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PARTNERSHIP PREVAILS! As Montecito prepares to remember the year-ago January 9th mud-anddebris flow and the devastation it caused, Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Pat McElroy – now Executive Director of the Montecitobased Partnership for Resilient Communities – smiles big holding the group’s hard-won SB County Emergency Debris Flow Protection Plan Permit allowing for placement of up to 11 steel ring nets in the canyons above Montecito designed to prevent a recurrence... ever again. (Story begins on page 5)

Montecito Miscellany

Miles Hartfeld wins Champagne Brunch for Two by naming San Ysidro Ranch’s sculpture mascot Montague (Monty), p. 6

Restoring a Reef

Girl Scouts create artificial reef in Lake Cachuma as Fish Reef Project’s Chris Goldblatt ponders Goleta’s missing kelp beds, p. 30

Keeping Wildlife Wild

Clean bird feeders and baths, keep trashcans closed, build owl boxes, and keep cats inside, suggests Claire Garvais, p. 36

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 5 Guest Editorial Bob Hazard on the history of the Partnership for Resilient Communities and the importance of installing steel ring nets to avoid a future debris flow 6 Montecito Miscellany San Ysidro Ranch turtle gets new name; Dick Wolf splits from wife; Alan Parsons’ birthday; SB Symphony Motown concert; bash at Bella Vista; Gwyneth’s holiday; Carlos Lopes leaves Hotel Californian; Renaud’s offers dinner; Paul Hogan caught smoking; Rob Lowe’s awkward gift; vow renewal; Normal Gimbel passes; sightings 8 Letters to the Editor A collection of communications from local residents Bob Hazard, Benjamin Work, Dale Lowdermilk, Larry Lambert, H.T. Bryan, Robert Wilson, Les Conrad, Leoncio Martins, Natasha Lohmus 10 This Week in Montecito A list of local events happening in and around town Tide Chart 12 Village Beat Montecito Association annual meeting; informational community meeting about future debris flows; Remembering January 9, 2018: Their Words, Their Photos; Coast Village restaurants announce updates 13 Remembering January Ninth A collection of first-hand accounts from that fateful day one year ago this week 14 Seen Around Town Breast Cancer Resource Center annual tea and fashion show; a visit to Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Library to see the Pompeii exhibit 16 On Health Montecito resident Dr. Michael Fisher’s latest book centers around surviving kidney disease and what we can do to prevent it 24 On Entertainment Adam Moss of The Brother Brothers talks to Steve Libowitz about upcoming gig; The American Crossroads Trio plays Lobero; CAMA’s 100th anniversary celebration kicks off; SBIFF hosts Oscars Spotlight; film screenings around town; Bertie Gregory at UCSB; Rachel Cusk visits Parallel Stories 25 Brilliant Thoughts Ashleigh Brilliant thinks birds have always gotten the short end of the stick, and doesn’t blame the Raven for its lamenting 30 Helping Hands Jon Vreeland talks with Chris Goldblatt, founder of the Fish Reef Project 32 Open House Directory 33 Our Town Polar Bears return to frigid waters to take their annual New Year’s Day plunge Ernie’s World Ernie and Pat head to Zion and embark on a “moderate” four-hour hike with plenty of switchbacks 36 Wildlife Files Twelve easy tips to save wild lives 44 Spirituality Matters SBCC’s School of Extended Learning classes return; Inspiratia retreat; offsite yoga classes; Yoga Soup events; SoulCollage Playshop; Fielding Graduate University seminars; MeetUp events; Diana Raab signs book 46 Legal Advertising 50 Calendar of Events Hale Milgrim; Jon Batiste makes local debut; Kids Helping Kids concerts; Antioch University symposium; Mariachi Los Camperos; Montecito Rising; Santa Barbara Jubilee; Music for the Maison; Santa Barbara Jazz Society concert 54 Classified Advertising Our own “Craigslist” of classified ads, in which sellers offer everything from summer rentals to estate sales 55 Local Business Directory Smart business owners place business cards here so readers know where to look when they need what those businesses offer

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Guest Editorial 

by Bob Hazard Mr. Hazard is an associate editor of this paper and a former president of Birnam Wood Golf Club.

The Impossible Made Possible


hile most of us in Montecito were making merry over the holiday season, former City of Santa Barbara Fire Chief, Pat McElroy, who is now Executive Director of the Partnership (Partnership for Resilient Communities), was pounding the halls of government, along with Montecito land use attorney Joe Cole, permitting guru Suzanne Elledge, and local government consultant Mary Rose, trying to do the impossible – secure emergency government permitting authority for the installation of privately-funded ring nets to hold back boulders and other debris in the canyons above Montecito. The intent is to protect Montecito for the next five years from a repeat of the debris flow that took the lives of 23 of our friends and neighbors and destroyed or damaged over 400 homes and businesses one year ago on the deadly night of 1/9/18.

The Emergency Permitting Process

The permitting process involved negotiation and environmental approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Water Quality Control Board, the U.S. Forest Service and the County of Santa Barbara. That process would normally take at least four years, but the Partnership team, with considerable cooperation from the County, won approvals in a record four months. The hard-won permit approvals come with strict guidelines, including a guarantee of ongoing maintenance as well as an ability to fund ultimate removal of the flexible debris nets we manage to install. The Partnership will also be required to inspect the nets every two weeks. In the event of a storm, the debris nets must be repaired and/or emptied within 72 hours. These requirements add


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Monte ito Miscellany by Richard Mineards

Richard covered the Royal Family for Britain’s Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, and was an editor on New York Magazine. He was also a national anchor on CBS, a commentator on ABC Network News, gossip on The Joan Rivers Show and Geraldo Rivera, host on E! TV, a correspondent on the syndicated show Extra, a commentator on the KTLA Morning News and Entertainment Tonight. He moved to Montecito 11 years ago.

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eanie Baby billionaire Ty Warner’s San Ysidro Ranch is going the full Monty! After suffering considerable damage in the devastating mudslides a year ago, the exclusive 500-acre hostelry expects to be fully operational again in the spring, with the resort’s restaurants, the Stonehouse and Plow & Angel, opening to diners on a fulltime basis in the next few days. In the meantime, the Ranch’s iconic turtle, that used to sit opposite the historic hacienda, went missing after the catastrophe and a new one has replaced it, but until now has been nameless. A contest in this illustrious organ has now resolved the problem with dozens of entries flooding my e-mail box, with Montecito travel writer William Tomicki suggesting Aristurtle, entrepreneur Bill Nicholson plumping for JJ, in honor of John and Jackie Kennedy who honeymooned at the hotel, and Carpinteria artist Robyn Geddes, who went for the novel name Ordisy, close to Odyssey, but Ysidro spelled backwards. But the winner, cue the drum roll, was medical equipment executive Miles Hartfeld, beau of Montecito animal activist Gretchen Lieff, who chose to christen the hefty herbivore Monty, after our rarefied enclave and its resilience in the face of disasters. “Monty, short for Montague,

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seemed a strong name,” says Maxine Rutledge, SYR’s manager, who judged the contest. “Our turtle looks male and strong, and ends in Ty, the owner’s name. It was gratifying that so many people took part.” Miles received his prize, a voucher for a champagne brunch for two at the Stonehouse, from Maxine, appropriately enough, next to Monty. Ringing in the New Year

Allan Brostrom, Cat Pollon, and Dan Bifano at the New Year’s Day lunch (photo by Beverley Jackson)

As usual, tout le monde was at the New Year’s Day lunch thrown by affable gardening guru George Schoellkopf and international artist Gerald Incandela at their stunning Summerland aerie. The dynamic duo, who fly between their estates here and Washington,

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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

A Modest Disagreement


eferencing Dick Shaikewitz’s letter to the editor (“Ethics in Journalism,” MJ # 24/51), it is apparent that former Montecito Water District (MWD) Director Shaikewitz and I have a difference of opinion over how to provide water security for the residents of Montecito and Summerland. He believes that, contrary to state law, a written strategic plan for MWD is unnecessary because the plan is already stored in his head. Without a written plan, state grants and state funding are prohibited. He claims local, drought-proof, reliable additions to the MWD water portfolio are too expensive. He has favored mandatory rationing and rationing penalties to fund shortfalls in MWD revenues. He is skeptical of recycling wastewater for reuse and believes partnering with the Sanitary District is a waste of time. He sees little value in purchasing desalinated water from the City of Santa Barbara. I disagree with Dick’s opinions on all of these issues, but admire his 12 years of community service at MWD. Apparently, the voters in Montecito share my concerns. In November, the community overwhelmingly voted for three new Board members with 80% of their votes compared to only 18% who supported Dick’s positions. Going forward, both Dick and I now have the same opportunity to attend MWD Board and Committee meetings as resident observers, raising issues of importance and encouraging people of talent to become engaged in problem solving. We can both help our elected leaders plan for the future by encouraging them to make the difficult choices that insure our existence as a strong and secure community. Bob Hazard Montecito

Promises and Lies

Thomas Carlisle’s submission (“The Mad Prophet,” MJ # 24/51) reminded me of something I’ve wanted to tell Mr. Trump for some time: Go back to a career on TV! With just one of the beef’s being the cost of “the wall,” if ever built, shouldered by U.S. taxpayers versus the Mexican government as previously “promised.” The only worrisome consequence may be lots less Twitter traffic. Per J.B.’s comment, since when have politicians been known for truth-telling? Ben Burned



Montecito (Editor’s note: Just two comments. 1) There’s plenty of time for Mexico to pay for the wall, either via the U.S. collecting entrance fees from Mexican nationals visiting the U.S. at all the various ports of entry, or by simply designating a portion of the higher tariffs paid by Mexico in conjunction with the new trade deal when exporting goods to the U.S. My preference is the former: a straight-up entry fee. 2) You make an excellent point about politicians not having much of a relationship with “truth-telling.” There is no need for our citing examples, as there are so many from so many, we’ll just leave it at that. But President Trump, being the consummate salesman that he is, should save his lack of familiarity with facts for the big lies, not ridiculous ones such as the size of the crowd at his inauguration, or the size of his... whatever. Former President Obama’s “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan,” was a good one, as was (is?) presidential wannabe Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s “Cherokee heritage.” – J.B.)

Pray for the Cantin Family

I am a boy scout from Troop 33 in Montecito and I would like to make a comment on The Year In Review 2018 by Kelly Mahan Herrick (MJ # 24/52). I knew David and Jack Cantin. David, or Dave to the troop, was our former Scout Master and a dear friend to everyone in the troop. He was friendly, funny, patient, an excellent cook and an excellent father. He was also a strong Catholic. His son, Jack, was an Eagle Scout in our troop and garnered much respect from both my peers and myself. He was also a strong Catholic. I would just like our community to pray, if they will, for the Cantin family, as we approach the one-year mark from that terrible day. I would also ask the community to pray for our troop, since we also grieve their loss. Benjamin T Work Montecito

rethink that point. I pass this area quite often and the problem is there are too many on-ramps in the area and that is what causes the congestion. I’m also wondering if Mr. Hazard is really for a gas tax for his area or is his position just “Give me my cut of the pie”? Thomas Carlisle Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Mr. Hazard insists it is important that Montecito have a seat at the table when it comes to the re-design of 101 through Montecito. – J.B.)


A military veteran opened a GoFundMe page to raise money for the border wall. It raised $6 million in four days and over $17 million by December 28: trivial compared to the $5 billion needed but extraordinary for GoFundMe. House Republican Jim Jordan said GoFundMe had a major impact, and to the amazement of many, the House approved $5 billion for the wall. In light of this, will someone please start a GoFundMe page to pay for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to visit Venezuela accompanied by CNN? Chicken Little Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Dreamers such as you cannot really believe that leftist wunderkind such as Ms. Ocasio-Cortez can possibly be swayed by observation, experience, and/or fact. If you do, you are in fact, dreaming. – J.B.)

Unintended Consequences

If illegal immigration were lessened or abruptly stopped, there would

Caltrans’ Arrogance

Bob Hazard helpfully recounts the saga of Montecito involvement in 101 decision-making (“Guest Editorial” MJ # 24/51). From the 1993 Naomi Schwartz letter to the Salud Carbajalendorsed closing of the southbound on-ramp to the Common Sense 101 effort, Montecito elected officials and involved citizens have stood athwart widening, yelling “Stop.” Why then does Mr. Hazard want Montecito to have a seat at the 101 decision-making table? Larry Lambert Montecito  (Editor’s note: You make a good point and surely there is blame to go around. However, as someone who attended the packed meetings at the Montecito Association as well as a few held in the

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Cutting Up the Pie

I read Bob Hazard’s Guest Editorials over the last month and it seems he wants more than widening 101 for Christmas. He states that “the county’s eight cities... have more to say in funding, widening, and in the design of 101 than Montecito.” His complaint being that Montecito is more populated. I think he needs to

be myriad related consequences. Pressure would be off school systems, welfare systems, housing prices (at least at the bottom end), the job front, prison and incarceration costs, law enforcement, etcetera. There would be less need for the bureaucrats that man those positions too, but the administrative state will rebel against any shrinkage, regardless of the absence of a workload. I’d love to witness it but I’m afraid it won’t happen. Too many jobs and positions at stake. Dale Lowdermilk Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Bureaucracy responds reasonably to reduced work loads: it simply adds positions whether they are required or not, and then seeks new “clients” or “customers” for the newly required services, so there is no need to worry about lost jobs or positions – J.B.)

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This Week in and around Montecito

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 Campus Tour Laguna Blanca School welcomes local families to experience what current students and parents know and love about Laguna Blanca. Today, children and their parents are invited to take an interactive, inside look into life at Laguna Blanca’s Lower School campus. Children and parents are encouraged to attend as an introduction to the Laguna community. Visit classrooms and explore art, science, music, technology, and cooking. This child-centric event offers an opportunity to tour the school; meet and ask questions of teachers, administrators, and current parents; and learn about the curriculum in each grade while children are engaged in learning activities. Drop-ins welcomed, registration appreciated. When: 3:30 to 5 pm Where: 260 San Ysidro Road Register:

(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail or call (805) 565-1860) THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 Knit ‘N Needle Fiber art crafts (knitting, crochet, embroidery, and more) drop-in and meet-up for all ages at Montecito Library When: 2 pm to 3 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Book Signing at Chaucer’s Chaucer’s Books is delighted to host Diana Raab, PhD for an evening of revelation and self-discovery as she launches the companion journal to her book, Writing for Bliss – A SevenStep Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. Developed for the seasoned storyteller as well as the emerging author, this interactive journal is designed to be used in conjunction with her Writing for Bliss – or as a stand-alone workbook for reflection and selfdiscovery. Raab – an award-winning memoirist, poet, and teacher – offers readers a thoughtful primer on personal writing, including creating journals and memoirs. She also intertwines her own personal stories throughout the pages, as well as those of people she’s interviewed. Raab covers the “big” topics such as the “art and power of storytelling,” and also pays attention to “small” details such as choosing pens and notebooks. When: 7 pm Where: Chaucer’s bookstore, 3321 State Street FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 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: 1:30 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 Montecito Library Book Club Join for a lively discussion of this month’s title. Check the library for current title; new members always welcome. This month: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. When: 11 am to 12 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Free Music The Santa Barbara Music Club will present another program in its popular series of concerts of beautiful music. A valued cultural resource in town since 1969, these concerts feature performances by instrumental and vocal soloists and chamber music ensembles, and are free to the public. When: 3 pm Where: First United Methodist Church, Garden and Anapamu Streets Cost: free Exhibit at Porch Porch announces a collection of mixedmedia pieces by Santa Barbara artist Todd Mossman. Todd’s medium is Venetian plaster, charcoal, wax, and hand-mixed marble dust. The exhibit will show through February 4th. Porch will host an artist reception today. When: 3 to 5 pm Where: Porch, 3823 Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria Info: (805) 684-0300



Sourdough Bread Baking Class Master the basic fundamentals and science of baking sourdough bread with Bettina head baker and owner, Brendan Smith. The hands-on class teaches the key points of bread baking: hand mixing and folding, shaping, and proofing. Smith will showcase multiple methods of baking bread, observing what a fully proofed loaf looks like before it goes into the oven, and also cover the basics of keeping a healthy sourdough starter, including a feeding schedule. Everyone will leave class with their own sample of a sourdough starter and a recipe for Bettina’s sourdough bread. Coffee, a light lunch, and wine included. When: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Where: Bettina in Montecito Country Mart, 1014 Coast Village Road Cost: $125 per person Info:

Montecito Union School Board Meeting When: 4 pm Where: 385 San Ysidro Road Info: 969-3249

MONDAY, JANUARY 14 Cold Spring School Board Meeting When: 6 pm Where: 2243 Sycamore Canyon Road Info: 969-2678


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Montecito Planning Commission Meeting MPC ensures that applicants adhere to certain ordinances and policies and that issues raised by interested parties are addressed When: 9 am Where: Country Engineering Building, Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu THURSDAY, JANUARY 17 MBAR Meeting Montecito Board of Architectural Review seeks to ensure that new projects are harmonious with the unique physical characteristics and character of Montecito When: 1 pm Where: Country Engineering Building, Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu Knit ‘N Needle Fiber art crafts (knitting, crochet, embroidery, and more) drop-in and meet-up for all ages at Montecito Library When: 2 to 3 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063

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Todd. The works in this show are mostly based on nature, specifically, the south and central coast. Some pieces more abstract than others, the artists use color and expressive brushstrokes to convey their decisive responses to our beautiful and sometimes ominous natural world. Meet the artists today and hear them speak about their work at the 6 pm artist talk. When: 5 to 8 pm Where: MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery, 132 Santa Barbara Street Info: MLK Musical Celebration The community is invited to attend a Community-Wide Musical Celebration of Freedom event in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring the sounds of the Red Sea Rhythm Rockers, the Unity Inspirational Ensemble, and the Shir Chadash Choir at a special MLK Shabbat service. A similar event was held five years ago to coincide with the 50th anniversary of MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech and it was the largest event in CBB’s history at that time. The eclectic, high energy Red Sea Rhythm Rockers perform regularly at Congregation B’nai B’rith while the Unity Inspirational Ensemble will travel from Los Angeles and bring their joyful

gospel music to the Santa Barbara sanctuary. Rabbi Daniel Brenner of Congregation B’nai B’rith will deliver the sermon. Free and open to the public. When: 7:30 pm Where: Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road Info: SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 Pictures at an Exhibition The Santa Barbara Symphony presents the multisensory, orchestral, and visual paring, Pictures at an Exhibition, at the Granada Theatre. This beloved orchestral standard by Modest Mussorgsky is accompanied by an animated film created by students and graduates at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Interpretations of the music are woven into this animated film, rich with fantasy, whimsy, and adventure. In addition, the evening will feature Brahms’ daring Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, highlighting the exceptional talents of concertmaster Jessica Guideri and principal cellist, Trevor Handy. When: tonight at 8 pm, tomorrow at 3 pm Where: The Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street Tickets: $29-$135 Info: (805) 899-2222 or info@ •MJ

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Village Beat

New Montecito Association board members Aimee Miller and Marshall Miller

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.

Montecito Association’s Annual Meeting


uesday, January 8, 2019 was the 71st annual Montecito Association meeting, marking the retirement of directors Frank Abatemarco, Frank Blue, Barbara Matthews, and Michelle Saltoun. Outgoing president Charlene Nagel thanked the board for their service during her two-year tenure as president, noting the achievements of the Association in the last year, including several successful events, forums, and navigating the rebuilding process following the 1/9 debris flow. Nagel described the events of January 9, 2018, and thanked many people in the community for their service during that time. “It was my intent to serve with integrity and transparency,” Nagel said. “I hope I’ve achieved that and I hope my work was appreciated. I am filled with great gratitude for our membership, and I can’t thank you enough for your continued support.” Peter Van Duinwyk praised Nagel’s accomplishments, calling her a life-

line to the community during the 1/9 debris flow. Five seats were filled on the Board, each for a three-year term. The newly elected directors are Laura Bridley and Cindy Feinberg, who have served on the board in prior years, and Robert Kemp, who was reelected. New board members are Aimee Miller and Marshall Miller (not related). Aimee Miller is a local interior designer, interested in the safety and resiliency of the community. Marshall Miller is a fourth generation Montecito resident, with children at Montecito Union School. A new slate of officers was appointed, including Megan Orloff as president, Peter van Duinwyk as first vice president, Houghton Hyatt as second vice president, Kathi King as secretary, and Linnea Pattillo as treasurer. Bridley will serve as Land Use Chair. During the monthly board meeting, which commenced following the annual meeting, the Board received

a report from Flood Control Director Tom Fayram, who refuted a recently published Los Angeles Times article which blamed the County of Santa Barbara for not clearing out Montecito’s debris basins sufficiently prior to the 1/9 event. First District Supervisor Das Williams reported that the County is committed to maintaining Montecito’s debris basins, and said that the article made “huge leaps” in its reporting. “I want to assure all of you that while the fire was still going on, we moved in to start cleaning the debris basins,” Fayram said. “I’m obviously disturbed by the conclusions that were made, and they are simply not true, except for the cheap shot that our crews took Christmas off. Yes I gave them Christmas off,” he went on to say. Fayram said all 11 debris basins were cleared out by January 5, and

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will continue to be cleared out after every storm. “The debris flow on the ninth overtopped the basins by twenty feet. The relative capability of our system to what came down upon us makes the whole issue a moot point,” Fayram said. “I give you my promise that we will continue to clear out the basins; I sleep at night knowing that we completed our mission in January 2018, and we will continue to do that.” Moving forward, Fayram reported that the Army Corps of Engineers is currently working on a study of the basins to help the County formalize next steps. “The current design of the debris basins do a relatively poor job of preserving room for rocks,” Fayram said, adding that the basins can be modified to perform better. A new basin is slated for Randall Road. During community reports, Montecito Fire Chief Chip Hickman reported that the MFPD board is making amendments to the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, following extensive study of the Thomas Fire. A draft of the amendment will be available this Friday. Pat McElroy with the Partnership for Resilient Communities gave an update on the steel nets; construction crews are beginning to stage and the nets have been ordered following the approval of County permits in December. Fundraising continues for the project; nearly $3M has been raised so far for the $7.5M project. “We feel confident that we will have the money that we need to do what we are going to do,” he said. “We look at these as a series of brakes, that supplement the existing debris basins,” McElroy said. See below for more about the Partnership and an important upcoming meeting on January 16. Montecito Hall will have a new art piece on its walls, thanks to Hazel Blankenship of the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation, who helped facilitate the donation of an American flag made out of old fire hoses from Montecito and Santa Barbara fire departments. The flag was created by retired firefighter John Carrillo, and is one of several available for purchase. Proceeds from the flag go to the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation; for more information go to www.pcvf.

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Remembering January Ninth 

by James Buckley

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY MEETING MUS Superintendent Anthony Ranii &

The Day The Hill Came Down


irst, of course, there was the fire. The Thomas Fire, so named because it began on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula before devouring nearly 300,000 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara County along with nearly one thousand homes and/or structures. Following California’s cycle of cataclysms, large wildfires are frequently followed by mud-and-debris slides. The concept is simple: fires occur in the driest and windiest time of the year – typically June to September, although the dry season has historically fluctuated – and our rainy season generally runs from November to April. Once the fire has devoured all the accumulated brush, the hillsides are vulnerable to slides until flora regrowth occurs; it usually takes from three to five years for the landscape to fully recover. If torrential rains occur too soon after a fire, well, that’s when disaster often strikes. The Thomas Fire caused the evacuation of some 30,000 Santa Barbara County residents, including virtually all of Montecito. Thanks to the manand woman-power of the Montecito, Summerland, Santa Barbara City and County Fire Departments, and a virtual army of firefighters from around this state and surrounding states, only 10 homes were lost in Montecito. But, as most residents know, the Thomas Fire wasn’t safely contained until late in December 2017. The rain fell heavy just a little more than three weeks later, sending tree stumps, ash, boulders, and other debris hurtling down the naked mountainside, causing the destruction of nearly 400 homes in Montecito and the deaths of 23 souls. What follows are recollections of those fateful days, written by those who experienced it.

On Featherhill Road

by Judi Anderson uring the afternoon of Monday, January 8, 2018, several neighbors were standing on Featherhill Road discussing the Mandatory Evacuation Order due to predicted floods and mudslides: “Are you going to evacuate?” “No, we evacuated during the Thomas Fire and we are sick of it.” “What do you think the chances are of a flood?” “In the early ‘nineties, we had two back-to-back hundred-year rains, and the highest the water got in the Romero Creek Flood Control District was about five feet out of the twenty-five feet depth.” “My wife refuses to evacuate.” “After the 1969 flood, the County came in and gunnited one side and the bottom of the flood control. The other side is three hundred acres of lemons and it is about five feet lower than our side.”  “I can’t leave my animals.” “OK, Looks like we are all staying.”


The Deluge Arrives At approximately 3:30 am on Tuesday, January 9, I awoke to the din of the hardest rain I had ever heard. It sounded as if the house was under a waterfall. I woke up my husband, Larry, just as the noise got deafening and the house began to shake. We discovered that the electricity was out when we tried to check the time. Because it was pitch black we saw nothing when we tried to look outside. Next we ran to the front of the house and saw an eerie orange glow in the


Invite the Montecito Union Community to an Information Session About Realistic Opportunities to Mitigate Future Debris Flows Wednesday, January 16, 2019 5:00—6:30 pm An Emergency Permit has been issued by County of Santa Barbara! Authorization has also been received from: • Army Corps of Engineers • CA Department of Fish and Wildlife • Regional Water Quality Control Board To proceed with installation of up to 11 Debris Flow Control Nets in San Ysidro, Buena Vista and Cold Springs Canyons. Authorization is pending for additional debris flow prevention nets on Federal Forest Service Lands in Romero and Hot Springs Canyons. Learn more about this exciting development in making our community safer and more resilient and how you can help! Presenters will include: • MUS Superintendent Anthony Ranii • former MUS President & Trustee Gwyn Lurie • former SB City Fire Chief Pat McElroy • Kevin Taylor, Operations Division Chief, Montecito Fire Department. For more information visit: PO Box 5476 | Montecito, California 93150 | Federal Tax I.D. #95-1866094

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gift plus all the sponsors whose support makes BCRC possible. This year the Gold sponsor was RevitaLash Cosmetics. Santa’s elves were Lyndsey Allen, Charlotte Carlson, Karissa Fields, Cali Lingle, Annika Mager, and Sascha Smith. Santa’s helpers were Rose Hodge, Evie Sullivan, La Shon Kelly, Nan Morrow, Audrey Nolan, May Shea, and Ann Witherell. BCRC is located at 55 Hitchcock Way, Suite 101. Many of the models bemoaned the fact they hadn’t discovered BCRC sooner into their treatment. They offer support groups, educational lectures, integrative therapies, library of resources and workshops, and special programs on coping. In case you know anyone needing such services, they can call 805.569.9693. Happy New Year to all!


Montecito Bank & Trust’s MClub, directed by Maria McCall, was traveling on one of their day trips to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for the Pompeii exhibition to experience over 150 original, 2,000-year-old Pompeiian artifacts. Since I lived in “Napoli” for three years and visited nearby Pompeii several times, this was a must for my husband, Don Seth, and me. The memories came flooding in. My son was born in Naples and every

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day I would walk my four-year-old daughter and son (in a stroller) to the top of the hill and down the other side where Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples made a spectacular sight. As you know, it was Vesuvius that blew its top and buried Pompeii in fire and ash with no time for the 25,000 people to escape. It also damaged nearby Herculaneum but not so much. You can still see wooden doors and frames that didn’t burn. When my late husband and I strolled through Herculaneum in the 1960s there was no one in sight – not a tourist or a guide however, Pompeii had guides. How could I forget? I call it the dark ages because the ladies weren’t allowed to look at the erotic pictures in some of the houses. Can you imagine? It used to tick me off. When I became a docent at Casa del Herrero in Santa

Barbara many years later, I discovered there was an erotic panel in the foyer ceiling which had come from a monastery in Spain. So I always make sure the ladies in my tour get to view it, if they want. My husband Don sailed into the Bay of Naples on an American Export Line merchant ship as a third class cadet midshipman at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in April of 1947. He remembers Pompeii as deserted. Definitely not the tourist attraction it has become. In the Pompeii exhibit there were 2,000-year-old frescoes, mosaics, gladiator helmets, armor, weapons, plates, ancient Roman coins, furniture, jewelry, marble and bronze sculptures, full body casts of the volcano’s victims, and more on loan from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples,

Italy. There was even a 4-D eruption theater so you could experience the deathly impact of Mount Vesuvius on the ancient city complete with smoke and LOUD noises, like an earthquake. From Pliny the Younger who was an eyewitness to the Vesuvius eruption, “You could hear women shrieking, children screaming, men shouting. Some raised their hands to the gods, but most of them thought there were no gods at all.” On the way to the Library on the bus, Richard Payatt, who has researched Pompeii extensively, enlightened us as to the history of the town and its decimation in minutes in 80 feet of ash in 79 A.D. The Getty Museum on the coast is a replica of a house in Pompeii. From the remains historians know that the Romans had plumbing systems so the homeowners didn’t have to haul water. However many Romans had lost their sense of taste because they had lead poisoning. The pipes in their houses were full of lead. If you’ve never been to the Library during holiday season, you’re in for a treat. There are Christmas trees, each decorated for a decade of our country’s history from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Dana Newquist was also on the bus to tell of his experience in visit-

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On Health by Leslee Goodman, MPH Man on a Mission: Dr. Michael Fisher is Devoting his Retirement to Preventing an Epidemic


r. Michael Fisher has been co-medical director of acute dialysis at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital since 1984. He is the co-founder of Santa Barbara and Lompoc Artificial Kidney Centers – both dialysis centers – and, until his diagnosis with lung cancer five years ago, was an associate clinical professor of medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Although Dr. Fisher is semi-retired from his medical practice, he has not stopped working. A longtime Montecito resident, he recently wrote a book, Surviving Kidney Disease: True Stories of Love, Courage, Hope, and Heroism…and a Roadmap for Prevention, intended as a way to honor the courage of his patients and to raise the alarm about a looming epidemic. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) already affects some 35 million Americans – many of them unaware that they have it – and will kill more of them annually than either breast or prostate cancer. Moreover, the

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incidence rate is skyrocketing, tracking the rise of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, which are the three leading causes of CKD. Q. What should people know about kidney disease? A. That it has become the 12th-leading cause of death worldwide and that 35 million Americans have the disease right now, although many of them don’t yet know it. CKD is called “a silent killer” because our kidneys can function well with as little as 30% of their capacity. By the time people find out their kidneys are failing, they may already have lost 70% or more of kidney function, but their only symptoms might be less energy and appetite, or nausea and shortness of breath. However, if they wait too long to see a physician they can become deathly ill. According to the 2015 Global Burden of Disease Study, mortality from chronic kidney disease has increased 32% in the last 10 years. That is consistent with my own medical practice. Obesity, diabetes, and hypertension are the three leading causes of CKD – and stress is implicated in all of them. Stress increases production of the hormone cortisol, which increases blood pressure (hypertension), elevates blood sugar, and creates an insulin-resistance environment, which lays the groundwork for diabetes. Moreover, many people eat or drink as a way of reducing anxiety. We eat too many processed foods, which are loaded with sugar, salt, and excess calories. As a result, up to 40% of Americans are now obese, including up to 19% of children. We’re even seeing Type 2 diabetes, so-called “adult onset diabetes,” in children. This portends a future of even more Chronic Kidney Disease – which can only be treated with dialysis or a donated kidney, which is by far the preferable alternative. What is the biggest health consequence of kidney failure? Unless promptly treated, kidney failure results in death. The kidneys are responsible for many essential metabolic tasks. Obviously, they filter toxins from the blood. Lose kidney

But most people are born with two kidneys, right? Can’t they lose one and continue functioning? Unfortunately, most kidney disease affects both kidneys simultaneously. Which is why it’s so important for healthy individuals to consider kidney donation. It’s one of the main reasons I wrote my book. Yes, dialysis can keep people alive, but with a healthy kidney transplant, they can feel good again – as good as they felt before their diagnosis! Organ donation technology has vastly improved in the last 20 years. In most cases, transplants are now done laparoscopically, with minimal downtime. The tissue-matching technology is better, as are the anti-rejection medications. I know many patients who have received not just one, but as many as four kidneys over time, and are still thriving today. Donors, too, get a boost, knowing that they’ve saved a life. It’s almost as if we were given two kidneys by design – so that we could donate one. I’m co-sponsoring an event in February to help people talk about their need for a living kidney donation with friends and family members.

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function and toxins build up in the body, where they can damage other organs, including the brain. If your kidneys fail, your other organs will fail. The kidneys also maintain fluid balance in the body – retention of salt and water results in high blood pressure. High blood pressure damages the kidneys’ filtration system, further increasing blood pressure, and can lead to nephrosclerosis and kidney failure. Kidneys also maintain the body’s acid-base balance so that our cells maintain optimum pH. The kidneys perform other essential functions, too, such as producing a hormone called erythropoietin, which prevents anemia. They’re also responsible for converting vitamin D into the active form our bodies need for strong bones. As our kidneys fail, we don’t have enough vitamin D and we start getting bone disease, or we become anemic.

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MISCELLANY (Continued from page 6)

Pener, Trish Reynales, Sharon Bradford, Glen Jordan, Barbara Woods, Marie Carty, Judy Little, Gwen Stauffer, Allan Brostrom, and Dan Bifano. Always a cracking start to the New Year.

Beverley Jackson with Guy and Patty de Gramont

Art expert Paul Tucker and party co-host Gerald Incandela (photo by Beverley Jackson)

Connecticut, kicked off 2019 in splendiferous style with free flowing Bordeaux and Moet champagne, beef brisket that took three days to prepare in the baronial kitchen, and traditional English trifle, tiramisu, and persimmon pudding. It was quite the turnout with Allan Glaser, Larry Feinberg and Starr Siegele, Chapin and Cynthia Nolen, Robyn Geddes, Cat Pollon, Mary Dorra, Beverley Jackson, Degen

Cellist Michael Fitzpatrick, Mireille Noone, Wendy McCaw, and Peter Noone (photo by Priscilla)

Law & Order: Special Divorce Unit Montecito mega TV producer Dick Wolf, 72, has split from his third wife, actress Noelle Lippman, 48, after 12 years of marriage. The man who created the Law & Order franchise and all its lucrative spinoffs filed for legal separation last month, according to TMZ. The tony twosome, who live next door to actress Drew Barrymore’s former home, have two children together. Wolf reportedly makes a hefty $10 to $15 million a month from his TV shows, which now include his Chicago franchises, including Chicago Med and Chicago Fire. Wolf’s attorney, Joe Kibre, told TMZ: “The lawyers for the parties are in the process of negotiations.” He was married to Christine Marburg from 1983 to 2005. Before that he was married to Susan Scranton from 1970 to 1983. Birthday Boy To the historic Union Hotel in Los

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Alamos when English rocker Alan Parsons, who has been nominated for 11 Grammys, celebrated the 20th anniversary of his half century with a heavenly host of friends and music stars. The songwriter and record producer, who worked on the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Let It Be albums, as well as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, is releasing his first album in 15 years,


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Rebels On Pointe reveals the history of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the beloved all-male drag ballet company founded on the heels of New York’s Stonewall riots more than 40 years ago. For The Trocks, being a ballerina is not merely dancing in a tutu, but an act of rebellion. (90 min.)

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Classical music meets hip hop in the groundbreaking duo Black Violin and their Classical Boom Tour, blurring the lines between genre and race with its unique, family-friendly fusion of groove and strings.


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Through astonishing acrobatics, aerial stunts and dynamic dance movement, the artists build an intergenerational bridge between past and present, then and now. “The collective virtuosity of this troupe is something to see – and, crucially, to feel” (The Boston Globe).

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MUS auditorium during that time, I remember clearly what Caltrans offered as Highway 101 “improvements.” Caltrans’ plan called for the removal of hundreds of trees, some dozen homes, and the complete canyonization of 101 running through Montecito. Caltrans was offering a “Montecito Massacre,” if you like, and the community rejected it. Little did we know that rather than going back to the drawing boards to figure out how to retain as much of Montecito’s prized ambiance as possible – the Montecito portion of 101 was one of California’s first highway “beautification” projects –, they instead simply shelved the entire project and went somewhere else. Perhaps a little more diplomacy was in order from the Montecito crowd, and had we known that complete abandonment would be Caltrans’ arrogant response, maybe things would have worked out differently. – J.B.)

The End Stage

It is claimed that the advance and decline of Democracy historically moves through eight stages: 1) From slavery and dictatorship to hope. 2) From hope to courage and revolution. 3) From revolution to freedom. 4) From freedom to abundance. 5) From abundance to complacency. 6) From complacency to apathy. 7) From apathy to consent to government control and dependence and accepted debt. 8) From dependence and debt to bankruptcy and collapse. Stage eight is here. We are the greatest debtor nation and people in history (consult the U.S. Debt Clock Real Time), as to debt: Federal, State, City, County and Unfunded Mandated Liabilities, which includes Social Security and Medicare both projected to go bankrupt, as well as Private and Governmental Pensions, Personal, Mortgage and Credit Card, and Student Loan. Our nation and children and grandchildren have no future. Debt is the ending factor, as a result of our uniformed citizens and deficit-spending politicians. H. T. Bryan Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: The good news is that most of that “debt” is owed to... us. So, all we have to do is cancel that “debt” and start over, skipping the slavery-dictatorship stage, of course. – J.B.)

Military Pay Raises

Military pay has increased every year for more than three decades. In 2019, there will be a 2.6% pay raise, yet President Trump recently told the troops in Iraq that they hadn’t received a raise in ten years. Then he said he fought to get them a 10% raise this year. All the troops knew their Commander-in-Chief was lying to them and were no doubt wondering why. Was it just self-aggrandizement


and uncontrollable narcissism? It is reported that his aides and advisers have learned not to try and correct his repeated misstatements of facts because he gets irate and angrily dismisses them. Worse, this is not an isolated incident; fact checkers have catalogued over 6,000 misstatements of facts since Mr. Trump took office. Now imagine if Obama had lied to this extent. Republicans’ hair would catch fire, declare him sick in the head and demand implementation of the 25th Amendment. Robert Wilson Montecito (Editor’s note: Please reference the response to “Promises and Lies” above. The same applies here and, other than that, we don’t have a good answer for any of it – J.B.)

Ten Good Reasons

Here are ten reasons why Democrat politicians may now consider working with President Trump: 1) After generations of importing oil, our nation is now, thanks to Donald Trump’s leadership, energy independent. 2) He has begun to withdraw American troops from an area that has a centuries’ old tradition of religious warfare. 3) The president created a fair trade policy for this hemisphere. Proceeds from that policy may finance a border wall. 4) Manufacturing in the United States has revived, including a resurgence of steel mills. 5) More Americans have jobs than ever before. 6) Minority employment is at record heights. 7) Since Donald Trump’s election, four million Americans no longer need food stamps. They are now self-sufficient. 8) He is negotiating with China to change their unfair trade policy and stop their theft of our technology. 9) The President is protecting our border from the influx of drugs, gangs, and those who disregard immigration laws. 10) Our lovely first lady is among the millions of legal immigrants to the United States. Les Conrad Goleta

Giving a Fig

Donald Trump’s government shutdown has created total chaos in Washington. And let’s be clear: This shutdown is 100% Trump’s fault. He says that he’s “proud” of the shutdown, and that it will last “for a very long time.” Last week, the White House was

signaling that Trump would accept a bipartisan funding deal. But then, he threw a temper tantrum at the 11th hour last Thursday (while senators were already on airplanes flying home from Washington, D.C.; they’ve since returned to deal with this Trumpcreated disaster). We cannot cave in to Trump’s madness. We need to rise up, right now, to demand that lawmakers on both sides put an end to this shutdown – and to make sure Trump bears 100% of the blame. Never in the history of American political life has there been a time like this, when a bipartisan compromise was reached by Congress, but a president balked and unilaterally shut down the government. And make no mistake: Trump doesn’t give a fig about the safety and security of Americans. His reasoning for putting up a wall is based on a crisis that doesn’t exist. We cannot let Trump act like a crybaby who throws a fit when he doesn’t get his toy, and we can’t let him be the bully who holds America hostage. We don’t encourage crybabies, and we don’t let bullies win. We must make sure that this shutdown ends with not one dime for Trump’s wall – and make sure that the American people know exactly who is to blame for this shutdown: Donald J. Trump. Americans, as you read this message, nearly 54,000 Customs and Border Protection agents, 42,000 Coast Guard employees, 53,000 TSA agents, thousands of air traffic controllers and aviation and railroad safety inspectors, 17,000 correctional officers, 14,000 FBI agents, 4,000 Drug Enforcement Administration agents, and some 5,000 firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service are all working without pay. Most of these public servants will report for duty, because they care about the missions they’re supposed to be upholding. But going without pay will strain their family budgets to the point that some, inevitably, will not be able to carry out those missions. We absolutely cannot let Trump shut down the government to get his way. If we put up a fight, history shows that we can stop him. So far, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer have been strong in their opposition to Trump’s wall. If Trump thinks that he can bully us into giving him $5.7 billion for his racist, wasteful border wall, he has another thing coming. It’s time to fight back. We must work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump’s agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation’s pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on.

“Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love, or life.” – George Herbert

Leoncio Martins Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Just so you know, there are many of us who don’t “give a fig” how long this so-called “government shutdown” lasts. We need border security and part of that security includes an effective... barrier. – J.B.)

On Geomorphology

With the devastating debris flows through Montecito, I have been trying to find the silver lining, difficult as it may be. But there is a silver lining, and that is since the creeks have been completely reamed out, we now have an opportunity to restore our creeks to a more natural and balanced state. First some basic concepts of the geomorphologic issues that may impact property owners living beside a creek. If the creek channel is now wider than prior to the debris flow, it is in the property owner’s best interest to leave it with the new expanded width. Creeks determine their size and shape by the amount of flows, slope, and materials that move through the channel and type of substrate. When humans try to tame the creeks, the creeks are no longer capable of natural processes. Creeks can be both erosional in steep areas, and depositional in level areas. The eroded material winds up being deposited downstream, and not always where it is convenient for property owners. If a property owner decides they want to reclaim their yard, and they narrow the channel, they are reducing capacity for their property and for the upstream properties. Creeks should not have choke points, which will cause the water and debris to back up, come out of the channel and flood adjacent properties. The best plan would be to have the largest capacity possible, otherwise you risk flooding during normal high-water years. Montecito creeks have already been altered to a huge degree with bridges, walls, check structures and concrete linings. And yes I understand that this past event was not even close to a normal year, but if we abstain from further modifications, it will only help the creeks natural process as well as help to prevent destructive flooding events. Before retiring from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, as both a Game Warden and an Environmental Scientist, I have seen many examples of detrimental modifications to creeks and of bad maintenance practices. As an example, I have seen gardeners dumping yard or orchard waste on the creek banks. This material gets pushed downstream during storm events and catches on culverts or bridges, damming the bridges, causing flooding. If the material can be

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On Entertainment Oh, Brothers

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.

it,” and he was into it too. Did it just flow right away as the Brother Brothers? It did, basically, because we’d already been to the Kerrville Folk Festival and discovered songwriting as a craft and art. By the time we started the band, David had a long list of songs, and he’d actually won the new folk competition at Kerrville, and recorded his own album. The question was figuring out how to work together, how to play each other’s songs in ways that we both liked and were comfortable with. We had to iron all that out. But we used the Everly Brothers, and Simon & Garfunkel and bluegrass duos like the Louvre Brothers for a [template] how to make the music work.

Adam and David Moss of The Brother Brothers play their first headlining show at SOhO on Tuesday, January 15 (photo by Erika Kapin)


hey are excellent, they sing really well,” David Crosby tweeted last October, hours after seeing The Brother Brothers open for I’m With Her at the Lobero Theatre. The folk-rock icon surely wasn’t the only music lover who was pleasantly surprised, as the sustained applause and cheers proved that many were basically blown away by the duo of Adam and David Moss, whose close, silky harmonies and folk-bluegrass songs recalled earlier duos like the Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel, and more modern brethren in the Milk Carton Kids. The Lobero show was the Santa Barbara debut from the Illinois-born twins who, more than a decade after college, finally formed their first band together just a couple of years ago. It came just before the release of Some People I Know, their first album together, a sonic sampler that proves The Brother Brothers are more than just a novelty sibling sensation. The Moss men return to town for their first headlining gig, at SOhO, on Tuesday, January 15, where the 75-90 minute set should give them plenty of space to show more sides of their songwriting, instrumental prowess and, especially, the vaunted vocals to a crowd who now know who they are. Adam Moss talked about the band’s history, the album and more over the phone last week.


Q. Considering how close and seemingly effortless you and David work together, why did it take so long to form a formal duo? A. I imagine there’s a psychiatric term for why were didn’t form a band right away. Growing up, we were always identified as just the twins, so that when we finally left home for college it was a mission (for each of us) to establish our own identity. We stayed close, and involved in each other ’s projects and always talked a lot, but we carried on different careers. Even when we lived in the same town a couple of times, we weren’t done being ourselves, being individuals. It was always the logical thing that we would play in a band together, but it took a lot of maturing for us to be ready to actually do it. What was the catalyst for finally coming together? When we both ended up in New York City, the original plan was for him to continue being a solo singer-songwriter, with me accompanying him at times just like I was a sideman fiddler for other bands and singers. After one particularly difficult winter when I wasn’t making much money freelancing, I hit rock bottom and decided it was time to take charge of the gigs that I play. I called David and said, “OK, let’s’ do

So you enjoy those frequent comparisons to other duos, including Milk Carton Kids? It’s difficult to answer. Writers and fans go there quickly, and we’re certainly inspired by that music, but we want to create our own thing. It just so happens that our vocal boxes sound like Paul Simon, but I would hate for that to define us. On the other hand, how can I not pay homage to someone as great as him? Well, your debut album is a bit of a departure of typical Americana in terms of its eclecticism, with dips into klezmer music and even yodeling. I think that has a lot to do with just wanting to express ourselves at this moment. We were finding out who we were as much as anyone who listens to it. Our solo shows are very different from the band. The Brother Brothers is a good marriage of what we do, the combination of our scattered sensibilities. The one thread beyond the vocal harmonies seems to be a penchant for taking on themes largely through well-defined characters. I’m thinking about “Banjo Song” and “Frankie” in particular. Are these true stories, autobiographical, observations, pure fiction, or some combination? I think for both of us the songs are expressions of where he or I was at when they were written. They reflect the people we associate with, on one level or another, but also the environments where we live. None of them are about one specific person. But they remind us of a situation. “Banjo Song” came from an experience I had with a friend, and his essence kicked

“An apple is an excellent thing -- until you have tried a peach.” – George du Maurier

off the writing process. “Frankie” is about the results of gentrification that came in the aftermath of the clean up following Hurricane Sandy in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where David worked in a neighborhood bar for seven years. Have you co-written any songs or have plans to collaborate in composition? Not yet. It might happen down the road, but that’s where our emotions flare up. And we don’t like to fight. We haven’t had to do that yet, and it’s going well, so why pick fights with each other? Not that it would destroy us (a la Black Crowes or Oasis), and I have very little fear of that happening because we don’t let disagreements come between us that way. But we don’t want to jinx ourselves, either.

Career at the ‘Crossroads’

A number of years ago, David Bromberg wrote down a list of all the singers and musicians he’d performed or recorded with over the course of his half century-plus. The tally totaled up to more than six single-spaced pages, including such notables as Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia, country icon Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell, former Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison, and Bob Dylan as well as Rev. Gary Davis, the acoustic blues legend who mentored Bromberg during his time at Columbia University in the 1960s. And all that despite the singer-songwriter-guitarist taking a 22-year hiatus from performing and recording in 1980 to pursue an interest in violin making. No wonder one writer called Bromberg the “Forrest Gump of significant musical milestones.” Now Bromberg, whose performances date back to Greenwich Village coffeehouses and backstage at the original Woodstock can add one more name to his roster: David Hidalgo, the masterful guitarist and visionary songwriter who is one of the co-leaders of Los Lobos, the well-respected Grammy-winning East L.A. band whose Chicano-flavored American roots-rock is one of the most unique in the arts. The pair are part of The American Crossroads Trio along with Larry Campbell, a fellow triple-threat who spent eight years as a part of Dylan’s “Never-Ending Tour” band before hooking up to collaborate with Bromberg on his recent projects. The band makes its West Coast debut at the Lobero on Tuesday, January 15. “Actually I’ve known David since he contributed a song to Use Me,” Bromberg corrected over the phone the other day, referring to the album where he invited musical associates to write or choose and then produce one track each with him singing for the

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Bye Bye Birdie


ne of the most famous pieces of literature in the English language is about a talking bird. No, it’s not a parrot or a mynah – and I don’t mean Edward Lear’s accomplished Owl who eloped with a PussyCat, and could sing and play the guitar while operating a sailboat. The particular bird I am referring to was remarkable in having a vocabulary apparently limited to a single word. By now you’ve probably guessed that I’m thinking of Edgar Allen Poe’s mournful masterpiece The Raven, and its title character, an uninvited guest who insists on repeating the gloomy utterance “Nevermore,” which the despondent host/narrator assumes must refer to himself and to his unhappy circumstances, particularly his recently and irretrievably lost love, Lenore. But what if this bird, merely seeking a warm perch for the nonce, has no interest whatever in the resident mourner? What if his “Nevermore” refers rather to his own private griefs, or indeed those of his entire avian species? Perhaps he is a relative of those four-and-twenty blackbirds who were cruelly baked in a pie. Or is he thinking of his murdered friend Cock Robin, whose confessed killer, the Sparrow, has apparently never been brought to justice? There are indeed many reasons for any bird to be sad when contemplating the lore of his species. It’s no wonder that the song of the Nightingale, by its very beauty, brought to the poetic mind of John Keats unhappy thoughts of his own sad plight, “the weariness, the fever and the fret,” in a world “where but to think is to be full of sorrow.” Then we have the somber story of the albatross whom the “Ancient Mariner” of Samuel Taylor Coleridge superstitiously kills with a crossbow (thinking thus to influence the winds) but is then punished by having the dead bird hung around his neck. But we need not look only to fiction and poetry for tales to make any bird sigh “Nevermore!” The true historical record is replete with shameful episodes. There were, for example, the huge flightless Moa birds which dominated both islands of New Zealand for eons, until they were discovered by humans, and wiped out in less than two centuries, leaving us today with only a few reclusive little Kiwis as their pitiful evolutionary cousins. Then of course, on another island, Mauritius, there was the Dodo bird, 10 – 17 January 2019

whose name has become a symbol of both stupidity and extinction – the one apparently having led to the other – since the creatures allowed themselves to be so easily caught and eaten. Almost incredibly, from the first reported sighting of a living Dodo (by Dutch sailors in 1598) to the very last one, was a period of only about 60 years. Even more stunning a story, and one much closer to home, both in place and time, was that of the Passenger Pigeon of North America, whose numbers, even as recently as the mid-Nineteenth Century, were said to be so vast that migratory flocks, flying over a given spot, could block out the sun for hours at a time. But alas! The bird was not only so prolific, but so succulent, that it too was hunted to extinction in a few short decades. Welldocumented accounts tell us that the last Passenger Pigeon, (whose name was Martha), died at the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914.


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contemplating the lore of his species. In case I have not yet persuaded you that Poe’s Raven had plenty of his own reasons to sigh (or croak) “Nevermore!” let me remind you of the ongoing breeding and butchery of birds for their plumage, their willingness (in some varieties) to fight each other, and most of all, of course, for their “finger-lickin’” flesh. The turkey ranches and poultry farms which are so much a part of our economy, if comparisons were in order, would give some modern human death-camps a bad name. (The Raven itself is lucky that its own flesh is so unappealing that anyone contemplating such a meal would have to be truly RAVENOUS.) But don’t forget the poor canaries, carried by miners down deep beneath the earth, whose sole purpose was not, as you might think, to cheer the workers with their singing, but simply to die, as a first indicator of the presence of any toxic fumes. So it may very well be that what Poe’s weary Raven is really uttering is a lament for all of his own fine-feathered friends and relations. When will they at last come home to roost? – NEVERMORE!  •MJ

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Why did you choose to go into medicine? When I was 12 years old, I read the classic book, The Citadel, which is about an English physician who begins his practice in a small mining town outside of London. He treats severe lung diseases seen among the coal miners and compassionately treats the entire family from life until death. He is lured to London where he treats the royalty and the elite, becoming affluent. But ultimately, he chooses to live his values by returning to the town where he was beloved, helping those who needed him most. That inspired me. Then, in high school, I was moved and inspired again by the S.S. HOPE, which traveled the world providing free, life-saving surgeries for people without other access to medical care. That became my yearbook aspiration. And what prompted you to specialize in nephrology? I was drawn to internal medicine because of the diagnostic challenges – how to correctly interpret symptoms for the right diagnosis. I was fortunate to have a professor at State Medical University of New York in Syracuse who had some of the first electron microscopy images of the glomeruli – the filter system of the kidneys. Those images fascinated me, so I started

reading more about kidney function. Then, during my residency, I studied with a nephrologist who could diagnose a lot of disease just by looking at his patients’ urine, which he used to call “a poor man’s biopsy.” He, too, reinforced my interest in nephrology. After graduating from medical school, encouraged by my wife Leslie, I joined the Peace Corps – an experience that remains one of the most significant of my life. It was such an affirmation of our common humanity, no matter our ethnicity, language, or cultural differences. I was assigned to La Paz, Bolivia. One day, a father from the Altiplano brought his young son to us for treatment. The boy had childhood nephrotic syndrome, causing the boy to retain large amounts of water. I took the boy and his father by jeep to my house in La Paz, where I treated him with diuretics and a low-salt diet. Fortunately, the boy went into a spontaneous remission and went home looking normal. For the family, it was magical. A few months later, on New Year’s Eve, I was awakened in the middle of the night by a knock on the door. There stood the father, with a chicken in one hand and confetti in the other. He threw the confetti in the air, wished me happy New Year, and presented me with the chicken and some eggs as a thank-you gift for saving his son’s life. That was just one of the

wonderful experiences I had in the Peace Corps, which taught me that these experiences can be commonplace – if you’re willing to risk getting out of your comfort zone. How do you get out of your comfort zone these days? By writing and promoting my book and speaking as often as I can about the threat of kidney disease and the steps we can all take to prevent it. Such as? Diet, exercise, and perhaps most important, managing stress. Human beings didn’t evolve to live under constant stress. Stress was intended to get us through short-term emergencies, such as fleeing a predator or fighting a foe. Under stress, our normal maintenance and repair functions shut down, so that all systems are available to fight or flee. If stress is constant, those maintenance and repair functions are deferred indefinitely, which takes a terrible toll. There are other negative effects, too, as I’ve previously mentioned. Current research shows that stress can flip the epigenetic switches for diseases like cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions. Moreover, the effects of severe stress can be intergenerational, triggering disease in the children of mothers who were traumatized while pregnant. Stress appears to rewire the immune system

to produce autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus, as seen in two of the patients whose stories are told in my book. But increasingly, research shows us that we have tremendous control over our neuroimmunology; we should use it. I hope that my book will inspire many people – not only those with kidney disease – to choose to live healthier, more stress-free lives. How do you manage your stress now? Some of the techniques I’ve learned are as simple as taking long, slow, deep breaths through the nose. Nasal breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for bodily repair and restoration functions. I also enjoy yoga, taking long walks in nature, and spending time with my family. I’ve also discovered the importance of saying “no” to certain demands on my time. The key is to find and make time for what is peaceful and restorative for you. In fact, it’s a matter of life and death. Dr. Fisher’s book, Surviving Kidney Disease: True Stories of Love, Courage, Hope, and Heroism… and a Roadmap for Prevention, is available on Amazon. Dr. Fisher is also the co-sponsor of the February 12 workshop on “Having your donor find you!” on communicating with one’s need for a living kidney donation. For more information, visit •MJ

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traced back to the property owner, they may be sued for the damage the water does to downstream properties. Other examples of reducing capacity are patios, stairs, any structures such as tool sheds, storage yards, concrete banks, narrow bridges or under-sized culverts placed in the stream channel. Culverts have been a problem for years. To save costs, contractors or property owners place several small culverts instead of one large culvert. More than one culvert will catch debris between the culverts, reducing flow conveyance, backing up water, which causes the culverts to blow out. The metal culverts wash downstream and lodge on another property or restrict flow in the bridge downstream. Culverts also cause large scour holes downstream and form fish barriers when the culverts are above the normal surface elevation. Undersized culverts are no longer legal to install in steelhead creeks due to this issue. It is important to note that any work within the creeks or in the riparian zone adjacent to a creek (the band of vegetation that grows along creeks) requires a permit from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, called a Streambed Alteration Agreement, or a 1602. The application for a permit can be found on the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife web page. Other agencies that require notification and or permits include the Corps of Engineers, California Water Quality Control Board, National Marine Fisheries Service and the County of Santa Barbara. Invasive Vegetation Prior to the debris flows, many of the creeks were vegetated with non-native invasive plant species such as ivy, pampas grass, castor bean, Peruvian pepper trees, Mexican fan palm, eucalyptus, myoporum, periwinkle, and nasturtiums. I would like to explain why most of these species are bad for Montecito creeks: Ivy: Both Cape and English ivy cause the same type of damage. These plants were originally used for erosion control on steep banks. But ivy has shallow roots, about four inches deep, and when it erodes, it almost rolls off the bank, taking the topsoil with it. Ivy also contains toxic alkaloids that are harmful to livestock and humans. The vine sends runners, is fast growing, and grows in dense mats that can plug culverts, causing flooding, and kills other native vegetation including trees. Ivy is also flammable due to the woody stems. The best argument for not planting, and for removing ivy, is that it provides the best rat habitat. The woody stems protect rodents from predators and the rats can make burrows through the ivy. One of the reasons this area has such a healthy 10 – 17 January 2019

rat population is because of all the vines planted by homeowners. Pampas grass: This grass is a fast spreading and flammable plant, creates flood hazards, spreads seeds by wind or from fragments of a mature plant, and is considered invasive. Castor bean: This plant spreads with exploding seedpods and the seeds can be viable for up to seven years. It forms thick monoculture stands and competes with native plant species. All parts of this plant are toxic, ingestion of seeds and pods can be fatal to humans and animals. The leaves have been known to cause skin and eye irritation. Peruvian pepper: Pepper trees have little to no wildlife value, produce abundant litter, and prevent under-story shrubs from establishing. This plant can cause hay fever, asthma and dermatitis and is in the same family as poison oak. Mexican fan palm: Palms spread by seed dispersed by birds, crowd out natives, consume large amounts of water, impede water flow, and the dead fronds are flammable. Rats are also known to nest in palms. Eucalyptus: This is a highly messy and an extremely flammable tree that competes with other plants for soil moisture and space. The bark of the eucalyptus can carry embers for over a mile when the wind blows during a fire event, and can start spot fires. The heavy litter and toxins in the leaves prevents native plants from growing underneath the trees. Myoporum: Myoporum is a fast growing invasive shrub that can reach a height of 30 feet. It forms dense stands that prevent natives from growing, and accumulates dead branches in its interior, making this plant highly flammable. The leaves and fruit are toxic and may be fatal to livestock. Periwinkle: This perennial vine seems to be a popular plant on stream banks due to its pretty purple flowers, but it is highly invasive and grows from stem fragments that can be transported by stream flow, and it sprouts roots wherever it lands. It can grow in mats, smothers native plants, reduce species diversity and can impede water flows. The shallow roots do not help prevent erosion. Rats can also be found in areas where periwinkle has grown in mats, protecting them from predators. Nasturtiums: A highly invasive plant with large showy orange and yellow flowers. This plant is also a fast grower, forms mats that can impede flows and prevents native plants from establishing. Good Native Vegetation Native vegetation provides food, shelter and nesting sites for wildlife. Pollinators have evolved with our native plant species, and these

plants have adapted to our climate. Native plants have other benefits as well, such as deep roots providing bank stabilization along our creek channels. Natives rarely require irrigation, which is a benefit in our Mediterranean climate. These plants can add color and aromas to our yards. Sages have wonderful smells after a rain, and most native plants are pollinated by hummingbirds and both native and European bees. Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia): Evergreen oaks provide food, shelter and nesting sites for a variety of wildlife, especially birds. Oak trees are also fire-tolerant due to their thick bark, and they provide shade for creeks, which keeps water temperatures cool and lowers evaporation rates. Oaks grow on the upper portion of the banks and are drought tolerant. Cavity nesters, such as woodpeckers also use oaks not only for nesting sites, but also as a place to store acorns for winter. Oak trees do not prevent understory plants from growing and add to the diversity of both plants and wildlife. California Sycamore (Platanus racemosa): The sycamore is a common tree that grows along creeks, and an important food source for birds and butterflies. This tree provides shade and allows native understory plants to colonize the banks. This tree has deep roots that protect the banks from erosion. Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis): This willow is the absolutely best tree to plant along creeks. Not only does it provide quality habitat for birds, wildlife and insects, but is the best plant for bank stabilization. The root system is complex, it has both deep roots and surface roots that form a material-like surface that protects the soil during storm flows. This is a fast growing tree, can reach 30 feet in height and can be planted by sticking cuttings into moist soil. Elderberry (Sambucus Mexicana): The elderberry is a large scrub or small tree, with edible blue berries that can be baked into a pie or made into wine. This native attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and the berries are a good food source for birds, mammals, reptiles, as well as humans. California Wild Rose (Rosa californica): This prickly shrub can grow up to eight feet high, providing a living fence along the creek. The flowers have a better smell than most of our cultivated roses, and produce rose hips, a fruit that is eaten by wildlife. Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana): Mugwort is a perennial herb, grows in the bottom of the channel and is the most common native riparian herbaceous species. This plant can tolerate flooding and is known for lessening the effects of poison oak on our skin when rubbed on the area of contam-

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ination. Sage Hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea) and Purple sage (Salvia leucophylla): Sage is an aromatic shrub, which attracts bees and butterflies. Both species produce beautiful flowers and are a wonderful addition to any landscape. Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia): This tall shrub is also called Christmas berry since it produces large red clusters of berries in winter when all other berries and flowers are long gone. It provides a good food source of food for a large variety of wildlife when resources are thin. I encourage everyone to think about restoring our creeks to a native environment for the long-term benefits for both humans and natural resources. There are many resources in the area where you can obtain more information, such as native plant growers, resource agencies, the Botanical Garden and several environmental consultants that would be more than happy to assist you in planning and planting your creek bank. Some information for this article was obtained from a booklet called “Guide to Native and Invasive Streamside Plants,” produced by the County of Ventura, with contributions from numerous agencies. Natasha Lohmus Environmental Scientist Ventura  •MJ



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Helping Hands 

by Jon Vreeland Jon Vreeland writes prose, poetry, plays, and journalism. His debut book, The Taste of Cigarettes: A Memoir of a Heroin Addict, is available at all major book outlets, as well as Chaucer’s Books on Upper State Street. He has two daughters and is married to Santa Barbara artist Alycia Vreeland.

Reef Restoration

Chris’s Fish Reef Project team stands with their artificial reef barrier. With the help of organizations like the Girl Scouts of America, as well as other local organizations and private donors, smiles of optimism are all the dedicated and grateful team knows.

The Girl Scouts of America were a major help in preparing and finding donations to fund the Lake Cachuma project, which will restore Lake Cachuma’s marine and wildlife and bring it back to the colorful place it once was


ast October, aqua-hero and CEO of the Fish Reef Project Chris Goldblatt, with members of the team, invited a handful of journalists on a donated pontoon boat to watch the implementation of an artificial reef set in the shallow waters of Lake Cachuma. The Fish Reef Project strives to show that artificial reefs – a barrier and safe habitat where fish can live, spawn, even hide from predators – will increase the population of fish and even wildlife at Lake Cachuma. This method of marine restoration has worked in the oceans around the world. However, this is just a small demonstration of what the dedicated free-diver, scientist, and novelist, (and one of the early founders of the sustainable seafood movement), and the Fish Reef Project – who care deeply about the condition of our ocean’s habitat – can do for Goleta’s kelp beds; because as of right now there are none. 
Chris studies the ocean regularly, donating 40-hours a week to the restoration of the Goleta kelp bed efforts. Chris has watched the kelp and the reefs at Isla Vista and Goleta Beach melt into nothing since 1973. Now, at the beginning of 2019, Goleta’s shoreline is naked of kelp; the fish either moved away from the coastline and headed out to sea or... well, nobody really knows. Either way, chairman of the Santa Barbara County Fish and Game


Commission, Phil Beguhl, says the restoration of the Goleta kelp bed is the “most significant environmental restoration effort made in the California marine environment in our lifetime.” Commissioner Beguhl says the kelp beds suffered severe consequences when El Niño hit in 1983. The storm barreled through Santa Barbara County and the California land and sea and caused erosion to the protective kelp bed of Goleta, changing the beaches to barren and kelpless waters. To add, Chris says the storms that cause landslides – and carry the giant boulders that, quite unfortunately, level our homes and worse – are supposed to land in the ocean, creating the natural reef and habitats for marine wildlife. This means that we as a coastal population, inadvertently or not, deprive our ocean of its necessities and the cultivation of its natural kelp beds. “Reefs equal kelp,” says Chris, and we have prevented the natural resource for the cultivation of reefs and kelp beds with houses and our habitual way of life. According to The Week, one-fourth of the ocean’s fish live and spawn in coral reefs; but worldwide, reefs show a 40 percent declination overall. The yellowfin-tuna, swordfish, and other large fish we commonly eat have dwindled by 90 percent. And “if mankind does not dramatically change how it treats the ocean... many

marine species will become extinct” ( Chris knows he cannot save the entire ocean or scrutinize every bit of it, but he says “those are old numbers.” He is also wary of the word “extinct” when it comes to the ocean. “To say ‘extinct’ is pretty heavy”; there are 700,000 artificial reefs in the world, and 25 of them are here in California off Catalina Island, says the author of a six-part novel series called the Luke Dodge Sea Adventure series.

Fishin’ in the Channel

It is easy to believe the captain of a fishing boat when you are out on the ocean enjoying what Ernest Hemingway lived for, and what most of us have enjoyed at one time or another. Moreover, being a captain or skipper of anything is quite commendable, indeed. So on a one-day fishing trip back in December 2017 – back when the flames of the Thomas Fire crept along the foothills of Montecito and just before the horrific mudslide –the skipper’s analysis of the ocean and its current condition was certainly credible. “Every year it gets better, the ocean is so alive,” the skipper said as we floated 23 miles offshore, stopping just in front of Santa Rosa Island where the rockfish and lingcod dwell in 300 feet of water. Despite the habitat displayed on a tiny little screen of blurry colors – colors that often, and quickly, faded to black – the fishermen, some who traveled up to five hours to fish on this particular Santa Barbara boat, caught over 200 rockfish and lingcod that day – 81 the first hour off Santa Rosa Island, 23 miles off the coast of the American Riviera. “This is a slow day,” the skipper said, who said the largest fish he ever caught was a 70-pound bluefin tuna out of Mexico waters. “We were pull-

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ing out fish like it was nothing.” The young skipper frequently peeked at the monitor that day last December. And when he would find the fish, he’d say, “drop ‘em boys!” And they did. And quite successfully too.

The Purpose of the Reef

The main project is the restoration of the Goleta kelp beds, says Chris. The project requires $10 million to complete, but will restore the fishing and wildlife in the Goleta and Santa Barbara area. But that’s only for starters: the fish and wildlife will spread to other bodies of water and bring more of what we’ve missed for years. And without even realizing. Chris and the Reef Project believe that the money for the building of the Goleta kelp beds will restore what he and the locals used to enjoy in their vibrant youth. Goleta kelp beds will make Santa Barbara waters flourish to the authentic fluorescence it is capable of, from shore to land. Also, the more protein we create and pull from the ocean, the less we use on the land and its habitat, says the marine expert. The Fish Reef Project and Chris – who received a bachelor of science at Humboldt State – create artificial reefs for the benefit of the ecosystem, and are not out to prove anybody wrong. The Fish Reef Project has no quarrels with fishers or any organization with good intentions. Chris wants unity on and in the ocean as well as on land, especially when it comes to restoring our ecosystem.

The Old Man and the Sea

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ductive... right? Or maybe the Marine Mammal Protection Act enacted in 1972? Or the new fishing law of 1992, the High Seas Driftnet Fisheries Enforcement Act? Local fisherman, Chuck Arreallanas, 72, rolled up his gear in ‘92 when the new fishing laws made it next to impossible to fish or net within what Chuck says was four miles from shore. Chuck’s boat and gear simply could not and would not handle deep waters like the Coral Sea or other commercial boats. Chuck ran to the tackle store after watching Spencer Tracy fight the biggest fish of his life at the Arlington Theatre in 1958 during the film, The Old Man and the Sea. But 1992 was the end of Chuck’s (over three-decade) run, living off white sea bass and halibut, the fat of the land and sea. When the retired fisherman was told of the kelp beds of Goleta, and how they are completely gone, the lifetime Santa Barbaran was slightly shocked. However, activists and committed ocean scientists like Chris have spent the last 30 years working to restore the beauty of the ocean’s habitat in Goleta – a stretch of the ocean he enjoyed in the prime of his childhood and early adolescence. Chris’s motive in no way carries the intentions of bothering the fishermen. (Chris is confident that the fishermen will not be upset about the cultivation of artificial reefs which will provide more fish for them and everyone on and offshore. Not one single bit).

And the Reef Will be Named…

This part makes one’s imagination wander (and it is one of the only times in my life where I wished I had a pile of money). The section of the reef which the donor buys for the Goleta kelp bed project will be named after that person. However, the name of the reef does not have to be purchased by more than one person. For example, let’s say Penguin Publishing gives Jon Vreeland a $10-million-dollar advance in a contract, and Mr. Vreeland takes that tax-deductible 10-million and donates all the money to the Fish Reef Project, Vreeland has then funded the entire Goleta Kelp Forest Restoration project in one single donation. Now every time the writer gazes out off the beach in Goleta and Isla Vista, or every time he watches the ocean shimmer and dance while driving down the 154 or 101 freeway, he can say: “Look, there’s Vreeland’s Reef. There’s his immortal contribution to planet Earth. There’s his gift to his family and all of yours, and all the generations to come. There is his ultimate Magnum Opus.”  •MJ 10 – 17 January 2019


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org. The next Montecito Association board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12.

Mitigating Future Debris Risk

Next Wednesday, January 16, the Partnership for Resilient Communities and Montecito Union School’s superintendent Anthony Ranii will host an informational community meeting to discuss realistic opportunities to mitigate future debris flows. In late December, the Partnership received emergency permits to proceed with the installation of 11 debris flow control nets in San Ysidro, Buena Vista, and Cold Spring Canyons; authorization has also been received from the Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Wildlife,

and Regional Water Quality Control Board. The environmentally friendly Swiss-made steel nets, which catch debris as it comes down the hillsides, have the capacity to catch nearly 100 cubic yards of debris; nearly twice the amount of debris that our three Montecito debris basins can accommodate. There are currently over 40 such nets in other areas of the state, including Big Sur, Santa Cruz, and Marin. The meeting is an opportunity for community members to learn about the nets and other mitigation measures. Presenters include Ranii, former MUS board president and trustee Gwyn Lurie, former Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Pat McElroy, and Montecito Fire Operations Chief Kevin Taylor. The meeting is scheduled for

Wednesday, January 16, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm at Montecito Union School, 385 San Ysidro Road. For more information, visit

Remembering January 9, 2018

Local filmmakers Stan Roden and Phyllis de Picciotto have completed a tribute video that has been making the rounds on social media: Remembering January 9, 2018: Their Words, Their Photos, is a tribute to the first responders who risked their lives that day. The video presents eight Montecito firefighters who tell their unscripted, riveting stories from the tragic and devastating events on January 9; the Montecito Fire Protection District is credited with saving at least 800 residents. “As we all know, each member of the MFD and all of the other hundreds

of responders had to improvise solutions to incredibly difficult challenges,” said filmmaker Roden. “This is a tribute to them.” The video can be found at vimeo. com/305626499, or at www.baba

Eatery Updates

Several Coast Village Road restaurants have announced new offerings for the new year, including extended hours. At Coast Village Plaza at 1187 Coast Village Road, Renaud’s is now serving dinner with a “fast casual fine dining” service. Owner Renaud Gonthier said it has been a dream for many years to expand upon his patisserie and bistro’s already award-winning menu, bringing a little more of his home-




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Utah, Land of the Gasp


love a good excuse. “Why can’t you go to the store?” “Be-cause-ah, dear, my bad front tire could blow and sound like a gunshot. Then the police would show up and I could get arrested for creating a disturbance and be put in a damp jail cell where I could catch pneumonia and die.” “Right.” The folks at Zion National Park had one of the best excuses ever for closing a trail, though. Our Road Scholar leader explained it kinda like this: “The two evaporative toilets at Scout Lookout are being replaced with a new four stall facility. The existing toilets will be flown out using a helicopter. As it would be bad for PR if a head were to fall on someone’s head, the trail will be closed for a few days.” “Holy crap!” I said. That was yesterday. Today we on that very trail. We were supposed to start our four-day hiking experience with a relatively flat trail along the Virgin River to loosen up. But then we would miss out on the Scout Landing hike. So, we all watched the skies – just in case the helicopters started a day early – and started our first day on a hike listed as “a moderate, four-mile, four-hour, 1000-foot-of-elevation-gain trek.” “Need a breather!” I said, after five minutes of hiking. There were 22 of us in the group from all over the country. Road Scholars combines education with activity. The previous evening we had learned how the geologic formations in Zion National Park are part of a super-sequence of rock units called the Grand Staircase. Uplift affected the entire region, known as the Colorado Plateau, by slowly raising these formations more than 10,000 feet. “Did he say ten thousand feet? I’m dizzy just thinking about that.” We also learned that Native Americans and Mormons help settle the area. In 1909 President William Howard Taft created Mukuntuweap National Monument, which I guess didn’t fit well onto souvenir mugs because the National Park Service proposed changing it to Zion, a name used by the local Mormon community and much easier to spell. At orientation we also got to know a little about each other. One guy introduced himself as an astronaut. Two other people said they had worked for NASA. I told the group I had been spaced out most of the 60s. 10 – 17 January 2019

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Polar Bears Swim 2019

I stopped to let my wife catch up and for a water break, looking back at all the ground I had covered so far. Some people on a park bus driving by on the main road waved at me. “Moderate!” Pat gasped. “Someone needs to change the definition of that word.” It’s not that we are out of shape. We walk on the bike path in Santa Barbara quite often, where the elevation can go from sea level to more than 11 feet. It’s just that the air is thinner when you are this close to Mars. Plus, we don’t have a hundred switchbacks, which I was now looking up at. “I think I see the top!” “That’s not the top,” a fellow hiker said, breezing on by. “That’s just the first lookout point.” “Can that be true?” Pat asked. “Nah. What can an eighty-year-old woman know?”

The air is thinner when you are this close to Mars. We trudged on. The switchbacks reminded me of the lines at Disneyland. You walk a long way, turn, and walk a long way back, turn, and do it all over again. Finally, though, we got to a point when the trail straightened out some. “Glad to be done with those,” Pat said. “Wait until you get to Walter’s Wiggles,” another hiker said, practically sprinting along. Jeez. How many 80-year-olds are there in Utah? “I read about Walter’s Wiggles,” Pat said. “It’s a series of 21 steep switchbacks just before the top named after Walter Ruesch, the first superintendent for Zion National Park.” “Just twenty-one?” The Wiggles were much shorter and narrower switchbacks, so we only had to stop a half-dozen times. But we finally reached Scout’s Point and sat down to have lunch. “What’s that?” I pointed across to another trail. This one had chains to grab onto. “That’s Angel’s Landing,” Pat said. “Steep and dangerous. You gonna do it?” “I would, but, ah, I’m afraid the angels might want to recruit me right now for heaven and I hate to miss tonight’s lecture.” “Right.” •MJ

Montecito Polar Bears Diona Fulton and Maxine Filippin, before diving in the ocean at Butterfly Beach New Year’s Day 2019


he annual Polar Bears Swim in Montecito was held New Year’s Day 2019 at Butterfly Beach on a gloriously sunny day, high tide, with ocean waters at 57 degrees Fahrenheit matching the daily highs of 60 degrees, and a wind-chill on shore making it feel like 32. Holding her place as the longest ranking active member of the Montecito Polar Bears New Year’s Day swim is Maxine Filippin, who still swims daily at the local SB Swim Club. For the 2019 ocean plunge she brought swim club friend, Diona Fulton, P.E. teacher for Marymount School Santa Barbara. Fulton, a competitive athlete, is a long-distance road and trails runner originally from northern Massachusetts, and named after her great aunt, fashionista legend Diana [pronounced Diona] Vreeland. She had no qualms about the ocean temperatures here. In her priceless email reply to my annual reaching out to round up the Polar Bears, Maxine wrote to me, “For whatever it’s worth, I call myself the Chairman of the Board of the, I’m Never Gonna Die Club. At 84, I don’t wanna miss out on any of it (life). I have been participating for over 30 years as a Polar Bear, and am still working at real estate for 47 years. And certainly don’t want anyone thinking I’ve lost my groove!” For certain, we would not Maxine! She started doing the NY swim in the

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1980s at East Beach, and then due to her love of all things Montecito (including the Montecito Journal), Maxine joined the Miramar Beach and Tennis Club. Richard Payne was the manager from 1987 to 2000 and huge supporter of the annual polar bear swim. When the Miramar Club closed in 2000, Payne was a consultant to Ian Schrager for several years. With the buying and selling of the Club, Payne worked with its new owners to support the annual New Year’s Day tradition up through 2013. For New Year’s Day 2014, Maxine gathered the swimmers and it was held at the usual Miramar beach location. In 2015, we had it at Butterfly Beach, 2016 and 2017 it was cancelled, 2018 we fledged on and reconvened the swimmers at Butterfly Beach despite the Thomas Fire. Here’s a huge shout out to the Montecito Polar Bears who have appeared off and on in my column since 2002 in addition to Maxine and Richard: Jerry and Julia Springer, Hugh and Christel Snyder, Shelly Harmer Plumridge and Adam Plumridge, Joan Wells, Sally and Hank Kinsell, Byron Ishkanian, Peter and Marion Freitag, and Judy Alexander. 411: Open call for all Montecitans to join in the 2020 New Year’s Day Polar Bears Swim. Contact Maxine at Keller Williams cell phone: 805-689-7140 •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL


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Roman rock stars at the Pompeii exhibit President Reagan with Mikhail Gorbachev at the Presidential Library One of several plaster casts of victims of the Vesuvius explosion

ing President Reagan at his office in Century City when he was no longer in the White House. It was similar to a visit my late husband, Cork Millner, had with Reagan. I always remember him saying how focused Reagan was on whomever he was talking to – so interested and asking questions. It made you feel like you were the most important. During this time President Reagan used to see people eight hours a day and was enjoying talking to Cork about Reagan’s days at Warner

Brothers Studio. Cork was writing a book about them. The president told his scheduled people he wanted Cork to stay longer and so he did. He had a wonderful “grip and grin” photo taken with the president that they sent in the mail. That wasn’t so long before the president sent a letter to the public disclosing the oncoming of Alzheimer’s. Mitsuko Roberts was the Reagans’ personal chef at the Ranch. She was on the bus to share Reagan stories. She

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remembered how he would get up in the middle of the night and come to her bedroom door by the kitchen and ask her to make biscuits and gravy. They had to be quiet because Nancy wouldn’t have approved. She was trying to keep her husband slim and trim.

“The avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.” – David Fairchild

Our group had a delicious lunch and time to shop, naturally, before our champagne ride home. We should end the day with a quote from President Reagan: “America’s best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.”  •MJ 10 – 17 January 2019

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record. “I always admired his playing. He’s just brilliant. Turns out he’s a really nice, too.” American Trio did some shows on the East Coast a couple of years ago, but this current tour is just five dates long, and Bromberg plans to make the most of the opportunity to connect, trusting the moment – and his partners – to make the shows memorable. There’s a list of songs they’ve exchanged and they’ve agreed to one rehearsal before launching the tour at the Lobero, but anything might happen. “We just play what we feel, and it’s different every time,” he said. “That’s what makes it so much fun. We’ve got the rehearsal, but truly there’s no telling if we’ll perform any of those songs. We’re all great accompanist, we all can swing with whatever hits us.” If it sounds like Bromberg – who scored hits with “Mr. Bojangles” and had a string of increasingly successful albums over a six-year span in the 1970s (David Bromberg, Demon in Disguise, Wanted Dead or Alive, Midnight on the Water, How Late’ll Ya Play ‘Til?, Reckless Abandon, and Bandit in a Bathing Suit) – is still making up for lost time 17 years after returning from his self-imposed musical exile, there’s some truth there. “I stopped because I was working too much and I was just burned out,” he recalled. “But I was too stupid to realize that’s all it was. All I knew was that when I wasn’t on the road, which wasn’t often, I wasn’t practicing or writing or jamming – things a musician does. I’d seen guys on the circuit who’d drag themselves onto the stage and do a bitter imitation of what they used to love. I didn’t want to be that guy.” Bromberg admits his audiences have been smaller since returning in 2002, but on the other hand he’s able to play halls and clubs that, he said, guys who had hits can’t sell. “I kind of wish I’d been playing all that time, but I never could have predicted that it would work out like this.” This being the opportunity to have the kind of control over his gigs, recordings, hours, and especially collaborators that wasn’t there before. That would include working with Hidalgo and Campbell in The American Crossroads Trio. So while Bromberg admits to his favorites, exactly which songs show up on stage on any given night isn’t important, he said. “Any chance, anywhere I get to play with these two guys I will take,” Bromberg said, employing some of the trademark with that has characterized lots of his music over the years. “In the studio, on the road, with green eggs and ham, with a fox or some lox. I don’t care.” 10 – 17 January 2019

Classical Corner

What better way to kickoff the 2019 segment of CAMA’s 100th anniversary celebration than with a superstar violinist who actually first performed for the organization more than half a century ago? Itzhak Perlman, the virtuoso and cultural icon whose numerous accolades include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Kennedy Center Honor, the National Medal of Arts, and a Medal of Liberty (not to mention serving as co-chair of the CAMA Centennial Honorary Artist Council), first performed for CAMA as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1967 at age 21. He’ll return for a sixth concert with a longtime collaborator, the acclaimed pianist Rohan De Silva, a Best Accompanist honoree at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, for a recital at the Granada on Tuesday, January 15. Camerata Pacifica jumps right back into the swing of things in its remarkably ambitious two-year Beethoven project with a 10-artist strong concert, including both ensemble principals and guests, covering Mozart’s Quintet for Piano & Winds in E-flat Major, K. 452; Poulenc’s Sextet; and Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20. Show time is 7:30 pm on Friday, January 11, at Hahn Hall. Santa Barbara Music Club launches into the New Year with program boasting piano and flute (Andrea and Neil Di Maggio) and violin and piano (Nicole McKenzie and Betty Oberacker) duos featuring works described as “elegant outliers” as the pieces don’t quite fit the mold in terms of historical setting, genre, style, and the like. The Di Maggios take on Albert Périlhou’s Ballade and Jake Heggie’s Soliloquy, while McKenzie and Oberacker offer Gabriel Fauré’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op 13, with two works for solo piano, Franz Schubert’s Impromptu in F Minor (Op. 142/4) and Avner Dorman’s Sonata No. 3 Dance Suite, also on the program. Admission is free for the 3 pm Saturday, January 12, concert at First United Methodist Church.

What Up, Docs?

Santa Barbara International Film Festival has always had a soft spot for documentary films, as well more than one category encompassing the non-fiction features and shorts in a huge swatch of subjects are on the slate every year. By the nature of its timing, SBIFF also enjoys a relationship with award season, particular the Oscars, what with all the attention on nominated actors, writers, directors, and others. But usually all of that takes place during the festival itself. This year, however, SBIFF is hosting

a 2019 Oscars Spotlight that ends two weeks before the festival begins, at its newly renovated Riviera Theatre is screening all 15 of the documentary features that have been included on the so-called shortlist, from which the five nominees will emerge. Screenings began on January 4, but the generous schedule is such that every one of the features will have at least one screening between January 10-17. Plus, there are two festival-style Director Q&As on the slate, with RBG’s Betsy West and Julie Cohen after the 2:30 pm show on January 12, and Minding the Gap’s Bing Liu at the same time on January 14. Full-spotlight passes ($75) and individual tickets ($10) are available at

Further Focus on Film

Docs are also the order of the day at free film events elsewhere in town as The Carsey-Wolf Center’s Pollock Theatre at UCSB kicks off 2019 with a screening of Nadie at 7 pm Tuesday, January 15. The 2017 film tells the story of love and deception in the Cuban revolution as seen through the eyes of a man who was initially mesmerized by all its possibilities. Filmmaker Miguel Coyula – who created a pop culture collage, combining clips from old movies, photographs and imaginary conversations – joins actor/co-producer Lynn Cruz for a post-screening Q&A. Journalist and part-time Montecito resident Ivor Davis, who as a correspondent for London’s Daily Express covered the Beatles’ first American tour from start to finish, delves back into his experiences with the Fab Four following a screening of the band’s first film, 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night, at 7 pm Thursday, January 17, as part of Pollock’s new Beatles Revolutions series. Meanwhile, UCSB’s Arts & Lectures previews the January 27 Granada performance by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo with a screening of Rebels On Pointe, which chronicles the history of the popular all-male drag ballet company founded on the heels of New York’s Stonewall riots more












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than 40 years ago. The cinéma vérité doc screens at 7:30 pm Wednesday, January 16, at Campbell Hall. 

Talk it Out: Animal Instincts

Whether camping with wolves in Vancouver, pursuing peregrine falcons in London, or tracking leopards in the streets of Mumbai, the award-winning 25-year-old British photographer/filmmaker Bertie Gregory embodies his passionate advocacy of the natural world via capturing the essence of peaceful coexistence with the animals with both respect and humor. The host of National Geographic’s Wild Life with Bertie Gregory – who has been named Youth Outdoor Photographer of the Year, a National Geographic Young Explorer, and the Scientific Exploration Society’s Zenith Explorer of the Year – will share both his footage and stories in the National Geographic Live multimedia presentation A Wild Life at 3 pm Sunday, January 13, at UCSB Campbell Hall.

Cusk on the Cusp

Rachel Cusk, who critics have credited with virtually redrawing the boundaries of fiction with her “Outline Trilogy” via the creation of a new kind of sentence, a belief that character no longer exists, and her distinctive depiction of the dealings between men and women, is the next guest in Parallel Stories, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s periodic literary and performing arts lecture series that generally pairs art and artists with award-winning authors and performers. Lauded for the precision of her prose and the quality of her insight, the brilliant but controversial Cusk, who via her opaque but perceptive narrator challenges the assumptions we make about art, motherhood, marriage, and loyalty, will be interviewed by Andrew Winer, a friend and fellow writer who is chair of Creative Writing at UC Riverside, at 2:30 pm on Sunday, January 13. •MJ SITE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS 50 + YEARS EXPERIENCE - LOCAL 35+ YEARS




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especially at night when these critters are most active. If they learn your home is a food source, it will be difficult to get them to leave.

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Wildlife Resolutions A bobcat kitten found near Sycamore Canyon road in Montecito (photo by SBWCN Staff Member Jessie Zamichow)


any of us have New Year’s resolutions for 2019. It’s common to shoot for the stars and find out that two weeks into January our resolutions are more difficult to keep up than we thought. Not to worry! Here’s an easy resolution to stick with all year: saving wild lives. The finches at our feeders, pelicans at the harbor, and even the occasional opossums in our yards are all integral to our beautiful Santa Barbara ecosystem. The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network is a nonprofit organization that cares for 3,300 of these animals yearly. We are happy to provide 12 easy tips to try our at home and around town that will save lives and make living in harmony with wildlife a breeze.

1. Clean bird feeders and baths regularly.

Dirty feeders and baths lead to unhealthy flocks. Keep your backyard visitors healthy by replacing bird seed after it rains to keep birds from consuming moldy seed. It’s also a good practice to clean bird feeders every one to two weeks (the cleaning process varies depending on the material from which your feeder is made, but can be found online easily). Bird baths with murky, stagnant water spread diseases and encourage mosquito populations. Dump old water out of your bird bath and scrub with a solution of 1 part bleach, 9 parts water. Be sure to rinse your bath with water afterwards to get rid of any leftover chemicals.

2. Keep trashcans closed.

Make sure your trash and recycling bins are firmly sealed to prevent wildlife, like raccoons, from getting into them. Eating trash is not good for them, and encourages them to hang out near your property, which can lead to problems for your household.

3. Unwanted wild mammals in your yard? Use natural, humane repellent! Wild mammals like opossums and skunks are great for ridding gardens of slugs, snails, ticks, and rats. If you find these visitors are becoming too much of a nuisance, we recommend using Critter Ridder, an animal repellent from the humane Havahart brand that uses hot peppers to deter mammals. You can also make your own pepper based repellent by chopping an onion, two jalapenos, and one tablespoon of cayenne pepper into two quarts of water. Boil, strain, and spray! Coyote urine is also very effective repellent and can be purchased inexpensively online.

4. Do not leave pet food outside.

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5. Put up ultraviolet decals to prevent window strikes.

One of the most common reasons for an adult bird to end up in our care is a window strike. Some birds are stunned and recover with a little TLC, but many others die from their injuries. Window decals prevent birds from striking windows. These do not have to be large, colorful monstrosities though! Ultraviolet window decals appear clear to the human eye, but shine in the eyes of birds. They are low cost and available on Amazon. Decals are especially recommended for large, uninterrupted panes of glass.

6. Never use rodent poison or glue traps to deal with unwanted wildlife.

Rodenticide is a big problem in Santa Barbara County. Anticoagulant rodent poison does kill rodents effectively, but it also will kill anything that consumes the rodent body. This has caused many hawks, owls, coyotes, foxes, and even mountain lions to suffer and perish. Before thinking about using poison to rid an area of rodents, remember that it poisons the rest of the food chain as well. Glue traps also kill much more than the intended targets. Lizards and small birds frequently get stuck to the traps and starve. (Note: if you find a bird stuck in a glue trap, do not try to cut it out. Bring it and the trap to SBWCN at 1460 North Fairview Avenue). Try to find the source of your rodent problem like a crawl space that could be patched or a food source that could be removed.

7. Put up owl boxes in open spaces for natural rodenticide.

Owl boxes are easy to make or buy and provide excellent homes for barn owls! A single barn owl can eat up to 1,000 rodents in a year. That’s some pretty effective rodenticide! Owl boxes are great alternatives to traps and poisons. They work best in open spaces (one box per 20 acres of irrigated land is recommended). They may not be as effective in smaller, more urban spaces.

8. Do not feed bread to ducks.

This is a hard one to swallow. Uneaten bread in pond water leads to cyanobacteria, dangerous algal blooms, and attracts rats. Too much bread, especially white bread, is harmful for ducks as it is not high in protein and contains levels of sugar and carbohydrates that can lead to malnutrition and improper growth. We don’t recommend feeding ducks to begin with, but healthier alternatives for them are oats, seeds, or lettuce.

9. Save nests by trimming trees between October 1st and February 1st!

This is the period of time in which the fewest nests will be in the trees. Most birds nest outside of this timeframe, with the exception of pigeons and doves who nest year round. Be sure to still check your tree to make sure there are no occupied nests before trimming.

10. Try to keep cats inside.

Cats present a huge problem for small wild animals. It is very hard for an animal who has been injured by a cat to recover from their injuries, as cat mouths and claws have a high concentration of dangerous bacteria. If you absolutely cannot keep your furry friend indoors, we recommend outfitting them with a breakaway bell collar. The bell will warn wildlife of your cat’s presence, and the easy breakaway clasp will prevent any injuries to your cat should their collar get caught on something.

11. D  ispose of all fishing line, nets, and hooks properly. Don’t leave anything behind.

Improperly discarded fishing materials lead to gruesome injuries for seabirds. Save lives by keeping track of all line, nets, and hooks at all times. Try not to fish too close to areas where birds are feeding. If you see a bird caught on a hook or tangled in line, be sure to call SBWCN immediately at (805) 681-1080.

12. Put the SBWCN Helpline (805) 681-1080 into your contacts.

Our pets have us to take care of them, but wildlife in need has no primary caretaker; their first lines of defense are you and the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. Please don’t hesitate to call our Helpline at (805) 681-1080 should you find an animal in need or if you need some wildlife advice. Animals can also be brought to our Wildlife Care Center at 1460 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta. If you have any questions about transporting an animal in need, please call us as well. Do you think you could add saving wildlife to your New Year ’s Resolutions? With these practices, we can all save wild lives. If you have any questions, comments, or wish to support wildlife by volunteering or with a donation, please reach out to Thank you for supporting wildlife! •MJ

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” – Benjamin Franklin

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land to the community. Dinner guests can experience a new two- or threecourse prix fixe menu designed by Executive Chef Owen Hanavan. The menu will feature traditional French bistro items such as escargots, bouillabaisse, locally sourced farmer’s market vegetables, a hangar steak served with onion soubise, and French onion soup, among other items. Small bites will be also be available à la carte, paired with featured wines from the central coast as well as the Provence and Bordeaux regions of France. Dinner will be served from 6 pm to 9 pm daily. Reservations: renaudsbak Khao Kang, the new concept from the owners of the Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar at the Santa Barbara Public Market, will begin lunch service on January 14. Co-owners Jerry Lee, Emre Balli, and Nui Pannak describe the menu as elevated Thai cuisine, with a selection of specialty dishes not found on traditional Thai menus. Pannak, who heads up the kitchen, makes everything from scratch, including the house-made curry and chuchi pastes, stir-fry sauce, peanut sauce, and more. The recipes hail from Pannak’s home in Bangkok, Thailand. The eatery, located in the downstairs space once occupied by Here’s the Scoop, opened in November for dinner service, and will add lunch hours

(Monday through Friday 11 am to 2:30 pm) beginning January 14. At Montecito Inn, The Monarch and Chaplin’s owners Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee announced their third and final concept at the Inn: The Silver Bough will begin service Thursday through Sunday beginning January 31. The intimate space holds up to eight guests for an exclusive dining experience, bringing culinary theatrics tableside, according to Lee. “Since arriving in Montecito, I’ve had an amazing time getting to know the locals through our food at The Monarch, as well as visitors from around the world,” says Lee. “Silver Bough is by far my most ambitious restaurant to date, and after opening our first six restaurants, along with having the opportunity to travel the world and eat amazing food over the last few years with my wife Margarita, we are incredibly excited to share everything that we’ve learned, tasted, and experienced from our own unique perspective. The evening will be an event, one we hope that epicurean pursuers and open-minded explorers alike, will cherish and remember for many years.”  Lee has culled an impressive troupe to execute the tasting menu dining experience, including sous-chefs Danielle Van Steen (Church & State,

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BlueHour) and Robert Sandberg (Noma, Frantzen), and pastry chef Kallas-Lee (Scratch|Bar & Kitchen, The Monarch). The intimate space seats a total of eight guests up to the chefs’ kitchen, bringing the culinary theatrics up close, in an immersive setting. Reservations will be handled much like ticket sales to a theatre, with release dates on the first day of each month, for the following month’s performances.  At the conclusion of dinner, guests will have the opportunity to continue their experience with after-dinner drinks and aperitifs with the team. The all-inclusive tasting menu is paired with some of the world’s greatest wines, finest spirits, craft cocktails, and tinctures made by the chefs themselves, all with a ticket price of $550/person (inclusive of tax and gratuity). For guests

choosing not to imbibe, a unique and specialty non-alcoholic pairing will be provided. Dinner without alcohol will run $450/person (inclusive of tax and gratuity). There will not be any items or beverages available à la carte, and all dinners will be paired either with or without alcohol.   The 400 square foot space where the Silver Bough experience will take place is lined with Carrara marble, and houses a 16ft chef’s counter featuring Quartzite imported from Brazil. The room is encased by dramatic, crimson velvet curtains. The center table used in “Act I” is handcrafted and modeled after a voluminous Ginkgo tree, completed with painted brass butterflies and a glass top, custom designed by award-winning American artist Michael Aram. Additionally, Aram designed and crafted all of the plateware and serving dishes. The eight modern chairs feature a solid chrome frame and a luxurious gray velvet upholstery. A custom-built stainless steel stove with gold hardware, made by Montague, is a stunning showpiece in the intimate, open kitchen.   The Silver Bough is located inside the historic Montecito Inn at 1295 Coast Village Road. A 7 pm seating is available every Thursday through Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at www.silverbough  •MJ

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Helicopter picks up a Coast Guard Officer from Featherhill home JC’s Featherhill house and garden after the mud-boulder-and-debris slide

Romero Creek is twice as wide after the mud slide

west that was pulsating. It looked like the end of the world. We could barely make out Featherhill Road by the light of the moon. It looked like a river. As we watched for several minutes in disbelief, the rain began to slack off. We knew something really bad had happened, but we could only guess as to what it was. Lighting candles was not an option because of our cat, so we ran around getting flashlights, then decided to make coffee. Going back to sleep would have been impossible in our agitated state. From our RV-ing days, we still had a drip coffee pot, and since there was no electricity, we lit a burner with a match to heat some water. Still in shock, we sat at the kitchen table drinking coffee and staring into space.

Shaking and Shivering As the darkness outside began to retreat, we were startled by a knock on our back door. We jumped a foot in the air, then opened the door to see our neighbor, who lived on our downhill side, with mud up to his thighs, wearing clothes that were obviously too small for him. “You look awful, Thomas! Are you okay?” “Yes, I’m fine, but I sure could use a cup of coffee.” He refused to sit down in his filthy clothes, but shared his story of being awakened by the deafening noise and shaking of the house. As he faced the French doors in his bedroom, the glass broke and pelted him. Turning immediately, he ran for the front door as fast as he could, barely beating the mud, which was filling his house.

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He stumbled through the river that was Featherhill Road, and went to the closest house he could see on the adjoining street, Camino del Rosario. There he sat on the front porch of the Nivases, neighbors that he knew had evacuated. Clad only in a t-shirt, he shivered as he waited for the dawn. When there was barely enough light for him to see, Thomas went around the empty house looking for a way in. The French doors in the backyard yielded to his rattling and he was able to squeeze inside. The first door he came across was the son’s bedroom, so he went in, found some clothes to wear, then sat, waiting for his adrenaline rush to subside. When JC warmed up and stopped shaking, he went back outside and began looking around the neighborhood. The winking of our flashlights attracted his eye, so he pounded on our back door. Fortified with our coffee, he related his horrific tale, then returned to the Nivas’ house to try and get some sleep. Getting Out Around 7 am, the rain had stopped completely, and we were able to walk out to the street to try and figure out what had happened. The first thing I did was step into two inches of thick mud that looked like pavement. There were boulders and debris all over the street. We went to our back garden to find that the mudslide had completely filled the Romero Creek Flood Control, spilled over the top in one area, and left several large trees behind as it receded. As we peered over to Thomas’s property, we discovered that his backyard and pool were under three or four feet of mud, as was the inside of his house. Then we heard the beating of a helicopter, which was to be a constant sound for the next five days as the sheriff, police, and Coast Guard searched for survivors. The helicopter hovered for a long time over JC’s house. We discovered later that they were trying to locate him, and confirm that he had survived the mudslide. Perhaps the helicopters were also

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looking for us. Because we had no electricity, we had also lost all communication with the outside world. When we regained the use of our computer a few days later, we discovered that our picture was on a “Missing” list on Facebook. We had emails from relatives in France, England, and New Zealand asking us to confirm that we were still alive. Friends all over the country were asking the same question. Several weeks later, we were back in our home, shopping, banking, and having coffee when people we hardly knew came up, threw their arms around us, and expressed their relief that we survived the disaster. We felt like celebrities. Our other next-door neighbor, Charles, came over on the day of the mudslide with an extra emergency radio, which we used to learn the extent of the tragedy that had struck Montecito: the mud tore houses in half, blasted cars from garages, ripped down trees, and tumbled boulders like pebbles. Many people had been rescued, but many were still missing. After a week, the death toll was at 21, with a two-year-old girl and a 17-yearold boy still unaccounted for. To this day, they have not been found. We got in the car to survey the damage to the neighborhood and found many large boulders had made it impossible to turn left on Romero Canyon, so we drove down Veloz to Lilac and turned left. We only got a few hundred yards down the street when a missing bridge made it impossible to proceed. Then we walked north as far as Winding Creek Road where the damage was extensive: there were three houses that were in various stages of being covered by mud, and one that was completely missing. We discovered later that parts of it were in the garden and driveway of the neighbor at the end of Featherhill. Power Returns As we made our way home, we saw a man in emergency gear by the side of the road. He was with the Coast Guard, surveying damage, 10 – 17 January 2019

and waiting for the helicopter to pick him up. He asked to hang out on our porch until his ride returned, refusing to come in because he was covered in what we found out later was “toxic mud,” or mud that contained poisons from garages and sheds, sewer and septic tank contents, and ground up poison oak. He told us about the search for survivors and the dangers of wading through the debris, “We have to use a long probe as we walk around people’s property to make sure we do not fall into a swimming pool filled with mud.“ For two days (Tuesday and Wednesday), we were without electricity and used our fireplaces for heat. The first night we toasted hot dogs over the fire in our living room. We had no way to flush our toilets until our neighbor volunteered the use of his pool water. The emergency water we had stored in the garage came in handy for washing dishes, and two five-gallon bottles of water took care of our drinking needs. After three days (Thursday), the water came back on. Gas leaks were an increasing problem (they actually caused the fire that lit up the sky in the west) so the gas company went from house to house and turned off the gas at each house after checking for leaks.  On day four (Friday) we discovered that a neighbor, Alex, who had a well and a generator, had not evacuated either. He insisted we use the shower in his guesthouse (our first since Monday). We were so grateful to be clean! Later on Friday, our friend Clair, who had called us on our cell phone many times, insisted that we evacuate and go to her house to live. She gave us the number for the sheriff. “You can call this number to arrange for the sheriff to escort you out through the closed streets.” We packed and waited until Saturday for the Sheriff’s escort to arrive. When they did, we were allowed to drive our own car while following them closely and driving very slowly. Since the freeway was completely closed from a mile north of us all the way to Ventura in the south, we drove out of our neighborhood via East Valley Road.  As we watched in horror, we saw hundreds of trucks working in areas that we did not recognize. Boulders lined the street, a few of which were as big as a house. A stretch of the street past the Valley Club entrance on the left and Randall Road on the right was a sea of mud, rocks, and debris with nothing but mud where many houses used to be. It was impossible to tell where we were since the landmarks we knew so well were gone or greatly altered.

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The Birth of the Partnership Steel ring nets such as this will be installed three to five feet above the creek beds to allow for unmolested movement of protected species such as the California red-legged frog and steelhead trout

Eleven months ago, a small band of private citizens met informally at Cottage Hospital; each was separately visiting friends and loved ones injured by the mudslides. They began talking about what Montecito could do to prevent a repeat catastrophe. Their solution was to form a non-profit 501(c)(3) to investigate ways to lessen the risk of future debris flows and to help restore confidence in the safety and security of living in Montecito. Partnership members Les Firestein, Gwyn Lurie, and Brett Matthews, all Montecito Union School parents and board members or spouses, researched potential worldwide solutions to debris flows and discovered that the most effective solution in this area’s steep terrain would be to install high-tensile steel ring nets to hold back or even stop such flows. They were drawn to a highly rated Swiss company – GeoBrugg – and learned that the kind of nets they believed would be needed were manufactured in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Here Comes the January 2019 Miracle another $2 million to the $5 million we had originally budgeted for the first 11 ring net installations. The nets will sit three to five feet above streams so wildlife can swim or crawl under them. Federally endangered steelhead trout and the California redlegged frogs were studied and protected by biologists John Storrer and Jessica Peak, hired by the Partnership to gain permit approval. Sites that included hiking trail crossings were rejected in response to environmental priorities.

Hazardous Conditions Still Exist in Montecito The ring nets work to facilitate the movement of water and silt downstream while controlling and or capturing other debris such as tree trunks, limbs, larger stones and boulders; once filled to capacity, larger objects would then spill over but into the creek bed instead of spreading out laterally. The nets are scheduled to be cleaned within 72 hours of a rain event and to be completely removed at the end of a five-year period when, presumably, plant growth will once again do that same work.

Montecito’s steep canyons (five in all: Cold Spring, Hot Springs, San Ysidro, Buena Vista, and Romero Canyon) remain at high risk for debris flows for the next five years. Our mountains are still loaded with giant boulders and firescarred slippery soil, awaiting any deluge of more than 0.8 inches per hour that could release a new torrent of rocks, uprooted trees and debris. The ability of our “cash-strapped” County to provide immediate relief through new or improved debris basins is limited, at best. SANTA BARBARA



Did anyone believe that community volunteers could possibly raise the money, engineer a plausible protection solution, obtain emergency permits, and install anything in time for this year’s rainy season? Count me among the doubters. Without an office, without a management structure and with no fulltime workers, the Partnership has raised $2 million already, and have another million in pledges from donors waiting for permit approval. Emergency one-year permits have now been approved. Within a week or two, it is hoped that installers will be working at six sites, drilling into canyons and installing anchors. The steel nets will then be dropped in by helicopter and bolted in place. Six GeoBrugg ring nets are on order for delivery in January— two to be installed in Cold Spring Canyon, two in San Ysidro Canyon, and two in Buena Vista Canyon. Installation of the remainder of the approved 11 nets is dependent on future fundraising.

Cold Spring Canyon Nets This large culvert, which runs under the 200 block of Olive Mill Road, was quickly rendered useless by the torrent of tree trunks and limbs that swept down Montecito Creek onto Olive Mill Road just after 3:30 am on January 9, 2018 (photo: Mike Eliason)

Cold Spring Creek joins with Hot Springs Creek and becomes Montecito Creek, where multiple deaths were recorded at East Valley and Parra Grande Lane. Two steel hoop nets, designed to trap as much as 9,000 cubic yards of boulders and logs above the existing Cold Spring Debris Basin, are to be installed on private land owned by the Mary K. Robinson Living Trust, according to the public permit applications. Final contracts with the landowners, guaranteeing them freedom from legal liability, are currently being negotiated. The existing Cold Spring Debris Basin was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after the Coyote Fire. It was designed to trap 20,000 cubic yards of


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EDITORIAL (Continued from page 40)

flood debris. Its current capacity has deteriorated to 9,775 cubic yards. Now, the installation of two new ring nets will nearly double the capture capacity of that basin.

Carpinteria Valley Watershed Project by the USDA Soil Conservation Service in response to major flooding along Franklin and Santa Monica Creeks in 1969. Its 208,000 cubic yard capacity proved large enough to save Carpinteria from the devastation and death that struck Montecito in January a year ago.

San Ysidro Canyon Nets

Financing the Ring Nets

San Ysidro Creek accounted for deaths at Randall Road and East Valley. Two ring nets are scheduled to be located above the San Ysidro Ranch. The two nets will provide additional capture capacity of 15,434 cubic yards. The landowner, Ty Warner, is identified in the permit application as Wilderness BB, LLC. The current San Ysidro Creek Debris Basin, located at the end of West Park Lane, was also built by the Army Corps of Engineers following the Coyote Fire. Designed to capture 11,000 cubic yards, silting has reduced its capture capacity to 7,945 cubic yards. The new ring nets will add nearly 200% to that capacity.

Buena Vista Canyon Nets This large culvert runs under Park Lane and is meant to channel boulders and debris down Buena Vista Creek; ordinarily it works fine, but it became completely blocked by large boulders set loose by the denuded mountainside in an intense and severe 15-minute rain event during the early hours of January 9, 2018 (photo: Mike Eliason)

Buena Vista Creek has no debris basins. Although permitted for seven ring nets, only two will be installed in January due to fiscal constraints. The remaining five nets will be added as soon as funding is available. The Buena Vista nets will be installed on private land belonging to the Thomas and Peggy Pollock Trust, as soon as written agreements with the landowners to indemnify them from lawsuits can be concluded. The Buena Vista Creek overflowed on 1/9 when a clogged culvert caused the creek to jump its banks, tearing through nearby neighborhoods.

Debris Basins versus Ring Nets

Debris basins are essentially man-made, scooped-out dirt holes behind low dams designed as catch basins to collect water and debris. During storms, the water runs either over the dam or through a hole in the bottom of the basin, which can become blocked by the accumulated debris. Elevated ring nets allow wildlife to pass under the nets in dry times and allow water to flow under and through the nets in periods of high intensity rainfall, leaving behind the trapped trees and boulders. Debris basins require years of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) review; the proposed ring nets do not. There are some 11 debris basins protecting Montecito and Carpinteria. The Crown Jewel is the massive Santa Monica Debris Basin built in 1977 for the

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Originally pegged at a cost of $5.4 million for 11 nets, the estimated cost has now risen to $7.4 million to pay for the new permitting conditions. That triggers a need for more community support, with a target of an additional $2 to 3 million in donations over the next 30-days from the private sector. To be successful, broad-based community participation is needed with a goal of 75% of the homes and businesses in the “extreme danger” zone becoming small to medium donors, and 50% of the homes and businesses outside the extreme danger zone chipping in, no matter how small the donation. Broad-based community support will allow the Partnership to fulfill its planned and permitted installations. It may also help to convince insurers to continue to write fire and flood policies in Montecito; persuade homeowners to rebuild with a higher level of confidence; and, most importantly, protect property values and save Montecito lives. The Partnership funding effort is being led by Alixe Mattingly, community advocate, and Brett Matthews, public-private partnership entrepreneur.

You Can Help Make it Happen Pat McElroy, the retired Santa Barbara City Fire Chief and now Executive Director of the Partnership for Resilient Communities, beams as he displays the Santa Barbara County approved Emergency Permit for the Montecito Debris Flow Protection Plan

Partnership member Les Firestein, who spearheaded the search and discovery of GeoBrugg’s steel ring nets, here with the detailed Montecito Debris Flow Mitigation plans submitted to and approved by Santa Barbara County in what could be record time

Ring net contractors and installers tell us this is the first time ever that community volunteers and private donors have contracted for their own debris flow security. All other installations have involved disaster relief entities like FEMA or other state, county or federal government agencies. Without available public funding, we Montecito residents must take action to become more self-reliant and protect ourselves. I am not a public fundraiser. However, in the case of the community ring net effort, I am proud to step forward with a personal donation. Please join me in making a fully tax-deductible gift. If you would like to meet or speak with a Partnership member to discuss a gift, please call Alixe Mattingly at (805) 886-6584. E-mail either alixemattingly@ or Hollye Jacobs at, or go directly to the www. website, click on “donate” and make a tax-deductible donation to the Santa Barbara Foundation, which is providing administrative support for this fundraising effort. Alternatively, drop off or mail a check, payable to Resilient Communities, at the offices of Joe Cole, Attorney, 1482 East Valley Road, Montecito, 93108, in the Upper Village, a few doors north of the Post Office. Montecito is, was, and will continue to be – with help from you and other like-minded folk – one of the most desirable places to live in... the world.  •MJ

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WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW! Problem: Potential for More Debris Flows “The Montecito Fire Protection District considers the community of Montecito to be at imminent risk for Debris Flow caused by short duration, high intensity rainfall.” MFPD Operations Chief Kevin Taylor, also Incident Commander for 1/9 Debris Flow, October 21, 2018.

Solution: Geobrugg Swiss Steel Net System TPRC has worked with leading scientists and disaster experts to mitigate future debris flows in our community. Environmentally friendly engineered steel mesh nets strategically deployed to capture debris in designated high risk areas (as has been done in 41 other sites around California) are the most impactful short term way to significantly enhance our debris catching capacity.


From the bottom of our hearts we thank you… Each and every community member who has given of their time, expertise and money to help us get this far!

How You Can Help: Cost of Nets

On 1/ 9 due to an intense rain storm after the Thomas Fire: 23 of our friends, family members and neighbors perished.

900 rescued in the first 12-hours after the debris flow.

165 people injured.

527 homes destroyed or severely damaged.

28 commercial buildings destroyed or damaged.

To date, Community Members have stepped up with contributions from $10 to $250,000 totaling $2.9 million to design, engineer, and obtain the permits. But to install the first 6 nets—Buena Vista, San Ysidro, Cold Springs Canyon we need an additional $2.5 million. Installation is set to start imminently. The next $325,000 in contributions will be matched by generous donors. Please go to for detailed information and to donate, or make checks payable to Santa Barbara Foundation and in memo put, Partnership for Resilient Communities.

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1.2 billion dollar decrease in Montecito property values.

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Spirituality Matters Back to School


BCC’s Adult Ed, or rather its School of Extended Learning, has morphed back into a full-service educational institution, with a schedule that’s nearly as full as it was back in the heyday in the 1990s. Fee-based classes might outnumber the free ones, but there are plenty in both categories that fall under the wide umbrella of spirituality, self-help, or personal growth. Sixteen different courses fall under the new “Spirituality” heading, including such esoteric offerings as “Whale Whispering,” “Therapeutic Properties of Gems & Minerals,” and “Past Life Regression,” as well as classes on constructing personal shrines, making prayer malas and creating prayer flags. Also amid the usual selection of meditation classes and energy transformation sessions are mixed in other forms of mindfulness, through art or manipulating clay or playing drums. Elsewhere, under Psychology, you’ll find “Nature and SelfHealing,” which combines hikes and meditation, both in beginning and advanced series, “Psychology of Aging,” “Adventures in SelfEsteem,” “Creatively Dealing with Life Changes,” and “Honing the Intuitive Edge,” all in the Older Adults area amid many other offerings, while those who want to bring a little mindfulness to the business world can find courses in time managements, emotional intelligence, and motivation in the Professional Development section. Happily, the new spring term also heralds the return of the Nonviolent Communication Conference (NVC) to the Wake Center for a three-day weekend in late March after a oneyear hiatus when it sadly relocated to Westlake. Many classes start this coming Monday, January 14. Get course descriptions, details and registration online at

Winter Retreat

Inspiratia’s Timothy Tillman and Lamara Heartwell’s annual retreat takes place on their ocean-view land high in the hills above Mission Canyon, where the group will spend four days in a silent retreat that offers a balanced blend of mindful movement and embodied meditation with the goal of slowing down, rejuvenating, embodying intentions, and getting clear and open to what is true. Participants will stay on the site for the duration of the January


by Steven Libowitz 17-21 retreat, which includes nourishing vegetarian meals, communal lodging (tent, floor space, or vehicle). The all-inclusive fee of $425 can be paid in one payment, or via a payment plan, and scholarships are available. Call (805)-845-0514, email, or visit www.

Off-site Yoga

Parish Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church hosts a “School of the Heart” Hatha Yoga class at 9:30 am on Saturday, January 12, that focuses on the connection of the mind to the breath, the breath to the Spirit, and the Spirit to the body. No matter where you are on the yogic path, you are welcome to the one-hour Mac McNeel-led session. Free-will donation of $3. Email Vineyard Yoga Santa Ynez Valley, which regularly conducts classes amid the vines, returns to Cottonwood Canyon Winery in Santa Maria for a Candlelight Cave Yoga session on Sunday, January 13. The gentle form of yoga takes place in the sanctuary of the underground wine cave sandwiched by a guided meditation and relaxation period before the class enjoys a special wine tasting selected and curated for the group. Cost: $30. Visit www.vine Monday afternoon, January 14, brings another session from Wild Yoga Santa Barbara back for sunset at La Mesa Park, where bundled up practitioners will gather in the big green area close to the bridge for a slow, internal-diving flow to connect with the breath and the center. The one-hour session begins at 4:30 pm, timed to surround the sunset slated for 5:11 and accompanied by music from Mendeleyev who will share the sounds of his “Yoguitar” style. Suggested donation of $5. Next up: Wild Adventure Yoga at the top of Parma Park, following a short hike, on Saturday, January 26.

Soup’s On

With the new year deep into its second week, activities are on the rise at the studio/events center Yoga Soup, which will be celebrating its 13th anniversary later in the season. This Friday, January 11, boasts two simultaneous (7 pm) offerings of very different approaches. The Holy Well of Grief: Reflection and Renewal finds veteran grief ritual facilitator Alexis Slutzky offering a vastly shorter version of her periodic retreats in con-

junction with the one-year anniversary of the debris flow and Thomas Fire. She will share some context about grief and its place in our lives, before participants open their hearts with the ancient technologies of poetry and song, and have an opportunity to speak and listen to each other, as well as engage in a simple ritual of honoring our losses and giving thanks for our blessings. Suggested donation $15-20 at the door. At the same time, Lisa Citore and Len Van Nostrand host their bi-monthly Tantra Games: Mindful Connecting workshop where, in a Tantra-puja-style circle, participants pair up with different partners to share everything from fun communication games to Tantra practices, partner yoga, improv dance, heart-opening meditations, and other non-verbal interactions. The exercises range from playful and flirty to sensual to soulful, and are designed to inspire authenticity, vulnerability, acceptance, and presence. Admission is $18 in advance, $25 day of. Veteran meditation leader Radhule Weininger, MD, Ph.D, teams up with yoga teacher Emily Benaron for Self-Compassion for Body, Heart & Mind, slated for 1-4 pm on Saturday, January 12. The afternoon of meditation and yoga explores integrative healing with heartwork, intimately tending to bodies, hearts and minds, and dedicated to finding the courage, pathways and clarity needed to embrace our lives with love. Cost: $60 in advance, $65 day of.

SoulCollage Playshop

Denise Foxwell is a fourth-generation Santa Barbara native whose paternal lineage includes the first jailer of Santa Barbara and the city’s first postmaster. A personal assistant and caregiver, she’s also a member of the Core Council at The Center of the Heart across from the Wake Center in Goleta, which is where she’s leading a New Year ’s SoulCollage Playshop this weekend. Foxwell is a near-20-year veteran of the process in which participants make their own deck of “Intention Cards,” with each representing one aspect of their personality or soul. The cards are valuable to deepen your understanding of the relationships between your personality parts, your family/community/world, and your dreams, symbols, and spirit. They can be used intuitively to accessing inner wisdom, for daily guidance or simply as an avenue of self-expression. All supplies are provided at the 10 am to 2 pm workshop on Saturday, January 12, which costs $30 in advance, or $40 at the door. More details and registration at http://

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MeetUp Mashup

The Santa Barbara Psychedelic Integration Circle aims to serve as a safe and inclusive space to share and discuss experiences with entheogens, psychedelics, and other plant medicines on such topics as how the plants can guide, change, heal, or transform people. The support circle, organized by Evin María, will be facilitated by an experienced group moderator for the purpose of integration, including group and individual work to discuss and explore experiences with altered states of consciousness. A first gathering to set community guidelines, create conversation, and discuss activities as well as a monthly topic has been set for 7-9 pm on Monday, January 14, at a still-to-be-determined location. Visit The WaMe MeetUp, created by Benjamin Cziller, is a clever name for the ages-old practice of walking meditation, and is aimed at integrating meditation into everyday life in a non-sitting environment. The group is open to all, whether a sitting practice is difficult or simply not aligned with your vision of a contemplative experience, or even as an adjunct to a sitting practice. The first gathering is set for 4 pm on Sunday, January 13, although a location has yet to be confirmed. Visit

Raab-id Writing

Montecito Journal contributor Diana Raab, the PhD author and award-winning memoirist, poet, and teacher, has created a companion journal to her recent book, Writing for Bliss – A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. The interactive journal is designed to be used in conjunction with the main book but also serves as a stand-alone workbook for reflection and self-discovery. The Companion Journal is filled with writing prompts, exploratory exercises and inspirational quotes – all of which are aimed at guiding readers to tap into the messages of our own heart and lead us through the healing and transformational process of telling our own stories via chronicling and navigating life’s challenging times, along the way becoming a path to bliss. Raab will discuss the book and sign copies at Chaucer’s Books in Loreto Plaza at 7 pm on Thursday, January 10. She will conduct similar events at Lily’s of Montecito and at Ikat and Pearls in Ventura on as yet undetermined dates, and also offers her “Writing for Bliss: Writing Workshop” at Yoga Soup on February 9. •MJ 10 – 17 January 2019

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Invitation to Bid

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that bids will be received and posted electronically on PlanetBids for: BID NO. 5714 DUE DATE & TIME: FEBRUARY 1, 2019 UNTIL 3:00 P.M. Preventative Maintenance for the Substation and Motor Control Center Scope of Work to include preventive maintenance and testing of primary distribution systems, substations and motor control centers at the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Braemar Lift Station. A NON-MANDATORY pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., at the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant Conference Room located at 520 E. Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, to discuss the specifications and field conditions. No relief will be granted to contractors for any conditions or restrictions that would have been discovered if they had attended the pre-bid meeting. The City of Santa Barbara is now conducting bid and proposal solicitations online through the PlanetBids System™. Vendors can register for the commodities that they are interested in bidding on using NIGP commodity codes at

The initial bidders’ list for all solicitations will be developed from registered vendors.

Bids must be submitted on forms supplied by the City of Santa Barbara and in accordance with the specifications, terms and conditions contained therein. Bid packages containing all forms, specifications, terms and conditions may be obtained electronically via PlanetBids. Bidders are hereby notified that pursuant to provisions of Section 1770, et seq., of the Labor Code of the State of California, the Contractor shall pay its employees the general prevailing rate of wages as determined by the Director of Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). In addition, the Contractor shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements of Section 1777.5 of the California Labor Code relating to apprentice public works contracts. Contractors and Subcontractors must be registered with the DIR pursuant to Labor Code 1725.5. This project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the DIR. The City of Santa Barbara requires all contractors to possess a current valid State of California C-10 contractor’s license. The company bidding on this must possess one of the above mentioned licenses at the time bids are due and be otherwise deemed qualified to perform the work specified herein. Bids submitted using the license name and number of a subcontractor or other person who is not a principle partner or owner of the company making this bid, will be rejected as being non-responsive. Bidders are hereby notified that a Payment Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total will be required from the successful bidder for bids exceeding $25,000. The bond must be provided with ten (10) calendar days from notice of award and prior to the performance of any work. The bond must be signed by the bidder and a corporate surety, who is authorized to issue bonds in the State of California. Bidders are hereby notified that a separate Performance Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total will be required from the successful bidder for bids exceeding $25,000. The bond must be provided with ten (10) calendar days from notice of award and prior to the performance of any work. The bond must be signed by the bidder and a corporate surety, who is authorized to issue bonds in the State of California. The City of Santa Barbara affirmatively assures that minority and disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age (over 40), ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity and expression, marital status, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), national origin, race, religious belief, or sexual orientation in consideration of award. ________________________ Greg Corral Purchasing Supervisor

F I C T I T I O U S B U S I N E S S NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: FDS; Franz Design Studio; Kristen Franz, 920 De La Vina Street,

Published: January 9, 2019 Montecito Journal

Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Franz Design Studio, A Landscape A r c h i t e c t u r e Corporation, 920 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed


Sarah House is soliciting sealed bids for the up-grading of its HVAC system. The project is located 2612 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara, California 93105. The scope of work consists of but is not limited to providing all material and labor for the following: Removal and disposal of existing heating system and adding new heat recovery system that does both heating and cooling. Upgrade of electrical service and new panel to serve new HVAC system.

CITY OF SANTA BARBARA NOTICE TO BIDDERS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that bids will be received and posted electronically on PlanetBids for: BID NO. 5715 DUE DATE & TIME: JANUARY 29, 2019 UNTIL 3:00 P.M. Disposable High Risk Powder Free Latex Gloves

Special Notices This is a federally-assisted construction contract. Federal Labor Standard Provisions, including prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts will be enforced. In the event of a conflict between Federal and State wage rates, the higher of the two will prevail. The contractor’s duty to pay State prevailing wages can be found under Labor Code Section 1770 et seq. and Labor Code Sections 1775 and 1777.7 outline the penalties for failure to pay prevailing wages and employ apprentices including forfeitures and debarment. Attention is directed to Sections 1777.5, 1777.6 and 1777.7 of the California Labor Code and Title 8, California Administrative code, Section 200 et seq. to ensure compliance and complete understanding of the law regarding apprentices. Veteran, Disabled Veteran, Minority and Women Owned Business Encouraged: Bidders will be required to document their status as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), a Women-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) or a nonMBE/WBE firm. Non MBE/WBE bidders will be required to subcontract with MBE/WBE firms and/or demonstrate good faith efforts to include firms as part of the contract bid. Conflict of Interest Statements In the procurement of supplies, equipment, construction, and services by subrecipients, the conflict of interest provisions in (State LCA - 24 CFR 85.36 and Non-Profit Organizations – 24 CFR 84.4), OMB Circular A-110, and 24 CFR 570.611, respectively, shall apply. No employee, officer or agent of the sub-recipient shall participate in selection, or in the award or administration of a contract supported by Federal funds if a conflict of interest, real or apparent, would be involved.

The City of Santa Barbara is now conducting bid and proposal solicitations online through the PlanetBids System™. Vendors can register for the commodities that they are interested in bidding on using NIGP commodity codes at

The initial bidders’ list for all solicitations will be developed from registered vendors.

Bids must be submitted on forms supplied by the City of Santa Barbara and in accordance with the specifications, terms and conditions contained therein. Bid packages containing all forms, specifications, terms and conditions may be obtained electronically via PlanetBids. The City of Santa Barbara affirmatively assures that minority and disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age (over 40), ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity and expression, marital status, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), national origin, race, religious belief, or sexual orientation in consideration of award.

_________________________________ Gregory Corral Published: January 9, 2019 Purchasing Supervisor Montecito Journal

Mandatory Job walk and Contract Award: Sarah House Santa Barbara will receive sealed bids for the above work until January 28, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at the Sarah House administration office located at 2612 Modoc Road Santa Barbara, California 93015, at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. There will be a mandatory job walk for all interested bidders at the job site of 2612 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara California 93105 on January 24, 2017 at 10:00 am. Contact no later than 4:30 pm January 22, 2019 for questions and notification of walk through. Contract documents and specifications may be obtained by visiting Sarah House at 2612 Modoc Road Monday-Friday between 9am - 4:30 pm. All bidders will be required to certify that they are not on the federal Consolidated List of Debarred, Suspended and Negligible Contractors. The contract documents required to accompany all bids (Certifications, bid bond, form of bid, etc.) shall be in an envelope which shall be clearly labeled with the words “Contract Bid Documents” and show the project identifications, name of bidder, name of project and date and time of opening. Project Timeline The work must commence not later than two weeks from the notice to proceed and must be completed no later than one month from the start date. The successful bidder will be required to comply with all nondiscrimination laws, requirements, and regulations pursuant to the provisions of the attached contract documents. Sarah House Santa Barbara reserves the right to postpone, accept or reject any and all bids as Sarah House deems in its own best interest, subject to the terms and provisions of the contract documents. For any additional information please contact Susan Murray at or 805-682-1515. Publish dates: January 9 & 16, 2019

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petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Anthony Herman Lopez Olvera. 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 December 7, 2018. Hearing date: January 30, 2019 at 9:30 am in Dept. 6, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 12/19, 12/26, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16 10 – 17 January 2019


Notice is hereby given that bids for Bid No. 5716 shall be received to furnish and deliver all services and materials for the STEARNS WHARF ANNUAL MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS FOR 2019 per the attached terms, conditions and specifications. Bidders must be registered on the City of Santa Barbara’s PlanetBids™ portal in order to receive addendum notifications and to submit a bid. If any Addendum issued by the City is not acknowledged online by the Bidder, the PlanetBids System will prevent the Bidder from submitting a bid. Bidders are responsible for obtaining all addenda from the City’s PlanetBids portal. Bid results and awards will be available on PlanetBids. Bids will be received until 3:00 P.M., Thursday, January 31, 2019. At this date and time all bids received will be electronically opened and posted. It is the responsibility of the bidder to submit their bid with sufficient time to be received by PlanetBids prior to the bid opening date and time. Late or incomplete bids will not be accepted.


Project Information. 2.1 Location and Description. The Project is located at the Stearns Wharf and is described as follows: Remove and replace deteriorated piles, pile caps, stringers and deck boards as described in specifications. 2.2 Time for Completion. The planned timeframe for commencement and completion of construction of the Project is: 40 business days after Notice to Proceed. 2.3 Estimate. The estimate for this Project is: $235,000.00 2.4 Bidders’ Conference. A MANDATORY bidders’ conference will be held on January 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., at the following location: Stearns Wharf City Office, 219F Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA for the purpose of acquainting all prospective bidders with the Contract Documents and the Worksite. Bids will not be accepted or considered from parties that did not attend the mandatory pre-bid meeting.


License and Registration Requirements. 3.1 License. This Project requires a valid California contractor’s license for the following classification: A-General Engineering Contractor 3.2 DIR Registration. City will not 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.



Bid Security. The Bid Proposal must be accompanied by bid security of ten (10) 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. Prevailing Wage Requirements. 5.1 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. 5.2 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. 5.3 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 separate performance and payment bonds 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.


Retention Percentage. The percentage of retention that will be withheld from progress payments is five (5) percent.

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REMEMBERING (Continued from page 39)

Staying With Friends We (and our cat) spent 16 delightful nights with our friends, Clair and Harry. We had evacuated with them in Cambria for 12 days during the Thomas Fire. Since they do not live on a creek, their house and neighborhood were spared from being inundated by mud. We will never forget their gracious hospitality and many kindnesses. When we learned that the Gas Company was visiting neighborhoods in Montecito seven days a week while turning on the gas house by house, we began to pack to return home. Then a neighbor called to say he had an appointment to get his gas turned on that day, so we raced home only to find that we had missed the Gas Company on our street. Larry drove the neighborhood looking for a gas truck, stopped three of them, and gave the drivers our address. They arrived late that afternoon; they could not have been nicer or more helpful.  With the gas back on, the only problem left at our house was water that was not potable. Montecito Water informed us that they were running super-chlorinated water through the pipes to cleanse them. The chlorine was not good for the plants, so we asked our neighbor to turn the water off during this process. Then we were told that our water would be tested for potability until it passed strict standards of purification. Until then we were advised to boil all water before we used it; the Boil Water Directive was lifted a few days later. As Montecito continued to recover with the help of thousands of people working around the clock, we know how fortunate we are that our home was untouched and our garden had minimal damage. Now that the mud has dried out, there is dust everywhere, and the streets need to be cleaned, but we are delighted to be home, and we are especially grateful just to have a home.  Nearly 400 structures were eradicated and/or damaged in Montecito, not to mention the acres of property that washed down to the ocean. Trucks of all kinds were everywhere at all times of day, every day of the week. It was also difficult to drive because of all the road closures due to damaged and washed out bridges. We began to realize that our rural, quiet life would be over for a good while. When we were allowed to return home after our 15-day evacuation, we found that our paper-white narcissus had bloomed during our absence, welcoming us home with one of the joys of spring. As much as Montecito needs water, we dreaded the next rain. We didn’t know if we’d be evacuated again or if


the 101 would be closed again. One thing we did know: this time we will evacuate. Epilogue: Of the four Featherhill Road neighbors who discussed evacuation twelve hours before the mudslide, one got yellow-tagged (damage to property), two got green-tagged (house good for occupation), and one was red-tagged (house and property covered with mud).

Loving Grandma

by Sterling Streatfield t’s raining. Again. The bench outside SBCC was cold and wet, like sitting on a block of ice. My bottom hurt. Droplets slid down my back. But sitting there for a half an hour in the pelting rain with my sister and mom, waiting to be picked up, wasn’t nearly as bad as what I had just been through. “Would you like to get under the umbrella sweeties?” the helpful lady asked. The hair bundled at the top of her head bobbled with each word she spoke. Her smile glistened. Her eyes twinkled. With a frail face, my sister nodded, glad to get out of the rain. She got up from the bench slowly, and took the umbrella. The helpful lady left us – smiles and all – to go back to helping other mudslide victims. “How long till grandma comes?” my sister asked, clutching the umbrella handle. I stared at her face, pale with dry tear streaks. Her eyes spoke fear, anxiety, and worry all in one look. She had seen so much. Too much. “Whenever she can,” our mom comforted. She looked out into the long line of buses full of families with no homes, lost in thought. “I’m sure she’ll be here soon.” We sat in the rain, in silence. “How long will we stay with grandma?” I inquired. “I don’t know honey,” my mom replied. I prepared myself to live with grandpa again. I imagined our arrival and seeing him snapping, “Didn’t they leave only three weeks ago? First the fire, now this?” His words would leave a ping of dread, like a needle full of fear jabbing me. That was until I’d see the smile hiding behind his rough mustache. Suddenly, I realized a little red car making its way through the long line of buses. A little lady with that everlasting smile sat behind the wheel. That smile that takes you to a place where shadows become vivid, and dreams become reality. That smile when you know everything will turn out all right in the end. “It’s grandma! She’s here! Finally, we’re getting out of the rain!” My sis-


ter gushed. Her frigid face lit up, like the sun’s first appearance on a cloudy day. The rainbow I was missing was back. Ruby and I ran to greet grandma. “C’mon on in!” she motioned, telling us to jump in the back. Eagerly we stepped into the warm car. My mom slipped into the front seat and gave grandma a long hug. “Thank you for picking us up.” “Thank you!” My sister and I chimed in. “No problem! Gives me an excuse to leave work anyways. Oh, girls, there are blankets in the back for you. Go ahead and snuggle up.” I smiled as I watched my sister rave on and on about our wild morning while our grandma listened attentively. I got that feeling. That feeling that replaced horrible rain, with cozy hot cocoa and snuggles. I love my grandma. I know she will always be here for us.

The Fire

by Erin Graffy THE FIRE is an animal who crept into our land starting small  nibbling quick growing, growing embracing the wind mating with its lusty gusts spawning relentless offspring of  flames never slowing ever growing THE FIRE is an animal  nimbly darting out of reach  capricious, unpredictable  running, jumping, leaping in its crimson course racing down hillsides roaring down canyons fast and furious beyond the breach  just out of reach THE FIRE is an animal,  predatory animal voracious appetite  insatiable appetite ravaging chaparral gorging on trees and terrain devouring hillsides and homes  making meal of our memories an ever-thirsty reservoir always hungry for one more THE FIRE is an animal seductive in its glow and warmth and shimmering sparks of insidious harm Turning vicious,  bearing teeth  of fearless destruction sinking fangs into the earth spewing gas of poisoned air sloughing ashes everywhere THE FIRE is an animal

“In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.” – Jacques Barzun

pursued with frantic passion hunted down with backhoes and hoses spraying and shoveling digging and dousing  stomping and smothering to extinguish all energy until it gasps its final breath and one last sigh before its death...

A Stressful Time by Bridgette Snyder

Bridgette Snyder is 16 years old; she is a senior at Olive Grove Charter school, and is an aspiring writer, teacher, and musician. Her immediate family consists of three adults and six children. The adults are her mother, Jessica, grandmother (her mom’s mom) Marcia, and Bridgette’s mother’s fiancé, Josh. The children are she, her sisters Jacinta (14), Grace (8), and Mary (7) and brothers Paul (12) and George (11). Paul’s birthday was during the flood evacuation, so by the time they reached their aunt Dar’s house, he was 13.

The Evacuation Saga


t started on one December evening with a sudden power outage. We soon learned that the power outage was caused by the beginnings of the Thomas Fire. When the power came back, we figured we were in the clear for the time being and continued as normal. However, as the air quality rapidly declined, and with our home now dangerously close to the mandatory line, staying home for much longer didn’t seem like an option. December 10, 2017, we were officially out of the house, heading out of the evacuation zone and into a safe air-filtered house. I remember going to church that morning and having to leave midsong because I started crying, and as much as I tried to hold myself together, I could hardly stay still. I was constantly misplacing my sunglasses and water bottle. No doubt the environment we were settled into helped us all stay sane. Most evacuation notices lifted, we headed home that Thursday morning (December 14). All the utilities were functioning, and it was as if we’d never left. For some reason I kept my backpack packed, only taking clothes out if I really needed them. Thursday and Friday passed and we were looking forward to a more relaxed weekend. We were also going to try to get our picture taken with Santa. The first time we’d tried was on our way out of our house on Sunday, December 10, but Santa had been evacuated too. We were able to get a nice picture of all the kids in their 10 – 17 January 2019

masks in front of a poinsettia display. Man, what a unique Christmas card that would’ve made. Saturday morning came much earlier than any of us would’ve liked. Seven in the morning and the Sheriff is at our door, telling us to get out and get out fast. Thank goodness I kept my stuff together, because I was one of the only members of our family that managed to get out with more than two outfits. A quick sweep over my room, and I was packing my stuff into our smaller car’s trunk (my mom was working at the time and had our family car with her). Luckily, we were all able to make it out, thanks to a police escort for me and a few of my siblings. I could only hope and pray that this was the only time my family would have to watch me get taken away in a cop car. We were being taken away from a full-blown firestorm. We left the house in an apocalyptic state: Red skies, red sun, and the wind blowing in more ash and smoke than ever. The winds were especially worrying. I knew how quickly they could stoke the flames, edge them closer to our home. I clung for comfort to a stuffed animal as we fled. Our family was scattered between two houses this time; most of the kids stayed in the house of one of my stepfather’s former band mates (and still good friend) and my sister and I stayed in my cousin’s house with him and his family. Whether we were all in one house during the day or not, we were separated when evening came, as there were just enough sleeping accommodations for our large family. On the Wednesday night when we were allowed to return, I stepped inside our house and finding my regular browsing spot (kitchen table, next to the router) felt better than it ever had. A quick cleanup, a little laundry done, and we were back on track. Time to focus on finishing up, and getting ready for some serious celebrating. Sleeping in, watching lots of movies and just generally enjoying life was how we spent the next few weeks. I also had some time to enjoy my Christmas gifts, which included wireless headphones, a Fall Out Boy t-shirt, and lots of candy, as well as the pants and fuzzy socks that I desperately wanted (because my feet get cold, like everyone else’s). Everything was normal once more. The Slide January 9, 2018. I wake up and there’s something immediately wrong. Bright lights are flashing through my curtains; there’s shouting outside, and the winds are the strongest I’ve ever heard them. I look to my alarm clock and realize it’s not on. Neither is my night light; the power’s gone. I’m not sure what’s 10 – 17 January 2019

going on, but I knew it couldn’t be good. I could do nothing but lay in bed and try to talk my sisters back to sleep. Hopefully things would look brighter later in the day. The next few days are hectic. Our house is fine, our yard is untouched, but nothing is normal. We have no power, no running water, and no gas. All the roads are closed, so no one can go to work, go grocery shopping, or leave the house at all. We hardly know what to do with ourselves. We just wandered around the house like restless ghosts, worked if we could, but mostly just sat and thought to ourselves about everything going on. Were we leaving again? How long would it be until our lives resumed? No Going Back Days passed, and we knew we had to get out. Without showers or food, we were in no condition to continue living here. Basic resources were suspended for an unknown time, and my parents needed to be able to get to work, but police barricades on our roads wouldn’t allow that. After making some phone calls and finalizing some arrangements, we were packing up and loading into the car, this time not afraid that we wouldn’t come home. We were more worried about when, because the way things looked, it could’ve been months. The man at the street corner didn’t encourage us either. His parting words to my mom through the window: “You know there’s no going back... right?” After a night at a friend’s house, and a few nights in a hotel, we were about to be separated from my parents for an undetermined amount of time; our final destination was with my elderly aunt and uncle. We entertained ourselves the best we could. My grandmother’s hot spot offered a slow WiFi connection, but as the days dragged on and going home seemed farther and farther away, tension naturally built in the household. My aunt, God bless her, did everything she could to make us feel at home, from separate bedrooms to home-cooked meals. She even treated us, getting the older boys new tennis shoes and taking them as well as my sister and me to see the latest installment in the Star Wars saga (The Last Jedi). Still, in our hearts it wasn’t home, and as hard as we tried to stay positive, between us all getting sick and missing our home and our parents, the reaction to the news we received a week from our arrival was ecstatic: The evacuation was being lifted. We were going home. Going Home Again Saturday morning we were up and packing. My house was up and running: electricity, gas, water (still on boil notice, but I was showering),

cable and, sigh of relief: WiFi. I’d be in my own bed, living out of a dresser instead of a suitcase, and I’d be able to start catching up on all that homework. Yes, there’d be some cleanup; no doubt things will have molded, gotten dusty and dirty since we basically abandoned the place, but it was all going to be worth it. My mom’s car in the driveway was a welcome site. After lots of hugs we were double-checking our rooms, taking out the trash, and loading up the car again. We wouldn’t be so crowded this time; my aunt Donna (the one I’d stayed with in the second fire evacuation) was picking up my grandma, and she had space in her car for any items we couldn’t fit or didn’t immediately need. There was quite a bit of traffic, but no one minded. We were all too happy to be on our way. Walking inside, the house wasn’t quite as we’d left it. Everything smelled stale, and somehow, we’d left behind counters full of dishes. Our two best pots were completely rusted and had to be thrown away. The next few days would be full of work, but we weren’t worried about it. We’d been through so much worse. This was just another obstacle. Nothing was quite normal. Some roads were still blocked. There was construction outside our house every

day, from early in the morning to late into the night. Phone lines still flickered and the bills that mounted even in our vacancy were staggering, what with days lost at work. We were still in a major hazard zone, and at the first signs of rain we had to hold our breath for fear of being moved again. But whenever I started to feel sorry for myself, I looked down the street. I could see those houses that were completely swept away by the mud, completely empty. I looked at the posts of people that were lost, even from my own parish (one victim was in my religious education class). I thought about all those families that have lost loved ones, their houses, everything and realize how lucky we actually are. I’ll leave you with a lyric that has stood out to me through this time. I learned it at a leadership camp this summer that I’m very grateful I was able to attend. It’s truly a beautiful song, and it’s so oddly specific to our situation, I know it was something I was meant to hear. I have this hope In the depths of my soul In the flood or the fire You’re with me And you won’t let go. from “I Have This Hope” by Tenth Avenue North. •MJ

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 Curated Collaborations – Rock and roll impresario (not to mention lifelong devoted music fan) Hale Milgrim is back at the Lobero Theatre with another episode of Quips and Clips, his should-be-patented carefully crafted film collage featuring legendary musical artists from the 1960s to present day. This latest hearty and hale (sorry) installment of his decades-spanning audio-visual journey focuses on collaborations and unusual partnerships, complete with Milgrim’s memorable insights, stories and anecdotes, perhaps an overdue topic given that Milgrim’s own musical journey started behind the counter at Isla Vista’s Discount Records in 1969 and spiraled upward through a succession of positions at major record labels that concluded with a stint as the President/CEO of Capitol Records. Since returning to Santa Barbara, he has continued to work and support local music via serving as co-founder and/or board member of Sings Like Hell and the Santa Barbara Bowl, as well as hosting a radio show, “Go to Hale,” which aired for six years on KTYD. Among the collaborations, rare and otherwise, we’ll witness tonight are pairings of Chuck Berry & Keith Richards, Roy Orbison & Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne & Emmylou Harris, and others. A preshow refreshments and memorabilia sale on the front plaza, plus raffles, and prizes and time for Q&A round out the

fun. WHEN: 6:57 pm (pre-show 6:03 pm) WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. COST: $20 INFO: (805) 963-0761 or KHK-ing off the new year – No matter how disheartening the news out of Washington, D.C., at the end of the year, the warm and gooey feelings can’t help but arise with the advent of the annual pair of concerts from Kids Helping Kids. The entirely studentrun nonprofit organization based out of the AP Economics classes at San Marcos High School has grossed more than $1.5 million to support disadvantaged youth, both locally and globally, via the benefit shows and other events since 2002, and the productions are so professional they put some veteran promoters to shame. Not to mention that all of the acts that perform at the Granada concerts subscribe to laudable values, aiming for connection, love, and personal growth rather than gansta rap or emo or the like. Tonight’s headliner, singer-songwriter Ben Rector, most notably recognized for the smash hits “Drive” and “Brand New,” found his sixth album, Magic, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Americana/ Folk Charts and No. 44 on the Billboard 200 chart. JOHNNYSWIM, which performs tomorrow night, was previously an opener for KHK, winning audience applause for its hits “Home” and “Diamonds,” among others. Comprised of husband-and-wife Abner Ramirez and Amanda

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 Batiste by Fire – Jon Batiste is seen by millions on TV five nights a week on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where the jazz pianist employs his soulful brand of high-energy pop mixed with New Orleans funk and American jazz standards to fill in between the funny man’s commentary on the day’s news and more. But despite the special sense of humanism that he brings to the energetic and exciting music for the show – not to mention undergraduate and masters degrees in piano from the Juilliard School – Batiste’s new solo album, his major label debut, comes as quite a surprise. Recorded in a church in his native New Orleans and produced by folk-rock/singer-songwriter/soundtrack wunderkind T Bone Burnett, Hollywood Africans serves as a stunning showcase of his brilliance, pathos, and expression. Primarily comprised of just Batiste and his piano, the album features standards, unexpected covers, and several original songs that serves as an intimate, stripped-down portrait and comprehensive and thrilling journey through his city’s and his own musical history. Weaving an intimate and emotional tapestry, Batiste leaves the listener astounded and wanting more. Which is what we’ll get when the pianist makes his Santa Barbara debut in an intimate solo show at UCSB Campbell Hall tonight. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: Campbell Hall, UCSB campus COST: $30-$45 INFO: 893-3535


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FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 Reflections of the Thomas Fire – One year following the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow disasters, Antioch University Santa Barbara hosts this evening symposium to consider questions and solutions on what we can do to be better prepared for our next natural disaster. After a year of examining the tools, processes, and best practices commonly used among residents, disaster relief organizations, and government officials who have all systematically determined the roadmaps of actions and collaboration with other organizations in the community, the aim is to discuss what works for the community, what we can improve on individually, and in our neighborhoods and community at large. Presentations from the two keynote speakers – Emily Barany, founder of Visionality Partners and cofounder of Thomas Fire Help, and Rob Lewin, Emergency Operations Director for Santa Barbara County’s Office of Emergency Management – will be followed by a panel discussion/Q&A session with Rose Levy of Direct Relief, Christina Kelley of Mission Harbor Behavioral Health, Fernando Moreno of Heavenly Worth Home Health, and Stephanie Kaster of Casa Dorinda. Light refreshments provided. WHEN: 5:30-8 pm WHERE: 602 Anacapa Street COST: free INFO: www.eventbrite. com/e/reflections-of-the-thomas-fire-tickets-53413559394

Sudano Ramirez, who first instituted a songwriting partnership in Nashville before also clicking personally. Opening both nights is KHK perennial performer Tyrone Wells, a singer-songwriter whose powerful presence invariably captures both the ears and hearts of many among the crowd via his passionate tales of romance, adventure, and daily life. He’s earned more than 60 million Spotify streams as well as placement in such TV shows as Grey’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill. Also performing both nights are student ensembles and winners from San Marcos, while a silent auction features phenomenal prizes. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street COST: $34-$129 each night; $75 additional for VIP tickets which include a wine, hors d’oeuvres, and champagne reception held in the Granada Founder’s Room prior to the concert. INFO: (805) 899-2222 or SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 Santa Barbara Jubilee – The beneficiaries for this innovative fundraiser at the New Vic Theatre aren’t quite as young as the new year of 2019 itself, but for sure participants in Notes for Notes, Youth Interactive, and the Ensemble Theatre Company Youth Education are at that still impressionable age when skills are honed and great habits are formed. The wildly eclectic concert features performances by Yonas Michael, Chris Fossek, Jason & Jeon, Riviera Strings, The Brambles and The Jazz Villains, while comedian Andrey Belikov (of Comedy Hideaway) serves as

“This morning when I put on my underwear I could hear the fruit-of-the-loom guys laughing at me.” – Rodney Dangerfield 

emcee. The event will also feature an outdoor social gathering space on the theater’s adjoining patio with DJ sets by Comfort Food, Thirdtonewu, and Albino Rhino, with sips and bites from Ca’Dario, Bibi Ji, Buena Onda, Grassini Family Vineyards, Topa Topa Brewery, and Flying Embers. A raffle and silent auction (with prizes from Sonos, Santa Barbara Zoo, Grassini, Riviera Towel Co, Ca’Dario, and Ensemble Theatre Company, among others). WHEN: 5 pm WHERE: New Vic Theater, 33 West Victoria St. COST: $49 INFO: (805) 965-5400 or Haiti Girl Power – Music for the Maison is an all-day celebration to benefit the Maison des Jasmins, a transition house in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, to aid orphan young women in completing their education. Daytime activities include a Zumba class with Josette Tkacik at the Carrillo Recreation Center (100 E. Carrillo St.) at 11:15 am, and a Drum Circle with Jerry Zacarias at Center Stage Theater at 3 pm, before the main event evening concert at the theater featuring three local bands. Jason Campbell and The Drive is a trio that operates at the musical intersection of rock, country, and funk. The female duo known as The Brambles – featuring Carly on ukelele and Bethany on percussion – cite acts as diverse as the Head and the Heart, Janis Joplin, The Civil Wars, Etta James, and Alison Krauss as influences in evoking their exploration of euphoric acoustics. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Matthew Doohan now fronts the Seattlebased rock band, Fortress of the Bear. 10 – 17 January 2019

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 Lucky 13 – Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! dives into 2019 with the return of Mariachi Los Camperos, the Grammy-winning ensemble that is influential both as a premier performing ensemble and as educators. The thirteen members are all master instrumentalists and vocalists who follow in the footsteps of the late co-founder Nati Cano, who joined an original band in Mexicali, Baja California, as an arranger way back in 1950. The group later relocated to Los Angeles, where they were based out of a restaurant Cano had also founded named “La Fonda de Los Camperos,” giving the band its current name. The ensemble was one of four mariachi ensembles that collaborated on Linda Ronstadt’s 1987 milestone album, Canciones de Mi Padre and also appeared on the 1992 sequel, Mas Canciones, and toured with the singer nationwide. Just this past July, Mariachi Los Camperos’ afterschool program – which was founded in 2001 – was awarded first prize in the California State Fair Youth Mariachi Competition, so they’re old hands at the educational part of Viva’s weekend programs, which include public concerts at three area locations as well as several school assemblies. WHEN: 7 pm tonightSunday WHERE: Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road (Friday); Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo Street, Guadalupe (Saturday); Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High, 721 East Cota St. (Sunday) COST: free INFO: (805) 884-4087 ext. 7 or

WHEN: Drum circle 3 pm, concert 7 pm WHERE: Center Stage Theater, upstairs in the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center, at the intersection of Chapala and De la Guerra Streets COST: $10 (drum circle), $20 (evening concert) INFO: 963-0408 or www. SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 Mann Up – Praised as “one of the Southland’s finest jazz vocal artists” by famed Los Angeles 
Times critic Don Heckman, Janis Mann has been called a true jazz singer in the manner of Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, and Shirley Horn, but with a captivating sound all her own. Both a striking song stylist and a fearless improviser, Mann is an exciting and engaging performer whose rich timbre, flexibility, and vocal








range often invites comparison to Sarah Vaughn. Mann has performed with Diane Schurr, Roy Haynes, Terrell Stafford, Dave Frishberg, Jack Sheldon, John Clayton, Eric Reed, and Roberta Gambarini, among other jazz luminaries. At today’s year-opening Santa Barbara Jazz Society concert, she’ll be accompanied by two of L.A.’s finest musicians: pianist Jeff Colella and guitarist Larry Koonse, the veteran who has 10 albums to his name as a leader and literally many dozens of credits as an in-demand sideman. WHEN: 1-4 pm WHERE: SOhO, 1221 State Street, upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $25 general, $15 SBJS members, $7 members who are local professional jazz musicians, $5 full-time students INFO: 962-7776/ or 687-7123/www. •MJ








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Montecito Rising – Billed as “An Evening of Community and Connection,” tonight both commemorates the first anniversary of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade and serves to benefit the community-formed nonprofit that has been diligently working to dig out homes, pathways, buildings, and otherwise beautify the areas around the village that were heavily damaged during last January 9’s devastating debris flow. The Doublewide Kings, the countrified collection of Montecito musicians who recently played a big gig at the Lobero, join with DJs from Party Proper Productions and dance performances from the ubiquitous troupe La Bohème to provide the live entertainment for the event that also features adult beverages by Rincon Brewery, Alcazar, Milk and Honey, Babcock Winery, Grassini, Esfuervo, and Joe’s Cafe, and food from The Four Seasons Biltmore, Duo Catering, Lucca Truck Pizza, Mesa Burger, Slate, Seasons Catering, Merci, and Rincon Catering. Put down the shovels and lift a glass (and your spirits as well as your body on the dance floor) to Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, the friends, neighbors and other folks who are “Moving mountains one bucket at a time.” Proceeds from the event will support SBBG’s preparations for the coming winter and the construction of a regional network of Bucket Brigade-trained and empowered communities to help California prepare for and respond to natural disasters and community crises. WHEN: 6-11:30 pm WHERE: Procore Event Warehouse, 3695 Cindy Lane, Building A, Carpinteria COST: $100 INFO:

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Granada Theatre Concert Series & Film Series sponsored by 1214 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Donor parking provided by

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MISCELLANY (Continued from page 18)

Bob Bernhardt, Michael Lynche, Shayna Steele and Chester Gregory (photo by Priscilla)

At the Los Olivos Union Hotel are Julian and Delia Colbeck; Brian, Robert and Mary Frances; and Terry Shields and his companion (photo by Priscilla)

“Pops” revelers Eddie Sutti, Cat Pollon, Nina Terzian and Richard Mineards (photo by Priscilla) Santa Barbara Symphony president Don Gilman with Regina and Rick Rooney and executive director Kevin Marvin (photo by Priscilla)

The Secret, later this year. Alan, who has an organic avocado ranch, Tres Vientos, in Goleta, where he recently built a new multi-million dollar studio, wittily dubbed ParSonics, also celebrated the occasion with an impressive birthday cake based on his 1982 album, Eye In The Sky. Among the revelers were actress Bo Derek and John Corbett, Leslie Ridley-Tree, Alan’s great aunt, Mark Collier, singer Al Stewart, Andrew Goldenhersh, Peter and Mireille Noone, Robert Schwartzman, John Payne, Arthur von Wiesenberger, Wally Palmer, David Pack of Ambrosia, Dave Jenkins, Danny Thompson, P.J. Olsson, Guy Erez, Todd Cooper, Tom Brooks, Dan Tracy, Jeff Coleman, Jeff Marshall, and last, but not least, Alan’s wife Lisa, mother of his two daughters, Tabitha and Brittni. All We Need is Music A Soul Train of Motown music steamed on to the Granada stage when the Santa Barbara Symphony, under energized maestro Bob Bernhardt, staged its annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert, Dancing in the Streets.


The highly entertaining show featuring American Idol finalist Michael Lynche, alongside Broadway stars Shayna Steele, who appeared in Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar and the original cast of Hairspray, and Chester Gregory, who played founder Berry Gordy in Motown the Musical. The two-hour show, which started off with flutes of champagne in the lobby, with the sold-out show’s attendees being provided hats and horns for the celebration, featured a host of festive arrangements including

“Don’t Leave Me This Way,” “Let’s Groove Tonight,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” A glorious way to welcome in 2019... Bella Vista Bash Social gridlock reigned when tony twosome, Pat and Ursula Nesbitt, threw a heaving holiday bash at Bella Vista, their sprawling Summerland polo ranch. More than 150 guests were welcomed to the bustling beano, catered by the Biltmore, by ballerinas from the Luminario company in Los Angeles, while the Lois Mahalia Choir entertained with gospel and

Anne Towbes and Gail Kvistad (photo by Priscilla)

Santa and Tanya Thicke (photo by Priscilla)

holiday favorites. After dinner Ursula, dressed in a slinky red and white outfit for the occasion, performed a sizzling musical arrangement, with four male dancers from Asher Entertainment, much to the delight of guests, who included Jeff and Hollye Jacobs,

Kathryn Martin and Kevin Marvin with John, Dorothy, and Julie Warnack (photo by Priscilla)

“But the fruit that can fall without shaking indeed is too mellow for me.” – Mary Wortley Montagu

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Hosts Pat and Ursula Nesbitt with Luminario ballerinas Kelly Vittetoe and Andie Barlot greeting guests (photo by Priscilla)

Nikita Packard, Konrad Zinke, Wolfgang Zinke, Courtney Cobum, Lolita and Ryan Zinke, Catherine Gee, and Chris Lancashire (photo by Priscilla)

Jeff Jacobs, Diana Starr Langley, Sharol and Wayne Siemens, and Randy and Roxy Solakian before the Lois Mahalia Caroling Chorus (photo by Priscilla)

Denise Decker, Arlene Montesano, Martin Katz, Jennifer Smith Hale, and Kelly Katz at Bella Vista (photo by Priscilla)

Chris Lancashire and Catherine Gee, Randy and Roxy Solakian, Anne Towbes, Richard and Annette Caleel, sheriff Bill Brown, Wayne Siemens, Diana Starr Langley, Das Williams, Bilo Zarif, Shaun and Carla Tomson, Beverley Jackson, King Straus, and Beverlye Hyman Fead. Family Affair Montecito actress Gwyneth Paltrow famously “uncoupled” from rocker husband Chris Martin, 41, in 2014 after 11 years of marriage, but they have remained amicable ever since. So much so that the 46-year-old Oscar winner and her ex spent Christmas and New Year on a very 10 – 17 January 2019

modern family holiday with their respective partners, TV producer Brad Falchuk, 47, and actress Dakota Johnson, 29, daughter of Montecito actor Don Johnson, in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, according to the New York Post. Movin’ On Up Carlos Lopes, who has been managing director of the Hotel Californian since its opening in September, 2017, and also worked at the luxury 121room hostelry, owned by Michael Rosenfeld, for a year preparing for its launch, is moving on. Carlos, who formerly worked as managing director of the oh-so tony

Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles and was also an executive for the Four Seasons, Rosewood, and Rock Resorts, is keeping his next destination a secret, but my mole with the martini tells me he is Caribbean-bound. “In the time I have been at the Hotel Californian we have received a Conde Nast Traveler 2018 Readers Choice Award, as well as appearing in Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best New Hotels 2018 Hit List,” he says proudly. Warren Nocon, general manager, who formerly worked in Palm Springs and L.A., will now be overseeing the day-to-day operations of the hotel, just a tiara’s toss from Stearns Wharf and the Funk Zone. Dinner at Last French pastry wizard Renaud Gonthier’s new outlet on Coast Village Road is expanding its culinary repertoire. The bustling bistro has started serving dinner in addition to breakfast and lunch. “For more than a decade customers have asked ‘Will you serve dinner?’ Now the wait is finally over,” says Renaud, who opened his first outlet in Loreto Plaza 11 years ago and now has seven locations, including three independent bistros and four in Gelson’s markets. Dinner will consist of two- or threecourse prix fixe menus designed by executive chef Owen Hanavan, who formerly worked at the Bottlest Bistro in Buellton and Barbareno locally. The menu will feature traditional French bistro fare such as escargots, bouillabaisse, and Burgundy-style poached eggs served in Cocotte. Small bites will also be available, with dinner being served 6 to 9 pm daily. Crocodile Controversy Former Montecito actor Paul “Crocodile Dundee” Hogan is back on the weed, tobacco that is. The 78-year-old, who is currently filming The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee in Melbourne, Australia, says he regrets starring in advertisements for Winfield cigarettes in a wildly successful advertising campaign in the 1970s. But he was spotted on the set of his new movie puffing away on cigarettes during a short break from filming. The sighting comes after Hogan asked his fellow countrymen to donate to cancer research earlier this year with Let’s Cure Cancer, Australia. Gift Giving Goof Montecito actor Rob Lowe bought his stepmother a pair of “edible panties” when he was just eight. Rob, 54, had no idea the sugary underwear was a risqué choice of gift and admits he has been “extra careful” with his festive shopping ever

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since. The former West Wing star, who has been in the U.K. filming new TV drama Wild Bill, told London TV talk show host Jonathan Ross: “My father had remarried. It was the first moment as a kid where you actually go out and you’re going to buy like an adult, you’re going to buy Christmas presents. “I bought what I thought was great. They were edible panties. As an eight-year-old, I’m thinking: ‘These are amazing. You can eat them and they’re strawberry. She is going to love them!’” I Do, Again Santa Barbara reality TV twosome Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag renewed their wedding vows in our Eden by the Beach to coincide with their tenth anniversary. The ceremony was filmed for the TV series The Hills reboot in front of co-stars Adrian Partrige and Mischa Barton. Rest in Peace On a personal note, I mark the passing of legendary Montecito songwriter Norman Gimbel at the age of 91. Norman, known for writing “The Girl From Ipanema,” the world’s second most popular song after the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” won an Oscar for “It Goes Like It Goes” from the 1980 film Norma Rae, also wrote the Roberta Flack hit “Killing Me Softly,” winning a second Grammy for Song of the Year. He also wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musicals Whoop-Up in 1958 and The Conquering Hero in 1961, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984. Norman, who also received four Golden Globe nominations and was also Emmy nominated, worked with many music legends including local composer Elmer Bernstein, Quincy Jones, and Maurice Jarre. He also wrote the lyrics for many TV shows, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and Wonder Woman. Over his career, his songs appeared in more than 90 films. Sightings: Top Gun actor Anthony Edwards noshing at Olio e Limone... Rocker Kenny Loggins at Opal... Actor Christopher Lloyd checking out Pierre Lafond Pip! Pip! Readers with tips, sightings and amusing items for Richard’s column should email him at richardmin or send invitations or other correspondence to the Journal. To reach Priscilla, email her at pris or call 969-3301. •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL


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