numbers for 2013 through June. (Wait, who is Batman and who is

Robin? Are you both in tights when writing? Capes? Masks? We know you are… so come clean. Who’s who? Our bet is on Calcagno for the Boy Wonder but we’ve been wrong before.)


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Sharon Byrne is a lead writer for www.sbview.com, an outlet for informed opinion writing and thoughtful analysis about the stories, events and people that shape Santa Barbara. Sharon’s education in engineering and psychology gives her a distinctive mix of skills for writing about and working on quality-of-life, public safety and public policy issues. Her hyper-local Milpas on the Move column can be found each week on page 12.

What’s the Difference, Really?

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he following definitions are not cast in concrete by any means. They’re open to expansion, contraction, and so forth. There are three groups that sound awfully alike, and indeed, they find themselves nodding in agreement on their first meeting. But there are key differences in their motivations, which are useful to understand, presuming that what you want to do is be effective, rather than start an ideological war. You can do the latter, if you wish, and many do, for sport. The first type is fairly easy to spot: the “street liberal.” A good definition can be found in New York Times columnist Ross Douthat’s Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class: “Protests and activism aren’t just hobbies... or a chance to go slumming with the working class – they’re a way of life. Call them fools, if you will, but not hypocrites.” These are the people genuinely concerned with the plight of the disadvantaged, and they will work tirelessly to rectify those conditions. They organize. They mobilize. They worry about their fellow human beings. They constantly revision this country and the world as the Utopia it could be, and they work to make that happen. They often live or work in the disadvantaged areas they care about, and seek to put their hands actively on problems in order to resolve them. The second group classified by Douthat: “parlor liberals,” also denigrated by conservatives as “limousine liberals,” and again, they’re easy to spot. Douthat says Parlor liberals “sit comfortably on the left of the American political spectrum, believing in gun control and gay rights, in affirmative action and abortion, in a multilateral foreign policy and a significant social safety net, and they will likely vote Democratic until they die. Yet there is still something conservative about them. They are creatures of their class, not would-be traitors to it, and they are deeply uncomfortable with radicalism

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in any form... Parlor liberals are ultimately well disposed to the world and to their privileged place in it, believing that what injustices there are can be righted without too much political upheaval and unrest, and perhaps even without raising taxes.” Think Michael Moore. Wealthy, contribute to liberal causes, from the safety of their gated communities with their kids chauffeured to private schools. They might have been street liberals once, and certainly don’t mind tapping into a currently popping street liberal vein, especially if there’s money to be made from exploiting it. There’s no threat to them from doing so. This is the group that makes conservatives seethe in rage. As long as they’re safely at a distance from the actual streets they purport to care about, they’re totally insulated from the policies they advocate.

“Whichever paradigm you’re holding onto, you can safely assume that at some point it’s going to fail to provide the right answer.”

So, what happens when street and parlor liberals discover they have competing agendas? Hypothetical example: Normally tolerant street liberals get annoyed with their public spaces being taken over by homeless. In this case, the agitated set is minorities and low-income whites trying to achieve a decent quality of life. They take this stance with great angst. Liberals are supposed to support the homeless, right? But if the cost is losing their community, they’ll probably rightly object to being sacrificed. So how does this play against parlor liberals’ agenda of funding homeless shelters in the street liberals’ community, and expansion of civil rights for the homeless that further erode that community? This has happened, both here and in New York. Who wins? ...continued p.14


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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.

Intoxicated Independence Day Reveler Exposes Piccolo Pete To Local Youths

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ate in the afternoon on the Fourth of July, a 53-year-old transient man (who later admitted to drinking all day) decided to urinate in public in plain view of – indeed facing – a group of families with children out to celebrate the holiday. “Looks like that Piccolo Pete we lit off earlier today, Daddy,” one of the kids was overheard saying, “except for that insane, infuriating whistling sound has been replaced with wet belches and slurred profanities. Happy Fourth of July!” (Let’s just move on, shall we?)

Aging Dragonslayer Mistakenly Accosts Humans With Sword On State Street A 63-year-old Santa Barbara resident wielding a plastic sword and incredibly profane vocabulary harassed and otherwise terrorized passersby on mid-State Street one evening last week. Not one but two unrelated individuals signed citizen’s arrests and Conan was taken to jail. “I thought they were fire-breathing dragons who were hell bent on burning our fair city to the ground,” he told officers. “I don’t know, maybe I’m past my prime.” In a related story, a 50-year-old transient man without a plastic sword (but with a similar and shockingly profane series of tirades) was highly confrontational with peaceloving folks just a couple blocks down from the dragonslayer and at right around the same time. He was detained for public intoxication after numerous complaints. Nice night for a walk down State.

Unreasonable (Or Simply Adequately Nourished) Taxi Driver Refuses Food Stamps For Fare A local cab driver responded to a call for service from Goleta to State Street around midnight one night last weekend. After picking up the drunken 46-year-old male

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passenger and making the long drive, it quickly became clear that the guy had no cash or other ability to pay. Almost no ability to pay, anyway. First the man asked for a ride back to Goleta to get some cash. (Fat chance, we assume the driver said.) Then he offered to pay in food stamps. (Ditto.) Eventually, the cabbie drove the guy to the police station. Officers spoke with him and discovered that he had a whopping $0.50 on him, which didn’t exactly get him close to the more than $50 fare he’d rung up. And it seems that food stamps just aren’t an acceptable currency for this type of transaction. So he was arrested for Defrauding a Taxi Driver. (What? You’ve never heard of that charge?)

Drunken Woman Discovered By Cab Driver For Hire Can’t Figure Out How To Get Home A 27-year-old Santa Barbara woman was found sleeping on the sidewalk at around 2am by an area cab driver who, responsibly, called SBPD. Officers arrived, woke the woman, and asked her how she might get home safely, as the cabbie (for hire) stood nearby to be sure she was ok. Unfortunately, the woman was unable to answer the question, and nobody else – not even the TAXI CAB DRIVER – could figure out just how she could get from State Street to her home so she was detained for public inebriation.

Intoxicated Criminal Mastermind Nearly Pulls Off Hit And Run Caper But Forgets One Minor Detail SBPD was investigating a downtown hit and run one night last weekend when officers came across a 27-year-old intoxicated man changing his car tire a few blocks from the scene. The man immediately admitted to driving the vehicle but denied hitting any parked cars. When SBPD asked him about the damage to his ride, the man quickly explained that he had been the victim of a hit and run by some other guy. Stymied, officers examined the man’s vehicle and discovered that the passenger side mirror was missing. And lo and behold, when they went back to the initial crash site, they found a mirror that matched perfectly, arrested the (almost) criminal genius on the spot and administered a field sobriety test during which the man “became extremely talkative and emotional, interrupting frequently.” (Hmmm, sounds like a few wives we know.) Then he blew a .19. (Oops.) Let’s just say that SBPD wasn’t buying his argument that somebody else had consumed the alcohol that caused his BAC to rise. Foiled again!

SBPD Cracks Sophisticated Youth Crime Ring, But Questions Remain Late last week, SBPD successfully brought down an 18-year-old SB resident who had been caught stealing from a local convenience store. “A friend made me do it,” the young man stammered, “I stole two Snickers bars and three Jack Links Beef Sticks.” He was immediately arrested and taken to jail. A detective who wished to remain anonymous shared with the Sentinel that every single other case he’s worked on involving theft of beef sticks also involved large quantities of marijuana, but nothing was found at the scene in this instance. “Very suspicious,” the detective relayed, “very suspicious indeed.” (Nice bust guys, dope or no dope, lock him up and throw away the keys. Hoodlum.)

Illegal Landscapers Need At Least Two Things For Their Job: Fake Ids And… A 26-year-old Santa Barbara landscaper was stopped for failure to obey a variety of traffic laws. When he provided multiple names to SBPD during the stop, officers became suspicious and asked to search the vehicle for identification. During the consent search, they found a forged social security card. The young man quickly exclaimed, “That’s not real, but I need it for my job.” (Not anymore.) Then, after he was arrested for possessing false identification utilized for employment purposes, officers found some meth and a couple meth pipes in the car. “Those are real,” the man was overheard saying by an anonymous witness, “and I need them for my job.” In a related story, SBPD came across a running vehicle sticking out of a residential driveway one morning at 5am last week. When they stopped to investigate, officers discovered a middle-aged man sleeping soundly with a freshly opened 24-ounce beer resting in his lap. (A cold tall boy at 5am? Really? Wow.) The local man was so intoxicated that he was unable to provide his name to SBPD, and eventually produced two fake social security cards as identification. “I bought them two years ago for work,” he slurred, “$50 in LA.” He was arrested for possession of false identification and public intoxication. (No DUI charge? Maybe a PUI – Parking Under the Influence – instead? No? Nothing?) 






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Although you might not believe it, we actually want to hear from you. So if you have something you think we should know about or you see something we've said that you think is cretinous (or perspicacious, to be fair), then let us know. There's no limit on words or subject matter, so go ahead and let it rip to: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Letters to the Editor, 133 East De La Guerra Street, No. 182, Santa Barbara, California 93101. You can also leap into the 21st century and email us at letters@santabarbarasentinel.com.

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att, thanks for the great piece on McConnell’s in the last edition of the Sentinel. Everyone here enjoyed it and we’ve received lots of very positive calls and emails. A scoop of Turkish Coffee’s on me when we open the State Street store at the end of this month. (But only one. I’ve seen your appetite for ice cream, and frankly, it scares me. I’ve spoken to your wife and doctor about it already.)   One thing I should point out. Perhaps you were drunk on butterfat when you were writing – ‘cause you mentioned it twice (!) – but The Old Dairy (our production facility) is not at the corner of Milpas and De La Guerra. (I should buy you a handheld GPS.) We’re actually at Milpas and Canon Perdido, where we’ve been for decades. Which you should know. Because I’ve seen you hanging out lately near the loading dock. (Hmmmm.) It’s no problem, really, but we are costingout the possibility of moving the whole operation a block down Milpas as a result of the error. We’ll send you an estimate.  In the meantime, I thought you should know a bit of industry news that’s sort of exciting: Last week, McC’s was awarded the 2013 Sofi Award for Best Dessert for our new Double Peanut Butter Chip. In a word, the flavor is damned fine. (I know. Two words, but hey...) The Sofi Awards honor the best of the best in specialty foods from members of the National Specialty Food Association. So, that ‘s nice, huh?! Looking forward to seeing you and the kids when the store opens. Can’t wait to hear what you think! Michael Palmer, CEO McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: It’s funny you raised it, Michael, we expected a least a few letters – that’s the norm for us when we have a blatant factual error (doesn’t happen often but when it does people generally call us out) – but only received one. Yours. This particular error was a rough one for me, personally. As is my usual custom, I

drove up to the printer to have a look at the issue as it was coming off the press. I pulled one down and perused it, giggling my way through my own column. (I always read it to see if I still like it a few days after finalizing (ok, fine, a day after finalizing… I’m a procrastinator, what can I say?) When I got to the first erroneous mention of Milpas and De La Guerra, my heart genuinely sank. And when I read it the second time, I nearly vomited all over the 12,000 (11,999?) copies of neatly bundled papers that were staring at me, ready for delivery. It’s not a particularly good feeling to know that thousands and thousands of people will read a blatant mistake you made. Twice. Publisher Tim did his best to assuage my concerns when I called him in an editorial panic. (He wasn’t really that successful, frankly.) Sorry for the error. The Old Dairy is indeed at the corner of Milpas and Canon Perdido. Not only have I been there a few times now (lurking around the loading dock, admittedly), but I often grab coffee (and maybe a Rolex) at The Shop and get my car fixed at Bear Automotive & J’s Tires (Juan’s the man). Both are actually on (or near) the corner of Milpas and De La Guerra, so I know it well. And I screwed it up. What can I say? It was a short week. I was in a rush. The dog ate my homework. I was drunk on butterfat. I’m a moron. (Ok, all right, maybe that’s taking it a little too far.) With all that said, congrats on the Sofi award… I can’t wait to come in and claim my scoop(s). Thanks for writing and keeping me honest, Michael, I do appreciate it. – MSM)

On Solving the “Homeless Problem” I’d like to provide a response to an article that Loretta Redd wrote about panhandling in Santa Barbara (More Giving = Less Helping, Vol. 2, Issue 24). Frustrated by the “denial and defeatism” found amongst the leadership here, she describes the bold “head-on” approach

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Light Insalata Nizzarda or La Salade Niçoise is often a summer special; $12.

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Autentico Italiano

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ucatini is European in all the right ways. One can linger here, over vino or cappuccino. The 60seat covered patio is very Continental, making Bucatini an excellent choice for long lunches and warm summer evenings. Restaurant maestro Gene Montesano and charming Italian Soemi Caramel opened their trattoria on 9/6/96, naming it after bucatini pasta, the thick spaghetti with a hole running through it. Lots of Europeans find their way to Bucatini. Drawn by the pasta logo, they’re not shy about what they seek – traditional cuisine done well. Sometimes they ask outright if an Italian is on duty. Emi says Europeans like to try the local wine, choosing it from a list divided between California and Italian bottles. Certainly many of the ingredients are imported from Italy, the parmigiano for esempio. “Italians have been making parmesan since the Middle Ages, it cannot

Artisanal Spin Gelato is all natural and so good; $8. The must-get flavor is Chocolate Amarena, a sour cherry.

Waitress Olivia Knudson poses with Bucatini Co-Owner Soemi Caramel.

be duplicated,” says Emi, who visits Italy each year to see his elderly mother – it goes without saying – but also in search of recipes and inspiration. Bucatini’s walls are filled with pictures of Treviso, Emi’s hometown near Venice. Pointing to one

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Prosciutto & Mozzarella Panini with tomatoes is served with mixed greens or a cup of soup, $11.75.

image, he says, “This is the square where I toiled away hours sitting in cafés.” Who knew it was preparing Emi for his future career? Bucatini’s lunch and dinner menus are the same, the exception being paninis are served at lunch. Otherwise, the menu is broken down by Soups & Salads, Bruschetta (using delicious Ciabatta bread), Antipasti, Pizza (from the wood-burning oven), Pasta, Meats & Fish, and Side Dishes & Extras. Several combinations of flour were tried before deciding on a light and crispy pizza dough recipe. “Dough is tricky, it’s alive,” says Emi. “Dough responds to the elements so the recipe must be tweaked.” Half portions are a recent addition to the menu, and indecisive diners can now order two types of pasta. “Though a half portion here is a full portion in Italy,” says Emi. A bambini menu is open to children 10 and under. A Pizzetta – yum – is half

the size of a regular portion; Margherita, $5.50; Pepperoni, $6.50. Grilled Fresh Scottish Salmon with Vegetables of the Day, $8.50, sounds good for mom, but what child would pick this dish over pasta? Noodle-loving wee ones can mix and match pastas and sauces, five of each are offered; from $5 to $7. California casual, the restaurant is flip-flop friendly. Well-behaved dogs are welcome too. “I’ve never had to kick a dog out,” says Emi, with a smile, “people yes.” Celeb sighting: Actor Jason Segel ate here recently. He’s the funny guy from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, and I Love You, Man. Located at 436 State Street near Gutierrez Street, Bucatini is on the Fiesta parade route. Come early for the noon parade, as there are no reservations for lunch on Friday, August 2. Open daily from 11:30am to 10pm-ish and on Fridays and Saturdays 11pm-ish; bucatini. com; 805-957-4177.


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BBQ Mondays in Summerland Late Nite Food Delivery Santa Barbara, CA The smoke and smell draws customers.

Thurs-Sun 8p.m. – 3a.m.

Tinker’s Manager John Shields looks like a man who knows bbq – and he does.

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inker’s doesn’t open until 11am on Mondays, but the smell of BBQ draws customers early. One man wants to pay at 10:35am, reserving his ribs “in case they run out like last time.” Yes, Monday is Santa Maria-style barbecue day at Tinker’s in Summerland. Since December 2012, Tinker’s grill masters have been firing up a mobile grill right in front of the restaurant. Owner Richard Tingstrom had the grill built to his expert specifications. In the U.S. of A., barbecue is a slower method of cooking than grilling, over lower heat. The secret to great barbecue, Tink says, is good wood like red oak, a local tree which gives meat

Mon-Wed 8p.m. – 1a.m.

a smoky, hearty flavor. Tinker’s Tri-Tip, a bottom sirloin cut, is extra tender and tasty. Don’t forget to order fries, as Tinker’s are good. Next time you’re ordering, look for the portrait on the wall behind the counter. That’s Tinker as drawn by his son some 30 years ago. Tinker (a play, of course, off his Danish last name) opened his beach-shack business in 1986. Tinker’s is located at 2275 Ortega Hill Road, Summerland; 805-969-1970. Open daily from 11am to 8pm. Like wait staff, I eagerly await tips. If you have any restaurant information, please contact me at wendy@ santabarbarasentinel.com. 



The Tri-Tip Sandwich, this one was ordered medium rare, is $8.95, and fries are $2.55.



Big beef ribs are $3 each. BBQ sauce is offered but not necessary.

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facebook.com/nitebiteSB www.nitebiteSB.com Pork ribs are $15 for a half rack and $30 for a full; 7 and 14 ribs respectively. Many customers take extras to go.

Huge International Wine Tasting at SOhO Saturday, July 20th, 2013 • 12-3pm

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” -At least 60 wines from all over the planet, focused on France, Spain and Italy -Plenty of hot appetizers, cheese and charcuterie -Import experts manning each table to impart their knowledge of every terroir from the Rhône Valley to Tuscany -Special 15% off discount for six bottle purchases You’ll taste, you’ll eat and you’ll learn: this is my kind of #$% classroom!

The tri tip is hand cut and rubbed with Tinker’s house made seasoning.

Tickets are $30.00 per person and must be purchased in advance. Please call us at (805) 845-5247 to reserve. We’ll be glad to mail the tickets to you, or if you prefer, have them available for pickup here at the store. Please do not contact SOhO: Tickets are not available through the restaurant. Please note that tickets are non-refundable, and must be presented at the door to gain entry.

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

• Friday

• Tuesday

– Something for Everyone

– With Our Powers Combined...

July 12

Not one, not two, but three exhibits open tonight on the UCSB campus at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum. From 5:30 to 7:30pm, you can peruse the stimulating shows: Peake/ Picasso sheds light on the relationship between two artists and their influence on each other. Goya: Disasters of War displays the prints of Francisco Goya that expose the horrors of war. Finally, Unbuilt UCSB provides a peak into what might have been by collecting architectural renderings of proposed campus buildings. Go to www.museum.ucsb.edu for more information.

July 16

You love the funky sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire; you can’t get enough of your favorite childhood game paper, rock, scissors: you’re the ideal patron of the Wall Space Gallery’s summer show that opens tonight called Caeli Tellus Unda – or as you know it because you love short lists, Heaven Earth Sea. Other ideal patrons include those who enjoy artful photography that explores the interconnectivity of the show’s titular elements and ourselves. The gallery is located at 116 East Yanonali Street and open from 11am to 5pm. (Anacapa Vintners and Pali Wine Co. are right downstairs too...)

• Saturday

• Wednesday

– A Crepe Time in the Park

– Pop Perfection at the Bowl

July 13

Happy Bastille Day Eve, everyone. Dust off your berets and head down to Oak Park (300 West Alamar Avenue), where day one of the 25th annual Santa Barbara French Festival will celebrate all things French beginning at 11am today and going until 7pm. Expect entertainment on three different stages to run all day long, culminating in the popular Femmes Fatales Drag Revue at 6pm on the Moulin Rouge Stage. There will also be lots of food and wine from local vendors, arts, crafts, a raffle and a poodle parade. Mon Dieu! The festival continues tomorrow at the same time and place. See www.frenchfestival.com (kuddos to them for snagging that domain) for more information.

Celebrate Good Times

Hey, Santa Barbarans: know what “805” kind of looks like? 80s! As in the decade! As in the decade that spawned a lot of hit jams the people still can’t get enough of. I Want My 80s is a cover band that plays all the hits, and they’re headlining the Santa Barbara Pacific Pride Festival tonight at 6:20pm. The festival starts at 11am on Leadbetter Beach; it features the R&B group Exposé and T.V.’s Latrice Royale. There will be food, drinks, a dog show and dancing. See www. pacificpridefoundation.org for more information. Free.

• Sunday July 14

– Summer Noise

July 17

Belle and Sebastian is a mostly dependable mainstay of indie-pop, one that transcends that sub-genre completely. Sure, they deal in the fey, whimsical trappings of more twee-leaning bands that might make some listeners wince, but since starting up in Glasgow in 1996, they’ve routinely released crafted, smart, subtle pop music that sets them apart from their peers. Critics began to take a serious look at the band around the time we were all stockpiling rice and water for the Y2K scare, and now, approaching two decades of existence, they’re a veritable institution of rock. We’re lucky to have this group play our town at the Santa Barbara Bowl, and I for one am excited to spend an evening with them. Still, B & S is no Slightly Stoopid or Craig Marley, so tickets are still available. Best Coast, a band that really likes California, cats and herbal recreation, opens. 7pm; 1122 North Milpas Street; Tickets at www.sbbowl.com. Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a gentleman here telling me I’ve won a prize for being the One Millionth person to use the words fey, whimsy and twee in a write-up about Belle and Sebastian.

• Thursday July 18

– It’s Shaped Like a Boot

The New Noise Music Foundation presents today their first annual Summer Shakedown. Five dollars gets you access to beer, wine, food and vendors. But the main attraction here is the music: the line-up includes locals D.J. Colormap, the Kinds and Indian Trading Furs. Out-of-towners Jared & the Mill, Torches and St. Anne’s Place will also make the trip to 412 East Haley Street. Noon to 6pm. Advance tickets at www.newnoisesb.org.

Author Susan Van Allen appears at Chaucer’s Bookstore (3321 State Street) tonight at 7pm. She wrote 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, and her new book, Letters from Italy: Confessions, Adventures, and Advice, expands the travel guide format to include funny and emotional memories of her trips around the country. This free event includes a reading and Q & A session. For more information, call Chaucer’s at 805.682.6787 or visit the author’s website at www. susanvanallen.com.

• Monday

• Friday

– Movie Night at SOhO

– We Got a Live One

July 15

Everybody loves the Coen Brothers’ cult film The Big Lebowski. Well, except for me; I think it’s good but wildly overrated. And I’d like to never see it again if I can help it; I’m afraid I’ll have flashbacks to some unpleasant college days with a roommate who must have thought that Earth would be hit by a giant asteroid if he ever turned the DVD off. But hey, I’m not one to stand in the way of a good time. Tonight at the SOhO Restaurant and Music Club, there’s an event called The Big Lebowski vs. Anchorman – Movies and Pub Quiz. Expect movie trivia, costumes and yes, you guessed it, special prices on white russians. It’s fun to dress up and be around other people that are into the same thing you’re into. I get that. So who cares what I think? Put on your best The Jesus jumpsuit and head down to 1221 State Street at 6pm. It’s free.

July 19

Famous actors of the silver screen are often spotted in Santa Barbara, and tonight at 8pm, one will appear in front of a crowd at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden to answer questions. Eva Marie Saint, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 thriller North by Northwest, will be interviewed by Hitchcock scholar Dr. Allan Langdale, who teaches a class on the filmmaker at USCB (if you don’t know what a MacGuffin is by the end of week one, you get kicked out of school). The film screens at 8:30. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, this event is part of the Alfred Hitchcock Nights: Eight Classic Films of Obsession, Mystery, and Suspense series. Visit www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu for more information. 1100 Anacapa Street; free. 






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by Zach Rosen Now that’s a delightful little summer trio. A delightful little summer trio indeed.

Beers of Summer

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ummer is here. The Solstice celebrations were a good indication of the season’s start but the heat felt throughout the nation over the past few weeks confirms it. For me, the beginning of summer is not marked by a date, or even hot weather, but the presence of summer ales on the shelves. Those beers designated for summer tend to be lightbodied lagers or crisp wheat ales that refresh one during the warmer months of the year. Here are a few brews to watch out for and enjoy on a hot summer day. It’s what they are designed for, after all, so have at them (responsibly, of course).

Summerfest Sierra Nevada’s Summerfest is a breezy, summer lager that has a soft yellow color topped with a fluffy foam head. This crisp, dry pilsner has an overall theme of hay and lemon peel to its flavors. There is a floral, sweet-malty element to the taste but in general the beer is very light with a thinnish body and a decent bitterness in the finish. Summerfest’s light character is great for drinking near the water or in nature and would make a good accompaniment to your barbeques. Cans suit summer well and Sierra Nevada now provides them in 12-packs of Summerfest. Beside the fact that cans are better for beer storage (more on that in a future column), cans weigh less than bottles, which makes them easier to bring along on your summer adventures. Many warm weather activities are not welcoming to glass bottles since glass breakage can be of concern to the area (pools, golf courses, beaches, etc.). Cans sidestep this worry and are easily compacted once the brew is finished. This makes the waste

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.

simple to carry with you if you are out and about and do not have a recycling can nearby. (So there are no excuses.)

Summer Ale Summer Ale from Anchor Brewing Co. was first brewed in 1984 and is the original American-style wheat beer. The liquid is crystal clear with a pale bronze tone that indicates the brew’s caramellike sweetness. The nose is light with some bready wheat notes accompanied by an indistinct fruitiness that is simply described as “estery” (sweet apple would be the most identifiable fruit in the mix). The brew has a more substantial taste than aroma and there is a grassy-grain note throughout that goes well with summer afternoons. Yum.

the coolness of the night, reminding one of the heat escaping from the desert sand as it dissipates into the cool of the eve. This brew’s fruitful nose blends bananas, lemon and marmalade notes with the toasted wheat quality of the malts. Underneath there is a touch of clove and a floral tone that gets hints of rose as the beer sits. The flavor is honey-sweet with a doughiness from the wheat that provides a chewy body and a bit of structure to the generally light nature of this ale. Solace can be warming in the briskness of spring and cooling throughout the summer

heat. Fortunately it is available for both seasons. Whether you are traveling or relaxing this summer, beer makes a good companion. The coolness of the liquid soothes you during the heat of the day before refreshing you with its crisp carbonation. So wherever you end up this summer, make sure to grab one of these seasonal brews. All of them will brighten your adventures. Or, at the very least, they will rinse the taste of salt water out of your mouth. And that’s nothing to shake a stick at. 

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Solace Firestone Walker’s Solace is a personal favorite during the warmer months. A deep orange-gold glow gives this beer the appearance of the sun setting over a desert. Solace is best during the dynamic summer evenings when the warmth of the day is being replaced by

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

Milpas on the Move by Sharon Byrne

My Friend Ed

H

e drives me crazy. He’ll chuckle when he reads that. Ed Mannon is a 61-year-old homeless man I befriended three years ago. We share the same birthday. Ed’s been homeless here 30+ years. He calls himself a radical conservative, and strangely enough, he does that label justice. He was part of the ‘80s homeless activism for the right to vote, with a mailbox by the Fig Tree so they could have an address and get mail. He believes he has the right to sleep in public parks, but the newcomers need a swift kick in the rear. I’d run into him at Tri-County Produce, where he often called on the generosity of John Dixon. He always paid John back, too. He struck me as loud, overbearing, and opinionated, a description I’ve also been tagged with. He met my daughter, and they hit it off, surprisingly, given her rigid intolerance for drug and alcohol use. Fourth grade DARE training still holds strong, years later. Ed exhorted her to never end up like him, and she came to the conclusion he was rather loud, and more than a bit odd, but otherwise alright. I pressured him to come indoors. It’s one thing to do the urban camping thing as a young buck. It’s another as a 60-yearold. And he’d started opening up about some health issues. So I became that annoying niece or little sister that pesters you to get right. Like the tough cuss he is, he protested. Loudly. Called me “Missy.” And then a cold snap in January changed his mind. I called the Restorative Police. Those guys can move mountains. They’ve got beds stashed all over, and access to programs I’d never find. They knew exactly what to do when Ed Mannon was ready to come indoors. He’d been on their hot list for ages. They found him a room at the Faulding. On his 60th birthday, and my 44th, we moved Ed. He showered at my place to get ready, and the Restorative Police arrived with new clothes and a birthday card. My daughter made him a cake. The police asked me to serve as family for Ed, and I agreed. I live two blocks away. I could check on him, and be here for him. No one could believe it. Social workers had thrown their hands up in despair over him. The cops had all but given up on him. Ed doesn’t drink or engage in the behaviors that cause a lot of angst

Sharon Byrne

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

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around here. But he is loud. He’d turn up on the sidewalk in front of my balcony, and bellow “HEY SHARON!” I did a fair amount of apologizing to my neighbors. Ed loves talking politics, and rages against the latest City Hall muck-up. He keeps up on current events. Like a lot of homeless guys, he also has ample time to socialize. This is a bit of a problem for me, as I work all hours. Often I just truly didn’t have time to chat. Ed chided me, but he understood the working single mom thing, after watching me for a while. He was nominated this year for an SBPD citizen hero award. He took down a guy that assaulted a bus driver and held him until the cops got there. I think he was secretly pleased to be nominated. In April, after 14 months indoors, he went back on the street because he couldn’t smoke pot in his room. I went berserk. I can’t smoke in my home either! Not that I would. But I have a lease, with conditions. We all live by rules. Ed was befuddled over my anger. He has more freedom living on the street and less expense. Simple math. For a woman living thousands of miles from her relatives, Ed is like that crazy uncle you have to put up with, but love anyway, probably because he’s so crazy. We’ve been through a lot together: my failed council race (he wanted me to do it), the mural painting in my neighborhood (he thought that was the coolest thing ever), threats from a crazy guy living in his van at Pershing (Ed played the heavy on that one), an impromptu New Year’s breakfast on my balcony and more. We agree on a lot of things, politically. Ed is the first to say you can’t do anything about the homeless. Damn it, he’s proving that to this particularly stubborn woman. He vexes me, as family often does. Thousands of miles has its appeals…

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.

He just bought an aqua beach cruiser, the ladies model. Ed Logic: why risk his privates for no reason? Ed would do anything to help me if I landed in a crisis. Whatever resources he could bring to bear, he’d bring them, full steam ahead, damn the torpedoes. I love him for it. But that next cold snap hovers at the back of my mind. Along with the lingering question: Can you really ever do anything effective to help the homeless, when they’re Eds? Ed would say no. Hell no, knowing him, sending me back to the drawing board.

‘Til Death Do Us Part by Loretta Redd

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ith the Supreme Court’s defeat of DOMA, and the resumption of marriage rights for same-sex couples in California, I am left to wonder which country western music star will have the first hit song for broken-hearted husbands, or twang the “D-i-v-o-r-c-e” melody for the lesbian crowd? The divorce rate among “traditional” marriages in the U.S. runs at fifty percent and has climbed to sixty percent in California. No wonder. Between Larry King, Lana Turner, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Elizabeth Taylor there have been 30 trips to divorce court; a record still breakable by Britney Spears and the Kardashian clan. So while the same conservative hypocrites in our Capitol, like Virginia’s George Allen, Texan Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Georgia’s Newt Gingrich or Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell wag their divorced fingers at our fight for equal status, I have a prediction of some irony: That with Supreme Court’s outrageous addition of gay marriage to the pool of betrothed, the percentage of divorced spouses will finally spiral downward. Why? Because after centuries of having our “orientation” classified as an aberration or condition slightly above that of leprosy, we have b een granted by the Supreme Court of these United States the right to receive Federal advantages afforded to all married couples, and in some States, the

Loretta Redd

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right to marry the person we love. Let me assure you, we do not take our new privilege lightly. Marriage has been on the decline and divorce on the rise since the 1950s, especially in the Golden State. Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Stanley Mosk recounted: “Every day, in every superior court in the state, the same melancholy charade was played: the ‘innocent’ spouse, generally the wife, would take the stand and, to the accompanying cacophony of sobbing and nose-blowing, testify under the deft guidance of an attorney to the spousal conduct that she deemed ‘cruel.’” Thus, in 1969, our divorced and remarried Governor Ronald Reagan signed into law the California Family Law Act which replaced the pleadings of cruelty, abandonment, incurable mental illness or adultery with the dissolution of marriage on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, commonly referred to as “nofault” divorce. Yes, culture evolves and changes. The current trend among young people is to delay the covenant of marriage until later in life. Perhaps that is because there’s little condemnation of having “friends with benefits,” or perhaps it’s because half of them were raised by divorced parents. I don’t know. But I sense that the commitment of young couples today, when they finally do stand at the altar of devotion, is a sincere, and I hope, lasting one. For most same-sex couples, having an enduring relationship has meant staying together despite overall disdain by society. It has not been uncommon for religious institutions to damn us to hell, for parents to disown us, for workplaces to fire us, or the military to discharge us. Until very recently, law enforcement could arrest us while the courts offered little protection. The comfort of ritual in dating, the prideful declaration of an engagement, and the societal celebration of marriage were – until basically yesterday – denied to us. Do not think for a minute that the “gay community” does not appreciate or shed tears of joy for the sea change of attitude happening around us. So it is incumbent now on us, to take this new privilege of equal status and protection of marriage as seriously as we struggled for all these years to obtain it. It is time for us to demonstrate to our heterosexual brothers and sisters that “real” marriage is indeed worth fighting


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for, and precious enough to last for a lifetime. It may not always be easy, but it’s the price of privilege.

Updates on State by Ray Estrada

The State Street corridor is looking a lot different than it did last summer. The biggest changes are at the top and bottom of Old Town. The Victoria and State area is rife with construction as the Alma del Pueblo marketplace is moving toward a September completion, when about 17 local businesses will sell their wares below 37 condos in what used to be a Vons supermarket. Across Victoria Street, the remodeled Victoria Theater is nearing completion later this year. Around the corner, Granada Books is in full operation after a packed June 20 opening. The owners are hoping to raise funds to build a small, outdoor live performance patio. The city is trying to bring more art to the 1200 block of State. However, First Republic Bank is relocating to the corner of State and Anapamu streets where Santa Barbara Outfitters went out of business about six months ago. At the south end of State Street, construction continues on the street improvements around Hotel Indigo and the reconstructed Californian Hotel. Expect street reconstruction to continue through the summer along with some heavy traffic and pedestrian congestion. Moving up to the 400 block of State, another bid to open a restaurant, called Killer Shrimp, is under way where the old Sharkeez Baja Cantina once was situated. The former Territory Ahead retail clothing company headquarters, 419 State St., is about to be replaced by Tapjoy, an Internet and interactive digital media company. The former Territory Ahead outlet and retail shops on State Street still have no new tenants.

Ray Estrada

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.

The Shirts Outlet, 1013 State St., is going out of business, as is the Pacific Traveler Supply Store just off State Street on Anapamu. In the ever-changing La Arcada mall, Santa Barbara Arts moved into what was the East Beach Wine Shop, which folded about six months ago. Sanford Winery is

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On Haley Street near State, an electric bicycle store called Pedego opened with little fanfare this month. It replaces a foreign car garage, which had been there for years. After about four years of dormancy, Zia’s Café is reopening soon as Verdé, Southwestern Cuisine, at 532 State St. Across the street at 527 State St., the Coastal Collection is preparing to open with the sale of “old vine” tables and other furniture. New to the 600 block is Skechers shoe store at 623½ State St. in a spot that was vacant for about five years. The 700 block of State is seeing some big changes. McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream Co. is preparing to open a store at 728 State St. this summer and replace what used to be the Java Jones coffee shop. At 740 State St., the recently opened Lululemon boutique is doing a brisk retail clothing business. And at 714 State St., the Lolë yoga studio and clothing store is preparing to open this summer. It replaces the short-lived Mimosa Restaurant, which was at that spot for less than a year. Across State Street in Paseo Nuevo, a Pain Relief shop has opened near the building that houses the Social Security Administration office and Workzones, the new co-working office and conference center. The 900 block still has its two chronically empty storefronts at 930 State St., the former GBMI shoe store, and 915 State St., formerly the Z Gallerie.

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...continued from p.5 Parlor liberals, naturally. No one turns away a willing donor, even if it means another liberal constituency will suffer as a result. Elections are won off financing and votes. Secure the financing now, while it’s on offer, and then make promises to the suffering set (to be delivered at some unspecified date) to get the votes. Election won. Problem solved… for now. Libertarians and liberals look alike on the surface. They both support reducing penalties from illegal drug use, for example. Libertarians will sign up for it, thinking, hey, we’re all rational adults here. If I want to put something in my body, who is the government to tell me I can’t? Where they part company, as pointed out by Matt Mazza in a recent letter to the editor, is on the solution. Liberals believe government is the best regulator of human behavior. Libertarians believe the opposite. The government should not be in the business of telling us what to do. Collective enlightenment, could we but attain it, produces better outcomes than Big Brother. A society of rational, thinking beings does not need an enormous, nebulous overlord controlling every little aspect of life. Both arguments break down at various points. Liberal arguments for increased government involvement create a society in which, ultimately, liberty is lost. That’s a strange outcome for a group with the Latin root liberalis (freedom) in its name. Libertarian arguments work until you check in with, say, a cartel head. It seems we’re actually not all rational adults that should be trusted to do the right thing. Some of us fully intend to engage in activities that cause great harm to others. Whichever paradigm you’re holding onto (and we haven’t discussed conservatives), you can safely assume that at some point it’s going to fail to provide the right answer. So in my mind, it’s worth checking in with other circles to see if they’ve stumbled onto something that posits a better answer. Psychologically, that’s very uncomfortable. Leaving the tribe, or one’s mental comfort zone, to find an answer to a perplexing problem requires a fair amount of intellectual fortitude. What if you discover you’ve been living a farce, and do the unthinkable: Convert to your version of the Dark Side, as David Mamet did, from staunch liberal to even stauncher conservative? Relax. Conversion is not required. But if you recognized yourself in this piece, do yourself a favor, and recognize your blind spot too. Don’t be afraid to go looking for answers in the ‘enemy’ camp. They might actually have something to offer. 





...continued from p.7 of Atlanta, Georgia. The “three-tiered strategy” involves stepped up enforcement, public education and redirected giving. She further discusses “giving meters” where money could be deposited in lieu of given directly to panhandlers and signs in the windows of commercial spaces. The Atlanta program is called “Change for Change.” As it turns out, Santa Barbara had its own snappy slogan, program and alternative giving program called “Real Change not Spare Change,” financed by the City and run by the Downtown Organization. The target for giving was Casa Esperanza. Merchants were given signs to put up in windows and countertop boxes for donations. In addition, a phone-app device for electronic giving was also part of the program. After 2 years and $75,000 in expenditures, the giving amounted to a little less than $5,000, merchants took down signs as their windows were vandalized, and panhandling was not significantly diminished. These types of programs and “giving meters” are in place in Sacramento, Boulder, Denver and other communities, with little achievement in terms of charitable giving or behavior modification. I can’t speak for Atlanta. Years ago, we had a coupon program, wherein people gave out food vouchers instead of money to panhandlers. Constant suggestions for alternative locations to “place” givers’ coupons by recipients ended that program. Santa Barbara has enough street behavior ordinances on the books to choke a horse. What the Downtown Organization once provided that worked was to temporarily hire a retired cop to patrol State Street. Police presence, while the most expensive alternative, turns out to be the most effective. Loretta is right about the public education piece, but it has to be more than “don’t feed the bears” to really go after the problem. Aggressive behavior must be reported to the police and not tolerated. It’s ok to call 911, even if you aren’t sure the transgression rises to that level. Communicate to family, friends and visitors that street giving is not compassionate nor is it humane, but merely perpetuates the situation. This problem has existed for at least all of the 41 years I have been in this town. What we have found in the last couple of years, however, is that (1) uniformed presence is the most effective tool, (2) the return of our beat patrol officers has helped to diminish the situation, (3) our restorative police have done humane wonders for those most desperately in need of help or reunion with their families, and (4) the new emphasis on community policing has made partners out of citizens and helped to act as a multiplier in bringing about change. We cannot legislate or arrest our way out of the problem, however. All homeless are

not panhandlers and all panhandlers are not homeless. The honest answer is that this issue will never be fully eradicated in a town like ours, but we are taking decisive steps to bring it under control. With the prison “realignment” bringing more early-release offenders into our midst, our police are facing an enormous challenge. A few of us on Council have made the increase of badges on the street our highest of priorities. We’re not all of the way there yet, and the financial hill is a huge one to climb, but it is the best way we know to bring the downtown corridor, Milpas and our other retail districts back to the status that our citizens expect and deserve. Randy Rowse Santa Barbara City Councilmember Downtown Merchant (Editor’s Note: Thanks very much for the letter, Councilmember Rowse, your voice and perspective is important not just because you’re a Councilmember but also because you have a downtown business that is affected, I assume, by the issue. I’m glad you wrote. Let’s see, where to begin? It seems that there are a few things most everybody agrees upon – even you and Loretta. (In fact, as I see it, you guys actually aren’t that far apart in your thinking.) First, the “homeless problem” has been around for quite some time and is getting worse. Second, increased police presence and community and restorative policing are helpful and effective but cannot get us all the way to that “status that our citizens expect and deserve.” Third, giving to panhandlers – most especially those who choose to be on our streets and terrorize the general public – doesn’t necessarily help and probably hurts by perpetuating the present situation that many in the community want changed. So, then, if “giving meters” and catchy slogans aren’t the right complement to the aforementioned policing efforts, what can we do? Community education seems to be the concept du jour. But how? Perhaps via some aesthetically pleasing (to the ABR, anyway) signage advising the harms of giving and a City policy against it (executed by City Council, for example)? Maybe we could even provide some brief insight on positive programs in place in town and thoughts on alternative giving for those who want to help (but do away with the meters)? Yeah, this would lead to vandalism of the signs by, for example, those who want to show their “Why Lie? Need Beer Money” signs, but it can’t hurt to let locals and tourists alike know that we are trying to do something positive about this issue as a community. In fact, making that sort of unified statement might go a long way – especially when coupled with the policing initiatives you mentioned – toward helping solve the “homeless problem” in a compassionate and straightforward way. Thanks again for the letter, Councilmember Rowse, this conversation, with you in it, is definitely a step in the right direction. – MSM) ...continued p.18


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In the Garden with

Mr. Greenjeans

by Randy Arnowitz “Mr. Greenjeans,” as he is known around Santa

Barbara, is a gardener, horticulturist and writer. He particularly enjoys working with roses, orchids and sharing the day with his golden retriever Peaches, who faithfully accompanies him in the field. Contact him at greenjeansmr@gmail.com

The Perfect View From the Riviera, which is better to see? A view that’s of the mountains or one that’s of the sea? It’s always been a toss-up – the hills or the beach? But some of you up on the Riv, have one of each Sometimes there’s confusion, when you say just where you’re from It’s not the Mediterranean. No – it’s, the other one You don’t have France or Monaco, and I sure don’t mean to harp Because, there’s nothing wrong with being neighbors with Goleta or with Carp The roads are winding and the streets are dark And if you have a party, well, there’s just nowhere to park This may be the downside, I think you would agree But if you’re really lucky, you can hear the County Bowl for free Up here in this paradise, you have so many perks There’s no better place in town, to watch the fireworks And unlike the gloomy Mesa, with its drizzle and foggy heights You enjoy the warmer days, and those balmy summer nights Some plants that just thrive up there, will suffer at the beach To grow a healthy rose down there, will certainly be a reach Some call it the banana belt, and you will not need a sweater But grapefruits won’t sweeten up, if grown near Leadbetter Here is Santa Barbara, no matter where you may reside We all are blessed to be living here – the Downtown or Eastside And I hate to bring it up again, who has the better view ‘Cause from the Westside where I live I have the perfect view – of you

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kay, so I’m not a poet. What I’m trying to say in my own charming and witty manner is that Santa Barbara has many different microclimates. A microclimate is loosely defined as the climate of a small, specific site or habitat that may differ from the surrounding area. That can be a section of town, as my Riviera poem depicts, or even an area as small as the overhanging eaves of your house or patio. If you are aware of the specific microclimates that occur on your property, you can take advantage of them when choosing plants for your garden and also avoid losing plants that may get too cold or warm. When I lived on the Westside, in the looming shadow of the Mesa, I had to accept the fact that in the winter, the sun went down at one in the afternoon. I chose plants for my patio that could take the shortened day length and extra chilly nights. On the other hand, there were advantages. I was able to hang entire sides of beef in my living room and they did not spoil. I had lots of barbecues over on West Valerio. Where I live now, near Foothill Road and Hope Avenue, on any given day, the temperature can be ten to fifteen degrees warmer than other parts of town.

Grapefruit and bananas fully ripen up and the roses stay disease-free without spraying. The misty Mesa and other neighborhoods that are close to the beach have their own microclimates. It’s certainly possible to successfully grow roses at these locations but they can be more susceptible to mildew and black spot. Spraying them with a less toxic or “organic” product containing neem oil will help. I get better results if I begin spraying before I get the disease problems as it’s easier to prevent them than to try to get rid of them once you’ve gotten them. Different areas or exposures of your property most likely contain varied microclimates. West or south-facing exposures will naturally be warmer and sunnier as opposed to the chillier east and north sides. As previously mentioned, moving tender plants under overhangs or onto cement patios can trap and retain enough warmth to prevent your tender, potted houseplants from getting frost bitten when the winter nights dip a little too low. Taking it down a notch, you can even have individual microclimates in your home. Some orchids will thrive in a bright bathroom where they benefit

Another day on the Mesa. Spray those roses with neem oil!

from the humidity provided from your daily bathing and showering. That same orchid may not do as well in other parts of your home where drying heat or chilly air conditioning deplete the air of moisture.

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In Summary Don’t grow cactus in the shade or the north side of your yard Also, don’t plant roses there ‘cause getting flowers will be hard Learn your microclimates, and know what goes here and there If you don’t you’ll soon find out  that gardening is a bear. (Okay, I’ll stop now.)

This patio and overhang microclimate will keep this ficus tree toasty all winter.



 

f you’re having orchid-buying withdrawal and can’t wait for the annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show in March 2014, there’s light at the end of the greenhouse. Both Cal-Orchid and The Santa Barbara Orchid Estate are having open houses this weekend. Orchid demonstrations, t-shirts, supplies and of course – orchid plants for sale. Can’t have too many orchids, right? For hours check out www.calorchid. com and www.sborchid.com.


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Sports Volunteer of the Month: Kent Wojciechoski by Randy Weiss

sponsored by Santa Barbara PAL, the Santa Barbara School District, the City of Santa Barbara and City of Goleta.” With a primary focus on soccer and basketball, it offers skills-based training, mentoring and friendly competitions among students at the area’s public junior high schools. Many of the athletes go on to play at the varsity level in high school or for club teams. Most importantly, it provides team building and “a safe harbor” for kids from ages 12 to 14 because studies show,

But now Wojo is the star, a fact that was obvious to former PAL Grant Coordinator and After-School Sports Coordinator Chelsey Gonzales. “Knowing Wojo was enough to show me how positively influential he was in Santa Barbara. But it wasn’t until I worked with and for him at PAL that I realized how special and irreplaceable he is in the lives of so many people, youth and adults. He epitomizes the mission statement of PAL every day. Without his hard work, PAL wouldn’t be nearly the success that it has been and continues to be.” “Wojo takes great pride in the many programs PAL offers to the youth of the community,” shares Laurie Parker, PAL Executive Director. “He puts the kids first and it truly shows by the crowd that flocks to him at every sports event.” And there are thousands of them who now count Wojo as their, well, pal. So when it comes to making a gigantic community impact in helping local kids lead productive, healthy and gang-free lives, it’s safe to say that “one of Santa Barbara’s finest” – our reluctant Sports Volunteer of the Month, Kent “Wojo” Wojciechoski – clearly stands “head and shoulders” above the rest.

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Officer Kent Wojciechoski, Sports Volunteer of the Month

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e’s a familiar figure around town. And at six-feet, ten-inches tall, he’s hard to miss. But what makes much-beloved Santa Barbara Police Officer Kent Wojciechoski really stand out in the community, perhaps more than anything else, is his undying commitment to keeping local kids “on the straight and narrow path” with alternative, positive solutions to the pressures of joining gangs. For his vision and leadership in launching the local Police Activities League (PAL) in 1999, in continuing to serve on its board of directors (currently as its secretary), as a coach, ongoing volunteer and as one of its biggest cheerleaders, “Wojo” (as known to nearly all) is our newest Sports Volunteer of the Month. There’s no shortage of accolades here. “He has always placed the youth of the Santa Barbara community first, with the establishment of the PAL Club, fundraising and developing relationships with significant people who can help influence our youth and community in

a positive fashion,” said Curt Pickering, head coach of the Santa Barbara Breakers professional basketball team. Among those “influencers” is City of Santa Barbara Administrator Jim Armstrong. “PAL has done a fantastic job of creating positive activities for youth, especially during the critical hours right after school when kids can get into trouble. The program has made tremendous strides in bringing police officers and kids together in a positive way,” Armstrong said. “Wojo has been there every step of the way and has truly put his heart and soul into making PAL the big success it is today. Whenever you do a ride-along with Wojo, it is amazing all the kids who wave to him and call out his name. He is a tremendous ambassador for our City and the Police Department.” Those “positive activities” to which Armstrong refers include sports. Accordingly to the PAL website, its After-School Junior High Sports League “is free to students at Santa Barbara, La Cumbre, La Colina and Goleta Valley Jr. High Schools. This program is co-

like Armstrong says, that’s when they are most likely to get into trouble. In addition, it helps break down perceived barriers and builds trust and healthy relationships with local law enforcement. There’s also summer camp scholarship opportunities, a Santa Barbara Police Explorer Post, a Youth Leadership Council and Big and Little Pals mentoring that continue this yearlong important undertaking in developing character and reinforcing positive behaviors. “When people think of PAL, they picture Wojo,” says Mayor Helene Schneider. “His commitment and service ensuring that thousands of local kids have access to free fun after school and summer activities is inspiring. His towering presence gives us all assurance that positive fun options are available to all Santa Barbara kids.” Not bad for a guy who grew up enjoying sports. He even played college hoops for Texas Tech and played against NBA Hall of Famer and then University of Houston star, Clyde “The Glide” Drexler.

Mita, Brewer Capture Semana Nautica Ocean Swim Events by John Dvorak

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emana Nautica’s signature oceanswimming events were competed over the 4th of July weekend, with U.S. Naval Academy swimmer Riley Mita winning the 1-mile swim and local teenager Ben Brewer winning the 3-mile. Mita won his first Semana Nautica 1-Mile Ocean Swim on Saturday by taking a cue from five-time champion and 2008 Olympian Mark Warkentin. “It’s funny because when I used to swim this I would just go and sprint the whole thing and see how I could do. But every time I did it, Mark Warkentin would come at the last part and just beat me. And this happened three years in a row,” Mita explained. After a two-year absence from the event, the 19-year-old returned more experienced to win in a time of 21 minutes and two seconds. “He’s gotten smarter,” Warkentin said of Mita. “There were a few times at this race where I just totally used him. He just made some boneheaded mistakes so it’s


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Riley Mita, left, won the Semana Nautica 1-Mile Ocean Swim. Ben Brewer, right, placed second in the 1-mile race and first in the next day’s 3-mile race.

Five-time Semana Nautica champion Nicole Antoniuk.

good to see his education has come to the point – I mean, he’s one of the better open water swimmers in America now.” “It’s good to see that he’s not just physically in better shape, but he’s got a better strategy.” Mita, who is a sophomore at the Naval Academy, adopted the strategy he saw Warkentin use in past races to guide his path to victory. Mita drafted behind second and thirdplace finishers Ben Brewer and Walker Bell until the final portion of the race. “At the last orange buoy I started to go a little faster and pick it up a little bit, and drafted, and then just tried to carry it into the finish,” Mita said. A leading pack of six all crossed the finish line within 20 seconds of each other. Nicole Antoniuk returned to triumph in the women’s race for the fifth straight year. The Cal Poly swimmer isn’t currently in heavy training but decided at the last minute to defend her title, leaving San Luis Obispo at 5am to make the 9am race start. “Today my mentality was just go out there, have fun,

just try and finish the race,” Antoniuk said. “And I felt good in the water.” Seventh overall, she finished with a time of 22:14 to top second-place swimmer Olivia Smith by 17 seconds. Antoniuk and Mita, both originally from Santa Clarita, competed at the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships at Lake Castaic in May. Mita placed 14th in the 5k and 16th in the 10k. Antoniuk was 28th in the 5k. Youth prevailed in Sunday’s 3-mile race as a pair of 16-year-olds claimed the men’s and women’s titles. Ben Brewer crossed the finish line all alone in a time of 1 hour and 59 seconds. Robert Margalis placed second with a time of 1:02.03, followed by Ian Bidwell in third. Carina Schipper won the women’s race with a time of 1:04.06. Brewer, a Santa Barbara Swim Club athlete, enjoyed a comfortable lead for much of the race. “I was trying to decide before whether I was going to try and draft off someone and sprint at the end, or just try and stay out ahead the whole time, and I decided to try and stay ahead. It worked out,” Brewer explained. It was only the second time in the young winners’ lives that either had swum the 3-mile distance. “It’s a lot harder for sure because you can’t just necessarily sprint the entire thing, you’ll get too sore and tired,” said Brewer of the longer distance. Brewer had just about reached his physical limit after competing in several

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events during the Semana Nautica festival. In just five days, which included a day off for the 4th of July holiday, Brewer had swum in four different ocean swimming races. It started with a 1k warm-up at Nite Moves on Wednesday, followed by a 1-mile swim on Friday evening and another 1-mile on Saturday morning. He’d simultaneously been racing at the Semana Nautica Age-Group Swim Meet at Los Baños Pool over the long weekend. “It’s been a lot,” Brewer said. “But it’s all been fun.” Schipper swam the Seal Beach Rough Water 5k last year and had been swimming almost as much as Brewer last week. Placing sixth overall, Schipper beat out last year’s winner Courtney Weigand by 53 seconds. “I took the first mile a lot easier than I expected to but I got faster as it went on which isn’t usually how people swim a race,” Schipper said. Race conditions were calm, with an overcast grey, glassy water and light currents holding through the entire race. The swim started and finished in front of the Cabrillo Bath House at East Beach. The course remained parallel to the beach, making the swimmers take just two 180 degree turns during the race. Like Brewer, second and third-place finishers Margalis and Bidwell improved on their placements from the previous day’s 1-mile ocean swim. Eric LindheimMarx, who finished 17th in Saturday’s shorter race, moved up to 5th overall on Sunday. 






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Dear Mrs. Byrne, regarding your recent comments on “Urban Street Art” (Vol. 2, Issue 24) – let’s start off with your very generous, but ignorant use of the word “art.” It is in context to apply the phrase, “one man’s art is another man’s vandalism.” Rarely does “Street Art” approach what most would recognize as anything close to art. If not outright moronic gang scribble, it often is unemployed delinquents attempting poorly drawn graphics. “ART?” I think not. I would gladly donate time and money to paint over this blight hourly if needed. Here’s a thought, Mrs. Byrnes, how about you volunteer the side of your house, or garage, or fence for some of members of your “art community?” It could be so “vibrant” for you and I’m sure YOUR neighbors will warm to it as well. Member, A.N.G.E.R. Any Neighborhood Graffiti Encourages Rot (Editor’s Note: Ah, hey Sharon, care to address this one? Pretty please? – MSM) (Dear Member with Serious Reading Comprehension Issues (I feel like I’ve suddenly stepped into a porn magazine here), my name is Byrne, not Byrnes. That’s Ms. Byrne, to you. Go back and re-read the article. You clearly didn’t understand it. We had permission to do the mural from the owner, and it is right across the street from my house. This solved our problem with the vandalism that was occurring on that wall and radiating outwards from it, and brought us together as a community. What are you doing, other than misunderstanding articles and living in A.N.G.E.R.? Can’t imagine you’re having much fun. Here’s a positive outlet for that energy, and takes you up on that generous offer of yours: Call the City of Santa Barbara Graffiti Hotline to donate your time to cleaning off graffiti. They’ve got one fulltime person and one halftime person, and a really big territory to cover. I am sure they would love to have you put in serious hours to help. (805) 897-2513. Call Looking Good Santa Barbara to sign up for a free graffiti kit and remove it yourself. Put in as many hours as you like! (805) 897-2526. Finally, quit kvetching, and have the courage to sign your name to hate mail you author. You’re just putting out crap in a public space, anonymously. Strangely, that puts you right on par with the very vandals you decry, as they too don’t want to get caught scrawling their respective crap. – Sharon Byrne )

On Unconstitutional Laws, Edward Snowden and Jeff Harding (yeah, that’s right) Dear Mr. Mazza, Please convey to Jeff Harding my gratitude for his forthright editorial, “Security Leaks and the Slippery Slope” (Vol. 2, Issue 25). For some time now and dating back to Congress’s speedy approval of the Patriot Act in 2001, my husband and I have been alarmed by the government’s encroachment into our civil liberties. As


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well, the role that a complacent press has played. What is the ordinary citizen to do? As I read Mr. Harding’s piece, I reflected on the distinction that must be made between what is “law” and what is “constitutional.” The two are not necessarily the same, and in such cases, Constitution trumps Law. Always. Yesterday, I read Judge Napolitano’s own editorial on this conflict, and his belief that Edward Snowden is a patriot. Martin Luther King Jr. also distinguishes between the two in his famous essay, “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” In King’s distinction between just and unjust laws, he writes: “We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.’”  I’ve posted letters to our federal legislators from California twice over the past two weeks: the first, shortly after the NSA revelations and just prior to Edward Snowden’s interview with The Guardian; the second time, when I recently sent by certified mail my request that Feinstein, Boxer, and Capps join with other legislators and curtail those elements of the Patriot Act that violate the Constitution. By my reckoning, six of the first ten amendments are being violated. I have little hope that my two senators or representative will read my letters. The best, that an intern will tally my position: Snowden is a patriot and the NSA is not.  I can only hope that other citizens will likewise write to their elected officials.  Again, please thank Mr. Harding for me. Celeste Barber Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: No problem, Celeste, I rather enjoyed Jeff’s piece as well and will definitely pass along your note and gratitude. Come to think of it, Jeff, why don’t you just respond with your thoughts? – MSM) (Celeste, thank you for the kind words. My alternate title of this article was “Orwell Was Right.” It is difficult to judge history when it’s happening all around us. I guess that’s why it’s called “history;” it takes time to look back and evaluate events from a distance. I believe that is why so many people, especially our politicians who supported the various bills that made spying on Americans “legal,” can’t see the simple truth of the implications of PRISM and the other tools that our government uses. It seems fine at the time to assist our law enforcement officials in rooting out potential terrorist plots. But I believe history will judge this legislation harshly as creating a dangerous opening for those who would wield this power in ways that are harmful to our liberty. Of course you already see the danger and I applaud you for taking swift action to let our politicians know that the ends don’t justify the means. Please keep up the fight. And I agree with you that Snowden has done us a favor and that he is not a “traitor.” - Jeff Harding)

Larry the Anarchical Cable Guy Concurs Hi Matt, Just in the last few months, the US government has been found using its tax authorities to bully political opposition groups. They’ve confiscated phone records of the so-called “free press.” And they’ve been caught, very publicly, spying on anyone and everyone, anywhere and everywhere, any time and all the time, even in the Congressional cloakroom. These “nosey people” obviously screwed up big time however when they picked on A.P., as now that it’s ox has been gored, A.P. will hopefully feel no obligation to cover up for them any longer, and many people who were willing to play along to get along are rethinking their positions as to whether they are actually an indispensable part of the in crowd or just one more useful idiot, and what sort of world they will be bequeathing to their own children and grandchildren. Etcetera.  It’s a sad state of affairs when NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden has been forced to flee to the governments of China, Russia, Venezuela, Cuba and Ecuador in order to avoid rotting away in a US prison, simply for publicizing the government’s very unconstitutional crimes. Crimes that Judge Napolitano says are the greatest assault on the 4th Amendment since the country’s founding. (The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures.) Now they’ve revoked Snowden’s passport – something typically reserved exclusively for international pedophiles according to Chapter 4, Title 22 of the US Code. How ironic is it that the government is happy to continue bending or breaking the law in order to destroy someone who blew the whistle on them breaking the law. Being a whistleblower myself and having to suffer the wrath of a despotic government (a story that is too lengthy to go into here), I am VERY sympathetic to Snowden and consider him a modern day Paul Revere-type of character. Apparently even supporters of Nancy Pelosi do not like what is going on either. At the recent Network Nation conference in San Jose, Pelosi was resoundingly heckled and booed as she stated that “Mr. Snowden had violated the law and that the government needed to strike a balance between security and privacy.” And, not so surprisingly I suppose, the discussion in Congress is not “let’s shut down these ‘rogue programs,’” but rather, “How do we crucify Snowden?” The reason they want to crucify him is obvious to any thinking person. While they proclaim he is putting our national security is at risk, the person of average intellect can see that panic is coming to the halls of power since their lies and hypocrisy have been exposed to the whole world. I’ll say it again: It’s high time all of these types of agencies and programs should be abolished and the earth salted to ensure they are never resurrected. If that makes me an anarchist, so be it.

Larry Bond Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Great to hear from you, Larry, I genuinely hate to do this but must refer you back to Celeste Barber’s letter and Jeff Harding’s response. (I’m sure you’ve already read them, though.) Let me put it to you this way: I don’t think you’re alone in your thinking. Anecdotally, I’d love to hear the whole whistleblower story… maybe over some fresh eggs and potatoes? For now, take care… and thanks again, Larry. – MSM)

Volunteering Definitely Helps the Homeless As the Volunteer Coordinator for Casa Esperanza Homeless Center for the past three years, I would like to respond to “Helping the Homeless” from the Letters Section of the June 28 – July12, 2013 edition of the Sentinel (Vol. 2, Issue 25). First off, for all non-profit organizations, volunteers are integral to keeping budget costs low and reaching out to the larger community. Casa Esperanza relies on a great team of caring volunteers that allows us to leverage our precious staff time and resources to where they are most needed. There are many tasks or projects around Casa Esperanza that resident members/ clients help on a daily basis. Our kitchen is largely operated by Resident Members participating in our Culinary Arts Training Program, which trains individuals to work in an industrial kitchen, places them in a paid externship at a local restaurant, and assists them in securing full-time employment. Resident Members form our Step Team, which goes out daily to beautify the surrounding Milpas area. Finally, unless medically unable, all Resident Members staying at Casa Esperanza must complete 20 hours a week of “house responsibilities.” Our goal is to empower Resident Members with a sense of ownership in their time at Casa Esperanza, while giving them the structure needed to promote selfsufficiency and stability. For reasons of confidentiality, Resident Members are unable to volunteer at the Front Desk. It is with this in mind that we reach out to the Santa Barbara community to help meet the need, and have consistently been rewarded with loyal help by our amazing volunteers. Volunteers of Casa Esperanza help keep our doors open so that many in the community who are homeless have a place to go. We welcome community members to schedule a one-on-one tour of Casa Esperanza and learn more about the volunteer opportunities, programs and needs of Casa Esperanza. John “JB” Bowlin Volunteer Coordinator Casa Esperanza Homeless Center (Editor’s Note: Terrific letter, JB, it contains just the type of insight that really lends to community understanding on an issue like this one. Note that I don’t think Donald Polk (who wrote the letter in

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question) or anyone else would argue that volunteers have NO place in the support system. And it seems to me that Casa Esperanza endeavors to provide precisely “the type of positive opportunity that some people on the street – those who actually want to improve their circumstances and are willing to work to do so – need to get going in the right direction again.” Bravo. And thanks for writing. – MSM)

Boomers Suck! Gen-Xers Rule! Boomers Rule! Gen-Xers Suck! Scary times are easier when there is an enemy who can be named. I’m a Baby Boomer based on the dateline, yet I’m far from the privileged or negligent person referred to in Sharon Byrne’s article entitled “Talking ‘Bout My Generation…X” (Vol. 2, Issue 25). I’m 55, working with a disability, terrified to lose my job and insurance. My husband is 52 years old and worked in the print industry for 30 years. He was recently unemployed for almost four years and has thankfully found a job in the service industry at about 50% of his former earnings and benefits. We drive 20-year-old cars and don’t own a home, nor do we have a 401K. We’ve worked hard, voted, and fought for the causes we believed. We all suffer under current conditions. Blaming others isn’t going to change things, nor will pitting one generation against another. Look around at the faces struggling and you’ll see old and young – Gen X-ers and Boomers alike. Tracey Beauchamp Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Thanks for the letter, Tracey, you raise a good point about Sharon’s Take. There is no doubt that people from all ages and walks are struggling right now, and pitting generations against each other won’t solve that problem. With that said, however, I don’t think that was Sharon’s intention and many of her points do indeed have merit. Ultimately, my read of Sharon’s piece is that the time has come for us Gen-Xers (I was born in 1975) to stand up and be a part of a forward-thinking leadership regime that improves the present socioeconomic/political situation to ensure a brighter future for our families. And you Boomers should work with us to ensure the same. Now… what’s wrong with that? Thanks again for writing. – MSM)

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Elections and Sharon Byrne Matt, we have two good friends, Kinga and his wife Tshering, who are citizens of Bhutan. When young and in school, Kinga had finished in the top of his country for all school exams, and was selected to go to college in the US. He first received an engineering degree and later was sent back to school, by the government of Bhutan, to study international finance at Pepperdine. He first worked for the electric company of Bhutan and later was asked by the king of Bhutan to modernize their antiquated banking system. Since then, he has been in charge of development of an Education City where schools from around the world will have satellite campuses. Tshering meanwhile built a hotel on land she had inherited. And now that it’s up and running successfully, she is starting construction of a second hotel in

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Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. Two busy and very accomplished individuals… who also have three wonderful daughters. The reason I am telling you all is this is that Kinga is now running for parliament in Bhutan. We recently found his Facebook page and were very impressed with his philosophy and political style. I thought that Sharon Byrne would especially enjoy his postings. It would be wonderful if our politicians would offer the same, free of union money and/or corporate influence. His site is https://www.facebook.com/pages/ KingaTshering/125853130936743. Check it out. George and Susan Larson Montecito (Editor’s Note: Thanks for this, Larson family, but I must confess some confusion right out of the gates. You seem to insinuate that union money and corporate influence affect our politicians’ judgment and decisionmaking. Does that actually happen here in the old US of A? Seriously? (Kidding. Of course it does.) I actually enjoyed Kinga’s site. And it appears that the Bhutanese will vote on Saturday… please do let me know if he wins a seat. Maybe we can arrange a sit down with Sharon if he ever comes to SB. She’s often game for a cup of coffee and an interesting conversation. – MSM)

David McCalmont Is Clearly Over 40 I was thinking of Nelson’s petulant lament to his fans who showed up to his concerts in the 1970s not wishing to hear his current stuff but the tunes from the ‘50 and ‘60s when he was “Ricky Nelson.” Rick held a “Garden Party” but nobody wanted to come. Turns out Ricky had grown up – but his fans hadn’t. Time and place has a great impact on art. A song an artist writes this year that becomes a hit next year and then

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only becomes known to a listener five years from now is old hat long ago to the songwriter. He wants to move on. It’s like my father once said: Our opinion of ourselves is what’s in our heads to do next year. The public’s opinion of us is what we actually did five years ago. You gave up a lot of valuable print space with the lyrics to John Lennon’s “Imagine” (Vol. 2, Issue 24). These words are more to you than something you just reprinted from off the Internet. It’s been 42 years since he penned that song, and 33 years since he was so ignominiously gunned down at the entrance to his Manhattan apartment building. This song was recorded at about the time of your birth (I surmise). From your vantage point in 2013, you say: “What a song, man, what a thought.” (With all your “cools” and “man” throughout your response, one would have thought you were a child of the ‘40s and ‘50s!) We’ll never know for sure – and Yoko Ono will never tell – but it’s been rumored that much of the tension that built up between John Lennon and former Beatle (and friend) Paul McCartney had to do with the fact that Lennon had dialed back from much of his agnosticism and secular humanism associated with his life and art while a Beatle and in the early days of his solo career. But McCartney continued to stick with the fantastical liberalism of his youth – as he has to this day. But John got married and it was that marriage that partially broke up the Beatles. He produced a child with Yoko and built a family life around a living space with stability and a set schedule. These are the habits that make maturing adults question the precepts of their youth. Nobody is suggesting they’ve seen John Lennon and his family darken the doorways of St. Patrick’s Cathedral or the High Anglican Church up on Riverside Drive, but his views on politics

and religion took a conservative turn in the years before his untimely death. And Paul McCartney took umbrage with that and interpreted that as a personal attack on himself. Matt, I’m a little saddened that you are still infatuated with the dreams that meander through the minds of teen-agers and college students who are in the midst of testing the mettle of their parents’ worldview. Those who have reached and passed forty should be spending time with things that 5,000 years of civilization have indicated are true and real. The last quarter century should have put some meat and potatoes on your perspective of things handed down from your parents. Isn’t it amazing how silly and stupid our parents sound when we’re eighteen, and how wise to the world and eternity they appear when we’re forty? “Imagine all the people living for today.” Matt, isn’t that going to be Eightball Shifter’s epitaph? Is that what you really want? God forbid! I say John Lennon stopped being a “Dreamer” long before his assassination. I’m not even sure he took seriously in 1970 the lyrics he put into this megahit. We should take “Imagine” about as seriously as we take Superman or Iron Man – or James Bond (Ouch! That last one hit home, and hurt!) David S. McCalmont Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: First of all, David, I have not yet “reached and passed forty.” In fact, I’ll be turning 38 in around 5 weeks. Very important that we get that straight at the outset. I don’t want any confusion there. The damned song was written years before my birth. (Around four years before my birth, in fact.) Second, and with that said, I’m no Lennon historian, man, I just like the tune. Larry the Anarchical Cable Guy’s letter and Alan Hurst’s response (Vol. 2, Issues 21 and 22, respectively) got me thinking about it, and we published the full lyrics, for fun, in a letter and response entitled Skateboard Anarchy, John Lennon and The Marquee’s Open Mic (Vol. 2, Issue 23). It wasn’t meant to be taken too seriously… although perhaps we should consider it a bit more than Superman or Iron Man. (I’ve still never seen an Iron Man movie. Is that weird?) Third, I can’t stand Paul McCartney. I can’t say I know him particularly well, of course, but his music and whole cool-guy ...continued p.26

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by Rachelle Oldmixon

Beating Beastly Bacteria, Badly

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t was four years ago this Fourth of July that I first noticed a small bump on the back of my calf. Being particularly sweet-tasting to insects, I thought it was a nasty bug bite. Within 24 hours, though, it had swollen to three times its original size. Within the next few days, it grew to look like someone had glued a softball onto my leg and painted it an ugly red. Being the ever stubborn individual I am, I flat-out refused to admit that the immobilizing lump was any more than a bug bite to which my body was having a rather excessive reaction. It was only when long tendrils of red started tracking outward from the site that I admitted something was (probably) wrong. The doctor took one look at me and said, without so much as blinking, “You have MRSA.” With that, I was prescribed a nice strong antibiotic with nasty nausea side effects and told to return if the infection did not subside. On bed rest, I looked into “MRSA.” Uh-oh.

MSRA Isn’t As Bad As It Sounds As many of us are now quite aware, MRSA is a drug resistant form of the Staph infection, or Staphylococcus aureus. Originally, the “M” in MRSA stood for methicillin, indicating that MRSA was a methicillin-resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus. Today, there are so many strains of MRSA that are resistant to a host of drugs that many use the acronym “MRSA” as a way to refer to strains of the bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. MRSA makes headlines from time to time as the terrifying new danger lurking in our hospitals, created in the last decade by our obsession with antibiotics. But drug resistance is not a new phenomenon. The first drug-resistant infectious bacteria were observed in 1947, only four years after we started mass-producing penicillin. How do bacteria become resistant to a drug designed to kill them so quickly? Simple. They evolve faster than almost any other organism on the earth. Bacteria have a life cycle of only a few hours. They can produce several generations of offspring in a day. That means that genetic mutations occur at a faster rate than they do in other organisms. Even so, you would think that antibiotics work fast enough to kill most bacteria before a mutation that makes the bacteria resistant could get a strong foothold in the population. Unfortunately, however, once a mutation is present in one bacterium, it can share that gene with other bacteria

The dreaded Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as the bacteria that causes Staph infections; scientists are working tirelessly to combat its speedy resistance to antibiotics.

through horizontal gene transfer. Sounds bleak, doesn’t it? That’s because that’s where most stories would end: Bacteria evolve too fast for us to develop new antibiotics to kill off the drug resistant bacteria. But that version of the story leaves out the final chapters. Those last chapters are probably the most important, too. The fact of the matter is that scientists, particularly those that work in the highstakes world of antibiotics, are incredible out of the box problem-solvers. Just the kind of folks we need in the war against infection and disease.

Scientists are Smarter Than Drug Resistant Bacteria

In only the last year or two, I’ve heard of three new forms of antibiotic medication that can combat antibiotic resistance. The first is so near to us that no matter where we look – or who is looking – it is in our line of sight. The problem is that it is invisible. Every surface on our body is covered in microorganisms, bacteria included. Every surface. Our arms, legs, face, eyelashes, even inside our nose. We have more bacteria on our body than we do cells within it. But we do not have a single bacterium on our eyes. Not one. Our eyes are sterile. The reason, it turns out, is a suite of cytokeratin 6A-derived peptides,

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

small proteins made of a few amino acids that were discovered by a research group at UC Berkeley. These peptides fight off infection and keep our vision crystal clear. These peptides are the perfect antibiotic, if they pass clinical tests. They are small, easy to mass produce, and biocompatible with the human body. Essentially, we may not suffer any side effects if these peptides are our next generation antibiotics. The same is true for a second possible class of antibiotics. This class would be derived from protein lipids that women produce during lactation. HAMLET, human alpha-lactalbumin made lethal to tumor cells, protects an infant from infections and tumors during those vital first months of life. Used outside of its natural setting, HAMLET’s function changes a bit. HAMLET is not an antibiotic on its own. Instead, it seems to weaken a

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bacterium’s resistance to other antibiotics. Essentially, if HAMLET is added to penicillin, the penicillin is significantly more able to bind to bacteria and eliminate the infection. And finally, we come to one of our oldest bacteria-fighting substances: Silver. Silver has been known to have special properties since at least 400 B.C. when it was mentioned in Herodotus’ writings. It was used to keep water fresh and cover wounds. Its use expanded and silver was commonplace in many medical procedures until the mid-20th century when it fell out of use in favor of more modern and effective antibiotics. Although, many wound dressings and endotracheal breathing tubes still contain trace amounts of silver to help prevent infection. The pendulum may soon swing back to silver, too. Silver seems to have the same re-sensitization properties as HAMLET, but magnified. When trace amounts of silver are added to an existing antibiotic drug, it can increase the effectiveness of that drug by nearly 1,000 times. As an added bonus, silver is not limited in which infections it can target, like HAMLET is. Bacteria may be evolving and becoming resistant to our antibiotics at an alarming rate, but our scientists are more than capable of finding inspiration for new antibiotics in the most unassuming places. So I think we’ll be OK. 

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…but who loves the wading pool even more. According to Lilli, Finley can even blow bubbles.

Oh yes, I’m gonna be a country girl again. With an old brown dog and a big front porch and rabbits in the pen. I tell you, all the lights on Broadway don’t amount to an acre green. And I’m gonna be a country girl again.  -Buffy Sainte-Marie

Alive and Squealing in Santa Barbara County: 4-H Survives and Thrives 10-year-old Lilli Pace knows her way around the farm. Here she’s with her sow, Finley, who likes the pen just fine…

and red tape. That day, the kids served participatory democracy a la carte to any bureaucrat who thought 4-H was animal husbandry for hicks as relevant to the 21st century as a 1950s Swanson foil and TV frozen dinner. Götterfunken!

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didn’t consider myself a card-carrying member of a generation of swine or, for that matter, chickens or rabbits until I attended a meeting of the Lucky Clover 4-H Club last month. Twilight dripped summer in Los Olivos. The volunteer barbecue-meister sizzled Santa Ynez (they don’t call it Santa Maria barbecue) on his big-rig grill that would later feed tri-tip and bread (besides salads, hominy etc.) to the hungry masses of 4-H kids, parents and volunteers all packed in the local grange hall. In addition to the U.S. and 4-H pledge of allegiance, the meeting featured typical

Robert’s Rules of Order agenda items: Project reports, awards, updates and two items that grabbed a grange-wide “Attnhut.” The fair! Not just any fair but the Santa Barbara County Fair that is the premier 4-H soirée, showcasing any and all 4-H Projects. Held at the Santa Maria Fairpark, the fair is our county’s 4-H pig-de-resistance, Steer Super Bowl or Goat Grand Prix, and it gives kids the opportunity to flaunt their stock in dress whites and with stand-up pride after all those months of blood, sweat and mucking stalls. (And, yes, sometimes tears

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when animals are auctioned off.) But what triggered this columnist’s ovation was when Carla Renard, a Lucky Clover recent past co-community leader, reported how 4-H kids, parents and supporters helped save the Santa Barbara County 4-H Youth Development Program nearly butchered amidst the bureaucratic carnage of pork-trimming in the holy name of county budget talks. See Mr. Smith take on Washington. Behold David kneecapping Goliath. Hear Beethoven’s 9th as more than 30 kids and parents and other supporters gave public comment either in person or by remote video link at the County Board of Supervisors’ budget hearings on June 12 in Santa Barbara regarding the UC Cooperative Extension and proposed cuts. 4-H supporters showed up en masse. An image shimmers. A triumvirate of girls appears before the supervisors in the council chambers. They recite the 4-H pledge of allegiance and then speak. And with Lincoln-esque presence and a singular rhetoric to rival Pericles, they proceed to shred bureaucratic patois

“When the kids spoke before us, it blew us away. Their leadership skills, responsibility and public speaking skills made a big impression on the board. Some of the other supervisors not from agricultural areas thought 4-H was just about raising pigs or cows, “ said Fifth District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino. “They did not realize 4-H taught kids all kinds of skills.” In June, the County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in their 201314 final budget to restore the UC Cooperative Extension funding which was slated for cuts upon recommendation of the Ag Commissioner’s Office. That would have included the $153,000 funding for the Santa Barbara County 4-H Program since it is part of the county, UC Cooperative Extension and Department of Agriculture partnership. Officials report the program had been cut from $180,000 to $153,000 a couple years prior, when Supervisors also gave assurances regarding ongoing future 4-H funding. Whoever thought of this muleheaded, lame-brained, Snidely Whiplash, Sherman slash-and-burn, scum-sucking, ambulance chasing, dim-witted plan must have been wearing Texas-size blinders, eating Loco Weed and drinking copious amounts of the Green Fairy in a room where the light was on but nobody was home. (Okay, take a breath – but the idea to ...continued p.25


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id you enjoy your week off? Did you continue to FOLLOW THROUGH, make little changes that lead to big changes and reap the associated rewards? I know you’re nodding your head as you read this. (You’d better be, anyway.) This week, as promised, we’re taking the workout to the kitchen. No, this isn’t some sort of reward for all your hard work. (You’re not a dog – at least I don’t think there are any dogs reading – so stop rewarding yourself with food already.) My goal this week is to change what you’re putting in your body and to help the folks out there who constantly tell me that “they are active” and “they workout” and “pretty much eat healthy” but yet still cannot seem to lose weight. All of that is usually followed with something like, “I don’t know, it must be genetic” or “I guess it’s just my body type” or whatever. Blah blah blah. Like I always say, great abs are made in the kitchen. So while you may be exercising, if you’re not eating right you won’t see the results you want – period.  Processed foods, salt and sugar are proven causes of heart disease, diabetes and obesity that contain little or no benefit. Processed foods – often referred to as fake foods – have been modified and contain additives like nitrites and food colors and various chemicals. I tell all my clients: If you can’t process the ingredients on the label, then neither can your body. With all that in mind, here are three more little changes the will lead to big ones, trust me: 1. Clean out the Junk: Begin a clean out of all processed foods. Sound overwhelming? A great place to start is avoiding two common ingredients in processed foods: High fructose corn syrup and trans fats (or partially hydrogenated oils). Clean out all items in the house with these ingredients, and next time you grocery shop read labels to avoid them – you will be amazed! 2. Watch the Salt: Salt is another common ingredient in processed foods so read labels and avoid eating foods with high amounts of sodium – and don’t add extra to your food. Keep salt free flavorings available like herbs, spices, black pepper and garlic powder to help you limit salt intake. 3.  Always have Staples Handy: Keep some high quality raw food bars, frozen veggies and brown rice – these will last a while and will save you from the fast food lane when you are hungry and pressed for time. That’s it, three simple changes that anybody can make. I’ve given you the tools to get started on a healthier diet, now all you have to do is FOLLOW THROUGH and make it happen. Speaking of making it happen, here’s this week’s (super fun) workout. It’s the same one we did when I first started writing this article: The Baseline Body Weight Workout. Now it’s time to revisit it and see what your total score is. Have you improved?  

Warm-up:

Jumping jacks – 30 seconds Squats – 30 seconds Run in place (kick your butt, literally not figuratively) – 30 seconds Toe reach (stretch down hands touch feet and hold) – 30 seconds Plank (on your forearms, feet together, hands apart) – 30 seconds (Repeat three times) 

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LA NONNA: Unsung Heroes, Part II

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Emma con Nonna, 2011

punky Sicilian-American Nancy Franco is one of the extraordinary women who grace us with her presence here in Santa Barbara. Tireless, optimistic and a nationally-renowned Organizational Development and Executive Coach, she began her professional experience in Washington, D.C. with such groups as the Center for Community Change, Ralph Nader, and Senator Ted Kennedy’s staff, among others. After moving to California she established and built a statewide social change nonprofit, which grew from a staff of 3 to 90. In 1981, she began her consulting practice as Western Regional Director of the Management Assistance Group; she now works independently serving nonprofits, government entities and foundations that share her dedication to social change. A fantastic cook and hostess, she opens her home and her heart to one and all. Now in her role as “Nonna,” her granddaughter Emma is the apple of her Italian eyes. La vita e’ bella!

Work-out:

Simple. Do each movement below for 1 minute, with a 1 minute rest between movements. Write down how many reps of each individual exercise you did in that minute while you are resting. This is full-out and should be hard for anybody and everybody who does it. Did you beat your score from a few weeks back?   1. Body-weight squat (hands behind head, go down 90 degrees) 2. Push-ups (hands wide, get chest as close to ground as possible, record toes or knees) 3. Jump lunges (modification: Alternating back lunges) 4. Crunches  5. Shoulder slaps (Push-up position, tap opposite shoulder, each shoulder is 1) 6. Inner thigh squats (legs wide, toes turned out) 7. Dips (use a bench or chair or whatever you can find) 8. Plank hold (just hold 1 min, no number to record) 9. Alternating side lunges 10. Pop-ups If you’re feeling strong, then do a second round and try to beat the score from your first. Then do it as many days as possible this week. And if you have any questions about any of the exercises or anything else (or if you need a little motivation), please feel free to contact me directly at 805.698.6080 or jenny@jennyschatzle.com. Write Jenny a letter (letters@santabarbarasentinel.com) or contact her directly with any questions at jenny@jennyschatzle.com. And go get ‘em, the Sentinel is rooting for you.  






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...continued from p.23 Greg Fanning (front, middle) and the BBQ-meisters really got it done. Thanks guys, delicious meal!

Ryan Morrell (who owns the Pizza Shack in Los Olivos), with his two daughters Grace (10) and Kayla (7). How’s the barbecue Morrell family?

cut a program that betters more than 800 county youth with a curriculum of some 180 subjects/topics offered by the National 4-H is just ludicrous, especially in this county, where there is much ag to begin with. Now, where was I?) Finger pointing abounds. But I refuse to wallow in the swill of political name calling. Suffice it to say that you know your role in what might have been a county 4-H hatchet job. Did I just hear “financial collateral damage” as a rationale? Funny how “bang for your buck” gets real personal when it’s your ox being gored. Perhaps these myopic public servants might have first considered trimming their salaries in top down cuts instead of bottom up. Here’s a thought. Y’all might consider enrolling in the esteemed, nationally recognized 4-H curriculum titled “It’s Not Rocket Science.”

4-H Is an Important Program that Makes Good Sense in Santa Barbara County “4-H is a passion of mine. It is a great program for kids and teens to learn about not only animals but business and responsibility too. 4-H helps so much in our community when we do community service. If they had cut it, I would feel lost,” said Kayla Erath, 15, incoming Lucky Clover president and speaker at the budget hearings. Kayla is deeply involved with 4-H. Just this year, she was teen leader of four of her eight 4-H projects. She is taking pigs, rabbits, chickens and turkeys to the fair. Add photography, rural art projects and camp counselor at Camp Wahoo! And that is just for starters. On a hot summer afternoon when the thermometer promises perdition, Lilli Pace’s sow, Finley, is happy as a pig in… a wading pool. (This is a family column, get your minds out of the gutter.) A squeal of pure rapture comes as Finley, liberated from his dusty pen, jumps into the wet cool. This Duroc-Hampshire cross is show-ready for the Santa Barbara County Fair, weighing in at about 230 pounds of beefed-up swine. “She blows bubbles,” said Lilli, 10, a smiling Lucky Clover 4-H member. “4-H

Kayla Erath is Lucky Clover 4-H Club’s incoming President and spoke at the County BOS budget hearings. See what 4-H can do?

teaches kids how to control and care for animals. It helps teach kids to live with animals.” So tell me again why 4-H was on the chopping block? Haven’t these kids – just two of hundreds involved in the program – really said it all? Isn’t this a productive, positive prophylaxis to all the things everybody complains about when youths have no outlets? Whoever thought of this mule-headed, hare-brained… ah forget it, you get the idea.

Additionally, throughout the year more than 60 young people were involved in projects and activities of the 4-H Military Club at Vandenberg AFB, led by the staff of the Vandenberg AFB Youth Center. While no clubs are in SB proper, such 4-H clubs as Goleta and Los Padres serve the city and its environs. That’s a lot of positive impact, y’all. Under the aegis of learn, lead and succeed, the County 4-H Program has reinvented itself and come up with a five-year strategic business plan that aims to build the Santa Barbara County 4-H Youth Development Program into a bellwether, countywide program with annual funding of $334,000 to provide youth development expertise, volunteer training and programs for youth, families and volunteers.

That’s even more positive impact, y’all. Within that plan, the county 4-H Program aims to engage 10 percent of school-aged youth (estimated 7,000 kids) throughout Santa Barbara County to participate in 4-H programs and then retain them through high school. More, y’all. “There really is a misconception that everything 4-H is livestock and fairs and it’s not. Our slogan is ‘to learn by doing,’ our motto is to ‘to make the best better,’” said Carla Renard “I’m just so proud of these kids!” So am I, Carla. I had a terrific experience learning about the 4-H program and you have support in the Sentinel. And as far as 4-H budget cuts go, well, let’s just say that they will happen when blue-ribbon show pigs fly.

Pigs Ain’t Gonna Fly Anytime Soon Indeed, what a tawdry irony if the county 4-H budget had been cut on this, the California 4-H Centennial. 1913 to 2013 marks the existence of the “innovative, research-based youth development program.” Word is if the program had been cut, Santa Barbara would have been the only county without 4-H except tiny Alpine County. I don’t know about anybody else but I sure wouldn’t want to be remembered as the Benedict Arnold who betrayed 4-H’s “Revolution of Responsibility” to local budget cuts. Presently, there are 17 4-H Community Clubs countywide, and 4 4-H Military Clubs at Vandenberg Air Force Base. In fiscal year 2012-13, there are 850 Youth Members (ages 5 – 19) and 240 4-H Adult Volunteers (ranging in age from 18 – 85) active in the program throughout the county, said Sherry Mills, 4-H Program Representative III, UC Cooperative Extension – SB County.

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Misconceived Misconception of Shopping Local, Vol. 2, Issue 24). It was extremely narrow-minded, ignored the facts, sidestepped competition issues and, above all, was missing the point. Independent retail businesses are not eateries – they are not in the same class as Esau’s, Gino’s, etc. You cannot order breakfast online, but the internet draws customers away from shopping local. Mr. Peterson’s candid point of empty store fronts on State Street lead him to conclude that we might have fared better with better exposure. To that I say again: Economic dis-intermediation and Banks=1, Retail=0. And never mind that we had been in business for 29 years with the support of the local community – on a side street!  What saddens me is that the Sentinel is being drawn into the tedious realm of “commentary” a la Edhat.com (which is a wonderful local news edition). OpEd pieces are supposed to be thoughtprovoking and clarify ideological issues. They are not supposed to be bigoted, narrow-minded and, quite frankly, offensive to many hard-working locals who invest time, effort and money to bring Santa Barbara diversity. Maybe Mr. Peterson did not get the memo: Our town is losing (not gaining) local businesses. Add to that the failure of Barnes & Noble et al. and quickly you understand that shopping in downtown is not as prolific as it sounds.

persona just doesn’t do it for me. (I know, that sounds a little like the proverbial pot calling the (proverbial?) kettle black with my cool-guy sunglasses picture we use in this fine rag. But whatever, I blame Publisher Tim and Designer Trent for that.) Fourth, and finally, I stand by my comments, firmly, even though you seem to think that makes me “still infatuated with the dreams that meander through the minds of teen-agers and college students who are in the midst of testing the mettle of their parents’ worldview.” Maybe I am. And so what? Just think about those lyrics. What a song, man, what a thought. I mean, come on David… Imagine. – MSM)

A Bitter End for The Travel Store Matt, I was delighted that your paper chose to print my entire Op-Ed piece on the state of retail in Santa Barbara (The Misconception of Shopping Local & The Demise of The Travel Store, Vol. 2, Issue 23). When I wrote it, I vowed to write a balanced article highlighting some of the common issues afflicting retail, including aspects of consumer behavior. Your kind words were a reflection of deep-rooted community spirit and open-minded reporting of points-of-view.  The rebuttal by Mr. Iver Peterson was exactly the opposite of what I would have expected the Sentinel to publish. (A

                   

 

                                           

that wasn’t enough. – MSM)

The Sentinel Is Slowing But Surely Gaining Some Clout Hi Matt, I wanted to reach out about a new recurring summer event at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill every Friday and Sunday from 3 – 5pm. From now until the end of summer, the team at Chucks will be grilling up oysters and fish tacos on the patio, selling them for $2 a piece – or 6 for $10, in the case of oysters. We would love to have you down here to see what we’ve got cooking! I’ve included a few photos for you as well, so you can see an idea of what we’re doing. Let us know if we can expect you one of these days. Steve or Mike will show you the ropes and get you taken care of. Nicole Hyslop Chuck’s Waterfront Grill Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Now that’s what I’m talking about, Nicole, fish tacos and oysters (especially) are kind of my thing. And what’s that cocktail we’re looking at in the picture you sent (below)? A Mai Tai? Some kind of tropical rum punch? Maybe it’s something delicious I don’t even know about yet. You can indeed expect to see me down your way, Nicole, and soon. I’d love to be shown the ropes and taken care of. Thanks for the generous offer. – MSM) (Oh come on, y’all, what can I say? There are, occasionally, perks to the gig. Come to think of it, we started this section many thousands of words ago with a free scoop at McConnell’s new store and now I’m staring down some delicious oysters and fish tacos over a Mai Tai in the Harbor. Not bad for a couple weeks’ work. And for the record, I always disclose perks to ensure fair and balanced opinion-based commentary. Well, mostly anyway.) 



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I must not understand your humor in wearing shades because the future supposedly looks so bright. For a local news weekly, this may be self-serving to mobilize advertisers. But to me, it wreaked of ignorance and disdain when you publish commentary such as the piece in question. It merely placates people with vocal opinions but does little to remind locals that local retailers need more of their support. But then, maybe my hard-working colleagues are blessed with such abundance of customer support and bountiful financial contribution that we bow out sheepishly. After 29 years and increasing competition from the internet, the future decidedly looked less bright. Jan Koch Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Thanks for the letter, Jan, I’m sorry you feel that we shouldn’t have published Mr. Petersen’s response to your initial letter regarding the demise of The Travel Store and local retail trends. But we publish all sorts of letters, and frankly Mr. Petersen’s is not as crazy or offensive as you seem to think it is. As I’ve said repeatedly now, I don’t think it is any mystery that retail – maybe especially small(ish) local retail – is tough in SB these days. And my gut is that a travel store in particular may have a difficult time in this environment for a variety of reasons. (Perhaps that’s why you were unable to sell The Travel Store “at a very deep discount,” as you previously related.) But there are businesses that are making it work. And they aren’t just restaurants. Is it not OK – good, even – to celebrate them? Is that “self-serving to mobilize advertisers?” I think not. But reasonable minds differ, Jan, indeed. Please know that I always enjoyed our talks and will miss your store, which, as you know, my family supported often – even though I might have saved a few bucks online. I guess

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Home on the Range 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.

War Is Hell, But All’s Well

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o much for the cynics who were convinced World War Z was doomed to failure. How could the most costly zombie movie ever created – and produced by star Brad Pitt, to boot – possibly overcome its creative demons? After its well-documented hirings and firings behind the scenes, not to mention an inflated budget (reportedly hundreds of millions) and countless delays, the apocalyptic thriller is this year’s best surprise. The movie, based on Max Brooks’ popular horror novel – which I haven’t, and won’t, ever read – gets a smart, nuanced treatment from director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace and Monster’s Ball, the latter of which is already 12 years old). After catching flak for months, the beleaguered Pitt and Forster deserve pats on the back and considerable credit for unveiling a pin-sharp and engaging piece of work. Although many Hollywood analysts and number-crunchers claimed World War Z would be lucky to earn $50 million its opening weekend, it raked in a cool $66 million; not exactly chump change. Who’s laughing now? Certainly not the waves of humanity on screen: A worldwide outbreak of rabies has everybody running for their lives and Pitt, as a United Nations worker turned stay-at-home dad (“All you do is make pancakes”) gets summoned to help the military. The opening segment is set on the streets of Philadelphia, though it looks far from a city of brotherly love – and not only because it was actually shot in Glasgow, Scotland. The infestation of zombies will move at speeds rarely seen, an interesting touch that keeps us alert; it’s a shrewd respite from the glacially slow, feet-dragging undead we’re accustomed to enduring. If the upshot results in an overdose of rapid-fire close calls, the trade-off proves worthwhile. (Suspension of disbelief is not only expected but rewarded.) Our hero, in the midst of globetrotting to get to the bottom of this mind-blowing pandemic, must leave behind his wife (Mireille Enos of Gangster Squad) and two children. The spouses each cling to transmitters that enable them to stay in touch when possible; one call to the husband couldn’t be more ill timed as he tries to flee silently to a helicopter. A recurring and insightful theme throughout is the vital call for quiet, as noise attracts the zombies. It has been argued, rightfully so, the material is familiar and implausible – but it’s equally true that it has rarely been presented in such a profound and characterdriver fashion. For all the film’s expensive visuals and special effects (I caught the 3-D version and wasn’t disappointed), Forster and his scripters haven’t forgotten to generate suspense, an ear for dialogue and a sympathetic hero. Pitt fills the shoes as credibly and smoothly as he does heroically; he rarely strikes a false note. He’s getting older but wears it well, as your Average Joe can better relate to Pitt’s careworn face, shaggy hair and tired eyes. Although it’s been chronicled the climax was re-shot and toned down, there are few complaints in this corner. The narrative tends to fracture and doesn’t account for every dangling thread, but the upside is that World War Z gets wrapped up in an economical 2 hours. What many fans of action-packed blockbusters refuse to believe is sometimes less is more (the concurrent Man of Steel didn’t know when to quit). Every detail doesn’t need to be diluted, spelled out and hammered home. After a barrage of criticism, pressure and second-guessing, Forster and Pitt did the right thing and made it worth the wait.

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

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

One Strong Knot

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e met 18 years ago on a phone call that spanned from Santa Barbara all the way across the Atlantic. I was studying abroad. He was here at UCSB. The phone rang in Florence, Italy and, I have to say, picking up that receiver was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. This is the love story that followed that phone call.

Love Unplugged (sort of) I lived in Spain my junior year for a study abroad program from UCSB. This was prior to the Internet and cell phone boom; I was truly detached from home. It cost me ten dollars a minute to call any family or friends from a dingy booth. The experience changed my path in life. I learned Spanish, both the language and the culture. I cried and cried into my pillow out of homesickness. I developed an independence and knowledge of myself that I still carry in my heart today. And, I met my husband… on a rotary phone. I’m convinced our transatlantic meeting was dictated by fate. I was visiting a fellow Gaucho in Florence, Italy while I was living in Spain. My friend had gone out for the day. Her phone rang. For some unknown reason, I answered it (not knowing a lick of Italian, I picked it up with a confident “caio”). On the other end was a boy from home, calling for my friend. Once he established she wasn’t there, he simply said: “Here, talk to my

friend, Paulie.” Voices from home were blankets of comfort and we talked for hours. And so, with no face to the name and an ocean between us, I met my future husband. I traveled around Europe for six months after that phone call. We didn’t officially meet face-to-face until the night of a Dave Matthews concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Actually it was after the concert, at Duffy’s (remember Duffy’s?) over a game of pool. We recalled the longdistance conversation and at one point he grabbed my hand. I’ve never been the same woman since. After multiple “run-ins,” I finally got the guts to just give him my phone number. Why I decided to do this by writing it in dust on the dashboard of his Datsun? I don’t know. But, I guess those dirty digits did the trick (not that kind of dirty), because he called. We went on our first date to see Braveheart and when Mel Gibson screamed “FREEDOM!” I burst into uncontrollable tears. I’m pretty sure, as he held me sobbing, that this was the moment that he knew. Years went by and we both landed in LA for graduate work (I was sort of following him, I admit). Eventually we decided to move in together. He graduated from LMU and went off to an island in Malaysia to create the first Survivor TV series and I wrote my master’s thesis at UCLA and graduated. Then I had a midtwenties crisis.

It’s hard to believe that day was a decade ago, but what a day it was. I remember it like it was yesterday. (Photo credit: Megan Sorel)

We’ve Got a Runner Here

At 25, I freaked out. The breakup came on Halloween in 2000. We had gone up to San Francisco for the holiday to go out in the city with friends. I was Wonder Woman and he was Twisted Sister. We got into yet another fight and I called it quits by buying a one-way ticket home and leaving him with my car in San Fran. Mind you, I did all of this (the trip to the airport and flight home) while still donning my Wonder Woman gear. Dramatic, I know. Turns out, Southwest has no problem letting Wonder Women ride on its planes. I left him with our couch and a fifteenpage letter (I’ve always been wordy) and was gone from our little Santa Monica cottage before he made it back. We spent a

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cherish my wedding photos. Each year (right around this time) I pull out our lush album from its dust cover and step back in time. I’m so grateful that I had the all-talented Megan Sorel document the event. Her artistic eye is unparalleled. Not only did she photograph our big day, but she has also done some of my pregnancy shoots and family photos for the holidays… and she is a good friend. Check out her work at www. megansorel.com.

year apart and during that time I realized I had made the biggest mistake of my life. Again, I cried and cried into my pillow. I came running back to him with my tail between my legs. He wanted nothing to do with my heartbreaking habits. I begged and pleaded and considered myself the luckiest woman alive when he finally took me back.

10 Years and Counting… We continued to move forward to the next stage – which involved rings and an “on one knee” proposal on the Mendocino Bluffs. He surprised me (after getting my parents’ approval) with words and compassion I will never forget – or share. We are a unique match. After all, he’s a pure bred (well pretty close to it, anyway) with his dad coming from England and his mom from Guatemala. I am a complete mutt, with a mixture of just about every northern European country in my genes. We come from totally different backgrounds and religions and upbringings. But on those bluffs, none of that mattered. We decided we were going to grow our own roots. Together. We made it official and tied the knot ten years ago, on July 12, under an arch of flowers at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. We proceeded to have a grand party at La Cumbre Country Club with our families and friends and a mariachi band and a full moon. After a decade, one cat, two kids, a dog, two cities and some tears mixed with way more laughter, our roots continue to grow deeper and our knot holds strong. I love you, Paulie, still. Happy anniversary. 






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ARTS & CULTURE

A Tan With A Page Turner

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What: French Festival Where: Oak Park, 640 West Junipero Street When: Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, 11am - 7pm Why: French food and wine, arts and crafts, live entertainment, even a poodle parade! How:  Après vous (after you)!

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by Sylvie Butera Rich

othing says summer like a lazy day with a good book. So clear some shelf space and add these recommendations to your list of must-reads. We believe they are sure to engage.

What’ll It Cost Me: Oui! It’s free! 

Title: Reconstructing Amelia Author: Kimberly McCreight Genre: Mystery It Is: A thrilling novel about a mother’s love and search for answers about her daughter’s death at a prestigious boarding school. The story is she jumped willingly to her death, but with an anonymous text declaring she was pushed, secrets, friendships and loves are unmasked. A pager turner indeed!

• LOOSE CHANGE

Title: Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth Author: Adharanand Finn Genre: Motivation It is: Part travelogue, part memoir revealing the secrets of some of the fastest people on earth. Whether you are an elite runner, casual runner or just a spectator, you are sure to be marveled by this story of barefoot running and elite training camps in Kenya. Run, don’t walk, to get this book!

What: Wine Down Where:  Riverbench Tasting Room, 137 Anacapa Street, Suite C When: Daily from 11am – 6pm Why: The Santa Maria vineyard recently opened up a swanky new tasting room in the Funk Zone. How: Enjoy wines by the glass, bottle or just do a fun tasting. What’ll It Cost Me: Tastings are $12; glasses of wine start at $8 and go up.

• HEY BIG SPENDER

Title: How to Win Friends & Influence People Author: Dale Carnegie Genre: Self Help It is: Revised and updated, this book has been in print for over 70 years. Clearly it has been changing lives for the better and will teach you how to encourage people to like you, how to influence people to your way of thinking, and how to change people without resentment. Wow, success here we come! Title: I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrow Author: Jonathan Goldstein Genre: Humor It is: What is it about a McRib that drives people crazy? Can we replace extending an olive leaf with extending an olive jar? These and other musings make up the humorous collection of essays by Jonathan Goldstein as he recounts every day for the last year of his thirties.  





WINE & DINE By Eve Sommer-Belin hat buzzing noise means something. Now, the only reason for making a buzzing noise that I know of is because you are... a bee! And the only reason for being a bee is to make honey. And the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it. – Winnie the Pooh Winnie the Pooh would be thrilled at the prospect of spending an afternoon harvesting and eating honey… he might not be so interested about the educational aspect, though, silly old bear. But we are! Join Kinfolk’s Fruitful Collaborations event this Saturday, July 13, to discover how the world of bees works, how to carefully harvest their gold, and even infuse your own to take home with you. After feeding your mind, you’ll be quite rumbly in your tumbly and ready for a late lunch inspired by honey of course! We all seem to be busy as bees, whizzing around with our to-do lists. So we say take a break and enjoy an afternoon with real bees that play such a crucial role in nature’s balance. We’re sure it will be the bees’ knees!

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What: Sunset Dinner Cruise Where: Santa Barbara Sailing Center at the Santa Barbara Harbor. When:  Recurring Saturday nights at 6pm thru Labor Day. Why: Set sail at sunset and sea Santa Barbara. How: Choose from one of two cruise options: The Italian Riviera or The Mexican Cantina. What’ll It Cost Me:  $65 per adult, $35 per child 12 and under

Terrified of bees? Can’t make this event? Fruitful Collaborations is abuzz with more inspiring events coming up now thru the holidays. Check out their events page for more information. www.fruitfulcollaborations.com/events; www.fruitfulcollaborations. com/events/2013/7/13/honey-harvest 





BE ACTIVE Child’s Play

By Sarah Dodge e know you know you can’t control everything that happens to your little angels (after all, kids will be kids), but this playful accessory is sure to give you a little peace of mind while they’re out having fun in the sun. Created out of necessity and built with one simple goal in mind, active sisters-in-law and mothers (Monica and Stacy DeVreese) set Sun Angels into motion by creating kid-friendly, fashionable gear that protects kids’ arms from the sun’s potentially harmful UV rays. Ranging in sizes made for babies to six year olds, these adorable and effective arm sleeves are certified UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) 50+ and made from a latex-free fabric blend, which makes them lightweight and breathable. Choose from a variety of colorful stars and stripes to skulls for your bad-tothe-bone little boy (or girl). This is parenting made easy, friends. Get your kids armed and ready for summer fun with Sun Angels. Find them locally at Kids Corner or online at www.sun-angels.com.

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REAL ESTATE by Michael Calcagno

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

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o the June numbers are in for the districts that we normally cover: East of State Street, West of State Street and Hope Ranch. And once again they show a more than positive future for the Santa Barbara real estate market. (I hope they also indicate that what I have been saying in my articles is true.) Since the first of the year, the number of listings, for the majority, is down in the districts. East of State showed last year in the same time frame to have 336 new listing with this year so far showing 310. That is a 7% decrease. West of State last year there were 250 listings; this year so far there have been 226, a 9% decrease. However, there was an increase in listings in Hope Ranch, with last year’s time frame showing 50 listings and 51 so far this year, an increase of 2%... but wait and see what Hope Ranch ends with… keep reading. Within the same time frames from last year and this year through June, the sales show increasing numbers. East of State last year had 164 sales; this year so far there have been 166 sales, an increase of 1%. West of State last year reported 114 sales; this year so far there have been 138 sales, an increase of 21%. Last year Hope Ranch had 11 sales to date; this year has seen 19, an increase of 72%... WOW. And there’s even more for Hope Ranch. Here are the average sales prices for the districts. Last year through June the average sale price East of State was $1,005,848; this year through June it was $1,153,178, an

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increase in price of 14%. West of State from last year through June the average sale price was $786,385; this year through June it was $938,351, an increase in price of 19%. In Hope Ranch last year through June the average sale price was $1,983,716; this year through June it was $2,655,077, a truly impressive 33% increase. The numbers are in. Are you? 

1402 Santa Rosa Avenue

Purchase price: $1,565,000 Down payment (20%): $313,000 Loan amount: $1,252,000 Payment: $6,251 (30-yr fixed 4.375% (4.43%APR))

Total Monthly Payment: $7,810

319 West Valerio Street, No. 5

Purchase price: $1,095,000 Down payment (20%): $219,000 Loan amount: $876,000 Payment: $4,373 (30-yr fixed 4.375% (4.43%APR))

Property taxes: $1,003 Home Insurance: $100

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



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

Property taxes: $1,434 Home Insurance: $125

Total Monthly Payment: $5,476



Purchase price: $575,000 Down payment (20%): $115,000 Loan amount: $460,000 Payment: $2,296 (30-yr fixed 4.375% (4.43%APR))

Property taxes: $527 Home Insurance: $75

Total Monthly Payment: $2,898


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1121 Bath Street 1-3pm $1,295,000 3bd/2ba Laurel Abbott . 455-5409 Prudential California Realty 806 Vine Avenue By Appt. $699,000 3bd/1ba Jeanne Palumbo & Michael Palumbo 895-4270 Sotheby’s International Realty 319 West Valerio Street Unit 5 1-4pm $575,000 2bd/1.5ba David Mires 705-8986 Sotheby’s International Realty 18 West Victoria Street #104 12-5pm $1,350,000 1bd/2ba Alma Del Pueblo Sales Team 845-4393 Village Properties 18 West Victoria Street #111 12-5pm $875,000 1bd/1ba Alma Del Pueblo Sales Team 845-4393 Village Properties 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 2619 State Street #2 1-4pm $559,000 3bd/2ba Alyson Spann 637-2884 Village Properties 411 East Padre Street 1-4pm $1,495,000 3bd/2.5ba Larry Martin 895-6872 Sotheby’s International Realty 1219 Laguna Street 2-4pm $1,050,000 3bd/1.5ba Joy Bean 895-1422 Sotheby’s International Realty 1818 Olive Avenue 11-6pm $1,295,000 3bd/2.5ba Ron Harkey and Richard Naiman 886-9871 Village Properties 2535 Anacapa Street 1-3pm $2,650,000 5bd/4.5ba Thomas Johansen 886-1857 Village Properties 16 East Padre Street #9 2-4pm $649,000 2bd/2ba Robert Johnson 705-1606 Prudential California Realty 1475 Twinridge Road 1-3pm $1,595,000 5bd/4ba Brooke Coburn 453-7071 Prudential California Realty 12 Touran Lane By Appt. $950,000 4bd/3ba Julie Angelos 403-5566 Prudential California Realty 268 Pebble Hill Place 12-3pm $899,000 3bd/2ba Cindy Van Wingerden 698-9736 Prudential California Realty 224 Guante Circle 1-4pm $769,000 3bd/2ba Christine Oliver & Fal Oliver 680-6526 Sotheby’s International Realty 37 Colusa Drive 2-4pm $699,000 3bd/1.5ba Carol Mineau 886-9284 Sotheby’s International Realty 17 A North San Marcos Rd 1-4pm $539,000 2bd/1.5ba Jim Witmer 448-3921 Village Properties 734 San Fernando Drive 1-4pm $799,000 3bd/3ba Sue Irwin 705-6973 Prudential California Realty 5141 San Vicente Drive 2-4pm $679,000 3bd/2ba Cara Gamberdella 680-3826 Village Properties 3021 Hermosa Road 1-4pm $1,495,000 4bd/3.5ba Jim Alzina 455-1941 Sotheby’s International Realty 4111 Creciente Drive 12-2pm $4,500,000 4bd/3.5ba Adrienne Schuele 452-3960 Village Properties 4693 Via Bendita 3-5pm $4,500,000 5bd/5.5ba Adrienne Schuele 452-3960 Village Properties 4137 Hidden Oaks 1-3pm $1,695,000 5bd/3ba Louise McKaig 637-4774 Village Properties 1212 Bel Aie Drive 2-4pm $1,629,000 5bd/4ba Joan Roberts 448-0526 Village Properties 1210 Shoreline Drive 2-4pm $2,650,000 3bd/2.5ba Isaac Garrett 729-1143 Prudential California Realty 1043 Portesuello Avenue 1:30-4pm $1,195,000 4bd/2ba Randall Kempf 331-4389 Prudential California Realty 1506 La Vista Del Oceano 1-4pm $1,349,000 4bd/2.5ba Suzanne Kaljian 455-6163 Sotheby’s International Realty 1111 Manitou Road 12-2pm $839,000 2bd/1.5ba Tiffany Dore & Catherine O’Neill 886-7760 Sotheby’s International Realty 1402 Santa Rosa Avenue 1-5pm $1,565,000 3bd/2.5ba Brian Goldsworthy 570-1289 The Channel Group 2451 Borton Drive 2-5pm $1,095,000 4bd/2ba Grubb Campbell Group 294-2890 Village Properties 1734 Franceschi Road 1-4pm $2,499,000 4bd/4b Jo Ann Mermis 895-5650 Prudential California Realty 1615 Hillcrest Road 1-4pm $1,395,000 3bd/2.5ba Fal Oliver & Christine Oliver 680-6524 Sotheby’s International Realty 850 Via Granada 2-4pm $970,000 3bd/2.5ba Marilyn Rickard 452-8284 Sotheby’s International Realty 404 Calle Palo Colorado 2-4pm $1,095,000 2bd/2ba Angela Moloney Braverman 451-1553 Prudential California Realty 3888 Nathan Road 1-3pm $995,000 3bd/2ba Madhu Khemani 252-0625 Prudential California Realty 21 Saint Francis Way 1-4pm $1,409,000 4bd/2ba Wilson Quarre 680-9747 Sotheby’s International Realty 325 East Alamar Avenue 2-4pm $1,195,000 4bd/3ba Rich van Seenus 284-6330 Sotheby’s International Realty 610 Rolling Brook Lane 1-4pm $1,095,000 3bd/2ba Ron Dickman 689-3135 Sotheby’s International Realty 406 Lincolnwood Place 2-4pm $1,599,000 4bd/3ba Louis & Susan Manzo 570-7274 Village Properties 2727 Miradero Dr. #111 2-4pm $495,000 2bd/2ba Lynette Naour 705-6539 Village Properties 1792 Calle Poniente 2-5pm $770,000 2bd/1ba Jan Dinmore 455-1194 Prudential California Realty 2637 State Street # U1 2-4pm $415,000 1bd/1ba Ashley Anderson 618-8747 Prudential California Realty

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