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Burned Flowers to a little bit of Gilt, these summer page turners will make nice beachside accompaniments, P.28

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Particle Detection – High school students join professors at Westmont for experiments on physics and fundamental particles, P.33


Santa Barbara RiteCare helps children find their voice and some fun along the way, P. 24

Letter to the Editor Cox in Your Mailbox

MAT on Display

The interactive and futuristic works from the Media Arts & Technology Department grad students will be on display, page 12

Local Ukraine Support

The local efforts of Dunn School, ShelterBox is bringing aid directly to Ukraine, and United Women working with Direct Relief, page 16


s longtime residents of Montecito, we are writing to share our experience and warn the community to watch out for Cox Communications. Sneaky, inept, and arrogant is an understatement. To date, their egregious mishandling of the proposed installation of a state-mandated gas generator on our property has cost us over $20,000 in both legal and engineering fees… (Letter continues on page 10)

Carp Mural Project

A mural project in Carpinteria seeks to better represent the Hispanic communities in the area and tell of its past, present, and future, page 34


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Village Beat – The MPC’s input on the 101 widening, Cold Spring School breaks ground, and the PLNT PWRD MRKT will be closing


Stories Matter – A young black couple seeks asylum in Ghana, a post-WWI pioneering plastic surgeon, one ballerina’s “Serenade,” and other June reads


Montecito Miscellany – A new book captures the eccentricities of Lotusland, the LifeChronicles awards, Marcus Roberts Trio’s latest riff, and more


Mixing It Up – Summer is almost upon us and the seductive scent of smoke and BBQ is in the air. Wait, is it coming from the grill or your glass?


etters to the Editor – A local couple’s interaction with Cox, residents weigh in on the L elections, community members’ statement on State Street, plus other input


On Entertainment – A Quire of Voyces springs up, Sullivan Goss puts on a Pool Show, and the return of I Madonnari and Solstice


Local News – An executive order issued from the Governor concerning the extreme drought will affect State and County regulations of groundwater and well permits


Your Westmont – Local high schoolers explore physics, area artists lauded at exhibition opening, and Warrior baseball is headed to World Series


MAT Display – A glimpse into the Media Arts & Technology Department’s upcoming End of the Year Show


Latinx Mural – The upcoming murals by the Latinx Arts Project paints the past, present, and future of Carpinteria


een Around Town – Teddy Bear goes on a picnic, a derby luncheon for Women United, S and Denim and Diamonds supports Habitat


I Madonnari – The I Madonnari festival is finally returning to the Old Mission with unique street art installations and student-run market and food booths to support CCP


Aid Ukraine – Dunn School is helping Ukrainian students, ShelterBox is bringing supplies directly to Ukraine, and a local United Women for Ukraine fundraiser


alendar of Events – A litany of literary events, a Rainbow Kitten Surprise, the Kaki King C rocks, and more


Local People – Personal trainer and Olympic qualifier Addi Zerrenner discusses staying motivated and keeping practical with one’s health goals


ar Flung Travel – Travel along with the calm and curious harbor seals to learn the characF teristics of these cute pinnipeds


Community Voices – A response to the leaked opinion on Roe v. Wade and a look at the Swiss views on the subject


ews & Event Roundup – Local happenings including Fiesta announcements, the ButterN flies Alive! exhibit, new comedy programs, and a pelican crisis


Brilliant Thoughts – Does it have legs? Ashleigh runs with the idea. The Optimist Daily – A nonprofit is helping rebuild Belize’s coral reefs and the redwoods adapt their leaf growth to the environment


Classifieds – Our own “Craigslist” of classified ads, in which sellers offer everything from summer rentals to estate sales


The Giving List – Santa Barbara RiteCare provides essential communication skills to children with interactive camps and outreach


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Village Beat

MPC Considers Highway 101 Project

A rendering showing the Highway 101 widening project through Montecito

by Kelly Mahan Herrick


he Montecito Planning Commission had its first opportunity to look at the freeway widening project through Montecito last week, with a conceptual hearing held last Wednesday. The project had previously been seen by Montecito Board of Architectural Review in September, February, and March. Project planner Chris Schmuckal gave Commissioners a background on the regional transportation project, which is being led by Caltrans and Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG). The Montecito segment of the project (called 4D) includes widening 1.4 miles of both directions of the freeway, from just before the Romero Creek bridge to Olive Mill Road; earlier segments include seven miles from Bailard Avenue to the Carpinteria city limit, Carpinteria to Padaro Lane, and Padaro Lane to Sheffield interchange, all of which is currently in progress. The project will add a third, part time High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane that will be in effect on weekdays from 6 am to 9 am, and 3 pm to 6 pm. During those peak times, cars utilizing the HOV lane must have two or more persons per vehicle. In addition, the project includes replacing the existing roadway pavement with 40-year concrete pavement; removal of 158 oak trees (to be replaced at a 3:1 or 2:1 ratio) and 20 other native trees (to be replaced at a 1:1 ratio); installation of median barriers, guardrails, fencing, retaining walls, and new landscaping; and replacement of the bridges over Romero Creek, San Ysidro Creek, and Oak Creek. The widening project is being designed with the most recent standards and safety upgrades, according to the planners. SBCAG’s Fred Luna said the planning for the freeway widening began many years ago, with increased traffic causing 7.5 hours of delay in 2022, expected to increase to 11 hours per day in 2040. This is in addition to increased air pollution, increased traffic diverting off freeway onto local roads, and a decreased quality of life for communities between major commuter areas including Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Ventura. The project is being funded through federal, state, and local funds, including a significant portion through Measure A funds. Project rep Kirsten Ayars said that the aesthetics of the much-discussed project were designed with a semi-rural feel, using drought tolerant landscaping and visual improvements, and that the project has undergone an extensive community process. Intents of the project include freeing up local lanes for local traffic, updating 1950sera connections between Montecito and 101, and staying within existing right-ofways. Two parallel projects in the segment – a roundabout at Olive Mill Road and Coast Village Road, and a roundabout at San Ysidro and North Jameson – aim to enhance local roads, helping pedestrian, bike, and vehicle access. “This enables local roads to function in the way they were intended to function,” Schmuckal said. Most areas of the freeway project include widening into the median instead of the outside lanes, which makes building in the existing right-of-way possible, rather than condemning nearby properties to accommodate the increased footprint of the freeway. Much of the current existing median plantings are to be removed to accommodate the new lane, with shrubbery, vines, and trees focused on the perimeter of the freeway for screening purposes. One neighbor said he would prefer that his property be condemned for eminent domain, giving more space for the freeway and allowing an open-space buffer to the rest of the community.

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Village Beat (Continued from 5) Earlier this year, in a controversial move, planners removed the proposed sound walls on the project, which was a large point of discussion by the Commission. The reason for the removal was an increase in water rise that could occur during a flooding event; the flood risk was analyzed using Recovery Mapping that was adopted by the County in response to the 1/9 Debris Flow. Several members of the public commented on the sound walls at last week’s hearing, lamenting the fact that the removal of the sound walls negatively affects their nearby properties. According to Ayars, the team studied alternate wall types and configurations, such as walls with flood gates, staggered walls with openings, shorter walls, and other alternatives that might alleviate this problem. Unfortunately, the options resulted in a rise in flood waters during hydraulic modeling, did not meet freeway safety requirements, and/or would not meet the federal sound wall requirements. Portions of the median barrier have also had to be altered to include a metal beam guardrail instead of a concrete barrier as originally planned. In place of the sound walls, a black coated chain link fencing planted with vines and landscaping is proposed. Eleven homeowners directly impacted by the increase in noise by the freeway will be given access to funding for private property improvements, which can include window replacement and landscaping to buffer the sound. Sound walls on private property will not be allowed. A discussion ensued related to the flooding data utilized to justify the removal of the sound walls, with several commissioners saying there is a larger issue at play: the insufficient size of the culverts under the freeway. Increasing the size of those culverts is not currently part of the freeway widening project, but is expected to be addressed in with a project well into the future, according to Flood Control reps. “I don’t understand that we can’t own the fact that we’re not improving the flood control in this conversation,” said MPC chair Ron Pulice. Commissioners asked Planning & Development Director Lisa Plowman to organize another meeting to conceptually consider the project, asking for additional studies related to the flood data. Commissioner Marshall Miller also asked about the possibility of adding sound walls down the road, once the culvert expansion project is complete. The meeting was continued to a special hearing on Thursday, June 16, from 9 am to 1 pm, to continue the conversation. It’s expected that there will be another meeting following the June hearing, to formalize comments to be shared with the County Planning Commission, which will then consider the project. For more information, visit

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Yuri Calderon, Michael Marino, Dr. Amy Alzina, Jennifer Miller, Gabrielle Haas, Trevor Pattison, and Eric Schiller at Cold Spring School’s groundbreaking celebration

Last week the Cold Spring School District celebrated its building project with an enthusiastic groundbreaking ceremony. “It brings me great joy to see the hard work and dedication from the past and current Board and Administration finally come to fruition. It has taken the District sixteen years to get to this point,” said superintendent Dr. Amy Alzina, adding that a facilities strategic plan was created in 2006. Dr. Alzina opened the groundbreaking ceremony with an all-school assembly open to parents and to the public. She thanked the current school board members, president Michael Marino, vice president Jennifer Miller, board clerk Eric Schiller, and board members Trevor Pattison and Gabrielle Hass for their support. She also thanked Parent Club President Zoe Copus, Foundation president Holly Kane, and the Building Bright Futures Chair Melissa McCann, for their leadership and fundraising efforts for the building. The project will be built in two phases, beginning with two classrooms in Phase 1 followed by a third classroom and administration/office area in Phase 2. The new, minimalistic classrooms will be built next to the two portable classrooms near the entrance to the school; the new building will not replace the portables, yet. The Phase 1 classrooms will be utilized by STEAM and Art classes, so the traditional, expansive build-out for a full-time classroom will not be necessary. The rooms will feel industrial, similar to a garage or workshop. The project also includes a much-needed boys and girls bathroom that will be available to the community on weekends. Phase 2 of the project will include one additional classroom, plus administrative offices, becoming the entrance to campus as desired in the school’s master plan. This will allow the library to expand into the current office space. The second phase of the project will be built where the portable classrooms are currently; it’s likely the second phase will require a bond measure. Phase 1 of the project is estimated to cost $1.6M, paid in part by reserves and fundraising. The Cold Spring School Chorus sang a few songs before the District’s Facilities Task Force members were thanked. Yuri Calderon, the Chief Business Officer, introduced the architectural firm 19six Architects and architect Rachel Strange, a Cold Spring Alumni. 19six is also the same architectural firm that designed the original 1927 Cold Spring School buildings. Justin Boe, the project supervisor, assisted board president Marino and his kindergarten son, Benji Marino, with the first dig using an excavator. Board vice president Miller and Jake Miller, third grade student, were the next to break ground. For more information, visit


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Less than six months after opening in Coast Village Walk on Coast Village Road, Montecito’s first “meatless” market will close its doors on June 3, according to owners. The concept was the brainchild of Tim Morton-Smith and his wife, Kamren, who found themselves buying plant-based items mostly online instead of in local stores; the goal of opening the market was to help other vegan and plant-based enthusiasts have a local place to get everything they need to live a meatless lifestyle. The market is co-owned with Sam and Lauren Benon. The shop, which is having a closing sale, offers a variety of products, from frozen and refrigerated options, to snacks, cereal, pantry staples, dressings, pastas, and plant-based beauty and wellness products. PLNT PWRD MRKT is located at 1046 PLNT PWRD MRKT on Coast Village Road will close on June 3 Coast Village Road Unit G.

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Montecito Miscellany A Lotusland Tome

Caroline Thompson, Lisa Romerein, Lesley Cunningham, Jane Seymour, and Anne Towbes (photo by Priscilla)

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Walk through a beautiful garden while nearly 1,000 live butterflies flutter freely around you. The exhibit features a dazzling variety of butterflies, from local favorites to exotic tropical species. Learn about the life cycle and behavior of these spectacular invertebrates while observing them up close.

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otusland, the 37-acre botanical paradise founded by opera singer Ganna Walska, was doing everything by the book when it launched a 288-page coffee table tome titled Lotusland: Eccentric Garden Paradise with a lavish lunch bash for 280 guests at the weekend. The Rizzoli publication, beautifully photographed by Lisa Romerein, is intended to share the beauty of the unique property with as many devotees as possible, given county permits limit the number of visitors to just 15,000 people annually. Architect Marc Appleton put together a book committee with current trustee Dorothy H. Gardner and former trustee Suzanne Mathews and Alex Morse, raising independent funds from subscribers to launch the long-delayed project. Many others including curator Paul Mills, historian Rose Thomas, Corey Welles, Jeff Chemnick, founding trustees Arthur Gaudi, Mike Turner, Eric Nagelmann – who designed the cactus garden – and Ganna Walska’s late niece, Hania Tallmadge, joined in the team effort. Executive Director Rebecca Anderson

Alison Nelson, Lynn Kirst, and Cindi Weinert with seated Ally Perlman and Declan Griffin (photo by Priscilla)

described the effort as “volunteer-driven,” focusing on “the garden present and its future.” The fun fête, co-chaired by Anne Towbes and English actress Jane Seymour, a former Montecito resident, was launched by trustee Caroline Thompson with musical accompaniment from a tony triumvirate from the

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Cox in Your Mailbox

(continued from cover) This began in Our incredible Sharon Byrne, Executive January when we received a letter from San Diego, looking like junk mail, which was generically addressed to “Neighbor.” It informed us that Cox would be working “in your neighborhood” installing the mandated backup generators for access to 911 during emergency power outages. What they neglected to mention in the letter was that the generator would involve a 21-foot trench, much of which – it turned out – would be on our property. It was going to be located next to our front gate entrance, where men were soon staking red flags, spray painting the street and shoulder, and trampling our planting. Our landscaping, which protects us from the road, was tagged to be torn out, and a seven-foot cement pad poured in preparation for the large, noisy, and noxious generator. The local Cox person we were referred to was unhelpful and said she could not give us the name of their lawyer, forcing us to immediately hire our own attorney. He contacted Cox’s legal representative in Atlanta asking that work be stopped until the location could be verified as not being on private property. He also asked to see the permit. Meanwhile, Cox stonewalled and prepared to go full speed ahead. At the 11th hour, work was suspended while they conducted a new survey. It was determined that, yes, the generator would be completely on private property. Cox had received the permit to install a generator by giving the county bad information. Cox had just presumed the property line was our fence, and that the entire swath in front of our home was in the Right-of-Way – there for the taking. This was not the case. The accurate Right-of-Way was not 73 feet as Cox had put on the plans provided to the county, but only 40 feet. The plans also did not indicate our trees – old Monterey pines and oaks. In addition, there was no specific contact by Cox prior to obtaining the permit, as required. Cox finally agreed to meet onsite so we could show them the actual property line. They were sending a “market leader.”

Director of the Montecito Association, volunteered her time to show up at our house. Just as she arrived, we received word that Cox had cancelled the meeting. To date, Cox has gone silent, and the matter remains unresolved. We understand the PUC has mandated that telecommunications providers like Cox must provide 72 hours of backup power to equipment located within high fire risk areas. But what has resulted is corporate bullying. Cox had no idea where our property line was and didn’t care. Instead of working with the community and cooperating, they dared us to challenge them. It’s outrageous that we were forced to engage an attorney to protect our property rights, property value, and privacy. And to hire an engineering firm to prove Cox was incompetent. We could have told them that for free. So, beware of a letter marked “Neighbor” if it lands in your mailbox. Cox Communications could be coming for you. Chris and Dori Carter Chris and Dori Carter are two longtime residents of Montecito

Joyce Enright Service Announcement Joyce Enright’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 25 at El Montecito Presbyterian Church from 2 to 4 pm. Donations in Joyce’s honor can be sent to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission and El Montecito Presbyterian Church. Please contact Lauren Enright at (805) 252-9031 with any questions.

Citizens for the Restoration of Community Equity Dear Honorable Leaders – Santa Barbara Mayor and City Council, Your action as our mayor and council leaders is needed! The Public Realm belongs to the community – for all to use and to enjoy as is agreed through consensus and a formal, transparent, inclusive democratic process. When emergencies happen, temporary measures are nec-

essary, and Santa Barbara did instigate temporary measures when the COVID19 Global Pandemic came in 2020. Two years is a long time to be temporary. Some businesses have benefitted and done very well, others have seen revenues decline, and bikes took over State Street. The Mayor and Council now need to work in concert with each other and the City Administrator to provide the leadership necessary to take immediate ‘emergency’ measures and help our struggling small businesses by restoring equity / fairness and refocusing on our city’s culture and beauty. Many cities have made this step and have realized the benefits. Now is that pivotal time for Santa Barbara. There are so many ideas from our community about how State Street and the public areas should be used. This underscores the reason we need to let the many ideas be hashed out as part of the Master Plan. Everyone has an opinion. Let the Master Plan process help us – as a community – to figure out what Santa Barbara will ultimately decide to do. In the meantime, and right now, let’s get back to what we know has worked for the majority and implement the following: 1. Make permits available rapidly over the counter for outdoor dining on the public sidewalk leased to the business by the city with the following suggested requirements: – An over-the-counter permit for outdoor dining on public sidewalks requires the applicant to prepare and submit a complete application for approval including a proposed plan layout based upon the area allowed, and specifications for all components proposed for use within the allowed area. – All applications that are within the El Pueblo Viejo District (EPV) must meet EPV Guidelines. – The city has the information regarding the area allowed for lease compiled and readily available for each property location. – The area allowed will not intrude into the area required for pedestrians on the sidewalk. – The allowed area shall be contiguous to the business and shall not exceed the width of the business’ storefront. – The rent is based upon a per-squarefoot basis. – A deposit and first and last month’s rent

is due at the time permit is issued. – Monthly rent is due on the first of each month. – Components shall include: A. Easily removable black metal posts and rails to contain the space. B. Outdoor patio chairs and ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant tables. C. White string lights are allowed low in plants in planters or on black perimeter posts and rails. Overhead lighting is not allowed. City has installed overhead ‘Tivoli’ style string lighting at intersections and is in the process of adding more parallel to the street. D. Market style umbrellas are allowed in approved designated colors. E. Potted plants and clay terracotta pots are allowed, other planter types may be

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Drought Compels Changes for Well Permits by Sharon Byrne


hings are heating up on the drought front in California. In July 2021, Governor Newsom issued a drought emergency and asked for voluntary water use reductions of 15%. It didn’t happen. At the end of March 2022, Newsom issued an executive order calling on local water agencies to escalate their response to the ongoing drought. Currently, local water agencies have implemented restrictions on about half of California’s population. By this Thursday, the State Water Resources Board could vote on regulations to require every urban area of California be covered by a local plan to reduce water use. In the Governor’s executive order, it states that groundwater use accounts for 41% of the state’s total water supply on an average annual basis but as much as 58% percent in a critically dry year, and as much as 85% of public water systems rely on groundwater as their primary supply. Those basins take a long time to recharge using only rainfall. Here are the precipitation levels in our county: May 25 is also the date the agency is set to issue a statewide ban on watering of “non-functional turf,” meaning decorative lawns and grass that is not otherwise used for human recreational

purposes. The Governor’s order states the Water Board “should ban irrigation of non-functional turf in the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors except as required to preserve the health of trees and other perennial non-turf plantings.” Save the trees, forget the grass. Officepark lawns, road medians, and residential lawns are nonfunctional turf. We could see a watering ban on these statewide. Nevada made a similar move last year, requiring removal of all nonfunctional turf from the Las Vegas Valley by 2027. Lake Mead has shrunk to 30% of its normal capacity. Dramatic moves are now required. The Governor’s order triggered a big change in the way counties handle new well permitting. The County issues the well permits, but the Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) manage the groundwater basins. The Governor vaulted the GSAs’ role with his order, now requiring their signoff that the proposed well is consistent with their Groundwater Services Plan for any new wells in their basin. The county cannot overrule the GSA’s findings if they’re consistent with the GSA’s sustainability plan. The county also can’t issue permits for new wells or alterations of existing wells

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MAT Display

Media Arts & Tech Grad Shows on Display May 27 & June 2

Mert Toka with his 3D Clay printing research equipment and demo at the MAT lab (photo Joanne A Calitri)

Artists and innovators Alan Macy, Clay Bodine, and Joanna Burd speak with Assistant Professor Jennifer Jacobs (photo Joanne A Calitri)

by Joanne A Calitri and Zach Rosen


ancing lights, clay formations, and wiggling dresses – just some of the many wonders being worked on at UCSB’s Media Arts & Technology Program (MAT). Attention techies x media artists (and just anyone curious): It is time for the annual MAT Grad shows

featuring the latest inventions from their hardworking graduate students. We recently attended the Open Labs Research Day event to give you a bird’s eye view of what’s happening at their two End of the Year Shows happening this Friday, May 27, from 6 pm to 9 pm at Elings Hall and on Thursday, June 2, at SBCAST. The department has eight research labs: Electronic music and sound

design, Interactive art, Visualization, Transarchitectures, Multimedia signal processing, Human-computer interaction, Multimedia systems and Robotics, and then the AlloSphere. Now if some of those descriptors seem alien to you, it’s all more the reason to come see their work firsthand, where those doing the creating are on site to explain. For those new to the MAT, you are in for a ride into what we like to call the now-future. While some areas seem virtually here already, others are roadmaps to inventions and research. As we entered, we were met by MAT Chair and awarded Professor Marko Peljhan, a native of Slovenia. No stranger to technology, he is the Co-Director

of the University of California system-wide Institute for Research in the Arts since 2009, where he is coordinating the art-science integrative methodologies initiative. He also directs the MAT Systemics Lab in Elings Hall, and with Matthew Biederman coordinates the Arctic Perspective Initiative, an art-science-tactical media project focused on the global significance of the Arctic geopolitical, natural, and cultural spheres. As we explored, Nefeli Manoudaki, who is working on an aromatic VR experience at SBCAST with other students, guided us through the intricate spaces to meet students and see their work. Our

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Seen Around Town Teddy Bear Picnic

Teddy Bear Picnic for TBCF

by Lynda Millner


eddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) supports the whole family from initial cancer diagnosis, through treatment, and into recovery. “We are a community of dedicated staff, volunteers, and donors who all believe in the same principle: that no family should ever be alone in the fight against cancer. With generous community support, we helped 909 individuals living in the TriCounty Region in 2021,” says the staff of TBCF. The pandemic took away options for their fundraiser and turned it into a Teddy Bear Picnic for families outdoors on the green of the Montecito Club. Two live “teddy bears” greeted me as I entered the grounds and games were in progress: A lively cornhole tournament for kids and another for parents, bocce, oversized Connect Four and Jenga, a sledding hill, and sack races. Don’t forget face painting, tarot card readings, and music by Josh Jenkins. Both last year’s and this year’s picnics were so successful TBCF will now have it as one of their fundraisers every year. A buffet lunch was served with soft drinks or wine in between games. Co-chairs of the fun fête were Maria Wilson and Sofie Langhorne who also sit on the board and are event sponsors.

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The Locals Helping Ukraine by Zach Rosen


hile Ukraine can seem very far away and hard to help from here, these are some stories of local organizations and people that are helping Ukrainians both close by and afar.

ShelterBox USA For years ShelterBox USA has been helping communities in crisis around the world, even being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in both 2019 and 2018. I recently spoke with ShelterBox USA President Kerri Murray on the phone about their work in Ukraine and visited their offices that have been donated to them nearby on the QAD campus. “Just generally, when you look at what what’s been happening within Ukraine, you see this massive displacement of people,” says Murray. At the time of the interview last week, the displaced citizens of Ukraine are a momentous humanitarian crisis with the numbers only growing. “Right now, it’s over eight million people that have been displaced internally within Ukraine and it’s approaching six million people that have been displaced externally, who are now refugees in the neighboring countries,” she stated. With a population just above 44 million, this represents a significant part of its citizens. Normally ShelterBox focuses on natural disasters and “long, protracted conflict situations” in places like Syria and Yemen. As Murray mentions, “At ShelterBox, we focus on the provision of emergency shelter and essential supplies, basically to help keep you alive and sustain your life when you’ve been displaced by a crisis.” ShelterBox is “always boots on the ground” and they mobilized as soon as the fighting started on February 24. The organization initially sent teams into Poland where Murray was part of the first team there. In normal situations, they will do an extended assessment of needs but wanted to send support quickly and have since begun large distribution of supplies. As with any situation they approach, the program and supplies sent are customized to fit what is needed most in an area. In Ukraine, their assessment has resulted in three main programs that respond to the needs of Ukrainians. The first is the distribution of thousands of mattresses to evacuation and collective centers like churches and schools – anywhere people are sheltering. This is helping citizens fleeing Eastern and Northern Ukraine to Lviv in Western Ukraine. Their second program is focused on eastern and central Ukraine in places like Kiev. Here they are helping supply shelter kits containing tools, tarps, and other materials to help temporary shelter in place, along with basic supplies like solar lights, thermal blankets, hygiene kits, and water containers. In addition to that, ShelterBox wanted to do something to help refugees that are fleeing to other countries. Their focus is on Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe with an “average wage of $6,000 a year.” Displaced refugees have been fleeing in and now make over 20% of their 2.6 million population. Although Murray mentions that they have been excellent hosts, sharing what they have and taking people into their home, often on a prolonged basis. Since this country is being greatly affected by the Ukrainian crisis, ShelterBox have been distributing hygiene kits and other basics. They have also established a multipurpose cash assistance, a small stipend to help with food, prescriptions, health care needs, and other essentials. At their offices, I walked around stacks of supplies, looking at the different items

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they contain. As part of the UN Cluster System, focusing on shelter, they partner with other organizations to arrange distribution and establish systems. Everything from the tents and supply kits are also done with partners and go through reiterations to perfect their design. Other locals and organizations have stepped up to show their support with Yardi donating $100,000 early on in their response to Ukraine. ShelterBox may be boots on the ground but helping Ukraine is a true collaborative effort. Visit for more information and to help.

Dunn School When the Ukrainian crisis began, it wasn’t the initial intention of Dunn School to begin helping Ukrainian students as a whole. Immediately, they just wanted to help the one Ukrainian student they currently had, who no longer had the means to support themselves, and whose family had to leave Ukraine with the father fighting in the war. They had already proportioned the financial aid for the next year, so they wanted to raise the funds. They were able to successfully raise the funds and the student’s mom was somewhat of a celebrity figure in Ukraine. She wanted to speak about the situation and when the press hit, other Ukrainian students began to contact them. Dunn is a school with limited space, but they wanted to help and began an application process to narrow down possible students. Through their search, they focused on two brothers and another young boy. When they spoke with the young boy over a shaky Zoom call in his grandmother’s cellar with bombs viscerally going off in the background, they asked him a standard

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question: “What would you do with your education?” His answer floored everyone and became the inspiring words Dunn Head of School Kalyan Balaven quoted when he stood up during Dunn’s annual gala to give an impassioned speech about these students they want to help. The boy’s response: “I want to come to the United States to learn the skills I need to come back and rebuild the Ukraine I remember.” Balaven’s speech motivated the crowd and they successfully funded all four students. However, after this they received a fifth application from a student that would have been one of their first choices of any application from any country – a straight ‘A’ student, speaks four languages, multi-talented, and wants to be an actress. She’s in Turkey now and they are currently working to raise the $70,000 to fund her year at Dunn. They have since raised over $10,000 and are looking to raise the rest for her visa fees, tuition, travel, and other expenses. With so many Ukrainians in need, it may not seem that impactful to help just one, but they may be the one that goes back and helps rebuild. Any excess funds will go towards other applicants as they have a line of students they would like to help. Visit or call (805) 686-0627 to make a donation.

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A Ukrainian fundraising event, Unite in Solidarity with Ukraine, was held on May 24 at the University Club. It was organized by Cindy Feinberg and Monica Lenches, who were inspired by the images of women and seniors picking up arms in Ukraine. Lenches just wept when she first saw what was happening and was brought back to her parents’ Hungarian roots and their similar fleeing of the Soviets. Both Feinberg and Lenches had a background in organizing events and wanted to do something quickly, forming the United Women for Ukraine – a self-described “ad-hoc collective of women and women-led businesses, organizations, and friends.” Their goal was to raise $50,000 between ticket sales, fundraising at the event, and donations through the site, with the group raising $10,000 before the event even occurred. Unite in Solidarity was a cross-cultural event with a Ukrainian art show and performance by local Ukrainian pianist Miroslava Kisilevitch. They had the event underwritten so that almost every dollar (93%) donated would go to Direct Relief for their Ukrainian efforts. The online donation link will be open for a week or two following the event. Visit for more information or to make a donation.

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f health is wealth, why isn’t everyone rushing to work out? Or making time every day to meditate? Addi Zerrenner, Personal Trainer at Physical Focus and Olympic qualifier, addresses common barriers to getting healthy and talks through techniques you can use to boost your physical and mental wealth. Q. When it comes to getting fit, many people struggle with motivation. In your opinion, how can people stay motivated to reach their physical and mental health goals? A. I recommend you come up with your “why.” Why are you trying to live a healthy lifestyle? Why are you trying to make positive changes? Knowing your “why” can help you when your motivation is low. Try to have your “why” be something of deep significance such as, “I want to be a happy and healthy mother for my kids,” rather than just, “I

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want to lose weight.” Having a deep and significant “why” behind your goals will help you stay on track longer when things get tough. What’s a good strategy people can use to reach their health goals? Start small. Far too often, I see people ready to make lifestyle changes but change way too many things too quickly.

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For example, start out by trying to get thirty minutes of movement in a day. You can divide those minutes up in any way that makes them doable for you. If you’re a busy mom, ask your children to go on a ten-minute walk around the block with you before school. Go for another ten-minute walk during your lunch break. Finally, get in one more ten-minute walk after dinner. In what ways does physical activity lead to better mental health? There have been many days where my mental health can feel debilitating and can cause me to feel like I don’t want to do anything. Mental health isn’t linear or rational, and I don’t want to pretend to have all the answers, nor do I want to convey the message of “exercise will cure your mental health challenges.” Rather, I want to spread awareness of mental health struggles and the message that, “it is okay not to be okay.” Having navigated these struggles for a while now, I know that the first thing I need to do in the morning is get some type of movement in, and, for me, that is usually in the form of running. After my run (and a good cup of coffee) my mind feels a bit more clear and like I can more easily deal with any daily struggles that come up. Having physical activity in my life also helps me stick to a routine and provides structure to my day, which really helps my personal mental health. What’s a tool people can use when they feel anxious or overwhelmed about their health and fitness goals? Self-talk is one of the most powerful tools that humans possess. That self-talk can be utilized in either a negative or positive way and if negative, can be very self-destructive. The best advice I have for people that are engaging in negative self-talk and telling themselves things like “I’m too out of shape to make a positive change,” would be to pause each time you have a negative thought like that and ask yourself, “How is this thought benefit-

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ting me?” When I’m feeling some anxiety about a race or a workout, I ask myself, “What is the worst-case scenario?” Also, “What is true if I don’t succeed at this?” Even if I have a bad workout, it’s true that I’m still a good friend. Answering these questions takes away the power of the thing I’m afraid of. What can people who are stuck do to get unstuck? Is there anything you think they should know? Try and find a network of people you can lean on for support. It’s very easy to feel alone when you are struggling with your mental health and/or trying to make big lifestyle changes, so finding people that can help you stay on track is key. I would also encourage people to give themselves grace. I see so many people start making healthy changes and then get discouraged when they aren’t seeing immediate results. I encourage people to celebrate their small victories because, although they feel small, they are the daily habits that will lead to your big changes. Many people feel too embarrassed, anxious, tired, or time-limited to exercise. Some believe that mindfulness just isn’t their thing. But everyone has the ability to make gains (even small wins count!) in their physical and mental wellbeing. Really, this is the most important kind of wealth. Without it, people can’t fully show up for themselves, their fami lies, or their communities.

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Have Medical Abortions Contributed to the Acceptance of Abortions in the First Trimester?

Is There an Opportunity for a Compromise on Abortion? by Bob Hazard


n illegally leaked draft opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito suggests that a court majority could invalidate Roe v. Wade. Impassioned women (and men) have hit the streets with protest signs that read: My Body, My Choice; Keep Abortion Safe and Legal, Abortion on Demand Without Apology; Banning Abortions is Racist; Protect Women, Not Fetuses; Overturning Roe v. Wade is Violence. Full disclosure, I am an aging four-score and seven, male conservative, who believes strongly in a woman’s right to choose — but with reasonable restrictions. Furthermore, I think there is wisdom in women who assert, “Men should have no say in a woman’s reproductive choices,” the so-called “No Uterus... No Opinion” position.

U.S. Attitudes Toward Abortion: How Wide is the Divide on Abortion? In 2021, 59% of U.S. adults felt that abortions should be legal in all or most cases, according to a Pew research poll. A majority of adults believe that a woman’s right to choose should be her right, and only her right. They contend that pro-lifers need to stop trying to control what goes on in women’s lives and wombs. If you don’t like abortion, encourage your female family members not to get one. Or don’t get one yourself. But stop telling others what is best for them. It’s a private decision. At the same time, the Associated Press found that 66% of U.S. pro-choice adults oppose abortions after 22-24 weeks, the time at which the life of the child is generally viable outside the womb.

How Common Are Abortions in the United States? The CDC reports that there were 3,853,472 births recorded in the US in 2017. Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, claims 862,320 abortions took place in the United States in 2017, the latest year for statistics, down from a peak of 1.6 million abortions reported for the U.S. in 1990. In 2017, roughly 19% of U.S. pregnancies ended in abortion. CDC claims that 90% of U.S. abortions are performed during the first trimester. Guttmacher reports that 9% of abortions occur in the second trimester, while only 1% of all abortions in the United States were delayed until the third trimester. Support for abortion drops significantly as pregnancy advances: 61% of adults believe abortion should be legal during the first trimester, dropping to only 34% in the second trimester, and plunging to 19% in the third trimester. An Associated Press/NORC poll in June 2021 found that 87% of U.S. voters support abortion when the woman’s life is in danger, 84% support abortion in the case of rape or incest, and 74% support abortion if the child would be born with extreme physical abnormalities.

Who Has Abortions in the U.S.? According to CDC, unmarried women account for 86% of all abortions. Women aged 14–19 years account for 9%; women aged 20-24 account for 28%; women aged 25-29 account for 29%; women over 30 account for 35% of abortions. Women who had not aborted in the past accounted for 58% of all abortions; women with one or two prior abortions accounted for 34%, and women with three or more prior abortions accounted for 8%.

Where Can Women Get Abortions in the United States? In the greater Santa Barbara community neither Cottage Hospital, nor Sansum Clinic, nor most gynecologists perform abortions, except in rare instances when the life of the mother is at risk. Nearly all abortions are referred to the Planned Parenthood offices of California Central Coast. There is only one abortion clinic in the City of Santa Barbara — Planned Parenthood at 518 Garden Street, which administers the abortion pill for up to 10 weeks and in-clinic surgical abortions for up to 16 weeks. If a woman’s pregnancy has passed the 16-week mark, Planned Parenthood will help connect the mother to one of the few late-term abortion clinics in the U.S. In California, nurse midwives and other non-physician medical professionals with the proper training are allowed to perform abortions. California does not require minors to obtain parental consent to receive an abortion, but that right is based on case law and not on any statute.

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The introduction of the abortion pill has softened attitudes toward abortion in the first trimester. Pregnancy requires the presence of a hormone called progesterone for the fetus to develop normally. Taking a pill called mifepristone stops the woman’s production of progesterone. Taking a 2nd pill called misoprostol within the next 48 hours causes cramping and bleeding, which will empty a woman’s uterus. Because medical abortions can be done at home under proper medical direction, many women feel it’s more natural and less invasive than in-clinic surgical procedures. In the U.S., 44% of reported abortions are Medical Abortions while 56% were surgical abortions. The availability of the abortion pill by mail from worldwide pharmacies and medical clinics without a prescription makes it nearly impossible to track abortions in the first trimester.

How Does the Rest of the World Solve the Abortion Question? The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that allows abortions through all nine months of pregnancy, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute. The other countries are China, North Korea, Vietnam, Canada, the Netherlands, and Singapore. Roe v. Wade contained a 26-week cutoff for abortions, but exceptions for the mother’s “mental distress” allows abortions until childbirth. 72 countries allow for abortion subject to gestational time limits – the most common being the end of the first trimester, or 12 weeks. There are 24 countries in the world where abortion is completely prohibited. These include Andorra and Malta in Europe; El Salvador and Honduras in Central America; Senegal, Madagascar, and Egypt in Africa; and the Philippines and Laos in Asia. Another 50 countries permit abortions only when the woman’s health is at risk including Poland, Libya, Iran, Indonesia, Venezuela, and Nigeria.

Can We Learn Anything from How the Swiss Handle Abortions? When assessing the possibility of compromise, it may be useful to look beyond our own borders to find successful solutions. In Switzerland, for example, abortions are treated as a medical procedure, not a political decision, and are covered under the country’s basic medical insurance plan. Abortion on demand is available during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. After that, abortions are available to protect the health or safety of the woman, for medical emergencies, fetal abnormalities, and rape and incest. 95% of abortions in Switzerland take place during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. In 2018, only 528 abortions (5%) out of a total of 10,457 abortions were carried out after week 12. Every abortion must be reported to the Public Health Authorities for statistical purposes. Under the Swiss Penal Code, an abortion must be performed by a physician, following an in-depth discussion of alternatives with the woman. Any woman under the age of 16 must have an obligatory consultation with a specialist youth counsellor before she can terminate her pregnancy. Swiss law does not require parental consent for minors. The popularity of the Swiss system was confirmed in January 2022, when a referendum to make abortions in the first trimester illegal was defeated by nearly 90% of Swiss voters.

Bottom Line on Abortion If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion would not be banned nationwide. Instead, each state and its voters would make their own choice. The alternative is for elected politicians from both red and blue states to do their job, come together, and craft a new federal national abortion law acceptable to a plurality on both sides of the aisle. A new federal abortion law would require bi-partisan compromise; that is the genius of representative democracy. Extremes like abortions, anytime, everywhere (Extreme Left); or abortions at no time, nowhere (Extreme Right), would be eliminated in a federal compromise.

Why Does the Swiss Plan Make Sense? Personally, I favor a new U.S. federal law modeled after the Swiss plan where abortion access and reproductive health services for pregnant women are protected and not criminalized. Both the right of the mother to control her own body and the right of the unborn child when it can live outside of the womb are respected. Who can object to an enlightened reproductive rights system that received 90% voter approval in 2022; where 95% of abortions take place in the first 12 weeks; and best of all, where nearly one million pregnant women and girls who seek abortions each year are neither stigmatized, nor turned into criminals?

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Brilliant Thoughts Has it Got Legs? by Ashleigh Brilliant


ere is a riddle for you: What goes ninety-nine CLOP, ninety-nine CLOP, ninety-nine CLOP…? Answer: A centipede with a wooden leg. I don’t want to go into all the biological reasons concerning the numerous varieties of centipedes, showing that, even apart from the wooden leg, this story can’t be true. What I do want to do is introduce the subject of LEGS. Most of us anthropoids are bipedal, i.e. we have two of them, having, at some point on the evolutionary scale, stood up, and begun using our forefeet as hands (yes, I know it’s not quite as simple as that). My title, of course, refers to the journalistic or public-relations idea that a story may or may not have enough human-interest value to be capable of enduring beyond its ephemeral status as news. Anyway, legs have many different kinds of significance in our culture, not only being featured in many of our idioms, e.g. not having a leg to stand on; doing the leg work; getting your sea legs; or pulling somebody’s leg. But there is also their role as an item of sexual attraction. This, of course, applies, at least nowadays, to women’s legs, which, in men’s minds, tend to be rated on a scale of shapeliness. I never knew its origin, but, among my parents’ household possessions, was a nutcracker in the form of a pair of female legs. There could hardly be a more suggestive item than that. But it was not long ago, historically, that the very idea of legs was considered potentially ruinous to susceptible minds. Unfortunately, the story that our Victorian ancestors used to cover their table- and piano-legs with little “skirts,” out of an exaggerated sense of modesty is purely a myth. But it is certainly true that, until the twentieth century, fashions invariably decreed that every visible part of a woman’s legs be at least discreetly covered, if not completely hidden from view. You may know that the garment now known as “bloomers” owes its name to Amelia Bloomer (1818-1894), a leader in the American movement for women’s rights. But the idea that bloomers were a primitive form of what we now call “panties” is grievously mistaken. In fact, although they may have been considered an advance in women’s wear, giving more freedom of movement, the bloomered legs were still completely covered, with not an inch of flesh visible. Things had changed a great deal, however, by the time Cole Porter wrote his 26 May – 2 June 2022

song “Anything Goes,” with its snickering lyric: In olden days, a hint of stocking Was looked on as something shocking Now, heaven knows, Anything goes! Then there was the notorious gangster of about that same era, known as Jack “Legs” Diamond. The nickname is thought to have derived either from his being a good dancer, or from his skill at escaping pursuit. (He was jailed two years for deserting the Army in World War 1.) His violent career ended in 1931 when he was shot by some of his many enemies. And little more than a decade later, in World War II, the legs of actress Betty Grable became so famous, particularly through a widely circulated “pinup” picture (photographed from the rear, incidentally, because at the time she was pregnant) that, as a publicity stunt, her studio insured them for one million dollars. In view of such facts, it seems strange to recall that, in times past, even as far back as Shakespeare’s era, it was men whose legs were rated on their shapeliness. Thus, we find this line in Twelfth Night (Act 2 Scene 3): “I would rather have a shapely leg like the fool’s, and his sweet voice, than forty shillings.” And, while we are in a theatrical setting, let’s not forget that traditional Good Luck message to an actor, to “break a leg!” – a superstition based on some crazy reverse logic that this will make anything bad less likely to happen. But another significant function of our nether appendages is their capacity to bend, sometimes symbolically, in the act of kneeling, which, depending on circumstances, can express reverence, respect, pleading, or surrender. Half-kneeling (or “taking a knee”), instead of standing, for the National Anthem has recently come to be a form of political expression. Having begun this piece with a silly leg joke, I might as well finish up with another one: Have you heard the story of the limping nun? – Hopalong Chastity. 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

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n 2001, Hurricane Iris devastated Belize’s coral reefs and communities who rely on reefs for food, work, and protection from storms and erosion. Now, thanks to a community-driven coral restoration project, the reefs are thriving again. The comeback is part of a decade-long conservation project coordinated by the Belize-based nonprofit Fragments of Hope. They used a process called fragmentation that involves transplanting coral cuttings – the corals’ asexual reproduction lets them proliferate. Fragments of Hope created coral nurseries in Placencia, a village in southern Belize, where coral cuttings could be used to regenerate the reefs that were destroyed by the hurricane. Over 10 years, they used a community-driven system instructing guides, fishers, divers, and snorkelers to nurse the coral back to life. Coral coverage in Placencia grew from six percent to a whopping 60 percent. Fragments of Hope is now working to expand the conservation model to other parts of Belize, which has the world’s second-longest coral barrier reef, extending 190 miles along its coast. This is an ecosystem for hundreds of species of marine life, including endangered corals, jellyfish, and turtles. Many communities also rely on the reef for income and food. The reef contributes about 15 percent to the country’s GDP, employing over 200,000 people in the tourism and fishing industries. The Belize Barrier Reef is under threat from coral bleaching, trawling, oil exploration, and natural disasters. Thanks to projects like Fragments of Hope, however, not everything is lost.

Redwoods grow new leaves to adapt to drought California’s iconic redwoods have started growing special new leaves to deal with drought. Tree leaves absorbing water is nothing new, but according to a new study in the American Journal of Botany, redwood leaves adjust their capacity for water depending on their environment. Redwoods have two kinds of leaf shoots, axial and peripheral. Peripheral shoots are what most of us would identify as leaves, and they’re longer and perform photosynthesis. The axial shoots, though, are smaller and bunched closer to the twigs, and they absorb four times more water than the peripheral shoots. Researchers found that trees in drier locations grow axial leaves higher on the trunk, making them better able to absorb moisture from rain or fog. In wetter climates like Oregon, where drought isn’t as severe as in California, redwoods grow their axial leaves lower on their trunks.

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Santa Barbara RiteCare provides free speech and language therapy

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hen we connected last week, Santa Barbara RiteCare center director and speech-language pathologist Julie DeAngelis was particularly excited to talk about Camp Chit Chat, the nonprofit’s fun and socially interactive camp for preschool-age children with mild-moderate speech and language delays. The program helps children keep up with essential communication skills during the summer when regular therapy services are not offered.

“We ran it for 10 years before COVID caused us to cancel it for the last two summers, so it’s great to be able to offer this wonderful program again,” said DeAngelis, who holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communicative Disorders and has worked at the RiteCare Language Center for 15 years. “We have a different theme each week, including Pirates & Mermaids, Space, and Farmers’ Market. We incorporate speech and language goals centered around that week’s theme, and the kids can dress up for each week’s theme, which is part of what makes it such a fun program.”

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At Camp Chit Chat, each participant is placed in a small group (two to three children) with same-aged peers also working on similar skills such as articulation, language, fluency, and social communication. They engage in gross motor, fine motor, social, cognitive, and early literacy and language activities working on all areas of development for the child, DeAngelis said. But this year the activities have become even more important. “After the pandemic, we’ve noticed that many children are hesitant to talk to their peers,” she said. “They have some social skills delays, and we think it’s because of the lack of exposure from not being able to be in school. These kids already have speech and language disabilities, so communication isn’t their strength, and it makes it extra hard for them in ways that a typical developing child maybe wouldn’t have. And of course all the services that are provided by the school for speech therapy or IEP (Individualized Education Program) obviously end in the summertime. So unless you can afford to hire a private therapist, we’re the only place to get services like that over the summer. So we’re super excited to have our camp again this year.” To top things off, at the end of the summer, the Language Center hosts its own free “Fiesta” at a local park to bring together the staff, children, and families to celebrate all of the hard work they have been doing all summer long and perhaps set up playdates for the kids. But don’t go rushing to the phone or website to enroll your preschooler in the program that starts in June. Applications for this year’s Camp Chit Chat closed a while ago. “It’s very closed,” DeAngelis said, noting the increased demand for the RiteCare ritual led to more hopefuls than the 64 kids they had space for. The good news is that Santa Barbara RiteCare, which has been providing free, high-quality therapy for children in the community facing social, reading, speech, and communication delays since 1984, will be ramping up its efforts again in the fall. DeAngelis and her colleagues are devoted to reaching even more kids who require early intervention to overcome speech disorders, and the nonprofit offers screenings to children ages three to five years old to assess their needs and point them in the right direction. A few times each year, RiteCare staffers

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even head to a local library to conduct outreach, DeAngelis said. “We meet with the toddler group and talk to them about speech and language milestones,” she said. “We can do a quick screening and show parents where they need to go and get help, whether it’s through us or another agency. We want to go to the parents that maybe don’t have resources but also don’t know how to find us or even that we’re here. We’re always looking for ways to help more children.” The Santa Barbara RiteCare, which is one of 170 such centers across the U.S., has also expanded to accommodate other needs that weren’t being fully met elsewhere, DeAngelis said. “We’ve done traditional speech and language therapy, but parents were calling us with other concerns like their child wasn’t reading well or was having social skills difficulties. So we created all of our programs based on the community need, which is pretty unique. There’s no other RiteCare center in California doing all the things that we’re doing.” The elementary school students enrolled in RiteCare’s Brain Lab, for example, might be getting extra support at school, but it’s not sufficient to overcome their issues such as dyslexia, DeAngelis said. “So they come twice a week for an hour and a half intervention and they make really great progress, because it’s one-on-one and it’s very specific to what the child needs,” she said. Between Brain Lab, Camp Chit Chat, and speech and language therapy programs, RiteCare enrolls over 150 children annually, and services are completely free to the children’s families – meaning they rely entirely on donations and grants to provide individual therapy services to those who don’t have the means for private help. “We get calls all the time but we’re a small organization, so there’s a waitlist, because we hate having to turn anyone away,” DeAngelis said. “If we had more funding, we could hire another clinician and we could expand programs.” Santa Barbara RiteCare 16 E. Carrillo Street, 4th Floor (805) 962-8469 Julie DeAngelis, Center Director

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Letters (Continued from 10 10)) approved for the EPV district. Plastic planters are not allowed. F. Heaters as may be approved. G. Signage according to the Municipal Code Sign Ordinance. 2. Remove all ‘parklets’ Require removal of all ‘parklets’ as soon as possible and ideally before the end of May to allow the clean-up and restoration of equity and parity to be completed before the high summer season. The removal date shall not be tied to any permit for outdoor dining that may be under consideration or in process. Removal includes but is not limited to: A. Prefab or custom constructions, B. Platforms, C. Debris under platforms shall be hauled away, and properly disposed of to leave area of sidewalk and street (as applicable) cleaned and hosed off. D. Railings, E. Overhead elements, F. Lighting, G. Heaters, H. Tables, chairs, planters, and plants. Tables, chairs, planters, and plants may possibly be reused for permitted outdoor dining if they meet requirements of #1 above. 3. State and downtown street use and restoration measures A. Eradicate – Paint out green bike graphics on the street. B. Continue bike use on State Street within bike lanes. Restore and refurbish the white lines, where required, to designate bike lanes – down and up State on the sides of street. C. Maintain State Street closed to private autos. Allow center lanes of street to be used exclusively for: C.1 Emergency Vehicles C.2 Delivery Vehicles at specified times of day C.3 Open Air Trolley: The city considers negotiating with private open air trolley services (at no cost or liability to the city) to allow private trolley companies access to operate and provide service up and down State Street from Cabrillo to Sola.

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D. Restore automobile use of Victoria Street. E. Create a fair and equitable environment by treating all blocks the same from the 400 through the 1300 block (Gutierrez Street to Sola Street). We ask the Mayor and Council to act swiftly to make these adjustments in the short term to restore equity and the beauty that is Santa Barbara for all to enjoy and benefit from moving into the summer high season. The separate Master Plan effort will take on the work to consider the many ideas, develop design solutions, and help the community reach a consensus for Santa Barbara’s future. Thank you for taking responsible action that will help to restore our community. Sincerely, Citizens for the Restoration of Community Equity Kevin Boss, Downtown Property & Restaurant Owner Cassandra Ensberg, Citizen Gwynn Boss, Downtown Property & Restaurant Owner Patrick Casey, Downtown Restaurant Owner Bill Collyer, Former Downtown Organization Executive Director Betsy Cramer, Citizen Mary Louise Days Ann & Craig Addis, Funk Zone Business Owners Richard & Sue Ayling, Citizens John Bennett, Downtown Restaurant Owner Kelly Brown, Downtown Restaurant Owner Jacqueline Cacan, SB Native John Davies, Downtown Business Owner Lois Ensberg, Citizen Dale Francisco, former City Council Member Erin Graffy, Citizen Jeff Harding, Property Owner Brian Hofer, Citizen Ivonne Ibarra, Business Owner, Santa Barbara Resident Tom Jacobs, Santa Barbara Business Owner Brian Johnson, Citizen Jim Knell, Downtown Property Owner Barrett Reed, Downtown Property Owner Tara Rizzi, SB Resident EARTHQUAKE RETROFITTING DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION 50 + YEARS EXPERIENCE - LOCAL 35+ YEARS




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A Call for a New Clerk Voters want to know the elections are fair and accurate. The Clerk Recorder Assessor (Clerk) certifies the election making it the most important race on the June 7 Santa Barbara County ballot. The vote of the citizens comprises our voice in choosing who represents us. Candidate Elrawd MacLearn says, without honest elections, we won’t have honest elected officials. Mr. MacLearn’s nine years of experience working at the election polls, a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UCLA, Planning Commissioner at the City of Goleta, and three years working as a County Health Inspector uniquely qualify him as Clerk Recorder Assessor. Restoration of election integrity to the voting process is his top priority. Mr. MacLearn will establish systems to more actively update the voter rolls and to increase the precision of signature verification. Using manual tabulation of paper ballots will eliminate the need for any counting machine that can be hacked. The incumbent Clerk has been in office for 20 years, with only one term having been contested before now. He has yet to recuse himself from certifying any election in which he himself is a candidate. When made aware of voter irregularities in the 2020 election, he refused to conduct an audit. In February 2020, a court decision found against Joe Holland for illegally including two candidates on the ballot for the Santa Ynez Valley Water District, costing the County taxpayers $77,000 in settlement fees. It’s time for change we can trust. Please elect Elrawd MacLearn for County Clerk. Lisa Sloan

A Well-Run Elections Office We can all come up with examples of government bureaucracies failing at the simplest tasks: Ever tried to have a question answered by the IRS? Have you ever tried to make a complaint with the FAA? Ever spent your morning in a three-hour line at the DMV? Of course you have. We have all lived through excruciating examples of government offices that don’t work. But in all my life, I have never seen a government office run as well as the Santa Barbara County Elections office. I work on political campaigns, so I likely have more interaction with this office than most, but we live in an era when elections offices have become a target of the national conversation. Many in our country do not believe in the basic notion that our ballots are being counted correctly. Many also believe that those who run our elections can’t be trusted. But after dealing with them personally for years, I can assure you that they are hyper-competent, incredibly helpful, and downright friendly. I have seen the election workers at our County Elections Office patiently help people who needed a provisional ballot, explained to a first-

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time candidate what is necessary for them to get on the ballot, and witnessed them work tirelessly in the period after election day to ensure that every ballot is counted. A few years ago, I was working for a campaign where the ballot counting was tight. Our campaign asked for volunteers to observe the ballot count. Being a person who never asks someone to do something I’m not willing to do myself, I went down to the County Elections office and asked to observe the count myself. Within 10 minutes, I was downstairs, watching a small army of local election workers counting ballots. The official who was tasked with escorting me through the process painstakingly explained every step and showed me every person who was working on the process. I have worked in politics for nearly two decades, but have not once seen such an incredible physical display of democracy. To those who don’t believe in our elections, or think that they are rigged, fixed, or bought: I challenge you to go down to the County Elections office on June 7 and observe. Chat with the folks running our elections, find out what it takes to count more than tens of thousands of ballots. I think you will be pleasantly surprised, and what’s more, it will likely restore your faith in democracy. Wade Cowper

Proud of Freedom 4 Youth Thank you for the excellent article by Steven Libowitz about Freedom 4 Youth’s (F4Y) work in Santa Barbara. It is always so gratifying to read favorable commentary, particularly when hard work is being recognized. The folks at F4Y work long hours, many of them as volunteers. The Executive Director and Co-founder of F4Y 13 years ago, Dr. Billi Jo Starr, was just this year put on salary for the first time! Their work has reduced the recidivism rates for youth in our county and given an opportunity to so many youths who made mistakes early in life. Most of these kids don’t have the resources and life choices available to many of us and listening to their voices has taught us that giving them a chance now – with support – can make a lifesaving difference. I am particularly proud of how F4Y works with so many different agencies in cooperation, so that limited resources can be used wisely and efficiently. Together, we can “uplift and empower youth to build safe and compassionate communities.” (Freedom 4 Youth’s mission statement.) Best wishes, Susan Washing, Chairperson, Freedom 4 Youth

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As a former Assistant Superintendent, I know firsthand that the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) serves our school districts in critical ways. This includes: examining and approving school district budgets; staff development; designing business and personnel systems; special and vocational education programs for youths at risk of failure; community partnerships; and many special programs like Computers for Families. The $100,000,000 budget is an indication of the wide-ranging role played by the SBCEO and the County Superintendent of Schools. Managing and leading these services takes a proven leader who has expertise in educational administration and management. With decades teaching, serving as principal and assistant superintendent, and a PhD in Educational Leadership, Dr. Susan Salcido is that person. Her background in education, and her experience providing leadership at the school, district, and county levels, gives her the knowledge needed to successfully lead such a complex organization. This position cannot be learned on the job! Dr. Salcido has been and will continue to make sound decisions and provide the leadership we need to continue the high level of services offered by the SBCEO. We need Dr. Salcido’s leadership skills and ability to keep the momentum going in service to our districts, teachers, and students. I urge you to vote for Susan Salcido for County Superintendent of Schools. Carol Johansen, SBCEO Assistant Superintendent

A Bear Grieves Carlos, The Bear, dropped his paws from the computer keyboard, took a deep breath and shook his head, tears streaming down his snout. He was in shock. Having opened the Montecito Association’s Newsletter he found that, Carla Bear, his sister, had been killed in a hit and run accident on Ladera Lane, just off East Valley Road, Highway 192. His immediate thoughts were of her cub. Is it going to survive? What will happen to it? He read further and found that Fish and Wildlife have put up a phone number to call if you spot her cub. So please call Dustin at California Fish and Wildlife at (562) 343-3232 if you see it, so he can come and get it to a rehab center and safety. The spot where Carla was killed on Ladera Lane is well known not only to Carlos, but to all the local coyotes, foxes, mountain lions, and deer of The Cito. Being not far up from East Valley Road, it is a critter thoroughfare that sadly does not have an illuminated critter crosswalk. It is a place where humans often drive much too fast. Carlos shut down his computer, slumped into his reading chair and stared at the ceiling of his den. He hoped Carla’s cub would be OK. He hoped that whoever hit Carla would come forward and tell their story. He hoped that the humans 26 May – 2 June 2022

who drive Montecito’s roads would slow down, especially at night, not just for the animals’ sake, but for theirs too. He hoped to make sense of this tragedy, but he could not. All Carlos could do was cry. Michael Edwards

Grateful for Salcido Since day one of Kindergarten at Adam Elementary in Santa Maria, Susan Salcido has been committed to and focused on education. Her love of learning and later teaching led her to UCSB where she received a master’s degree in education and later a doctorate from USC. Dr. Salcido kicked off her career in education at Dos Pueblos High School as a teacher, from there she served as assistant principal of San Marcos High School and later principal of Santa Barbara Junior High School. In 2006, she accepted the position of Director of Secondary Support Services at SBCEO, advancing to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, then County Education Office’s Deputy Superintendent in 2017. Dr. Salcido’s vision, foresight, and leadership tool bag has and continues to see our school districts through the worst disasters our county has ever endured, beginning with the Thomas Fire to the debris flow to our current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Salcido not once has shied away from the hard things nor has she ever touted easy solutions to complex problems, which are common and cheap soundbites to make when you’re looking to secure an elected position. Public education is the most complicated institution of our public service system and rightly so – being in charge of our children’s education is not easy, will never be easy, and should never be easy. Having

a competent, forward thinking, highly educated, work-with, non-party driven superintendent that can keep all the parts moving while employing the skill set to course-correct and plan for future successes is not a skill most of us possess. I’m forever grateful to Dr. Susan Salcido’s continued and steadfast dedication to our county schools and know, without a doubt, that she’s the best person for this incredibly important, intense, and complicated position. Tina Fanucchi-Frontado

Poor Overall Leadership in D.C. I have sincere respect for those who disagree with me. I continue to believe that Joe Biden is, by far, the worst president who has held that office during my 84-year lifetime. It would take far more than the allowable number of words to detail all of the economic and decision-making blunders he has made in less than two years and how quickly he places blame on others for the multitude of problems he create d. But there is opportunity ahead: This is the United States, the greatest country ever created. We have never been perfect and never will be perfect. However,

unlike Russia, China, and many other countries, we can speak out and we have the opportunity to replace ineffective leaders. We should also continuously honor those who came before us, imperfect as they were, for building a country that people want to enter. Those who want to leave are free to do so. Granted, we should definitely learn to be a bit kinder to, and more understanding of those who disagree with our thoughts and beliefs. Our present leaders in Washington, D.C. in both major political parties set very poor examples for us. My genuine feeling is that we should replace Biden/Harris in 2024. And legislators such as Schumer, Pelosi, McConnell and a few others should be removed at the first opportunity. I especially abhor those politicians who use the word “racist” to describe those who disagree with them. Biden surfaces here: On July 22, 2020 he called Donald Trump “the country’s first racist president.” We’ll survive what I see as a real leadership crisis. I suggest that we use the wonderful rights we have to clean the swamp in Washington, D.C. sooner than later. For those who disagree with me, we are all Americans. I love you all. Sanderson M. Smith, Ed.D.









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Summer Reads

Not for the faint of heart is Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris’s The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I, a fascinating look at Dr. Harold Gillies, a pioneering plastic surgeon who specialized in the field of facial reconstruction to alleviate the suffering of soldiers horrifically wounded during WWI. The depth of Fitzharris’s research is astounding, and she brings great compassion to her subject.

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ime to load up those beach totes as June brings a tidal wave of captivating books.

The Scent of Burnt Flowers by Blitz Bazawule is a mystical, magical read. Set in the 1960s, Bernadette and Melvin, a young Black couple, flee a racially divided America for Ghana where they hope to obtain asylum from Melvin’s old friend and now president of the country. The couple encounter a famous musician named Kwesi and the three form an uneasy triangle as Bernadette’s attraction to the musician grows, leading to a propulsive and explosive conclusion.

in her past. Both are on a collision course with lies and assumed identities playing a deadly game of “Kat” and mouse that ends with you rooting for both women. ary diamond, and an orphaned daughter struggling to make her mark in the world of jewels make this a fun must read. There is a reason Ragnar Jónasson sells millions of books worldwide. His latest, Outside, presents an intriguing scenario: Four friends take shelter in a hunting

In Tara Moss’s The Ghosts of Paris, Billie Walker, a former war reporter hired to find a missing husband, travels to post-WWII London and Paris, setting her on a collision course with an underground network of Nazi criminals. Once again Moss has produced an absorbing page turner.

Former ballerina Toni Bentley’s new book Serenade is not only for ballet and Balanchine lovers, but for lovers of art. It is a peeling apart of what it takes to be a ballerina, and for the ballet master and genius known as Mr. B to his dancers. Bentley spent 10 years and over 50 performances dancing “Serenade” with the New York City Ballet and infuses the history of the dance, which premiered in 1934, with her personal journey as a young dancer. Her language, like the dance, is poetic and she paints a moving picture with every tendu and plié.

Family intrigue, sex, and glamorous locations harken back to the days of a bestselling Jackie Collins’ novel. These are the elements in this summer’s “guilty pleasure.” Jamie Brenner’s Gilt is about a complicated family of jewelers on the scale of a Tiffany & Co. Three sisters pitted against each other, a missing legend-

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FOOD & WINE Mixing It Up

The Magic of Smoke by Ian Wickman


rilling season is officially here, and summer is unofficially kicking off. It’s time to explore one of my favorite flavors to incorporate into summertime cocktails: smoke. The exquisite character of smoke evokes something ancestral in us, the smell of a wood-burning fire or the aroma of delicious food grilling away over a bed of hot coals. I love bringing smoke into a cocktail this time of year, especially with grilled foods. You’ll often find me sitting outside enjoying a sip with friends while the BBQ happily spreads mouthwatering aromas into the air.

The Concept Not all smoke is created equal and there are a variety of different flavors that can be produced – the peaty funk of an Islay Scotch, the roasted agave

of Mezcal, or the wood fire smoke of a smoked simple syrup. Each of these flavors brings different characteristics to the table. Each delicious in its own right, but also handled a little differently when pairing flavors. Depending on how much you enjoy the flavor of smoke, you can vary the depth of that flavor – from just a hint to unleashing the full power of its presence.

The Details Let’s start by exploring a few of the ingredients and techniques at our disposal. Perhaps the most well-known smoky ingredient that comes to mind is Scotch, especially from the Islay region, which often has a deep smoky flavor in the finished spirit. This flavor is produced by taking peat, a partially decaying organic matter, that is harvested, dried, and then used as fuel to smoke the barley that forms the base of Scotch. Along with that pronounced

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The Bitter Smoke balances the bitter-sweet quality of Aperol and grapefruit with wisps of roasted agave

smoky flavor comes the flavor of peat as well, which has a decided funk that I love, but doesn’t necessarily appeal to everyone. Another smoky spirit that is rapidly gaining popularity is mezcal. This spirit, like tequila, is produced from the heart of the agave plant. In tequila production, the core of the agave plant is steamed, whereas with mezcal, it is roasted in stone-lined pits and covered in earth to smolder. This method produces deeply flavorful smoke while also bringing the agave character into the finished product. Almost the way the flavor of a vegetable changes as it is grilled, this same flavor transformation is brought through in mezcal. The final ingredient we will discuss today, one of my favorites to make at home and keep around all summer, is smoked simple syrup. Making your own simple syrups is one of the easiest ways to bring additional flavor to your home cocktails. This is no exception and is created by making a light syrup (3 or 4 parts water to 1 part sugar), then putting it in a shallow, wide dish, like a cake pan, and smoking it on a smoker or grill for several hours. Smoked until the flavor has fully incorporated into the syrup and has reduced to a more normal ratio of water to sugar. Since the flavor is almost exclusively from the smoke, your choice of type of wood greatly influences the outcome. I’m partial to hickory or mesquite but other varieties bring beautiful notes as well. The results from this method are a little more variable. Each batch may take a different amount of time to produce the same flavors and may reduce more or less to create a slightly different level of sugar. This just means you need to

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taste it along the way and when mixing your cocktails to ensure the balance is correct. Now that we have discussed some ingredients, let’s discuss some different methods of using these ingredients to produce the result you want. The simplest is to just substitute your ingredient of choice into a classic cocktail. For example, using Scotch in a Manhattan (actually called a Rob Roy). Try using mezcal instead of tequila in a Paloma or smoked simple syrup in your next Old Fashioned. The results are magical, creating a completely different cocktail with a simple substitution. If these seem perhaps too smoke forward or your friends would prefer something a little lighter, it is easy to split the base spirit. For example, use half tequila and half mezcal in that Paloma or rinse your glass with Scotch in your next Manhattan. The results are still incredible and may appeal to a wider range of palates.

The Cocktail Inspiration Here is a cocktail that I have been making for several years and is a favorite amongst my family and friends. Using mezcal, or a split between mezcal and tequila, gives you a beautiful smoke flavor that can be adjusted for everyone at your table. Given the time of year, it’s only appropriate that it can also be enjoyed outside in the afternoon and sipping away into the evening. Pairing it with Aperol and grapefruit juice for a beautiful color as well as bittersweet balance, this sip gives you delicious notes of agave and the perfect balance of bitter and sweet, citrus and smoke, and is so easy to make.

The Bitter Smoke 1 oz Mezcal 1 oz Reposado Tequila 1 oz Aperol 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice Garnish: Dehydrated grapefruit wheel, ideally charred with a kitchen torch.

Directions Add all ingredients to a shaking tin and shake thoroughly for about 5 – 10 seconds until well chilled and slightly diluted. Strain into a tall glass with ice, garnish with a dehydrated wheel of grapefruit, charred or not. Ian Wickman creates exceptional craft cocktails honed to the seasons. Recipes, photography, and writing for brands, media, restaurants, events, and individuals.; Email: ian@; Instagram: @idealistfoods

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Quire’s ‘Sacred Love’ of Singing

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ith public performances back in vogue now that the pandemic has eased its stranglehold, at least for the time being, Quire of Voyce’s director Nathan Kreitzer is thrilled to be programming performances at St. Anthony’s Seminary again. Following a special Christmas recital, the a cappella choir is returning to the acoustically stunning hall at the Garden Street Academy for its annual spring concert. “It’s still scary, but to get to hear people singing together, there’s just nothing like it,” he said. “I don’t have to tell you there’s something really special about choral music.” But Kreitzer is under no illusions that the COVID crisis is completely kaput. “We’re basically participating in the most dangerous possible profession right now where we’re basically blowing air on everyone,” he said. “I’m acutely aware of that at all times.” Programming the concert becomes a problem, he said, because it’s hard to predict just how many singers in each section are going to be available. “I’m used to having at least six people in every part, and usually seven or eight in the lower voices because it creates a good foundation,” said Kreitzer, who founded Quire of Voyces — an audition-based choir officially stationed at SBCC that channels choral music from the Renaissance and, even more, modern compositions – almost 30 years ago. “But we’ve lost some members, and I’m never sure who’s actually going to show up to rehearsals each week… With [our full group] you can program anything you want, including multiple-part pieces and double-cho-

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rus works, which are a challenge, but so fun for everyone. But now the repertoire choices are more limited and it’s harder to find music that is still great but not more than six parts.” To top it off, the upcoming concerts are centered around a theme of “Sacred Love,” which is also the focus of Quire’s next CD project that began a couple of years ago with recording Sviridov’s piece of the same name featuring Quire member Nichole Dechaine, who Kreitzer called “our hot shot soprano soloist.” “It’s a spectacular piece, hauntingly beautiful, but it’s just sitting there waiting,” he said. “This was our perfect chance to get ready to finish up that recording and do an entire concert on this theme. But then I did a Google search for ‘sacred love,’ and mostly what you find are people trying to sell music for massage.” Tomas Luis de Victoria’s setting of the Song of Soloman passage “Nigra Sum” became the concert’s centerpiece, and the only selection actually composed during the Renaissance, but Kreitzer didn’t want to overly rely on hymns and other Tallis Scholar repertoire. So he ended up with almost all modern composers and new music that fit the theme. Specifically, one born in the ‘60s, three in the ‘70s (including Becky McGlade, who Quire first visited in the December concerts – here she contributes “Come My Way, My Truth, My Life” and “As the Hart”), and even one from 1986-born composer Jake Runestad, “Let My Love Be Heard,” which closes the concert. Plus, there are two new pieces from Quire’s composer-in-residence Stephen

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Your Westmont

Juror Robin Eley talks to area artists in the museum

Weird Science: Teens Explore Physics

Tom Whittemore offers a tour of the observatory

by Scott Craig


early 40 local high school students enrolled in an AP physics course visited Westmont on May 16 for a hands-on exploration into how the universe behaves. The event, Understanding Physics from Galaxies to Particles, was led by Ben Carlson, Westmont assistant professor of physics. “We are asking the fundamental questions: What is the universe made of? What are the building blocks — the fundamental particles,” he said. To begin, the students participated in a virtual tour of ATLAS, the world’s largest particle detector in Switzerland. Then the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), which is able to accelerate protons to nearly the speed of light. From there, researchers are able to study fundamental particles, quarks and gluons, to better understand how nature works. “Dark matter doesn’t ascribe to most of the mass in the universe,” Carlson says. “It comes from an observation in astrophysics, but we can’t explain it based on

particles we produce in the lab. There are a lot of things scientists don’t understand and you can be a part of solving these questions.” The students rotated through four stations in Winter Hall and at the Westmont Observatory, learning about the decay Warrior baseball opens the NAIA World Series on May 27 process at a radioactivity demonstration, using a cloud chamber to detect particles, for Unveiled. Third Honorable Mention Westmont (45-11) and Lewis-Clark observing solar flares on the sun, and dis- went to Sommer Roman for Sighting State (53-5) met on opening day this covering a particle in data from CERN. no. 542. Ruth Ellen Hoag won the Art year with Lewis-Clark State winning 5-3, Council Award for Impromptu. All the despite Westmont freshman Bryan Peck winners earned $500. throwing a one-hitter through five innings. Westmont earned its berth to the World Series by winning the Santa Barbara Opening Round Bracket with Santa Barbara resident Nadya Brown a 12-0 victory over Antelope Valley on won Best of Show at the opening recep For the first time, Westmont baseball May 18. tion of the annual Tri-County juried exhibition, Uncanny, at the Westmont is headed to the NAIA World Series in Ridley-Tree Museum. Brown, who was Lewiston, Idaho. Though the Warriors born and raised in England, won the have made seven trips to the NAIA $1,000 prize for her vibrant, dream-like National Tournament in the last eight years in which the tournament was held, painting Kafka and the Snowglobe. Westmont alumnus and hyperrealist they have never won the opening round Scott Craig is manager painter Robin Eley (’01) handpicked the tournament. of media relations at Westmont is the No. 6 seed in the exhibition, which features 45 pieces from Westmont College 33 local artists and runs through June 18. 10-team, double-elimination tournaInga Guzyte won First Honorable ment, and will play against the host and Mention for The Bacall Look. Margaret No. 3 seed Lewis-Clark State College on Ricks won Second Honorable Mention Friday, May 27, at 7 pm.

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Latinx Mural

The first mural, Past/Pasado, will represent the past of Aliso Elementary School

Painting the Past, Present, and Future of Carpinteria The Latinx Arts Project murals seek to better reflect the diversity of Carpinteria

One of the existing murals representing only the landscape and beauty of Carpinteria

by Carly Williams


ying just south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria is known as a beloved beach town with its Latinx culture and agricultural roots: food farmers, avocado and lemon orchards, flower growers, and the cannabis industry where the majority of these workers are Latinx. Flourishing local farms are an essential element to the Carpinteria Valley and to the generations of families still growing for local and international markets. While these blossoming local farms have been an essential element of Carpinteria, much of the town’s past encompasses troubling aspects of the racially segregated South during the Civil War, and in some ways still remains today. You can find murals around the city that showcase the beauty of the little ocean town and the lemons that Carpinteria produces, but they lack its rich cultural history. Carpinteria’s Latinx

population is over 50% in town and 80% in the schools, but is currently barely represented in the current street art. Instead, there is a mural filled with white people on the local beaches. The Latinx Arts Project/Carpinteria was created by Suzanne Requejo and MJ writer Leslie Westbrook to launch a Latinx mural project that honors the past and celebrates the present and future of the community. Their hope is to give an accurate depiction of the town’s history, and honor those who lived it, through implementing three murals on the subject of Latinx local history in Carpinteria. Murals should invite the community viewers to reflect on in its past, but without including Latinx contributions and depictions in the art, Carpinteria is lacking. For about 27 years, the town’s school system was sharply divided by racial segregation. From 1920 to 1947, Mexican Americans and students with Spanish surnames were sent to Aliso School, a

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school finished with dirt floors. The school was meant to prep the students for Carpinteria’s lemon industry, workers needed for picking, wrapping, and shipping, with strong efforts to keep Aliso students from enrolling in higher education classes. A former Aliso student during the school transition period, Benito Antonio Villegas, reflects on his time at the school where he wanted to grow up with an education and leave agriculture behind. But he was asked who would pick the lemons and he knew it had to be him, said Villegas (now age 80). The first proposed mural is named Past/Pasado and will be a visual representation of the “Mexican Only” Aliso Elementary School that existed for 27 years, along with Carpinteria’s segregated movie theater and beach. Carpinteria activists will fill a wall with a background of the town’s history. “We want these murals to not only reflect the diversity of our community, but more importantly, they will hopefully reflect the hearts of the community, as well,” said Westbrook, a Carpinteria resident and activist. Carpinteria schools were finally integrated in 1947, but the unequal experiences that students had has long-lasting impacts on the community. Aliso still remains an elementary school today where 80% of the students are Latino. The mural will capture the Latinx spirit of the community through displaying a painting with all the beauty and power that comes with it. These complicated yet deeply personal memories of Carpinteria are absolutely essential to the protecting and preserving the past. The second proposed mural Present/ Present will show the ongoing fears of the undocumented community and DACA students while also celebrating Latinx celebrations and holidays like the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). It is equally necessary to educate the next generation of Carpinterians through an honest representation of how the Latinx community has created pathways

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for land access, agricultural growth, and international trade while also depicting celebrations and the importance of family, holidays, and parades. Finally, the third proposed mural, Future/Futuro will render the town’s hope for the future. “It will be a brighter, more integrated rainbow of townsfolk that includes people of Mexican descent along with other ethnicities, cultural identities, and nationalities living together peacefully and happily,” Westbrook said. On June 14, The Latinx Arts Project/ Carpinteria; Proyecto de Artes Latinx/ Carpinteria will host their first public event at the Aliso School Auditorium, 4545 Carpinteria Avenue, honoring former Aliso Elementary School students and celebrating the 75th anniversary of desegregation. At this event, this grassroots group will unveil their logo for the project, created by the notable Larry Vigon. As part of the project, organizers are recording videos of oral histories told by surviving Mexican and Mexican American community members, like 103-year-old Josephine Villegas, who attended Aliso School during the “Mexican only” segregated period. These raw reflections of the past have been preserved for future generations. The hope to add to the neighborhood in a way that reflects community diversity is a major motivation for the creation of this upcoming mural. The mural goes beyond another beautiful depiction of Carpinteria; it strikes a chord into our segregated past through celebrating Carpinteria’s unique Latinx history. For more information visit or to donate, the group has a GoFundMe link on their website.

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I Madonnari


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by Madeleine Nicks


n Memorial Day weekend, the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival will finally return to Old Mission Santa Barbara after three years. Admission is free and open to all, and the event will take place from Saturday, May 28, to Monday, May 30, from 10 am to 6 pm each day. Along with the art installations – the main attraction – festival goers can enjoy food, market, and merchandise booths. Created in 1987, I Madonnari serves as the Children’s Creative Project’s (CCP) sole annual fundraiser. Longtime volunteer and festival coordinator Melinda Werner details the CCP’s impact saying, “The CCP is a nonprofit that supports the art projects and education of the Santa Barbara County Education office. The CCP supports around 50,000 kids in about 100 different schools in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. They provide visual and performing art workshops for the different schools as well as a space for local artists to share their craft and teach those workshops to the students. The CCP also hosts events with touring national and international artists.” Through the many booths at the festival, attendees are invited to support the CCP in its mission to protect the arts education in our local schools. The festival itself is centered around the unique Madonnari style paintings – which originally get their name from 16th century street art of the Madonna – that are done primarily in chalk on squares of pavement in front of the Old Mission. With upwards of 150 families, organizations, and companies purchasing the squares, there will be a wide range of talent coming together in one space. The art also evolves as the festival goes on, as artists are able develop their squares over the course of the weekend. Werner adds that “there’s going to be artists that have theirs done on Saturday, but some work all the way to Monday. So a lot of festival goers can see art being created as well as the finished product. 26 May – 2 June 2022

You get to see the whole creation.” Along with the array of chalk masterpieces, I Madonnari welcomes attendees to enjoy the festival portion of the event, complete with food vendors, and booths. This marketplace is organized and run by the Youth Leadership team, an initiative that brings together a group of local students to learn valuable leadership skills in a real-world setting. The leadership team was first established by the President of the Board of Directors and festival coordinator, Bryan Kerner, in partnership with the National Charity League. “The kids have been meeting for the last two months weekly, and before they even broke into what they were planning for the festival, they were taught different leadership skills like how to communicate, organize, bond with your team, and reach out to the community to gather volunteers. They put those skills into action, organizing the different booth offerings at the festival,” said Werner. Emerson Werner, one of the student leaders (and Melinda’s daughter), adds that being a member of the team and program has allowed her to learn the “the strong qualities needed to become a leader, including teamwork, responsibility, listening to others, and being organized.” I Madonnari was created out of a beautiful, culturally-rich art tradition that allows a range of talent to have creative freedom and showcase their art to the greater community. Now, as Santa Barbara slowly opens up after two long years of the pandemic, the festival serves as a way for young leaders to gain valuable new experience and opportunities. I Madonnari involves the entire community in the history of Santa Barbara in a modern way and provides an open space for creation and inspiration. Madeleine Nicks is a senior at Laguna Blanca High School. She is the Editor-in-Chief of her school’s magazine and Assistant Director for the theater department. She will be attending Vassar College in the fall where she hopes to study English, art history, and film.


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by Steven Libowitz THURSDAY, MAY 26 Tennis Anyone? – The English author Geoff Dyer – winner of numerous literary awards including a National Book Critics Circle Award for his 2011 work Otherwise Known as the Human Condition – slyly revisits that territory with his latest book. The just-published The Last Days of Roger Federer is an ingeniously structured meditation that sets Dyer’s own encounter with late middle age against the late in life times and last works of writers, painters, musicians – and sports stars. Dyer employs his signature playful charm, sharp-honed wit, and penetrating intelligence to consider the intensifications and modifications of experience that come when an ending is within sight, moving seemingly seamlessly from the brush strokes of J. M. W. Turner to the tennis strokes of Roger Federer. In a Parallel Stories event from the Museum of Art called Considering Creativity and Aging, the writer New York Magazine called “One of our greatest living critics, not of the arts but of life itself” talks about achievements and anticipations as he approaches “late middle age” with Sameer Pandya, a friend, fellow author, and professor in the Asian American Studies Department at UCSB. WHEN: 5:30 pm WHERE: Mary Craig Auditorium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street (entrance in the rear) COST: $10 general, $5 museum members INFO: (805) 963-4364 or FRIDAY, MAY 27 RKS: What’s in a Name? Or Gender? – Just as Santa Barbara’s beloved Toad the Wet Sprocket got its unusual name in an altered state – in their case, a mid-teenage obsession with Monty Python – North Carolina’s Rainbow Kitten Surprise acquired their moniker when two founding members visited a friend in the hospital who offered those words while in a morphine-drip delirium. The band, whose popularity grew quickly and organically from its roots in a dorm room at Appalachian State University, sport an infectious jam-band based combination of alt rock and harmony-driven folk-rock that has made them festival favorites with a fervent fan base. So the name easily encompasses that all-spectrum sound.

SUNDAY, MAY 29 Well-read and Red – Santa Barbara-raised children’s book author Karina Evans, who was a volleyball star at Dos Pueblos and University of Delaware before entering the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, has published her first book for early adolescents called Grow Up, Tahlia Wilkins! The romp about surviving puberty with friendships and her sense of self intact has been viewed as a modern-day tale similar to Judy Blume’s 1970s classic Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, as well as apt for fans of Pixar’s new CG animated movie Turning Red. Twelveyear-old Tahlia is excited about an invitation to a pool party being thrown by the most popular kid in school before experiencing her first period throws everything out of whack. Called “Quick-moving, lighthearted, and ultimately heartwarming” by Kirkus, the first-person narrative was also praised as “refreshingly matter-of-fact and extensive” by Booklist. Evans will talk about and sign copies of her first novel as the second event in Chaucer’s Almost Summer Sundays Plus! Kids Series that runs for the next four weeks. Snap it up quickly in order to be ready for Evans’ next book, Audrey Covington Breaks the Rules, which will be published by Little, Brown’s children’s imprint in 2023. WHEN: 2 pm WHERE: 3321 State Street in Loreto Plaza Shopping Center COST: free INFO: (805) 682-6787 or

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Hail to the King – Kaki King, the only female and second youngest name on Rolling Stones’ “The New Guitar Gods” list in 2006, is a world-renowned fingerstyle guitarist also rightfully revered as an innovator for her signature guitar-projection mapping performances. Modern Yesterdays, based on her 2020 album, which she’ll present at SOhO in a rare female-powered program from the SB Acoustic series, derives broadly from the music composed for DATA NOT FOUND (DNF), King’s largest-scale and most theatrical performance piece yet. The post-pandemic scaled-down version is described as an interlocking puzzle piece that sends the audience on “an audiovisual journey reset by our recent past, arriving at the emotional place we yearn to visit.” WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State Street, upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $25 ($30 at the door), $67 for VIP seating with dinner INFO: (805) 962-7776 or

Lately, however, it’s taken on even more meaning, as Rainbow Kitten Surprise are avowed supporters of the LGBTQ community, and its founding lead singer, now known as Ela Melo, came out as transgender in late March, just as the band was launching its spring-summer tour. It’s been four years since their major label debut arrived, but a new single, “Work Out,” was just released, from a forthcoming album they’ll likely preview tonight at the Bowl. Vermont-based hip-hop collective 99 Neighbors opens. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas Street COST: $35-$72 INFO: (805) 962-4711 or SATURDAY, MAY 28 Shen Yun Returns – One of the most fiercely independent and simultaneously massive productions to tour America, Shen Yun is also one of the most controversial entertainment enterprises in recent history. It’s virtually impossible not to be aware of when the latest show is coming to town, as advertising is pervasive and mailboxes are inundated with full-color multiple-page spreads promoting it, yet at the same time it’s almost impossible to find independent journalistic coverage of the inarguably colorful spectacle. So here we’re just quoting what the Granada has on its website for Shen Yun’s 2022 “China before Communism” production: “Shen Yun takes you on an extraordinary journey through China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture. Exquisite beauty from the heavens, profound wisdom from dynasties past, timeless legends and ethnic traditions all spring to life through classical Chinese dance, enchanting live orchestral music, authentic costumes, and patented interactive backdrops. Revisit a time when scholars and artists sought harmony with the Tao, or the ‘Way’ of the universe, and when divine beings walked upon the earth to inspire humanity.” WHEN: 2 and 7:30 pm tonight, 2 pm tomorrow WHERE: Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street COST: $86-$171 INFO: (805) 899-2222 or MONDAY, MAY 30 Marking Memorial Day – In an annual tradition, the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) will be joined by local first responders from around the country as they pay tribute to those who died serving our country in a special ceremony at the Santa Barbara Cemetery this morning. Representatives of The California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Barbara Police Department, Santa Barbara City Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and Montecito Fire Protection District will all be on hand to witness a formation from members of UCSB’s Reserve Officer Training Corps, hear from guest speakers, and watch performances from the Santa Barbara Choral

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Whales Are Superheroes! TUESDAY, MAY 31 Chasing Tale: Cox’s New Book is Pup Nonfiction – Lynne Cox is the much-acclaimed best-selling author of Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer, which is a compelling account of the world’s most extraordinary distance swimmer’s emotional and spiritual need to swim and her experience of swimming as an almost mystical act, even in the world’s most chilled waters. Famous for swimming the world’s most difficult waterways without a wetsuit – partially due to her ability to endure water temperatures so cold that they would likely kill anyone else – Cox holds more than 50 open water swimming records all over the world. But the now 65-year-old writer also recognizes and celebrates all forms of athleticism in others – human or otherwise. Hence, Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog – The Making of a Super Athlete, her latest book inspired by seeing a video of a dog leaping from an airborne helicopter into Italian waters to save someone from drowning. The new book spins the story of the ungainly, unruly yet irresistible Newfoundland puppy who grew up to become a daring water rescue dog, serving in Italy’s elite and highly specialized corps of canines who swoop out of helicopters and save lives. The Seal Beach swimming-sensation turned storyteller Cox will share her experiences tracing Al’s journey from misfit to hero at Chaucer’s Books this evening. WHEN: 6 pm WHERE: 3321 State Street in Loreto Plaza Shopping Center COST: free INFO: (805) 682-6787 or

Society and the Gold Coast Pipe Band before a flyover of the Condor Squadron’s four T-6 Texan airplanes closes out the hour-long ceremony. WHEN: 11 am WHERE: Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Drive COST: free INFO: (805) 259-4394 or

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 Worry No More, Amos is Here – Like so many singer-songwriters who emerged over the last 30 years, Amos Lee draws inspiration from the usual suspects including Bob Dylan and John Prine, although he also was influenced by ‘60s/’70s R&B legends Otis Redding and Bill Withers. Pairing his laid-back vocals and rootsy acoustic settings with tinges of jazz, blues, and even orchestral pop (on his 2016 concert album Live at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony), Lee has found moderate success over his 10 albums in an 18-year career – Mission Bell, which featured guest shots from Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, and Calexico, among others – debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2011, but it was also only logged that 40,000 copies sold, which is still the lowest total for a No. 1 album in the Soundscan era. On Lee’s latest, Dreamland, recorded during the pandemic and released in February, the Philadelphia-born singer-songwriter who is a favorite of NPR’s World Cafe delivers intimate ballads to document his real-world struggles (alienation, anxiety, loneliness, despair) in an outpouring born from deliberate and often painful self-examination that one critic called a “soulful musical balm for a troubled world.” Opening is Chicago singer-songwriter-pianist Neal Francis, who first worked as a blues sideman, then as a member of the funk ensemble The Heard before fashioning a retro-driven style that blends classic R&B with New Orleans rhythms and ‘70s rock to launch his solo career just three years ago. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido Street COST: $66-$131 INFO: (805) 963-0761or 26 May – 2 June 2022

Permanent Exhibit — Opening April 14, 2022 Sponsored by Chevron, Dreier Family, Emmett Foundation, Nancy and Frederic Golden, George H. and Olive J. Griffiths Charitable Foundation, Hank and Mari Mitchel, June G. Outhwaite Foundation, Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation, Donna Weinstein, and Wood-Claeyssens Foundation

“A Whale of a Tale” Museum Experience April 14 - May 15, 2022

Permanent Exhibit — Opening April 14, 2022

Sponsored by Chevron, Dreier Family, Sponsored by Chevron, Dreier Family, EmmettHank Foundation, Emmett Foundation, and Nancy and Frederic Golden, George H. and Olive J. Griffiths Mari Mitchel, and Jack Mithun and Charitable Foundation, Hank and Mari Mitchel, June G. Mercedes Millington Outhwaite Foundation, Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation, Donna Weinstein, and Wood-Claeyssens Foundation

The Wonder of Whales: Two Artists’ Perspectives“A Whale of a Tale” by John BaranMuseum and Kelly Clause Experience

Art Exhibit — April 14 -–May July15, 31,2022 2022 Sponsored by Sponsored Chevron, Dreier Family, Dreier Family, by Chevron, Emmett Foundation, Michaelis, EmmettMimi Foundation, Hank and Hank and MariMari Mitchel, Juneand G. Outhwaite Mitchel, Jack Mithun and Foundation, and Wood-Claeyssens Mercedes Millington Foundation

The Wonder of Whales: Two Artists’ Whales ArePerspectives Superheroes: Saving the Planet One CO2 Molecule a Time by John at Baran and Kelly Clause

Student ArtArt Exhibit Exhibit — April 14 – July 31, 2022 April 14 – July 31, 2022 Sponsored by Chevron, Dreier Family, Sponsored by BrownFoundation, Family Foundation, Emmett Mimi Michaelis, Chevron, Dreier Family, Emmett Hank and Mari Mitchel, June G. Outhwaite Foundation,Foundation, Hank and Mari Jack andMitchel, Wood-Claeyssens Mithun andFoundation Mercedes Millington, June G. Outhwaite Foundation, and WoodClaeyssens Foundation

Whales Are Superheroes: Saving the Planet One CO2 Molecule at a Time Student Art Exhibit April 14 – July 31, 2022 Sponsored by Brown Family Foundation, Chevron, Dreier Family, Emmett Foundation, Hank and Mari Mitchel, Jack Mithun and Mercedes Millington, June G. Outhwaite Foundation, and WoodClaeyssens Foundation

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PUBLIC NOTICE City of Santa Barbara

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 the City Council of the City of Santa Barbara will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, during the afternoon session of the meeting which begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara. The hearing is to consider the renewal of the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District and the levying and collection of assessments to fund the cost of wildland fire suppression services within the District for Fiscal Year 2022-23.

DUE DATE & TIME: June 1, 2022 UNTIL 5:00 P.M. Restroom and Clubhouse Door Replacement 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

On May 3, 2022 the City Council adopted a Resolution of Intention No. 22-030, declaring its intention to hold this hearing (hereinafter referred to as the “Assessment Hearing”) and to consider renewal of the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District. All interested or affected property owners will be afforded the opportunity to be heard by the City Council at the Assessment Hearing. Written comments are also welcome up to the time of the hearing, and should be addressed to the City Council via the City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 1990, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1990.

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.

The total cost of the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District is estimated to be $307,617 for Fiscal Year 2023. This cost results in a proposed assessment rate of $92.18 per single-family equivalent benefit unit in the Foothill Zone and $114.30 in the Extreme Foothill Zone for Fiscal Year 2023. Parcels located within the assessment area are assessed based upon their receipt of special benefits from the services over and above general benefits conferred on real property or to the public at large. The Assessments include a provision for an annual increase equal to the change in the Los Angeles Area Consumer Price Index (CPI), not to exceed 4% per year without a further vote or balloting process. The change in the CPI for 2022-2023 was 6.569% and the total allowable CPI adjustment for 2022-23 is 4.00%, and the rates have been adjusted, accordingly.

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. 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

An updated Engineer's Report for the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District has been prepared and was preliminarily approved by the City Council on May 3, 2022. The Council will consider final approval of the report during the Assessment Hearing. The updated Engineer’s Report is available for review by contacting or The report is available for public review at the Fire Administration office and the City Clerk’s office, City Hall, 735 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA.

It is the duty of the contractor and subcontractors to employ registered apprentices and to comply with all aspects of Labor Code § 1777.5.

If you challenge the Council's action on the appeal of the City Council's decision in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City at, or prior to, the public hearing.

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.

You are invited to attend this public hearing and address your verbal comments to the City Council. Written comments are also welcome up to the time of the hearing, and should be addressed to the City Council via the City Clerk’s Office by sending them electronically to

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.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to gain access to, comment at, or participate in this meeting, please contact the City Administrator’s Office at 805-564-5305 or inquire at the City Clerk’s office on the day of the meeting. If possible, notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements in most cases.

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.

On Thursday, June 2, 2022, an Agenda with all items to be heard on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, including the public hearing to consider this levy, will be available online at The Agenda includes instructions for participation in the meeting. If you wish to participate in the public hearing, please follow the instructions on the posted Agenda.

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.

/s/ Sarah Gorman, MMC City Clerk Services Manager May 20, 2022

Published: May 18 & 25, 2022 Montecito Journal

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Dos Gatos, 252 Old Ranch Dr., Goleta, CA 93117. Amthony Galvan, 252 Old Ranch Dr., Goleta, CA 93117. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 12, 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. 2022-0001251. Published May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 2022

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Lafferty Design Plus, 340 Old Mill Road, SPC227, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. Anna M Lafferty, 340 Old Mill Road, SPC227, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 20, 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. 2022-0001340. Published May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 2022

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Louis John Boutique, 3845 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Louis J Almaraz, 4441 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 28, 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. 2022-0001148. Published May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 2022

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Patriot Leasing, 1655 Fredensborg Canyon Road, Solvang, CA 93463. Joseph Hinkens; Norma Hinkens, 1655 Fredensborg Canyon Road, Solvang, CA 93463. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 29, 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. 2022-0001162. Published May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: United Drain & Sewer, 3857 Pemm Pl, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. William N. Shalhoob; Rachel J Shalhoob, 3857 Pemm Pl, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 12, 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

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN No. 2022-0001250. Published May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Toro Construction, 3463 State Street #365, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Property Maintenance Solutions INC, 3463 State Street #365, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 12, 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

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INVITATION FOR BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received via electronic transmission on the City of Santa Barbara PlanetBids portal site until the date and time indicated below at which time they will be publicly opened and posted for: BID NO. 5957 DUE DATE & TIME: JULY 5, 2022 UNTIL 3:00 P.M. SECURITY PATROL SERVICES AT AIRPORT TERMINAL Scope of Work: The City of Santa Barbara (“City”) is seeking proposals from qualified contractors to provide security services for approximately 1.2 million passengers traversing the Santa Barbara Airport annually. Contractor will be required to receive Police & Fire Commission approval by June 23, 2022 in order for bid to be considered responsive. Bidders must be registered on the city of Santa Barbara’s PlanetBids portal in order to receive addendum notifications and to submit a bid. Go to PlanetBids for bid results and awards. It is the responsibility of the bidder to submit their bid with sufficient time to be received by PlanetBids prior to the bid opening date and time. The receiving deadline is absolute. Allow time for technical difficulties, uploading, and unexpected delays. Late or incomplete Bid will not be accepted. If further information is needed, contact Caroline Ortega, Senior Buyer at (805) 564-5351or email: 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. 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. 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 City of Santa Barbara as Additional Insured in accordance with the attached Insurance Requirements. _______________________________Published: 5/25/2022 William Hornung, C.P.M. Montecito Journal General Services Manager

copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN No. 2022-0001263. Published May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: LYFE Pak, 1917 Boundary Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Branic Enterprises LLC, 1917 Boundary Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 10, 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

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copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL). FBN No. 2022-0001233. Published May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: R2ROS Plumbing, 322 North 14th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. Arthur J Nuno, 322 North 14th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 22, 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. 2022-0001072. Published May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Ken Symer Automotive, 421 North Nopal Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. The Tack House, LLC, 745 Lilac Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 2, 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. 2022-0001179. Published May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Rocket #0219, 401 W. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. UP2 Holdings, LLC, 4130 Cover Street, long Beach, CA 90808. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 29, 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. 2022-0001161. Published May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Cali Painting, 613 North 5th St., Lompoc, CA, 93436. Leonardo Sepulveda Salazar, 613 North 5th St., Lompoc, CA, 93436. 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. 2022-0001010. Published May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2022 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Trends Salon, 338 East Betteravia Road, Suite H, Santa Maria, CA, 93454. Bruce E. Cleveland, 1735 Vigard 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 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 County on April 6, 2022. This statement ex-

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without first determining that extraction of groundwater from the well site would not interfere with existing wells and won’t cause subsidence that would damage nearby infrastructure. Subsidence from groundwater extraction, where the land sinks, has been a major problem in the San Joaquin Valley. Domestic wells that extract less than two acre-feet per year are exempt from this process. Montecito Water’s Groundwater Services Agency (GSA) will be the authority determining groundwater impact for our community. They sent in a public comment letter, submitted by Montecito pires 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 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 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

GSA President Brian Goebel, to request the county ordinance “require well applicants to provide data and calculations to support the anticipated yield and production capacity of a well prior to issuance of a well permit... This will assist the GSA in correctly classifying and regulating groundwater extractors in the Basin, consistent with the intent of the urgency ordinance.” The ordinance will come back to the county Board of Supervisors in June for adoption. Sharon Byrne is the Executive Director of the Montecito Association

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 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 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.sucorte., 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, (www. 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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Women United Derby Luncheon Women United is an integral part of United Way. Together they advocate, support, and expand the ongoing work of United Way of Santa Barbara County’s educational programs. The need for investment in literacy could not be more clear and guides Women United’s activities and projects each year. In Santa Barbara County, 78% of economically disadvantaged third graders read below grade level. United Way’s literacy programs have been extremely successful in boosting reading grade levels and high

school graduation rates for students. About 150 interested folks came together at Plaza del Sol at the Hilton dressed in Kentucky Derby attire to learn more about Women United and United Way. Welcome remarks were given by chair Shari Liu Fellows. Dr. Liz Barnitz is principal of Hope Elementary School and spoke of their programs and partnerships. Some of the programs are Fun in the Sun and the United Learning Centers. Both give individual support to the child and the family. There are tutoring places inside the facility with satellite classrooms at local schools. There was special catch up for the kids who missed out on kindergarten because of COVID. During the pilot, all kids gained an average of 2.3 reading grade levels. The keynote speaker was Beate

Beate Chelette, Toby Donner, and Dennis Forster at the Women United event

Habitat CEO Jessica de L’Arbre and board president Lora Fisher

Habitat board members Jan Hubbell, Doug Wood, Das Williams with daughter Khaya, and Rhys Morris

Chelette, who calls herself a Growth Architect and is the founder of The Women’s Code, a business and leadership development company. Chelette is a first-generation immigrant who found herself $135,000 in debt as a single parent. Her passion for photography led to a hugely successful global business that she then sold to Bill Gates in a multimillion-dollar deal. She’s had several honors including “One of 50 Must Follow Women Entrepreneurs.” She is the author of the Amazon Best Seller, Happy Woman Happy World – How to Go from Overwhelmed to Awesome. Beate believes in Women United’s effective approach and has personal experience with the benefits of free, quality community education programs for children. “Having been a single mom immigrant intricately connected to difficulties of trying to do everything by yourself, United Way has a very subtle but effective community-driven approach to solving issues without looking down on the people they are trying to help… Never underestimate a group of committed women to change the world.” For more information call (805) 9658591 or visit

Women United committee Katie Hamdy, Kristen d’Offay, and Shari Fellows

rhinestone cowgirls and cowboys everywhere. I’m not sure any of them could wrestle a steer but they looked good. We were all there to raise money to support their mission of helping individuals and families in need build and improve a place to call home. There were many stories about the lasting impact of their new construction and home repair initiatives. President of the Board Lora Fisher welcomed the group, explaining, “Volunteers are the heart of our success.” Jono Shaffer from OceanHills Covenant Church gave the invocation. Habitat CEO Jessica de L’Arbre explained the excitement in building and what the Paddle Raise can do. “We are small but mighty.” After margaritas and a down-home, Western tri-tip buffet, CEO from Montecito Bank & Trust Janet Garufis banged the gavel for the Paddle Raise. She did a good job because the total raised was $80,000. Yeehaw! Donations started at $100 for tools and supplies to $10,000 for predevelopment costs for Cota Street housing. One $5,000 bid even came over the telephone. Kudos go to all the sponsors and event planners. For information call (805) 320 5744 or visit

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Julie Carr, Seamus Tuohy, and Andria Kahmann at the Women United Kentucky Derby luncheon

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A community staple for decades, Lynda Millner has helped the Journal, since 1995, keep its connection to the hundreds of events going on throughout the year

Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County invited everyone to their annual fundraising benefit, Denim and Diamonds, held at the Carriage House & Western Art Museum on Castillo Street. There was a passel of

“We honor the dead best by treating the living well.” – Jennifer M. Granholm

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Far Flung Travel Harboring Docility

Mother and seal pup often show affection by rubbing muzzles

Mama and her pup get ready for a stroll

by Chuck Graham


n 1979, I was a young teen and very green in the ways of animal behavior. I was surfing out front of my home in Carpinteria. It was wintertime and the beach was deserted under cloudy skies. I was the only one surfing that cold, crisp overcast morning. It wasn’t long before I heard a series of yelps a little further out beyond the waves. It was a newborn harbor seal pup, and it was missing its mom, calling to her but to no avail. While sitting on my surfboard I called out to it, and surprisingly the pup swam my way. It swam right into my lap. I didn’t know what to do, so I paddled it to the beach. It sat on my board while I carried it a short distance home. I didn’t know what to do with it, so I called the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and got connected with someone in the know. They told me to return the pup right where I found it. Its mother would return to look for it. Harbor seal moms leave their pups for periods of time while searching for food. Quickly I grabbed the pup, it’s umbilical cord still attached, and raced it back to the beach. I paddled the pup back out beyond the surf and waited. Sure enough, minutes later she bobbed only 20 feet off the nose of my surfboard, mother and pup gratefully, thankfully reunited.

The Most Docile I’ve never heard of a harbor seal ever being aggressive toward a human. They have the reputation for being the sweetest, most docile of the pinnipeds. Many times, while leading kayak tours at the Channel Islands National Park, I’ve had them swim right up to my kayak and roll on their backs for a tummy rub. Every now and then I’ll swing my leg over the side of my kayak when a harbor seal is close by. Several have 26 May – 2 June 2022

used my heel as a scratch post for their muzzle, a solid substitute for when acorn barnacles are not present. One adult male used my heel for just that, scratching its muzzle on one side, leaving for a few moments only to return and scratch the other side. Once, while kayaking through Elkhorn Slough up in Monterey Bay, the tide was extremely low and dozens of harbor seals were basking on the warm mudflats. However, a couple of pups were circling in the murky waters of the second largest tidal slough in California. One of them approached my kayak and astonishingly climbed in without any hesitation. It sat comfortably in my lap. Plump on its mother’s rich milk, it stared up at me as if it knew me. I never touched it with my hands. Eventually it grew a little anxious and flopped out of my kayak and back into the murky waters.

Close to Home While leading a kayak trip along the southeast end of Santa Cruz Island, my group and I had just reached a massive sea grotto known as Harbor Seal Cave. For obvious reasons, harbor seals enjoy its depth and dankness – it’s cover from the elements. It’s a place for rest and warming up, associated with something called hauling out. Harbor seals are not the most adept on land and scooch up the steep cobbled beach in the back of the cave to haul out. Pupping season is February to May. It’s also not uncommon to have harbor seals, pups, and adults follow along on a kayak tour from cave to cave. Wherever a harbor seal is seen, then that vicinity has been their home since birth. They are not big travelers like California sea lions, northern fur seals, and colossal northern elephant seals. Everything harbor seals need is close to home. On one particularly nice, calm day, the time was right to do some sea

The docile and curious harbor seal

cave spelunking. However, something caught my attention on the left side of the grotto. Before I let anyone in, I paddled inside to grab what I thought to be a plastic grocery bag. When I picked it up, I was startled to find it was placenta from one of the female harbor seals. I brought it back out of the sea cave to show everyone. Personally, I always thought harbor seals only gave birth on surrounding beaches, but come to find out, they can give birth in the ocean too. After everyone had a look, I paddled it back inside the cave. The placenta is very nutritious, so all the birds, fish, and even the harbor seals will consume it. When I paddled back out to everyone, I noticed the mom and newborn harbor seal pup off to the right side of the cave nuzzling with each other. Mothers and pups are very tender toward one another, rubbing their muzzles together to show affection. When the pup playfully rolled on its back, I noticed its umbilical cord still attached to its football-sized body.

Eventually that too would be chewed off and consumed.

Curious by Nature Harbor seals are always good for popping up next to the kayaks. They can’t help themselves and want to see what’s going on around their aquatic biome. Mostly they’ll pop their heads up out of the water like a periscope, but once they see there are no threats, they’ll point their snouts skyward, close their big, round eyes, and soak in the sun on the surface of the water. Sometimes they’ll rest at the surface in a thick canopy, wrapped in giant bladder kelp and sunbathe the day away, blowing bubbles through their snouts, seemingly without a care in the world. Many days feel like that out at the islands and inside the sea caves. The easy ebb and flow of the tide a good indicator for mild conditions. Sometimes it’s calm enough for me to kick my legs out atop the bow of my kayak and nap like a harbor seal.


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have.” Santa Barbara council member Oscar Gutierrez, who started with the charity as a teenager, recounted his experience with the organization, as well as producing the film. Among those turning out for the sunset soirée were Kerrie Smith, Harry and Judi Weisbart, Haley Conklin, Carol Marsch, and Caroline MacDougall.

A Dual Riviera Marriage

Seated: Sharlyn Vandebeek, Ken and Nanette Pigaga, Steve Thompson, Kelly Lennon, Tracy Jenkins; Standing: Caroline Thompson, Lynne Andujar, Alec and Aimee Scribner, Priya Ephrem, and Jennifer Vogelbach (photo by Priscilla)

Music Academy of the West – harpist Elisabeth Zosseder, flutist Seun Jeon, and violist Xander Knecht. Among the tony throng quaffing the Babcock wines and noshing on food from Savoir Faire Catering were Eric and Wendy Schmidt, Beth deWoody, Ginni Dreier, Nigel Gallimore, Corinna Gordon, Kimi Matar, Janet Garufis, Jennifer Hale, Victoria Hines, Holly Murphy, Leslie von Wiesenberger, Lynn Kirst, Tom and Travis Kranz, and David and Lisa Wolf.

Celebrating LifeChronicles Tom and Julianna Dain opened the gardens of their picturesque Montecito estate for LifeChronicles

2022 Remarkable Life Award and Film Festival with 100 guests raising more than $75,000. The awards, with ubiquitous emcee Geoff Green, honored Journal columnist, entrepreneur, and futurist Rinaldo Brutoco and his wife, Lalla, and the popular organization, founded by Kate Carter in 1998 that produces legacy videos to assist families in healing and connecting as they cope with the passing of loved ones. Since its establishment, LifeChronicles has filmed more than 1,700 videos in 40 states and 333 cities. The oldest person filmed was 104 years old, the youngest, just 14 months. “It’s a really powerful and therapeutic experience,” says Carter, executive director. “What we do is lead people into conversations they would likely never

The LifeChronicles awards celebration was hosted at the home and grounds of Julianna and Tom Dain (photo by Priscilla)

As if getting married in our Eden by the Beach wasn’t enough, reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian, 42, and Blink-182 rocker Travis Barker, 46, reprised their simple Santa Barbara Courthouse nuptials at the historic Castello Brown on the Italian Riviera. The tony twosome, who got engaged during a romantic beachside proposal at the Rosewood Miramar in Montecito last October, chose the stunning international fishing village of Portofino to tie the knot again at the weekend. As well as mother Kris, Kourtney’s sisters, Khloe and Kim Kardashian, and Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Kris’ partner Corey Gamble, and her three children were in attendance.

Trio Riffs with SBS Composer George Gershwin, who died in 1937, was front and center when Santa Barbara Symphony under maestro Nir Kabaretti ended its Granada season on a high note. The Marcus Roberts Trio’s “Riffing on Gershwin” showcased a new partnership with the orchestra, playing the composer’s piano “Concerto in F” arranged by Roberts. Early 20th century composer Florence Price, recognized as the first woman African American symphonic composer, was also featured in the entertaining program with her highly acclaimed “Symphony No. 1,” originally premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1933, inspired by Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.” “Both highlight American themes and genres, and mark important milestones in American music history,” Nir explained...

Meg’s Latest Project Actress Meg Ryan has acquired a Montecito property in need of attention. Last summer Ryan, 60, paid $9.5 million for the pad after selling another estate in our rarefied enclave – a 4,268 square foot modern farmhouse dating to the 1990s, acquired by the three-time Golden Globe nominee for $5 million in early 2020. She renovated it and sold it late last year for $13.3 million. Her latest project, a 2.04-acre estate, cost $9.5 million. There are three-bedroom suites and an in-law apartment over the garage included in the 7,000 square footage.

Ellen Abroad Now that her 19-year-old Burbankbased TV talk show is over, Ellen DeGeneres is off to the African nation of Rwanda where she set up the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. She’s taking 20 friends and colleagues along with her on an all-expenses paid trip where she’ll visit the campus for the first time. DeGeneres is planning another film show for Netflix after her 2018 special Relatable was a hit. The Ellen DeGeneres Show will continue to live on digitally, run by Ellen Digital Ventures, with games and all her social events.

New on Netflix The Sussexi, Harry and Meghan, are filming a docu-series Kardashian style, including interview shots at their $14 million Riven Rock mansion, as part of their $100 million deal with Netflix. It is not known if the tony twosome’s children, Archie, 3, and 11-month-old Lillibet are featured. “I think it fair to say Netflix is getting its pound of flesh,” a Hollywood insider, with knowledge of the project told the New York Post’s Page Six. Stay tuned...

Painting the Stage Ensemble Theatre Company staged its tour-de-force one-man show Vincent at the New Vic, originally presented

Charles Pasternak admirably acts two roles

Terry Bartlett, Kate Carter, Judi Weisbart, Lalla and Rinaldo Brutoco, Geoff Green, Oscar Gutierrez, and Jeff Martinez (photo by Priscilla)

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“Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” – Mary Roach

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MAT (Continued from 12 12)) Mengjia Zhu with her robotic fabrication model at the MAT RE Touch Lab (photo Joanne A Calitri)

Meghan Markle on the pony line at the Santa Barbara Polo Club (photo by Nigel Gallimore)

by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in March to sold-out audiences as it mounted its highly acclaimed Vincent Van Gogh exhibition. The play paints a thoughtful, imaginary scenario about one of the most famous names in the art world using excerpts from hundreds of letters exchanged between the artist and his brother Theo. Directed by Brian McDonald, the entertaining play features Charles Pasternak, award-winning actor and designate artistic director of Santa Cruz Shakespeare, in the dual roles. Proceeds from ETC’s two shows benefitted its education and outreach programs, which foster theatre programs throughout the year for local youth.

New Neighbors Actress Cameron Diaz is Montecito’s latest celebrity resident. Diaz, 49, and her musician husband Benji Madden, 43, has just snapped up a six-bedroom, ten-bathroom estate on 1.77 acres for $12.7 million. The 10,000-square-foot home was built in 2000.

Recently Sold Former TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, 64, and wife Portia de Rossi have just sold their contemporary four-bedroom, five-bath home in Beverly Hills, which they purchased for $8.5 million last summer. The Hidden Valley estate with a 3,477-square-foot home on a 0.42 acre lot went for $8.757 million.

New Book by Bower Former actress Meghan Markle “came from nothing” and “trampled on others to get to the top” like a politician or a tycoon, her acid-penned biographer has revealed. “Victims” of the Duchess of Sussex, 40, are telling all in a new book by British investigative journalist Tom Bower, 75, he claims. Bower, speaking to GB News, says the book will contain “extraordinary information” about Markle, who lives in Riven Rock with husband Prince Harry, and their two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 11 months. The book is now completed and is due for publication later this year. “I’ve found out things which are really quite extraordinary about her,” says Bower. “And I think the public perception of her will 26 May – 2 June 2022

be confirmed or outraged, or in any case, it’ll be a great surprise.” The author, who has also written books on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Virgin tycoon Richard Branson, former Harrods department store owner Mohamed Al-Fayed, and, four years ago Rebel Prince on Prince Charles, adds: “It has turned out to be a very, very hard slog because people were pretty reluctant to speak and her lawyers had done very well to keep people silent, but I got through enough.” Stay tuned...

Scholar Scholarships The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has awarded college scholarships totaling more than $1.7 million to 2,139 Santa Barbara County students for the 2022-23 academic year. Of the $7,700,497 awarded this year, $3,882,088 will help support students in North County communities, and $3,711,309 will go towards students in the South County. Overall – for both graduate and undergraduate students – awards averaged $3,600. Scholarships can be used for college, graduate, and vocational studies, including law and medical schools.

Sightings Actress Jamie Lee Curtis and family enjoying daughter Ruby’s private wedding reception in the Cucina Room at Olio e Limone... Tesla tycoon Elon Musk at the Rosewood Miramar… Comic legend Carol Burnett and musician husband Brian Miller noshing at the Plow & Angel. Pip! Pip! Be safe, wear a mask when required, and get vaccinated.

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

first stop was the transLAB, founded and directed by Professor Marcos Novak, PhD, a pioneer in virtual architecture. The lab’s research mission is to “…investigate how technology alters the relation between actual, transactivated, and virtual space in art and science. Affiliated with the AlloSphere (named by Novak and housed at Elings Hall), the transLAB consciously seeks not to represent what we already know but to invent what we do not yet know.” Here we observed two participant projects: the well-known Becoming Light corner wall light wave art installation, and a VR project where one uses a headset and handheld remote to enter a computerized model of a virus. Professor Novak displayed Becoming Light for us, holding a wand device and moving it along his body to create various light wave formations and colors on the wall. The next open lab was in digital fabrication. We met with Mert Toka and Samuelle Bourgault, PhD candidates, working together to build computational fabrication techniques compatible with traditional craft such as clay. Toka demo’ed the set-up of an interactive drawing system with 2D sketching that stacks upon itself and sends data to a 3D printer using clay. Printing can be done two ways: Print whenever a stroke is completed to learn the system or batch print only selected strokes. For demo purposes only, the 3D clay printer was on slow-mo. “The printer uses all types of clay, including obsidian, Tuffbuff and SBFG, however the clay needs to be watered down to go through the printer nozzle. Although it looks like the 3D printer is operating on its own, there are certain times during the printing that one needs to do hands-on work with it,” says Toka. He is releasing two open-source software programs. The back-end program is a general-purpose controller for 3D-printer hot-ends implemented in Python. It listens to some OSC commands to author nozzle movement. This implies a 3D printer can also be used remotely. The second program is the front-end and implemented in Processing. It handles the virtual repre-

sentation of the printer hardware along with a multi-layered canvas interface and basic interface level features. Next was the RE Touch Lab led by Professor Yon Visell, PhD, since 2015, with his lab’s mission: “We pursue fundamental and applied research on the future of interactive technologies, with emphasis on haptics, robotics, and electronics, including emerging opportunities in human-computer interaction, sensorimotor augmentation, soft robotics, and interaction in virtual reality.” Visell also hosts a radio show on science x music with Irene Moon on KCSB 91.9, Mondays 9 to 10 am. Amazing and very cool indeed. Here we talked with Mengjia Zhu, a 5th year student with degrees in Material Science, Engineering, and Apparel Design, who is graduating in June and heading to work for Meta (formerly Facebook). Her research focuses on Soft Robotics, Wearables, and Assistive Technologies; her project showed a mannequin whose dress moved by computer control. As she ran different algorithms, the dress dance along the hem, twisting and contriving with the pressure changes in the embedded soft robotics. There were many marvels on display that night – and this was just the Open Lab. The End of the Year will have a full range of polished pieces to which the MAT students have dedicated their research and hard work. On May 27, visit the UCSB Elings Hall event to dance with light or immerse yourself in the interactive 3D projection space, AlloSphere. The SBCAST event on June 2 will have its own show featuring the esteemed kinetic installation, Song Cycle, and even dazzling displays of projection mapping projects on the exterior of the Bauhaus-style buildings. Over the 20th century, art has grown to be a lot more than just ‘things on walls’ and these students are on the frontier of bringing these art mediums off of our walls and into our daily lives. 411: Event Info: MAT Department:

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On Entertainment (Cont. from 32 32)) Bombeck, a veteran singer and composer that is one of the ensemble’s great assets. Bombeck created a new composition of the “Rise Up My Love” text (“Arise My Love”) and fashioned a new setting of the George Herbert text “Love Bade Me Welcome” most famously set to music by Vaughan Williams. “He set it for three distinct voices – two soloists and the chorus – which is fascinating,” Kreitzer said. “I’ve always loved the text, but I never considered having different voices for each of the characters, so I think it’s particularly interesting to hear.” The dozen-works program launches with a timely if outside-the-theme new setting of the 1885 “Ukrainian Prayer” Take a dip into the popular art of Patricia Chidlaw by John Rutter, which was first sung at Sullivan Goss just weeks after the Russian invasion in February. “It’s very simple but very pretty, moments of time although the scenes sort of like an Eastern chant, and a per- themselves are usually static. fect way to open the concert,” Kreitzer “It probably ultimately has something said. to do with my very lonely childhood,” As with Quire’s Christmas concerts, Chidlaw said candidly, referring to her both performances at St. Anthony’s are upbringing in a military family that scheduled as a single set sans intermis- moved from town to town, with many sion. That doesn’t leave time for socializ- of her first visual memories formed from ing with sweets and other goodies from the backseat of the family station wagon. the choir’s guild, but that’s one lingering Chidlaw wound up in Santa Barbara after-effect of the pandemic pause the through attending UCSB in the early director agrees with. 1970s, furthering her education at SBCC “Nobody complained about either it to combat the university’s bias toward being shorter or having no intermission,” modernism. Then, after an early stint Kreitzer explained. “Some people even in the nature-oriented Oak Group, she said it was a relief to just go, listen to settled into a groove as a painter more one set of music and then leave. I think intrigued by semi-urban scenes than COVID has also shortened people’s landscapes. attention span.” Perhaps, but Quire of “It (loneliness) has been much better Voyces’ Spring Concert full of haunting in recent times, though,” Chidlaw said, harmonies in a hallowed hall with superi- with a laugh. That’s pretty evident in The or acoustics should soothe even the most Pool Show, her new exhibition opening agitated among us. at Sullivan Goss on Friday, May 27, a The Quire of Voyces Spring Concert 15-works study of swimming pools that will be on Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, arrives just in time for summer. May 29, both at 3 pm. Visit quireofvoy Not empty ones – she’s captured for tickets and more information. ly drained pools before in earlier works. These are paintings of pools full of color and bright lights, and, often, a person or A Dip into Joy: Chidlaw’s including several that feature one ‘Pool Show’ at Sullivan Goss two, or both twin teenage girls, friends who Veteran Santa Barbara painter Patricia posed in their backyard pool in Goleta. Chidlaw’s upcoming exhibition at The theme was partly a matter of conveSullivan Goss isn’t her first solo show nience, Chidlaw said. “There are a lot of at the gallery during the pandemic. pools in Santa Barbara, and during the Elsewhere, Paradise was on display at pandemic I wasn’t taking any road trips the downtown space in mid-summer or spending time inside buildings,” she 2020, most of the pieces containing her said. “The girls were very gracious and usually sparsely populated scenes that lovely to model for me.” favor urban and suburban landscapes, Indeed, beyond the Goleta locale, the architectural spaces with a history real or other pools in the paintings are located inferred. Chidlaw’s work has long depict- elsewhere in town, plus the Cliff House ed train and bus stations, diners, motels, in Ventura, the San Fernando Valley and movie theaters, restaurants, street views, Desert Hot Springs. But picking personal parking lots, and the ilk – often even bodies of water also had something to do more unpeopled than might be expected, with mood, the painter said about her perhaps even abandoned, prescient in first exhibition to feature an organizing some ways of our stay-at-home or social- theme rather than a random assortment ly-distanced times. of recent work. Similar to the paintings of Edward “Pools – they’re pleasantly comforting,” Hopper, an influence, Chidlaw’s art she said. “I think it’s my most cheerful evokes emotions of loneliness or at least body of work so far. Maybe I just needed longing, maybe even just the hint of something cheerful to paint.” Chidlaw is wistfulness – a sense of moving through one of the area’s most popular painters,

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and gallery owner Nathan Vonk noted that the show will be largely sold through preview appointments even before the grand opening. “I am deeply and profoundly grateful for that,” Chidlaw said. “I know that so many artists work so hard and get so little attention.”

Mission Possible: I Madonnari Returns Art intended to be much more ephemeral makes its heralded return this Memorial Day weekend as the I Madonnari Festival Street Painting event resumes its annual three-day takeover of the plaza in front of the Santa Barbara Mission after two years as a virtual event. It’s also the first festival since the retirement of Kathy Koury, who founded I Madonnari 44 years ago, after observing one in Italy, as the first such public chalkon-pavement gathering in the U.S. Over the course of the three-day weekend, more than 125 “squares” will be filled with exquisitely detailed chalk drawings created by artists, both professional and amateur. The chalk-filled fun will also feature nonstop music from a stage on the Mission’s lawn and a food festival this year largely populated by food trucks. “It’s been quite a scramble getting it together in just three months,” said Kai Tepper, who took over for Koury as executive director of Children’s Creative Project, the festival’s producer and beneficiary, following stints as Santa Barbara Bowl’s first full-time outreach manager and, previously, ED at the Arts Fund. “But it’s been amazing how the community is coming together to help make it happen. That’s part of what makes this festival so magical, everybody creating this little ecosystem that’s like a mini village for four days because they care about our mission and love celebrating the arts.” All proceeds from the event go to further CCP’s mission of supporting

This year’s I Madonnari will feature a food festival and live music, in addition to the plethora of chalk art

“America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.” – Claudia Pemberton

arts education in the schools. Thousands are expected to visit the festival over the weekend, viewing the chalk paintings’ progress and chatting with the artists who come from near and far and soaking in the festival atmosphere. It’s that interaction that makes the festival a unique event, Tepper said, something that wasn’t available in the virtual version. “The collaboration between younger and experienced artists, asking questions, and engaging with everyone – that only happens in person.”

Rise and ‘Shine’ for Solstice Also making its big return to live action this season is Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice parade and festival. Postponed twice by the COVID pandemic, the Solstice parade has had to make some accommodations for the pandemic-induced (and possibly permanent?) parklet phenomenon along State Street, moving the marchers’ route two blocks northeast to, appropriately, Santa Barbara Street. But while the usual storefront shops shielding spectators might be sorely missed in favor of office buildings, courthouses, homes, and more that line Santa Barbara Street, the ingredients of the parade itself will be unchanged, as the people-powered parade still has its artsy-creative charm intact, with no signs, motor vehicles, or animals allowed. VIP seating will still be made available at two corners of De La Guerra and Santa Barbara streets, with the shaded section including water and a snack in the ticket price, proceeds going to support the parade and festival. Those desiring a more hands-on approach to participating in the parade can head on down to the Solstice Workshop, where the organization’s artists-in-residence, mask-makers, costume designers, and other artisans can help you dream up or fulfill your creative vision for the area’s most artistic annual event, which this year has the upbeat double-entendre theme of “Shine.” Both expertise and materials are supplied at the space at the Community Arts Workshop (CAW) at 631 Garden Street, which opens to the public as we hit newsstands on May 26 and continues right on through the eve of the parade on June 24. Also welcome are those looking to join a float ensemble, or just learn how to create the stuff that wows folks lining the street each year. The festival still opens with an evening of music and more on Friday night, June 24, in Alameda Park, which is also where the parade ends on Saturday (except now the sharp turn on Micheltorena goes left instead of right!) Musical acts already announced include Rey Fresco, Traveler, and Paper Idol, plus local favorites Uncle Uncle, Grooveshine, and Glenn Annie. Get all the details, including parade route, festival details, and workshop registration forms online at

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News & Event Roundup

Bearman’s new program Comedians in YOUR Kitchen pairs together comedians and chefs for cooking tutorials

Keystone Ocean Species Is in Crisis by MJ Staff


n Saturday, May 14, an unusual influx of emaciated, weak, and hypothermic brown pelicans began arriving at the Wildlife Hospital at the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN). The amount of pelicans that are being rescued and delivered are increasing at a daily rate, but the cause of their condition is still unknown. There are many teams across Southern California working to identify the reason for the species’ decline, displacement, and emaciation as patients continue to be cared for at the SBWCN and then transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Goleta. Support the continued purchase of medications, fluids, and food by donating to the SBWCN online at donate. To report a sick or injured pelican the SBWCN Helpline: (805) 681-1080.

Volunteers across the coast have been helping to rescue brown pelicans and deliver them to the SBWCN Wildlife Hospital

in Santa Barbara or Ventura County, call

Butterflies Flutter Back to the Museum

often marginalized in the comedy industry. She strives to create inclusive shows for all crowds, representing a wide range of talent of all different ages, genders, sexual orientations, and races. In addition to the array of shows and comedy coaching, Bearman produces the only comedy drag show in California, Comedy is a Drag, where comedians perform on the same bill as Drag Queens. Recently, Bearman has started to offer a program called Comedians in YOUR Kitchen where a chef and comedian walk audiences through a cooking and refresher demo. Her upcoming shows can be found at and are offered on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at an array of venues across the county. If you’re interested in working with Bear Cave Comedy in any capacity, reach out to Samantha and her team at or visit samanthabearman. com for more information.

Fiesta Kicks off With Poster Unveiling

Director of Guest Experience Kim Zsembik admires a blue morpho, one of the new butterfly species included in this year’s pavilion

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – a nonprofit organization founded in 1916 – opens its popular summer exhibit Butterflies Alive! this weekend. For the first time, the exhibit will feature more than a dozen colorful tropical species from Costa Rica. Director of Guest Experience Kim Zsembik shares, “We are excited to welcome these species from Costa Rica for the first time to Butterflies Alive! We know guests will be awed when witnessing the blue morpho take flight. It’s a must-see!” Visitors are able to walk through the garden while nearly 1,000 live butterflies flutter freely around them. The Museum recommends making reservations at sbna The exhibit is available from May 28 to September 5, is included in admission, and open Wednesday to Monday, 10 am to 5 pm. Last entry into the pavilion is at 4 pm. Volunteer opportunities are also available at Bilingual English/Spanish speakers and those available on weekends are especially helpful. To plan your Butterflies Alive! experience, visit

Comedy’s Inclusive Comeback Samantha Bearman, the owner of Bear Cave Productions, LLC, is single handedly bringing comedy back to the Santa Barbara community. Bearman has established Bear Cave Comedy shows at several thriving locations from Goleta through downtown Santa Barbara. The goal behind Bear Cave Comedy is to lift up voices that are 26 May – 2 June 2022

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Mini Meta

Last Week’s Solution:

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Down 1 Snoop ___ 2 Famous friend of 8-Across 3 "I'm off!" 5 HP competitor 7 Music's ___ Leppard or Mos ___
















Across 1 A sac fly earns one 4 Plot procuring political power 5 With 6-Across, transformer employed in science museum demonstrations 6 See 5-Across 7 "It's no ___!"

Down 1 Apt name for an optimist? 2 Chicago baller 3 Abbreviation for both beer enthusiasts and linguists 4 Central figures in the wealth disparity debate 5 The NCAA's Horned Frogs





Across 1 English race place that gave its name to a type of tie 6 Column providing central support? 7 Lead-in to space or speed 8 To's opposite 9 They might take charge in a chemistry lab









Down 1 Ketchum who's "gotta catch 'em all" 2 James Bond genre, informally 3 Widely used antibiotic 4 Result of a leadoff walk 5 Six-year stints, for senators






4 5







Across 1 Attach (onto) 5 Proposal, perhaps 6 Color 7 NBA All-Star Thomas 8 Signature products?




Down 1 Tour gp. 2 Large beverage container 3 Cut, as ties 4 With 6-Down, supermodel whose legs are insured for $2 million 6 See 4-Down













Across 1 Delivery room exhortation 5 Like the alphabet used for sorority chapters and COVID variants 7 Site for banging heavy metal? 8 End of a provost's email address 9 Coin feature










4 7

Across 1 A couple in Mexico? 4 Newspaper piece with a slant 6 Avarice 8 Famous friend of 2-Down 9 45 minutes, in the World Cup












Down 1 Pretense 2 "April Theses" author 3 Pied pelagic predators 4 Common misconception 5 Commercial applicator

Across 1 Word with tight or still 4 Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek 5 Island nation near the Philippines 6 Sell the scene, say 7 Low-budget mag

Down 1 Aristocratic French art show 2 Bristling, maybe 3 How things may ring 4 Short negligee, for short 5 Candy originally intended as an alternative to smoking



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