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A Marketing Juggernaut

Montecitan Alice Ryan balances bicoastal life running a successful public relations firm while raising three kids, p. 31

She Leads

Girls Inc.’s 35th Annual Luncheon supports local girls to participate in programs and fulfill their potential, p.32

Aging in High Heels

Mary Tonetti Dorra documents her adventurous life in her new book, Two Lives on Four Continents, p. 30



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What happened to Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, and why didn’t more women vote for them?

6 Montecito Miscellany

The Santa Barbara Yacht Club marked its 148th opening day; Gustavo Dudamel performed at the Granada for the CAMA centennial; Bill Bryson brought his brilliance to UCSB; United Way of Santa Barbara lunches at the Coral Casino; Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story rocks the Granada; Il Postino at the Lobero; Katy Perry raises funds for Australia wildfire recovery; remembering James Lipton; and more – plus sightings

10 This Week

MERRAG Community Awareness event at the Montecito Fire Dept; Visions of Gaviota Coast at Ritz Carlton Bacara; Girls Robotics Rally at Laguna Blanca; creating craft cocktails at Ganna Walska Lotusland and more, plus Jack’s Weekly Forecast

Tide Guide 12 Village Beat

The Montecito Association Land Use Committee gets an update on community trails; the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation looks forward to its California Clam Bake; George Pet Shop in Montecito Country Mart stages an adoption event for a senior dog

Bob Hazard

The coronavirus is already wreaking havoc on Montecito and Santa Barbara, but panic is not your friend

13 Letters Photography by Spenser Bruce

Dream. Design. Build. Live.

Praising last week’s essay on the state of Santa Barbara; a call for women to close the gender gap; more cannabis gripes from Carpinteria; and more

Laughing Matters 14 Seen Around Town

The Tiara Ball Committee sells out the Ritz Carlton Bacara and Women United hold a Little Women luncheon at the Four Seasons Biltmore

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Controversy over cannabis odor and pesticides continues in Carpinteria

21 Brilliant Thoughts

A house isn’t just a home but everything that’s happened in it over time

24 A Brave Life

Cecilia Rodriguez celebrates the lifelong bravery of her Chumash friend, Miguel Garcia

26 Spirituality Matters

The Personal Stories series at the Center Stage Theater; workshops at Yoga Soup; the Morse Code of healing; and more

27 Perspectives

Impact investor Rinaldo Brutoco sees signs that mission-driven companies are creating a new business paradigm

Our Town

Lyle Lovett stopped by UCSB with his acoustic band for two hours of toe-tapping tunes

28 Scam Squad

How to avoid and report scammers preying on coronavirus fears

30 Aging in High Heels INTRODUCING


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Mary Tonetti Dorra looks back on her and her husband’s adventurous lives in her new book, Two Lives on Four Continents

31 Montecito Moms

Dalina Michaels profiles fellow mom, New York transplant, and marketing juggernaut Alice Ryan about her life in Montecito

32 Girls Inc.

Executive Editor Gwyn Lurie talks openly about her experiences as a girl as she prepares her speech for the 35th Annual Scholarship Luncheon benefiting Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

34 On Entertainment

An interview with Greg Proops of Whose Line Is It Anyway?; a #MeToo update for Sleeping Beauty at State Street Ballet; magic at the Lobero; and more

36 Calendar of Events

John Fogerty plays the Chumash Casino Resort; G. Love & Special Sauce returns to SOhO; piano prodigy Benjamin Grosvenor performs at Lobero; the Beatunes cover the Beatles at SOhO; a staging of Handel’s Agrippina at MAW’s Hahn Hall; and more Tracy Simerly · Engel & Völkers Santa Barbara 1323 State Street · Santa Barbara · CA 93101 DRE# 01256722 +1 805 550 8669 · ©2020 Engel & Völkers. All rights reserved. Each brokerage independently owned and operated. Engel & Völkers and its independent License Partners are Equal Opportunity Employers and fully support the principles of the Fair Housing Act.



45 Association Agenda

The Montecito Association looks back on last year and sets priorities with 2020 vision

The Optimist Daily

An Arkansas city shows the way to fight climate change and a restaurant chain innovates compostable containers

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Editorial by Gwyn Lurie

Against All Odds


ast week, when Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar suspended their presidential campaigns, you could hear a coast-to-coast collective sigh of female frustration. “Are we ever going to see a woman be elected president of the United States?” I strongly believe we will. But not until (we) women make it so. As Elizabeth Warren said, “If you’re not willing to get out there and fight, nothing is going to happen.” I don’t think there was a perfect presidential candidate. I’m not sure there ever is. So we’re down to three white male septuagenarians, all of whom are flawed (i.e. human), but certainly no more or less so than at least one of their six former female opponents. But apparently, the male candidates are flawed in ways not tied to their gender. With Elizabeth Warren, I kept hearing criticisms mostly reserved for women. She “sounded scolding,” “like a schoolmarm.” Hedge fund billionaire Leon Cooperman commented that when Warren spoke about him her tone was “as if chiding an ungrateful child.” Even when The New York Times Editorial Board broke with convention and endorsed not one, but two women – Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar – they took issues with Warren’s demeanor. One male editor asked, “Do you find her a little patronizing?” Kathleen Kingsbury, Deputy Editorial Editor, who wrote the endorsement, chimed in. “It just comes off condescending. And there just is this risk in a lot of the ways she talks that if you don’t agree with her, you’re dumb.” The Times endorsement ended with: “May the best woman win.” Not so fast. When men take umbrage, they’re “indignant” or “defiant.” “Presidential” is the highest form of that characterization. I’ve never heard a male candidate accused of “sounding scolding,” or “like a schoolmarm.” Or worse, twisted into


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Monte ito Miscellany by Richard Mineards

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SBYC Season Sets Sail

Richard Nahas, Jo Sadecki, Linda Stirling, Leigh Cashman, Carol Kallman, Anna Molyneux, Julie Hinkle, Anna Friederich, and Lil Nelson celebrating the new SBYC season (photo by Priscilla)


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t was a sea of navy blue blazers and Nantucket red pants when the Santa Barbara Yacht Club marked its 148th opening day as the second oldest sailing mecca on the West Coast. Executive chef Michael Blackwell laid on a culinary display of food,

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If you have something you think Montecito should know about, or wish to respond to something you read in the Journal, we want to hear from you. Please send all such correspondence to: Montecito Journal, Letters to the Editor, 1206 Coast Village Circle, Suite H, Montecito, CA. 93108. You can also FAX such mail to: (805) 969-6654, or E-mail to

The Future of Santa Barbara


our Editorial and article “The Long now of Santa Barbara” (March 5, 2020) provide a great service to our community. You’ve touched on all the hot-button issues that will determine how we grow and adapt to a changing world: density, cars, parking, building height, views, retail, community. I loved the renderings of future city-scapes, but one figure captures the essence of the problem (p. 33): “Living Space vs. Parking Space.” Parking for two cars takes the space that could house two to four people, and that’s not even counting the amplifying factor of building height. Think of those 15,000 commuters a day who drive to Santa Barbara to make our food, clean our houses, haul our trash, heal our sick, teach our children, police our streets, and put out our fires; they could live in those homes, be part of our community, and populate empty State Street. We prioritize cars over people, and we pay for the price for that pri-

ority. Residents complain that Santa Barbara is already too crowded and cannot afford more growth. But how many times have you stood on a street and thought: there are just too many people here? Probably never. But you’ve certainly seen streets choked with parked cars, or the 101 so chocka-block that you can’t get from point A to B, or cars whizzing past so fast you’re scared to cross the street or put your children on a bike. I’ve lived here over 30 years, and the population of the city has barely increased. Why? Because we have barely built any new multi-family residential housing in that time period. Whether the argument is lack of water or parking, or increased traffic, or blocked views, the anti-growth forces are out in force to stop multi-family construction. And what about those who’d benefit from that future housing; well, they have no voice, and they can’t even argue their side at the planning meetings.



his article was to alert you “why big trees fall over because of wind, rain and fungus, and how you can prevent it.” But then I figured, if you have a large stump or roots in your front yard now, you don’t need me to tell you what you should have done. So I’m going to write about problems coming up. Yes, avocados should be cut back hard to encourage interior growth, but any dead wood left on the tree is detrimental, and of course painting the end of the cut with black tree paint is very harmful. Eugenia hedges should be sprayed and deep irrigated to fight off the syllid. (A spray license is required by the agriculture commissioner). Sycamores are in very serious trouble unless they get a leaf system soon. How do you encourage that to happen? Call and we’ll talk. And last, because of the very cold winter, fruit trees are going to be prolific. You may think that’s good, but do you really want 10,000 plums, apricots, and peaches, etc., etc., on your trees? What should you do, and when should you do it? That is the question.


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All those supposed arguments against growth and high density residential construction are solvable; desalination can provide water, active and public transportation can reduce the need for cars, and thoughtful infilling of buildings can frame views, as your architectural charrette drawings demonstrate. So what’s the way forward? Those of us who live and own here, and who already enjoy all the benefits associated with that easy lifestyle, have to advocate for: 1) growth and increased density in downtown Santa Barbara; and 2) reduced priority for drivers, which might include less parking, lower speed limits, and designated car-free city blocks. Yes, it will likely mean we lose some of the ease we currently enjoy in driving right up to our favorite downtown venues. But in the end it will create a better outcome for our community at large, meaning everyone who both lives and works here, and will lead to a brighter future for Santa Barbara. David W. Lea Santa Barbara

Land of the Free?

I enjoy your writing and believe you do an excellent job as editor for the MJ. However, one thing stood out in your most recent editorial re Santa Barbara visionary, Pearl Chase: “Most people believe it is the job of government to solve our larger societal problems.” Alas, that that may be true, but I strongly oppose that concept. The founders did not intend for the government to meddle in societal matters. They strove to establish a government that would limit itself to protecting life, freedom and property. Thomas Jefferson: “The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits,” and “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” And Alexander Hamilton: “It’s not tyranny we desire, it’s a just, limited government.” And James Madison: “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one...” The founders believed societal matters should be left to free people. Mid-19th century Frenchmen, Frederic Bastiat and Alexis De Tocqueville understood and articulated most persuasively the problems with an overreaching government. They both had witnessed the spirit-crushing, thieving nightmare of socialism in France (the short step after progressivism). De Tocqueville traveled and wrote about his mostly

“I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

favorable experiences in an emerging United States. Bastiat admired the U.S. as best observing limited government, with but two major exceptions that he warned could lead to our downfall: slavery and tariffs. Walter Williams ( quotes and describes Bastiat this way: Frederic Bastiat, a French economist and member of the French National Assembly, lived from 1801 to 1850. He had great admiration for our country, except for our two faults – slavery and tariffs. He said, “Look at the United States. There is no country in the world where the law is kept more within its proper domain: the protection of every person’s liberty and property.” If Bastiat were alive today, he would not have that same level of admiration. The U.S. has become what he fought against for most of his short life. Bastiat observed that “when plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” You might ask, “What did Bastiat mean by ‘plunder?’” Plunder is when someone forcibly takes the property of another. That’s private plunder. What he truly railed against was legalized plunder, and he told us how to identify it. He said: “See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” De Tocqueville wrote: “...After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” Lastly, I’d like to compliment Ashleigh Brilliant on his philosophic-literary-irony and humor laced (or laden) columns. Ashleigh’s warm, thoughtful writing reminds me of the witty, agreeable (better described as

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This Week in and around Montecito


(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail or call (805) 565-1860) THURSDAY, MARCH 12


MERRAG Community Awareness Event In this class, you will learn about fire chemistry (how fires occur, classes of fire, how to extinguish each type), fire and utility hazards, how to use fire extinguishers, how to determine if you should attempt to extinguish a fire, and how to identify hazardous materials in your home and elsewhere. When: 10 am-noon Where: Montecito Fire Department, 595 San Ysidro Road RSVP: Joyce Reed at or (805) 969-2537

Girls Robotics Rally Laguna Blanca’s STEM program holds its first annual Girls Robotics Rally, a free community event which serves as a regional competition for Santa Barbara’s young coders and roboticists. All skill levels are welcome. The event is open to non-male identifying students; gender non-conforming and non-binary children are encouraged to attend. When: 9 am Where: Laguna Blanca School, 4125 Paloma Drive Info: Call Zack Moore at (805) 687-2461 x0543 or email him at

End of Life Experience Phorum Join Dr. Chris Kerr in conversation with Dr. Michael Kearney regarding research on palliative care and end of life experiences. Dr. Kerr’s research has demonstrated that pre-death dreams and visions are experienced by the majority of dying patients, with positive psychological and spiritual benefits. He will discuss his recent studies which examine how such experiences help the dying grow and adapt as life ends as well as the effect of these experiences on the loved ones left behind. When: 5-7 pm Where: Lobero Theatre, 33 East Canon Perdido Street Info: FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Montecito Trail Hike Join Montecito Trails Foundation members on scheduled Friday mornings for a roughly three-mile hike When: 8:30 am Where: Hot Spring Trailhead

Empowered Women Luncheon The Santa Barbara-Goleta Valley branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is holding its 6th annual luncheon, featuring local journalist and author Starshine Roshell. Profits from the event will help pay for girls from local public junior high schools to attend Tech Trek, the STEM summer camp held at UCSB. When: 11:30 am-2 pm Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 6678 Hollister Avenue, Goleta Cost: $75 for AAUW members; $80 for non-members Reservations and Info: Call Claire VanBlaricum at 805-967-7523 Fairytale Weekend at the Santa Barbara Zoo The Santa Barbara Zoo invites the community for this weekend event featuring everyone’s favorite fairytale characters, photo opportunities, special crafts and activities, animal encounters, frog conservation efforts

Visions of the Gaviota Coast Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment invite you to attend the 8th Annual Benefit for the Gaviota Coast Conservancy. There will be an exhibition of fine art from more than 100 artists, live music, appetizers and wines from local wineries as well as raffle prizes including a two-night stay at the Ritz Carlton Bacara. When: Friday 1-8 pm; Saturday 10 am-5 pm Where: Ritz Carlton Bacara, 8031 Hollister Avenue, Goleta Info: (805) 683-6631 or and more. Princesses, pirates, frog lovers and all costumed characters are welcome! When: Saturday and Sunday 10 am-3 pm (early admission for members @ 9 am) Where: Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niños Drive General Admission: $19.95 for adults; $11.95 for kids 2-12; no charge for children under 2 Creating Craft Cocktails from Your Garden Experience the botanical magic of Ganna Walska Lotusland with a garden tour and garden to glass cocktail tasting inspired by and with ingredients from the Lotusland collections When: 2:30-4:30 pm Where: Ganna Walska Lotusland, Cold Spring Road Cost: $200 Info:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 Montecito Planning Commission Public Hearing The MPC meets once per month on issues pertaining to ongoing and future planning projects. All meetings are open to the public and community members are strongly urged to attend. When: 9 am Where: 123 E Anapamu Street, Room 17 THURSDAY, MARCH 19 Montecito Board of Architectural Review Public Meeting The MBAR meets once per month on issues pertaining to proposed architectural projects in Montecito. All meetings are open to the public and community members are strongly urged to attend. When: 1 pm Where: 123 E Anapamu Street, Room 17

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Tech Help Sessions Reserve a 30-minute session with library staff for help with basic computer skills (email or internet), downloadable library materials, and the Black Gold App When: 10 am to 12 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Appointments: (805) 969-5063 Knit ‘N Needle Fiber art crafts (knitting, crochet, embroidery, and more) drop-in and meetup for all ages at Montecito Library When: 2 pm to 3:30 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 FRIDAY, MARCH 20 Farmers Market When: 8 to 11:15 am Where: south side of Coast Village Road Wine & Cheese Tasting Complimentary wine and cheese tasting at Montecito Village Grocery When: 3:30 to 5:30 pm Where: 1482 East Valley Rd Spanish Conversation Group at the Montecito Library The Montecito Library hosts a Spanish Conversation Group. The group

is for anyone interested in practicing and improving conversational skills in Spanish. Participants should be familiar with the basics. When: 1 pm to 2:30 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063

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Tech Help Sessions Reserve a 30-minute session with library staff for help with basic computer skills (email or internet), downloadable library materials, and the Black Gold App When: 3 pm to 5 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Appointments: (805) 969-5063 •MJ

JACK’S WEEKLY FORECAST by Jack Martin Although the rains for the week have ended, we will see some morning low clouds and possible drizzle though Saturday. The next chance for rain moves in on Sunday. This will be a colder storm from the north. It looks like Sunday night into Monday will be the best chance for rain. On Tuesday, the rain chances will end, and your pot of gold arrives. (Yes, it is Saint Patrick’s Day.) Wednesday through the week appears to be dry.

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Coronavirus Panic Comes to Montecito


y far, the hottest topic in Montecito this week is the fear of the coronavirus and its rapid spread around the world. Anxiety is high because we are all being warned by the media that the coronavirus has not yet peaked.

Village Beat by Kelly Mahan Herrick

Kelly has been editor at large for the Journal since 2007, reporting on news in Montecito and beyond. She is also a licensed realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, and is a member of Montecito and Santa Barbara’s top real estate team, Calcagno & Hamilton.

Land Use Discusses Trails and Debris Basin

Social Distancing Wherever cases are reported, the cry escalates for “social distancing,” which means creating a space of at least six feet between you and any other person on the planet. Clearly, no hugs or handshakes. Abandon all airline, cruise, and bus travel. Cancel all sporting events, including the Olympics in Japan. No kissing, but any other form of sex is ok, as long as participants remain six feet apart. Limit all social gatherings – all concerts and theatres, mall visits, private parties, parades, conventions and dining out in restaurants. Close all schools and encourage employees to work from home. Create a nation of hermits to limit the spread of the disease and destroy the U.S. economy. Panic Shopping for Essentials Costco in Goleta reports that consumer panic has wiped out all supplies of toilet paper, sanitary wipes and sprays, paper towels, facial tissues, hand sanitizers, chicken soup, and cases of water. The same is true of all grocery stores in Santa Barbara as residents stock up for a presumed 14- to 21-day isolation period at home when the first confirmed case of coronavirus reaches Santa Barbara. Starbucks Coffee Employees Scared Starbucks on Coast Village Road has stopped serving coffee poured into their customers’ re-usable beverage containers. For the last three years, Starbucks had been promoting coffee sales in customer containers to be environmentally conscious and save trees. The new fear is employee exposure to coronavirus contamination. MUS and Cold Spring School Ready Both elementary schools report no plans for closures at this time. Anthony Ranii, Superintendent Montecito Union School, and Dr. Amy Alzina, Superintendent and Principal at Cold Spring School District, note that both districts are working collaboratively with Dr. Van Do-Reynoso, Director of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) regarding all issues related to the coronavirus. If the coronavirus is reported in Montecito or Santa Barbara area, SBCPHD would advise on the type and duration of closures that would be needed in order to protect students, teachers, administrators, and the community. Says Ranii, “We do not expect school closures, but if they are required, we would provide for some remote learning opportunities for our students.” Dr. Alzina adds: “Robust emergency supplies are available at every school site. Both school sites have increased the number of hours the custodial staff is working to ensure every classroom and all common areas are properly sanitized daily. In addition, school staff is actively encouraging healthy habits like hand washing, proper coughing technique, and the need to keep hands away from one’s face. School sites do not currently have access to coronavirus testing kits, but school nurses regularly take the temperature of students who feel ill and encourage all sick students and staff members to stay home if they are not feeling well.” College Campus Closures UC Santa Barbara reports no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, either on campus or in Santa Barbara County, but classes will transition to remote instruction out of precaution. The University of Southern California (USC) also has had no reported cases of COVID-19 on campus. It decided to shift classes to “online-only” for three days this week to test USC’s ability to move to an all-online model, if an emergency arises. Next week, USC shuts down for its regularly scheduled Spring Break. USC has brought home students who are studying in countries that have reached the CDC’s Level 3 for COVID-19 infections. It also cancelled all Spring and Maymester study-abroad programs. Students, faculty and staff have been strongly advised against any international travel during Spring Break, including travel to popular destinations such as Cabo San Lucas and Cancun in Mexico. The University is requiring all international travelers from CDC Level 3 countries to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to a campus location. Stanford University is canceling all in-person classes for the final two weeks of

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Ashlee Mayfield on the newly constructed Olive Mill Trail, which was funded and designed in part by Geoff Slaff and family. Two sections of the trail are complete, with the middle section currently in progress.


t this month’s Montecito Association Land Use Committee meeting, Bucket Brigade founder Abe Powell and Montecito Trails Foundation president Ashlee Mayfield presented an update on the network of community trails that the two groups are committed to building and maintaining. “Trail repair was a top priority in a poll we took following the debris flow. It was right at the top of the list; the community wants bike and pedestrian access improvements,” Mayfield said. A network of community trails offers safe routes to school, as well as a way to walk pets, connect neighbors, increase wellness and exercise, and walk to the villages and beaches. “MTF has been preserving pedestrian access since 1964 to create access to the front country trails, and we’ve found that now, both older and younger people want to be out walking,” Mayfield said. Several trails have been repaired or built since the debris flow, including the Ennisbrook trail, Peter Bakewell trail, and trails along Sheffield Drive, East Valley Road, and North Jameson Lane. Current projects include Olive Mill Road, Casa Dorinda, San Leandro Lane from Crane School to Santa Rosa Lane, and Cold Spring School trails. Powell said they have plans to connect the Cold Spring School trails down Sycamore Canyon Road to the lower village. Geoffrey Slaff has created a walking trail map that is available around town; it shows the current trails and areas that need attention. The Bucket Brigade, Montecito Community Foundation, and Montecito Trails Foundation have long-term plans that

include building both formal trails with decomposed granite that meander where possible, and informal trails that include wood chips and Santa Ynez compacted shale where appropriate. Powell explained that increased pedestrian access and trails are both mentioned multiple times in the Montecito Community Plan, and in 2010, the Montecito Association adopted stronger verbiage to further the goal of building more trails. “We are asking you to partner with us on this; help us make Montecito safer for pedestrians now and into the future,” Powell said. Members of the Committee agreed to look further into the walking path map, and suggested that more “doggy bag” stations could be added throughout the community on the trails. “This would be a potential area for us to partner with you,” said executive director Sharon Byrne, adding that the MA Board held its annual retreat last week, and the consensus was positive in supporting the expansion of the trail network. Tom Fayram from County Flood Control was also in attendance at the meeting, asking the Committee for a comment letter in support of the Randall Road Debris Basin. The County is currently seeking a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, which is tied in with the FEMA funding of the debris basin. The proposed project includes building a new “off channel” debris basin on San Ysidro Creek at Randall Road and East Valley Road. The proposed basin would be approximately eight

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Seen Around Town

Tiara Ball 2020


by Lynda Millner

Alexis Tande, David Dietrich, Tiara Ball chair Alex Nourse, and Betsy Turner

he Cottage Health folks call it the “party of the year” and the Tiara Ball was certainly one of the most elegant. Tiaras and tuxes abounded. Formal is fun! It could have been a scene in a movie. There was no silent or live auction in sight thanks to the generous support of its patrons. According to fourth time Ball chair Alexis Nourse, “Presenting sponsors were the Bollag Family (Ben and Naomi and Michael and

Tiara Ball sponsors Ben and Naomi Bollag with Tracy and Michael Bollag

Tracy) and Tiara Sponsor was Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree,” looking trés chic in a jeweled kimono. Leslie not only co-chaired the campaign that built our new hospital, she continues to serve on our current campaign Task Force and the Tiara Ball Committee. This was the first ever presenting sponsor and the Bollag family supported that. Accolades to Alexis for her tireless service to Cottage and the Tiara Ball. Cocktails and bites were served to

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the sold out crowd in the lobby area of the Ritz Carlton Bacara amid lots of chatter. With friends so busy, these events are a good chance to catch up. The ballroom doors opened, the band played and people found their seats. Sculpted giant flowers dotted the room and video screens projected more flowers. This was all in the name of Critical Care Services at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH). Ball chair Alexis welcomed all the guests and thanked her committee: Gina Andrews, Virginia Barkley, Katy Bazylewicz, David Dietrich, Kassie Goodman, Anna Grotenhuis, Heather Hambleton, Lisa Iscovich, Sue Neuman, Cathy Quijano, Leslie Ridley-Tree, Robin Sonner, Magda Stayton, Esther Takacs, Alexis Tande, Betsy Turner, Mary Werft, and Margaret Wilkinson. Cottage Health president and CEO Cottage Health Ron Werft told us, “For over 125 years our not-for-profit health system has been providing advanced medical care for patients throughout California.” In 1888 a group of 50 Santa Barbara women recognized it was time for the growing community to have a hospital – a not-for-profit facility dedicated to the

Tiara Ball sponsor Leslie Ridley-Tree with Brian King

well being of all residents, regardless of one’s ability to pay. Ron went on to say they are a national leader in hospital care. Only 2.2% of hospitals evaluated earned the government’s first ever five star rating for overall quality and safety. SBCH and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital were two of them. They have finally completed an $820 million project on time and on budget. Not to forget it is also a teaching hospital and a Level 1 trauma center. Proceeds from the 2020 Ball will support the development of a new Emergency Care Innovation Model-a revolutionary approach that will allow them to handle an ever-growing volume of patients and to continue to provide the best possible care. It’s scheduled for completion in 2021. Last

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Nicholas Schou

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The Heart of Dankness


A long--simmering conflict over cannabis odor and pesticide use continues in Carpinteria n a recent afternoon, Hans Brand steers his electric golf cart-type vehicle from the main office of his Carpinteria cannabis farm to a sprawling greenhouse that seems big enough to fit a football field inside it. Inside the structure, at any given moment, Brand’s farm, Autumn Brands – the moniker is a mashup of his family’s name as well as co-owner Autumn Shelton’s – is growing thousands of marijuana plants in various steps of development. Because of the gentle climate and some basic technological innovations, Brand is able to churn out six cannabis harvests per year whereas most outdoor grows are limited to one or two annual growing cycles. Autumn Brands is easily one of the largest marijuana farms in California, and yet it isn’t until we step inside the greenhouse that I notice the infamous scent – many Carpinteria residents would call it an odiferous stench – of

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flowering cannabis. Brand proudly points to a large airduct that surrounds the greenhouse like a curtain; it is pumping air mixed with essential oils that counteract the smell of the cannabis terpenes inside. “With that system, you can’t smell a thing outside,” he tells me. Inside the greenhouse are row after row of tiny plants called clones; once the clones begin to take root, the farm must tag and track each plant as it processes through different growing stages using a state-mandated track and trace system called METRC. The farm must account for any plants that fail to grow or are damaged before reaching the flowering phase, when they are removed from non-stop light and subjected to light-deprivation, which mimics the change from summer to autumn and tricks the plants into flowering. “Every plant gets a tag and as it moves through the greenhouse we can always track where it’s been all the way back to the mother plant,” Brand says. “When the plant is four or five months old, we move it to the greenhouse to flower with 18 hours of light. Only plants that reach this flowering phase will eventually be reported to and taxed by the state. We move the 500 plants onto the manifest, and within three days we must have an individual blue METRC tag on each plant. The tag stays with the plant for its whole life,” Brand continues, “so if a plant dies in the greenhouse we have to take that number and tell the state this plant died. We take it out of rotation to destroy it, but we have to hold it for a week so if they want, the state can come and look at it.” Autumn Brands is an industry leader when it comes to not just mitigating odor and responsibly tracking

A football field full of cannabis at Autumn Brands

Autumn Brand’s odor mitigation system

its plants, but also in terms of basic crop-growing efficiency. A nearly invisible watering system brings just enough moisture to the soil of each plant; there are no sprayers, so the greenhouse is the opposite of humid. And although there are several fans placed around the greenhouse, none of them are turned on. “Some growers insist that cannabis plants need to have all this wind to grow, but that’s not true,” Brand insists. “These plants are really remarkably easy to grow.” Inside a nearby warehouse, recently harvested plants are set aside to dry, a process that removes most of the plants’ actual weight. Once separated from their stalks, the trim-ready buds


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MISCELLANY (Continued from page 6) Anne Towbes, Robert Emmons, and Sara Miller McCune celebrating CAMA’s centennial (photo by Monie Photography)

Peter Churchill, Teen Star finalist Madeleine Thomas, Joe Lambert, and Harvey Banick at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club (photo by Priscilla)

Banner, and runner up Madeleine Thomas warbled God Bless America. Twenty boats took part in the Parade of the Fleet and 29 commodores and local dignitaries from San Diego to San Francisco were welcomed by new commodore Garry Pawlitski. Among the tidal wave of maritime mavens watching the Casper’s Trophy race, which wrapped up the wonderful day, were Jack and Karen Byers, Bud and Sigrid Toye, Bill and Shari Guilfoyle, John and Teresa Koontz, France Lufkin, Tony and Sabrina Papa, Roger and Sarah Chrisman, Peter and Sherry Churchill, Stan and Kathy Darrow, Pat and Ursula Nesbitt, and Patrick and Beverly Toole. CAMA Centennial One hundred years to the very

Fell, Robert and Christine Emmons, Mahri Kerley, Barbara Burger, Peter and Linda Beuret, Chad Smith, Thomas Beckman, Jerry Eberhardt and Kathleen Kane, Susan Erburu Reardon, Robert Weinman, Larry Feinberg, Starr Siegele, Jamie and Marcia Constance, Maurice Singer, Alex Nourse and Hyon Chough.

Judith Hopkinson and Christine Emmons enjoying the CAMA concert (photo by Monie Photography)

day the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel performed in a special CAMA – Community Arts Music Association – sold-out concert at the Granada. Both CAMA and the orchestra are

John Perry and Kum Su Kim at the Granada (photo by Monie Photography)

celebrating centenaries this year, with the Big Orange musicians having made its Santa Barbara debut at the Potter Theatre–destroyed in the 1925 earthquake–under conductor Walter Henry Rothwell in front of more than 1,000 people in 1920. The historic program at the weekend featured Dvorak’s Symphony No.9 in E minor from The New World, and Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 2, an American classic. The celebration to mark the magnificent musical moment kicked off with a champagne reception in the McCune Founders Room and the theater lobbies followed by a post-concert fête at the Museum of Art for 300 guests, just a tiara’s toss down State Street. Among the tony torrent of musical mavens were sponsors CAMA board members Marta Babson and Bitsy Bacon, Darryl Zupancic, CAMA president Bob Montgomery and wife Val, Peter and Deborah Bertling, Nancy Belle Coe and Bill Burke, Arthur Gaudi, Anne Towbes, Sara Miller McCune, Robert and Robin

Brilliant Bill American British-based writer Bill Bryson, 68, was in fine humorous form at the Granada, when he spoke about his extensive work as part of the UCSB Arts & Lectures program. Bryson, who first visited the U.K. in 1973 as part of a European tour, decided to stay after landing a job at a psychiatric hospital and now lives in Hampshire in southern England. From 2005 to 2011 he served as chancellor of historic Durham University, succeeding actor Sir Peter Ustinov, having come to prominence a decade earlier with A Short History of Nearly Everything, which was nearly 500 pages long. It followed Notes from a Small Island eight years earlier, an exploration of Britain with an accompanying TV series. Five years ago he wrote one of my favorites The Road To Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island, nine years after receiving an OBE – Order of the British Empire – for his contribution to literature. He has also been honored as a member of the Royal Society, the first non-Brit to receive the honor. At a pre-talk reception in the McCune Founders Room, guests acting terribly tribal toe tapping elbow

MISCELLANY Page 404 A&L Leadership Circle members Jane & Paul Orfalea (right) with Bill Bryson (photo by Emily Hart-Roberts)


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VILLAGE BEAT (Continued from page 12)

acres, and San Ysidro Creek would maintain natural sediment transport and fish passage within the range of flows suitable salmonid migration. “We intend to comply with the Endangered Species Act and provide fish passage,” Fayram said. The Creek would be slightly re-aligned as part of the debris basin construction but would remain equivalent in channel length. Channel width is proposed to be widened in some parts where steep banks would be re-graded to a lower slope, effectively widening the jurisdictional portion of the creek, according to the permit application. The County also seeks to provide trail access, parking, and add native plantings, as part of the project. Property acquisition for the project continues, and an EIR is expected late this spring, with Board of Supervisors approval in July or August. The project is expected to begin construction summer of 2021. The County is planning on expanding Cold Spring Basin this summer, with two other basins expanded in the next two years. “We don’t want to do excavations of all of these basins in the same year. We don’t want to overload the community with trucks,” Fayram said. The full board of the Montecito Association meets next Tuesday, March 17.

TCBF’s California Clam Bake

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s (TBCF) California Clam Bake will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 6 pm at the Montecito Club. The event will feature local KEYT news anchors Beth Farnsworth and CJ Ward, who will share Masters of Ceremony duties throughout the evening. “It’s going to be a beautiful event that will raise

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awareness and funds for this vital organization,” said co-chair Sheela Hunt. “Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is the only local organization to provide financial, educational, and emotional support to families battling pediatric cancer in the tri-counties. We provide a variety of support programs to families of youth up to age 21,” said Eryn Shugart, Interim Executive Director of the organization. “Only through the generosity of our incredible community can we continue to support the growing needs of the families we serve.” The event begins with wine and hors d’oeuvres while guests overlook the Central Coast at sunset and enjoy the sounds of acoustic guitarist Joshua Jenkins. The cocktail party will be followed by a traditional East Coast clambake with California flair. Farnsworth and Ward will help to relay the message that events such as these, while whimsical and entertaining, serve the greater purpose of raising critical funding for the services provided by Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation; namely, direct financial aid, emotional support and educational advocacy. The event will feature a robust raffle with packages that include a private cruise for 46 people aboard the Azure Seas yacht; a Sonos speaker package featuring two Move speakers and a Beam soundbar; a $1,600 Burberry handbag combined with jewelry and a champagne shopping experience at Giuliana Montecito; a Santa Barbara “Playcation” package of Santa Barbara destinations; and, a “Staycation” package for a romantic overnight excursion. Additional funds will be raised with a “Giving Tree” and an interactive dessert auction featuring cakes and desserts from local bakeries. All proceeds from the California Clam Bake will support local families facing the financial and emotional burden of a pediatric cancer diagnosis. In 2019, TBCF served a record 851 individuals through their three core pro-

grams: Financial Stability, Emotional Support, and Educational Advocacy. Through their Financial Stability program, TBCF granted direct financial aid to 48 families in order to help them stay financially afloat during this difficult time. As TBCF continues to grow in scope and reach, so does their need to expand their support base. “Every year some of our local children are told they have cancer, and every year Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation steps in to help during the excruciating initial months after diagnosis, during treatment, and after recovery,” Shugart said. The 2020 California Clam Bake is led by co-chairs Hunt, Maria Wilson, and Adriana Mezic, along with their hard-working committee members including Carolyn Shepard Baham, Nina Johnson, Terre Lapman, Gary Lapman, Maria Long, Mandana Mir, and Tara Zanecki. “You never know how important the impact of Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is until you meet some of the families, hear their stories, and see the appreciation in their faces. The money we are raising from this event will allow these parents to focus on their child in need, so they can be there for that child,” Wilson said. The event is generously supported by an anonymous Visionary Sponsor; Advocate Sponsor M. Barry Semler & Family, Santa Barbara Investment Company; and Healer Sponsors Mark & Sheela Hunt/Village Properties, Terre & Gary Lapman, AIMdyn, Inc.; Adriana & Igor Mezic, Nathan Rogers of Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP, Peter Trent of Paragon Mortgage Group, Monte & Maria Wilson, Julia Delgado, MD, J. Paul Gignac, and Jim Crook/Milpas Motors, and another anonymous donor. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship inquiries, please contact Kirsten Stuart at Kirsten@, or online at https://www.teddy nia-clam-bake.

“Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.” – Hans Christian Andersen

Manny, a senior dog, is available for adoption and will be available to meet at George Pet Shop in Montecito Country Mart, this Saturday, March 14 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm (photo courtesy Wendy Domanski)

This Saturday, March 14, George Pet Shop in Montecito Country Mart will host a special adoption event to showcase Manny, a senior dog who is looking for his new home. “I would love to help him find his forever home so he does not continue to spend years in a shelter,” said Shelley Greenbaum, a volunteer who is organizing the event on behalf of Manny. Manny was brought to DAWG when his family moved and could not take him. DAWG (Dog Adoption & Welfare Group), has since merged with the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society, and Manny was transferred to that facility. “He is a senior dog who is super sweet, gentle, good with kids and with other dogs,” Greenbaum said. The event is from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm at George. The pet shop is offering a special incentive to Manny’s adopters: a discount on a collar and leash set. For more information about Manny call (805) 698-2962. Several more dog adoption events are planned this spring in Montecito, specifically at the Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort. The Resort’s new “Yappy Hour” will welcome fourlegged friends from the community in celebration of National Puppy Day (March 22), National Pet Week (May 3), National Dog Day (August 26), and National Pet Awareness Month (November 1). The Miramar Beach Bar will serve specialty cocktails crafted for the canine occasion including a “Salty Dog” a “Bulldog Smash,” and “Dodge’s Collar.” In partnership with the Santa Barbara Humane Society, guests will be invited to meet and play with some adorable furry friends in search of their forever adoption home. The events are complimentary to attend, with food and drink available for purchase at Miramar Beach Bar. For more information, visit www. mar-beach-montecito, and click on Events Calendar. •MJ 12 – 19 March 2020

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by Ashleigh Brilliant Born London, 1933. Mother Canadian. Father a British civil servant. World War II childhood spent mostly in Toronto and Washington, D.C. Berkeley PhD. in American History, 1964. Living in Santa Barbara since 1973. No children. Best-known for his illustrated epigrams, called “Pot-Shots”, now a series of 10,000. Email or visit

It’s on the House


t takes a heap of living to make a house a home” is probably the best-remembered line of Edgar Guest – even though – as I’ve often found when my own work is (mis-) quoted – that isn’t exactly what he wrote. The public has an ability to improve upon things it likes, often by shortening them. My best-known epigram, the title of my first book, was copyrighted as “I May Not Be Totally Perfect, But Parts of Me Are Excellent.” But the public didn’t see the need for that “Totally,” and often left it out. And who am I to quarrel with the public? There are people who earn their livings as critics and reviewers of other people’s work. This may in part be another case of “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, criticize.” But the fact is that even the most gifted creative artists can often benefit from the opinions of other people. Some such artists have married their admirers. The cases of Robert Browning and John Steinbeck come to mind. The acquired spouse may then serve as editor and proof-reader, or (as in my own case) financial manager. My late wife was one of the few people I’ve ever known – in fact, the only one – who actually enjoyed all the paperwork involved in paying taxes. But, getting back to that “heap of living” – in 1953, Polly Adler published a book called A House is Not a Home. It was about her career as a “Madam,” which of course made the “House” in the title into a House of Prostitution. Edgar Guest, we may surmise, had no such double entendre in mind in his own versified homily – even though the patrons of Polly Adler’s New York establishments were often (no doubt by pure coincidence) referred to as “Guests.” Of course, other writers have had their own ideas about their preferred houses, and the locations thereof. In 1893, a New Hampshire poet named Sam Walter Foss wrote what became one of the most popular poems of its time. Contrasting himself with those who might choose to live far away from the jostle of their fellow creatures, Foss declared, Let me live in a house by the side of a road, and be a friend to man. I must admit that even as a child, when I first heard these sentiments expressed, something about them did not ring true. Why would anyone want 12 – 19 March 2020

to live by the side of a road, with all the traffic rushing by? Of course, mine was a different generation, with roadside noise becoming one of the great plagues of urban life. Today, I need hardly tell you, it is far worse, to the extent that people living in houses beside freeways petition for special walls to diminish the decibels to which, day and night, they are exposed. Be that as it may, I missed all the metaphorical significance of being “a friend to man.” Today, if you truly want to be a friend to man, you won’t sit in your roadside house, waiting for people in need to come along, but will go out and join some group devoted to the interests of the indigent, or the infirm, or to the welfare of animals, woodlands, or wilderness.

The modern house has become, in the perhaps unintentionally

prophetic words of the great French architectural pioneer, Le Corbusier, “a machine for living in.” In any case, the modern house has become, in the perhaps unintentionally prophetic words of the great French architectural pioneer, Le Corbusier, “a machine for living in.” If he were writing today, he might wish to substitute the word “computer” for “machine.” With so many of us spending so much less time in our houses, and, even when “in residence” communing so frequently, through various wired and unwired devices with others near and far, we may fairly be said to live on a road which runs through our house. And where do igloos and wigwams, grass shacks and sampans, log cabins and tin-roofed shanties, fit into the grand scheme of housing as we have seen it develop on our planet? The one most common feature seems to be shelter – protection from the elements, from intruders and other malevolent forces. In Sam Foss’s neighborhood, it was shelter from loneliness. In Edgar Guest’s domicile, it was not the structure that mattered, but everything that happened within it over time. But, when you come right down to it, Polly Adler had the right idea: a house is not a home until you can get the police to leave you alone – and if possible, become your clients. •MJ

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Notice Inviting Bids


Bid No. 3792 Federal Project No: ATPL-5007(065)




Bid Acceptance. The City of Santa Barbara (“City”) will accept sealed bids for its Las Positas and Modoc Roads Multiuse Path Project (“Project”), by or before Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm., at its Purchasing Office, located at 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101, at which time and place the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Each bidder is responsible for making certain that its Bid Proposal is actually delivered to the Purchasing Office. The receiving time at the Purchasing Office will be the governing time for acceptability of bids. Telegraphic, telephonic, electronic, and facsimile bids will not be accepted.



2.2 Time for Completion. The planned timeframe for commencement and completion of construction of the Project is: 270 working days.


meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council held on March 3, 2020. The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter as amended, and the original ordinance in its entirety may be obtained at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Santa Barbara, California. (Seal)

License and Registration Requirements.

/s/ Sarah Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager

3.1 License. This Project requires a valid California contractor’s license for the following classification(s): Class A. 3.2 DIR Registration. City will not accept a Bid Proposal from or enter into the Contract with a bidder, without proof that the bidder and its Subcontractors are registered with the California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) to perform public work under Labor Code section 1725.5, subject to limited legal exceptions. 4.

Contract Documents. The plans, specifications, bid forms and contract documents for the Project, and any addenda thereto (“Contract Documents”) may be downloaded from City’s website at: A printed copy of the Contract Documents may be obtained from CyberCopy Shop, located at 504 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, at (805) 884-6155.


Bid Security. The Bid Proposal must be accompanied by bid security of ten percent of the maximum bid amount, in the form of a cashier’s or certified check made payable to City, or a bid bond executed by a surety licensed to do business in the State of California on the Bid Bond form included with the Contract Documents. The bid security must guarantee that, within ten days after City’s issuance of the notice of award of the Contract, the bidder will execute the Contract and submit the payment and performance bonds, insurance certificates and endorsements, and all other documentation required by the Contract Documents.

6.2 Rates. The prevailing rates are on file with City and available online at Each Contractor and Subcontractor must pay no less than the specified rates to all workers employed to work on the Project. The schedule of per diem wages is based upon a working day of eight hours. The rate for holiday and overtime work must be at least time and one-half. 6.3 Compliance. The Contract will be subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the DIR, under Labor Code section 1771.4. Performance and Payment Bonds. The successful bidder will be required to provide performance and payment bond for 100% of the Contract Price regardless of contract dollar amount.


Substitution of Securities. Substitution of appropriate securities in lieu of retention amounts from progress payments is permitted under Public Contract Code section 22300.


Subcontractor List. Each bidder must submit, with its Bid Proposal, the name, location of the place of business, California contractor license number, DIR registration number, and percentage of the Work to be performed (based on the Base Bid) for each Subcontractor that will perform work or service or fabricate or install work for the prime contractor in excess of one-half of 1% of the bid price, using the Subcontractor List form included with the Contract Documents.


Instructions to Bidders. All bidders should carefully review the Instructions to Bidders before submitting a Bid Proposal. This is a federal-aid project that must include the “Required Federal Forms” in the Special Conditions to be submitted with the Bid Proposal.


Buy America. This project is subject to the “Buy America” provisions of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 as amended by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991.


Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. The City of Santa Barbara affirms that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation. Bidders are advised that, as required by federal law, the State has established a statewide overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal. This Agency federal-aid contract is considered to be part of the statewide overall DBE goal. The Agency is required to report to Caltrans on DBE participation for all federal-aid contracts each year so that attainment efforts may be evaluated. This Agency federal-aid contract has a goal of 16% DBE participation.


Bid Rigging. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) provides a toll-free “hotline” service to report bid rigging activities. Bid rigging activities can be reported Mondays through Fridays, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Telephone No. 1-800-424-9071. Anyone with knowledge of possible bid rigging, bidder collusion, or other fraudulent activities should use the “hotline” to report these activities. The “hotline” is part of the DOT’s continuing efforts to identify and investigate highway construction contract fraud and abuse and is operated under the direction of the DOT Inspector General. All information will be treated confidentially and caller anonymity will be respected.

By: ___________________________________

Date: ________________

William Hornung, C.P.M. General Services Manager Publication Dates: 1) Wednesday, March 4, 2020



) ) COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA ) ss. ) CITY OF SANTA BARBARA ) I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance was introduced on February 25, 2020, and was adopted by the Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a

Prevailing Wage Requirements. 6.1 General. This Project is subject to the prevailing wage requirements applicable to the locality in which the Work is to be performed for each craft, classification or type of worker needed to perform the Work, including employer payments for health and welfare, pension, vacation, apprenticeship and similar purposes.




2.3 Engineer’s Estimate. The Engineer’s estimate for construction of this Project is: $14,000,000



The above captioned ordinance was adopted at a regular

Project Information. 2.1 Location and Description. The Project is located on Las Positas and Modoc Roads in the City of Santa Barbara, and is described as follows: construction of a 2.6-mile Class I separated multiuse path for bicyclists, runners, and pedestrians along the south side of Modoc Road from Calle de los Amigos to Las Positas Road and along the west side of Las Positas Road from Modoc Road to Cliff Drive. Work generally includes, but is not limited to: clearing and grubbing; grading; removal of existing hardscape; construction of multiuse path, retaining walls, mid-block pedestrian crossings, new traffic signal; reconstruction of driveway entrances and roadway intersections; installation of storm drainage and stormwater treatment facilities; relocation of utilities; placement of slurry seal, striping, pavement markings, and street signs; and installation of landscaping.



2) Wednesday, March 11, 2020 END OF NOTICE INVITING BIDS

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meeting held on March 3, 2020, by the following roll call vote: AYES:

Councilmembers Eric Friedman, Alejandra Gutierrez, Oscar Gutierrez, Meagan Harmon, Mike Jordan, Kristen W. Sneddon; Mayor Cathy Murillo







IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara on March 4, 2020.

/s/ Sarah P. Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance on March 4, 2020.

/s/ Cathy Murillo Mayor Published March 11, 2020 Montecito Journal

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Nava Gaby Cleaning, 44 Portola Ln, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Jaime Nava, 44 Portola Ln, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 9, 2020. This statement expires

five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL), filed by Rachel Becerra. FBN No. 2020-0000749. Published March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2020. FICTITIOUS


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The above captioned ordinance was adopted at a regular


meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council held on March 3,



The above captioned ordinance was adopted at a regular meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council held on March 3, 2020.

The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter as amended, and the original ordinance in its entirety may

The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter

be obtained at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Santa Barbara, California.

as amended, and the original ordinance in its entirety may be


obtained at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Santa Barbara, California.

/s/ Sarah Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager

(Seal) /s/ Sarah Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager





I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance was introduced and adopted by the Council of the

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance was introduced on February 25, 2020, and was

City of Santa Barbara at a meeting held on March 3, 2020,

adopted by the Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a

by the following roll call vote:

meeting held on March 3, 2020, by the following roll call


Councilmembers Eric Friedman, Alejandra Gutierrez, Oscar Gutierrez, Meagan Harmon, Mike Jordan, Kristen W. Sneddon; Mayor Cathy Murillo







vote: AYES:

Councilmembers Eric Friedman, Alejandra Gutierrez, Oscar Gutierrez, Meagan Harmon, Mike Jordan, Kristen W. Sneddon; Mayor Cathy Murillo







IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara

hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara on March 4, 2020.

on March 4, 2020.

/s/ Sarah P. Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager

/s/ Sarah P. Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager

I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance

I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance on March 4, 2020.

/s/ Cathy Murillo Mayor

/s/ Cathy Murillo Mayor

Published March 11, 2020 Montecito Journal

Published March 11, 2020 Montecito Journal

NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Montecito Millworks; Phillips Construction, 623 Chiquita Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Bradley R. Phillips, 623 Chiquita Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 21, 2020. This statement

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on March 4, 2020.

expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL), filed by John Beck. FBN No. 2020-0000566. Published March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2020. FICTITIOUS


NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Collective Music and Media Group DBA Santa Barbara Summerfest Music Camps, 5266 Hollister Av. Suite 301, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Giuseppe Fratianni, 10061 Riverside Dr. #214, Toluca Lake, CA 91602. Laurie Robinson, 10061 Riverside Dr. #214, Toluca

Lake, CA 91602. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 3, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL), filed by Thomas Brian. FBN

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No. 2020-0000701. Published March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Central Coast Wine Tours, 25 S. Salinas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Crush Santa Barbara LLC, 25 S. Salinas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 26, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL), filed by John Beck. FBN No. 2020-0000616. Published March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Coast + Olive, 1295 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Copus Hospitality Group, LLC, 1295 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on March 5, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL), filed by Maria F. Sanchez. FBN No. 2020-0000712. Published March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Dax and Milo, 1331 Virginia Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Amanda Suzanne Tenold, 1331 Virginia Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 21, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL), filed by John Beck. FBN No. 2020-0000572. Published February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Zip Kleen INC, 1998 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93109. Zip Kleen INC, 1998 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93109. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 19, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL), filed by Maria F. Sanchez. FBN No. 2020-0000541. Published February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Pacific Par-

ty Services; Santa Barbara Face Painting, 5773 Encina RD #201, Goleta, CA 93117. Samantha Marx, 5773 Encina RD #201, Goleta, CA 93117. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 6, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL), filed by John Beck. FBN No. 2020-0000431. Published February 19, 26, March 4, 11, 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Pacific Party Services; Santa Barbara Face Painting, 5773 Encina RD #201, Goleta, CA 93117. Samantha Marx, 5773 Encina RD #201, Goleta, CA 93117. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on February 6, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL), filed by John Beck. FBN No. 2020-0000431. Published February 19, 26, March 4, 11, 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Marisol’s Cleaning, 5926 Corta St., Goleta, CA 93117. Marisol Aguirre, 5926 Corta St., Goleta, CA 93117. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on January 27, 2020. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL), filed by John Beck. FBN No. 2020-0000278. Published February 19, 26, March 4, 11, 2020. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 20CV00524. To all interested parties: Petitioner Rosemary Ann Seegert filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Teri Ann Huestis. The Court orders that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Filed February 18, 2020 by Elizabeth Spann. Hearing date: April 15, 2020 at 9:30 am in Dept. 6, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18



A Brave Life

by Cecilia Rodriguez

A Warrior’s Heart


hen I think of my friend Miguel Garcia, the word “brave” is what comes to mind. One reason is because Miguel is Native American, a member of the Santa Barbara Chumash Band, and the word “brave” refers to a Native American warrior. Although Miguel has never, as least as far as I know, gone to battle with an enemy, he is a Native American warrior in the truest sense of the word: He fights a battle every day, with a foe that most have never even heard of. That foe is a disease called epidermolysis bullosa. From what Miguel has told me, “EB,” as he calls it, is a rare genetic skin condition that a very small percentage of people is born with – and suffer from – until the day they die. The disease affects the way the body produces collagen, and as a result, people who suffer from it have skin that is extremely fragile and often times so inflexible that it causes fingers and toes to fuse together, resulting in the victim having “nubs” instead of hands. People who suf-

fer from this condition are called the “butterfly children” because the skin is said to be as fragile as a butterfly’s wings, and many of them die as children as a result of the illness. From the time Miguel was a child, doctors often made assumptions about how long he would live, sometimes even saying he wouldn’t likely live past the age of 18. In addition, from the time I have

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known Miguel, I have seen countless individuals make assumptions about what he can and cannot do. Most often I have stood by and watched as Miguel has proven wrong those who have told him what he cannot do. By the time Miguel was 18, after many horribly painful surgeries, Miguel had no fingers left on his hands, just “nubs,” as he calls them. Despite this fact I have seen him take his ID out of his wallet when asked for it by a bouncer at a local bar, and even amass a following of 20,000 people on his Instagram through the content he’s created – all with no hands. It blows my mind when I see him put himself out there on social media authentically and honestly, when, let’s face it, many “normal” people cannot even do this themselves. As time has gone by, he has had cancer twice, watched many of his friends who had suffered from the same illness as he did, and even lost the function of his kidneys, resulting in trips to dialysis several times per week. Throughout all this, including spending eight hours per week just removing and replacing the bandages that cover at least one-third of his body, I have rarely seen him show fear; I have rarely heard him complain or feel sorry for himself, and I have even more rarely seen him ask for help. His attitude and his bravery are something that I doubt I will ever have a chance to see again in my lifetime. Truthfully, I think there

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is nobody who could not learn from him. For this reason we are throwing a big birthday for our friend and teacher Miguel on March 21, to celebrate his life and acknowledge him as the bravest man in Santa Barbara. I know he is the bravest man in Santa Barbara today, and I would argue that he may be the bravest man that has ever and will ever live in Santa Barbara. There will be beer donated by Woodhouse Brewery from Santa Cruz as well as food donated by Pollo Fino in Goleta. We will have raffles for a ton of awesome goodies and also an auction for the most awesome stuff that we have donated. So, come on down to show some support and love for the bravest man you will ever know – not to feel bad for him for all he has been through, but simply to acknowledge Miguel as the bravest man in Santa Barbara. In addition to being able to come to an epic party, you will be helping raise money to help him cover a small fraction of the costs associated with the disease he was born with, as well as the cancer, kidney failure, and blood clots in his lungs that have also come as a result. Miguel’s Birthday Bash will take place from 3-10 pm on March 21 and will be held at Oniracom, a local business who was kind enough to donate their space to us to throw him this epic party, which is located at 216 East Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara. •MJ 12 – 19 March 2020

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Spirituality Matters by Steven Libowitz “Spirituality Matters” highlights two or three Santa Barbara area spiritual gatherings. Unusual themes and events with that something extra, especially newer ones looking for a boost in attendance, receive special attention. For consideration for inclusion in this column, email

Backbone is Back


here are a lot of opportunities for locals to compose, create, perform, and or just partake in storytelling, as evidenced by the ongoing Personal Stories series – the showcases that feature local actors and writers developing first-person true stories that fit a theme to share at Center Stage Theater in the periodic events that outlived the main events of its parent/sponsor Speaking of Stories. (The next entry hits the black box theater over a four-day stretch April 28-May 1, with a submission deadline of March 16 at cstheater@ Then there’s The Moth Mainstage, which began as a modest storytelling collective in its founder’s living room and has grown into an epic, nationwide phenomenon with a cult-like following as hand-picked storytellers share their tales in front of live audiences and over the air. That series – which was the inspiration of SOS’ Personal Stories – returns for another spellbinding evening at the Lobero Theatre on March 19 in which the tellers offer somewhat more animated delivery. But neither one gets as deep into what might be called the spiritual side of things as Backbone Storytelling, which asks its performers to not only get immersed in their tales but also embody them. Created and curated by Jenna Tico – a ninth-generation Santa Barbara native whose oeuvre includes both dance and facilitating for AHA!’s social and emotional intelligence program for teenagers – the single-evening shows become a space to share the meaningful, moving, and mortal stories inspired by the human body in all of its glory. Each showcase features stories that are as physical as they











are emotional, and the performers are encouraged to tell them through both spoken and nonverbal language. The submissions are culled to represent the diversity, vulnerability and truth associated with the theme of each show. For its next presentation, at Yoga Soup on Saturday, March 21, from 6-9 pm, the theme is Cutting Teeth, which means whatever it does to the storytellers. Following a “Community Mingle” to create connection from 6-7 pm with live music by Phillip Rogers and Austin Moore, the showcase will feature the voices, and choices, of Rachael Quisel, Rudi Lion, Jeffrey Berke, Nicholas Farnum, Mario Mendez, Elaine Gale, Samantha Bonavia, Miguel Rodriguez, and Emily Chow-Kambitsch, each of whom will share something visceral, vulnerable, or both. Admission is just $10. Reservations are recommended as the series’ first installment at Yoga Soup sold out.

Soup Central

Workshops at Yoga Soup this week include a Breath & Musical Journey with Luna & Gabe from 7-9 pm on Friday, March 13. Breathwork facilitator Blake Spencer will guide participants in tuning into their breath while simultaneously listening to local artist Gabriel Kelly sing his original songs and play guitar with Luna Kelly accompanying on African drum. Participants will experience about 45 minutes of breathwork with live music followed by an additional 45 minutes of integration, singing and/or dancing to more live music. Admission by $3040 suggested donation. Monique Minahan’s Exploring Grief in the Body workshop, which takes place 2-4 pm on Saturday, March 14, follows her earlier seminar that explained how sensation and emotion move through the body, and the use of embodied anchors to create freedom to proceed in whatever way

feels safest. The new workshop presents an opportunity to inquire deeper into your own body, find embodied safety, support, and uncover innate resources, insights, and your unique next step inward or onward. The tools of trauma-informed movement, mindfulness, insightful questions and conscious listening allow you to welcome your grief however it shows up. The event includes slow, full-body movement, and exploring the power of the voice in community. Fee: $30 in advance, $35 day-of. Holistic Health, Voice & Lifestyle Coach Britta GreenViolet, the co-creator of the non-audition community choir inCourage Chorus, adds to her repertoire of offerings a new two-hour workshop from 3-5 pm on Saturday, March 14. Meet Your Voice is an experiential, dynamic workshop that represents a deep dive into the transformative power of singing and its power to heal emotional, mental and physical wounds. Participants will learn two simple exercises to ease you into the foundations of singing and to start befriending your voice in a nonscary, non-judgmental environment and engage in discussion, technique, exercises, breath practices and actually sing. All experience levels are welcome ($20/$25).

the alternative health book that’s also part self-help and part spiritual guide called Your Best Health by Friday: How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Trauma, PTSD, and Chronic Illness. The book explains the commonalities of all illnesses and provides action steps for people to heal, based on her private practice where people with PTSD are able to reset their minds and bodies using muscle movement and brain repatterning. Her work also helps those on a spiritual path release held emotions, based on what the body requests using muscle testing, increasing access to spiritual connection. Moss, who is also the founder of Right Brain University, is offering an introductory workshop about how our childhood traumas impact our health as adults by forming unconscious beliefs that limit our success. The event, slated for 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on March 12 at Workzones in Paseo Nuevo, featuring a presentation and demonstration of the group energy clearing/healing work she’ll be offering on the second Thursday of the month going forward. Admission is free.

Kirtan, Mantra, Sound Healing, and Soul Songs

Santa Barbara Bodhi Path Center resident teacher Dawa Tarchin Phillips will be leading a two-part class over successive Thursdays this month, as “Awakening Bodhicitta – How to Open Your Heart and Develop Love and Compassion” takes place 7-9 pm on March 12 and 19. The course addresses how we may be familiar with the benefits of giving and receiving love, but often restrict our love and compassion to just a few people who are close to our hearts. The teachings are aimed to help us familiarize ourselves with the practice and benefits of extending unconditional love and compassion to all sentient beings as impartially as the rays of the shining sun. Each evening includes lecture, meditation and mingling. Admission by donation. “Buddha Nature: Uncovering the Sacred Within,” the third weekend curriculum in Phillips’ new two-year course of study, takes place March 21-22, and dives into the topic of Our True, or Awakened Nature, of Buddha, a timeless subject of scientific exploration, philosophical examination and spiritual contemplation. Participants will explore and discover how awakened nature works, and why following a path to awakening with sincerity and commitment is the most effective way of reducing suffering and access potential for happiness and freedom. Call (805) 284-2704 or visit www.bodhipath. org/sb. •MJ

Montecito-raised musician Joss Jaffe, who basically created his own sub-genre of dub-mantra by combining the rhythms of reggae with chanting and world jazz, is back in town for a final show with frequent partner Johanna Beekman. Jaffe, a Top-Ten New Age Billboard chanting artist whose four albums have been critically acclaimed, teams with Beekman, whose soulful voice evincing her gospel background, radiant spirit and inspiring songs and sacred chants has made her a rising star in the world of kirtan and yoga music, for an evening at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center from 7-9 pm on Sunday, March 15. Admission is by a $20 suggested donation.

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Our Town

by Rinaldo S. Brutoco

Rinaldo S. Brutoco is the Founding President and CEO of the Santa Barbara-based World Business Academy and a co-founder of JUST Capital. He’s a serial entrepreneur, executive, author, radio host, and futurist who’s published on the role of business in relation to pressing moral, environmental, and social concerns for over 35 years

Joanne is a professional international photographer and journalist. Contact her at:

Welcome to the New Business Paradigm


s an impact investor and an early leader in the conscious capital movement starting in 1981, my career has been focused on creating mission-driven companies and inspiring business innovators to take responsibility for creating a better world. It has been a long journey, yet one that I believe is essential to having a peaceful and productive world. I see several signs that this idea is starting to bubble up into the business world zeitgeist. In January 2020, the World Economic Forum hosted its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, with a brand new agenda to build a sustainability strategy for the future of business that implements the long-standing “stakeholder capitalism” missions of the World Business Academy (the Academy), which I founded in 1986, and JUST Capital, which I co-founded six years ago. Each year at the meeting, global business and political leaders set the business agenda for the upcoming year. This year, following the Business Roundtable’s revolutionary 2019 update to the “Statement of Purpose” for corporations to be entities that serve all stakeholders, the annual Davos meeting had a goal of defining stakeholder capitalism in the post-Milton Friedman world. Why does this idea sound so radical? In the early ‘70s Milton Friedman of the Chicago School of Economics famously stated that the sole purpose of business was to earn profits for shareholders, preferably on an accelerating quarterly basis, and all other stakeholders should be ignored. This deeply flawed concept became the “conventional wisdom” that almost all businesses followed. The Business Roundtable finally turned this dictum on its head by observing that the proper role of a corporation in modern society is to serve all its stakeholders, including employees, customers, vendors, shareholders, and communities. This is the biggest shift in business thinking since 1970 and poses revolutionary corollaries. Finally, we will see business begin to act as a servant of the society from which it emerges rather than as a predator of that same society. Working for the adoption of stakeholder capitalism for 35 years, I know it is a ridiculous notion that somehow an economy can flourish 12 – 19 March 2020

by Joanne A. Calitri

when the society from which it arises is suffering major dislocations. Business must be a reflection of the needs and desires of the larger society of which it is part in order to succeed. No one can make money today in Yemen but munitions makers – an unstable society is nowhere to make a profit. Hence, you can be certain that business has a major bias toward creating societal abundance for production, sales, and profits to continue growing into the future. When the Business Roundtable redefined itself through the “Statement of Purpose” mentioned above, the Academy sent a letter to the President and CEO Josh Bolton acknowledging the monumental shift in the mindset. We offered to have JUST Capital monitor and report on the Roundtable’s newfound commitment to society as a way to convince the public that this was not going to be merely a whitewashing exercise. JUST Capital is an independent nonprofit that ranks companies based on their level of stakeholder capitalism as defined by over 90,000 interviews of average Americans which in turn are reflected in annual rankings analyzing the behavior of the largest public companies in the U.S., and how well those companies are listening to what behaviors the public wants to see as “just.” Showcased personally in numerous key meetings by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, JUST Capital lead the Davos conversations to catalyze a major statement released at the end of the meeting underscoring the assent of the stakeholder capitalism model to the pinnacle of business strategy. As Klaus Schwab observed, “With the world at such critical crossroads, this year we must develop a ‘Davos Manifesto 2020’ to reimagine the purpose and scorecards for companies and governments. It is why the World Economic Forum was founded fifty years ago, and it is what we want to contribute to for the next fifty years.” And that is exactly what they did. The meeting concluded with a list of 21 actions for 2021, including enhanced standards for transportation, supply chain management, work safety, data protection, and

Lyle Lovett in Concert Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group bringing it home at UCSB


racing our town with five-part harmonies from heaven, fourtime Grammy winner Lyle Lovett made a serious stop here with his all-strings acoustic band called Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group, presented by Arts & Lectures UCSB at Campbell Hall. One of 46 tour dates in a five-month spread across the country, he uses buses and schedules time after the show for good friends in each town. Here he gave a nod to many locals and L.A. fans in the audience, and some were honored with a song. Of note, the sponsor of the concert was Ms Loren Booth of Booth Ranches. His band opened the concert with a core acoustic intro, and then Lyle came full on with “Once Is Enough” and “Head Over Heels.” Moving seamlessly from his first LP, Lyle Lovett from 1986 on MCA Records at age 26, with the song, “God Will,” progressed to witty lyrics in “Queen of No-F,” “Pants,” and “She’s No Lady” and added a few sentimental issues, “A Private Conversation” and “12 of June.” Each member of his band is a superstar of their instrument with vocal ranges sans auto-tone or protools. On fiddle is Grammy winner Luke Bulla who has played with Lyle since 2014, Viktor Krauss on standup bass since 1994, Jeff White on lead guitar and mandolin since 2002,

and Josh Swift (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver) on a Resophonic model slide guitar named after him, the Josh Swift Signature in black – total ear candy. Weaving captivating and hilarious stories of the band members’ personal goings-on, winning and not winning Grammys and inviting them to retell a tale or two, Lyle also shared humble details about his family as an only child with lots of relatives growing up on a farm in Texas, family road trips, and cutting early chops at local steak restaurants for people who wanted to dance, with his sound system plugged into the restaurant’s food-ordering P.A. Lyle teasing the known-to-behealth-conscious California audience said, “Steak brings people of Texas together, you know, MEAT!” Playing for over two hours straight up on his Bill Collings custom handmade acoustic vintage guitar using individual finger picks, he brought us home with rich, warm and eclectic music, coupled with compelling lyrics. Yes indeed, once again showing us why he is one of the most beloved artists working today. After a brief off-stage moment, he came back for a 20-minute encore. The finale, “That’s right you’re not from Texas” got everyone up, real happy and in Love-ett! •MJ

employee welfare. The Academy would like to formally honor the World Economic Forum for adopting, at last, the standards which they admit are truer to their founding principles than the Friedman aberration they adopted 50 years ago. This is a huge win for

consumers, employees, vendors, and everyone who participates in the global economy. It is great news that the business community intends to be more involved in solving global issues, and, it has the additional benefit of being very good for business! •MJ

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the winter quarter. All large events are to be “canceled or adjusted.” The move comes after a faculty member tested positive for the virus. Santa Clara County, the home of Stanford, reported that the number of coronavirus cases has risen from 14 to 20 as of last weekend. Hospitals and Clinics Overwhelmed by Patients Seeking Testing All three medical providers report that the most common initial symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough, and shortness of breath – are the same symptoms as any other cold virus or flu. There is no available vaccine, nor are there any medications specifically designed to prevent or cure the coronavirus. All frontline facilities are reporting a spike in walk-ins and calls for testing appointments. There are currently no coronavirus test kits at Cottage or Sansum until later this week. Priority testing will go to those areas with reported coronavirus cases. By the end of this week, some four million test kits will be released in the U.S. After receipt of test kits, medical practitioners still need to be trained on how to use them. The entire process could take days or weeks. The problem is (and will be) that medical personnel in hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers are so overwhelmed with requests for testing that they can no longer serve their normal heavy workload. As new patients with flu-like fevers, runny noses, and coughs flood waiting rooms, normal emergency patients are put at greater risk with longer wait times. Even worse, flu patients who should stay home in bed are putting the whole health care system of medical professionals at greater risk. Short term, clinics and ER rooms are posting screeners at their front door to advise patients that “those who are well, and those with normal flu should go home, get in bed, and act just like they would for normal flu.” Some who have been in crowds and fear exposure are asking for testing. Unfortunately, anyone who wants testing to reassure that they are un-infected, would need to be re-tested every day to truly monitor potential exposure. Long term, both Sansum and Cottage are evaluating drive-up windows for testing, like the system used in South Korea, where patients drive up to a health professional dressed in a Haz-Mat suit. Patients would be given swab sticks without entering the waiting room or being exposed to other patients or medical staff. Bottom Line The coronavirus risk is very low for those under 65. It is even lower for those under 21. Don’t panic. Keep calm. Play it safe. •MJ

Scam Squad by Patti Teel, Deputy District Attorney Vicki Johnson & Richard Copelan, CEO/President of the BBB of the Tri-Counties

Scams That Prey on Coronavirus Fears


rooks often use major disasters like fires and floods to exploit people so not surprisingly, scams taking advantage of fears surrounding the coronavirus are popping up. Typically, phishing scams involve sending emails that look like they come from legitimate companies or organizations, such as your bank, utility company or the IRS. The email asks you to click on a link to update your information or pay a bill online. If you click on the link, you are taken to a malicious website where attackers attempt to steal your information. Or a pop-up may appear, asking for your log in and password information so the crooks can access your online accounts. According to Deputy District Attorney Vicki Johnson, these phishing attacks are particularly effective when sent by channels that trigger an immediate response from recipients, like iMessage, WhatsApp, WeChat, and others. The World Health Organization (WHO), which is a part of the United Nations, reports that fraudsters are now using their name and images to run various phishing scams. People are receiving emails with coronavirus as a lure, with promises of updated information about the spread of the virus. The emails and posts appear to be promoting awareness and prevention tips, or information about cases in your neighborhood. It leads to a webpage that looks very similar to the legitimate World Health Organization website with a pop-up screen asking users to verify the username and password associated with their email address. But of course, this is just a ruse to gain access to your accounts. Fraudsters are also spoofing the phone numbers for the WHO, and the US Center for Disease Control. (In other words, the caller ID on your phone will say it’s from them, when it’s not.) Other scams related to the coronavirus may come from fake charities asking for donations (usually over the phone), solicitations asking for contributions to fund a “cure,” and bogus products which claim to protect you from the coronavirus. One scam the BBB is specifically warning people about is counterfeit masks that will not protect you from the virus. “Some sites may take your money and send you low-quality or counterfeit masks. Others may never deliver anything all. In the worst cases, these sites are a way to steal your personal and credit card information, opening you up to identity theft.”

Here are some tips to keep the scammers at bay • Do not under any circumstances click on attachments or links from unknown sources. You can make a report to the FBI at and give them any information you got from the bogus email. Then delete the email without opening any link or attachment. Don’t let fear or curiosity get the best of your good sense. • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it. • Be alert to “investment opportunities.” The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is warning people about online promotions, including on social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly-traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure coronavirus and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result. • Be savvy about product claims. Be sure to evaluate claims of any medical product before buying. Especially watch out for products claiming to offer a “miracle cure” for the coronavirus or other ailments. • Only buy from reputable stores and websites. Be sure the online store has working contact info: Before offering up your name, address, and credit card information, make sure the company is legitimate. A real street address, a working customer service number, a positive BBB Business Profile… these are just a few of the things to be looking out for to determine if a company is legitimate. Check to see what other consumers’ experiences have been.


To report a scam, call the District Attorney’s Fraud Hotline at 805-5682442. The Better Business Bureau urges you to visit their Scam Tracker site at or call them directly at 805-963-8657. •MJ “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.” – Truman Capote

12 – 19 March 2020

France’s National Treasure Makes its Only West Coast Appearance

Lyon Opera Ballet Trois Grandes Fugues

Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday withthree interpretations of his beloved masterpiece Grosse Fuge by three female choreographers: America’s Lucinda Childs, Belgium’s Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, France’s Maguy Marin

Presented through the generosity of the Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation Corporate Sponsor:

Chefs in Conversation

Samin Nosrat and Yotam Ottolenghi

James Beard Award-winning cookbook authors and chefs Samin Nosrat and Yotam Ottolenghi will share their passion for everything food, inviting the audience along for a mouthwatering evening as they dish secrets from the kitchen. Pre-signed books will be available for purchase courtesy of Chaucer’s

Wed, Apr 1 & Thu, Apr 2 / 8 PM / Granada Theatre Tickets start at $35 / $19 all students (with valid ID)

Fri, Apr 3 / 7:30 PM / Granada Theatre Tickets start at $35 / $15 UCSB students

A Granada facility fee will be added to each ticket price

Yamato Passion

A Granada facility fee will be added to each ticket price

Taiko Drummers from Japan

Bryan Stevenson

American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference “[Stevenson] believes that the opposite of poverty is not wealth but justice; that all human beings are more than the worst thing they’ve ever done; and that racial healing cannot take place until the country faces the truth about its history.” The Washington Post

“Pure energy meets spiritual high.” The Scotsman (U.K.)

Attorney and human rights activist, Bryan Stevenson is the author of the bestselling book Just Mercy (recently adapted into a feature film) and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Marking Yamato’s 25th anniversary, this thrilling, high-energy new show takes the taiko ensemble’s tremendous virtuosity, strength, spirit and sheer endurance to a soaring new level.

Presented through the generosity of Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli

Sat, Apr 4 / 3 PM / UCSB Campbell Hall $40 / $25 / $15 UCSB students and youth (18 & under) Corporate Season Sponsor:

Pre-signed books will be available for purchase courtesy of Chaucer’s

Sun, Apr 5 / 7:30 PM / Granada Theatre Tickets start at $20 / $10 all students (with valid ID) A Granada facility fee will be added to each ticket price

(805) 893-3535 | Granada event tickets can also be purchased at: (805) 899-2222 |

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by Beverlye Hyman Fead

Ms Fead moved from Beverly Hills to Malibu and then Montecito in 1985. She is married to retired music exec Bob Fead; between them they have four children, five grandchildren, and a dog named Sophia Loren. Beverlye is the author of I Can Do this; Living with Cancer, Nana, What’s Cancer and the blog, and book Aging In High Heels. She has also produced a documentary: Stage Four, Living with Cancer.

Mary Tonetti Dorra


Mary Tonetti Dorra (photo by Baron Spafford)


Dr. Chris Kerr

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In Conversation with

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THURSDAY MARCH 12 5:00–7:00 PM FREE Community Event with Advanced Registration Sponsored By



ary Tonetti Dorra has lived the most fascinating, international life you could ever imagine. We are lucky she and her husband, the late Dr. Henri Dorra, professor of art history at UCLA and UCSB and author of many books, decided to live here in Santa Barbara over 50 years ago even though they also spent half their time in Paris throughout their entire married life. Mary grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from Vassar College with a Philosophy degree in 1956. Believe me, she was just getting started! First, she lived and taught in Costa Rica and Uruguay. From there she moved to Italy for three years where she studied at the University of Florence, and then worked as a research-reporter in the Rome bureau of Time-Life. Upon returning to this country, she worked in New York for Harper’s Bazaar and Revlon before moving to California where she attended graduate school at UCLA, obtaining a master’s degree in Italian. She then taught Italian at UCLA and UCSB. She and Henri Dorra, her future husband, met at a fundraiser at a UCLA art museum where Henri was the art director. They were married in 1965, three years before they had their children, Helen and Amy. During the raising of their children, they settled in Hope Ranch, but kept going half of the year to their beloved Paris. Mary loved devoting herself to her husband, children, and garden in Santa Barbara during this time. She also devoted a handful of time to community service. She was on the first board of The American Institute of Wine and Food with Julia Child, Bob Mondavi, Richard Graff, and Richard Sanford. More recently she was on the board of the Granada for 13 years and currently is Vice Chairman of the Opera Santa Barbara board. As their children

“I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear.” – Freddie Mercury

grew up, she returned to writing, and of course it was about gardens and food. She and her close friend, Julia Child, had wonderful times cooking and enjoying meals together. She also snuck in a wonderful memoir about her grandmother’s life as a sculptor in the 1890s called Demeter’s Choice, a Portrait of My Grandmother as a Young Artist. Since 1980, Mary has lectured extensively throughout the United States. She has written travel articles for Gourmet Magazine and the New York Times as well as garden articles for HG, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and for Travel and Leisure. The article, “Colonial Kitchen Gardens: A National Legacy” appearing in the April 1993 issue of Gourmet Magazine was the genesis for her first book, Beautiful American Vegetable Gardens. Her article on the rose gardens of Paris, originally published in The New York Times, was reprinted by permission in the American Rose Society magazine. Her second book, Beautiful American Rose Gardens, also published by Clarkson Potter went into its third printing. Today Mary has two grandchildren, Henry and Sylvie, whom she adores and tries to see as much as possible. She has been invited by numerous museums and historical societies throughout the country to give readings and book signings and will be speaking about her current book, Two Lives on Four Continents: a Double Memoir, which will be published later this year. It is a portrait of the era in Europe and America from the 1930s to the 1960s and at the same time the story of how two people from entirely different worlds find each other. Totally active and vibrant, at 86 Mary still loves entertaining, going to the opera and to classical music concerts, and oh yes, Pilates! •MJ 12 – 19 March 2020

Montecito Moms

by Dalina Michaels

Dalina Michaels worked as an award-winning television news producer for KEYT NewsChannel 3. She also served as a reporter for several years with “Inside Santa Barbara,” the city newsmagazine show. She now freelances for various websites and journalistic outlets. She is a native of Montecito and is grateful to be raising her own children here. If you are a Mama-Cito mama (or know someone!) who would like to be featured, please email:

Alice Ryan

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center

Community Lectures


hen it comes to motherhood, there are moms who go full throttle in their careers while also managing family life. How to find that balance – how to handle life (career, kids, spouse, and self-time) is the million dollar question. Fortunately, in Montecito we have moms who do it all! There is one Montecito mom who is a force to be reckoned with. She’s a juggernaut in the marketing world – she’s got connections upon connections – she travels between New York and California like I travel between upper and lower village. She’s Alice Ryan and if you want your business to be seen, you want her. Ryan and her family (husband Kirk, who is a mogul in his own right, runs his own men’s apparel company called Miller’s Oath, but this column is about Montecito moms, not dads, so we’ll have to talk more about him another time), moved to Santa Barbara a few years ago from New York City. “We weren’t exactly looking for a change of lifestyle, but due to family circumstances, we started making trips to L.A., and that brought us up the coast one weekend to Santa Barbara. Of course, we fell in love with Montecito and decided we wanted to stay put.” While balancing three kids (Grey, Elliott, and Barnes), Ryan runs her own firm called A Company. She started it 20 years ago as a way to offer public relations to luxury companies and clients. Growing up in London, she got her start with companies like Celine and La Perla and eventually climbed the corporate ladder and relocated to New York. From there, she became the director of public relations for Oscar de la Renta and soon was making a name for herself among celebrities and high profile companies. Now, with a long list of clients including companies like Michael Aiduss, Rose Tarlow, and Ladurée, her focus continues to be on brand consultation for special projects and events. Whether it’s a trunk show highlighting the latest fashions, a photo shoot for Pottery Barn, or a red-carpet event (she just finished executing a week of dinners and gatherings for the Academy Awards), Ryan and her team put together an over-the-top 12 – 19 March 2020

Personalized Medicine: Redefining Cancer Treatment Alice Ryan and her family (photo by Christy Gutzeit)

experience that both client and customer will appreciate. She flies to New York on a bi-monthly basis, and in between will jet to Paris or trek to Los Angeles for client meetings. Of course, now that we have her in the 93108, it also means that she is setting up shop and sinking her heels into our community. With an office in town, she serves as a consultant for various start-ups in our community and does marketing, public relations, and events for special local projects including the annual “Lotusland Celebrates” gala. So what’s on Ryan’s “to do list” when she does have a moment in our ‘hood?: “An early morning coffee from Merci in Montecito Country Mart before heading on my way to the office at Meridian Studios. A workout if I can get it in at F45 and then meetings throughout the day in the courtyard. Ideally seeing the sunset with the children after school activities and homework is done; sometimes a family dinner at Bettina and home for bath time and their school book reading before bedtime.” For this mom on the go, it sounds like the perfect day in our glorious town. •MJ

Cancer categories are defined more frequently now by genetic mutations. Oncologists look for these genetic targets to treat more accurately and effectively. Medical Oncologists Julie Taguchi, MD and Mukul Gupta, MD will discuss how personalized medicine can help to create individualized treatment plans that target genetic mutations when treating cancer. Thursday, March 26, 2020 • 5:30 – 6:30 pm Wolf Education & Training Center at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center 540 W. Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Lectures are offered free-of-charge and are open to all. RSVP required, or (805) 879-5698.

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at Sansum Clinic


Countering Chemo Brain: Strategies and Interventions to Counter Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment Linda M. Ercoli, PhD – UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

MAY 28

Advances in Melanoma and Skin Cancer Prevention Julian Davis, MD, MA – Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Mark Burnett, MD, FAAD – Santa Barbara Skin Institute



EDITORIAL (Continued from page 5)

a monstrous portrayal of one’s mother. Is it possible that smart men make us feel safe and smart women make us feel dumb? If electing a woman is so important to so many women, why didn’t we, as women, throw our collective support behind one? In 1960, when JFK defeated Nixon in the popular vote by only 100,000 or so votes, it is notable that he received 75% of the Catholic vote – which was critical. Likewise, when Obama defeated McCain by 51% to 47%, he was supported by non-whites in historic numbers, with 90% of registered black voters participating and at least 95% of them voting for Barack. Obama defeated McCain riding a wave of non-white voters, the preponderance of whom (95%) voted for the guy who “more looked like or seemed like them” as the polling phrased it at the time. So why aren’t more women supporting women? After all, we have the right to vote. And while we may take that right for granted, the fact is, once upon a time the 19th Amendment guarantee was just a dream, too. 2020 marks the “Suffrage Centennial” – the 100th anniversary of the passage of that amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. Only after years of suffragists risking everything for equality, like Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, Lucy Stone, Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton… and yes, even some men like Frederick Douglas, did it finally come to pass. And that was before women had the power to vote for their own cause. My point is, women having the right to vote felt like it was out of reach, until it wasn’t. The odds of achieving anything that brings about monumental change, at any given moment, are slim. Everything can’t be done… until someone does it. Consider the odds of some British upstarts taking up arms to challenge the King of England and creating the greatest nation on earth. No way. Putting a human on the moon. Yeah, right. A machine that can fly humans across the Atlantic? Not likely. That machine flown solo by a female pilot? Even less likely. Who thought a woman would ever be in a Grand Slam Final, post pregnancy? Serena Williams did. Who thought a woman could ever win the popular vote for US President? Hillary Clinton did. And she was right. Thomas Edison said: “I know 60,000 ways not to make a lightbulb.” Everything can’t be done… until it can. If we have the right to vote, we can elect a woman president. In the mean time, we have no shortage of women leaders at every level of our nation, beginning with a most impressive list here at home. Our community is filled with women and men who understand, as we like to say at the MJ, that “doing well means doing good.” I believe one day, not long from now, we will see the first woman president. But until then, there is important work being done by many women who, though they’ve not been elected president, are making a real difference. •MJ


Girls Take the Lead

by Megan Waldrep Operation Smart: Girls Inc. offers STEM and STEAM enrichment programs to capture, explore and sustain girls’ interests in these underrepresented fields of study and careers


wyn Lurie sits in the back office of the Montecito Journal. Mock-ups of issues are fanned to one side as she types on her laptop at her long wooden desk. A large-scale photograph by Alan Kozlowski is propped on the wall behind her screen, waiting to be hung. The image titled “The Lake of Turquoise Lion’s Tears” shows a crystal lake at the base of the Himalayas, mirroring the sky as Buddhist monks and spiritual seekers circle the rim; a contrast to the fast-paced energy of a weekly newspaper. It’s there, Gwyn works. Quietly writing at times but mostly encouraging writers, meeting with advertising reps, conferring with business partners and, most importantly, listening to new ideas to produce a quality paper and other new platforms. How Gwyn accepts challenges parallels the motto of Girls Inc.: “Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.” This quality of being both personable and passionate not only makes her qualified to be the CEO of the Montecito Journal Media Group, but to be the featured speaker for the Girls Inc. 35th Annual Scholarship Luncheon with this year’s theme entitled, She Leads. Girls Inc. is well known in our community but the history, maybe less so. Founded in 1864, towards the end of the Civil War, Girls Inc. began as a way to assist young women and girls during a time of social and political discord. But Santa Barbara’s story begins almost a century later, in 1955, when the Girls Club of Santa Barbara formed. The idea for the group came three years earlier when the Junior Women’s Club of Santa Barbara heard a local teenager on the “Free Speech” radio program ask, “Why can’t we have a Girls Club in Santa Barbara?” With a mission to help girls become “good wives, mothers, homemakers, and citizens,” the Girls Club of Santa Barbara became a non profit in 1958 and served almost three hundred girls per year from ages six to eighteen with a membership fee of a dollar. Six years later, the group raised enough funds to build a Girls Club facility on East Ortega Street, where Girls Inc. stands today. Soon after, the Girls Club of Goleta opened its doors and with more than sixty years in operation, both centers have served more than thirteen hundred girls each year. As times changed with each generation, so did Girls Inc. But what remained was the “founders’ fundamental belief in the inherent potential of each girl.” For example, the ‘70s shifted the mission of domestic pursuits to encouraging well-rounded and independent young women, a mission carried forth as the number of women increased in colleges and in the workplace. In the ‘90s, the Girls Club of SB affiliated with the national Girls Inc. organization to become Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, adding to affiliates in over 1,500 locations in 350 cities in Canada and the U.S. After-school and teen programs, gymnastics, and summer camps are just a few resources available for schoolgirls age six and up. Research based programs including Project Bold, Operation SMART (STEM), Media Literacy, Economic Literacy, Healthy Sexuality, and She Votes are also in the mix. The core principals of Girls Inc. are found in the Girls’ Bill of Rights which states a commitment to allow young women to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes, express themselves with originality and enthusiasm, take risks to strive freely and to take pride in success, accept and appreciate their bodies, have confidence and be safe in the world, and to prepare for interesting work and economic independence. Girls Inc. keeps these core values in mind when inviting women leaders to speak at their annual scholarship luncheons. This year, it’s Gwyn Lurie. For Gwyn, it’s also personal: years ago, her daughters attended gymnastics with Girls Inc. and as a mom at Montecito Union School, Lurie discovered the organization was helpful in connecting with other moms in the community.

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…Take Risks to Strive Freely

Girls Inc. girls and teens use the creative arts to learn about gender equity, inspiring female leaders, and social justice topics involving women and representation

It takes great strength and resolve to plot and follow your own path, to take chances. Someone recently asked me, after I raised the money to buy the Montecito Journal, “What about the way you were raised allows you to try to do things that so many women would never attempt?” In other words, “What makes you think you’re good enough or strong enough or qualified enough to pursue the things you do?” I was surprised by the question. I had never been asked that before. Truthfully, I even took a little umbrage because somewhere in that question I heard the judgement: how do you pull these things off when you’re not necessarily qualified enough to do it? But I thought it was an interesting question. One worth contemplating. I had never thought of it that way. And after thinking about it, I decided the answer was in the question itself. “Why do I have the audacity to believe I can do things?” I manage to do things simply because I have the audacity to believe I can. Maybe a small part of that audacity comes from a naïve place. Sometimes maybe even ignorance. But couldn’t

Both Girls Inc. and the Montecito Journal interviewed Gwyn on her journey through leadership and, coinciding with the Girls Inc. Girls’ Bill of Rights, we’ve listed her answers here.


Allow Young Women to Be Themselves and to Resist Gender Stereotypes ...

When I was girl, I always competed against boys. I ran for office every year from the fifth grade to my senior year of college – vice president of elementary school, student body president of junior high and high school, student body president of UCLA. For some reason, I always gravitated towards student pol- itics and I often ran against boys. I never really thought about the differences between boys and girls and never felt intimidated by competing against boys. It was not until I went to work after graduating from college that I began to see the difference between men and women and the ways in which women are treated differently. And it was a rude awakening. I began to understand that it was not only about doing good work, but that I’d have to learn to navigate the power structure that was mostly controlled by men. In some ways, that was the most challenging part of most jobs.



… Express Themselves with Originality and Enthusiasm Girls Inc.’s mission to be Strong, Smart and Bold completely aligns with my personal and professional missions. My professional mission, as defined by my current endeavor with the Montecito Journal Media Group, is to build community through inspired content. My personal mission is to be an upstander and, during my brief stay on this earth, to make my life matter by bringing about meaningful change. I don’t think you can do that without being strong, smart, and bold. We live in complicated times. Daily we are being fed messages that being like everyone else is a good thing. Social media puts great pressure on girls, and all of us, to follow the crowd. It’s so easy to measure ourselves daily against the curated pictures of other peoples’ lives. I see how prevalent this theme is in the young lives of my two teenage daughters and my heart goes out to them. My sister, one of my most cherished role models, always advised me: “stay in your own lane.” Her metaphor was from her days as a competitive swimmer where, every time you look over your shoulder to see where someone else is, you’re losing time. To follow your own path and become your own person demands us to be strong, bold, and smart. Because the opposite of that is to be weak, impressionable, and to organize your life choices based around the opinions of others. My personal experience has taught me that that is a path to disappointment and regret. A path that will never lead to greatness, joy, or fulfillment. I’d much rather fail on my own terms than live on someone else’s.

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he current cast members of the long-running TV improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? are bringing the touring version, dubbed “Whose Live Anyway?”, back to town for a single show at the Lobero Theatre, Sunday March 25. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will put together a 90-minute set of comedy and song all made up on the stop and based on audience suggestions, albeit over a series of familiar “games” drawn from the TV show that got going in Great Britain, made the transatlantic leap to Hollywood, and survived a several-year hiatus to return stronger than ever on cable and streaming. We caught up with Proops, whose tenure dates back decades, to find out why Whose Line’s improv seems to improve with age, more like a fine wine than a fireballing baseball pitcher. Q. Whose Line just keeps going and going like the Energizer Bunny. Why does it work so well? A. People just really love it. It’s not standup, so there’s no agenda. We’re all pretty energetic and still love doing it. We can be very funny when we’re on stage. It’s a little more vaudeville, which makes it easier for people to digest. They want to see you get up there and walk the tightrope. And that’s what we do. A couple of years ago in Seattle we were in great form. The best thing we can do is to be unpredictable and surprise each other. That’s when it’s the most fun. As an improviser with only five years experience, I’ve noticed how everyone seems to have patterns and adopt favorite characters. How do you avoid that, and keep it as you said unpredictable? Or is that something you embrace?

by Steven Libowitz

Steven Libowitz has reported on the arts and entertainment for more than 30 years; he has contributed to the Montecito Journal for more than 10 years.

Obviously we know each other pretty well by this point. But we can mix up the order, and change out who does which games, forcing people to do things they’re not comfortable with. When Chip [Estes] left the group, I had to take over singing with Ryan. That was a bit scary, but now I’m not afraid of it anymore. On the opposite spectrum, what do you do when you get stumped? How do you work yourself out of a sticky situation? I try to not ever lose my rag. Sometimes I get a little weird, but I’m a firm believer of what Leonard Cohen said, “Forget your perfect universe. Cracks are where the light comes in.” I think mistakes are to be incorporated, and repeated until they become comedy. That’s what I do on my podcast, anyway. I’ll just stay on a mistake until it’s funny. It’s about yielding to the situation. That’s the secret to life, too, isn’t it? Oh, yeah, right. At my worst, I’m stubborn, shouting and insulting, and at my best I’m able to be charming and go with the flow. What games are you able to replicate live, and what things don’t translate at all – besides hoedown, which I know you all hate? And what gets performed live that we don’t see on TV? “New Choice” is great, where the one of us who is directing a scene

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can make them stop and say something different any time he wants by saying, “New choice!” Then we have some that kill both on the show and on stage, like “Greatest Hits,” where we get an occupation from the audience and then we make up songs on the subject, or “Moving People” and “Sound Effects” where there’s lots of audience interaction, because they’re either moving us or doing all the sound effects, which is always fun. We love having them be on stage with us. You’ve known your fellow players for ages, Ryan for more than 20 years. How has your relationship changed over the years? Ryan is a superb improviser. I’ve said it before, but it’s true: I feel like I am in a group with the Babe Ruth of improv, and I’m like Ringo. I play around a bit and then he knocks it over the fence. What he does really well is stay in a scene all the time. It doesn’t matter what the topic is – he just goes out there and be funny. The rest of us let the suggestion really influence us one way or the other, but he’s always on. How have things been altered in general as you age? Well, when you’re young, you have the confidence of not knowing what you’re doing, so you’re not scared. Then you know too much and it gets a little too safe. Now I know I can do it so there’s the danger of being overconfident. But really it feels like every show is a blessing, a mitzvah, and we’re lucky to be able to do it. Last night Ryan said, “You know we’re going to look back on this and remember the good times, but now, not so much,” which really made me laugh. I’m much calmer now, both on stage and as a person. I want to be poetic on stage, and I’m more confident in letting that flow and just letting the verbiage flow. There seems to be a lot of irony in improv in that the feeling of flow when everything just seems to unfold perfectly in the moment is so wonderful, but you can’t try to make it happen, right? Yeah, you can’t force it. It’s a matter of equi-poise – you have to trust everybody. Sometimes I’ll get something in my head and really want to say it, but then the scene might go in another direction, and you have to let it go and follow what’s happening. I try to wedge my jokes in, but it only works when it’s organic. You have to trust where it’s going and not try to stop or turn it in any direction. How does improv show up in the rest of your life, the idea of going with the flow and letting things emerge? It does, but I wish it was more. I wish I had the confidence in real life that I have on stage, where we’re

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” – Frank Zappa

invulnerable and you can’t touch us. In real life, you’re improvising all the time, every minute. But the trick is to be kinder, and nicer and not improvise too much anger and horror.

Sleeping Beauty’s New Awakening via SSB Two years after the #MeToo movement called attention to sexual harassment and power dynamics – and just a month after the landmark conviction of former Hollywood powerbroker Harvey Weinstein – it would seem almost counterintuitive to produce a traditional ballet version of the classic Sleeping Beauty story. In other words, a perfect stranger kissing an unconscious woman and thereby claiming her as his own might be, shall we say, a bit beyond anachronistic, perhaps too much for modern audiences to swallow given that such behavior is not only no longer heroic, but actually an indictable act of unwanted touching. So, when State Street Ballet decided to mount its first-ever production of the favorite fairytale featuring Tchaikovsky’s classic score, it stood to reason that a trio of female choreographers might make for a fresh take that would work in our rapidly changing culture. Enter Cecily Stewart MacDougall, Megan Philipp, and Marina Fliagina, who have collaborated on the company’s ambitious family-oriented adaptation of the ballet, not only trimming a full hour from the normal 150-minute length, but making it relevant to contemporary audiences. “Basically, we changed it so that the message we’re sending to young girls is one of self-empowerment,” explained MacDougall, who is also the company’s education director and the creator of the Library Dances program. “Let’s face it: the idea of getting kissed by a stranger 100 years after you fall asleep doesn’t work today.” MacDougall and her fellow choreographers also wanted to modernize elements of the original ballet that was created 130 years ago, when French culture was all the rage in Russia, explaining why such characters as Little Red Riding Hood, the Bluebird, and even Cinderella show up at the wedding in the third act “because they were fairytales written by French authors,” she explained. “Obviously it’s not as relevant in our culture today, so we have them show up in the forest earlier, where it makes sense to have such creatures,” she said. “They do their main variations while the prince is traveling through the forest on his quest to find princess Aurora.” The whole time span takes less

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Women United

Little Women, a Classic Storybook Luncheon, was the theme of the Women United’s second annual luncheon at the Four Seasons Biltmore for United Way. Event chair Andria Kahmann and her “gang” looked smashing in their Victorian dresses complete with corsets. Andrea commented, “I’m so glad we don’t have to wear these anymore.” The décor fit Louisa May Alcott’s era with mannequins in 1800s dress (she was a Civil War nurse), with blue and white table decorations in old fashioned baskets filled with flowers and books. Sprigs of lavender lay on the tables along with a journal to write your own story in. The journals were compliments from Letter Perfect. Andria welcomed all, explaining that “Women United harnesses the power and dedication of women leaders to transform local communities. In Santa Barbara Women United advocates and supports the ongoing work of United Way of Santa Barbara County’s educational initiatives, with a focus on expanding educational opportunities for local children from pre-kindergarten through third grade.” It’s been shown that kids who aren’t reading at their level by third grade have a hard time ever catching up. Students in Kindergarten Success Institutes displayed a 68% growth in academic skills and a 69% growth in social and emotional skills. Michelle Branch was the keynote speaker. She is chair of Women United Global Leadership Council and principal and founder of Branch Law Group. Her practice provides legal services to innovative private companies, nonprofits, founders and executive management. She has taught at NYU Law School and the University of California at Berkeley. She has a plethora of degrees. Michelle was impressed with United Way’s “Fun in the Sun” reading program. That is a summer long learning for students where 350 kids improve their academic and social skills. United for Literacy has 10,000 local students improving their reading skills in school. Imagination 12 – 19 March 2020

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Library has 1,200 children, ages 1 to 5 receiving a free book every month. Kindergarten Success Institutes has 250 pre-k students improving their school readiness skills by 69%. Also speaking was Melinda Cabrera, director of strategic partnerships and Casie Killgore who is principal at Franklin Elementary School. Casie was born and raised here leaving only to play basketball and major in business at Notre Dame de Namur University. When she started volunteering her weekends in Watsonville, California educating farm work children she wanted to educate the less fortunate. She was assistant principal at Peabody Charter and became principal of Franklin School at age 28. She quickly changed Franklin from one of the under achieving schools in town to one of the best. The latest award was the 2020 California Distinguished School Award. One of the stories told was of a grandmother raising her two grandchildren and living in a car. The kids were invited to a swim camp, but she didn’t have enough to buy them a swimsuit. The Assistance League stepped up with suits for all the kids and even a towel. Two years later with help from United Way they live in a condo, grandma has a job, and all are doing well. Women United focuses on expanding opportunities for children from pre-kindergarten through third grade. They unite to create change. They have over 80 active members and there are partnership services offered in 69 Santa Barbara County schools. Last year they initiated a backpack drive for kids who wouldn’t have any school supplies. Women United were able to provide 50 fully stocked backpacks to children at Harding Elementary School. There was joy on their faces. Teachers helped select books for kids that might not have any Christmas gifts and the ladies donated and wrapped them. For many that was all they received. Thanks to Women United, kids can dream of becoming anything they want! If you’d like to join or help, call 805.965.8591. •MJ

Nichole Ipach, Helene Schneider, and Jelinda and Barry DeVorzon at the Tiara Ball

President of Women United Rosemary Mutton, event chair Andria Kahmann, and founding president Susan Hersberger at the Little Women luncheon

Rhonda Stewart and costume lady extraordinaire Janine Amato at the Women United event

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Lisa Scibird, Shari Liu, and Elisa Bartron Hills at Little Women



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FRIDAY, MARCH 13 CCR Founder at CCR – With a career spanning more than 60 years, John Fogerty has become one of the most influential musicians in rock history, one who helped create the soundtrack of a generation and then kept going for decades more. As co-founder and chief musical architect of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty was the writer, singer, and producer of numerous classic hits, including “Born on the Bayou,” “Green River,” “Proud Mary,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” and “Bad Moon Rising” over just a couple of years in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. After CCR parted ways in 1972, Fogerty also found success as a solo artist with such singles as “Rockin’ All Over the World,” “The Old Man Down the Road,” and “Centerfield,” the latter still a standard at baseball stadiums across the country. CCR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while Fogerty came in at No. 40 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest songwriters and No. 72 on the magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Singers (at number 72). The Berkeley- born rocker, who turns

75 in May, returns to the area for a show tonight at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: 3400 Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez COST: $79-$139 INFO: (800) CHUMASH or www.chumashcasino. com SCAPE Coasts – More than 100 artists who comprise Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) will participate in the eighth annual “Visions of the Gaviota Coast” art show at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, special exhibition and sale that benefits the Gaviota Coast Conservancy (GCC). Forty percent of proceeds from the show – juried by famed Oak Group artist Rick Garcia – will go to the GCC, the nonprofit that works tirelessly to hold the line on development on the last open coastline in Southern California with an off-the-charts biodiversity rating. SCAPE painters help people to see the magnificence of the stunning Gaviota landscapes from the mountain tops to the shoreline, and this is their way of returning the favor. An awards presentation takes place at tonight’s reception, featuring mixing and mingling with the artists, a selection of raffle prizes, the opportunity to

THURSDAY, MARCH 12 Dutton Honey – Philadelphia-born alternative hip-hop specialist Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love, is back with the original version of Special Sauce, a trio with Jeffrey Clemens on drums and Jim Prescott on bass that took their simultaneously sloppy yet laid-back sound across the nation back in the mid-1990s to lots of airplay on college and alternative radio stations. After a five-year hiatus since the band’s association with Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records banner, which came after Johnson had been a guest on the Special Sauce album Philadelphonic and included three studio releases as well as three more solo albums by Dutton, G. Love and the boys have produced a new album called The Juice, the latest displaying Dutton’s desire for upbeat and uplifting high-spirited music. “I’ve always tried to make music that’s a force for positivity,” Dutton said as the record – which was co-produced and co-written with Grammy-winning blues icon Keb’ Mo’ and recorded in Nashville with a slew of special guests including Robert Randolph, Marcus King, and Roosevelt Collier – came out in January. “It was important to me that this album be something that could empower the folks who are out there fighting the good fight every day… a rallying cry for empathy and unity… I’m more inspired right now than I’ve ever been before. I feel more thoughtful, seasoned, marinated, confident. I’m making the records I’ve always wanted to make.” Hear those achievements when G. Love and Special Sauce sashay back to SOhO in downtown Santa Barbara tonight. New acoustic blues up-and-comer Jontavious Willis, who some might say recalls a young Keb’ Mo’, opens the show. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: SOhO, 1221 State Street, upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $35 INFO: (805) 962-7776 or


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FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Piano Prodigy Performs – British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor was just 11 when he became the winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition. By 19, he performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Opening Night of the 2011 BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, one of the country’s most prestigious gigs. Now, just 27, Grosvenor has been described as “the best pianist to come out of England in the last fifty years,” and “one of the world’s most sought-after young pianists.” The accolades seem well-deserved as critics have found his playing reminiscent of the late legendary pianists Rachmaninoff, Schnabel, Rubinstein and Serkin. Grosvenor makes his Santa Barbara recital debut for CAMA’s Masterseries with a program that features Rameau’s Gavotte and Six Variations from Suite in A minor, RCT 5; Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op.16; and Berceuse in D-flat major, S.174 (second version) and Sonata in B minor, S.178, by Liszt. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. COST: $45$55 INFO: (805) 963-0761 or

view and purchase the approximately 200 pieces of artwork, plus live music, appetizers and local wines. Tomorrow afternoon’s activities include screenings of two documentaries focusing on the Gaviota Coast: Shaw Leonard and Tamlorn Chase’s Gaviota: The End of Southern California and Losing Ground, the latter featuring Gunner Tautrim, a rancher who is also a board member for GCC. The show takes place at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort, the five-star hotel that has hosted the “Visions of the Gaviota Coast” exhibit since it began in 2013. WHEN: 1-8 pm today (reception 5-8 pm); 10 am-5 pm tomorrow WHERE: Ritz-Carlton Bacara, 8301 Hollister Avenue COST: free INFO: (805) 683-6681 or Meandering the Edges – The new exhibit at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is an installation of works on paper and sculpture by Nathan Huff, an associate professor of art at Westmont College whose work has also been featured in solo exhibitions in town at Sullivan Goss Gallery and Lotusland, as well as UCR Culver Museum and Sweeney Galleries (Riverside), D.E.N. Contemporary (West Hollywood), Minthorne Gallery (Oregon), among others. The exhibit examines ways in which we inhabit homes and move through domestic spaces based on memory and emotion. Installed in unconventional ways on the walls, floor, and corners of the AFSB’s meeting space/gallery, Huff’s paintings on paper of furniture, wood floors, tables and shovels are meant to draw attention to the space itself as an important part of the narrative. WHEN: Opening reception 5-7 pm tonight; exhibit continues through May

“Music sounds different to the one who plays it. It is the musician’s curse.” – Patrick Rothfuss

6 WHERE: 229 E. Victoria St. (in the historic Acheson House on the corner of Garden) COST: free INFO: (805) 965-6307 or SUNDAY, MARCH 15 Beatunes – Just when it seemed every possible permutation and combination of words and ideas to pay tribute to the Beatles must have been taken already, here comes Beatunes. Perhaps it’s an unfortunate choice for a name as it conjures elevator music rather than rock ‘n’ roll, but The Beatunes have a much more honorable mission, as the four SoCal musicians aim solely to honor and play The Beatles songs as faithfully to the recordings as possible. Eschewing costumes, mop top wigs, backing tracks or anything other gimmicks, The Beatunes simply continue to increase their repertoire and precision in replicating the sound of The Beatles, from the early “Fab Four” days to the final recordings, constantly searching for new ways to bring more realism to the show with the caveat that every sound you hear at a Beatunes concert is played live by the band. Basically, the Beatunes revel in playing the Beatles songs for audiences of all ages to enjoy. In other words, close your eyes and they’ll kiss you with arguably the greatest pop music of all time. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: SOhO, 1221 State Street, upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $10 INFO: (805) 962-7776 or www. A Gripping Handel – Joyce DiDonato headlines MET Live in HD’s repeat simulcast of Handel’s brilliant and tuneful comedy Agrippina, in a new staging by Sir David 12 – 19 March 2020


Swing in at SOhO – They say March comes in like a lion, and the Santa Barbara Jazz Society must be taking that adage to heart, as the organization has booked the 17-member big band Swing Shift for its monthly show at SOhO. Headquartered in Oxnard, Swing Shift has been keeping the music of the “Swinging’ Years” alive through playing the music of the jazzy ‘30s and the jumping ‘40s, with an occasional tune from the ‘50s – aka the so-called Swing Era. The band will be featuring the original music of Big Band greats Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Les Brown, and others, while Jan Nelsen, a quintessential big band singer, adds vocals to the mix. WHEN: 1-4 pm WHERE: SOhO, 1221 State Street, upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $22 INFO: (805) 962-7776 / or (805) 687-7123 / www.

McVicar that The New York Times hails as “bold, snicker-out-loud funny, magnetic.” Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with mezzo-soprano DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. McVicar’s production reframes the action of the black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where critics have noted that it loudly resonates: “An imperial capital aflame with shady power grabs, family intrigue, sexual aggression, and a round-robin of betrayals – who said opera isn’t like real life?” raved New York Magazine. The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae – a 2008 Music Academy of the West alumna who returns via video to Hahn Hall (nee Abravanel) – as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius. WHEN: 2 pm WHERE: Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West campus, 1070 Fairway Road COST: $28 ($10 students, Community Access; free for youth ages 7-17) INFO: (805) 969-8787 or


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Howard Shakes it Up – It was less than a decade ago that Brittany Howard blasted onto the music scene as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the blues-rock band Alabama Shakes that turned eyes and ears with an indelible roots-rock sound. The band earned multiple Grammy Awards for its second album, 2015’s Sound & Color, after which she decided to take a break from the band who met each other in high school in favor of making a solo album. Howard’s solo debut, Jaime, has been called her most ambitious recording, with Rolling Stone calling it “full of synthed-out psychedelic funk, druggy soul ballads, hip-hop loops, and lyrics grappling with her past, including sexuality, family tragedy, religious guilt and more.” Now, Howard – who thrilled local audiences when the band played in town a couple of years ago – is headed back our way, as the second show of her second solo tour arrives at the Arlington Theatre tonight, a “a funk-rooted tour de force” that should, ahem, shake the foundation of the Santa Barbara landmark. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: 1317 State St. COST: $35.50-$75.50 INFO: (805) 9634408 / or •MJ



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What, He Worry? – Spencer Barnitz, Santa Barbara wise and versatile wizard of local rock ‘n’ roll best-known for his decades-long stewardship of Santa Barbara stalwarts Spencer the Gardener, dons one of his other hats for the annual St. Patrick’s Day show at SOhO with The Worried Lads. The Mesa-raised Barnitz leads serves as ringmaster for the Irish-PirateTex/Mex-Calypso sounds of the band, turning the front room at SOhO into a Dublin-like (but all-ages) pub where you can also chow down on traditional helpings of corned beef and cabbage. WHEN: 5-9 pm WHERE: SOhO, 1221 State Street, upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $5 INFO: (805) 962-7776 or

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“urbane” in his L.A. Times tribute), Jack Smith of the Los Angeles Times, daily columns 1958 to mid-‘90s (my mom was also a big fan). I had the pleasure of meeting Jack and his lovely wife, Denise, at a book signing at Chaucer’s (God and Mr. Gomez) in the early ‘90s. More on Jack Smith if you’re interested: https://www. Best regards, Steve King Carpinteria

Community Litigation

So, it looks like a Class Action lawsuit was recently filed against certain cannabis growers in the Carpinteria Valley. No surprise to me as Class Actions are not about any one person, they are about communities. A community that suffers odors reducing their quality of life and quiet enjoyment, i.e. “nuisance.” A community where 186 acres of pot can be grown, yet where only about 60 acres are “in ground”. In other words, these odors – that travel for more than one mile – will spread and/or intensify by a factor of 300%. While the lawsuit was filed in Carp, let’s not forget that the Ordinance is the most sweeping piece of Countywide legislation passed in decades. Commercial cultivation is an existential threat to our brand, avo industry, wine industry (yes, terpene odors penetrate grapes) and the air that we breath. We have all become guinea

pigs with respect to Vapor Phase Odor Systems, VOC’s and terpenes that are used in turpentine’s and varnishes. The growers who, for the most part, drafted the most lenient Ordinance in the country needed to be saved from themselves, but the county utterly failed. Our Political Monarchy (i.e. Board of Supervisors) didn’t pushback even slightly by requiring, perhaps over time, sealed greenhouses and carbon filtration – a broadly accepted solution where neighborhoods and other crops exist. It really is sad to see that lawyers and non-cannabis profiting residents are now needed to define the term “good neighbor.” In the county that gave birth to the environmental movement, I don’t understand why commercial Cannabis cultivation is not couched in environmental terms. This is a water affecting and extremely thirsty crop whose terpenes can increase ground level ozone, not a good thing. Do environmental organizations jump-in to help? No, actually the opposite – they laud the environmental track record of our pols as litigation and suspicions swirl. Anyway, I want to echo Ms. Lurie’s recent piece – get involved, be involved! It’s the reason why I’m thankful to the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis and their efforts to protect us. Someone had to do something because, unfortunately, neither the County nor the growers will. Jeff Giordano SB County Resident

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Laughing Matters


guy walks into a lawyer’s office and asks how much he charges. The lawyer says, “I can answer three questions for $1,000.” “Bloody hell,” the guy said, “Isn’t that expensive?” “Yes,” the lawyer said. “What’s your third question?”

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A Message to Women

We must be our own advocates in closing the gender gap. A female must function in a world that all too often treats her like prey, clips her wings, and burdens her with fear and shame. The challenges to women exposed during #MeToo reopened discussions about harassment, gender, and power. The struggle with stereotypes against girls who are intelligent and articulate, who speak up for themselves, and who are active members of school and society, is very real. The World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap Report finds that while women worldwide are closing the gender gap in areas such as health and education, inequality persists in the workplace and politics. However, data shows that when women are present and in leadership roles, more women are hired at all levels. This holds true even when taking into consideration the disparities in the size of female talent pools across various industry sectors. As president of ShelterBox, a Santa Barbara based disaster relief organization that works globally, I see how even disasters disproportionately affect women. From higher death rates, increased gender-based violence, economic loss and loss of education, disasters exacerbate gender inequalities. However, women are pivotal in the recovery process – they often are the first responders to a crisis and play a central role in the survival and resilience of families and communities. International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. Right now, it is estimated that gender parity across the world will take another 100 years. None of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and neither will our children. We must do better. Women must have opportunities to be represented as powerful figures, from politicians, to corporate board directors, to musicians. The race is on for a gender equal boardroom and

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workplace, a gender equal government, gender equal media coverage, gender equal sports coverage, and more gender equality in health and wealth. There is not enough being done to change the view of “girl.” Each of us, working together, can initiate change. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perspectives, and lift and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can work to create a gender equal world. While we need men as our allies, we must be our own advocates – both for ourselves as well as for each other. We must speak up. We must speak out. We must stand together. Melinda Gates said, “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” Having a voice can be a challenge when we, as women, are told we are not valued, when sexism is institutionalized in many spaces across our society and culture, and when we are punished and silenced for speaking out. But our silence will be interpreted as our acceptance. I’ve been able to rise to a leadership role as a female by having the courage to find my voice and connect that voice to causes I believe in. The road for me has been long and rife with unimaginable obstacles along the way. But I remain steadfast on this path to progress and greater gender equality in our world. I am reflective on the progress made and inspired by acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played extraordinary roles in the history of their countries and their communities. But, so much as we want to celebrate achievements, we must acknowledge just how far we still have to go. I encourage you to give, get, and gather. Give your time to issues that matter to women, get a mentor who can give you support and provide perspective, and gather fellow females and allies to join you in raising our collective voice. #IWD2020 #EachforEqual Kerri Murray •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL


MISCELLANY (Continued from page 18) Tipper Gore (left), A&L Leadership Circle member Leslie Bhutani, and Beryl Kreisel (photo by Emily HartRoberts)

nudging and fist bumping because of coronavirus concerns, included Paul and Jane Orfalea, Roger Himowitz, Rich and Luci Janssen, Gretchen Lieff and Miles Hartfeld, Tipper Gore, Jeff and Hollye Jacobs, Richard and Annette Caleel, Bill Allen, Leslie Bhutani, Todd and Allyson Aldrich, and Michael and Kimberly Hayes. Little Women Lunch It may have been written in 1868, but Louisa May Alcott’s Civil War classic Little Women continues to stand the test of time, with the first silent film of the work in 1917, George Cukor’s 1933 film with Katharine Hepburn, and last year’s Oscar nominated Greta Gerwig version with Meryl Streep, the seventh one made. And United Way of Santa Barbara

County’s Women United chose the theme for its second Classic Storybook sold-out lunch at the Coral Casino, chaired by Andria Kahmann, suitably attired in period costume for the occasion, which raised more than $60,000 for the cause. Keynote speaker was Michelle Branch, chair of the organization’s Global Leadership Council, along with Casie Killgore, principal of 537-student Franklin Elementary School. Among the 200 guests were Bob and Patty Bryant, Jelinda DeVorzon, Bobbi Didier, Melinda Cabrera, Anna Grotenhuis, Penny Jenkins, Ursula Nesbitt, Steve and Amber Ortiz, Nancy Schlosser, Marcia Wolfe, Suzanne Danielson, and Maryan Schall.

Karla Parker, Tracy Bollag, Gloria Clark, Jelinda DeVorzon, and Leslie Person Ryan at the Little Women lunch (photo by Isaac Hernandez)

An Open Book Ever youthful British singer Peter Noone, 72, likes to do things by the book. The Birnam Wood resident with his French wife, Mireille, still does 160 shows a year around the country, but admits that being on the road gets “kind of boring.” “You wake up somewhere and you’ve got the whole day until sound check,” Peter tells the latest AARP Magazine. “So, I have a mission. I get up and ask, ‘Where’s the bookstore?’” The first thing he asks for is first editions. “The initial printing of a book is the most collectible. I’m also only interested in books about England or France... I probably have 300 or 400 first edition books.” Peter, who speaks mostly French at home, says he has loads of books on rock n’ roll. “I’ll use Kindle on a plane, but otherwise I like holding a book. I don’t want to just look at them. That would be like having a record collection and not playing the music.” He says Mireille bought him his first “really cool” first edition on their wedding day 51 years ago – Winston Churchill’s History of the EnglishSpeaking Peoples. “I don’t do much book shopping online,” adds Peter. “Yes, you can find something you want with Google, but I enjoy the hunt. If I’m in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with nothing to do, I’ll go on a trip of discovery and adventure. To the bookstore!” Rock On Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, an American Theatre Guild production, hit the stage at the Granada recounting the all too short success story of the Texan singer known for classic hits like “That’ll Be The Day” and “Peggy Sue.” Holly, one of the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, died in 1959 in a tragic plane crash aged just 23 with fellow rocker Richie Valens, 17, which was referred to as The Day the Music Died by singer Don McLean. The Steve Steiner directed show with Keaton Eckhoff as Holly was a rollicking rock n’ roll romp...

Speaking Out Santa Barbara Speaks, a San Marcos High student-run charity which hosts events as a platform for teenagers to express their artistic talents, is this year spotlighting student filmmakers in collaboration with our tony town’s International Film Festival. Vice President Harrison Fell, son of former Santa Barbara Polo Club patron Robert Fell and his wife Robin, tells me students can still submit short films through FilmFreeway for the April 5 event at The Riviera Theatre and the adjacent Towbes community space, with the winner receiving a one-on-one was Montecito Back to the Future Oscar winning director Robert Zemeckis. In the past SBS has produced a sold-out TEDx Youth event in the Funk Zone, A Night of Poetry and Collective Sounds. It is also helping raise money for the SB Arts Fund which provides low-income students with the resources needed to supplement creative interests. For further info check out https:// Please Mr. Postino Opera Santa Barbara was on a high note when it performed Mexican composer Daniel Catan’s Il Postino at the Lobero. The Spanish language production, based on the charming 1994 film, was conducted by maestro Kostis Protopapas and directed by Crystal Manich, who made her debut with

Raul Melo with sponsor Mahri Kerley at Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Il Postino (photo by Priscilla)

Andrea Catan, Kostis Protopapas, and Nancy Golden at Il Postino (photo by Priscilla)

Elisa Bartron Hills, Carol Anne Werner, Julie Murphy, Kathleen McClellan, Shari Liu, Olivia Alvarado, Myla Conroy, Olesya Thyne, Katie Hamdy, and Kandie Overgaag at the Women United luncheon (photo by Isaac Hernandez)


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the company three years ago with The Cunning Little Vixen at the Granada. The opera tells of the real life of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, wonderfully played by Metropolitan Opera veteran Raul Melo, on a small island off the coast of Italy, where he meets the show’s lovelorn postman, sung by tenor Daniel Montenegro, who helps woo his love, soprano Sarah Vautour, ending in their marriage. Neruda returns from South America to find the mailman following in his footsteps as a dissident author criticizing injustices of the Italian government, meeting a tragic end. It certainly got my stamp of approval! Punk Rock Patti Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman opened the doors of their charming Padaro Lane beach house for a concert by veteran rocker Patti Smith, 73, which raised $100,000 for CADA – The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse – which hosts its 34th annual Amethyst Ball “Motown at the Miramar” on March 27. The bustling beachside bash, sponsored by Earl Minnis and designed by Montecito event planner extraordinaire Merryl Brown, featured Smith, dubbed the Punk Poet Laureate, singing with guitarist Tony Shanahan. She also co-wrote the Bruce Springsteen hit “Because the Night” and 13 years ago was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among the supporters turning out were Bob and Patty Bryant, Doug and Marni Margerum, Jeff and Hollye Jacobs, Palmer and Susan Jackson, Paul and Jane Orfalea,

Justin Fox, Dario Furtlati, Richard and Diane Tucci, Geoff Green, Lisa Babcock, Tammy Hughes, Ralph and Diana MacFarlane, Peter and Mireille Noone, Leslie and Bonnie Joseph, Gina Tolleson, Mike and Heidi Hollander, and Alan and Lily Koslowski. Fighting Fire Santa Barbara warbler Katy Perry, who performed at the Kick Ash bash at the Summerland estate of Pat and Ursula Nesbitt after the catastrophic mudslides in Montecito, is now doing the same for fire ravaged communities in Australia. The American Idol judge, who just announced her pregnancy with British actor fiancé Orlando Bloom, will perform at Bright Pioneer Park in Victoria, with locals from the bushfire-affected town of Corryong being bussed to the concert, with tickets also allocated to communities in the northeast and emergency services workers. “As a native Southern Californian I know firsthand the devastation of wildfire across my home communities and was particularly heartbroken by the Australian bushfire,” the former Dos Pueblos High student posted on Instagram. “Australia has always given me so much love and support so FIGHT ON is one way to return that love and help provide a little bit of joy to a community that’s given me so much joy.” Katy, who has just postponed her 150-guest nuptials to Bloom in Japan in June because of the coronavirus, is in Oz for a cricket match final in Melbourne.

Merryl Zegar, Geoff Green and Bruce Heavin at the CADA benefit (photo by Lisa Field)

Lynda Weinman, Patti Smith, and Lynn Robb (photo by Lisa Field)

Having a Leg Up How ironic that while talking about a balanced life, Montecito’s most famous resident Oprah Winfrey fell over on the stage at her 2020 Vision speaking event at the Forum arena in Los Angeles. After tumbling down in front of hundreds of fans, Oprah, 66, exclaimed: “Wrong shoes!” Following the mishap, she decided to go barefoot before switching to more sensible footwear and then having an ice therapy sleeve on her leg. “It’s nice to be talking about balance and then fall,” she commented. Sole searching, indeed... Magical Meetup

Alan Rose and Joe Buttitta reunited at Disneyland

It was a nice coincidence when former veteran KEYT-TV weatherman Alan Rose, who now works at KOAA-TV in Pueblo, Colorado, took some time off from his vacation to Palm Springs to visit Disneyland. The complex’s California Adventure was hosting its annual food and wine festival, drawing media from throughout the country, including KEYT-TV morning anchor Joe Buttitta, and the dynamic duo reconnected. “It was only for a few minutes, but it was nice to catch up,” says Alan. Bare Necessities It sounds like one of the hilarious awkward plots from her days working on TV series Seinfeld. While shooting her latest film Downhill in Austria with Will Ferrell, Montecito actress Julia LouisDreyfus, 59, took time out of her busy schedule to visit a sauna. But her relaxation was cut short when she, while completely naked, walked in on two nude men already enjoying the steamy atmosphere. “I just went ‘Boop!,’ turned around and out I went,” recounts Julia. “I am not comfortable in that situation, but no disrespect to anyone who is.” Seeing the Other Side Montecito actress Gwyneth Paltrow says her least favorite performance was in Shallow Hal, which she describes as “a disaster.” The 47-year-old Oscar winner co-starred with Jack Black in the 2001 romantic comedy, in which she played an obese woman who is seen as a much slimmer version of herself after

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Black’s character is hypnotized. But, in a video for Netflix, she says she found it “disturbing” how terribly she was treated when heavier, wearing a fat suit to achieve the overweight look. Paltrow revealed her first day wearing it when she walked through the lobby of New York’s Tribeca Grand. “It was so sad and disturbing. No one would make eye contact with me because I was obese. I felt humiliated because people were really dismissive.” Dream Machine Bentley has come out with its most expensive car ever. The British marque is producing only 12 hand-made 200 mph Mulliner Bacalars costing $2,562,000 a piece. The ritzy autos have two seats, a six-liter engine, and accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Surprisingly it has no fixed or convertible roof, and the price could buy at least the equivalent of ten Bentley Continental GTC convertibles – which comes with a fabric roof and cost from $230,632. It will be available for 2021 delivery. How long before we see one in our rarefied enclave I wonder? Rest in Peace On a personal note I remember James Lipton, the erudite host of Inside the Actors Studio, who has died in New York after a courageous battle with bladder cancer at the age of 93. During his 22 seasons presenting the popular Bravo TV show, he interviewed more than 300 Hollywood guests. I met him a number of times at Manhattan events, notably the annual Rita Hayworth Gala for the Alzheimer’s Association at the Waldorf Astoria, thrown by Princess Yasmin Khan, daughter of actress Rita Hayworth. Lipton, who was dean of the Actors Studio, was much liked by his guests because he would talk about their art and not the usual celebrity chatter or project promotion. Sightings: Rocker Nick Jonas and actress wife Priyanka Chopra riding horses on the beach in Carpinteria... Actor Shia Labeouf checking out the galleries at the SB Museum of Art... Ryan Gosling and wife Eva Mendes at the San Ysidro Ranch Pip! Pip! Readers with tips, sightings and amusing items for Richard’s column should e-mail how at richardmin or send invitations or other correspondence to the Journal. To reach Priscilla, e-mail her at pris or call 805-969-3301 •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL


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market. In fact, the lack of onsite oil extraction at Autumn Brands may well explain why, despite its vastness, unlike other greenhouse operations in Carpinteria, the farm simply doesn’t emit the dank odor that has elsewhere descended upon the town.

The Green Zone

The intensity of the controversy over Carpinteria’s cannabis odor is explained by the fact that while the city has no cannabis farms within its limits, the town is surrounded by unincorporated county land that used to be used for growing mostly avocados and flowers. Driving around town, you can tell the city limits block by block; on one side of the street are houses, schools, cemeteries, and the like; on the other are the ubiquitous greenhouses which are often built right up to the curb. Some of the houses were built after the nearby greenhouses – but while those buildings were still being used to grow tulips or orchids rather than cannabis. My first visit to Carpinteria was on a Friday afternoon a month ago, when my son’s Santa Barbara High School played an away game at Carpinteria High School. Driving into town I could smell marijuana here and there, but not nearly as strongly as when I watched him play. The dank odor of marijuana was nearly overpowering, which wasn’t surprising given that the school is bordered on one side by greenhouses. That said, none of the kids playing on the courts or the nearby softball field seemed to notice, and neither did any of the parents milling about mention it. Some Carpinteria residents are so fed up with the smell that they formed a group called Concerned Carpinterians to lobby the county to do more to regulate the cannabis industry surrounding their town. The group’s main tactic is urging residents to call in their odor complaints or suspicions of illegal activity to the responsible county officials and writing open letters to newspapers decrying First District Supervisor Das Williams for cozying up to cannabis interests, exposing the fact he took in $62,000 in campaign contributions from the industry last year alone. And on February 27, three residents, Gregory and Marllus Gandrud and Paul Ekstrom, representing the Santa Barbara County Coalition for Responsible Cannabis filed a class action lawsuit against four marijuana farms, Ever-Bloom, Ednigma, Melodious Plots, and Saga Farms. The complaint alleges that the home of one of the plaintiffs is located just 100 feet away from one of the defendants’ farms, making life there intolerable and the house impossible to sell. Interestingly, the plaintiffs claim they are not anti-cannabis ideologues


and all they want is for the farms to live up to their responsibility as good corporate neighbors by either sealing their greenhouses or implementing “carbon-based filtration methods so that no odors or chemicals from the vapor-phase systems” intrude on their property. Instead, the lawsuit alleges, they have “focused on lining their own pockets with unimaginable profits from this modern-day cash crop.” A few weeks after my first visit to Carpinteria, I toured the area with Peter Dugre, a spokesperson for CARP Growers Association which was formed two years ago and represents farm operations such as Autumn Brands that are working hard to minimize odor, follow all state laws and regulations, make frequent charitable donations to the community and pay decent wages to their workers. According to Dugre, CARP Growers represents some 12 farms and other companies, or what he roughly estimates as 80 percent of the cannabis producers in the area. As we drove around town, Dugre pointed to greenhouses being used to grow cannabis that were interspersed with those growing other plants, including avocados; several farmers including Hans Brand also grow both cannabis and avocados. Passing by certain farms, even those utilizing seemingly the same odor neutralization technology as Autumn Brands, one could still clearly smell the cannabis. But the odor wasn’t particularly strong and in most cases seemed confined to the immediate area surrounding any particular farm. “CARP Growers was formed by a core group of farms and from the start, the goal has been to lead by example, set best farming practices and establish ourselves as the best of the best,” Dugre tells me. “Some folks choose not to be members; it’s voluntary, like the chamber of commerce.” That said, potential members are subject to a vote by the group’s board of directors. “They have to qualify through our membership process,” Dugre continues. “First and foremost is compliance with every state and local code. If someone isn’t meeting the standards of best practices, then they won’t get the vote.” The group’s mission took a substantial publicity hit last month when one of its founders, Barry Brand, who owns Arroyo Verde Farms, was raided by Santa Barbara County’s cannabis task force; sheriff’s deputies didn’t arrest Brand but cited him for a misdemeanor and confiscated 100 gallons of illegal cannabis oil extract from his property. “Barry Brand was one of the founding members [of CARP Growers] but whatever licensing irregularity that went on there, disqualified him and he voluntarily stepped away from his

Hans Brand (front, center) and crew

membership,” says Dugre. “It seems to be an example of how strict cannabis rules are. You can’t mess around. If he was growing flowers on that farm, nobody would be over there inspecting where every piece of the product is, but in cannabis farming you have to expect a member of state or local law enforcement to show up at any time.”

Green vs Green

The close proximity of so many avocado and cannabis crops has posed a major problem for avocado farmers in Carpinteria because the state tests cannabis contamination down to parts per billion and avocados, while not requiring as much pesticides as certain crops, are typically subjected to aerial spraying by helicopters. But last year, the two Oxnard-based companies that perform aerial spraying for avocado orchards refused to do so out of fear of the liability that would arise should the pesticides drift into nearby cannabis farms. On May 16, 2019, CARP Growers sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors essentially offering to indemnify the companies of any liability. The letter stated that after a test was performed with a helicopter spraying water from the air, the cannabis community “agreed to explicitly hold applicators harmless for potential drift of pesticides” and that should any cannabis test positive for pesticides, “no legal action would be taken against pesticide applicators for product loss.” According to Dugre, the potential deal fell victim to an endless back and forth between lawyers and insurance companies and ultimately went nowhere. “Some people still manage to get around this and spray,” he says, “but to my knowledge the helicopter spraying didn’t happen last year.” Typically, a chemical product called Agri-Mek with the active ingredient Abamectin would be used to spray avocados. With that no longer viable, farmers can choose between two organic alternatives: Entrust, whose active ingredient is Spinosad, or PyGanic. But farmers and sprayers

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consider these products generally less effective, meaning they would be have to be applied more frequently to have any noticeable impact on the crop. Avocado farmer Scott Van Der Kar has been vocal in his criticism of cannabis farms but has a nuanced position when it comes to pesticides. “I kind of bristle when people talk about pesticides because the real problem is that the greenhouses were built 40 and 50 years ago and were built for flowers,” he explains. “Now they have been allowed to convert to cannabis, which has completely different impacts, and that is the crux of the issue.” When it comes to pesticide drift, Van Der Kar agrees with what Dugre told me, which is that there hasn’t been a single documented case of that ever happening in Carpinteria. Yet despite this, and despite the fact that his farm, which also grows lemons and cherimoyas, doesn’t actually border a cannabis farm, he is still limited on what he can spray on his trees. “We are having to spray materials that require multiple sprays rather than once a year,” he complains. “Is four times with one pesticide better than one time with another?” Van Der Kar also claims that despite the cannabis industry’s anti-pesticide stance, many farms do use organic sprays which can still be toxic to certain organisms, as opposed to simply populating the harvest with aphid-eating ladybugs, which is what I observed at Autumn Brands, for example. Van Der Kar says he used to see Barry Brand at meetings regarding pesticides and that Brand had always insisted he was following the rules. “Here’s a guy I’ve known for years and have done business with,” Van Der Kar points out. “It’s a perfect example of the dangers of taking people by their word, which is what the cannabis industry wants. It gives them an opportunity to get a permit, but there’s a bad element, and this is what happens when regulations are enforced based on taking peoples’ word on what later turns out to be false.” •MJ 12 – 19 March 2020

GIRLS INC. (Continued from page 33)

we talk ourselves out of doing almost anything that’s extremely challenging? The reality is, everything can’t be done until it can. We’ve gone from “there could never be a human on the moon” to now sending people to Mars. …When I took over the Montecito Journal, our premiere event was a candidates’ debate at Hahn Hall between our 1st District Supervisor candidates. My co-host and I decided that we would use a very sophisticated mechanism – a coin flip – to determine which candidate would get to answer the first and the last questions. Twice I stood on the stage, flipped a quarter up into the air and caught it, slapping it onto my wrist to see the result. After the debate Girls Inc.’s Teen programs offer academic enrichthe comment I heard the most was: ment, future planning and life skills in a safe, “How did you stand on a stage in front inclusive space for teens to build their self-esof 350 people and flip a coin high into teem, learn about healthy relationships, and develop leadership the air without dropping it?” The truth is, it never occurred to me that I might drop the coin. If I had spent any time considering that possibility, I quite possibly might have.

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The desire to lead is something that is deep within you. And there are many ways to lead. Some people lead in obvious ways – chairing a board, running for office, starting a business. Other people lead in more quiet ways – by taking their own unique path, mentoring others, helping someone in a time of need, standing up for someone who isn’t in a position to stand up for themselves. I would call that leading by example. I think that being a leader is a choice you make about how you live. Anytime you make a bold choice based on something you believe is right, in a way, you are leading. But I think it’s important to understand that the trust of those who are willing to be led by you, must be earned. No one is always a leader. Every leader is also sometimes a follower – which is important – because unless you understand what it is to put your faith in someone else, unless you have allowed yourself to be lead, you cannot possibly understand the awesome responsibility that comes with leading. …It’s important to remember that leading doesn’t always mean winning. When you put yourself out there as a leader, when you ask people to buy into your ideas or your plans or your beliefs, sometimes they will and sometimes they won’t. But in order to lead, in order to win, you have to risk losing. I don’t know a single leader who has never lost. And perhaps the greatest ones have lost the most. Because it is in those moments, when you lay it all on the line and you give something your all, that win or lose, you truly understand the journey of a true leader.

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Though I’ve been involved with the Journal for some time, and I began my career in TV Journalism at ABC News in New York, I have only been running the Montecito Journal Media Group for a few months, and every day I feel the weight of what I’ve taken on and the reverberations from lessons learned. It’s the first time I’ve run a company where I’m responsible not only to my investor partners and to my employees but to my entire community. I take each of those responsibilities very seriously and if I told you that it didn’t weigh on me, every day, I would be lying. When you put yourself out there in such a public way, people are going to take shots at you, they’re going to have opinions about the things you do, and the things you say, and the quality of your work. For me, that’s a double-edged sword. I love the challenge and I love having the platform to write about important things, to give others a voice, and to be able to have some small influence over the way people think about things. But sometimes I find myself caring too much about what others think. This is why I often remind myself of Eleanor Roosevelt’s words: “Do what’s right in your heart, because people will criticize you either way.” •MJ

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than a year, with the prince meeting Aurora on her 16th birthday before she falls asleep, and she’s only out for a few months when he comes to her rescue. The new timeline serves to romantically reflect the cycle of the seasons, an allegory of life itself, with subtle hints in the costumes and the color schemes of the staging, MacDougall said. Indeed, many of the other updates come in costuming and props, including a massive 15-foot wearable dragon, designed by artist and UCSB professor Christina McCarthy, that serves as a sidekick to the wicked fairy Carabosse. “My whole vision had the four men acting as different parts of the dragon, which is four different pieces that can come together or separate as needed and help move the set around,” MacDougall said. “It’s unreal when you see it on stage, a huge scale, just epic.” Also on a huge scale is the cast of 66, which includes all of State Street Ballet’s Professional Track trainees as well as students from SSB-associated school Gustafson Dance, who join the company’s professional dancers to fill Sleeping Beauty’s 86 character roles. While State Street Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty – which has a single public performance on Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 pm at the Granada – is billed as a family show, the new production

should appeal to all ages, she said, partly because of her more contemporary choreography, which requires skills beyond typical ballet. “The show is very athletic, and the dancers are being pushed in their technique and what we’re asking of them. It’s very technically challenging work. The children may not understand that, but they’ll love all the colors and movement, while the adults will be wowed.”

It’s Magic

You can’t get much of a greater span in approaches to magic than the acts appearing on It’s Magic!, whose 63rd edition, which annually showcases different types of magic – from subtle sleight of hand to big-stage illusions, performs two shows at the Lobero on Saturday, March 14. On the one hand, we’ll see Michael and Hannah Ammar perform the Spirit Cabinet, a trick that dates back to 1848, with direct lineage to Hannah’s grandfather known as Willard the Wizard, who got it from his elders, and so on. “No other magicians do anything like it,” said Terry Hill, who has co-produced the show with founder Milt Larsen – the former Montecito resident who co-founded the Magic Castle in Hollywood and just last year opened the Magic Castle Cabaret by

the Andree Clark Bird Refuge in town. “The secret is truly a secret that hasn’t been given away. They’re the only ones. It’s a family thing.” At the opposite end is Nick Diffatte, whose act seamlessly blends dry humor, quick wit, and incredible skill, so much so that at 23, he’s already appeared on The Late Late Show on CBS, won multiple awards for both his magic and his comedy, and held multiple long-term residencies on the Las Vegas Strip. “He’s really funny, very different, and has impeccable timing,” Hill said. Stretching in yet another direction is David Zirbel, who towers over the competition and takes magic to new heights as he’s over seven feet tall. Another early bloomer, Zirbel he had already become one of the youngest members of the Academy of Magical Arts Junior Society at the Magic Castle at 13, as was the youngest magician ever invited to join the International Guild of Prestidigitators. Sunday’s show also marks the Santa Barbara debut of Richard Burr & Josette, international masters of magic and illusion who together hold five Guinness World Records. Burr is the only magician in history to achieve eight silver dollars rolling on both hands continuously. So, roll on into the Lobero for a magical afternoon or evening where you’ll find it hard to believe your eyes.

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Focus on Film

Amazing Grace, the locally-made documentary about Grace Fisher, a 17-year-old dancer, cellist, pianist, and guitarist who contracted a rare polio-like disease that left her a quadriplegic, gets an encore screening at the Marjorie Luke this weekend. Encouraged by her mentors including Justin Hurwitz (the Montecito-raised Academy Award winning composer of the La La Land soundtrack) and Dr. Earl Stewart, a Fulbright Scholar and UCSB Professor Emeritus from Baton Rouge, who is also paralyzed, learns to write, create art, and compose symphonies using only a mouth-stick. The free screening of the inspiring 56-minute film, which premiered in January at SBIFF, takes place at 7 pm Saturday, March 14, at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, and will be followed by a Q&A with Fisher and director and family friend Lynn Montgomery. Details at amazing-grace/. The Wildling Museum-produced nature doc Carrizo Plain: A Sense of Place, which also appeared at SBIFF, has been selected for both the 2020 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and NatureTrack Film Festival. The 32-minute film profiles a hidden corner of California’s Great Central Valley through the eyes of three artists with a special affinity for the rare and unique landscape that, prior to the influx of Europeans in the 1800s, was a vast open plain. The Carrizo Plain is the sole remnant grassland of that era. The doc screens in the Central Coast Filmmakers Showcase within the 2020 SLOIFF on Wednesday, March 18 ( and at the NatureTrack Film Festival on Sunday, March 22, at St. Marks In-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos (www. Santa Barbara Museum of Art says farewell to “Kehinde Wiley: Equestrian Portrait of Prince Tommaso of SavoyCarignan,” the artist’s Park Projects installation, with a free screening of the 2014 PBS documentary Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, followed by a 30-minute Q&A with Rachel Heidenry, SBMA Curatorial Assistant in Contemporary Art, at 6 pm on Thursday, March 19 at the museum’s Mary Craig Auditorium. Visit www. •MJ 12 – 19 March 2020

Association Agenda by Sharon Byrne, MA Executive Director

Our Priorities for 2020


t the end of February, we issued a survey electronically to our membership, and the response rate was pretty strong and super-informative. We did this same thing in 2019, and it informed our work for the year. In 2019, our community identified as their top three priorities: 1. Safety and security: Evacuations, emergencies, crime, and community safety. So we responded to that concern by offering emergency three-day backpacks as a gift with your membership. We teamed up with MFPD and the Sheriff’s Office to watch environmental and weather conditions, as well as inform the community on safety-bolstering for themselves and their homes. 2. Rebuilding Montecito with resilient infrastructure. A great deal of effort was expended here, on debris basins, ring nets, the solar-powered Microgrid, and then the unexpected hit: insurance companies began not renewing our policies, and SCE and PG&E threw us into the world of Public Safety Power Shutoffs. We produced a battery-back-up and alternative power workshop in November in response to these concerns. We had our Assembly Member and the Insurance Commissioner of California come meet with us on our insurance issues. 3. Preserving our rural character. Montecito didn’t just happen, in the immortal words of Joan Wells. We have a strong history of protecting this place, and we are no less engaged in that work than we’ve ever been. 4. Traffic was also pretty high on your concerns list. 2019 saw bridges re-opening, and the moving up of 101 widening and the two roundabouts in Montecito. We connected with Caltrans, the county, CHP, and the city in our Traffic Committee meetings.

This Year’s Survey Results

So, it’s not surprising that the 2020 survey followed similar patterns, with some changes. Here’s what you told us you care about for 2020, and we will prioritize our work as an association accordingly: 1. Resilience and hardened infrastructure. Debris basins, abating geologic hazards in the community, mitigating power shutoffs, solar-powered microgrid, undergrounding utilities. 2. Preserving our rural character. Balance is required here, as we strive to make the community more resilient, that we do so from a place of preserving and protecting what makes it so special. 3. Water. Includes desal, recycled water, conservation, rates, groundwater, and more. For the first time, this issue was tied with traffic, which is eye-opening. There is an election coming up this November for both Water and Sanitary Districts. There are hearings pending about a new building, recycled water capability, and ADUs to be constructed on the Montecito Sanitary District property, in the coastal zone. In our survey, people wrote in comments that indicate a growing concern with conservation, reducing or eliminating ocean discharge, and seriously pursuing recycled water. 4. Traffic. This one goes along with hardened infrastructure. As we build it, and continue our rebuild and recovery efforts, we have a lot of construction vehicles in the neighborhood. Edison is busily replacing poles to bolster their defenses against wildfire. County Public Works has done a lot of work in the community, and installed some traffic controls to avert people using our neighborhood streets as detours from the 101. But there is still a lot of work to go. So there you have it. These priorities, selected by you, will inform our work in this year, and of course, like last year, there may be unexpected issues to deal with, like the coronavirus. There was a meeting last week at the county with state officials to introduce $250 million in grants made available by HUD for disaster recovery infrastructure, and rebuilding in California. We could qualify for two grants to build infrastructure that helps us avert disaster that could be up to $5 million each. The input from those grants is due shortly from the county. You can be sure this is also a priority for us. What would you like to see that money used for? Microgrids? Debris basins? More ring nets? Let us know at •MJ 12 – 19 March 2020

Resilient Strategies for Growth


DP, an international nonprofit that examines climate risk for governments and corporations across the globe, released their latest “A list” earlier this month. You might not expect a small city in Northwest Arkansas to be on the frontlines of climate change mitigation and preparation, but Fayetteville shows that traditional thinking does not have to stand in the way of environmental progress. One of their key strategies for promoting sustainability is tapping into the city’s love of their natural spaces. The city is located near the wilderness of the Ozarks, so they collaborated with Ozark Electrical Cooperative and Today’s Power Inc. to install $23 million worth of solar arrays and battery storage. The city has also improved bike lanes, subsidized public transportation, and instituted a bike-share program. By 2040, the city wants to provide trail access within a half-mile of 97 percent of homes. Fayetteville is expanding rapidly, posing problems for biodiversity and habitat conservation. The city is turning toward smart city planning. It has pushed more density and prioritized infill, encouraging residents to live closer to the city center for transportation ease. Small city actions are vital for promoting climate change initiatives locally. Fayetteville is on the front lines of climate resilience, showing that a green mindset and climate-forward urban planning policies are possible regardless of outside factors.

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Amid increasing awareness about the impact of single-use packaging on the environment, some restaurant chains in the U.S. have adopted various sustainability measures to slash their footprint. One of the most noticeable initiatives is the introduction of compostable fiber bowls in fast-casual restaurants. It was found, however, that these “eco-friendly” alternatives actually contain PFAS, a toxic class of chemicals that do not biodegrade naturally in the environment and have been linked to a number of health problems. In a bid to fix the problem, restaurant chain Sweetgreen partnered with Footprint, a company that aims to eliminate single-use plastic packaging, to launch the new bowls, which it plans to roll out this year. Footprint’s production techniques involve blending up fibers, which are later shaped into the mold of the bowl, treated with heat, pressure, and coated with a bio-based coating. Later this year it will begin using post-consumer recycled paper for the fibers. Their aim is to replace as much conventional packaging as possible, and the company is already working with other large food companies on packaged food containers for grocery stores. •MJ Smart Devices • Apple TV • Everything Digital

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WANTED Donation of Ty Warner’s beany baby CITO created in 2018 for a fundraiser of the January 9th debris flow. CITO the Comfort Dog will be placed in a time capsule for a SENIOR COMMUNITY Santa Barbara. Please call 805 560-7918.

DONATIONS NEEDED Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary Menagerie 2340 Lillie Avenue Summerland CA 93067 (805) 969-1944

Donate to the Parrot Pantry! At SB Bird Sanctuary, backyard farmer’s bounty is our birds best bowl of food! The flock goes bananas for your apples, oranges

& other homegrown fruits & veggies. Volunteers Do you have a special talent or skill? Do you need community service hours? The flock at SB Bird Sanctuary could always use some extra love and socialization. Call us and let’s talk about how you can help. (805) 969-1944


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©2020 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties (BHHSCP) is a member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates LLC. BHH Affiliates LLC and BHHSCP do not guarantee accuracy of all data including measurements, conditions, and features of property. Info is obtained from various sources and will not be verified by broker or MLS. Sellers will entertain and respond to all offers within this range. Buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information.


2697 SYCAMORE CANYON RD, MONTECITO 5BD/7½BA 3±acs • $12,900,000 Nancy Kogevinas, 805.450.6233 LIC# 01209514

296 LAS ENTRADAS DR, MONTECITO UPPER 6BD/11BA • $28,500,000 Nancy Kogevinas, 805.450.6233 LIC# 01209514

121 OLIVE MILL LN, MONTECITO 5BD/6½BA • $9,995,000 Cristal Clarke, 805.886.9378 LIC# 00968247

1130 GARDEN LN, MONTECITO Mediterranean Villa • $7,975,000 Daniel Encell, 805.565.4896 LIC# 00976141

210 BUTTERFLY LN, MONTECITO 5BD/6+(2)½BA • $5,850,000 Daniel Encell, 805.565.4896 LIC# 00976141

1558 MIRAMAR BEACH LN, MONTECITO 4BD/2BA • $5,850,000 Janet Caminite, 805.896.7767 LIC# 01273668

2303 BELLA VISTA DR, MONTECITO 5BD/5½BA • $5,150,000 Nancy Kogevinas, 805.450.6233 LIC# 01209514

284 SANTA ROSA LN, MONTECITO 4BD/3BA • $4,650,000 Daniel Encell, 805.565.4896 LIC# 00976141

1387 SCHOOL HOUSE RD, MONTECITO 5BD/4+(3)½BA • $4,395,000 Cristal Clarke, 805.886.9378 LIC# 00968247

700 RIVEN ROCK RD, MONTECITO 2.49 ± acs • $3,975,000 Jody Neal, 805.252.9267 LIC# 01995725

685 STONEHOUSE LN, MONTECITO 2 ± acs • $3,495,000 Team Scarborough, 805.331.1465 LIC# 01182792 / 01050902

1201 CIMA LINDA LN, MONTECITO 3BD/3½BA • $3,295,000 Cristal Clarke, 805.886.9378 LIC# 00968247

1385 OAK CREEK CYN RD, MONTECITO 6± acs • $2,995,000 MK Group / Joe Stubbins, 805.565.4014 LIC# 01426886 / 01002182

1348 PLAZA PACIFICA, MONTECITO 3BD/2½BA • $2,250,000 Kathleen Winter, 805.451.4663 LIC# 01022891


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Classified Advertising

page 46

Association Agenda

page 45

Calendar of Events

pages 36-44

Montecito Moms

page 31

Scam Squad

pages 28-29

Girls Inc

pages 32-33

On Entertainment

pages 34-35

Aging in High Heels

page 30

Spirituality Matters

page 26


page 27

Laughing Matters Seen Around Town

pages 14-15

This Week

pages 10-11

On the Record

pages 16-20

A Brave Life

pages 24-25


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Brilliant Thoughts

pages 21-23

Tide Guide Village Beat

page 12

Montecito Miscellany

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