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Strangers spoken word performance at SOhO and gets seriously inspired by the cast of UCSB Professor Kip Fulbeck’s students (great show guys); and he gives up a few of his favorite spots to enjoy Thanksgiving for those among us who simply refuse to cook their own bird (nothing wrong with that, by the way, it actually sounds pretty nice).


L etters to the Editor – Matt is scolded, sort of, for not tipping the hopeless musician he enjoyed so much in Denver (does he need to apologize?); Robert Ornstein sees Crime Time as a valuable public service (thanks Bob!); and the Pianos on State installation was great…but needs some baby wipes to ensure cleanliness.

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Mazza’s Missive – Matt checks out Right Side Up Poets’ Talking to

T he Sentinel’s Take – Slam dunk? What? The Sentinel editorial staff attended SB’s City Council meeting last week and was surprised, frankly, at the near-total lack of respect shown for abuse victims during the consideration of St. Anthony’s Seminary as a historic landmark. Check it out in The Mistreatment of Mr. Higgins.  The Dish – Wendy Jenson does the (sort of) new and (definitely hip) foodie thing: She attends a terrific pop-up dinner put on by “culinary artist” and Om Sweet Mama founder Ayda Roberts. (Hey Ayda, can the rest of the Sentinel staff come next time?) And the secret recipe for Ayda’s beautiful chocolate pudding is disclosed. (We’re going to use it for Thanksgiving. Don’t tell.)


S anta Barbara View – Executive Director of the Milpas Community Association Sharon Byrne talks straight about last week’s death on the 101 above Milpas and how we can avoid such tragedies going forward (here’s a clue—eliminate freeway homeless camps); Tom Bird wished SB’s beloved First Lady, Pearl Chase, a very happy birthday (thanks Tom, she’s an important figure in our history); and Ray Estrada covers ValueClick founder and Local Market Launch CEO Brian Coryat’s impending talk at SBCC, Dr. Kyre Adept’s work/life balance workshop and energy policy’s impact on the Central Coast in his Business Beat.

(Spoken Word) Arts & (Thanksgiving) Crafts


nspiration is fleeting. Nobody knows that better than a fledgling “writer” struggling at his (or her) craft. One never knows how long it may last, or when or where it may strike. I was lucky for a while, frankly, and had been able to find inspiration near-constantly as I traveled with my wife and kids, uninterrupted by blackberries and iPhones, meetings and conference calls, experiencing life moment by moment. But I’m not traveling anymore. And lately I find that inspiration comes more sporadically, often when I least expect it. Sometimes even when I expect it not to come at all. A few nights ago, after a long day spent working through the often mundane tasks associated with day-to-day life, I labored up the stairs to SOhO, yellow pad and camera in tow, considering what was surely to be a long night of writing, editing and revising ahead. I paid the cover and walked into a packed house stuffed full of people of all ages buzzing with excitement.






 Man About Town – New “literary artist” Mark Leisure checks out

Spencer the Gardener’s latest record, Breaking My Own Heart, and catches up with the band at the release party at SOhO. Spoiler Alert: Mark digs the album. (So go buy one and support local music.)

L OVEmikana – The holidays are here! And the LOVEmikana birds can prove it: Go check out a few weekend marketplaces to get into a giftgetting frenzy. Briana Westmacott gives us a couple terrific recipes for Thanksgiving, too. Oh, and check out LOVEmikana’s Weekend Guide as we head into a busy Saturday and Sunday around town.

Goleta Girl – Jana Mackin finds an old activist spirit alive and well in




 Presidio Sports – Carpinteria Warriors girls tennis team wins CIF

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politics in her own household, and Alpha goes Libertarian. (What exactly is Libertarian, anyway?) And a relaxing, spiritual trip to Lizard’s Mouth may be what everybody needs after election season.

 The More Things Change… – Hattie Beresford takes us back 100 years to show us how little many things have changed. Things like over-worked tradesmen, or angry fathers protecting their daughters, maybe. (Nice story, Hattie.)

Talking to Strangers: An Evening of Spoken Word was a bit of an anomaly for me, frankly. A dear friend had turned me on to the concept, and I’d previously heard that the show had sold out dozens and dozens of times up at UCSB. So I decided to go at the last minute in an effort to see what the buzz

 You Have Your Hands Full – Mara Peters breaks down electoral


Cause Declarations are quite informative, we think. And if we can only decipher them, we might be able to determine whether people who soil their pants and pass out on State Street are actually too drunk to care for themselves.

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SB International Marathon goes off well as planned and new champions are crowned. All the local sports scores and stories of the week are here, too.

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It was contagious. I soon forgot about the long night ahead and sat, talking easily with friends old and new, waiting for the show to start. When it did, around 8:30pm, I almost immediately found myself enthralled with the performers and their stories. And I was inspired, genuinely inspired, by a group of young UCSBers baring their souls for the world – or at least those lucky enough to be at SOhO on Tuesday night – to see.

Isla Vista, and helps the movement to buy the building that houses the IV Food Co-op in Project We Own It! (Another good one, Jana, it’s an important issue.) C ommercial Corner – Radius Group commercial realtor Austin Herlihy explains the latest in off-market transactions. Let’s just say that owning can be as attractive as leasing for many businesses at the moment, and any potential lessees should be thinking about options.  esidential Real Estate – Sotheby’s agent Michael Calcagno takes a R look at October 2012 and sees some positive signs in the market, and Justin Kellenberger runs the numbers on some of Michael’s picks for the week. ($735K on Brinkerhoff sounds pretty interesting for the right type of buyer.)

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ear Matt – you mentioned how much you enjoyed 20 minutes of piano music played by an obviously homeless man in Denver. How did you show your appreciation? A large tip would have been appropriate. It’s not like he was just begging. Donnie Nair Carpinteria (Editor’s Note: You’re right about at least one thing, Donnie. I did indeed enjoy the man’s music. It was terrific, amazing even, and it came at just the right time for me given the week I’d been having. I “showed my appreciation” by standing in the freezing cold, laughing and talking with and clapping for the guy after every song. I think we both genuinely enjoyed the interaction. (I know I did.) There was no judging – by him or by me – and we simply engaged warmly, naturally, for 20 minutes and then each moved on with our respective lives. No money exchanged hands; frankly, he didn’t ask for it and I don’t recall thinking of it. But I think it’s fair to say that we both left the experience better for having it. Isn’t that more important that a “large tip?” I wonder. Thanks Donnie. – MSM)

It’s Crime Time with SBPD (or Is Everyone’s Head in the Sand)? Editor: Your Crime Time column is a meaningful public service that places a much neglected problem in our community into a glaring light. The continued use of severely limited law enforcement resources to arrest and process relatively trivial “crimes,” when possible crimes of potentially far greater and serious community-wide ramifications seem to go utterly ignored and uninvestigated, is wasteful and negligent. In fact, the allegations of award winning investigative reporter Peter Lance, several of which apparently have been substantiated (such as mysteriously missing and unexplained portions of an audio tape of his arrest by Officer Beutel and her use of pre-filled out waiver forms for breathalyzer tests in DUI arrests) are a disturbing case in point. The allegations themselves and what may have been a subsequent cover-up of these improprieties appear worthy of serious investigation by the City of Santa Barbara, because they may be the tip of an iceberg, involving possible malfeasance at the higher levels of the SBPD. Some in our community have felt comfortable ignoring and dismissing Mr. Lance’s allegations because of their stated dislike of his personal style. However, his personal style is 100% irrelevant and entirely ignores the fact that a real and

serious problem may exist with the integrity of the SBPD – and that the only way to find out one way or another is to have a full and impartial investigation. Why not see if the Office of the CA Attorney General can help out here – we all can’t continue to sit back and ignore this! It simply comes down to the following question: “Who Guards the Guardians?” Robert M. Ornstein Montecito/Carpinteria (Editor’s Note: First, Robert, I’m glad that you’ve been reading Crime Time. It is actually an interesting part of the Sentinel for a variety of reasons, and we continue to receive disparate comments regarding its place, usefulness and position on myriad issues. My own feeling is that it sheds (an admittedly often sarcastic) light on a number of issues that people don’t often like to discuss in real terms. The bottom line is that our law enforcement resources are indeed stretched to the limit by drunks and drug users on our streets. That undoubtedly results in other crimes going unnoticed. I have no comment regarding Mr. Lance or the allegations he’s made (or those made against him) but don’t disagree with the broader point that there does need to be somebody guarding the guardians. Our civil liberties are quite serious and important, and we are guaranteed certain rights and freedoms that form the basis of what it means to be American. Don’t get me wrong, these are big, difficult issues that affect many constituencies. But maybe, just maybe, Crime Time can help start some of the conversations that need to happen locally to get to the bottom of some of those challenges facing us as Santa Barbarians. Time will tell. Thanks, Robert, keep reading.– MSM)

Piano Pleasantries Thanks for your story about the pianos on State Street. What a treat! My daughter and I took your advice and walked around from instrument to instrument last week and really enjoyed ourselves. We met a few others who had read your article and experienced the very camaraderie you mentioned we might. Note for next year, however, that putting some sanitary wipes on or near the instruments would be terrific. We can’t wait to see them again soon. Jo Grimmet Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: I hate to say I told you so, Jo, but I did. The pianos are wonderful additions to State, for sure, and really provide a nice platform for conversation and, occasionally, even some terrific music. I’d almost come out in support of having them year round, but that might spoil some of the fun. As for the sanitary wipes, well, I will do what I can. Thanks for taking the time to write.– MSM) 

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The Mistreatment of Mr. Higgins


he Santa Barbara City Council considered the proposed landmark designation of Saint Anthony’s Seminary Complex and Grounds last week. It was interesting (to say the least), and our guess is that few if any hearings on city landmark status proceed similarly. First of all, yes, we are talking about that St. Anthony’s Seminary, the one that has been at the center of severe (and well-deserved) public scrutiny for years since the discovery of rampant and frankly horrifying abusive sexual misconduct of a group of friars there from 1964 to 1987. And so, perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised when, after a lovely presentation regarding the diversity of architecture – Romanesque and Spanish Colonial, you say? Fascinating! – an older gentlemen in a coat and tie, Ray Higgins, walked up to the podium and read aloud the following letter from his son, who had been abused by the clergy he’d been taught as a boy to trust: Dear Santa Barbara City Council, I am writing to express my support of the consideration that is being given to make St. Anthony’s Seminary a historical landmark. As a survivor of the sexual abuse that took place at St. Anthony’s Seminary, I witnessed and experienced a tremendous amount of trauma. I have worked very hard to recover, however, many of my friends and classmates were not as fortunate as I, and have suffered from and died as the result of drug addiction, alcoholism and suicide. I would like the tower to stand in memory of those whose lives were ruined as the direct result of the atrocities that were committed inside the very walls of the building that is being considered a historic landmark. I would like the memory to last so that we may protect our children in the future and prevent the blindness that would allow wholesale abuse to become acceptable in an organization allowed to run rampant. Respectfully, Michael Higgins Now, our immediate reaction to this demonstration of strength and courage was that the whole damned room should’ve stood up and shown some respect to a man whose life was forever altered by the serious misconduct of grown men who owed – and yet breached repeatedly – a duty of care of the highest magnitude. But that didn’t happen. Instead, nobody said anything to or about Ray Higgins. Nobody even acknowledged him. Everybody with a microphone in front of them went right on talking about architecture and landscaping and the number of dollars invested into the retrofitting and refurbishment of this “magnificent” project ($40 million to date, with an estimated $40 million more on the horizon). Different interested groups congratulated each other on the progress made and successes realized. Smiles and laughter filled the room. And all the while Ray Higgins sat alone, saying nothing, shuffling the few papers he held in his lap. Finally, Councilmember Frank Hotchkiss motioned to his microphone. And referring to the proposal to designate St. Anthony’s Seminary as a historic landmark, he stated, after joking about using a basketball term: “I can’t imagine a more obvious slam dunk.” Huh? Slam dunk? Where did that come from? We’ve heard the term before, don’t get us wrong, but it seems pretty inappropriate when discussing the merits of designating a building that housed a couple dozen hardcore pedophiles for more than 20 years as a city landmark – especially when at least one parent of an abused young child is present. One word: Wow. Come to think of it, we’d be willing to bet that Ray and Michael Higgins might know a few people in town who disagree with Councilmember Hotchkiss’s statement. In fact, there may be a whole lot of people in this town who disagree not only with his statement but also the designation of the place as a landmark in the first place. But that wasn’t the end of it; the whole thing just got more bizarre. We kept waiting for somebody, anybody, to say something, anything, respectful. But nobody even batted an eye. Councilmembers went right on congratulating everybody and touting the project. There was more laughter, more joking. And all the while Ray Higgins sat alone, patiently awaiting the vote. It was unbelievable. By the end of the hearing, only one Councilmember – the last to speak – acknowledged Mr. Higgins and the survivors of abuse at St. Anthony’s. Thanks, Councilmember Cathy Murillo, your brief and moving statement before your vote in favor of the proposal was commendable. So here’s the thing: We get it, there are architectural and other reasons to designate St. Anthony’s Seminary a landmark. (The vote was unanimous, by the way.) And the Sentinel has absolutely nothing against Councilmember Hotchkiss or anyone else serving the City in what is undoubtedly a tough and very public role; in fact, we think they are all doing a reasonably good job, so far. But the lack of sensitivity last week was inexcusable – even embarrassing – given the circumstances. Period. Mr. Higgins, thanks for taking the time to have your voice, and that of your son, heard regarding St. Anthony’s Seminary. While forgiveness is indeed important – as you probably know better than most anyone else—respect and understanding and dignity are too. We sincerely hope more people will remember that going forward. 

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yda Robana refers to herself as a “culinary artist.” “The term ‘chef ’ should be reserved for people formally trained at a culinary institution,” says Ayda, who is self-taught and modest. Encouraged by friends, Ayda opened Om Sweet Mama in 2008. Just last weekend, the culinary artist held her second popup dinner, something she plans to do on a regular basis henceforth. “I intentionally plan my pop-up dinners on Saturday evenings,” says Ayda. “It’s the best way to ensure the freshest seasonal produce direct from the farmers.” Ayda’s underground supper club is part intimate dinner party and part culinary adventure. “It is a secret, invitationonly gastronomic experience targeted at locals and foodies in search of something different,” says Ayda of the culinary trend. Pop-up dinner party sizes are proportional to the size of the venue, typically fifteen to thirty guests. Held at an arty urban barn downtown, pop-up restaurant number two was a collaboration with Ayda and local

Josh Gold, Chris Sewell, Robinson Ferreux, and Ken Urbina enjoy a drink before dinner. Later in the evening, Robinson took a turn at the piano. (photo credit: Wendy Jenson)

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architect/foodie Chris Dentzel. Renée Hamaty – Chris’s musically gifted friend – tickled the ivories, while his wire-haired dachshund Shatzi tirelessly searched for fallen food. Little white lights, paper lanterns, and numerous votives made for flattering lighting. A long communal table decorated with herbs (sage and rosemary) ensured that guests met. Phone numbers were exchanged. A candelabrum commanded the tall, centrally-located serving table and bar. Per the party invitation, guest-brought wine was “meant to be shared.” And three-plus cases were shared by evening’s end! Menus emphasize local and seasonal healthy foods. Preparations are kept simple so ingredients shine. Pricing varies depending on the menu, typically between $35 and $75. Saturday’s dinner featured an amusebouche: Persimmons from Ayda’s garden topped with whipped chevre, honey and thyme with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. The first course was a roasted butternut squash soup topped with cilantro micro greens and seasoned pipitas. The main course included a farmers market salad of frisee, curly endive, and watermelon radishes with a homemade fig and white

balsamic vinaigrette; seasonal roasted root vegetables; celery root and cauliflower mash; and organic chicken cassoulet. Dessert was a warm chocolate pudding so good as to warrant The Dish running its first recipe. “My husband has always been supportive of my business,” Ayda says of Rick Wayman, who works for the Santa Barbara-based non-profit Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. “He’s usually behind the scenes updating the books and website. But when I’m having difficulty finding servers, Rick always volunteers to help out in the front of the house.” Ayda and Rick met in graduate school at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont in 2003. Educated Ayda has a master’s degree in conflict transformation and peace building. She also speaks three languages fluently: Arabic, French, and English. The couple has a no-doubt brilliant and peaceful daughter Lulu Miel, age three. Om Sweet Mama is currently selling a tasty and eye-catching line of local, allnatural salad dressings. Flavors vary by season and Carrot/Ginger/Miso; Ruby (pomegranate and beet); and Farm Stand (spinach, cress, herbs) are currently for sale. Dressings are raw, vegan, gluten-free, and

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was about. It turns out that this whole thing stems from a class taught by a Professor in UCSB’s Art Department named Kip Fulbeck. Kip is quite a guy – a pioneering artist, a spoken word performer, a filmmaker, a surfer, a champion swimmer. You get the idea. His class regarding the “spoken word” has generated much interest among the USCB faculty and student population, and one quickly sees why when Talking to Strangers begins. “It was a challenge at first,” Kip told me, “there were some real impediments to making this a reality. But younger faculty and many others got behind it, and here we are.” The show consists of a series of (quite brilliant) performances by Kip’s current and former students that range widely in content and tone from say, a heartfelt and very real love affair with Jesus and religion after a horrifying upbringing to, oh, I don’t know, sexual deviancy (if there is such a thing anymore) as a consequence of Disney’s cartooned innuendos and breathy damsels in distress. (I’m skipping over lots of terrific stuff here, but that should give you some flavor.) Each performer is alone on the stage with a mic, that’s it. (Skipping again, there are a few terrific duets and small groups that riff off of each other and play with words and content and sound.) If you listen closely—as you should—you hear many of the themes and issues, both light and dark (and even sinister),

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facing an educated and diverse youth. You hear compassion and intransigence. Humor and sadness. Love. Hate. Jealousy. Pride. Idealism. The list goes on. In short, you hear much of what drove many of us to the very places we are today, where we sometimes find ourselves asking the very same questions we did “back then.” (Or simply trying to remember those fleeting questions and how we answered them in the first place. Damn I’m getting old.) What I heard was in-your-face honesty, in perhaps one of its purest forms. I laughed. I clapped. I hooted. I hollered. And perhaps most importantly, I believed. It was a hell of a show those “kids” put on, very professional, very polished. Professor Fulbeck deserves much credit for drawing an astounding body of work out of his students. (Although I doubt he’d take credit for it.) And the students deserve a standing ovation for “keeping it real.” Thanks very much to Right Side Up Poets and especially Jeff Boschler for bringing this UCSB treat to the masses. Keep pushing, all of you, you’re doing something special and unique, and I think many, many others would love to see you do your thing. I sure did.

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Opinion, stories, events, and people that shape Santa Barbara

Forgotten Patches, Tragic Endings By Sharon Byrne


n November 3rd, a Saturday night, around 11 pm, a 26-year-old woman named Hannah Stromberg lost her life on the freeway above Milpas St. She was out on the freeway with a dog, thought to be hers, and was struck by multiple cars. The dog was also hit, and both died on the scene. Drivers who encountered the grisly scene were completely shaken by the experience, understandably. One never expects to encounter pedestrians, human or canine, on a freeway at 11 pm. Cars are going at 65 and above. The time to react is very short, and drivers pulled over, shattered by the experience of hitting a person or animal, moments after the deadly collision. Details on why she was there are hard to come by. Was it her dog? How many of us have stopped on a busy road to help corral a frightened cat or dog out in traffic? I’ve certainly done it, to blaring horns. Was this a case of just trying to save a loose dog? What circumstances led to this dreadful outcome? Enforcement states she was a transient who frequented the Santa Barbara and

Ventura county areas. The police are aware that there are homeless camps in the area, and sometimes people staying in those camps try to cross the freeway. If there were not already a slew of good reasons to prevent encampments by the freeway, surely this tragic death has got to lead the pack. I would hope advocates for the homeless would join in this call-to-action. Living in freeway encampments is clearly deadly. We cannot, in good conscience, allow this to continue. There are numerous encampments on the strips of land by the freeway, here and elsewhere in the state. A large one exists off the Castillo northbound on-ramp. There are also encampments at the Garden St exit, and at the 154 / State intersection. Milpas neighbors have struggled with three large encampments for years: • Behind Rabobank, on the northbound exit ramp. • Near Dollya’s, at the corner of the roundabout where you enter the 101 North from Milpas St. • Behind the Post Office on Nopalitos. It runs for quite a stretch. Hannah Stromberg

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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 might have been staying here. It’s right up against the freeway. As a neighborhood, we’ve worked for years on these encampments. It is a persistent problem. Rape, vegetation fires, assaults, overdoses, and deaths have occurred in them. The conditions are extremely dangerous – we often find needles, empty liquor bottles, smashed glass, and human waste. No one should live this way. The encampment behind the Rabobank parking lot was taken care of by clear-cutting and landscaping as part of the 101-bridge project. It still sees some use, and litter, but we try hard to keep it clear, and ask people we encounter not to stay there. Navigating the government maze in attempting to deal with these forgotten patches of land would make anyone’s head spin. The cast includes Salud Carbajal’s office, SBPD, Caltrans, CHP, Public Works, City Council, and the bridge construction crew. The strips by the freeway, just plants and trees to most of us whizzing by on our way to somewhere, are owned by Caltrans, so the enforcement jurisdiction belongs to CHP. That’s a lot of land for the few CHPs here to patrol. Cleaning out encampments is a major production. Enforcement must post notifications of clearing to the site 72 hours in advance of a clean out, and social workers come in to encourage people living there to get into a shelter. Caltrans has a $900,000 budget for the entire city. In the last two clean-outs, they removed more than three tons of waste each time. They have to store items that could be possessions for 120 days, driving up the expense. But the moment the camps were cleared, people moved right back in. This must stop. How many deaths will it take before we deal with this problem? The Milpas Community Association performed the homeless count in Santa Monica last year, and saw that the I-10 was fenced off. You could see cuts in the fence, but also repairs. It worked. There were no encampments near that section of the I-10, Now look at the fence on Nopalitos. The gate is unlocked, and there is a crawl hole to the bottom-right. Our state has not proven to be the wisest steward of public funds, but this is a nobrainer. Instead of burning the budget on clean-outs, Caltrans please do the humane thing here, and fence these off to prevent

A fence between Nopalitos Way and the freeway that now has a crawl hole

any further deaths. It will likely be less expensive, and far less deadly, in the long run. We’ll complain about the fencing because we’re Santa Barbara. But we’ll get over it because it’s the right thing to do to avoid future tragedies.

Happy Birthday, Pearl Chase

by Tom Bird


ery few cities possess the natural beauty, civic pride and historic charm of Santa Barbara, but it didn’t just happen by accident. The city of Santa Barbara, as we know it, was shaped by thoughtful stewardship and tireless advocacy – and no one did more than Pearl Chase, who was born on November 16, 1888. After graduating from the University of California Berkeley in 1909, Pearl Chase returned home and became a dominant force in molding the character of Santa Barbara. “She did more to beautify her adopted hometown of Santa Barbara than any other individual,” wrote local historian Walker A. Tompkins. Pearl, who is often referred to as the First Lady of Santa Barbara, was incredibly unique. She never pursued elected office nor did she seek personal gain. Her main focus for 70 years was the future of Santa Barbara. And, she got things done. According to John Robert Russell, a local architect from 1964-1970, “Her effectiveness came through bringing together citizens, of all walks of life – businessmen and women, politicians, design professionals, homemakers, teachers, school children – to work together, to share ideas and to find common ground for solutions to protect and improve the environment, the beauty and the functioning of a livable and workable community, now, and into the foreseeable future.” Pearl Chase was a pioneer in the fields of conservation, preservation, social services, and civic planning. She was instrumental in the conservation of the historic Moreton Bay Fig Tree and Santa Barbara’s beachfront, now known as Chase Palm Park, in the restoration of the Presidio, and she famously protected Alice Keck Memorial Gardens from high-rise condominiums. Pearl founded many civic and cultural

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First Lady of Santa Barbara Pearl Chase (photo: Glendhill Library)

organizations that have profoundly affected the city of Santa Barbara, including the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the Community Arts Association, and the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. So on Pearl Chase’s birthday, let’s take a moment to honor the woman who did so much to shape and preserve the city of Santa Barbara. Ps: Today, the Pearl Chase Society is dedicated to continuing Miss Chase’s lifelong vision to ensure the beauty and history of Santa Barbara,

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ValueClick Founder to Speak Friday at SBCC


rian Coryat, founder of ValueClick and founder and CEO of Local Market Launch, will speak from 3:30 to 5:30 pm Nov. 16 at the Fé Bland Forum on Santa Barbara City College’s West Campus. This event is open to the public and free of charge. However, space is limited and RSVPs are required. The audience will have an opportunity to speak with Coryat during a reception and networking that follows. Coryat will tell his story of starting several companies in his garage before creating ValueClick, Inc. that grew to be one of the world’s largest integrated online marketing companies. The event is part of the Enlightened Entrepreneurship Series, which is offered as an experiential component of the Scheinfeld Center’s academic program. “This is our signature program offered in conversational style,” said SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center’s director Melissa Moreno. “Our series gives students and our community access to highly successful and unique local entrepreneurs and innovators which we hope infuses inspiration and motivation in new entrepreneurs and existing business owners.” This event is co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Small Business Development Center, or SBDC, a public service offering no-cost, one-on-one counseling and coaching to small business

owners. The SBDC is hosted by SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. For more information, see  

Workshop Explores Bringing Back Passion


outh Coast author and business coach Dr. Kyre Adept will offer a free workshop on “Three Techniques to Switch Your Passion Back On” from 5:30 to 7 pm Nov. 28 at the Synergy Business & Technology Center, 1 North Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara. “The workshop will explore such topics as being in the ‘now,’ not having to do it all yourself, what do you love and what are you an expert at?” Dr. Adept says. A 12-year Central Coast resident, Dr. Adept is the principal at the Art of Integration as well as a minister at Church of Chocolate and a former architect at HLM Architects. She founded the Art of Integration 15 years ago. She is the author of The Spirit of Intelligence, God in Body and God School.  Dr. Adept completed her doctorate in Esoteric Studies at American Pacific University and earned a master’s at the Hull School of Architecture. “Everyone gets to a certain point where they realize that success is not enough without integrating some kind of spiritual awareness,” Dr. Adept says. As she explains on her website, “Integration means matching up your goals and desires with your inner biocomputers so that you have a life of harmony and balance between work, play and spirit.” She says the results are more ease, productivity, abundance, purpose and passion. “By integrating spirituality with your divine blueprint, you become free to create effortlessly in the now,” Adept says. “That’s when life gets really exciting.” As well as writing books and articles, Dr. Adept provides spiritual coaching and human programming, and also makes chocolate truffles. Why truffles? “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we may diet,” she says. “We all know chocolate is a religious experience.” For a $5 donation, Dr. Adept will allow Nov. 28 workshop participants to sample her variety of truffles. In addition to this month’s workshop, Dr. Adept is planning a series of weekly teleconferences on similar topics from Jan. 7 to Feb. 14. For more information, see her website:

Economist Sees Little Change in Energy Policies During Next Four Years


wo days after the Nov. 6 election, an economic expert told an oil industry group in Santa Barbara the results of the national and statewide contests will have little effect on the energy policy for the next four years. Mark Schniepp, head of the Goletabased California Economic Forecast, spoke before a Nov. 8 gathering of the Santa Barbara Technology & Industry Association, which drew about 50 people to the Reagan Room of Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. “I don’t see any change in the next four years,” Schniepp told the audience of mostly oil industry interests who showed up at the “Economic Action Summit: How Will the Election Impact the Economy, Energy and Education?” The other speakers at the event, oil industry lobbyist Tupper Hull and former Santa Barbara school board member Lanny Ebenstein had little to say about the election, but a great deal to talk about regarding what they see as a great need for more Central Coast oil development. Hull mainly stated position of the Western States Petroleum Association: Drill, baby, drill. Ebenstein delivered a history lesson on how petroleum has been used on the Central Coast for hundreds

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of years. He claimed more oil-related tax revenues are the only way California may pay for its school system. When asked about the Tuesday election, he basically said he didn’t want to get political. However, Schniepp noted that the election saw California voters approve Proposition 30, which he said will create a state budget surplus during the next seven years. “But people will continue to mistakenly hope more green industry jobs will bail us out,” he said. Schniepp said that won’t begin to happen until after the year 2030, but “will cost us a lot.” He said some 230,000 California jobs will be created in 2013, but the unemployment rate won’t begin to decline to pre-recession levels until 2015. Proposition 30 also will create more school jobs, he said. “We will build more houses because we need a lot of houses,” Schniepp said, predicting a boost in construction jobs. However, he added, “We need a new [job] engine.” While not saying much about climate change concerns voiced by many scientists, Schniepp said if California used its vast, untapped oil and natural gas deposits during the next 40 years, it would have billions of dollars in revenue and hundreds of thousands of new jobs. He admitted state and federal moratoriums on new oil leases make increased petroleum exploration in California unlikely for the moment.

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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.

Comparing Some Fine Distinctions


very time SBPD finds somebody who appears too hammered for his or her own good wandering our fair city’s streets, they are forced to make a determination regarding whether said drunk is able to adequately care for him or herself. Now, we’re sure officers are rigorously trained to consider all sorts of facts and circumstances in these situations and that making these determinations is serious business but, at the end of the day, our distinct feeling is that this is a judgment call in all senses of the term. It’s sort of like obscenity—let’s just say that you know it when you see it. The fact is we generally trust the officers’ judgment in these cases. Go ahead, make a reasonable decision based on the evidence before you and the Sentinel is all good. You’ll find no beef here. (With that said, though, one of our “interns”—that’s how we refer to all unpaid workers, which all of us are—was once, many (many) years ago, stuffed into the drunk tank for public intoxication after complying with an officer’s request to step out of the passenger compartment of a vehicle with a sober driver. Feels a bit like the boys in blue (there were no female arresting officers) were overreaching there, but the intern was in fact in Newport Beach, not Santa Barbara. Enough said.) In any event, we’ve noticed that SBPD is forced to complete a Public Intoxication Probable Cause Declaration each and every time it detains some drunk on the streets. Part of that declaration requires the declaring officer to check a number of boxes regarding, for example, the appearance, stench, balance and language skills of the offending citizen. We tried hard to decipher what some of those boxes actually meant…but aren’t sure we succeeded. You decide.

Stumbling Suspect Possibly Inebriated

CRIME: A 56-year-old transient from Compton tried to walk away from SBPD after they

approached him but he stumbled sideways, lost his balance and hit the sidewalk. It was 7

am on a beautiful Friday morning. Nice. Compton is definitely in the house. OBSERVATION: SBPD’s Public Intoxication Probable Cause Declaration reflected the following observed characteristics: Odor of Alcohol: Strong. Eyes: Bloodshot, watery and glassy. Speech: Slurred, thick and incoherent. Clothing: Soiled, mussed and unkempt. Balance: Unable to maintain and unsteady. COMMENT: A basic analysis of the foregoing information really leaves little doubt: This guy was decidedly unable to care for himself. But further examination begs a few questions. First, aren’t bloodshot eyes pretty much always watery and glassy? Can eyes actually be watery and glassy but not red? Or bloodshot and watery but not glassy? Are people really making these kinds of determinations? And what exactly is “mussed” clothing anyway? The Oxford American College Dictionary defines it as “make untidy or messy,” or “a state of disorder.” “Unkempt” is defined as “having an untidy or disheveled appearance.” Is there any difference? (I think we all know what “soiled” means, so let’s not belabor it.) Are police officers this nuanced in their descriptions of drunks? Are these things debated around the water cooler in the station? We doubt it, but let’s look at another example to see what we can deduce.

“Mussed” Man Booked For Alcohol Abuse

CRIME: A 40-year-old grownup with a house in Santa Barbara pooped in his pants after drinking too much. Officers conferred and determined that the Santa Barbara resident was indeed too drunk to care for himself. OBSERVATION: Interestingly, SBPD marked the “soiled” and “mussed” clothing boxes but not “unkempt.” COMMENT: Fascinating. This adult male with a turd in his trousers must not have risen to the level of disheveled that begets an “unkempt” designation. Maybe his shirt was pressed and tucked in? Shoes shined? The poop was certainly untidy and messy, though, so we get “mussed.” And “soiled” is a no-brainer. Nice distinction here. Very important. (There was a similar case with similar boxes marked in connection with a different grown man who had pee-peed in his pants after talking with officers and demonstrating signs of drinking. He was designated as “mussed” only, not even “soiled.” Hmmm.)

State Street Screamer May Have Been Drinking

CRIME: A drunken 37-year-old transient was harassing people on State Street and screaming profanities at SBPD. She was deemed too intoxicated and detained.

OBSERVATION: This lovely woman was quite vocal with officers and innocent bystanders,

so SBPD was able to determine that her speech was “slurred” and “incoherent” but surprisingly not “thick.” Indeed, “thick,” as it relates to speech, is defined as “not clear or distinct, hoarse or husky.” (Sounds like some bedroom talk we’ve heard.) COMMENT: This one is tough to understand. Most times we’ve heard slurred and incoherent drunken speech, it sure seemed to lack clarity or distinctiveness. (But who knows, maybe we were too drunk to understand.) Perhaps a few more cigarettes would have resulted in the necessary hoarse and husky voice. I think we need more data here.

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COMMENT: We give up. Just learn the difference between “mussed” and “unkempt” clothing, and “thick” and “slurred” speech. You just might avoid detainment the next time you soil your pants after drinking too much and passing out in the middle of State Street. Be good out there this week folks. 

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Moonlight Serenade From Chumash whistles to romantic Spanish guitars, from parlor pianists to rousing Sousa marches and Sunday band concerts, music has been an integral part of Santa Barbara life and history. Then as now, however, one man’s music is another man’s noise, and a hundred years ago Herman C. Guenther objected to some early morning caterwauling.

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Mr. Guenther was sure to disapprove of this guitarstrumming Romeo serenading a señorita during 1925’s Old Spanish Days.


ovember 3, 1912. It was just like the romantic days of old in Santa Barbara when Ben Romeo and a friend went serenading early Saturday morning with violin and guitar. Both are fine musicians, all right, but 2 a.m. may be considered a bit untimely. Senoritas of any old nation might enjoy being awakened by the wafting of sweet melody through the casement, while the moon is lingering low, as the poet might say, but Mr. Gunther, who lives at 309 West Ortega street, is a carpenter, who works hard all day to the tune of the rasping saw and thudding hammer. To be awakened thusly was not a bit romantic and he stepped into the moonglow of his “budwah” and requested a desistance of the nocturnal stuff. Feeling sorely disappointed at this lack of appreciation, the young sonors proceeded to pick green oranges from one of the trees on the lawn and pelted them through the window. Some glass was broken. Mr. Gunther then telephoned the police and the two were locked up. Arraigned before Police Judge Rizor yesterday, they pleaded guilty to the charge of disturbing the peace and were fined $10 or ten days. One paid the fine, while Romeo thought it more economical to pass ten days in the county jail. As it turns out, the Morning Press got it wrong. German-born Mr. Guenther (not Gunther) was a carriage painter, not a carpenter, and he kept time to the scraping of putty knives, the whir of revolving wheel jacks, and the scritch of striping pencils. Mr. Guenther also had a daughter, and one wonders if perhaps his ire with the impromptu concert had more to do with young Elsie and her suitors than any real antipathy toward violin and guitar or the early hour. 

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with Mark Leisure

Mark spends much of his time wandering Santa Barbara and environs, enjoying the simple things that come his way. A show here, a benefit there, he is generally out and about and typically has a good time. He says that he writes “when he feels the urge” and doesn’t want his identity known for fear of an experience that is “less than authentic.” So he remains at large, roaming the town, having fun. Be warned.

Santa Barbara Has A Sound


ome places have sounds. Come on man, you know what I mean. Think of a casino in Las Vegas (it probably also has a smell) or your favorite restaurant on a busy afternoon. Think of the beach. Or the mountains. Can you hear it? Well it turns out that Santa Barbara has a sound too. A good one. No, it’s not the beach during a walk at sunset or the train rambling down the tracks in the middle of the night, horns blaring (for no apparent reason). It’s something else. Something different. I heard it the other night at SOhO, straight up, coming through a wall of speakers blasting the sweet sounds of longtime local favorite Spencer the Gardener to an adoring crowd. And I dug it.

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Spencer the Gardener is SB Spencer the Gardener has basically rocked Santa Barbara (and many other places) for the past, say, twenty years. (Spencer was raised on the Mesa so one might be able to argue that he alone has rocked SB for even longer.) I recently saw them at the Harbor Festival and have otherwise seen them play so many times that it isn’t even worth talking about. It’s safe to say that you’ve likely seen them, too, if you’ve been around town at all over the past two decades. True to form, they rocked the house at SOhO that night, celebrating the release of the band’s seventh album, entitled

Front man Spencer Barnitz doing the same damned thing he’d been doing for years: Rocking the house.

Breaking My Own Heart. A good time was definitely had by all in attendance, myself included. I caught up with Spencer himself (aka Spencer Barnitz) after the show and asked him where this album came from. “It’s really an exploration into the joys and sorrows of loneliness and isolation, solitude and longing,” he told me, “I’ve been writing this one since the day I was born.” (I love Spencer, he’s a fantastic guy. Buy him a cup of coffee someday, you won’t be disappointed by the conversation.)

Matt Hellman brings a few of those sweet horn lines to the masses

He was quick to note that the album wouldn’t be what it is without the production efforts of Tom Lackner and the guitar playing of Rob Taylor. “My guitar playing was always a weak link, and Rob really filled that in for us on this record.” Then he literally went through every other player and described what he or she added and why. (Like I said, he’s a great guy.)

Breaking Down Breaking My Own Heart I took a copy of the new album home and have been listening to it for a week or two now. Here’s the thing: Spencer the Gardener is hard to categorize. (Sort of like Santa Barbara, frankly – it’s unique.) They go from a reggae vibe to a Latin feel to a little punk to ska and on from there – sometimes in the course of a single song. For some, that might be a bit tough, but for me, like I said, I dig it. From the

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haunting title track to the more upbeat “Someday She Said,” and the ironically almost jolly “Lonely Soul” (great tune), I’m into it. The horn tracks are always on the money (“Chelsea Radio” and “Rock Steady” are two good examples), and the band does a truly great cover of “Summer in the City” (appropriate for the theme Spencer described above, and done with tons of cowbell and bongos and a pretty great guitar solo). The bottom line is that I’m down with Spencer the Gardener, and I’m down with their new album. So go buy it and give it a listen. You just might hear a little bit of Santa Barbara. (And say hello to Spencer for me next time you bump into him in town.) You can find the album at www. and, and in town at Roy and a few other outlets. If you can’t find it for some reason, just call the Sentinel and they will facilitate. 


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...continued from 9 gorged ourselves on fresh and delicious Spanish shellfish and seafood and other ocean delicacies (getting the idea?), drank a beautiful Tempranillo and walked the backstreets and alleyways of Las Ramblas hand in hand on a gorgeous night. I remember it well. The next day was quite different. Quite different indeed. It turned out that some (all?) of the food we’d feasted upon was a bit, um, off, and we spent our Black Friday in a (severely) foodpoisoned haze. It was actually quite scary, as we were both very sick and I was struggling with how to call a Spanish doctor or hospital in the event that it became necessary. Ah, Thanksgiving. That was one to remember. Where was I? Oh yes, a few things to do for those of you who are looking for a Thanksgiving to remember – in a very good way, of course. And, even despite my aforementioned Spanish dining snafu, I have a few fantastic restaurant recommendations that will undoubtedly make your holiday a special one. Go check them out. First and foremost, Cadiz is doing a three-course prix fixe dinner with a glass of wine or champagne for $50. I was just in the restaurant this past Monday night for a party introducing (celebrating?) a few new bites from Chef John Pettitt and a few new drinks from Mixologist Sean Sepulveda, and am very comfortable saying that they are really doing some cool things over there. Proprietor Michael DeRose is excited about the new developments and is planning a doozy for Thanksgiving. You’d better call for reservations: 805-770-2760. Tupelo Junction also has a special Thanksgiving dinner menu. There is traditional fare – roasted carrot and parsnip soup, turkey two ways, pumpkin pie – but also less known favorites like a fried green tomato goat cheese stack with arugula and a balsamic reduction, pecan-crusted trout and chocolate turtle beignets with crème anglaise and candied pecans. TJ always puts out a good meal, and my bet is that Thanksgiving will be a treat. $40/person, call for reservations: 805-899-3100. Bacara is having a Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch for those of you looking for something to do a little earlier in the day. Roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, all the Thanksgiving favorites plus

a lot more are available at the buffet, and you can spend some time wandering the gorgeous grounds after a few hours of feasting. Check out the Helen Jon Cruise 2013 Trunk Show that will be on display, and consider a pumpkin facial at the spa to keep you ready for the holiday season. $80/ person (kids under 12 are $40), and call first for reservations. 805-571-3018. Finally, a relative newcomer, and a good one at that, is venturing into the holiday scene. The French Table will be putting out a three-course Thanksgiving meal starting at 5pm, and it should be a delight. (I was just in for happy hour and really enjoyed it.) $38/person, call for details. 805-882-0050. (I just heard that Bouchon is doing something for Thanksgiving too, and Owner/Proprietor Mitchell Sjerven and Chef Greg Murphy never disappoint. (I actually mean never there.) The whole menu is available, in a three-course format, for a fixed price of $65/person. So you can get more adventurous or stay conventional with the Roast Turkey Dinner Feast. You choose, but my (hungry) gut is that you’d better call first. 805-730-1160.)

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Lost and (Actually) Found! The Sentinel did its first good deed last week. (That sounds bad. I think we’ve done a reasonable amount of general good thus far, but this one really qualifies as a solid deed.) We published a short story in this column last week regarding a lost fanny pack – a very important fanny pack – belonging to a local senior. We asked that it be returned, no questions asked, in exchange for a reward. The truth is that I had a very low expectation that this would actually do any good, but we thought we’d try. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I about fell out of my chair when I received word that the fanny pack had indeed been returned, safe and sound, to its rightful owner. I’m thrilled, Marika, and really couldn’t be more pleased that this all worked out. Thanks for calling, and for reading. Happy holidays. In fact, happy holidays to each and every one of you out there. I know I speak for everybody here at the Sentinel when I say that we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and start to one of the happiest times of the year. Much love. 

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Warriors Keep Their Word, Win CIF Tennis Title By Barry Punzal


here’s something to be said about the power of the written word. The Carpinteria girls tennis team was so intent on winning a CIF championship that they put the goal down in writing. The Warriors, who lost in the title match last year, achieved their goal by beating Riverside’s JW North 10-8 in the CIF Division 5 final at the Claremont Club. “It feels really great because we’ve been working hard all season and we really fought for each other,” Carpinteria’s No. 1 player Kelsie Bryant said. “We play for each other and I think that’s why we were able to win.” Coach Charles Bryant (Kelsie’s dad) said last year’s loss in the final motivated the girls to work harder. “Many of the girls wrote down the goal of winning CIF at the start of the season,” he said. “After our magical run last year and losing in the finals, the girls put in a lot of work during the summer and many enjoyed staying after practice and putting in more time, knowing it would pay off in the end. I pushed and they responded well and always rose to challenges.” It was a tough battle. The Warriors took a hit early when Bryant suffered her first defeat of the season against North’s Jasmine Almaguer in the first round. The loss ended a streak of 65 consecutive set wins. “We knew coming in that this was going to be very close and it was going to come down to a few key sets in the first two rounds,” said coach Bryant. “We had to go 4-2 in both the first two rounds to have a chance to win. I think it is a Billie Jean King quote when she said, ‘Pressure makes us,’ which was never more applicable than in those hard-fought sets.” No. 2 singles player Kassandra Ni handled the pressure and scored a comefrom-behind 6-4 win in the first round. “She remained calm throughout, played her style of game and kept their player off balance in those last three games,” said Bryant. Tess Pitzer played her best set of the year and won 6-1 to give the Warriors a 2-1 edge in singles in the first round. In doubles, the No. 1 team of Erin SaitoLesly Zapata scored a 6-3 win and the No. 3 combo of Natalie Saito-Gabi Montes De Oca played strong and defeated their opponents 6-2, giving Carpinteria a 4-2 advantage. The No. 2 doubles team of Merissa Souza-Cat Maldonado came up huge in the second round and pulled out a 7-5 victory

over North’s Laura Baumgarten and Sari Gyi. That gave Carpinteria a commanding 8-4 lead going into the final round of sets. “This was a back-and-forth battle that was moving fairly fast until the latter part of the set when both teams would not give up ground,” Bryant said. “The last three games probably took close to a half an hour as both teams knew what was at stake. Merissa was solid at the baseline, keeping their team deep, and Cat was a force at the net and had the set-clinching overhead for the 7-5 victory that gave us the 8-4 lead after the second round.” Bryant rebounded from her loss and swept her next two opponents, 6-0, 6-0. Saito-Zapata, who went 3-0 on the day, scored the clinching set with a 6-0 victory. “Lesly was as steady as I have seen her and Erin was her usual outstanding self,” said Bryant. The coach lauded the leadership of Saito. “Last year, we had two captains guiding us; each taking on different responsibilities,” he said. “This year we would have not had the success if it was not for our captain Erin Saito. She did it all and was instrumental in this year’s title, both as a player and a leader. “I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” Bryant added, “and my one regret is that I did not let them celebrate ‘loudly’ and appropriately after winning the title as other matches were still being played.” After the long trip back to Carpinteria, the team was greeted at the school at 11pm by the principal, vice principal, teachers and quite a few students. “I think it brought out a few tears,” Bryant said. “To bring a championship plaque back to Carpinteria and to have the support of so many students, administrators, alumni, last year’s players who set the groundwork, even Santa Barbara High coaches and players means so much to the girls and the community. “This couldn’t have been accomplished without all of their support.”

SBART Athletes of the Week By John Dvorak

There was a trio of Athletes of the Week at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Press Luncheon as Santa Barbara High’s Gio Goggia was recognized along with Carpinteria tennis players Lesly Zapata and Erin Saito. Goggia led the Dons’ water polo team to a pair of CIF victories last week defending

Senior captain Erin Saito, left, with teammates Merissa Souza and Natalie Saito, right, at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon.

Carpinteria girls tennis captain Erin Saito, Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Week.

Carpinteria tennis player Lesly Zapata, Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Week.

Warriors’ top doubles team won three sets without a loss, accounting for three points in a close 10-8 match. Zapata and Saito are the reigning Frontier League champions and will play in the CIF Individual Tournament beginning Monday. Honorable Mentions included Grace Woolf, Laguna Blanca Volleyball; Jenna Anderson, SBCC Volleyball, Mhiah Vickers, SBCC Basketball; Grant Schroeder, Dos Pueblos Water Polo; Bryan Fernandez, Dos Pueblos Cross Country; Troy Skinner, Bishop Diego Football.

Santa Barbara High’s Gio Goggia, Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Week.

the cage. Santa Barbara High’s senior goalkeeper limited opponents to eight goals in six quarters while totaling 16 saves. Goggia was up against two of the division’s top scorers in those two games. The Dons, ranked No. 2 in Division 2, have advanced to Wednesday’s CIF Division 2 Semifinals. Visit to see if the Dons reached Saturday’s CIF Championship match in Irvine. Zapata and Saito earned the award for leading Carpinteria’s girls tennis team to victory in the Division 6 CIF Championship match on Friday at The Claremont Club. The

Santa Barbara International Marathon Crowns New Champions By Frances Chase-Dunn

Abraham Kogo and Paige Higgins won the men’s and women’s titles at Saturday’s Santa Barbara International Marathon. Higgins set a new women’s course record of 2:48:34, beating Andrea McLarty’s alltime best (2:52:23) set in 2009. Higgins is from Colorado. Kogo crossed the 26.2-mile course line first in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 9 seconds, just a minute off the men’s record held by two-time champion Moninda Marube. Marube led the race up until close to mile 21 where Kogo passed him. Marube fell to fourth place by the finish line with Scott

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Jennifer Calafiore, Kate Mathany and Victoria Strong run for the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation. (photo: Kacie Jean Photography)

Runners cross the finish line at the Santa Barbara International Marathon.

Victoria, Bill and Gwendolyn Strong at the Santa Barbara International Marathon. (photo: Kacie Jean Photography)

Downard and Blue Benedum coming in second and third. Kogo said it was challenging on the trails, but he got onto the highway running very well, until, at mile 22, Kogo felt a cramp that affected his performance. “I expected to run a good time, but now, the problem of stitch I had, so I couldn’t run it,” said Kogo, a native of Kenya who also won the Cleveland Marathon earlier in 2012. This was his first time racing at the Santa Barbara International Marathon. Passing the reigning champion in the last mile, Downard and Benadum battled it out to a close finish just six seconds apart with Downard second in 2:28:19 and Benadum in 2:28:25. Benadum, from Malibu, discussed the course. “It was kind of ideal. I think there was kind of a tail wind for a lot of it so it helped. The temperature was awesome.” First woman finisher and new course record-holder Higgins also spoke highly of

the course overlooking the ocean. “It was nice,” Higgins explained. “I didn’t really get to preview the course yesterday, but it was nice we kind of got to do a double loop. So, by the time I came back to the ten mile I kind of had a feel of it and I new once we did that loop it was kind of a one way home.” Higgins heard about the hill at mile 23 on Cliff Drive and knew she needed to hold through for it. Sarah Hallas and Joy Moats came in second and third with times of 2:52:11 and 2:55:04, respectively. The hill at Cliff Drive held to be the biggest challenge for most of the half marathon runners as well. First place in the half marathon was Kenyan Geofrey Terer with a time of 1:06:59 in a 5:07 minute mile pace. “It is very challenging, a lot of corners,” Terer described. Aaron Sharp, the 2009 Santa Barbara Half-Marathon champion, came in second

anta Barbara High athletes Maddie Trabucco, Sophie Trabucco, Kelsey O’Brien and Johnny Brontsema (l to r) have signed National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period to compete at the NCAA level next year. The four gathered together on Wednesday to announce their future. Maddie Trabucco is going to play water polo at Cal while O’Brien will be at UCLA. Sophie Trabucco will be a Gaucho playing water polo and Brontsema is heading to UC Irvine to join the Anteaters’ baseball program. place just 16 seconds behind Teror. “My goal was to finish in the top two and to break 1:08 and I did that.” Sharp saw Cliff Drive as the biggest challenge of the course as well. “Most of it was pretty easy until that point. I thought I’m waiting for that point, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.” Ramiro (Curly) Guillen came in third place for the half marathon in 1:11:21. The first place woman for the half marathon was Alvina Begay who placed sixth overall in 1:14:59. “The course was a little bit tough, but I really liked it,” Begay said. This was her first time racing the course. Another notable performance for the half-marathon came from local Joshua McGregor from Santa Barbara Junior High, who at 12 years old completed the course in 1:30:23.

Weekend Sports Calendar By Barry Punza

It’s Super Bowl time for the Santa Barbara Youth Football League, and four teams from the Santa Barbara Saints are playing for championships. The title games in four divisions will be played Saturday at Lompoc High’s Huyck Stadium, beginning at 10:30 am. The day starts off with the Division 1 (ages 7-8) championship between the Santa Barbara Saints White and Nipomo. The Saints White are coached by Doug Engels. They enter the Super Bowl with a record of 6-2. Key players on the squad include quarterback Josh Engels, running backs Jordan Rico, Marcus Chan and Abraham Fernandez, and center Brian Lopez. In the Division 2 (ages 9-10) final, Santa Ynez takes on Nipomo at 1 pm. The Santa Barbara Saints Red play Vandenberg Village for the Division 3 (ages

11-12) title at 3:30 pm. Jay Borgeson is the head coach for the Saints Red. His key players include running backs Isaiah Veal and Ashton Borgeson, wide receiver Syrus Wallace, tight end Will Goodwin and quarterback Kai Rojas. The team has a 9-1 record. The championship in Division 4 (ages 13-14) will be between two Santa Barbara teams under the lights at 6 pm. The Saints Red went 9-0 under coach Alan Lash, while the Saints Black of coach Paul Espinosa posted an 8-1 record. FRIDAY CIF football quarterfinals: Bishop Diego vs. Village Christian, at Occidental College, 7 pm. The top-seeded and 11-0 Cardinals hit the road again for a quarterfinal round game in the Northwest Division. Village Christian (7-4) is coached by former NFL quarterback Jay Schroeder. The Crusaders are led by running back John Amadeo, who has rushed for 1,494 yards and 20 touchdowns. College women’s basketball: SBCC MTXE Tournament. The Vaqueros host an eightteam tournament, featuring state No. 5-ranked San Bernardino and No. 7 Cerritos. Friday’s semifinals are at 5 and 7 pm, and the championship is Saturday at 5 pm at the Sports Pavilion. SATURDAY High school cross country: Dos Pueblos at CIF Finals – The Charger boys go for the Southern Section Division 2 team title and unbeaten Bryan Fernandez seeks the individual crown. On the girl’s side, Addi Zerrenner vies for an individual title on the hilly Mount San Antonio College course. College men’s basketball: The Master’s at UCSB, 7 pm. The Gauchos return from road losses at LSU and Illinois State and play an NAIA school from Valencia in their regular-season home opener. 

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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 –

Forward (Mostly, Anyway)

The Peters clan studies up on electoral geography before heading to the polls – where Alpha voted neither red nor blue but purple instead. The nerve of voting Libertarian and poo-pooing the two-party system! (Attaboy, Alpha.)


think I have the post-election blues. All the signs are there – listlessness and a general apathy toward news. I am no longer stirred by a speech or clamber to read the daily political headlines. It wasn’t that way just a couple weeks ago – we had a crazy run in my house. Like most of the country, our family was strongly divided: there was both red- and blue-hued conviction leading up to the election. It took hold about four months ago; the kids honed in early on their positions, entrenched, and then never really gave them up. As a journalist, I felt it was most important that they were informed and didn’t just hear

the issues from know-it-all ten year olds on the playground at Roosevelt. So Alpha and I streamed the debates on our Apple computer during breakfast before school. (How yuppie does that sound, by the way?) While the kids fought over the syrup and OJ, they listened intently to Romney and Obama fight about gun control, healthcare and the economy. Even Charlie, our three year old, had to weigh in at times. “I don’t think they’re very good friends,” he commented while munching on his waffle. Each kid walked away with what they wanted from the debates. Half thought

Romney was clearly the winner and the other half thought Obama to be presidential. And then the Grandmas would call. Grandma Liberal from Northern California would lament (on speakerphone to our clan) that if Romney got elected there would be no healthy planet for them to raise their own kids. Grandma Conservative from Savannah, GA told them Obama was an illegal Muslim. They absorbed it all like sponges, and sure enough, dinner conversation veered away from who got pushed around on the playground to who was the 47%, women’s rights and O’s bank bailout. They became passionate about politics in those final weeks. “Obama cares about people,” Jackson would declare. “Romney wants to save this country from ruin,” Olivia would counter. “It’s important to balance the budget.” Teddy, our seven year old, would count the Obama/Romney signs on people’s lawns, trying to gauge who’d come out on top. Then Election Day finally arrived. We blared BBC radio in the a.m. They were interviewing a guy on welfare who couldn’t wait to get a back surgery after the elections if Obama won, while a wealthy woman in Beverly Hills said she wanted Romney so she wouldn’t have to pay more taxes. Olivia whispered under her breath that those two people sure were interesting choices for the news segment. I never felt so proud that at nine, she could recognize prejudicial reporting. I dropped my kids off at school and voted at the Woman’s Club in Mission Canyon. Skipping out of the polls, I called Alpha. “You have to take the kids to vote with you, this is a moment to feel so proud that we are American.”

Peters’ Pick Lizard’s Mouth We go on birthdays. Or when friends come into town. Occasionally we’ll surprise the kids on a weekend when we are feeling a need for an adventure. For whatever the reason, when we get there, Lizard’s Mouth never ever disappoints. Crazy rock formations, thigh-high caves to investigate, and lots of views to take in, this is the place to be – particularly when you have four kids and a golden retriever. We hop from rock to rock and imagine life as Indians; the three year old climbs low, the 10 year old climbs high. And more often than not, we have this paradise to ourselves. As we pull out for home, happy, full and satisfied with our day, I always wonder why this place isn’t as crazy as Kids World on a weekend. Well, shh…it’ll be our secret. Take West Camino Cielo Road to the end to get there.

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He agreed and picked them up that day. When they got home their faces were long, clearly disappointed. “Who did Dad vote for?” I asked, trying to drum up some excitement – this was Election Day after all. “I don’t know, someone that we have never heard of,” Jackson shrugged. I looked to Alpha and he mouthed “Libertarian.” Really? Had that ever come up in the four months of family debate? He couldn’t pick a candidate that they recognized? Suddenly the house wasn’t exactly feeling that their choice would make an impact on the map of red and blue. The downward slide continued. They watched the electoral count like it was a football game. “Has Obama scored again?” asked Teddy. When the election was called, they were sleeping soundly. I woke them up to announce who was president and they didn’t really care that much. And now, two weeks later, it’s almost like our political foray never happened. We are back to recess gossip and sports drop offs, sans political placards. Grander questions about the state of our country have fallen by the wayside, replaced by the mundane. To be honest, I haven’t gotten one question from my crew that’s broader than, “What’s for dinner?” In my recent dark moments, however, I think about the hope in change. Four years ago, Charlie wasn’t yet born, Teddy was a toddler, Olivia a preschooler and Jackson a kindergartener. My family has invested heavily in infrastructure; our bandwidth has grown exponentially every year. Never would I have even imagined four years ago the debates we held over this presidential race. But now, I am starting to see where we are headed and the possibility is astounding. In four more years…

Olivia Peters climbing the walls at Lizard’s Mouth – head up the hill and check it out soon.

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• LOVE IS FREE What: Volunteer Your Time Where: The Organic Soup Kitchen When: Your help is always needed, especially at this important time of year. Why: The holidays aren’t just about giving gifts, they are about giving back too. How: Visit to volunteer your time or donate much needed items from the wish list that will help feed the Santa Barbara community.


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e think it’s safe to finally say it: The holidays are here! What’s the cue? Holiday marketplaces and bazaars are cropping up absolutely everywhere. These (usually 1-2 day only) shopping events make us extra-giddy about gift giving. They give us all a chance to see and support Santa Barbara’s local craftsmen and women, and to get our collective hands on some truly unique finds. In other words, we’re sure your sister needs some new socks for the holidays, but wouldn’t she die for a one-of-a-kind handmade wallet from talented leather craftsman Steven Soria? Or maybe some swanky new statement pieces from Adesso handmade jewelry? Can you say sister of the year? We say absolutely! Find these great gifts and more at this Saturday’s first annual Full of Life Flatbread Bizarre Bazaar in Los Alamos (225 Bell Street, 2pm – 7pm). The fantastic community-based independent art and craft festival will feature fun handcrafted goods from many of our favorite local artisans including Adesso, Make Smith, San Marcos Honey Company, Tabletop Made and many, many more. Need extra motivation to travel north? You’ll also be able to sample savory wood-fired pizzas from Full of Life Flatbreads, listen

Wine & Dine By Briana Westmacott

We’re Wining and Dining You…Literally


et the gluttony begin. You’ve got the turkey covered, with all its classic accessories – the potatoes and the stuffing and the gravy. But who couldn’t use an extra side dish and appetizer that are sure to please your friends and family? Here are a couple of our favorite (and fairly simple) dishes to add some flair to your typical Thanksgiving menu. We also paired them with lush local wines. Most importantly, though, and from our table to yours, LOVEmikana wishes you an extra special and overly tasty Thanksgiving. Cheers.

Seriously Stuffed Shrooms Ingredients: - 40 white mushrooms - 2 packs of frozen chopped spinach - 1 jar of roasted bell peppers - 10 oz. goat cheese - Olive Oil Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375

to live music by Sam Adams, and even sip on local wines and beers –all while shopping to your heart’s content. Such an extraordinary bazaar is simply not to be missed. So, have we inspired you to get on the gift getting? Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or someone else, here are two more must-visit, this weekend only, Holiday marketplaces stocked full of great gifts from the best local artisans. Happy shopping Santa Barbara! What: 19th Annual Holiday Marketplace Where: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road When: Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th, 10am – 4pm Why: Shop over 30 artisans featuring ecochic, nature-inspired items like the muchadmired recycled guitar string jewelry, candles, ceramics, sweet treats and more. What: Holiday Home Marketplace Where: Matilija Jr. High Gymnasium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai When: Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th, 10am – 4pm Why: Shop unique crafts, books, clothing, fine foods, jewelry, accessories and more to help benefit the Ojai Music Festival and its BRAVO! music education program. 2. Wash and ruthlessly decapitate approximately 40 shrooms 3. Dice the stems of the shrooms and sauté in olive oil 4. Add defrosted spinach to shroom sauté 5. Dice roasted peppers and add to sauté 6. Add goat cheese, sauté until melted 7. Oil the bottom of a baking tray before placing shroom tops down (open side up). Brush lightly with olive oil, and then stuff each top with the sauté mixture. 8. Bake for 20 minutes and serve warm

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• LOOSE CHANGE What: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Where: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State Street When: Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18; various show times from 1pm - 10pm. Why: Have you not been dying to see what happens to Bella and Edward and their half-mortal, half-immortal baby, Renesmee? How: Beware of the red eyes around you.  What’ll It Cost Me: $6.75/child, $9.75/adult

• HEY BIG SPENDER What: Drinking with the Moon - an Atelier Event Where: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street When: Friday, November 16, 5:30-7:30pm Why: This intimate event is inspired by SBMA’s latest exhibition, “The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in 17th-Century China,” and will strive to recreate an intellectual evening with the literati. How: Enjoy wine sampling, poetry reading and impromptu composition, brush painting demonstrations, authentic food, music and dance all under the influence of the reluctant moon. What’ll It Cost Me: $25 SBMA Members / $40 Non-Members (includes hors d’oeuvres, wines and signature cocktails).

3. Dice the onion 4. Beat the eggs together with the canola oil 5. Add the Bisquick 6. Toss in all the spices (parsley, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper to taste) 7. Th  row the onions and zucchinis into the mixture and mix, mix, mix with a spoon 8. P  ut the entire mixture into a 9x11 glass baking dish and cover with tin foil 9. Bake for 45-50 min. and remove the foil for the final 15 minutes to brown the top

Zesty Zucchini Casserole Ingredients: - 8 zucchinis - 1 white onion - 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan - 4 tbsp. parsley - 1 tbsp. oregano - 3-5 cloves fresh garlic - 1 cup vegetable oil - 5 eggs - 2 cups Bisquick - salt and pepper Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 2. Wash and thinly slice the zucchinis (real skinny here)

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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.

Project We Own It!

The Struggle to Purchase the Isla Vista Food Co-op

Danny Hoy and his two-year-old daughter, Brisa, shop local and organic at the Co-op.

movement from the very beginning. I love IV, man, always have. But, alas, all is not sunshine and butterflies. There is a problem brewing, and it needs a solution. Fast. Around six weeks ago, the Co-op was given notice that the building it has been in for the past 32 years is being sold, and that the Co-op’s lease would expire at the end of 2013. This is potentially a catastrophic event, one that could spell doom for the very existence of the Co-op in its present form. And this is an IV institution. Queue the new student activists. Queue the grassroots organization. Queue that IV spirit that very clearly still exists.

Co-op GM Melissa Cohen (left) and Campaign Organizer Abby Wolff are quite a powerful and dynamic duo—keep pushing ladies.


’m a food activist,” says 30-year-old IV Food Co-op General Manager Melissa Cohen. “And this is what can happen when a group of thoughtful and committed citizens decide they want to change the world, one ripple at a time until waves are made and a community is preserved for the future.” Melissa had me hooked from the first moment we began talking.

An Old Activist Spirit Awakens

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I’d been spending the day roaming the streets of Isla Vista, reminiscing about my days as a youth at UCSB and looking for signs of my past. (I couldn’t help it…I was feeling nostalgic after my column a couple weeks back on McClean’s Auto Body & Paint Shop’s two-headed car.) And while

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Gaucho Shayna Platt enjoys a little persimmon bread on the patio in IV.

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much of the spirit that existed back in the early 1970s has been replaced by a new spirit, a different I found some #20 of the 375spirit, Pine Ave old IV that I knew well and loved right there Goleta, CA 93117 on the patio at the IV Food Co-op. The Co-op—initially called the Whole Wheat Buying Club—was first formed in banners late 1970, after the Bank of America building had been burned to the ground and students graphics vehicle had protestedsandblasted for months over a variety of signs decisions by the university’s administration stickers (among other things). The Whole Wheat lettering fabricated Buying Club was really a response to the administration canvas and rioting,printing a way for the people to take control of their community and conduct and consumer dollars and get away from the increasingly entrenched bureaucracy they saw as controlling way too much about their lives. That’s right, those student and community activists made their statement through one of the most basic of human needs: Food. Sound familiar? Big food has become quite an important topic in today’s world, and these IV hippies—myself included—were right in the forefront of the “local, organic”

With only ten days to decide whether to exercise its option to purchase the property before the owner placed it on the market, the Co-op sprang into action. So began Project We Own It!, the Co-op’s effort to raise awareness and, of course, money over a roughly 40 day period—November 18, is the deadline for the fundraising—that will (hopefully) culminate in the purchase of the property by the Co-op so that it can live and do business in IV for years and years to come. “Ours is a grassroots movement trying to spin back the wheels of time that have ground us into a society over run by corporate greed,” said Abby Wolff, 22, Project We Own It! Campaign Organizer. “We can turn back those wheels and serve our community, remembering what the basic human concerns are––everyone needs good healthy food and the love and support of community.” It was that community-based effort, that youthful vitality and spirit, that drove me to the Co-op to show my support (and that of the Sentinel) on November 10 for Project We Own It!; students and community leaders had organized the Co-operoo Project We Own It! Music Benefit to raise funds and awareness. Attendees were treated to the sweet sounds of VocalMotion and Brothas from Otha Mothas, UCSB’s all-female and all-male a capella groups, respectively. The show was terrific and around 300

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A little love goes a long way at Co-operoo, and the ubiquitous orange headbands donned here by UCSBers Cece Osborn (left) and Lauren Menzer honor the memory of recently deceased David Propp.

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VocalMotion, UCSB’s all female a capella group, sings well to a full house.

supporters spilled out on the patio to support the cause. It was a stirring display of unity—but not only for the Co-op. One of Brothas from Otha Mothas members, 21-year-old David Propp, had suddenly and tragically died after falling of the cliffs on Del Playa Drive the night before the event. Project We Own It! thus took on another role that night: Community healer and emotional outlet. “Everyone came together in a clutch to make this magic happen,” said Wendy Abram, 21, Co-operoo event coordinator and VocalMotion alto. “It’s so tragic––all we can do is turn it into an event where everyone comes together for all the right reasons.” Just before the show began, a VocalMotion singer announced simply to the crowd: “This is for David. This is for the co-op.” Indeed it was.

Support the Co-op. Now. Co-operoo raised $3,500 for Project We Own It!, and the Co-op is donating a portion of the proceeds to the David Propp Memorial. As we go to print, approximately $130,000 has been pledged toward the goal

of $200,000, which would serve as a down payment for the building. The Co-op is a well run and healthy business (no pun intended) and really needs all the support it can get in these final days. Even UCSB alum Assemblymember Das Williams is doing what he can to support the cause here. (Thanks Das!) But even despite the successes so far, the November 18 deadline fast approaches. In true IV style, the Co-op is hosting a “Farmto-Table Dinner Experience” at Goodland Kitchen that very day in an 11th hour push to achieve its goal. So get out your wallet and contribute, especially if you once lived in IV and attended UCSB. Go to the farm-to-table dinner or just cut a check in any amount. This is an important tradition that must survive to ensure the continued existence of that spirit that began back in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s—it really is what makes IV, and indeed the greater Santa Barbara area, such a unique and wonderful place. The Sentinel is a small startup business with limited funds, and even it has made a contribution to Project We Own It! We hope that you will too. Check out www. for more details. 

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COMMERCIAL CORNER by Austin Herlihy A Commercial Real Estate Agent with Radius Group who

has completed over $400,000,000 in total transaction value and Leased / Sold over 1,500,000 SF since 2005, Herlihy was the lead Agent on the sale of the Fairmont Orchid Hotel listed in 2011 for $150,000,000, as well as the high profile transaction of the sale of the Hotel Californian

Off-Market Transactions 121 Gray Avenue – Off-market sale sold to an owner user.

1101 Coast Village Road – Off-market sale sold to an investor.


his year has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of “off-market” commercial real estate transactions. In fact, 17 of the 40 properties sold in southern Santa Barbara County for the first three quarters of 2012 were off-market sales.

This is principally due to the fact that local business owners who actually own property rather than lease it (called “owner users”) are being incentivized to make offers to buy real estate that is not even listed for sale. Why?

606 Olive Street – Off-market sale sold to owner user OSI Hardware.

Local companies looking to lease space are finding their monthly mortgage payment on a purchase can be less than the monthly lease payment to lease the same real estate. There are two primary factors that drive such a state of affairs: First, there are very attractive financing options for companies looking to buy their own real estate. Qualified borrowers can get Small Business Administration (SBA) loans with mid 4% interest rates, fixed for 10 years, and down payments as low as 10% of the purchase price. Secondly, owner users do not analyze properties the same way typical investors do. Investors are only focused on Capitalization Rates, which are a measure of an investment’s return. Owner users, on the other hand, focus on their monthly lease rate versus the monthly loan payment or their “effective lease rate.” If owner users can, for instance, lease a property for $1.90 a square foot and buy the same property and have an effective lease rate of $1.30 a square foot, then it typically makes more sense to buy when the only difference is the down payment. Not only do they have a lower monthly payment but they also receive the added benefits of principle reduction, depreciation and the stability from being their own landlord.

The Market Remains Tight While owner users are purchasing the majority of off-market deals, there are investors who are buying off-market deals as well. Investors looking to purchase property struggle with the sheer lack of inventory on the market, which leads them to pursue

properties that aren’t yet listed. As an illustration, investors looking to buy apartment buildings (five or more units) in Santa Barbara have just two properties to choose from. Investors or owner users looking for conventional office space in Santa Barbara have just 12 properties, and doctors looking for medical offices have only three properties. There just are not many commercial properties on the market to choose from nor are there any signs that more inventory will be hitting the market soon – even though the demand has been steadily increasing. That increased demand will, in turn, continue to promote off-market sales, which, eventually, will convince potential sellers to test the market (‘round and ‘round we go). Many investors have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the economic outlook to improve. Now that the economy has stabilized, the unemployment rate is decreasing and home prices are increasing, investors are looking to get their money working for them again. This new demand combined with the lack of inventory has created a situation in which buyers are presenting purchase offers on properties only listed for lease. So, how do you find these off-market opportunities? The relatively high number of off-market deals taking place in the current market proves how important it is to align yourself with an experienced commercial real estate broker. Negotiating off-market deals can be tricky and it takes a combination of skill and market knowledge to put them together, but it happens all the time when the right players are involved. 

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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





ctober is historically the last push for real estate before the holiday season and typically it is the time we start to see a slowdown in new listings, properties going into escrow, and properties closing. Well this October proved to be better than the previous years with an overall positive outlook. For Santa Barbara, the number of new listings was for the most part down except for a slight 2% increase in the “West of State Street” district. The number of properties that went under contract across the board saw a large increase from the previous year by as much as 39% in the “West of State Street” district. The number of closed sales in all districts also showed a more than healthy increase, with the “East of State Street” district showing a 33% increase from the previous year. The key to a great real estate market has always been “supply and demand.” When you have a decrease in listings, a demand for property with more escrows opening, and a common increase in closed properties it means supply is low and demand is high. Should be an interesting season to watch! 

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List price: $995,000 Down payment 20%: $199,000 Loan amount: $796k Loan payment: $3,596 (30-yr fixed at 3.55% (APR 3.59%))

Property taxes estimate: $912 Home insurance estimate: $80

Total monthly payment: $4,588 Mortgage statistics provided by Justin M. Kellenberger, Senior Loan Officer at SG Premier Lending Group, Inc. Justin can always be reached at 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.

List price: $995,000 Down payment 20%: $199,000 Loan amount: $796k Loan payment: $2,072

List price: $735,000 Down payment 3.5%: $25,725 Loan amount: $709,275 Loan payment: $3,086

Property taxes estimate: $912 Home insurance estimate: $80

Mortgage insurance: $886 Property taxes estimate: $673 Home insurance estimate: $80

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(5-yr fixed interest only at 3.125% (APR 3.21%))

(FHA 30-yr fixed at 3.25% (APR 3.29%))


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Sentinel Volume 1 - Issue 7  


Sentinel Volume 1 - Issue 7