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THE SCORE Cristian Carrara celebrates world premiere of Machpelah (“Cave of the Patriarchs”) at the Granada. The cello vs. violin dialog is “a mission of love,” says the Italian composer, who will hear it played for the first time with an American audience (interview begins on page 27)

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 5 On the Water Front Bob Hazard dips into Montecito’s water strategy, the need for long-term planning, groundwater, conservation cuts, and a deluge of details 6 Montecito Miscellany Katy Perry and Russell Brand; Oprah talks mental illness; Ellen DeGeneres awards; Granada Tower space; The Walk to Elsie’s; model Anne Ewers; Top of the G season; MAW with NY Philharmonic; Orlando Consort; author J.K. Rowling; Playboy Mansion up for grabs; and Queen Elizabeth’s weekend retreat 8 Letters to the Editor John Lanzetta is seeing green; Dave Willett on food for thought; Nan Withington writes about immigration; John Burk on Lamont and water; Dana Newquist meets the Grinch; Pete Dal Bello thanks Paul Musgrove; Daphne Moore on guns; Dominic Habibi on transport network companies; and Rooster Bradford crows about Venezuela 10 This Week Docent training; MERRAG meeting; Tattoos & Scrimshaw; exhibit opens; talking French; Street Scene Daydream; Mission Rose Garden Pruning; politics luncheon; Mindfulness Meditation; Common Good talk; MUS board; Montecito planning; SMM docent training; MUS food drive; Laguna Blanca; West of the West; Capacitar healing; documentary screening; art classes; Adventuresome Aging; Cava entertainment; brain fitness; Story Time; Italian conversation; farmers and artisans markets; Cars & Coffee; and Boy Scouts 11 Tide Guide Handy chart to assist readers in determining when to take that walk or run on the beach

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12 Village Beat Montecito Association holds annual meeting and appoints new president and directors; MBAR reviews Biltmore plans and public restroom project in upper village; and fire chief Chip Hickman responds to reader’s letter 14 Seen Around The Country Bear essentials: Lynda Millner follows the path – courtesy of son Dan and his wife, Alli – to Three Rivers, California, gateway village to Sequoia National Park 21 World of Wine Eva Van Prooyen delves into the Central Coast Wine Classic, which has been invited to the Naples Winter Wine Festival in Florida at month’s end 26 On Entertainment Steven Libowitz exchanges words with Love Letters star Carol Burnett; Nir Kabaretti conducts Cristian Carrara’s Machpelah; Camerata Pacifica presents “Steampunk”; and Les Pêcheurs de Perles 33 Your Westmont An exhibition features a trove of 19th-century French paintings 34 Our Town Joanne Calitri chronicles Speaking of Stories and 12th Night, hosted by Carolyn Butcher and Michael Perry 36 The Way It Was Hattie Beresford paints another picture of Alexander Harmer, his wife, and their presence in Santa Barbara; the exhibit “Gathering and Celebrations” runs until February 7 at the SB Historical Museum 40 Legal Advertising 41 Movie Guide 42 Calendar of Events David Cook at Chumash; MaMuse at Ojai; SOhO hosts Palmer Jackson; benefit concert in Gaviota; Zephan and The Tribe; Speaking of Stories; Jen Zahigian exhibit; SB Dance Theater’s 40th year; and film focus at UCSB 45 Real Estate View Mark Ashton Hunt looks back at the 2015 housing horizon and details five of his favorite Montecito buys of the year gone by 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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by Bob Hazard

Building a Water Strategy for Montecito


he entire State of California uses some 87.4 million acre-feet per year (AFY) of water. Half that water is devoted to environmental use – untamed rivers in northern California, wetlands, and stream releases. The environmental portion is off the table and untouchable. That leaves the remaining 43.7 million AFY of non-environmental water to be divided 78% (34 million AFY) to agriculture and 22% (9.6 million AFY) to urban residential and industrial use. The tiny 3,331 AFY used by the Montecito Water District (MWD) in the last water year is only a mini-drop in the California water bucket, i.e. .000039 of all the water used.


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The Need for Long-Term Strategic Planning

Last month, MWD Board newcomer, Charles Newman, strongly urged the board to appoint a “Strategic Planning Committee.” Newman’s motion passed with action to be taken at the January board meeting. This belated, but vitally needed, policy change should be widely applauded. The beginning of a new year, coupled with the arrival of a new general manager, is the perfect time to begin the strategic visioning process, starting with a realistic situational analysis, followed by a rigorous cost and time analysis of alternative options. Here is my summary of the issues that an effective long-range plan needs to address:

Lack of Groundwater

MWD consistently claims that Montecito has less stored groundwater reserves than its neighbors in Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Barbara. A predictable shortage of groundwater reserves should have set off alarm bells years ago, increasing the urgency to identify and establish extensive water banks in wet years to mitigate Montecito’s lack of groundwater in drought years. Worse, some 500 to 1,000 Montecito homeowners have drilled wells to tap into limited groundwater basins to supplement water supplies they purchase from MWD. There are 500 to 1,000 private wells unmanaged by MWD. No one knows for certain how many wells there are or how much water they produce. We do know that in the last three years of drought, new well permits from the County have soared. Unrestricted groundwater pumping depletes groundwater basins, leading to dry wells and overdrafts. MWD owns or partially owns only 11 wells. Best guess for 2016 water production from the wells owned by MWD: 425 AFY.

Conservation Cuts MWD Revenues

Montecito can take pride in having the best conservation record in California during the current drought, reducing use by 46% compared to 2013, thanks to mandatory rationing. Unfortunately, with conservation comes sharply reduced MWD revenues. Back in 2012, Montecito sold 6,500 AFY of water. Budgets were balanced, water rates were affordable, and Montecito was green. Community conservation has driven water use down to 3,331 AFY in 2014-15. In normal years, water sales account for more than 70% of MWD total revenue; in 2015-16, reduced water sales from conservation will account for only 45% of MWD revenue.

Unsustainable Business Model

Sales of only 3,331 AF of water cannot support the fixed costs of our tiny water district without substantial rate increases. If El Niño delivers a deluge of water, MWD sales could be further reduced, forcing rates even higher. MWD will impose another mandated 7.4% increase in rates and meter charges in July, but still projects a $1.6 million loss on $7.8 million in water sales in 2015-16 to be made up by an appropriation from already depleted financial reserves.

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The “Green” Drought


alifornia’s drought is a double-whammy of natural and human impact. Californians may have no choice but to endure nature’s rainfall shortfall, but they do have a choice to correct the human actions that exasperate the problem: the state’s inadequate water storage and conscious diversion of usable fresh water away from human use. The Journal’s articles on the coming salvation of desalination are encouraging. But let’s hope environmental groups don’t commandeer the majority of this “new” water as they do the old. From source to use, here’s what goes on: The Earth essentially maintains a finite supply of water. We have what the dinosaurs had: water continually recycling through precipitation, transpiration, evaporation, condensation, and back again into precipitation. California averages 200 million acre feet of such precipitation as rain and snowfall yearly. Two-thirds van-



ishes through natural transpiration and evaporation. The remaining third either finds its way into the underground aquifers (groundwater usage accounts for a third or more of the state’s total water usage), or flows on the surface of the ground into rivers and streams (supplemented with about four million acre feet of water the state imports from the Colorado River Basin). Two Problems The first problem: every year, an estimated 30 percent of nature’s precipitation residue – enough to supply the water needs of the entire Silicon Valley for two years – is forever lost, flowing away to the bay, ocean, and other salt sinks. State and federal regulations – particularly draconian ones in 1992 and 2009 – effectively deny new water projects that could capture much of this vital resource. Such restrictive regulations are championed by environmental groups espousing

harm to flora and fauna if new surface or underwater reservoirs are built. Bottom line, through the state’s existing reservoirs, dams, pumping stations, aqueducts, and other water distribution and conveyance infrastructure, California winds up “managing” about 45 million acre feet of water per year. The second problem (likely an eye opener to many): almost half that state-managed water isn’t allowed to reach the people of California. It’s diverted for one environmental pursuit or another. Like protecting the striped bass, a non-native invader that feeds on native baby salmon. Or protecting the tiny delta smelt: state authorities flush the tiny bait fish to safety with trillions of gallons of fresh water to protect them from getting caught in filtering screens when northern water is pumped downstate. Or they just still the pumps altogether. Since environmental groups divert half of what the state distributes, the claim that farmers are using 80 percent is patently inaccurate. Agriculture uses 80 percent of the half that’s not diverted from human use, ergo, 40 percent. And if the precipitation allowed to run off to the seas in the first place were included in the tabulation, agriculture’s usage would be an even lower percentage. At Nature’s Mercy California’s managed water, then, winds up being used 50 percent for environmental concerns, 40 percent by agriculture, and the remaining 10% by all the non-farm businesses and general population of the state. Note the users who use the least get just a dime’s worth of managed water for every dollar they spend for it, yet they are the ones being surcharged and chided to better conserve or be fined, to report their neighbor’s “overuse,” and to dutifully accept that gold is now the new green for their lawns. This is not to suggest we shouldn’t be doing all we reasonably can to preserve native habitats. But it is to suggest we need a better weighting of the state’s water usage of our managed water resource between the realistic needs of California’s human population and unrealistic priorities (non-native and bait fish come to mind) of some environmental groups. Their cited mission to return California to its “natural, pre-industrial norms” simplistically disregards the reality that with a population of 40 million and an economy the fifth largest in the world, the state’s industrial genie isn’t getting back in the bottle any time soon. Notwithstanding what President Obama propounds about mortal man’s ability to affect climatic cycling of the entire planet, we exist at nature’s mercy, barely able to predict tomorrow’s weather much less

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future precipitation levels or climate cycles. Trying to do so is more rain dance than planning. But though Californians have zero say over when it rains or snows in their state, they can and should be saying a lot more about their state’s insufficient storage capacity for the surface water that nature does provide that isn’t collected and the diversion from their use of more than half of the fresh water the state does capture. Repealing Regulations That will mean repealing punishing regulations and enabling fast track permitting for water storage projects. And that can only happen if California voters do a political about-face from their lockstep support of the Democrat monopoly that enables the green coalition to lobby and litigate successfully against increased water storage. In the time that California doubled its population, not a single dam or reservoir was built. Proposals to heighten the existing Shasta Dam upstate, doubling its storage, were nixed. This despite prolonged droughts having always been in California’s climate DNA, including during those nostalgic “pre-industrial” times; in the 1876 drought, tens of thousands of cattle starved as farmers felled oak trees so the livestock could eat the top leaves. Hope certainly springs eternal that desalination will one day provide a reliable source of fresh water; and blessed indeed is California whose full-length coastline abuts the largest ocean in the world. It should be a no-brainer for the state to lead the national experiment toward water independence. But comprehensive desalination projects will be slow developing all up and down land’s end (after all, this is California), so this state’s citizens should be rousing themselves now to insist upon taking back more of the fresh water they pay for but are being denied (and then penalized for the resulting scarcity). Finally, it’s been reported that San Diego’s desalination plant will produce a third of the salt-free water Israel’s plant does at twice the price. In light of that, our planners should be heading over to Tel Aviv forthwith. And hopefully, without environmental zealots in tow. Enough of our water is now at their mercy, and green rumblings are already surfacing, questioning whether the energy needed for such a large-scale reverse-osmosis process will be justified and whether the return of byproduct effluent to the sea in a saltier state than when it was siphoned out will adversely impact marine life ... in oceans that cover over 70 percent of the world and plumb thousands of fathoms deep. Fathom that. John Lanzetta Santa Barbara 14 – 21 January 2016

Medium-Priced Lure

The exchange in last week’s letters between Bob Franco and J.B. (“Trying to ‘Do Well’” MJ #22/1) about old Peabody’s was interesting. J.B. posits the end of medium-priced table service restaurants in Montecito (entrees less than $30) because of Obama Care, minimum-wage laws, and over-regulation in general. But on Saturday, January 9, I checked out the dinner menu at Lure Fish House in La Cumbre mall. They offer table service. The most expensive entree was $25.95. Judging from crowd size, the food must be good. They just opened and must cope with the same health care and minimum-wage constraints as other restaurants. Maybe the end of medium-priced restaurants in Montecito has more to do with local factors [such as] rents that are too high and insufficient local demand. Dave Willett 
Goleta (Editor’s note: You make a good point, as certainly rent plays an important part in the profitability of any enterprise, even ours. However, although I used $30 as a price point for higher-priced eateries, $25.95 for an entree, along with drink, dessert, tax, and tip, is going to bring the average cost of a meal, even at “medium-priced” Lure close to $60 per person. That may qualify as “medium-priced” in today’s restaurant world, but it’s no Happy Meal. Nor does it compare with the old Peabody’s, where one could get away with a full meal, drink, dessert, tax, and tip for under $30. – J.B.)

Help Them Integrate

I am in accord with your response to my piece (“Assimilation or Dual Citizenship?” MJ #22/1). My former husband was a refugee whose country was seized and occupied by foreigners. My four children are “half and half”; my older son is married to a Vietnamese (also a refugee); my other son’s wife is half-German, and I adopted a Taiwanese daughter. Our family is a mini “U.N.” All of us love our country: the U.S.A. I am in sympathy with all the people now being forced to flee their countries because of terror and war, and I heartily agree with your wife; I, too, “fear and loath the direction our country is headed.” My father was a highly decorated Marine hero in France in World War I (he received the Croix de Guerre in France, and another medal pinned upon him by Eddy Rickenbacker). My sister joined the U.S. Navy the day after Pearl Harbor and taught gunnery at Norfolk, Virginia. She died at age 28 from malignant hypertension (I know it was from the stress of her beloved sailors being sent back to the Pacific). President Eisenhower’s doctor was also her doctor at Crile Veterans Hospital in Cleveland. They 14 – 21 January 2016

would feel the same as your wife and I do if they were here today. I love France! My younger daughter studied at the Sorbonne her junior year and did a graduate program in Strasbourg. I have been fortunate to visit France half a dozen or more times. Many readers will be angry about my letter. I can well understand why naturalized U.S. citizens are pleased to also keep their original citizenship. But no other country has been formed of immigrants from all over the world; we were the unique “melting pot.” In spite of the Civil War that nearly broke us asunder, we did manage to imperfectly forge E Pluribus Unum (though racism prevented fruition). Could that have happened if multiple citizenships had been permitted? Now, with millions fleeing their war-devastated countries, who can tell the impact on formerly stable nations as they try to cope with the “wretched of the earth” tossed upon their shores? If peace can be restored, no doubt most would return to help rebuild their countries. If, sadly, peace fails, let us hope that with compassion we will help them integrate with us, for were we not all descendants of immigrants? Nan Withington Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Yes, we are all descendants of immigrants, but at this point in time, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has articulated best what needs to be done: put a stop to all immigration, especially from the Middle East, “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” – J.B.)

Changing Weather Pattern

Bob Hazard recently bemoaned the fact that the farming town of Lamont (where newly appointed MWD manager, Nick Turner, hails from) has much lower water rates and water meter fees than Montecito while their per-capita water usage is much higher during this drought (MWD’s New General Manager” MJ #22/1). He cherry picks statistics to make his point. However, one must ask, “Do you really want to compare Lamont to Montecito?” Let’s compare: Lamont, 3,284 people per square mile; Montecito, 970. Children under 18 per household, Lamont: 66%; Montecito, 24%. Median income per household: Lamont, $33,488; Montecito, $124,844. Median house value, Lamont: $92,850; Montecito, well over $2,000,000. Education level, average resident: Lamont, 62% less than high school; Montecito, 99% high-school or higher.

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This Week in and around Montecito

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 Casa del Herrero Docent Training Today marks the start of Casa del Herrero’s 2016 Docent Training, a three-month weekly training class that is held just once every two years. Docents are trained to lead 90-minute walking tours on the 11-acre National Historic Landmark in Montecito, and in the process learn a great deal about architecture, local history, tile, landscape design, European history, antiques, metal-working, and much more. When: 9:30 to 11:30 am, weekly until April 7 Where: Casa del Herrero, 1387 East Valley Road Info: 565-5653

(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail or call (805) 565-1860) THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 MERRAG Meeting and Training Network of trained volunteers that work and/or live in the Montecito area prepare to respond to community disaster during critical first 72 hours following an event. The mutual “selfhelp” organization serves Montecito’s 13,000 residents with the guidance and support of the Montecito Fire, Water, and Sanitary districts. Today is Cert Module I, Disaster Preparedness. When: 10 am Where: Montecito Fire Station, 595 San Ysidro Road Info: 969-2537 Tattoos & Scrimshaw: the Art of the Sailor Santa Barbara Maritime Museum presents an exhibit celebrating the long history of nautical tattoos and sailor art, with a blend of historical artifacts, archival photos, and contemporary photography. Learn how contact between early


British sailors and the Tahitian people brought forth the origins of Western tattooing culture, and how sailors used tattoos to document their own histories. For example, sailors received certain tattoos for crossing the Equator or the International Date Line. U.S. Navy sailors tattooed the bald eagle on their skin to keep from being conscripted into the British Navy in the early 1800s, and sailors tattooed chickens and pigs on the feet, believing these tattoos would save them during a shipwreck. Visitors will enjoy a gallery of sailors’ tattoos from the lens of photographer Kathryn Mussallem, along with video clips featuring the work of famous American tattoo artist Sailor 
Jerry. A special segment of the show will feature local tattoo artist Sebastian Orth from Otherworld Tattoo. Orth has been tattooing for 20 years, and his art and photos of him tattooing will be featured in the exhibit to give it a local flavor. In addition, a coloring book for children

featuring “flash” tattoo drawings will be available for kids to take home. Interactive elements for this exhibit include a short video and a tattoo machine with audio that will project the creation of a tattoo onto the arms of visitors while describing the significance of the chosen design. When: 5:30 to 7 pm Where: 113 Harbor Way Info: or call (805) 962-8404, x115 Exhibit Opening Artists RT Livingston and Francine Kirsch will display their work on the walls of Montecito Aesthetic Institute.

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Artists’ Reception is tonight. When: 5:30 to 7:30 pm Where: 1150 Coast Village Road, Suite H Info: 565-5700 FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 French Conversation Group The Montecito branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library System hosts a French conversation group for those who would like to practice their French conversation skills and meet others in the community who speak French. Both native speakers and those who

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learned French as a second or foreign language will participate, and new members are always welcome. When: 2 to 3 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Street Scene Daydream “Street Scene Daydream” is a solo exhibition presented by photographer Jen Zahigian at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara. The show will run January 15 to February 18, with the opening reception tonight. More than 20 photographs will be on exhibition, drawing from a body of work spanning seven years. With “Street Scene Daydream” Zahigian’s lens captures worn-out, offbeat and forgotten corners from California to Detroit with both a quiet watchfulness and the “dreamy, sunny, colorful” expression for which she’s gained recognition. Zahigian held her first solo exhibition in 2007, and has participated in solo and group exhibitions each year since. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications including The Sun and NBC New York’s Roadside America in Pictures. Several of her photographs can be found in galleries across the state, including SFMOMA Artists Gallery, SLATE Contemporary in Oakland, Wallspace in Los Angeles, and in private collections internationally. When: 5 to 7 pm Where: The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House on the corner of Garden and East Victoria streets in Santa Barbara

Barbara Republican Club about “The State of the GOP, Candidates and Issues” at La Cumbre Country Club When: 11:30 am Where: 4015 Via Laguna Cost: $25 Reservations: 684-3858 SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 Mindfulness Meditation A half-day retreat with guided meditations from Radhule Weininger, MD, PhD. All levels welcome. When: 9:30 am to 1 pm Where: La Casa de Maria, 800 El Bosque Road Cost: donation Info: 969-5031 Conversations for the Common Good Many individuals have been impacted by the use of deadly force by the police in our country. This event is intended to provide deeper clarity about this topic. A panel of those impacted, members of law enforcement, and the justice system will join in dialogue, music, and contemplative experience. This event will be facilitated by IHM John Mutz, a former Los Angeles police officer and a national change agent regarding policing. He recently appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show. When: 2:30 to 5:30 pm Where: La Casa de Maria, 800 El Bosque Road Info:



Annual Mission Rose Garden Pruning Event The City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department is calling all gardening enthusiasts for the Annual Mission Rose Garden Pruning Event. The scenic Mission Rose Garden — known as the A.C. Postel Memorial Rose Garden since 1984 — contains more than 1,500 rose bushes and is maintained throughout the year by Parks and Recreation staff and members of the Santa Barbara Rose Society. Training and refreshments provided. Volunteers should bring a pair of garden gloves and pruning shears with them to the event. When: 9 am to 1 pm Where: The garden is located just opposite the Santa Barbara Mission, on Plaza Rubio between Laguna Street and Emerson Avenue

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

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 Montecito Planning Commission Meeting MPC ensures that applicants adhere to certain ordinances and policies and that issues raised by interested parties

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 Documentary Screening Meet director Laura Bialis who will discuss and screen her new documentary, Rock in the Red Zone, a personal view from the ground on the front lines of an endless war, and a powerful exploration into the lives and art of musicians struggling to create in a conflict zone. Bialis returns from Tel Aviv to her hometown of Santa Barbara to premiere her film. Rock in the Red Zone is music story that turns into a war story that turns into a love story resonating across boundaries and borders. The film recently opened to critical acclaim in Israel; called “one of the best Israelis documentaries ever” by David Brinn from the Jerusalem Post and “A Must See” by Maariv. The film is extremely personal to Ms Bialis, who will host a Q&A following the screening. The film features the people and musicians of Sderot, Israel, including Avi Vaknin, who will also appear at the Marjorie Luke to perform after the screening. When: 7:30 pm Where: Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota Street Cost: $12 Info: (800) 838-3006 or online at

are addressed. When: 9 am Where: Country Engineering Building, Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E. Anapamu SBMM Intensive Docent Training A 9-week series of lectures on local maritime subjects and how to present them to the public; the docent training program will feature a variety of esteemed guest speakers and provide a broad understanding of both local maritime history and how to introduce people of all ages to the museum’s collections. Docents also have opportunities to help with the Tall Ship Program for 4th-grade students in the fall, the annual Harbor and Seafood Festival in October, Summer Youth activities, and Science Night events throughout the year. Maritime subjects continue to be covered in monthly docent talks that are open to all SBMM volunteers. When: 9:30 am, every Wednesday until March 16 Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way Cost: free RSVP:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 Food Drive at MUS To benefit Santa Barbara Foodbank, donations can be left in the school’s parking lot in the morning during drop off. Items needed include baby food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, rice, soup, and canned goods. Where: 385 San Ysidro Road Open House at Laguna Blanca Parents are encouraged to attend as an introduction to the Laguna community. This event offers a peek at life as a Laguna student and the opportunity to tour the school, meet and ask questions of teachers and administrators, and learn about the curriculum in each grade. When: 9:30 to 11 am Where: Montecito Campus, 260 San Ysidro Road Making West of the West Santa Barbara Maritime Museum presents a lecture by Brent Sumner and Peter Seaman
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arlier this week, the Montecito Association (MA) Board of Directors held its 68th annual meeting, marking the retirement of three directors, the appointment of three new directors, and the reappointment of three incumbent directors. Outgoing president Cindy Feinberg discussed the accomplishments of the board the past year, saying that her goals in leading the association were to increase community outreach, as well as get more involved with issues surrounding the drought. Feinberg said the board achieved those goals and others, including weighing in on the Miramar Hotel project and staying involved in the Highway 101 expansion project via continued partnership with the County and Caltrans. The board also spent time discussing short-term vacation rentals, weighed in on hillside development regulations, provided a community forum for projects including the YMCA remodel and Casa Dorinda expansion, held a community meeting on flood preparedness, and formed a water committee to discuss water supply, rates, and alternative water sources, and held successful Village Fourth and Beautification Day festivities. “It’s been a very busy year for our board, staff, and committee members,” Feinberg said. In addition to thanking the board and MA members for their support, Feinberg thanked executive director Victoria Greene and office coordinator Susan Robles for their work over the last year. Feinberg stepped down from the board, with plans to stay involved on multiple committees. Jean von Wittenburg also stepped down from the board, after serving for 15 years. Von Wittenburg served on the Beautification Committee for 30 years and told us she will continue work on Beautification, as well as with the Braille Institute and Santa Barbara Zoo. Board member P. Gerhardt Zacher, who did not attend the meeting, also stepped down from the board. There were six vacancies left; three of those were filled by incumbents Frank Abatemarco, Michele Saltoun, and Barbara Mathews. New board members were appointed: Cori Hayman, who currently serves on the Land Use Committee and will now serve as Land Use chair, Harry Kolb, who served on the board 2003-2005, and Frank Blue, a Montecito resident. New board officers were also cho-

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sen, with Aaron Budgor taking the role as president, Cliff Ghersen remaining as vice president, Charlene Nagel serving as second vice president, Tom Schleck remaining as treasurer, and Trish Davis continuing her role as secretary. Budgor said he hopes 2016 will bring more successes to the MA and has asked that every director lend his or her support to one or more committees. After the annual meeting, the monthly meeting began, with reports from various community members. Montecito Sanitary District general manager Diane Gabriel reported that the District is continuing to work on its sewer main rehab project, which consists of relining sewer lines throughout Montecito through the end of April. Gabriel said her board is currently looking at rate structures and will hold public meetings this spring to gain input from District customers. Gabriel also reminded the board that any sewer issues should be addressed by the District first, before plumbers are called. “If you are having sewer problems, call us first – that’s what we are here for, and it’s what you pay for!” she said. Tammy Murphy, Montecito Union School’s superintendent, reported that her board is continuing to work on upgrading the campus and working on a project that will be funded by a ballot measure to be voted on in the general election this November. The project will consist of life, safety, health, and ADA improvements; the cafeteria and multipurpose room component has been eliminated from the plans, Murphy reported. “It’s a much smaller scale of work, which will address the most urgent issues at the school,” she said. Murphy also said traffic on San Ysidro Road and School House Road continues to deteriorate, and she has requested extra help from the sheriff’s department and County Public Works to monitor the situation and help improve it. Murphy mans the crosswalk in front of the school each morning and afternoon, and told the board she has been nearly hit by a car on three occasions. “I refuse to wait until there is an accident with one of our kids before changes are made,” she said, adding that distracted and speeding drivers are the main concern. Fire chief Chip Hickman was also

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from inside the dumpster. That was a bit of a shock. “I got out of there in a hurry,” Dane said. Bear-proofing garbage cans is a big business right now. As the bears get full they will head to higher ground for a long winter’s sleep. For a couple of years, there was a bull on the loose near Dane’s house. No one seemed to want him, and we made sure to keep out of his way on our neighborhood walks. Then someone came with a truck and whisked him away. After all, he was a perfectly good bull. Each time I visit, I like to go and see the 105-year-old post office that is

still operating. It actually belongs to the even smaller village of Kaweah, population 480 souls – so says the sign as you enter “town.” There isn’t any town, just residences and animals. The 10-by-12-foot building recently suffered damage from several large live oak branches that blew down on it. It’s now been put back together again and open for business. They had a small celebration for their small post office. “Kaweah got its start in 1886 when it was called the Kaweah Cooperative Colony, which was a Utopian project. For several years, it attracted international attention and many settlers came here and actually did much to

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SEEN (Continued from page 17) My son’s front yard

How now, brown cow!

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General Sherman trunk gains enough new wood to equal a large tree of most other species. Another stop would be the Tunnel

Log. The tree fell across a park road in 1937 due to natural causes. The following year, a crew cut an 8-foot-tall and 17-foot-wide tunnel through the


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tree trunk so the road was once again open to cars. Moro Rock is a granite dome located in the park center. There’s a 400-step stairway built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps so visitors can hike to the top for an incredible view. The park is known for its more than 240 caves, including California’s longest – 20 miles. The only one you can visit, and it must be with a guide, is Crystal Cave, which is the second longest at 3.4 miles. It was discovered in 1918 and has a constant temperature

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Snow on the peak in the park

of 48 degrees. Of course, there are park campgrounds, but if you’re not into that try the lodge. The drive from Santa Barbara to Three Rivers is 4 to 4½ hours, over the Grapevine and by Bakersfield. It’s 7 more miles to the park. You’ll feel like •MJ you’re in a different world! 14 – 21 January 2016

World of Wine

(from left) Central Coast Wine Classic founder and chairman Archie McLaren, president and CEO of Sunstone Vineyards & Winery Bion Rice, and NeoImpressionist artist JamesPaul Brown with his artwork The Kiss

by Eva Van Prooyen Eva managed Wine Cask Wine Store from 1997-2000, was Public Relations director for Sunstone Winery & Vineyards, and has happily sipped, swirled, and toasted her way through many wine, winery, and vintner interviews.

Central Coast Wine Classic Flies South for Winter


his year, the Central Coast Wine Classic, which brings attention and praise to our area’s wines and winemakers annually, received a prestigious and distinctive invitation to participate in the Naples Winter Wine Festival in Florida, being held January 29 through January 31, with an extravagant auction taking place on Saturday, January 30. Situated alongside the lavish collection of more than 60 lot items donated by the likes of Ferrari, Bvlgari, Krug, and Rolls-Royce, and featuring New York Fashion Week experiences, yachting expeditions, and many luxury worldwide wine selections and travel packages – Auction Lot #19 entitled, “Coasting, Castles, Wine and Art,” zeroes in on the Central Coast wineries in a collection donated by Archie McLaren, founder of the Central Coast Wine Classic; Jim Clendenen and family of Au Bon Climat; Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley of Hitching Post/Hartley-Ostini Wines; Justin Baldwin of Justin Vineyards & Winery; Doug Margerum of Margerum Wine Company; Bob Lindquist of Qupé Wine Cellars; Bion Rice of Sunstone Vineyard & Winery and Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio; Rosemary, Johnine, and Brian Talley of Talley Vineyards & Winery; and Neo-Impressionist Artist James-Paul Brown. Winning bidders of Auction Lot

#19 will receive exclusive full event access to this August’s Central Coast Wine Classic from Hearst Castle in San Simeon to Santa Barbara for two couples. Each couple will be presented with an original work of art created by renowned Neo-Impressionist artist James-Paul Brown during the winning bidder’s stay, and the package includes all lunches, dinners, ground transportation to the various events, and round-trip airport transfers, plus the following wines: 1 – 9 Liter 2014 Artiste La Musique Bordeaux Blend, with a hand-painted canvas label by artist James-Paul Brown 1 – 9 Liter 2014 Sunstone EROS Bordeaux Blend, with a hand-painted canvas label by artist James-Paul Brown 1 – 5 Liter 2012 Au Bon Climat Isabelle Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 1 – 5 Liter 2011 Qupé Wine Cellars Bien Nacido X Block 30th Anniversary Syrah 1 – 3 Liter 2012 Hitching Post Highliner Pinot Noir 1 – 3 Liter 2013 Justin Vineyards Winery Isosceles 1 – 3 Liter 2013 Margerum Barden Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 1 – 3 Liter 2013 Talley Vineyards & Winery Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 6 – 750 ml 2011 Qupé Wine Cellars

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Bien Nacido X Block 30th Anniversary Syrah “Nothing like this has happened before. The Central Coast Wine Classic has never been invited [to the Naples wine auction],” says Archie, adding, “This is the most opulent item the Central Coast Wine Classic has ever organized and submitted for auction. We’ve donated to various non-profits from Honolulu to Washington, D.C and Emeril Lagasse in Las Vegas and New Orleans, but this is the first one we’ve ever submitted to Naples. It is the most comprehensive package we’ve donated.” Archie notes a Central Coast Wine Classic package donated for Emeril Lagasse in Las Vegas went for $90,000, “but it was nowhere near as opulent.” The Naples Winter Wine Festival itself is in its 14th year, and from 200412 Wine Spectator ranked it number one as the most successful Charity Wine Auction. The festival boasts 550 guests, 420 volunteers, and 2,500 wine glasses for the Festival’s culinary showcase, 65 one-of-a-kind auction lots each year, 12,469 wine bottles auctioned off over 13 festivals, and the bragging rights to their highest-ever $2-million-winning bid for a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe. They have raised $135 million since 2001. This year, a 2016 RollsRoyce Dawn, the first to be produced in the world, finished in an Andalusian White exterior with an Arctic White and Consort Red interior and full Santos Palisander Canadel Paneling is up for auction. Archie explains the way this opportunity came about was through JamesPaul Brown. James, who is known to do a lot for charities, says, “My friends [and Montecito real estate agents] Tom and Nancy Hussey, have some of my paintings. Tom’s brother, Frank Hussey, lives on the East Coast, and is one of the founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival. He is fond of my artwork, and I have painted many paintings for him including one titled The Kiss, which is also the label for Sunstone Winery and Vineyard’s Eros wine. Frank and I had a conversation, and I said I would be happy to submit some artwork; they now have eight of my paintings for this auction.” “James contacted me, and I put together the rest of the auction item with the 2016 Central Coast Wine Classic package and tied everything

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in together with the top vintners of the area,” says Archie adding, “We also created a luncheon with all Central Coast wines that will precede the auction at Naples, and a majority of winemakers and donors for auction lot #19 will be in attendance.” Archie reports they are creating a rare wine dinner for the winning bidders, who will dine with rare and fine wine aficionados and collectors Dr. Blake Brown, Don Schliff, John Tilson, and Archie, at the Santa Barbara Club. They plan to do an additional private prelude to that dinner the night before at El Encanto in the wine cellar room, which holds 14 guests, “We’re going to raid our cellars and really spoil those people,” says Archie.

Our Own Central Coast Classic

Now in its 31st year, the dates for the 2016 Central Coast Wine Classic have been announced. This unparalleled Central Coast five-day wine and food spectacular boasting an array of culinary and wine seminars at special venues, barrel tastings, winemaker dinners, vineyard tours and luncheons, varietal symposiums, vintner-led viticultural tours, a rare wines dinner, a Champagne and caviar symposium, a rare and fine wine and lifestyle auction, and a dinner at Hearst Castle in San Simeon will all be held August 10-14. The Central Coast event dances through San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, making its way from San Simeon through Paso Robles, Shell Beach, Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Buellton, and Santa Ynez to Santa Barbara. “No other wine charity does that,” says the affair’s founder and chairman Archie, adding, “This is an iconic event, and has been in the top ten charity wine events a number of times. We are creating something remarkable and vibrant for the community.” 2016 Central Coast Wine Classic advanced registration is now open. For more information, visit www.central, www.napleswinef, or contact Archie McLaren at or (805) 878-3124 – especially if anyone is interested in placing a proxy bid in •MJ Naples. MONTECITO JOURNAL


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Nearest city to Lamont, Bakersfield; to Montecito, Santa Barbara. In spite of the lower water costs in Lamont, I think most would agree we can afford the costs and would rather be here than there. It can also be inferred that: 1) when water rates are very low, consumers do not conserve much and 2) education levels and an abundance of children can also have an effect on increased water usage. I agree with Bob when he commends Montecito residents for their drastic reduction of water use while in the teeth of a five-year drought and they should be proud. But, I depart from Bob when he promotes a pledge from our new water manager Nick, asking him to “preserve the garden-like atmosphere” of Montecito. A more reasonable pledge would be, “I pledge to continue the semi-rural character of Montecito and guide the measured transition from the water-hungry landscaping measures of the past to the sustainable and drought-resistant vegetation, which is more in keeping with the chaparral of our local foothills.” It is not a stretch to state that we are living in an area that is part of a sea change in weather patterns that is spiraling toward dryness even though we get inundated by occasional storms. Let’s continue to work to conserve, plan, and be smart about our future water usage and not insist on unrealistic pledges. John Burk Montecito (Editor’s note: “Spiraling toward dryness?” The central and southern portion of California is a historically drought-driven area. That there are so many more people living here than in the past is one of the reasons that “dryness” has become more critical. As for me, I’m wondering why the heck our vaunted “marine layer” doesn’t hang around much anymore. – J.B.)

Meeting the Grinch

Since my youth, I thought the “Grinch” was just a mythical character, until I met him recently. Chris Denson and I were busy taking the decorations off the “Community” or “Hathaway Memorial Tree” when the Grinch arrived. He claimed the tree to be obnoxious and unsightly. Chris retorted that if the man didn’t like it, he should “not look at it.” The Grinch continued, and called us “Nazis.” He told us to go back to Nazi Germany. Then he asked, “where is the Menorah”? The Grinch, claiming to be Jewish, continued his blasting of the tree and us, wanting to fight! Perhaps, not paying attention to him made him more angry. I told him to “Go away.” His last comment was that he was going 14 – 21 January 2016

to cut the tree down. I’m not writing this missive as an “Alert.” I believe this disgruntled individual lives in his own angry life and his only weapon is an uncivil mouth. I’m married to a marvelous Jewish woman. Her menorah was on the tree. This is certainly not a comment on the Jewish religion. I believe that community would easily dismiss him. In the attempt to be a concerned citizen, I submit this note. Dana Newquist Montecito

Thanks, Paul

As a Santa Barbara native who will be running for city council in 2017, I want to compliment sign maker Paul Musgrove for repairing the unmaintained signs on both sides of Coast Village Road. Kudos also go out to both the Montecito Community Foundation and Montecito Rotary for funding this project. Many people don’t know that Coast Village Road is part of the city of Santa Barbara. That is why it must have been frustrating that it took nine months to get the permits before the job could be started. On top of that, the project is on city property. The inefficiency of city government is one of the things that has motivated me to run and improve Santa Barbara, especially in District 4 (that includes Coast Village Road), which – if elected – I will be representing in the future. I understand the frustrations of dealing with City Hall, and I will make Santa Barbara a better place to live, work, and play. My thanks to Mr. Musgrove and the two organizations for adding beauty to this important part of town. Pete Dal Bello Santa Barbara

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adds Hutton, president of the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation. “We finished book one with a cliff hanger and started volume two in an entirely new location, Venice, Italy.” Needless to say, the first edition, which features such luminaries as Cole Porter, Louis B. Mayer, Judy Garland, and Christian Dior, has already sold out, but a second edition should be rolling off the presses in April. Hutton, who lives just a tiara’s toss from actress Sharon Stone in Beverly Hills at his magnificent and ornate estate Dawnridge, plans to host a bustling book bash at Tecolote in the upper village in due course. Stay tuned.

Hutton Wilkinson and Flynn Kuhnert write two-volume biography of Elsie de Wolfe

write, being based on “true” stories Hutton was told over a 28-year period working for the uniquely talented designer Tony Duquette. whose clients included the Duchess of Windsor and cosmetics empress Elizabeth Arden. “Every trip to Santa Barbara or San Francisco or Arizona or Tijuana, I would ask him about old Hollywood, working at MGM, about Elsie de Wolfe, and his first trip to Paris, and on and on,” explains Hutton, a supporter of Save Venice and frequent contributor to the Home Shopping Network with his jewelry and other designs. “I wrote the odd chapters and Flynn wrote the even. Then we worked on them all together, putting each into individual points of view. For example, we have Elsie’s thoughts and her husband, Sir Charles’s point of view, as well as those of Tony and the Duchess of Windsor, and on and on until ultimately we are hearing only from Tony and Elsie as the book reaches it dramatic climax.” De Wolfe, who became a prominent figure in New York, London and Paris society – living in grand style at Le Petit Trianon, formerly the home of Queen Marie-Antoinette – before her death aged 90 in 1950 at Versailles. Her works included Manhattan’s Colony Club, designed by architect Stanford White, and probably her greatest commission, coal magnate Henry Clay Frick’s Fifth Avenue mansion, now one of my favorite city museums. “The decision to make this into two volumes was an important one”


Jose DeAlmeida, husband of featured oboe soloist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida; event producer Mary Dorra, SPCPA Board member; with guest featured pianist Warren Jones (photo by Priscilla)

Ewers and Hers With their enormous social media following and star turns as Victoria’s Secret angels in New York under their belts, former Montecito Union School student Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner both seemed the frontrunners for the Models of the Year title. But in the prestigious annual contest, the L.A.-based beauties lost out to a surprising competitor, Vogue cover girl and Alexander Wang muse, Anne Ewers, 22. Industry experts, including stylists, photographers, and editors, named Ewers as top model with Gigi as runner-up. But the peripatetic beauty, who was recently dubbed Global Brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger and is currently dating former One Direction singer, Zayn Malik, was named social media star of the year, despite having just 10.4 million Instagram followers, compared with Jenner’s mammoth fan base of 44.3 million. On a High Note The Top of the G at the Granada launched its latest season with an intimate concert with pianist Warren Jones, a regular with the Camerata Pacifica at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, and Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, principal oboist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1991 and a member of the academy’s faculty for 14 years. Organized for the Premier Patrons Society by board member Mary Dorra, the theater’s Miller McCune Founders Room was suitably gridlocked with bold-faced names for the performance featuring works by Schumann, Brahms, Saint-Saens, John Williams, and a charming 2002 composition of Danny Boy by William James Ross. New York-based Warren, who has performed at the White House for the president of Russia and the premiers of Italy and Canada, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, and been a guest artist at Carnegie Hall, was in his


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Tommy Emmanuel

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On Entertainment Burnett Looks Inside Love Letters

by Steven Libowitz

Carol Burnett stars with Brian Dennehy in Love Letters at the New Vic, Sunday, January 17


arol Burnett moved to Montecito years ago and ever since has been generous with her time for benefits and even worked with the young singers at the Music Academy of the West for a few years, giving the opera hopefuls some cabaret/musical comedy tips. When Antioch College asked the multiple Emmy- and Tony-winning actress to reprise a reading of Love Letters with Brian Dennehy, her longtime friend and co-star in a production of A.R. Gurney’s play on Broadway for five

weeks in 2014 as a fundraiser for the scholarship fund, the answer was once again yes. While it’s doubtful we’ll hear the famous Tarzan yell from her groundbreaking Carol Burnett Show (which ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week, and received 25 Emmy Awards), see any of the fancy costumes she made famous on TV, or witness any musical comedy numbers, we’re still in for a treat. Instead, Love Letters represents a return to the 82-year-old actress’s roots on


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Broadway back in the early 1960s, before she even tried comedy-variety as an outlet that became a career. The play has the actors sitting side by side at tables, though the characters – Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner – never acknowledge each other’s presence as they read the notes, letters, and cards they’ve exchanged over nearly half a century, from childhood friendship through an early romantic connection on into adulthood, where the two separate both physically and in success and accomplishments, staying in touch largely through the correspondence. But there will be plenty of mingling after the performance at the New Vic on Sunday afternoon, when the audience is invited to a post-show party, all of which takes place less than two weeks before Burnett receives the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday, January 30. Burnett recently talked about Dennehy, Love Letters, the SAG Award, and touched on The Carol Burnett Show over the phone. Q. How did this benefit come about? A. Brian and I have done the show many times together. We were on Broadway for five weeks [in 2014]. We’re buddies, good friends. I was in the courthouse with them when they adopted their son years ago in Santa Fe. I just adore him and love working with him. I have such a good time doing the show, so I was really happy when I got the call to do it for a charity here where I live. My gosh, I live here. He’s the one who has to fly out here. I’m looking forward to doing the show with him again. As you just mentioned, you have the history together in Love Letters. Given that the show is about revisiting a relationship over decades, is there a special resonance that happens when you come together because of those experiences? I’ve done Love Letters with other gentlemen, and each time the chemistry is different. I’ve read it with Charlton Heston, Tom Selleck, Leslie Nielsen, John Cleese. Brian and I really click. It’s like how you want to play tennis with a better player, because that makes your game better. He does that for me. He’s a consummate actor. And the nice thing about Love Letters is that it’s heart-rending but it’s also very funny. There are some wonderful moments, and I think we’re able to

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produce those laughs from the script together. Are there aspects of the play that speak to you? I don’t think I connect with (my character’s) frustration and anger – but she is very funny. She’s kind of a lost soul and that’s not me. But in a funny way, my mother was like that. So I draw on some of the frustrations that she faced when she was in her 20s and 30s. But that’s not the whole thing. Other than that, you just get into the character. It’s so well-written that it comes easily. There’s the on-stage party afterward. Is it going to turn into an “Ask Carol” segment? (Laughs.) Oh, I doubt it. I think we’ll just mix and mingle. Let’s turn to the upcoming SAG Award for Lifetime Achievement. Congratulations. It’s about the highest honor there is for an actor. What does it mean to you? It’s very important because it comes from your peers. I grew up going to the movies with my grandmother – they were my first love. In the 1940s, they weren’t cynical – the good guys won, the bad guys didn’t. The musicals were great. The comedies were funny. So when I went into show biz, I never thought that I wouldn’t succeed. I’m not talking about being the name above the title – but that I’d always be able to put food on table, clothes on my back, and a roof over my head. I just wanted to perform, but I didn’t have any idea of the success I would eventually realize, which of course I’m grateful for. And that was just because of the movies. When I moved to New York, I’d never been any farther east than Texas. But I’d think all those Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland movies where they said, “We’re going to go to Broadway and put on a show.” And the next thing you know, it happened. So I thought that’s how it was. I never really got discouraged. Those movies were my imprint – if you have the faith and the fire in the belly, you’re going to make it. How do you think you’ll feel when you’re actually there accepting the award? I’ve been to some of these awards before, for my friend Julie Andrews when she received it, and I’ve seen the others on television. When the cameras pan the audience, it’s wall-towall celebrities and movie stars. And (since) going to the movies was my first love, I know I’m going to look out on the people there and I’m going to feel like I’m a kid again. That’s pretty special. Where does it fit next to Emmys, Tony awards, all that? 14 – 21 January 2016

Oh my, they’re all wonderful. You can’t really compare them. The award is for your lifetime in entertainment. Is there something you are most proud of? It has to be the 11 years of our show. When we first started, the networks didn’t have anything like it. They said comedy-variety was a man’s game. They said, “Oh, it’s not for you gals. It’s for Jackie Gleason, Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, and Dean Martin.” The fact that we proved them wrong makes me feel good. Did you enjoy going back through the early shows to compile the Lost Episodes DVD that came out late last year? Yeah (laughs). But I’m not like Norma Desmond – I don’t have to watch myself. I did look at a lot to help choose which ones to release. It was interesting to see the growth of all of us. It was really fun to go back and see the beginnings and how we evolved. Were there things you’d forgotten? Oh heck yeah. Some things were really funny, but some others made me cringe. I was thinking, “Oh, no! We didn’t do that!” Not everything was a big wonderful hit. This is a super-busy time for you, what with the DVD-set, the SAG Award, a new book, and lots of other projects you’re working on. What you do to have so much energy and verve? What’s your secret? Keeping busy. One thing affects the other. If you’re busy, you don’t have time to think about slowing down, although I do when I have to. Things happen all at once , and then I go months with nothing so I can recharge.

Two of a Kind for Machpelah

Just a couple of weeks after conducting the Santa Barbara Symphony’s lighthearted New Year’s Eve concert for the first time, music director Nir Kabaretti will wield the baton at the Granada on Saturday and Sunday for a more audacious program that features the world premiere of Italian composer Cristian Carrara’s Machpelah, featuring two guest artists in the principal parts of the double concerto. The work from Carrara is a dialog between violin and cello that serves as metaphors for woman and man, as well as cultures in the Middle East; the title is the Hebrew name for the Cave of the Patriarchs, the place in the heart of the old city of Hebron in Israel’s West Bank where the many of the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs are buried in double tombs. It’s a holy place for all of the religions of the area.

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Machpelah: Dialog for Violin, Cello & Orchestra also represents a collaboration between the Santa Barbara Symphony and The Toscanini Philharmonic, which will debut the piece in Europe during its upcoming season. Even the soloists represent separate cultures: Francesca Dego is one of Italy’s favorite violinists, while Robert deMaine is the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Kabaretti, who was already a fan of Carrara’s music before they met when the former was conducting The Nutcracker in Rome over Christmas 2013, was intrigued by the composer’s concept for the piece. “It seemed like a very interesting idea, especially in times like this where the tensions between the cultures are arriving and increasing every day,” Kabaretti said. “There’s a lot of hatred and ignorance. If a composer has a way to bring things together on a musical level, it would be something we could all appreciate. I very much like what he writes, and I wanted to expose our audience to his music.” Kabaretti said he found the score, which he had received only two weeks before, as both charming and important. “It’s very romantic to my ears. There are some ethnic elements, and in the language of the soloists, it seems like there is a look back as if the composer was painting the sound of the Bible through the ancient connotations. I like it very much, and I’m really enjoying learning it.” The conductor, who won’t turn 40 until next January but has already achieved a great deal in his native country, said he believes that local listeners will also enjoy being the first to hear Machpelah. “It’s very tonal and his language is very accessible, not too experimental or avant-garde for our audience. For me, it’s very exciting to come to something completely new, not like a Beethoven, which you know exactly how it should sound. Carrara is very sought-after, very popular in Italy, and France, and Germany, but pretty much unknown here. Maybe we will help open the doors for other things.” Carrara himself is eagerly anticipating hearing the piece live for the first time with an American audience, which he addressed during a phone interview from his home in Italy conducted in early January. Q. What was your inspiration for Machpelah? A. My idea was to write a double concerto that speaks to the place and to men and women. The music is meant to be a mission of love between men and women but also


This double concerto is anthropomorphic, trying to describe the normal life between a couple. I hope you can find the elements of life, the searching, the joy, the sadness, the circle of life. That’s the idea that influenced the form.

Italy’s Cristian Carrara discusses Machpelah

between cultures. In Israel, it’s a very difficult situation because of all the conflict. I wanted to celebrate the eternity of love. The piece is a journey in secret love, the idea of exploring love in a region that is at war. So you have been at the cave? I was there three times in Hebron. Every time I have gone I get ideas, not only about this concerto but also perhaps for a lyric opera. The place is special. You can feel all the sadness of the wars, the history of the cultures, the difficulties for the religions to live together. You have all the questions, the important ones from our lives. I’ve always wanted to write something about it. This is the first step. Next is the opera. Nir has described the piece as a dialog between cultures through the two soloists. Is that accurate for you? I agree, of course. The music is representing the dialog between the cultures but even more [between] man and woman. The violin is the woman point of view. It represents all women of different cultures, the cello all of what is man, through all time. In most religions, we say that God is one part man, one part woman. So the idea is to have the two different instruments dialog together. I try to find a point of fusion. Can you talk about the music itself? The opening movement is “The Cave” – not only Machpelah but also because love can be a cave. The second is “I Dance with My Wife”, because love can be a dance, very dynamic. Third is “The Secrets of Eternity”; this is the more mystical one, because relationships between men and women is like the question of eternity, the unknown. And the last movement is “Man/Woman”, the journey from the cave in Hebron, through the dance, to the contemplation of eternity and finish with just the two persons, man and woman.

Have you incorporated elements of Arabic or Jewish music, folk tunes and such? Only in the third movement, at the start, a very simple Jewish melody. But I’m Italian, so I try to find in my culture, in a typical Italian melody, the possibility to reach a different element. You can listen to the music and feel the Italian culture, as well as the references to the Middle East. In the other movements, I’m only building the atmosphere of the area. I didn’t take melodies from the other cultures, because I’m trying to build the experience of Arabic and Jewish experiences through the Italian music. How are you feeling about having the premiere here in Santa Barbara? I’m excited partly because I’ve never been to California. But also for an Italian composer, it’s very exciting to listen to the playing of your music in another country. Every time is a risk, whether it’s Germany or the United State or anywhere, because I know what Italian people want from music. But I don’t know very well about what people from the U.S. like. So I look forward to learn when I am there, and to see if my music can be good for your culture. So it’s not just a one-way street where we just listen to your music passively? Yes. The composer has to learn from the people about music. In the last 30 years, with the experimental music, it seems composers might have forgotten that people have to actually listen to your music. (Laughs). I think we have to remember that the music needs an audience. It’ s not that you have to write what they want to hear, because that’s just commercial music. But you can learn how you can grow in the music from how it is heard. How does your double concerto fit on the bill with the other pieces on the program: Handel’s Water Music, Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2, and the brass fanfare from Giovanni Gabrieli’s Sacrae symphoniae? I’m very happy, because we don’t do things like this very often in Italy, offering music from different eras. It’s a perfect program because you can travel in time. And I am happy about the Gabrieli because he is a great composer from my region. I hope that people can feel some con-

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nection between his music and mine. Not because the music is similar, but I believe that I am the son of this culture, and that the listener can understand and feel that. Are there any plans for Machpelah to be performed in the Middle East? We are working on it, but it’s very difficult. Playing it in the place where the idea was born would be wonderful because I believe the music can be something more than art. I believe that it’s important to do something to bring peace to this place. Can music make a difference? Oh, yes, of course. Not only music, but art in general can have influence. If people can learn the art, they can better understand other people. For me, art without a social mission doesn’t exist. Music makes you believe that all people can be better.

“Steampunk” Hits Hahn

Camerata Pacifica has committed all the way to its next program, coming to Hahn Hall on Friday afternoon and evening. The administrators and performers have donned costumes for promotional pictures and videos, the graphics in the emails and advertising are striking, and the Facebook page is blowing up. It’s all arranged for Camerata’s latest foray into boundary busting, as the ensemble mashes up 19th-century England with contemporary America, a program inspired by the first piece, David Bruce’s “Steampunk”. The octet captures the anachronistic Victorian techno-feel of the Steampunk movement, and leads into two works from Southern California composers/USC professors Stephen Hartke (“The Horse With The Lavender Eye”, for clarinet, violin, and piano) and Sean

Camerata Pacifica presents “Steampunk” (Amy Harman and Warren Jones), January 15

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Cumbre (Hope Ranch) are at Stage 1 or 2, which are “normal water supply” or “water alert” declarations. Santa Barbara and Goleta have moved to Stage 3, “water warning,” which requires some limitations on landscape watering, but no mandatory allocations or rationing. Of the 450 water agencies in California, MWD appears to have the toughest penalty restrictions. MWD currently relies on an unhealthy $4.8 million in rationing penalties and drought surcharges to help balance its budget. Without these punitive revenues, current water rates could nearly double again.

Desalination Partnership with City of Santa Barbara

MWD is currently in confidential negotiations with the City of Santa Barbara for desalinated water. We do not yet know the volume of water desired nor the negotiated costs. We do know the 2015-16 budget authorizes an additional $1.73 million for desalination consultant costs.

Recycled Water Use

Only 13% of municipal water is cleaned and re-used in California. Singapore recycles 30% of its water. Israel recycles 70%. Montecito Sanitary and Summerland Sanitary discharge nearly 1,000 AFY of treated recycled water into the Pacific Ocean in normal years that could be used for landscaping. MWD lacks the dedicated “purple pipe” delivery system to utilize treated water for landscaping use. Re-using treated wastewater is the darling strategy for environmentalists in Sacramento, which means greater state funding opportunities. Direct use of recycled water for potable use (drinking water) is currently not allowed in California, though recent advanced wastewater treatment technology improvements in San Jose and Orange County presage future use of wastewater mixed directly into the potable water stream. The supply of potential recycled wastewater in Montecito/Summerland is 985 AFY; Carpinteria 1,530 AFY; Santa Barbara 6,400 AFY; and Goleta 6,500 AFY.

Importing Water From Outside the Region

Imported water is affordable when purchased during periods of wetness and banked for drought use. Beginning in 2013, Montecito turned to purchasing, importing, and treating water from north of the Delta and south of the Delta. This was a time of extensive drought and elevated prices. Purchased water is really rented water because MWD not only pays for the water at the time of delivery but is obligated to return a like amount of water at MWD expense within the following five to 10 years. MWD’s current water exchange liability is pegged at $874,290 in the 2015-16 budget. Friar (“Velvet Hammer”, flute, clarinet, piano, double bass, and rock electric guitar). After intermission, Camerata does a Monty Python-esque left turn for Percy Grainger’s treatment of Fauré’s “Après un Rêve” followed by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s Op. 95 Nonet, the F Major Serenade, as gentle and soothing as

Friar’s work is disruptive. Definitely not to be missed.

The 100-year Pearl

The next morning at Hahn brings the Met Opera’s new production of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers) to the Live in HD series, simulcasting the company’s first staging in A scene from Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera)

Lake Cachuma Reservoir

Lake Cachuma, the primary source of water for Montecito, furnished 40% or 2,650 AFY of water to Montecito in 2012. As of December 15, 2015, Cachuma stood at 29,521 AF, or 15.3% of capacity, functionally dry. For the first time in the Cachuma project history, MWD is expecting zero water from Cachuma in 2016, except for the release of carryover water and a possible dribble of State Water.

State Water Project (SWP)

Montecito’s allocation of 3,000 AFY of State Water has been consistently overpromised and undelivered. In 2012, SWP furnished 1,400 AF of water to Montecito. In 2014-15, we received a measly 145 AF, or a 5% allocation. Best guess for 2015-16 is 20% of allocation, or some 600 AF. This year, State Water costs will make up 44% of total MWD operating expense, while supplying 7% of its water. That’s because fixed costs of $5.3 million must be remitted to the State Department of Water Resources (DWR) each year to pay for Montecito’s share of the South Coast conduit of the State Water Project, regardless of whether one drop of state water is received or not.

Jameson Lake/Doulton Tunnel/Fox and Alder Creek Our own Jameson Reservoir, which has a capacity of 5,114 AF, is dry, siltfilled, and drought-stricken. In 2012, Jameson Lake and Doulton Tunnel furnished 2,150 AFY. Best guess for this year: 455 AFY.

Aging Infrastructure

Most of Montecito’s pipes and mains are cracked, brittle, prone to breaks, leaks, and wasted water, and are nearing their 100-year-old birthday. MWD currently lacks replacement reserves for deferred infrastructure improvements, creating an enormous unfunded liability.

The Long-Range Plan

MWD faces a long list of challenges, including its small size and financial restraints that make planning solutions more difficult. This year, Montecito is hoping for a winter of wetness with three months of torrential downpours. Planners know that hope for rain is not a prudent strategy, and that even a strong El Niño is not an alternative to the crushing need for a sensible long-term strategic MWD plan. •MJ a century. The New York Times and New York Magazine have raved about earlier performances, with the former hailing the dream cast of soprano Diana Damrau, tenor Matthew Polenzani, and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien.

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Anne and Michael Towbes before proceeding to the concert (photo by Priscilla)

usual fine form, while DeAlmeida, who features regularly on NPR’s Performance Today, was superlative. Among the musical throng attending on a delightfully rainy evening were Michael and Anne Towbes. Christopher Lancashire, and Catherine Gee, Eve Bernstein, Geoffrey and Joan Rutkowski, Hayley Firestone Jessup, Eric and Nina Phillips, Robert Weinman, Dan and Meg Burnham, John and Jill Bishop, Joanne Holderman, Hal Conklin, Philip and Lee Marking, Jean Rogers, Christine Emmons,

Mahri Kerley, Peter and Linda Beuret, Andre and Michele Saltoun, and Gerald Incandela and George Schoellkopf. An evening to savor. Getting Their Phil In the second year of a continuing partnership with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Academy of the West alumni took part in a once-in-lifetime immersion experience learning directly from musicians and administrators in rehearsals, performances, and educational events

at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center during a 10-day stay earlier this month. Among the musicians were Carl Anderson, double bass, violinists Benjamin Hoffman and Rebecca Reale, cellist Maki Kubota, Nikolette LaBonte, horn, Joe Martinez, tuba, Samuel Sparrow, clarinet, Mark Teplitsky, flute, and Naho Zhu, bassoon. The visit also included tours of the newly renamed David Geffen Hall and private lessons from NY Phil musicians. The trip concluded with a private chamber concert at the Morgan Library and Museum, which houses historic manuscripts from the likes of Haydn,

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Playboy, Part and Parcel The news that Hugh Hefner, 89, has put his six-acre 29-room Playboy Mansion in the rarefied Los Angeles enclave of Holmby Hills, on the market for $200 million, but with the proviso he gets to stay there until he moves to more heavenly pastures, reminds me of my first visit to the estate, wich Heff bought for $1million 45 years ago, in 1979 for the glossy magazine’s 25th anniversary bash. Needless to say, anyone of note was present and I had great fun with actor


Donald Greig, and Robert Macdonald – singing accompanying vocals to the hour-and-40-minute, 1928 silent blackand-white film work by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc. The haunting work focused on the Maid of Orleans trial by church inquisitors and her eventual burning at the stake for her beliefs. A deeply saddening film, but glorious vocal work in the wings by the tony 28-year-old troupe, which includes innumerable works from 1050 to 1550 in its repertoire. Yacht’s Happening Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is trading in her broomstick. The writer, 50, who was formerly receiving unemployment benefits before hitting it big with her wordsmithing wizardry, has just splashed out $35 million on Johnny Depp’s former 156-foot yacht after vacationing on board with husband, Neil Murray, and their children, David, 12, and Mackenzie, 10. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor named the yacht Vajoliroja – a pun on the Jolly Roger flag when said aloud – after his ex-partner Vanessa Paradis and their children, Lily Rose and Jack.




Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling hits the high seas (photo by Daniel Ogren)

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he Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art showcases work by some of the most recognized names in the annals of art history January 14-March 19. “Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism in France” features more than two dozen works from the Leslie RidleyTree collection. An opening reception, Thursday, January 14, from 4-6 pm, is free and open to the public. The exhibition features prominent artists associated with the famed Barbizon, realism and impressionism schools, including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Caillebotte, Jean-BaptisteCamille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Charles-François Daubigny, Narcisse Virgile Díaz de la Peña, Jules Dupré, Henri-Joseph Harpignies, CharlesEmile Jacque, Henri Matisse, JeanFrançois Millet, Théodore Rousseau, and Constant Troyon. “This exhibition features many of the works painted in the Forest of Fontainebleau, but it has a wider scope, blending in a few canvases from other sites,” says Westmont provost Mark Sargent. “It also includes works by impressionists who were strongly influenced by the Barbizon artists’ plein-air practices, such as Alfred Sisley, and Berthe Morisot. There are also two American artists in the exhibition whose work was transformed by what they saw of contemporary art in France: Frederick Childe Hassam and Mary Cassatt.” The exhibition also includes works by Jules Breton, StanislasVictor-Édouard Lépine, and Édouard Vuillard. President Gayle D. Beebe says Ridley-Tree generously donated her art library to Westmont so students would be able to appreciate the beautiful and scholarly tomes. “When I think of Leslie, I also think of this great woman of faith; a woman who loves her neighbor; a woman

who radiates a spirit of hope,” Beebe says. “Another unforgettable attribute of Leslie is her generosity. She lives out the Christian notion of ‘blessed to be a blessing.’ Whatever gifts Leslie has been privileged to receive, she graciously returns to family, friends and the community. She is the model of a wise philanthropist, and I count it as one of the great joys of my life to consider her such a dear friend. She is someone from whom I have learned so much about living life to its fullest.” The museum produced a catalogue to accompany the exhibition, which features a foreword by Beebe, an introduction by Sargent, and artist entries written by professors Mary Collier, Greg Spencer, John Blondell, Christian Hoeckley, Judy Larson, Jim Taylor, Cheri Larsen Hoeckley, Dinora Cardoso, Marianne Robins, Mark T. Nelson, Katherine Calloway, Meagan Stirling, Caryn Reeder, Chris Rupp, Alister Chapman, Lisa J. De Boer, Karen M. Andrews, Richard Pointer, Enrico Manlapig, Nathan Huff, and professor emeritus Tony Askew. Randy VanderMey wrote a poem in response to Díaz de la Peña’s “Mountain Peaks in the Pyrenees”. Paul J. Willis responded to CharlesEmile Jacque’s “Herd of Sheep on the Edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau” with a poem. Steve Hodson composed “Shimmering Water”, a song for piano reflecting on Daubigny’s painting “Cows on the Bank of the Oise”. Staff members Tatiana Nazarenko, Mona Motte Wilds, Rachel Urbano, and Sarah Stanley, as well as students Jenna Haring, a studio art major, and Andrea Larez, a music performance major have contributed entries. “We had many generous sponsors step forward in support of this important exhibition,” says Larson, R. Anthony Askew professor of art history and museum director. “We

would like to say a special thank-you to our lead sponsors: Union Bank and George Leis; Michael W. Kidd in memory of Dr. John B. Jantzen and Benjamin E. Ortega; Mary Beth and Jim Vogelzang; and Sharol and Wayne Siemens. We also thank the Museum Board of Advisors including Christine and Bob Emmons, Walter and Darlene Hansen, Shari and George Isaac, Mark and Arlyne Sargent, the Siemenses, the Vogelzangs and Barry Winick and Linda Saccoccio. Also, many thanks to Dr. Gayle Beebe and Pam Beebe for their support of this exhibition. We are especially grateful to Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree for lending selections from her 19th-century French art collection, and for underwriting the exhibition catalog.” In conjunction with the exhibition,

Paul Tucker, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Boston, will offer a free, public lecture about Monet and French Impressionism on February 1 at 6 pm in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. “Bonjour de France!” a French family day celebrating French culture, occurs Saturday, March 5, from 10 am to 4 pm in and around the museum. The festival, which is free and open to all ages, will include fun activities, crafts, food, music, and performances. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and college holidays. For more information, please visit or contact the museum at (805) 565•MJ 6162.


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At the Speaking of Stories 12th Night affair are hosts (from left) Michael Perry and Carolyn Butcher with Speaking of Stories founder Steve Gilbar

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Speaking of Stories Celebrates 12th Night


arolyn Butcher with husband Michael Perry graciously opened their home formerly occupied by Sinclair Lewis, the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, to host a fundraiser party for Speaking of Stories on January 3. Carolyn is the past president of Speaking of Stories. The first-soon-to-be annual event 12th Night, celebrated all things related to the tradition, including reading from a play, wassailing (aka caroling), cake and punch, champagne and wine toasting to the New Year, lighting of the fireplace, and gathering with friends. All proceeds from the occasion support the Speaking of Stories season and their ongoing “Word Up” workshops for area at-risk youth. Cheerfully welcoming guests at the door check-in was Speaking of Stories executive director Teri Ball. It was a gathering of friends old and new, as guests mingled around


(from left) Actors Tania Israel and Dan Gunther, Speaking of Stories board president Steve Jones, and executive director Teri Ball

Emmy-winning actor and Speaking of Stories regular Joe Spano post-performance of the Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris at the 12th Night event with artistic director Maggie Mixsell

the buffet table indoors and the champagne and wine bar on the patio. Noted guests included Speaking of Stories founder Steve Gilbar and his wife Inge; party sponsors Judy and Rob Engenolf, Gary and Susan Gulbransen, Stephanie Katers, Richard and Connie Kennelly;

Speaking of Stories Board president Steve Jones; Speaking of Stories actor Dan Gunther; Center Stage Theater Board member Pamela Vander Heide; long-time Speaking of Stories subscribers Jeffrey and Leslee Sipress, Ann Moore, Kathryn Dinkin and Jo Wideman, Bicky Townsend, Paul Wills and Deborah Donohue Wills and Linda Burrows; and actor Tania Israel, who will be appearing with Speaking of Stories at Center Stage on Saturday, January 30, as part of Breakfast With Smartasses, a reading of new plays by female writers from Santa Barbara and in Personal Stories II, Santa Barbara Voices first-person true stories performed by their authors February 14-16 as part of the 2016 Speaking of Stories season. The program commenced in the spacious living room with a warm welcome by Carolyn regarding the event and her home. She thanked the guests for their generous support of Speaking of Stories and talked about the new season, starting January with Nothing But Laughs, an annual favorite, a second round of Personal Stories in February launched successfully last season, Tales from the Twilight Zone in March, Madams of Mayhem in April and finishing with Literary Potpourri in May. Carolyn introduced Christina Ball, an opera singer, who led the guests in all four English verses of “The Wassail Song”, which brought much good cheer and camaraderie. Next up was Speaking of Stories artistic director and director of education for the Word Up program, Maggie Mixsell, who selected and directed Emmy Award-winning actor and longtime Speaking of Stories reader Joe Spano to recite David Sedaris’s Santaland Diaries. Christina graciously delivered a capella the aria “Mio Babbino Caro” from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini to the delight and awe of the guests.

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Joe arrived in a holiday flurry sporting a bright-red scarf and wool suit. With a large smile and serious tone, he inquired if everyone was quite comfortable, as he would be acting for the next 32 minutes nonstop reading the Santaland Diaries, which is the story of a man who worked as an elf for Christmas at Macy’s department store in New York City. And so he began, seamlessly and aptly transforming text into a hilarious and vivid journey with him. His method acting of tempo, pitch, pauses, and various cultural accents brought us all into the personal account of the “elf” and literally gave it an emotionally charged read. Ending the piece to a standing ovation, Joe shyly exited the podium and greeted his fans. For my photograph of him with Maggie, he re-played the elf and sat in the antique armchair nearby with her on his lap, Santastyle. Maggie said, “Movie and TV star Joe Spano was my natural choice for the Speaking of Stories fundraiser today. Joe deftly handles text and consistently gives excellent, entertaining, and engaging readings. We settled on the Santaland Diaries, a popular holiday classic. Originally the party was scheduled for early December, but Joe was cast as Marley in the Rubicon’s production of A Christmas Carol. Even though the party had to be scheduled for early January and now set to celebrate 12th Night, we decided to stick with the Sedaris story and as expected, and Joe gave a compelling and very entertaining read!” Guests continued to mingle on the patio and buffet area celebrating with holiday hugs, happiness, and a Speaking of Stories gift bag while looking forward to the 2016 season. 411: Contact: Teri Ball, ED at (805) 9638198 or email: speakingof@sbcoxmail. •MJ com 14 – 21 January 2016

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On January 11, Montecito Board of Architectural Review (MBAR) members heard from representatives of the Four Seasons Biltmore regarding proposed plans to continue a “plunge pool” project on the property. Early last year, crews finished construction on three spa-like structures (referred to as plunge pools) on three patios adjacent to three of the Biltmore guest cottages. Two of the pool additions (located on the Fremont and Ortega cottages) required setback modifications, with architects from AB Design Studio extending the patios of both cottages, pushing the fence lines out 10 feet, encroaching on the front setback of Hill Road. Architect Josh Blumer told the board on Monday that the plunge pools have been received nicely by Biltmore guests, so much so that resort owner Ty Warner wishes to proceed with five additional spas ranging from 49 square feet to 91 square feet. “These cottages are highly coveted by guests,” said Blumer, who went on to say: “The insides of the cottages are upgraded and beautiful, but the outdoor spaces have been neglected. There’s a disparity there.” The plans call for enclosing the patios associated with the cottages and building outdoor space that would be exclusive to each guest cottage. Blumer and agent Steve Welton explained to board members that the 48-inch-deep spas would not be visible from other areas of the property, nor would they be heard, as the screening on the patios would be significant enough to block out the sound of jets. Architects hope to build flagstone wall enclosures with landscaping similar to what is already on site, to help maintain the character of the existing architecture and grounds. MBAR members had many concerns about the project, most of which involved the altered “look” of the resort, which is eligible for Historic Landmark status. Other issues included visual screening of the patios and a loss of open public space. Several areas of brick pathway will be removed to accommodate the 14 – 21 January 2016

endeavor, a move which board member Claire Gottsdanker said she was concerned about. “I walk through the property twice a week, and in order for me to move forward on this, you’re going to need to show a more developed site plan showing exactly what you plan to do for the walls and landscape,” she told the applicant’s reps. Board member Dorinne Lee Johnson also took issue with the project, asking that the plans be reviewed by the Historic Landmark Advisory Commission. “The hotel is not a historic landmark, so there is no need to go to HLAC,” Welton responded, adding that County historian Alex Cole had reviewed the proposed alterations and issued a letter stating that the proposed project would not have an impact on the historic resource eligibility. In addition to the plunge pool additions, Warner is also asking the county for permits to further update the exteriors of the cottage buildings on the property, including the replacement of doors and windows. The board unanimously agreed to

A parking spot near the former home of Clarets Wine Merchant in the upper village will be used to accommodate a public restroom project

schedule a site visit before moving the project forward, despite the applicant’s hope for design approvals by March, in order to have construction complete before the high season. Also at MBAR on Monday: the board unanimously agreed to give the green light to a public restroom

project in the upper village. Owner Norm Borgatello applied to the county for approval to build two restrooms near the former home of Clarets Wine Merchant. One parking spot on the side of the building will be sacrificed for the project, explained the architect •MJ who helped design it.

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The Way It Was

Carmelita and Pancho sing “La Ternura,” a traditional duet accompanied by guitar and violin in Romance on El Camino Real, circa 1907 (Painting and image courtesy of James Main Fine Art)

by Hattie Beresford

The Stories behind Harmer’s Paintings


n 1894, the old Spanish families of Santa Barbara opened their doors to Alexander Francis Harmer, the newlywed husband of Felicidad Abadie, whose family adobe had stood on De la Guerra Plaza since 1826. They opened, too, their memories of times gone by and repeated stories once told around brass braziers that warmed their humble homes. The contents of dusty trunks, filled with clothing and precious possessions of los abuelos, were eagerly shared with this man. After all, he could make manifest the rich culture and history of the Californios through vivid color and detailed expressive scenes. Born in New Jersey in 1856, Alexander Harmer had lived a full and interesting life before turning his artistic attentions to California. At age 13, he had set out to paint the American West before the frontier disappeared, a path that led him to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for training and to service with the United States Army in the Indian Territories for subjects. He was present at the capture of Geronimo in 1883, and his drawings of this time appeared in many national magazines.

Later, Harmer came to California and studied the history of the California missions, which he drew and painted as the ruins they were and as the vital places they had once been. For this artist historian, it was not difficult to transfer his focus from architecture to the people and lifestyles of California’s Spanish and Mexican past. (For more on Harmer, the artist and man, see MJ 12-19 November and 3-10 December, 2015) The current exhibit of Alexander Harmer’s work at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum invites the visitor to this earlier time in California as story after story unfolds through the brush strokes of this observant and intuitive artist.

Romance on El Camino Real

When 25-year-old Jarrett Thomas Richards arrived in Santa Barbara in 1868, the population was less than three thousand and Spanish was still used for public records. The newly minted lawyer found himself in a Wild West town of dirt streets, wooden sidewalks, and a main

Ms Beresford is a retired English and American history teacher of 30 years in the Santa Barbara School District. She is author of two Noticias, “El Mirasol: From Swan to Albatross” and “Santa Barbara Grocers,” for the Santa Barbara Historical Society.

street comprised of Yankee Victorian and Spanish adobe buildings. In establishing a practice, he partnered with another early American resident, judge Charles Fernald. By 1907, State Street had been paved, and many of the adobes had been replaced by brick and mortar. Automobiles had appeared on the main thoroughfare, electric streetlights replaced gas, and an electric trolley supplanted those drawn by mules. Looking back on a vanishing way of life, Richards decided to write a fictionalized account of his early experiences in Santa Barbara. He called it Where the Footsteps of the Padres Fall. Who else to illustrate such a work but the artist of Santa Barbara’s past, Alexander Harmer. In a September 1907 letter written


to the Honorable Thomas R. Bard of Hueneme, Richards says that Harmer, who is “the best painter of the types of characters of the old California and of its costumes and settings, has painted me 13 illustrations, and they are excellent.” Richards tells Bard that his just-completed book is based on many incidents and characters known to him, and that there is much that Bard would recognize, even though the names of people and places are all fictitious. The book, whose title changed to Romance on El Camino Real, wasn’t published until 1914. In Richard’s fictional town of St. Agnes, a young Eastern lawyer named Herman Thomas comes to town in hopes of establishing a practice. One day, a local boy, Pancho Rodriquez, asks him to help the mother of his friend, Carmelita, save the ranchlands she owned from an unscrupulous group of investors. These men had colluded with her uncles in stealing the land, to which they had no legal title, but had boldly sold nevertheless. Harmer’s illustrations for this book are 22.5 x 15 inch en grisaille (in tones of gray) paintings, and several hang in 1525 STATE STREET Santa Barbara, CA

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Careful observation of this scene in front of the Mission, and others in the exhibition, reveals some interesting stories (where’s Fido?) (Courtesy of Warren and Marlene Miller)

the Santa Barbara Historical Museum exhibit. Also included in the exhibit is a copy of Richards’s book, which contains the photogravures of these paintings. (The photogravure process was an early way of duplicating photos and artistic images for inclusion in books.) One of these gouache and oil paintings is entitled Carmelita and Pancho. In this scene, Herman Thomas meets with Father Aloysius and Carmelita’s mother at the family’s home in town. After hearing their story, he agrees to take the case but swears them all to secrecy so that the perfidious scoundrels will not catch wind of their suit. Of course, things go awry when Carmelita is wooed and duped by one of the young American investors, and she nearly comes to ruin. At the conclusion of this first meeting, however, Carmelita and Pancho, who have been idly strumming a violin and guitar that were lying in the deep-set window sill, are asked to play a song. They choose a traditional duet “Canción de la Ternura” (Song of Tenderness.) [Richards gives the words to this song in his book, but to hear the music and a particularly beautiful rendition of the song by the late Argentine folk singers Mercedes Sosa and César Isella, go to com/watch?v=usAev2_w00U.]

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Harmer’s illustration reveals the romance of the moment, the quiet before the storm. Harmer probably used the De la Guerra Adobe for the setting and Felicidad or Ynez as the model. The Santa Barbara Historical Museum has in its collection the guitar and the dress that “Carmelita” is wearing.

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LETTERS (Continued from page 23)

Daphne Moore Montecito (Editor’s note: A front-loading musket would take too long to put into action, but a good old-fashioned 16-gauge double-barrel shotgun could do the trick. Thank you for the suggestion. – J.B.)

Letter to the Mayor

Dear City of Santa Barbara/mayor: I’m writing you this letter because local business is under attack. I am the owner of Village Cab of Santa Barbara. The local taxi industry has been greatly damaged by the advent of the online app-driven transportation companies and we need your help. Companies [such as] Uber and Lyft, otherwise known as transport network companies (“TNC”), are not technology companies. They are car services, and they have come into our town with no regard for Santa Barbara’s laws and regulations and have told the city how the taxi industry is to be run and are acting as if there is nothing that local municipalities can do about it. The TNCs have bypassed any local regulations by creating this new TNC category with the public utilities commission, and it’s not in the best interest of local business, local employees, or the city itself. As taxi business continues to diminish, the city is losing revenue in the form of taxi licensing and permits [22 cents for every cab on the road every day, along with business/ licensing fees]. This amount being only a fraction of the 25 percent TNCs are taking out of our local taxi industry (money otherwise going to local workers), while these companies spend no money in Santa Barbara. The city is also losing local employment as many of the TNC drivers come from out of town, even as far as Los Angeles, for the weekend to drive and take their share of our local industry. Big corporations [such as] Google, Microsoft, and Alibaba, which have

invested in these TNCs are diluting jobs, taking 25 percent off the top of our local industry and walking away with no accountability for drivers’ actions. TNCs’ passengers are left with little to no recourse when their safety is at risk as demonstrated in the following article, one of many similar cases: Victim-of-alleged-Uber-hammerattack-may-lose-eye-5792092.php. This lack of accountability creates a liability for the City, since the City is currently doing nothing to regulate this form of public transportation. I am requesting that the TNCs be required to follow the same regulations as taxi companies. Taxi drivers and their vehicles must go through the following requirements in order to be legal: a special license to drive issued by the city; must pass a drug test; must undergo a thorough FBI background check; must undergo a mechanical inspection every three months; must undergo meter calibration so that rates cannot be changed We’ve all heard of the price gouging that goes on by the TNCs on holidays and during busy times. The taxi regulations are set up for public safety. The TNCs’ lack of regulations or serious employment checks has led to the hiring of drivers with records of child exploitation, identity theft, and manslaughter such as referenced in the following article: la-me-ln-uber-criminal-records20150804-story.html. The way the TNCs are operating is comparable to if a restaurant decided it no longer needed to abide by health codes or minimum wage laws because its customers were making reservations through an app changing it from a restaurant to a food-sharing business. I don’t believe it is the character or fabric of our community to allow big corporations to do so much damage to a local industry. Uber, Lyft, and other TNCs have shifted all the costs of maintaining a taxi fleet onto the shoulders of their

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drivers. That is how they are able to offer such low rates. TNCs undercut the pricing of their competition and earn billions by taking 25 percent of the volume they generate. Their drivers are left to earn subsistence wages when you take into account the cost of maintaining and depreciating their vehicles. Is this really what we want in Santa Barbara? I’m asking for something to be done to protect our city, its residents, and our small local taxi industry. TNCs have become the darling of the public with their low prices while creating cheap labor, destroying an industry and all with a blind eye to safety, creating a dangerous liability to the city. If we can’t follow the examples set by Eugene, Oregon, or the entire state of Nevada, which has banned Uber entirely, then I strongly encourage our city to follow in the footsteps of cities across the nation like Portland and San Antonio, which have suspended Uber’s operations, or at least begin some oversight and regulation to the TNCs. We cannot allow the TNCs in Santa Barbara to continue damaging the local economy. Hence your assistance and action is requested and necessary! Dominic Habibi Owner, Village Cab of Santa Barbara

Venezuela Alert

Everyone with common sense should pay special attention to the ongoing collapse of socialism in Venezuela. Pass on the information to those who need to know. As this is written, the socialist state of Venezuela is in its final days. [A recent] Wall Street Journal byline was “Showdown Looms as Venezuela’s New Assembly Meets.” The fact that there is a new Assembly is remarkable. Let’s refresh our memories. This little country has bumped along, since the 1940s, with a sometimes on and sometimes off democracy. A couple of dictators broke up the process. Like so many South American countries, it has been plagued by corruption. This was especially bad when oil revenue became a big deal. Venezuela does have a constitution and set of laws that should work, but the one thing that makes the difference between the U.S. and South American countries is their lack of a popular demand for the rule of law. Corruption and good ole family obligations run deep in most South American countries. It is just so much easier to pay someone off, than to force a system of law to work. In 1998, with the party system in disarray, a Mr. Hugo Chavez was elected El Presidente. Immediately, he

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declared a “ Bolivarian Revolution” and, just as our own president is doing, set about changing things by executive decree, to establish a communist-socialist system. To show how common sense-deficient Hugo was, his hero was Fidel Castro, the leader of a failed socialist system in Cuba. Decree by decree, Hugo took the law into his own hands and jailed the opposition. He shut up the critics, and essentially, like Castro, became a dictator. He did it all in the name of socialism. He saw to it that his buddies took office in the Assembly. He spent the tax dollars to bribe the people to shut up and be his buddy. He did this to such an extent that he broke the country and its debt began to spiral out of control. Even his death did not dent inflation. Chavez’s sidekick, Nicolas Maduro, had the packed Assembly put him in charge and he continued the stupid socialist agenda of spending more money than exists. Debt and corruption simply got a lot better. Maduro is a rough-and-tumble dictator. He also is dumb. He allowed the normal election cycle to happen. That is, he did not institute enough control to fake elections. The upshot was that the people fell into more and more poverty, the middle class simply became a minority, and people took to the streets. When the election happened, not enough of his buddies made it back into the Assembly, even with fraud. Now he has a legislature with a voice, and he does not like it. He has packed the Supreme Court and is now doing everything he can to silence the Assembly. He would do more, but his military is weak and his police are only partly effective in the big cities. Point is, he squandered so much of the tax income on keeping the people quiet, that he does not have enough to demand total control. If the people take to the streets, he is done. If they do not, and accept his slavery, then he will continue to do what socialism always does. It will dispirit the people by removing motivation, and suck them down with the sinking ship of state. The failure of socialism is dramatically displayed in history. So few seem to understand that fact or care. Recently, I watched a poll taken of people on the street, and like so many I’ve seen before, most of those polled did not even know the name of our vice president. Dumbing down the people is how political charlatans win. We must demand education and participation of every student as a major weapon against the con. Political education is so important. Who is in office affects every one of us. Americans must talk politics to protect their liberties and freedoms. Rooster Bradford •MJ Ventura 14 – 21 January 2016

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A N D M O R E FA B R I C Fiesta de la Cuesta, 1895, reveals Harmer’s understanding of human interactions and the details of the culture of Mexican California (Santa Barbara Historical Museum)

came to California during the gold rush. After his marriage to Micaela, he became one of the first doctors in Santa Barbara County and a rancher as well. Ramon built a 13-room adobe house on the land in 1853. It is said that all of the lumber used in the house was carried by oxen and mule over the steep Gaviota Pass. Because of its location between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, many travelers, in the days before the Iron Horse, availed themselves of the gracious hospitality of the De la Cuestas. For more than 100 years, the De la Cuestas owned Rancho de la Vega, which lies just west of Highway 101, south of the Santa Ynez River on Santa Rosa Road. In the 1970s, the Mosby family purchased the ranch and established Vega Winery, changing the name in the mid-1980s to reflect their own influence on the ranch and the wines. Today the barn and the adobe are a County Place of Historic Merit. Harmer had a keen sense of the interplay within social relationships. Fiesta de la Cuesta is filled with action, attitude, and subtleties. Here a kneeling man reaches into a bag of silver coins, another studies his cards, while another leans nonchalantly against the ramada’s post while smoking a cigar. New arrivals, hat in hand, appear apprehensive and penitent as they approach the hostess. In the far background, vaqueros corral horses. In the mid-field, women mingle and chatter. Each face is purportedly a portrait of a local person whom Harmer knew. The woman in white is Harmer’s wife, Felicidad. Many of Harmer’s paintings seem to depict the same dog, or several facsimiles of this dog. Here, one young man has the mongrel on a leash, while on the right, two young lads have gotten into the aguardiente and are spitting it at the mongrel’s twin. The sled that dragged the barrel to the fiesta lies beneath it. In the background stands the canopied and cushioned carreta, the main wheeled conveyance during 14 – 21 January 2016

early Spanish and Mexican days in California. Harmer’s genius is certainly in the details. Alexander Francis Harmer’s ability to express the character and emotions of the individuals in his ensemble casts added a richness that few genre painters attained. My equestrian friend, who is also a sculptor, Laurie Breechen Ballard, pointed out that Harmer really understood horses, as well, and was able to express their sensitivities through his art. Only someone who had spent years in the saddle, as Harmer had in the U.S. Cavalry, could have been so attuned to these equine personalities. Harmer’s paintings tell many different stories, and they can be found at “Gatherings and Celebrations,” the Alexander Harmer Exhibit curated by Marlene Miller, former Museum trustee and owner of the Arlington Gallery. The exhibit at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum runs through February 7. (Sources: SB Independent obit June 6, 2016, for Frani Crawford; Mosby Vineyard websites; Michael Mosby website; Santa Barbara County Planning; Santa Barbara Adobes by •MJ Clarence Cullimore, 1948) SITE DRAINAGE/WATERPROOFING 50 + YEARS EXPERIENCE - LOCAL 35+ YEARS




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Public Notice to Montecito Fire Protection District Residents The Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) workshop has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at the Montecito Fire Protection District Headquarters, 595 San Ysidro Road at 5:30 p.m. All stakeholders including propertyowners, residents, local agencies, organizations, associations, business-owners and community leaders are encouraged to attend. The CWPP document can be viewed on the District website at

F I C T I T I O U S B U S I N E S S NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: BLANKA, 1266 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. BLANKA, LLC, 1266 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on January 8, 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. 2016-0000071. Published January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 2016.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Santa Barbara will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, during the afternoon session of the meeting which begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara. The hearing is to consider the appeal filed by Virginia Rehling of the Historic Landmarks Commission’s (“HLC”) decision to add the building located at 29-37 East Victoria Street, Assessor’s Parcel No.: 039-133-009 to the City’s List of Potential Historic Structures/Sites. The C-2 Zoned property is owned by Tioga Holdings LP and is represented by the Radius Group, Commercial Real Estate. The Historic Landmarks Commission held a Public Hearing on November 4, 2015, to consider the historic significance of the 1922 Spanish Colonial Revival commercial building and found it to be eligible as a Structure of Merit based on the recommendation of the HLC Designation Subcommittee.

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F I C T I T I O U S B U S I N E S S NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Z.A.G.; Z.I.G.; Zilles Architectural Group, 1284 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2028. Marsha Elizabeth Zilles, 1284 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on December 17, 2015. 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 Adela Bustos. FBN No. 2015-0003492. Published January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 2016.


F I C T I T I O U S B U S I N E S S NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: A Loving Helper Home Care Service, 1144 E. Mountain Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93108. A Loving Helper Home Care Service, INC., 1482 E Valley Rd STE 233, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on December 18, 2015. 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 Christine Potter. FBN No. 20150003502. Published January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 2016. F I C T I T I O U S B U S I N E S S NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: IMEDRECOVERY, 1770 Jelinda Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93108. IMEDVENTURES, LLC, 1770 Jelinda Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on December 14, 2015. 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. 20150003452. Published


Bids must be submitted on forms supplied by the City of Santa Barbara and in accordance with the specifications, terms and conditions contained therein. Bid packages containing all forms, specifications, terms and conditions may be obtained in person at the Purchasing Office or by calling (805) 564-5349, or by Facsimile request to (805) 897-1977. There is no charge for bid package and specifications. The City of Santa Barbara affirmatively assures that minority and disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age (over 40), ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity and expression, marital status, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), national origin, race, religious belief, or sexual orientation in consideration of award. ________________________ William Hornung, C.P.M. Published: January 13, 2016 General Services Manager Montecito Journal

January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 2016. F I C T I T I O U S B U S I N E S S NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Knowlwood Staff; KW Teaching Staff, 1675 E. Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Crandall Edwards, 2765 Williams Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Tom Horton, 1281 Franciscan Ct. #5, Carpinteria, CA 93013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on December 16, 2015. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Tara Jayasinghe. FBN No. 2015-0003472. Published December 30, 2015, January 6, 13, 20, 2016. F I C T I T I O U S B U S I N E S S NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ECOLAWN; ECOLAWN SB, 555 Flora Vista Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. Manifest

Building, INC, 555 Flora Vista Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on December 11, 2015. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Tara Jayasinghe. FBN No. 20150003441. Published December 23, 30, 2015, January 6, 13, 2016. F I C T I T I O U S B U S I N E S S NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Be Home Be Happy, 5082 Calle Real Unit B, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Solomon Asefa, 5082 Calle Real Unit B, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on November 30, 2015. 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

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If you challenge the Council's action on the appeal of the Historic Landmarks Commission's decision in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City at, or prior to, the public hearing. You are invited to attend this hearing and address your verbal comments to the City Council. Written comments are also welcome up to the time of the hearing, and should be addressed to the City Council via the City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 1990, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1990. On Thursday, January 21, 2016, an Agenda with all items to be heard on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, will be available at 735 Anacapa Street and at the Central Library. Agendas and Staff Reports are also accessible online at; under Most Popular, click on Council Agenda Packet. Regular meetings of the Council are broadcast live and rebroadcast on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. on City TV Channel 18. Each televised Council meeting is closed captioned for the hearing impaired. These meetings can also be viewed over the Internet at If you need AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: auxiliary aids or services or staff assistance to attend or participate in this meeting, please contact the City Administrator’s Office at 564-5305. If possible, notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will usually enable the City to make reasonable arrangements. Specialized services, such as sign language interpretation or documents in Braille, may require additional lead time to arrange. (SEAL) /s/ Matt Fore Acting City Clerk Services Manager January 13, 2016

E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Noe Solis. FBN No. 20150003342. Published December 23, 30, 2015, January 6, 13, 2016. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 15CV04201. To all interested parties: Petitioner Anastasia Barnett filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name of child from Marat Anvarbekovich Esilbaev to Marat Mathew Barnett. The Court orders that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause,

if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Filed December 22, 2015 by Terri Chavez, Deputy Clerk. Hearing date: January 27, 2016 at 9:30 am in Dept. 1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 14 – 21 January 2016

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Tales from California’s Channel Islands to bring the human history of the islands to the screen. The filmmakers will discuss the inspiration for the documentary, the creative challenges they faced during production, and show – for the first time – some of the finished product. When: 7 pm; members-only reception at 6:15 pm Where: 113 Harbor Way Cost: free for members, $10 for non-members Registration: SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 Introduction to Capacitar: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World This workshop offers an overview of key Capacitar practices to enhance personal wellness and to care for others. Learn practices that you can begin to use immediately. Taught by Taran Collis, a certified Capacitar practitioner and a frequent workshop leader at La Casa. When: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Where: La Casa de Maria, 800 El Bosque Road Cost: $65, includes lunch Info: ONGOING MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS Art Classes Beginning and advanced, all ages and by appointment – just call. Where: Portico Gallery, 1235 Coast Village Road Info: 695-8850 WEDNESDAYS THRU SATURDAYS Live Entertainment Where: Cava, 1212 Coast Village Road When: 7 to 10 pm Info: 969-8500 MONDAYS Connections Brain Fitness Program Challenging games, puzzles, and memory-enhancement exercises in a friendly environment. When: 10 am to 2 pm Where: Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus Lane Cost: $50, includes lunch Info: Kai Hoye, 969-0859 TUESDAYS Adventuresome Aging Program Community outings, socialization, and lunch for dependent adults. When: 10 am to 2 pm Where: Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus Lane Cost: $75, includes lunch, plus one-time fee of $35 Info: Kai Hoye, 969-0859 14 – 21 January 2016

Story Time at the Library A wonderful way to introduce children to the library, and for parents and caregivers to learn about early literacy skills; each week, children ages three to five enjoy stories, songs, puppets, and fun at Story Time. When: 10:30 to 11 am Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 THURSDAYS 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: 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:

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H 13 HOURS: THE SECRET H NORM OF THE NORTH B SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI E Fri: 2:40, 5:00, 7:15; 11:30, 2:50, 6:15, 9:25 Sat to Mon: 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:15; H RIDE ALONG 2 C 11:20, Tue to Thu: 2:40, 5:00, 7:15 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:15 DADDY’S HOME C H THE REVENANT E 11:40, Fri: 2:50, 5:10, 7:30; 3:00, 6:25, 9:50 Sat to Mon: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30; THE HATEFUL EIGHT E Tue to Thu: 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 Fri to Wed: 11:00, 2:30, 6:05, 9:35; JOY C 2:00, 4:50, 7:45 Thu: 11:00, 2:30 THE BIG SHORT E Fri to Wed: 11:10, 2:10, 5:10, 8:10; 2044 ALAMEDA PADRE SERRA, Thu: 11:10, 2:10, 5:10 SANTA BARBARA STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS C 12:20, 3:30, BROOKLYN C Fri: 5:00, 7:40; 6:40, 9:40 Sat to Mon: 2:15, 5:00, 7:40; H DIRTY GRANDPA E Tue to Thu: 5:00, 7:40 Thu: 7:00, 8:15, 9:35






H RIDE ALONG 2 C Fri to Mon: 11:55, 2:20, 4:50, 7:25, 9:55; Tue to Thu: 2:30, 5:15, 8:00 THE HATEFUL EIGHT E Fri to Mon: 12:15, 3:10, 6:30, 9:25; Tue to Thu: 2:00, 5:00, 8:15 SISTERS E Fri to Mon: 12:25, 3:45, 6:40, 10:05; Tue to Thu: 2:15, 5:30, 8:30 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS C Fri to Mon: 12:05, 9:15; Tue to Thu: 2:45, 8:45 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D C Fri to Mon: 3:05, 6:15; Tue to Thu: 5:45 PM

Boy Scouts Troop 33 Meeting Open to all boys, ages 11-17; visitors welcome When: 4 pm Where: Scout House, Upper Manning Park, •MJ 449 San Ysidro Road

H THE REVENANT E Fri to Mon: 12:40, 1:50, 4:10, 5:20, 7:40, 8:50; Tue to Thu: 1:50, 4:10, 5:20, 7:40 THE BIG SHORT E Fri to Mon: 12:20, 3:45, 6:40, 9:35; Tue & Wed: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30; Thu: 1:30, 4:30 H DIRTY GRANDPA E Thu: 7:30 PM


H NORM OF THE NORTH B Fri to Mon: 11:35, 1:50, 4:05, 6:20, 8:40; Tue to Thu: 2:20, 4:40, 7:00

H THE METROPOLITAN THE FOREST C OPERA: LES PÍCHEURS DE Fri to Mon: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, PERLES I Sat: 9:55 AM 9:30; Tue to Thu: 2:40, 5:20, 7:50 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS C 1:45, 4:45, 7:45 DADDY’S HOME C Fri to Mon: 11:45, 2:05, 4:25, 6:45, PLAZA DE ORO 9:10; Tue to Thu: 2:30, 4:50, 7:15 371 SOUTH HITCHCOCK WAY, JOY C Fri to Mon: 12:50, 3:40, SANTA BARBARA 6:30, 9:20; Tue to Thu: 2:00, 5:00,



ALVIN AND THE CHIPTHE DANISH GIRL E Fri to Tue: 1:50, 7:30; Wed: 1:50 PM; MUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP B Fri to Mon: 12:00, 2:15; Thu: 1:50, 7:30 Tue to Thu: 2:10 PM CAROL E Fri to Tue: 2:10, 5:00, SPOTLIGHT E Fri to Wed: 4:30, 7:45; Wed: 2:10, 7:45; Thu: 2:10, 7:30; Thu: 4:30 PM 5:00, 7:45 H THE 5TH WAVE C Thu: 7:30 PM 877-789-MOVIE

H THE WONDERS I Wed: 5:00, 7:30


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

H 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI E Fri to Mon: 12:30, 3:20, 6:30, 9:45; Tue to Thu: 1:40, 4:50, 8:00

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 Double(wide) Duty – By day, Palmer Jackson serves as vice president of Alisal Properties and executive director of the Ann Jackson Family Foundation. But at night, at least some nights, the Man from Montecito turns into Palmer “Jethro”
Jackson, the leader of the Doublewide Kings, serving as lead singer and lead guitarist of the roots rock band from the 805 that plays bars, clubs, festivals, and picnics, upstairs at in the McCune Founders room for the weirdly named Granada Underground and just about anywhere else that will have them. Tonight the gang hunkers down across the street from the Granada at SOhO for a full night’s work, doing double duty by kicking off the evening with a dinner set attuned to accentuate your taste buds followed by a late slate of original rock/Americana, plus deepcut covers from Van Morrison, Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, and Rolling Stones, among others. WHEN: 6:3011 pm WHERE: SOhO, 1221 State Street, upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $15 INFO: 962-7776 or http://www. SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 Tribe Expands – For Zephan and The Tribe – the Santa Barbarabased 10-piece soul-funk band fronted by San Rafael native Zephan McIntyre-Bader – a normal bar or music club wouldn’t do as a site for releasing its new CD. Not with what the band has planned, which is an extravaganza featuring aerial dancers who perform with Lucent Dossier and Cirque as well as a professional sound

and lighting show. So Sounds of the Soul will be making its public debut at El Paseo Restaurant, where the high ceiling and spacious floor should be able to accommodate the ambitious endeavor. The Brambles, the Goleta indie-folk duo of Bethany Rose and Carly Rae Powers, open the show (they’re also opening for The Riverside and Benny B. & Lomo at SOhO on Thursday, January 14). WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: El Paseo Restaurant, 10 El Paseo COST: $12 INFO: 962-6050 or VnBjFbQ-DVo SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 SOS Sets Sail – Speaking of Stories – the venerable series that features professional actors reading short stories from the stage – has been happily ensconced at Center Stage Theater for years, with the “black box” environs serving as the perfect frame for the stark performances that allow the audience to focus on the power of the written word spoken aloud. But if that sounds awfully serious, fret not. The new series kicks off with the perennially popular “Nothing But Laughs” night, comprised of humorous tales designed to tickle the funny bone. The show features a full slate: Jay Carlander reading “Couple’s First Dinner Party” by Hallie Cantor; Sloan Coakley’s “An Abbreviated Catalogue of Tongues” from Leslie Gangl Howe; Tony Miratti reading “She Drives For A Relationship: He Is Lost In The Transmission” by Dave Barry; “The Lesbian Bride’s Handbook” by Ariel Levy read by Julie Ruggieri; Katie Thatcher taking on Ali

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 Cook-ing up a Career – American Idol may no longer command the massive TV audience the FOX series once enjoyed as a ratings juggernaut in the mid-2000s, but David Cook, the singer-songwriter who captured the Season 7 crown back in 2008, has no complaints. The victory fueled his rise to stardom following his fronting a Kansas City-based bar band for a full decade. Cook’s post-show, self-titled major label debut album sold 1.5 million copies, and his follow-up, This Loud Morning, peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart. Cook subsequently separated from RCA, and pulled back from touring to focus on his songwriting, relocating to Nashville in 2012. But a self-produced new album, Digital Vein, emerged late last year, and now the singer-songwriter has been cooking up a new live show, which he’s testing out tonight at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom before launching a six-week national tour on February 23. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: 3400 East Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez COST: $20 INFO: (800) CHUMASH (248-6274) or


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 MaMuse’s Musical Soup – Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker, aka MaMuse, weave Celtic influences and earth-roots vibes over a sparse instrumental pallet anchored largely by upright bass and mandolin, with guitars and flutes for spices. With a sound described as “what a meadow would sound like if it could sing,” MaMuse play heart-based original songs infused with in-the-moment improvisation and surrounded by stories, and driven by heavenly harmonies. These women know how to step up their message, too – last summer they walked 200 miles through the Owens Valley on the “Walking Water” pilgrimage to raise awareness about the drought, as well as engender healing our relationship to water. MaMuse perform in the studio space at Yoga Soup tonight before heading up to Ojai for another show on Sunday night as part of the Ojai Foundation’s Elements Retreat, which takes place January 16-23. WHEN: 7 tonight & Sunday WHERE: 28 Parker Way tonight; 9739 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai on Sunday COST: $15 in advance, $20 at the door INFO: 9658811/ or 646-8343/

Wentworth’s “Ali in Wonderland”; and Tim Whitcomb reading “Scarlatti Tilt” by Richard Brautigan. After you catch your breath, join the performers outside on the patio for complimentary cookies and milk, SOS’s patented way of putting the stories to bed. Also in the series: Personal Stories II, featuring first-person true stories written and performed by members of the community (February 14-15); Tales from the Twilight Zone, a collection of tales that inspired episodes of the iconic TV series (March 13-14); “Madams of Mayhem”, featuring sizzling stories of mystery, mayhem and shenanigans of “Shady Ladies, Femmes Fatales, Dangerous Broads, and some plain old Bad Girls” (April 17-18); and Literary Potpourri (May 22). WHEN: 2 pm today, 7:30 pm tomorrow WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, upstairs in the mall COST: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special on Sunday if purchased by Friday (Series subscriptions available at $69-$140) INFO: 963-0408 or Street Scene Daydream – Photographer Jen Zahigian’s new solo exhibition features more than 20 of her works, photographs that are drenched in California style and the colorfully idealized visions cherished by residents and visitors alike. Many of Zahigian’s photographs depict California roadside attractions and their signage, revealing an appreciation for their dated aesthetic and patina of rust and neglect, as she wields the camera to search for meaning from these historical highway

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monuments of travel, transience, and movement. Zahigian – who is also co-founder of Able and Baker, Inc., a design + build cabinetry, furniture, and millwork fabrication studio based in Ventura – has her photographs hanging in galleries across the state, including SFMOMA Artists Gallery, SLATE Contemporary in Oakland, Wallspace in Los Angeles, and in private collections internationally. WHEN: Opening reception 5-7pm tonight; exhibition continues through February 18 WHERE: Architectural Foundation Gallery, 229 East Victoria Street COST: free INFO: 965-6307 or WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 Forty Divided by Three – To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Santa Barbara Dance Theater (SBDT), the professional dance company in residence at UCSB, current artistic director is linking the past with the future. All three of the company’s artistic directors – Alice Condodina (19761990), Jerry Pearson (1991-2011), and Christopher Pilafian, who has been in position since 2012 – have created new works to mark the milestone. Condodina’s “Fragrance of Memories”, set to Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, features dancers Christina Sanchez, Tracy Kofford, Thomas Fant, and Daniel Burgueno in an introspective piece that draws on the dancers’ own experiences and emotions. Pearson’s “Amuse Bouche” – the latest entry in the choreographer’s multimedia canon – features an original score by Churchgoer, a folk, noise, electronica band from New York, and will be 14 – 21 January 2016

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 Goin’ up the County – Montecito movie star Jeff Bridges teams up with Chris Pelonis, the guitarist/bandleader from his actor/musician’s band The Abiders, for a benefit concert for Vista de Las Cruces School in Gaviota. Bridges had already put out a fine country album prior to scoring big as washed-up country singer Bad Blake in the 2009 film Crazy Heart, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor as well as garnering a Best Original Song Oscar for co-writers Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett for “The Weary Kind”. Ever since, it seems he’s spent more time in front a microphone than a movie camera, so this is no ego trip for Bridges, who has brought the Abiders to the Lobero, as well as the Maverick in Santa Ynez in other fundraising endeavors. Tonight is a rare chance to see him in an acoustic duo with Pelonis, the crack guitarist who is also a noted recording-studio designer and audio technician. Opening the show is Stolen Thunder, featuring Chris’s son, Christian, on guitar and vocals along with lead vocalist Katelyn, drummer David McInnes, and bassist/ singer Jackson Eddy; the group, which won a battle of the bands back in 2011, has appeared everywhere from the Lobero to the famed Whisky-a-Go-Go in Hollywood. All proceeds from tonight’s event go to the 8th-grade class at the school to help fund their class trip to Washington, D.C. WHEN: WHERE: 9467 San Julian Road, Gaviota COST: $65 general admission, $150 VIP (includes post-show reception with the artists) INFO: 270-3232 or

danced by Carisa Carroll, Natalia Perea, Nikki Pfeiffer, Nicole Powell, and Fant and Kofford. Pilafian’s “Strange Attractor”, which likens human interactions with the dynamic reactions between subatomic particles, features original music by Los Angeles composer Ryan Beveridge and is danced by current SBDT members Carissa Carroll, Steven Jasso, Kofford, Fant, Pfeiffer, and Sanchez. Closing out the program is a reprise of “Impenetrable Winter”, SBDT’s

contribution to “Common Ground”, which was choreographed and created by Edgar Zendejas for a State Street Ballet production last May. The piece features Max Richter’s re-composition of Vivaldi’s famous The Four Seasons concertos. WHEN: 7:30 tonight through Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday WHERE: UCSB’s Hatlen Theater COST: $15 general, $7 UCSB students/ faculty/staff/alumni INFO: 893-2064 or performance-programs/sbdt •MJ






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Focus on Film – Both of UCSB’s major film screening sites are in session tonight, albeit with very different offerings. The school’s Arts & Lectures series is hosting a free screening of The Salt of the Earth, the Academy Award-nominated documentary that delves deeply into the life and work of celebrated Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. Directed by Wim Wenders – the German auteur who won the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival for the drama Paris, Texas and Cannes’ Best Director in 1987 for the now-classic Wings of Desire – and the photographer’s son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, The Salt of the Earth traces Sebastião Salgado’s 40 years of work in which he has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history, documenting such atrocities as genocide in Rwanda, famine in Ethiopia and burning oil fields in Kuwait, as well as international conflicts and exodus with his photojournalistic photography. Salgado’s acclaimed projects, including Workers: Archaeology of the Industrial Age, Migrations and Africa, have produced some of world’s most iconic images, and here the photographer recounts the stories behind the arresting images. Tonight’s screening comes in advance of Sebastião Salgado’s appearance in conversation with Pico Iyer at the Arlington Theatre on March 2. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall COST: free INFO: 893-3535 or Meanwhile, at the Pollock Theatre, a short stroll away from Campbell Hall, The Carsey-Wolf Center has a free screening of a different film about an even more horrifying if thankfully still futurist dystopia. Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop, a 1980s Hollywood action cinema that incorporated satire amid the violence, a Death Wish and Dirty Harry-style vigilante screen fantasy of a corporate controlled, war-torn Detroit. Almost 30 years after it debuted in 1987, screenwriter Michael Miner will join Film and Media Studies professor Joshua Moss to discuss the film’s B-Movie influences, the role of political humor in science fiction, and the economic model of movie studios in the 1980s following the free screening. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall COST: free INFO: 893-5903 or

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Real Estate

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.

laundry wing, high ceilings throughout, great walls to display art work, all set on 2.8+/- private acres with ocean view pool and sprawling patios. The home was designed by architect John Kelsey and is in the Cold Spring School District.

1787 Fernald Point Lane: $7,000,000

or those that thought the great deals of 2010-12 were gone, I have news for you. There were dozens of sales in 2015 at prices that were, what I judged to be, well below replacement value (meaning cost of land and structures or improvements). While I was fortunate to represent a solid Montecito opportunity on more than an acre that sold quickly, and also fortunate enough to help a buyer purchase what is arguably the best beachfront condo in Montecito, I found myself most of the year wondering where my other buyers were, as there were so many opportunities to be taken advantage of. There were 195+/- sales in Montecito during 2015, and of those, I thought about 20 were actual “deals” for their lucky new buyers. So, in a quick look back, are a handful of what I consider to be the best Montecito buys of 2015:

‘’Villa Pelican’’ is a private beachfront estate set on .6+/- acres on Fernald Point (where a couple of multi-acre homes have sold over the past few years for upward of $20,000,000). This unique listing included a 6,400-squarefoot, 7-bedroom, 9-bath, Monterey Colonial home with spacious public rooms, a detached guest house, 3-car garage, and gated beach with fully equipped cabana. The property offers 100+/- feet of ‘’on sand’’ frontage and a private sandy area above the beach for the new owners’ personal enjoyment. The home, gardens, and dramatic ocean, island, and mountain views are part of an estate that has been a vacation rental property for many years. This home is in the Montecito Union School District.

900 Park Lane West: $3,595,000

631 Parra Grande Lane: $12,261,500

Top “Best Buy” Picks Sold in 2015


This Montecito home rests at the foot of the beautiful San Ysidro Canyon, overlooking San Ysidro Ranch. The gently sloping, oak-studded site features an inviting contemporary structure and expansive ocean and mountain views. Situated on three private acres, the open and spacious interior boasts a grand living and dining room with hardwood floors, 13-inch beamed ceilings, wrap around views, and tiled terrace with unique half-moon pool. A generous and lavishly appointed master suite, three additional bedroom suites, office/study, solar, wine cellar and more, complete this home that had been on and off the market over the past few years. This home is located in the Montecito Union School District.

1035 Alston Road: $5,000,000

This is a close-to-town estate, located just above the lower village and the Montecito Country Club, and offers 180-degree ocean and island views. it has a long estate entry, which sets this home back, well off the street. New owners are likely enjoying the stunning ocean & island views and complete privacy. The home contains approximately 6,000 square feet with a spacious master suite, two-bedroom guest wing, a two-room office/family wing, maids/

El Fureidis, which translated means ‘’Tropical Paradise,” is a historic estate, one of Montecito’s most celebrated residences, designed by the renowned architect Bertram Goodhue and built originally in 1906. The compound rests on 10 private acres near the Riven Rock area and the timeless estate has been restored with an eye for detail. The grounds offer numerous reflecting pools, lush gardens, pool, guesthouse, and storied provenance. It is difficult to find estates with this much level property, in a close-in, prime location. This home is located in the Cold Spring School District.

730 Picacho Lane: $15,000,000

This estate offers stunning ocean, island, and mountain views on approx 3.5 acres, set down a private drive off Picacho Lane in the heart of Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle. The gracious two-story Mediterranean estate offers the utmost in privacy and boasts six bedrooms in the main house, a two-bedroom guest cottage, pool and pool cabana. A north/south tennis court and spectacular manicured gardens with a gated, dramatic drive complete the property, which is surrounded by equally important estates. This is the house my wife and I are planning to buy (when and if we win the lottery). 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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Sandwiches •

With choice of Hash Browns, Fries, Mixed Green, Caesar Salad, Fruit Salad

Fresh Squeezed OJ or Grapefruit Juice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ................................... $ 6/8. Bowl of Chopped Fresh Fruit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 9. with Lime and Mint

Giant Shrimp Cocktail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...................................... 22. Chilled Crab Meat Cocktail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....................................... 22. Grilled Artichoke with Choice of Sauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................ 14. Burrata Mozzarella, Basil and Ripe Tomato . . . . . . . . . ....................................... 19. Today’s Soup ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................ 10.

Lucky Burger, 8 oz., All Natural Chuck ....... ...................................................... $ 20. Choice of Cheese, Homemade French Fried Potatoes, Soft Bun or Kaiser Roll

Grilled Chicken Breast Club on a Soft Bun ................................................. 18. with Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado

Sliced Filet Mignon Open Faced Sandwich, 6 oz. ........................................ 24. with Mushrooms, Homemade French Fried Potatoes

Hot Corned Beef .................................. ........................................................ 19. on a Kaiser Roll or Rye

Reuben Sandwich ................................. ....................................................... 20. with Corned Beef, Sauerkraut and Gruyere on Rye

French Onion Soup, Gratinée with Cheeses . . . . . . . . . ........................................ 12. Matzo Ball Soup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................ 12. Lucky Chili .... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....................................... 15. with Cheddar and Onions

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Chopped Salad ..................................... ........................................................ 17.

Wild Mushroom and Gruyere Omelet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................ 19. Home Made Spanish Chorizo Omelet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....................................... 18. with Avocado

Small New York Steak 6 oz, and Two Eggs Any Style ................................ 25. Corned Beef Hash (made right here) and Two Poached Eggs ......................... 19.

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Sliced Steak Salad ............................... ........................................................ 24. with Arugula, Radicchio and Sautéed Onion

Jimmy the Greek Salad with Feta ........ ........................................................ 14. Dos Pueblos Abalone (4pcs) ........................................................................ 28.

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Mixed Vegetable Frittata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................ 17. with Gruyere

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