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Look at the bright side: Ashleigh Brilliant’s contemplations full of good cheer, p. 33




Re-examining FEMA Map

Mineards Miscellany

Fiesta Finale

Debris flow victims “just want to get through the pipeline and start rebuilding,” says Flood Control District engineering manager, p. 13

Thanks to former Miss Alabama (and now jeweler) Tara Gray, SB Barbara Polo Club’s Pacific Coast Open has 14-carat ring to it, p. 6

Images of Cyd Charisse and Ricardo Montalban featured in Profant Foundation for the Arts’ popular Fiesta ender on Sunday, August 5, p. 14



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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 5 Guest Editorial Bob Hazard surveys the Montecito scene and the aftermath of the January debris flow; he reviews what progress has been made and how much funding is needed 6 Miscellany Tara Gray’s ring; Alan Parsons’s ParSonics; Blondes vs Brunettes; California Wine Festival; MAW summer fest; Richard’s birthday; Forbes incomes list; Arthritis Foundation gala; Katy Perry; Kirk Douglas; and Drew Barrymore 8 Letters to the Editor A collection of communiqués from Journal readers comprising Ken Coates; Harry Wilmott; Robert Abrams; Sue Mellor; Bruce Savin; and Charlene Nagel 10 This Week “Our Common Table”; Skin Essentials; treasure hunt; Classic Car show; Volunteer Fair; Build-a-Thon; La Recepcion del Presidente; book signing; kids movies; Sip & Swirl; MBAR; poetry; art gala; Spanish Nights; fishermen’s market; Science Tellers; family; brain fitness; art; story time; yoga; and Italian discourse Tide Guide 13 Village Beat Montecito Planning Commission and MBAR update; Skin Essentials observes 20th year; gallery closes; teen’s vision program; and Sheriff’s Blotter 14 Seen Around Town Lynda Millner reports on the Fiesta Finale 2018; 75th anniversary salute for San Miguel Island’s lost liberator; and White Party on the Green 16 In Business Jon Vreeland visits the Santa Barbara Funk Zone, where The Shopkeepers owners John Simpson and Patti Pagliei-Simpson set up shop 21 MAW 2018 Upcoming events at the Music Academy include annual benefit concert and festival, which was delayed until summer; plus additional affairs 23 Spirituality Matters Steven Libowitz chronicles feeling good on Fridays; Byron Katie’s The Work; meetup with Gail Brenner; Aaron Musicant; and Destiny Hitchcock 24 On Entertainment Steven Libowitz talks with director Brad Carroll about PCPA’s Mamma Mia; Groovin’ in the Grove; and the Condor Express operatic cruise 28 Fitness Front Karen Robiscoe stays focused with Physical Focus owner Kasper Allison, who stays in shape in his gym on Hot Springs Road 30 Aging in High Heels Beverlye Hyman Fead warms up to New York native, lovely grandmothering expert, and author Lillian Carson 33 Brilliant Thoughts Cheers to you: Ashleigh Brilliant asserts that the only time that exists is the present moment, when you ought to be reading his column 36 Our Town Joanne Calitri makes note of the Women of Impact panel at UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum, including Paksy-Plackis-Cheng’s “impactmania” 38 Legal Advertising 41 Your Westmont The college will add women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf; recent grad signs with Angels; and a July 28 concert benefits music scholarships 42 Calendar of Events Art attack; John Ridland; Adderley School; Patti LaBelle; belly dancing; Brad Sherman; Boxtales; The Jungle Book, Kids; Dana Williams; Ming Lauren Holden; and Creed Bratton at SOhO 44 Open House Guide 45 Real Estate View Michael Phillips checks the temperature of Montecito’s housing market, whose latest Heat Index of 98 is only one point higher than last year’s score 46 Classified Advertising Our own “Craigslist” of classified ads, in which sellers offer everything from summer rentals to estate sales 47 Local Business Directory Smart business owners place business cards here so readers know where to look when they need what those businesses offer

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Guest Editorial

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

Let’s Block the Rocks... Now


he Montecito community faces a difficult 2018-2019 winter season. If we get too little rain, we will return to drought worries; too much rain and Montecito residents face evacuation and the possibility of additional mud and rock flows. Of the two perils – severe drought versus debris flow – the more pressing danger is the fear of a repeat performance of the January 9 debris flow that destroyed or damaged 14% of the residential housing in Montecito.

Present Condition of the Terrain above Montecito Anyone now hiking Montecito’s trails will confirm that the supply of boulders hanging above our heads today is at least equivalent to, if not greater than, the quantity of boulders and debris that descended upon our sleeping community on January 9. Regeneration of stabilizing vegetation on the mountain in 2018 has been disappointing, due to insufficient water and fire-scorched earth. Hydro- Choke Points like this one caused major downstream damage mulching to encourage (photo by Mike Eliason SBC Fire)



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Water Security Required


n his recent letter (“Recycled Water Warning,” MJ #24/28), Dr. Edo McGowan raises important issues associated with water quality. But these issues should not be a “stop sign” for water recycling. Instead, the issues need to be addressed as part of planning for water recycling and other new sources of water for our community. As I understand it, the recycling project being considered by Carpinteria Valley Water District is very similar to what has been done successfully in Orange County for over 40 years. Israel, a desert country, survives droughts and periods of water scarcity by recycling almost 90% of its wastewater. Spain recycles 20% of its wastewater and Singapore uses reclaimed water for 40% of water demand from 5 million people. We need to leverage this experience. We should be on a path to treat our wastewater to an advanced level that may be of higher quality than current sources and reuse it to preserve our beautiful community. The alternative is to continue to treat it to a lesser level and dump hundreds of thousands of gallons every day into the Pacific Ocean. With recycling, we can be far more environmentally responsible and not so dependent upon rainfall or erratic State water supplies to meet our needs. Recycling must be part of the water portfolio for the future: a reliable, local source of supply. With proper safeguards, recycling will help Montecito and Summerland achieve water security. Ken Coates Montecito (Editor’s note: Right you are, Mr. Coates. With the money and resources available to a prosperous place such as Montecito, recycling should have been part and parcel of village governance for a long time. We have lived with the knowledge that we inhabit a semi-arid area that experiences periodic droughts. Our antecedents knew that, hence construction of Juncal Dam and Jameson Lake, paid for with private funds raised by some 200 mostly Montecito families. The droughts that occurred intermittently from the early 1970s to the early 1990s were seen by many as ways to either halt or seriously impede feared “growth.” So, water meters were difficult to come by and building permits were limited to 19 per year in Montecito, based upon that fear. It would be good to remind ourselves that in the mid-1950s, Montecito’s pop-

It is life, I think, to watch the water. – Nicholas Sparks

ulation was projected to have grown to many tens of thousands larger than it was then and is now by 1970! The three eight-story condominiums okayed by the Board of Supervisors in the late 1960s along Hill Road behind the Biltmore were finally quashed via a lawsuit. So, partly because of ongoing “drought” conditions, we have the size of a community most of us have wanted all along. Unfortunately, the rest of the state continues to grow apace and that growth has now surrounded us, evidenced by the regular glut of traffic on 101 and Coast Village Road. Recycling water will neither alleviate that congestion nor impede growth. But, it will give us confidence that Montecito can and will remain a “semi-rural” enclave for at least another decade or two. After that, who knows? But, we really should get on to the task of recycling our water now. – J.B.)

Selective Social Sanctity

I recently received in the mail my new Medicare card, accompanied by a letter informing me that “Medicare is required by law to take Social Security Numbers off of Medicare cards. This will help keep your personal information more secure and help protect your identity. Your new Medicare card now has a new number that’s unique to you instead of a Social Security Number. This new number is used only for your Medicare coverage.” “Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice, and indeed them’s my sentiments exactly. Why? This is a perfidious age, so one instinctively questions every utterance and action directed at our person, especially those purporting to be for our benefit, so let us look a little closer. “To be eligible for Medicare, an individual must either be at least 65 years old, under 65 and disabled, or any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure that requires dialysis or a transplant). In addition, eligibility for Medicare requires that an individual is a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident for five continuous years and is eligible for Social Security benefits with at least ten years of payments contributed into the system.” The SSN was introduced in 1935 as a unique identifier and is used for many purposes. In 1965 when Medicare was added to the Social Security System,

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This Week in and around Montecito


Art Opening Reception Light and Starkness is a nine-person group show at 10 West Gallery. When: 5 to 8 pm Where: 10 W. Anapamu Street Info: www.10westgallery.com

(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail kelly@montecitojournal.net or call (805) 565-1860) THURSDAY, JULY 26 “Our Common Table” Montecito Union School is proud to partner with the Lois and Walter Capps Project to bring this event to Montecito. This chance to break bread with your neighbors (and meet some new folks!) in a non-political and warm atmosphere comes at an important time as this community continues to rebuild. There will be no speeches, no agenda, just a chance to connect more closely to the community. Tables will be set up end-to-end to create one continuous table; attendees should bring something to share with those are seated within dish-passing distance of you, as well as serving utensils, plates, and cutlery for yourself and family. Iced tea and lemonade provided. When: 5:30 to 7:30 pm Where: MUS upper school field, 385 San Ysidro Road Info: info@cappsproject.org FRIDAY, JULY 27 Skin Essentials Open House Skin Essentials celebrates 20 years in business with a special event with a raffle, gift bags, wine, and appetizers. The spa is also offering a 20-percent discount on all services purchased today; may be used at a later date. When: 11 am to 3 pm Where: 1482 E. Valley Road, Suite 6 Info: (805) 695-8699 SATURDAY, JULY 28 Treasure Hunt in Carpinteria Seventy-five vendor stalls will overflow with treasures and merchandise at the Museum Marketplace on the grounds of the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History. This popular

monthly fundraiser features antiques, collectibles, hand-crafted gifts, plants, and great bargains on gently used and vintage goods of every description, including jewelry, furniture, housewares, clothing, books, toys, and much more. When: 8 am Where: 965 Maple Avenue in Carpinteria Info: 684-3112 Classic Car & Vintage Travel Trailer Show The Santa Barbara Elks Lodge No. 613 will hold their annual “Groovin in the Grove Classic Car & Vintage Travel Trailer Show.” The event is one of the Elks major fundraiser’s for our local veterans. The show will be open to the public and admission is free. This year’s event will be the largest since it began in 2006. Besides the 140 amazing classic cars and 20 vintage travel trailers that will open their doors for public, numerous new additions have been added. Local recording artists Ernie and the Emperors will entertain the crowd, featuring their 1965 hit record “Meet Me At The Corner.” A variety of special-interest vehicles will be on display, including a 300 mph record holding Bonneville Lakester time trial car, a Sprint racecar, numerous antique motorcycles, and vintage military vehicles. There will also be photo opportunities with local Pin-Up Girls, Famous Elks Barbecue Tri-Tip Lunch and No-Host Bar and other refreshments. Each vehicle will be judged from numerous categories, and the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge #613 will offer over $2000 in cash prizes, instead of trophies. There will be a $500 grand prize for the Best of Show winner. When: 9 am to 3 pm Where: 150 North Kellogg Avenue

Volunteer Fair The Santa Barbara Public Library hosts its first annual Volunteer Fair, which will showcase 20+ local nonprofits and government organizations representing diverse community impact areas – from housing, to education, to the arts, and more. This is a chance for people who are passionate about community service to find available opportunities that suit their interests; whether it is a retired individual seeking to dedicate their now free time to a cause, a highschool student needing to complete service credit, or any individual seeking to better enrich their lives through volunteering. This event will provide an opportunity for individuals to connect with local nonprofit and community organizations one-on-one. The Library welcomes organizations to share their potential volunteer, internship, and program opportunities. When: 11 am to 1 pm Where: Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu Street Info: (805) 564-5635 Annual Playhouse Build-a-Thon Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County hosts its 2nd Annual Playhouse Build-a-Thon at St. Joseph’s Church in Carpinteria. Sponsored by Union Bank, the Playhouse Build-a-Thon is a fundraiser designed to provide a fun team service opportunity, while supporting Habitat’s core mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

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Groups of seven to 10 participants can sign up to build a playhouse with Habitat and will have a fundraising goal of $100 per participant, or $1,000 per group (but are welcome to raise more). The funds raised will cover the cost of the materials for each playhouse and help Habitat build more affordable homes for working families in our community. Each playhouse group will be assigned an experienced Habitat crew leader, who will lead the group through the process of building the playhouse. Participants must be at least 10 years old, and every team needs at least one member who is 18 years or older. No construction experience is necessary to participate, though participants will use cordless drills, paint, and hammers to build the playhouses, so it’s important that every team member feels comfortable around those tools. Once the playhouse is built, it will be donated to a local family or youth-oriented non-profit organization in the Santa Barbara community. When: all day Where: St. Joseph’s Church, 1532 Linden Ave., Carpinteria Info: youth@sbhabitat.org SUNDAY, JULY 29 La Recepción del Presidente Join La Presidenta Denise Sanford, her family, and The Old Spanish Days Board of Directors for La Recepción del Presidente, presented by Banc of California. Celebrate the history and excitement of Fiesta 2018 while immersing yourself in this year’s theme: Celebrate Traditions. Savor dinner among friends and get treated to stunning performances by the 2018 Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta. Finest Fiesta attire is highly encouraged. When: 5 to 10 pm Where: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd Cost: $125 Info: https://oldspanishdays-fiesta. org/ TUESDAY, JULY 31

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When: 6 am Where: Harbor Way Info: www.cfsb.info/sat Science Tellers at Montecito Library Grab your spurs and journey to the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town, about to strike again! Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, acids, and bases, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. Don’t miss this classic action-packed Western with “notes” of science! Best for age 5 and up. When: 2 to 3 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063

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MONDAYS Connections Brain Fitness Group Brain program for adults who wish to improve memory and cognitive skills. Fun and challenging games, puzzles, and memory-strengthening exercises are offered in a friendly and stimulating environment. When: Mondays, 10 am to 2 pm Where: Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus Lane Cost: $50 (includes lunch) Info: 969-0859 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


TUESDAYS Story Time at the Library When: 10:30 to 11 am Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063

Fishermen’s Market Every Saturday, get fresh fish and shellfish at unbeatable prices straight from local fishermen on the city pier next to Brophy’s restaurant. Buy fish whole or have it cleaned and filleted to order. Rockfish, lingcod, black cod, live rock crab, abalone, sea urchin (uni), and more are available weekly, rain or shine.

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Village Beat by Kelly Mahan Herrick

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

Montecito Planning Commission


t a hearing last week, Montecito Planning Commission (MPC) and Montecito Board of Architectural Review (MBAR) held a workshop to review the FEMA Recovery Maps, which were released in June and are the basis for rebuilding following the January 9 debris flow. “I think the maps are overly generous to a disaster,” said MBAR member John Watson, who voiced concern that homeowners are required to build two feet above the base flood elevation. “I think that what we are going to see are houses that are needlessly tall and far away from the creek that would never be affected again,” he added. Jon Frye, engineering manager with the Flood Control District, answered questions at the workshop. “What we went through, we’ve never been through anything like this before. We’re learning about this from each other, even today, six months out. We

welcome suggestions; we’re learning from different perspectives,” he said. Flood Control reps and Planning & Development staff have been meeting with homeowners since the maps were released in mid-June, and have been monitoring the rebuilding efforts on a case-by-case basis. Frye reported that the majority of property owners meeting with Flood Control reps are rebuilding within the County’s likefor-like ordinance. “I’m not seeing anything that is dramatically different than what they lost. They just want to get through the pipeline and start rebuilding what they had,” he said. In addition to building higher, homeowners, in some cases, are required to build farther back from nearby creek beds. “The setback ordinance requires that the footprint of a home is fifty feet from the top of the bank,” Frye said, adding that most of the properties in question are not large enough to accommodate that length

of setback. “We have some discretion when working with these maps,” he added, noting there are multiple engineers and architects working on every rebuild project. Several members of the community have voiced concern over the recovery maps for various reasons; some think the maps will negatively affect their property values because their property is now located in a high-hazard zone, despite not being affected by the January 9 debris flow. Tom Bollay, speaking on behalf of the Montecito Association, which recently formed a subcommittee to analyze the maps, said that he has been gathering real-life instances where the modeling for the FEMA maps does not make sense and should be further refined by FEMA. The map assumes that the debris basins are filled and the bridges are blocked, during a 100-year rain event. Bollay referred to a bridge that was modeled as blocked at Mountain Drive on San Ysidro Creek, where water then was dispersed to the sides of the bridge, affecting different neighborhoods. “They’re modeling the bridge as if it’s a dam, even though the bridge doesn’t exist. In our minds, that should be rerun by FEMA as an open channel, because it is an open channel,” he said. Frye responded by saying that

FEMA is currently looking at these technical issues and running different models. “We’ll be able to discuss those results when FEMA finishes up their work on it.” FEMA has extended its contract with its technical study contractor for another four months to be able to tackle these issues, Frye said. “They are being responsive about solid technical errors on the map.” Planning commissioners asked Frye and P&D director Jeff Wilson if these rebuild projects are being looked at cumulatively, to protect neighboring properties that were not directly affected by the mudflow. “How do we make these better projects, and how do we make sure they do fit in the community, and that the new structure that has to be built doesn’t look completely out of place with its neighbors?” asked newly swornin commissioner Bob Kupiec. Wilson said the County has an internal review committee at P&D to ensure like-for-like projects are within the ordinance requirements; MBAR chair John Watson is also consulting on the projects. Commissioner Susan Keller asked about the legal ramifications of property owners building walls and berms to protect their homes. “When an applicant comes in, there is a team of


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oin the Profant Foundation for the Arts as they celebrate Santa Barbara traditions Sunday, August 5, 5:30 to 9 pm at the El Paseo Restaurant. There’ll be fabulous cuisine, vibrant costumes, lively music, and dancing all while raising funds for scholarships. The cover is from a poster from the 1947 movie Fiesta, which starred Ricardo Montalban and Cyd Charisse. It will come to life in a tableau during the party. The following is from a letter the Profant Foundation received from Ricardo in 2001 as the organiza-

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find a very strong pull to communicate that spark through the performing and visual arts. However, life often gets in the way of this pursuit, and many talented artists are unable to pursue their goals and develop their talents because of family commitments or financial limitations. There is an organization that assists these developing artists in need. The John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts provides scholarships, funding for art education and performing and exhibition venues to artists, regardless of age. I urge you to support this unique organization. Join them for the Fiesta Finale… in Santa Barbara and experience first-hand what they are doing for artists and the community. Sincerely, Ricardo Montalban Where did the Profant Foundation come from? Its roots began nearly 100 years ago, when Henry and Mabel Profant moved from Chicago to Santa Barbara in 1922. He was one of the founding doctors of what became the Santa Barbara Medical Foundation. Both were pianists who were on the boards of CAMA and The Music Academy of the West. Henry entertained his patients by playing piano while on house calls. It wasn’t always apparent which was more effective, the music or the medicine! Their daughter, Dorothy, became a concert pianist and performed at the Lobero Theater. Their son Bob was a professor of marine biology at SBCC and helped the Museum of Natural History for decades. His brother John was the father of the four daughters: Marie, Musette, Michele, and Mignonne. The girls’ parents have a great love story. While visiting his mother in 1950, John happened to go to El Paseo during Fiesta. He had been teaching ballroom dance and performing at the County Bowl with Jose Manero’s company, so when he asked their mother, Lyn, a former ballerina to dance, it was magic. Lyn, a teacher at Franklin School, went home that evening and told her girlfriend that she had met the man of her dreams. The girlfriend was so disappointed because she had wanted to introduce Lyn to someone so perfect – and it turned out to be the same person, John Profant. According to daughter Marie Profant, “Their first date was a CAMA concert and a ride along Cabrillo Boulevard while he sang “La Vie En Rose” in French. Now how romantic is that?” Later in life, in his 40s even though he was a busy executive, John took up singing lessons again after seeing Pavarotti perform. Sadly, John passed away shortly after retiring from Northrup Aircraft. It was only natural for the Profant girls and mom Lyn to create a charitable organization in the spirit of generosity established by their father John. This year’s tableau will include dancers Kristen and Serge Chmelnitzki,

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who own the Arthur Murray Dance Studio along with David Bolton, Richard and Armanda Payatt, Erin Graffy, and James Garcia. Ricardo Chavez and his company will bring fiery Flamenco to the stage and co-chairs Julie Ann Brown and Marie Profant will be greeting guests. There’s a costume contest and dancing under the stars. Last year, the fiesta event was sold-out so make you reservations by emailing: mprofant@aol.com or call (805) 705-9179. Viva la Fiesta!

75TH Anniversary Salute

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In keeping with not forgetting, the Santa Cruz Island Foundation (SCIF) presented a 75th Anniversary Salute to San Miguel Island’s Lost Liberator in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) and the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation. It was held outside on the terrace by the SBMM. The heavy bomber, a B24 Liberator, was lost on July 5, 1943, after being dispatched from Salinas Army Air Base to search for the “Eddie Rickenbacker,” a B-24 bomber that had gone missing a day earlier from a nighttime training mission off the coast of Santa Barbara. The search plane was probably flying in fog at a 500-foot altitude when it crashed into Green Mountain, an 817foot peak on San Miguel Island. The remains of the 12 airmen and their wreckage were not found until eight months later. The Eddie Rickenbacker was eventually found inland, 10 miles north of Santa Barbara. There had been a fuel shortage. Eight of the crew survived by parachuting prior to the crash. President of the SCIF Maria Daily stated, “San Miguel Island became the graveyard of twelve men who gave their lives in service to our country, and who until now have never been recognized. It is an honor to bring their stories to life 75 years later. Some of those participating in the program were Col. Philip Conran,

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Darcy McElroy, John Simpson, and Patti Pagliei-Simpson have a seat in The Shopkeepers store, where there will be a reception September 14 for the world’s fastest oven, which can be viewed on Brava.com. For other Shopkeepers’s items, visit www.theshop keepers-sb.com.

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ne-hundred and seventy years after the Treaty of Guadalupe solidified California as American Territory, the American Riviera remains a heavily-desired U.S. destination. Not just to visit but to live as well. Sure, the city of some 93,000 people enjoys the comfortable weather on sparkling beaches, celebrities who scour the stores on State Street, and other attractions. However, the support of the small-independent Santa Barbara business and the opportunity for all to enjoy a life of individual and communal prosperity is another attribute to Santa Barbara’s rolling success. This is why another Santa Barbara business opened its doors for the first time last summer: a boutique in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone called The Shopkeepers. The store sits on the southern end of Anacapa Street—at the corner of Yanonali – and joins a handful of businesses that also celebrate(d) the inception of a recent grand

opening on the American Riviera. The Shopkeepers’s one-story building is draped with green tangled ivory, features two paneled windows and one French door, and is owned by John Simpson and Patti PaglieiSimpson, two Santa Barbara entrepreneurs with one daughter, Lulu, 8. Patti is the founder of Waxing Poetic, a jewelry company that makes hand-crafted jewelry here in Santa Barbara: necklaces, earrings, bracelets, charms, insignias, rings, and other pieces of unique jewelry the Simpsons’ carry in the 11-month-old store. “The Waxing Poetic products pretty much steal the show, which was not our intention at all,” says John. He calls The Shopkeepers’s array of product, deftly arranged in a variety of displays, “fresh and surprising,” and the result of buyer Susan Pitcher’s abilities. “Susan is an important piece of the Shopkeepers’ puzzle,” he says. Ultimately, other than the jewelry, the store carries hats, purses,

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over last year, John continues to use the stage for musical performances, book signings, plus the Simpsons are always open to fresh ideas to utilize the stage. Since its opening, actor Jeff Bridges, pro surfer Conner Coffin, musician Kenny Loggins, as well as John’s project, The Doublewide Kings, all played on the stage at one of the seven or eight Shopkeepers’s events. Darcy McElroy, who has worked at The Shopkeepers for the past couple of months, says the variety of culture, fashion, music, and art – as well as the locals and tourist waltzing in and out of the store – “piques and satisfies” her interests. Darcy adds, “We have our little niche in the Funk Zone with stores like Loveworn and the Blue Door. Everyone in the area is really supportive.” •MJ 26 July – 2 August 2018

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Skin Essentials Celebrates 20 Years

Skin Essentials in the upper village is celebrating 20 years in business this month. Owner Julie Phillips, a licensed esthetician, CMA and AICT, worked in the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery before opening her own space in 1998. The first two years the business was located on Coast Village Circle, but word of mouth quickly showed the small space wouldn’t suffice for the growing business. Since 2000, Phillips has rented the space next to Pane e Vino, filling the multiple treatment rooms with state-of-the-art equipment and a variety of specialty retail skin care. With pharmaceutical-grade products and proven techniques, Skin Essentials offers results for a wide variety of skin conditions, including

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MISCELLANY (Continued from page 6) Mike Dawson, Voice of KYTD; hostess Lisa Parsons; and newsman John Palminteri (photo by Priscilla)

Recording and musical director for the Community’s ONE KICK ASH BASH is Alan Parsons, in front of his latest completed “project” the “ParSonics” sound studio designed by Rupert Neve, console designer for 50 years (photo by Priscilla)

lery – the part of the ring that touches the top of your finger – which features the profile of a polo pony hand-carved into the gold. “It is the attention to detail that I’m most proud if,” adds Tara. “I want each of this year’s champions to be reminded of their remarkable accomplishment every time they wear it.” Par(sons) for the Course Rocker Alan Parsons was making waves, sound waves at a boffo bash at his rustic aerie in the Goleta foothills, when he celebrated the completion of his new multi-million-dollar recording studio, wittily dubbed ParSonics. Alan, 69, who worked with The

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SkinCeuticals, Dermazone, and more. “I spend a lot of time researching products to find out what works, and why,” she explained, adding that learning about new technologies in the skin care field is part of her job. “You can always learn something new,” she said. Phillips says her success has come from referrals and a loyal customer base. “I think my background in dermatology is a bonus, and the fact that our facials really make a difference in our clients’ skin,” she said. The majority of her clientele have a facial every four to six weeks and come from all areas of the South Coast. Like many other businesses in Montecito, Phillips said the beginning of this year was a challenge to survive. “We were closed for essentially five weeks,” she said. “Luckily at this point, almost all of my clients have returned since the mudslide, and for that I am so grateful.” To celebrate the anniversary, Phillips is hosting an open house on Friday, July 27, from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be raffle prizes, gift bags, wine and appetizers, and Skin Essentials will offer a 20-percent discount on all services purchased that day, with the exception of permanent makeup. For more information about all of Skin Essentials services, call (805) 695-8699, or visit http://skin-essentials.com. Skin Essentials is located at 1482 East Valley Road, Suite 6.

The Gallery Montecito Closes

Earlier this month, The Gallery Montecito closed its doors after three years in business. Managed for the last year by director and curator Bobbi Bennett, the gallery, owned by Marjorie Layden, lived up to its mission of merging artistic works with philanthropic endeavors by creating non-profit events to benefit local charities. Most recently, the gallery donated to Heal the Ocean and Mission Blue, and after the Thomas Fire and mudslide, each artist at the gallery made art donations, which helped three local artists who lost all their belongings in the fires. “I have met amazing people from all over the world who purchased art from the gallery,” Bennett said. “All of the artists have been amazing, including, iconic rock-and-roll photographer Guy Webster, painters Rose Masterpol and Kellie Bolton, and photographers Will Pierce, Matt Draper, and Jennifer MaHarry. What a fantastic experience being able to represent such amazing talent.” Bennett is currently working on her new company, Stoked Surf Art by Bobbi Jo, featuring art on surfboards. She says she will continue to donate a portion of her proceeds to non-profit causes. The Gallery Montecito web-


Mason Lender, a senior at SBHS and a Montecito resident, has written a book about the importance of early vision screening

site is still active, and Bennett will continue to represent artists through the website. For more information, visit www.themontecitogallery.com. The space, which is owned by Lucky’s, will become a private dining room for the restaurant.

Montecito Teen Launches Vision Screening Program

Mason Lender, a Montecito resident and Santa Barbara High School senior, is the founder of Eyes for Success, an organization formed by a group of high school students who interface with community agencies to spread the message about early vision screening. The group produces and distributes written materials to local agencies and schools, volunteers to read the book it created to preschool and elementary school-aged students, and assists during community health fairs and vision screenings. Mason first became aware of early vision issues when his cousin suffered from learning delays, anxiety, and psychosomatic issues due to undiagnosed nearsightedness. He was alarmed by the host of associated negative impacts the vision issue had on his cousin and surprised by how quickly they resolved once she used glasses to correct her nearsightedness. Mason sought to understand more about early vision problems and learned that his cousin’s story is not unusual. He discovered that children often don’t realize they can’t see well and it can be difficult for parents or teachers to note that the child is having issues. He learned that the unrecognized vision issues, if not corrected early, can progress and may lead to additional vision complications, learning delays, emotional problems, and social issues. Mason also discovered that undiagnosed vision issues are more common in minority and low-income populations. He sought out the help of Dr. Mark Silverberg, M.D., FAAP FAAO. Dr. Silverberg organized a summer internship with Mason last year, so the teen could explore ways to increase early vision screenings and parents’ follow-up in Santa Barbara. The summer work with Dr. Silverberg continued over the next year and will culminate in the “Early Vision Screening

is Vital” campaign that begins on Wednesday, August 1. Coinciding with the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s August Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, Eyes for Success is distributing materials and organizing educational outreach activities for the Santa Barbara community about the signs of early vision issues. The materials cover the impact of early vision issues on development and learning, and how to access no-cost and reduced-cost vision screenings in the Santa Barbara area. In addition, the group is releasing a bilingual children’s book called Eyes for Success; A Story About the Importance of Early Vision Screening that details the story of a young girl with undiagnosed vision problems who has a vision screening in school. The book is written for children aged 4 to 8 and can be used as preparation for a vision screening or discussion after a vision screening. The book contains questions and answers for teachers and parents about vision issues in early childhood. The pamphlet and book will be distributed to interested local pediatrician offices, neighborhood clinics, preschools, elementary schools, after-school programs, and agencies that conduct vision screenings in Santa Barbara County. Agencies or groups wishing to organize a reading of the book, request materials, or obtain additional information can contact the group at ojo sparaelexito@gmail.com.

Sheriff’s Blotter

Late on the night of Wednesday, July 18, and into Thursday, July 19, Montecito residents were on edge as Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies searched for – and ultimately arrested – three suspects wanted for residential burglary. The incident began Just before 10:30 pm on July 18; the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center received a call from a victim in the 100 block of Santa Elena in Montecito who heard suspects breaking into her home. The victim called 911 and hid inside a closet of her home. The suspects made entrance into the residence and when they encountered the victim, they fled outside the front door where they encountered responding deputies. A Sheriff’s deputy observed one of the suspects point what appeared to be a handgun at him. The deputy fired a single round from his service weapon, and the suspects continued to flee. Deputies contacted the victim inside the residence and determined that she was shaken but unharmed. A suspect vehicle registered out of Los Angeles County was located in the driveway. Deputies and California Highway Patrol officers quickly secured a perimeter and began searching for the

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suspects. An emergency notification was sent to residents in the immediate area requesting them to shelter in place. Additional resources were called in to help, including a Sheriff’s K-9 team, a Santa Barbara County Air Support helicopter, the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team and detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division. Just after 11 pm, a suspect identified as being 26-year-old Adolph Washington of Los Angeles was located hiding in bushes in the area of Wyant Road and Bonnie Lane and was arrested. A discarded handgun was located near the victim’s residence. The search continued throughout the night to locate the two suspects who were still at large. Another K9 team from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search. After all leads were exhausted, deputies deployed saturation patrols throughout the area. Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team members remained on scene and Santa Barbara Police officers also responded to assist. At approximately 5:30 am on July 19, deputies conducting saturation patrols located the suspects in the 1200 block of Coast Village Road. A male juvenile suspect from Los Angeles was detained but the third suspect fled. Another emergency notification was sent to residents and businesses in the area, requesting them to shelter in place and to be on the lookout for the remaining suspect, a black male in his late teens or early 20s last seen wearing a white T-shirt. A CHP K9 was brought in to assist with the search. A Ventura County Sheriff’s helicopter also responded to assist but was unable to search due to the marine layer. At approximately 2:30 pm the same day, a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1100 block of Coast Village Road, the same area where the wanted residential burglary suspect was last seen fleeing from deputies. The stolen vehicle was subsequently involved in a non-injury collision in the area of Butterfly Lane and Channel Drive. The driver fled on foot and was apprehended through a coordinated effort between the Santa Barbara Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and the Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was identified as being 33-year-old Davion Dwyann Jones of Compton. He was arrested by the Santa Barbara Police Department for felony vehicle theft, false impersonation, and driving on a suspended license. Jones was released to the custody of sheriff’s deputies who after further investigation arrested Jones for felony first-degree burglary, resisting arrest, and felony false impersonation. Jones also has three out-of-county outstanding warrants, including one for residential burglary in San Diego County. Jones is being held at the Santa Barbara County Jail without bail. •MJ 26 July – 2 August 2018

Music Academy of the West Gala-Force Winds Spring into August

Bass baritone Brandon Cedel is among the scheduled performers at MAW’s annual benefit concert (photo by Dario Acosta)

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he Music Academy of the West’s (MAW) annual gala benefit concert is anchored by a quintet of distinguished alumni artists. Among the former Fellows performing at this year’s special fundraiser are soprano Brenda Rae (2008), whom Opera News has praised for her “dazzling, pinpoint coloratura,” and bass-baritone Brandon Cedel (2010-11), whom The New Yorker’s Alex Ross deemed “destined for stardom.” Violinist and New York Philharmonic concertmaster Frank Huang (1998); pianist Micah McLaurin (2014, 2016) a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist Award winner; and New York Philharmonic principal violist Cynthia Phelps (1979, 1983), who is also a veteran MAW faculty member, also share the spotlight for the celebration, which marries music-making in the intimate and acoustically astounding Hahn Hall with fine dining served al fresco on the gorgeous grounds of the academy’s Miraflores campus. Count Nicholas McGegan among those thrilled to be returning to the

Music Academy for the gala benefit that takes place on Saturday, August 4, on the penultimate weekend of MAW’s 71st Summer Festival. The impish and irrepressible conductor and keyboardist/flutist, who is in his 32nd year as music director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale in San Francisco and also serves as principal guest conductor of the Pasadena Symphony, never matriculated as a student at Miraflores, but spent many a summer in Santa Barbara leading the Academy Chamber Orchestra, which is typically powered by the portion of the classical music Fellows not serving in the

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Sunny soprano Brenda Rae

lovely to be there this time of year to play such a fun and festive program,” McGegan enthused over the phone from Connecticut last week. Among the pieces to be played are ones McGegan has led on several previous occasions, including two selections from Handel’s Rinaldo – Vo’ far Guerra, featuring soprano Rae, a Grammy-nominated artist who regularly performs in many of the world’s leading opera houses, concert halls, and recital venues, and Sibillar gli angui d’Aletto, with bass baritone Cedel, a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program who is currently a member of Oper Frankfurt – which are being performed partially in tribute to former MAW voice program director, who this year transitioned to the position of honorary director. He’s also a master of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 320d, featuring Huang and Phelps. But the festive program also features more contemporary selections, two of whose composers McGegan can claim as some sort of a personal nexus, and a famous piece he’s never had the pleasure of conducting before. It turns out that the conductor actually knew Benjamin Britten, the composer of the 1953 opera Gloriana, from which the Academy Chamber Orchestra will perform the Courtly Dances. “Back when I was a student, I played in an orchestra under Britten, which is nice, but I guess it just means that I’m old,” McGegan said with a decided lilt in his voice. “He was conducting and I was playing first flute. We had six rehearsals, so there was some time. I grew up with his music, so it really was one of the highlights of my undergraduate career to get to know him a little bit.” McGegan can also claim a connection to Leonard Bernstein via a chance encounter with the legendary


American conductor at a party in Indiana back in the day. “He was a quite a character, especially when he had a few drinks in him, which was most of the time as I remember,” McGegan noted. The details of the story might end up being shared from the podium on the night of the benefit – if not, be sure to ask him about it before or after the performance – so we’ll leave out the lead-up. But suffice to say that the boisterous Brit and Bernstein ended up jamming side-byside on a piano, regaling a few friends with fractured parodies of songs from Gilbert & Sullivan. “You can just say I played piano duets with Bernstein and leave it at that,” McGegan said with a laugh. Things should be a little more straightforward if still frothy fun during Rae’s rendition of Glitter and be Gay from Candide, programmed for the gala to mark the centennial of Bernstein’s birth. The concert concludes with George Gerswhin’s Rhapsody in Blue, featuring McLaurin, who claimed MAW’s Concerto Competition when he was a Fellow here, and has gone on to several solo stints and major orchestras. McGegan said he has never previously conducted the popular piece that bridged the jazz and classical worlds, and is looking forward to taking on the work in a rarely heard original version that, he said, pre-dates the work’s “Hollywood-ization.” “In the past, they wanted me just to do early Baroque music, which I’ve done for the full 50 years of my career,” McGegan said. “So, it’s great fun to do some things that are new for me. I really love being stretched.” Just as “Blue” mixes genres, the gala concert is a special experience because it pairs the Fellows in the Academy Chamber Orchestra with the current faculty and visiting alumni artists, which MAW didn’t do nearly as often back when McGegan was regularly showing up at the summer festival. “It’s a great treat for the students (Fellows) to be doing these pieces with these all-stars of the New York Philharmonic and others,” he said. “The whole concert is a terrific showcase of the many elements of the Music Academy, from the vocal program, to the solo piano, the orchestra program, and more. It’s wonderful to get the various constituencies together along with the alumni on stage for one jolly evening.”

Black Tie-Optional

The all-inclusive approach was absolutely a big part of the planning process for the annual gala, according to Regina Roney, a former MAW board member who is co-chairing the event with current board member Judy Getto. That angle grew out

of the aftermath of the Thomas Fire and the January 9 Montecito debris flows, which contributed to the decision to not hold the event during the spring, before the Summer Festival got underway, as had been the case with the immediate two previous predecessors. With the community both in and around Montecito still reeling from the double disasters, the timing wasn’t yet right for a fundraising celebration. “So many of our patrons and attendees are from this area, and they were deeply affected,” Roney said. “It just made a lot of sense to have more time for healing.” The delay also had the added benefit – pun intended – of increasing the community feel of the fundraiser since it’s taking place near the end of the summer fest, when the music lovers, performers, and staff have been together for the better part of two months. Holding it during the season allowed the Fellows to be a part of the performance, not just the eventual beneficiaries of the fundraising, as the proceeds go toward the scholarship fund and other endeavors, including the new alumni endeavors and commissions. ‘There is very much a whole connected-community feeling present at the Academy this summer (following the disasters),” Roney said. “And being able to use the talent that we bring in for the summer alongside the alumni helps to keep those connections alive.” Indeed, she said, MAW and Santa Barbara as a whole are still “near and dear to the hearts” of many of the faculty and alumni, including Cedel, for whom Roney and her husband served as Compeers during the bass-baritone’s summers at the festival, one of 18 they’ve sponsored over a decade of participation in the program. “He was in Germany, and he called immediately when he heard what was going on here. So, I know he was very eager to come back and be a part of this year’s gala.” In keeping with the community-based theme, all are welcome at this year’s gala, Roney said. The benefit itself is officially a black tie-optional event – “Formal if you want it to be, and opportunity to get dressed up and have that sort of special evening. But it’s not required at all. Come as you want to come. It’s a coastal feel.” And those who are new to town or the Music Academy are equally encouraged to attend along with patrons with plenty of years of sitting through masterclasses and concerts, Roney said. “Don’t be intimidated thinking you won’t know anybody,” she said. “If you want to come but don’t know enough people to put together a whole table, the MAW gala team will help make that happen. You will definitely meet fellow music

The ocean was the best place, of course. – Ann Brashares

lovers.” Indeed, the Roneys didn’t know a whole lot of folks when they first attended a MAW masterclass as part of the Santa Barbara Newcomers Club shortly after moving here to enjoy their retirement. “We just fell in love with the music and the people, and started seeing how much of a difference the Academy makes in the lives and careers of the young Fellows. We wanted to be a part of making that happen.” Come Saturday, August 4, the Roneys will be among those with whom you can share samples of local wineries, including Paredon and Riverbench, and enjoy heavy appetizers followed by a more formal sitdown dinner in the garden before heading into Hahn Hall for the marvelous music. Tables for the 2018 MAW gala are available at $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000 for tables, or $1,000 each for individual tickets. For table sponsorships and more information, contact Allie Rigonati by email at arigonati@ musicacademy.org, by phone at (805) 695-7929, or visit www.musicacade my.org/gala.

This Week at MAW:

Thursday, July 26: Tonight’s String Quartet recital finds the Fellows who have spent some of the summer in featured foursomes sharing the pieces they have been preparing with their ensembles for several weeks. Expect to hear works standard in the repertoire, as well as less familiar pieces performed to near-perfection by the young artists. Program to be announced on site (7:30 pm; Hahn Hall; $10 to $15). Saturday, July 28: The academy’s Concerto Competition Finals have been tweaked yet again. Once held on a single Saturday fairly early in the summer so that the winners had time to practice and perform their pieces as part of a special Academy Festival Orchestra Concerto Night concert at the Granada, the competitions were more recently broken up into sections via instruments and took place on different days and/or evenings, though still early enough for the winners to get the gig at the Granada. Now, the competition has returned to a single day, but those who claim the judges’ hearts (or ears, anyway) won’t get a chance to share the full symphony orchestra spotlight until next summer, when they’ll be invited back to perform with the Academy Festival Orchestra during the 2019 Summer Festival. (Nothing like a year-long wait to build up the anticipation!) Still, that’s no reason not to show up to check out the premier performanc-

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

Feel Good Fridays


ho couldn’t use a little extra energy entering the weekend? Sure, there’s Red Bull, a double expresso or other substances. But a more natural approach is being offered by Amyris Wilson, a transformational healer and teacher who has returned to practice in Santa Barbara after several years in Ojai. The energy involved here is the kind that makes up everything in the universe, a la Einstein. “Everything is energy, we are energetic beings. Keeping your energy clear and balanced will leave you feeling light, clear, and ready for the weekend,” Amyris says in the announcement of the new offerings that began last Friday and will continue every Friday through September 28. She’ll be delivering 15-minute sessions to support people in releasing the energy from the work week and clear out any stuck energy that has been bogging you down to be freed up for the weekend. It’s particularly useful for those who may be new to energy healing and would like to try it out, or just want a brief tune-up to serve as a catalyst for transition. No commitment necessary, as anyone who is interested can just come to Wilson’s office at 14 W. Micheltorena Street and add your name to the signin sheet in the waiting room. The fee for the 15-minute session is $20 cash, payable on site. Amyris has been an energy healer since 2004 and is a certified Reiki master, Crystalline Consciousness practitioner and Intuitive healer. Visit www.facebook. com/events/258311844756875 for details.











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Quick Conscious Curing with Katie

What if your life became more joyful? What if you could live fearlessly? What if you had a way to unravel the thoughts that cause all your suffering? Those are the kinds of questions participants may ponder, albeit tangentially, as part of the next on-site intro session with Byron Katie, two hours of inquiry using The Work, her method consisting of four simple questions that bring relief from confusion and suffering. Although Katie just completed leading a nineday immersion at her center in Ojai, the self-help guru also believes that people can experience the clarity that comes from understanding thoughts that have been troubling one for years and leave the intro workshop with everything needed to do The Work on one’s own. On-site seating for the 10 am to noon event on Thursday, August 2, is limited and will be closed when enough participants arrive to fill the hall at The Center for The Work, 213 N. Montgomery St. in Ojai. But the good news is that you can also join the event live on The Work of Byron Katie Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ pg/theworkofbyronkatie). Admission is by donation on site, free online. For more info, call (805) 444-5799 or visit http://thework.com/en. Following this event, Katie will be on the road for events at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Esalen Institute in Big Sur, before returning in late October for another immersion in the School for The Work.


Living in Truth, Peace, and Happiness

After a bit of a hiatus, the Meetup hosted by Santa Barbara psychologist and spiritual practitioner Gail Brenner returns to her home on La Cumbre Circle this Thursday, July 26. Newcomers are most welcome at the 6:30 to 8 pm gathering that serves as a coming-together in a safe and supportive space. The evening begins with a guided meditation that illuminates the deepest truth of our being, before the floor is opened for questions about discovering your true nature as awareness, getting unstuck, and awakened, embodied living. The group is especially geared toward those who are tired of suffering and open to the practical reality of peace and happiness. No charge, though donations are gratefully accepted. Visit www.meetup. com/Living-in-Truth-Santa-Barbara for more details.

Stepping into the Soup

Aaron Musicant, who just served as the DJ at last Sunday’s Dance Tribe weekly ecstatic dance adventure, winds up his two-session course on Contact Improv Fundamentals at Yoga Soup this Saturday, July 28. The 1 to 4 pm session, which carried a $5

to $25 sliding-scale admission, is a technique-based workshop to explore the fundamental principles of contact improvisation. This deep dive into contact technique is open to people of all experience levels, including those just beginning or just wanting to brush up on dance. It’s not necessary to have attended the first offering, as both workshops will be go over safety, weight sharing, core connection, rolling, point of contact, spiraling, lifting, falling and more, though this Saturday’s session will build off of principles and skills learned in the first. Also at Yoga Soup this weekend: 7 Steps to Connecting with Your Inner Guidance with Destiny Hitchcock, slated for 2 to 3 pm on Sunday, July 29, and focusing on connecting with your unique inner voice, perhaps the easiest and most profound journey one could ever take, which begins with discovering how your soul’s voice is distinctly different.... Lisa G. Littlebird returns to the 28 Parker Way Studio 3 to 5 pm that same Sunday afternoon for WHOLEHEARTED: A Community Singing Workshop, a call-and-response style gathering that offers an accessible, easy grace and infectious joy to rekindle the love of singing. Admission is $25. Call (805) 965-8811 or visit www.yogasoup.com/category/events. •MJ

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

by Steven Libowitz

to make it work, even though they’re not exactly right for the roles because everyone is. It’s a big giant matrix to put it together, but it just worked out great.


Kitty Balay as Rosie, Melinda Parrett as Donna Sheridan, and Allison Rich as Tanya

irector Brad Carroll said it was just a coincidence that the sequel to the movie version of Broadway smash-hit musical Mamma Mia opened just days before PCPA Theaterfest’s production opens at the Solvang Festival Theater this Friday night, July 27. But there’s no accident that the long-standing conservatory booked the show as the centerpiece of the summer in Solvang as the bubbly extravaganza based on nearly two dozen songs by the 1970s pop quartet ABBA enjoys a long run through August 26. The warm weather and kids-out-of-school season calls for frothy fun, and Mamma Mia is just the thing, he said. Q. Your bio on the PCPA website says always having your students focus on “Why this story?” and “Why now?” is a big part of your teaching approach. So, let me ask you: Why Mamma Mia now? A. The whole thing about the show is that it’s fun. It’s nostalgic, and there are some beautifully human moments about relationships between people, but it’s mostly a giddy, guilty pleasure. I don’t know about you, but as I read the headlines these days, that’s what I need. This last weekend in Santa Maria, people are literally leaving the theater telling me how happy they are that we’re doing it and how much they just needed to laugh. The students are saying they never heard audiences scream in delight like that before. It’s sweet. It’s not deep. It’s not King Lear. You don’t have to think


a whole lot to stay with it. It’s great to see a story that actually turns out well. It’s like all the meringue on a lemon meringue pie. You go to the theater and let it wash over you. The movie sequel just opened last weekend. Were you a fan of the original? (Pause). I watched it. I hesitated because I wasn’t sure I wanted to be influenced at all. But it was fine. To me, I have a hard time watching these amazing actors doing such weird roles. I couldn’t ignore that it was Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan on the screen. I know that’s what sold the movie getting made, but to me I’d rather it was people I never heard of who were just good. Still, it was a hoot. But I don’t need to see it again – unlike this show, which I can’t wait to direct again. I really have become such a fan. How does your own cast compare? I know you are limited to the pool of conservatory students who are on hand each year, plus some visiting actors. Actually we have the perfect cast for this show. That’s only the third time ever in my career that it’s happened, but everybody is spot-on. You never see that in regional theater, the festival format, because it’s hard to find someone who can both sing and dance and do Shakespeare. But for some reason, all the pieces fell into place. So, directing is a breeze. All I have to be is a traffic cop and referee. I don’t have to pull things out of them or try

It is kind of a strange story, about a girl wanting to know who her father actually is. Why does it work so well? There is that Greek tragedy element in the conflict between the character who is in search of her father and going through a lot trying to figure out who he is, while her mother is trying to run in the opposite direction and not have to face the issue. That’s what keeps the story heart-driven. It might not be what we go through, but all of us have had to work out relationships, whether it’s with our parents or kids, or lovers, or teachers or bosses... but mostly it’s the songs by ABBA. There are something like 22 of them in the show and they’re all great. The audiences have been going crazy in Santa Maria, so I can’t imagine how fun it will be in Solvang outdoor under the stars. I told the kids to buckle up, because there will be people singing along with you whether you want them to or not. You just have to go with it. The show just makes people happy. PCPA’s Mamma Mia! plays July 27 to August 26 at the Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second St., Solvang. For tickets, call (805) 922-8313 or visit www.pcpa.org.

Road Trip

It’s almost like a meta-version of a drag race as two completely different car shows compete for attention on Saturday afternoon, July 29. Groovin’ in the Grove, an annual fundraiser for Santa Barbara Elks Lodge No 613 since 2006, concentrates on both classic cars and vintage travel trailers dating back to the late 1920s, with specialty vehicles also participating. More than $2,000 in cash awards is up for grabs in such categories as stock, modified, custom, truck, and America’s Big 3 of GM, Chevy, and Ford (the latter in both pre- and post1970 sections). Among the added attractions are Santa Barbara native Tanis Hammond’s 300 mph Lakester #77, one of the cars the septuagenarian has put the pedal to the metal to out in the Salt Flats – although it’ll be stationary in Goleta. Local rock and roll band Ernie and the Emperors – which has been playing in Santa Barbara and around the nation since

You can’t trust water. Even a straight stick turns crooked in it. – W.C. Fields

the 1960s – will also perform providing the soundtrack for the summer session. Food and refreshments will be available for sale, and be sure to check out the Chili Cook-Off. The 10 am to 2 pm event takes place at 150 North Kellogg Ave. Free admission. Call (805) 452-0376 or visit www.groo vininthegrove.org. Meanwhile, Woodies at the Beach goes back another five years, as the 18th annual event heads back to the gorgeous ocean-overlooking grassy knoll at SBCC on Saturday, July 28. Featured here are the “Best of the Best” Woodie Wagons from all over the western United States, and you don’t have to be a Beach Boy, or even a fan of the iconic band, to enjoy the artistry and craftsmanship that made the Woodie legendary in the 1950s and ‘60s surf culture. Also on site are some classic cars dating back to pre-1973, plus raffles and a silent auction to benefit local charities. Bring a picnic or purchase the eats at the award-winning gourmet food truck “HEAT Culinary” providing offerings for both breakfast and lunch. Peruse the paneled vehicles from 9 am to 3 pm at Santa Barbara City College West Campus, 721 Cliff Dr. Free. Info at (805) 341-6644 or www.facebook. com/events/845913575587566.

Condor Opera Cruise

It might seem like the Music Academy of the West is the only option for classical music of any kind in the summer in Santa Barbara. That’s largely true – at least on land. But if you’re willing to take to the sea, you can enjoy some of opera’s greatest love songs while cruising along the beautiful Santa Barbara shoreline on board the Condor Express on Saturday, July 28. The performers are Santa Barbara favorites soprano Deborah Bertling and mezzo soprano Danielle Marcelle Bond, who will be accompanied by pianist and producer Renee Hamaty. Bertling’s opera credits include Italian Girl in Algiers (Elvira), Magic Flute (Queen of the Night), Merry Widow (Olga), and others, as well as appearances on stages throughout central California in plays, concerts, and staged readings. Bond debuted in Germany as Maddalena in Rigoletto with Opera Classica Europa and has an extensive oratorio repertoire which garnered her a 2014 American Prize award. Hamaty previously served as faculty vocal pianist for the Music Academy of the West’s Summer Merit Program. The Condor Opera Cruise departs from the Sea Landing dock in Santa Barbara Harbor at 7 pm, and the $65 boarding pass includes complimentary appetizers (no host bar on board). Call (805) 882-0088 or visit https://condorexpress.com/operacruise. •MJ 26 July – 2 August 2018


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growth was deemed inadvisable because of the steepness of the slopes. The danger of repeat floods and debris flows remains a community threat for at least the next two to four years. The National Weather Service has forecast a 65% chance of an El Niño weather pattern this fall and a 70% chance in the winter. Generally, but not always, El Niño weather patterns result in warmer temperatures and higher than average rainfall.

The Partnership for Resilient Communities

The Partnership for Resilient Communities (PFRC) is a Montecito-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) formed to collaborate with the County of Santa Barbara in a public/private partnership to do whatever it takes to avoid a repeat of the January 9 destruction. PFRC provides a seat at the table for Montecito community leaders to cooperatively offer local and expert opinion as input to the County Recovery Plan. PFRC’s partnership with cash-strapped Santa Barbara County helps to moderate the danger from future natural disasters by expanding the bandwidth of talent and money available to the County. The all-volunteer team of local residents and founders of the Partnership for Resilient Communities includes Gwyn Lurie, Brett Matthews, Les Firestein, Alixe Mattingly, Pat McElroy, Ron Pulice, Mary Rose, and Joe Cole.

Accomplishments to Date

Previous efforts of the PFRC include examining other similarly distressed communities in Switzerland and Japan; meeting with geologists and technology experts; funding of David Fukutomi, former deputy director of the California Office of Emergency Services (OEM), as a bridge between Montecito and County CEO, Mona Miyasato; identifying “best practices” by direct engagement with James Lee Witt, former head of FEMA; Coast Guard admiral Thad Allen, incident commander for Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast Oil Spill; and consultation with Tom Dunne, Geomorphology, Hydrology Ph.D., Geography at the UCSB Bren School to understand local debris flow hazard areas and risk assessment. Research in Switzerland led the PFRC team to Dr. William F. Kane, Ph.D., and president of Kane GeoTech, Inc. based in Stockton, California. The firm specializes in difficult geotechnical solutions to slope stability, debris flow, rock slides, avalanches, and instrumentation technology and manufacturing of slope monitoring systems. GeoTech has partnered with European barrier manufacturer GeoBrugg, to build high-tensile steel nets that snare dangerous debris before it damages homes, businesses, and neighborhoods. Successful GeoBrugg nets have been installed in Switzerland, Washington state, New Mexico, Camarillo, California, and other locations throughout the world.

Canyon Ring Nets

The current “hot project” for the PFRC team is the installation on private property of one or more testbed steel netting systems by December 2018 before the onset of winter storms. The December installation timeframe gives the partnership fewer than five months to negotiate contracts with local landowners, including liability protections; navigate through the laborious Santa Barbara County permitting process; and most importantly solicit private funding from Montecito donors to meet the December 2018 installation Debris nets are installed in potential debris flow areas in timetable. Use of a “disaster Camarillo Springs (photo courtesy of KANE GeoTech, Inc.) emergency declaration” may limit the need for CEQA environmental reviews, which could add years, not months, to project approval status.

Funding Requirements

An initial $3.5 million private funding effort is needed to offset the cost


to install 18 ring nets in five Montecito canyons by December: Buena Vista Creek; San Ysidro Creek Debris Basin (present capacity 11,000 cubic yards); Cold Springs Creek Debris Basin (present capacity 13,000 cubic yards); Montecito Creek Basin (present capacity 7,000 cubic yards); and Romero Creek Debris Basin (present capacity 15,570 cubic yards). The new Ring Nets are intended to double the catching capacity of each debris basin by capturing loose boulders, downed trees, and other debris that can clog downstream culverts and bridges creating prodigious overflows. Additional costs would include $700,000 for advanced monitoring systems for all five canyons; $700,000; for engineering plans and permits; and $500,000 for consulting expertise, for a total of $5.4 million, which needs to be raised for this 2018 project. An additional 27 new Ring Nets would be installed in 2019, adding another 275,000 cubic yards of capacity for boulder and debris retention. Added nets would be installed in the Toro Canyon Upper West Debris Basin (present capacity 8,750 cubic yards); the Toro Canyon Lower West Debris Basin (present capacity 19,545 cubic yards); and the Arroyo Paredon Debris Basin (present capacity 8,360 cubic yards). Hydro-mulching to stimulate hillside vegetation growth would be an additional added expense. It is hoped that some of the $5.4 million raised in private contributions can be recovered following Ring Net installation through FEMA and other federal and state grant programs, thus providing potential seed capital for additional mitigation measures in later years. It is anticipated that no money will be contributed by the County of Santa Barbara from capital funds or operating funds in the 2018-19 fiscal year budgets, despite the fact that Montecito homeowners dispatch $104 million to County coffers each year and get back only a small percentage of that amount in services. Unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities for retired County employees effectively bankrupt the County, choking off funding for emergency capital funding expenditures.

Debris Basins and Creek Channel Maintenance

Historically, mountain mitigation has focused more on larger and more sophisticated debris basins as the primary defense against destructive debris flows. Unfortunately, enlargement of Montecito’s six debris basins may be restrained by local topography, cost and time constraints, which makes the easily installed, economically priced Swiss Ring Nets a more viable option for installation this year. A second restraint on improved debris basins, or even the same ones we have now, is that the County Flood Control has no budget for routine annual maintenance of Montecito’s six inadequate, undersized debris basins, and no capital improvement budget to build larger and more efficient debris basins. The irony is that the Santa Barbara County Final Updated Debris Basin Maintenance and Removal Plan, published in June 2017 – six months before the January 9 tragedy – stipulated the elimination of two of our inadequate debris basins; “environmentalists” deemed the undersized basins to be a threat to an endangered non-existent fish swimming up a non-existent creek that is perpetually dry during mating season. Thankfully, after the January 9 disaster, County plans to shut down the San Ysidro Debris Basin and the Cold Spring Basin were quietly shelved over the objections of the federal National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) and their environmental friends. For real protection, what we need are sophisticated debris basins, similar in size to the giant Santa Monica Debris Basin (208,000 cubic yards of flood debris capacity) that saved Carpinteria from a Montecito-like disaster. The Santa Monica debris basin was built in 1977 as a result of major mud and rock flow in Carpinteria in 1969. Construction of the Santa Monica Debris Basin was sponsored by the Carpinteria Valley Watershed Project, with funding grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, a forerunner to today’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It took Carpinteria eight years after its disastrous debris flows of 1969 to plan, fund, and build its enlarged debris basin. How long will it take Montecito to do the same, and at what cost?

Time to Do Your (Our) Part

Interested contributors to the Partnership for Resilient Communities are encouraged to write checks payable to the Santa Barbara Foundation, earmarked for the Partnership for Resilient Communities, mailed to PFRC, P.O. Box 5476, Montecito, CA 93150. Generous donors in Montecito have pledged to match individual contributions up to a maximum of $500,000 to kick-start the campaign. •MJ

Life in us is like the water in a river. – Henry David Thoreau

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the SSN continued to be the unique identifier, until this sudden change. You’ll note that your SSN is not eliminated for any other purpose, just for the Medicare program. You will still retain your Social Security card and your SSN, but not for Medicare. You must replace your Medicare card, which uses your official SSN, with a new card bearing a generic type identifier that is randomly selected and has no apparent connection to your real identity at all. You are also directed to destroy the old Medicare card. The Medicare program is an insurance program funded by the employee and the employer over a minimum specified time period. The SSN identifier was the proof that these commitments were met. As I understand it, the new randomly selected numbers have no link to a verifiable history of insurance payments. This change has been a long time coming, and its purpose as publicly stated is a noble one. But, was it necessary, and will it work? I’d like to think so, but the legitimate American population has, over the past several years, learned some horrible truths about the insidiously evil forces both global, and constitutionally treasonous, that are determined to destroy this country by any means and have been at it for many decades. So I should be forgiven for pointing out my concerns, which are: (a) the SSN is proof of insured legitimacy and (b) randomly selected numbers could allow anyone to be admitted to Medicare without meeting the requirements of legitimacy. Remember, this new number is abstract; designed to keep an identity confidential. I’m also uneasy about a trend toward federalization that is gaining traction behind the scenes (it seems everything is behind the scenes these days, despite transparency being the favored noun for all who wish to hide something from us). Perhaps a benign federalization is a good idea because the states certainly are unmanageable during this age of divisiveness that appears to be worsening; but federalization is not constitutionally acceptable except in the limited circumstances where it does apply, like national safety, and it is fraught with the potential to allow limited regulations and controls to become permanent to our detriment as a free and united nation. Yet, we are not a united nation at this time, and bits and pieces are gradually becoming known about a whole series of actions leading to federalization, separate actions which sound “reasonable” but as a whole are somewhat threatening. There is only one known exemp26 July – 2 August 2018

tion from this system as proposed, and that is for voting. Identification is not required. We all know the reason for this selective sanctity, don’t we? Harry Wilmott Goleta (Editor’s note: We wouldn’t be the first publication to note that photo ID is required for virtually every important and financial transaction except one: voting. Only one political party benefits from that anomaly and it’s not the party currently in power. – J.B.)

The Ken Starr Defense

Supporters of President Trump are fond of equating every bogus manufactured scandal by Fox News with Watergate. First, it was unmasking, then the Steele dossier, which has not been disproven, then the FISA warrants, which proved appropriate given the 80-plus contacts with Russians by the Trump campaign team, at first denied or covered up until revealed by the press or by guilty pleas. They tried to label a confidential informant as a “Spygate,” who was questioning two Trump campaign people about their Russian contacts. Conservative Trey Gowdy investigated and pronounced it as appropriate and said it was what the American people would expect to be investigated. Not that Fox News did not mention or label Jared Kushner’s attempt to setup a secret back channel in the Russian embassy “Traitor-gate.” Was any spy-derived information used against Trump during the campaign? The Trump tribe can’t name one item. Even Obama chose not to reveal the extent of the FBI-CIA Trump investigation of Russian contacts before the election. Indeed, if anything, the FBI, by only showcasing the Clinton investigation, helped, not hurt, the Trump campaign. When you are guilty and the facts are against you, you attack the investigators. It’s the Johnny Cochran defense. Attack the cops and acquit O.J. Now, it’s attack the FBI and Mueller and acquit Trump. Robert Abrams Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Welcome to the beginning of an early election season, whereby letter writers on both sides will seek to discredit the opposition. We’d only point out that Mr. Abrams shouldn’t call attacking the investigators “the Johnny Cochran defense.” He should call such tactics “the Ken Starr defense,” as there hasn’t been a more unjustly maligned public prosecutor in the history of this nation. – J.B.)

Fears Survival

Not content to malign our free press, ridicule our national intelli-

gence, and undermine our justice system, Trump’s outrageous surrender to the enemy of democracy has caused me to recall this quote from Cicero: “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero When will we learn? How much longer can our democratic institutions survive? Sue Mellor Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Geez, I guess we’ll all have to learn how to wear those funny fur hats and drink excessive amounts of vodka. As for how much longer our democratic institutions can survive, we’re not quite sure what the Russians have in mind for that, but we’ll continue to monitor the situation. – J.B.)

Spendthrift President Putin

Putin has been meddling in Montenegro’s elections for years. Putin was behind the assassination attempt on Montenegro’s Prime Minister Djukanovic to prevent Montenegro from joining NATO. The government of Montenegro released photographs and documents as proof of Putin’s involvement. Despite Putin’s continual flow of black-market money into Montenegro, he failed to buy its people; however, we must give Putin credit, he bought an American president without spending a dime. Bruce Savin Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Meddling in the affairs of other countries, let’s use Viet Nam circa 1963 as an example, by aiding and abetting the removal and assassination of its duly elected president and installing a military man more amenable to U.S. interests didn’t really work out too well for us, so perhaps your fear of Putin having “bought an American president without spending a dime,” will backfire on the Russian president too. As for us, we posit that anyone who really believes what you apparently do has been seduced and deluded by a compliant press corps. – J.B.)

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Thanks to All

My most sincere thanks to James Buckley, who covered and wrote such a terrific article on the Montecito Association’s (MA) 4th of July Celebration! He captured all so eloquently and with such great enthusiasm. Know that we so appreciate your support and excellent journalism. The 4th of July event committee headed up by Mindy Denson, Kathi King, Trish Davis, and David Breed really outdid themselves this year in pulling together the best 4th of July celebration ever! Their tireless efforts in securing over 100 first responders to attend was truly a great feat! This was the first time that we were able to really appreciate and thank so many first responders for their selfless dedication to our community and residents on our own turf. And it seemed to me that not only were the spectators moved by all, so were the first responders. They were all so appreciative of the crowds cheering and genuine “thank yous.” It does take a village to orchestrate all... The Montecito Community Foundation is our financial supporter, and it was the first time that the Montecito Community Foundation board actually joined in to march in the parade. We were truly thrilled that they chose to participate and we so appreciate their ongoing support. Additionally, there are so many dedicated board members (past and present), many beloved community volunteers, and the MA office staff, Susan Robles and Allison Marcillac – all of whom spent timeless hours in planning and executing all. The Montecito Association is truly the voice of our community, whether it be in our advocacy role with County and State governmental officials for the preservation, protection, and enhancement of the semi-rural residential character of our beloved community of Montecito. It is my sincere hope that those readers of Montecito Journal who are not currently members of the MA will strongly consider supporting our continuing advocacy and celebratory events by joining the Montecito Association. You can easily join online at www.montecitoas sociation.org or stop by the office located at 1469 E. Valley Road – Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm. Or just give us a call at (805) 969-2026. Charlene Nagel Montecito (Ms Nagel is president of the Montecito Association.) •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL



by Karen Robiscoe

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Going Where the Gym Crowd Goes


re you in with the gym crowd? Do you go where the gym crowd goes? If you do go where they go, then you know that on arrival, group fitness is the order of the day. The conundrum is the abundance of group fitness classes. Popping up like so many bulging biceps county-wide, where’s a Montecito local to go? This column narrows your destination down to Physical Focus, a neighborhood gym located at 140 Hot Springs Road, and guaranteed fit for all Montecito-ites: “Our PFx classes are a place for residents to meet, sweat, and build community,” owner Kasper Allison says proudly. The showing-up part is so much easier when it’s about friends as much as it is about fitness. Both play a huge role in the PFx classes Physical Focus has recently launched. “Our modality is different than the downtown group fitness centers in an important way,” Kasper says, noting the PFx cardio-conditioning class and PFx strength-core class currently available at Physical Focus are capped at 12 participants per session. “Our nineteen-year history as a training center focuses on movement education and injury prevention. Over the years, we’ve heard quite a few stories of people getting injured during large group classes because the coach couldn’t address a given participant’s movement and technique due to the size of the class. That’s

Kasper pays close attention to each participant in Physical Focus’s group fitness classes

PFx classes has been an exciting next step for me and Physical Focus. Being able to bring together a community of people interested in changing their movement, as well as changing their bodies, has been a wonderful experience. We’re able to help a lot more people, which has always been a top reason to train for me.”

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Kasper Allison (left) and Shane Cervantes head up Montecito’s Physical Focus on Hot Springs Road

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a bit more poignant: “It’s nice to be around my neighbors, especially after the year we had. A lot of us gained weight from the stress of the disasters and displacement. This program is the epitome of 805 Strong,” the graphic designer says, her manner heartfelt as she adds: “You have to be a Montecito resident to understand.” There were plenty of neighbors who understand just that at the Conditioning and Cardio class I checked out the following day. A combination of strength and cardio intervals designed to increase energy and maximize calorie burn, there was even a screen broadcasting the results of the heart rate monitors each participant wore, showing the calories expended and maximal BPM each achieved. Broken into three stations featuring a wide range of exercises—from lunges, jacks, and “sled pulls” (achieved by looping secured, suspension bands at the waist) to hurdles, weighted squat swings, and HIIT cardio work – the class schematic was as fun as it was demanding. So fun that off-duty instructor Lindsay Deaguila was herself in attendance, adding to and clearly enjoying the vital atmosphere: “It’s intimate group training that allows for the community aspect of it – rooting each other on is what it’s about! Kasper concentrates on the body mechanics, and we all get a great sweat on while we work out.” Amelia Carleton has been coming since the outset. “I’ve never had a total body workout like this before. Kasper’s instruction is unparalleled. He’s always watching your movement patterns. He truly pays attention!” The mother of three was matter-of-fact as she added: “It’s the cleanest gym I’ve ever been in too. By far and away.” The facility is as well-kept as it is well-equipped, and newcomers Cathy and David Atkinson made good use of the latter during the action-packed hour. “The mixture of exercise is good.” David noted, while his wife remarked: “It’s very challenging. I like seeing how hard I’m working on the TV monitor.” A measurable result that correlates to Kasper’s own sense of satisfaction with the new venture. “Seeing the vast improvements with those that come regularly is very gratifying,” Kasper says. “Everything from increased energy, to body weight and stress reduction.” More class days and times are slated for a summer kick-off along with new classes highlighting combinations of mobility and yoga, recovery, and relaxation. Explaining that the formula behind the current classes are the building blocks of good health, incorporating both cardio fitness and strength, he concludes: “You can’t be fit without being strong, and you can’t be strong without being fit.” Well said, indeed. If you want to know more, surf www.physicalfocus. com or call (805) 695-0450. •MJ 26 July – 2 August 2018

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by Beverlye Hyman Fead

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

Embracing Impermanence


illian Carson has the kind of face that not only makes you smile but also makes you want to throw your arms around her. First of all, it is beautiful but it’s also a kind and loving face – and that’s why it’s no surprise she is the expert on grandmothering and how to love and guide your grandchild. Lillian was born in New York to show-business parents. Her father pioneered musical shorts and was an orchestra leader at the Palace Theatre on Broadway, film producer, and head of the Music Department at Universal Pictures. Her mother was an actress on Broadway. Lillian was six years old when she, her brother, and parents moved to Toluca Lake, California I knew Lillian from L.A., when she was married to Don Gevirtz, who later became our ambassador to Fiji. We were all young marrieds

Although she has had her share of losses, 85-yearold Lillian Carson continues to believe “Happiness is a choice”

with babies. She loved raising her kids, and considered it “a wonderful opportunity to introduce them to the




world.” What a great way to feel and be able to express it. When she was 40 years old, she even took up equestrian training so she could show horses with her daughter. The difference between Lillian and me was that Lillian kept going to school and getting more degrees, while I was just pushing my kids on swings in the park. She received her B.A. in Social Welfare, an M.S.W. (Master of Social Welfare), and a doctorate in Social Welfare (she also trained to be an actress), all the while raising three children. But she really loved psychotherapy. Along with having a private practice in West Los Angeles, she was able to study with her hero, child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, at her Hampsted Clinic in London. Lillian was director of the Los Angeles psychoanalyst Society Clinic and consultant to the Santa Monica Child Development Center and UCLA Child Development Center. Believe me when I tell you, this is only a handful of things she did of importance during those years. After 14 years, she and Don divorced, and she became a single mom. She then married Ralph Carson, a successful entrepreneur (Carson-Roberts Advertising) founder of the Entrepreneur program at USC. Unfortunately, due to his untimely death, they only had five short but happy years together. “That taught me it’s so important to be In the moment,” she says. Then came the books. As she became a grandparent, she began writing. First there was The Essential Grandparent: A Guide to Making a Difference, a best seller in 1996 and reprinted in 1999. Then came award-winning The Essential

Grandparent’s Guide to Divorce: Making a Difference in the Family. As if that was not enough, she became the spokeswomen for Hasbro Toys, McDonald’s (Mc Grand Mom), and a columnist for Grand magazine. During this time, she appeared as an expert on many TV shows, including as a grandparent expert on the O.J. Simpson case. She toured the country speaking. She was a busy lady. She wasn’t too busy, however, to find love one more time. She fell in love and married Sam Hurst, dean emeritus of The School Of Architecture and fine Arts at USC. They were happily married and lived in Santa Barbara for 30 years until he passed away in 2015. “Happiness is a choice,” she says, and though she has had her share of losses, she walks that walk. Lillian has always kept busy and is at work, now, on a new book about our heritage and culture. ”It’s important and empowering to know where you came from,” she says emphatically. She stays involved and enjoys the love of her own six grandchildren, as well of that of her three children, her daughter Susan, a professor and poet, daughter Carrie, a psychologist, and her son, Steve, an investment banker. “Keep moving and create a purpose in life,” she stresses, and at 85, she is an excellent example of just that. When I ask her advice about aging, she leaves me with two thoughts, both of which she lives day in and day out: “Being around young people is healthy for us. It beefs up our immune system.” And: “Embracing impermanence enhances life, as it creates a greater appreciation of today.” •MJ

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MISCELLANY (Continued from page 18) Lisa and Alan Parsons with John Satrom, NASA Launch Vehicle Interface manager, and Stanley Roberts, Senior Project engineer discussing a collaboration of a new project launching a soundtrack for liftoffs (photo by Priscilla)

half a million people living with Alzheimer’s, including more than 10,000 in Santa Barbara County. An unforgettable afternoon.

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Gary Novatt, Ralph and Diana MacFarlane, and singer-songwriter Michael McDonald. Hair-raising Affair It was an event to dye for when the Alzheimer’s Association hosted its fifth annual Blondes versus Brunettes flag football game at Bishop Diego High School. The popular occasion, which attracted more than 1,000 spectators and in past years has raised more than $300,000 for the cause, featured the Blondes led by Natalie Ford and

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Donatella Flick conducting competition in 2014 and youngest director of the Antwerp Philharmonic Orchestra, took the talented musicians through a mostly British program with Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Holst’s The Planets, sandwiching academy guest Ogonek’s West Coast premiere of Sleep & Unremembrance. A cracker of an evening. Wine and Dine Oenophiles and gourmands were out in force when the California Wine Festival, which encompasses three different events, celebrated its 15th anniversary, kicking off with its Old Spanish Nights tasting fiesta at the historic De La Guerra Adobe courtyard, which attracted a record 500 guests. Montecito-based Blaine Lando, one of the fest’s three owners, along with Sean Hecht and Chris Bellamy, says numbers continue to be on the

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Brilliant Thoughts

Celebrating 70 Years

by Ashleigh Brilliant

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

Good Cheer


f you ever see a sundial inscribed with a Latin expression, it will probably say: HORAS NON NUMERO NISI SERENAS, which can be translated as “I count only the happy hours.” This is highly appropriate for a sundial, which tells the time only when the sun is shining. But the idea of always “looking on the bright side” is, of course, an old one, though I can’t help thinking of the cynical Monty Python version (in The Life of Brian) which is sung while Brian (a sort of stand-in for Christ) and his associates are being crucified. When people ask me if I am an optimist or a pessimist, I usually reply that I am a realist. Is that a copout? Reality, one might plead, is neither good nor bad. Any difference, as Shakespeare has Hamlet tell us, is only because “thinking makes it so.” But there is the beauty of it. If we are free to think (which admittedly is a very big IF), then we might as well think good thoughts. If you need cheering up, I can tell you several cheerful things about yourself just based on the fact that you are reading this (which is a good thing in itself). Number one, it proves (if anything can) that you are alive. Most of us would give that a big plus right there. It also tends to indicate that you are not blind, not illiterate, and not without intelligence. And it shows, by inference, that wherever you are right now is not on fire, that no other immediate catastrophe is threatening your tranquility, and that you have enough leisure and health to enjoy an essay in the paper. In fact, if only you could go on reading my Thoughts indefinitely, you need not have anything to fear for the rest of your life. But that brings us to a sticking-point – a little nuisance called mortality. Possibly just when you are getting used to being alive, along comes the Big Nothing. Could anything be more unfair or pointless? Quick! Bring in the optimist! He or she (who, of course, is just as mortal as the rest of us) will tell us that we should not be thinking about the incalculable future. The only time that truly exists is the present moment. You and I have, all our lives, been relentlessly exposed to this kind of claptrap, often disguised as “Religion.” (Even Jesus taught us to “Take no thought for the morrow.”) But how can we buy it, when our 26 July – 2 August 2018

minds are full of ineradicable memories of the Past and anticipations of the Future? (And incidentally, how can one major religion worship a fat smiling Buddha, while another worships a gaunt bleeding man nailed to a cross?) Still. we encounter people to whom “Be of Good Cheer” is not just a dogma, but a way of life. What is their secret? Some of them will tell us “Keep busy!” “Exercise!” “Health is Happiness!” Many will insist that it all depends on your relationships with other people – listening, learning, lending a hand, and, of course, loving.

Wherever you are right now is not on fire Then we must consider that life-enhancing quality called a sense of humor. If it’s funny, it can’t really be so terrible, can it? Yes, but there are limits. Fortunately, we live in a time when those limits are being stretched. For example, I would never have thought that someone’s beloved pet dog being suddenly crushed by an enormous weight dropping on it could be funny. But I found myself laughing heartily when this happened in A Fish Called Wanda. (The same movie also makes blatant fun of people with speech defects.) And don’t forget the cheering power of music and song. Millions of soldiers have faced imminent death singing “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag, and Smile, Smile, Smile!” Forgive me, but I can’t resist concluding with the supposed last words of the English bishop Hugh Latimer, to a fellow “Heretic,” when they were both being burned at the stake in 1555 just outside that great seat of learning, Balliol College, Oxford:

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“Be of good cheer, Master Ridley, and play the man. We shall this day light such a candle in England, as I hope, by God’s grace, shall never be put out.” “Be of good cheer!” That’s what the man said. But you don’t have to be a martyr in order to maintain a cheerful disposition. A good supply of chocolate can also help. •MJ

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MISCELLANY (Continued from page 32)

Brent and Sue Anderson with family Cindi Knickrehm, Bobby Georges, Courtney Anderson-Georges, and California Wine Festival Santa Barbara volunteer Shannon Johansen (photo by Priscilla) 2018 CWF “Spanish Nights” guitarist Tony Ybarra, with Grassini Wine rep Hope Rouber; Kate Schwab of DSB; and Autumn Van Diver of Grassini Wines with mayor Cathy Murillo (photo by Priscilla)

“Spanish Nights” sponsor The Lincoln Motor Company showing their 2018 Lincoln Navigator, Black Label Edition; with tour managers Dennis Clark and John Keniley with passenger Cat Pollon (photo by Priscilla)

A wine tasting from Vinemark Cellars, as Mark Wasserman pours for Kathy Odell and Chuck Bischof at the Casa De La Guerra Adobe Courtyard (photo by Priscilla)


increase, describing it as “an event for the senses” showcasing nearly 250 wines from more than 70 vineyards and 30 eateries. Just 24 hours later, it was a sunset rare and reserve tasting at Chase Palm Park Plaza, with the wine lovers delight wrapping the following day with the beachside festival opposite the park with more than 90 suppliers showing their wares to thousands of fans. A portion of the proceeds went to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and over-imbibers were given free rides by Uber. I’ll drink to that. Birthday Boy It was a busy week of birthday celebrations as I marked my Medicare moment, the 25th anniversary of my 40th. My longtime friend Cat Pollon ventured up from her home in the Big Orange, bunking at the Hotel Californian, given her usual accommodations at the San Ysidro Ranch were out of action. Dinner at Lucky’s, hosted by friends Robert and Robin Fell, kicked off the festivities, followed by a dinner party at Tydes at the Coral Casino hosted by Gretchen Lieff with my trusty shutterbug, Priscilla, and writer-artist Beverley Jackson, who is winging her way to

Paris in the fall to coincide with her 90th birthday. Just 24 hours later, we were at Blackbird at the Hotel Californian for a dinner hosted by hostelry manager Carlos Lopes. And how was your week? On the Money Former Oscars host and TV talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres figures prominently in the latest Forbes Magazine rankings of celebrity earnings. Ellen, 60, is listed at 15 with an annual income of $87.5 million, while former Dos Pueblos High student Katy Perry, 33, is number 19 with $83 million. The list, headed by boxer Floyd Mayweather, 41, with $285 million and actor George Clooney, 57, with $239 million, also includes Depeche Mode founder Martin Gore, 56, at 44 with $53 million and comedian Kevin Hart, 39, who tied the knot in Montecito to Eniko Parrish two years ago, just five places above with $57 million. Helping Hands Social gridlock reigned when the Arthritis Foundation hosted a reception at the sleek BMW Hope Avenue showroom to publicize the 37th annu-


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Marla McNally Phillips [right] talking about her passions in music and live theater on panel with Anne Towbes

The women of impact speakers group at the UCSB AD&A Museum with founder Paksy Plackis-Cheng [center]


rriving at the Women of Impact event on July 19, at the UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum (AD&A), I was happy to note there were more brains than Botox on the speaker panel and attending. Women in their perfect glory with accomplished professional experience and education, from Marine vets, scientists, engineers, advocates of juveniles, doctors, education researchers, and the arts, who are giving back constantly to society on a global level that rivals the U.N.’s finest. At the center we find Paksy PlackisCheng, a woman whose latest venture, impactmania, [2015] was formed to promote “good news” worldwide, that being to focus on and make others aware of the contributions of people around the globe. Joining her clan also helps with networking, people helping people. She has interviewed more than 300 peeps from 30-plus countries, directed and co-produced a video and authored the book that launched the panel event titled 125 Women of Impact. She is working in collaboration with the AD&A who awarded her Senior Fellow of Research & Media. Postevent, Paksy told me she funded the organization with her own money and still does: “I refused any advertising, private company checks and solicitations since its inception. This was not a kick-starter either. My mission

is not clouded with behind the door influencers.” The panel speakers were Jean Kilbourne from Boston, a 2017 Women Hall of Fame inductee for her 50 years of work on the portrayal of women in advertising; artist Aliza Shvartz from New York City; Teresa Herd, Intel VP Global Creative Direction; Carla De Landri, New York City retired senior producer for TV series 20/20 and ABC News; Teresa Goines, a Westmont grad and founder of Old Skool Cafe San Francisco; Anne Towbes, [Montecito] philanthropist; Marla McNally Phillips [Summerland] music publisher and New York City theater producer; Thais Barros Beldi working in pedagogy at Facens University Brazil; Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, CEO and chair of Pacific Air Industries and philanthropist [Montecito]; Dr. Laura Jana; research in early life development influences; Brittany Teei Founder and CEO KidsCoin New Zealand; Jodie Grenier U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and E.D. Foundation for Women Warriors; and Miyoung Chun, The Brain Initiative scientist and former executive VP of Science Programs The Kavli Foundation. Noted advice from the panel members: Leslie Ridley-Tree said, “I had no education for anything I have ever done! One must have faith in oneself, if you see a doorway and light is coming

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Women of Impact Panel [from left] Jean Kilbourne, Teresa Herd, Carla De Landri, Teresa Goines, Anne Towbes, and Marla McNally Phillips

Renowned philanthropist and CEO Leslie Ridley-Tree lends her life’s philosophy to attendees at the Women of Impact event at UCSB

through it, well you just walk through the door and keep going.” Marla McNally Phillips stated, “Humor, that is my motto!” Teresa Herd said, “The machines are coming! The thing with the future is we get to make it, so let’s create a one we are proud of.” Dr. Laura Jana added, “What drove me to do my research and teach a new way to raise our kids was the fact that one could predict a child’s life by the ZIP code they grow up in. Kids have natural in-born talents that can be cultivated regardless of that.” Seen at the event were Diana Starr Langley, founder/CEO of Integration Strategy; Ashley Hollister E.D. the Squire Foundation; Alethea Tyner Paradis founder/CEO Peace Works Travel; Rachel Gloger E.D. SBTRAN;

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Patricia Houghton-Clarke, Jody Turner, Masha Keating, Laura Bialis, from AHA! and Girls Rock; and from the AD&A Museum were director Bruce Robertson, assistant director and curator of Exhibitions Elyse A. Gonzales, and Programs & PR manager Lety Garcia who writes that “impactmania champions original content by global change makers, and collaborates with AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara, to affect our cultural lens, address societal issues, and rethink our economy.” If you missed the speakers, the AD&A Museum is featuring videos of the speakers [free], and the book is available for purchase. •MJ 411: www.museum.ucsb.edu 26 July – 2 August 2018

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In the BMW showroom are the “Taste of the Town” honorary co-chairs Richard Yates and Tina Takaya of Opal restaurant; with volunteer committee members Mindy Denson, Ruth Ann Bowe, and John O’Neill (photo by Priscilla) Arthritis Foundation National Leadership team includes board chair, Rowland “Bing” Chang, president and CEO Anne Palmer; Amye Leong, Pam Tanase, Lana Lilienstein, and Michal Wiesbrock, executive director SB Arthritis Foundation (photo by Priscilla)

Holding the keys to the BMW is Margo Barbakow with husband Jeff Barbakow, and sponsoring BMW managers, Christian Hann and Ada Schultz (photo by Priscilla)

al Taste of the Town at Riviera Park on September 9. The popular 800-guest event is expected to raise more than $200,000, which helps 200,000 sufferers in the tri-counties, according to executive director Michael Wiesbrock. Two days before, a connoisseurs dinner will be held at the Hilton Beachfront Resort for 200 VIP supporters with a four-course meal prepared by honorary chefs Matt Johnson of the San Ysidro Ranch, David Rosner of The Monarch, Steven Giles, formerly of Sage & Onion, and David

Cecchini of Cecco Ristorante, paired with wines chosen by honorary vintner Jim Clendenen. The Beamer bash was catered by Opal, the State Street eatery owned by Richard Yates and Tina Takaya, event co-chairs with John O’Neill of Banc of California. Among the tasteful torrent of supporters were Anne Towbes, Rowland Chang, Ann Palmer, Michael Cervin, Terry Ryken, Jeff Palmer, Ralph and Diana MacFarlane, Jonatha King,


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ORDINANCE NO. 5843 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA BARBARA APPROVING THE ISSUANCE BY THE SANTA BARBARA FINANCING AUTHORITY, IN ONE OR MORE SERIES, OF NOT TO EXCEED $40,000,000 OF SANTA BARBARA FINANCING AUTHORITY LEASE REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS (AIRPORT PROJECT), SERIES 2018, APPROVING THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF VARIOUS RELATED DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE OFFERING AND SALE OF SUCH BONDS AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. The above captioned ordinance was adopted at a regular meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council held on July 17, 2018. The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter as amended, and the original ordinance in its entirety may be obtained at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Santa Barbara, California.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that bids will be received and posted electronically on PlanetBids for: BID NO. 5666

Fire Hazard Vegetation Road Clearance Scope of Work to include reduction of flammable vegetation along roadways to enhance evacuation during a wildland fire and decrease emergency response times within the City Foothill and Extreme Foothill High Fire Hazard Areas. A pre-bid meeting will not be held. The City of Santa Barbara is now conducting bid and proposal solicitations online through the PlanetBids System™. Vendors can register for the commodities that they are interested in bidding on using NIGP commodity codes at The initial bidders’ list for all solicitations will be developed from registered vendors.


) ) COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA ) ss. ) CITY OF SANTA BARBARA ) I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance was introduced on July 10, 2018, and was adopted by the Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a meeting held on July 17, 2018, by the following roll call vote: AYES:

Councilmembers Jason Dominguez, Eric Friedman, Gregg Hart, Randy Rowse, Kristen W. Sneddon, Oscar Gutierrez; Mayor Cathy Murillo







IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara on July 18, 2018.

/s/ Sarah P. Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance on July 18, 2018.

/s/ Cathy Murillo Mayor

Bids must be submitted on forms supplied by the City of Santa Barbara and in accordance with the specifications, terms and conditions contained therein. Bid packages containing all forms, specifications, terms and conditions may be obtained electronically via PlanetBids. Bidders are hereby notified that pursuant to provisions of Section 1770, et seq., of the Labor Code of the State of California, the Contractor shall pay its employees the general prevailing rate of wages as determined by the Director of Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). In addition, the Contractor shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements of Section 1777.5 of the California Labor Code relating to apprentice public works contracts. Contractors and Subcontractors must be registered with the DIR pursuant to Labor Code 1725.5. This project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the DIR. The City of Santa Barbara requires all contractors to possess a current valid State of California C27 Landscaping – OR – C61 Limited Specialty/D49 Tree Service contractor’s license. The company bidding on this must possess one of the above mentioned licenses at the time bids are due and be otherwise deemed qualified to perform the work specified herein. Bids submitted using the license name and number of a subcontractor or other person who is not a principle partner or owner of the company making this bid, will be rejected as being non-responsive. Bidders are hereby notified that a Payment Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total will be required from the successful bidder for bids exceeding $25,000. The bond must be provided with ten (10) calendar days from notice of award and prior to the performance of any work. The bond must be signed by the bidder and a corporate surety, who is authorized to issue bonds in the State of California. The City of Santa Barbara affirmatively assures that minority and disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age (over 40), ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity and expression, marital status, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), national origin, race, religious belief, or sexual orientation in consideration of award.

_________________________________ William Hornung, C.P.M. General Services Manager Published July 25, 2018 Montecito Journal

Published July 25, 2018 Montecito Journal

with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on July 6, 2018. 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,


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that bids will be received and posted electronically on PlanetBids for: BID NO. 5652A DUE DATE & TIME: August 14, 2018 UNTIL 3:00 P.M.

DUE DATE & TIME: August 13, 2018 UNTIL 3:00 P.M.


/s/ Sarah Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager

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: Jarrett Kolich Fitness, 2448 Lillie Avenue, Summerland, CA 93067. Jarrett Thomas Kolich, 6251 Momouth Ave., Goleta, CA 93117. This statement was filed



County Clerk (SEAL) by Rachel Hillman. FBN No. 2018-0001951. Published July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 2018. 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: Atwood Flooring;

Atwood Flooring Studio, 675 Ramero Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Atwood Designs, INC, 58 Atwood Ave #2, Sausalito, CA 94965. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on July 13, 2018. This statement expires five

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Restroom Remodel at Cabrillo Ball Park A MANDATORY pre-bid meeting will be held on August 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., at the Corner of Milpas Street and 800 Calle Puerto Vallarta, Santa Barbara, CA, to discuss the specifications and field conditions. Please be punctual since late arrivals may be excluded from submitting a bid. Bids will not be accepted or considered from parties that did not attend the mandatory pre-bid meeting. Please RSVP via PlanetBids no later than close-of-business the day prior to the scheduled bid walk. The purpose of this project is to remodel the restroom facility at 800 Calle Puerto Vallarta, at Cabrillo Ball Park. The City of Santa Barbara is now conducting bid and proposal solicitations online through the PlanetBids System™. Vendors can register for the commodities that they are interested in bidding on using NIGP commodity codes at


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

Bids must be submitted on forms supplied by the City of Santa Barbara and in accordance with the specifications, terms and conditions contained therein. Bid packages containing all forms, specifications, terms and conditions may be obtained electronically via PlanetBids. Bidders are hereby notified that pursuant to provisions of Section 1770, et seq., of the Labor Code of the State of California, the Contractor shall pay its employees the general prevailing rate of wages as determined by the Director of Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). In addition, the Contractor shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements of Section 1777.5 of the California Labor Code relating to apprentice public works contracts. Contractors and Subcontractors must be registered with the DIR pursuant to Labor Code 1725.5. This project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the DIR. The City of Santa Barbara requires all contractors to possess a current valid State of California Class A-General Engineering OR Class B – General Building Contractor’s license. The company bidding on this must possess one of the above mentioned license at the time bids are due and be otherwise deemed qualified to perform the work specified herein. Bids submitted using the license name and number of a subcontractor or other person who is not a principle partner or owner of the company making this bid, will be rejected as being non-responsive. Bidders are hereby notified that a Payment Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total for the first/initial year will be required from the successful bidder for bids exceeding $25,000. The bond must be provided with ten (10) calendar days from notice of award and prior to the performance of any work. The bond must be signed by the bidder and a corporate surety, who is authorized to issue bonds in the State of California Bidders are hereby notified that a separate Performance Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total for the first/initial year will be required from the successful bidder for bids exceeding $25,000. The bond must be provided with ten (10) calendar days from notice of award and prior to the performance of any work. The bond must be signed by the bidder and a corporate surety, who is authorized to issue bonds in the State of California. Bidders are hereby notified that they shall furnish a Bid Guaranty Bond in the form of a money order or a cashier’s certified check, payable to the order of the City, in the amount of 10% of the bid, or by a bond in said amount and Published: 25,bidder 2018 and a corporate payable to said City, signed July by the

surety, who is authorized to issue bonds in the State of California. When submitting a bid via PlanetBids™, the Bid Guaranty Bond Montecito must beJournal uploaded as part of your submittal AND the original Bid Guaranty Bond must be received by the bid date and time to be considered responsive. The City of Santa Barbara affirmatively assures that minority and disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age (over 40), ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity and expression, marital status, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), national origin, race, religious belief, or sexual orientation in consideration of award. _________________________________ William Hornung, C.P.M. General Services Manager Published July 25, 2018 Montecito Journal

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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 Margarita Silva. FBN No. 2018-0002038. Published July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 2018. 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: Baradi Company, 312 Rancheria St. Unit F, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Francisco Baradi Moguel, 312 Rancheria St. Unit F, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on July 3, 2018. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Melissa Mercer. FBN No. 2018-0001927. Published July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 2018. 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: Carlitos; Carlitos Café Y Cantina, 1324 State St. #A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Carlitos & Co. Inc., 1324 State St. #A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on July 9, 2018. 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 Rachel N. Hillman. FBN No. 2018-0001967. Published July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 2018. 26 July – 2 August 2018

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: LKG Service & Sales, 224 W. Main St., Santa Maria, CA 93458. Cesar Contreras, 1565 Michigan Way, Nipomo, CA 93444. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on July 10, 2018. 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 Deborah Sanchez. FBN No. 2018-0001968. Published July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 2018. 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: Axiamed; Corral Solutions; Payment Fusion, 4183 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. Axia Technologies, LLC, 4183 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on July 6, 2018. 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 Connie Tran. FBN No. 2018-0001945. Published July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 2018. 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: Crescend Health; The Phoenix of Santa Barbara, INC, 107 E. Micheltorena St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Pathpoint, 315 W. Haley St. Suite 202, Santa Barbara, CA

93105. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 15, 2018. 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 Connie Tran. FBN No. 20180001763. Published July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018. 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: Seguro Construction, 3155 Laurel Canyon, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Seguro Corporation, 3155 Laurel Canyon, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 22, 2018. 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. 20180001833. Published July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018. 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: Art.Works, 1515 Laguna St. #2, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Amber Asher, 1515 Laguna St. #2, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on June 7, 2018. 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 Connie Tran. FBN No. 20180001660. Published July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018.

MISCELLANY (Continued from page 37)

At the “Taste of the Town” event benefiting the Arthritis Foundation are Chris Denson, Terry Ryken with Anna Ryan and Michal Weisbrock (photo by Priscilla)

Margarita Lande, Lad Handelman, Chris and Mindy Denson, Juli Askew, and Chris Potter, event poster artist for the third consecutive year. London Calling Santa Barbara warbler Katy Perry is contemplating a permanent move to London to be closer to her British actor beau, Orlando Bloom. The tony twosome already have homes in Los Angeles: Katy, 33, in Hollywood and Orlando, 41, in Malibu, but have been spending time together in England recently. The Lord of the Rings star is currently starring in a new West End play, Killer Joe, while Katy is still on her 115-concert Witness tour. The duo started dating in January 2016, but split up in February the following year. Show of Strength Veteran actor Kirk Douglas still works out with a trainer every day. The 101-year-old Hollywood legend, who splits his time between his Montecito home and his estate in Beverly Hills with his wife, Anne, 99, is showing no signs of slowing down as he likes to get his sweat on daily. Kirk’s actor son, Michael, a former resident of our rarefied enclave, tells British TV his father still uses a trainer on a daily basis. Michael, 73, also says the former Spartacus star is also tech-savvy. “He’s discovered FaceTime. Wherever I am in restaurants or the like, it gives him a chance to see.

“I show him around the room to everybody and I show him out the windows. He loves it!” Drew is Through Former Montecito actress Drew Barrymore has quit dating sites. The 43-year-old star, whose wedding to art dealer Will Kopelman took place on her estate, just a tiara’s toss from the home of Law & Order producer Dick Wolf, says the Internet is “fun to try.” “But having been working out there in public since I was young, that myth of the blind date eluded me and I always wanted to do it, so that was like a dating app to me,” she tells Entertainment Tonight. “But it’s not blind on my side, so it just – I don’t know, didn’t work.” Drew split from Kopelman, with whom she had daughters Olive, 5, and Frankie, 4, in August 2016, after four years of marriage. Sightings: Veteran racketeer Jimmy Connors noshing at Lucky’s...Actress Meredith Baxter masticating at Opal...Author Fannie Flagg at the Montecito Village Grocery Pip! Pip! Readers with tips, sightings and amusing items for Richard’s column should email him at richardmin eards@verizon.net or send invitations or other correspondence to the Journal. To reach Priscilla, email her at pris cilla@santabarbaraseen.com or call 969-3301. •MJ

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SEEN (Continued from page 14) President of the Santa Barbara Navy League, Kevin W. McTague, and commodore of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, John Koontz, at the Liberator Salute

Girls & Boys Club CEO Michael Baker with board chair Eloy Ortega among the 360 dinner guests

U.S. Air Force; Brig. Gen. Fredrick Lopez, USMC; David Gonzales, Sgt. Peter Bie, US Army; Bob Burtness; Brig, Gen. Fredrick Lopez, USMC; Kris Young, petty officer, U.S. Coast Guard; Lt. John Blankenship, U.S. Navy; Gertrude Hager and Howard Hudson. Emily Duncan and Jaimie Jenks were the event coordinators.

White Party on the Green

One of the most complex and fun fundraiser in the County has to be Rally 4 Kids, which is all for the United Boys & Girls Clubs in Santa Barbara County. There was a meet-and-greet on Friday night, and Saturday morning 60 cars were roaring to go. The

drivers came back with their navigators and trusty maps in the afternoon, a bit bedraggled having traversed 270 miles. What’s cool about this race, is, it isn’t a race. It’s about points, so you can enter any kind of a vehicle. There was even one RV. How’s that for rallying in comfort! The guys who figured all of this out (no small task) were John Demboski and Andy Tymkiw called Rally masters. Their steering committee was Mike Bishop, Jeff Clark, Jim Crook, Louise Cruz, Caroline Harrah, Angela Schmidt, Jeff Shane, and Jessica Solomon. All entrants met again at Pat and Ursula Nesbitt’s Bella Vista Ranch for an evening of festivities. CEO Michael Baker told me, “This was a

Alan Porter with his Mercedes Benz SLS Gull Wing

Rally master John Demboski with wife Adrienne. Andy Tymkiw was his partner in planning.

Virgil Elings with Carole Self and John Petote and the Rally party

Rally winner for the “Roads” Scholar was Megan Orloff and her navigator Pete Williams. The group of five cars (a pack) that were first was the Weissach pack. Second place was David Pires and his wife, Davece, while directionally challenged (that means who got lost the most) went to Catherine Crook and her navigator Casey Gillette. The gala raised about $200,000 net to help Carpinteria, Lompoc, Goleta, Westside, Buellton Clubs, and Camp Whittier. No one is turned away. They will be given a scholarship. For information, you can call (805) 681-1315. Michael said they were able to stay open every day in spite of all the recent obstacles. Crane Country Day School used their facilities for a while, and they sent their vans to help with the Bucket Brigade. •MJ

Misty and Michael Hammer at the White Party on the Green for the Boys & Girls Clubs

Dana Newquist and wife Andrea with their Cadillac XLR


record year for entrants and for guests attending the gala.” It was the fifth rally. The title sponsors were Michael and Misty Hammer and the Armand Hammer Foundation. The couple was also presented the Anne and Michael Towbes Award for outstanding service to the Boys and Girls Clubs. Another major donor was Virgil Elings, who gave $750,000. Helping to up the ante was Andrew Firestone leading the live auction. One item I’ll pass on was 60 minutes of an aerobatic demo flight – loops, barrel rolls, and inverted flight. Whee!

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Your Westmont by Scott Craig (photography by Brad Elliott) Scott Craig is manager of media relations at Westmont College.

Goggles, Golf Clubs Coming to Westmont

volleyball. Odell is actively reviewing coaches for each new sport, and those interested should contact him directly at dodell@westmont.edu. Those interested in applying to attend Westmont should visit westmont.admissions. edu — applications for Fall 2019 open Wednesday, August 1.


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estmont will offer women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, bolstering an already successful collegiate athletic program. The college earned sixth place in the 2018 NAIA Learfield Directors Cup final standings, the best finish in its 80-year history. The cup measures overall success by awarding points to each sport that wins a championship and plays in the national tournament. Westmont has finished in the top 10 four times. A generous donor has given $500,000 to establish the new women’s swimming program. “Students have long requested that we add this popular sport, and I’m deeply grateful for the donor who has made this opportunity possible,” says president Gayle D. Beebe. “I get a lot of calls from parents of swimmers looking for more options to compete at a top Christian liberal arts college,” says Dave Odell, Westmont athletic director. An article in Swimming World Magazine says that swimmers rank among the top performing students academically. “That makes the sport a great fit for Westmont with its rigorous academic program,” Odell says. Swimmers will train at Westmont’s pool and at the Santa Barbara-owned Los Banos Del Mar Pool. Meets will be held at regulation pools in the Western Region and possibly Los Baños. Men’s and women’s golf, an NAIA spring sport, has raised $75,000. Six men’s and four women’s golf teams compete in the GSAC. Westmont seeks to recruit seven men and women for the first teams. Montecito and Santa Barbara golf courses have all expressed support for the new teams. “The golf community has already shown strong interest in golf at Westmont, I’ve been so encouraged by 26 July – 2 August 2018

their desire to help us get this program going,” Odell says. “I also appreciate the self-governance aspect of golf – marking your own ball, keeping your own score – and what that teaches about character.” “Although we finished the highest ever in the Directors Cup this year, we could finish higher with the addition of quality sports programs. Westmont is the best academic school in the NAIA, and we want to be the best athletics school as well. Adding these two new sports strengthens our overall athletic program and attracts high performing students to Westmont – two winning combinations for our college.” The Warriors compete in men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and women’s

Michael Stefanic, who graduated from Westmont in May with a degree in economics and business, signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Stefanic, who holds the Westmont record for both career hits (275) and career runs (157), reported to the Angels Arizona Rookie League team in Tempe. “When I got the news, I was hyperventilating because I was so excited,” Stefanic said. “I’ve been overlooked quite a bit over my baseball career, so it is absolutely a blessing to be a professional baseball player.” Stefanic is the only Westmont player to be named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference Team all four years and the only player to win four GSAC Gold Gloves. He was also honored with an NAIA Gold Glove Award this season. The four-year starter for the Warriors recorded a .972 career fielding percentage. A native of Boise, Idaho, Stefanic recorded a career .363 batting average, fifth best in the Westmont record book. His 50 doubles established a new career record for the Warriors. The Warriors have seen 10 former players sign minor league contracts over the last five years.



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THURSDAY, JULY 26 Dream on – John Ridland, who taught English at UCSB for 43 years, celebrates his new translation of the epic poem “Pearl”, the intricate 14th-century poem written by one of the greatest Middle English poets, an anonymous artist who also gave us Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This masterpiece presents the meditative Dream Vision of a father (the Dreamer) mourning the loss of a young daughter (his Pearl). Having recently translated Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to critical acclaim, Ridland now tackles the more challenging Pearl with a work that retains line-by-line fidelity with the source material and conveys its sonic beauty while exhibiting innovation and accessibility. His preface provides a comprehensive background and analysis of Pearl, points out the techniques deployed by the original poet, and explains Ridland’s own approach to translating the poem. Ridland reads and signs the work at Chaucer’s Books tonight. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: 3321 State St. in Loreto Plaza Shopping

Center COST: free INFO: 682-6787 or www.chaucersbooks.com Tonys to Come? – Summer theater programs for kids can vary widely in quality, but we’re pretty sure the actors will be deserving of accolades from people beyond their immediate families as students from the Adderley School for the Performing Arts present musical theater performances as a culmination of their recent workshop training. After all, this is the program that has spawned TV, movie, and Broadway stars galore since the Los Angeles-based teacher Janet Adderly headed to Santa Barbara to offer her services. WHEN: 6 pm WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, upstairs in the mall COST: $30 VIP, $23 general, $18 children INFO: 963-0408 or www. CenterStageTheater.org FRIDAY, JULY 27 Belly Dance Extravaganza – With Fiesta just around the corner, all attention will soon turn to flamenco and other folkloric dancing on stage, and

THURSDAY, JULY 26 5x5x5 = Art – “Seeing Rural: Through the Eyes of Visiting Artists in the Cuyama Valley”, the new exhibit that opens today at the Art From Scrap Gallery in Santa Barbara, features five artists who were part of the Blue Sky Center’s first artist residency program in the Cuyama Valley. The Blue Sky Center is a rural, place-based nonprofit whose mission is to regenerate the economy, land, and communities of the Cuyama Valley through equitable partnerships and sharing scalable models with other communities. Called 555, the art program hosted the five artists for five days in five huts built by famed Santa Barbara architectural father-daughter duo Jeff and Mattie Shelton. Among those participating were Ben Guzman, Angela Wood, and Noé Montes, who photographed the diverse landscape and interviewed residents about history and identity; Tom Gottelier and Bobby Petersen, who designed and built a community bus stop shelter for the Cuyama School District; Oslo Butchy Fuego, who spent the residency exploring via hiking the Cuyama Valley, specifically Santa Barbara Canyon, Aliso Canyon, and Quatal Canyon; and Nicole Lavelle, who explored the idea of what it means to be a visitor in the area. The pilot brought artists to make work in, about, and with New Cuyama, to help create meaningful dialogue, socially vibrant spaces, and equitable partnerships in the Cuyama Valley. In the spirit of rural-urban exchange, the residency culminates with today’s show opening, where artists will share their work and experiences during the residency. WHEN: Opening reception 5 to 8 tonight; exhibit continues through September 30 WHERE: Art From Scrap Gallery, 302 E. Cota St. COST: free INFO: 884-0459 or www.exploreecology.org/art-from-scrap-santa-barbara.php


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FRIDAY, JULY 27 Voulez-Vous Couchez Avec Soul? – It’s been nearly 45 years since Patti LaBelle served as lead singer and front woman of the band bearing her last name scored the disco smash hit “Lady Marmalade”. While every dance cover band across the land is fairly required to play that iconic hit as part of its set, LaBelle herself has gone on to a thriving solo career that spans more than four decades and has included a bevy of chart-busting hits such as “New Attitude”, “On My Own” (a duet with Montecito’s own Michael McDonald), and “You Are My Friend”, among many others. LaBelle has won Grammys for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her 1991 album Burnin’, and her album Live! One Night Only, and has also extended her entertainment appeal serving as an actress with a notable role in the film A Soldier’s Story and appearances in such TV shows as A Different World and American Horror Story: Freak Show, plus starring in her own sitcom Out All Night. Three years ago at the age of 71, LaBelle competed on Dancing with the Stars, so you know she’s still got the energy to keep the show moving and excite the crowd when she plays the Chumash Casino tonight. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 East Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez COST: $75 to $95 INFO: (800) CHUMASH (248-6274) or www.chumashcasino.com

seemingly never-ending salsa steps all over town. But before the bronco busting, cascading cascarones, hopping horses, and marauding mariachis hit town, Beth Amine has slated another sensual and stirring showcase of local belly dance talent. Cris Basimah, Alexandra King, La Rana and Ballo Zingari, Daisy Dances, Anaiya, Denise Berdan, Krischana, Jessica, Natasya, Ashari, Lizette, Laura Leyl, and others join Amine for the show featuring a wide variety of belly dance stylings, including cabaret, tribal, and folkloric, starting promptly at 7:30 pm at the Wildcat Lounge (not midnight at the oasis). WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: 15 W. Ortega St. COST: $7 INFO: (805) 962-7970 or www.wildcatlounge.com Bye Bye, Brad – Long time Santa Barbara stalwart Brad Sherman – the former drummer for Area 51, and a denizen at Santa Barbara’s iconic natural foods restaurant The Sojourner before running a couple of eating establishments of his own – is moving to the Midwest. But first, there’s a final farewell featuring friends and lots of music, including performances by Earl (with Sherman sitting in), Mango, and Toy Shop Ghost, all taking place tonight at Restaurant Roy, another major milestone on the downtown Santa Barbara scene. WHEN: Music at 9:30 pm WHERE: 7 West Carrillo St. COST: free INFO: (805) 966-5636 or http://restaurantroy.com

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Boxtales Bonanza – Boxtales Theatre Company has presented several theatrical shows for adults over the years, but the main focus of the organization is programs for kids both during the school year and over the summer. Its Teen Camp comes to a close tonight after a three-week journey in the Boxtales method that includes training in acting, storytelling, acro-yoga, mime, music, and collaboration, as the campers create an original stage production. The culmination is this morning’s free public performance, a lavish fully staged production of the Indian classic The Ramayana, one of Boxtales’s greatest works in its catalog. WHEN: 11 am WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara Junior High, 721 East Cota St. COST: free INFO: (805) 9621142 or www.boxtales.org Jungle in Ojai – Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio – which goes by the upbeat acronym OYES – doubles down for this summer’s production of Disney’s The Jungle Book, Kids. OYES’s version of the beloved story is based on the classic Rudyard Kipling novel and the 1967 Disney film, with a few surprises inspired by world-renowned Cirque du Soleil and the company’s young cast members. The spirit of the jungle comes alive in the exciting musical adaptation that is geared especially for young performers and includes the popular favorite Disney songs “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be 26 July – 2 August 2018

MONDAY, JULY 30 Woman of Many Stripes – Ming Lauren Holden was raised on a zebra ranch on California’s central coast and educated at Brown (Literary Arts) and Indiana University (MFA) before embarking on a life as an activist, actor, translator, educator, humanitarian aid and development worker, theater artist, and writer who is now pursuing a Ph.D. at UCSB. Somewhere along the way, she found time to write a memoir, Refuge, a book of lyric essays about the young woman’s life, so far. Spanning a dozen years and multiple continents, the book focuses in large part on her advocacy and theater work with refugees. The adventures are astounding and range from crossing the border into one of Syria’s refugee camps in 2013 to working in a sustainable forestry foundation near Siberia in 2003, from taking the train from Mongolia to China to visit the home and wife of an exiled writer in 2008, to finding George Oppen’s old typewriter in the attic of a farmhouse in Maine in 2004, and to working as a nude model for artists’ groups in college, all illuminating a twentysomething trying to find herself and her world by putting her body in places, within boundaries, others might not ever consider stepping foot inside of. Holden reads from the work, and signs copies, this evening at Chaucer’s Books. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: 3321 State St. in Loreto Plaza Shopping Center COST: free INFO: 682-6787 or www.chaucersbooks.com

Like You”, crazy colorful characters and an almost never-ending toe-tapping jungle rhythm. Featuring book and lyrics by the famed Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert) with folksinger-turned-Broadway songster Terry Gilkyson. WHEN: 6 pm Friday, 2 & 6 pm Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays, today through August 5 WHERE: 907 El Centro Street, Ojai COST: $10 general INFO: (805) 6464300 or www.oyespresents.org SUNDAY, JULY 29 Take a Dip with Dana – Dana Williams has been described as a modern-day Ella Fitzgerald due to her somewhat smoky and enchanting vocals, though unlike the jazz legend, Williams also plays guitar while effortlessly mixing jazz, folk, and soul music. The daughter of the late rhythm guitarist David Williams, best-known for his collaborations with







Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Whitney Houston, the L.A.-based singer-songwriter starred in Apple’s 2014 holiday national ad performing a new rendition of Gershwin’s “Love Is Here To Stay” while her song “Keep Me Waiting” was the only original composition featured in Damien Chazelle’s 2014 Oscar-winning film Whiplash. With two full albums under her belt in the 2010s, Williams also recently released several new solo songs including “No Pressure,” “Drifting,” “Fragile Ego,” “There You Go”, “Honey”, and “Oh No No” and can also be seen in the most recent Adidas X Stella McCartney campaign for Stylebop. And if the singing gets too hot to handle, feel free to stick a toe or more in the water, as Williams will be singing poolside at the Goodland Hotel this afternoon. WHEN: 5 to 7 pm WHERE: 5650 Calle Real, Goleta COST: free INFO: 964-6241 or www.thegoodland.com •MJ







A Different Creed – Creed Bratton is bestknown for his longtime role starring as a fictional version of himself on nine seasons of the awardwinning, critically acclaimed NBC sitcom The Office. He spent eight years as Dunder Mifflin’s quality assurance director who unapologetically forgot the names of his own co-workers, and uttered bizarre and confusing statements on a regular basis. But while Bratton may be famous for his on-screen antics, he is also an established musician with a career that spans nearly five decades dating back to the early days of the Grass Roots, of “Midnight Confessions” fame. Bratton co-wrote the songs “Beatin’ Round the Bush”, “No Exit”, and “Hot Bright Lights” and self-composed “Dinner for Eight” and “House of Stone”, as well as sang lead vocals on “This Precious Time” and “Dinner for Eight”. But he has also released seven full-length albums as a sole act, the latest titled While the Young Punks Dance. Brattton, who turned 75 in February, is still going strong. See and hear him at SOhO tonight. WHEN: 8:30 pm WHERE: SOhO, 1221 State Street, upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door INFO: 962-7776 or http://www.sohosb.com/

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MUSIC ACADEMY (Continued from page 22) es, especially since the finalists will have had nearly the entire summer to perfect their pieces. The pianists kick things off at noon, followed by wind, brass, and percussion players at 4:30 pm, and string hopefuls (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) at 7:30 pm. (Hahn Hall, $10 to $15 per session.)

Monday, July 30: Some of this year’s composers-in-residence have conducted masterclasses in creating music, while others coached ensembles in performing their own works. Hannah Lash – who currently serves full-time on the composition faculty of the Yale School of Music – is doing something else entirely, instead offering a lecture/demonstration at Weinman Hall this afternoon. That’s because Lash – whose music has been commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic,

Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, the JACK Quartet, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, among others – is also an in-demand harpist who has been widely praised for the virtuosity, technical wizardry, and expressive depth of her playing. We’re guessing MAW’s single harp Fellow will be especially entranced, as should you, since it’s possible or perhaps likely that we’ll hear a preview or at least some insight into her upcoming world premiere slated for Tuesday, July 31, at the Lobero (1 pm; $10)... Also, the Solo Piano Fellows take the stage for their last performance of the summer in a special finale concert at Hahn Hall this afternoon instead of the usual masterclass (3:15 pm; $35). Tuesday, July 31: The Faculty

Artists Series concert leans on a new Lash composition as its centerpiece, as the visiting harpist teams with faculty harpist JoAnn Turovsky, along with Conor Hanick on piano, Natasha Kislenko on celeste, and Colin Currie and Michael Werner on percussion for the premiere of “Music for Nine, Ringing”. Composed just this spring, the piece begins with “an emphatic bell-like chord progression” and includes recurring elements against ones that vary and develop. Read more in MAW’s program book available at the concert. The contemporary piece is sandwiched between Telemann’s mid-18th century Concerto for Flute, Horn, and Continuo, with flutist Timothy Day, horn player Julie Landsman, and double bassist Nico Abondolo, and Strauss’s 1884 Piano Quartet featuring Frank Huang on violin, Cynthia Phelps viola, Carter Brey

cello, and Jonathan Feldman piano (7:30 pm; Lobero; $46). Wednesday, August 1: It’s politics on the piano as faculty artist Conor Hanick plays “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”, American composer Frederic Rzewski’s set of 36 variations on the Chilean song of the same name by Sergio Ortega and Quilapayún. The piece was created as a tribute to the struggle of the Chilean people against the newly imposed repressive regime following the assassination of Salvadore Allende in 1973, and contains allusions to other leftist struggles of the era, including quotations from the Italian traditional socialist song “Bandiera Rossa” and the Bertolt Brecht-Hanns Eisler “Solidarity Song”. Ursula Oppens, who commissioned the work, received a Grammy nomination for her 1979 recording (7:30 pm; Hahn Hall; $35). •MJ



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ow hot is today’s Montecito real estate market? The Heat Index shows us buyer choices for single family homes in five price sectors. Rather than sales data (closed transactions) typically at least 30 days old, we measure current signed contracts (pending sales) resulting in an indication of present demand and market strength and direction. And since home purchases fluctuate seasonally, indeed monthly, today’s Heat is compared to this date a year ago. All data are from the Santa Barbara MLS and are uniformly deemed reliable. The most recent total Heat score is 98, essentially identical to last year’s score of 97, yet quite different as we examine the specific price sectors. As shown in the Heat chart, the $1-2 million group scored 23, outperforming last year by a sizable 53.3%. The inventory of homes for sale here dropped 92.8% from last year, significantly increasing competition among buyers for homes in this sector. A solid buyer’s market here. The $2-3M group scored an 11 compared to last year’s 18. Again, buyers here had less leverage with sellers as inventory declined 57.1%




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from last year. Our $3-4M sector increased its inventory by just a bit, yet underperformed last year’s demand number by a whopping 213.3%. Last year on this date, nearly half of all homes in this price range were under contract. The $4-5M group has been the most interesting to watch. Today it is by far our demand leader with a knockout score of 44. Last year, it scored 12 and often it has had no demand at all. Buyers, however, had to sacrifice negotiation issues to claim one of these estate properties. Last year, there were 27 properties in this space; today buyers had only 10 to choose from and nearly half are in escrow. For those with homes in this price range and considering whether to sell, this is an ideal opportunity with both price and terms advantages. Last month, the $5M-and-over




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mega estates had shed inventory by nearly half as a result of, I suspect, perceived market uncertainty because of the troubles. Sellers have begun to come back, and today inventory is almost at pre-January levels. Its score today of 5 is identical to last year’s. Buyers in this sector continue to have enormous negotiation leverage in the mega estate market here. Looking at year-over-year data, it is clear that the December-January events continue to impact our market. We are the only area measured in our MLS with a negative year-over-year median price. While Hope Ranch is up 37%, we are down 11% to $2,750,000. Carpinteria and Summerland, also impacted by the fire yet not the debris flow, has struggled back to the same median sales price as last year.


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Sales are different than median sales prices and they are down a troubling 33%, giving concern to sellers who have long enjoyed control of the market. Sales in Carpinteria and Summerland are down 16%. And Hope Ranch is showing a sales increase of just 4%. We are in the height of our selling season and these numbers should be stronger. In addition to the real concern Montecito buyers must have about the coming winter(s), I believe we may also be seeing evidence of buyer pull-back. Prices have increased a remarkable 40% in just the last five years, mortgage interest rates are advancing, and President Trump has limited our property tax deduction to $10,000, which makes every home in Montecito more expensive to own. Even for Montecito buyers, affordability has its limits. •MJ

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