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Making waves: Christine and Robert Emmons aboard Renaissance come to the rescue in Bahamas, p. 6


Montecito’s Village Fourth

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Music Academy Motions

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet heads up Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue” tribute at the Granada, Jenny Schatzle’s Classical Music Yoga, and lots more at MAW, p. 34 (photo by Chris Lee)

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 5 Guest Editorial Dick Shaikewitz of Montecito Water District responds to the Journal’s previous editorial about a desalination agreement and serves up a status update 6 Montecito Miscellany Emmons aboard Renaissance; lawsuit against Ellen; Douglas double-whammy; Rob Lowe roasted on Comedy Central; author Susan Branch; Lady Di’s childhood home; Behind the Gates; Santa Barbara Inn; Nacho Figueras; UCSB Arts gala; Fiesta Ranchera; MAW summer fest; SB Master Chorale; and SB Choral Society 8 Letters to the Editor Diane Graham asks about CVR median; Mary’s little lambs; Steve Ruggles on veal; Ralph Iannelli calls out President Obama; Rooster Bradford’s history lesson; David McCalmont on the radio; and an anonymous Dane’s dilemma 10 This Week Luncheon & lecture; knit and crochet; The New Yorker; Cub Scout Day Camp; trunk show; Summer Solstice; free art class; Mary Penney Hershey at Chaucer’s; storyteller Michael Katz; Death Cafe; Biltmore Hotel History Walk & Talk; fire forum; Annie Get Your Gun; centering prayer retreat; Artist’s Marketplace! In Carp; tea dance; MFPD chipping schedule; MAW festival; art classes; Adventuresome Aging; Cava entertainment; brain fitness; Story Time; Pilates; talking Italian; farmers and artisans markets; Bible study; Cars & Coffee; and French language Tide Guide Handy chart to assist readers in determining when to take that walk or run on the beach 12 Village Beat Epstein Partners real estate opens on Coast Village Road; Village Fourth seeks donations; Aerial Fighting Foundation and fire response meetings; Highway 101 update; and the heat’s impact on hiking 14 Seen Around Town Lynda Millner walks into the Marilyn Horne Main House as part of MAW’s opening gala; SB Museum of Natural History’s Butterflies Alive! exhibit; and Senior (musical) Moments 20 Our Town June is a time for schools around Montecito to celebrate graduations: El Montecito



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Early School, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, YMCA Preschool, Laguna Blanca Lower School, MUS, Crane Country Day, and Cold Spring 23 On Entertainment Steven Libowitz encapsulates the Summer Reading Program’s Pajama-O-Rama Storytimes and previews the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration Weekly Spirituality Center for Lifelong Learning’s summer session; Dance Tribe hosts “Conscious Dancer” Mark Metz; and MAW stretches into yoga 27 Brilliant Thoughts Ashleigh Brilliant does his best Sherlock Holmes imitation while explaining three mysteries in his life: The Path, Great Stone Head, and the ominous Black Spots Movie Guide 28 Fitness Front Karen Robiscoe shapes up at Physical Focus Training Center Fitness and meets coowners Michael and Kasper Allison in the bargain 33 Your Westmont Summer youth camps return to campus, and Summer Scholars get a taste of college life 34 This Week at MAW Upcoming events at Music Academy of the West 35 MAW 2016 Matthew Aucoin, all-around music maker, chats with Steven Libowitz before Tuesday night’s concert at the Lobero; and conductor Larry Rachleff at the Granada 38 Legal Advertising 42 Calendar of Events Summer Launch Pad: New Plays in Process; David Bromberg at Lobero; Salute to Musical Legends in Carp; Dance Network with Series 7, SB Wine Festival; Roadshow Revival in Ventura; Ojai Valley Lavender Festival; Tales from the Tavern; and Dr. Mac is back in Montecito 45 Real Estate June gloom has lifted and given way to four impressive and viable homes up for grabs on the market; Mark Hunt crunches the numbers Open House Guide 46 Classified Advertising Our very own “Craigslist” of classified ads, in which sellers offer everything from summer rentals to estate sales 47 Local Business Directory Smart business owners place business cards here so readers know where to look when they need what those businesses offer

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Guest Editorial 

by Dick Shaikewitz Mr. Shaikewitz is the president of the Montecito Water District

Desal Update


he Montecito Water District (MWD) is responding to last week’s Montecito Journal editorial page opinion piece (“Should Montecito Sign Desalination Agreement with Santa Barbara?”) to correct misinformation and clarify District’s past and current proposed actions and provide a status update in the regional use of the City of Santa Barbara’s desalination facility. MWD’S 1992-1997 Desal Agreement with the City The City of Santa Barbara (City), MWD, and the Goleta Water District (GWD) executed a 5-year renewable Water Sales and Purchase Agreement in 1992. The agreement was clear that the City would provide and deliver to MWD 1,250 acre feet per year (AFY) of water from any City-selected water source. The agreement provided MWD and GWD no ownership or partnership in the City desal facility. MWD’s cost for the regional use of the City’s temporary emergency desalination water supply was based on a proportionate cost-share formula for the building and operation of a 7,500 AFY desal plant with MWD’s percentage set at 16.7% (1,250/7,500=16.7). Due to anticipated deliveries of State Water Project in 1998, including experiencing the rainiest decade in Santa Barbara’s recorded history, the City’s desal facility was taken out of service in 1997. The City’s desal facility had been placed in a standby mode for the entire five-year contract period due to the end of the drought in 1992 and full restoration of all local water supplies. By the end of the five-year contract in 1997, MWD had paid the City about $6.6 million for its 16.7% proportionate share of the costs. In 1999, the City sold the treatment units and other equipment from the desal facility to a buyer from Saudi Arabia for about $1.8 million. Since MWD and GWD had no ownership in the City’s facility, all proceeds from the sale went to the City. 2016 – City Regional Desal Facility Use with MWD Beginning in 2014, the District and City have been discussing the possible regional use of the City’s soon to be re-activated desal facility. The City signed a design, build, operate (DBO) contract in August 2015 to reactivate its desal facility for $55 million. The City is funding this amount using a 20-year State Revolving Fund (SRF), low-interest loan for an annual production rate of 3,125 acre feet. The total built out production potential for the facility is 10,000 AFY. The City is estimating that the desal facility will become operable in November 2016. In October 2015, the City issued a Term sheet that offered MWD a desal production capacity up to 2,500 AFY from the 3,125 AFY facility. The cost basis to be paid by MWD was based on its percentage of the 3,125 AFY production capacity, i.e. for 2,500 AFY, MWD would pay 80% of the $55-million contract amount. This percentage cost-basis formula was very similar to the 1992 desal contract between the City and MWD. Drought Conditions Worsen; City Requires Full Desal Facility Capacity Following the issuance of the first Term sheet, and worsening drought conditions in Santa Barbara County, the City reassessed its water needs and determined it would utilize the full 3,125 AFY. This led to the City issuing MWD a revised Term sheet in March 2016 where the City would negotiate its desal contract on MWD’s behalf for the addition of 1,250 AFY of production capacity (total new capacity of 4,375 AFY). The proposed cost to MWD for 1,250 AFY of the desal water would be based on (1) 40% of the original $55 million cost for the 3,125 AFY facility or (2) the negotiated cost for expanding the facility to 4,375 AFY, whichever is greater. This proposed cost basis differs from the 1992 contract formula in that MWD would be responsible for 28.6% of the total facility cost at a facility production capacity of 4,375 AFY, or the cost of adding 1,250 AFY whichever is greater, unlike the 40% cost-share basis being proposed. The cost-basis formula for determining MWD’s cost for a long-term desal water delivery is still being discussed, along with other terms and conditions relating to each agency’s percentage of costs into the future that are expected to change. Regional Desal Facility Use Benefits Both the City and MWD MWD’s commitment to a long-term water supply of 1,250 AFY provides economic benefit to the City and its rate payers. At the end of the current drought, the high cost of an operable desal facility will continue due to the City’s commitment to the $55-million, 20-year SRF loan. MWD’s participation and utilization of the City’s desal plant as a regional facility will year after year create a


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

What’s up with the Coast Village Road Median?

The “landscaping” in the median along Coast Village Road is in need of... Inspiration? Perspiration? Innovation? Whatever, it certainly could use a little official attention, writes Diane Graham, who took these photos. We agree.


’ve put off posing this question to you for what seems like years now, thinking optimistically that the issue would become a not-so-pretty memory. I’m well aware that Coast Village Road is part of the City of Santa Barbara, but I’d be hard-pressed to find public property areas downtown that are as neglected and ugly as the median island that runs down the center of our lower village business district. It’s embarrassing and certainly not representative of the “tony enclave” and “Eden by the Sea” of which your Mr. Mineards waxes so poetically each week. I’ve attached photos to prove that I’m not making this up or exaggerating. Lack of water cannot be the only reason for the dirt and weeds; plenty of other cities have solved the low-water landscape challenge in creative and attractive ways.  Is there a new landscaping plan afoot that you can share with your readers? Is there some community action that we residents can take to collaborate with and support the business owners who certainly must care a lot about the look of their shopping district? Thanks for your consideration. Diane Graham Montecito

Re: Lambs to the Slaughter


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Lamb,” MJ #22/23). We are all so very fortunate to have an editor of our most-read paper in Montecito to have such a kind, loving, and sensitive heart. Your experience shared with all as a young man, seeing the cruel death the innocent little animals succumb to. Maybe kindness and peace in our lives starts with how we treat the least of our creatures and stop the killing. Mary (last name not included) Montecito (Editor’s note: Well, I’m probably not as “kind, loving, and sensitive” as you may believe, but I do have a heart, as do you, and I’m honored to be on your good side. – J.B.)

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I think I saw the same candid documentary on livestock you did, 40 years ago. It affected me profoundly and I was a non-meat eater for years. I confess, with considerable guilt, I have long since lost my resolve and do eat meat. When I buy meat, I try to get only the non-hormone, anti-biotic free, “humanely-raised” chicken and beef. That’s about the best I’ve been able to do, but your comment may have re-ignited a resolution to do better. Some behaviors can be modified on a sliding scale rather than a absolute pass/fail. With people I know, if they’re contemplating ordering veal (and often they don’t even realize what they’re ordering), I sometimes remark that it’s

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Storytelling at Montecito Library Storyteller Michael Katz will perform his family-friendly storytelling at the Montecito Library. When: 10:30 am Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063

(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail or call (805) 565-1860) THURSDAY, JUNE 23 Luncheon & Lecture Channel City Club presents Peter B. Doran, vice president of Research Center for European Policy Analysis, who will speak about his book Breaking Rockefeller. In his lecture, Doran offers a richly detailed, fresh perspective on how Samuel and Deterding beat the world’s richest man at his own game. A riveting account of ambition, oil, and greed, Breaking Rockefeller traces Samuel’s rise from outsider to the heights of the British aristocracy, Deterding’s conquest of America, and the collapse of Rockefeller’s monopoly. The beginning of the 20th century is a time when vast fortunes were made and lost. Readers go through the rough and tumble of East London’s streets, the twilight turmoil of czarist Russia, to the halls of the British Parliament, and right down Broadway in New York City. When: check-in begins at 11:30 am Where: Fess Parker Resort, Reagan Room Cost: $40 for members, $45 for non-members; reservations required Info: Knitting and Crocheting Circle Fiber art crafts drop-in and meet-up for all ages at Montecito Library. Must have some manual dexterity for crochet and knitting. When: 2 to 3:30 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Discussion Group A group gathers to discuss The New Yorker. When: 7:30 to 9:30 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road

FRIDAY, JUNE 24 Cub Scout Day Camp Learn about plant ID, water conservation,

Native American heritage, and much more, while touring the forest-like Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Also, take part in activities including archery, photography, and hiking. When: today, 8 am to 3 pm and tomorrow, June 25, 9 am to 3 pm Where: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road Cost: $84 for Boy Scouts, $116 for first-time scouts, includes registration Info: Trunk Show Allora by Laura presents the Norma Kamali Trunk Show featuring ready-to-wear active and swimwear. When: today and tomorrow Where: 1269 Coast Village Road Info:

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 Summer Solstice Parade The 42nd annual parade takes place today, featuring more than 1,000 parade participants on floats, with whimsical costumes, and creatively choreographed dancing ensembles When: noon Where: from Cota Street to Micheltorena, via State Street

SUNDAY, JUNE 26 Free Art Class Barbara Eberhart offers free 30-minute “Meditation Art Classes” at Divine Inspiration Gallery; every Sunday through August 21 during her solo exhibit Within. Achieve peace though drawing. Drop-ins welcome, all levels. When: 1 pm Where: 1528 State Street Book Signing at Chaucer’s Mary Penney Hershey is a thirdgeneration native Californian and the

author of fiction for kids and young adults. Mary’s first novel, My Big Sister is so Bossy She Says You Can’t Read this Book, was selected as a Book of the Week in The Washington Post Kid’s Post. Ms Hershey says that writing for children is the fulfillment of a life’s dream and beats her other dream of being locked in a Ben & Jerry’s factory for a threeday weekend. She credits a band of grammar-compulsive nuns, generous mentors, and the luck of the Irish for her success in publication. Hershey holds a master’s degree in counseling & guidance from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and is a certified personal coach. When she is not composing lengthy book titles, she works for the Department of Veteran Affairs as an administrative officer. She can be found trailing her bliss all over Santa Barbara, where she lives. When: 2 pm Where: Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State Street Info: 682-6787




Death Café At Death cafés, people come together in a relaxed environment and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea, and eat cake! In conjunction with The Center for Successful Aging, with Liz Bauer, Lynn Holzman, and Peggy Levine. When: 3:30 to 5 pm Where: Hill-Carrillo Adobe Building, 11 East Carrillo Cost: free RSVP:

Annie Get Your Gun The production is the rough-riding, exciting fictionalized love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, composed to the beloved songs of Irving Berlin. This Tony Award-winning musical runs from July 1 through 31 at Ojai ACT; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and 2 pm on Sundays. When: 8 tonight Where: 113 S. Montgomery Street in Ojai Tickets: $20 general, $18 seniors, $15 students Info: 640-8797

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Biltmore Hotel History Walk & Talk The Montecito Association History Committee invites you to join for a June Walk & Talk at the legendary Biltmore Hotel. This oceanfront hideaway marks the glory of a golden era, is one of the world’s last grand hotels, and one of Santa Barbara’s most defining landmarks. This event is open to members of the Montecito Association only.  When: 1 pm Where: 1206 Channel Drive Info & Reservations: 969-2026 Fire Forum Local fire personnel discuss a locally based fire helicopter service that would save 20 minutes in response times during wildland fires. When: 4 and 7 pm Where: Faulkner Gallery at 4 pm, 40 East Anapamu; Montecito Association Meeting Room at 7 pm, 1469 East Valley Road Info:

SATURDAY, JULY 2 Centering Prayer Practice Retreat A mini-retreat day for Centering Prayer practice. There will be meditation walks, journaling, reflection, and prayer practice. Let by Sr. Suzanne Dunn, Jeannette Love, and Annette Colbert. Beginners welcome. When: 9:30 am to 1 pm Where: La Casa de Maria, 800 El Bosque Road Cost: donation

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Info: 969-5031 Artist’s Marketplace It’s time for the First Saturday Carpinteria Artist’s Marketplace! The event will be in the courtyard of the Carpinteria Arts Center. There will be music and handcrafted art pieces for sale by local artists. Come meet featured artist Mavis Hansen. Mavis, a long-time Carpinteria resident, works in hand-formed ceramics, as well as unique crocheted hats. The band Americana Cats will add to the event with their interpretive style of cover songs and originals performed with a bit of their special “Louisiana hot sauce.” Artists interested in participating in future Marketplace events are invited to participate by logging into the Carpinteria Arts Center website, When: 10 am to 4 pm Where: 855 Linden Avenue Cost: free Info:

SUNDAY, JULY 3 Tea Dance The City of Santa Barbara donates use of the ballroom and volunteers provide music and refreshments for this ongoing, free dance event. Ballroom dance music including the Waltz, Tango, Viennese

Waltz, Slow Fox Trot, Quick Step, and rhythm dances such as the Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Mambo, and Bolero are played, among other music. Participants can hone their dancing skills or learn new dance techniques. The Santa Barbara Ballroom Tea Dance is held on the first Sunday of every month at the Carrillo Rec Center. No partner necessary, but if you can find one bring him or her along! When: 2 to 5 pm Where: 100 E. Carrillo Street Info: 897-2519 Cost: free

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he Music Academy of the West Opening Night Gala was a once-in-a-lifetime event for 300 guests to celebrate not only the 2016 Summer Festival but the renovation and dedication of the Main House in honor of the incomparable director of our voice program and the world’s beloved mezzo soprano, Marilyn Horne,” said president and CEO Scott Reed. Marilyn is known as Jackie to her friends and family, and her history with the Academy goes back to 1953 when she came here to study with the founders, Lotte Lehmann and her collaborative pianist and teacher, Gwendolyn Koldofsky. Marilyn went on to international fame as one of the most outstanding ever in her operatic field. Marilyn won the Music Academy’s Distinguished Alumna Award in 1995 and became the director of the voice program in 1997. Twenty-two years later, she’s still at it. She says, “Teaching is even better than singing. I can’t help but do it.” As I take my morning walk through the Academy grounds, the Main House has been under construction for most of this last year. Thanks and gratitude go to Shirley and Seymour Lehrer for their philanthropy. They offered a matching gift of $3 mil-

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lion (and it was matched) to renovate and dedicate the historic Main House so Marilyn’s name will live on for decades. It couldn’t happen to a nicer person. As I’ve taken her photo through the years, she always seems genuinely happy to see me. That Ronald Reagan kind of communicating. The sold-out gala was the inspiration of Sharon Bradford – an evening under the stars in the Miraflores courtyard. Her committee was Judy Getto, Dani Hahn, Julie Jenkins, Kristan O’Donnell, Regina Roney, Phyllis Smith, Joanie Zacher, and Cheryl Ziegler. They had us entering not on a red carpet, but a purple one. The trees were lit in the same color, as well as the façade of the Main House. After cocktails, we adjourned to Hahn Hall for a concert featuring stars of the Metropolitan Opera who

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explained the air-conditioned spot lends itself to presentations, conversations, and the signing of documentation. Sleek desk areas and a bar area round out the office, which has commissioned photos of “quintessential Montecito” locales by photographer Adam Rondepierre. “We told him we wanted a snapshot of everything Montecito, and he delivered!” Baker said of the black-and-white photos, which include glimpses of Montecito Inn, Montecito Fire Station, Butterfly Beach, and The Honor Bar, among others. “We’ve been selling real estate in Montecito for many years, and our clients seem happy that we finally have a presence out here,” Baker said. About 60 people attended a grand-opening celebration at the new office last Thursday, where clients and real estate professionals toasted the

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team with wine and champagne. For more information, visit www. The office is located at 1235 Coast Village Road, suite F, upstairs from Portico Gallery.

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At a cocktail party held at Montecito Wine Bistro last Thursday, Village Fourth organizers unveiled a new T-shirt design, designed by Christy Venable. The shirts are available for purchase in the upper and lower villages from now until Sunday, July 3. “We’re so excited about the fresh, new design to mark the 21st annual event,” said Mindy Denson, who is organizing this year’s Village Fourth festivities, along with a committee of



dedicated volunteers. The group is seeking donations from the public to help fund the free community event, which costs roughly $20,000 to put on. T-shirt sales support a portion of the funding, but the majority comes from the Montecito Community Foundation and individual donations. “Anything helps, even a few dollars!” said committee member Trish Davis. Tuesday, June 28, marks the deadline for entry into the Village Fourth parade, led this year by Connor Rehage. We’ll have more information about the Village Fourth in next week’s edition, but if you’d like to enter the parade or donate, visit www.





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cost savings to City rate payers. MWD benefits from regional use by having a new reliable and secure local water supply. Must MWD Receive Only Desal Water? Under the current proposal, the City has the discretion to deliver water to MWD from any of its water supplies that meet regulatory standards. This is similar to terms in the 1992 desal agreement whereas the City and GWD were to take delivery of MWD’s desal water in exchange for their Cachuma Project water through existing water conveyance facilities. Regardless of the water source, the City’s recent commitment to the reactivation of the desal facility obligates the City for a 20-year loan reimbursement period. The MJ editorial infers that the City will have the “winning hand” by this discretionary water source delivery option to MWD (the inference is that the City will utilize and deliver its lower-cost water supplies to MWD at the desal cost resulting in a City profit). This is not the case. The City is obligated and owes $55 million plus interest for the reactivation of the desal facility, whether MWD participates or not. Desal Water Deliveries to MWD – Conveyance Pipeline The City has indicated that it is able to utilize the full 3,125 AFY desal water for its own customers without the need to construct a desal water delivery conveyance pipeline. If an agreement is reached with MWD, a new conveyance pipeline will be necessary for MWD to receive City desal water. Similar to 1992, the City’s Term sheet requires MWD to pay all costs associated with the new conveyance pipeline. The conveyance pipeline would be built by the City on city streets and is estimated to cost between $7 million and $14 million. Without a new conveyance pipeline, MWD cannot take deliveries of City desal water. The City has stated that sometime in the future, it may need to increase the 3,125 AFY of desal water production to meet customer demand during future periods of drought. When this occurs, the City will utilize the new conveyance pipeline, funded by MWD. The City has requested that MWD make provisions for the City’s future use of the new conveyance pipeline, which translates into significantly higher costs to MWD for the planning, engineering, and construction of the new conveyance pipeline. How the added cost for the proposed larger capacity conveyance pipeline is allocated is still under discussion.

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Reimbursement of City Expenses for MWD Desal Regional Use The desal facility is a public works project requiring the expenditure of public funds. With the City having full ownership of the desal facility and all contract financial obligations, expenses paid by the City on MWD’s behalf are to be paid for by the District. Therefore, the City is requesting reimbursement of its staff, legal and engineering expenses incurred on behalf of MWD. The total estimated City costs for preliminary negotiations on MWD’s behalf is about $600,000. MWD has proposed a phased reimbursement approach with the first phase being a commitment of District funds in the amount of $193,594. Following the completion of phase 1 work, the District and the City will better understand MWD’s cost for the regional use of the City’s desal facility. If progress is made toward finalizing a Water Supply Agreement, the District will consider the appropriation of additional funds that would be expected to target final MWD costs. The payment of costs by MWD to the City to continue negotiations on MWD’s behalf does not assure the outcome of a mutually acceptable agreement for the regional use of the desal facility, but it is the District’s intention to pursue an agreement that is reasonable, fair, and equitable for both agencies.  •MJ

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MISCELLANY (Continued from page 6) Bahamas rescue by Montecito tony twosome Robert and Christine Emmons on new 116ft. yacht Renaissance

decided to have the tender tow them the two miles or so into Egg Island, which was nearby,” adds Meier. “It’s one of those situations where it wasn’t that bad. But it could have been extremely bad. “They were going between the islands and got sucked out with the current and tide. One of the men said that at one point they were in 1,600 feet of water and headed for Africa. They ripped the top off their Igloo cooler and used it as a paddle to get back into 100-foot depth. Bottom line: it was calm and the wind was in their favor. They could have been dragged right out to sea.” For Robert, who is also a poet, philosopher, and sculptor, it was certainly a maiden voyage to remember for the yacht, which charters from $85,000 a week.


Lowe Blow Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen, James Franco, and now Montecito’s Rob Lowe. The dashing actor will be the latest celebrity to get a grilling and become the newest “victim” for Comedy Central’s upcoming special. According to the TV cable channel president, Michele Ganeless talking to the Hollywood Reporter: “Rob Lowe is handsome, talented, successful and handsome, He needs to be roasted.” Rob may not know what he is in for, but seems excited about the night ahead. “What a thrill to be once again following in Justin Bieber’s footsteps,” Rob says in a statement. “I look forward to a night of hilarious jokes recycled from the James Franco Roast.” He added: “I would like to express my gratitude to the members of my family who have passed away and therefore will not have to endure what promises to be a very special evening.” The roast master has yet to be announced, but the special will be taped in Los Angeles later this year. Rob’s latest series, the Fox comedy The Grinder with Fred Savage, got cancelled after just one year and he is now being touted as a replacement for for• The Voice of the Village •

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mer football player Michael Strahan on the ABC syndicated morning show Live with Kelly Ripa, as I reported earlier this month. Riskin Business It sounds like an AWE-fully good partnership. Montecito real estate powerhouse, Riskin Partners, has teamed up with AWE, formerly the wealth channel, for its new TV series Behind the Gates, which explores the various high-end estates dotted around the globe, many of which are in our Eden by the Beach. A recent episode featured Prima Luce, the six-bedroom, eight-bathroom, three-acre aerie of Australian novelist Rhonda Byrne, who wrote the bestseller The Secret, on sale at $17,900,000, which received an astonishing 300,000 “hits” in the U.S. and 800,000 “hits” in Byrne’s native antipodes, not to mention being syndicated across eight channels in southeast Asia in due course. The channel is now filming four other Montecito estates being sold by Riskin Partners, including Solana, the picturesque 22,727 square foot property on an 11 acre knoll owned by former Amway honcho Bill and Sandi Nicholson, which is on the market for $39 million. The other tony properties are going for between $12,900,000 and $23,750,000. “We are thrilled with this partnership,” says Erin Lammers, a marketing executive at Riskin. “Delivering high-caliber exposure for these properties, not just nationally, but internationally, is a service our clients deserve. Behind the Gates is an ideal partner to do just that.” 23 – 30 June 2016

Solana, the Montecito estate of Bill and Sandi Nicholson, gets the global TV spotlight

What’s in a Name? For Montecito comedienne and TV talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, it’s no laughing matter. Ellen, who bought international interior designer John Saladino’s stunning estate, Villa Di Lemma in our rarefied enclave, is now facing a dilemma of her own after being sued by a Georgia real estate broker who clearly did not appreciate the former Oscars host making fun of her name on national television. Realtor Titi Pierce states that in all of her 35 years, no one has ever referred to her as “Titty” until Ellen did so on her show in February, after filing a federal invasion-of-privacy lawsuit. “Prior to defendant’s misdeeds, Ms. Pierce had been called only by her name ‘Titi’ which, as grammar dictates, is pronounced ‘Tee-Tee,’” the suit specifies. Worse, Ellen couldn’t have timed the joke more poorly, with Pierce being out of state for a family funeral when her phone started ringing incessantly with “ridiculing and harassing calls and voice messages, which continued at all hours of the day and night. “She answered several of the telephone calls and when she did, she was met with cruel voice laughing uncontrollably, asking if she was a real person, and repeatedly shouting ‘Titty Pierce,’” says the suit. At first, Pierce, whose Nigerian name means “flower,” had no idea what was happening. She eventually found out Ellen had displayed an image of her real estate banner during a segment titled “What’s Wrong with These Ads... and These Signs?”

The ad included her name, Titi Pierce, photo, and personal cellphone number. “The gist of the segment was Ms Pierce’s name was the act of piercing a human nipple,” her lawyer explains in court papers for anyone who didn’t get the joke. The broker’s sign followed an advertisement for the “Nipple Convalescent Home,” with Ellen wondering aloud whether “Ms Pierce had visited a nipple home.” When Pierce returned home to the small community of Warner Robins, Georgia, she and her family “faced repeated ridicule in the streets,” the suit adds. The broker claims Ellen ignored her attempts to to correct the pronunciation of her name and her plea to blur out her phone number for when the segment aired again in April. “It is highly offensive to an ordinary person to be called ‘titty’ on national television,” says the suit, which is claiming   unspecified damages, adding that Pierce has suffered stress, embarrassment, humiliation, and anger over the incident. Reps for Ellen haven’t commented, but a spokeswoman for Warner Bros., which produces her Burbank-based show and is a named defendant in the suit, said: “We try to have fun every day and make people laugh, and never intend to hurt anyone’s feelings.” Watch this space.


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or two weeks in June, Montecito boasts of seven schools celebrating graduations for 2016, totaling 201 students. On behalf of the editors-in-chief, Jim and Tim Buckley, and everyone at the MJ, we congratulate our grads and wish them success.

El Montecito Early School Graduation The 2016 El Montecito Early School graduates with school director Suzy Dobreski and teachers Megan Jarrett and Markus Kirsch.

The El Montecito Early School [ELMES] graduation was held on June 3 in the El Montecito Church Sanctuary. Students processed in and sat in the front row wearing their white graduation caps. The ceremony began with a movie – made by one of the parents – of the students during the school year. Following prayers and speeches, ELMES director Suzy Dobreski called each student by name to the podium, presented their diploma and read a brief personal statement about them. The ceremony concluded with a song and photo-ops for the guests. Suzy said, “We are so proud of our precious Early School graduates, who are growing into the people God has designed them to be. We look forward to sharing all their journeys in the days to come!” Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the Parish Hall with graduation cake and many congratulatory hugs. Each graduate received a Bible from Miss Suzy. El Montecito Early School Graduating Class of 2016: Madilynn Adler, Tennyson Brine, Noah Braverman, Olivia Carney, Teddy Cronin, Amelia Dracht, Charles Eades, Enzo Eskandari, Brooklyn Gagne, Archer Gillard, William Huynh, Maddox Keet, Greyson Kimbrough, Hudson Kiwi, Natalie Klan, Emmie Lensander, Georgia MacPhail, Mia Moelleken, Leah Oakley, James Rameson, Capri Rodriguez, Walker Scott, Eli Sears, Benjamin Strogoff, Violet Strogoff, Reese Walters, Chanel von Yurt, Koa Zertuche, and Henry Zylstra.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Graduation

Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) 2016 eight-grade Graduation was on June 3 at the OLMC Church. Principal Karen Regan, 8th-grade teacher Kyla Rightmer and monsignor Stephen Downes, pastor (“Father Steve”) followed The 2016 Our Lady of Mount Carmel School graduates with principal Karen Regan, 8th-grade teacher Kyla Rightmer, and monsignor Stephen Downes, pastor


the graduates’ procession into OLMC Church for Mass and the graduation ceremony. The graduates were the readers for the Mass, and the Student Body president Chase Raisin gave the graduate address. Following the conferring of diplomas, Ms. Regan said, “Graduates, as you close this chapter in your life and begin anew, I hope you will look back on your years at Mount Carmel and realize the foundation you have received will serve you well in life. Class of 2016, you are loved and will be missed. Know you are always welcome at Mount Carmel.” The ceremony ended with their class song, “Time of Your Life” by Green Day. The students and their families gathered on the front courtyard of the church for hugs and congratulation wishes. The OLMC eighth-grade graduates: Anahi Altamirano, Adrian Alvarez, Elijah Bow Thompson, Anabel Caesar, Emiliano Carbajal, Jacob Durtche, Diego Hernandez, Tristan Hicks, Alyssa Pakes, Emma Plant, Chase Raisin, Pilar Renteria, Alyson Springer, Matthew Treadway, and Cindi Uribe Guzman.

YMCA Preschool Graduation The Montecito YMCA Preschool 2016 graduates with their teacher Annie Fischer and assistants Ruth Ambriz and Diana Felix

On June 7 at 6:30 pm, the Montecito Family YMCA had its 2016 Pre-School Graduation at the Y’s Event Center. Proud parents and guests welcomed the “grads” wearing their traditional hand-made blue graduation caps as they went on stage for the ceremony. The auditorium was filled with decorations made by the children and their families throughout the year. The ceremony included songs “This Land Is Your Land” and “The YMCA Song”. This year marks the 25th for Annie Fischer as director of the preschool and Room 3 teacher. Annie said, “The children have had a wonderful year of discovery and learning in preparation for Kindergarten. Leader Days, cooking, building, dressing up, reading great books, sharing, special guests, field trips, performances, Restaurant Day, Mother’s Day, going on the Time Machine, camp outs, and swimming were highlights of the year. They have played, grown, and learned so much about kindness, caring, and love for each other, nature, the world, and God.” Assisting Annie are preschool teacher’s assistants Ruth Ambriz and Diana Felix. The YMCA Preschool 2016 graduates: Violette Bailey, Nathaniel Bow, Arianna Boyce, Fiona Davenport, Natalie Fadel, William Gibson, Inspire Gilbert, Amelia Gorman, Elijah LoMonaco, Melanie Lopez, Delia Rodriguez, and Kailani Trujillo.

Laguna Blanca Lower School Graduation

The Laguna Blanca Lower School fourth-grade 2016 Graduation was held at the Lower School campus on June 9. Presenting were the head of Laguna Blanca School Rob Hereford, chairman of the Board of Trustees Mason Farrell, head of the Lower School Andy Surber, and fourth-grade teacher Donna Brown, with support from fourth-grade instructional assistant Mariana Roca, and members of the Lower School Faculty. Surber said, “I am so proud of this class! It consists of highly talented students from around the world including Brazil, China, and Denmark. To see this class learn and grow has been very rewarding for the faculty and myself. They are intelligent, hard-working, and supportive of each other. The Laguna Blanca Middle School is receiving a group of students who are prepared for challenges and have the critical-thinking mindset to persevere and thrive as they take the next steps in their education. The Lower School will miss this class and the leadership attributes shared with our community!” Each fourth grader was given a diploma, the traditional owl necklace, and flowers for their parents. The fourth graders performed the song “The Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell accompanied by their teacher on acoustic guitar, and “Waka Waka” by Shakira while doing

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The 2016 Laguna Blanca Lower School fourth-grade graduates

the parachute dance. Laguna Blanca fourth-grade 2016 graduates are: Alexia Acosta, Lucas Acosta, Magdalena Amezaga, Tracy Cao, Noah Dehli, Jake Gidney, Spencer Hlavaty, Ally Jacobs, Ulrikke Holm Jensen, Kendall Keshen, Anne Koornwinder-Gott, Lily Koornwinder-Gott, Nicole Levine, Keanu Nakamura, Jayla Provance, Elyse Weaver, and Alex Whitten.

MUS 2016 Graduation

The 2016 Montecito Union School graduates during the ceremony in the school’s auditorium

The Montecito Union School (MUS) sixth grade 2016 graduation was held June 10 in the school’s auditorium. The ceremonies began with the traditional slide show of student memories and the procession of the sixth-grade teachers Danielle Weill, Katie Nimitarnun, Kimberly Berman, and Rusty Ito; followed by MUS superintendent Tammy Murphy, principal Nicholas Bruski, assistant principal Ryan Gleason, and MUS Board members Mary Kirkhart president, Peter van Duinwyk, Chad Chase, Gwyn Lurie, and Kate Murphy. Music director Pam Herzog conducted the graduates in songs, “America The Beautiful”, “For Good”, “When I Grow Up”, and the “MUS Graduation Song”. String Ensemble students Myles Hazen and Kaden Tro performed “Pax”. Graduating students Cole Murphy and Andreas Schuetz welcomed the guests and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Olivia Seltzer, Connor Early, Clara Aviani, Kylie Moro, and Linnea Moe gave the Student Addresses. Superintendent Murphy, “The Class of 2016 has lived up to what they honor and believe: Work hard, play hard, and take responsible risks. We are so proud of the learners and thinkers they have become!” She presented the diplomas to the students with Dr. Bruski, Ryan Gleason and board members present. The MUS 2016 graduates are: Clara Therese Aviani, Mā.kaha Mai ka lani nō a ká āina Aloha Baer, Lauren Kirsten Bennett, Athena Realynn BowGraham, Campbell Jordan Brown, Liliana Bliss Brownell, Ella Catalfimo, Samuel August Cerami, Alex Bernard Chow, Olivia Mae Davenport, Sebastian Dominic DeJohn, Lesley Lilah Drucker, William Scott Dunaway, Lauren Ann Dyruff, Connor Early, Jackson Ebbin, Blake Liam Ekeler, Bastian Miles Evans, Amelia Elisabeth Fowler, Heidi Taylor Hatton, Myles Clark Hazen, Katherine Elizabeth Hedrick, Quinn Olivia Henry, Jack Milo Hirsch, Sophie Rows Johnson, Miles Jones, Sean Paul Kelly, Evan Riley Kirkhart, Jasper Lockhart Kyle, Zinzan William Kyle, Eric Larson, Alizée Cléo Lytle, Aryana Mahboob, Sofia Mastrangelo, Megan Katie McBride, Nyah Sunrise Elizabeth McGetrick, Paloma McKean, Peyton Mead, Lauren Jane Mills, Linnea Moe, Mattias Moe, Kylie Anna Moro, Ally Remi Murphy, Cole Michael Murphy, Hana Moana Nishimura, Carly Ozolins, Samuel Deland Pelto, Elijah Hesed Pringle, Michael Cain Reyes, Jennifer Bautista Rodriguez, Alexander Joel Rottman, Ella Sales, Andreas Schuetz, Miles Alexander Patten Sedlin, Olivia Moorea Seltzer, Maximilian Xavier Siegel, Lily Catherine Singhass, Vitaliy Slavin, Kaylie Faith Sproul, Charles William Tognotti, Claire Tolles, Kaden Tro, Mia Antonia Velazquez, Sydney Alexandra Whited, Trent Jackson Williams, and Blaise Richard Winston. 23 – 30 June 2016

Crane Country Day School Eighth-Grade Graduation

The 2016 Crane Country Day School graduates with headmaster Joel Weiss

The Crane Country Day School 2016 eighth-grade graduation was held June 10 in the school center courtyard. Joel Weiss, headmaster, welcomed the guests, honored the grandparents and parents, and said, “We have a particularly strong graduating class of 41 students this year who will be attending both public and private high schools. We will miss them.” Following the awards, diploma, and pinning ceremonies, the graduation concluded with the “The Crane Song”, and a reception in the courtyard. The Crane Country Day School 2016 graduates are: Tommy Brittingham, Ian Brown, Macy Christal, Harry Corman, Owen Dexter-Meldrum, Spencer Drew, John Geyer, Ethan Ha, Hana Harvey, Rosy Hernandez, Mark Huerta, Bryce Jackson, Owen Jones, Paige Levinson, Dylan MacFarlane, Ainsley McGovern, Jack Morouse, Katie Ohrn, Lily Pieramici, Khadim Pouye, Melina Powell, C-Mo Ridge, Nicholas Riney, Kimberly Rogers, Guinevere Samora, Julia Samuels, Bella Sanford, Ashler Sedlin, John Rigsby Shelburne, Zoe Silverberg, Juliana Slater, Chris Tarafa, Xiaxia Taylor, Connor Trost, Olivia Trujillo, Emi Wahlberg, Luca Wahlberg, Kerick Walker, Tea Wallmark, Natasha Weiss, and Daniela Wood.

Cold Spring School Graduation

The 2016 Cold Spring School graduates, with superintendent and principal Dr. Tricia Price, teachers Jean Gradias and Justin Pierce, and coach Jason Oatis

The Cold Spring School (CSS) sixth-grade 2016 graduation was held June 16 at the school’s auditorium. The ceremony commenced with a slideshow of the graduating students years at CSS. Music teacher Sara DiSalvo led the class song “Home” by Phil Phillips. CSS superintendent and principal Dr. Tricia Price led the welcome and introductions, saying, “This year’s graduates are well-prepared to meet the challenges of junior high, and bring a variety of skills and talents to all future endeavors.” Students Lila Gibson, Lizzy Butler, Rachel Witney, and K.K. Casey gave the class speeches. Dr. Price with sixth-grade teachers Jean Gradias and Justin Pierce and Board of Trustees vice president Michael Wasserman presented the diplomas. As per tradition, each graduate submitted a statement about where they would be 10 years from now. A reception for the graduates was held in the school courtyard. The CSS 2016 graduates: Oscar Ball, Elizabeth Butler, Katherine Casey, Elena Everest, Lauren Ferrarin, Sebastian Fisher, Lila Gibson, Katharine Gonella, Jonah Johnson, Camille McCrory, Colten McToldridge, Dylan O’Neill, Conner Odom, Annika Orwig, Dylan Root, Owen Shelton, Hannah Song, Boz Stephens, Leora Wasserman, Rachel Whitney, and Warren Williams. •MJ

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THURSDAYS Simpatico Pilates Buff Bones Join Neela Hutton, Buff Bones instructor, for a medically endorsed workout that combines therapeutic exercise, Pilates, functional movement, and strength training. All levels are welcome. First class free. When: 8:30 to 9:30 am Where: 1235 Coast Village Road, Suite I (upstairs) Info & Reservations: 805-565-7591 Casual Italian Conversation at Montecito Library Practice your Italian conversation among a variety of skill levels while learning about Italian culture. Fun for all and informative, too. When: 12:30 to 1:30 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 FRIDAYS Farmers Market When: 8 to 11:15 am Where: South side of Coast Village Road Local Artisans Market When: 3 to 7 pm Where: La Cumbre Plaza, 121 South Hope Avenue Info: SATURDAYS Montecito Bible Study All are invited for uplifting hymns and Bible

reading; led by David Breed. When: 6:30 pm Where: Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road Cost: donation Info: 570-0910 or SUNDAYS Cars & Coffee Motorists and car lovers from as far away as Los Angeles, and as close as East Valley Road, park in the upper village outside Montecito Village Grocery to show off and discuss their prized possessions, automotive trends, and other subjects. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Corvettes prevail, but there are plenty of other autos to admire. When: 8 to 10 am Where: Every Sunday in the upper village, except the last Sunday of the month, when the show moves to its original home, close to 1187 Coast Village Road. Info: French Conversation Every Sunday at Pierre Lafond in Montecito, look for a small group in the shade and join for casual conversation (and lunch if you’d like). All levels welcome. When: 12:30 to 2:30 pm Questions: Nicole, 770-2364  •MJ

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23 – 30 June 2016

On Entertainment Weekly Spirituality by Steven Libowitz

by Steven Libowitz

Pajama-O-Rama? Read All About It


emember when librarians routinely shushed any guests who were speaking above a barely audible whisper? That era was parodied so brilliantly in The Music Man which played at SBCC last summer. Thankfully, those days are longgone. Libraries, at least our local ones, are still pretty quiet places, but they’re also hubs for all sorts of community activities and performances, especially for kids this summer. Pajama-O-Rama Storytimes – part of the annual Summer Reading Program in which children are encouraged to attend the special storytime dressed in either pajamas or exercise gear to fit with the program theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” – winds up its run this first Thursday, June 23. Join library storytellers as they read stories, sing silly rhymes, make crafts, and perhaps even enjoy a visit from special guests at the Carpinteria branch at 10:30 am and at the Central Library in downtown Santa Barbara at 6 pm. Also this Tuesday, Grammy Awardwinning and Emmy-nominated singer-songwriter Tim Kubart and his band the Space Cadets offer a performance for all ages at the Central Library at 3 pm in the Faulkner Gallery. The upbeat and energetic singer Kubart also hosts a live morning show for preschoolers, Sunny Side Up, which airs on NBC Universal’s Sprout Channel. The live shows are interactive concerts offering music described as “indie-pop for all ages.” Meanwhile, it’s time for the young’ns to start choosing your favorite plush toy for an adventure for Stuffed Animal Sleepover, which begins by children dropping off a favorite plush friend after 3 pm on the day of the event at their local branch of choice. Once the libraries close, the stuffed animals will “come to life” in the library, and library staff and volunteers will capture their after-hours antics on film. Children are then invited to return after noon the next day to pick up their stuffed animals, along with a photo of their animal’s adventures, a certificate of participation, and other special surprises. (Don’t worry if you forget to drop off an animal; the kids can sign up to follow the adventures of a borrowed toy during the free event.) Wednesday, July 6, is the date for the Montecito Library at 1469 E. Valley Road, but you can also join at Goleta on Friday, July 1, Eastside Library (1102 E. Montecito St.) on Wednesday, July 6, and Carpinteria and the Central Library on Thursday, July 7. Finally, and for the adults too, the Eastside Library hosts a Spanish 23 – 30 June 2016

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

guitar concert by Green Room Arts Company, an ensemble comprised of advanced and talented guitar players ages 14-19 who take listeners on a delightful journey around the world via warm and rich sounds of the Spanish guitar enhanced by special techniques learned by the students. The Ensemble, which meets and practices weekly, undertook a15-day concert tour through Bulgaria and Europe just last summer. Showtime is Tuesday at 5:30 pm. All of the performances and events are free. For more information, call 564-5663 or visit

The Solstice of Which Legends are Made

The 2016 Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration is this weekend, and if the weather predictions hold up, it will be one of the hottest on records. But not only in terms of temperatures – the annual parade carries the theme Legends, which for whatever reason seems to have inspired the artists and other creatives furiously working away to finish up their floats, craft their costume, and polish off the dance routines for what looks to be the most interesting iteration of the community-centric march up State Street in many years. Or maybe it’s the infusion of new energy from new co-artistic directors Robby Robbins and Robin Elander, who came up with an open house/ fundraising happy hour last week that offered sneak previews of what we will see come Saturday at noon and mixed and mingled the artists with their friends and other guests over beer, wine, and dance tunes from DJ Darla Bea. And don’t forget that the parade itself is merely the centerpiece of the three-day celebration, and even that march winds up in Alameda Park, where the partying begins Friday night and continues (well, not actually nonstop) through early Sunday evening. Get all the details, including details on how you can view or still participate in the parade, online at www.  •MJ

“Weekly Spirituality” 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

Raising Consciousness at CLL


anta Barbara’s Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL), formerly known as SBCC Adult Ed when the classes were basically free, started its summer session this week, but it’s not to late to enroll, even in the ongoing classes that already began. David Richo, the much-beloved psychologist and author whose classes were always oversold but who now spends only the warm weather months in town, is teaching Reading and Writing Poetry for Personal Growth on Monday mornings, through July 25 (no class on July 4). The course is designed to help students discover ways of looking at poetry that aids in looking back over the events of your life to see what still needs to be resolved. The reading of poems becomes a vehicle to see the meaning and purpose of your life. Students will also write poems in class and listen to other students’ poems when they are ready to share. Rodger Sorrow’s popular Hiking Santa Barbara classes combine a short jaunt with meditation and other spiritual pursuits. The three-mile routes include local mountain trails, beaches, parks, and neighborhoods, and are almost always fairly level and taken at a relaxed pace. There’s stretching at the beginning and a rest halfway to meditate. Only one section this summer on Wednesday mornings through July 27. Adult Ed veteran Dana Drobny leads Practicing Mindfulness – Harmony, Health, Happiness on Tuesday evenings, June 28 to July 6. Learn a range of mindful meditation, movement, and contemplation techniques to discover and create a daily practice that best meets your own needs in strengthening your health and well-being, focusing attention, reducing negative stress responses, or simply experience greater joy and contentment. Both beginners and experienced meditators are welcome.

Analog Ambiance

“Conscious Dancer” Mark Metz of Berkeley’s Dance Jam is the special guest for the weekly Dance Tribe ecstatic dance gathering on Sunday morning, June 26. What sets Metz apart is his 100-percent analog record set (yes, actual turntables and vinyl) that he says “will have a perceptibly different feeling and aesthetic to the atmosphere… because the mirror neurons in your heart will recognize the three-dimensional electromagnetic

Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country. – Ambrose Bierce

resonance of the analog-vinyl sound as a living signal, carrying the emotional intention and consciousness of the artist who created it.” Metz, also the editor of Conscious Dancer Magazine and founder of the Dance First Association, plans a set ranging from “ambient to ecstatic, classical to current, electronic to eclectic.” His goal, he says, is “to first open your heart with feeling, and then inspire your movement to flow organically to the outer edges of your aura.” The records begin spinning at 11 am and closing circle takes place at 1 pm. Admission is $15. More info on Metz at Dance Tribe:

Get Stretched and Get Spiritual

The Music Academy of the West (MAW) is branching out into yoga as part of its community initiative. The Montecito-based summer festival presents a live classical music yoga class in partnership with the Jenny Schatzle Program and KCRW, 88.7 FM on Sunday afternoon, June 26, the first time in its six-decade-plus history that the festival has programmed an official event on a Sunday. The one-time-only offering features MAW instrumental students (known here as Fellows) performing live chamber music throughout the one-hour class led by Santa Barbara’s renowned workout and yoga teacher, followed immediately by an after-party with free healthy refreshments and music from KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd. Child’s pose with Chopin? Downward dog with Dvorak? Vipassana with Verdi? Not sure if any of that’s accurate, but it sounds like a solid plan, one that feels more comfortable than hot yoga and more appealing, at least for some, than the treacly New Age music that some yoga teachers use as a soundtrack to stretching into poses. If that’s not enough of a reason to bring your mat, an open mind and a soon-to-be more limber body, there’s a bonus: a full one-hundred $10 community tickets to the nearly sold-out July 2 symphony concert featuring French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue will be made available only for attendees of Sunday’s yoga event, which takes place at 2 pm at Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo Blvd. You’ve heard of cross-training? This is cross marketing. Namaste. •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL


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orfully designed tome at Tecolote, the lively literary lair in the upper village. Branch, 69, moved from her home in Long Beach, California, in 1982 to live on the East Cast and Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams is part of a trilogy, including Fairy Tale Girl and A Fire Remains. She has written 14 works in all, including the Hearts of the Home series of lifestyle books, as well as designing home decoration items and greeting cards. “I don’t work on a computer,” says Branch. “Everything I do is handwork. So I never learned, and now I don’t have the time. “They’re not just books, they’re gifts. That’s why I work so hard on them.” Branch also has a 21-year-old monthly newsletter, Willard, named after her grandfather, which goes to more than 42,000 subscribers, mostly female fans. A most creative lady. All at Once Oscar winner Michael Douglas, a former resident of our Eden by the Beach, has described the painful experience of discovering he had throat cancer the same year his son was sentenced to five years for heroin possession. “That was a one-two shot, that was a pretty dark moment,” the 71-year-old actor says in a Fox TV interview.

Larry Nobles, the new manager of Convivo at the considerably renovated Santa Barbara Inn

The new beachside hostelry

The son of veteran actor and Montecito resident Kirk Douglas was diagnosed with stage-four throat cancer in the summer of 2010. As he received the news, his then 30-year-old son Cameron was being jailed after police found him with a stash of heroin in a New York hotel room, ending up being convicted of possession and intent to distribute a Class A drug, with five years in prison. After serving three years inside, guards found drugs in his cell and his sentence was upgraded to 10 years, with him being put in solitary confinement from 2012 to 2014. Michael was given the all-clear in late 2011 after treatment at Manhattan’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and he has been in remission ever since. But in 2012 he had another personal struggle – a brief split with his wife, Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, whom he married in 2000. Their separation came around the time Michael publicly blamed his cancer on a sexually transmitted disease. He later told reporters the couple had reconciled and now says his marriage is better than ever. Michael was one of four stars to appear on Megyn Kelly’s first solo primetime interview show, alongside Donald Trump, Laverne Cox, and former O.J. Simpson case lawyer Robert Shapiro. Inn Keeper Montecito developer, Richard Gunner, who built the picturesque San Ysidro Village complex, just a tiara’s toss from Pierre Lafond in the upper village, is about to reopen the Santa Barbara Inn on Cabrillo Boulevard after a two-year-plus, multi-million-dollar renovation. The vintage building was taken down to the studs and new plumbing, insulation, air conditioning, electrical, and IT systems installed – not to mention the exterior facade, which has been artfully transformed from 1950s modern to a landmark of the Spanish Mission style, designed by architect William La Voie.

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All the public space, formerly on the third floor, has been moved to the main floor, where eight former rooms have been removed to make room for the new Larry Mindel-owned restaurant, Convivo, which will be managed by Larry Nobles, formerly eatery manager at the San Ysidro Ranch, looking after the Stonehouse and the Plow & Angel, with chef Peter McNee. The former guest rooms have now been moved to the third floor, greatly increasing the tony 70 room hostelry’s percentage of ocean-view rooms, says hotel manager Ed Galsterer. On His High Horse Ralph Lauren Polo model, dashing Argentinian polo ace Nacho Figueras, one of the most self-effacing people one could meet, is channeling his inner Dame Barbara Cartland and putting his name on romance novels. “There’s something very sexy about a man and a horse, and the speed and the adrenaline,” Nacho, who plays frequently with Prince Harry, the son of the Prince of Wales and the late Princess Diana, told me at a socially gridlocked bash at the Santa Barbara Polo Club for his debut tome, High Season, the first in a trilogy including Wild One and Ride Free. “It’s very appealing for women. That’s a fact. Hopefully, it will attract more people to the game.” Nacho, captain of the Argentine Black Watch team, was featured on the cover of the winter issue of Santa Barbara Magazine, which threw the boffo bash featuring free-flowing Veuve Clicquot and catering from Los Agaves. Among the tony throng attending the sunset soirée, designed by polo player Matias Doorn of Revelry Events in Los Angeles and dotted with Maserati motors, were Kenny Loggins, Jonathan Burrows, Charles Ward, Beverley Jackson, Jennifer Zacharias, Jennifer Smith Hale, Gina Tolleson, Corinna Gordon, Thomas Rollerson, Christopher

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bad enough how we treat the parents without eating their babies, too. We can easily do without slaughtering the babies. And maybe with “baby steps” we can, overtime, reduce our often heinous treatment of other twoand four-legged creatures. Thanks for your comment. Steve Ruggles Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: I don’t know if this is correct now, but in the past, veal as we know it came from mostly young male calves on dairy farms. Obviously, a dairy farm has a limited need for young or old bulls, and consequently the farmers culled the young males to make room for the females needed in milk production. Most family farms dealing in veal calves probably treated their young creatures reasonably humanely, but the mass production of veal led to confining the youngsters so tightly during their short lives that they couldn’t even turn around. One day soon, “artificial” meat, with all the requisite protein that meat provides, will be grown and harvested. That’s when many of us who eschew red meat will begin eating beef, bacon, and/or veal again. And, thank you for your comment! – J.B.)

Memo to Mr. Obama:

Please stop. In a recent speech, you told the British people that you thought it was a terrible idea to leave the EU and if they did so, they would go to the “back of the queue.” Yes, you continued with your advice to those who never thought they needed it. From the earliest days of your first administration, you have implored us to make our lives easier by listening to the wisdom of your “teachable moments.” First, Mr. Obama, it is a “teaching” moment not a “teachable” one. While it is hard to prove by document or action, there is a perception that you attended some of the finest universities in the world, so please get the grammar right. We should probably not be surprised with your inappropriate statements, such as when you lectured the Supreme Court during one of your inarticulate and misleading State of the Union addresses. You are a man whose ego knows no bounds, and your constant condescending remarks will certainly be a part of your legacy. Mr. President: is anyone your equal – do any of your constituents on either side of the aisle have your intellectual firepower? I would say you might be surprised at how intelligent the British and the American citizens are. I know it is very difficult for you to take criticism such as that sent your way by the 51 members of the State Department who properly questioned your Syrian ‘policy.’ Please let me know if I owe you an apology in the event that Valerie


Jarrett put the report in the shredder lest you see the truth. Your need to be right all the time is exhausting. Your inability to grasp the concept of win-win is counterproductive and is the primary reason that the last seven years have been comprised of one failure after another, such as: the most anemic economic recovery in the history of the Republic; a nation that is the most racially divided since the 1850s... One could go on and on. Yes, we all know you are not responsible for any of the domestic and foreign problems facing this country. It is “the folks on the other side of the aisle” past and present who stood in your way. Thankfully they did, as I would hate to see where we would be if you got your way any more than you already have. In your mind, you have a done a terrific job; it is the rest of us that have failed you, not you that has failed us. Mr. President, ill-conceived and unconstitutional executive orders do not build legacies. Solid work that benefits all the people is what builds a legacy. For someone who is the smartest guy on the planet, you haven’t accomplished a lot that will benefit generations to come. So, you are about to tee it up on the 16th hole. Three holes to go and you are substantially over par, presuming you have counted all your strokes. So why don’t you coast in the future? Haven’t you done enough damage? Ralph T. Iannelli Montecito (Editor’s note: You’re kidding, right? This president doesn’t see any of this as “damage.” In the not-too-distant past, the idea that the president of the United States, for example, would make a priority of declaring (in a “Dear Colleague” letter) who should or could use public bathrooms and shower facilities would have seemed laughable, certainly beneath the dignity of the office. Today, it is par for the course. Mr. Obama has shown himself to be a petty tyrant with a really big ego. Nothing more. Can’t wait until he’s gone. – J.B.)

Remembering Wounded Knee

The recent slaughter in Orlando was not the largest mass shooting ever in the United States. That title belongs to the U.S. government when its people killed from 150 to 300 men, women and children, on Dec. 29, 1890. Yes, that was just 126 years ago. It occurred in a U.S.-designated reservation set up to contain Lakota Indians. Its name was Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The killing occurred when the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment rounded up many of these Indians with the purpose of disarming them. The troopers began to forcibly remove their guns. Most of the guns had been surrendered when a

shot rang out. All hell broke loose, and the Cavalry shot and killed so many Indians they had to be buried in an open pit. In the process, 25 troopers also met their death. The total Indians killed was never verified and probably covered up along with their bodies at Wounded Knee Creek. Some say Wounded Knee is a good example of why the Second Amendment needs to be protected. It was given us by the founders who feared oppressive government and knew the hell such force could bring. No one knows who fired the first shot, but that is not important. The loss of so many lives under government protection is the issue. Rooster Bradford Ventura

Ideological Paralysis

I guess Rush Limbaugh and I both took a week off; I was back, but Rush was still “out there,” and Mark Steyn continued to man the Rush microphone the following Monday morning. Rush always complains that eventful things wait until he leaves town in order to happen, so as to not be subject to Rush’s instant spot-on analysis. So, “Orlando” takes place while Rush is vacationing, and he doesn’t return for the following Monday’s program, despite the horrific act of terror in Florida, allowing a friendly rival to spin the event on Rush’s “dime” and place it in its proper context. Mark Steyn, on the fly, speaks more coherently and with greater articulation and organization than most writers do on paper over time. Without resorting to exaggeration, hyperbole, or overly demonizing imagery, he uses language as a precision, laser-like scalpel. He presents the complete absurdity of the Left’s denial of reality vis-à-vis ISIS, and the general Islamic cultural assault against Western values, in such a way that the listener is laughing more than crying, and casting pity on the Left for its ideological paralysis, rather than reaching for weapons of revenge. This is a gift, and he speaks this truth to power in a European accent which lends subliminal authority, as well as levity, to the presentation. I don’t know if there’s a transcript of his first hour on Rush somewhere – Rush only makes available his own transcripts online – but it was brilliant. Besides, the print version probably lacks the intellectual power of hearing Mark Steyn’s verbal synthesis. David S. McCalmont Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: We had the show on here at Montecito Journal on Monday morning, June 13, to hear what Rush’s take on the Orlando massacre would be and agree

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with you: Mark Steyn is the most articulate and intelligent radio commentator currently on the air; his analysis was spot-on. – J.B.)

A Dane’s Dilemma

I am a school teacher in Denmark making about $61,000 a year. We get free education. You don’t have to pay for the doctor or the hospital, and students even get paid to learn. It all sounds so great... right? However, I forgot to mention that nothing is ever free. The minimum income tax in Denmark is 40%. Also, we pay a Value Added tax of 25%, and on top of that, the government applies duties and fees. A gallon of gasoline is about $10. Tax on a car is 180%, meaning that a car that sells for about $20,000 in the United States (Honda Accord) to an astounding $40,000 in Denmark. Denmark is the highest-taxed nation in the world: taxed an average 80% on every dollar earned. Danes have the highest personal debt in the world. Few will ever own a car or a house. Anyone who makes over $80,000 annually pays a personal tax of 68%. This means that people with higher earnings have either found ways to evade the tax or have left the country, taking their companies with them. Denmark’s suicide rate for the past five decades has averaged 20.8 per 100,000 people, with a highest rate of 32. The American suicide rate has averaged 11.1 during the last five decades and has never exceeded 12.7. More than 11% of adult Danes – supposedly the happiest people in the world – are on antidepressants. Everyone wants the American dream. In Denmark’s neo-communist economy, no one will ever own or accomplish anything. Name undisclosed Copenhagen, Denmark (Editor’s note: Some years ago (25?), my family exchanged our home for a month with a Danish family. We lived just outside Copenhagen near a park where the Winter Olympics ski-jump competition took place. The Danes, even then, had a comprehensive system of separate bicycle and walking lanes, neither of which impacted vehicular traffic. We rode into downtown Copenhagen on our bikes and enjoyed our stay [except for the evening assaults of mosquitos] and took advantage of the brilliantly planned bicycle paths. Upon speaking to our Danish hosts, however, they revealed an unhappiness with the burden of taxation they dealt with. We can only figure it has gotten – just as it has done here – much worse and even more prohibitive than it was then. We hope the Danish people figure this out before they are overrun by the immigrant wave currently taking place there that is likely to destroy and over-tax the very generous benefit system they likely take for granted. – J.B.)  •MJ 23 – 30 June 2016

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by Ashleigh Brilliant


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

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uring my years in Santa Barbara, three intriguing mysteries have fallen upon me. I’ll give you all three, but must warn you that the third one remains unsettled and unsolved, and I’m going to request your help. First came the Mystery of “The Path.” The block on which I’ve been living since 1973 is bisected by a slightly winding footpath (between Plaza Rubio and East Padre Street), which was left as a “public easement” when the area was developed in the 1920s. But why? No other blocks in the vicinity had such an unusual feature. Local inhabitants believed it was “an old Indian trail.” But nobody knew anything more about it than that. And there was no special need to find out – until 1982, when an elderly lady, whose house adjoined this Path, asked the city council to close it, because, she claimed, it was used only by disreputables, and had become a disgrace to the neighborhood. Others wished to keep the Path open – and, with my background in history, I was called upon to help save it. Researching in the Mission Archives Library, I found several old maps that proved quite persuasively that our Path was indeed historic, being the last remaining segment of the road that once connected the Mission of the Padres, with the Spanish fort, or “Presidio,” about 1 1/2 miles away. Happily, that revelation did the trick, and the Path remains open to this day. Then there was the mystery of the “Great Stone Head,” a huge piece of sculpture which, in 1993, quite by accident, I discovered, half-buried in the undergrowth on a Santa Barbara hillside. Thanks again to my humble scholarly efforts, it was found to have been a memorial to an esteemed Italian botanist, Francesco Franceschi, who had once owned the surrounding property. Publicity that I secured for this forgotten treasure resulted in its being formally re-erected on the boulder from which vandals had toppled it, (presumably during World War II, when Italy was our enemy.) Now we come to the current puzzler – the Mystery of the Black Spots. Only recently have I become aware of them – irregular black spots, scattered all over the pavement, first noticed on several streets where I



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METRO 4 Need a gumshoe to probe this assortment of “gum”? Our writer seeks answers about the Black Spots.

customarily walk. Maybe they’d been there for years and I’d just never noticed them before. But now I was overwhelmed by a sense of strangeness. These disfiguring spots were always separated, never in a cluster, or even two together. What could they be, and how did they get there? The mystery deepened when I found they went on for block after block, on both sides of the street – and in many different parts of town. Were they somehow splashed when the roads were tarred? That became much less likely when I found them in places far from any tarred surface. Did they fall from trees? – but often no trees were nearby. Were they scattered from the sky? Was this some mad artist at work? I asked a few people I happened to encounter whether they’d noticed this phenomenon. One simply said “gum” – but I couldn’t believe that all those spots were the remains of discarded chewing-gum. Surely most gum-chewers don’t simply drop it on the sidewalk, when they could just as easily toss it in the bushes, or the gutter. And why were the spots always black? Somebody else apparently thought me strange for even being concerned about such a trivial matter and just wished me “Good luck in your search!” Before seeking publicity, I thought I‘d better consult that all-knowing


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authority, Mr. Google. However, what I found were two startlingly different “solutions” to the mystery. The New York Times twice had lengthy articles (1/06/03 and 2/25/10) saying that the spots (at least, the ones they have in New York) are indeed discarded gum. But no scientific proof was offered. (And my counselor, Liz, whom I later took to see them, didn’t believe they could possibly all be gum.) There’s another very different answer on many websites selling products for spot-removal from

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driveways and patios. They confidently assert that the black spots are lichen – a complex combination of living organisms which “colonize” certain areas, especially concrete, from which they can extract nutrients. Here again, however, no proof. And a lichen expert I consulted remained dubious. So if you have any special knowledge concerning this phenomenon, please contact me or the Journal. This maddening mystery may be what’s been causing my latest bout of insomnia. •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL



by Karen Robiscoe

Michael and Kasper Allison, owners and founders of Physical Focus, have been building bodies and self-confidence in Montecito since 1999

Ms Robiscoe is a certified fitness trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and conventionally published author of short fictions, essays, and poetry. Her chapbook: Word Mosaics, is available online at Fowlpox Press. Email Karen at, or visit

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hysical Focus Training Center Fitness is a club that bridges the gap between fitness and health care by focusing on wellness from the inside out. Owners Michael and Kasper Allison, have recruited a staff that includes naturopathic doctors, physical therapists, nutritionists, masseurs, and movement instructors with a host of specialized backgrounds. The Physical Focus team’s method is to act as coach, teammate, and community. “I’m going to give you a game plan,” Michael explains, “on how to function better and live a fulfilling life, and I’m going to do it alongside of you, meaning I’m not going to have you do anything I don’t do myself.” It’s a philosophy he believes allows clients to do far more than they could do on their own. The brothers firmly believe the only limit to what one can do is one’s imagination. Where else, for example, can one get a rub-down, a diet plan, and global movement screen

before working out? As qualified as they come, Dr. Steve Politis, an independent contractor who performs the global movement screen, boasts of a BS in biopsychology, a doctorate in physical therapy, two post-graduate Fellowships in applied functional science and orthopedic manual physical therapy, along with a knack for clarifying his technique. “People move in three dimensions,” Dr. Politis says. His “global screen” uses 3DMAPS (Three-Dimensional Movement Analysis and Performance System) to rate the components of movement via patterns of trunk rotation, side-to-side, and forward-andback motion. “All these planes work together,” he suggests, “and understanding the biomechanics of that is what I specialize in.” From there, I dropped in on a movement class headed by Sean Parks, whose motto seems to be “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” He offers a fun series of free-weight,

body-weight, and resistance-band work cranked up at the end with an “all out” climbing machine cardio; the routine features a warm-up and eight different drills. “I like the small-class atmosphere,” classmate Kelsey Hughes confides. “You don’t feel like people are watching you work out the way you do in bigger gyms. I’ve never lifted weights before, either, and with Sean’s instruction, I’m not intimidated by it.” “I come because I love the circuit training,” gym member and former Vaquero’s basketball player Jennifer Escobar enthuses. “It’s full-body and always different. It’s really helped improve my health and mobility,” she says. The post-exercise stretching maneuvers the class engaged in stood me in good stead for the following day’s get-together with Maud Duchac, an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist; the one-on-one trainer has a background in both rehabilitative training and physical therapy. “My specialty is helping people overcome limitations,” she says. “Whether it’s chronic pain, osteoporosis, or imbalanced musculature, that’s my wheelhouse.” I began perform-

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ing squats, push-ups, and planks, and Maud suggested several strengthening exercises to shore up my weak spots.

Pilates Too

“Pilates connects your breath to your abdominals to your movement. It helps you engage your belly when performing any exercise, and in everyday activities as well,” instructor Teddy Muller opines. Her background as a former member of State Street Ballet’s young dancer program and probably her focus on BASI-style (Body Arts and Sciences International) Pilates gives her an enviable litheness and gracefulness worth emulating. From mat work focusing on lateral breathing exercises to leg exercises on the Reformer and roll-downs on the Cadillac, the young lady’s skill and sharp eye are impressive. The hours I passed at Physical Focus had me thinking of new ways of getting and staying fit; it was time well spent, resonant with another motto Michael and Kasper repeated at our initial sit-down: “We view everyone here at Physical Focus as an athlete. In the game of life, we all are.” Physical Focus (805-695-0450) is located at 140 Hot Springs Road. •MJ

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Exec. Producer Hector Perez-Pacheco and Producer Aleqwel Mendoza meet with their friend, Ernie Stevens, Chairman of NIGA to discuss “Barbareno.”

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Shamus’ 3 years of work on “Barbareno” has been officially endorsed by Montecito resident and notable author/ producer Thomas Steinbeck, son of author John Steinbeck.

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SEEN (Continued from page 14) Sue greeting guests at the MNH members’ party

MAW donors Bob Weinman and Shirley and Seymour Lehrer

Rachel Wilkins with husband Jason Currie, who worked as an architect on the MAW house

Fashionista Annette Caleel with husband Dr. Richard Caleel at MAW gala

all had been touched and inspired by Marilyn one way or another. At the end Marilyn enthused, saying, “That was one of the greatest concerts I’ve ever heard in my life. They’re all so great, and they are in their prime.

You’ll never hear it better.” Then it was dinner al fresco with tables gorgeously decorated with roses from Rose Story Farm and towering candelabras. The evening ended with a tour inside the “new” house,

Diane Wondolowski, Stacey Byers, Frank Klein, Gary Robinson, and president/CEO Luke Swetland at the members’ party

Rebecca Coulter with Duncan from the zoo visiting MNH

which used to be the Santa Barbara Country Club. The clubhouse was built in 1909 and partially destroyed by fire in 1912 when it was rebuilt. The 10 acres became the Music Academy in 1951. This event raises funds for scholarships for the students who are here every summer. As most local residents know, they present more than 200 public events and nearly half are free. What a boon to our cultural scene. For more information, call Kate Oberjat, who directs marketing and communications at (805) 695-7908. It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Sue, You, and Butterflies Alive


One of the largest flesh-eaters to have ever inhabited the Earth is at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (MNH). But you don’t have • The Voice of the Village •

to worry. She roamed North America about 67 million years ago. The T-rex is named after Sue Hendrickson, who discovered the dinosaur in 1990 near Faith, South Dakota. Sue comprises the biggest and most complete dinosaur remains ever discovered. Eventually, the Field Museum in Chicago bought it and made a full-size cast model thanks to the sponsorship of McDonald’s Corporation. It has since been touring the world. President and CEO of MNH Luke Swetland told me, “It was the largest opening that anyone could ever remember at the museum.” Sue will be here until September 11 – a particularly good way to celebrate the museum’s 100th birthday. For an opening member and press party, there was also a visitor from the zoo called Duncan, a costumed dinosaur that roars like a real one. The looks on the kids’ faces are worth the 23 – 30 June 2016

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Senior Moments

If you’ve ever had one – a senior moment – you would have loved the Center for Successful Aging (CSA) production at the Marjorie Luke Theatre called Senior (musical) Moments. It is their only fundraiser and played to a full house. Nine months ago at their first show committee meeting, director Rod Lathim didn’t have an idea for this year’s musical show. Board president Bobbi Kroot asked him, “Are you having a senior musical moment?” Bingo! He said, “That’s it,” and so it was conceived, a totally original theatrical production about seniors. It was as poignant as it was humorous. Think cell phones, rap music, dating online. You get the idea. Bobbi and La Shon Kelley were co-producers with a multigenerational cast of 20. It took place “in a park” with Gil Rosas at the grand piano. The other main event of the day was announcing the “Spirit of Successful Aging” award, which went to 23 – 30 June 2016

Marilyn Gilbert. Does the lady have credits? There were three pages of them in the program. I’ll tell you just a few. She began her singing career at age five performing “God Bless America” at a PTA meeting. Since then, she has performed in operas and concerts, on television, and radio. She had a civilian Army career in Germany, entertaining the troops and volunteering for the Red Cross. She began studying criminology graduating from UCLA. She developed an international internship program related to the United Nations. Next came law school, and she practiced for more than 20 years in the employment discrimination field. As if that weren’t enough, she and her husband, Nathan Rundlett, founded Santa Barbara Grand Opera (now known as Opera Santa Barbara). And there is much more. As Sara Miller McCune said, “I can’t think of a better example of successful aging than Marilyn Gilbert – a role model for all of us.” Executive director Gary Linker, Ph.D., wants you to know that CSA offers critical mental health and counseling services to seniors facing serious illness, loss of a loved one, isolation from family and friends, transitions to assisted living and other issues. There are peer support groups and promotion of physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional health of seniors in our area. The services are provided free or on a reduced sliding scale for others. There’s more information by calling (805) 898-8080.  •MJ

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Carlos Lopez, Delfina Blaquier, Gina Tolleson, Nacho Figueras, Jennifer Smith Hale, and Alice Ryan (courtesy Santa Barbara Magazine) (photo Carlos Lopez)

A&L council member Lynda Weinman and A&L Miller McCune executive director Celesta Billeci (photo by Kimberly Citro)

Kathy Nicolson, Sarah McCormick, and Rebecca de Ravenel (photo Stephen Simmons)

Denson, Leigh Brecheen, Arlene Montesano, Sandy Nicholson, Alison Hansen, David Sigman, Kimberly Phillips, Nigel Gallimore, and Joel and Doreen Ladin.

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Big and Bold UCSB Arts & Lectures announced its 57th season of impressive cultural bounty with a bustling reception at the Biltmore’s Loggia ballroom. Bold Moves and Big Ideas features more than 65 events, including the return of New York jazz maestro Wynton Marsalis, dance phenomenon Lil Buck, folk music legend Joan Baez, and women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem. Add former Star Trek actor George Takei, tap sensation Dorrance Dance, documentary maker Ken Burns, CNN host Fareed Zakaria, and world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma to the mix

A&L Leadership Circle members John Mike and Marcia Cohen, A&L council member Barrie Bergman, and A&L Leadership Circle member Arlene Bergman (photo by Kimberly Citro)

and the new season, which kicks off September 24 and features 11 Santa Barbara debuts, promises to be one of the best yet with venues including the Granada, the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, and the university’s Campbell Hall. Among those noshing on the hotel’s impressive fare of gourmet sliders, while listening to the New Orleans-style jazz band, Davina and the Vagabonds, were Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, Sara Miller McCune, Robert and Chris Emmons, Dan and Meg Burnham, Robert Weinman, Salud Carbajal, Gretchen Lieff, Lisa Osborne, Nancy Bell Coe, Marilyn McMahon, Tim and Monica Babich, Hiroko Benko, Richard and Annette Caleel, Allan Ghitterman, Karna Hughes, Michael and Nancy Gifford, Craig and Susan McCaw, Ronnie Mellen Justine Roddick, Tom and Heather Sturgess, and last, but not least, Celesta Billeci, Miller McCune executive director.

By the Numbers Despite the ominous threat of ash and smoke from the huge Sherpa Fire blazing nearby, the 9th annual Fiesta Ranchera attracted a record crowd of 1,000 festively garbed guests at the 144-year-old Rancho La Patera and Stow House in Goleta, raising around $50,000, split equally between Old Spanish Days and the Goleta Valley Historical Society, which is celebrating its half century. The colorful gala, chaired by Alex Castellanos, director of the 92-year-old Old Spanish Days, attracted 20 eateries, 11 wineries, and seven beer brewers, and featured the Spirit of Fiesta, Alexis Simentales, and her junior counterpart, Sarah Naretto, with an opening blessing from Father Larry Gosselin of the Santa Barbara Mission. “It is now easily one of community’s most high-profile events,” says Alex. “When we started, we attracted 200 people and we are now five times that,


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estmont kicked off its annual youth summer sports camps June 20 with Sports Skills, developing the motor abilities of co-ed campers from ages 5-10, and girls’ soccer. In the following five weeks, an array of sports camps including archery/badminton, track and field, cheer, soccer, tennis, and basketball will be attended by more than a thousand youngsters. Parents can register their children for half-day camps, which cost $250, or full-day camps that are $275 at mer-camps. Extended care is available until 3 pm for half-day camps and until 4:30 pm for full-day camps. For more than 30 years, Westmont College Athletics has offered day camps for youth who want to practice and play sports in a safe and fun environment. Kids of all ages and skill levels work with college coaches and student-athletes as they learn. Experienced coaches help youth grow skills and introduce sports to those just beginning. “We hope to introduce the youngest of our campers to sports, as well as meet our more advanced campers where they are at, providing them with instruction for continued growth and development,” says Jeff Azain,

co-director and men’s basketball assistant coach. “Most of our collegiate athletic programs have had at least one Warrior come through our sports camps. The introduction to our programs, combined with a positive experience, has brought student-athletes back to Westmont nearly a decade later to participate in our collegiate programs.” Co-ed sports skills camps for 5-10 year-olds will be June 20-24 and June 27-July 1. Girls’ soccer for ages 6-10 will be June 20-24. Co-ed basketball for 7-14 year-olds will be June 27-July 1 and July 11-15. Co-ed soccer for 6-12 year-olds will be July 4-8. Co-ed archery/badminton for ages 7-14 will be July 11-15 and July 18-22. Co-ed tennis for ages 7-12 will be July 11-15 and July 18-22. Co-ed track and field for 5-12 year-olds will be July 18-22. Girls cheer and dance for 5-12 yearolds will be July 25-29.

June 20 to July 8. In its sixth year, the Westmont Summer Scholars program allows high school seniors and recent high school graduates to take three weeks of intensive classes while living on campus in a residence hall. The students, from California, Oregon, Texas, New York, Colorado, and Hawaii will have the opportunity to take one of two classes, interact on a personal level with their professors, and develop their faith lives. Carmel Saad, assistant professor of psychology will teach General Psychology while Thomas Knecht, associate professor of political science, will teach International Politics. Students will attend chapel twice a week. “There are other ways to earn college credit in high school, AP classes, or community college classes offered at a student’s high school,” says Chris Hoeckley, director of the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts

at Westmont, which oversees the program. “But those options don’t offer the full college experience of living with your fellow students and developing close relationships with professors.” The students will get to partake in a trip to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and see “Richard III” at Griffith Park, as well as explore their temporary home in Santa Barbara. Hoeckley says he hopes the program introduces students to an education that integrates their learning with their faith. “The course topics intersect significantly with commitments that grow out of students’ religious faith,” he says. “The program is an opportunity for Westmont to offer its unique, Christian, liberal arts education to those still exploring their college options, while allowing the college to extend its mission to those who might otherwise not benefit from it.” •MJ

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Thursday, June 23 – While longtime MAW faculty flutist Timothy Day finish-

es up his season at the San Francisco Symphony, Jim Walker fills in for the first three weeks of the festival, bringing his vast experience in a variety of classical settings (orchestra, chamber, and solo), plus genres from jazz to pop and work in television and film. Walker spent 1977-84 as principal flutist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic before departing to focus on jazz, studio recording, and teaching. His jazz quartet Free Flight playing jazz-classical fusion over 16 recordings (and four appearances on The Tonight Show and later became a first-call studio flutist heard on hundreds of soundtracks. Now professor of flute, chamber music, and music technology at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, and professor of practice/coordinator of flute studies at the USC Thornton School of Music, Walker brings the same expertise that has made his L.A. summer masterclass, Beyond the Masterclass, a popular offering (3:15 pm; Weinman Hall; free).

of Aucoin’s Second Nature (see interview page 35), but also boasts OperaFest. Formerly known as Opera Scenes, the two performances find the Academy vocal fellows perform arias and scenes from a variety of operas, mostly famous ones but also a few more obscure in the repertoire, each lightly staged by Bruce Donnell (Santa Fe Opera and the Met), but with full costumes. This year’s offerings include Puccini’s La Bohème, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Longtime MAW faculty member John Churchwell, head of music staff of the San Francisco Opera, and newcomer Giuseppe Mentuccia, a faculty member from The Juilliard School, conduct the show that features vocal pianists as the only musical accompaniment (2:30 pm today, 7:30 pm Monday; Hahn; $40).

Sunday, June 26 – The academy presents a live classical music yoga class

in partnership with the Jenny Schatzle Program and KCRW, 88.7 FM. See details in my Spiritual Matters column on page 23 in this issue (2 pm; Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo Blvd.; free).

Monday, June 27 – French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who will perform

Friday, June 24 – Mosher guest artist Thomas Hampson, the baritone

Distinguished Alumni Award winner who performed a recital tribute to his mentors at MAW last night at Hahn Hall, returns to the same hall to lead the vocal masterclass in his final public appearance of the festival (3:15 pm; $20).... One indication of how things have changed at MAW over the last couple of years: the solo piano fellows used to perform brief pieces sans much input from the faculty in the first masterclass of the summer, then play a concert toward at night toward the end of the festival, which eventually became known as PianoFest. This year, Jeremy Denk taught the first two masterclasses so they weren’t going to waste his talents by not taking coaching. And PianoFest is tonight, when the seven soloists show off their technique and emotion in a dazzling display. No need to wait till the end of the summer; these artists now show up rarin’ to go and benefited from two weeks of coaching with Denk and others (7:30 pm; Hahn; $30).

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atthew Aucoin grew up in Medfield, Mass., the son of a reporter for the Boston Globe, and still maintains a 508 area code mobile phone number. But the formerly avid Red Sox fan admitted he has no idea what’s going on with the beloved baseball team. “I’ve been shamefully out of touch,” he said over the phone recently. That’s understandable. All the 26-year-old composer-conductor-pianist has done since graduating from Harvard with a degree in English (and a focus on poetry) four years ago is earn a graduate diploma from The Juilliard School, serve as an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, and as the conducting apprentice at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. And, oh yeah, compose two operas, two orchestral pieces, and a bunch of chamber ensemble works. Aucoin set his sights on Music Academy of the West (MAW) after meeting vocal program director Marilyn Horne at the audition in Chicago, where he prepared excerpts from Bellini’s Norma – one of her famous roles – especially for her. “I grew up listening to her recording. Once I got the job, we became fast 23 – 30 June 2016

friends and later spent time together back in New York. We’ve been looking for something for me to do out here ever since.” What transpired is a seven-week residency at Miraflores during which Aucoin will conduct the West Coast premier of Second Nature, his onehour children’s opera “dystopian fairy tale” that was commissioned and premiered by Chicago Lyric Opera last year, as well as MAW’s full-scale production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride at the end of Week 7. Nature performs Tuesday night at 7:30 at the Lobero. We’ve saved the questions about Bride for a later issue. Q. Do you have a preference for conducting versus performing and composing? A. I started out playing jazz and rock and in those genres, there’s no real difference between the two. Now I’m a composer at heart. But it’s the most painful part, and if I never performed, it would rob me of the most fun part of the process. You have been compared to Leonard

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masterclasses with JoAnn Turovsky, principal harpist with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale Orchestra who also serves as a professor of harp at the USC Thornton School of Music, the Colburn Conservatory, and the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Consider yourself plucky if you can catch today’s offering (1 pm; Lehmann Hall; free)....Can you imagine how great it must be to attend MAW as a violin Fellow these days? Not only do you get a residency and masterclass with Frank Huang, the young new concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic who attended MAW 1998-99, you also enjoy a summer’s worth of work with his predecessor, the inestimable Glenn Dicterow, who held the job for 34 years, an all-time record, before retiring to join the faculty at USC’s Thornton and serve full-time during summers at MAW. Dicterow offers his wisdom in his first public coaching session of the 2016 festival this afternoon (3:15 pm; Lehmann; $13).

Wednesday, June 29 The Concerto Competition affords non-piano instru-

Larry Rachleff conducts Academy Festival Orchestra

mental fellows the opportunity to win a coveted position as a soloist on next weekend’s AFO concert, conducted by just-departed New York Phil assistant conductor Case Scaglione. The new schedule calls for strings, winds, brass, and percussion players to perform a movement accompanied only by a collaborative piano fellow, in hopes of chosen by a panel of professionals to repeat the performance at the Granada backed by 90 or so of their peers on July 9. Formerly held on a Saturday, the competition instead will take place over two sessions this evening (5 & 7:30 pm; Hahn; $15), and in a single session in mid-July, when the pianists gets their chance, aiming at a slot on the August 6 closing concert. (For more information and tickets, call 969-8787 or visit Note that most events offer a limited number of $10 community tickets and free admission for children age 7-17.)  •MJ Home Theater • Apple TV • Everything Digital

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Bernstein. How does that land? I try to ignore it, because I just don’t think it’s very useful. Conducting is very sexy. It’s flashy and showy and you get paid a lot more and get lots of attention. But if you spend all your time doing it, you never write any music... so while I admire Bernstein as a performer and intellectual, the composer in me thinks of him as a cautionary tale. To write good music, you need to go to a cave, or at least lock yourself in your room, and just write. What was the impetus for Second Nature? They wanted an opera aimed at kids, and the premiere would be in Lincoln Park Zoo. Climate change was on my mind at that moment, and as I was walking around the zoo I got sad realizing that everything around me was endangered. Zoos are sad places, because of how fragile and artificial they are. So I imagined a future where we’ve screwed up the world so badly that the few humans who are so alive have locked themselves into a zoo-like habitat. They can’t go outside because nature is so crazy. These two kids are born into this world, and they meet an ape who show them what actual food looks like grown on a tree. They eat it and realize they have to get out and see what’s in the world. You have to escape to be safe. It’s a reverse Garden of Eden story, a weird mixture of mythology and fairy tale with a bit of sci-fi, a way to introduce really hard realities to kids. Most operas are all dark and twisted and scary. This is the sugar-coating around the bitter pill. And it’s short – just under an hour – which is nice, because most operas are big and unwieldy. Did you alter your composing style to make it a “children’s opera?” Not really. It’s not quite as intense

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or dark as some moments of my other pieces. But I don’t think kids need to be musically talked down to. In fact, they’re less likely than adults to complain that my opera doesn’t sound like La Bohème.

Fine Fellows in Tune with AFO

As always, Larry Rachleff conducts the first two concerts of the summer from the Academy Festival Orchestra (AFO), the 90-something strong ensemble comprised entirely of instrumental Fellows. Now approaching his 10th year as the first to wield the baton over the newly formed AFO each summer, Rachleff talked about what it takes to get the job done and what to expect from this year’s performances, on Saturday, June 25, at 7:30 pm, and July 2-3 at 7:30 & 2:30 pm, both at the Granada. Q. What’s the first thing you look for in the initial rehearsal on that first Monday morning? A. You look for trying to develop the chemistry. You play through the music and just listen to them and interact with them. You pay attention to what you’re hearing and start to formulate the plan to get it together in the time allocated. But mostly it’s about developing a relationship that can gain in meaning. So what does it take to get the players into a cohesive unit in less than a week? Good will. One of the pluses at the beginning of any festival in the summer is that the students are not exhausted yet. They’re eager and remarkably willing. Of course, their extreme talent counts for a lot. It’s always been good, for a very long time, but just the years I’ve been coming I’ve seen wonderful progression, a real measurable increase 23 – 30 June 2016

in talent. Would you ever like to be the guy who comes in at the end of the summer or is this inaugurating role one you relish? That certainly would be fun for a change. It’s worked out like this mostly simply having to do with scheduling. I have commitments over a number of years that take me to other places that time of year. But I do love to be there at the start, kick it off in right way, and establish a good personae, a sensibility and routine for the orchestra. Let’s talk about the programs: last year you had two of the most famous works

in the repertoire, between Beethoven’s Ninth and Ravel’s Bolero. This year, it’s Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun in the first concert and then Dvorak’s New World symphony and a work that has also transcended classical music in Rhapsody in Blue the following weekend. What’s the key to making classics sound fresh? How do you approach them? You try to make every piece of music seem like the first time you’ve fallen into it, like you never heard them before. There’s the adage that you make old music sound new, and new music sound old. It’s about bringing the pieces alive with all the passion and commitment available.

With young players of this ability, the performances always seem to have a fire and edge. Contrast those with John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine, which most of the players probably are not familiar with. How does the approach differ? It’s a short, five-minute, high-speed voyage in whatever fast machine you can imagine. It’s accessible, and colorful, with lots of brass and percussion. It’s a real stamina, Red Bull overture using Adams’s minimalistic language. That’s the third piece on the July 4 weekend concerts, part of the American music concert. Dovrak’s

was written during the year he lived in America; the “new world” is our world. The first concert is more international: French music of Berlioz (Roman Carnival Overture) and Debussy, plus Austrian with Brahms, and Italian with Respighi’s famous work (The Pines of Rome) which has off stage instruments, brass in the hall. There’s no other piece like it. The concert is very rich with impressionism, while the Berlioz is fiery and the Brahms (Variations on a Theme by Haydn) was his incredibly imaginative initial voyage into the orchestra canon.  •MJ




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The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the

The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the

provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter

provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter

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

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

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

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





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

/s/ Sarah Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager





I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance

was introduced on June 7, 2016, and was adopted by the

was introduced on May 24, 2016, and was adopted by the

Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a meeting held on

Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a meeting held on

June 14, 2016, by the following roll call vote:

June 7, 2016, by the following roll call vote:


Councilmembers Jason Dominguez, Gregg Hart, Frank Hotchkiss, Cathy Murillo, Randy Rowse, Bendy White; Mayor Helene Schneider


Councilmembers Jason Dominguez, Gregg Hart, Frank Hotchkiss, Cathy Murillo, Randy Rowse, Bendy White




Councilmember(s) or None




Mayor Helene Schneider




Councilmember(s) or None

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara on June 15, 2016.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara on June 8, 2016.

/s/ Sarah P. Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance on June 15, 2016.

/s/ Sarah P. Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance on June 8, 2016.

/s/ Helene Schneider Mayor Published June 22, 2016 Montecito Journal FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Mick’s Macs, 3433 State Street Suite E, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Techlease Computer Solutions, LLC, 3433 State Street Suite E, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 16, 2016. 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 Jan Morales. FBN No. 2016-0001791. Published June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Simple Pleasures Salon and Spa, 446 Alisal Road, Suite #B, Solvang,

/s/ Bendy White Mayor Pro Tem Published June 22, 2016 Montecito Journal

CA 93463. Michael Leonard White, 7670 SW Spruce Street #B, Tigard, OR 97223. Nanette Marie White, 7670 SW Spruce Street #B, Tigard, OR 97223. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 18, 2016. 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 Marlene Ashcorn. FBN No. 2016-0001468. Published June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT: The following person(s) has (have) abandoned the use of the Fictitious Business Name(s): SBB Gourmet Catering; SBB Gourmet Catering Group; SBBGCG; SBB


Catering, 1917 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. SBBBQ, LLC, 1917 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was originally filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on November 1, 2013. 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 Tania Paredes-Sadler, filed June 7, 2016. Original FBN No. 2013-0003337. Published June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Earth & Sky; Earth & Sky Nature School, 277 Oak Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Juliette Lefevre, 277 Oak Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 12, 2016. 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 Tania Paredes-Sadler. FBN No. 2016-0001412. Published June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Zip Kleen, 1998 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. Soon Sik Tansen, 142 Loureyro Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 6, 2016. 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 Tania

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NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY AND PUBLIC HEARING FOR FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT For the Station 3 Site Acquisition and Construction Project The Montecito Fire Protection District (MFPD) has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) that identifies the potential environmental impacts associated with the Station 3 Site Acquisition and Construction Project. This is a new Final EIR that supersedes the EIR published on April 23, 2012. The MFPD welcomes your participation in the public hearing. Proposed Project: The MFPD proposes acquisition of real property and development of a District fire station (Station 3) on a site of approximately 2.55 acres located near 2500 East Valley Road in Montecito, California. Three structures of generally one story in height and totaling approximately 12,560 square feet would include a main building containing the apparatus bays, offices and living quarters, and two supporting structures. Infrastructure would include approximately 0.78 acres of non-structural paved surfaces, including two entry/exit driveways to East Valley Road. Grading would include approximately 8,000 cubic yards (cy) of cut and approximately 600 cy exported via heavy haul truck to a site determined to be acceptable at the time of construction. The project would require approval of a the MFPD Board of Directors, as well as subsequent consideration of a Major Conditional Use Permit (CUP), a Parcel Map Waiver, and issuance of a Certificate of Compliance with the Subdivision Map Act by the County of Santa Barbara. Public Participation: A public hearing on the Final EIR is scheduled before the MFPD Board of Directors on Monday, June 27, 2016 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the MFPD office at 595 San Ysidro Road, Santa Barbara, California. The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing. Reference copies of the Final EIR are available at the Montecito Library at 1469 East Valley Road, and at the MFPD office. The document is also available for review on MFPD's website at: Published June 22, 2016 Montecito Journal Paredes-Sadler. FBN No. 2016-0001665. Published June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Club Natale Management Company, 351 Rosemead Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. T.J. Natale, 351 Rosemead Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 31, 2016. 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 Melissa Mercer. FBN No. 2016-0001588. Published June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Top Notch Recordings; Track Martians Music Group, 545 El Bosque Road Unit H, Montecito, CA 93108. Eddie C. Jones Jr., 11109 Otsego Apt 304, North Hollywood, CA, 91601. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 31, 2016. 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 Melissa Mercer. FBN No. 2016-0001589. Published June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Godinez Photography, 3905 State St. Suite 7-402, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Braulio Godinez, 3905 State St. Suite 7-402, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Laura Godinez, 3905 State St. Suite 7-402, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 3, 2016. 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 Noe Solis. FBN No. 2016-0001637. Published June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 16CV02367. To all interested parties: Petitioner Michael David Silverglat filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Michael David Silverander. 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 June 2, 2016 by Jessica Vega. Hearing date: August 10, 2016 at 9:30 am in Dept. 1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 16CV02252. To all interested parties: Petitioner Zachary David Fisher filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Zachary David Impossible. 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 June 7, 2016 by Terri Chavez. Hearing date: August 3, 2016 at 9:30 am in Dept. 1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 16CV02141. To all interested parties: Petitioner Salatiel Abrajan Chavez filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Sally Abrajan. 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 May 23, 2016 by Terri Chavez. Hearing date: July 27, 2016 at 9:30 am in Dept. 1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 16CV02325. To all interested parties: Petitioner Alexis Renee Zamora filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Gia Renee Belivier. 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

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The above captioned ordinance was adopted at a regular meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council held on June 14, 2016. The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter as amended, and the original ordinance in its entirety may be obtained at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Santa Barbara, California.

The above captioned ordinance was adopted at a regular meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council held on June 14, 2016. The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter as amended, and the original ordinance in its entirety may be obtained at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Santa Barbara,

The above captioned ordinance was adopted at a regular meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council held on June 14, 2016. The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter as amended, and the original ordinance in its entirety may be obtained at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Santa Barbara, California.





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

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

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









) ) COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA ) ss. ) CITY OF SANTA BARBARA ) I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance was introduced on June 7, 2016, and was adopted by the

was introduced on June 7, 2016, and was adopted by the

Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a meeting held on

Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a meeting held on

June 14, 2016, by the following roll call vote:

June 14, 2016, by the following roll call vote:


Councilmembers Jason Dominguez, Gregg Hart, Frank Hotchkiss, Cathy Murillo, Randy Rowse, Bendy White; Mayor Helene Schneider


Councilmembers Jason Dominguez, Gregg Hart, Frank Hotchkiss, Cathy Murillo, Randy Rowse, Bendy White; Mayor Helene Schneider













IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my

hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara

hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara

on June 15, 2016.

on June 15, 2016. /s/ Sarah P. Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager

I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance on June 15, 2016.

I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance on June 15, 2016.

/s/ Helene Schneider Mayor Published June 22, 2016 Montecito Journal 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 June 7, 2016 by Terri Chavez. Hearing date: August 10, 2016 at 9:30 am in Dept. 1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 16CV01976. To all interested parties: Petitioner Melissa Alexa Valtri Silver filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Melissa Alexa Vanara . 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

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

/s/ Helene Schneider Mayor Published June 22, 2016 Montecito Journal

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 May 20, 2016 by Terri Chavez. Hearing date: July 13, 2016 at 9:30 am in Dept. 1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 16CV01990. To all interested parties: Petitioner Tina Benevento filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Summer McGinnis. 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 May 9, 2016 by Jessica Vega. Hearing date: July 20, 2016 at 9:30 am in Dept. 1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 16CV02025. To all interested parties: Petitioners Fabiana Velarde and Aaron Velarde filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa

Barbara, for a decree changing name from Fabiana Regina Camargo Docarmo Velarde and Aaron Henrique Camargo Docarmo Halseth Velarde to Fabiana Regina Carmo Velarde and Aaron Henrique Carmo Velarde. 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 May 20, 2016 by Terri Chavez. Hearing date: July 20, 2016 at 9:30 am in Dept.

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was introduced on June 7, 2016, and was adopted by the Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a meeting held on June 14, 2016, by the following roll call vote: AYES:

Councilmembers Jason Dominguez, Gregg Hart, Frank Hotchkiss, Cathy Murillo, Randy Rowse, Bendy White; Mayor Helene Schneider







IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara on June 15, 2016. /s/ Sarah P. Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance on June 15, 2016. /s/ Helene Schneider Mayor Published June 22, 2016 Montecito Journal

1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22 PETITION FOR FREEDOM FROM PARENTAL CUSTODY AND CONTROL Citation to Parent: The People of the State of California, To Alfredo Cuevas: By order of the Superior Court of California County of Santa Barbara, you are hereby advised that you may appear in Dept. 1 of the court on July 6, 2016, at 10:30 am at 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, then and there to show cause, if you have any, why Maricela Eliphleth Cuevas Llamas should not be declared free from your custody and control for the purpose of freeing her for placement for adoption. At the beginning of the proceeding the court will consider whether or not the interests of Maricela Eliphleth Cuevas Llamas require the appointment of counsel. If the court finds that her interests

do require protection, the court will appoint counsel to represent her, whether or not she is able to afford counsel. Maricela Eliphleth Cuevas Llamas will not be present in court unless she so requests or the court so orders. If you appear without counsel and are unable to afford counsel, the court must appoint counsel for you, unless you knowingly and intelligently waive the right to represent both you and your child Maricela Eliphleth Cuevas Llamas. If the court appoints counsel for you, at the end of the proceeding, the court will hold a hearing to determine the amount, if any, that you will be required to reimburse the county for the services of your appointed counsel. The court may continue the proceeding for not more than 30 days as necessary to appoint counsel and to enable counsel to become acquainted with the case. Filed June 3, 2016, by Denyse Avila. Published 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29.



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international performance tour for the choral society, with previous jaunts to Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary in 2005, Italy and Bavaria – including mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome – in 2007, and Spain five years ago, also with the Berkeley chorus. “We love being cultural ambassadors for the vibrant Santa Barbara arts scene to a wider global community and to introduce the works of great American composers,” gushes JoAnne.

2016 GVHM Stow House “Fiesta Ranchera” committee: Tiffany Kishiyima, Christine Gallager, 2003 La Presidenta; Sue Schwefel, chair Alex Castellanos, Steve Golis, and Dacia Harwood, having welcomed festive patrons (photo by Priscilla)

Tina Schlieske, Father Larry Gosselin, Justine Roddick, and Anais Pelligrini enjoy Area 51’s music (photo by Priscilla)

Old Spanish Day El Presidente J.C. Gordon and his Primera Dama, Jamie Gordon (photo by Priscilla)

which is about the limit. “Even a major fire can’t deter them, though I have to admit we were worried earlier in the day.” A hot event, indeed. MAW Than Words The Music Academy of the West’s 69th annual summer festival got off to


a cracking start with two glorious concerts in Hahn Hall on the Miraflores campus. Leading off the oh-so popular fest was the Takacs Quartet, temporarily down to a tony triumvirate with the absence of second violinist Karoly Schranz due to a wrist problem, but Camerata Pacifica regular pianist Warren Jones was a worthy standin as the legendary ensemble played works, that increased in group size as the performance progressed, starting off with Martinu’s three madrigals with violist Geraldine Walther and violinist Edward Dusinberre. Cellist Andras Fejer joined the tony twosome for Beethoven’s string trio No. 3 in G Major, with the entertaining concert wrapping with Schumann’s piano quartet in E-flat Major, with keyboardist Jones, who has played at the White House, joining the trio. Five days later, it was time for pianist Jeremy Denk, Luria Foundation artist in residence and 2014 Avery Fisher Prize winner, to shine in the

Pianist Jeremy Denk gives a flawless performance

same venue with a truly eclectic program, kicking off with Bach’s English Suite No. 3 in G Minor before transitioning into a quick-fire display of works by such disparate composers as Joplin, Mozart, Stravinsky, Byrd, and Wagner. The show wrapped with Schubert’s Sonata No.21 in B-flat Major. Clearly a slam-Denk for Jeremy. A High Note Santa Barbara Master Chorale, under artistic director Steven Hodson, gave a concert with a difference at the First United Methodist Church when Mama Pat’s Inner Light Gospel Choir lifted spirits and the rafters as the guest artists. The talented chorale kicked off the show, including the 19th-century song Shenandoah and a host of Irving Berlin works such as “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, and “Anything You Can Do”, “White Christmas”, “Easter Parade”, and “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with Erin Bonski-Evans on piano. The second half of the show was given over to the energized choir under director Dauri Kennedy with a host of spirituals and gospel favorites. A delightful afternoon. On the Go Santa Barbara Choral Society and Berkeley’s University of California Alumni Chorus, under veteran conductor JoAnne Wasserman, are currently enjoying the joys of Italy with concerts in Naples, Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Lecco. Traveling with the talented warblers is National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen, 73, whose works are being featured in both concert repertoires, which includes a cappella and keyboard-accompanied works by the likes of Aaran Copland and Stephen Paulus. This latest trip abroad is the fourth

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Home Sweet Home The childhood home of the late Princess Diana is opening to overnight guests for the first time to raise money for charity. Guests will be able to stay in the Princess of Wales’s former bedroom at the Grade 1-listed Althorp, Northamptonshire, estate, where she lived before her ill-fated marriage to Prince Charles, during weekend visits that will cost around $40,000 per couple or $250,000 for a party of up to 18. Diana, who I last met at a socially gridlocked reception 24 hours before the auction of her evening gowns for charity at Christie’s in New York in 1997 – an event I covered for CNN and ABC Network News – is interred on a small island on the 13,000 acre estate’s Oval Lake and there is a Doric-style memorial across from it where visitors can pay their respects to her. The stately 90-room, 100,000-sq.ft. mansion is owned by her brother, Charles, the Earl Spencer, and has been in the aristocratic family’s ownership for 500 years and 18 generations, since the reign of King Charles 1. The estate has been open to day visitors since 1998, a year after Diana died in a tragic car crash in Paris. Monies raised will go to Whole Child International, a charity which supports orphaned, abandoned, abused, and neglected children in developing countries, founded by the earl’s wife, Karen, Countess Spencer. Sightings: Actor Josh Holloway noshing at Olio e Limone...Actress Olivia Munn checking out Ca ‘Dario... Peripatetic Beach Boy Bruce Johnston masticating at Pierre Lafond Pip! Pip! Readers with tips, sightings and other amusing items for Richard’s column should email him at richardmin or send invitations or other correspondence to the Journal. To reach Priscilla, email her at pris or call 969-3301. •MJ 23 – 30 June 2016

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Fire Response Meeting

In last week’s Village Beat, we told you about the Aerial Firefighting Foundation, an organization attempting to bring fire helicopter service closer to Montecito and Santa Barbara. Collaborators are holding two informational sessions about the project on Thursday, June 30, and are inviting members of the public to attend and learn more. Speakers will include director of CalFire air operations Bill Payne, former County fire marshal Don Oaks, international emergency services rep Dave Baskett, and Aerial Firefighting Foundation president Larry Thompson. “We want to show people how we can possibly save more homes from fire by cutting response times,” Thompson said. “I hope people come to the forum and get their questions answered.” Two forums will take place on Thursday, June 30: at Faulkner Gallery at the Public Library at 4 pm and at Montecito Hall (1469 East Valley Road) at 7 pm. For more information, call 962-2236.

Highway 101 Update

On Monday, the California Department of Transportation announced the construction contract for a portion of the Highway 101 expansion through Carpinteria had been awarded to a Sun Valley, California, company called Security Paving. The project construction cost is $60,000,000. The endeavor, dubbed the Highway 101: Linden and Casitas Pass Project, is the third phase of widening Highway 101 between Santa Barbara and Mussel Shoals, and includes local circulation improvements for residents in Carpinteria and key bridge replacements that will prepare the area for future 101 widening. Eight of the 16 miles in this range have already been broadened to include three lanes in each direction. “It is often referred to as the third phase of widening












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Highway 101, so moving forward is important for Santa Barbara County,” said Jim Kemp, executive director of the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG). According to Kemp, Carpinteria residents have not seen improvements to the freeway or local over-crossings in this area since the freeway was built in 1957. The highway interchanges at Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road will be updated with new bridges and freeway ramps, including a roundabout on Ogan Road. Via Real will be connected across Carpinteria Creek up to Casitas Pass Road and continuing to Linden Avenue. New bridges will be built over Carpinteria Creek on Highway 101 and Via Real, and four new sound walls will be built to reduce freeway noise in nearby neighborhoods. Bike and pedestrian improvements will be added along Via Real, connected along Carpinteria Creek, and on the bridges over Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road. The project aims to improve local streets to take pressure off the already congested Highway 101, making it easier to move through Carpinteria by car, on bike, or by foot. The new bridges will also allow for better water flow in Carpinteria Creek. The work is funded by state gas taxes, also known as the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The project is a partnership between Caltrans, the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, and the City of Carpinteria.  Construction will occur from fall 2016 to 2020, and Highway 101 will have two lanes open in each direction as local roads will remain open during daytime construction. There will be nighttime closures as needed, and Linden Avenue will be closed over Highway 101 for approximately three weeks in 2018. New roads, bridges, ramps, and bikeways open in 2018, 2019, and 2020.  The fourth phase of the highway widening, which impacts Montecito, is still in the planning phase; the final Environmental Impact Report

was released last year. Three local traffic projects (the San Ysidro southbound on-ramp, the Olive Mill fiveway stop at Coast Village Road, and the Cabrillo railroad bridge) are also being studied concurrently with the Highway 101 project. For more information, visit www.

Heat Causes Trail Rescues

The recent heat wave has caused at least two trail rescues over the past week: one involving a 14-year-old on Rattlesnake Trail and one involving a dog on Tunnel Trail. “All hikers are reminded to prepare and take Hot on the trail: rescuers come to the aid of a extra precautions as temperatures hiker overwhelmed by heat are expected to be in the extreme his medical condition, it was deterrange during the coming weeks,” said mined the best course of action was to Santa Barbara County Sheriff pub- place him on a medical stretcher and lic information officer Kelly Hoover. wheel him down the trail. With the “Outdoor enthusiasts, as well as ani- assistance of personnel from the commals, should drink plenty of water bined fire agencies, the teen was safely and take frequent rest breaks in the carried out. After further evaluation, shade to cool down.” it was determined he had recovered The Rattlesnake Trail rescue occurred sufficiently and he was released to his when an off-duty nurse hiking the father on scene. trail on Saturday, June 18, called 911 to On Monday, Santa Barbara fire report a 14-year-old boy was experi- crews responded to Tunnel Trail on encing heat exhaustion approximately a call regarding a dog in distress. The one mile up from the trailhead near canine was on a hike with his ownSkofield Park. The teen initially start- ers, and on the way back down the ed the hike with his father but had trail the dog became dehydrated and run up the trail on his own, overexert- weak. Rescuers hiking up the trail met ed himself, and become dehydrated. the owners halfway down. The male Members of the Santa Barbara County owner was carrying the dog; rescuers Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SBCSAR) helped the couple and the dog back team along with fire personnel down the trail, and gave the pet water from the Montecito Fire Protection when they arrived at the trailhead. District, Santa Barbara County Fire The dog recovered quickly and was Department, Santa Barbara City Fire cleared to go home. Department, and U.S. Forest Service The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s responded to assist as mutual aid. Search and Rescue Team is a trained, A team from SBCSAR hiked in and all-volunteer unit of the Sheriff’s reached the teen. They started first aid Office that is on-call 24 hours a day, MontJournal_May26th'16:Layout 5/24/16 PageFor 1 more informato treat him and cool him down 1until seven11:42 days AM a week. paramedics arrived. After evaluating tion, visit  •MJ


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THURSDAY, JUNE 23 Launch Pad Readings – UCSB Theater Department’s artist-in-residence and performance program has a new season and a new partner this summer. The Art, Design & Architecture Museum (AD&A) is hosting Summer Launch Pad: New Plays in Process, for which three professional playwrights have been invited to join the UCSB community as artists in residence in a summer course. The collaboration between Launch Pad artistic director Risa Brainin, a team of undergraduate students, and the playwrights culminates in public readings, which take place over the next three Thursdays at the museum. First up is Staging The Daffy Dame, by Anne García-Romero, a theater professor at Notre Dame (who holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama and a Ph.D. in theater studies from UC Santa Barbara) whose plays have been developed and produced at the Public Theater, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Goodman Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and South Coast Repertory. Daffy Dame takes place in the present on the campus of a California public university, where Lupe, a Latina theatre professor, directs a production of the 1613 Spanish Golden Age comedy, La Dama Boba (The Daffy Dame), with a cast of four university students and two community

professionals. Tempers flare as conflicts arise when the company addresses issues of race, class, and gender. UCSB associate professor Christina McMahon’s Standby is next, with a reading on Thursday, June 30, of the work that is a “scene of terror” featuring a plane in freefall after a hijacking. A woman opens her eyes in fear after meditating and wonders, is it really happening or is it a delusion? Famed author and playwright Joyce Carol Oates’s Bad Touch closes out the series on July 7 with a reading of the work about an irreverent, outspoken, and deeply idealistic young woman who moves to the Midwest to begin a new life teaching in the “heartland” but finds that her unbridled tongue and sense of humor get her in trouble. How can Hypathia Applebaum prevail in a place where integrity is interpreted as a threat to the community? Brainin directs all three presentations, and each reading is preceded by a reception at 6:30 pm. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB campus, Ocean Ave. near El Colegio Road COST: free INFO: 893-2951 or Gone, but Getting Together – It’s been something of a sad first half of the year in terms of the number of major classic rock artists who have passed away. Prince, David Bowie,

THURSDAY, JUNE 23 String Wizard Returns – Jerry Jeff Walker called David Bromberg “The reason man created stringed instruments... (He) touched them with a lover’s fingers and they moaned that true love right back at him. Wood and wire and flesh spoke.” Walker can be forgiven for a touch of hyperbole, as it was Bromberg who put him on the musical map via his hit-single cover of “Mr. Bojangles”, but Bromberg has accumulated countless other rabid devotees among the major names of rock, from Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, and George Harrison to Emmylou Harris and Pete Seeger and even The Beastie Boys, all of whom he has collaborated with over a decades-spanning career that began back in the folk scene of 1960s Greenwich Village. Originally based in the folk and blues idioms, Bromberg expanded his reach to encompass bluegrass, ragtime, country, and ethnic music through the 1970s, before taking what turned out to be a 25-year hiatus to make violins rather than play them. Back for the better part of the last decade, Bromberg still brandishes the same admirable breath of scope and mischievous wit in both his music and stage patter. His appearance at the Lobero tonight comes complete with a five-piece band, including drums for the first time locally in many years. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: 33 East Canon Perdido St. COST: $39 & $49 ($105 patron tickets include priority seating and pre-concert private reception) INFO: 963-0761 or


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SATURDAY, JUNE 25 Santa Barbara Wine Festival – Sure, there are seemingly never-ending wine-and-dine events all over the Santa Barbara region, virtually every weekend during the warm-weather months. But you can’t go wrong with one of the early adopters and still super-popular extravaganza hosted by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The banks of Mission Creek and surrounding grounds is a lovely site for a festival, with shade provided by a canopy of oak trees and other flora – and fantastic wine and foodstuff provided by some of the area’s best. The 75 Central Coast wineries represented include some big names and lesser-known gems, and all have the winemaker on hand to discuss their offerings. The more than two-dozen restaurants and caterers include several who show up at few other similar events, including Brophy Bros., Michael’s Catering, and the Stonehouse Restaurant at the San Ysidro Ranch. New this year: a VIP lounge, which costs an extra $50 but provides an hour early access to the festival and some special exclusive wineries and chefs, including Paul Lato Wines and Cold Heaven Cellars, and chef Pete Clements Savory Bites. WHEN: 2-5 pm (1 pm VIP) WHERE: 2559 Puesta del Sol COST: $100 general, $75 museum members ($150/$125 VIP) INFO: 682-4711 or

Eagle co-leader Glenn Frey, Earth Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, and Beatles producer George Martin have died in 2016, and while tribute bands pale in comparison to the real thing, coming together to remember the music and re-live the good times can be not only healing but lots of fun. Which is what is happening en masse at the Plaza Playhouse Theater tonight with the “Salute to Musical Legends” that adds blues legend B. B. King (who died in 2015) to the mix of artists who will be honored by an all-star band directed by guitarist Tariqh Aconi, a Santa Barbara native with a host of big-name credits. Doug Pettibone (guitars), David Delhomme (guitar/keyboards), George Friedenthal (keyboards), Peter Korpela (percussion), Herman Matthews (drums), and Randy Tico (bass), and a host of Santa Barbara vocalists will play the hits of of the greats at the intimate theater where dancing space is short, but the energy should flow nicely. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: Plaza Playhouse Theater, 4916 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria COST: $23 general admission INFO: 684-6380 or FRIDAY, JUNE 24 Dance Network Demo – The third annual studio showcase, Series 7, offers another high-energy and diverse show presenting pieces from studio classes, the Dance Network’s professional performance companies, and other dancers in the community. Kyleigh Carlson, Lauren Hovey, Karyn Laver, Deja Re, Daniel

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Rojo, Hector Sanchez, Bethany Sutherland, and Kyle Ybarra are the choreographers presenting work that will feature hip hop, tap, jazz, contemporary, break dancing, and additional styles from dancers ranging in ages 2 to 80. WHEN: 7 pm today & tomorrow WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, upstairs in the mall COST: $20 general, $13 children INFO: 963-0408 or www. SATURDAY, JUNE 25 Roadshow Revival – Even though its downtown has been thoroughly revitalized and the city somewhat gentrified, Ventura still seems like a hospitable host for a gritty rockabilly and outlaw country festival that boasts its motorcycle show in bold letters on its poster. Tonight’s headliner for the eight annual revival is X frontman John Doe, along with The Blasters and 40-year rockabilly veteran Robert Gorden, while Saturday adds the Paladins and James Intveld to additional sets by the Blasters and Gordon, with special guests. More than a dozen bands – including several John Cash tribute acts (the late country icon had quite a history in Ventura County, which is displayed via guided tour) – form the undercard each day, and there’s a second stage with five more acts each early afternoon. But the attractions also include hot rod and Kustom car show, Pin-Up Girl Pageant, the aforementioned motorcycles, beer and other drinks, food, and even a kid’s corral with drums, amps, and guitars in the jam area, plus magic 23 – 30 June 2016

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 Ojai Valley Lavender Festival – The annual one-day event that turns lucky 13 in 2016 serves to celebrate everything lavender, and demonstrate and promote the many uses of the plant while also showing off Ojai itself as a unique destination. Libbey Park will once again fill with sights, sounds, and the soothing aroma of the many varieties and textures of lavender products. Living lavender plants and fresh bouquets provide one avenue of immersion, more than 100 vendors offer unique and creative gifts, knowledgeable growers and producers offer talks on all things lavender and beyond, and expert speakers talk about Ojai and more. It all takes place over a background of live music befitting the spirit emanating from the Gazebo, with artists including the Ventucky String Band, Steel Cut Band, and Santa Barbara’s own lovely ladies quintet Honeysuckle Possums. WHEN: 10 am-5 pm WHERE: Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai COST: free INFO: 646-6635 or

shows, Jolly Jump, and more (yep, it’s a family event). It all takes place by the beach on the grassy fields at Mission Park in Downtown Ventura. WHEN: 11 am-7 tonight, 11 am-6pm tomorrow WHERE: 185 E Santa Clara St., Ventura COST: Tickets range from $25 for one day general admission pass ($35 on Sunday, $50 for the weekend) to $350 for the weekend all-inclusive VIP pass, with several tiers between based on seating location and amenities INFO: www. SUNDAY, JUNE 26 Fire on the Mountain – The veteran singer-songwriter, one of the longtime favorites of the Tales from the Tavern in Santa Ynez, is returning to the neighborhood to record a new fulllength album, his umpteenth as a solo artist now in his fifth decade as a fulltime artist and performer of all original music. Michael On Fire loves to explore with different instrumental formats, exploring myriad styles in

an effort to stay connected with his audience and his own creative gifts. He’ll also be fitting in a couple of gigs in the area, including inaugurating the new Jazz & Beyond series at the Solvang Festival Theater that takes place mostly on Sunday throughout the summer, spliced around theatrical runs from PCPA Theatrefest. Michael On Fire also shows up at SOhO in Santa Barbara on Wednesday; for both shows, he’ll be joined by some local favorites, who are also appearing on the album: Bear Erickson (electric guitar, baritone guitar, and bass guitar), Bill Flores (guitar, mandolin, dobro, saxophone), Tompeet Fredriksen (drums and percussion), and Jack Joshua (bass). WHEN: 3 pm today WHERE: Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd Street, Solvang COST: $30 INFO: 686-1789 or WEDNESDAY: WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: SOhO, 1221 State Street, upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $15 INFO: 962-7776 or  •MJ




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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.

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t looks like June gloom is over and, barring a reappearance of Santa Barbara’s fabled “marine layer” this August (in what has been delicately termed “Fogust” two years ago), it looks like the beginning of a sunny summer ahead. This is the selling season, a time when more home sales happen than most any other time of year, as families look to transition before the new school year, visitors fall in love with the idea of a second home or decide to finally make the move here, and residents look to up- or down-size, depending on their stages of life, income, and investment goals. Here for your consideration are four listings that offer new buyers a variety of positive selling points and value options.

1098 Golf Road: $4,995,000 George Washington Smith Classic

This is an opportunity to own a piece of history in a close-in location with grounds that offer upside potential. This 1922 George Washington Smith, Spanish Colonial Revival home has been remodeled and has also been reduced in price considerably over the past year (it was originally offered at $5,450,000). The home next door is listed at more than $13,000,000. This estate-level home is situated down a private lane on 1.1+ gently sloping and gated, landscaped acres and offers more than 4,500 square feet of living space. There are 5 bedrooms plus an office, 4 bathrooms, 3 fireplaces, a formal dining room, a 30’ x 20’ living room, and a spacious family room. A new owner will enjoy the architectural details associated with George Washington Smith homes and the close proximity to the beach, lower village, and Montecito Country Club. Golf Road is located within the Montecito Union School District, and according to the listing information there is an approved well permit, and room for a pool and cabana.

549 Hot Springs Road: $4,695,000 Spanish Compound This is another historic home offering an authentic, gated 1920s Spanish Hacienda in Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle and located within the Montecito Union School District. The compound includes several buildings, including a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom main home, two detached buildings, and an addi-

tional pool cabana, all on an acre of land with mature, tropical landscaped grounds. There are fireplaces, wood floors, patios, lawns, and numerous privacy areas to enjoy. Off-street parking, a private pool and spa, and mountain views complete this offering. Reduced from $4,950,000 to the current asking price.

664 Oak Grove Drive: $2,740,000 Upside Potential

This 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home is situated on approximately 1.3 estate-like acres and has been recently updated, yet leaves room for expansion and further development of the home and property. Located in the Montecito Union School District, this home is just off Lilac Drive and East Valley Road, surrounded by more expensive homes. Easy-care landscaping, private access, crescent-shaped driveway, off-street parking for guests, and easy access to the backyard via a driveway that leads to the backyard leaves room for adding a garage and other upgrades. Live in the home as is or expand.

385 Paso Robles Drive: $2,395,000 Remodeled and Reduced

This home was recently remodeled and upgraded, mixing contemporary with rustic features. The 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home is located just a short block from Cold Spring School and was just recently reduced in price from the original listing of $2,695,000. Interior upgrades include European Oak floors and a spacious great room. White marble counter tops in the kitchen pair nicely with stainless-steel appliances and a Viking oven. On the main floor, the kitchen, living, and dining areas all connect in an open-plan layout with easy access to the large back deck for al fresco entertaining. There is a mudroom off the garage and a laundry room. Upstairs, you’ll find 3 bedrooms and a master bedroom with two walk-in closets and an en-suite bathroom. Vaulted ceilings give way to exposed beams and light fixtures hand-picked for this home. Downstairs is an approximately 800 square-foot recreation/multi-purpose room with fireplace. Other features of the home include 3-zone heating, water filtration/softener, and a tankless water heater. For more information on any of these properties or if you would like me to arrange a showing with the listing agents, please contact me directly: or call/text (805) 698-2174. For more Best Buys, visit my site www.MontecitoBestBuys. com from which this article is based. •MJ






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843 Park Hill Lane 1-4pm $8,995,000 5bd/6ba Tim Dahl 886-2211 1813 Fernald Point Lane 2-4pm $6,950,000 4bd/4ba Dan Johnson 895-5150 2225 Featherhill Road 1-4pm $6,750,000 6bd/6.5ba Bob Lamborn 689-6800 2225 Featherhill Road 1-4pm $6,750,000 6bd/6.5ba Bob Lamborn 689-6800 1250 Pepper Lane 1-4pm $5,495,000 4bd/4ba Laura Collector 451-2306 745 Lilac Drive 2-4pm $5,450,000 4bd/4.5ba Jenny Hall 705-7125 923 Buena Vista Drive By Appt. $5,295,000 6bd/6.5ba Frank Abatemarco 450-7477 470 Hot Springs Road 1-4pm $4,950,000 4bd/5ba Linos Kogevinas 450-6231 2332 Bella Vista Drive By Appt. $4,595,000 3bd/4ba Frank Abatemarco 450-7477 187 East Mountain Drive By Appt. $3,950,000 4bd/5.5ba Frank Abatemarco 450-7477 595 Freehaven Drive 1-3pm $3,475,000 7bd/5.5ba John Comin 689-3078 1107 Clover Lane 1-4pm $3,295,000 5bd/3ba Laurel Abbott 455-5409 104 La Vereda Road 1-4pm $3,295,000 4bd/3.5ba Arthur Kalayjian 455-1379 1375 Plaza De Sonadores By Appt. $2,995,000 2bd/2.5ba Patrice Serrani 637-5112 82 Humphrey Rd. 1-3pm $2,995,000 1bd/3ba Michelle Damiani 729-1364 193 East Mountain Drive 1-4pm $2,980,000 3bd/5ba Karen Davidson 320-2489 216 Ortega Ridge Road 1-3pom $2,950,000 4bd/4ba Mark MacGillvray 886-7097 1520 Lingate Lane 1-4pm $2,570,000 3bd/2.5ba The Olivers 680-6524 1520 Lingate Lane 1-4pm $2,570,000 3bd/2.5ba The Olivers 680-6524 244 Hot Springs Road 1-3pm $2,495,000 3bd/3ba Barbara Neary 698-8980 647 Chelham Way 1-4pm $2,388,000 4bd/3ba Troy G Hoidal 689-6808 2727 East Valley Road 1-3pm $1,875,000 4bd/3ba Ray Sullican 689-2233 58 Seaview Drive By Appt. $1,798,000 2bd/2ba Leslie McFadden 252-4541 614 Tabor Lane 1-3pm $1,580,000 3bd/3ba Dick Mires 689-7771 700 Westmont Road 1-3pm $1,250,000 3bd/2ba Lynda Bohnett 637-6407 1032 Fairway Road 1-4pm $990,000 2bd/2ba Bonnie Jo Danely 689-1818 1220 Coast Village Road #208 2-4pm $979,000 2bd/2ba Maureen Mcdermut 570-5545

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Aed, CPR, First aid (909) 915-9163 or PHYSICAL THERAPY House calls for balance, strength, coordination, flexibility and stamina to improve the way you move. Josette Fast, PT36 years experience. UCLA trained. House calls 805-722-8035

SPECIAL/PERSONAL SERVICES I will write it for you! You have lived an amazing life, let’s get it on paper. Publishing Services too! Free consultation 805-794-9126 Fit for Life Customized workouts and nutritional guidance for any lifestyle. Individual/ group sessions. Specialized in CORRECTIVE EXERCISE – injury prevention and post surgery. House calls available. Victoria Frost- CPT &

Professional Business or Personal Home/Office Management Bookkeeping, Correspondence Organizing, Filing Travel Arrangements, Errands Incredible References 805-636-3089 Marketing and Publicity for your business, non-profit, or event. Integrating traditional and social media and specializing in PSAs, podcasts, videos, blogs, articles and press releases. Contact Patti Teel


PERSONAL ORGANIZER Helping you make decisions and take action on what to keep, sell, or donate in overcrowded closets or cluttered homes. Donna Benson CAREGING SERVICES Experienced caregiver I have taken care of both people with dementia, physically handicapped and the very sick. I am 44 years old, very dedicated and caring; Many Montecito refs and reasonable. 805 453 8972. One-on-one care position sought by former and retired RN, part time or live-in. Call for interview at 805 845-0520 RN seeking Private duty position. Elder care, post op care, IV therapy. Healthy cook. Resume & references available. Sharon 570-4917 Caregiver/companion looking for a position, live-in or out. 15 yrs experience. Excellent local references. Call Marge 805 450-8266. Middle aged European gentleman fluent in Italian, Spanish and English is offering elderly care services and domestic help. I am patient, compassionate and trustworthy. Allow me to drive you to doctors appointments, cook, help manage your household and do your grocery shopping. References upon request. 805-450-3949. REVERSE MORTGAGE SERVICES Reverse Mortgage Specialist Conventional & Jumbo 805 565-5750 gnagy@ Montecito Journal Advertising Schedule No mortgage payments as long as you live in your

Personal Trainer 35 years experience. Free consultation. Customized nutritional plan available. Hourly rates Special deals on monthly packages. Montecito/Santa Barbara 941 350-8210.

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PIANO LESSONS Santa Barbara Studio of Music seeks children wishing to experience the joy of learning music. (805) 453-3481.

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POSITION WANTED Groundskeeper, landscape designer/ installer with 17 years experience/education in design and horticulture interested to relocate to Montecito/Santa Barbara area permanently. Seeking a live/work situation whereby I take care of grounds in exchange for room and small weekly salary-All negotiable. Excellent personal and professional references upon request. My company website is Please contact: Or call 310-995-8959


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CONDOS & HOMES FOR SALE NEIGHBORHOOD SEARCHES MONTECITO 189 from $795,00 to $125M RIVIERA 25 from $860,000 to $5.25M MESA 32 from $619,000 to $3.85M GOLETA 123 from $328,000 to $50M Kevin Young #00834214 Berni Bernstein #00870443 63 years Buyer Brokerage Experience Coastal Properties, Broker #01208634 805-637-2048, COTTAGE/HOUSE WANTED LANDLORDS LOOK NO MORE !!! *Quiet, clean, single male professional in need of a guest house, cottage, detached residential single unit with full kitchen and possible laundry hookups (laundry appliances included, a plus!) for long term tenancy. *Unfurnished desired, *No pets, *None smoker,*Excellent local references available *Areas desired: Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and Santa Barbara CALL EMIL 805-335-7008 SHORT/LONG TERM RENTAL Santa Barbara Short Term fully furnished Apartments/Studios. Walk to Harbor & Downtown. For family, friends and fumigation, etc. Day/Week/Month 805-966-1126 LIVE YOUR VACATION Ocean views from every room!! Beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath and office home in private, gated Summerland community available June 1st - October 30th. Fully furnished and tastefully appointed. $9,500. month, utilities and housekeeper included. 805 637-2476 Montecito Butterfly Beach Area Unfurnished long term, 2Bd, 2 1/2Ba Beamed ceilings, fireplace, wood floors $5200/mo. 2 car garage. Please no pets, No smoking, Sunset Management Services 805/692-1916

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WOODWORKING SERVICES FROM CABINETS TO FURNITURE REFINISHED – REPAIRED AT YOUR CONVENIENCE. BIG MIKE 805 422-9501 Artisan custom wood works, all types of repairs on doors Windows furniture kitchen and bath cabinets, fabrication and installation of crown moldings counters etc. small jobs welcome, appliances don’t fit call me Ruben Silva cell 805-350 0857. Contractor’s LICENSE #820521 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Earn $1,000,000 yearly residual

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$6,600,000 | 730 Lilac Dr, Montecito | 5BD/5BA Nancy Kogevinas | 805.450.6233

$5,495,000 | 117 Crestview Ln, Montecito | 5BD/6BA Marsha Kotlyar | 805.565.4014

$37,500,000 | 1104 Channel Dr, Montecito | 5BD/6½BA Phyllis Noble | 805.451.2126

$17,200,000 | 1127 Hill Rd, Montecito | 4BD/4½BA Phyllis Noble | 805.451.2126

$12,900,000 | 2381 Refugio Rd, Gaviota | 1440± acs (assr) Kerry Mormann | 805.689.3242

$10,500,000 | 1174 Glenview Rd, Montecito | 5BD/6BA Daniel Encell | 805.565.4896

$8,995,000 | 843 Park Hill Ln, Montecito | 5BD/6BA Tim Dahl | 805.886.2211

$8,950,000 | 1711 E Valley Rd, Montecito | 5BD/7BA Nancy Kogevinas | 805.450.6233

$7,950,000 | 735 Picacho Ln, Montecito | 5BD/5½BA Daniel Encell | 805.565.4896

$6,495,000 | 974 Park Ln, Montecito | 2+BD/2+BA Anderson/Hurst | 805.618.8747/805.680.8216

$5,995,000 | 835 San Ysidro Ln, Montecito | 4BD/5BA Hamilton/Simmons | 805.284.8835

$4,950,000 | 4990 Foothill Rd, Carpinteria | 18± acs (assr) Kerry Mormann | 805.689.3242

$3,500,000 | 4711 Foothill Rd, Carpinteria | 10± acs (assr) Kerry Mormann | 805.689.3242

$3,500,000 | Camino Real, Gaviota | 83± acs (assr Kerry Mormann | 805.689.3242

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