Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards 2017

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Rain & Renewal

Santa Barbara Beautiful Annual Awards Presentation Sunday, September 24, 2017 Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West • Santa Barbara, CA


A Message From The President


elcome to the 53rd Annual Awards Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Bob Haller Memorial Exhibit. We Ceremony of 2017 celebrating Rain and Renewal in are quite proud of our commemorative tree plaques found all over gratitude for this year’s rains relieving our six-year drought. Renewal town at City Street Trees. This program has been a beautiful way to has been a theme of Santa Barbara Beautiful for over half a century. remember or honor someone special, celebrate a special occasion, Our organization has been dedicated to the enhancement and or recognize a milestone achievement while raising awareness of preservation of the beauty of Santa Barbara, and of the importance of trees and the renewal of life they course, replenishing our community. provide. We renew our gratitude for the privilege to live Santa Barbara Beautiful is always looking to in one of the most unique and beautiful cities in the the future. We support our youth to continue the world. The geographical location of the mountains to renewal and preservation of our city’s beauty by the North cascading to the sea in the South provides a funding art in public places, Arbor Day Tree Planting breath-taking canvas of beauty set in a Mediterranean Ceremonies at local schools, and encouraging the climate. Tonight, in our Awards Ceremony, we recognize love of trees by donating tree-related books to local architects, landscape architects, home owners, business schools and libraries. owners, and organizations that have contributed to I want to give a special Thank You to our making our city even more exceptional. Volunteer Property Judges who selected this year’s Santa Barbara Beautiful is renowned for the 12,000 JoAnn Mermis Property Award Winners. Also, I would like to trees we have purchased and planted in conjunction thank our Awards Committee Co-Chairs Christie with the city since our existence in 1965. However, Santa Barbara Gallagher and Ricardo Castellanos, Dana Morrow of RoadShow Beautiful contributes far more than our urban forests. In the spirit of Media for the professional videos, Alan Rose for being our illustrious “Renewal,” this year we have provided grant funds for many projects Master of Ceremonies, and our volunteer Board of Directors. Lastly, including the Community Arts Workshop’s Winter Solstice Gate, a heartfelt appreciation to our Awards Sponsors, without whom the the Art Fund’s Ruth Ellen Hoag Mural in the Funk Zone, SBCC evening would not be possible. Foundation’s Environmental Horticulture Scholarship, La Cumbre On behalf of the Santa Barbara Beautiful Board of Directors, Jr. High School Foundation Landscape Entrance to Performing congratulations to all the 2017 winners! We honor you because you Arts, MAD Academy Scholarship, Downtown Santa Barbara, the have gone above and beyond in keeping and making Santa Barbara 1925 sculpture project at Jardin de las Granadas; the Student Arts Beautiful and Renewed! Fund Grandparents Portrait Show, “Pianos on State Street,” a Poets— JoAnn Mermis in-Residence Publication by the Museum of Natural History, and President, Santa Barbara Beautiful

2017 Santa Barbara Beautiful Board of Directors

Stacey J. Byers, Ricardo Castellanos, Tim Downey, Nina Dunbar, Jacqueline S. Dyson, Suzanne Fairly, Randy Figgins, Christie Gallagher, David Gress, Penny Haberman, David Jacoby, Patti Jacquemain, Lori Kari, Kate Kurlas, Laurie MacMillan, Duke McPherson, Suzanne Mellichamp, JoAnn Mermis, Kerry Methner, Autumn Noe, Deborah Schwartz, Jeffrey Sipress, Leslee Sipress, Mark Whitehurst, and Brad Whittell.

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The 2017 Awards Program

Alan Rose, Master of Ceremonies Introduction of Honored Guests JoAnn Mermis, President’s Welcome Mayor Helene Schneider Award Presentations 

Griswold Award for Philantropy: Sara Miller McCune Presented by Deborah Schwartz, Santa Barbara Beautiful Board Member

Jacaranda Award for Outstanding Community Service: Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS® (SBAOR) Presented by Kate Kurlas, Santa Barbara Beautiful Past President  Single Family Home  Multi-Family Residence  Single Family Home – Large Lot 

President’s Award: MOXI, the Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation Presented by JoAnn Mermis, Santa Barbara Beautiful President  Commercial Building  Commercial Sign 

City of Santa Barbara Arts Advisory Committee’s Business in Art Award: Montecito Bank & Trust Presented by Robert F. Adams, Chair of City Arts Advisory Committee & Sarah York Rubin, Executive Director, Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture  Hugh & Marjorie Petersen Award for Art in Public Places 

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Native Choice Award: City of Santa Barbara’s Roundabout at Cliff Drive at Las Positas Road Presented by Peter Schuyler, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Board Chair  Public Open Space 

Playa de Santa Barbara Award for Environmental Stewardship: Environmental Defense Center Presented by Mark Whitehurst, Santa Barbara Beautiful Treasurer  Historic Revitalization  Single Family Home - Large Lot (2016) 

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Sara Miller McCune

a person who contributes so much to so many, making a difference in people’s lives. She provides financial support, mentoring and her personal involvement and caring for so many causes and people throughout our community and beyond. We are fortunate indeed to have Sara in our midst.

— Judith Hopkinson


to our special friend, Sara Miller McCune, who has shared our love for Santa Barbara’s timeless beauty and unique history.


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Griswold Award for Philanthropy

Sara Miller McCune


uided by an entrepreneurial spirit and an committee for the association’s 2018-2019 centennial anniversary unwavering dedication to academia, the season. then-24-year-old Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in Ms. McCune has a long and highly-respected history of providing 1965 to start a company that would allow scholars to disseminate financial support to numerous, diverse organizations in the greater quality research in their own voices and break new Santa Barbara community – particularly in the areas ground in emerging fields of study. Today, Ms. of education and cultural arts. To name just a few McCune is executive chairman of SAGE Publishing’s of Ms. McCune’s philanthropic contributions: board of directors and is also the director of SAGE Granada Theater Restoration Project, Santa Barbara Publications Ltd (London, founded in 1971) and Symphony, Ensemble Theatre Company, Santa Corwin, a SAGE company and leading publisher for Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, and SAGE educational administrators and teachers. SAGE set Center for the Study of the Mind at University up subsidiaries in India in 1981 and in Singapore in California Santa Barbara. She is also a trustee and 2006. Ms. McCune remains actively involved in the supporter of the UCSB Foundation. company’s expansion and development. In 2012, Ms. McCune received an honorary Reflecting her longstanding interest in doctorate from her alma mater, Queens College, philanthropy, especially in promoting social, for her visionary work as publisher, philanthropist, educational, economic, and environmental justice, Sara Miller McCune and entrepreneur. In 2014, she was awarded an Ms. McCune is founder and president of the honorary fellowship from Cardiff University and McCune Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Ventura an honorary doctorate from Bath University and in 2016, Ms. County, where SAGE’s home office is located. The foundation McCune received honorary degrees from CSU Channel Islands supports productive change through building social capital in two and Sussex University. Ms McCune is also an Honorary Fellow of counties on California’s Central Coast. In 2007, Ms. McCune the prestigious Pembroke College of Oxford University. founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and An active supporter of the behavioral and social sciences, Ms. Public Policy, which launched the award-winning magazine Pacific McCune was a long-serving member of the board of directors of the Standard. In 2017, the magazine and the center’s mission were American Academy of Political and Social Science, currently serves transferred to the newly launched Social Justice Foundation, a non- on the board of directors for the Center for the Advanced Study in profit organization with a mission of informing and educating the the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and is on the board public with content based on scientific research and supported by of directors and visiting committee at the Social Science Research SAGE Publishing. Council based in New York. In 2002, the McCune Foundation’s board of directors agreed Over the years, Ms. McCune has received a number of additional to award grants to grassroots organizations in Ventura and Santa awards for her business, academic and philanthropic achievements. Barbara counties that build “social capital” with an emphasis on In 1988, she received the American Evaluation Association's educational and other opportunities for the poor and underserved. Special Award for Distinguished Contributions to the field of This program remains a priority of the foundation, which has evaluation in recognition of the influential role SAGE played in supported groups such as the Oaxacan farmworker community in institutionalizing evaluation. In 1993, the Knowledge Utilization Ventura County and Just Communities in Santa Barbara County. Society awarded her its Outstanding International Service Award. Ms. McCune’s philanthropic efforts extend to the local medical In 1998, Ms. McCune was recognized as the 1998 Philanthropist community; in 2007, she arranged a donation of $2.5 million to of the Year for Santa Barbara County by the National Society of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital through SAGE. Fundraising Executives (currently the Association of Fundraising Ms. McCune is a passionate supporter of the arts. She was Professionals). In 2002, Ms. McCune received the Distinguished on the board of the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Community Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League Arts from 1998 through 2009 and, for much of that period, and Santa Barbara B’nai B’rith Lodge. In 2003, she received the served as chief financial officer, helping the center to restore and Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Arts and Entertainment for the reopen its Granada Theatre in March, 2008. She served on the Greater Los Angeles area from Ernst & Young as well as the Ernst board of directors for the Community Arts Music Association of & Young Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award for “extraordinary Santa Barbara until 2014 and remains a member of the planning leadership.”



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he phrase “Community Service” is synonymous with the name Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS. This organization is made up of 1,200 people dedicated to giving back to the community of beautiful Santa Barbara that they serve. SBAOR is more than 100 years old and has more than a century-old track record of donating to more organizations than we have the time to list here. Realtors are passionate about giving back to their community in gratitude for the privilege of practicing their profession. You will always see realtors on clean-up days at the beaches, and of course participating in all those walks/ jog-a-thons for curing diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and MS. SBAOR was one of the founding contributors to our beloved Unity Shoppe. For the past 23 years, the Association has held a yearly auction in December for the benefit of the Unity Shoppe. Many realtors staff the phones during the Unity TV pledge time. They give generously of not only funds, but of their time. SBAOR is in their 8th year of the Annual Charity Golf Tournament. The 2017 recipient was Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table. Donations to past Annual Charity Events include: Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (2005), Children’s Story Teller Hour (2006), Hearts Adaptive Riding Center (2007), United Boys and Girls Club (2008), Hospice of Santa Barbara (2009), Hugs

for Cubs (2010-2012), Teen Star (2013), Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table (2014), Alpha Resource Center (2015), and Sara House (2016). Other organizations that SBAOR members contribute to are: Unity Shoppe, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, Computers for Families, Habitat for Humanity, Housing Affordability Fund, Housing Summit, NAR Relief Fund (benefiting Hurricane Katrina Victims, SB Sheriff’s fund, MAD Academy, Youth Interactive, Girl’s Inc., FoodBank, United Way, Domestic Violence Shelter. Children’s organizations are often the recipient of SBAOR donations. The Golden Rule is included in the Realtor Code of Ethics. Realtors pledge to take grave social responsibility and are zealous in fulfilling that pledge. They take the “Golden Rule” to a high heart-felt level in believing in uplifting people in the community, as evidenced in a review of organizations that they support on a consistent basis.

Santa Barbara Beautiful 2017 Awards Committee

Christie Gallagher & Ricardo Castellanos, Co-Chairs Jacqueline Dyson, David Gress, Suzanne Fairly, Kate Kurlas, Laurie MacMillan, Duke McPherson JoAnn Mermis, Kerry Methner, Deborah Schwartz, Mark Whitehurst, and Brad Whittell.

2017 Property Awards Judging Committee

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ontecito Bank & Trust donates over $1.3 million annually to hundreds of non-profits in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties through its Community Dividends and other giving programs. Explaining the motivation behind the Bank’s corporate philanthropy, late owner and founder Michael Towbes previously stated, “We do this because we recognize and support the invaluable role nonprofits play in enhancing the quality of life for all segments of our society. We do this because we think it’s the right thing to do.” His passion and love of the arts is reflected in the Bank’s profound commitment to the arts. In 2016, Montecito Bank & Trust awarded more than $300,000 to locals arts organizations that included the Arts Fund, Center Stage Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Company, Lobero Theatre Foundation, Marjorie Luke Theatre, Music Academy of the West, Notes for Notes, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Ballet, Santa Barbara Center for Performing Arts, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara

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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Native Choice Award

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ative plants define the look and geography of our distinctly beautiful region. They are the foundation for healthy ecosystems and sustainable landscapes. For the past four years the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has been honored to be a part of the Santa Barbara Beautiful Award Program through its Native Choice Award. Created to recognize leadership by an individual or organization in the use of California natives in designed landscapes, the award seeks to encourage the use of native plants in our home gardens and public spaces. This year, it is our pleasure to bestow the 2017 award to the City of Santa Barbara Public Works Department. The newly installed Las Positas-Cliff Drive Roundabout is located at the confluence of three natural landmarks: Arroyo Burro Creek, Elings Park and the Douglas Family Preserve. It serves as a gateway to coastal access for thousands of Santa Barbara visitors and residents. First programmed as a street improvement project in 2002, work on this busy intersection accelerated in 2014 when the City contracted with Kittelson & Associates to complete the final design for the roundabout with David R. Black & Associates providing the landscape design in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department staff. This unique roundabout is surrounded by natural coastal habitat and it complements its setting with beautiful native plantings and aesthetic treatments. The plant palette incorporates drought tolerant trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, and ground covers that grow well in our region: Catalina ironwood, John Dourley and emerald carpet manzanita, Cleveland sage, deer grass, canyon prince giant rye, and California gray rush, to name a few. The roundabout incorporates best practices for water conservation through its use of a drip irrigation system using recycled water. Its design also captures storm water runoff, allowing it to infiltrate into

the ground, helping to recharge our groundwater supplies and keeping pollutants out of Arroyo Burro Creek. Congratulations to the City of Santa Barbara—we hope to see more projects like this in the future! This project had been a vision for a long time, and state funding was first programmed back in 2002. The relinquishment of State Route 225 in 2014 allowed the City to accelerate efforts to improve the intersection. The City contracted with Kittelson & Associates to complete final design of the roundabout, and David R. Black & Associates served as the project’s landscape architect. The approximately $2.0 million project was funded with $750,000 of State Transportation Improvement Program grant funds, with the City funding the remaining costs. Below are the key project players: City Project Manager (design): Ashleigh A. Shue, PE, City of Santa Barbara, Public Works Department City Traffic Engineer: Derrick V. Bailey, PE, TE, City of Santa Barbara, Public Works Department Project Designer: Fred Wismer, PE, Kittelson & Associates Project Landscape Architect: David R. Black, ASLA, David R. Black & Associates City Project Manager (construction): Tim Gaasch, City of Santa Barbara, Public Works Department General Contractor: Granite Construction Company Project Landscape Contractor: KCI Environmental, Inc. Project Landscape Maintenance: City of Santa Barbara, Parks Division







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he Environmental Defense Center (EDC) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary protecting and preserving our local, natural environment. To this day, EDC stands as the only nonprofit, public interest, environmental law firm between Los Angeles and San Francisco. One of only a handful of nonprofit organizations nationwide, EDC’s role is specialized even beyond this small number. EDC is unique due to the breadth of its work and its grassroots focus to empower individuals and organizations to participate in the processes that determine environmental protection and preservation. Founded as a response to the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill, EDC advocates, educates, and provides legal services to community Owen Bailey, Alicia Roessler, Maggie Hall, Linda Krop, Kaleena Quarles, Brian Trautwein, Kristen groups working to protect the environment Hislop, Betsy Weber and Chloe McConnell throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara and San the devastating 2015 Refugio Oil Spill and continues working Luis Obispo Counties. Across its history, EDC has represented to this day to ensure our coast is fully restored to pre-spill almost 120 different nonprofit organizations, providing free conditions. They have worked to limit fatal ship-whale and low cost legal services to groups small and large, collisions, eliminate the outdated and damaging local and national. EDC selects cases and projects government policy barring southern sea otters that will protect the Santa Barbara Channel, from re-inhabiting southern California preserve local open spaces and wildlife, ensure waters, and worked tirelessly to protect local clean water and advance action on issues of creeks and help restore critically endangered climate and energy. southern California steelhead. Over the last 40 years, EDC staff and EDC also won significant victories volunteers have led some of the most to protect our marine waters from significant environmental efforts across our irresponsible fossil fuel projects, including the region, setting precedents and impacting policy unprecedented and successful effort to retire 40 decisions far beyond our region. Among its highest offshore oil leases, stopping three separate attempts profile successes, EDC has helped permanently to import Liquefied Natural Gas, and winning the firstpreserve more than 100,000 acres of exceptional open space ever environmental assessment for hydraulic fracturing and including the local Carpinteria Bluffs, Hammonds Meadow, acidizing from offshore oil platforms. EDC has served as the Douglas Family Preserve, Ellwood Mesa, and Sedgwick lead organization working to stop dangerous oil trains from Reserve. EDC was also the lead organization responding to traveling through our coastal communities.



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Laguna Court Multifamily Residence 2017 Santa Barbara Beautiful Property Award Recipient

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The 2017 Property Awards

Single Family HOME 1826 East Las Tunas

Property Owner Marilyn Makepeace Project Designer-Architect Thompson Naylor Architects Project General Contractor Allen Construction Project Landscape Design Laura Beauvais-Forsyth Project Landscape Contractor & Maintenance Laura Beauvais-Forsyth

Multi-Family Residence Laguna Court 1424 Laguna Street

Project Developer Capital Pacific Homes - Capital Pacific Development Group Gavin Moores, President Project Architect Detlev Peikert AIA, Peikert Group Architects/ RRM Design Project Landscape Architect Gordon Brewer AIA, Peikert Group Architects/ RRM Design Project Builder-General Contractor Capital Pacific Homes - Capital Pacific Development Group Gavin Moores, President


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The 2017 Property Awards

Single Family Home – Large Lot 921 Arbolado Road

Property Owner David and Ann Fristoe Project Designer-Architect Don Nulty AIA, Don Nulty AIA Inc. Project General Contractor Matt McAllister, Matt McAllister, Construction Corp.

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Project Landscape Architect Lane Goodkind, Lane Goodkind, Landscape Architect

Commercial building El Zapato 522 Garden Street

Property Owner Carla Lejade Project Architect Jeff Shelton, Jeff Shelton Architect Project Builder-General Contractor Dan Upton, Upton Construction, Inc. Construction

Project Ironwork David Shelton, D. Shelton Studios, Inc. Project Landscape Architect Thomas Cole, Cold Spring Aloes Project Landscape Contractor & Landscape Maintenance Rosendo Valencia, Valencia Tree & Landscape

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Project Supervisor Matt Metcalfe, Matt Metcalfe Construction

Project Lighting Saul and Gina Alcaraz, Santa Barbara Art Glass Studios Project Ironwork-Lighting John Peterson, Santa Barbara Stained Glass


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Property Owner: Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative Property Management: Community Arts Workshop Project Designer-Principal Artist: David Shelton Project Architect: Paul Poirier Project Engineer: Greg Stork Project Contractor: D. Shelton Studios Inc. David Shelton • Laurencio Flores • Isaac Anguiano • Luis Herrero • George Davidson • Bradley Toliver Crane Services: Bragg Crane Company


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The 2017 Property Awards

Commercial Sign The Red Piano 519 State Street

Business Owner Jason Jones Sign Maker Company Betsy Harris & Suzi Williams, Freedom Signs

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Sign Fabricator Dan Morris, Freedom Signs

Hugh & Marjorie Petersen Award for Art in Public Places Winter Solstice Gate Community Arts Workshop 631 Garden Street

Property Owners Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative (SBAC) Principal Artist David Shelton

Project Architect Paul Poirer AIA, LEED AP, Paul Poirer + Associates Project Engineer Gary Stork, Stork, Wolfe & Associates Project General Contractor David Shelton, D. Shelton Studios, Inc.

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Property Management Community Arts Workshop (CAW)

Project Contractors Laurencio Flores, Isaac Anguiano, Luis Herrero, George Davidson, Bradley Toliver



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The 2017 Property Awards

Public Open Space “Trinity Gardens� 909 North La Cumbre Road

Property Owner Trinity Lutheran Church Project Designer Trinity Lutheran Church Garden Task Force Project General Contractor & Landscape Architect Adam Graham, Arroyo Seco Construction Project Landscape Contractor & Landscape Maintenance Adam Graham, Trinity Gardens Committee, and Trinity Gardens Plot Holders & Volunteers

Historic Revitalization Former Flying A Studio 34 West Mission Street

Property Owner Julie Nakagama Project Architects Peter Becker, Deceased Becker Henson Niksato Architects Project Designer Randy Franks Project Landscape Design Jim Melnik

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Project Landscape Contractor & Maintenance Ernesto Flores, La Tierra Landscape

The Flying A Studios discretely located on the north east corner of Chapala and Mission Streets has an amazing unique historic qualification in our Community. Built in 1913 by the American Film Corporation [based in Chicago], the silent movie studios actually took up a whole city block with very ambitious buildings and open site spaces for the filming of hundreds of silent movies up until 1920 when the movie business took a turn down to Hollywood. The last remaining building quite visibly has been meticulously maintained, and additionally enhanced with thriving succulent gardens. The interesting Flying A logo is perched prominently at the front of the building over the sign of the current architectural firm occupants. The stewardship that has maintained and preserved this slice of architectural history is apparent in all aspects of the building, including the three prominent arched windows, stucco details, arched entry gate, and period vintage entry light sconce.


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A Tribute to Francis and Anne Griswold


anta Barbara Beautiful’s principal benefactors, Francis and Anne Griswold, rarely left their house on Marina Drive in Hope Ranch, and did not participate in community life. But their legacy provides funding for historical preservation and beautification in the two towns they apparently loved the most, Santa Barbara and Beaufort, South Carolina. Little is known about Mr. Griswold’s history. He apparently came from a monied family and was never employed. For unknown reasons, he moved from Albany, New York to the South, and authored two popular romance novels! While there, he met Anne, a retiring woman who “didn’t like anyone,” according to Mike Rodrigue, their stockbroker and presently their trust’s Trustee. Francis and Anne moved to Santa Barbara, hired a gardener and became recluses. Francis Griswold did like the stock market however, and so Mr. Rodrigue and Mr. Griswold talked almost daily. The Griswolds’ health declined over the years, and Mr. Rodrigue was appointed by the County to be their Conservator. He would go to their home a couple times a month and deliver some cash to spend, and their gardener Gilbert would take them

out for whatever they needed. If they wanted to take a rest from their downtown shopping, they went to their “town place,” the tiny house on Anacapa St. that was occupied subsequently by the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. The Griswolds loved animals, which perhaps explains their selection of two cat charities as additional trust beneficiaries. Mr. Rodrigue remembers Mr. Griswold sitting on his porch, feeding peanuts by hand to the bluejays. Originally, they owned the land from their Marina Dr. home down to the ocean cliffs, but in 1987 they sold the cliff portion, where a home was built by Astrid Rotman. She later sold it to Jeffrey Henley, Vice Chairman of Oracle Corp. After Mr. Griswold’s death in 2001, Mr. Henley purchased the Griswold home to use as a guest house. The Griswolds left no clue about their selection process for trust beneficiaries, with one exception. We do know that Mr. Griswold phoned Santa Barbara Beautiful in the late 1990’s, and asked questions about what SBB would do with the money if it were received. Patsy Brock, SBB’s secretary at that time, stressed SBB’s education programs for children about trees, its beautification projects, and the professionalism of the Board members. Apparently he liked the answers, and today the visual enhancements and cultural activities that SBB supports are in large part thanks to Francis and Anne.

SB Beautiful is happy to finally have learned the names of the team for the 2016 Single Family Home Large Lot, including:

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Property Owners: Susan Mazer and John Damuth Project Designer / Architect: Dennis Thompson & Susette Naylor, Thompson Naylor Architects Project Landscape Architect: Kimberly True, MLA, ASLA, True Nature Project Builder – General Contractor: Bruce Giffin and Geoff Crane, Giffin and Crane

prolific and talented Santa Barbara artist, Michele Zuzalek shared her work, Spring Break with Santa Barbara Beautiful for this year’s invitation and program cover art. “My passion for painting started at a very early age and it is a constant in my life,” Zuzalek writes in her artist statement (, adding, “My work is about expression and movement.” With a vivid color palette and a flair for abstract expression, Zuzalek has sought out unique venues for her work, as well as participating in artists’ groups like the Abstract Art Collective, Abstract 10, and the Santa Barbara Studio Artists. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and has experience as an Elementary School Enrichment Program Art Teacher.

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Santa Barbara Beautiful Past Presidents

Catherine Adams Founder

Pearl Chase Founder

John Pitman July – December 1966

James A. “Bud” Bottoms 1967

Grant Castleberg 1971

Luba Carleton 1975

Walter Barrows 1977

H. George Kallusky 1978 & 1979

Mary Lou Jacobsen Schmidt 1980

Dan Condon 1984 & 1985

Richard Riffero 1986 & 1987

Howard Hudson 1990 & 1991

Rosalind Rea Gies Amorteguy 1992 & 1993

David Gress 1994 & 1995 & 1996

Bruce Van Dyke 1997 & 1998

Norman King 1999 & 2000

Mark Whitehurst 2001 & 2002 & 2003

Desmond O’Neill 2004 & 2005 & 2006

Courtney Seeple 2007 & 2008

Kerry Methner 2009 & 2010

Ginny Brush 2011

Robert F. Adams 2012

Christie Gallagher 2013

Kate Kurlas 2014

Jeanette Casillas 2015

Ricardo Castellanos 2016

More Santa Barbara Beautiful Past Presidents (Not Pictured)

R. Peter Krupsczak, January – June 1966 • Max L. Feldman, 1968 • David Lloyd, 1969 & 1970 Dunckley Murray, 1972 • Elizabeth H. Ramser, January – August 1973 • Barbara Landis, 1973 & 1974 Ken Taylor, 1976 • Orval Bond, 1981 • Ronald McGurer, 1982 & 1983 • Rosemary Reed, 1988 & 1989





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A Legacy of Community Beautification


anta Barbara Beautiful treats its work as the creation of a legacy of community beautification, and continues to preserve and protect Santa Barbara’s rich and diverse urban forest through neighborhood Street Tree Programs. Santa Barbara Beautiful supports and promotes Art in Public Places, Open Public Space and Education through Collaboration with Community Grants Programs, and continues to recognize exceptional beautification efforts with the Annual Awards Program for outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations. Since 1965, Santa Barbara Beautiful has helped our community to create and celebrate a beautiful place to live, work and visit.

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Our Mission: The purpose of Santa Barbara Beautiful is to stimulate community interest and action toward the enhancement of Santa Barbara’s beauty as a complement to current and future government and private activity. Santa Barbara Beautiful is an organizations of volunteers dedicated to beautifying our area in a variety of ways not only by working independently but also by cooperating with city departments, neighborhood associations and other agencies. Formed in 1965 by concerned civic leaders, Santa Barbara Beautiful is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible. | 805.965.8867 45

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