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Sharon’s Take

“When Does it stop?” one might ask as bills keep pouring out of the legislature. A $10-per-customer strip club tax, removing requirement of naming place of birth to vote and other dumb things, p. 5

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LIFE ON THE SOUTH SIDE

Most people simply visit or work in the area, but some - like Pali Wine Co. tasting room manager Emily Walker – call it home

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ast week, James Buckley – under the banner of his recurrent Journal Jim column and in the spirit of investigative curiosity – took us on a stroll along the rapidly changing extreme south side of Santa Barbara, otherwise known as The Funk Zone. He joined in on a wine and taco party at the Municipal Tasting Room, conversed with Musical Family patriarch Allan King and his wildly gray-bearded accompanist Greg Ray, inspected the stock of some local retailers, and tasted and tested the food and drink of many of the newer establishments. Jim and I concentrated on the west side of the south side, taking in most of the businesses along Anacapa Street and Helena Avenue. This week, I poked my head into businesses and establishments further east, between Anacapa and Santa Barbara streets, asking people to share opinions on the future of the area. Most of those I came across seem thrilled to be a part of… let’s call it the evolution of the Funk Zone. I began my mission early enough to observe the more daytime-oriented establishments in full swing. Strolling ...continued p.11

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 In the Zone – Longtime contributor Jeremy Harbin uses the back end of a two-part series on the Funk Zone to launch his new weekly column focused on, you guessed it, The Funk Zone. This week it’s Life on the South Side, a look at a number of businesses between Anacapa and Santa Barbara streets. What did he find? And what will he come up with going forward? (Can’t wait, Jeremy, really excited about the new addition.)

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Sharon’s Take – Sharon Byrne takes a look at Das Williams’ absence from the last Assembly gathering and his consequent slap on the wrist, er, ah… office space downgrade as well as a number of bills that have recently been introduced. How are our legislators doing? (Spoiler alert: It’s time for a little new thinking in Government 2.0.)

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I t’s Crime Time – Red Bull’s new slogan, baloney sandwiches are repulsive, aggressive cops, aggressive robbers, Anthony Weiner (twice) and a double shot of mellow yellow. Crime Time just keeps trucking along. Letters to the Editor – Funk Zone Folly, An Open Letter to Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider and Last of the Chumash. Two make solid movie titles. One… doesn’t. T he Beer Guy – Zach Rosen documents the birth of Santa Barbara’s second brewery, Pure Order Brewing Co., which is coming soon to 410 North Quarantina Street. Congrats to Brewmaster James Burge and his cousin David, we can’t wait to get in and see the place… and try some of those beers Zach writes so highly of. (Sentinel field trip!)

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 Eight Days A Week – It’s double duty for Jeremy Harbin from here on out. Now that he’s doing the Funk Zone column, will he actually be able to make deadline with 8 Days A Week? If he doesn’t, then how will anyone know what to do this week? Crisis!

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 Santa Barbara View – Gang impact from a different perspective – the regular folks who live among them (this is a terrific piece, Sharon, thanks); this week’s business round up includes comings and goings on State, the Goleta Lemon Fest and Rotary Club of Santa Barbara’s Fiddlers’ Convention (two truly great festivals, Ray, thanks to you as well).

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F aces of Santa Barbara – Patricia Clarke focuses in on local son Thomas Jessup this week. Thomas lives in a large blue school bus with a sun on the side (have you seen it?) and is riding a bicycle across the country – for the fourth time in his young life – to raise awareness and money for the half-homeless population. Very cool.

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 Mazza’s Missive – Editor-in-Chief Matt Mazza is very excited about a One Night Stand. Don’t worry, it’s not what you think it is… it’s a creative art show that benefits a wonderful local cause. And you should buy tickets and go. But only after you read Matt’s piece.

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 Presidio Sports – Sports Volunteer (Curtis Ridling) and Sports Figure (Dave Odell) of the month, and UCSB’s Run or Dye Event. Check it out!

Pump It – Jenny Schatzle addresses beer drinkers of the world, including our very own Beer Guy, Zach Rosen. Uh-oh. Man About Town – Mark Léisuré talks with comedienne extraordinaire Kathleen Madigan, who is playing the Chumash Casino Resort on August 22 (can’t wait); he also brings information on UCSB Arts & Lectures, the Maverick Saloon’s Tales from the Tavern and lots of other stuff around town. (Rebelution and Matisyahu at the Bowl on Sunday? See you there.)

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 Mad Science – Rachelle Oldmixon takes a look at why she can’t explain how to tie shoes to a twoyear-old. (Hey Rachelle, aren’t you a bright, shining grad student at a premier West Coast college? Did you lie on your resumé or something?)

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Valley Girl – Jana Mackin shifts gears and brings a terrific story about the American Charities Foundation, which is really doing some good for Foster kids up in the Valley and beyond.

Keepin’ It Reel – James Luksic is back with reviews of Elysium and The Way, Way Back. Are they worth seeing? Well, maybe if you’re not “stuck in a dead end job, which probably describes half the current population of California.” (That’s pretty depressing, Jim, for a column with two movies you actually like.)

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You Have Your Hands Full – What’s the key to making the most of challenging circumstances? Empathy, says Mara Peters’ mom, and that’s got Mara thinking about her kids and two others, Jacob Mansbach and Dario de Albergaria, who are competing in the Carpinteria Triathlon to raise money for the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County. (Not bad for a little extracurricular activity.)

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LOVEmikana – Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant sells great wine and food (trust us, we’ve been there) and Rebecca Long teaches lovely sea glass mobile classes (trust us, we’ve done them). And the Weekend Guide takes you from art in Los Olivos to DIY beauty products and something called Hautebox III. (Let’s get weird.)

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Residential Real Estate – Michael Calcagno and Justin Kellenberger return with all the numbers from July 2013. Let’s just say that our local real estate market is doing pretty damned well.


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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.

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How’s Our State Legislator Doing? State and national press outlets carried the story on Assembly Speaker Perez downgrading Das Williams’ office space as a rebuke for his unexcused absence at the last Assembly session on July 3rd. Williams was attending his mother-in-law’s wedding. The press did some mental math: • Weddings are typically planned in advance, unless you’re doing the Vegas thing. So why an unexcused absence? • There was an attempt to brush it off as a ‘requested move,’ but in the halls of power, downsizing indicates a status change, and not for the better. • Das was quoted as accepting the ‘fallout of that decision.’ OK, he knows he messed up.

That July 3rd session included several high-profile votes on worthy bills: SB90: redefines “enterprise zone” to “economic development area.” Enterprise zones are given tax credits to encourage hiring in blighted areas. This bill denied sexually oriented businesses a tax credit and extended the sunset date for sales tax exemption for manufacturing and biotech industries. AB309: extends CalFresh (food stamps) and other benefits to homeless children. AB381: increases penalties to those who cheat the elderly. ...continued p.23

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Man Exposes Anthony Weiner At Children’s Park A local nanny brought the children she cares for to a popular local park as she had done many times in the past. This time, however, there was nobody else there; nobody else other than a 26-year-old local man acting very strangely near some benches above the play structure. The woman was responsible and kept the kids close. Then the man approached her directly, unzipped his pants, pulled out his (probably tiny) kielbasa and started doing stuff to it. Weird stuff. The woman ran to the kids, protected them, and left immediately. She called the cops and they responded fast, found the guy and arrested him. (We hope he stays in jail for a long time.)

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- Famous last words of a 41-year-old woman found “huffing” from multiple canisters of compressed gas just before she fought police officers in attempt to avoid arrest. (She failed.)

We’re Never Eating Baloney Sandwiches Again A 52-year-old Santa Barbara man with a good job was found at 5:30pm one evening last week “without clothing and intoxicated to the point where he was taken to the hospital.” Upon his release, he was unable to walk or form a sentence so he was detained for public intoxication. One question: Did he have to go the drunk tank nude? What a total nightmare. Wonder if he used the dry baloney sandwich to hide his unmentionables.

Aggressive Officers Arrest Sleeping Youngster For Public Intoxication SBPD discovered a 22-year-old “pet food clerk” passed out in a parked vehicle at 2:10am early one morning last week. When officers woke him up, it was clear that the young man was inebriated. So they arrested him for public drunkenness. Come on guys, some judgment is on order on this one. Let the guy sleep it off in his car; at least he wasn’t driving like almost every other drunken 22-year-old with an available car in town. Cut the kid some slack – he probably couldn’t afford the cab home on “pet food clerk” wages. What the hell was he supposed to do? Sleep on the street? Oh, wait…

One Tough Question A group of women flagged down officers on State Street late one night last weekend after a 31-year-old local man wouldn’t stop following and harassing them. When SBPD approached, the guy jammed his hands into his pockets and started acting weird. Following multiple requests for him to remove his hands from his pockets for the safety of responding cops, the man eventually pulled his pants “up so that they were tight against his genitals” and asked officers if they would like to see his, uh, Anthony Weiner. (That’s twice in one column. And it isn’t even vaguely political.) Officers’ answers to the invitation were nowhere in the police report and thus we can only guess at what might have been. What is clear from the report, however, is that it took quite a fight to bring the guy down. In fact, after some serious rough and tumble, one officer was forced to “drive-stun” the perp. (Drive-stun, for those of you less-militaristic people out there, is when a stun gun is pressed directly against the skin rather than used from a distance. It is safe to assume that it feels terrible and results in quick compliance.) He was arrested soon thereafter for resisting and public drunkenness and all sorts of other bad things. So, then, was it a no, officers?

Double Shot Of Mellow Yellow A 49-year-old transient male was arrested at 5:20pm one evening last week in Alameda Park for drinking and yelling at pedestrians. He urinated all over the back of the patrol car on the way to the slammer. (That’s one.) A 22-year-old transient male was passed out in a popular local coffee shop with urine soaked jeans. He was asked repeatedly to leave but refused – until he was arrested, urine soaked jeans and all. (That’s two.)  

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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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ey guys, great zone coverage but you read the wrong sign for my museums. The Santa Barbara Surfing Museum and MVSEVM are open every Sunday at noon, plus I give tours all the time. Just call 805.962.9048, and don’t forget the F-word: FREE (20 years worth). Jim Mahoney Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Thanks for reaching out and correcting the record, Jim, we were admittedly speaking in rough terms in the photo caption you read. Regardless, you provide a very cool little experience down on Helena and I personally encourage everybody to go down and have a look. And hey, there are plenty of places to explore nearby for a quick bite or drink if the doors aren’t open right at noon every Sunday. – MSM)

An Open Letter to Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider The 99 Cent Store, which occupies the old PepBoys building has, because of pricing, attracted many customers who are old and on fixed incomes. Often time there is insufficient parking and the alternative is across Haley Street in the City’s lot. The City recognizes this parking issue because of a fairly new City sign admonishing drivers to move on and not stack up waiting to enter the 99 Cent Store’s parking lot. This current arrangement of parking also requires those carrying bags, many of whom are frail seniors, to utilize either intersection as there is no mid-block sidewalk leading to the City lot across Haley. The alternative is to attempt to make a now illegal jaywalk in mid-block. While on the north side of Haley one day, I watched a little frail lady of some inestimably great age coming out of the 99 Cent store parking lot, look longingly

across the street, attempt to struggle her purchase across to the City lot and then evidently think better of it, perhaps in accordance with current CVC code barring jaywalking. She then dutifully went to the crosswalk at State Street, waited with heavy bags at the intersection for the next light to change, crossed and was moving east on Haley. I finally tired of merely watching her struggle and took her bags and helped her to her car. We had a nice chat on the way and I found that she had been a piano teacher, now retired with severe osteoporosis of the spine. She wants to be independent, can be so, but it is unnecessary for her to lug groceries that distance when a mid block crosswalk seems to be an easy alternative. We have mid-block signals on every downtown block along State for tourists, but we really need one across Haley as noted above for our own seniors who live here on small fixed incomes. Why would a midblock crosswalk be a problem for the City? Dr. Edo McGowan Montecito (Editor’s Note: Great to hear from you as always, Dr. McGowan, your proposal sounds reasonable – especially given the clientele that purportedly shops at the 99 Cent Store – but I wonder about traffic and safety issues on Haley. Perhaps Mayor Schneider or one of the City’s many urban planners will respond? Or perhaps not… Thanks again, Dr. McGowan, hope all is well. – MSM)

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Daniel Rafael Mendoza de Cordero Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Thanks for the letter, Daniel. Unfortunately, I cannot say that I am particularly well versed in the political and socio-economic leanings of various factions of the Chumash Indians. (Perhaps I should bone up, though, these are important issues and I mean no disrespect by what I am about to write.) I can say, however, that I occasionally enjoy an evening at Chumash Casino Resort, and find it to be a welcome respite from coastal life. Perhaps your ancestors went occasionally from the Valley down to the shores of the Channel and vice-versa. If you think of it that way, then perhaps everything should be shared among the various Chumash constituencies – but I am definitely over-simplifying that and there may well be sound and ethical reasons to separate economic and other interests. Thanks again for writing, Daniel, please do keep picking us up. – MSM) 

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States. “When you see government officials making changes for the better for all Native Americans, that’s the part that hits you the most,” they say, “to see tribes progress is really what makes it worth it.” The reason my heart soars and that knot surfaces is because nothing is being done to help the Coastal Band of Chumash Indians. They live in poverty. Are they not Chumash? Are they not your people? The houses you want to build for your people, is the Coastal Band included? $16 million has been donated to others and not a penny has reached them. Every time a burial ground is found anywhere on our coast, you come and do your ceremonial rituals and say these are our people, then leave and forget about us. Do you speak with fork-tongue? Those millions you donate, are they so you can get what you want in the future? When will you come to the aid of your people – the Coast Band?

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The Birth of a Brewery Brewer James Burge (left) and David Burge are close to opening Santa Barbara’s second brewery, and they’re toasting imaginary beers as that gets closer and closer.

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t 410 North Quarantina Street there lies an indiscreet rectangular building. Duct-taped to its sky blue door, a sagging large white paper sign proclaims to all who pass, “PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.” The applicant is listed clearly as Pure Order Brewing Co LLC. Santa Barbara’s second brewery is born.

All In the Family Just as many breweries begin, Pure Order Brewing Co started off with a homebrewer. James Burge had spent years working in construction and irrigation. Homebrewing was just a hobby. But a couple years ago his passion for brewing could no longer be contained in the home and he made the choice to open up his own brewery. Before long, James had recruited his father Steve Burge, brother Bucky Burge and cousin David Burge to the team. They quickly set about searching for properties in Santa Barbara and developing the Pure Order concept. The brewery derives its name from the Reinheitsgebot, which means “purity order” in German. The law was enacted in 1516 and stipulated that beer had to be made with barley, hops and water (yeast was added when Pasteur discovered fermentation in 1857). James wants to show the diversity of styles that can be brewed with the four classical brewing ingredients. His beers will blend traditional brewing techniques with the progressive, full flavored beers for which the West Coast is known. Overall, I must say that James brews seasonable beers with substance, featuring robust flavors, an easy finish and a polite balance that make each sip of beer welcome the drinker back for another.

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.

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one day be planted. Regrettably hop vines don’t flower their first year so it will be a while before we see any fresh hop beers from their garden. But in the meantime, the hops will provide nice décor to their outside tasting area. Inside, the floor was now finished. Most of their equipment had arrived. Packages were strewn throughout the building, waiting to be opened and installed. Rolls of hoses were piled around the brewery floor. In the back corner, their 15 BBL (465 gallons) brewing system sat, waiting to be plumbed. Peering into the dark depths of their walk-in (the refrigerated ...continued p.22

The Growth of a Brewery The Sentinel’s fearless Editor-in-Chief Matt Mazza first introduced me to James and David back in January. Over the months I’ve had the opportunity not only to witness the growth of the brewery but also become friends (and share plenty of beer) with them both as well. When I first visited the property in February it was but a crude cut of land. Their parking lot and tasting garden was no more than an empty lot overgrown with grass and weeds. The building had no tanks or equipment. Workers were huddled over the floor, painstakingly walking over every inch of it, patching up any irregularities they found in the freshly poured floors. As we walked, James used his hands to illustrate where the tanks and equipment would be located. There was not much to see but the vision was clear in James’ mind. I visited the brewery for a second time in April. The outside area had been stripped of the overgrown foliage. The dirt field looked barren but markers indicated where the hop garden will

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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 August 16

Arts Fund Group Exhibition

The Arts Fund Gallery is holding its opening reception tonight from 5 to 8pm for the Teen Arts Mentorship Group Exhibition. I had a peek at a couple of the pieces earlier this week and was impressed. From what I saw, they’re these textural, 3D, shadow-box, mixed-media thingies that had me asking, “these are by teenagers?” Yes, very talented ones. The exhibition stays up until September 21. Find the gallery at 205 Santa Barbara Street. Go to www.artsfundsb.org for more information.

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subset of the population: people that are super into flowers. Instructor Mary Carroll will take participants on walks around the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and teach all about the Aster Family of plants. That’s the family that includes sunflowers, goldenrods, and other wildflowers. The $60 for SBBG members and $75 for non-members seems like a small price to pay for those that crave plant knowledge. The class starts today at 4pm and ends at 7pm; it runs through August 26. Go to www.sbbg.org to sign up, or call 805.682.4726 for more information. The Botanic Garden is located at 1212 Mission Canyon Road.

Tuesday August 20

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August 17

Party Like You’re Famous

“Decadent and luxurious styles with a bohemian chic edge,” you say?! I feel like somebody finally gets me. Media design company DNA Imagery is throwing its third Hautebox event. Beginning at 6pm at a private Montecito estate, Hautebox III consists of a fashion show with pieces by designer Lotta Stensson, lots of music – including DJ aRod and local band Freakin’ on Speakers – throughout the night, and a professionally lit photo-shoot area so everyone can pretend to be celebs. Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without beer, wine and food – and this one’s also got a tequila tasting. Tickets start at $75 and are available at nightout.com/events/hautebox. Though a portion of proceeds benefit the non-profit Youth Interactive, this event is 21+. See www.thednalife. net for more information.

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If you said I don’t own a promo copy of Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam on translucent gold vinyl, you’d be wrong, dead wrong. If you’re lucky enough, I’ll corner you and make you look at it before we sit in silence and listen to the whole thing (by lucky, of course, I mean very unlucky). And here you thought you were just at a normal dinner party with a new friend. As you know, we’re talking about the band consisting of the greats – yes, greats, I tell you; don’t argue – Donald Fagen and Walter Becker that’s responsible for so many sides of straight up jams it’s almost like their return to recording studio albums of original material in 2000 and everything that’s come since has been totally unnecessary. Almost. And Keith Carlock’s on drum duty this tour? There will be no smoother jazz-rock anywhere in the known universe tonight than what’s happening at 7pm at the Santa Barbara Bowl (1122 North Milpas Street). The Deep Blue Organ Trio opens the show. Tickets are available at www.sbbowl.com.

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Wags n’ Whiskers

So are you thoroughly hungover from the fashion show last night? Maybe spent a little too much time in the tequila tasting area and not so much around the runway? Well everybody knows cuddling up to a sweet wittle puppy dog will cure a hangover quicker than a plate of chorizo, bacon and egg biscuits with gravy and a side of grease. Only problem: you don’t have a puppy. Lucky for you the fifth annual Wags n’ Whiskers Festival is at Girsh Park (7050 Phelps Road, Goleta) from 11am to 4pm today. There, you can adopt a dog, a cat or even a rabbit from over 25 shelters and rescue groups. Presented by non-profit C.A.R.E. 4 Paws; see care4paws.org for more information. It’s free, of course.

Songwriters at SOhO

Singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov goes on at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club tonight with songs from his new album The Weatherman. So that puts Isakov in the small camp of folksters who disagree with Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”; I can see him at the merch booth now, CDs in hand, saying, “No, you DO need a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” Kris Orlowski opens; doors at 6:30pm; $14; tickets at www. sohosb.com; 1221 State Street; an extra $25 to punch me in the face for that joke the next time you see me.

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I actually heard some buzz around the Sentinel office earlier this week about this event. (Some people might have engaged in conversation; I silently eavesdropped from another room like a true weirdo.) Apparently this book by marine biologist Milton Love, Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast, is actually very funny. Dr. Love will give a talk with slideshow about the book tonight at 7pm in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Central Library (40 East Anapamu Street). Granada Books will be there with copies of the book for sale so you can get it signed by its author; some proceeds will benefit Friends of the Santa Barbara Library. See www.sbplibrary.org for more information.

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When you get home tonight, start preparing for FYF Fest. That starts tomorrow in Los Angeles at L.A. State Historic Park and goes until Sunday. We don’t normally include L.A. items here, but the Sentinel will be in attendance – as fans of bands like Beach House, My Bloody Valentine and Deerhunter will want to be – and we’ll report back for this one. More on that next week. For a list of bands, check out www.fyffest.com.  






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along Montecito Street, which serves as the area’s northernmost border, I took a cue from Jim and decided I better skip the “Gentlemen’s Club” this time around. Along this road you’ll come to some lessthan-funky businesses like Avis RentA-Car and the Glidden Professional Paint Center, and that’s no complaint; the variety of this area’s offerings and breadth of services are part of what makes it so dynamic. Between Gray Avenue and Anacapa Street, a large tiled fish mural is the big clue that we’ve come upon Santa Barbara Koi. There at 110 East Montecito Street, customers were getting answers to questions about their ponds and the types of fish that inhabit them. Over at 220 Gray Avenue is the Shalhoob Meat Company. Manager and third-generation Shalhoob, Leeandra tells me their butchers will do custom cuts for the public until about 1pm every day. Customers can call in orders or just stop in and see what’s cut. Passing Imported Auto Services at 227 Gray, there’s CrossFit Santa Barbara at 209, where I walked in on a group of dudes whose muscles had their own muscles and then

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peered in at the spacious facilities. Another gym – can the Funksters be trying to tell me something? – Peak Performance Project (110 Santa Barbara Street) is across Yanonali and down Santa Barbara. Across the street from there at 121 Santa Barbara Street, Stand Up Paddle Sports was busy with prospective SUPers checking out gear. If water sports ...continued p.19

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he gang injunction came into public focus beginning in late 2010. I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of people about it since then. Some are concerned for youth and their civil rights, some for safety, halting gang proliferation, diversion, prevention, intervention, schools, families, the justice system and so on. But one voice seems to be consistently missing from public discourse: that of the neighbors in areas profoundly afflicted by gangs. Only Chief Sanchez tries to advocate for these neighbors. Given the political winds in this town, he’s having a hard time, though it’s clear he recognizes that voice is presently going unheard. And he knows why. In the denser neighborhoods, where most gang activity occurs, people live at close quarters, so visibility between neighbors is high. Thus the threat of retaliation against those who speak up is quite real. Ied’s and Simpson’s murders show us that violence is not restricted to gang members. If a regular citizen crosses the gang’s path, violates ‘the rules,’ or fails to show proper respect, they rapidly discover some whole other social order is in place in these neighborhoods. Violence silences neighbors living close to it, for fear they will be attacked, which is precisely what gangs want. What follows is a look into life on some streets in our fair city. I don’t reveal names for safety reasons. But their stories are real and need to be heard. Caveat emptor: contrary to popular belief, there are no clear scapegoats or easy answers here.   Gang member who returned to pick up his wallet after stabbing on Cottage Grove Ave. Police were still processing the scene. They (the rival gang) are a bunch of pussies. They brought knives. (This was apparently supposed to be a fistfight of 20 or so gang members.)  

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sbview.com Raquel, Eastside. We started the watch, and the cops camped here for a couple weeks. It seemed like it was working. I called in about a fight on the corner, and the cops came real fast. That was good. A couple days later, I saw a car cruising the Eastside park with some gang types in it. They were maddogging people in the park, so I pulled over and called 911. The next day, my tires were slashed. In my driveway. My daughter told me to stand down on the watch. It’s not worth it, Mom, she said. You could get killed.   Joel, witness to a gang-related homicide on the Westside. My boss (who lives in the area) said I have to tell the police what I saw. Two weeks later, they jumped me, in a restaurant nearby. People called the cops, and they came fast. But now I am scared to come pick up my paycheck at my boss’s house. I don’t want any more trouble.   Tom, after a stabbing on his street on the Westside. Let me get this right. They start a fight on the street, and the gang members who get stabbed are “victims”? What about us? We have to repeatedly put up with this s***. How would you like to wake up at night hearing shouts, cop cars clustered on your street, flashing lights, on a loudspeaker yelling “Stop! Put your hands up! Get face down on the ground! Now!” Like they’d put up with this for a minute in Montecito. The city would be all over that. But if you live downtown, it’s all good? Rosa, Westside. I knew my son was going bad. We fixed up the shed out back for him. I didn’t think it was good for him to be in the house with the little ones. They didn’t need to see that stuff he was doing. He had a mental problem. He took the medical marijuana for it. He had

a prescription, but I didn’t want him smoking it in the house. So we moved him outside. I ate one of his brownies. I didn’t know there was marijuana in it. Had to go to the hospital because I couldn’t even move. I thought it was a stroke. The hospital told me it was the brownie. I never thought a brownie could paralyze you, but it sure messed me up! I’ve never talked to anyone about this. He was into some bad s***. If I said something to him, like why do you gotta’ do that, he’d get real angry, yell at me, and throw stuff. But sometimes he’d be sweet and say ‘don’t worry Mama, I’m ok.’ It was just better not to mess with him in case he went all crazy. He scared me. But he’s my son. What was I supposed to do? After he was gone (to prison), I woke up to breaking glass in the middle of the night. His babies were sleeping where they broke the window in our house. Man, that was really scary! The police came and took a report. They know he used to live here. I see them (gang members) watching us. Every time they move my son (in prison), they come by and stare at our house. I don’t want him in there, but it’s probably safer than being back here.   Sarah, Westside. I woke up to what sounded like firecrackers going off at midnight. Really loud and close. Turns out he (gang member two houses over) shot some guy on the corner. The cops got him, thank God. He was terrorizing all of us. Those shots were fired 20 feet away from where I was sleeping.   Fernando, West Downtown. He (gang member living next door) parked his car in my driveway. I went over and his mom was all hostile, and like “what do you want me to do?!” I said get him to move the damned car. I took out the trash later. He jumped me, beat me up in my driveway. Said you got a problem with me, man up. You deal with me. I just want to park in my driveway. I got beat for that. His kid (toddler) got out and wandered up the street. A neighbor found him. She returned him, worried he could have gotten run over. They slapped her across the face! “Don’t get up in our business, bitch.” That’s what they told her. Just keep your head down and your mouth shut. You didn’t see nothing. You

don’t know nothing. It’s not worth it with these knuckleheads.   Tony (reformed gang member from LA). Why do they freak here over a gang injunction? Shoot, I was named (in LA’s injunction). I just came off it. Took me three years of living straight. I knew I could go down for serious time if I stayed in. I wanted to be there for my kid. Had to move up here to get out. They (SBPD) gotta’ know I am here. At least they don’t carry guns here (prior to the Olive Street shooting). They’re just wannabes. Knives and baseball bats… but you don’t stop that, it gives ‘em permission. They get bolder. Then they start shooting. Why don’t they get that here?

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link on State Street these days and you might miss something. Such is the case with Howard Lamar’s art studio, which as of this month is occupying the large space where the Territory Ahead retail store at 515 State Street was located. By appointment only, Lamar displays his paintings and sculptures as well as hand-blown and architectural glass. He plans a grand opening next month. Meanwhile, across the street at 530 State Street, Adam Shipley abruptly pulled up stakes at his Fueled Sports Performance gym for aspiring professional athletes. A few years ago, local entrepreneur Shipley filled some 9,000 square feet of space with a weight room, running machines and artificial turf with a 25-foothigh ceiling in the rear. A video system sent evaluations of athletes to potential college and professional recruiters. All gone now.

It’s Almost Lemon Fest Time in Goleta A launch party for the 22nd annual Goleta Lemon Festival is planned for 5 to 7pm September 18 at Glenn Annie Golf Course, 405 Glenn Annie Road, sponsored by the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Lemon Festival is from 10am to 6pm September 28 and from 10am to 5pm September 29 at Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Road, Goleta. Admission is free. Cost to attend the September 18 launch party is $10 for Goleta Chamber members and $15 for nonmembers. The event is one of the top Goleta business networking events of the year. Tickets sell quickly, but may be available at the door. The festival features food, a family atmosphere, a Saturday classic car show and a variety of entertainment and activities that have made the Lemon


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can’t say that I get particularly pumped up about art shows. That’s not to say I don’t like art shows, I actually do. It’s just that I’ve never really been super pumped for one. Until now. There’s a very cool art event coming soon that also happens to benefit a tremendous non-profit here in town. And I can’t wait for it. Everybody who’s lived here and has children has likely heard of Art From Scrap. You know, the shop-cumwarehouse at 302 East Cota that’s stuffed full of all sorts of eclectic (eccentric?) stuff that some folks might like to use for arts and crafts. Schoolteachers and artisans can get great supplies there for projects. Parents can take their kids to pick out stuff to collage. Hell, my wife is in there all the time with my daughters, poking around and trying to figure out what they might make out of the things they find. And oh the things they find. A recent quick trip revealed everything from old-logo McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream lids (nice donation, Michael Palmer) to ancient board game pieces and Kodachrome slides by the barrel full (I saw lots of farming shots but who knows what’s in there). There’s all sorts of fabrics and ribbons and threads and textiles and maps and books and stained glass pieces and egg containers and beads… it’s impossible to describe. If you haven’t been, then go check it out for yourself. I bet you’ll enjoy it.

A (Environmentalist) Chicken and (Artisan) Egg Problem With all that said, my experience is that not many people know that Art From Scrap started out as an environmental education project.

That’s right, Art From Scrap started out as an environmental education project. “Environmental education was really the focus of Art From Scrap when it started back in 1990,” Environmental Educator Jill Cloutier told me, patiently, as we wandered the shop’s aisles, “the idea was to gather all this stuff that would have otherwise gone to a landfill and recycle it, reuse it in a productive way. The proceeds from the sale of the collected stuff goes toward funding the education piece. And in the process, AFS has saved thousands and thousands of pounds of refuse from the landfill. It’s brilliant, really.” And, perhaps most importantly, it worked. Art From Scrap grew and grew until, one day, it seemed that it had outgrown its name. “We’d go to these educational seminars and people would say, ‘oh, look, the artists are here.’ But that’s not exactly accurate, it’s not what we are at our core.” And so the decision was made to effect a name change, and Art From Scrap became Explore Ecology. Sort of. “Explore Ecology was the name we adopted to ensure clarity with respect to the mission of the organization,” Jill continued, “but Art from Scrap still exists – we’re standing in it after all – as one of Explore Ecology’s main programs.” Explore Ecology is much more than just Art From Scrap and has lots of programs, especially environmental education programs for youths. There are waste reduction and composting classes (focusing on reduce, reuse, recycle and compost), watershed and creek classes (focusing on watershed education and water pollution and related solutions) and school gardening lessons and consultations, among others. They have a very cool Watershed Resource Center at Hendry’s Beach and offer all sorts of programs there. The list goes on and on, and the


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work being done is not only terrifically educational for kids but important to a vibrant natural community like ours. “We try to keep classes inexpensive and accessible to better ensure that we can reach as many folks as possible. Sales from Art From Scrap help, too, of course, but the One Night Stand art event is a major fundraiser for us as well.” Told you I was pumped about an art show.

I Love One Night Stands One Night Stand is a unique art event that is going down on Saturday, August 24 at Gallery 27, Brooks Institute of Photography (27 East Cota Street). Nearly 200 professional artists – including Yoko Ono, Jeff Bridges, Kent Twitchell, Thomas Van Stein and lots more – have been personally invited to create a 9”x 9” work of art in any medium. The art is hung, unsigned, in the gallery, and the lucky folks who have tickets to the one night only show are let in to have a look and purchase any piece for $200 on the spot. The catch, of course, is that the buyer won’t know whose art s/he is buying until after the evening is over. “We’ve had people lining up early to get in every year,” Explore Ecology Executive Director Cay Sanchez said, “I can’t think of any other art event that has a line going around the block.”

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Very cool. So get your tickets to One Night Stand as soon as you can. And remember to be quick with your wallet on August 24. I’m gunning for a Yoko original. And I move fast.

STUFF I LIKE I like Explore Ecology and Art From Scrap, and I love One Night Stand. Tickets are available online at www. onenightstandAFS.com or by calling 805.884.0459 (ext. 17). You can get them at the door, too, assuming they haven’t sold out first. General Admission begins promptly at 7pm, but there is a Preview Early Entry pass you can buy for a few extra bucks to get in 30 minutes prior. Might be worth it… Speaking of charitable endeavors, I really like Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company Manager Tony Grimes and his program that gives half of the proceeds from a particular tap handle each Wednesday of a given month to a designated charity. This month, Fig is giving to the Surfrider Foundation, so get in there next Wednesday (and every one after that in August), ask Tony about the Benefit Tap Handle and drink to Surfrider. I sure will. (Oh, you can get a buck off a beer with Fig’s coupon in their ad right here in the Sentinel. We’re saving

Manager Tony Grimes is the man with the (charitable) plan at Fig Mountain. See you soon, Tony!

One Night Stand is quite a crowd pleaser. Quite a crowd pleaser indeed. “We were looking for a concept for a fundraiser for Art From Scrap that was new and different in Santa Barbara,” Volunteer Rita Ferri told me (Rita is also the Curator of Collections, Visual Arts Collection for the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission). “I had seen an art event that was successful and exciting elsewhere in other large cities, and I thought it could work in Santa Barbara so, with just a little trepidation, I proposed the idea of an art event to the committee where all artists make a standard size piece and each artwork is totally anonymous. You would have to trust your instinct and buy what you love.” I love it. Art can be filled with pretension and snobbery (not always but sometimes), and this creative approach really takes all of that away. And it supports a terrific cause that my family and I really believe in.

you money, y’all!) Shifting gears, I like gluten. Or at least I thought I did until I tried the goodies at Kd’s Gluten Free Bakery. I loved the chocolate/walnut and chocolate/ ginger bundts I found at the Local Artisans’ Market up at La Cumbre Plaza (Fridays, 3 – 7pm). You can check Kd’s Bakery out at www.kdsbakery.com or call 805.567.7776. If you’re into glutenfree, then check out Kd. She’s got the goods, everybody. (Note that I also had some gluten free, low-glycemic goodies – beautiful brownies and scrumptious sweet potato waffles – from Gleeka, also at the Market. www.gleeka.com. Check it out, health nuts.) That’s it everybody, I’m out of space this week. You know, this whole “page limitation” thing is really starting to stifle my creativity. Hey Publisher Tim, when can we start putting out a longer paper that allows me to ramble on forever? Ah, Tim?  





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Sports Volunteer of the Month: Curtis Ridling by Barry Punzal

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urtis Ridling is confident he’ll be at his customary volunteer post at the intersection of Gobernador Canyon Road and Highway 192 for the cycling leg of the Santa Barbara Triathlon longcourse route on Saturday, August 24. Ridling has been a fixture at that site for years, making sure triathletes are safe from oncoming traffic as they cross the highway. For the important role he’s served with the Santa Barbara Triathlon, Presidio Sports is pleased to recognize Ridling as the Volunteer of the Month. The fact Ridling is talking about getting back on the course is nothing short of amazing. Not long ago there was uncertainty on whether he would be alive today. Last December, while on a ski trip to Colorado, the 76-year-old cyclist, runner, skier and tennis player contracted the illness Sepsis and nearly died. Sepsis is a toxic response to an infection, or a poisoning of the blood. The infection, which was caused by a hernia, was in his intestinal tract. He was so sick he couldn’t hold down any food or even stand. “I rolled off the bed and crawled to the bathroom in my hotel room,” he said from his Santa Barbara home. “The paramedics came to the room I was staying and there was this older guy who said, ‘There’s an ambulance out there. You can get in it and we’ll take you to the hospital. It’s your call. But I got to tell you, if you don’t go, you’re not going to make it.’ “He was so right. I would have died in that room.” He added: “Lots of people saved my life along the way. I’m grateful for that.” Ridling said he was in a coma for three weeks of a four-month stay in a Denver hospital. The illness affected his circulation. He had a blood clot removed

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from his right leg and later developed gangrene in his foot. Doctors amputated the toes on his right foot. “It was like I had a stroke,” he explained. “They took my toes, my right hand doesn’t work well. My right side got hammered, and it’s been a hard recovery. It’s been one step forward and a step back.” Nine months later, he is still fighting the illness. Recently, he developed an infection in his right foot, and he’s been on crutches. But he hopes to be off of them and back directing traffic on perhaps the toughest volunteer assignment on the course. “I told [race director Joe Coito] the other day I want to do it again. Hopefully, I’m well enough to do it,” said Ridling. As a long-time cyclist, Ridling feels the Gobernador Canyon-192 intersection is the best place for him. “I request it every year,” he said. On the 34-mile cycling route, outgoing riders make a left a turn off Hwy. 192 onto Gobernador Canyon, where they do a loop, exit onto Hwy 150 and head back onto Hwy 192 toward East Beach. “It’s a bit of a sketchy spot,” he said. “You’ve got to block traffic coming and block the bikers because they can’t make a left turn (when there’s oncoming car traffic), and they have to follow the rules of the road. Everybody wants to make that left turn onto Gobernador without stopping. “Sometimes I get yelled at by people because they think I’m a jerk because I’m making them stop.” Ridling has plenty of experience keeping people in line. “I taught high school for thirty years, I can be pretty bullish if I need to be,” he laughed. In his early years at the intersection, Ridling said volunteers stopped the cars so the triathletes could make their left turn. “We’d hold up the cars, but what went wrong with that was you’re holding up cars and behind them are [returning] bikers trying to get through who are ahead of the guys making a left by a good long ways. But they can’t go through because the cars are stopped. Sometimes they’d try and they’d go alongside the car. “The police got on us about how [the riders] have to obey the rules of the road. It’s actually safer for them to do what I did.”

For several triathlons, Ridling worked the intersection with his daughter, Natalie. Natalie has kept her father’s friends and family updated on his condition through the online site Caring Bridge (caringbridge.org). Ridling’s page has received thousands of hits on the site. “I’ve always been a stubborn, independent guy, but one of the lessons I learned from this is I needed people to help me,” he said, humbly. Ridling credits his fitness with helping him survive the life-threatening illness. Please visit PresidioSports.com to continue reading. Sports Volunteer Of The Month: Each Month, Presidio Sports recognizes a local sports volunteer for his/her extraordinary contribution to the Santa Barbara athletic community. It is our way to recognize those who selflessly donate their time to benefit others. A special thanks to award sponsor Pacific Western Bank for making the effort possible. Each award recipient receives a gift certificate to Paradise Café.

Sports Figure of the Month: Dave Odell is a Man With Many Hats by Barry Punzal

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ave Odell is a bridge builder. But he doesn’t make connections using spans of steel and concrete. He builds through developing relationships, using materials like trust, knowledge, teamwork and camaraderie. Those qualities have enabled Odell to become a mover and a shaker in the business and sports communities in Santa Barbara. As a businessman, he has started several successful companies, helped small business owners get started and provided them with support for accounting and technology issues by creating bridges to experts in those areas. In the athletic community, Odell has used the strength-in-team approach as a bridge to success. As a board chairman, he helped unify club soccer in town. That move has been instrumental to the Santa Barbara Soccer Club’s success at the state, regional and national levels. As the San Marcos boys’ basketball coach, he guided the Royals to the CIF 3AA quarterfinals in his first year at the helm. As the athletic director at Westmont College, he’s freed up coaches from

Dave Odell

fundraising work so they could devote more time to recruiting and coaching their teams. That move has translated to greater success on the field. He and his wife, DeAnna, also have worked to improve connections between their alma mater and the Santa Barbara community at large. They created the Westmonster 5k run. The August 15 event takes runners on a course through the idyllic Montecito campus, finishing up at the track stadium, where they’ll be treated to a dinner prepared by Eric Widmer, the chef at La Cumbre Country Club. “I wanted a way for Westmont to come back more with the community, especially the running community,” said Odell of the idea he and his wife hatched. DeAnna Odell is a former track and cross country standout for the Warriors. Dave played basketball for the legendary Chet Kammerer. “I’m a graduate of Westmont (class of 1989) but I see myself more as a Santa Barbaran,” Dave said. “The idea was to connect more with the community. The Westmonster is a great way to do that.” Presidio Sports is pleased to honor Odell as a local Sports Figure in the Month. Please visit PresidioSports.com to continue reading. Santa Barbara Sports Figure Of The Month: Each Month, Presidio Sports recognizes a local sports figure for his/her extraordinary contribution to the Santa Barbara athletic community. It is our way to recognize those who are making a lasting impact. A special thanks to award sponsor American Riviera Bank for making the effort possible. Each award recipient receives a gift certificate to Paradise Café.


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Run or Dye Santa Barbara Paints the Town (Pick a Color)

by Jenny Schatzle

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

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aturday’s massive turnout for the first-ever Run or Dye event in Santa Barbara arrived clean, ready for a highly anticipated splash of fun. Nearly 8,000 participants left looking far more colorful, with each individual showing off a new look that would make a bag of Skittles blush. Santa Barbara local Anthony Evans finished the untimed fun run and felt great despite being completely blue in the face. “Just getting sprayed and dyed, that was a lot of fun,” Evans said. Roughly half chose to mostly walk the 5k course that looped through the UCSB campus. Several “dye stations” lined the course, where volunteers would shower the runners/walkers with liberal amounts of corn-starch based color dyes. By the time contestants reached the finish line, all were covered with various amounts and patterns of color. “Just close your eyes and hold your breath, you never know what to expect,” Evans advised. Evans found himself almost completely blue at the end, which contrasted nicely with his purple and yellow sombrero. And for those who did not get enough on the course, an after-party with dance music and more dye ensured total immersion. There were many reasons for all who showed up but the common thread was that all were there to have fun. And that they did. Most were from the tri-county area of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. The Santa Barbara Run or Dye event, one of dozens on a national tour, is the only one on the Central Coast this year. Santa Barbara resident Polo Torres was there with family and friends to celebrate his 18th birthday. Torres was one of nearly a dozen individuals celebrating birthdays. “This is awesome,” Torres said. “They should bring this to Santa Barbara every year.” Tammy Yates, another birthday girl from Ojai, came dressed in a group all dressed in tutus to make merry on her 50th birthday. The event benefits UCSB’s Alumni Scholarship Fund, which provides financial aid to in-need students. The Alumni Association hoped to raise at least $12,500 for scholarships and was busy handing out free t-shirts to UCSB students and alumni at the race. “It’s really just to engage our Gaucho community, to raise that awareness to get them to come to our alumni booth and chat with us about what our alumni fund is really about,” explained Christina Yan, the Membership and Donor Relations Coordinator. “A lot of people don’t even realize that this race today is raising funds

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Santa Barbara’s Anthony Evans gets a Smurf-like makeover.

for that so we really want to get it out there.” Two of the dye stations were exclusively Gaucho colors of blue and gold. KEYT’s local sports anchor Mike Klan and former KEYT news reporter Sara Bush crossed the finish line together. “I’d say more than half were walking so we turned it into an obstacle course because we kept dodging people,” Klan said. “But there were a lot of people just sitting on the sidelines clapping and waving. It was cool.” The huge crowd was released in waves onto the course. A dozen or so waves unleashed hundreds of runners each. Like Disneyland or Magic Mountain, many had to wait for more than an hour for their turn. But few seemed to mind. “I’m just looking forward to the end to see all the color and seeing what happens to everybody. That’s kind of the best part,” said Will Roach from Ventura while waiting in line. He said he expected to be in the final wave, which meant almost two hours of standing in lines. “We’re committed now. It’s the point of no return,” Roach said. Marvella Basilio and friends were caught off-guard. “This is our first time and we didn’t think the line was going to be this long,” said Basilio, but without any hint of anger. The line remained festive and the waiting helped build the anticipation. Once on the course, the first dye station arrived within a couple hundred feet. From the start point, the runners and walkers went past Harder Stadium, the Thunderdome, Faculty Club, and the Lagoon before making their way back to same parking lot next to Storke Field for the finish. Most stuck around for awhile after completing the run, taking group pictures or seeking out more dye at the after-party. By noon, the parking lot had cleared while breakdown and cleanup operations had begun. 





ewsflash, people. I actually read the Sentinel. I like it. So I was really excited when I saw The Beer Guy’s request last week for any workout plans I might have “specifically for people in the beer business.” The short answer is no, of course, I haven’t developed a workout for beer industry insiders. But that beer column did get me thinking. It got me thinking, in particular, about people who enjoy beer and may be battling the much-maligned and dreaded BEER BELLY. (Although I understand some men wear it with pride.) If you fall into that category, then please read on. I think you’ll enjoy this workout almost as much as that Figueroa Mountain Hoppy Poppy you’re pouring yourself right now. Let’s start with the basic facts: Many doctors agree that “moderate” beer consumption is 1 – 2 beers per day. (For the record, I disagree.) To give you a reference point, most beers are over 100 calories (or more), which is like eating a large cookie for every beer consumed. You’re now thinking something like, Well, Jenny, that doesn’t sound so bad. Lots of people eat 1 or 2 cookies per day. And you’re wrong. Fat, you see, is burned through the liver. Beer – like other alcoholic beverages – is filtered through the liver. So whenever alcohol is put into the body, thereby burdening the liver with alcohol processing duties, carbs and sugars are being stored instead of processed. In short, you are storing fat in exchange for processing beer. And guess where you are storing that fat. Simple: In that gigantic beer belly you’re sporting. I always say that good, strong abs are made in the kitchen. You can do all the crunches in the world but the only way to get a flat stomach is with cardio and nutrition. (Good thing my six week Bootcamp provides both of those things. Next round starts Monday, August 26!) In terms of nutrition, the key word in everything written above was “moderate.” In fact, moderation and balance – even with working out – are really key concepts for most aspects of life. With that said, of course, it is a lot easier to walk to the fridge and grab another beer then to go do another 40 burpees, 30 push-ups, 20 jump lunges… you get the idea. But easiest does not always equate to healthiest. Whatever you consume must be burnt off or your body will store it. So if you want to enjoy those beer calories, then you must have a daily exercise routine that will burn them off.

And cardio workouts are one of the best ways to do this.  That’s the whole deal, beer drinkers: If you want to shrink that belly or control it, then you need to both moderate your consumption and work out. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you all can thank my friend Zach Rosen for this one. Cheers! Now let’s get started. (And hey Zach, take this as your invitation and challenge to come join me in class… I’d love to see you!)  

Cardio And Core For Beer Drinkers: Warm-up: Jog – 1 minute Squats – 1 minute Plank – 1 minute  Push-ups – 10 (Repeat 3 times)   Workout (take this one outside): First, run (or walk) for 10 minutes    Then stop and complete the following bodyweight routine: Squat jumps – 10 Pop-ups – 10 Push-ups – 10 Crunches – 10 (Repeat until 10 minutes are up)  W  hen finished, run or walk for another 10 minutes   Then, finally, complete the bodyweight routine again: Squat jumps – 10 Pop-ups – 10 Push-ups – 10 Crunches – 10 (Repeat until 10 minutes are up)

  This is a good one, especially for you beer drinkers out there, and your heart rate should stay elevated the whole time. Do it as many days as possible this week and you’ll feel a change by week’s end, I promise. And, as always, if you have any questions about any of the exercises or anything else (or 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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"Here I am with my son, Alexis, soaring over Lake Tahoe"  - Alex Kirsch

“Me sweating to the oldies with Richard Simmons" - Julia Davis

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Sheena enjoying scuba diving in crystal clear waters in Little Corn, Nicaragua

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...continued from p.11 don’t do it for you, maybe the martial arts will; just around the bend is the Santa Barbara Judo Club at 121 East Mason Street.

Owner of Cabana Home Steve Thompson shows off the goods.

The Urban Furniture Trail At 111 Santa Barbara Street, you’ll spot a cabana that might just make you rethink your own decor, or at the very least inspire some new home design ideas. Go ahead, walk through the door and into Cabana Home. Among furniture, fixtures, art and accessories, good-humored store owner Steve Thompson expressed appreciation for the neighborhood and its recent growth: “It’s funky; it is,” he says as we begin our conversation. “You’ve got warehouses and then warehouses that have been converted to architectural loftlike structures,” he continues, “which is neat. This warehouse we converted into a cabana out front, hence the name Cabana Home. It’s been fun; it’s fun to be down here. When clients are here, now they have places to go eat and come back. So it’s nice.” When discussing the changes taking place in the area, few dare use the “G” word, but Steve was unafraid. “It’s definitely gentrifying,” he points out. “The hotel that’s coming is going to be on the level of the Ritz Carlton, which will be one of only three five-star kind of hotels in Santa Barbara. I think you’ll see a lot of things going up in price; you’ll see some lofts probably being built here. This whole block is owned by one person and it will likely convert into some new project at some point. I would look for that, for sure. “When we came down here seven years ago,” Steve continues, “we were the second of what I would call new businesses in this area – second or third. There was already one furniture store here and we thought if we put ours here, they would sort of feed off of each other, which they absolutely have, and we have a great relationship with them,” he says, referring to MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery just down the block. “So, they call it the Urban Wine Trail down here,” Steve muses, “which is interesting. I wish they’d call it the Urban Furniture Trail.” Take a left out of Cabana Home and on the corner of Santa Barbara and Yanonali, you’ll find MichaelKate Interiors at 132 Santa Barbara Street. Named for its owner and his daughter who works with him on the sales floor, this store offers a large selection of art and stylish interior furnishings in a sizable warehouse adorned with the work of area artists. “We’ve been here since 1997 so we’ve seen a lot of changes in the last couple years especially with the wine tasting rooms opening up and a lot more attention on the area because of that, and its all been good,” affable owner Michael McColm says of his experience in the area. “We’re not in the wine business, but focused very much on showing and supporting local

Owner Michael McColm and his MichaelKate Interiors have seen a lot a change since ‘97.

artists. We’ve got 22 artists in here now – all local with one exception.” Like many other area mainstays and boosters of the arts scene, Michael’s optimism comes with the acknowledgement that there’s something special about the area that should be held onto through any coming development. “We saw a lot of changes down the street with the old Bay Café [where The Lark and Lucky Penny are now] and it looks good. I think they’re improvements. Just how that affects the art community, that remains to be seen,” Michael adds. “It’s great to see all the traffic and it’s such an important piece of Santa Barbara. The development is improving things. It will be interesting to see. Hopefully,” he concludes, “we can keep the feel of the area, the artsy feel, the funky feel. But this is all positive for us. We’re happy to see it.”

earlier days of The Arts Fund’s presence in the neighborhood: “People would say,” she laughs, “‘The Funk Zone? Do I need to get my shots?’” Down one block from The Arts Fund Gallery, between Gray and Anacapa, is 116 East Yanonali Street, a building with two tasting rooms at ground level, more commercial spaces one floor up and residential lofts above those. It’s a modern building with an open design. The two tasting rooms – Pali Wine Co. and AVA (American Viticultural Area) Santa Barbara – each make good use of the large glass panels that front their spaces; from the street, you can see the backdrop at Pali, which displays larger-than-life-size

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wine barrels, and AVA’s mural of Santa Barbara’s viticultural areas by L.A. artist Elkpen, which is especially attractive. Inside AVA Santa Barbara, Tasting Room Associate Clara Svedlund explains the operation. A sister winery to Kunin, they moved into the space just this February. They provide a sort of educational stop on the wine trail; in addition to the map of Santa Barbara, there’s another that details local micro-climate and soil type – wine buff stuff. When asked about the neighborhood, Clara tells me, “From an employee perspective, I’ve seen a lot of positive change in the last couple of years. There are a lot more tasting rooms and I think it’s a great thing that there are more restaurants opening up. I think it’s great because it’s revitalized the neighborhood.” On the area’s future, she pointed to the already positive modifications: “I think it’ll continue to be better and better. The revitalization is amazing. It’s kind of a transformation from how it used to be. Especially the empty lot where Bay Café was; it’s nice to see development in a good respect, not a huge somethingor-other but these nice restaurants and collaborations.” Just across the lobby at Pali Wine Co., I spoke to Emily Walker, Tasting Room Manager and spouse to Pali’s winemaker, Aaron Walker. “I think it’s a good thing for us,” Emily said of area development. “More restaurants and other tasting rooms… it’s fun to be able to refer people to different tasting rooms.” When asked to predict the future, she obliged: “I think more condos, homes, apartments. Maybe more buildings similar to ours where there’s commercial and residential. Already we’ve had so many people since we’ve opened the tasting room, people coming in wanting to know if they can rent here. I think definitely more residential, for sure.” ...continued p.30

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with Mark Léisuré

Mark spends much of his time wandering Santa Barbara and environs, enjoying the simple things that come his way. A show here, a benefit there, he is generally out and about and typically has a good time. He says that he writes “when he feels the urge” and doesn’t want his identity known for fear of an experience that is “less than authentic.” So he remains at large, roaming the town, having fun. Be warned.

Chumash Casino Goes Madigan

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aybe I’m psycho,” Kathleen Madigan was saying over the telephone the other day. Not because she’s actually wondering about her own sanity, but just because the things that make the comedienne nervous don’t jibe with what most people might think. “I threw out the first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals game and I almost threw up,” she explains. “Even though I played softball and was pretty good at it. Just throwing a ball in front of all those people freaked me out a lot more than anything I ever do on stage. I could talk for an hour without thinking about it.” Which is probably a good thing, since Madigan’s job involves doing a lot of talking to people. She’s one of the nation’s top female comics – although she’d just as soon prefer that you didn’t throw in the adjective, thank you very much, as in “I’m pretty sure I got treated the same way on the road, and if it turns out you paid the guys $100 a week more, I don’t want to know about it now!” – and she got there pretty much by doing the same thing night after night, just talking to people about her life, beginning way back when she was working as a bartender at a bowling alley, 30 years ago. “It was an open mike night, and I just did it for fun because we used to go over there to drink,” she recalls. “I didn’t think anything of it. It was like an outof-body experience. Like a car accident, but not a bad one. I remember doing a joke about Shirley MacLaine’s book Out on a Limb that was out then, and something about Catholic school. Now I wished I had taped it because I can’t remember much else. But I thought it was kind of fun. But I wasn’t very nervous because it didn’t bother me to get up and talk to people. Maybe I’m psycho.” Anyway, at the time, comedy seemed like a good career option for Madigan, who was working as a journalist (smart move to get out, Kathleen!) in St. Louis. “I wasn’t really very good. I was doing it by default because I couldn’t do math or science. And in the Midwest there are only five career options they tell you about. I could write a sentence but I wasn’t into it... And with journalism, you have to have a lot of passion for it, because it’s not great money or benefits.

Kathleen Madigan brings her stand-up routine to the Chumash Casino on Thursday, August 22.

Hmmm, I guess that sounds like comedy.” Madigan, who performs Thursday night, August 22, up at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, fought her way up the comedy ladder step by step, “Like a roller coaster when it’s climbing – chukka, chukka, chukka – no big break,” she says. She persevered through the tough times and then appeared on Leno, Letterman and Conan and eventually Last Comic Standing. She starred in two HBO specials, three Comedy Central specials, her hourlong Gone Madigan is in rotation on Showtime and CMT, and she has four CDs and two DVDs on her resumé. At this point, she’s one of the rare comics playing 1,500-seat arenas consistently. And she’s done it all never having written an actual joke. “It’s all from my life. Every single word that comes out of my mouth is true and really happened, almost wordfor-word the way I say it. I don’t even know how to write jokes. I just tell you what happened.” Like the recent time she spent two hours on the phone with Apple tech support without having her problem resolved. “At the end, [the rep] said ‘I can’t take it anymore! Why don’t you go take a class at the Apple Store at the mall.’ I’m like, ‘What? I didn’t pay attention in classes I paid for in college.’ So that will show up on stage. S*** like that.” Given that scenario, as you might imagine, Madigan has little use for podcasts, even though they’re all the

rage in comedy these days. “I tried it. I didn’t like it. I’m over it. You’re sitting in your basement and only a few hundred people listen to it. No. Not for me. If you want to bring your s*** to the bar and talk to me, OK maybe I’ll do it. Otherwise, no. It’s not real.” Neither, surprisingly, is Madigan interested in following other stand-ups’ path to greater success via a TV sitcom, even though her every-woman persona would be a perfect fit. “I’m really not interested,” she says. “There are so many people involved in the decisions and so many of them have no idea what they’re talking about. I love what I do. I get up and talk about my life, have a good time, and two hours later we’re done. That’s it. It’s life. I went with my friend who was a guest star on a show and we were there from 4-10:30 at night for a five-minute thing. What’s fun about that? I don’t get it. I can’t imagine doing that let alone a movie. Jesus God! I got other things to do. No thanks.” So by her own estimate there really isn’t much left for Madigan to conquer. She says she wouldn’t mind writing jokes for politicians if they’re willing to be self-deprecating – “If Hillary Clinton would only joke about her pants suit, she’d get elected so easily. Heck, I’d write for her for free.” – but Madigan says even that’s not a true goal. Because she doesn’t have any. “Oprah drove people crazy with vision boards and dream lists. No, no, no. It’s so much pressure. Jesus Christ! Just go have fun. And stop worrying about it. But maybe that’s just the Irish in me.”

Season Tickets In case you missed it, single tickets for UCSB Arts & Lectures’ 20132014 season went on sale last Saturday, but being as we’re in the dog days of summer, there’s a good chance you can still get your precious pair for nearly all the events. Some pretty cool stuff, too. And it starts with a bang with actor/ director Alan Alda (from M*A*S*H

fame) yakking it up at the Granada on October 1. Also in the clever/comedy vein: NPR’s Ira Glass is coming back as part of an unusual program called “One Radio Host, Two Dancers,” The Onion – Live (which had to cancel last season) will try again in November, Dave Barry talks at the Granada in January, The Second City performs “Happily Ever After” in February and Garrison Keillor is due in April. A&L covers classical, pop music, theater, dance, film and much more, so be sure to peruse the schedule (if you somehow didn’t receive two or three in the mail, they’re also at newsstands all over town).

Tales in the Valley Meanwhile, speaking of Santa Ynez, Tales from the Tavern has announced its next season of six singer-songwriter concerts up at the Maverick Saloon in the valley town. The slate includes returning roots rockers Dave Alvin and Ryan Bingham plus local resident Karla Bonoff. You might want to hurry here, too, since the series was 80 percent sold out even before they announced the artists last week. Now that’s trust!

Around Town This week, get wild and wacky with Josie Hyde as the Santa Barbara writeractress performs Ayahuasca Visions – her one-woman journey to self-discovery through the extract of the hallucinogenic vine – at Center Stage Theater Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17... Ratchet up the reggae with Rebelution and Matisyahu at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Sunday, or take a trip down progressive jazz-rock’s memory lane with Steely Dan and the shockingly good opening act Deep Blue Organ Trio at the outdoor venue on Tuesday, August 20... Meanwhile the Memphis Music Fest at the Granada re-teams Stax soul survivors Eddie Floyd, Booker T. Jones, The BarKays and more for a show that should even get a man of leisure up and dancing in the aisles.

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by Rachelle Oldmixon

Over Thinking, Under Performing

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his week, I took my first vacation in two years. I went up to San Rafael and stayed with my cousin and her toddler. While that may not sound like the most relaxing time away, I did get the chance to do some serious bonding with one of the most adorable kids around. Anthony is in his terrible, curious twos and wants to know how everything works. One morning as I was heading out for a walk, he asked me how I tied my shoes. “Why do you do that?” he asked. “Because I need to keep my shoes on my feet.” “But how?” “I... uh... I just... do?” I offered to show him how to tie his shoe but he was only interested in hearing how to do it. I couldn’t. Every time I tried to verbalize how to tie my shoe, I would trip up, get it wrong, or just confuse the poor kid. Eventually, he got bored and wandered off to chase the cat. Sitting there with my shoe in my hand, I suddenly felt for every parent and kindergarten teacher who had to teach children such ingrained tasks like tying a shoe. It’s nearly impossible to verbalize such automatic behaviors. So, I began to look into why I, and so many others, choke up when trying to explain such a simple task. And as it turns out, someone at UCSB is researching just that question.

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Dr. Taraz Lee, a postdoc in Dr. Grafton’s Action Lab in the Psychology Department, is interested in how explicit memory recall interferes with our ability to perform tasks we know by heart, like riding a bike or serving a tennis ball. Explicit memory is a type of long-term

Dr. Lee, I’m highly educated and quite intelligent. Can you please tell me why I can’t explain how to tie shoes to a two year old?

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.

memory that we can easily verbalize: Who the 10th President was (John Tyler) or what happened at the last family reunion (I’d rather not print that here). However, we have another type of long-term memory: implicit memory. These are memories that we cannot seem to verbally express and are most commonly associated with “muscle memories.” For some reason, when people concentrate on movements or decisions that are based in implicit memory, they tend to make more mistakes. Have you ever tried to think about how you were supposed to ride your bike while you were riding it? If you haven’t, don’t. You’ll just end up with scraped knees

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and a bruised ego. If you or I concentrate too hard on an implicit task, we might look like a fool in front of a two-year-old who wants to tie his shoe, or in front of other commuters on the bike trail. But, if a professional athlete starts to think too hard about serving that tennis ball or how to execute that final stroke in golf, he (or she) might lose a pivotal game in their career on national television. So Taraz’s research has been getting some attention lately. Taraz and his collaborators from UC Berkeley, Robert Blumenfeld and Mark D’Esposito, thought about the conventional wisdom to avoid choking in sports: don’t think, just do. Eventually, they came up with the theory that perhaps we choke up when we attempt to think about our implicit memories in an explicit way.

Proven Theories Don’t Help Tie Shoes

Testing this theory isn’t easy. But, Taraz and his colleagues decided to focus their efforts on the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, or the dlPFC. The dlPFC is an area of the brain that is involved in working memory, planning movements, and attention. Taraz brought participants into his lab and showed them a series of “kaleidoscope images” or images that were symmetrical, colorful and unlike most patterns the participants would have encountered

Looking at these pretty colors for long enough might help you stop slicing that drive on 18 into the water in every golf tournament you play in. Or not.

in their lives. After viewing the images, participants were shown a series of two images: in each set, one was new and the other was one they had previously seen. Participants were asked to pick the “old” image in each pair and then to report if they had remembered rich details, had a vague impression or if they were just guessing. During this process, Taraz was applying theta-burst transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to the some participants’ dlPFC. Theta-burst TMS is a safe, temporary method of deactivating a small area of the brain. The brain area only remains inactive so long as the TMS is being applied. What Taraz and his colleagues found was that the activity of the dlPFC made no difference when participants were explicitly recalling the kaleidoscope image. However, the activity of the dlPFC made a significant difference when participants claimed they were guessing which image they had seen before. Participants were more likely to choose the correct image when they were guessing when the dlPFC was inactive compared to when it was active. In other words, over thinking really can muddy the waters and make you choke. But that still doesn’t help show my cousin’s son how to tie his shoes. 

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...continued from p.9 room where kegs and serving tanks are stored), I spied the pilot system hidden in the shadows. Oh glory. The pilot system produces small batches (5 – 10 gallons) of beer that would someday allow James and David to test recipes. In other words, I knew that once the system was hooked up, Pure Order could begin to produce trial beers.

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James is ready to go. And he’s got the fancy equipment to prove it. (Go brew some beer, James!)

Alas, it wasn’t until July that I (finally) got to try some of Pure Order’s beers. After reading about Rob Bjorklund’s wood work in the February 15 issue of the Sentinel, James and David commissioned Rob to build their bar. They invited me over and we christened this magnificent piece of local wood with a trial batch of their Black Gull Porter. The brew had a dense chocolate mousse aroma with flavors of caramel and grain. Despite the beer’s rich flavors, the brew went down smoothly with a light finish. Just the way a porter should be. So far, so good. Next we tasted the 90 BOB. This Scotch ale was inspired by the time James spent in Scotland drinking their native brews, and with it he hopes to capture “Scotland in a glass.” A bob is Scottish slang for a schilling and the strength of a Scottish-style ale is rated by the number of schillings a glass would sell for, with 90 schillings being the strongest and most expensive version of the style. The burnt ambercolored brew had a prevalent peat aroma with a healthy maltiness that comes off more bready than sugary sweet. These were just test batches, of course, and the full brew system is still not yet online. James hopes to have the brewery up and running in a month – so you’ll just have to wait. But know this: Both brews I tasted in July were terrific. And the Bjorklund bar looks great too.

Almost Home We recently met up again so I could try some of Pure Order’s new test beers. The brewery is in its final stages and happened to be bustling with workers when we wanted to meet. So instead of meeting there, James invited me over to his house where I was greeted by his whole family. James and Steve welcomed me with their Santa Barbara Pale Ale. This India Pale Ale (IPA) is on the citric side of the style and with no caramel malts the sweetness comes off clean. A starchy body gives the beer a full, smooth mouthfeel and the bitter finish does not linger, making for a very drinkable IPA. We sat on the back porch watching the sun set as James’ sons Ryder and Sawyer ran around the yard playing with each other. After the Santa Barbara Pale Ale, we tried the Crooked Neck Hefeweizen. This brew is named after Gemina, Santa Barbara’s beloved crooked neck giraffe that graced the Santa Barbara Zoo for nearly 20 years. The hefeweizen is banana-themed with a tinge of bubblegum and an apparent honey bread tone. The body is light and perky with an acidity that makes this brew easy going and lovable, just like Gemina. The final rays of light were in the sky and dinner was near. We continued to talk beer as James held his newly born daughter, Olivia. We headed into the dining room and I watched James transport his delicate four-week old daughter. In that moment, I couldn’t help but notice that James has not only the brewing skill but also the care and dedication required to nurture Santa Barbara’s newest child in the beer scene, Pure Order Brewing Co. Good luck, James and David, it’s been a fun few months and I’m really wishing the best for you both. And I can’t wait to see (and taste) the finished product. Cheers!  






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...continued from p.5 SB150: “dreamers” who attend community college while enrolled in high school would be eligible to pay resident tuition rather than out-of-state. SB292: eliminated the requirement that the victim establish sexual desire on the part of her harasser in an employment-related sexual harassment claim. At the adjournment of that meeting, the Assembly recognized the fallen firefighters in Arizona. Sean Misner was from Santa Ynez, in Williams’ district. Yeah, that was a bad day to miss work for an unexcused absence right before a month of summer recess. Few working constituents here in resort-land Santa Barbara have the luxury of a month off. When present, Das has been working on the following, with mixed results:

AB131: Remove the requirement for listing place of birth in voter registration. Pitched as an efficiency measure. When someone leaves off place of birth, it requires manual verification by the county. AB131 presumes you’re a citizen of the US and ignores place of birth. Ironically, proof of US citizenship is required to get a passport to leave the country, but not to vote in it. One wonders why the state just didn’t delete the box from the form. The federal voter registration form doesn’t have it. A central voter registration database should be used to verify voter information, and is actually required under federal law per the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), passed in 2002 to deal with the controversy surrounding the 2000 election (remember chads?). It requires states to develop a single, uniform, official, centralized, interactive computerized statewide voter registration list, remove ineligible voters, and eliminate duplicate names. California’s database, started in 2006, will hopefully be completed in 2015. AB1080: Redevelopment Agency Successor Establishment. A few cities like Palm Desert abused RDA monies by revamping a premier golf club – hardly eradication of ‘blight.’ The state needed the $1.7 billion of RDA funds to close the $25 billion budget gap, so Brown axed RDA with Williams’ support, creating a kerfuffle with local mayors. He later stepped up to help Santa Barbara save its ownership of RDA-funded parking lots. AB955: Community Colleges – Intersession Extension Programs. Called Privatization of Education by opponents. This is another two-tiered solution we seem increasingly fond of. The bill requires resident students pay the international student rate for high-demand community college classes in peak semesters. The issue here is limited capacity at community colleges, disadvantaging low-income students from getting needed classes. However, the high demand is partially generated from an unexpected quarter – the inaccessibility of California universities for California kids. First, they’ve become ridiculously expensive. Student loans are easy to obtain, almost pushed by lenders, even for questionable degrees with no real job prospects attached to them. When more money (student loans) chases the same goods (education), price goes up. And it has. Student loans can never be discharged by bankruptcy, so students try to reduce their debt burden by reducing their tuition

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bills. One way to do that is to knock out required core classes at community colleges. UCLA in-state tuition is $12,692 annually. SBCC costs $47 per unit. Does it really matter where you took College Algebra or English Comp? Take required courses at SBCC for 1/10th of what you’d pay at UCLA, and then transfer. Graduate with a UC degree for a fraction of the cost. California kids also have a hard time getting into UCs. In 2009, only 6% of Santa Barbara County high school graduates went to a UC. Thirty-two percent went to community colleges. Transfers are easier than admissions, another driver for the community college route. Lack of affordability and barriers to admission at universities are big stumbling blocks for California kids, so they’re flooding into community colleges, causing a capacity problem. Why not then focus reforms for access at the university level? AB2441: Strip club tax of $10 per customer. Texas passed a $5 ‘Pole Tax’ on strip clubs to fund sexual assault prevention programs and health insurance coverage for lowincome individuals. So this is California playing catch-up yet again – this time with, ahem, Texas. “There is a clear nexus between alcohol consumption and violence against women,” Williams told the Sacramento Bee. “This [bill] only affects those [strip clubs] that serve alcohol.” Hmmm. Maybe there’s a bigger nexus between violence against women and the sex industry that objectifies them, with alcohol as catalyst.

Rethinking Legislator Performance For Government 2.0: 1. Show Up. Elected officials should be present at the job, just like the rest of us. 2. Measure Success in Terms of Outcomes. Legislators seem to feel success lies in the number of bills they introduce, sponsor and pass. More is clearly better, so we now have a state constitution of over 400 pages that could double as furniture, generating cries the state is over-regulated and dysfunctional to the point of choking. Instead, measure successful legislators by outcomes: laws they streamline for efficiency, or retire because they’ve passed the sell-by date. Measure them by how well they build broad coalitions for legislation that dramatically improves outcomes for California. 3. Kick Special Interests to the Curb for the Greater Good. Remember that bill that would have made it easier for public schools to fire teachers for sexual crimes in the classroom? It made a lot of sense to Californians, and to CNN. Das helped kill it in committee by abstaining, and was exposed on CNN for taking $30,000 from teachers’ unions. Eventually the Assembly passed a watered-down version of that bill, with Das voting for it. But the damage was done: committee members, Das included, looked like they’d rather have elementary schoolchildren exposed to sexual predators than risk the wrath of education unions. In cases like these, legislators should stand up to their special interest backers when those backers demand things that appear insane to normal people. It’s a rare breed of politician that can corral special interests into doing the right thing for the greater good. In Government 2.0, we’d require that quality in our candidates, and support elected officials who stand up to those forces. 



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Giving Is Good by Jana Mackin

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A Santa Ynez Helping Hand for Foster Kids

(from left) Rich Winslow, Emily Martinez, Barbara Perkins and Tom Nolan really get it done for Santa Barbara County’s foster kids. Thanks to all of you, you’re really making a difference.

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’m not a palm reader but I read hands. Consider the Paleolithic red ochre hand prints in the Cave of Chauvet. Now focus on an image of age and youth holding hands. See the shadow of a child’s hand imprinted on a horse shoulder. Watch a foster child’s hand cradle a sea star. Witness another reach for the stars. Now consider hand as a metonymy for hope, dreams or aspirations, or as a tattered cliché for hand-outs, hand-offs and hand-me-downs. Whether 30,000 year old cave frescoes or the REEF touch tanks out at UCSB, hands of shared humanity reach across millenniums to link ancient cave artists and modern foster (aka forgotten) children. Forgotten, that is, except through the volunteer efforts of such non-profits as the American Charities Foundation (ACF). Its mission: To provide helping hands for “those kids.” You’re damn right.

Forgotten Kids Right Here In Santa Barbara County “I like kids,” said Rich Winslow, ACF resources director and long-time volunteer (as well as owner of Winslow Pool & Spa). “They don’t get to pick their parents. You’re really lucky to get a couple good parents. You’re not so lucky if you don’t.” That’s perhaps the understatement of the year. But it’s very well-taken. “I wish people knew enough that kids in foster care are not the problem,” Rich continued, “it’s their parents who are the problem. There’s a stigma, I suppose, but

they don’t have a Scarlet Letter.” Whatever poker hand has dealt “those kids” a bad fate, foster and at-risk children often come from households of abuse and neglect with alcoholic and drugusing parents. In Santa Barbara County, a dearth of foster homes along with high number of foster kids has resulted in situation critical for basic housing needs. Kids often get shuttled around the state because of too few foster homes available in the county. Enter ACF, a Santa Ynez based nonprofit, which has filled important voids offering “those kids” educational, fun, therapeutic and inspiring programs, outings and adventures. ACF gives foster children the opportunity to participate with airplanes, horses, art and recreation, wilderness adventures, field trips to UCSB’s REEF and tours of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). “We’re on a shoe string budget. We provide 100% volunteer services for at-risk and foster children in Santa Barbara County. Our operating method is simple: Contributions go directly
to our programs and activities, making the maximum impact for the children,” said ACF Co-Founder and Executive Director Barbara Perkins. “We have only 80 licensed foster homes in Santa Barbara and almost 700 foster kids farmed throughout California,” she said. “Something is terribly wrong. I was just talking to someone about the toy drive and she was not even aware there are foster children in Santa Barbara. Talk about a forgotten community; forgotten kids.”

At UCSB’s Marine Science Institute (REEF), red ochre sea stars beckon small hands to slip into cold water and touch marine fauna. The touch tanks were part of a mid-summer ACF outing, some 60 kids and volunteers learned about marine biology, touched an array of exotic creatures and then feasted on hamburgers and s’mores and drenched themselves silly with water blasters at Goleta Beach. They also listened to Tom Nolan, a marine biologist and motivational speaker. “Be like sundials and count the hours of sunshine,” said Nolan, addressing the kids against the campus lagoon. “Inside every one of you is a Christopher Columbus or Marco Polo.” Nolan, an operations engineer for Instrument and Science Data System Operations for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, drove up to spend the day mentoring and inspiring the foster kids. “ACF is the embodiment of charity,” he said.  “I was honored to participate in the Ocean Adventure Day and see the children light up at the REEF,” said Nolan. “In my job at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, one of our main charters is to ‹Inspire the Next Generation.’” By extension, ACF’s mission has focused on inspiring generations of “those kids,” ever since Dick Maxwell and Barbara Perkins founded the charity in 1997. What motivated them was a desire to “improve the lives of foster, reunified, adopted and at-risk children.” And what is remarkable – as noted above – is the fact that the organization is completely volunteer. Wow. In very real terms, no staff salaries are siphoned from their purpose directed towards helping kids. Kids like Kitreena. “Barbara is in my life now and has always been there for me,” said the 18-year-old, “she’s always been helping foster children in the foundation and charity. Barbara goes around everywhere and tries to get help from everyone she meets.” Some give. Some don’t. But those who do really give, thoughtfully and generously. Take, for example, El Rancho Market, which recently donated 60 bag lunches for a “Reach for the Stars” space-based program and trip to NASA’S JPL Lab. Or the Creation Station Fabric and Quilt Shop, whose sew-ins resulted in more than 1,000 pillow cases for the kids. Or Rich Winslow, tireless chief-cook, bottle washer, gopher, driver and handyman. volunteers, sponsors and donations fuel this organization. “I’m not much of a writer,” said Jon Price, El Rancho Market store director

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in an e-mail, “but the experience of being able to help the kids and see them so excited to learn and visit a place like JPL was awesome. It was inspiring to be a part of it.” Other programs and experiences have included everything from ranch life programs to horseback riding lessons and other horse experiences, wilderness adventure programs, beach trips, photography safaris and motivational talks by mentor figures like Lt. Delgado, a Navy F-18 aviator/flight instructor, and Capt. Greg Day at Los Prietos Boys Camp in an ACF sponsored event. “I was deeply impressed by ACF’s mission and the children,” said Lt. Delgado. “My mother grew up in various orphanages so my heart is deeply focused on the difficulties of being a foster child. ACF is making a difference.” Horses, too, have been fundamental vehicles for positive experiences. Thus, when Perkins and C.C. BeaudetteWellman collaborated to create Happy Endings Animal Sanctuary, they created a program called Horse Helpers, basically kids helping horses helping kids. The program helps “those kids” work with “those horses” whose stories of neglect and abuse parallel one another. This non-traditional equine assisted venue marries a little of St. Francis, horse and kids whisperer (they bond and share secrets) and self-esteem giddy-up. “We’re on the same page,” said Wellman, Happy Endings’ founder, CEO and president. (Happy Endings also needs donations and help but that is another story). “We are just facilitators between the kids, the horses and God.” I cannot read destiny but I can see the hand of the divine. Soon the bellringers for community campaigns of good will be out asking for toys, sponsors and donations. With the holiday season approaching, a plethora of worthy causes will host toy drives. In this recession, why help out the ACF Holiday Toy Drive that benefits nearly 700 children in Santa Barbara County foster care? Simple: The toy drive directly affects and touches infants to 18-year-olds. You know “those kids.” Now consider the stigma of foster child. And then consider Jesse White’s narrative. “I was a foster care child in the foster care system but I aged out of the system at 18,” Jesse, now 37 and the Santa Maria Coordinator for ACF’s 2013 Holiday Toy Drive, told me. “I do a lot of charity work at this point,” she continued. “I remember when I was about 14, I had been in about 16 different homes. Some of them were there just for the check.” “I remember one Christmas, I got a Christmas card with $5 in it. And although the card said ‘Merry Christmas,’ I remember being surprised that no one cared enough to take that $5 and buy something.” Isn’t that reason enough to lend a helping hand? 






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CITY OF BONES

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.

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att Damon stars in Elysium as an ex-convict stuck in a dead-end job, which probably describes half the current population of California. Only this tale is set on a hapless, futuristic Earth (the stated year is 2154) teeming with black smoke plumes, dilapidated buildings and homes – in general, a scorched landscape that recalls war-torn Beirut. The hero’s lifelong goal: secure a ticket to Elysium, a Utopian space station where the elite, richest humans thrive in perfect conditions. While oppressed by robotic guards, making it literally hell on Earth, he remains inspired by a childhood sweetheart (Alice Braga of I Am Legend) and a sense of urgency due to an industrial accident leading to a death sentence. Obstacles abound, the largest of which is the Promised Land’s defense secretary, embodied by Jodie Foster with steely determination and a fluctuating foreign accent that stretches anywhere from Paris to London. She hires a rogue Australian sniper who – when he isn’t shooting down shuttles of “illegal” aliens – sounds as if he’s auditioning for the voiceover narration on Outback Steakhouse commercials. Despite its sporadic landmines, this sci-fi venture boasts plenty of merits: the sharp contrast between the two worlds; the textbook-like conflicts that coherently establish themes of love, loss, greed and redemption; the disparate examples of disease, affliction, life and death. Most of the players are at the top of their game: Damon, William Fichtner, Diego Luna and – as the computer controller with tickets to ride – Wagner Moura, whose performance is the best thing in the movie. I could’ve done without platitudes that accompany flashbacks about the protagonist’s upbringing (“I know you are special”) and the climactic finale (“That’s what I’m talkin’ about!”). Until recently, science fiction was my least favorite genre. But thanks to such filmmakers as Neill Blomkamp, perhaps my mind is expanding as my shell softens. It’s no coincidence.  Elysium’s finest moments are glimpses of the orbital station, hanging like a majestic hubcap in the sky – redolent of the stalled spacecraft hovering above Blomkamp’s native Johannesburg in his impressive forbear District 9.  

Worth Going Way Back The Way, Way Back, the year’s most satisfying film since The Place Beyond The Pines, is a highly enjoyable coming-of-age story that follows the path of a teenage boy (Liam James) during the course of a summer along the East Coast. The initial particulars, involving the introverted boy’s mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing beau (Steve Carell), an alcoholic next-door neighbor (never-better Allison Janney), and a friendly couple give way to something deeper: The young hero finding his way in the world, thanks to a job at the local water park, and an unlikely girlfriend with a similar background. His cocky but well-meaning manager (Sam Rockwell) takes the teen under his wing, providing motivation with tough love: “Are you for real?” Complications ensue, in the form of possible love interests – for more than one character – and an affair between dysfunctional adults.  Pundits and jaded snobs who suggest The Way, Way Back is merely cotton-candy dramedy about angst are fooling themselves. In the hands of co-directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (his debut), the story breathes life into a stale premise and shapes it into

something profound, engaging, realistic and quite touching. Pivotal scenes aren’t in short supply: watch a family game of Candy Land quickly go sour and turn everyone’s mood on a dime; smile knowingly as the protagonist makes cute with a curious young neighbor; learn the ins-and-outs of waterslide strategy; even a party for the disgruntled, marginal employee justifies and holds our attention. Performers are up to the task: Leading the way like nobody’s business are Rockwell (a revelation in Heist, but even better years later in Moon) and Janney, who has made a 3D:career add $3.00 to All Advertised Pricing wonderful out ofPremium conflicted Charge supporting roles (in Juno and American Beauty, among others). The filmmakers make few missteps while juggling a variety of circumstances and raw emotions – all (Metropolitan Theatres) fleshed out and fully realized in 100 minutes. No embellishment, no overextending, no overkill. It’s an intelligent, entertaining and moving piece of work to which audiences can relate.

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Jacob Mansbach (left) and Dario de Albergaria are setting a terrific example and making their summer really count this year. Congratulations, guys, go get ‘em.

by Mara Peters Former editor for the fashion/lifestyle section of the New York

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

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t’s empathy,” she said with a very definite tone. She should know. My mom has interviewed thousands of underprivileged teenagers to select the ones she thinks would most likely succeed in her nonprofit program, Summer Search. I had asked her what characteristics were the most important as she looked for teens who’d beat the odds and make it “out” of their difficult circumstances to complete college. She placed empathy higher than great grades, a competitive drive and participation in sports. “It was the personal stories I heard like the kid that saved and protected his sister from a schizophrenic mom. As I listened to him relate his story, I knew there was hope. The ones who can understand someone else’s problem, see something needs to be done, and act on it – those are the kids that are going to succeed and lead.” I had asked her because I’ve been looking for answers, for the right formula to help raise my brood. As I listened to my mom, I thought about the four Alpha and I are responsible for and wondered whether we are nurturing empathy. There’s no doubt we are privileged, even entitled. My kids live in a safe, happy bubble where all their needs are met and everything is taken care of. They’re chauffeured around

town to sports events and music classes while listening to tunes on their iPods. They have amazing summers at the beach; vacations running free on a farm. Their lives are good, a far cry from the kids my mom works with who live on the edge. And I’m concerned that my own can’t see themselves in those that are struggling. Because they don’t struggle themselves.

Kids Feed the Hungry That is why local kids Jacob Mansbach and Dario de Albergaria fascinate me. They are competing in the Carpinteria Triathlon to raise $10,000 for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Last summer, Jacob’s mom and I sat at Los Banos pool watching our kids swim laps. She told me somehow she’d love to incorporate community service into Jacob’s summer, and had decided to take him to the Santa Barbara Foodbank. Soon, I received an email that Jacob was going to channel his passion for triathlons into fundraising for the Foodbank. By the end of the summer, Jacob had completed the Santa Barbara Triathlon and raised $4,636. Not bad for an eight year old. I watched Jacob speak to his school about his experience of doing something bigger than himself. At the time, he

was a third grader at Roosevelt. At the assembly his confident demeanor and encouragement reminded me about what my own mother has said all along. Those kids that combine empathy and action are the ones that will be our future leaders. And although the Foodbank benefited from Jacob’s efforts, the experience also changed Jacob in a very profound way. His commitment and enthusiasm are contagious. This year he upped the ante and enlisted his good friend Dario to join forces, in hopes of more than doubling last year’s efforts. The seed of visiting the Foodbank has taken hold and an amazing tree has sprouted.

As parents, I wonder if we shouldn’t be asking more of our kids. If the goal is to create thriving, amazing people, ready for the world, why are we not teaching empathy and action? What if we asked our children to combine their personal interests with a greater purpose? Wouldn’t that show them that every act that they do can actually be meaningful, bigger and impactful? They could realize they’d be the pebble that starts a ripple effect that will benefit their loved ones, their friends and their community. It all starts with one empathic child. Just look at Jacob. And now Dario. No doubt, the ripple is just starting. 

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he Foodbank of Santa Barbara County provides nourishment to those in need by distributing acquired and donated food through local agencies. With two warehouse locations, one in Santa Barbara and one in Santa Maria, the Foodbank distributed more than 8.5 million meals in 2012. Hunger is a very real issue in Santa Barbara County and over 44% of the people served by the Foodbank are under the age of 18. In addition to providing nutrition, the Foodbank offers several educational programs targeting hunger solutions and nutrition problems in Santa Barbara County. Foodbank’s success is driven by the support of community members, businesses and corporations. To learn more about Dario and Jake for the Foodbank, and to make a donation to help them meet their goal of raising $10,000, go to www.foodbanksbc.org/ DarioAndJake4theFoodbank.html

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• LOVE IS FREE What: 27th Annual Los Olivos Quick Draw and Artwalk Where: Downtown Los Olivos When: Saturday, August 17, 10am – 6pm. The Quick Draw begins at 11am. Why: Step into a virtual outdoor studio and observe 23 talented artists as they work to complete original pieces in one hour. How: Get a quickie.

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What’ll It Cost Me: Free to attend. Artwork will cost you.

tep into Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant (131 Anacapa Street) and you know you’ve come to the right place for a lovely time. Created by two passionate sommeliers, Eric Railsback and Brian McClintic, Les Marchands is a casual wine shop and bar right here in

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What: DIY Beauty Products with Save the Mermaids Where: Meet Your Makers Artisan Market, 130 East Cota Street When: Saturday, August 17, 12pm – 2pm Why: The Mermaids (local ambassadors to the sea) will be at MYM with a plethora of fun ingredients to make your own all natural organic face creams, body butters and sunscreens. How: Mix things up!



What’ll It Cost Me: $10 per jar.

• HEY BIG SPENDER Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. Between the copper bar, antique furniture used for server stations, old glass windowpanes as room dividers and beautiful woodwork, one can’t help but feel welcome and part of something special. Peruse the walls of local and international wines and beers before making your way

to a marble top table or the bar. Ordering from their shared plates menu transports you to the little cafés in Paris where a jambon beurre (ham & butter sandwich) and a glass of rosé hit the spot every time. Little pots hold delectable treasures for the palate like cured salmon and marinated white tuna. You’ll also find other classics like a charcuterie or cheese plate, which the bartender will gladly help you pair with the perfect wine or beer. Head on over to Les Marchands and discover a welcoming place to enjoy a moment with friends. Bon appétit!     





ARTS & CULTURE Oh So Glassy!

by Sylvie Butera Rich eeling like fastening together some fun? Lucky you, Rebecca Long is back in town and teaching three more of her Sea Glass Mobile Classes this month. Entitled perfectly – Rebecca calls it The Rubbish Revival – these hanging gems are hardly refuse but priceless works of art, perfected and created by you with Rebecca’s patient guidance. On August 16 and 17, at various times and locations (please see website below for more details), Rebecca will instruct you in the art of mobile-making. Feel free to bring your own found treasures to add personality, but Rebecca will provide sea glass and beach driftwood for your creativity. We can tell you firsthand that this class is worth attending. And it fills up fast so figure out your Friday (or Saturday), and find a friend to come along. Also, check out Rebecca’s Sea Glass Jewelry sold at Plum Goods (909 State Street) and online at Etsy. These glassy pieces are sure to impress as well as allow you integrate a little beachy summer in your fall wardrobe. www.rubbishrevival.com. 

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What: Hautebox III Featuring Lotta Stensson Where: 1000 West Mountain Drive, Montecito When: Saturday, August 17, 6 – 10pm Why: Couture fashion and art combine to create a sultry mix of indulgence. How: Enjoy a night of DJs, dancers, live music, performance art, fashion, food and drink. What’ll It Cost Me: Tickets range from $75 – $150. A portion of the proceeds benefit Santa Barbara’s Youth Interactive.


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by Michael Calcagno

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

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N Arts Fund board member Joanne Holderman ain’t afraid of no funk.

Emily and Aaron don’t just work here; they live here with their young son. “It’s challenging living here with a small child; it’s not necessarily family-friendly,” Emily related, “but it’s definitely really fun living here. I enjoy living close to the beach and being able to walk to State Street and all the shops and the farmers market. So that’s really fun.” When pressed about what it’s like to live in The Funk Zone, Emily noted an added element of urban life that most other – if not all other– city dwellers never have to deal with: harvest. While residents have the usual annoyances – end-of-the-night bar traffic, sirens, honking – “there are things like production at the wineries. You can hear forklifts moving around at 4am during harvest.” Emily told me this with a smile; as someone in the industry, she doesn’t care about the added noise. It’s something else entirely that used to get to her: “It’s a great place to live, if you don’t mind the train tracks,” Emily laughs. “You just get used to it.”

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Up the stairs one floor – in an area that also houses the Wall Space Gallery and the Kakoon boutique – I found the laidback yet engaging architect Karl Kras. He’s the man behind the eponymous Kras Design Studio, a full service interior and exterior design Mecca. “I’m doing everything from the interiors of wine bars to furniture to new homes to mixed-use projects, and I want to keep going on those commercial spaces like that,” Karl, who’s lived in Santa Barbara for 13 years and been a Funk Zone resident for the past year, says. “I moved down here about a year ago to be part of the new community and establish myself in an area where I see a lot of positive change happening,” he adds. “I think that this area is ripe for some thoughtful redesign and looking after, and I hope it goes in the right direction. I think there’s a balance here, and there’s definitely a tipping point going on right now between new development and the old establishment of the artists and the local scene that needs to be paid attention to and kept. So, trying to strike a balance between those two is tricky.”

Clara Svedlund stands in front of AVA Santa Barbara’s mural by L.A. artist Elkpen.

Architect and Funk Zone resident Karl Kras sits back in his work studio that’s very near his studio apartment.

And how does Karl find living in the area? “I like it,” he says. “I like the raw nature of it. I’ve always lived in cities and so this to me feels comfortable, this mixed use. It’s been working out well. I can access State Street and the beach and everything pretty easily, which is great. I’ve met some great people living here. I redid Seth Kunin’s new AVA project downstairs, which is fun. “What I would like to see happen is more services that pertain to people that live here, like me,” Karl offers, and then laughs. “You know, dry cleaners, coffee shop, a little market that could service my needs besides a lot of alcohol-based venues that are here right now. So I’d like to see a little more variety instead of more tourist-based services.” He went on: “I think office space would be really great. I think if some young tech companies, local Santa Barbara companies, who as their brand need a funky place, could establish themselves here, I think that would do really well. “My wish is that it retains the funkiness and artists because having an art venue will attract a lot of people and make this a unique area, something that’s different from State Street and everything else in Santa Barbara. Make it unique and make it a destination that people can go to,” he says, and then articulates perfectly the feeling that permeates the air these days: “I’m anxious. I’m hopeful. And I want to be involved.” We’ll second that. 





o doubt it has been an interesting summer in the real estate market. We have seen interest rates on the rise – they seem to be holding at a reasonable rate for now – along with home sales and prices on the rise with little inventory coming on the market. While the market appears to be on the rise to most buyers and sellers, the numbers from July tell the whole truth and nothing but it. Let’s take a look at a few great deals this week as well as the month in review. This week in the usually written about districts (East of State, West of State and Hope Ranch) from the price ranges of $400,000-$1,700,000 there were 15 new listings to come on the market, one of which is already pending. There were 24 properties that closed escrow this week and five that went pending. Pretty convincing numbers if you wanted to have a “supply and demand” debate. So what is this month like in comparison to last year’s numbers? It is equally as good. In the district East of State last year through July there were a total of 364 new listings, with this year through July 359 new listings. That is a decrease of 1%. In the same time periods for that district there were a total of 196 sales for 2012 and to date a total 193. That’s a decrease of 1%. The average sales price however is up from $1,019,501 to $1,161,205 which is an increase of 13%. Not too bad. West of State Street last year to date had a total of 281 new listings with this year to date showing 252. A decrease of 10%. Sales for that area were 150 in 2012 and 162 in 2013, which is an increase of 8%. The average sales price for West of State showed an increase of 16% with average price in 2012 being $823,849 to $961,382 in 2013. Again, not too shabby. Hope Ranch is equally as impressive in sales and a little skewed in average sales price through July due to a low sales figure. Last year through July there were a total of 54 new listings on the market and this year 52. That’s a decrease of 3%. For sales there were a total of 17 last year through July and this year 23, which is an increase of 35%. The average sales price last year through July was $2,941,761 and this year $2,540,542, which is a decrease of 12%. So what does this all mean… CliffsNote version is that inventory is getting slimmer and prices are on the rise. As I say every week, though, don’t just take my word for it; look at the numbers and get out there and have a look for yourself. 





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

710 Alameda Padre Serra

Purchase price: $1,373,000
 Down payment (20%): $274,600 Loan amount: $1,098,400 Payment: $5,565

(30-yr fixed 4.5% (4.59% APR)) Property taxes: $1,258 Home Insurance: 100

Total Monthly Payment: $6,923 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.


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I 1-3pm $850,000 2bd/2ba Stephanie Wilson & Ed Kaleugher 963-1391 Sotheby’s International Realty 1409 Shoreline Drive 1-5pm $5,000,000 4bd/4ba Gene Archambault 455-1190 Sun Coast Real Estate 1210 Shoreline Drive 1-4pm $2,550,000 3bd/2.5ba Scott Williams 451-9300 Prudential California Realty 1402 Santa Rosa Avenue 1-4pm $1,545,000 3bd/2.5ba Brian Goldsworthy 570-1289 The Channel Group 2215 White Avenue 2-4pm $899,000 4bd/2.5ba Doug Van Pelt 637-3684 Prudential California Realty 1050 Vista Del Pueblo #29 1-4pm $499,900 2bd/2ba Miguel Avila 896-0581 Sterling Properties 2645 Todos Santos Lane 2-4pm $2,095,000 3bd/2.5ba Paula Goodwin 451-5699 Sotheby’s International Realty 979 Cheltenham Road 2-4pm $1,250,000 4bd/3ba Team Haws 895-7653 Coldwell Banker 10 Rincon Vista 1-3pm $1,995,000 4bd/3.5ba Stephanie Wilson & Ed Kaleugher 687-2157 Sotheby’s International Realty 15 Loma Media 2-4pm $1,795,000 2bd/2ba Dan Crawford 886-5764 Sotheby’s International Realty 1300 Las Alturas Road 2-4pm $1,795,000 4bd/2.5ba Pascale Bassan 689-5528 Prudential California Realty 4693 Via Bendita 3-5pm $4,295,000 5bd/5.5ba Adrienne Schuele 452-3960 Village Properties 4111 Creciente Drive 12-2pm $4,250,000 4bd/3.5ba Adrienne Schuele 452-3960 Village Properties 955 Camino Medio 2-4pm $2,425,000 5bd/3ba Michele White 452-7515 Prudential California Realty 406 Lincolnwood Place 2-4pm $1,599,000 4bd/3ba Christopher W Hunt 453-3407 Village Properties 4647 Puente Plaza 1-4pm $1,125,000 4bd/2ba Debbie Kort 368-4479 Coldwell Banker 3021 Hermosa Road 1-4pm $1,495,000 4bd/3.5ba George Lambert 729-4114 Sotheby’s International Realty 2929 Serena 1-4pm $1,399,000 3bd/3ba Charley Pavlosky 310-857-8922 Village Properties 3761 Lincoln Road 2-4pm $1,695,000 4bd/3.5ba Wanda Livernois 252-9382 Sotheby’s International Realty 15 Francisco Drive 2-5pm $1,595,000 3bd/3ba Susan Jordano 680-9060 Village Properties 3711 Hitchcock Ranch Road 1-3pm $1,450,000 4bd/3ba Jan Dinmore Banister 455-1194 Prudential California Realty 3945 Stacy Lane 1-4pm $1,399,000 4bd/2.5ba John Comin 689-3078 Prudential California Realty 3666 Eileen Way 1-4pm $1,150,000 3bd/2ba Joy Bean 895-1422 Sotheby’s International Realty 325 East Alamar Avenue 2-4pm $1,149,000 4bd/3ba Justin Corrado 451-9969 Sotheby’s International Realty 610 Rolling Brook Lane 1-4pm $995,000 3bd/2ba Ron Dickman 689-3135 Sotheby’s International Realty 3617 San Remo Drive By Appt. $799,500 3bd/2ba Bill Coker 689-7415 Coldwell Banker 25 S Ontare Road 2-4pm $789,000 3bd/1.5ba Sue Irwin 705-6973 Prudential California Realty 219 Conejo Road 2-4pm $1,695,000 4bd/4ba Nicole Dinkelacker 570-8444 Village Properties 4589 Camino Del Mirasol 1-4pm $1,649,000 3bd/3.5ba Bob Ratliffe 448-6642 Prudential California Realty 730 El Rodeo Road 2-4pm $1,595,000 4bd/2.5ba Diane Randall 705-5252 Sotheby’s International Realty 626 El Sueno Road 2-4pm $1,195,000 3bd/2.5ba Rich van Seenus 284-6330 Sotheby’s International Realty 974 Via Bolzano 1-4pm $999,750 4bd/2.5ba Michelle Glaus 452-0446 Village Properties 12 Touran Lane By Appt. $929,000 4bd/3ba Julie Angelos 403-5566 Prudential California Realty 119 Gerard Drive 2-4pm $810,000 3bd/2ba Randall Kempf 331-4389 Prudential California Realty 365 Via El Cuadro 1-4pm $800,000 3bd/2ba Tracy Nelson 246-7288 Prudential California Realty 405 Inwood Drive 1-4pm $665,000 4bd/2ba Daniela Johnson 453-4555 Sotheby’s International Realty 301 Pacific Oaks Road 2-4pm $649,000 3bd/2.5ba Isaac Garrett 729-1143 Prudential California Realty 7309 Lowell Way 1-4pm $539,000 2bd/2ba Kristiann Wightman & Liza DiMarco 450-3795 Sotheby’s International Realty 588 Mills Way 2:30-4:30pm $475,000 2bd/2ba Nicole Dinkelacker 570-8444 Village Properties 333 Old Mill Road #72 2-4pm $445,000 2bd/2ba Gail Cooley 689-7767 Village Properties 340 Old Mill #131 2-4pm $340,000 2bd/2ba Priscilla Bedolla 680-7146 Village Properties 340 Old Mill Road #38 2-4pm $245,000 2bd/2ba Joan Roberts 448-0526 Village Properties

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