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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 5
Coming & Going
Letters to the Editor
This Week in Montecito
Tide Chart Village Beat
Seen Around Town
The Way it Was
Discovering What Matters
Aging in High Heels
Our Italian Connection
Annual Channel City Club D-Day anniversary luncheon; Loopers opens at Hitchcock Cinema & Public House Living Local SB on YouTube; Organic Soup Kitchen opens new facilities; Berry Blast Off winner; Scholarship Foundation soirée; Rosewood Miramar bocce league kicks off; Ellen’s new home; afternoon concert at Westmont; Oprah’s gift; Nacho Figueras joins Prince Harry in Rome; Junior League welcomes new president; Natalie Portman in France; Hampton Jitney gets VIP service; Gwyneth’s routine; sightings
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A collection of communications from local residents Dana Newquist, Bob Roebuck, Steve Gowler, Sanderson M. Smith, Steve Marko, Leoncio Martins, and Gene Tyburn A list of local events happening in and around town Spring Carnival at MUS; Chip Hickman to retire as Montecito Fire Chief; John Carrillo’s flag dedicated on Coast Village Road See Inga Guzyte’s show “Rebels” at Sullivan Goss starting June 6
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How did “OK” come to be one of the most uttered words in the world? Ashleigh Brilliant has the answer. Dr. Peter Brill explores the attributes and actions that make a person great Chris Kallmyer’s “Ensemble” exhibition at SBMA; Adelfos Ensemble performs at Trinity Episcopal Church; The Biggest Little Farm opens; film events around town; Robinson Eikenberry CD tribute release party
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Four attractive homes on the market located in the Cold Spring School District UCSB music; Women Beyond Borders finishes run in Ventura; Butterflies Alive!; Elle King rocks Granada; Geoff Dyer signs book; Sofia Talvik plays Alcehama; EDC’s annual Green & Blue benefit; HarpWorks Ensemble concert
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& Going by James Buckley
any followers and longtime readers of this paper are aware of how much we honor the memory of the young men and boys who gave – in the words of Abraham Lincoln – “the last full measure of devotion” to the cause of liberty on the landing beaches of Normandy. Anyone who has ever walked Omaha or Utah Beach has to have marveled at the short distance between the surf and the array of German machinegun nests facing those brave and doomed soldiers as they stepped off their landing craft into death’s grasp. There are very few of those boys left now, but there is still at least one way to honor their memory. The Channel City Club holds an anniversary luncheon every year at this time and you are invited to join them on Wednesday, June 5 in the Reagan Room at the Hilton Beachfront Resort on Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara. Presided over by Brooks Firestone, veterans such as former USN Lt. John Blankenship, USAF Col. Philip J. Conran, USMC Brig. General Fred Lopez, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown share stories of those fateful days of June, 1944. If you’d like to join them, please go to: www.channelcityclub.org. On that note, Michael Cook, who heads up Chapter 750 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, informs us that one of its members – Sergeant Major Robert Forties, a recipient of five Purple Hearts and who jumped into Normandy on D-Day – passed away recently. His funeral was held at Santa Barbara Cemetery on Friday, May 24 3,000 PROJECTS • 600 CLIENTS • 30 YEARS • ONE BUILDER
Montecito resident Lawrence Dam’s son-in-law Jason Baffa, who lives in Summerland, is the director and director of photography of the film Loopers, which opens Friday, June 7 at the Hitchcock Cinema & Public House on Hitchcock Way in Santa Barbara. The film takes on a subject I kind of know and absolutely love: golf. And, in particular, it’s a story about the often unsung heroes of golf, namely caddies, or “loopers.” One of the chief narrators in this documentary is Bill Murray and many of the world’s top golfers make appearances. I’ve seen the film and can vouch that if you are a golfer or love a golfer or wish and/or hope to be a golfer, you will enjoy this movie.
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Loopers premiered at the SB Film Festival and, according to Lawrence Dam, got great reviews. They had a successful private showing at Valley Club for 120 people, and club president Peter Barker held a private showing at Cypress Point for caddies and local members. Lawrence tells us that Loopers has been picked up by the Golf Channel for a multi-year exclusive on television. Jason’s three prior films are all about surfing, as he is a surfer, and his sister, Krista Coffin, is the mother of Conner and Parker, both international surfing talents. Hitchcock Cinema & Public House is located at 371 South Hitchcock Way. Call 805-682-6512 for times. •MJ 30 May – 6 June 2019
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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 12 years ago.
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V hostess Gail Kvistad, whose show Living Local Santa Barbara has been airing on the Cox network for nine years, is going global! Bubbly Gail tells me the show will be airing on YouTube starting next month (June), increasing its viewers massively from 57,000 local subscribers to a hefty international viewership. Benefitting from one of the first shows to air globally is former Santa Barbara Polo Club patron, Andy Busch, whose new tasting room for his Folded Hills wine on Coast Village Road, just a tiara’s toss from the Montecito Inn, is being featured in the 30-minute show.
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everal questions come into the Montecito Sanitary District (MSD) that need and deserve answers. So, let’s start. Q. My plumber told me that the Sanitary District no longer offers financial aid for private sewer lateral replacement/repair (pipe between house and the main sewer line). Is that true? A. The District does offer a Sewer Lateral Rebate program. The rebate has a maximum of $2,000 upon receipt of billing by a Licensed Plumber. For more information go to www. montsan.org. Did I read correctly that MSD was named in litigation related to the Thomas Fire and debris flow? No. MSD is not involved in any legal proceedings with respect to the Thomas Fire or debris flow. Are Montecito Water and Montecito Sanitary Districts now combined? No. Both entities are independent Special Districts. What is the status of negotiations between MSD and the City of Santa Barbara regarding desalination? MSD has no involvement in these negotiations, since its function is to collect, treat, and dispose of wastewater in our district. Dana Newquist Montecito (Editor’s note: If you have comments or questions for the Montecito Sanitary District, you can direct those to MSD Board of Directors Member Dana Newquist at montsan.org)
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Bob Hazard’s “On The Water Front” column, titled “Water Security from the Santa Barbara Channel” (MJ # 25/19) contains certain statements that concern me, which I intend to address in this response. Statement: “aging and unreliable State Water Project (SWP)” The SWP supplies water to 27 million people throughout the State of California. A system of this size and importance will continue to be maintained just as our airports, freeways, and other critical infrastructure are constantly being maintained. In fact, the paper complains about the cost of SWP maintenance. Obviously the SWP will continue to be reliable and well maintained. Statement: “Individual districts, seek-
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ing to reduce their dependency on SWP water, have embraced high cost desalination efforts in Santa Barbara ....” There are no water districts seeking to embrace desalination in Santa Barbara County other than the City of Santa Barbara (City). Desalination is expensive and environmentally questionable because it is very energy intensive. The City knows this all too well. After constructing a desalination facility in response to a drought in the 1980s it sat idle for 26 years. The Montecito Water District (MWD) and the Goleta Water District (GWD) participated in the original construction cost but withdrew from the project in 1995, five years after it was completed. This proved to be an economically wise decision. Both MWD and GWD declined to participate in the recent renovation of the City’s desalination facility. However, MWD has recently expressed interest in a Water Supply Agreement with the City that would be supported by all of the City’s water supplies including the desalination facility. Unlike MWD, which can meet 80% of its water supply needs provided by the SWP infrastructure, the City has a SWP entitlement that can meet only 33% of its needs. This gives the City no other choice but to renovate the idled desalination plant to supplement its water supply portfolio in preparation for the next drought. Statement: “Eliminate our current dependency on the State Water System.” You’ve got to be kidding! This is the very system that demonstrated its critical importance during the recent severe drought. It met over 80% of MWD customer water needs! Without it, only indoor water use, which is 15% of normal total customer demand, could have been met with other MWD supplies. There would have been no water available for exterior use. The SWP water was supplied through its extensive delivery system (dams, canals, pump stations, pipelines, etc.). The system proved to be absolutely invaluable to water agencies in Santa Barbara County during the drought. The primary source of the water was Central Valley farmers who are always willing to sell water to the SWP for a certain profit rather than risk growing crops. The SWP drought water cost approximately $600 per acre-foot and it is only purchased in those years that it is needed. During
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(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 565-1860) THURSDAY, MAY 30 Montecito Union School Board Meeting When: 4 pm Where: 385 San Ysidro Road Info: 969-3249 FRIDAY, MAY 31 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, JUNE 1 Montecito Union Carnival Hundreds of students and local kids will descend onto Montecito Union School’s campus for a fun-filled day of old-fashioned carnival festivities. Rides, games, food, music, and more! When: 10 am to 3 pm Where: 385 San Ysidro Road Info: www.montecitou.org Trunk Show at Montecito Country Mart Poppy Marché hosts a trunk show with Mer St. Barth. Meet the designer and shop the summer styles. Enjoy “Frosé” and lemonade for the little ones. When: 10 am to 6 pm Where: Montecito Country Mart, 1014 Coast Village Road Suite E Info: (805) 845-4026 June Gloom Fest The 9th annual Santa Claus Lane
Block Party featuring music, summer fashions, trunk shows, workshops, kids activities, and tasty treats. Participating businesses include A-Frame Surf Shop, Bonita Beach, Borrello’s Pizza, Coast Supply Co., Folly, Garden Market, Padaro Beach Grill, Porch, Rowan, and Surf Happens. When: 11 am to 4 pm Where: Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria Summer Reading Signup Today is the first day to sign up for the summer reading program at Montecito Library and all other local libraries When: all day Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Zoo Brew Zoo Brew is so popular, it sells out in hours. There are tastings from 30+ breweries, plus pub food and merchandise are available for sale. VIP tickets allow early entrance and appetizers. For ages 21 and over only. When: 3 pm Where: 500 Niños Drive Info: www.sbzoo.org, or call (805) 962-5339 Book Signing at Tecolote My Random Death: a true crime story with a mystical twist. This memoir by local author Myra Mossman reveals what she never told law enforcement at the time of her being strangled and left for dead on Martha’s Vineyard. To the police it appeared to be a random event. She triumphed over this terrible incident by following six spiritually divine directives and became a federal criminal appeals attorney who has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States, and much more. This is an account of one woman surviving against all odds and how
Santa Barbara Horticulture Society Begonia expert Mike Flaherty will show novel ways of growing begonias, new Australian begonia hybrids that he has introduced to the United States, and other interesting specimens, including tuberous and upright jointed begonias. Mike has been growing and collecting begonias since 1961, when he bought his first begonia while still in high school in Ventura. After working in Hawaii driving a backhoe and planting palm trees, it dawned on him that he wanted to be in the plant business so he returned to the mainland. He intended to open a store in Ventura. But by pure luck he found the perfect place in Montecito and opened Gazebo Plants in 1973 in the Upper Village on East Valley Road. After selling the nursery and florist shop in 2016, Mike is now retired and travels often to see the great gardens of the world. He also has a collection of 500 begonias at his Mission Canyon home. Mike has won numerous awards for his begonias at national begonia conventions, including Hybrid Begonia of the Year, the Scottish International Begonia trophy, two Sweepstakes awards, and Best Display at the national American Begonia Society convention four times. He is currently the President of the Rudolf Ziesenhenne branch of the American Begonia Society of Santa Barbara and the national MC for the American Begonia Society. When: 7 pm Where: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 909 N. La Cumbre Road Info: www.sbchs.org the encounter with evil empowered and transformed her, personally and professionally. When: 4 pm Where: Tecolote Book Shop, 1470 East Valley Road Info: 969-4977 Sunset Soirée Hillside is pleased to present its 16th Annual Sunset Soirée at Rockwood Woman’s Club. Proceeds benefit the 59 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who make their home at Hillside, located on Veronica Springs Road in Santa Barbara. The event will feature a four-course gourmet dinner prepared by Omni Catering, paired with premium wines from Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles,
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second annual Montecito Rubber Duck Race. The event will raise funds for the YMCA, local scholarships and other Rotarian service projects. During the race, 1,000 ducks will travel from one end of the Montecito Family YMCA pool to the other, fueled by leaf blowers and the spirit of the crowd. The winning racer will earn $1,000, the second-place winner earns $300, and the third-place winner takes home $200. The three-hour event will feature music, food, a bounce house and games. Individuals can adopt a duck by donating $25 or adopt a family of five ducks for $100. When: 10 am Where: Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Lane Info & Duck Adoption: www.montecitorubberduckrace.com/adopt-a-duck-1 TUESDAY, JUNE 4 Montecito Association Land Use Committee The Montecito Association is committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the semi-rural residential character of Montecito; today the Land Use Committee meets to discuss upcoming projects. When: 4 pm Where: Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 Lecture & Luncheon The Channel City Club in conjunction with the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation presents this special D-Day at Normandy anniversary luncheon presided by Brooks Firestone. This presentation will include local veterans; Lt. John Blankenship USN (Former), Col. Philip J. Conran USAF (Ret.), Brig. General Fred Lopez USMC (Ret.) and SB County Sheriff - Bill Brown. On June 6, 1944, men from all over the world came to fight in Normandy to defeat Nazism and re-establish freedom. Normandy will bear the scars of this moment in history. Every year Channel City Club and Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation pay tribute to the veterans from America, Britain, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Poland, and Australia, along with their brothers in arms, who lost their lives on the beaches. When: 11:30 am Where: Reagan Room at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, 633 Cabrillo Blvd Info: Registration required by Friday, May 31; call (805) 564-6223 THURSDAY, JUNE 6 MBAR Meeting Montecito Board of Architectural Review seeks to ensure that new proj30 May – 6 June 2019
ects 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 meetup for all ages at Montecito Library When: 2 pm to 3:30 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063
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FRIDAY, JUNE 7 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 Astronaut Ice Cream Social Celebrate the launch of the Montecito Library’s space-themed Summer Reading Program: Choose Adventure! Eat astronaut ice cream with your friends at the Montecito Library and sign up for a summer of reading, events, and prizes. When: 3 to 4 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063
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SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Montecito Library Book Club Join for a lively discussion of this month’s title. The June book selection is Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, which won the National Book Award when it was published in 1997. New members always welcome. When: 11 am to 12 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 •MJ
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rtist Inga Guzyte is lucky. She’s been able to turn her three obsessions – skateboarding, art, and woodworking – into a career that is growing step by giant step. “It’s the perfect recipe,” she says. Her current solo show that opens at Sullivan Goss June 6 is one of those giant steps. “Rebels” is both a feminist statement and an artistic one, portraits done in her intricate layered skateboard style of influential women from Frida Kahlo to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, activists like Malala Yousafzai, and popular political figures Michelle Obama and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has placed them in fabulous headdresses, or has them wearing hats similar to the one she often wears – it’s become her trademark – and some have their face hidden by bandanas, bandit-style. They share some of their DNA with
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Youth and Family Services YMCA had their 20th anniversary for Reaching for the Stars at Santa Barbara Women’s Club, Rockwood. The terrace outside the club is always so welcoming, this time set with glasses for wine tasting from Brander, Jaffurs, Melville, Pence, Union Sacre, and brew tasting from Draughtsman Aleworks, Inc. and Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Rockwood was full with supporters back again to sample a five-course dinner prepared by some of the best chefs in our area like Michael Blackwell from Santa Barbara Yacht Club, Randy Bublitz and Stephane Rapp and Charlie Fredericks from SBCC Culinary Arts, Jean Michel Carre from Chocolats du CaliBressan, Christine Dahl-Hutchings and her Pastries, Jessica Foster from her Confections, Michael Hutchings from Michael’s Catering, Greg Murphy from bouchon, Muhsin Sugich from the Hilton, Vincent Vanhecke Executive Chef, Jamie West from Montecito Club, Eric Widmer from La Cumbre Country Club, and Pete Clements from his catering. Co-chairs Marilyn Gutsche and Lynn Karlson led the event commit-
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tee. There was a full menu of auction items besides all the raffle baskets. All of this to support the work of Youth and Family Services YMCA. Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter has served our community for almost 50 years providing housing, food, counseling and other basic needs to homeless, runaway and foster youth – some 9,000. The shelter is tired and is being refurbished as we speak. My Home is a support-housing program for homeless young adults age 18-24. Foster care ends at age 18 and they are left on their own. YFS partners with Santa Barbara City Housing Authority making it possible to provide housing and training for employment, educational attainment, finance/budgeting, and other life skills building a path to independence. St. George Youth Center has quality after school programs including recreation for low-income youth living in Isla Vista and northern Goleta, safe from gang activities, alcohol and drugs. Support and Outreach Services teams reach out to youth living on the streets offering basic needs including housing and employment. The drop-in center provides food
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Having known Andy, a member of the Budweiser beer dynasty, for 11 years, I was invited to attend the taping, which features a number of his wines after he founded the vineyard on the 600-acre property 15 years ago, a short drive north of our Eden by the Beach and just four minutes from the Pacific. “It is perfect for growing Rhone varietals and my favorite is the August Red, my father’s name,” says Andy, who, as of July 1, will be opening the estate, formerly owned by the Morton Salt family in the late 1800s, to the public and is so named because it is located in a fold of the valley hills. “I hope people will come into our home and see how we live. It will show our love of the land and family traditions from Anheuser-Busch.” The ranch, which Andy shares with his wife, Kim, also stables two of the famous Clydesdales that have featured in the beer TV commercials and promotions over the years since 1933. Lettuce Celebrate The Organic Soup Kitchen celebrated its 10th anniversary by opening its new kitchen with a ribbon cutting by mayor Cathy Murillo with executive director Anthony Carroccio at its new headquarters on Anacapa Street, purchased with major funding from the Hutton Parker Foundation. Salud Carbajal presented Carroccio and chief operations officer Andrea Slaby with a Congressional
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berry salsa drenched fried avocado soft tacos for the judges, including local food writer Bonnie Carroll. For her efforts, Emily won a fourday vacation at a Welk Resort property and a Cutco studio knife set valued at $500. “It was very challenging to know how much spice and salt would be the perfect taste combination to win over the judges,” she says. But she clearly did berry, berry well...
Dinner food service at the Organic Soup Kitchen (photo by Bonnie Carroll)
Recognition Award for the outstanding work the organization has done ever the past decade. The OSK serves more than 100,000 nutritious meals annually to cancer patients, veterans, and the homeless. They also provided emergency food aid for victims of the Thomas Fire and catastrophic Montecito mudslides. Berry Delicious Salsa Emily Falke, director of education at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, was definitely seeing red when she hoisted the trophy winning the 36th annual strawberry festival Berry Blast Off in deepest Oxnard. Emily was one of four semi-finalists selected from a pool of 72 recipe submissions and had just one hour to prepare her dish of sweet spicy straw-
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Early Years of Rancho Tajiguas
ying among the rolling hills and fresh arroyos of the Gaviota coast, Rancho Tajiguas has been a favored spot for times immemorial. The 1769 Portola expedition, which prepared the way for Spanish settlement of Alta California, camped for the night at its mouth and were welcomed and entertained by the Chumash peoples living in two villages on either side of its river. Not knowing the Chumash name for the village, the Spanish named it Rancheria San Guido de Cortona., and made their way northward to found a mission near Monterey Bay. Tajiguas Canyon had always been popular with the native Chumash, who gathered the holly-leaved cherry known as islay or tayiyas in September. It is believed that the name of the canyon is derived from the Chumash word, tayiyas, which may also have been the original name of the tribe. The fruit of the tayiya is sweet and edible, but it was the kernel inside the pit that was prized for grinding into a mash that was molded into cakes or balls and served with meat, such as baked gopher or squirrel. Of course,
The depiction of Coastal Chumash from a mural in Lompoc gives a sense of the village where the Portola Expedition camps for the night in 1769 (Section of Lompoc mural)
Berries of the islay or tayiyas bush provided food for the coastal Chumash peoples (WikiCommons) Ms Beresford is a retired English and American history teacher of 30 years in the Santa Barbara School District. She is author of two Noticias, “El Mirasol: From Swan to Albatross” and “Santa Barbara Grocers,” for the Santa Barbara Historical Society.
the kernel had first to be leached of its cyanide by running hot water through a bag of kernels or placing a basket of mash in running stream water. After that, it was considered to be quite tasty.
Old Spanish Days
In 1795, with 13 missions and 4 presidios and several pueblos established in California, the former commander of Santa Barbara’s presidio, Capitan José Francisco Ortega, obtained a Spanish provisional land grant of 26,529 acres along the Gaviota Coast.
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relatively hard wood that the jigsaw has no problems slicing through. And when she finishes cutting out each piece, the edges are pretty well sanded and smooth due to the fine blade. (Guzyte briefly fires up the saw and demonstrates by cutting out a minute curved piece on some spare wood. Her fingers seem dangerously close to the blade, but what do I know? She cuts with confidence.) Guzyte’s pieces come together using marquetry, the technique of making wood mosaics. Because
the skateboards all come used, she embraced all their imperfections, from scuff-marks to logos, as well as using broken, shattered edges. However, grip tape gets peeled away using a hot air gun. Finished pieces have a collage-type feel. “I like to keep some stickers on the boards,” she says. “I don’t want everything to be my choice.” Asked about her feminism and her politics, Guzyte says it’s been less a conscious choice and more that she’s wound up there because of society. As she started to assert herself as an artist, she says, she had people
telling she wasn’t good enough or strong enough, and maybe most cutting of all, people here doubting that a woman could even do woodwork. That includes other women: “I had a show in L.A. and a lady wanted to meet the artist. I came down and she was like, ‘Who are you?’ She wasn’t expecting another woman... In Europe it’s not uncommon to meet a female woodworker. But when I came over here, [male] woodworkers were very impressed.” (Her inflection indicates a condescending male voice). Guzyte grew up in a small village
learned to speak English, she says, was at the Cabrillo skatepark. “I spent so much time there and I was just trying to talk to people and learn all the slang,” she said. Guzyte had picked up skateboarding in Germany, but felt she had started too late. The skatepark was an excellent opportunity to catch up. After that first round in Santa Barbara, she returned to Germany and then back to Santa Barbara City College with a plan: to take art classes. “That blew my mind,” she remembers, “that’s when I saw what art
in Lithuania during the last years of the Soviet Union. “I was told by my mom that my dad never wanted a girl,” she says, as we sit in her gallery next to her workshop. “He told my mom if he didn’t give her a boy he would leave.” He left regardless – Guzyte knows the argument was a crock. But that meant her mom struggled to raise her and her brother and so they took off to Germany when Inga was 11. “It had an impact on me. I see so many dads who are so proud of their daughters, and it always warms my heart.” Moving away from Lithuania made her sad, but she knows now this was the best decision. She made friends, teachers were encouraging, and by the time she was old enough to graduate high school, she was looking to America. At the same time she was getting into skateboarding. “I had so many options of where to go, and I chose Santa Barbara, almost blindly,” she says. “It was a small town, it looked easy to get around.” And though she attended an ESL school downtown, where she really
could be.” Her two favorite teachers were printmaker Stephanie Dotson and sculptor Ed Inks. “Suddenly I had all these tools and materials,” she says. “And I kept asking myself what would be my medium. I had all these skateboards laying around, so I started cutting them and gluing them together.” Her earliest pieces were cartoony, and would not be out of place on an animated Nickelodeon show. Guzyte was learning her craft on less delicate machines than she uses now, and there was a more basic geometry to her choices. But still: the first pieces she made she sold, she remembers, to a SBCC teacher. As she has progressed, the printmaking influence has come back into the work with a force, not just in the pop-art style, but even in how she conceives of the works. Guzyte knows that she will be working on these Rebels pieces right up until the show. And, she says, beyond. “I feel like this series could be endless. There are a lot of rebels.” •MJ
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non-drought years, MWD will use surface water supplied by Cachuma and Jameson Lakes to meet all of its customer needs and defer ordering the more expensive SWP water. Please note that the proposed Water Supply Agreement (WSA)with the City costs approximately $2,980 per acre-foot and meets only 35% of MWD customer needs. Also unlike SWP water, MWD is required to take and pay for WSA water every year even during the majority of years when it is not needed, i.e. normal and wet years. The WSA would cost MWD customers $4.3 million per year or $925 for the average customer. Statement: “In a gesture of nobility, coastal cities could cede or sell all their State Water (and its associated costs) to inland cities and inland agriculture who need it more.” No and no. Participation in the SWP is not voluntary; it is a contractual obligation that cannot be ceded or given away. The City of Solvang attempted to break its SWP contract in the 1990s and after spending millions of dollars in attorney fees the court ruled against it. Regarding selling SWP water: that doesn’t work for two reasons. The SWP water supply facilities were never completed primarily due to environmental concerns. As a result the declared water deliveries from the SWP vary significantly from year to year depending upon rainfall and snowfall. This would be like trying to sell a commodity that has an unknown quantity. Also the agency that would purchase the water would need to be part of the SWP in order to get the water delivered i.e. no sale. The second reason is that the real value of the SWP is in its water delivery system. Only an agency that lies along the South Coast of Santa Barbara
could possibly get value from the MWD SWP infrastructure. However along with that value comes an obligation to pay for the SWP maintenance, which the Paper noted, was substantial i.e. no sale. As a side note the Carpinteria Valley Water District tried to sell its interest in the SWP in the past but was unsuccessful. However they undoubtedly found the SWP delivery system invaluable during the recent drought as did the other SWP agencies. I appreciate the Paper’s author for thinking outside-the box. However after serving 25 years as the City’s Water Resources Manager and the MWD General Manager, I have come to appreciate that proposed solutions to water supply issues can be surprisingly complex. Also MWD is fortunate and farsighted to have obtained 3300 acre-feet of SWP entitlement. By using the SWP drought water purchase program, MWD economically met 80% of its customers water needs during the drought. The remaining 20% was supplied from MWD’s other water sources. My hope is that MWD will contract with a water supply expert to update its Water Supply Plan. The update would evaluate conjunctively using MWD water supplies along with water conservation to ensure that when a future drought arrives all of MWD’s customers needs will be met. Bob Roebuck Montecito
In the Right Hands
There is a lot of talk these days about how the wealthy don’t pay their fair share. People are looking, at times greedily, at the amount of wealth individuals have managed to put together and it seems they’d like to tax the heck
out of it and take it for themselves. If I may speak for the tradespersons and builders out there who work in our little piece of paradise; we like to earn it. We strive to give exceptional quality at a fair price. We pay our people well because they are the best of the best at delivering that quality that you pay for. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who builds, remodels, landscapes, and hires us all. It’s counter intuitive to wealth grabbers who deride “trickle down,” but you have given families better lives, you’ve made their children more secure by building your dreams. Dreams that pay others to practice their craft at the highest level are not frivolous and the money spent is not wasted. You’ve improved lives and given people the pride of a good paycheck for a job well done. Steve Gowler Montecito
The President’s Successes
I voted for Donald Trump. I have intelligent and caring liberal friends who voted for Hillary Clinton. I respect their choice. My sincere belief is that Barack Obama was a feckless president of our great country. I never voted for him. I genuinely believed that his far-left liberal views would be harmful to the nation’s welfare. Obama was presented with the opportunity to promote the advantages of the diversity that exists in our society and nowhere else in this world. In my opinion, he failed miserably. Trump and Clinton both carried heavy negatives and character flaws. I believe Clinton doomed herself by promising to promote the successes
(???) of President Obama. And, putting the nation’s security at risk with her emails represents either a display of total stupidity or an “I could care less” attitude. Clinton won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College where presidential election results are determined. Consider this: In the Electoral College, needing 270 to win, Clinton basically started with 84 - 0 advantage ... very liberal California (55) and New York (29)... and couldn’t succeed. She failed to carry rust belt states and other swing states where working class voters said “enough,” and expressed dissatisfaction with both Democrat and Republican politicians. I was impressed and encouraged with the responses from middle-class hard-working Americans. And, it is long past the time when we should bid the Clintons adieu. Trump defeated two powerful political establishments and a heavily biased liberal media. I acknowledge that Trump is often his own worst enemy and would be better off using less bombastic rhetoric, but he is attempting to follow through on campaign promises. The economy is booming. My overall wish is that members of the executive and legislative branches would “grow up” and work together to benefit the country. Sanderson M. Smith, Ed.D. Carpinteria
Whiners and Losers
The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. Wow and hardly. The three major breaking news outlets forgot this decision.
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ou’ve probably heard the joke about the marriage broker who’s been telling his client all the attractive features of a prospective bride, but then adds, “There’s one more thing I’ve got to tell you: She’s just a little bit pregnant.” In at least this one respect, being “OK” is like being pregnant. You can’t be “just a little bit OK.” Either you’re OK or you’re not. And, as a matter of fact, this now truly international expression was also derived from a joke – at least it was considered funny at the time. Fashions in humor change almost as capriciously as fashions in dress. Back in the mid-nineteenth century, outrageous misspellings were thought to be the height of humor, and some very successful literary humorists such as Artemis Ward (who was a favorite of Abraham Lincoln) based much of their hilarity on this device. A common expression at that time was “All Correct.” And, at some point, some contemporary wit garbled this, for laughs, into “Orl Korrect.” This version in itself became so popular and widespread that some other jokester thought of referring to it just by the initials “O.K.” And that is how we came by the expression “OK,” or “okay,” which – though I have no statistics – is probably uttered and heard more frequently in more places by more people than any other two consecutive syllables on this planet. But, as I indicated, there are no degrees of OK – although perhaps there ought to be. People might then be able to ask each other, “How OK are you today – on a scale of one to ten?” But no, that wouldn’t work – because the whole point of OK is that it’s always number ten. Anything less than OK has to be further down the scale. And of course, OK isn’t only descriptive. It may also indicate assent: yes, I agree, I approve, I’ll go along with what you want. Then, as far as spelling is concerned, another joke we’ve completely absorbed is “The Three R’s.” But these are only two examples of how what starts as a joke can become a part of our language, and people forget where it came from. Another of my personal favorites is “Waiting for the other shoe to drop.” I’m not sure how old the joke is, but it’s about a man staying in a hotel, 30 May – 6 June 2019
who is warned by the clerk to be quiet at night, because the person in the room below is a very light sleeper. The man is getting ready for bed, takes off a shoe, and carelessly drops it on the floor. Only then does he remember what he’s been told – so after taking off the second shoe, he sets it down very gently, and goes to bed and to sleep. An hour later, he’s woken by a knocking at his door. It’s the man from the room below, pleading, “Would you please drop that other shoe!” Somehow “waiting for the other shoe to drop” fits so many situations so perfectly that I can’t think how people of earlier days expressed the same idea. Among other words and expressions which began as jokes, one, which I’ve discussed previously, is the term “shrink” for a psychiatrist. Another would require a Latin scholar to appreciate today: When the “bicycle built for two” first appeared in the 1890s, it was called a “tandem.” This was really a double joke, because “tandem” in Latin translates as “at length,” but only in the sense of “at last,” or “finally.” And of course, we have “disc jockey” and “soap opera,” both mildly ridiculing terms which somehow, in the course of time, came to be accepted as quite legitimate. Similarly, a “western”-type movie came to be called a “horse opera” – and even that has been mockingly condensed into an “oater.” Also bestowed in derision was the baseball team name “Dodgers” – once the Brooklyn Dodgers – short for “Trolley-Dodgers.” They were so-called because of Brooklyn’s notoriously dangerous network of streetcars, which really did kill scores of people every year. Horses could avoid people, but, with trolleys, it was the pedestrians who had to dodge. There’s a long tradition of adopting insults, and flaunting them with pride. I myself, when leading an (ultimately successful) campaign to ban leaf-blowers in Santa Barbara, was, in mockery, publicly presented by an opponent with a gold-painted push-broom, boldly inscribed “BRILLIANT SOLUTION.” I still have that “golden broom,” and will be very proud if I live see it displayed at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. •MJ
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and clothing to this underserved population. I don’t think many of us are aware of all that goes on in this area. Executive director Valerie Kissell would be happy to inform you, if you’ll call 805.569.1103 x32. Your donations are always needed, too.
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The Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF) turned the Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort Chandelier Room into a Platinum Palace, literally. As designer Merryl Brown said, “There will be elements of muted gold and ivory floral and masses of silver.” The Royal Ball is so over the top, they only hold it every two years. Guests arrived with swank and swagger and proceeded to the Grand Lawn to check in and have their photos taken at the step and repeat stage that was all draped in silver fabric. Party people were decked out in black tie, diamonds, sequins, feathers, tiaras, and anything that glittered. It was dazzling and flamboyant and you couldn’t be over dressed for this fête. Then on to the ballroom and bars for cocktails and conversation. Besides lighting in a rainbow of colors there were royal boxes with gilded furnishings, intimate dining tables, and gorgeous floral arrangements which were all reserved. As co-chair Justine Roddick said, “The Royal Ball not only raises funds for the impactful work that PPF does, but it is an abundantly fun night for our sponsors and donors that puts a lot of joy into the art of giving!” Lynn Brown was not only the other co-chair but president of the board as well. The dance floor was large for the sold-out crowd of 400. DJ Alex Merrell, who has many celebrity clients like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, was at work. Dancing went on until the bewitching hour of midnight. There was also a floorshow with A Boy Band, dancers, and singers. Dinner was served at stations any
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time you chose to eat. Executive director Colette Schabram would like us to know, “PPF serves more than 10,000 people in Santa Barbara County. The Royal Ball generates critical funds for programs and services for about two years of operations.” PPF has free HIV testing and counseling, suicide prevention, anti-bullying, mental health, and opioid crisis response programs either free or at low cost. There are both youth (serving 200 kids) and elder programs. PPF addresses the opioid crisis through the only clean needle exchange program in the county which program collects about 100,000 used needles every year and distributes Narcan kits that have saved 90 people from fatal overdoses in the past year. The Royal Ball has been at work for seven years to fund these programs. PPF is the largest LGBTO+ center between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It partners with 35 other educational and nonprofit agencies. It was a good time for a good cause! For more information or to make a donation visit https://pacificpride foundation.org. •MJ 30 May – 6 June 2019
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Daniel Hill married Rafaela Ortega, and they and their growing family lived for a time at Tajiguas Canyon (Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum)
walls circa 1800. By 1827, he was able to boast that vineyards and olive and fruit trees grew on the gentle slopes of
the canyon and that fields had been planted. In 1834, the Ortegas finally obtained clear title to their lands when the Mexican government gave them Nuestra Señora del Refugio as the first official Mexican Land Grant in Santa Barbara County. In 1836, Daniel Hill and family moved into the Tajiguas adobe, which he enlarged and remodeled. Hill had been first mate of the Rover when, as legend has it, he jumped ship after laying eyes upon the beautiful Rafaela Ortega at Refugio Bay. She being underage, he established himself as a carpenter, merchant, stonemason, and general jack-of-all-trades until they could marry, which they did in 1826. By 1846, sensing that there would soon be a change in government in California, Hill applied for and received a grant from Governor Pio Pico for 4,426 acres of his own, which he named, appropriately
Amasa and Abbie Lincoln came west for Amasa’s health (Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum)
enough, La Goleta (the schooner) for a ship he is believed to have built near today’s Goleta slough.
Tajiguas Canyon remained in the hands of the Ortega family until 1870 when they sold to Amasa Lincoln and Frank C. Young. This map of La Cañada de Tajiguas, which was surveyed and drawn by James L. Barker, shows the property and its cultivated fields as well as the footprint of the old adobe. (Courtesy of Santa Barbara Historical Museum.)
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headed south. In a letter home, Abbie Lincoln wrote, “We start down the coast tomorrow for Santa Barbara… there to deposit me and the children in some boarding house while Frank and Macie [Amasa] buy them each a horse and scour the county for Ranches.” As the men made forays into the countryside, Abbie explored the town and found it favorable. While they were gone she debated between buying a house lot in town or investing her bank money in a camel hair shawl. On the evening of the 21st of December, she was able to write, “Macie and Frank bought the property today that I mentioned. I think they were very lucky from all accounts, but I will not brag yet. There is hard work to be done!” There was hard work ahead, indeed. A caravan of two wagons loaded with furniture, including a piano, negotiated the rough road to Tajiguas. Besides Amasa, Abbie, their two young sons (Lyman and Henry) and Frank C. Young, the procession also included Sam Ah, hired as cook, and a Yankee hired hand named Lance. Frank’s new puppy, extra horses, and a new colt completed the ensemble. Abbie put on a brave face when she saw the old adobe. Noting that the house was situated in a little valley with a view of the ocean, she wrote, “To look at the old place, you would not think we could possibly be comfortable in it. But after all, the old adobe or mud house is the best suited to the climate. It is cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than anything else. The roof is thatched with straw, three rooms have a floor, the rest have none. The kitchen is built 30 May – 6 June 2019
The Tajiguas Adobe, as it appeared in 1920 reflected the changes and additions made by the Youngs in 1872 (Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum)
at the end, separately.” They set to work white washing the interior walls, tearing out the pigsties in the front yard and building a fence around the home so Abbie could plant some flowers. The fencing that did exist was made of chaparral. The property also had a barn, some vineyards and olive trees, as well as sheep, steers, cows, chickens, and horses. Guadalupe Ortega, shepherd and vintner, also lived there. All the hired help slept in the rafters of the adobe along with the stores of hay. Another shepherd, who may have been a native Chumash, was notable for wearing a blue army overcoat and commanding his charges from horseback while directing two splendid sheepdogs, one of which Don Pacifico Ortega had given them. Don Pacifico came back one day to count the sheep by corralling them and having them jump through a hole in the fence to count them and present the accounting, for which he was owed recompense, to Amasa and Frank. He also presented Abbie with a housewarming gift of fifteen hens and a rooster. One hen was so tame she went inside to present her eggs on Abbie’s bed each morning. Abbie found this a bit too familiar. Later in the year, Frank’s brother, George W. Young, joined them. Also later that year, Abbie made up her mind about her “bank money” and abandoned the camel hair shawl in favor of a lot on the northeast corner of De la Vina and Sola streets. Life was hard on the ranch and that year’s drought took the spunk out of the banker turned farmer, so the family sold their share in the ranch to Frank and his brother George, and moved back to town during the summer of 1871. Their new idea for earning a living was to open a hotel. On Abbie’s lot a hostelry known as the Lincoln House (today’s Upham Hotel) was built. Amasa, however, didn’t stay employed as a genteel innkeeper 30 May – 6 June 2019
for long because he was invited to take the position of head cashier for Mortimore Cook’s new bank. That left Frank and George Young as sole owners of the Tajiguas Rancho. During their tenure, 16 acres of almond trees were planted near the vineyard that surrounded the adobe. This orchard was systematically harvested each year by ground squirrels. A quarter mile above the house stood a two-acre lemon grove. Above this, where the lateral canyons joined up, was a field of six or seven acres and another of 18 acres at the mouth of Lion’s Canyon. They also raised dairy cows, which they took to San Miquelito Canyon for pasturage during dry summers. Botanists found Tajiguas Canyon to be a sort of wonderland. One party made an excursion into the canyon to study a new subspecies of fern discovered by Elwood Cooper’s wife Sara. In horticultural speak it was named Chelilanthes cooperae and brought a certain fame to the canyon. (The Coopers cultivated olive and eucalyptus trees, among other crops, on their Goleta ranch. Both can be seen today by walking the trails of the Sperling Preserve at Elwood Mesa.) By 1884, the ranch, which had
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A man only identified as B.M.M., stands among the famous ferns, Chelilanthes cooperae, in Tajiguas Canyon in 1920.
been leased to Louis Cass Hill for his sheep and wool business, was for sale. In February, Lawrence W. More of the locally powerful and wellknown More family bought the ranch and infused it with a new energy. (Continued next time.)
by Jan Timbrook; Mission Santa Barbara by Maynard Geiger; Noticias, “Rancho Tajiguas” by Stewart Ambercrombie; ancestry.com; Letters of Abbie Lincoln; contemporary newspaper articles.) •MJ
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hat makes a person great? If they are rich enough, are they great? What do we look for when we say they are wise? What does it mean when we say they make a difference? If we want to make a difference, are there models we can emulate or admire? I have been answering questions put to me in this column by others so I thought this month I would ask myself a few of my own. I came across someone who I think is a great person, and who has taken me a long way toward answering my questions. Tom Washing, who now lives in Montecito, certainly is highly successful. He has been active in the venture capital industry for over thirty years. He is a founding partner of Sequel Venture Partners, a Coloradobased venture capital firm investing in emerging growth technology companies which, at one point, had 400 million dollars under management. He has served on dozens of corporate and non-profit Boards of Directors, including as founding Chairman of the University of Colorado Center for Entrepreneurship, President and Chairman of the Colorado Venture Capital Association, and Chairman of the Board of the University of
Michigan Technology Transfer Advisory Board. This is just to name a few of his achievements. Does that make him great? He was raised in a middle-class family in Ohio by a father who worked for the same large company for 55 years, most of it as a factory manager. He was one of the few in his high school who made it into an Ivy League school, and to Dartmouth College at that, and had to hitchhike there. But
my own boss.” And then his life somewhat changed direction. “Like everything else, things happen to alter your life as you stumble along.” He had a friend, Tim Starzl, a brilliant inventor and entrepreneur. Tim’s wife had grown up in India and this made him aware of a particular problem there. He needed money for a company that was working on a cure for children with chronic diarrhea. That may not sound either exciting or significant, but the problem is vital. It’s the second biggest killer of children, under the age of five, worldwide. Tom had done some personal investing before but this became a cause celebre to him. It really grabbed him. This was a big idea that could change the world. He got two other friends to co-invest $300,000 to run a second trial in India. “Every child who was given this stuff was cured within 24 hours.” He went on to find funding for the other rounds, helped
He wanted to use his knowledge, wisdom, experience, and skills for the betterment of the world. then the world opened wide with his connections to students from all over the world. He became a Wall Street lawyer and partner for 14-15 years and then jumped into an opportunity with a client to start a venture capital firm. Does the willingness to take a risk make you great? Maybe it is a part of it. He then started his own venture firm in 1996 and was able to sell three funds with focus on the early stage of investing. He says, “I loved working with entrepreneurs and I loved being
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to bring in a management team from Pfizer, and even received money from a private equity firm who never takes on this kind of risk. I asked him if this felt different, somehow, from what he had done before. “For the first time I felt an emotional attachment to making the investment successful. In my previous investments, I always got involved with the entrepreneur, but the money was first. But this could save lives. This could make the world a better place first, and the money was second.” He even wrote a book about his experience, An Unlikely Intervention: A Startup Company’s Quest to Conquer the World’s Second Leading Killer of Children, so that others could follow his lead and benefit from his experience in doing good while investing. I asked him why he became involved in the new profit organization called Sustainable Change Alliance, Inc. (SCA, Inc.). SCA, Inc. is an offshoot of the membership organization
Sustainable Change Alliance which has been presenting programs for the last two years focused on various social and environmental problems and featuring impact organizations needing capital. SCA, Inc. is an impact investing firm in Santa Barbara dedicated . . . • To becoming the best local impact investor in the United States • To becoming the best local impact investment community in the United States; and • To becoming the example for communities worldwide. His answer, “My wife Susan and I wanted to get involved in the community. I love working with entrepreneurs, but I wasn’t interested any longer in making money from investing in high tech apps and organizations without a social benefit. I wanted to create a model here, and to promote that model more broadly.” My sense was that he had experienced the passion and meaning of making a difference and he was no longer interested in going back to just making money. He wanted to use his knowledge, wisdom, experience, and skills for the betterment of the world. One final question remained, why communities? “Ever since Susan and I were married, we were involved in our communities. I believe that you should act locally. That where you are, you have the greatest impact by your philanthropic activities. We are facing serious problems at this time nationally; but, if people all over the country act locally, we can have a larger impact.” So, have I answered my questions satisfactorily? What makes a person great? If they are rich enough, are they great? What do we look for when we say they are wise? What does it mean when we say they make a difference? If we want to make a difference, are there models we can emulate or admire? Would you say that Tom Washing is great, wise, making a difference, and a model to emulate or admire? I certainly would! I welcome all questions and comments and can be reached at pbrill@dwmblog. com. •MJ
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nsemble,” the new multimedia installation by Los Angeles-based sound and performance artist Chris Kallmyer, took over the Preston Morton Gallery at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art earlier this month. But this is no static piece of wall candy, and indeed the fun is just beginning. The exhibition, in place until September 15, centers around a sculpture/musical instrument comprised of raw timber and handmade bells that functions as a communal bell-ringing instrument, or carillon. The instrument, created specifically for the exhibition, is activated by a group of individuals, but you don’t have to be a musician to “play” it. That’s because Ensemble is meant to be a gathering space as well as performance piece, and uses a method of making music that blends collective listening with communal rituals and meditation practice, exploring Kallmyer’s fascination with the relationship between sound and space. In fact, Ensemble itself is not a static work of art at all, according to the artist. “I create scenarios where people feel engaged with active listening and feel engaged with each other in the setting, in the moment,” Kallmyer explained shortly after the three-hour opening presentation concluded on May 19, when he and several cohorts performed the score to celebrate the installation. “The piece will evolve over the course of the next four months as people find how they like to use it, as a tool of organizing or expression, or however it strikes them… I composed it, but it’s not exactly a score. It’s more like a tool, an empty vessel that can be used over the course of the show.” Kallmyer completed his MFA at CalArts in 2009 where he studied with improviser Vinny Golia and many experimental musicians, but his deeper inspiration dates back four decades earlier, to the Fluxus movement, the interdisciplinary community of artists, composers, designers and poets who delved into experimental art performances that emphasized the artistic process over the finished product. “Ensemble” is the natural extension of Kallmyer’s recent series of Fluxusinspired projects, all of which explore site-based, shared music-making with public audiences, including 2016’s “A Paradise Choir,” a month-long show at the San Francisco Museum of Art in which the artist engaged thousands of volunteer visitor-enactors in creating an impromptu choir that explored the aural architecture of the newly opened 30 May – 6 June 2019
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Snøhetta-designed expansion as the visitors donned robes to yell, sing and move through the spaces of the museum. In 2015, Kallmyer presented “Commonfield Clay” in St. Louis, employing earthenware bells made out of refined clay from the banks of the Mississippi River to create what he called “a future folk music” in collaboration with visitors. He’s also fashioned more than 100 collaborations with the LA-based art collective Machine Project, and received commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. While a selection of musical scores developed by the artist, related drawings and a video projection documenting the inaugural staging of the instrument are all part of the exhibition, the main thrust requires an audience. “Ensemble is the kind of show that turns the Santa Barbara Museum of Art into a workshop space, a place of art creation, not just exhibition,” Kallmyer said. As such visitors are encouraged to participate in a series of guided activations of “Ensemble” during a variety of interactive events that begins this week, including free docent tours (three weekly throughout the exhibit) drop-in workshops, and guided sound and meditation sessions. The workshops take place at 6 pm every Thursday from May 30 to August 22, other than on the first week of each month when the 1st Thursday special presentations feature collectively created music and performances by avant-garde and traditional musicians, new age practitioners and surprise guest artists. The workshops are necessary, Kallmyer explained, to give visitors some context. “It’s not great if people just come in willy nilly because it’s like the way you can’t just hand someone a book if they don’t know what letters are. You have to set people up to succeed, and give them the tools. The workshops are like open scores, and experiences for the public to come in, take a deep breath, do some stretching and then be a part of the creation of the work.” Gael Belden, of UCLA’s Mindful
Chris Kallmyer’s exhibition “Ensemble” can be seen at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Awareness Research Center at The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, will also lead meditation and mindfulness experiences in the Ensemble space at 10:30 on Saturdays, June 1, July 13 and August 17. “It’s also a tool of spiritual centering or maybe if you need to be woken up it can do that,” Kallmyer said. “Or take a nap if that’s what you need.” The artist himself will be on hand at several of the events over the exhibit’s duration as Ensemble also serves as an active studio for Kallmyer to further explore the post-Fluxus depths of everyday objects, what happens when an audience turns participant, and what comes of the experience of listening and co-creating. “The piece itself is the poetics of eight people surrounding a structure making music together,” he said. “It’s not the object. This is just a thing. It’s what people do with it that makes it interesting.”
Lend Them your Ears
Adelfos Ensemble has had a history of presenting themed concerts over the decade-plus since Temmo
Korisheli took over direction of the choir from Dr. Michael Eglin back in 2008, four years after its founding. Recent years have seen a concert with a focus on contemporary vocal music featuring marimba with chorus, and another program centering on shipwrecks and adventuring, with a post-Titanic sinking song abutting on that followed the swamping of a ferry in the Baltic 90 years later, both cozying up to sea chanties. The expansion of the Adelfos from all male to mixed voices back in 2010 helped expand the potential repertoire to makes such programs possible. “I’m not only a fan but impelled to do thematic programming,” Korisheli explained earlier this week. “Which is why even our annual Christmas programs have a theme within the holiday theme, like focusing on a single country, Germany or Latin American holiday music.” Wordsmiths will likely rejoice at this weekend’s pair of concerts from the ensemble, “The Touches of Sweet Harmony,” featuring words by Williams Shakespeare as the choir
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$115 million to more than 50,000 students, marked its annual gift giving with a dinner for 290 guests at the SB Museum of Natural History. This year, almost $8 million in scholarships was awarded to 2,445 students in ceremonies in Santa Maria and at the Santa Barbara Courthouse’s Sunken Gardens, with 3,345 applying. Chairman Don Logan passed the baton to incoming chair Christie Glanville after two years.
Among the many supporters were Victoria Juarez, Janet Garufis, Joe Cole, Tracy Trotter, Erik First, Alan Griffith, Jim Knight, Carl Lindros, Patty Macfarlane, Nancy Ransohoff, Steve Hicks, Mindy Denson, and Geoff Green.
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Bocce Ball Everyone was having a ball at the Rosewood Miramar when the tony beachside hostelry launched its bocce Practicing their throws on the new bocce courts are Tim Sulger, Suzanne Finnamore, and Mark Hunt (photo by Priscilla)
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club and summer league organized by Jimmy Dunne, which is being held every Thursday through the end of July. Bocce, which is similar to British bowls and French pétanque, derives from games played in the early days of the Roman Empire and has eight to 12 players on each team. “This particular variation is from Italy and celebrates family and fun,” says Jimmy, a longtime friend of hotel owner Rick Caruso. “I think the turnout for the first night proves how popular it really is.” Among the 150 guests quaffing the Prosecco and noshing the eclectic array of comestibles at the launch bash
were Diana Starr Langley, George Isaacs, Kim and Tammy Hughes, John Thyne, Gina Tolleson, Arlene Montesano, Pat and Ursula Nesbitt, Ricardo and Dinah Calderon, Carol Marsch, Kathy Janega-Dykes, Kimberly Hayes, Sean and Jenny Hecht, John and Mary Blair, Robert and Sherry Gilson, and Mike and Carrie Randolph. Home Sweet Home Montecito TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is expanding her growing real estate portfolio. Ellen, 61, who recently renewed her Burbank-based show contract for another three years, has purchased
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MISCELLANY (Continued from page 31) Afternoon Tunes To the Voskuyl Library at Westmont College for a Matinée Musicale with An Afternoon of Brahms Love Songs with singers, soprano Marilyn Gilbert, baritone Michael Shasberger, tenor Grey Brothers, and mezzo soprano Gaja Hubbard. Accompanied by pianists Natasha Kislenko and Pascal Salomon, the talented quartet’s one-hour long show was a prelude to a similar sold-out concert at the home of Robert and Christine Emmons just 24 hours later, one of four locations in a Select House concert series to raise funds for Westmont music scholarships. Music to everyone’s ears... Flush with Cash Decades before she was handing out free cars on her eponymous Chicago talk show, Oprah Winfrey was gifting her staff members with rolls of bathroom tissue. Montecito’s most famous resident says she put a special surprise in the rolls in 1986, the first year her TV show began to air across the country. This came in the wake of management refusing to give the staff raises, she tells the Hollywood Reporter.
“Why do they need more money? They’re a bunch of girls,” recalled Oprah. Rather than accept that, she decided to find a way to reward her hard working employees. “So that first year I gave everybody bonuses. I had a big dinner and my idea of being creative was to have $10,000 rolled up in toilet paper rolls at the dinner as gifts because I couldn’t get management to pay them.” Feeling flush, no doubt... Ciao, Roma Santa Barbara Polo Club player Nacho Figueras joined good friend Prince Harry in Rome, Italy, at the weekend for a polo tournament to raise funds for Sentebale, his South African charity. The Duke of Sussex, 36, plays regularly with Nacho on fashion designer Ralph Lauren’s Black Watch team, and the two are good friends. Argentinian Nacho, Lauren’s Polo model, was also a guest at Queen Elizabeth’s grandson’s wedding at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, to Meghan Markle a year ago. The dynamic duo’s team, Sentebale St. Regis, played against a U.S. Polo Association team led by professional Malcolm Borwick, lifting the
Sentebale Polo Cup after a closely fought match. The annual event has raised more than $8 million since being first held in Barbados in 2010. Junior League Welcomes Cortina Lindsay Cortina is the new president of The Junior League of Santa Barbara replacing Kielle Horton after a one-year term. Lindsay Cortina, new president of the Junior League
Cortina joined the league six years ago and has served in numerous leadership roles. She is also director of organizational initiatives at Sansum Clinic, where she oversees the implementation of strategic projects and programs aimed at furthering the clinic’s mission, values and strategic plan. Pop the Champagne Montecito actress Natalie Portman has been having a sparkling vacation. The Oscar winner was among a host of celebrities who flocked to the 150th anniversary fête for Moët & Chandon’s flagship fizz, Moët Imperial, in France. The gala, hosted by tennis legend and global brand ambassador Roger Federer, was also attended by supermodel Kate Moss, actress Uma Thurman, and actor Douglas Booth. The fab fête also served as the grand reopening of the luxury brand’s Château de Saran in Epernay.
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AGING IN HIGH HEELS
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Ms Fead moved from Beverly Hills to Malibu and then Montecito in 1985. She is married to retired music exec Bob Fead; between them they have four children, five grandchildren, and a dog named Sophia Loren. Beverlye is the author of I Can Do this; Living with Cancer, Nana, What’s Cancer and the blog www.aginginhighheels.com, and book Aging In High Heels. She has also produced a documentary: Stage Four, Living with Cancer.
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Dr. Richard T. Caleel: Man of all Seasons
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Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation of Santa Barbara Board President Bill Vollero introduces the honorable Silvia Chiave, Consul General of Italy, at a special luncheon in her honor at La Cumbre Country Club
ichard Thomas Caleel was born in 1936 to Lebanese parents Tamir Sarkis Caleel and Almaza Caleel in Detroit, Michigan. He had two older siblings that he was very close to in spite of them being quite a bit older than him. His parents waited out the depression for their third child. Richard looked up to his brother, George and sister, Lucille, all his life. While his mother was very kind, loving, and devoted to their family, his father, a hard-working man, was the greatest influence in his life. Early in his life, he knew he wanted to become a doctor because he saw that doctors not only helped people but were also very successful. He grew up in a colorful neighborhood, surrounded by kids of every nationality. In his eclectic neighborhood, the milkman delivered milk in glass bottles on a horse-driven wagon. Meanwhile, kids were playing stickball in the street. One day while he was playing, he lost the tip of his finger while tinkering with a friend’s bike. His father rushed him to the hospital but to no avail; they could not put the tip back on. Little did he know that one day he would become a much-admired surgeon with part of his finger missing. He attended Boys Central Catholic High School in Detroit while working at a woman’s shoe store to help pay for his education. While he kept his job, he attended Wayne State University, Detroit at night, eventually working into being a daytime student. From there he became an orderly at Grace Hospital and moved from there to the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and worked in their lab. Because he saw many successful surgeries, it helped him decide to choose general surgery as his specialty. After three years of pre-med, he was accepted to Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at twenty years old. This is where our hero meets our heroine. When he was 21 years old, a friend took him to an auto show and as he was gazing at cars the beauty of one of the models knocked him out. There stood Annette Canalia, 19 years old, tall and gorgeous, the daughter of a tightknit Italian family. They started dating and after a few months they knew they would spend the rest of
T their lives together. In 1961, he graduated med school at Midwestern University, where he later became a professor of surgery in Chicago, Illinois. He also became an adjunct professor of surgery at Northwestern University. He then did his residency in Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles. He continued working all the while. After graduation, he and Annette were married in a small ceremony and put off their honeymoon because they didn’t have the funds to travel at that time. But no need to feel sorry for them because since then, Annette, Richard, and their family have traveled all over the world multiple times. They gave birth to their first child in 1966 and followed that with three more. His first job was at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital, but he then decided to have his own practice on the side as a general surgeon. After fellow doctors saw his work, they began referring patients to him. Meanwhile, his sister had a successful business and married baseball player Vic Wertz for the Cleveland Indians. His brother was successful also as a doctor. Later, the two brothers would go into business together. In 1969, they started Surgical Associates with many other surgeons. After that venture, he went into plastic surgery. At first he did all kinds of cosmetic surgery, but ended up doing only faces. He then, along with several other cosmetic surgeons, started Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons and eventually became president of this organization. This is where the fun comes in.
he Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation of Santa Barbara held a beautiful luncheon at La Cumbre Country Club recently to host the honorable Silvia Chiave, Consul General of Italy. Advisory board member Fred Sidon opened with a welcome to the more than 80 people who attended this very special luncheon. Board president Bill Vollero gave the introductory remarks. He noted that while Italy has only 60 million people, Italian is the fourth most studied language in the world. He then introduced Silvia Chiave. After a special menu of traditional but exquisitely prepared Italian fare, Silvia thanked the crowd for their long legacy and passion to preserve Italian culture. She said she was particularly impressed that Santa Barbara had three Italian cultural organizations: the Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation, UNICO (a nearly 100-year-old organization, whose name is translated from Italian meaning “unique,” “one,” “only,” or “only one of its kind.” Additionally, it is interpreted as: “Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity, and Opportunity.”), and the Italian-American Boot Club of Santa Barbara. Attendees included Bob and Joni Ebert, Renato Moiso, Dr. John Petrini, Pierina Lowdermilk, Andrew and Merry Berwick, Lucia Vassallo Board Directors Frank Artusio and Amy DiBona, Advisory board member Linda Jordan, past presidents Gabriello Schooley and Frank Umanzio, Ed Deloreto (whose father served as Vice-Consul for Santa Barbara), and Joe Campanelli, past president of UNICO. Steve Clifton (founder-owner of Palomino Winery) donated the wines, which were appreciated by the Consul General, who is also a sommelier. •MJ As if his life wasn’t full enough, he started taking horseback riding lessons. Eventually he was taking lessons three times a week. This led the whole family into horses, competitions, and most importantly of all, polo! Polo became a major part of their lives. It became so big, they had twenty-eight horses of their own. The entire family played and won in various International competitions all over the world. In 1974, he joined the United States Polo Association, and later, the Federation of International Polo (FIP) where he became their ambassador and, eventually, their president. One of his most memorable moments was when Prince Charles presented him the outstanding award of most improved player. But if you ask him what was the high point of his life, he will say
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it was when he joined American Doctors for Overseas Services at age 33. “I chose the outskirts of Kenya for my first outing. It was in the middle of a jungle,” he said. He loved the feeling of being useful to the disadvantaged. This was a running theme in his life. After Africa, his next tour was India and then New Guinea. He was eventually named consultant to the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare by Presidential Appointment. After traveling all over the world, he and Annette chose Santa Barbara because of the weather, lifestyle, and polo. They couldn’t be happier with their decision! Because of all his successes, I asked him what advice he would give to someone just starting out and he said, “Focus on your goal and persevere.” •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL
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very year for over 20 years, our local community has celebrated outdoor public art at the annual Memorial Day weekend I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival. Here is where one can get grounded, literally, and draw their choice of art with chalks on the pavement in front of the Mission Santa Barbara. The front grass area has many local food vendors and the stage supports our local musicians and music programs in the local schools. Participating schools included Crane Country Day School Lower Division led by art teacher Ms Tray London, with their art depicting the Santa Barbara Channel Island Marine life; The Howard School students led by art teacher Rebecca Stebbins; the Montecito YMCA after school art program led by Courtney Narine with the Y’s outreach director Elena Schneider; Montecito Union School; the Carpinteria High School students doing art for Gallup & Stribling Orchids and artist prodigy Alani Gonzalez, a senior at Carpinteria High School.
Santa Barbara High School Advanced Jazz Band with a dedication to passed student Andrew Hernandez, who played trombone in the band
YMCA After School Art program student Simone Rudnicki with her school drawing
Also one of the largest local artist support foundations, the Morris Squire Foundation, was there with their Community Artist Tom Pazdurka, who was busy working on his rendition of the Gothic rose winAt I Madonnari with her student’s finished work is Crane Country Day Lower School art teacher Tray London
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ists Marian McKenzie and Sheelah Smith drawing a Gary Larson’s Far Side cartoon titled, “The Real Reason Dinosaurs Became Extinct.” From Carpinteria were artists Kathleen Vasta, Susette Vasta-Durso, and Ky Biswell. The women rendered three works: one dedicated to Roosevelt “Lee” Adderley, one of the 1984 National Geographic photographic portrait of Sharbat Gula by journalist Steve McCurry, and one of Georgia O’Keeffe’s oil painting titled, “Gerald’s Tree.” A musical highlight at the event was the great renditions of jazz standards played by the SB High School’s Advanced Jazz Band, led by Dylan Aguilera, which included a tribute to passed student and band trombone player Andrew Hernandez. The song
Howard School kids drawing during the annual Italian street painting festival
Artists for Seaside Wellness Gardens Sheelah Smith and Marian McKenzie
doing a portrait of comedian Lily Tomlin in one of their elevators; the McCormix Corporation with artist Aimee Bonham rendering a tiled portrait of Our Lady of Fatima; Nick Sebastian, Executive Director of the Seaside Wellness Gardens, with art-
Artist Meredith Morin for Forms + Surfaces
was titled, “God Bless the Child”. Huge shout out to Kathy Koury, Executive Director of Children’s Creative Project and I Madonnari for her support in organizing this important event for the arts in our community. •MJ
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education, three wonderful elements that make I Madonnari a success. We are proud to be a part of it.” Local businesses supporting artists included Forms + Surfaces Design Studio with artist Meredith Morin • The Voice of the Village •
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takes on settings of some of the Bard’s sonnets (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”) and plays: “O mistress mine, where are you roaming?” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), “Full fathom five thy father lies” (The Tempest), “Double, double toil and trouble” (Macbeth), “Sigh no more, ladies” (Much Ado About Nothing), and many others. The magical words will be rendered largely in modern choral settings, with the array of composers including Libby Larsen, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Mathias, Emma Lou Diemer, George Macfarren, Sven Johanson, and Judith Lang Zaimont. “I originally thought I’d include a lot of period pieces,” said Korisheli, who has a special fondness for medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque vocal music and has enjoyed early-music engagements including singing with Ensemble Ciaramella, the Texas Early Music Project, and the Amherst Early Music Festival of New England, not to mention Santa Barbara’s own Quire of Voyces. “But there turned out to be so much wonderful stuff from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries that I pretty much gave up the early stuff in favor of modern settings.” The performances on June 1-2 at Trinity Episcopal Church will also offer listeners the opportunity to compare composer’s choices as more than one setting of the same lines will be sung. “Making these texts into a threeor four-minute choral piece lets the composer really chew on the words and show different aspects of the lyrics, which can be quite an interesting exercise to observe.” Adelfos will perform the Schubert setting of “Hark, Hark the Lark” as a solo song that evolves into a 19th century arrangement for three-part women’s chorus. And among the three madrigals by Diemer is “Sigh no more, ladies” that also receives a different approach by Zaimont. “They’re set very differently,” Korisheli said. “It’s an opportunity to compare different ways composers have imagined these words in music.” The three pieces by Vaughan Williams – “full fathom five,” “the cloud capped towers,” and “over hill, over dale” are not to be missed, Korisheli said. “They were written near the end of his life. They’re just so very rich and beautiful.” (Adelfos Ensemble performs 7:30 pm Saturday June 1, and 3 pm Sunday June 2, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street. The Sunday matinée will be followed by an end-of-year celebration on the Trinity Labyrinth. Tickets are available in advance for $18 ($13 students & seniors 65+) at www.AdelfosEnsemble.org/tickets or at the door for $20/15.)
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New Lease on Life
Emmy-winner John Chester thought he had left filmmaking behind when he and his wife, Molly, purchased the 200acre Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, partly to keep a promise to their rescue mutt that they would stay together for life even as the dog’s incessant barking got them evicted from a San Fernando Valley apartment. The desire to go back to the land and engage in organic farming proved far more challenging than they’d imagined as the effort to turn fertile land that had been abandoned by a company that grew a single crop faced several setbacks. They were able to restore equilibrium via employing Alan York, an agricultural guru who had a one-track solution: “diversity, diversity, diversity.” The process of getting there would seem to make for a dry documentary, but The Biggest Little Farm is anything but, a charming, funny and very moving film that uses all sorts of cinematic techniques (animation, drone shots, slo-mo, and night-vision cameras, to name just a few) to capture the journey of interdependence. Maybe that’s because John Chester took eight years to make the movie. “I didn’t know I was going to make the film until five years in,” he told the audience when Farm screened at SBIFF last winter. “We were capturing footage the whole time and I knew we could tell a story that would look intoxicating and beautiful, but I didn’t want to tell it unless I knew that it was working.” The Chesters had ideas of the way they wanted to go about farming and revitalizing the land, but it was York who showed them how much further they could go, John said. “It became an intoxicating pursuit that was almost embarrassing to tell people about early on because most of them thought it was impossible. The goal was to show that in the film.” There are scenes of animals being born with lots of help from the Chesters and other farm hands, including one of John reaching in to help a cow deliver its calf. “That happened a few days ago before we left for this trip promoting the film,” Molly told the SBIFF audiences. “Let’s just say we can’t find his wedding ring anymore.” John added, “So now I’m married to a cow named Firefly.” That folksy, humanistic hands-on approach is part of what the movie so compelling as both a personal story and a nature doc, as do moments when their hard work comes to naught via predators or insect invasions, and death scenes among favorite animals. But each issue was tackled, and organic, symbiotic solutions found, which is why Apricot Lane is now thriving in every aspect. The film has received raves from critics and fans during its
first weeks of national release, and opens this Friday, May 31, for a two week run at SBIFF’s Riviera Theatre.
SBIFF Segues, Part II
Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk, the feature-length film documentary on golf’s historic caddie profession that also proved popular when it had its world premiere at SBIFF 2019, opens nationwide next Friday, June 7, including at Santa Barbara’s The Hichcock Cinema. Narrated by Bill Murray – himself a former caddie who scored an early comedy hit as the star of Caddyshack – Loopers explores the personal bond that a golfer and the fellow who carries his clubs can develop through their hours of time together that goes beyond mere schlepping. The film didn’t win any awards at SBIFF, but it did take home best documentary prizes from the Cleveland International Film Festival in April and the Newport Beach fest in early May. Opening comes just a week before the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, one of the iconic courses where the doc was shot, a list that also includes Augusta National, St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Prestwick, Ballybunion, and Lahinch. Visit www. loopersmovie.com for details. Meanwhile, SBIFF’s new Education Center – officially named The Barbakow Family Center for Film Studies to honor Jeffrey and Margo Baker Barbakow, the Montecito couple with close ties to the festival – has its grand opening at 5 pm on Thursday, May 30. The 3,600 sq. ft. location in at 1330 State Street is designed as a flexible space that includes several creative classrooms, a screening room, community meeting space, movie library, and editing suite for filmmakers. Visit www.sbiff.org for all things related to the film festival.
Further Focus on Film
While surf movies have long been a staple as a sidebar at SBIFF, the cult classic screening out at UCSB Pollock’s Theater dates back even further than the festival’s 35 years. David Elfick’s Crystal Voyager, which serves as both a portrait of the surfing innovator George Greenough, who wrote and narrates the film, and a love letter to surf in the Santa Barbara Channel from Rincon to Hollister Ranch, will be shown in a newly restored digital version of the 1973 doc at 7 pm Thursday, May 30. Elfick, now a robust 74, will be on hand for a post-screening discussion with author Garth Murphy and UCSB film prof Alexander Champlin. Free admission. Trekkie alert: also coming to Pollock this week is Star Trek, J.J. Abrams’ take on the half a century old franchise starring Chris Pine as a young Capt. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock battling Eric Bana as a time-traveling
“It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” – Adlai E. Stevenson
Romulan. Editor Maryann Brandon joins Pollock Theater director Matt Ryan for a conversation following the 2 pm screening on Saturday, June 1.
More than 40 artists contributed to Be Love Now, a tribute album to the late Robinson Eikenberry
The Santa Barbara singer-songwriter community was devastated when the tirelessly eclectic producer, sound engineer, and songcrafter Robinson Eikenberry died unexpectedly on July 4, 2017. The 35-year local resident who graduated from Crane School in Montecito was honored soon after with a memorial concert at the Lobero Theatre, where many of the Santa Barbara artists he worked with over the years offered tributes in song, including several written for the event. A year later, Eikenberry’s mother Mary Jane Franus woke up one morning in her Napa area home with the idea of creating a tribute album to her son, and reached out to some of the artists, receiving more than 40 responses. The result is a 40-song, double-CD set, Be Love Now, that recalls Robinson’s spirit in song and other messages from local luminaries Glen Phillips, Jamey Geston, Alastair Greene, Sean McCue, Susan Marie Reeves, Jesse Rhodes, and many others. “I always knew Robinson was creative and a special unusual person who was loved in Santa Barbara, but I didn’t know the magnitude of it and the extent of his reach,” Franus said. “It’s been amazing all the people who have reached out since he passed, it just unfolded. But it makes sense because Robinson was a great listener even as a little boy. He always wanted to bring out the best in people. I think he was as much a music therapist as producer.” Nearly three-quarters of the album’s artists have already confirmed that they will appear at the CD release party and concert at the Center of the Heart from 4-10 pm on June 8. We’ll have interviews with a couple of them in next week’s issues. Visit www.rob insoneikenberry.com for details. •MJ 30 May – 6 June 2019
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Chief Hickman to Retire
At a Montecito Fire Protection District board meeting last week, Montecito Fire Chief Chip Hickman announced his retirement in July. Before taking the role as Chief in 2012 as the successor of Fire Chief Kevin Wallace, Chief Hickman was a 21-year veteran of the MFPD, beginning his career in 1990 as one of the District’s first paramedic firefighters. Chief Hickman had the option of leaving his post last spring, but felt the fire department and the greater community were not ready for a change in leadership at that time. “It wasn’t the right time for me to leave following all our community had been through. Now the time feels right, and I feel confident in my successor,” Chief Hickman told us. Division Chief of Operations Kevin Taylor has been chosen by Chief Hickman to take over his role as Fire Chief; Chief Taylor will be officially appointed to the position at the District’s June board meeting. Chief Taylor was hired by the District in 2015, after he spent 24 years with the Paso Robles Fire Department. Chief Taylor has been heavily involved in the emergency response efforts following the Thomas Fire and 1/9 debris flow. We’ll have more on his appointment to the role of Fire Chief in a future edition. Following the board meeting, the District held a special Awards Dinner to acknowledge and celebrate the exemplary performance of all personnel during the 1/9 debris flow. Chief Hickman said that the Awards Dinner was quite difficult to schedule, as the department has continued to be challenged with prepositioning in front of every significant storm system that approached Montecito following January 9, 2018, as well as responding at multiple locations across the
Division Chief of Operations Kevin Taylor with Montecito Fire Chief Chip Hickman at last week’s Awards Ceremony. Chief Hickman has announced his retirement in July; Chief Taylor will be promoted to Fire Chief.
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Capt. Shaun Davis, Engineer Mike Elliott, Engineer Eric Klemowicz, Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin French, Capt. Bob Galbraith, and Firefighter Dan Arnold all received Distinguished Service Awards
More Distinguished Award winners: Capt. Jordan Zeitsoff, Fire Marshal Aaron Briner, Capt. Alex Broumand, Firefighter/ Paramedic Shawn Whilt, and Firefighter Steve Cochran
Battalion Chief Travis Ederer, Battalion Chief Alan Widling, and Battalion Chief Scott Chapman received Distinguished Services Awards last week
state during extreme wildfires. “The fact that most all of our personnel were pre-deployed in front of the 1/9 debris flow event is why so many were placed in harm’s way and why so many of our personnel are being honored here this evening,” he said. The awards process begins with supervisors or other department members nominating the performance of other members for award consideration. “After receiving theses nominations, the Fire Chief appoints a review committee to further investigate the nominations for merit and
additional factual details. Due to the sheer enormity of the incident and number of submissions, two reviews were done prior to this evening’s awards being presented,” he said. In October, the District presented Medal of Valor awards to Maeve Juarez and Andrew Rupp; these are the highest honors bestowed. At Thursday’s Awards Dinner, the Chief presented both Commendation Awards and Distinguished Service Awards. The Commendation Award bestowed by the Fire Chief upon those that performed well beyond what is expected
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during the normal course of assigned job duties. The Distinguished Service Award is the second highest award level, and is conferred by the Fire Chief upon those that performed beyond what is expected during the normal course of assigned job duties, such as life saving at significant risk of injury or death to the member. “Due to the elevated exposure to risk by the member, this award includes a medallion which may be worn on the dress uniform and a ribbon available to be displayed on the work uniform to forever signify to others the personal level of commitment to the community we serve and our chosen profession,” said the Chief. Distinguished Service Award winners include Firefighter Daniel Arnold, Fire Engineer Loren Bass, Firefighter/Paramedic Garet Blake, Fire Captain Aaron Briner (Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal), Firefighter/ Paramedic Alex Broumand (Fire Captain), Firefighter Stephen Cochran, Fire Captain Shaun Davis, Fire Engineer Mike Elliott, Firefighter Nicholas Eubank, Firefighter Kevin French, Firefighter/Paramedic Robert Galbraith, Firefighter Lucas Grant, Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal Albert Gregson (Retired), Fire Captain Ben Hauser, Wildland Specialist Kerry Kellogg (Retired), Firefighter Eric Klemowicz, Fire Captain/Assistant Fire Marshal Richard Lauritson, Fire Captain Jeff Villarreal, Firefighter/ Paramedic Shawn Whilt, Firefighter William Wrenn, and Fire Engineer Jordan Zeitsoff (Fire Captain). Commendation awards went to Firefighter/Paramedic Brandon Bennewate, Battalion Chief Scott Chapman, Battalion Chief Travis Ederer, Fire Engineer Ed Fuentes (Retired), Firefighter/Paramedic Kurt Hickman, Fire Captain Drue Holthe (Retired), Firefighter/Paramedic Ryland McCracken, Dispatcher Leslie Muller, Firefighter Keith Powell (Fire Engineer), Fire Captain Evan Skei, Fire Engineer Dana St Oegger, Dispatcher Jennifer Taylor, Division Chief of Operations Kevin Taylor, Firefighter Rodney Walkup (Fire Engineer), and Battalion Chief Alan Widling. For more information about Montecito Fire Protection District, visit www.montecitofire.com.
Flag Dedication on Coast Village Road
As a prelude to Memorial Day and as a way to honor the first responders of the Thomas Fire and 1/9 debris flow, the businesses and merchants of 1187 Coast Village Road joined with Pierre Claeyssens Veterans
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CITY OF SANTA BARBARA - GENERAL SERVICES DIVISION PO BOX 1990, SANTA BARBARA, CA 93102-1990
Notice Inviting Bids VISTA DEL MAR DRIVE WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT Bid No. 5719 1.
Bid Acceptance. The City of Santa Barbara (“City”) will accept sealed bids for its VISTA DEL MAR DRIVE WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT PROJECT, by or before Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., at its Purchasing Office, located at 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101, at which time and place the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Each bidder is responsible for making certain that its Bid Proposal is actually delivered to the Purchasing Office. The receiving time at the Purchasing Office will be the governing time for acceptability of bids. Telegraphic, telephonic, electronic, and facsimile bids will not be accepted.
INVITATION FOR BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received via electronic transmission on the City of Santa Barbara PlanetBids portal site until 3:00 p.m. on the date indicated at which time they will be publicly opened, read and posted for:
2.1 Location and Description. The Project is located at Vista Del Mar Drive and Alan Road, and is described as follows: Install approximately 1,800 LF of new 8-inch diameter C900 DR14 Class 305 fusible PVC water main including fire hydrants, valves, fittings, an air release, a blow-off, and other appurtenances. Abandon or remove approximately 1,800 linear feet of existing asbestos cement water main, valves, hydrants, and other appurtenances. Reconnect services following acceptance of new line. Reconstruct a portion of Vista Del Mar roadway surface, and replace curb ramps and cross gutter at the intersection of Alan Road and Vista Del Mar Drive.
BID NO. 5755 DUE DATE & TIME: JUNE 19, 2019 UNTIL 3:00 P.M. One New Unused 2019 or Newer Combination Sewer Cleaning Truck
2.2 Time for Completion. The planned timeframe for commencement and completion of construction of the Project is: 60 working days.
Bidders must be registered on the city of Santa Barbara’s PlanetBids portal in order to receive addendum notifications and to submit a bid. Go to PlanetBids for bid results and awards. 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. 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.
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. _____________________________ William Hornung, C.P.M. General Services Manager
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Nut Milk Naturals, 100 N Salinas St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Lucinda Lohse Aragon, 100 N Salinas St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 23, 2019. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Sandra E. Rodriguez. FBN No. 2019-0001234. Published May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Imagine Graphics, 74 Virginia Ln, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Imagine Graphics, LLC., 74 Virginia Ln, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 17, 2019. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Thomas Brian. FBN No. 2019-0001179. Published May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Village Properties; Village Properties Realtors; Village Properties Referral Company, 1250 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Village Properties, INC., 1250 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Villa Serena Apartments, 323 W. Lolita Lane, Santa Maria, CA 93458. 323 Lolita Lane LLC, 20720 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 300 Woodland Hills, CA 91364. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 16, 2019. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Kathy Gonzales. FBN No. 2019-0000903. Published May 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Lofts at West Cook, 511 West Cook Street, Santa Maria, CA 93458. 511 West Cook Street LLC, 20720 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 300 Woodland Hills, CA 91364. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 16, 2019. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Kathy Gonzales. FBN No. 2019-0000905. Published May 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019.
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Mandatory Bidders’ Conference. A bidders’ conference will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at the following location: Intersection of Alan Road and Vista Del Mar Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 for the purpose of acquainting all prospective bidders with the Contract Documents and the Worksite conditions. The bidders’ conference is mandatory. A bidder who fails to attend a mandatory bidders’ conference will be disqualified from bidding.
License and Registration Requirements.
3.2 DIR Registration. City will not accept a Bid Proposal from or enter into the Contract with a bidder, without proof that the bidder and its Subcontractors are registered with the California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) to perform public work under Labor Code section 1725.5, subject to limited legal exceptions. 4.
Contract Documents. The plans, specifications, bid forms and contract documents for the Project, and any addenda thereto (“Contract Documents”) may be downloaded from City’s website at: SantaBarbaraCA.gov/ebidboard. A printed copy of the Contract Documents may be obtained from CyberCopy Shop, located at 504 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, at (805) 884-6155.
Bid Security. The Bid Proposal must be accompanied by bid security of ten percent of the maximum bid amount, in the form of a cashier’s or certified check made payable to City, or a bid bond executed by a surety licensed to do business in the State of California on the Bid Bond form included with the Contract Documents. The bid security must guarantee that, within ten days after City’s issuance of the notice of award of the Contract, the bidder will execute the Contract and submit the payment and performance bonds, insurance certificates and endorsements, and all other documentation required by the Contract Documents.
Prevailing Wage Requirements. 6.1 General. This Project is subject to the prevailing wage requirements applicable to the locality in which the Work is to be performed for each craft, classification or type of worker needed to perform the Work, including employer payments for health and welfare, pension, vacation, apprenticeship and similar purposes.
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Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 9, 2019. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Tara Jayasinghe. FBN No. 2019-0001125. Published May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 2019.
Engineer’s Estimate. The Engineer’s estimate for construction of this Project is: $865,000.
3.1 License. This Project requires a valid California contractor’s license for the following classification(s): Class A General Engineering Contractor.
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.
6.2 Rates. The prevailing rates are on file with City and available online at http://www.dir.ca.gov/DLSR. Each Contractor and Subcontractor must pay no less than the specified rates to all workers employed to work on the Project. The schedule of per diem wages is based upon a working day of eight hours. The rate for holiday and overtime work must be at least time and one-half. 6.3 Compliance. The Contract will be subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the DIR, under Labor Code section 1771.4. 7.
Performance and Payment Bonds. The successful bidder will be required to provide performance and payment bond for 100% of the Contract Price regardless of contract dollar amount.
Substitution of Securities. Substitution of appropriate securities in lieu of retention amounts from progress payments is permitted under Public Contract Code section 22300.
Subcontractor List. Each bidder must submit, with its Bid Proposal, the name, location of the place of business, California contractor license number, DIR registration number, and percentage of the Work to be performed (based on the Base Bid) for each Subcontractor that will perform work or service or fabricate or install work for the prime contractor in excess of one-half of 1% of the bid price, using the Subcontractor List form included with the Contract Documents.
Instructions to Bidders. All bidders should carefully review the Instructions to Bidders before submitting a Bid Proposal.
William Hornung, C.P.M., General Services Manager Publication Dates: 1) May 29, 2019 2) June 5, 2019 END OF NOTICE INVITING BIDS
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Palm Villas, 616 West Cook Street, Attn: Leasing Office, Santa Maria, CA 93458. 616 West Cook Street LLC, 20720 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 300 Woodland Hills, CA 91364. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 16, 2019. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County
Clerk (SEAL) by Kathy Gonzales. FBN No. 2019-0000904. Published May 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Santa Barbara Architectural Design; Santa Barbara Dirtt Installers, 25 E De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Santa Barbara Builders INC, 25 E De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 29, 2019. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I
“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.” – Leo Tolstoy
hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Brenda Aguilera. FBN No. 2019-0001015. Published May 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 19CV01382. To all interested parties: Petitioner Jillian Cassidy Finstuen filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Jillian Julia Athey. 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 April 8, 2019 by Terri Chavez. Hearing date: June 5, 2019 at 9:30 am in Dept. 6, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29
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Spirituality Matters by Steven Libowitz “Spirituality Matters” highlights two or three Santa Barbara area spiritual gatherings. Unusual themes and events with that something extra, especially newer ones looking for a boost in attendance, receive special attention. For consideration for inclusion in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Psychedelics & Entheogens Workshop
ntheoMedicine Santa Barbara has been presenting seminars to satisfy the resurgence of interest in psychedelics spurred by the growing clinical research on their healing qualities for the body, mind, and soul. But all the previous events have been theoretical discussions, with very little in the world of practicality. Psychedelics & Entheogens – Preparation, Integration and Transformation, which takes place this weekend, obviously doesn’t go so far as to advocate the taking of illegal substances, but the four-hour workshop aims to help those who want to explore psychedelics learn how to use them safely and to receive the benefits. To that end, Zach Leary, son of LSD pioneer Timothy Leary, will share his knowledge and experience about each of the major entheogens, including what users can expect to experience, appropriate preparation and safety precautions. He’ll be followed by Tricia Eastman, a vastly experienced professional psychedelic facilitator and integration coach who combines ancestral and tribal customs with modern protocols in her work to heal the ailments of “Western mind.” Eastman talked about her work, and the workshop, over the phone recently. Q. Can you talk about approaching psychedelic journeys as healing and the importance of integration? A. The reasons these meds are such potent tools is that they give us access to a part of ourselves, our egoic framework. What they do is take that part of our operating system, our OS, offline and bring us into the subconscious, which has been programmed since conception. That OS eats up our bandwidth and causes us to loop. The reason to do psychedelics is to get in there, and clean out and reorient the program… But that’s also why it’s important to have higher intentions for the work, going into the journey. And that can’t just be something like “healing,” which isn’t an end result. It’s better to have a framework, a desire to step into the highest version of yourself as a result of this work, not a construct based on beliefs that form from outside. But it’s not an attachment to specific result, but creating a pathway that directs us toward our heart and soul. The medicine gets the blocks and limitations out of the way, and teaches us about the complexity of our individual paths so we can have a clear road for our intentions. Ultimately journeys are a therapeutic tool. 30 May – 6 June 2019
You only have a couple of hours at the event. What are people going to get out of the workshop that’s of tangible help? Ultimately, we’ll break down the various important aspects, from the modalities, an understanding of trauma work, and being able to use these tools in a safe, smart, and informed way that will allow you to maximize the benefits. That goes for anyone from beginners to those who are highly experienced, as well as those who are supporting others in this work, like psychologists, yoga teachers, friends. And with more and more people having PTSD – firefighters, police, veterans, teachers – there are massive numbers that just keep growing. You have led more than 1,000 journeys. What have you learned along the way? There’s a deepening. Each time I do this work with others, it’s like those Russian nesting dolls, where there’s a deeper understanding of the universal wisdom, a transmission that the medicines bring us, the sacred tools. So I always get to be with the awe and the mystery of the universe. Your bio says you have worked oneon-one with Hollywood stars and other famous folks who are interested in using Entheogens for profound personal development. I’m sure you’re not going to name any names, but what can you tell me about working in that arena? A lot of these celebrities are having profound experiences where they’re seeing the power that they have to make a difference in the world and getting clear about a bigger mission than the Hollywood game, something more in service to the planet. It’s been exciting to watch major CEOs and other influential business people who make decisions that impact a lot of people coming up with new solutions in their lives that could really make a difference. What’s the most important spiritual aspect in using psychedelic journeys for self-growth, whether it be about facing end of life or wanting a deeper connection to the universal energy? The way that you come into this path can be different. In Shamanic culture it’s initiation. Most involve lots of prep work, like fasting, sweat lodges, things that test your mental strengths. Being in a state of deep silence where you’re forced to really be with yourself and face what’s happening inside… But the important thing is wanting to know how to do you, how do you live your own life, and understanding how to
In memory of my best friend I pity those who haven’t had true friend and envy them for not experiencing the loss. Great person, an amazing soul left this plane of existence. Marilyn will be greatly missed by her love ones. Those who encountered this funny creature surely remember, she made their day. An ancient alien soul with a purpose to bring laughter and joy to the stranger, was her life play. Mission well accomplished, Marilyn my love. Now all you who were given, is your turn to make others laugh. Marilyn Rose Sabat *1946, Graduation with honors, May 2019 ~ PKL.
connect to your soul. Some traditions use the word heart, or the inner healer. One of the most profound initiations I went through was largely a reminder of how important it is to be connected to our soul within ourselves. That’s ultimately what this work is about. If your soul isn’t driving, you’re in trouble. The psychedelics help us to
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reorient so that we can know our souls and get them back in driver seat. •MJ (Psychedelics & Entheogens – Preparation, Integration and Transformation takes place 8:30 am to 12:45 pm on Saturday, June 1, at Unity of Santa Barbara. Tickets cost $78-$157. Visit https://entheomedicine.org.) MONTECITO JOURNAL
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“The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
30 May – 6 June 2019
by Mark Ashton Hunt
Mark and his wife, Sheela Hunt, are real estate agents. His family goes back nearly 100 years in the Santa Barbara area. Mark’s grandparents – Bill and Elsie Hunt – were Santa Barbara real estate brokers for 25 years.
separate light and bright studio as well. Historic elements are found throughout the home and across the property; the wood beams in the living room were originally part of an old bridge, the stone fireplace was rescued from the now-demolished Dabney Estate; there are antique windows from England in the living room and the majestic towering redwood tree, nicknamed ‘’Big Ben,’, is one of the few still thriving in the area.
1130 Garden Lane: $8,500,000
Homes in the Cold Spring School District
ust inside the western edge of Montecito is an area commonly referred to as the Cold Spring School District (CCSD). This area reaches from the hills around Coyote Road and West-East Mountain Drive, down through neighborhoods including the streets around Westmont College, the estates at Riven Rock, homes on Pepper Hill, Sycamore Canyon and Cold Spring Road, where one will find the sought-after Cold Spring School, the legendary Lotusland botanical paradise, area hiking trails, and grand estates. Some streets in this school district are in a more southern area of town toward the beach and moving easterly into central Montecito (those along Sycamore Canyon, Pepper Hill, and some streets near Coast Village Road and the Montecito Club). In some rare cases, you may have homes on one side of a street that are in one school district and on the other side of the street, homes are in another, or one street over is this school and the next street over is that school. If a specific school district is a driving factor in your decision process, I recommend checking with the schools themselves to confirm that an address is within your chosen attendance area. As is true with every sub-section of Montecito, there are usually homes to choose from in most every size and price range from around a million dollars up to $25 million and higher. For now, here are a variety of homes to choose from, one from four different neighborhoods within the Cold Spring School District.
440 Woodley: $2,199,000
This newer listing is in the Pepper Hill enclave of Montecito, just a half-dozen blocks to the upper and lower village in Montecito and the beach. The single-level home is perched on a private one-acre lot and includes 3 bedrooms, 2 full and one ½ bathroom in 2,150 square feet of living space. Features of the home include a living room with vaulted ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace and floor to ceiling view windows. The kitchen includes custom cabinetry and a breakfast area that opens to the formal dining room and patio.
Enter through gates and up the private driveway to this Mediterranean estate, set on a secluded 1.75 acres in the Riven Rock area of Montecito. The front foyer of the main home opens into a living room with wood-beamed ceilings, travertine floors, and a limestone fireplace. Just off the living room is a chef’s kitchen with Jerusalem stone countertops, hickory wood floors, La Cornue stove, and Butler’s Pantry, all opening to the Family Room. The master bedroom enjoys two private view balconies, dual walk-in closets and baths, as well as a marble fireplace. The gardens of the property complement the villa offering sprawling green lawns, fruit trees and mature oaks framing the sparkling pool/spa and picturesque guest cabana.
1050 Cold Spring Road: $11,950,000
740 Coyote Road: $3,450,000
The unique nature of this Spanish home – Casa Señorial – is the result of a long history, humble beginnings, and precise rejuvenation. Originally built in the 1950s as two adobe structures, the property’s main residence and detached casita are on approximately one acre and both have maintained Old World charm while being updated with modern conveniences. The main home offers 2,800 sq ft with two fireplaces, tile and wood floors, and there is a 30 May – 6 June 2019
Perched on over six ocean view acres is Ca’ di Sopra (meaning “above the clouds’’), an important area landmark estate that embodies the style, design, and romance of the architectural efforts of the early 1900s. This revitalized Mediterranean residence is located on upper Cold Spring Road at the top of a stretch of world-class estates. The main level is anchored by a central atrium in the heart of the home, surrounded by the master suite, two additional bedrooms, a formal dining room, chef’s kitchen, living and family rooms, all opening to the outdoors. The lower level offers four spacious bedrooms, a game room, home theatre, wine cellar, tasting room, and a second family room with French doors opening to numerous ocean view patios and entertaining terraces. There is a two-bedroom gate house above the garage, pool, lush gardens, and privacy. •MJ For more information, or to have me arrange a showing for you with the listing agent of a featured property, simply contact me directly, Mark@Villagesite.com, call/text 805-698-2174. Please view my website, www.MontecitoBestBuys.com, from which this article is based.
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ENDING THIS WEEK UCSB Music Marathon – Paul Bambach directs the UCSB Wind Ensemble’s “’Classics’ (or soon to be)” on Thursday, May 30, to kick off the final week of its spring concert series. The ensemble will perform Norman Dello Joio’s “Scenes from the Louvre,” inspired by the museum’s structure and development; Jack Stamp’s “Gavorkna Overture”; Paul Hindemith’s March from Symphonic Metamorphosis, transcribed for concert band by Keith Wilson at the composer’s request; and P.D.Q. Bach’s Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion; David Maslanka’s Mother Earth; Frank Ticheli’s Rest; and Carmen Dragon’s arrangement of Samuel A. Ward’s America, the Beautiful… “BANG, SCRAPE, and SHOUT!” is the enticing title of The UCSB Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus collaborative concert with the UCSB Percussion Ensemble, UCSB Young Artists String Quartet, and the San Marcos High School Madrigal Singers. The Friday, May 31, program features contemporary and traditional pieces for strings, percussion and choir,
including choral works by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Ola Gjeilo, Edward Elgar, Aaron Copland, Ned Rorem, Thomas Morley, Thomas Weelkes, Henry Cowell, Caroline Shaw, Ignacio Jerusalem, W.A. Mozart, and Leonard Bernstein, while the percussion pieces include Bob Becker’s Mudra (Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St.; $15/$10)... The UCSB Middle East Ensemble takes over on Saturday evening with two extended sets of regional Persian folk songs presented by Bahram Osqueezadeh and special guests Mitra Khorsandi (vocalist), Siamak Bozorgi (tar, shurangiz, and vocal), and Nadia Sabet (tombak and daf). The ensemble will also perform two celebrated Arabic art songs, two Sephardic songs featuring Andrea Fishman; and a Kazakh song plus a variety of dances, from Egyptian, Greek, and Turkish cultures, and also a Latin-Arab fusion dance, plus an extended solo cabaret-style dance… Richard North directs both traditional Indonesian musical ensembles performing on Sunday, June 2, including the UCSB Gamelan Ensemble’s variety of traditional pieces from Cirebon, Indonesia, including three
ENDING THIS WEEK ‘Beyond’ Heading to Great Beyond – Rubicon Theatre’s world premiere presentation of Women Beyond Borders – which has already been extended two weeks beyond its original end date – finishes its run at the Ventura theater this weekend. The play about the shared experiences of women around the world was inspired by the remarkable true journey of a small group of women artists who wanted to find a way to inspire change through creative expression. In 1991, the project they created, also called Women Beyond Borders, used the idea of a box as metaphor: hope chest, treasure chest, womb, coffin, etc. They replicated miniature wooden boxes no bigger than a human heart and sent them to curators and friends in other countries with the goal of encouraging dialogue, collaboration, and community among women and honoring creativity. Since then, WBB has become a global phenomenon with more than 900 boxes contributed over time by well-known artists and those with no previous experience at all, from Afghanistan to Zambia. The boxes were accompanied by artists’ statements in the form of letters, poems, and stories about transcending barriers including geographical, social, racial, economic, emotional, gender-related, spiritual, and more. The play interweaves the journey of the organization and the artist’s words and is presented via actresses at microphones, in the style of Love, Loss and What I Wore and The Vagina Monologues. The cast has rotated throughout the six-week run, with this final weekend featuring Donna Simone Johnson (RTC’s The Baby Dance: Mixed); actor, writer and NPR talk-show host Sandra Tsing Loh; Obie Award-winning actor Zilah Mendoza; Ulka Simone Mohanty; and Linda Purl. WHEN: 8 pm Friday, 2 & 8 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, May 31-June 2 WHERE: Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura COST: $25-$54 INFO: (805) 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org
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SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Seventh Heaven – HarpWorks Ensemble features seven separate harpists joining together in concert hosted by the American Harp Society – Santa Barbara Chapter. The septet of vertical string wizards – M.J., Denise Elder, Naomi Nathanson, Karen Shelton, Michelle Whitson-Stone, Nancy Vaniotis, and Akemi Wood – have a repertoire that includes Latin, classical, spiritual, medieval English, gospel, and folk music. As part of the program, Michelle Whitson-Stone, director of HarpWorks Ensemble, will also offer a brief discussion about the instruments. Proceeds from the concert will be used to fund a harp scholarship program. WH EN: 3 pm WHERE: Goleta Presbyterian Church, 6067 Shirrell Way, Goleta COST: $10 (cash only) at the door INFO: (805) 448-8906/ www.facebook.com/events/6067-shirrell-waygoleta-ca/harpworks-ensemble-7-harps-and-7-harpists/357659624849163/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
exciting mask dances, and the Santa Barbara community group Gamelan Sinar Surya presenting contrasting royal court pieces and ancient village music from West Java (5:30 pm; Karl Geiringer Hall)... The Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players’ program on Monday, June 3, includes the overture to W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 (The Magic Flute); the overture to Robert Schumann’s Braut von Messina, Op.100 (The Bride of Messina); and “Danse slave” and “Fête polonaise” from Emmanuel Chabrier’s Le roi malgré lui (The King in Spite of Himself; The Reluctant King). Winners of the quarterly UCSB Chamber Music Competition will perform as the UCSB Chamber Players ($15/$10)… Following a day off, the Jazz Ensemble wraps up its 24th year under the direction of Jon Nathan on Wednesday, June 5, with “Hello and Goodbye,” celebrating both graduating students and those just arrived. Starting both halves of the concert are works by jazz giant Bob Brookmeyer, with other works including Maria Schneider’s “Hang Gliding,” Doug Olson’s arrangement of the Cole Porter classic “Love for Sale,” Bob Florence’s arrangement of “Sugar,” before the concert closes with John Daversa’s arrangement of the Beatles classic “I Saw Her Standing There”... The Music of India Ensemble takes its turn on Thursday, June 6, with a concert of North Indian Classical music featuring the beginning group of sitar students performing Rag Yaman and the advanced group performing Rag Todi, with tabla accompaniment by Shashank Aswathanarayana… The season comes to a close on Friday, June 7, when Victor Bell directs the Gospel Choir’s program of traditional and con-
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temporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions, with the singers joined by special guests Kevin Henry and Daniel Ozan, both alumni of the choir. Unless otherwise indicated: WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UCSB campus COST: $10 general, $5 students, free for children under 12 INFO: (805) 893-7194 or www.music.ucsb.edu Ongoing: Butterflies Alive! – Nearly 1,000 live butterflies flutter and fly freely around as visitors walk through a beautiful garden that comprises the beautiful insects’ summer home during the annual favorite show in Santa Barbara. The exhibit, which opened last weekend, features a dazzling variety of butterflies, from local favorites to exotic tropical varieties such as swallowtails, longwings and White Peacocks, offering visitors an opportunity to learn via direct observation about the life cycle and behavior of the spectacular invertebrates. The Museum of Natural History’s Sprague Butterfly Pavilion, finished just last year, features swooping steel ribs that mimic the curve of a butterfly’s wings, and a sandstone face that was carefully constructed from local Santa Barbara rock, plus live plants that butterflies love and comfortable spots for humans to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. If you prefer your critters a little larger, the museum has also opened its Prehistoric Forest, featuring handcrafted moving animatronic dinosaurs from Kokomo Exhibits, including a T. Rex, Triceratops and many others ensconced across the creek amid the redwoods. WHEN: Through September 2 WHERE: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 30 May – 6 June 2019
2559 Puesta Del Sol Rd. COST: Both exhibits included in museum admission INFO: (805) 682-4711 or www. sbnature.org THURSDAY, MAY 30 ‘Shake the Spirit’ – That’s the title of the most recent album from powerhouse Elle King, the famously rebellious rock singer-songwriter who is headlining at the Granada Theatre tonight. But the phrase also could invoke the intention and accomplishments of Girls Rock Santa Barbara, the nonprofit program that offers young women female empowerment via rockin’ out. King has just announced that she will be joining the advisory board of Girls Rock S.B., the largest of the world’s Girls Rock networks. Not coincidentally, several of the Girls Rock ladies will also perform at tonight’s show in advance of the official opening act, Barns Courtney, the British singer-songwriter whose following has been growing ever since the release of his 2017 debut album, The Attractions of Youth. Among the locals hitting the stage are newly crowned 2019 Teen Star Sofia Schuster and her partner, Jazara Hutton, who will perform an original song, plus several other Girls Rockers. Perhaps their performers will bring up happy memories for King, the heavily-tattooed daughter of actor Rob Schneider who The New York Times has praised for combining “Adele’s determination and Joan Jett’s stomp, Brenda Lee’s high-voiced bite and some AC/DC shriek” – the two-time Grammy nominee actually started playing music when she spent a summer at a performing arts camp. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street COST: $24$39 ($79 ‘Little Bit Of Lovin’ Elle King VIP Experience includes front orchestra seating, a Q&A session with King, and tour merchandise) INFO: (805) 8992222 or www.granadasb.org Dyer Maker – British author and cultural and arts critic Geoff Dyer’s two dozen books include novels, collections of essays, and a number of titles that defy genre, such as Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It and his latest, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, which is about Brian G. Hutton’s famed 1968 film Where Eagles Dare. Dyer’s book is an homage of sorts to the thrilling Alpine adventure starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, including a scene-by-scene analysis that takes the reader from its snowy, Teutonic opening credits to its vertigo-inducing climax. Tonight, Dyer comes to Santa Barbara as part of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Parallel Stories series to talk about why the movie is indelibly imprinted on his consciousness and that of almost all British males of a certain age. The event features film clips and readings 30 May – 6 June 2019
from the book, with a book signing to follow. WHEN: 5:30 pm WHERE: Mary Craig Auditorium, 1130 State Street (entrance in the rear) COST: $10 general, $6 seniors, $5 museum members INFO: (805) 963-4364 or www.sbma.net
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 ‘North Sea Siren’ in SB – Swedish born singer-songwriter Sofia Talvik’s roots ensure that her music maintains a special tint of her Scandinavian heritage but her 16-month, 37-state tour through the USA in an RV has moved her music closer to roots music of a different flavor, that of the Americana tradition. A lot of those experiences – external and internal – found their way into her 2015 album Big Sky Country, the sixth of her career, which was followed in 2017 by When Winter Comes, a compilation of the single original Christmas songs she’s released every year. Talvik – who has a new album slated for release in September – has played the big festivals like Lollapalooza and SxSW festivals, but she’s more comfortable in the intimate setting of a smaller stage, such as the one produced by Wooden Hall Concerts at the Alhecama Theatre, where she’ll perform this evening accompanied by a pedal steel player for the classic country sound. Wine tasting before the show and during intermission. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: 914 Santa Barbara St. COST: $22 in advance, $25 at the door INFO: www.sbama.org
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SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Green and Blue (and Red) – Montecito’s own community protector Abe Powell will receive the Environmental Defense Center’s 2019 Environmental Hero award at EDC’s annual Green & Blue benefit today. Powell, who has served as board president of longtime EDC client and partner Get Oil Out! (GOO!), also founded a local solar energy company, served for six years as Director at Montecito Fire Protection District, and is now the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, the nonprofit he co-founded in response to the devastating 2018 debris flows. The 3,000 volunteers who have helped dig out homes, restore landscapes and public trails and rescue hundreds of threatened oak trees from the mud and debris almost always wear red t-shirts while on duty. Today’s celebration features food from Duo Catering and Events, wine from The Ojai Vineyard, beer from Rincon Brewing, plus unique silent and live auction items. WHEN: 2-6 pm WHERE: Stow House & Rancho la Patera Gardens, 304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta COST: $100 INFO: (805) 963-1622 or www.envi ronmentaldefensecenter.org/gb •MJ
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Foundation (PCVF) last Wednesday to unveil and dedicate a large flag made from actual fire hose. Some 25 local firefighters participated along with other first responders, local officials, and dignitaries, while members of the public watched the short ceremony. The fire hose flag was created by retired Santa Barbara City firefighter John Carrillo to honor the first responders who risked their lives to aid those who were impacted by the Thomas Fire and debris flow. Carrillo agreed to create a limited number of fire hose flags available for purchase, with all proceeds benefitting first responders and PCVF and local veterans. These special art pieces are already very popular in the Santa Barbara area, and can be found hanging at many businesses, schools, and local landmarks, including the Montecito YMCA, the Montecito Library, and the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. There are also plans for flags to be installed at the UCSB Thunderdome, Santa Barbara City College, Montecito Union School, and the Santa Barbara Zoo. “As soon as we met with John and saw how beautiful and unique the flag was, we knew it was something that would serve as a touching
tribute to first responders, and an important reminder of the resiliency of our local communities,” said PCVF Co-Founding Director Hazel Blankenship. “We are so grateful he was willing to create additional flags, giving more people impacted by the Thomas Fire an opportunity to reflect, and of course raising critical funding for local veterans and first responders in need.” Hank Hurst and Rich Rosin, owners of 1187 Coast Village Road, knew their building was a perfect spot to install one of the flags, which is protected by a heavy glass case. “We’d been looking for a monument for the property, and this is exactly what we wanted,” Hurst said during the ceremony. Another case next to the flag holds a hose signed by Montecito firefighters. Participating 1187 Coast Village merchants include: The UPS Store, Norvell Bass Cleaners, Sequel Salon, Here’s the Scoop, Ca’Dario, The Tennis Shop, Juice Ranch, Richie’s Barber Shop, Renaud’s Bakery & Bistro, Khao Kaeng, Architect’s Consulting Services, Montecito Clock Gallery, Riviera Smiles, and Dr. Susan Malde. Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation is committed to honoring the men and women who have served
Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Eric Nickel and Montecito Fire Chief Chip Hickman in front of the new flag monument at 1187 Coast Village Road
in uniform at any time. PCVF does this by supporting veterans and active duty members, and related partner organizations, in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, as well as preserving military history and legacy. The Foundation works to uphold Pierre Claeyssens’ vision that those who
have served are “Never Forgotten.” PCVF is funded entirely by private donations. For more information, visit www.pcvf.org or call (805) 2594394. Three original flags are still available at $2,500 and are completely tax deductible. •MJ
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LETTERS (Continued from page 22)
CNN is an arm of the Democratic Party. MSNBC is an arm of the Socialist Party. Fox is an arm of the Republican Party. What galvanized my theory was a comment made by our sitting president. No matter how you feel about the president (personally I think he has made some good strategic moves but I am getting fed up with his half truths, quarter truths, and outright lies), the comment he made about Fox News was telling. He said the network was moving to the losing side by covering Democrats. Really. A major network covering both sides is now a loser. To be fair, the bias exhibited on CNN and MSNBC is often not palpable either. In summary, CBS Evening News has a West Coast edition on at 5:30. Although there is some bias it is almost straight down the middle. Oh, and as long we have freedom of the press we also have freedom of the remote control. Steve Marko Montecito (Editor’s note: Well, this is more complicated than it first appears. Fox, by putting “Democrats” on various talk shows merely muddies the waters rather than adding any clarity to the mix. Most talking heads, whether on the right or on the left, have a set of opinions that are most often diametrically opposite, so their conflicting views simply clash and add nothing to the conversation. The intellect of someone such as the late Charles Krauthammer, whose opinions were not only his own, but were also always well thought out and articulated, is and was a rare occurrence on cable television. Without such minds, most of us prefer to listen to one side rather than the babble of two opposing voices. – J.B.)
Impeach! Now! (Or Whenever)
Starting the impeachment process will rein in a president who is undermining American ideals, and bring the debate about his fitness for office into Congress, where it belongs. The electorate passes judgment on its presidents and their shortcomings every four years. But the framers were concerned that a president could abuse his authority in ways that would undermine the democratic process and that could not wait to be addressed. So they created a mechanism for considering whether a president is subverting the rule of law or pursuing his own self-interest at the expense of the general welfare – in short, whether his continued tenure in office poses a threat to the republic. This mechanism is impeachment. Trump’s actions during his first two years in office clearly meet, and 30 May – 6 June 2019
exceed, the criteria to trigger this failsafe. But the United States has grown wary of impeachment. The history of its application is widely misunderstood, leading Americans to mistake it for a dangerous threat to constitutional order. That is precisely backwards. It is absurd to suggest that the Constitution would delineate a mechanism too potent to ever actually be employed. Impeachment, in fact, is a vital protection against the dangers a president like Trump poses. And, crucially, many of its benefits – to the political health of the country, to the stability of the constitutional system – accrue irrespective of its ultimate result. Impeachment is a process, not an outcome, a rule-bound procedure for investigating a president, considering evidence whether to continue on to trial. The House of Representatives can no longer dodge its constitutional duty. It must immediately open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and bring the debate out into Congress, where it belongs. Congress must decide whether the greater risk lies in executing the Constitution, or in deferring to voters to do what it cannot muster the courage to do itself. Today, the United States confronts a president who cares for only some of the people he represents, who promises his supporters that he can roll back the tide of diversity, who challenges the rule law, and who regards constitutional rights and liberties as disposable. The gravest danger facing the country is not a Congress that seeks to measure the president against his oath, it is a president who fails to measure up to that solemn promise. Leoncio Martins Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Yawn, yah, sure. Whatever. – J.B.)
A Serious Situation
Between 3:30 and 6 pm no service can be delivered by the Fire Department, an ambulance, or the police to Montecito, as the traffic is so jammed up, and there are rocks all over the roads’ shoulders, put there by homeowners who have extended their gardens to the blacktop asphalt. What do you think? Is this serious or not? Gene Tyburn Montecito (Editor’s note: Well, yes, it is serious, but we’ve been whining about this for the last decade to no avail. It will be another decade before this is resolved. So, in the meantime, slow down and enjoy the jam; at least pedestrians aren’t being knocked over by speeders. – J.B.) •MJ
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