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THE DISH

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A Look Into Two New HIP Projects in Santa Barbara A Perhaps Disconcerting (But Important) Introduction

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know, I know, I shouldn’t compare Santa Barbara to anywhere else—our town is unique and we Santa Barbarians are quite particular about our city. Quite particular indeed. But I’ve been lucky to live and travel all over the world, and there are two things that experience has taught me: First, the walkability (my word) of a city is key to enjoyment. (There are many examples but think Barcelona or Paris, or even S.F.) Second, a vibrant meeting place with food and drink and friends and neighbors walking and talking is a great thing, and really cultivates community and unity. (Think Italy’s piazzas.) So, what’s the point, you ask?

We’re Getting Our Very Own Public Market Here in Town Marge Cafarelli and her team are actually building a very Santa Barbaracentric version of what I just described above here in town. And it’s happening right now, on East Victoria and Chapala Streets, at the site of the former downtown Vons supermarket building. ...continued p.2

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 Matt’s Missive – Matt finds out more about the much-anticipated Santa Barbara Public Market from Marge Cafarelli; the Sentinel welcomes janitorturned-world-class-jewelry-designer Scott Gauthier to town; over 100 runners in the S.B. International Marathon will support the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation.

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L etters to the Editor – Jill Chase enjoys the Sentinel by the pool on a typical Santa Barbara day; David Nobles wants us to keep it interesting; Ron Whitehurst urges all to vote yes on Prop 37; Dr. Edo McGowan responds to Matt’s proposed Prop 37 solution.

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S entinel’s Take – One final look at our positions—some of which appear to be quite controversial—on the propositions and measures on the upcoming November 6 ballot. Looks like we’ll have to agree to disagree in a few spots but, ultimately, we don’t think we are as different as some seem to think we might be.

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T he Dish – Wendy Jenson talks to Intermezzo’s newly appointed chef Nik Ramirez; Maya Schoop-Rutten is adding a lounge to Chocolate Maya; the latest on the upcoming Ca’Dario Pizzeria.

by Matt Mazza ...continued from cover This is exciting. “Santa Barbara is at an interesting juncture,” Marge said, matter-of-factly, yet lightly. “It’s at a real tipping point with respect to artisan foods and wines and specialty products like, for example, chocolate. There is much happening around these parts, and we want to celebrate that and provide an outlet and showcase for the purveyors.” And so was born Alma del Pueblo— literally translated as the “heart and soul of the village”—and the Santa Barbara Public Market. The 15,500 square foot market will highlight handpicked area butchers, bakers, winemakers, artisanal cheese, charcuterie, ice cream, olive oil, pasta and chocolate producers, coffee roasters and other providers of high quality locally produced foods when it opens next summer. Another 8,000 square feet of commercial and retail space will complement the market, so I suppose you could reasonably add candlestick makers to the butchers and bakers noted above. Marge has been “curating” (great word) the market

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 Santa Barbara View – Sharon Byrne’s thoughts for the day; Loretta Redd relates Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, and Mercury Retrograde; learn about “micro-Pitch 2012” in Ray Estrada’s Business Beat.

 It’s Crime Time with SBPD – The Sentinel does its best to exclude drunks and transients from its crime blotter – but can bicycle chases, drug busts and grown men “mounting” each other on State Street carry the column? (Yeah, they can…mostly.)

Marge Cafarelli, visionary behind Alma del Pueblo, happy in one of the mock condo kitchens in the Sales Office on State Street.

for nearly two years now and, despite being (appropriately) secretive about purveyors, she really believes that she’ll end up with a collection of the finest Santa Barbara has to offer. (She also told me that, in addition to fine food and drink, a person will be able to “buy a sponge in the market, too. We want to ...continued p.8

 LOVEmikana – Salt caves below State Street filled with 90,000 pounds of mined Himalayan Crystal Salt have all sorts of health benefits; Courtney Dietz is rooting for La Arcada Bistro to become a local favorite.

Fright Night – Sentinel editors stroll State Street on Halloween night with a camera, a notepad and a no. 2 pencil. Spooky stuff.

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 The More Things Change – Hattie Beresford uncovers an editorial battle in connection with a charitable endeavor over 100 years ago. Editorial battle? Like the one that’s been playing out in SB for the last 6 years? Like Hattie says, the more things change…

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 Presidio Sports – UCSB soccer player Peter McGlynn charged with misdemeanor charges of battery after shoving a referee on Sunday; Shawn Ramos and Summer Garrison named SBART Athletes of the Week. Check out all the local sports scores and stories of the week too.

 You Have Your Hands Full – Mara Peters wonders how her life went from working as a journalist in New York to contemplating the benefits of Oxyclean on her kids’ grass-stained clothes.

 Goleta Girl – Jana Mackin talks to Mike McClean, the man (and artist) behind the 30-foot, two-headed Mercury Cougar sitting above McClean’s Auto Body & Paint Shop.

 Real Estate – Michael Calcagno tries to make that elusive term ‘escrow’ a little easier to understand.


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Although you might not believe it, we actually want to hear from you. So if you have something you think we should know about or you see something we've said that you think is cretinous (or perspicacious, to be fair), then let us know. There's no limit on words or subject matter, so go ahead and let it rip to: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Letters to the Editor, 133 East De La Guerra Street, No. 182, Santa Barbara, California 93101. You can also leap into the 21st century and email us at letters@santabarbarasentintel.com.

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ust another beautiful day enjoying the Sentinel. Job well done…especially Wendy Jenson on The Dish! Jill Chase Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Wow, Jill, nice shot and nice pool…my guess is a beautiful local Pinot Noir at the Coral Casino but I’ve been wrong before. The truth is that we aren’t running many of these types of, ah, self-serving letters but we couldn’t help it with this one. Thanks so much for the support and know that we— Wendy included—hope you’ll keep finding time for us for weeks and years to come.— MSM)

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Labeling the Sentinel The face of Santa Barbara print media has been reshaped considerably in recent years, and we can safely say that several publications have failed and failed us as readers. I was eager recently to pick up my first copy of the Sentinel and delighted to discover your colorful commentary and your lucid approach to the issues of the day. Many might wonder whether Santa Barbara needs another newspaper. I will offer that

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seen through a particular lens—is typical today in light of all kinds of factors (perhaps most obviously, the mainstream media and consequent “polarized political environment”). I have an idea: let’s not label the paper for now; let’s give it a chance to develop and (hopefully) become a part of the community. My guess is you’ll find a variety of views expressed here, which is precisely what we want—we will take sides according to our beliefs, of course, and we fully expect to be held accountable for them; but we will do our very best to engage all sides of any debate to ensure a robust platform. You have my word on that.—MSM)

Santa Barbara needs a paper with real personality and a middle of the road voice in a polarized political environment. I hope the Sentinel can be that paper. Keep up the great work, but more importantly keep it interesting. Many thanks. David Nobles Former Santa Barbara County resident (Editor’s Note: We agree with much of what you write, David; the print media landscape has indeed changed often over recent years. I speak for all of us here when I say we are glad you’ve enjoyed the paper. Honestly, though, your “middle of the road voice” and “polarized political environment” comments really piqued my interest. We’ve received numerous letters calling us “conservative” and “Republican,” and many others expressing gratitude for, e.g, “an intelligent left-of-center publication.” Maybe we’re just tough to label one way or the other; or maybe this type of perspective— that an entity or an individual must be

Dear Editor—Over eighty percent of the processed foods in a supermarket contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients and they are making people sick. Robyn O’Brien has assembled statistics on the decline of health in the period that GE foods have been on the market. She documents an increase in inflammatory reactions to food at record rates and the landscape of children’s health has changed with one in three American children suffering from autism, allergies, ADHD or asthma. What does it cost to take a child to the doctor, plus time off of work and the cost of the medicine? Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus, Purdue University, is collecting information on the problems of feeding GE crops to animals. Vets that he talks to say that many animal feeding operations have problems with low sperm counts, stillborn animals, low reproduction and high disease, that go away when they stop using GE corn and soy. Most of the commodity food is genetically modified (GM), and with each yearly household contribution of $100, $80 goes directly to GM foods like corn, soy and canola. Our state department promotes biotech foods in other countries, and our universities and cooperative extension promote GM crops in the U.S. You are probably paying a couple hundred dollars

a year for biotech foods now, over your contributions at the supermarket. Do you think you are getting value for your money? The Organic Center carefully documented the costs and yield of comparable natural and biotech corn and soy and found that there was no advantage to the farmer as far as yield or profit for the GE crop. But the GE crops used more pesticide and caused more pollution that you and I foot the bill to clean up, and we suffer in a more polluted environment. The price of corn seed has increased fivefold in the last ten years. The Biotech companies make some profit and taxpayers pick up the tab to clean up their mess. Vote yes on Prop 37 to label GMOs (genetically modified organisms); we should know what is in our food. Ron Whitehurst Ventura (Editor’s Note: Thank you very much for the letter, Ron, we have heard much about Prop 37, for sure. I will start with where we agree: 1) GE is generally a bad thing, and in my own personal opinion, even a very bad thing. People do indeed have a right to know precisely what goes into their bodies, and should have all available information, in reasonable, common sense language, that they need to make an informed purchase. But have you read 37? I don’t mean that in a condescending way by any stretch; it’s just that I was surprised when I went through the bill (which I was initially greatly in favor of ). There are exemptions for, e.g., “food consisting entirely of, or derived entirely from, an animal that has not itself been genetically engineered, regardless of whether such animal has been fed or injected with any genetically engineered food or any drug that has been produced through means of genetic engineering.” In other words, the cow you eat may not itself be born in a Petri dish, but it can feed on or be injected with GMOs and that doesn’t count. Pardon my language, but the phrase “crap in, crap out” comes to mind. Another “exemption” is that food made with GMOs is okay, as long as the food manufacturer did not “knowingly and intentionally” produce it with GMOs. I’m a lawyer, and anytime I see language in a contract that is as wishy-washy as that, my BS meter starts going crazy. I will stop there— that’s just two “exemptions” in the bill (the list goes on, single-spaced for more than an entire page). My point is that 37 is not tough enough. Granted, Monsanto and other related outof-state money is flowing freely to defeat 37 (I hate to be conspiracy-oriented, but maybe they are using some new-age reverse psychology, and they know everybody hates Big Food so much that 37 will definitely pass if they oppose it—plotting, scheming and knowing all the while that it is toothless statelevel legislation that they can manipulate and work around in the darkness of their labs late at night), but my (sickened) gut is that we need uniform federal guidelines that prohibit these science experiments from being marketed— anywhere in the U.S., anytime—without full and complete disclosure. Period. 37 doesn’t do that—and, frankly, I want to know if the beef I buy at the local super-grocery has been ...continued p.9


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lection season has been fun. It always provides for interesting conversation around the coffee shop or break room, and if one stops and listens in any restaurant or watering hole around town over the course of the next week, one will undoubtedly hear arguments being made one way or another, followed eventually by some laughter and/or the ubiquitous, “I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one.” [Cue clinking of wine glasses.] It’s an interesting time, and even though people often disagree—sometimes even passionately disagree—on the candidates and issues, it is a terrific time for community dialogue and unity. In other words, even though election season has a tendency to spotlight some of the differences between friends and neighbors, it also has a tendency to force real conversation and thus, in our minds, anyway, to bring us closer together as a community of reasonably intelligent and compassionate people. (That’s not to say that politics hasn’t driven the occasional wedge between friends, but generally we think serious talk is good and helps us understand each other and our unique perspectives better.) We’ve received countless calls and letters regarding our positions on the propositions and measures, many from people who disagree (though, frankly, most seem to appreciate our approach and reasoning). We’ve done our best to talk through the issues with readers whenever possible and present our thoughts and rationale, and we’ve truly appreciated the insightful and candid discourse. The truth is that we’ve viewed our role over the past month as a facilitator of the political conversation, and wanted to help get everybody thinking and talking about the issues before them. And in that regard, we believe we’ve succeeded— whether you agree or disagree with us is another question entirely. We thought we’d give everybody one last look at our thoughts on all the propositions and measures before us on November 6, so here’s a brief synopsis of what we’ve been writing. Enjoy.

STATE PROPOSITIONS Propositions 30 and 38 – Increasing Taxes for Public Education

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The subtitle above, Increasing Taxes for Public Education, is not fully accurate. The tax increase in Prop 30 also guarantees funding for a variety of “public services” (think cops and firefighters and healthcare workers). We set forth our thinking on these issues just last week (see The Curious Case of Propositions 30 and 38) and don’t need to beat a dead horse. Prop 38 raises more money from more people over more time, all of which goes directly to schools on a per-pupil basis. If it’s truly all about the kids and their music classes, then it’s 38 all the way. Yes on 38; No on 30 (Editor’s Note: I had a wonderful telephone call this past week with an articulate and bright UCSB student who had read both 30 and 38, and was concerned with our take on them. (She was especially concerned with a loss of funding for the UC system—and thus higher tuition for her and other Gauchos and Bears and Bruins—and believed that higher education may fare worse under 38. We spent a half-hour on the phone, and ultimately parted ways happier for having had a reasonable conversation about the issues. We may not agree, Marissa, but I’m glad to have the perspective you provided. Keep thinking and reading, and I hope to hear from you again in the future.—MSM)

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Proposition 31 – Reforming State Budget System and Expanding Local Government

While we like at least some of what is in Prop 31 (e.g., a two-year budget cycle and the concept of allowing local government additional power to implement plans and procedures to coordinate public services), ultimately 31 falls short. Local government has repeatedly demonstrated a need for real oversight (think City of Bell scandal) and 31 doesn’t provide it. 31 also puts too much power in the Governor’s pen in the event of “fiscal emergencies,” which the Governor can declare in the first place. We are all for reform in Sacramento, trust us, but it must be smart and practical. 31 is neither. No on 31

Proposition 32 – Limiting Labor Unions and Corporations’ Political Contributions

We’ve heard the commercials, as you likely have—vote no on Prop 32, the “special interests act” (message provided by, you guessed it, a bunch of unions with special interests of their own). What’s wrong with letting individual union members decide whether to contribute to the union’s political activities, rather than forcing them to do so even when they disagree with the union’s position? And why wouldn’t we want corporations’ role in financing candidates limited? Further, let’s stop government contractors from effectively buying the very government officials that award them their contracts. We know it ain’t popular, but we think it’s right. Yes on 32 ...continued p.13

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by Wendy Jenson Fan of meats and sweets and a former magazine

editor, Wendy has worked at Santa Barbara Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Us Weekly (the latter three in NYC). Currently a public relations consultant, she’s concerned about getting plump while working on this column.

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Virgo (if you’re into those things), Nik Ramirez is a born perfectionist and the newly appointed chef at Intermezzo Bar & Café. Born on Maui, the 25-year-old played semi-pro soccer (as a striker) in Romania, before quitting in frustration over the politics of the game. Upon returning to the States, Nik enrolled in the Santa Barbara City College’s School of Culinary Arts. As he did with athletics, Nik fully committed to school. If a class taught the art of cutting carrots, Nik would buy a sack on the way home and practice all night. “It takes 100 times to create muscle memory. So I aim for 300 repetitions,” he says. Nicknamed the Flying Hawaiian, Nik also surfs and does jujitsu. Intermezzo serves an in-between menu, somewhere between casual and fine dining. “It’s a good first date type of place,” says the single chef, a mix of Spanish, Portuguese, Irish, and Italian. There are some 20 “easy-to-share” dishes. Sweet potato fries are served with sweet chili BBQ sauce, $9. Crispy cauliflower comes with capers and parmesan, $9. Tuna Tartare floats on cucumber boats with avocado and tangerine vinaigrette, $12. “It is not one of those places where you pay a lot for a little and leave hungry,” Nik says. There are a number of salad choices, among them Roots, roasted market beets and carrots, shaved fennel, goat cheese, and tarragon emulsion, $15. Of his seasonal approach, Nik says, “You can’t have arugula all year round.” Nik incorporates fine dining techniques and quality into the preparation of comfort food. Fruits and vegetables are purchased at

Pasta Modena with housemade cheese tortellini, braised lamb, and mint, $14

Copper topped tables and a cozy wood-burning fireplace at Intermezzo

the farmers market. Sausages, ricotta, and pasta are housemade. Airy cheese tortellini are presented with braised lamb, mint, and wafer-thin lemon slices (all that cutting practice!), $14. Cheese and charcuterie are served with honeycomb, roasted almonds, dried fruit, and toast. Staples like burgers and flatbreads will always be on the menu, and Nik describes his first menu as the “beginning of the revolution.” Intermezzo (819 Anacapa Street) broke through a wall, creating a lounge or private dining room for 25. Reggae plays at a level

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Maya Lounge next door in time for the holidays. “I’m waiting for a counter to arrive,” she says. “It will separate the kitchen from the dining area. There will be glass in the back so people can see me work.” Maya makes 80% of the chocolate herself. She’d like the lounge to be a place of learning. Did you know that chocolate is grown within 22° above or below the equator? Maya has traveled the world (near the equator) in search of the best beans from fair sustainable farms. She’s visited chocolate plantations in Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Venezuela, Cuba, and Java. Photographs from her journeys fill the orange and red walls. Besides dandy candy, the lounge will serve nibbles from original recipes. There’ll be cocoa drinks, little tamales, biscotti, and


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eliminate the need for people to hit three or four grocery stores to get all they need these days.” Sounds pretty user-friendly, huh?) More than just the public market, however, Alma del Pueblo will also have 37 residential condominium units that contain all the amenities one might find living in an upscale apartment building anywhere in the world. Everything from a dedicated concierge to guests’ rooms and an owners’ club and terrace, to garden boxes and potting sheds and wine storage and parking (with a dedicated elevator)… the list is long. The condos are for sale now, so call Elizabeth Wagner or another agent on the sales team if you are interested. Here’s the kicker: The whole concept revolves around the walkability (again, my word) of the location. “Alma del Pueblo is in the heart of Santa Barbara’s vibrant cultural and performing arts district—residents and visitors alike can step out of the market or their condo and be at the Arlington or Granada in a minute, SBMA in a couple minutes and pretty much anywhere on State Street and environs within five or ten minutes.” (She’s right, I timed it.) “And there are ten or more restaurants and lounges within a few minutes too.” (Again, she’s right.) The local business community is buzzing. “It’s a complete positive,” gushed Jennifer Bouma, owner of Santa Barbara standard Chicken Little, “we are so excited about the changes coming to the area. We’ll have more walking traffic and anticipate a real boon for businesses of all shapes and sizes in the neighborhood. It’s also great to see such progress being made on a project so quickly, especially when you compare it to longstagnant projects like the Miramar Hotel, for example.” Like I said, exciting stuff—the very best is coming soon to our fair city by the sea. You’ll all be the first to know as soon as we learn more about purveyors and plans going forward…we’re keeping our eye on this one. (And hey Marge, how’d that rock fish come out?)

From Adolescent Janitor to Exalted Jewelry Designer Speaking of new and terrific things to walk to and enjoy, have you heard the story of the high school kid getting his first job as a janitor at a jewelry store and eventually becoming one of the hottest jewelry designers around? Come on, you know that old yarn. No? You haven’t heard that one? Well you should have. He just came to Santa Barbara. Scott Gauthier recently moved in to 921 State Street, and, simply put, he is a force. “I need to create,” he told me, smiling easily, “I need to make things. Jewelry design is still my hobby, my outlet. I can’t finish one piece without thinking of another.” Scott really began his craft over two decades ago in Arizona (longer if you count the aforementioned janitorial days and relevant college courses at the University of Madison, Wisconsin), and still has one store in tony Scottsdale and another in Phoenix. He built a successful business down there, one that is really a part of that community and yet is known and respected worldwide. (So known and respected, in fact, that even Frommer’s Travel Guides list Jewelry by Gauthier as a place to go when in and around Scottsdale and Phoenix.) And that’s just what Scott wants to build in Santa Barbara.

Attracted to Santa Barbara and State Street for Years “My family summered in Santa Barbara for years, and it is a special place to me, one I’ve always loved,” Scott explained. “And I continue to believe that State Street is one of the prettiest and most unique retail streets I’ve ever seen.” His “shop” is only adding to the State Street scene, and in a good way. The totally ...continued p.14


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...continued from 4 injected with or fed something dreamed up by guys in white jackets. For now, I will do my very best to know what my family and I are eating; I will shop local and organic; I will understand—as best I can—what I am buying; and I will continue the march toward federal legislation. I’m glad for the letter, Ron, we aren’t as different as you might believe.— MSM)

State or Washington Control for Genetically Modified Food Labeling In a letter to the editor with an editorial response last week, Bryan Rosen, Director of the Concerned Citizens for Environmental Health, Montecito, discusses Prop 37, a California proposition that would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified materials. The Editor of the Sentinel responds and his main point is that this would be better controlled by a national program. Unfortunately, the editor’s take on this is a bit naive, it is far better that decisions concerning us be closer to home—unless one is interested in other things like a onestop shopping center to obtain the best politicians money can buy. I was on the staff of the California Legislative Analyst and I saw how much effort was applied toward wrenching control from locals into moving it to Washington where things

were more prone to purchase. California has been a leader and the East Coast pays attention to what happens here. There used to be California-only cars but that seems no longer the case as the rest of the nation followed. It did not need to go through Washington to happen and may well not have happened had it gone through Washington. Dr. Edo McGowan Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: It’s a succinct point, Dr. McGowan, and I don’t disagree that lobbies are indeed powerful in Washington. But it would be a bit naïve, perhaps, to think that they are not powerful in Sacramento too. In fact, I recently read that, in the period since 1980, California-based public employee unions “have been successful in defeating 75 percent of the ballot initiatives they opposed and have won in 50 percent of the initiatives they supported.” That’s a pretty good record— frankly, it’s an incredible record—and I don’t use it to “union-bash” or anything of the sort. (I’m actually quite in favor of reasonable that’s the operative word - organized labor.) I use it only to make the point that State-level lobbies can be (and often are) just as powerful as the feds. Further, and maybe I am wrong (I certainly have been before), but I don’t think we are presently in danger of communist control of our shopping centers. No disrespect, but the remainder of my response can be found immediately above your letter. Thanks very much for sending it, and I hope you’ll continue to read and write.—MSM) 

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Heading into election week. . . By Sharon Byrne

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alloween, Day of the Dead, and Election Day in the same week. Is it just me, or is there something ominous in that strange combination? Masquerading, tricks, and elections…no linkage there… and no quarter here! No matter what our political persuasion, we should all be unified in scrutinizing our multiple levels of government daily. As my dear half-brother (now encountering Sandy in upstate NY) relishes saying: it doesn’t matter who you vote for, the government always gets in! Big week for Milpas – Halloween Trick or Treat, Dia de Los Muertos at Casa De La Raza, road construction for pedestrian upgrades, and benefit concert for Sergio. Sergio Romero was killed trying to cross Milpas in a non-signaled crosswalk one year ago. His death brought full focus to the reality of a neighborhood that has become increasingly highdensity surrounding a vital traffic artery designed a la 1950’s L.A. Milpas has not previously been updated, other than oneoff installations of traffic signals. Now we’ll have a bike lane, two yellow-flashing-light pedestrian intersections, and a newly paved street. The concert Friday night is at San Marcos High School, to celebrate a young life that united a community for pedestrian safety for everyone.

Thoughts for the day  (While experiencing a full pat down by TSA for constituting a terrorist threat. My crime: wearing an underwire bra):  Some days it feels like we are steadily

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Sharon Byrne is executive director for the Milpas Community Association, and currently serves on the Advisory Boards for the Salvation Army Hospitality House and Santa Barbara County Alcohol and Drug Problems

sbview.com dividing into two societies. There’s a group you can count on to regularly get up, go to work, mostly not speed, consume alcohol responsibly, not take illegal drugs, and not kill others in a fit of rage. Then there’s that other group. It feels at times that society is becoming ever more oppressive on those of us that obey its laws, while anarchists and the lawless roam free. Second thought: TSA should stand for Total Shakedown of Americans. You can drive the Queen Elizabeth into Santa Barbara harbor loaded with cocaine, and not serve time in prison. You can be arrested 50 times for drug dealing, and not serve time in prison. Thanks to our legislature and AB109 for that egregious outcome (Williams voted yea, Strickland nay). The state would save millions of dollars by diverting all but the most serious felons to county jails. Sheriffs’ and Parole groups initially supported this, as money was to be allocated for them to handle it. That evaporated, naturally. Murderers and rapists still face prison sentences, but for everyone else: jail. The net reality is that our county doesn’t have the ability to jail anyone but the most serious offenders, due

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to overcrowding, so offenders turn right back up on the street. The District Attorney and police are sorely frustrated, as is the community. With Governor Brown beating down on us for more money for schools, it’s clear we didn’t save any money or increase safety. So Gordon Auchincloss, Chief Deputy District Attorney, has come up with a misdemeanor diversion program to take the non-serious and non-repetitive offenders and deal with them via programs and classes that the offenders pay for. The program has been tried in other counties with great success rates. Go Gordon! Not a current election topic, but should be: I am confident, as an interested student of U.S. history, that the founding fathers did not intend the 2nd amendment the way pro-gun forces purport. Having just kicked out the British empire, the greatest military force in the world at that point, I rather think their concern was some other monarchy deciding to have a go of their own at these newly liberated colonies. Therefore, arms should be at the ready, and presumably, some trained military types to organize a defense. Bearing arms was thus a response to the threat of invading nations, very real in that time. I am quite convinced Jefferson et al never intended for American citizens, as descendants of their utopian vision, to gun each other down at movie theaters, shopping malls, post offices, and honkytonks.  OK, an election topic: I don’t like murder-by-state, but I don’t buy the argument to abolish the death penalty. If it costs too much, takes too long, and has too many appeals, then that’s a problem with the process of carrying it out. Texas, as a true Republican state, executes early and often. They started that up after a steep increase in murders in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. Today they have almost the same number of murders that they did in 1966, when their population was less than half that of today.  Perhaps we just need to get more efficient. Still thinking of the early days of this nation, I am also fairly certain the death penalty was dreadful to witness, public hanging being what it was. Liberty, so hard won, was not to be taken lightly. Men were supposed to live together in peace and all that. How quickly the liberated forget the days of oppression when mere annoyed utterances – the equivalent of “Bush is a dweeb” – were enough to justify charges of treason, immediate conviction, and public hanging. One wonders how the murderers, rapists, drug dealers, child molesters, and batterers of our day would have fared in that time? Do they not see how precious freedom truly is? On second thought, they’d probably be the very lot conscripted into the military to carry out arrests and hangings. That’s one way to control lawbreakers: turn them into the oppressors. You can’t win.  So go vote!

Mitt, Barack, and Mercury Retrograde

by Loretta Redd

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strologically speaking, when Mercury goes ‘retrograde’ 3 or 4 times a year, communication goes absolutely bonkers... and the American Presidency is not immune to such planetary influence. I’m not referring to Nancy Reagan’s White House psychic, Joan Quigley, who helped Ronnie and Nancy plan Presidential travel, press conferences, his cancer surgery, and even the nuclear treaty with the Soviets...nor do I speak of Hillary Clinton’s channeling of Eleanor Roosevelt. Loretta Redd’s diverse background includes being a psychologist, business owner, non-profit director, Air Force officer, writer, speaker, and executive coach. Loretta has served on several Santa Barbara city committees and has been a candidate for public office.

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The planet Mercury rules intelligence, communications of all types, such as messages, texting, talking, computing, and travel. Bad time for any decisions; worse time for new projects. It’s rather like the astrological signature for Murphy’s Law: “If something can go wrong, it will.” Although Mercury is a more practical than emotional planet, seeking truth, intelligence and education, the word ‘retrograde’ indicates a backwards moving motion, which of course puts all of those attributes in reverse. Contracts and mail get lost, software glitches, computers crash...ah, the trickster of the Universe, Mercury, is at it again. Unfortunately, Mercury enters his ‘retrograde’ moment on November 6th... the day of our Presidential Election. Remember Bush-Gore? Another retrograde of history-changing proportions...and this one is likely to be no less dramatic. Mercury tends to have its strongest influence at the beginning and end of its mischief: Bush and Gore at the end of 2000 and Obama-Romney at the beginning of this potential catastrophe. Already we are dealing with tropical storm-hurricane-drenching Sandy, forcing the shifting of schedules and rock concerts and, darn it all, giving us something to angst over other than the absolute end of ‘the American Way of Life As We Know It’ that the other candidate portends. You aren’t convinced that the star alignment with the planets actually rule our Presidential race, are you? You might actually think the outcome has more to do with the nine hundred million dollars of advertising paid for by loyal ameri-cuns at Crossroads USA, or billionaire corporate moguls living in Beijing or Oman. Not only did the Bush-Gore debacle occur during a retrograde, but more recently, Rick Perry – Republican party darling with absolutely every reason to win


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the nomination – kicked off his candidacy during a retro. Don’t know about you, but I thought the guy had it in the bag... good looks, swagger, ‘Gubner ‘ of the great state of Texas, smart and well-spoken... until he spoke, that is. Yes, the mis-communication of Mercury raised its mischievous head and his handmade boots were firmly planted in his mouth time after time until he exited the candidate stage. As Mercury zips between forward and backward pressure, between two worlds, between the two halves of our brains, we have this juxtaposition between acute clarity and wobbly reality. I’m guessing most voting Americans by now feel that they’ve been on a flight between heaven and hell with loss of cabin pressure one minute and suddenly gaining altitude the next. Unfortunately, this is not a time to put your life...or our Presidential election... on autopilot. Astrologically speaking, we have President Obama, a Leo who loves the stage and limelight, but has a steady hand of leadership opposed by challenger Romney, a Pisces, who swims against the tide of doubt, but is slippery as a fish when changing directions. Mercury may have well been in cahoots with Mother Nature today, trying their darnedest to alter the date of the Presidential election by drowning the East Coast and destroying communication and power lines in most of the original 13 colonies. We will likely recover, given our post-Katrina standards, and the polls will be open on November 6th...just in time for Mercury Retrograde to turn this election on its head. I wouldn’t expect a decision as to who takes the White House until several days later...

Business Beat By Ray Estrada

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dozen Central Coast entrepreneurs will deliver their 90-second “elevator pitches” Nov. 14 at a competition before South Coast investors and business owners at the Corwin Pavilion at UC Santa Barbara. The “micro-Pitch 2012” competition will be before an MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast audience from 6 to 8 pm; a buffet dinner will be served from 5 to 6 pm, during a networking hour. Mike Panesis, program manager at the

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Ray Estrada is a writer, editor and media consultant who has worked for newspapers, radio news, wire services and online publications for the past 40 years. He has taught journalism at the University of Southern California and now runs his own consulting business based in Santa Barbara.

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UCSB Technology Management Program, will moderate the presenters. The program has spawned dozens of successful startup businesses during the past two decades. An entrepreneur seeking investors must have a great “elevator pitch,” named so because it should be delivered in the time it takes to ride an elevator from the lobby to the penthouse, which is no more than two minutes. The successful elevator pitch gets an investor’s attention and wins an opportunity to deliver a complete pitch. This month’s event is a different kind of MIT Enterprise Forum, since no speeches or question-and-answer session will follow the presentations. The microphone will be turned over to entrepreneurs to tell their stories. The cost is $10 for students, $30 in advance for regular admission and $40 at the door. Parking is $4 in Lot 22. For more information, see http://www.mitcentralcoast. com/Event-Details.aspx?EventId=167. To apply to make a pitch, see http:// mpitch2012.istart.org. While some exceptions may be made, applicants should have formed some type of company and raised no more than $500,000 from founders and outsiders. They should have achieved no more than $1 million in revenue in the last year and been in business for no more than three years. Applicants should have some sort of presence in Ventura, Santa Barbara and/or San Luis Obispo counties. Three prizes will be awarded: Ready for Launch for the best business idea that is ready for start-up now; Reach for the Stars for a business idea that might not be ready but has the best overall business potential; and People’s Choice for a business idea chosen by audience members as their favorite. For questions about applying to pitch, contact Panesis at mpanesis@engineering. ucsb.edu. 



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A variety of crimes are committed every day in Santa Barbara; most of these crimes are petty but they do offer a window into if not the soul of the perpetrator, at least his or her thought process. Our following (and totally unsolicited) thoughts, observations, and comments are put forth for your consideration.

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o here’s the thing: our fair city is quite literally filled with transients and drunks; we view this as an indisputable fact. And frankly, it’s starting to feel—oh…we don’t know… unfair… no, inappropriate (that’s it) to keep using them as fodder for this column without proposing something feasible, something reasonable, that might lead to some sort of constructive discussion amongst the constituencies that compose Santa Barbara regarding how best to address the challenges that are undeniably associated with their presence on our streets, in our alleys and in front of our homes and businesses. In that spirit, we’ve decided to report only about crimes perpetrated in the past week that didn’t involve alcohol or transients, but only sober residents. Don’t get us wrong, we found tons of reports of drunks passed out on sidewalks and roadways and in doorways in front of homes and businesses. We found story after story about drunk drivers bashing into parked cars and running down pedestrians. (In fact, ironically, we also found stories about drunken pedestrians almost being hit by moving vehicles driven by sober drivers.) We found drunken fistfights and people urinating in their pants on State Street and a drunk guy trying to steal vodka in the self-checkout aisle at a reputable local grocery in a classic bait-and-switch caper gone bad. We even found a very drunk and belligerent guy who first refused to leave SBPD, and eventually fell down the stairs in front of the station before being arrested. There’s lots of jokes we can make about all that, for sure, but we’ve decided not to do that this week. So here are a few alcohol- and transient-free crimes to ensure some balance and impartiality on the part of the Sentinel. (We’ll do our best.)

Hot Pursuit

CRIME: A Santa Barbara man rode his bike through a red light on State Street last week and

was apprehended after a full chase. A syringe—an unused syringe—was found in his pocket and he was arrested. (See, no booze.)

OBSERVATION: SBPD initially chased the man in a city vehicle but he refused to “yield”

(on his bicycle). When they couldn’t get him to stop, the officers went old school: They parked the police car and took off running after him. They caught him a couple blocks down State.

COMMENT: There is evidence to support the idea that the cyclist was not part of Lance

Armstrong’s (alleged) doping syndicate—he was, in fact, chased down by a cop on foot. (Lance would never have been caught, doping or not.) He may have been a doper of a different sort, we suppose, given the existence of the syringe, but even that is unclear in light of our understanding from various media reports that Lance and his friends (may have) actually injected a variety of substances into their, um…forget it. One last thing: kudos to the cops that ran this guy down. We can only surmise they must be in great physical shape.

Those Pesky Cell Phones

CRIME: A sober Santa Barbara resident was stopped by SBPD this past weekend while

walking down the middle of a lower east side street. He voluntarily (and yet, as you’ll soon understand, unimaginably) gave consent to be searched, and officers quickly found a pipe and some marijuana (not much). Then they found a “heroin kit” consisting of tin foil, a lighter, alcohol swabs, a few straws and some heroin (again, not much…but any amount of heroin is pretty heavy, of course). The man was, not surprisingly, arrested.

OBSERVATION: That’s not the end. After the arrest, SBPD officers searched the guy’s cell

phone, and found texts about drug deals and photographs of the suspect sitting in his room at home with marijuana plants and pills and what appeared to be methamphetamine. That led to a search of his house, where additional drug paraphernalia and even a few LSD-soaked sugar cubes were found. Wow.

COMMENT: We guess that if you’re lame enough to sell drugs then you’re lame enough to take incriminating photos of yourself with all your drugs (drug porn?) and walk down the middle of streets at night and give consent to be searched when there is no particular reason that you were stopped in the first place (other than the aforementioned walking down the middle of a street, which seems pretty easily avoided). Truth be told, a really intelligent non user could probably make a pretty good cash-based business of the illegal drug trade—assuming that person had no regard for human life or the community or the law…ah, forget it.

Sober(?) Non-Sanctioned Boxing Matches

CRIMES: On Sunday night, a fight broke out on State Street in which one man “mounted” another man (sure it was a fight, guys?) and beat him relentlessly until being tased by SBPD. Twenty minutes later, another fight broke out less than a block away on State in which two men beat each other senseless, and one of them ultimately accidentally struck a police officer who was trying to separate and calm them, with an “open-handed” slap across the face. OBSERVATION: The first fight erupted at 1:40 am, oddly enough, in front of 634 State Street (which just happens to be Tonic Nightclub). The second fight started at 2 am, near Something’s Fishy. COMMENT: Something is indeed fishy here. Two fights after midnight in Santa Barbara’s

famous (we don’t think that’s an overstatement) bar district… and no alcohol involved? Come on… maybe no alcohol was reported but we are likely getting away from our initial promise to not comment on any booze-related crimes this week. How many people hit Tonic until 2 am on a Sunday night without drinking, and then get into a violent battle involving “mounting” each other in front of the club before driving home to the wife and kids? Not that many, we’ll bet. These guys must have been drinking, perhaps quite heavily, and that must’ve led to the aggressive behavior and…ah, well, forget it. We think we’re done here. Back to drunks and transients next week… we can’t seem to get away from them even if we try. Be good out there this week, folks. And please, for all of us here in town, stop “mounting” each other on State Street. It’s just bad form. 

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Proposition 33 – Permitting Discount on Auto Insurance

Prop 33 encourages competition among auto insurers by permitting a “continuous coverage” discount to people who switch their policies from one insurer to another, and it should thus drive down rates for all of us. Happy times. Yes on 33

Proposition 34 – Repealing the Death Penalty and Increasing Key Investigative Funding

It’s a simple argument we make: It is a fact that innocent people have been executed due to the death penalty. Accordingly, the death penalty should be repealed in California (and anywhere else it exists) until the State can guarantee no innocent person will ever be wrongfully executed. Period. 34 also provides funding to law enforcement over the next four years for investigation of homicide and rape cases. All good. Yes on 34

Proposition 35 – Expanding Human Trafficking and Sex Offender Registration

Our only real problem with Prop 35 is whether we actually need it. There are already lots of laws on the books that address these types of crimes, so why the push for more? Why can’t we just enforce the ones we already have? And adding law after law may have some undesirable consequences resulting in uses of new and judicially undefined laws for unintended purposes. With all of that said, however, we are in favor of some amplified penalties for violating human trafficking laws, and 35 is crafted reasonably enough. But we need to be careful with these types of propositions, or they will keep popping up on every ballot and increasing the police state we see here in the most incarcerated nation in the developed world. Yes on 35—but let’s be careful here

Proposition 36 – Revising Three Strikes Law

Prop 36 seeks to revise California’s three strikes law to impose a life sentence on “third strikers” only where the offender has committed certain serious or violent crimes, including some drug, sex and gun related felonies. On balance, we believe that 36 keeps enough of the force of our three strikes law where it is most important, and provides for reasonable, common-sense reform in connection with non-violent, less serious offenders. Yes on 36

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LOCAL MEASURES Measures A and B – Parcel Taxes to Support SBHS and Elementary School Districts

The parcel taxes in Measures A and B support local schools and are thus hard to deny. We are pro-education (believe it or not, we have college and even some graduate degrees) and pro-community. But when do these parcel taxes stop? And why, after being defeated just a few months ago, are these taxes right back on the ballot, just at a lower dollar figure? There are lots of questions for us on Measures A and B, and we will keep our eye on how the money is spent and scrutinize similar proposals in the future. Yes on Measures A and B – but it’s closer than you think it is

Measure G – Protection of Agricultural Land

If passed, Measure G will require voter approval for any proposed zoning changes to Goleta-area agricultural parcels of 10 acres or more. We get it, the nature and character of our beloved Goleta must indeed be preserved. But Measure G goes too far—it will cripple any development, even reasonable and thoughtful beneficial development, and that is not good. What’s wrong with community organization in opposition to “bad” projects, and related conversation with City Council? Isn’t that why we elect them in the first place? Goleta’s heritage should be preserved and protected but G goes too far. No on G

Measure H – Increasing Goleta’s Transient Occupancy Tax

Measure H seeks to bring Goleta’s bed tax in line with Santa Barbara’s, and raise it from 10% to 12%. (Carpinteria, Buellton and Solvang are asking for the same increase, so we don’t see any competitive disadvantage to Goleta associated with the increase.) The bottom line is that this is a pass-through tax that will mostly affect tourists (all of whom we love, for sure), and we don’t think 12% is asking too much to enjoy everything that Goleta has to offer. The additional revenue will stay in Goleta and fund public safety and infrastructure, and will generally benefit parks, open spaces and community services. We support reasonable local growth and revitalization efforts, so we are voting: Yes on H That’s it, folks. All that’s left to do now is actually get yourselves to the polling stations on November 6 and make sure your voice is heard. Make the time. We’ll see you there. 

Proposition 37 – Labeling (Some) Genetically Modified Foods

 

Oh boy, this one has caused quite a bit of conversation. We’ve set forth our position on 37 a number of times, and we have not been persuaded to change it. We agree that food labeling is very important, and we all have the right to know what we are putting in our bodies, especially if it has been genetically modified in some (icky and perhaps harmful) way. We are pro-labeling. We are pro-locally sourced organics. We shop at farmers’ markets, we cook with our kids and teach them about healthy choices, we sit around the table and enjoy each other’s company over a terrific meal, made and consumed slowly. But we think 37 doesn’t do the trick when it comes to labeling, and may derail broader and tougher legislation in the future. The bottom line is that 37 has too many loopholes and too much litigation potential, and does not go far enough. We need tough federal legislation here, not what 37 brings to the (dinner) table. And we have a great idea in the meantime: Get to know the people who grow your fruits and vegetables and eat locally raised meat and dairy. You’d be amazed at how much you can learn and do these days with very little effort. You just have to commit and make it happen. No on 37—but demand tough federal action here and vote with your wallets; support local farmers and quality grocers.

Proposition 39 – Increasing Taxes on Multistate Business and Funding Green Energy

Prop 39 is another Sacramento quid pro quo. Tax multistate businesses harder in California, and use some of the additional revenue to fund a new Clean Energy Job Creation Fund that promotes energy efficient projects in public facilities and job training for the green energy sector. (We know, it sounds like we lifted that sentence from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Read it if you haven’t—even if you disagree with her perspective and philosophy, it will blow your mind.) But that only further damages California’s reputation for business-unfriendliness. And does the State really need to help fund green tech? Lots of private equity is available for worthy projects—and just think of Solyndra. No on 39

Proposition 40 – Resetting State Senate District Boundary Lines

So, which self-interested group do you want to draw the State Senate District boundary lines? You can choose either (1) a group of 14 citizens selected at “random” by a group of auditors appointed by the Governor, or (2) a few retired judges appointed by other judges who were, you guessed it, appointed by the Governor. This is a rigged political game any way you slice it. Prop 40 is a Toss-Up—You Decide



         

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...continued from 8 redone, open and airy space is more like a gallery than a “shop,” and his jewelry is displayed more like an art exhibition. (That fits with his tagline, “Wear Art.”) But don’t be mistaken—Gauthier and his staff are exceedingly accessible and friendly, and really want to talk about the unique stories behind the beautiful pieces and stones housed right here in town. (They’ll even clean your rock while you’re browsing and chatting, if you’re interested.) The bottom line is that Gauthier has access to some of the world’s finest and rarest gemstones—I personally was treated to a gorgeous cat’s eye aquamarine stone (one of four in the world), a lightning ridge black opal, natural blue star sapphires, rhodochrosites and lots more. It was actually pretty amazing, even for a relative neophyte like me. So, how does a world class craftsman approach an uber-rare stone from a design perspective? “I let the stones sit around and decide

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what they want to be, and once I see that shape or form, I start the waxing process that ultimately results in what you see here in the store.” Thus, on a typical day, Scott has stones just lying around his workspace, waiting to be crafted into something beautiful, something special. It won’t surprise anyone that Gauthier’s “art” (and it is an art, to be sure) can be

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expensive—quite expensive indeed. It can be found on an international clientele, ranging from prominent social figures to even the women of Sex & the City. (I asked for more Gauthier-sporting celebs but Scott respected his clients’ privacy…and I, in turn, respect that.) With that said, he is careful to balance the high-end rare stone designs with more accessible ones too, so it is worth checking out for any interested buyer with a few bucks to spend on somebody special. (Further, some of Scott’s very rare stones behave much like investments, effectively, and he is quite knowledgeable about this aspect of purchasing a one-of-a-kind piece as well.) I could have stayed all day and learned more about Gauthier and his craft—it’s a great story and Scott is passionate about telling it. But he had to get home to take care of Reaux, his new baby boy—number five in the Gauthier clan (yeah, I know, that’s a big number)—who was just born a few weeks ago. “We’d been looking for the right home in Santa Barbara for a couple years, and when we found one a few months ago, we jumped. Now we get to raise our family in the place we’ve loved for so long…and we get to stay here forever.” Welcome to SB, Scott, we’re glad to have people like you around town and wish you all the best with your latest addition to State Street (and with the other addition to that massive family of yours). And hey, maybe you’ll even get a few new customers walking down from Alma del Pueblo…

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Santa Barbara local Gwendolyn Strong was born five years ago and by all appearances was developing according to plan. But after she stopped meeting certain developmental milestones at around 6 months, doctors were called, tests were run and eventually she was diagnosed with a devastating disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1. She is in every sense of the word a fighter, and has blown through doctors’ predictions and the status quo for similar patients. And she is one of us, one of our community, a Washington Elementary student. I have two daughters, man, and I just

can’t imagine. On November 10, 2012, over 100 runners will join the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation—seeking a world without Spinal Muscular Atrophy—and run the Santa Barbara International Marathon to support the GSF and its mission. (Last year, there were 45 runners, so the word is getting out.) Local companies are involved, and the community effort is astounding. If you’re interested in supporting Gwendolyn and her foundation, then start with the Strong family’s—that’s actually their last name—chronicle of their story on their foundation’s website and in their blog (http://thegsf.org/blog/detail/running_so_ one_day_they_can_too). And if you can’t do that, then call me and I will get you where you need to go. Now get your shoes on and go run for Gwendolyn. Montecito Bank & Trust hosts a series of B2B (business-to-business) events that are designed not only to provide information and advice from local and national experts on a variety of topics, but also to round-up the who’s who of Santa Barbara’s business community. Matt Hicks, Facebook’s former Communications Manager, will give a keynote address on “Thinking Beyond Likes” at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. He’s an engaging guy, by all accounts, and this is likely worth the trip. For more information, check out www.montecito.com/Depts/Business/ Resources.aspx. Finally, on November 9, 2012, at 7 pm, the nationally-recognized Performing Arts Department at SBHS will be opening The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Book and Best Original Score. (There are additional dates available, of course.) Tickets are $25 for reserved seating, and $10 (adults) and $5 (students and senior citizens) for general admission. I’ve heard that SBHS is really quite talented and am looking forward to seeing the show. Check out www. sbhstheatre.com, or call 888.979.DONS (3667). Support the arts in SB. 




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Introducing the New Bernardaud Collection

By Hattie Beresford Former teacher and long-time resident of Santa Barbara, Hattie Beresford writes a history column for the Montecito Journal and has contributed two Noticias to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. In addition, she wrote supplemental text and co-edited My Santa Barbara Scrap Book: A Portrait of the Artist Elizabeth Eaton Burton.

Trophies for Charity Stewart Edward White poses with trophies from his safari (Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum)

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n Santa Barbara, the tradition of opening one’s home to host a party or festival on behalf of a charitable cause began in the late 1800s and continues to this day. One hundred years ago, Stewart Edward White, the renowned author, opened his home to benefit the four-year-old Visiting Nurses’ Association. White’s recently-completed “The Land of Footprints,” a book based on his safari to Africa, arrived at the Mission Book Store just in time for the garden party which featured an exhibition of his African trophies. Admission was 25¢ for adults and 10¢ for children. Morning Press: November 17, 1912 -- It was a wise old owl, unlabeled and alone, that stood in the window along where the author’s typewriter had been chucked, and solemnly gazed out through the study door at the throng in Stewart Edward White’s African trophyland yesterday afternoon. The typewriter that had clicked out the adventurous tale of these trophies was given a day off… Persons who started towards the study were first met by a lion that silently growled with snapping eyes. But quite mild-eyed were the many strange creatures from faraway Africa that studded the concrete walls of one of the most unique museums in the country… Some of the specimens are remarkable. The giraffe, whose head towers forth within a few inches from the ceiling, is easily the most imposing figure. The duikins, gerenuks, and oribis attracted the attention of the ladies specially because of their “cuteness.” Then there were topis, gnus zebras, oryx and gazelles and monsters like the rhinoceros… Moving pictures of the garden party Stewart Edward White’s home on the corner of Santa Barbara and Los were taken by the American Film Olivos streets is today hidden behind the adobe walls of a religious order company camera. S. S. Hutchinson (Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum) was present with some of the members of the company. Not everyone was pleased with the event, which sparked an editorial war. Santa Barbara Independent: Who else would have taken advantage of the entertainment given for charity to have the scene recorded with a moving picture machine for reproduction throughout the country as a scene at the home of White, the author, showing the crowds viewing the trophies of his skill as a hunter of ferocious beasts in the wilds of Africa. Morning Press: In an editorial attempting to establish his own standard of charity, the publisher of the Independent cast a reflection upon Stewart Edward White which was not only ungraceful were it a fact, but which happens to be an utter falsehood. Like the title says, the more thing change... 



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CSB soccer player Peter McGlynn on Wednesday issued an apology for shoving a referee at the conclusion of Sunday’s loss to UC Davis, and the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office announced it would be filing charges against the Gaucho defender. Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter told Santa Barbara news website Noozhawk that its office will be filing misdemeanor charges of battery on a sports official against the fifth-year senior on Wednesday. Carter said McGlynn will be scheduled to appear in court in about two weeks, and the charges hold a maximum sentence of one year in county jail and a $2,000 fine. McGlynn shoved referee Reed Christy in the back, knocking the official to the ground, following the Gauchos’ 2-1 overtime loss against UC Davis on Sunday at Harder Stadium. UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg, who was arguing with Christy at the conclusion of the game, claiming that UC Davis should have been called for fouling his goalkeeper on a long throw-in that led to the goal, pushed McGlynn away from Christy before two university police officers took the player to the ground, handcuffed him and escorted him out of the stadium. McGlynn was released from the university police office about an hour later. UCSB’s loss was the fifth in the last six matches for UCSB and all but eliminated them from postseason play. McGlynn issued an apology for his actions on Tuesday afternoon via his Twitter page: “I would just like to take this opportunity to express how deeply I regret the incident I was involved in on Sunday. My actions were completely my own, and now I will accept the full consequences of the matter. “Not only did I let myself and my family down, but also my team, the coaching staff, the athletic department, UCSB, the alumni, and everybody from the Santa Barbara community, and I would want to say to all involved how very sorry I am. “I am very sad to leave a program of the highest integrity behind with a tarnished reputation because of my selfish and immature actions. I am completely embarrassed to end such a fantastic chapter in my life in such shame. “I would like to wish the best to the program in continued success and dominance, as the amazing support from the students and the community truly deserve. I want to also express my gratitude to everybody for their kind messages of

Santa Barbara High quarterback Shawn Ramos.

UCSB soccer player Peter McGlynn has been thrown off the team following an incident at Harder Stadium on Sunday.

love and support, and will never forget how you all helped me through this ordeal. Go Gauchos.” On Monday, UCSB removed McGlynn from the soccer team, suspended head coach Tim Vom Steeg for Wednesday’s game at Sacramento State and pulled the Gauchos from participating in any postseason play no matter how they do in the next two matches at Sacramento State and Cal Poly. The Gauchos will have a streak of 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances end. During that streak they finished as national runner-ups in 2004 and won the national championship in 2006. “I hold everyone in our program responsible for representing the university in a positive manner at all times—top to bottom,” UCSB Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mark Massari said in a statement on Monday.

SBART Athletes of the Week: Shawn Ramos and Summer Garrison By John Dvorak Shawn Ramos and Summer Garrison were announced as Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athletes of the Week at Monday’s press luncheon. Ramos, a senior quarterback at Santa Barbara High, threw three touchdowns to three different receivers in the Dons’ important Channel League victory over Ventura on Friday night. Ramos completed 12 of 21 passes for 221 yards. Garrison is the new Channel League

Channel League singles champion Summer Garrison.

singles champion, winning the title on Thursday at Knollwood Tennis Club. Garrison came back from a set down to win both her semifinal and championship matches. Garrison entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed for leading the Dons to their 34th straight league championship. Honorable mentions included Bryan Fernandez, Dos Pueblos Cross Country; Andrew Vignolo, Laguna Blanca Football; BJ Murillo, Bishop Diego Football; Jonathan Esqueda, Carpinteria Football; Cecilia Instebo, SBCC Cross Country; Addi Zerrenner, Dos Pueblos Cross Country; Madison Hale-Megan Grant, Santa Barbara High Tennis; Cydney Pierce, Cate Volleyball.

Bishop Diego tops Nordhoff to win TVL title By Barry Punzal There’s a saying that goes: “No guts, no glory.” Those four words can best describe Bishop Diego’s hard-earned 14-7 victory over Nordhoff in a battle between unbeaten football teams for the Tri-Valley League championship last Saturday night. Bishop Diego overcame the loss of three starters to injuries and its defense came up big after two fumbles in the fourth quarter to pull out the championship victory before a big crowd at La Playa Stadium.

The title is the second in a row for the Cardinals, who won the Frontier League last season. Bishop completes TVL play with a perfect 4-0 record and improves its overall mark to 9-0, making it the first team in school history to go 9-0. As a result, the Cardinals replaced Nordhoff as the No. 1 team in the CIF Northwest Division when the rankings were released on Monday. The Rangers suffered their first loss and are now 8-1 and 2-1 in the TVL. Nordhoff was in position to tie the score in the final 1:38 when it recovered a Bishop Diego fumble at the Cardinals’ 25. Rangers quarterback Tanner Workman passed to 6-3 receiver Brad Sloan to move the ball to the 11. After a five-yard penalty against the Rangers, Bishop defenders Justin Brosnan and Aidan Williams sacked Workman. On fourth down, Workman threw a quick-out pass to Eric Lara and he was immediately tackled by Gonzalez, short of a first down. The Cardinals took over possession and ran out the final two seconds. It was a big-time gut check for the Cardinals, who lost center Jack Braniff, linebacker Adrian Solis and quarterback Gabe Molina to injuries suffered in the intense, hard-hitting game. “It was a gutsy performance, it really was,” Bishop coach Tom Crawford said. “We got banged up a little bit and had to deal with some things––guys going out. It really required guys to step up and play with guts, and they really did.” Skinner echoed his coach’s remarks. “We may not have the biggest roster, but everybody on this team can step on the field at any time and play well.” Carter hardly stepped off the field after Molina went down late in the first half. He ran the offense, played in the defensive backfield and punted. As a defender, he thwarted a Nordhoff scoring threat by intercepting a pass inside the Bishop 10 in the second quarter. On a few plays in the second half, Nunzio Bilotti came in at quarterback to give Carter a rest. “We had to take him out a couple of times just to try to get him some air,” Crawford said of Carter. “AC is a gutsy competitor. What I really like about him tonight was when a mistake was made he just responded and kept on playing.” Carter helped rally the Cardinals after Nordhoff took a 7-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter. Running back Matt Woodcock caught a screen pass from quarterback Tanner Workman, broke a tackle and rambled 61 yards for the Rangers’ touchdown. Woodcock became the featured back for the Rangers as leading rusher Tayler Livingston suffered an injury during pregame warmups and did not play. “Matt Woodcock is a good running back and we’re fine putting him in,” Nordhoff coach Tony Henney said. “We don’t really miss much between the two. Matt turned his ankle in first quarter. I thought he did really a good job battling throughout the game.” Bishop was able to tie the score after Gonzalez intercepted a Workman pass


that was deflected by a Cardinal lineman at the Nordhoff 8. Carter passed three yards to a wide-open Nolan Tooley for the touchdown. “We gave them that interception at the 5-yard line and they scored. Other than that it’s a 7-7 game,” said Henney. The Cardinals gave Nordhoff a chance to score right before halftime when Brandon Wadsworth recovered a fumble at the 39. Workman threw to Sloan in the end zone, but the 5-10 Skinner broke up the play, leaving the score at 7-7. Bishop started fast in the second half, driving to the Nordhoff 20 on the opening possession before being stopped. Enzo Troiani tried a 37-yard field goal but the Rangers blocked it. Bishop’s defense stepped up and held the Rangers to three and out. The Cardinals got the ball back and went right at Nordhoff with runs by Gonzalez, Williams, Carter and Brosnan. On secondand-1 from the 26, BJ Murillo put Bishop into the lead by hauling in a 26-yard pass from Carter with 4:13 left in the third quarter. “They just sent me on a post pattern and I split the two safeties, and Carter threw a great pass and I was there to catch it,” said Murillo. Bishop put together another timechewing drive, holding the ball for nearly nine minutes from the end of the third quarter until 5:04 left in the game. Again, the Cardinals defense won the battle in the trenches and forced the Rangers to punt. “That was a real physical battle taking place on both sides of the ball,” Crawford said of the play in the trenches. The next time Nordhoff got the ball it tried a long pass into the end zone but Murillo picked it off with 1:58 remaining. All Bishop had to do was run out the clock, but it coughed up the ball on a handoff and the Rangers recovered. With the crowd going crazy, the Cardinals made the big plays on defense, thwarted the Rangers and started celebrating a Tri-Valley League championship. “Every game in the Tri-Valley League, because of the quality and size of the athletes and the rosters and so forth, is going to be a battle,” Crawford said. “To see our guys make it all the way through undefeated in league, is a credit to how hard they work.” The Cardinals have one more regular season game to take care of before beginning CIF. Bishop Diego will travel to undefeated Mission Prep on Friday for a marquee lateseason non-league matchup.

Local High School Football Fans Got Their Wish There was talk at the beginning of the season that the Channel League regular season finale between rivals Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos could be for the championship. Well, the title game is on. Santa Barbara (7-2, 2-1) visits DP’s Scott O’Leary Stadium on Friday at 7 pm to play the Chargers (7-2, 3-0) for the

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yard field goal in the win over Ventura. Local football fans are in for a treat. “It’s gonna be a great one,” Mendoza said. Other events worth checking out are listed below. Be sure to check PresidioSports. com this weekend for results and postgame coverage. FRIDAY
 College women’s soccer: Westmont in GSAC semifinals, 2 pm – After finishing second in the regular season, the Warriors earned the right to host a conference tournament semifinal game at Thorrington Field. They’ll play the highest remaining seed from Tuesday’s first-round matches. High school football: Bishop Diego (9-0) at Mission Prep (8-0), 7:30 pm – The Cardinals don’t get a break after beating Nordhoff for the Tri-Valley League championship last week and taking over the No. 1 spot in the CIF Northwest Division rankings. They finish their regular season schedule at San Luis Obispo Mission Prep, the No. 1 team in the CIF Northeast Division. High school football: Carpinteria (5-4, 1-2) at Oak Park (4-5, 1-2), 7:30 pm – Carpinteria coach Ben Hallock is calling his team Road Warriors because it has to win on the road for the second straight week to have a shot at an at-large berth for the CIF playoffs.

Robert Gulvin and the Dos Pueblos defense will dot heir best to stop Santa Barbara High in Friday night’s Channel League clash.

league crown. Dos Pueblos is going for its second title in three years while Santa Barbara is looking to end a 12-year drought. “I kind of thought about it at the beginning of the year, Santa Barbara Week 10,” said Chargers head coach Nate Mendoza following his team’s win over Buena on Friday. “We knew they were going to be tough this year.” As the unbeaten team, DP is sitting pretty in terms of making the playoffs. Santa Barbara, on the other hand, finds itself in a precarious position. If it wins, it shares the title with DP and earns the league’s No. 1 seed for the playoffs. A loss and a Ventura win over San Marcos would leave the Dons in a three-way tie for second with Ventura and Buena at 2-2. In the case of that scenario, the tie would be broken by coin flips. “We’ve got everything to lose and they’ve got everything to gain,” said Santa Barbara coach Doug Caines. “DP can lose and still be fine in terms of the playoffs and league championships, and if we lose, we potentially could have neither.” The Dons are led by senior quarterback Shawn Ramos. He’s completing 66 percent of his passes and showing great leadership on the field. Speedy receiver James Stevens is a big-play threat. He caught an 80-yard touchdown pass in last Friday’s win over Ventura. Ramos will be throwing against an aggressive Dos Pueblos defense led by middle linebacker Nico Bornand. The Dons’ rushing attack is led by hard-

running Jason Jimenez and Rudy Corrales. The Santa Barbara defense will face a DP attack that pounds the ball with running backs Anthony Spiritosanto and Dylan Rohde. Quarterback LeShon Bell, also a running threat, has two big passing targets in Bornand and Robert Gulvan. If the game comes down to a field goal, both teams have outstanding kickers: Bornand for DP and Matt Medina of Santa Barbara. Medina kicked a school-record 51-

SATURDAY High school football: Orcutt Academy (5-4) at Cate (7-1), 2 pm – This is a first-round game in the CIF Division 1 eight-man playoffs. Cate, the Condor League champions, beat Orcutt Academy during the regular season, 48-12. College men’s soccer: UCSB at Cal Poly – The Gauchos forfeited their participation in the postseason as result of a player’s physical assault on the referee following last Sunday’s overtime loss to UC Davis. In this regular season finale, they can spoil the Mustangs’ hopes of making the Big West Tournament. 




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You Have Your Hands Full by Mara Peters Former editor for the fashion/lifestyle section of the New York

Post, Mara moved to London and worked as a contributing editor for the Daily Mail’s You Magazine, freelancing for Look Magazine, NY Post and the Style Magazine for The Sunday Times. To remain sane during diaper years she writes a mommy blog, You Have Your Hands Full – www.handsfullsb.com.

Being June Cleaver

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was watching something on television while sewing Jackson’s sock the other night when it suddenly occurred to me: I am officially a 1950’s housewife, a throwback, archaic. There have been more than a few signs over the years (all of which I’ve blissfully ignored, of course). For example, I tend to make cookies or brownies for the kids when they come home from school – from scratch not a box. I love the virtues of Oxyclean and have been known to tout its benefits to anyone who might listen. When I got a super-sized washer/dryer it changed my life (profoundly). I even iron my sheets. But it was the sewing of the socks that drove it home. I’m June Cleaver. How, in the world, did that happen? I was an ambitious journalist working for THE tabloid in New York. I snuck into hospitals to get exclusive interviews; I hung out with the NYPD for drinks so they’d tell me the details of the latest gruesome crime story; I even dressed up in designer clothes to cover fashion week. And then I got

derailed: I fell madly in love. I got married. The reality is I know I’m certainly not alone. My posse of vintage-era wives sits at Chase Palm Park watching as our toddlers mindlessly scoop sand into their pails wondering if there ever will be a way forward. My best friend had her own stationary business in SF. Our other friend

era wives sits at Chase Palm Park watching as our toddlers mindlessly scoop sand into their pails wondering if there ever will be a way forward.”

When Olivia sees a beautiful bride, she sees a princess; Mara sees the beginning of the end (She’s kidding.)

contemplated becoming a Buddhist monk before getting married. Now she is asking us how long to let the baby cry to sleep through the night. We swap recipes, talk about the best way to remove grass stains and complain about being tired. We aren’t exactly in an enlightened state. I know, we’re just one kind of many wife/ mommy varieties. We chose to quit our own jobs and depend on our husbands to leave the cave and hunt for food. We tend to the home and wait (sometimes impatiently) for them to walk into the door, grunt, act manly and bring news from the outside world. The backward (sideways?) step from my previous life almost blows my mind.

“You’re CEO of the house,” Alpha, my husband, reassured me of my current role. I’ll give it to him, that title sounds better than housewife, but I have no doubt that any feminist would still cringe. And they do. I have a lot of friends who question why I gave everything up to be a mom. But, frankly, there are some definite perks to using a tried and true model. As boss, I make the choices for the kids, set the tone and lead all decisions regarding their lives. I watch couples argue over parenting and who should be doing what and am appreciative of Alpha constantly deferring to me in regards to our family. “She’s in charge here,” he explains to anyone who’ll listen. Still, I’ll never be all too comfortable with where I am. That’s just the 1950s clashing with the 2012s. It’s hard not to witness a wedding on any given weekend in Santa Barbara. The other day Olivia and I were in the Rose Garden when we came across a beautiful bride laughing and joking with her friends and bridesmaids. As my daughter smiled at the scene, I had no doubt she was imagining herself as a princess bride. For my part, I couldn’t help but see that very same bride five years from now: hair tied in a ponytail (easier to manage), no make-up and scooping sand in the park. “She looks really pretty,” Olivia said. I looked down at her and smiled. Someday she’ll be getting married, and I wonder if she’ll choose to do what I did when she raises her own family and stay home. I grab her small hand and walk away thinking I hope she does. 

Peters’ Pick Free Lacrosse Clinic at Elings Park You need another sports event like a hole in the head. If anyone gets that, I do. We are at Girsch and UCSB for two AYSO games every Saturday in addition to the occasional swim meet. So, I wouldn’t write about this unless it was ridiculously fun: FREE clinic and scrimmage in lacrosse for boys and girls at Elings Park (upper field) this Sunday at 3 pm. SBLA (Santa Barbara Lacrosse Association) runs an incredibly organized program that will get your kids moving, sweating and most of all having an awesome time. No need to understand the game, this is a great way to try it out. Just show up or for more information, visit their website sblacrosse.org or email at sblax@ gmail.com.

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• LOVE IS FREE What: YogaSoupathon! with Eddie Ellner Where: Chase Palm Park, 323 East Cabrillo Boulevard When: Saturday, November 3rd, 2pm-6pm Why: Breath deep, stretch and de-stress in a beautiful beachfront location to help benefit Transition House and Organic Soup Kitchen. How: Don’t forget to bring your mat and pack a picnic. A free concert starts at 4pm.

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Pass the Salt, Please!

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eep below 740 State Street, down a flight of stairs, tucked away under the hustle and bustle of shopping overhead, is the serene setting of Salt. 90,000 pounds of mined Himalayan Crystal Salt were imported from Pakistan and now sit beneath State Street in two unique salt caves. Sound spicy? We thought so, and decided to pay Salt a visit to see what they had shaking. Owners Pam McCaskey and Kelly Egan have spent the last two years constructing their underground haven. We immediately shed our shoes and strolled into the massive cave that is literally salted from floor to ceiling. Lounging in a zero gravity chair, breathing in salt air from a halo-generator, you’ll surely find all the negative ions begin to drift away. Pam and Kelly did their salt studies (seriously) and they possess a wealth of knowledge about Himalayan Salt’s healing qualities. We’re told that the 84 minerals in this 250-million-year-old salt can help with a variety of things including asthma, eczema Descend the stairs at 740 State Street to find salt caves filled and increasing the serotonin levels in your with 90,000 pounds of Himalayan Crystal Salt. body, which can directly increase your happiness. (Yes…please.) Nestled next to the main cave—which is available for adults for hourly visits, private events, meditation groups, Tai Chi practice and more—is the children’s cave, a sweet spot for the wee ones to get a taste of the healing elements too. Along with the caves, Salt has massage rooms and spa services available that include the use of their customized line of Salt body products. And, if you are looking for something tasty, Salt has an edible selection in their store, with a plethora of cookbooks and Himalayan Salt products for purchase. So, stimulate your senses—all of them—sit back, and enjoy Salt soon.

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• LOOSE CHANGE What: Peter Feldmann: 50 Years in the Bluegrass Where: The Lobero Theatre, 33 East Canon Perdido Street When: Friday, November 2nd, 8pm Why: Fiddles, banjos, guitars...you can bet this will be a good time folks! How: Tune in to lively bluegrass, old-time, folk, and blues music with renowned musician Peter Feldmann and friends. What’ll It Cost Me: $  25/students, $35/regular admission

• HEY BIG SPENDER What: Treat Yourself to a Pumpkin Facial! Where: The Bacara Spa, 8301 Hollister Avenue When: Anytime during the month of November. Why: This seasonal fruit is no longer just for pie. Did you know that pumpkins are rich in essential vitamins and nutrients that are necessary for radiant skin? How: Give yourself a glow just in time for the holidays.  What’ll It Cost Me: $160

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e hate to say it, honestly, but it’s true. In the land of restaurants that frequently come and go and a seemingly endless supply of tourists to whom to cater, it sometimes seems rare to feel like you— the Santa Barbara man, woman or child— really matters when you venture out for an evening. That’s why we’re rooting for La Arcada Bistro to become one of the locals’ favorite spots to relax and take some time to enjoy a great meal in a wonderful location. Owners Irishman Willy and his wife, Trini, are always welcoming and smiling, and they’re quick with a story if you’re so inclined. From fresh soups to Willy’s Irish Soda Bread and Shepherd’s Pie (yum) to locally harvested ceviche, the menu is diverse and satisfying (and affordable). Catch Willy and his talented daughters on Friday evenings on the patio playing Irish favorites while you sip on your $5 Bellini. They advertise one of the best happy hours in town and, based on our recent experience, we sure

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Owner Irishman Willy and his daughters play Irish music Friday evenings on the patio at La Arcada Bistro.

can’t disagree. But, please, don’t take our word for it. Go let Irishman Willy and Trini treat you right while you hang out in a terrific spot that we bet will soon be one of your faves. 



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The Sentinel Visits Some of Santa Barbara’s Favorite Halloween Haunts

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ew things are better in this world than dressing up in a wild outfit and strolling around town with a few friends. We Santa Barbarians like it so much, in fact, that we do it at least a few times a year—Solstice and Fiesta are both fantastic celebrations and come immediately to mind. And then, of course, there’s Halloween. Halloween’s a big deal. Little kids absolutely love it, college coeds wreak havoc on themselves and others, and adults continue to enjoy strapping on an old costume from the garage and having a ball year after year. (There’s a great story about a Sentinel editor who spent a Halloween in Tahoe a few years back wearing nothing but a store-bought Spiderman costume designed for a six-year-old and running shoes. Very funny…and very tight.) And what’s not to like? A few tricks, a few treats and ba-da-bing ba-da-boom, it’s a pretty good night. We strolled State Street with a camera and a notepad for around an hour on October 31, and found lots of locals out celebrating the holiday in style. Good vibe, good people and great costumes. We’re already looking forward to next year. 



World Dancers looked great (really great) and were out in force for the festivities—they actually frightened the photographer so much that he ran away without getting any names (except one, thanks ringleader Janet Reineck, very cool group you had with you!).

Recent SB transplants Nick and Whitney Coss enjoy a drink at Santa Barbara Brewing Company—welcome to town guys!

Sharkeez Manager Benny Walton looks pretty amazing…but what the hell are you doing in a Madison’s shirt, Benny?

Sisters Jasmine (left) and Rose Bowers look great and even did their own makeup—but we doubt they are old enough to get into Joe’s (they were just walking by).

Carpinteria resident John Huddleston gets a little weird on State. (Great costume, John.)

Local gals Kat Farberova, Krista Vestman and Tiffany Nickolas (left to right) start their night right down at a very decorated and spooky Casa Blanca. (Hey Kat, great shoes, girl.)

Michelle Dalton and David Sampanis, owners of Bizerk on State, were a fantastic duo—one of our very favorites. Keep up the good work guys, and don’t stop keeping State Street cool.


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W W W. S A N TA B A R B A R A S E N T I N E L .CO M The two-headed Mercury Cougar poses the ageold question: Are we coming or going?

by Jana Mackin

A journalist and a poet, Jana has lived everywhere from New Orleans and Butte, Montana to Saudi Arabia, where she taught English to children. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The Washington Post and San Francisco Examiner. She now lives in Goleta.

Flashback

A Two-Headed Car Brings Goleta Girl Back to UCSB in the 1970s

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CSB was a pretty interesting place back in the early 1970s. There were all kinds of things going down politically, and student demonstrations, burning bras (banks too) and hippie intellectualism were basically par for the proverbial course. All of that was balanced by a generally laid back approach to most everything as well as some fairly wild beach parties. Beach parties where wine—even the occasional hallucinogenic compound—was consumed. (Not by me, of course.) I’ve even heard that Jim Morrison wrote The Crystal Ship while gazing out at an oil platform during one of those parties at Sands Beach in the late 1960s but I, um, can’t confirm it. Let me put it this way: The whole scene was pretty far out, man. It was a great time to be a part of the UCSB/Goleta community for sure. And I’m glad to be back in Goleta now, some 36(+) years later. Last week, I was walking down South Fairview Avenue near Daley Street when I

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suddenly heard “Oh Wow! Oh Wow!” My eyes drifted over to Nick George, a 20-yearold SBCC student and Goleta resident. He had stopped in his tracks in front of McLean’s Auto Body & Paint Shop and was staring up at something, mouth gaping. “That is crazy,” said George emphatically, “blows my mind.” It blew my mind just to hear that kind of banter—it almost brought me back to my beloved UCSB of years past. I smiled and followed his gaze up to the object of his fascination. And, just for a second, I thought I might actually be having a flashback to one of the aforementioned wild beach parties. (Whoa.)

What Comes and Goes at the Same Time? I couldn’t quite tell what I was looking at for a moment, but then it was clear: A 30-foot, two-headed car sitting on steel columns high above the yard of McClean’s. It had no tail end, just two front ends, fused together in the middle, heading in opposite directions. Trippy. This impossible objet d’art exudes a custom car zeitgeist harkening back to a time when design legends Sam Foose, Sr. and Alain Clenet created fantastic automotive bestiaries from within their Goleta digs— typically old aircraft hangers and garages. Out of the heady ethers of such design geniuses, Mike McLean sculpted his twoheaded car, creating a coming-and-going vehicle out of the business ends of a couple of Mercury Cougar XR-7s. The sculpture is a hybrid-cross between custom vehicle and art car; a visual pun that is street legal and can be driven around town, much to the delight of happy—and sometimes confused— onlookers. Looming high over the yard, the Cougar has Sphinx-like qualities, and thus poses a potentially troubling riddle to the (hippie) intellectuals amongst us. “What comes and goes at the same time?”

McClean’s A Local Landmark McLean’s Auto Body & Paint Shop has been part of the local automotive scene since Mike set up shop in 1970 (just after the Bank of America building burned to the ground in Isla Vista). The two-headed car is not only the stuff of local car lore but a bona fide pre-GPS landmark as well. McLean, a St. Louis car boy who was

roadster some referred to as the “American Rolls Royce”—reportedly had a sticker price of $50,000.) “We were friends,” said Clenet, 68, in a telephone interview from his Santa Ynez residence. “He never told me what he was going to do, then I go out and I see the thing and it cracked me up. I couldn’t believe it, somebody with that sense of humor and talent.”

Not Just an Art Car Mike McClean, local artist, living legend, in his shop on South Fairview.

driving almost before he could walk, bought his first car at 13-years-old for $50. He learned his trade by doing, both on the track and in the garage. In 1967 and 1968, he raced super-stock at Alton Dragstrip in Illinois. Then he moved to Glendale, and later to Goleta, where he worked at Foose’s Project Design custom car shop located at the site of what is now the Elephant Bar Restaurant. “You won’t see too many cars like that,” said McLean, now 67, who does much beside cars. For example, he skydives and is licensed to fly single and multi-engine aircraft as well as rotocraft. He also owns a couple 1999 Plymouth Prowlers, a 1967 Camaro, and a 1979 Ford truck. About 11 years ago, McLean survived a horrific auto and semi-tractor trailer accident on Patterson Avenue in front of Jordano’s Inc., where McLean swerved to miss a car that pulled out in front of him. Swerving caused him to hit an 18-wheeler nearly head-on. The accident should have left him “brain dead, blind, wouldn’t know how to talk, wouldn’t know anybody.” McLean said he was in a coma for nine months, recovering a year and a half after the accident.

Building the Beast “When I was a kid I saw a ‘49 Ford made the same way on top of a body shop,’’ he said. “I just saw the two-headed car and I said, ‘I’m going to build that someday.’” Someday arrived around the same time as the genesis of Generation Y, when McLean asked his friend and neighbor, Alain Clenet, founder of Clenet Coachworks, Inc., for a couple 1979 Mercury Cougar bodies. Clenet was fabricating his cars around Mercury Cougar chassis out of an aircraft hangar across the street from McLean, so he didn’t need the bodies. (At the time, the Clenet Series 1––a neo-classic

“It’s an art car,” said Philo Northrup, ArtCar artist and ArtCar Fest Co-Founder, in (yet another) telephone interview from his Reno residence. “The definition of an art car is that it is permanently modified by an artist in an artistic fashion and is street legal.” However, Northrup also views this sculpture as a hybrid crossover and the missing link between the Custom and Art Car movements. The two-headed cougar welds the car customizer’s design, body, paint, craft and mechanical skills with the art car artist’s idiosyncratic and often whimsical aesthetic. The car’s coming-andgoing statement is amplified by the fact the vehicle is as much a custom car artifact as a harbinger of the Art Car movement that began around 1979. Further, the car echoes the mid 1960s Finish Fetish fine art moment in Los Angeles that drew in part from custom cars’ and hot rods’ cool, smooth paints and finishes, said Northrup. And the sculpture’s location in the Goleta-Santa Barbara area is important as an intersection between the movements in Southern and Northern California car culture. In other words, despite geographical and cultural differences, the car is still a common denominator. “Cars are recognizable to everyone as a symbol,” said Northrup. “Cars are our common vocabulary.” And what are we as a culture but the accretion of symbols and signs that help guide us on the roads of experience? What’s more fitting than a two-headed car, an archetypal utterance of our common vocabulary, to challenge us to face the most pressing question of post-modern existence? Are we coming? Or are we going? “It doesn’t really matter,” said Clenet, “it’s sculpture. [McLean] drove the machine, then he put it on the pedestal. It is a vestige of a past civilization.” With that, I found myself chatting comfortably with old friends back on the beach in 1974 at UCSB. Thanks guys… great car. 




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REAL ESTATE By Michael Calcagno Michael has consistently been ranked in the

top 1% of Sotheby’s agents worldwide. Shortly after joining Sotheby’s, he partnered with Nancy Hamilton to form one of the most successful real estate teams in Santa Barbara. Michael can be reached at Michael@HomesinSantaBarbara.com

A Few Words on Escrow and Title (Don’t Be Scared!)

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hether we are working with a first-time buyer or a savvy out-of-state client, there are always questions about what is meant, exactly, by the elusive term escrow, or how escrow works in California. I typically tell clients that they should consider escrow to be the Switzerland of their home buying process. The escrow folks have no stake in the process and are strictly there as a neutral party that (hopefully) ensures a smooth transaction. Let’s just say that doesn’t always clear everything up. But it does begin to help people understand what we are talking about. The reality is that purchasing a home is a reasonably complex deal, often involving perhaps multiple lenders, title companies, home inspections and governmental bureaucracies (and realtors) all functioning independently and yet together at the same time. Escrow and escrow agents are there to ensure that everybody is getting what they are supposed to be getting at the precise moment that they should be getting it. That’s pretty much the whole deal. When purchasing a home in Santa Barbara, the buyer and seller establish terms and conditions (typically in the accepted offer, aka the purchase agreement) for the transfer of ownership of the subject property. These terms and conditions are given to a neutral third party—the escrow holder. The escrow officer, in turn, has the responsibility of seeing that the terms and conditions settled upon by the buyer and seller are carried out, and takes instruction, generally, from the terms of the purchase agreement itself and any requirements imposed by the lender as a condition of making the loan. The escrow company itself is an independent third party to the transaction—it has no dog in the fight, so to speak—and is really the vehicle by which the interests of all parties to the transaction are protected. In Santa Barbara (indeed, in California generally) it is very standard to have your escrow and title concerns addressed together by a single company, whereas some states have separate companies for each. Title transfer issues are really a part of the escrow process, and are all about the technical examination of the title history pertaining to the property, as well as the preparation of a Preliminary Title Report (PTR) with findings that are issued to the buyer and seller. After preparing the PTR, the title department will determine the required documents needed to complete the transaction and advise the escrow agent and/or the realtors accordingly. Title folks are also responsible for ordering

3006 Puesta Del Sol

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ocated in desirable San Roque, this cute 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home features approximately 1,400 square feet of living space and a large usable lot. The property is in fair condition and is being sold in a trustee sale. (Deal alert!)

List price: $549,000 Down payment (3.5%): $19,215 Loan amount: $529,785 Loan payment: $2,305

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title insurance and making sure that all necessary documents and releases are in place to be able to obtain such a policy (which is key to ensuring free and clear ownership, if that is what the buyer wants). Title insurance is essentially a contract of indemnity which guarantees that the title to the property is as reported, or a warranty that the buyer is actually getting what it is being promised by the seller in connection with the property being purchased. That’s a lot, I know. But, frankly, it’s important to understand the basics of the purchase transaction before you dive into a real estate deal on, for example, one of the properties broken down below. Happy house hunting, folks!  

531 Arroyo Avenue

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his 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Mesa home sits on over a third of an acre. It boasts a private creek-side setting with peaks of the ocean and real potential, and is located near the beach, shopping, school and the harbor.

List price: $649,000 Down payment (10%): $64,900 Loan amount: $584,100 Loan payment: $2,622 (30 yr fixed at 3.5% (3.57% APR))

Mortgage insurance: $340

(required when less than 20% down)

Property taxes estimate: $594 Home insurance estimate: $80 Total Monthly Payment:

$3,636

3704 Corral Street

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3-bedroom, 2-bathroom single level home in Monte Vista school district has 2,060 square feet of living space. (That’s quite a bit in this neighborhood.) The bonus room with bathroom on other side of house can be used as a guest or granny unit.

List price: $779,000 Down payment (20%): $155,800 Loan amount: $623,200 Loan payment: $2,755 (30 yr fixed at 3.375% (3.44% APR))

Property taxes estimate: $714 Home insurance estimate: $80 Total Monthly Payment: $3,549

(30 yr fixed at 3.25% (3.39% APR))

Mortgage insurance: $551

(required when less than 20% down)

Property taxes estimate: $503 Home insurance estimate: $80 Total Monthly Payment:

$3,439



Mortgage statistics provided by Justin M. Kellenberger, Senior Loan Officer at SG Premier Lending Group, Inc. Justin can always be reached at justin@sgpremierlending.com. Note: The foregoing economic breakdowns do not include potential tax benefit analyses since that will ultimately depend upon a number of additional factors. But home ownership can indeed have tremendous tax-savings potential and should be considered with your realtor and/or tax accountant as part of the ownership decision.


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