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Row On – The story of how the pandemic 19 - 26 MAY 2022 and perseverance led Zander Meyer to VOLUME 28 ISSUE 20 rowing and Ivy League athletics, P.20 Golden Country – From a saloon to the


room of Mark Twain, take a tour through the historic land of gold, P.30

Restaurant Roundup – Dirty horchatas,

fried chicken, and gelato are on the menu at the area’s new eateries, P.34 Star Gazing – Get your lunar eclipse fix? Well, there’s more stars to discover at the Westmont Observatory, P.41


The Giving List

Alternatives to incarceration of minors is providing Freedom 4 Youth, page 24


More Hands Help

Hands Across Montecito is creating an effective interdisciplinary approach to homelessness, page 6

Caution Crossing

Three existing crosswalks are to be fitted with new lighted signs on San Ysidro Road for safer walking, page 12

In the Bucket

Walk Montecito and American Riviera Bank host a sunset soirée for a more pedestrianfriendly town, page 8


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SBCC Forward – The role that SBCC plays in supporting both its students and the community with the upcoming Spring Forward! Gala to celebrate it


Brilliant Thoughts – Travel through the ages into the concept of time Robert’s Big Questions – What gives life meaning? A possible answer here.


ands Across Montecito – The most recent hike with HAM and how the H ‘Montecito Model’ is creating a new multi-disciplinary approach to helping homelessness


he Giving List – Freedom 4 Youth is giving alternative options to the juvenile T justice system through educational programs and professional development


Montecito Miscellany – Walk Montecito strolls into a sunset soirée, the latest polo results, the Dream Foundation empowers with flowers, and more miscellany


Our Town – The Santa Barbara Gay Men’s Chorus is here for their May concert and Executive Director Nicole Lamartine shares what their tune is all about


Travel Buzz – A trip through Gold Country with a stay in the room where Mark Twain frequented, some new and old friends, plus progressive eats in an old setting


Community Voices – Scott Wilson, Washington Post journalist and Santa Barbara native, both warns and inspires about the environment at the CEC spring fundraiser


On Entertainment – Orion Weiss returns, an emotional water dance, and more Nosh Town – These new eateries have fresh flavors


etters to the Editor – Community members weigh in on the upcoming local L election, the age of consent for COVID vaccines, and more Tide Guide


Local News – Some summer issues to be aware of and we regret to inform you that Carlos (Carlita) the bear was hit by a car and killed


Village Beat – There’s a light at the end of the crosswalks on San Ysidro Road, the MWD & MSD planning committees meet, some STOKED surfboards, and Rosewood has an inaugural PlaceMaker


alendar of Events – Uncanny art, a downtown wine and art tour, La PrimaveC ra, and other happenings this week


een Around Town – Celebrating mothers with VNA Health, the FSA brings S attention to youth mental health, and the Art Foundation host a members’ exhibit


Your Westmont – Celestial double stars the focus of a May 20 viewing, art exhibition exposes the wealth of local talent, and the college honors nursing donors


Election Follow Up – A correction to the previous Voter’s Guide with information on District 24 Representative candidates Jeff Frankenfield and Brad Allen


Farr Out – Where on Earth is Mars? A look at the Martian lands found on our own planet and how they’re used to prepare astronauts.


Dear Montecito – How hard work and the ebb and flow of life’s path led Zander Meyer to a new calling and college opportunities


ews & Events Roundup – A powerful MOXI luncheon, an illustrator’s perspecN tive on the Women’s Rights Rally, Youth Freedom awards, and additional happenings

erspectives by Rinaldo S. Brutoco – Environmental, Social & Governance P (ESG): “Mother” Hazel Henderson The Optimist Daily– An algae battery that is powered from the sun and a novel method of lithium recovery in wastewater


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SBCC Forward!

Spring Gala to Support SBCC SBCC meets students where they’re at and helps spring them into their future

by Zach Rosen


ou know, when I spend time with our students, I never give it a second thought that the world’s going to be a better place,” says Kindred Murillo, the interim President and Superintendent of Santa Barbara City College, in an inspired tone during our conversation. “When you talk with our students, they’re concerned about sustainability; they’re concerned about the climate; they’re concerned about making sure everybody gets equitable access. They are inclusive. They thrive in diverse environments. Those are all the things I truly believe will make us stronger and better, and so it’s very, very exciting to see that.” During my discussion with both Murillo and Geoff Green, CEO of the SBCC Foundation, a phrase kept coming up from both of them: “We meet students where they’re at.” From graduating high school students (or even those seniors still there), to someone seeking a career change, and even just elders looking to keep active and learn something new, community colleges offer accessible education to the range of members that comprise our society. Technical and nursing programs help train the upcoming work forces and first responders. As Green states: “Community colleges are likely the single best tool we have for advancing socio-economics, mobility for creating equity and opportunity, and communities for all, all the things we know we need, and SBCC happens to be one of the best.” And philanthropists and private donors have started to see it that way too, such as the $100 million that the Pritzker Family Foundation donated to California community colleges, or the $20 million that was donated by MacKenzie Scott to the SBCC Foundation in July of last 19 – 26 May 2022

year. The SBCC Foundation is a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit that is the philanthropic support for SBCC, working directly with the college to help support both them and students fulfill their plans, programs, and dreams.

Spring Support The Spring Forward! Gala will be held this Sunday, May 22, from 4 to 7 pm in the Great Meadow on SBCC’s West Campus. This is the third time they will be having the gala and it is the single biggest fundraiser the SBCC Foundation hosts each year. In 2019, they had more than 300 guests in attendance with the event raising over $400,000. The 2020 gala was, as to be expected, held virtually, however the event still raised more than $300,000 and had 250 people joining the digital festivities. Of course, this year everyone is excited to be back in-person and the SBCC Foundation has a full night planned for the event. Although, Green acknowledges that sometimes “less is more” and the program will have some meaningful moments, but will make sure to give everyone enough time to just enjoy each other’s company. The speeches they do have planned will give the audience a good idea of what SBCC and the Foundation bring to the students and community. “We’ll have three different perspectives: a student-turns-staff member perspective, a faculty member, and then a community supporter donor, all just sharing about why we all do this,” says Green. Alisha Sanchez is a former Running Start student that now runs the program, and she will be speaking about the six-week summer bridge program for graduating high school students entering college. Rosette Strandberg, director of


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Hands Across Montecito Montecito Asks City, County to Collaborate on Homelessness

(Front Row) Darcel Elliott, Sharon Byrne, Kristen Sneddon, and Hillary Hauser; (Back Row) Jennifer Perry, Harry Rabin, Das Williams, Doug Black, and Brad Welsh

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t’s noon, about five hours later than Hands Across Montecito’s (HAM) usual monthly hike to locate and aid our village’s hidden population of unhoused individuals. We generally arrive just after dawn to find folks barely

awake in their bivouacs around freeway entrances, in gullies near the railroad tracks and cemetery, along creek beds, and on the beach. As I park on Los Patos Way near the bird refuge on the Montecito-Santa Barbara border, I also notice a huge increase in our outreach team, with Sharon Byrne, Montecito Association Executive Director, standing

at the center of about two dozen people, including local dignitaries: Santa Barbara city council members Kristen Sneddon and Oscar Gutierrez and Fire Chief Chris Mailes (deep in conversation with Montecito Fire Chief Kevin Turner); and S.B. County District One Supervisor Das Williams and his Chief of Staff, Darcel Elliott. I notice colleagues from the Montecito Association’s partner nonprofits, including Harry Rabin and Hillary Hauser from the environmental group Heal the Ocean; social workers from the homeless-outreach organization City Net; and Andrew Velikanje from Earthcomb, a newly-created nonprofit that cleans camps’ debris. Rounding out the numbers are three county sheriff ’s deputies, volunteers including Montecito residents Jennifer Perry and Ron Sickafoose, and MA Vice President Doug Black. “Let’s see why we need to work together,” Byrne tells the group as we set off. “We want you to see that homeless people move around and might be in Goleta one day, and Carpinteria the next. They and their problems don’t stop at jurisdictional borders. They migrate, sometimes along the railroad tracks. “It becomes a process of continually clearing out camps that then recur,” she yells as we snake up a narrow path sandwiched between the roaring freeway and the restaurants adjacent to the bird refuge – perilously close to the Union Pacific tracks. There’s detritus everywhere, from shopping carts

to tents. We find only one individual in residence, a skeletal middle-aged woman who we learn is known to outreach workers throughout South County, but has never been successfully persuaded to accept treatment and shelter. This reminds Byrne of another homeless woman whom several jurisdictions unwittingly were trying to help at the same time. “We found her in Montecito in February and started a case file to get her on a waiting list for housing. It wasn’t until she suddenly got an apartment just two months later – an unheard-of speed – that we learned Goleta had put her on the wait list for housing several months prior to February. We were duplicating efforts. It’s happening a lot, with outreach workers run ragged, and one agency that doesn’t know what the other is doing. And whose nickel pays for what?” Despite the freeway noise, Byrne’s remarks stimulate a lot of discussion about the public’s false perception that agencies handling homelessness already are cooperating regularly across jurisdictions, much as local fire departments do in dealing with dozens of fires in homeless encampments annually. “All the time, constantly, we have to work together, and with the police,” says Chief Turner, with Chief Mailes nodding in agreement. Yet even the efficiency of our fire departments couldn’t stop a homeless, drug addicted

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A Come visit the epic installation of Bobbi's fashion editioned, deconstructed surfboards. Both vintage and new surfboards from top name brands including Rip Curl, Dennis Williams, Rockin Fig and Channel Islands will be on display and curated alongside Allora's best designer clothing. Bobbi’s conceptual, surfboard representation of iconic fashion labels from Gucci, Prada and more will be exhibited starting May 21st.

merican Riviera Bank in the Upper Village was socially gridlocked when Walk Montecito hosted a sunset soirée for 50 supporters with wine donated by Doug Margerum and food from Rincon Catering. The sole-searching three-year project that is costing around $2,504,000 to complete the eight-and-a-half-mile neighborhood trail, has already raised $1,400,332 with two miles finished. It works out at $370,000 per mile, including long-term maintenance. Abe Powell, CEO and co-founder of the Bucket Brigade, says: “It’s our mission to build both community connection and resilience in the county. The project reflects our commitment to longterm recovery.” Among the trail blazers turning out were co-chairs Mike Smith and Geoffrey Slaff, Jeffrey Mark, Gary Larson, and Marni Margerum. Clearly the right path to connecting schools, churches, and neighborhoods in our rarefied enclave...

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Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are married. The Kardashians reality TV show star and Blink-182 rocker tied the knot – for real this time – in our Eden by the Beach’s historic courthouse with Kourtney’s grandmother, Mary Jo Campbell, and Barker’s father, Randy, by their sides. The bride, 43, and groom, 46, drove off in a classic black low-ride convertible with a sign strapped to the grill that read: “JUST MARRIED.”

Latest Match at the Field Prince Harry may not be appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with his actress wife Meghan Markle after the Trooping of the Color ceremony next month, but he was definitely front and center at the Santa Barbara Polo Club playing in the final of the Folded Hills Pope Challenge final on Sunday. The closely fought match between Argentinian Ralph Lauren Polo model Nacho Figueras’ Los Padres team, with

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.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis introduced the phrase “Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant,” in the early 20th century. He also penned the term in his book, “Other People’s Money.” The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regulates campaign financing, conflicts of interest, lobbying, and government ethics. Form 700 - Statement of Economic Interest, is one tool for holding school board members accountable to the public. As school board members, we must disclose financial interests that may be affected by our decisions and file our Form 700 every year in March. Form 700 filings are available to the public. The Santa Barbara County Board of Education (SBCBOE) should be the shining example of transparency for all school boards and provide greater public access. Four months ago, I asked for our school board meetings to be video-recorded and posted on the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) website. Many local school districts, city councils, other County Boards of Education, and the County Board of Supervisors live-stream board meetings in English and Spanish and are posted for later viewing. Our local newspapers play an essential role in our democracy, keeping the public informed and our government accountable. There was a time when local newspaper reporters attended public school board meetings regularly and would report on board comments and decisions the following day, but tight budgets prevent this practice. The SBCBOE holds its school board meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 2 pm at 4400 Cathedral Oaks Road, Santa Barbara. Who knows who we prevent from attending our meetings because of time and costs, especially working parents, parents of young children, and those who live long distances (Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Santa Ynez Valley, Cuyama, and Lompoc)? The SBCBOE serves approximately

70,000 students countywide, 23 school districts, and oversees a $104 million annual budget (taxpayer dollars). We also set Board Policy, adjudicate Charter School appeals, and Interdistrict Attendance Transfer Appeals. On May 5, 2022, at our Regular Meeting, after a long discussion, the Board took action and voted “no” (5-2) on video-recording our school board meetings and archiving videos on the SBCEO website. The Board agreed to explore audio recordings at a future meeting. During the board discussions, I took notes on board members’ comments as to the reasoning behind the “no,” which included: “We are very transparent,” “You are looking for a solution where there is no problem,” “We provide minutes,” “The purpose is not a town hall meeting,” “No members of the public are asking for this,” “Costs, staffing, and legal implications,” “What we do is very transparent; there is a possibility of politicization, grandstanding,” “In the past 20 years, there has never been a problem,” one board member quoted Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) from the Wall Street Journal article, “Sasse cites ‘jackassery’ in warning against cameras in Supreme Court.” Public access to school board meetings is about inclusion. In this age of technology, I believe denying our community video-recorded meetings, especially regarding public education, will undercut the public’s faith in us. I do not speak on behalf of the Santa Barbara County Board of Education or the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Michelle de Werd Trustee, Santa Barbara County Board of Education, District #4

Lozano for County Superintendent of Schools As they say, “All politics is local.” That phrase could not be truer than with the election coming up in a couple of weeks. Last week, Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools challenger and

teacher, Christy Lozano, got in a kerfuffle with the League of Women Voters (LWV) over splitting hairs about what she would and would not be allowed to say in the forum. Christy wanted to refer to the incumbent’s record. She wanted a civil but honest conversation. Then, shake hands with her opponent and wish her well. That’s democracy. You wouldn’t buy a car without comparing it to another model. Isn’t this election more vital and life-changing than a vehicle? Of course, it is. Pointing out the failings of the current Superintendent of Schools is the reason Christy is challenging this office for the first time anyone has in four decades. That’s right. It’s been 40 years since this race has even had a contender. I can certainly appreciate the LWV’s desire for a “clean and fair fight,” which is something we need more of in American politics, however, the free and reasoned expression of speech by a challenger in pointing out the differences between herself and the five-year incumbent has the appearance of favoritism. The bottom line is Christy is a parent and teacher with a heart of gold and a strong will that gets her into good trouble. She is a teacher who saw her educational world drifting from the values of love, discipline, and high expectations. These are her stated reasons for running. “I couldn’t sit back and watch this and do nothing.” The reason I’m advocating for Christy in my neighborhood and writing this opinion is that I’m not politically motivated and neither is Christy. Educating our children is a partisan job, and Christy doesn’t lean hard left or right, but she is courageous and bold. When she sees something wrong, she speaks up. This is her greatest strength. Right now, this is the type of leader needed so that our students receive the best education possible.

refuse to listen. This is because administrators don’t want their failings pointed out. Our schools are failing at teaching our kids the fundamental basics, and they aren’t willing to be held accountable. The past two years of the pandemic have revealed an alarming nationwide lack of candor and transparency from our educational administrators and school boards. Thankfully, parents are engaged and pushing back because they demand real solutions. If one asks our current superintendent how things are going, she’s been known to say, “Things are going great!” However, that statement, my dear friends, and neighbors, is not true. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. We can do better. Someone needs to shake up an administration that is okay with 60+ percent of

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Summer is Coming Some (Burning) Issues for Montecito Just Got Hotter by Sharon Byrne


ucolic scenery, coastal oaks, mountains, and ocean. Montecito is lovely, and a terrific community, but we have issues here. If you recently moved in, here’s where you can get resources: Fire Danger – There have been multiple fires in the past few weeks all over the county, well ahead of the official fire season. Of course, official fire season sunset back in 2017, when the Thomas Fire broke out in December. We are in high fire country here. The high winds and dry conditions mean you need to be prepared. Sign up for Aware and Prepare alerts at to receive evacuation warnings by text. Have a plan for evacuation that includes medications and key papers. Have a ‘go bag’ ready by the door in case a wildfire breaks out and you have to evacuate, particularly if you reside above East Valley Road. Our wonderful Montecito Fire team can help you look at ways to clear defensible space around your home and bolster your fire protection. Montecito Fire also clears brush and chips it, and hired sheep to graze our mountain areas to keep fuel down. See to learn more about how to prepare for wildfire danger. Obviously, the overcrowded parking situation at Hot Springs Trailhead and some of the night behaviors observed by neighbors on that trail, in particular, heighten concerns regarding fire and evacuations. Still working on a resolution there… Difficulties with homeowner’s insurance: We’ve been dealing with this issue since early 2019, when insurers started sending non-renewal notices to Montecitans, throwing them onto the insurance market, where they faced significant price spikes and reduced coverage. The L.A. Times this week reported the number of California properties at risk of wildfire are expected to increase sixfold in 30 years, so the problem of obtaining homeowner’s insurance is statewide, and increasing. We’ve worked with California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Senator Monique Limón on this issue. We’ve met his opponent, Marc Levine. We’ve talked with insurers, held forums, and continue to work on this issue, including through the California Legislature, and two legislative proposals could help Montecito homeowners. You can call us for the latest on this at (805) 969-2626. Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) – watch your mailbox, as Southern California Edison just dropped a glossy mail piece on these. When fire weather 19 – 26 May 2022

cranks up, as it has in the past few weeks, with hot, dry wind gusts, SCE has the ability to call for a public safety power shutoff in an area that can last for days. Like fire evacuations, you should have a plan in the event a PSPS occurs. Go to for more information. Water – we’re in a severe drought in Santa Barbara County. The Governor has called for conservation statewide. Montecito is using water at a rate well over our water budget. Los Angeles is implementing restrictions on landscape watering, limiting it to one day per week. You need to conserve. Our Montecito Water District has tips to help you conserve, and offers a free conservation consultation to help you increase your water efficiency. Call (805) 969-2271 to schedule a consultation and see for more tips to help you conserve water. Drive Safe – Watch those roads! Drive carefully, and don’t speed. There are wild animals here, kids and people walking alongside our neighborhood trails, bicyclists, and road closures exactly when you’re trying to get somewhere. Montecito Water is replacing their main on East Valley Road. Edison is replacing poles all over. The 101 is a construction zone, so everything around Sheffield is jammed. People try to use Coast Village and the 192 as an alternate, driving aggressively through our neighborhoods. San Ysidro backs up after 3 pm going south towards the 101. Infrastructure repairs, freeway expansion, and roadwork mean we are a congested community most days. So breathe, and roll with traffic delays. Don’t drink and drive. Slow down at night in particular, as it can be harder to see turns in the roads. Wildlife – See our road problems above. We regret to report that Carla the bear, a regular visitor to our community for at least the past two years, was killed on Ladera Lane Friday night. It was a hit and run, and Ladera is known to have a lot of speeding. This is very tragic, as we learned from California Fish and Wildlife how to best live with bears. Carla had cubs, so Gretchen Lieff of the Wildlife Care Network has put out a call to action to try to spot the cubs and report them so they can get them to a California Fish and Wildlife rehabilitation center. If you see the cubs, as they may be searching for food and water, please call Dustin Pearce at California Fish and Wildlife at (562) 343-3232 immediately.

Black Bear Cub Orphaned by Hit-and-Run Crash by Jeff Miller


ime may be running out for an orphaned black bear cub on the loose here after its mother was killed in a hit-and-run crash Friday night. It happened on East Valley Road near the intersection with Ladera Lane. At about 8:30 pm on Friday the 13th, a nearby resident heard screeching tires, a thump, and an animal squeal. On investigating he met the driver of a car who said he had witnessed the collision and saw the impact vehicle drive away, leaving two bears behind on East Valley Road, one curled in a fetal position. The witness said he called 911 and then watched the bears move off the road. On Monday morning, passing motorist Connie Gillies saw turkey vultures at work in the empty lot at the corner of East Valley and Ladera and discovered the dead bear lying on its back, the left side of its rib cage completely exposed. Ms. Gillies reported the situation to Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network, which notified Santa Barbara Fish and Wildlife. She also alerted Alys Martinez of KEYT and sent photos. Word also reached wildlife biolo-

gist Dustin Pearce of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), who contacted Ms. Gillies and then visited the site Monday afternoon to investigate. There he found what appeared to be cub prints beside the dead adult female. After checking the terrain he loaded the presumed mother for transport to a DFW site in Lompoc for study. He also planned to check on “where communication failed,” and “why we weren’t notified” before Monday. Gretchen Lieff of the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network voiced concern that the cub that may have had no food or water since Friday night. If so, Pearce said it may start showing up in area backyards looking for food. Then, hopefully, it could be taken to a DFW site for rehab. Locals call the empty lot at the corner of East Valley Road and Ladera Lane the “deer nursery,” because fauns are sometimes born and nurtured there. Ms. Gillies, a nature photographer, often stops and sees bobcats, deer, falcons, and redtailed hawks. “Every time I’ve photographed animals here it’s shocked me how fast people drive on Ladera,” she said. “It was just a matter of time before a tragedy like this happened. Something needs to be done to protect our wildlife.”

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Lighted Crosswalks Coming to San Ysidro Road by Kelly Mahan Herrick


hree existing crosswalks on San Ysidro Road will soon be outfitted with flashing lights, thanks in part to a grant from the State of California. San Ysidro Road at Manning Park, Mimosa, and Sinaloa will be outfitted with the new pedestrian-activated flashing lights in June, according to Public Works traffic engineer Gary Smart. “We don’t consider it a huge impact on the larger community, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be able to install them,” Smart said. The conversation of safer pedestrian crossings on the road began with nearby residents in 2017 after the County applied for the grant opportunity. The Board of Supervisors, which approved the project in 2019, received letters of support for the lighted crosswalks from Montecito Union School, the YMCA, and All Saints-by-the-Sea. The existing crosswalk signs will be replaced with a sign accompanied by a horizontal light, with a small solar panel on the top of

the pole. The flashing lights are activated for about 15 seconds when a pedestrian pushes the button, Smart said. The three new lighted crosswalks in Montecito are in addition to five others in Goleta (Turnpike at La Gama, Camino del Remedio, South Patterson at Obern Trail) and Mission Canyon (Mission Canyon at Puesta del Sol, Mission Canyon at Las Encinas). The cost to install the crosswalks is estimated at $350K, with funding from the County General Fund and the California Local Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). The installation will occur this summer. For more information, email or call (805) 568-3000.

MWD & MSD Collaboration

Last week we outlined Montecito Water District’s (MWD) Strategic Plan, which includes collaboration with Montecito Sanitary District (MSD) to bring recycled water to Montecito, as well as a possible merger between the

Montecito Water District and Montecito Sanitary District reps met last month to discuss two collaborative projects: recycled water and the possibility of merging the two special districts

two special districts. MWD and MSD Planning Committees met jointly last month for updates on two collaborative projects that are being co-funded by both agencies: an Enhanced Recycled Water Feasibility Study and an Evaluation of Special District Consolidation. The April 27th meeting was the first in-person meeting held in over two years. Attendees included MWD Directors Tobe Plough and Ken Coates with General Manager Nick Turner, MSD Directors Dorinne Lee Johnson and Woody Barrett with General Manager Bradley Rahrer, staff from both agencies, members of the public, and presenters, some of whom participated via Zoom.

Andy Salveson, the Lead Project Manager from Carollo Engineers, Inc. provided an update on the Enhanced Recycled Water Feasibility Study. The Carollo team includes Rob Morrow of Water Systems Consulting, Inc. (WSC) who worked on the mostly grant-funded Recycled Water Feasibility Plan completed by Montecito Water District in 2019. The new Enhanced Study, also eligible for grant funding, builds on the work that was done prior with greater focus on potable reuse options following the State Water Board’s recent advancements with further development of the direct potable reuse framework. The study will

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Dr. Roger Dunham, Jane Habermann, Keiko Dunham, and Kieran Shah

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NA Health (formally known as Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care) just held its 21st Mother’s Day Luncheon, presented by Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree at the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel. It began with mimosas alongside photos on the lawn and ended up in the luxe ballroom for lunch. One lady remarked, “This room makes me want to get married all over again.” The crystal chandeliers are stunning. We were called into the dining room by emcee Andrew Firestone and the Togen Daiko Taiko drummers. They gave us an example of what has been part of the Japanese culture for centuries. More treats were the San Marcos Madrigal Singers, State Street Ballet performing “’S Wonderful,” and the Westmont Chamber Singers with Lois Mahalia singing “Bless the Beasts and the Children,” written by our own Barry De Vorzon and Perry L. Botkin, Jr. They concluded with “Amazing Grace.” Then we had hula girls in hot pink dancing to the song “I’ll Remember You.” This Mother’s Day celebration was all about honored mother Keiko Dunham and honored remembered mother, Marcy Parker. Marcy started her singing career

as a teenager in Colorado, becoming Miss Pikes Peak in 1947. She also went to Korea with Bob Hope to perform for U.S. troops. While in Hollywood, she met Fess Parker at a swimming pool party. They were married for 50 years and had two children, Eli Parker and Ashley Parker Snider. VNA Health helped Marcy and Fess stay in their own home in the Valley until the end. Keiko Dunham is a caregiver in every sense of the word. Besides VNA Health, she supports many causes. After getting a master’s degree she taught high school at the Kamehameha School in Honolulu and met her husband, Roger, while he was in the U.S. Navy submarine service stationed at Pearl Harbor. They have been married for 53 years and have two children, Stephen Dunham and Rochelle Karr. Keiko is a licensed private pilot and has flown with her husband Dr. Dunham on numerous Angel Flight missions. She also ran his medical practice for decades. She’s been with VNA Health since its inception 20 years ago. A word from VNA Health president and CEO Kieran Shah: “In honor of all the special caregivers in our lives, I share with you my motto, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ The promise of this motto has

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ditor’s Note: In this industry, you’re only as good as your last mistake. And we made one. A big one – in the Voter’s Guide in the previous issue (MJ Issue 19, May 12-19). Somewhere between juggling incoming stories and caffeine stares our collective eyes missed two candidates in the United States Representative, District 24, race: Jeff Frankenfield and Brad Allen. We deeply apologize to both them and the readers for this mistake. Information on both candidates is below. Jeff Frankenfield reached out to us and we have asked him a couple questions about his campaign that we have included with his Statement of Candidacy below.

Jeff Frankenfield

Occupation: Global Accounts Director in the Telecommunications Sector, Husband, Father, and Coach or most of my adult life, I have served our country and community that I love in some capacity. Bringing people together and helping them thrive is one of the greatest joys of my life. I served our country as an active-duty Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Building relationships with people from all different backgrounds, it forged the conviction that America’s strength is unmatched when we as diverse, unique individuals come together for a common objective. I will bring this unshakeable mindset with me to Congress. Since moving to Santa Barbara in 2013, I have served our community in several ways, including volunteering as a Chaplain for the Santa Barbara Police Department, during which time I helped the first responders and those impacted by the Montecito mudslide. This experience transformed me, as my love for the people of this area grew tremendously. For the past five years I have volunteered my time coaching football at a local high school. I believe there may be no better way to improve our local communities, and our society, than to do everything we can to help our youth become successful adults. In the private sector, I have had a 20+ year sales and management career in the telecommunications industry, working daily with the world’s largest high-tech companies. I thrive in relationship building, strategic thinking, and effective negotiations, which are all skills desperately needed in Congress right now. I would be honored to receive your vote. For information regarding my political stances, please visit


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Q. What are the most important challenges facing CA District 24, Montecito, and the surrounding areas? A. Water scarcity, mental health/homelessness, and better K-12 education. What are the possible solutions you pose in your campaign for the issues affecting our district? Water Scarcity: Most water management authority sits at the state level, but several federal agencies work with the state to help with sustainable water supply, clean and safe drinking water, etc. I will work with these agencies to prioritize finding solutions, including pushing for additional desalinization plants. Mental Health/Homelessness: Mental health struggles are increasing throughout society. It is a significant problem with our district’s growing homeless population as well. We must overcome the stigma attached to seeking mental health assistance and make resources available. I want to see sufficient mental health programs available, and more facilities built to help those in need. K-12 Education: Federal education funds should continue to be allocated for high-need students. It should also include options outside the public school system (charter schools, trade schools, homeschooling, etc.) and should be mandated with any federal funds that are received by the state.

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Being a sheriff today requires a chief executive who knows the job inside out. One who knows how to prepare, how to enforce, and how to collaborate.

WITH AN EAR TO OUR COMMUNITY, HE ALSO HAS A VOICE IN D.C. A SHERIFF IS FORGED UNDER FIRE It’s been a tough 15 years with unprecedented crises: Fires, mudslide, dive boat fire, Covid, an opioid crisis, and massive budget cuts. But there has always been one constant – the strength and leadership of Sheriff Bill Brown. Sheriff Brown has faced each challenge with skill, compassion, and a wisdom borne of experience. He knows that part of keeping us safe also includes helping the vulnerable, including crime victims and those with mental health and addiction issues.

Thanks to Sheriff Brown’s impressive record of transparent leadership in Santa Barbara County and throughout California, he has been elected as the Vice President of the Major County Sheriffs of America, and will become its President in 2024. This is an honor and provides our county with a voice on national policy that will affect us locally.

Sheriff Brown is an experienced law enforcement chief executive. He has a Master’s degree from USC and has graduated from many of the top law enforcement executive programs in the nation. He is the only person ever elected by peers to serve as President of both the California Police Chiefs’ Association and the California State Sheriffs’ Association. And he was appointed by Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown to serve since 2010 on California’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.

A SHERIFF FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY A MODERN, PROACTIVE NORTHERN BRANCH JAIL COVID, DEFUND THE POLICE, OPIOIDS & BUDGET CUTS It’s easy to blame external obstacles when the going gets tough. Not Sheriff Bill Brown. Despite major budget shortfalls, he secured $80 million in state funding for the modern Northern Branch Jail, which is now open. Despite the nationwide movement to Defund the Police, Sheriff Brown has maintained steady leadership and collaborated with others by teaming deputies with clinicians to help keep mentally ill people out of the criminal justice system. He’s working with other key community leaders to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to help tackle the opioid crisis and save lives. He’s also worked hard to help those suffering from mental illness and addictions.

Sheriff Bill Brown is a strong crime fighter, but he recognizes that many factors contribute to breaking the law. With the state-of-the-art design at the Northern Branch Jail, his influence is helping provide inmates with enhanced education, addiction control and life-skills training to better prepare them for re-entry to society.

Working closely with our diverse community, Sheriff Brown is proud to say his team of deputies and support staff reflects that diversity. His many collaborations with community leaders, and city, county, state and national organizations have resulted in a safer, stronger and more unified community.

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Hands (Continued from 6) individual from allegedly setting the Loma Alta fire last May – although it undoubtedly kept the fire from spreading further. In the aftermath, handling homelessness became an emergency, and the county offered dozens of housing vouchers through a grant from the federal Housing and Urban Development agency, while the city housed many formerly homeless people at the 40-room Rose Garden Inn on upper State Street for six months. The project was plagued by residents’ arguments requiring police intervention, including one incident in which a formerly homeless individual pulled a gun on a terrified City Net social worker, according to Byrne. (The individual, a recent arrival from Orlando, Florida, was put on a bus headed back.) The temporary housing solution might have helped skew last winter’s homelessness count, which was inexplicably down in several places in South County, including Montecito. The motel project seemed like a viable, though at $2.8 million, an expensive, solution for a while, including several homeless individuals who had been camping in Montecito

Montecito Fire Chief Kevin Taylor discusses working together to discourage fire-building outdoors with Santa Barbara Fire Chief Chris Mailes

Santa Barbara Councilmember Oscar Gutierrez brought along intern, Margaret Taylor, who is a junior at Westmont College

– though all residents were suddenly evicted when funding ran out. The Rose Garden Inn is a major topic on our hike, with many wondering, should the goal be to house the unhoused in motels again? While Elliott from the county first district says “closure of the hotel was devastating to me because we don’t have enough supportive housing units,” Byrne derides the project as “warehousing” because it brought together too many formerly homeless individuals without life skills or adequate supervision. Councilmember Gutierrez says he wants to get more churches involved in providing beds and volunteers. Supervisor Williams, describing the absence of affordable housing as “the elephant in the room,” says he’s looking forward to seeing 33 individuals find places in the Dignity Moves “tiny house” project underway on Santa Barbara Street, and to expanding the city’s partnership with the nonprofit New Beginnings to support people forced to live in their cars because of eviction or other financial problems. The bright, and to the officials present, surprising spot in our walkaround, is the progress being made by Montecito’s HAM project in addressing homelessness – what Byrne calls the “Montecito model.” What’s different, she explains to the fas-

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cinated group, is the multi-disciplinary team approach emphasizing that “outreach comes first, not enforcement. Outreach first, and the agencies follow.” Meaning, the team visits individuals living outdoors and handles them on a case-by-case basis, with City Net funneling information to the county’s Behavioral Wellness agency via a shared spreadsheet, enabling the agency to follow people making their way through various stages of assistance: drug and alcohol programs, veterans’ services, moving into shelters, returning to their families in other parts of the country, or in some cases, incarceration. Byrne’s ‘model’ includes convening monthly meetings with the entire team, including volunteers, to share information confidentially, and to brainstorm possible solutions. And on a daily basis, everyone involved keeps an eye out for panhandlers, campers, and other signs of unhoused folks in Montecito, and texts information to Byrne, who routes it to the right person or agency. This approach is similar to those used successfully in small cities throughout California, notably in Santa Monica and Pasadena. However, both of those localities have an advantage How to Donate to Help with Homelessness in Montecito and Santa Barbara County City Net social workers and case managers specialize in outreach to homeless individuals in partnership with the Montecito Association’s Hands Across Montecito project. Go to: rossMontecito Heal the Ocean/Earthcomb created and manages an interactive map of homeless camps and cleans up tons of debris each year that would otherwise end up in the ocean. Go to:; indicate that your gift is for the Homeless Camps project. New Beginnings provides safe overnight parking to people living in their cars who would otherwise become homeless. Go to: https://; indicate that your gift is for the Safe Parking Program.

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that is missing in Santa Barbara; they can enforce anti-camping/anti-tent laws because they have available enough shelter beds to offer anyone living on the streets a place to sleep indoors. Yet Byrne too puts her advantages to good use. She sits on the county’s Behavioral Wellness Commission, formerly as its chair, where she’s acquired a deep understanding of how the current homeless-services system works, as well as its limits. She also has a keen interest in the dual goals of helping homeless people work through their problems, while serving the Montecito community by ushering unhoused people away from our village, and continually cleaning up camps. She’s been gratified to learn that “Montecitans are sophisticated about the limits of government” and therefore don’t expect success without three extra-governmental elements: collaboration with nonprofits, solicitation of funds from private and institutional donors, and personal involvement. This understanding and willingness to roll up our sleeves, she says, “might make Montecito the most unique place for handling homelessness. The community is willing to donate flexible dollars for things like temporary housing, food, and clean-up, and some of those same villagers have been willing to come out and see for themselves what our homeless problem looks like.” Of course there are limits to what Montecito can accomplish, as anyone can attest who has encountered people on Coast Village Road determined to remain outdoors – such as the elderly woman who appears to reside on a bench in front of the Point Market, and the couple perennially panhandling at Starbucks. (And by the way, Byrne implores residents not to give money to panhandlers.) Yet as word of Montecito’s progress has spread, Byrne has been invited to the County Supervisors’ Forum for Elected Leaders on July 8 to present the nearly two-year-old history of Hands Across Montecito, and to delineate her vision for how its approach might be scaled throughout the county. She plans to tell them about a private-public breakthrough that occurred during our hike: Currently when the folks at Earthcomb clean up a camp, they have to pay waste hauler MarBorg Industries to rent dumpsters and to cart away debris, using donated private funds. But during our hike, Byrne persuaded both Councilmember Sneddon from the city, and Supervisor Williams from the county, to add these clean-up costs to their jurisdictions’ contracts with MarBorg – freeing Montecito donor funds for more creative purposes. She says, “It’s a win-win.” Master Gardener and environmental advocate Eileen White Read, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and retired nonprofit CEO, has spent 27 years in Santa Barbara County, the past decade at the beach at Montecito’s Bonnymede with her husband, Charles, an energy lawyer. She co-chairs its Landscaping Committee, which is spearheading a renaissance of the condo community’s environmentally fragile 11 acres.

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Letters (Continued from 10 10)) countywide students not achieving the minimum standard for math and reading. According to Ed Source ( Santa-Barbara), only 34% of the county students are proficient in math and 47.5% are proficient in English. This is simply unacceptable. Santa Barbara County has quality educators and parents who possess the desire and passion to do better for our students. The weakness is a status quo administration that created a closed club incumbency that has not seen a challenger to their rule in four decades. It’s time for a change. Christy is a parent and teacher in the Santa Barbara school system who has seen the failures of this administration up close and personal. She understands students’ needs. She has close connections, and she listens to parents. She will be transparent about the solutions. I’m sure the current superintendent has many fine qualities and is a very nice person, however, educational outcomes in our local public school classrooms are not “…great!” I have cast my vote for Christy Lozano because she is a parent, a veteran, and a teacher in a unique position to understand the problems and provide real solutions. I suggest you consider voting for Lozano for the sake of our kids and our collective future. Walter Hofmann

Christy Lozano is Not the Answer Recent letters to the editor have played fast and loose with data to claim that incumbent Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Susan Salcido, is failing. However, a more holistic view of the data suggests otherwise. When Susan became the Superintendent in 2017, she inherited below average “meeting or exceeding standard” test scores: • 2017 Math: SB County = 33.65% vs. Statewide = 37.56% • 2017 English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA): County = 44.19% vs. Statewide = 48.56%

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Dear Montecito Zander Meyer

A passion for water and hard work, plus a pandemic pivot, led to Zander Meyer getting his pick of Ivy League rowing teams

by Stella Haffner


t was easy to get swept up in the liminal space of lockdown. Who can appreciate this more than the high school students who were asked to pivot from hour-to-hour classes to the vacuum of a stay-at-home education? With this country’s competitive college admissions space, our high school students are masters of the micro-scheduled and overstructured. So, what’s a young person to do when their routine is disrupted? If you’re Zander Meyer, you wait on a very important delivery. A polite and thoughtful young man, Zander Meyer is your ideal college candidate. A mind for history and business, a weighted GPA of 4.7, and an ability to tread water longer than most of us can run on a treadmill are just a few of Zander’s resumé items. And while staving off high school burnout is an important part of the student journey, here I do literally mean treading water. Zander is something of a water guy. Zander started playing water polo at just 10 years old. He had tried land sports, with mixed success. “I don’t



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belong on land,” says Zander. “I grew 15 inches in three years. I couldn’t keep up with my legs and feet.” A fast-growing kid, Zander quickly found his place on a club water polo team. And as an increasingly powerful asset to the team, Zander’s coaches soon moved him to compete against older, more experienced players, where Zander was pushed to excel beyond his age. A deadly athlete and a competitive student – Zander was on a direct path to college water polo. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, water polo was suspended until further notice. As a high contact sport, not to mention a water sport, social distancing and N-95 masks were not an option. And Zander’s chance to show college coaches all of which he is capable of was devastated. For a while, it looked like seven years of Zander’s hard work had evaporated. That was until a special package arrived at his doorstep: a rowing machine. Zander didn’t have much experience with rowing, but Zander’s mother had experience with her son. She knew that while the pandemic had limited Zander’s access to water polo, Zander was limited neither on positivity nor determination.

She ordered the rowing machine, knowing it could let Zander continue his love for the water from land. After all, Zander had enjoyed canoeing with his friend Alex at their rigorous wilderness summer camp. But experience in a canoe is a far cry from the hours of practice needed to learn the tight synchronicity and laser focus that characterizes rowing, so Zander made a decision. “I knew that Alex had been rowing for a couple of years. I ended up FaceTiming him and asking if he wanted to hop on the rowing machine with me. Throughout 2020, we actually ended up doing over 100 workouts together. We wanted to get as fit as we could and really make the most of the time we had off.” When lockdown restrictions finally eased, in-person rowing was restored, but water polo was not. It was time for Zander to see if he had a shot at this new path to success. Zander had to conquer the gold standard of rowing: the 2k row. His first time during virtual regionals, Zander pulled a 6 minute and 51 second time on the two kilometer stretch. By his next 2k, after training in the fall, Zander had cut his time by a whole 18 seconds, with a new time of 6 minutes and 33 seconds. He knew he could get his time down, but for now it was at least enough to start thinking about colleges. With a couple dream schools in mind, Zander uploaded his student profile to an athletics recruiting website with his time for the 2k row. When he opened his email the next day, a letter of interest was waiting for him from Yale University. “I was shocked. I didn’t realize I had gotten the scores to get that sort of attention.” The following day, Zander opened his computer to find yet another email, this time from Princeton. He was ecstatic and waited impatiently for his parents to return home, so he could show them: he was getting scouted for the Yale and the Princeton rowing team! But when his parents arrived home and everyone had huddled around the laptop, Zander’s inbox looked different to how he had left it. Sitting in his inbox was not only an email from the rowing coaches at Yale and Princeton but also the University

of California, Berkeley. At this point, Zander had only been rowing for nine months. But with the attention he was getting, he knew it was time to start touring schools and introducing himself. The next few months were consumed with college touring. Zander had a difficult decision to make. Berkeley was a frontrunner. Not only were they close to home, Berkeley had consistently produced the most competitive rowing teams in the country. On the other hand, Cornell had the prestigious academic environment he had looked forward to joining. Ultimately, however, Columbia University won Zander’s heart. “It was just a gut feeling, I think. I knew when I stepped onto campus. I thought because it was in New York it might be too busy or loud, but Columbia feels different, away from the rest of the city.” Zander cites not only the academic rigor but also the diversity of courses at Columbia University as an important part of his decision. While he had known that he wanted to study business, Zander is now considering a double major in business management and psychology because of the first-class courses offered at Columbia. But most importantly, Zander, a true Colorado-to-California transplant, says the idea of moving to a state that has seasons appeals to him. If you ask him what this experience means, Zander will tell you that his journey from a growing kid in water polo to an ivy league athlete is all about finding motivation. We don’t always start with the cards we end up playing, and that is okay. Being flexible, waking up, and finding the motivation: these are the things that count.

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also evaluate potential opportunities for regional collaboration with neighboring agencies including the Carpinteria Valley Water and Carpinteria Sanitary Districts, Local artist, photographer, and art and the City of Santa Barbara on joint dealer Bobbi Bennett is once again partrecycled water projects. nering with Coast Village Road’s Allora Jointly the committees expressed that it by Laura owner Laura Dinning for a is more important to find the right solu- trunk show and reception. The instaltion than to rush the process. Two public lation includes Bennett’s fashion-ediworkshops are planned for later this year, tioned, deconstructed surfboards. Both and Carollo anticipates having infor- vintage and new surfboards from top mation ready for the first of these this name brands including Rip Curl, Dennis summer. The consultant’s scope of work Williams, Rockin Fig, and Channel includes developing selection criteria to Islands will be on display, curated alonghelp the Board, Staff, and Public evaluate side Allora’s designer clothing. potential water reuse projects. After creating a body of photographs Also on the agenda for the joint using resin, Bennett decided to merge her Strategic Planning Committees is the passion of photography and surfing. Using possibility of a merger. Raftelis Financial new and vintage surfboards, she applies her Consultants, Inc. is contracted to prepare photograph and re-coats the surfboard with an independent Evaluation of Special epoxy resin, creating a glass-like finish and District Consolidation which will yield a one-of-a-kind art piece. Her company, a cost benefit analysis to support discus- STOKED Surfboards, has a cult following, sion and decision-making about poten- and Bennett has been commissioned by tially merging the two districts. This is several celebrities to create custom boards. an initial study to determine whether This new installation features Bennett’s the districts should pursue consolida- conceptual, surfboard representation of tion with the Santa Barbara County’s iconic fashion labels from Gucci, Prada, Local Agency Formation Commission and more. The opening reception is (LAFCO), the entity with oversight of Saturday, May 21, from 5 to 7 pm at this process. If both districts decide to Allora by Laura, 1269 Coast Village Road. continue pursuing a merger after this initial study is complete, LAFCO will require a more comprehensive feasibility study for their approval process. Both districts’ Board and Committee meetRosewood Miramar Beach has welings are open to the public, and a com- comed Kendall Conrad as the property’s munity-oriented presentation to share inaugural Rosewood PlaceMaker. Serving findings on this topic is also expected as an extension of the brand’s “A Sense of in the late summer timeframe once the Place” philosophy, wherein each property consultants have had time to gather is designed to immerse guests in the desinformation. tination, the PlaceMakers program taps The joint committee’s next meeting the beacons of Rosewood’s communities is scheduled for June 7, 10 am. Meeting to harness local culture through bespoke times are subject to change and can be experiences. As the inaugural PlaceMaker confirmed by referencing the agenda for Rosewood Miramar Beach, Conrad containing meeting location and remote has developed unique programming along access information available prior to with her own personally curated destithe meeting at or nation guide, tapping into her intimate Customers of Montecito knowledge of the Santa Barbara area. Water District and Montecito Sanitary Village Page 274 274 District are encouraged to attend.

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On Money, Politics and other Trivial Matters


Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) “Mother” Hazel Henderson by Rinaldo S. Brutoco


lon Musk is the world’s richest person and one of the most brilliant individuals in business. He is the P.T. Barnum of our age — only more effective by far. And yet no one has ever accused him of: 1) having an ego that is under control; 2) a desire to benefit his fellow citizens; 3) a willingness to improve the environment, as he’d rather escape to Mars for himself and his richest friends, rather than spend any resources on healing the biosphere here on Earth (his electric vehicle is a brilliant scheme to make money by making electric cars “sexy”); 4) a noble sense for legal compliance with the most fundamental of security laws (he is in trouble once again for flouting them); or 5) maintaining any personal relationships which don’t serve his own limited selfish objectives (just ask the mothers of his children, his many mistresses, or even his former employees who complain about his abusiveness). Clearly, he is not a great candidate for judging what good environmental factors ought to govern responsible businesses. Nor is he a good judge of what social responsibilities a business should strive to implement. And he certainly is not an acceptable spokesperson for good corporate governance as he is repeatedly raked over the coals for defying the most basic governance principles — he who would rather tweet official corporate statements than write the Securities and Exchange Commission filings required by law. So why is anyone, least of all Bloomberg Green news, being bamboozled by this infantile genius with the emotional intelligence of an adolescent, when he criticizes ESG investing? In 1620, Sir Francis Bacon published Idols of the Theater, describing how some individuals, and even whole philosophical systems, can be given greater credence in an arena of thought that had nothing to do with the expertise of the one articulating some important point. He felt we all needed to be very circumspect and reserve critical judgment when someone, his favorite example was Aristotle, achieved great notoriety for some key insight, and avoid ascribing general great wisdom for something they would propose or expound upon in a field not their own. Sir Francis explained: “because in my judgment all the received systems are but so many stage plays, representing worlds of their own creation after an unreal and scenic fashion.” In effect, he’s saying just because someone sounds great as an actor on the stage quoting magnificent thoughts, doesn’t mean they came up with those magnificent thoughts or were even able to fully understand them. It just means they are very good at acting. They may be brilliant on stage going through their lines playing Alexander the Great, but they are not Alexander nor anyone else gifted with genius on how to rule a kingdom – their genius is limited to the stage. Elon Musk has created mega success as the founder of Tesla and SpaceX. That doesn’t mean he is qualified to make sound judgments on what serves the environment, society, or good corporate governance. All of these are outside the scope of what makes Elon fabulously rich or even famous. If Bacon could say that Aristotle ought not overstep the boundaries of where his genius resides, it would be even more accurate to hold Elon accountable for where he exhibits genius and where he exhibits raw, undiluted self-interest. Elevating him to the level of Aristotle is probably an unfair comparison for Aristotle, but one that no doubt will flatter Elon’s ego – which is slightly larger than even his rockets. When Elon Musk criticizes the ESG principles used by investment funds that evaluate the bona fides of one company or another in positively addressing ESG issues, he is really whining because he is famous for not caring about the environment (he knows lithium cobalt batteries are far more harmful to the environment and to the drivers of Tesla cars than are lithium phosphate batteries). He has waged a vigorous, decade-long war against the hydrogen economy. He believes that if people are hoodwinked against hydrogen, he’ll sell millions more of his less environmentally sound (and less consumer friendly) vehicles than Hyundai and Toyota will sell of their more affordable fuel-cell electric cars. More to the point, the various ways he has fought to hold hydrogen back, all for personal selfish motives, have now been thoroughly disproven by Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company, and every sophisticated energy observer in the last several years. Yes, Elon has repeatedly lied to the California Public Utilities Commission for years about hydrogen and its beneficial effects for restoring the biosphere at costs far below his technology – just so he can sell millions more of his sexy cars. He’s far too smart to say he was just

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Sustainable Innovations in Battery Tech Algae powered a basic computer for six months


ambridge researchers developed a system the size of an AA battery with a non-toxic algae called Synechocystis that naturally takes in solar energy via photosynthesis. This produces a small electrical current that interacts with the system’s aluminum electrode and powers its microprocessor. Not only does the system operate on biological, renewable energy, it was made of recyclable materials, meaning it could be easily replicated and scaled smaller or much larger. This technology would be particularly useful for isolated devices powered far off electrical grids. The device does not require anything else to produce energy other than sunlight to feed the algae. However, it can still produce energy after the sun has gone down, just not as much. This union of algae and tech could be used in myriad applications and could play a vital role in future initiatives to power essential technology in remote locations, like a desalination unit in a remote seaside village.

Breakthrough method rescues lithium from wastewater

Electric vehicle demand is growing. They are essential for reducing carbon emissions, but sourcing materials for their batteries proves tricky. Electric batteries are composed of lithium. To meet the growing demand for electric vehicle batteries, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have innovated a way of extracting lithium and other minerals from wastewater. They utilize magnetic nanoparticles and magnetic fields to bind to specific materials in the water, which are then extracted. The wastewater source could come from industry and brine from geothermal power systems. Using these sources means the partial cleanup of environmentally harmful waste products.The U.S. has just over 100 geothermal power plants. Entrepreneurs are looking to expand geothermal energy and move the country to a greener energy system while giving more access to lithium harvesting. The lab estimates that around one trillion gallons of wastewater are produced annually in the U.S. An estimated 34,000 tons of lithium per year could be recovered from this wastewater. This process could help the U.S. meet electric battery demand and do it in an eco-friendlier manner. The only downside is the current cost to extract lithium from wastewater when there is a low concentration of the element. The team continues to look for ways to optimize the process, making it cheaper, and extracting more lithium. mistaken. No, he spins a web of deceit in almost everything he does because he is the most effective salesman of the last several generations. That does not, however, make him a source we should listen to in the areas where he is egregiously out of step with evolving science and economics. It is truly a shame that Bloomberg Green news, in a recent article, parroted Elon’s complaints about ESG as investment criteria. If they just looked carefully, they would see his massive ego overlaying all his complaints, as well as seeing his evident self-interest. You see, Elon’s companies score poorly on ESG rating services, as well they should. Bloomberg ought to be more circumspect in printing his self-promoting marketing drivel. Compare Elon Musk to futurist and “economic iconoclast” Dr. Hazel Henderson, now in her 90th year, and the acknowledged “mother” of ESG investing. Dr. Henderson dedicated her life to improving the very underlying principles of economics when put in practice for “the many” rather than for “the few.” Dr. Henderson has created an amazing body of scholarship through her innumerable scholarly articles and her books Building a Win-Win World, Beyond Globalization, Planetary Citizenship, and Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy. Her work will stand the test of time for its selflessness, insightful integrity, and her unique approach to human centered economic values. Look her up. Read even a fraction of what she has published, and you’ll come to understand what a planetary treasure she is. A final observation: the industry she gave birth to, socially responsible investing based on ESG factors, is now a global industry of over 18 trillion dollars – that’s far bigger than even Elon Musk’s enormous wealth, and far more relevant for building the world we want to live in. Rinaldo S. Brutoco, an entrepreneur, is the founding president and CEO of the Santa Barbara-based World Business Academy and a co-founder of JUST Capital

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Brilliant Thoughts

Robert’s Big Questions

by Ashleigh Brilliant

by Robert Bernstein

Ages and Ages


ow old? The answer to that question is usually expected to be in terms of years – that is, of Earth journeys around the sun. We owe that idea to a Polish monk named Copernicus (1473-1543 AD). But even before Copernicus, in those good old days when the sun still went around the earth, the time it took was just the same. And it is by that quaint concept that we still measure time – and distance – by how far in space light travels in an Earth-year, giving us the “unit” of a light-year. That makes it possible for us to conceive the inconceivable. The speed of light was first measured in 1676 by a Danish Astronomer named Ole Roemer. It is currently calculated at 186,282 miles per second. So, to think of something as being “so many light-years” away – even if it is only one or two light-years – is, in terms of our own comprehension, almost an exercise in futility. But what it does do for us is enable us to compare distances with each other. So, even though the nearest stars are still impossibly far away, we can say how much farther some are than others. This, of course, is important to astronomers – but I’m not sure how much it matters to anyone else. Coming back to earth and earth-years, I have always felt that important qualifications, like a driver’s license, or the right to vote, or even admission to a college, should not necessarily depend on a person’s calendar age. Upper and lower age limits, imposed arbitrarily, often by legislatures, do not take into account anyone’s particular abilities and capacity for sound judgment. Shouldn’t there be validated tests, such as the ones people already have to pass in order to become a hairdresser or masseuse? Ironically, some of our most important social roles require no testing at all. One is being a parent; another is running for office. But it is equally as unfair to be declared too old for something as it is to be thought too young. The human body does wear out, but in different parts, at vastly different rates. Mental abilities, particularly, can remain fully functional when many of the physical ones have greatly diminished in capacity. That would seem, at least partly, to explain why many political leaders are able to hold on to power long after they have reached what in other spheres would be considered “old age.” William Ewart Gladstone, who served four times as the British Prime Minister, finished his last term in 1894, when he was 84 years old. And at the other end, of course, we have child prodigies, who, in various fields, including music and mathematics, have astonished experts by their very youthful achievements. Such early eminence can make the rest of us, regardless of our 19 – 26 May 2022

accomplishments, feel overshadowed. As Tom Lehrer once reflected at the height of his own career as a performer: “It is a sobering thought that, when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.” But, when it comes to dividing time into meaningful segments, historians and geologists have their particular systems of “Ages.” Technologically they have given us the Stone Age (presumably preceded by the Age of Wood, which we never hear much about). This was followed by the Bronze Age, based on the discovery that copper and tin could be combined into a metal much harder than either of them was separately. Then the big discovery of how to smelt iron ore gave us the Iron Age.

But it is equally as unfair to be declared too old for something as it is to be thought too young. The human body does wear out, but in different parts, at vastly different rates. Then there are, or have been, what we might call Intellectual Ages – with a big leap between the Dark Ages (which weren’t really so dark) and the Age of Enlightenment (which wasn’t really that enlightened). And we mustn’t forget those pseudo-imaginary periods like the Golden Age – a concept of past paradises, generalized in literature as “halcyon days” (even though the original Greek meaning of halcyon was nothing more idyllic than a species of bird – the Kingfisher). And one may still come across references to the “Age of Miracles” – but usually with a negative implication, as in “The Age of Miracles is past.” But in that case, what about our own age, which, at least technologically speaking, seems so far to have been a constant parade of new miracles? Human nature, however, seems to have always been miracle-resistant. People don’t change as much as most of us would like them to. For that, we must wait hopefully for some future age. Ashleigh Brilliant born England 1933, came to California in 1955, to Santa Barbara in 1973, to the Montecito Journal in 2016. Best-known for his illustrated epigrams, called “Pot-Shots,” now a series of 10,000. email: ashleigh@west. net. web: www.ash

Life Purpose?


ormalizing Atheism is an active Facebook page I recently joined. It is a surprisingly respectful forum for atheists to “come out” and for religious people to ask questions of atheists. On April 13, someone named Brian C. made this post: “I’ve been pondering something lately: Is it possible to live without meaning or purpose? If so, how? How does one maintain a will to live without it? How does one orient oneself or make decisions? Would appreciate any thoughts on these questions.” I expected atheists to give some sort of existentialist responses along the lines of Sartre. Instead, I was quite shocked to see this most popular reply from a woman named Vernie: “I have never felt any need for a [god] or anybody else to help me or guide me. I have also never felt a need for meaning or purpose in my life. I guess I just live more for the moment. As I go through the different situations in my life, I find that maybe I want to improve or make a change in some area, and I will make a plan and accomplish that most of the time. That would be my purpose for the moment. I just don’t think our lives are that grand or important. We are here and then we’re gone.” Quite a contrast with Sartre who wrote, “Life has no meaning a priori… It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.” Or Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl: “The meaning of life is to give life meaning.” What about you, dear reader? Do you have a life purpose? Do you seek new life purposes? Or do you think it is better just to wander through life and take whatever comes your way? Some gave exactly that reply. Michael F. Steger created a very short “Meaning in Life Questionnaire” (MLQ) which you can complete for yourself. Pew Research did an extensive “Where Americans Find Meaning in Life” survey in 2018. The top answer for most Americans? Family. Followed by: Career, Money, Spirituality and faith, Friends, Activities and hobbies, Health, Home and surrounding. Learning was in last place at 11%. I love and support my family, but I can’t say that family should be the primary source of meaning in life. There is such a vast universe of need and opportunity beyond family. And for too many people, family is a source of stress if not actual injustice. Some people find it helpful to

write a personal “Mission Statement” to help them condense their life purpose into a single phrase or sentence. Some years ago, I condensed mine into these three words: “Enjoy, explore, improve.” As conscious, feeling beings we should enjoy life. But enjoyment is transitory. We need to explore, grow, and learn to expand our horizons. It is important for me to feel a sense of purpose, but also important to seek new meaning and purpose as I learn more. I want to understand the true nature of reality and consciousness. In my recent article “Why Follow the News?” I suggested balancing the time spent following the news with time spent taking action on it. That is the “improve” part of my personal mission. “Helping others improves mental health” gets over a billion hits on Google. Many studies back this up and I do feel good when I help others. But for me, I need something more enduring to feel a sense of fulfillment and meaning. “If the purpose of life is helping others, then what is the purpose of the others?” I can’t find the source of this, but I do feel there is a limit to helping others as a source of meaning. Much of my life has been devoted to science and engineering. I like the idea of building on the foundations of knowledge and technology of those who came before us. And leaving better knowledge and technology for those who follow us to build on. Connecting and working with others may be more important than “helping.” There won’t be much of an enduring future if we don’t solve the Climate Crisis, species mass extinction, and threats of nuclear war. These must be prioritized. But we also must make time for what gives life meaning. Perhaps if people felt more of a sense of meaning, connection, and purpose, we would be more motivated to solve current urgent crises and look far beyond to a better future?

Robert Bernstein holds degrees from Physics departments of MIT and UCSB. Passion to understand the Big Questions of life, the universe and to be a good citizen of the planet.

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The Giving List Freedom 4 Youth by Steven Libowitz


reedom 4 Youth Development Director Dylan Griffith likes to toss out a quote his mentor once told him that sticks in his head: “Change occurs at the speed of relationships.” It’s a motto that defines and drives the barely 11-year-old nonprofit that empowers youth within and beyond the juvenile justice system to change their lives through leadership and other programs. “We’re all about prioritizing relationships and finding common ground,” Griffith explained, noting that nearly all of the organization’s staff has been impacted or directly involved in the justice system themselves in some way. “For one of our people to immediately be able to say, ‘Oh, I’ve experienced something along the same lines as what you’re going through really goes a long way. There’s an automatic common ground. There’s a foundation to build a strong relationship and that’s how change occurs.” The numbers bear out the effectiveness of the approach, noted Griffith, who himself was involved in the justice system

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for several years as a youth, but benefitted from heavily reduced charges, access to mental health services, and probation instead of incarceration. In has been 13 years since Billi Jo Starr, a Santa Barbara High School alumna who later earned a PhD in Education from UCSB, first brought a Toastmasters-style curriculum to the local juvenile detention facility Los Prietos Boys’ Camp. Freedom 4 Youth – which became an official nonprofit in 2011 – can count more than 2,000 previously incarcerated individuals on probation who are now alumni of its custom-tailored leadership and education programs. Many of whom in turn have gone on to support other youths who are still in the juvenile detention system. F4Y’s staff and volunteers have logged more than 26,000 hours with youth in Santa Barbara County Probation, Child Welfare Services, and the United Boys & Girls Clubs. Among the community-based partners the nonprofit works with are UCSB, Santa Barbara City College, Workforce Investment Board of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara County Probation and Sheriff ’s Department, and the Santa

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Barbara County Public Defender’s Office. These partners all collaborate in an effort to provide individuals and families with re-entry support services in a community-based setting. Youth are given guidance in defining their own educational and career pathways, and developing action plans with measurable goals to achieve independent, healthy, and sustainable living. The good news is that the programs work, as Freedom 4 Youth can boast that participants have a recidivism rate of about half of those in the general detention system. And now that the county is potentially closing Los Prietos Boys’ Camp – news that was reported less than 24 hours before our conversation with Freedom 4 Youth – the nonprofit is anticipating an even greater need for community-based programming and alternatives to incarceration given that the only other confinement option is the maximum-security prison in Santa Maria. “That would mean that they send everybody to our juvenile hall system in Santa Maria, which would not benefit our youth at all,” said Eddie Perez, Freedom 4 Youth’s manager and chaplain, who was previously incarcerated as a youth offender. “Putting them in a higher security prison setting means they will get more institutionalized rather than being allowed to be outdoors and interact and be able to still know what it’s like to have a normal life.” Fortunately, given its success and explosive growth – Freedom 4 Youth is already outgrowing the facility near Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital that it only moved into in 2019 – the organization has launched its two-year expansion program that has become a big focal point of its operations, Griffith said. The plan includes taking over two office adjacent office space, ultimately tripling its square footage. “That would let us be able to serve over half of the population of people who are actively either incarcerated or on probation supervision in our entire county, more than double our current capacity,” he said. The expansion would incorporate the

building of a commercial kitchen to allow the organization to embrace more of a social enterprise model, with a catering and meal delivery service run directly through Freedom 4 Youth and staffed entirely by people who were previously incarcerated. “They’d be making the food, doing all the back of house operations, in addition to the front of house service in terms of any kind of private events, meal delivery, or company catering,” Griffith said. “There would be professional culinary training and employment opportunities within Freedom 4 Youth, but also job placement outside of the organization through our wide range of community partners in the culinary industry locally.” The ideas came about through interaction with its clients. “The vision has been led by people who we serve,” he said. “We’re not making things up as we go, we’re responding to what young people have identified that their needs and goals are, and then creating the space for that to be actualized.” In addition, the new footage would provide room for a multipurpose/mixed martial arts space, and more space to do educational programming as well as increased individualized service for people who have been impacted by incarceration, he said. The food prep part would also serve another need, Griffith said. “It would be a way for us to diversify our revenue stream and not be completely reliant on foundation grants and donations. We’d be able to create more sustainability for our organization as a whole while at the same time fulfilling the mission of serving people who are impacted by incarceration.” In other words, expanding the tentacles of change through relationships – full speed ahead. Freedom 4 Youth 187 South Patterson Avenue, Suite A (805) 708-1292 Dylan Griffith, Development Director

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Bid Submission. The City of Santa Barbara (“City”) will accept electronic bids for its Andrée Clark Bird Refuge Coastal Restoration Project (“Project”), by or before May 31, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., through its PlanetBids portal. Bidders must be registered on the City of Santa Barbara’s PlanetBids portal in order to submit a Bid proposal and to receive addendum notifications. Each bidder is responsible for making certain that its Bid Proposal is actually submitted/uploaded with sufficient time to be received by PlanetBids prior to the bid opening date and time. Large files may take more time to be submitted/uploaded to PlanetBids, so plan accordingly. The receiving time on the PlanetBids server will be the governing time for acceptability of bids. Telegraphic, telephonic, hardcopy, and facsimile bids will not be accepted. If any Addendum issued by the City is not acknowledged online by the Bidder, the PlanetBids System will prevent the Bidder from submitting a Bid Proposal. Bidders are responsible for obtaining all addenda from the City’s PlanetBids portal. Bid results and awards will be available on PlanetBids.


Project Information. 2.1 Location and Description. The Project is located at the Andrée Clark Bird Refuge and the Municipal Tennis Courts in Santa Barbara and will remove non-native vegetation, plant native plants and trees, install irrigation, and implement miscellaneous landscape features such as bio-retention basins, ornamental fences, and silt fences. 2.2 Time for Final Completion. The Project must be fully completed within 80 working days from the start date set forth in the Notice to Proceed. City anticipates that the Work will begin in the late summer or early fall of 2022, but the anticipated start date is provided solely for convenience and is neither certain nor binding. 2.3 Estimated Cost. The estimated construction cost is $750,000.


License and Registration Requirements. 3.1 License. This Project requires a valid California landscaping contractor’s license, Class C-27 and tree service contractor’s license, D-49. 3.2 DIR Registration. City may not accept a Bid Proposal from or enter into the Contract with a bidder, without proof that the bidder is registered with the California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) to perform public work pursuant to Labor Code § 1725.5, subject to limited legal exceptions.


Contract Documents. The plans, specifications, bid forms and contract documents for the Project, and any addenda thereto (“Contract Documents”) may be downloaded from City’s website at: A printed copy of the Contract Documents may be obtained from CyberCopy Shop, located at 504 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, at (805) 884-6155.


Bid Security. The Bid Proposal must be accompanied by bid security of five percent of the maximum bid amount, in the form of a cashier’s or certified check made payable to City, or a bid bond executed by a surety licensed to do business in the State of California on the Bid Bond form included with the Contract Documents. The bid security must guarantee that within ten days after City issues the Notice of Award, the successful bidder will execute the Contract and submit the payment and performance bonds, insurance certificates and endorsements, and any other submittals required by the Contract Documents and as specified in the Notice of Award.


Prevailing Wage Requirements. 6.1 General. Pursuant to California Labor Code § 1720 et seq., this Project is subject to the prevailing wage requirements applicable to the locality in which the Work is to be performed for each craft, classification or type of worker needed to perform the Work, including employer payments for health and welfare, pension, vacation, apprenticeship and similar purposes. 6.2 Rates. These prevailing rates are on file with the City and are available online at Each Contractor and Subcontractor must pay no less than the specified rates to all workers employed to work on the Project. The schedule of per diem wages is based upon a working day of eight hours. The rate for holiday and overtime work must be at least time and one-half. 6.3 Compliance. The Contract will be subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the DIR, under Labor Code § 1771.4.


Performance and Payment Bonds. The successful bidder will be required to provide performance and payment bonds, each for 100% of the Contract Price, as further specified in the Contract Documents.


Substitution of Securities. Substitution of appropriate securities in lieu of retention amounts from progress payments is permitted under Public Contract Code § 22300.


Subcontractor List. Each Subcontractor must be registered with the DIR to perform work on public projects. Each bidder must submit a completed Subcontractor List form with its Bid Proposal, including the name, location of the place of business, California contractor license number, DIR registration number, and percentage of the Work to be performed (based on the base bid price) for each Subcontractor that will perform Work or service or fabricate or install Work for the prime contractor in excess of one-half of 1% of the bid price, using the Subcontractor List form included with the Contract Documents.


Instructions to Bidders. All bidders should carefully review the Instructions to Bidders for more detailed information before submitting a Bid Proposal. The definitions provided in Article 1 of the General Conditions apply to all of the Contract Documents, as defined therein, including this Notice Inviting Bids.


Bidders’ Conference. A bidders’ conference will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., at the following location: East Beach volleyball courts (34.418070, -119.662926) across from the Andree Clark Bird Refuge outlet to acquaint all prospective bidders with the Contract Documents and the Worksite. The bidders’ conference is optional.

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Designer Kendall Conrad has been chosen as the Rosewood Miramar’s inaugural Rosewood PlaceMaker

Conrad is a former model turned accessories designer who was born in San Francisco and spent a large portion of her childhood living and exploring just south of Rosewood Miramar Beach. Today, Kendall’s love of the destination continues as she is a regular at the estate-like resort. From dining at Caruso’s to taking her dogs for walks along the resort’s beach, Kendall’s unique connection to the property has expanded throughout her life. In 2010, she pursued her passion of designing handbags and launched her eponymous line, moving to Los Angeles where she eventually found herself back on the Central Coast, in Santa Ynez. In addition to effortless California style, sustainability is also at the core of Kendall’s brand, as she solely uses environmentally friendly and ethical leathers that are a by-product of the food industry. “We could not be more thrilled to have Kendall Conrad as Rosewood Miramar Beach’s PlaceMaker,” says Rick Fidel, Managing Director at Rosewood Miramar Beach. “As someone who has grown up nearby, Kendall’s unique connection to the area and love for its special offerings makes her the perfect fit for this role. Through our on-property activities and her exclusive Rosewood Miramar Beach inspired collection, we are excited to bring guests closer to Montecito and channel the property’s sophisticated seaside feel.” Created in partnership with Kendall Conrad, the resort is excited to introduce on-property activities to serve as

a complement to the in-depth destination guides and local insights she has provided the property. These special curated offerings include a Style & Shoot Package, where guests can engage with her directly for a one-onone special experience. Participants will get to hand-select accessories from her collection to model for the day in their very own photoshoot that brings them directly into Montecito, shooting with a beautiful background of local scenery selected by Kendall’s eye. Adding to the program’s exclusive offerings, Conrad will produce a special collection inspired by Montecito and Rosewood Miramar Beach that will be available for sale at The Shop at Miramar, the property’s retail space which exclusively features a thoughtfully curated selection of signature resort wear, children’s apparel, beach toys, gifts, and more. The collection will spotlight Conrad’s well-known leather goods and include some of her stand out designs. Each product will have a hand-polished solid brass charm attached with one side displaying Rosewood Miramar Beach’s emblem and on the other side, Kendall Conrad’s moniker. “I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to be the inaugural PlaceMaker for Rosewood Miramar Beach,” says Conrad. “The resort’s location has always held a special place in my heart, and because of this I can’t think of a more natural partnership. As a Santa Barbara native, I couldn’t be more ecstatic to work with the team to develop a special collection inspired by the property’s beautiful surroundings and to also provide a unique experience for guests that bring the beauty and charm of Montecito to life.” To learn more about Rosewood’s PlaceMakers, please visit rosewoodho

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With commencement just behind them, SBCC is getting ready for its spring gala

their vocational nursing department, will be speaking about her experience as a faculty member and the impact of their program. “Nursing and First Responders have been such a focus these last few years, and more and more people now understand that community college has trained and licensed the vast majority of our First Responders in the state of California,” says Green. The final speech will be from Kandy Luria-Budgor, a SBCC Foundation board member who just left the board, and daughter of Lee and Eli Luria, one of the co-founders of the SBCC Foundation. “There are two departments that are very much a part of the event,” adds Green. Both the SBCC Art and Music departments will be helping fill the evening with some melodies and pleasing aesthetics. “A lot of the [art] students’ sculptures and art will be out on the lawn, the meadow, and around the event area. They’ve been doing some really fascinating things over the course of the pandemic, so they really help with the feel of the space.” For some aural ambiance, different performers from their music department will be playing throughout the evening – starting off near the iconic campus fountain where the cocktail hour will kick-off the event, before the larger band enters the main stage during the more formal part of the evening. “SBCC Music, as you may know, has world-class musicians that

are constantly recognized as such. So we get a couple of our different bands and musicians to play,” Green adds, “and we might even have a special guest.” As he mentions, there are many famous musicians that call Santa Barbara home that also lecture in the music department, John Clark’s song writing class, or elsewhere on campus. In 2019, they hosted Michael McDonald – who’s currently on tour with The Doobie Brothers – and this year the audience will just have to wait for the surprise. One thing that’s not a surprise is the continuing role that SBCC plays in both supporting students of all ages and the community. As Murillo states, “My goal is to make sure every student succeeds, and they feel like they belong at the college, and that we close all of the equity gaps.” Visit for more information

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SBGMC Artistic Director Nicole Lamartine rehearsing with one of the soloists of the chorus (photo by Joanne A Calitri)

Santa Barbara Gay Men’s Chorus in Concert

The SBGMC rehearsing for their concert on May 23 with Artistic Director Nicole Lamartine (photo by Joanne A Calitri)

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he Santa Barbara Gay Men’s Chorus (SBGMC) will give our town its second concert on Monday, May 23, at 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 305 East Anapamu Street. Tickets are on sale now and at the door. The concert titled “Tomorrows: Songs For a Brighter Future!” is a one-hour, no intermission program featuring pop songs, traditional choral pieces, spirituals, and a tribute to the Ukrainian people, led by its Artistic Director Nicole Lamartine. She is the Sorensen Director of Choral Music at UC Santa Barbara, conducts the UCSB Chamber Choir, contributes to the graduate choral studies at the Master and Doctorate Music programs for 21st century conductors, and teaches studio conducting and voice. This is her passion

project outside of UCSB, and one that she is not new to the scene on, with over 12 years of experience conducting and arranging all-men choruses. When I arrived to take photos at their rehearsal space, Lamartine was at the piano rehearsing a song with a member of the chorus, and if his voice (without any production or microphone!) is any indication of the group, attending the May 23 concert is a must! Our interview highlights include how to join, its mission, and concert spoilers: Q. Let’s talk about the concert theme. A. A lot of the music is centered around the concept of time, and what we do with our time. We wanted to bring that inspiration to our listeners, to have each of us ask: How are you using your time in the moment? And how and what we are doing today will influence the

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future in a positive way? What would you tell the next generation of LGBTQI? Some of the chorus members wrote down their thoughts, like this one, “The path paved for me was by a lost generation. I hope the path we pave for you is full of love, life, and exuberance.” We began rehearsals February 14 and look forward to this concert before our summer off. Any spoiler alerts on the program? Yes! Phill Conrad, our board president, received permission to arrange Sondheim’s “Out Time” from Merrily We Roll Along. And we are singing in solidarity with Ukraine with two songs, “The Ukrainian National Anthem” and the 2014 published arrangement of the Ukrainian Folk song, “Plyve Kacha,” which interpreted now, is a lament about a young recruit going off to fight in foreign wars and him having a dialogue with his mother saying, “My dear mother, what will happen to me if I die in a foreign land?” How did the SBGMC come about? During the 12 years before I moved to Santa Barbara, I led all-male university choruses in Wyoming, Minnesota, and Colorado, mostly tenor bass choruses (TB). An interesting feat as a female conductor at the collegiate level. Currently there are only six to 10 female conductors of all-male collegiate choruses in the U.S. I was leading an all-male university chorus in Wyoming at the time of Matthew Shepard’s murder, which opened a lot of rights for gay men. Allies like myself can help to bring voice to equality, which is very important to me. My passion is making music with inexperienced singers and introducing them to singing and making excellent music that has an impact. At UCSB, I lead the Singing Gauchos. A grad student, Sami Alsalloom, mentioned to me about Fratelli, a Santa Barbara Men’s Chorus, of gay men and their allies, which was performing up to 2019. He put me in touch with them and we all met informally during the summer of 2021. We decided to do it formally as a group and started rehearsals with 20 members on September 13, 2021. Currently we have 25 to 30 members, with an open limit to membership. Who can join the SBGMC? Totally open. We take anyone who can sing, all ages welcome! We are a

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non-auditioned chorus. I will ask new members to sing for me to help determine the best placement into Tenor, Baritone, or Bass. Anyone that sings TB is welcome to sing with us. You do not have to be gay or identify as a man, as long as you are comfortable joining a group known as the “Santa Barbara Gay Men’s Chorus.” We hope to provide a safe place for all and hope to increase diversity. We will welcome new members starting September 2022. Rehearsals are weekly at the First United Methodist Church, at 305 East Anapamu Street, on Mondays from 7-9 pm. Join by signing up online. What do you do to make people feel safe and welcome? For me it’s, how do I create a space where everyone feels welcome who walks in the door? It takes great bravery to walk into that situation. The chorus and I help to make new members feel welcome. We break into micro groups for sharing, where people can tell a story about their name, or what they are doing over the weekend coming up. We did notice that once it was cleared for the masks to come off, the members are more open to each other and interacting with each other. How successful do you think the SBGMC is at the moment? It’s been a huge success. At our first concert we had over 200 attendees and lots of support from the community. We expect close to 300 for our May concert. Musically, we weren’t great, but we were working and rehearsing, and we are getting better, and singers are taking it seriously and we sound really good! Come join us on May 23. SBGMC Mission: To promote TB ensemble singing in the state and region. To cultivate community through outreach and collaboration. To foster growth of every member’s musical skill and to sing with purpose. To serve the community and represent the pride of the LGBTQI+ community. To conduct ourselves with integrity, respect, dedication, professionalism, honor, and pride; to represent the inspiration, diversity, camaraderie, and responsibility of the ensemble at all times. 411:

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The décor in the Holbrooke is a blend of modern and Western (photo by Kat Alves)

The Holbrooke Hotel, with 28 rooms, was founded in 1852 (photo by Kat Alves)

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t took me a while to get there. My destination? Grass Valley and Nevada City. I’d never been to either one and I was not only curious about the two towns, but also two historic hotels. One of Santa Barbara’s well-known restauranteurs, Sherry Villanueva, of Acme Hospitality Group (Santa Barbara’s The Lark, La Paloma, Helena Avenue Bakery, and more), recently bought and refurbished the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley and the National Exchange Hotel in Nevada City. I wondered, what in the world was she thinking?

Yes, Mark Twain Slept Here First stop: the Holbrooke, a 28-room hotel on the main drag with rooms on the second floor of the two-story lodging and saloon. Yes, Madge, there is a two-person vintage elevator, as well as the original, old, wide wooden staircase. My king bedded room (#2) is also where Mark Twain once stayed. But the hotel has had other famous visitors, and possibly some ghosts. The notorious Black Bart (poet and thief)

had a favorite room where he could spy on the Wells Fargo stagecoach carriage house; and Lola Montez, a courtesan who lived in the area and was famous not only for her bewitching “spider dance,” but for horse whipping a reporter across the face who wrote things about her she didn’t like. Now that’s scary! My room décor was a mix of modern furnishings and Western flair: think tufted leather sofa, huge cowskin rug, and period-style globe chandelier, set against exposed brick and bright white walls, with a comfy king-sized bed dressed in crisp, white linens. There was traffic noise from the street on my street-facing room, but with the door closed it was quiet. Other rooms in the back of the main building, like Black Bart’s fave perch, as well as the carriage house, may be quieter. Also, there’s no television or full-length mirrors and you’ll have to climb in and out of old-fashioned claw foot tubs – but there’s a step stool and the tubs do have showers and a shower curtain around them.

Grub at the Golden Gate Saloon The Holbrooke’s restaurant, Golden Gate Saloon, established in 1852, is

mighty fine. I preferred the ambiance and cuisine there to that at Lola, at Acme Hospitality’s sister hotel in nearby Nevada City (more on that in my next column). “Those are not my mother’s overcooked Brussels sprouts!” my dinner companion Mark, who lives in the area and joined me, commented about our shared fried Brussels sprouts with mole rojo aioli, queso fresco, cilantro and lime, while digging in and raving about his birria entrée: beef short ribs, with the best achiote rice ever (I plan to make this at home), and homemade tortillas with house-made hot pepper sauce, rumored to be for sale soon. I just missed the last order of branzino, but salmon with roasted veggies (carrots, turnips, and radish) with side purées of shallots and arugula, and salsa macha filled the bill. The pièce de résistance was the molten lava cake with Mexican-spiced chocolate, pecan praline cacao nibs, and malted whipped cream, with a side of excellent vanilla ice cream. Our fine waiter walked us through the wine list – an interesting one with almost 30 wines offered by the glass, including many California varietals. I had a Sonoma cab/ merlot; Mark sipped a Portuguese sauvignon blanc. After dinner, we took a stroll around the town before returning for some dusk/ sunset porch sitting from Mark Twain’s balcony and watched bats cruise above Main Street. My dear friend Shellee Sepko, formerly of Summerland (once an oil mother lode), who moved to Grass Valley/gold mother lode some 20 years ago, steered me to a local spot called Pine Street for breakfast (avocado toast with egg was so-so). But after reading

the menu at the Holbrooke/Golden Gate Saloon, I wished I’d eaten breakfast back at the hotel. I suggested she try it out and report back. I asked about the native So Cal’s move north. “Living in Grass Valley versus Summerland?” she said, “I miss the ocean like crazy, but the beautiful Yuba River is a gem – and the amazing community here means the world to me. Country folk!” Although I didn’t experience ghosts, a very cool thing did happen while checking out of the hotel. I spotted an interesting looking fella sitting in the lobby. “Ah, a fellow reporter,” I said. (Those who know me, know I talk to everybody.) “How did you know?” he asked. I told him I saw his Reporter’s Notebook on the table — one of the few tools of our trade — and that I had one of my own in my purse. Turns out that fella was not just any old scribe, but a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter on assignment, who not only grew up in Montecito, but lives in Santa Barbara with his family. If you don’t subscribe to the WaPo, you should, just to read “Our Town’s” finest reporter. His name is Scott Wilson and the Washington Post’s Senior National Correspondent who covers the Western U.S. (environment, politics, environment, homelessness, and more) is a thoughtful gentleman who kindly and quickly replied to my email, where we discovered we both know and admire his longtime mentor, former WaPo reporter, and Summerlandian, Lou Cannon. Scott’s recent reporting on San Francisco’s Tenderloin District is phenomenal and I can’t wait to read his mother lode story. (I even correctly guessed his subject matter.) Just one

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Plenty of places to sit, read, and enjoy some quiet moments, especially with no television in the hotel (photo by Kat Alves)

night, I had soaked, slumbered, was sated and satisfied, met a cool reporter, and ready to roll my luggage and check out Sherry Villanueva’s other property, just five minutes north in Nevada City.

another stop of your choice – you could even fly to SFO and rent a car to explore the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

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Holbrooke Hotel, Grass Valley: If these walls could talk, they’d keep you entertained for a week and then some. I love everything (well except for climbing in and out of clawfoot tubs) about this charmingly refurbished historic hotel – especially the saloon, restaurant, and rich history. The carriage house was once a Wells Fargo stagecoach stop.

It’s a helluva haul from Santa Barbara. The good news is that Southwest Airlines is launching new inexpensive direct flights from Santa Barbara to Sacramento starting on June 7 ($89 one way as of this writing), so if you don’t want to make the eight-hour driving trek, it’s just an hour drive to Grass Valley from our state capital. Or break up a road trip, as I did, with a couple of nights in San Francisco or

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Holbrooke Hotel 212 West Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 460-4078

After a two-year absence given the pandemic, the Dream Foundation hosted its 11th annual Flower Empower lunch at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, with a record 239 guests raising more than $140,000 for the popular organization that fulfills the final wishes of terminally-ill adults. “It’s so nice to be together again with real people and it couldn’t be a more beautiful day,” said Kisa Heyer, chief executive officer. “It’s nice to be back to normal!” The boffo bash was emceed by former KEYT-TV weathercaster Alan Rose, who had flown in from Denver, Colorado, where he now broadcasts for NBC affiliate KOAA, and 13-year-old Brooks Firestone, a student at Riviera Ridge School, whose father, the ubiquitous Andrew Firestone, served as auctioneer. Kira Duffy, a senior at Dos Pueblos High and Youth Volunteer of the Year 2020, spoke. Honorees at the floral fête included Jill Rode, Barbara Schoch, John and Vera Welty, the National Charity

Not your mother’s Brussels sprouts at the saloon (photo by Leslie A. Westbrook)

League Class of 2023, and the Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation, while auction prizes included stays at the Four Seasons in Maui, Hawaii, Manhattan’s Greenwich Hotel, and the Ballard Hotel in the Santa Ynez Valley. There was also a colorful custom surfboard created by Santa Barbara High School senior, Katherine Hedrick. Last year the Flower Empower program, which was started in 1994, logged 4,342 volunteer hours, resulting in the creation and delivery of 7,371 bouquets, as well as cookies made by longtime supporter Robin Himovitz. Among the supporters attending the blooming bash were Corinna Gordon, Penny Bianchi, Valerie Banks, Jonathan Bishop, Ella Brittingham, Ivana Firestone, Renee Grubb, Melinda Rogers, George and Laurie Leis, Justine Roddick, Robert Sternin, Kimi J. Matar, and Luke Ebbin.

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Dream Foundation board members David Nygren, Elizabeth Farnan Rodrigues, Wells Hughes (photo by Kiel Rucker of Head & Heart Photography)

Peace and love were on the musical menu when the 74-year-old Santa Barbara Choral Society performed a Pax + Amare concert at the First Presbyterian Church under veteran conductor JoAnne Wasserman. Latvian baritone soloist Valdis Jansons, a voice coach at UCSB, sang in both pieces – French composer Maurice Duruflé’s 1947 “Requiem” and Ralph Vaughan William’ Five Mystical Songs, with David Potter on organ. An anthem Flower Empower luncheon committee (photo by Kiel Rucker of Head & Heart Photography)

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including PBS NewsHour, The Guardian, Washington Times, and the Roland Martin Show. Also, Atlanta local media such as 11Alive and Atlanta NPR. She has spoken on a variety of subjects including technology and children’s mental health, mental health impacts of COVID, school transitions, personal and career alignment, and women and money. Dr. Vinson has co-edited two textbooks regarding mental health including chapters on child trauma, social media, children’s mental health and the credits go on. According to FSA Executive Director Lisa Brabo, “This event offers an opportunity to take a step towards becoming an informed and more unified community in supporting the mental health of our youth.” The U.S. Surgeon General’s recent advisory on the youth mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the issues that FSA and other youth-serving organizations are seeing across Santa Barbara County. More children and adolescents are experiencing challenges to emotional well-being including documented increases in anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideas. Besides a Q&A, there was a paddle raise that goes to FSA’s Santa Maria Youth & Family Center and Guadalupe’s Little House By The Park. Presenting sponsors were Tania and John Burke and Marni and Michael Cooney, plus many other levels of sponsors. “FSA’s mission is to strengthen and advocate for families and individuals of all ages and

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Members’ Art Exhibition The Santa Barbara Club and Art Foundation of Santa Barbara puts on a fun evening once a year. The walls of the Club are transformed with paintings of their members’ own art collections or personal work. In the program is a ballot for voting for Best Composition, Most Original, Most Creative, Best Use of Color, and Most Historical Interest. There was also champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and dinner. This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Craig Nelson, who is an illustrator bar none. He does figures and landscapes using oils and other mediums. He graduated from the ArtCenter College of Design with distinction and began his career working in Los Angeles for recording companies and motion picture studios, creating portraits and other subjects with strict deadlines. “One job I had began with a phone call at 5 pm, and I worked all night for a deadline the next morning.” Some of his album cover credits include Sammy Davis, Rick Nelson, and Natalie Cole. Collectors include James Garner, Neil Simon, and the Toyota Corporation.

Craig has won over 200 awards of excellence and several gold medals. His work is collected all over the world. Craig has taught at the ArtCenter College of Design for 30 years and is executive director of the School of Fine Art, University of San Francisco. Craig has written books titled 60 minutes to Better Painting and The Drawing Bible. He teaches workshops with one coming up in Santa Rosa, California soon. This summer he’ll be in my old stomping grounds of Amalfi and the island of Capri in Italy. Chief organizer and curator of the show was president of the board of trustees Keith Moore and huge thanks go to lead sponsor Lois Moore. Additional board members are Frank E. McGinity, Katherine Murray-Morse, Maria McCall, and John M. Doordan. The advisory committee is Berta Binns, Frances Morrow, Ramona Pacela, and Diane Waterhouse.

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19 – 26 May 2022

Community Voices

Metamorphosis for the Environment by Laura Capps


t would be nearly impossible to list the many unique features of Santa Barbara County that differentiate us from other places across the country. In contrast to all the incredible positive attributes, I recently learned of one startling distinction that may surprise you: our county is one of the fastest-warming places in the nation. According to analysts at the Washington Post, who examined 130 years of climate data, the region from Point Conception to the border of California and Mexico is warming twice as fast as the rest of the country. Here in Santa Barbara County, our average temperatures have already warmed by 2.3 degrees Celsius – a little over 4 degrees Fahrenheit – since pre-industrial levels. This alarming data was exceptionally reported on and put into context by Scott Wilson, Washington Post journalist, in his Pulitzer Prize winning article, “Fires, floods and free parking: California’s unending fight against climate change.” We are grateful to claim Scott as one of Santa Barbara’s own; he was born and raised here before launching an impressive career in journalism around the world, as well as at the helm of the upper echelons of national media in Washington, D.C. Several years ago, Scott returned home with his family and now covers important issues in California and the West for the Washington Post’s global audience. This past week, Scott was the keynote speaker for the Community Environmental Council’s (CEC) spring

Sigrid Wright, Scott Wilson, and Carolyn Fitzgerald at the CEC’s Metamorphosis element

fundraiser, Metamorphosis, which brought together a few hundred community leaders and elected officials, including Supervisors Das Williams and Joan Hartmann, and was chaired by Carolyn Fitzgerald and Leanne Schlinger. For over fifty years, CEC has taken leadership in environmental action, providing unrelenting, focused, and inclusive solutions related to energy, waste, transportation, equity, and food. Scott brilliantly navigated the challenge of painting a dire but real picture, while providing the inspiration we need

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to double down on the vision for progress that CEC has set forward. He told the riveted crowd: “The cradle of the Earth Day movement is now confronting the consequences of a warming Earth. We know this – especially those of us who have lived here for some time. We can feel it. We have seen it in the Thomas Fire and the immediate weather whiplash, from flames to flood, that brought down the mountainside behind Montecito, killing nearly two dozen people. The rush of mud and debris carried some of the victims out of their houses and to the sea. “We feel it in the warming ocean, which as I wrote last year, has in part led to a large northward expansion of great white shark nurseries, including a thriving one off the beach at Padaro and Santa Claus lanes, as every summer surf-camp parent here knows. “Just how fast the environment is changing can be measured beyond temperature. In December of 2017, the Thomas Fire began burning nearly 300,000 acres between here and Ojai, making it the largest in California’s modern history. That record lasted less than a year. It now ranks 8th on the list.” Sigrid Wright, CEO of CEC, put Scott’s December 2019 article into context, noting that it was important not only for its content but for what it did to normalize climate change coverage by major news outlets. “Until then you were hard-pressed to open one of the major daily papers or turn on CNN and see coverage on climate change. Today it’s the opposite. Scott helped flip the script,” Sigrid noted, adding, “Which is how it should be, right? Shouldn’t the unraveling of the biological systems we rely on for life be the above-the-fold story every day?” After detailing the impacts of our area

based on his extensive reporting, Scott addressed the pressing question on the mind of his audience: Why is this happening here and what can we do?

Scott brilliantly navigated the challenge of painting a dire but real picture, while providing the inspiration we need to double down on the vision for progress that CEC has set forward.

Our region is warming at a record pace, he said, “because we are not doing enough. And we, of all places, can serve as an example.” He reminded us how climate scientists have repeatedly demonstrated that the predicted climate catastrophe can be avoided by living up to goals set in the Paris Accord. While the perspective he shared is global, the recommendations he pressed centered on local initiatives. He pointed to the fact that the commitment and regulations of our federal government are ever changing with new political leadership – “what is law one day, vanishes the next” – yet the steps we take on the local and regional level, supported by forward thinking political leadership, remain constant and impactful. Laura Capps is a strategic communications and public affairs consultant. She served on the board of the Community Environmental Council for six years including two as President. Capps is currently on CEC’s President’s Council.


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A Galaxy of Music with Orion Weiss

by Claudia Schou


by Steven Libowitz

f you’re planning to venture out in town this summer, start a list of some of the new eateries you’d like to visit during your al fresco culinary adventures. From Mexican-inspired bites and beverages to Nashville-style fried chicken, Santa Barbara has some exciting new eateries on its culinary scene. Santa Barbara Public Market has added a handful of creative and delicious new dining options to tempt your palate.


ots of locals who have lived here long enough fondly remember the single summer pianist Orion Weiss spent in Montecito as a fellow at Music Academy of the West in 2000. Not only because the then-20year-old pianist captured the prestigious Concerto Competition back when there was no contest just for the pianists. Weiss also won hearts and minds with his exuberant personality and penchant for transcendent performances, as well as zeal for collaboration – traits that have only increased as the pianist became a highly sought-after solo artist, symphony concerto performer, and frequent accompanist for stars across the country and around the world over the ensuing two decades. Weiss credits friendships and connections he made at MAW with furthering his career, and his affection for MAW and Santa Barbara remains strong, as he’s returned frequently to appear at MAW special events or appear in recitals at downtown venues, most recently an alumni event for MAW last October. Weiss will accompany multiple-Grammy-winning Canadian violinist James Ehnes – his on and off again partner for more than 16 years – at the Lobero Theatre as CAMA concludes its 2022 season on May 24. “He’s a prince of a person and a player that makes me raise my own playing to another level, so it’s always thrilling to get to play with him,” Weiss said earlier this week. Also thrilling is the program that features works that challenge the notion of who is accompanying whom, including Mozart’s “Violin Sonata No.17 in C

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Little Heart Cafecito Orion Weiss (photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)

Major,” Schubert’s “Fantasy in C Major,” Korngold’s “Much Ado About Nothing, Suite Op.11,” and Saint-Saëns’ “Violin Sonata No.1 in D Minor.” Weiss themed the Schubert and SaintSaëns pieces “two big virtuoso works that are incredibly difficult for both instruments,” with the former serving as a “wild challenge” for the pianist and even more the violin, with “leaps and flourishes and awkward, incredible finger-twisting passages… But it’s not for drama, more just the exploration of how happy and joyful instruments can sound with all the range of their register.” Which is why the duo wanted to reprise an earlier performance to “reap the rewards of all our hard work.” The Saint-Saëns is more dramatic, but also a lot of fun, Weiss said. “And it ends with this perpetual motion, which always leaves us soaking in sweat, and hopefully the audience very excited.” Korngold’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is excerpts from pieces of inci-

The drink menu at this cafe counter in the Public Market is reminiscent of a roadside cafe my husband and I visited on our way to the Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán. The coffee drinks here are authentic and inventive, with modern twists on Mexican flavors such as the Dirty Horchata ($5.50) with a shot of espresso; Spiced Mocha ($5.50), a mix of Mexican chocolate, guajillo, cayenne, Himalayan salt, and vanilla bean; and the Agave Latte ($5.25) made with agave nectar and vanilla. If you’re hungry, try the El Tejano taco ($3.95) with farmers market eggs, bacon, potatoes and melted cheese wrapped in a handmade corn or flour tortilla. Dessert-wise, the coconut tres leches cake ($8.50) and Ojai Pixie Tangerine Flan ($5.95) are simply divine. (805) 845-0282, little-heart

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Double cheeseburger from Shalhoob’s @ the Market

tion of brews on tap. If you’re looking for something smoky and flavorful, you’ve come to the right place. (805) 770-7700,

Matty’s Hot Chicken Just down the aisle from Little Heart Cafecito, Chef Adam Abrams is heating up his kitchen with Southern-inspired sandwiches and sides, such as Nashville-style fried chicken ($12) served on a slice of white bread and garnished with pickle, and a spicy fried chicken sandwich ($14) served with a side of coleslaw, house-pickled chilies, and spicy remoulade. Besides the tasty beer-battered and deep-fried chicken, there is an eclectic selection of sides such as a gooey mac ‘n’ cheese with buttery crumbs; bacon, red bell pepper, and chives potato salad; Japanese-style pickled cucumber salad and house-made kimchi (starting at $5.50 per side). All of the ingredients are sourced locally. Indulging here is akin to the pleasure of reading Truman Capote’s Music for Chameleons. Like the author, Abram’s simple approach to Southern fare is at the crossroads of eccentric and extraordinary. (805) 724-4105, Santa Barbara Public Market is located at 38 West Victoria Street, (805) 770-7702,

Ojai Pixie Tangerine Flan at Little Heart Cafecito

Shalhoob’s @ the Market An extension of the family-operated meat company, Shalhoob’s @ the Market is a quick and casual eatery and beer garden that offers tasty options such as double and triple cheeseburgers slathered in special sauce (from $9.95), hand-cut fries bathed in American cheese and topped with special sauce and caramelized onions ($6.95), and sticky and savory sesame honey barbecued chicken wings ($13), along with a rotating selec-

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Comfort food and fried chicken are on the menu at Matty’s Hot Chicken

19 – 26 May 2022

If the Mediterranean branzino at Bedda Mia is good enough for Lady Gaga then it’s good enough for me

Bedda Mia

Does Lady Gaga know something about Santa Barbara’s food scene that we don’t? The international diva was seen chowing down at State Street’s newest eatery, Bedda Mia, a few weeks ago. She helped herself to plates of thinly sliced smoked tuna with fennel, orange, and Castelvetrano olives, grilled Mediterranean Orata and pasta twists dressed in pecorino pesto and topped with almonds, tomato, and basil, according to the manager. Who cares? I do! Being Italian American, I am extremely curious to know whether bellissima can beat my record of lapping up an entire bowl of spaghetti. Bedda Mia, next door to the Granada Theatre, is just the place to do that. The menu is an ode to an ancient place and time that still exists in spirit today on the island of Sicily, where fishermen wander

down to the sea and bring back fresh catch, cook it up, and serve it immediately. It’s not so different at Bedda Mia, where an authentic dining experience begins with a first glance at the menu. It’s written in Sicilian — which is an official language, separate from Italian. Fish and shellfish figure prominently here with tuna, cuttlefish, and swordfish on the menu. The restaurant offers pisci spada cunzatu ($21), a swordfish carpaccio, topped with fresh herbs and lemon oil; cassategghi cu capuliatu ($29) made with pillowy ricotta, lamb ragù, and spring peas; and sasizza cui sinapi ($29), garlic-roasted fennel sausages served with broccoli rabe and bell peppers. Dessert rivals the dinner with options such as a pistachio tiramisù ($13) and a seven-layer chocolate-praline hazelnut mousse cake ($14). 1218 State Street, (805) 7708777,

the next few decades learning the art of producing all-natural artisan gelato from scratch. The results are pure creamy deliciousness served out of a stylish storefront along State Street Promenade at Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center. The gelato case holds about 20 dairy and vegan flavors that rotate seasonally. Tondi combines just the right quantities of ingredients to make each flavor otherworldly. Some of them include blood orange, vanilla saffron, pistachio (made with Sicilian pistachios), and mango lassi with a hint of cardamom. Servings range from $5 to $7. The seasonal Mulberry Granita, an Italian style slushie made from fresh squeezed Pakistani mulberries grown in Carpinteria, will be a summer hit. Enjoy this flavorsome treat along with the ambiance on the gelateria’s umbrella-lined patio. 401 Paseo Nuevo, (805) 680-1631,

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Finch & Fork

Gelato maker James “Tondi” Haskins was in his freshman year at San Marcos High School when he moved to Italy with his mother and siblings, and spent

Finch & Fork at the Kimpton Canary Hotel has completed its renovation and is reopening with a new space, concept, and menus by Executive Chef Craig Riker. The eatery’s new look was designed by Los Angeles-based interior design firm, Beleco, and takes its cue from coastal living with hues of deep blue and aquamarine against earthy textures and finishes such as leather and terra cotta. On the menu, look for deviled eggs with

This delectable pork chop is making its debut in Finch and Fork’s new culinary concept and menu

pickled shallots, Cajun maple pork belly and chives ($15); white sweet potato soup with truffle and espelette ($12); ricotta gnocchi with pancetta, grilled king trumpet mushrooms, and parmesan cream ($18); and Niman Ranch pork chop ($38), served with Brussels sprouts, avocado, pecan, and fried apple purée. 31 West Carrillo Street, (805) 884-0300, Claudia Schou is a high-heel enthusiast, boot camp novice, and fancy recipe collector. Loves Flannery O’Connor and Breakfast with The Beatles. Formerly at California Apparel News, Orange County Register, and L.A. Times Community News.

James Haskins churns out exquisite gelato from his trendy storefront on State Street



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by Steven Libowitz SATURDAY, MAY 21 Fiesta’s First Fandango – With Old Spanish Days Fiesta returning to fly its full colors in August for the first time in three years, anticipation for the events of the celebration is running high. The wait is over as La Primavera, the first shindig of the season leading up to mercados, entertainment at the mission and courthouse, parades and much more, takes place tonight. Join 2022 La Presidente Maria Cabrera and the Old Spanish Days Board for the unveiling of the Official Old Spanish Days 2022 poster, pin, and festival theme. Buffet dinner, cocktails, and the first official Fiesta dances by the newly-named Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta (Tara Mata, a 19-year-old SBCC student, and nine-year-old Layla Gocong, a third grader at Crane Country Day School in Montecito, respectively). Lift your own feet to dance the rest of the night away to local band The Roosters roaring in the revived Old Spanish Days tradition. Next up on the pre-Fiesta calendar: Fiesta Ranchera on June 16 and the El Presidente Party on July 31 on the Sunday before the official celebration begins. WHEN: 5-10 pm WHERE: Santa Barbara Carriage and Western Art Museum, 129 Castillo Street COST: $80 INFO: (805) 962-8101 or Oh, Olivia! – Nineteen-year-old Olivia Rodrigo is the latest singer to soar to superstardom after starring on Disney TV programs, but she just might be the most talented princess to pop into our national consciousness. The songwriter with Filipino-American, German, and Irish ancestry, also has the pipes and personal perspective to reach fans of all ages with her emotionally direct songs. Rodrigo’s debut single “drivers license” opened at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed there for eight weeks. Her 2021 solo album debut, Sour, enjoyed similarly spectacular sales and she took home three big Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, as well as pop vocal performance and pop vocal album. But she’s also captured critics’ hearts – even such staid old media as The New York Times called her “an optimal pop star for the era of personalities, subpersonalities, and metapersonalities,” and praised Sour as a “nuanced and often exceptional debut album,” while Rolling Stone called Sour a “flawless megapop monster (from a) killer songwriter who’s mastered all the tricks” and named it best album of 2021. Locals get their chance to see her skirt all of those forces of fame amid internal unsettled emotions when the teen star hits the Santa Barbara Bowl for her area debut tonight. British singer-songwriter Holly Humberstone, herself just 22, whose debut EP won the 2022 Brit Award for Rising Star, opens the concert. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. COST: $55-$65 INFO: (805) 962-4711 or

THURSDAY, MAY 19 ‘Uncanny’ Collection of Artists – Works by artists from all around the tri-county area go on display at Uncanny, the annual juried exhibition in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art curated and judged by Westmont alumnus and hyperrealist painter Robin Eley (’01). The show features 45 pieces from 33 artists, including Inga Guzyte, the Lithuania-born innovator whose career has exploded across the country since she began creating sculptural-portraiture pieces using old and broken skateboards, a technique that she taught herself. Also included are pieces by Westmont alumnae or instructors Alyssa Beccue, Jenna Grotelueschen, Sharon Schock, and Josephine Tournier Ingram as well as Santa Barbara stalwarts Sophia Beccue and Ruth Ellen Hoag. All the works featured in Uncanny are for sale, with 30 percent of the proceeds benefiting the museum. WHEN: Opening reception 4-6 pm today; exhibit continues through June 18 WHERE: 955 La Paz Road, Montecito COST: free INFO: (805) 565-6051 or

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry – The big one is back: yes, the Downtown Organization’s annual Downtown Santa Barbara Live Art and Wine Tour returns to a several-block section of State Street to mark its 20th event and first since 2019 – not coincidentally smack in the middle of Santa Barbara’s revived Restaurant Week and Culinary Experience. The curated culinary-art tour takes place in just eight select venues north of Carrillo Street, with each location offering specialty drinks and/or estate wines and craft beer, hors d’oeuvres and other tasty bites from area restaurants and catering companies, live entertainment, and lots of artwork for folks to gaze at while enjoying the atmosphere. The Arlington Theatre plaza, just a block or two from each of the stops, serves as the hub, check-in spot, and site for the official Final Party with even more food, drinks, dancing to music by Mezcal Martini and performances by AIREDANSE, plus a silent auction with trips, gift certificates, wine baskets, and more. WHEN: 5:30-9 pm WHERE: 1317 State St. COST: $95 INFO: (805) 962-2098 or

Young Playwrights Festival – Ensemble Theatre Company’s five-month training program for students ages 13-19 to guide the budding authors in completing short works for the stage comes to fruition this afternoon back live in person at The New Vic, the home of ETC’s professional productions. For its fifth season, the 90-minute collection of original short plays, scenes, and monologues written by local high school students includes works from the 20 emergent multilingual students from San Marcos High School who have recently joined the community. WHEN: 4 pm WHERE: New Vic Theater, 33 West Victoria St. COST: Free general admission (reservations recommended) INFO: (805) 965-5400 or Pascal’s Powerful Program – The Santa Barbara Music Club closes out its regular concert season, featuring accomplished amateur and professional musicians performing for free downtown on a Saturday afternoon with a solo recital by renowned pianist Pascal Salomon. The Israel-born, France-raised pianist earned the Virtuosity Degree at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève, Switzerland before completing his DMA Degree at UCSB under the mentorship of Paul Berkowitz and Dr. Lee Rothfarb. Salomon, who has been a featured soloist and recording artist around the world, will play Bach’s “Fantasia in C minor, BWV 906”; Beethoven’s “Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 (‘Appassionata’)”; Chopin’s “Nocturnes in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1” and “C minor, Op. 48, No. 1”; and Schubert’s “Impromptus in E-flat major” and “G-flat major, Op. 90.” Next up: the pair of concerts from winners of SBMC’s annual scholarship awards the first two Saturdays of June. WHEN: 3 pm WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 305 East Anapamu St. (at Garden) COST: free INFO: SUNDAY, MAY 22 ‘The Sound of Stars’ – That’s the intriguing title of the next installment of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Parallel Stories series, an event big enough to necessitate a move a block away from SBMA’s auditorium to The New Vic theater. The collaboration between SBMA and Opera Santa Barbara is in celebration of the exhibit Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources just before it closes. The event features the Grammy-nominated composer and pianist Jake Heggie discussing the creation of “The Starry Night,” his song cycle inspired by Van Gogh’s art, with text borrowed from the artist’s letters and poetry by Anne Sexton and Emily Dickinson, prior to accompanying OSB Chrisman Studio Artist mezzo-soprano Erin Alford in a performance of the 2001 piece. Heggie is the composer of eight full-length operas (including Dead Man Walking, which is the most-performed American opera of our time) plus several one acts, nearly 300 art songs (including the “These Strangers” cycle for the winners of the 2017 Mar-

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MASTERSERIES AT THE LOBERO THEATRE SATURDAY, MAY 21 All-Americans at Work – The Santa Barbara Symphony closes out its 2021-22 season in fine fashion with nods to two American heroes of the 20th century. Operating at the intersection of jazz and classical music in the first half as The Marcus Roberts Trio takes over the solo piano role in Gershwin’s iconic “Concerto in F,” the composer’s post-Rhapsody in Blue innovative work weaving jazz into a classic symphonic style. Operating as a three-headed soloist, the trio co-mingles piano, bass, and drums complete with improvisation with the 60-piece orchestra for its own riff-filled arrangement of Gershwin’s piece. Post-intermission, the symphony will visit with early 20th-century composer Florence Price, who is experiencing a well-deserved resurgence of popularity as the first African American female to be recognized as a classical composer. The orchestra will perform Price’s critically acclaimed “Symphony No. 1,” originally premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1933, which was inspired by Dvořák’s “New World Symphony” and similarly incorporates folk tunes and hymn-like melodies to evoke a range of uniquely American flavors. WHEN: 8 pm tonight, 3 pm tomorrow WHERE: Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street COST: $29 & up INFO: (805) 899-2222 or

ilyn Horne Song Competition at the Music Academy of the West) and multiple chamber, choral, and orchestral works. WHEN: 3 pm WHERE: 33 W. Victoria St. COST: $30 INFO: (805) 963-4364 or



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Violin Sonata No.17 in C Major, K.296 Fantasy in C Major, D.934 Much Ado About Nothing, Suite Op.11 Violin Sonata No.1 in D Minor, Op.75

Canadian James Ehnes has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists on the international stage, a favorite of many of the world’s most respected conductors and orchestras, acclaimed as “a violinist in a class of his own” (The Times). He made his SB debut in July 2019 at the Granada with the London Symphony Orchestra, presented by the Music Academy of the West, playing his 1715 “Marsick” Stradivarius. Ehnes is joined by gifted pianist Orion Weiss who last appeared in CAMA’s Masterseries with violinist Augustin Hadelich.

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Keying In on the Keys – Local piano teacher Leana Movillion brings her students to Center Stage Theater for “Tuned In Together,” their first live piano showcase following numerous virtual recitals throughout the pandemic. The early show showcases younger students, many of whom will be performing live in public for the first time ever, while the evening recital encompasses students of all ages and levels, and will include special guest performers on piano, plus appearances by David Garske on drums, Mikayla Rey on bass, and Graham Keeton on guitar. WHEN: 5 & 7 pm WHERE: Center Stage Theater, upstairs in the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center COST: $10 general, $5 students at 5 pm; $15/$10 at 7 pm ($30/$20 both) INFO: (805) 963-0408 or

SUNDAY, MAY 22 KHAY Cruisin’ with Country Crooners – California country music, dancing, food, beer, wine, and more are in store as the Ventura radio station brings back its one-day extravaganza at Surfer’s Point. Produced by CBF Productions, the folks behind Concerts in Your Car in 2020-21 and so many beachside festivals, KHAY Fest features sets from Nashville country music favorites Tenille Arts, the Canadian singer whose profile in America received a big boost four years ago when she appeared on the TV show The Bachelor to sing her composition “Moment of Weakness”; Dylan Scott, the country-pop singer whose hits include such songs as “New Truck” and “Beer Buddies”; and Josh Turner, whose five million-plus record sales include “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” which topped country charts for four weeks. WHEN: 1-8 pm WHERE: Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura COST: $60 INFO: 19 – 26 May 2022

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SANTA BARBARA GOLF CLUB INVITATION FOR BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received at the Santa Barbara Golf Club on the date indicated at which time they will be publicly opened and posted for:

Notice is hereby given that an application for the project described below has been submitted to the Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Department. This project requires the approval and issuance of a Coastal Development Permit by the Planning and Development Department. The development requested by this application is subject to appeal to the California Coastal Commission following final action by Santa Barbara County and therefore a public hearing on the application is normally required prior to any action to approve, conditionally approve or deny the application. However, in compliance with California Coastal Act Section 30624.9, the Director has determined that this project qualifies as minor development and therefore intends to waive the public hearing requirement unless a written request for such hearing is submitted by an interested party to the Planning and Development Department within the 15 working days following the Date of Notice listed below. All requests for a hearing must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Request for Hearing Expiration Date listed below, to Veronica King at Planning and Development, 123 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara 93101-2058, by email at, or by fax at (805) 568-2030. If a public hearing is requested, notice of such a hearing will be provided. WARNING: Failure by a person to request a public hearing may result in the loss of the person’s ability to appeal any action taken by Santa Barbara County on this Coastal Development Permit to the Montecito Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors and ultimately the California Coastal Commission. If a request for public hearing is not received by 5:00 p.m. on the Request for Hearing Expiration Date listed below, then the Planning and Development Department will act to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the request for a Coastal Development Permit. At this time it is not known when this action may occur; however, this may be the only notice you receive for this project. To receive additional information regarding this project, including the date the Coastal Development Permit is approved, and/or to view the application and plans, or to provide comments on the project, please contact Veronica King at Planning and Development, 123 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara 93101-2058, or by email at, or by phone at (805) 568-2513. PROPOSAL: BOOTH DEMOLITION & ADDITIONS PROJECT ADDRESS: 1787 FERNALD POINT LN, SANTA BARBARA, CA 93108 1st SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT THIS PROJECT IS LOCATED IN THE COASTAL ZONE DATE OF NOTICE: 5/18/2022 REQUEST FOR HEARING EXPIRATION DATE: 6/8/2022 PERMIT NUMBER: 21CDH-00000-00042 007-380-029 ZONING: 1-E-1 PROJECT AREA: 0.62


Proposed Project: The project is for a Coastal Development Permit with Hearing to allow for redevelopment of the existing residence to include the demolition of the second story of an existing 6,022 (net) SF single family dwelling, an interior remodel of the remaining first story, and the construction of a new 550 SF observation deck, an exterior staircase, a foyer light tower, and 3 new fireplaces. Exterior alterations to the dwelling are also proposed, including a new clay tile roof, new doors, and new windows throughout. With the demolition and new additions, the total square footage of the residence will be 3,627 (net) SF, and will not exceed a height of 25 feet as measured from the existing grade. The project includes various landscape and hardscape improvements, including 744 SF of new landscaping, 6,089 SF of renovated landscaping, 581 SF of new pervious hardscape, and a total post project impervious surface area of 7,195 SF. Hedge material at the south of the house will be maintained at 4.5"-5" tall to preserve the neighbor's view. APPEALS: The decision of the Director of the Planning and Development Department to approve, conditionally approve, or deny this Coastal Development Permit 21CDH-00000-00042 may be appealed to the Montecito Planning Commission by the applicant or an aggrieved person. The written appeal must be filed within the 10 calendar days following the date that the Director takes action on this Coastal Development Permit. To qualify as an "aggrieved person" the appellant must have, in person or through a representative, informed the Planning and Development Department by appropriate means prior to the decision on the Coastal Development Permit of the nature of their concerns, or, for good cause, was unable to do so. Written appeals must be filed with the Planning and Development Department at either 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, 93101, or 624 West Foster Road, Suite C, Santa Maria, 93455, by 5:00 p.m. within the timeframe identified above. In the event that the last day for filing an appeal falls on a non-business day of the County, the appeal may be timely filed on the next business day. This Coastal Development Permit may be appealed to the California Coastal Commission after an appellant has exhausted all local appeals, therefore a fee is not required to file an appeal. For additional information regarding the appeal process, contact Veronica King. The application required to file an appeal may be viewed at or downloaded from: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Information about this project review process may also be viewed at: Board of Architectural Review agendas may be viewed online at:

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Scope of Work: Replace Restroom Doors and Frame on Golf Course and Clubhouse Bids must be submitted on forms supplied by the Santa Barbara Golf Club and in accordance with the specifications, terms and conditions contained therein. Bid packages containing all forms, specifications, terms and conditions may be obtained through email by contacting Santa Barbara Golf Club at 408-482-4156 or The Santa Barbara Golf Club has been contracted to run the City of Santa Barbara’s municipal golf course and is required to use all City of Santa Barbara purchasing guidelines. Those guidelines are available at the following City website: or by contacting the Purchasing Office at (805) 564-5349. FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE ACT Contractor agrees in accordance with Section 1735 and 1777.6 of California Labor Code, and the California Fair Employment Practice Act (Sections 1410-1433) that in the hiring of common or skilled labor for the performance of any work under this contract or any subcontract hereunder, no contractor, material supplier or vendor shall, by reason 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, discriminate against any person who is qualified and available to perform the work to which such employment relates. The Contractor further agrees to be in compliance with the City of Santa Barbara’s Nondiscriminatory Employment Provisions as set forth in Chapter 9 of the Santa Barbara Municipal Code. BONDING In accordance with Civil Code § 9550, if the bid exceeds $25,000.00, the Successful Bidder shall furnish within ten (10) consecutive calendar days after written Notice of Award, a Payment Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the total amount of the bid. LIVING WAGE Any service purchase order contract issued as a result of this request for bids or quotes may be subject to the City’s Living Wage Ordinance No 5384, SBMC 9.128 and its implementing regulations. If there is a difference between the City’s Living Wage rate and Prevailing Wage rates for similar classifications of labor, the contractor and his subcontractors shall pay no less than the highest wage rate.

It is the duty of the contractor and subcontractors to employ registered apprentices and to comply with all aspects of Labor Code § 1777.5. There are penalties required for contractor’s/subcontractor’s failure to pay prevailing wages and for failure to employ apprentices, including forfeitures and debarment under Labor Code §§ 1775, 1776, 1777.1, 1777.7 and 1813. Under Labor Code § 1776, contractors and subcontractors are required to keep accurate payroll records. The prime contractor is responsible for submittal of their payrolls and those of their subcontractors as one package. Payroll records shall be certified and made available for inspection at all reasonable hours at the principal office of the contractor/subcontractor pursuant to Labor Code § 1776. The contractor and all subcontractors under the direct contractor shall furnish certified payroll records directly to the Labor Compliance Unit and to the department named in the Purchase Order/Contract at least monthly, and within ten (10) days of any request from any request from the City or the Labor Commissioner in accordance with Section 16461 of the California Code of Regulations. Payroll records shall be furnished in a format prescribed by section 16401 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, with use of the current version of DIR's “Public Works Payroll Reporting Form” (A-1-131) and “Statement of Employer Payments” (DLSE Form PW26) constituting presumptive compliance with this requirement, provided the forms are filled out accurately and completely. In lieu of paper forms, the Compliance Monitoring Unit may provide for and require the electronic submission of certified payroll reports. The provisions of Article 2 and 3, Division 2, Chapter 1 of the Labor Code, State of California, are made by this reference a part of this quotation or bid. A contractor or subcontractor shall not be qualified to bid on, be listed in a bid proposal, subject to the requirements of Section 4104 of the Public Contract Code, or engage in the performance of any contract for public work, as defined in this chapter, unless currently licensed to perform the work and registered pursuant to Labor Code § 1725.5 without limitation or exception. It is not a violation of this section for an unlicensed contractor to submit a bid that is authorized by Section 7029.1 of the Business and Professions Code or by 20103.5 of the Public Contract Code, provided the contractor is registered to perform public work pursuant to Section 1725.5 at the time the contract is awarded. This project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations. CERTIFICATIONS In accordance with California Public Contracting Code § 3300, the City requires the Contractor to possess a valid California Class B license at time the bids are opened and to continue to hold during the term of the contract all licenses and certifications required to perform the work specified herein. CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE Contractor must submit to the contracted department within ten (10) calendar days of an order, AND PRIOR TO START OF WORK, certificates of Insurance naming the Santa Barbara Golf Club as Additional Insured in accordance with the attached Insurance Requirements. Published: May 18 & 25, 2022 Montecito Journal

Published May 18, 2022 Montecito Journal

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/ are doing business as: Haven – Los Alamos; Haven Cannabis Dispensary – Los Alamos, 520 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA, 93440. Haven X LLC, 18012 Cowan #200, Irvine, CA 92614. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara Coun-

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PREVAILING WAGE, APPRENTICES, PENALTIES, & CERTIFIED PAYROLL In accordance with the provisions of Labor Code § 1773.2, the Contractor is responsible for determining the correct prevailing wage rates. However, the City will provide wage information for projects subject to Federal Davis Bacon requirements. The Director of Industrial Relations has determined the general prevailing rates of wages and employer payments for health, welfare, vacation, pensions and similar purposes applicable, which is on file in the State of California Office of Industrial Relations. The contractor shall post a copy of these prevailing wage rates at the site of the project. It shall be mandatory upon the contractor to whom the contract is awarded and its subcontractors hired to pay not less than the said prevailing rates of wages to all workers employed by him in the execution of the contract (Labor Code § 1770 et seq.). Prevailing wage rates are available at

007-380-029 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Applicant: Booth, Loren 2008 Trust 3/19/02

gard Drive, Solvang, CA, 93463. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 19, 2022. 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). FBN No. 2022-0001024. Published May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2022

DUE DATE & TIME: June 1, 2022 UNTIL 5:00 P.M.

ty on April 6, 2022. 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). FBN No. 2022-0000905. Published May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Sofias Flowers, 1325 Tomol Dr., Carpinteria, CA, 93103. Omar C. Martinez, 1325 Tomol Dr., Carpinteria, CA, 93103. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 25, 2022. 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). FBN No. 2022-0001103. Published April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 2022 ORDER FOR PUBLICATION OF SUMMONS OR CITATION: CASE No. 22CV00392. Notice to Defendant: Kristine N. Ulrich, Max N. Ulrich: You have been sued by Plaintiff: LCS Capital, LLC. You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a response at the court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your legal response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear case. There may be a court form

“Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center, your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements, you may want to contact an attorney right away. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services. You can locate these non-profit groups online at, or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s

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Bid Submission. The City of Santa Barbara (“City”) will accept electronic bids for its Andrée Clark Bird Refuge Coastal Restoration Project (“Project”), by or before May 31, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., through its PlanetBids portal. Bidders must be registered on the City of Santa Barbara’s PlanetBids portal in order to submit a Bid proposal and to receive addendum notifications. Each bidder is responsible for making certain that its Bid Proposal is actually submitted/uploaded with sufficient time to be received by PlanetBids prior to the bid opening date and time. Large files may take more time to be submitted/uploaded to PlanetBids, so plan accordingly. The receiving time on the PlanetBids server will be the governing time for acceptability of bids. Telegraphic, telephonic, hardcopy, and facsimile bids will not be accepted. If any Addendum issued by the City is not acknowledged online by the Bidder, the PlanetBids System will prevent the Bidder from submitting a Bid Proposal. Bidders are responsible for obtaining all addenda from the City’s PlanetBids portal.

Project Information. 2.1 Location and Description. The Project is located at the Andrée Clark Bird Refuge and the Municipal Tennis Courts in Santa Barbara and will replace the Bird Refuge lagoon weir and weir gate, remove non-native trees, re-contour the lagoon on the beach side, install native trees and rock cluster. It will also include landscaping improvements and construction of a bio-retention pond at the Municipal Tennis Center property. 2.2 Time for Final Completion. The Project must be fully completed within 50 working days from the start date set forth in the Notice to Proceed. City anticipates that the Work will begin August 15, 2022, but the anticipated start date is provided solely for convenience and is neither certain nor binding. The Contractor shall be ready to start construction as early as August 1, 2022. 2.3 Estimated Cost. The estimated construction cost is $1,100,000.


License and Registration Requirements. 3.1 License. This Project requires a valid California contractor’s license, Class A 3.2 DIR Registration. City may not accept a Bid Proposal from or enter into the Contract with a bidder, without proof that the bidder is registered with the California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) to perform public work pursuant to Labor Code § 1725.5, subject to limited legal exceptions.


Contract Documents. The plans, specifications, bid forms and contract documents for the Project, and any addenda thereto (“Contract Documents”) may be downloaded from City’s website at: A printed copy of the Contract Documents may be obtained from CyberCopy Shop, located at 504 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, at (805) 884-6155.


Bid Security. The Bid Proposal must be accompanied by bid security of five percent of the maximum bid amount, in the form of a cashier’s or certified check made payable to City, or a bid bond executed by a surety licensed to do business in the State of California on the Bid Bond form included with the Contract Documents. The bid security must guarantee that within ten days after City issues the Notice of Award, the successful bidder will execute the Contract and submit the payment and performance bonds, insurance certificates and endorsements, and any other submittals required by the Contract Documents and as specified in the Notice of Award.


Prevailing Wage Requirements. 6.1 General. Pursuant to California Labor Code § 1720 et seq., this Project is subject to the prevailing wage requirements applicable to the locality in which the Work is to be performed for each craft, classification or type of worker needed to perform the Work, including employer payments for health and welfare, pension, vacation, apprenticeship and similar purposes. 6.2 Rates. These prevailing rates are on file with the City and are available online at Each Contractor and Subcontractor must pay no less than the specified rates to all workers employed to work on the Project. The schedule of per diem wages is based upon a working day of eight hours. The rate for holiday and overtime work must be at least time and one-half. 6.3 Compliance. The Contract will be subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the DIR, under Labor Code § 1771.4.


Performance and Payment Bonds. The successful bidder will be required to provide performance and payment bonds, each for 100% of the Contract Price, as further specified in the Contract Documents.


Substitution of Securities. Substitution of appropriate securities in lieu of retention amounts from progress payments is permitted under Public Contract Code § 22300.


Subcontractor List. Each Subcontractor must be registered with the DIR to perform work on public projects. Each bidder must submit a completed Subcontractor List form with its Bid Proposal, including the name, location of the place of business, California contractor license number, DIR registration number, and percentage of the Work to be performed (based on the base bid price) for each Subcontractor that will perform Work or service or fabricate or install Work for the prime contractor in excess of one-half of 1% of the bid price, using the Subcontractor List form included with the Contract Documents.


Instructions to Bidders. All bidders should carefully review the Instructions to Bidders for more detailed information before submitting a Bid Proposal. The definitions provided in Article 1 of the General Conditions apply to all of the Contract Documents, as defined therein, including this Notice Inviting Bids.


Bidders’ Conference. A mandatory bidders’ conference will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., at the following location: East Beach volleyball courts (34.418070°, -119.662926°) across from the Andree Clark Bird Refuge outlet to acquaint all prospective bidders with the Contract Documents and the Worksite. The bidders’ conference is mandatory. A bidder who fails to attend a mandatory bidders’ conference will be disqualified from bidding.

By: ___________________________________

1. OWNER: Montecito Union School District 2. PROJECT IDENTIFICATION NAME: 2122-5 Outdoor Learning Pavilion Increment 01 3. PROJECT LOCATION: 385 San Ysidro Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 4. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Increment 01: Site accessible path of travel work, site utility work and outdoor countertops and sinks. This project is anticipated to start approximately June 10, 2022 and is anticipated to be completed by August 18, 2022. Outdoor Learning Pavilion Summary: Site accessible path of travel work, site utility work and outdoor countertops and sinks as indicated in drawings. Concrete pad and minor site grading. Connection of new sewer and water lien to R.O.W. Electrical and data conduits. 5. BID DEADLINE: Bids are due on June 3, 2022 not later than 2:00 p.m.

Bid results and awards will be available on PlanetBids. 2.


Date: ________________

6. PLACE AND METHOD OF BID RECEIPT: All Bids must be made on the bid forms provided by the District and sealed. Personal delivery, courier, or mailed via United States Postal Service and addressed to Montecito Union School District, 385 San Ysidro Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. ATTN: Virginia Alvarez 7. PLACE PLANS ARE ON FILE: Montecito Union School District, Business Department, Second Floor, 385 San Ysidro Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, 8. ALTERNATES: If alternate bids are called for, the contract will be awarded to the lowest bid price on the base contract without consideration of the prices on the additive or deductive items. 9. MANDATORY JOB WALK: Meet at Montecito Union School Office on Monday May 23, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. . Attendance at the entire job walk is mandatory and failure to attend the entire job walk results in your bid being rejected as non-responsive. Contact OWNER for details on required job walks and related documentation. 10. This is a prevailing wage project. OWNER has ascertained the general prevailing rate of per diem wages in the locality in which this work is to be performed for each craft or type of worker needed to execute this contract. These rates are on file at OWNER’s office, and a copy may be obtained upon request, or at Contractor shall post a copy of these rates at the job site. ALL PROJECTS OVER $1,000 ARE SUBJECT TO PREVAILING WAGE MONITORING AND ENFORCEMENT BY THE LABOR COMMISSIONER. It shall be mandatory upon the contractor to whom the contract is awarded (CONTRACTOR), and upon any SUBCONTRACTOR, to pay not less than the specified rates to all workers employed by them in the execution of the contract. 11. A Payment Bond for contracts over $25,000 and a Performance Bond for all contracts will be required prior to commencement of work. These bonds shall be in the amounts and form called for in the Contract Documents. 12. Pursuant to the provisions of Public Contract Code Section 22300, CONTRACTOR may substitute certain securities for any funds withheld by OWNER to ensure CONTRACTOR’s performance under the contract. At the request and expense of CONTRACTOR, securities equivalent to any amount withheld shall be deposited, at the discretion of OWNER, with either OWNER or a state or federally chartered bank as the escrow agent, who shall then pay any funds otherwise subject to retention to CONTRACTOR. Upon satisfactory completion of the contract, the securities shall be returned to CONTRACTOR. Securities eligible for investment shall include those listed in Government Code Section 16430, bank and savings and loan certificates of deposit, interest bearing demand deposit accounts, standby letters of credit, or any other security mutually agreed to by CONTRACTOR and OWNER. CONTRACTOR shall be the beneficial owner of any securities substituted for funds withheld and shall receive any interest on them. The escrow agreement shall be in the form indicated in the Contract Documents. 13. To bid on or perform the work stated in this Notice, CONTRACTOR must possess a valid and active contractor's license of the following classification(s) B No CONTRACTOR or subcontractor shall be qualified to bid on, be listed in a bid proposal, subject to the requirements of § 4104 of the Public Contract Code, for a public works project (submitted on or after March 1, 2015) unless currently registered with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and qualified to perform public work pursuant to Labor Code § 1725.5. No CONTRACTOR or subcontractor may be awarded a contract for public work on a public works project (awarded after April 1, 2015) unless registered with the DIR. DIR’s web registration portal is: 14. CONTRACTOR and all subcontractors must furnish electronic certified payroll records (eCPR) to the Labor Commissioner monthly in PDF format. Registration at is required to use the eCPR system. The following notice is given as required by Labor Code Section 1771.5(b)(1): CONTRACTOR and any subcontractors are required to review and comply with the provisions of the California Labor Code, Part 7, Chapter 1, beginning with Section 1720, as more fully discussed in the Contract Documents. These sections contain specific requirements concerning, for example, determination and payment of prevailing wages, retention, inspection, and auditing payroll records, use of apprentices, payment of overtime compensation, securing workers’ compensation insurance, and various criminal penalties or fines which may be imposed for violations of the requirements of the chapter. Submission of a bid constitutes CONTRACTOR’s representation that CONTRACTOR has thoroughly reviewed these requirements. 15. OWNER will retain 5% of the amount of any progress payments. 16. This Project does not require prequalification pursuant to AB 1565 of all general contractors and all mechanical, electrical and plumbing subcontractors 17. BID PACKET will be provided at the job walk to attendees, including bid forms. Advertisement Dates: May 11 – May 22, 2022 (publication dates May 11 and 18, Montecito Journal) Virginia Alvarez 805-969-3249 x 420

Bill Hornung, General Services Manager Publication Dates: 1) May 11, 2022 2) May 18, 2022 END OF NOTICE INVITING BIDS

lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. ¡AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 días, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su versión. Lea la información a continuación.Tiene 30 DÍAS DE CALENDARIO después de que le entreguen esta citación y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefónica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene

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que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y más información en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www., en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede más cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentación, pida al secretario de la corte que le dé un formulario de exención de pago

de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podrá quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin más advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remisión a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (, en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, ( o poniéndose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO:

Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperación de $10,000 ó más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesión de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. Name and address of the court: Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93121-1107. Filed May 10, 2022, by Terri Chavez, Deputy Clerk. Plaintiff’s Attorney: Parker, Simon, Kokolis & Brown, LLP; Katrina M. Brown (314007), Kelsey L. Thwaits (330667), 755 Baywood Drive, 2nd Floor, Petaluma, CA 94954, 707-210-3020. Published May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2022

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Miscellany (Continued from 31 31))

Todd Aldrich, Karen Williams, Margo Callis, Brooks Firestone, and Nir Kabaretti (photo by Priscilla)

honoring the current troubles in Ukraine concluded the entertaining program. Afterwards, a reception was held for supporters including Santa Barbara Symphony maestro Nir Kabaretti, Marilyn Gilbert, Barbara Burger, Todd Aldrich, Marylove Thralls, Brooks and Kate Firestone, and Mary Dan Eades.

Joffrey Stuns at the Granada

Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet mesmerized at the Granada when they performed for two consecutive nights as part of UCSB’s Arts & Lectures program. The magnificent company under Scottish artistic director Ashley Wheater kicked off the first night with Liam Scarlett’s “Vespertine,” originally created for the Norwegian National Ballet in 2015 and premiering with the Joffrey three years ago. It was a truly memorable Baroque masterpiece, followed by equally impressive performances with “Elegie” to music by Rachmaninoff, and “Swing Low” inspired by the powerful American spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” which investigated the supernatural majesty of angels. A heavenly work. The hugely entertaining two-hour performance concluded with “Bolero,” a work featuring eight men and seven women, to the music of Ravel, choreographed by Yoshihisa Arai, who was a soloist. In a word: Sublime.

New Homes Google billionaire Eric Schmidt, who purchased a $31 million estate, Solana, in our rarefied enclave in September, 2020 with a seven-bedroom, 20-bathroom, 22,729 square foot main house from Bill and Sandi Nicholson, and Enchanted Hill, a 120-acre hilltop parcel in Beverly Hills for $65 million from the late Microsoft tycoon Paul Allen’s estate, is still on a major spending spree. Schmidt, 67, also snapped up hotel legend Barron Hilton’s Bel-Air estate for $62 million and an adjacent property for $5.2 million. He has now bought a Malibu Colony beach house for $22.6 million. All this on top of his $27.5 million penthouse in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood. The Malibu residence, built in 1969, has three bedrooms with 3,495 square feet of living space. Schmidt’s estimated worth is $20 billion, according to Forbes.

House Moves Rocker Adam Levine, who bought actor Rob Lowe’s former 3.5-acre Montecito estate for $52 million, has sold his sprawling Pacific Palisades home for a hefty $51 million. The sale by the 43-year-old Maroon 5 front man and his Namibian model wife Behati Prinsloo, 33, becomes the third priciest sale in

Southern California this year, according to the L.A. Times. The dynamic duo purchased it from actor Ben Affleck and his ex-wife Jennifer Garner in 2018 for $31.95 million, meaning a substantial $20 million profit. The 10-bedroom, 14-bath three-acre estate, with a 9,000 square foot main house, was also the home of Oscar winner Gregory Peck, as well as producer Brian Grazer, best known for his collaborations with Ron Howard.

days without leaving her East Valley Road estate during the peak of the pandemic. She told the L.A. Times she is not quite ready to let go of precautions. “I personally think it too soon to be removing masks from planes. But that’s what people choose to do. And if I were on a commercial plane, I would still be the one wearing my mask!”

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Montecito warbler Katy Perry has joined the cast of the forthcoming animated musical feature Melody. The former Dos Pueblos High student, 37, will also serve as one of the producers, as well as voicing the movie’s lead. Melody is centered on a kindhearted singer of the same name who lives in New York and possesses several magical musical notes that also guide her moral compass. Katy will also write and perform songs on the project’s original soundtrack.

Buckingham Palace staff are making plans to block Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix cameras when they return to the U.K. next month for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are winging to London to join the monarch, 96, as she celebrates 70 years on the British throne, although they have reportedly been banned from the ceremonial Trooping of the Color ceremony. However, the tony twosome are still expected to play a significant role and some royal aides are concerned about their Netflix project and tension within the family, if a film crew also appears to record their every move as they did at the Invictus Games in Holland in April. It comes as Netflix chiefs are said to be exasperated by the couple’s decision to give bombshell interviews to rival TV networks like NBC despite their multi-million deal with the streaming giant. There was “a real sense of arrogance” when Harry revealed details of a meeting with his grandmother at Windsor Castle during the interview, according to London’s Mail on Sunday.

Summer Home The longtime 42-acre Gaviota Coast home of Bruce Brown, director of the iconic 1960s surf film The Endless Summer, is on the market for $4.75 million. Adjacent to a beach known for its prime surf breaks, the 4,000 square foot, four-bedroom main house, with a 4,000 square foot, four-bay garage, is being sold by Brown’s family. Bruce died in 2017 aged 80. His wife Patricia pre-deceased him in 2006. The ranch also has access to the beach and is close to Hollister Ranch, an exclusive gated community where residents have included film director James Cameron, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, and musician Jackson Browne.

Katy’s Melody

Donelan on Board at A&L My congratulations to an old friend, Charles Donelan, longtime arts writer for The Independent, who recently retired as a teacher at Laguna Blanca School after 17 years. Charles, who holds a degree from Yale University and a PhD from Columbia, is the new senior writer-publicist for UCSB Arts & Lectures. He will apply his extensive experience with arts and entertainment writing and media relations to continue to elevate the popular program’s profile locally and nationally. “As a journalist, Charles has been one of our strongest allies,” says Celesta Billeci, Miller McCune executive director. “His familiarity with our program and the local art scene is unparalleled, and we look forward to working with him more closely than ever to shine a light on our events and impact in the community.”

Sightings Singer Nick Jonas and wife Priyanka Chopra checking out the Rosewood Miramar... TV producer Christopher Lloyd at Lucky’s... Former TV anchor Jane Pauley filming at the Santa Barbara Mission for CBS Sunday Morning. Pip! Pip! Be safe, wear a mask when required, and get vaccinated.

Oprah’s Advice

Joffrey Ballet left us awestruck (photo by David Bazemore)

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From musings on the Royals to celebrity real estate deals, Richard Mineards is our man on the society scene and has been for more than a decade

Former TV talk show titan Oprah Winfrey is not happy courts have lifted mask mandates on public transportation, saying it’s “too soon” and she will continue to wear a mask on planes. Oprah, 68, says she was so fearful of becoming infected that she spent 332 “And Fall, with her yeller harvest moon and the hills growin’ brown and golden under a sinkin’ sun.” – Roy Bean

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Your Westmont

Recognizing Generous Donors

Double Stars to Dazzle Stargazers

Inga Guzyte’s “Over the Rainbow” (photo by Brad Elliott)

The blood moon photographed by Ken Kihlstrom, professor emeritus of physics, with the Keck Telescope on May 20

by Scott Craig


ollowing the breathtaking lunar eclipse earlier in the week, the Westmont Observatory opens to the public for its monthly event with the powerful Keck Telescope on Friday, May 20, beginning at sunset and lasting a few hours. Face coverings will be required at the event, which is co-hosted by the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. The evening will begin with a focus on one of the most stunning double stars. The constellation Boötes, the herdsman, will be high in the sky, featuring Izar or Pulcherrima, which means the most beautiful in Latin. “This star system consists of a green-gold pairing,” says Thomas Whittemore, Westmont emeritus instructor of physics and SBAU member. “Located some 210 light-years from us, the primary component is 35 times the size of our sun.” Later, the viewing will feature several globular clusters, including Messier 3. “Although M3 lies 35,000 light-years away, it’s still part of our home galaxy, the Milky Way,” Whittemore says. “Like most globular clusters, M3 contains tens of thousands of old stars — stars far older than our sun.” Next, Whittemore will zoom in on Messier 13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. “Closer to us than M3, M13 lies 26,000 light-years away and hosts hundreds of thousands of old stars,” he says. “This cluster was given some fame in the early 1960s by being the target of a radio message sent by Frank Drake from the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico. Turnaround time for a radio response from an intelligent civilization in the cluster would be 52,000 years, but Drake’s push for communication spawned the SETI movement.” While in Hercules’ neighborhood, stargazers will get a glimpse of another beautiful double star, Rasalgethi. “This 19 – 26 May 2022

star system will be easy to split with Westmont’s refractor, but my interest with this pair is what colors will our visitors see?” Whittemore says. “Some see green in one of the components, others see yellow.” Westmont hosts a free, public viewing on the third Friday of every month. Free parking is available near the Westmont Observatory, which is between the baseball field and the track and field/soccer complex.

Nothing ‘Uncanny’ About Talented Local Artists The abundance of accomplished artists from the Tri-County area is on full display at the annual juried exhibition in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Westmont alumnus and hyperrealist painter Robin Eley ‘01 juried the show, Uncanny, which is available May 19 to June 18. A free, public opening reception for the exhibition is Thursday, May 19, from 4 to 6 pm at the museum. More information is available at museum/juriedshow2022. “Robin selected a fabulous exhibition featuring diverse styles and a wide range of subjects,” says Judy L. Larson, R. Anthony Askew professor of art history and museum director. “Works range from captivating painting, sculpture, video, printmaking, and assemblage. The show

puts a spotlight on the talented community of artists who work in our TriCounty region.” The exhibition features 45 pieces from 33 local artists, including Inga Guzyte and alumnae Alyssa Beccue, Jenna Grotelueschen, Sharon Schock, and Josephine Tournier Ingram. The works of Westmont Art Council members were also chosen, including Sophia Beccue, Susan Read Cronin, Ruth Ellen Hoag, and Marcia Rickard. Eley was born in London and grew up in Australia. He came to Westmont to play basketball under Coach John Moore and to pursue a degree in psychology. But an art class with Tony Askew changed his life. “My decision to major in art was based on passion rather than specific career objectives,” he says. He decided to become an illustrator after hearing Professor Scott Anderson talk about his own career. His solo exhibitions include Loss/Less (2017), Prism (2014) in Los Angeles, and Idolatry (2013) and Singularity (2012) in Australia. Group exhibitions include In the Flesh (2014) at the National Portrait Gallery in Australia, 21st Century Hyperrealism at the Daejeon Museum of Art in South Korea, BMG First Look (2013) at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York, and Journeys at the RidleyTree Museum (2012). All the pieces in Uncanny are for sale, with 30 percent benefiting the museum. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. It’s closed Sundays and college holidays. For more information, please visit or contact the museum at (805) 565-6162.


Westmont has named its new ABSN Nursing program the Westmont|Grotenhuis Nursing program in honor of Dave and Anna Grotenhuis, who, along with Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, have given generously and played a leading role in partnering with Cottage Hospital to see this dream become a reality. “We’re incredibly grateful for Dave and Anna Grotenhuis and Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, whose timely gifts have helped establish our nursing program in partnership with Cottage Health and made the purchase and preparation of the building at 26 West Anapamu an ideal location for this new initiative,” says President Gayle D. Beebe. “These longtime, active donors all love the college, love the community, and faithfully support Cottage. In addition to providing all the start-up costs for our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, they also have provided generous scholarships for financially under-resourced students.” Anna Grotenhuis added, “Lady RidleyTree was the catalyst for Dave and I getting involved in this wonderful initiative. Leslie cares so deeply about Westmont, about Cottage, and is always looking for ways to strengthen our community. It was her creativity that captured our imagination and we’re so pleased to join her in seeing this vision become a reality.” The 16-month ABSN program launched in January 2022 with its first cohort of nursing students. The college expects to enroll a new cohort of 24 nursing students for fall 2022 and succeeding semesters.

Scott Craig is manager of media relations at Westmont College

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Farr Out

Planetary Analogs: Or Where on Earth is Mars?

The barren deserts of Southern California make a good stand-in for modeling the geological processes and features of other planets

by Tom G Farr


ow that it’s spring and we’re starting to travel again, our local deserts have become popular nearby attractions. Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and the Mojave Desert are at their best this time of year and you might even catch some wildflowers if they got enough rain. At NASA, in addition to enjoying seasonal wildflowers, we often employed our local deserts as stand-ins for different planets. My career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab was involved mainly with developing new ways of studying the Earth from space, in particular the Earth’s landscapes and how they’ve evolved over geological time. At the same time, we all realized that the technologies we were developing could be used to study the other planets and moons of the solar system, so we spent a lot of time thinking about how to apply what we learned on the Earth to other, far-flung places. In the early days of the development of geological applications of satellite remote sensing, we often took the new images acquired from the satellites or airborne test beds out to the field in order to understand what the satellites were seeing. For geological applications, we chose areas with little vegetation, which tends to obscure the underlying landscape. As we learned more about how to interpret data from the various instruments, we started comparing our field sites to geological features on other planets like Mars, at which new missions were showing features just like the Earth: sand dunes, dry river valleys, playas, volcanoes, and meteor craters. At the same time, engineers developing missions to Mars were looking for environments similar to what their landers and rovers would encounter. As a result, I started leading groups out to our sites

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to show the engineers and scientists how we could use the sites to simulate Martian landscapes and to help us understand the data sent back from missions to the red planet. It was fun and gratifying to show engineers who wanted to send instruments to Mars, but had never visited a desert, what rocks and dirt actually looked like! Highlights included leading Space Shuttle astronauts out to our sites before they flew on missions that included instruments developed at JPL for Earth and planetary geological study. Over the years, several sites in California and Nevada stood in for Mars and other planets: Death Valley, Kelso Dunes, sand dunes at the Salton Sea, Pisgah and Amboy craters, the Cima volcanic field in the Mojave Desert, and the Nevada Test Site. Death Valley was one of our earliest test sites due to the variety of landscapes and lack of vegetation. One of my first jobs at JPL back in the ’70s was helping test a thermal infrared instrument to be flown on an aircraft. Because this early sensor lacked sensitivity, the principal investigator chose summer for our field calibration campaign in order to have the maximum temperatures! We worked in the early morning and evening, hiding out in the air-conditioned cabins at Furnace Creek Ranch with the car-company engineers who were testing their new models. Death Valley also contains sand dunes and a small volcanic explosion crater – features also found on Mars – and giant alluvial fans that form as water washes gravel from the steep Panamint Mountains to the west. The Shuttle astronauts were good ‘students’ as I described how the fans formed, and I was particularly pleased when they called down from orbit a few months later for the CapComm to “tell Dr. Farr that we can see those beautiful alluvial fans as we fly over Death Valley.” An eroded alluvial fan deposit sits at the exit from the Artist’s Drive loop in Death

Valley, and after the first images from the surface of Mars were obtained by the Viking landers in 1976, we realized that that small hill looked exactly like the lander pictures. We dubbed it “Mars Hill” and many others have stopped by for a selfie on Mars over the years. Kelso Dunes is a large sand dune complex situated in the Mojave Desert Preserve, south of Baker. Being close to JPL, we often used it to learn more about how our instruments ‘saw’ sand dunes. One of my professors at Caltech, Robert Sharp, studied them and other dunes. He and others developed an understanding of how the form of the dune can tell us something about the wind regime and the supply of sand. These two parameters decide whether you have a star dune like Kelso where a large supply of sand combines with multiple directions of wind to pile up the sand in one big stack, or linear dunes, common in the Sahara where the wind comes from only one direction, or crescentic barchan dunes for which the wind comes from only one direction, but limited sand supply yields scattered dunes migrating across the landscape. A nice example of barchans is on the southwest shore of the Salton Sea. A colleague from JPL, Serina Diniega, who models geological processes on other planets, conducted an interesting experiment at Kelso Dunes a while back, which I joined up with. She was interested in whether shallow gullies on Mars could have been made by blocks of dry ice (frozen CO2) sliding down dune faces. We brought some dry ice blocks to the summit of the dune and sure enough, they sledded down on a curtain of gas! Serina wants to be the first astronaut to snowboard down a dune on Mars! (Search “Dry Ice Moves on Mars” on YouTube.)

Model Volcanoes and Craters Volcanoes are also common on other planets, so we’ve spent time on some of our local examples in the Mojave Desert. Pisgah Crater is located off of Interstate 40 east of Barstow, and Amboy Crater is a little further east along old Route 66. They’re also associated with playas, or dry lake beds, another landform found on other planets. Much of Pisgah Crater and its lava flows and playa lie within the Twentynine Palms Marine Base, which led to some interesting field visits, especially when they forgot we had permission to be on the bombing range! Engineers used the lava flows to test penetrators, planned to be dropped from orbit and to hard-land on Mars. Many interesting volcanic features are found at the two lava fields, including cinder cones, different types of lava surfaces, and lava tubes, which are found on the Moon, Mars, and probably volcanic fields on other planets. Cima volcanic field is an extensive complex of volcanoes, cinder cones, and lava flows in the Mojave Desert Preserve between Kelso Dunes and Baker.

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” – Claude Monet

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and some universities did an extensive study of the rate of landscape change there as calibrated by the lava flows of various ages. I piggy-backed on their studies to look at how the flows changed in appearance to our different remote-sensing instruments. I also led many field trips through the area. For a long time, there was a strange, lonely telephone booth at the junction of two rough dirt roads in the middle of nowhere, which rarely saw any vehicles. We called it Superman Junction. One day, while I was expounding on some feature of the geology of the area to a group of students, the phone rang. One of the French post-docs answered it and began speaking in French! It turned out the phone had become famous on social media as the ‘Mojave Phone Booth’ and the caller was calling from France! Sadly, the phone company removed the phone booth a number of years ago. Finally, meteor impact craters are very important on other planets, but are often weathered away on Earth. A famous one is in Arizona and has been studied extensively. I wanted to find some fresher ones to study with some of our more advanced remote sensing techniques and realized that explosion craters are much like hyper-velocity impacts – as the meteor typically penetrates deeply before exploding. I applied for and received permission to fly aircraft equipped with an advanced imaging device and a laser altimeter called Lidar to make detailed topographic maps of several explosion craters at the Nevada Test Site. We were also allowed to do field work there and visited several nuclear test sites, as well as conventional explosion craters. At one point, far in the north of the Test Site, we had a good view to the north at Area 51. We were instructed to take no photos in that direction. Using the Earth as a stand-in for other planets can have its pitfalls. We’ve found landforms on Mars that have no analog on Earth and vice-versa. We always have to remind ourselves that Mars’ atmosphere is extremely thin – about the same as 100,000 feet on Earth, and its gravity is only about 40% of Earth’s. So the same geological processes can produce different landforms on Mars. Those dryice sleds are an example. So we usually concentrate on the process rather than the landform, such as interpreting sand dunes as a function of wind direction and sand supply. Still, it’s a thrill to have so many other-worldly sites in our backyard. So if you happen to find yourself in Death Valley or at the top of Kelso Dunes, put on your rose-colored glasses and imagine you’re standing on Mars instead! Tom Farr joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1975 and has helped develop the first geologic applications of imaging radar using aircraft, satellites, and the Space Shuttle. He currently resides in Montecito and has taught a class on planetary exploration at SBCC for more than 10 years.

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Letters (Continued from 19 19)) By 2019 County math scores had risen to 36.21%. ELA scores for the county had also increased to 47.22%. Then the pandemic hit, and administration of these test standards was disrupted. However, other recent metrics, like graduation and college-going rates, say more. For example, our county’s 2021 High School Graduation Rates were 90.5% versus 87.3% statewide. And 2021 College-Going Rates were similarly favorable at 67.5%, versus 64.4% statewide. The numbers do not justify the attacks on Dr. Salcido. The County Superintendent of Schools serves 20 school districts with nearly 70,000 students. The office supports student services, professional development for educators, and fiscal services for districts, with oversight of more than 200 programs. The job is big and multifaceted. There are trying times ahead, and the bravado of waving fairy dust to make everything better is certainly appealing. Still, I’ll place my vote with experience and credentials, which is not Christy Lozano on her best day, but is Susan Salcido every day. Drew Wright

Susan Salcido Listens My personal experience has taught me that any community without a shared respect for common interest and genuine commitment to open and honest communications is bound to fail. Incumbent Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido has long since proved she not only demands a high level of civic engagement and accountability of herself but expects the same commitment from her fellow educators and students to Santa Barbara’s ultimate benefit. The most critical skill for anyone in any position of leadership, and most certainly the senior role responsible for educating our community’s children, is to listen. Not only to strive to comprehend, but to consciously invest in seeking out other people’s unique needs as they might express them and make vital decisions by drawing upon often-disparate perspectives. At a time when some others would favor a cacophony of rancor, Ms. Salcido’s persistent civility, grace and cohesiveness will keep producing consistently strong results among local students and community we all share. For these reasons, and many others, I ask you to join me in supporting Susan Salcido for re-election as Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools. Thomas Tyrer

Innovative Thinking Necessary On a recent trip to two of my favorite and most beautiful cities – Montecito and Santa Barbara – I picked up a copy of the May 12, 2022 Montecito Journal and would like to comment on the Community Voices column. 19 – 26 May 2022

The author states that the failure of markets is largely responsible for the climate crisis. The logic to support this type of thinking is economically naive. Economics is not a chemical reaction where two or more ingredients cause an instant and unstoppable result. There are many “delays” in the impact of policies into the free marketplace where some reactions often never or only partially happen. Additionally, the scope of the marketplace may be local or limited to an area or country, not necessarily the global world marketplace. The notion that “other nations are incentivized to adapt similar policies” is not economically based but is politically dominated. Economically sound policies are only influential within the sphere of that economy. Many environmental policies long implemented in the United States have not taken hold in other countries. In fact, local economic realities may work against accepting these policies into their countries and their economies. Today, China and other countries especially in Asia are building coal plants at a tremendous rate. This cheaper fuel will produce products vastly cheaper than we will be able to produce with only renewable energy fuels and especially if we unilaterally include these “externalities” into our pricing. While a carbon fee (tax) does put a price on carbon, it does not necessarily reduce carbon in the environment but often transfers the costs to other industries, especially where tax credits are traded. This may impact slowing the growth of carbons but not for the reduction of carbons. And be careful restricting the extraction of minerals as minerals are a key component of renewable energy products such as batteries, solar panels, and wind turbines. If you think the free marketplace has failed, wait until a government – think China, Indian, Russia, North Korea, Brazil, or even the U.S. – steps in to manage and “fix things.” The U.S. needs to continue to move toward more renewable energy. But to achieve this or any other community goal, we must allow our ideology to be challenged, to foster innovative thinking, and to assure our course of action is correct, in the name of pluralism, democracy, and community. Exposure to diverse opinions helps to sharpen our own viewpoints. My name is Ronald Toya. I am now retired and living in Albuquerque, with a degree in economics and having worked 40 years in economic and community development. Thank you for your time. Ronald Toya

At What Age Can a Child Consent? Did you know that our school district and State think that 12-year-old children are old enough, smart enough to consent to medical procedures without parental consent? A 12-year-old cannot vote, drink alcohol, smoke, or join the military, but the wisdom

Election (Continued from 16 16)) children. A renowned pediatric heart surgeon, Dr. Allen has worked at UCLA, USC, the University of Illinois, and the University of Texas where he was the Surgical Director at the Children’s Heart Institute in Houston. He has practiced medicine for almost 40 years, and specializes in pediatric cardiac surgery, cardiothoracic vascular surgery, and critical care. Recognized as a prominent medical researcher, Dr. Allen has published almost 100 scientific papers and his research has helped advance medical discovery and innovation. Due to his academic achievements, Dr. Allen was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Brad Allen Society, won research at UCLA and the University of Illinois, and has been honored with the Board of Trustee’s Academic award from the Chicago Medical School. He has been an invited reviewer to numerous prestigious medical journals, and a member of 15 medical societies. Dr. Allen also served as Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and a professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at the University of Texas Medical School, at Houston. He received the Golden Scalpel Teaching Award at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Allen is regularly invited to speak at major medical conferences and events in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Visit for more information. of the State and schools think children can consent to medical procedures. Never mind that per STAR testing about half of the kids cannot read and write at grade level due to poor academics in our schools. Never mind that CA is ranked at the bottom of the country in education. Our school district thinks children are smart enough despite them not being able to read the menu at The Habit. Why are they pushing to allow children to go behind their parents backs to take a COVID vaccine for a disease that the CDC Data states children have a zero percent risk of health issues? However, per the CDC and FDA, school-aged children are at the highest risk of severe health issues from the COVID vaccines. Per the CDC, your child is twice as likely to die in a car accident than from Covid. The district has tried bribing children with pizza and prizes to get kids to take the vaccine. When that didn’t work they then discriminated against unvaccinated children. They even have pro vaccine articles written in their school papers without any data or interviews from opposing views. Spreading misinformation. Facts, FDA and CDC state children are at the highest risk of severe health issues after taking the vaccines. The school vaccine clinics do not provide the FDA Approved Comirnaty, nor do they provide the FDA Disclosure sheets so a person cannot give informed consent, not even an adult. This School Board and administration is well aware of these dangers and practices occurring on public school grounds. To date the district has been unable and unwilling to produce any CDC data or peer reviewed scientific research supporting any of their mandates. If there is a danger to children, why would they host, promote, bribe, and coerce children? Why would they encourage children to go behind their parents’ backs? These are questions you should be asking. Brian E. Campbell JD, GPA, ABR

Fever Dream

Mr. Brutoco’s column is spot on again. The leaked draft opinion by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito to overturn Roe v. Wade is not only one of the most radical decisions in the court’s history, it was one that was to be expected by the decades-long fever dream by the Republicans’ embrace of extremist evangelical “Christians,” with their intention of packing the court with “constitutional originalists” which was achieved under corruptive political power moves by Republican leader Mitch McConnell. This political crowd and their supporters are playing for keeps. What other rights will be on the chopping block next that evidently ARE NOT covered by the Fourteenth Amendment as noted by Mr. Brutoco? The insurrection at the Capitol Building on January 6, Supreme Court rulings to roll back of the Voting Right Act and the Citizens United decision that dark money in political campaigns equals free speech, Republican controlled state governments enactment of restrictions on voting, four years of a lawless president with a “Big Lie” end game to steal a lawfully decided presidential election should tell the American public all they need to know about where this crowd wants to take the country. Remember, ALL elected officials swear an oath to the U.S. Constitution to uphold and defend the country against all enemies foreign and domestic. At this time in our nation’s history, the Democratic Party, even with its own internal problems, is the only national party that can be expected to live by that solemn oath, act as transparent public servants that do not lie or distort information when discussing the issues facing the nation, and act politically in the best interests of the country. In the coming mid-term elections, vote like the future of the country depends on it… because it does. Barry Gordon Montecito JOURNAL


News & Event Roundup Luncheon Powered by MOXI

The Santa Barbara Public Library broke ground on the Michael Towbes Plaza earlier this month Six students were awarded the Freedom of Youth award during the event at Old Mission Ed and Sue Birch, Randy Rowse, Alixe Mattingly, Robin Gose, and Laura Capps at the Power of MOXI luncheon (photo by Jesse Natale, J North Productions)

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OXI’s annual Power of MOXI luncheon was held on Tuesday, May 10 on the museum’s rooftop. The sold-out event allowed the public to learn more about MOXI’s dynamic programs and overall dedication to creating opportunities for STEM learning. MOXI’s President + CEO Dr. Robin Gose and Apeel’s Senior Vice President of Operations Jenny Du spoke, and Ed and Sue Birch, the recipients of the 2022 MOXI(e) Award, were honored. “It is especially important for MOXI to offer equitable access to families, because we believe that every child deserves opportunities to benefit from fun learning experiences outside the home or classroom,” said Gose. Guests at the luncheon were invited to support MOXI’s Education Fund, which allows for the continuation of many educational programs and activities, as well as scholarships for school visits.

Rally for Women’s Rights

Planned Parenthood’s Bans Off Our Bodies rally was held in De La Guerra Plaza on Saturday, May 14, in response to the recently leaked draft of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision. Illustrator Karen Folsom and her family were in attendance and she had this to say: “I am a passionate believer in women’s rights and believe that what’s going on in this country and how we could have allowed the government to reimpose its restrictions on us is beyond comprehension, so I’m doing everything for the cause that I can. I’ve been hired by a few organizations to do some artwork that they’ve used in subsequent marches. They pay me to do various work for the cause, and one of them was the Supreme Court lineup that they wanted me to put into another form for various uses. So I used that; I thought it would be great to use my poster that’s being used elsewhere for this march. And I continue to do work for them, for the cause, for other women’s causes, and other related things.”

his own personal journey with education as a tool for broadening ideological horizons. The event also honored six students who were awarded the Freedom of Youth award and accompanying scholarships.

Library Groundbreaking A new era for the Santa Barbara Public Library recently began as the City Council approved a $9.3 million contract for the construction of the new Michael Towbes Plaza. “The Library Plaza Campaign has made evident the importance of the public-private partnership that our City and County must continue to invest in and foster to help inspire the community to envision a world-class Library for Santa Barbara,” said Foundation Director Lauren Trujillo. Along with some renovations to the actual library, the plaza will provide a new easily-accessible urban green space that can be the home for art, education, and culture in downtown Santa Barbara.

Connect with the Bonsai Club The Bonsai Club of Santa Barbara will hold its annual show, sale, and demonstrations May 21 and May 22 in

the Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, 909 La Cumbre Road. Saturday hours are 11 am to 4 pm, Sunday noon to 4 pm. There will be a professional show of Club Members’ trees in a variety of styles. There will also be a sales area for bonsai items and a silent auction. Club members will be available to answer questions on the art of bonsai and there will be a free problem clinic for attendees to bring in trees for advice. Since its origin in 1971, the Bonsai Club has been dedicated to the education of its members and the general public in the art and culture of bonsai. Meetings provide the opportunity to share information concerning the growth, styling, and propagation of bonsai. The Club invites nationally known speakers and demonstrators for the monthly meetings. Advanced classes with instructors and workshops for all members are scheduled several times per year. The Club holds its meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, except December and August, at 7 pm at Bethany Congregational Church. For further information please contact Club President, Jeff Sczechowski, at bonsaiclubsantabarbara@gmail. com. For further information, please contact Club Newsletter Editor Ernie Witham at erniesworld. or (805) 453-5336.

A Collaborative Mission

Illustrator Karen Folsom (right) with her family and original illustration in response to the leaked Roe v. Wade decision

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On Saturday, May 7, Old Mission Santa Barbara and True Vine Bible Fellowship, Lompoc’s predominantly Black Baptist church, came together for an event at Old Mission in the name of unity. These two seemingly opposite churches have created a partnership that works to break down racial, gender, and class barriers and instead focus on emphasizing the power of learning multiple perspectives. The event was led by Friar Dan Lackie from Old Mission and Pastor James Cray from True Vine, who had been brought together by real estate investor Richard Berti and the Endowment for Youth Committee’s Cliff Lambert. Kalyan Balaven, the first Black headmaster of the Dunn School in the Santa Ynez Valley, gave an inspiring speech entitled “Refuse Hate – Embrace Love,” sharing The Bonsai Club will host its annual show this weekend at Trinity Lutheran Church “Don’t wear perfume in the garden – unless you want to be pollinated by bees.” – Anne Raver

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Galaxy (Continued from 34 34)) dental music that the composer considered the architect of Hollywood movie music created for the Shakespeare comedy. “It’s such beautiful music, and when we play it, you can hear the characters come alive, the relationships and the humor,” Weiss said. “It really makes me want to reread the play.” Meanwhile, Tuesday’s concert will mark the first time the duo has played that specific Mozart concerto, adding to their shared repertoire. The recital programs are meant to be both virtuosic and balanced, this one surely qualifies,” Weiss said. “And this is music that really requires both people to be at the top of their game. That’s how I like it.”

Comedy Cleeses: All in the family What’s the point of growing up as the daughter of a world-famous, pioneering legend of comedy if you can’t make fun of him in public? That’s part of the premise behind the stage appearances featuring Monty Python co-creator John Cleese and his half-his-age daughter Camilla, the latest of which happens at the Granada Theatre on May 25. Camilla, who lived in Montecito for the better part of a decade from age 14, is a stand-up and comedy writer on her own who has appeared frequently at comedy clubs all over town over the last decade-plus. But her role in the Granada’s “An Evening of Exceptional Silliness” includes not only an opening 15-minute set of her own material but also moderating the Q&A session that follows John’s 45-minute one-man show featuring film clips, gags, and more. “In most of the cities, we don’t let the audience know that I’m his daughter, but in Santa Barbara, I think it’s inevitable,” said Camilla, who was a professional equestrian before taking up comedy. “Everyone knows me. I was a wild teenager so I was always out getting in trouble. I mean, I’m an angel now, but back then…” Of course, the Q&A and even Camilla’s opening set revolve around John, Monty Python, the movie A Fish Called Wanda, Faulty Towers, and the Cleese’s oft-observed public and private lives. All of which is fine with Camilla, because her part in the show is to channel and funnel the questions and answers that are full of the kind of “disrespect and rudeness” you’d expect from the British duo. “I don’t ask him the polite questions, but rather go with the most irreverent ones, the cheeky ones that usually get to the point where he’s throwing glasses of water or boxes of Kleenex, or whatever he can find on the table at me when I take it too far. That makes for a debaucherous and fun spectacle for the audience, with a lot of banter.” 19 – 26 May 2022

But don’t ask him about his favorite color, or how to return a dead parrot, or to perform a “silly walk” from the Monty Python days, Camilla cautioned. “Have you seen him? He’s 82! And he’s had four joints replaced!

Sounds Around Town Gypsy swing sure has become a thing again, at least over at SOhO, which has presented at least half a dozen purveyors of the traditional swing genre pioneered by Django Reinhardt in the 1930s-1950s. Santa Barbara’s own Django Cats, who add original songs, acoustic jazz, Latin music, and Western Swing into the mix, play the club May 25, one night after the Houston-based eight-piece band The Suffers bring their infectious Gulf Coast Soul to SOhO… On May 26, The Kollection seeks out the best of the latest crop of rising talent in Isla Vista – the college town that gave us ALO, Rebelution, and Iration, to name just a few – with four bands competing in a Battle of the Bands contest for a grand prize that includes studio time in the Funk Zone’s Studio Sound Room and bragging rights as the Best Band in IV. Tufawon, the Puerto Rican and Dakota hip hop artist, singer, and producer from Minneapolis, draws on elements of both cultures to influence his music. Hear how his style embodies intricate lyricism with complex vocabulary balanced by a clear and concise delivery at UCSB’s MultiCultural Center theater on May 19. The following night, Tufawon also serves as the MC at Biko Garage for the center’s final event of the academic year, the quarterly open mic where all are invited to artistically express themselves using any creative outlet including spoken word, poetry, music, and dance.

Aqua: Turning on the Waterworks at UCSB Back in 2019, veteran UCSB dance professor Valerie Huston and Arizona State University’s dance faculty member Carley Conder teamed up to create Avian for UCSB’s dance students. This casual piece was inspired by Huston overhearing two students talking about a class they were taking called The Mathematics of Origami and featured nine-foot origami birds above the dance studio stage. This time around with Aqua their ambitions are even loftier. “We’ve created more than an hour of material based on our emotional reaction to water,” said Huston, mentioning that these are vastly different experiences for the choreographer, as Huston sees the ocean every day while Conder is confined in her home state to endless miles of desert. “So much of my identity is wrapped up

in being a desert dweller and that sense of survival and economy when it comes to anything having to do with water,” explained Conder, who recalls trips to Baja Mexico where she swam with 200 manta rays. “Val and I started with stories just going back and forth, our memories of water as children, what we see now as adults, and what’s happening with the environment and climate change. We both have attachment to these water experiences all throughout our life.” The threat posed by climate change is chief among the reasons Huston was drawn to the subject, she said. “People see Santa Barbara as paradise, but they don’t know that the underpinning has really weakened. Maybe if you have money, you can buy yourself out of it. So it’s also an issue of social justice.” All of those elements and other issues of water will be explored through movement choreographed and directed by Huston and Conder and performed by 25 students from UCSB Dance and members of the campus Opus 1 contemporary ballet company in Aqua. “I didn’t want to preach about it, because seeing something with emotion, motion, and beauty might just wake you up a little bit,” Huston said. “It’s great for the students, too, because it’s not abstract, it’s dancing about something real.” Conder concurred: “As artists, this is the way that we can contribute and hopefully open up something inside of the audience.” But the performances May 20 – 21 at UCSB’s Hatlen Theater, which will feature melting ice sculptures on either side of the stage, are just the opening salvo in the life of Aqua. Huston and Conder next plan to present the piece poised over actual water via dancing on steel decking spanning the UCSB lagoon in 2023, before expanding the scope further to include international artists. This would be part of an aspirational center for artists to create works about the environment alongside lectures and symposia designed to raise awareness and action. “This is the perfect place to do it,” Huston said.

Dance Dimensions Elsewhere, the performers are even younger than the college-aged dancers premiering Aqua at UCSB, as four of the area’s organizations training children are producing showcases over the next 10 days. Ballet in Bloom is the title for the pair of spring shows from Santa Barbara Festival Ballet (SBFB), the company that produces The Nutcracker at the Arlington every December. Works featuring its students are sandwiched around performances by UCSB Dance Company, with the senior Festival Ballet company performing a new work, The

10th Slinky, choreographed by UCSB’s Valerie Huston. The classic “Pas de Quatre” set by SBFB Artistic Director Denise Rinaldi surrounds UCSB’s revival of José Limón’s Suite from Mazurkas (1958) and a solo excerpt from Nancy Colahan’s Pandemic Suite called “OLA,” with dancer Ana Ko Glass. Post intermission, the SBFB Youth Ensemble get closing credits performing The Toy Shoppe with choreography and costumes by Rinaldi. Show times are 6 pm May 21 and 2 pm May 22 at Center Stage. Visit Santa Barbara Dance Arts presents their annual spring Inspire Recital, this year boasting three distinct fully produced and professional shows at the Marjorie Luke in reverse order of experience levels as the senior show, junior show, and youth show take place May 19 to 21 respectively. The performances serve to exemplify the accomplishments and progression gained throughout the year of dance study. Visit sbdancearts. com or call (805) 966-5299. Santa Barbara Dance Institute teams up with Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Afterschool Opportunities for Kids (AOK) to provide educational dance programs to local elementary schools. A program that culminates on May 25 when 115 young performers from Cleveland, Franklin, Adelante, Monroe, Adams, Harding, and McKinley elementary schools and Santa Barbara Community Academy will take to the stage in AOK’s Performing Arts Showcase at La Cumbre Junior High School Theater. The students will come together as an ensemble for the first time since the pandemic shut down schools and performing arts events. Showcasing their work since February, the students will dance to a variety of music from such artists as Elvis, Pitbull, Shakira, and Roberto Jr. y su Bandeño. Visit Finally, Inspire Dance Santa Barbara (not to be confused with the Inspire Recital above) offers its annual spring show with four performances at Center Stage on May 28 and June 4 of Alice in Wonderland, IDSB’s favorite storybook ballet to date. Special guests for the seventh annual spring performance are IDSB’s very own student teachers. Visit

Steven Libowitz has covered a plethora of topics for the Journal since 1997, and now leads our extensive arts and entertainment coverage

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